Leona M. Robinson
LINCOLN — Leona M. Robinson, 72, died Thursday, June 12, 2008, at her home in Lincoln after a long illness. She was born Aug. 26, 1935, in New Haven, the daughter of Clarence and Mildred (Varney) French.
She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 19 in Bristol, and Goodrich Quarter Century Club in Vergennes. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, crocheting, and crafts.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William S. Robinson of Lincoln; six children, Lee Diesi and husband, Jerry, of Bristol; Kim and husband, Randy Crowell; Coogie and husband, Doug Baker; Mitzy and Art Baker; Peter and Angel Robinson, all of Las Vegas, Nevada; Bill and Deb Robinson of New Haven; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna Noble of New Haven; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a half-brother, Arthur Tubbs.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 16, at United Church of Lincoln. Interment will be in Maple Cemetery in Lincoln.
Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
BRISTOL — Memorial services for Renia Partridge, who died May 6, 2008, will be held at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol on Saturday, July 12, 2008, at 5:15 p.m.
The family will welcome friends at a reception at Mary’s Restaurant following the service.
Dorothy J. Moore
MIDDLEBURY — Dorothy J. Moore, 94, died early Saturday morning, June 14, 2008, at her residence with her family by her side. She was born Jan. 5, 1914, in Middlebury, the daughter of the late Charles and Frances (Swenor) Shaw.
She attended local schools and was a graduate of Middlebury High School. She married Lawrence P. Moore on June 30, 1937, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America 2009 CT Assumption, Middlebury Garden Club, American Legion Auxiliary Post 49 of Middlebury and a former Girl Scout leader. According to family, she enjoyed gardening, bird watching, poetry, history and painting natural landscapes.
She was also one of the first Gray Ladies team at Porter Medical Center, serving as chairman in 1970, and was the recipient of a Red Cross award. In addition she was a member of the Vermont Society of the Mayflower Descendents.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret F. “Bonnie” Otis and her companion, Tim Donovan, of Middlebury, her two grandsons and their father, Ted N. Otis, of Salisbury; her granddaughter-in-law; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucy Danyow and her husband, Raymond, of Middlebury; her brother, Donald Shaw of Middlebury; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her husband predeceased her on May 19, 1985. She was also predeceased by her sister, Helen Shaw, and by two brothers, Lucius and Charles Shaw.
There will be no visiting hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 21, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Rev Justin Baker, pastor, will be the celebrant.
Memorial contributions my be made to the Porter Hospital Cardiac Care Unit, Porter Drive, Middlebury VT 05753, Middlebury Garden Club, in care of Lorraine Muller, P. O. Box 694, East Middlebury, VT 05740, or to the American Heart Association, 12 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
William Francis Leinhart
BRANDON — William Francis Leinhart, 91, died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at his home in Brandon. He was born in Newburgh, N.Y., on Aug. 6, 1916, the son of Frank and Elizabeth (Esrich) Leinhart.
He received his education in local Newburgh schools. He was a member of the New York National Guard before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1937.
He served under Admiral Bull Halsey aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise during WW II. He steamed into Pearl Harbor the day after the Japanese attack, and then served in the Pacific Theatre. He also served during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged as a chief petty officer in 1957. He married his wife on Feb. 5, 1945, in Oakland, Calif.
Following his discharge he worked in the family business, Bivona Deli in Newburgh, for several years. In 1964 he joined the maintenance staff at West Point, where he worked as a metal mechanic until 1980. He retired to Olmstedville, N.Y., where he worked at Gore Mountain Ski Area as a lift operator.
He and his wife moved to Brandon in 1984, and Bill continued working at The Brandon Training School in the maintenance department finally retiring in 1994.
According to family, he enjoyed woodcarving and was quite proficient at carving water birds, and he loved reading until failing eyesight prevented that. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon.
He is survived by his daughter, Michelle T. Hartline and her husband, Keith of, Sudbury; a sister, Charlotte Doyle of Franklin, N.J.; and three grandchildren; his daughter-in-law. Carol Leinhart, of Northampton, Mass., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lois Margaret Leinhart, on December 13, 2001, and his son, Mark Leinhart, on Jan. 22, 2007.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, June 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz was the celebrant. The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, followed in Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Mary’s Church Restoration Fund, 36 Carver Street, Brandon, VT 05733, or to The Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763.
Michael Daniel Johnson
RUTLAND — Michael Daniel Johnson, a k a Kenyatta Abdul Aleem, 42, died Thursday, June 12, 2008, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Leicester. He was born in Queens, N.Y., on April 24, 1966, the son of Ahmad and Khadijah Aleem.
He received his early education in local Queens schools. He had been a resident of Rutland for several years. He worked construction for B and B Construction Company for several years. Most recently he was a self-employed general contractor. He enjoyed fishing, listening to music, long car rides and spending time with his daughters.
He is survived by his five daughters, Fatima Lynn Johnson, Jasmin Marie Johnson, and Faith Daniel Johnson, all of Mineville, N.Y., and Jade Moriah Johnson and Alida June Johnson, both of Rutland; his mother, Khadijah Aleem Jami and step-father, Raheem Jami, of Cleveland, Ohio; five sisters, Sayyedah Buster, Safeyyah Edwards, Fatima Aleem, Maryann Aleem and Sadiqah Jami; five brothers, Umar Aleem, Ibrahim Aleem, Zak Aleem, Yaya Aleem and Qasim Jami; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father, Ahmad Abdul Aleem.
The funeral service will be held on Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m. at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, pastor, will officiate. The graveside committal service and burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.
Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Saturday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial gifts may be made to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
Caroline Katherine Lehn Gieges
SALISBURY — Caroline Katherine Lehn Gieges, 99, died peacefully at Shard Villa Nursing Home Thursday, June 5, 2008. She was born Jan. 24, 1909 in Westport, Conn., the youngest of ten children, to Edward and Caroline (Strock) Lehn.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale School of Nursing in 1933, the university’s first class of nursing students. Her career included school nurse in Westport, Visiting Nurse with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and working with special needs students in Bridgeport and Danbury schools.
She spent twenty years of her retirement in Shoreham overlooking Richville Pond. There she spent her days tending bees, caning chairs, baking, and hosting family and friends. She was an active member in the Historical Society and church groups; she attended the Shoreham Congregational Church as well as St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury.
She migrated between Vermont and Connecticut throughout her retirement. In 2001 she settled at Shard Villa, where she simultaneously endeared herself to and drove to distraction the staff and volunteers, according to relatives.
She is survived by her granddaughter Katie, of Cornwall, and nieces and nephews in Connecticut.
She was predeceased by her two children and ex-husband.
A gathering in her honor will be held at Shard Villa on Saturday, June 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. A memorial service will be held in Westport at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, followed by interment at Willowbrook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Residents’ Activities Fund at Shard Villa, 1177 Shard Villa Rd, Salisbury, VT 05769.
Clement “Clem” Cousino
BRISTOL — Clement “Clem” Cousino, 78, of Newton, N.C., died on Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, at the Palliative Carecenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley, N.C., after a short battle with cancer.
A memorial service will take place Friday, June 20, at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol, at 11 a.m., followed by interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Bristol. A luncheon will be served in the church hall after the service.