Norwich University

1959 Obituaries

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William Ross Beal, Jr., 8/18/2012
Paul Berthiaume, 12/23/1965
Joel C. Breslauer, 10/17/2006
James H. Brownell, 9/5/2015
John "Jack" Howard Bryant, 3/19/2012
Mary M. Burke (Vermont College), 3/15/2010
Edward D. Casey, 11/10/1992
Daniel R. Colucci, 12/1/2002
Jonathan Coyle, 12/11/2006
John L. Dings, 8/29/2001
BG Richard J. Dirgins, USAR, 1/14/1995
Robert L. Dodge, 3/4/1994
David H. Edwards, 11/22/1996
Raymond A. Falso, 4/8/1978
Edward W. Foster, 12/3/2012
Robert Frolich, 9/17/2001
John H. Furlong, 7/26/2003
LTC Walter A. Gallup, USA (Ret.), 12/10/2013
Rowe A. Ghirardini, 6/15/1986
Richard D. Hayes, 2/21/2004
John "Jack" D. Heath, 10/2/2014
LTC Norman W. Hines, USA (Ret), 7/14/1998
Dr. Richard C. Jacobs, 1/15/1998
Thomas C. Jeffries, 5/26/2001
Bruce A. Joseph, 10/27/2014
John Henry Joyce, 12/21/1966
Martha A. Kenslea (Vermont College), 7/20/1987
Robert W. Kenyon, 8/30/1990
Ross A. Kindestin, 6/21/2003
Oleg Klufas, 9/1/1985
Timothy Lincourt, 3/2/2011
Pierson G. Mapes, 10/15/2015
CPT Alfred Mastrangeli, USA (Ret), 2/12/2001
William Royce McLennan, 8/7/1979
Joseph G. Merkwacz, 11/5/1992
John Mero Sr., 2/17/2000
Michael A. Nason, 1/29/1986
LTC William J. Newcombe, USA (Ret), 6/25/2002
Robert R. Noe, 11/18/1996
Beverly Page, 12/25/2012
Lawrence W. Pratt, 4/7/2015
John P. Reardon, 6/28/1991
Philip Roberts
John Robertson
, 11/17/2008
Michael J. Rocchio, 12/6/2011
John A. Ross Jr., 3/1/1997
Richard R. "Dick" Saccone, 11/3/2012
Benjamin R. Schlapak, 9/6/2009
LTC Ronald J. Shea, USA (Ret.), 1/25/2016
James A. Skillings, 5/7/2013
Robert L. Spurr, 8/11/1995
Neal L. Tucker, 1/31/1987
Patricia P. Turner (Vermont College), 3/23/1988
John J. Urban, 7/10/2013
William F. Ward, 9/2/2005
Roderick Vernon Warner, 6/27/2012
LTC Richard M. Warren, USA (Ret), 7/1/1981
Lawrence Dane Woods, 6/24/1966
Darwin A. York, 9/3/2004
Robert J. Zedik, 3/4/2013

William Ross Beal, Jr.

William Ross Beal, Jr., 74, passed away in the comfort of his home, with his family by his side, on Saturday, August 18, 2012. Born in Brewster, N.Y., on February 22, 1938, he was the son of the late William Ross Beal, Sr. and Florence L. (Simms) Beal. On May 16, 1964, he married the former Elaine E. Early in Washington, D.C.

Ross was a 1955 graduate of Brewster (N.Y.) High School. He graduated from Norwich University with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1959. Commissioned in the U.S. Army, Ross served with the Army Corps of Engineers and Special Forces. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Ross was awarded the Bronze Star. In addition, Ross earned his MBA degree in Information Systems from the State University of New York. He retired from military duty in 1979 as a lieutenant colonel.

Ross and his family moved to Waterbury Center, Vt., in 1981, where he was employed as an engineer with Verizon until he retired.

Ross was an active member of the Norwich University Alumni Association and was a member of the Norwich University Cemetery Association's board of directors. He held membership with the Waterbury Congregational Church and more recently with the Green Mountain Community Alliance Church in Duxbury, Vt.

An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Ross enjoyed working on his property and home as well as wintering in Englewood, Fla.

Ross is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elaine; their children: Sheryl and William, III, and his partner, Helene; a sister, Dolores; as well as nieces, nephews, and extended family. Ross was predeceased by two sisters: Joan and Jane.

