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1976 Obituaries

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John C. Cannon Jr., 5/10/1999
Elizabeth S. Carter (Vermont College), 6/9/1977
Phyllis G. Clouser (Vermont College), 5/6/2000
Wichien Eiadkaew, 1/1/1985
Peter D. Foote, Jr., 12/30/2006
CAPT Peter A. Gardner ARNG, 6/29/1996
Col William G. Gardner USAF (Ret), 1/25/2004
Stanley "Stan" E. Kwasnik, 9/23/2008
Richard E. Largey, 12/20/1993
Donald F. Melander, 5/4/2009
George W. Morell
David A. Murray, 1/25/2009
Samuel Nahra III, 2/7/1992
Natalie Novak (Vermont College), 1/1/1986
Ferando J. (Fred) Nunes, 2/15/2009
Richard L. Paul, 1/3/1990
Nancy Pelletier (Jennings) Vermont College, 4/14/2015
Paul Randazzo, 10/9/2010
Gary Riendeau (Vermont College), 3/30/2002
Dennis Martin Ryan, 5/21/2012   

Peter D. Foote, Jr.

Peter D. Foote, Jr., 52 of Pittsfield, Mass., died December 30, 2006, after a short illness.

 Born in North Adams on Jan. 31, 1954, son of Peter D. Foote Sr. and Adelia Cilli Foote, he was a 1972 graduate of Drury High School, and received his bachelor's degree in finance from Norwich University. He moved to Pittsfield 15 years ago.

Peter was a supervisor at Petricca Construction Co. He previously was employed by other construction companies in the same capacity. He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. He and his wife, the former Jacqueline Tierney, were married in Pittsfield on Dec. 31, 1995.

Besides his wife and parents, he leaves a daughter, Michaela Foote; two stepsons, Kyle and Kristopher Magargal; a brother, Robert Foote; and a sister, Gail Foote. He also leaves his very close uncle, John Cilli, as well as a sister-in-law, Karen; and four brothers-in-law, Brad George, and Peter F., Chris and Patrick Tierney. He was predeceased by two other sons, Peter D. Foote III and Thomas Foote, in 1991 and 1996, respectively.

Stanley "Stan" E. Kwasnik

Stanley "Stan" E. Kwasnik, 55, died Tuesday, September 23, 2008, at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Born in Passaic, N.J., he was the son of the late Joseph and Ann Buben Kwasnik. Stan lived in Bergen County before moving to Glenwood, N.J., 28 years ago.

Stan worked as a quality control manager for Baird Industries in Ho-Ho-Kus. He was a parishioner at St. Francis deSales Church in Vernon. He is survived by his wife, Jaye Wemitt Kwasnik; his son, Matt Kwansik; and his daughters, Lindsey and Kendall Kwansik, all of Vernon. Stan is also survived by his brother, Dennis Kwansik and his wife, Barbarann, of Mendham.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral starting 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94, Vernon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Francis deSales Church. Interment will be at Glenwood Cemetery, Vernon, N.J. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

The family would prefer donations in Stan's memory be made to a local humane society of the donor's choice.

Donald F. Melander

Donald F. Melander, 54, died May 4, 2009, surrounded by family at his Williston home, after a six month battle with brain cancer.

He was born in Ballston Spa, N.Y. on October 26, 1954, the son of Ernest and Irene (Graf) Melander. Don grew up in Ballston Spa. He graduated from Norwich in 1976. While at Norwich he participated as a member of the concert band, the regimental band, the parachute club, and Fire Brigade. He also worked for WNUB Radio.

Don married Lois A. Archer '80 on August 18, 1979. Don had worked as an attendant at the Weeks School, taught driver's education and history at Northfield and Spaulding High Schools, where he also coached girl's basketball. In 1987, he shifted his focus to the environmental hazardous waste removal industry. In over 20 years in the field, he founded and co-owned, Environmental Products and Services of Vermont, which he drove to INC 500 status. He was most recently employed by Enpro Services. Don's work was marked by an absolute dedication to his employees, a deep belief in honesty and respect, meticulous attention to detail, and boundless unflappable energy.

Don's lifelong passion of farming was realized when he and Lois purchased their Oak Hill property in Williston, where he soon built a barn and started to raise miniature Hereford cattle. He spent many happy hours caring and tending to his animals, fields, and enjoying the view of the mountains.

Survivors include his devoted wife of almost 30 years, Lois Melander; four daughters, Lindsey, Ashley, Emily, and Mallory; his mother, Irene; siblings, Thomas Melander, Mary Melander, and Jane Dygert; in-laws, Frank & Muriel Archer, Bruce and Jan Archer, Gloria & Brent Atwood and Linda Chugkowski, all of Northfield; loving great uncle to, Alinda Dygert, Mark, Julie, Alyssa, Bethany and Madison Atwood, Megan Atwood, Pam & Ben Bailey, Melanie Archer, Sara, Rob, Emma and Garrett Korrow, and Sandra, Todd and Jonathan Schweikert.

