2012 Obituaries

Today's Rutland Herald Obituaries



Recent deaths having some connection to Springfield, Vermont:

Helen Love, 64, of Springfield, died January 28, 2013. Born and raised in Copake, N.Y. She married Osmon Love in 1961. She was employed as a machine operator with Becton Dickinson in Canaan, Conn., for many years, retiring in 1986. Her husband predeceased her by only five days. Survivors include their five children. [photo]

Charlotte A . Morrow, 88, of Windsor died December 15, 2012. She was born in Springfield, Vt., the daughter of Otto and Ida Arnesen. Mrs. Morrow graduated from Springfield High school and attended Aurora University. Survivors include her son, Mark Rice, of Windsor; a brother, John Arnesen; and sister, Genevieve Carpenter.

Eugene “Gene” Nickerson, 82, died December 29, 2012. He was the son of Walter Nickerson and Marguerite (Dashner) Gavin. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1948. Mr. Nickerson served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. He married Margaret Zierer in 1959. He owned and operated Springfield Paint and Glass Store for a number of years, worked as a purchasing agent for Vermont Research, J&L and several other machine tool and electronics companies. Survivors include his wife; three children, Linda Miller of Jericho, Paul of Bellows Falls and David of Springfield.

Edgar May, 83, of Springfield, died December 27, 2012. May was born in Zurich, Switzerland. May graduated from Princeton, N.J., high school in 1948. He received a B.S. degree from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving as a speechwriter for military officers. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 for local reporting for The Buffalo Evening News a fourteen-part series on the public welfare system. The series resulted in a book, “The Wasted Americans,” in 1964, which brought him to the attention of the Lyndon Johnson administration. Sargent Shriver asked him to join The War on Poverty. He served as Inspector General of the Office of Economic Opportunity and fondly recalled establishing Head Start Programs throughout the country. He was also Deputy Director of VISTA, the national service program designed to prevent poverty. May became a resident of Springfield in 1965, after he purchased Muckross Park. May’s wife, Louise Breason May, died in an automobile accident in Springfield. Sargent Shriver invited him to be his special assistant in the American Embassy in Paris. He married his second wife, Judith Hill May, in France, where they met, and returned to Muckross Park in Vermont in 1973. They divorced in 2001. May served in the Vermont House of Representatives representing Springfield from 1974 to 1982, and the Vermont Senate, 1984-1990, where he chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee. He began a new career in Washington as COO of Special Olympics, working closely with Eunice Shriver, from 1993-1995. When he returned to Vermont, he was not ready for retirement, and turned his energy to revitalize Springfield. When the city received a grant from the state in return for situating a prison there, May successfully lobbied the Springfield Board of Selectmen to use the grant to build a health and recreation center for the community. Survivors include his sister, former Governor of Vermont Madeleine May Kunin, his former wife, two nieces and four nephews. [photo]

Loretta Anne "Lorrie" Miller, 65, of Winter Haven, Fla., died December 21, 2012. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to John Robert and Anna Gertrude Thull, Lorrie grew up in Springfield, Vt. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1965 and went on to earn an associate degree in business from Northampton Commercial College in Massachusetts. She married her husband Dave in 1969. They moved to Springfield, Mass. where she began her 40-year career as a travel consultant. They moved to Winter Haven in 1978. Survivors include her husband and their son Rob.

Frederic V. Gleason Jr., 64, of Orlando, Fla., died December 23, 2012. He was born and raised in North Springfield. Survivors include his sisters, Susan M. (Leslie) Fleming of N. Springfield, Linda L. (Clyde) Alexander of Louisville, KY, Ruth A. (Anthony) of Springfield, his brothers, David L. (Korrena) Gleason, and Rodney R. Gleason, both of Springfield. [photo]

Theodocia “Teddy” Lucretia Jones , 93, of FairHaven, died Saturday, December 22, 2012. She was born July 6, 1919, in Hudson Falls, N.Y., the daughter of the late Eslie and Harriet (Cobb) Jones. She worked at the Springfield woolen mill, Slack Shoddy Mill and the Snow White laundry in Springfield. Survivors include a sister, Laura Barnes of Windsor. [photo]

Jane M. Hammond, 89, of Springfield, died Sunday, December 23, 2012. She was born and raised in Bellows Falls and graduated Endicott Jr. College in Beverly, Mass., Class of 1943. Survivors include a daughter, Margaret (Marty) Hammond of Springfield.

Barbara K. Presler , 79, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., died December 21, 2012. Born in Springfield, she was the daughter of the late John and Helen Skill Koledo. Barb was a bookkeeper and secretary at Paddock Pool in Albany, and Espey Manufacturing and Guyson Industries in Saratoga Springs. Survivors in N.Y. state include her husband Lawrence W. Presler and their four children. In Springfield, her brothers Frederic Koledo (Carol), Peter Koledo and Stephen Ankuda (Ellen); sisters, Mary Jane Roberts (Floyd) and Catherine Merrill (Dan). [photo]

Gussie S. Smith , 94, of Pittsford, died December 19, 2012. She was born and raised in Pittsford. She married Robert L. Smith of Ira, Vermont in 1942. In earlier years, she was employed by the Jones & Lamson Company of Springfield, Vt., Jerome Tennien Appraisal Company of Pittsford, and retired from the Trust Department of Proctor Trust Company. Survivors include her four children. [photo]

Malcolm F. “Mickey” Campbell, 72, of Randolph, died December 18, 2012. He was born and raised in Randolph. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960-63. Following his discharge from the service, he returned home and married Frances Cassidy. He worked as a machinist at Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield. He later worked at Ethan Allen in Randolph for a few years before returning to Fellows Gear Shaper. Survivors include his son and three daughters. [photo]

Clara Chandler Wood, 86, of Concord, N.H., died December 14, 2012. Clara was born in New Hampton. N.H. She was the first in her family to attend college, earning her Bachelor’s from Keene Teachers College (now Keene State College) in 1947. In 1950, she married H. Booth “Bud” Wood, a machinist. The couple moved to Springfield, Vermont, where they raised their children. When Bud developed multiple sclerosis, Clara went back to teaching, earned her master’s degree and supported the family. She saw all three of her children through college after the death of her husband in 1975. She was an elementary educator recognized for her exceptional work and taught for most of her career in the Springfield Public Schools. The University of Vermont honored her as one of the state’s outstanding teachers in 1981. She is survived by her three sons.

Wendy Faye Le Duc, 38, of Tunbridge, died December 12, 2012. She was born in Springfield, the daughter of Robert and Terry (Carpenter) Baker. She attended school in Springfield, VT. In 1997, she married Robert Le Duc of Lebanon, N.H. They had spent most of their married life in Tunbridge. For ten years she worked at the Hanover Co-op in Hanover, N.H., and most recently, she worked as a home health care provider in the Hanover, N.H., area. Survivors include her husband, their two children and her parents. [Photo]

Anne Scofield, 89, died December 9, 2012. She was born in Springfield, the daughter of Emma (Mashak) and Lewis Howe, and was a descendant of William White who came to our country on the Mayflower. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1941, and attended Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1944. Also in 1944, she married Richard Scofield. Her long career in nursing included obtaining licensure as a nursepractitioner and having a supervising role with the Springfield Visiting Nurse Association. Survivors include a daughter Bethany Hill of Middlebury.

