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In Memoriam Robert R. Dommergue 5/10/2019  
Dommergue, Robert Roger

on Friday, May 10, 2019. Loving husband of Judith Dommergue (nee Heiker); loving father of Michelle (Michael) Johnson and Robert Jules Dommergue; dear father-in-law of Kirk Forchetti and Charlotte Massey; loving grandfather of 3; brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend.

Robert was an All-American Ice Hockey Player at Norwich University in Vermont and served his country as Captain in the U.S. Army for 16 years. He was also a manager of AT&T, Western Electric, and Lucent Tech from 1959-1995.

Services: Funeral at KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL (5255 Lemay Ferry Rd.) on Tuesday, May 21, at 12 noon. Interment J.B. National Cemetery. Visitation Monday 4-8 p.m.
In Memoriam Virginia G. Watkin 4/14/2019  
VGW FINAL Obit 5_8_19 Mel (Mary Ellen) Watkin,, 314-630-9482
Virginia "Ginny" Guild Watkin died of natural causes on April 14, 2019 at age 93. Born in Clinton,
Massachusetts in 1925, she married Donald Morgan Watkin (1922-2007) in 1946 and raised four children:
Henry Maxwell Watkin, Mel (Mary Ellen) Watkin, Ted (Edward) George Watkin and Ann Kymry Watkin-
Statham. Over her forty year career as a lawyer she tried many cases including cases at the Supreme Court.
Ms. Watkin was a 1946 graduate and very active alumna at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She went on
to gain her law degree at New York City's Columbia University in 1949--one of only three women in her
class to graduate. Since law firms refused to hire women at that time Ms. Watkin worked for two years as a
research assistant to Columbia Law Professor Richard Powell. In 1952 she was hired as an associate at the
law firm of Covington & Burling and stayed on through 1958 until the birth of her 4th child. In 1960-61 she
took a break from law when her husband was named Nutrition Advisor to the World Health Organization in
Mexico City. They moved the family to Guatemala and Mexico, a formative experience for everyone. On
returning to the United States the family moved to the Boston area and Ms. Watkin returned to the law
taking on a range of tax cases and work for the Massachusetts Crime Commission. Awarded a 1963-65
fellowship at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College (now the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study) she
completed a book entitled Taxes and Tax Harmonization in Central America. After that period she specialized
in litigation and corporate law. In 1973 she became the first woman partner at the Boston firm of Herrick,
Smith, Donald, Farley & Ketchum and in 1974 moved to Washington to become the first woman partner at
Covington & Burling. At Covington she used her fluency in Spanish and Latin culture to work on
infrastructure issues with the government of Puerto Rico, among many other cases. She retired from
Covington on September 30, 1994. Throughout her life Ms. Watkin worked in support of young women and
her younger colleagues in law. She served on the boards of many organizations and educational institutions
including committees and boards at Wellesley College and the Wellesley Centers for Women, Girls Inc.,
Northfield Mount Hermon School, and Norwich University. She served as the President of the Executive
Council for the Society of Woman Geographers 1993-1996 (elected to SWG in 1978) and after being elected
to the Cosmos Club in 1989 she held a number of board and committee positions beginning in 2000
including the office of president of the Cosmos Club for 2003. Always an adventurous traveler she and her
husband traveled extensively. They circumnavigated the globe above the Arctic Circle on an icebreaker and
traveled to Antarctica a number of times, each time embarking from a different location: Patagonia, South
Africa and Australia. Her last major adventure was to the Galapagos in 2009 where she hiked with ski poles
throughout the islands. Her four children and their spouses, five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and
11 great-great-grandchildren survive her. It is some solace to the family that in her last moments she
cheered on her fellow Columbia Law graduate, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, on DVD with close family members. A
memorial celebration is planned for later in the year. In lieu of flowers donations are requested in memoriam
to Maryland Public Television ( or 800-223-3678) or WETA ( or 703-998-
Photo: Virginia "Ginny" Guild Watkin, Wellesley Centers for Women 25th Anniversary, 2010, photographer
In Memoriam Alvar K. Laiho 5/4/2019  
CORNVILLE - Alvar K. Laiho, of Cornville, passed away May 4, 2019, with his wife by his side at Redington-Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan, Maine. He was born on July 30, 1931 in Boston, the son of Einar and Laine (Hamalainen) Laiho of Fitchburg, Mass. and Warren, Maine.

Mr. Laiho is survived by his wife Cynthia (Magoon) Laiho of Cornville; his son Peter Laiho and wife Mary Alice of Fairfield, daughters, Susan and husband Charles Soule of Exeter, N.H., Karol and husband Dominic Delia of Randolph, Vt., and daughter Sonja Laiho of Portland; stepdaughters Christine Barnard of Augusta, and Jill Barnard of Pittston; granddaughters Maarta Laiho of Biddeford, Erin Soule of Dublin, Ireland, Kaitlyn and husband Matt Shinberg of South Portland, Mikaela Delia of Newark, Del., Mackenzie of San Diego, Calif., grandson Nathan Demingware of Orlando, Fla., step-granddaughters Sarah Delia of Smyrna, Del., Lynne Bouchard of Portland, and Lindsay Fortin of Augusta; and step-great-grandson Brayden of Augusta.

