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Obituaries 11/19/07

Rose Evelyn Williams

MIDDLEBURY — Rose Evelyn Williams, 79, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at Vermont Respite House in Williston.  She was born Nov. 2, 1928, in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of Charles and Josephine Emery.

She did volunteer work at Addison County Community Action Group in Middlebury.

She is survived by six children, Anthony Pidgeon of Cornwall, Deborah Wildasin and husband Phil of Addison, Maureen Pidgeon and fiancé Bret Benner of South Burlington, Jody Pidgeon of Rutland, Tina Wildasin and husband Paul Jr. of Waltham, and Scott Pidgeon of Middlebury; thirteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Clayton Emery of New Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Ellie Mae Pidgeon, in 1968; and two sisters, Arlene Emery and Isabelle Emery.

Friends may call at Vergennes Congregational Church on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov 20, at Vergennes Congregational Church. Interment will be in South Hero Cemetery Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vermont Respite House, 89 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495, or Addison County Community Action Group, 282 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.


Vincent “Vince” Russo

LEICESTER — Vincent “Vince” Russo, 81, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, at his home in Leicester. He was born in East Haven, Conn., on May 6, 1926, the son of Maurizio and Lena (Biardino) Russo.

He received his education in East Haven schools. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army with the 11th Army Air Force. Following his honorable discharge he returned home. He was a former resident of Wantaugh, N.Y., where he was a member of the Wantaugh Volunteer Fire Department.

Obituaries 11/15/07

Eugene A. Rougier

VERGENNES —  Eugene A. Rougier, 42, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington.  He was born May 21, 1965, in Burlington, the son of Clarence Clifton and Janice (Flanders) Ryan.

Eugene is survived by his mother, Janice Ryan of Brandon; four sisters, Sandra Appelgate of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., Nancy Stearns of Brandon, Joanne Zeno of Vergennes, and Rose Zeno of Monkton; three brothers, Michael Rougier of Rockingham, Mark Rougier of Monkton, and Gregory Rougier of Shoreham; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Interment will be in Monkton Boro Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.


Peveril F. Peake

BRISTOL — Peveril F. Peake, 79, died on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, in Rutland after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 3, 1927, the son of Royal Whitman Peake and Kate Gardener Field.

He graduated from Bristol High School in 1945 and attended Manulis Military Academy. He worked for many years at G.E. Lakeside in Burlington as a quality control expert.

He was a life-long Bristol resident and well known in all the antique-classic car clubs and events. By his account he had owned over 1,200 cars of antique vintage during his lifetime. He was a founding member of the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts (VAE) and many other car clubs worldwide. He was often called on to inspect the “original condition” of an antique vehicle.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Bristol Baptist Church.

Obituaries 11/12/07

Dr. Daniel L. Jeffers

SHREVE, Ohio — Dr. Daniel L. Jeffers, 69, of Shreve, Ohio, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at his home. Born March 4, 1938, in Williamstown, Mass., he was the son of Daniel Lewis and Frances Kolbucz Jeffers.

He grew up in Vermont and graduated from Bristol High School in Bristol, Vt.

He was a research agronomist for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and the Ohio State University in soybean physiology developing field practices to double crop winter wheat and soybeans.  He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Wooster, Ohio, a member of the Toastmaster’s Club, Ducks Unlimited and served a number of years on the Interfaith Housing board of directors and had been chairman of the board.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Ricciardi Jeffers, whom he married March 2, 1963; and his children, Rebecca and her husband Rick Havourd of Pinkney, Mich., Dr. Russell and his wife Claudia Dwass Jeffers of Fairfax, Va., Christopher and his wife Andrea Jeffers of Wooster, Ohio, and Sarah Jeffers of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandchildren Rocco and Donato Havourd, Meyer and Paul Jeffers, and Taryn and Brianna Jeffers; a brother, James Jeffers of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Helene Combs of Douglasville, Ga.; and relatives and friends in Addison County, Vermont.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Frances Jones.

Friends were received at the McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home at 216 E. Larwill Street in Wooster, Ohio, on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Services were held at the St. Mary Catholic Church, Monday, Nov. 12, with Fr. Daniel Reed officiating. Interment followed in St. Mary Cemetery.

In memory of Dan, plant a tree and turn the garage lights off.

Obituaries 11/08/07

John C. Allo

ROCKLAND, Mass. — John C. Allo, 47, of Rockland died at his home from cardiomyopathy on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. He was born in Havelock, N.C., son of Samuel R. Allo of Glens Falls, N.Y., and the late Frances C. (Magnotta) Allo and was raised and educated in Vergennes.

A former Stoughton resident, he has made his home in Rockland for the past 13 years. He was the owner of John Allo Productions in Rockland, providing DJ services throughout the South Shore. An innovative entrepreneur, he used his internet skills to create a popular wedding services marketing site, www.southshoreweddings.com, and he was the author of “Bubble Parties,” a business plan for entertainment venues to be provided to pre-schools.

