Wednesday, August 8, 2018

William R. Smith, Jr.

William (Bill) R. Smith Jr., 65, of Midland, Ontario passed away peacefully at home Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 surrounded by his family.

Bill was born in Springfield, Vermont, where he graduated from Springfield High School. He moved to Canada in 1999.

Bill will forever be remembered by his loving wife of 18 years, Carolyn Smith, and children Pam (Jeff), Cheryl (Shawn), William III (Jessica) and Jody (Jason). Bill will be sadly missed by his six grandchildren; Dylan, Braeden, Jack, Oliver, Rita and Reed. Bill is predeceased by his parents, William and Barbara Smith, his sister, Judith Newton and brother, John Smith.

He is survived by his brother Douglas Flagg and sisters Lynn Klus, Susan Smith and Joan Smith. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Aug. 25, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 802 Dominion Ave. Midland, ON. If desired, memorial donations made to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre would be appreciated. Messages of condolence will be received by

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Richard Farren

Richard Farren 61, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Springfield on Friday August 3, 2018. He was born September 30, 1956 in Bristol, Connecticut the son of James and Helen (Hall) Farren. He graduated from Green Mountain High School class of 1974.

Richard worked as a Carpenter in the area for many years, both self-employed and with various contractors in the area, including Green Mountain Log Cabins and Gilchrest Enterprises.

He enjoyed camping, technical drawing, puzzles, and building models of all kinds. He was also an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.

He is survived by his daughter Ashley Weyant of Windsor, Vt. Son Thailand Farren of Keene, N.H. 4 grandchildren : Makayla Longtin, Makenna Weyant, Grace Farren and Emmett Farren. Brother Patrick Farren, 3 sisters – Teri Pecor, Joanne Farren, and Victoria Farren. Also by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by 1 brother Timothy Farren.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday August 25, 2018 in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Proctorsville, Vt. The date for the celebration of life will be announced at the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to David’s House at 461 Mt. Support Road Lebanon, NH 03766.

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

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Alta J. Nestervich

Alta Jane Nestervich, 90, died Monday, July 30, 2018, at Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by family.

She was born March 16, 1928, in Goffstown, New Hampshire, the daughter of Elphege L. and Hattie J. (Chambers) Olivier.

She attended schools in Manchester and in New York.

On March 4, 1949, she married Alexander Nestervich in Claremont, New Hampshire.

Mrs. Nestervich enjoyed cooking and gardening.

Survivors include three children Joseph Cantasano, of Lockport, New York, Alexander Nestervich, Valerie Matulonis, both of Springfield; three siblings Leon Olivier, Eva Trump, Gertrude Anderson; seven grandchildren, numerous great- grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband June 1, 2001, and three siblings Madeline Eckard, Frederick and Louis Olivier.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

Private burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Activities Fund, 105 Chester Road, Springfield, VT 05156; or BAYADA Hospice, 1222 Putney Road Suite 203, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Joshua E. Bates

Joshua Eric Bates, 34, of Charlestown, NH, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 23, 2018 in Springfield, VT. He was born in Hanover, NH on July 19, 1984, the son of Arthur S. and Tamra L. (Snide) Bates. Joshua graduated with his high school diploma in 2003. Joshua worked in maintenance for 100 River Street, LLC in Springfield, VT the past two years. Previously, he was a painter in the area for several years. Joshua had a passion for BMX bikes and riding and loved Mustangs. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Besides his parents, with whom he lived in Charlestown, NH, he leaves two daughters, Kristin and Kyleigh Bates of Somersworth, NH; his sister, Christina Bates of Claremont, NH; his maternal grandparents, Edward Snide of Guilford, Maine and Katherine Gault of Lake Alfred, Florida; his paternal grandmother, Jean Bates of Charlestown, NH; and aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Arthur W. Bates.

At Joshua’s request, no services are planned. Donations in Joshua’s memory may be made to a charity of ones choice.

Joshua may be gone but will never be forgotten. Love, Dad, Mom, Christina, family and friends.

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

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Andrew J.Tlaker

On July 23, 2018, a beautiful heart that was quick to love, quick to laugh, quick to embrace adventure, quick to feel compassion and quick to forgive, grew weary and needed to finally rest.

Andrew James Tlaker was born Sept. 14, 1967, in Springfield, Vermont. He attended schools in Saxons River and Springfield. Andrew was among the first of individuals with developmental disabilities to attend public schools in Springfield, graduating from SHS in 1989. Following graduation, Andrew continued his path of ‘leading the way’ by being one of the first to take part in an Individualized Community Integration Program where he participated in volunteer and employment activities within his community. During his career in his program, he had duties at the First National Bank, Young’s Furniture, Biben’s Hardware, The Food Co-op, and Convalescent Center. In 2008, Andrew moved to Baldwinsville, New York, where he continued to be involved in an Individualized Program; he volunteered at the Beaver Lake Nature Center, library and senior complex.

