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Obituaries 01/24/08

James (Jim) Frederick Litch

ADDISON — James (Jim) Frederick Litch, 70, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at Fletcher Allen Hospital after a long illness.  He was born June 18, 1937, in Burlington, the son of Floyd and Helen (Bigelow) Litch.

He lived in Addison for the past 50 years. Jim owned and operated his farm along with his wife and children for 31 years. After developing health problems they sold the farm and Jim went on to work in a stone quarry for 13 years, driving trucks, until he was forced to retire for good because of health problems.

According to family he loved to hunt and fish, play golf with his son, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, and friends, and he loved to draw and read, but most of all he loved to spend time with family and friends.

He was a charter member of the St. Peter’s Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Vergennes Eagles Club.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gisele (Vanier) Litch of Addison; four children, Jeannine and her husband Wayne Partridge of Orwell, Jacques and his wife Janis Litch of Addison, Jackie and her husband Dan Flynn of Addison, and Terry and her husband Joe Anthony of Austin, Tex.; ten grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two sisters, Jean Withington and her husband Eugene of West Rutland, and Brenda Jaring and her husband Bill of Richford; two brothers-in-law, Bernard Vanier and his wife Fleur Ange of Moriah, N.Y., and Serge Vanier and his wife Nancy of Cornwall; one sister-in-law, Gislaine (Gigi) Uzzell and her husband William of Colchester; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by one brother, Timothy Litch.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Monday, Jan. 21, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.

Obituaries 01/21/08

Judith “Judy” Huetter

CORNWALL — Judith “Judy” Huetter, 67, of Cornwall, Vt., died at home on Sunday, January 13, 2008, after a difficult but mercifully short battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born on Feb. 6, 1940, the daughter of Dorothea (Force) and Edward Masters. Raised in Nutley, N.J., with her brother George, she went on to earn her RN at Saint Michaels Hospital School of Nursing and worked at the hospital before joining the Navy Nurse Corps in 1965. While serving at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Newport, R.I., she met and married her husband, Harvey Huetter.

In 1969 she and her husband moved to Chatham, Mass., and in 1970 were blessed with the arrival of their daughter Kristin. After several years as a stay-at-home mother she resumed working, first for the Chatham Visiting Nurse Association, then as a paraprofessional in the Chatham Elementary School, and finally at the Chatham Medical Center.

In 2003 she and her husband moved to Cornwall, Vt., to be close to family, and there she worked as a paraprofessional at the Bridport Central School. Judy was an accomplished knitter and enjoyed needlework of all types.

She is survived by her husband Harvey; daughter Kristin, son-in-law David and three grandchildren, Kaitlin, Jacob and Reilly, all of East Middlebury; several cousins; many nieces and nephews; and her foreign exchange student daughter Ingela Nilsson Juthberg, her husband Peter, and their son Leo all of Stockholm, Sweden.

Her parents and brother predeceased her.

Funeral and burial services were private. A memorial service was celebrated at the Cornwall Congregational Church on Jan. 19.

Memorial gifts may be made to Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.

Obituaries 1/17/08

James Earl Sprague Jr.

PORT HENRY, N.Y. — James Earl Sprague Jr., 77, died at his home in Port Henry, N.Y., on Jan. 4, 2008, after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children, his wife, Lucille Sprague, and his dog Peanut.

He was born April 22, 1930, in Spencertown, N.Y., the son of James and Beatrice (Stanton) Sprague Sr.

He worked at Nu Way laundry for his father-in-law for several years. He also worked in the mines in Canton, N.Y. After working for 36 and a half years at International Paper’s Ticonderoga Mill, he retired in 1992. With the help of his wife Lucille and 11 children, he owned and operated Sprague’s Woodcraft Shop in Port Henry. A skilled carpenter, his family said he built the first Champ, the Lake Champlain sea monster.

Friends said he enjoyed being with his family, working in his shop and sitting next to his wood stove in his rocking chair. He loved to visit with anyone who stopped by, he had a story for everyone. He also loved sitting in the kitchen or in the garage watching traffic and the birds at his feeders.

During his illness he called his daughter Stacy “Doc Adams” in jest because of the way she cared for him.

Obituaries 01/14/08

Diane Ashland Larocque

ST. ALBANS / SALISBURY — Diane Ashland Larocque, 63, passed away from the loving arms of her family to the loving arms of her Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, after a long battle with breast cancer.

She was born on Jan. 29, 1944, to Clifford S. and Laura (Cheney) Ashland in St. Albans.

Diane attended St. Albans schools and graduated from B.F.A. St. Albans in 1962, where she was very active in many programs as a student. She attended the University of Vermont, where she graduated as a math teacher in 1968. Diane then taught math for nearly 30 years, with the majority of that time being spent at Middlebury High School. She also had taught a short time at Burlington High School and in Utica, NY. She enjoyed her career immensely, almost as much as raising her children and kept in contact with many of her former students.

