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Memorial Announcements

Memorial announcements are sent to class members through either a letter or email, and are listed in the monthly enewsletter @NU and quarterly in The Record. In addition, a list of deceased alumni, known as the Roll of Honor, is read each year at Homecoming and printed in the annual Homecoming program.

Use the search fields below to view available obituaries.

If you know of an alumnus/a or friend who has passed away recently, please send the notice and a copy of the obituary (if available) to Norwich.  Mail to The Alumni Office, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, Vermont 05663, call 802.485.2100, fax 802.485.2156, or email us.

If you would like more information regarding a name on this list, feel free to contact Norwich at the information above.  Please note that we do not have a detailed obituary for all names listed,  but those we do are clickable links to the full obituary below. Obituaries that appear below were provided by the family or friends of the deceased to inform the Norwich community.

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In Memoriam Karen S. Daffner 1/15/2021  
Karen Daffner passed away peacefully, on January 15, 2021, at the age of 65 from complications due to cancer. She spent the majority of her career teaching physical education and coaching in the Schenectady School District. She was a daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend and mentor to so many. She was committed to her students and spoke of them often, and to her family for whom she loved deeply. She is survived by her father, Leonard, sisters Robin (Bill Dominelli)and Marci (Jasmelina Pugliese), niece Jessica, nephew Joshua (Kayla Duquette), great nephews Nathanyel and Nickolas, and her beloved dog, Madison.

We'd like to thank her many friends and neighbors who reached out to support her during this time. Your affection really kept her spirits high. We would also like to thank the staff at Ellis Hospital for their attentive care during her brief illness.

Donations can be made to Beth Israel Synagogue or the Animal Protective Foundation. Funeral service to take place on Monday January 18, 2021. There will be no Shiva due to COVID.

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In Memoriam Bruce R. Kellum 1/1/2021  
Bruce R. Kellum, 60 of Robbinsville, N.C., passed away on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. at his residence.

Bruce was truly a Godly man; he walked it and spoke it. Bruce attended Norwich University as a history major. He wanted to be a pilot in the Air Force like his dad and succeeded in getting a pilot slot. All his life's dreams were shattered when he fell 60 feet repelling and became paralyzed from the waist down.

Bruce overcame his tragedy six months later when he walked again. Bruce became an alcoholic trying to relieve his pain, but ended up in a coma for 12 days and quit drinking. A year later, he became a Christian. He overcame countless situations that most would not survive.

Bruce met his wife Ruth in 2011, the morning after doctors said he wouldn't live through the night. She told him if he made it out of the hospital, she would take care of him as long as he would do Bible study with her. They married in 2013. In 2016, his kidneys failed on their anniversary and their lives were never the same.

Bruce was a car salesman, meat salesman, co-owner of a bagel and coffee shop, chair deacon, and a caregiver to individuals with developmental disabilities. He was adventurous: a whitewater rafting guide, loved repelling, kayaking, hiking, shooting and trailing. Bruce enjoyed jail ministry, reading the KJV Bible and listening to evangelical sermons. Bruce also enjoyed war movies, guns and was a World War II buff.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Kellum; his stepsons, Travis VanRensselaer of Sylva, N.C. and Jason VanRensselaer of Cheyenne, Wyo.; his father, Rotui Kellum and his brother, Ben Kellum both of West Nyak, N.Y.; and his grandchildren, Nathan, Carolyna, and Olivia VanRensselaer.

Bruce was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Casavant Kellum and his brother, Bill Kellum.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete at this time.

Townson-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Kellum family.

An online register is available at
In Memoriam Steven M. Paen 1/11/2021  
Steven Michael Paen, 63, passed away on January 11, 2021 in Pompano Beach, Florida peacefully after briefly suffering from newly diagnosed rare cancer (Pleomorphic Sarcoma). Steve was prepared to fight his disease, but never had a chance to lace up the gloves. He did not want to leave us, he loved us. Our lives will never be the same, he made sure of that. Steve is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Megan Rose (William) Nesselt, and son, Michael; brother Anthony.

Steve was born on February 26, 1957 in Greenwich, Connecticut. He graduated from Norwich University (Class of 1979), where he was an active member of the basketball team and legendary shooter, and he would want you know that! Steve moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he started his lifelong career with Florida Agents, recently switching roles to join the Adam's Marketing Group as an associate.

Steve will be best be remembered for his larger-than-life personality and as great family man. He loved his wife of 33 years deeply. Steve was a dedicated father. He treasured his children and embraced every moment with them. Steve was known for being the greatest of all Dads, to not only his two children, but all their friends, who he loved dearly. He spent an incredible amount of his time surrounded by his children and their friends, entertaining at home and at sports games where he would always be making everyone laugh. He was truly adored.

At work, he could say what he wanted and "get away with it" with loud chuckles and those present remarking to one another, "did he just say that?" He was admired for how he handled them all, from the difficult customer to the loyal colleagues who became dear friends.

His brother Anthony, his cousins Linda and Bill, and his entire extended family were an integral part of his life. Steve became part of Ed and June Sweeney's family when he married their daughter, Donna in 1987. He met the family through this friendship with the Sweeney brothers, Jim and Michael, playing on the same basketball team. Steve very quickly became an accepted and loved family member and from that day forward the Sweeney family's Sunday dinners were never the same! Steve had that rare ability to assess any ongoing situation very quickly and to spontaneously come out with the most hilarious and outrageous comments. The family always said they could sell tickets to a night out with Steve!

