Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sandra W. Moore


Sandra W. Moore, 78, passed away on Thursday evening April 5, 2018 at her home in Springfield, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Oct. 21, 1939 in Springfield, Vt., the daughter of Arnold D. and Viola (Taft) Whitcomb. She attended Springfield schools, graduating from Springfield High School class of 1958. She served in the United States Army in 1959.

She worked at Fair-Rite in Springfield, Vt., for the Springfield School District, and in early education. She later worked as a cashier at the Springfield Mobil.

She loved spending time with her family and loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also loved animals.

She is survived by one son Jeffrey Moore of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; three daughters Diane Daniels of Springfield, Vt., Pamela Murray of Middlebury, Vt., and Julie Bartlett of Springfield, Vt.; one brother Roger Whitcomb of West Burke, Vt.; two sisters Nanci Hodgkins of Madison, Wis. and Joan Kendall of Pinehurst, N.C.; and by 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of life service will be held at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.

Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. is assisting with arrangements.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Alice Tier Emerson



Alice Tier Emerson, 94, of Springfield, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Mount Ascutney Hospital in Windsor. She was born Oct. 3, 1923, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Peter and Gabriele (David) Marchand.

She was employed as an administrative assistant at Fellows Gear Shaper for several years, and also worked as switchboard operator at Springfield Hospital.

Survivors include two children Thomas Tier, of Indiana, Allison Tier Kallsen, of England; a sister, Eileen Powell, of New Hampshire; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews.

She was predeceased by her husbands Frederik Tier, Waldo Emerson; and a brother, Robert Marchand.

The graveside service will be at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery in Springfield. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.



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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Ronald K. Baker Jr.



Ronald K. Baker Jr., 65, died Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph.

He was born May 11, 1952, in Cambridge, New York, the son of Marion (Lilley) and Ronald K. Baker Sr.

He graduated from Springfield High School, class of 1970.

Mr. Baker married Carri M. Stewart on March 18, 1978, in North Springfield.

He worked for Bryant Grinder Co. in Springfield, Fresenius in Lebanon, New Hampshire, GW Plastics in Bethel, and was a lieutenant at the Springfield Fire Department.

He enjoyed hiking, camping, reading and riding motorcycles.

Survivors include his wife, of Bethel; daughters Emily Frappier, of Berkshire, Dori Baker, of Winooski; brother Bruce Baker, of Bellows Falls, sister Karen Baker Beardsley, of Springfield; and two grandchildren.

Mr. Baker was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Kim.

The private gathering will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at www.themmrf.org/donate-to-mmrf; or Springfield Humane Society at www.spfldhumane.org/donations.html.

Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home in Randolph.

For online condolences, visit www.dayfunerals.com.


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Friday, March 30, 2018

Robert M. Siddall



Robert M. Siddall of Springfield passed away at his home on Friday, March 30, 2018 surrounded by his

loving family.

He was born Jan. 20, 1943 in Bantam, Connecticut, the son of Russell and Edith L. (Snyder ) Siddall. He attended and graduated high school and tech school in Connecticut.

On May 14, 1966, he married Claudia Jane Rice in Trumbull, Connecticut.

He was employed as tool and die maker with AFCO in Stratford, Connecticut and later with Peoples Bank as a computer programmer.

He enjoyed working with computers, woodworking, and camping. He loved spending time with his family. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and an avid New York Giants fan.

He is survived his wife Jane, a son, Robert and his children Victoria and Ryan; daughters, Becky, Kathy and Christie; a sister, Carol; a brother, Leslie, nine grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Tom and Jim.

A memorial gathering will be held at the convenience of the family.

Davis Memorial Chapel is assisting with arrangements.

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Nicholas Lynch



Nicholas Lynch, 37, died Friday, March 30, 2018, in Springfield.

He was born Sept. 15, 1980, in Springfield, the son of Scott A. and Cheryl (Emerson) Lynch.

He graduated in 1999 from Springfield High School.

Mr. Lynch was a self-employed petroleum equipment technician and also operated a car detailing business over the years. He enjoyed riding dirt bikes and racing, hunting and fishing, mechanics and rebuilding trucks. He also enjoyed watching football and was a Washington Redskins fan.

Survivors include his mother, father and stepmother Shawna Lynch, all of Springfield; a son, Cory "CJ" Lynch, and a daughter, Morgan Lynch; a stepbrother, Todd Aiken; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by a brother, Corey Lynch.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, at the funeral home with the Rev. Malcolm Fowler officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St., Springfield, VT 05156.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Jodi L. Gadai



Jodi L. Gadai, 48, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at her parents' home in Hartland, Vermont. She was born May 29, 1969, in Springfield, Vermont, the daughter of Nelson and Sherry (Knisley) Smith. She attended Springfield High School, graduating with the class of 1987. She later graduated from Western New England University in Massachusetts.

She worked in finance for several years, but was focused on being a mother and raising her children.

She lived in North Carolina for many years, moving back to Vermont in October 2017.

Jodi was fun-loving and enjoyed time with her family.

She is survived by her parents, Nelson and Sherry Smith of Hartland; one son, Gregory Gadai and one daughter, Hannah Rose Gadai both of North Carolina; one niece, Megan Savoir, and one nephew, Shawn Savoir.

She was predeceased by her sister, Kimberly Smith Savoir, in 2016.

A graveside service will be held at a later date in the Pleasantview Cemetery in Chester, Vermont.

Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield is assisting with arrangements.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

William R. Guy



William R. Guy of North Springfield, Vermont, died Friday, March 23, 2018, peacefully at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill was born Nov. 26, 1939, in Lebanon, Maine, to Eugene N. and Zelma (Nichols) Guy.

Following the death of his father in 1945, he along with his mother and brother moved to Alton, New Hampshire. In 1955 they moved to Chester, Vermont, where Bill graduated from Chester High School in 1958. After graduation he joined the Army Reserves in Chester. In 1962, Bill married Evelyn Crossman at the First Baptist Church in Chester, Vermont.

