Tuesday, June 19, 2018

William Wright

William Wright 73, passed away at his home in Springfield on Tuesday evening June 19, 2018. He was born April 12, 1945 in Springfield, Vermont the son of Clifford and Thelma (Allen ) Wright. He attended Springfield Schools.

On June 29, 1995 He married Linda Pencek at St. Charles Church in Bellows Falls, Vt.

William was employed as a Grinder and Machinist with the Fellows Gears Shaper in Springfield for 30 years. He enjoyed camping, snowmobiling and car racing.

He is survived by his wife Linda of Springfield, three brothers Dennis, Alfred and Bob, and 1 sister Pamela.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday June 30, 2018 at the St. Charles Cemetery in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Reverend Harold Noyes will officiate.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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

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Lila M. (Costello) Mansur

Lila Marie (Costello) Mansur, 85, of Weston, earned her Angel wings June 16, 2018 at the Springfield Rehab Center in Springfield. She was born on May 22, 1933 to James and Vivien (Tatro) Costello of Springfield. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1951.

On July 14, 1951 she married the love her life, Calvin F. Mansur, who predeceased her in 2010. She met Calvin on a 'blind date', and he would visit her daily at Wheeler's Drug Store on Main Street where she would make him a root beer float while working behind the soda fountain.

They made their home of 55 years in Weston. Lila loved animals and birds, and after Calvin's death, she especially doted on her pet cockatiel named Pretty Boy and her cat named Ebony. She delighted in feeding the back yard birds, chipmunks and squirrels, and loved to listen to Polkas, read romance novels, and was an avid baker. She loved to play golf with Calvin, and she worked for a while as a substitute librarian at the Wilder Library in Weston. She was forever cheerful, a devoted wife and mother, and very proud of her Irish heritage.

Lila is survived by her son Michael Costello Mansur and his wife Kathi of New Mexico, her daughter Maureen Carole Mathieu and husband Lou of Maine, grand-daughters Hannah Haley of Maine, Angela Maureen French and her husband Charley of Wallingford, her sisters Ruthie Douglas of Chester, Marie Angell of Florida, and Helen Mack of Texas. Sister-in-law Lois Barrows of St. Johnsbury, Vt.

She was also predeceased by her sister Marilyn. She also leaves behind 6 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at Davis Memorial Chapel on Summer Street on Sunday, June 24th at 1:00pm, with a viewing at Noon. Burial will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Weston, where she will be "Together Forever" with Calvin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Springfield Humane Society 401 Skitchewaug Trail Springfield, Vermont 05156.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Peter J. Wendt

Peter John Wendt, 81, of Springfield, died Saturday, June 16, 2018, at his home.

He was born May 8, 1937, in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of John F. and Meta (Behrens) Wendt.

He graduated in 1955 from New Rochelle (New York) High School.

Mr. Wendt then served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Salem.

On June 29, 1991, he married Patricia Ann Spooner in Brattleboro.

He was employed with Con-Rail Railroad Co. and the New Haven Railroad as an inspector and civil engineer, retiring after 52 years of service.

Mr. Wendt was a member of Brattleboro Masonic Lodge #102 F&AM, the Cairo Temple in Rutland, the Cairo Band and the Noble Mystic Shrine.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed cutting wood, collecting stamps, collecting and building model trains.

Survivors include wife, of North Springfield; three children Dawn Marie, Zane and Gregory Ahonen; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and several cousins.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Bonnie Ahonen.

The memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ladder of Smiles Cairo Oriental Band, in care of W. Michael Hartup, 7418 East 26th St. North, Wichita, KS 67226.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Patricia A. Riviezzo (Sudant)

Due to complications of a sudden illness, on Friday, June 15, Patricia Ann Riviezzo (Sudant) went home to be with her Lord.

She is pre-deceased by her mother, Mildred Seaver; her father, Joseph Sudant; her stepfather, William Seaver; her two sisters, Lorraine (Sudant) Hanus and Sheila Sudant; and her granddaughter, Celeste Haynes.

Pat was a graduate of the Springfield VT high school’s class of ‘70. She married Dennis Riviezzo of Cornish on July 15, 1972. They were best friends and life partners for nearly forty-seven years.

She worked as a volunteer school teacher at Bow Baptist Academy and Independent Christian Academy for more than four years. Her students held a special place in her heart.

Pat’s passion was baking. Her dinner rolls and raspberry filled cookies were famous among family and friends. She was happiest when baking for those she loved.

Her dogs were her family. If her husband had let her, she would have adopted every stray out there.

Loved ones left behind are her devoted husband, Dennis; her three daughters, Jennifer Riviezzo Haynes, Lisa Riviezzo Mack, Mary Riviezzo and their partners. Her five grandchildren, Colin, Ethan, Ava, Sophia and Addison will miss their Grammie’s endless supply of love and her commitment to spoiling them!

A graveside service will be held at Hope Hill Cemetery in North Charlestown, NH on Saturday, June 23rd at 4:00pm. A celebration of life to follow at the Charlestown Town Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Fast Friends at helpinggreyhounds.org.

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Elizabeth J. Dutton

Elizabeth Jane (Putnam) Dutton of Springfield went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by her family, on Friday, June 15, 2018 after a long battle with cancer.

She was born to Clyde and Arlene (Wheeler) Putnam on May 11, 1931 in Claremont, New Hampshire. She graduated high school in 1949 from Bellows Falls. After high school, she worked for the phone company as a switchboard operator. On Aug. 19, 1950 she married the love of her life, Marshall Allen Dutton. They spent nearly 65 years of marriage together. She was secretary at Calvary Baptist Church before working for the Springfield School District for 24 ½ years, retiring in 1993.

