Norwich University

1975 Obituaries

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Kimberly A. Baganski(Vermont College), 2/3/2012
Thomas E. Banziger, 1/4/1991
Celeste Bird (Vermont College)
David S. Chilson, 6/5/2006
LTC Gary P. Cyr, ANG (Ret.), 4/2/2014
Diane Doyle (Vermont College), 1/15/1997
Diane E. Halliday, 1/14/1994
Peter J. Henry, 3/24/2004
David A. Hof, 12/12/1985
SFC Eddie L. Jenkins, 6/22/2010
Pearl Joyal (Vermont College), 9/6/1988
Earle L. Lund, III, 2/13/2014
Laura D. McMullin, 3/22/2000
Sean J. Moran, 11/27/2012
MAJ Richard J. Ralphs, USAF (Ret.), 3/15/2015
Gary Lewis Roberts, 2/12/2008
Anita M. Shepard, 12/15/1984
Gertrude O. Sherlock, 12/2/2012
Kenneth J. Silva, 12/15/1991
Joseph L. Tryon, 6/21/2011
Paul Willis, 10/12/2004

Kimberly A. Baganski

Kimberly A. Baganski, 57, of Charlesgate East, passed away Friday February 3, 2012 at Miriam Hospital in Providence after an illness.

She was the longtime companion of Kenneth J. Marshall with whom she resided. She was born in Switzerland, a daughter of the late Marcellus and Dorothea (Hambly) Lemaire and Agnes C. Lemaire of Taunton, MA. She recieved her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Associates Degree in Sociology from the University of Vermont. She was employed by the Vermont State Hospital for six years, where she conducted several clinical studies. She has lived in Rhode Island for more than 20 years.

Besides her companion, she leave a daughter, Corinne Corsetti-Baganski of Saugus, MA, and 2 sons, Jeremy Osgood and Branden Baganski of Worcester. MA. She also leaves 2 beloved Grandsons, James and Nicholas Corsetti and soon would have been the proud Grandmother of her only Granddaughter.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday at 2pm in the Charles Coelho Funeral Home, 151 Cross St. Central Falls, Rhode Island. Relatives and friends are invited to attend and may call at the Funeral Home from 1pm.

LTC Gary P. Cyr, ANG (Ret.)

We bet you one fish ‘n chip dinner from the Weathervane Restaurant on Dover Point Road that someone up in heaven is getting a two-hour lesson right this very minute about "Old Glory" and why we place our hand over our hearts when she flies!

Please join Lt. Col. (ret.)Gary Cyr's four children in a proud salute as we say, "I love you" and pay tribute to a very special man that passed away on April 2, 2014. On this day, Carey Ann Cyr Hendricks will sing his praises, Jennifer Cyr will laugh loudly in his honor, Julie Cyr Longard will comfort his friends and share his joy and Matthew "Buddy" Cyr will carry on his distinguished legacy and the Cyr name forever.

Proud parents Claude & Marion Cyr preceded him and Gary leaves behind brother Mark Cyr and spouse Leigh Herndon, sister Claudia Cyr, sister Lisa Cyr Hall and spouse Doug Hall, sister Tracy Cyr Masse and partner Rich Page.

Gary is now shining down on his first granddaughter Aubrey Blake Hendricks, the many nieces and nephews that carry his spirit and his dear friend, Judy Daniels.

A true Sox fan raised in Topsfield, Mass., Gary graduated from Masconomet High School 71' and Norwich University '75. The flight of his military career landed in Dover for many years where he and the mother of his children, Meg Cyr (ex-wife) raised a family full of love.

He dedicated 27 years of service to the United States Air Force and Air National Guard. He truly believed in bettering the lives of those that served this great country and devoted his retirement years with ESGR supporting these fellow veterans and their families.

Gary spent many days making his self-constructed colonial house a home. He annually strapped 6 bikes to the roof of a popup camper, he danced down the mountain gracefully with his wooden skis; he strummed his guitar at night to help his children fall asleep; he read every billboard aloud, he impersonated Elvis "like a king," he instilled a strong work ethic and always laughed at his own jokes.

