Thursday, December 13, 2018

Nancy L. Glynn



Nancy Lee Glynn, 82, of Perkinsville, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. She was born Oct. 23, 1936, in Waltham, Massachusetts, the daughter of Harold and Betty (Jones) Jennings. She graduated in 1954 from Hudson (Massachusetts) High School.

On Sept. 10, 1955, she married Herbert A. Glynn in Sudbury, Mass.

Mrs. Glynn worked as a nurse’s aide at Genesis, managed the former Wild Goose Trading Post, both in Springfield, and was deli manager at Jiffy Mart in Chester, retiring in 1998. She was active in Springfield Assembly of God, Springfield Senior Center, a nursing home ministry with her husband, and volunteered at The Light Radio Network of Essex Junction.

She enjoyed quilting, needlepoint, latch hook and other crafts, as well as flower gardening, baking, decorating at home and at church.

Survivors include her husband, of Perkinsville; three children David Glynn, of Pineville, North Carolina, Debbie-Lee Graham, of Perkinsville, Coralee Choiniere, of Springfield; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Jennings, of Bedford, New Hampshire.

There will be no services at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Ministries Inc. The Light Radio Network, 140 Main St., Essex Junction, VT 05452. Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Pavel A. Babich



Pavel Aleksandrovich Babich, 85, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2018 at his home in Springfield, VT. He was born in Leningrad, Russia on November 30, 1933, the son of the late Aleksandr Pavlovich and Elizaveta Vasilyevna. He studied engineering in Russia and immigrated to the United States with his wife, Dzhemma and four children in 1980 prior to settling in Springfield, VT in 1986. He used his knowledge of engineering in a career as a machinist prior to designing his own machine tools to create beautiful woodwork vases and flowers. His creativity was unceasing and was manifested through his poetry which was published into his first book, “Низкое Hебо” (Low Sky) in 1996.

He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Ludmila and Galina.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dzhemma (Kvachevskaya) and four children: Aleksandra Davis (Charles) of Springfield, VT; Lev Babich of Merced, CA; Aleksandr Babich (Jennifer) of Wells, ME; and Ksenia Bruner (Fr. Gregory) of Fort Wayne, IN. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Dmitri, Andrew, and Gabriel Freeman; Eli and Noah Babich; and Matthias, Thaddeus, and Ileana Bruner.

The funeral service will be held at 9:30am Friday, December 14, 2018 at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Springfield with Fr. Peter Carmichael officiating. Graveside service will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Springfield.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Springfield Humane Society 401 Skitchewaug Trail Springfield, Vt. 05156

Davis Memorial Chapel is assisting with arrangements.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

James Franklin Tarbell Sr.



James “Frank” Franklin Tarbell Sr., 83, passed away on Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont. He was born Aug. 13, 1935 in Saxtons River, Vermont the son of Sidney and Nellie (Kinney) Tarbell. He attended schools in Saxtons River and Springfield, Vermont.

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

On June 21, 1959 he married Marlene Chandler in Springfield, Vermont.

He was employed as an assemblyman with the Fellows Gear Shaper for 25 years. He also had worked at Taggart Motors and Soucy Motors in Springfield.

He was a lifetime member of the Robert L. Johnson V.F.W. Post 771 in Springfield, Vermont, and an avid race fan for many years. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and tinkering.He was a master putterer.

He is survived by his wife Marlene of Springfield, Vermont, one son James F. Tarbell Jr. of Springfield,Vermont, two daughters Paula Clayton of Townshend, Vermont, and Julie Curtis of North Springfield, Vermont. One sister Shirley Rockwell of Peru, Vermont, two brothers John Tarbell and Roderick Tarbell of Springfield, Vermont also survive him, as well as six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, one sister Stella Penn, and by two brothers Walter Tarbell and Herbert Tarbell.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel on Sunday Dec. 9, 2018 from 4 to 6 p.m.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday Dec. 10, 2018 at the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, Vt. Reverend Gerry Piper will officiate.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Elizabeth Fifield Lee



Elizabeth Fifield Lee, age 94, formerly of Wall Street in Springfield, VT, passed away at the St. Johnsbury Health & Rehabilitation Center, Thursday, December 6, 2018 with her daughter by her side.

Betty was born in Randolph, VT, on February 1, 1924, daughter to the late Joel and Evelyn (Cole) Fifield. She was raised and educated there graduating from the Middlebury High School and continued on studying art at the Boston School of Design. In 1942 she married Melvin S. Lee and shared over 75 years together at the time of his passing on February 12th of this year. They made their home in Springfield, VT for many years and she was a longtime member of the First Congregation Church in Springfield as well as a 50 year Volunteer at the Springfield Hospital. Betty was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star and enjoyed quilting, rug braiding, and reupholstering antique furniture.

She is survived by her daughter: Dr. Judith Fifield (Dr. James Lyons) of Collinsville, CT, sons: Ret. Lt. Col. Malcolm Lee (Jackie) of North Hero, VT, Richard Lee (Alice) of Lyndonville, VT, sister-in-law: Rebecca Fifield of Middlebury, VT, 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was also predeceased by her brother: Joel A. Fifield this past March.

Funeral Services will be held at 1PM on Monday December 10, 2018, at the North Danville Baptist Church officiated by Dot Robinson.

A Calling hour will be held from 12Noon until the hour of service at 1PM at the church to greet the family.

Burial will be held at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, VT on Friday May 24, 2019 at 1PM.

Memories and condolences may be shared at www.saylesfh.com.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

William F. Otis Sr.



William F. Otis Sr. 73, passed away on Monday December 3, 2018 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 4, 1945 in Springfield, Vermont the son of William F. and Evelyn (Constantine) Otis. He attended Springfield Schools, and graduated from Springfield High School class of 1963.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1967, stationed in Texas, Colorado, Maine and Germany.

