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Thomas Joseph Neapolitano, 81, passed away on Thursday June 30, 2022 at McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester. He was born and grew up in Schenectady, New York on January 3, 1941 son of the late Gaetano and Amy (Pirro) Neapolitano.

After graduating from UVM Tom settled in Fairfax, VT where he enjoyed his passion of raising animals and vegetable gardening. He also taught science classes at Milton High School for over 30 years and loved to educate young adults and help shape their lives. His talents and hard work at gardening were recognized every year with top placements in many different vegetable categories at the Champlain Valley Fair. Tom was driven by hard work and was constantly involved in an activity. He served on the Fairfax Zoning Board for many years, he catered bbq chicken dinners for large events, ran the concession at the quarter horse show at the Essex Fairground, owned the Cobweb hall in Georgia, and loved to gather and entertain people. His hobbies, in addition to animals and vegetables, included hunting and fishing, woodworking and making custom gun stocks, refurbishing various types of firearms, shooting and reloading, spending time with his friends in Vermont and North Carolina, playing the bass guitar and saxophone in several bands over the years, and enjoying cooking at home. Some of his favorite things to make included grilled steak, homemade pasta and sauce, Easter pies, homemade maple syrup, and apple pies. In his later years Tom and Becky enjoyed spending the winters in North Carolina where they would look for flea market treasures together. When Tom did relax, he enjoyed watching TV, especially his favorite show Jeopardy.

Tom and Becky Neapolitano spent 57 years together; he is also survived by 2 nephews Darryl Neapolitano of Wilton, NY and Matthew Neapolitano of Schenectady, NY; a grandnephew Hunter Neapolitano of Wilton, NY; many loving cousins and his feline companion Rusty and faithful companion Bella.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday July 7, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Fairfax Chapel. No other services will be held at this time. Memorial contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to the Fletcher Historical Society, 629 Fairfax Road, Fletcher, VT 05444. Please visit awrfh.com to share your memories and condolences.

WESTFORD, VT: Grace Katherine Riley, 21, died unexpectedly on June 2, 2022 due to accidental fentanyl poisoning. Grace was predeceased by her beloved grandmother, Zilda Deering of Bridport Vermont; and her sweet cousin, Richard Chaplin (Jessica Barnier) of Essex Vermont.

Grace was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend. She leaves behind her parents, Scott and Amy Riley of Westford Vermont; her little brother, Asa Riley also of Westford; her brother, Christopher Bougor (Sierra); and her nephew, Sonny from Aurora Colorado. Grace leaves behind two sets of grandparents, Stephen and Doreen Goodrich of Littleton Colorado and David and Betty Riley of Bainbridge New York; uncle, Sean Goodrich (Claire) of Littleton Colorado; uncle, Bryan Riley and aunt, Stacy Riley of Hinesburg Vermont; and many cherished cousins and friends.

Grace graduated from BFA Fairfax High School in 2018 and attended CCV with coursework in psychology. It was Grace’s goal to complete her degree and become an addiction counselor. Grace was a unique blend of spitfire and kindness. She had an infectious laugh that could be heard from a great distance. Grace loved to play basketball and enjoyed her high school team as well as informal hoops beyond graduation. Grace was an artist who was fond of creating unique abstract portraits. She leaves behind many works of art to cherish. Grace loved fishing with her Daddy and Asa and cuddling up to binge the office with her Mom. Grace enjoyed long boarding on the Burlington waterfront and singing songs in her car at the top of her lungs. Grace loved all animals but, especially, her Golden Trooper and her cat Callie. More than anything else, Grace loved to play with her little brother Asa and always had time for him.

In honoring Grace’s wishes, we will forgo a formal funeral and have an informal gathering to celebrate her life. The gathering will be held on August 4th at The St. John’s Club in Burlington Vermont. People are welcome to stop in any time between 5pm and 8pm to celebrate our sweet Gracie.

Grace will be forever missed, every second of every day~

Arrangements are under the direction of the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home of Portland. To view Grace’s memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit www.ConroyTullyWaker.com

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Grace’s name to Jenna’s House, 117 St. Johns Rd, Johnson, VT 05656.

LEXINGTON—Marvin M. Hunt, 72, peacefully passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2022, surrounded by family at Lexington Medical Center. He was born on September 26, 1949, in Jeffersonville, Vermont, to the late Maitland “Bud” and Marjorie Bradley Hunt. 

 Marvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, and loved reminiscing about his worn-out war stories with his Navy buddies from the USS Little Rock. 

