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LEON F. SORRELL

Leon F. Sorrell, 90, passed away following a short illness, Sunday, March 25, 2012, in Starr Farm Nursing Home in Burlington, where he had been just recently admitted. He was born Aug. 1, 1921, in Georgia, the son of the late Leo and Vatleana (Furkey) Sorrell. During his younger years, he spent most of his time farming in the Franklin County area. For most of his adult life, he resided on Bellevue Street in Winooski. He was employed by the Borden Creamery during the early 50’s. Subsequently, he was also employed by Super Temp Wire in Winooski, the Burlington Savings Bank in Burlington and retired from General Electric in Burlington. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved telling amusing stories about his experiences, and also delighted in fun-lovingly teasing co-workers and family members. He was a hardworking man who loved working in his garden and tending to home projects. He prided himself on the vegetables he produced each season and couldn’t wait for spring to arrive to begin anew. Having grown up during the depression years, he loved a good meal and never turned down dessert. Family members will also remember Sunday afternoons spent playing a rousing game of cards around the dining room table. It’s also to be noted that he picked up his first bowling ball and joined a senior team at the age of 80. On Sept. 28, 1946, he married Hortense Myott of Enosburg Falls, with whom he spent the next 44 years of his life. She predeceased him in 1991. For the past 12 years, he has resided in Williston with his loving and caring companion, Irene Lunn who survives him. They had a wonderful life together and the family is forever grateful for her presence in his life. In addition to Irene, Leon is survived by his two sons and their families, Henry and his wife, Cherie, of Jericho, and Jim and his wife, Ann, of Fishers, Ind.; four grandchildren, Cyndi Steele, and her husband, Bob, of Rocky Mount, N.C., Scott Sorrell and his wife, Shandy, of Essex Junction, Justin Sorrell and his fiancee, Lauren Violi, of Bloomington, Ind., and Sabreena Sorrell, and her husband, Daniel Dominguez, of Carmel, Ind. Also surviving, and like family to him, are Irene’s children: Lisa Babineau, and her husband, Norm, of Milton, Susan Thompson, and her husband, Dave, of Milton, Diane Dawson and her husband, Claude, of Linden, Va., Richard and Debbie Jerome of Essex Junction, and Michael Lunn and his wife, Linda, of Milton. He is also survived by three great-grandsons — Henry Sorrell and Connor Steele, both six years old, whom he loved dearly, and his newest great-grandson, born just a few weeks ago, Colton Sorrell. Leon and little Colton were both in Fletcher Allen at the same time on different floors, but never officially met. Leon also leaves behind his sister, Glenna Germain, and her husband, Rodney; Helen Siple, and her husband, Robert; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers, Charles, who died in infancy, Thomas, who lost his life in Europe during WWII, and just recently by his younger brother, John, who shared his August 1st birthdate; and by two sisters, Estella and Marion. The family would like to thank his doctor, Michael Johnson of Williston, for his excellent care and concern, as well as the FAHC staff and attending physician, Sadie Mills. Appreciation also goes to the staff at Starr Farm Nursing Home. However brief his stay, they helped the family through this difficult time. Arrangements are in care of the LaVigne Funeral Home in Winooski. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 31 at the Old Brick Church on Route 2 in Williston Village, followed by a gathering in the Community Center at Williston Woods. Online condolences may be made to lavignefh@comcast.net. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to COTS, P.O. Box 1616, Burlington, VT 05402; or the Williston Food Shelf, P.O. Box 1605, Williston, VT 05495.

 

GEORGE HECTOR TROMBLY

George Hector Trombly, 83, of Williston, died on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in St. Albans on June 26, 1928, the son of the late Hector and Emma (Bernier) Trombly. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Army from 1946-1949. On Feb. 24, 1950, he was married to Barbara Louise Lovett. They raised their family on Vest Haven Dr. in Burlington. George worked for many years as a salesman in the food distribution industry. He worked at Champlain Valley Fruit Company, Hersheburg Distributors, and Independent Food Company of Burlington. George loved to bring his family camping and loved to travel in his motor home. He also enjoyed many holiday outings at their family camp. George is survived by his wife, Barbara Trombly of Williston; their six children, Brenda Trombly Simons and husband, Mark, of Woodway, Wash., Gail Companion Halvorson and husband, Leonard, of Colchester, Denise Trombly Jaques and husband, Craig, of Colchester, Randal Trombly and wife, Beth, of Lincoln, Jeffery Trombly of Milton, and Dale Trombly and wife, Cindy, of South Burlington; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Edna Carmen and her husband, Grant; his brother, Leo Trombly and his wife, Madlyn; and by a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Trombly. Special thanks to all the caregivers who spent countless hours caring for George over the years, especially Linda, Katie, Laura, Sierra, and Amanda. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, March 30, 2012, at 10 a.m. in St. Mark’s Church, Burlington. Interment will be later this spring in Village Cemetery, Warren. Visiting hours were held on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service South Chapel, Burlington. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.readyfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions in George’s memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446; or the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 60 Kimball Ave., South Burlington, VT 05403.

