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Armstrong Jr., John C.  
John C. Armstrong Jr., 86 a well-known resident and businessman in Pownal, Vermont passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. John was born in Bennington, VT on July 10, 1931, the son of the late John C. Armstrong Sr., MD and Nellie (Mason) Armstrong. He received his education in North Bennington and was a 1949 graduate of North Bennington High School. In 1952, John graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a degree in Mortuary Science and then worked at the Hanson Walbridge Funeral Home in Bennington for a short time. He joined the United States Army in 1954 and was stationed in Germany until being honorably discharged in 1956. Following his service, John attended the University of Vermont on the GI Bill, where he met Frances Judd. They married on June 10, 1959, and began their life together in Pownal. John opened a basket stand on Old Route 7 while working at the Green Mountain Race Track for several years. In 1962, he opened the Pownal View Barn and continuously expanded the business throughout the years. John had an incredible entrepreneurial spirit and he was always looking for new and exciting business opportunities. One of the many highlights of John's career was the annual Pownal View Barn Auction, held the first Saturday in August. He later established the Hillside House in 1985. Retirement never entered John's mind, and he remained active in the business right up until his passing. A longtime member of the Cairo Shriners, John served as Potentate, Director General of the Northeast Shrine Association and Director of the Jesters. He was instrumental in establishing Cairo Shriner's Bingo in Pownal. He was a Life Member of the Bennington Lodge of Elks # 567 and a member of the Pownal American Legion Post #90. He was also a former member of the Bennington Lions Club. In addition to his business and community activities, John was known for his love of travel and socialization. He and Fran traveled extensively throughout the world, and visited all seven continents! He was a train enthusiast and they frequently traveled by train. John was always looking forward to his next adventure, and would make friends wherever he traveled. An avid reader, John would read numerous newspapers and business publications daily in search of a new excursion or business opportunity. A favorite place of John's was the Man of Kent, where he was a regular customer since it was first established. John took great pride in still owning his very first car - a 1929 Ford Model A Roadster, which he had completely restored several years ago. He enjoyed nothing more than a fine meal with his family and got a great deal of pride and satisfaction by introducing his children and grandchildren to fine dining whether it was a gourmet meal prepared by Fran or at one of his favorite restaurants. Much to everyone's delight, John would always insist on having filet mignon and Alaskan King crab legs for Christmas dinner. Survivors include his wife of 58 years Frances Armstrong of Pownal. Their children and spouses, Cindi Lou LaFountain (Robert) of Peru, NY, John C. Armstrong III (Rebecca) of Pownal and Howard Armstrong (Alicia) of Pownal. A sister, JoAnn Adams (Gordon) of Rutland, VT. Six grandchildren Gregory (Ashtin), Justin, Jenna LaFountain and Amara, Nicholas and Mariah Armstrong. A nephew, Daniel Anderson (Theresa) and a niece, Betsy Anderson. A celebration of John's life will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John C. Armstrong Jr. may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or the Shriners Burns Hospital, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net [ML($mAHAR.JPG)]
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Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 18 to Nov. 21, 2017
Barber, Burton E. "Burt"  
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, November 21, at 11:00 am from the Immaculate Conception Church on Main Street in Hoosick Falls. Burial will follow the mass at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hoosick Falls. Relatives and friends may call at the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls on Monday, November 20 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 20, 2017
Blazej, Sigrid Erica  
Sigrid Erica Blazej passed peacefully at home on Monday, November 13th, with her family and caregiver at her side. Sigrid was born January 18, 1931 in Emmenbrucke, Switzerland, the second twin, to her parents Anni and Christian Burger. They weren't expecting twins, so a second name was needed quickly. Her mother named her after the Nobel author of the book she was reading at the time. Her father died when she was 6 and her mother raised her and her sister on her own, later moving to Lake Constance near the German border. She recalled the windows of her school being blown out when the Allies mistakenly bombed near her town. At the age of 19 she moved to London for a year and a half where she lived with a family and cared for their children while studying English. In 1952, she came to America on the Queen Mary, traveling with a family as an au pair, caring for their children. In