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Obituaries (07/10/08)

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Renia Partridge

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 at Baldwin Creek following the service. For further information, contact Cindy Cote at cindycote@kw.com.


Howard McCoy Munford

MIDDLEBURY — Howard McCoy Munford, Middlebury College professor emeritus of American Literature, died at his home in Middlebury on June 30, two weeks shy of his 96th birthday. A 1934 graduate of Middlebury, he joined the faculty in 1941, having received his M.A. from the Breadloaf School of English and later a Ph.D. from Harvard.

He retired from Middlebury College in 1977 after 35 years of teaching. His academic career was interrupted by service as a Navy air combat intelligence officer in World War II aboard a CVE aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 13, 1912, Howard grew up in Springfield, Mass., where he attended public school. In 1934, after graduating from Middlebury, he married Marion Roberts Jones, Middlebury class of ’32, in Mead Chapel. He then went on to teach English and American Literature from 1934 to 1938 at the Clark School in Hanover, N.H.

His academic career was enriched by an appointment at Stanford University in 1952 to study the interrelationship of science and literature; in 1954 he was a Fulbright lecturer in Finland; he joined John Berryman in 1957 on a United States Information Service tour of India; he was part of a 1958 State Department delegation of American professors visiting the Soviet Union; from 1963-1964 he lectured as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

From 1967 to 1977 Howard chaired the American Literature Department. In 1999 the former Chi Psi Lodge at the College was renamed the Munford House in his honor.

At the dedication ceremony President John McCardell observed that Howard “held several endowed chairs while at the College. These include the Old Dominion Foundation Professorship, the Julian Abernathy Professorship, and the Charles A. Dana Professorship.”

In 1998 Alexandra Rosen, a former student of his and graduate of the class of 1959, established the Howard M. Munford ’34 Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid, with preference to students of literature. In 2004 he was inducted into the Vermont Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Howard lost his wife Marion in 1999.

He leaves his daughter Martha Hill and her husband Robert of Weybridge; his son David and his wife Tami of Middlebury; grandchildren Tuco Manrique of Caracas and Middlebury; Caroline Matthisson and her husband Mark of Basel, Switzerland and their children Lea and Emil; Steffen Hillemann and his wife Korinna of Burlington and their children Malin and Jacob.


Richard Donald “Huck” Masker

MATAMORAS, Pa. — Mr. Richard Donald “Huck” Masker of Matamoras, Pa., a lifetime resident of Matamoras, died Sunday, July 6, 2008, at home with his family by his side. He was 63. He was born Aug. 10, 1944, in Matamoras, the son of the late Harmon and the late Mary Hoover Masker.

He married Middlebury, Vt., native Kathleen Conniff Masker 43 years ago on Jan 2, 1965, in Matamoras. Huck worked as an engineer for the Erie Rail Road which became Norfolk Southern.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge BPOE No. 645, Port Jervis, N.Y., a life member of the Matamoras Fire Dept., a past member of the Stone Dock Hunting Club, and a social member of the Roosa Fleming VFW Post 161 in Port Jervis. Huck enjoyed watching NASCAR races and was an Earnhart fan.

Surviving are his wife, Kathleen Masker, of Matamoras; three daughters, Stacey Kurtz and her husband David, Amy Lazier, and Dawn Masker and her companion, John Hiatt, all of Port Jervis, N.Y.; three brothers, Harmon Masker and Walter Masker and his wife, Betty Lou, all of Matamoras, Pa., and Henry Masker and his wife, Judy, of Port Jervis, N.Y.; and a sister, Louise Alessandra of Matamoras, Pa.

Also, five grandchildren, Kristin, David and Brandi Kurtz, Jennifer Lazier, and Haley Long; three brothera-in-law, Stephen Conniff and his wife, Jo-Patricia, of Weston, Fla., Edward Conniff and his wife, Connie, of Gloversville, N.Y., and Noel T. Cady and his wife, Jean, of Grafton, N.H.; several nieces and nephews who were special to him, and his dog, Sparky, his  faithful companion, survived him.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Tammy Lynn Masker; two fathers-in-law, Raymond Conniff and William Fleuret; a mother-in-law, Shirley Fleuret; a siter-in-law, Dixie Masker; and a borther-in-law, Henry Alessandra.

Funeral services will be held private at the convenience of the family.

Cremation will be at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Matamoras Fire Dept., PO Box 272, Matamoras, PA 18336.

Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771, 845-856-5191. For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family, visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.


Dexter Chandler Kimball

LEICESTER — Dexter Chandler Kimball, 80, died Thursday, July 3, 2008, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. He was born in Ayer, Mass., on Aug. 5, 1927, the son of Howard and& Irene (Chandler) Kimball.

He graduated from Lunenburg (Mass.) High School in 1945. He worked the family farm with his father in earlier years. He moved to Cary, Ill., and worked as herdsman for several years before returning to the family farm in Lunenburg. He married his wife in Lunenburg on July 15, 1950.

He moved his family and herd to Brandon in 1964, where he owned and operated his dairy farm until 1978.

He later worked at the Brandon Training School in the boiler room until retiring in 1993. He enjoyed showing cows, assisting in the ring at cattle auctions, and showing his cattle at Addison County Field Days as well as the Rutland County Fair. He was actively interested in the Intervale in Winooski and growing his flower gardens at home.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta Kimball, of Brandon; two daughters, Deborah Roberts of Clarendon, and Katrina Fielder of Whiting; three sons, Jeffrey Kimball of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Roger Kimball of Rutland, and Dexter Wayne Kimball of Ancram, N.Y.; a sister, Dorothy Sorvaag of Brookings, Ore.; a brother, Dean Kimball of Westborough, Mass.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by three brothers, David, Douglas and Donald Kimball.

The memorial service “In Celebration of His Life” was held on Wednesday, July 9, at the Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Richard White, pastor of the Brandon Congregational Church, officiated.

Following the ceremony the family received friends at the Brandon American Legion Post 55.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT 05401 (or www.intervale.org and click on Donations); or to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.


Eleanor E. Danyow

VERGENNES — Eleanor E. Danyow, 89, died Sunday, July 6, 2008, at Claude and Bernadette LaBerge Private Care Home in Vergennes. She was born Nov. 13, 1918, in Monkton, the daughter of George and Mable LaFlam.

She was a beautician by trade for 30 years. Upon retiring from being a beautician, she worked at Simmonds Precision/Goodrich for 15 years, and then Shaw’s Supermarket until she was 87.

She and her husband enjoyed many outside activities such as snowmobiling, motorcycling, camping, and horse shows.

According to family, she was loved by all who met her and enjoyed telling stories of her interests and past travels; and she was known for her love of animals and loved to talk about horses.

She is survived by her daughter, Tamar, and her husband, Mark Begley; brothers and sisters, Howard LaFlam, Earl LaFlam, Arlene Cunningham, Bobbie LaFlam, Joanne Ploof, and Gloria James; a sister-in-law, Ruthie LaFlam; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert Danyow; a son, Timothy Danyow; her sisters, Helene LaFlam and Mildred Miller; and a brother, Kenny LaFlam.

Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Thursday, July 10, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 11, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Vergennes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Humane Society Shelter, Boardman Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.

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