Robert “Bob” Edward Berno

ST. ALBANS: Robert Edward Berno, a longtime St. Albans, VT resident, passed away Friday, September 20, 2019 at the Franklin County Rehab Center with his family by his side.

Bob was born in Northfield, Vermont on March 21, 1930, son of the late Earl H. and Rose (Genero) Berno.  He was 89 years old. 

On June 1, 1957, in St. Mary’s Church, he married Mary Lou Frasier, who predeceased him on May 2, 1991. 

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Stephen C. Dunton

ENOSBURG FALLS – Stephen C. Dunton, age 99, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. 

He was born in Highgate on November 2, 1919, the son of the late John and Florence (Johnson) Dunton.

Stephen served in the United States Army during WWII. He was later employed by the State of VT Highway Department where he operated heavy equipment until retiring in 1984. Steve touched the lives of many and he had a smile that could light up a room. Steve will be greatly missed by those who loved and cared for him.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at 2:00 PM at the Sheldon Village Cemetery, Sheldon Woods Road, Sheldon, VT.  

Kevin R. Gadue

Highgate Center, VT – Kevin R. Gadue, a lifelong resident of this area, left us much too soon on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Born in St. Albans, Vt. on June 8, 1964, he was the son of Eileen and Raymond Gadue. Kevin was 55 years old. 

Kevin was President and co-owner of Ray’s Dies & Tubing. He held this position very seriously, along with much pride yet remained so humble. He was extremely dedicated to his work, employees, and customers.

Kevin’s work ethic was second to none; always the first one at the shop and last one to leave for the day. He held a personal interest in his employees’ well-being and always wanted to please his customers beyond expectations. 

Kevin was most content being outdoors in the fields checking his food plots, chopping and neatly stacking wood, mowing lawns, going for rides with Renae for vanilla creemees, holding the shopping bags for Renae on their epic shopping trips in Florida and winning at the casino. He was so happy when he and Erynn went on their Christmas shopping trips, hunting trips to Anticosti Island with Tyler, and helping Cam realize his racing dreams.

As important as the family business was to Kevin, most important to him was his wife, children and grandchildren. He was the best husband, father and papa to his very close family. 

Kevin is survived by his wife Renae (Heuslein) Gadue and their three children: daughter Erynn, son Tyler and his wife Sarah, and son Cameron.

He was the best Papa to his grandsons Emmett, Finley (Erynn) and Calvin (Tyler & Sarah). Also surviving are his parents Raymond & Eileen, sister Lori (Kenny) Kennison; their children Chad, Nicky (Dusten) Robtoy, and their daughter Madelyn.

His mother-in-law, Donna Heuslein, brother-in-law: Rick (Renee) Heuslein; their children Ryan, Randy, Becky (Chris) Lane, Josh (Anna), and Kristyn. Brother-in-law Bob (Judy) Heuslein; their children Jamie (Jenn), Jon (Desiree), Jeremy (Natalie), and Jeff (Caren). His sister-in-law Robin (Rick) Vercoe; their children Jenn (Eric) Ruggiero and Kellie (Mac) Mellish. Kevin is also survived by a special cousin, Jimmy Gadue, special uncle Mark Bushey and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Monday, August 26, 2019, from 4-7 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So. Main Street, St. Albans, Vt.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 11:00 AM at The Church of the Rock, 1091 Fairfax Road, St. Albans, Vt. with the Rev. Robert Heuslein officiating. Committal service will follow in the family lot at the New Egypt Cemetery in East Fairfield, Vt.

For those who wish an expression of sympathy, donations in Kevin’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.   

To send Kevin’s family a message of condolence or share a memory, kindly go to his online guestbook at

Madeline Codding “Maddie” Howard

Saint Albans – Madeline Codding Howard a lifelong area resident passed away Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the Northwestern Medical Center with her family and friends at her side. 

Born in St. Albans on September 21, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Elphegina (Houle) Codding. Maddie was 97 years old. 

She married the love of her life and town beloved doctor, Samuel W. Howard, MD in 1955, who predeceased her on March 17, 1978. Maddie and Sam built a life together on Driscoll Drive, where they raised two adventurous sons, Sam and David.

Maddie was a 1939 graduate of Bellows Free Academy, then started a 15-year career with the New England Telephone Company and from 1979 to 1986 was Activities Director at the Holiday House.  Maddie was a past member of the St. Albans Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, the Franklin County Medical Society, Autonoe Club, King’s Daughters, the St. Albans Garden Club and longtime member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. 

More recently she was a member of the Franklin County Museum, Friends of the St. Albans Library, Franklin County Homemakers, volunteered at Red Cross Blood drawings, volunteered with the Northwestern Medical Center Auxiliary and member of the Board of Incorporators.  In 2007, she was the recipient of the President’s Award, received the Citizen of the Year award in 2014 and on October 18, 2016, at the age of 95, she took her first motorcycle ride.

