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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.

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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.

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In Memoriam Mark L. Shaw 4/20/2022  
Mark L. Shaw, 68, of Melbourne, Florida, passed away on April 20, 2022.

Mark was born on April 27, 1953 in Pittsfield, MA to his beloved parents Lawrence and Katherine Shaw. He grew up in Lanesboro, attended Lanesboro Elementary School and graduated from Mt. Greylock Regional High School in 1971. He earned a bachelors degree with honors in physical education from Norwich University in 1975.

He is survived by his son Joshua Shaw of Lanesboro, and his daughter Gabrielle Pignone of Indialantic, FL. He also leaves his grandchildren Aiden, Olivia, Ethan, Elijah, Lola and Milani, sisters Nancy Jacobs and her husband Ralph of Quincy, and Kim Ford and her husband Alan of Plymouth. He will also be missed by many other family members and friends.

Before moving to Florida in 1992, he worked at Eaton Paper Co., and East Side Cafe as a bartender. He continued working as a bartender in Florida as well as at Publix Market.

Mark was an outstanding multi-sport dedicated athlete in high school as well as in college where he was captain of both the football and baseball teams. He was an avid professional sports fan and possessed a wealth of knowledge on sports trivia. He also loved caddying and playing golf over the years. Mark spent 10 years coaching the Peewee Football League in Lanesboro nurturing and encouraging young kids to work hard to reach their potential in football.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph Cemetery in the St. Francis Xavier section. The family will host a Gathering of Remembrance at Mazzeo's Ristorante in Pittsfield at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers a donation in Mark's memory can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in care of Dery Funeral Home 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.
In Memoriam Cecil C. Sutherland 6/2/2022  
Cecil Charles Sutherland, 68, passed away on June 2nd, 2022 after a four year battle with pancreatic cancer. Cecil was born to Cecil C Sutherland and Arline Sano Sutherland on February 25th, 1954 at Hamilton Air Force Base in California. Cecil graduated from Chicopee High School in Chicopee Massachusetts in 1972 and from Norwich University in 1976 with a Bachelor's of Physical Education. He was commissioned into the United States Air Force where he became a Minuteman Missile Launch Officer in Grand Forks, North Dakota. It was at this duty station where he met the love of his life and future wife, Carla, on a blind date. They were married on November 29, 1980. Cecil cross-trained into Disaster Preparedness and was stationed in Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Cecil concluded his Air Force career with his last duty assignment at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.

After his separation from the Air Force, he joined the US Postal Service and became a staunch supporter of his wife's military career. When his wife's career brought her to Colorado Springs in 1994, he also transferred there with the Post Office. He enjoyed telling people he was a "dependent husband". He retired after 29 years, most as a Letter Box Mechanic.

He never met a sport he didn't like, but was especially passionate about football and hockey. He was a life-long, die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, no matter how bad of a year they were having, including the 1989 1-15 season. He could be counted on to be at every USAFA football home game no matter the weather, and at every Colorado College hockey home game. He loved to travel and experience new cultures and foods. He was a kind, loving man who loved cooking, good food and searching out interesting restaurants wherever he went.

Cecil was preceded in death by his parents and brother Mitsuako.

Cecil is survived by wife of 41 years, Carla, sisters Mary Sutherland and Nancy (Bob) Ross, niece Jennie Ford, nephews Christopher, Joseph and Paul Coulter, and 18 great-nieces and nephews. Throughout his life, Cecil was blessed to gain additional family in the form of deep and enduring friendships with Ed Dalley, Michele Campbell, Rachel Garrison, and his bonus nephews, Hunter and Julian Spier.

In keeping with Cecil's wishes the funeral will be private. Inurnment will be at Pikes Peak National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care on Cecil's behalf.
In Memoriam Donald B. Vought 6/16/2022  
Donald Britton Vought a longtime resident of Leavenworth died on June 16, 2022 at home as a result of

a brief illness

A prolonged illness

An unfortunate accident

Criminal activity

Being shot by an enraged husband

*Old Age*

The son of Donald Roscoe Vought and Ruth Ardath (Derolf) Vought, he was born in Rahway NJ on 10 Nov. 1932 at 17:26 (5:26pm) or as he would gleefully point at- just in time for a martini. His father worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad resulting in frequent relocations. He attended public schools in Newark, NJ; New York City; Perryville, MD; Chester, PA; Pennsauken, NJ; and Moorestown, NJ graduating in 1950. In 1954 he graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, VT, married a woman he had known since the eighth grade- Dolores (Wagner) Vought, and entered the US Army in which he served for the next twenty three years. During that period, he fathered three daughters: Victoria who died in 1961, Cydney who died in 2009, and Donna who resides in Prairie Village, KS. He spent one year in Viet Nam, three years in Europe, one year in Iran, and six years at the Command and General Staff College at Ft Leavenworth. He also earned Masters degrees from the University of Louisville and from Boston University.

Upon his retiring in 1977 the family remained in Leavenworth. In 1984 Vought became a Department of the Army civilian where he worked, until retirement in 1995, in the then peripheral area of terrorism.

