HOWARD C. FOSTER - MIDDLEBURY - Howard C. Foster, 92, of Middlebury, passed away at his home on Feb. 16, 2012, after a long, full life. Howard was born April 23, 1919, in Middlebury, where he spent his entire life working the land and preserving it for future generations. He was the son of Theodore and Nina (Chaffee) Foster James. In 2009 he was predeceased by Helen, his loving wife of 65 years. Besides raising his family, Howard was active in many local and state organizations. He served on the Farm Service Agency and Dairy Marketing Committees, our local school boards, and the Addison County Regional and Middlebury Planning Commissions. He was a trustee for the Battell Woods Trust, was a member of the Farm Bureau and was a strong supporter of Addison County Field Days. He was a member of Middlebury Congregational Church and served on church boards. In 2002, he was presented the Middlebury Rotary Community Service Award and, in 2004, he and his brothers were inducted into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame. Howard was local before local was popular. Farming and agriculture were his passion. He was the forester in the family; he loved the woods and never missed the first day of deer season for many, many years. Many of the farm buildings have components from his small sawmill. Howard and his brothers, Benjamin and George, formed a partnership that today is known as Foster Brothers Farm, Inc. He was known for his green thumb and always had a beautiful, bountiful and weed-free garden which fed not only his family, but numerous others. He is survived by his loving children, son, Robert Foster and wife, Nancy, and children, Heather Foster-Provencher and husband, Larry, and their children, Tyler and Krisandra; Jennifer Foster and husband, Sam Zucker, and their children, Isaac and Zalman; and Robin Foster-Cole and husband, David, and their children, Aiden and Nyna; daughter, Judy Roy and husband, Bill, and their children, Amanda Palmer and husband, Sean, and their son, Liam; and Eric Roy; son, Jim Foster Sr. and wife, Joyce, and their children, Karen Foster-Baccei and husband, David; Jim Foster Jr. and wife, Tricia, and their children, MaKayla, Caleb, and Jocelyn; and Mark Foster and wife, Nicole, and their children, Ashlynn and Colin; daughter, Sharon Foster-Chalecki and husband, Robert, and their children, Tracy Chalecki; and Rob Chalecki and wife, Robin, and their children, Madeline and Theo; daughter, Dorothy Douglas and husband, Jim, and their children, Matt Douglas and wife, Keri, and their children, Timothy and Aaron; and Andrew Douglas and partner, Courtney Bowers; daughter, Joyce Wetmore and husband, David, and their children, Rebecca, Christopher, and Allyson. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Lois and Jean Foster; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Benjamin and George; and sister, Luella Wolfreys and husband, William. The family gratefully expresses their thanks for many years of care by Addison County Home Health and Hospice, Hospice Volunteer Services and Happy Hearts, Inc. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the Middlebury Congregational Church at 2 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, Middlebury, The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice Volunteer Services, 63 Maple St., Middlebury, VT 05753; Addison County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753; or the Congregational Church of Middlebury, 27 North Pleasant St., Middlebury, VT 05753.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 19, 2012