On July 4, 1964 He married Paulette J. Patoine in Springfield, Vermont.

He worked as an Electrician for Jones and Lamson Machine Tool for several years, He was owner and operator of Vermont Precision Machine Services and later acquired Jones & Lamson Metrology, companies he operated for many years until his retirement in 2010.

He was an avid Boston Sports Fan, watching the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins. He enjoyed supporting his children and attended every sporting event they were a part of. He enjoyed visiting Mohegan Sun many times. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Paulette of Springfield, two sons ; William F. Otis Jr. of Springfield, and Steven R. Otis of Chester, two daughters ; Victoria L. Muszynski of Enfield, N.H. and Angela J. Sadlowski of Springfield. 9 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He was predeceased by his parents and one sister Elizabeth Merrill.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield on Friday December 7, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the National Kidney Foundation at www.kidney.org or at National Kidney Foundation Finance Department 30 East 33rd St. New York, NY 10016 or to Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care at D-H/Geisel Office of Development Attn: Jason Naugler One Medical Center Drive, HB 7070 Lebanon, NH 03756-0001 or at www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/donate Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont is assisting with arrangements.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Shara Frejd Houghtaling



Shara Frejd Houghtaling, 66, of North Springfield died Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from complications of interstitial lung disease. Her family is planning a memorial service for the Spring time. A complete obituary will be published here when available.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Robert H. Douglas



Robert H. Douglas, 90, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at his home. He was born March 3, 1928, in Endicott, New York, the son of Alan and Edith (Phileo) Douglas. He graduated high school in New York. On June 15, 1963, Mr. Douglas married Marian Stover in Bartonsville.

He was employed as a machinist with Cone Blanchard in Windsor, Bryant Grinder Co. and Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield, for many years. He also worked as a truck driver with Idlenot Dairy in Springfield. He enjoyed playing violin, hiking, riding unicycle and word puzzles.

Survivors include two children Geoffrey Douglas, of Springfield, Deborah Kopefchny, of Toronto, Canada; three grandchildren; five siblings David, Gladys, Margaret, Elaine and Mary. Mr. Douglas was predeceased by his wife July 4, 2014, and a son, Rob Douglas, in 2004.

The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Andover Community Church in Andover, with the Rev. Daryl Martens officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Family Center, 365 Summer St., Springfield, VT 05156.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Robert H. Nelson



Robert H. Nelson Jr. 88, passed away on Wednesday evening November 21, 2018 at the Jack Byrne Center in Lebanon, N.H. He was born April 1, 1930 in North Hartland, Vt. the son or Robert and Claribel (Hunt) Nelson. He graduated from Windsor High School class of 1948. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1946 to 1948 and was discharged to join the U.S. Airforce serving from December 1948 to September 1952. He also served with the Hurricane Hunters Squadron in Bermuda for 3 years.

On April 3, 1954 He married Shirley Smith and they made there home in North Springfield, Vermont for many years. He was employed as an Industrial Engineer with the Fellows Gear Shaper for almost 40 years, retiring in 1991. After his retirement from Fellows he worked delivering vehicles for Springfield Auto Mart for many years.

Bob was an avid aviation enthusiast since the early 1940’s. A model airplane builder and kit collector, he had two shows of his work at the Miller Art Center in Springfield, Vt. He was a lifetime member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a member of the Air Force Association, a member of the International Plastic Modelers Society, a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and a member of the American Auto Association.

He was an avid roller skater and enjoyed traveling around in his convertibles over the years, He loved to drive all over the country.

He is survived by his wife Shirley of N. Springfield, Vt., Son Ken Nelson and his wife Diane of Rutland, Vt., daughters : Bonnie Jo Sandstrom and her husband Gary of Manchester, N.H. and Carol-Lynn Knight and her husband Rich of N. Springfield, Vt. Sister Teri L. Perkins of Boynton Beach, Fl. 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and several nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters : Arlene McFadden, and Barbara Ranney and one nephew Michael.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at the Davis Memorial Chapel, Reverend George Keeler will officiate. Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel from 10:00 to 11:00 AM Wednesday morning. Burial will be in the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph Center, Vermont in the Spring of 2019.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22202 or at www.diabetes.org/ Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Spriigfield.

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Doris B. Clark



Doris B. Clark, 93, formerly of Springfield and Wardsboro, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor. She was born June 19, 1925, in Windham, the daughter of Leon and Sadie (Underwood) Bills. She worked as a nanny in private homes and also owned and operated a day care/child care business for many years.

Survivors include four children Roger Fuller, of Cavendish, Ellen Fuller, of Marlboro, Sarah Wilcox, of Springfield, Bonnie Bedi, of Sylvester, Georgia; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Fuller Sr., Aug. 1, 1992; two sons Lester and Kenneth Fuller Jr.; and her siblings.

A service and burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156; or Cedar Hill Health Care Center Activities Fund, 49 Cedar Hill Drive, Windsor, VT 05089.

Arrangements are by Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Deborah J. (Smith) Speckman



Deborah J. Speckman, 64, of Walpole passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 following an intense battle with cancer. She was born on July 6, 1954 to the late Wilfred and Doris (Massé) Smith in Putnam, Connecticut. She grew up on her family farm in Chester, Vermont, the youngest of four children. Her love of the outdoors and wildlife, cultivated by her younger years, flourished into a love of watching birds, chipmunks, and larger wildlife from her back deck. As the daughter of a stone mason, Debbie enjoyed creating stone walls and stone flower beds around her property, for the enjoyment of her critters and the peacefulness it gave to her. She married Lawrence (Larry) Speckman of Walpole on February, 14, 1992. Debbie enjoyed her customers and coworkers at SEVCA Good Buy Stores in both Bellows Falls and Springfield, Vermont, where she worked as a sales clerk for many years.