Daniel Louis Sacripante, age 6, of Springfield, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. He was born in Manhasset, N.Y., the son of Justin H. and Connie D. (Cowan) Sacripante. Daniel was a first grader in Springfield. He loved his friends and family, enjoyed movies and going to camp. Survivors include his parents of Springfield. [photo]

Jane Elizabeth Cruthers, 94, of Manchester, died December 2, 2012. She was born and raised in the Orange, N.J. area. She was a graduate of Columbia Presbyterian School of Nursing. She married Thomas Cruthers in 1941. For many years she was employed as a nurse at the Orange Memorial Hospital in Orange, N.J., and later at the Springfield Hospital in Springfield, Vt. Survivors include her three children.

Henry Baker “Pat” Patterson, 90, of Perkinsville, died November 28, 2012. Pat was born in Burlington. He graduated from high school in Fairmont, West Virginia, and studied mechanical engineering at West Virginia University where he met his wife Laura. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. In the ‘50s and ‘60s, he worked first for Bryant Chucking Grinder Co., and later for Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Co., in Springfield. His career centered on research and development in the field of precision grinding technology. His work was noticed by General Motors, which recruited him to join their advanced engineering staff at GM’s Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. In the early-‘80s, as he prepared to retire, he bought a wooded hilltop in Perkinsville where he built a house. He is survived by his wife of 68 years and their three children. [photo]

Dennis Reynolds, 64, of Bennington, died November 14, 2012. The son of Guy W. and Dorothy (Hoyt) Reynolds, he attended schools in Springfield, and graduated from Springfield High School. He was employed as a gas station attendant, and was also employed at Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Company in Springfield for 10 years. He moved to Bennington approximately five years ago.

June K. Aumand, 87, of Springfield, died November 18, 2012. She was born in Springfield, the daughter of Walter and Amelia (Lohutko) Kulwanoski. She graduated in 1942 from Springfield High School and worked for a short time at Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield. In 1955, she married Francis G. “Frenchy” Aumand in Springfield. He died in 2002. Survivors include six children, Robert, Kenneth, both of Springfield, Thomas of Dover, N.H., Elaine Francis of Bellows Falls, MaryAnn Aumand of South Bend, Ind., and Linda Milano of Dumbarton, N.H. [Photo]

Ernest E. “Ernie” Benway, 86, of Chester, died November 17, 2012. Born in Burlington, Ernie was a graduate of the University of Vermont in 1948, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Ernie was employed as a mechanical engineer at the Bryant Grinder Corp. in Springfield, Vt., for 35 years, retiring in 1986. Woodworking was a passion throughout his life and he was a skilled craftsman working with all types of wood. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Bertha W. (Wheatley) Benway; his four children Judi Mills of Hinsdale, N.H., Cindy Kehoe of Windham, Vt., Jeff Benway of Goffstown, N.H., and Stuart Benway of Mount Kisco, N.Y. [Photo]

Gladys M. Clarey, 89, of New Haven, died November 18, 2012. She was born in Wells River. Mrs. Clarey was a timekeeper for Jones and Lamson Inc. of Springfield for many years. She was a member of Songsters of Springfield, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary of Springfield. Surviving family members include one daughter, Brenda L. Currier and her husband Jerry of New Haven. Gladys was predeceased by her husband, Varney H. Clarey, in 1990. [Photo]

Catherine R. Metcalf, 87, of Baltimore, died November 13, 2012. She was born in Springfield, the daughter of George H. and Catherine L. (Bingham) Cook. She graduated from Springfield High School. She married Robert F. Metcalf in 1943. Mrs. Metcalf was employed at Springfield Bakery, Snow White Laundry, Vermont Research, and retired from Precision Assembly in 1990. For many years, she made and sold Christmas wreaths during the holidays. Survivors include eight children, Sharon Bruce, Robert, both of Baltimore, Douglas of Weathersfield, Diane Moulton, Scott, Sherman, all of Springfield, Barry of Acworth, N.H., and Richard of Chester.

Betty P. Sheehan, 77, of Ludlow, died November 12, 2012. She was born and raised in Ludlow and attended Green Mountain College and Thompson School of Nursing. Betty was an L.P.N. at Springfield hospital and owned B.A. Pitts Store in Ludlow. Survivors include her husband Glenn Goodwin; son Jerry Sheehan and companion Joanne Stringer of Ludlow; two daughters, Theresa Morse of North Springfield, Cheryl James of Proctorsville. [photo]

Elmira E. Allen, 95, of Perkinsville, died Saturday, November 3, 2012. She was born in North Springfield, the daughter of Leonard G. and Lena (Parker) Longe. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1935. Mrs. Allen was employed at Springfield Hospital for many years. Survivors include a son, Roger Roys of Springfield.

Philip F. Anderson, 83, of North Springfield, died October 28, 2012. He was born and raised in Springfield, Mass. and lived in that area most of his life until his retirement. He was employed in sales in the insurance industry for many years, and was also in sales for a large food distributor. Survivors include a daughter Carolyn Hier of Weathersfield. He was predeceased by a son Kenneth Anderson in 2011. [photo]

Chester P. Scott Jr., 81, of Beverly Hills, Fla., died October 27,2012. He was an ardent Republican who served as a Vermont State Representative and State Senator for many years. He started his political career as a selectman for the town of Springfield, Vt., where he was CEO of Bryant Grinder, a manufacturing company. As a state legislator, he supported hydro-power, small business and conservationism. He was most proud of the legislation he championed that permitted the use of crossbows by disabled bow-hunters. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Willo; his children, Donna Parfitt, Chester P. Scott III (Buddy), William Scott (Jim) and Angela Scott (Lou-Ann). [photo]

Ann C. DeGiglio, 65, of Springfield, died October 18, 2012. She grew up in Bergenfield, N.J., where she attended schools and graduated from Bergenfield High School. She later completed several courses at Community College of Vermont. She moved to Springfield in 1974. She was employed as a financial analyst with Idlenot Dairy, Dufresne-Henry, and Stantec in Springfield. Survivors include a son John DeGiglio of Springfield; and a brother in Conn.

Thomas John Koledo, 77, of Springfield, died October 9, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of John W. and Helen M. (Skill) Koledo. He was a 1953 graduate of Springfield High School. Mr. Koledo served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1958 and the Army Reserves until 1962. He was executive vice president of Parks & Woolson Machine Tool in Springfield, for 43 years. Survivors include his wife Rita of Springfield; their three children, Jeffery, Duane and Michelle; and six siblings, all of Springfield: Frederic Koledo, Peter Koledo, Stephen Ankuda, Mary Jane Roberts, and Catherine Merrill.

Ian Young Currie, 19, of Chester, died October 9, 2012. He was born to Stuart Alexander and Wendy Oldenburg Currie on October 10, 1992, in Springfield, Vt. Survivors include his parents, and his sister, Bevin Lore. [photo]

Jean G. Hines, 91, of Manchester, N.H., known as “Mawsie” to family and friends, died Sept. 25, 2012. She was born and raised in the Boston, Mass. area and became a medical technologist. She married Charles R. Abbott in 1943. She was secretary for the family-owned business “George H. Abbott and Son Electrical Contractors” for 27 years in Springfield, Vt. He died in 1970. She married Kenneth E. “Olson” Hines in 1972, and he died in 1987. In the following years she was active in the Springfield Area Hospice. Survivors include four children.

