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 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

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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,

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.

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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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Pamela J. Anderson

Pamela J. Anderson 64, passed away on Sunday evening September 30, 2018 at the Springfield Hospital in Springfield, Vt. She was born December 13, 1953 in Springfield, Vt. the daughter of Robert D. and Elaine (Campbell) Whitney. She attended Springfield Schools, graduating from Springfield High School.

She was employed with Ames Department Store, Dunkin Donuts, The Subway, and most recently she was employed as Deli Manager with the Scenic State Deli all in Springfield, Vt. She was also involved in Paramedic Training.

Pamela loved nature, loved music, loved spending time with family and friends and was a mother figure to many.

She is survived by her son Dillon W. Blodgett of Springfield, her daughter Kelly Garcia of Belen, New Mexico, 2 grandchildren ; Mason Gigure, and Emily Garcia.

She was predeceased by her parents, and one brother Jerry Whitney.

Davis Memorial Chapel is assisting with arrangements.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Walter Colteryahn

Walter Colteryahn, age 90, of Essex Junction, Vermont went to be with the Lord peacefully early Friday morning, Sept. 28, 2018, after having suffered a stroke earlier in the week.

Walter Paul Colteryahn was born to Walter H. and Margaret V. Colteryahn in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Jan. 9, 1928. The youngest of three children, Walt graduated from Massanutten Military Academy, and then attended Bucknell University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1949. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir from 1950 to 1952.

In 1953 Walt was married to Patricia Louis Smith of Lansdale, Pennsylvania. They lived the early years of their marriage in Pittsburgh, where Walt worked at the family-owned Colteryahn Dairy. There were multiple moves in the mid-'60s and '70s, but eventually Walt and Pat settled down in Springfield, Vermont where they spent the next 34 years. Until retirement, Walt worked in various capacities including plant engineer for Idlenot Dairy. More recently, they moved up to Essex Junction to be closer to their son and family.

Walt loved the Lord, and he loved people. He loved his family — near and far. He loved to be social, to make music, and to laugh. Walt and Pat were always deeply involved with their church and sang in the choir. Walt served on many committees throughout the years, including Habitat for Humanity and the Windsor County Court Diversion Board. He was a lay minister and served for a time in the Stephen Ministries. He loved playing the piano and being part of a jazz ensemble, playing old jazz tunes at numerous senior living facilities and nursing homes. He was a loving husband, and father to their two children. His caring, outgoing nature and giving of himself to serve was a witness to others for the love of Jesus Christ.

He is preceded in death by his wife Patricia Colteryahn; sister Jane Davis and her husband John; brother William Colteryahn and his wife Carolyn. He is survived by his daughter Ruth C. Matason and husband Tom; son Philip J. Colteryahn and wife Meike; sister-in-law Alice Smith; brother-in-law Michael Smith and wife Carlyn; and grandchildren, Carolyn, Sarah, and Nathaniel Colteryahn; and many extended family members.

A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Memorial Church, 1033 Essex Road, in Williston, Vermont on Oct. 13, 2018 at 2 p.m. for those who would like to come to share, remember, and celebrate Walt’s life.

Please no flowers, but if desired, donations to honor Walt’s memory can be given to Compassion International or the NETS Center in Williston, Vermont.

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Alberta E. Ugolnik

Alberta E. Ugolnik, 91, passed away on Sunday evening, Sept. 23, 2018 at her home in North Springfield, Vermont surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 7, 1927 in Proctorsville, Vt., the daughter of Eugene Dunlap and Grace Turgeon.

She was a mother and homemaker, she loved spending time with her grandchildren, she loved baking cookies and pies, and loved animals. She also enjoyed yard sales and collecting elephant items.

She is survived by two sons, Raymond Stillwell of Springfield and Robert Stillwell of Chester; step-son Tony Ugolnik of Hartford, Connecticut; four daughters, Barbara Cram of North Springfield, Vermont, Floreen McNulty of North Springfield, Vermont, Patricia Goodrich of Chester, Vermont, and Brenda Waters of Springfield, Vermont; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a nephew; and a great-niece.

She was predeceased by two sons, John Stillwell and Eugene Stillwell, and Baby Stillwell, one brother Ed, and one sister Lena Aldrich, and by her ex-husband Anthony Ugolnik.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel on Saturday evening Sept. 29 from 6-8 p.m.

