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Kassiah (Lori) Lee (Slocum) Hayes of Fairfax, VT, passed away on June 14, 2024.

She was born on June 10, 1967 in Burlington, Vermont daughter of Mary Lou (Bombard) Kane. She attended grade school in Burlington and graduated from On Top. She attended Champlain College. She has waitressed in many restaurants some include Libby’s Blue Line Diner, Milton Diner, Pie in the Sky, Friendly’s, Apollo Diner and the Olive Garden, where she was currently working.

She loved spending time at camp with her long term partner, Jeff and her granddaughter Kinlee. Kassiah loved her three girls, enjoyed photography, music, dancing, driving with the windows down, bingo, sudoku, reality TV, traveling, floating on Metcalf Pond and anything artistic and creative. She spent most of her life being friends with Bonnie Lee Cushion and Kelly De Paul.

She will always be remembered for her loud outgoing personality and being an enthusiastic loving supporter but also for her erratic driving with the windows down and music blaring. We’ll always imagine hearing them say “God Bless America” one more time. Her memory will live on in the hearts of all those who loved her.

She was preceded in death by sister Linda Lee Slocum, mother Mary Lou Kane, step-father Walter James Kane, grandmother “Nanny” Merilda Bombard, grandfather “Grampy” Louis Bombard, many aunts and uncles.

Kassiah is survived by her three daughters Kayla Wright, Karissa Hayes and Alexzis Guyette, 3 grandsons and her granddaughter Kinlee Pidgeon, long-term partner Jeff Guyette. Father Richard Benoit, Sister Lisa and her husband Kenneth Billings, Brother Buddy Slocum, Tina Benoit Villanueva, Chrystie Benoit Read and Jeff’s sister Kerry Guyette. Jeff’s Mother Barbara Guyette, nieces and nephews Kati, William and Keith Billings, James and Amber Kingsbury, Amanda Gillilan and Emily Horton. Great nieces and great nephews Kyle Billings, Brayden and Carter Welch, Will and Olivia Billings, Cecilya Kingsbury, Brantley Burbo, Jayden and Jordyn Pratt, Addisyn Veren, her Uncle David and wife Dawn Bombard, Aunt Marie Rouille and many many cousins.

There will be a small intimate service at her favorite place. Donations to The Dream Project would be greatly appreciated. Checks may be mailed to The Dream Project, PO Box 361, Winooski, VT 05404.

Elaine Furman Kirkpatrick (nee Shattuck), 83, of Fairfax, VT passed away unexpectedly on June 13, 2024, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on January 3, 1941, Elaine was raised in Pepperell, MA by her parents Forrest and Marion Shattuck, the youngest of four sisters, Patricia, Barbara, and Sally. Graduating Pepperell High, she attended UMass Amherst where she met and married her first husband Anatol Furman. With a BA in math and raising two children, the family settled in Fairfax in 1969. Elaine taught math at Bellows Free Academy Fairfax for nearly 20 years.
It was 1975 when Elaine met the love of her life, Robert Kirkpatrick, a man of exceptional character with five children of his own. The two moved to Fountain Hills, AZ in 1989 where they tied the knot, returning to Fairfax in 1996.

A lifelong accordion player, she entertained at home until the accordion wore out. Elaine loved line dancing and carousing with the Red Hat Ladies. Fiercely independent, she loved spending time at home alone reading or just enjoying the view.

She lived a life of service to the community with the United Church of Fairfax, Order of the Eastern Star, Historical Society, Cemetery Association, Senior Citizens, Retired Teachers, and others.

Elaine is predeceased by her husband Bob, her parents, and sisters. She is survived by her children Natalie Nelson (Easton) and Geoffrey (Alethea Coulter), her stepchildren Bill (Linda), Robert (Jane), Jean Kirkpatrick Blake (Ernie), Thomas (Sui), James (Steven), many grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday June 28, 2024 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Fairfax Chapel. A funeral service will be held at the United Church of Fairfax, on Saturday June 29, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Katherine Arthaud officiating. Inurnment will follow in the family lot in Sanderson Corners Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Elaine’s memory can be made to the United Church of Fairfax, c/o Sally Sweet Treasurer, 44 Sweet-Slattery Road, East Fairfield, VT 05448. . Please visit awrfh.com to share your memories and condolences.

Saint Albans - Gladys Martell Rocheleau died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild on May 2, 2024. Gladys was born in Alburgh, Vermont on August 4, 1928, and was the last surviving child of Levi and Marie Martell’s six children.

