REV. CALVIN J. SEIFERTH
RICHFORD -- Rev. Calvin J. Seiferth, age 83, passed away peacefully with his wife at his side, May 1, 2004, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington following 3 1/2 years of being on dialysis.
He was born July 3, 1920 in Windham, N.H., the son of the late Herman and Sophia (Cleaves) Seiferth.
Rev. Seiferth has been a resident of Richford since 1982 when he was appointed Pastor of the Richford and Montgomery United Methodist Church's. He also pastored at Johnsburg, Weaverton, Riparius. He also served Troy Conference Churches in Bloomingdale, Vermontville, Jay, Wilimington and Upper Jay (Whiteface) Methodist Church's in New York; Danville, West Danville Walden, Sheldon, Rice Hill, Westford, Groton, West Topsham, Waits River, Plainfield and Adamant Church's in Vermont. He retired from the Richford UMC in 1985 and then went back to the Sheldon and Rice Hill Church's from 1987 to 1996. After 1996 he served as interim pastor at several area churches. He was an organizer of "Trail Camping" for the Troy Conference camping program formerly known as Camp Missisquoi in Sheldon.
He attended Lyndon State College and Johnson State College in Vermont, Boston University School of Theology and Duke University School of Theology, receiving Deacon's orders in 1964 and Elder orders in 1966. He received in full connection with the Troy Conference in 1971.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II having served in the Pacific Theater. He also had served in the Civil Air Patrol and held the Rank of Captain in the Vermont Wing. He was a member of the American Legion Post 12 of Richford.
He is survived by his wife Janet (Knowles) Seiferth of Richford, they were married Sept. 26, 1979; his children, Calvin Justin Seiferth of Pepperell, Mass., Malinda Stankiewicz and her husband Chris of Long Island, N.Y., Farin Harris of Long Island, N.Y., John Seiferth of St. Albans, Isreal Jeremy Seiferth and his wife, Anne of Newmarket, N.H., and James Seiferth and his fiancé Holly Leach of East Berkshire; five grandchildren, Fionnuala and Fergal Sieferth, Aubray Stankiewicz, Kianna and Shawn Harris; his sister, Beatrice Hull of Lawrence, Mass.; two nephews, Robert and Wesley Hull. Besides his parents he was predeceased by an infant son, Reed Seiferth.
A memorial service will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 at the Richford United Methodist Church with Rev. Heidi Reinker officiating.
In keeping with Cal's wishes interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph. There will be no visiting hours.
For those who wish, contributions in his memory may be made to help his family with his extensive medical care, C/O Janet Seiferth, 53 Church St., Richford, Vt. 05476.
ERIC HALE NYE
GEORGIA -- The strawberry fields of Georgia have lost their king. Eric Nye, Sr. took his last journey on Friday, April 30, in the arms of his youngest daughter. He was loved and will be missed by all who have known him.
Eric was a real Vermonter. He was born in Georgia on Aug. 24, 1922, to Hale and Margaret (Bruce) Nye. He was educated in Georgia, at Lyndon Institute, and at VTC Agricultural School in Randolph. He farmed on Hillandale Farm before entering the Nye Insurance Agency, which he developed into a thriving business. Everyone loved his story telling and enjoyed his visits.
He married Pauline Cline on Feb. 2, 1947, who survives him. He served his community with dedication and enthusiasm. He was a founding member of the Georgia Volunteer Fire Department and past president of the Vermont Maple Sugarmakers Association. He was a selectman and the Road Commissioner in Georgia for many years and ...Tree Warden. His many accomplishments made him a well respected member of the community.
Eric was famous for his strawberries, asparagus, squash and HOT PEPPERS, for which he advised "should be treated with caution and respect." He spent his free time hunting and fishing at his camp which he built on Logger Brook in Lewis.
He was surrounded in his life by his wife and five children; his four daughters, Jill and husband, Ron Martin, Cindy Nye, Pam and husband, Gerry Blair, Sara and husband, Granger Vester, and his son, Ric and wife, Joan Nye. He has 13 grandchildren, Lexi, Xan, Aristotle, Erin, Meghan, Hale, Jordana, Shawn, Dulcie, Abe, Eli, Zach and Moriah; also two great-grandchildren, Emma and Caleb. He also leaves two sisters, Jessie Hazen and Mary Sunega; a brother-in-law, Robert Cline and their families.
In Eric's memory, plant something that you might share with a friend or neighbor...just as he did.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eric's memory to either Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vt. 05478 or Georgia Fire Dept. and First Response, c/o Stephen Bechard, 3082 Georgia Shore Road, St. Albans, Vt. 05478.
Have a good un!
A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 8, at 11 a.m. at the family lot in Georgia Plain Cemetery. Pastor Charles Kuthe of the Georgia Plain Baptist Church will officiate assisted by Eric's close friend, the Reverend Philip Branon of South Hero. There will be no public visitation.