May all of his many friends from all parts of the country know that he rests peacefully tonight with Fox News blaring in the background and his pot of Dunkin' Donuts coffee brewing in the kitchen. His grass has been meticulously mowed in straight lines and his car washed and rewashed one last time. It's guaranteed he has already made friends and entertained an audience dressed as one of the Blues Brothers.

Let us please salute him proudly and ignite his joyous spirit to spread like wildfire across this great nation that he so proudly represented.

SERVICES: Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 10, 2014, from 5-8 p.m. at the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., Concord. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, April 11, at 10 a.m., at St. Peter Church, 135 North State St., Concord. Committal prayers and military honors will follow at the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. In lieu of flowers consider making a donation in his honor to Arrangements are under the direction of the Bennett Funeral Home, Concord.

SFC Eddie L. Jenkins

SFC Eddie L. Jenkins, died unexpectedly on June 22, 2010 at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC.  At Norwich, Eddie was known as a kind and friendly man whose infectious smile was well known across campus. His favorite quote was “We are the world, let’s smile and make it beautiful with love.” Majoring in physical education, Eddie was very devoted to athletics. He participated all four years on the Men’s Basketball Team and was on Varsity Club. He was co-captain during his senior year. Eddie was also active as a member of the Sophomore Honor Committee while at Norwich. After graduating from Norwich in 1975, he entered active duty in the U.S. Army. He served 20 years before retiring and entering the civilian workforce.

In addition to his wife of 34 years, Linda, he leaves two sons, Eddie Jr. and Shannon; a daughter, Tashonia; seven siblings, and seven grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Monday, June 28th at the Church of Christ in Fayetteville, NC, and he was buried later that day at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake, NC.

Earle L. Lund, III

Earle L. Lund, III 60, of Mayflower Drive, Keene, NH, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014 at his home in Keene, surrounded by his loving family, following a short period of failing health.

He was born in Laconia, NH, March 05, 1953, the son of Mary (Nedeau) and Earle Leighton Lund, II.

He majored in Business Administration at Norwich University, graduating in 1975, received his commission, and entered the United States Air Force on May 1, 1976. While attending Norwich University, he was a member of the college's intramural wrestling team, the Pistol Club, and a member of Alpha Kappa.

He served in the United States Air Force over twenty years, with his primary specialties as an Airlift Pilot, Analytical Studies Officer, Bomber Pilot General and a B52 Bomber Pilot, and was stationed at several bases within both the United States and Germany.

He received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, AF Commendation Medal, AF Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster, and the AF Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters. He served from August 2, 1990 to November 30, 1995 in support of Operation Desert Storm, receiving the Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster, AF Longevity Service Award with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, AF Overseas Long Tour Ribbon and the AF Training Medal. Mr. Lund retired as a Lt. Colonel, on August 31, 1996.

Following his career military obligations, he worked as a case worker in Ocala, Florida and as a sales manager with Security Access Systems in Inverness, Florida.

He had a passion for writing and completed a book on "The Battle of Britain" which is used today for military training. He loved listening to the "oldies", acrylic and oil painting, woodworking and restoring his 1980 Corvette. He especially enjoyed taking long walks, jogging in the woods, and mountain climbing.

He was a member of Jerusalem Lodge No. 104 of the Masonic Order and a parishioner of St. Bernard Church in Keene.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Cheryl A. (Phillips) Lund of Keene; two children, Jennifer L. Lund and Earle L. Lund, IV, both of Keene; two grandchildren, Nathanial R. Lund and Zachary T. Lund, both of Keene; his father, Earle L. Lund, II, of Stoddard, NH; a sister, Susan D. Adams, of Sandy, Utah; his mother-in-law, Barbara A. Sullivan, of Keene; his sisters-in-law, Barbara Hammond, of Keene and Karen Libby of Pacific, WA; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and a close family friend, Mary Durgin of Campton, NH. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary V. Lund, on January 14, 2006 and his father-in-law, Paul F. Sullivan, on December 1, 2012.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM in St. Bernard Church, 185 Main Street, Keene, NH. Burial with full military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Main Street, Keene. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene. The Jerusalem Lodge No. 104 of the Masonic Order will offer a prayer service at 7:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Lund's memory to Norwich University, Attention: Alumni, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663, or to the ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Clinic, VA Medical Center, 215 North Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05009.