She was a faithful member and worker at the Calvary Baptist Church for 68 years. She loved her Lord, her family, flowers, gardening, knitting, crocheting, sewing, camping, and reading. She spent many hours volunteering for RSVP.

Left to cherish her memory are: Son and daughter Mark and Cindy Dutton of Springfield, Vermont; daughter Diana Henderson of Wink, Texas; grandson John Allen Henderson and wife Mindy of Saginaw, Texas; great-grandchildren Bryce and Kylie Henderson, and Kolton and Kinsley Keen; brother David Putnam and wife Kathleen; sisters-in-law Katrine Dutton, Kathelyn Martin, and Fern Brauner; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Marshall Dutton, and granddaughter Amanda Henderson.

The family asks that memorial gifts be given to: Scottish Rite Hospital of Texas, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX 75219; Springfield Hospital Oncology Center, 25 Ridgewood Road, Springfield, VT 05156; or Springfield Humane Society, Skitchewaugh Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at Calvary Baptist Church, 158 Main St., Springfield, Vermont. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21 in the Calvary Baptist Church.

The Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield assisted with arrangements.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Richard A. Wilder

Richard (Dick) A. Wilder, 85, formerly of Munsonville and Keene, New Hampshire, passed away on June 9, 2018 surrounded by his immediate family at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida due to injuries sustained in a golf cart / car accident on May 12, 2018.

Richard was born on Sept. 13, 1932 in Munsonville, New Hampshire to Everett and Rose Wilder. He graduated from Keene High School, Keene, in 1950. He was a loving husband and father to his wife Jean and his two children, Nancy and David. He lived in Charlestown, New Hampshire, was an active member of the United Church of Christ, and helped rebuild the Sunday school and meeting area after a devastating fire. He also volunteered as a member of the Recreation Department funding and construction committee for the town swimming pool. He was a founding member of what is now know as the River Valley Community College, Machine Engineering Program. In Keene, he was a member of the Congregational Church and later retired in Lady Lake, Florida, where he loved to go to Disney with his wife every week. He was a mechanical design engineer for 36 years at Jones and Lamson Machine Co. in Springfield, Vermont, for one year at Kingsbury Machine Co. in Keene, and for seven years at Bryant Grinder Co. in Springfield. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a Boatswain’s Mate (BM2) during the Korean War, from 1951 to 1955, traveling the world 2.5 times aboard the Destroyer U.S.S. Black DD666.

He is survived by his wife Jean of 62 years, currently of Lady Lake, Florida; a daughter, Nancy St. Pierre (Victor) of Charlestown, and a son, David Wilder (Lysa) of The Villages, Florida. He is also survived by grandchildren Stephanie Connell (Andrew), Heather Wellington (Allen), Justin Wilder (Jackie), and Patrick St Pierre (Grace); and great-grandchildren Jazelle, Dylan, Xander, Pierce, Jordyn, Preston, Parker, Reid, Becca, Jack and Sloane, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his brother Alden Wilder, sisters Linnea Hunt and Christine Chandler; and granddaughter Hillary St. Pierre-Ford.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 15 at 1012 Ann Ave., Lady Lake, Florida. His New Hampshire services and burial will be handled by Foley Funeral Home in Keene (www.foleyfuneralhome.com) at a later date in the family cemetery in the Munsonville.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Albert M. Pixley

Albert Merrill Pixley, 101, of Springfield, died June 13, 2018.

He was born May 19, 1917, on Pease Road in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, the son of Burt and Grace Pollock.

He attended a one-room school, where he kept a vegetable garden, cut and stacked wood, and cut ice in the winter.

To attend Technical High School in Springfield, Massachusetts, he lived with his Aunt Emma and rode a bicycle to school. He graduated June 12, 1934.

He married Charlotte Flora Thaxter on May 4, 1940, in Brattleboro, and got a job at Bryant Chucking Grinder in Springfield, Vermont, where he worked 45 years until 1981.

In August 1953 they moved to White Street in Springfield, where they raised their sons Howard and Robert, and their daughters Betty and Flora.

His wife died on Christmas Day in 1997. Mr. Pixley moved into Springfield Senior & Rehabilitation Center on Chester Road at age 99.

Survivors include his children, Howard Pixley, Betty Wall and Flora Bush and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Robert Pixley.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m.. The Rev. George Keeler will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Luanne J. Wharton

Luanne “Lulu” Jayne Wharton, 60, of Springfield, died Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Luanne was born November 4,1957 in Springfield, a daughter of Lawrence J. and Clarice E. (Marcotte) Morse. She grew up in Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School Class of 1975. Over the years she worked at Ames Department Store, Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, KB Toys, Quiznos and volunteered for WCFR and the Adult Day Center.

In 2003 she moved to Lihue, Kauai, HI until moving to Seatac, WA in 2013. Luanne returned to Springfield in 2016.

She married her best friend Clyde “Bill” Wharton Jr., August 18, 2004 after many decades with him.

Luanne loved her family, close friends, sunshine, hot days, and long car rides, even when she didn’t know where she was going. She also had an extreme love for music.

She is predeceased by her husband, Bill, Her parents, two sisters; Laurene Hooper and Polly Fox, a brother Robert Morse, and her grandson Garrett Waterman. She is also predeceased by her loving best friend Lydia Wharton and her son Earl Glidden.

