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Obituaries 10/23/08

Jeffrey Paul Titus

CHARLOTTE — Jeffrey Paul Titus, 42, died peacefully on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at his home in the presence of his family following a long battle with leukemia. He was born on Aug. 16, 1966, in Aberdeen, S.D., the son of Robert and Bernice (Leicht) Titus, of Charlotte.

Jeff graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School in 1984. Jeff spent his life doing what he loved most, farming together with his father Robert Titus on the family farm in Charlotte. He married Lorraine K. Irish on April 30, 1994, in Fletcher. Jeffrey enjoyed NASCAR racing, biking, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, hiking, and teaching his son Ryan how to drive tractors. One of his favorite annual events was the Charlotte Tractor Parade where he showcased his favorite Massey Ferguson Tractors.

Jeff is survived by his wife Lorraine and son Ryan of New Haven; his parents Robert and Bernice Titus of Charlotte; his sister Laurie and husband Peter Curler, and their children Bobby and Bradley of Charlotte; his in-laws Ike and Brenda Irish of Fairfax, and Polly and Ann Irish-Lodge and their son Samson of Seattle, Wash.; his brother-in-law Howard Irish and wife Kristine and their children, Kelsie, Connor, Madison, and Alison of Fletcher; sister-in-law Dorene Whitley and her husband Robert and their children Jasmine and Emma of Seattle, Wash.; and brother-in-law Austin Irish of Fairfax. Jeffrey is also survived by many other loving family members and friends.

Jeffrey was predeceased by his infant sister Diane.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at the Middlebury Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Special thanks to Fletcher Allen Hematology, Oncology division; Addison County Home Health and Hospice; and our many family and friends that have supported us through this journey.

Obituaries 10/20/08


MIDDLEBURY — Charlotte Fisk, 72, of Middlebury, died peacefully on Oct. 13, 2008.  Daughter of Earl Ellsworth Fisk and Florence Leavitt Fisk, she was born and raised in Green Bay, Wis.  She attended Northwestern University where she studied drama, and then transferred to Rollins College.  She moved to New Vernon, N.J., with her family where she raised her children and ran her own business.  In 1976 her family relocated to Vermont where they owned a farm in Cornwall.  In more recent years, she was a resident of Middlebury.

 Charlotte was an amazing quilter and handcrafter, and shared this gift with many people over the years.  Owner of Charlotte’s Web in Bernardsville, N.J., and later Charlotte’s Collections in Middlebury, Vt., she was also selected during the Clinton Administration to hang an ornament she created on the While House Christmas tree. Charlotte was active in the Milk and Honey Quilter’s Guild of Middlebury, and played many key roles in that group.  In recent years she took the lead in coordinating volunteers to make quilts for soldiers injured in the war in Iraq.  She will also be remembered for her service on the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Squad, as someone with strong political convictions who served as a role model to many in advocating for women’s rights, her love for the dogs she adopted from the Humane Society over the years, and her passion for football as demonstrated by her support of the Green Bay Packers and the Middlebury Tigers.  Charlotte fought many health battles over the years and amazed everyone with her ability to defy the medical odds, continuing to live independently, engaged in her local community and spending time with her family and her many wonderful friends.   She will be remembered for her creative talents, compassion, sense of humor, and her positive attitude in even the most difficult of times. 

Obituaries 10/16/08

Florence E. Pool

MIDDLEBURY — Florence E. Pool, 79, of Rogers Road in Middlebury, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, at Porter Hospital.

Born July 3, 1929, in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Cecelia (Gotchall) Block. 

Florence was a homemaker and a resident of Middlebury since 1954.

She is survived by one son, Gary S. Pool and his wife, Tracy, of Hyde Park; two daughters, Debra A. Pool-Hahn and her husband, Edward, of Reston, Va., and Amy S. Pool of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren, Erin L. Cram and her companion, Samuel Demmons, of Gorham, N.H., and Kara E. Pool and her companion, Patrick Krock-Horton, of Northampton, Mass.; two great-grandchildren, Aria M. Day and Sadie N. Demmons; and many good friends and neighbors.

