KIMBERLY C. DOWST. ALBANS
Kimberly C. Dow, 54, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Kim was born on April 27, 1959 in St. Albans, the daughter of Wilfred B. and Elizabeth (Montgomery) Neveau. She was a graduate of Enosburg Falls High School.
Kim was a hard worker with a generous and strong character. She enjoyed time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Halloween was one of her favorite times.
Surviving are her husband, Tracy W. Dow, her children Taylor Dow and Kasey Dow and granddaughters Nevaeh Dow and Aliyah Vincelette all of St. Albans; her brother Lance Neveau of Highgate; sister Candace Adams of Enosburg Falls; nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, Kim was predeceased by a sister Vicki Royea.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave. in Enosburg Falls with Rev. Lyle Willey officiating. There are no calling hours planned.
Should friends desire, gifts in Kim’s memory may be made to the Diabetes Association, 1 Kennedy Drive, # L8, South Burlington, VT 05403.
Private messages of condolence may be sent to Kim’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com
Published on Nov 22, 2013
ELVA BECKMANN RUGGIANOST. ALBANS
Elva Beckmann Ruggiano, 90, of Palm Bay, Fla., died peacefully on Nov. 15.
She was granted her wish to join, husband, Samuel Ruggiano, who left this earth in 2009. She loved her travels with Sam, visiting countries around the world; her favorite place was Sicily. Elva will be remembered as an adoring and proud wife mother and grandmother.
Elva is survived by her five children, Patricia B. Schmidt and husband, Thomas, of East Syracuse, N.Y., Joseph J. Ruggiano and wife, Linda, of Palm Bay, Fla., Susan Jacobson of Lincoln Park, N.J., Lori Mongada and husband, Phil, of Sutton, Mass., and Samuel H. Ruggiano and wife Kimberly, of Bakersfield; 10 grandchildren, Thomas, Anthony, Brian, Nicholas, Anthony, Christina, Matthew, Rebecca, Emily and Olivia; five great grandchildren, Xiamara, Thomas, Samantha, Isabella, and Ava; a sister, Doris Priebe, of Charleston, S.C.
A private Memorial is planned for family. Donations in her memory may be made to City of St. Albans Fountain Fund, P.O. box 867, 100 North Main Street, St. Albans Vermont 05478. Please make checks out to the City of St. Albans Fountain Fund.
Published on Nov 22, 2013
NORMAN P. 'PUMPKIN' L’ESPERANCE, SR.ST. ALBANS
Norman P. L’Esperance, a lifelong resident of this area passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at his home.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So Main Street.
A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated on Monday at Noon at Holy Angels Church, 246 Lake Street. Please visit www.healdfuneralhome.com to view a complete obituary and leave a private memory or message for the L’Esperance family.
Published on Nov 21, 2013
GRACE K. MINORST. ALBANS
Grace K. Minor, 86, formerly of Manchester, N.H., died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 in Worcester, Mass.
She was born July 25, 1927 to Florence A. (Archambault) and Clair C. Kelley. Her early years were spent in Bakersfield, Enosburg, Burlington and Williston.
After graduating from Bakersfield’s Brigham Academy in 1944, she held various positions with the F. W. Woolworth Co. in Burlington for eight years and then spent another eight years as a cost accounting clerk for the General Electric Co. in Burlington.
Grace married Raymond G. Minor of Williston in 1955. They had a daughter, Kathleen, in 1961 and moved to Manchester, N.H. in 1965. Raymond died in 1970.
Grace earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Notre Dame College in Manchester, N.H., graduating Cum Laude with the Class of 1977. She later was employed in the Manchester Public Schools and received her certification in General Special Education from Rivier College in Nashua, N.H., in 1983. She worked as a specialist in Manchester Public Schools from 1983 until health problems caused her to retire in 1996. Grace especially enjoyed learning and took extra courses and classes at UVM, UNH and Rivier College. She was very proud that she was able to make it possible for her daughter to attend and receive a degree from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
She was active in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish ladies organization in Williston and St. Catherine of Siena Parish ladies guild in Manchester, N.H., for several years.
In 2011, she moved to Notre Dame du Lac Assisted Living in Worcester, Mass. She cherished the friendships and memories she made while there and had just relocated to the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center on the same property. She was there for a brief but blessed time. Her family wishes to thank the staff at Notre Dame Health Care including the Notre Dame Hospice team for their tender loving care.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Mark Buhl of Boylston, Mass.; her siblings, Mrs. Veronica Monette of Bakersfield; Wilbur and Phyllis Kelley of St. Albans, and Summerfield, Fla., as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her deceased siblings include brothers Lyle, Richard and Gordon; and infant sister, Mary Ann.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening. To honor Grace’s memory, please consider a contribution to the religious or children’s educational charity of your choice. She loved to spread her support as far as she could. Online condolences may be sent to her family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Mercadante Funeral Home and locally to the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.