Andrew was a well-travelled man. He hugged the great redwoods of California, ran like the Six Million Dollar Man on the beaches of Oregon, went to outer space at Disney, felt the mist of Niagara Falls, and Boston was ‘his kind of town.’ He was also an artist; preferring watercolor. His painting titled Blue Moon was part of an exhibit shown at the Russell Rotunda in Washington, DC. Not stopping at travel and creativity, Andrew was also a Special Olympics medalist, competing and receiving medals in basketball. He could throw the ball backwards and make his shot just about every time!

Andrew enjoyed being with people and being active. He loved music and dancing. He also enjoyed canoeing, basketball, bowling and above all, glow golf. Most importantly, he was a huge fan of Star Trek and Dr. Who, knowing how the script will run for each episode of either show.

Andrew had a way of affecting people in a profound way. He was charismatic and charming with a great sense of humor, but above all, sincere in affection. He loved abundantly and lived in the moment. He taught us so much about acceptance and caring. He leaves a great void in the lives he touched; his presence will be greatly missed.

Andrew was predeceased by his father, Erich Tlaker; and his grandmother ( mum- mum), Minnie Lefevre.

Left to mourn his loss are his mother, Jean Tlaker; brother, Norman (Martha) Tlaker, nephew Conrad; sister Anne Tlaker (Michael) Hall; sister Jane Tlaker (Peter) MacDonald, niece Jennifer and nephew Ryan.

Andrew’s family would like to thank all the extraordinary people n Andrew’s life who contributed to a ‘life well-lived:’ his support team at Advocates Inc. (Reina and Leslie); mentors Anne G., Gayle B., Maureen D., Tracy S., Veena K., Brenda C. and Todd N.; Tammy and Dan at bowling; all his special friends at Wegman’s (Karen, Dorothy, to name a few), Tops, McDonalds; and all the various “stops” along his daily routine.

Special thanks to Dr. Frank Smith and the outstanding team at Pediatric Cardiology Assocaites who went beyond all calls of duty and exhibited such love and affection for Andrew. We are left humbled by you all.

A celebration of Andrew’s life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. at Maurer Funeral Home, 3541 State Route 31, Baldwinsville, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests doing a random act of kindness in the spirit of Andrew’s kind and loving heart. Donations can also be made to Special Olympics or Advocates Inc.

Take wing, dear sweet Andrew, time for your soul to take flight to the Final Frontier.

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Donald J. Breslend

Donald Joseph Breslend, 92, died Monday, July 23, 2018, at Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by family.

He was born Jan. 21, 1926, in North Walpole, New Hampshire, the son of Harry and Bridget (Gallager) Breslend.

He graduated from Bellows Falls High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the Battle of the Bulge in the 35th Infantry. He was awarded a Purple Heart, and a Medal of Honor from the French Foreign Legion.

On Feb. 19, 1955, Mr. Breslend married Stacia Balous in Springfield.

He was employed with the U.S. Postal Service for the Railway Mail and later, as a supervisor at Springfield Post Office.

He was a member of Robert L. Johnson VFW Post 771 and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #679, both in Springfield.

Mr. Breslend enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife and a son, Michael Breslend, both of Springfield; two grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers John and William Breslend.

The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, with the Rev. Gerry Piper officiating.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

F. Miriam Donegan

F. Miriam Donegan, 99, died Sunday, July 22, 2018, at Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow.

She was born Sept. 2, 1918, in Saint Stephen New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Charles P. and Alice L. (Cahill) Hayman.

She graduated in 1936 from Manning High School in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and in 1941 from Salem State College. After graduation, she began her teaching career at Shatswell and Winthrop schools in Ipswich.

On March 27, 1943, she married Lt. John F. Donegan.

Mrs. Donegan worked as a substitute teacher in Springfield schools for 24 years, retiring in 1982.

She served as a member of Springfield Planning Committee and belonged to the Home Demonstration Club.

She enjoyed feeding and watching birds, gardening and doing crossword puzzles.

Survivors include three children J. Richard Donegan, of Litchfield, New Hampshire, David Donegan, of Groton, New Hampshire, Jane Canale; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Donegan was predeceased by her husband May 28, 2011.

The memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 4, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield where a calling hour begins at 11 a.m. prior to the service officiated by the Rev. Gerry Piper.

Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Howard R. Parry

Howard R. Parry 81, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday morning July 21, 2018 at the Elm Wood Center in Claremont, N.H. He was born May 15, 1937 in Bartonsville, Vermont the son of Everett D. and Gladys A. (Putt) Parry. He attended school in Bellows Falls, Vt.

He served in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1958.

Howard was married to Jane E. Kendall, she predeceased him in 2000.

He worked as a Carpenter, Painter and Mason with various local contractors including Wiggins Construction and Beaudry Construction.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, was a master at repairing things and was a great story teller, He enjoyed visiting with friends and family.