During the four decades from 1963 to 2003 he lectured to military and civilian audiences on Low Intensity Conflict, Civil-Military Relations, and Terrorism in twenty two states as well as Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In that same period he contributed chapters to four books and wrote a score of articles for professional and academic journals addressing those same subjects.

Despite his idiosyncratic persona, he supported money charities and - as he explained- worthy causes over the years. While he was never a "joiner" he expressed satisfaction in being a founder of the Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society and a charter member of The Old Bastards of Leavenworth as well as the Silver Back's Book Club. These organizations he claimed have unambiguous and worthy objectives. One helps foundling animals and the other keeps some dirty old men off the streets, at least occasionally.

In later years he encapsulated his professional life with two Latin phrases. One describes the effort - Vox clamantis in deserto (the voice of one crying in the wilderness) and the other the all to frequent result which he learned far too late in life - Veritas odium parit (Truth breeds hatred). He is survived by his wife (Dolores W Vought), a daughter (Donna Roth), two son in laws (Christian Roth and David Eike), and four grandchildren (Corbin Eike, David Metz, Dylan Roth, Carlin Eike Warren, and Donald Roth).

For those interested in that sort of thing there will be visitation and champagne (vin mousseux) swill at the Davis Funeral Chapel between the hours of 3 and 5 on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Nunc Est Bibendum (Now it's time to drinks)

Memorial contributions (inspired by affection or respect for the deceased or just relief he is gone) May productively be given to the Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri or the Memorial Fubd of the Veterinary School of Kansas State University or LAWS (Leavenworth-Animal Welfare Society) in care of the funeral home.
In Memoriam Peter H. Durgin 5/23/2022  
AUBURN - Peter H. Durgin, 81, of Auburn, passed away peacefully in a house filled with love, while visiting family in California on Monday, May 23, 2022.

Peter was born in Lewiston on Sept. 25, 1940, the middle of three children, to Veronica Holmes Durgin and Winslow S. Durgin Sr. He grew up in Auburn, attended Edward Little High School and graduated with the class of 1959. During his high school years, he played baseball and was on the ski team. His successes in cross-country skiing and ski jumping, led him to compete on the Junior National Ski Team.

Upon high school graduation, he attended Norwich University, on a skiing scholarship. He skied all four years of college and graduated as Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

He then married the love of his life, Judy Pontbriand, in 1964. They spent the next 24 years moving around the world while raising their three children. During his military career, Peter was promoted to Major in the Army and earned a Bronze Star in the Vietnam War. He felt great kinship in reuniting with other veterans through various veteran organizations. Peter retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Major in 1984.

He and Judy returned to Auburn to raise their family. Peter worked for L.L.Bean as an instructor for fly-fishing, hunting, and archery. He retired in 2008 joining his wife. During their retirement, Peter and Judy were "Loon Rangers" on Taylor Pond, taking time each summer to do a loon count for the Maine Audubon Society. Having a lot of free time, they traveled to California to visit their son and family, where they explored the many sites of the Tahoe area. Back home they cheered on their grandchildren at soccer matches in the fall, basketball and ice hockey games in the winter and baseball, and softball games in the spring. They were very proud of their grandchildren and loved following their activities and watching them grow up.

Peter's lifelong love of the outdoors along with hunting, fishing, and skiing, were his passions. He and his brother, Michael, treasured their time together running their beagles for over 25 years at the Androscoggin Valley Beagle Club. He was awarded a lifetime membership for his dedication.

He is survived by his brother, Michael Durgin; his three children, Deborah Hammond and husband Greg, John Durgin, Mark Durgin and wife Adrienne; his six grandchildren, Michael, Sarah, and Caroline Hammond, Jacob, Miles, and Asher Durgin; as well as his extended family. Peter will be sadly missed by family and friends along with his hunting and fishing buddies.

In 2011, Peter tragically lost Judy, his wife and best friend. He was also predeceased by his parents; and brother, Winslow S. Durgin Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Philip Church, Auburn, on June 27 at 10 a.m. Committal services will follow at Gracelawn Memorial Park in Auburn.

If desired, donations may be made in Peter's memory to: Androscoggin Valley Beagle Club, 8 Benson Ct., Mechanic Falls, ME 04256
In Memoriam Paul G. Malewicki 6/8/2022  
Paul G. Malewicki of Jacksonville, Florida, age 58, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with ALS surrounded by his family and friends on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

He was the loving husband of Christine (Marescalchi) Malewicki with whom he shared 32 years of marriage. Born in Salem, MA, he was the son of Richard and Dorothy Malewicki. Paul was a graduate of Salem High School (class of 1983) and Norwich University (VT, class of 1987) with a degree in environmental engineering.

Paul joined the United States Navy and was stationed in Newport Rhode Island and at Mayport Florida. He proudly served as a United States Navy Officer (22 years) with three tours of deployment in the Middle East. Subsequently, he has been employed as a civil environmental engineer at the United States Naval Station in Mayport, FL.

Paul adored and revered his wife Christine with the same passion as when they met as teenagers. He was inordinately proud of his 3 daughters, Taylor, Kiley and Holly.

