ELIZABETH ‘BETTI’ ROSE AHERN
Elizabeth “Betti” Rose Ahern, 61, of Fayston and Williston, passed away on Feb. 9, 2014, with her daughters and family by her side. Betti was born on Sept. 16, 1952, in Dorchester, Mass., to John and Elsie Ahern. She is survived by her daughters, Michelle Snow and Susie Snow; son-in-law, Jim Halavonich; two grandchildren, Kadence and Cecelia Halavonich; and siblings, Pat, Ray, Jack and Gerry. Betti is also survived by a very large extended family, each of whom she cherished deeply. She now joins her mother and father; sister-in-law, Sharlene; and mother-in-law, Shirley, in all of our hearts. Betti was one of five children born and raised in the South Shore of Boston. She moved to Ludlow, Vt., at the age of 15, where she lived for 25-plus years and raised her daughters. She always considered Ludlow her hometown, but formed deep connections to other communities where she lived including Rutland, Pawley’s Island, S.C. and Williston. Betti will be best remembered for her empathy, tolerance and willingness to help those in need. At the time of the onset of her lung disease, she was working at Downs Rachlin Martin in Burlington as a legal assistant. She genuinely considered her coworkers family. They helped her immensely through her valiant battle to recover from a lung transplant in July 2013. While at DRM, Betti helped to coordinate the preparation of meals for those in need through the United Way. She was also involved with the Rutland chapter of the Kiwanis Club. Over the past 15 months, she was amazed at all the love and support offered to her from friends and family. Until the very end, she was a caring and loving mother and Nana. Her spirit lives on in all who knew and appreciated her kindness. A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Inn at Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Betti’s memory to the Mad River Community Fund (http://mrvcommunityfund.org/). Also please consider a random act of kindness, making someone laugh or telling someone how much they mean to you. Let her memory live on through you. GO RED SOX!
George D. Baron died peacefully with his wife and family by his side on Feb. 12, 2014.
He was born in Claremont, N.H. on May 21, 1926, the son of Alfred and Evelina (DesCouteau) Baron. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Dover, N.H., class of 1944.
He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country during World War II aboard the USS Triumph in the Pacific Theater. As a minesweeper, his ship led the Pacific Fleet to the Invasion of Okinawa. He then attended the University of New Hampshire and MacIntosh Business College.
He married Jean Carbonneau, his loving wife of over sixty-five years, on Aug. 28, 1948 in Dover, N.H., and had nine children.
He worked in retail management in Westerly, R.I., Rome, N.Y., Kinston, N.C., Nashua, N.H., Norwich, Binghamton, and Buffalo, N.Y. In the fall of 1970, he moved his family to Williston, and served as general manager of the brand new Zayre’s store. He finished his career at General Electric and retired in 1991.
George was an active member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Williston and St. Ann’s Church in Milton, where he moved in 2010. Throughout his life he was a member of the Rotary Clubs in many communities. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Jaycees Club and the Kiwanis Club, where he served as president and lieutenant governor. He also served as selectman in Williston. He enjoyed golf and was member of the Williston Country Club for many years.
He is survived by a large family, of which he was very proud. He is survived by his children, Carol and George Chesebro, Kathy and Peter Madsen, Dana and Karen Baron, Keith and Laurie Baron, Diane and Bob Dayvie, Mary and Randy Knight, Christine and Mark Lundie, Sue and Rich Elliott, and daughter-in-law Charlene Baron. He also leaves twenty grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. He is predeceased by all his siblings and by his son, Bruce.
Visiting hours were held Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 from with a prayer service offered by the Rev. John Feltz at at the Ready Funeral Home Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr., Essex Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Church in Milton on Thursday, February 20 at 11 a.m. Burial will be at a later date and held privately for family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Milton Food Shelf. To send online condolences to the family please visit www.readyfuneral.com.