Cornelia “Cornie” Herrington Trudeau
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Cornelia “Cornie” Herrington Trudeau, April 2, 1910, to Jan. 18, 2008, with her loving family by her side, passed away peacefully in her home in Sunnyvale, Calif. Cornelia’s husband, Paul, preceded her in death in 1976.
She is survived by her children, Martha Salmassy (Oscar) of Santa Cruz, Calif., Gerard Trudeau (Carolyn) of Middlebury, Michael Trudeau (Glenna) of San Jose, Calif., and Patricia Pascoe (Brent) of Fallbrook, Calif. She was a loving grandmother to 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Cornelia was born in China, Maine. At the age of eight she was enrolled in Hebron Academy, a boarding school in Hebron, Maine. It was there that she attained her independent spirit, which she carried forward throughout her life. She was a graduate of Middlebury High School in Middlebury, class of 1926. After marriage she resided there for many years while raising her four children.
She moved to San Jose, Calif., in 1961 and was a real estate agent employed by LAO Realty for over twenty-five years.
Cornelia was an avid traveler and also a great lover of music. She played the ukulele in several bands including The Old Smoothies and the Santa Clara Senior Band. She was an active participant in these bands until shortly before her death.
Prior to her death she provided her family with the following poem written by an unknown author.
To All My Family and Friends
To all my family and friends, do not cry.
I am forever throughout the sky.
I ride the winds through the tree,
I am the sunshine you will always see.
On the islands with the warm gentle breeze,
I swim the crystal sky blue seas.
In the mountains with the glistening snow light
I am the reflections that shine so bright.
To all my family and friends, remember me and see.
For you will always be part of me.
And I, a part of you.
At her request, there will be no memorial service. An interment will be held at a later date in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Donations may be made in Cornelia's name to Hebron Academy, Hebron, ME 04238, or to Pathways Hospice Foundation 585 North Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085-2905.
Madeleine Mason Shesta
MIDDLEBURY — An obituary in Monday’s edition of the Independent for Madeleine Mason Shesta, 83, who died at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury on Jan. 29, 2008, neglected to include the information that on-line condolences may be sent at www.perkinsparker.com, the Web site of the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury.
MIDDLEBURY — Bonnie Mae Lathrop, 57, died in her sleep, Monday, Feb. 4, 2008, at her home. She was born in Middlebury July 19, 1950, the daughter of the late Emmit Severy and Gertrude (Dutton) Severy Clark.
She attended schools in Middlebury and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was employed many years at various restaurants in Middlebury, including twenty years of employment at Waybury Inn.
According to family, she very much enjoyed sewing, especially making dresses for her granddaughters, and loved arranging flowers and working in flower gardens, which she did at the Waybury and for other people.
She was survived by two sons, Kirt A. Tavis of Middlebury, and Eric E. Lathrop of Middlebury; one daughter, Kerri L. Lathrop of Cedar Crest, N.M.; three granddaughters; one sister, Edith and her husband and Leonard Scarborough of N.H.; and a brother-in-law, Leonard Sears of New Haven.
She was predeceased by a sister, Sylvia Sears.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday, Feb. 13, from noon to 2 p.m. at East Middlebury United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will take place at the church at 2 p.m., with Rev. Jill Robinson, pastor, officiating.
Spring burial will take place at Prospect Cemetery, East Middlebury.
Walter S. Freeman
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Walter S. Freeman, 72, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, at Manor Care North in Williamsport, Pa., losing his battle to inclusion body myositis, a rare form of muscular dystrophy. He was born on July 22, 1935, in Bristol, the son of Lois S. Sheldon and Walter H. Freeman.
He graduated from Bristol High School in 1953. He was an athlete and earned his Eagle Scout badge during his teenage years. He went on to attend Castleton Teachers College.
He joined the United States Air Force in 1956 where he spent the next 20 years. While serving his country, he spent time in Turkey, Alaska, Greenland, Vietnam, Germany, and various locations throughout the United States.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1976, he moved to Trout Run, Pa. In 1998 he moved to Bullard, Texas, shortly after the death of his wife of 41 years, Arden E. Cazier. He then moved to Fort Meyers, Fla., to be close to his sister, Susan J. Rose, a Bristol native.
In 2002 he decided to move back home to Vermont to Helen Porter Assisted Living Facility in Middlebury, where he met and married Beatrice E. M. Cratea in 2003. They moved to Manor Care North in Williamsport to be close to his daughter, Kim Freeman.
Family said that he although he traveled the world throughout his years, Bristol was always his home.
He is survived by his wife of four years, Beatrice Cratea; his four children, Kim Freeman, Walter Freeman, Tanya Cazier, and Lois Freeman; his step-children, Carol Boisvert and Brian Blackey; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His children plan come to Vermont this summer and bury his ashes next to his mother and his sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.