NORTH FERRISBURGH — Edward R. Abare, 83, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
He was born July 22, 1926, in North Ferrisburgh, the son of William and Anna Donor Abare.
He loved fishing, hunting and antique car shows. He owned his auto body shop in North Ferrisburgh.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lucy; his two sons, Brian Abare of Charlotte, and Wayne Abare and his wife Pam of North Ferrisburgh; his brother Roger and his wife Marion of South Burlington; his sisters, Helen Little of South Burlington and Mrs. Ruth Pierce of Las Vegas, Nev.; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Friday, Oct. 9, at Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fletcher Allen Health Care, Transplant Surgery, 1 South Prospect St. Burlington, VT 05401.
CORNWALL — Allan C. Cremer 79, died early Thursday evening Oct. 8, 2009, at his residence in Cornwall.
He was born March 11, 1930, in New York City, the son of the late Charles and Alfrieda (Mommson) Cremer. He was a graduate of Flushing High School and a 1951 graduate of Yale University.
He was an engineer and urban planner, having worked all over the world.
His family says he enjoyed model railroading, traveling, archaeology and being a history buff. He was a member of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission and the Society of Civil Engineers.
He is survived by his wife, Dung “Minh” (VuThi) Cremer, with whom he ran the Willow & Lotus Bed and Breakfast in Cornwall; his children, Dan Cremer of Horse Heads, N.Y., James Cremer of Boston, Mass., and Sarah Cremer of South Carolina; his sister, Mabel Silverstein of Tucson, Ariz.; and his six grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Nancy Graham.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at noon at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury. The Rev. Terry Gleason will officiate.
Burial will be on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at 1 p.m. in Mount Hope Cemetery, Hastings on the Hudson, N.Y.
ADDISON — Edmond J. Demers, 78, of Addison died peacefully at home Oct. 7, 2009, after a 9-year battle with renal cell carcinoma.
He was born in Manchester, N.H., to Ernest Portrie and M. Louise (Lambert).
He served 12 years in the Army, returned stateside to work at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, and then went to work for Simmonds Precision in the aerospace and aircraft programs for 29 years.
He is survived by wife of 42 years, Jane (White); a son, Joseph; a daughter Ellen (Christopher Trono); three grandchildren; and two brothers, Robert (Lorraine) Demers and Donald (Sharon) Demers and their families.
He was predeceased by his father, his stepfather (Alexis Demers), his mother, and his infant brother Ernest.
In accordance with his wishes there will be no visiting hours or funeral. A simple graveside service will take place on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2:30 p.m. at the Grand View Cemetery on Route 22A in Addison.
Memorial donations may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
WARWICK, R.I. — Manon Hodge Murchie, 83, of Warwick, R.I., died on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at home following a long illness. She was born in Bridgewater, Vt., on Sept. 10, 1926, to Bruce and Evelyn (Adams) Hodge. She graduated from Woodstock High School in 1944 and received her B.A. in elementary education from Castleton State Teachers College in 1947. She attended the Harvard Lexington Summer Program in teaching administration in 1963 and received her Fifth Year Certificate in Education from the University of Vermont in 1971.
On Dec. 27, 1946, she married Donald Murchie of Windsor, who also graduated from Castleton State Teachers College, with a B.A. in elementary and junior high school education. They resided in Castleton and Vergennes before moving to Middlebury in 1960 where they raised two children.
Her teaching career spanned 37 years beginning in 1947 in the Rutland public schools, where she taught for three years, and then at the Vergennes Elementary School for eight years and the Weeks School for one year. In 1960, she began teaching second grade at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury and remained there for 25 years until her retirement in 1985.
By all accounts, she was a gifted and dedicated teacher. She had an exceptional ability to help all of her students master basic reading skills, and she constantly used innovative methods to make her instruction dynamic. Throughout the years, she loved hearing from former students and took great pleasure in learning about their future accomplishments and endeavors.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Otter Creek Chapter 74 (Vergennes) and was a member of the Congregational Church in Middlebury, and after the death of her husband in 1970 she became a long-time friend of Ilsley Memorial Baptist Church in Middlebury. She was also a friend of Spring Green Memorial Baptist Church in Warwick, R.I.
Following her retirement, she lived in Big Pine Key, Fla., for several years until she decided to make her home with her daughter Heather and son-in-law Richard Austin, first in Gurnee, Ill., and for the past 18 years in Warwick, R.I. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.
Throughout her retirement, she remained active and involved in the profession that was her lifelong calling and passion — elementary education. She worked part time as a teacher aide and also as a classroom volunteer in elementary schools in Big Pine Key, Gurnee, and Warwick until her illness. She enjoyed serving as a Sunday school teacher and volunteering at senior centers in the communities where she lived, and made time to pursue new interests such as watercolor painting, writing and golf.
She is survived by her two children, Heather and her husband Richard Austin of Warwick, R.I., and Jayne and her husband Joseph Lumbley of Dallas, Texas; by three grandchildren, Meghan (Austin) and her husband Robert Martinez of Warwick, R.I., Thomas Austin of Warwick, R.I., and Katherine (Lumbley) and her husband Matthew Galloway of Atlanta, Ga.; and by one great-grandchild, Liam Galloway of Atlanta, Ga. She also leaves one sister, Challis (Hodge) and her husband Bruce Amendt of Garland, Texas; an uncle; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Murchie, and a sister, Lota Smith.
A private committal service will take place at Ascutney Cemetery in Windsor at a later date.
For information and guestbook visit www.TheQuinnFuneralHome.com.
FLORENCE — Lois Julia Niles, 73, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at Clipper Harbor Nursing Home in Portsmouth, N.H.
She was born Sept. 6, 1936, in Leicester. She was the daughter of Nathan and Madeline (Reed) Ryder Sr. She received her early education in local Leicester schools.
In her earlier years she worked as a waitress at several various area restaurants. She later worked as a nurse’s aide at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home for several years. She cared for her mother until her death in October 2003. She also worked in a private-duty setting caring for several elderly patients. She and her husband moved to Rochester, N.H., to be near their son in 2006.
Surviving is her husband, Willis “Bill” Niles of Rochester, N.H., whom she married in Lebanon, N.Y., on Nov. 22, 1956; three sons, William Niles of Manchester, N.H., Brian Niles of Sully, Quebec, and Richard “Rick” Niles of Rochester, N.H.; one brother, Nathan Ryder Jr. of Florence; a sister, Van Robbins of Hamilton, N.Y.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Richard White, pastor of the Brandon Congregational Church, officiated. The graveside committal service and burial will follow the service, in the family lot, at Forest Dale Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association Vermont Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 120, Williston, VT 05495.