The Heald Funeral Home of St. Albans is assisting the family with arrangements.
JEANETTE B. McGOWAN
BAKERSFIELD -- Jeanette B. McGowan, age 82, passed away Saturday morning, May 1, 2004 at her home.
She was born May 9, 1921 in Bakersfield, the daughter of the late Albert and Ella (Blodah) Boucher
She was a life long resident of Bakersfield and was a member of St. Anthony's/St. George's Catholic Church in East Fairfield. She was employed for many years as the bookkeeper for Swanton Packing Co. retiring in 1986. She was an avid BINGO player and enjoyed playing with the same group of friends on a weekly basis.
She is survived by two daughters, Pamela O'Connell of St. Albans and Joanne Joyal and her husband Raymond of Bakersfield; one sister, Mary Nicholls and her husband Everett of Zellwood, Fla.; her grandchildren, Jeffrey O'Connell and his wife Carole, Keeli Metz and her husband Dale, Jill Boomhover and her husband Vernon, Angela LeClair, Stacey Royer, and Scott Joyal and his wife, Shari; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Carl A. McGowan on Aug. 11, 1997...they were married Aug. 21, 1940. She was also predeceased by her son-in-law, Gary O'Connell; five siblings, Marguerite Daigue, Luella Soule, Francis Boucher, Katherine Blair, and Lewis Boucher.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning, May 4, 2004, at 11 at St. Anthony's / St. George's Catholic Church in East Fairfield with Rev. Joseph Sullivan celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in St. George's Cemetery in Bakersfield.
Visiting hours will be held Monday evening from 7 to 9 at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.
For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Vermont Division, 100 Dorset St. Suite 12, So. Burlington, Vt. 05403.
LILLIAN ELIZA PACKARD TAYLOR
ESSEX CENTER -- Lillian Eliza Packard Taylor, 87, died on Friday morning, April 30, 2004, at her home in Essex Center. Lillian was born in Swanton on July 24, 1916, the daughter of Charles and Lillian (Lambert) Jones.
Lillian graduated from Essex Center High School in 1933. She was married to Bill Packard who predeceased her in 1981. She later married Frank Taylor who also predeceased her in 1999. She had lived in Essex Center since 1953.
Lillian worked for GE for 10 years and then as a licensed practical nurse at the Fanny Allen Hosp., retiring in 1978. Lillian was a former member of the Essex Center Grange 155, the Kings Daughters, the Mistletoe Card Club and of the Senior Adult Missionaries. She also answered phones for many years at the Essex Junction Senior Center.
She is survived by her sons, Reginald Packard and his wife Frances of Essex Junction, Lawrence Packard and his wife Joanne of Essex Junction; daughter-in-laws Norma Packard of Colchester and Laura Packard of South Hero; stepdaughter Marjorie Ryan of Lakewood, Calif., and her stepsons James Taylor of Albany, N.Y. and Donald Taylor of Waterville, N.Y.; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters and spouses, Clifford and Katherine Jones of Indiana, Horace and Doris Jones of Milton, Calvin and Marion Jones of New Hampshire, Eleanor Provencher of Burlington, Hazel and Andy Somers of Florida; and by several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sons, Richard and William Packard; and her brothers, John Paul Jones, and Lawrence Greenia.
Visiting hours will be held today (Monday) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Minor Funeral Home in Milton. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at 10 a.m. in the Essex Center United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery in Essex Center.
Memorials in Lillian's name may be made to the Essex Rescue, P.O. Box 124, Essex Junction, Vt. 05453.
Arrangements were by the Minor Funeral Home in Milton.
GERARD A. VIENS
SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. / ST. ALBANS, Vt. -- Gerard "Jerry" Viens, 81, passed away June 20, 2004, after a long battle with emphysema.
He was born Jan. 14, 1923, in Ste. Angele, P.Q. He was the son of Albert and Blanche (Beaulieu) Viens.
Jerry has been a resident of California for the past 50 years.
He leaves two sisters, Lucille Shepard of Colchester, Frances Balch and brother-in-law Frank Balch of Burlington; sister-in-law Juanita H. Viens of St. Albans; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Jeanne Beaulieu, Simone Montagne, Juliette Paquett, and by brothers Jean-Paul, Marcel, and Richard Viens.
A private graveside service will be held in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at a later date.
TRACEY KIM HUNT
PALMETTO, Fla. -- Tracey Kim Hunt, age 35, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at the Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla.