New York City she met her husband, Richard Blazej through the vegetarian society of New York. They married in Chappaqua, NY in 1955, and moved to Vermont the following year. They built a Swiss Chalet where they raised their family. After 25 years, the marriage ended in divorce. Sigrid loved numbers. She took comfort in the order they represented and the story they told. She managed the books for her husband's business, and later worked as the head cashier for many years at the OK Fairbanks Supermarket as well as the Baker's Hallmark Store. A balanced checkbook gave her great satisfaction, something she did every Sunday in her later years. She prided herself on never having a television or computer, and enjoyed telling scam artist telemarketers so. Volunteering was a central feature of her life, recently completing her 48th year as the treasurer for the Women's Auxiliary of the New Brook Fire Dept. She also enjoyed supporting the Newfane Historical Society, the Moore Free Library, the Brookline Meeting House Preservation Fund, Grace Cottage Hospital, among others. She felt very much at home in the West River Valley, and cherished the many friendships she formed over the last 60 years. Sigrid learned to knit at age five and did so up until a month ago, providing many sweaters, mittens, socks and baby blankets for friends, family and many of the above organizations. Baking for many of the same folks was her passion, with her famous ""secret cookies"", a family recipe, highlighting her holidays. She is survived by her three children, Sybil Blazej (Tally) of Los Angeles, CA, Colin Blazej (Alison) of Windham, VT and Claude Blazej (Heidi) of Westminster West, VT, two granddaughters, Amy and Jamie, a great granddaughter, Cassidy, as well as two beloved nephews, who recently traveled from Switzerland to see her. She was predeceased by her parents, her identical twin sister, Vreni, her former husband, and her in-laws, who adored her. Her family would like to thank all of the people in the West River Valley who embraced her and gave her a community, as well as those who cared for her in her final weeks, especially Mary Lou. They would also like to thank Frank and Sue Biolsi, Aime Leavitt and Eric Wilson, all true heroes. SERVICES: A gathering to celebrate her life and share stories will be held at the New Brook Fire Dept on Sunday November 26th, at 1PM. In lieu of flowers or donations, please consider honoring her by giving an hour or two to help someone else. Nothing would please her more.
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 18, 2017
Cole, Lensey Lester "Buzz"  
Wilmington, VT - Lensey "Buzz" Lester Cole, 82, a resident of Corbat Road, passed away Saturday November 11, 2017 at his home. A celebration of the life of Buzz Cole will be held Friday November 17, 2017 at 1pm at the West Dover Congregational Church. Interment will be private. Visiting hours will be held Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 5-7pm at Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home 44 East Main Street Wilmington, VT. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Buzz's memory may be made to the Guy Hawkins Cancer Fund, c/o Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home P.O. Box 215 Wilmington, VT 05363. To send the family personal email condolences and for complete obituary details, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com . The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home 44 East Main Street Wilmington, VT. [ML($sHEAffh3.JPG)]
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 15, 2017
Dauphinais, Mary  
Brattleboro - Mary Louise (Druke) Dauphinais, 88, died November 15th at Holton Home, where she had resided since 2010. Mrs. Dauphinais was born and raised on the family farm in Williamsville, Vermont. She resided in Albany, NY and Hudson, NH before returning to Vermont to be closer to family members. She attended a one room school in Williamsville, graduated from St. Michael's High School in Brattleboro, earned a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and received her master's degree from Boston College. She was a teacher in Albany, NY and Hudson, NH for many years before marrying Harvey Dauphinais of Hudson, NH in December 1972. She was a devoted and faithful wife and caregiver to her husband, a disabled veteran, until his death in January 1991. Mrs. Dauphinais was a lifelong music lover. She volunteered with the Nashua Symphony, and spent many happy hours at the Marlboro Music Festival with her family. At Holton Home, she sang with the chorus. She was a natural teacher, sharing her great love of nature and the world with students, family and friends. She enjoyed sewing, and made many quilts for friends and family members. She was a generous and helpful neighbor and friend. She is survived by her sister, Terry Druke of Portland, CT; brothers, Bernard of Brattleboro, Edward of Newfane and John of Kirkville, NY.; her stepson, Gerard Dauphinais; as well as step grandchildren, Gerard Dauphinais, Jr., Kristin (Dauphinais) Foster, Kerrie (Dauphinais) Bushnell, Katie Dauphinais, and Robert, Elaine, and Sandra Wesson. She is also survived by many step great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Josef and Gertrude (Hickethier) Druke; stepsons, Gardener and Harvey; stepdaughter, Roberta Wesson; brothers, Arthur, Joseph, and Charles; and sisters, Gertrude, Sr. Elizabeth D.C., Sr. Mathilda, RSM, Frances, and Barbara. The family would like to thank her devoted and loving caregivers, Linda Hastings, Maureen McNaughton, and the staff at Holton Home. SERVICES: A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorial contribution may be made to Holton Home, 158 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301. To sign an online guestbook with messages of condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com . [ML($aTAMANIUK.JPG)]