A burial service will be held at a later date in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Proctorsville, Vermont.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Heather R. Seale

Heather Rae Seale “Heidi,” 84, a longtime Graniteville resident, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury, Vt.

Born on Aug. 28, 1934, in Springfield, Vt., she was the daughter of Ralph and Idella (Hewitt) Seale and later stepdaughter of Claudia Nemkovich Seale. She attended the local elementary school and graduated from Springfield High as part of the class of 1952. Following her graduation, Heidi moved to Rhode Island where she attended Barrington College and earned her bachelor’s degree.

Heidi began her career working for the State of Rhode Island where she worked as a social worker for 11 years. She then spent two years working as a missionary for the Grace and Hope Missions before moving back to her native Vermont where she worked as a Foster Home Licensor for the State of Vermont for 20 years until her retirement.

Upon her return to Vermont, Heidi joined and was very active in the Websterville Baptist Church. She enjoyed travelling and often visited her former co-workers in the Grace and Hope Missions as well as other friends and family.

Survivors include her two sisters, Carol Jasinski and her husband, Michael of Springfield, Vt. and Carla Babineau and her husband, Guy of Colchester, Vt. Although Heidi never married, she was the proud aunt of seven nieces and nephews Amy Babineau of Colchester, Vt. and Ben Babineau (Jessica) of Portsmouth, Ohio, Jamie Jasinski (Michelle) of Ascutney, Brian Jasinski (Amanda) of Windsor and John, Michael (Daryl) and MaryAnn Jasinski of Springfield. She also leaves 12 great-nieces and nephews who were her pride and joy.

A service to honor and celebrate Heidi’s life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 10:00 a.m. in the Websterville Baptist Church in Websterville, Vt. Later inurnment will be made in the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions in Heidi’s name may be made to the Grace and Hope Mission, 4 South Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre is assisting the family with the arrangements. For a memorial guestbook visit

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Blossom A. Lovell

Blossom A. Lovell, 71, passed away and joined her daughter in heaven on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care, Lebanon, following an illness.

She was born in Hunter, New York on Nov. 30, 1946, daughter of Theodore and Lydia (Bixby) Speenburgh. She graduated from Hunter Tannersville High School in Tannersville, New York, and had lived many years in Bellows Falls, Vermont before coming to Springfield.

Blossom was employed for 16 years at Whelen Engineering Company in Charlestown. She was an avid NASCAR enthusiast and enjoyed quilting.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, William Lovell, Jr. of Springfield, Vermont; a daughter, Trina Dearborn (Tory Royce) of Charlestown; grandchildren Jessica, Samantha, Marcus, Nathaniel, Dana and Armand, and five great-grandchildren; two brothers George Speenburgh and Harry Speenburgh, both of Florida. She was predeceased by a daughter, Denice Sparks; by two brothers, Oliver and Albert, and by her sister, Augusta.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vermont on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at 10 a.m. in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 33 Fairground Road, Springfield, Vermont. A celebration of life will follow at the Moose Lodge at 39 South Street in Springfield.

Memorial donations may be made to the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.

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Corinne E. Sprague

Corinne E. Sprague, 88, of Springfield Health & Rehab, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 following a period of declining health.

Corinne was born in Springfield, Vermont on March 5, 1930, daughter of Gerald and Evelyn (Newcomb) Estey. Her mother passed away a few days after giving birth, so Corinne was raised by Inez Griswold, her great-aunt. She graduated from Springfield High School, and later Keene State Teacher’s College and completed her nursing training at Mary Hitchcock Hospital. She worked as a registered nurse, first as a school nurse, and then at Springfield Hospital, Springfield Convalescent Center, the Visiting Nurse Association and also did private duty nursing. She was an active member of the Springfield Assembly of God Church where she headed up the prayer chain for many years, and also taught Sunday School. Corinne enjoyed Bible study, gospel music, baking, gardening, sewing and reading. She was a “mother” to many people, and always lent a listening ear, showing how much she really cared. Her prayer list was ever-growing, and she was always faithful to keep these people in her prayers.

In 1952 she married Howard Sprague, Jr. He died in 1982. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her son, Alan Sprague in 2015, by her brother Robert Estey and her step-mother Ruth Estey.