He is predeceased by his father, Richard Malewicki and brother in-law, Paul Marescalchi. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Malewicki of Salem, MA, his daughters Taylor Malewicki and Holly Malewicki both of Jacksonville, FL and Kiley Malewicki, who is currently serving as a Captain in the United States Army, stationed in El Paso, Texas, brothers Richard Malewicki (Kathy), Michael Malewicki (Maryjane), niece Megan Malewicki and nephew Matthew Malewicki (Victoria). In laws, Richard and Shirley Marescalchi, sisters in law Pamela Marescalchi and Lisa Marescalchi (Thomas Frithsen) all of Massachusetts.

Paul could be found floating in the pool, watching sporting events, especially football, walking his late dog Sparky and more recently his companion Cannon, who never left his side.

Paul was forever grateful to all those that were kind to him as he bravely faced the complications of ALS, especially his wife Christine, his daughters (Taylor, Kiley and Holly) as well as his Home Health Aid Jennifer.

Services will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church 523 Pablo Ave., Jacksonville Beach 32250 at 11 o'clock on Monday June 13. Reception to follow at Maggiano's at the St. John's Town Center. Arrangements are the direction of HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL.
In Memoriam Newton G. Pendleton 6/17/2022  
Newton G. Pendleton, age 85, of Eagles Mere, PA, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022.

Newt was born March 2, 1937, in Boston, MA, son of the late Newton G. & Margery Bacon Pendleton. He graduated from Lenox Academy, Lenox, MA, and from the Norwich Military Academy, Northfield, VT.

Newt married Martha Hunter of Elmira, NY, on June 27, 1959, and they resided in Elmira, NY, until retiring to Eagles Mere. He was the Chair of Newton Pendleton, Inc., an insurance brokerage firm in Elmira, NY. He as a salesman extraordinaire, but his motto was "to serve, not to be served unto." He was a former Director of the Holcombe Group, and Sullivan County Action, Inc., and strong supporter of the Laporte- Eagles Mere Lions Club. He was the founding Vice Chairman of the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers (CFTT).

He personally enjoyed golf, skiing, sailing, and fishing. He always enjoyed a good party and those with a strong sense of humor. He truly misses those who have gone before, too early.

Surviving: are his son, Newton G. Pendleton III (Tripp) and his wife Katrine, their children, Henry and Anne; his daughter, Sara H. Pendleton and her children Ted & Rob.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. at the Eagles Mere Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. John H. Clark, officiating. Interment will be private in the Eagles Mere Cemetery.

The family requests memorial contributions be sent to the Eagles Mere Foundation, PO Box 402, Eagles Mere, PA 17731-0402, or the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, 104 Lockhart St., Sayre, PA 18840.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water Street, Dushore, PA

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In Memoriam Deborah Byrne 6/1/2022  
Deborah (Wright) Byrne
1943 - 2022
Resident of Concord
Deborah Ann (Wright) Byrne, 78, of Bannock Ct., a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away Wednesday, June 1st with her husband by her side.

Deborah is survived by her beloved husband of 51 years, Thomas M. Byrne, her sister Susan B. Budnick of Collegeville, PA, two sons, Lawrence T. Byrne and his wife Rebecca of Framingham, MA., Michael L. Byrne of Concord, CA, her granddaughter Emelia G. Byrne whom she adored, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Deborah was born in Providence, RI, daughter of the late Louis and Virginia Wright. She graduated from Vermont College in 1965 and trained as a medical technologist at Hartford Hospital, CT then worked at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia before moving to San Francisco in 1969. She lived in San Francisco for 9 years before settling in Concord, CA with her family. She worked at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA for 35 years as the lab manager.

Deborah was involved with Norwich University (Vermont College) Alumni and enjoyed attending school reunions. She enjoyed traveling throughout Europe with family and friends and across the country with Tom and Mike. She was proud that she visited 48 states! She liked to read and walk daily, work on puzzles, and kept in touch with her dear friends. She most enjoyed her time in Jamestown, RI sharing memories with her granddaughter, spending time with her cousins and families being near the water.

A viewing will be held Thursday June 9th, at 10 AM at Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel located at 1139 Saranap Avenue, Walnut Creek.
In Memoriam Diana H. Dowse 5/27/2022  
Diana Huntress Dowse, 72, went home to be with God on May 27, 2022 at the Sussman House in Rockport. She died of early onset Alzheimer's disease. She was a resident of the Riverside Memory Care Unit and Chase Point Assisted Living facility in Damariscotta.

Diana was born on Jan. 3, 1950 in Waltham, Mass. She was the daughter of Leonard Huntress and Amy Ranney Dowse. She and her mother shared the same birthday.

Diana spent her childhood summers on Hoyt's Island in Belgrade Lakes. Prior to moving to the Midcoast in 2016, Diana lived in Brooklin on the Blue Hill Peninsula. She was a graduate of Vermont College with a degree in early childhood education. She worked for many years as a preschool teacher in greater Boston.

Diana was known far and wide for her exuberant, lively, and often hilarious spirit. She was a natural comedienne. Her smile was wide, her laughter contagious; her love for God, family, and friends, sincere and unconditional. She was the life of the party. Her favorite expressions were "dear sweet biscuit" and "you do it for me." Diana was our dear sweet biscuit, and she certainly did it for all who knew and loved her.