Al was a graduate Fitchburg High School and Norwich University where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering degree and a commission in the US Army and then attended graduate school at Ohio State University. Al served in the Army during the Korean War era serving in Germany as a 1st/ Lt and Tank Platoon Leader at the Soviet Union border. Following discharge, he joined GE testing and evaluated the performance of rocket and jet engines. Later, as a systems analyst with a consulting firm in Washington, DC, he analyzed top secret US Air Force HQ information systems and US Navy antisubmarine weapon systems at the Pentagon. In 1970 he and his family moved to Warren, Maine. He was employed by the Maine State Development Office as Deputy Director until 1977 when he joined the Maine State Housing Authority. At the MSHA for 23 years he was Executive Assistant to the Director, Manager of Information Systems and later as a Financial Analyst before retiring in 2000.

Mr. and Mrs. Laiho moved to in Cornville in 2000 where they owned and operated Mountains View Bed & Breakfast on Hilton Hill for ten years. They acclaimed to their many guests from numerous states and foreign nations, "We have a million dollar view of Maine's mountains and sunsets that are spectacular". In 2014, Mr. Laiho completed a five year project publishing a history of Cornville's Hilton Hill, a prominent large tract of land that was the most important parcel of land owned by the principal founder of Cornville. He was inspired to write his book by the life he enjoyed in his retirement on the hill and from his friendship with Laurence Amazeen, Cornville's historian, thirty- three year former selectman and the then ninety-nine year most senior town citizen.

Al was a quiet unassuming person, a 60+ year member of the St. George Masonic Lodge in Warren, ME. He was proud of his Finnish heritage and family ancestry, a lover of nature, an avid reader, and a lover of both classical and country music. He was a student of history and geography and an avid fan of the New England Patriots. He especially enjoyed touring with his wife Cindy with whom they traveled virtually every country road of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and visited many states and Canadian provinces. During his lifetime Al had the opportunity to visit seventeen European countries including his family's 312-year old homestead in Finland now occupied by the family's 11th generation descendant.

Following cremation, a family memorial service will be held on a later date in Cornville, Maine at the Fogg Cemetery. Al requests that instead of flowers, donations may be made to the Cornville/ Athens Food Cupboard for more information contact Jean Tekverk at (207) 474-2981 or Cynthia Laiho at (207) 858- 0946

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine.

Heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Redington-Fairview Hospital, and special thanks to Dr. Mike Lambke.
In Memoriam Pamela A. Brown 5/8/2019  
Pamela A. Brown, age 68, of East Bridgewater, died May 8, 2019, at her home following her valiant fight with cancer. On December 2, 1950, the world of teaching changed. "The Beautiful Miss Brown" as she referred to herself was born. Pammy was one of those very fortunate people who from day one had a passion, and knew exactly what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She wanted to be a teacher, she wanted to change people's lives, she wanted to set down and guide to a positive path. Above and beyond she fulfilled her passion. She was very proud of her schooling and rightfully so, she just kept going, school after school all the way up to her master's degree- Howard School for Girls, Oak Grove School for Girls, Vermont College, Cardinal Cushing College, Regis College and Wheelock College. Pam was a teacher for 45 years. Her real home was at the Arnone School, where she would teach during regular school hours, stay and work the extended day and fill her summers with the "Smart Start" program. Pammy was raised in Bridgewater and from the moment she started school to the day she passed, no matter where she was, what she was doing, what she was involved in: school, social life, camp, neighbors, she formed deep friendships. She was a larger than life character. There was no holding back, no beating around the bush with Pam regardless of your role in her life, sister, co-worker, friend, store clerk, boss, aunt, she would tell it like it was. That is exactly why she was loved to her very core. Her sarcasm, her sense of humor, her determination, and her absolute love and expertise of changing the path in so many people's lives is her legacy. Pammy loved her cats, Teddy Bears and the Boston Celtics. Pam was the daughter of the late Stewart C. and Ann C. (Carr) Brown; sister of Cindy Brown of Falmouth and the late David Brown; and aunt of Dustin Brown of Falmouth. She is also survived by several cousins. Her family wishes to thank each and every person who have contributed to Pammys life especially "Pammy's Angels" who is comprised of so many unbelievably dedicated friends who saw to it that she was cared for in every aspect over the past year and beyond; and to Lucia, Pammy's adopted daughter, as she would call her, she will always be with her. Visiting hours will be held in the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont Street (Rte 123) Brockton, Monday, May 13 from 3-6 p.m. The funeral procession will gather at the funeral home Tuesday at 9 a.m. for a funeral Mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Bridgewater, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery. It was Pam's request that in lieu of flowers, people donate a children's book to the Arnone Elementary School. For condolences and directions, visit or on Facebook at Conley Funeral & Cremation Service.
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In Memoriam Joan Albertelli 5/6/2019  
Joan Mary (Maloney) Albertelli, 81, of Leominster, MA and former longtime resident of Acton, MA, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019 at her home at Sunrise Living Center in Leominster, MA. She was married to the late Richard Albertelli for more than 20 years. Joan leaves her 5 children, Steven M. Albertelli of Cambridge, MA, David J. Albertelli of Uxbridge, MA, James F. Albertelli of Maynard, MA, Sandra Kuny and husband Martin of Blue Springs, MO and Joanne Duffin and husband John of Lancaster, MA. She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; her sister Sheila Maloney of Littleton, MA and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late William Maloney, John "Jack" Maloney, Eleanor Burke and Patricia McInerny. Joan grew up in Cambridge, daughter of the late Michael and Alice (Gilbert) Maloney but lived most of her life at her home in Acton. She graduated from St. Johns Catholic High School. Later in life, when her kids were in high school, Joan decided to go back to school. She travelled every weekend to Norwich University in Vermont and earned her college degree. She was employed as an administrative assistant for Digital Equipment Corp. until her retirement. Joan was self-sufficient, beautiful, kind, hard-working and strong. She never let anything hold her back or keep her down. She loved to read and talk about the books that she found interesting. Joan loved to get to know young people. She was often an exceptional person of her generation in that she would shelter, mentor and support young people trying to find their way in the world. She loved to be part of their energy, and she often offered them the straight forward and brutally honest advice they needed. This would help them to move forward and not be afraid of new adventures. Joan loved to travel. She joined friends and family in seeing London, Ireland, Spain, Porto Rico, and the Caribbean island of St. John. Learning about new places and meeting new people was a joy to her. While she was an avid student of the world and events, Joan was still dedicated to her family. She was fiercely loyal to her children, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and Tom Brady. She showered her grandchildren with loyalty, providing them with many warm memories of board games, trips to Kimballs for ice cream and loud music and singing. What more could anyone ask for? Visiting hours will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Avenue, (Rt. 111), Acton, MA 01720. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 am in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 89 Arlington Street, Acton. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Central Street, Acton. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joan may be made to: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. For life story, directions or to leave an online condolence visit www.actonfuneral
Published in The Boxborough Beacon from May 9 to May 16, 2019
In Memoriam Robert A. Anderson 5/4/2019  
Robert Allen Anderson Hyannis Port - Robert Allen Anderson, loving husband of the late Tamara V. Anderson, died peacefully in his Hyannis Port home with family by his side. Mr. Anderson is survived by his son, Robert N. Anderson of Clear Lake, TX; daughter, Karen E. Smith of Boston, MA; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, his younger sister, Ruth Berry, and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, on July 7, 1922 to parents Ruben E. Anderson and Nellie E. (Sandstrom) Anderson. He moved with his family to Hyannis in 1926, and grew up with his six siblings on Louis Street. His younger sister, Maia, reminisced that "Bob could build or fix anything." As a young boy, he had free access to his father's tools and workshop. He built elaborate wooden carts for his younger sisters; a dive helmet he welded from a hot water tank and fitted with a hand cranked air pump that he and his younger sister successfully tested out on Hathaway's Pond. He tricked out his bicycle with a box of old bluebell batteries, a switch and a (startling loud) car horn. He had the freedom of growing up on Cape Cod when there were more horses than cars, enjoying baseball, camping and hunting for rabbits and pheasants, going to the beach and sailing. He worked with his father in his plumbing business and received his Master Plumbing License by the age of twenty.

Bob graduated from Barnstable High School in 1940, and from Norwich University with a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1947 as a Class of 1944. He also attended MIT and Rutgers University as part of his military training.

While at Norwich University, Bob enlisted and served in World War II as an Army Officer in the China Burma India Theater (CBI). He was a decorated First Lieutenant, Cryptographic Repair Officer in the 3198th Signal Service Battalion. Following graduation from Norwich University in 1947, Bob joined the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. In 1950, he was recalled to serve in the Korean War, as First Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps.

Following his honorable discharge in 1952, Bob took a three month leave of absence from NJ Bell to build his Hyannis Port home with his brother, Arvid. Bob returned to NJ Bell, serving in several management positions during his 30-year career. He retired as District Plant Manager, Switching Systems, in 1977 for a change of lifestyle in Hyannis Port. Bob became a real estate broker and appraiser, and later, a general contractor and property manager.

