NORMA M. GLEASON
ENOSBURG FALLS - Norma M. Gleason, age 74, passed away at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans on Oct. 19, 2005, with her loving family at her side.
She was born April 4, 1931, in Enosburg Falls, the daughter of the late Roy and Blanche (Gorton) Sweet.
Norma was a life long resident of Enosburg Falls and was a member of the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church. Along with her husband “Boob” they owned Carney’s Restaurant for 29 years retiring in 1990. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 42 of Enosburg Falls, the V.F.W. Auxiliary 778 of Swanton, Champlain Valley Road Runners Campers, and the Red Hat Ladies - Ruby Reds of Enosburg Falls. Norma enjoyed playing Bingo, hooking rugs and crocheting.
She is survived by her husband, Stuart Gleason of Enosburg Falls; her children: Susan Salminen, her husband Robert and their children, Jed, Steve and Ryan of Enosburg, Sally Wright, her husband Cliff and their children, Tucker and Conner of Enosburg, MSG James Gleason his wife, Julie and their children, Caleb, Luc and Hannah of Berkshire, and Steven Gleason and his children, Mitchell and McKenzie of Enosburg; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Vera Churchill, Francis Sweet, Guy Sweet, and Charlotte Sweet.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. at the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church with Pastor Cheryl Heater officiating. Interment will follow in the Sheldon Village Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours.
For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to the Enosburgh Ambulance Service, 83 Sampsonville Rd., Enosburg Falls, Vt. 05450,
Spears Funeral Home in Enosburg Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
DORIS ELAINE ‘TUBBY’ DERRY
SHELDON – Doris Elaine “Tubby” Derry, age 67, passed away peacefully at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, Thursday evening, Oct. 13, 2005, following an extended illness with her loving family at her side.
She was born Sept. 2, 1938, in Sheldon, the daughter of the late Clarence Sr. and Beatrice (LaChapelle) Bocash.
Doris was a member of the Sheldon Methodist Church. She was a stay at home Mom until her youngest child started school. She worked at Duffy’s General Store, the Napoli Home in Sheldon, and her most rewarding job was as an LNA for the Franklin County Home Health Agency. Upon her retirement due to poor health, she became a red hat lady, bowled with the Tuesday morning league and napped in the afternoon watching soap operas.
Her most loved activities were RVing, attending bluegrass festivals, cooking adventures, and playing five hundred with family and friends.
She is survived by six children: Deborah and her husband, Dale Peloubet, Bryan and his wife, Lori Derry, Jean and her husband, Mark Baker, Sydney “Skip” Derry, Kimberlee and her husband, Jack Dufresne, and Todd and his wife, Tracy Derry, all of Sheldon; 11 grandchildren: Derek Peloubet, David and his wife, Shalyn Peloubet, Matthew Derry, Erin (Dufresne) and her husband, John Montagne, Justine Derry, Nicholas Baker, Corey Derry, Jesse Derry, Kevin Baker, Jacob Derry, and Jordan Dufresne; two great-grandchildren, Emilia Montagne and Seth Peloubet; three brothers: Clarence Bocash Jr. and his wife, Dorothy, Ronald Bocash all of Sheldon, and Peter Bocash of Swanton; three sisters and their husbands: Janice and Lyle Ladieu of Swanton, Dale and Lloyd Duffy of Sheldon, and Joan and Frank Pariseau of Enosburg Falls; a sister-in-law and her husband, Arlene and Alton Herron of Enosburg Falls; and a brother-in-law, Miles Sartwell of Highgate; several nieces and nephews; and her dear friend and traveling buddy, Sally Boudreau. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Lester A. Derry on Oct. 12, 2000, they were married on Dec. 1, 1956; a sister, Phyllis J. Sartwell; and a sister-in-law, Susan Bocash.
Doris will be remembered for her gentle, caring ways and her love for life
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at 11 a.m. at the Sheldon Methodist Church with Pastor Donavee Copenhaver officiating. Organist was Kathy Gorton.
Interment followed in the Sheldon Village Cemetery. Pall bearers were Doris’s grandsons, Matthew Derry, Derek Peloubet, David Peloubet, Nicholas Baker, Kevin Baker, Jordan Dufresne, Jacob Derry, and Jesse Derry.
In attendance were delegations from Franklin County Home Health Agency, United Methodist Church of Sheldon, Ultramar, Cold Hollow Family Practice, Fiddle Head Family Dentistry, BFA Athletics, Devyns Restaurant, and the Red Hat Ladies Forever Young Group of St. Albans.
Visiting hours were held Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.