 He leaves behind his loving wife, Becky; a son Trevor Hunt of Lexington; daughters Christine Johnson of Hudson, Florida, and Jody Rembert and her husband Raymond of Lutz, Florida; grandchildren Chelsea Hunt and her fiancé Eric Colgan of Fletcher, Vermont, and Jacob, Alexandra, and Courtney Woods of Lutz, Florida; great-grandchildren Peyton & Liam Colgan of Fletcher, Vermont; a brother Murray Hunt of Jericho, Vermont; a sister Martha Prince-Stockwell and her husband Jason of Jericho, Vermont; and several nieces and nephews who all reside in Vermont.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Malcolm Hunt.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Off-Road United at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/orufi/ in his honor. 

Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.

Current News & Events / Ada Blake Olivarez dies - Class of 1952
« on: May 24, 2022, 01:05:02 PM »
Ada and Ruben Olivarez went to be with The Lord within 3 days of one another. Ada Mae Blake Olivarez, 88, went to be with the Lord first, on Thursday, May 5, 2022. Ruben Gilbert Olivarez, 87 went to be with the Lord on, Monday, May 9, 2022. They both passed at Burlington Health and Rehab where they have resided since late fall of 2021.

Ada Mae, was born in Fairfax, Vt. on July 19, 1933. She was the daughter of Dean and Maude Blake.
Ruben Gilbert, was born in Brownsville, Texas on September 15, 1934. He was the son of Ismael and Juanita Olivarez.

After Ada graduated from BFA high school in Fairfax, Vt. she worked at the Howard Bank in Burlington, VT. Ada and Ruben met in Burlington and were married on February 28, 1953. They became the proud parents of 2 children. Gilbert and Maria Elena Olivarez.

Ruben was a Military Policeman in the USAF. He started his military career walking the flight line at Fort Ethan Allen, in Colchester, Vt. Ruben, served his country in Law Enforcement and security. He was in Air Defense command, Strategic Air Command, and the Bomarc Missile site. Ruben was stationed at Fort Ethan Allen, Otis AF base, Plattsburgh and Suffolk County AFB. He was also stationed in Germany, France and Vietnam, during his career. He received an honorable discharge in August of 1972, after 20 years of service.

Following his military retirement, he was employed at UVM in the maintenance department. Ruben retired from this position after 20 + years.

Ruben, was an active member of Essex Alliance Church. He served as trustee, deacon, usher, Sunday school teacher, bible study leader, also involved in men’s group and marriage groups. He worked in the nursery during the MOPS program. Ruben, was a team member on Cursillo week-ends, as well as, Tres Dias week-ends.

He was a dedicated husband and father. Ruben lovingly/selflessly/patiently was Ada’s primary caregiver, as her dementia unfolded and took over their lives. He knew this was his God given responsibility and he didn’t shrink back from it, even when it became harder by the day.

He easily, became HERO, to many of us, as he walked in his quiet and gentle ways, one day-one challenge at a time. He gave testimony of his faith by his devotion, not only to Ada, but also to his Lord. He rarely had to use words-his heart was revealed in his care and support of Ada.

Ada, enjoyed being a homemaker and a mom. She encouraged and supported her children in school, as well as in their Scouting activities.

Ada, was an active member of Essex Alliance church, she served as a Sunday school teacher, a deacon, held an office in Aglow, was a member of a Christian counseling Network Board, she started a Recovery/Support Ministry, was a team member with VT Cursillo, a Spiritual Director at VT. Tres Dias, a mentoring mom, a Den Mother, a Girl Scout leader — this is only a partial list.

Ada, often spent time mentoring women from all walks of life. She was gifted with a heart that listened long and understood the importance/ and gift of being heard and cared for.

Ada and Ruben both enjoyed visits to the Amish country, sometimes alone but most often with their adult children. Quilts, buffets, fabric, beautiful country sides, and last but not least, SHOO-FLY PIE! Memories made and treasured by all.

Ada and Ruben are survived by their two children-Gilbert and Maria Elena Olivarez. Gilbert and his wife Vicki live in Hollis, Maine, four granddaughters, Theresa M. Upstil and her husband, of Canterbury N.H., Sharon A. Miller of Biddeford, Maine., Melissa A. Olivarez of Biddeford, Maine, Heather L. Emery and her husband Timothy of Waterboro, Maine, 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren

Maria Elena Olivarez and her husband Gabriel Castro Luna of Morgantown, West Virginia, one Grandson, Raymond Blake Byrd of Morgantown, WV.

Ruben has two sisters in Texas, Leonor Olivares and Maria Elena Olivares, as well as, many nieces and nephews. Ruben had three brothers who predeceased him. H Augustine Olivares, Ismael Olivares, Mike Olivares.

All of Ada’s siblings predeceased her, Charles Blake, Dean Blake, Nora Blake Allen, Ada has many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Life service for both Ada and Ruben Olivarez will be held at Essex Alliance church -37 Old Stage Road Essex, Jct. VT on June 15, 2022 at 11:00 am. On June 16 at 11 am, the inurnment will be held at the VT Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 487 Furnace Road in Randolph Center, VT.