Steve has a closely knit group of high school friends and college friends, who he had deeply regarded as true brothers. They were there for each other and could be counted on, this was sincerely mutual.

Steve was loved by all who knew him, as a husband, brother, uncle, friend, a son-in-law, brother-in-law, and a devoted, loving father to Megan Rose and Michael. He leaves behind memories that will last forever and will be greatly missed.

If you knew Steve, you knew a great guy. A good guy who when coming to visit at his home, as he would rather be at his home than at yours (he didn't much like to venture out of his zip code) would say to you after a few hours...OK...the first one to leave gets an invite back!! The rest of you, forget about coming back here!!!

Please join us celebrating Steve's life Friday, January 29, 2021, 11:00am at Saint Gregory Catholic Church, 200 N University Dr, Plantation, FL 33324. Reception to follow at Bokamper's Bar and Grill, 1280 South Pine Island Road, Plantation, FL 33324. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to TrustBridge Hospice Foundation at (
In Memoriam Derek Brinckerhoff 1/7/2021  
Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Derek Brinckerhoff, 97, passed away after a short illness on January 7.

He is survived by his wife, Hester; his daughter, Kim Brinckerhoff (Fred Davi) of Vallejo, California; Jill Fernandez (J. Terry Fernandez) of Santa Fe; and granddaughter Cassady Fernandez (fiancé Eben Travis) of Santa Fe.

Born in Danbury, Connecticut, Derek served in the Navy during World War II earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal and stars while serving aboard the Santee in the Ryukyu Islands. He also served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Taft School and received a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Norwich University. He spent his working life at Raytheon Corporation in Massachusetts where he notably worked on the Patriot Missile.

Before retiring to Santa Fe in 1985 to be closer to family, particularly their only grandchild, Derek and Hester enjoyed travelling by car across the U.S. and Canada. Derek delighted in the New Mexico sunshine, gin cocktails, woodworking, gardening, beating everyone at cribbage, and being with his family. Derek and Hester celebrated their 70th anniversary on December 31, 2020. He was the best! We loved him so much and he will be missed forever.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Santa Fe Food Depot or your favorite organization that protects the environment.
In Memoriam Thomas C. Couture 1/7/2021  
homas Couture passed away on January 7, 2021, at home, surrounded by family. He was born in Gilbertville, MA, son of the late Roland & Phyllis (Gondek) Couture. He was a loving husband and dedicated father and grandfather. Tom will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Carolyn (Shea) Couture, his sons, Darren and wife Erin, Dean and wife Kate, and daughter Candice. He also leaves two step-children, Bryan Barsalou and wife Elizabeth and Kara and husband Martin Rodgers. He also leaves his much loved grandchildren, Brandon, Gabriel, Ryan, Samantha, Isabelle, Nicole, Jake, Emily, Nora and Nolan.

Tom obtained his BS in Civil Engineering from Norwich University where he enjoyed the cadet leadership training programs and was a member of the Skull and Swords Society and the Corps Honor Committee. He played on the varsity football team and was All-State all four years. He then went on to graduate studies at the University of New Mexico and received his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, which became his true passion and led him to a most noteworthy career.

In 1970, following graduate school, Tom joined the engineering firm of Tighe & Bond, located in Holyoke, MA at the time. As it would turn out, Tighe & Bond was the only company he ever worked for, and he enjoyed a stellar 48-year career there, until his recent retirement in 2019.

Tom's early engineering assignments involved the planning and design of water and wastewater infrastructure projects. One of Tom's early projects was developing a water supply for the King Khalid Military City in Saudi Arabia for 65,000 military troops. Finding and constructing a suitable water supply in the desert was no easy task, but Tom was ever the optimist and the project was successfully completed. He also worked on other projects in Saudi Arabia including the design of water treatment facilities for the King Khalid International Airport and Riyadh University.

Later Tom started a practice to assist private venture capital clients by performing pre-acquisition environmental services at manufacturing facilities around the world. It was not unusual to find Tom taking an early morning flight to California or Florida to meet a client and visit a facility, and then taking a red-eye flight home, so that he could be back in the office first thing in the morning. He trained others to assist with this work, and it became a running joke that one was "Cooched" when Tom tapped them on the shoulder and asked them to fly somewhere across the country the next day.

Tom's career, founded on his strong leadership training and academic credentials, progressed him through the management ranks at Tighe & Bond. Tom held a variety of senior leadership positions at the firm, including serving as Laboratory Director, Assistant Chief Engineer, firm Principal for nearly 30 years, and Business Unit Leader for the environmental business line. He served on Tighe & Bond's Board of Directors for 20 years. In addition to his technical knowledge and leadership skills, Tom was known for his company enthusiasm and kindness in helping to mentor and support junior staff.

Although Tom was a keen scientist, he was a child at heart whose greatest pleasure was gathering the extended family for holiday events. Tom's famous hayrides through his forest went on despite rain, sleet or snow. One year with heavy rains predicted, he even constructed a roof for his hay wagon! He'd plan the entire year for his Halloween pranks-always enjoying the thrills & fears he would bring to both children and adults. Tom planted surprises along the darkened winding paths and could be heard always laughing the loudest! At Christmas time, the plans began again. Bundled under hay and blankets, his riders would sing Christmas Carols, hear the sound of bells and imagine Santa's elves. Suddenly a bright light shone on the house rooftop where Santa would wave to the squeals and screams of delight.