For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to Northwestern Medical Center - Palliative Care Program, ATTN: Olivia Weed, 111 Fairfield St., St. Albans, Vt. 05478.
EDGAR JOSEPH ‘E.J.’ MATHIEU
ST. ALBANS CITY / BURLINGTON - Edgar Joseph “E.J.” Mathieu, 79, a longtime resident of the Burlington area and more recently of North Elm Street in St. Albans City, died Monday evening, Oct. 17, 2005, in his residence.
Born in Morrisville, Jan. 29, 1926, he was the son of the late Adlord and Victoria (LaPierre) Mathieu. He attended Burlington schools and on Dec. 18, 1982, was married to the former Rose William who survives him. Mr. Mathieu owned and operated E.J. Mathieu Remodeling Contractors in the Burlington and Winooski area for more than 35 years.
Besides his wife, Rose Mathieu of St. Albans City, he leaves four sons: Kenny of Charlotte, Randy and his wife, Gloria of Colchester, Gary of Essex and James of Cabot; four daughters: Sandy Burns of Essex, Joyce Ladabouche of Winooski, Susie and her husband, Reginald Blaisdell of Milton and Laurie and her husband, Raymond Streeter of Jericho; five stepsons: Don and his wife, Mary Martell of Las Vegas, Mark and his wife, Cindy Martell of Florida, Roy and his wife, Karla Martell of Idaho, Andy and his wife, Mary Martell of Wisconsin and Paul and his wife, Donna Martell of Winooski; a stepdaughter, Alice Martell and her partner, Lisa Lampman of St. Albans; 32 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Lorraine Mathieu of Williston and Gladys Vancour of Winooski; and one brother-in-law, Art and his wife, Nellie Germaine of Williston; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his stepmother, Catherine Blaise; a son, Edward; a granddaughter, Sonia Lynn Mathieu; three brothers, Dennis, Robert and Leo; and a sister, Cecile Irish.
Friends may call at the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton on Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A private graveside service in Riverside Cemetery will be held later at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers gifts in Mr. Mathieu’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495; or the American Diabetes Association, Vermont Affiliate, 77 Hegeman Avenue, Colchester, Vt. 05446; or to the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 37 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, Vt. 05401.
DAVID W. SHEDD
FAIRFAX - David has gone home to God. David Shedd was born in Jeffersonville on Oct. 23, 1948, and lived his life in Fairfax, Florida and St. Albans. His life was often centered in the Fairfax community where he graduated in 1966 from Bellows Free Academy. He made many friends in Fairfax over the years by being the varsity basketball coach and by being involved with those who followed sports and local politics. He was a mentor to many who were students during his time as a coach and member of the community.
He was well known in the retail grocery business around the Burlington area having been a salesman for Farrell Distributing in the 1970s and 1980s. David's love of animals and the farm was evident in his conversations and his recollection of working on farms in the area as a young man. His sense of humor was contagious and his smile was glowing.
Survivors include his wife, Grace VanHandel, of Swanton; his parents, John C. and Juanita (Cross) Shedd of St. Albans; his two children, Jena Shedd and Glenn Shedd, both of New Port Richey, Fla.; his granddaughter, Riley Madison Woods; six brothers: Rod, Craig, Brent, Jeff, Brad and Jay; three sisters: Vicki Popple, Kim Charbonneau and Heather Hoben. David was predeceased by his sister, Suzanne Rabidoux in August of 1994.
David will be sorely missed by those who knew him and remember the good days.
We thank the Oncology Staff at the Fletcher Allen Health Care, Dr. H. James Wallace, Dr. Darin Wright and Dr. Robert Lesney.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, at 1 p.m. in the United Church of Fairfax, corner of the Fletcher and River Roads.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jim Bashaw Cancer and Catastrophic Illness Fund, c/o The Northwestern Medical Center, P.O. Box 1370, St. Albans, Vt. 05478.
CLAIRE K. BUSHEY
NASHUA, N.H. / ST. ALBANS, Vt. - Mrs. Claire K. O’Brien Bushey, age 87, died Friday evening, Oct. 14, 2005, in the Nashua Crossing following a brief illness. Claire was born in St. Albans, July 14, 1918 daughter of the late John and Lillian (McDonnell) O’Brien.
Following graduation from high school she was employed at Simpsons Motors and later employed at the school lunch program for Bellows Free Academy. She was a communicant at Holy Angels Church, a member of the former Holy Angels Formal Choir and active with the former Holy Angels Mother’s Club. Claire loved spending time with “the girls” going out to lunch or on shopping excursions. She also loved to read and sit on her front porch.
She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, which is strongly evident in their determination to be present for her funeral services. They have come from many parts of the country including Japan and Hawaii, to express their love for her.
