RITA (BEYOR) WEST
RICE HILL -- Rita (Beyor) West, age 79, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, Feb. 26, 2005, at Redstone Villa in St. Albans.
Rita Mae Beyor was born on Jan. 5, 1926, at the family home on the Cook Road in Highgate, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Cook) Beyor. On Aug. 22, 1944, she married Reginald West, who survives her. Rita attended the South River School in Highgate Falls, and later, Highgate High School.
Along with raising her children, Rita was a life-long partner with Reg in the operation of the family farms in Highgate and Sheldon, a hard-working and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Rita was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed making her own baby layettes and sewing for her children and grandchildren. Rita loved to cook and bake (her CB “handle” was Apple Pie) and will always be remembered for the family gatherings to celebrate holidays, weddings, anniversaries or birthdays, with standing room only in the farmhouses on Rice Hill.
In addition to her husband, Rita is survived by her six children and their families; Sandy Paroly of Levittown, Pa. and her soulmate Ray Flynn, Paulette Tatro (Dwight) of Highgate, Dianna Capsey (Gary) of Montgomery, Gary R. West (Sherry) of Franklin, Gaylord L. West and his companion, Diane Cochran, of Sheldon, and Brenda McDonald (Hollis) of Highgate.
Rita is survived by 21 grandchildren; Tracy Lomurno (Michael), Brian Sked (Colleen), Steven Sked (Adelina), Julie Beyor and her companion Michael Laroche, Lisa Martin (Tom), Brent Beyor, Sara Rainville (Justin), Karie Henry (Mark), Patty Capsey, Kenneth Capsey and his companion, Naomi Morin, Christie Mitchell (Trevor), Gary West and his companion Meghan Manahan, Marcy Stefaniak (Eric), Lindsay West, Stacey West, Jamie Lefebvre (William), Shellie, Meghan and Jeremy West, Travis and Brandon McDonald.
She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren; Jake Lomurno, Ashley, Devon and Paige Sked, Jessica Savage, Michaela and Nicholas Martin, Christine, Lance and Hunter Henry, Kaiden Capsey, Kimberly and David Parsons, Haley Stefaniak, Ariel Cooper, and Nathaniel Lefebvre.
Rita is also survived by three sisters; Pearl Longley of North Franklin, Conn., Hildred Menard (Lucien) of Highgate, Vt., Beatrice Cook (Charles) of St. Albans; and Reginald’s family, who all loved Rita as a sister; Wanda Plante (Fernando) of Richford, Marion Teague of Sheldon, Virginia Goulette of St. Albans, Leo West Jr. (Marieanne) of Sheldon, Irene Montgomery of Franklin, Betty Beyor of Franklin, Joyce Menard (Danny) of Fairfield, Leland “Lee” West (Sharron) of Johnson, Elaine Reed (Donald) of Sheldon, Barbara Colby (Richard) of Franklin, Carolyn Rondeau (Andre) of Sheldon, and Patty Nolan (Dennis) of Highgate; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Rita was predeceased by her brothers, Carlton Beyor and his wife Gloria (West), Kenneth Beyor and his wife, Emma, her sisters, Bernadette Walker and her husband Dwight, Marion Perry and her husband, Clyde, Gladys Beyor, brothers-in-law, Clair ”Red” Kinney, Donald Teague, Paul Goulette, Phelos Beyor, Robert Montgomery, Maurice “Pete” Menard, and sister-in-law Beverly West.
Funeral services will be held Thursday morning, March 3, 2005, at 10 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Sheldon Springs with Rev. Bernard Bechard celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Reception will follow at the Father Laplant Hall at St. Louis Church in Highgate. Interment will be this spring at the convenience of the family at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Sheldon Springs.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls.
For those who wish, contributions in Rita’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., Vermont Chapter, 10 Ferry St., Suite 427 B, Concord, NH. 03301-5004, or to the, Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vt. 05478.
FRANCIS “FRANK”J. DONAHUE
RICHFORD – Francis “Frank” J. Donahue, age 92, died early Sunday morning, Feb. 27, at Northwest Medical Center in St. Albans.
