Caroline C. Wells
Caroline C. Wells, 88, beloved wife of Robert Wells of Craftsbury, died at her home Tuesday, February 3, 2004, following a long illness.
Mrs. Wells was born in West Suffield, Connecticut, on July 14, 1915, the daughter of Henry and Alice (Humphrey) Church. She married Robert Wells on March 10, 1943, in New Britain, Connecticut, where they made their home until the late 1960s, when they moved to Craftsbury.
She loved her family and enjoyed playing cribbage, gardening, and traveling.
Besides her husband, Robert, she leaves a daughter, Roberta Hodgdon, and her husband, Gary, of White River Junction; and a grandson, Daniel Hodgdon, who attends Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
A funeral service was held at the United Church of Craftsbury February 6 with the Reverend Ben Thurber officiating. Spring interment will be in Craftsbury Village Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the United Church of Craftsbury, memorial fund, in care of Marcy Mastin, Mastin Road, Craftsbury, Vermont 05826; or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38101.
Malcolm R. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rodney C. Smith
Rodney C. Smith, 74, of Craftsbury, died Friday, February 6, 2004, at his home surrounded by family.
Mr. Smith was born in Charleston, September 2, 1929, the son of Charles and Florence (Sykes) Smith. He attended grade school in Charleston and Derby Line. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On March 4, 1953, he married Marilyn Haney in Newport. They moved to Craftsbury in 1969 where they owned and operated the Craftsbury Garage until 1987 when he went to work at Vermont Precision Woodwork in Morrisville.
He loved to spend time with his family, woodworking and playing cards. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, first in Newport then transferring to Morrisville.
Besides his wife, Marilyn, of Craftsbury, he leaves three sons, John Smith, Steve Smith and his wife, Val, all of Craftsbury, and Roger Smith of Hill Air Force Base in Utah; a daughter, Tina, and her husband, Jeff Jackson, of Denver, Colorado; eight grandchildren, JJ Smith and his wife, Jodi, Jamie Smith and his wife, Jen, Chris Smith, Craig Smith, Chelsea Smith, Dillon Smith, and Samantha Jackson; and a great-grandson, Tre Smith. He also leaves a brother, Karl Smith of Albany, and a sister, Becky Weber of Cleveland, Ohio.
He also had seven brothers and sisters who predeceased him.
A funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, February 11, at 3 p.m. at the United Church of Craftsbury on Craftsbury Common, with Pastor Avril Cochran officiating. Spring interment will be in the Branch Cemetery in Craftsbury.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Orleans-Essex VNA & Hospice, Inc., 46 Lakemont Road, Newport, VT 05855.
The Malcom R. Davis Funeral Home of Craftsbury is in charge of arrangements.
Reverend L. Rossier Jr. Ph.D.
The Reverend Bernard L. Rossier Jr, PhD, of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, died at home on Wednesday, January 28, 2004, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr. Rossier was born May 18, 1936, at Copley Hospital in Morrisville, the eldest child of the late Bernard L. Rossier Sr. and Marjorie E. Noe Rossier Burdick, of Orleans.
Mr. Rossier graduated 50 years ago from Orleans High School, in the class of 1954. He then graduated from Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, completing a two-year course in one year. He then served in the U.S. Army for three years, receiving an honorable discharge in 1958.
Mr. Rossier also received a bachelor of science degree from the Northeast Bible Institute of Green Lane, Pennsylvania; a master of arts degree from Villanova University, Pennsylvania, in 1973, a CAS in education from Arizona State University in 1977, and his doctorate in education administration from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.
Mr. Rossier first served the Lord with an assistant pastor position at the Edgewood Assembly of God Church in Edgewood, New Jersey. Then, from 1964 to 1970, he served as pastor of the Cedar Run Assembly of God Church in West Creek, New Jersey. During his leadership there, he was instrumental in building a large addition to the church.
His life of service to the Lord then took him to Pheonix, Arizona, where he taught at the American Indian Bible Institute, and also served as home mission teacher.
He was also a professor at the Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. In 1986 he was called to serve as pastor of the Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Richmond, Pennsylvania.
At the time of his retirement, Mr. Rossier was serving as a professor and president of the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries Seminary in Baton Rouge, Lousiana.
Mr. Rossier was the author of many books as well as college curriculum courses in biblical studies, theology and Greek. At the time of his death he was still taping lectures for young seminarians.
In his spare time he enjoyed studying Greek, writing, education, gardening, and home improvements. He was also very proud of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them.
Dr. Rossier was first married to Avis C. Taylor Rossier. She died in an accident in 1969. On June 29, 1970, he married Eileen V. Ingraldi and they celebrated 33 years of marriage last year.
He is survived by his mother, Marjorie Burdick of Orleans; his wife, Eileen, of Myerstown, Pennsylvania; and three children, Michael of Robesonia, Pennsylvania, and his fiance, Marjorie Pennypacker, Gregory Rossier of Champaign, Illinois, and his daughter, Wendy B. Rossier Hanth and her husband, Tom of Pottstown, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers, (Everett) Nick Burdick and his wife, Cora Ann of Albany, Edwin Burdick and his wife, Susan of Brownington Center, Larry Burdick and his wife, Gert of Orleans, and Terry Burdick and his wife, Tracy of Newport; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was predeceased by his father, Bernard Rossier Sr., his stepfather, Willard (Gus) Burdick, his sister Christine Messer, and his sister Patricia Rossier.
A celebration of his life was held on January 31 at the Grose Funeral Home in Myerstown.
A graveside funeral service will be held on May 8 at 11:15 a.m., with the Reverend Roger Fletcher officiating, at the family lot in Pleasantview Cemetery in Orleans. Burial with full military honors will follow.