Gladys was an independent spirit and graduated from Alburgh High School in 1944 at 16 years old. She attended UVM for one year to become a teacher but found her true passion was to become nurse. She enrolled in St. Albans Hospital Training School for Nurses where she excelled. In 1949, she was a member of the last graduating class of the St. Albans Nursing Program.

Gladys’ lifelong true happiness was in her role as a nurse. She was ready at a moment’s notice to help anyone, anytime; always only a call away for relatives and friends. Her experiences at the St. Albans Hospital included that as an IV Nurse, Obstetrics, Operating Room, and as School Nurse at BFA Fairfax. In 1981, she became a Nurse Practitioner, one of the first in the state of Vermont.

Gladys married Ulric (Rush) Rocheleau on October 14, 1950. They were very well suited for each other and led a very social life. They had many friends and parties at their house and camp. One of Gladys’ and Rush’s favorite places in the world was at their camp on Lake Champlain where they summered for more than 40 years.

She is survived by her son Karl and his wife Cheryl, her daughter Karyn, three grandchildren, Matt Rocheleau and wife Rebecca, Christopher Rocheleau and wife Kate Gardner, Jessica and husband Derek Miller, and four great grandchildren, Halle, Alexander, Otis and Cole. Gladys was predeceased by her husband Ulric (Rush) and her siblings Madeline Doyle, Carlton Martell, C. Allen Martell, Gloria Martell, and Lorraine Chevalier.

Gladys belonged to many organizations such as Board of Continuing Ed. for Nurses, Franklin County Mental Health, Retired Teachers Association, NMC Auxiliary, Warner Home Board, Franklin County Alcohol Council, American Heart Association, Ladies of St. Anne, Catholic Daughters, Autonoe Club, Elks Club, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, St. Albans Duplicate Bridge Club and Green Mountain Doll Club.

Special thanks to Laurinda Poirer, Lynca Perkins, Trisha Woodward, Claire Deslauriers, Norm Choiniere and June Sweeny who helped take of Gladys in her final hours.

Gladys’ family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 2:00 PM at Immaculate Conception Parish, Holy Angels Church, 245 Lake Street. Prayers of committal and interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you donate to Kamp Ta Kum Ta, P.O. Box 459, South Hero, Vermont 05486 or the Gladys Rocheleau Scholarship for Nurses at BFA Fairfax, 75 Hunt Street, Fairfax, Vermont 05454.

Honored to be assisting the family of Gladys Rocheleau is Rett Heald of the Heald Funeral Home, where messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

The family of Richard N. Shores, 70, of St. Albans, announces that he passed away peacefully May 5, 2024, in St. Albans. He was born in Burlington, January 6, 1954 to Richard and Shirley (Palmer)Shores. He worked at Union Carbide for several years. Rick loved to pick on his sisters. He was known for his love of buying and selling antiques, reading, gardening, and riding bicycles..

He is survived by his brother Daniel Shores of Fairfax, VT, his sisters Pauline Frazier and spouse Morris Frazier of Vancouver, WA, Mary Zollo and spouse Tim Zollo of Vancouver, WA, Diane Mears and spouse Philip Mears of Milton, VT, Susan Stryker of Milton, VT, Sally Heyer and spouse Joel Heyer of Fairfax, VT, and several nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Shirley Shores and his brother Kevin Shores.

A Remembrance Gathering and interment will be held Saturday, May 11, 2024, at 11:00 AM, in St. Luke's Cemetery, Fairfax.

As an alternative to flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the Franklin County Home Health and Hospice, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.

Arrangements are entrusted to Jeffrey Levesque and the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home, where fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with his family and friends at: www.bradyandlevesque.com.

Andrew Roger Lavallee
February 21, 1952 — April 25, 2024

Andrew "Andy" Roger Lavallee, a loving father and devoted friend, passed away peacefully on April 25th, 2024. Born on February 21, 1952, in Colchester, Vermont, Andy lived a life filled with a passion for helping others and a love for spending time with his family.

Andy's career path led him to his tenure as an Engineering Manager at Green Mountain Power. His natural curiosity and knack for fixing anything, from cars to antique clocks, was a lifelong pursuit. This desire to contribute extended beyond his profession, evidenced by his dedication to volunteering with Randolph Center, South Hero, Saint Albans, and Westford Fire Departments. He later became a Certified Fire Fighter Instructor with the Vermont State Fire Academy where he served for many years.

