ELAINE L. SHELTRARICHFORD
Elaine L. Sheltra, age 82, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 at the Franklin County Rehab Facility in St. Albans with her loving family at her side.
She was born June 20, 1931 in Montgomery, the daughter of the late Richard and Dorcas (Donna) Elkins.
Elaine was a resident of Richford most of her life. She worked for several years at the Bobbin Mill and devoted much of her life to raising her family. She enjoyed cooking, dancing, listening to country music and jigging. She especially loved family gatherings.
She is survived by her companion, Carmen Mayhew of Richford; her children and their families, Sandra Dennis her husband, Joe, of Bristol, Conn., and their children, Ricky Dennis, Tammy Dennis and Tina Brant and her husband, Steve; Wayne Sheltra his companion, Rosemarie, of St. Albans and his children, Jamie Sheltra, Cher Sheltra, and Scott Fish; Sharlene Rushlow of St. Albans and her children, Shawna McAllister and her husband, Robert, Darin Daudelin and his wife, Jen, and Krista Bourgeois and her husband, Mike; Junior Sheltra his companion, Sandi Gendron, of St. Albans and his son, Trevor Sheltra; and Ronnie Sheltra, his wife, Becky, of Richford and their children Cameron, Cassie and Carly Sheltra; several great grandchildren; her brothers and their wives, Lyndol and Lila Elkins of Montgomery; Francis and Linda Elkins of Montgomery and Rocky and Lori Elkins of Enosburg Falls; her sisters and their husbands, Charlotte and Raymond Parent of Enosburg Falls, and Brenda and Joseph Ostrout of Montgomery; her sister-in-law, Linda Elkins of Hinesburg; many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Elaine was predeceased by her husband Elwin Sheltra; and her brother, Richard Elkins.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Patrick Hoadley officiating. Interment will follow in the Montgomery Center Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.
For those who wish, contributions in Elaine’s memory may be made to the Our Lady of the Meadows Resident Activity Fund, 1 Pinnacle Meadows, Richford, VT 05476.
Private messages of condolence may be sent to Elaine’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com
Published on Oct 24, 2013
JONATHAN D. ZURITEnosburg Falls
Jonathan D. Zurit a resident of this area for the past 30 years, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Brownway Residence.
Born on Jan. 29, 1942, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late David and Rose (Fleischman) Zurit. Jonathan was 71 years old.
He was a member of the Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge, Birds of Vermont Museum and Palisades Nature Association and was an avid photographer.
Survivors include his daughter, Darah Zurit Moore of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., his grandson, Quinlan and granddaughter, Tahlia, his sisters Debby Kless of Teaneck, N.J., and Abby Brawer of Wyckoff, N.J., close friends Ron and Carol Kaye of Fairfield, and numerous caring friends and community members.
A gathering is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Private messages to Jonathan’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.
Published on Mar 22, 2013
ELMER J. HODGDONSWANTON
Elmer J. Hodgdon, age 55 years, died early Sunday morning, Nov. 4, 2012, at the Fletcher Allen Health Care facility following a very brief battle with cancer.
Born in Lebanon, N.H., on Nov. 19, 1956, he was the son of Porter Hodgdon Sr., and Beulah (Stone) Lapine. He attended Windsor schools and on Oct. 26, 1974, was married to the former Donna Webb who survives him.
A native of the Windsor area, Elmer has lived in Swanton since 1988 and was manager of Hodgdon Bros. & Sons in Swanton. In earlier years he had also worked for the Town of Windsor and Jewels Trucking.
Elmer will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He took pride in being a "junk yard kid" and devoted his life to the family business. A "great" basketball player he was an avid sports fan especially following the New York Giants, Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and was an avid NASCAR fan.
