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Carol Hoyt, 79, dedicated therapist loved gardening, performing

Carol Hoyt, 79, dedicated therapist loved gardening, performing

Carol Ann (Cummings) Hoyt died peacefully at home in April 19, 2019, surrounded by family.  She was born Dec. 20, 1939 in Los Angeles, Calif., to the Rev. Dr. Oliver and Edith Cummings. Mrs. Hoyt attended local schools and later graduated from Redlands University with a teaching degree.  During college, she met her future husband, […]

Celebration of life for Ricky Bliss, 51, expert farmer, friend for life

Celebration of life for Ricky Bliss, 51, expert farmer, friend for life

Ricky Allen Bliss 51, of Chester passed away at home after a long battle with a lung disease on Friday, March 29, 2019. He was born on May 11, 1967, in Springfield to Robert and Barbara (Record) Bliss, and spent much of his childhood on the farm of his grandparents Bill and Alice Bliss. If […]

Francie Bremer, 76, teacher, author, avid grandmother

Francie Bremer, 76, teacher, author, avid grandmother

Frances Winfield Bremer of Chevy Chase, Md. and Chester, Vt. passed away peacefully in her home on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend.  Born in St. Paul, Minn., in 1942, she grew up in St. Louis, Mo., and Old Greenwich, Conn., […]

Dr. Eugene Bont, 88, known for medical care, school board service

Dr. Eugene Bont, 88, known for medical care, school board service

Reprinted with permission from the Cavendish Historical Society and Margo Caulfield. Dr. Eugene Bont of Cavendish, a much-loved physician and long-serving member of area school boards, died on Saturday, April 13. He was 88. Born in 1931 in Grand Rapids, Mich., Dr. Eugene Merlin Bont attended Northwestern Medical School. He married Phyllis Flynn, whom he […]

Preston Mansfield, 26, remembered for his jovial spirit, loyalty to friends, family

Preston Mansfield, 26, remembered for his jovial spirit, loyalty to friends, family

Preston Robert Mansfield of Rockingham, Vt., passed away due to complications from an ongoing illness on Feb. 25, 2019. He was surrounded by his whole family and so much love at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He was 26 years old. Preston was born April 26, 1993 in Essex, Mass. He attended Green Mountain Union High […]

Dr. Sandra Pinkham, 77, a cadmium researcher who was family's 'ray of sunshine'

Dr. Sandra Pinkham, 77, a cadmium researcher who was family’s ‘ray of sunshine’

Sandra M. Pinkham, M.D., died Thursday March 7, 2019 at Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio. She was 77. Dr. Pinkham was born on Jan. 14, 1942 to F. Rolf and Lillie (Westberg) Morral. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son David A. Stewart. Mrs. Pinkham is survived by her husband Galen […]

Celebration of Life for 'Butch' Gordon March 15

Celebration of Life for ‘Butch’ Gordon March 15

A Celebration of Life for Vincent “Butch” Gordon will be held beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday March 15, 2019 at the Chester American Legion, 635 Route 103 S., with live Irish music by Gyspy Reel. Mr. Gordon passed away in May 2018 at the age of 73 in Homosassa, Fla. He was raised in […]

John 'Gramp' Spaulding, 83, lifelong area resident was Army veteran

John ‘Gramp’ Spaulding, 83, lifelong area resident was Army veteran

John Leon “Gramp” Spaulding, 83, passed away on Wednesday morning Feb. 6, 2019 at the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow. He was born Aug. 5, 1935 in Rockingham, the son of Edward William Sr. and Lulu Ellen (Witham) Spaulding. He attended Chester Schools, graduating with the Chester High School class of 1957. He served in […]

David 'Tuffy' Lewis, 83, Air Force veteran, Legion historian

David ‘Tuffy’ Lewis, 83, Air Force veteran, Legion historian

David “Tuffy” Lewis 83, passed away on Saturday evening Feb. 2, 2019 at the Springfield Health & Rehab Center in Springfield. He was born July 26, 1935 in Springfield, the son of Harold and Ruth (Howe) Lewis. He attended school in Chester,  graduating from the Chester High School Class of 1953. He served in the […]

Bernard Crosier, 96, retired journalist, self-proclaimed 'history nut'

Bernard Crosier, 96, retired journalist, self-proclaimed ‘history nut’

Bernard H. Crosier 96, died on Friday Jan. 4, 2019 at the Springfield Health & Rehabilitation Center in Springfield, Vt. He was born on Nov. 25, 1922 in Wilmington, Vt., the son of Alonzo and Lila (Upton) Crosier, the fourth of their eight children. He graduated from Wilmington High School in 1941 and from the […]