Diana is survived by her brothers, James P. Dowse and his wife, Maury; Leonard H. Dowse Jr. and his wife Sara; Robert W. Dowse, and Dudley Cunningham; her nieces, Elizabeth Dowse-Pollock and her husband Joseph, and Kimberly and Melissa Cunningham; her nephews, Samuel E. Dowse and his wife Virginia, Jonathan B. Dowse and his wife, Marga Hutchinson, and Scott and Leo Cunningham; and two great-nephews, Connor and Evan Dowse. She was predeceased by her parents.

Her family wishes to thank the staffs of Chase Point/Riverside, Miles Memorial Hospital, the Sussman House, and Dr. Timothy Goltz for the compassionate care they gave Diana during her decades-long battle with Alzheimer's. Contributions in Diana's memory can be made to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 14 at the Congregational Church of Bristol, with a reception to follow at a local venue. Diana will be laid to rest with her parents in Weston, Mass. Dementia destroyed her mind and body, but did not touch her soul. Thanks be to God!

Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta. Condolences, and messages for her family, may be expressed by visiting

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In Memoriam Jeffrey S. Plunkett 5/25/2022  
Jeffrey Plunkett, 75, of Bradenton, FL, passed away May 25, 2022. Jeff was one-of-a-kind. He was admired by so many. Jeff loved the Blues, the Beatles, Tampa Bay Lightning and college basketball. Most of all, he loved his wife, Johnette Isham, son, Matthew Plunkett and our beloved family members. Jeff also had many friends he cared for, laughed with, shared fun with and went on adventures with. We have all been blessed with Jeff's smile, laughter, endless stories and his spirit will live with us forever.

Jeff was born in Massachusetts, the eldest son of Philip and Paula Plunkett. He excelled in sports in high school and college, graduating from Norwich University as a Second Lieutenant Army. He had multiple careers as a bar owner, real estate agent, property owner and business owner of Fetch Pet Care.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents and sibling, Valerie Plunkett. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Johnette Isham; his son, Matthew Plunkett; siblings David Plunkett and Paula McFall; sister-in-law, Nyda Plunkett and nephews Sky and River Plunkett.

A Celebration of Life will be determined in the future.

Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the nonprofit Realize Bradenton. Condolences may be made to
In Memoriam Mary I. Varunes 6/4/2022  
Mary Beatrice Irons Varunes, of East Haven passed away June 4, 2022 in Yale New Haven Hospital- St. Raphael Campus with her children by her side. Born in New Haven on July 16, 1947 daughter of the late William (Billy) Irons and Mary Doolan Cannon Irons. She spent most of her life in the New Haven area, growing up in West Haven and Orange. One of her favorite spots was the beach at West Shore. She eventually settled in East Haven where she raised her two devoted daughter, Jessica and Kristin. She also became a fixture in the community as an educator and a volunteer.

Mary was a lifelong advocate for the well-being of young children. From her years as a student at Vermont College in Montpelier, VT. where she graduated in 1969 with a degree in Early Childhood Education to her last position, before retirement, as Director and Head Teacher of the East Haven Family Resource Center at D.C Moore Elementary School, she strived to ensure that children had the best experiences possible.

During her retirement, she kept active as a member of the East Haven Youth Service Commission. She later worked for the St. Bernadette After School Care Center. Mary also enjoyed volunteering at the Christ & Epiphany Soup Kitchen and with the Mutti-Grees program.

Her pride and joy was being the co-owner/director of Magic Year Day Care Center. She loved and adored the years she spent there and would talk about it with anyone who would indulge her in a conversation about it.

Mary always had a smile and kind word for everyone she met and she will be missed by her countless friends, some even from childhood, and her extended family. Besides her daughters, Mary is survived by her sister, Kathleen (James) Harper and her loving companion, her little dog, Oliver.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday June 11, 2022 at 10:00AM in St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish at St. Bernadette Church, 385 Townsend Avenue in New Haven. Burial will follow in Orange Center Cemetery. The Monahan, Cox, Smith & Crimmins Funeral Home, Inc. is in care of her arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter 11 Cherry Hill Rd. Branford, CT 06405.
In Memoriam Henry A. Putkisto 5/24/2022  
Henry Allan Putkisto Obituary Henry Allan Putkisto, 87, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2022. He was the husband of Jean (Krollfeifer) Putkisto, with whom he would have celebrated 51 years of marriage on May 27th. Henry "Hank" was born December 20, 1934, in Worcester, Mass., a son of the late Konsta and Maria (Taipale) Putkisto. He was a 1953 graduate of Rutland High School, Rutland, Mass, and a 1959 graduate of Norwich University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management. Mr. Putkisto retired after 42 years of service as a Sr. Equipment Engineer from Lucent Technologies and its predecessors AT&T and Western Electric. He was a life member and Past Exalted Ruler of Somerville Elks Lodge 1068, Somerville, NJ. In his younger years, Mr. Putkisto was a youth baseball coach and refereed youth soccer. Later in life, he discovered the art of making stained glass. He enjoyed watching sports, following politics and was always on top of the news.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Putkisto had five children, Charles Putkisto of New Jersey, the late James Putkisto of Pennsylvania, Lori Putkisto-Walsh and her late husband, John, of New Jersey, Jeffrey and wife, Katie Putkisto of Maryland, and Stacie and husband, Steve Keyser, of Pennsylvania; a stepson, Scott Niskach of Utah; six grandchildren, Michael and Allison, Zach and Kate, and CJ and Alexis; and three siblings, Ellen Maynard and her late husband, Everett. of Massachusetts, Helen and husband, Earl Smiddy, of Delaware, and the late Kalevi Kantola of Massachusetts; and many nieces and nephews.

