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Patricia (Longe) Alger

NORTHFIELD, VT- Patricia (Longe) Alger, 88, died peacefully

at home the early hours of October 4 surrounded by her

family. Born in Franklin, VT, on March 4, 1929, she was the

daughter of George and Cora (LeCuyer) Longe. Pat was the

wife of Earl Alger who passed away April 20, 2007. They

were married April 19, 1945 and resided in Montpelier most

of their married life. Pat was a member of the Trinity United

Methodist Church for over 60 years and was a former member

of Eastern Star. Survivors include her daughters, Elaine

Douglass of Hudson, FL, Susan White and her husband

Norman of Montpelier, and Kathryn Reed and her husband

Kevin of Northfield. She is also survived by five grandchildren,

Lisa Lee and Michele Gallison, both of Florida, Chad

Douglass of Morrisville, Brent Leclerc and Kevin White, both

of Barre Town. Pat also leaves nine great grandchildren and

nine great-great grandchildren. She is predeceased by three

brothers and one sister, Lawrence Longe, Eleanor Gray, and

twin brothers Wesley and Lesley Longe. Arrangements are by

Guare & Sons of Montpelier. A memorial service will be held

Sunday, October 8 at 1:00 at the Trinity United Methodist

Church in Montpelier. There are no calling hours. In lieu of

flowers contributions in Pat’s memory may be made to the

Trinity United Methodist Church, 137 Main Street.

John A. Ashford (Sonny)

March 6, 1934-Sept. 25, 2017

BARRE - John Andrew Ashford of 745

W Corinth Rd., Washington, VT, died

Monday, September 25th at the Berlin

Health & Rehab in Berlin, VT with his

immediate family comforting him. John

was born in Barre, VT, March 6, 1934,

son of Forrest & Stella Ashford. He

attended Barre and Montpelier schools,

eventually graduating Montpelier High.

He started working at a very young age

doing everything from candle pin set up to working garbage

routes, he worked on the railroad at 17, then started working

in the trades doing everything from mason tending to construction.

Which became his passion. John was a good carpenter

and a great worker. He was tireless no matter what the job.

John’s interested included hunting and fishing, horseshoes

and cribbage, he also loved to read westerns and put together

puzzles. John is survived by his children Linda Yonkers and

husband Jim, David Ashford and wife Janice and a step

daughter, Brenda Carey and husband Dennis, 7 grand-children,

and several great grandchildren. He is also survived by

3 sisters, Stella Lafountaine, Isabelle Evarts, and Dorothy

Ashford. He was predeceased by his wife Geraldine Ashford,

and Mary Martin, sisters Lila Pouleu, Elizabeth Plunket, and

Virginia Somers, Brothers Robert Ashford, Forrest Ashford,

Edward Ashford, and Erban Ashford. He will be missed. No

Calling Hours. No Services. Memorial Contributions may be

made to local animal shelters.

Michael R. Tirone

Northfield, VT – Michael R.

Tirone, 56, died Monday

October 2, 2017 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He was

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enlisting in the US Air Force, serving for three years as a

mechanic. After being honorably discharged from the air

force, Michael moved to Florida where he learned his trade

as a carpenter. After a time he returned north and has lived in

Central Vermont since. Michael loved the solace of spending

time in the woods and worked as a logger for a while but

returned to his true talent of carpentry until becoming too ill

to work. He is survived by his parents, John and June Tirone

of Largo, FL and Old Saybrook, CT; a brother John P. Tirone

III of East Haddam, CT and sisters Lisa King of Rockville

Center, NY and Kathleen Witherow of Warrenton, VA.

Interment will take place in the Vermont Veteran’s Memorial

Cemetery in Randolph Center, VT Condolences to Michael’s

family may be made to in an online guestbook at www.

knightfuneralhomes.com . Contributions in his memory may be made to Mike

Tirone, care of Rose Audet at the Community Bank of

Northfield. All donations to this fund will go to the Vermont

Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation in Mike’s name.

Donations can also be made in Memory of Michael Tirone to

Dartmouth Hitchcock ICU at: https://dhmcalumdev.hitchcock.org/icu_fund.

BYRON EUGENE CARPENTER

“CARP”, 89 of West Berlin, died in

his home on Sept. 27, 2017. Born on Jan. 6,

1928, in Hartford, CT, he was the son of Ralph

and Myra (Lord) Carpenter. Byron graduated

from high school in Hartford and then went into

the Army. He served in Hawaii during World

War II and attained the rank of Sergeant. Byron worked for

over 45 years in the automotive business and eventually

retired as the service manager for Thomas Cadillac in

Hartford. Byron married Helen Radziewics of New Britain.

They were married for over 45 years. They made their home

in Avon, CT, raising their two children, David and Karen.

After Helen’s passing in April 1998, Byron moved to VT.