Rather, than flowers, you may make a donation in memory of Ada and Ruben -to Samaritan’s Purse,
P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607-3000 or online at www.samaritanspurse.org

Current News & Events / Dale Bellow dies Class of 1968
« on: May 11, 2022, 02:46:57 PM »
Dale Brewster Bellows, 71, passed away in Fairfax on May 8, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Cambridge on October 20, 1950, son of the late Frederick and Bette (Brewster) Bellows.

Dale worked the family farm in Fairfax for his entire career. He was a maple syrup producer and avid hunter. He was once featured by Ben & Jerry’s for his small farm contribution to the dairy community and was an avid supporter of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery.

Dale took pride in his local community. In addition to his service to the United Church of Fairfax, he also was a member of the Fairfax Select Board, a Justice of the Peace, a longtime member of the Bellows Free Academy Board of Trustees and a member of the Fairfax Cemetery Commission.

Dale is survived by his daughter, Lauri Bellows Fisher, Esq., and her husband Dale, his son Nathan Bellows and wife Sherry; and two grandchildren, Carter and Hunter Bellows. His son is Car Chief for #18 Kyle Busch/Joe Gibbs Racing and Dale took pride in watching the NASCAR races on weekends with his long-time pal, Richard LeClair. Dale was able to see Nathan on television in his hospital room the Monday prior to his passing and made sure the nursing staff knew “that’s my son!”.

Dale is also survived by his brother James Bellows and wife Leslie, his sister Patti Bellows Smith and husband Mike, brother-in-law Jim Ellsworth, his aunt Louise Counos, uncle Robert Bellows, several nieces and many cousins. He is further survived by his loving life partner and caregiver Karen Hebert, her sons Dave (Naomi) Charbonneau, Nate (Kari) Charbonneau, Mike (Max) Hebert, her grandchildren Lyla, Levi and Colton as well as her siblings Lynn, Karen, Todd and Barbara and Karen’s sweet Labrador, Bentley.

Dale was predeceased by his sister, Cheryl Ellsworth.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday May 13, 2022 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Fairfax Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at United Church of Fairfax with Reverend Katherine Arthaud officiating. Inurnment will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Dale’s memory may be made to your local Meals on Wheels or Franklin County Home Health. Please visit awrfh.com to share your memories and condolence

Lawrence “Larry” Young Sr, passed on May 2nd due to natural causes at his home in Fairfax with his wife Barb of 34 years by his side. Larry was born in Colchester to the late Benjamin and Theresa (Sloan) Young on April 13th, 1942. Larry was a lifelong and proud resident of Fairfax where he graduated from Bellows Free Academy in 1960.

Larry’s entire career was focused on the construction trades with the majority of it owning and growing LW Young Excavating. His business was a trusted resource to farmers, businesses, residents, municipalities, and the State. He loved his work and found great joy with operating heavy equipment and trucks. He was very skilled at his work and his customers and employees knew they were dealing with an honest and hardworking man.
Larry’s time away from work was spent camping where he enjoyed traveling with Barb to camporee events or finding a quiet site in Schroon Lake, NY. Since the 1960’s, Larry had passion for snowmobiling where he was an early member of the Fairfax Trailblazers Club establishing trails and bridges in Fairfax and Fletcher. He continued that passion throughout his life and rode thousands of miles in northern Quebec with his close friends and family.

Larry enjoyed and loved spending time with his family and friends. His family of 9 children, 8 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren gave him abundant opportunities to witness sporting events, family gatherings, and spending time together. Living in Fairfax for his 80 years, allowed him to enjoy many lifelong meaningful friendships that he cherished.

Larry is survived by his loving wife of Barbara (Magnan) Young; his sons Lawrence Young Jr. and wife Cynthia; Todd Young and wife Elizabeth; Kent Boissoneault; Peter Boissoneault; Stephen Boissoneault and wife Sherri; his daughters Cherie Geddes and husband Gary; Dawn Boissoneault; grandchildren; Kirston & Travis Longway; Chellsey & Sam Howrigan; Emily & Joseph Malley; Andrea Young; Dameon Young; Morgan Young; Allison Geddes; Cameron Geddes; his sister Barbara Young; brother Robert Young and wife Marlene Tillery and 6 great grandchildren.

Larry was also predeceased by his sons Michael Boissoneault; Alan Boissoneault and sister Sandra Zeno.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday May 16, 2022 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Fairfax Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday May 17, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Lukes Church, Fairfax. Burial will follow in the family lot in St. Lukes cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Larry’s memory to Fairfax Rescue, PO Box 228, Fairfax, Vermont 05454. Please visit awrfh.com to share your memories and condolences.