Debbie is survived by her husband, Lawrence Speckman of Walpole, her brother Ron and his wife Kathy of North Springfield Vermont, her sister Sandra Goodwin and her husband Robert of Windsor, Vermont, her son Samuel Carpenter and his wife Renée, her daughter Jennifer Carpenter of Blachly, Oregon, and grandchildren Mason and Rebecca, of Chester, Vermont. She was predeceased by her parents Wilfred and Doris Smith of Chester/North Springfield, Vermont, and by her brother Bobby Smith of Springfield, Vermont.

Public calling hours will be held at Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home on Nov. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. A private family service will be held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

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Doris E. Stewart



Doris Elaine Stewart of Charlotte, Vermont, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Maple Ridge Memory Care in Essex Junction, VT on November 17, 2018.

Doris was born on January 17, 1940 in Springfield, VT, the daughter of John Kenneth and Pauline (Bain) Aiken.

After graduating from Springfield High School, she attended Vermont College, where she graduated and became a medical secretary. Doris married Harold Stewart October 16, 1965, spending 53 wonderful years together.

She enjoyed spending time on Lake Champlain with family and friends and she cherished her time spent watching her sons and grandchildren play sports over the years. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Burlington, VT, and volunteered over 20 years at the church's Possibility shop.

Doris is survived by her husband, Harold Stewart; her sister Jeanne Brown; her children Joe Stewart and his wife, Shelly, Scott Stewart and his wife, Brenda; her grandchildren Joshua Stewart, Kristin Darby, Kelsey Darby and Miranda Stewart.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 am, Friday, November 30, 2018 at the First Congregational Church, 38 S Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT. All are invited to attend a reception following the service which will also be held at the First Congregational Church.

Doris's family would like to thank both Maple Ridge Memory Care and UVM Home Health & Hospice, for the wonderful care provided to her during her final days.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association of Vermont https://www.alz.org/vermont.

Messages of condolence may be sent to Doris's family at www.gregorycremation.com

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Don L. Emerson



Don Leonard Emerson died peacefully at Maple Lane Nursing Home in Barton, VT on November 12 at the age of 79, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Don is survived by his sons, Jeff (Clare) and Seth (Deb); his former wife, Rickie Emerson; his twin brother, Jon (Betsy), brothers, Russell (Barbara) and Barry (Karen); his sister, Candice (Richard); his grandchildren, Jake & Abi; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Don was born on September 2, 1939 in Springfield, VT to Sibyl (Leonard) & Waldo Emerson and attended Springfield High School, where he excelled in basketball and football, proudly winning two state Division 1 basketball championships and representing Vermont in the 1957 Shrine Bowl game. He graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he earned a basketball scholarship, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. After 30 years as a manager at IBM, Don moved to Florida where he enjoyed the happy life of a retiree before returning to his native Vermont in 2014.

Don was happiest when spending time with his grandchildren in London or when at the family camp in Jaffrey, NH, where he loved judging the quality of his sons', nieces' and nephews' dives (always giving more 'ones' then 'tens'), and playing cards for hours when he wasn't re-telling the story of the time he shot baskets with one of his heroes, Bob Cousy, in the Boston Garden, claiming every parquet square made a different noise when the ball hit the floor. His charm, easy smile, and quick wit will be missed.

The family will be celebrating a private service but condolences may be sent to 53 Ward Street, Burlington, VT, 05401.

The family was assisted by Elmwood Meunier Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don's name to the Alzheimer's Association:

https://www.alz.org/vermont

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Christopher A. McNutt



Christopher A. McNutt, 53, passed away suddenly on Nov. 15, 2018.

Chris was born in upstate New York and spent most of his childhood in Berkshire, Vermont. He then moved to Charlestown, where he graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield, Vermont in 1983.

Chris is survived by his wife Stephanie of North Charlestown and daughter Emily of Newport; his brother Ray McNutt of Indiana; nephews, Will and Matt, also of Indiana; an Aunt Beverley of Alburgh, Vermont; and various cousins. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Joan Slade of Claremont, and brother-in-law, Peter Slade of Hallowell, Maine. He was predeceased by his mother, Shirley (Moore) McNutt, and father, Larry McNutt, father-in-law, Paul Slade, and a brother-in-law, Matt Slade.

Chris worked at Marros Home Center as an assistant manager for 33 years. He was a helpful wealth of knowledge, with many friends and acquaintances and a valued employee who had a close relationship with Patty and the whole Marro family and coworkers.

Through high school Chris played football and became an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings.

Visiting hours will be on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. with Father Shawn officiating.

To view an online memorial or send message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mabel T. Barlow



Mabel T. Barlow 89, passed away on Wednesday morning November 14, 2018 at Cedar Hill Health Care Center in Windsor, Vermont. She was born on November 21, 1928 in Chester, Vt. the daughter of Guy and Gladys ( Mowry ) Trombley. She graduated from Springfield High School.

On April 30, 1949 she married Robert J. Barlow in Springfield, Vermont, her predeceased her on July 13, 2014. With her husband she owned and operated Barlow’s Look Away Farm in Springfield, Vt. which included dairy cows, beef cattle and a large maple sugaring operation.

She enjoyed flower gardening and vegetable gardening. She resided in Springfield most of her life, for the past several years she resided at Cedar Hill in Windsor, Vt. and truly considered Cedar Hill her home. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Springfield and volunteered making mittens every year for the Church Bazaar, one year making over 100 pairs.

