Norwich University

1950 Obituaries

If you would like more information regarding a name on this list, please contact the Alumni Office at inmemoriam@norwich.edu. Please note that we do not have a detailed obituary for all names listed, but those we do are clickable links to the full obituary below. Obituaries that appear below were provided by the family or friends of the deceased to inform the Norwich community.

Richard S. Angelillo, 11/17/1995
Leon G. Ashey
William J. Barclay, 1/23/1951
Robert G. Baskie, 4/5/1984
Joseph F. Bernard, 12/17/2004
Robert Brand (Vermont College)
Audrey L. Brier
Frederick O. Buckwald, 11/21/1998
Harold W. Carruth, 10/10/1998
Roy E. Chadwick, 6/7/2013
George T. Chapin, 6/30/1994
Winston Churchill (Vermont College), 1/1/1989
MAJ George B. Collins Jr., 10/23/2000
Raymond C. Cruickshank, 10/10/1985
Frances F. Currier (Vermont College), 9/1/1984
Melvin H. Damon Jr., 8/20/2000
Robert N. Darling, 5/31/2004
Norman P. Davis, 6/22/1995
Carlton A. DesRosier, 5/4/2014
LTC Charles R. Dezafra, USA (Ret), 3/5/1995
Leo Dinerman (Vermont College)
Peter P. DiMartino, 4/25/1951
Stephen Paul Dunn ("Paul"), Jr., 2/25/2008
Laurence Godfrey "Skilky" Eaton, 1/9/2011
Francis W. Escott, 6/16/1951
Burton B. Finigan, 7/7/2002
George E. Frulla, 6/19/2007
Deborah D. Gallup (Vermont College)
John E. Gettler, 9/16/2008
Joseph Giallombardo Jr., 6/15/1997
Louis J. "Scotty" Gomez, 9/12/2008
Robert E. Green, 2/1/2002
Cyril F. Greene (Vermont College), 1/1/1981
LTC Samuel Ernest Griffiths, USA (Ret.), 7/26/2010
Judith F. Gustin (Vermont College), 5/16/2013
H. Donald Hartman, 1/10/2003
Gordon R. Haslam, Jr., 12/11/2010
Carroll Hastings (Vermont College)
Walter E. Heaton, 1/1/1991
Donald Henderson, 3/31/1982
Orville F. Ireland Jr., 5/6/2003
Helen N. Jennings (Vermont College), 9/22/1999
Dr. Carl R. Johnson, 10/22/2008
Retired Brigadier General Richard P. "Dick" Jordan, 12/20/2010
Selwyn A. Kanosky, 7/11/2010
Theodore F. Kort, 2/24/1985
Hale Henry Lait, 3/30/2012
Marcelino E. Lavin, 10/6/2002
William H. Lea, Jr., 9/14/2008
James W. Leatherbee
Willard "Bud" T. Lepper
, 9/25/2006
Norman J. Levenson, 6/1/1985
Joan K. Lyman (Vermont College), 4/22/1996
Burton MacDonald (Vermont College)
Howard G. MacDonald (Vermont College), 5/27/2007
Gardner H. Marchant Jr., 10/4/2002
Walter E. Marshall, 12/20/2010
Nicodemus J. McCollum (Vermont College), 1/1/1987
Dr. Thomas F. McKeon Jr., 6/2/2003
Donald Lawrence McMahon, 10/2/2010
Russell Merriman (Vermont College), 5/24/1990
Allan C. Merritt, 10/18/1999
Francis L. Mongeon (Vermont College)
Russell Morin (Vermont College)
LTC Clifford O. Morrie, USA (Ret), 12/7/2003
HelenAnn Mushinsky, 9/29/2012
Donald O. Nell, 10/13/2007
Henry N. Nelson, 7/18/1951
Jean G. Newton (Vermont College)
Ernest A. Nordon Jr., 1/21/2004
Terence J. O'Donnell Jr., 10/30/1991
William W. Perkins, 4/20/2007
Robert A. Powes, 9/13/2007
Warren P. Ritchie, 12/2/2005
Charles F. Roberts, Jr., 11/4/2009
John F. Roderer, 12/31/2002 
Barbara F. Ross (Vermont College)
Richard J. Rouillard, 9/18/1995
Paul E. Sargent, 5/5/1998
John D. Scott, 12/20/2003
Vincent P. Sassone, 8/30/2014
Edward B. Scheipers, Jr., 11/3/2012
Norman W. Schuler, 9/21/2013
Ernest M. Searle Jr., 5/18/1989
Charles E. Skolfield, 4/28/1998
Andrew J. Soule, 10/6/2002
James D. Stewart, 8/7/1999
Leo S. Pluta, 1/23/2003
Nicholas C. Psalidas, 9/19/2000
Ann Rawlings (Vermont College), 6/12/1985
LTC Basil E. Ricci, AUS (Ret), 2/10/2001
Donald H. Rigby, 7/1/1996
Arnold Tenner, 8/9/2008
Glen E. Thomson, 6/26/1988
Allen M. Tye, 12/3/1989
WIlliam W. Ware, 2/2/1996
Kenneth W. Warren (Vermont College), 2/22/1990
James D. Washington, 6/6/1997
Roy Wentzel
Joann B. Whitham (Vermont College), 9/4/2001
Robert W. Wickstrom, 11/15/2012
Joanne M. Williams (Vermont College)
John F. Wood, 7/22/1977
Thedore H. Zieckas


Roy E. Chadwick

Royal Edwin Chadwick, 84, of Los Gatos, Calif., died peacefully on June 7, 2013, due to complications from heart surgery. He was born and raised in Belmont, MA. During the summers he enjoyed working for a variety of businesses in town; the candy shop, hardware store, jeweler, and cabinet maker to name a few. An important part of his youth was the two summer months he spent at an Episcopal boy's camp, O-At-Ka, on Sebago Lake, ME, where he later worked as a camp counselor.

