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In Memoriam George Costes 3/13/2020  
Saint Albans - George T. Costes, 97, passed away early Friday, March 13, 2020, at the Franklin County Rehab Center with his family at his side. He was a District Court Judge, State Senator, City Representative, City Prosecutor, Public Defender, Justice of the Peace, City Councilman and acting Mayor during Mayor Joseph Sullivan's illness.

He was born on February 24, 1923, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the son of Theodore and Anna (Pappas) Costes and step-mother, Sophia (Angelides) Costes. George attended city schools at Barlow St., Fairfield St., and Church St. and graduated from Bellows Free Academy, where he enjoyed playing the violin and tennis and skiing at Jay Peak. He also graduated from Vermont College in Montpelier and Boston University School of Law. George enlisted in the U.S. Navy, December 7, 1942, and discharged on June 10, 1946, at Jacksonville, Florida.

Following World War II, he served 3 years in the Vermont National Guard as Command Officer of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment at Enosburg Falls and 3 years with the 4638th Transportation Truck Company in Saint Albans and 3 years in the Vermont State Guard in Saint Albans, where he served as the Staff Judge Advocate.

He was Past President and a 50-year member of the St. Albans Rotary Club, and awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship. He was a 60-year member of Franklin Lodge, #4, F&AM, Mt Sinai Shrine and its Motor Corps, Green Mountain Post # 1, American Legion for 50 years and Robert E. Glidden Post # 758, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church and Saint Luke's Episcopal Church and a former member of the Green Mountain Chorus and AHEPA. George also enjoyed his many big game hunting trips.

Survivors include his wife, Diane of St. Albans; his sons, Christopher M. Costes and his longtime companion, Laurie, of St. Albans and Gregory J. Costes and his longtime companion, Annette, of St. Albans and step-son, Peter Fyles and his wife, Barbara, of South Burlington VT. He also leaves seven grandchildren; Max, Sam, Rachel and Sophia Costes, Jocelyn, Bronwyn and Peter Potthoff and several nieces and nephews. George is also survived by his extended family that includes in-laws, Philip and Theresa Remillard, Lynn and Ellsworth Moore, Darlene Burke and their families.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his natural mother, Anna Pappas; his first wife, Elizabeth Hayes Costes; second wife, Mary Hungerford Fyles Costes; son, Theodore G. Costes; brother, John T. Costes; step daughter, Jennifer H. Fyles, and sister, Olga Costes Campbell, as well as brothers-in-law, Mark Hayes, Michael Hayes, Richard Hungerford and Merrill Hungerford.

At George's request, prayers of committal and military honors will be private and at the convenience of his family at the Costes family lot in the St. Albans Bay Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, George requested that donations be made in his memory to The St. Albans Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1134, St Albans, VT 05478; the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478; St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8 Bishop St, St. Albans, VT 05478; Franklin County Rehab Center, 110 Fairfax Road, St. Albans, VT 05478 or the Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Ledge Road, Burlington, VT 05401.

Assisting the Costes family is the Heald Funeral Home, where messages of condolence are welcome at

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2020
In Memoriam Dana Michael Leach 3/15/2020  
Dana Michael Leach, 58 of Bourne passed away in his home surrounded by his family on March 15, 2020 after his long battle with cancer. Dana was determined to be here for his family, this was seen through his courage, determination and strength.

He was Born in Arlington, MA to Gerald and Catherine Leach on September 3, 1961. He grew up on the cape, where he stayed and raised his family.

Dana was educated through the Bourne school system and graduated from Bourne High School in 1979. He was a proud Alumni of Norwich University. He participated in the Corps of Cadets and graduated in 1985.

Dana bled purple. After graduating from Norwich University, he taught physical education at Bourne High, he then worked for the Cape Cod Collaborative as a physical therapist for handicapped children. During his time as a teacher he coached women's junior varsity softball and the freshman football team. He also enjoyed coaching his daughters' softball teams and son's club hockey teams. Above all things Dana loved being a Dad to his five children.

Although he was taken too soon he touched many people during his time here on earth. Dana's infectious smile lit up any room. He enjoyed making memories with his family. The things he enjoyed most include: Sunday funday, cornhole tournaments, backyard fire's, Thanksgiving Day football game, family gatherings, fishing, and boat trips to Quahog Republic.

Dana will be forever remembered by his wife Jennifer, married for 24 years, and their five precious children Hanna, Madelyn, Emma, Grace, and Dana Jr, his three siblings: Gerald Leach jr, Karyn Leach- Chauvin and her husband Dan, Gregory Leach; and his parents Gerald and Catherine Leach. He also left behind many nieces and nephews. He was welcomed home by his predeceased sister Anne- Marie Leach who passed twenty-six years ago.

The funeral Mass will be held at St. Margaret's Church in Buzzards Bay on Monday, March 23rd at 10:00 a.m., although this will be a private service due to the pandemic COVID-19 virus. This will be followed by an open burial at Oakland Grove Cemetery, Shore Road in Bourne at 11:15am. At a later date, there will be a Memorial Service planned in celebration of Dana's life.

Rest in peace, be sweet! We love you dad!

