CAROL A. O. HAYES
FAIRFAX -- Carol A. O. Hayes, 52, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on July 18, 2002. She was born on Oct. 13, 1949, in Rochester, N.H., the daughter of Berthe (LaBranche) O'Neil and the late Francis P. O'Neil. Carol married Lucien J. Hayes in Durham, N.H. on June 14, 1975.
Carol was a 1967 graduate from Holy Rosary High School in Rochester, N.H., a 1972 graduate of the Potomac Horse Center, Dressage School in Gaithersburg, Maryland as an equestrian and attended Trinity College in Burlington and the Community College of Vermont. She was a licensed Vermont Funeral Director and co-owned and operated with her husband, the Hayes-Rich Funeral Home in Fairfax for 25 years. In addition, she was a Vermont licensed Realtor, a member of Unity Chapter 17, Order of Eastern Star, and a charter member of the Fairfax Community Theater. She had a great love for her children and family and enjoyed cooking, quilting, singing and gardening.
Besides her mother Berthe of Rochester, N.H. and husband Lucien of Fairfax, she is survived by her three children, Justin and his wife Emily, Jessica and Jordan all of Fairfax; two sisters, Michelle Kincaid and her husband Jerry of Stratford, N.H. and Dr. Kathleen O'Neil and her husband John Norton of Salt Lake City, Utah; two brothers, Michael O'Neil and his wife Kelley of Ossipee, N.H., and US Navy Chief Petty Officer Kelly O'Neil and his wife Sharon of Newport News, Va. Also, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her first grandchild is expected this winter. She was predeceased by her father on March 6, 1997.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 6-9 p.m. in the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main St., St. Albans. A graveside funeral service will be conducted on Monday at 11 a.m. in the Fairfax Plains Cemetery.
For those planning an expression of sympathy, please consider the Vermont Cancer Society, "Relay for Life", 13 Loomis St., Montpelier, Vt. 05602.
RAYMOND GEORGE FIRKEY
HIGHGATE CENTER -- Raymond George Firkey, 75, a longtime Highgate resident, died Wednesday evening, July 17, 2002, in the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans City surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Raymond was born in St. Albans, Jan. 19, 1927, the son of the late George D. and Flora E. (Coburn) Firkey. He attended schools in Highgate and graduated from Highgate High School in the Class of 1945. Following graduation he faithfully served his country during World War II as Seaman First Class in the United States Navy. He married the former Marion Showers who predeceased him, Dec. 21, 1965, and later married the former Bessie St. Lawrence who died Nov. 27, 1985.
Raymond worked for a short time with his father in the garage business before moving to Pennsylvania where he worked for about 18 years strip-mining in the coal mines. After returning to Vermont he worked for three summers in the mines of Eden before beginning his association with the town of Highgate in road construction where he labored for 21 1/2 years retiring in 1989.
He became a resident of Brownway in Enosburg Falls the last part of April 2001 and loved to watch Gunsmoke, Wheel of Fortune, baseball games and the news.
Raymond leaves a daughter, Shirley Shaw, and her husband Phil of Clearfield, Penn.; a son, John Showers, also of Pennsylvania; two sisters and their husbands, Barbara and Merriman Hanna of East Highgate and Charlotte and Lawrence Desorcie of Dade City, Fla.; two grandchildren Shellie Brown and her husband Robert and Todd Hamilton and his wife Joanne; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Raymond also leaves a "very special lady" who was his best friend, caregiver, companion and great supporter, Barbara Stewart of Highgate Falls.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 21, 2002, at 11 a.m. from the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton. The Reverend Marcheta Townsend, pastor of the Highgate United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the Firkey family lot in the Highgate Center Cemetery. Friends may call at Kidder Memorial Sunday evening, July 20, 2002, from 7 to 9 p.m. Gifts in Raymond's memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vt. 05478.
MARGARET VIOLA LaROCK
EAST HADDAM, Conn. - Margaret Viola LaRock, 87, of 125 N. Moodus Rd., Moodus section, formerly of Isle Lamotte/Alburg, Vt., died Saturday July 13, 2002, at the Portland Care and Rehabilition Center. She was the wife of the late Lyman LaRock, who predeceased her in 1968.