He is survived by his children : Sheila M. Parry of Springfield, Randall H. Parry of Chester, and Rennay L. Parry of Springfield. His siblings : Theodore E. Parry and wife Molly of Allenstown, N.H., Barbara E. Elliot and her husband William of Deltona, Fl., Wayne C. Parry of Cornish, N.H. , Lee A. Parry of Hopkinton, N.H., and Richard A. Parry and wife Terry of Springfield, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his longtime companion and caregiver Robin Knight of Springfield and her children : Jim, Dan and Tom, and grandchildren Owen, Nathen, and Aubri. And by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by siblings : Charlotte M. Parry in 1953 , Whanitta G. Parry in 2015, Charlene M. Parry in 2017, and Levi N. Parry in 2018.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 P.M. on Sunday July 29, 2018 at the New Westminster Cemetery in Westminster, Vt. A reception will follow at the Westminster East Parish on Main St. in Westminster, Vt.

Memorial donations may be made to the Springfield Meals on Wheels Program 139 Main Street Springfield, Vermont 05156.

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

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Glenna W. Sargent

Glenna W. Sargent, 85, of Chittenden, died Saturday, July 21, 2018, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 2, 1932, in Rutland, the daughter of Glendon and Edna (Wright) Wilder.

She graduated from Rutland High School in 1951 and Rutland Business College.

She married Gene Sargent on Aug. 15, 1959.

Mrs. Sargent had been employed by Lincoln Iron Works and as the activities director for Community Care Network in Springfield. She owned and operated 2 Sargents Real Estate and Chester Appliances prior to her retirement.

She was a 4-H volunteer leader for several years and a member of the Chittenden Senior Group.

Mrs. Sargent enjoyed acrylic painting, flowers and hanging out with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband Gene of Chittenden; daughters Glenna Jean Cole of Perkinsville, Janet VanAlstyne of Chester, Paula Ann Sargent of Mendon; a son Matthew J. Sargent of Springfield; a sister Jane Coburn of Whitehall; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a sister Lorraine Merrill.

Memorial services will be held at noon Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Barstow Memorial School Hall. Burial will follow in the Horton Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Barnard Funeral Home.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Heather L. Byrne

Heather L. Byrne, 49, died Thursday, July 19, 2018, at her home.

She was born March 9, 1969, in Springfield, the daughter of George R. and Sally (Lengyel) Trombly.

She graduated in 1987 from Springfield High School.

Ms. Byrne worked as a waitress in the area for many years, and was employed most recently as an LNA at Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor.

Survivors include her father and stepmother Mary, her mother and stepfather Ernest Mas, her son, Joseph Byrne, all of Springfield; siblings Shane Mas, of Weathersfield, Matthew Trombly, of White River Junction, Benjamin Trombly, Meghan Reiss, both of Medford, Massachusetts; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The private graveside service will be held at a later date.

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

Arrangement are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Priscilla E. Peck

Priscilla E. Peck 83, passed away on Sunday evening July 15, 2018 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She was born January 11, 1935 in New Britain, Connecticut the daughter of Irving O. and Mabel A. (Bennett) Johnson. She graduated from Middletown High School in Middletown, Connecticut and later from Central Connecticut State College.

She worked as a Secretary at Wesleyan University for many years.

She moved to Orwell, Vermont where she owned and operated a Dairy Farm with her husband for several years.

She later moved to Springfield, Vermont and most recently resided in Chester, Vermont.

Priscilla was an active member of the Charlestown, N.H. Senior Center for many years. She was a very loving and caring person, always looking out for her neighbors and her friends. She loved all animals and loved her dog Lucky.

She is survived by her brother Glen Johnson of Cromwell, Ct. two grandchildren – Stephanie and Wyatt Traverse, and niece Kimberly Brisson. She was predeceased by her daughter Kathleen D. (Peck) Traverse.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday July 23, 2018 at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont. Reverend Malcolm Fowler Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Springfield will officiate.

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

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

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Kevin C. Fitchett

Kevin Curtis Fitchett, 32, died Saturday, July 14, 2018, at his home. He was born March 5, 1986, in Claremont, N.H. son of Angela Jean Stocker and Christopher Albert Fitchett. He enjoyed canoeing, hiking, camping, and skateboarding. He also enjoyed working with his Poppa on lawn and garden equipment. His buddy was his dog Maximus.

He worked for many years at Hypertherm.

He is survived by his mother Angela, father Christopher, step-mother Mary, sister Nicole, sister-in-law Ashley, step-sister Danyle Locke, step-brother Wesley Locke, grandparents Ray and Lena Stocker and many Aunts, Uncles and cousins, one niece and four nephews.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Herbert and Florence Fitchett.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Cavendish Village Cemetery in Cavendish, Vt.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Serenity House in Wallingford, Vt. or to Turning Point in Springfield, Vt.

