Obituaries: Week of 3-30-17

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Elizabeth Anne (Liz) Balderas

Elizabeth Anne (Liz) Balderas passed away peacefully with family by her side on March 14, 2017 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a short illness. She was born February 24,1964 in Burlington to Penilee Hanbridge Saulnier and the late Gary Wayne Lambert. When she was eight, her family moved to Florida and lived in the Clearwater area until 1977, when they moved to Aurora, Illinois. She attended Waubonsee Community College and was certified through the American Institute of Banking. Liz served as a loan officer at Oswego Bank and worked for the Health Department while living in Illinois. She was determined to return to her beloved Vermont and the family did so in 2000. Liz worked for WinAir before joining Red Rock Mechanical and eventually entering into a partnership as business owner with her husband, Doug Duclos.

Liz enjoyed reading, meditating, taking her daily walks, being in her pool, motorcycle riding with Doug, being the treasurer of Red Rock Estates, and actively participating in her son’s baseball games. Remembered are trips to Italy, Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica with Doug and cruises to the Caribbean with the family. She was born into and was a current member of the First Baptist Church of Burlington.

She was predeceased by her father Gary Lambert and her grandparents, Edward & Sarah Hanbridge and Arthur & Anna Lambert.

She is survived by her husband Doug Duclos of Colchester; mother, Penilee Saulnier and step-father, Edward Saulnier of Colchester; sons, Max Balderas and Spencer Balderas; step-sons Corey Duclos and Casey Duclos; step grandson, Bentley Duclos; sister Stephanie Marcotte and her husband Ted of Graham, NC, and her children of Burlington; brother Adam Lambert and his wife Katie and sons of Bedford, NH; brother Matthew Lambert and his wife Emily and sons of Southbury, CT; brother Benjamin Lambert and his fiancé Kate of Harleysville, PA; sister-in-law Debra Duclos of Burlington; Jesse Balderas, father of Max and Spencer, of Colchester; step-sister Susan O’Gorman and family of PA; step-sister Marianne Jordan and family of MA; and step-brothers Christopher Saulnier and Jonathan Saulnier and their families of MA and many aunts, uncles, nephews, niece, and cousins locally and around the world.

Liz was well loved by all who knew her and there are no words to express how much she is missed every day. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and neighbor.

Visitation was held Thursday, March 23rd, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant St., Essex Junction. A memorial service was held on Friday, March 24, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul St., Burlington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Liz’s name to the Charitable Foundation of the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club, PO Box 82, Colchester, VT 05446.

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Richard P. Beaulieu

SWANTON: Richard P. Beaulieu, age 75 years, died late Monday evening, March 27, 2017 at the St. Albans Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. A longtime resident of California and Tampa, Florida, he had been a resident of Swanton for the past five years.

Born in Burlington on, March 17, 1942, he was the son of the late Ernest and Martha (Charrin) Beaulieu. On August 19, 1961, he was married to the former June Resh who survives him.

Mr. Beaulieu faithfully served his country in the United States Navy for 26 years and was honorably discharged as a Chief Petty Officer. In California he belonged to both the Moose and Elks Lodge and in Vermont the American Legion, Green Mountain Post #1 in St. Albans. He was also a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary-Saint Louis Parish as well as the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed being with people, spending time with his wife in the nursing home and being with his dog “Trooper”.

In addition to his wife June, Mr. Beaulieu leaves  two sons, David and MaryLou of Swanton and Dean and Jonalie of Fort Knox, KY; two brothers, Tim Reardan and Wendy of Sonoma, AZ and James Reardan of Los Angeles; seven grandchildren, eight great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Beaulieu was predeceased by his two sisters, Carol Beaulieu and Phyllis Beaulieu Dunning.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 11 a.m. from The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 65 Canada St., Swanton. Father Luke P. Austin will be the celebrant and homilist. The Rite of Committal and Interment will be held at a later date at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

Gifts in Mr. Beaulieu’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Williston 05495.

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Juanita M Benoure

ST. ALBANS:  Mrs. Juanita M. Benoure, age 91, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness at Northwestern Medical Center March 23, 2017 surrounded by family. She was born in St. Albans May 12, 1925, daughter of the late Richard and Grace (Zweers) Silk. She married Donald F Benoure January 22, 1946. Mr. Benoure predeceased her January 30, 1993. Juanita worked for many years as an LNA for Verdelle Village and later for Franklin County Home Health And Hospice, retiring in 2005. She was a foster parent for many years to many children, some of whom still kept in contact with her. She will be remembered for her love of baking, playing cards, watching hockey and baseball on TV, crocheting, playing bingo, bird watching, and updating us on the weather. She also enjoyed watching her great-grandchildren play sports, but her favorite activity was just spending time with family.

