Howard A. Wright Sr.
BRISTOL — Howard A. Wright Sr., 80, died Monday, May 26, 2008, at his home in Bristol. He was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Hinesburg, the son of Alfred and Mary Pierce Wright.
He is survived by his special friend of 11 years, Pamela Whittemore of Bristol; his four children, Betty and Frank Ryan of Jeffersonville, Howard A Wright Jr. and Denise of Clarksville, Tenn., Ella Johnson and fiancé Randall Blair of Bristol, and Mary Taylor of Sheldon; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great step grandchildren; a sister, Minnie Scribner and Richard of Bakersfield.
He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara (Wolcott) Wright, in 1997; a brother, Charles Wright; and two sons-in-law, Tom Taylor and Patrick Ryan Sr.
Friends may call at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes on Friday, May 30, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, May 30, at Brown McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Interment will be in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bristol Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 227, Bristol, VT 05443.
Dr. William Arthur Pratt
RUTLAND — A memorial service for Dr. William Arthur Pratt, who passed away on April 5, 2008, will be held on Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Rutland.
SALISBURY — Mitchell Keros, 88, died Thursday, May 22, 2008, in the arms of his loved ones. Born September 4, 1919, in Wilbraham, Mass., he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna (Probycian) Keroski.
He was a graduate from Springfield Trade School, Springfield, Mass., and Rutland Business College.
He honorably served in the United States Navy for five years on Destroyer Escort Petit No. 253 during World War II. He was a Fireman First Class and served in the European Theater of Operations in England and Northern Ireland and the African Theater.
He was recipient of the Medal of Honor, Victory Medal, ETO Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was wounded in combat in the European Theater of War and was recipient of the Disabled American Veteran Medal.
He worked for Middlebury Post Office as a carrier for thirty years.
He loved music, particularly dance music. He and his wife followed the name bands during World War II.
His greatest love was the Boston Red Sox and he enjoyed going to see the Red Sox play.
A kind and gentle man, he loved his family and his grandchildren, animals, especially his Persian cat, Minka, and all animals that have gone before him. He enjoyed Trivia and was very astute at questions and answers.
His many friends will miss him at Elderly Services, where he enjoyed the camaraderie of his many friends there everyday.
He was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and USS Pettit Association.
He was loved by many and with heartfelt love do we say goodbye to a very fine man.
Family members include his wife of 65 years, Mary Blaise-Bourgeois Keros of Salisbury; a daughter, Gail and her husband, Joel Aroeste, of Albany, N.Y.; his granddaughter, Rachelle Aroeste-Sweer ; his grandson, Adam; a beloved niece, Helen and her husband, Dana Ham, of Wilbraham, Mass.
A private memorial service will take place at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Feral Cat Program, c/o Rhonda Marshall, 465 Shard Villa Rd., Salisbury, VT 05769.
Arrangements are by Sanderson Funeral Service, Middlebury.
Neil C. Gleason
MIDDLEBURY — Neil C. Gleason, 88, died at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington on Saturday, May 24, 2008. The sun was shining, and the Yankees had finally won a game.
Neil was a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and husband to his wife Annetta. He was also a friend to many people. Neil was predeceased in 1975 by his first wife, Shirley, the mother of his children.
Neil was a veteran of World War II. He loved watching sports, especially horse races, and enjoyed sitting around talking and laughing with his family and friends. So little time has passed from his death on Saturday until today, and already his family misses him so much.
There will be no services, per Neil’s wishes. A private family burial will take place in the summer.
Ned Oliver Fleming
PANTON — Ned Oliver Fleming, 80, died Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury surrounded by his family. He was born September 14, 1927, in Burlington, the son of Martin and Lillian Beers Fleming.
He worked for Simmonds Precision for 28 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, sharpening knives, fixing fishing poles, and small appliances.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Geraldine Fleming of Panton; four children, Lynn and Charles Finch of Warden, Wash.; Larry and Denise Fleming of Addison; Lisa and Christopher Preston of Addison; Lance and Penny Fleming of Bridport; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by an infant son, Ray Oliver Fleming; and his son, Lee James Fleming.
A gathering will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 30, at his family’s home in Panton.
Leland E. Brown Jr.
VERGENNES — Leland E. Brown Jr., 68, died Friday, May 23, 2008, at Helen Porter Nursing Home in Middlebury. He was born July 5, 1939, in Vergennes, the son of Leland and Theresa Adams Brown Sr.
He was a member of Dorchester Lodge 1 F&AM in Vergennes and Scottish Rite.
He is survived by a nephew and a niece; seven grand-nieces and
-nephews; a great-grand-niece; and several cousins.
He was predeceased by his sister, Betty Lou Hunt, in 2005.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 27, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. Interment was in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boston Shriners Children Hospital, 51 Blossom St. Boston, MA 02114.
Beverly Smith Baker
NEW HAVEN — Beverly Smith Baker, 66, died on May 23, 2008, at her home after a brief struggle with cancer. She was born in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of W. Lowell Smith and Alyce Hamel Smith.
Her early schooling was in St. Johnsbury. She traveled and lived in California before settling in New Haven in 1973 to raise a family.
She worked at Helen Porter Health and Rehab from 1988 until her recent retirement. She worked for many years in Orthodontics prior to that.
She is survived by a son, Aaron R. Baker, of New Haven; and a daughter, Jessica B. Baker, of Skagway, Alaska; a niece and nephew, and many cousins scattered throughout the U.S.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Jerilyn M. Baker; and a sister, Pamela S. Parlette.
There will be a celebration of her life between 1 and 5 p.m. on Friday, May 30, at 62 Belden Falls Road in New Haven. Words of remembrance will begin at 2 p.m., led by Minister David Wood. Food will be provided by the family.
Memorial donations may be made to Helen Porter Health and Rehab, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT 05753.