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1989 Obituaries

If you would like more information regarding a name on this list, please contact the Alumni Office at 802.485.2100 or 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.

Wayne A. Aldrich (Vermont College), 3/11/2006
Jill E. Brierley, 6/3/1996
Dwight C. Cannon, 9/18/2008
Oleh ("Olko") Myroslaw Dutkewych, 1/10/2011
Anthony Jamka (Vermont College), 10/1/2000
Christine Lynch (Vermont College), 7/18/2014
James M. Staunton, 12/26/1991
Sharon E. Timmons(Vermont College), 3/1/2013
Shirley P. Vincenty (Vermont College), 2/22/2015

Oleh ("Olko") Myroslaw Dutkewych

Oleh ("Olko") Myroslaw Dutkewych, 44, a long time resident of Harvard, MA, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 10, 2011. He was born in Norwood, MA, November 19, 1966, son of Oleh B. and Marta (Sorochko) Dutkewych.

Oleh moved to Harvard at the age of twelve and graduated Bromfield High School in 1985. Choosing to pursue a military education, he attended Norwich University - The Military College of Vermont, where, based on his academic and athletic achievements at Bromfield, received an Army ROTC scholarship. He graduated in 1989 with a bachelor of science in biology. While at Norwich, he was a member of the rugby and soccer teams.

Oleh was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army in 1989, and completed Officer Basic Training in Huntsville, Alabama, and Airborne School and Special Weapons School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. After his military schooling, he was assigned to his first duty station in Crailsheim, Germany and subsequently deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

Oleh returned to Harvard and married Suzanne Hazel on August 14, 1993. Oleh was a proud and devoted father, a loving husband, a brother, a son, and a best friend. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Suzanne J. (Hazel) Dutkewych; four children: Alexandra, Nathaniel, Dmitri, and Natalia, all of Harvard. Oleh is also survived by his parents, Oleh B. and Marta Dutkewych of Chatham, MA; and three brothers: Roman Dutkewych of Ellington, CT, Adrian Dutkewych of Jefferson, NH, and Mark Dutkewych of Lincoln, MA.

Oleh worked as a financial advisor for Solomon Smith Barney and was a member of Harvard Lions Club and Harvard Color Guard.

Visiting hours are 4-8 pm on Friday, January 14, 2011 at Saint Benedict Abbey, 252 Still River Road (Still River) Harvard, MA. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Saturday, January 15, 2011 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union Street in Clinton, MA. Burial to follow Bellevue Cemetery Harvard.

For those who wish, contributions can be made to the Oleh M. Dutkewych Children's Family Trust in care of Rollstone Bank, 283 Ayer Road, Harvard, MA. 01451. Arrangements by Hamilton - McGaffigan Funeral Home, in Pepperell, MA. Please see

Christine Lynch

Christine Graham (Quinn) Lynch of Newtown passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at Pickering Manor in Newtown. She was 87. Christine was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Andrew in 2009.

Born in Dumbarton, Scotland, she was the youngest daughter of the late John and Christina Bryden Fraser Quinn. Christine resided in Hatboro and Newtown for many years. Christine was a singer who shared her talent with different groups throughout her life, including St. David's choir in Willow Grove, St. Andrew's choir in Newtown, and the Buckingham Springs Chorus. Her rich, contralto singing voice was often heard at the Church of St. Andrew where she served as a soloist for many funerals and weddings there. She was an early member of the Newtown Arts Company. An avid reader, Christine also was a freelance writer. One of her proudest accomplishments was receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Writing from Vermont College of Norwich University at the age of 62. Her short stories, particularly of being a child in Scotland during World War II, have been published in a number of literary magazines. She attended the annual Philadelphia Writers' Conference for many years.

Christine is survived by her son, Derek (Mary), daughter, Christina Graham (Chris); and granddaughters, Heather, Kelsey, Sarah Pallante and Erin Lynch, all of Newtown. She also is survived by her sister, Ray Freel, of Harlow, England. In addition to her husband, Christine was preceded in death by her sons, Drew and Ian; sister, Mima Marsland, and brother, Jack Quinn.

 Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial life celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home, 323 Washington Ave., Newtown. Her interment was held privately. Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home

Sharon E. Timmons

Sharon Ellen Timmons, 55, of Deerfield died surrounded by loving family and friends, in Exeter Hospital after a sudden and brief illness.