Bill became a skilled machinist and over the course of the next five years he was employed at Pratt and Whitney, Cone Automatic and Bryant Grinder.

In 1967 Bill became co-owner of Idlenot Family Restaurants with his brother Eugene, then over the course of the next 20 years, they built up a chain of 12 restaurants in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, later selling to the Friendly’s Corporation in 1986.

He was a member of the Springfield Elks Club and bowled in leagues for more than 30 years at the Plaza Bowl in Springfield.

Bill’s favorite hobby was restoring and driving his classic cars.

Survivors include his wife Evelyn of North Springfield; his son, Douglas, granddaughters Gillian and Grace Guy and their mother, Georgeann Guy, and brother Eugene (Carol ) Guy, all of Springfield, Vermont; also nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday March 31, at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Chester, Vermont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail Springfield, VT 05156.

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Russell Roy



Russell Roy, 79, of Weathersfield, passed away Friday, March 23, 2018, at his home. He was born June 13, 1959, in Claremont, the son of Elmer and Evelyn (Valley) Roy.

He attended Springfield High School and graduated in 1956. He and his wife remained active in the affairs of the Class of ’56. After graduation, Russell served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958. He then went on to work in the area machine tool industry for years at Pratt & Whitney, and for 23 years at Jones, Lamson & Co.

On June 13, 1959, on his 21st birthday, Russell married his high school sweetheart, Betty Lou Partridge. The two remained devoted to each other for the next 58 years.

Russell loved his family, and enjoyed spending time with them; especially giving them a “hard time.” He was also very involved in the raising, training and racing of standardbred trotting horses. He competed at many regional fairs, Saratoga Raceway and Plainridge Raceway. His involvement in horse racing also included a long-time membership in the U.S. Trotting Association. Russell was also an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time. advertisement

Russell is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Lou Roy of Weathersfield. He also leaves behind a brother, James Roy and his wife Gwen, of Tequesta, Florida; two sisters, Hazel Roy of Claremont and Sharon Kramer of Sarasota, Florida; a daughter, Deanna Ballek and her husband Frank of Hartley, Delaware; two sons, Michael Roy of Baltimore, Vermont and Joseph Roy and his wife Jackie, of Springfield, Vermont; five grandsons, Samuel Lau, Benjamin Lau and his fiancee Alexx, Jesse Roy and his fiancee Rochelle, Brady Roy, Justin Roy, and one great-grandson, Kahn Lau.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Contributions may be made in Russell’s memory to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Association of VT & NH at www.vnhcare.org or P.O. Box 881, Brattleboro, VT 05302. The Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Janice L. Martin



Janice Louise Martin, 95, of Springfield, passed away peacefully on the first day of spring, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center in Springfield.

Janice was born on Aug. 31, 1922, to Edward and Mamie Held in Milwaukee, Wis. She joined a brother Donald, four years her senior. She attended schools in Menomonee Falls, Wis., graduating high school in 1940. Janice attended Whitewater State Teachers College and Prospect Hall Business College and graduated with honors in 1941.

Janice worked at A.O. Smith in Milwaukee as a secretary from 1942-1943. Between 1949 and 1955 she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper, making her home in Minnesota, California, and Illinois where she met her husband Roy Ertler. They were married in 1955.

In 1968 the Ertler family moved to Hollywood, Fla. Janice was a homemaker, a mother to two daughters, and the bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Miami Typesetting Company. After Roy’s passing in 1976, Janice and family moved to Fort Lauderdale where she found employment as a secretary and bookkeeper for a mirror and glass company.

In 1978 through a mutual friend, Janice met Donald Martin from Springfield and in 1979 they were married. They made their home in Charlestown, N.H. and Springfield, until 1984 when Don retired from Jones and Lamson. In retirement, they traveled extensively throughout the United States, then came back to Springfield. Don passed away in 1992.

Janice enjoyed helping others through volunteer work with RSVP and Community Care Network. She loved life. Her warmth, smile, and sense of humor will always be remembered.

In addition to her husbands, Janice was predeceased by her parents, brother, a daughter, a stepson and a niece. Survivors include her daughter, Lori Lull and husband, Robin of Weathersfield, Vt.; stepson, Chris Ertler and wife, Peggy of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; nephew, Robert Mels and wife Marianne of Bartlett, Ill.; and several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Springfield Health and Rehabilitation for their compassion and care of Janice. Donations in her memory may be made to the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside memorial service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Memorial Chapel, Springfield.



UPDATE 04/10/18:

The graveside service for Janice L. Martin, 95, who died March 20, 2018, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

The Rev. Gerry Piper will officiate.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.
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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Janet Rollins



On a sunny afternoon in Rutland, Vermont, March 18, 2018, two days after her 70th birthday and surrounded by her loving family, Janet Rollins took her last breath in this life as she journeyed into her next life to join her parents, and grandson.

Janet was born in Springfield, Vermont, March 16, 1948, to Charles and Thelma Cole (Curtis). She was raised in Andover, Vermont, and graduated from Springfield High School.

Surviving are her four children: a son, Dan Pelkey, his partner, Cindy Pelkey, and their son, Ben Pelkey, of Wallingford, VT; a daughter, Kim Denis, her husband, Kipp, and their sons MJ Denis and Jared Denis, of Proctor, VT; a son, Kevin Pelkey, his wife, Wendy Pelkey, and their daughters Devyn Pelkey and Alissa Pelkey, of Mount Dora, FL; a son, Craig Pelkey, his wife, Laurie Pelkey, and their children Spencer Pelkey, Kaitlyn Pelkey, Evan Perry and Emily Perry, of Pittsford, VT. Also surviving are a sister, Christine Quinn, her husband, Hollis Quinn, and their daughter, Jill Sandonato, of Cavendish, VT; her first husband and father of their children, Steve Pelkey, of Proctor, VT; and second husband, Mark Rollins.

