Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Maria Rabuano

Mrs. Maria Rabuano, 87, of Chester Rd., Springfield, VT, and of Bee St., Frankfort, N.Y., passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Springfield Health and Rehab.

She was born in Abbadia San Salvatore, Province of Benevento, Italy, on January 2, 1930, the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Carmella Pacelli, and she attended schools there. She was married to Biagio "Benny" Rabuano on August 12, 1956, in St. Mary's Church, San Salvatore Telesino, Italy. The family came to the United States in November of 1956, settling in Frankfort. Biagio passed away on February 14, 1992. Maria was a seamstress for Leslie Fay Dress Shop, Mohawk, for many years. She was a communicant of Our Lady of Apostles Church.

Maria is survived by two sisters, Antonietta and Lisa, and one brother, Tomaso, all of Italy, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her daughter, Theresa Rabuano, on March 23, 2015.

Her funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM from the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave., Frankfort, and at 10:30 AM in Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Paul Catena. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday morning from 9:00 until the time of the services at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc.

Maria's extended family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Springfield Health and Rehab, and especially Pat Lowden, for the wonderful care and kindness shown to her during her stay and passing. They would also like to extend a grateful thank you to Ray and Nancy LeBlanc for always being there for her.

Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Maria's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Richard A. Knight II

Richard Alan "Rick" Knight II, 34, died April 17, 2017, at his home in Chester.

He was born Oct. 8, 1982, in Claremont, New Hampshire, the son of Richard and Sandra "Sunny" Benson Knight.

He attended Springfield schools.

Mr. Knight had many jobs, including as a carpenter, at Ben & Jerry's, a Grafton cheesemaker, a chef, and most recently, was self-employed as a tree surgeon. He enjoyed snowboarding, motorcycle riding, skateboarding, scuba diving, playing in pool tournaments and was known as an aspiring chainsaw artist.

Survivors include his father and stepmother Carol Knight; his former wife, Kimberlee Adams, whom he married March 31, 2006, and their sons, Jacob and Joel; his stepson R.J. Spinelli; his half-siblings, Lance Pearson, Samantha Henry and Richanne Knight; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and stepdaughter Angela Spinelli.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Marjorie B. Surrell

Marjorie Banyea Surrell, 96, died Thursday morning, April 13, 2017, at her home in Newport. She was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Newport, the daughter of Amos and Grace E. (Springer) Banyea.

She attended Windsor schools and graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield, Vermont. On Oct. 20, 1940, she married Ralph Winthrop Surrell. They made their home in Windsor, where they raised their three children.

Being a homemaker she was involved, when her children were growing up, in leadership roles for the Brownies, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts organizations in Windsor, which she greatly enjoyed.

Later she worked at Polly’s Flower Shop on Main Street in Windsor as the assistant clerk of floral arrangements.

Marjorie was predeceased by her husband, Ralph, who died Jan. 8, 2002; two brothers, Leonard Banyea and Raymond Everett Banyea; a sister, Dorothy Cummings; and a longtime companion, Leighton Monroe.

She is survived by her son, Raymond Erwin Surrell of Walpole; two daughters, Gloria Jean Bruce of Skowhegan, Maine and Janice Dee Hammond of Glover, Vermont; 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Ascutney Cemetery in Windsor.

Condolences may be expressed to Marjorie’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Larry W. Griswold

Larry W. Griswold, 64, of North Springfield, passed away Tuesday evening April 11, 2017 at the Springfield Health & Rehab Center in Springfield, Vermont. He was born August 12, 1952 in Springfield, Vermont the son of William and Eleanor (Simonds) Griswold. He attended Springfield Schools, graduating from Springfield High School class of 1971. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam, stationed in Germany. He served 3 years active duty and 10 years in the Guard Reserves.

On September 10, 1977 He married Sueann Sanford at the Weathersfield Center Church in Weathersfield, Vt.

Larry was employed on the assembly floor at Bryant Grinder Co. in Springfield for 23 years. He later owned and operated his own construction and excavating business for many years.

He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, four wheelers and raising miniature ponies and donkeys.

He is survived by his wife Sueann of North Springfield, one brother Christopher Griswold, of North Springfield, one sister Elaine Erskine of North Carolina, and nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, and also by his son Shawn Griswold in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday April 22, 2017 at the Assembly of God Church in Springfield, Vt. Reverend Marc Aube Pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield, Vermont.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Marie C. LeBlanc

Marie C. LeBlanc, 95, of Springfield, passed away Monday evening, April 10, 2017, at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont, surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 10, 1922, in Coaticook, Canada, the daughter of Edward and Delphine (Roberge) Provencher. She moved to Graniteville, Vermont at age 7 and attended Walden Heights schools. She was a factory and foundry worker in her younger years.