She is survived by her daughter Brenda Kelly (Roger) of Springfield, Vermont daughter-in-law Cheryl Sprague of Norwich, Vermont; two grandsons Richard Sprague (Kristina) and Ron Sprague (Jessica); four great-grandchildren; her other “children” Rod and Cheryle Lambert; and several nieces and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Springfield Assembly of God Church, 269 River Street, Springfield, Vermont. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. A visiting hour will be from noon – 1 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Assembly of God, 269 River Street, Springfield, VT 05156, the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156, or to the charity of your choice.

Davis Memorial Chapel is assisting with the arrangements.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Michael A. Laskevich

Springfield High School Cosmos Class of 1981 #37 has retired! Michael Anthony Laskevich “Lasky” became a member of God's team on Friday September 14, 2018. Born on September 4, 1963 in Springfield, VT, as the youngest of 5 children of John D. Laskevich and Beverly Chandler Laskevich. His life was filled with challenges, goals, love, and friendships. As he was always determined to take on the world, his fight with Cancer was no different.

Michael's high school years were filled with many athletic accomplishments including track & field, baseball, and football in which he received the honor of being named to the All American Team in his Senior year 1981.

He went on to graduate from WPI in 1986 with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering which lead to a career highlight of being a member of Boeing's original design team for the Boeing 777 as well as design work for the USAF F-16. While at WPI he was a member of the Fraternal Brotherhood of Sigma Phi Epsilon. While living in Arizona fate intervened and his search for love brought him to Cindy who lived across the country from him. It didn't take long for them to realize they were meant to become a family.

After moving to Vermont, he and Cindy purchase a house in Rutland and Michael spent endless days and nights renovating what would become a home for them and their children. They were married in 2009 fulfilling one of his many dreams. The only thing missing in his life was to be a Father and that dream came true for Cindy and him in 2010 when he was blessed with his “miracle baby” and “mini me” as he so lovingly referred to Mikey. Michael was the true definition of a devoted loving Father and his greatest joy was being a Dad to his little man.

Michael's reason for living was to pass on his knowledge of academics and athletics to Mickey – especially math, baseball, and football. And as we all know Mikey has developed a true love of the game of baseball even as a toddler and with his Dad's guidance and his Mother's determination allowing him to grow and enjoy those skills that he has learned and inherited from his Dad, he makes them very proud. Pride is an understatement for sure as there must be a better descriptive word. Even though Michael and Cindy's life together was short, they enjoyed life as a family and shared their love with their extended families by traveling to share life's special moments. Those memories will never be forgotten.

Michael had a bucket list and on that list was to take Mikey to Fenway Park for a Red Sox game. Recently, they were able to make that trip and were treated to the experience of a lifetime including Mikey running the bases. The happiness in Michael's face was beyond description. And his beloved Red Sox played a game for the books. It doesn't get any better than that.

Michael had such a loving spirit and overall gentleness that endeared him to so many, resulting in lifelong friendships from his early childhood years through his college years and well beyond. Those friendships have endured the test of time and were reflected in the recent “Celebration of Life” held in his honor this past August. Michael's journey was enhanced so much by the caring actions and support of his dear friend Keith Abbott as well as his many other friends and neighbors too numerous to mention. The love shown by each and everyone will always be cherished.

He is survived by his wife Cindy MacDonald Laskevich and son Mikey of Rutland, VT, his mother Beverly Chandler Laskevich of Daytona Beach, FL, Brothers John of Chittenden, Stevan (Shari) of Ludlow, Jeffrey (Sharon) of Springfield, Sister Jayne Moye (Tom) of White River Jct., and “Big Sister” Suzanne Murray (Louie) of Barre. His God-son Eric Lynds of Daytona Beach, Fl. His step-children Megan Martiros, Merissa Martiros, Nicholas Martiros, and Mikaela Martiros. Aunts Perk Childs, Marlene Tarbell (Frank) and Linda Ross all of Springfield, Mary Jane Wills (Robert) of Daytona Beach, FL., and Aunts Stella Bednarczyk of Syracuse, NY, Victoria Jamison of Mesa, AZ, his Uncle Harold (John) Chandler of Mabelton, GA and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his father John D. Laskevich, his paternal Grandparents Mary and Dominic Laskevich, his maternal grandparents Pearl Shepard and Harold “Chan” Chandler.

Michael would want you all to know, though he has moved on to a more beautiful place, his work is not done. He will forever be that “guardian angel” and “coach” on the sidelines for his name sake and his “mini-me”!