In lieu of flowers please kindly consider making a donation to the Leach Family Memorial Fund. These donations can be made at any Rockland Trust Bank or mailed to: Rockland Trust 2995 Cranberry Hwy E. Wareham, MA, 02532.
In Memoriam William V. Ouellette 3/16/2020  
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William Vincent Ouellette, 87, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on March 16, 2020. Born April 5, 1932 in Chisolm, ME, Bill was the sixth of eight children and first in his family to attend college. After graduating Norwich University in 1954, Lieutenant Ouellette served in Germany as a military intelligence officer. He married Teresa Bello from Salem, OR, on March 4, 1957, whom he had met at Fort Monmouth, NJ. Together, they raised six children. A successful salesman for over 40 years, his profession took him to Boston, MA, Salem, OR, Seattle, WA, and finally to Glendora, CA in 1970. Ouellette retired from Dow Corning in 1986, but continued working, sharing his tireless work ethic, endless stories, and skills to help any who asked.
A sports enthusiast, Bill raised his children to be competitors on and off the field. He loved Green Bay Packers football and Lombardi rules, but his passion was baseball. For decades, the youth of Salem and Glendora were enriched by his coaching. With Popeye forearms, he'd pitch batting practice and hit grounders for hours. He could run backwards faster than most could run forward, motivating kids to hustle to 1st base. His whistled signals confused many an opposing team. Bill's love of the game and those who played it helped create champions. A multi-sport athlete, Bill was inducted into Norwich University's Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2009. Bill was an active, lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and was a parishioner at Holy Name of Mary Church in San Dimas for 50 years.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Teresa, daughter Katherine Oeser, Corona, CA, son Kenneth Ouellette, La Verne, CA, son Philip Ouellette, Corona, CA, daughter Jacqueline Moncayo, Upland, CA, daughter Dr. Frances Dunniway, Coarsegold, CA, daughter Beverly Crisler, Dahlonega, GA, fourteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, sister Claire Fitzpatric, Wilton, ME, brother Elmore Ouellette, Georgetown, SC, and in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins across the U.S. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred & Annie (Castonguay) Ouellette, brothers Roland and Paul Ouellette, sisters Jeannine Ouellette, Doris Simoneau, and Denise Gats, all of Jay, ME.
Due to the current health pandemic, a life celebration will be postponed until it is safe for friends and loved ones to gather. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local community hospital.
In Memoriam William V. Ouellette 3/26/2020  
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William Vincent Ouellette, 87, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on March 16, 2020. Born April 5, 1932 in Chisolm, ME, Bill was the sixth of eight children and first in his family to attend college. After graduating Norwich University in 1954, Lieutenant Ouellette served in Germany as a military intelligence officer. He married Teresa Bello from Salem, OR, on March 4, 1957, whom he had met at Fort Monmouth, NJ. Together, they raised six children. A successful salesman for over 40 years, his profession took him to Boston, MA, Salem, OR, Seattle, WA, and finally to Glendora, CA in 1970. Ouellette retired from Dow Corning in 1986, but continued working, sharing his tireless work ethic, endless stories, and skills to help any who asked.
A sports enthusiast, Bill raised his children to be competitors on and off the field. He loved Green Bay Packers football and Lombardi rules, but his passion was baseball. For decades, the youth of Salem and Glendora were enriched by his coaching. With Popeye forearms, he'd pitch batting practice and hit grounders for hours. He could run backwards faster than most could run forward, motivating kids to hustle to 1st base. His whistled signals confused many an opposing team. Bill's love of the game and those who played it helped create champions. A multi-sport athlete, Bill was inducted into Norwich University's Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2009. Bill was an active, lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and was a parishioner at Holy Name of Mary Church in San Dimas for 50 years.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Teresa, daughter Katherine Oeser, Corona, CA, son Kenneth Ouellette, La Verne, CA, son Philip Ouellette, Corona, CA, daughter Jacqueline Moncayo, Upland, CA, daughter Dr. Frances Dunniway, Coarsegold, CA, daughter Beverly Crisler, Dahlonega, GA, fourteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, sister Claire Fitzpatric, Wilton, ME, brother Elmore Ouellette, Georgetown, SC, and in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins across the U.S. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred & Annie (Castonguay) Ouellette, brothers Roland and Paul Ouellette, sisters Jeannine Ouellette, Doris Simoneau, and Denise Gats, all of Jay, ME.
Due to the current health pandemic, a life celebration will be postponed until it is safe for friends and loved ones to gather. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local community hospital.
In Memoriam Thomas H. Sullivan 12/9/2019  
Thomas H. Sullivan, Jr.
April 5, 1942 - December 9, 2019

Gloucester, MA - Thomas (Sully) Henry Sullivan Jr., 77, husband of Susan E. (Dexter) Sullivan, of Gloucester Ma, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side, on Monday, December 9, 2019 at Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was married to the love of his life for 53 years.

Tom graduated from Gloucester High School; Class of 1961 and held the honor of Class President. He was a graduate of Norwich University, Class 1965; The Military College in Northfield Vt. and joined the United States Army. For his service in the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army awarded him both the Purple Heart & Bronze Star. Before retiring, he had successful careers with Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY, Digital Equipment Corporation, Merrimack NH and Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA) in Gloucester.

In addition to his wife Susan, he is survived by his three children Kerry Warzecha (Keith) of Glastonbury CT, Bridget Sullivan (Scott Sharp) of Westfield, IN and Tim Sullivan (Lee) of Las Vegas, NV. He has one adored grandson, Kyle Warzecha. They shared a passion for sports & loved bowling and watching European Soccer together. He will be greatly missed by his lifelong friends, Dave and Barbie Bader, with whom he & Sue spent most Sundays cheering on their favorite football team, the New England Patriots.

He is also survived by his sister Frankie Nicastro (Philip); sisters and brother-in-law Steve and Dawn Dexter, Judith Dexter, Christina and Richard Rhodes, Kathleen Hurlburt, Rebecca and Francis Aliberte and Roberta Dexter. He has dozens of beloved nieces, nephews and many close friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Bridget Sullivan; Mother and father-in-law, Harold and Eleanor Dexter, In-laws Norma Dexter, Arthur Hurlburt, Paul Dexter, Clark and Geraldine Dexter.