Memorial services will be held at the Green Mountain Community Alliance Church in Duxbury, Vt., on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow. Inurnment will take place with military honors at the Norwich University Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Ross's memory to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre VT 05641 (, or to the Green Mountain Community Alliance Church, 4987 Vermont Route 100, Waterbury, VT 05676. To send online condolences please visit Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury.

James H. Brownell

James Henry Brownell, 77, passed away comfortably, with his family by his side, in Melbourne, Florida, on September 5th.

Born in Woodstock, Vermont on December 3, 1937, he was the son of the late Allan T. and Elizabeth (Emery) Brownell. Jim was a 1959 graduate of Norwich University. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1959-1967, and was in active duty as a First Lieutenant from 1960-1963. Soon after, Jim moved to Florida, where he met and married his late wife, Martha Jean Merselis, and had three loving children.

He is survived by daughters and son: Marion Sarrica, Barbara Brownell and Jim Brownell; Brother Thomas and his wife Susie Brownell; nephew and niece, William and Sarah Brownell; and granddaughter Madison Elizabeth Sarrica.

Jim had a long, successful career as a Civil Engineer (PE), specializing in program management of large projects, including airports, large transportation systems, and resorts. Jim was an avid hunter and a lover of the outdoors. He enjoyed traveling, dancing, and was a proud member of his local church. He was an amazing Father, Son, Grandfather, and Mentor. He was known for his dry sense of humor, and one of his last jokes was to the chaplain, 'Call your boss and tell him I want a one year extension'.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( Send online condolences to:

John "Jack" Howard Bryant

John "Jack" Howard Bryant, 74, of West Tisbury, Mass., died on March 19, 2012, at Martha’s Vineyard hospital after a brief illness.

He was born October 4, 1937, in Northfield, Vt., the son of Howard and Alice (Lansell) Bryant. He was a 1955 graduate of Northfield High School and a 1959 graduate of Norwich University in Northfield, where he earned a degree in civil engineering and a commission in the Army. While at Norwich, Jack was on the Dean's List all four years. He was a member of the baseball and rifle teams, Epsilon Tau Sigma, Chi Epsilon, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also received the Distinguished Military Student award.

Jack served in the Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Belvoir, Va., from 1960 to 1962. Following military service, he worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Burlington, Vt., and Richmond, Va. He worked for Stone and Webster Engineering in Boston, Mass., from 1973 to 1992. He completed advanced engineering studies at MIT and was a licensed professional engineer in Massachusetts with a focus on the design of natural dams.

Jack married Judith Pardy of Needham, Mass., in 1959. They retired to West Tisbury, on Martha’s Vineyard, in 1992.

Jack was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting with friends near Northfield, Vt. He was a talented artist, most noted for his bird carvings, which can be found in private collections and galleries on Martha’s Vineyard. John was also a craftsman who restored antiques. He built their retirement home.

Jack is survived by his wife, Judy; his daughters: Lynn Marquedant and her husband, Bob, of Hopkinton, Mass., and Karen Marinelli and her husband, Robert, and their children, Alexa and Thomas of Paxinos, Pa.; and his sisters, Jane Bryant of Northfield, Vt., and Bonnie McShane of Burlington, Vt. He was predeceased by his parents.

Arrangements have been made with Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard ( A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Jack will be interned at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Northfield, Vt.

Jonathan Coyle

Jonathan Coyle, 70, of Orangeburg, S.C., died on December 11, 2006. Jonathan was born July 20, 1936, in Hanover, New Hampshire, the son of Alma Elizabeth Batten Coyle and Dr. John Alfred Coyle.

He grew up in Norwich, Vermont. During his time at Norwich, he was a member of ASME, Fire Brigade, Junior Weekend Committee, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Military Engineers, and Intramurals. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, he served in the Army for three years; at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, in The Engineering Research and Development Laboratory, in Greenland, in Polar Research and Development with The Corp of Engineers, and at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, as a fixed-wing aviator. Mr. Coyle was an area and a division engineer with E.I. DuPont. He joined Applied Engineering as a project engineer, retiring as senior vice president and part-owner in 1994.

He was a member of Sertoma and The Rotary Club, served on the Orangeburg Tech and Boy Scout advisory boards, and was a member of The Episcopal Church of The Redeemer.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Judith Webb Coyle, two sons, John Wilder Coyle and Patrick Lee Coyle, and a brother, Dr. Peter Coyle.