Known for his great sense of humor and commitment to others, Andy was happiest surrounded by family and friends. Whether it was fishing on the boat, sharing stories, or simply enjoying each other's company, Andy cherished these moments. He found joy in spending countless summer days at the family camp on Lake Champlain.

Andy leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and a helping hand. He will be deeply missed by his children, Matthew and Lauren Lavallee, his siblings Joanne Wilkins, Dennie Lavallee, Peter Lavallee, David Lavallee, Marie Mcklay, Ted Lavallee, Richard “Dick” Lavallee, and Rebecca (Becky) Roy. Andy was predeceased by his daughter Catherine Lavallee, brother Robert (Bob) Lavallee and his parents Roger and Elaine Lavallee.

Visitation to honor Andrew's life will take place on May 4, 2024, at Minor Funeral and Cremation Center in Milton. Friends and community members are invited to pay their respects from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on that day, with a brief service to follow. There will be a private celebration of Andy's life at his favorite place, the Lavallee family camp this summer.

Current News & Events / Newton "Newt" Garland dies at age 99
« on: April 25, 2024, 12:02:37 PM »
Newt donated land on Shepardson Hollow to the Town of Fairfax for recreation.

Newton C. “Newt” Garland, 99, an avid outdoorsman, has climbed his final mountain. He died on Thursday, at the Residence at Quarry Hill in South Burlington, after a short illness.

He was born in 1924 in Lowell, Mass. His parents owned a large dairy farm in Pelham, N.H., and he and his two brothers and sister were expected to help out. His lifelong attachment to the land and his ability to fix things served him well.

He attended Cornell University, joined the Navy and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At RPI he was a lacrosse standout and in his senior year was selected as a midfielder on the North Squad in the 1946 annual North/South All Star Game. Newt received a master’s in mechanical engineering from MIT, with specialized postgraduate work in optics.

He spent most of his career as an engineer at General Electric in Schenectady, N.Y.; Pittsfield, Mass.; and Burlington, Vt. He worked on missile guidance systems and held several patents for his work on the Vulcan gun.

Newt raised two sons, and, in 1966, he and their late mother, Margaret “Peg” Garland, bought land in Fairfax, Vt. In 1971, he designed and built an A-frame house on the land. He fabricated the rafters at his house in Burlington and enlisted his sons, friends and neighbors to erect the cabin.

While well into his eighties, he spent many happy hours on the land — clearing brush, cutting firewood and building trails — which he wanted the public to enjoy. He hiked, skied, bicycled and kayaked. As a volunteer, he worked on many trail-improvement projects in Vermont, New Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii.

After retiring from GE, Newt bought a house in Albuquerque and split his time between Vermont and New Mexico. A few years ago, tiring of his twice-yearly drives between the two states, he returned full-time to Vermont. He granted a conservation easement on most of his Fairfax property to the Vermont Land Trust to protect it and ensure public access, and in 2023 donated the 63 acres to the town.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Nancy Smith, of South Burlington; his sons Russell and his wife, Gayle, of Santa Fe, N.M., and James and his wife, Sooyeon, of Danbury, Conn.; and three grandchildren, Stacy, Jason and Arin.

Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to the Green Mountain Club or your favorite charity.


June 17, 1935 - April 22, 2024

In loving memory of Kathryn Webb, fondly known as Kay to those who cherished her deeply. Kathryn passed away on April 22, 2024, at the University of Vermont Medical Center, leaving behind a legacy that will forever hold a place in the hearts of many.

Born on June 17, 1935, Kathryn's life was a masterpiece woven with the threads of creativity and passion. As a well-known artist, her exquisite work adorned the landscapes of Vermont, capturing the essence of beauty in every stroke. Her artistry spoke volumes, painting vivid stories that resonated with all who had the privilege to experience it.

Beyond her artistic talents, Kathryn shared solace, joy and horse habit with her daughter Susie. She enjoyed the company of her beloved horses. The equestrian world was not just a hobby for her; it was a realm where she found peace and serenity amidst the bustling canvas of life. Her love for horses was not unique to horses, as she loved her K9 companions fiercely

Kathryn is reunited in eternal peace with her parents Ivis and Francis Gainey, as well as her loving husband of 55 years James “Jim” Webb. Although she has departed from this world, her spirit lives on through the memories shared by her surviving family and friends. Among those left to cherish her legacy are her three children: Michael Webb (Diane), James Patrick Webb, and Susan Webb; five grandchildren, Bennet, Sean, Nicholas, Sarah and Allison; and five great-grandchildren with whom she enjoyed spending time with. Their lives have been enriched by Kathryn's love and wisdom, which will continue to guide them in their journeys ahead.

