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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
Juscen-Long, Marlene Semeraro  
Marlene, aged 86, and a long time resident of Burlingame California, passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 in the loving embrace of her two daughters. Marlene was born on August 5, 1931 in Brattleboro, Vt. She was the daughter of William and Sally (Perkins) Semeraro. Marlene was the granddaughter of Louis and Macolata (Rizzi) Semeraro, originally from Castellaneta, Italy; and Cora and Frederick Perkins, from Townshend, Vt. Marlene will be greatly missed by her two beautiful daughters Megan Juscen Leveille and Holly Juscen-Di Fuccia, son-in-law Vincenzo Di Fuccia, granddaughter Kristin Leveille, grandson Ryan Leveille, sister Elsa Morissette, many beloved nieces and nephews, and numerous treasured friends. Marlene was predeceased by her first husband Benjamin (Benny) Juscen, second husband David R. Long, and her sister Mikell Semeraro Palmer. Marlene graduated from Brattleboro High School in 1949. She went on to study at Lasell College in Newton, Ma., where she received an AA degree in Art in 1951. Marlene was an avid oil painter and dedicated connoisseur and collector of all things eclectic and interesting. She had a passion for antiques. Marlene's love of art and creativity continued throughout her life. She painted many self portraits, portraits and caricatures of family members, and many interesting still life subjects. She covered the walls in her home of more than 50 years with a variety of her own and other's artwork. Marlene could pick up a sketch book at any time and draw something beautiful. A self described "Cat Lady", Marlene was also interested in fashion, and fashion drawings. While at Lasell, she worked as a fashion illustrator, and won a top prize in an international French dress design contest. Marlene left Vermont in 1958 and relocated with her new husband Benny to San Diego, Ca. She and Benny eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where she resided for more than 55 years. She always considered herself a "transplanted Vermonter". Marlene struggled with the sleep disorder Narcolepsy for most of her life. After her official diagnosis at the age of 28, she became a champion for research and herself was the subject of many sleep studies conducted at Stanford University. She was one of the founding members of the American Narcolepsy Association in 1975, a support and information sharing organization now known as the Narcolepsy Network. Marlene was on the Board of Directors for seven years and was a dedicated and lifelong member. Marlene was a prolific writer and she wrote a series of "Sleep" poems documenting her journey through life as a "sleepy" person. She kept journals which included Narcolepsy musings. Marlene could sleep anywhere, at anytime. Marlene was a avid environmentalist, animal lover, and an original feminist. In the 70's she was an active member of the Women's Center in San Mateo, Ca., part of the early women's liberation movement in the Bay Area. She wrote a column for their monthly newsletter, advocating for women's rights and interests. Marlene regularly wrote letters to the editor which were often published in the San Mateo Times. She was well read and opinionated. She was passionate about Mother Earth and protecting the planet. Marlene was a member of the NRDC - Natural Resources Defense Council, and she reveled in the beauty of nature and the world around her. She loved her garden, beautiful trees, and bumble bees. Marlene was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and confidant. She was always there if you were in need. She was a good listener. She was witty and loved classic movies and Masterpiece Theatre on PBS. She was adored by all. She will be missed terribly. She is irreplaceable. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Peninsula Humane Society - peninsulahumanesociety.org or the NRDC - act.nrdc.org in Marlene's name. A celebration of Marlene's life will be held in early December at Crosby N. Gray Funeral Home, 2 Park Rd. in Burlingame, California. A luncheon will follow at the family home. Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Brattleboro, Vt at a later date.