While residing in Salisbury, Diane was a member of the Salisbury Fireman’s Auxiliary, served on the Salisbury Elementary School Board for many years and enjoyed local politics. Diane was a member of the Ladies Red Hat Society and the Vermont Retired Teachers Association.

She married Marcel J. Larocque on August 30, 1969, in St. Albans and settled in Salisbury where they raised their family, until moving back to St. Albans in recent years.

In addition to her fabulous and loving husband Marcel of St. Albans, Diane is survived by her two wonderful children, Amy Larocque of Hinesburg and Andre Larocque and his wife, Linda of Salisbury, four adoring grandchildren: Brady (10), Ally (8), Carly (6) and Will (6) who were the spark of her life; her brother Duane Ashland and his wife, Diane from Virginia and their five children: Jane, Diana, Laura, Stephanie and Heidi.

She was predeceased by her Father on Nov. 5, 1975, and her Mother on Dec. 1, 1978.

Obituaries 01/10/08

Claire Wilson

RIPTON — Claire Wilson passed away at her home in Ripton on Dec. 31, 2007, surrounded by family and friends. Born Sept. 26, 1950, in Evanston, Ill., Claire Ellen Lodal was the firstborn child of Norm and Shirley Lodal and the namesake of her beloved grandfather Clarence Edward Nelson.

Raised in Skokie and Rockford, Ill., with her three siblings, Beth, Peter and John, Claire lived in a close-knit family that enjoyed sports, music and reading. As an undergraduate, Claire attended Illinois Wesleyan University where she majored in English, graduated Phi Beta Kappa and later served for three terms as a college trustee. As a sophomore, she met Christopher Kent Wilson and they were married during their senior year on Dec. 27, 1970.

After graduation, Claire and Kit moved to New Haven, Conn., where Claire earned her master’s degree in special education. Before giving birth to her first son, Benjamin Lodal Wilson, in 1976, Claire taught in the North Haven school system and at Southern Connecticut State College. In 1979, the family moved to Ripton, Vt. During the early 1980s, Claire worked in the Student Activities Office at Middlebury College, served as a college carilloneur and was an active member of the Ralph Myhre Golf Course and an early organizer of Hook-a-Kid on Golf.

In 1984, she gave birth to her second son, Peter Copp Wilson, and began working for Professor Steven Rockefeller, assisting him with his many scholarly projects, including his biography of John Dewey, his work on the Earth Charter, and the college symposiums and art exhibitions, Christ and the Bodhisattva (1984) and Spirit and Nature (1990), celebrating the visits of the Dalai Lama to Middlebury.

Obituaries 01/07/08

Dr. Ruth Frankey Smith

ROCHESTER — Dr. Ruth Frankey Smith, 77, died Dec. 27, 2007, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. She was born in Stockton, N.Y., on Aug. 2, 1930.

She studied at Columbia University and served as librarian of the faculty of Yale University Medical School before moving to Vermont. She was employed as a psychotherapist both in private practice and at the Brandon Training School.

She moved to Rochester from Shelburne in 1999. According to family, she enjoyed oil painting, cooking, traveling, good music and being in the great outdoors. She was a writer and was working on an historical novel.

She is survived by a niece and a grand-niece.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Smith.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at 2 p.m. at The Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Richard White, pastor of the Brandon Congregational Church, will officiate.

Private burial will take place, at a later date in Stockton, N.Y.

Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

A. Elizabeth (Betty) Fuller

BEVERLY COMMONS, Mass. — A. Elizabeth (Betty) Fuller, 101, died Jan. 2, 2008, at home in Bristol. She was born July 22, 1906, the daughter of Zeno Elwell and Mirinda Jane Willett of Essex, Mass.

She worked 22 years at United Shoe Machinery Corp. in Beverly, Mass.

In late life she enjoyed traveling throughout Canada, Europe, and Asia, according to family.

Obituaries 1/03/08

Frederick Christian Rasmussen Sr.

BRANDON — Frederick Christian Rasmussen Sr., 85, died Thursday, Dec.
27, 2007, at Rutland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Mount
Ross, N.Y., on Oct. 15, 1922, the son of Walter and Marie (Heiser)

He received his early education in local Mount Ross schools. In his
earlier years he ran the family farm with his father in Mount Ross. He
was a member and deacon of Vedder Church in Gallatin, N.Y. He belonged
to the Mount Ross, N.Y., Grange. On Aug. 21, 1954, he married Irene
Molnar at Vedder Church in Gallatin.

They moved to Pittsford in 1957 where they purchased their farm on
Route 7. He was a dairy farmer all his life. He retired in 1996.

He is survived by his wife, Irene Rasmussen of Pittsford; two children,
Carl Andrew Rasmussen and Mary Ann White, both of Pittsford; and six
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, many of whom live in the
Brandon area.