He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Norwich University in VT. After serving in the US Army during the Korean War , he was employed by Bosch & Lomb in Rochester, NY. Roy spent 34 years through retirement with Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, CA. In 1985 he was designated a United States of America Space Pioneer 1945-1960 by the CIA for his engineering work on the top-secret Corona Project, a critical satellite and surveillance technology that helped end the Cold War.

He earned a master's degree in financial planning form Golden Gate University in 1993. In retirement, he started two businesses; custom cabinetry and financial planning. Roy and his beloved wife, Sylvia, enjoyed world travel with National Geographic, and visiting family throughout the US. He served as a board member of Belwood Homeowners Association for over 25 years, where he started many traditions such as the "Ice Cream Social".

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sylvia Chadwick, and seven children: Carol Chadwick, Susan Black and husband Jon, Peggy Chadwick Frankewich and husband Mark, Linda Chadwick, Bruce Barclay, Kirsten Webb, and Katrine Barclay, many grand and great grandchildren, and his beloved Golden Retriever, Tucker.

His generosity, helpfulness, and kindness to all members and animals of the community will always be remembered.

His loving spirit will be missed by all. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Saratoga on July 13th at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Roy's name to the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.

Carlton A. DesRosier

Carlton Arthur DesRosier, 86, of Ormond Beach, Fla., passed away on May 4, 2014, at the Florida Memorial Medical Center in Daytona, Fla., after a short illness. He was born in Laconia on Jan. 30, 1928, the son of Dolphus A. and Dora (Boucher) DesRosier late of Gilford.

 He graduated from Laconia High School, Class of 1946, and attended Norwich University in Vermont. Carlton attained the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 13. He remained the youngest Eagle Scout in New Hampshire for many years. He built and flew model airplanes and, at a young age, also flew single-engine airplanes. He had the Canada Dry Distributorship in central New Hampshire and then worked for the Laconia Evening Citizen in sales. He worked in sales for a Madison Avenue advertising agency and later for The Washington Post in Washington as an advertising manager. He will always be remembered for his jokes and his hearty laughs.

He is survived by his son, Paul DesRosier and former wife, Anne Burroughs DesRosier, both of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister, Lorraine D. (Mrs. Robert A.) Morin, of Sun City Center, Fla.; friend, Geraldine Gettman, of Ormond Beach, Fla.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and grand and great-grandnieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Dolphus DesRosier Jr.; and his sisters, Estelle D. (Mrs. Carle A.) Johnson and Shirley D. (Mrs. John B.) Ledgard, both of Gilford, and his wife, Jane DesRosier. Graveside services will be at a later date in St. Lambert's Cemetery of Laconia. Those who wish may make a donation in Carlton's memory to the charity of their choice.


Stephen Paul Dunn ("Paul"), Jr.

Stephen Paul Dunn ("Paul"), Jr., 82, of New Britain, formerly of West Hartford, died Monday (February 25th, 2008) at Brittany Farms Health Center. Born in Holyoke, MA, in 1925, son of the late Stephen P. and Mary (O'Leary) Dunn, he attended Holyoke schools and graduated from Munson Academy.

Following the war he attended Norwich University. In 1943, Paul joined the 38th Infantry, Company K in World War II. He was one of the few survivors of the invasion at Omaha Beach, day 2. He served in 5 campaigns in Europe and was in Czechoslovakia when the war ended. He was awarded the Purple Heart on August 30, 1944. Following his honorable discharge from the army, he joined his brother Edmund in the establishment of S. P. Dunn & Co. in West Hartford Center. He was well-known in West Hartford center for his bow ties, plaid pants and out-going disposition. He was a long-time member and past president of the West Hartford Kiwanis Club, member of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, and a charter member of St. Peter Claver Church, where he served as an usher for many years.

Paul spent his summers first at Sound View and then at Old Lyme Shores. He loved boating and for many years kept a boat at Terra Mar in Old Saybrook. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Janet (LeClair) Dunn, daughter Susan Adams and her husband John of Rehoboth, MA, son Stephen P. Dunn III, his wife Carolyn and two grandchildren, Nathanael and Joshua Dunn all of San Diego, CA. He was one of four brothers and is survived by retired Judge Philip R. Dunn of West Hartford.


Laurence Godfrey "Skilky" Eaton

Laurence Godfrey "Skilky" Eaton, 83, former President of the Eaton Funeral Home and lifelong Needham, MA resident, died on January 9, 2011.

Larry graduated from Needham High School in 1945. In 1950, he graduated from Norwich University with a bachelor of science in economics. While at Norwich, he was a member of Theta Chi. He was a U.S. Army and Navy veteran of WWII.

Larry was the owner and funeral director of The Eaton Funeral Home for over 50 years. He was president of the Needham Exchange Club, and is a former master of the Norfolk Lodge. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #14, the Village Club, director of the Needham Historical Society, The Richard Melick Foundation, and former town meeting member for many years.