A graveside service to honor and celebrate Kathryn's extraordinary life will take place on Friday, April 26, 2024, 1PM at the Grand Isle Cemetery in Grand Isle, VT. The service will be a poignant moment for all who knew and admired Kay as they come together to bid farewell to a remarkable soul whose light will forever shine brightly in their hearts.

In every stroke of paint and every hoofbeat that echoes through the fields she dearly loved, Kathryn's presence will be felt—a timeless reminder of a life filled with passion, creativity, and boundless love. May her soul rest in peace as her artistic spirit dances among the stars. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Grand Isle Rescue

*May you paint the skies in hues of eternity, dear Kay.*


Peter was born on July 9, 1964 and passed away on April 10, 2024. He was the son of Rene Boissoneault and Barbara (Magnan) Young.

He was one of 6 children that were brought up on the Boissoneault Dairy in Fairfax, Vermont.

He attended BFA School in Fairfax graduating in 1982 and went on to graduate from VTC in 1985. He then remained on the farm as Dairy Foreman . On May 6, 1995 a fire destroyed the barn. Peter worked many hours and was very proud of his accomplishment in designing a state-of-the-art new facility. After he left the farm he worked as foreman for several construction jobs.

Peter was a perfectionist in whatever he did. He would research, study and pursue things with persistence and determination with no time limit to accomplish anything.

His family was important to him. He had a big heart and sensitive to people’s feelings, always was willing to help anyone.

Peter is survived by his parents, his brothers Kent and his children Kirston Longway and Chellsey Howrigan, Stephen his wife Sherri, their son Iziah, his sister Dawn and friend Ron Meunier. His step Mother Priscilla Boissoneault, step brothers Michael Laramie, Lawrence Young Jr. his wife Cynthia, Todd Young his wife Elizabeth, Step sisters DeAnna Laramie, Cherie Geddes her husband Gary. Also, many uncles, Aunts , numerous cousins , nieces and nephews.

He was predeased by his brothers Michael and Alan Boissoneault, his stepfather Lawrence Young Sr.
Visiting Hours will be held on Monday April 29, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 7:oo PM. at A W Rich Funeral Home Fairfax Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday April 30, 2024 at 11:00 Am at St. Lukes Church in Fairfax. Burial will follow in the family lot in St. Lukes cemetery.

Memorial contribution may be made in Peter’s Memory to a charity of your choice. Please visit awrfh.com to share your memories and condolences.

Current News & Events / Robert Amos, Jr BFA Class of 1996
« on: April 18, 2024, 07:48:39 PM »
Robert Amos, Jr.
October 6, 1977 — April 15, 2024
Robert “Robbie” Amos Jr., 46 of Fairfax passed away unexpectedly on Monday April 15th, 2024.  Robbie was born on October 6, 1977, in Burlington VT to Robert Amos Sr. and Deborah Amos.  Robbie graduated from Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax in 1996 where he excelled in both soccer and baseball earning him recognition as a profound athlete.  After high school Robbie worked alongside his father Robert Amos Sr. at Bob’s Auto Service, becoming owner after his father’s passing to carry on his legacy.

Robbie’s most important treasures were his children that he cherished beyond measure.  His favorite past times included the moments he spent with his kids, fishing at the falls, hunting the circ, gazing at the stars, playing catch, pet shopping, catching fireflies; the list is endless!

Robbie leaves behind his mother Deborah Amos of Milton, ex-wife and forever friend Jessica Amos of Fairfax, his son Austin Amos of Burlington, and daughters Ellie and Lana Amos of Fairfax.  He also leaves behind his siblings, William Superneau of Fairfax, Kathy Tourville (Jerry) of South Hero, Richard Superneau of Colchester, mother-in law Mary Amour (Marty), brother-in-law Scott Rushford and sister-in-law Dawn Superneau, Aunt Deanna and family, Aunt Lorie, and Uncle Louis.  He also leaves behind nieces Cassidy and Paige Superneau and nephew Colby Tourville in addition to lifetime friends and extended family David and Val French along with their children Landon and Kelly French who Robbie considered siblings.  Beloved friends and neighbors, Ann and Mark Lemieux, Nick Lemieux, Bob Russell, Kathy and Dale Laperle, Jaclyn and Brian Lemaire, Matt Jewett, Dan Place, Bob Russell, Chris Sanders, and Mason Young.  Robbie had so many friends and loyal customers that held a place in his heart that are too many to list but please know you were all special to him.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, April 24th at Minor Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Milton from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. A private burial will be held the following day with immediate family only.  He will be buried alongside his dad in Mt. View Cemetery in Essex Center.