During WWII in Shanghai, Bob met Tamara Venedictovna Bedrina, the love of his life and future wife. On their first date, they danced to a big band at the French Club playing "Green Eyes" and enjoyed dancing together from then on. He took great joy in their family, devoting himself to their children and grandchildren. He always took time to listen to them, teach them, engage in their activities and simply have fun with them. Bob loved working together with Tamara on their homes, gardening, fishing, quahogging, going to beach and bird watching. He was an avid golfer, waiting until he was 80 years old to sink two hole-in-ones.

Bob served as a member of the Montclair NJ Rotary Club, the Clifton NJ Optimist Club, the Telephone Pioneers of America, and as a Barnstable Town Meeting Representative. He also enjoyed a 48-year membership at the Hyannis Port Yacht Club.

Bob's curiosity, adventurous spirit, analytical mind, thoughtfulness, strong work ethic and love of nature, kept him active and productively engaged throughout his life. When asked why he always woke up at 5 am, he simply said that he didn't want to miss out on anything a new day might bring.

A private service and burial will be held at later date at the Bourne National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Robert Allen Anderson's honor to either: 1) St. George's Greek Orthodox Church of Centerville, "In memory of Robert Allen Anderson", and sent to: St. George's Greek Orthodox Church of Centerville, 1130 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632; or 2) Norwich University, "In Honor of Robert Anderson '44 '" and sent to: Norwich University, Attn: Advancement Services/Gifts, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663
In Memoriam Robert W. Bowser 5/4/2019  
BOWSER, Robert Age 79, of Falmouth, MA. Died on Saturday, May 4, 2019, peacefully surrounded by family after a long illness. Bob was born September 29th, 1939. He was a graduate of Arlington High School, Norwich University, and received his MBA from Babson College. Bob served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army and spent time in Germany. Bob was founder and president of Positions Inc., an executive search firm. He is survived by a son, Bryan, daughter, Beth Potter, of Canton, CT, and son, Robert William, Jr. and his wife Dani of Charlotte, NC, and 6 grandchildren, sisters, Johanne Elie, Swan Anderson and her husband Richard, brother, Edward and wife Maryellen, brother-in-law, Paul Spelman and the late Jane Spelman. A Celebration of his Life will be held in August in Falmouth. Donations may be made in Bob's name to The Brain Injury Association of America, P.O Box 7416, Merrifield, VA 22116-7416.

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Published in The Boston Globe from May 8 to May 9, 2019
In Memoriam Barbara B. Reinhard 5/4/2019  
Barbara B. Reinhard

Bridgewater - Barbara Nancy Baxter Reinhard, 90, passed into eternal rest on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at her home in Bridgewater, NJ. Born on February 9, 1929, she was the only child of Viola and Howard Baxter. Barbara was raised in Maplewood where she graduated from Columbia High School and matriculated from Vermont College. She worked as a lab technician at East Orange General Hospital and married Peter D. Reinhard, also of Maplewood.

The Reinhards lived abroad for several years while Peter was a member of the US Navy. Upon his discharge, they settled in Somerset county and moved to Bridgewater where they raised their children Bruce and Sally. Barbara was a charter member of the Bridgewater Methodist Church and an active member of the Bridgewater Women's Club and volunteer for Somerset Hospital and New Jersey Blood Services. She enjoyed knitting, embroidery and arts and crafts.

Surviving are her son Bruce and her daughter Sally Elwood and husband Drew and grandchildren Kyle, Ryan and Emily.

Services will be 11am Wednesday beginning with a visitation at 10am at Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave in Somerville. Interment will follow at Somerset Hills Memorial Park in Basking Ridge.

Donations to Green Knoll Rescue Squad, 608 N. Bridge Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. To send condolences,
Published in Courier News from May 6 to May 7, 2019
In Memoriam Richard Lyon 4/21/2019  
Richard W. Lyon RUTLAND — Richard Walter "Dick" Lyon, 89, died Sunday, April 21, 2019, after a short illness. He was born in New Rochelle, New York, the son of Albert and Ann (Kurek) Lyon. He graduated from Burlington High School, University of Vermont and Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a master's in Science. Mr. Lyon enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the Korean Occupation as a corpsman and trained as a medic. His career included a professorship at Vermont College, chemist at Associates in Internal Medicine, owner/operator of Lyon's Lair maple syrup/ceramic business and a bio-chemist at Vermont Marble Co., later Omya. He enjoyed gardening, photography, bowling, coin and stamp collecting, fishing and hunting. Survivors include his children Kathleen McVey, Kelley Lyon, both of Pittsford, Kim Lyon-Pratt, of Barstow, California; his current life partner, Patricia Lein, of Rutland; and several cousins. Mr. Lyon was predeceased by his former wife, Anita (Kelley) Lyon. There will be no service. Memorial contributions may be made to Rutland County Humane Society in Pittsford.
In Memoriam Rodney H. Peterson 4/26/2019  
Rodney H. Peterson, former Chessie System construction engineer and noted rail photographer, dies
Rodney H. Peterson
Rodney H. Peterson "had an encyclopedic knowledge of American railroading. ... He knew his facts." (Handout)
Frederick N. Rasmussen Frederick N. RasmussenContact Reporter
The Baltimore Sun
Rodney H. Peterson, former Chessie System construction engineer and career railroader who was also a noted rail photographer and whose work was widely published in books and magazines, died Friday of liver cancer and heart failure at the Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson. He was 89.

