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Ameden, Jesse  
Jesse C. Ameden 1929 - 2014 ARLINGTON Jesse C. Ameden, 85, died on Dec. 4 following a long illness, surrounded by his loving family. Jesse was born on Sept. 14, 1929, in Manchester, the son of Wesley and Hazel Ameden. After growing up on the family farm in Bondville, he graduated in 1949 from Burr and Burton Seminary in Manchester, where he starred in baseball and football and was a member of the Burr and Burton Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1948 state championship football team. Following service in the US Air Force during the Korean War, Jesse settled in Manchester, where in 1954 he married Janice Markey, with whom he celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary this past June. Jesse worked with his brother Richard in the construction trade for many years. His artistry, creativity and craftsmanship with wood and other building materials will endure in many homes in southern Vermont. In later years, Jesse was employed by Orvis and by members of the Perkins family. His love of his profession is evidenced by the fact that he worked full time until only a few weeks before his death. Jesse was active in his community. He was a founding member of the Manchester Rescue Squad. As an original member of the Manchester Recreation Committee in the 1970's, he helped envision and lay the groundwork for the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park. He took special joy in working with young people and for many years coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Target Program and building at Burr and Burton. The library there is named after him and for his dedication to the project he was honored with the Burr and Burton Alumni Service Award. Jesse loved the outdoors (he was a member of the Bromley Mountain ski patrol in the 1940's), animals, country music, restoring antique Mustangs and Jeeps, and most especially spending time with his family. In addition to Janice Ameden, his wife of 60 years; he is survived by his five children, Gary (and Lorri) Ameden, of Peru, Vt., Lynne (and Ed) Campbell of Manchester, Michelle Ameden of Manchester, Sandi Ameden (and Mark Novotny) of Northhampton, Mass., and Todd Ameden (and Meg Kenny) of Manchester; his grandchildren, Colby Ameden, Robert Black, Ryley Ameden, Caleb Ameden, Tison (and Katie) Campbell, Cailen (and Ben) McCormick, Anders Campbell, Eamonn Campbell, Jesse Sendra, Eli Sendra, Devon Spencer (and Eric Kilanski), Logan Spencer, Jackson Ameden, and Will Ameden; and his great-grandson, Campbell McCormick, in whom he took special delight. There will be no services. Contributions in Jesse's memory may be made to the Target Program at Burr and Burton Academy, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254.
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Published in The Manchester Journal from Dec. 12, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015
Cramer, Charles  
Charles (Chuck) William Cramer TUCSON ARIZ Charles (Chuck) William Cramer died peacefully on Dec. 3, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz., following a brief illness. He was 87.Born in Camp Hill, Ala., to Lawrence and Francis Cramer, Chuck grew up in Fort Ann, N.Y., with his brothers, Robert and Donald Cramer, and his sisters, Virginia and Phyllis Cramer. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, Chuck served his country in the Pacific Theater aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise CV-6, the most decorated ship of the Second World War. Following the war, he returned to the Washington County area and married Shirley Ann Roberts of Granville. The couple moved to New York City, where Chuck studied to become a master watchmaker and engraver. Following his graduation, Chuck and Shirley moved back to Granville, where he helped his fatherin-law, Lester E. Roberts, operate a jewelry story on Main Street. After their children, Gary and Cindy, were born, the couple relocated again, this time to San Diego, Calif., where Chuck worked for well-known jeweler J. Jessop & Sons, later becoming manager of one of the business' fine-jewelry departments. Returning to Granville in 1961, Chuck purchased L E Roberts Jewelers from his father-in-law and began a long and illustrious career of designing and creating fine jewelry for customers throughout the region, including Vermont. He was a long-time member and past president of the Vermont Retail Association. He built not only a successful business, but also strong relationships and a rapport with his many customers. Chuck quickly created an unsurpassed reputation for providing special attention to detail and the individual needs of each customer. During this time, Chuck trained for and became a Rolex technician and was awarded a Rolex franchise. He also studied for and became a registered jeweler and gemologist with the American Gem Society, establishing L E Roberts as a certified AGS jeweler, joining a select group of businesses dedicated to professionalism and knowledge. In 1964, Chuck built a vacation home on nearby Lake St. Catherine in Wells, Vt., where he and Shirley spent summers swimming, sailing and enjoying gatherings of family and friends. Following his retirement in 1985, Chuck and Shirley bought a "snowbird" home in Tucson, returning