She is survived by: one son Scott Barlow and his wife Joanne of Springfield, two daughters – Jane Waysville and her husband John of Springfield, and Twyla Sweetmoon of Marathon Shores, Fl. 3 grandchildren : Cristina Price and her husband Jeff, Jason Waysville and his wife Erin, and Nicholas Barlow and his wife Cailin. 4 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by one brother and five sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday November 21, 2018 at the First Congregational Church in Springfield, Vt. Reverend Gerry Piper will officiate. Friends may call at the Church on Wednesday morning from 10:30 to 11:00 AM Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield. A reception will follow at the Church.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her memory to the Springfield Humane Society 401 Skitchewaug Trail Springfield, Vt. 05156 or to Cedar Hill Activities Fund 49 Cedar Hill Drive Windsor, Vt. 05089.

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

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Anna C. (Williams) Giddings



Anna C. (Williams) Giddings, 90, died on Saturday morning Nov. 10, 2018 at her home.She was born in Poultney, Vermont Aug. 16, 1928 daughter of John and Regis (Keith) Williams and moved to Springfield, Vermont when she was very young. She attended Springfield schools, and graduated from Springfield High School.

On Sept. 13, 1947 she married Lawrence “Stub” Giddings at the Baptist Church in Springfield, Vermont. They lived in Springfield until 1986 when they moved to Alden Road in Rockingham, Vermont. Anna lived there until 2015, when she moved in with her daughter Joyce due to dementia.

Anna worked as a seamstress in her home for many years. She was employed by the Springfield Hospital, Green Stamp Store, Young’s Furniture, Fellows Gear Shaper and Jones & Lamson. After she retired, she worked with her husband doing flower landscaping, which they both loved.

She is survived by daughter Joyce G. and Eddie LaVoie of Weathersfield, Vermont, daughter Vickie and Bob Lucious of Springfield, Vermont, son Barry “Tink” and Linda Giddings of Titusville, Florida, brother Roger and Cathy Williams of Springfield, Vermont; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence H. Giddings on May 6, 2005, her son Larry John Giddings, her parents John William Sr. and Regis Williams Clough, and six siblings John Williams Jr., Bill Williams, Paulene (Polly) Wilson, Arlene (Topper) Ross, Lorraine McCormack, Gertrude (Skip) Snide Tallman.

Per Anna’s wishes there will be no calling hours.

Any donations may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice (VNH) P.O. Box 881 Brattleboro, Vt. 05302.

Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield is assisting with arrangements.

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Cornelia Sanderson



Cornelia Sanderson, 82, died November 10, 2018 at the Mertens House in Woodstock, Vermont.

She was born on February 18, 1936 in Springfield, Vermont the daughter of Gerald and Rachel (Pollard) Bushway.

Cornelia went through the 8th grades at Reading School and was active in the school band, the 4H Club, and the church. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1953 and married Howard Sanderson of Brownsville later that same year. Howard and Cornelia lived in Reading and raised their two children. Cornelia was active in the PTA, helping to start the first hot lunch program and being the treasurer of the group. She also taught sewing in the 4H Club. She was active in the church serving on the Executive Board and as the treasurer for many years.

Cornelia was always willing and able to work on any fundraiser, no matter the cause. She helped with roast beef suppers put on for the library, church, Historical Society, fire department and the South Reading Church. She enjoyed helping with jeep rides, food sales, rummage sales and chicken barbecues to further raise funds. Cornelia was employed by the Ellis family at the South Woodstock Country Store and did house cleaning for several people in Reading. In later years, she worked as a clerk at her son’s Reading Hardware Store. Before Alzheimer’s disease robbed her of her ability to do anything, she enjoyed reading, knitting, sewing and going to yard sales.

Cornelia is pre deceased by her parents, her husband Howard, and her daughter Kathleen. She is survived by her son Howard, Jr. of Reading, VT, a brother Charles Bushway of Ascutney, a number of extended family on both her and her late husbands side.

Special thanks to those who helped care for Cornelia; Jessica Martin, the staff at the Merten’s House, and the staff of Bayada Hospice

There will be no services at this time. Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Reading Public Library, P.O. Box 7, Reading, VT 05062or to the Merten’s House, 73 River Street, Woodstock, VT 05091

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock. An on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Rachel Bibens Watkins



Rachel Bibens Watkins, 100, formerly of Reading and Springfield, Vt., passed away with her children by her side, on Nov. 5, 2018, in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Rachel was born on May 21, 1918, in Springfield, Vt., the daughter of Gladys and Burnham Bibens. She was predeceased by her husband of fifty-five years, Kenneth Watkins; her parents and her siblings, Eric Bibens, Merrill Bibens, George Bibens, and Nellie Reed.

She is survived by her son, Dale (Judy) Watkins of Bedford, Mass., and her daughter, Diane (Robert) Smith of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Mark Watkins, Meghan (Anthony) Caiazzo, Kristin (Dominick) Pangallo, Lindsey (Luke) Carapezza, and Michael Smith and his fiance, Lourdes Gonzalez; her great-grandchildren, Aurelia and Lucy Pangallo, Parker and Ella Carapezza, and Hudson and Cora Caiazzo; her sister, Elizabeth Wallace and many nieces and nephews.

Rachel graduated from Springfield High School and from the University of Missouri in 1940. That fall, she married Kenneth Watkins. They owned and operated Watkins General Store in Reading until 1971.

Rachel was also the Town Auditor and Town Clerk for Reading for several years before opening her own Real Estate business, Watkins Real Estate in Reading. She received the Realtor of the Year Award for Windsor County in 1975. In addition, Rachel was an active member of her community, held offices and served on numerous boards. She was especially dedicated to the Reading Christian Union Church and the PTA where she was an officer at the state level. After moving to back to Springfield in her eighties, Rachel was an active volunteer at the Senior Citizen Center and the Springfield Hospital.