Juanita is survived by her son Thomas Benoure, daughters-in-law: Gloria and Kim, her grandchildren: Lissette, Kimberly, Karynne, AmyJo and David, Jennifer and Jose’, MaryAnne, Michael, Ashley and Randy, and Timothy Jr and Tammy, her great-grandchildren: Thomas, Meagan, Kenneth, Jaden, Donovan, Lily, Logan, Elliana and Annabelle, and a great-great-grandson Gavin. She leaves her sisters Gertrude, Grace, Betty and her husband Bob, and her brother Merton. She also leaves behind many other family members and special friends. Besides her parents and husband Donald, she was predeceased by her daughter Linda, and her son Timothy.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 30, 2017, at 11:00 am at Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church. The family was to receive condolences at the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. As an alternative to flowers, memorials may be made to Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, Vt 05478, Online memories and condolences may be shared with her family and friends at the funeral home website: Arrangements are entrusted to The Brady And Levesque Funeral Home And Commemorative Services.

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Spencer Mason Bruner

GEORGIA:  Spencer Mason Bruner, 18, of Georgia passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born on October 30, 1998 in Tulsa, Oklahoma son of Tonya (Glisson) Kendall and Chris Bruner.

Spencer was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). He was currently attending CCV, a part of Essex High School’s early college program. Spencer loved school and was a member of Student Council. Spencer’s goal was to be a history teacher and had thoughts of being a politician. He loved his iPhone and his favorite band was Bon Jovi. Spencer was most proud of his family and friends that he loved very much.

He is survived by his mother Tonya (Glisson) Kendall and step-father Chris Kendall of Georgia, his father Christopher Bruner and step-mother Alisha Bruner of Oklahoma; maternal grandparents Opal and Clell Glisson of Missouri; Paternal grandparents Linda Bruner of Oklahoma, Austin and LaDonna Kendall of Oklahoma; his brother Tyler Glisson of Oklahoma; sister Myra Seals of Georgia, two aunts Sheila Kirst and husband Mike and their daughter Chelsea of Utah, Tracy Fisher, her husband Chayne and their children Bailey and Cody of Oklahoma, his Uncle Matt Kendall, his wife Renee and their children of Oklahoma and his faithful companion Hank.

Visiting hours were held on Sunday March 26, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Essex Chapel, 57 Main Street, Essex Jct., VT 05452. A Celebration of Life was held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. at City Reach Church, 159 Pearl St #7, Essex Jct, with Pastor Brent Collins officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Spencer’s memory may be made to City Reach Church, 159 Pearl St #7, Essex Jct., VT 05452. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting

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Normand Donald Gagne

ST. ALBANS/HIGHGATE:  Normand Donald Gagne, 84, died peacefully March 22nd from health complications. He was born in Highgate on July 27, 1932, the son of Lucien and Dolores (Betournay) Gagne. He attended and graduated from St. Anne’s Academy in Swanton, class of 1951. He worked alongside his father on the farm until he purchased it in 1958 and continued to farm with his wife, Georgette, and son, Mark, until 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Georgette (Larose) Gagne, of 62 years and their six children: Mark (wife, Jean) Gagne; Daniel Gagne (and friend, Sue); Anne (husband, Leon) Berthiaume; Julie Gagne (and friend, Michael); Cecile (husband, Mark) Vosburg; Claudette (husband, Rick) Peck; twelve grandchildren: Eddie Gagne (and friend, Samantha); Mary Gagne (and friend, Marcus); Carly and Katie Gagne; Nicholas Gagne; Jessica (husband, Jason) Brill; Alyssa (husband, Aaron) Ciullo; Jameson (wife, Shauyne) Berthiaume; Sara and Emily Vosburg; Evan and Jordan Peck; three great-grandchildren: Owen and Ethan Brill and Kilian Ciullo; and also by many nieces and nephews.

He was pre-deceased by Roger and Adrienne Gagne, Rosaire and Henriette Gagne, and Olivette and Alcide LaBrie.

Normand’s greatest passions were flying his own plane and attending many fly-ins. He was proud to wave his wings over the farm. He was credited with starting the Highgate hockey youth program in the 1960s and was also known as the ‘Father of Missisquoi Hockey,’ having coached the T-Birds from 1971-73 and ‘79-82 and later coached the Highgate North Stars. For many years, Normand and Georgette hosted Franco-American soirees with family, neighbors, and friends which Normand loved. Normand was a die-hard New York Yankees and Boston Bruins fan. He also enjoyed deer hunting with his sons, fishing with his cousins, watching Mary, Carly, and Katie play high school softball, traveling to historical landmarks, and trips twice to Alaska.

