WANDA (HEMINGWAY) BROOKS
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn./ST. ALBANS -- Wanda (Hemingway) Brooks, 70, widow of Samuel J. Brooks, of Windsor Locks, Conn., died Monday, May 27, 2002, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn. Wanda was born on Jan. 12, 1932, in St. Albans, daughter of the late William and Elsie (Sweet) Hemingway. She lived in Vermont before moving to Windsor Locks four years ago.
She is survived by three daughters and son-in-laws, Marie and William Rousseau of Windsor Locks, Conn., Terry and Michael Harkins of Westford, Vt., and Laurie Silliman of Windsor Locks, Conn. and Robert Silliman of Windsor, Conn.; two brothers and a sister-in-law, William and Debbie Hemingway of St. Albans and Arthur Hemingway of St. Johnsbury; two sisters and brother-in-laws, Audrey and Jack Kimble of St. Johnsbury, and Holly and Wendall King of St. Albans; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be Friday, May 31, 2002, at 10 a.m. in Poquonock Community Church, 1817 Poquonock Ave., Poquonock section of Windsor, with the Rev. Lloyd R. Thompson officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Poquonock. Her family will receive friends on Thursday, from 7-9 p.m. at the Carmon Poquonock Funeral Home, 1816 Poquonock Ave., Poquonock.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Hospital Hospice Program, 114 Woodland St., Hartford, Conn., or to the VNA of Hartford, 103 Woodland St., Hartford, Conn., 06105.
MARY GROVE BROOKS
SWANTON -- Mary Grove Brooks, 93, a longtime resident of the Swanton Community and most recently residing at the Haven Health Center in St. Albans Town, died Friday morning, May 24, 2002, in the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans City.
Mary was born in Sarcoma, British Columbia, Sept. 2, 1908, the daughter of the late Thomas and Henrietta (Bedor) Barker. She graduated with honors from Vergennes High School and was married to Rene J. Hotte who predeceased her in 1941. She then was married to Millard Brooks, who predeceased her in 1966.
During her working lifetime Mary had been associated with the Union Carbide Corporation in St. Albans Town, Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks, Conn., and in earlier years the Boucher Nursing Home in Swanton. She was a member of The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Hi-Swans Senior Citizens both in Swanton.
Mary leaves her daughter Marie Fleming and her husband Robert of St. Albans; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson, Ryan Laroche.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was predeceased by two sons, Elmer in 1940 and Billy on Christmas Day in 1942 and a daughter, Elizabeth Stimets in 1961.
At Mary's request she has been cremated and funeral services and interment in St. Mary's Cemetery will be private and at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.
Gifts in her memory may be made to, Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton 05488 or to Amcare Ambulance Service, 256 South Main Street, St. Albans, 05478.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave. Swanton, VT.
DUSTIN MICHAEL BRITCH
HIGHGATE -- Dustin M. Britch, infant son of Michael LaFrance and Dawn Britch of Highgate, died Thursday afternoon, May 23, 2002, in the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington.
Dustin was born May 9, 2002, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass.
In addition to his parents, Dustin leaves his twin brother Steven Michael Britch; Andrew S.R. Britch of Highgate; William Carl LaFrance of Florida; and many other extended relatives.
A private graveside service will be conducted at the convenience of the family in St. Louis Cemetery in Highgate Center.
Gifts in Dustin's memory may be made to the Children Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, Mass. 02115.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave. Swanton, Vt.
REV. FRANCIS E. MORIARTY, S.S.E.
ENGLEWOOD, Fla./SWANTON - Rev. Francis E. Moriarty, S.S.E., 83, died at the Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, Fla., on May 25, 2002. Father Moriarty, son of John and Anna (Fitzgibbon), was born on Aug. 13, 1918 in Holyoke, Mass. He was a professed member of the Society of Saint Edmund for 60 years and ordained for 57 years.
Father Moriarty graduated in 1940 from St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt. He was inducted into the College's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 for his outstanding achievements in baseball and basketball during his undergraduate years. During his life, he was described as "a man of many firsts, successful, effective, talented, versatile, an energized leader, a strong mind, a soft heart, and a classic sense of humor. He brought new life and special strength to the mission at hand."
Father Moriarty served in a number of positions at St. Michael's College. He was an instructor, alumni secretary and vocation director from 1946 to 1950. After serving as principal of Cardinal Mindzenty High School in Dunkirk, N.Y. for two years, he returned to St. Michael's College to become its ninth president in 1952. At age 34, he was the youngest college president in the nation. He also served St. Michael's as assistant to the president (1969-1971), director of development (1971-1973), and interim president (1974-1976).