Byron then married long-time family friend Eunice (Partlow)

Haskins in September 2000. Byron was an avid outdoorsman

and loved to hunt with his son David and friends. Byron is

survived by his wife Eunice; his son David Carpenter and his

wife Deb of Burlington, CT; his daughter Karen Burgess of

Bristol, CT; his step-children Margaret Williams, Mary

Jennett and her husband David, and Delbert Haskins all of

West Berlin, and his brother Merrill “Eddie” Carpenter of

Canton, CT. Byron also leaves behind seven grandchildren.

He also has many loving nieces and nephews and numerous

great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

NEAL COOK passed away on Sept.

27, 2017, at Lakeland (Florida)

Regional Hospital, after a short illness. Neal

was the son of Arthur and Bessie Cook, born in

Montpelier, VT, on May 2, 1929. He graduated

from Montpelier High School in 1947. He was

in the Army from 1950 to 1951 and later, held

positions in several hotels and the state of VT. He transferred

to the U.S. Dept. of Labor in 1973 and retired in 1994. Neal

married Katherine Crawford in Montpelier in 1955 and raised

three children, Stephen, Barbara and James. Neal is survived

by his wife, three children and their spouses Stephen and Pam

Cook, Barbara and Charles Riley and James and Lisa Cook.

He was also proud of his five grandchildren. He is also survived

by a sister, Elisabeth Blodgett.

ALLA MAE DEWEY, 78, died

Sept. 27, 2017, at her home on

Freeman Road. She was born in Dew, Georgia,

on Dec. 15, 1938, the daughter of John and Effie

(Stewart) Free. She was a graduate of Maryville

High School in Maryville, TN, class of 1958.

On April 14, 1961, she married Gordon “Duke”

Dewey in Fort Bragg, NC, where they were both serving in

the United States Army. Alla Mae was a sergeant in the United

States Army and served in Vermont Army National Guard, as

well. Alla Mae worked for Bernard’s Military Alteration

Service at Fort Bragg, Black & Decker Co. in Fayetteville,

NC, Norwich University Mess Hall as a secretary, and owned

and operated Dewey’s Personal Services at Norwich

University. She loved traveling and spending time with her

family. Survivors include her husband, “Duke,” of Northfield;

two children, John Dewey and his wife, Brandi, of Northfield,

and Tishia Dewey Goddard and her husband, Jeffrey, of Barre

Town; three siblings, Charles Free, of North Carolina, John

Calvin Free, of Georgia, Helen Wheeler, of North Carolina;

six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

CHARLES RICHARD HICKS, 57, died Oct.

2, 2017, in his sleep. He was born April 24,

1960, in Bennington, the son of Donald and

Frances (Bishop) Hicks. He graduated from

Montpelier High School in 1977 and Union

College in 1981. Mr. Hicks retired from the U.S.

Postal Service after 30 years, serving in

Bennington, Dorset and Rutland. He was an avid reader and

enjoyed music. Survived include his mother, of Bennington; a

sister, Martha Hicks-Robinson, Nashville, Tennessee; nieces,

a great-aunt and many cousins.

CAREY A. (VENNER) JOHNSTON passed

away in her home, at the young age of 43, on

Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Carey was

born November 8, 1973 at Central Vermont

Hospital, in Berlin, to John and Paula (Bashaw)

Venner. Carey made her home in Montpelier, Vt.

She was primarily a stay at home mom who

devoted her life to her children and family. She was also a

loving friend who will be deeply missed by many. Carey is

survived by her six children, Shawn Venner (companion

Aedan Scriven), Alexis Cote, Anisa Venner-Johnston, Aaron

Venner-Johnston, John and Jackson Sargent, her granddaughter,

Zelda, her father, John Venner and wife, Donna Gacetta,

her sister Lia Campagnari Venner (companion Lee Cota), her

brother, Nicholas Venner, husband John Sargent and her many

aunts, uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her

mother, Paula Venner of Barre. She was truly loved, and will

be missed by all. A funeral will not be held, following Carey’s

wishes. Her memory will live on in the hearts of all of us. She

will rest with her mother and grandmother in the family plot

in Hope Cemetery.

LILLIAN G. RAYMOND, 89, a longtime resident

of Waterbury Center, passed away peacefully

at Birchwood Terrace in Burlington, on

Sept. 30, 2017. Born in Waterbury on May 13,

1928, she was the daughter of the late Joseph F.

and Emma E. (Dalton) Rushford. On Oct. 14,

1946, she married X. Henry Raymond in

Waterbury Center. Henry predeceased Lillian on Jan. 29,

1976. Lillian grew up in Waterbury where she attended

schools and then, following her wedding, was happy and busy

raising her family and helping her husband on the family dairy

farm. With Henry’s passing, Lillian went to work in food

service at the Vermont State Hospital cafeteria in Waterbury,

a vocation she enjoyed along with her many co-workers. In

her leisure time, Lillian enjoyed cooking for her large and

loving family and many friends, sewing, cross-stitch, playing

cards, singing, dancing and music. Lillian is loved and mourned

by her daughter, Linda Presson, and her husband, Rick, of

Colchester; her daughter-in-law, Sharon Raymond, of

Waterbury Center; three grandchildren Matthew Raymond

and his wife, Faith, of Waterbury Center, Holly Anderson and

her husband, Todd, of Barre, Heather Thompson and her husband,

Tim, of Williston; nine great-grandchildren and one

great-great-grandson; as well as nieces, nephews and extended

family.

