Lawrence Gilbert Desjadon
ORWELL — Lawrence Gilbert “Larry” Desjadon died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, at home surrounded by his family. He was 92.
He was born at home in Orwell on Nov. 4, 1916, to Steven and Marie Desjadon. He was one of six children.
He worked as a road foreman, construction worker and rubbish collector, and he also worked at Brookside Manor. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Orwell where his family says he tended the flowerbeds with great pride.
Relatives say he enjoyed trout fishing, hunting and watching the Boston Red Sox play ball.
He is survived by his three daughters, Christy Alger and her husband Allen of Orwell, Margaret Hubbard of Hubbardton, and Sharon Whitehurst and her husband James of Wyoming; a sister, Elizabeth Archer of Chester; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Beulah (Lewis) Desjadon; three brothers, Clarence, Ernest and Warren; and a sister, Helen.
A graveside service will take place on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m., at Mountain View Cemetery in Orwell, followed by a celebration of his life at his home. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial donations may be made in Lawrence’s name to the Orwell Fire Department, c/o Louis Hall, 178 Route 73, Orwell, VT 05760.
She was born in New York City on March 9, 1921. She was the daughter of John and Kathleen (Griffin) Flanagan.
She received her early education in local city schools and graduated from Teaneck (N.J.) High School, class of 1940. She earned her degree in business administration from Immaculata College, class of 1944. Following graduation she worked a year on the Manhattan Project.
Nov. 6, 1945, she married Joseph L. Kane in St. Bede Chapel on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. They made their home in Paramus, N.J., until his death on March 9, 1957.
She worked as a legal secretary for the city of Del Ray Beach, Fla., for 22 years, as well as at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Police Department. She moved to Brandon in 1982 and later to Rutland in 1994. She was a communicant at St. Mary’s Church in Brandon.
She is survived by two sons, Joseph L. Kane Jr. of Ashville, N.C., and Dennis R. Kane of Gainesville, Fla.; two daughters, Mary K. Brady of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Christine M. Brown of Brandon; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband she was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph, John and Edward Flanagan; a sister, Margaret Gilcrease; and her twin sister, Kathleen O’Brien.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor, was the celebrant. A private burial will take place on Thursday, Aug. 27, in the family lot at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Tenafly, N.J.
Memorial gifts may be made to Helen Porter Nursing Home, Recreational Fund for the Residents, Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.
He was born Oct. 4, 1940, in Far Rockaway, N.Y., to Irene and Abraham Korda. “Bobby” was first introduced to the violin when his eldest brother, Murray, placed his fingers on the strings as Bobby sat in his high chair. At age 3, he began taking lessons from Murray.
When the family moved to Los Angeles in 1947, he continued his studies and was accepted in the Merenblum Youth Symphony Orchestra. Over the years he played in trio and quartet concerts. He joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1960, retiring in 1980.
In 1963, at Conrad Hilton’s request, Murray assembled the Monseigneur Strings for the Beverly Hills Hotel’s new restaurant, which soon became known for its elegant atmosphere and strolling violins. Bobby would fill in on nights that the L.A. Philharmonic didn’t perform. It was there that he met his first wife, Gayle Levant, the harpist for the Monseigneur. They divorced in 1967.
While playing the violin at the invitation of the music teacher of the International Children’s Center in Los Angeles, he met Venida Schartoff, a nursery school teacher. They were married in 1970 and had three children.
After his retirement from the philharmonic, he returned to the Monseigneur Stings. He took over the orchestra after his brother Murray was killed in an automobile accident in Vermont in 1998.
He was frequently seen in Addison County visiting family.
He leaves three children, son Noah, daughter Erin and her husband Darien Lazarus, and daughter Sarah Korda; a brother, Jerry; a sister-in-law, Joan Korda; his ex-wife and friend Venida Korda; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life was held Tuesday, Aug. 25, in Canoga Park, Calif.
He will be buried in the spring, next to his brother and his parents, in Mountain View Cemetery, in Orwell.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Music Guild, 6022 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 203, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
As a lifelong educator, he worked briefly as a science teacher and then entered administration, as a principal, in three elementary schools, a junior high and a high school, all in Union, N.J., his hometown.
After his first retirement, which brought him to Apple Green, his home in New Haven, he returned to public school administration, as an assistant principal and then principal of Mount Abraham Union High School. Upon his retirement from public education, he reentered the classroom at Middlebury College, as the leader of the teacher education program. With his final retirement, he shifted his focus to skiing, fishing and continuing to enjoy his life with Mary Ann, his wife of over 50 years.
He is survived by his two sons and their wives, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ann, in March 2007.
According to Harry’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Addison County or Rutland Hospice.
Born in Middlebury July 16, 1923, he was the son of the late Kenneth J. and Rena (Whittemore) Murray.
Mr. Murray served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. He was a member of the Middlebury American Legion Post 27.
He was a retired carpenter from Middlebury College where he worked for over 30 years.
He is survived by his son, William J. Murray II and his wife Tanya of Weston, Fla.; four brothers, Kenneth R. “Bob” Murray and James Murray, both of East Middlebury, John Murray of Germany and Paul Murray of Bristol; five sisters, Molly Flagg of Messina, N.Y., Patricia Austin of Vergennes, Nancy Abbott of Bristol, Shirley Dwyer of Bristol and Beverly Duchesne of East Middlebury; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Helen (Comes) Murray, in 1999 and a sister, Elizabeth Smith.
Friends may call Friday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Gary Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Cook Cemetery in Ripton, with military honors being given by Middlebury American Legion Post 27.