Luanne is survived by her daughter Monique Plankey of Springfield, Vt. Four step daughters; Mirinda Waterman and Justine Wharton-Black both of Springfield, Karalyn Wharton of Spokane, WA and Kimberly Jeffries of Great Barrington, MA. Four grandchildren; Gavin Glidden, Lacie Glidden, Collin Glidden and Kiera Jaie Plankey. Three step-grandsons; Wayne Johnson Jr., Lucas Johnson and Damian Sanborn. Her sister Lorrelie “Lolly” Vittum and husband Richard of Springfield and a brother-in-law Jethro Hooper of MD, along with several cousins.

A graveside service will be held in the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, VT at a later date. Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, VT assisted with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston 51 Blossom Street,Boston, MA 02114

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Carol Norton Mahan

Carol Norton Mahan, 72, of Seymour, Conn. entered into rest on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Danbury Hospital.

She was born in Springfield, Vt. on Oct. 12, 1945, beloved daughter of the late Frank and Barbara Clark Norton. Carol was a graduate of Springfield (Vt.) High School, class of 1963, and worked for the R&R Manufacturing Co. of Seymour and the W.E. Basset Co. of Derby.

She was an avid homemaker who enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching TV and sports, especially the New England Patriots. Carol loved her beloved cat Bear, to crochet and go camping with her family; she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and watching her grandson perform on stage.

She will be sadly missed by all and will remain forever in our hearts.

Her loving family includes her daughters, Kimberly Ray and her husband Sanjoy, of Metuchen, N.J., Barbara Andrews and her husband Ronald Jr., of Prospect; and son Randall Mahan of New Havenp; and her two grandchildren, Christopher Ray of Metuchen, N.J. and Allyssa Mahan of North Providence, R.I.

A memorial service in celebration of Carol’s life will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the Miller-Ward Funeral Home, 260 Bank St. (Route 67, across from Klarides Village), Seymour. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in memory of Carol may be made to the American Lung Association through the funeral home.

To light a virtual candle and leave online condolences, please visit millerwardfuneralhome.com.

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Dorothy E. Fenton

Dorothy Ethel Fenton, 93, of Springfield, died Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community in Windsor.

She was born Nov. 11, 1924, in Elmont, Long Island, New York, the daughter of John and Hanna (Hyvonen) Bykko.

She graduated from Chester High School.

On Dec. 19, 1942, she married Merrill Fenton in Chester.

Mrs. Fenton worked in the cost office at Jones & Lamson, and later at Bryant Grinder Corp. During World War II, she joined the Civil Service and worked on B-29 and B-17 aircraft. She was assistant manager at a Chester drug store and a ski instructor at Okemo and Killington ski areas.

She served as a courtappointed guardian and advocate for the underprivileged and elderly.

She was a member of Windsor County Extension Service and Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield.

Mrs. Fenton enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, photography, sewing and furniture refinishing.

Survivors include a son, Richard, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years; a brother, Alan Bykko; and a granddaughter.

Per her wishes, the memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, with the Rev. Malcolm Fowler, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156; or Springfield Family Center, 365 Summer St., Springfield, VT 05156.

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Mark N. Tanny

Mark Niemis Tanny, 56, of Brownsville, passed away on Monday June 4, 2018 after a two and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer. Mark was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on Jan. 3, 1962. He is survived by his wife Tracey Cummings Tanny, daughter Leah Tanny, and son Paul Tanny; his mother Brenda Schlegel, brothers Craig Tanny (Cindy) and Keith Tanny (Elizabeth); his mother-in-law Janet Shatilla and brother- and sister-in-laws Peter Cummings, Michael Cummings (Denise) and Anne-Marie Cummings; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Edward Tanny.

Mark earned the Eagle Scout award in 1979. He graduated from Whitingham High School in 1980 and attended Boston University, where he graduated with a BS in Operations Management. Mark earned his MBA from Babson College in 1986. He returned to Vermont following his education and began working at IVEK Corporation in 1986 and purchased the company in 1997. Mark was proud to be a U.S. manufacturer and supporter of local businesses. He was an active board member for the Springfield Regional Development Corporation.

Mark loved spending time skiing at Jay Peak with his family. He had a passion for mountain biking and times spent with family and friends in the Northeast Kingdom. He also enjoyed woodworking, fishing and golfing.

Visiting hours will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday June 9 at Knight Funeral Home, 903 Hartford Avenue, White River Junction, VT 05001. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday June 10 at Old South Church, 146 Main Street, Windsor, VT 05089. Following the funeral, there will be a reception at Ascutney Mountain Resort, 485 Hotel Road, Brownsville. Condolences may be expressed to Mark’s family in the online guest book at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at One Medical Center Drive Lebanon, NH 03756.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Robert H. Fullam

Robert H. Fullam, 81, of Springfield, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at his home, following a long illness.

He was born May 20, 1937, in Springfield, the son of Herbert B. and Lillian (Hutchinson) Fullam.

After graduation from Springfield High School in 1955, he served in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Fullam worked at Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield, Butterfield Tool in Illinois, and Woodland Tool in Bellows Falls.

He was a member of the Springfield Elks Lodge.

He enjoyed playing cards and was an avid golfer.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Fullam, of Oakland, California, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Fullam was predeceased by brothers Charles, Richard and Malcolm Fullam; and sisters Pearl Abbott and Nancy Burton.

The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VA Medical Center in White River Junction; or Spr

ingfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Rita M. Belisle

Rita M. Belisle, age 85, left to be with the Lord on June 1, 2018 at her home in Springfield, Vermont with loving family by her side. Rita was born to Lorenzo J. Sr. and Mary Jane (Labbe) Brillant on June 8, 1932 in Hanover, New Hampshire. Rita was one of six children. She lived in Athol, Massachusetts in her youth and worked for Brillant's Bakery, her family-owned business.