Laura D. McMullin

Laura D. McMullin, of Weston, Mass., passed away unexpectedly on March 22, 2000, at the age of 44. She graduated from Weston High School in 1973 and Vermont Jr. College in 1975. 

She was the beloved daughter of Barbara Bell McMullin of Wayland, Mass., and the late Robert D. McMullin. She was the devoted sister of David A. of Marlboro, Mass., Jonathan H. of Wayland, Mass., Thomas K. of Osterville, Mass., and Nancy M. Benotti of Lancaster, Mass. She was is also survived by four nieces: Kimberly, Elizabeth and Jaqueline Benotti and Jennifer McMullin.

A graveside service was held on April 1, 2000 at Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut St., Newton Centre. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, 350 So. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02120. 

Sean J. Moran

Sean Joseph Moran, 59, of Derry, N.H., passed away on November 27, 2012 after a long battle with cancer.

Sean was born in Stoneham, Mass., on July 21, 1953, the son of Joseph and Elaine Moran (Streeter). Sean grew up in the Albany, N.Y., area where he graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 1971 as a football and hockey standout. He graduated from Norwich University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. While at Norwich, Sean was a member of the football team. As a defensive tackle he was All-New England and All-East in 1974 while earning team MVP honors on defense. He was inducted into the Norwich University Hall of Fame in 1983. Sean was a true leader, both on and off the field, throughout his life.

After graduating from Norwich, Sean worked for the Ford Motor Company at plants in both Albany, N.Y., and Flint, Mich. He married the former Lindsay Jo Katz NU'77 in 1979. They moved to Derry, N.H., in 1984 where he began his career with the Raytheon Corporation in Andover, Mass. Since that time, he had worked on both the Hawk and Patriot Missile programs as a production and quality control manager. During his time with Raytheon, Sean was tasked with three demanding assignments in the Middle-East in support of U.S. foreign military programs.

Sean was extremely involved with his community, coaching both the hockey and football teams at Pinkerton Academy in Derry. He was active with the gymnastics and woman’s lacrosse programs as a major and minor official. His passion for hockey kept him playing on numerous teams and leagues throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts even after being diagnosed with his illness. Sean was an avid reader with a thirst for knowledge. He enjoyed fishing and loved being on the water, whether it was on a lake or the ocean.

Sean leaves behind his beloved wife of 33 years, Lindsay Moran (Katz) NU'77; a daughter, Meagan Moran; his mother, Elaine Moran; and six sisters: Elizabeth Strouse (Moran), Karen Foust (Moran), Patricia Moran, Maureen Moran, Diane Moran, and Linda Moran. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Sean also leaves behind his brother-in-law, Jeffrey Katz NU'73.

Sean was a loving and devoted husband, father, son and brother. He was a selfless friend and a willing mentor. He will be missed by all he touched.

Calling hours will be held on December 2, 2012, at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover Street, Manchester, N.H., from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A short tribute to Sean will be held at 6:00 p.m. Additional information and directions are available at

A funeral Mass with be held at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, 187 Hampstead Rd., Derry, N.H. at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2012. Internment at the Forest Hill Cemetery, 14 Manning Street, Derry, N.H. will follow the Mass.

Gary Lewis Roberts

Gary Lewis Roberts, 55, of Manchester, CT, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. The son of John L. and Margaret C. Roberts, he was born on an Air Force Base near Warrington, Lancashire, England. Gary was nearly three years old when the family was transferred to Waco, TX for one year; Homestead, FL for four and one half years; Rome, NY for six years; and to Manchester in January of 1967. Gary obtained the rank of Eagle Scout by the time he was fifteen. He also played trombone in the Manchester High School Band. After graduation he studied one year at the University of Connecticut and then became an ROTC cadet at Norwich University in Northfield, VT. While at Norwich Gary participated in track, wrestling, intramurals, he was a member of the football team, and also of the Arnold Air Society.

Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF. After over a decade of service Gary retired from the military and was employed at Aetna for several years. After the massive layoffs of the nineties, he established his own company "All Jobs by Gary". Gary excelled at Square dancing and Rounds and was a former Vice President and President of the South Windsor Square Dance Club.

He was predeceased by his mother; and is survived by his son, Jeffrey of Boston, MA; sisters, Christine and Jack Pendleton of Canby, OR, and Kathryn and Anthony Janco of Hudson, NH; his brother, Dale and Kimberly Roberts of Trabuco Canyon, C A; his father, John and Loisjean Roberts of Manchester; and a very special friend, Renee Taylor of Windsor.

Gertrude O. Sherlock

Gertrude Ouellette Sherlock, 87, a long-time resident of Tunbridge, Vt., passed away Sunday evening, December 2, 2012, at Brookside Nursing Home in Wilder, Vt., after a brief convalescence there.

Gertrude was born in Amesbury, Mass. on September 4, 1925, the daughter of Ludgar A. and Dora (LaMontagne) Ouellette. Ger¡trude moved to Tunbridge with her family at a young age. She was raised on a dairy farm with her four siblings, Connie, Jackie, Caroline, and John. She attended grade school at the #3 School on Potash Hill Road and graduated from South Royalton High School in South Royalton, Vt. She later attended nursing school. She met and soon got engaged to Robert Sherlock, being swept off her feet by his marriage proposal while on top of the Ferris wheel at the Tunbridge World's Fair. Robert and Gertrude set up their household at the Invermay Farm on Spring Road, where they raised their five children, Jim, Margaret, Mike, Dale, and Phil. Gertrude loved gardening, literature, ancient and Biblical history, and all things Irish, and was a jack-of-all-trades housewife who could do it all-and she never missed a good sale. In 1974, she went back to college, majoring in early childhood development, and graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., making the dean's list six times. For the remainder of her working career, she was a kindergarten teacher in South Royalton. Gertrude happily lived her last 10 years in her dream log home on Spring Road in Tunbridge. She is survived by four children; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, who remember her fondly. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Sherlock; a son, Michael Sherlock; and a sister, Jackie Edmunds. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Tunbridge Congregational Church in Tunbridge. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Tunbridge Food Shelf, c/o Euclid Farnham, 24 The Crossroad, Tunbridge, Vt. 05077, and make a thoughtful act of kindness for an elderly neighbor. Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, Vt.

Joseph L. Tryon

Joseph L. Tryon, 59, of Belmont, Mass., died peacefully on June 21, 2011, surrounded by his loving family and a close friend. Born on May 16, 1952, he was the beloved son of the late Joseph L. Tryon and Helen Tryon McCabe.

Joe graduated from Belmont High School in 1971. He continued his education at Norwich University, and graduated in 1975 with a bachelor of science in physical education. While at Norwich, he was a member of Big Brother, P.E. Majors Club, Rugby, and Intramurals. Joe was a longtime employee of the Gaebler Children’s Center and McLean Hospital, where he provided loving care and support to those in need. Joe also established JL Tryon Landscaping. He was a dedicated volunteer of the Belmont S.P.O.R.T. program, and an active parishioner of St. Joseph Parish.

Joe was the loving husband of Margaret “Peggy” (Neville) Tryon and the late Nancy (MacIsaac) Tryon; devoted father of Joseph L. Tryon and his wife, Melissa Sturm-Tryon, of Arlington, Va., Travis F. Tryon and his fiancé, Shannon Crosby of Charlestown, Mass., and Rosaleen A. Tryon of Belmont, Mass. He was the proud grandfather of Travis J. Tryon; brother of Mary Ann Christie and her husband, Richard, of Goffstown, N.H., Jane E. Caira and her husband, Michael, of Wilmington, Mass., and Thomas A. Tryon and his wife, Judith M., of Quincy, Mass. Joe is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours in St. Joseph Church, 130 Common St., Belmont, Mass., on Friday, June 24, from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 25, at 9:00 am in St. Joseph Church. Interment will take place at Belmont Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Rosaleen A. Tryon Family Supplemental Needs Trust, 10"A" Street, Belmont, MA 02478. 

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