Lynn Marie (Chamberlain) White
FERRISBURGH, Vt./QUEBEC, Canada — Lynn Marie (Chamberlain) White, 56, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, after a short battle with cancer on May 24, 2009, in Kahnawake, Quebec, where she lived for the last 35 years.
She was born in Burlington on April 22, 1953, the daughter of Alfred and Peggy Chamberlain of Ferrisburgh.
Her family says she loved to play radio bingo, which was aired every Friday night on the local radio station.
She is survived by her husband, Allen White of Kahnawake, Quebec; a brother, Alfred Chamberlain and his wife Gladys of Moriah, N.Y.; a sister, Polly Kies and husband Ken of Arizona; four children; 14 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents in 1974; a brother, Robert Chamberlain, in 2000; and a grandson.
Janice Lillian (Clark) Neilson
NEW HAVEN — Janice Lillian (Clark) Neilson, 63, died Friday, May 22, 2009, after a short illness at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury.
She was born on July 31, 1945, at Eugene LeLand Memorial Hospital in Riverdale, Md., the only child of the late Neri A. and Ruth (Yost) Clark. She grew up in Greenbelt, Md., and then Silver Spring, Md., and was a graduate of Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Md., in June 1963.
She married William E. Neilson Jr. in June 1965 and was divorced in the fall of 1969.
She was a civilian employee at Fort George G. Meade, Md., for over 11 years. She then worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. In 1978, she and her son Daniel moved with her retiring parents to New Haven.
She was employed at Middlebury College in the office of the president, then with the superintendent of schools at Addison Central Supervisory Union. In 1980 she returned to government work with the Internal Revenue Service, for the Immigration and Naturalization Service and as a resource management specialist. She took early retirement in 1997 when the IRS was downsizing its Burlington office.
She is survived by her son, Daniel D. Neilson, and her granddaughter Elizabeth, to whom she was a foster mother for several years. She was predeceased by a granddaughter.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Tuesday, May 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. The Rev. Skip Baltz was the celebrant. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.
Fred Wesley Johnson
BENNINGTON — Fred Wesley Johnson, 91, died Thursday, May 21, 2009, in Bennington.
He was born in Leicester on Jan. 18, 1918, the son of Fred and Edith (Sweeney) Johnson. He received his early education in local Leicester schools and attended Brandon High School.
He worked as a machinist for more than 46 years, at Newton-Thompson Wooden Toy Manufacturing Company, Baker Brush and Vermont Tubbs, all located in Forest Dale. He retired in 1980.
On Dec. 24, 1939, he married Helen Coates in Brandon. They made their home in Forest Dale until moving to Rutland in 1955. They moved to Bennington in May 2008 to be near their daughter. His wife died March 26, 2009.
He enjoyed gardening and traveling frequently throughout the United States with his beloved wife. Relatives say they particularly enjoyed visiting Cape Cod in the summer and Vero Beach, Fla., in the winter.
He is survived by his daughter, Marilyn Marrion of Bennington; two sons, Thomas Johnson of Bennington and Lane Johnson of Vero Beach, Fla.; a sister, Sally Bryant of Forest Dale; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by five brothers, Archie, Floyd, Willis and Norman Johnson; and three sisters, Dorothy Racine, Fern Simpson and LaVerna LaRock.
The funeral service will be held Friday, May 29, at 11:30 a.m., at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon, will officiate. The graveside committal service and burial will follow in the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Following the ceremony the family will receive friends at St. Mary’s Church Parish Hall for a time of fellowship and remembrance.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to Bennington Rescue Squad, 120 McKinley St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Anthony E. “Tony” Greco
RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Anthony E. “Tony” Greco, 88, a lifelong resident of Rhinebeck, N.Y., died Thursday, May 21, 2009.
The son of Emilio Greco and Henrietta Mickle, he was born in Glasco, N.Y., on July 5, 1920. They were married at Good Shepherd Church in Rhinebeck in 1941. He was a United States Postal Service employee and was the mail carrier for the village of Rhinebeck for 30 years.
