Thursday, August 17, 2017

Norman R. Cyrs

A Funeral Mass for Norman R. Cyrs will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield, Vermont. Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery will immediately follow. There will be a reception to celebrate Norm’s life from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Nolin-Murray Center in Springfield, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution in Norm’s memory to The Ascutney Trails Association or the Green Mountain Club.

Norman R. Cyrs died peacefully Friday, June 23, 2017, surrounded by his family, at the home of his daughter Katherine in Tigard, Oregon, where he had resided since 2014. Norm was born March 24, 1930, in Springfield, Vermont, the son of Bert E. and Christine (Longe) Cyrs. He graduated from Springfield High School in the Class of 1948.

Norm served in the Vermont National Guard at the rank of Master Sergeant. He worked at Jones and Lamson from 1951 until they closed in 1986 in various positions, including Engineering Checker and Manager of Engineering Standards.

Norm married Helen Ferguson in 1951, with whom he had four children: Steven B. Cyrs (Patricia) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Robert N. Cyrs (Darlene) of Granger, Indiana; Katherine A. Ellis (John Riherd), Tigard, Oregon; and Patricia H. Dalpe (Keith) of Center Conway, New Hampshire. Norm and Helen were later divorced. Norm married Beverly Stowell in 1980. Beverly died in 1994. Norm married Helen Long in 1997. Helen died in 2012.

Norm was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, serving as lector for 46 years. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, Past Grand Knight and 4th Degree member.

Norm was an avid outdoorsman and hiker. He hiked Mt. Ascutney nearly 400 times. He hiked the Long Trail End-to-End in 1983 in 21 consecutive days. Norm was an active member and treasurer of the Crown Point Road Association for many years and was a Plus member of the Vermont 251 Club, having documented his visit to every town in the state.

Norm is survived by his children; five grandchildren, Scott and Karin Ellis, Jennifer Symonds, Michelle Kovacs (Paul), Shannon Poges and 2 great-grandchildren, Brooke McDonald and Julianna Kovacs.

Norm was predeceased by his parents and sister, Doris Wetherell.

A funeral mass at St. Mary’s in Springfield, Vermont and internment at St. Mary’s Cemetery will be held at a later date.

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My beloved Dad, Norm Cyrs passed away peacefully at my home in Oregon on June 23, 2017 where he had lived with my family for the past 2 1/2 years. My bother Steve and I were by his side when he died.

John, Karin and I are so grateful for the time that we had with him and being able to care for him in our home. We couldn't ask for more. My Dad was so kind, prayerful, cooperative and appreciative to the end. He was a blessing for us all.

We will be gathering in Springfield later this summer to return him to the place he loved. I took his hand and brought him to my home in Oregon and I will carry him home to Vermont.

I love you, Dad. Thank you for all you taught us and for your unconditional love.

Your Kath

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Daniel P. Gray

Daniel Patrick Gray, 69, of Springfield, passed away Tuesday evening, Aug. 15, 2017, at Mt. Ascutney Health Center in Windsor, surrounded by his family. He was born July 24, 1948, in Miami, Florida, the son of Patrick and Mary (Donahue) Gray. He graduated from All Hallows High School in New York City, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Fordham University.

Daniel was a commodity trader/broker with Prudential-Bache and Dean Witter Reynolds.

As a young boy, he was a child model in New York City.

He served as an altar boy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. He served as chairman on the Springfield, Vermont School Board and was very community-minded. He also was a landlord in Springfield, Vermont.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Lynn Gray; son Daniel P. Gray and his wife Maria, daughter Kelly Maureen Gray Hosey and her husband Neil, son James Colon; grandchildren Connor Gray, Grace Hosey and Mary Kate Hosey; and his siblings, William, Kevin and Kathleen Gray.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, Vermont.

Friends may call prior to the Mass from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Everett C. Thurston Sr.

Everett C. Thurston Sr. of Windsor died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Born Nov. 5, 1923, in Roxbury, Vermont, he was predeceased by his second wife, Becky Derosier Thurston; his brothers, Carlton and Theron; and his parents, Clarence and Glenna Thurston (Martin) of Roxbury, Vermont.

He is survived by his sons, Everett C. Thurston Jr. of Roxbury, Vermont and Gary Thurston of Belgrade, Montana; his daughters, Glenna Thurston of Bellows Falls and Laurie O’Connor (Kenneth) of Chester; and a stepson, Gary Derosier (Gail) of Weathersfield; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Joyce Oliver of Ohio and Louise Stein (Richard) of Connecticut; a brother, Mervin Thurston of Arizona; and sister-in-law Phebe Thurston of Connecticut; and many nieces and nephews.

Everett was a farmer, carpenter, part-time manager of Park Street Bowl, a newspaper and tire deliveryman over the years and retired from Lovejoy Tool Company in the early 1980s. He loved bowling and bingo and his favorite “job” was calling bingo.

As a member of the Loyal Order Moose Lodges in Springfield, Vermont, he served as governor and he was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He lived in Randolph,Weathersfield and Springfield before moving to the Historic Homes of Runnemede in Windsor.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 4, at Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St., in Springfield. Reverend Gerry Piper will officiate, followed by the interment of his ashes at St. Mary's Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Moose Hall, 39 South St., in Springfield, after the services.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Everett's name may be made to Loyal Order of Moose Lodges Charity Organization.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Martin T. Ovitt

Martin T. Ovitt, 54, of Springfield, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at the Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts.

