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February 10, 2007

Caledonian Record Obituaries 02/2001

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Caledonian Record News St. Johnsbury Vermont


February 2001

CARLSON: Enrita B., known as “Rita,” of Newbury, died Feb. 27, 2001, at the Oasis Home in Bradford. She was born at her family’s homeplace on Brock Hill in West Newbury, Dec. 21, 1900. Her parents were Moses L. Brock and A. Louise Page. She looked forward to turning 100 years old; that milestone was celebrated this past December at a party with friends and family.

While Rita was on her parents’ farm, she enjoyed being outside and doing chores. In later years she enjoyed talking about working around the horses and riding them back and forth to school.

She attended schools in Newbury, graduating from Newbury High School in 1918. After she graduated, she took teacher training and taught at the Ladd Street School in Haverhill, N.H. Later, Rita worked as a cashier for Phoenix Mutual Insurance in Massachusetts.

She married Alfred Carlson in 1933 and together they bought a small farm on Jefferson Hill in Newbury. Rita started selling insurance. She did very well as she didn’t mind trudging into barnyards or barns to see the farmers with whom she dealt. She often recalled that, while she and the parents would be sitting at the kitchen table discussing insurance, the parents would often tell the children to “run along.” Rita would say, “No, let them stay. How else are they going to learn?” That was Rita, always the teacher.

Rita served on the town school district board and as chair of the town Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment in Newbury.

Rita had many loves in her life. She loved teaching, children, the insurance business, helping people whenever she could, fishing and hunting, but her greatest love was her husband, Alfred, who died in 1972.

She is survived by her brother Stanley, who lives on the home farm; her nephews, Terry Brock of Greenville, N.C., and Alfred Brock of Barre; three grandnieces and one grandnephew.

At Rita’s request there will be no services or calling hours.

Memorial donations may be made to the Newbury Town School District for the Abe Wells general scholarship fund or the playground fund.

Woods-Trefren and Pearsons Funeral Service, 70 Church St., Lyndonville, is assisting with arrangements.


PALMER: Stanley Wilson, 86, formerly of Forest Street, Woodsville, N.H., died Feb. 26, 2001, at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, Tilton, N.H.

He was born in Durham, N.H., Jan. 5, 1915, the son of Roscoe and Lillian (Arsenault) Palmer.

He was a staff sergeant during World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. Following the war he owned and operated a trucking business, hauling logs, bobbins, pulp and lumber to Massachusetts, Maine, and throughout New Hampshire. He had also worked for Fiske Brothers in South Ryegate, Stoddard Implements in North Haverhill, Brown Concrete in Woodsville, and had been a mechanic and truck driver for Cray Oil in Woodsville.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He was an avid golfer and had been a member of the Bradford, Vt. Country Club for many years.

He was predeceased by his wife Flora (Rollins) Palmer, Oct. 5, 1997. He was also predeceased by three grandchildren; three sisters, Bertha Palmer, Addie Durgin and Lucy Shepherd; seven brothers, George Palmer, Marshall Palmer, Monroe Palmer, Hubert Palmer, Oscar Palmer, Theodore Palmer, and Roscoe Palmer; and one step-son, Radford Palmer.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna J. Palmer of Milford, N.H., and Diana Downing of Bradford, Vt.; one son, Calvin W. Palmer of Woodsville; nine grandchildren; one step-daughter, Mary Rowden of Campton, N.H., and one step-son, Roger Palmer of Lee, N.H.

A calling hour will be held Thursday, March 1, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Ricker Funeral Home, Birch Street, Woodsville.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 2, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home, with the Rev. Elizabeth Davis, pastor of the Woodsville United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Woodsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Hampshire Veterans Home Resident Benefit Fund, Winter Street, P.O. Box 229, Tilton, NH 03276.

Ricker Funeral Home, Woodsville, N.H., is in charge of arrangements.


STEIGLER: August Frank “Augie” IV, 29, of 34 Brushwood Rd., North Haverhill, N.H., died Feb. 27, 2001, at his residence, following a year-long battle against cancer.

He was born in Hanover, N.H., Sept. 21, 1971, the son of A. Frank Stiegler III and Catherine “Cay” Vigneau.

Augie was a 1990 graduate of Woodsville High School and attended Plymouth State College. For the past seven years he was employed as a courier for Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank.

He was a member of the Ammonoosuc Valley ATV Club.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Wilfred J. Vigneau, Feb. 9, 1984, and his paternal grandparents, Gertrude M. Stiegler on April 25, 1994, and A. Frank Stiegler Jr. on May 14, 1995.

Survivors include his father, A. Frank Stiegler III and wife Lorraine M. Stiegler of North Haverhill; his mother, Catherine “Cay” Cotrupi and husband Joseph Cotrupi of Rochester, N.H.; a brother, Jeffrey F. Stiegler of Laconia, N.H.; his maternal grandmother, Rena N. Vigneau of Rutland; three aunts, three uncles, and nine cousins.

Calling hours will be Friday, March 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Ricker Funeral Home, Birch Street, Woodsville. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Haverhill, UCC, with the Rev. David Pruitt, pastor, officiating. Burial in Horsemeadow Cemetery, North Haverhill, will be at the convenience of the family in the spring.

It is requested by the family that flowers please be omitted and contributions be made to either the Ammonoosuc Valley ATV club, P.O. Box 63, Bath, NH 03740; or the Woodsville High School Art Department, in care of Mr. Bruce Labs, Woodsville High School, Woodsville, NH 03785.

Ricker Funeral Home, Woodsville, is in charge of arrangements.


LANGMAID: Ann Elizabeth (Learmouth), 64, of the Vermont Pond View Farm in North Danville (716 Coles Pond Road, Danville, VT 05828), died at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Wednesday evening, Feb. 28, 2001.