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 22, 2017
Koutrakos, William  
William (Bill) Koutrakos, 83, a long-time resident of Windham, Vermont, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 9th in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bill was born in Port Jefferson, New York, on March 27, 1934. Bill attended Cornell University in the early 1950's before serving in the U.S. Army, then returned to his family's hotel and restaurant business in Port Jefferson. He moved to Vermont in the late 1960's and lived there until moving to Virginia in 2013. Bill was an active civil servant in Windham, a vocal advocate for education, and an involved member of his church. He loved food, family, friends, and everything about Vermont. He is survived by his wife, Donna Koutrakos; his children, Terry Glover and Kristina Koutrakos, and their beloved spouses, Julie Glover and Luke Omand; his six grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and dozens of cherished cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. SERVICES: A celebration of Bill's life will be held in Windham, VT, on November 27th, at 5 pm at the Windham Meeting House. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to JAUNT of Charlottesville, Virginia ( www.ridejaunt.org ) and the Fisher House Foundation ( www.fisherhouse.org ).
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 22, 2017
Mone, June C.  
Arlington - June Carol Mone, 65 a resident of East Arlington Road passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Roy Davis and Clarissa (Waring) Davis who survives. June was born in Stamford, CT on June 10, 1952 and was a graduate of Stamford High School. June married Anthony Mone at St. Paul's Catholic Church on July 27, 1973. She worked at the Mack Molding Company from 1972 until 1976 when she began working for the Orvis Company. She was a dedicated employee of the company for 41 years. June enjoyed spending her leisure time reading books on her kindle, watching her favorite television shows - Dancing With the Stars, Judge Judy, cooking shows and Love it or List it. She loved watching parades and doing plastic needlework, however her greatest joy was time with her family especially her four grandchildren, Kierstyn and Kyle Hess and Brennen and Juliana Mone. June leaves her mother Clarissa Davis of Stamford, CT, husband Tony Mone Sr. of Arlington, son Tony Mone Jr. of Troy, NY, daughter Angela Hess and her husband Travis of Arlington. Brothers Ricky Davis of Stamford, CT and Bobby Davis of Torrington, CT, sisters Patty Franco , Peggy Gautrau and Susie Hunter all of Stamford, CT, Beej Fuda of Norwalk, CT, Marion Clayburn and Cathy Lynch both of Fairfield, CT and Barbara Lyons of Fairfield, OH. She also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brothers Nelson and Roy "Butch" Davis. SERVICES: The family will receive friends on Saturday November 25 from 11-2pm at the Arlington Chapel of the Hanson Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home , a prayer service will be held at 1pm. A gathering will be held afterwards at the American Legion Post 69. Burial will take place at a later date in the Ira Allen Cemetery in Sunderland. Memorial gifts may be made to either the Arlington Rescue Squad or Arlington Fire Department in care of the Hanson Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250. To send personal condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com . [ML($sHEAffh.JPG)]
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Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 22, 2017
Sommer, John  
John Sommer, 76, longtime resident of Dummerston, VT, and Dean of the Study Abroad Program at the School for International Training from 1981-1999, passed away on November 11 after a long and gallant struggle against multiple myeloma. He had decided to forego further ameliorative treatment in part to protest drug company policies and the unsustainable drain of the elderly's health costs on US government budgets. Raised in Montclair, NJ, he received his BA from Wesleyan University in 1963, and his MA from Johns Hopkins School for International Studies (SAIS) in 1968. His career, dedicated to advancing international understanding and development, began as a volunteer building schools in South Vietnam with International Voluntary Services (IVS). His 1969 book Viet Nam-The Unheard Voices, co-authored with Don Luce, chronicled a growing concern about US action in Vietnam during the late sixties. From 1970-1975 he served with the Ford Foundation in New Delhi, India, and from 1975-1980, in Washington, DC, where he had senior positions at the Peace Corps and USAID. In 1981 he moved to Vermont to become SIT's first Dean of the Study Abroad program. Under his leadership over 14,000 students participated in over 40 countries; in his honor, SIT established a scholarship in his name. In 2001 he served as Vice President of Eisenhower Fellowships, an exchange program for emerging world leaders based in Philadelphia. He returned in 2007 to Dummerston, relishing the beloved view from his deck, swims under the covered bridge, and the excellence of the community's musical offerings, especially Marlboro and the Brattleboro Music Center. His love of chocolate and puns followed him wherever he went. In addition to his devoted children, Julia, of Maplewood, NJ, and Paul, of Danville, PA, their spouses Alex and Sarah, and five beloved grandchildren, he leaves behind his partner, Ann Wright-Parsons, of Brattleboro, VT, his former wife, Wendy Solmssen Sommer of Washington, DC, and his brother, Peter, of Atlanta, GA. Gifts in his memory may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Association's Holdeen India Program, where he served as Chairman of the Advisory Board.