Edward W. Foster

Edward W. Foster, 75, of Westminster, Mass., passed away Monday, December 3, 2012, after a sudden illness. He was the husband of the late Dorothy (Dudding) Piper Foster who passed away in 2006.

Ed was born in Ipswich, Mass., on March 12, 1937, the son of the late Ernest and Elizabeth (Dubuc) Foster. He grew up in Worcester, Mass., and graduated from North High School in 1955. Ed was a member of the Boy Scouts, Troop # 67 and was awarded the Eagle Scout Honor in 1952. He went on to study at Norwich University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. While at Norwich, Ed was a member of the Junior Weekend Committee, the Winter Carnival Committee, the Basketball Team, the Track Team, and Pegasus Players. Soon after graduating, he joined the United States Army Reserve where he served more than 20 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He later worked at Digital Equipment Corporation in Quality Control.

Ed enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing golf, and the piano. He had a small engine repair business, and was a very patriotic man. Ed was a man who gave freely of himself. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Westminster, where he would help out with anything that needed to be done. He especially loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren, and his dog, Aaron.

Ed is survived by his son, Jeffery Foster, and his wife, Cindy Ann; his daughter, Tammy Lynn Mitchell, and her husband, Randy; his step-son, Donald E. Piper; his step-daughter, Lynnette Simoneau; seven grandchildren: Gregory Foster, twins Ashley Foster and Samantha Foster, Joshua Mitchell, Brandon Mitchell, Todd Foster, and Amanda Foster; several step-grandchildren; his loving partner, Eunice Arcangeli; his twin brother, Ernest W. Foster; his sister, Elaine E. Foster; and his first wife, Marylyn J. Foster. In addition to his wife and parents, he was also predeceased by his youngest son, Christopher Foster, who passed away in 2002 and a step-son, Clifford Piper, who passed away in 2004.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 123 Main Street, Westminster, MA 01473. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Westminster, 138 Main Street, Westminster, MA 01473. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Woodside Cemetery, 9 Narrows Road, Westminster, MA 01473.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ed's memory to either the First Congregational Church of Westminster Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 477, Westminster, MA 01473 or to the Montachusett Veterans Outreach, 268 Central Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Condolences may be left online at

LTC Walter A. Gallup, USA (Ret.)

Lt. Col (Ret) Walter A. Gallup, 75, passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013. He was born in North Adams, Mass. in 1938.

He graduated from Norwich University in 1959 and was commissioned as a 2nd LT, Armor that same year. He was an Armed Forces Staff College graduate. He was an assistant Professor of Military Science at Canisius College and served in the Army SROTC in Buffalo, New York. Walter served in the military and was active duty from 1960 – 1980. He served two twelve month tours in Vietnam as an advisor to Vietnamese army forces. Walter finally retired at PAFB – US Army Readiness Group, Patrick.

Walter received many awards during his time in service, including: Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, Vietnam Staff Service Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

He was a Senior Army Instructor, AJROTC at Cocoa Beach High School from Aug 1980 – Jan 1992. He was awarded Patriot of the month 3 times, CBHS Teach of the Year in 1987 and the Minuteman Award in 1991. He coached the CBHS Rifle Team, winning 11 state championships and coached the CBHS Color Guard, winning 3 state championships.

Walter was the director of Army instruction with Brevard County School District from 1992 – 2000.

He attended Holy Apostle Church in Satellite Beach where he was an usher for 10 years.

Walter was also an avid fisherman whose largest fish was a 45 lb Channel Bass (Red Fish) caught in the Satellite Beach surf.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Beverly, children, Kristin, Craig & Mark, grandchildren, Erica, Michael, Susan, Jessica & Amanda, brother, Chet, several nieces and nephews and his ever faithful companion – “Charlie Brown”.

A service will be held at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church on Monday December 16 at 10:30am with reception to follow the service and inurnment at 2:00pm at Florida Memorial Gardens in Rockledge.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the JROTC scholarship fund – MOAAC Scholarship Fund PO Box 254708 PAFB, FL 32925-4708 or Holy Apostles Memorial Fund - 505 Grant Ave, Satellite Beach FL 32937.

John "Jack" D. Heath

John Drummond "Jack" Heath, age 78, on October 2, 2014.

He was born in Cambridge, PA. John worked for Remington Arms Co. Inc. in Sales and Marketing. He enjoyed skeet, trap and pistol shooting, bird hunting and he was an antique collector. He was a member of the National Trap Association.