He was born Nov. 11, 1912 in Barre, Vt., the son of Francis Donahue and Mary (Holland) Donahue. He spent his childhood in Middlebury, Vt. and graduated from Middlebury High School, and then Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass. He graduated from Middlebury College with high honors in 1935. While at Middlebury he was a member of the varsity Division II hockey team and also a member of the prestigious Deke fraternity. After graduation he continued his education at the Albany School of Law in Albany, New York. His early working years were spent in the Immigration Service as a special investigator stationed at Rouses Point, N.Y., and then Montreal, Canada.
In 1943 he moved to Richford and married Mary S. Kelley, who at that time was the owner of the Fred H. Kelley Insurance Agency. In 1946 he resigned from the Immigration Service and joined his wife in the insurance business, which they ran together until 1983 when they retired and sold the business to A.N. Deringer. Being a local business leader was only a part of Mr. Donahue’s active life.
He served his community well as Town Auditor from 1946-57, Village Moderator from 1963-83, Town Moderator from 1957-84, and Town Agent/Grand Juror from 1953-90. He was a director of the Border Town Development Association, Richford Village Zoning Board, Richford Economic Advancement Corporation, the Richford Playground Committee, and a long-time member of the Richford Lions Club. He was very active in the formation of the Richford Health Center and between Mr. and Mrs. Donahue they served on the board of directors of that organization for over 30 years. He was for many years a director of the Franklin Lamoille Bank, to which he devoted a great deal of time. In addition, he was an active member of All Saint’s Catholic Church and he worked on numerous charitable fund drives, including Richford Parks, the Jay Mt. Road project, and the Corliss Fountain Restoration.
He was well known as an enthusiast of many sports, from baseball to golf, skiing, and hiking. For many years he was an active golfer and a stockholder in the Richford Country Club. After skiing for a few years at King’s Hill in Richford, in 1960 he discovered Jay Peak and a love affair began. He continued to ski at least 40 days per year at Jay for the next 41 years until his 90th birthday, which he celebrated at Jay. He was honored a number of times at Jay Peak both for his skiing ability and his contributions to the Jay Peak Ski Club and ski racing at Jay. For many years one of the premier ski races at Jay was named the Donahue Cup in his honor.
Mr. Donahue was predeceased by his wife, Mary S. Donahue, who died in 2002. He is survived by his son, David F. Donahue and wife Diane L. Donahue, and their 11-year-old daughter Olivia Donahue, all of Bedford, N.H. On his wife’s side of the family, he is survived by a sister-in-law, Margaret Flanagan of Washington, DC., and Mildred Sawyer of Fort Myers, Fla.; and three brothers-in-laws; Charles Sawyer of Richford, Robert Sawyer of Denver, Colo., and Dr. David Sawyer and his wife, Chris, of Norwich, Conn. He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, John Sawyer.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at 11 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford with Rev. Frank Eksterowicz celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be later this spring in All Saints Cemetery in Richford.
A time of visitation will be held Wednesday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 140 Main St., Richford.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Arvin A. Brown Library, 88 Main Street, Richford, Vt., 05476.
MARIE CLAIRE JETTE
SOUTH BURLINGTON -- Marie Claire Jette, 80, of South Burlington, died on Feb. 24, 2005, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Marie Claire was born in Swanton on Sept. 21, 1924, the daughter of Oswald and Adelina (Trahan) Jette. After graduating from St. Anne’s Academy, Class of 1942, she was employed by AT&T Telephone Company and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers when she retired. She was also a member of the Associates of the Religious Hospitalers of St. Joseph at Fanny Allen Hospital.
She is survived by her three sisters, Evelyn Boucher and Theresa Boulet of Swanton, and Anna Thabault of Smyrna, Ga.; her two brothers, Roger Jette and wife Virginia of Dayton, Ohio, and George Jette and wife Lois of Burlington; and her sister-in-law Aurore Jette of St. Albans. Marie is also survived by 22 nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents; her sisters Yvonne Rocheleau and Ida Williams; and her brother Alfred Jette.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at 12:30 p.m. in St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, Hinesburg Rd., South Burlington. Interment will follow later on Monday at 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Swanton.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Marie’s memory may be made to St. John Vianney Church, 160 Hinesburg Rd., South Burlington, Vt. 05403, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington.
CHARLOTTE BRADLEY MONTGOMERY, R.N.
