Ruth Ann Sears
VERGENNES — Ruth Ann Sears, 66, of Vergennes, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington.
Ruth Ann was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Nov. 29, 1942 and resided in Vergennes most of her life. Ruth Ann’s passions were her family and friends, cooking, fishing and watching her birds.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Edward Sears; a son, Charles Sears; a daughter, Christine Hayden; a brother, John Baker of Ferrisburgh; two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her father, Clarence Baker, and her mother, Ruth Baker.
Funeral services were held on Dec. 20 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, 77 Hegeman Ave., Colchester, VT 05446, or the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 11, Vergennes, VT 05491.
BRANDON — James Robinson, 65, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Danbury, Conn., on Feb. 11, 1943, the son of James and Helen (Gillfoil) Robinson Sr.
He received his early education in local Danbury schools. He worked as a security guard at Green Security Service in Danbury for many years. He retired in 1989 due to a disability.
In 2006, he relocated from Adams, Mass., to Brandon.
He is survived by his daughter, Sherry Danylieko, of Orwell, and four grandchildren.
A private graveside committal service and burial will take place at a later date in Adams, Mass.
William Levi “Billy” Reed Sr.
BRANDON — William Levi “Billy” Reed Sr., 74, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Brandon on Oct. 28, 1934, the son of Raymond Francis “Snuffy” and Florence (LaRock) Reed Sr. He graduated from Brandon High School in 1952. He attended the University of Vermont where he studied forestry. He married Geraleen “Gerri” Reed in Forest Dale on Dec. 29, 1973.
In his earlier years he was a woodsman, logging in various areas of Vermont and New Hampshire. He later worked as a heavy equipment operator for Hendricks Construction Company. He assisted in building the new Route 4 from Fair Haven to Rutland.
His family says he enjoyed playing the accordion and guitar and working in his flower gardens.
He is survived by his wife, Gerri of Brandon; three sons, William “Whizzer” Reed Jr. of Marietta, Ga., Carl “Buzzer” Reed of Marlow, N.H., and Christopher Whitney of Miami, Fla.; five daughters, Jackie Potts of Winchester, N.H., Kerry Kittredge of Tucson, Ariz., Evva Devoid of Salisbury, Lisa Whitney of Montpelier and Pamela Whitney of Winchester, N.H. Also, his stepmother Doris Reed of Stonington, Conn.; two sisters, Joyce R. Pond of Brandon and Joanne Dimick of Orleans; three stepbrothers, Chester French of Connecticut, Lester French of Mystic, Conn., and Ralph French of Leicester; a stepsister, Nancy Fox of Stonington; 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brother, Raymond Francis “Sonny” Reed Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon.
A private graveside committal service and burial will take place at a later date, in the family plot, at Forestdale Cemetery.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in his memory, to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.
BRIDPORT — Kathleen Myrick, 57, of Bridport died Dec. 30, 2008. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury.
A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Addison Independent.
Jean B. Lovett
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Jean B. Lovett, 85, of Morgantown, W. Va., died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, after a brief illness.
She was born April 6, 1923, in Philadelphia, Penn., the daughter of the late Ila Blackman and Ramona Chambers.
She lived in Middlebury from 1990 until 2007. Family said she enjoyed bird watching, sports and reading.
She is survived by a son, Raymond Lovett and wife Leslie of Morgantown; a daughter, Elisabeth Deeble and husband Robert of Middlebury; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph A. Lovett, in 1982, and by two sisters and two brothers.
Lucille A. LaFave
NEW HAVEN — Lucille A. LaFave, 92, a longtime resident of New Haven, died Wednesday, Dec, 24, 2008, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Middlebury, following a brief illness.
Born June 5, 1916, in Orwell, she was the daughter of the late Barney and Lillian (LaFountain) Stark.
Her family says she enjoyed quilting and cooking and was an avid bird watcher. She also enjoyed spending time with her family.
She is survived by three sons, Ronald LaFave and his wife Viviane of New Haven, Richard LaFave and his wife Barbara of Salisbury, and Mark LaFave and his wife Lynn of Barnard; one daughter, Laurie Breen of North Ferrisburgh; a daughter-in-law, Eleanor LaFave of Vergennes; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence LaFave, on Aug. 9, 1975; a son, Larry LaFave; a daughter, Arlene LaFave; a brother, Harry Stark; and a grandson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 27, at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home in Middlebury. A spring burial will take place in Weybridge Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.
Frederick E. Jackman
BRISTOL — Frederick E. Jackman, 84, died on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, after a brief illness.
He was born on July 4, 1924, in his home in Lincoln, the son of Glenn and Ila Jackman. He graduated from Bristol High School in 1942 and attended St. Michael’s College. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II and served in the Asian theater. In 1946 he partnered with his brother Glenn and joined his father Glenn Sr. to operate Jackman’s Coal and Coke Company.