She is also survived by the wonderful staff of nurses at The Pines Nursing Home who cared for her in her last four years of life and who became an extension of her family. Janet's family would like to express their deep gratitude to the nursing staff at The Pines for their dedication and compassion.

Janet was predeceased by her parents; stepfather, Ralph Gamble; and grandson, Samuel Pelkey, son of Dan and Cindy Pelkey.

Janet will be remembered for her spunky, no-nonsense personality and sense of humor, she loved to tease and be teased, and held onto her witty humor until her final weeks. She loved music, pink carnations, hummingbirds and maple trees. She enjoyed swimming, playing Cribbage and Yahtzee, family gatherings and a good visit over coffee. When her home was filled with her loved ones, you would find mom in her kitchen cooking up a storm and it's when her heart was most content. She will be missed.

There will be no calling hours. The family will have a private celebration of her life in the spring.

Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.

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Marlene L. McLeod



Marlene L. (Cochran) McLeod, 81, of Springfield, died Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was born Jan. 22, 1937, in Morrisville, the daughter of Clyde and Ruth (Churchill) Cochran. She graduated from Peoples Academy in Morrisville.

On Feb. 10, 1955, she married Lyle M. McLeod in Burlington.

As well as being a mother and homemaker, Mrs. McLeod worked in food service at Fellows Gear Shaper for many years and later, at Dunkin' Donuts, both in Springfield.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Survivors include five children Penny Hawkins, Shirley Manning, Janet Kennett, Emery and Steven McLeod; two sisters Adlee Greenough and Carolyn Sanders; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband June 27, 2015; and three siblings Calvin, Regina, Modena. The graveside service will be at a later date in Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield., 81, died Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was born Jan. 22, 1937, in Morrisville, the daughter of Clyde and Ruth (Churchill) Cochran. She graduated from Peoples Academy in Morrisville.

On Feb. 10, 1955, she married Lyle M. McLeod in Burlington.

As well as being a mother and homemaker, Mrs. McLeod worked in food service at Fellows Gear Shaper for many years and later, at Dunkin' Donuts, both in Springfield.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Survivors include five children Penny Hawkins, Shirley Manning, Janet Kennett, Emery and Steven McLeod; two sisters Adlee Greenough and Carolyn Sanders; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband June 27, 2015; and three siblings Calvin, Regina, Modena.√ The graveside service will be at a later date in Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

William G. Basso Sr.



William G. “Bill” Basso Sr., 92, of Chester, passed away March 10, 2018, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

He was born July 10, 1925, in Springfield, Vt., to Arthur and Marcella Basso, of Baltimore, Vt.

After graduation from Springfield High in 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Force.

Honorably discharged in 1945, he returned to the Springfield Jones & Lamson company completing his fifthyear co-op machinist course.

Bill married Eveleth M. Call in 1946 and they had 72 years together.

Bill also worked for E.R. Wiggins for several years and began professional truck driving until retiring early to travel and camp in the USA and parts of Canada until 2008.

Bill was an avid hunter, camper and loved to drive.

He belonged to the American Legion, Teamsters Retirement Club, Free and Accepted Masons, Holiday Ramblers and Good Sam clubs.

Survivors include wife Eveleth (Call) Basso and children William ll and wife Margo, of Mount Tabor, Vt., Robert, of Port Orange, Fla., Cynthia and husband Richard Farnsworth, Chester, Vt., Anita and husband Peter Dregallo, Andover, Vt., James, of Clayton, Del.; a brother, Edmund Basso, of Springfield, Vt.; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and sister Marguerite Bryant Davis.

Contributions are to be made to Vermont Veterans Home, 325 North St., Bennington, VT 05201.

Graveside services to be held at a later date.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Jeffrey M. Duling



Jeffrey M. Duling, 51, of Springfield, died Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born Oct. 15, 1966, in Windsor, the son of Francis and Donna (Hood) Duling.

He graduated in 1984 from Windsor High School.

On June 23, 1990, Mr. Duling married Patti J. Morse in Windsor.

He was employed in maintenance at Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center for several years and most recently, was employed as a counselor with HCRS in Springfield.

He was a two-time past governor of Springfield Moose Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose # 679, and a president of the North East Legion (Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont).

Mr. Duling enjoyed hunting, forestry planting and habitat preservation.

Survivors include his wife and two daughters Jessica and Nicole Duling, all of Springfield; his mother, of Windsor; and a brother, Francis Duling Jr., of St. Johnsbury.

He was predeceased by a sister, Theresa.

The memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, with the Rev. Gerry Piper officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children at Mooseheart, in care of Springfield Moose Lodge, 39 South St., Springfield, VT 05156, or call 885-5370.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

John C. Stearns



John C. Stearns 66, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Springfield on Tuesday March 6, 2018. He was born April 18, 1951 in Springfield, Vermont the son of John M. and Marguerite (Bunting) Stearns. He graduated from Bellows Falls High School.

He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era.

John apprenticed at Lucas Pattern Shop in Springfield, Vt. and worked at Lucas for several years. He later owned and operated Precision Valley Pattern Company for 30 + years. He was also a Carpenter and Contractor.

He was a member of the Chester American Legion Post 67 in Chester, Vermont.

He is survived by 1 Son Tyler J. Stearns and his wife Amanda of Chester, 1 daughter Mercedes Kubisek of Proctorsville, 7 grandchildren, 1 sister Carol Mcgrotty and her husband Bill of Bangor, Maine and nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday March 14, 2018 at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. Reverend Gerry Piper will officiate.

Burial will be at a later date in the Brookside Cemetery in Chester, Vermont.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Margret H. Kolbjornsen



Margret H. Kolbjornsen, a resident of Summerhill Assisted Living in Peterborough, New Hampshire, died Feb. 3, 2018, at the age of 94.