She was born Oct. 19, 1936, in St. Johnsbury, the daughter of Harold G. and Arlene (Mathews) Learmouth.

Ann was a vital part of the North Danville community. She devoted much time to the Brainard Memorial Library in North Danville. Her many friends will remember her for the sweet person she was.

She is survived by her husband Hugh of North Danville; three sons, Stephen Langmaid of Sulphur Springs, Texas, Stanley Langmaid of Crown Point, N.Y., and Scott Langmaid and wife Laurie of North Danville; two grandchildren, Michelle and Bradley; two step-grandchildren, Ross and Trevor; one uncle, Gordon Learmouth and wife Persis of White River Junction; two aunts, Evelyn Mathews of Londonderry, and Helen Learmouth of St. Johnsbury; four sisters, Phyllis Locke and Dale Kendall of Barnet, Jean Clark and husband William of Manchester, N.H., Carolyn Holland and husband Donald of Peoria, Ariz., Shirley Aiken of Claremont, N.H.; nieces, nephews, cousins, and the extended Langmaid family.

Funeral services will be at the North Danville Baptist Church, Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m. Interim pastor Jon Kilian will officiate. Burial will be in May at the Pope Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be directed to either Brainard Memorial Library, 4215 Bruce Badger Memorial Highway, Danville, VT 05828; or to the North Danville Baptist Church, in care of Rodger Boyle, 774 Stanton Rd., Danville, VT 05828.

Arrangements are by Sayles Funeral Home, 525 Summer St., St. Johnsbury.


LINDSAY: Paul G., 86, of Burlington, Conn., beloved husband of Irene (Robinson) Lindsay, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, Conn.

Born in St. Johnsbury, Oct. 24, 1918, son of the late Guy and Charlotte (Simmons) Lindsay, he had resided in Burlington, Conn., for the past 33 years. He started his career in radio engineering in St. Albans, then Burlington, Vt., at WCAX, then Portsmouth, N.H., at WHEB. He then worked for the Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth before beginning his career as an electronic engineer with Fairbanks Morse Scale Co. in St. Johnsbury.

He was an avid gardener, producing a series of pamphlets on organic gardening called Papa Paul’s Gardening Pages. He was a member of the Burlington Congregational Church, a member of the Evening Star Lodge 101 F&AM of Unionville, Conn., a volunteer EMT of Burlington, and a member of PACE, Peoples Action for Clean Energy.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Guy Lindsay of Vernon, Conn., and Peter Lindsay of Shippensburg, Pa.; his daughter, Laura Weaver Grady of Lyndonville; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m. in the Burlington Congregational Church, Route 4, Burlington, Conn., with the Rev. Lee Moore officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Barnet.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, Burlington, CT 06013, or Burlington Senior Citizens, 200 Spielman Hwy., Burlington, CT 06013, or to PACE, 101 Lawton Rd., Canton Center, Canton, CT 06019.

Arrangements are being handled by the Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Route 4, Unionville, Conn.


BARNETT: Bernice A., 78, died Feb. 26, 2001, at the Lafayette Health Care Center in Franconia, N.H.

She was born in Fair Haven, Vt., Aug. 25, 1922, the daughter of Raymond and Marion (Langton) Blaisdell. A member of Grace United Methodist Church, she loved working in her gardens, bowling and riding snowmobiles.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Marion and Romeo Martel of Waterford; a brother, Edward Blaisdell of Sanbornton, N.H.; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, John H. Barnett, in 1994; a sister, Elizabeth Sargent; and a brother, Andrew “Jiggs” Blaisdell.

Graveside services will be held at South Walden Cemetery, Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at 11 a.m. There will be no visiting hours.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Vermont Lung Association, 30 Farrell St., So. Burlington, VT 05403.

Sayles Funeral Home, 525 Summer St., St. Johnsbury, is in charge of arrangements.


DYKE: Volney A., 78, of Main Street, North Haverhill, N.H., died Feb. 28, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Roxbury, Mass., following an extended illness.

He was born in Haverhill, N.H., Oct. 13, 1922, the son of Newton K. and Beulah (Forsythe) Dyke. He was a truck driver, having worked for Rowe Cattle Truck, Arthur Goldfield, and Fournier Express, delivering to Bradley Airport in Hartford, Conn.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II on the USS Meade. He was a 37-year member of VFW Post 5245 of North Haverhill and a 55-year member and past commander of American Legion Post 20 of Woodsville and the DAV of Littleton, N.H.

Survivors include two brothers, Joseph Dyke of Chula Vista, Calif., and Theodore Dyke of Bristol, Conn.; a sister, Babe Ladeau of Wells River; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at Ricker Funeral Home, Birch Street, Woodsville, N.H. The Rev. David Pruitt of the First Congregational Church of Haverhill will officiate. Burial in Horsemeadow Cemetery, North Haverhill, will be at a later date in the spring.

Memorial contributions can be made to VFW Post 5245, in care of Mr. Dale Pierson, Treasurer, Beech Street, Woodsville, NH 03785.

Ricker Funeral Home, Woodsville, is in charge of arrangements.


MERCHANT: Rita Marguerite, 84, of St. Johnsbury, died Feb. 23, 2001, in St. Johnsbury.

She was born in Tupper Lake, N.Y., April 29, 1916, the daughter of William and Isabelle (Amell) LaBarge.

She worked for Palmer Brothers for over 15 years.

Survivors include three sons; two daughters; many relatives in the Tupper Lake area; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by four sons.

Services were held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Johnsbury Convalescent Center, Activities Fund, 1248 Hospital Dr., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.

Sayles Funeral Home, 525 Summer St. in St. Johnsbury, is in charge of arrangements.


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