The family is eternally grateful to the entire staff at Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center & Care Dimensions Hospice for the compassionate care they extended to our father during his time there. Contributions may be made in memory of Thomas H. Sullivan Jr, Friends of Seacoast @ SeaCoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 292 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, who sponsored many programs enjoyed by both Tom & Sue.
In Memoriam Barbara J. Vaccaro 3/12/2020  
Barbara Francis Vaccaro, age 67, passed away on March 12, 2020, in her home. Her sudden passing came subsequently to the death of her late husband, Dennis Richard Vaccaro Sr. Barbara is survived by three sons: Dennis Richard Vaccaro Jr., Robert Francis Vaccaro, and Nicholas John Vaccaro. Barbara was born on August 29, 1952, to her late parents Robert & Frances Francis. Born and raised in the community of Pleasantville, Barabara attended Pleasantville High School and graduated from The University of Vermont.

Besides being a loving mother and wife, Barbara was a valuable member of the Pleasantville community where she was a teacher and friend to many students, faculty, and parents alike.
She could frequently be found at Holy Innocents Church, Pleasantville Country Club, and the Pleasantville Panthers High School football games.

Barbara's greatest joys were being a wife to her husband, mother to her children, mother-in-law to Kathleen, Alyssa, and Stacy, and proud owner of her rescue beagles. She was a trusting neighbor to many and the welcoming committee for new families who moved to town. She was widely known for her famous stromboli. Her favorite color was Pleasantville green and she would never let you forget it. Many people in this community share their heartbreak alongside her family however they now find comfort in knowing she has been reunited with her one and only love, Dennis Sr.

Family and Friends are invited to Beecher Flooks Funeral Home on Monday and Tuesday from 3-7 PM. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Wednesday at 9:30 AM at Holy Innocents R.C. Church.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Dennis R. Vaccaro Scholarship Fund
In Memoriam John E. Dolphin 2/24/2020  
Nov. 14, 1929 - Feb. 24, 2020
HUDSON FALLS John E. "Jack" Dolphin, 90, long time Hudson Falls Central School District Board of Education member, died on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 at the Glens Falls Hospital.
Born in Hudson Falls on Nov. 14, 1929, he was the son of the late William "Ted" and Letitia Dolphin.
Jack graduated from Hudson Falls High School with a Regents Diploma. While in high school he was a member of the band, orchestra and played offensive and defensive end on the first undefeated and untied football team in the history of the school.
He graduated from Norwich University with a degree in education with associate work in psychology. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant -armor, United States Army. After graduation from the Armored School located in Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado. He served in Korea as a tank officer with the 140th Tank Battalion, 40th Infantry Division. Jack was awarded the Korean Service Medal, The United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. After his service in Korea, he went on to serve five years in the Active Army Reserve with the rank of Captain.

On May 16, 1954, Jack married Shirley Mae Gillen of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He retired in 1989 after 33 years with the Proctor & Gamble Company.
Jack served on the Hudson Falls Central School District Board of Education for a total of 24 years. He served as Vice President from 1993 to 1997 and President of the Board from 1997 to 2007. Jack was the only Hudson Falls graduate to serve as President of the Board as an alumnus of the school district prior to centralization. During his tenure as President, several large construction and renovation projects were approved by the voters of the district. These projects included a new transportation and maintenance complex with indoor bus storage. Other projects at the high school included a new air conditioned gymnasium; conversion of the old gym into a physical fitness center, a wrestling room, and three computer labs; a new science wing; a new air conditioned band room; and inclusion of air conditioning in the auditorium and office center. Also under his tenure, all varsity athletic fields were irrigated by wells, the track and bleachers were replaced, and a new field house was constructed. At the middle school the pool was replaced and a new physical fitness room was added. All buildings received upgrades including asbestos abatement, new roofs, new boilers, as well as safer entrances and exits. New gyms were completed at primary and intermediate buildings, most buildings added classrooms and technology was greatly enhanced and improved throughout the district. Also during this time the district acquired ownership and responsibility for the community swimming pool.

He was also a member of the Washington, Warren, Hamilton and Essex BOCES Board of Education from 1980 to 1985 and the Combined Washington, Saratoga, Warren, Hamilton and Essex BOCES Board of Education from 1993 to 1999.
Jack was a town of Fort Edward and Washington County Republican Committee member for 18 years. Additionally he served on the town of Fort Edward Zoning Board of Appeals and served as a Commissioner and Chairman of the Washington County Sewer Commission.
His other past memberships include the Military Officers Association, Elks Lodge #81 in Glens Falls where he served as Trustee, Idle Hour Club in Fort Edward and served as President, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6196 in Queensbury and the American Legion Post 574 of Hudson Falls. Jack was honored by Post 574 by being named as the Grand Marshall of the 2002 Hudson Falls/Kingsbury Memorial Day Parade after 9/11.

Jack enjoyed reading, following NFL football and all Hudson Falls school sports. For many years Jack served as a member of the chain crew for the Hudson Falls football games.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Dolphin; his two sons, Mark of Summit Lake, and Scott and his wife, Marcie of Vernon, Connecticut; his grandson, John of Glens Falls and two granddaughters, Ashlie and Nikki of Summit Lake.