He was born May 5, 1963, in Windsor, the son of Lawrence Ovitt and Roxanna (Allen) Pierce.

He was a graduate of Springfield High School.

Mr. Ovitt worked as a painter for the R&R Painting Co. in Springfield and later, for Preferred Building Systems in Claremont, New Hampshire.

He enjoyed fishing and target shooting.

Survivors include a daughter, Anastasia Ovitt; a granddaughter; seven siblings, Jeff, Kevin, Patrick, Kurt, Richard, Cynthia, Kathryn; and his mother.

The celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Blanche K. Shepard

Blanche K. Shepard, 93, died peacefully at her home in Springfield on Friday evening Aug.11, 2017.

She attended school in Chester, Vt. and spent her entire life in the Chester and Springfield communities making a good home for her family and a giving person to many. She enjoyed knitting and quilting, making a number of mittens for her grandchildren, other school children, and later donating to the rehab center. She also stayed involved with helping as a bookkeeper for more than one family business.

Blanche is survived by her seven sons: Arthur Westney of Bellows Falls, Vt., Walter Westney of Newton, Kan., Eugene Westney of Bridgewater, Vt., Eldred Westney of Charlestown, N.H., Charles Westney of Charlestown, N.H. Everett Westney of Springfield, Vt., Robert Westney of Perkinsville, Vt., daughter – Barbara Emery of Proctorsville, Vt., stepson – Harry K. Shepard, Jr. of Springfield, Vt., five stepdaughters, June McKenzie of San Bernardino, Calif., Ann Creaser of Barton, Vt., Caroline Shepard of North Pomfret, Vt., Lee Wetherby of Charlestown, N.H., Hope Shaver of Fort Wayne, Idaho, brother – Clarence Cook of Chester, Vt., many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins, her best friend Gloria Barrows and many caregivers especially Madelyn and Amy.

She is pre deceased by her husband Harry K. Shepard, two sisters: Ellen Wright and Lena Allen, two brothers: Allen Cook and Floyd Cook, and her first husband Louis Westney.

Visiting hours will be on Wednesday evening Aug. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Davis Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Thursday Aug.17 at 11:00 a.m. at the Davis Chapel.

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

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Caroline G. Aiken

Caroline Gierko Aiken, 96, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017.

She was born Nov. 12, 1920, in Springfield, the daughter of Frank and Helen Gierko.

After attending Bay Path College, she worked at Springfield Local Telephone Co. for 20 years.

Mrs. Aiken was a communicant at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield.

She volunteered at Springfield voting polls and at Springfield Hospital visiting patients.

She enjoyed playing cribbage and held her pilot's license.

Survivors include her three children Judy Robinson, David and Howard Aiken, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Aiken was predeceased by her husband, Howard George "Bunny" Aiken, who died in a plane crash in 1959; and her sisters Adeline Benson, Jenny Kane and Amelia Obuchowski. The memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pleasant Street, Springfield. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Adult Day Program, 266 River St., Springfield, VT 05156, Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Aune L. Conant

Aune L. (Lepisto) Conant has passed away at age 99.

Aune was born in Boston to Antti and Emma Lepisto. The family moved to Marlborough, New Hampshire when she was two years old, and she grew up there on a farm. Her father died when she was nine, making it necessary for her mother to seek employment out of town, and for the three children to take care of themselves. Mother Emma came home on weekends to bring food and supplies. All three children were good students, walking several miles to school daily.

Upon graduation, both Aune’s brothers attended college and graduated with honors. Aune chose to leave high school and go to work. She returned after two years and also graduated with honors. In the interim, she met a college student, David Conant and they were married after he graduated.

Dave found employment at Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield, Vermont, and the couple settled in Charlestown. After their first child, a daughter, was born, they purchased a home on Dell Street, and eventually had three sons.

Aune was known for her wonderful baking skills, as many of her childrens’ friends can attest. She was a member of several womens’ organizations and had many friends. She was a talented seamstress. Later in life she taught herself to paint in oils and watercolors. She learned to make beautiful cut and pierced lampshades. She and Dave collected antique bottles and were often to be seen digging in old cellar holes around the area. They joined the Keene bottle club and named a room in their house “The Glass Menagerie” and opened it to visits from school children.

What Aune was best known for was “caring." Her house was almost always occupied by extended family who needed care for a variety of reasons: elderly parents and relatives, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and children of friends. She and Dave made room for all.

Aune is survived by her daughter Betsey Clark of Lebanon, Maine, two sons, David Conant and his wife Aminta of Barnet, Vermont, Brian Conant and his wife Irma of Charlestown and her daughter-in-law Connie Conant of Charlestown. She was predeceased by her husband David P. Conant and son Roger Conant of Charlestown. She will be missed by her grandchildren: Andrea, Sonia, Laura, Christopher, Amy, Hilary, Matthew, Snow, Caitlyn, Aminta, and Aubrey, her great-grandchildren Douglas, Jesse, Eli, Sophie, Lars, Calvin Camille, Maneesh and a great-great-grandson, Finley.