James D. Currie , 79, of Falmouth, Mass., died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. He was born in Norwalk, Conn., the son of Robert D. and Julia E. (Keisler) Currie. He was a graduate of Springfield High School and was in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Jim was a barber at Andy’s Barber Shop for more than 50 years. Survivors include his children, Jeffrey Currie of Baltimore, Vt., James Currie, Neil Currie and Sheila Whited, all of Falmouth, and Deborah Currie of Florida; a brother, Douglas Currie of Springfield.

Peter H. Anderson, 66, of Bel Air, Md. died September 19, 2012. He was born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., the son of Harold and Marjorie (Hinckley) Anderson. He graduated in 1964 from Springfield High School where he was class president for three years, received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1968 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and earned an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1970 from Columbia University. He worked as a research engineer at Bell Labs in Holmdell, N.J., inventing a “pulse train checking circuit” that was patented. As a visiting professor at Howard University, he was twice chosen as the year’s most outstanding electrical engineering professor. Mr. Anderson also ran a website “to foster tinkering” as the best way to learn and operated a home business selling embedded processor controls. www.phanderson.com . Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Noreen (Joyce) Anderson; two sons, Eric of Bel Air and Peter Jr. of Wake Forest, N.C.; and a brother, Jon of Montpelier, Vt. [photo]

Robert L. Stapleton, 73, of Springfield,, died September 9, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of Lyla (Slade) and Robert E. Stapleton. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1956, and from Keene State College in 1960. Mr. Stapleton worked as a history teacher and later as a security guard for Keene State College, Hartness House, and Jones & Lamson.

Gregory S. Chico, 47, of Chester, died August 22, 2012. He was born in Springfield and was a graduate of Green Mountain High School. Greg owned and operated Greg Chico Trucking, Inc. for several years. Survivors include his three children: Christopher, Elizabeth and Dillion Chico; his father, Frank Chico; and a sister, Amanda Hazeltine.

John Kochalka Jr., 94, of Springfield, died Friday, September 14, 2012. Born in Pennsylvania, he served in the Navy during World War II and studied journalism at Penn State University. After moving to Vermont, he worked as news editor for the Times Reporter, the Eagle Times and the Valley News. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ruth (Kroekel) Kochalka; a sister, Theresa Gruber; four children, Jane Quigley, John, Peter and James Kochalka. [photo]

Susan C. Dufresne, 51, of Cape Coral, Florida, died September 12, 2012. Born in Springfield, she graduated from Springfield High School in 1978. She attended Lyndon State College and graduated with honors from Johnson College in 1995. She attended New England School of Hair Design in Claremont, New Hampshire, and served as an instructor and school representative at various high schools in Vermont and New Hampshire while living in Springfield. In 1990, Sue joined her parents, Robert J. and Barbara H. Dufresne, who were living in Fort Myers, Florida, and stayed to live in Cape Coral. In addition to her parents, she is survived by three brothers, Robert E., David A. and William R. [photo]

Rosemarie Carr, 75, of Springfield, died September 3, 2012. She was born in Springfield, the daughter of Clifford and Marjorie (Bartley) Matthews. She graduated from Springfield High School and was employed for many years as a waitress at Rita’s in Bellows Falls and as an area Avon representative. Survivors include three children, Edward Merrill of Grafton, Priscilla Ross of Westminster and Arlene Sprague of Springfield; three sisters, Priscilla Delong of North Clarendon, Beverly Hobbs of Springfield and Genevieve Lowell of Chester.

Steven P. Farmer, 59, formerly of Springfield, died September 4, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of Russell J. and Joan (Hendrickson) Farmer. He attended Springfield schools, and graduated from Springfield High School, Class of 1971, and attended college in Potsdam, N.Y. He was employed as an electrical engineer in the Machine Tool industry, working at Bryant Grinder in Springfield, and most recently at Vermont Machine Tool in Springfield. Survivors include a son, Michael Farmer of Ludlow, and his parents of Springfield.

Lance A. Rogers Sr., 68, died on his birthday, August 27, 2012. He was born and raised in Ludlow. In Springfield, he was employed for over 21 years as a truck driver and production worker at Idlenot Dairy and also worked at Acrylic Design and Vermont Country Foods. Survivors include two children, Lorraine Bargfrede of Baltimore and Lance Rogers Jr. of Springfield. [photo]

Louis Andrews, 95, of Springfield, died Aug. 23, 2012. He was born in Lawrence, Mass. He worked for the Post Office for many years. He was the assistant postmaster in Springfield and Bellows Falls before retiring. He was active in the Congregational Church and Masons and volunteered at Springfield Hospital. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Helen; three children, Peter, David and Susan.

Douglas W. Chase, 68, of Acton, Mass., died August 20, 2012 . He was born in Rutland. He was employed by Edwards & Kelcey in Boston as a civil engineer for 35 years. He enjoyed genealogical research, publishing four books. Survivors include a sister in Springfield, Vt., Miriam Stringham.

Louise M. Page, 95, of Springfield, died Aug. 20, 2012. She was born in Springfield, the daughter of Lawrence and Ellen (Murchie) Grover. She graduated in 1935 from Springfield High School and married Walden F. Page in 1939. Mrs. Page was employed in the accounting department at S.R. Young’s in Springfield for several years. She had also worked as a store clerk at Cantor Shoe Store and Paul’s Economy in Springfield. Survivors include three children, Rodney Page of Springfield, David Page of Baltimore, Md., and Candace Cook of Chester; two sisters, Leona King and Joyce Hill, both of Springfield.

Beulah Fournier , 88, of Springfield, died August 6, 2012. She was born in Rutland and attended Ripton area schools. She was employed at Browns Novelty Co. in East Middlebury and later at New Departure Mfg. in Bristol, Conn. Survivors include her husband, Arthur Fournier Sr. of Springfield, and four children, including Kathleen Mack of Baltimore, Vt.

Grace D. Hudkins, 90, of Chester, died July 25, 2012. She was born and raised in N.Y. state. Grace and her husband Freel purchased property in Chester in the ’60s, spending every summer there until they took up full-time residence in 1971. Grace was an accomplished knitter and owned and operated “The Needleworks,” a knitting and crafts store on Main Street in Springfield for many years. Grace also worked in Dr. Peter Weiss’s office and for Planned Parenthood in Springfield. She is survived by her four children including Christopher and his wife Lynn Kelley of Springfield.

Evelyn M. Martin, 92, of Perkinsville, died July 14, 2012. She was born in Nova Scotia. Ske graduated from Keene, N.H. High School. She married Sherman A. Martin in Marlborough, N.H. in 1938. In Springfield, Mrs. Martin was employed at Fellows Gear Shaper for several years as a clerk and at Wilson Jewelers for 10 years. Survivors include a daughter, Jan Rogers of Perkinsville. [photo]

Berniece M. “Niecie” Farnsworth, 91, of Springfield, died July 13, 2012. She was born in Bellows Falls, the daughter of Charles and Ruby (Leeman ) Willette. She attended schools in Windsor and Springfield, graduating from Springfield High School Class of 1938. She was married to Ralph L. Farnsworth, he predeceased her on July 6, 2012. She was employed as a pricing engineer for the Jones and Lamson Machine Tool Company in Springfield for 30 years, retiring in 1982. She is survived by two sons, Charles E. Capen of Springfield, and William A.Capen of Nashua, N.H.; one brother, Richard Willette of Springfield; one sister, Jeanne Sysko of Springfield. [photo]

John P. Augustinovich, 66, of Springfield, died July 13, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of Nicholas and Pamelia (Tarro) Augustinovich. He graduated from Springfield High School. He was employed in Assembly at the Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield for 35 years, and later worked at Shaws in Springfield. He is survived by his companion and caregiver, Alana Zuroy of Ludlow; and one sister, Teressa Ondre of Weathersfield.