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Marie T. Lambert

Marie Teresa Lambert, the beloved daughter and only child of Wilfred Alfred Lambert and Teresa (Beauvais) Lambert of Lyndon VT, was born on August 14, 1935 in Springfield, VT. She completed her earthly journey on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in the company of her dearest friend, Celine Larouche.

Marie attended elementary school in Lyndon and graduated from Springfield Vermont High School with the Class of 1953. She enrolled in the School of Education at Lyndon State College and graduated in 1957 with a BS in Elementary Education. Marie then attended Wayne State University in Detroit, MI to specialize in the education of children with special needs.

Marie began her teaching career in Keene NH, retiring in 1987 after 30 years as a Special Education Teacher. She continued to teach part time in NH and at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Winooski, VT. She was also a fulltime caregiver for her terminally ill friend and colleague, Patricia Going in VT. As a young woman, Marie was a staff member at Camp Marycrest in Grand Isle VT. During several summers, she taught the flute and recorder, along with arts and crafts. Marie was an accomplished flutist, an aspiring guitarist, and an avid photographer, whose camera was her constant companion.

Marie was a devout and active Catholic. She participated in choirs, liturgy, and various church organizations and activities. She readily helped and supported those in need. In her later years, Marie resided in Essex Junction, VT until she suffered a life altering accident from which she never fully recovered. She later lived at Our Lady of the Meadows in Richford, VT and spent her last years at St. Albans Health and Rehab Center.

Marie will long be remembered for her friendly, genuine attitude and her faithful service to Church and her profession. The legacy she leaves as sweet, lovable, talented Marie will long be cherished by all who knew her. She was a living example to everyone and showed remarkable courage throughout the sudden loss of her independence and¬ life as she knew it. She lived her sweet loving spirit every day until the end. "Rest in the peace of the Lord "dear Marie. We love you and will miss you. Until we meet again!

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 18 at 11am in St. Simon Catholic Church in Abercorn , Quebec, Canada. Marie will be buried at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery, Springfield, VT. Arrangements are by Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Home in Burlington, VT.

Marie is survived by her lifetime friend and faithful companion, Celine Larouche and her Quebec Family in Sutton. She is also survived by her cousins: Gail Niemyski and Ron Beauvais of North Carolina and two special friends: Sister Cathleen Going, OP and Shirley Verltullo. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marie's memory may be made to a .

We wish to express our most sincere gratitude for the care, respect, attention, and love Marie received while living in the West Wing of the St. Albans Health and Rehab Center.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Shane L. Gilman

Shane L. Gilman, 45, formerly of Gassetts, Vt. died unexpectedly at his home in Springfield on July 11, 2018. He was born in Springfield, Vermont on November 29, 1972, son of Roy E. and Jacqueline (Gomez) Gilman, and graduated from Springfield High School with the class of 1994.

Shane enjoyed mountain biking, fishing and cooking. He also liked playing video games, operating remote controlled (RC) cars, and listening to classic rock.

Survivors include his mother, Jacqueline Gilman of Springfield, Vermont and his father, Roy Gilmam of Ludlow, Vermont; a sister, Crystal Gilman of Bethlehem, NH and a brother Shawn Gilman of Springfield, Vermont; three aunts, Janet Gomez of Weathersfield, Vermont, Sheila Stanton and her husband, Everett of Baltimore, Vermont and Faye Miner of Proctorsville, Vermont; an uncle Wayne Gomez of Williamstown, Vt. and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday July 26, 2018 at the Advent Christian Church in North Springfield, Vt., followed by a potluck celebration of life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Advent Christian Church , P.O. Box 21 North Springfield, Vermont 05150

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

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Kevin L. Richardson

Kevin L. Richardson, 59, of Springfield, died Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He was born Dec. 30, 1958, in Springfield, the son of Lee L. and Jean A. (Whight) Richardson.

He graduated in 1977 from Springfield High School.

Mr. Richardson was employed at Idlenot Dairy in North Springfield for many years and for the past 13 years, was a truck driver for the State of Vermont Highway Department, plowing the interstate during the winter months.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was a fan of NASCAR, the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and Miami Dolphins.

Survivors include his parents, of Springfield; and a sister, Karen Aebi, of North Springfield.

The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 13, in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, with Ernest "Puggy" Lamphere officiating.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Howard D. Hill

Howard D. Hill, 86, died Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow.

He was born May 28, 1932, the son of Harry E. and Eva (Washburn) Hill, in Andover, where he attended local schools.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era.

On April 7, 1956, he married Marlene L. Liberty in North Springfield.

Mr. Hill was employed as a machinist with Lovejoy Tool Co. for 38 years.

He was a member of Robert L. Johnson VFW Post 771 in Springfield.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, riding motorcycles, camping, and was a member of Hawk's Mountain Ridge Riders.

Survivors include his wife, of Ludlow; five children Howard Hill II, of Northwood, New Hampshire, Daniel and Lorrie Hill, both of North Springfield, Nancy Barror, of Springfield, Stephanie Lewis, of Woodstock; seven siblings Patricia Gannaway, Barry, Roy, Harry, Ruby, Doris and Darlene Hill; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

Mr. Hill was predeceased by four siblings Vivian Currier, Mabel King, George and Darl Hill.