Larry was the husband of Theodora K. "Tedi" Eaton and the late Barbara (Stricklin) Eaton; father of Sandra L. Swenson, and her husband, Gerry, of Burke, VA, Laurence R. "Skip" and his wife, Mary, of Needham, MA, and David E. and his wife, Donna, of Yarmouth Port, MA; grandfather of Kara Gerardi, Christopher Swenson, Stephanie Payne, Laurence Andrew Eaton, Kimberly Connolly, Michael, Brendan, Stacey, David and Shawn Eaton, "RJ", Brianna and Michael Tocci, Morgan, Timmy, Kasey and Kali Bertolet, Matt Ahearn and Logan Bertolet; step-father of Geoffrey S. Bertolet, Theodore W. Bertolet, and the late Ronald T. Tocci; brother of Robert P. (Class of 1952) of Londonderry, NH, Stephen E. (Class of 1954) of Yarmouth Port, MA, and Suzanne Cranney of Eaton, NY. He is also survived by 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, including his niece, Jane Wolfe (Class of 1983). Larry was the son of the late Laurence E. Eaton (Class of 1923).

Visiting hours will take place in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave. Needham, MA on Thursday, January 13, 2011 from 4-8 PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11 AM in Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Ave, Needham, MA. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment Needham Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Ronald T. Tocci Children's Memorial Fund, 51 Bonwood Rd., Needham, MA 02492 and to the Needham Exchange Club, P.O. Box 920475, Needham, MA 02492.

For directions, obituary, or to share a memory of Larry, please contact the Eaton Funeral Home at (781) 444-0201 or www.eatonfuneralhomes.com


George E. Frulla

George E. Frulla, 82, of Lee, Mass., died June 19, 2007 after a long illness. Born in Williamsburg on Nov. 15, 1924, son of Salvatore and Rose Serafini Frulla, he graduated from Lee High School in 1941. During his time at Norwich, he was a member of the football team, Theta Chi, Newman Club, and the Spanish Club. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

An Army veteran of World War II, he served from November 1942 to January 1946. He was also a member of the Army Reserve until 1953 and was discharged as a second lieutenant. After college, George was employed by the former Smith Paper Co. as a mechanical engineer; he retired in 1986 from Kimberly-Clark Corp.

He was a former member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and of the building committee in the construction of Lee High School. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church and a member of Berkshire Hills Council 314 Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary; his two sons, James E. Frulla of West Simsbury, Conn., and David M. Frulla of Darien, Conn.; two daughters, Andrea M. O'Shaughnessy of Medfield and Laura Annand of Hollis, N.H.; a sister, Gloria Murray of Medfield; and his grandchildren, Ryan, Emily, Sarah, Paul, Jennifer, Christopher and Monica. He was predeceased by his brothers, Mario and Anthony, and by his sister, Florence Arment.


John E. Gettler

John E. Gettler, of Herndon, VA, passed away on September 16, 2008. In 1950, John graduated from Norwich University with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. While he was at Norwich, John was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Pegasus Players, and Flying Club. He was also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Ski Team and played football.


Louis J. "Scotty" Gomez

Louis J. "Scotty" Gomez, 81, of Barre, Vt., passed away on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at the Holyoke Soldiers Home in Holyoke, Mass., after battling Alzheimer's disease.
Scotty was born in Barre on April 3, 1927, the son of the late Julian and Josefa (Abascal) Gomez. He was raised and educated in Vermont, graduating from Northfield High School in 1945. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the final months of World War II. He returned home and attended Norwich where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the varsity hockey team. He received his bachelor's degree in economics in 1950. After graduation, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant until his honorable discharge in 1952. He returned home and married Catherine "Kay" Anton on Nov. 28, 1953, and they celebrated 54 years of marriage together.

Scotty enjoyed three different challenging and diverse careers in his lifetime. Initially he worked for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as an agent and manager of the Barre office for 25 years. From 1975 until 1983, Scotty and his wife owned and operated two clothing stores in Montpelier, Vt.; "The Children's Store" and "The Vogue Shoppe." He retired in 1991 after working as a loan officer for the Northfield Savings Bank in Barre. Scotty and Kay spent their winters during retirement years in Venice, Fla.

Scotty was a devoted husband and loving father. He and Kay have many wonderful lifelong friends in the Barre area. Scotty was a member at the Country Club of Barre for 50 years and a lifelong member of the Barre Elks Club.

Scotty is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kay Gomez; his daughters, Cathy Cross and her husband Joseph of Northampton, Mass., Cynthia Padovani and her husband Alberto of Denver, Colo., Susan Mackenzie and her husband Barry of Springfield, Vt., and his son, Thomas Gomez of Keene, NH He had two grandchildren, Andrew Padovani and Elizabeth Mackenzie. He also leaves a sister, Rose Anderson, and several nieces and nephews.

Scotty was predeceased by his brother, Julian Gomez.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Scotty's memory may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641, or to the Alzheimer's Association of Vermont.


LTC Samuel Ernest Griffiths, USA (Ret.)

LTC Samuel Ernest Griffiths, USA (Ret.), 81, succumbed to cancer on Monday, July 26, 2010, at his home in Largo, FL. Sam was born October 27, 1928, in Rockville Center, NY. He moved to Florida in 1984.

In 1950, Sam graduated from Norwich University with a degree in electrical engineering. While at Norwich, Sam was a member of Sigma Nu and Epsilon Tau Sigma. He also made the Dean's list all four years, and was an Alden Partridge Scholar his sophomore through senior years. After graduation, Sam proudly served in the U.S. Army for 26 years. He survived action in the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict and was awarded Legion of Merit, as well as many other awards.