John maintained his own on-line radio station, www.ClassicRockAlbumCuts.com, and served as Web master for internet sites for Holy Family Church in Rockland and St. Mary’s Church in Scituate. He was a member of the National Association of Mobile Entertainers, and was a vendor at numerous wedding expo shows on the South Shore.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Patricia (Ryan) Allo; his children, Mary E. Allo, Susan F. Allo and Samuel J. Allo, all of Rockland; and his siblings, Laurie Allo and Vincent Allo of Vermont, and Sharon Jenkins of Pennsylvania. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

The funeral left from the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home at 135 Union St. in Rockland on Thursday at 8:15 a.m. for the Funeral Mass in Holy Family Church at 9 a.m. Calling hours were on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Burial took place in Holy Family Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Holy Family School Advancement Fund, 403 Union St. Rockland, MA 02370. For directions or to sign online guest book, go to www.magounbiggins.com.


 

Obituaries 11/05/07

Matthew Bruns

STARKSBORO — Matthew Bruns, 40, died on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, at his home in Starksboro after a long illness. He was born Jan. 3, 1967, in Silver Spring, Md., the son of Randolph and Barbara Bruns of Arnold, Md.

Matthew graduated from Severna Park High School in Maryland and attended college in Frostburg, Md. In high school and in his early working career he worked with disabled children and adults. He later was a licensed practicing massage therapist in Connecticut and recently worked in the service industry in Vermont.

He is survived by his parents; his wife, Barbara; his children, Zachary and Sierra; his sister, Krista Whitney and her husband Matt; and four nieces and nephews.

Obituaries 11/01/07

Mary Ruth (Plouffe) Vinci

CORNWALL — Mary Ruth (Plouffe) Vinci, 54, died Oct. 9, 2007, after a battle with melanoma. She was born in Burlington on June 25, 1954.

She grew up on her family’s farm in Cornwall and graduated from Middlebury Union High School I 1972 and from O’Brien’s School of Cosmetology in 1973.

She moved to Palatka, Fla., in 1977. While living in Palatka, she worked for the St. John’s River Water Management District and was active with the Palatka Jaycees. After a brief stay in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved back to Vermont in 2001 and married John “Marty” Vinci. There she made an impact on many children’s lives by working as a teacher’s aide for children with special needs. In May, she relocated to Snellville, Ga.

According to family, she enjoyed traveling, camping, boating, fishing, golf and especially chatting with friends and family.

She is survived by her mother, Lena Plouffe of Welaka, Fla.; husband, Marty Vinci, of Snellville; two sons, Brian Bourdeau of Auburn, Ala., and Jared Bourdeau of Palm Coast, Fla.; two step-children, Martin Vinci of Alpharetta, Ga., and Katie Vinci of Boston; and two daughters-in-law, Colleen Bourdeau and Jennifer Ortisi Vinci.

A memorial service was held on Oct. 13, at Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka, Fla.

There will be a graveside service Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Middlebury. A gathering of family and friends will be held after the service at the Cornwall Congregational Church.

Obituaries 10/29/07

Mary Ruth Vinci

CORNWALL — Mary Ruth Vinci, 54, died Oct. 9, 2007, after a battle with melanoma. She was born in Burlington on June 25, 1954.

She grew up on her family’s farm in Cornwall, and moved to Palatka, Fla., in 1977. While living in Palatka, She worked for the St. John’s River Water Management District and was active with the Palatka Jaycees. After a brief stay in St. Augustine, She moved back to Vermont in 2001 and married her husband, John (Marty) Vinci. There she made an impact on many children’s lives by working as a teacher’s aide for children with special needs. In May, she relocated to Snellville, Ga.

According to family, she enjoyed traveling, camping, boating, fishing, golf and especially chatting with friends and family.

She is survived by her mother, Lena Plouffe of Welaka, Fla.; her husband, John (Marty) Vinci of Snellville, Ga.; her two sons, Brian Bourdeau of Auburn, Ala., and Jared Bourdeau of Palm Coast, Fla.; her step-children, Martin Vinci of Alpharetta, Ga., and Katie Vinci of Boston, Mass.; and her daughters-in-law, Colleen Bourdeau and Jennifer Ortisi Vinci.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 13, at Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka, Fla.

There will be a graveside service Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Middlebury. A gathering for family and friends will be held after the service at the Cornwall Congregational Church.



Ellen Noonan

ADDISON — Ellen Noonan, 64, died unexpectedly on Oct. 23. 2007, at her home in London, England. She was the daughter of Lois C. and the late Frederick Noonan.

She is survived by her mother, and her brother, Frederick W. Noonan of Addison.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Obituaries 10/25/07

Leon J. Quesnel

MIDDLEBURY — Leon J. Quesnel, 85, of Middlebury died Oct. 22, 2007. He was born in Bridport on June 16, 1922.

He attended school in Bridport. In 1943 he married Fernande Faubert in St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Annette Quesnel of Warren, and Yvonne Riley and her husband Vernon of East Middlebury; his son, Leo Quesnel; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, and a granddaughter.

A memorial mass was held on Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Rev. John McDermott officiated.

A graveside committal service and interment followed in St. Genevieve’s Cemetery in Shoreham.


Billy Whitney “Whit” Hay Sr.