A graveside service will be held at the Laskevich Family lot at St. Mary's Cemetery in Springfield at 1:00PM on Friday September 21, 2018. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the Michael Paul Joseph's Education Trust at the Vermont Employees Credit Union, 72 Seward RD, Rutland, VT 05701

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

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Susan M. Fleming

Susan Marie (Gleason) Fleming, 71, of North Springfield passed away at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, New Hampshire surrounded by her loving family, after an illness.

Sue was born Feb. 5, 1947, in Middlebury, Vermont, the daughter of Frederic and Beatrice (Martel) Gleason. She attended Springfield, Vermont schools graduating in 1965. She married Leslie E. Fleming, Nov. 28, 1965.

Sue is survived by her loving daughters Carol Fleming-Gates and her husband Rick of Bedford, New Hampshire and Leslie A. Fleming-Stearns and her husband Clarence of Burlington; her precious grandchildren, Ryan Gates, Brittany and Alex Duchemin and Emma Stearns; her sister, Ruth Sargent (Tony), David Gleason (Korrena), Rodney Gleason of Springfield; her sister, Linda Alexander (Clyde) of Louisville, Kentucky; her brother-in-law Lawrence Roundy of Orlando, Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband of 49 years, and brother Frederic V. Gleason.

A private graveside service will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery, North Springfield. There will be a celebration of life service at the Fletcher House, 472 Main Street, Chester at 1 p.m. Oct. 13, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sue’s memory to the Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Rd, Merrimack, NH 03054.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Virginia H. Freeman

Virginia H. Freeman, 94, passed away peacefully at her home in Chester, Vermont on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 after a period of failing health. She was born on Feb. 14, 1924 in Springfield, Vermont to Margaret (Skinner) Hunsdon and John H. Hunsdon of Chester. Ginny attended Chester schools and graduated from Chester High School in the class of 1944.

Ginny married Lewis H. Freeman on Sept. 26, 1942 and they were married almost 50 years when Lew died on Aug. 15, 1992. Ginny and Lew lived and raised their family in Springfield. As soon as all her children were in school, Ginny started to work as a cook in the Springfield schools. This career spanned 20 years; first at Union Street school and then at Park Street school.

In 1974, Ginny and Lew built a new home in Chester in the country near her childhood home where they spent many wonderful times: watching wildlife and birds along with entertaining grandchildren. Ginny, an avid bird watcher, was very knowledgeable about identifying different species of birds. She loved her Herrick Cove outings and other birding expeditions each year.

Ginny’s goal was to lead a good life and to help others along the way. She accomplished this many times over and was always there when someone needed a hand. Her family was her greatest joy — children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “Gramee” loved to work alongside her grandsons or go sliding down hills at her home and then pass out hot cocoa and graham crackers. She loved to pick berries and she was the fastest picker ever! She was an assistant Girl Scout leader for both her daughters and thoroughly enjoyed the overnight camp outs with the leader, Laura Patterson. In her later years, she looked forward to going on her Red Hat Society adventures and out to eat.

In spite of being from a small town in Vermont, Ginny was a world traveler. Along with either her friend Mary Cabell or her younger sister Faith, she went on many trips: Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad, Tobago, Bermuda, an Alaskan cruise, Hawaii and Florida. When their son Doug got married in California in 1964, Ginny and Lew drove out to attend it with their daughters, visiting relatives along the way.

Ginny was very active and faithful to her churches throughout her life, even when she was in her 90s. In Springfield she was a member of the First Congregational Church and enjoyed her ladies' group within the church. In Chester her church was the First Universalist Parish. She sang in the choir, was a greeter at the door on Sunday morning for many years, and loved being an integral member of the A.U.U. Women’s group.

She was a proud, hard-working member of the Chester Alumni Association and also rode in the parade several times. She had a lifelong love of music: playing the piano and her organ, singing in the choir, and listening to music at home, at concerts, and at church.

Ginny’s family would like to thank all the loyal, compassionate caregivers from the L&M Family Caregivers for the wonderful attention they gave our mom. They helped keep her in her home and supplied attention, tenderness and laughter.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her brother Hewet S. Hunsdon, her sister Faith L. Dorothy and her grandson Kurt E. Dechen. She is survived by: her brother Stanley B. Hunsdon (Nancy); her children, Douglas H. Freeman (Reyanne), Dale F. Dechen (Richard), and Candace F. Manson. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Kristie Gray (Jim), Kerie Kalm (Jim), Kimberly Abley (Paul), Justin Dechen (Jennifer), and Rebecca Allen (Shilo); and her five great-grandchildren: Kailie, Nick, Avery, Arden and Alexa.