In addition to his wife, Donna, Elmer leaves his daughter, Bobbi-Jo Hodgdon and his son, Jake and girlfriend, Brandie Greenwood all of Swanton; grandchildren Damon Bruyette, Lexi Hodgdon and Kalie Sweet; his father, Porter Hodgdon Sr., and Donna L. Hodgdon of Swanton; his mother, Beulah Lapine of Windsor; two sisters Cindy Morris and husband, Dick of Swanton and Elaina Lapine of Bennington; four brothers Porter Hodgdon Jr., "Kojak" of Swanton, Jason Hodgdon and wife, Sharea of Swanton, Dwight Lapine, Jr., and wife, Karen of Windsor and Brian Pion and girlfriend Becky Brothers of St. Albans. Also surviving are two very special nieces Candace Cadieux and husband, Matt and Katie Rushlow and husband, Justin all of Swanton as well as several aunts uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Reba Hodgdon; mother-in-law, Charlotte Webb; stepfather, Dwight Lapine Sr., and several aunts and uncles.
A Funeral Service will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at 2 p.m. from The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton. Interment will follow at the Hodgdon family lot in Riverside Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.
To offer online condolences please visit: kiddermemorialhome.com.
Published on Nov 13, 2012
James Edward ChurchillSWANTON / CHINO VALLEY, Ariz.
James Edward Churchill, born March 30, 1950, son of Wellington Myron Churchill and Gloria Marie Churchill (nee Richards) passed away on April 23 peacefully in his sleep from complications of a brave 14-year battle with cancer.
He was predeceased by his father and his much beloved grandmother, Louise Richard (Old Mimi), who meant the world to him. He is survived by his brother, John Churchill, his sister, Cindy Churchill, and his mother, Gloria Churchill of Swanton. Jimmy was a father to four children; his oldest, Christine Churchill of Kittery, Maine, Aaron James Churchill, Jeremiah James Churchill of Phoenix, Ariz., and his youngest son, Cody James Churchill of Franklin. He was also a proud grandfather of Nicolas, Kiley and Ebin.
Jimmy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on June 29, 1968. During his service as a reconnaissance marine he was certified in ranger and airborne school, as well as being a forward observer and police academy instructor in the Vietnam War. He received many awards during his two tours in Vietnam, including three purple heart medals, a national defense medal, a combat action ribbon, a bronze star with combat “V,” Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and Vietnamese Meritorious Unit Citation Civil Action, First Class.
After four honorable years of service, Jim returned home and found a passion for boxing where he won four Golden Gloves and finished with a record of 46 wins, five losses and one draw. Along with his enthusiasm for boxing, he was an avid runner who completed many marathons and received several trophies for his dedication to the sport and physical fitness.
After a career working at IBM in Vermont, Jim retired to Chino Valley, Ariz. He spent his days enjoying life by hiking, traveling to national parks with friends and family, sharing his mornings with his dog, Sargie, and skydiving. Carrying on the tradition of an airborne ranger, Jim completed his 101st jump in Sedona this past fall. Jimmy could be seen daily on the Peavine Trail, one of many trails throughout the country where he kept a hiking log totaling 13,228 miles.
Jim will be missed as an important member of the community and by his friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to U.S. Vets in continued support of other Veterans in need: U.S.VETS-Prescott, 500 North Highway 89, P.O. Box 9059, Prescott, AZ 86313.
“Cancer is like a bully on the school grounds, once you stand up to it, it doesn’t scare you anymore.” -Sempre Fi.
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Published on Apr 30, 2012
KENNETH P. KELLERSouthington, Conn.
Kenneth Phillip Keller, 77, of Southington, beloved husband of Beverly (Konopka) Keller, died unexpectedly at the Hospital of Central Connecticut on March 20, 2011. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Jan. 4, 1934, to Earl and Audrienne (Childs) Keller.
Ken grew up in Centralia, Ill. After graduating from Southern Illinois University, he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in New London where he met his first wife, Noreen Karpe, of Middletown. She predeceased him in 1987. Throughout their 30 years together, they not only raised a loving family of four children but also opened their home and hearts to provide much needed care and love for many foster children.
Following discharge from the Navy, Ken began his 24-year career in child welfare with the Department of Children and Families, State of Connecticut. In 1989, Ken's life's dream came true when he founded Adoption Services of Connecticut, a private, non-profit agency. As a result of his gentle nature and genuine care for people, its success grew rapidly and within two years, he placed more children with adoptive families than any other private agency in the state. In 1992, when the People's Republic of China was in the process of revising their adoption regulations, Ken developed a plan to place Chinese children with Connecticut families.
