Elizabeth L. Ritchie
CLINTON, SC: Elizabeth L. Ritchie, 82, died Tuesday, September 2 in the Self Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Enosburg Falls, and was a daughter of the late Charles W. and Florence Kendall Lanctot.
Ms. Ritchie was a Licensed Practical Nurse and was retired from Whitten Center, a member of the Clinton Christian Women's Club and a Charter member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and very active in the Republican Party.
She is survived by one son, Jim Ritchie of San Antonio, TX; two daughters, Barbara Davis of Wagram, NC, and Robin Dover of Clinton, SC; one brother, Edward Lanctot of Norwood, NY; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was conducted Sept. 5 in the Westminster Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Mission Fund of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1387 Hwy. 56 South, Clinton, SC 29325.Gray Funeral Home of Clinton, SC is in charge of arrangements.
Tim D. Moss
ST. ALBANS: Tim D. Moss, 39, passed away Sunday, September 7, 2003, at his home with his family at his side.
He was born in St. Albans, Oct. 18, 1963, the son of Howard K. and Yvonne (Rogers) Moss. On Sept. 20, 1986 Tim married Betsy Smith, who survives him.
Tim was a graduate of Bellows Free Academy, class of 1982 and for the past 19 years he has been employed at Wyeth Nutritional Inc. in Georgia. He enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling and was a member of the Franklin County Snow Raiders.
Survivors include his wife, Betsy of St. Albans; his parents, Howard and Yvonne Moss of St. Albans; his son, Ethan J. Moss; his daughter, Morgan J. Moss, both of St. Albans; three brothers, Bruce Moss of St. Albans, Gary Moss and his wife, Cathy, of Milton, and Chris Moss and his wife, Lisa, of St. Albans; his sister, Tammy Demar and her husband, Russell, of Milton; his mother and father-in-law, Hubert and Joyce Smith of St. Albans; his brothers and sisters-in-laws, Shari and Kevin Kalahan of Fairfax, Randy and Karen Smith of St. Albans, and Julie and Alan Norris of Fairfax; his dog, Phoebe; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Cynthia Cook on March 21, 2003. At Tim's request funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the family lot in St. Albans Bay Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Ethan and Morgan Moss Trust, c/o of Vermont Federal Credit Union, 163 North Main Street, St. Albans, VT 05478. Arrangements are by the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So. Main St., St. Albans. Online condolences may be sent through www.healdfuneralhome.com.
ISLE LAMOTTE: Eleanor Irene (LaBombard) Clayton, 86, died September 6, 2003.
She was born in West Chazy, NY, April 22, 1917, daughter of the late Irene and Antoine LaBombard. At age 2, the family moved to Isle La Motte to run a large dairy farm. Eleanor attended the Old Stone School (now historical society) in Isle La Motte, then graduated from St. Peter's High School in Plattsburg, NY in 1935. She moved to Albany, NY and worked as a nanny until she married Stephen Frank Clayton who predeceased her. They were married for 60 years. Eleanor moved back to Isle La Motte in 1998 with her daughter, Doris. She loved to sit and watch the boats in the summer and ice fisherman on the lake in the winter. She was a rosie-the-riviter during World War II, and retired from Raytheon Corporation in 1982. Eleanor was an avid Red Sox fan, and bingo player at which she was very lucky. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her wisdom, hospitality and love of life.
Eleanor is survived by her sister, Rowena Chludzinski of Albany, NY; brother, Llewellyn LaBombard and the late Elsworth LaBombard, both of Isle La Motte. Also survived by Barbara and Aubrey Smith of Wrentham, MA, Marcia Barry of Isle La Motte, Stephen Clayton and Karen Duhamel of Norton, MA, Doris Clayton of Isle La Motte, William Clayton of Walpole, MA, and John and Nancy Clayton of Isle La Motte; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren, lovingly known as GG.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. at the chapel at Saint Anne's Shrine, Shrine Road in Isle La Motte. Father Maurice U. Boucher, SSE will be the celebrant and the Reverend Deborah Laporte will deliver the eulogy. Interment will take place later in Knowlwood Memorial Cemetery in Sharon, Massachusetts. Gifts in Eleanor's memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association - Hospice Program, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, Vermont 05446. Arrangements have been under the direction of the Kidder Memorial Home in Swanton.
