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The next native college students have been honored for educational achievement in the course of the spring 2022 semester at Northern Vermont College: Tysea Kurjiaka and Eva Paré of Londonderry, and Laura Gypson of Williamsville have been named to the President’s Record. Named to the Dean’s Record have been Gregory Fitzgerald and Samantha Martin of Brattleboro, Johannah Parker of Grafton, Ariel Rose of Londonderry, and Joseph Rafus of Whitingham.


• Robert H. “Bob” Boudreau, 94, of Guilford. Died Aug. 20, 2022 at Thompson Home, the place he had been a resident for the previous two weeks, following a interval of declining well being. He was born in Webster, Mass. on March 17, 1928, the son of Richard and Evelina (Torrangeau) Boudreau. He was raised in Cambridge, Vt. and educated in Jeffersonville, ultimately transferring to Brattleboro. He went on to proudly serve his nation throughout World Conflict II within the Navy. He was stationed in Virginia and took half in army operations in Europe. Bob labored most of his profession as a pressman and employed at The Guide Press in Brattleboro for a few years. He owned and operated a number of Brattleboro companies together with his spouse, Helen, that included Duke’s Deli and Dwelling Consolation Motel & Cabins, in addition to a number of rental properties. Born and raised Catholic, Bob was a lifelong communicant of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church. He loved the outside, searching, fishing and tenting together with his spouse, Helen. The couple traveled throughout the USA, in addition to visiting a number of provinces in Canada. On Aug. 20, 1949, at St. Michael’s Church, he married Helen Payments. His trustworthy and devoted spouse of almost 73 years predeceased him on June 11, 2022. Survivors embrace his son, Robb M. and spouse Laura Boudreau of Guilford, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and plenty of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by daughters Wendi Mackin and Cindi Rathbun; brothers Arthur, Albert, Rudolph, Edward, and Paul; and sisters, Eleanor, Rose, and Mae. Memorial info: Graveside committal providers with full army honors will probably be performed Friday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m., within the household lot in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery on Orchard Road the place he will probably be laid to relaxation beside his beloved spouse. Donations to Associates of Veterans, 28 Farmvu Drive, Suite 3, White River Junction, VT 05001, or fovvtnh.org. To ship condolences to the household, go to atamaniuk.com.

• Billie Mae (Johnson) Manley, 90, of Hinsdale, N.H. Died peacefully, along with her household by her facet, on Aug. 12, 2022. She was born in Fort Value, Texas on July 31, 1932 to Nona Hazel (Farmer) and Edward Johnson. She was married to David A Manley, who died in 2012. She is survived by her three youngsters and their spouses: Robert and Patricia Manley of Enfield, Conn., Marc Manley of Brattleboro, and Jody and Matt Garland of Hinsdale. She can also be survived by her sister, Susan and her husband, Kevin Underwood, of Palmyra, Maine. She was predeceased by siblings Eleanor Pomeroy and Phillip Boyd. She was blessed with seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and plenty of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Billie Mae was an unbiased working lady who had her personal CPA enterprise. She additionally labored for the Beech Bend amusement park in Bowling Inexperienced, Ky., when Ronnie Millsap’s group owned it. She was a giant fan of his. She labored at Ker Funeral Dwelling in Brattleboro for 15 years and was revered and liked by her co-workers. Billie Mae was additionally a magistrate and facilitated the marriages of her youngsters and grandchildren together with many others. Her door was at all times open and he or she was also known as “Ma Manley” by many. A widely known household story was that when she was younger, she was at a bar along with her mom and Bing Crosby gave her a child doll (clearly, there have been no little one safety legal guidelines within the Nineteen Thirties). She devoted 70 years to the Bingham Chapter #30, Order of the Jap Star, in Brattleboro. She served as a Star Level Esther; Conductress; Chaplain, Affiliate Matron, Worthy Matron, Secretary, Grand Consultant to Mississippi in Vermont, and District Deputy Grand Matron of District 1. Different pursuits included karaoke and the love of being outdoor. She belonged to the Pisgah Mountain snowmobile membership, and the entice taking pictures membership. She additionally loved driving on the again of a motorbike whereas studying a ebook. Books have been her ardour; she had hundreds and liked to share them. Different hobbies included, knitting, stitching, crafts and going to Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. She additionally had a tender spot for animals, particularly canines. She was very concerned with ancestry and will hint her household again to the pioneer days, and loved tenting along with her household. Billie Mae was a frequent customer on the Hinsdale Walmart, she favored to go to with everybody she noticed there, even when she didn’t know them. Because of her declining well being, it was a tragic day when it grew to become too troublesome for her to drive and he or she may now not do her stroll (train) round Walmart at evening. After transferring from Hinsdale to Alpine Rehabilitation & Nursing Heart in Winchester, she nonetheless stored energetic with coloring artwork books that she shared with everybody. Her footage have been displayed on the Greenback Common the place she left many for all to take pleasure in. She spent her final 12 months at Alpine. Though her dementia took her reminiscences, it by no means took her spirit. Memorial info: Billie Mae’s burial service will probably be non-public. There will probably be a Celebration of Life on the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 54 Chickering Dr., Brattleboro, on Oct. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. All are welcome. Contributions could be despatched to Monadnock Humane Society, the place she adopted her trustworthy cat, Jack. To view a web based tribute or ship condolences to the household, or for extra info, go to phaneuf.internet.

