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Obituaries 5/21/09

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Lloyd Weeks

MIDDLEBURY — A graveside service will be held for Lloyd Weeks, 90, who died April 9, 2009, in Winter Haven, Fla., at the Case Street Cemetery in Middlebury on Saturday, May 30, at 1 p.m. He was formerly of Springfield and a longtime summer resident of Shoreham.


Eugene “Ike” Russell Waite

HUBBARDTON — Eugene “Ike” Russell Waite, 82, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Sudbury on June 26, 1926, the son of Francis and Mabel (Crowingshield) Waite. He received his early education in local schools.

He worked the family farm in younger days. He worked at Gilmore’s Lumber Yard in Hubbardton for over 17 years. He later was employed by Jaymar Specialty in Poultney, making miniature pianos. He retired in 1988 following 21 years of service with the Vermont State Highway Department.

He served as a cemetery commissioner for Lakeview Cemetery in Hubbardton for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Hubbardton Congregational Church. He mowed the church grounds for many years. Relatives say he enjoyed playing dominoes and mowing lawns. He enjoyed working bingo at the West Rutland American Legion Post, where he helped for over 20 years.

He and his wife raised two grandsons, Russell Waite of Glens Falls, N.Y., and Jeremy Waite of Castleton.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Fuller Waite of Hubbardton, whom he married in Brandon on Nov. 25, 1951; a son, Eugene T. Waite of Florida; five daughters, Dixie Ballentine of Florida, Carol Ross of Castleton, Susan Quesnel of Rutland, Mitzi Ray of West Rutland and Betsy Wescott of Poultney; two sisters, Mabel Ryder of Liberty, N.Y., and Betty Elnicki of West Rutland; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, many from the Brandon area.

He was predeceased by his brother, Edward Waite of Brandon, and a sister, Ora Baldwin.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, May 20, at the Hubbardton Congregational Church. The Rev. Peter Hultz officiated. A graveside committal service and burial followed in the family lot at Lakeview Cemetery in Hubbardton.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the Hubbardton Cemetery Fund, c/o Jane Fuller, 47 Hortonia Rd.-Hubbardton, Bomoseen, VT 05732, or the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.


Eleanor Margaret Turpin

VERGENNES — Eleanor Margaret Turpin, 85, died Sunday, May 17, 2009, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

She was born Oct. 8, 1923, in Hartford, Conn., the daughter of Patrick and Margaret (Burr) Welch. She grew up in Hartford, attending Catholic schools, and was employed at Colt’s (during WWII), Arrow-Hart & Hegeman Electric Co. and Veeder-Root until moving to Vermont in 1967.

On Dec. 21, 1968, she married Rene Joseph Turpin of Monkton at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes.

Relatives say she loved to play bingo and take care of children most of her life. They say she was a loving mother, sister, aunt and person to all that knew her.

She is survived by her son Gordon of Vergennes; a sister, Helen Godin of Windsor Locks, Conn.; a brother, Edward Welch of West Springfield, Mass., and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1976; her sister, Jean M. Welch of Hartford, Conn., in 1931; and her brother, Joseph R. Welch of West Hartford, Conn., in 1997.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, May 29, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Thursday, May 28, from 5 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Helen Porter Nursing Home, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753 or St. Peter’s Catholic Church Restoration Fund, Vergennes, VT 05491.


Francis J. “Franny” Robideau

BRISTOL — Francis J. “Franny” Robideau of Bristol, 60, died unexpectedly on May 15, 2009.

He was born on Sept. 8, 1948, to the late Mathias “Matty” Robideau and Doris Bolin of Winooski.

Friends say he loved life and lived each day to the fullest. He was a simple man with a big heart who always wanted to help out a friend in need, putting himself always last. He was a craftsman, musician, fisherman, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; his mother, Doris Bolin of Winooski; his children, Tamera and Daniel King of Essex, Jan and Rick Baker of Williston, Annette and Brian Frederick of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Kathleen and Joe King of Essex, Michelle and William LaCroix of Colchester, and Venus Allen and Reina Dean of Barre; his siblings, Louis and Catherine Robideau of Colchester, Carol and Gary Hogaboom of Claremont, N.H., Barbara Berry of Bristol, Sherry and Steve Gebeault of Bristol, Earl Bolin Jr. of Claremont, and Edward Bolin of St. Albans; and two stepdaughters, Wendy and David Pardoe of Lebanon, N.H., and Shannon and Ron Atkins of Vergennes. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and a large extended family.

He was predeceased by his stepfather, Earl Bolin Sr.; a sister, Patricia Burdette; his mother-in-law, Josephine Brown; and a stepson, Christopher Adams.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Claremont, N.H. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Fran Robideau Fund, c/o National Bank of Middlebury, 28 Main St., Bristol, VT 05443, to help defray expenses.


Helen (Barnum) Kendall

BRISTOL — A memorial service for Helen (Barnum) Kendall, 96, a Monkton native late of Granville, N.Y., who died Jan. 31, 2009, will be held Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol.


Helen Alice (Rouille) Hunt

VERGENNES — Helen Alice (Rouille) Hunt, 64, died Sunday, May 17, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. She died at home with her family by her side.

She was born April 16, 1945, in Burlington, the daughter of the late Wilford and Daisy (Palmer) Rouille.

She was employed by Simmonds Precision/B.F. Goodrich for 20 years, before her illness forced her into early retirement.

Relatives say she absolutely loved the warm sandy beaches of Maine and basking in the sunshine, listening to the ocean waves. They say she was a hard worker and young spirit all around. Her hobbies included crocheting, playing horseshoes, jet skiing on Lake Champlain and gambling. She loved to be the life of the party.

