LIONEL J. DUCHESNEAU
ST. ALBANS -- Mr. Lionel J. Duchesneau, age 85, died suddenly at his home on Wednesday evening, March 24, 2004. He was born in St. Albans, Aug. 28, 1918, son of the late Edward and Della (Maynard) Duchesneau.
Lionel served in the U. S. Navy during World War II and was the control clerk for the Central Vermont Railway for 43 years. He was a communicant of Holy Angels Church. Lionel was a member of the American Legion, Green Mountain Post 1, of St. Albans. He served as general chairman of the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks for 33 years and was past president of both the Central Vermont Credit Union and the Central Vermont Veterans Association.
Lionel married Marie Alice Ouimet March 4, 1941. Besides his wife, Alice, of over 63 years, he is survived by their daughter, Rita and her husband Philip McIntire of Queensbury, N.Y.; their son Paul and his wife Lucie Duchesneau of South Burlington; seven grandchildren, Scott Matthews, Lee Anne Healey, Greg Matthews, Michael McIntire, Karen Delaney, Brian Duchesneau, Lori Duchesneau; three great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Jackie Duchesneau; sister Yvette Dupuis of St. Albans; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Michael Duchesneau Nov. 26, 1995; and by sisters Aurette Mayo and Rita Mayo; and brothers Henry, Norman and Jean Duchesneau.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2004, in Holy Angels Church. There will be no public calling hours. Interment will be later this spring in the Duchesneau family lot in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the St. Albans Free Library, 11 Maiden Lane, St. Albans, VT. 05478. Online condolences may be sent to his family by Brady & Levesque web site: www.bnlfh.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home.
VERONICA "RONNIE" BROWN
FAIRFAX -- Veronica "Ronnie" Brown, 86, of Mt. View Apartments in Fairfax, died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at Redstone Villa. Ronnie was born in Portland, Maine on April 9, 1917, to Torquato and Theresa (Frenzilli) Colasanti.
Veronica moved from Maine to Connecticut in 1962. In 1988 she moved to Fairfax, Vt. to live near her niece, Linda Geno and her husband Irving and their children David, Mark, Deborah, Susan and Katherine. She was predeceased by her parents; her son, Charles Norman Brown who was killed in Vietnam; her brother, Alfred Colasanti; and her sisters, Mary Fitzsimmons and Natalie Lloyd.
She is survived by her son, Robert Colasanti and his wife Helen of Brandenburg, KY; five grandsons, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also leaves a sister, Louise Foreman and her husband Harold; a brother, Louis Colasanti and his wife Irene, all of New Port Richie, Fla.; as well as many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Veronica's family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers from Home Health who made it possible for Ronnie to live comfortably at home for the past few years, as well as the dedicated, kind caregivers from Redstone Villa, who cared for her during the last month of her life. A special thank-you for her dear friend, Diane Tracy.
At Veronica's request, there will be no calling hours or funeral. Her burial will take place at the Mountain View Cemetery in Cambridge at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Hayes-Rich Funeral Home.
PHYLLIS RUTH EASTMAN
INVERNESS, Fla. -- Phyllis Ruth Eastman, age 75 of Inverness, Fla., died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at home under the care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County.
Born in Woodsville, N.H. on Feb. 28, 1929, the daughter of C. Duncan and Marjorie (Bowman) Edgerton, she had moved to Inverness in 1990. Mrs. Eastman was a homemaker and loving mother. She was a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church in St. Albans, Vt., a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star of Danville, Vt. and Florida, and a member of the Floral City Homemakers. She attended the Hernando United Methodist Church where she was active in the Circle of Joy.
Survivors include: Howard N. Eastman Jr., her husband of 55 years; three daughters, Judith Langley and husband Gary of Winchester, N.H., Jan Eastman and husband John Marshall of Peacham, Vt., and Joanna Eastman-Gaudreau and husband Charles, Jr. of Clearwater, Fla.; two granddaughters- Amy Sargent and Samantha Duncan Marshall; and two great-grandchildren, Emily Sargent and Henry Sargent.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 25, at 3 p.m. at the Charles E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness, Fla. with the Reverend Al McGowen officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in St. Johnsbury, Vt. at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Edgerton Education Fund at Lyndon State College in Lyndon, Vt.
Sayles Funeral Home, 525 Summer St., St. Johnsbury, Vt. 05819 is in charge of local arrangements.
REO JOSEPH PION
ST. ALBANS -- Mr. Reo Joseph Pion, age 79, died Wednesday morning, March 24, 2004, in the Fletcher Allen Medical Center following an extended period of failing health. He was born in Fairfax, Oct. 15, 1924, son of the late Flurimond and Rosilda (Blain) Pion.
Reo was employed at Wirthmore Feeds and was a dairy farmer on his own farm on Aldis Street. He also was a construction and contract laborer, mostly in St. Albans, during his working life. Reo was devoted to his farm animals and their family pets. He was a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 1090.