A celebration of Aune’s life is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Charlestown.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Harold E. Harris

Harold E. Harris 88, of Walpole, N.H., passed away on Tuesday evening August 1, 2017 at the Keene Center in Keene, New Hampshire. He was born December 24, 1928 in Grafton, Vt. the son of Harold R. and Mildred (Clogston) Harris.

He married Beverly Young in Weathersfield, Vt. They enjoyed 60 + years together before her passing in 2012.

Harold worked at Valley Farms and for many years he was employed with Boggy Meadow Farm in Walpole, N.H.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and vegetable gardening. He loved trips to York Beach, Maine, enjoyed feeding the birds and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by 1 son Dennis Harris of Hinsdale, N.H. , 1 daughter Dianne Fontaine of Rutland, Vt. 1 sister Mary Vittum of North Walpole, N.H. 3 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Also by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by 2 brothers – Willis and Henry and 2 sisters – Josephine and Gertrude.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Sunday August 6, 2017 at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. Friends may call at the Chapel from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Reverend Mark Harris will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Bow Cemetery in Weathersfield, Vt.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Walpole Ambulance Service 278 Main St. Walpole, NH 03608.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Suzanne J. Foster

Suzanne J. Foster, 76, passed away Sunday morning. July 30, 2017. at her home in Baltimore, Vermont. She was born Aug. 3, 1940, in West Rutland, Vermont, the daughter of Marvin and Delia (Pelkey) Noyes.

She was employed at Price Chopper, and NewsBank in Chester, Vermont.

She enjoyed yard sales, crocheting, looking up recipes and watching cooking shows. She loved to spend time with her family and was very proud of her four granddaughters. She also loved and enjoyed her cats.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Delbert E. Foster Sr.; her son, George Bargfrede Jr. and his wife Lorraine of Baltimore, Vermont; granddaughters Janel Palmeri and her husband Travis of Perkinsville, Larissa Bargfrede of Springfield, Candace Bargfrede of Springfield, and Marcia Herman of North Carolina; one brother,Wendall Noyes of Enterprise, Alabama, one sister, Betty Klein and her husband John of Baltimore, Vermont; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents; brother Robert Noyes; sisters Reba Hearne and Barbara Smith; and her daughter, Pamela Herman.

Services will be at the convenience of the family. Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Wayne L. Burke

Wayne L. Burke, 83, died Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Springfield Health and Rehab Center.

He was born Aug. 2, 1933, in Springfield, the son of Sydney P. and Beatrice E. (Putnam) Burke.

He graduated in 1953 from Springfield High School.

Mr. Burke served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 10 years.

While in school, he worked at the First National Store. After his military service, he was employed at J&L for 26 years, and then went on to work for the Springfield School system and Readex. He enjoyed gardening and baseball.

Survivors include a brother, Lyle, of Charlotte, North Carolina, many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Burke was predeceased by nine siblings, Blanche Lorinovich, Patricia Nelson, Colleen Fisk, Norman, Edward, Warren, Richard, Robert and Ruth Burke. Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at the funeral home with the Rev. Gerry Piper officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

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Theresa M. Emery

Theresa M. “Terri” Emery, 90, died peacefully on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the Mt. Ascutney Health Care Center in Windsor, VT, following a short illness. She was born December 10, 1926, in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Archibald and Anne (Larabelle) Webster. She grew up in Detroit where she attended Catholic school and graduated from St. Henry Catholic High School. On November 25, 1951, she married Richard R. “Bob” Emery in Detroit, MI.

Having lived in the city until age 34, she then made several moves around the US with her husband and two children before settling in the rural outskirts of Springfield, VT, in 1970. She was a kind, loving, and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and a second mom to many nieces, nephews and friends of her children. Terri loved the Lord and was a faithful parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

Terri enjoyed going out dancing with her husband, raising her family, playing cards and board games, reading, traveling, sewing, cooking, and baking. She also enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and Hallmark movies, and trying to get lost with family or friends on scenic car rides. She cared for her live-in mother for many years until her death in 1974. Kind-hearted and interested in the well-being of others, Terri kept her wit, sense of humor, love of fun, and concern for her loved ones throughout her life. She was a good friend to many and loved by all who knew her.

In addition to raising her family, she worked as a Key Punch Operator, as a ticket agent at the Hartness State Airport in North Springfield, VT, with the Visiting Nurse Association, as a Clerk at Ames Dept. Store in Springfield, and later in life helped out on the Young’s Milky Way Farm in Springfield.

She is survived by her daughter Janice Young and her husband Ken of Springfield, son Rick Emery and his wife Ramona of Springfield, 5 grandchildren: Julie MacGlaflin (Jason), Kenny Young (Kelli), Ricky Emery, Catherine Emery, and Kyla Emery. 2 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins, and close friend and “adopted sister” Alice Young, mother of her son-in-law Ken. Terri was predeceased by her husband Bob on April 9, 1996, and by her siblings Jarrod, Margaret, and Marie.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, VT. Reverend Peter Williams will officiate. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Springfield.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the Visiting Nurse & Hospice for VT & NH, P.O. Box 881 Brattleboro, Vermont 05302.