At Jack's request there will be no calling hours.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in the town of Stillwater.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jack's name to the animal shelter of your choice: SPCA of Upstate New York, P.O. Box 171, Hudson Falls, New York 12839, Adirondack Save-A-Stray, 4880 Rte. 9N, Corinth, NY 12822 or the Pumpkin Fund, 4 Lark St., Hudson Falls, New York 12839.

Arrangements are under the care of Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street, in Hudson Falls.
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In Memoriam James C. Abare 2/29/2020  
James C. Abare, 86, of Salem, NH, passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020, peacefully with family and friends by his side.

Born in Lynn, MA to Maurice and Melvina Abare, Jack had a modest upbringing, growing up with two sisters. He attended Lynn English High School, graduating in 1953. All of his friends at Lynn English knew him as 'Jackie.' He graduated from Norwich University in 1957 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business. Norwich University would turn out to have a significant influence on his life and legacy. His senior year, he married his high school sweetheart, Lona St. Cyr, and were married for sixty-one years. Following his graduation at Norwich, he entered the US Army as a Second Lieutenant and went to the Armor School at Fort Knox. Afterwards, he would serve in the National Guard for nine years. Jack and Lona primarily lived in Boxford, MA for most of their married life. Jack later became a resident of Salem, NH.

Jack touched the lives of many people through his many activities that he funded a nurtured over the years. Known as "Mr. Norwich" for his constant admiration and dedication to all things Norwich, he spent his wealth and time spreading the great values the University represents. Jack left an indelible memory on the minds of thousands of young men and women throughout his life. One example of his effect on hundreds of Norwich University Corp students was the "Abare Family Rook Dining Out" event, started in 1985, focused on giving pause to these kids in their first challenging weeks of rookdom to come to the farm to laugh, to rest, to eat, to breathe. He had many kids who came up to him years after - at a restaurant or at a sporting event - and told him and Lona, "That day at the farm got me through when I wanted to quit. I stayed at Norwich because of the Abare Family Rook Dining Out." In addition, Jack hosted the annual Dean's List Dinner, or as Jack always referred to it as the "Smart Kids' Dinner." A two-way commitment he made with each rook: Get on the Dean's List for your first semester and I'll reward you with a steak dinner." As part of his legacy, Jack started the Abare Family Scholarship, which allowed one student to go to Norwich tuition-free annually. This last fall, 2019, Jack's name was inscribed on the Bicentennial Stairs, which was a special tribute to his longtime love of Norwich, his involvement on virtually every board committee opportunity that Norwich presented to him. While Jack received several alumni awards and held several board positions throughout the years, the Bicentennial Stairs Tribute was his proudest moment at Norwich. Jack once wrote a letter to a friend telling them that his blood runs maroon and gold, the colors of Norwich University.

The first business Jack started was in 1964 as a plastic machining and die cutting business. He enjoyed business as a point of conversation and in his profession. In his lifetime, he started eight different businesses, all still successful today. Two of these businesses are run today by sons, David and Mark. Combined, these two businesses employ over one hundred people.

Jack was a Sergeant in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (AHAC) of Boston and a lifetime member for over forty years. He was a former Trustee for Hyde School in Bath, ME, Trustee for Newman Prep in Boston, a member of the Lynn English High School Reunion Committee, and the class agent for the NU Class of 1957.

During Jack's spare time, he could be found at his farm on his tractor or on his four wheeler. He was happiest when the farm was full of friends of family.

Jack will be remembered as an altruistic person who was very generous with his time, wealth, and influence. This generosity was marked by random acts of kindness and striking generosity. Jack will forever be a part of the countless landmarks and buildings around the Norwich University campus that his generous donations helped fund. He was widely known around the Merrimack Valley for his social nature, ambition, and creativity. Jack and Lona entertained their friends at their beloved farm in Northfield, VT, true to their social nature.

Predeceased by his wife, Lona, of sixty-one years, Jack leaves behind the following family members: John Abare and his wife Denita of Reno, NV, Paul Abare and his significant other Susan Langley, of Northfield, VT, David Abare and his wife Kimberly of Salem, NH, and Mark Abare and his significant other, Annette McLean of Haverhill, MA. In addition, Jack leaves behind his grandchildren: Samantha and her husband Travis of Hebron, NH, Tabitha Abare of Ocala, FL, Vanessa, and her husband Rex Barton of Sparks, NV, Rachel and her husband Christian Rezza of Reno, NV, James Abare of Amesbury, MA, David Abare of Pelham, NH and Garrett Abare of Salem, NH. Jack also leaves great-grandchildren: Mika Austin, Kelton Austin, Nickolas Delano, and Lennox Delano.

Family and friends may call on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 2:00 PM-7:00 PM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen. A funeral mass will be offered on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 11:00 AM at St. Lucy Church, 254 Merrimack Street in Methuen. A burial will take place at a later date.

March 5, 2020
2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cataudella Funeral Home
126 Pleasant Valley Street
Methuen, MA 01844


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In Memoriam Glenn R. Stidsen 2/16/2020  
On Sunday February 16, 2020, Glenn R. Stidsen's body, but not his spirit, succumbed to effects of the pancreatic cancer he had battled for nearly nine months. In the end he found a way to let go without ever giving up. He showed his characteristic strong will, strength and determination right to the end.

These traits were evident throughout Glenn's all too short life. Whether trying to keep up with his two older brothers while growing up, competing on the rugby pitch in college, starting and growing his masonry business, or building his beloved camp, Glenn believed, and proved, if you are willing to work hard and never give up, you will succeed.