LTC Griffiths is survived by his wife of 59 years, Josephine; three children, Steven (Susan) of Cleveland, OH, Lynn, of Marion, VA, and James (Pamela) of Largo, FL. He was most happy in the presence of his grandchildren, known as PopPop to Kaitlin, Joseph, Spencer and Sheridan. He was predeceased by his older sister, Gladys. 


Judith F. Gustin

Judith F. Gustin, 83, of Walpole, formally of Sharon, passed away on May 16, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Josephine Fraser and wife of the late David C. Gustin. She attended Vermont College and Tufts University and worked for many years as a medical secretary at Mass General, Brigham and Womens, and Norwood Hospitals. She loved to travel and after her husband died at an early age, she traveled extensively in Europe by herself. She was the loving mother of Mike Gustin and his wife, Denise Klein of Houston, Texas, and Kim Williams and her husband, Timothy of Walpole. One of her greatest joys was to spend time with her grandchildren: Delancey, Kelsey, Christian, and Rachel. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visiting hours from 4-6pm on Sunday, May 19th at the Alexander F. Thomas & Sons Funeral Home, 45 Common Street, Walpole. Burial will be private at the familys request. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Gordon R. Haslam, Jr.

Gordon R. Haslam, Jr. lost his courageous battle with esophageal cancer on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. He was born on June 5, 1929 in Providence, RI, son of G. Raymond and Ruth I. (Harrington) Haslam, Sr.

He graduated from Norwich University in 1950 with a bachelor of science in economics. While at Norwich, Gordon was a member of Theta Chi, the German club, and played on the final Polo team. Upon graduation, he received the Allerton Horsemanship award. He received a 2nd lieutenant commission in the US Army and was chosen and trained as the third of a group of four who attempted to rescue a foreign spy from behind the Iron Curtain, which was accomplished on the second attempt as "Operation Paper Clip." He was promoted to 1st lieutenant prior to discharge.

In 1966, Gordon came to Vermont to be the administrator of the Green Mountain Nursing Home, and became sole owner in 1983, retiring in 2001. During his years at Green Mountain Nursing Home, he was elected president of the Vermont Health Care Association and vice president of the American Healthcare Association, Washington, D.C. He was later appointed first chairman of the Board of Licensure Nursing Home Administrators and was presented the very first license in the state of Vermont. He had a desire to make nursing home life the best possible. His wish was that "this would be a place to come to live, not die."

Prior to returning to Vermont, Gordon owned and operated several golf courses in Ohio, and owned and operated Apache Frozen Foods in Denver, CO. Gordon had a great passion for breeding and raising Quarter Horses. He was a member and past president of the VQHA and Life Member of the AQHA. In 1988, Gordon and his wife, Bernadine, entered the American Quarter Horse Racing World with much success with their first mare, "Lil Bit Rusty," who produced many nice foals, including "Whosleavingwho," the American Quarter Horse Racing Champion in 2002. His other passions were the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Gordon had a kind and gentle spirit with a contagious enthusiasm for life. He loved many, and many loved him.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Bernardine; together they celebrated 24-plus wonderful years. Gordon leaves his daughters, Tracy and Daniel Reed of Essex Jct., and Laurie Brewer of Grapevine, TX; his step-children, Richard and Lynn Barnett of St. Albans, Julie and Todd Emmell of Colchester, Pamela and Stephen Fontaine of Williston, Jaci Barnett and partner, Lisa Bindas, of Wareham, Mass., and Theresa and Mike Muir of Colchester. He also leaves 19 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Diana Page and Harry of Scarborough, ME, Phyllis Josselyn and Louis of Lyndonville, Beverly Morrison and Richard of Essex Jct., Gail Trimble and Robert of Alexandria, Va.; and brother, Donald Haslam of Lyndonville; his mother- in-law, Marion Heath of Barre; in addition to many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Gordon was predeceased by the mother of his children, Marilyn; his son, Scot Haslam; and daughter-in-law, Jayne Marchant; son-in-law, Troy Brewer; and stepson, Tim Barnett.

A private, family memorial service is being planned for the spring of 2011.


Retired Brigadier General Richard P. "Dick" Jordan

Retired Brigadier General Richard P. "Dick" Jordan, a longtime resident of Woburn, MA, passed away at home, comforted by his family, on Monday evening, December 20, 2010. The beloved husband of the late Nancy (Highley) Jordan, he was eighty-five years of age.

One of eight children born to the late William and Phoebe (Murphy) Jordan, Dick, as he was better known, was raised in Medford, MA and was a graduate of Medford High School. Following high school, he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps where he proudly served during World War II, seeing action in the Philippines and the Solomon Islands. In November of 1945, Sgt. Richard Jordan was honorably discharged and went on to attend Norwich University, where he graduated and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1950. While at Norwich, he captained and played goalie for the University's Men's Ice Hockey team.

Dick returned to his hometown of Medford and, on one particular day, he paid a visit to his brother-in-law, Fred McDermott, the then-Mayor of the City of Medford, and had the good fortune to be introduced to the Mayor's secretary, Nancy Highley. It was the beginning of a wonderful relationship that resulted in the marriage in 1952 and forty-six incredible years of love and devotion to one another.