Viola M. Losee, 81, of North Springfield, died July 10, 2012. She was born in Baltimore, Md., the daughter of Harold Turner and Hattie Snell, and attended Springfield area schools. She married James O. Losee in 1949, in North Springfield. Mr. Losee died in 2011. Mrs. Losee was employed as a practical nurse at the Hanson Court and Taylor nursing homes and later did private duty nursing in the area for many years. Survivors include five children, Peter Losee of North Springfield, Thomas Losee of Chester, Sharon Dexter, Laurel White, both of Griswold, Conn., and Teresa Sandeski of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada; and a brother, Harold Turner of North Springfield. [photo]   [Funeral details]

Francis P. Lynch Jr., 78, of Springfield, died July 5, 2012. He was born and raised in Rutland. Mr. Lynch served in the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry from 1953-1956 in Korea. He worked as a machine painter at Bryant Grinder in Springfield for 38 years. Survivors include his wife, Sara “Sally” (Price) Lynch; five children, Megan Dubanevich, David Lynch, both of Springfield, Connie Oscarson of Cavendish, Matthew Lynch of Lewiston, Maine, and James Lynch of Berkshire. [photo]

Leslie Bibens Von Bargen, 58, of North Springfield, died July 9, 2012. Leslie was born in Springfield, to Eric R. and Janet Bibens. Leslie married John Von Bargen, founder of Von Bargen’s Jewelry, in 1975, She is survived by her husband, and their two children John Von Bargen and Julie Thom. [photo]

Michael Wayne Mitchell, 46, of Springfield, died July 4, 2012. He was born in Springfield, Vermont, on July 17, 1965, and was the son of Patricia (Fullam) Mitchell. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1983. He married Heidi (Frutchey) Mitchell in 1984. Mike owned and operated Mitchell’s Auto Body, a successful auto restoration business. He leaves his mother and wife of Springfield, Vt.; his three sons, Luke and wife Josselyn of Chester, Vt., Joshua of Perkinsville, Vt., and Matthew of Springfield, Vt.

Ralph L. Farnsworth Sr. , 78, of Springfield, died July 6, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of Perley and Violet (Camley) Farnsworth. He attended Springfield schools and graduated from Springfield High School, Class of 1952. He served in the Marine Corps in Korea. Mr. Farnsworth was employed at Springfield Electroplating for more than 30 years. Survivors include a son, Ralph L. Farnsworth Jr. of Springfield; three daughters, Mary Solomon of Denver, N.C., Carol Stillwell of Chester, and Wendy Acerno of Westmoreland; three brothers, Robert Farnsworth and Raymond Farnsworth, both of Springfield, and Russell Farnsworth of Chester; two sisters, Doris Nelson of Springfield, and Kathryn Cannistraci of Bennington.

Doris Marie “Connie” (Cyrs) Wetherell , of Brattleboro, died July 2, 2012. She was born and raised in Springfield in 1926, the daughter of Bert E. and Christine (Longe) Cyrs. Following her graduation from Springfield High School in 1944, she worked at Fellows Gear Shaper. In 1947, Doris married Kenneth G. Wetherell. The couple settled in Brattleboro where they raised four children who survive her. [photo]

Gerald W. McNally, 72, of Springfield, died June 28, 2012. He was born and raised in Maine. He later graduated from Burdett College in Massachusetts. Mr. McNally was a truck driver for many years. He moved to Springfield in 1976.

Leroy R. Davis, 64, of Ludlow, died June 26, 2012. He graduated from Springfield High School and earned an accounting degree from Castleton State College. Mr. Davis served as manager of several Proctorsville and Ludlow area banks. He was active in real estate sales and rental business, building construction and remodeling, as well as several other enterprises.

James T. Conniff, 57, of Springfield, died June 23, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of James H. Jr. and Audrey (Roberts) Conniff. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1972. Mr. Conniff was employed as a carpenter, landscaper and dairy farm worker over the years, and also produced maple syrup.

Dana Reed Washburn, 90, formerly of Springfield, died on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Born in Nebraska, he moved to Windsor, Vt. with family at the age of ten. Dana joined the Navy in 1943 where he served in the submarine service. He married Norma Luby in 1947 and they settled in Springfield. Dana worked at Bryant Grinder Corp. for 43 years, retiring as a Pricing Estimator in 1984. He was very active in the United Methodist Church serving on various committees throughout the years.

Elaine Barbara (Spencer) Ransom, 87, of Rutland, died June 24, 2012. She was born and raised in Rutland. Right out of high school, Elaine was employed at Jones and Lamson in Springfield, later returning to Rutland. [photo]

Alice Belle (Phelps) Durovich, 84, died on June 16, 2012. She was born in Chittenden. She served 17 years as the executive director of the American Red Cross Springfield Chapter.

Semah Unterman, 92, of Belmont, Vt., died June 12, 2012. Semah was born in New York City. She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School (1937) and Brooklyn College (1941) with B.S. and M.S. degrees in English and Education. Semah was principal of the Park Street School in Springfield from 1971-1982 and was Vermont Elementary Principal of the Year in 1980. She was also a Mount Holly selectman (1983-1986). [photo]

Malcolm Lawrence “Bud” Russell, 76, of Idaho Falls, ID, died June 11, 2012. He was the son of Lawrence and Eunice Russell and grew up in Springfield, where he graduated from high school in 1954 as the state javelin champion, member of the state championship baseball team and a four-sport varsity-letterman. He graduated from University of Vermont in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After Bud completed his service with the U.S. Air Force in 1960, Bud and his wife Kacia moved to Idaho Falls, where he was employed as an engineer at the Idaho Nuclear Engineering Laboratory.[photo]

Gertrude Mary Abbott, 77, of Springfield, died May 29, 2012. Born in Holland, Vt., she worked at Hanson Court for many years and retired in 2004 from Springfield Health & Rehabilitation. Survivors include four children, Paul Dane of Indialantic, Fla., Barbara Townes of North Springfield, Beverly Start of Rockingham and Joyce Jackson of Springfield. [photo]

Russell H. McCormack, 80, of Springfield, died May 21, 2012. He was born in Springfield,the son of Ernest L. and Florence A. (Holt) McCormack. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1949 and attended Keene State College. He was employed as a cost accountant at Bryant Grinder in Springfield, a milkman with Idlenot Dairy, manager of the Springfield Sherwin Williams store for 26 years and owner/operator of McCormack Place of Color for over 15 years. Survivors include his wife June and a sister, Joyce Waite, both of Springfield; four children, Lawrence McCormack of Springfield, Laura Barrows of Corinth, Betty Losavio of North Springfield and Arlene Bailey of Amherst, Va.

Bonnie A. Lester, 61, of Springfield, died May 19, 2012. She was born and raised in Kenosha, Wis. Mrs. Lester worked from her home as a crafter and designer. Survivors include her husband Robert of Springfield.