Few men are defined by work the way Glenn was. Even in the Stidsen family, known for their exceptional work habits, Glenn stood out. Work was a part of his whole life. Afterschool yard jobs in middle school gave way to working for his father's masonry company in high school and putting in long hours at his father's hotel during the summer months of college. Later, owning his own business meant everything to Glenn, and, no surprise, despite the extra work this entailed, Glenn would have it no other way.

Glenn's ability to perform hard, physical work was almost legendary. He was not lying when he said he was stronger and could work harder than guys half his age. Being in a trade doing physical work was a source of pride for Glenn and he proudly wore his work clothes to after school functions and restaurants, much to the consternation of his wife!

Glenn was a man who talked best through his actions. He showed his love for his family, his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Chloe, by working hard to support them. 'I love you' was said best by insisting he personally measure the ice thickness of the neighbors' pond before allowing his daughter to skate. He loved watching his daughter compete in cross country and Nordic ski events, but horse shows were too nerve wracking for him out of fear she would get hurt.

The opportunity to build a camp on Shadow Lake from the ground up - with the many 'after hours' and weekends' worth of work spread over two years this demanded - was never too daunting for Glenn. 'How do you eat an elephant?' he would rhetorically ask whenever his wife expressed concern. 'One bite at a time.'

Glenn and Michelle's 18th wedding anniversary was spent installing the camp windows, with dinner eaten sitting on planks across staging enjoying the lake view. Two years later a 20th celebration occurred, this time sitting on a real deck enjoying the same lake view with new camp friends who unbelievably shared the exact same anniversary milestone.

With the help of just his brothers and a few hired men, Glenn was able to make his dream a reality. Despite the work, Glenn viewed the time building his camp as some of the most fun of his life.

Glenn loved spending time at camp with his family, especially his daughter, and he was immensely gratified to think he had built a lasting legacy for her and his future generations. Anytime he got to snorkel in the lake with his daughter was a special time for him. Camp allowed him to reconnect with all the activities he grew up enjoying: hiking, camping, fishing, hunting. As a boy he was an avid Boy Scout. He had many fond memories of time spent outdoors- fishing with his grandfather, family vacations on Lake Winnipesaukee, canoeing the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, to name a few. But the best memories, and stories, undoubtedly came from hunting deer with his brothers. Glenn was so proud his camp turned into 'Deer Camp' in November with his brothers and young nephew present.

A cancer diagnosis changes everything and this was no exception for Glenn. Almost overnight the body that never failed him did. Too weak to work, Glenn realized he had no choice but end the business he had spent over 20 years building. But Glenn refrained from feeling sorry for himself. He never once asked 'Why me?' Instead, he said he was happy it was him and not his wife or daughter. He approached his treatment with his characteristic optimism that his hard work would pay off.

Glenn enjoyed a very short, early retirement fishing on Shadow Lake between treatments. The last hunting season was bittersweet. As these pursuits became too taxing, Glenn turned instead to other activities. He discovered a love for baking and quickly mastered a family favorite, Swedish coffee bread.

As much as cancer sucks, it does provide some silver linings:

Glenn was able to reconnect with old friends, especially several long time Rugby buddies from Norwich University. All these friends were able to pick up right where they had left off too many years before and their friendship and support meant so much to Glenn.

Glenn's siblings-Gary, Gregg, Sharon, Henry, Michelle and Scott-and their families, as well as his parents Hank and Barbara, rallied around Glenn showing that their ties, while not always visible, do run deep. Almost daily group texting buoyed Glenn's spirits, but it was the surprise dock that showed up at camp that left him speechless.

All the numerous acts of kindness showed to Glenn and his family in the form of meals, mysterious money, paid hotel tabs, snow plowing, shoveling, a generous donation by the Mike Loyer Foundation, the wonderful work by UVMHHH Hospice Team, and the list goes on, definitely does restore one's faith in humanity. Glenn and his family were overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and support they felt from so many people and so appreciated all of it. Thank you!

But most importantly Glenn learned in his short time left to truly savor life's moments. He had lived his life thinking there would always be time later. With the realization this wasn't the case would he have changed some things if he could? Sure, wouldn't we all. It definitely put into perspective his 'all-time best vacation' - snorkeling coral reefs in the Caribbean with his wife and daughter. But he didn't give in to regret. He simply moved forward. He would want us all to do the same.

You can honor Glenn by drinking '2 fingers' of your favorite whiskey; enjoying a sunrise - extra points doing so in a tree stand or on a boat; yelling a string of colorful language - no points if you repeat a word!; or just simply taking a chance and giving it your all.

In Memoriam Carol A. Patch 12/9/2019  
Carol A. (Hood) Patch, 60, of Brattleboro, and formerly East Corinth, VT, passed away December 9, 2019 at her home.

She was the daughter of the late James F. Hood and Gisele F. (Fournier) Hood.

Survivors include her devoted sister, Linda (Hood) White and her husband, Jerry, brother, Mark Hood and his wife, Tammy, and brother, David Hood and his wife, Mary.

Carol attended Oxbow High School and received her Associates Degree from Vermont College in Montpelier, VT.

Funeral services will be private. Remembrances may be made in Carol's memory to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Hale Funeral Home in Bradford, VT.
In Memoriam Sarah K. McCarthy 2/15/2020  
Sarah (Sarie) McCarthy, 28 of Sebago passed away on February 15th. She was born in Portland, Maine, November 29, 1991. She is the daughter of David and Elizabeth McCarthy of Sebago. Sarie graduated from Catherine McAuley High School in 2010, and from Norwich University in 2014, in the Corps of Cadet program. She was a Nursing student at SMCC. She was an avid snowboarder and was a member of National Ski Patrol.

