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Sara Jane Upton Mikell

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Sara Jane Upton Mikell

Sara Jane Upton Mikell, age 83, died peacefully Wednesday morning, March 16, 2016 at her home in Williston. Sara was a lifelong Vermonter, who was as gentle and nurturing as a summer breeze, and as strong and independent as a winter snowstorm.

Born in Burlington on July 14, 1932, Sara was the eldest child of Dr. Hiram J. Upton and Doris Dodds Upton. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1950 and the University of Vermont in 1954. She was predeceased by her husband, Judge William E. Mikell, in 2000.

Sara and Bill were married for 44 years. They raised four sons, who absorbed their mother’s love of Vermont and family, and who learned from her the values of honesty, kindness, and responsibility. Sara was thrifty with a penny, but never frugal when it came to expressing her love for life, her family, and in particular, her 8 grandchildren. She was a soccer mom long before the phrase was coined, and also a ski mom, baseball mom and tennis mom.

Sara was a patient and encouraging teacher, not only to her own children, but to thousands of kindergarten and elementary school students that she taught in Vermont between 1955 and 1972. After teaching, Sara was office manager in her husband’s law firm. She later worked in the Field Service Division for Digital Equipment in South Burlington.

Sara’s passion for education led her to serve as President of the Williston PTA in the mid 1960s. She had other civic and community interests, including her lengthy volunteer service to the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Meals on Wheels program, and The League of Women Voters. Sara appreciated her many friends, and cherished fond memories of her Bridge Club Crew and travelling partners.

Sara spent her childhood summers at her family’s camp in South Hero where she swam, fished and paddled the shores and bays of Lake Champlain. She began skiing at an early age on the slopes of Camels Hump with her father. She took countless runs at Stowe where her family had a ski cabin. She was a member of the University of Vermont and University of Colorado (Boulder) ski teams. She took her final ski run with her sons and grandchildren at Alta, Utah, at age 75.

In her later years, Sara spent summer months at her cottage in Castine, Maine where she enjoyed the ocean breezes, golden sunsets and visits from family and friends. She spent endless hours on the lawn tractor maintaining and preparing the cottage property for visitors, and enjoying her membership at the Castine Country Club. Sara’s golden years in Vermont were spent attending a wide array of her grandchildrens’ sporting events, and in preparing for family gatherings, dinners, and holidays, which she always anticipated with great joy.

Sara is survived by her sons: Andrew of Williston, his wife Ashley (and their sons Taylor and Whitney); Christopher of Sandy, Utah, his wife Susan (and their daughter, Kate); William, Jr. of Williston, daughter-in-law Jennifer (and their sons Davis and Sam); and Jeffrey of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, his wife Christine (and their son Townsend, and daughters Sara Jane and Georgia). She is also survived by her sisters Audrey Upton of Bennington, VT, and Hira Rhode (and her husband Solon) of North Bennington, VT; and her sister-in-law, Kathleen Upton of Wallingford, VT; and several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. Peter Dodds Upton.

Sara’s family would like to thank the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties and all of the many wonderful caregivers who provided homecare assistance during the end of her life.

A family service will be held at a later date. For those who wish, donations in Sara’s memory may be made to the Upton Family Medical Scholarship at the UVM College of Medicine, Development and Alumni Relations Office, 89 Beaumont Ave., Burlington, VT 05405. The scholarship fund was established in 2014 to support Vermont students at the College of Medicine with a preference to those who intend to practice in Vermont.

Renate R. Plaut


Renate R. Plaut, 86, of Williston, Vermont, died on March 18, 2016. Arrangements by Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home (802) 878-5802.

Thomas G. Philbrook

Thomas G. Philbrook of Williston, Vermont passed away on March 16, 2016 at the age of 74, due to cancer after a four-year remission. He was born in Greensboro, Vermont on Feb. 2, 1942.

Tom was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Grace Philbrook, and his Aunt, Edith Demars.

He is survived by his wife June Desilets of Williston, his brother James Philbrook and Aunt Hazel Demars of Morrisville, two sons, Mark Philbrook of Colchester, Scott Philbrook and his wife Tiffany of Milton and his daughter Kathy Philbrook of Winooski, as well three granddaughters, Keshia, Miesha, and Emma Philbrook, grandson Ryan, step children, Bob Desilets, Kathy and her husband Roger Moylan, Debbie Douglas, Donna Desilets and her partner, Joe Clemons, Penny Gallagher and her husband Keith and several great-grandchildren and cousins.

Tom served in the Army and was honorably discharged after serving in Vietnam. He worked for General Electric and General Dynamics for many years. After retiring, he worked part time for the Burlington Airport and full time as a TSA agent. Tom was a loyal member of the Eagles Club #793 and the VFW of Burlington, Vermont.


Tom loved going hunting with his sons at their camp in Johnson. He did not get a lot of deer, but poker night was a must!

There was a small graveside service at Lakeview Cemetery on North Avenue in Burlington, Monday, March 21.
In lieu of flowers, please make donation to the American Cancer Society or the Jimmy Fund.
Arrangements are in the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County, a division of Ready Funeral & Cremations Services. To send online condolences please visit www.cremationsocietycc.com.

Thomas (Tom) Weening

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Thomas Millard Weening on March 20, 2016. Tom, or Tommy to friends, was born on April 22, 1963 in Brooklyn NY, the son of James and Joan Weening Jr.
Tom graduated from Colchester High School and attended Vermont Technical College.
After college Tom met the love of his life, Dawn Sanford. They married on September 19, 1985 and had been married for 28 years. They raised three awesome children; Allison Dawn, Thomas Michael and Kellie Leigh. Tom worked for many years in the Industrial Sales field. Family was always the center of his world.
He will always be remembered for his humor, good nature and his positive outlook on life, despite numerous health issues. We will sorely miss all that he was and take solace in that he is in a happier place in the bright blue world above.
Tom is survived by his mother and father, his wife Dawn and their three children, his brother Jim and wife Keeley and their two children Addison and Jamie. He is also survived by many extended family, special cousins and especially by his dear friend Brian Gambero, whose donation of a kidney allowed Tom to extend his life with his family. He will be greatly missed!
A memorial service for Tom was held on Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington.
Memorial contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to a fund to help with college costs for his 3 children. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.

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