Patricia A. Stokes, 70, of Springfield, died May 15, 2012. She was born July 29, 1941, in Hanover, N.H. She worked at Fellows Gearshaper, Ames and the Springfield Hospital. Survivors include a son, James A. Stokes of Springfield.

Katherine R. Miller, 61, of Weathersfield, died May 5, 2012. She was the daughter of Allen and Laura (Emery) Miller. She attended school in Weathersfield, and graduated from Springfield High School. Her college education included a bachelor’s degree from Castleton State College, a master’s degree from Middlebury College, and a doctorate from the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. She was employed as a teacher by the Community High School of Vermont. She also taught at Springfield High School for many years.

Janice C. Phelan, 70, of Perkinsville, died May 16, 2012. She was born and raised in Queens, N.Y. For the past 30 years, she owned and operated Gulf Pond Trees, a Christmas tree farm. She worked as a para professional in the Weathersfield school system and per diem at Springfield Hospital. [photo]

Helvi (Suojanen) Ahola, 84, of Kingston, Mass., died May 8, 2012. She was born in Springfield, Vt., the daughter of Waino I. and Milma (Lindroos) Suojanen. She was an honor graduate of Chester High School and Burbank Hospital School of Nursing in Fitchburg, Mass. Mrs. Ahola worked as a registered nurse for many years in Massachusetts. She was predeceased by seven siblings. [photo]

Milton J. “Milty” Clark, 85, of Springfield, died May 13, 2012. Born in Springfield, the son of Percy E. and Mildred M. (Goings) Clark. He graduated from Springfield High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Doris Snide in 1966. He retired after 47 years as a machinist and setup man at Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Co. in Springfield, traveling to set up and run new machines. Survivors include four children, Donna Albanese of Johnstown, N.Y., Patricia, Marilyn and Ronald Clark, and stepson Frederick Clark, all of Springfield

Jean A. St. Lawrence, 86, of Swanton, died May 10, 2012. Jean was born and raised in Bellows Falls. Survivors include her sisters Ruth Wright and Marion Fournier, both of Springfield. [photo]

Lorraine C. Young, 82, formerly of Springfield, died May 8, 2012. Born and raised in Claremont, N.H., Lorraine resided for most of her life in Springfield, spending winters in Venice, Fla., and summers in Wells, Maine, since 1990. She is survived by her husband, Francis A. Young of Venice, Fla.; two sons, William F. Young and his wife Sara of Wells, Maine, and Mark E. Young and his wife Mary of El Dorado, N.M.; one daughter, Lori Young Barlow and her husband Ken of Williston, Vt. [photo]

Donald R. Turco, 70, of Rutland, died May 2, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of Ross and Helen (Clokey) Turco. Donald was co-owner and operator of Turk’s Auto Body Inc. with his son John, retiring in 2007. [photo]

Robert W. “Bob” Webbe, 98, of Ossipee, N.H., died May 1, 2012. He was born and raised in New Jersey. In 1940, he and his wife Georgetta moved to Springfield where he worked at Jones and Lamson Machine Tool Co. until he retired in 1975.

Edith Fisher Hunter, 92, of Weathersfield, died April 28, 2012. Edith was a writer, historian, homesteader and a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. She and her late husband Armstrong Hunter published the Weathersfield Weekly, a local paper, from 1971 to 1986.[photo]

Helen E. Wescott, 87, died April 25, 2012. Born and raised in N.H., she was employed in the housekeeping department at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, N.H., for more than 30 years. Survivors include a son, Walter Wescott of Springfield.

Richard A. Spence (Dick), age 94, of Springfield, died April 23, 2012. He was born and raised in the Lynn, Mass. area where he worked for GE for 44 years, starting with a salary of 29¢ an hour. In 1980, he and his wife moved to Springfield, building on their son's farmland here. He worked for Kelley Chrysler as a driver well into his 80s. Survivors include his son Dr. Richard J. Spence and his wife Trish of Springfield. [photo]

Arnold “Arnie” E. Howe of Taftsville, died peacefully April 19, 2012, on his 82nd birthday. He was born in Springfield, on a 500-acre farm where his parents Edward and Hazel (LaCrosse) Howe raised him. Arnie graduated from Springfield High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He spent 33 years in the active Army Reserves. He married Shirley A. Knapp in 1954, and together they moved to Shelburne, VT, for two years while Arnie attended UVM, graduating in 1956 with a B.S. in Agriculture. In July of 1956 he began his teaching career within the Woodstock School system, where he taught until his retirement in 1993. [photo]

James Harrison “Jim” Todd, 62, of Rock Hill, S.C., died April 14, 2012. Mr. Todd was born in Springfield, Vt., the son of Harrison and Louise Little Todd of Perkinsville. He was a graduate of Springfield High School, York County Technical College and Winthrop University. Mr. Todd was the owner and operator of J. H. Todd Payroll Service in Rock Hill, S.C. Survivors include a brother Michael Todd of Perkinsville. [photo]

Charlotte “Mazie” Jackman, 87, of Springfield, died April 10, 2012. She was born and raised in Rutland. Mrs. Jackman was employed as a housekeeper in Springfield homes and also worked at the Belmar Restaurant for many years.

Sandra Gosselin, 73, of Springfield, died April 14, 2012. She was born in Springfield, the daughter of George and Amy (Boyce) Balch, and attended local schools. Mrs. Gosselin was a mother and homemaker. She worked at Vermont Research and Miltope in Springfield for many years. Survivors include two siblings, Kenneth Balch and Shirley Lambert, both of Springfield.

Kathleen M. Rose, 58, of Cavendish, died April 12, 2012. She was born in Springfield, the daughter of the late Everett and Rose Jolley. Kathy graduated from the Green Mountain Union High School and was employed the past few years at LaValley’s in Ludlow.[photo]

Rachel E. McCarthy, 83, of North Springfield, died April 8, 2012. She was born and raised in Massachusetts. Mrs. McCarthy was an avid bowler and a member of Springfield Plaza Bowling League, Springfield Bowling Hall of Fame and State of Vermont Bowling Hall of Fame. She was a volunteer cook for the Green Mountain Softball League. She also enjoyed volunteering and attending Adult Day in Springfield. Survivors include two sons, Mike McCarthy of Chester and John McCarthy Sr. of Springfield.

Phyllis J. Legac, 79, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., died April 5, 2012. She was born in Springfield, the daughter of Harvey and Dorothy (Herrick) Barr. She received her schooling in Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School. Survivors include a son in Baltimore, Vt., Jeffery Currie.

Raymond N. Streeter, 100, formerly of Springfield, died April 6, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of Harry L. and Lena C. (Nevins) Streeter. He graduated from Springfield High School co-operative course in 1929. Mr. Streeter was employed at Jones and Lamson Machine Tool Company in Springfield. After serving his apprenticeship he operated many different machines and held various positions in Time Study and Process Engineering. He was promoted to manager of manufacturing in 1953, and retired from that position in 1976 after 50 years of service. Mr. Streeter was one of the founding members of the Crown Point Country Club, and chairman of the Springfield Home Show. [photo]

Raymond A. Ellis, 85, of Weathersfield, died April 3, 2012. Born in Connecticut, Ray moved to Vermont in 1957. In 1960 Ray, his wife Eleanor and son Walter completely renovated the Avon Theatre in downtown Springfield. The Ellis Theatre was owned and operated by them for the next forty-four years.