On August 23, 1947, he married Joan (Bosworth) Jackman.
His love for his community was evident in his generosity and many years of volunteer service. He joined the N.H. Munsill Hose Company in March 1946 and served in many capacities, including chief, totaling over 60 years of service. He served as a member of the Vermont State Firefighters Association and was the longest serving member with over 62 years of service; he was an integral part in starting multiple fire departments in surrounding towns. He also served the community as a trustee and selectman. He was a member of the American Legion, Rotary Club, Meals on Wheels and Old Farts Club, and was a lifelong member of the St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol.
He is survived by his twin brother Ralph and wife Myrle; four children, Paul Jackman and his companion Cheri Rockwood, Peter and wife Debra Jackman, Lori (Jackman) Parham and husband Thomas, and Lisa Jackman; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Joan and by three brothers, Frances, Charles and Glenn Jackman.
The family would like to thank all his caregivers at Helen Porter Nursing Home, Addison County Home Health and Kathy Taylor.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Dec. 31 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol, with interment in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Weathervane, Attn.: Bill Finger, Box 390, Lincoln, VT 05443 or to the Bristol Food Shelf, c/o St. Ambrose Parish, 1 School Street, Bristol, VT 05443.
James H. Hanna Jr.
MONTPELIER — James H. Hanna Jr., 74, formerly of East Montpelier, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at his home in Montpelier.
He was born in Vergennes on July 13, 1934, the son of J. Howard Sr. and Calista (Pecue) Hanna. He attended the Post Ash Bay Elementary School and graduated co-valedictorian from Vergennes High School in 1951. He later received a bachelor of science degree in administration from Johnson State College and a master of science degree in administration from St. Michael’s College.
In October 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was activated and sent to Japan. In 1956 he enlisted in the Regular Navy and served until his discharge in October 1961. Then in 1967, he joined the Vermont Air National Guard. After serving 21 years he was discharged in April 1988.
On a weekend trip home from the Navy, he met Lois Ann Campbell in Newport, R.I. They were married on April 18, 1958, in Boston, Mass. She predeceased him on Dec. 9, 2004, after a long battle with Pick’s disease. He later married Ella May Speer, who survives him.
Although he had several jobs, most of his career was spent with the Vermont Department of Transportation. After 30 years, he retired from the state of Vermont on May 1, 1996.
He was an active member of his community and volunteered his time with Central Vermont ALZ Support Group, Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, and Home Share of Central Vermont. He was also a Free & Accepted Mason, a member of the Old Meeting House Church in East Montpelier and a volunteer for Washington County 4-H.
He is survived by his wife, Ella May of Montpelier; a son, Steven W. Hanna of Barre; a daughter, Karen L. H. Allen of Williston; a sister, Margaret H. Coe of Middlebury, Conn.; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at the Old Meeting House Church in East Montpelier Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641, or to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, VT 05657.
Those wishing to express private online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.
Leslie L. Ganson
VERGENNES — Leslie L. Ganson, 95, died Dec. 29, 2008, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
He was born in Edna, Texas, on Oct. 6, 1913, the son of William Louis and Elta Maude Powers Ganson. He grew up in MacPherson, Kan.
After high school, in December 1932 he enlisted in the U.S. Army 13th Cavalry and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kan. In July 1935, he participated in the last U.S. Cavalry saber charge at Hutchinson, Kan. He graduated from Signal School at Fort Monmouth, N.J., on June 11, 1935, receiving the Golden Seal.
While at Fort Monmouth, he met and married the love of his life, Marie Paepke. They moved from New Jersey to Kansas and then to Lyndhurst, N.J., where their children were born. In 1948 they came to Vergennes, where he worked at Simmonds Precision Products as an electrical engineer. One of his many projects was contracted for the Apollo space program.
His interests were ham radio-W1HFS, woodworking, gardening and helping others. He helped teach electronics classes at Vergennes Union High School’s night classes, taught Sunday school at Vergennes Methodist Church and was a Boy Scout troop leader. Family says he could always be relied upon at a moment’s notice.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Marie Ganson; two children, Bradley of Kingsville, Md., and Karen of Southington, Conn.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Cain of Kansas.
He was predeceased by two sons, Wayne Leslie and Gerald Lawrence; three brothers, Ralph, Elton and Wayne; and five sisters, Sue, Helen, Marjorie, Lois and Maxine.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, at Vergennes Methodist Church. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes in the spring. There will be no public calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, Vergennes Methodist Church, Addison County Home Health and Hospice Inc. or Meals on Wheels.
Leonard A. Carpenter
MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. — Leonard A. Carpenter, 76, died on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Connecticut Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer. Leonard was born on March 5, 1932, in Bristol, Vt. He was the son of the late Albert and Lena (Witham) Carpenter, and had resided in Middlefield, Conn., for 37 years.