ST. ALBANS -- Charlotte B. Montgomery, R.N., a longtime area resident, passed away on her birthday, Feb. 20, 2005, at the Franklin County Rehab Center following a long illness. She was born in Ste. Armand, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of the late George and Margaret (Canfield) Bradley. She was married to Ernest W. Montgomery who predeceased her on Sept. 16, 1985.
Charlotte was a graduate of the St. Albans Hospital School of Nursing, where she was supervisor of the operating room for four years and for the next 28 years was employed at the former Kerbs Memorial Hospital (now Northwestern Medical Center), where she became Director of Nursing Services and Assistant Administrator until her retirement in 1978. She was a member of the Franklin County Business and Professional Women, the Autonoe Club, Franklin County Museum, St. Albans Historical Society, Green Mountain Post 1, American Legion Auxiliary, Robert E. Glidden Post 758, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and served on the Franklin County Cancer Board.
Survivors include her sister, Jane Lund of Chandler, Ariz.; a special niece, Frances McKenna; three nephews, Allen Lund, George Lund and Steven Hawley; a sister-in-law, Shirley Montgomery of St. Albans, a niece, Gail Montgomery, and nephew Bruce Montgomery and his wife Linda; close friends, Gladys Rocheleau, Alma Marquette, Cynthia Rugg, and many other friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Ernie, she was predeceased by two sisters, Esther MacDonald and Anne Hawley.
A sincere thank you and appreciation for the attention and care given to Charlotte by the staff of Franklin County Rehab.
A funeral service will be held later this spring at a time to be announced. Interment will be in the family lot at Bradley Cemetery in Fairfield.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Charlotte's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.
The Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main St. is assisting with arrangements.
SUSIE (SARTWELL) BOCASH
FAIRFIELD -- Susie (Sartwell) Bocash, 67 of Pond Road, passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2005, in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington surrounded by her family and friends.
Susie was born March 19, 1937, in Cambridge, the daughter of Charles and Stella Laplant Sartwell. On July 6, 1957, she married Ronald Bocash in Sheldon.
A lifelong resident of Franklin County, Susie touched many lives and was loved by all that knew her. She loved spending time with family and friends and will be most remembered for her cooking and kindness. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her four grandchildren. Her laughter and warmth will be missed.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald Bocash of Fairfield; her son Ronny Bocash and his wife Denise of St. Albans, and her daughter Tammy Campbell and her husband Ty of Highgate Springs. She leaves also her grandchildren, Shayne and Melissa Bocash and Adam and Tucker Campbell. She leaves three brothers, Miles Sartwell of Highgate, Tommy Sartwell and his wife Anita of Richford, and Jake Sartwell and his wife Clarita of Swanton; and her sister Gertrude Menard of St. Albans. Her two brothers-in-law, Clarence Bocash and his wife Dorothy of Sheldon and Peter Bocash of Fairfield. Her four sisters-in-law, Dale Duffy and her husband Lloyd of Sheldon, Doris Derry of Sheldon, Joan Pariseau and her husband Frank of Enosburg and Janice Ladieu and her husband Lyle of Swanton. She was predeceased by her parents Charles and Stella Sartwell; brothers, Ralph, Charlie and Alfred; sisters Velma, Mary and Hazel; and sister-in-law Phyllis Sartwell.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, at 11 a.m. in the United Methodist Church of Highgate with the Reverend Pat Hoadley officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the Highgate Center Cemetery.
Visiting Hours will be held today from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Minor Funeral Home located on Route 7 in Milton.
ENOSBURG FALLS -- Mr. Richard Poirier, age 78, husband of Elizabeth (Mackin) Poirier, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at home following a long and courageous battle with cancer, with his loving family at his bedside.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning, Feb. 25, 2005, at 11 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Enosburg Falls with Rev. Benedict Kiely celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be later this spring in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours.
With Richard having a great love of children the family wishes to have memorial contributions directed to the Thomas Cook Endowment Fund at the Vermont Children’s Hospital, C/O Children’s Miracle Network, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, Vt. 05401.
FREDA FRANCES COURTNEY FLANAGAN
ST. ALBANS -- Freda Frances Courtney Flanagan, 89, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, surrounded by her beloved family.