A Memorial service for Ginny will be held Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the First Universalist Parish (in the Stone Village) on Route 103 in Chester, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a donation in her name to either the Chester Alumni Association (send to CHS/GMUH, P.O. Box 882, Chester, VT 05143) or Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society (send to Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, P.O. Box 191, Springfield, VT 05156 — this group sponsors the Herrick’s Cove event).

Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield is assisting with arrangements.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Joyce E. Porter

Joyce Eleanor Porter, 85, of Epsom, NH, formerly of Springfield, VT, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Born March 5, 1933, in Burlington, VT, she was the daughter of the late Wayne C. Mable and Helen S. Mable.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Robert A. Porter Sr.; three sons Robert Porter Jr. and wife Barbara, of Epsom, NH, Gary Porter, of Aurora, CO, and Kim Porter, of Ludlow, VT. Joyce also leaves behind nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Duane Mable, and sister, Jeannette Pecor. She was predeceased by four brothers.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Gerald B. Brady Sr.

Gerald B. Brady Sr., 83, of Brady Street, North Walpole, NH, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 at the Cheshire Medical Center. He was born Dec. 3, 1934, the son of Roy and Josephine (Johnson) Brady in Springfield, Vt. Gerald is a graduate of the Springfield High School and a former member of the Army Reserves in Chester, Vt. Gerald worked at the Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield, Vt. and for the Town of Walpole, N.H. He is a member of the St. Peters Church in North Walpole, N.H. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family, especially attending his grandchildren’s events.

Gerald is survived by his wife Elizabeth Leahy Brady who he married April 11, 1959 in the St. Peters Church in North Walpole, N.H.; three sons Gerry, Timmy and his partner Denise Gale, and Tommy and his wife Heather; daughter Ann Corey and husband Steve; son-in-law Mike Snide; brother Ronald Brady; and sister Joyce Whitehurst; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Gerald was predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth Betty Snide, Sept. 2, 2017.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home Bellows Falls, Vt. A funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the St. Peters Church in North Walpole, N.H., followed by a committal service in the St. Charles Cemetery in Westminster, Vt.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Robert Aubin

Robert Aubin, 78, formerly of Springfield, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

He was born Jan. 11, 1940, in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the son of Phillip and Louise (Pratt) Aubin.

He graduated from high school in Rhode Island.

Mr. Aubin served in the U.S. Navy.

In Rhode Island, he worked for the highway department in Pascoag for several years and also in the textile industry. In Vermont, he was employed for several years with Fellows Gear Shaper as a machinist.

He was a past governor of the Springfield Moose Lodge and member of the Moose Lodge in Largo, Florida.

Mr. Aubin enjoyed playing darts.

Survivors include three siblings Lynda Howard, Donald and Ronald Aubin, all of Claremont, New Hampshire, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a sister, Jean; his first wife, Rita (Baker) Aubin, March 29, 1980; and his second wife, Barbara (Fortunato) Aubin, Aug. 31, 2017.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, where a calling hour will begin at 10 a.m. prior to the service officiated by the Rev. Peter Williams.

Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Springfield, and then a reception will take place at the Time Out Americana Grill in Claremont.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Harold Aither

Harold Aither, 73, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Ludlow on Aug. 29, 2018. He was born March 25, 1945 in Brattleboro, Vermont, the son of Gordon and Florence (Brown) Aither. He attended school in Brattleboro, graduating from Brattleboro High School.

He served in the United States Navy.

Most recently he was employed for several years as a warehouse manager with Comcast, working in Claremont. Previously he was employed with Precision Valley Communications in Springfield.

He lived most of his life in the Brattleboro area, moving to Ludlow recently.

He is survived by one son Timothy Aither of Ripon, Wisconsin, one daughter Jessica Aither of Boston, Massachusetts; two brothers, Richard Aither of Walpole and Robert Aither of Newfane, Vermont; two grandchildren Claire and Sophie Aither, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, one son, Jeffrey Aither, one brother, Gordon "Sonny" Aither, and two sisters, Rebecca Lambert and Marion Hallway.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 at the Oakwood Cemetery in Townshend, Vermont. Reverend Sami Jones McRae will officiate.

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

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Retha C. Kendall

Retha C. Kendall, 95, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, at her home.

She was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Springfield, the daughter of Fred and Edith Cluff.

