MARILYN JEAN TYNES
SWANTON -- Marilyn Jean Tynes, 69, a longtime resident of South River Street in Swanton Village died Easter Sunday morning, April 11, 2004, in the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington.
Born in St. Albans she was the daughter of the late George F. and Mable (Kenyon) Leahy. She will be best remembered for her longtime association as the Switchboard operator for the Northwestern Medical Center as well as an avid Bingo Fan.
Marilyn leaves her close friend and companion of many years, Allen "Mr. Al" Bertrand of Swanton; two sons, Morgan Randolf Tynes and Gary Wayne Tynes, and a daughter, Anne Marie Tynes, all of Key West, Fla.; three brothers, William J. Leahy, Richard A. Leahy and George F. Leahy of Florida; and two sisters, Joanne Hart of St. Albans and Sandra Schramm of Maine. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Crystal DePoo, Renee DePoo, Shannon Lynn Tynes, Monique Tynes and Gary Wayne Tynes Jr.; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and her special pet and friend Duke.
Funeral Services will be held tomorrow, Thursday, April 15, 2004, at 11 a.m. from the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton. Father John J. Meagher, SSE will officiate. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home tomorrow morning from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Gifts in Marilyn's memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P. O. Box 22, Swanton, Vt. 05488.
ROBERT ASHTON SOULE
ST. ALBANS -- Robert Ashton Soule, 92, a native of this area, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2004, in the Northwestern Medical Center. He was born in Fairfield on July 25, 1911, the son of the late Ashton P. and Ola (Cleveland) Soule. His wife, Eleanor (Cunningham) Soule died Oct. 20, 1989. They were married in Delhi, N.Y. on July 7, 1940.
Bob graduated from Bellows Free Academy in 1932. He retired as a secretary in the engineering department for the Central Vermont Railway after 35 years of service. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II from April of 1943 until December of 1945 and was a member of Green Mountain Post 1, American Legion. He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in St. Albans and the Vermont Club in Deland, Fla. He also belonged to St. Albans Lodge 1566, BPOE and was a former member of Champlain Country Club. He will be remembered by many for his loyal following of the New York Yankees.
Bob is survived by his son, James Soule of Vestal, N.Y.; two granddaughters, Kim Hyman of Holtsville, N.Y. and Kristi Soule of South Burlington; and a great-grandson, Ethan Alexander Hyman. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Raymond and Ernest Soule.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 16, 2004, at 2 p.m. in the Heald Funeral Chapel, 87 South Main St., St. Albans. Visitation will be on Friday from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be sent to the Holiday House Lyceum Fund, 642 Sheldon Rd, St. Albans, Vt. 05478 or the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vt. 05478. Messages of condolence and memories may be sent to the family through: www.healdfuneralhome.com.
RITA MARIE THOMPSON
ENOSBURG FALLS -- Rita Marie Thompson, age 70, passed away Monday evening, April 12, 2004, at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans with her family at her side.
She was born June 30, 1933, in Enosburg Falls, the daughter of the late Lucius and Emily (Audette) Davis.
Rita was a resident of Enosburg Falls most of her life and had also lived in Connecticut for several years where she had owned a second hand shop. She also cared for many elderly people. Rita enjoyed many things including, Indian heritage, attending Indian Pow Wows, being outdoors, bird watching. Most of all she loved riding and working with horses in the woods and at fairs. Rita's door was always open to anyone whether it was for a place to stay or a good meal, she was a mother to everyone.
She is survived by her husband, Gordon Thompson of Enosburg Falls; her children, Dorcas McAllister and her husband Carroll of Richford, William Jefferson Gilpin and his friend Barbara of Jeffersonville, Matthew Gilpin and his wife, Robin of Enosburg Falls, and Lucius Thompson of Enosburg Falls; her step-children, Ricky Thompson of Enosburg Falls, and Jimmy Thompson and his wife Sherrie of Enosburg Falls; many grandchildren; two sisters, Alberta Mackerwicz of East Hampton, Mass., and Thelma Pattee of Littleton; one brother and his wife, Russell and Rachel Davis of Richford; and close friends, Sandy Bocash and Mark Lahue of Enosburg Falls. Besides her parents she was predeceased by a sister, Helen Steinhour; and a brother, Frederick Murphy Jr.
In keeping with Rita's wishes she will be cremated and a graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, May 1 at 11 a.m. at the Richford Center Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.