Maddie was a tenacious, kind, and giving soul that just loved to be around people. She was an extended family member to many. If you didn’t find her lending a hand to the community, you would find her at the local hockey rinks, mountains or soccer fields supporting her grandchildren in their sports. 

Maddie is survived by her sons, Samuel Gregory Howard and his wife, Susan, of Sandy, Utah and David Codding Howard and his partner, Ann MacDonald, of Burlington, Vermont, as well as her five grandchildren, Megan Howard, Christopher Howard, Molly Howard, Neil Howard and Grant Howard and one great-granddaughter, Louise Howard Copeland.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents and husband, Samuel, Maddie was predeceased by her three brothers, Richard, Roger and Gregory Codding. 

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, July 26, 2019, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So. Main Street, St. Albans. 

The Burial Office and Holy Eucharist will be celebrated on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 12:30 PM at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, corner of Fairfield and Church Streets, St. Albans, with the Reverend Craig Smith as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Albans Bay Cemetery.  

It was Maddie’s wish that memorials be made to the St. Albans Museum, P.O. Box 722, St. Albans, Vermont 05478 or to a Charity of One’s choice. 

To send the Howard family a message of condolence or share a memory, kindly go to Maddie’s online guestbook at

Ryan Ivan Charbonneau

February 17, 1987 – July 17, 2019

Saint Albans – Ryan, Ry, Pooper Scooper, The Golden Child, The Weather Man, Trump Jr., our beloved son, brother, fiancé, uncle, friend and role model, best known for his generous heart and his love to be with family and friends was taken from us far, far too soon on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Born the only son to Ivan and Marie Charbonneau, his legacy was already written. However, being the youngest of three by several years he was catered to like a king, not only by his sisters, Jessica and Crystal, but by all who cared for him. He was hugged, kissed, and coddled constantly and I can tell you right now he didn’t mind one bit.

Through his short lifetime he had many obsessions – from vacuum cleaners to the stock market. He knew a Hoover from an Electrolux and would push them around for hours, but don’t you dare plug one in! His obsession with real-estate and investing started in his teen years and continued into adulthood. He and a friend even created a board game, The Brilliant Investor, which has a patent pending – Ryan would never let an opportunity to make money pass him by.

Ryan has always loved building things out of anything he could find, testing the strength of his buildings and tearing them down. Growing up he would erect the most magnificent structures and meticulously tear them down with his toy excavator. And yes, there were some days he’d just smash them with his hands. We all want to join him in that now. 

After his father’s passing in 2013, he immediately took over the family business. Not many can do that at 50 let alone the young age of 26. He overcame the odds and we have never been more proud. With the help of several close confidants and friends, he continued to run two successful businesses, I. H. Charbonneau and Son and Northeast Aggregate Corp.

He was a member of the Restorative Justice Panel for over a decade and has been a great supporter of Kamp Ta-Kum-Ta for just as long. He was always looking to help others with his knowledge and hoping to bring a better life to children anyway he could. 

Ryan absolutely loved the finer things in life. He could put on a Rolex, but could never tie a tie. He loved watching The Weather Channel and chasing storms, singing well known songs and Ryan Originals, endlessly watching The Golden Girls, playing cards, bling, collecting coins, floating in the pool, and to absolutely no one’s surprise, he loved to eat. He loved his “kids” Naples and Jack, his nieces and nephews, Alex, Emma, Olivia and Vinny, spending hours shooting the bull with his brothers-in-law, Stephen and Jesse, and most of all he loved his fiancée, Ellen.

Ryan had big dreams and an even bigger heart. His greatest desire was to live the life of luxury on a beach somewhere surrounded by his family and friends, telling jokes, walking the beach and watching the sunset while dining on shrimp cocktail, lobster tail, filet mignon and sipping fruity umbrella drinks. There’s absolutely no way dessert would be forgotten from key lime pie to peanut butter fudge he’d have his fingers in it all.

He was blessed with so many people in his life including two special young friends, Timmy and Shelly. There are so many more to mention and it would be no small feat to list you all. Please know he was always grateful to have you in his life.

Ryan would always want us to remember if life gets too busy to “push in your clutch” and if that doesn’t work “just choke on it”.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 24th at 11:00 AM at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 245 Lake Street, St. Albans with Monsignor Peter Routhier as celebrant.  Interment will follow at the St. Albans Bay Cemetery. 

Ryan’s family asks that memorials be made to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, P.O. Box 459, South Hero, Vermont 05486 or the ALS foundation, Northern New England Chapter, 10 Ferry Street – Suite 309, Concord, New Hampshire 03301.

To send the Charbonneau family a message of condolence or share a memory, kindly go to Ryan’s online guest book at