He married Margaret Peno on Dec. 1, 1951. Margaret died Nov. 28, 1988.
Reo is survived by his six children and their spouses, Carol and Steven Martell of St. Albans Bay, Susan and Kevin Daignault of Swanton, Rayo and Sharon Pion of St. Albans Town, Michael and Diane Pion of St. Albans Town, Richard Pion and his wife Lori Girard-Pion of Swanton, and Mary and Brian Mossey of Fairfax; seven grandchildren, all of whom were very special to him, Shane Pion, Brian and his wife Tracey Pion, Aimee and her husband Anthony Hawkins, Joseph Pion, Kasey Pion, Brandon Mossey and Biana Mossey; and four very special great-grandchildren, Dalton Pion, Nicholas Pion, Moriah Hawkins and Shelby Hawkins. Reo also leaves his sisters, brothers and their spouses, Florienne (Flossie) Lavender of Burlington, Pauline and Craig Caron of Norwalk, Conn., Romeo and Thelma Pion of Fairfield, Maurice Pion of Troy, N.C., Roland and Leita Pion of St. Albans Town, Bert and Joan Pion of Fairfield; his brothers and sisters-in-law, William Peno and his companion Sally Mayes, Barbara and Gerald Bailey, Shirley Ovitt, Roy and Betty Peno; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by his son, David Pion on July 4, 1977.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 2 p.m. in Holy Angels Church. Friends may call at the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Interment will be in the Pion family lot in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 13 Loomis Street, Montpelier, Vt. 05602.
Online condolences can be sent to his family by the Brady & Levesque web site: www.bnlfh.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home.
HAROLD JOSEPH SANTOR
SOUTH ALBURG -- Harold Joseph Santor, 75, passed away in his home Monday evening, March 22, 2004, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Burlington, Nov. 6, 1928, he was the son of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (Loyer) Santor. He attended school in South Alburg and in 1948 married his childhood sweetheart, the former Pauline V. Bruley, who survives him.
Throughout the years Harold was associated with several construction companies, Reed and Stone, Jacor's Construction, Palmer's Construction, Vermont Marble Company, Wright and Morrissey and Paul Hansen. He also served on the Alburg and North Hero Bridge as a diver tender, worked on several farms and assisted in the operation of a local wood business. He will be remembered for his love of fishing and froging and especially for whistling his own tune as he was known throughout the area as the whistler of the South. He will be greatly missed.
In addition to his wife Pauline of South Alburg, Harold leaves five daughters and one son, Carol Tyrell of Alburg, Colleen Pare of Alburg, Charlene Young and her husband Richard of Maquam Shore, Carlton Santor and his wife Rhonda of Alburg and Cherri Santor of Alburg; three grandchildren, Chris Santor and his wife Theresa, Adam Young and his wife Melinda and Carmen Santor and two great-grandchildren, Tristian Santor and Zachary Young. He also leaves, four sisters-in-law, Mary Santor of Burlington, Lottie Santor, Theresa Parks and Lorraine Deyo all of Alburg; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins; and a very close friend, Charles Palmer of Alburg.
Harold was predeceased by a daughter, Carmella Santor; a grandson, Aaron Young; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Flora and Martin Bruley; a son-in-law, Robert Tyrell; four brothers, Albert, Raymond, Tommy and Edward Santor; four sisters, Isola Peters, Irene Greggie, Lena Hamlin and Thelma Santor; a sister-in-law, Viola Razanski; and five brothers-in-law, Edward Parks, Harold Deyo, Roy Hamlin, Oddone Greggie and Richard Peters.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, March 27, 2004, at 10 a.m. from the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton. Father Maurice U. Boucher, SSE will officiate. Interment will follow in the Santor family lot in St. Amadeus Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening, March 26, 2004, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Gifts in Harold's memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, Vt. 05446, or to the charity of one's choice.
JAMES E. GIRARD
ST. ALBANS / SWANTON -- Mr. James E. Girard, age 73, died Monday evening, March 22, 2004, in the Northwestern Medical Center with his loving family at his bedside, following a long battle with emphysema and C.O.P.D. Jim was born in Fairfield, Feb. 14, 1931, son of the late Wilfred and Marguerite (Curtis) Girard. He graduated from Brigham Academy in Bakersfield. He married Betty King on Aug. 3, 1957. Betty died March 15, 1998.
Jim was employed at the Sheldon Pulp and Paper Mill, later known as Rock-Tenn, for over 35 years. Jim was a communicant of St. Mary's Church, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 297, a member and former president of the Franklin County Senior Citizens, a member and former vice-president of the Hi-Swans Senior Citizens, a member of the AARP a former umpire for the St. Albans Little League Association, and a member of several bowling leagues. Jim was an avid New York Giants football fan, loved camping and fishing with his family in Maine and playing cards, bingo and slipping away to a casino for a few hours. Jim was a very kind, friendly and mild mannered man with a big heart.