Beloved husband of Gail (nee Armitage) of Thornton. They were married for 50 years at the time of Johns death. Devoted father of John D., Jr. (Rechele), Alexander D. and Cutler D. (Taryn). Also survived by his grandchildren, Anthony D., Calista L. and Chloe L.; his brother, Donald A. Jr. (Nancy); and 11 nieces and nephews.

Donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 555 E. North Lane, # 5010 Conshohocken, PA. 19428-2233.

Celebration of Jack's Life to be announced at a later date.

Bruce A. Joseph

Bruce Alan Joseph of Exton Bruce Alan Joseph, 77, of Exton, passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was the beloved companion of Ann M. Norcross, together with whom he shared 32 years. Born in Norristown, Bruce was the son of the late Edwin R. and Regina L. Schneck Joseph.

He was a 1955 graduate of Norristown High School, and then went on to receive his B.S. in Business Administration from Norwich University Military College in 1959. Bruce had a fond allegiance to Norwich and was proud to have helped raise $10 million to build the bridge at the University.

Following graduation from Norwich, Bruce served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army for five years. After leaving the Army he joined the family business, E.R. Joseph Company, a distributor of Compressed Gases and Welding Supplies. He left the family business in 1972 and started Marco Fire Suppression Specialists, a company that designs and installs engineered fire systems for commercial and industrial clients. For 42 years he was the proud CEO of this very successful company. Bruce was also a Freemason for 55 years, receiving his 32nd degree in 1972.

In addition to the love of his life, Ann, Mr. Joseph is survived by his children, Scott Alan Joseph and Lizabeth M. Joseph and her husband, Michael Westfall; and sister, Lynn Joseph and her husband, John LoGalbo. He was also predeceased by his brothers, E. Earl and Franklin R. Joseph.

The family will be receiving relatives and friends from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, October 31st at the James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, followed by a memorial service at 12 noon. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Norwich University, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663. 

Pierson G. Mapes

Mapes, Pierson Godwin 1937-2015

The son of H. Pierson and Priscilla Godwin Mapes, Pier Mapes grew up in Sterlington, NY. He graduated from Suffern High School and Norwich University. After graduation, he spent the next four years in the U.S. Army where he became a captain in the Signal Corps. Pier worked twice for NBC. For five years beginning in 1963, he held sales services and affiliate relations positions. He then went to Blair Television for seven years, holding a variety of sales and management positions. He returned to NBC in 1978 as vice president of network planning. The NBC Pier returned to had a number of challenges. His charge was to improve the clearances and affiliate relations, and increase television network revenue. By 1985, NBC was #1 in the ratings, and Pier had been president of its television network for three years. In 1986, GE bought NBC, and the network continued to thrive. Pier retired from the network in 1994.

When he wasn't sitting on his porch by his beloved Cranberry Lake in the Ramapo Mountains, he was golfing or traveling with his wife, Pat. Pier was a loyal supporter of Norwich University and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He was on the board of both institutions and was instrumental in their recent successful fundraising campaigns. A true sports enthusiast, Pier was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and Washington Redskins, and he greatly enjoyed horse racing. Pier dearly loved his family, his Labradors, and his country. He was a true patriot.

His wife Patricia Carlson Mapes, his sister Priscilla Mapes Maresi, and five nieces survive him.

His funeral service will be private. An informal celebration of his life will be held at his home, 9 Sterlington Road, Sloatsburg, NY, on Saturday, October 24, at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, 255 Lafayette Ave, Suffern, NY 10901.

Beverly Page

Beverly Page, of Bow, N.H., moved on to eternal life Tuesday, December 25, 2012.

Beverly was born September 28, 1939 and was raised in the New York area. She resided in California before relocating to Bow in 1968. Daughter of the late William Andrew and Virginia Pollard, Beverly is predeceased by her aunt Rebecca Pollard Guggenheim Logan of Washington, DC; her aunt Jeanne Beverly Parker of Concord; and her cousin Donald Parker of Los Angeles.

Beverly is survived by her children, Andrew Page and his wife Julie of Orono, Minn., Jonathan Page of Concord, and her daughter Jennifer Page of Mint Hill, N.C.; her grandsons Stefan Andrew Page and Austin Jonathan Page; her brother Randolph M. Pollard of Las Vegas; her niece Christine Pollard Williams of Sacramento, Calif.; and her cousin Richard Van Lennep of West Chester, Pa. Beverly was the guardian of and cared for her cousin Richard Van Lennep since 1994, whom she held dear in his life of autism.