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

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Kay Faust

Naomi "Kay" Hurwitz Faust, of Baltimore, Vermont, passed unexpectedly on Friday, July 21, 2017. Kay was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 21, 1943. The daughter of Fania and Philip Hurwitz, Kay spent the first 21 years of her life in South Africa. She attended the University of South Africa where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Shortly after leaving college, Kay moved to London, England. Her early time in Europe included a stay in Paris. During her time in England, she worked as a children's librarian in the public library system. She made many dear friends in England. She was an avid traveler and, in her late husband Bob's words, "was sort of a bohemian."

In 1981, Kay participated in a job exchange, moving to Baltimore, Vermont, for a year to work at the Springfield Town Library. During that year, she met Bob Faust, who would end up moving to London with Kay after her job exchange was over. They were married in 1984 in London. In 1985, their son, David, was born and in 1988, they all moved back to Baltimore, Vermont. The rest, to use a cliché, is history.

Kay was predeceased by her husband, Bob. She is survived by her son, David Faust, of Middlebury, Vermont; her sisters, Rena Ellman, of Kibbutz Yasser in Israel, and Shirley Ancer, of Johannesburg; her brother, Arthur Hurwitz, of Johannesburg; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and friends.

Kay was an active community member. She loved to travel the world. She loved her family and many friends. Kay was Jewish, and she valued and celebrated her heritage. She loved to play Scrabble and traveled all over to play in tournaments. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, as well as a beloved relative and friend to many. She will be deeply missed.

There will be a celebration of life on Aug. 6 at the Weathersfield Center Church from 2-6 p.m.

Donations in her memory may be made to The Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH, P.O. Box 881, Brattleboro, VT 05302; or to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation, c/o Pat Graves, 37 Reservoir Road, Springfield, VT 05156.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lona I. Proctor

Lona I. Proctor, 85, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. She was born Nov. 4, 1931, in Springfield, Vermont, the daughter of Floyd and Daisy (Glynn) Partridge. She attended Springfield schools, graduating from Springfield High School Class of 1949.

On May 9, 1952, she married Earl Proctor in Springfield, Vermont. He predeceased her in 1988.

She loved to play bingo, play cards, do puzzles and a little gambling. She loved being with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: they were the shining light in her life. Every summer the family would go to Seymour Lake for vacation, where she enjoyed fishing. She loved to teach her grandchildren at Christmas time how to bake and decorate Christmas cookies, her grandchildren still do this on Christmas Eve every year.

She is survived by one son, Floyd “Butch” Proctor and his wife, Laurie, of Rutland, Vermont; three daughters, Lonna Farrar and her husband, Steve, of Fairhaven, Vermont, Lynn Cram and her husband, Eric, of Weathersfield, and Loreen Billings and her husband, Edgar, of Baltimore, Vermont; one sister, Betty Lou Roy and her husband, Russell, of Weathersfield; sister-in-law Lucy Abare; 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Earl; and one brother, Lloyd Partridge.

A graveside 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.

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

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Margaret P. Carson

Margaret P. Carson 60, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday July 18, 2017 at her home in Springfield, VT. She was born September 27, 1956 in Bridgeport, Connecticut the daughter of Maryann Carson. She attended schools in Bridgeport, graduating from Harding High School.

She was employed as a Pharmacy Technician at Gabriel's Pharmacy in Bridgeport, CT. for several years before moving to Vermont where she worked for area Pharmacy's. She loved animals, loved her cats Sully Sullivan and Romeo.

She is survived by her sister Mary Rosa of Newfane, VT. Niece Jennifer Lynn Rosa, Nephews - Sonny Rosa and his wife Tammy, and Nicholas Rosa. Great nieces and nephews – Gabriel Rosa, Amber Classey, Grace L. Rosa, Ruby A. Rosa, and Mason W. Rosa. Great Aunt and Uncle Wayne and Lena Carson, cousins, David, Richard and Kathy. And also by close friends Susan and Pumpkin Jones. A family memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

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

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Mary Ellen Ankuda

Mary Ellen Ankuda, 82, of Charlestown, N.H., passed away Monday evening, July 17, 2017, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. She was born Nov. 19, 1934, in Weathersfield, the daughter of James F. and Doris A. (Parker) Mahoney. She attended Springfield schools, graduating from Springfield High School Class of 1952. She later earned an associate’s degree from CCV.

She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at National Survey in Chester, Vermont, Springfield Hospital and the law office of Fred Glover in Ludlow, Vermont, as well as several other small businesses in the area. She also taught typing and shorthand at the Community College of Vermont.

She enjoyed playing cribbage, crossword puzzles and introducing herself to new people. In her earlier years, she played on the Fellows Gear Shaper softball team with her sister and her father was the coach.

She is survived by four sons, Patrick M. Ankuda and his wife, Deborah, of Springfield, Vermont, Paul J. Ankuda of Boston, Massachusetts, Mark E. Ankuda of Springfield, Vermont and James A. Ankuda and his wife, Gemma, of Maple Shade, New Jersey; one sister, Kathryn “Kay” Predom and her husband, Frank, of Ludlow, Vermont; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; also by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and close friends,Yvonne Nadeau and Herb and Deb Monroe.

She was predeceased by her parents, James and Doris Mahoney.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27, at St. Catherine’s Church in Charlestown. Rev. John Loughnane will officiate.