Danny Michaelson, 74, Grafton resident who loved teaching, travel and theater

Danny Michaelson, 74, Grafton resident who loved teaching, travel and theater

Daniel “Danny” Michaelson of Grafton died suddenly on Dec. 5, 2018 at home, in the midst of a favorite activity: packing for a trip, this time to Florida to meet with his brothers David and Peter. Mr. Michaelson was born in 1944 and grew up in Queens, N.Y. When Grafton’s Pettengill Schoolhouse changed owners about […]

Marie Foster Angel, Springfield native, dies at 78

Marie Foster Angel, Springfield native, dies at 78

Marie Foster Angel died Saturday, Dec. 15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She was 78 years old. She was born and grew up in Springfield, Vt., graduating in 1959 from Springfield High School. She graduated from Mary Hitchcock School of Nursing in Hanover, N.H., and became a nurse at the Air Force base hospital in Anchorage, […]

Ruth Pfanner, 95, Powder Mill founder whose deep faith inspired many

Ruth Pfanner, 95, Powder Mill founder whose deep faith inspired many

Ruth Olson Pfanner passed away peacefully at age 95 in New London, N.H., on Dec. 7, 2018. Mrs. Pfanner was born in Listerby, Sweden, to Karl Olof Olson and Betty Johanna Peterson. In 1930, at age 7, she came with her family to the United States, spending her childhood in New York City and Queens. […]

Doug Somerville, 80, of Chester, was known for telling stories, love of his family

Doug Somerville, 80, of Chester, was known for telling stories, love of his family

Douglas McGowen Somerville died peacefully on Nov. 27, 2018 at his home in Chester. He was 80. In 2011, Mr. Somerville was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, which he faced gallantly and with a dry humor. Mr. Somerville was born on May 4, 1938 in Ridgewood, N.J., the son of Irwin and Margaret Marx Somerville. […]

Andover native John Lamson, 97, was avid pilot who gave thrilling rides

Andover native John Lamson, 97, was avid pilot who gave thrilling rides

John W. Lamson, 97, of Hanover, N.H., died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. He was born in Andover, Vt., on Sept. 7, 1921, to Joseph and Christine (Forbes) Lamson, of Andover. Mr. Lamson graduated from Chester High School in 1940. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was recognized […]

Jeanne Storm, 90, of Chester, had a quirky sense of humor and loved nature, British comedies

Jeanne Storm, 90, of Chester, had a quirky sense of humor and loved nature, British comedies

Jeanne May Storm, 90, died at her home in Chester on Halloween Oct. 31, 2018. She was born Jeanne Geres in Kiskatom, N.Y., on June 26, 1928 to Florence (Von Bargen) Geres and the Rev. George Geres. She was raised and educated in Astoria, N.Y., where she attended William Cullen Bryant High School, from which […]

Margaret Rowe, 77, was a constant learner

Margaret Rowe, 77, was a constant learner

HOLLIS, N.H. Margaret M. “Margie” Rowe, 77, resident of Hollis, N.H., died on Oct. 12, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Nashua. She was born in Somerville, Mass., on Sept. 25, 1941, a daughter of John T. Patterson Sr. and Margaret (McDonough) Patterson. Mrs. Rowe was raised and educated in Dracut, Mass., and graduated from Dracut […]

Sylvia 'Sibbie' Fletcher, 81, lifelong Chester resident

Sylvia ‘Sibbie’ Fletcher, 81, lifelong Chester resident

Sylvia Ellen “Sibbie” Fletcher, 81, passed away on Tuesday Sept. 18, 2018 at the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow. She was born Oct. 27, 1936 in Chester,  the daughter of Gordon and Elvi (Fossi) Record. She attended Chester schools, graduating from Chester High School with the class of 1954. She married Sheridan Fletcher on […]

Bea DeGrasse, 86, longtime Chester resident, lived full life

Bea DeGrasse, 86, longtime Chester resident, lived full life

Beatrice (Coolidge) DeGrasse  passed away at home on Sept 11, 2018. She was 86. Beatrice Coolidge was born in Andover, Vt., to Ralph and Madelene Coolidge. She was a longtime resident of Chester, and attended Chester schools. During the Korean Conflict, she served in the Navy. Mrs. DeGrasse was blessed to have a life full […]

Robert Webb, 84, grew up at Wilderness Camps

Robert Webb, 84, grew up at Wilderness Camps

Robert Howard Webb of Lincoln, Mass., and Brooklyn, N.Y., died August 23, 2018 of Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease. Mr. Webb was born on Oct. 17, 1934 to Kenneth and Susan Webb, founders of the Farm and Wilderness Camps in Plymouth, Vt.  He spent his childhood exploring the woods and trails of the Green Mountains, […]