Roswell N. Chaplin
FAIRFIELD: Mr. Roswell N. "Chappy" Chaplin, 88, a longtime resident of Fairfield, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, in the Redstone Nursing Home, following a short illness.
He was born in Montgomery, April 19, 1915, son of the late Civil War Veteran Roderick and Olivine (Cotnoir) Chaplin. On March 9, 1935 he married Freda L. Hughes. After almost 53 years of marriage, Freda predeceased Chappy Dec. 18, 1987.
Chappy was a dairy farmer for the Carlton Soule farms for over 25 years and was employed by Mainline Ford Tractor Equipment in Essex Center, prior to his retirement.
Chappy was a charter member of the Fairfield Fire Department and was an active member for over 40 years. He then received an Honorary Member Plaque, of which he was extremely proud.
He lived at the Chester Arthur Apartments for 27 years where he kept active doing maintenance work around the building and was the sustainer of life for "Tom," the turkey who lived at Chester Arthur for a long time. Prior to becoming a resident of Redstone earlier this year, Chappy had lived at the Ave Maria Community Care Home in Richford.
Chappy was the son and grandson of Civil War Veterans and on Dec. 31, 2001, received a Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War Medallion, presented through the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 778 in Swanton.
He is survived by his two sons, James L. and his wife, Emma Chaplin, of Highgate Center, and Ronald A. and his wife, Maureen Chaplin, of St. Albans; 16 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by two daughters, Helen Shambo in 1984, and Laura Ladd in 2003; brothers and sisters, Rodney, Homer, Nelson, Ransom, Stella, Henry and Phillip Chaplin, and Cary Duffy.
A graveside funeral service was held Sept. 10, in Bradley Cemetery in Fairfield. Should friends and family desire, memorial donations may be made to the Fairfield Fire Department, c/o Chief Lyndon Corey, Box 3545, Fairfield, VT 05455. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home.
Herbert "Sonny" Bailey
ST. ALBANS: Herbert C. "Sonny" Bailey, 64, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Northwestern Medical Center, early Sunday morning, September 7, 2003.
He was born in Middlebury, Feb. 10, 1939, son of Ernestine Warner Bailey and the late Charles Bailey. Sonny was a roofer for several area contractors and was an avid fishermen.
He is survived by his mother, Ernestine Bailey of St. Albans; his three children, Geraldine Deal, Jo-Anne and her husband, John Craig, and Michael Bailey, all of Florida; one grandchild; sisters and their spouses, June and Roger Fair of Montpelier, Mae Higbee of Ferrisburg, Stella Waltz of Burlington, Ernestine and Armand Chevrier of Swanton, Geraldine and Ralph Nichols of New Hampshire, and Joan Bailey of St. Albans; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Sonny was predeceased by his father, Charles Bailey in 1952.
Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Brady & Levesque Chapel. Friends may call at the funeral home, 86 South Main St. in St. Albans for the hour prior to the funeral. Those who wish may send donations to the Herbert C. Bailey Memorial Fund, c/o Ernestine Chevrier, 14-A Broadway St., Swanton, VT 05488. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home.
Raymond A. Miller
ST. ALBANS: Mr. Raymond A. Miller, 70, died Thursday, September 4, 2003, in the Holiday House Nursing Facility.
He was born in St. Albans, March 27, 1930, son of the late John and Delia (Gauthier) Miller.
Ray joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952. Following his military career he was employed at H.P. Hood Milk Products Company for 21 years, then he worked in plumbing and heating for Edward Leahy and Gerald Bombardier. He was a member of the American Legion Post 1.