Tribute services will be private with burial in Rural Cemetery of Rutland in Massachusetts. Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc., 1551 Kenneth Road, York, PA is in charge of arrangements.
In Memoriam James E. Kryzynski 5/26/2022  
James Edward "Jim" Kryzynski, 76, of Windham, NH, passed away on Thursday afternoon, May 26th, 2022 at Parkland Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Jim was born in Jersey City, NJ, on September 21, 1945, to Sophie (Klaniecki) and Alphonse Kryzynski. He was raised in Andover, MA, attended local schools, and went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Norwich University. He then served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany as a tank company commander for two years.

Jim and his wife returned from Germany and settled in Windham, NH in 1972, where they raised their two daughters. He began his career as a Production Manager at Honeywell Incorporated Computer Div. He also worked at Cambex as Vice President in Sales and Marketing for the Far East to which he traveled to frequently.

In his spare time, you could find Jim on the golf course, golfing with family and friends. He and wife also loved to spend time golfing in Hilton Head Island, SC. Jim also made many friends and acquaintances walking his beloved Labrador Retrievers Benson, Max and Tucker around Foster's Pond over the years.

Jim is survived by his daughters, Kimberly Coombs and her husband Ron of Derry, NH and Allison Kryzynski and her husband Michael Pimental of Weston, CT; his grandchildren, Danielle, Derick, Sophia, and Charlotte.

In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Judith (Brown Sullivan) Kryzynski and his brothers, Alan and Raymond Kryzynski.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 31st from 5-8pm at the Carrier Family Funeral Home, 38 Range Road, Windham, NH 03087. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday morning, at 11am at St. Matthew's Parish, 2 Searles Road in Windham. Burial will follow at the Cemetery on the Plains in Windham.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.

Arrangements are in the care of the Carrier Family Funeral Home. For directions or to leave a message of condolence, please visit
In Memoriam Hans R. Larsson 5/19/2022  
And God Himself will wipe away every tear. -Rev. 21:4
Hans Raymond George Larsson, 52, went home to be with the Lord on May 19, 2022 in Hooksett, NH. He is survived by his parents, Raymond George Larsson of Laconia and Betty-Jean Larsson of Hooksett, NH, his sisters Lisa Dora Maxwell of Summerville, SC and Suzanne Danielle Larsson of Hooksett, NH, and his canine companion Lola.

A Celebration of Life will be held for him at Phaneuf Funeral Home, 243 Hanover St. Manchester, NH on Friday, May 27, from 5-8pm. Home Going Service will be observed at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 673 Weston Rd, Manchester, NH on Saturday, May 28 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in his name to the Prouty who support those who continue to fight cancer.

Hans was a son of New Hampshire, born in Nashua NH on September 16, 1969, and raised in Center Harbor. He had his first job in George's in Meredith, learned to ski at Gunstock, bought his LP records downtown Laconia at Greenlaw's, and traded in his report cards for tokens at Funspot. Working, playing and living in the Lakes Region, he grew to love the character and beauty of the area and its people, a love that only became clearer after living in Florida for a decade after high school.

He was the middle child of Raymond and Betty-Jean Larsson, between two sisters. His older sister, Lisa, is a technician at a Google data center, and his younger sister, Susanne, is a Special Olympics athlete and aspiring writer. His mother's family story, like many in NH, is written across both sides of the Massachusetts border. HIs father's side can be traced back through more than six generations of NH farmers and laborers.

A job peeling and slicing potatoes at George's led to his first career in the restaurant business. He worked at the Woodshed, the Mill Falls Restaurant, and ended his hospitality career as an assistant manager of a Checkers restaurant in Florida. He then followed the family tradition, with a career in the telephone company, first doing installation and repair throughout the Lakes Region and later in an operations center for NYNEX, Bell Atlantic, Verizon, Fair Point and finally Consolidated Communications. He was an active member of IBEW 2320.

With the support of his employer, he earned an Associates in Telecommunications at Nashua Community College. He followed that up with a Bachelors in Information Technology from University of Phoenix, and a Masters of Information Assurance from Norwich University in neighboring Vermont.

Before his diagnosis of thyroid cancer interfered, he volunteered at his church to make deliveries of donated bread to the Liberty House for veterans and organized collection drives in support of charities caring for homeless NH families. He was also a member of the 501st Legion, a Star Wars costuming group who appear at charity fundraisers and visit hospitals to cheer up patients. He also worked as a volunteer at Special Olympics events like the Winter Games in Waterville Valley. He was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, serving as the evangelism chair since 2017, and maintaining the church's online presence even through his fight with cancer. He was also a champion for pro-life outreaches.

