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Obituaries 11/17/08

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Janet L. Salsman

NORTH FERRISBURGH — Janet L. Salsman, 58, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at the Fletcher Allen Health Care after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in St. Albans on Nov. 11, 1950, the daughter of Mary Bergeron and the late Donald Bergeron.  She was a graduate of Fanny Allen School of Nursing, and dedicated her life to her nursing profession. She was employed with the DeGoesbriand Hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care and the American Red Cross.

She and her husband, Steven, enjoyed camping and fishing trips together, and taking rides in the country. She could be found gardening or working with her crafts. Her family, extended family, grandchildren and friends were dear to her.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Salsman of North Ferrisburgh; two daughters, Lori Basiliere of Burlington and Tricia Basiliere of North Ferrisburgh; her mother, Mary Bergeron of Addison; her sister, Brenda Bergeron of Middlebury; her brother, Andrew Bergeron of Bristol; her mother-in-law, Lorraine Salsman of Ipswich, Mass.; two grandchildren; and two nephews.  She was predeceased by her father, Donald Bergeron, and two infant sons, James and Andrew Basiliere.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the Ready Funeral Home, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington officiated by Barry Barkley and Roger Cleveland. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to Fletcher Allen Health Care, Breast Care Center, Development Office, 111 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT 05401.


Leslie Robert Posdamer

RIPTON — Leslie Robert Posdamer was a resident of Ripton for 36 years.

For Les Posdamer, traveling the world was one of his greatest pleasures. On Nov. 13, 2008, while traveling in Hanoi, Vietnam, Les died of natural causes. Les was born on April 16, 1948, in Bronx, N.Y., of Harry and Gertrude (Salzberg) Posdamer.

Les attended the University of Wisconsin where he obtained a degree in Comparative Literature and met his first wife, Clarisse Schecter. Later Les earned a master’s degree in ESL (English As A Second Language) from Saint Michael’s College, which really opened the world of travel to him.  For the last four years of his life, Les was the companion and husband of Dierdra Michelle.

Les’s greatest gift to those around him was his ability to nurture other people’s personal potential. He was able to see the beauty in others and support that beauty to its fullness. This gift was always supplied with a healthy dose of humor, wit, and irony. Many hours of laughter fill the memories of this man.

Les’s travel around the world gave him a great wisdom and compassion. He traveled or lived in Greece, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, Thailand, Bali, India, Nepal, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Argentina, Uruguay, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. He also took numerous trips to the Canadian Rockies, even one 19-day solo trip. Les had various photo shows of the amazing images he captured during his travels.

Les’s presence is greatly missed by the survivors of his two families. He is survived by his wife, Dierdra Michelle; his children, Nina Posdamer and Evan Posdamer; his stepchildren, Molly Russo, Noah Fleury, and Levi Fleury; his brother and family, Jeffery and Marian Posdamer, their son Neal Posdamer and grandson Mateo Santacreu.

He was predeceased by Gertrude Posdamer, Harry Posdamer, and Melissa Santacreu (Posdamer).

A memorial service is being planned for April 2009.


Ronald William Lent

BRANDON — Ronald William Lent, 75, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, at his home in Brandon.

He was born in Coshocton, Ohio, on Dec. 30, 1932. He was the son of James and Agnes (Moore) Lent. He received his education in local Coshocton, Ohio, schools. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Korea as an aircraft mechanic. Following his honorable discharge at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts, he moved to Brandon in 1961. He had owned and operated Lent Business Machines for over 17 years. He later established R & B Sports Cards. In 1992 he began working as maintenance manager at Vermont Sport and Fitness Center in Rutland and still worked part- time, until illness forced his retirement. He was a member of R.A.V.E. Car Club, the Rutland Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1122, The Rutland Elks Club and the American Legion Post 31. He belonged to St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge 25 F. & A.M. in Brandon and Cairo Temple Shrine in Rutland. He was a member of the Neshobe Sportsman’s Club, where he enjoyed working on the fishing derby for children. He enjoyed traveling, camping, playing cards, snowmobiling, motorcycles, four- wheeling and NASCAR. He was an avid Red Sox fan, and was fortunate to spend his last weekend in deer camp with his friends.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Hall Lent of Brandon, whom he married in Brandon on April 21, 1962; three daughters, Cheryl Hack and her husband Wilson of Avon Park, Fla., Deborah Goodnow of Barstow, Md. and Sharon Timmons of Bradford; three sons, Michael Westcott and his wife, Michelle of Avon Park, Fla., Douglas Westcott of Leicester and Robert Lent of Massachusetts; four brothers, Frederick Lent and John Lent, both of Coshocton, Ohio, and Richard Stockes and Benjamin Stidd, both of Ravenna, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; 27 great- grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, was the celebrant.

