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1992 Obituaries

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Clifford F. Bonna (Vermont College), 11/13/1993
Capt Todd R. Bracy USAF, 4/1/2005
Candace Collins (Vermont College), 3/9/2003
Murielle R. Drew-Nichols (Vermont College), 3/7/2015
Gerald L. DuChene Jr., FIC, 3/21/1995
R. Denis Dwinell, 5/13/1994
Corabelle A. Eddy (Vermont College), 4/2/2015
Claudia B. Graves (Vermont College), 5/2/1995
Gregory J. Harris (Vermont College), 11/19/2015
Elena A. Hartgering, 9/12/2006
Lisa Thompson Kaiser (Vermont College), 10/22/2014
Chris L. Lemoine, 1/14/1993
Arthur C. Malpere, 8/25/1997
Susan Martel, 8/28/2004
Louise M. Sandberg (Vermont College), 5/12/2015

Murielle R. Drew-Nichols

Murielle R. "Midge" Nichols, 68, of Barre, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Englewood, Florida.

Midge was born Nov. 11, 1946, to Patrick and Jeannine (Rouleau) Roy in San Sebastien, Quebec. Jeannine died when Midge was just 2 years old. Patrick remarried, and his new wife, Aurelienne, raised Midge as her own. She spent a large part of her childhood in Kingfield, Maine, but her parents settled in Barre and she graduated from Marian High School in 1964. After high school, she completed her LPN at Thompson Nursing School in Brattleboro and went on to complete her RN as an adult, graduating from Vermont College with her Bachelor of Science in 1988. Her nursing career spanned over 40 years, beginning in Norwood, Massachusetts; working in Plattsburgh, New York; and finally back to Berlin, Vermont, at Central Vermont Medical Center. Over the years, countless people expressed their appreciation for her efficient, friendly presence in the operating room. She made many friendships there, which continued after her retirement in 2012 after many dedicated years of service. Previously married to Jeffrey Cavanaugh and David Drew, Midge found true companionship and happiness with her husband, George Nichols. Together they enjoyed camping, traveling and gathering with their many friends. They loved line dancing, and the two would light up the dance floor together at any event. For the past few years, they spent some of the winter in sunny Florida. It was a nice community where they felt home away from home. Devoted to her daughter, Stephanie, the two shared a special bond, which continued with her grandson, Chase, and new granddaughter, Kate. Chase will forever have a special place in his heart for his Grammy. She will always be watching over them. An avid reader, you could always find Midge with a new book. She loved the beach and spending time with her grandchildren. Midge had compassion for all, showering family and friends with love and help. Family was her priority; through her constant caring of others she was a true matriarch. She was the anchor in her sisters' group, "the girls." She will be missed greatly by so many.

Midge leaves her husband, George Nichols, of Barre; daughter Stephanie Drew and her partner, Jeremy Gonyon, grandchildren Chase and Kate, of Moretown; sisters Sue Trecartin, of West Danville, Joanne Cyr and husband Kevin, of East Barre; brother Alan Roy and wife Shelly, of Websterville; lifelong friend and confidante Marion Kibbee, of Norwood, Massachusetts; in-laws and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Patrick and Aurelienne Roy, and her beloved sister pauline Stebar.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Mountain United Way, 1 Conti Circle, Barre, VT 05641.

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Family and friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Friday, March 20, 2015, from 3 p.m. until the time of service at 5 p.m. A committal service will be held in the spring at the Berlin Corner Cemetery in Berlin. 

Corabelle A. Eddy

Corabelle (Cora) Alice Lovejoy Russo Eddy, 73 died Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

She was born June 25, 1941, the only child of Clayton and Goldie (Hudson) (Austin) Lovejoy. She attended grade school in Burke Hollow, VT, and high school at Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville, Vt. In 1960 she attended Fanny Allen School of Nursing and became a LPN, and in the 1990s attended Vermont College and became a Registered Nurse, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

She was always a nurse in specialty units, Intensive Care, Cardiac Care, and Nursery. At the end of her career she was a psychiatric nurse at the VA Hospital in White River Jct. where she was known as Grandma Cora by the patients. Her Baha’i faith was a comfort to her throughout her long illness. She married Gene Raymond Russo in 1963 and had three sons, Turner (Randy) Russo of Randolph Vt., Craig A. Russo and his wife, Margaret of Claremont, NH, and Clifford A. Russo of Newtown, Ct.

She married Ralph G. Eddy in 1976, and had one son, Robert G. Eddy and his wife, Sharon of Moscow, ID. She had many hobbies and interests, sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking, ceramic, gardening, and genealogy, among many others. She was a nurse to all living things and could get houseplants and animals to grow and thrive when others would consider them lost causes. Her love of animals was a lifelong passion. Her cats, dogs, and other pets were her adopted children. Above all, she had a kinship with turtles, she was a veritable turtle whisperer.