Burial will be at the Plain Cemetery in Perkinsville at a later date.

Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Raymond M. Hatt

Raymond Marshall Hatt, 77, died Monday, July 10, 2017, at Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

He was born Aug. 14, 1939, in Auburndale, Massachusetts, the son of Alfred N. and Eda M. (Robinson) Hatt.

After graduating high school, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1960.

Mr. Hatt worked as a machinist at Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Co., Bryant Grinder Co. and Fellows Gear Shaper, all in Springfield.

Survivors include three daughters, Maureen Patoine, of Biddeford, Maine, Deborah Sayer, of Arundel, Maine, and Heather Hatt, of West Palm Beach, Florida; three grandchildren and two great-granddaughters; a sister, Barbara Dube, of Amsden; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by four siblings, Gretchen Wheeler, Howard, Kenneth "Pete" and Robert Hatt.

A private graveside gathering will be in Aug. 26 in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Carol J. Kangas

Carol J. Kangas, 72, of Ludlow, passed away peacefully July 9, 2017, at her home with her beloved “Ron” Yarish, with whom she lived and enjoyed the loving home they built together more than 25 years ago.

Carol was loved by all that knew her; her natural beauty and elegant style, positive, caring and gentle, and kind spirit was lifting to all. Her energy was endless and infections.

Carol and her beloved Ron enjoyed their home and created a lovely sanctuary of flowers, lush lawns and peaceful perfection for themselves and the birds.

Carol enjoyed gardening, antiquing, reading Danielle Steel novels, walking, biking and days at the beach. She was soft, warm, positive, caring and a True Angel.

In Carol’s final months, she chose solitude at her home with Sweet Ron and Deanna, but was truly grateful to her family, friends and neighbor’s for all of prayers, calls, cards, letters, pictures and flowers and all of the kindness and love, she felt it all.

Carol was born Jan. 12, 194,5 and a 1964 graduate of Springfield High School and attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Carol worked at Parks and Wilson in Springfield for 35 years as an executive secretary and after its closing, Carol went to work with Jane Bixby at Trails End Accommodations in Ludlow, where she was adored by all of her clients for her detailed professionalism and her kind and caring way.

She is survived by her beloved Ron Yarish and his three children, Heidi Yarish-Coburn of Campton, New Hampshire, Paige (Heather) Wolfe of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Collier Yarish, of Sebastian, Florida and three grandchildren.

Siblings Dolores Eastman and William Eastman, both of Springfield, Linda Rutter of Lima, Ohio and Richard Eastman of Springfield and adoring spouses and nieces and nephews.

And her niece Deanna Carroll, who will forever miss her. And Deanna’s husband Chris and son T.J. of Rockingham.

She was predeceased by her parents, Norman and Norma Eastman of Springfield; and a long ago love, Robert “Bobby” Armstrong.

And Ron and Deanna want to give special thanks to VNA- Hospice and the entire staff of doctor, nurses and caregivers for walking us through the in-home care and support with all of Carol’s needs. With special thanks to Beth.

The date and time for a memorial celebration will be published in this paper.

Arrangements are pending with Adams Funeral Home of Chester, Vermont.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Helen E. Andrews

Helen E. Andrews, 96, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Springfield Health and Rehab Center following a short bout with cancer. She was born June 5, 1921, in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, the daughter of Paul S. and Harriett M. (Reed) Scruton. She attended Hillsboro schools, graduating from Hillsboro High School Class of 1939.

On Nov. 27, 1943. she married Louis Andrews in Hillsboro, New Hampshire.

Along with her family, she moved to Bellows Falls, in 1951 where she and her husband owned and operated a neighborhood grocery store. She and the family moved to Springfield, Vermont, in 1956 where she worked hard at raising four children, working for Springfield Hospital in several capacities and being a secretary to Dr. Roger Revelle for 14 years.

Upon retirement she and her husband were volunteers at Springfield Hospital for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband Louis (after 69 years of marriage); a son, Lance; and daughter Susan.

She is survived by sons Peter and David; as well as five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Davis Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Wilfred J. Sheehan

Wilfred J. “Will” Sheehan, 92, of Brattleboro, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, July 4, 2017, at the Holton Home, where he had been a resident since 2012.

Mr. Sheehan was born Oct. 21, 1924, in Clinton, Massachusetts, the son of John J. and Leona (Lashua) Marine Sheehan. He was raised and educated in Springfield, Vermont graduating from Springfield High School. While in high school he became a journeyman machinist, which later led to a full-time position with the former Fellows Gear Shaper Co. in Springfield.

A proud veteran of World War II, he served his country in the United States Navy stationed in the Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operation that included the island of Saipan.

Following his honorable discharge from active service he returned home to attend the University of Vermont, graduating from UVM in 1953. After college he worked for Jones & Lamson in Springfield for two years.

In 1955 he took a position with the USDA Soil Conservation Service working ten years in St. Johnsbury, and ten years in Randolph before moving to Brattleboro in 1976, working out of the Brattleboro office. He retired in 1986 following 30 years of faithful service with the Government. He spent the summer of 1961 in Alaska, one of his more memorable assignments.

A devout Catholic, Mr. Sheehan was a communicant of Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro.