She married Maurice P. Bushey on April 26, 1938, in Holy Angels Church. Mr. Bushey died Jan. 18, 1982.
Claire is survived by her son, Robert and his wife, Shirley Bushey of St. Albans Bay; daughter, Priscilla and her husband, Wesley Takayama of Nashua, N.H.; sister Coleen Jaibur of St. Albans; her daughter-in-law, Marlene Bushey of St. Albans, sons-in-law, Carlyle Eugene Justus of Plymouth, Mich., and John Healy of New York; sisters-in-law, Eleanor O’Brien and Yvonne Cross, both of St. Albans and Edwilda O’Brien of Albuquerque, N.M.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband Maurice, Claire was predeceased by their daughter, Jean Justus, Sept. 29, 2005, whose funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005, at 11 a.m. in Holy Angels Church; daughter Maureen Healy, and son Richard Bushey, both in 1999; brothers, John G. O’Brien in 1990, Donald “Pat” O’Brien in 1975; and sisters, Madeleine Billings in 2002, and Catherine at age 3.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Holy Angels Church Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at 2 p.m. Friends may call at the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main St. from 7 to 9 Thursday evening. Interment will be in the Bushey Family lot in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Ave., St. Albans, Vt. 05478, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1460, Williston, Vt. 05495. An online condolence book has been established for Claire’s family at the Brady and Levesque web site: www.bnlfh.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.
LILA R. CROFTS
CONCORD, N.H. - Lila R. Crofts, 89, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at the Harris Hill Center in Concord, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Lila was born Jan. 29, 1916, in Enosburg, Vt., daughter of Herbert and Ellen F. (Clark) Kelly. She graduated from Enosburg High School.
On June 22, 1937, she was married to Floyd A. Crofts in Enosburg Falls. In 1938 they moved to Claremont, N.H. and in 1945 to White River Junction, Vt. She worked at the Corner Drug in White River Junction from 1960 to 1970. In 2001 she moved to Whitaker Place in Penacook, N.H. to be closer to her daughter, until 2003 when she needed the special care of Harris Hill Center, in Concord.
Lila loved to express her artist side by painting, quilting and was an expert seamstress. She was a member of the White River Junction Methodist Church. She was a 50-year member of the Winona Chapter of the Eastern Star where she held all of the leadership positions. She was active in establishing the Bugbee Senior Center and played a key roll in its first few years.
Lila is survived by a daughter, Linda Moore of Concord, N.H.; a son, Raymond F. Crofts of Bradenton, Fla; three grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is predeceased by her husband; a son, Fredrick Crofts; four brothers and three sisters.
A graveside memorial service will be held Oct. 19, 2005, at 10 a.m. at the Hartford Cemetery, in White River Junction, Vt. Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction is in charge of arrangements.
Donations in her name may be made to Bugbee Senior Center, P.O. Box 158, White River Jct., Vt. 05001.
WAYNE A. BROW
SWANTON - Wayne A. Brow, 68, a resident of Meadow Lane died Sunday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2005, in the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington.
Born in Swanton on Sept. 5, 1937, he was the son of the late Harry and Dorothy (Brousseau) Brow. He attended Swanton schools and in 1958 was married to the former Carol Ives.
In earlier years Wayne was associated with H.P. Hood, Inc. and later became the director of maintenance for Verdelle Village Extended Care Facility, The Holiday House Nursing Home and Redstone Villa, a position that he held for 20 years. More recently he worked as a carpenter for Reggie Rice Construction. Wayne always thought of Reggie as more than a boss, he was a very good friend. He was also a member of the Vermont Army National Guard for several years.
He will be remembered as a loving husband and father who enjoyed spending time with his great-grandchildren. They were very important to him. He loved hunting and fishing and spending time at his son’s camp as well as working in his garden.
In addition to his wife Carol of 48 years, Wayne leaves a daughter, Melanie Laviolette and her husband, Joe of St. Albans; a son, Lanny Brow and his wife, Karen of Fletcher; six grandchildren: Shannon Vorse, Amie Gagne, Ryan Gagne, Tasney Moody, Corey Brow and Edward Brow; nine great-grandchildren: Anthony, Jordon and Harley Vorse, Destiny and Kenneth Thompson Jr., Colby and Caleb Moody and Carley and Hazen Brow; one sister, Janice Lapan and her husband, Norman of Highgate Springs; one brother, Robert Brow of North Carolina; three brothers-in-law and their wives: Robert and Betty Ives of Swanton, Charles and Sylvia Ives of Swanton, Harold and Sylvia Ives of Florida and Alfred “Timmer” Richards of Highgate Center; a sister-in-law, Patricia Goelling of Alburgh; as well as many nieces and nephews; and a special daughter-in-law, Carlene Brow; and a special niece, Debbie Roberts.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Kelly; two sisters, Shirley and Barbara; and two brothers, Arnold and Donald.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005, at 2 p.m. from The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 65 Canada St., Swanton. Father John J. Meagher, SSE will be the celebrant and homilist. Interment will follow in the Brow family lot in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Gifts in Wayne’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11 Loomis St., Montpelier, Vt. 05602.