On June 6, 1942, she married Dominic LeBlanc in Hardwick, Vermont. He predeceased her in 1988.

After she was married in 1942, she moved to Springfield, Vermont, where she had made her home for more than 70 years.

She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield. She enjoyed family gatherings, cooking, sewing and reading. She also loved watching the Red Sox and the Patriots. She was well-known for her chocolate chip cookies and banana bread.

She is survived by two sons, Lawrence LeBlanc of Temecula, California and Roger LeBlanc of Claremont; four daughters, Loretta Thomas of Springfield, Lillian Burns of Springfield, Lucille Peavey of Liberty, Maine and Noella Forbush of Springfield; 24 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren, also by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband; one son, Lucien LeBlanc, five brothers and two sisters.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 12, at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield and the Reverend Peter Williams will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to One Credit Union c/o Marie LeBlanc, 5 Kinney Place Claremont, NH 03743 to set up a future scholarship in Memory of Marie Claire LeBlanc.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont.

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Roger K Griggs

Roger K Griggs, 75, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017. He was born July 29, 1941 in Springfield.

Roger was a lifelong resident of Springfield until just a few weeks before his passing.

Roger worked for Jones & Lamson and then later for the Springfield Public Works department.

Survivors include, Eric and wife, Karla Griggs, Stanton; grandchildren, Jillian, Dylan, and Ryan Griggs, and their mother, Jennifer Hood; granddaughter, Kloey Fair; longtime special friends, Lois Smith and Nancy. He was preceded in death by his son, Allen Griggs.

Services Thursday, April 13, 1:00PM by Anthony Molihan Davis & Davis Funeral Home, Stanton, Kentucky. Visitation Thursday after 11:00AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions suggested to Hospice East, 407 Shoppers Drive, Winchester, KY 40391.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Loretta Wescott

Loretta "Lorrie" Wescott (nรฉe Gintof), 84, formerly of Springfield, died on April 3, 2017.

Born in Springfield, VT, Lorrie graduated from Springfield High School in 1950. Mrs. Wescott worked at Hartness House Inn and Bryant Co. in Springfield and American Optical Co. in Keene, NH, where in 1953, she met her beloved, late husband, Guy R. Wescott Jr. They were married in 1955. He later passed away in 1997.

Mrs. Wescott was the proud mother of Lindsay A. (David) Dunne, of Frenchtown, NJ, Guy R. III (Megan) Wescott, of Phoenixville, PA, and the late Richard A. (Christine) Wescott, of Clarence, NY; loving grandmother of Kevin (Jen), Megan, Peter Dunne, Ali, Lexi, Brett and Jake Wescott; daughter of the late Felix and Emilia Gintof; sister of the late Henry J. (Edith) Gintof and Michael E. (Arlene) Gintof, of Springfield, VT; also survived many nieces, nephews and cousins. Lorrie especially treasured her time with her children and grandchildren.

The family will be present Friday, April 21, 4-8 p.m. at Shepard Bros. Funeral Home LLC, 10690 Main St., Clarence, NY; a Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. from Our Lady of Peace Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence, NY. Please assemble at church. Burial to immediately follow in Clarence Fillmore Cemetery.

Mrs. Wescott was a member of the Clarence Senior Center and the Akron/Newstead Senior Center. She enjoyed line dancing, parties and her collection of wonderful lifelong friends from all areas. Her greatest pleasure was taking pictures that captured memories and sharing them with everyone she knew.

Share condolences at www.ShepardBrosFuneralHome.com.

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Michael A. Shattuck

Michael Alan Shattuck, 72, passed away on Tuesday evening, March 28, 2017 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

He was born November 23, 1944 in Springfield, Vermont, the son of Bernard O. and Mildred (Smith) Shattuck.

He attended Springfield schools, graduating from Springfield High School class of 1962.

He went on to receive an Associate's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Wentworth College, and a Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern University. He served in the Army Reserves.

He was married to Carol (Killion) Shattuck of Reading, MA. They divorced, but maintained an amicable relationship even after they split.

He began his career in the Engineering Department of New England Telephone Co. in Boston, Massachusetts, and was integral to the installation of the company's first solar technology panels. He moved on to Barstow Engineering as an HVAC Engineer and continued to work on the early adoption of solar panel technology with Barstow. He later moved to New Hampshire to run his own business, where he worked as a successful HVAC Engineer.

His entrepreneurial spirit led to owning and operating a General Store and rental property in New Hampshire. While residing in New Hampshire he joined the Masons and was member of the Red Mountain Lodge #68.

Michael was especially fond of lakes and lake life. He was an avid skier and loved skiing Okemo, he enjoyed fishing, boating and hunting - although he once confessed that he didn't really care about being a successful deer hunter. He thought that deer were beautiful and he wouldn't want to kill one.