Current News & Events / Patricia (Pat) Gallant died April 10, 2024
« on: April 17, 2024, 06:43:57 PM »

Patricia “Pat” Gallant, Ed.D. passed away peacefully on April 10th, 2024, at home in Fairfax, VT with loved ones at her side.

Pat was born September 19, 1950, in Hardwick, VT to Florence (Couture) and Clarence Gallant. She treasured her childhood. Almost anyone who met her had the experience of learning about Hardwick and finding a connection. While there were many challenges during her childhood, she strongly loved her family, friends, and community.

Pat was proud of her Hardwick identity. She enjoyed returning there for visits with family and friends, including high school reunions with the Hardwick Academy Class of ‘68. She had the fondest memories of her school days and maintained her friendships throughout her lifetime. Classmates affectionately remember Pat as “the glue that held the class of ‘68 together.” Pat never wanted the day to end. Through her last days, she enjoyed life to its fullest.

Pat was engaged to Dean Johnson from Craftsbury, VT who died in Vietnam. Dean’s tragic death set Pat on the path to becoming a classroom teacher, college educator, and lifelong student. She lovingly kept the Johnsons part of her own family for the rest of her years.

While completing her undergraduate degree at UVM, Pat’s summers were spent working at the Highland Lodge on Caspian Lake. She spoke frequently of those being the best summers of her life. During this time Pat met and then married Alfred “Chum” Daniels from East Albany, VT.  She became lifelong friends with his Orleans buddies and his Johnson State College friends (and their families), and beloved Aunt Pat to the Daniels, Sinon, and Ferguson families.

Pat and Chum honeymooned in their Volkswagen bus across the country and into Mexico. They settled in Fairfax, VT as elementary school teachers. While restoring and renovating a centuries-old farmhouse with views of Mt. Mansfield, they raised three children (James “Jim”, Sara, and Amy) to be curious, empathetic, independent, frugal, and peace-seeking. Pat practiced homesteading, made many in-town friends, enjoyed gardening, and kept a beautiful home. The dust from the dirt road outside the front door never settled on her tastefully-curated antiques.

While her children were young, Pat provided loving care to them and others in her home daycare, then returned to teaching at The Maple School, a local Montessori, which her daughters attended at the time. Soon, she returned to Georgia (VT) Elementary. She made memories with students and everlasting friendships with co-workers including the “Ladies ‘Hiking’ Group”.

Pat returned to UVM for her Master’s Degree in Education, and served as Director of the Elementary Education Program. She dove into mentorship, pursuit of knowledge, and passion for education with a focus in literacy.  Through this, she began her numerous journal publications, as well as local and international conference presentations. In 1999, she achieved her Doctorate in Education at UVM. With that in hand, she became Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for her local school district.

It was through Pat’s ongoing commitment to literacy education that she met and then married Robert “Bob” Schwartz in 2004. They furthered their professional pursuits while residing in Lake Orion, Michigan. There, she continued to build relationships with colleagues who became her “Michigan friends”. Her ever-expanding community of friends included teachers in the Lake Orion school district, the University of Michigan-Flint (where she was a faculty member), Oakland University (where Bob taught), and the Reading Recovery network. Her caring and compassion for others brought friendship and leadership roles. Both Vermont and Michigan elected her President of their State Reading organizations.

As grandchildren were arriving, Pat returned with Bob to Fairfax, VT to be close to family and friends. Pat continued in higher education as Research Professor at Vermont Reads Institute at UVM. She was a founding member of the Partnership in Literacy and Learning (PLL) board. She was a mentor to many in her profession and personally to all with whom she shared her kindness and constant positivity.

Pat retired in 2015, but continued involvement in the field of literacy. She volunteered as Chair of the Fairfax Community Library Trustees. She focused on friends and family including rekindled friendships in her “book club”, sought out many local live music venues, and hosted numerous family and friend gatherings. Pat’s love brought the Gallant family together.

Pat’s love of traveling and experiencing the world flourished as she aged. She was always planning journeys with Bob and close friends. She went to Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Egypt, and on many Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises. Any two weeks away left her eager to return to her life in Vermont.