Rachel enriched the lives of those around her. She was an influential role model, especially for girls, on how to be a strong and independent woman. Her love of family, integrity, work ethic, practicality, graciousness, frugality, dry sense of humor, her fabulous apple pies and her memorable "one-liners" define Rachel. She was loved by many, a testament to a life well lived.

The family extends thanks to the excellent caregiving lovingly provided at The Vilas Home and Meadowbrook Healthcare. There will be no calling hours, rather a memorial service will be held in Vermont in the spring, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rachel's memory may be made to the Vilas Home, 61 Beekman Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

David L. Rorison



David L. Rorison, 91, of Springfield, Vermont died peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, surrounded by family. He was born in Rutland, Vermont on July 16, 1927, to Alstine and Helen (Lang) Rorison of Mendon, Vermont. He graduated from Rutland High School in 1945. After 15 months in the U.S. Marine Corps, he entered the Vermont State School of Agriculture (now Vermont Technical College) and graduated in 1947.

David married Eleanor Fairbank in 1949, moved to Springfield, and they enjoyed nearly 50 years of marriage before she died in 1999. David was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will always be remembered by his love for his family, kindness to others, his wit, incredible strength, and work ethic.

David’s career started as a milk tester with Springfield DHIA in 1951, and after retirement from Idlenot Dairy in 1990, he returned to milk testing for another 20 years at DHIA.

He was active in the Springfield community, as a member of the Jaycees (Jr. Chamber of Commerce), the United Methodist Church, and the American Legion. He was also a volunteer firefighter. David was active at the Springfield Senior Center, where he served on the Senior Center Advisory Board. He and Eleanor square danced for 25 years with the Precision Valley Squares. They loved to go bowling and camping, and spending time with family and friends. David was a lifelong Red Sox fan. In 2009 he was named Springfield’s Senior Citizen of the Year.

David is survived by his brother Gilbert and his family of Rutland. He also leaves behind his five children: Robert (and Barbara), of Springfield, Vermont; Phyllis Hanus (and Thad), Thomas (and Jodi), of Weathersfield, Vermont; Gary (and Debra Whitcomb) of El Paso, Texas; and Kathleen (and Laurence Bassett) of Fairlee, Vermont; four grandchildren: Scott (and Becky) Greene, Stacie (and Carl) Marshall, Tim (and Sarah) Greene, and Megan (and Patrick) Applegate; nine great-grandchildren: Jonas, Chicory, Ruth, Owen, Finnegan, Dominic, Riley, Andrew, and MacKenna; several grandchildren-in-law, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Keith, in 1990, and a son-in-law, Francis Greene, in 2000.

There will be a visiting hour at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, followed by an 11 a.m. service. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Meals on Wheels program at Senior Solutions, 38 Pleasant Street, Springfield VT, or the Springfield Senior Center, 139 Main Street, Springfield, VT.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Mary C. Muse



Mary C. Muse 86, passed away on Wednesday October 24, 2018 at the Springfield Health & Rehab. Center in Springfield, Vermont. She was born September 9, 1932 in Wakefield, MA. the daughter of Richard and Catherine (Lefave) Malonson. She attended schools and graduated High School in the Gardiner area.

On February 4, 1956 She married Clifford J. Muse in Gardiner, MA. They moved to Springfield, Vt. in 1956 and resided in Springfield until 1981 when they relocated to Rock Hill, SC where they lived until 2017 when they moved back to Springfield, Vt.

Mary enjoyed crafting, sewing, knitting, crocheting and also worked as a professional seamstress for a number of years. She is survived by: two sons; Kenneth Muse and wife Inessa of Saxtons River, Vt. and William Muse and wife Donna of Bluffton, SC. Three daughters ; Sandra Neronsky and husband John of Chester, Deborah Muse of Springfield, and Mary Patria and husband Dan of Charlestown, NH. Eight grandchildren ; John Raymond, Matthew, Evan, Jacob, Jessica, and Sam, three great grandchildren ; Jayce, James and Eva. One brother Richard Malonson, of Gardiner, MA.

She was predeceased by her parents, sister Barbara Morgan and one grandson Steve.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield on Wednesday October 31, 2018 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM A memorial service will be held at the Davis Memorial Chapel at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, Reverend Peter Williams will officiate.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimers Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at www.alz.org

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

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Douglas A. Currie



Douglas A. Currie, 92, of Springfield, passed away at his home on Monday October 22, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born February 8, 1926 in Springfield, Vermont the son of Robert D. and Julia E. (Keisler) Currie.

He attended Springfield Schools, graduating from Springfield High School class of 1943. He was a star quarterback for the Springfield Cosmos during High School.

He served in the United States Navy during WW II.

On August 9, 1950 He married Elinor Stewart in New York, and they have made their home in Springfield, Vt. for many years.

He owned and operated Brando’s Pizza in North Springfield, Vt. for several years. He was a Postal Carrier with the United States Postal Service out of the Springfield Post Office for 38 years, retiring in 1982. After retirement He drove School Bus and drove delivering and picking up cars for Soucy Motors in North Springfield, Vt.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, a member of the Knights of Columbus and served on the St. Mary’s Parish Council, and volunteered as an Usher.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, was an antique collector, enjoyed attending local sporting events. officiated at Cosmos Football games for 20 years, and coached Little League Baseball for many years. He was also an avid Yankee’s fan.

He is survived by his wife Elinor of 68 years of Springfield, two sons ; Michael Currie of North Springfield, and Howard Currie of Springfield, two daughters ; Cynthia Currie of St. Albans, and Melissa Leenders of Lebanon, N.H. Three grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, one daughter Linda Currie, one son Robert Currie, one brother Jim Currie, and two sisters Peggy Stone and Shelia Thompson.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday October 26, 2018 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 his memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

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

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

James O. Bartley



James O. Bartley, “Jim,” 62, of Chester, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon surrounded by his family. He was born July 6, 1956 in Springfield, Vermont the son of Olin and Marjorie (Warwick) Bartley. He attended Springfield schools.