"I think the most important thing to stress about Randy is the valuable and priceless photo collection that he amassed of railroading from the mid-20th century on to the present. He was a very dedicated photographer," said Herbert H. Harwood Jr., a noted railroad historian, author and photographer and a retired CSX executive.


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"We talk a lot about railroading, but Rodney actually had wide transportation interests. He took pictures of ships, planes and covered bridges. He did more than just trains," said Mr. Harwood, a Cross Keys resident.

William C. "Bill" Kalkman, a rail photographer, was also a traveling companion of Mr. Peterson.

"Randy had an encyclopedic knowledge of American railroading and not just of the East, he also knew the West," said Mr. Kalkman, a Timonium resident. "We'd be out in Montana, for instance, and we'd cross over an abandoned right-of-way and he could tell you everything about from what types of locomotives operated on the line to when it was abandoned. He knew his facts."

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Rodney Homeister Peterson, who was the son of Victor Henry Peterson, a salesman, and his wife, Amelia Vera Peterson, a homemaker, was born in Burlington, Vt., and raised in Winooski, Vt.

He was a 1947 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., and earned a bachelor's degree in 1951 in mechanical engineering from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.

Commissioned a lieutenant in the Army Reserve, Mr. Peterson was called to active duty in 1951 and was assigned to the First Armored Division's 100th Heavy Tank Battalion in Fort Hood, Texas.

After further armored training, he was assigned in 1952 to the 63rd Medium Tank Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Germany.

He was discharged in 1953, and returned to Vermont, where he served with the 294th Ordnance Division of the Vermont National Guard, and attended ordnance school at Aberdeen Proving Ground in 1955.

His infatuation with trains began when he was a child standing trackside near his boyhood Winooski home with his favorite Aunt Ella watching Central Vermont Railway trains slowly chug by.

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His love of travel was further stimulated by his parents, who took him to the Great Lakes Exposition in Cleveland in 1936, the 1939 New York World's Fair, and the Chicago Railroad Fair of 1948.

Mr. Peterson's first railroad job was with the Central Vermont Railway in 1948, when he took a summer job as an extra gang laborer.


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He worked the next summer in the railroad's engineering office in Saint Albans, Vt., and two years later, was a member of a track engineering gang assigned to the line's Roxbury Subdivision.

He returned to that position in 1954, where he remained until 1955, when he joined the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; he stayed there until his retirement in 1986.

From 1955 to 1963, Mr. Peterson was in the B&O's regional engineering office in Pittsburgh, and from 1963 to 1970, he was a project engineer in the division engineer's office in Akron, Ohio.

When he was transferred to Baltimore in 1970, he served as a resident engineer assigned to the office of the assistant chief of staff, a position he held until 1979.

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From 1979 to his retirement from successor CSX, he was a construction engineer with the railroad's Maryland Division.

In addition to his regular professional responsibilities, he was able to combine his love of railroading with photography.

During his tenure in Pittsburgh, he chronicled with his photography the twilight of the B&O steam era that ended in Ohio in 1958.

Around Baltimore, for instance, it wasn't uncommon to see Mr. Peterson standing trackside at Warner Street near M&T Bank Stadium in the weeds with two or three cameras around his neck, patiently awaiting the arrival of a MARC commuter train or a heavy westbound CSX freight train squealing and grinding its way up out of the Howard Street Tunnel with more than a 100 cars in tow.

Because railroads can be episodic operations at best, patience is the first thing someone interested in chronicling their operations has to master, as Messrs Peterson, Harwood and Kalkman had.

"We had a lot of adventures together chasing trains, climbing over fences, dodging dogs, and being very nice to railroad policemen who wondered what we were doing there," Mr. Harwood said, with a laugh.

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Rodney H. Peterson joined the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1955 and stayed there until his retirement in 1986. (Handout)
"Randy was a very dedicated photographer and comprehensive. The man really was obsessive," he said.

Mr. Kalkman became acquainted with Mr. Peterson in the mid-1980s when both men found themselves railfanning around Baltimore, started talking, and soon began taking day and weekend trips to railroad sites together in the East and New England and then weeklong trips out West.

"We got along so well and had many of the same ideas. We just didn't focus on locomotives, but also part of the train, and the whole railroad scene," he said.