He was sharp witted and sarcastic. He found sobriety through AA and attempted to make amends with all while also helping others that were struggling.

He was tough in a quiet sort of way. He rarely complained and never wanted to burden anyone.

He is survived by two sons, Michael and his wife Michelle of Andover, Mass., and Steven and his wife Meryl of Ridgewood, N.J.; by one sister, Lynne Colby of Springfield, Vt.; his longtime and loving companion Lois Carmody of North Sandwich, N.H.; his former wife, Carol Shattuck Boben of Reading, Mass., by six grandchildren, and also by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, one brother Peter Shattuck and one sister Kathleen Piatt.

Visiting hours (10 a.m.) and a memorial service (11 a.m.) will be held on Saturday April 22, 2017 at the Davis Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Springfield.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Springfield Meals on Wheels Program, 8 Southridge St., Springfield, VT 05156

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Robert Thayer Deyo

Robert Thayer Deyo, 78, of Pine Street died Friday, March 31, 2017.

He was born in West Brattleboro, VT on January 23, 1939, the son of Wilfred and Belle (Thayer) Deyo. He attended schools in Brattleboro and served in the US Army. Robert worked as a cobbler at Bob's Shoe Repair and was a 45 year member, and past commander, of the American Legion in Springfield VT. He loved trains, going out to eat, and NASCAR.

On December 11, 1999 he married Carolyn Blake who survives. Also surviving are his sons Roger Deyo of Springfield, VT and Samuel Colby of Hardwick, VT; his daughter Susannah Colby of Sharon, VT; and his grandchildren Raelynn and Noah Colby.

There will be a memorial service 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 15th at the Assembly of God Church in Springfield, VT. Burial will take place in the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, VT at the convenience of the family.

Condolences may be sent to the family c/o The Assembly of God Church, 269 River Street, Springfield, VT 05156.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tanner Gasco-Wiggin

Tanner Edward Gasco-Wiggin, 26, of Chester, Vermont, left us on Jan. 26, 2017. He was born in Randolph, Vermont, on July 3, 1990, and grew up in the Springfield area, attending Springfield schools and graduating from Springfield High School in 2008.

He attended the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and he became an accomplished artist and printmaker. Tanner cared deeply about social and political causes and was a fierce advocate for freedom of expression. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed snowboarding, hiking, music of all kinds, and reading and writing poetry.

He is survived by his father, Randall Wiggin, and partner, Marybeth Maloney, of Chester; his mother, Valerie Gasco, and his stepfather, Jeff Lavin, of Lehigh Acres, Florida; his paternal grandmother, Ruth Wiggin, of Rutland; his brother, Ian Gasco-Wiggin, and sister, Siera Lavin, both of Boston, Massachusetts; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in New England and Florida.

A memorial service will be held at the Old Stone Church (First Universalist), 103 North St., Chester, Vermont, on Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Tanner's memory to the Vermont Arts Council, Outright Vermont or the Vermont Suicide Prevention Center.

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Terry M. Ordinetz

Terry Michael Ordinetz of Warners, New York, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at St Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York, one day before his 65th birthday.

His memory will be celebrated at the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, April 22, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield, Vermont. You are invited to join the family for refreshments and memories at the Parish Hall immediately following the Mass.

Born and raised in Springfield, VT, he moved to Warners in 1989. A graduate of Springfield High School, Terry was a Navy veteran. He was employed with FM Global for 28 years. A former communicant of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, he taught religious education and was the bulletin editor for many catholic churches in the Syracuse area. Terry was a fire commissioner of the Warners-Memphis Fire District and volunteer for the Camillus Erie Canal Society and MasterWorks Chorale. He was an avid Red Sox fan, but above all, loved spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife of 16 years, the former Eileen Dougherty; mother, Joyce of Springfield, VT; sisters, Sue Ordinetz of Corinth, VT and Vickie (Gary) Nieduski of West Windsor, VT; brother, Steve Ordinetz of Dalton, New Hampshire; and many nieces and nephews.Terry was predeceased by his father, Tony, in 2002.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

James E. Williams

James E. Williams 74, passed away on Wednesday Morning March 22, 2017 at the Elm Wood Center in Claremont, N.H. He was born December 13, 1942 in Rutland, Vermont the son of Edward and Ann (Crahan) Williams. He attended Springfield Schools.

He was active with 4-H while attending school. He later served in the Chester Army Reserves.

He owned and operated Williams Fence Company in Weathersfield, Vermont for 40 + years.

He was an avid bass fisherman, competing in and winning many tournaments over the years, catching several trophy bass. In later years he enjoyed shrimping and ocean fishing while wintering in Florida.

