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Obituaries (07/31/08)

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Tristan Sarad Dakshin Quinn

WHITING  — Tristan Sarad Dakshin Quinn, age 17, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2008. He was born in Madros, India, Jan. 24, 1991, and came to the United States on March 21, 1992.

Tristan grew up in Whiting and attended Whiting Elementary School and had completed his junior year at Otter Valley Union High School. Tristan was an avid soccer player throughout high school; he also enjoyed snowboarding, snowmobiling and his music. His real passion was his ATV and racing. Outside of school and sports he worked part time at McDonalds in Middlebury.

Tristan’s friendliness was infectious. He was known for his enormous circle of friends, which included family, classmates and the countless people who were fortunate to have known him.

Tristan is survived by his parents, Steve E. and Ann T. (McCormick) Quinn of Whiting; his brother, Cian P. Quinn of Whiting; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is also survived by his grandparents, Guy and Bev Rosenquist of Killington and Surfside Beach, S.C.

He is predeceased by his grandparents, Donald F. McCormick and Bernice (Layden) McCormick; and his grandfather, Francis Quinn.

The Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life was held on Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Brandon. The celebrant was the Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz. Graveside committal services and burial followed in Pine Hill Cemetery, Brandon. A reception for family and friends followed the committal service at the family’s home in Whiting.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Whiting First Response, Whiting Fire Dept., Shoreham First Response or the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home, Brandon.


Grace Fern Fassett

BRANDON — Grace Fern Fassett, 91, died Sunday, July 27, 2008, at Mountain View Genesis Healthcare Center in Rutland. She was born in Brandon on Nov. 18, 1916, the daughter of Lester and Fern (Johnson) Simpson.

She was a lifelong resident of Brandon. She was a homemaker, and she also worked at the Leicester School, and from 1936 to 1947 at Netwon Thompson Toy Factory. For 20 years, from 1947 to 1967, she worked at the Van Raalte Clothing Factory in Middlebury, and from 1967 to 1985 she worked at RFL Industries. She retired in 1985.

She was an honorary member of the Neshobe Old Time Fish and Game Club in Forest Dale. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Forest Dale.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia F. Forbes of Middlebury; one brother, Fred Simpson of Rutland; two grandsons; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jack Fassett, on March 29, 2000.

Funeral services took place on Tuesday, July 28, at the Grace Episcopal Church, Forest Dale. Lee Ferry, rector, officiated. Graveside committal services and burial followed in the Forest Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.


Deborah P. Clifford

NEW HAVEN — Deborah P. Clifford, a writer and historian, died after a brief illness at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, on July 25, 2008. She was 75 years old.

 Born Deborah Pickman on March 22, 1933, in Boston, she was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Torresdale, near Philadelphia, and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1957 with an honors degree in history.

That same year she married Nicholas Clifford, and in 1966 the couple moved to Cornwall with their four daughters, when her husband was appointed to the Middlebury College history department.

 In 1974, she earned an M.A. in history from the University of Vermont, and thenceforth wrote and published widely in Vermont and New England history. “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” (1979) was a biography of Julia Ward Howe, and “Crusader for Freedom” (1992) was a life of the reformer Lydia Maria Child.

From 1995 to 2000, she helped to edit Historic Roots, a magazine designed for adult new readers. In 2001 “The Passion of Abby Hemenway,” a life of the great nineteenth-century Vermont historian came out, and most recently, with her husband, she wrote “‘The Troubled Roar of the Waters’: Vermont in Flood and Reconstruction, 1927-1931” (2007).

She twice won prizes for her articles from the Vermont Historical Society, and in 1995 she was presented with the Governor’s Award in Vermont History. Most recently, she was elected to the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She also taught occasionally at Middlebury College, at the University of Vermont, and at Vermont College, and lectured widely on topics in Vermont history. Next year “Remarkable Vermont Women” will appear as part of a series from the Globe-Pequot Press.

She played an active role in various local and state institutions, her interests ranging from childcare to education to history, and most recently she had been a member both of the Vermont Women’s History Project and of the Vermont Lincoln Bicentennial Committee.

From 1981 to 1984 she served as the first woman president both of the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury and of the Vermont Historical Society in Barre.

Family said she was much admired by those she worked with, and much loved by family and friends for her liveliness, for her openness to new people and new ideas, and for the great interest that she always took in others, their needs and their interests.

She lived in Cornwall until 1993, when she and her husband moved to New Haven, where she was active in the New Haven Historical Society.

She is survived by her husband Nicholas; four daughters, Mary Tittmann of Cambridge, Mass., Sarah Laughlin of Philadelphia, Susannah Blachly of Marshfield, and Rebecca Clifford, of Florence, Italy; as well as six grandchildren.

The funeral took place at St. Mary’s Church, Middlebury, on Wednesday, July 30, and burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven.

Memorial donations may be made either to the Vermont Historical Society or the Vermont Foodbank.


Albert B. Chamberlain

VERGENNES / HIGGANUM, Conn. — Albert B. Chamberlain, 73, of Higganum, Conn., beloved husband of Lidia (Attanasio) Chamberlain, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2008, at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Conn. Born in Vergennes, he was the son of Benjamin and Germaine (Turpin) Chamberlain.

Before retiring, he worked as a machinist for Pratt and Whitney.

Albert leaves behind two beloved sons, Joseph A. Chamberlain of Clinton, Conn., and John B. Chamberlain and his wife, Lori, of Westbrook, Conn.; a brother, Richard Chamberlain and his wife, Linda, of Rutland; three sisters, Clara Cunningham of Vergennes, Elaine Danyow and her husband, Richard, of Castleton, and Louise Stehmeyer and her husband, Henry, of Washington, N.C.; and four beloved grandchildren, Shane, Cathryn, Lea and Jessica Chamberlain. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Weiss Hospice Unit, c/o Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457.

Rose Hill Funeral Home has care of arrangements.


Stanley J. “Sonny” Blasko

AURORA, N.Y. — Stanley J. “Sonny” Blasko, 63, of Aurora, N.Y., died Sunday, July 20, 2008, at his residence.

He is survived by many relatives in the Brandon area.

A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held on Monday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Forest Dale Cemetery in Brandon.

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