She is survived by three daughters, Paula Jean Joyal and her husband Steven of Vergennes, Annie Aruzza and her husband Michael of Winooski, and Tina Carter and her husband Bruce of Starksboro; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandson, her companion and friend Newton (Johnny) Rose; a stepdaughter, Lauri (Hunt) Fallon of Panton; a stepson, Robert Hunt Jr. of Middlebury; four step-grandchildren; three sisters; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Hunt Sr., and a sister and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 22, at Victory Baptist Church in Vergennes. Interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery in West Addison. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Thursday, May 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.


Nathalie Huitric

MONKTON — Nathalie Huitric of Monkton died April 5, 2009, peacefully, in the presence of friends and family.

Her childhood years were spent in Africa, which ignited her interest in traveling the world. Friends say she did not let a lack of material wealth limit her interest in travel or her love for the earth; crushing grapes barefoot, house sitting or caretaking were ways to enjoy this beautiful planet when the desire to get away appeared.

After training at the Wynstones Kindergarten in Gloucester, U.K., she immigrated to Vermont, beginning a new career with young children at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School.

In her early years as a teacher, she never let on that her grasp of the English language was at times marginal. Her young students could become confused whether they were being told, “Messy, messy,” or was this beloved teacher saying, “Merci”?

During her friendship with Mike Patnaude, she was able to acquire her land. Friends say she loved her little woods in Monkton, in her simple cabin by the pond.

She faithfully donated to her favorite charities (Women Helping Battered Women, the Lake Champlain Waldorf School and Sustainable Harvest International) regardless of how much money she had. She gardened, became a nanny, studied massage and healing, offering her talents to others over the years.

Her beloved cats kept her company for many a long winter. Before she became ill with breast cancer, she renewed her love for painting that had been nurtured in her youth.

There will be a celebration of life at Cassandra and Jonathan Corcoran’s home in Monkton on May 23, 5 p.m., rain or shine.


Helen Frances Cyr

PENN YAN, N.Y./BRISTOL, Vt. — Helen Frances Cyr, 85, of Bristol, Vt., and Penn Yan, N.Y., died at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home on Saturday, May 16, 2009, after a lengthy Illness.

She was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Bristol, the daughter of Alfred and Gertrude Hagan. She attended schools in Bristol.

On Sept. 28, 1942, she married Andrew Cyr at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol. They began their married lives in Bristol, later moving to the family farm in New Haven, where they resided until 1957, when they returned to Bristol.

She was employed and retired from Drake, Smith & Co. in Bristol. Relatives say her greatest loves were her family, her flowers and her church.

She is survived by six children, James Cyr and his wife Penny of Ferrisburgh, Janet Edwards and her husband Robert of Penn Yan, N.Y., Edward Cyr and his wife Susan of Shelburne, Phillip Cyr of Bristol, Yvonne Habberfield and her husband Donald of Penn Yan, and Patricia Richardson and her husband Mark of Penn Yan; a sister, Alfreda LaFrance and her husband Osborne of Bristol; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew; a sister, Gladys Hagen; two grandchildren; a great-grandson; and three nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon on Saturday, May 23, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol. Interment will be at Mount St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol on Friday, May 22, from 5 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home, 655 Liberty St., Penn Yan, NY 14527.


Jean F. Benjamin

BRISTOL — Jean F. Benjamin, 80, died Monday, May 18, 2009, at her home in Bristol surrounded by her family.

She was born May 19, 1928, in Lisbon, N.H., the daughter of Dominic and Millie (Cotes) Fillian.

She attended school in Woodsville, N.H., and graduated from Farmington High School in Farmington, Conn. She married Dewey Ray Benjamin on July 3, 1948. Her hobbies were square dancing, sewing, fishing, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two children, Lynda Cobb and her husband Robert of Waltham, and James “Benji” Benjamin and his wife Kathleen of Bristol; three granddaughters; a sister, Ruth Fellows of Connecticut; two sisters-in-law, Sylvia Suydam of Connecticut and Ivis Masterson of Lincoln; a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Dewey Benjamin on Oct. 24, 1999.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment will be in Maple Cemetery in Lincoln. Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol on Thursday, May 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 60 Kimball Ave., South Burlington, VT 05403.


Allen Leonard Atwood

LEICESTER — Allen Leonard Atwood, 76, died Sunday, May 17, 2009, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Born in Leicester on Dec. 29, 1932, he was the son of the late Harold E. and Blanche (McDonald) Atwood.

He was employed at Vermont Marble Co. in Proctor; Howe Scale Co. in Rutland; White Pigment in Pittsford; and Savage Arms in Massachusetts, prior to starting Atwood Trucking Rubbish Removal. He retired after 13 years of business due to muscular dystrophy.

Relatives say he enjoyed his family and close friends and enjoyed hunting, fishing and his all-time favorite, people watching.

Family members include his wife, Joan Ann (Corey) Atwood, whom he married Feb. 6, 1954; five children, Allen Atwood Jr. and his fiancée Rachel Thow of Sudbury, Randall Atwood and his wife Joyce of Addison, Susan Barrows and her husband Roger of Morrisville, Gary Atwood and his fiancée Kelli Guess of Hydeville, Joallen Vincent and her husband Mike of Cornwall; six sisters, Wilma Croumey of Glens Falls, N.Y., Evelyn Lake of Waltham, Glenna Buzzell of Pittsford, Helen Hale of South Londonderry, Betty Osmer and her husband Ernest of Bridgewater Corners, and Doris Aldrich of Caroleen, S.C.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren ; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Theron and Harley Atwood, and a sister, Pauline Godett.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, May 20, at Forest Dale Cemetery, with the Rev. John McDonald, pastor of the Forest Dale Wesleyan Church, officiating.

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

 

 

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