She was predeceased by her first husband; her parents; two brothers, Pearly Austin and Vern Austin, and nephews Norman Austin and Nathan Austin. She is survived by her second husband, her four sons, and much loved grandchildren, Isobel Russo, Gretchen Eddy, Imogen Eddy, and Rohen Eddy, five nieces and one nephew and many cousins.

She is being buried June 12, 2015, with Oscar, her last cat of 19 years that passed a few weeks before her, in the East Haven Cemetery, East Haven, Vt.

Elena A. Hartgering

Elena A. Hartgering, Vermont College Class of 1992, died September 12, 2006. Elena A. Hartgering, 66, of Clermont, Fla., died September 12, 2006. The daughter of John and Vincenza [Polo] Albani she was born in Hartford on June 2, 1940 and lived in Manchester most of her adult life. Elena received her BA from Vermont College of Norwich University, and an MA and Sixth Year Certificate summa cum laude from St. Joseph College. Before her retirement she was a licensed professional counselor and a nationally-certified counselor with a private practice. She was on the chaplaincy staff at Hartford Hospital and an ordained minister.

She is survived by her husband, John J. Hartgering; three children and their spouses: Dianne and Autry Chapman, John and Lisa Shackett, and Andrew and Cheryl Shackett; her niece Mary Ganci; a sister and her husband, Connie and Henry Breault; and five beloved grandchildren, Reina, Holly, Lindsay, Annabel and Garrett.

Lisa Thompson Kaiser

WOODBURY - Lisa Ann Kaiser, 43, of Woodbury, passed away in the comfort of her family at the Vermont Respite House in Williston following a valiant battle with cancer on Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, 2014.

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, on June 26, 1971, she was the daughter of Larry and Judith (Sornberger) Thompson Sr. On Sept. 16, 1995, she married Jeffrey S. Kaiser in Moretown.

Lisa was a graduate of Lamoille Union High School and then followed her dream and passion of becoming a nurse, graduating from the nursing program at Vermont College/Norwich University. She began her nursing career at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin, a vocation that spanned over 20 years, working as an IV nurse and heading up the IV team. During this time she also worked with Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice and was the nursing director for Cota's Hospitality Home in Barre. Her memberships included the CRNI (Certified Registered Nurse Infusion), the Infusion Nurses Society and the Lamoille Valley Church of the Nazarene in Johnson. Lisa's family fondly remembers her for the joy she experienced from gardening, being in the outdoors, making crafts of all kinds, traveling throughout the United States and the love she expressed for her family and many friends.

Lisa is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Kaiser, and their daughters, Kaitlyn and Madeline, all of Woodbury; her parents, Larry and Judith Thompson Sr., of Eden; her sisters, Tammy Peters and her husband, Seth, of Hyde Park, and Sarah Thompson and her companion, Cory Russin, of Johnson; her brother, Larry Thompson Jr., of Enfield, Connecticut; her mother-in-law, Linda Kaiser, of Waterbury; brothers-in-law Wesley Kaiser, of Waterbury, and Dennis Kaiser and his wife, Sheila, of Colchester; former sister-in-law Ann Kaiser, of South Burlington; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family.

A service celebrating the life of Lisa Kaiser will be held from the Lamoille Valley Church of the Nazarene in Johnson on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. with burial to follow in the South Woodbury Cemetery.

The family requests that instead of flowers, memorial gifts would be appreciated to the Elizabeth Good Comolli Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663. Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury.

Susan Martel

Susan Martel, 46, passed away at her home Aug. 28, 2004, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer, with her loving husband and son at her side. She had a zest for life and a very compassionate heart.

She chose to be a nurse at the urging of her father. She earned her LPN at New Hampshire Vocational Technical College, her BSN at Norwich, and her MSN at UVM in 1996. She was very proud of all of her accomplishments.

In the 25 years of her dedicated career, she found nursing to be her true calling. Susan worked her way from a floor nurse at the Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin, N.H., to be the Administrative Director of Nursing Operations at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Along the way she touched the lives of countless people, including patients, nurses, doctors, administrators, and support staff. Susan was recently described by a colleague as a "closer", as in a baseball game, the hitter who can be counted on to bring home that winning run.

Anyone who knew her, be it for 20 minutes or for 20 years, loved her forever. Her professional career was her passion for so long, but the happiest moment for her was becoming a mother. Bradley is a precious gift that was sent to us from God. She loved him so much and she will be in his heart forever. Susan enjoyed traveling with her husband. He would say "we're going on vacation", and her answer would be "what do I pack?" She traveled extensively to the Caribbean, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Florida, Scandinavia, Russia, Estonia, Germany and her favorite place, Alaska. She marveled at the beauty and the openness. She especially enjoyed the helicopter ride which landed on a glacier and she was the first one to taste the glacier water. She loved seeing and learning about people.

