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Obituaries 11/13/08

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Phyllis Freda Zsido

BRANDON — Phyllis Freda Zsido, 70, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Peacham on April 5, 1938. She grew up in Shrewsbury, where she received her early education. On Feb. 27, 1961, she married John Zsido. They made their home in Rutland. She had been a resident of Brandon since 1970. She had worked at the Brandon Training School for several years before being forced to retire due to disability. She was a former member of the Brandon American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 55. She was an accomplished artist with charcoals, pastels and oil on canvas. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon.

She is survived by three daughters, Joann Meinking of North Carolina, Lori Brock of Nashville, Tenn. and Marci Lane of Addison; a brother, Charles Haughton of Rutland; three sisters, Nellie Howland of Rutland, Grace Johnson of White River Junction and Martha Jordan of Brimington, Mass.; five  grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband on Oct. 10, 1990; a sister, Bertha Haughton; and three brothers, Ralph, Frank and Burt Haughton.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 13, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, was the celebrant. A private graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date, in Riverside Cemetery in Proctor.

Donations may be made, in her memory to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.


Calvin Lawrence Trudo

SALISBURY — Calvin Lawrence Trudo, 84, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, following a brief illness, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.

He was born in Leicester on July 29, 1924, the son of Alfred and Alice (Benedict) Trudo. In his early years, he had worked the family farm. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in August 1946. Upon returning home, he operated a farm in Salisbury. He then began a career in the construction business, eventually owning and operating Cal’s Drag Line for many years. Following his retirement from construction in 1988, he continued working in the rubbish removal business until finally retiring at age 78. He had served the town of Salisbury as selectman for two terms. He was a member of Brandon American Legion Post 55 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Middlebury. He was an enthusiastic bee keeper and enjoyed hunting for wild honeybees. He was an avid hunter of rabbits and deer.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris Bryant Trudo of Salisbury; two daughters, Calleen Brosse, and her husband Richard of Brandon, and Tonia Mulcahy of Salisbury; two sons, Keith Trudo, and his wife, Gerry, of Addison, and Kevin Trudo and his wife, Sherry, of Portales, N.M.; a sister, Charlotte Elliott, of Northampton, Mass.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great- grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by a grandson, Kristoffer; two brothers, Merrill and Joseph Trudo; and three sisters, Dorothy Mitchell, Viola Blasko and Evelyn Harris.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m., at the Forestdale Wesleyan Church. The Rev. John McDonald and Mr. Bertram Coolidge will co-officiate. The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will be held on Saturday, at 2:30 p.m., at West Cemetery in Salisbury.  Following the committal service the family will receive friends at the family’s home.

Donations may be made to the Salisbury First Response Squad, c/o Gary Smith, P.O. Box 22, Salisbury, VT 05769; or to the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association, 19 Elm St., Middlebury, VT 05753.


Harriet Nichols Livingston

WEST ADDISON — Harriet Nichols Livingston, 79, died Nov. 12, 2008, at her home in West Addison. Her husband of 57 years, Phillip H. Livingston, was at her side. She was born Oct. 5, 1929, in Westborro, Mass.

Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Homes in Bristol on Sunday, Nov. 16, 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, at Bristol Federated Church. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Independent.


M. Diane Kepner

BRANDON — M. Diane Kepner, 64, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

She was born in Troy, N.Y. on July 28, 1944. She was the daughter of William and Beryl (Owens) Hicks. She graduated from Catholic Central High School in Troy in 1962. She moved with her family to Brandon in 1977, where she was a member of the Brandon Area Rescue Squad for many years. She also belonged to the Neshobe Sportsman’s Club. She returned to Troy in 1985 and attended Hudson Valley Community College, where she received her L.P.N. She continued working at Hudson Valley in data processing until returning to Vermont in 1999. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon.

Surviving are two daughters, Darlene Kepner of Rutland, and Tracy Bruce of Brandon; a son, Richard E. Kepner Jr. of Johnsonville, N.Y.; her mother, Beryl Hicks of Rensselaer, N.Y.; a brother, William N. Hicks, of East Greenbush, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson, two nephews; and several cousins.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz will be the celebrant.

Following the mass the family will receive friends at the home of Tracy and Ron Bruce.

Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6-8 p.m.

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


Albert Freeman

MIDDLEBURY — Albert Freeman, 88, of Middlebury died Monday, Nov. 10, 2008.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, Nov. 14, 4-8 p.m. at the Middlebury United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Middlebury United Methodist Church.

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


Fletcher “Buster” Brush

SALISBURY — Fletcher “Buster” Brush, 59, of Salisbury, died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, with Jeanette, his loving wife of 37 years, and family by his side. Born Nov. 5, 1949, in Middlebury, the sone of Howard E. and Ivis (Dayton) Brush.

When born, he weighed in at 10 pounds 10 ounces, and he affectionately received his nickname when his father walked in and proclaimed, “That’s a big Buster.”