The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, where a calling hour will begin at 1 p.m. prior to the service officiating by the Rev. George Keeler.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gill Odd Fellows Home, 8 Gill Terrace, Ludlow, VT 05149.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Ruth K. Dunning

Ruth King Dunning, 101, died peacefully Saturday July 7, 2018 at Cedar Hill Nursing Home in Windsor. She was born Ruth Virginia King on July 29, 1916 in New York City, the daughter of Carol and Frank King.

A remarkable student, Ruth attended public schools in New York graduating high school at age 15 and acquiring her bachelors of education degree from Hunter College at 19. She would go on to earn her master’s degree later during her 40 year career as a public school teacher.

As a young woman her summers were often spent in the upstate New York community of Copake where she met Richard Dunning a local dairy farmer. The two were married on June 27, 1941. Together they raised 5 boys. In 1943 they purchased an old farmhouse at the end of a rutted mountain road in Barnard, Vermont and so began the legacy of the Dunning Camp which has been a focal point for gatherings of the expanded Dunning family for 75 years.

Ruth loved all things in nature and her household often included wild animals rescued injured and nursed back to health with her tender care. The Dunning home was filled with house plants and the yard perennials and fruit trees. She was a devoted mother to her five sons and a loving wife for 71 years until Richard’s passing in 2011 at the age of 91. Survivors include her sons; Bruce Dunning of Kirkville, NY, Leigh Dunning of Port Henry, NY, David Dunning of New London, NH, Glenn Dunning of Brookfield, VT and Larry Dunning of Claremont, NH, their wives, 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Friends are welcome to join family members Friday evening July 13 from 6 – 8 PM at the Davis Chapel Chapel, 99 Summer St. in Springfield or at the graveside service Saturday July 14 at 11 a.m. at the Windward Cemetery off of the North Road in Barnard. Reverend Mike Boy of Ascutney will officiate.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Irena Obdrzalek

Irena Obdrzalek, 67, passed way at her home Friday, July 6, 2018. She was born Dec. 1, 1950 in Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Miloslav and Gertruda (Bednarik) Krmasek. She attended schools in Czechoslovakia, earning a degree in accounting.

On July 19, 1975, she married Bohumil “Bob” F. Obdrzalek.

In 1986, she moved to Springfield, Vt. In 1990, she and her husband opened Bottle Redeemers in Springfield where she was owner, operator, and bookkeeper.

She enjoyed cooking, knitting, and reading.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years Bohumil “Bob” Obdrzalek of Springfield, one son Jan Obdrzalek of Springfield, one daughter Alice Mills of Essex, Vt., three grandchildren, and one sister Alena Vlcek.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, Vt.

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

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Mary M. Durand

Mary M. Durand, 90, died Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born June 11, 1928, in Springfield, the daughter of Charles and Helen (Welcome) May.

She graduated from Springfield High School.

On July 27, 1948, she married Conrad M. Durand in Springfield.

Mrs. Durand worked as an LNA at Springfield Hospital for many years.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles and watching old western movies.

Survivors include a son, Wayne Durand, of Springfield; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; three brothers Edward, Lawrence and William May; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Jan. 21, 2000; a son, Keith Durand; and a granddaughter.

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

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Bonnie L. Blake

Bonnie L. Blake, formally of Weathersfield, Vermont, passed away July 2, 2018. She was born April 20, 1948 in Springfield, Vermont and was the daughter of the late Urban M. Harvey and his wife Arlene Harvey. She was a graduate of Springfield High School. Upon graduating from high school, Bonnie worked at Fellows Gear Shaper. She spent most of her career employed by TD Bank Bellows Falls and retired as Vice President.

She was an active member in her community and enjoyed the work she did as a member of the Springfield Garden Club. She loved her travels to Maine and particularly enjoyed time spent during the summers in York Beach strolling Long Sands. Golf and shopping were additional favorite past times. She loved the Christmas holiday and spreading that joy to others. She always cherished time spent with her friends. Bonnie would always take the extra time going above and beyond helping her customers at the bank and enjoyed catching up with each of them. Her greatest joy in life was the moments spent with her two grandchildren; reading to them, coloring with them or taking part in their interests.

She is survived by her brother Bernard Harvey and stepbrother Richard King; her daughter Tanya Jones and her husband Chris, and her grandchildren Brady and Hannah.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 at The Inn at Weathersfield, 1342 VT Route 106, Perkinsville from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Brian A. Haskell

Brian A. Haskell, 70, of Laurel Avenue, passed away peacefully at his home on July 1, 2018. Brian was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on December 6, 1947, the son of LeRoy and Catherine (Cavanaugh) Haskell. He was a 1965 graduate of Bellows Falls Union High School, the University of Vermont, and earned his master's degree in education from Keene State College in 1974. Brian was a teacher at Riverside Middle School in Springfield, Vermont for 42 years. He was a member of the BPOE 119 and a past exalted ruler in 1977-1978, the American Legion Post 37, the Polish American Club and the Polish Roman Catholics of America. Brian coached in the Connecticut Valley Pee Wee League for 37 years and was head official of the VPA at times throughout his lengthy officiating career.