"If someone wandered into a picture he was trying to take, he could get quite upset," Mr. Kalkman said. "Randy was also one of those people who knew a lot of stuff and he didn't mind correcting someone. He knew he was correct and he knew he was right."

In addition to photographing trains in the U.S., he had traveled to China, Cuba and South Africa and across Europe and Canada recording on film the railroad scenes there. That work resulted in a collection of thousands of prints and slides. Much of his photography has found its way into books and magazines and onto calendars.

Mr. Peterson was a longtime active member of RABO - the Retired Administrators of the B&O Railroad - a retirement organization that also included those who worked for the Western Maryland Railway and B&O successors Chessie System and CSX.

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E. Ray Lichty, a Glen Arm resident whose friendship with Mr. Peterson dated to the 1950s, when both were beginning their railroad careers on the B&O, and later retired as a CSX executive, was for years editor of RABO's News & Notes, a retirement magazine, which is a repository of members' stories from their railroad careers and includes rail-related history.

"He gave me a stack of 8x10 prints of engines from different locations on the B&O, much of it in the East, and I put it on the back of News & Notes and called the feature 'Peterson's Pic,' " he said.

"I selected from that stack for years and years, and it's really great stuff," Mr. Lichty said. "When Rodney started photographing the railroad, the steam era was still going strong, but he photographed much more than just the B&O."

Mr. Peterson, a former longtime resident of Towson's Campus Hills neighborhood, who has since 2008 lived at Edenwald, was a lifelong member of the National Railway Historical Society.

Plans for a celebration of life service are incomplete.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Ann Parker, a homemaker; two daughters, Julie Peterson Sutphin of Perry Hall and Amy Amalia Peterson of New York City; and four grandchildren.
In Memoriam Edgar B. Sykes 3/27/2019  
Edgar B. Sykes, 82, of Merrimack, NH passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

Funeral services were held on Saturday March 30, 2019 at 10:00am in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch Street, Derry. Burial followed in the Forest Hill cemetery, East Derry. Friends gathered at the funeral home from 9:30am until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Camp Carpenter to help keep scouting affordable for all children. Mail donations to the Daniel Webster Council, 571 Holt Avenue, Manchester, NH 03109 and in the memo mention in Memory of Edgar Sykes for use by Camp Carpenter.
In Memoriam Joseph Piro 4/20/2019  
BARRE - Joseph Piro, 94, of Veeder Avenue passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin with his family at his bedside.

Born August 29, 1924 in Williamstown, he was the son of Felix and Higinia (Pascal) Piro. Joseph attended Williamstown Elementary School, Kurn Hattin Homes, and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served as a Boatswain Mate Second Class until he was honorably discharged in 1946.

After returning from the Navy, Joseph attended Vermont College in Montpelier and graduated with an Associate Degree in Business.

On January 13, 1950, he married Grace Evelyn Carr in Northfield. Following their marriage, they made their home in the Barre - Montpelier area.

Joseph was employed in the insurance business for all his working life as an underwriter until his retirement. He was a member of the Barre Fish and Game Club, the Barre Pistol Club and the Montpelier Gun Club. Joseph enjoyed being outdoors, trap and skeet shooting, hunting, fishing, watching baseball, Duke basketball and NASCAR.

Survivors include his wife, Grace Piro of Barre; his daughters Cindy Smorgans and her husband, Mike of Cambridge, VT; Janet Lide and her husband, William of Pleasanton, CA; Jo-Ann "Spooky" Buzzi of Barre; and his son Michael Piro and his partner, Jeanne Jean of Fort Pierce, FL; his brothers Manual Piro and his wife, Marilyn of Williamstown; Stephen Piro and his wife, Anita of Connecticut; eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Tony and Felix Piro and his sisters Anita Fernandez and Mary Carpenter.

A memorial service to honor and celebrate Joseph's life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kurn Hattin Homes, 708 Kurn Hattin Road, Westminster, VT 05346.

The Piro family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to the Barre City Fire and Ambulance Departments for their assistance and also to the Central Vermont Medical Center staff for their compassionate care including the use of the Comfort Room during this difficult time.
In Memoriam Charles P. Christy 4/17/2019  
TOPSHAM - Charles P. Christy beloved husband of Emma-Jean Christy passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on April 17, 2019.

He was born on April 7, 1936 to Peter Charles and Anna (Saba) Christy in Cambridg, Mass.

Charles graduated Cambridge Latin High School in 1953. He attended Norwich University Norhfield, Vt., graduating with the class of 1957 with a B.S. degree in business administration. In 2010 he became a Founding Member of the Partridge Society Garrison Associates- Norwich University. He served with the U.S. Army, was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant, retiring from the Army Reserve as a captain.

He met the love of life Emma-Jean Betterley at the Home Savings Bank in Boston. They we married soon after on June 5, 1960 which began a life long love affair. Charles always introduced Emma-Jean as his beloved bride.