Sarie is so loved as a daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, niece and friend. Sarie was most known for her trademark smile and infectious laugh. She loved being a big sister to her brothers who love her deeply. Her greatest gift was her brilliant sense of humor and sharp wit; she never missed an opportunity for the perfect joke. She made all that met her feel like an instant friend with her humor and charm. She was a bright light that lit up a room. She wore her heart on her sleeve and she had an energy within that warmed us all. She accepted everyone, would give her all for anyone, and expected nothing in return. When you were around her, you just felt alive!

She had the type of curiosity that led her to books and articles that created a wealth of knowledge of the world around her. From a very young age she was a voracious reader, and grew to love scientific podcasts. She carried the keys to the world in her pocket.

She enjoyed all seasons, loved the winter snow as much as the warm beaches. She has done many hikes in the Maine and NH mountains, always bringing her dear friends and her two Boston Terriers that she adored.

She was fierce in everything she did; her loyalty to her friends and family, her co-workers that she loved, and now she is our fierce angel looking out for us. She always pushed us to grow and see what life can be. Aside from all the people that she touched and loved in Maine, she has a large community of friends that are grieving for her in Charleston, SC, where she lived for 4 years.

Everyone should be as lucky to have a daughter as sharp, sassy and brave as Sarie! She called everyone "darling" and she was ours.

Sarie leaves behind her parents, her brothers, Freddy of Carrabassett Valley, ME, and Henry of Lake Tahoe, CA. Her Nana, Katherine Fitzpatrick of Plaistow, NH, and she was blessed with an amazing amount of aunts, uncles and cousins in her life, from all over the country who loved her dearly. She also leaves behind her boyfriend Jonathan McKinney of Charleston, SC. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Frederick and Elizabeth McCarthy, Joseph Fitzpatrick, Aunts Gail Sanford and Candace Forsley, as well as cousins Ryan Fitzptrick, Molly Perrin and Micah Gianotti.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours for Sarie on Thursday, February 20th, from 4-7pm, at Jones Rich and Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland ME 04103. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 21st, at 11am at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 673 Stevens Ave, Portland, ME 04103.

In Memoriam Sharon Kirkpatrick 12/23/2019  
Obituary for Sharon L. Clarke (Kirkpatrick)

Sharon Lynn Clarke, 78, formerly of New Rochelle, NY, died Monday, December 23, 2019, after a long illness.

The daughter of the late Warren R. Kirkpatrick and Ann (Pellettieri) Kirkpatrick Hassan, Sharon attended Wethersfield High School in Wethersfield, CT, and continued her education at Vermont College, graduating in 1961. After many years as a radiologic technologist at Montefiore Hospital, Sharon obtained a master's degree and finished her professional career as an associate professor at Bronx Community College.

Sharon devoted much of her time and energy to caregiving for family members, including her mother, until her mother's passing at age 83. Until her health conditions made it impossible, Sharon was an avid tennis player who also enjoyed traveling, playing Scrabble, and volunteering for Pet Rescue.

Sharon is survived by her brother Brian Kirkpatrick of Lincoln, RI, and his wife Dorothy; her nephew Jason Kirkpatrick of Cumberland, RI, and his family; and her niece Andrea Kirkpatrick of Chestnut Hill, MA. She was preceded in death by her husband of 19 years, Oswald ("Ozzie") Clarke in 1988.

A memorial service will be held at St. John's Wilmot Episcopal Church, 11 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle, NY on January 11 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street, Bronx, NY.

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In Memoriam William D. Sweetser 2/9/2020  
IObituary of William D. Sweetser
William (Bill) Davis Sweetser of Duxbury, Massachusetts, 82, died peacefully surrounded by family on February 9, 2020. He leaves his devoted wife of 57 years, Sandra (Peters) Sweester. Bill is also survived by his 3 daughters Heather (Sweetser) Ali of Duxbury and her 3 daughters Emily, Grace and Julia; Dawn (Sweetser) Muller, her husband John, of Duxbury, and their 2 children Davis and Jennah; Heidi (Sweetser) Gagnon, her husband Bob Gagnon, of Lee, NH and their 2 daughters Hannah and Analese. He is also survived by his brother Col. Warren E. Sweetser III (Ret.) and his wife Nancy of Verona, NJ and his close cousins, William Harrigan and Greg Sweetser.

Bill was born in Pensacola FL, the son of Brig. Gen. Warren E. Sweetser Jr. and Janice (Davis) Sweetser. Bill graduated from Fishburne Military School, Waynesboro, VA in 1957 and was a proud graduate of Norwich University, Northfield, VT, class of 1963.

Bill was a Sales Manager for Boston Thermo King for more than 30 years and received many sales awards. He loved to spend time with his family and grandchildren teaching them to swim, dive, fish and mow the lawn on his John Deere. He loved the beach, bocce, building in his barn and the Patriots. Bill also loved staying in touch with all his classmates from Fishburne and Norwich.

Bill's life will be celebrated at a memorial service on Saturday, March 14th at 11 am at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 77 Rockland St., Hanover MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Brig. General Warren E. Sweetser Jr., USMC Scholarship at Norwich University, Development Office, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663 or Lutheran Church of the Cross, 77 Rockland St., Hanover MA 02339.

In Memoriam David C. Ward 2/1/2020  
Brentwood, TN - David Corning Ward died peacefully in his home in Brentwood, Tennessee on February 1, 2020. David is survived by his wife Jane Ward of Brentwood, Tennessee, daughters Madeline (Benjamin) Hulbert of Montpelier, Vermont and Elizabeth (Andrew) Benson of Arlington, Virginia, grandson Finneas William Hulbert, siblings Melissa Ward of Essex Junction, Vermont, Jeffery Ward and his wife Michelle of Santee, California, and Gregory Ward and his wife Sheila of Aventura, Florida, plus many nieces and nephews. David was preceded in death by parents Diane Ward and Ronald Ward.