In May of 1951, Dick was called into service during the Korean War. Now a Captain, he served as a company commander in a tank battalion and received numerous ribbons and citations, including the Bronze Star. Following the war, Dick continued his exemplary career in the military with the Massachusetts Army National Guard where he attained the rank of Brigadier General upon retirement in 1983.

In the late 1950's, Dick and Nancy took up residence in Woburn where they raised their four children and created a lifetime of memories. The Jordans loved the beach and spent their summers in Brewster. Dick was a fun loving and modest man who enjoyed being with his children and, in later years, his grandchildren, who affectionately called him "Grampy." His love for travel brought him and his wife to destinations throughout the world. He also took great pleasure in following the Boston Bruins and was a season ticket holder; he enjoyed a daily game of tennis and playing cards with his friends and family. Over the past twenty years, Dick traveled to Fort Myers, FL, after Christmas where he would spend the winter months.

Dick's passion for his country and his military service was extraordinary but paled in comparison to his love for family. He was a devoted husband, father and brother, as well as a great and true friend to many. Their love for him and his wonderful spirit sustained him throughout his recent illness.

Dick was a founding member of the first Corps of Cadets of Boston; a member of the Norwich Alumni Association, and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston and a life member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

Dick was predeceased by his wife, Nancy (Highley) Jordan, who passed away in 1998; and seven siblings, Edward, William, Loretta, Florence, Mildred, Dorothy, and Eleanor.

He is lovingly survived by his children, Richard P. Jordan, Jr. and his wife, Melanie, of Rosindale, MA, Virginia McLean and her husband, John, of Woburn, Hope Peterson and her husband, Victor, of Andover, ME, and Mark Jordan of Woburn; his cherished grandchildren, Heidi Padilla, Brendan McLean, Emily McLean, Allison Jordan; and great granddaughter, Ama Padilla. Also surviving are his companion and dear friend, Martha Price of Canada, and many dear friends.

Donations may be made in Mr. Jordan's memory to the VENA of Middles-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakeful, MA 01880.


Hale Henry Lait

Hale Henry Lait, age 86, passed away on March 30, 2012. He was a retired United States Navy Commander and a member of the American Legion.

Hale graduated from Norwich University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. While at Norwich, Hale was a member of the War Whoop staff, the football and hockey teams, Omega Iota, and Tau Delta Phi. In 1986, he was inducted into Norwich University's Hall of Fame. Hale was a great supporter of Norwich. He was also a lifetime member of the Partridge Society.

Hale was the beloved husband of Eileen, nee Robinson, Lait; devoted father of Michelle Renee Zable and her husband, Nathan Barak; and loving brother of the late Robert (Selma) Lait.

Funeral services will take place today, Monday, April 2, 2012, 2 p.m. at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, 1175 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035. Interment will take place at Willow Lawn Memorial Park, 24090 N. Highway 45, Vernon Hills, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Hale's memory may be made to Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663. Condolences may be left online at www.weinsteinfuneralhomes.com.


William H. Lea, Jr.

William H. Lea Jr., 81, formerly of South Shore Road, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2008, at Clifton-Fine Nursing Home, Star Lake, NY, after a long illness.

Born December 22, 1926, in Manhattan, son of William and Eunice Decker Lea, he attended school on Staten Island. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1945 and graduated in 1950 from Norwich. Bill was a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon and was a member of the French Club. He remained committed to Norwich as an annual member of the Partridge Society and an Admissions Representative.

After graduation, Bill was commissioned in the Air Force and was an intelligence officer during the Korean War, stationed in northern Japan. After active duty, he was a member of the Air Force Reserves in South Burlington, Vt., retiring as a major in November 1966.

He married Rosalie Staples on June 2, 1951, at Christ Church, Montpelier, Vt. Bill worked in sales for Crawford Construction Company, Pittsburgh, Pa., and along with his wife, operated The Snack Bar in 1952 at Northfield. He then was employed by Monarch Life Insurance Co., serving as an agent in Vermont and New Hampshire and then advancing to training agents in Maine and New Hampshire. He earned the prestigious Master's in Insurance chartered life underwriter designation before retiring in 1987.

While living on Staten Island, he was an acolyte at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. As a Boy Scout, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout and served as Scout master and president of St. Albans, Vt. Episcopal Church Youth Group.

While living in Maine, he was a lay reader at a church in Cape Elizabeth and president of the Portland Camera Club, 46 Club and Power Squadron. He enjoyed outdoor activities including sailing, hiking, camping and skiing. He also enjoyed photography and leather working and was said to have been a skilled wood craftsman, making many one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and turning many vases, bowls and candleholders on his wood lathe.

Surviving are his wife, Rosalie; a daughter, Pamela Lea-Maida; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Virginia Peters and Primrose and George McVay; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. A son, Gregg W., and a sister, Jane Lauro, predeceased him.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Star Lake Rescue Squad or the Gregg William Lea Scholarship Fund at Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.


Willard "Bud" T. Lepper

Willard "Bud' T. Lepper, 83, of Hartford, Conn., died September 25, 2006. Bud was born in Hartford, Conn., June 20, 1923, the son of William T. and Mildred L. (Sisson) Lepper. Bud served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He served in England with the 8th Air Force. Bud graduated from Norwich University and received his commission as 2nd Lt.

While living in Connecticut, Bud was involved in the greater Hartford Y.M.C.A. and in Maine, was a member and past deacon of the First Baptist Church of Blue Hill, ME. He worked for the FIA and then worked for several insurance agencies in Connecticut and Maine. He worked for the State of Maine as an insurance claims examiner.