Published on Nov 20, 2013
ELPHEGE A. ROCHELEAUST. ALBANS
Mr. Elphege A. Rocheleau, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 at the age of 83, after a long illness. He was born in St. Albans, Jan. 20, 1930, son of the late Arthur and Harriet (Nichols) Rocheleau. Elphege attended Holy Angels School. He married Cecile Lapierre, Aug. 4, 1951.
He spent his entire working life as a dairy farmer operating Rocheleau’s Dairy along with his brothers, and was also a well-known and loved bus driver for the St. Albans Town School for 61 years. He was a member of the St. Jean de Baptiste Societe, and a lifelong communicant of Holy Angels Church.
Spending time with his wife, family and friends was the most important thing to Elphege, and also cheering on his favorite team, the Montreal Canadiens.
He is survived by his wife, Cecile Rocheleau, his two children, Diane and her husband, Joseph Dutra, of S. Burlington, Mark and his wife, Louise Rocheleau, of Highgate, two grandchildren Danielle Dutra of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Ashley Dutra of Miami, Fla., a brother Robert and his wife, Virginia “Ginger” Rocheleau, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and sister Pauline Desjardins, sister in laws Josephine and Rena Rocheleau of St. Albans, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Beatrice Rocheleau, brothers Wilfred and his wife Katherine Rocheleau, Andrew Rocheleau, Phillippe Rocheleau, Maurice and his wife, Lillian Rocheleau, and brother-in-law Laurent Desjardins.
His family wishes to express sincere appreciation to the staff of Our Lady of the Meadows for the loving care he was given during his final days.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at 10 a.m. in Holy Angels Church. Interment will follow in the Rocheleau family lot in Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street, St. Albans, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening. Memorials in his memory can be made to the Breast Cancer Support Services at Northwestern Medical Center, 133 Fairfield Street, St. Albans, VT 05478. Online condolences can be sent to Elphege’s family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.
Published on Nov 20, 2013
GARTH EDWARD “SONNY” CROSSST. ALBANS
Garth Edward “Sonny” Cross, 60, passed away at home on Nov. 7, 2013. Born on Oct. 7, 1953 in St. Albans, to Mary Pauline “Teresa” Cross (Aiken) and Edward Philip “Jim” Cross, he was christened Edward Philip Cross, Jr. Later in life, he changed his name to Garth Edward Cross, the name chosen for him by his mother at birth.
Garth is predeceased by his loving mother, Teresa, his father, Edward, his beloved older sister, Gloria, whose memory he cherished and her husband Don Pasha, whom Garth adored and admired. He is also predeceased by his most loving and loyal companion, his dog “Z.”
He is survived by his brother Gary Cross, wife Barbara and their sons, Wyatt and Matthew, of Austin, Texas, his sister, Donna Greco of Burlington, and her sons Adam and Ben Snide, his sister Darlene Richards, husband Paul and their children Angelene and Evan of Plattsburg, N.Y., his sister Darla “Dee” Cross of St. George, and her sons Dilon and Jesse, his brother Larry, wife Gina and their daughter, Brianna, of Franklin, a beloved niece, Stephanie Pasha and a previous brother-in-law, Dwight Snide.
By his specific request, no services will be held for Garth. Please check “Remembering Garth E. Cross - Sonny ” on Facebook for the full text of the obituary, and feel free to share a remembrance there.
Published on Nov 19, 2013
BARBARA K. CARPENTIERST. ALBANS
Mrs. Barbara K. Carpentier, age 79, died Nov. 13, 2013 at the Franklin County Rehab Center. She was born Sept. 25, 1934, in St. Albans, daughter of the late Morton and Alydia (Sartwell) King. She graduated with honors from BFA, class of 1952. May 3, 1958, she married Thomas Carpentier. Barbara worked as a secretary for Robert Corliss and the Nationwide Insurance Agency, the Hickock and Boardman Insurance Agency, and the St. Albans Co-Operative Creamery retiring in 1990. She enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, home decorating, and crossword puzzles.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Thomas, of St. Albans, her daughter Kellie Lawyer of Richford, her sons Gregory Carpentier and his wife, Marilyn, of St. Albans, and Steven Carpentier and his companion, Theresa Liberty, of Glover, grandchildren Jessee, Justin, and Kyle Lawyer, Jasmine and Shelby Carpentier and Justin Harnum, her great-grandchildren Thomas and Mackenzie Lawyer. She is also survived by her siblings, Betty Potvin of Worcester, Mass., Joyce Giroux of St. Albans, Earlene Demar of Florida, and Michael King of Highgate, several nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law. She was predeceased by her parents, brothers Morton “Sonny” King, Wendell King, sisters Sally Walker and Norma Oliver, son-in-law E. John Lawyer, brothers-in-law Raymond Giroux and Frederick Demar.
