Ursella Mae Wadleigh
VERGENNES — Ursella Mae Wadleigh, 94, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury.
She was born July 1, 1914, in Vergennes, the daughter of Samuel and Frances (Trudeau) Wadleigh.
She is survived by several cousins. She was predeceased by her sister, Ellen C. Wadleigh.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Nov. 13, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes, and interment was in Prospect Cemetery in Vergennes.
Mary Elizabeth Southwick
BRANDON — Mary Elizabeth Southwick, 75, of Brandon died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury.
She was born in El Paso, Texas, on Sept. 15, 1933, the daughter of Harry and Bennie (Jones) Wustenberg.
She received her education in the El Paso, Texas, school system. She moved with her family to Vermont in 1961. She worked as a cook at the Waybury Inn in East Middlebury for several years. She later cooked at the Brandon Training School and for Sully’s Restaurant in Brandon. Family say she enjoyed fishing, her Pomeranians and her flower garden — especially yellow roses.
Surviving are two daughters, Linda LaFoe of Florence and Rene Osbourne of Port Natchez, Texas; five sons, Charles Graves of South Hampton, Mass., Harry Graves, Michael Graves, and Russell “Rusty” Barrows, all of Brandon, and Larry Graves of Kilgore, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the Miller and Ketcham Funeral home in Brandon. Thomas Sawyer, President of the Rutland Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, will preside.
Donations may be made to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733.
Charles “Ryan” Frazier
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Charles “Ryan” Frazier, 21, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 in Charlotte.
Charles Ryan Frazier — son, brother, father, husband and friend — was a blessing to all of us. He touched us deeply with his loving ways, his kind and generous heart and his quiet thoughtful manner.
Ryan was born in Boulder, Colo., on Feb. 18, 1987, the son of Karen (Brunson) Frazier and the late Craig Frazier. He spent his childhood with his mother and brothers in Colorado and South Carolina. His family relocated to Vermont when Ryan was twelve. He lived in Barnet and St. Johnsbury, and went to high school at the St. Johnsbury Academy. During high school Ryan worked at many jobs, including the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Kham’s Thai Cuisine and Breaktime sandwich shop. He volunteered in the community as a youth mentor and assisted at smoking cessation classes. He graduated with honors from St. Johnsbury Academy in 2005.
He completed two years of studies at the University of Connecticut and the University of Vermont, where he maintained honors status as a triple major in accounting, finance and business administration. While in Connecticut he began working full-time at the Verizon Wireless call center. He was a record-setting employee and received several promotions within his first year before transferring his job to South Burlington.
Several weeks before his high school graduation, Ryan proposed to his high school sweetheart, Emily Askren, and they were married on Feb. 25, 2006 in St. Johnsbury. They bought their first home in South Burlington in December 2006. On June 24, 2007, they were blessed with the birth of their son, August Christopher. Ryan had endless love and energy for August, making up countless games and dances that only the two of them shared. He loved his family selflessly and tirelessly, strengthening them with his faith as a Christian and leading them in prayer together every day. At this time, Emily is expecting their second child.
He loved and cared for his mother, brothers, extended family and family-in-law with all that he was capable of. He always took the time to help both strangers and friends when they had a need, no matter how big or small that need was. We have all lost such an irreplaceable gift in Ryan and know that heaven has gained a precious soul.
Ryan is survived by his wife, Emily Frazier, and his son, August Christopher of South Burlington; his mother, Karen Frazier of St. Johnsbury; two brothers, Tao Young of St. Johnsbury and Christopher Frazier and his wife, Jessica Park Frazier of New York, N.Y.; paternal grandmother, Hope Frazier of Alexandria, Va.; maternal grandfather, Charles Brunson of Charleston, S.C.; mother-in-law, Carrie Askren of Starksboro; father-in-law, David Askren of St. Johnsbury; sister-in-laws, Natalie Askren and Laurel Askren; his dear friend, Patrick Langley; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He also leaves his expected child. He was predeceased by his father, Craig Frazier.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 1 a.m. in St. John Vianney’s Roman Catholic Church, with burial to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery. In Ryan’s memory donations may be sent to his family to establish a trust fund for his children. Public visiting hours will be on Friday, Nov. 21, 5-8 p.m., at the Ready Funeral Home, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. For directions or to send online condolences visit www.readyfuneral.com.
Cynthia June Chase
BRANDON — Cynthia June Chase, 71, formerly of Brandon died Oct. 12, 2008, at her home in Danbury, Conn.
She was born in Burlington on Aug. 13, 1937, the daughter of Milton and Janet (Stainton) June. She grew up in Brandon, where she received her early education. She was afterwards graduated from Middlebury College. She taught school in the Ridgefield, Conn. school system, and later in East Ridge, Conn., until her retirement.
She is survived by a daughter, Janet Chase of Danbury, Conn.; a son, Mark Chase of Brewster, N.Y.; a brother, David M. June of Raleigh, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
The graveside committal service and burial was held on Sunday, Nov. 16, at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandon. The Rev. Lee Ferry, Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, officiated.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., P.O. Box 1004, Meriden, CT 06050.