Corey Allan Crofts, 30, passed away unexpectedly at his home on March 26, 2022. He was the son of Lynn O’Brien and Gordon Crofts, Jr. He was born on July 9, 1991 in St. Albans.

Corey attended school in St. Albans and Fairfax, he graduated from BFA Fairfax in 2010. He loved anything with an engine and worked with his Dad to fix up a truck before he was old enough to drive it. He would spend many hours working on his snowmobiles and four wheelers. If not working on or riding his machines, Corey would love to go fishing. While many friends and family would use lures or other contraptions to attract the fish, Corey would out fish them all with a worm or night crawler.

When in grade school, Corey loved to play soccer and ice hockey. Despite usually being the smallest kid on the team, he used his speed and grit to outplay many kids bigger and stronger than him.

Corey tried his hand at several jobs including working for AC Hawthorne and George S. Wood Inc. before joining S.D. Ireland Company. During the eight years he spent with Ireland, he worked on many projects throughout northern Vermont.

Corey refused to be defined by his mental illness. Going to work or socializing could be mentally exhausting. Despite that he went to work every day, due to the work ethics instilled in him by his parents’ and brother’s example. His courage throughout this time will never be forgotten.

Corey is survived by his parents, stepmom Ellen Bushey and stepdad Mike O’Brien, big brother Kyle Crofts who Corey looked up to and relied on for help so many times, Kyle’s fiancée Tiffany Reed who Corey thought of as his sister, his two nephews Kasen and Lennox Crofts and his maternal grandmother Sandy Sweeny. Corey is also survived by his stepsisters Carrie O’Brien, Celia O’Brien and Alysia Newell, stepbrothers Justin O’Brien, David Bushey his wife Alisa, and Brian Bushey, and niece Fiona Bushey, also aunts and uncles, Debbie and Norman Parent, Diane and Mike Deslandes, Diane and Dave Messier and Debbie and Matt Ladd along with many cousins and step relatives. Corey was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Gordon Crofts, Sr. and Elizabeth and Alan Westcott and his maternal grandparents Raymond Sweeny, and William and Lorraine O’Brien.

There will be no visiting hours and inurnment will be at a later date.

For those who wish to make a donation in Corey’s name, please consider: Franklin County Animal Rescue, 30 Sunset Meadow, St. Albans, VT 05478 or The Howard Center, 208 Flynn Ave, Burlington, VT 05401.

To send Corey’s family a message of condolence, kindly go to www.healdfuneralhome.com.

Peg and Bill lived in Fairfax for many years before moving to Fletcher.

Fletcher – Margaret Louise “Nanny Peg” Cootware, 93, passed away peacefully at her home in Fletcher on Friday March 11, 2022. Margaret was born in Bristol, Connecticut on June 9, 1928 the daughter of Swedish immigrants, Knute and Annie (Hagman) Peterson, who raised her in the Swedish Evangelical Mission Church of Bristol. Margaret married Bill Cootware on August 3, 1947 in Armenia, New York. Margaret and Bill came to Fairfax early in their marriage raising the "10 KIDS" between there and then Fletcher. She played an active role in manning-the-herd of their Jersey farm; getting her hands in the dirt working a large garden to help feed her family; and playing in her flower gardens.

She was very creative and a skilled seamstress - making beautiful quilts, wedding gowns, prom dresses, blue jeans (with designer tags), and the best Halloween and Easter costumes ever. "Nanny Peg" was an active participant in so many kids' activities from the Easter egg hunt to dressing up for trick-or-treating, to snowshoeing, to supplying the lemonade and donut stand; accompanying on field and class trips; you name it, she was there!

She was an excellent cook and always included friends and neighbors in her huge family gatherings. She was famous for her Swedish meatballs, baked beans and roast pork.

Margaret worked at Cambridge Pharmacy for numerous years. Her service to the Fletcher Community was extensive - 20 years of service on the Zoning Board. She was also school hot lunch cook, 4-H Leader, member of Parent/Teacher Organization, a member of the Fletcher Historical Society, Life member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, served on the board of the Fletcher Union Meeting House and participated in endless fund raisers. She was particularly proud of her many years of service with the American Legion Auxiliary and shared her experiences with the Civil Air Patrol in her high school years during WWII. Peg did her best, by example, to instill a sense of civic responsibility and hard work in her children.

In later years, she became an active participant in the Binghamville United Methodist Church in Fletcher. Her children have fond memories of her singing hymns and songs in "Swedish".

"Peg" and Bill travelled the country extensively in their retirement and spent many vacations camping with family and friends; and hours on the dreaded sailboat (Peggy Lou, Too) on Lake Champlain. “Peg” and Bill introduced the family to the seaside in the early 60’s in Seabrook, New Hampshire and then migrated north to Pine Point Scarborough for their annual week-long camping event – a tradition that the Cootware family plans to continue.