At his beautiful Cape home with Carolyn, Tom switched hats to become our Captain. With Darren, his ever co-captain, and grandchildren, Tom maneuvered the waters with skill & ease. Always filling his coolers with the catch of the day, catching a great tuna was one of Tom's biggest thrills. All of his plans had to include as many people as possible. Away from work his purpose was to bring fun and lots of laughter to others. He was a prankster, an entertainer, a farmer-a maker of fun!

Tom was a most humble man devoted to his wife, Carolyn, his family and friends. A talented engineer, he taught us all to work hard, find the solution, & embrace all that life has to offer. He was fearless and relentless to the end. We'll love you forever, Tom.

All services are private. A celebration of Toms life will be held at a later date. The Barry J Farrell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital, Springfield, MA or Hospice Life Care, Holyoke, MA,
In Memoriam Larry W. Jeffords 1/7/2021  
Area businessman, Larry W. Jeffords, 73, of Marco Island, Florida and Chazy, New York, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. Larry was born on July 19, 1947 to Merrill and Louella (Rounds) Jeffords and grew up in Enosburg Falls, Vermont.

He attended Norwich University and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Upon completion of his degree, he started his career as an engineer with Vermont Structural Steel. He served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army in Camron Bay, Vietnam, where he was the liaison for all bridge construction in II Corps. Upon return from Vietnam, he continued working for Vermont Structural Steel until 1984. On January 4, 1985, he married his wife, Judy, and they established Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company on the very next day. Larry served as the Chief Executive Officer until his death.

Larry cared deeply for his community, having served on several Boards, including the North County Chamber of Commerce, Champlain Valley Builders Exchange, The Development Corporation, The Foundation of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Plattsburgh YMCA, New York Steel Fabricators Association, American Institute of Steel Construction, and the ARC Foundation. He also served at his alma mater, Norwich University, as a trustee.

Anyone who knew Larry was aware that he was quick to comment, share an opinion, and had a unique sense of humor. Whether it was playing golf, enjoying a "Doc O" with the "Martini Group," or spending time with his family, he always knew how to have a good time - just ask anyone who attended his daughter's wedding. He was also an accomplished marathon runner, having completed 18 marathons, including the Boston Marathon twice.

Larry was especially proud of the company he built and all of the employees, whom he considered family. He was most proud of his daughter and her accomplishments, as well as his one-year-old granddaughter.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Judy, along with their daughter, Alexandra Jeffords Fessette (Allen) and granddaughter, Stella Fessette. Larry was predeceased by both of his parents and his brother, Daniel.

Arrangements are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home. However, due to the COVID-19 environment, there will be no formal calling hours. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date once it is safe to gather. Charitable donations can be made to Hospice of the North Country or the Foundation of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in memory of Larry.
In Memoriam Salvatore P. Carbonaro 12/15/2020  
Salvatore P Carbonaro
SEPTEMBER 19, 1941 - DECEMBER 5, 2020
Salvatore Paul Carbonaro, Sr, went to be with the Lord, on December 5, 2020. "Sam" as he was known to his family of origin, was born September 19, 1941 in Gloucester, Massachusetts to Alfred and Grace Signorelli Carbonaro.

A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived by his wife, Martha, sons, Salvatore P. Carbonaro, Jr. and Alfred F. Carbonaro, 2 grandchildren; Kathryn and Jonathan whom he loved dearly and were a great joy to him.

He is also survived by his two sisters, Grace Looney of Hopkinton, MA. and Edna Murphey and husband Jeff of Philpot, Kentucky.

Salvatore graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont with a Bachelor's degree in Physics. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army for two years and was stationed in Korea. He had a successful 32-year career with Chevron Oil Company in Houston, Texas and also in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Family and friends will miss his friendly outgoing and giving personality.

We are heartbroken for our loss, but comforted in knowing we will see in him again in heaven. His memory will always stay alive in our hearts and minds.
In Memoriam William P. Dwyer 1/6/2021  
William P. Dwyer, age 71, from Downers Grove, IL originally from Wallingford, CT. Beloved husband to Nam Yong (Nancy) Dwyer for 46 loving years. Adored father to George (Julie) Dwyer, Carol (Scott) DeFreitas. Cherished grandfather to Lillian and Paul Dwyer, and Sloane DeFreitas. Caring son to Shirley Dwyer. He was preceded in death by his father John Dwyer and his sister Kathleen Dwyer. Loving brother to Dennis, Thomas, Joseph G. and Patrick Dwyer. Admired uncle to Joseph I. Dwyer. Proud alumnus of Xavier High School, located in Middletown CT and Norwich University in VT. He proudly served in the Army from 1971-1975 as a First Lieutenant, assigned to serve in Korea. He was a licensed Mechanical Engineer who worked in sales for Somes-Nick and CO in Chicago, IL for 41 years. He was an avid golfer, was fond of horse racing. His favorite sports teams was the Chicago Bears and the Boston Red Sox. Loved cheering for Army and his other favorite college team, which was whoever was the playing against Notre Dame that day. He will be missed dearly by many friends and relatives.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Blake-Lamb Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the State of Illinois, which allow 10 or fewer guests (at any given time) at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. THE VISITATION FOR MR. DWYER IS BY RESERVATION ONLY. Please call Blake-Lamb Funeral Home (630-964-9392) between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM to reserve a time to attend. Thank you for your cooperation. Visitation Saturday, January 9th 2021 at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532, as stated above, please call for a reservation to attend the visitation. A private burial will take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery 20953 W Hoff Rd, Elwood, IL 60421.
In Memoriam Elizabeth Franzeim 12/2/2020  
REDDING, Calif. - Elizabeth "Liz" Franzeim, most recently of Redding, Calif., joined the stars on Dec. 2, 2020, due to early onset Alzheimer illness.