LAWRENCE WESLEY “LARRY”

ROBERTS, 80, of Wetumpka,

Alabama, formerly of Barre, passed away on

Sept. 27, 2017, at his home. Larry was born in

East Barre on Dec. 28, 1936, to Wesley and

Mabel Roberts, the second of seven sons. He

attended school in East Barre and graduated

from Spaulding High School in 1954. After his graduation, he

joined the Army, making that his career and he retired with the

rank of Major in 1976. On Feb. 13, 1956, Larry married

Helene Bienvenu in Barre. Since Larry was in the service,

they lived in several locations, finally settling in Montgomery,

Alabama, after his retirement. Helene passed away on Sept.

23, 1997. In 1979, he and his wife opened their own business,

The House of Frames, which ran successfully until selling it

and retiring. Even after retiring, Larry continued making

frames part time for Hobby Lobby. He is survived by his wife,

Carolyn S. Roberts; son, Robin A. Roberts (Lisa), of Titus,

Alabama; daughter, Renee Baker (Ray), of San Antonio,

Texas; several grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers,

Dennis (Linda), of Montpelier, Eugene (Sherry), of Sellersville,

Pennsylvania, and Kelly (Joanne), of Barre.

SANDRA “SANDI” (TREFREN) ARONSON

SPOONER passed away unexpectedly at her

Marshfield, VT, home on Sept. 25, 2017. Sandi

was born to George and Theda (Chamberlain)

Trefren, of Lyndonville, on Jan. 25, 1940. Sandi

graduated from Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville

and went on to earn her degree from the Vermont

College of Cosmetology. On July 7, 1974, she married

Douglas Aronson. They blended their families to raise a family

of nine before having one child together. In 1975, after

running a family dairy farm in Berlin, Sandi and Doug bought

the Woodbury Country Store and moved to Woodbury, VT.

For years, their store thrived and diversified as an authentic

general store. After selling the store, Sandi held various jobs

and enjoyed positions in which she interacted with the public.

On June 17, 2017, Sandi married Mervin Spooner, of

Marshfield. Though their time together was brief, Sandi and

Merv were inseparable.They enjoyed dancing, spending time

at the Twin Valley Senior Center, attending church, taking

their beloved dog, Jackie, for creamees, and doing chores

together at their Marshfield home. Even more important to her

was accepting people for who they were and supporting them

in her quiet way. This was evident, by her helping others in

need anonymously. Sandi made a common practice of leaving

things that people needed when they were not home, as it was

important to her that people not feel indebted to her or

ashamed of their circumstances. Being little in stature, those

close to her know her heart was the largest part of her. Sandi

is survived by her only sister and brother in-law, Pauline and

Ronald Drew, of Lyndonville. Sandi was a cherished mother

to Ann and Mike Cookson, of Cabot, Diana Gomez, of

Bridgeport, CT, Carlos Gomez, of Kingman, AZ, and Merilyn

and Bill Ready, of Terryville, CT. Stepchildren include Dug

and Maria Aronson, Carl and Marina Aronson, Scott and

Tammy Aronson, all of Randolph, Vermont; Tammy Aronson,

of Fort Myers, Florida; Karen Lilley, of Williamstown,

Vermont; Kim Aronson, of Wilmington, Vermont; David

Spooner, of Marshfield, Vermont; and Alison and Dan Ricker,

of Sharon, Vermont. Sandi is survived by 25 grandchildren,

12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

DAVID A. STONE, 49, of Barre, died Sept. 27,

2017, at his home. He was born Oct. 14, 1967,

in Lebanon, New Hampshire, the son of Robert

N. and Marie (Grace) Stone. He attended school

in Lebanon before beginning work as a cook at

local restaurants. Later, he was employed at a

Middlesex wrecking yard and most recently at

Village Cannery in Barre. Mr. Stone enjoyed fishing, auto racing

and watching professional wrestling. Survivors include

his mother, of Hartford; three children, Jessica and Levi

Stone, both of Barre, David “DJ” Stone, of Williamstown; a

granddaughter; a brother, Wayne Stone, of Hartford; several

uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

ROBERT E. THOMPSON, 87, of

Dade City, Florida, and formerly of

Williamstown, VT, passed away Sept. 24, 2017,

at his home with his family at his bedside. Born

in Barre, Vermont, on Dec. 27, 1929, he was the

son of the late Clyde and Katherine (Sullivan)

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