Raymond married Betty Lou Colomb on Sept. 5, 1955. Betty died Jan. 13, 1994 at their home in Swanton. After Betty died Raymond sold their home and moved to St. Albans. He enjoyed a morning coffee break with the "boys" at the Red Top Restaurant or My Dad's Diner, sometimes both.
Raymond is survived by three sons, Timothy and his wife, Linda Miller, twins, Jeffrey and his wife, Jeannie Miller, and Gregory Miller, all of St. Albans; four grandchildren, Jason, Tyler, Ryan, and Katie Miller; his two brothers, Lionel and his wife, Jeanne Miller, of Swanton, and Roland "Joe" and his wife, Claire Miller, of St. Albans; his sister-in-law, Veronica Miller; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Noella Suprenault; and a brother, Rosaire Miller.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. in Holy Angels Church. There will be no public calling hours. Interment will be in the Miller family lot in Sheldon Village Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 30 Farrell St., Burlington, VT 05403. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home.
Beatrice W. Bean, LPN
ST. ALBANS/RICHFORD: Beatrice W. Bean, LPN, 89, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2003, at the Holiday House Nursing Home in St. Albans, where she had been a resident since 1994. She was born in Wilbraham, MA, June 1, 1914, the daughter of the late William and Maybelle (Eldridge) Whitman.
Although Bea was a very private person she did participate in the Lyceum Program as well as most of the activities at the Holiday House. She especially enjoyed painting with Norm Bushey. She also loved cats, babies, collecting buttons, chocolate, turkey drumsticks, rootbeer, and anything purple. Her greatest love was reading. She was a longtime member of the Green Mountain Button Club, Massachusetts Button Society and the National Button Club.
She leaves behind a very special friend and roommate, Dorothy Ladd; her closest friends, Ernie and Sherry Farrar, and Delia Martin, all of St. Albans; and her step-children, David Bean of Georgia, and James Bean of Lindsborg, KY. She was predeceased by her husband, Earle Bean in 1992.
A special thank you to her step-children for their generosity and understanding. And a sincere thank you to the staff at the Holiday House, and Dr. Teig Marco for the many years of wonderful care given to Bea. Bea's smile and twinkling eyes caught the hearts of the staff, residents and their families. She will be greatly missed.
A graveside service will be held Friday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m., in the Bean family lot at the Hill West Cemetery in Montgomery Center with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. There will be no calling hours. Memorial services will be held, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m., at the Holiday House Nursing Home, 264 Sheldon Road in St. Albans. For those who wish, contributions may be made by giving a book for the residents library, Holiday House Nursing Home, c/o Christie Whalen, 264 Sheldon Rd., St. Albans, VT 05476. Arrangements are by Spears Funeral Home.
Eugene E. Richards, II
ST. ALBANS/ESSEX JCT.: Eugene Ernest Richards, II (Ernie), 79, died Monday morning, September 29, 2003.
Ernie was born June 15, 1924, to the late Eugene E. and Irene (LaFrance) Richard. He lived in St. Albans, graduated from Holy Angels School and served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II as an air traffic controller in New Guinea.
Upon returning home he graduated from the Burlington Business College and met and married Ila Olds. Ernie worked as an electrical technician at the Union Carbide Consumer Products and as an electrical designer/facility engineer at IBM from which he retired in 1987. He obtained his international ham radio license and was known as N1TNL. He had a true passion for nature and the outdoors which included his love for gardening. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, archer and golfer. Ernie taught a value of honest compassion for others, and a strong work ethic to those around him. However, the accomplishment Ernie was most proud of was his five children.