A 2022 diagnosis of ALS brought out Pat’s resilience, positivity, radiance, and bravery. She quickly befriended others with ALS and participated in two successful fundraising campaigns for the ALS Association through the annual ALS walk in South Burlington. Many friends and family were by her side. She continued her long-distance friendships remotely by playing “Words with Friends” and sending many loving emails and Facebook messages. Bob tirelessly and lovingly became her steadfast main caregiver. She cherished the visits from those close to her, many of whom also compassionately assisted with her care and with keeping the house tidy. Her personality and determination continued to shine through on her last days despite ALS progressively robbing her of the ability to move her body, swallow, communicate, and breathe.

Patricia was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by: her siblings (Phillip Gallant, Cynthia and James Cota, Jeffrey Gallant and Louis Godin, Clare and Tom Hale, JoAnne Stubbs and Terry Hall), children (Jim Daniels, Sara and Craig Villeneuve, Amy and Lucas Gendron), stepson Michael Schwartz, grandchildren (Fred, Margaret, Anna, Camden, Cyrus, Ira, Colette) and great-grandsons (Ezra and Judah).

On May 19th, friends and family are invited to attend a graveside service at 1:00 at Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick, VT followed by a celebration of life at Turning Stone Farm 491 Country Club Rd, Greensboro, VT.

Pat’s family would like to thank Dr. Audrey von Lepel, the University of Vermont Medical Center ALS Clinic, the ALS Association, and Compassionate Care ALS for their support over the last two years. Pat adored her caregivers from the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region and those from the community. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pat’s memory to Partnerships for Literacy and Learning 250 Main St. Ste 202, Montpelier, VT 05602, and to the Northeast Chapter of the ALS Association at http://web.alsa.org/goto/patricia_gallant.

Daniel Lee Gross, 64 of Fairfax passed away unexpectedly at his home April 10, 2024, with his wife Nancy at his side. Dan was born on April 5, 1960, in Burlington, VT to Ronald and Theresa Gross. In 1978 he graduated from Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax. After high school Dan joined the army and was stationed in Germany. Upon returning stateside he enjoyed working at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans before becoming a radio dispatcher for the US Border Patrol in Swanton. He retired from the Department of Homeland Security in Williston where he was a program analyst.

In 1982 Dan married his best friend and the love of his life, Nancy Woodward. Together they raised their children Erin and Jordan in Fairfax on a bend of the Lamoille River. Dan was very active in the community. He coached soccer, instructed JOAD archery at Pelkey’s in St. Albans and volunteered with Fairfax Rescue Squad. He was a Justice of the Peace and he really enjoyed marrying many local couples in a variety of locations.

Shortly after he and Nancy were married Dan asked her father, Al Woodward about the Masons which began his first real journey. Dan became a Master Mason at Lamoille Lodge in Fairfax after which he moved through the chairs to become Master of the Lodge. Shortly after Dan became a Mason he also joined Fairfax Unity Chapter Order of the Eastern Star so he could go to meetings once a month with his wife. Again Dan worked through the stations and became the Worthy Patron. He served as District Deputy and Grand Chaplain. Dan was on track to become the Worthy Grand Patron of Vermont but plans changed.

After a particularly hard winter Nancy said she was done with Vermont. Luckily Dan’s government job was one he could do from home so they sold their home and headed west to Las Vegas. Once in Vegas he and Nancy joined an Eastern Star Chapter and his journey continued all the way up to Worthy Grand Patron of Nevada. Along the way he made friends with hundreds of people all over the Southwest.

It’s All about the Journey became Dan’s life lesson. He and Nancy traveled extensively throughout Nevada, and the surrounding states. He enjoyed volunteering at Red Rock Canyon where he helped in the tortoise habitat just 7 miles away. He visited many National Parks including Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Joshua Tree to name a few. He and Nancy loved taking visitors to Death Valley National Park and to the China Ranch Date Farm in California. Eventually they bought a camper which made trips from Nevada to Vermont and back. An interesting part of his journey was the first trip with camper during the big Covid shut down. Dan on his maiden voyage and the truckers on that trip.

Dan never decided to do something that he didn’t finish. He trained for and walked in the Susan G Koman 3 day 60 mile Race for the Cure in San Diego to support a good friend who is a cancer survivor. He walked and volunteered in the Vermont Relay For Life for many years. He ran in two marathons.