He was an avid camper, fisherman, enjoyed spending winters in Florida, A devoted family man who loved his grandchildren.

He is survived by two sons – Edward Williams of Weathersfield, Richard Williams and his wife Suzanne of Pittsford, daughter Vickie Wyman of Keene, N.H. Soul mate and companion of 32 years Nadine Leet of Springfield, two step-daughters Kathy Leet Kennedy and Michael Martin, and Lisa Young and her husband Larry all of Pembroke, N.H. Two sisters – Barbara Williams Shepard of Derby, Vt. and Mary Williams of Pembroke, MA. 15 grandchildren, 2 nieces, 1 nephew and countless others Jim took in over the years.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel on Sunday evening April 2, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Monday April 3, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, Reverend Peter Williams pastor will officiate. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield at a later date.

Contributions may be made in his memory to Vermont 4-H 655 Spear St Burlington, Vermont 05401.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Jean Willard

Jean Willard (n. Follett) of North Springfield died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at the home of her daughter, Brenda Wells, surrounded by family members.

She was born March 11, 1927, in Jamaica, Vermont, the daughter of Robert C. Follett and Muriel (Grout) Follett, and grew up in Townshend, Vermont, Watertown, Connecticut and North Springfield, Vermont.

A graduate of Springfield High School, Jean studied journalism at Boston University and physical education at Castleton State College, as well as participating in numerous workshops and instructional programs. She earned an associate degree in human services at the Community College of Vermont.

She worked in various venues teaching yoga, dance and physical education, and wrote local features for the Eagle Times in the late sixties. But her life’s work was wife, mother, neighbor and community worker. She married Harold (Sunny) Willard on Jan. 11, 1947, beginning a 57-year partnership until his death in 2004. Harold was a machinist for J&L. While caring for their own family of two boys, two girls, and at times foster children, Jean and Harold were active neighbors in North Springfield. Several of her grown children’s childhood friends recall Jean as a “second mother." Jean and Harold enjoyed community theater, gardening, Good Sam events with their trailer, the fellowship of friends and especially dancing.

Jean was active in local organizations and government. She served for more than 25 years on the Springfield Board of Civil Authority including 19 years as a Justice of the Peace. And she served on the Springfield Select Board, 1987-1996, including terms as vice chair and chair. From 1994 to 1998 she served as Vermont District Representative on the Vermont-New Hampshire Solid Waste Executive Committee, serving as vice chair and chair. She served four years on the school board and was a founder of the Windsor County Select Board Association. She was honored for her court diversion work. In addition, Jean did extensive volunteer work for 4-H, Girl Scouts, the Red Cross and others.

Jean was dedicated to the North Springfield Baptist Church. She was a Sunday School teacher, youth director, camp director and member of the Christian Education Committee. Jean was especially proud of having created and nurtured the Interpretive Choir that incorporated dance into the church’s worship. She honored her late husband’s memory by completing her written history of the church, a goal the Willards had shared.

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Jean remained vital and energetic well into her eighties. Besides writing her church history, she dedicated herself to another goal she’d shared with Harold, the neighborhood volunteer effort to preserve the North Springfield School property as a youth recreation center. The young parents she led in the effort referred to her as “the Boss," and a government official with whom she dealt called her a “gentle pit bull." She was also a leader in stopping an intrusive biomass electrical generating plant in North Springfield. She continued her Bible studies and gardening, and greatly enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Reflecting on her life, Jean was proudest of episodes when she stood up against injustice. As a little girl, she jumped from a stair landing to beat up a bully who was picking on a smaller child. As teenagers, she and her brother walked out of their dancing lesson when the teacher barred a girl of color from the class. In college, she spoke up to defend a Jewish girl from a bigoted house mother. More recently she led the successful effort to have the North Springfield Baptist Church welcome GLTB members.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold. She is survived her brother, Robert C. Follette Jr. of Amherst, Massachusetts; and by her four children and their spouses, Steve and Peggy Willard of North Springfield, Richard Willard and Richard Nault of Greenfield, Massachusetts, Cynthia Metcalf and Sen. Dick McCormack of Bethel, Vermont and Brenda and Steve Wells of St. Johnsbury, Vermont; six grandchildren, Nathan Willard, Steve Willard, Alex Metcalf, Ben Metcalf, Emily Metcalf and Wayne Johnson; six great-grandchildren, Starr and Summer Willard, Elliana Cook, Charlotte and William Metcalf, and Riley and Lillianna Johnson.

Visiting hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, followed by services at 11 a.m. and a reception, all at the North Springfield Baptist Church. Reverend George Keeler Pastor will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean’s memory can be sent to the North School Preservation Society, P.O. Box 107 North Springfield, VT 05150 ( nsps.awardspace.us ); The North Springfield Baptist Church (The Willard Scholarship Fund), P.O. Box 23, North Springfield, VT 05150; or Valley Court Diversion Program, P.O. Box 474, White River Junction, VT 05501.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Kathleen Crary

Kathleen Crary, 93, died Tuesday March 21, 2017, at Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center, after a short illness.