He was a WW II veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps as part of the Pacific Campaign for four years.
Relatives say he was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener. He was one of the original coaches for the Rhinebeck Little League and he helped originate the Landsman Kill Stocking Association.
He spent many summer weekends at his cabin in West Addison on Lake Champlain.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley McDonald Greco; their two sons, Michael Greco and his wife Kathren of Rhinebeck, and Thomas Greco and his wife Linda of Wilton, Conn.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Frederick “Fritz” Greco.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 27, at the Burnett & White Funeral Home in Rhinebeck. Burial with military honors followed at the Rhinebeck Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Marvin Stewart Dodge
RUTLAND — Marvin Stewart Dodge, 68, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Rutland on April 23, 1941, the son of Stewart and Bessie (Quelch) Dodge. He was a graduate of Brandon High School, class of 1959.
In his earlier years he worked on the family farm. Following graduation he became a sheet metal worker in the construction trade. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1962. He received his honorable discharge in 1966 and returned to Vermont and the construction business. In the early 1970s he accepted a position in the janitorial department at Lothrop School in Pittsford. He worked there until illness forced his retirement in 2001.
He was a member of Brandon American Legion Post 55. His family says he always loved farm animals and continued raising stock at his Sudbury home.
He is survived by his mother, Bessie Dodge of Sudbury; two daughters, Julie Dodge of Brattleboro and Tina Maloy of Sudbury; an adopted daughter, Rita Manning of Brandon; a brother, James Dodge Sr. of Castleton; a sister, Katherine Elkey of Rutland; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a grandson.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Robert Bove, pastor of the Brandon Baptist Church, will officiate. A graveside committal service and burial with military honors will follow in the family lot at Willow Brook Cemetery in Sudbury.
Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Friday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to Spring Hill Horse Rescue, 175 Middle Rd., North Clarendon, VT 05759.
Gregory A. Codding
MIDDLEBURY — Memorial services for Gregory A. Codding were held Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home in Middlebury.
Father Skip Baltz officiated, with Dr. Kevin Parizo as organist. Honorary urn bearers were as follows: Joe Bartlett, Frank Broughton, Donald Keeler, Robert Keiner, Raymond Kelton, Jeffrey McDonough, Karl Neuse and Dayton Wakefield. Burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery in West Cornwall, with U.S. Navy and American Legion representation.
Gregory died at his home after a short illness on Dec. 13, 2008.
Laurie Wallace Bissonette
FERRISBURGH — Laurie Wallace Bissonette, 55, died unexpectedly during her courageous battle with cancer Friday, May 22.
Born Sept. 16, 1953, in Rochester, N.Y., during her childhood she was active on swim teams and diving teams. Throughout her life she spent her summers in the Adirondack Mountains at her parents’ camp in Eagle Bay, N.Y., with her family and friends.
She graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School in 1971, Green Mountain College in 1973 and Johnson State College in 1975 with a teaching degree. She taught in many different school districts in Vermont.
Her family says she was a devoted wife and amazing mother who loved her dogs and being outdoors. She passed on her love of the water through teaching swim lessons and by being a swim coach for many years. She also taught gymnastics and was a Sunday school teacher at Vergennes United Methodist Church.
She found the job she loved working with kids in the ACT Program and had an integral role in the high school special education program at Vergennes Union High School.
She is survived by her husband, Randall A. Bissonette; her daughters, Kristen W. Bissonette and Sarah A. Bissonette; her parents, William T. and Elaine K. Wallace; a sister, Barbara Crowder and her husband Robert; a sister-in-law, Brenda Bissonette and her husband Tim Butler; a brother-in-law, Pete Bissonette and his wife Judy; her mother-in-law, C. Jean Bissonette; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her father-in-law, Arthur E. Bissonette.
Friends are invited to join the family Friday, May 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh to celebrate her life. Burial will take place at a later date at the Vermont Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Randolph. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.