Beverly graduated from Manhasset High School, Manhasset, N,Y, and Vermont College for Women. She was employed at Sacramento Medical Laboratory, Concord Hospital, Derryfield School, and McQuade's store on Main Street in Concord. Beverly enjoyed raising her three children, attending their sporting events and admiring their accomplishments. Her activities included membership at the South Congregational Church where she sang in the choir, the Bow Rotary Club, the Concord Chorale for 23 years, Concord Jr. Service League, the Community Players, the Concord Music Club, the Bow Garden Club, and the Concord Flower Mission. She enjoyed performing in the late Irene Deschenes' musicals. Beverly also loved attending the sporting events of her two grandchildren in Minnesota and at St Paul's School in Concord and took great pride in all of their accomplishments.

Beverly loved her community and friends, garden and flowers, music and singing. She was a former tennis player. Beverly supported the Red River Theatre and Concord Community Music School from their inception. She loved her home at Stone Sled Farm in Bow and her 13 years with her Labrador retriever, Daisy Mae.

Beverly was extraordinarily appreciative of the support of Bob and Winnie Baker, close friends and neighbors, Drs. Hoke, Shirley and Elizabeth Sanders for many years of compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: The American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; or The Autism Society of America, 4340 East-West Highway, Suite 350, Bethesda, MD 20814; or The Slusser Center, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH.  

A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 29, 2012. At Beverly's request, her ashes will be scattered along the coast of Maine.  Messages of condolences may be offered at

Lawrence W. Pratt

Lawrence W. Pratt, 83, of North Hero and formerly of Montpelier, died on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the University of Vermont Medical Center, surrounded by his family.

He was born on July 14, 1931, in Montpelier, the son of Wayne S. and Freda (Silloway) Pratt. He graduated from Montpelier High School in 1950 and received an associate degree from Montpelier Seminary School before enlisting into the United States Army.

On September 7, 1953, he married his childhood sweetheart, Jeanine Canales, at St. Augustine's Catholic Church. During the Korean War, he served his country in Germany before being honorably discharged. He continued his service as a member of the Vermont National Guard until the 1960s.

After his service in the army, he attended Norwich University and graduated as a member of the Magnificent Class of 1959, receiving his bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He spent his career working for the Federal Highway Administration and participated in the construction of Interstate 89. From 1983 until his retirement in 1987, he and Jeanine expanded their horizons, moving to Kuwait where Larry was an adviser to the Kuwait government on their road building projects.

The Pratts returned to Vermont, living on their sailboat while building a home in North Hero. Larry worked for 10 years for the Lake Champlain Transportation Co. He was a member of the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department and past president and founding member of the Pelots Bay Restoration Association. He maintained a varied interest in airplanes, obtaining his solo soaring license, building model planes and flying remote control planes. He had a variety of sailboats over the years and taught his children and grandchildren how to sail. He played the trumpet in the Milton Town Band and with the Inseldudlers, a local German band.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanine Pratt, of North Hero; daughter Jody Barna and her husband, Ed, of Randolph; sons Dean Pratt and his wife, Patsy, of Los Angeles, California, Jeff Pratt and his wife, Jennifer, of Durango, Colorado, Tim Pratt and his companion, Angela Ribolini, of Berlin, Eric Pratt, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Carl Pratt and his wife, Sue, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sister Constance Doucette and her husband, Roland, of Baltimore, Vermont; and brother Rodrick Pratt and his wife, Ralpha, of Barre, Vermont.

Calling hours will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at St. Augustine's Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Hero/Grand Isle Rescue, PO Box 79, Grand Isle, VT 05458; North Hero Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 132, North Hero, VT 05474; or the Pelots Bay Restoration Association, c/o Rich Winter, 1164 Savage Point Road, North Hero, VT 05474.

John Robertson

John Robertson, 71, of Ketchikan, AK, passed away on November 17th, 2008. John fought a battle against cancer ten years ago and after suffering a bad fall that landed him in the hospital, discovered that the cancer had returned. He spent his remaining days in a nursing home and passed away shortly after.

While at Norwich, John was a member of the Outing Club, the Radio Club for WNUB, and he worked as a member of the Winter Carnival Committee. He graduated in 1959 with his BS in Civil Engineering. John was a shining example of a decent man.