Sharon Ann (Ferguson) Keefe, 55, of Rutland, died April 4, 2012. Sharon worked for Grand Union for 30 years, most of them in Springfield, prior to moving back to Rutland in 2004. Survivors include her parents, Raymond and Ruth (Peterson) Ferguson, her sons, Shawn Keefe, Ryan Keefe and his fiancée Bethany Cass and his daughter Lillyaunna, all of Springfield. [photo]

Richard F. Jennings, 83, of Springfield, died April 1, 2012. He was born in Somerville, Mass. grew up in Nashua, N.H. Survivors include his wife, Annette Colburn Jennings; three children, Christina, Stanley and David. [photo]

Nelson “Hop” Douglas, 85, of North Springfield, died March 29, 2012. Born in Manchester, Vt., He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was employed by Mack Molding in Arlington, Vt., and Springfield Plumbing and Heating where he retired after more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Nellie (Baker) Douglas, whom he married in 1949 in Springfield; two daughters, Dianne (Thomas) Baird and Denise (Gary) Chase.

Fred M. Mathews, 74, of North Springfield, died Monday, March 26, 2012. Born and raised in New Bedford, Mass., Fred earned a BS degree in psychology at Southeastern Mass. Univiversity. In his early years he worked in live stage acting, directing and film production. He and his wife moved to North Springfield in 1996 where he was employed by Vocational Rehabilitation as a job search advisor. Survivors include his wife Barbara.

Aune M. Currie, 90, of Springfield, died March 29, 2012. Born and raised in Andover, she and her husband Robert lived in Springfield for many years. She was employed as a secretary at Bryant Grinder Corporation and later at Riverside Middle School in Springfield, and also worked as a one-on-one tutor. Survivors include two sons, Steven A. Currie of Rutland, and Stuart A. Currie of Chester; a daughter, the Rev. Susan C. Church of Springfield.

Mary Agatha Pluta Robinson, 89, of Springfield, died March 27, 2012. Born and raised in Ludlow, she graduated as a registered nurse in 1945 from Worcester (Mass.) City Hospital. Mrs. Robinson was employed at Springfield Hospital until retiring in 1988.

Betty Pierce Bishop, 86, of Newport, died on March 22, 2012. Betty graduated from Middlebury High School in 1943 and then entered nurses’ training at Rutland Hospital. She worked at the Mary Fletcher and Springfield hospitals and later at Bel-Aire Nursing Home in Newport, Vt. [photo]

Dorothy S. Putnam, 90, of Mansfield, Mass., died Friday, March 23, 2012. She was born in Springfield, the daughter of Milton and Julia (Burton) Slater. She attended Springfield schools and graduated from Springfield High School as class valedictorian in 1939. She graduated from Deaconess Nursing School in Boston, Mass., and entered the U.S. Army, serving as an Army nurse during World War II. Mrs. Putnam lived most of her adult life in Massachusetts.

Marjory E. Putnam, 99, of Chester, died March 20, 2012.
Marjory worked for 30 years at Springfield Hospital until her retirement in 1989.

Robert Calvin Farrar Jr., 66, of Ludlow, died March 20, 2012. He was born on March 2, 1946, in Springfield, the son of Robert C. and Margaret (Briggs) Farrar Sr. He had been employed as a farmer and logger for many years prior to becoming employed by Charles Shackleton Furniture. Survivors include two sons, Robert Farrar and his fiancée Ashlee of Rutland and Travis Farrar of Springfield; and his mother, Margaret of Springfield.

Mathew D. Sheehan, 90, of Cavendish, died March 9, 2012. Mr. Sheehan retired in 1983 from Jones and Lamson Machine Tool Co. (J&L) in Springfield. After retirement, he was a night watchman there. In earlier years, he worked on the railroad and later at Lovejoy Precision Cutting Tools. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Margaret “Peg” Sheehan; three children, Stephen and Audrey Fletcher, both of Springfield, and Rae Andrews of Brattleboro.

Marion A. Baker, 79, of Springfield, died March 8, 2012. Born in South Woodbury, Vt., the daughter of Amelia and Henry Lilley. She attended schools in South Woodbury and Springfield, and graduated in 1951. She is survived by her husband, Ronnie; her children, Ronald (Carri) of Bethel, Bruce(Gail) of Bellows Falls, and Karen Beardsley of Springfield.

Beatrice Prior Towsley of North Port, Fla, died March 6, 2012. Bea was born in Springfield. In 1977 Bea earned her LPN license from New Haven Technical College and was employed at RRMC in the pediatric care unit. In 1987 she received her real estate license and worked for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. She moved to North Port, FL, in 1996.

Agnes B. Crosier, 88, died March 4, 2012. She was born in North Springfield, the daughter of Clarence and Beatrice (Whitcomb) Bryant. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1941 and from Gifford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Randolph in 1945. Mrs. Crosier worked at Springfield Hospital. Survivors include her husband Bernard Crosier of North Springfield; four children, Candice Fortier of Richford, Wayne Crosier of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Ernest Crosier of Chester and Lon Crosier of Woodbridge, Va. [photo]

Judith Arlene “Jude, Judy” Nelson, 66, of Sheffield, Mass., died on February 7, 2012. She was born in Springfield, Vt., the daughter of James and Ruth Nelson. Judith was tremendously talented and professionally accomplished as an artist. She specialized in the illustration and design of children's books, greeting cards and product packaging. Click here to view examples.

Grace Louise Stevens Rice, age 88, died on March 1, 2012. She graduated Springfield High School in 1941, then entered Mary Fletcher School of Nursing in Burlington. After graduation, she moved back to Springfield and worked at Springfield Hospital in the operating room. After several years, she became a school nurse in the Springfield School District. Later she joined the Visiting Nurses where she worked until she retired. [photo]

Gertrude Dorothy Harris, 84, of Windsor, died March 1, 2012. She was born in Springfield, the daughter of Harold Raymond and Mildred Dorothy (Clogston) Harris. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1946. Ms. Harris spent several years working on the Westney Farm in Springfield. She was later employed at the Roger Putnam farm in Springfield. She was a volunteer for Springfield Area Adult Day Care.

Jerry Wayne Rock, 49, of Springfield, died Saturday, February 25, 2012. Born in Oklahoma, he moved to Springfield in 1980. Survivors include several family members in the Mid-West and his best friend, Martin Bursque of Springfield. [photo]

Raymond J. Nymalm, 87, of Springfield, died February 15, 2012. Born and raised in Oregon, he graduated from New York University. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was employed as a teacher in Chester and Ludlow for several years. He was a former commander with the VFW, a member of the Masonic Lodge and a volunteer with the Springfield Meals on Wheels program.

Henry L. Hood, M.D., 90, of Exeter, N.H., died Saturday, February 18, 2012. Dr. Hood was born in Springfield, Vermont, the son of Roxie L. (Page) and Paul Kendall Hood, Sr. His family eventually settled in and around Laconia, N.H. A graduate of Cornell Medical College, he began a career in neurosurgery in 1957. In 1974, he was named President of Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Penn. where he served as C.E.O. until his retirement in 1991.