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 22, 2017
Diehl, Andrea Lull  
Bennington, VT - Andrea Lull Diehl died on November 8 after a three-year fight with cancer. Her wit, love of life, and compassion for others is the model of a life well-lived. She is missed beyond words by her husband, children, grandchild, sisters, family, and many friends. A skilled writer, a burgeoning painter, and an excellent cook, Andrea had a passion for travel, admired the arts, and enjoyed fine food and wine. She filled her world with art and whimsy, textures and beauty, good food and love. The grace and strength she demonstrated in her last few years has been an inspiration to everyone who knew her. Born in Florence, Colorado, on February 28, 1953, Andrea graduated summa cum laude with the first class of women at Williams College. She received an M.Ed. from Antioch University New England and an M.F.A. from Bennington College. In 1992, Bennington College hired Andrea as Director of Communications, bringing Andrea and her children to North Bennington, Vermont. She subsequently established her own consulting company, iDiehl Communications, and co-authored The Vermont Country Store Cookbook. Andrea's two children, Jessica and Zachary, were the light of her life. She lived to see them happily married: Zachary to Juniper Mott-White, and Jessica to Mark Mazzenga. She welcomed with great joy a granddaughter, Zoey Mazzenga, in 2016. Andrea married Robert Steuer in 2003 and they built a home together in Shaftsbury, VT. A mutual love of biking and travel,they took many bike trips and adventures abroad. In addition to these family members, Andrea is survived by sisters Lauren and Janet Diehl; stepmother Marne Diehl; stepdaughter Kristie Steuer Dixon; many nieces, nephews, and extended family; and many, many friends. She was predeceased by her sister, Deborah Diehl, and her grandson, Wyatt Dixon. The date for a memorial has not yet been set. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Governor's Institute of Vermont and/or the Village School of North Bennington; Andrea served on the Boards of both organizations. https://www.giv.org/support/makeagift/ ; http://vsnb.org/giving/financial-giving/ To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com . [ML($sHEAffh.JPG)]
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Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 15, 2017
Gentile, Derek C.  
Derek C. Gentile, 62, of Great Barrington, died unexpectedly early Monday morning, November 13, 2017, at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. He was born in Adams on May 28, 1955, son of the late Joseph F. and Margaret A. (Palmer) Gentile. He attended Adams schools, graduating from Hoosac Valley High School with the Class of 1973. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University, Boston, in 1980. Derek spent over 30 years as a reporter and columnist at the Berkshire Eagle, covering several communities and news departments. He enjoyed reading, collecting comic books, playing soccer in his youth, and was an encyclopedic music and sports aficionado. He is survived by his four sisters, Marybeth Chapman and her husband, Edward, of Arlington, TX; Melanie Gelaznik of Adams; Hilary Gentile of Manchester, CT; and Karla Ball and her husband, Douglass, of Bennington, VT; 3 nephews, including Kane Gelaznik, Kyle Gelaznik and Nicholas Chapman; as well as several cousins. SERVICES: A Liturgy of Christian Burial celebrating Derek's life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18th, at 10:00 AM in Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs Church, McKinley Square (Rte. 8) Adams. Rev. Steven Montesanti, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be private. Calling hours at the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, will be Friday from 4 to 7 PM. Memorial donations may be made to The Guthrie Foundation, 2 Van Deusenville Rd. Great Barrington, MA 01230. To leave a message of condolence, please go online to www.paciorekfuneral.com
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Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 15, 2017
Goodwin, Charles W. "Charlie"  