• Ada Ruth Howe Pearson, 96, of South Londonderry. Died peacefully from pure causes on Aug. 19, 2022. Ada was born Feb. 5, 1926 on the household farm on Spring Hill Highway in South Londonderry. She was the final little one of the late Bert and Emma (Rhoades) Howe. Ada attended the 4 Corners College in South Londonderry via eighth grade. She went to the Londonderry Excessive College, which was on the present city workplace constructing, for 2 years after which attended Chester Excessive College. She graduated in 1944. In 1946, Ada married the love of her life, Charles “Crimson” Pearson. They have been married for almost 50 years, till Crimson’s dying. Ada and Crimson had six youngsters. Ada’s first job was for a household by the title of Logan, who owned a home previous Glebe View Cemetery. She labored in numerous positions within the hospitality business. When her youngsters got here alongside, she stayed at house. She retired within the Nineteen Nineties from The Londonderry Inn, the place she labored for a few years. In her later years, she loved volunteering on the Thrifty Attic. She was very happy with her work with this group. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, and spent many Saturday afternoons and evenings serving to with the church suppers, and serving to out all year long with numerous fundraisers. She was a member of the Loyal Women, a bunch that met for religious research, in addition to planning and working fundraisers for the church. Ada was an avid needlecrafter. She knit, sewed, quilted, embroidered, did needlepoint, and hooked rugs. She liked making particular items for her youngsters and grandchildren. Along with her husband, Ada was predeceased by her daughter, Bonnie Lee Pearson, and her son, Brian “Chuck” Pearson, and all of her siblings: Emery, Wallace, Seth, and Franklin “Buster” Howe, Thelma Howe, Phoebe Kimball, and Roberta Bendig. She is survived by her youngsters: Bruce Pearson (Donna Phelps) of Carbondale, Colo.; Barry Pearson (Cindy) of South Londonderry; Beverly Foster (Randy) of Londonderry; and Bettina (Tina) Labeau (Pierre), additionally of Londonderry; grandchildren Barry Pearson, Miranda Desilets, Renee Giroux, Beth Smith, Jennifer Lawrence, and Elizabeth Labeau; step-grandchildren Todd and Christopher Potvin; and 11 great-grandchildren and a number of other step-great-grandchildren. Memorial info: A service is deliberate for early October on the First Baptist Church, when all of her household could be collectively. To share a reminiscence or ship condolences to the household, go to atamaniuk.com.