With the assistance of an interpreter, he established a working relationship with the director of Adoptions in Beijing and subsequently received a formal invitation to meet with the Ministers of Justice and Adoption Affairs to present the agency's credentials. The much-anticipated trip came to fruition in March 1993. After meetings and credential reviews, Adoption Services of Connecticut became the first Connecticut agency approved, under the newly promulgated regulations, to place Chinese children with Connecticut families.
An itinerary was immediately set up for Ken and Bev to visit the Children's Welfare Institute for Handicapped Children in Xian. While there, they noticed a beautiful little girl, using a walker, who followed them in the hallways and photographed her. After much correspondence with authorities in Beijing and Xian they learned she was Yan Qin, a five-year-old girl, who was abandoned at birth. During their second trip to China, following completion of the adoption process for eight Connecticut families, they traveled to Xian to visit Yan Qin. Soon after, she became the newest member of the Keller family. Adoption Services of Connecticut and the China Program flourished until Ken's retirement in 1999.
Ken loved and lived life to the fullest. He especially treasured their annual October trip to Aruba, attending church on Sundays and singing the hymn "Luna de October" loud and clear in Papiamento as well as the beauty of the ocean and the Aruban people, many of whom he befriended. The holidays and summertime gatherings with his children and grandchildren at his summer home in Charlestown, R.I. were a special joy to him. Despite his medical problems, Ken always maintained his quick wit and gentle manner. Those special traits won him many friends throughout his life.
In addition to his wife, Beverly, and daughter, Yan Qin, he is survived by his two sons, Paul Manson Keller and Kenneth Michael Keller of Middletown; his daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Emerson Lynn; granddaughters: Hillary, Audrey and Maris Lynn of St. Albans; and special sister-in-law, Linda Z. Konopka of Clinton. He was predeceased by his brother, Russell Earl; and his daughter, Patricia Marie.
The funeral was held in New Haven, Conn., Friday, March 25, 2011. Burial will be private.
Published on Apr 01, 2011
LEATRICE T. RHEAUMECornish, N.H.
Leatrice Theresa Rheaume, 83, of Cornish, N.H., died at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, surrounded by her family.
She was born Leatrice Theresa Ladieu on June 16, 1927, in Highgate, the only daughter of Clarence and Viola (West) Ladieu. She married Leo A. Rheaume on Sept. 28, 1954. Her and her husband raised eight children. They lived in several parts of Vermont, including Swanton, Sheldon, Shoreham, St. Albans and Perkinsville. Leatrice was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She liked to do needle point, crossword puzzles and loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins on TV.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 56 years; six sons: Dale and wife, Pauline, Cornish, N.H., with whom she had lived with for the past year, Marc and wife, Holly, Weathersfield, Vt., Terry and wife, Kathi, Claremont, N.H., Steven and wife, Kim, Springfield, Vt., Bruce and wife, Tammy, Enosburg Falls, Bryan, Colchester; two daughters, Karen Marshall and her husband, Steven, Georges Mills, N.H., and Lori Rheaume, Essex Junction. She had 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She has three surviving brothers: Norman and wife, Theresa Ladieu, Pensacola, Fla., Lyle and wife, Janice Ladieu, St, Albans, and Roger and wife, Connie Ladieu, Murrells Inlet, S.C.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She is predeceased by her parents; and a brother, Arnold, who was a toddler.
Friends may call at the Stringer Funeral Home on 146 Broad St., Claremont, N.H., on Sunday evening, Aug. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church on Elm Street in Claremont, Monday morning, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. with Father George Majka officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Burial will take place at a later date.
The family suggests that donations be made in her memory to a church of one’s choice.
To view an online memorial and or send a message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com.