Sharon was born June 4, 1957 in Ludlow, Mass., to Ronald and Patricia (Guilbault) Lent. She was the beloved daughter of Patricia and stepfather William Rockwell of East Thetford, Vt. She was brought up, from the age of 2+ by her mother and stepfather, Dr. Philip W. Cummings, of Maine and Pennsylvania, who died in 1978. Sharon married Louis Henault, in 1973 of Springfield, Mass. They had one son, Sean. They were divorced 1976. In 1989, she married David Timmons of Thetford, Vt. They had one son, Brendan. They divorced after 24 years, though Sharon was still David's best friend.

She leaves her companion of four years, Robert O'Neil of Deerfield. Sharon and Robert purchased the historic Prescott Tavern and Inn on Deerfield Parade. Sharon and Robert were in the process of renovating the building. Sharon loved the historic inn and spent many hours decorating it. They had plans to open a bed and breakfast. She had a natural talent for decorating. Sharon is survived by two sons, Sean E. Henault 34, of Springfield and Brendan S. Timmons 17, of East Thetford three siblings, Geoffrey S. Cummings and his wife Joann of Williamstown, Vt. Susan M. Lornitzo of Bradford, Vt., and Lee M. Cummings and his wife Octaviyani, of Florence, Ariz, as well as an uncle, Burton L. Guilbault and his wife Robin, of Littleton step-sister Mary Rockwell and her husband, Brian of Richmond, Vt., several nieces and nephews many close, special friends and her cat, Charlotte.

Sharon was a teacher, and was currently working as a special education coordinator at the Groveton Elementary School in Groveton. She earned her B.A. in elementary education from Norwich University in 1989 and her M.A. in education from Lesley College in 1994. She received her special education certification from the University of Vermont in 2006 and was working toward her special education administration certification at the University of New Hampshire. Sharon also earned a certificate in business design from Johnson State College in 1980 and a degree in art/curriculum development from Goddard College in 1983. Sharon held several classroom and administrative positions utilizing her extensive education. She loved life, had a passion for music, and especially loved Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Janis Joplin. She was fun-loving, and enjoyed making people laugh. She collected doll houses and their furnishings, having two of them on display in one of the living rooms in the house she loved. We would like to thank all Sharon's good friends who have come to support us and those who have sent condolences. We also want to thank the staff at Exeter Hospital ICU, who were wonderful throughout this whole, very hard, time.

Sharon will be interred at the Danville Cemetery in Danville, Vt., beside her grandparents, Lee and Mavis Guilbault. In her memory, donations may be made to the SPCA. Arrangements are by the Stockbridge Funeral Home, Exeter. Please visit

Shirley P. Vincenty

Shirley P. Vincenty, 81, of Marietta, Ga, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Tranquility Community Hospice in Marietta, GA.

She was born May 2, 1933 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, the only daughter of Louis and Frances Polaski. In 1962, her and her husband purchased a home in Willoughby Hills where they lived and raised six children. In 2006, Shirley moved to Kailua, Hawaii where she lived for several years before relocating to Marietta, Ga in 2012. As a long-time resident of Willoughby Hills, Shirley spent countless hours working as a volunteer for the City. She served as Chair of the Community Days Committee; Administrative Officer of the Civil Service Commission (21 years); and was an original member of the Charter Commission that wrote the City Charter. In 1970, she received the Key to the City in recognition of her service. Later, Shirley worked as the Clerk of the Building Department. She was a founding member of St. Noel's Church where she led Bible study groups and sang in the choir. One of Shirley's proudest moments was receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree (History major) from Norwich University in Norwich, Vermont at the age of 56. She was an avid reader and a crossword puzzle enthusiast. She loved the arts and especially opera which could be heard in her home every Saturday as she listened to "Saturday at the Met" on the radio. She loved her family and took great joy in visits from her grandchildren.

She is survived by her six children, Michael (Virginia Seitz) Vincenty of San Francisco, California; Susan (Thomas) Koontz of Raleigh, North Carolina; Christopher (Lisa Burton) Vincenty of Bar Harbor, Maine; Philip (Laurel) Vincenty of Morrisville, North Carolina; Melissa (James Mather) Vincenty of Sydney, Australia; Dominic (Heather) Vincenty of Marietta, Georgia; ten grandchildren; and one brother, Louis (Pauline) Polaski of Bend, Oregon. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Frances Polaski.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Noel's Church in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.


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