For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vt. 05478. The family would like to thank the Franklin County Home Health Agency and Rita's many friends for the loving care given to her during her illness.
Spears Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CLIFTON A. "KIPPY" WETHERBY
RICHFORD -- Clifton A. "Kippy" Wetherby, age 56, passed away Monday, April 12, 2004, at his home following a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 21, 1948, in Richford, the son of the late George and Bessie (Longe) Wetherby.
He was a life long resident of Richford where he had been employed at Sweat & Comings for many years. He also had served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 12 of Richford and the V.F.W. Post 78 of Swanton. Kippy enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating and playing darts.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda (Tatro) Wetherby of Richford; three brothers, Glenford and Gardner Wetherby both of Richford, and John Wetherby and his wife Dale of Richford; two sisters, Anita Friot of Berkshire, and Gretchen Kittell and her husband Blaine of Berkshire; his father-in-law, Lionel Tatro of Richford; his sisters-in-law, Gloria St. Amour and her husband John of Alburg, Lorraine Greenwood and her husband Rocky of Albany, Nancy Gross and her friend Jeff Baisley of Richford, Carol "Fuzzy" Tatro of Richford, and Patty Gregoire and her husband Pat of Enosburg; several nieces and nephews; a sister-in-law, Valerie Longe of Richford; a close friend, Butch Smith of Richford; and a former brother-in-law, Duane Friot of North Troy. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his brother, Jack Wetherby; and his mother-in-law, Dora Tatro.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning, April 15 at 11 at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Interment will follow in the West Hill Cemetery in Montgomery.
Friends and relatives may call on the family at the funeral home Thursday morning from 10 until the hour of the funeral.
For those who wish, contributions in his memory may be made to the Richford Ambulance Service, Main St., Richford, Vt. 05476.
ASHLEY MARIE EDSON
GEORGIA -- Our precious, beloved Ashley finished her work in this world on April 6, 2004. Hoping to find relief from the burden and pain that physical conditions fated her to endure, she chose to seek a better place.
Ashley was born March 26, 1985, in Burlington, the daughter of Keith and Karen (Hilliker) Edson of Georgia.
She attended Georgia Elementary and Middle Schools from 1990-1999 where she excelled scholastically receiving numerous special awards and highest honors. At the age of 12 she became a published poet with an entry in a young writers contest. Her dream was to become a writer / journalist.
Ashley's life changed forever at the age of 10 when unusual ailments first appeared and could not be resolved. She was forced to give up her clarinet and figure skating. She struggled with these conditions for the rest of her life.
During her years at Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans, the physical problems began to hinder her ability to participate fully in life, but she forged ahead. She always strived to excel. While at BFA her goal of journalism began. She worked on the school newspaper The Mercury and had several articles published in The Burlington Free Press Column "The Edge." She completed her high school education at home with the aid of a tutor and graduated from BFA in 2003.
At the time of her death, she was a freshman at the University of Vermont where she maintained a 3.2 GPA. She found enough strength and determination to also be employed part-time at ShowTime Video in Georgia to help fund her college education.
Ashley loved animals and small children. She tried to donate time at the humane society and youth programs. She had a special place in her heart for her niece Harmonie, and her cat, Morris.
Ashley is survived by her parents and her brother, Mathew Edson of Georgia; her half-sisters Jennifer Hilliker of Swanton, Erica (Edson) Borthwick of Fletcher, Marcy Edson of South Burlington; two special aunts and uncles, Nancy (Hilliker) and Michael Barkyoumb of Swanton and Joanne (Edson) and Paul Woodward of Connecticut. She is also survived by many other aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins; her cat, Morris, and her good friend Christina Lamphere of Georgia; and her very special friend Bryan Hathaway of Milton.
Ashley was predeceased by her grandparents, Harold and Violet (Spaulding) Edson of Springfield, Vt., and Melvin and Geraldine (Walker) Hilliker of Swanton. She was also predeceased by her cousin, Robert Woodward.
Ashley is gone. Her struggles are over. A beautiful young woman forced to grow up too quickly, forced to endure more than one should, wise and mature far beyond her years. Our princess is gone. Our butterfly is free.
Funeral Services celebrating Ashley's life will be held Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at 11 a.m. from the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton. The Reverend Marcheta Townsend will officiate. Interment will follow in the Edson family lot in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 13, 2004, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers Ashley would prefer that donations be made in her memory to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans 05478, or to the King Street Area Youth Program, Inc., 87 King St., Burlington, Vt. 05401.