He is survived by his children, Linda Richards Bailey of Colchester, Brenda Richards Cadieux of Georgia Plains, Joseph Richards Rydell and his partner, David Wood, of Brooklyn, NY, Eugene E. Richards III and his wife, Julie C. Richards, of Burlington, and Michael L. Richards and his wife, Jeannie Hill, of Manhattan, NY. He is also survived by grandchildren: Captain Scott Cadieux serving with the Army National Guard in Afghanistan and his wife, Laura Cadieux, of Manchester, NH, Brad Cadieux and his significant other, Tania Leal, of Watertown, MA, Nicole Cadieux and her significant other, Gregg Patenaude, of San Diego, CA, Melissa Bailey Hellyer and her husband, Derek Hellyer, Melinda Bailey and her significant other, Dan Montani, Sean Bailey, Eugene Richards IV, Stephen Richards, Hunter Rydell-Wood, and Alida Richards; great-grandchildren, Chelsea Cadieux, and Zachary Roy. Other surviving family and friends include the mother of his children, Ila Richards Rouleau of Pittsford; sister-in-law, Denise Richard; dear friend, Jane Tatro; son-in-law, Ronald Cadieux, all of Sheldon; nieces, Diane Laszakovits, Susie Baird, Gina Brown, Lisa and Mary Mazzitelli. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, William L. Richard; sister, Elizabeth Richard Mazzitelli VanOrnum; and a niece, Debbie Mazzitelli Donaldson.
He will be missed by his friends at the Quality Bake Shop, The New England Federal Credit Union, and Garry's Barber Shop.
Friends may call at the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street in St. Albans from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m., in Holy Angels Church. Interment will be in the Richards family lot in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A gathering will take place at 5 p.m. to celebrate warm memories and stories of Ernie, at 168 Summit Street in Burlington. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Stern Center For Language & Learning, 135 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495, or The Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, 62 Oak St., Burlington, VT 05401.
A special thank you to Dr. Frank Landry and the staff at the Birchwood Nursing Home for their extraordinary care and love for Ernie.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home.
Margaret Dora Case Holcomb
NORTH HERO: Margaret Dora Case Holcomb, 85, a resident of this community for nearly 20 years, died unexpectedly Monday morning, September 22, 2003, in her Lakeview Drive residence. She was born Sept. 25, 1917, the daughter of the late Raymond E. and Emma G. (Griffin) Case of West Granby, CT. Margaret married Gardner Preston Holcomb on Sept. 12, 1942. He predeceased her on Oct. 2, 1990.
Margaret and Gardner lived in Simsbury, CT where Margaret taught in the elementary school system for over 30 years. Happy summer vacations were always spent on North Hero where, in 1973, they purchased a home for their retirement. After moving to North Hero, Margaret never lost her love of children and of teaching. She served as a volunteer at the North Hero Elementary School, for which she received a special award in March 2003 at Town Meeting for her many years of service and strong support of the educational system. Margaret loved to read and was a volunteer for the North Hero Public Library. Previously, Margaret participated in the Wonderful Wednesday Children's Bible School of the North Hero United Methodist Church. She was a devoted member of the church and a member of the United Methodist Women. Margaret was always very active in the community, also previously serving as a board member for Champlain Islanders Developing Essential Resources (CIDER).
She leaves two daughters, Betsy Cook of Simsbury, CT, and Donna Larose of Alburg; and one sister, Gertrude Slaughter of Norwalk, CT. Also surviving are three granddaughters, Bonnie (Higley) and Matt Bynum of Pennsylvania, Becca Plote of Vermont, and Alison Cook of Connecticut; and a grandson, Joseph Larose of Vermont; three great-grandchildren, Deena, Amanda and Nicolas, all of Pennsylvania; and countless friends and neighbors. Margaret was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the North Hero United Methodist Church. The Reverend David Adams will officiate. Interment will take place at a later date in the Granby Center Cemetery in Granby, CT. There will be no public calling hours. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Margaret's memory may be made to, CIDER, PO Box 13, South Hero, VT 05486, or to a charitable organization of your choice. Arrangements have been under the direction of the Kidder Memorial Home in Swanton.
Charles Hamilton Wood
POWDER SPRINGS, GA: Mr. Charles Hamilton Wood, 71, died Tuesday, September 30, 2003. A native of Enosburg Falls, Mr. Wood was a member of the American Legion, VFW and Moose. He retired from the Ruslist Press in 1991 and served in the Navy, Air Force and retired from the U.S. Army. Mr. Wood was of the Catholic faith.