The family wishes to say thanks to Don & Lois's employers, Enpro Services and New England Federal Credit Union, who were tremendously supportive. A special thanks to, Ginger & Ken Morton, Gina Frey, Melinda Petter, Maureen Corbett, Denny Lewis and Brent Atwood, all who helped keep house and farm together during Don's illness.

This has been a most difficult journey and was made easier by the love and support of friends, and family. 

Donations may be made in his memory to VNA & Hospice, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446 or call American Cancer at 800-227-2345, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

George W. Morell

George W. Morell, 47, of Mt. Kisco, NY, was lost in the tragedy of the World Trade Center where he was a Partner and Vice-President in the Mortgage Department of Cantor Fitzgerald. He was the beloved Husband of Robbie (nee Novak); loving father of Nancy Jeanne, George, Jr., Kelsey Jane and Harrison; cherished brother of Rita Shea, Anthony Morell, Mary Jane Haggerty, Catherine Raddatz, Gaspar (Jay) Morell and Mark Morell. He was a member of the Westchester Country Club, the Downtown Athletic Club and Mashomac Fish and Game Preserve, and was active in numerous community and other activities.

David A. Murray

David A. Murray, probation officer with the Vermont Department of Corrections, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, January 25, 2009, at his home in Danville, VT at the age of 54.

He was born in Montpelier on December 7, 1954, the son of Nelson and Tylea (Poulin) Murray. David graduated from Montpelier High School in 1972. After he and Joanne Fernandez of Montpelier were married December 27, 1975, he graduated from Norwich University with the class of 1976. While at Norwich, he participated on the football team, wrote for the Chameleon, and was a brother in Epsilon Tau Sigma.

He is survived by his wife Joanne; five children, Nathan, Tylea, Chelsea, Jesse, and Jamie; his brothers, Terry Murray and Nelson Murray Jr. and his wife, Janet; and a sister Gloria Duprey.

Memorial contributions could be directed to Vermont Children's Aid Society, 79 Weaver St., Winooski VT 05404.

Ferando J. (Fred) Nunes

Fernando J. (Fred) Nunes, Major, U.S. Army (Retired), 54, of Newport News, VA, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday, February 15, 2009.

Fred was born on February 22, 1954, in Pawtucket, RI. He married Donna Marie Sansone in 1978 and they raised two fine sons, Nicholas and Michael. This Army family served in Germany, various locations within the United States, and finally settled in Newport News in 1986.

Fred graduated from Norwich in 1976 and was commissioned in Armor. While at Norwich, Fred played on the football team, intramurals, and the lacrosse team. He was also a member of Maroon Key and Varsity Club. He held a master's degree from George Washington University. Fred served his country in the U.S. Army for 18 years during the Cold War with two tours in Europe guarding freedom's frontier in the 3rd Infantry Division. He commanded a tank platoon, a tank company, and he served as an Armor Battalion operations officer.

After he retired from the Army in 1994, Fred continued to serve his country from the private sector as a highly respected defense contractor and as a past president of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). He was the Tidewater Program Director for BAE Systems at the time of his passing.

Fred is survived by his wife, Donna Marie; sons, Nicholas and Michael; parents, Armindo and Odocea Nunes; and siblings, Albert Nunes and Madeline Josephs of Rhode Island. He was loved by everyone who knew him and will be missed terribly.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to the USO World Headquarters, Department WS, PO Box 96860, Washington, D.C. 20090-6860.

Nancy Pelletier (Jennings)

Nancy Anne (Jennings) Pelletier, retired Principal of the Bentley Elementary School in Salem, passed away at her home with her family by her side after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 58-years-old and a lifelong resident of Salem.

Nancy was the daughter of the late Joan and Attorney John J. Jennings. A 1974 graduate of Salem High School, she attended the University of Vermont and then finished her degree in Elementary Education at Salem State. Nancy went on to earn her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Leslie University; she was born to be a teacher.

Relatives, friends, and colleagues described Nancy as engaging, encouraging, and loving. She was a positive thinker, a great communicator, a passionate and concerned individual. Nancy was a huge advocate for the Salem school system, having spent her entire career working within it. Nancy began her career in education as a teacher in the Title 1 Program in Salem. She went on to spend 30 years at the Collins Middle School where she worked as both teacher and administrator. She retired from her lifelong career in education as the Principal of Bentley Elementary School.

