Oct. 20, 2011
VICTORINE DOROTHY WAY
Victorine Dorothy Way, 84, Passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at the Northwest Medical Center in St. Albans. Victorine was born July 18, 1927 in Wetherbee N.Y., the daughter of the late George and Margaret Savage Gonyea. Sixty-seven years ago on October 14, 1944, she married George R. Way in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in South Hero. She is survived by her husband George of Milton and their children; Mary Way of Williston, Diane Bushey and her husband, Roger of Williston, Nancy Way of Milton and Caroline Lemons and her husband, Robert of Milton. Her grandchildren; George S. Way and his wife, Lisa, Jennifer Howard and her husband, Timothy, Michelle Howard and her husband, David and Ashley Bushey and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son; George T. Way and his wife, Kathy. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on Main Street in Colchester with Fr. Peter O’Leary celebrant. Burial followed in the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph. There were no visiting hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, Md. 20852-9813 or the American Heart Association, Vt. Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495. Online condolences may be made at http://www.minorfh.com.
DALE R. DAWSON
Baby Boy, Son, Student, Scholar, Sailor, Husband, Teacher, Business Leader, Friend and Father, Grandfather, Patriarch to us all: Dale Richard Dawson of Williston passed away quickly and peacefully in his sleep, early Tuesday morning, Oct. 11, 2011. After suffering a serious decline in health, Dale is now free to rest forevermore. Dale just celebrated his 83rd birthday on Sept. 29, 2011. He was born in St. Johnsbury in 1928 to his parents, Rufus and Alfreda Dawson, late of Lyndonville. Dale leaves behind his wife, Betty (Elizabeth Lyman) Dawson of Williston; his son, Tyler and wife, Madeleine, and his daughter, Beth and husband Larry Dubin, all of Williston; grandchildren, Cory Dale Dawson and Jacob Leland Dawson, Timothy Jon Clarke and Erika Elizabeth Dubin, all of Williston; his brother, Rufus and wife, Jackie of Lyndonville; along with nieces, Andrea and Susan, and nephew, Hank; brothers-in-law, Howard Lyman and Bud Lyman and families; several nieces and nephews, and many grandnieces and nephews. Dale’s formative years were spent in Sutton and then Lyndonville. Early tragedies in his life — a home fire and the death of his father — helped define his personality, creating a man with a tireless work ethic and a dedication to family that knew no bounds. Very early employment during his school years included stints in a men’s clothing store, a movie theater, and summer work caring for the cemetery. Early success came on the athletic field for his beloved Lyndon Institute, including captain of the football team. Dale also served as his class treasurer, and graduated from Lyndon Institute in 1947. Wherever he traveled after that, he carried with him a lifelong love of his school and his classmates. College studies and many more hours of hard work lead to graduation from the University of Vermont in 1951. Then, the quiet man from the mountains of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom joined the Coast Guard and ended up one third of the way around the world on a small tropical island in the Western Pacific Ocean. Dale served on Guam at the Coast Guard’s LORAN station, helping ships navigate the ocean channels. In 1955, when his service ended, the sailor in his dress white’s came back home to Vermont, and married the love of his life, Betty Lyman, of Hinesburg. They celebrated 56 years this past June 30, 2011. Early married life started in Middlebury with a teaching job. This was soon followed by a move to South Burlington and jobs in the business world. Then in the early 1960s Dale joined the Lyman family company, Iroquois Manufacturing, in Hinesburg. Dale’s work ethic and family dedication shined, and the Iroquois’ years were marked with many successes, along with many tests of the human spirit. In the early 1990s Dale turned over Iroquois to the Lyman family heirs and split off the smaller Vermont Ware subsidiary to start a new chapter. Vermont Ware went on to great success in a joint venture with Country Home Products. He retired from Vermont Ware in 2008. Prior to retirement he also served several years on the board of Trustees at Lyndon Institute. Dale’s love of the water never left him. In the middle 1960s, he and Betty bought a camp on Lake Iroquois, where so many summers were spent building precious family memories. In the early 80s they turned the camp into a beautiful year-round post and beam home. Then in the 90s the bigger water called and they moved back to South Burlington on Bartlett’s Bay overlooking Lake Champlain. As the family continued to grow and grandkids arrived, the latest chapter appeared in 2003 with the construction of a wonderful family camp on the shores of South Hero. Dale was able to spend his final summer there surrounded by his whole clan. What is a dale? A dale is a peaceful valley, with softly sloping hills and lush green fields. No jagged rock formations, no wild rivers. Our Dale is a gentle soul now gliding softly through this valley of rest and peace and autumn leaves. The essence of a person is in the family and the friends he keeps, the connections he creates, the moments shared. Dale lived a long and fruitful life, and touched many, many lives. But to really know Dale was to see his impish smile as he pulled your leg with his dry sense of humor. The raised eyebrows, the twinkle in his eye, if you saw this in his presence, you knew you were one of his true friends. So don’t be sad for him or his family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dale’s memory to the Lyndon Institute Library Fund, c/o Headmaster, LI Institute, P.O. Box 135, Lyndon Center, Vt. 05850, or to the Williston EMT Squad of the Williston Fire Department, Williston Vt. 05495. Gifford Funeral Home of Richmond is assisting the family. You may send messages to Beth Dubin on Facebook.