The family would like to thank the staff at Northwestern Medical Center and the Pillsbury Homestead for their excellent care, patience, support and the Hospice Program through the Franklin County Home Health Agency who saw to his comfort in his final days.

The Liturgy of Christian burial was celebrated Monday, March 27, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, 186 Lamkin Street in Highgate Center. Father Luke P. Austin was celebrant and homilist. The Rite of Committal and Interment followed at the family lot in St. Louis Cemetery.

Friends were to call at The Kidder Memorial Home on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans 05478 or MAHA, PO Box 77, Highgate Center 05459 or the charity of one’s choice.

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George Wilfrid Parent

WEST ENOSBURG:  It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our father George Wilfrid Parent, 96 of West Enosburg. George died on Friday, March 24, 2017 with family beside him at his home where he was able to live until his death… a wish that was important to him.

He was born on March 13, 1921 at home on the East Sheldon Road. He was the second youngest of a family of nine born to Samuel and Arzelia (Brodeur) Parent. He attended school in a one-room schoolhouse in East Sheldon for eight years, then continued on in Saint Cesaire, Canada for two years.

George was married to the late Rita (Rainville) who predeceased him on January 4, 2013. They were married on May 29, 1948 and celebrated 64 years of marriage. Together they had fourteen children – seven daughters and seven sons whom they raised on the family farm. George lived on this farm until 1978 when he sold and moved to his smaller farm where he presently lived. Farming truly was a way of life for George as well as several of his siblings. He also enjoyed traveling and dancing in his earlier years.

He was a lifelong communicant of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Enosburg Falls where he served as Eucharistic Minister for 13 years as well as being a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather and great- grandfather. Anyone who knew George, certainly knew that he loved to play 500… most often playing a few times weekly until recently. He also played cribbage and greatly looked forward to planting tomatoes and potatoes in his small garden until last year.

George is survived by 12 children and their spouses: Robert S. and Diane Parent of Sheldon, Patricia and James Keefe of Bel Air, MD, David and Susan Parent of Gouverneur, NY, Alan Parent of Hyde Park, Denise and Gale Messier of St. Albans, Dianne and Leonard Parent of St. Albans, Gloria Parent of Glastonbury, CT, Norman and Pamela Parent of Burke, NY, Rene and Melissa Parent of Portland, OR, Marcel Parent and Betsey Larose of West Enosburg, Martha and Timothy Magnant of Franklin, Gisele and Christopher Stimpson of West Enosburg; 25 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, a sister in law and husband Aline and Claude Magnant; two brothers in law and wives, Andrew and Imogene Rainville and Roger and Denise Rainville, as well as two sisters in law; Lucille and Elizabeth Rainville, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves behind two of his Friday night 500 card-playing buddies Fr. Leonidas Laroche and Henry Magnan  who he always looked forward to seeing. In addition to his parents and his wife Rita, George was predeceased by a daughter, Doris Parent; a son, Anthony “Tony” Parent; a grandson, Matthew Parent; a son in law Sven Swanson; his two brothers and their wives; Leo and Biola Parent and Ulys and Helen Parent; his six sisters and four brothers in law; Jane and Lucien Demers, Simone and Come Lussier, Rose and Theobald Charron, Georgette and John Louis Rainville, and Sr. St. Maxime, SSM and Sr. Leda Parent, SSM who passed away December 16th at the age of 100. George outlived all his siblings and their spouses. He was also predeceased by two brothers in law; Richard and John Clement Rainville.

George was never one to complain or boast about anything but after losing his wife in 2013, he was always ready for the good Lord to take him. Well Dad, finally at last… the good Lord has taken you to a much more comfortable place – your absence will be deeply felt down here on earth as we will greatly miss our Sunday afternoon get-togethers in West Enosburg… a place which had become a family focal point for many years. We have been blessed!

Visitation was to be Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 4-7:00 PM at Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls, VT.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Missisquoi St., Enosburg Falls. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg.

For those who wish, contributions in George’s memory may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, P.O. Box 563, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450 or St. Anne’s Shrine, 92 St. Anne’s Rd., Isle La Motte, VT 05463 or to a charity of your choice.

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Carolyn A. Salminen

MILTON:  Carolyn A. Salminen, 70, died peacefully at her home early Tuesday morning, March 28, 2017, following a nearly year-long battle against ovarian cancer, with her loving family by her side.

Carolyn was born on April 18, 1946 in Greenport, New York, the daughter of William Adams Jr. and Carolyn (Morrell) Adams.

On June 27, 1969, she married her college sweetheart, Karlo Salminen, in Greenport, NY.

In July of 1969, she and Karlo moved to Milton, which she has called home ever since.