Brian is survived by bis wife, Brenda Pease McGowan and her children, Eric and William; his sons, Casey Haskell and wife Misty of Bellows Falls and Cory Haskell and wife Janelle of Rockingham; grandsons Wylee, Ozzee, Caden and Brennen; brother, Kent "Grump" Haskell and wife Rose of Bellows Falls; sisters Brenda Stack and husband Michael of Saxton's River and Judith Haskell-Patch and husband David of Wallingford; and many nieces and nephews and friends. He is predeceased by his first wife, Susan (Mellish), brother Gary "Moe" Haskell and stepdaughter, Elizabeth McGowan.

There will be calling hours on Wednesday July, 11 from 5-8 p.m. at Fenton and Hennessy Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Thursday, July 12 at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Bellows Falls, with a reception immediately following at the church. A burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brian's memory to: The CVPWFL, c/o Ed Vancor, P.O. Box 703, Bellows Falls, VT 05101 or to the EIk's Scholarship Fund c/o George Bennett, P.O. Box 367, Bellows Falls, VT 05101.

Brian touched many lives throughout his lifetime in one way or another, please hold those memories in your hears and cherish each and every moment with your loved ones. We will miss you dearly, Dad.

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Darlene Y. Lique

Darlene Y. Lique, 79, died Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Springfield Hospital.

She was born Aug. 5, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Buster Odell and Virginia L. Daniels.

She was employed as a House of Lloyds sales representative for many years, a nursing assistant in home health care and Hanson Court Nursing Home and also worked at American Optical and Whitney Blake.

On June 7, 2003, she married Daniel R. Lique in Springfield.

Mrs. Lique enjoyed playing bingo, cards, Yahtzee and going on car rides.

Survivors include her husband; six children Katherine and Dennis Gallagher Jr., Louanne Kulpa, Ann Marie Morrison, Virgina Bessette, Sharon Cenate; stepchildren Jason and Angelique Lique; two brothers William and Kevin Daniels; two sisters Robin and Cheryl Daniels; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by two children Cindy and Maynard Cenate Jr.; and two brothers Larry and Tommy Daniels.

The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 6, in Pleasant View Cemetery in Chester.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Ronald D. Pellerin

Ronald Dwyer Pellerin, 76, passed away on June 30, 2018 at his home in Charlestown. He was born on October 24, 1941 in Springfield, Vermont, the son of Forrest Alden and Marjorie Ruth (Dwyer) Pellerin.

He worked for 32 years at Holmes Trucking as a truck driver. He enjoyed being outdoors, he loved hunting and fishing. Ronald was also a great grandfather.

His family includes his three grandchildren, Anthony K. Pellerin, Savanna E. Pellerin, and Ashland M. Pellerin; brothers, Jim Pellerin and his wife, Judy, Gary Pellerin and his wife, Brenda, John Pellerin, and Mike Pellerin.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marie Louise Pellerin and his sons, Anthony Kirk Pellerin and Ronald “Rocky” Pellerin.

A graveside service will be held at the Pine Crest Cemetery in Charlestown on Monday July 9th at 10 AM with Pastor Harold Noyes officiating.

Arrangements are with Stringer Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, NH 03743. To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Laura C. McNaughton

Laura Cody McNaughton, daughter of Thornton S Cody and Ruth F Cody and wife of Ethan McNaughton, tragically passed away in an automobile accident on the morning of June 28, 2018.

Laura and Ethan are the proud parents of two sons, Isaac Cody McNaughton and Gaelen Tredway McNaughton, aged eight and three. She was first and foremost a devoted mother. Despite her many worldly accomplishments, none compare to her beautiful children. Her friendly and sincere nature, open mind, willing ear, passionate advocacy against prejudice and injustice, and kind heart touched an ever widening circle of friends, colleagues, and family. She is sorely missed by all that knew her.

 Laura was born on June 8, 1982 in Baltimore, Maryland and moved with her parents to Springfield, Vermont in 1986. At age 4 she began ballet lessons at the Dance Factory, a love she continued to the present.

She graduated from Springfield High School as valedictorian of the class of 2000. She was active in a variety of school and community organizations and was an integral part of the group which founded the modern Post Prom activities at SHS, which continue on nearly two decades later. She was an avid member of the concert band and an athlete on the cross-country and track teams. Throughout her life she ran trail and road races with family and friends, and was actively training for her first full-length marathon.