Hans' big dream was to travel and see the country in his RV and share the gospel with at least one person in each state. He would encourage each of us to live every day to its fullest, to never let our memories be greater than our dreams, and to share Jesus' love with every person we meet.
In Memoriam Bradford Dewolf E. Sheff 5/2/2022  
Bradford D. Sheff NORTHFIELD - Bradford DeWolfe Sheff, 79, of Northfield, died Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. He was born Nov. 15, 1942, in Greenfield, Massachusetts, the son of Joseph J. and Mary (Smith) Sheff. He was raised in Greenfield and Worcester, Massachusetts, and received his bachelor's degree from Norwich University. Bradford served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and had lived in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Tampa, Florida, before moving to Northfield in 1987.

Brad had worked for Smith Valve of Massachusetts and for sales at Emery Trucking. He then was an avid philatelist and opened his own business dealing in rare stamps and shipping documents from the 1600s through the Civil War. Bradford was a member of the American Philatelist Society and enjoyed military history and fly fishing.

Survivors include his companion, Sherry Camley, of Northfield, and several cousins. A private service with full military honors will be held in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, at the convenience of the family. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Gifford Medical Center Last Mile Ride Program, P.O. Box 2000, Randolph, VT 05060. Arrangements are by the Day Funeral Home in Randolph.

In Memoriam Timothy R. Donovan 5/23/2022  
DONOVAN, Timothy R. Jr. Age 76, passed away peacefully in his home in Arlington, MA, on May 23. His consistently positive attitude and excellence in all he pursued left an imprint on all who knew him.

Tim was born in Cambridge, MA, on June 13, 1945. He was the oldest of Timothy and Helen (McGrath) Donovan's four children. In his early years, he attended the Sacred Heart School in Watertown. After the family moved to Belmont, he entered the Belmont school system, graduating in 1963. There he excelled in school and was a basketball star, possibly helped by his towering 6'6" height. Earning a college basketball scholarship, he attended Norwich University; and after graduation, married his college sweetheart, Ruth Francis, and later had two children, Maureen and Terence. He earned master's degree from the UNH, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

Tim joined the Northeastern faculty in 1974 and remained there until his retirement in 2009. He was an English professor, a dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and he established writing programs across the world. Tim authored and edited many books and essays on writing and education and was also a freelance correspondent for the Boston Globe, writing about his travel adventures. He served on the Board of Fellows at Norwich University for many years, and enjoyed keeping up with his fellow alumni. He followed basketball his whole life, but loved playing tennis and enjoyed weekly games with friends. He rarely missed a Red Sox or Celtics game. He was an avid biker and canoeist. As corn hole champ in later years despite his challenges from Parkinson's disease, he was able to consistently score holes-in-one much of the time, beating almost anyone. He loved visiting his family in Ireland. He taught Irish literature at NU, read Irish magazines and newspapers, and would only drink Guinness. He was rarely without his numerous newspapers or his dog, and seldom missed watching Jeopardy at night with his son.

Tim will be deeply missed by his son, Terence Donovan of Arlington; sisters Paula Donovan Olsen and Mary Donovan Kiernan, of Bedford, NH; and his wonderful nieces and their families, colleagues and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ruth Donovan; daughter Maureen Donovan Regan; and brother, Kevin.

A Wake will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the DeVito Funeral Home in ARLINGTON, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. at St. Eulalia's Church, Winchester, MA. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Parkinson Foundation ( or a youth athletic scholarship program.
In Memoriam Philip D. Briggs 5/18/2022  
This is written in the first person because this was my life as I saw it. Someone else might not be so kind.

Philip Damon Briggs, 92, didn't go to a new life, or join the arms of the Lord , I just died! on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Born in Hanover, Massachusetts, September 11, 1929, to Stanley and Evelyn Briggs. My education included Hanover High School, Norwich University, TNCC, George Washington University with Bachelors, Associates and Masters degrees.

I was an officer with US Army-Armor Branch, retiring at Fort Monroe in 1974 after 22 years of service, with nearly half of that deployed overseas in Germany, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam. My awards included: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal and numerous service ribbons.

I first came to Fort Monroe, Virginia in 1967 and was assigned to Headquarters Continental Army Command (CONARC) later designated as Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). I served as a staff officer and section chief in the Personnel Division. On return from Vietnam where I served as Deputy Post Commander at Can Tho in the Delta region, my second and final Fort Monroe assignment was with the Post Staff as Director of Plans and Security before retiring in May 1974.

After retirement I began a new career, enrolling at Thomas Nelson Community College and George Washington University. Following the period when I was learning new skills, I was hired as an Assistant Professor of Drafting in the Engineering Division of Thomas Nelson Community College. I retired from there in 1997 after 20 years of service. I had a great job and never regretted my choice of a new profession.

Additional thought from his family: after his retirement from TNCC Phil was able to devote more time to his true passions sailing and racing his sailboat, Feather, and volunteering at the Hampton Yacht club. He was chairman of the Piers & Docks Committee. He was founder & chairman of the annual Gaboon race which he started in 1978 because he felt the racing calendar wasn't long enough. He was Commodore of the Club in 1991. He raced competitively but always reminded his crew that "It's only a sailboat race, let's have fun."

Phil was predeceased by his son, Scott; daughter, Debra; two grandchildren, Ryan Dunn and Philip Mancini.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sue Briggs; his son, Glenn Briggs; his daughter, Joanne Briggs Dunn; son-in-law, Rob Dunn; and 7 grandchildren.