Liz was born in Melrose, Mass. on June 15, 1951, to Elinor "Ellie" Knight Franzeim Curtis, and Edward P. Franzeim Sr. She joined a boisterous family including her two older siblings, Susan "Sue" Ruggiero and Edward "Ted" P. Franzeim Jr. Their early years were full of laughter and high jinx, largely led by Sue and Ted with many fun and games encouraged or instigated by Ellie.

In 1966, Ellie and the kids moved to Sebago Lake, when Ellie married Arthur Curtis. Their cozy house on the edge of the lake was a fully blended family where they lived with Arthur's children, Carla and Mark. Liz was the second youngest of this rambunctious tribe who enjoyed anything and everything skiing on snow or water. Liz graduated from Bonnie Eagle High School in Standish. Following her graduation, she attended Vermont College in Montpelier, Vt. and University of Maine in Gorham, where she followed her passion for education.

Her working career took her mainly to the west coast where she continued her dedication to education and educational research. She lived in California, Colorado, and Washington while pursuing her work, frequently returning to Maine to see her family and teach in local schools. Along the journey, she met her partner, Steven Nachtman, with whom she traveled for vacations to the beautiful Baja in Mexico. In later years, Liz and Steven built a beautiful home that overlooks the Sea of Cortez for their retirement.

Liz is survived by her sister Sue (Redding, Calif., formerly of Sebago Lake), brother Ted (Duxbury, Vt.); partner, Steven (El Sorrento, Mexico); and stepbrother, Mark and his wife and daughters (Las Vegas, Nev.).

She was predeceased by her mother Ellie, father Ed, stepfather Arthur; and stepsister Carla.

In addition, she is survived by a loving herd of nieces and nephews who called her "Auntie Boo" (some of the grandniece and grandnephew variety), in birth order, Eric Franzeim and his wife, Adrienne and their baby Nola, of Baltimore, Md,; Tracy Ruggiero Higgins and her husband, Brandon, and children Haley (11) and Wyatt (8) of Shingletown, Calif.; Kristen Franzeim and her partner Greg Schreckenberg of St. Louis, Mo.; Caitlin Curtis of San Francisco; Nathan Franzeim and his wife, Angelica, of Waterbury, Vt.

Liz cherished her times with this far flung gang and all of their exploits and successes, and they adored her right back She kept up w with them directly and through Sue, Ted, and Eric's and Kris's mom, Jeanne Kinzel of Byfield, Mass.

Another hallmark of Liz was her ability to connect and keep in touch with her friends and family regardless of the elapsed time and the distance between them. Liz was a smart, loving, and beautiful woman whom with her humility had no idea how many lives she had touched. She literally lit up a room with her touches, smile, and laugh. All who were blessed to be in her light will hold all those memories dear. She told her family that life is not a dress rehearsal, and she lived it to the fullest, and we should do the same in her honor.

With hearts full of gratitude, thanks to those her watched over Liz in recent years: Steven, Sue, Tracy and all the care givers at Willow Springs Alzheimer's Special Care Center.

Many of us who knew of her deep love and affection for Ellie like to think that they are up in the stars dancing and laughing together.
In Memoriam J. Barry Mulhern 12/4/2020  
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In Memoriam Garrett V. Keefer 1/2/2021  
Garrett Vink Keefer Sr., 90, formerly of Frederick, MD and recently residing with family in Taneytown MD, passed away peacefully of natural causes at home Saturday, January 2, 2021. He was born September 19, 1930 in Schenectady, NY, the son of Kenneth and Bertha (Vink) Keefer. He married Sally Renn on June 21, 1968; she preceded him in death in 2016. Garrett is survived by two sons, Dr. Jeffrey Keefer and wife Maureen of Baltimore, MD, and Garrett Keefer, Jr. and wife Lisa of Taneytown, MD. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Anna Keefer of Baltimore, Hailey Keefer and Amanda Wagner, both of Taneytown, and Garrett Keefer III, of Sheridan, Arkansas, as well as three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Crandall.

Garrett was a graduate of Norwich University, received a Master's degree at the University of Vermont and completed a PhD in Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin. He served in the Army and was stationed at Fort Detrick in Frederick, MD for much of his service. Garrett had a long and distinguished 41-year career in the Federal Government, first in a virology laboratory at Fort Detrick, then for nearly 30 years in the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health. He was a loving and kind husband, father and grandfather. Garrett valued hard work and hated to be idle; even near the end of his life he enjoyed working in the yard. He was a genuinely nice person who will be deeply missed by those lucky enough to have known him.