Dave was born on December 27, 1956 in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He graduated from Essex Junction High School in 1975 where he loved playing football and made the All State Team Junior and Senior year. After graduating from Essex, he enrolled in the ROTC program at the University of Vermont, graduating in 1979. He was a proud member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Dave was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He married the former Peggy Roy in 1980, relocating to Connecticut where his two daughters were born. He was later assigned to Norwich University as Assistant Commandant to the Corps of Cadets and later obtained his Master's degree. He retired in 2001 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Dave married his wife Jane in 2010, making their home in Brentwood, Tennessee.

He enjoyed football, family, good food, and outdoor sports, particularly hunting with his dear friend, Dale Rowell at "Dun Movin'" in Hardwick, Vermont. Some of his favorite pastimes were riding his snowmobile or ATV, and watching football games and races (especially the Daytona 500). A Military memorial and burial honoring Dave's life will take place at Fairview Cemetery located at 23-73 Old Colchester Road, Essex Junction, Vermont on May 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm. Reception to follow at the VFW located at 73 Pearl Street, Essex Junction. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship has been established in David's memory at Essex High School for a student athlete who played football and made All State their Junior and Senior years. Please consider sending donations to

Essex High School

David Ward Scholarship

Attn: Rob Reardon

2 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452First

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17, 2020
In Memoriam Sarah McCulloch 2/4/2020  
Sarah Brown McCulloch, former resident of Guilford, North Branford and Westport, CT, died in Durham, NH on February 4, 2020, where she had moved in 2017 to be nearer to her family. She died of complications from pneumonia just shy of her 98th birthday. Sarah was known in Guilford for her strong advocacy of historic preservation, serving as a board member and also President of the Guilford Preservation Alliance to preserve and improve the town's historic features. She became Chair of the Green Committee in 2001. She also worked as assistant to her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Mills Brown, helping to research Connecticut architecture. In 1989, she published Guilford: A Walking Guide, which went through numerous editions, the procedes of which benefit the Preservation Alliance. Many people remember her for her tours of historic Guilford and her introduction of historic Early Guilford Days into the schools. She assisted teacher Joann Corlett and her class in writing Around the Guilford Green: A Children's Walking Guide. Sarah received the Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of Historical Societies in 1984 and a Volunteer Recognition Award for Preservation from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the Connecticut Historic Commission. In 1997, she received the Charles Hubbard Award from the Guilford Preservation Alliance and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Vermont College of Norwich University. Sarah and her husband, Ronald, moved to Guilford in 1980 and she continued to be active in the community after his death in 1992. She was member of First Congregational Church and the Leete's Island Garden Club; she also served on the board of the Dorothy Whitfield Historical Society and volunteered at the Guilford Free Library. At 65, Sarah graduated from Vermont College with a BA in art history, fulfilling her lifelong dream of obtaining a college diploma. An accomplished quilter, rug braider and hooker, she was thrilled to win a blue ribbon for a braided rug at the Guilford Fair in 1984. She was also well-known for her cooking and canning, her life-long love of opera, and her Scrabble game. Born February 16,1922 in Federalsburg, MD, she was raised with her four siblings in Girdletree and Snow Hill on the Eastern Shore of MD. She married Ronald McCulloch in 1942, after two years of college at American University, at the outbreak of WWII, during which he served in the US Navy. Sarah and Ron had three daughters, Susan, Ellen and Gail. She held deep ties to family and returned almost every summer to the Eastern Shore. She was the matriarch of the large Brown clan and the family historian and archivist. Sarah led an active life as wife and mother in various locations in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Connecticut, moving many times when her husband changed jobs. In Hawaii, she became fascinated with Hawaiian history, culture, and flora, attending courses at the University of Hawaii, and assembling a library of Hawaiiana. Before moving to Guilford, she worked at the Mianus River Gorge Wildlife Refuge and Botanical Preserve as Executive Assistant to the Chairman, in Stamford, CT for six years, from 1974-1980. She also volunteered at the League of Women Voters, American Field Service, the PTA, the Girls Scouts, and at church, among other organizations. Sarah and Ron were known for their wide circle of friends and hospitality; their dinner table always had an extra seat. They hosted two foreign students: Monique Nicole from France and Elisabeth Reverbel from Brazil. Sarah was pre-deceased by her husband Ron, siblings Ralph, Elliot, Huey, Barbara and their spouses. She is survived by her daughter Susan McCulloch Bennett and her husband, Dr. Alan H. Bennett of Durham, NH; daughter Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, husband Dr. Christopher W. Lovell, their son Evan McCulloch Lovell and his wife Kristi and three daughters, Lucia, Isobel Sarah, and Evelyn, all in Vermont; her daughter Gail McCulloch of Port Jefferson, NY, and her children Colin McCulloch Blocksma and Lorna Brown Blocksma. There will be a memorial service in Guilford in the spring. Donations in her honor may be made to the Guilford Preservation Alliance, PO box 199, Guilford, CT 06437 or First Congregational Church, 122 Broad Street, Guilford, CT, 06437. Visit to sign an online guestbook. Read More

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Sarah Brown McCulloch February 16 1922 February 04 2020.
In Memoriam Robert M. Johnson 2/5/2020  
In Memoriam Albert A. Ventresca 2/2/2020  
Albert Anthony Ventresca, 88, husband of Olive (Wright) Ventresca, passed away at home in Ipswich on February 2, 2020.