She married her first husband, Richard E. Rayner, at the age of 17. Rita, her husband, and family moved from Athol to Bellows Falls, Vermont, where Rita and Richard had three children. Their marriage ended in 1965. Rita worked many years for her father's business, Brillant's Bakery in Bellows Falls, which later became the famous Rita's Coffee Stop which she owned and operated until her retirement in 2001. On Nov. 1, 1975 Rita married Henry H. Belisle who predeceased her on Feb. 17, 2016. Henry often referred to her as his "Rosebud." Rita came to be known as a mother figure and mentor to many who knew her. She was a loving mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.

Mrs. Belisle is survived by her son Rick Raynor and wife Lana of Westminster, Vermont; her daughters Marlene Curtis and husband Lee of Saxtons River, Vermont, and Diane Bartlett and husband Donald of Saxtons River; her brother Lorenzo "Pete" Brillant Jr. of Morgan, Vermont; her sisters Constance "Connie" Dawson of Bradford, Vermont, Venice Cavallo of Bellows Falls; her grandchildren Celeste Best, Chris Wilder, Tonya Burkholder, Tim Maxfield, Trevor Ramsey, Joshua Curtis, Danielle Raynor, Jevonne McLaughlin, and Eric Hill; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Henry, her parents, her sisters Jeanette Rumrill and Joanne Holbrook, and her granddaughter Monica Dunn Curtis.

Rita will be deeply missed by her family and the Bellows Falls community. Her memory will be held in the hearts of many.

There will be calling hours 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home in Bellows Falls. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 7 at Saint Charles Church in Bellows Falls. Following the service, Rita will be laid to rest next to her husband Henry at St. Charles Cemetery. Reception to follow at the American Legion in Bellows Falls.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Dorothy R. Stearns

Dorothy Ruth "Dot" Stearns, 86, formerly of Springfield, died Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, with family at her side.

She was born June 24, 1931, in Springfield, the daughter of Harvey S. and Sarah P. (Chase) Snide.

She graduated in 1950 from Springfield High School.

On June 30, 1951, she married William "Roy" Stearns.

After working as a secretary at Bryant's, Mrs. Stearns became a full-time homemaker and for 22 years, was a demonstrator/supervisor for American Home Toy Parties. She was also employed at the Paddock Restaurant in the kitchen and the Riverside Junior High School cafeteria.

She was active in Springfield High School Alumni Association, as well as a member of First Congregational Church of Springfield and the Rebekahs.

She enjoyed playing Scrabble and cribbage, collecting hummingbirds, flower and vegetable gardening, traveling, and in earlier years, candlepin bowling.

Survivors include her husband, of Westmoreland; son Gary, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, daughter Kelley Lauren, of Chester, daughter Wendy Putnam, of Westmoreland; two granddaughters, a step-grandson and step-granddaughter, a step-great-grandson; siblings Larry Snide, of Bellow Falls, Patricia Hardy, of Springfield; many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Stearns was predeceased by brothers Fredrick, Paul and Robert Snide.

The graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, in Gill–Walker Cemetery, Putnam Road off from Route 5 North in Springfield, followed by a reception at the Whitcomb Building in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Springfield High School Alumni Association, 13 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT 05156.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Rev. Fr. William P. Morgan

The Reverend Father William Paul Morgan, age 90, of Barnet, Vt., passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018, at his residence.

Fr. Bill was born in Lynn, Mass., on April 26, 1928, son to Francis and Jennie (Leonowitz) Morgan. He was raised and educated in Malden, Mass., graduating from Malden High School, Class of 1946. Following graduation, Bill joined the Navy and served for two years from 1946-1948 earning the rank of Seaman First Class. He attended St. Clement Minor Seminary and St. John Seminary in Brighton, Mass. On Feb. 2, 1957, Bill was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Mass., by His Eminence Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston.

His priestly ministry began as Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (2-22-1957 to 3-4-1958). He then served at St. Aloysius Parish, St. Johnsbury, Vt. (3-4-1958 to 5-29-1964) and St. Mary Parish, Springfield, Vt. (5-29-1964 to 7-26-1968). His first pastorate was at Our Lady of Snows Parish, Waitsfield (7-26-1968 to 8-23-1972). He also served as Pastor at St. Theresa Parish, Orleans (8-23-1972 to 6-29-1977) followed by St. Luke Parish, Fairfax (6-29-1977 to 6-18-1986), St. John the Evangelist Parish, Northfield (6-18-1986 to 6-20-1990), and Blessed Sacrament Parish, Stowe (6-20-1990 to 6-30-1999).

On June 30, 1999, Fr. Morgan was granted Senior Priest status. He came out of retirement to serve as Pastor at St. Dominic Parish, Proctor (6-19-2002 to 5-14-2003) and St. James Parish, Island Pond (5-14-2003 to 7-1-2008). He again was granted Senior Priest status on July 1, 2008.

Fr. Bill is survived by a sister: Dr. Linda Morgan of Lynn, Mass.; a sister-in-law: Jacquelyn, of Weaverville, N.C., and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents: Francis A. and Jennie G. Morgan; two sisters: Kathleen Rubman and Teresa Royle, and a brother: Dr. Donald R. Morgan.

Visiting hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening June 1, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Church on the corner of Winter and Main Streets in St. Johnsbury.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Church on Hill Street in Lyndonville at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018, with Most Reverend Christopher J. Coyne, Bishop of Burlington, as principal celebrant. Homilist will be Monsignor John J. McDermott.

