Norwich University

1984 Obituaries

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Robert R. Bell, Jr., 1/28/2013
Leonard F. "Lenny" Bellino, 9/30/2008
Anne Crocker Bode, 3/7/2012
Cynthia M. Field, 8/31/2007
Lawrence G. Kimball, 5/21/2013
Sandra R. Moochler (Vermont College), 12/27/1991
Elizabeth B. Pendergast, (Vermont College), 11/26/2014
Ronald O. Wheeler (Vermont College), 5/27/2015
Leslie A. Williams (Vermont College), 3/27/2015

Robert R. Bell, Jr.

Robert R. Bell, Jr., 52, of Londonderry, NH, died Tuesday January 28, 2014, in his home in Londonderry. He was born in Winchester, MA on April 13, 1961, a son of Lois (Bartosch) Bell and the late Robert R. Bell, Sr. Bobby was raised and educated in Reading, MA, and was a graduate of Austin Preparatory School and later from Norwich Academy in 1984. He served in the Army Rangers from 1984 - 1988 as a 1st Lt. Bobby worked in the financial services field for many years and was recently employed as an insurance agent with American Income Life Insurance.

Bobby was an outdoorsman who enjoyed camping and loved boating on Lake Winnipesaukee. He enjoyed attending his children’s sporting events and was a multi-level hockey referee. He loved cooking, especially grilling and had adopted two rescue dogs. He was known to his friends as “Bobby Bell” and was always ready to help anyone in need. Bobby had a great affection for Sandy Island on Lake Winnipesaukee where he loved vacationing with his “Week 3” second family. He will forever be remembered for his love of life in both his adventures and misadventures that made so many smile.

In addition to his mother Lois Bell of Reading, he is survived by two daughters, Katelyn L. Bell, and Sarah R. Bell, both of Londonderry; and his son, Joshua E. Bell, of Londonderry, a sister Linda Isabelle and her husband Scott of Wolfeboro, NH, a niece, Amy Isabelle and his former wife Annemarie E. (Grady) Bell of Londonderry and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father in 1998.

Calling hours were held on Friday, January 31st from 4 - 8pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry. Following cremation, a Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30am in St. Agnes Church, 186 Woburn St., Reading, MA.

Leonard F. "Lenny" Bellino

Leonard F. "Lenny" Bellino, 46, died suddenly on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at the Winchester Hospital.

He was born in Arlington, the son of the late Samuel M. and Rita A. (Egan) Bellino. Lenny graduated from Winchester High School in 1980 and Norwich in 1984. He continued the family tradition of excellence in sports, participating on the Football Team, Softball Team, Lacrosse Team, the Weightlifting Club, and Intramurals. He also served on the Honor Committee and Junior Weekend Committee.

Lenny served in the U.S. Army after graduating from Norwich. He was a councilor for the past six years at McLean Hospital in Brockton. He was a former director of athletics at the Boys Club in Woburn, assistant coach of the Winchester High School football team, and the coach of the sophomore football team. He also coached varsity baseball. His passions were his children, sports and work.

He is survived by his children, Jocy, Kayla, and Tara, all of Billerica; three sisters, Karen Casey of Lynnfield, Suzanne Panniello of Winchester, and Kimberly Bellino of North Reading; his brother, Samuel Bellino of Townsend; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and co-workers.

For those who wish, contributions in Mr. Bellino's memory may be made to the Winchester High School Football Team, c/o Brian Carroll A.D., 80 Skillings Road, Winchester, MA 01890.

Anne Crocker Bode

Anne Crocker Bode, age 53, of Boca Raton, Fla., died at her residence on March 7, 2012, of natural causes. Anne grew up in Ellisville, Mass., daughter of Marion Crocker and the late David Crocker, of Plymouth, Mass. She attended Plymouth Carver High School. After high school, Anne served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. After her discharge from the Army, she attended Norwich University and graduated in 1984 with a bachelor of arts in military science. After graduation from Norwich, Anne moved to Florida where she attended culinary school and became an accomplished chef. She loved to sing. She sang for the Palm Beach Opera Chorus.