FAIR HAVEN — Mr. Billy Whitney “Whit” Hay Sr., 58, died suddenly Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, while at work in Waterbury. Whit was born Aug. 20, 1949, in Syracuse, N.Y., the son of William Whitney Hay and Clara Mae (Bowers) Hay Laughlan.

As a young boy he lived in Baldwinsville, N.Y., and later, together with his family, moved to Vergennes. He was a graduate of Vergennes Union High School with the class of 1968. He married Nancy L. (Verhoye) Woodbury Hay on January 28,1984, in Poultney, and the couple have made their home in Fair Haven for all of their married life.

Obituaries 10/22/07

Francis H. (Buzz) Burroughs

WINOOSKI — Francis H. (Buzz) Burroughs, 78, died in the home of his son, Frank, in Winooski on Oct. 10, 2007, after a struggling for over a year with cancer. He was born on Sept. 28, 1929, in Burlington, the son of Phelps and Editha (Harris) Burroughs.

He spent his childhood years growing up on the farm in Ferrisburgh and his teenage years working at the Basin Harbor Club. He graduated from Vergennes High School and attended the University of Vermont. He served in the U.S. Air Force through the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired with honors in 1989 from the Air Force Reserve after flying with the Air National Guard. After retiring, he was self-employed as an electrician for several years and then took ten years to travel to Florida, Oregon and California to pursue his interest in philosophy.

He is survived by his six children, Patricia Bergeron and husband Michael of Essex, Robert Burroughs of Louisiana, Frank Burroughs and wife Donna of Winooski, John Burroughs and partner Diane of Essex, Joseph Burroughs of Louisiana, and Solon Burroughs of Colchester; his companion, Elizabeth Woodrow; his sisters, Dorie Panton of Ferrisburgh and Julie Burroughs of Waltham; his brother, Robert Burroughs and wife Sylvia of Braintree; his sister, Virginia Clarke and husband Charles of New York; his brother Allen Burroughs of Louisiana; and Vera Burroughs, the mother of his children; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, James Burroughs, who died in 1954 at the age of 10 months.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Gage Cemetery in Vergennes.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Hospice Program.

Obituaries 10/18/07

Alice W. Provin

PITTSFORD — Alice W. Provin, 71, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at Rutland Regional Medical Center after a long illness. She was born on Nov. 26,1935, in Proctor, the daughter of Robert and Marjorie (Smith) Wright.

She  married Lloyd Provin on Dec. 24, 1952; he predeceased her on Feb. 11, 2007.

She was a longtime member of the Pittsford Congregational Church, where she was a member of the church choir and was very involved in all church activities.

She was leader of Bald Peak Homemakers 4-H club for 25 years, and was a avid gardener, square dancer and motorcycle enthusiast, and was know by her family as the household carpenter. She was well known by many for her abilities as a seamstress. She was a surrogate grandmother to the many children she did babysitting for over the years, but the most important thing in her life was having family gatherings and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her mother, Marjorie Wright of Pittsford; three sons, Lloyd “Bud” Provin and his companion Sue Giotta of Clarksville, Md., Brian Provin of Pittsford, and Earle Provin and his companion Laurie Lewis of Poultney; six daughters, Pamela Farnsworth and her husband Jim of Panton, Sandra Conway and her husband Rick of Pittsford, Martha Thurston and her husband Charles of Brandon, Sara Gallipo and her husband Tom of Pittsford, Nora Lougee and her companion Earl Audet of Bridport, and Donna Provin and her husband Mike Frey of New Haven; four sisters, Lorna Garrow and her husband Steve of Vershire, Gail Snow and her husband Bob of Upton, Mass., Roberta Mills and her husband Allen of Florence, and Wendy Walsh and her husband Michael of Randolph, Mass.; one brother, Steve Wright and his companion Jean Remsen of Rutland; 21 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father and an infant sister, Valerie.

Submitting an obituary

The Addison Independent publishes paid obituaries and free notices of passing. Paid obituaries cost 25-cents per word, and $10 per photo. The obituary will publish as it is submitted on the date of the family’s choosing.

For those who do not wish to purchase an obituary, the Addison Independent offers anyone with a local connection the opportunity to publish a notice of passing. These notices may be up to 100 words and are subject to editing by our news department.

Submissions must be received by 11 a.m. on Wednesday for publication in the Thursday paper and 11 a.m. on Friday for Monday’s paper.

Generally, obituaries follow this form:
TOWN — Name, age, of town, died on date, of cause of death. He/She was born on date in town, the son/daughter of father's name and mother's name, including maiden name in parentheses.

Then include a paragraph or two about where the person went to school and what they did for work; where they lived, who they married and when.

Add a sentence or two about what made the person special to family and friends, including hobbies, avocations or other telling details about their life.

He/She is survived by spouse's name; children named individually (and their spouses and towns of residence, if appropriate); siblings named individually; number of grandchildren, parents or other immediate family members.

He/She was predeceased by names of immediate family members.

A memorial service will be held (fill in details of date, time, and place, plus officiate if applicable) with interment at (place). Memorial contributions may be made to (name and complete address, if applicable).

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