Nicki D. Farren, 47, of Springfield, died February 23, 2012. She was born in Westfield, Mass., the daughter of Edward E. and Sandra (Schach) Wilson. She graduated from Springfield High School, class of 1982. She was employed as a supervisor with Mack Molding in Cavendish, where she had been employed for the past 30 years. She was also employed part-time with the Rockingham Veterinary Clinic in Rockingham for several years. Survivors include a daughter, Lyndsay Ayer of Mount Holly; her father, Edward Wilson, and stepmother, Ruth Wilson, of Baltimore; her devoted companion, Donald Gurney Jr. of Springfield.

Marjorie H. “Mardy” Hinkley, 85, of Springfield, died February 22, 2012. Mrs. Hinkley was employed as switchboard operator at Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield for many years. She also worked as an Avon and a Stanley Home Products representative for several years. Survivors include her husband George A. “Joe” Hinkley and a son, Douglas Hinkley, both of Springfield. [photo]

Harry N. Streeter, 71, of Rutland, died February 21, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of Raymond and Elsie (Putnam) Streeter. He was in the class of 1958 in Springfield High School and also attended Northeastern University in Boston. He worked for Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield following high school and again, after military service in the U.S.Army. He later was owner/operator of Streeter’s TV and Audio Service in Springfield and of Beardsley TV in Rutland. Survivors include his wife, Lynne (Shand) of Rutland; two daughters, Sara Streeter of Weathersfield and Betsy Kelly of Williamstown.[photo]

John F. Hinds, 86, of Springfield, died February 18, 2012. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1944 while serving in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Pasadena in the Pacific. After discharge, he received a mechanical engineering degree in 1951 from the University of Vermont. Mr. Hinds was a sales engineer with Jones & Lamson working out of the Chicago and Lexington, Mass., office; an engineer at Hamel Dahl in Warwick, R.I.; at Waterbury Farrell out of the Jones & Lamson plant. Survivors include three children, Scott and Kathleen Hinds, both of Springfield, and Sherry Goings of Weathersfield. [photo]

Beverly E. Harris, 82, of Walpole, N.H., died February 19, 2012. She was born in Claremont N.H., the daughter of Floyd and Miriam (Haskell) Young. She was a graduate of Springfield High School. Mrs. Harris worked for Jones and Lamson in Springfield. Survivors include her husband, Harold Edmund Harris of Walpole; two children, Dennis Harris of Vernon, Vt., and Dianne Fontaine of North Springfield, Vt. of a brother, Kenneth Young of Weathersfield, Vt.

Edward John Carleton, age 63, of Brandon, died February 16, 2012. Ed was born in Springfield on February 16, 1949. He was the son of Michael and Jessie (Johnson) Carleton. Ed had worked as a machinist for General Electric for many years, retiring in 2009. He served honorably in the United States Army, as a medical corpsman.[photo]

Brian Patrick Templeton, 66, of Springfield, died February 16, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of Edward L. and Josephine (Avicolli) Templeton. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1963. Mr. Templeton served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1967. He was employed as a police officer with the Charlestown, N.H., Police Department, Springfield Police Department and Sullivan County Sherriff’s Department in Claremont, N.H., retiring in 2007. Survivors include two sisters, Margaret Smith and Virginia LaBonte, both of Springfield.

Bradford W. Coyle, 58, of Springfield, died Dec. 31, 2011. He was born in Springfield, the son of Wallace and Doris (LaRue) Coyle. He was a graduate of Springfield High School and he served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mr. Coyle was employed as a machinist at Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield for many years. Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia and Samantha Coyle of Chester.

Ralph E. Jordan, of East Greenwich, RI., died on January 31, 2012. Rev. Jordan was pastor of the Advent Christian Church in North Springfield from 1963 to 1970.

Elsie E. Butler, of Venice, Fla., died on February 4, 2012. Mrs. Butler was a graduate of Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, N.H. She was also a graduate of the Harvard Medical School in physical therapy. She and her husband William made their home in Springfield, Vt., as well as Killington, Vt.

Gary A. Gosselin, 59, of Claremont, N.H., died Tuesday, February 7, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of Leonard and Constance (Snide) Gosselin and had been a lifetime area resident. Gary was a self-employed construction worker. Survivors include three brothers, Dick Gosselin, Springfield, VT; Bob Gosselin, Charlestown, N.H.; Ron Gosselin, Springfield, VT; two sisters, Judy Rumrill, Proctorsville, VT; Debbie Madigan, Wheeling, IL.

Katherine Lynch Herrick, 94, of Springfield, died February 6, 2012. She graduated from Springfield High School and Keene (N.H.) State College. Mrs. Herrick taught school in New Hampshire, Vermont and Connecticut. [photo]

Arthur R. "Bud" Ballard, 90, of North Springfield, died February 5, 2012. He was employed as a heat treat engineering technician at Fellows Gear Shaper for 32 years, retiring in 1983. Survivors include his wife Marion of North Springfield; a daughter, Brenda Streeter of Snowflake, Ariz.

Euleta Veysey, 68, of Port Orange, Fla., died December 29, 2011. She was born in Springfield, Vt., the daughter of Wilmot “Bill” and Arlene Gould Veysey. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1961. She moved to Hartford, Conn., and worked as a supervisor at The Hartford Insurance Co., where she was employed for almost 20 years. After moving back to Springfield she took a job at the State of Vermont Department of Labor and Industry until retiring in 2006. Survivors include an aunt, Olavene Haas of Springfield.

Margo L. Rose, 66, of Springfield, died January 31, 2012. She worked as a paralegal in California, New Hampshire and Vermont. She was employed with Green Mountain Economic Development Group and for the past eight years, as a secretary with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Cardiology Department. Survivors include her husband Paul and her mother, Elizabeth Condos, both of Springfield; five siblings, including Linda Roodman of North Springfield.

Aurore Renaud Menard, 100, of Springfield, died January 29, 2012. Mrs. Menard was a member of St. Mary’s parish and choir, Catholic Daughters of America, and a founding member of St. Mary’s Altar Society. She was active at the Senior Center and named Springfield Senior Citizen of the Year in 1994. Survivors include five children and her caregiver Denis Menard. [photo]

Rosemarie A. Ratti, 64, of Springfield, died January 28, 2012. Mrs. Ratti worked at the Springfield Town Library, beginning as a library aide in 1986 and retired as the children’s librarian in 2005. In earlier years, she was employed at Salomon Brothers and Bowker Publishers in New York, as secretary to the Bellows Falls Union High School principal and with the State of Vermont Department of Employment. Survivors include her husband, Jon Ratti of Springfield. [photo]

Geneva V. Clough Burke, 89, of Springfield, died January 28, 2012. Mrs. Burke worked for many years in Springfield at Britts Department Store, later known as Ames Department Store, retiring in 1987. She is survived by six children, including Brian Clough of Springfield.

Gladys M. Childs, 96, of Clearwater, FL, died January 26, 2012. She married Melvin A. Childs of Springfield in 1937, and lived in Springfield until 1962, when they then moved to Rutland. Survivors include 3 daughters, Patricia Mitchell and her husband William A. Mitchell, and Elizabeth Phelps and her husband Charles Phelps, all of Springfield, VT, and Virginia Markle of Palm Harbor, Fla.