BERKSHIRE -- Francis Nyirjesy, 47, son of Steve and Michelle Nyirjesy, died unexpectedly Friday morning, April 9.
Francis was the beloved husband of Lucie Nyirjesy, and father of Letitia and Nicolas Nyirjesy. He leaves a brother, Paul Nyirjesy, and a sister, Christine Bragale.
He lived with his wife and children on Lost Nation Road in Berkshire.
A memorial service is planned for later this spring.
MARY E. SALLS
ST. ALBANS -- Mrs. Mary E. Salls, age 86, died Saturday morning, April 10, 2004, in the Northwestern Medical Center, after a lengthy illness. She was born April 1, 1918 in St. Albans, daughter of the late George and Eleanor (Lovely) Leahy. Jan. 23, 1943, she married Guy Salls and he predeceased her Oct. 25, 1981. She worked most of her life as a medical secretary for many of the local physicians. She was a former member of the Franklin County Business and Professional Women's Organization, a volunteer and a member of the Northwestern Medical Center Ladies Auxiliary, and a communicant of St. Mary's Church. She is survived by her three children, Judy Domey and her husband, Brian, of St. Albans, David Salls and his wife, Linda, of Charlotte, N.C., and Steven Salls and his wife, Bobbie, of Swanton; seven grandchildren, Jason and Christopher Domey, Kristen Salls-Mills and her husband Steve Mills, Katy Salls, Haley Churchhill, Riley Salls, and Kelli Salls; and several nieces and nephews to include a special niece, Carolyn Church. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her six brothers and sisters, Jack Leahy, Jim Leahy, George Leahy, Richard Leahy, Eleanor Leahy, and Margaret Callaghan. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church. Friends may call at the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will be in the Salls family lot in the St. Albans Bay Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 30 Farrell St., South Burlington, Vt. 05403.
Arrangements are entrusted to Brady & Levesque Funeral Home.
GEORGETTE WELLS RINALDI
ST. ALBANS -- Georgette W. Rinaldi, 86, a lifelong resident of St. Albans, passed away Saturday morning, April 10, 2004, at the Holiday House Nursing Facility following a lengthy illness. She was born in St. Albans on Aug. 8, 1917, the daughter of the late Royce Wells, Sr. and Mildred (Barlow) Wells.
Nov. 4, 1941, she married William Rinaldi in St. Mary's Catholic Church. Bill predeceased her on Feb. 27, 1979.
She was a dispatcher for the Vermont State Police for 31 years, retiring in 1977. She was a graduate of Bellows Free Academy, class of 1935, and a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic Church. She also belonged to the Vermont Retired State Employees' Association. She was very close to those with whom she worked. In her later years you would surely find her reading or tuned into sporting events, especially tennis and college basketball. She is loved and will be missed by her family members and close friends. She had a way of making others smile, and now she is smiling down on us. May she rest in peace.
She is survived by her cousin, Joan Sherman and family; a special friend, Marion Lepper; two sisters-in-law, Rina Leach and Mary Hebert; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Royce Wells, Jr.; and a sister, Joyce Wells.
Georgie's family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Holiday House for the excellent care she received while a resident there. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Holiday House Lyceum Fund, 642 Sheldon Rd, St. Albans, Vt. 05478.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Heald Funeral Chapel. Father Leonidas Laroche will officiate. Interment will be in the Rinaldi Lot in Holy Cross Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours.
Arrangements are by the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main St., St. Albans.
NOE CHANDLER BEDORE
ST. ALBANS -- Noe Chandler Bedore, 72, a longtime area resident, passed away Friday, April 9, 2004, at Northwestern Medical Center. He was born in Bakersfield on Jan. 26, 1932, the son of the late Louis N. and Leona (Bovat) Bedore.
Survivors include three sisters, Helena McRae of St. Albans, with whom he made his home, Joyce Grenier of Claremont, N.H., and Judith Cantell and her husband Michael of Enosburg Falls; a brother, Wilfred Bedore and his wife Irene of Montpelier; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Catherine Ann Bressette.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 16, 2004, at 10 a.m. in the Heald Funeral Chapel with the Reverend Leonidas B. Laroche officiating. Interment will be in the family lot at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 9 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Arrangements are by the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main St., St. Albans. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at