Funeral services will be private. Memorials may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478. Online condolences may be sent to her family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.
Published on Nov 18, 2013
RAYMOND FRANK BOURGEOISSWANTON
Raymond Frank Bourgeois, age 85 years, a lifelong Swanton resident died Friday morning, Nov. 15, 2013, in Redstone Villa with loving family at his side.
Born in St. Albans on, Dec. 15, 1927, he was the son of the late Frank and Irene (Tabor) Bourgeois. He received his education at St. Anne's Academy and was later married to the former Gloria St. Pierre who predeceased him in 2007.
As a master carpenter Raymond, along with his partner Nate Lafountain, operated their own construction business for several years. He later worked many years for Neil Speer Construction and in earlier years had worked several large construction jobs with Kenneth Douglas Construction.
He faithfully served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Force and received his Honorable Discharge at Camp Kilmer, NJ on July 21, 1948. Raymond was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Charles DaPrato Post 778 in Swanton and the American Legion, Green Mountain Post 1 of St. Albans.
Raymond leaves two daughters, Sandra Bourgeois of Swanton and Carol Fortin and her husband, Richard, of Highgate Springs; one son, Michael Bourgeois and his wife, Doris, of Seagrove, N.C. as well as several grand and great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and his wife, Gloria, Raymond was predeceased by a daughter, Allison Bourgeois in 1988; a son, Daniel Bourgeois in 1996; a grandson Kyle Patrick Fortin in 1984 and a sister and brother, Betty and Gerald Bourgeois.
A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. from The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton. Father Emmanuel I. Ajanma will officiate. The Rite of Committal and Interment with full military honors will follow at the Bourgeois family lot in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.
Gifts in Raymond's memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton 05488.
To offer private online condolences please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com
Published on Nov 18, 2013
SYDNEY S. COOKST. ALBANS
Sydney S. Cook, 67, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at the Northwestern Medical Center with the family at her side.
Born on Feb. 14, 1946, in Hartford, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Ernestine (Daniels) Starbuck. On June 25, 1977, she married Edgar T. Cook, who survives her.
For several years Sydney worked in Information Technology for the Hartford Insurance Company. She was proud of her donations to “Lock of Love” and Laurie’s House. She enjoyed her collection of miniatures, which she assembled herself.
Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Edgar, of St. Albans; her children, Kathryne Davison and her children, Justin, Ryan and Jaclyne of Pottstown, Pa., and Jason Hein and his daughters, Aurelie and Rebecca of Silver Springs, Md.; her siblings, Brenda Rosecrans of Virginia and Steve Starbuck of Georgia and many nieces and nephews.
Her family would like to thank the Franklin County Home Health for the care and support given to Sydney and her family during her illness.
A celebration of Sydney’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at 4 p.m. in the Community Room at 251 Lake Street, St. Albans. Pastor Bruce Patterson will officiate. Her family will then receive friends following the celebration.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to send contributions to be used in accordance to the family wishes, c/o, Edgar Cook, 251 Lake St, St. Albans, VT 05478. Please visit www.healdfuneralhome.com to leave a memory or a message for the Cook family.
Published on Nov 15, 2013
DONALD F. MARNFRANKLIN
Donald F. Marn, age 78, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans.
He was born Oct. 30, 1935 in Lansing, Ohio, the son of the late Frank and Anna (Bobak) Marn.
Don moved from Ohio to Vermont in 1964, finally making his home in Franklin in 1975. Don had a dedicated career in education, teaching physics at Vermont Technical College for 22 years and had also taught at the College of Steubenville, University of Vermont, Trinity College, St. Michaels College and Enosburg Falls High School. Besides being an educator Don loved, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family especially while working in the vineyard.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kathy Marn of Franklin. Don and Kathy were married on May 1, 1976. He is also survived by his children, Donald Marn Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Howard, Ohio, Michael Marn and his wife, Jutta, of Olympia, Wash., Margy Ark and her husband, Phil, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Beth Kitchen and her husband, Ed, of London, Ohio, and Erich Marn and his wife, Jessica, of Essex; Nine grandchildren, Jared, Michele, Megan, Robin, Zach, Alex, Steph, Mandy and Jessica; and eight great grandsons.
A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 145 Square Road, Franklin with Rev. Roger Charbonneau celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. There will be no visiting hours.
For those who wish, contributions in Don’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478
Private messages of condolence may be sent to Don’s family through www.spearsfuneralhome.com
Published on Nov 14, 2013