Laura attended Bates College in Lewiston Maine where she developed her own major in public health and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2004. In furtherance of public health, she spent her entire junior year divided between Grenoble, France and Cameroon, West Africa. Working with truck drivers and others, she sought to understand the transmission of the HIV virus within the Cameroonian population. During her summer break she became an EMT serving in Rockingham. She received a Masters Degree from the Boston University School of Public Health in 2006.

After a decade of dating she and her best friend and soulmate were engaged in Acadia Nation Park. She married Ethan McNaughton in 2007. The couple lived in Boston, where Laura held a series of public health positions, volunteered with HIV and domestic violence hotlines, and trained as a doula.

In 2012 Laura’s young family moved back to Vermont where she quickly reestablished her connections with a variety of community organizations. She worked with the Vermont Department of Health assisting community groups throughout the region in preventing youth tobacco and substance abuse. Her talents were soon recognized and, despite her relative youth, she served as the District Director of the Vermont Department of Health, White River Junction office since 2013. She was a member of the Weathersfield School Board, the related Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union Board, and Holt Foundation Board in Saxton's River.

Laura is survived by her children, husband, parents, and her brother, Daniel Cody. Her maternal grandparents, William and Bessie Fingerhut (née Levine) and paternal grandparents Thornton S Cody, Sr and Harriet Cody (née Crosby) predeceased her.

A celebration of life will be held at the Weathersfield meeting house on the afternoon of July 7, beginning at 2 PM. Friends and colleagues are invited to join the family in sharing their fond memories.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the charity of your choice.

Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

David S. Conant

David Stoughton Conant, 69, of Barnet, Vt. passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from injuries sustained while clearing trails in his beloved backwoods, a lifelong project he shared with his wife and something he loved to do.

David was born in Springfield, Vt. on June 17, 1949 to David Perry and Aune (Lepisto) Conant. His childhood was spent alongside the Connecticut River with his father cultivating a love for nature and adventures. He attended Fall Mountain Regional High School followed by the University of New Hampshire receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in botany. He met his future wife, Aminta “Minty” Kitfield in 1973 when he was a teaching assistant in one of her college courses. While at UNH he made his first research venture to Puerto Rico to study tropical tree fern spore dispersal and thus began a lifelong interest in the systematic botany of tropical tree ferns. In 1976, after many more trips to the tropics and equally many lessons in the Spanish language from his friends in Puerto Rico, David graduated from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in Biology, specializing in fern systematics. Shortly after, he and Minty moved to the Northeast Kingdom to live and work. In 1979 David married his soul mate and lifelong partner.

As a professor at Lyndon State College, he taught a variety of different subjects, including botany, genetics, biochemistry, and systematic botany to name a few. Over his 32-year career, he was a recipient of multiple National Science Foundation Grants which enabled him to travel to New Guinea, Borneo, Australia, Central America, Venezuela, and the Caribbean to continue his passionate study of tree ferns. He named several species of tree ferns, including one which he named after his mother and one which he named after his wife.

He spent his sabbatical years working with great colleagues at Mount Holyoke College, Dartmouth College and Duke University. His papers and scientific contributions helped to further the systematic and genetic studies of tree ferns. He was internationally recognized for his work on the ecology and evolution of the scaly tree ferns. He was a pioneer in applying modern molecular techniques to uncovering the unique speciation histories of these tree ferns, focused on the plants that he encountered in his extensive field work in Puerto Rico. He served as President of the New England Botanical Club from 1996-1998 and the American Fern Society from 2004-2006.

After retiring as a professor, he started a business doing excavating projects, Homework Construction. David always enjoyed digging with large equipment. More recently, he shifted his focus to projects on his Barnet property that he and Minty bought in 1978. As a team, Minty and David cleared many fields and built a beautiful network of wood roads connecting their entire property together. David enjoyed skiing, hiking, and botanizing this property with his wife, children, grandchildren, family, and friends. His fondness for dogs made him the favorite of all the family pets. Following his Finnish heritage, David was an avid berry picker and every year spent many hours picking wild raspberries and blackberries.

David also enjoyed bird identification, fishing, playing the banjo with dear friends, and spending time with his four grandchildren, to whom he was lovingly known as Poppy. He did not enjoy being the frequent recipient of weird taxidermy animals, one of the many playful jokes he shared with his three daughters. He and his wife were rarely far apart for very long, and were well on their way to traveling the world together.

David was a supportive, loving, and encouraging husband and father, a naturalist, and an excellent teacher. He particularly enjoyed a good joke, especially his family’s many ongoing inside jokes, some of which have lasted decades. He is greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years: Aminta “Minty” Conant of Barnet/St. Johnsbury; three daughters: Snow Burns and husband, Eric, of El Cerrito, Calif.; Caitlin Parikh and husband, Purak, of Brookline, N.H.; and Aminta “Minn” Conant and partner, James Dumont, of El Cerrito, Calif.; a brother: Brian and wife, Irma Conant, of Charlestown, N.H.; a sister: Betsey Clark of Lebanon, Maine; a sister-in law: Connie Conant, and four grandchildren: Calvin Conant Burns, Camille Conant Burns, Maneesh Conant Parikh, and Aminta “Mimi” Conant Parikh.