Margaret was a warm and generous woman with a tremendous sense of humor. To know her, was to love her. "Peg's" greatest love was her family - boasting "10 KIDS" on her number plate. She took great pride and joy in participating in all festivities with her kids and grandkids, and greatgrands - providing them with endless happy memories. "Nanny Peg" was mother to all children who crossed her path; and a devoted friend who enthusiastically lent a helping-hand to elderly neighbors. She touched s-o-o many lives and will be greatly missed by all.

Margaret is survived by sons, Joseph David Cootware and wife Susan McCartney of Reno, NV; Richard W. Cootware of Fletcher; daughters, Diane Schwarm and husband Ron of Waterville; Barbara Lehouiller and husband George of Cambridge; Janet Mazzola of Hyde Park; Brenda Edwards of Fletcher; Tracey Hunt and husband Palmer of Johnson; Jennifer Cary and husband Alan of Fletcher; son-in-law Dolor Lamphere of Cambridge; sister-in-law Peggy Hein of Farmington, Conn., 19 grandchildren: Bobbi, Brian, Monica, Tara, Jake, Lisa, Sean, Schuyler, Bailey, Adam, Eric, Jessica, Nathan, Austin, Spencer, Amber, Marissa, Lindsay and Trevor; 27 great grandchildren: Chauncey, Christopher, Emma, Morgan, Noah, Zachary, Emilie, Katelyn, Madison, Teagan, Brennan, Wesley, Desiree, Tyler, Mady, Hannah, Madeline, Isaac, Maddox, Tripp, Hailey, Ava, Ryder, Michael, Colton, Gentry and Scarlett. Many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Bill Cootware; son Paul W. Cootware; daughter Joyce Lamphere; infant son William Cootware; sons-in-law Bob Mazzola; John Edwards and Tom Fonda, 4 siblings and their spouses Anna Mae & Clem Conforti; Kendall Peterson, Gunnar & Lillian Peterson; and Richard & Claudia Peterson and sister-in-law Kathryn Jean Bonyai.

There will be no public services held at this time. Funeral services are planned for June 5th at Binghamville United Methodist Church in Fletcher. Burial to follow in the family lot in St. Luke Cemetery. Time to be announced. Memorial contributions in Margaret’s memory may be made to the Friends of Fletcher Elementary, 340 Stone Road, Cambridge, Vt 05444 or to Binghamville United Methodist Church, c/o Charles Tinker – Treas., 629 Fairfax Road, Cambridge, VT 05444. Friends and family are invited to share your memories and condolences by visiting awrfh.com.

Obituary for Evelyn Mary Ashline

Saint Albans - Mrs. Evelyn Beniot Ashline passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, March 11th, 2022. She was born appropriately on All Saint’s Day, November 1st, 1935, on the Benoit Family Farm, daughter to Sam and Doris (Samson) Benoit. She married the love of her life Robert Ashline, August 17th, 1963, they made their life together in the home her father had built on the farm in Fairfax.

Evie was proceeded by her parents, Sam and Doris, her in-laws, Lawrence and Alice Ashline. Brother, Leo and sister-in-law, Marie Beniot, sister, Dorothy and brother-in-law, Bobby Scanlon, and little sister, Claire Beniot, niece, Karen Martell, and brother-in-law, Terry and wife Katherine Ashline.

Evie leaves behind her husband, Bob of 58 beautiful years, her sister, Mary (Dennis) Shorey, brother, Norman (Jackie) Beniot, special niece, Jessica Scanlon, and many nieces and nephews, all of which she loved deeply.

Evie graduated B.F.A. Fairfax, class of 1956, later had a 35-year career at Fonda’s, and was a communicant of Holy Angles Parish. She also taught catechism for many years at the St. Albans Bay School.

Evie’s passion and life’s devotion was her family. She thrived watching the kids grow up on the farm, having them over to share sweets from the treat drawer, and stood proudly at graduations, weddings and so many other special days. Her heart was most filled when surrounded by her family, serving them, feeding them, caring for them. It was Aunt Evie’s tendency to offer you seconds before you had even begun to eat, assuring you, there was still dessert to be had.

Her family will receive family and friends on Monday, March 21st, 2021, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022, at 2:00 PM at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 245 Lake Street. Masks will be required for visiting hours and Mass.

In lieu of flowers or donations, Evie’s wishes are that you live a life serving others before yourself, hold your family close and feed them with love and good food until their hearts and bellies are full. Work hard, and dance until your legs hurt. Laugh and be silly, but above all else love one another, and save room for dessert.

As per Evie’s wishes, a bereavement lunching will not be had after the Mass, but a family BBQ will follow the graveside memorial this summer.