With his wife he loved square dancing and was a member of the Green Mountain Squares for 25 years holding several offices within the club. He was also active with the Windham County Chapter of AARP and the American Red Cross Blood bank in Brattleboro.

Of his other leisure time activities, he enjoyed spending time at his hunting camp in Newbury, Vermont with family and friends. He loved to hunt and was a member of the St. Johnsbury Rifle & Pistol Shooting Club.

On Dec. 27, 1969, in Randolph, Vermont, he was married to Joyce Gray Shepard, who predeceased him on March 16, 2013.

Survivors include one sister, Eileen Sandstrom of Littleton, Colorado; four stepdaughters, Judith Jacobson of West Barnstable, Massachusetts, Jane Howe of Tunbridge, Vermont, Sylvia Cooley of Leverett, Massachusetts and Sharon Sault of Randolph, Vermont.

Additionally he leaves seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by four siblings.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church in Brattleboro, Vermont. Burial will be at Saint Michael’s Parish Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home the same morning of the Mass from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Sheehan’s name may be made to The Holton Home, 158 Western Ave., Brattleboro, VT 05301; or to Saint Michael’s School, 48 Walnut St. Brattleboro, VT 05301.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Thomas A. Fairbanks

Thomas A. Fairbanks, 63, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017 at the Springfield Hospital in Springfield, Vermont.

He was born July 10, 1953 in Springfield, Vermont the son of Charles Sr. and Frances (Kozel) Fairbanks. He attended Springfield Schools and graduated from Springfield High School.

On Sept. 27, 1980, he married Dolores Vigneault in Claremont, New Hampshire.

Tom was employed as a machinist with the Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield for 25 years, Chase the Mover in Claremont, New Hampshire for many years, and worked in the logging business for his brother Charles Fairbanks Jr.

He enjoyed sports and played sports in high school. He also played for the All State Teams in high school. Tom loved being outdoors, he enjoyed walking, running, and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed watching sports.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Dolores Fairbanks, one son Anthony Fairbanks of Springfield, one brother Charles Fairbanks Jr. of Springfield, three sisters – Susan Fog of Springfield, Sara Fairbanks of Adrian, Michigan, and Sandra Fairbanks of Miami, Florida. Also by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, Vermont. Rev. Gerry Piper will officiate.

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

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Richard M. Hitchcock

Richard M. Hitchcock, 86, of Springfield, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 3, 2017, at Springfield Hospital. He was born July 20,1930, in Springfield, Vermont, the son of Ivan and Blanche (Butterfield) Hitchcock. He attended Springfield schools, graduating from Springfield High School and the Co-Op Program in 1949.

Richard served in the United States Army National Guard Company D from 1950 to 1953, during the Korean War.

On July 17, 1954 he married Nancy Spaulding in Springfield, Vermont.

He was employed in the pattern shop at Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Company for a short time before starting his 32-year career as head of the survey division of Dufresne-Henry Engineering in North Springfield, Vermont. He enjoyed all aspects of woodworking. He owned and operated Sign Crafter for 25 years creating hand-carved wooden signs.

Richard had an inventive mind. He looked at the world with a unique perspective, an attribute he passed along to his children.

He was an active lifetime member of the Springfield United Methodist Church. He was a youth leader for many years and held a variety of offices within the church. He made the wooden sign for the church. Richard loved to talk about the Bible and share his faith with others.

He is survived by his wife Nancy of North Springfield; three daughters, Patricia Doherty and her husband, Gerard, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, JoAnn Grey of Wichita Falls, Texas and Margaret Hitchcock-Steger and her husband, Kurt, of Brooklyn, New York; six grandchildren, William Doherty, Eliza Kennedy, Timothy Doherty, Matthew Grey, Stephanie Gorham and Whitney Philippi; five great-grandchildren, Allison Doherty, Kaitlyn, Greyson, Lily and Sally Gorham; as well as many nieces, nephews and their spouses.

Richard was predeceased by his parents; brothers Raymond and Robert Hitchcock; sister Priscilla Connor; nephew Raymond Jr.; and son-in-law Stephen Grey.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at the United Methodist Church in Springfield, Vermont. Pastor Gerry Piper will officiate. A private family burial will be held a later date.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in his name, please consider the Springfield United Methodist Church, 10 Valley St., Springfield, VT 05156.

Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Garrett W. Waterman

Garrett W. Waterman 18, of Springfield, passed away unexpectedly in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on Thursday, June 29, 2017. He was born on July 13, 1998, in Claremont, New Hampshire, the son of Matthew W. and Mirinda L. (Wharton) Waterman. He attended Springfield High School, Bellows Falls Union High School and U-32 in East Montpelier.

Garrett was employed as a welder/fabricator with Frank the Welder in Bellows Falls.

He enjoyed motocross and was a history and geography buff.

He is survived by his father Matthew Waterman, and stepmother Justina, mother Mirinda Waterman and stepfather Chad Sanborn; two brothers, Damian Sanborn and Carter Waterman; one sister, Rylea Waterman; paternal grandparents, Ruth and Ernie Titus and Eben Waterman; and step-maternal grandmother Louanne Wharton. Also by several aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Clyde "Bill" Wharton and maternal grandmother Lydia Wharton.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield on Thursday, July 6, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ronald B. Flay

Ronald B. Flay, 70, passed away on Wednesday evening June 28, 2017 at his home in Springfield, Vermont. He was born January 21, 1947 in Hartford, Connecticut the son of Reginald F. and Betsy E. (Lowe) Flay. He attended and graduated High School in Connecticut and served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968.

