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November 29th, 2014

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HOUSTON J. NEAL

HOUSTON, NEAL J., 87, of Arlington, a longtime aide to former United States Sen. Robert T. Stafford, died August 16. Neal was Stafford’s chief of staff for 30 years while Stafford served as governor, congressman and senator. Neal also served Vermont …

INA M. LAMB (WHEELER)

LAMB, INA MAY, 88, of Warren, died August 17, at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. She was born Feb. 12, 1926, in Duxbury, the daughter of Arba O. and Iva (Merchant) Wheeler. She had lived in Fayston, then in Warren for more than 50 years. She marr…


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JAMES M. JEFFORDS

JEFFORDS, JAMES MERRILL “JIM,” (May 11, 1934-Aug. 18, 2014), was born in Rutland, the son of Marion (née Hausman) and the Honorable Olin Merrill Jeffords, who served as chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. He had said that his mother, a music…


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JOHN MICKNICK

MICKNICK, JOHN, 92, of Montpelier, passed away on August 17 at his Westview Meadows home, surrounded by love and friendship. John was a person with a strong work ethic who enjoyed simple pleasures: the company of others, games of cards, Rummikub and …

BARABARA A. SMITH (PRYOR)

SMITH, BARBARA ANN PRYOR, 69, of South Barre, died August 18, at her home. Her family was at her bedside. Born on June 5, 1945, in Barre, she was the daughter of John “Jock” and Leona (Murphy) Pryor. She attended Trow Hill Elementary School and gradu…

LYNTHIA PIERCE (BROWNING)

PIERCE, LYNTHIA TORMEY, 93, of Randolph, died August 18, at Menig Extended Care in Randolph. She was born Oct. 10, 1920, in Richmond, R. I., the daughter of Alfred “Ted” and Mary (Curtis) Browning. Her father was a farm manager, her mother, a homemak…

KYLE D. RODGER

RODGER, KYLE DIGGER JAMES, 14, of Cumberland Furnace, Tenn., passed away August 18, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born in Berlin, Vt., on Aug. 27, 1999, son of Jeffrey Rodger and Tina Skiffington Rodger. Kyle was a student at Montgo…

ELLOWEENE FLINT (OSHA)

FLINT, ELLOWEENE OSHA, 93, of Randolph, a resident of Joslyn House, died August 22, at Gifford Medical Center. She was born April 5, 1921, in Monkton, the daughter of Galen and Hazel (Alger) Osha. She graduated from Randolph High School in 1940 and w…

DOROTHY WILLIS (SHELDON)

WILLIS, DOROTHY S., 78, of Waterbury Center, died August 21, at Central Vermont Medical Center, following a lengthy illness. She was born May 1, 1936, in Rutland, the only child of the late Florence Richardson Sheldon and Harrison N. Sheldon Jr. She …

MARIE Y. JONES (MANDEVILLE)

JONES, MARIE YVETTE, 84, of Moretown, died peacefully with her family present, at Central Vermont Medical Center on August 20. She had been a resident at the Berlin Health & Rehab Center for several years. Marie was born October 10, 1929, in Mont…


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JOHN A. SALVADOR

SALVADOR, JOHN A. “GIANNINO,” 87, of South Barre, died peacefully of heart failure at his home, surrounded by his family, on August 22. He was born on July 22, 1927, the only child of immigrant Italian parents, Pasquale and Rosa (Colombo Zorzi), in B…

JESSICA LAMPHERE (BATES)

LAMPHERE, JESSICA B., 48, of Barre, died August 21, at Fletcher Allen Health Care, following a brief illness. Surrounded by family, Jessica passed peacefully into the spirit world to start a new journey. She was born Jessica Ann Bates on January 15, …

DOROTHEA LEWIS (COLE)

LEWIS, DORTHEA COLE, 91, of Montpelier, died peacefully in her sleep on August 23, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. Dot was born and raised on a farm in Chilhowie, Va. As a child, she discovered arrowheads near her home and raised a sheep, us…

JOSEPH A. HOLMES

HOLMES, JOSEPH A. “JOE,” 47, of Corinth, passed away August 20, at his home, with his children and wife surrounding him. Joe was born to Edgar and Charlotte Holmes in November 1966 and grew up in the surrounding Barre area. Joe worked at various loca…

VIVIAN B. TAYLOR

TAYLOR, VIVIAN BRYAN, 93, a longtime Northfield resident, died August 24 at Mayo Rehabilitation and Continuing Care in Northfield. Born June 24, 1921, in Elizabeth, N. J., she grew up a resident of both Mississauga, Ontario, and Winnetka, Ill., where…

MURIEL J. BENJAMIN (DOUGHERTY)

BENJAMIN, MURIEL JEAN, 83, of South Woodbury died peacefully August 23, at the Woodridge Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Berlin, with her children at her bedside. She was born August 28, 1930 in Bury, Quebec Canada, the daughter of the late F….

DORIS W. KIDD

KIDD, DORIS W., 95, died on August 24, at Mayo Healthcare in Northfield, Vermont. Predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Kidd, of Northfield, and three brothers of Watertown, N. Y., she is survived by one daughter, Katherine Young, of Victoria, British …

DOROTHY A. MONTINERI (CERASOLI)

MONTINERI, DOROTHY A. CERASOLI, 89, passed away August 17 at Glastonbury Health Care Center. She was born December 25, 1924 in Barre, the daughter of Joseph and Cordelia (Duprey) Cerasoli, and resided in Hartford, Conn. most of her life. Dorothy was …

EUNICE HARVEY

HARVEY, EUNICE, of Lakewood, Colo., died August 19, after a short illness. She was born Jan. 17, 1925, to Ralph and Marjorie Harvey, of Charlotte. The family moved to Montpelier in 1942. She graduated from Montpelier High School in 1943 and attended …

PETER H. SMITHERS

SMITHERS, PETER HAYWARD, of Randolph, loving husband, father, Grampie and friend, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on August 25. Born Feb. 2, 1950, in Randolph, Peter was the son of Wendel and Jacqueline Smithers. He spent his youth…


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RUSSELL LENTZ

LENTZ, RUSSELL, 89, of Lancaster, Penn., died August 29, at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy, Penn., following a lengthy illness. He was happily married for 66 years to Grace E. Hershey Lentz. Born in Smoketown, Penn., he was the son of the la…


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TERENCE D. COX

COX, TERENCE DAVID “TERRY,” 74, of Hardwick, died at his home on August 26. He was born March 19, 1940, in Hardwick, the son of the late Albert and Alice (Speir) Cox. He graduated from Hardwick Academy in 1958 and entered the U.S. Air Force in 1959. …

DOUGLAS A. SR. FORDHAM

FORDHAM, DOUGLAS A. SR., 65, of West Berlin, died August 27, at Central Vermont Medical Center. He was born in Montpelier on March 28, 1949, the son of Stanley Sr. and Edith (Sweeney) Fordham. He attended school in Barre and Montpelier. He married Li…

ESTELLE JACKSON (MILLER)

JACKSON, ESTELLE MILLER, 103, died peacefully at the Blue Spruce Home in Bradford, on Aug. 28, 2014. Born Eleanor Estelle Miller on Sept. 25, 1910, in Plainview, N.Y., the only daughter and youngest child of Nathaniel Edward Miller and Eleonora Wilhe…

GREGORY S. EDSON

EDSON, GREGORY SCOTT, 49, died August 31, at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. He was born Oct. 20, 1964, in Barre, the son of Edwin R. and Mary (Premont) Edson, and was raised in Northfield, where he attended school. After his schooling, he was in…

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