As she moved from teacher to administrator, Nancy passionately worked to improve the curriculum for the students of Salem as well as to support and motivate the teachers under her direction. She believed in inclusion, never giving up on anyone, and always being positive. Nancy was all about family. She was the loving wife to her husband Phil for 37 years. They were high school sweethearts and complimented each other in their daily lives. Nancy was a very involved mother. For her children, she was their role model, advisor, teacher and motivator. Any summer vacations spent with her were jokingly referred to as “Camp Chachi." She organized outings, crafts, sports, and fun-filled activities for her children as well as many of her nieces and nephews. Every moment spent with her was an adventure. Nancy grew up skiing at Whittier Mountain and King Pine and later shared the joy of skiing with her children. She loved the water and cherished summer vacations spent on their boat, “The Bluefish.” Nancy spent the majority of her life in the Osgood Park neighborhood, eventually becoming the president of the Osgood Park Neighborhood Association. Nancy embraced life, loved her family, and truly made a difference in the lives of her students and faculty.

Nancy was the loving wife of Philip C. Pelletier. She was the loving mother of Emily Pelletier Korriku and her husband, Ilir Korriku of Salem, Philip Michael Pelletier and his wife, Laurie of Swampscott, and Anna Maye Pelletier of Salem. She was the sister of Kathleen Sweeney and her husband, John of Danvers, John J. Jennings, III and his wife, Ellen of Danvers, Jeremiah Jennings and his wife, Deborah of Salem, and Thomas Lambert and his wife, Donna of Salem. Proud grandmother of Leona and Jean Paul Korriku and Reagan and Madison Pelletier.

Friends and relatives are invited to gather from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 17, at Levesque Funeral Home, 163 Lafayette St., (Route 114 / 1-A). A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 18, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 15 Hawthorne Blvd, Salem at 10 a.m., followed by internment at Greenlawn Cemetery in Salem.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Nancy’s name may be made to Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer, 79 Main St., Suite 202, Framingham, MA 01702, or

Paul Randazzo

Paul Randazzo, 57, of High Point, NC, went to be with the Lord Saturday, October 9, 2010, at High Point Regional Hospital.

A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 6 o?clock in the evening at the residence with Rev. John Vernon officiating. Visitation with the family and a celebration of life will follow the service.

Paul was born in Hartford, CT, September 29, 1953, to Sebastian and Elizabeth (Franconi) Randazzo. He graduated from Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, CT. In 1976, Paul graduated from Norwich University with a bachelor of science degree in elementary educcation. While at Norwich, he was a member of the football team, Big Brother/Big Sister, the Junior weekend committee, and WNUB Radio. He served in law enforcement in both Connecticut and Vermont before retiring from a disability. He was a loving husband and proud father. Paul was preceded in death by his father in 2000.

In addition to his mother, Paul is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Cherie Johnston; sons, Jason Randazzo, and wife, Kendra, of High Point, and, Jonathon Randazzo, and wife, Ewelina, of New Britain, CT; brother, John Randazzo, and wife, Christine, of Andover, CT; sisters, Sharon Gill, of Winstead, CT, and Lisa Cheesbro, and husband, Mike, of Wethersfield, CT; grandchildren Kayla Cooper, Jadon Randazzo, Jasmine Randazzo, and Krystian Michalski, all of Connecticut; 6 step grandchildren, who he loved and cherished; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In honor of Paul's love for animals, memorials may be made to the Guilford County Animal Shelter, located at 4525 West Wendover Ave., Greensboro, NC 27409.

Dennis Martin Ryan

Dennis Martin Ryan, 58, of Clifton Park, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly on May 21, 2012 at his place of employment in Clifton Park.

Ryan was born on March 7, 1954, to Joseph and Harriet Ryan in Saranac Lake and raised in Chateaugay, N.Y. One of two brothers, Ryan earned the nickname “Rooster” early in his youth among Chateaugay residents for his boisterous attitude, red hair, cowlick, and proclivity for “chasing hens.”

From a young age Ryan developed a fascination for the world of radio, making frequent visits to his older brother at SUNY Plattsburgh who ran the University’s station for several years. Further exploring this interest, Ryan earned his 3rd Class Operator’s License from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), giving him the ability to go on air – at the young age of sixteen. The same year marked the beginning of Ryan’s lifelong love with Cadillac cars, receiving one on his sixteenth birthday. He attended St. Joseph’s Academy, earning his Regent’s Diploma in 1972 as well as the opportunity to attend Norwich University following his graduation.

At Norwich, Ryan was the captain of the Color Guard and graduated with a B.A. in History, Government, and Pre-Law Studies. Simultaneously, Ryan pursued a cooperative opportunity between Norwich and Vermont College that allowed him to earn his A.S. in Criminal Justice in 1975.