Bud is survived by daughters, Deborah Carter and her husband Robert, Lorinda Sawyer; a son, James "Jim" Lepper and his wife Nada; grandchildren, Jeremy Carter and his wife Lindsey, Joshua Carter, Joseph Carter, Jason Lepper and wife Cammie, Betsy Stephens and her husband Joshua, and Tyler Sawyer; two great-grandchildren, Ashton Carter and Cole Lepper; brother, John C. Lepper, and brother-in-law, Gordon Hiscock and his wife Edith. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth in 2005.


Walter E. Marshall

Walter E. Marshall of Seminole, Fla.,died December 20, 2010. He was born in Springfield, Mass., and was a part time resident of Florida for 20 years.

Walter graduated from Norwich University in 1950 with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering. While at Norwich, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He worked as a Registered Professional Engineer. Walter served with the Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II and later served in the Army Reserve. He was an avid amateur radio operator with the call letters of W1RMR. He was Catholic.

Walter was predeceased by his wife, Pierrette. He is survived by a sister, Marilyn Pitoniak of Russell, Mass.


Donald Lawrence McMahon

Donald Lawrence McMahon, 86, of Barre, Vermont, passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at Fletcher-Allen Health Care in Burlington with his family by his side.

Born January 13, 1924 in Barre City, he was the son of Martin and Hannah (Marshall) McMahon. He graduated from Spaulding High School in 1942 and was a two year letterman of the high school football team. After graduating, Donald served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. He saw action in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of Operations. In 1950, he graduated from Norwich University with a bachelor of arts in English. While at Norwich, Donald was a member of Sigma Nu and the Spanish Club. He was a recipient of three National Science Foundation Scholarships, which he used to study at the University of Rhode Island, Syracuse University, the University of New Hampshire, and Dartmouth College.

He taught in Montpelier, Bradford, Windsor, and New York State, and later became a Vocational Specialist with the Vermont Human Services Division. He retired in 1990 after 15 years of service.

On August 18, 1956, he married Joan C. Donahue at St. Sylvester Church in Graniteville. They resided in Windsor for a while, then returned to Barre in 1971 where they have since made their home. His grandchildren, visiting with his friends, reading Shakespeare, all music venues and state and national politics were his special interests. His memberships included St. Monica Catholic Church, Barre American Legion Post #10, and the former Barre Tax Payers Association. He was also a longtime member of the Barre City School Board.

In addition to his wife, Joan, he is survived by his daughter, Joan McMahon, and her companion, Brandon Campo of Barre Town; four sons, Martin McMahon, and his wife, Barbara, and William McMahon, all of Barre Town, Donald E. "Bun" McMahon, and his wife, Karen, and Brian McMahon, and his companion, Denise Parent, all of Barre City; four grandchildren, Hannah, Emmett, and Emily McMahon, and Stephen Davis; as well as nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Nathalie Robinson and Dorothy Tomaselli; and five brothers, Clement, Cecil, Marshall, Leon, and Aloysius McMahon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Catholic School, 79 Summer Street, Barre, VT or the Vermont Food Bank, 33 Parker Road, Wilson Industrial Park, Barre, VT .


William W. Perkins

William W. Perkins, 79, of Newbury, Vt., passed away on April 20, 2007 after a long illness. Bill was born on June 30, 1927, in Scituate Mass., son of William Wade Damon and Elizabeth Reddy. He moved with his family to Contoocook, N.H., in 1933 and graduated from Sunapee (N.H.) High School in 1945. He attended Norwich University, followed by service in the U.S. Navy, and was honorably discharged in 1946. Bill entered the University of New Hampshire in 1946 and graduated in the class of 1950 with a degree in American history. He did post-graduate work at San Francisco State and received an M.Ed. from Keene State College in 1962.

He taught American history at Stevens High School, Claremont, N.H., from 1953 to 1965, and at Spaulding High School in Barre from 1965 until his retirement in 1985, where he also served as social studies department chair. He also served as yearbook advisor for many years at both Stevens and Spaulding, and was awarded several fellowships for advanced study during his teaching career. 'Perk,' as he was known to friends, colleagues, and students alike, was a life-long student of American history and civilization. His teaching mission was grounded in the firm belief that American citizenship required an awareness of the principles of the Founding Fathers and how the nation expanded from east to west. While Perk certainly sympathized with the goals of the nation's social and political upheavals, beginning in the 1960s, he never wavered in his belief in "American Exceptionalism," that in the end America's unique historical development and many resources not only allowed the country to do the right thing in the world but obligated us to do so.

As several generations of his students will no doubt recall, Perk's American history classes were known for his friendly Yankee wit and humor, his traditional belief in memorization of key passages from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and encouraging his students to read the New York Times, including its famously challenging crossword puzzles. Following his retirement from teaching in 1985, Perk moved to Grantham, N.H., where he resided at Eastman for several years. In 1990 he moved to Fort Pierce, Fla., returning to a state where he spent many happy winters as a child and young adult. However, he missed his native New England and his many friends back in Vermont and New Hampshire, so he returned in 2000 to Norwich, and then in 2001 to a hamlet on the Connecticut River in Newbury, known as "The Oxbow," where he resided until his final illness in a traditional c.1801 cape, vintage New England capes and colonials always being his preference in homes.