Dorset - Charles "Charlie" William Goodwin, 26 years old of Dorset VT passed away on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017. Charlie was born September 30th, 1991 in Red Bank NJ. Charlie and his family moved to Manchester VT in 2001. He attended Manchester Elementary School, Burr and Burton Academy and graduated from Mill River High School. He also attended CCV and Marist College in Poughkeepsie NY. Charlie worked a number of jobs, including at Stratton Mountain, Manchester Country Club and Pasta D'Atalia. Charlie loved his 2 dogs, Revis and Greta and his love of animals was displayed thru his volunteer work at Second Chance Animal Shelter. Charlie enjoyed playing numerous sports including golf, Lacrosse, Snowboarding and Soccer. Charlie is survived by his mother Carrie, Father Jim and brother Jimmy. He was preceded in death by his loving grandparents Bill and Claire Sliney of Sea Girt NJ and Bob and Miriam Goodwin of Upper Montclair NJ. He is also survived by his Aunts and Uncles Paula and Bob Planer of Rumson NJ, Ann and Rick Buhr of West Hampton NY, Mary and Tom Gossart of Portland OR, Barbara Goodwin of Providence RI, Aggie and Bob Goodwin of Sarasota Florida, Mary and Pete Goodwin of Haddonfield NJ and Liz and John Goodwin of Midlothian VA and numerous cousins. SERVICES: Friends may call at the Brewster Funeral Home in Manchester from 2-4 pm this Sunday, November 19, 2017. A Mass celebrating Charlie's life will be held at Christ our Savior Parish on Monday, November 20th at 11am in Manchester. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter of Shaftsbury VT. To send the family personal condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com [ML($sHEAffh1.JPG)]
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Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 17, 2017
Hambright, Anne Richter  
Anne Richter Hambright, a long-time resident of Washingtonville, NY, died Thursday, the 9th of November at The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls, NY. Born in 1926 in New York City, daughter of Frank and Theresa (Wukovitz) Richter. Anne graduated from Straubenmuller Textile High School and worked at R.H. Macy's upon graduation. Later, she was a bookkeeper for many years and retired from M.H. Lamston's, a chain of variety stores in the New York City area. Anne was married to Erwin Hambright Sr., who predeceased her in 1966. She lived and raised her family in Brooklyn (Bensonhurst), and then moved to Washingtonville after retirement, where she was an active member of the Rocky Knoll social club. She enjoyed the company of friends and calling bingo at the Thursday gatherings. She is survived by sons, Peter Hambright of Flushing, NY, and Erwin Hambright Jr. (Thea) of Hoosick Falls, as well as nephew Anthony (Margaret) Sogluizzo of Brooklyn, nieces Arlene Sogluizzo of Brooklyn, Joan (Charles) Grennan of California, and great nephews and nieces. Her sisters, Mary Sogluizzo and Theresa Famularo, brother Joseph Richter, and nephew Robert Sogluizzo predeceased Anne. Anne loved Brooklyn and the old neighborhood, being with her family, casino excursions with her nieces, traveling to Austria to meet relatives, and a Tangueray gin martini on the rocks with two olives. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NY, under the direction of Mahar Funeral Home, Hoosick Falls, NY. The family would like to thank the staff at The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation for their extraordinary kindness and compassion.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 17, 2017
Joyce, Karin (Wabisky)  
Manchester - Karin Joyce (Wabisky), born November 1st 1958, has now passed to a better place. I had the opportunity to speak with her before she left all of us. I know she had touched the lives of many in need. Unlike few in these days my mom helped everyone before herself. Mom was an old fashioned lady of class and family values. She had times of hardship but always prevailed. She use to say what does not kill you makes you stronger but she finally ran out of strength. I know from speaking with her that day she had finally come to a peace that I will never fully understand. Many of her selfless acts in life, helping people down on luck or desperation, went unappreciated; and to my own fault, myself and family at times. She never sought recognition for any actions or praise. Mom acted from the bottom of her heart to all in need in any situation. She is survived by her son Joshua Epstein, her granddaughter Elizabeth Epstein, her grandson Nikolai Epstein, her brother Stanley Wabisky, her companion Peter Cooper and her closest confidant, my bride to be, Jillian Kellogg. In closing, I can say for sure to all the people whose heart she touched or interacted with, Karin will be missed for her service as a pillar in this community, a best friend, a lover, a companion and the best lady I have ever known. My mom. SERVICES: Visiting hours for Karin will be held Tuesday November 21, 2017 from 5-7pm at Brewster-Shea Funeral Service, 34 Park Place Manchester Center, VT. A memorial service will be held at 7pm, immediately following visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manchester Rescue Squad, c/o Brewster-Shea Funeral Service P.O. Box 885 Manchester Center, VT 05255. To send personal condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com . [ML($sHEAffh1.JPG)]
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Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2017
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