Lloyd P. Tatro
STARKSBORO — Lloyd P. Tatro, 96, died Monday, May 5, 2008, at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. He was born Oct. 29, 1911, in Bristol, the son of Powell and Otta (Hill) Tatro.
He married Barbara LaRose Tatro June 2, 1945. He farmed for many years in Starksboro, then he worked at Middlebury College from 1963 to 1990, and he was a caretaker at John Kirk Estate in Cornwall.
He is survived by five children, Mary and Edson Rathbun of Bristol, Richard and Judy Tatro of Bristol, Francis and Joanna Tatro of Starksboro, James and Lisa Tatro of Hinesburg, and Michael and Pamela Tatro of Bristol; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy LaRose of Bristol and Floreda Parker and Robert of Willimantic, Maine.
He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years on Jan. 5, 1995; a son, Lloyd G. Tatro, on April 28, 2004; a brother Russell Tatro, and a sister Myrle Sterling.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, May 8, at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment was in Green Mount Cemetery in Starksboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bristol Rescue Squad, PO Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443.
Elizabeth Broughton Laberge
BRIDPORT — A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 17, to celebrate the life of Elizabeth Broughton Laberge who died Jan. 7 in Orlando, Fla. The service will be held at St. Bernadette’s Church in Bridport at 11 a.m., with Father Justin Baker officiating. A reception will be held at the Parish Hall immediately after the service.
She and her husband, Roger “Charlie” LaBerge, raised their family in Bridport and moved to Orlando in 1979.
NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — Eben Joy, 96, the long-time owner of the Dog Team Tavern in New Haven, died on Monday, May 5, 2008. He had lived his final years in New Philadelphia, Ohio.
He was born April 5, 1912, in New York City, the youngest of six children. He was raised from the age of 3 in a children’s home after his father died and his mother could not afford to care for all of the children. He left the home at age 13, attended public school and delivered newspapers. He later handled odd jobs, helped with a fund-raising tour and performed kitchen work for Grenfell Industries, founded by Sir Wilfred Grenfell to support missionary efforts in Labrador and Newfoundland.
He also held a baking job, saved money and bought a gas station, hiring Boy Scouts from a troop he led to check tires and clean windshields.
When World War II broke out, he sold the gas station and married Catherine Vaughn, who also worked for Grenfell. He enlisted in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division — the famed ski troops — participating in the invasion of Mount Kiska in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska and then in Italy, earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
After the war, he wanted to open a ski resort and took a job as a ski instructor in Vermont, but lack of snow forced him to return to cooking skills learned in the Army. His wife had become manager of Grenfell’s Dog Team Tavern near Middlebury, which sold collectible Grenfell handicrafts, and upon Grenfell’s death in 1946, the Joys purchased the Dog Team.
While still providing food for ski areas, Eben Joy converted Grenfell’s tearoom into a widely acclaimed restaurant with recipes — especially his sticky buns and poppy seed salad dressing — featured in national magazines. In the tavern’s rooms upstairs, he provided lodging and food for post-war immigrants and college students who needed help and jobs.
He also hosted many celebrities who enjoyed retreats to the Dog Team’s guest rooms and built lasting friendships. Among them were Eleanor Roosevelt, actor Charles Laughton, poet Robert Frost and artist Michael Gilbert — all fueling his life-long love for the arts. Befriending the Von Trapp family when they came to the U.S., he helped them open their famous Vermont lodge.
In 2003, he was inducted into the Vermont Ski Hall of Fame for his service in the 10th Mountain Division, his role in the development of Vermont’s ski industry, and his longtime association with many Olympic skiers.
Eben Joy continued to own the Dog Team after his wife Catherine died in 1977 and he ultimately spent more than three decades there.
After selling the Dog Team, Eben and his wife Eileen retired to Sanibel Island, Fla., before relocating close to family in New Philadelphia. During retirement years, the Joys were active in churches and communities where they lived, and they traveled extensively. In declining health the past few years and blind, his lack of vision did not keep him from learning to paint scenes he remembered in Vermont.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Eileen; a son, Jon; a step-son, Tom Simmelink, and his wife, Jill, of New Philadelphia; a step-daughter, Mimi Tischbein, and her husband, Steve, of Dover, Ohio; four step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
Cremation is being handled by Lebold Funeral Home of Bolivar, Ohio, with ashes to be spread at Sanibel Island. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 201 West 3rd St., Dover, OH 44622. Messages for the family may be left at the funeral home’s online registry, www.leboldfuneralhome.com.
Floyd C. Heath Sr.
STARKSBORO — Floyd C. Heath Sr., 79, died Saturday, May 3, 2008, at Porter Hospital, Middlebury. Born July 13, 1928, in East Granville, he was the son of the late Clifford C. and Mary (Farnham) Heath.
Floyd served in the Vermont National Guard. He was employed as a farmer his entire life and lived in Starksboro for the past nine years, moving here from Addison.
He was a very hard-working and caring father who married his best friend, Beatrice N. (Tuttle) Heath on December 18, 1948. Floyd enjoyed hunting, fishing, his John Deere tractor and his vast gardens. He also enjoyed his dog pal, Rusty.
He became quite the homemaker and had a washing machine that did everything.
Family members include his wife of 59 years, Beatrice; six daughters, Charlene A. Phelps and her husband Norman of Starksboro, Diane H. Tomlinson and her husband Romaine of Orlando, Fla., Darlene R. Clark and companion Fred Farrington of Randolph, Brenda L. Ashley and her husband Roy of North Ferrisburgh, Debbie J. Mobbs and her husband Douglass of Richmond, and Tina M. Heath and her husband Herbert B. Heath Jr. of Barre; seven sons, William J. Heath Sr. and his wife Anne of North Ferrisburgh, Richard A. Heath Sr. and his wife Helen of Fresno, Calif., Clifford C. Heath Sr. and his wife Kimberly of Colchester, David K. Heath Sr. and his wife Linda of Bristol, Raymond F. Heath of Burlington, Gary S. Heath and his wife Angela of Starksboro, and Kelly J. Heath and his wife Maureen of Middlebury; 38 grandchildren including a special granddaughter, Brie; 15 great-grandchildren; nieces, including a very special niece, Grace Birchmore; nephews; and cousins.
Mr. Heath was predeceased by his son, Floyd Heath Jr., in 1999 and by sisters and brothers, Myrtie Farnham, Raymond Birchmore, Alida, Howard Birchmore, Joseph Birchmore, and Stella Bell.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Porter Hospital for their wonderful care on the medical unit and special care unit.
A graveside service was conducted Wednesday at Lakeview Cemetery, Addison, with Larry Detwielles officiating.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association.
Carl Francis Bushee
VERGENNES/MITCHELL, Ind. — Carl Francis Bushee, 47, of Mitchell, Ind., died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday April 29, 2008, in Franklin, Tenn. He was a long-time resident of Vergennes with family, including his mother, Janice Bushee, living in the area.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Friday, May 9, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Vergennes. Interment will be in St. Peter Cemetery in Vergennes.
Friends may call at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Thursday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m.
A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Addison Independent.