She was the daughter of Hermann and Elisabeth Sieck Haertel, born in Hannover, Germany, in 1923. Her family came to New York City aboard the M/V Thuringia in 1926 and settled in New York City. In a neighborhood snowball fight in 1933 she met the just-off-the-boat Norwegian boy who would become her husband. She attended Staten Island schools and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics from Douglass College in 1946.

Margret loved the outdoors and chose a career as national field director with the Girl Scouts of America. In 1948, Margret married John Kolbjornsen and moved to Denmark, where he served in the American Embassy, Copenhagen, and where their first child was born. They returned in 1952 and settled in Cambridge, Mass., where John attended Harvard Divinity School and where they welcomed a second daughter. Two sons were born in the next few years. After John’s ordination to the Unitarian ministry, they served churches in Sharon, Mass., Williamsville, N.Y., Norwell, Mass., Sioux City, Iowa and Springfield, Vt.

In 1971, Margret received an Master of Education degree and began teaching 6th-grade math and science in the Durham Schools. After her retirement and their move to Peterborough, she served as a substitute teacher in the ConVal School District elementary schools. Like her mother, Margret had a beautiful singing voice and she sang throughout her life, beginning in church choirs as a child, and in all their churches and the Buffalo Schola Cantorum, the Scituate Choral Society, the Morningside Singers in Sioux City, the Seacoast Singers in Durham, and for the past 26 years, the Monadnock Chorus, from which she retired two days before her 93rd birthday.

Her summer vacations were spent visiting her German cousins and traveling in Europe. She enjoyed the Christmas markets in Munich. In several trips she sailed the Danube from its source to the Black Sea. Star Island, a UU Conference Center off Portsmouth, was part of her summers as well; she attended the Natural History Conference, beginning in 1974, and volunteered in the island gift shop.

Margret was born into a family of professional gardeners, and her love of gardening brought her and others much joy.

Her hands were always busy with knitting, and she spearheaded the creation of “Comfort Dolls” by her friends and relatives, which have been taken by local physicians on medical missions to Ethiopia, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Peru. advertisement

On New Year’s Day, 2015, she moved to Summerhill Assisted Living, where she bloomed under their extraordinary care, made wonderful new friends and kept the house plants watered.

Margret’s caring spirit and optimistic outlook on life will be missed by many.

Margret was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Rev. John M. Kolbjornsen; her sister, Christa Kinne of Key West, Fla.; and her brother, Major Hermann Haertel (Ret.) of San Antonio, Texas. She is survived by her brother, Dr. Manfred Haertel and his wife, Leone, of Columbus, Ohio; by her children and their spouses: Susy and Tom Mansfield of Peterborough; Elise and Phil Anton of Palmer, Mass.; Peter and Debbie Kolbjornsen of York, Maine; Dr. Paul and Kim Kolbjornsen of Northampton, Mass.; 18 nieces and nephews; and her grandchildren, Molly and Sam Mansfield, Doug, Arianna and Ben Anton, Kate, Andrew and Tory Kolbjornsen; and her great-granddaughter, Madelyn Alice Anton.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 1 p.m., at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Main St.

At her request, memorial donations in her name may be made to the Church and to Summerhill Assisted Living, 183 Old Dublin Road, Peterborough, N.H., 03458.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Robert L. Buxton

Robert L. Buxton, age 58, of Columbia, SC. died February 27, 2018. He graduated Springfield High School in 1977.


















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Friday, February 23, 2018

Jane M. Kervella



Jane M. Kervella, 84, of North Springfield, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Friday evening February 23, 2018. She was born July 7, 1933 in Troy, New Hampshire the daughter of Lawrence and Lempi ( Mattila ) Lepisto. She attended and graduated schools in the Troy area. On September 24, 1954 she married Louis E. Kervella Jr. in Troy, N.H. He predeceased her on July 25, 1999.

She lived in Troy, Keene and East Alstead N.H. most of her life, moving to North Springfield, Vt. in 1999.

Jane was employed in Customer Service with American Optical and Schleicher & Schuell in Keene, N.H.

She was an active member of the North Springfield Baptist Church and enjoyed working and attending Church suppers. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching and thrift shopping. She loved her cat Webley.

She was a mother and grandmother to everyone.

She is survived by 1 son Lawrence L. Kervella and his wife Sun Sok of Yorktown, VA. 2 daughters – Johanna Beam and her husband Stuart of Springfield, and Lesa Hinkley and her husband Douglas of Springfield. Also by 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband one daughter Heidi and by 2 brothers – Paul and Robert.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday March 3, 2018 at the North Springfield Baptist Church, Reverend George Keeler Pastor will officiate. Burial will be in East Alstead, N.H. at a later date.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the North Springfield Baptist Church P.O. Box 23 North Springfield, Vt. 05150 or to the Springfield Humane Society 401 Skitchewaug Trail Springfield, Vt. 05156.

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

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Agnes E. Hall



Agnes E. Hall, 95, of Springfield, died Feb. 22, 2018, at Haven Hospice Center in Orange Park, Florida.

She was born Oct. 29, 1922, in Springfield, the daughter of Ralph C. and Dorothy (Flanders) Wing.

She graduated in 1941 from Springfield High School.

On July 16, 1941, she married William J. Hall in Springfield. He died Aug. 3, 1988.

Mrs. Hall was employed as a secretary and ward clerk at Springfield Hospital for 24 years, retiring in 1988.

She was a member of North Springfield Baptist Church and superintendent of the church’s Sunday school.

She enjoyed traveling and collecting angels.

Survivors include four children David Hall, of Springfield, Carol Daniels, of Weathersfield, Judith Hall, of Minot, North Dakota, and Deborah Hall, of Middleburg, Florida; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Hall was predeceased by four siblings Louise Carter, Janet Thomas, Richard and Edward Wing.