Florence was predeceased by her husband Edwin L. Pool and a brother, Henry D. Block.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.  Those wishing to make memorial donations may make them to HOPE, (formerly ACCAG) P.O. Box 165, Middlebury, VT 05753, or to the charity of one’s choice. 

Online condolences may be made at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.

M. Perry Ketcham

SUDBURY ­— M. Perry Ketcham, 88, of Sudbury died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 at Rutland Health Care Center.

He was born July 8, 1920, in Sudbury, the son of Robert Perry and Lena (Churchill) Ketcham. He received his early education in a Sudbury one-room schoolhouse. He graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1937.  On Oct. 15, 1949, he married Frances Prediger in the Stephen A. Douglas House in Brandon. They made their home in Sudbury. 

Obituaries 10/13/08

Arthur B. Penney

ORWELL — Arthur B. Penney, 85, of Penney Farms, Fla., formerly of Scotchtown, N.Y., died Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, in Montgomery, N.Y. He was born June 24, 1923, in Moriches, N.Y., to Clarence and Edith (Ross) Penney.

He graduated from Center Moriches High School in 1939 and Brown University in 1944 with a B.S. in civil engineering. He served in the U.S. Army’s Cadre of 656 Engineer Topographic Battalion during World War II.

He was an engineer for American Express from 1946-1966. He was a teacher/business manager for the Chester School District from 1967-1977. He retired from the USDA Formers Home Administration as a housing inspector in 1989.

He was a charter member of Harmony Baptist Church, where he served in many positions, including deacon, trustee, Sunday school superintendent, Christian Service Brigade leader and board member of Harmony Christian School. He was also involved with C.S.B.’s Northern Frontier camp and Gideons International.

He and his wife, Audrey, enjoyed 10 years of traveling across the country in their motor home before moving in 2000 to Penney Retirement Community, where he was actively involved in volunteer work. They summered in Orwell, Vt., and he enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and sitting by the lake watching the sunsets on Lake Champlain.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Audrey (Stiefel) Penney; a son, Merritt Cash Penney II of Montgomery; three daughters, Darby Penney and husband Ken Denberg of Albany, N.Y., Darcy and husband Fred Litt of Allendale, N.J., and Melissa Penney of Montgomery; a grandson; a granddaughter; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Lloyd and wife Gladys, Lawrence and wife Ave, and Robert.

Obituaries 10/09/08

Bernice Irwina Milton

BRANDON — Bernice Irwina Milton, 91, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, at the home of her daughter in Brandon.

She was born in Waterbury, Conn., on March 22, 1917, the daughter of Ernest and Ruby (Westervelt) Barker.

She was a retired hairdresser and a member of Prospect (Conn.) Congregational Church Women’s Association, of the “17ers” and a charter member of Cheshire (Conn.) Cats Square Dance Club and the National Family Campers and RVers. She was also a member of the Prospect Congregational Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Janice Jones, of Brandon, with whom she had made her home; a son, Bradley Milton of Prospect, Conn.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alton Milton, on Sept. 7, 2004.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home in Prospect with a graveside committal service and burial in the Cheshire (Conn.) Cemetery.

Donations may be made to The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 7 Albert Cree Drive, Rutland, VT 05701.

Samuel Maxwell Raven Laframboise

BURLINGTON — Samuel Maxwell Raven Laframboise, 18, of Burlington died as the result of a car crash on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington. The former Bristol resident was born May 4, 1990, in Middlebury, the son of Philip Laframboise and Roxanne Williams.

A lover of skateboarding, family said he had a love for life and a big heart, and he was always there for friends and family.