No services will be held at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to the MYERS-DURBORAW FUNERAL HOME in Westminster, MD.
In Memoriam Frank C. Wisinski 1/1/2021  
Frank C. Wisinski, 87, passed away on January 1, 2021, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Son of the late Frank and Julia Wisinski, Frank was born and raised in Naugatuck, CT, graduated from Naugatuck High School and attended Cheshire Academy. He graduated from Norwich University, where he was a three-sport Scholarship Varsity Athlete. Frank was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at both Cheshire Academy & Norwich University.

Frank proudly chose to serve his country as an officer in the United States Marine Corps where he rose to the rank of Captain. Frank served in the US Marine Corps Reserves and was an active member of the Seacoast Detachment of the Marine Corps League, serving as Commandant from 2002 to 2005. Frank received the prestigious honor of "Marine of the Year" for his tireless work and dedication.

Frank started his professional career with Texaco Corporation from 1961 to 1976. He was promoted from entry-level sales into a Senior Leadership position. After a successful career at Texaco, Frank moved with his family to Claremont, NH, where he worked as the Director of the Chamber of Commerce. Frank was awarded "Claremont's Man of the Year" in 1979 for his outstanding service to the community. In 1982, Frank & JoAnn moved to the Seacoast, settling in Portsmouth, NH. Frank founded two very successful Executive Search Firms, Berkshire, and Hanover Associates, before retiring in 2001.

Frank knew how to enjoy life to the fullest, he had a strong moral compass and made every person he met feel special. Above all, he loved spending time and making memories with his family.

Frank was an avid golfer and was the Club Champion at two golf clubs during his playing days while registering two holes in one. Frank loved the outdoors and skiing with his family. Later, he fell in love with fly fishing and was an active member of the Lake Mansfield Trout Club in Stowe, Vermont for over forty years.

Frank was renowned for his talent to tell jokes at a moment's notice and served as MC on many occasions. He remained active with Norwich University serving as Chair of the Seacoast Alumni Association and was selected to serve on the University President's Search Committee. Frank loved giving back to his community and was very active in the Catholic Church.

Frank was a remarkable man who truly lived life to its fullest. He would light up a room with his presence and was loved by so many. Frank lived a wonderful life and reassured his family, "My cup is full," shortly before passing. He had a tremendous love of family.

Frank is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, JoAnn, and their three children, Carrie Egan and her husband Chris, Melissa Poltrino and her husband Dennis, and Guy Wisinski; his sister, Lorraine Fogarty of Naugatuck, CT; nephew; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: Due to Covid-19, funeral services have yet to be scheduled and will be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Frank Wisinski's name to Cornerstone Hospice, 178 Farmington Rd, Rochester, NH 03867, or at

Assisting the family with arrangements is the Cremation Society of NH, Hampton. To view Franks's Online Tribute, send condolences to the family, or for more information, visit

In Memoriam Stephenson S. Youngerman 12/24/2020  
Stephenson Searles Youngerman, Jr. was born on December 13, 1928 in Hartford, CT to Stephenson Searles and Clara (Gompper) Youngerman. He died on December 24, 2020 in Boise, ID of Coronavirus.

Steve and his younger brother, Nelson, spent their boyhoods growing up in rural Connecticut. The family lived in Coventry, Willington, and eventually on a farm in Stafford Springs. Steve graduated from Coventry High School in 1947 and from Norwich University, a military academy, in Northfield, VT on June 10, 1951. The day before his graduation, he married Kathryn Louise Maloney, the beautiful nurse he met while delivering laundry to the Green Mountain Clinic in Northfield.

Upon graduation, Steve enlisted in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant. He was stationed in Fort Bragg, NC during the Korean Conflict and spent time with the 10th Infantry Division training in Death Valley, CA and Fort Drum, NY. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

Steve earned a teaching certificate from the U of Connecticut. He taught in Cabot, VT and Alturas, CA. He also became a land surveyor for the State of Vermont. He was on, and eventually leading, survey crews that measured the length of Vermont from Massachusetts to Canada for the Interstate 91 construction project. In 1957, Steve became the principal of Lamoille Central Academy in Hyde Park, VT. While living in Hyde Park, Steve earned a Master's Degree in Education from the U of Vermont and owned an asphalt paving company.

Steve became the youngest school superintendent in the State of Vermont in 1963 when he was hired by the Orange Windsor School District. He and his family moved to Strafford, VT. In 1967, Steve was granted a C.S. Mott Fellowship and the family moved to Michigan so that he could complete his doctorate in education. He graduated from the U of Michigan in 1969 and through the University placement service interviewed for and was hired by the Boise Independent School District. In his short tenure as superintendent of the BSD, Steve started many innovative programs including Community Education, Kindergarten, and Elementary Library Paraprofessionals. Steve was also the superintendent at the Lodge Grass Public School District in Lodge Grass, MT, the Liberty School District in Fairfield, WA and the Jerome School District in Jerome, ID. Steve and Kay made life-long friends wherever they went.