The graveside service will be at a later date in Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to North Springfield Baptist Church, P.O. Box 23, North Springfield, VT 05150; or the charity of one’s choice.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bert A. Washburn



Bert A. Washburn, 93, of Randall Hill Road, passed away at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH, on Feb. 21, 2018.

He was born in Lilliesville, VT, on Oct. 11, 1924, the son of Raymond and Esther (Slack) Washburn. He grew up in Bethel, VT, graduating from the Whitcomb High School.

After graduation, he served in the United States Air Force during WWII in the Mariana Islands.

After his service, Bert moved to Bellows Falls and worked for 34 years at the Jones and Lamson Machine Tool Co. in Springfield, VT.

He was a member of the VFW, raced cars in his younger years, was an avid hunter and fisherman, mechanic, an apiarist, horseshoe enthusiast and a tinkerer of projects.

Mr. Washburn is survived by his sons David Washburn and his wife, Brenda, of Bellows Falls, VT, Donald Washburn and his wife, Rhonda, of Pennsylvania, and his daughter, Nancy Thurston, of Springfield, VT. He is also survived by his stepson, Robert Thomson; his brother, Ellis Washburn, of Peabody, MA; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bert was predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline Frances Brizzee; a stepdaughter, Lynn Greer; two brothers Winston and Howard Washburn; and two sisters Shirley White and Eunice Washburn.

Graveside services and a celebration of life will be held in Bethel, VT, at a later date to be determined by his family.

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Arthur T. Monteith



Arthur T. Monteith, 89, of Sebastian, Florida, formerly of Springfield and Weathersfield Bow, Vermont, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Florida.

He leaves Joanne, his loving wife of 32 years. He will also be dearly missed by his nieces Elsie, Lois and Patricia and his extended family in Florida.

Arrangements are in the care of Davis Seawinds Funeral Service of Sebastian, FL 32958.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Phillip N. Streeter



Phillip Norman Streeter, 85, of Snowflake, Arizona, passed away at his home on Feb. 15, 2018. He was born on May 30, 1932, in North Springfield, Vt., to his parents Charles and Mary (Guild) Streeter.

A visitation will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, at the Concho Valley Community Church, located at 36650 Highway 61, in Concho. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m.

Burial will take place at a later date at the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield, Vt.

Phillip worked as a mover for J.M. Giddings Trucking then was a truck driver for Northeast Riggers. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army, where he served during the Korean War. His hobbies were woodworking and gardening.

He was a member of Concho Valley Community Church and attended Advent Christian Church in North Springfield, Vt.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda (Ballard) Streeter of Snowflake; sister, Mary Nelson of Port St. Joe, Fla.; daughters, Debbie (Michael) Knox of Fairfield, Maine, Lisa (Mark) Callaghan of Apache Junction, Wendy (Michael) Blish of Phoenix; son, Eric Streeter of Putney, Vt.; adopted daughter, Marion Ellen Smith DeStellano of White River Junction, Vt; grandchildren, Devan and Kassady Smith, Jennifer Coolidge and Daniel Knox; and great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Jason Coolidge, and Addy and Tully Starger-Knox.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Janet Anderson Streeter; and brothers, Charles Russell and Alfred Streeter.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake handled the arrangements.



UPDATE 04/10/18:

The graveside service for Phillip Streeter, 85, formerly of North Springfield, who died Feb. 15, 2018, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, in Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield.

The Rev. Floyd McIntyre will officiate.

Reception follows at the Advent Christian Church, Church Street, North Springfield.

Local arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Don L. Connor


Don L. Connor, 62, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born May 28, 1955, in Springfield, the son of George P. and Virginia J. (Emery) Connor.

He graduated from Springfield High School and received his nursing degree from River Valley Community College in Claremont, New Hampshire.

Mr. Connor was employed with Mack Molding in Cavendish for a few years and later, worked as an LPN for area hospitals and nursing homes, including at Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center for over 12 years.

He enjoyed reading and writing short stories.

Survivors include two siblings Donna Perham, of Chester, and Dennis Connor, of Springfield; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother. Paul Connor.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lydia L. Ratcliff



Not even a rat biting into her nose one night at her Vermont boarding school in the early 1950s frazzled the bonds that were to tie Lydia Ratcliff, who died on February 14 at the Genesis Care Center in Springfield, to her adopted state. It was part and parcel of the country lifestyle that she would come to embrace some years later on her 90-acre Lovejoy Brook Farm at Chester. Early on, she brought concepts to her farm there not yet in the everyday vocabulary and for that was “ahead of her times” as one person described her. “Diversification” and “organic” were still unfamiliar terms to many, but they were already entrenched ideas in her mind and on her farm. In time, that vocabulary expanded to include “direct farm to kitchen”. Two words not in her own dictionary, however, were “hormones” and “antibiotics” and for that, an increasing number of restaurant chefs from New England to New York cherished her and revelled in the quality meat that she regularly supplied to their kitchens through her organization, Vermont Quality Meats.

A generous dollop of eccentric quirks often came with her meat deliveries: alongside her ragtag blood-stained clothing, clothing which she prided herself in buying by the weight came her well-used Paris Louis Vuitton bag, invariably open and spilling order notes and telephone numbers jotted down on scraps of paper. Thrice-warmed cups of burnt coffee were also no strangers to her gnarled hands; its acrid aroma announced her imminent arrival. To her favorite chefs she often brought fresh ricotta made from the milk of her ewes, shaped in special straw moulds sent her from the British consul in Sardinia. And time after time, somehow, she and her rusted delivery van managed to fend off even those most hardened of vigilantes, New York City traffic cops. She was a walking kaleidoscope of striking sights, sounds and scents.