As a result of his service in the U.S. Navy at the conclusion of World War II, Perk was an avid sailor for the rest of his life and enjoyed numerous trips with friends to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. He was a dedicated fan of the O'Brian-Jack Aubrey naval adventure novels and had read all 20 volumes several times. In his retirement years he traveled widely, including Europe and especially Britain, becoming quite an Anglophile, and visiting close friends in San Diego. In his younger years, he was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and with friends climbed many of the highest peaks in the White Mountains. Perk was a lifelong collector of American antiques, Americana, coins, stamps and memorabilia, and was a well known regular at area auctions held by Bill Smith, Archie Steenburgh and Chuck Eaton.

He is survived by his stepfather, Norman Perkins of Sunapee; two sisters, Natalie Lewis of Keene, N.H., and Norma Thomas of Mankato, Minn.; nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews and several close friends.


Robert A. Powes

Robert A. Powers, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), 82, of Allentown, formerly of Petersburg, Virginia, died Thursday, September 13, 2007 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Catherine Bernardine (McCarron) Powers. The couple celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary last June 26.

Born in Needham, Massachusetts on February 16, 1925, Robert was the son of the late James and Mary Louise (Gaughan) Powers. Retired from the Army in 1968 with a rank of lieutenant colonial after 21 years of honorable service to his country, he served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Prior to his service in the Army, he served in the Marine Corps during World War II.

After his retirement, he taught history in the Petersburg School District in Virginia for several years. He attended St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Orefield.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Robert A. Powers Jr., of Needham, Mass., David Powers at home and Mark A. Powers of Tracys Landing, Md.; daughters, Mary Louise Powers of Allentown; grandsons, David M. Tench and Connor W. Tench, both of Allentown. 


Warren P. Ritchie

Warren P. Ritchie, 82, of Newbury, N.H., died December 2, 2005. Warren died surrounded by his family at the New London Hospital after a sudden illness. Warren was born in Milton, Mass., on May 4, 1923, the son of the late Albert A. and Ruth (Parker) Ritchie. He was raised in Milton and attended local schools. He moved to Newport around 1937, where he graduated from Towle High. In the fall of 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force and was trained at the Aerial Gunnery School. He served in the Pacific Theatre, flying missions out of New Guinea and the Philippines, and achieved the rank of staff sergeant by the time he was discharged, in September 1945. Warren later joined the Army Reserves and retired after 23 years as a major.

After returning to New Hampshire, Warren began working at Mt. Sunapee State Park and continued there for the next 37 years; the last decade of which he served as assistant superintendent. On Sept. 18, 1983, he married the former Lois C. Webb at their home in Sunapee. He was a big history buff, collecting numerous book and articles. He kept an extensive account of his family's genealogy. Working with computers was another of his hobbies. Warren was also a ham radio operator, and because of his expertise, he and Lois would often volunteer their time to coordinate communications for bicycle races, running events and fairs throughout the area. Warren was a lifelong resident of the Sunapee area and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lois C. Ritchie; two sons, Alan P. Ritchie and his wife, Pamela, of Newbury,and Dale W. Ritchie of Colombia, Md.; two daughters Linda Brownell of Sheridan, Wyo. and L.J. Scott of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one stepson, Richard Webb of Sunapee; two stepdaughters, Toni Webb of Newport and Jodee Webb of Newbury; four grandchildren, three step grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Alice Beth Ritchie.


Charles F. Roberts, Jr.

Charles F. Roberts, Jr., 86, of Blacksburg, Va, died on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at Kroontje Health Care Center following a long illness.

Charles earned a B.S. degree from Norwich University and an M.S. degree from MIT, Cambridge, Mass.

A veteran officer, Charles served as a meteorologist in the Army Air Corps, and later with the United States Air Force in the Pacific during World War II and again during the Korean War. During his career as a research meteorologist, he served the U.S. Weather Service and the U.S. Forest Service, developing innovative systems to improve weather forecasting accuracy for storm tracking analysis, farming applications and forest fire fighting. He was instrumental in doing the research that supported and led to the probability forecasting technique used today.

In retirement, Charles was active in the NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees) organization, as well as political action groups. He also worked as a volunteer for the Montgomery County Humane Society.

Charles is survived by his wife of 65 years, Madlyn P. Roberts; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberly R. and Kevin Lionarons, of Paducah, Ky., and Carolyn R. and Rick Wall, of Blacksburg; two sons and a daughter-in-law, James P. and Nancy Roberts, of Counce, Tenn., and Charles F. Roberts II, of Fairfax, Va.; grandchildren, Freuda and Nathan Wall; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery County Humane Society, P.O. Box 287, Blacksburg, VA. 24063 or to the Good Samaritan Hospice, 125-E Arrowhead Trail, Christiansburg, VA. 24073.



Vincent "Vini" P. Sassone Sr.

VINCENT "VINI" PAUL SASSONE SR. - BARRE TOWN - Vincent "Vini" Paul Sassone Sr., 86, of Wildersburg Common, died Aug. 30, 2014, in Central Vermont Hospital with his family by his side, after a brief illness.

 He was born on November 4th, in Barre City during the Great Flood of 1927, the son of Rose (Tomasi) Sassone and Vincent Sassone. He attended schools in Barre and was a graduate of the Spaulding High School, Class of 1945. He subsequently attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Norwich University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Norwich in 1950.