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 22, 2017
Zakrzewski Sr., Robert J. "Ski"  
Robert J. "Ski" Zakrzewski Sr., 77, a resident of Easy St. in Hoosick Falls, New York died Sunday November 19, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family following a brief illness. Ski was born in Troy, New York March 8, 1940. He was the son of the late John and Irene (Romanski) Zakrzewski. Ski received his education in Troy, New York. He married the former Phyllis Welcome on October 25, 1958 at Saint Paul The Apostle Catholic Church in Troy, NY Ski served in the United States Navy for 20 years as a Communication Technician. He was stationed at many different bases throughout the world. Following his service to his country Ski was employed at Panciera Chevrolet in Wakefield, Rhode Island. He later worked as a clerk at the US Post Office in Albany, NY, retiring in 2002. An avid coin collector, Ski also enjoyed camping and for the last 15 years he and his wife Phyllis wintered in Fort Pierce, Florida. Survivors include his wife Phyllis Zakrzewski of Hoosick Falls, NY, a daughter Karen Curran (Ryan Hannagan) of Shaftsbury, VT and a son, Robert J. Zakrzewski (Christine) of Stillwater, NY. One grandson Kyle Curran (Jhonny) and four step grandchildren, Timothy Curran (Krista Disano), Daniel Curran, and Michael and James Palmieri. A sister Margaret Grubb (Larry) of Clifton, New Jersey and a brother John Zakrzewski (Peggylou) of Clifton Park, New York along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister Elizabeth Linacre and a brother Joseph Zakrzewski. SERVICES: Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home in Bennington on Friday November 24, from 9:00 a.m until 10:30 am. The committal service with military honors will take place on Friday at the Gerald B. Soloman Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY at noon. If friends desire contributions in memory of Robert J."Ski" Zakrzewski Sr may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net . [ML($mAHAR.JPG)]
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Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 22, 2017

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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($mAHAR.JPG)]
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Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 18 to Nov. 21, 2017
Joyce, Karin (Wabisky)  
Manchester - Karin Joyce (Wabisky), born November 1st 1958, has now passed to a better place. I had the opportunity to speak with her before she left all of us. I know she had touched the lives of many in need. Unlike few in these days my mom helped everyone before herself. Mom was an old fashioned lady of class and family values. She had times of hardship but always prevailed. She use to say what does not kill you makes you stronger but she finally ran out of strength. I know from speaking with her that day she had finally come to a peace that I will never fully understand. Many of her selfless acts in life, helping people down on luck or desperation, went unappreciated; and to my own fault, myself and family at times. She never sought recognition for any actions or praise. Mom acted from the bottom of her heart to all in need in any situation. She is survived by her son Joshua Epstein, her granddaughter Elizabeth Epstein, her grandson Nikolai Epstein, her brother Stanley Wabisky, her companion Peter Cooper and her closest confidant, my bride to be, Jillian Kellogg. In closing, I can say for sure to all the people whose heart she touched or interacted with, Karin will be missed for her service as a pillar in this community, a best friend, a lover, a companion and the best lady I have ever known. My mom. SERVICES: Visiting hours for Karin will be held Tuesday November 21, 2017 from 5-7pm at Brewster-Shea Funeral Service, 34 Park Place Manchester Center, VT. A memorial service will be held at 7pm, immediately following visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manchester Rescue Squad, c/o Brewster-Shea Funeral Service P.O. Box 885 Manchester Center, VT 05255. To send personal condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com . [ML($sHEAffh1.JPG)]
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Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2017
Lanoue, Theodore C.  
