Michael Lowe, of Williston (“Big Dog,” “Bubba,” “The Doctor”), The man, The myth, The legend was granted his angel wings on Jan. 30, 2016 after giving ALS a run for its money. He was born in Burlington on Aug. 23, 1956 son of the late Everett and Theresa (Laliberte) Lowe.
Mike was many things to many people. He was a selfless father and doting husband to his wife of 35-years, Robin Lumbra. He was also a lifelong friend to many.
He was a salesman extraordinaire; grill master, snappy dresser, and landscaping wizard, just to name a few of his special talents.
Mike started his sales career after graduating from Peoples Academy in 1974. He had a 40-year career in automotive sales ending when he retired from Berlin City due to illness in August of 2014.
Dubbed “The Doctor” by hundreds of his repeat customers, he always had a “prescription” for any of their automotive ailments. Mike was known for making long lasting relationships with his customers.
Mike’s family is thankful for the love and life he gave them. He was a loving family man and welcomed everyone with open arms. He demonstrated his love for his family and friends everyday by his actions and words.
His children, Kristin and Jordan, loved him more than words can express and were blessed to have learned many valuable lessons from him; most importantly, that successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, and then succeed on purpose.
When something bad happens in life, you’ll have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
And finally, you should always let your steak rest (at least) 10-15 minutes off the grill before eating it.
He is survived by his loving wife Robin (Lumbra) Lowe of Williston, his son Jordan Lowe and companion Christine Donahue of Essex Jct., daughter Kristin Lowe of Williston, five brothers Joe Lowe of Morrisville, Richard Lowe and wife Sue of Morrisville, David Lowe of Morrisville, Frank Lowe of Hyde Park, Robert Lowe and Jan Fellows of Eden, his sister Alfreda “Che-Che” Kinney and husband Larry of Morrisville, his father-in-law Walter Lumbra of Johnson, brother-in-law Kevin Lumbra and wife Darlene of Hyde Park, Sister-in-law Teela Leach and husband Steve of Morrisville, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also predeceased by his brother Dana Lowe and grand-dog “Millie”.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude and love to two very special people, Dan and Sue Ryan.
The family invites you to share your memories of Michael with them on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at AW Rich Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Essex Junction, VT. The visiting hours are 5 to 8 p.m.. Internment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The ALS Association Northern New England Chapter. The Concord Center, 10 Ferry Street – Suite 309 – Concord, NH 03301. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.
Betty (Shortsleeves) Emery
Betty Emery, 89, of Williston, passed away in her sleep peacefully on Feb. 1, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her children.
Betty was born on Dec. 15, 1926, in Williston to Roy and Isabelle (Porter) Coutermarsh. She graduated from Mount St. Mary’s School in Burlington and was a very active member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Williston. She served on many committees.
Betty married Haultsay (Bill) Shortsleeves, 1946, and resided in Williston. They raised seven children and she was the first Williston Fire Department dispatcher as the town began to take shape in the early years. Betty and Bill were active members in their community and loved socializing and snowmobiling with friends.
When Bill predeceased Betty in 1976, Betty started working for Fletcher Allen Hospital, retiring after 10 years. Betty married Glenn Emery in 1986 and continued to reside in Williston where he predeceased her in 1994.
Betty volunteered at Fletcher Allen Hospital and Meals on Wheels with her best friend Shirley Miles. She also volunteered with RSVP and other various organizations.
Betty found joy in gardening, baking, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Her greatest joy was with family gatherings.
Betty lived a long and funfilled life where she was always surrounded by family and friends. Her last month was spent back at her home surrounded by her family.
Betty is survived by her children: George Shortsleeves and wife Patty; Brenda Howley; Terry Shortsleeves; Rhia Dumont and husband Rick; Ella Becker and husband Ted; and Penny Shortsleeves; along with eight grandchildren, many great grandchildren and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill Shortleeves, and her son Billy and her second husband, Glenn Emery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11 at Ready Funeral & Cremation Service, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Williston. Interment will be at the East Cemetery in Williston at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the Williston Fire & Rescue Department, 645 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495.
Betty’s family would like to thank Bayada Hospice and TLC Home Healthcare, especially caregivers Erica and Jenn for their compassionate and loving support.
Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service. To send online condolences to the family please visit www.readyfuneral.com.