John is survived by his loving wife, Nadine, of 26 years, and a daughter, Naomi. He is greatly missed.

Condolences may be sent to Nadine at 1074 Jackson, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901.

Michael J. Rocchio

Michael J. Rocchio passed away on December 6, 2011, in Naples, Fla. Michael was born in Providence, R.I. He graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation administration. While at Norwich, Mike was a member of Theta Chi and the Newman Club.

After graduating from Norwich, Mike remained a Vermonter for the rest of his life. He loved his home in Pomfret, and was happiest when surrounded by his family, friends, horses and dogs. He was a contractor and stonemason and built many fine homes in Sugarbush and Quechee.

Mike is survived by his cherished wife and best friend, Barbara J. West; children: Tammy, Paul, and Manni West; his granddaughter, Azalea Michaela West; his brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Cindy Rocchio; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces, and a multitude of very dear friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Upper Valley Haven, 713 Hartford Ave., White River Junction, 05001.


Richard R. "Dick" Saccone

Richard R. "Dick" Saccone, age 74, of Centerville, Mass., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 3, 2012. He was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1937, in Beverly, Mass., to Robert and Adelaide (Kelley) Saccone.

Dick was raised in Peabody, Mass., and went on to graduate from St. John's Preparatory School in 1955 and from Norwich University in 1959. While at Norwich, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the Outing Club, the Varsity Club, the German Club, and the Winter Carnival and Junior Weekend committees. He also served in the United States Army and attended Columbia Business School. Richard spent his career in banking and real estate. He enjoyed watching professional sports, especially the New England Patriots and horse racing.

Richard is survived by his wife of 25 years, Judy Grant. Affectionately called "Sunny" by the children of his first wife, Helen Walkington, he leaves his sons: Mark Saccone, and his wife, Lee-Anne, and Michael Saccone and his wife, Adrienne; his daughter, Jennifer Saccone; his stepson, Andrew Grant and his wife, Lori; his sisters: Adelaide Whitaker, Betty Klein, and Janet Bullard; his brothers: Donald Saccone and David Saccone; and four grandchildren: Christian, Andrew, Catherine, and Elizabeth. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert.

Private services at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass., will be held at a later date. The family invites friends to visit them at Dick's home, 56 Rolling Hitch Rd., Centerville, MA 02632 on Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

Benjamin R. Schlapak

Benjamin R. Schlapak, 71, of 1545 Molina St., Honolulu, HI, died at home on Sunday, September 6, 2009. He was born in Winsted, Connecticut on November 14, 1937, the son of the late Rudolph and the late May (Bradford) Schlapak. Mr. Schlapak grew up in Riverton, Connecticut and later moved to Baldwinville, Massachusetts. He graduated from Templeton High School with the class of 1955.He attended college at Norwich University and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1959. Upon his graduation he was commissioned in the United States Army. He later received his Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from the Texas A & M College of Engineering.

Mr. Schlapak was a retired Army veteran, serving from 1959 to 1989 as a Combat Engineer, Staff Engineer and Facilities Maintenance Director. Mr. Schlapak served in Germany, Japan, and Panama, and participated in three Combat tours in Vietnam. After his retirement, Mr. Schlapak was employed by the Hawaii Department of Transportation, in various capacities, culminating with the position of Oahu District Airports Manager, overseeing local management of airports across the island. He was a proud member of the Hawaiian Railway Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, Norwich Alumni Association and the Special Forces Retirees Association. Mr. Schlapak had a great appreciation for and interest in aviation history, American history and literature.

He leaves three sons, Nicholas Schlapak of Honolulu, HI, Eric Schlapak of FL, Tony Schlapak of NC; two daughters, Sarah Chadason of VA, Lygia Brice of KS; one brother, Eric Schlapak and his wife Janice of York Beach, ME; five grandchildren, Amanda Chadason of VA, Kathryn Chadason of VA, Courtney Beasley of KS, Melissa Hannah of KS, Tony Schlapak Jr. of NC; two aunts, Norma Bradford of Old Saybrook, CT, and Patricia Tarrio of Old Saybrook, CT.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Congregational Church, 16 Elm St., Baldwinville. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Templeton. A calling hour will be held Saturday from 9 to10 a.m. in the Mack Funeral Home, 91 Vernon St., Gardner. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made in his memory to the Hawaiian Railway Society, PO Box 60369 - Ewa Station, Ewa Beach, HI 96706. For more information or to sign our online guest book please visit Mack Funeral Home, 91 Vernon St., Gardner is directing arrangements..