Burial will take place at a later date at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Lynn, Mass.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.saylesfh.com.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Robin E. Merchant

Robin Elizabeth (Acker) Merchant passed away peacefully surrounded by family at her sister’s home in East Durham, NY on May 25, 2018, at the age of 58. Robin was born on July 19, 1959, in Albany, NY to the late Leon E. Acker and Betty Ann Armstrong. She settled in Springfield, Vermont with her 3 children, where she eventually met and married the love of her life Donald R. Merchant. They were married on June 27, 1992 and made their home in Weathersfield, VT where she enjoyed her flowers and gardening, reading, listening to music, laughing and dancing, riding with Don on his motorcycle, and especially her grandchildren.

Robin had been currently living close to family and friends in Springfield, VT with her little dog Lilly prior to her passing. She was a beloved mother, Nana, sister, aunt and loving friend to many. She loved staying in touch with all her friends and family and would light up a room with her joy, laughter and carefree spirit. She cared deeply and knew how to make each person feel valued and needed. She is remembered for many things, but two of her greatest gifts she gave the world were her ability to love and her faith in God.

She is lovingly remembered by her children, Jean M. Willard and her husband Steve of Springfield, VT, Steven M. Towsley and his wife Carolyn of Highgate, VT, and Roy M. Towsley, of Springfield, VT. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren who meant the world to her, brothers Michael Acker, Timothy Acker, and James Acker, her sisters Lynn Mauriello, and Laura Ferrara, their families and several nieces and nephews.

Robin was predeceased by her loving husband Don, her parents, and her brothers Eric Acker and Patrick Acker.

A celebration of Robin’s life will be held on Saturday, June 23rd, at 3 p.m., at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, VT, followed by a short graveside ceremony at Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, VT where Robin and her beloved Don will rest together forever.

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Ralph J. Flick

Ralph J. Flick, 63, of Springfield, died Friday, May 25, 2018, in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born Sept. 26, 1954, in Bronx, New York, the son of John and May (Kinzer) Flick.

He attended schools in New York.

Mr. Flick was employed in building maintenance in New York for many years, and at the LaFrance Block in Springfield for many years, as well.

Survivors include his companion of many years, Gail Burney; nine children Ralph Jr., James, Harley, Luke, Anthony, Theresa, Bernadette, Agiva and Asheley; a sister, Jeanette; and several grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a sister, Margaret, in 1992.

The graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, in St. Mary's Cemetery in Springfield, with the Rev. Peter Williams officiating.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Earl D. Grennan

Earl D. Grennan 22, of Springfield, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday May 23, 2018 in Cavendish, Vt. He was born May 1, 1996 in Springfield, Vermont the son of Garth and MaryJo (Levesque) Grennan. He attended Springfield Schools, graduating from Springfield High School class of 2014, He later attended Johnson State College for Theatre.

He was a member of the Theatre Union, and worked as a Stage Hand, He also worked as a Park Attendant with the Vermont State Parks Dept., worked at Mt. Norris Scout Camp, and volunteered extensively with many organizations, including the Leap Program in Springfield while he was in High School.

Earl was an avid outdoorsman, an Eagle Scout and member of Boy Scout Troop 206. He enjoyed hunting , 4 wheeling, and sewing, making some of his own clothing, and enjoyed fixing things. He was a good friend.

He is survived by his mother MJ Trask and her husband Ben of Springfield, father Garth D. Grennan of Brattleboro, brother Michael Grennan of Albuquerque, New Mexico, ½ brother E.J. Bromley of Springfield, Aunt Jeanie Levesque and her husband Bill Lockwood, Uncle Jeff Levesque, Aunt and Uncle Tracie and Scott Cogdon, and many cousins.

He was predeceased by his grandmother June Levesque.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel on Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

A Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday May 26, 2018 at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Reverend Thomas Charlton will officiate.

A private burial will be held at a later date when Earl will be interred with his grandma June.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Boy Scout Troop 206, c/o Tom Charlton 2141 Matteson Road Chester, Vt. 05143.

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William G. Swenson

William G. Swenson, 74, passed away on Wednesday evening at the Springfield Health & Rehab Center in Springfield, Vermont, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 17, 1943, in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Wesley and Gretchen (Graham) Swenson. He graduated from Radnor High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania, and attended Parks College in St. Louis, Missouri.

He served in the United States Army in Vietnam.

He was employed as an engineer at Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Co., Woodland Tool Co. and the Love-Joy Tool Co. He was a licensed pilot and had worked as a flight instructor at the Hartness State Airport in Springfield, Vermont.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, walking at Spring Weather, reading, hiking and camping. He also enjoyed building model airplanes and restored and raced motorcycles. Motorcycles were his passion and he especially liked Ducati, BMW, Triumph and Norton motorcycles.

He also loved animals and rescued senior dogs.

He is survived by his son, Matt Swenson, daughter Jennifer Swenson, sister Julie Schwartz, and was granddad to Brayden. He is also survived by one nephew, two nieces and many cousins and grand-nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The ALS Association Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022, or to the New England Springer Spaniel Rescue at NEESSR, Inc., P.O. Box 407, Ashland, MA 01721.

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

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Ruth A. Robinson

Ruth Ann (Nichols) Robinson, 87, died peacefully in her home in Swanville, Maine, Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Ruth was born March 20, 1931, in Belfast, Maine to Albert Nichols and Frances (Rogers) Nichols-Blanchard.

Ruth graduated from Searsport High School in 1948. She served as a preschool teacher at both the Searsport and Springfield, Vt., Methodist churches. Additionally, she worked for Youngs Community TV in Springfield, Vt., for 15 years before returning to Swanville.

Ruth was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 47 years, Edward Robinson Jr.; and sons Michael Edward and Kelley Albert Robinson.