Freda loved sitting out on her veranda visiting with her family and friends, and watching over her neighbors. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Freda was born in St. Albans on April 25, 1915, and married Michael J. Flanagan on Jan. 17, 1939, with whom she shared 56 years. She is survived by her son, Michael Flanagan and his wife, Pat; her daughter Patty and her husband, Robert Howrigan, Jr. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Erin, Will, Sean, Kaitlin and Kyle Howrigan, Sheri Sheehan, her husband, Jack and their children, Eliza and Myriah Sheehan, Kelli Schreiner, her husband, Rick and their children Michael and Danielle Schreiner, Lisa Manahan, her husband, Martin and their children Sean, Samantha, Isaac and Ian Manahan, Katie Sullivan, her husband Pete and their children Ashley, Kailee, Mikayla Sullivan and Megan Gratton, her husband Ray and their children Cole, Dawson and Parker Gratton. She also leaves her brother William Toof and his wife Sybil; her sisters-in-law, Marilyn Toof, Lillian Flanagan, Shirley Gregg, Dorothy Everett and Margaret Flanagan; her cousin, Mary-Jane Barber; and many nieces and nephews. In addition, she leaves her beloved neighbors of 45 years on Cedar Street, Iris and Maynard Pelkey and Adeline Stahl; and her special niece, Laurie Martin.
She is predeceased by her husband, Michael J. Flanagan; her granddaughter, Jodi Lee Flanagan; her mother, Frances Hance Toof; her brothers, Robert, John and Ronald Toof, Kenneth Courtney; and her sister, Bernice Courtney.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at 11 a.m. from Holy Angels Catholic Church on Lake Street. Freda's family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main St.
Memorials may be made to the Jodi Flanagan Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o The Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main St., St. Albans, Vt. 05478, or the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vt. 05478.
PATRICIA EVELYN “PAT” STAPLES
SWANTON / MORRISVILLE -- Patricia Evelyn “Pat” Staples, 59, a longtime Swanton resident died late Saturday afternoon in Copley Manor in Morrisville.
Many will remember that on Dec. 7, 1991, Pat was involved in a serious automobile accident, and since that time has been in full time professional nursing care. Her mother Mrs. Beatrice Fitzgerald predeceased Pat this past Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2005, and the family believes that she came to take Pat home with her and put an end to her long period of suffering.
Born in Burlington on Oct. 7, 1945, she was the daughter of the late John F. and Beatrice (Fiske) Fitzgerald. She attended Peoples Academy in Morrisville and on March 16, 1963, married Melvyn Bruce Staples who predeceased her on Aug. 7, 1989.
For several years Pat operated Country Side Fabrics out of her home in Swanton. She will be fondly remembered for her love of knitting and sewing. She was a true fighter, full of life, always happy and joking. She especially loved her grandchildren.
Pat leaves her three sons and their spouses, Troy and Jane Staples of Swanton, Tim and Kari Staples of St. Albans and Todd and Elizabeth Staples of Essex; eight grandchildren, Krista, Kyle and Kolby Staples of Swanton, Eva, Patrick, Devin and Meagan Staples of St. Albans and Reese Staples of Essex; two brothers, Jerry Fiske and his wife Debbie of North Wolcott and Michael Fitzgerald and his wife Hismarion of Hyde Park; one sister, Frances Fitzgerald of St. Albans; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday evening, Feb. 22, 2005, at 7 p.m. from the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton. The Reverend Joy Lowenthal, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Waterbury Center will officiate. Entombment will follow to await spring interment in the family lot in Pleasant View Cemetery in Morrisville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until the hour of the service.
Gifts in Pat’s memory may be made to the Christopher Reeves Foundation, 500 Morris Avenue, Springfield, N.J. 07081.
CARLIS C. LUMBRA
EAST BERKSHIRE -- Carlis C. Lumbra, age 92, passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 19, 2005 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. He was born in Montgomery Center on May 20, 1912, the son of the late Freemont and Ida (Donna) Lumbra.