Bennington - Theodore Charles "Ted" Lanoue, 81, a resident of Willow Road in Bennington died peacefully Saturday November 18, 2017 at his residence following a brief illness. He was born in Bennington, VT September 4, 1936. He was the son of the late Alphonse and Cecile (Vien) Lanoue. Ted attended Sacred Heart School, was a 1954 graduate of Bennington High School and attended Saint Joseph's Business College in Bennington. Ted married the former Joyce Thomas at St. John's Catholic Church in North Bennington on May 12, 1962. In earlier years Ted had been employed at various businesses' including St. Johnsbury Trucking and Greenberg's before he became a police officer with the Bennington Police Department, a career that began in July of 1971 until his retirement in August of 1993. He later worked as the facilities director at the Bennington Free Library and also assisted with the Bennington County Sheriff's Department at the Bennington Court House. Ted was a member of the Bennington Lodge of Elks # 567 and was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 307. He loved to ride his John Deere tractor and for many years led the Bennington Battle Day Parade on his motorcycle. He also enjoyed movies, donuts, hot dogs, Chef Boy R Dee Ravioli and collecting baseball caps. He was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Indians. Survivors include his wife of 55 years Joyce Lanoue of Bennington, son Gerald Lanoue of Bennington and daughter in law Linda Schwab Lanoue of Shaftsbury; a sister, Theresa Jolin of Williamstown, MA and two local brother-in -laws, Milton Hattat and Gerald Amadon in addition, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by a son, Edward Lanoue and eight brothers and sisters. SERVICES: The funeral will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Wednesday November 22 with a prayer at 12:30 p.m. and then from Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 1:00 p.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. The burial will follow in the family lot at Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. If friends desire, contributions in memory of Theodore "Ted" Lanoue may be made to the family or ones favorite charity through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net [ML($mAHAR.JPG)]
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Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 21, 2017
Melroy, Ralph  
West Dummerston, VT - Ralph G. Melroy, 84, of West Street in West Dummerston died Wednesday morning, November 15, 2017 at his home following a period of declining health. Ralph was born in Summit, New Jersey on July 3, 1933, the son of Karl and Mary (Beers) Melroy. He was raised and educated in Summit and was a graduate of Summit High School, Class of 1951. He went on to attend Rutgers University. He proudly served his country in the United States Army enlisting in June of 1953 and was honorably discharged from active service at the rank of Corporal on June 10, 1955. Ralph had been employed as an accountant for Barrows Coal Company in Brattleboro from 1970 until his retirement in 1998. Previously he worked as a manager for Snelling and Snelling in Brattleboro, a senior accountant for Jersey Central Power & Light Company, and for Humble Oil & Refining Co. in New York as a junior accountant. Active civically, he was a member of the Brattleboro Rotary Club and the American Legion and with his wife a member of Centre Congregational Church. Ralph loved nature, feeding birds and puttering around his home. He also enjoyed photography and golf. On June 14, 1958 in East Orange, New Jersey he was married to Myrna Joan Fletcher. His faithful and devoted wife of 59 years predeceased him on October 3, 2017. Survivors include his two children: son, Lee C. Melroy of Hinsdale and daughter, Laura M. Nanof and her husband John of Goffstown, New Hampshire; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by five brothers, June (Karl, Jr.), William, Frederick, Warren and Robert, and a sister, Jane Ness. SERVICES: A memorial service in celebration of his life will be conducted Saturday, December 9th at 12:00 Noon at Centre Congregational Church with Pastor Bert Marshall, officiating. A reception will follow the services in the fellowship hall at Centre Church. Memorial contributions in Ralph's name may be made to Dummerston Cares, P.O. Box 302, Dummerston, VT 05357, or to Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302. To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com [ML($aTAMANIUK.JPG)]
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 21, 2017
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