In addition to Karlo, her family includes daughter Anna Wellman and her husband Army SFC Matthew Wellman of Clarksville, TN., her son Matti Salminen of Brattleboro, VT, her beloved grandchildren Elaina, Lauren and Wyatt, and her brother John and his wife Marilyn “ Mac ” Adams of North Truro, MA . She was predeceased by her parents and her brother William “Billy” Adams.

She graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She received her Masters Degree from Central Connecticut State College. Carolyn enjoyed a 26 year long career as an educator, primarily in the Milton School District. She will be remembered by her first graders as being the Queen of earrings, wearing those that matched the theme of what she was teaching that day. Carolyn loved volunteering at the Family Center, and singing with the church worship team with Karlo at nursing homes, and with her oldies band, “Bobby and the Retrotones”. Most of all though, she loved her family, her children and her grandchildren.

A Celebration Service will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Noon at the New Life Christian Fellowship, located on Center Drive in Milton, following the service there will be a gathering to share food and memories at the Eagles Club, next to New Life.

Carolyn has requested that attendees wear their most joyous purple attire! She would like for us all to celebrate her life with as much happiness as we can muster.

She has also requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163 or to the UVM Cancer Center, Eleanor B. Daniels Fund, c/o UVM Medical Center Foundation, Mailstop 363 UVM, 111 Colchester, Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

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Nicholas L. Scangas

ST. ALBANS:  Nicholas L. Scangas, 87, of St. Albans, Vermont, loving husband of Christine Scangas, died peacefully from a long battle with stomach and liver cancer at his home with his family at his side.

Nicholas was born in St. John Monemvasia, Greece on December 24, 1929, son of Lazaros and Katerine (Traiforost) Scangas. Raised and educated in Greece, he immigrated to the United States in 1955 making his home in Lynn, MA where he met and married Christine Mazarakis in 1958 before moving in 1967 to St. Albans, Vermont. When the family moved to St. Albans, he bought and ran the Open Hearth Restaurant until his retirement in 1991.

He is survived by his wife Christine with whom he shared over 59 years of marriage. He is also survived by his children and their spouses, Laz and Stacie Scangas of St. Albans, Vermont and Alex Scangas and Maren Forsyth of Wilmington, Massachusetts; his cherished granddaughters, Anastasia C. H. Scangas of Chicago, Illinois and Alexis M. Scangas of St. Albans, Vermont. His sister and her husband, Panagiota and Peter Venetsanakos of Danvers, MA, a brother in law Pantelis Skangos of Greece, sister in law Anastasia Scangas of Salem, MA, brother in law and his wife Spriros and Angie Mazarakis of Salem, NH and sister in law Kula Lambesis of Lynn, MA and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Lazaros and Katerine Scangas, brothers John and Peter Scangas, and sister Aphrodite Scangas.

Special thanks to Dr. Dennis Sanders, Amy, Seth, the staff at the Vermont Center for Cancer Medicine, and the wonderful hospice nurses at Franklin County Home Health Agency.

Funeral will be private. Online condolences and memories may be shared with his family at the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home website: Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.

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Patricia Hrobak Stinehour

ST. ALBANS:  Patricia Hrobak Stinehour, 75, a long-time resident of the Essex area died early Wednesday March 22, 2017 at Franklin County Rehab Center in St. Albans, Vermont.

Patricia was born on February 22, 1942 in Winsted, CT. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Stella Hrobak. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Bryant University in 1962, and became the first woman accountant at Coopers & Lybrand in Boston. After moving to Vermont, she worked for many years for the Town of Essex and finished her career as an Finance and Human Resource Manager at Pet Food Warehouse.

Patricia loved spending time with her “Lamell family” and made many lifelong friends. She had four kids, but was known as “mom” to countless others. She always had a meal and a room ready for anyone that needed it (even if that meant 20 friends showing up in a Winnebago).

She loved to cook, and passed down her mom’s famous apple pie recipe to her children. She was known for her lasagna, chili and potato salad, and always made extra. In addition to cooking she loved games of all kinds, from family game night to the 24-hour Game Show Network. She loved music, movies, raccoons and most of all the Boston Red Sox. She somehow managed to stand by her team in a house full of Yankee fans and proudly displayed her Fenway Park picture for all to see.

Patricia is survived by her sister, Francis Davis of Chicago; her four children and their spouses: Mark and Amy Stinehour of Franklin, MA, Karen and John Seaman of Fairfax, VT, Craig and Megale Stinehour of Fort Collins, CO and Bryan and Melanie Stinehour of Berwick, ME; her grandchildren: Nick, Ben, Jaylin, Zorion, Chloe, Brady, and Sierra; nieces and nephews: Stephanie Sibal, Nicky Lewis, Wesley Davis and their children.

Visiting hours were held on Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 4-7pm in the Minor Funeral Home in Milton.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10 am in St. John Vianney Catholic Church in So. Burlington.

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