Born in Palisades, New York along the banks of the Hudson River to the science writer John D. Ratcliff and his wife Marie-Fran├žoise Tonetti, Lydia’s childhood was fairly conventional. But convention would be short-lived. She attended the local elementary school where her first venture into the world of business occurred before the age of ten. A neighbor, a top executive of King Features Syndicate, noticed her immersed in comic books and asked her to conduct a detailed survey of the most popular ones amongst her friends. Her pay was a year’s subscription to her own favorite. After two years at the local high school, she enrolled at the Putney School in Vermont to complete her undergraduate studies. It was there that she had her first taste of Vermont and the counter-culture which appealed to her. Peggy Seeger was a contemporary of hers there.

Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania followed, where she had two years before leaving for Paris and a year at the Sorbonne University. There, she learned French with ease and cuisine with enthusiasm, and garnered several adoring French boyfriends, before returning to the United States. Asked many years later why she switched from Swarthmore to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she replied that the latter was more rounded, less stuffy. The chemistry evidently suited: she graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors. As many young women did in the late 1950s, she headed for New York City and a job as an editorial researcher at Time Magazine in the Business department. Her first apartment there was a rambling top-floor place on West 14th Street, shared with several friends. At the outset all went well until the midnight telephone calls began, requesting the favors of the young flatmates. In an earlier incarnation, it transpired, the place had been a thriving brothel. Lydia and her friends decamped for calmer quarters elsewhere.

Her research assignments at Time Magazine, meanwhile, flourished as she took on an increasing range of topics. One week it was a profile of milliner Sally Victor, renowned hat maker to Mamie Eisenhower and Jacqueline Kennedy. Victor concocted an outrageous straw one for Lydia, crowned by a geranium flower pot. The next week it was a prison encounter with Joseph Miraglia in the early days of credit card fraud: in one month young Miraglia had managed to blow $10,000 that he did not possess. She travelled to the ailing W.C. Handy’s bedside where he recounted how he had come to compose The St. Louis Blues. In the summer of 1959, in the name of research, she ate her way through the menu of the about-to-be-opened Four Seasons, then touted as the most expensive restaurant in all Manhattan. Her most legendary exploit, however, took place on July 24 1960 with the arrival at the United Nations in New York of Patrice Lumumba, the leader of the newly independent Congo and much of his cabinet. Time Magazine had no other French-speaking staff at the time except Ratcliff. For nearly a week, she was detailed to accompany him from New York to Washington and on to Canada. At the end, she persuaded her bosses to fund a large party for the Congolese entourage at the family gardens replete with waterfalls, fountains and pergolas on the banks of the Hudson.

It was an era when women magazine researchers could not rise higher on the masthead. Having learned the skills she would need, she resigned to become a freelancer, producing articles for The Reader’s Digest, Suburbia Today and other periodicals under the name Lydia Lawrence. Before long she was hired to be the sole U.S. correspondent for one of Europe’s very first newsweeklies. There were to be two simultaneous editions, one in French and one in German. Continent launched its very first issue in the early 1960s with a cover story on the legendary New York public relations supremo, Benjamin Sonnenberg. Ratcliff wrote it singlehandedly. The magazine was successful but folded after a year or so when its financial backers pulled out their support. She had caught the eye of Sylvia Porter, by then probably one of the most noteworthy financial writers of the day. Porter offered her a steady job with a regular pay check. Lydia signed on for a long and lucrative stint and it provided the wherewithal for the next chapter in her life: Vermont.

In the summer of 1965, she caught sight of a small farmhouse there that had been abandoned fifty years earlier. Its 90 acres looked out over rolling hills, thickets of woods and mountains in the distance. Its bare-boned interiors would have daunted most: in the living room was a rusted hand-pump which creaked out a trickle of water. The walls were papered over with yellowed circus posters. Heating was a defunct potbelly stove. And hygiene was something one did in the bushes, out the back door. Lydia loved it and placed a down payment of $5000. For awhile she commuted back and forth between New York and Chester, until she had made Lovejoy fully habitable. She was equally cautious over the acquisition of animals; they entered her life piecemeal, one experiment at a time. A homely cow named Lady was among the first. She liked the idea of pigs (“they have character,” she explained). But when one of them gored her legs badly, she rerouted in favor of sheep and chickens. It was to goats, however, that she lost her heart. They were intelligent, they had personality and they made her laugh. The menagerie grew and at its most populous counted 200. People came to write about her, even earning her a chapter of a book. To police the crowds were Mac, a no-nonsense black border collie and , later, two white Maremma dogs. As her own farm grew over the decades, others around her were retrenching. But with the expansion came trade-offs. She did without fineries in her kitchen and scorned television. Travel was a rarity, although she did manage two trips to India and one to Europe. To one interviewer she snapped “There is no time for a vacation!” Whatever the drawbacks, she built up a solid clientele among the most prized restaurants in New York and Boston. She also provided quality meat to some of the top diplomats attached to the United Nations. The Secretary General at the time was Kofi Annan and she held on to his sizeable check for his first order, long enough to proudly show her friends. She was also given a fine entry in the book “Vermont Farm Women”.

Her pleasures were mostly close to home where she became an accomplished mushroom hunter, gardener and occasional bird watcher. And somehow, there always seemed to be just enough time to turn out a memorable meal, because she was a stellar cook. And if indeed there was “just enough time” she drew to her long refectory table a wide range of stimulating friends from all walks of life but particularly the loyal and loving neighbors who surrounded her. There – as elsewhere - the conversation often turned provocative, even prickly, for Lydia was not unknown for the challenging way she confronted people. If there was pepper to be dispensed she was a past master in making it flow. Sometimes it flavoured the conversation. Sometimes it burned. But it was never without zest.

