June 18, 1917 – December 7, 2013
Obituaries » DOROTHEA C. YOUNG
YOUNG, DOROTHEA CARLENE HUNTOON, known fondly to all as “Dodo,” died peacefully on the 72nd anniversary of “a date that will live in infamy,” at the Menig Extended Care Facility in Randolph. It all began almost 96 and a half years ago in Windsor, when she took her first breath on June 18, 1917. Although born in the town known as the “Birthplace of Vermont,” she always considered Northfield her home, as her forebears first settled there prior to the Civil War, and that is where she resided most of her life. She was the daughter of William Edward “Bill” Huntoon, a New Hampshire chef, raconteur and rabid Red Sox fan, and schoolteacher Ida Mae (Houghton) Huntoon, known as “Pep,” of Northfield, who both long predeceased her. They were divorced in 1925. She attended schools in Claremont, N.H., for a few years while she lived with her mom and stepdad, Camille Giguere, until her mother’s death in 1933, whereupon she moved back to Northfield to live with her grandparents William and Lucia Houghton. She graduated Northfield High School in 1936 and was the last surviving member of her class. Her senior yearbook, The Rambler, very aptly described her personality as one of Vim Vis Vigor. She met her future husband at a dance pavilion in East Montpelier, in 1937. As she alighted from her ride from Northfield to the venue, she noticed two men engaged in fisticuffs in front of the entrance. She cheered for the one she knew, but the one she did not know won the fray and eventually her heart. Peter Francesco “Pete” Young and Dodo eloped on Halloween in 1937, tying the knot in Chelsea, by a justice of the peace. The wedding date gave Pete license to brag that he married the “old witch.” Pete died on March 9, 1996. Their marriage was at times mercurial, yet it survived the trials and tribulations that all such unions undergo, to last for almost 60 years. Their union produced two children. Jacqueline Freneda Brugnoni Comi (nee Young) was born June 7, 1938, and, sadly, left this world Jan. 2, 2005. Jackie’s husband and Dodo’s son-in-law, Charles Comi, survives her and resides in Northfield. Her son, Peter Francis Young Jr., came into this world July 24, 1943, and is still kicking. He also resides in Northfield with his wife, Susanne Richardson Young. Dodo worked for many years in the admissions department of Norwich University, retiring in the mid ’70s. She liked to party, to play golf, to barbecue, to party, to dance, to do ceramics, to read, to do crosswords, to party, to travel, to play cribbage, to visit with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and to have fun. She was on the original steering committee that organized and founded the Northfield Memorial Park in the late ’40s. She was also active for years in the local Republican Party. Dodo was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and in past years was active in several organizations, including the Northfield Country Club, Northfield Bowling League, PTA and the United Church. She is survived by all five of her grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild and her children; and one great-great-grandchild. Her only sibling, who was a well-known local character in his own right, Glendon “Ponzi” Huntoon, died in 1987.