LOUISE EMMA DUBOIS
Louise Emma Dubois, of Williston, formerly of Crescent Lake Road in Acworth, N.H., died Feb. 11, 2014. Louise was born on Sept. 16, 1919, in Gilsum, N.H., to parents Leon and Angeline (Secord) Alexander of Gilsum, N.H. Louise was the eldest of six children. Louise was a dedicated wife to Antonio Dubois for 56 years. They were married April 24, 1937, in Claremont, N.H., where they settled. For many years, Tony and Louise ran “the block,” a small apartment complex between Spring and Elm Streets. They also ran Tony Dubois Garage and Texaco station located adjacent to “the block,” where Louise could be found pumping gas in her high heels and green Texaco jacket. In 1949, Louise and Tony adopted their son, Joseph Antonio Dubois. In 1977, Joseph married Rebecca Towne, they have two daughters, Elizabeth (b.1981) and Ashley (b.1983). Tony and Louise retired permanently to their cottage on Crescent Lake in the 1970s. They spent many years enjoying square dancing, snowmobiling, fishing out on the lake in their motorboat and watching the sunsets over the lake. Louise remained in that house after being widowed in 1993, later she relocated to Newport, N.H., and eventually in 2010 moved to Williston, to be closer to Joseph, Rebecca and Ashley. Louise always led a very devoted life to her God. She frequently could be heard saying, “Let Go and Let God,” or “sorry I keep Him so busy helping me, He might take some time to get to you.” She and Tony were also very devoted to their siblings and extended families. Louise, being the eldest daughter, took on much of the responsibility of caring for and raising her younger siblings. As the families grew older, they shared many fun-filled adventures with both the Alexander and Dubois families. Louise was always a very busy woman. If she wasn’t cooking soup or working at Sullivan County Nursing Home, she was crocheting. Louise made and sold many dolls, donated scarves for the Special Olympics, and with her sister, Liney, made preemie hats and blankets, which they donated to the hospital. She crocheted many afghans to keep her family and friends warm over the years. Louise at 94 never lived in a nursing facility because she didn’t want to live with the “old people,” she remained young at heart until her last day. Louise is survived by son, Joseph Dubois and wife, Rebecca; granddaughters, Elizabeth and Ashley; sister, Liney Bleau of Keene, N.H.; sister-in-law, Fannie Dubois of Newport, N.H.; sister-in-law, Pat Alexander; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Leon Alexander Jr.; sisters, Irene Underwood, Lillian Gagne, and Theresa Whitney; and many in-laws. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at St. Mary’s Church, with the Rev. Shawn M. Therrien, pastor, officiating. A reception followed at the Claremont Senior Center. You are invited to share a memory of Louise with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Williston Food Shelf, P.O. Box 1605, Williston, Vt. 05495.
STRATTON HARRY LINES
On Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, Stratton Harry Lines died peacefully at his home in Williston. He was born on Aug. 20, 1929, the third child of Harry and Jane Lines who had emigrated from Sparta, Greece, at the turn of the century. He grew up in the Queen City, graduating from Burlington High School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Armed services in Germany as an MP from 1951 to 1953. He married Beverly Milo in 1962, and they had four children, Jon, Gary, Maria and David. He worked for a brief time for General Electric, but in 1954 took over the family business, the Oasis Diner, from his father. Over the next 42 years, Stratty established the Oasis as a hub of vibrant discussion regarding affairs of community, politics and sports. He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Beverly; brother, Chris; and brother-in-law, Nick Kustas. He is survived by brother, George; sister, Calliope Kustas; his four children, their spouses, Nancy Lines, and Sarah Kenney; and five grandchildren, Nicholas, Alyssa, Meghan, Galen, and Harper. The family welcomed all to a celebration of Stratty’s life at Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home in Essex Junction on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. A brief service was held Friday at 10 a.m. in the same location. A private interment for family followed. The family would like to thank the Williston Police Department and the State Medical Examiner’s office for the dignity and respect shown on a very difficult day. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 162 Hegeman Ave., Colchester 05446; and Essex Meals on Wheels, PO Box 8442, Essex, VT 05451.
Madine B. Simpson
Madine Norma Buker Simpson, 91, slipped away on Feb. 15, 2014 after a six-plus-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on March 13, 1922 in St. Albans, Vermont, the eldest child of Walter Wood Buker and Mildred Keenan Buker. Part of her childhood was spent on the family farm in Colchester, on land later developed as Canyon Estates.
