Henry Richard Seymour
FAIRFAX — Henry Richard Seymour, 75, formerly of Brandon, died Oct. 5, 2007, in St. Albans. He was born May 14, 1932, in Randolph, the son of Glenn R. and Julia L. (Magiveny) Seymour.
According to family he enjoyed delivering the Fairfax News, collecting Hot Wheels cars, and was an avid fan of Red Sox, Bellows Free Academy and Fairfax baseball.
He is survived by his brother, Rodman Seymour of Winter Haven, Fla.; two sisters, Mertie Seymour and Joyce Burrell, both of Bethel; and many cousins.
The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in South View Cemetery in Randolph, with the Rev. Timothy Eberhardt officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to B.F.A. Fairfax Baseball Team, in care of Mike Brown, 75 Hunt St., Fairfax, VT 05454.
Gertrude Ethel Schunk
VERGENNES — Gertrude Ethel Schunk, 72, of Vergennes died Oct. 9, 2007, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston after a long battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 15, 1934, in Scranton, Pa., the daughter of Nick and Gertrude Campanella.
She was raised in Bound Brook, N.J., and attended Saint Joseph’s Catholic School as well as Bound Brook High School. At 17 years old she married Louis Schunk Sr. from South Bound Brook, N.J., and together they had three children.
According to family, in her younger years she enjoyed going to the movies with her father and being with her friends. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband who was in the U.S. Air Force, and spending time with her children.
She worked as a waitress and housewife also helping to raise five of her grandchildren. Her later years were spent gardening, knitting, crocheting, taking walks, and playing with her cat Bootsie.
She was a member of The Third Order of St. Benedict, Confraternity of the Precious Blood, Confraternity of Mary Queen of All Hearts, Confraternity of the Holy Rosary, The Universal Living Rosary, and the Third Order of St. Pius X.
She is survived by two sons, Louis Schunk Jr. of Sacramento, Calif., and Edward Schunk and his wife Robin of Marshfield; a daughter, Beverly Adams and her husband Mark of Panton; two sisters, Lee Wurzbach and Carol Gala of New Jersey; two brothers, Mike Campanella and Louis Barile of New Jersey; fourteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two sisters, Margaret and Blanche, and two brothers, Frank and Nick.
Friends may call at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes. Interment will be in St Peter’s Cemetery in Vergennes.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Fatima, 17000 State Route 30, Constable, NY 12926.
Ronald L. Schroeder
VERGENNES — Ronald L. Schroeder, 71, died Oct. 5, 2007. He was born in Vergennes on Feb. 19, 1936, the son of Leigh and Merle Schroeder.
His family reports that he had a great sense of humor and was devoted to his family.
He is survived by his wife, Helen (Perkins) Schroeder; his daughters, Pamela Tucker and her husband Foster, and Shelly Eriksen and her husband Tom; his sons, Kipp Sorrell and his wife Marlene, and Leigh Schroeder; his sisters, Carla and her husband Byron, and Anne Hodgdon and her husband Tom; grandchildren; a great-grandson; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Jerry Schroeder.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 8, at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Interment will be at North Ferrisburgh Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, PO Box 11, Vergennes, VT 05491, or Vergennes Fire Department, Vergennes, VT 05491.
Frances Barbara Ketcham
SUDBURY — Frances Barbara Ketcham, 82, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2007, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury. She was born in Burlington on June 17, 1925, the daughter of Harry and Lillian (Qua) Prediger.
She was a graduate of Brandon High School, class of 1943. She attended New England Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, where she received her R.N. Following graduation from nursing school she continued working at New England Baptist Hospital, where she tended John F. Kennedy when he was recovering from a back operation.
On Oct. 15, 1949, she married Perry Ketcham at the Stephen A. Douglas House in Brandon. They made their home in Sudbury. She worked in private duty nursing in the Brandon area for many years. She also assisted her husband on the family farm.
She is survived by her husband, Perry Ketcham of Sudbury; a son, Oliver Ketcham and his wife Mary Ellen of Sudbury; three granddaughters; a grandson; and seven great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at The Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5-7 p.m.
The graveside committal service and burial will take place on Friday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at the family lot in Willow Brook Cemetery in Sudbury. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon will officiate.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.
Mary Agnes Blackmer
BRANDON — Mary Agnes Blackmer, 69, died Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2007, at her home in Brandon. She was born in Brandon on Jan. 20, 1938, the daughter of the Rev. James and Mary (Frappier) Blackmer Sr.
She WAS a Brandon resident all her life. She received her early education in local Brandon schools and graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1956. In her earlier years she assisted her father at the Auction Barn on Rossiter St. in Brandon, at the old milk plant. Following graduation she began working at the Old Brandon Training School as an aide and later became involved with the recreation department. She retired as recreation chief in 1993 following 37 years of service.
She was a member of The National Recreation & Park Association as well as the Vermont Recreation & Park Association. She belonged to the Daughters of Union Veterans Auxiliary. She worked as a volunteer at the Brandon Free Public Library book sale, and she was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Brandon.
She is survived by her sister, Clara Sears of Brandon. a brother, James Blackmer Jr. of Pittsford; a nephew; and several cousins.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, Oct. 11, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Brandon. The Rev. Lee Ferry, interim pastor, will officiate. The graveside committal service and burial will follow in the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to The Brandon Free Public Library, 2 Franklin St., Brandon, VT 05733.