 Vini married Patricia Maude Paul, also from Barre, on Aug. 26, 1950. Shortly thereafter, he obtained a job at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company where he had a very successful career as an insurance agent, receiving multiple sales awards over his 41 years at Metropolitan, until his retirement in 1991. He also at one time owned two businesses in Barre, D.M. Miles Coal Company and Twin City Fuels. Vini was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre where he served as an altar boy until the age of 18. He became a lifelong member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity while at Norwich, and also belonged to the Barre Lions Club, the Mutuo Inc. and Granite Masonic Lodge #35, served as an Alderman in Barre City in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as being a member of the board of directors at both Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice and the Wildersburg Homeowners Association for several years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, liked to paint, and was an avid skier in his younger days. One of his great passions was golf, and he was a member of the Barre Country Club for 64 years, from the age of 17 into his 80's. Vini was also on the board of directors for many years, served as president and had four hole-in-ones at the course over the years.

 He is survived by his loving children; daughters, Paula Hall and husband, John Mitchel Hall, of Bedford, N.H., Carol Sassone and companion, Philip LeClaire, of Milton, and Joann Sassone of Beverly, Mass.; son, Vincent Paul Sassone Jr. and wife, Rebecca Olson, of Waterbury; four grandchildren, Miranda, Meghan and Kayla Hall, and Liam Kelsch; one great-grandchild, Kylie Bixby; sister, Mary Jean Calcagni and husband, Joseph Calcagni, of Barre City; nephew and niece, Robert Sassone and Sandra Bressette; and numerous other nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Patricia; brother, Robert Sassone, and sister-in-law, Arlene Sassone.

 The family would like to thank the staff at the Central Vermont Medical Center and Rowan Court Rehabilitation Center for the exceptional care they took of Vini during the last month.

 A service of remembrance and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre at 10:30 a.m. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in the Hope Cemetery. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.

Edward B. Scheipers, Jr.

Edward B. "Ed" Scheipers, Jr., 87, a longtime resident of Bedford, Mass., died suddenly on November 3, 2012. Ed was born in Lawrence, Mass., on April 22, 1925, to the late Edward B. and Harriett (Dowd) Scheipers.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a navigator during World War II. As a first lieutenant he was stationed in England and flew 35 missions over Germany. He graduated from Norwich University and became an electrical engineer at New England Telephone Company for 30 years. A parishioner at St. Michael's Church, he was a member and past president of the Holy Name Society, former member of the Knights of Columbus, and served as a Eucharistic minister and altar server for many years.

He was the devoted husband of Marguerite Peg (Flynn); loving father of two sons, Paul and his wife, Anita, and Edward; dear grandfather of Jennifer Schelly and her husband, Neil, Gregory, Andrew, and Evan. Ed is also survived by a step-grandson, Matthew Livingstone, and great-granddaughter, Lily. He was predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Valerie.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Michael's Church on November 6, 2012. Interment was in Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's Parish, 90 Concord Rd., Bedford, MA 01730 or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163. Arrangements were in the care of Bedford Funeral Home.


Norman W. Schuler

Norman William Schuler, 85, of Sun City Center, Fla., formerly of Lexington, Mass., passed away on September 21, 2013. He was a proud graduate of Lexington High School and Norwich University. While at Norwich, he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. After graduation, he worked for Polaroid Corporation for over 30 years, ending his career as manager of the Polarizer Research Group.

As lifelong residents of Lexington, Norman and his wife of 56 years, Grace, served First Baptist Church, enjoyed square dancing, and hosted yearly summer family pool parties. After raising a family in Lexington, he and Grace retired to Sun City Center, where they lived until her death in 2004. During their time in Sun City Center, he served the community in many capacities, including deacon at his church, a guardian ad litem, and EMT for the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. While working at the squad, he met and married his second wife, Charlotte Patterson, in 2009. Together they would continue to serve the squad, spend time with friends, and even sing karaoke.

Norman is survived by his sons: Alan Schuler, Gary Schuler, and James Schuler; his daughter, Barbara Wilson; and his second wife, Charlotte Patterson; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his first wife, Grace Kirkland, and infant daughter, Cheryl.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Norman's memory may be made to the Sun City Emergency Squad, 101 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33573.


Arnold Tenner

Arnold Tenner, 79, of Sunrise FL, passed away on August 9, 2008.

Arnold graduated from Norwich in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. While a cadet, he was a Pegasus Player, he worked on the Guidon, he was a member of the Rifle and Basketball Team, and he participated on the Junior Weekend and Winter Carnival Committees. Following graduation he taught Math and Science for many years at Laurelton Hall in Milford, Ct. He was also the swimming coach for many years at the New Haven YMCA/AAU.

Arnold was the beloved husband of the late Sue Ann. Cherished father of David (Patricia) & Scott. He was the Grandfather of Amanda & Kaitlin and Brother of Burton.


Robert W. Wickstrom

Robert W. Wickstrom, 84, of Rochester, N.Y., passed away on November 15, 2012. Bob was a graduate of Worcester Academy. He attended Norwich University before graduating from Babson College. He served in the Army during the Korean War, and for over 40 years was a sales representative for US Envelope Co. Bob was a Honorary Lifetime Member of the Tennis Club of Rochester.

Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara; son, Robert C. Wickstrom, and his wife, Shirlee; daughter, Wendy Wickstrom, and her husband, Denis Conley; sister, Sally Poole; grandchildren: Grace and Beatrice Conley, and Sydnee Wickstrom. He was predeceased by his son Randall Wickstrom and sister Carol Studwell.


   

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