In 1985, Steve and Kay moved back to the Treasure Valley and Steve became the superintendent of the Nampa School District. After retiring in 1989, he and Kay relocated to Boise where Steve began his second act. He successfully opened two restaurants, Harry's in Hype Park and Piazza De Vino. Steve learned to watercolor by attending a Community Ed. class and then by studying with Roland Giampoli for many years. Steve was accomplished as a watercolorist, he won the St. Luke's Christmas Card Contest and numerous 1st, 2nd, and Honorable Mention ribbons at the Western Idaho Fair. Steve had a strong sense of civic responsibility and served on the boards of the Greater Boise Auditorium District, the Boise City Department of Arts and History, the Bogus Basin Ski Association, the Highlands Neighborhood Association, and worked as a consultant for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Idaho State School and Hospital.

Above all else, Steve was a family man. He and Kay loved nothing better than to have large family dinners in their home at every holiday. No matter where they lived, they created a welcoming, safe, warm, and sustaining place. Steve was a great cook. He could whip up a batch of sourdough bread, cook something in his Dutch oven on the barbecue grill, bake pies, and decorate Christmas cookies with the best of them. Steve and Kay hosted their niece, Lucinda Powers (Walker) when she was a page in the Idaho Senate, two Rotary foreign exchange students from Australia, as well as any number of friends their children brought home, many of whom stayed for a few months to a year. In 1991, when Steve's oldest grandson, Riley, began attending Highlands Elementary, Steve walked him to and from school each day. He volunteered in Riley's classrooms, became an "Art Mom" and was known as "Papa" to Riley's classmates.

Steve was a voracious reader, an avid woodcutter, and gardener. He loved outdoor recreation. Snow-skiing was by far his favorite activity. For as long as they lived in Boise, Steve and Kay had season passes at Bogus Basin and purchased them for their children and grandchildren. In his retirement years, Steve honed his skills and, after turning 70, enjoyed a free pass at Bogus for over 10 years, skiing well into his 80s. He and Kay spent many years basking in the sun in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in January and in June, canoeing at Wade Lake, MT in August, and attending reunions in Vermont in October.

In his later years, Steve preferred to go by his birth name, Stephenson. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Kathryn, his daughters Stephanie (Robert Jahn) and Sydney (Steven Cole), his son Steve (Julie Herndon), his grandchildren Riley, Kyle, Gretchen, and Stevie Youngerman, Morgan Keating, and Hadley Goff, his sister-in-law Elizabeth Maloney Powers, and his brother-in-law John Maloney as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and second cousins. A huge thank you goes out to the staff at MorningStar Englefield Green who took such good care of Stephenson for the past two and a half years and to Keystone Hospice. In lieu of flowers a contribution to the Bogus Basin Ski Association or the Idaho Food Bank may be made in Stephenson's name. There will be a memorial service at a later date.
In Memoriam Gerald D. Evans 1/3/2021  
Gerald David "Ditto" Evans, Jr., 50, of Maidencreek Twp., passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 in Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He is loved and remembered by his wife Cathy (Powell) Evans and daughter Athena McQueen Evans. The son of Elaine D.A. Evans of Hamburg and the late Gerald David Evans, he is also survived by his sisters, Geraldine Evans and her husband Jeff Crawford (St Albans, UK) and Gretchen (Evans) Levan and her husband Steven (Hamburg, PA) as well as his brother Geoffrey Evans (Alsace Twp), and many nieces and nephews.

Born in Hennepin, MN, Ditto graduated from Muhlenberg High School in 1988 before joining the Navy and serving on USS Ranger during Desert Shield. He went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Kutztown University in 2005 receiving his Bachelor's Degree in History and received a Master's of Arts degree in Military History from Norwich University in 2018. His love and passion for history led him to a career in teaching at Hamburg Area High School and to become a Teaching Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Ditto had a great love for the outdoors and spent many pleasant hours with his daughter Athena fishing from the bank of a river, marching through fields and woodlands in search of game and adventure, and trapping. In his younger years, he enjoyed Micro Sprint Racing, driving car #65. He was a proud supporter of the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Browns and could be found watching the game with his beloved beagles whenever he could. A great fan of The Who, he and the family regularly hit the road and attended concerts whenever possible.

Ditto's laughter, humor, sensibility and loyalty will be missed by his family and friends forever.

Graveside services will be held Friday, January 8, 2021 at 3:00 pm in St. Peter's UCC Cemetery, 219 Maidencreek Road, Fleetwood, PA 19522. Leibensperger Funeral Homes, Inc., Leesport is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit
In Memoriam Patrick A. McCarthy 11/14/2020  
Patrick Anthony McCarthy

On Saturday, November 14, 2020, Patrick Anthony McCarthy, loving husband, father, brother, and uncle passed away at the age of 62, leaving the world a richer place than he found it.

Born on August 18, 1958 in Pittsfield, MA, to Frank and Concetta McCarthy, Patrick graduated from Lee High School and enrolled in Norwich College, where he participated in the ROTC program before being commissioned a Second Lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division, 2/505th Parachute Infantry Battalion, U.S. Army.

Patrick leaves behind the love of his life, Shin Yong Suk from Seoul, South Korea; his children: Jessica, Alan, Frank, and Jenna; his sisters: Mary Anne and husband Frank, and Jean and husband Chuck; his brother Dan and wife Joanne; and five nephews: Ben, Zachary, Joseph, Sam, and Sebastian.

