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Obituaries 6/25/09

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Robert Anderson

FERRISBURGH — The family of Robert E. Anderson, 69, who died on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, will hold a memorial service on Sunday, June 28, 2009, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 14, 100 Armory Lane, Vergennes.

He was born in Burlington on Oct. 23, 1939, the son of Charles and Ellen (Beaman) Anderson. He was a graduate of Vergennes High School. He served eight years in the Vermont Army National Guard. On May 12, 1961, he married Bess Phoebus.
He was a farmer for 35 years. He was a former grand master for the state of Vermont of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and was a member in good standing of the American Legion.

In his memory, donations may be sent to the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753, or the Children’s Miracle Network, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Development Office — 4610H4, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.


Mabelle "May" Audet

MIDDLEBURY — Mabelle Rita “May” Audet died on June 22, 2009, at Cameron Glen Care Center in Reston, Va., of heart failure.

May was born Dec. 21, 1921, to Charles and Helen Murray in Farmingdale, N.Y. She was educated in Long Island schools and received her license as a registered nurse from Kings Park School of Nursing on Oct. 25, 1945. May applied her new nursing skills to the care and comfort of injured soldiers and veterans of WW II in Tuscaloosa, Ala., before taking a nursing position at Kings Park Hospital on Long Island. She was soon to find her lifelong home in Vermont, though, for the Murray family had spent many summers on Lake Champlain, renting houses adjacent to the Audet Lake-Home Farm in Orwell, where a romance was sparked that endured many long separations, including WW II.

On Aug. 31, 1946, she married Alonzo L.J. Audet, in St. Albans, N.Y.
In April 1949, they purchased a farm in Shoreham, and together operated “Almae Farm” until Alonzo’s death in 1985. In the 1960s May also continued her nursing career as an RN and ray of sunshine for numerous nursing home residents in Middlebury and Fair Haven.

During her retirement years, May made her home on Halladay Road in Middlebury. She took trips across the United States, to Ireland, and to Peru. She enjoyed taking classes at Community College of Vermont and was proud to be a member of the cast of “Oklahoma!” put on by the Middlebury Community Players in 1989. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, and a volunteer at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury. May was active well into her 80s, driving her friends on excursions and enjoying going out to run errands and shop for the varied items that she’d put on the ever-present “downtown” list.

May is survived by her son, Alonzo C. Audet and wife Nancy of Milan, Ohio; daughters Rita Stanis and husband George of Reston, Va., and Anne Marie Audet and partner David Vaillancourt of Salisbury; six grandchildren, Charles Audet of St. Louis, Mo., Mark Audet of St. Louis, Jennifer Mothes of Vienna, Va., Jessica Stanis of Reston, Va., Dana Gorton of Graniteville, and Garrath Higgins of Williston; four great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles Murray of Richmond Hills, N.Y., Kenneth Murray of Katy, Texas, and James Murray of Pine Meadows, Conn.; and 49 nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her sister Dorothy Bernhardt, brothers Richard and Thomas Murray and nephew Michael Murray.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2009, at St. Mary’s Church with the Rev. Brian O’Donnell, associate pastor, as celebrant. A luncheon will follow the Mass at the church. Interment at St. Genevieve’s Cemetery in Shoreham will take place at 2 p.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, 76 Pearl St., Suite 201, Essex Junction, VT 05452.


Dean Blyther

ORWELL — Dean L. Blyther, 72, died Tuesday morning, June 23, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

He was born Oct. 3, 1936, in East Arlington, the son of Walter P. and Lillian M. (Pero) Blyther.

He attended Narragansett High School in Templeton, Mass. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving for nine years.

Dean owned and operated Blue Ridge Pest Control, and had previously been employed by the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 31 of Rutland, and a former member of the Rutland Eagles Club.

Dean was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed four wheeling; he enjoyed spending time with family and going to the “Barn.” Dean loved to take rides in his sports car with his dog Bugs.

He is survived by his children, Deanna L. Herber of Hubbardton, Lynne A. Blyther and her husband Jamie Bateson of Rutland, Benjamin D. Blyther, Jacqueline L. Graham and her husband Scott of Proctor, Michael S. Blyther of Rutland, and Jay M. Lafayette of Burlington; by his brothers, Duane and his wife Carolyn of Hubbardston, Mass., and R. John Blyther of Houston, Texas; by his sisters, Helen I. Blyther of Winchendon, Mass., and Betty A. St. Cyr, of Hubbardton; by his grandchildren, Ayla S. Blyther of Poultney, Austin P. Herber and Quinn R. Herber, both of Hubbardton, Scott H. Graham, Samantha Graham and Stashia M. Graham all of Proctor, Cody Blyther of Rutland, and Brandon Lafayette; by his great-grandson Roy E. Gee Jr. of Proctor, by his former wife and friend Gayle I. Hoessler of Poultney, and by numerous niece’s and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 26, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Ducharme Funeral Home, 1939 Main St., Castleton. The Rev. Pete Hults will officiate.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, June 26, 2009, from 9 a.m. till noon, followed by the service at 2 p.m. The family request casual dress.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to the Orwell First Response, c/o Peter Ochs, 37 Needham Hill Rd., Orwell, VT 05760.


Eileen Casson

MESA, Ariz. — Eileen M. Casson, 51, of Mesa, Ariz., died unexpectedly after a brief illness on June 18, 2009.

She was born Sept. 23, 1957, to Paul and Eileen (Brennan) Casson and grew up in Bedford, N.Y. She graduated from Fox Lane High School in 1975 and is a graduate of Wilma Boyd Travel School. She was a resident of Addison County for several years.

She lived in Mesa with her husband of 29 years, Phil Moles, and their two sons Travis and Logan.

She loved to travel and had a passion for learning. Regardless of a person’s situation she always stressed the importance of education and helped others to find opportunities to improve their lives. Relatives say she enjoyed horseback riding, photography, writing, reading and spending time with her friends and family.

She is survived by her husband, Phil Moles, and their two children, Travis and Logan of Mesa, Ariz.; her father, Paul Casson and his wife Edith of Ausable Forks, N.Y.; her brother, Paul and his wife Huianna Casson of Freemont, Calif.; her brother, Ed of Hyannis, Mass.; her sister, Kathleen Casson Rule and her husband Charles of New Haven; her brother, Will and his wife Michelle Casson of Bristol; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her mother, Eileen, in 1992.

A celebration of her life took place at the Moles residence in Mesa. A burial service in the Adirondacks will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Mesa Community Response Team, Fire and Life Safety Education, 13 W 1st Street Mesa, AZ 85201.


Clara Ann Sears

BRANDON — Clara Ann Sears, 61, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, following a long illness, at her home in Brandon.

She was born in Rutland on Nov. 28, 1947. She was the daughter of the Rev. James and Mary (Frappier) Blackmer Sr. She received her early education in Forest Dale schools and attended Otter Valley Union High School. She continued her education at Wayne School in Illinois, a division of LaSalle University.

She worked several years at a local bakery in Brandon and later joined the staff at Foley Distributing in Rutland. She had worked for more than 11 years as an aide at the Brandon Training School, until illness forced her retirement in 1981. She was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Brandon.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Sears of Brandon, whom she married in Forest Dale on Aug. 27, 1977; and her nephew, Michael Mahoney of Brandon.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 24, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Brandon. The Rev. Margaret Fletcher, rector, officiated. A graveside committal service and burial followed in the family lot at Pine Hill Cemetery, where John Peterson played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes.

Following the service the family received friends at the Brandon American Legion Post 55 for a time of fellowship and reflection.

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

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