• Jean G. Pollard, 92, of Keene, N.H. Died peacefully at her house on Aug. 14, 2022, after a short interval of declining well being. She was born in Springfield, Mass. on July 5, 1930, the primary of two daughters to the late Albert A. and Dorothy (Wells) Galipault, of Colrain, Mass. She attended grammar faculty in Colrain and graduated from Arms Academy in Shelburne Falls, Mass. in 1948. She married the love of her life, Ronald C. Pollard, on June 18, 1954. Throughout their marriage, Jean and Ron lived in Bennington, Brattleboro, Rutland, Greenfield, Mass, and Keene. Throughout these years, her employment included working for Kendall Mills in Colrain, OK Fairbanks, and JCPenney in Brattleboro, and New England Phone and Telegraph and The Ginger Tree in Rutland. Jean loved stitching, studying, puzzles, touring, dancing, and time spent with household. Jean is survived by her husband of 68 years; her sons Ronald L. Pollard (Daybreak), of Keene and Jeffrey A. Pollard (Carol), of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter Lorijean Baker, of Keene; grandchildren Evan Pollard (Emily), Nathan Hoon Pollard, Brittany Robles (Adam), Alyssa Dorman (Justin), Austin Baker, Ethan Baker, and Rory Longe, and nice grandchildren Addyson and Evelyn Pollard, AJ, Ezra, and Noah Robles, Sylvia Dorman, and Caleb Longe, in addition to a number of cousins, nieces, and nephews, and prolonged household and buddies, and by sister- and brother-in-law, Joyce and Roger Tower, with whom she was very shut. She was predeceased by her dad and mom, her sister and brother-in-law, Bertina and Frederick David Richardson, and a nephew, Dean Richardson. Memorial info: Donations in her reminiscence could also be made to: Hospice, P.O. Field 564, Keene, NH 03431, or St. Jude Youngsters’s Analysis Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To ship condolences to the household, go to cheshirefamilyfh.com.

• Raymond E. Putnam, 88, of Halifax. Died Aug. 17, 2022 at his house, surrounded by his household. Raymond was born on Dec. 29, 1933 in Colrain, Mass., the son of the late Charles and Annie (Burnett) Putnam. He attended native faculties, and Jacksonville Excessive College. Raymond labored as a logger and farmer for a few years and was the Highway Commissioner for the City of Halifax. He was a former member of the Halifax Hearth Division, and was properly referred to as a maple sugar producer. He was an avid hunter and loved trapping together with his father, and was a loyal Boston Crimson Sox and New England Patriots fan. Raymond is survived by his spouse, Laura “Susie” (Furlon) Putnam of Halifax, whom he married Might 26, 1956 in Readsboro; youngsters Jeff Putnam (Marylee), Lori Marchegiani and her associate Paul Poissant, and Timothy Putnam, all of Halifax; grandchildren Amber, Charles, Lora, Brian, Abigail, and Leah; and a number of other nice grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Memorial info: A graveside funeral providers was held Aug. 26 in Jacksonville Village Cemetery. Donations to the Halifax Hearth Firm or the Deerfield Valley Rescue Squad, in care of Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Dwelling, P.O. Field 215, Wilmington, VT 05363. To ship condolences, go to sheafuneralhomes.com.

• Jane Elizabeth Smith, 82, previously of Brattleboro. Died peacefully on Aug. 24, 2022 at Valley Cares in Townshend, the place she had been a resident for the previous two years. Jane was born in Bellows Falls on June 18, 1940, the daughter of Samuel and Gertrude (Fredette) Richards. She was raised and educated in Bellows Falls, graduating from Bellows Falls Excessive College in 1958. She went on to attend Boston Youngsters’s Hospital College of Nursing, receiving her RN license in 1961. Following nursing faculty, she was employed for a number of years on the former Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, N.H. Jane later labored as a phone operator for New England Phone, initially within the Bellows Falls workplace and later within the Brattleboro Primary Road workplace. She retired following greater than 20 years of trustworthy service with the cellphone firm. On Oct. 1, 1983, she married Stanley J. Smith, who predeceased her in 2020. Along with her husband, she was a communicant of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church. She had a fast wit and curious humorousness. Though not ready to participate in household occasions the previous couple of years, she liked to listen to tales about what was taking place in her nieces and nephews’ lives. Aside from her household, her biggest love have been her pets and, to her, they have been her youngsters. Survivors embrace her sister, Sally MacPhee (Tom) of Bellows Falls; her nephew, Scott MacPhee (Karen) of North Thetford; her niece that she lovingly known as “her lady,” Deborah Brown, (Alan) of Chester; stepsons Christopher Smith (Lori) of Deerfield, N.H., and Matthew Smith (Laurie) of East Granby, Conn.; step-grandchildren, Zachary and Bradley Smith; and a number of other nice nieces and nephews. Memorial info: Graveside committal rites and burial will probably be performed Thursday, Sept. 1, at 11 a.m., in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery, the place she will probably be laid to relaxation beside her husband. Donations to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Field 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302. To share condolences, go to atamaniuk.com.