On June 27, 1992 he married Sandra Dwinell in Springfield, Vermont.

In 2004 Jim became a full-time employee with Health Care and Rehabilitation Services in Springfield, Vermont. He worked as a substance abuse counselor as well as an adult case manager and regional service coordinator.

Jim loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and shooting. He enjoyed music and attending live music events. He enjoyed bluegrass music, string instruments, and strumming his guitar. Jim took pleasure in motorcycle riding, woodworking and was a creative craftsman. He also collected George Washington memorabilia.

Jim had a strong faith and was a member of the Church of Christ in Springfield, Vermont.

He is survived by his wife Sandra “Sandy” Bartley of Chester, Vermont; two sons, James A.P. Bartley of Jacksonville, Florida, and Ryan J. Bartley of Chester, Vermont; a daughter Kayla L. Bartley of Concord; a granddaughter Maddison H. Bartley; a brother Steven Bartley of Palm Bay, Florida; a sister Lynette Mullen of Claremont; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and by one sister Sharon Bartley.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 at the Church of Christ in Springfield, Vermont. A private family burial will be held in the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, Vermont.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Springfield Warming Shelter at P.O. Box 243 North Springfield, Vermont 05150.

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

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Jane McGoldrick



Jane McGoldrick, 87, of South Lunenburg Road, Lunenburg, Vt., died Monday evening, Oct. 15, 2018, at Weeks Medical Center, Lancaster, N.H.

Mrs. McGoldrick was born in Lunenburg on March 10, 1931, the daughter of Don and Dorothy (Pond) Colby. She was raised in Lunenburg and was a graduate of Lancaster Academy. For many years she resided with her late husband, Robert W. McGoldrick, in Springfield, Vt. During her years there she worked for several companies including the Vermont National Bank, Johnson & Dix Fuel, Vermont Research and Springfield Hospital. In 2007 she returned to Lunenburg. Jane has been employed at Aunt Sadie’s Candles, Lunenburg, until the last few recent weeks due to her failing health

In her spare time she enjoyed quilting, gardening, reading, baking and her daily two mile walks. She also participated in the annual Walk MS in Portsmouth, N.H., raising donations for Multiple Sclerosis.

Surviving family members include her son James McGoldrick of Springfield and Lunenburg; two sisters, Patricia Briggs of Lunenburg and Constance Gamell of St. Johnsbury; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Robert in 2010 and a daughter Donna McGoldrick in 2008.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Oct. 28th at 2 p.m. at the Lunenburg Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster. Please go to www.baileyfh.net for more information or to send an online condolence.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Larry Vittum



Larry Vittum, 83, died Saturday Oct. 13, 2018 at his home in Reading, Vermont

Larry was born on Sept. 13, 1935 in Springfield, Vermont the son of Jerald, Sr. and Thelma (Cady) Vittum.

Larry graduated from Springfield High School in 1956 and then served in the U.S. Navy until 1960. On Aug. 17, 1972 he married Audrey Griggs, and they lived and raised their family in Reading, Vermont. Larry worked for Fellows Gear Shaper for many of those years.

Larry enjoyed fishing, bowling, hunting, softball, and playing cards. He was a proud member of the Reading Fire Department.

He is survived by his son, Dan McFadden; four grandchildren, Arnold, Ariel, Marcus, and Jaxon; his brother Richard and sister Judy Henning. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife Audrey, a sister Donna, and a brother Jerald, Jr.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Felchville Cemetery in Reading, Vermont.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Reading Fire Dept., P. O. Box 42, Reading, Vermont 05062.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, Vermont an on line guest book can be found at cabotfh.com

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Ivan R. Larabee Jr.



Ivan R. Larabee Jr. “Ike” 81, of Springfield, passed away on Monday evening October 8, 2018 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He was born April 6, 1937 in Dalton, New Hampshire the son of Ivan Sr. and Grace (LaClair) Larabee. He graduated from Springfield High School and the Co-Op Course in 1956.

On March 6, 1960 He married Elizabeth “Betty” Reasoner in Springfield, Vermont, She predeceased him on January 6, 2013. He was employed in Sales Engineering with the Bryant Grinder Co. in Springfield, Vt. for over 20 years.

He served in the National Guard, was a Scout Leader with Boy Scout Troop 252 for several years, a little league coach, and a past treasurer for the American Legion softball team.

He was a member of the North Springfield Baptist Church and involved with the Youth Fellowship group at the Church. He was also a member of St. Johns Lodge # 41 F.& A.M. in Springfield, Vt.

Ike enjoyed spending time with family and friends, spending time with his SHS classmates, golfing, skiing and snowmobiling, and deer camp at Willoughby Lodge. He was also an avid Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his son John Larabee of Grand Isle, Vt. daughter Lisa Wyman (Stanton) of Plymouth, Vt. 3 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. Brothers – Ernie Kangas, Tim Kangas, Tom Kangas, David Kangas, Mike Kangas, Gary Kangas, sisters – Beverly Ross, Valvet Mason, Melody Hacket, Joyce Kellog, Crystal McFarland, and Judy Pace. Also by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by brothers Roderick Larabee, Kevin Kangas and James Hebert, and by sister Sandra Knight.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday October 14, 2018 at the North Springfield Baptist Church, Reverend George Keeler Pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, Vt.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the North Springfield Baptist Church P.O. Box 23 North Springfield, Vt. 05150.

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

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Madelyn E. Linsenmeir


Our beloved Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir died on Sunday, October 7. While her death was unexpected, Madelyn suffered from drug addiction, and for years we feared her addiction would claim her life. We are grateful that when she died she was safe and she was with her family.

