October 24, 2014

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CECILE RHODA MINER

Cecile Rhoda Miner, 94, widow of Francis Harding Miner, passed away Saturday morning, June 22, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston. Cecile was born in Richford on Sept. 4, 1918, the daughter of the late Carl and Hazel (Holden) Lamory. Cecile was a resident of Richford most of her life, and for the past 27 years made her home in Williston. She was a 1936 graduate of Richford High School. She married Francis Miner on June 10, 1945; he predeceased her on Sept. 14, 2012. Her working career started at Northern Telephone Company from 1938-1941, Newport Electric from 1941-1944, Richford Savings Bank from 1945-1953, and then H.K. Webster (Blue Seal Feeds) working in the main office from 1953-1961. She enjoyed sewing and cooking. She is survived by her good friends, Albert “Chuck” and Marilyn “Sue” Pearce of Richford; as well as several nieces and nephews. Cecile received wonderful and loving care at the Vermont Respite House; many thanks to the administration and staff. In keeping with Cecile’s wishes, she will be cremated with interment taking place in the Hillside Cemetery in Richford. There will be no formal funeral services or visiting hours. Private condolences may be sent online through www. spearsfuneralhome.com. For those who wish, contributions in Cecile’s memory may be made to Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston,  Vt. 05495.

 

MARY ‘NORMA’ O’CONNOR

Mary “Norma” O’Connor, 88, of Williston, died peacefully with loving family at her side on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston after a short illness. Norma was born in Colchester on May 16, 1925, the daughter of Joseph N. and Mary A. (Salters) Carlin Sr. Following graduation from Cathedral High School, she attended Rings School of Psychiatric Nursing in Arlington, Mass. On Aug. 18, 1945, Norma married David Leonard O’Connor Sr., who predeceased her on Feb. 21, 1998. She was employed for many years as a telephone operator. Norma was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, an avid bowler, and enjoyed being a housewife and mom and spending time with her family. Norma was also a Cub Scout Den Mother for many years, and was the neighborhood taxi, bringing her children and others to social and sporting events. Norma is survived by her children, David L. O’Connor Jr. and wife, Gale, Donna Lee O’Connor and longtime partner, Gary Burns, Michael E. O’Connor and wife, Linda, and Patrick J. O’Connor and longtime partner, David Scarpella; grandchildren, Kevin and Jill, Robert, Christopher and Jen, David, James and Michele, Leah and Steven, Amanda, Dawn Marie, Michael and Renee, Jonathan, Alyssa, and Joshua; sister, Joyce Ann (Carlin) Ahern and husband, John; sisters-in-law, Theresa (O’Connor) Bryan and husband, William, and Joyce Ann (Wagner-Carlin) LaVigne and husband, Robert; brothers-in-law, George L. Courville Sr., and Paul E. O’Connor and wife, Jeanette; many great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many close and very dear friends. She was predeceased by her husband, David L. O’Connor Sr.; father, Joseph Norton Carlin Sr.; mother, Mary Alfreda (Salters) Carlin; brothers, Joseph Norton Carlin Jr., and William R. Carlin; sister, Paulita M. (Carlin) Courville; sister-in-law and great friend, Doris (O’Connor) Hebert and husband, William. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Essex, followed by internment in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Winooski. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495; or to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester,  Vt. 05446.

 

CHARLENE ‘TOOTIE’ MAE (CHAMPNEY) HAYFORD

Charlene “Tootie” Mae (Champney) Hayford died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 25, 2013, after a brief illness. She was born May 9, 1945, the eldest daughter of the late Cleveland and Lorraine Champney. Charlene was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She was the glue that held everything together. She will be sadly missed by every heart she ever touched, and that was many! Charlene loved doing things with her family and extended family. One of the things she loved and enjoyed tremendously was watching and taking care of her family’s children. She also enjoyed going on various vacations with her family and friends, which included many trips to Maine, Nantucket, South Africa, Canada, Europe, fishing on Lake Ontario, camping at many local campgrounds, as well as motorcycle trips with her husband, Ellis. She was also a very meticulous housekeeper along with being a wonderful cook and baker, always feeding anyone that stopped by; the one thing she always had plenty of was food. She also enjoyed shopping. She worked for 34 years at Fletcher Allen Health Care, before retiring in 2001. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Ellis of Williston; children, Pam Mashia of Williston, Tracy Fisher and husband, Ricky, of Shelburne, Ralph Vezina III of Boston, Mass., Craig Hayford and wife, Lisa, of Winooski, and Stephen Wentzel of Boston, Mass., who was like a third son to her; grandchildren, Lauren and Tanner Mashia, Tiffaney, Steffaney, Brittaney, Whittaney, and Ricky Fisher, Calvin and Abby Hayford; and greatgranddaughter, Kelcie of Shelburne. She is also survived by siblings, Bernard and Ginny Champney of Waterbury, Mildred and Tim Barup of Bolton, Gary Champney of Holland, Geraldine and Arnie Germaine of Richmond, Doreen Dion of Anna Marie Island, Fla., Maureen and Mike McIntyre of Bolton; inlaws, Roland Hayford Sr. of Planfield, Donna and Roy Westover of Wolcott, and Alan and Beverly Hayford of Swanton; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and her dearest friends, Marion and Butch Holcomb of Hinesburg. She was predeceased by her parents, Cleveland and Lorraine Champney; brothers, Roger and Sidney Champney; inlaws, Leon and Abbie Hayford, and Leon Hayford Jr.; and a very special sister-in-law, Joann Hayford. A funeral was held at the Federated Church in Williston.

 

EARL LEONARD MUDGETT

Earl Leonard Mudgett, 64, of Williston, passed away in Burlington on May 23, 2013, with his loving wife, Anna, by his side. He was born in Westport, N.H., on June 4, 1948, son of William Ellis and Emma Claire (Sumner) Mudgett. Earl worked for Norton Bros., Inc., for 11 years as a tractor trailer driver. He married Anna May Badger, in Milton, on March 31, 1990. He loved hunting and fishing and driving his tractor trailer. Earl is survived by his wife, Anna; his children, John Geraw of Florida, Mary Goulet of South Burlington, Lee Geraw of St. Albans, and Brian Geraw of Essex Junction; one brother, Jesse Mudgett of South Burlington; four sisters, Lydia Badger of Richmond, Sharon Mudgett of Burlington, Pico Roberts of New Hampshire, and Sally Mudgett of Williston; two granddaughters; one grandson; one great-grandson; in-laws from the Badger family; several nieces and nephews; many cousins; and lots of good friends. He was predeceased by his parents; and brother, William Mudgett. Funeral services were private. Earl will be buried in Holy Family Cemetery, Essex Junction, at a later date. Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors.

 

CECILE ‘PEANUT’ RANCOUR

Cecile “Peanut” Rancour, 77, of Williston, passed away in the Vermont Respite House on Saturday, June 22, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer. She leaves behind her loving husband, Bernie; two daughters, Cindy Hogan and family of Richmond, and Sandra Hayes and family of Liberty, S.C.; two sons, David Rancour and family of Fall River, Mass., and Steve Rancour and family of Glencoe, Mo. A memorial mass will be held at IHM Catholic Church in Williston on Friday, June 28 at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at Williston Woods Activity Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, Vt. 05495.

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