He was honest, fair, even "keeled," supportive, much loved and admired. He had a wicked sense of humor to the very end. He was extremely generous to the point that we will be fielding requests addressed to him from the many charities he supported. If you desire you may contribute to any of these charities: The Salvation Army; TNCC Community College Educational Foundation, Inc; WHRO; Mariner Museum; Norwich University; Coast Guard Foundation; or Hampton Yacht Club Junior Program at 4707 Victoria Blvd, Hampton, 23669.

Interment will be private. His wake will be at 12 noon on Saturday, June 18th at the Hampton Yacht Club, 4707 Victoria Blvd, Hampton.
In Memoriam Carmelo J. Mazzotta 5/25/2022  
Carmelo "Carl" Mazzotta, 94, died on May 25, in hospice at Westerly Hospital, RI. He was born on July 18, 1927 and was the son of the late Carmelo and Filomena "Minnie" (Bellobuono) Mazzotta of Middletown, CT. He had two brothers: a younger brother, Robert, who died as an infant, and an older brother Sebastian, who died in 2004. Carl's wife of 62 years, Joan (DeBenedetto) Mazzotta, died in February 2017. He is survived by his daughter, Marisa Mazzotta, and her husband, John Repoza of Charlestown, RI; his son, Robert Mazzotta of Middletown, CT; three grandchildren; and 8 nieces and nephews, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Carl grew up on the north end of High Street in Middletown, CT and lived in Middletown for most of his life. Recently he lived at Masonicare at Chester and Masonicare at Mystic. He attended MacDonough School, Central School, and Wilson High School in Middletown. After a short time in the Army, he attended Norwich University in Northfield, VT, where he received a BA degree in 1949. During college, he spent a summer in Saltillo, Mexico. After college, Carl worked at the construction firm Merritt-Chapman & Scott, drawing detail layouts for parts of the master plan to build the Veterans Hospital in New Haven, CT. He then worked on construction layout for the Phoenix Insurance building in Hartford, CT. In 1951, he and 2 friends took a "top secret" job with Metcalf & Eddy as a survey group. After being hired and put on a plane, they found they were going to Thule, Greenland to work on construction of the Thule Air Base. He had many adventures in Greenland, including meeting Ootah (Otag), who had been at the North Pole with Robert E. Peary in 1909, as well as Robert Peary's son, Kalipaluk, and Matthew Henson's son, Anaukaq.

After returning to Middletown in 1952, Carl purchased the Middletown Builders Supply Company, which he built into a successful company that specialized in masonry supplies. He sold the business and retired after 33 years. In retirement, Carl served on the board of directors of the Farmers and Mechanics Bank and was chair of the loan committee, and later served on the boards of City Savings Bank and Citizens Bank. He was chair of the Middletown Planning and Zoning Commission, and a member of Middletown's Board of Finance and Merit Rating Board. He was a member of the Italian American Civic Order, the Elks, the Masons and the Shriners.

Carl enjoyed golf, fishing and shell fishing, gardening, photography, watercolor painting, and travel. Carl and Joan traveled extensively over many years, including many trips to Latin America, Europe, and throughout the U.S. They joined the New Mexico Archaeology Society and worked on a dig of a great kiva. In 2007, Carl completed a memoir and family history, "Notes of My Memories," which is available at the Russell Library. He was a member of St. Sebastian Church in Middletown.

Friends and relatives may call at D'Angelo Funeral Home, 22 South Main Street, Middletown, from 9 am to 10:30 am on Wednesday, June 1. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Wednesday at St. Sebastian Church in Middletown. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to the charity of your choice.
In Memoriam John C. Gibbs 4/4/2022  
In Memoriam Paul P. Trahan 4/21/2022  
After 30 years of military service, Col. Paul Trahan was supposed to retire on Sept. 11, 2001. He reported to duty at the Pentagon that morning, but at 9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building, killing 125 plus everyone on the plane.

Paul P. Trahan.
"Men and women from within the devastated area - themselves directly threatened by fire, smoke, and explosive force - provided the leadership, encouragement, and physical assistance that enabled hundreds of shaken and injured people to escape death," according to a 2007 Defense Dept. report.

Paul was one of those who rescued survivors and recovered the dead, said his husband, Matt Kelley, this week.

Paul P. Trahan died at home in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on April 21, 2022. The cause, confirmed by Kelley, was prostate cancer. He was 73.

Paul did retire on Oct. 1, 2001, with some regret, because the memory of 9/11 was still so raw. Soon after, he was awarded the Presidential Legion of Merit for his heroism on that day and for his years of service to the country.

The only son among Wilfred and Mary (Degnan) Trahan's four children, Paul was born in Eastham on Dec. 21, 1948. He attended local schools but finished high school at the New York Military Academy in Cornwall-on-Hudson in 1966.

Paul Trahan in 1971 as a member of the Eastham Police Dept.
While studying at Norwich University in Vermont, Paul returned to Eastham each summer to work in the police department, where he was employed full-time after graduation in 1971. Later that year, he began his military career.