In order to attend Bellows Free Academy, she went to St. Albans to live with her beloved maternal grandmother, Mama Nan Keenan and her dear Nanty Bea during the school year. Madine was a member of the BFA tennis team and a forward on the BFA basketball team, which won the Vermont State Championship in 1939, her senior year.
After graduation, Madine moved to Burlington and worked for the American Mutual Insurance Company. On June 28, 1942, she married James E. “Ed” Simpson, another St. Albans native, who was nearing graduation from UVM’s School of Medicine. Ed’s U.S. Army Air Corps assignments and other obligations took them out of Vermont for a time, and they moved back to Burlington in 1951, the year Ed went into private practice as an orthopedic surgeon. Once their children were school-aged, Madine assumed the role of office manager and bookkeeper. After retiring, Madine kept her hand in bookkeeping, working part-time until shortly before dementia started to steal her away.
An avid sportswoman, Madine amassed a collection of trophies and mementos from competing in tennis, golf, bowling and skiing. She and Ed were charter members of the Burlington Tennis Club and competed in both singles and doubles. She played great games of bridge and cribbage, learned to ski a beautiful slalom on the slopes at Stowe, and played on the Ethan Allen Club Bowling Team.
It was in golf that Madine found the most fun and camaraderie. She had a good long shot and an outstanding short game, shown by trophies won at various state days and tournaments throughout New England. She shot three holes-in-one in her lifetime. A long-time member of the Burlington Country Club, Madine also served as an advisory board member. During their retirement years, Madine and Ed enjoyed golf trips to Scotland and Ireland. Their foursome matches with their sons—the so-called Family Feuds—are still the source of endless humor.
Madine volunteered for the Grey Ladies at the Bishop DeGoesbriand Hospital Emergency Department. She was an advisor to the Fanny Allen Hospital & School of Nursing and to the Jeanne Mance School of Nursing, and served on the Hospital Auxiliary at the Mary Fletcher and the Bishop DeGoesbriand hospitals. In 1968 she chaired the launch of the Fanny Allen Hospital Volunteer Service. Among many other beneficiaries were Christ The King Church, Mount St. Mary Academy, the Chittenden County Medical Auxiliary, and the Vermont Medical Society.
Madine converted to Catholicism and made her First Communion on her 11th wedding anniversary in 1953. She was a member of Christ the King Parish for many years, and joined St. John Vianney Parish after she and Ed moved to South Burlington in 1971, remaining in the same parish when they moved to Williston in 1994.
A lifelong affinity for reading came from Mama Nan, who taught Madine to read at an early age. As she described it, a reader can be transported into the story by using the words on the page to visualize the scene and sense it in every possible way. Trips to the Fletcher Free Library were a frequent treat. In later years, “Mrs. S.” was a frequent borrower from the South Burlington Library and the Dorothy Alling Library.
We especially miss the beautiful alto voice that Mom brought to the family chorus.
Madine was predeceased by her husband, James E. Simpson, MD, in March 2008. She leaves her four loving children: Patricia S. Chapman of Cedar Falls, Iowa; James Y. and Gail Simpson of Advance, N.C.; Carolyn S. and Sal DeFrancesco of Williston; and Richard M. Simpson of Williston; six grandchildren: Kimberly (Patrick) Grimes of Tucson, Ariz.; Kristine Klever of Coralville, Iowa; Kellie (Christopher) Leasure of Cedar Falls, Iowa; David (Angela) Simpson of Burlington; Allison Simpson of South Burlington; and Sara DeFrancesco of Portland, Ore.; and nine great-grandchildren: William and Philip Grimes; Emerson and Tosh Klever; Christopher, Annabel, Elise, and Chelsea Leasure; and Trent Simpson; and special friends Joan Rizio and Marilyn Trepanier.
Madine leaves her siblings Gwenyth Shepard of St. Albans; Jean and Rodney Mears of Chesapeake, Va.; and Walter W. Buker Jr. of Hartford, Conn.; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Joan B. Wilson in April 2012 and niece Leigh-Ann Byrd in 2011.
Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to Eugene Moore MD, and to the staff of Burlington Health & Rehab, especially Seth and Chris, for taking such good care of our Mom.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb.21, 2014 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in South Burlington. Interment followed in Resurrection Park Cemetery in South Burlington. Online condolences may be sent to www.readyfuneral.com.