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Blanka Moore
Blanka Moore

Blanka Jezek Moore

Blanka Jezek Moore, 85, formerly of Montgomery Center and Williston, and most recently of Northfield, died on Jan. 25, 2017, at the Mayo Nursing Home, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born in Vienna, Austria, on Feb. 6, 1931, the daughter of Karl and Karolina (Jirasek) Jezek. She received her primary education in Europe before immigrating to the United States in 1958. She then studied at Champlain College where she received a bachelor’s degree. Blanka received her United States citizenship on July 17, 1995.

On July 16, 1971, she married the love of her life, James Moore. Together, they enjoyed skiing and traveling the world, including many parts of Europe and the U.S. They also enjoyed spending time at their cabin near Jay. Jim predeceased her on Oct. 14, 2005.

Blanka worked for Champlain College as a computer programming professor from 1981 until her retirement in 2000.

Blanka was passionate about many things, none more so than skiing. In her early years, she worked as a ski instructor in Killington. She enjoyed the sport well into her 70s with her late husband and daughter, Kimberly, by her side.

Blanka had a tremendous appreciation for the arts, particularly opera. Blanka would often go to a local movie theater to watch the Metropolitan Opera on the big screen. These performances brought her great joy throughout most of her life.

Blanka is survived by her beloved daughter, Kimberly Baker, of Calais, Vt.; stepdaughter, Johanne M. “Jodi” Jones and her husband, Tony, of Montgomery, Vt., and step-grandchildren, Quenten Jones, Hanna Jones Sorenson and Jesse Jones; and her friend and caregiver, Jasmine Boucher.

A graveside service will be held in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mayo Nursing Home, Patient Activities Fund, 71 Richardson St., Northfield, VT 05663; or to the Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports Program at vermontadaptive.org. Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at guareandsons.com.

Howard Whitcomb
Howard Whitcomb

Howard F. Whitcomb

Howard F. Whitcomb (Fred), 82, of Richmond, passed away Jan. 28, 2017 at Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s, with his loving family by his side.
Howard was born in Richmond on Oct. 24, 1934 to Howard and Ethelyn (Call) Whitcomb, and lived there most of his life before moving to a quiet piece of land in Buels Gore with his wife, June.
He attended Richmond High School in the early 1950s, and eventually started working at General Electric and Harbor Industries, where he remained for many years. Upon his retirement, he and his wife purchased the Jonesville Country Store, which they ran together for five years.
Howard was a jack-of-all-trades, and could fix up just about anything. He loved visiting Hawaii with June and other family members. Howard had a passion for nature and hunting — a passion he passed down to his children and grandchildren. Howard is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, June; his daughter Joyce Whitcomb; his son James and his wife, Earline (Siple) Whitcomb, of Richmond; son Howard and his wife, Kimberly (Wilber) Whitcomb, of Richmond; and his son Frederick of Cambridge. He is survived by his grandkids: Kenneth Stygles and his wife, Darla, of Cambridge; Rebecca (Gauthier) May and her husband, David, of Bolton; Mikayla Harrington and her partner Cory Derway, of Richmond; Craig Harrington and Melanie Harrington, both of Richmond; Sarah Whitcomb and her husband, Kyle Bedard, of Middlebury; Ben Whitcomb of Richmond; and Emma, Amber and Lydia Whitcomb, also of Richmond; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Margaret Collins and her husband, John, of Wichita, Kansas, along with many other brothers- and sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
Howard was predeceased by his parents; his brother James Whitcomb of Richmond; and his brother Mark and sister-in-law Flora Whitcomb, both of Williston.

The family wishes to thank the nurses at Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home, A-wing, for their loving care and support these last few years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Williston, VT 05495.

Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 at The Gifford Funeral Home, 22 Depot St., Richmond, with a prayer service following.

Wayne Ashley
Wayne Ashley

Wayne Ashley

Wayne Ashley passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 doing what he loved—ice fishing with friends on Lake Champlain.

Wayne was born Jan. 2, 1952, the son of Theodore and Betty Ashley in Cincinnati, Ohio. The family moved to Essex Junction when Wayne was young. Wayne graduated from Essex High School in 1970. While there, he met and married his high-school sweetheart Pamela Germain. She remained the love of his life until his passing. Theirs was a marriage of love and mutual respect. They spent many happy days in their Williston home and on camping trips to several RV parks throughout the area.
Wayne worked for Aubuchon Hardware in South Burlington starting as a stock person and becoming a manager in his first year. He remained in management at Aubuchon for the next 34 years. Wayne was a kind and caring man who always had a smile on his face and a gentle way about him. He was always willing to help anyone in need. Wayne loved the outdoors and could often be found in the woods hunting or on the water fishing.
Wayne was a jack-of-all-trades and loved puttering in his garage or helping family and friends with home repairs. He was affectionately known as “Wayne’s Handy-Man Service.”
Wayne had one child, Karriann. They shared a special bond. They spoke nearly every day. To know Karriann is to know Wayne. She was the light of his life and he was proud of all she had accomplished.
Wayne’s grandson Tyler inherited his curiosity of how things work and how to fix them. Wayne was a mentor and a role model for Tyler and he loved the many private jokes and conversations Tyler and he had.
Wayne was predeceased by his parents Theodore and Betty Ashley. He leaves his wife Pamela Ashley; his daughter Karriann Poulin and her son Tyler Poulin; Karriann’ s partner Michael Blanchard and his children Hailey and Joshua Blanchard; his brother Glen Ashley; his father- and mother-in-law Stanley E. and Diane Baker. His sister-in-law Judy Lunn, and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Green Mountain Conservation Camp Endowment Fund, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, VT 05620-3702, 828-1460 or email fwgmcc@state.vt.us. A graveside service to follow in the spring, announcement to follow.