Published on Aug 20, 2010
RICHARD E. NOLANFAIRLEE
Richard E. Nolan was born Dec. 12, 1933, to the parents of Marguerite and George Nolan of St. Albans. He went to rest with his Lord on Aug. 12, 2010, at his home in Fairlee. He received an honorable discharge from the National Guard in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. When he got out of the service in 1956, he married Jill Brown of St. Albans.
Richard is survived by his four children: Cindy Nolan Ackerson and her husband, Randy, of LaBelle, Fla., Karen Nolan Boragine and her husband, Al, of Fairlee, Kelly Nolan-Cody of LaBelle, Fla., and Richard Nolan Jr. of Minneapolis, Minn.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.
Richard was predeceased by his wife, Jill, in 1996; his parents, Marguerite and George Nolan; sisters, Charlene Nolan Brennan, Pauline Nolan Laverdure, Norma Nolan Collins; and two brothers, George Wesley Nolan and Robert Nolan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the Brown family lot in Greenwood Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Sunday from 2 to 5 in the Brady and Leveque Funeral Home, 86 South Main St., St. Albans. An online condolence book has been established for the family at the funeral home Web site: www.bnlfh.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.
Published on Aug 17, 2010
CLARA LEIGH ‘SAM’ STEARNSRICHFORD
Clara Leigh “Sam” Stearns passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 5, 2010, surrounded by her loving family.
Clara was born May 5, 1945, in Newport News, Va. She was predeceased by her parents, Roy Ashby and Georgia Mae (Murray) Richardson, and also by her husband, Robert Alan Stearns.
Clara was an avid bowler and Internet enthusiast. She enjoyed reading science fiction, needlepoint and was an expert at trivia. For the majority of her working life, Clara was employed as a bookkeeper and had been associated with NORCO Auto Supply in Williston and later for NAPA Auto Supply in Virginia, until illness forced her to retire in 1988.
She leaves her daughters, Amy Parker and her husband, David, of Alburgh, and Deborah Mae Stearns of Starksboro, Vt.; three grandchildren: Alicia Byrne of Waterbury, Danielle Parker of Champlain, N.Y. and Jade Phillips of Alburgh; three great-grandchildren: Hailey Parker, Jacob Parker and Jaiden Champagne; one brother, James Richardson and his wife, Carol, of Newport News, Va.; a sister-in-law, Brenda Meneely of New Harbor, Maine; one niece, four nephews; and a beloved family friend, Lillian LeBreton of Sarasota, Fla.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 10, 2010, at 11 a.m. from The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton. The Reverend C. Andrew Chrysler, pastor of God’s Little Brown Church in South Alburgh, will officiate. Interment will take place later in Ryegate, Vt. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday morning beginning at 10:30 a.m.
To offer private online condolences, please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com.
Published on Jul 07, 2010
BERNARD MAX CLARKSHELDON
Bernard Max Clark, age 80, husband of Betty (LaMonda) Clark, passed away Sunday evening, July 4, 2010, at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington with his family at his side.
He was born in Sheldon on Feb. 22, 1930, the son of the late Lewis T. and Jennie (Tilton) Clark.
Bernard attended Sheldon Elementary School and received his diploma from Enosburg Falls High School as part of the Veterans Diploma Program. He entered the U.S. Army in November of 1951, at Ft. Devens, Mass., and was transferred to Ft. Dix, N.J. for truck driver’s training. He received his honorable discharge in October of 1953. He was a member of the American Legion Post 88 in Sheldon for 46 years and held the office of Sergeant at Arms and other offices with Post 88.
Bernard drove truck for H.P. Hood for 19 years, Ralston Purina in Sheldon Junction for eight years, and Bourdeau Bros. for 19 years. He also hauled gravel part-time for Ivan Charbonneau and transported cars from the car auction for John Chase Auto.
Bernard knew every back road in Franklin County, who grew up on different farms and who the previous owners of the farms were. He really enjoyed meeting people and had the ability to get along with everyone by using his quick wit and sense of humor.