He lived in the small community of Vermont where he worked at Co-operative Insurance Companies since 1980 in posts from claims adjuster to customer relations manager to vice president of Education and Community Relations. He was a member and past president of Middlebury Rotary Club where fellow members said he exemplified “service above self.” He served on the boards of the National Bank of Middlebury, Youth Safety Council of Vermont and Middlebury Community House. He was a core group member and chair of Outreach and Function Group with the Vermont Strategic Highway Safety Plan, the Make-A-Wish Foundation Golf Tournament Committee co-chair, president of the Salisbury Historical Society, chairman of the Salisbury Village Cemetery Restoration Project and founder of www.underbrush.org, a Web site indexing Vermont cemeteries.

In the past, he was director/president of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, board member of Middlebury Junior Golf Association, past president and co-founder of MHS-MUHS Alumni Association, review board member of Addison County Court Diversion and board member of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont, where he was on the development committee of the Vermont-New Hampshire All-Star Hockey Classic Game Committee and Development Committee. He received the Middlebury College 2007 Citizens’ Medal for outstanding community contributions, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports-Herb Painter Award, Addison County Chamber of Commerce President’s Award, Rotary Community Service Award, Make-A-Wish Foundation Appreciation Award as well as many others.

After experiencing the devastating loss of loved ones in automobile accidents, in 1996, he began his endless campaign to keep our youth safe on the highways. Through his work at Co-op and Stevens Advanced Drivers Training, he established a program providing newly licensed drivers with hands-on driving experience demonstrating the importance of safe and responsible driving.

His true passion could be observed at the Howard E. Brush Arena in Middlebury. He was an avid MAHA supporter and dedicated assistant coach for the Middlebury Union High School varsity ice hockey team for 13 years, nine of those years were with his nephew and friend, head coach Matt Brush. Family said that nothing gave him more enjoyment than playing hockey with friends, facing off on the ice against a niece or nephew, or running his “trail” in Ripton.

He was known as “Uncle Buster” to anyone under the age of 30, a mentor to hundreds, a friend to thousands, and was said to be always ready with open arms and a strong shoulder for those who needed it.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette (Hartman) Brush; his sister Carole B. Cummings and her husband, Michael, of Ripton; two brothers, Howard W. “Skip” Brush and his wife Cynthia of Middlebury, and William L. “Billy” Brush of Middlebury; an aunt, Betty Gerow-Elmore of Ripton; an uncle, Donald R. Dayton Sr. of Florida; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and numerous cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents.

The family will hold a private burial. A memorial service will be held at Mead Chapel at Middlebury College on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m., with a brief reception following at the American Legion in Middlebury. For more details, log on to www.caringbridge.org, Web site name “busterbrush.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Sports Center at P.O. Box 835, Middlebury, VT 05753, or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont, 100 Dorset Street #14, South Burlington, VT 05403.


Guy J. Brouillar

BRIDPORT — Guy J. Brouillard, 61, a life-long resident of Bridport, passed away on Friday Nov. 7, 2008, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born April 26, 1947, in Middlebury, he was the son of the late Raoul and Albertine (Lavoie) Brouillard.

Guy married Donna Charlebois on Aug. 17, 1968. He worked at Agway for over 35 years. After that he worked as Shop Manager at Middlebury Fence Co.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; a son, Adam, and his wife Deena; a daughter, Monica, and her husband Nelson (Butch); a grandson, Tyler; three grand-daughters, Eleni, Abigail and Miranda; a brother, Roland Brouillard and his wife, Shirley; a brother, Rene Brouillard, and his wife Jean; a sister, Jeanine Gill; a sister, Yvonne Munafo; a brother, Gerard Brouillard and his wife, Connie; a sister, Suzanne Clark; a sister, Marie Sanders; a brother, Albert Brouillard; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his son, Marcel, and a sister, Cecile Jenne.

Visiting hours were held on Monday, Nov. 10, at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home in Middlebury.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Bridport. The Rev. William Beaudin officiated.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice at P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753, or to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, at 121 Connor Way, Ste. 240, Williston, VT 05495.


Lelon H. Brooks III

BRIDPORT — Lelon H. Brooks III, 59, died on Nov. 7, 2008 at his home in Bridport after a long illness.

He was born on Dec. 10, 1948, in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., where he grew up. In the late 1960s he moved with his family to Ghent, N.Y., where he worked for Pizza Hut.

In 1972 he married Anneliese Liebsch. They had three children. He worked for Culligan Water for almost eight years, then, in 1980, moved his family to Chittenden. He worked for the town of Chittenden for four years, then moved to the Middlebury area, residing in Bridport the past 14 years. At various times he delivered the Burlington Free Press, worked as a mechanic in Shoreham and was an ACSU school bus driver. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, Jeeps and motocycles.

He is survived by his wife, Anneliese; two daughters, Edna, and her husband, Chris Demers, of New Haven, and Trinkett, and her husband, Jeremiah Tanner, of Middlebury; a son, Josh, and his wife, Kaiya, of Mountain Home, Ark.; and eight grandchildren.

There will be no memorial service, but his family plans a gathering at his home at a later date.

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