On April 26, 1969 He married Kathleen (Hatala) in Farmington, Connecticut.

Mr. Flay served as a Fire Fighter with the West Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department from 1968 to 1993.

He moved from Connecticut to Springfield, Vermont in 2003 after many years of camping in the area. He also enjoyed wintering in Florida beginning in 1994.

He enjoyed camping and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen, 1 son Randolph Flay and his wife Rasa and their children Emilija and Andrew. 1 daughter Heather Servidone and her husband Anthony and their children Dante, Nicholas and Mia.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday July 10, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, Vermont.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to St. Mary’s Church 10 Pleasant Street Springfield, Vermont 05156.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Patricia A. Tuck

Patricia Ann Tuck, 67, Littleton, died Tuesday June 27, 2017 at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury with her family at her side.

She was born Aug. 31, 1949 in Springfield, Vt. to Elfreida (Bourey) and Ralza Snide. She attended Springfield public schools and gradated from Springfield High School. Patricia married Charles Elvin Tuck after graduation. She worked as a short time as a nurses aid and went on to spend most of her adult life as a stay at home mom. She also worked for 9 years at the Mt. Washington Hotel before retiring. Patricia was a member of The Supreme Emblem Club and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

She is survived by her children, Phyllis Moses, Constance Ann Tuck, and Charles Elvin Tuck Jr. and his girlfriend Elise Lawrence, grandchildren Raymond Moses, Jordan Fadden, and Caden Tuck, siblings, Mike Snide, Helen Tufts, Tom Snide and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, Charles Elvin Tuck Sr. and sister Arlene (Snide) Dunbar.

Funeral Services will be held at the First Congregational Church, 189 Main St. Littleton, N.H. on Wednesday July 5, 2017 at 11 with Rev. David Weddington Officiating. Interment will take place privately at Glenwood Cemetery in Littleton. For more information or to share memories and condolence with the family go to

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Vera M. Magoon

Vera M. Magoon, 92, a resident of Bondville, VT, passed away June 25, 2017, at Albany (NY) Medical Center.

Vera was born in Danby, VT, on Nov. 21, 1924, the daughter of the late Edward Kendall and Ada (Baker) Kendall.

Vera worked as a chambermaid for the Stratton Mountain area and cleaned many area homes.

She loved flowers, canning, gardening, sewing, knitting, crocheting, baking, hunting, picking wild blueberries and strawberries, and enjoyed listening and watching Lawrence Welk on Friday evenings, along with Hee-Haw. She was known for making her homemade pizzas on wrestling Sundays. She also enjoyed making homemade doughnuts.

Vera is survived by her sons, Edward Magoon and his wife, Virginia, of Jamaica, VT, and Arthur Magoon; brother, Ned Kendall, of Springfield, VT; sisters, Alice Sombrick, of Alabama, and Dorothy Haynes, of northern VT; grandchildren, Tammy Palmer and Wanda Howe, five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Magoon, who died in 1964; son, Walter Magoon, who died March 2017; brothers, Jim, Everett and Fred Kendall; and sister, Flory Mack.

A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. July 15, 2017, in the Bondville Cemetery.

If friends desire, memorial gifts in Vera's memory may be made to the Londonderry or Winhall Rescue Squads, c/o Brewster-Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Arnold J. Lashua

Arnold J. “Arnie” Lashua, 92, passed away Thursday evening, June 22, 2017, at the Springfield Health & Rehab Center in Springfield, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Dec. 16, 1924, in Springfield, the son of Julian and Bertha (Wilson) Lashua.

He attended Springfield schools, and graduated from Springfield High School. He later attended a variety of law enforcement courses at Chaplain College, Babson Institute and Norwich University. He had specialized training in FBI Police Management School and completed studies in such areas as criminal investigation, crowd control and drug investigation. On Aug. 4, 1946, he married Priscilla Drake. On Aug. 4, 2016, they celebrated 70 years of marriage.

Arnold served the town of Springfield, Vermont for many years as a police officer, first as a special, then sergeant, and as acting chief upon the death of Chief Sherman Martin. After retirement from the police force, he served the town of Springfield for many years as a lister.

He is survived by his wife Priscilla; son Gary Lashua and his wife Lyn, and daughter Linda Converse and her husband Albert; four grandchildren, Chari McAllister and her husband Arron, Erica Blais and her husband John, Trevor Lashua and his wife Kelly, and Melissa McCarthy and her husband Dave; also by eight great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brothers Bernard Lashua and Edward Lashua; and sisters Anastacia Streeter and Gwendolyn Pelletier.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 30, at the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield, Vermont. Reverend Gerry Piper will officiate.

A gathering will follow at the Springfield Elks Club on Park Street in Springfield, Vermont.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Elks Silver Towers Foundation c/o Carol Sylvia, Secretary, P.O. Box 5, Perkinsville, VT 05151.

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

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Margaret E. Behsmann

Margaret Ellen Behsmann, 82, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Springfield Hospital.