He really enjoyed traveling and spending winters in Florida with many close friends. Most importantly, he was very proud of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed watching them play softball, basketball and hockey.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Clark of Sheldon. Bernard and Betty were married April 16, 1955. He is also survived by his sons, Larry Clark of Avon Park, Fla., and Jeffrey Clark and his fiancé, Peggy Gleason, of Berkshire; his daughters, Janet Carpenter and her husband, Jim, of Fairfield, Joan Lumbra and her husband, Craig, of East Fairfield, and Carol Hodges and her husband, Vince, of Denver, Colo.; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; his brother, Francis Clark and his friend, Gloria Barillaro, of Brooksville, Fla.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rayburn and Shirley Donna of Richford, Annette and Clement Dulude of East Hartford, Conn., Geraldine and Eric Cota of Montgomery Center, Lauren and Robert Young of Enosburg Falls, Alma Dulude of East Hartford, Conn., and David and Joyce LaMonda of Bakersfield; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Bernard was predeceased by a son, Danny Clark; a brother, Harry Clark; a sister, Charlene Donna; step-brothers, Alden Clark and Ernest Robideau; step-sisters, Margaret Clark, Sybil Barnet, Arline Discenza and Irene Laden; father in-law and mother-in-law, Wilfred and Marie (Bergeron) LaMonda; and a brother-in-law, Marcel Dulude.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 8, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Missisquoi Street, Enosburg Falls with Rev. Daniel Jordan celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon Springs.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.
For those who wish, contributions in Bernard’s memory may be sent to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, Attn: Cindy Lowell, P.O. Box 38, Lake Elmore, Vt. 05657.
Private condolences may be sent to Bernard’s family on-line through: www.spearsfuneralhome.com.
Published on Jul 06, 2010
EDITH BURNHAM KAMERLINGRICHFORD
Edith Burnham (Smith) Kamerling passed away early in the morning of July 4, 2010, at Ave Maria Community Care Home in Richford, where she had resided since July 2009.
She was born Jan. 16, 1916, the daughter of Frederick and Mary (Sands) Smith in Paterson, N.J.
Edith attended Public Schools in Paterson, as well as Paterson State and Douglas Colleges. Early in her career, she was employed as bookkeeper by the Harris Brothers Silk Company in Paterson. On Sept. 26, 1941, she married Marinus (Rin) Kamerling, and shortly after moved to Fair Lawn, N.J., where she became a homemaker while raising their son Fred. Her later career was with the Borough of Fair Lawn, first as administrative assistant to the Police Chief and later to the Tax Assessor, retiring to Vermont in 1981. A lifelong desire to live in the “north country” inspired her to purchase property and have a small but very cozy log home built in East Berkshire overlooking the Missisquoi River valley and the Jay range. While residing in East Berkshire, she was fortunate to enjoy many Vermont activities: skiing at Jay Peak, snowshoeing and hiking with her beloved English Setter, Belle, swimming and canoeing with her grandchildren, and especially cherished holidays with family and friends.
She also enjoyed participating in services with new friends as a communicant at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Enosburg Falls and as a volunteer at the Franklin County Food Shelf. While the effects of dementia were increasingly evident, Edith seemed to enjoy canoeing with her son until last summer.
Edith was predeceased by her father, Frederick, in 1934; her mother, Mary, in 1962; and her husband, Rin, in 1968. She is survived by her son, Fred and his wife, Eileen, of Essex; granddaughters: Erika L. LaClair and her husband, Kevin, of Jackson, Wyo., Elizabeth A. Mansfield and her husband, James, of Hampstead, N.H.; and her grandson, Michael F. Kamerling of Richmond, Vt. She is also survived by her great-grandson, Eli LaClair; as well as many friends and extended family members.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 1 p.m. at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Church Street, Enosburg Falls. Interment in the Smith Family Plot in Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson, N.J. will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no visiting hours.
The family is especially thankful to the staff at Ave Maria, Richford Health Center, Franklin County Home Health Agency, Dian Duranleau and Ken Minck and her many friends and families who have been so supportive during Edith’s final days.
Private condolences may be sent to Edith’s family on-line through: www.spearsfuneralhome.com.
Published on Jul 05, 2010