Honored to be serving the Ashline family is the Heald Funeral Home, where messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

Upcoming Events / Bake and Book Sale March 19th 9am-1pm
« on: March 10, 2022, 09:26:31 PM »
We are back after 2 years of covid.  Hope to see you there.

Bake and Book Sale, Saturday March 19, 9A-1P at the United Church of Fairfax, 8 Fletcher Rd. in Fairfax.  Benefit of the Ladies of the United Church of Fairfax for their mission work.  For info. call 849-6313.   We ask that you wear a mask for everyone’s protection.
If you have books you would like to donate you can drop them off on March 17th from 3-5 and the 18th from 3-6.

Current News & Events / Joyce Popple Irish dies class of 1947
« on: March 10, 2022, 04:17:21 PM »
ENOSBURG FALLS: Joyce Popple Irish passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 27th at the Villa Rehab in St. Albans with her daughter Bonnie and granddaughter Jennifer by her side, along with daughters Sharon and Susie in spirit.

Joyce was born in Rutland on October 10, 1929 to the late Howard Sr. and Madeline (Cook) Popple. She graduated from B.F.A. Fairfax in 1947 with a class of 13 graduates. 

On March 6, 1948, Joyce married James (Jim) Irish and resided in Fairfax and St. Albans for over thirty years. In her early years, Joyce was a sales assistant for Stollman’s Ladies Apparel, she left to raise their family. She returned to work and for many years was a loan officer with the Franklin Lamoille Bank.

Jim and Joyce were fortunate enough to retire early and move to Bradenton, Florida, where they became the “cruising couple” having enjoyed 44 cruises over the years.  Family always knew if they couldn’t reach them, it was because the cruise line had a last minute cancellation for them.  They moved back to Vermont in 2007 because of Jim’s declining health. He passed away on February 28, 2008. Until her passing, Joyce resided in her own apartment in Enosburg Falls. 

Joyce was the last member of hers and Jim’s generation. She never missed any sporting event, graduation, or prom pictures in the park. Her greatest joy was providing everyone’s favorite food for family gatherings and baking for the Farmer’s Market with Susie. Everyone loved her buttermilk donuts and her baking powder biscuits for strawberry shortcake! Joyce was an avid reader and loved crossword puzzles.

Joyce leaves three daughters and their families, Bonnie Evans (Michael) of St. Albans, Dr. Sharon Bevins (Tom) of Lehigh Acres, Florida, and Susan Irish-Reed (John) of Sheldon. She also leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she adored. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and her husband, she is predeceased by her brother Howard Popple Jr.(Pop) and his wife Barbara.

Joyce was fiercely independent, living on her own until very recently. “A good life lived…rest in peace”.

The family would like to thank Dr. Amy Roberts and her staff, Franklin County Home Health, and the Villa Rehab for the wonderful care Joyce received while in their care.

Gifts in Joyce’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health, and Franklin County Humane Society.

There will be a private burial and family celebration of her life later in the summer.

Current News & Events / Ed Alexander 1953-2022 dies
« on: February 27, 2022, 08:24:32 PM »
Fairfax, VT) Edwin Elijah Alexander (b. Aug. 18, 1953) died at home on Wednesday February 23, 2022, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over 2 ½ years ago. Many loved ones were present to sit with him in peace, tenderness and warmth at his time of death.

One of 11 children born to Wayne and Martha Alexander, Ed grew up in Jericho, graduating from Mt. Mansfield Union High School in 1971. He had a wonderful childhood on Steeplebush Hill, hunting and playing pond hockey with his siblings and friends. Ed briefly attended the US Air Force Academy, and graduated from UVM in 1976 with a degree in Secondary Education, Mathematics. He began a 35-year teaching career, first at Colchester Jr High School and then at Mt. Mansfield UHS, also serving as MMU’s Athletic Director from 1986-1991. Ed worked hard at his career- he was a rigorous teacher who imparted much humor into his classes- often commenting that his work was “part teacher, part entertainer.” After happily retiring from teaching in 2012, Ed enjoyed his retirement years at his log cabin in Fairfax, VT with his wife Sandy and their son Elijah (age 14).

Ed married Susan Turcotte in 1979 and together they raised two sons, Tyler (1984) and Matthew (1987) in Richmond. He was remarried to Sandy Borrelli in 2005 and was blessed with a 3rd son, Elijah (2007). Ed was an incredible father- Tyler, Matt and Elijah were his favorite people on Earth. He was very close to each of his boys and collectively they built many cherished memories. Ed’s spirit will live on in these 3 wonderful men.