Dan was a great dad who was a cheerleader for all of his children’s endeavors. He transported the kids to ballet classes, archery tournaments, t-ball games and dance recitals. Dan was the life of every party and nobody was a stranger for long. His sense of humor was contagious. He also had a huge heart making everyone feel loved and welcomed. In 2022 Dan didn’t hesitate to pull up stakes, return to Vermont to help where he was needed most helping his family.

Dan was always very creative. He was an actor and singer in high school. After retiring Dan had been doing all kinds of woodworking projects. He was very proud of his new workshop where he gave tours and showed off all of his works of art.

Dan is survived by his wife of 41 years Nancy Gross, daughter Erin Gross and her husband Adam Wallentine of Gypsum, CO, and son Jordan Gross and his wife Arianna Goulatis of Swanton, VT, mother Theresa Gross, brothers Kevin Gross and Donny Gross. Sisters-in-law: Marj Hathaway (Bruce), Linda Woodward, Brothers-in-law: Bruce Woodward (Deb), David Woodward (Kelly) and Barry Kasindorf, in-laws Almon and Dorothy Woodward, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles cousins and hundreds of friends. Dan was predeceased by his father, Ronald Gross, infant sister Doreen, and sister-in-law, Deborah Kasindorf and brother-in-law Art Vigil.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday April 18, 2024 at A W Rich Funeral Home – Fairfax Chapel from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. No other services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Dan’s favorite charity Vermont Paws & Boots which trains dogs to support Veterans and first responders. PO Box 257 Bennington, VT 05201 or to the Fairfax Rescue, 13 Goodall St. Fairfax, VT 05454. Please visit awrfh.com to share your condolences and memories.

His visitation posted by Nancy is below:

Calling hours for Dan will be
Thursday April 18 from 4 to 7.
There will be an Eastern Star Service and Masonic Service at 3:45 followed by general visitation at the A W Rich Funeral Home 1176 Main Street, Fairfax VT.
My address is PO Box 412 Fairfax VT 05454
In lieu of flowers we would be honored by donations to Vermont Paws & Boots which trains dogs to support Veterans and first responders. PO Box 257 Bennington, VT 05201 or to the Fairfax Rescue  13 Goodall St. Fairfax, VT 05454
You don’t need to wear black if you come a calling. Dan was way too colorful for that! Dan was awesome and we should celebrate the amazing human he was.
I want to personally thank Fairfax Rescue and all of the first responders, firefighters and family members who showed up immediately in our time of need. You are so appreciated. Especially my nephew Mark Woodward who was first on scene.
Thanks to everyone for your kind words and shared memories. They have been an immense help to me. So comforting to know how much he was loved by everyone.
It’s always been about the journey!
Nancy Woodward Gross

Eric Wold

Enosburg Falls – Eric ‘Rick’ Lars Wold of Enosburg Falls passed away at his home just before his 65th birthday.

Rick was born on March 10, 1959 in Stoneham, MA, the son of C. Arthur Wold and E. Louise (Martin) Wold.

Rick was Co-Salutatorian when he graduated from Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax in 1977.

Rick received a degree in Psychology from Lyndon State College in 1998.

In the early 1980’s Rick worked in the Food and Beverage industry at various restaurants like The Salty Dog, Finbars, and Dockside Cafe to name a few.

Then for many years Rick could be heard on the radio at various stations such as WRUV, WDOT, WSNO and WNKV in Vermont. He was also music director at a few stations during his years there. He always enjoyed his Live DJ side gig keeping a very extensive CD and Vinyl collection.

Rick eventually moved into Social Service work with roles at the American Cancer Society, Vermont Cares, Northeast Kingdon Youth Services and Age Well.

He is survived by his sisters Marjorie (Wold) Ellsworth (and husband John of Farifax), and Karen E.  (Wold) Stetson of Westford, his sister-in-law Dorothy (Dyson) Wold, his nieces and nephew: Nancy (Stetson) Barrows, Tim Stetson, Carleen (Wold) Amasya, Beth (Ellsworth) Jasinski and Joanne Ellsworth and their spouses and children.

He was predeceased by his parents C. Arthur Wold and E. Louise Wold, his brother Carl A. Wold Jr and his brother-in-law Ralph T. Stetson III.

We will miss having him at the card table as we play our long family card games of Zioncheck and Hand & Foot. One of his favorite quotes is: “Family is like a deck of cards. Deal with it!”

In addition, we will always try to remember the advice in his email signature: “- Be Safe, Be Happy, Be Excellent To Each Other...”

Plans are being made to have a Celebration of Life for Rick in June when distant family will be able to attend.

