Norwich University

2005 Obituaries

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Cindy M. Barney, 8/20/2011
Matthew C. Converse, 12/3/2015
Rachel M. Priestley, 8/2/2003
Ronald Van der Beek, 7/16/2006
Michael J. Serba, 11/28/2006

Cindy M. Barney

Cindy M. Barney, 33, of Granview Drive, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 20, 2011, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., surrounded by her family.

Born on October 20, 1977, in Berlin, Vt., she was the daughter of Steven Barney and Florence (LaRose) Godin. She attended St. Monica's School in Barre, the Orange Center School, and graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in 1996. Cindy went on to attend Norwich University, where she received a bachelor's degree in nursing in 2005 and received the Florence Nightingale Nursing Award.

While in school, Cindy worked as a waitress for the Pizza Hut restaurant on the Barre-Montpelier Road for several years. She also worked for Washington County Mental Health, Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, and Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin as a registered nurse. Her most recent employment was with Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice as a registered nurse and certified wound care specialist.

She made her home in Barre. In earlier years, she attended St. Monica Catholic Church.

Cindy enjoyed animals, especially her loving companions, Gracie, Skeeter, and her previous dog, Sade Jayne. She loved spending time with her niece and nephew, Caitlin and Evan Emerson, who were the light of her life.

Survivors include her parents, Steven Barney, of East Barre, Florence Godin and her husband, Richard, of Barre; her loving sister, Crystal Emerson, and her husband, Daren, of Barre; her very special, wonderful brother, David Barney, of East Barre; two stepbrothers, Paul Godin and John Godin, and a stepsister, Cathy Godin, all of Enosburg Falls; her maternal grandmother, Rita LaRose, of Barre; her niece, Caitlin Emerson, and her nephew, Evan Emerson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was predeceased by her maternal grandfather, John LaRose, and her paternal grandparents, Margaret Mary and Ross MacAuley.

A service of remembrance to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011, at 11:00 am at the American Legion Post 10 in Barre. There are no calling hours. Later interment will take place at the St. Sylvester Cemetery in Websterville at the convenience of her family.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756; or to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601.

The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St. in Barre, is in charge of arrangements.

Matthew C. Converse

atthew Charles Converse, 32, of Penhook, VA, passed away unexpectedly at Lewis-Gale Medical Center in Salem, VA on Thursday December 3, 2015.

Born July 12, 1983 in Rochester, N.Y. he was a son of Charles William and Theresa Maria Converse. He is also survived by his wife, Jean Eve Jenkins and his brother Andrew Jason Converse; his beautiful daughter; Abigail Jean Converse and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

Matthew is a graduate of the Greece Athena High School and attended 4 years at Norwich University in Vermont.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.


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