FRED PHILIAS LAMOTHE
SWANTON - Fred Philias Lamothe, 88, of Swanton, went to be with his Lord, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans City, Vt.
Fred was born Sept. 14, 1917, in Georgia, Vt., the son of the late Wilfred and Clara (Rock) Lamothe. He was married to Marie May Bechard on July 5, 1941, in St. Albans, Vt.
Fred was a dairy farmer all of his life and is survived by his wife, Marie of 64 years; five sons: Norman and Monique Lamothe of Plantation, Fla., Raymond and Rita Lamothe of Manning, S.C., Armand and Karen Lamothe of Swanton, Edmund Lamothe and partner, Diana Sartwell of St. Albans and Edward and Tammy Lamothe of Swanton; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings: Clement of Watertown, Conn., Paul of St. Albans, Henry of St. Albans, and his sister, Rita Peron of Georgia. He also leaves brothers-in-law: Jean Paul Bechard, Germain Bechard, Father Bernard J. Bechard, SSE, of Sheldon Springs; sisters-in-law, Theresa Lamothe, Kay Lamothe, Lorraine Laba, Estelle Favero, Fernand Vosburg and Theresa Gervais; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his mother and father; brothers: Robert, Leo, Andre, Jean-Louis; a sister, Gertrude; and a sister-in-law, Cecile Leduc.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at 11 a.m. from The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 65 Canada St., Swanton Village. Mr. Lamothe’s brother-in-law, Father Bernard J. Bechard, SSE will be the celebrant and homilist. Interment will follow in the Lamothe family lot in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton today (Oct. 17), from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Gifts in Mr. Lamothe’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans 05478, or to the charity of one’s choice.
CHARLENE M. (BESSETTE) MATTHEWS
ESSEX - Charlene Mary (Bessette) Matthews, age 59, passed away unexpectedly early Saturday morning, Oct. 15, 2005, at Fletcher Allen Health Care. She was born in St. Albans, Vt., July 28, 1946, the daughter of the late Francis and Reba (Ellsworth) Bessette. She graduated from Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax, Class of 1964 and was a graduate of Champlain College, Class of 1966. She married Earle A. Matthews in St. Luke’s Church, Fairfax, Nov. 28, 1970.
Charlene was an affectionate and proud stay at home mother. She took the extra effort as a loving homemaker to give special attention to each one of her children. She loved to knit afghans and was sure to have completed a special afghan for all of her appreciative family members. She was an excellent cook in the kitchen and creative baker known for such goodies as her delicious rolls and cream cheese brownies. She always looked forward to the quiet times tending to her vegetable gardens and times spent during each spring sugaring season. But most of all she was a dedicated and loving wife and mother always unconditionally available for her family whenever needed. She will be tremendously missed by her family and many friends that had the true pleasure to know and love her.
She is survived by her husband, Earle Matthews of Essex; her six children: Nathan of Essex, Alan and friend Darcie of Essex, Jasan and Kristie of Burlington, Sara of Essex, Jonathan and Aimee of Essex and Melissa of Essex; four brothers: Edward and wife, Carol of Fairfax, William and wife, Mary of Sheldon, Frederick and wife Judi, of Wisconsin, Thomas and wife, Roberta of Massachusetts; two sisters: Brenda Thibault and husband, Sylva of Fairfax and Lisa Minor and husband, Marvin of Fairfax; many nieces, nephews, cousins; two aunts: Beatrice and Rita; and one uncle, Ralph.
Visiting hours will be held today (Oct. 17, 2005) from 7 to 9 p.m. at the A.W. Rich Funeral Home Fairfax Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, in The St. Luke’s Church of Fairfax with the Reverend Francis Connors officiating. Interment will follow in the family lot in Mt. View Cemetery Essex, Vt.
Memorial contributions may be made in Charlene’s memory to Essex Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 124, Essex Jct., Vt. 05452, or Essex Fire Department First Responders, 81 Main St., Essex Jct., Vt. 05452.
Arrangements are by John D. Workman of the A.W. Rich Funeral Home Fairfax Chapel, 1176 Main St., Fairfax.