She is survived by sons, Patrick Robinson of Maine and Kevin Robinson and fiance Theresa Shonio of Vermont; daughters Darlene (Robinson) Pawulak of Vermont and Doreen Robinson and husband Leslie Davio of Maine. She also leaves one granddaughter, Kristina (Merrill) McKeighan of Vermont; grandsons, Keith Merrill of Florida; Patrick Robinson II of Vermont, Bertram Robinson of New Hampshire, and Lander Smith-Robinson of North Carolina. Ruth is survived by sisters Alberta Ames of Maine; Ina Trundy of Arizona; and Helen West of Vermont. She leaves several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Burial services to celebrate Ruth’s life will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery in Swanville, on Monday, May 21, at 1 p.m.

Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home Belfast, Me.Memories and condolences may be offered to the family at ripostafh.com.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Troy J. Bertrand

Troy James Bertrand, 23, died Saturday, May 19, 2018, at his home in Chester.

He was born Oct. 14, 1994, in Springfield, the son of Steve Dunn and Anita R. Bertrand.

He graduated from Green Mountain Union High School and attended Community College of Vermont.

Most recently, Mr. Bertrand was employed at Jeld-Wen window and door manufacturing in North Springfield.

He enjoyed music and playing guitar, computers and Xbox gaming.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather Chad Hayes; his father; two sisters Taylor and Rachel Hayes; maternal grandparents Bob Bertrand and Linda Legg, step-grandparents Bob and Susan Dickie and great-grandfather John O'Neil; and an uncle.

He was predeceased by his great-grandmother, Barbara O'Neil, and an uncle.

The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at St. Luke's Church in Chester.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Stephen R. Sanderson

Stephen R. Sanderson, 69, passed away at his home in Chester on Friday Morning May 11, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 15, 1948 in Randolph, Vermont the son of Calvin Sanderson and Eleanor Wells and raised by his mother Eleanor and Step-father Earl VanAlstyne.

He graduated from Springfield High School class of 1966.

On August 31, 1969 He married Bonnie K. Hakey in Chester, Vermont.

He was employed in Assembly and as a Machinist with Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Co. in Springfield for over 20 years. He was later employed as Custodian at the Chester – Andover Elementary School for 25 years, retiring in 2012.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, enjoyed cars, and watching stock car racing, He also enjoyed tinkering and fixing things.

He is survived by his Wife Bonnie of Chester, his mother Eleanor of Chester, his children – Scott R. Sanderson of Essex Jct., Vt. , Kelly Sinclair and Stacey L. Sanderson both of Chester, 7 grandchildren, 3 brothers – Dennis VanAlstyne, David VanAlstyne, and Mark VanAlstyne, 2 sisters – Melanie Robinson, and Holly Farnsworth. Also by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a daughter Laurie Ann Sanderson and by his step-father Earl VanAlstyne.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

There will be no services.

Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield is assisting with arrangements.

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Eda F. Estey

Eda F. (Bickford) Estey, 89, passed away on Friday, May 11, after a hard-fought, decade-long battle against dementia. A private memorial and funeral service is planned.

“Dunky," as she was called by her family and close friends, was born on May 24, 1928 in Randolph, Vermont, the daughter of Pearl Drake and Emma (Bryant) Bickford. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1946.

She married Alva “Bill” P. Estey Jr. on June 14, 1947. Eda and Bill were married 67 years, only separated by his death in 2014. Her profession and career was devoted to her family and home in Springfield, Vermont and later Weathersfield, Vermont. She was an avid reader and news buff. She also enjoyed word puzzles and was a great lover of all animals.

She is survived by her son, Jon Estey and his husband, Lou Waryncia, of West Claremont, New Hampshire; one grandson, Gavin D. Estey and his fiancée, Holly Corbett, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island; her daughter-in-law, Lori Estey of Meriden, New Hampshire; and a brother, Lyman D. Bickford of Lancaster, South Carolina, along with several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband; a son, Gregory D. Estey; and three sisters, Pearl “Peg” Young, Idamae “Tiny” Laitinen and Lois Martin; also her beloved cats, Kaiser and Tootsie.

Eda spent the last few years living in Stoughton House at Historic Homes of Runnemede in Windsor, Vermont. Her family is very grateful for the dedicated and loving care she received there.

The Stringer Funeral Home in Claremont is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions in her memory may be sent to the Springfield Humane Society.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ida A. MacKenzie

Ida A. (Michniewich) MacKenzie died Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Springfield, Vt. She was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Springfield, the daughter of Amelia (Jwaszkiewicz) and Stanislaw Michniewich. She graduated from Springfield High School and as a registered nurse from the Fanny Allen School of Nursing. She worked as an industrial nurse at J&L in Springfield in the 1940s and later as a private duty nurse.

She married Neil F. MacKenzie in Springfield April 12, 1947. They worked, loved and laughed together for 63 years. Together they owned and operated MacKenzie Construction in Chester. He predeceased her in 2010.

She is survived by three daughters, Dawn-Marie MacKenzie of Myanmar; Pam (MacKenzie) and her husband Peter Durda of Hinesburg, Vt.; and Jo-Anne MacKenzie of Salisbury, Mass. She was an amazing role model and, with her husband, raised three strong women.

She is also survived by three grandchildren, Kate Durda and her husband Shawn Sato of Iowa City, Iowa; Amelia Paini and her partner Joseph DeMarco of Salem, Mass.; and Neil Durda and his wife Shannon of Georgia, Vt. She was predeceased by her grandson Clay Paini in 2015.

Survivors also include three beloved great-grandchildren, Luca DeMarco, Hailey Durda and Josephine Sato.

She was predeceased by her brothers Anthony and John, and sisters Mary, Sophie, Victoria and Stella.