One of Ed’s great passions was baseball, and he spent many years playing and coaching the sport. He proudly coached his younger brothers in Jericho Little League and served as the JV baseball coach at MMU for 5 years. Later, he coached his older sons from T-ball through Babe Ruth in Richmond, and finally did it all over again 20 years later for Elijah in Fairfax. He had many fond memories of all the players he was fortunate to coach over this 46-year span, and they will remember him for his enthusiastic coaching style and baseball Ed-isms such as “golden nugget,” “bunting wins ball games,” and a crowd favorite, “Get back, Jojo!”

Ed was an avid outdoorsman, passionate about hunting and fishing. He cherished the time spent with his father, uncles, brothers, sons, nephews and friends at their family hunting camp in Wheelock, VT. Ed relished being able to cut all his own firewood to heat his home, and would often comment about the “happy little woodpile” basking in the warmth of a sunny day. He loved tapping trees and making maple syrup out of the little sugarhouse attached to the barn, and was pleased to share these hobbies with all 3 of his sons.

Summers were precious- if Ed wasn’t cutting wood or building yet another woodshed, Ed, Sandy and Elijah could be found spending time swimming with family at Shadow Lake in Glover or hiking and biking with friends at Acadia National Park in Maine. Ed also enjoyed tending his vegetable garden, reading non-fiction books and completing crossword puzzles.

Ed was predeceased by his parents Wayne and Martha. He is survived by his wife Sandy and son Elijah of Fairfax, his sons Tyler (Aimee) of Derby and Matthew (Christie) of Hartford, and 3 grandchildren- Caroline, Grant and Owen. Ed leaves behind his 10 siblings: Joan of Glover; Lisa (Dan) of New Boston, NH; Cedric (Susan) of Cabot; Laura (Paul) of West Wareham, MA; Mary (Danny) of Richmond; Martha (Chris) of Richmond, Peter (Jeanne) of Derby; Paul (Lesley) of Waterbury; Wesley (Darlene) of Glover and Julie (Thomas) of Nice, France. He is also survived by Sandy’s parents Barbara (Frank) Gullison and Skip Borrelli, her sisters and their families, several aunts, uncles and cousins, and many (many!) nieces and nephews. Finally, Ed leaves behind some very dear friends, most notably Dave Adams (Gene) of Jericho and Nate

Muehl (Kathi) of Fairfax. Our family was supported and lifted up by more people than we could possibly acknowledge. Please know that we appreciate every kindness that has been extended to us over the years. A final extra special thank you to Janet Ely, N.P., who went above and beyond her call of duty to support Ed over the last few months.

All are welcome to join us for a celebration of Ed’s life on March 19, 2022 at 2:00PM at the Jericho Congregational Church in Jericho Center, where masking is respectfully requested. Please bring a written memory of Ed that you can share or drop into the Memory Box. Those who prefer may instead join a livestream of the celebration on the Jericho Congregational Church YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa_OX47igKvQEZTsgoN7bug). A private family graveside service will be held in the spring at Westlook Cemetery in Glover, VT.

Donations in Ed’s honor can be made to the Glover Cemetery Commission, c/o Glover Town Clerk, 51 Bean Hill Rd Glover, VT 05839
“Now he belongs to the ages.”
-E.M. Stanton, 1865

Mark's parents used to own the business where Nan's Mobile is now. 

It is with great sadness that the family of Mark J. Sylvester announces his peaceful passing at 2:22 AM on Feb. 21, 2022 after a prolonged illness. He lived with his daughter, Melinda in Barnet at Sandra Garands residence. He had two very special caregivers, Lee and Frankie, that made sure all of his needs were met and provided for, as well as keeping him laughing and dancing to his favorite Classic Rock music. They developed a very special friendship and bond.

He was happy to reconnect with his old friends, Mike Fitzpatrick, Dave White, Mark Dekoyer, Derek Thuraiaiyah, James (Jacques) Robitaille, Travis Cady, Doug Bandy and Stacy and Dickie Dwyer. He had many people that spent numerous hours of their free time picking up groceries, sanding the driveway, and going to the recycling center. A big thank-you to Mike Sumner, Adam Favoreau, Jody Degree, and Collin Russell.

He was surrounded by his loving children, Melinda and Andrew in his last days. He was also able to enjoy a nice long visit with his mom, Jeannean and sister, Patricia who made the trek from Enosburg Falls.

Mark was born in St. Albans, VT on May 14, 1961 making Mother’s Day more special. His mom says he was her shadow for most of his youth.

He was predeceased by his younger brother Little Scott born on June 7,1962 and passed away on June 20, 1962. He was also predeceased by his loving father Larry R. Sylvester on July 17, 2015. He idolized his dad and would tell everyone that he had a wonderful childhood.

Mark graduated from Lamoille Union High School specializing in building trades Class of 1980. He then married his high school sweetheart, Cindy Tourangeau in St Isidore's Parish in Montgomery Center, VT where both his parents and grandparents were wed.

Mark worked for Dave Legendre’s builders for many years and then Started his own carpentry business of Sylvester and Sons builders until 2020.