He is survived by his parents, mother Roxanne Williams of Bridport and father and step-mother, Philip and Cherie Laframboise of Hinesburg; three sisters, Heather Jackson, Katie Jackson and Tana; a brother, Timothy Joseph Williams; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and a niece.

Obituaries 10/06/08

Edward S. Jacobson

WHITING — A reception in memory of Edward S. Jacobson, 94, who died Aug. 23, 2008, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Whiting Town Hall. Friends are invited to visit with the family and share remembrances.

Richard “Dick” G. Heitman

VERGENNES — Richard “Dick” G. Heitman, 78, of Vergennes died Sept. 25, 2008. He was born on March 9, 1930, in Shoreham, the son of Grandey and Kathryn (Johnson) Heitman.

He attended the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H., and the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Mass., where he studied steam and diesel engineering and industrial electricity.

After completing his education he enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and served as an Air Force police officer from 1949 to 1953, first in Fairbanks, Alaska, as a patrolman and then at Mitchell Field, Long Island, N.Y., as the Air Force police sergeant of the guard.

He and his wife, whom he met at age 14 in the apple orchards of Shoreham, were married on June 14, 1955, and resided on Cream Hill in Shoreham. They operated the Heitman Supply Company in Middlebury, selling appliances and dairy equipment and conducting plumbing, heating, and refrigeration service.

He moved his family to Rhinebeck, N.Y., in 1967 upon accepting a position with the Delaval Separator Company in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

He began his tenure as a dairy equipment field engineer and moved up through the DeLaval ranks; product engineer, product engineer and supervisor of farm system planning, manager of engineering — farm division, manager of field services, and regional product manager.

Obituaries 10/02/08

William Irving Rider

FERRISBURGH — William Irving Rider, 81, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at his home in Ferrisburgh. He was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Ferrisburgh, the son of John Philip and Ellen Porter Rider.

He is survived by his sister, Marjorie Bushey of Middlebury; several nieces and nephews; and dear friends.

He was predeceased by six sisters and a brother.

There will be no public calling hours.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Gage Cemetery in Ferrisburgh.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 11, Vergennes, VT 05491.

Claire Theresa Mullaney

BRANDON — Claire Theresa Mullaney, 80, died Sept. 22, 2008, at her home in Brandon. She was born in Arlington, Mass., on Sept. 1, 1928, the daughter of Emile and Alice (Comeau) Saulnier.

She graduated from Arlington (Mass.) High School, class of 1946. She furthered her education in dress design in the Boston area. She later worked in a bridal shop in Burlington, Mass., for several years. She relocated to Leicester Junction in 1977 moving from Burlington, Mass. She afterwards moved to Brandon.

She volunteered at the Brandon Senior Citizens, cooking and serving meals. She also worked at Camp Thorpe in Goshen, doing laundry for the disabled children. According to family, she enjoyed traveling, sewing, and crafts and was a wonderful baker. She was proud of her gardening skills and lugged her own firewood.

She is survived by two daughters, Charlene Ingram of Madison, N.H., and Cheryl Gallagher of Stoneham, Mass.; three sons, Robert Dejoie of the Marshall Islands, Marty Dejoie of Florida, and Jody Mullaney of Goffstown, N.H.; a sister, May Balog of Cape Cod; her companion, Kenneth LaPorte of Leicester; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, two nephews and several cousins.

Obituaries 09/25/08

Teresa M. Hunt

BRISTOL /MURPHY, N.C. — Teresa M. Hunt, 92, of Murphy, N.C., died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008. She was the daughter of Lewis C. and Florence Graham Smith.

A native of Cheever, N.Y., she lived in Bristol before moving to Murphy in 1994.

She was a nurse aide at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Port Charlotte, Fla., for 18 years, retiring in 1986.

She was of the Methodist faith.