Current News & Events / Doug Corse died age 63, BFA Class of 1979
« on: February 22, 2024, 11:36:49 AM »
Douglas Francias “Doug” Corse, 63, passed away suddenly on February 19, 2024. Doug was born on July 30, 1960, son of the late Earl and Catherine (Provost) Corse. Doug was proud to have served his country as a member of the US Army. He married the former Susan Barkyoumb on May 23rd, 1987.

Doug worked at Husky Molding Injections for 25 years. Before working at Husky he worked at Yankee Corporation for 15 years. He was very dedicated to both jobs and was a very hard working man. Doug also served in the US Army for 3 years, and was stationed at Fort Benning Georgia for 2 years and then was stationed in Korea for 1 year before returning home. Doug also loved hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, family outings, and celebrating all the holidays. Doug also loved playing and coaching baseball and basketball. Everyone is going to miss Doug tremendously because of what a good person he was.

Doug is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Susan Corse, two daughters Kristy Corse, Kassie Corse and fiancé Alex Stevens, his brother Dennis Corse and wife Michelle, five sisters Patricia Corse, Barbara Tremblay and husband Robert, Marlene Corse and husband Michael Martell, Elaine Barkyoumb, Marcia Corse, many nieces, nephews and cousins and his best friends Dave Kurtz, Herman Kasier and Mike Ingalls.

Doug was also predeceased by his brother Homer Corse and his beloved dog Dakota.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday March 1, 2024 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Fairfax Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday March 2, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.at St. Luke Church, Fairfax. Memorial donations in Doug’s memory may be made at woundedwarrierproject.org. Please visit awrfh.com to read Doug’s full obituary and share your memories.

Current News & Events / Joshua Sears BFA Class of 1995 dies in FL
« on: February 12, 2024, 02:37:23 PM »
Obituary for Joshua Walter Wilson Sears

Early Monday morning, February 5, 2024, hours before sunrise our sweet, wonderful Josh was called home to be with our Lord Jesus. Josh passed suddenly of heart complications and diabetes.
Born in Salem, Massachusetts on Oct. 25, 1977, to Cynthia (Stewart-Sears) Kane and the late Walter A. Sears jr., Joshua later became a big brother to his best friend Jeremiah when he was born just 3 years later.
The family made their home in Fairfax, Vermont where the boys attended and graduated from Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax. Upon Joshua’s graduation in 1995, he went on to continue his education at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.
Joshua was an avid New England Patriots fan as well as a Boston Red Sox fan. He loved to collect comic books, he loved superheroes, Lego’s and building puzzles. He also enjoyed many hours on the baseball field as a child.
Joshua was also a wonderful foster brother to more than 100 children throughout his childhood. Some of them becoming honorary brothers and sisters. He would do anything for anyone and loved his family and friends fiercely. Anyone who has had the honor of knowing Joshua, would absolutely agree.
Although all these things were of great importance to Josh, nothing compared to the pride and the joys of his life, his children; Mariah (23), Drew (20) and Baylie (11). He just beamed with pride over them all.
In Dec. 2021, he became engaged to his best friend Tanna (the love of his life) whom he has gone on to share 4 wonderful years with. He has become a father figure to her girls Carley and Kayla, and a proud “papa” to Leah whom he simply adored.
Joshua leaves behind his mother; Cynthia (Stewart-Sears) Kane of Kissimmee, Fl., his brother; Jeremiah Sears and his wife Tatiana of Harmony, FL., and niece Thaina. His fiancé and love of his life, Tanna Hane of Lakeland, Fl., his children Mariah and Baylie of Alabama, and his son Drew of Vermont. He also leaves his (stepchildren) Carley, Kayla, Dan, and granddaughter Leah. In addition to his wonderful family, he too leaves behind his “honorary” brother and sisters; Ade Kassim, Raylene Barkley, and Jaida Forsey. He also leaves behind his many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Joshua was preceded in death by his father; Walter Sears Jr., his maternal grandparents Phyllis (Chisholm) Stewart, and Wilson Hurlbert, his paternal grandparents Harriet (Ramsdell) Sears and Walter Sears Sr. as well as his Aunt Joyce and Uncle Richard.
We invite you to join us at Osceola Memorial Gardens, 3175 Pleasant Hill Rd., Kissimmee, Fl. 34746, on Sunday, February 11, 2024, from 5pm-9pm. A service will take place at 6pm.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made In Joshua’s name to the AMERICAN DIABETES FOUNDATION.

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