He had attended schools in Bristol and was self-employed as a boat repairman. He was a proud veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Army. He was an avid collector of old books and loved to build stone walls and family says he had a wonderful sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Gladys (Ordway) Carpenter; two daughters, Becky Cousino and her husband John of Meriden, Conn., and Cindy Beckwith and her husband James of Bolton, Conn.; one son, Brian Carpenter of Middlefield; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Tena Ellinwood of Florida and Joan Putnam of Hillsboro, N.H. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, George Carpenter.
Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06450-1004.
Roger Lee Brileya Sr.
FAIR HAVEN — Roger Lee Brileya Sr., 78, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Rutland Health & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born in Shoreham on Jan. 24, 1930, the son of Gilbert and Leona Brileya. He received his early education in local Shoreham schools. He joined the U.S. Army in 1948 and was honorably discharged in 1954. He worked at the Fair Haven Texaco from the early 1960s until 1978. He was a truck driver for Goddard Trucking for 14 years until his retirement in 1992.
He is survived by two sons, Roger Brileya Jr. of Benson and Chris Brileya of Maine; a daughter, Audrey McAndrews of Virginia Beach, Va.; three brothers, Jack Brileya of West Rutland, Chester Brileya of Rutland Town and Robert Brileya of Granville, N.Y.; four sisters, Janet Gendreau of Starksboro, Joyce Brileya of Gansevoort, N.Y., Doris Atwood of Rutland and Frieda Beeman of Orwell; and five grandchildren.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Kenneth Jabot, Donald Jabot and Wayne Jabot; and a sister, Rita Patterson.
A private graveside committal service will take place at a later date. There are no public calling hours.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to the Fair Haven Rescue Squad, 17 Prospect Street, Fair Haven, VT 05743.
Joseph Quentin Breen
BRANDON — Joseph Quentin Breen, 92, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury.
He was born in Hartford, Conn., on Aug. 27, 1916, the son of Daniel and Helen (Buckley) Breen. He married Ruth (Barber) Breen in Hartford on April 23, 1941.
He received his education in Hartford-area schools. He worked in marketing/public relations with his own company, Liaison. He was a former director and “Key Man Award” winner of the Greater Hartford Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was a director of the Hartford Sales Executives Club. He was a past general chairman of the Children Services of Connecticut Horse Show and County Fair.
He served in the U. S. Army during WW II. He held the rank of major in army intelligence and was information officer for the 76th Infantry Division Reserve. He was a past president of the Hartford (Conn.) Army Reserve Officers Association. Mr. Breen was also in the hospitality business with his wife Ruth for 15 years on Cape Cod and in suburban New Jersey. He was past president of the Orleans (Mass.) Board of Trade.
He is survived by his wife Ruth of Brandon; a son, David Breen of Goshen; two daughters, Judith Griswold of Westfield Center, Ohio, and Candace Breen-Lee of Silver City, N.M.; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by four brothers, John, Thomas, Francis and Vincent Breen.
A private graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will take place in the spring of 2009, at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in his memory to a charity of one’s choice.
Sister Bernadette Aube
WINOOSKI — Sister Bernadette Aube, 85, died Dec. 12, 2008, at Our Lady of Providence Residence after a short illness.
She was born in Charlotte on July 22, 1923, the daughter of Damien and Corrine (Charlebois) Aube.
She entered the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph in 1946. She made her commitment in 1948 and celebrated 60 years this past September.
She held a three-year nursing diploma from Fanny Allen Hospital. She continued her nursing career for several years, serving people in Vermont and Biddeford, Maine. She served as superior in Biddeford for 25 years and then returned to Vermont, where she lived until her death.
She is survived by three sisters, Reina Laberge of South Burlington, Lorraine Mathieu of Williston and Noela Brunet of Vergennes; and her sisters in religion, the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph.
She was predeceased by her parents, four brothers and two sisters.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Church in Winooski on Dec. 15. Interment followed at Fanny Allen Cemetery in Colchester.
Madeline Y. Allen
BURLINGTON — Madeline Y. Allen, 75, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at her home in Burlington.
She was born May 8, 1933, in Sandwich, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of Hector and Florida Mary Chaloux.
She is survived by a daughter, Kathryn Carbino and husband Douglas of Burlington; two sons, Roger W. Allen Jr. and wife Bertha of Bristol, and Dennis Allen and wife Julie of Monkton; a brother, Maurice Chaloux of Barre; four sisters, Rita Benoit of Barre, Lucille Provost and Pauline Marquis of Newport and Gisele Fontaine of Williston; 11 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
She was predeceased by her husband, Roger W. Allen Sr., on Oct. 16, 1991, and by seven brothers and sisters.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Bristol. Interment will be in Mount St. Joseph Cemetery in Bristol. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 77 Hegeman Ave., Colchester, VT 05446.