• Shirley Ruth Strysko-Covey, 92, of Brattleboro. Died Aug. 16, 2022 at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, following an prolonged interval of declining well being. Shirley was born in Buckland, Mass., on Might 11, 1930, the daughter of Edward and Lena (Pelletier) Sommers. She was raised and educated in Buckland and was a graduate of Arms Academy in Shelburne Falls. Shirley labored most of her profession as a gross sales affiliate. She labored on the former Ames Division Retailer in Brattleboro for 18 years till the shop’s closure in 2002. Beforehand, she had been employed at King’s Division Retailer and the previous Large Retailer, then positioned on Flat Road in Brattleboro. A resident of Brattleboro since 1993, she beforehand resided in Turners Falls, Mass. She was happy with her religion and was a former communicant of Our Girl of Czestochowa Parish in Turners Falls. Shirley liked her house, gardening, favored to journey, and loved time spent along with her household. Shirley was first married to Myron Strysko, who predeceased her. In 1994, she married Wendell W. Covey, who predeceased her in 2010. Survivors embrace: one son, Myron Strysko, Jr. and spouse, Lorrie, of Groveland, Fla.; two daughters, Judith Dacyczyn and husband, Steve, of Buckland and Pamela Garland and her husband, Alvin, of Hookett, N.H.; stepson William Covey and spouse, Lynda, of Chapells, S.C.; stepdaughter, Patriciann Grover of Bernardston, Mass.; 5 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren, 4 step-great-great grandchildren, and plenty of nieces and nephews. Shirley was predeceased by one brother, Richard Sommers. Memorial info: Graveside committal rites and burial have been held Aug. 27 in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery, the place she was laid to relaxation beside her beloved husband. Donations to Grace Cottage Hospital, P.O. Field 1, 185 Grafton Rd., Townshend, VT 05353. To share a reminiscence or ship condolences to the household, go to atamaniuk.com.

• Stuart J. Wheelden III, 75, of Hinsdale, N.H. died peacefully Friday, August 19, 2022 within the consolation of his house following a interval of declining well being. Stuart was born in Keene, N.H., on June 9, 1947, the son of John E. and Rita (Capen) Wheelden. He was raised and educated in Brattleboro and graduated from Brattleboro Union Excessive College, Class of 1965. Following highschool he enlisted within the Military, serving in the course of the Vietnam Conflict. He was honorably discharged from energetic service in 1986. He was a member of the VFW, Carl M. Dessaint Put up #1034 in Brattleboro. Stuart had been employed as a printer working for C & S Wholesale Grocers in Brattleboro, becoming a member of the corporate in 1999. Beforehand, he had labored for Zinn Graphics in West Brattleboro and PIP Printing of Burlington. Stuart had a deep love for nature and the outside and particularly loved tenting. He was a “individuals individual” well-known for his spirit of friendship. On April 28, 1984, in Hinsdale, he was married to Bernita Chamberlin, who predeceased him on Aug. 31, 2021. Survivors embrace two sons, John E. Wheelden of Westfield, Mass., and Stuart Wheelden IV of Guilford; three daughters, Holly, Heather, and Hope; a stepson, Todd M. Web page of Rock Hill, S.C.; sisters Joanne Plansker of Hinsdale and Carol Moore of Putney; and a half-brother, John Wheelden, Jr. of Vernon. Moreover, he leaves a number of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his dad and mom and a daughter, Heidi. Memorial info: In line with Stuart’s last needs, there are not any formal funeral providers scheduled. He will probably be laid to relaxation beside his beloved spouse in West Brattleboro Cemetery on Mather Highway. Donations to VFW Carl Dessaint Put up 1034, P.O. Field 8233, Brattleboro, VT 05302, or Rescue, Inc., P.O. Field 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302. To share a reminiscence or ship condolences, go to atamaniuk.com.

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