Charles was an active member of his community. He was treasurer and trustee of the Goddard Memorial Hospital in Stoughton, Ma., treasurer and trustee of Brockton Junior Chamber of Commerce, treasure and director of American Red Cross (Brockton Chapter), division chairman of Old Colony United Way, worked on fund drives for Heart Fund, Boy Scouts, YMCA and his church. Director of New England League of Savings Council, president and director of Massachusetts Federal Savings Council, director of Kiwanis Club of Brockton, Mass., member of Financial Managers Society for Savings Institutions, member of Brockton Regional Chamber of Commerce, chairman (Physical Education Committee) of Brockton YMCA, Sunday school teacher, trustee of the Permanent Funds - Paul Revere Lodge , and trustee of the Trust Funds - St. Paul Church.

His impressive banking career began in 1957 as an executive trainee. He quickly rose through the ranks. He retired in 1999 as the president and CEO of Security Federal Savings Bank, Brockton, Mass. In his honor, the bank set up the Charles P. Christy Scholarship Fund at Norwich University.

Charles and his lovely bride of 59 years Emma-Jean, retired to the Highlands where they became members of the United Baptist Church of Topsham.

Charles was predeceased by his parents; and his sister, Joyce Hull.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Emma-Jean Christy of Topsham; sister, Marion Christy of Belmont, Mass., sister, Helen Cannon and her husband, Woodward, of Raleigh N.C.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m., Monday, April 22, at The United Baptist Church, 1 Elm St., Topsham, a funeral service will follow at 2 p.m.

Emma-Jean would like to thank the many wonderful hospice/hospital staff at Mid Coast Hospital for their excellent care of Charles. She is also forever grateful for the love and support given to her by her dear family, extended family and friends during this difficult time. To leave a note of condolence or share a memory please visit
In Memoriam Robert W. Grieve 4/17/2019  
Charlton MA./Croydon, N.H.
Robert W. Grieve, 94, passed away April 17, 2019 at the Overlook Masonic Healthcare Center in Charlton.
His wife of 57 years, Shirley M. (Power) Grieve died July 18, 2014.
Bob leaves behind his son, Douglas R. Grieve and his wife Johanna of Beaufort, N.C. and a grand-daughter; Audrey Grieve of Portland, Oregon, several nieces, nephews, grand- nieces and grand-nephews and a brother-in-law, Dick Corliss.
He was predeceased by 2 sisters; Marjorie Corliss and Joan Dugener.
Bob was born September 22, 1924 in Boston, Ma. son of Henry and Edith(Benner) Grieve. He was raised in Needham, graduated from Needham High School in 1942.
Robert served during WWII in the U.S. Navy in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. Upon returning from active duty, he joined the National Guard.
Mr. Grieve graduated in 1950 from Norwich University in Northfield, VT. And was a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He worked in management for General Electric for 35 years designing steam turbines. Bob stayed active skiing down- hill at Mt. Sunapee, golfing and traveling around the United States with his wife in their motor home. He was an active member at the Church of the Good Shepherd Methodist Church in Newport. He also was a 50+ year member of the Masons and the Shriners. He held membership with the American Legion and V.F.W. club in Newport.
Mr. Grieve participated with the firing squad detail at military services.
There are No calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 11 AM in the James C. Nicholl, Jr. Chapel at the Overlook Community, 88 Masonic Home Rd. in Charlton, prior to that a Masonic Ritual will be at 10:45.
Burial with Full Military Honors will be in Meadow View Cemetery, Amherst, New Hampshire.
Kindly omit flowers and make a contribution to a charity of your choice.
The ROBERT J. MILLER-CHARLTON FUNERAL HOME, 175 Old Worcester Rd. is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.
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In Memoriam Kerry H. Heidenis 11/1/2018  
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In Memoriam Sumner S. Holbrook 1/8/2019  
GREENLAND - Sumner S. Holbrook, 95, of Greenland, New Hampshire, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Portsmouth Regional Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Brunswick, Maine, November 4, 1923, the son of Samuel and Ruth Grovo Holbrook.

He was a 1940 graduate of Brunswick High School. He graduated from Norwich University in 1945, and obtained a Master's in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master's of Business Administration from Boston University.

Mr. Holbrook was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army in North Africa. Mr. Holbrook worked as an electrical engineer before becoming the Business Manager of Phillips Exeter Academy until his retirement. He spent many years at his beloved cottage at Mere Point in Brunswick. He was an avid sailor and duck hunter who was widely regarded as the consummate Coast of Maine Yankee. He was a long time member of the Masons and the Kora Temple of Shriners.

Mr. Holbrook was predeceased by his wife Lois (Coleman). Surviving are his two sons Seth of Melrose, Massachusetts, and Dwight of Greenland, New Hampshire. He was also predeceased by his sister Bernice Holbrook of Brunswick.