Her faith was very important to her; she was a longtime and active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chester.

She was an avid reader, gardener, volunteer, game player and practitioner of tai chi. She loved her family most of all. She leaves a big hole.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, May 14, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chester. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Chester.

Memorial contributions may be made to Whiting Library, 117 Main St., Chester, Vt.

Davis Memorial Chapel of Springfield is handling the arrangements.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Thomas Merritt

Thomas Merritt, 91, passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center in Springfield, Vermont. He was born on May 6, 1927 in Springfield, the son of Charles and Thelma (Balch) Merritt. He attended Chester Schools, and graduated from Chester High School. He served in the United States Navy during WW II.

On Oct. 19, 1957 he married Elizabeth Pignato in Springfield. She predeceased him on Feb. 8, 2016.

He worked for many years as a truck driver, first working for his grandfather with Balch Trucking and later for more than 30 years with St. Johnsbury Trucking. He also worked in the machine tool industry.

He was a member of the Chester Congregational Church, the Springfield V.F.W. Post 771, the American Legion Post No. 67 in Chester, the Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge No. 96 F. & A.M. in East Wallingford, and was a member of the Shriners. He had also been a member of the Windham Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by three sons, Robert Merritt of Springfield, Richard Merritt of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and James Merritt of Charlestown, New Hampshire; one daughter, Carol Batchelder of Saxtons River; two brothers, Cunred Merritt of Londonderry, and Arthur Merritt of San Diego, California; one sister, Nancy Adams of North Adams, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by an infant son Alden, his wife Betty and his parents.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening, May 16. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday May 17 at the Simonsville Cemetery in Andover, Vermont. Rev. Gail Kindberg will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bayada Hospice, 1222 Putney Road, Suite 203, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

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

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Edward W. Fitzgibbons Jr.

Edward W. Fitzgibbons Jr., 97, passed away on Monday afternoon, May 7, 2018, at the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow, Vermont. He was born in Worcester City Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, on July 6, 1920, the son of Edward W. Sr. and Etta (Johnson) Fitzgibbons. When Eddie was a few months old, he and his parents moved to Cavendish, Vermont. He attended school in Cavendish.

He worked for Don Belknap cutting wood and logs, driving truck and then became a sawyer. Eddie worked for Kenwood Mills in Cavendish and later worked as a machinist at the Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield, retiring after 25 years of service. During World War II, Eddie, with others, volunteered at a look-out tower to report plane sightings.

He married Mildred Gleason on April 13, 1948. Eddie and his wife had a ministry of sending cards, visiting people, transporting people to doctor's appointments, etc., giving food to those in need and weekly shopping for the elderly.

He belonged to the Cavendish Baptist Church where he was, for many years, an usher, janitor, Sunday school teacher and bell ringer. He was also a member of the church prayer group.

With his brother, Russell, they cut wood for their winter fuel. Eddie mowed the fields at the Sanders-Gleason Farm, which he and his wife later owned.

His sister, Mary, died in 2000 and his brother, Russell, in 2014.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mildred, and nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018, in the Cavendish Village Cemetery in Cavendish. Reverend Abraham Gross will officiate. A time of fellowship will follow at the Cavendish Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cavendish Baptist Church, P.O. Box 425, Cavendish, VT 05142.

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

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bernard Kasparovich

Bernard “Peanut” Kasparovich passed away at 95 on May 6, 2018.

He was born on Jan. 21, 1923 to Vincent and Helen (Bahdan) Kasparovich in Springfield, Vermont. An older sister, Helen, and her husband Ray, were early influences on and supporters of young Bernard.

A graduate of Springfield High School, Peanut was a star athlete for legendary Cosmos coach Curt Dressel, who was a mentor and father figure to young Peanut. After high school he joined the United States Navy, where he served on the U.S.S. Patrol Craft Escort 874 in the Pacific during World War II. Though he never saw the Pacific Ocean again after his service concluded, he retained a life-long love of the sea.

Peanut returned to Vermont after the war, and thanks to the G.I. Bill, pursued and received a bachelor’s degree from St. Michael’s College. Around the time of his graduation from college he also acquired his prized Studebaker convertible.

Living in Springfield and working at Bryant Grinder, where he would stay until his retirement, Peanut met and married the love of his life, Margaret Sharkey. “Peg” and Peanut raised four beautiful daughters at the home he built on Canary Court. Those daughters, in turn, gave “Papa” the eight grandchildren he and Peg spent considerable time doting upon. Peanut was fortunate enough to see the family tree expand even farther, with those grandchildren providing an additional nine great-grandchildren. Margaret predeceased Peanut in 2005; as she passed away he was by her side.

Peanut was the living embodiment of the words of his favorite author, Louis L’Amour: “A great book begins with an idea; a great life, with a determination.” He lived a great life, he will always be loved, and he is dearly missed.

Peanut is survived by his daughter Michele “Micky” Blair and her husband Cliff of Claremont, New Hampshire; Kathy Bolaski and her husband David of Springfield; Lynn Lashua and her husband Gary of Springfield; and Sherry Kasparowicz of Springfield.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center for their kindness, empathy, and patience. There will be a small graveside service for family at a later date, when Peanut and Peg will be laid to rest the same way they lived – together.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Charles R. Brent

Charles Robert “Bob” Brent, age 97, passed away on May 2, 2018 at the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow, Vermont surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in East Weare, New Hampshire on Jan. 12, 1921 to Alice (Murphy) Brent and Nathanial C. Brent. He was raised in Manchester, New Hampshire and graduated from Manchester Central High School in the Class of 1938. He moved to Springfield, Vt. in 1938 to work in North Springfield for his uncle William Murphy. Eventually he went to work at Fellows Gear Shaper where he worked in the Export Department for 44 years, retiring in 1984.