She was born in Berlin, June 7, 1958, the daughter of Rene and Jacqueline (Coulombe) Ramsey. Susan is survived by Linwood (Woody), her husband of 15 years; and their son Bradley; her mother Jacqueline Ramsey of Berlin; her brothers Robert, Francis, and Russell and their wives Sylvia, Roseann, and Diane of Berlin, her brother Charles and his wife Lilly of Essex Junction, her brother Michael and his fiance Bobbi of Huntington; nieces Sara, Lori, Coleen, Katherine and Sarah; nephews Kevin and Allan, who are both currently serving their country in the military efforts in Iraq, and nephews Todd, Eric, Scott, and Daniel. Susan is also survived by her great-niece, Alison. She was predeceased by her father Rene Ramsey in November 1997.

Strong of heart and soft of hand, Susan Martel was a shining example in so many ways, as a wife, mother, daughter, nurse, and friend.

Louise M. Sandberg

Louise Sandberg, of Corinth, died on May 12, 2015, after dealing in a courageous and inspiring manner with leukemia. It was a peaceful ending, surrounded by her family.

Thus ended a rich life that went from the turmoil of World War II Amsterdam to the upheaval of 1960s and '70s California to the tranquility of rural Vermont. Louise Jeanette Haitsma Mulier was born in Amsterdam on Aug. 13, 1938, to Johann Henri Pieter Victor Haitsma Mulier and Cornelia (van Beusekom) Haitsma Mulier, the third of four children. During the Nazi occupation of Holland, she remembers her mother cooking tulip bulbs for meals. When Germany surrendered in May of 1945, after a winter of near starvation, the bread dropped from Swedish planes onto the streets of Amsterdam was the best bread she ever tasted. After the war, her first English sentence was taught to her by her father, to say to American soldiers, "Do you have a cigarette for my father?" But she was a shy girl and did not remember if she ever had the nerve to approach one of those foreign soldiers.

After finishing high school, she attended the University of Utrecht. She was in two theater productions and was on the editorial board of the students' weekly newspaper. That turned out to be her passion, week after week writing articles and poetry for the paper, helping to assemble it, and watching the printer put it together letter by letter. She cut her university studies short in 1960, leaving for the United States to marry a Californian, Steve Devoto, whom she had met in Cannes a few years earlier. She raised three children with Steve in California: Stephen, Vincent and Ulrike. During that time she completed her associate degree at Foothill Community College and wrote for the Palo Alto Times. But after her children, her most important work was nurturing the communities she was in, and protecting the Earth we all live on. She edited the neighborhood newsletter, helped to start the city's recycling program, served on city commissions, volunteered for Birthright and taught yoga. In 1979 she and Steve divorced after 19 years of marriage. In 1983 she married Robert Sandberg, whom she would love and admire for always. They had two children who were born in Livermore, California, and largely raised in Corinth, Vermont: William and Bessie.

While continuing as a remarkable mother to all five children, she earned her bachelor's degree from Vermont College. She was a substitute teacher at Waits River Valley School and Chelsea High, earning from her students the title of "coolest sub ever." She continued to teach yoga, in Montpelier, and in her own yoga studio until her illness. Her classes now continue under the direction of Bessie. In Corinth, Louise wasted no time integrating into the community, contributing her energy, idealism and determination to all around her. She never missed a single town meeting during her 27 years in Corinth, she served on the school board, the Blake Memorial Library board, was a justice of the peace, and was secretary of the Women's Fellowship. For the Earth, she co-founded Cookeville Compost with Robert, an enterprise that turns food scraps from area schools, restaurants and camps into rich soil to nurture life. She began writing the Cookeville column for the Journal Opinion in 1993 and continued faithfully sharing the stories of her community until the week of her death. Readers learned of gatherings, harvests, visitors, memorials, births and in the past year followed the saga of the inimitable rooster Lone Star. In addition to her column, she wrote theater reviews, a Christmas story and for New Year's "A Cookeville Conversation," and reported on the town meeting. Louise was the touchstone of those around her. She was a weaver of the textures and fabric of her community. She was and will always be inspirational to all who knew and admired her.

She was predeceased by her parents and by her brothers, Hans and Pieter. In addition to her children and husband, she leaves behind her sister, Wieke Mulier, and Wieke's husband, Bob Lowenstein, of Soest, and her sister-in-law Jacqueline Mulier, of Middelie, both in the Netherlands. She also leaves grandchildren Marcelle, Audra, Clark, Henry, Isabella and Stella, nephews Victor and Ernst, niece Femke, and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

The family asks that you support your local community. Come to all the events that she enjoyed - dinners at the East Corinth Congregational Church, the Corinth Coffeehouses, the Academy Cafe on Saturday mornings, the Bradford Conservation Commission movies and the Old Church Theater performances. And be good to the Earth.

There will be a memorial service to celebrate her life on June 13, beginning at 3 p.m., on the farm at 587 Abe Jacobs Road in Corinth. 


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