Besides his apostolic endeavors in Catholic education in Colchester and Dunkirk, Father Moriarty directed Edmundites in formation at St. Edmund's Seminary in Burlington, Vt. from 1965 to 1969. Father Moriarty was pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Mobile, Ala. from 1959 to 1965 and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Groton, Conn. from 1976 to 1987. In both Mobile and Groton, he built new churches.
Before his retirement he served as parochial vicar of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Swanton, Vt. from 1987 to 1993. Since retiring he resided at the Edmundite residence in Englewood, Fla.
Besides his brothers in religion, Father Moriarty is survived by his siblings, James Moriarty, Esther Hyland, Mary Donoghue and Ruth Carriere.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, May 29, at Lavigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St., Winooski, Vt. from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., with a wake service at 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 30, at the Church of the Nativity in Swanton, Vt. at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery in Swanton. A Memorial Mass will also be celebrated on May 29 at 10 a.m. at the Edmundite Chapel, 602, West Harvard St., Englewood, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Francis E. Moriarty Scholarship Fund of St. Michael's College, P.O. Box 256, Colchester, Vt. 05439.
ROBERT E. DOBISKY
OGDENSBURG, N.Y. - Robert Edward Dobisky, 52, of Riverview Towers, died on May 24, 2002 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center after battling chronic health problems for many years.
Surviving Mr. Dobisky are a sister Nancy Dobisky and her companion Jerry Vaisey of St. Albans, Vt.; one brother Frank and his wife Cherryl Jensen of Keene, N.H.; a nephew, Andrew Dobisky of Virginia Beach, Va.; his cousins, Ann Caufield, Angela Caufield and Bridgette Denny of Ogdensburg, Rick and Kim Caufield of LaGrangeville, N.Y., and William and Darlene Caufield of Troy, N.Y.; and his health proxy and good friend Mary Douglas and her daughter and son-in-law Cindy and Ken Brasky of Ogdensburg. He was predeceased by one brother William Dobisky.
Mr. Dobisky as born in Ogdensburg on Jan. 24, 1950, the son of Edwin L. and Willis (Parks) Dobisky. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1968, Canton ATC, and Empire State College. For many years he was active in the family business, The Surprise Store, and also worked with his family selling and installing swimming pools.
He taught business courses at the correctional facilities in Ogdensburg and Gouverneur.
He was active in many community groups. He served as a member and president of the Ogdensburg Rescue Squad and was a member of the squad's advisory board.
He was a former president of the Ogdensburg Rotary Club, and at one time chaired the annual boat races that were sponsored by the rescue squad. In 1995, following the death of his mother, he moved to his present address at the Riverview Towers, where he was a former president of the tenants' association. In the most recent years, even though he was confined to his powered wheelchair, he and his dog Scooby Do were frequently seen at Morrisette Park and in downtown Ogdensburg and along the water front. Most recently he and Scooby participated in the informational picketing by the nurses at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.
Funeral services will be Sunday, May 26, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Frary Funeral Home with Rabbi David Powell officiating.
Calling hours will be today, May 25, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Anshe Zophen Cemetery, Ogdensburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Albans, Vt. Rescue
BRUCE ALAN LINDBERG, M.D.
ST. ALBANS - Bruce Alan Lindberg, M.D., former Franklin County physician and medical director for National Life of Vermont, died Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at the Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont.
Born in Worcester, Mass. on Oct. 5, 1932 to the late Harold and Lillian (Laurila) Lindberg, he served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later graduated from Clark University receiving a B.S. degree in Biology in 1958.
Dr. Lindberg received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1962 and was an intern and resident at St. Vincents Hospital in Worcester, Mass. and later a Cardiology Fellow at the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
During the cardiology fellowship, he co-authored several studies on chest wall motion. In 1966, he opened an internal medicine and cardiology practice in St. Albans, where he established the intensive care unit at Kerbs Memorial Hospital and continually advocated for improving the health care infrastructure of the community.
In 1978, he joined the medical staff of National Life in Montpelier Vermont, retiring as medical director in 1996.
Dr. Lindberg is survived by his wife Sallyann (Kontio) Lindberg and his four children: John and his wife Sally and their son Ian of Hampstead, N.H.; Ann and her daughter Emily of St. Albans; Carl of St. Albans; Astrid Witmer and her husband Bill and daughter Elise and sons Erik and Soren of Hampden, Maine.
He is also survived by his brother Kent of Mesquite, Texas; his brother Richard of West Boylston, Mass., his aunt Floris Smedberg of East Falmouth, Mass. and his uncle Robert Lindberg of West Boylston, Mass.
Dr. Lindberg was an avid outdoorsman, a gentleman farmer, a passionate student of history and an unwavering Red Sox fan.
A special memorial reception will be held at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans on Saturday, June 1, at 2 p.m. in the hospital's Courtyard Café. All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the St. Albans Free Library, 11 Maiden Lane, St. Albans, Vt., 05478.