After receiving his commission as Second Lieutenant, Patrick successfully completed Ranger School, the Army's premier leadership training program. His combat tours included Grenada in 1983 and Bosnia in 1995. His military service also took him to South Korea, where he served as part of the joint U.S./ROK Tunnel Neutralization Team. It was during this tour that Patrick met and married Yong Suk.

He was later reassigned to learn the Japanese language at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, before serving briefly in Japan, followed by an assignment with the military's Mountain Warfare School in Jericho, VT.

During Patrick's tenure at the school, he and Yong Suk purchased a house in VT and put down roots even as the military continued to send him around the globe. Reassigned to Fort Bragg, NC, he became the primary liaison officer to the U.S. Pacific Command, before returning to Korea, where he acted as the U.S. Civil Military Operations' Planning and Coordination Officer. Patrick's final tour as at Fort Bragg where he wrote doctrine and training for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and the Civil Affairs Community.

At this point in his career, Patrick, now a Major, elected to retire from the Army and dedicate his full attention to the mission closest to his heart: Serving as a steadfast and positive presence for his wife, four children, his extended family, and the local community. He found work as an accountant at Marsh Captive Service Solutions in 2007, where he eventually rose to the position of assistant vice president.

When Patrick wasn't sharing encouraging words at his children's school and sporting events, or caring for his elderly parents in Lee, or cheerfully volunteering hours to the Lyric Theater in South Burlington, the local Knights of Columbus, or any neighbor in need, he could be found with Yong Suk expanding their impressive vegetable garden, canning the produce they grew together, or practicing the finer points of baking bread.

The essence of Patrick is far more difficult to articulate than the details of his life. However, anyone who ever spent five minutes speaking with Patrick will remember him for his authentic and contagious positivity about the good he saw in everyone.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent in Patrick's name to Saint Thomas Church in Underhill, Vermont. Donations can be made on GoFundMe at
In Memoriam Norman G. Johnson 11/30/2020  
It is with deep regret that I inform you of the death of Norman G. Johnson, Class of 1950.

Norm, 92, of Albuquerque, NM passed away on November 30, 2020. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Norm was a member of the Junior Weekend and Winter Carnival Committees and the German Club. Nor was a Partridge Society Annual and Lifetime Member and a Garrison Associate Founding member with over 35 years of consecutive giving to Norwich University.

Memorial Services were private.

A full obituary and online guestbook can be viewed at <>.
The Norwich community's thoughts are with Norm's family, friends, and classmates.

In Sympathy,
In Memoriam James W. Quinn 12/17/2020  
Quinn, James W., Jr., 80, of Amherst, NH, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 17, 2020, surrounded by the love of his family.

Born on August 9, 1940, in Arlington, MA, he was the son of the late James W. and Mae E. Quinn. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas M. Quinn Sr., and his sister, Jacqueline (Quinn) Aiken.

Jim earned a civil engineering degree from Norwich University. After college, he served two years as a Lieutenant in the Army in Fairbanks, Alaska. In the early 1970s, Jim and his brother, Tom, started Quinn Bros. Corporation, a successful concrete and aggregate company in Southern NH. Jim loved working with his older brother and, more recently, with his nephew, Thomas Quinn Jr.

Jim also loved spending time with his family and friends. During their 56 years together, Jim and his wife, Carolyn, hosted many large and lively gatherings that brought together family and friends in Amherst, Wolfeboro, Quechee, VT, Hyannis Port and Osterville, MA. For many years, Jim was Carolyn's silent partner and steady companion as she volunteered on various committees in Amherst. Jim and Carolyn especially enjoyed, along with their cherished golden retrievers, living in Amherst Village and working together on Amherst's July 4th Celebration and 250th Anniversary Celebration. Until his passing, Jim remained a deeply devoted husband, immensely supportive father and father-in-law and adoring and spirited grandfather.

Jim is survived by his wife, Carolyn Curtin Quinn; his daughter and son-in-law, Kristin Quinn Lamont and David Scott Lamont of Bedford, NH; his son and daughter-in-law, James W. Quinn III and Katherine Nash Quinn of Groton, MA; and his granddaughters Elizabeth C. Quinn, Megan L. Quinn and Eliza Quinn Lamont. He is also survived by his sisters, Maureen (Quinn) Gilmartin and Eleanor (Quinn) Feeley; his sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen (Beaton) Quinn, Corneila (Curtin) Aaron and her husband, James Aaron and Paula (Curtin) Houston; and his brother-in-law, John V. Curtin and his wife, Patricia G. Curtin; and many dear nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private funeral was held on December 23, 2020, at St. John Neumann Church in Merrimack. Interment will be public and take place in the spring at Meadow View Cemetery in Amherst. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim's memory to Home Health & Hospice Care, Merrimack, in support of the Community Hospice House, or Wreaths Across Amherst NH - GoFundMe.

Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to
In Memoriam Kenneth Y. Wright 12/28/2020  
Kenneth Y. Wright

Glen Mills, PA - Kenneth Y. "KY" Wright, 92, passed away at his home in Glen Mills, PA on December 28, 2020. He was born September 14, 1928 in Cambridge, MA to Kenneth Y. Wright and Dorothy (Akerley) Wright.