 

HELEN T. IRWIN

Helen T. Irwin, 97, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in the Green Mountain Nursing Home in Essex. Helen was born Nov. 6, 1914, in Burlington, the daughter of Ora and Jennie Chynoweth. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1932 and from the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1937. She was employed for over 30 years on night duty in labor and delivery, at what is now Fletcher Allen Health Care. Helen married Allen Wilder in 1937, who died in 1959. She was married to Clyde Irwin from 1967 until his death in 1977. Helen was a skilled gardener, seamstress and knitter, having made most of her children’s clothes. During World War II she knit sweater for soldiers. She was an ardent, lifelong Red Sox and Celtics fan and avid collector of baseball cards, who was able to see the Red Sox capture three World Championships. She is survived by her three daughters, Betty Merriman of Cincinnati, Ohio, Barbara and her husband, Rick Bristol, of Williston, and Sally Wilder of Danville; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; niece, Nancy and her husband, Philip McLaughlin, of Arizona; nephew, Richard and his wife, Lynn Chynoweth, of Connecticut; and several cousins. Helen was predeceased by her parents; three brothers; and one sister. The family would like to thank the staff at Green Mountain Nursing Home for the wonderful and compassionate care provided to Helen. A memorial service will be held on June 24, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Williston Federated Church. The family is being assisted by Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home of Essex Junction. There will be no visiting hours, as her body has been donated to UVM College of Medicine for research, as per her request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund at the Williston Federated Church, 44 North Williston Road, Williston, VT 05495, or to the Williston Food Shelf, Attn.: Jeanne Jensen, PO Box 1605, Williston, VT 05495.

MARION ELIZABETH BUGBEE

Marion Elizabeth Bugbee, 84, of Milton, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, March 31, 2012 in the Starr Farm Nursing Home in Burlington. Marion was born Feb. 21, 1928 in Milton, the daughter of the late Henry and Abbie Robar Peltier. On Aug. 12, 1950, she married Harvey Bugbee Jr. in St. Ann Church in Milton. Harvey passed away March 4, 1993. Marion graduated from Milton High School where she had played varsity basketball. She loved all sports, following her Yankees, Bruins, Celtics, NASCAR and UVM Hockey with a dedicated passion. She loved angels, flowers, camping, going to Maine and just being outdoors in her beautiful gardens. Special times were spent with her family during the holidays. Marion worked at the FW Woolworth’s lunch counter in Burlington and later for Rene’s Discount Beverage in Milton before retiring on Dec. 1, 1999. A lifelong resident of Milton, Marion spent the last four years of her life living with her daughter, Deb, and husband, Chris, in Williston. Marion is survived by her children, Deborah Clark and her husband, Christopher, of Williston, Sue Badger and her husband, Terry, of Milton, and Karin Trono and her husband, Gary, of Essex; her grandchildren, Jamie and Katharina Badger, Jerry and Jennifer Wolfenbarger and Matthew Trono; her great-grandchildren, Brooke and Tyler Wolfenbarger and Ceejay Badger; her in-laws, Gladys Cawley, Ila and Lawrence Juaire, Roland and Betty Benoit, Dick and Judy Bugbee, Barb Bugbee, Art and Laurie Bugbee, Bob Quesenberry, Moses Trayah, Polly Peltier, Shirley Peltier, Anne Bugbee; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, Harvey, she was predeceased by her son, Michael, on Jan. 1, 2010; her brothers, Orin Peltier and Irvin “Pete” Peltier; her sisters, Gladys Trayah, Doris and Chad Alderman, Lucille Quesenberry, Norm and Barb Potvin and Marion Peltier; her in-laws, Bob Bugbee Sr., Sam Bugbee, Harold and Janice Proper, Maurice and Lorraine Gagne and Pat Renaudette. The last two months of her life were spent at Starr Farm Nursing Home. Marion’s family would like to acknowledge how hard they worked to make her stronger and improve her quality of life. But it was not to be – she was tired and ready to join the party in Heaven. Thank you for taking care of her and us. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, April 4 at 11 a.m. in St. Ann Catholic Church in Milton. Her burial and that of her son, Michael, who died Jan. 1, 2010, followed in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.minorfh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of VT, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 128, Williston, VT 05495.