David was predeceased by his parents: David Perry Conant and Aune Lepisto Conant; a brother: Roger William Conant; and a brother-in-law: Don Clark.

Visiting hours will be held at the family home at 545 Keyser Hill Road, St Johnsbury, Vermont on Tuesday, July 3 from 3-5. All are welcome. A memorial service/celebration of his life will be held at a later date to be determined. This will be announced in the paper.

Memorial donations may be made in David’s name to either the Passumpsic Valle Land Trust, PO Box 624, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819, or to Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Ave, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Doug Riley

Doug Riley, of Springfield, was born on Dec. 8, 1955 in Keene, New Hampshire, and died on June 25, 2018 after a short and valiant battle with cancer at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Doug was a loving and generous husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He was known for his conversational prowess and for saying that he was going to make a long story short, but he never did. He was a gifted carpenter and an artist with anything to do with wood. He realized his dream of building a home in Maine where he hoped to live his life with his wife Mary Anne.

Doug was pre-deceased by his parents, Shirley (Primrose) and Robert Riley. In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by his children Elisha Ann Riley, Matthew James Riley, Sarah Elizabeth Zierfus, and James Daniel Hanson. He will be much missed by his grandchildren Alexis, Noah, Hannah, Michael and Hunter. He is also survived by his brothers Randy and Steve Riley, his sister Pamela Riley and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be a private military burial on July 7 in Camden, Maine. Per Doug’s wishes there will be an Irish wake at a family member’s home on July 13. His kindness, smile, and laughter made a difference in so many lives and he is now an angel watching over us.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Jeffrey P. Neronsky

Jeffrey P. Neronsky, 59, of Ludlow, died June 24, 2018, at his home.

He was born April 20, 1959, in Charlotte, North Carolina, the son of Raymond N. and Diane (Pockette) Neronsky.

He graduated in 1978 from Springfield High School and later, from Claremont VoTech with an associate degree in Respiratory Therapy. On June 13, 1981, Mr. Neronsky married Mary Putnam in Springfield.

He was employed as a restaurant manager in the area for many years.

He enjoyed gardening, traveling, going to the ocean, boating, Okemo Mountain and the weather.

Survivors include his wife, of Ludlow; his mother, of Springfield; two brothers John Neronsky, of Chester, Jerry Neronsky, of Springfield; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Neronsky was predeceased by his father in 2004.

There will be no services.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

John R. Hansen

Mr. John Robert Hansen, born Dec. 20, 1928, in Staten Island, New York, to the late John and Gertrude Hansen, passed away peacefully at age 89 on June 22, 2018, in Staten Island.

John served five years in the United States Marine Corps, as a Staff Sergeant in the Korean War, and later worked in the home building industry as a carpenter.

He was the loving husband of the late Elizabeth Hansen. They married April 18, 1987, and shared 29 years together. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Harry Hansen; sister, Mildred Hansen; step-grandchild, Travis Brassord; and step-great-grandson, T. J. Wesson.

John is survived by his stepson, Jeffrey Brassord; step-grandchildren Betsy and Kate; step-great-grandchildren Ben, Rachel, Devante, Jaxon and Addyand; his brother, George Hansen; sister, Gertrude Sullivan; niece, Jayne Hamilton, and great-nephew, Sean Hamilton.

He loved skiing, ski jumping, woodcarving and spending time with his family and friends. He attended Springfield United Methodist Church, Springfield, VT, and was a member of the Sons of Norway, Nansen Lodge.

Graveside services for John will be held in Springfield, VT, in Oakland Cemetery, Route 106, on July 13 at 1 p.m. by the Rev. Gerry Piper.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Jeffrey B. Robison

Jeffery B. Robison 56, died Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Elmwood Center in Claremont, New Hampshire. He was born March 7, 1962, in Wenham, Massachusetts, the son of Joan (Bonneau) and John I. Robison II.

He graduated in 1980 from Springfield High School.

Mr. Robison worked as an area building contractor for many years and was vice president of Integrated Solar in Brattleboro.

He was a member of the Mount Sinai Shriners.

Survivors include his mother, of Springfield; stepmother Joyce Robison, of Woodstock; stepson Jeffery Foster, of North Springfield, stepdaughter Stacy Valcourt, of Shoreham; a grandson; brothers John Robison, of Weathersfield, James Robison, of Sarasota, Florida; stepbrothers Gregory Carter, of Chester, Brian Carter, of North Springfield; two nephews and many cousins.

He was predeceased by his father.

The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, where a calling hour will begin at noon prior to the service officiated by the Rev. Gerry Piper. Masonic services will be conducted, as well. A reception will follow at United Methodist Church on Valley Street in Springfield. Burial will be at a later date in Prosper Cemetery in Woodstock.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

William Wright

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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