Tracey was born Sept. 24, 1968, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Karon (Sutton) Kernea and the late Grady Kernea
Tracey is survived by her husband, Gary C. Hunt Jr. of Palmetto, they were married June 9, 1991; they have children, Harley James Hunt, Rose Malvina Hunt, and Gwenith Ophelia Hunt; she is also survived by her mother, Karon Kernea of Toledo, Ohio; her siblings, Nancy and Wayne Kernea both of Toledo, Ohio.; her father-in-law, Gary C. Hunt Sr. of Palmetto, Fla.; her mother-in-law, Susan Patch-Crandall of Hartland, Vt.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in the Hunt Family lot in the Herrick Cemetery in North Fairfield, Vt.
Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls, Vt. is in charge of arrangements.
RODNEY THEODORE PRESTON, SR.
GEORGIA -- Rodney Theodore Preston, Sr., 67, a resident of St. John's, Ariz. passed away on June 24, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. following a brief illness. He was born in St. Albans on Oct. 14, 1936, the son of the late Clifton R. Preston, Sr. and Dorothy Corliss Preston.
On Oct. 23, 1958, he married Margaret Campbell and he adopted Margaret's children, William, Roger, and Cheryl. He then married Mary Newton in January 1964, and they had two children together; Dorothy Ann and Rodney Jr. and Mary had four children from a previous marriage, Patricia, Debra, Shirley, and Cecil. His third marriage was to Joanne Hubbs in July 1971, and they had two children; Kathleen and Debra. Next, he married Judy Perkins in March 1982 and in March 1984, he married Barbara Conner.
Survivors include his children, William Preston, Roger Preston, Cheryl Preston, Dorothy Ann Decker, Kathleen Lucas and her husband Vincent, and Debra Howard and her husband Timothy; stepchildren, Patricia, Debra, Shirley and Cecil Newton, and Marty Conner; grandchildren, Jennifer, Matthew, Sarah, and Joshua Decker, Jacob and Matthew Lucas, Ethan and Brady Howard; sisters, Marion Adams of Wilder, Vt. and Irene Dennis and her husband Harold of Bartonsville, Pa.; brothers, Robert F. Preston, Sr. and his wife Linda of Sutton Mills, N.H., Donald Preston and his wife Mary of Burlington, John Preston of Swanton, Norman Preston of Enosburg, Clifton R. Preston Jr. of Sharon, and Justin Preston and his wife Mary of Swanton.
Besides his parents, Clifton Sr., who died on Sept. 3, 1989, and Dorothy C. Preston who died on May 29, 1978, he was predeceased by a son, Rodney T. Preston, Jr. on April 3, 1966, and a brother, Ellis H. Preston on Nov. 19, 1986.
A graveside funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at 11 a.m. in the Preston family lot at Georgia Plain Cemetery. The Reverend Charles Kuthe, Pastor of Georgia Plain Baptist Church will officiate.
The Heald Funeral Home of St. Albans is assisting the family with arrangements.
GEORGE D. FLEURY
ISLE LA MOTTE -- George D. Fleury, 68, a life long resident of the Isle La Motte community and his wife Anna K. Fleury died tragically early Sunday morning, June 27, 2004, in their Main Street home.
Born in Isle La Motte, Jan. 23, 1936, George was the son of the late Jeffery and Helen (Deo) Fleury. He attended Isle La Motte schools and in 1956 was married to the former Anna Nelson.
George was extremely well known throughout the Grand Isle and Franklin County areas. He was a master plumber and electrician and owned and operated Fleury's Plumbing, Heating and Electrical for over 40 years. An active member of the community he served as a member of the Town Select Board and as Town Constable. He will always be remembered as a hardworking and very generous man willing to help anyone in need. He enjoyed flowers and the outdoors and had a great love for all animals and wildlife, especially his Purple Martins and his two Irish Setters Molly and Murphy who also perished with him in Sunday's fire. He faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force.
He leaves his daughter, Bernadette Fleury and her companion Jim Lee and two sons, Raymond Fleury and Richard Fleury and his fiancee Beth Dobson all of Isle La Motte; five grandchildren, Michael, Zane and John Savage and Kelly and Neil Fleury and their mother Debbie; two sisters, Edna Fleury and her husband Patrick Bradley of Isle La Motte and Helen Fleury Stakes of Abbeville, La.; one brother, Alan Fleury and his wife Patricia of Dayton, Ohio. He also leaves his very dear friends, Polly and Howard Schwenker of Isle La Motte; as well as several nieces and nephews.
George was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Fleury Kesek and Jane Fleury Ashline, and a brother Jeff "Jack" Fleury.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial for both George and Anna will take place Friday, July 2, 2004, at 2 p.m. from the chapel at St. Anne's Shrine, West Shore Road, Isle La Motte. Father Brian J. Cummings, SSE will be the celebrant and homilist. Interment will follow in the Fleury family lot in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton on Thursday, July 1 2004, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Gifts in George and Anna's memory may be made to the, Isle La Motte Fire Department, Isle La Motte 05463, or to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans 05478.