She was the daughter of the late Frederick and Mary (Letourneau) Pearo. She was born in Isle Lamotte on Sept. 25, 1914. She was a 30-year resident of Moodus and worked at Chestelm Convalescent Home for many years.
She is survived by one daughter, Joyce A. Bamber; six grandchildren, Corinne Goodsell of St. Albans, Susan Blair of Alburg, Marjorie Hathaway of Alburg, Ronald Bamber of Higganum, Conn.; Cynthia Tyrseck of East Hampton, Conn.; and Robert Bamber of Middletown, Conn.; 13 great- grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren, as well as many other relatives.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her son Larry LaRock in 1986, and her oldest grandson, Kenneth LaRock, in 1999.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at St. Joseph's Cemetary in Poquonock, Conn.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the American Heart Association. The Swan Funeral Home, 27 W.F. Palmer Road, Moodus, Conn., was in charge of arrangements.
KRISTINA J. "TINA" LUMAN
FAIRFAX -- In the late evening of Sunday, July 14, 2002, the world lost a princess but the Lord gained an angel. Kristina Jan "Tina" Luman, age 20, passed away unexpectedly at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. Kristina blessed the lives of her parents Donald C. and Lynn (Lumbra) Luman when she was born in Burlington on Sept. 22, 1981.
She graduated BFA Fairfax Class of 1999 and had worked as a tool technician with I.B.M. Tina's heart went out to all the animals especially her cat "Tigger" and dog "Frances." She enjoyed spending time navigating the internet and was a great "net customer" of E-Bay.
She loved just "hanging out" with her brother Rob and their friends and always looked forward to the Vermont Summer days with her family playing miniature golf and riding the go-carts and bumper boats. But most of all she lived for her son, Joshua, whom she unconditionally loved and adored as the most precious gift of her lifetime.
Kristina was a wonderful and loving mother, daughter and sister. Her loss will be tremendous to all who were touched by her presence in their lives.
Tina is survived by her four-year-old son and love of her life, Joshua Lawrence Vanbenthuysen of Fairfax; Joshua's father, Aron Vanbenthuysen of Colchester; her loving parents Donald and Lynn Luman of Fairfax; her brother and best friend Robert Luman and "sister-in-law" Mary Mauger of Fairfax; her maternal grandmother Janet Lumbra of Fairfax; many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents Frank and Lila Luman.
Funeral services will be held at the Northside Baptist Church 1321 Fairfax Road, St. Albans on Friday, July 19, 2002, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bruce Patterson officiating. Interment will follow in the family lot in Mount Calvary Cemetery, St. Albans. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, July 19, 2002, at the Northside Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m. until the hour of the funeral service.
A memorial fund is being established for Joshua in his mom's memory and memorial contributions may be made to: c/o Donald C. Luman, 248 Buck Hollow road, Fairfax, Vt. 05454.
Arrangements are by the Hayes-Rich Funeral Home 1176 Main St., Fairfax.
JAMES EDWARD KELLY JR.
SWANTON -- Mr. James Edward Kelly Jr., 84, a longtime Swanton Road resident, died Monday afternoon, July 15, 2002, in the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington.
Mr. Kelly was born in Saxtons River, April 20, 1918, the son of the late James Edward Sr. and Alice (Scofield) Kelly. He graduated from Chester High School and on, March 17, 1944, was married to the former Helen Machia who survives him.
For 37 years Mr. Kelly was associated as a machinist with Fonda Container of St. Albans, retiring in 1982. He faithfully served his country in the United States Army during World War II and was a member of the American Legion, Green Mountain Post 1 of St. Albans.