She was born Aug. 27, 1923, in Rutland, the daughter of Marvin and Rose (LaDuke) Sanders.

She graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School in St. Albans.

On Dec. 3, 1943, she married Melvin R. Crary in Springfield. He died March 31, 2000.

Mrs. Crary was employed at Britt's Department Store for many years, Barlow's Hardware Store and later, Bushway's Hardware Store, all in Springfield.

She enjoyed crafts and ceramics at Springfield Senior Center and was known for baking cookies, doughnuts and pies to share.

Survivors include two sons, David Crary, of Essex Junction, and Lauren Crary, of Palm Coast, Florida; two daughters, Dianne Favreau, of North Springfield, and Carla Buxton, of Clinton, South Carolina; her twin sister, Aileen Farr, of South Burlington; six grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by seven siblings.

Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Gary F. Lynch

Gary F. Lynch, 69, of Springfield, died Monday, March 20, 2017, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 26, 1947, in Springfield, the son of William and Evelyn (Tarajkowski) Lynch. He attended Springfield schools. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

Mr. Lynch married Patricia J. Crawford Jan. 14, 1971, in Springfield.

He was known as a jack-of-all-trades, working as a machinist at Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Co. in Springfield, at Crawford Fence Co. and many other jobs and trades over the years.

He enjoyed riding his Harley and playing guitar.

Survivors include his wife and son Barry Lynch, both of Chester; daughter Alanna Sorenson, of Riverside, California; a brother, Scott Lynch, and sister, Terri Lynch, both of Springfield; three grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Lynch was predeceased by two siblings, Butch Lynch and Jennie Knight, and a nephew.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield. The celebration of life and reception, with military honors, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Robert L. Johnson VFW Post 771 in Springfield. Burial will be at a later date in Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Marguerite B. Davis

Marguerite Basso Bryant Davis, 92, of Springfield, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor. She was born May 2, 1924, in Springfield, Vermont, the daughter of Arthur E. and Marcella (Witherall) Basso. She attended Springfield schools, graduating from Springfield High School Class of 1942. She later attended courses for computer and business training.

On Jan. 23, 1946, she married Everett E. Bryant. He predeceased her March 11, 1994. On Oct. 6, 1995, she married Earl E. Davis Sr. He predeceased her Jan. 23, 2008.

She was employed as a secretary with the Bellows Falls Hospital for several years, a bookkeeper with Chester Plumbing & Heating for eight years, and also worked at the Springfield Phone Company and the Baltimore School.

She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield, a 70-year member of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Grange.

She enjoyed her time with the Eastern Star and Grange and also enjoyed sewing and sewed many of the gowns for the Eastern Star.

She is survived by two sons, Arthur Bryant of Perkinsville and George Bryant of Olatha, Kansas; two brothers, Edmond Basso of Ascutney and William Basso of Chester; four grandsons, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Nancy Bryant.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield, Vermont. Burial will follow at the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield, Vermont. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 5, at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Calvary Baptist Church Memorial Fund 156 Main St., Springfield,VT 05156. Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield,Vermont.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

John M. Barrows

John Melvin Barrows, 60, of North Springfield, died Thursday, March 16, 2017, of cancer, surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 17, 1956, in Windsor, the son of Gloria May (Porter) and George Melvin Barrows. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1974 and attended classes at VTC and CCC.

Mr. Barrows spent a number of years working in construction, as a machinist, and finally, in special education.

He enjoyed gardening and creating the Community Garden at Turning Point Recovery Center. He was also an avid cyclist and enjoyed swimming.

Survivors include his parents, of North Springfield; three children, Martine Protas, Anthony Barrows, both of North Springfield, and Gabrielle Barrows, of North Carolina; four grandchildren; two sisters, Penny Lucas and Diana Miles; three nieces, a nephew, great-niece and great-nephew. He was predeceased in 2011 by his wife, Stephanie Carroll, whom he married in 1978.

There will be no services at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Norris Cotton Cancer Center, 1 Medical Drive, Lebanon, NH 03766.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Audrey L. Johnson

Audrey Louise Johnson, 77, of Central Street, Woodsville, N.H., died on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville.

Audrey was born on July 3, 1939, in Benton, N.H., to Kenneth R. and Marjorie (Elliott) DeRusha. She was a graduate of McIndoe Falls Academy, Class of 1957.