In addition to her mother, Marion Crocker, she is survived by her siblings, Susan Sheren of Troy, Maine, Alison Ciotoli of Downingtown, Pa., Jennifer Crocker of Dublin, Ohio, and David Crocker of Providence, R.I.; and her nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for the family will be held in June 2012 in Plymouth, Mass.

Cynthia M. Field

Cynthia M. Field, 46, of Montpelier, Vt., died August 31, 2007. Cynthia passed away at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center due to complications from cancer treatments. Cindy was born on Feb. 17, 1961, in Montpelier, the daughter of Gary F. and Sandra J. (Goodell) Field. She attended St. Michael's Grade School and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1979. In 1984, she graduated from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Following graduation, Cindy began working for National Life Insurance Company, where she continued as an employee until May of this year.

Cindy enjoyed summer vacations in Maine, baking with her grandmother and spending time with family and friends. Cindy was a gentle, patient and compassionate person with a love for animals.

Survivors include her mother, Sandra J. Field of Montpelier; her father, Gary F. Field and his wife, Gloria of Middlesex; her maternal grandmother, Eveyln M. Goodell of Montpelier; her paternal grandfather, Lawrence Weeks of Montpelier; two sisters. Heather J. Michaud, her husband, Cris and their daughter, Jordyn of Montpelier, and Heidi MacAskill and her husband, Chris of Barre Town; two brothers, Todd M. Field and his companion, Suzanne Sleeper of East Montpelier, and Dan D. Field of Montpelier; two aunts, Florence Farnham of Berlin, and Barbara Parsons and her husband, Steve of Montana; two uncles, Brad Weeks of Montpelier, and Lonnie Field and his wife, Joanne of Waterbury; and other extended family and friends. Cindy was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, Earl S. Goodell; her paternal grandmother/godmother, Carmen Weeks; and her uncle/godfather, Arthur Farnham.

Lawrence G. Kimball

Lawrence G. Kimball, 51, of Bristol, N.H., died suddenly at his home on May 21, 2013. He was born in Melrose, Mass., the son of Robert and Jean (Palmerino) Kimball, Sr. He grew up in Melrose and attended local schools. He went on to graduate from New Hampton School and graduated from Norwich University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.

Larry began playing hockey at an early age, and through his years at Norwich. He shared his love of the game with many members of the Kimball family. Because of his outstanding talent for hockey, he was recognized with many awards including a place on the International Pee Wee team, the Jr. Boston Whalers, and the Jr. Olympic Hockey Team. He was recently inducted into the New Hampton School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Larry is survived by three sisters: Ellen Meuse, Donna Piesniewski, and Kathleen Nahigian; one brother, Robert Kimball, Jr.; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace of Holy Trinity Parish, 2 West Shore Rd., Bristol, NH. Burial will follow at Homeland Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Easter Seals, 555 Auburn St., Manchester, NH 03103.

Elizabeth B. Pendergast

Pendergast, Elizabeth Beatrice "Betsy" 52, Of Hagerstown, MD, died, Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at her home.

Born Sunday, November 18, 1962 in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of Edward Taylor Pendergast of South Dennis, MA and the late Patricia Ann (Fiske) Pendergast. She was a graduate of Belmont High School in Belmont and later graduated with an AA degree from Vermont College, where she enjoyed field hockey and rugby. She was employed as a Program Coordinator with ECHO (Every Citizen Has Opportunities) in Leesburg, Va for the past 15 years. ECHO is a non-profit organization which makes a difference in the lives of men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Besides her father, she is survived by her daughter, Corrie Elizabeth Bolcik of Bethesda, MD, son, Connor Patrick Bolcik of Middletown, MD, brothers, Edward S. Pendergast of Cambridge and Peter M. Pendergast of Malden, aunt: Joyce D. Maney of Lexington cousins: William Maney, Lisa Ruggles, Lorraine Kermond, and Laura Hill, and special canine companion, Gracie Mae. Betsy also cherished a circle of loyal and loving friends.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 10, 2015, at 9:00 am, in St. Josephs Church, 130 Common Street, Belmont, MA 02478 followed by burial at Belmont Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to ECHO PO Box 2277, Leesburg, VA 20177-7611 would be appreciated.


