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Donald “Butch” Shaw

MIDDLEBURY — Donald “Butch” Shaw, 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. The Rev. Skip Baltz will officiate.

Visiting hours will be held Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home at 117 South Main St. in Middlebury.

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


Evelyn K. Rongo

BRANDON — Evelyn K. Rongo, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at her home in Brandon.

She was born in New Brunswick, N.J., on Feb. 17, 1926. She was the daughter of Theodore and Barbara (Yaniszyn) Koladije. She received her education in local New Brunswick schools. She was a resident of Brandon since 1975. She worked at Central Vermont Public Service for several years before retiring. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, knitting and needlepoint.

She is survived by her son, Jonathan T. Grasz of Cohasset, Mass.; her stepson, Brian E. Rongo of Morris Plains, N.J.; her stepdaughter, Judy Schulz of Concord, Calif.; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Rongo, in 2005; a son, Christopher P. Grasz; two sisters, Dorothy Fondak and Ann Sirianni; and a brother, Daniel Koladije.

The graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date, in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph. There are no public calling hours.

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


Helen Marian (Barnum) Kendall

GRANVILLE, N.Y. — Helen Marian (Barnum) Kendall, 96, a native of Monkton, died Jan. 31, 2009, at Orchard Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Granville, N.Y.

She was born June 20, 1912, in Monkton, the daughter of Urana and Harry Barnum. In 1931, she was married to Frederick Smith, who died in 1936. In 1937, she married Vernon Kendall.

For many years she was the baker at Cole’s Restaurant and later at the Sugar House Restaurant in New Haven.

Family says she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed getting together with them and talking with them whenever she could. She enjoyed making jewelry and working with shells at Orchard Nursing Home, where she lived.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary L. Baker and husband Douglas of Granville; three sons, Frederick B. Smith and wife Elizabeth of Westford, James A. Kendall and wife Donna of New Haven, and Roger V. Kendall and wife Emily of Westford; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Gerry Moore, at Orchard Nursing Home.

She was predeceased by her first husband in 1936; her second husband in 1995; a daughter, Barbara Ann Smith, in 1946; and a grandchild in 1966.

A committal service will be held in May at the Evergreen Cemetery in Bristol, where she will be buried next to her late husband Vernon.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ladies Union of the New Haven Congregational Church, New Haven, VT 05472.


Suzanne B. Houle

RUTLAND — Suzanne B. Houle, 59, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at The Pines of Rutland.

She was born in Granby, Quebec, Canada, on May 5, 1949, the daughter of John and Helen (Therrien) Houle. She came to Pittsford with her family in 1954. She received her education in local Pittsford schools, and attended Rutland High School. She was a resident of Rutland for more than 35 years.

In earlier years she did domestic work for various area families. She attended St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Family says she enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She was an avid doll collector and loved music and dancing and cooking for the holidays.

She is survived by her fiancé and lifetime companion, Leo Bathalon of Rutland, with whom she shared her home; three sisters, Lucie Houle of Orwell, Christine Cheney of Rutland and Joanne Ladner of Colorado; four brothers, Donald Houle of Brandon, Christian Houle of Kansas City, Mo., John Houle of Salisbury and Paul Houle of Leicester; several aunts and uncles; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her father in 1993 and her mother in 2003.

A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, will officiate. A private graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date, in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Brandon.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to The Pines of Rutland, Recreation Fund for the Residents, 99 Allen St., Rutland, VT 05701.


Dorothy Loomis “Dot” Gilman

VERGENNES — Dorothy Loomis “Dot” Gilman, 91, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at her home in Vergennes.

She was born Dec. 14, 1917, in Braintree, the daughter of Carl C. and Louise (Perham) Bass.

Dorothy attended Peth and Randolph schools and graduated from Randolph High School. She was raised in Braintree and lived in Philadelphia, Penn., for 10 years before returning to the Randolph area in 1952. She worked as a bookkeeper at Van Raalte in Randolph for many years.

She was married to Frank B. Gilman Aug. 20, 1960, in Randolph. They wintered in St. Petersburg, Fla., for about 30 years. She enjoyed reading, gardening, knitting, crocheting and quilting. Her memberships included the Randolph Baptist Fellowship, the Peth Community Club and the Randolph Grange No. 229.

She is survived by her sister, Margaret LaBerge of Braintree, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Frank in 1989; a brother, Edmund Bass; and three sisters, Rebecca Small, Edith Jennie LaBerge and Harriet Bass.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 13, at 11:00 a.m. at the Randolph Baptist Fellowship with Pastor George Sweet officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Fairview Cemetery in Bethel. Calling hours will be Thursday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Day Funeral Home in Randolph.

Friends may make memorial contributions to the Randolph Baptist Fellowship, Vermont Route 66, Randolph, VT 05060.

Private online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com


Evelyn M. (Dashner) Dike

BRISTOL — Evelyn M. (Dashner) Dike, 87, died Feb. 6, 2009, at her home in Bristol.

She was born Aug. 23, 1921, in Post Mills, the daughter of Manley and Maude (Douglas) Carpenter. After her mother’s death, she was adopted by Alfred and Lena Dashner.

She attended elementary school in her hometown of Washington and high school at Spaulding High School in Barre. She then attended Normal School in Johnson, where she earned her teaching degree. She started teaching in a one-room school in South Washington. Later she taught in Bristol and Middlebury.

She married Kenneth Dike in June 1945.

In addition to 41 years of teaching full time and 10 years of substituting after that, she was active in many civic and social organizations. She served 28 years on the Mount Abraham Union High School board, was a library trustee in Bristol and was a member of the Bristol Historical Society.

She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Lloyd Dike and wife Lynn of Bristol, Rebecca Johnson and husband M. Charles of Shreveport, La., Robert Dike of San Jose, Calif., Jay Dike and wife LeeAnn of Oakley, Calif., and Geoffrey Dike and wife Lisa of Essex Junction; 11 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; a great-grandson; six step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth in 1984.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.

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