She was born July 1, 1934, in Biddeford, Maine, the daughter of William and Helen (Knight) Wheeler.

She graduated from high school in California and later, earned an associate's degree.

On May 25, 1972, she married Lawrence Behsmann in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He died Aug. 20, 2010.

Mrs. Behsmann worked as an accountant and bookkeeper for Schlage Lock Co. for many years. She cared for handicapped children for many years and raised miniature horses on her farm, Trinity Farm, of Springfield.

She was a painter, an artist, and won blue ribbons with her show horses.

Survivors include three sons, Roger Stone, of Springfield, Bill Stone, of Colorado, and Tim Behsmann, of Maryland; a sister, Becky Lowe, of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

She was also predeceased by a daughter, Kathy Anderson.

The memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Marianne V. Parker

Marianne V. Parker, 79, of Springfield, died Monday, June 19, 2017, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

She was born Nov. 11, 1937, in Northampton, Massachusetts, the daughter of Michael and Josephine (Wilga) Zalenski.

She graduated from high school in Northampton and received a bachelor of arts degree from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Mrs. Parker was the K-5 gym teacher for Springfield Public School System from 1968 to 1980. She owned and operated Marianne's Crafts in Springfield for several years and later, was employed in customer service at Readex in Chester for 12 years.

She was an avid golfer and member of Bellows Falls Country Club in Rockingham, as well as an avid bowler and league member at Springfield Plaza Bowl. She also enjoyed playing cribbage and other card games.

Survivors include four children, Michael Parker, of Springfield, Joseph Parker, of Durham, North Carolina, Melissa Brock, of Navarre, Florida, and Elizabeth Pratt, of Woodstock; a sister, Elizabeth Scobie, of Southampton, Massachusetts; three grandchildren; a niece and two nephews.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 110 Main St., Suite 203, Burlington, VT, 05401.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Glenn D. Cordner

Glenn D. Cordner, 67, of Springfield, died Sunday, June 18, 2017, after a long illness.

He was born March 9, 1950, in Summit, New Jersey, the son of John D. and Doris (Koithan) Cordner.

Coming from employment at Mid Maine Medical Center in 1984, he worked at Springfield Hospital, first as assistant administrator and then as CEO from 1997 to 2013, when he retired. Mr. Cordner was a board member of Brattleboro Savings and Loan.

He enjoyed identifying any tree or flower and was an avid reader.

Survivors include his wife, Kimberly (Brown) Cordner, whom he married in 1985; two sons, Joshua and Jesse; two granddaughters; a sister, Nancy Cordner; and six cousins.

The celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at the Church of Christ on Chester Road in Springfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Hospital, 25 Ridgewood Road, Springfield, VT 05156.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Robert G. Macey

Robert George Macey died June 18, 2017, at the age of 87, affectionately known to all as Bob — was born to George Macey and Vera Hughes in Long Island, New York. He had one sibling — William Macey, an older brother that Bob much loved and admired.
Bob never finished high school. Necessity drove him to leave school and support his mom and their Pennsylvania farm after his father George passed at a tragically early age. It was during this time that he met the woman who would become his wife and lifelong affection —Wanita Claire Keesler. They were married in 1950 after a whirlwind courtship.
The happy life of the newlyweds was interrupted when Bob was drafted for the Korean Conflict in 1951. He served his country honorably, discharged in 1953. And while lamenting his time away from Wanita, he happily returned to greet his much-loved firstborn, his daughter Linda, born while he was on active duty.
Two years later, Linda was joined by a brother, Wesley. The family moved to New Jersey, where Bob worked for General Electric. Later, they moved to beautiful southern Vermont, and their adopted state would be their home for many years. Bob took a position with Fellows GearShapers in North Springfield, Vermont — retiring after more than a dozen years. While he would never confess to enjoying his work, he ultimately took great pride and comfort in the stability he provided for his family. 
Bob was known and will be remembered for many things; chief among these, his abiding love for his wife Wanita, his beloved daughter Linda, sons Wes and Warner. He adored his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and even in his very last days the joy he experienced seeing his youngest great grandchildren was profound. His early days in Long Island carried over in his abiding love for the NY Giants football team — an affinity that caused him no end of grief living in the backyard of the New England Patriots, but no permanent harm thanks to his charm, goodwill, and remarkable sense of humor. He'll be remembered for all these wonderful things, for being a good father and a good friend. And he'll be remembered for his many trademark sayings, including (but not limited to):
— How much do you take to haunt a house?
— If BS was music you'd be a brass band
— I'm fine
— Whatever!
— Anyway...
Bob spent his last years at the Elm Wood Center in Claremont, where he developed many close relationships (and football rivalries) with the caring, amazing staff.
Bob is survived by his wife and lifelong love, Wanita Macey; and their three children, Linda Asanowicz, Wesley Macey and Warner Macey, as well as his grandchildren, Melissa Bouchard, Veronica Ferland, Richard Bouchard, Alicia Russell, Robert Bouchard Jr., Eric Macey, Joshua Macey and Bobbi Prouty.
A memorial service is being held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Ludlow, Vermont. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 We bid a sad farewell to Robert Macey, for he was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
Arrangements are with the Stringer Funeral Home and Crematorium, 146 Broad St.,  in Claremont. To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit

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