Audrey spent most of her adult life residing in the Charlestown and Claremont, N.H., area. Most recently, she worked as the front end manager in the Claremont Wal-Mart. Previously, she had been employed at American Brush and American Optical in Claremont. Also, she worked at the drug store in Charlestown. Following her retirement, she moved to Woodsville.

Audrey was a devout Catholic. She enjoyed attending Bible studies at the Opera Block. She loved being with her family, especially her children, grandchildren, and great-grandson.

She was predeceased by her parents, Kenneth R. DeRusha and Marjorie DeRusha; a husband, John Kentta; a sister, Mary DeRusha; and two brothers, William J. DeRusha and Kenneth E. “Bud” DeRusha.

She is survived by a daughter, Daryl Cady of Scarborough, Maine; two sons: James Come and wife Dee of Charlestown, N.H., Michael Kentta and wife Kim of Virginia; 14 grandchildren: Jessica Burlew, Eric Cady, Moraiah Sepulveda, Mikey Kentta, Brycen Kentta, Rylee Kentta, Caleb Kentta, Brayden Kentta, Buddy Morel, Barry Morel, Billy Morel, Ben Hastings, Brandon Hastings, and Jacob Vienne; one great grandson, Nicholas Burlew; two sisters: Margaret “Margie” Foster-Cota and husband Don of Peacham, Vt., and Jeanie Scott and husband Paul of Benton; a brother, Chester “Chet” DeRusha and wife Susan of Wilton, Maine; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; James Come, a former husband, of Charlestown and Fred Johnson, a former husband, of Springfield, Vt.

Calling hours will be on Friday, May 5, from 5-7 p.m. at Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch St., Woodsville, N.H.

A Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, 10 Center St., Wells River, Vt. Burial will be in the Wells River Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to either Cottage Hospital, Woodsville, N.H., or to the Activity Fund at the Opera Block, Woodsville, N.H.

For more information or to offer an online condolence, please visit www.rickerfh.com. Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge of arrangements.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Earle E. Pinkham

Earle Everett Pinkham, 98, of Chester, died Friday, March 10, 2017, at Springfield Hospital, of a heart attack.

He was born Dec. 2, 1918, in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of Earle Everett Pinkham Sr. and Aletha Florence Parrott.

He graduated from Lynn English High School in 1936 and attended Burdett Business College.

A World War II veteran, Mr. Pinkham enlisted in 1940, served in Panama in 1942 and married Barbara Louise Winston June 4, 1942, before being shipped to North Africa, and the China-Burma-India Theater in Karachi with the Army Air Corps. He was discharged in 1945 as a 2nd lieutenant.

He served as treasurer for North Shore Rock & Mineral Club and donated much of his personal glass and mineral collection with Lydia Pinkham papers, to the Lynn Museum & Historical Society. He was a 32nd-degree Mason at Golden Fleece Lodge in Lynn.

He retired after 34 years employment with Bursaw Oil Co.'s service station management in Salem and Lynn, He then worked part time for Kaiser Pemanente's Valley Health Plans.

He was an avid book collector, enjoyed ancient history, his exercise routine and the New England Patriots' success.

Survivors include his son, Galen, of Grafton; brother, Edward, of Lynn; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Pinkham was predeceased by his brother, Norman, in 1994; his daughter, Cheryl, in 2007; and his wife, Barbara, in 2008. The graveside service is planned for June 4 in Cobb Cemetery in Houghtonville.

In lieu of flowers, mail memories to Galen, 2026 Stage Coach Road, Grafton, VT 05146. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel, Springfield.

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Alexandrea K. Ankuda

Alexandrea Kathleen Buchanan Ankuda, 56, of Springfield, died Friday, March 10, 2017, at her home, following a long illness.

She was born Dec. 10, 1960, in Malden, Massachusetts, the daughter of Edward and Catherine (McLellan) Albert.

She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice.

Mrs. Ankuda spent many years as a women's advocate, a recovery coach and life coach.

Survivors include her husband, Mark E. Ankuda, of Springfield; her children, Paul Kouroyen III, of Everett, Massachusetts, Anthony Geer, of Gold Coast, Oregon, Brandon Ankuda, of Manchester, New Hampshire, Christina Saif, of Salem, New Hampshire, and Catherine Gaudette, of Dracut, Massachusetts; her siblings, Veronica Warford, of Sparta, Tennessee, Jennie Paretti, of Dracut, Massachusetts, Linda Kuzins, of Leander, Texas; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and sister Roberta.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 20, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 115 Wheeler Road in Dracut, Massachusetts. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Springfield. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Leslie E. Novak

Leslie E. Novak, 74, a resident of Springfield, passed away Friday evening, March 10, 2017, at her home in Springfield. Arrangements are pending with the Knight Funeral Home in Windsor. The complete obituary will be published when arrangements are final.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

William A. Dall

Dr. William A. Dall, 77, of Naples, Florida, passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at home, with his family surrounding him.

He attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE, before serving in the Navy for the years 1962 to 1966. He went on to dental school at the University of NE Lincoln, graduating in 1970.

He started his dental career in Springfield, VT, before moving his family to Rutland where he continued his busy practice until retirement in 2005, to Naples, FL.

His wife of 49 years, Claudia R. Dall, of Naples, his son, John A. Dall, 54, and grandchildren Sean ,age 18, Ava, age 14, and Elle, age 9, of Huntington, NY, his son, Theodore W. Dall, 47, and his granddaughter, Alexandra, age 6, of Naples, FL, will forever remember his warmth.

Bill loved life and his family. He will be dearly missed by all.

A private remembrance will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the University of Nebraska Foundation; in Memo Line, Dr. and Mrs. William Dall Fund for UNMC COD. Mail to University of Nebraska Foundation, 101 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Colleen B. Fisk

Colleen B. Fisk, 87, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born March 12, 1929, in Springfield, the daughter of Sydney and Beatrice (Putnam) Burke.

She graduated from Springfield High School.

As a teenager, she worked at Wheeler's Pharmacy and later, she was employed in the Blueprint Room at Vermont Research Co., both in Springfield. Mrs. Fisk was a member of VFW Post 771 Ladies Auxiliary and Springfield Garden Club.

She enjoyed gardening and bird watching.

Survivors include five sons, Michael, Thomas and Rodney Watkins, all of Springfield, Jeffrey Watkins, of Tucson, Arizona, and Ronald Watkins, of Cavendish; two daughters, Jean Handley and Susan Watkins, both of Springfield; two brothers, Wayne Burke, of Springfield, and Lyle Burke, of South Carolina; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husbands, John Watkins and Lindell Fisk, eight siblings and a grandson.

The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield. Ernest "Puggy" Lamphere will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, P.O. Box 191, Springfield, VT 05156.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

William C.Hannah

William C. Hannah, 74, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born Nov. 14, 1942, in Springfield, the son of Fred and Hilda (Stone) Hannah.

He graduated in 1961 from Springfield High School.

Mr. Hannah married Sharon L. Heald Aug. 5, 1967, in Springfield.

He was employed as an inspector in the machine tool industry with Jones and Lamson for many years. He also worked for Vermont Research and Springfield Printing.

In North Springfield, he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and worked on airplanes at Hartness Airport, and was active in the North School Preservation Society.

Mr. Hannah enjoyed electronics, carpentry, bowling, roller skating, and was a ham radio enthusiast.

Survivors include his wife, of North Springfield; a daughter, Dorene Barnette, of Apopka, Florida; a grandson; a sister, Shirley Reed, of South Carolina; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield. Services will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association , 110 Main St. #203, Burlington, VT 05401; or American Diabetes Association , P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

Life Is Short
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson, 54, died March 6, 2017, in Winter Haven, Florida.

He was born March 11, 1962, in Huntington, New York, the son of Phillip and Catherine (Olney) Patterson.

He graduated in 1981 from Springfield High School and in 1982 from Ohio Diesel Tech.

Mr. Patterson worked in construction and then at Sullivan Tool, in Claremont, New Hampshire, until retiring for health reasons.

He was a past exalted ruler of Springfield Elks, Lodge 1560.

Survivors include his son, Cameron; his parents of Winter Haven; his partner, Debbie Polczynski; several aunts, uncles, cousins.

A services will be held at 11 a.m. July 15, at Springfield Elks Lodge. Memorial contributions may be made to Silver Towers Camp Fund, Springfield Elks, 40 Parks St., Springfield, VT 05156.

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Muriel P. Wheelock

Muriel Parker Wheelock, 96, a resident of Lincoln House in Barre, died Monday, March 6, 2017, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

She was born Aug. 21, 1920, in East Montpelier, the daughter of Arthur and Christie (Parker) Parker.

She graduated in 1938 from Montpelier Seminary, as valedictorian, and in 1940, from Lyndon State Teachers College.

She taught in both West Barnet and Lyndonville before marrying Elroy Wheelock May 8, 1942, in Newbury. She spent many years as a special education teacher in the Springfield school system.

Mrs. Wheelock enjoyed yard sales and picking strawberries, raspberries, as well as trips to Alstead, New Hampshire, for blueberries.

Survivors include two sons, Brian, of Springfield, and Tim, of Calais; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and her sister's children. She was predeceased by her husband and a sister, Marion Beardsley.

There are no calling hours. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at United Methodist Church in Springfield, followed by a reception.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Helga O. Maguire

Helga O. Maguire, 91, died Saturday, March 4, 2017.

She was born May 4, 1925, in Proctor, the daughter of Martha (Klein) and Algot N. Oscarson.