Those who knew her could not fail to notice what the ravages of smoking did to her quality of life, beginning in the early 1960s. Although she finally quit cigarettes, the damage by then was irreversible. She became bedridden in recent years and the past and present often melded together in her mind. Although it at last became difficult to even speak, her eyes would sparkle when something engaged her. Days before her death she was read an old ode that she treasured, St. Francis’s Canticle of the Creatures. It brought a rare smile to her face. And then in a labored whisper came a few lines of her own, harking back to her classical studies in college: “ In mezzo del cammin di nostra vita.” It was, of course, a famous line from Dante’s Divine Comedy, “ In the middle of the road of our life”. She did not have the stamina for the next line: I found myself in a dark forest.

Alexandra Ratcliff Richardson

She is survived by her brother John Ratcliff of Nyack, New York, and sister Alexandra Ratcliff Richardson of London, England. She was predeceased by one brother Tony. Services will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield is assisting with arrangements.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Melvin S. Lee



Melvin S. Lee, 98, of St. Johnsbury and formerly of Wall Street in Springfield, Vermont, passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital.

Melvin was born Jan. 7, 1920, in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, son of the late Walter A. and Ethel (Sherbino) Lee. He grew up in New Haven, Vermont and graduated from Beeman Academy and went on to business school at Baypath. During World War II, Melvin served stateside in the Army Air Corps and in 1942 married the former Elizabeth Fifield and they have shared 75 years together. He worked at Jones & Lamson Machine Tool in Springfield, Vermont, from where he retired as foreman after 42 years of employment. Melvin had a retirement job and worked until he was 95.

He moved to St. Johnsbury, Vermont, in October 2015.

Melvin enjoyed square dancing and camping, especially at Lake George on the islands. He also enjoyed traveling across the U.S. and Europe. Melvin was a member of the Springfield First Congregational Church and St. John’s Masonic Lodge #41.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Lee of St. Johnsbury, Vermont; daughter Dr. Judith Fifield (Dr. James Lyons) of Collinsville, Connecticut; sons Ret. Lt. Col. Malcolm Lee (Jackie) of North Hero, Vermont and Richard Lee (Alice) of Lyndonville, Vermont; brother-in-law, Joel A. Fifield (Rebecca) of Middlebury, Vermont; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by an infant brother, Alan and two brothers Robert and Fred; and a sister, Harriet Sebert.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the North Danville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert H. Sargent officiating. A calling hour will be held from noon until the hour of service at 1 p.m. at the church to greet the family.

Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, Vermont.

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

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Richard Hamilton



Richard Hamilton, known a s “ Dick,” of Rutland, died Feb. 8, 2018, with his family by his side.

He was born on Sept. 15, 1928, in Summit, N . J . , t h e youngest son of five children of Harry Thomas and Dorothy Crawford Hamilton, where he grew up until his marriage to Ann “Winkie” Bigelow Hamilton in 1954.

He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1946, and Yale University in 1950, where he was a member of the Whiffenpoofs, the renowned university a cappella group, in both his junior and senior years. This affiliation brought him great singing opportunities and marvelous friends in his ensuing years. While living in Rutland, Dick continued his love for singing with the Curbstone Chorus.

In December1950, Dick enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the Army Counterintelligence Corps in Wurzburg, Germany, subsequently returning to civilian life in 1953.

After they married, Dick and Winkie moved to western Canada where he was in the construction business with one of his brothers until 1960. In the summer of 1960, they moved to Seattle where Dick joined Larry Smith & Co., real estate consultants. He was transferred to Toronto, Canada, in 1963 to build the Canadian division of the company. After serving successfully in this capacity until 1967, Dick took ownership of W-W Urban Consultants Limited, primarily specialist consultants to shopping center developers and urban planning and development offices across Canada.

In 1974, the family returned to the U.S. and lived for the next 25 years at their beloved farm in Springfield, VT. From 1974 to 1984, Dick continued his Canadian consulting work by “commuting” from Springfield to Toronto and back every alternate week. He had sold the firm in 1980 to a commercial real estate firm, A.E. LePage Limited, and worked with that firm until returning to the U.S. on a full-time basis in 1984.

Fishing was his great love, and he was fortunate in being able to cast his flies on many of the revered trout and salmon rivers and lakes throughout the world. Along with many U.S. waters, his fishing travels extended to the Gaspe Peninsula, Patagonia, Kamchatka, Russia, New Zealand, Tibet, Iceland, Norway, British Columbia, Alaska and the U.K.

Survivors include his wife, Winkie; and his sons Thomas B. Hamilton, his wife, Gillian, and children Jamie, Ben and Oliver, of Chittenden, VT, Matthew S. Hamilton, his wife, Rosemarie, and children Katie and Elizabeth, of Wentzville, MO, John C. Hamilton, his wife, Pamela, and children Stephen, Sarah and Meghan, of Rutland Town, VT.

His oldest son, Richard “Rick” Jr., died of a brainstem tumor in 1987. Dick was also predeceased by his three brothers and his sister.

His family will welcome friends at the Tossing Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m at the Rutland Country Club.

At Dick’s request, there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to: Green Mountain Fly Tyers Club, c/o Charles Whitehair, 205 North Church St., Rutland, VT 05701; or Mendon Fish & Game, c/o Rick Putnam, P.O.Box 752, Rutland, VT 05702.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Edward R. Gosselin



Edward R. Gosselin, 85, of Weathersfield, died Feb. 6, 2018, at Springfield Hospital, after a long illness, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born Jan. 4, 1933, in Springfield, the son of Onesime and Yvonne (Rabideau) Gosselin. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1951. While in high school, he was on the basketball team and was known as a class clown among his classmates. He married Daisy Rogers in Springfield on July 8, 1953.

He began working at Jones and Lamson at age 19 and worked there for 40 years as a machinist and later, as a supervisor in his department. He then worked at Sonnax until his retirement.