Maddie was born on March 31, 1988, in Burlington, Vermont, where she grew up and lived on and off throughout her adult life; she also spent time in Sarasota, Florida; Keene, New Hampshire; and Boulder, Colorado.

Madelyn was a born performer, and had a singing voice so beautiful it would stop people on the street. Whether she was on stage in a musical or around the kitchen table with her family, when she shared her voice, she shared her light. She was a member of FolKids of Vermont, a dance and musical troupe that toured the world. Maddie visited Russia and Thailand with the group, and as part of their exchange program hosted kids from other countries at home in Vermont. She loved to ski and snowboard, and she swam on the YMCA swim team, winning medals at the New England regionals.

When she was 16 she moved with her parents from Vermont to Florida to attend a performing arts high school. Soon after, she tried OxyContin for the first time at a high school party, and so began a relationship with opiates that would dominate the rest of her life.

It is impossible to capture a person in an obituary, and especially someone whose adult life was largely defined by drug addiction. To some, Maddie was just a junkie—when they saw her addiction they stopped seeing her. And what a loss for them. Because Maddie was hilarious, and warm, and fearless, and resilient. She could and would talk to anyone, and when you were in her company you wanted to stay. In a system that seems to have hardened itself against addicts and is failing them every day, she befriended and delighted cops, social workers, public defenders, and doctors, who advocated for and believed in her till the end. She was adored as a daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend, and mother, and being loved by Madelyn was a constantly astonishing gift.

Maddie loved her family and the world. But more than anyone else, she loved her son, Ayden, who was born in 2014. She transformed her life to mother him. Every afternoon in all kinds of weather, she would put him in a backpack and take him for a walk. She sang rather than spoke to him, filling his life with song. Like his mom, Ayden loves to swim; together they would spend hours in the lake or pool. And she so loved to snuggle him up, surrounding him with her love.

After having Ayden Maddie tried harder and more relentlessly to stay sober than we have ever seen anyone try at anything. But she relapsed and ultimately lost custody of her son, a loss that was unbearable.

During the past two years especially, her disease brought her to places of incredible darkness, and this darkness compounded on itself, as each unspeakable thing that happened to her and each horrible thing she did in the name of her disease exponentially increased her pain and shame. For 12 days this summer she was home, and for most of that time she was sober. For those 12 wonderful days, full of swimming and Disney movies and family dinners, we believed as we always did that she would overcome her disease and make the life for herself we knew she deserved. We believed this until the moment she took her last breath. But her addiction stalked her and stole her once again. Though we would have paid any ransom to have her back, any price in the world, this disease would not let her go until she was gone.

Maddie is survived by her son, Ayden; her parents Maureen Linsenmeir and Mark Linsenmeir; her sister Kate O'Neill and Kate's partner, Marshall Fong; her sister Maura O'Neill and Maura's partner, Tim Painting; her aunts Beth Dow and Susan Dow and Beth's partner, Charlie Allison; her beloved cousin Sloan Collins; and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins, including the Conants, Cahills, and Camisas. She is predeceased by her grandparents, Madelyn and Roland Keenan, Mary Ellen and Herman Dow, and Reginald Linsenmeir.

Please join us for a memorial service honoring Maddie's life on Sunday, October 21, at 2 p.m., at the First Unitarian Universalist Society sanctuary at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Turning Point Center, a place where Maddie spent time and felt supported. Donations can be made via their website, www.turningpointcentervt.org.

If you yourself are struggling from addiction, know that every breath is a fresh start. Know that hundreds of thousands of families who have lost someone to this disease are praying and rooting for you. Know that we believe with all our hearts that you can and will make it. It is never too late.

If you are reading this with judgment, educate yourself about this disease, because that is what it is. It is not a choice or a weakness. And chances are very good that someone you know is struggling with it, and that person needs and deserves your empathy and support.

If you work in one of the many institutions through which addicts often pass—rehabs, hospitals, jails, courts—and treat them with the compassion and respect they deserve, thank you. If instead you see a junkie or thief or liar in front of you rather than a human being in need of help, consider a new profession.

We take comfort in knowing that Maddie is surrounded by light, free from the struggle that haunted her. We would have given anything for her to experience that freedom in this lifetime. Our grief over losing her is infinite. And now so is she.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 14, 2018

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Fern Cook



Fern (Gragen) Cook, 89, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at her home in North Springfield. She was born Sept. 21, 1929 in Rutland, Vermont, daughter of Elizabeth (Prindle) Gragen and Raymond Cragen. She was married to Wendell Cook on December 20, 1948. Fern was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, a member of the Catholic Daughters and the Altar Society. She enjoyed all types of arts and crafts. For many years, she worked as a teacher’s aide in the Springfield School System.

Fern is survived by her husband of 70 years; five sons, Thomas Cook (Debbie) of Cohasset, MA; Dana Cook of Mt. Holly, VT; David Cook (Darla) of Reading, VT; Wendell Cook, II of North Springfield, VT; and Andrew Cook of Langdon, NH; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Jane (Cook) Kelso of Troy, NY.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel on Thursday, October 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The Funeral Mass will be held Friday, October 12 at 11:00 AM in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Springfield, VT. Graveside committal services will follow at 3:00 PM in Pleasant View Cemetery, Randolph, VT.

Memorial donations may be made to visiting Nurse and Hospice of Vermont and NH, P.O. Box 881, Brattleboro, VT 05302; or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 10 Pleasant St., Springfield, VT 05156.

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Paul B. Ingalls



Paul B. Ingalls 80, passed away on Saturday evening October 6, 2018 at the Springfield Health & Rehab. Center in Springfield, Vermont. He was born February 19, 1938 in Springfield, Vermont the son of Floyd and Marjorie (Sturtevant) Ingalls. He attended Chester Schools, and later attended the Woodrow Wilson Technical School in Virgina.