She graduated in 1943 from Proctor High School.

Mrs. Maguire worked at the Proctor town clerk's office and at Montgomery Ward's in Rutland.

She was a member of the Mid Vt artists and she had photographed all the covered bridges in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania and New Brunswick, Canada.

She married George Maguire in 1961 and moved to Springfield.

Survivors include three children Helga Kivisto, of Sahuarita, Arizona, Amy Schueren, of Springfield, and George Maguire II, of Bridgewater; a sister, Iris Miller, of Benson; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband, Toivo J. Kivisto, in 1959, and in 2003, by her husband, George Maguire, whom she married in 1961; two siblings, Karen Kivisto and Chester Oscarson.

There are no calling hours or services. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Alexander M. Levlocke

SPRINGFIELD - Alexander Michael "Alec" Levlocke, 52, died Friday, March 3, 2017, surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 10, 1964, in Springfield, the son of Nicholas and Jacquiline (Walker) Levlocke.

He graduated from Springfield High School, attended Champlain College in Burlington, and earned a marketing degree from Northeastern University in Boston. Mr. Levlocke helped manage a family rental property business and was a bartender at several Okemo Mountain area restaurants, including Willy Dunn's and The Loft.

He enjoyed lawn and garden work, playing cribbage, Vermont history and architecture, hiking and boating on the Connecticut River. Survivors include his mother, of Springfield; two brothers, Thomas Levlocke, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Nicholas Levlocke III, of Springfield; two aunts and numerous cousins.

His father predeceased him in 1988.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, with the Rev. Peter Carmichael officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.

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Julie K. Gibbs

Julie Kay Gibbs, 55, died unexpectedly at her home in Springfield, Vermont on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Julie was born on May 4, 1961 in Springfield, Vermont, the daughter of Leonard Almon and Carmen May (Johnson) Stillings.

Julie grew up in Ludlow, Vermont, later living in Andover, Ascutney, and Springfield. She graduated from Green Mountain High School in Chester, Vermont. After graduating, she began working at the Gill Home in Ludlow before beginning her 30-plus-year career at Mack Molding, Inc. in Cavendish, Vermont. Julie also worked part-time at Okemo Mountain Resort for a number of years.

In addition to being a dedicated worker, Julie enjoyed running, snowboarding, boating, riding her motorcycle, puzzles, traveling to Florida to visit her father, spending time with family, and spoiling her grandson Elias.

Julie is survived by her two sons Jonathon Gibbs and girlfriend Vanessa Chaffee, Jay Gibbs and wife Jemma and their son Elias all of Charlestown, New Hampshire, her father Leonard Stillings of Plymouth, Vermont, her brother Sam Stillings and wife Jane of Hopewell Township, Pennsylvania, her two sisters Melissa Moore and husband Tony of Plymouth, Vermont, Lenora Wilkins and her husband Scott of South Londonderry, Vermont, her best friend Tony Parker of Springfield, Vermont and three nieces and four nephews. She is predeceased by her mother Carmen Stillings.

The graveside service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, in Plymouth Notch Cemetery, officiated by the Rev. Margo Marrone and followed by a gathering at the home of Tony and Melissa Moore, 4342 Route 100, Plymoth, Vermont.

Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 2000 Commonwealth Ave. Suite 205, Newton, Massachusetts 02466 or by visiting www.komen.org Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, Vermont. An online guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mary V. Bellows

Mary Virginia Bellows, 98, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at Vernon Advent Christian Home in Vernon, VT, with her son and daughter by her side.

She was born April 30, 1918, to Wilbur and Mae Handy. She attended and graduated school in Springfield, later attending and earning her degree in education from Castleton State College.

She returned to Springfield to work in the school system there and in Perkinsville, VT, until her retirement. She and her late husband, Clarence "Stub" Bellows, were foster and adoptive parents, maintaining their small dairy farm, raising chickens, goats and pigs, along with their full-time jobs.

They were avid "birders," extremely active in the Congregational Church, both in Springfield, and their adopted retirement community of Fort Myers, FL. They travelled and camped extensively throughout the country in their retirement. "Ginny" also loved Jeopardy, Scrabble, puzzles, reading, gardening, crafting, singing in the church choir and crocheting.

Ginny was predeceased by her husband, Clarence Bellows, and her son, Richard Prouty. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Lou Prouty, of London, KY; her son, Woodrow Prouty and his wife, Linda, of Charlestown, NH; her son, Mike Bellows and his wife, Nancy, of Shrewsbury, MA; her daughter, Janie (Bellows) Aremburg and her husband, John, of Springfield, VT; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service and celebration of life reception in the spring, details to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Vernon Advent Christian Home Music in Memory Program, 61 Greenway Drive, Vernon, VT 05354.

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