Ronald O. Wheeler

BARRE TOWN - Ronald "Chef" Wheeler, 83, of Misty Mountain Drive, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont, with his family at his bedside.

Born in Norwich, Vermont, on March 30, 1932, he was the son of the late Gerald and Ola (Rogers) Wheeler. Ronald attended schools in Bellows Falls. After his schooling he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served his country proudly during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1951. On April 11, 1953, he married Phyllis Marie Frotten in Montreal. They resided in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1972, they moved to Barre where they made their home. Ronald continued his education at Westfield State College. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts, then his master's from Goddard College in Plainfield and Norwich University, and his doctorate in philosophy from Elysion College. Ronald, better known as "Chef," was a teacher at Spaulding High School, where he taught culinary arts, retiring in 1990. Ronald was an avid reader, enjoyed history and genealogy and was an artist. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and spending precious time with his family. He was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church of Barre and a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years of marriage, Phyllis Marie Wheeler, of Barre Town; four children and their spouses, Richard Wheeler and his wife, Terese, of South Carolina, Gail Beaudin and her husband, Leo, of Barre Town, Phyllis Marshall and her husband, John, of Bedford, New Hampshire, and Barbara Wheeler and her husband, Michael Rechisky, of Sunapee, New Hampshire; as well as seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Geraldine Groleau, and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters and two brothers.

A Mass of Christian burial and celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at 11 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. There will be no calling hours. Burial will follow the Mass at the Hillside Cemetery in Norwich, Vermont, at 2 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Veterans Affairs, Hospice, 215 N. Main St., White River Junction, VT 05009.

Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.

Leslie A. Williams

Leslie Ann Bingham Williams passed away on March 27, 2015, surrounded by her large and loving family.

Born in Chicago in 1935, Leslie attended the Bronx High School of Science in Bronx, New York. She graduated in 1956 from Antioch College, where she edited the college newspaper, and later obtained an MFA in writing from Vermont College. Leslie was an extraordinary mother, grandmother and aunt, a writer, social activist and teacher. Her unfailing good humor, joy in life, kindness, wisdom and generosity of spirit inspired those who knew her. In her long and varied career, Leslie was an elementary school teacher, and worked as a teacher and then executive director of Headstart in Rutland and central Vermont. She taught writing at numerous area colleges over the years, including Vermont College, Community College of Vermont, Vermont Technical College and Springfield College. She served in the Peace Corps in Thailand from 1986-88. Leslie served as the executive director of the Vermont American Civil Liberties Union for 12 years. Under her leadership, the ACLU successfully advocated for several landmark Supreme Court decisions, including equitable education financing and the right to same-sex unions. Leslie gave the commencement address at the Adult Degree Program of Vermont College in 2000. The theme, in a nutshell, was based on the following quote from Horace Mann: "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity." She won plenty.

Leslie leaves her four children and their partners: George Myers and Leslie Pinkham of Moretown, Sarah and Steve Gallagher, JC and Jen Myers, and Matthew Myers and Louise Low, all of Calais. She leaves 11 grandchildren, a niece and two nephews, and her first great-grandchild was born just six weeks before she passed away.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on May 9, 2015, at the Old West Church in Calais. Please carpool if possible, as parking is always a challenge. The family invites Leslie's friends and colleagues to a reception at the Maple Corner Community Center following the service.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Vermont ACLU, 137 Elm St., Montpelier, VT 05602. 


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