In addition to his wife Helen of Swanton, he leaves a son James Edward Kelly III and his wife Pamela of Fort Smith, Ark.; three daughters, Linda Cota and her husband Ken of Savannah, Ga., Carol Soule and her husband Bob Longworth of Hartford, Ark., and Pat Dahlen and her fiance Bob Jolie of Granby, Conn.; two sisters, Ruth Balch and her husband Harry of Chester, and Rosemary Croteau and her husband Mike of Newbury, N.H.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will begin Friday, July 19, 2002, at 9:15 a.m. with a short prayer service in the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton followed at 10 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated from The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 65 Canada St., Swanton. The pastor, Father John J. Meagher, SSE will be the celebrant and homilist. Interment will follow in the Kelly family lot in St. Louis Cemetery in Highgate Center. Friends may call at the Kidder Memorial Home on Thursday, July 18, 2002, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Gifts in Mr. Kelly's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, New England Division, Inc., 11 Loomis St., Montpelier, Vt. 05602-3021, or to the American Lung Association of Vermont, 30 Farrell St., South Burlington, Vt. 05403.
GORDON E. MARQUETTE
ST. ALBANS -- Mr. Gordon E. Marquette, age 76, died unexpectedly Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at his home. He was born in Swanton Jan. 7, 1926, son of the late Emile and Bernadette (Cronin) Marquette.
He graduated from Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans and joined the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. Gordon was the appliance technician for St. Albans Electric Company for 44 years. He was a member of Holy Angels Church, American Legion Post 1, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 758, and enjoyed bowling, having bowled on several teams over the years.
Gordon lived up to his initials and was a GEM to everyone. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren, and spent many hours puttering for them. He was a handyman around the house and their pool and spent many hours working with Alma in the vegetable and flower gardens and decorating the house for all occasions.
He married Alma Gay-Langlois July 3, 1971. Besides his loving wife, he is survived by his sons Robert and his wife Patricia Marquette of St. Albans, Glenn and his wife Kim Marquette of Swanton, Mark Langlois of St. Albans; seven grandchildren, Steven Marquette, Casey Marquette, Erica Marquette, Adam Marquette, Maureen Langlois, James and his wife Erin Langlois and Daniel Langlois; sisters-in-law Jean Marquette of Los Angeles, Calif., Theresa Ratta of Chazy, N.Y., Thelma Dunton of Franklin; brothers-in-law Richard Medlar of South Burlington and George Gay of St. Albans; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of special friends.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his sister, Joyce Hance; brothers Roland and Robert Marquette; daughter Paula Langlois; and son Michael Langlois.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in Holy Angels Church. Friends may call at the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 on Thursday. Interment will be in the Marquette/Langlois family lot in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vt. 05478.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home.
WILLIAM N. RYAN SR.
BURLINGTON/MILTON -- William N. Ryan Sr., 94, of Burlington and formerly of Milton, died Monday evening, July 15, 2002, at his home in the Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington.
William was born Nov. 29, 1907, in Georgia, the son of the late John and Lillian Ash Ryan.
Oct. 25, 1937, he married the former Mary Anna Southwell in Burlington, who survives him.
He served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Ryan was a resident of Milton for several years.
He was also a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose Post 1618 in Burlington.
William is survived by his children, Kathleen M. Forant of Milton, William N. Ryan Jr. and his wife Sally of Milton, James Joseph Ryan of Cambridge, and Jane Gordon of Milton; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; his former wife, Mary Dubuque of Milton; and many friends at the Starr Farm Nursing Center. He was predeceased by his daughter, Barbara Ann Chamberlain and his grandson Russell, both in 1976; his son-in-law Willis Gordon in 1996; his brothers, Leonard, Wilson, and Gerald Ryan; and by his sisters Mabel Smith and Millie Fisher.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, July 18, at 11 a.m. in St. Ann's Catholic Church, Main St., Milton, with the Reverend John Feltz as celebrant. Burial will be held later in St. Edmunds Cemetery, Ellenburg Depot, N.Y., at the convenience of family.
For those who wish, contributions may be made to The Residents Activity Fund, in care of Starr Farm Nursing Center, 98 Starr Farm Road, Burlington, Vt. 05401.
The family of Mr. Ryan would like to thank all the staff and caregivers at Starr Farm, where William spent his final years, for all the caring and compassion shown to him during his stay with them. Your care will always be remembered and you will always hold a place dear to our hearts.
Visiting hours will be held today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., with prayers at 8:45 p.m. in the Minor Funeral Home, Route 7, Milton.