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1994 Obituaries

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Lillian Brintnall, 11/11/2004
Ian R. Dodgson, 7/21/2010
Michael P. Hamelin, 12/28/2014
Joshua P. Norton, 8/6/2012
Brian John Recesso, 3/19/2009
CPT Lynn A. Reister, USA, 5/24/2001
Deanna Joy Smith

Ian R. Dodgson

Ian R. Dodgson passed away on July 21, 2010. Services in celebration of his life were held on Wednesday, August 4 at noon at the Heritage Funeral Home in Peoria, AZ. He lived in Glendale, AZ, and is survived by his wife Victoria, and his daughters Emily, Gabriella, Jenna, and Alyssa. We have no further details at this time.

Michael P. Hamelin

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the death of Michael P. Hamelin, Class of 1994.

Michael Hamelin, 43, of Suwanee, Ga., passed away on December 28, 2014 as the result of a motor vehicle accident. He graduated from Norwich in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. During his time at Norwich he was a member of Pegasus Players.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2014 at Northside Christian Church - 20250 Kuykendahl Rd. Spring, TX 77379.

An official obituary is not available at this time, the online guestbook can be viewed at:

Joshua P. Norton

DECIN, Czech Republicâ, Joshua P. Norton, 40, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 6, 2012, at his home in Decin, Czech Republic.

He was born December 9, 1971, Hudson, NY, the son of Richard and Miriam Underhill Norton. He grew up in New Hampshire, attended Christian schools, and earned a degree in electrical engineering from Norwich University in Vermont. He proudly served in the Marine Corps for four years as an enlisted man and in a second tour as an officer. Joshua willingly left a promising career in the Marine Corp to attend Bible college where he met his wife and answered a call from his Savior to serve on the mission field. Joshua married Maelene Hinkley on June 10, 2000, and faithfully served in the Czech Republic since February 2005. Joshua lovingly devoted himself to his wife and children. His love for his family and friends and the people of the Czech Republic were evident. But foremost, Joshua was committed to the Lord Jesus Christ. His faith was real, and he truly desired to honor and glorify his Savior with his life. From numerous hikes through the woods to helping memorize spelling lists, he was a terrific daddy actively involved in his children's lives. He was an outstanding husband who not only loved but cherished his wife. He was a hopeless tightwad when spending on himself, yet very generous when giving to the needs of others.

Joshua is survived by his wife, Maelene: four sons, Ethan, Seth, Levi, and Grant and a daughter Candace; his parents; brothers Daniel and Paul; sisters Faith and Lois; and 28 nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be shared with his family at

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 18 at 2 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Turner with a time of visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta on Monday, August 20 at 1 p.m. 

Brian John Recesso

Brian John Recesso, 37, of Land O'Lakes, Florida passed away on March 19, 2009 due to complications from diabetes.

A native of Johnstown, NY, he was the son of  Art and Jackie Recesso of Bishop, GA.  Brian was a 1990 graduate of Johnstown High School where he lettered in three sports: football, wrestling, and track. He was a part of the undefeated state champion football team in 1988 and 1989. He was also captain of the wrestling team, being voted the most outstanding wrestler and most dedicated. Brian also competed in the Empire State Games for two years in the Greco-Roman Wrestling venue. 

His love of sports followed him to Norwich where he continued to play football and wrestle. Due to a neck injury, he had to forego his sports career and instead took over coaching the Norwich J.V. football team, leading them to their first undefeated season. He was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame. During his time at Norwich he was inducted into the society of Skull and Swords. He graduated suma cum laude with a bachelor of science in business administration. He then went on to attend the College of Saint Rose to receive a master's in business administration.

Brian's career path took him all over the country, but his favorite time was the five years he spent with the New York Yankees. During this time, he developed a scouting program that is still used by major league baseball today.

In addition to his parents, Brian is survived by his daughter, Bella Donna, his brother, Artie, and nieces, Madelyn and Stella.  He is also survived by his grandfather, Linus Vosburgh, aunts and uncles Marie Recesso, Bill and Terry Brindle, Peter and Sandy Goderie, Bobbi and Nick Coupas, along with several cousins.

CPT Lynn Reister, USA

CPT Lynn (Armstrong) Reister grew up in Pensacola, Fla. She earned her commission after graduating from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Arts in International studies. She was currently working towards her MBA at Webster University.

CPT Reister was a graduate of the US Army Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses. During her 19 month tenure as HHB/5-52 ADA Commander, the unit successfully deployed twice. The unit also successfully passed two EXEVALS, two Battalion Command Inspections, and met its re-enlistment mission each quarter.

Her awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, The Army Achievement Medal, The National Defense Service Ribbon, The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, The Armed Forces Services Medal, The Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

Captain Reister was murdered in her home on May 24, 2001. At the time of her death she was about 6 months pregnant. She and her infant child are buried in the Ft. Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, Texas.

She is survived by her son, Triston Noble, mother, Norma Armstrong, one brother, two sisters, a Grandmother, one Aunt and one Uncle, many friends and extended family.

Deanna Joy Smith

Deanna Joy Smith, age 38 – beloved daughter and sister, Navy veteran and nurse, spiritual and intuitive – died peacefully in her sleep at home in Monson MA on the evening of April 28.

Deanna was born on August 20, 1972 in Springfield MA to her adoring parents David and Ann (Menard) Smith of Monson MA. She is also survived by her devoted sister Debra Smith, loving brother-in-law Andy Podesta of Lakeville MA, and Pepere Paul Menard of Ludlow MA. She is predeceased by her loving Memere Anita (DuBois) Menard and her loving Grampy and Grammy Ted and Loretta (Dorval) Smith.

Deanna was a beloved member of a large, loving, and fun-filled family and leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and cousins, including her godparents Janice and Charlie Smith of Southern Shores NC and Peter and Diane Menard of Plantsville CT. Her large, loving French-Canadian family will forever miss her spirit.

Deanna graduated from Monson High School in 1990 and from Norwich University in Northfield VT with a BSN degree in nursing in 1994. She was the first nurse graduate in the NROTC program. She was a nurse by vocation and heart.

After graduation, Deanna was commissioned into the US Navy – to follow in the footsteps of her paternal grandfather - in 1994 as an ensign. Since she didn’t like ships and the open ocean, Deanna served “landside” as a military nurse in a variety of mostly Marine units, including the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego CA and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She resigned her commission in 1998.

Deanna later worked in hospitals around the country in a variety of nursing capacities, including emergency room, intensive care, surgical, orthopedics and oncology units. In addition, she also cared for dialysis and dementia patients.

Deanna was a fun-loving and playful young woman, full of spunk and sass, quick with a smile and giggles. She developed a spiritual connection to the Earth’s energy, believing in the strength and wonder of things unseen and not understood. She was at times tough and vulnerable, commanding and delicate, joyful and struggling.

Deanna loved and was loved by those she leaves behind. She will be missed deeply by those of us who knew and loved her. 


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