He is survived by his wife, Ramona A. Wood of Powder Springs, GA; three sons, William H. Codner III of Mableton, GA, Edward A. Codner of Powder Springs, GA, and Mark R. Codner of Douglasville, GA; a sister, Virginia Foote of Enosburg Falls; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held today, Thursday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m., in the Chapel of West Cobb Funeral Home in Marietta, GA, with Rev. Jerry McCurdy officiating. Arrangements are by West Cobb Funeral Home of Marietta, GA.
Lucien R. Mercure
RICHFORD: Lucien R. "Pepe" Mercure, 83, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, September 24, 2003, at his home.
He was born in L'Ange Guardian, Quebec, Canada, May 18, 1920, the son of the late Ernest and Stella (Desnoyers) Mercure.
Lucien was raised in Canada, moving to the Richford/Berkshire area in 1953. He worked on several area dairy farms before purchasing his own dairy farm, retiring from farming in 1979. He then went to work for Sweat-Comings for several years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council of All Saints Catholic Church and the American Legion Post 12 of Richford. He served overseas in the Canadian Army during World War II from 1940-1945.
He is survived by his children, Stella Paquette and her husband, Richard, Michel Mercure and his wife, Fran, all of Richford, Serge "Peanut" Mercure of Enosburg Falls, Guy Mercure of Berkshire, Normand Mercure and his wife, Kimberly, of Milton, and Pierre Mercure and his wife, Yvonne, of Richford; his grandchildren, Anthony Mercure, Bradley Jacobs, Daniel Mercure, Angel Mercure, Celeste Malin, Emily Jeanne Mercure, and Keith Mercure; and several great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne (Lebeau) Mercure in 1976; and two sons, Robert Mercure in 1948, and Alain Mercure in 1952.
Funeral services were held Sept. 29 at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford with Rev. Frank Eksterowicz celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Interment followed in All Saints Cemetery. For those who wish, contributions in his memory may be made to the Richford Ambulance Service or to the Richford Fire Department, Main St., Richford, VT 05476. Online condolences may be sent to the family through www.spearsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Spears Funeral Home.
John Griffin Fisher, DDS
ST. ALBANS: Dr. John G. Fisher, 82, passed away peacefully in Northwestern Medical Center, surrounded by his immediate family, on Tuesday, September 30, 2003.
He was born in St. Albans, Aug. 2, 1921, the son of Harold and Elizabeth (Griffin) Fisher. He spent his early school years at St. Mary's, graduating from St. Mary's High School in 1939. He graduated from St. Michael's College in December of 1942. He joined the Army in March of 1943, serving first in New Guinea and then in the Philippines and Japan.
Following his military service, Dr. Fisher attended the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, graduating in 1950. He practiced dentistry in Enosburg and then in St. Albans for 38 years. He enjoyed sports, his favorites being golf and bowling, and like a good game of bridge, spending many happy hours at the Owl Club.
John is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Pauline (Larivee) Fisher; his daughter, Mary Ann Fisher of St. Albans; son, Matt Fisher and his wife, Nancy, and their children, Jack, Halley, Sam, and Caroline Fisher, of Shelburne; a sister, Anne Fisher of St. Albans; a brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Carol Fisher of Burlington; a cousin, Fisher "Babe" Post and his wife, Beverly, of South Burlington; a brother-in-law, James Brady of St. Albans; sisters-in-law, Leona Coderre of Farnham, PQ, and Theresa Larivee of Crofton, MD; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Sally Fisher Brady, on Aug. 26, 1978.
At Dr. Fisher's request, there will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m., in St. Mary's Catholic Church in St. Albans. Interment will follow in the Fisher family lot in Holy Cross Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 13 Loomis St., Montpelier, VT 05602. Arrangements are by Heald Funeral Home in St. Albans. You may send condolences to the family online through www.healdfuneralhome.com.