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Obituaries 12/24/08

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William L. “Billy” Reed Sr.

BRANDON — William L. “Billy” Reed Sr., 74, of Brandon died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

The funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at 1 p.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon.

There are no public calling hours.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in his memory to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.

A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Independent.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.


Marjorie Hickey

WEYBRIDGE — Marjorie Hickey, 77, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born April 24, 1931, in Suplee, Penn., the daughter of the late C. Lloyd and E. Viola (Millard) Emery. Formerly of Downingtown, Penn., she relocated to Vermont in early 2004 to be closer to her family.

She graduated from Downingtown High School in 1949. She then attended classes at Franklin & Marshall College before she went on to become the Assistant Director of Personnel at the VA Medical Center in Coatesville, Penn.

She was married to the late Lester G. Daily of Parkesburg, Penn., in 1951. They had one child, James L. Daily, before divorcing in 1973. She was later remarried to Thomas Hickey of Downingtown, Penn. They divorced after 23 years of marriage.

After 30 years at the VA hospital she retired and later owned and operated On-The-Go Travel in Exton, Penn., for ten years. According to her family, traveling was always a great passion of hers and throughout her life she journeyed to countries all around the world. She also had great love for cats, especially Booty.

She is survived by her son, James, and his wife, Pamela (Griffith) Daily of Weybridge; a sister, Fay E. King and husband Ray of Honey Brook, Penn.; twin granddaughters; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

She was predeceased by her eldest sister, June Moyer.

Private services will be held in spring of 2009.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Addison County Humane Society of Middlebury or the organization of one’s choice.


Simon Arthur Brousseau

MIDDLEBURY — Simon Arthur Brousseau, 85, a longtime resident of Montpelier, died Dec. 20, 2008, in Middlebury from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born on Sept. 13, 1923, in Norton, the son of Helen (Laverture) and Adelord Brousseau. He spoke French until he began school.

At 18, he joined the Army and served during Word War II in France, Belgium and Germany as a cook and entertainment organizer. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and served in Normandy after the initial invasion.

After the war, he worked as a cook in Massachusetts and Florida, where he met his first wife, Anne Lucas. They had two children, Arlene and Edward, who both predeceased him.

He worked as a chef at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City for 20 years.

Following his divorce, he returned to Central Vermont, where he ran a landfill in East Montpelier.

In 1973, he married Ann Hoxie Greiner of Montpelier. He later worked for National Life Insurance and operated a plowing and lawn mowing service. They remained in Montpelier until retirement, upon which they moved to South Burlington and then Middlebury in 2006. He enjoyed sailing, cooking and walking on the beaches of Myrtle Beach and Maine.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Sally Bilodeau of Barre and family; a brother, Fred Brousseau of Montpelier and family; a grandson and great-granddaughter; and three stepdaughters and their families, Michael Ann Greiner of Jericho, Lee Greiner of Belgrade, Maine, and Mary Conlon of Cornwall.

In addition to his children, he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Heather Benedini Light, and a sister, Florence Aja.

A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 27 State St., Suite 4, Montpelier, VT 05601.

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