After graduating from Norwich in 1976, Ryan continued his quest for Radio greatness. Over time, he became known as a “turn-around expert” in the business, making lasting and changing impacts among countless radio stations across the nation. In 1991, Ryan earned the prestigious National Association of Broadcasters “Best of the Best” Award, given to only one broadcaster in the nation on an annual basis. Combining a childhood interest in toy trains with his love for radio, Ryan additionally piloted a project that lead to the on-air premier publication and narration of The Polar Express first in Dubuque, IA and later in Elmira, NY. Ryan’s unforgettable and powerful voice provided the narration.

Eventually, Ryan worked his way up to positions of leadership in the radio world, serving as President and General Manager of WIRD and WLPW-FM in Lake Placid and later as Vice President and Group Manager at Sabre Communications Radio Group in Elmira, NY, covering five stations in the area.

However, Ryan was a man of many hats, both literally and figuratively if one took a look in his closet, and later successfully pursued careers as the Vice President of NASCAR Marketing at Cicci-Welliver Racing/NASCAR and, most recently, as a Financial Advisor at NPA Financial Services in Clifton Park, a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

While no one can deny his success as a professional, every person he affected with his larger-than-life attitude can agree that Ryan embodied the spirit of community and volunteerism like no other.

During the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, Ryan was a commentator as well as the creator and producer of the Olympic Radio Network. Later he served as the Lake Placid delegate to the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo in 1984 and Calgary in 1988. A continued committed citizen to Lake Placid for years to come,
Ryan also served as chairman of the board for the Lake Placid and Essex County Visitors Bureau, today the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

A true and unwavering patriot, Ryan was a strong presence in numerous community events throughout the years. He created and orchestrated Lake Placid’s annual Fourth of July celebration Set the Night to Music – a unique and incredible experience combining his abilities with firework choreography as a certified pyrotechnician, radio, and music. Ryan’s voice, unique and memorable in itself, could be heard at numerous sports events, including as an announcer at the Empire State Games. Ryan was also the founder and chairman for the J. Bernard Fell Olympic Torch Restoration Committee, displaying his commitment to maintaining the ‘Miracle’ of Lake Placid with the re-lighting of the 1980 Olympic torch at the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2010, he earned the prestigious title of Lake Placid’s “Volunteer of the Year.”

A modern Renaissance Man, Ryan not only excelled professionally and in the community, his hobbies surpassed the every day and average, a testament to his high-achieving personality. Ryan was a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Licensed Pilot with an Instrument Rating and High Performance Aircraft Endorsement as well as an honorary member of both the Horseheads Village Fire Department and the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department.

Ryan was also known for his quirky characteristics and sometimes inflated ego. His love for Swiss cheese and Triscuits was unmatched in the world of appetizers, he enjoyed nothing more than a sip of Johnny Walker Blue Label, owned a fire truck or two in his day, and Lake Placid residents would hardly be surprised at a man dressed in an Elvis costume when Ryan was in town for a weekend.

Ryan is survived by his wife of 18 years, Barbara Ryan, Clifton Park; his brother Joseph Ryan, Buchanan; Five sisters-in-law: Judy Scammell, Lake Placid; Gun Rand, Lake Placid; Mary Farr, Montoursville, PA; Daisy Ryan, Buchanan; and Terri Rand, Lake Placid; Five brothers-in-law: Don Scammell, Lake Placid; Jay Rand, Lake Placid; Dan Farr, Montoursville, PA; Steve Rand, Lake Placid; John Rand, Lake Placid; 12 nieces: Nikki Todd, Bozeman, MT; Ingrid Stanton, Lake Placid; Stephanie Farr, Glenolden, PA; Janne Rand, Albany; Denja Rand, Lake Placid; Stanzi McGlynn, Lake Placid; Tanner, Tess, and Tristin Stanton, Lake Placid; Jennifer and Julia DiPietro, Seaford; Leah Metzler, Lancaster, PA; and six nephews: Jeremiah Ryan, Patchogue; Tyler Rand, Lake Placid; Owen Rand, Lake Placid; Anders Stanton, Lake Placid; Jack DiPietro, Seaford; Luke Metzler, Lancaster, PA.

Lake Placid held a special place in the heart of Ryan – so much that he married a local. The same can be said for Lake Placid’s heart, which will hold a special place for the Elvis impersonator, firework choreographer, and dear friend that graced its streets for over 30 years. He will be remembered by his sage words of advice: “Always do the right thing…even when nobody is looking.” Elvis has left the building.

A service to honor Ryan will be held Friday May 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Church, 169 Hillcrest Avenue, Lake Placid, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the J. Bernard Fell Olympic Torch Restoration Committee. Contact for more information.


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