LTC Ronald J. Shea, USA (Ret.)

Shea, Lt. Colonel Ronald James , (retired) US Army, 78, died Monday January 25, 2016 in Louisville.

A native of Hamden, CT, he was the son of Bertha and James Shea, and older brother of Kenneth Shea, all deceased. He graduated with the 1959 class of Norwich University in Vermont, as an Army Lieutenant with degrees in Business and Economics. Military stations included Germany, Hawaii, and separate tours in Vietnam as Combat Infantryman and Armor Command. Ron loved playing ice hockey from the time he was 8 years old until after his 70th birthday, including as Goalie for the Norwich University Cadets and Right Wing for the semi-pro Louisville Blades. Ron and his wife loved to travel, and visited 80 countries together. After retirement, Ron volunteered at Habitat for Humanity for over 20 years, along with his wife, and remained involved until his death. He was a Freemason for more than 50 years.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Lynn Turner Shea; three children, Lynn Taylor Wesley of Louisville, Gregg Carson Collins (Sharon) of Tupelo, MS, Catherine Collins Buis of Leitchfield, KY; three grandchildren, Brandon Michael Collins of Tupelo, MS, Rachel Collins Mazzanti (Michael) of Dallas, TX, Christopher Michael Buis of Leitchfield, KY; and two great-grandchildren, Madison Collins of Tupelo, MS, and Eliana Lynn Mazzanti of Dallas, TX.

Memorial service is 4 pm Saturday at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane. Visitation is 2 pm Saturday until time of service.

James A. Skillings

James Andrew "Jim" Skillings, 76, of North Yarmouth, Maine, and Tallahassee, Fla., died at his Maine home on May 7, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on November 7, 1936, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Donald and Rita Skillings. He was educated in the Portland and Cape Elizabeth schools, and he graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School in 1955. In 1959, he graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government. While at Norwich, Jim was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Nu, and the Newman Club.

He was also a member of the Norwich University Partridge Society's 1819 Circle.

Jim married Julie Angela Watts of Barre, Vt., in June 1959. He was known to say, "The first day I met her I knew I would marry her." Jim and Julie were blessed with four children. Jim had a distinguished military career. In 1963, he was stationed in Illesheim, Germany. In June 1965, Jim returned to Fort Benning, Ga., to attend the Infantry Career Course. On June 30, 1966, Jim reported to the 1st Infantry Division, Republic of Vietnam, and was assigned to the 4th Cavalry 1st Squadron, "The Quarterhorse." After a meritorious tour in Vietnam, during which he was awarded four Bronze Stars, including one for valor in combat, and a Purple Heart, he was honorably discharged from the Army in 1967.

Following Jim's discharge from the Army, the Skillings family moved back to Maine so he could take over the family business, Yankee Distributors. In 1980, Jim merged the family business with Cumberland and York Distributors, and he continued as vice president and general manager until he and Julie moved to Florida in 1993, first to Naples and then to Bonita Springs, where Jim was highly involved in the Highland Woods Golf Community. He also got his real estate license and worked for US Homes during that time. In 2005, Jim and Julie retired, traveled the country in an RV, and moved back to Maine.

Jim was actively involved in many different community organizations, including Casco Bay Youth Hockey, the Maine Beer and Wine Wholesaler's Association, and as a goal judge for the Maine Mariners. One of his proudest achievements was helping to bring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Photo Replica, affectionately known as "The Traveling Wall," to Portland in 1989. Jim enjoyed spending time on his boat in Casco Bay, golfing at Highland Woods, and playing cards and games with family and friends. He was a voracious reader of biographies and a history buff. He lovingly cared for Julie during her terminal battle with cancer.

In August 2011, Jim married Judith Elaine Davis, and they lived together in Tallahassee and North Yarmouth. While in Tallahassee, they were very active in St. Peter's Anglican Church. Jim became an avid fan and season ticket holder for the FSU football and basketball teams.