He loved his place on the hill and his meticulous attention to detail could be seen in his work inside and outside the house. He spent countless hours maintaining and improving his property. He loved working in his garden or his raspberry patch and completing woodworking or remodeling projects.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and watching college football and basketball. His greatest joy was hosting family and friends at his home for holidays or summer barbecues. He will be remembered for his kindness, his sense of humor and his love for family.

He is survived by his wife, Daisy, of Weathersfield; four sons Gary (Jeanie) Gosselin, of Rowlett, Texas, David (Kathrine) Gosselin, of Springfield, Jeffrey Gosselin, of Whitefish, Montana, and Peter (Nichole) Gosselin, of Springfield; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his sister, Loretta Otis, of Springfield, and brother, Ronald (Sue) Gosselin, of Winooski. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Edward was predeceased by his daughter, Diane (Gosselin) Smith; his sisters Lorraine Archambault and Janet Routhier and brother, Raymond.

A graveside service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Memorial Chapel.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Laverne L. Lindamood



Laverne L. (Vern) Lindamood passed away at home in Springfield on Feb. 2, 2018. He was born in Fall River, Kansas on Jan. 15, 1933, to Leo and Naomi Lindamood. He graduated from Tech High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he met his future wife. Upon graduation from Butler University as a cadet colonel in ROTC, he was commissioned in the Air Force and immediately stationed at Bentwaters Air Force Base in England.

Working for a national company he lived in Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas, Pennsylvania and New York.

He came to Springfield, Vermont, in 1977 to be CFO of Idlenot Dairy. He was then CFO for Springfield Hospital for many years until his retirement. Asked to consult for Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) he again became a chief financial officer. After three tries over several years he finally retired. He always said work was his hobby.

Vern was predeceased by his parents, and identical twin sisters, Vonna Gilbert and Donna Duncan and their spouses. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Joyce; sons, Kent and his wife Karen; Curtis and his wife Kristen,; Greg and his wife Andrea; and son by choice Anthony Stevens. Also by 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and his canine best friend Simon.

A celebration of Vern's life will be held at noon on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at the North Springfield Baptist Church.

If you plan to share a memory of Vern at the celebration please contact Pastor George Keeler at 802-886-8107.

If you wish to make a charitable gift in Vern's honor, please make it to SEVCA , 91 Buck Drive Westminster, VT 05158.

Davis Memorial Chapel is assisting with arrangements.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Lynn-Ann M. Kelley



Lynn-Ann M. Kelley, 61, of Springfield, Vermont, passed away Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center after a short but hard-fought battle with brain cancer.

Lynn-Ann was born May 1, 1956, in Rutland, Vermont, daughter of Charles and Marilyn (King) Kelley.

Lynn-Ann graduated from FHUHS in 1974. She attended Castleton State College and CCV.

On July 30, 1992 she married Christopher Hudkins, together the enjoyed traveling to Bermuda and the Florida Keys.

Lynn-Ann was employed by The Vermont Country Store, CCV, the State of Vermont Forest, Parks and Recreation and The Agency of Natural Resources.

Survivors include her husband Christopher of Springfield; son Grant Willard of Lincoln, New Hampshire; stepsons Caleb, Jacob and Gabriel Hudkins of Alachua, Florida; her mother, Marilyn; sisters Charlene (Bill) Baptie of Springfield, Vermont, Theresa (Larry) Loso of Connecticut, and Denise Little of Texas; brothers Michael Kelley of Connecticut, Scott Kelley of Barre, Vermont; seven grandchildren, several aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. Lynn-Ann was predeceased by her father; a brother, Patrick J Kelley; and a nephew, Christopher J. Baptie.

Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St., in Springfield, Vermont. Burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.

Davis Memorial Chapel is assisting with arrangements.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Nancy F. Burton



Nancy F. Burton, 82, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born May 23, 1935, in Springfield, the daughter of Herbert B. and Lillian (Hutchinson) Fullam.

She graduated in 1953 from Springfield High School.

On Oct. 29, 1954, she married Robert K. Burton in Springfield.

Mrs. Burton was employed as a bookkeeper for several Springfield businesses over the years and as a customer service agent at several area banks.

She was an avid bowler and belonged to several leagues, and traveled across the country with a traveling team. She also enjoyed camping, playing card games and cribbage.

Survivors include her husband, daughter Kimberly Burton, son Dale Burton and brother Robert Fullam, all of Springfield; three grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son, James, daughter Shirley; four siblings, Pearl Abbott, Donald "Charles," Malcolm and Richard Fullam.

The graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield. The Rev. Malcolm Fowler, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center, 105 Chester Road, Springfield, VT 05156.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Patricia M. Shute



Patricia M. Shute, 88, a longtime resident of Windsor, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 2018, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, surrounded by her family.

She was born Sept. 10, 1929 in Springfield, Vt., the daughter of Orin and Annie (Jeffrey) Short. She received her schooling in Springfield. She married Paul Sylvester in Springfield in 1951, and they were later divorced. Patricia was employed at the former International Shoe Company in Claremont and more recently as a senior companion for the VNA at Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor.

She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Claremont.

She enjoyed dancing, singing, music, crafts, painting, puzzles, watching television and especially spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her parents, three brothers, Robert, Edmund and Louis Short, one sister, Hazel Blanchard and one great granddaughter, Ashley Murray.

Survivors include one son, Danny Sylvester, Sr., and his wife, Idella, of Windsor; and one daughter, Belinda Sylvester and her life partner, David Shaffer of Proctorsville, Vt.; five grandchildren: Tracy, Stephen, Billie Jo, Denielle and Danny Jr.; nine great-grandchildren: Samantha, Brandy, Cheyenne, Kirsten, Kaidance, Bruce, Jaida, Anneliese, and Schaffer; three great-great-grandchildren: Zoe, Connor and Aubree; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service with a potluck dinner will be held Friday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. at Martin Memorial Hall in Ascutney. Contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice in Patricia’s name.

The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor assisted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to her family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

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