He graduated from Belmont High School in 1945 and Norwich University in 1949. He served as a 2LT, stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He attended Harvard Business School where he met and married Pamela (Curry).

Ken was hired by the DuPont Company in 1955. He traveled throughout the US, Europe and Asia during his 35 year career with the DuPont Company. He was one of the first 25 DuPont employees worldwide to receive their Marketing Excellence award.

Ken and Pam were longtime members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Ken served in a variety of positions. On their 30th wedding anniversary, they purchased a summer home in Avalon, NJ where Ken golfed, swam and walked the beach. He was active in the Avalon Methodist Church serving in several capacities.

Ken was predeceased by two sons: Gregory Kenneth and Christopher Bauer, and a sister Joan (Linderman).

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Pam; son Jeffrey (Shawana), two daughters-in-law, Kathleen (Greg) and Kimberly (Chris); 4 grandchildren: Tabitha Still (Brandon), Conor, Courtney and Kylie Wright; and 3 great grandchildren, Logan Hill, Avery and Skylr Still.

Ken will be inurned at Aldersgate United Methodist Church's columbarium next to his sons. His funeral service will be private.

Memorial contributions made in his name to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803 would be appreciated. For online condolences, please visit
In Memoriam John M. Poratti 12/19/2020  
John Michael Poratti WILLISTON - John Michael Poratti, born June 6, 1942, in Barre, Vermont, died peacefully at his home Dec. 19, 2020.

John was the son of Adamo and Arlene Poratti. Much of his life was defined by his Barre/Italian heritage and the fact that he was an only child. He collected "brothers" thru the years and some of his fondest memories were of time spent with lifelong friends. John was proud to be of Italian descent. He was a member of the Mutuo in Barre, Vermont, and like so many Barre-Italians, he was an avid mushroomer.

John graduated from Spaulding High School in 1960 and Norwich University in 1965. He was commissioned as an officer in the United Sates Army and served from 1965-1967. He then returned to Vermont and started his professional career as a computer programmer at General Electric in Burlington, Vermont. John moved on to IBM in 1969 where he spent 25-plus years prior to retirement in 1995.

Retirement for John allowed him to pursue other opportunities. He worked for IBM Canada; he became a consultant for IBM and spent time in Taiwan; he opened and ran an archery shop with his son, Chris - CJ Hunting & Fishing; and along with Chris, he purchased and renovated homes.

John married Vicki George in 1964 and they celebrated 56 years together just days before his death. John's first love was his family, and the highlight of his life was being a father to Rob and Chris. He coached their Little League and basketball teams; they skied together; they built a hunting camp, hunted and fished together; and in later years, they worked together. John's building and repairing skills, his work ethic, and his love for the Boston Red Sox were all passed on to them and today, they mirror the man whom they called Pop. The arrival of grandchildren over the last 25 years filled his heart with joy and he was a proud Papa.

John and Vicki found a winter home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and for 20 years, John was able to pursue his passion for golf in both Florida and Vermont. For many years, he was a member of the Champlain Country Club in St. Albans and more recently, a member and an Ambassador at the Links at Lang Farm in Essex.

John is survived by his wife, Vicki Poratti; and his sons, Robert (Beth) of Westford and Christopher (Bambi) of Milton. He is also survived by grandchildren, Samantha, Jessica, John (Jack) and Alex Poratti; and Philip and Hannah Cohen (step-grandchildren). John was predeceased by his parents, Adamo and Arlene Poratti.

If you would like to remember John, a donation in his name can be made to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund, 1 National Life Drive, Dewey Building, Montpelier, VT 05620-3208

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no memorial service at this time. John's family will take him back home to his roots, he will rest eternally in Hope Cemetery in Barre. Arrangements are in care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service. To send online condolences to his family, please visit
In Memoriam Elizabeth A. Guerreri 12/24/2020  
Elizabeth Ann Guerreri
June 25, 1943 - December 24, 2020
Obituary for Elizabeth Ann Guerreri
Elizabeth Ann (Boerker) Guerreri of Manassas, Virginia passed away peacefully on December 24, 2020 at the age of 77 after an eight year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was the daughter of the late Claudine (Brailey) and Allan Boerker. She was the beloved wife (56 years) of Carl N. Guerreri.
She is survived by her husband Carl and her four children Cynthia (Brian) McNally, Lisa (Joseph) Huffman, Linda (Jason) Pizzillo and Christopher (Margaret) Guerreri. She was the proud Nana of twelve grandchildren Deborah, Meghan, Jack, Joshua, Colin, Charlotte, Benjamin, Emma, Violet, Bode, Emmit and Annabelle. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and was always there for them--whether it was baiting a fishhook, driving to gymnastics meet, babysitting, taking them to Disney World, a concert or a Washington Capitals game. She loved to travel both domestically and internationally and visited over 20 countries. Her two favorite destinations were Las Vegas and anywhere in Australia.
She was born on June 25, 1943 in Bangor, Maine. She grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut and graduated from Cheshire High School in June 1961. She attended Vermont College and graduated with an associate degree in Medical Technology in 1964. She married Carl in June 1964 after which they lived in Ft. Bragg, NC, Framingham, MA, Fairfax, VA and for the last 53 years in Manassas, VA.
Because of COVID-19 there will be a private funeral service and interment. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a contribution be made to the Alzheimer's Association in her name.

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