Carlis was a resident of East Berkshire most of his life and was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Richford. He was employed at Central Vermont Railroad for 23 years retiring in 1968 and was later employed at Sweat-Comings Furniture Co. for six years. He was also associated with the Spears Funeral Home for almost 30 years, this association became a valued friendship with Bill Spears Jr. and Tom Cook. Carlis could always be seen working around his house and in his garden something that he got great satisfaction from. He also enjoyed attending the Montgomery Meal Site and especially his nightly card games with his wife.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years Bernice (Chappell) Lumbra of Berkshire; a son and his wife, Douglas and Marlene Lumbra of St. Albans; two grandchildren and their spouses, Lori and Luke Rainville of St. Albans, and Greg and Elizabeth Lumbra of Bound Brook, N.J.; three great-grandchildren, Michael and Matthew LaBounty, and Michael Lumbra; a sister, Glenna Myott of East Hartford, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by six brothers, Harley, Crayton, Lincoln, Clifton, George and Richard Lumbra; and two sisters, Florence Baker, and Cecilia Donna.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning, Feb. 23, 2005, at 11 at All Saints Catholic Church in Richford with Reverend Frank Eksterowicz celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be next spring in All Saints Cemetery in Richford.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.
For those who wish, contributions in his memory may be made to Our Lady of the Meadows Community Care Home, Resident Activity Fund, 1 Pinnacle Meadows, Richford, Vt. 05476.
MARJORIE O. BROWN
RICHFORD / ST.ALBANS – Marjorie O. Brown, age 95, passed away peacefully Friday evening, Feb. 18, 2005, encircled by her family in the home of her daughter and granddaughter. Her final weeks were spent surrounded by family, extended family, and dear friends, who celebrated her life with stories, laughter and tears.
For the past year her devoted daughter, Mary Jane lived with her and assisted her in the home Marjorie had lived in for 29 years. Marjorie was well known for her delicious home cooking, her love of playing cards and her unfailing support of the current world champions Boston Red Sox.
Marjorie touched many lives and was treasured by all who had the gift of knowing her. Her amazing strength, joy of living and infectious laughter will be remembered always.
She was born July 6, 1909, in Richford, the daughter of the late Wayne and Olive (Bolt) Combs. Her amazing life included helping to raise her four younger siblings when her mother passed away in childbirth. She married Leon H. Brown on Oct. 24, 1931 in Richford and went on to raise their five children. She worked at various jobs over the years to support her family following the untimely death of her husband. She also provided child-care to the three children of Dr.’s Dale and Anne Hooper, and the three children of Dr. Henry Wirts and Linda Wirts, all of whom she loved and continued to keep in touch with. She was known as Nannie to her 14 grandchildren, their spouses, and 13 great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored.
She is survived by three sons, Leon Brown Jr. of Concord, N.C., Roderick Brown and his wife Beverly, and Roger Brown and his wife Sandra all of Richford; two daughters, Beth Wilson of Rocky Hill, Conn., and Mary Jane Sherrer of St. Albans; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, Leon Brown III, his daughter Megan and her mother Lisa; Wade Brown and his wife Penny, their children Adam and Amy; Keith Brown and his wife Doreen, their children Peter and Matthew; Janelle Ingalls and her husband Bruce, their children Erik and Kyleigh; Valerie Laing and her husband Ross, their son Rory; David Brown; Bob Brown and his wife Lorraine; Scott Brown; Russ Brown and his wife Robin, their children Allie and C.J.; Sharon Malinowski and her husband Peter; Joey Wilson and his wife Alane, their children Michelle and Christy; Mark Wilson; Tim Sherrer and his wife Amy, their daughter Holly; Kim Sherrer; two brothers, Delbert Combs of Richford, and Orval Combs and his wife Mary of Fairfield; one sister, Evelyn Rowse of Beekmantown, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews; her dear friends, former son-in-law, Walter Sherrer and his wife Judy of St. Albans; her former daughters-in-law, Sunny Brown and Wilma Lowery. She was predeceased by her husband Leon Brown in 1956; one grandson, Terry Brown; one brother, Myles Combs; one sister, Marguerite Combs; and a son-in-law, Joseph Wilson.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 22 at 2 at the Richford Baptist Church with Pastor Lyle Willey and Pastor Bill Simmons of the St. Albans Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be next spring in the Richford Center Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held at the Church, Tuesday afternoon from 1 until the hour of the funeral.
For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vt. 05478.