Jim is survived by his wife, Judith; his two daughters, Jodi Coffee and her husband, Tim, and Judi Hawkes and her husband, Richard; his two sons, James Skillings and his wife, Gina, and Donald Skillings and his wife, Kathleen; his grandchildren: Natasha Balzano and her husband, DJ, Joshua, Matthew, Christina, Richard, Olivia, Elizabeth, Jessica, Cameron, and Matthew and his wife, Kate; his great-grandson, Tyler; his stepsons: Donald Stacy and his wife, Denise, and Duncan Stacy and his wife, Cynthia; his step-granddaughter, Amelie; his sisters: Susie Laughton and her husband, Norm, and Donna Kessler and her husband, Warren.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 14, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, Maine. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 16, at 1:00 p.m. at Wilde Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine. Burial will immediately follow the service.

Please visit to view a video collage of Jim's life and to share condolences, memories, and tributes with his family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Jim's memory may be made to: Maine Children's Cancer Program, 100 US Route 1, Unit 107, Scarborough, ME 04074 and/or Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route 1, Scarborough ME 04074.

Roderick Vernon Warner

Roderick Vernon Warner, an incredibly strong, courageous, and loving man, died of cancer on June 27, 2012, at the age of 74.

Born on August 18, 1937, in Hamden, Connecticut, Rod grew up on a farm with his sister, Jean, and brother, Errol. He was the first in his family to go to college and attended Norwich University, completing his bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1959. While at Norwich, Rod was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and the German Club.

Rod served as a lieutenant in the Army for two years. He soon lost his interest in sleeping in cold trenches and chose a career as a businessman. He was a dedicated and hard worker and put forth this energy to work at Monsanto and the Continental Can Company. He practiced common sense and respect with all.

He met his wife at a neighborhood pub, The Tin Can, in Chicago, Illinois. It was love at first site. Their 46th anniversary was to be this fall. He was a great dad that always stood by his two kids, Deidra and Mark, and gave them the love and support to become the wonderful people they are today. Rod coached Deidra's soccer teams and Mark's basketball teams in Ohio. He said that every member can be a part of a successful team, and he honored fair, old school play.

Rod was especially fond of his grandkids, Zachary and Leroy. His family was his drive in life. When his son and daughter married, he gave Dave, his son-in-law, and Susan, his daughter-in-law, his full love and support. Rod really took great joy out of the little things in life: improving his golf swing, taking long walks with his wife in Arizona, eating fresh food from his garden, and creating a bird habitat in the backyard. He could find wonderment in eating a radish to watching a finch eat from a bird feeder. He very much wanted to grow older and see Deidra graduate from college, and be amazed by the development of his grandson, Leroy, as he grows and learns. He has found peace, but will be missed by all who knew him.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at Rod's Home at 37224 S. Terrace Park Drive Tucson, AZ 85739 This "service" will be a time for friends and loved ones to remember Rod. The exact date in November will be announced at a later date.

Robert J. Zedik

Robert John (Bob) Zedik, 75, of Hanover, Mass., passed away peacefully at home on March 4, 2013 after a long illness. Born and raised in Johnson City, N.Y., he was the son of the late John A. and Angeline M. Zedik.

Bob was a 1955 graduate of Johnson City High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Norwich University in 1959. While at Norwich, Bob was a member of Theta Chi, the Football Team, the Outing Club, the Newman Club, and the Biology Club. He later received his M.S. from Liberty University.

Before his retirement, Bob was employed at State Street Bank and worked for many years at the Holy Cross Fathers Retreat House at Stonehill College as lay director, where he facilitated marriage enrichment, youth retreats, and Cursillo weekends. He also worked for many years in medical and real estate sales. Bob was a faithful and active member of St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Parish in Hanover, serving as lector, religious educator, and marriage preparation facilitator. His greatest joys were time spent with family and friends, participating in lively discussions, and entertaining all with his great wit and sense of humor and an occasional ditty on the gut bucket.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marilyn (Warner) Zedik; his five children: Robert J. Zedik, Jr., Karin Gerrish and her husband, Jeff, Janine Donovan and her husband, Jim, Christy Loaiza and her husband, Steve, and David Zedik and his wife, Michelle (McCormack); his sister Virginia Dietrichsen; 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his sister Marguerite Dewhurst.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Church, 392 Hanover Street, Hanover, Mass. A Mass in celebration of Bob's life will be held Friday, March 8, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Church followed by internment at Hanover Center Cemetery. For directions and the online guest book, visit

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob's memory to Cardinal Cushing Centers, 400 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339 or the Holy Cross Fathers Retreat House, 490 Washington Street, North Easton, MA 02356.


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