She is survived by two daughters, Charlotte Hunt of Murphy, N.C., and Betty Wissel and her husband, Emery, of Lincoln; one son, Paul G. Hunt and his wife, Bonnie, of Murphy; 16 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Edwin Hunt, who died in 1991; and a son, Harold E. Kilburn.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, at Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.

Richard Howard Marcher

TUCSON, Ariz. — Richard Howard Marcher, 97, formerly of Middlebury, died Sept. 9, 2008, in Tucson, Ariz., the home of a godson, Daniel Cavett.

He served as a pilot officer in the United States Army Reserves War Training Service during World War II, where he flew B29s over the North Pole to the Soviet Union on photo-reconnaissance missions. A crash in an L-19 in the Carolinas brought his military career to a halt. Employed by Boeing Aircraft, he later became a regional sales representative for several nationally known companies.

He and his wife, Alice, moved to Vermont in the 1960s, built a house in Ferrisburgh, and eventually moved to Middlebury. There he reclaimed an early interest in art and resumed painting. A member of the Middlebury Artists Association, his works were prolific. He is probably best remembered for his series of townscapes, county barns and inns.

According to family, he was a free spirit and jack of all trades for whom the glass was always half full.

Obituaries 09/22/08

Mary L. Bolduc

BRIDPORT — Mary L. Bolduc, 81, died Thursday evening, Sept. 18, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

She was born Sept. 3, 1927, in Weybridge, the daughter of the late Archie and Maude (LaPan) LaBrake.

Mary married Dennis Bolduc Aug. 7, 1948, and they just recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

She was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church of Bridport and a former member of the Altar Society for many years.

Mary loved to knit, crochet, garden and spend time with family and friends.

Survivors include her husband Dennis, of Bridport; her daughter, Diane B. O’Bryan and her companion, Clyde LeMay, of Wilder; her two grandchildren, Kelli A. O’Bryan of San Diego, Calif, and Chris P. O’Bryan of Goffstown, N.H.; and also by several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and also by her brother, Francis LaBrake, who died January 1984.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home at 117 South Main St. in Middlebury.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church in Shoreham. The Rev William R. Beaudin will be the celebrant.

Burial will follow in St. Genevieve’s Cemetery in Shoreham.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church, c/o St. Mary’s Rectory, 326 College St., Middlebury, VT 05753.

On line condolences may be recorded at www.sandersonfuneral

Arrangements have been entrusted to Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home.


Obituaries 09/18/08

Betsy (MacMillan) Saunders

MIDDLEBURY — Betsy (MacMillan) Saunders, 90, of Middlebury, died at Helen Porter Nursing Home on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by her family.

She was born Betsy Ann MacMillan, Feb. 2, 1918, in Rochester, N.Y., the daughter of Donald J. and Suzanne M. MacMillan and the youngest of six children. After graduation from James Madison High School in Rochester she worked as a hematology technician at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. There her work contributed to the Manhattan Project. While working in the lab she met her future husband, Richard H. Saunders, Jr., and on May 19, 1944, they were married.

In 1950 she moved to Burlington, Vt., where she raised two children while her husband served as a professor of medicine at the University of Vermont. In later years she lived in Rochester, N.Y.; Bronxville, N.Y.; Gladwyne, Pa.; and Grafton, Mass.. Upon her husband’s retirement in 1989 she moved to Middlebury where she lived until 2001. From 2001-2006 she and her husband were residents of the Willows in Westborough, Mass., before returning to Middlebury.

In her married life she developed a particular love for travel, gardening, and numerous crafts, including rug hooking, quilting, and tole painting. She was also an active volunteer during her adult life, particularly for the Unitarian Church, Grafton, Mass., and Round Robin and the American Red Cross, Middlebury. But above all she was a loving mother and wife. Nothing brought her greater joy than family and she took special pride in a marriage of almost 65 years and frequent visits from children and grandchildren.

She was particularly proud of her Scottish heritage and in 1977 traveled to the family cottage of her forbears in Macrihanish, Argyleshire, Scotland.

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