Born in Chelsea June 9, 1931, he was the son of the late Anthony and Lillian (Malio) Ventresca, and raised in Revere. He graduated from Revere High School and went on to graduate from Norwich University in Vermont with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. He later obtained a Master's degree in Education and also studied Electronics.

Al served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, as a tank commander in Germany during the Korean War. Following his military service he worked at Stop & Shop, and eventually became a mathematics teacher in Revere and Newburyport, and retired from Whittier Vocational Technical High School. In later years he worked in electronics repair for Bell & Howell.

Al loved cars, both driving them and fixing them. He also loved reading and talking with his family and friends. He especially loved playing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his beloved wife of sixty-eight years, he was the devoted father of Kathy (Brennan) Somadelis and her husband Michael of Oakton, VA, Donna Gilbreth and her husband Roy of Franklin, NH, Albert Ventresca II of Maui, HA, and Marie Mountain of Raymond, NH. He is also survived by his grandchildren Nicholas, Melissa, Katie, Danielle, Robert, Daniel, and Ryan, and six great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Saturday May 2 at 11am with Military Honors in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home in Ipswich.
In Memoriam Claudette Collins 11/9/2014  
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In Memoriam Glen R. Osberg 1/31/2020  
Glen R. Osberg, "Oz", a longtime resident of Darien, passed away at Stamford Hospital on Friday, January 31, 2020. He was born in Hartford, CT, on May 26, 1941, to the late Ralph Earnest Osberg and Rita Doiron Osberg.
Glen graduated from East Hartford High School in 1959 and went on to attend Norwich University in Northfield, VT, receiving a B.A. degree in government in 1963. That same year, he joined the US Army as a 1st lieutenant where he served two years in active duty and four years in the reserves. He met his wife, Linda "Lindy" Harper, while in college, and they married on October 17, 1964, in Shaker Heights, OH. Glen had a 44-year career at IBM where he held various leadership positions focusing on international manufacturing and asset/inventory management; he retired in 2011.
As an avid reader, writer, historian and life learner, he was never short for words and loved spending time sharing stories with friends and family. Whether you knew him for years or mere minutes, Glen knew how to make you laugh with his quick-witted humor and light-hearted nature. He was a very proud husband, father and grandfather. If he wasn't on a boat on Long Island Sound, you could find Glen cheering from a sideline or applauding in an auditorium for one of his many grandchildren. He was passionate about all sports, but when it came to fishing, it was more like a devotion. "The Old Man and the Sea," as Lindy often referred to him, lived by the adage, "a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at the office."
Glen was a loyal, longtime supporter of the Blue Wave Athletics program and a member of the Darien YMCA. During retirement, he spent much of his time volunteering for several organizations, including the Darien Boat Club (Commodore), Norwalk Community College's Lifetime Learners Institute (President), Darien Men's Association, United Way and the SoundWaters Organization.
Glen is survived by his wife, Linda Harper Osberg, and their four children, Kaarn Lynch (Tom), Kristin Vrooman (Bobby), Erik Osberg (Sara), and Kinsey Tamberrino (Tom). He will also be forever remembered and missed by his 13 grandchildren: Haley, Courtney, William, Brett, Kelsey, Boden, Brinley, Van, Barclay, Oakley, Avery, Kylie and Brennan.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 8th at 3:00 PM at the First Congregational Church of Darien.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association with Lindy in your thoughts.
In Memoriam David H. Hendrix 11/28/2019  

Yakima native Dave Hendrix passed away on Thanksgiving day. Dave was a graduate of Davis High School, class of 1970. Dave attended Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA in 1969 and went on to attend Colorado School of Mines, majoring in engineering 1970-73, and Norwich Military University Northfield VT, 1973-75, obtaining BA degrees in History and Political Science. Dave also attended Montpelier College in Montpelier, VT earning an AS in Criminal Justice before beginning his 33 year law enforcement career.

Dave began as a deputy and later as a detective with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, Washington State Police Academy Lacey, WA 1977. Dave later joined the FBI and attended the Special Agents Academy in Quantico, VA in 1984. Dave had many assignments while with the Bureau and was assigned to positions throughout the United States including Boulder, CO and Los Angeles, CA, and ended his career in his hometown of Yakima as a Resident Agent.

Dave's FBI career was highly regarded as his performance in development and implementing the Bureau's asset forfeiture program was exceptionally successful. Seizures from drug trafficking, fraud and other white collar crimes often approached $100 million dollars a year for his unit.

Dave was also involved in working cases internationally and traveled frequently for work as well as providing instruction for other governmental agencies related to fraud and asset forfeiture.

He regularly received commendations from the FBI for his work in fugitive apprehension, asset forfeiture and was also assigned to the Green River Serial Murder Task Force.

Dave had many hobbies including: stamp collecting, going for walks, traveling and spending time with friends. Dave always had many fond memories of and held much respect for the law enforcement he worked with at the FBI, Yakima Police Department, Yakima Sheriff's Office, Yakama Tribal Police and many other law enforcement agencies throughout the state and country.

Dave was preceded in death by his mother June Hendrix, father Prince Hendrix and brothers Lieutenant John Hendrix and William "Will" Hendrix. He is survived by his sister Anna Mae Grant (Yakima), Patrick Clark (Yakima), many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog "Luna."

At Dave's request no services are being held. Donations can be made in his memory to the Washington State Concerns of Police Survivors, which provides support for families of fallen Washington State Police Officers,
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