Suddenly, World War II came along and in June 1943 he enlisted in the United States Navy as a naval aviator. He was assigned to the VB -108 B-24 squadron and was stationed in the South Pacific where he was a flight engineer and tail gunner for which he received the Bronze Star. He was an extremely proud veteran and received his honorable discharge in October 1945.

While in Springfield, he met a young lady named Marion H. Williamson who was sister to his uncle’s wife. Marion would eventually become his wife getting married in San Diego, California on June 15, 1945 just prior to his discharge from the Navy. After returning from his military service they would make their home and raise their family in Springfield and return to work at Fellows.

Bob loved to golf and was a founding member and board member of Crown Point Country Club. He was also a founding partner of Great Eastern Manufacturing Company in Springfield. He enjoyed spending his summer vacations at the family summer cottages in Island Pond, Vermont. He was a member of BPOE Springfield Lodge 1560 where he was recently recognized for 72 years of membership. He was also a 77-year member of the Odd Fellows, as well as a member of the Masons and Eastern Star. He was also a longtime member of the Springfield United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his daughter Patricia Brent-Sorenson of Meriden, New Hampshire and his son Douglas Brent and wife Renee of South Burlington, Vermont, their children and their families. He is also survived by his niece Beverly Green of Las Vegas, Nevada, three grand-nieces and one grand-nephew and their families. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Marion Brent; his parents, his in-laws, and his son-in-law George D. Sorenson.

Services were held on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the United Methodist Church, with calling hours from 1 to 2 p.m. with the funeral service beginning at 2 p.m.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow, Vermont or to the Springfield United Methodist Church.

Davis Memorial Chapel is assisting with arrangements.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Alexander S. Doleva

Alexander S. Doleva, 93, of Foxboruogh, Mass., died Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Brightview Senior Living Center in Canton.

He was born June 25, 1924, in West Conshocken, Pennsylvania, the son of Alexander J. and Laura (Borowska) Doleva.

He graduated from high school in West Conshocken and from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

Mr. Doleva served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

He married Helen A. Cichonowicz in Springfield, Dec. 1, 1956.

He was employed as a controls engineer with Foxboro Co. and later, with Stone Webster Engineering.

Mr. Doleva enjoyed making model airplanes, playing accordion and foreign language.

Survivors include by two daughters Mary DeRoche, Alexandra Doleva; two grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife June 30, 2010, and eight siblings Alice, Mary, Stephanie, Sophie, Helen, Josie, Stephan and Paul.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, April 30, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield.

Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Springfield.

A calling hour will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at Davis Memorial Chapel prior to the Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to Old Colony Hospice, 321 Manley St., West Bridgewater, MA 02379.

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Kalevi Pajala

Kalevi Jaakko Pajala, 73, of Andover, Vermont, died peacefully Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Born in Sievi, Finland, Nov. 19, 1944, to parents Toivo Olavi Pajala and Mirjam Saily Pajala, they arrived in the United States in April 1957. He attended schools in Andover and Chester, graduating from Chester High School in 1963. After graduation, he attended Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont. He graduated with a degree in Electrical Tech in 1965.

After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force and went to Lackland AFB in Texas. After that, he attended jet engine mechanic school at Chanute AFB in Illinois. After completing training, he was stationed at Craig AFB in Selma, Alabama, where he worked on fighter aircraft and training jets. After the Air Force, he returned to Vermont and worked at Vermont Research Corp. in North Springfield for 24 years. He later worked at Macdermid Equipment, also in Springfield.

While at Chester High School, he distinguished himself as a gifted athlete. He excelled in both soccer and baseball. His playing style, “movie star” looks and the fact that nobody could pronounce his name, earned him the nickname “Killer.” Years later, when someone would talk about him, they would only know him as “Killer” and not Kal or Kalevi.

For many years, he was a ski instructor and later, alpine skiing coach, at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, Vermont. During the summer, he played softball in the Green Mountain Softball League and played men’s league soccer with his sons on the Chester town team.

An experienced outdoorsman, he rarely missed an opening day of trout season and every fall, he would be in the woods hunting deer in Vermont and Maine. On at least one occasion, he bagged a buck on his birthday. “Killer” was an avid sports fan and rooted for all teams from New England. Sometimes he had to be reminded that the players and refs on the TV could not hear him coaching from the couch. Early Saturday mornings, he could be found watching the Formula One auto races. The Finnish drivers were his obvious favorites.

“Stubborn Finn” described him to a ‘T.’ He learned carpentry skills from his father Toivo, and was a great mechanic. He had a knack for keeping vehicles on the road; sometimes well past their useful lives.

He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends, and will be missed by all.

He was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Vivian Pajala, of Andover; his sons Bradley Pajala, of Londonderry, Vermont, Gregory Pajala and wife Journey Pajala, of Winooski, Vermont; stepsons David Allen (Pam), of Florida, Kevin Allen (Gayle), of North Carolina, and Matt Allen, of Milton, Vermont; two grandsons Olavi and Jaakko, whom he adored; five step-granddaughters, three step-grandsons, four step-great-grandchildren; three sisters Ritva Burton and husband Bill, of Springfield, Vermont, Ulla and Kenny Cook, of Ludlow, Vermont, Lisa Lemmer and husband John, of Barnard, Vermont; and his aunt, Irja Tofferri, who’s address is “travelling.”

Funeral services will be held at the Andover Community Church on Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in the back of the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Andover Project Committee, 953 Weston Andover Road, Andover, VT 05143. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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