Mrs. Kendall worked for the Town of Chester for 21 years as a secretary to the town manager and to the chief of police. She was also chief dispatcher for the Chester Police Department, Chester Ambulance and Chester Fire Department, a job she continued to do part time after her retirement.

She enjoyed cooking and reading.

Survivors include four sons Lee Kendall, of Keene, New Hampshire, Kim and Gale Kendall, both of Chester, Dana Kendall, of Andover; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, with the Rev. Gerry Piper officiating.

Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery in Chester.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chester Meals on Wheels program, in care of Senior Solutions, 38 Pleasant St., Springfield, VT 05156.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Elaine B. Pomeroy

Elaine Bryant Pomeroy, 78 years of age, passed on Friday, August 24, 2018 at her home in Springfield Vermont after nearly a year long struggle with ALS, Progressive Bulbar Palsy.

Elaine was born December 18, 1939 in South Paris Maine to the late Howard and Dorothy Bryant. She leaves her one brother Warren Bryant, and sister-in-law Beth. Elaine attended college at Boston University where she received a degree in Physical Therapy. Upon graduation Elaine served our country in the Air Force as an Officer. It was during this service that Elaine met her future husband Gary. Elaine married Gary Pomeroy in 1963 and they remained married for 45 years until his passing.

Upon retirement from the Air Force in 1976 Elaine and Gary moved to Springfield Vermont where they built their retirement home which they named P’s Full Homestead. Built in the middle of an old farm field Elaine spent many years creating multiple flower beds and turning the house into a show piece.

In 2013, Elaine met the second love of her life Reginald Moxley and they married in 2015. After their marriage, Elaine and Reggie split time between their homes in Vermont, Michigan, and Florida.

Elaine loved the outdoors and was an avid gardener. She had many gardens that were featured on various garden tours. She was very involved with the Springfield Garden Club; serving two terms as president. She was one of the founders of their Annual Festival of Trees and took pride in beautification projects for the town. Recently she received their prestigious Golden Trowel Award. In her later years Elaine would travel to Florida in the winter. It did not take long before she formed a beautification committee for her condominium complex. The complex honored her for her great leadership by naming a garden area after her. The exceptional projects she spearheaded continue to brighten the grounds.

Elaine was also blessed with many other talents and gifts. She loved to dance and taught all kinds of dancing. There was not a song that she could stand still to. She painted beautiful landscapes and produced amazing oil and watercolors that were displayed in several exhibits throughout the years. She was known for always staying positive and content in the midst of adversity and would consistently share the love of Jesus.

Elaine leaves her son Michael Pomeroy and wife MaryDan from Thetford VT as well as her son Mark Pomeroy and wife Laura from Springfield, VT. She leaves her grandchildren; Maggie, Michaela, Luke, and Kyle Pomeroy, Nicholas Bograd, as well as Cameron, Brandon, and Kay Gregory. Elaine also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. In honoring Elaine, donations can be made to the Springfield Garden Club (Mail Checks to: Springfield Garden Club-152 Fairground Road Springfield, VT 05156). A celebration of Elaine’s life will be held Saturday October 6th at 4:30p.m. at P’s Full Homestead.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Felicia R. Murray

Felicia Rita (Bocko) Murray lived a glorious 101 years and nearly made it to 102. She lived independently until her death Aug. 23, 2018, in the home her husband George built in 1940.

She lived in Springfield for 80 years. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church faithfully and was an active member of the Catholic Daughters. Many will remember Felicia from her years as classroom assistant to teacher Eleanor Johnson at Union Street School. Felicia was a gifted quilter and made at least 25 quilts for her children and grandchildren. For 28 years, she knit 100 pairs of mittens a year for the Santa Claus Fund of the Senior Center RSVP and St. Mary’s tag sale. She also knit for Springfield Hospital – hats for preemies and toe socks for people in casts. She always helped and served others.

Felicia was born in Lowell, Mass. in 1916, the second of seven children of Polish immigrants Aleksandra and Adolf Bocko. She married George Murray in 1938 and they had a long and happy marriage until his death in 1986. Felicia missed him every day of the next 32 years.

She is survived by her brother Frederick of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., her children Marylyn Wentworth of Arundel, Maine, Sandra Belisle of Burlington, Vt., David Murray of Springfield, Vt., and George Murray of Rockingham, Vt. She was the beloved grandmother of 13, great-grandmother of 23, and great-great-grandmother to three.

The memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. A celebration of her life will then follow in St. Mary’s Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Audubon Vermont, 255 Sherman Hollow Rd. Huntington, VT 05462, or in memory of Felicia and her great love of birds. She fed them every morning in her bedroom window feeder.

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

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Brian P. Miles

Brian Paul Miles 73, of Springfield, Vt. Passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday August 21, 2018. He was born on February 16, 1945 in Windsor, Vt. to Max and Beatrice ( Cady ) Miles. Despite being an only child, he had plenty of cousins to play with and to find mischief while growing up in Hammondsville, Vt on his grandparents farm. In 1964 he graduated from Springfield High School. He served his country as an Army Reservist and was honorably discharged in 1971.

Brian married Susan Olney in the summer of 1967. Susan gave birth to their only child Amy in 1970. For 34 years he worked at the talc mill in Ludlow, Vt. He was known for his many safety awards. In 1987 Brian and Susan divorced and after a few years set aside their differences and remained friends until the end.

Throughout his years Brian enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR, country music and played many a hand of solitaire. His favorite thing to do was to go for a ride. He logged many hours on the dirt roads of the area, many with Amy by his side. Brian was also one who did not like the telephone, he much preferred to visit in person.

At the end of the summer in 2006 Brian succeeded in getting sober. This was his greatest life achievement. Through hard work, dedication and service he remained sober until the end. His hard work to remain sober included helping others get to meetings, sharing his story, facilitating local meetings, including those at the local prison, sitting on the board of the Turning Point Recovery Center and many other various positions to assist in the success of their programs.

Brian is survived by his daughter Amy Smith, granddaughter Micheala Smith, grandson Austin Smith, and his many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday evening August 31, 2018 at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make donations to the Turning Point Recovery Center, 7 Morgan St. Springfield, Vt. 05156.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Linda G. Holl

Linda G. Holl, 59, passed away on Aug. 18, 2018, at Rutland Regional Medical Center, after a courageous battle with cancer, with her son, Michael Longobardo, at her side.

Linda was a proud and devoted mother to her son, Michael, he was the center of her life. She cherished watching him grow into the man he is today. She had a nurturing quality that she brought to all aspects to life around her.

Linda was a successful, driven entrepreneur who never knew failure whether it was a clothing store, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, food service provider, or real estate developer. Her personal time was often spent working in her flower gardens listening to her favorite country music, or enjoying the sun with family and friends.

Having cancer never defined Linda and she continued to use herself to advance the cause for cancer research hoping it would provide a future benefit for other women. In memory of Linda, please make donations to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition to continue her fight for a cure.

Most of all, Linda will be remembered for her laugh, quick wit and generosity.

Interment services will be held privately.

Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield assisted with arrangements.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Doris Farnham

Doris Nellie (McPherson) Farnham, 81, died peacefully Aug. 17, 2018. Doris was born in St. Francis, Maine, the daughter of Hanford and Marguerite (Dubois) McPherson.

Doris loved to travel, read, do crafts, and spend time with her family. She spent years working in retail and banking; her outgoing and warm personality made her work more than a profession – she truly enjoyed making others’ lives better. Her greatest joy was in spending time with her family and extended family.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Mary Ann and Stewart LaRocque; her son Donald Lagasse Jr.; her son and daughter-in-law Scott and Teresa Lagasse; and her son and daughter-in-law Rodney and Allison Eno Lagasse. She also leaves six grandchildren Shannon Holl, Amanda Bateman, Ashley Graham, Echo Granger, Colt Lagasse, Wade Lagasse; her brothers and sister Raymond, Roy, Neal, Herb, and Irene; and great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is predeceased by her parents Hanford and Marguerite (Dubois) McPherson; brothers Melvin, Robert, Lesley, Peter; sister Linda; her husbands Donald Lagasse Sr. and James Farnham; and her grandson Hal J. Buntele Jr.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the VFW on River Street in Springfield, Vt., Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 from 2–6 p.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011,
Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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

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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

Annetta P. Halvorsen

Annetta Potter Halvorsen, age 94, of Hockessin, Delaware, formerly of Springfield, Vermont, passed away on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Ethel Pauline (Read) and Sidney Lake Potter. Annetta’s life centered around family. She was a devoted, supportive wife, a dedicated mother and an excellent homemaker.

Annetta is survived by her husband of 74 years, James Victor Halvorsen; her three daughters: Ann, Susan and Linda; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. advertisement

She was loved and will be missed by all.

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