Jim was a wonderful husband, father, brother and companion to everyone. He is survived by his children, Lori Girard-Pion and her husband Richard Pion, Timothy and his wife Kathy Girard, all of Swanton; especially fond and proud of his grandsons, James M. and his wife Lyndi Girard of Belmont, N.H., and William Girard of Swanton; a loving brother to Cedric Abell of St. Albans, Becky and her husband Charles Reed of Swanton, Lawrence and his wife Carol Girard of Essex; his in-laws, Norman Bishop of St. Albans, Roger "Tooter" and Patricia King of Peabody, Mass., Mary King of Shelburne, his companion of the past five years, Beatrice Cheney of Swanton; his extended family, John and Lynne Cheney, Al and Carol Timberlin all of Swanton, Bonnie Cheney-Greeno of Highgate, Steven and Judy Cheney of Colchester, Rickey and Martha Cheney of La Grange, N.C., Jolly and John Soltys of Camilus, N.Y., their families and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife, Betty, he was predeceased by his parents; sister, Phyllis Bishop; brother, Wilfred "Greg" Girard, Jr.; his in-laws, Byron "Barney" King, Robert "Spike" King, Virginia King; nieces, Mary Bishop, Sandra Cousineau; and nephew, Jeffrey King.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church. Friends may call at the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., St. Albans, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Interment will be in the Girard family lot in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Missisquoi Valley Rescue Squad, for the breathing equipment supplies fund, P.O. Box 22, Swanton, Vt. 05488.
Online condolences can be sent to the family through Brady & Levesque's web site: www.bnlfh.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home.
ETHAN RUSSELL GOODHUE
FAIRFIELD -- Ethan Russell Goodhue, infant son of Brenda (Wright) Goodhue and Scott Goodhue, passed away at birth Saturday, March 20, 2004, at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans.
In keeping with Brenda and Scott's wishes there will be no public funeral services. Burial will take place at their convenience in the Enosburgh Center Cemetery.
Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls is in charge of arrangements.
ISABELL R. CHADWICK
RUTLAND -- Isabell R. Chadwick, 69 of Rutland, died March 17, 2004, at Rutland Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 24, 1935, in West Swanton, the daughter of John and Ethel (Bishop) Hilliker.
She worked for the Rutland Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice.
Mrs. Chadwick attended Calvary Bible Church and First Baptist Church of Rutland. She enjoyed crocheting.
Survivors include two daughters, Sheila Mercure of Essex Junction and Caroline Auwater of North Carolina; a son, Danny Chadwick of Sheldon; two sisters, Louella Austin of West Rutland and Wyona Wright of San Diego, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two sons, Stephen Chadwick in 1978, and Marcus Chadwick in 1996; and four brothers, Wilbur, Willard, Andrew and Bernard Hilliker.
The funeral was held Friday, March 19, at the Aldous Funeral Home in Rutland. The burial was Friday, March 19, at the Riverside Cemetery in Swanton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Vermont, 30 Farrell St., South Burlington, Vt. 05403-9987.
LAWRENCE EUGENE BOHANNON
ALBURG SPRINGS -- Lawrence Eugene Bohannon, 63, a lifelong resident of the Alburg community, died Saturday morning, March 20, 2004, in the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans City.
Born in St. Albans, Lawrence was the son of Eugene and Irene (Gonyea) Bohannon. He attended Alburg schools and graduated from Alburg High School. In 1961 he married the former Susan Lockerby who predeceased him in 1964. On Aug. 20, 1999, he married the former Claire Breault who survives him.
For most of his working life Lawrence owned and operated a dairy farm in Alburg Springs and at the same time ran his own meat cutting business and maple sugaring operation. He will be remembered as an avid deer hunter.
In addition to his wife Claire of Alburg Springs, he leaves his mother, Mrs. Irene Brown also of Alburg Springs; two daughters, Mary Jane Cleland and her husband Michael and Susan Menard and her husband John all of Alburg; and a son, Gene Bohannon of Alburg Springs. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Leah and Lindsey Poquette, Courtney Poquette and Taylor Ross.
Lawrence was predeceased by his father, Eugene Bohannon in 1955; his wife, Susan Lockerby Bohannon in 1964; his daughter, Debra Bohannon Ross in 1995; and his son-in-law, Tracy Poquette in 1998.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at 11 a.m. from the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton. The Reverend Dr. John C. Kehoe pastor of the Alburg Union Bible Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the Bohannon family lot in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, March 23, 2004, from 5 to 8 p.m. Gifts in Lawrence's memory may be made to Alburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Alburg, Vt. 05440 or to the Northwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 1370, St. Albans, Vt. 05478.