Hazel C. Gorsky, 92, of Springfield, died Tuesday, January 24, 2012. She was employed as a housekeeper for several families in the Springfield area. She worked in the cafeteria at Springfield High School for many years, and the cafeteria at the Fellows Gear Shaper. She was named Springfield’s Senior of the Year in 2001, and received the Community People Award in 2002. Survivors include a son, William P. Gorsky of Chester and a daughter, Rosalie Ovitt of Reading.

Leroy C. Underwood, 80, of The Villages, Fla., and formerly of Springfield, died January 12, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of Clark and Ina (Kangas) Underwood, and graduated from Springfield High School in 1949 with a Journeyman Machinist license through the Jones and Lamson machine shop. He worked for Vermont Research Corp. and co-founded the Purchasing Association of Vermont. He and his wife founded Precision Contract Manufacturing in 1994. He founded the Springfield Flying Club. Survivors include his wife Dorothy; stepdaughter Karen Campbell of Brattleboro; stepson Brian Dana of Springfield.

Ralph R. Rogstad, 72, of Weathersfield, died January 25, 2012. He was born in Springfield, the son of Osmond and Elida (Dotterud) Rogstad. He was employed as a machinist at Bryant Grinder Corp. and Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield for many years. Survivors include a son, Christopher Rogstad of Weathersfield; a daughter, Erika Rogstad of Springfield; a brother, Ingwald Rogstad of North Springfield.

Gertrude F. Bean, 89, of Kingsport, Tenn., and formerly of Springfield, died January 21, 2012. She is survived by six children including Robert Bean of Baltimore, George Bean of Springfield.

Jesse L. Watkins, 97, of Charlestown, N.H., and formerly of Springfield, died January 15, 2012. Mr. Watkins worked as an auto body mechanic in the local Chevrolet and Plymouth Chrysler garage, retiring in 1980. He and John Curtin later planned and built the former Springfield Mobile Home Estates. Survivors include his wife Rosemary; a son, Richard Watkins of Rockingham.[photo]

Jean Anne Johnson, 86, of Chester, died January 21, 2012. Mrs. Johnson was employed as a machinist at Bryant Grinder Corp. and Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield during the war years. She was a mother and homemaker and after her husband died, she was employed at Servomation in North Springfield for several years. Survivors include three children, Gary Johnson, Theresa Stewart and Cynthia Hall, all of Chester.

Elva J. Ackley, 72, of Ellisburg, N.Y., died January 17, 2012. Elva was born in Walpole, N.H., a daughter to Addison and Elizabeth Perry Kendall. She graduated from high school in Springfield, VT. Elva married Robert Ackley in 1957, in Springfield. The couple owned and operated a dairy farm on Ellisburg for many years. Mrs. Ackley worked for the United States Postal Service for 18 years retiring in 2009. Survivors include her husband, five daughters, her sister Lora (Wayne) Wheelock, three brothers, Harrison Kendall, Jason Kendall , Orson Kendall, all of Baltimore, VT.
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Harold G. “Buster” Warner, Jr., 77, of Londonderry, died January 18, 2012. He was born in Chester, the son of Harold G. and Margaret J. (Eddy) Warner, and was a graduate of Springfield High School. Mr. Warner owned and operated Harold “Buster” Warner Excavation for many years, retiring in 1999. Survivors include step-son, Ricky Quimby of Springfield.

Kerry A. Stapleton, 69, of Perkinsville, died January 15, 2012. Kerry was born in Springfield, the son of the late Robert E. Stapleton and Lyla (Slade) Stapleton. Kerry graduated from Springfield High School in 1960. Kerry's past employers include Bryant Grinder, Town of Weathersfield as road foreman, and Jones and Lamson. Survivors include his three children, daughter Barbara Ingalls and her husband Jeffrey of Perkinsville, daughter Susan (Stapleton) Shumski and her husband Michael of Springfield, Raymond Stapleton and wife Lisa (Roberts) of Perkinsville and his soul mate, Kay Ryan of Springfield. [photo]

Madeline E. Rogers Parker Quimby, 75, of Weathersfield, died January 14, 2012. Survivors include five children, Catherine Bosworth, of Charlestown, N.H., Frank Parker, of Lebanon, N.H., William Parker, of Springfield, Susan Pringle, of Port Orchard, Wash., and Ray Parker, of Unity, N.H.

Alexander "Alex" Greer Jr., 71, of Springfield, died January 13, 2012. He graduated in 1958 from Springfield High School, where he was enrolled in the Co-op Machine Tool Course, and worked at the Fellows Gear Shaper. Mr. Greer retired in 2002 after 30-plus years' employment at Lovejoy Tool Co. in Springfield. He was also the cross-country coach in Springfield for 11 years. Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Kelly) Greer of Springfield.

Ryan J. Williams, 23, formerly of Westminster West, died January 10, 2012. He was born in Springfield, VT, the son of Roy and Tresa (Farnsworth) Williams. He was employed as an assistant manager with Walgreens Pharmacy. [photo]

Stella M. Ahern, 87, of Springfield, died January 8, 2012. She was born in Springfield, the daughter of Carl and Mary (Delgirno) Moore. She graduated from Springfield High School at the top of her class in 1943. Mrs. Ahern worked in payroll at Jones and Lamson Machine Tool Co. in Springfield and retired in 1983 after 40 years of service. Survivors include a brother-in-law, Gordon Marcotte, and caregivers, Scott and Dee Richardson, all of Springfield.

Tammi Jean DeZaine Klunder, 47, of Springfield, died on Jan. 7, 2012. Mrs. Klunder was a homemaker and enjoyed the country. Survivors include her husband, Steven Klunder; her father Frederick DeZaine; three brothers, Fred and Michael DeZaine, and Gary Prouty; four sisters, Crystal and Michelle DeZaine, Sharon McDonough and Haley Batchelder [photo]

Paul L. Sylvia, 68, of Ocala, Fla., died January 2, 2012. Born in Hartford, Conn., he graduated from Springfield High School in 1961 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Scott Martin Turco, 46, of Mount Holly, died January 9, 2012. He was born March 25, 1965, in Springfield, the son of Daniel and Shirley (Martin) Turco. Mr. Turco was employed as a service technician with the family business, Dan Turco and Sons Yamaha in North Clarendon.

Miriam Abrahamovich, 83, of Springfield, died December 16, 2011. She was born November 24, 1928, in Springfield, Vt., the daughter of Guy O. and Ellen (Davis) Wescott. She attended Springfield schools and graduated from Springfield High School class of 1946. Miriam was employed as executive secretary at the Fellows Gear Shaper, the Hartness House Inn and at Springfield Local Telephone Co. as executive secretary.

Phyllis F. Burns, 91, formerly of Springfield, died Jan. 5, 2012.

Marion W. Grout, 91, of Springfield, died January 5, 2012. She was employed at the Springfield Hospital as a receptionist and darkroom technician in the radiology department for 24 years, retiring in 1982.
Survivors include three daughters, Beverly Clark of Perkinsville, Yvonne McNeil of Springfield, and Brenda Waysville of Grafton. [photo]

Kenneth Carroll Baker, 99, of North Springfield, January 2, 2012. Ken grew up in the Granville, N.Y.-Pawlet, VT, area. He started working at Idlenot Dairy in North Springfield in 1942 as their first employee as a route driver delivering milk. He later worked as the dairy foreman and stayed until his retirement. He is survived by his son, Ronald Baker, and wife Marion, and his daughter, Carol Koledo, and her husband Fred, all of Springfield.



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