Mark is survived by his Mother Jeannean (Lumbra) Sylvester, Sister Patricia Martell and her husband Tom and her son Bryan Rodger and his son Khane. His daughter Melinda Sylvester and her two children Joseph and Jaylin. His son Andrew and his two children Landen and Adrien. His uncle, aunts and several cousins.

The family would like to thank all of his Northern Counties hospice team members, Dr. Mary Ready, His spiritual counselor, Anne Hawkridge, all of the nurses and aides for the excellent care and attention given to him.

Mark never lost his sense of humor or gave up hope. He will be truly missed. The Family wishes to hold a celebration of life at a later date. A W Rich Funeral Home in Fairfax, Vt is in charge of all of his arrangements. Please visit awrfh.com to share your memories and condolences.

Current News & Events / Barbara Irish dies at age 75 on Feb 16, 2022
« on: February 19, 2022, 08:31:40 AM »
Barbara Irish, age 75, of Fairfax passed away peacefully on February 16, 2022, at Franklin County Rehab., after a long illness with Multiple Sclerosis. A native of Stamford, CT, Barbara worked many jobs over the years including Secretary to Town Clerk, Manager of the school kitchen for ARA at an elementary school in CT, and in the kitchen at JSC. The job Barbara loved most was being a devoted wife to her husband of 55 years Ron and a loving mother to her children.

Barbara loved to cook. She spent many hours with Ron cooking and peeling tomatoes for gravy, canning pickles and making jam. Making her famous nut roll at the holiday was another thing she loved to do. She always made sure everyone was fed! She had such a kind heart and never had anything bad to say or complain about. Even on the days you knew she wasn’t feeling well, if you asked her how she was she would always say “I am doing pretty good.” Barbara was a care giver at heart. Always wanting to make sure everyone had what they needed and she always put others before herself.

Barbara enjoyed the company of others and it was the joy of her life seeing her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and of course her loving husband Ron. She enjoyed playing cards with her family and later in life got great pleasure from playing BINGO with the other residents and staff at the nursing home, winning quarters or little toys that she loved to give her grandchildren. Barbara enjoyed listening to the old country songs and singing along. “Hello Walls” was a favorite and she enjoyed sharing this passion with her family during Irish family sing a-longs and later shared this with the residents and staff of the nursing home.

The Irish Family would like to thank the Staff of Franklin County Rehab for the loving care they gave to Barbara. She was in their care for over 10 years and they were also her family for whom she loved and cared deeply.

Barbara is survived by her husband Ronald “Sam” Irish, daughter Rhonda Irish Watcke and husband Michael of Berkshire, son Ronald Emery Irish II and wife Kathy of Grand Isle, son Robert Edward Irish and wife Denise of Middletown, NY, son Ralph “Skip” Howard Irish and wife Sara of Cambridge. Barbara had twelve grandchildren, April, Emily, Michelle, Michael, Cody, Savannah, Katelynn, Joseph, Noah, Chloe, Allison and Olivia and eight great grandchildren who she loved very much. She is also survived by a brother Ralph Casolo and wife Ingrid of FL, and two sisters Mary Venetucci and husband Tony of AZ, and Mildred Vecere of CT. She was predeceased by her parents Ralph and Fortunata (Vera) Casolo of Stamford, CT, and her Grandson Joseph Atkinson of Happy Valley, OR.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, February 22nd from 5:00 – 7:00PM at AW Rich Funeral Home, 1176 Main St
Fairfax, VT 05454.


Dod 1/27/22

Brownway Residence

Dob 6/25/36

Hyde Park, Vt

Father Edward Adams

Mother (foster) Ethel


BFA HighSchool Fairfax


Married to James Brow

1954 for 26 years

Married to Earl Putnam 1984 for 25 years

Mom's laughter and sense of family was passed through her generations left behind her. She loved our family Holidays and was ready to decorate and celebrate the next one. She loved to cook and bake, making a potato salad, mac and cheese and homemade bread just because. She was a seamstress her whole life. She always had something on her lap, taking stitches out while she was watching the Red Socks game.

Predeceased by Husband Earl Putnam, Son Jimmy Brow, Foster Mother Ethel Snide, Sister Joyce Reed, Brother Gordy Adams,Grandson Joey Clair.

Survived by Daughters Deborah McNeil, Middletown Ct. Denise and Vic Zetterstrom E.Hartford Ct. Donna Mcneil W.Melbourne Fl. Granddaughters Tanya Ashley McNeil Middletown Ct, and Danielle and Alex Grell Palm Bay Fl. Great Grandchildren Jon, Izzy, Jayden, Makaylee, Nevaeh and Kai. Beloved Nephew Derek Reed Titusville Fl, Brother Tommy Ferrante.

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