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SILAS H. JEWETT - MORRISVILLE - Silas Hamilton Jewett, 96, passed away peacefully at home, with his family, on Dec. 31, 2012. He was born in Weybridge on Jan. 6, 1916, son of the late Charles and Mollie Hamilton Jewett. He graduated from Middlebury High School in 1933 and the University of Vermont in 1938, majoring in Agriculture. He served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1941 to 1945 and was serving at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack. He joined the Green Mountain Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors after his retirement in 1978 and served as president for many years. On May 5, 1944, Si married Frances Douglas from Morrisville and they were married for 27 years, until the time of her death in 1971. Following Si's discharge from the Army, he and Fran purchased her mother's farm. In Dec. 1952, he began work as the Lamoille County Agricultural Extension Agent, a position which he held for 26 years while still running the farm until 1963. In his position as extension agent, Si became acquainted with all of the farmers in the county, not only assisting them with their farming needs but also completing income tax forms for many of them. He was instrumental in the creation of the Lamoille County Development Council, Lamoille County Field Days and the Morrisville Senior Citizen Center. As a youngster growing up on a farm in Addison County, Si became involved in 4-H work and continued to support that work throughout his life, becoming the first multiyear contributor to the University of Vermont 4-H Endowment Fund in 2005. From the time that he was a child church involvement was a major part of his life, first at the Congregational Church in Weybridge and later at the Puffer United Methodist Church (UMC) in Morrisville. Over the years, he served in many capacities, including teaching Sunday School as well as serving on many boards and committees. Si married Irma Calcagni Foss on June 24, 1973, and they were married for 24 years, until the time of her death in 1997. On July 17, 1999, Si married Helen Gould Clark, who survives him. Si was also predeceased by his sisters, Irene Jewett and Ruth Lang; his brothers, Lloyd and Charles; as well as his grandson, Joshua Manuel Becraft. In addition to his wife, Helen, he is survived by his three daughters, the Rev. Patricia Thompson (Vernon), Mary Sylver, and Nancy Becraft (William); grandchildren, Tausha Sylver (Kevin Moore), Lisa Tareen, Christina, Elizabeth, Jonathan, David and Anna Becraft; and great-grandchildren, Sam and India Tareen; his sister, Shirley Badger; his brother, Philip Jewett; as well as several stepchildren and stepgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. Throughout his life, Si was an avid Red Sox fan. He also loved to bowl and play cards with his family and continued to enjoy those activities until shortly before he passed away. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Puffer United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 12 noon until the time of the service. Interment will be in the spring in Pleasant View Cemetery. White-Fiess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Puffer UMC Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 669, Morrisville, VT 05661; or the University of Vermont 4-H Endowment Fund, 19 Roosevelt Highway, Suite 305, Colchester, VT 05446.

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2013
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