He was employed as a Truck Driver with Idlenot in Springfield, Vt. for many years, and later with H.P. Hood based out of Rockingham, Vt. He worked at BJK Chevrolet in North Springfield and Smith Relyea Chrysler Plymouth in Springfield for several years.

Paul enjoyed everything to do with cars, he enjoyed collecting die cast cars and was a NASCAR fan. He also enjoyed country music.

He is survived by his children : Kelly J. Parent, Wendy Ciufo, Martin Ingalls, Stacy L. Ingalls, Kelly J. Ingalls, Paula McFadden, and Paul B. Ingalls Jr. One brother Howard “Bud” Ingalls and several grandchildren and great grandchildren, also by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by four brothers ; John Ingalls, Floyd Ingalls, Richard Ingalls, and Robert Ingalls.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to the Springfield Health & Rehab. Center 105 Chester Road Springfield, Vt. 05156 or to the Springfield Humane Society 401 Skitchewaug Trail Springfield, Vt. 05156.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.

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

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Seeley Morton



Seeley Morton passed away on October 2, 2018 at the Gill Home in Ludlow, Vt. Seeley was born on July 19, 1944 at Rutland, Vt. Hospital to John and Harriet (Weston) Morton. He was delivered by Drs. Seeley Estabrook and Richard Seeley.

He graduated from Springfield High School in 1962. Later, he received his B.S. in Education from Castleton State College in 1967. Hired out of his student teaching experience by Supt. Charles Nason he taught for 32 years. He started teaching at the Simonsville School where he was the last teacher as the building closed and everyone moved to Chester-Andover Elementary School. At Chester-Andover he was a fifth and sixth grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. He also instructed in a tutorial reading program. Through and educational grant from the State, he incorporated an advanced reading program. Later he taught a multi-age curriculum.

He was fortunate to be in a community where volunteerism was richly showcased. This enabled him to facilitate a group of parents, contractors, and Volunteers to build Bicycle Motocross, BMX track at the Chester Pinnacle. Later, later he would enjoy that same community energy working with Chester’s Recycle program, Eager Beaver, and Chester’s Green-Up program. This led to a decade of employment at the Springfield Recycle Center. He served as Co-chairman to the River Valley Duck’s Unlimited for two years. He was on the Board of Directors for the Windsor County South Credit Union. He devoted a great amount of time to the Boy Scout Troop 206 as Scout Master and Assistant Scout Master. He also served as Selectman for the Town of Chester.

He joined Bellows Falls Elks Club #1619. There he was elected Elk of the Year in 1986. Later he transferred to Springfield Elks Lodge #1560. He received a commendation for his efforts as chairman of the scholarship committee. He became a social member of The Greatest Sportsmen’s Club in Duane, NY as a lifetime member. He enjoyed family, friends, hunting camp, a good game of pitch and visits to the Adirondacks.

He is predeceased by his parents, brothers, Wilbur Quimby and Robert Morton, a sister Stasia Carey. He is survived by his wife, Linda of 47 years, a daughter Beth, and son Kevin (Lexi) and grandson Aiden.

As per his wishes there will be no visiting hours. Instead a celebration of life will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Saturday October 13, 2018 at the Springfield Elks Lodge.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Elks’ Scholarship Fund c/o Springfield Elks Lodge #1560, 49 Park St. Springfield, Vt. 05156.

Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield is assisting with arrangements.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Thelma E. Andrews



Thelma Elaine (Hoisington) Andrews, 82, passed away to her Heavenly Home on October 2, 2018 at the Governor’s Center in Westfield, MA.

She was the daughter of David and Thelma (Putnam) Hoisington of Weathersfield Center, VT.

She graduated from Springfield High School in 1953. She then attended Fisher Junior College in Boston, MA. She married John Andrews, March 6, 1981 in Southwick, MA. John and Elaine enjoyed many activities together, including hunting, traveling and family. Elaine kept records for 13 reunion years of the USS Siroma AKA 43 that her husband John served on during his time in the U.S. Navy, in World War II. She was a member of the VFW, American Legion Auxiliaries and the Southwick Public Library.

She is survived by her loving husband and a son, David LaGrow of Stafford Springs, CT. Predeceased by a son David Andrew; and two daughters, Janice LaGrow and Judith Csekowski. She also leaves two sisters, Sylvia R. Hoisington of NYC and Nancy Humphreys of Lexington, SC. We wish to thank Governor’s Center for the excellent and compassionate care during her stay.

A Memorial Mass will be offered at 11:30AM on Saturday (October 6, 2018) in Our Lady of the Lake Church, 224 Sheep Pasture Road, Southwick. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Southwick Ambulance or to a charity of your choice. Southwick Forastiere Family Funeral Home. www.forastiere.com

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Norman H. Koch



Norman “Norm” Harold Koch passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, near Georgetown, Delaware. He was born March 31, 1943, to the late Harold and Rose Huen Koch of Siegel, Wis.

Norm was preceded by his parents; three brothers; and one sister. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca J. Koch; three sons: Norman Adam Koch (Debbie); Matthew R. Koch (Jamie) and Ryan J. Koch (Maria). Also surviving are four grandchildren: Wyatt, Mackenzie, Cody and Leah Koch.

Norman started his telephone career as a lineman with GTE in Wisconsin, and retired with VTel (Vermont Telephone) in Springfield, Vt., a career that spanned 50 years.

Services will be private and burial will be at Providence Church Cemetery in Piney Acres near Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Providence Church C/O: Connie Mears, 215440 Paradise Road, Georgetown, DE 19947.

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