Donations may be made to the Neshobe Sportsman’s Club, Fishing Derby Fund, P.O. Box 321, Brandon, VT 05733, or to the Community Cancer Clinic, c/o Rutland Hospital, 160 Allen St, Rutland, VT 05701, or to the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.


Matthew Douglas Choiniere

MEREDITH, N.H. — Matthew Douglas Choiniere, 22, of Meredith, N.H., died peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, with his family and friends by his side. He was born on Jan. 8, 1986, in Gorham, N.H.

He attended Edward Fenn Elementary School in Gorham, Maple Street School in Contoocook, N.H., and Concord High School in Concord, N.H. He also attended Keene State College and Great Bay Community College.

He was a very active person with a passion for sports and the outdoors. In high school he was a member of the varsity baseball and basketball teams, the marching band and concert band. Family said when he wasn’t participating in a sport he could be found cheering on his friends at their games and activities. He also enjoyed playing Babe Ruth baseball and American Legion baseball and coached at the Camp of Champions basketball camp during the summer months. He enjoyed hiking and a day at the beach.

He is remembered as a loyal and dependable employee who had a way of making any ordinary task fun. Family said he had a generous and forgiving heart, always enjoyed helping others and had an uncanny ability to make a complete stranger feel like a family friend.

He is survived by his parents, Julie and Vint, and his brother, Michael, of Meredith; grandparents Mark and Betty Choiniere of Bristol, Vt.; grandparents Douglas and Marie Dion of Bristol; several aunts, uncles and numerous cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his aunt, Sherry Choiniere.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol, with a burial service at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery on Plank Road in Bristol following the service.

Memorial gifts may be sent to: New Hampshire Babe Ruth League, P. O. Box 284, Concord, NH 03302 or the American Diabetes Association, 20 Merrimack St., Manchester, NH 03101.


Lelon “Lee” H. Brooks III

BRIDPORT — Lelon “Lee” H. Brooks III, 59, died on Nov. 7, 2008 at his home in Bridport after a long illness.

He was born on Dec. 10, 1948, in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., where he grew up. In the late 1960s he moved with his family to Ghent, N.Y., where he worked for Pizza Hut.

In 1972 he married Anneliese Liebsch. They had three children. He worked for Culligan Water for almost eight years, then, in 1980, moved his family to Chittenden. He worked for the town of Chittenden for four years, then moved to the Middlebury area, residing in Bridport the past 14 years. At various times he delivered the Burlington Free Press, worked as a mechanic in Shoreham and was an ACSU school bus driver. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, Jeeps and motocycles.

He is survived by his wife, Anneliese; two daughters, Edna, and her husband, Chris Demers, of New Haven, and Trinkett, and her husband, Jeremiah Tanner, of Middlebury; a son, Josh, and his wife, Kaiya, of Mountain Home, Ark.; and eight grandchildren.

There will be no memorial service, but his family plans a gathering at his home at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the Brooks family, c/o Anne Brooks, P.O. Box 842, Middlebury, VT  05753.


Christopher Michael Blais

PITTSFORD — Christopher Michael Blais, 19, died Saturday Nov. 22, 2008, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Burlington on June 17, 1989, the son of Stephen Blais and Tammy Marie Cota Blais. He attended Lothrop Elementary School in Pittsford and graduated from Otter Valley Union High School in 2006.  While at Otter Valley he played varsity football and lacrosse. After his graduation he attended Lyndon State, where he studied photo tech.

He had lived in Pittsford since 1996, moving here from Bolton. He was employed by Celebration Rentals. His hobbies included football, skiing and snowboarding at Middlebury Snow Bowl and at Burke Mountain. He also enjoyed camping and fishing.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Tammy and Jeff Pillon of Pittsford; his father and step-mother, Stephen and Roberta Blais of Alburg; three brothers, Eric and Jakob Pillon, both of Pittsford, and Aaron Blais of Jeffersonville; his maternal grandparents, Harold and Carlene Cota of Essex Junction; his paternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Blais, also of Essex Junction; grandparents, Patrick and Dale Pillon of West Rutland; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at 11 a.m., at Brandon Congregational Church, the Rev. Richard White officiating.

Following the service the family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall for a time of remembrance.

Donations may be made, in his memory to, O.V.U.H.S. Football Program, c/o Nancy Robinson, 2997 Franklin St., Brandon, VT 05733.

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