He was predeceased by a son, Frederick Rasmussen Jr., in July 1984; a brother, Oscar Rasmussen; and a sister, Florence Hapeman.

A private funeral service will be held at a later date at the Miller
& Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. Entombment will follow the
service at Pine Hill Cemetery, where the graveside committal service
and burial will take place at a later date.

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

David Allen “Pappa Dave” Quintin

RICHMOND — David Allen “Pappa Dave” Quintin, 53, of Richmond, formerly
of Essex, died on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007.  He was born in Montpelier on
July 13, 1954, the son of Philip V. and Theresa (Demartino) Quintin.

Obituaries 12/31/07

Nellie Addie Johnson

LEICESTER JUNCTION — Nellie Addie Johnson, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at the home of her daughter in Brandon. She was born in Sudbury on Jan. 22, 1917, the daughter of Roy and Ida (Snow) Morton.

She received her education in local Sudbury schools. She married Charles Johnson in 1936 in Brandon, and they made their home in Sudbury. He died May 28, 1960.

Following the death of her husband she worked at Brandon Training School for many years. She moved to Leicester Junction in the late 1960s.

According to family, she enjoyed country music and dancing. She was a life member of the Champlain Valley Old Time Fiddlers Association. In her earlier years she enjoyed playing guitar and the bones for her family. She was a member of The Brandon Congregational Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Frances Hewes of Brandon, and Marilyn Morton of Newport, S.C.; a son, Richard B. Johnson of Leicester; 16 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren also survive her.

She was predeceased by a son, Lauress Johnson, in 1995; a daughter, Marguerite Ann Smith, in 1996; five brothers, Elywin Morton, Leon Morton, Stanley Morton, James Morton and Joseph Morton; and two sisters, Elizabeth Russell and Lucille Preble.

The memorial service “In Celebration of Her Life” will be held on Monday, Jan. 7, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, pastor, will officiate. Private burial will take place in Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733, or The Vermont Heart Association, 12 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

Obituaries 12/27/07

James W. Lynch

CLAREMONT, N.H. — James W. Lynch, 53, of Claremont, N.H., died on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007 at his home following a long illness. He was born in Bennington on April 12, 1954, the son of the late attorney Thomas W. Lynch and Marolyn E. (Powers) Lynch.

James grew up in East Middlebury, and his father was a prominent attorney in the area.

He is survived by his mother, Marolyn E. Lynch of Claremont; his sister, Sarah Pettengill and her husband Paul of Claremont; two brothers, Mark T. Lynch and his longtime companion, Kim Mason of Burlington, and Peter G. Lynch and his wife Kathleen of North Danville; one niece; and one nephew.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Ernest “Ernie” Longey

MIDDLEBURY — A memorial service for Ernest “Ernie” Longey, 63, of Middlebury, who died in his sleep on Dec. 14, 2007, will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Mead Memorial Chapel on the Middlebury College campus. A reception will follow at Kirk Alumni Center.

Memorial donations may be made to Town Hall Theater Inc., PO Box 128, Middlebury, VT 05753, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Andrew J. Koll

EAST MIDDLEBURY —  Andrew J. Koll of East Middlebury died on Dec. 25, 2007.

A full obituary for Mr. Koll will appear in a future edition of the Addison Independent.

James Robert Husk

VERGENNES — James Robert Husk, 66, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.  He was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Ferrisburgh, the son of Florence Ann Husk.

Obituaries 12/20/07

Ernie Longey

MIDDLEBURY — Ernie Longey, 63, died in his sleep after a brief illness with cancer at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington on Dec. 14, 2007, with his wife Mary at his side. He had spent the evening surrounded by his loving family. Ernie was born in Middlebury on Sept. 13, 1944, to Hugh and Mildred Longey. He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1962. Although he never received another degree, Ernie was a true ‘Renaissance Man,’ mastering a myriad of skills and crafts throughout his life.

Ernie began his long work relationship with Middlebury College in October 1961, when he took over his uncle Richard Delphia’s job as a part-time technician at Hillcrest Language Center when Richard was called to serve in the National Guard during the Berlin Wall crisis.

After high school graduation, Ernie worked at a variety of jobs in Vermont, New York and Florida (loan officer, resort waiter, audio/visual system installer, draftsman at Simmons Precision, technician at the electronic lab in Middlebury, owned an appliance business in Rutland, sold his own handcrafted furniture, etc.).

He served in Vietnam in the Army Security Agency. In October 1974, he accepted a position as electronic technician at Middlebury College and later became director of media services. He did much to keep the college on the cutting edge of technology until his retirement in 2000.

From 2000 until his death, he worked out of his home office for HB Communications Inc. of North Haven, Conn., traveling in Vermont and New Hampshire to colleges, hospitals and businesses as a designer, programmer and installer of ‘smart’ rooms (rich with technology controlled by touch panels).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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