July 21, 2011
Diane M. Handy
Diane M. Handy, 51, passed away unexpectedly due to a heart attack on Tuesday, July 12, 2011. She was born Feb. 3, 1960, to Rosalie Fontaine and Hollis Pudvah. She graduated from BHS in 1978. Diane was a selfless person who always put everyone else first. She was known to many as “mom.” She loved spending time with her family, golfing, playing bingo, gambling and visiting the ocean. She dedicated her time to caring for her family, especially her mother, Rose, stepfather, Andre, and granddaughter, Evelyn. Diane recently began taking guitar lessons in honor of her late son, Michael (Mikey). Diane is survived by her daughter, Angela Noonan and her husband, Shaun; her son, Christopher Handy; life partner of 31 years, Ricky Handy; granddaughter, Evelyn Noonan; mother, Rosalie Fontaine; sisters, Deb Cahill and Darlene Pudvah; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends whom she loved so much. She was predeceased by her son, Michael Handy in 2009; father, Hollis Pudvah in 1990; stepfather, Andre Fontaine in 2009; and her brother, Richard Pudvah in 1995. Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 16, 2011, 1 p.m., at the LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main Street, Winooski. Interment followed at Resurrection Park Cemetery. Visiting hours were held that day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Diane loved her granddaughter, Evelyn, very much. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, we request gifts to be made in Diane’s memory to the Evelyn Noonan Education Fund, P.O. Box 3105, Burlington, Vt. 05408-3105.
John Paul Gill Jr.
John Paul Gill Jr., 53, died Monday, July 11, 2011, in the Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington. He was born in Lansdale, Pa. on Feb. 8, 1958, the son of John and Mary (Moore) Gill. He was a graduate of North Penn High School and later earned an Associate Degree from Vincennes University. He had been married to Susan Laneuville. He later married Lisa Ann (Dustin) Pettrey at the Norwich University Chapel at Norwich University in Northfield on July 23, 2005. John was a career military and veteran of the United States Global War on Terrorism, having served two deployments as an Army Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. He earned many ribbons, badges and citations for his distinguished service here and abroad. He had worked many years, both full time and part time, during his military career for Advanced Auto Parts in South Burlington. He was a member of the Vermont Army National Guard, American Legion Post 63 in Northfield and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Essex. John enjoyed history, working on cars with his many friends and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Lisa Pettrey-Gill of Williston; his daughter, Elizabeth Gill of Grass Valley, Calif.; stepdaughter, Krista Pettrey of Northfield; stepgrandson, Logan Martin of Northfield; and siblings, Diana and Vance. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his stepdaughter, Jessica Pettrey. There were no calling hours. A memorial service was conducted Thursday, July 14, 2011, at noon, at the Norwich University’s White Chapel in Northfield. Burial followed the service in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, where full military honors will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the VT National Guard Charitable Foundation, P.O. Box 683, Essex Junction, Vt. 05453.
Rose Katherine Dolson
Rose Katherine Dolson, 85, of Williston, died peacefully on Sunday, July 17, 2011, in Pillsbury Manor North in South Burlington. She was born in Walpole, N.H. on Aug. 18, 1925, the daughter of Hugh and Katherine (Ryan) Sullivan. Katherine graduated from the University of Vermont and was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She had been employed by the U.S. Government for many years in Japan, Germany, Korea, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. She also worked as an Affirmative Action coordinator for Faculty at Boston University, retiring in 2004. Katherine is survived by a son, Michael Holt Dolson and his wife, Lori, of Burlington; a daughter, Kate Lovering and her husband, Dave, of Old Town, Maine; grandchildren, Shannon, Phillip, Nicholas Dolson, and Jessica Lovering; brothers and sisters, Mary Ellen McMahon, James and Sarah Sullivan, Peggy and Larry Larrow, Eleanor Sullivan and Paul and Jan Sullivan; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Charles; her parents; a brother, Hugh Sullivan; brother-in-law, Loring McMahon; and niece, Joanne Buckles. A memorial mass will be held at a later date at the convenience of her family. There will be no visiting hours. Assisting her family is the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, Burlington. To send online condolences to her family, please visit www.readyfuneral.com. Donations in her name may be made to Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495.