He earned a master's degree in social sciences from Pacific Lutheran University in 1980 and attended the U.S. Air Force Command Staff College in 1984-85 and the National War College in 1992-93. He was promoted to colonel in 1994.

Paul's specialty was armor. He served as the tank company commander at Fort Benning, Ga. and later commanded the Combat Experimentation Battalion at Fort Hunter Liggett in California, training tank units in the high desert.

He served as a military police officer and as a nuclear weapons inspector under the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in the Soviet Union. On that assignment, he discovered that L.L. Bean's arctic parka was powerless against Russian winters and learned to appreciate Russian sable.

As a unit commander for NATO in Naples, Italy during the Bosnian war, Paul lived on Via Posillipo, overlooking the bay; he loved visiting the beaches of Capri during time off. Naples, he said, was his favorite overseas deployment.

Col. Paul Trahan with Ronald and Nancy Reagan in 1986. (Photos courtesy Matt Kelley)
Paul earned 16 citations for meritorious service, achievement, and deployments. His diplomatic skills led to his appointment as a White House aide during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. He became a trusted sounding board in informal conversation with the presidents late in the evening after social events. He was particularly close to Ronald and Nancy Reagan. His last assignment was chief of the Intelligence Oversight Division at the Pentagon.

Paul's bravery on Sept. 11 was of a piece with his Army service writ large; humanity and empathy were essential qualities for him, especially but not only in the context of military life. He was, Matt said, "genuine to the core." In retirement, he drew together friends old and new, military and civilian, in a community that affirmed the value of every life.

The doors were open to everyone at Paul's house in Alexandria, Va.

"His 'orphanage' on Ashwood Drive, from which I graduated, was legendary," wrote Jim Baker in a social media post. "While I was still in the process of coming out and serving in the military under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, I didn't feel like I belonged anywhere. I was lost and felt profoundly alone. Like some sort of guardian angel, Paul offered me unconditional kindness, even though he hardly knew me. There was no transaction to be made - just boundless generosity."

Paul's understanding of his own sexuality did not become clear until six or seven years into his military career, said Matt. He did not want to be defined by his sexuality, but he was serving at a time when military rules would. So, he found ways to serve his country with absolute fidelity while nurturing personal relationships built on understanding and care.

Paul supported gay colleagues inside and outside the military, including at the Gay Olympics in Australia. He loved skiing in Utah, windsurfing in the Pacific Northwest, mountain biking in California, and camping everywhere.

Paul could fix anything; many considered him their own personal MacGyver. The trunk of his BMW always seemed to contain the tool he needed. He once repaired a blown-out radiator hose with discarded plumbing parts scrounged from a gas station's waste bin, said Matt.

Paul Trahan and Matt Kelley at Herring Cove in 2018.
Every summer, Paul came to visit his family in Eastham and to vacation in Provincetown. That's where he met Matt Kelley, an architect, in 2000. They became a couple in 2005, moved in together in New York City in 2012, and married in 2019. Paul spent his last 10 years living a quiet, domestic life in the city with Matt.

In addition to his husband, he is survived by his sisters, Carol Trahan of Plymouth and Louise Morris and husband Glenn of Wellfleet; nephew Lt. Cmd. Chris Morris, wife Sally Ma, and sons Finley and Archer of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; and nephew Nick Morris, wife Laura, and daughters Zoey and Hazel of Pembroke.

Paul was predeceased by his sister Connie Trahan.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 at Evergreen Cemetery in Eastham, followed by a celebration of Paul's life.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul and Connie Trahan's names can be made to Cape Abilities ( or to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (

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In Memoriam Joyce J. Beliakoff 4/17/2022  
Joyce Beliakoff was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world on April 17th, 2022 at the age of 89.
She was born to Nels and Janet Jeremiason on December 10th, 1932, in New Jersey. She joined her sister, Eunice, and was later joined by siblings Barbara Ann and Robert.

After completing Plainfield High School in 1950, she attended Vermont Junior College in Montpelier, Vermont. Here she met her future husband, Theodore "Ted" Beliakoff, a Cadet at nearby Norwich University. They both graduated in 1952. Ted and Joyce were married in 1955.

Together they raised three sons: Douglas 1957, Wade 1959, and Glen 1962.

Ted and Joyce moved from New Jersey to Georgia in 1958 where they lived until 1968, when Ted was transferred to Southern California. They picked the perfect place to live, Corona del Mar. The neighborhood was full of close friends who were like an extended family to us, the same as it was in Georgia.

Joyce was adept at motherhood, not only to her boys but to several others whom she was like a second mom, and she was usually known as Mrs. B. With Ted gone a lot for business, sometimes she was both mother and father to us.

She enjoyed flower arranging, cooking, golf, going to the beach and volunteering for the community. She especially enjoyed being a "Nana".

Joyce was predeceased by Ted, Wade, and Glen. Joyce leaves behind her son Douglas and his wife, Rosemary, grandchildren Teddi and Michael, sister Barbara Ann Nichols, brother Robert Jeremiason and nephews Steve and Craig Wilson, niece Janis Timmons and nephew Gregg Nichols. She also leaves behind many dear friends.

A graveside service is planned at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar on April 22nd at 11:00am, followed by a reception in the Del Mar Room of the Park
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