SERVICES: Arrangements are being made by Stetson's Funeral Home, Brunswick. There will be a spring burial at Riverside Cemetery, Brunswick. Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104. Memorial condolences may be expressed at
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In Memoriam Madelyne R. Wight 4/17/2019  
Madelyne passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Madelyne was a resident of Vermont at the time of passing.

She was intelligent and creative with strong writing skills gained from her undergraduate degree from Lesley University and her Masters Degree from Vermont College.

Memorial contributions in Madeyne's memory may be made to the legal fund to save her farm to Attorney Elijah Bergman at Lynch and Foley Middlebury, Vermont The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting
In Memoriam James F. Wolynec 4/18/2019  
James Frank Wolynec RUTLAND - James Frank Wolynec, 75, of Rutland, passed away peacefully in Jupiter, Florida, on April 18, 2019, from dementia. He was born on June 19, 1943, in Hackensack, New Jersey, and was raised in Montpelier. James graduated from Montpelier High School in 1961, Norwich University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1965 and the University of Vermont with a Master of Arts in Teaching in 1966. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army in Baumholder, Germany, from 1967 to 1970. He was a dedicated guidance counselor and teacher who taught at Chester, Proctor, Fair Haven and Rutland high schools before retiring in 2005. During his time at Proctor, he also coached boys and girls basketball and boys golf. His 1971-'72 Boys Varsity Basketball team won the Division III Vermont State Championship. James was recognized as Vermont guidance counselor of the year and was a member of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation Board. He was a longstanding member of Rutland Country Club and an enthusiastic horse racing fan. James was a deeply devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Ardith Bousquet Wolynec; as well as three sons Gregory James Wolynec and wife Lisa Read Wolynec, of Clarksville, Tennessee, Scott Fredrick Wolynec and wife Gretchen Albright Wolynec, of Apex, North Carolina, and Stephen Andrew Wolynec, of Rutland. He is also survived by grandchildren Ashley, Kaitlyn, Taylor and Addison Wolynec, of Apex; and stepmother, Beatrice (Dee) Wolynec, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He was predeceased by mother Emma Bredoli Wolynec, of Montpelier; father Frank James Wolynec, of Palm Beach Gardens; sister Gale Whittemore and husband Fredrick Whittemore, of Stratford, Connecticut. A memorial service will be held during the summer of 2019. A private committal service will be held in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. Donations may be made "In Honor of James Wolynec '65" to: Norwich University, Attn: Advancement Services/Gifts, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.
In Memoriam Jeffrey T. Fowler 4/13/2019  
Jeffrey "Jeff" Fowler - age 65 of Polo, MO passed away Saturday morning, April 13th, 2019 at his home. Jeff was born on June 8th, 1953 the son of Donly and Ramona Jean (Roach) Fowler in Mason, West Virginia. He was a 1971 graduate of Wahama High School in Mason. On July 19th, 1985 Jeff was united in marriage to Barbara Silverman in Ft. McClellan, Alabama. Jeff served the United States Army and retired as a Captain. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia in 1984, a Master's degree emphasis Military History from Norwich University in Vermont and a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from North Central University in Michigan in 2015. Jeff was a professor for the American Public University System, American Military University and was passionate about teaching, learning and his students. Before moving to Polo in 1995 Jeff and Barbara lived in Weston, MO, Zweibrucken, Germany and were stationed at West Point. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the National Sheriff's Association, The American College of Forensic Examiners, and the Polo VFW Post #557. Jeff loved the Army, his family and his Lord, Jesus Christ. He also enjoyed reading, animals, nature and horses. Jeff had mastered how to be physically fit, while loving to eat at the same time. He was a published writer of books and many articles on criminal justice and military history. Jeff will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Mr. Fowler was preceded in death by his parents, sister Sandra Fowler and brother, Stephen Fowler. Those left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life include: wife, Barbara of the home; sister-in-law Sharon Gardner of Los Angeles, CA; daughter, Jennifer (Jonathan) Prince of Austin, TX; 3 grandchildren: Julian Zayne, Scarlett Jo and Violett Jane; sister, Janice (Earl) Saunders of New Lexington, OH; sister, Kathryn (Lew) King of Hartford, WV; niece, Ramona King of Hartford, WV; niece, Nancy King-Badran of Hartford, WV; great-nephew, Adam Badran of Hartford, WV.

Memorials Contributions are suggested to Disabled American Veterans and Wayside Waifs. Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon, Friday, April 19th, 2019 at Prairie Ridge Church west of Polo, MO. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Thursday, the evening prior at Stith Family Funeral Home in Polo. Burial with full military honors at 2 PM Friday at the Missouri State Veteran's Cemetery in Higginsville, MO. Arrangements entrusted to Stith Family Funeral Home in Polo.
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