to Granville and Lake St. Catherine each spring. After Shirley passed away in 1998, Chuck renewed his love of aviation, becoming a vital member of two radio-controlled glider clubs -- Sonoran Desert Flyers of Tucson and Rutland County RC Flyers of Fair Haven, Vt. He went on to obtain a glider-pilot license at the age of 70. As a respected pilot and member of the Tucson Soaring Club, Chuck earned the moniker "The Thermalator" and was instrumental in planning and developing club activities, as well as expanding membership. Throughout his life, Chuck was an avid skier, sailor, scuba diver and pilot. He also nurtured his lifelong passions for music, painting and photography. He was also an active member of the American Legion. Chuck was predeceased by his wife, Shirley; his brothers, Robert ,and Donald; and sister, Virginia. He is survived by his sister, Phyllis Early; his son, Gary Cramer (Margaret); his daughter, Cindy Kuhne (Hans), both of whom also became accomplished jewelers; grandchildren, Jennifer Sakchalathorn, Katie Ruscheinski, Emily Cramer, Charles Cramer and Rayleen Carangio; and great-grandchildren, Jack Ruscheinski, Luke Ruscheinski, and Henri Sakchalathorn. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service and celebration of Chuck's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at BRING'S FUNERAL HOME, 6910 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Ariz. Chuck will be laid to rest with his wife Shirley this spring in Granville. A memorial service in Granville will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Published in The Manchester Journal from Dec. 12, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015
DeCasare, Marion (Symons)  
Marion M. (Symons) DeCasare 1925 - 2014 MANCHESTER CENTER Marion M. (Symons) DeCesare, 89, a resident of Equinox Terrace, Manchester Center, died Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 25, 2014. She was born in Bridgeport, Conn. on July 12, 1925, the only child of the late Edward and Rita (Wilson) Symons. Marion graduated from Harding HS in Bridgeport in 1943 and retired from Hartley & Parker in Stratford, Conn. in 1980 where she worked as an office administrator. Marion resided in Huntington, Conn. for 51 years. Marion is predeceased by Frank DeCesare, her loving husband of 59 years. She is survived by a daughter, Linda DeCesare and her fiance, Gary Okun, a son, Brian DeCesare and his wife, Stacy, all of Manchester, as well as two grandsons, Matthew DeCesare of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI and Tucker Cox of Altamont, NY. A memorial service celebrating Marion's life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at 12 noon at the home of Linda DeCesare in Manchester for local family. A memorial service will be scheduled in May in CT for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Marion's name to the United Church of Dorset & East Rupert (Minister's Discretionary Fund) c/o Brewster Funeral Service, PO Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255.
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Published in The Manchester Journal from Dec. 12, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015
Eaton Sr., Robert  
Robert J. Eaton, Sr. 1936 - 2014 MANCHESTER CENTER Robert J. Eaton, Sr. 78, passed away Dec. 4, at Equinox Terrace in Manchester. Robert was born in Bennington, on Sept. 9, 1936 the son of the late Harold and Alice (Boileau) Eaton and attended local schools. In Robert's earlier years he was a caddy at the Ekwanok Country Club and was often found helping the members with their golf game. One of his true passions was playing golf. Robert served for the United States Navy. He also worked as a carpenter for many years before going to work for Stanley Tools, Johnson Controls and RK Miles before retiring. He enjoyed walking, especially through cemeteries reading epitaphs on monuments, gardening, hunting, playing cards especially cribbage, and being outdoors, Robert liked to exercise and listen to doo-wop music. He enjoyed camping and cherished times spent with his wife and family. Robert is survived by the love of his life, Nancy Eaton of Manchester; children, Mark Eaton and Barbie of Manchester, Robert Eaton, Jr. of Manchester, Arthur (Chip) Mcauliffe and his wife, Tammy, of Ky., and Rebecca Eaton; brother, Harold Eaton of Woodstock, Vt.; sister, Pauline Nichols and her husband, Clarence, of Landgrove, Vt.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Dawn Marie Eaton, who died in 1965; and his brother, Paul Eaton. FUNERAL NOTICE: Graveside funeral services will be held in the spring in the family lot in Factory Point Cemetery. There are no visiting hours. If friends desire, memorial gifts in Robert's memory may be made to the St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital, c/o Brewster & Shea Funeral Service P.O. Box 885 Manchester Center, VT 05255. To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com . The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of BREWSTER SHEA FUNERAL SERVICE 34 Park Place Manchester Center, Vermont.
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Published in The Manchester Journal from Dec. 12, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015
French, Richard  
Richard French 1926 - 2014 MANCHESTER Richard M. French died peacefully on Dec. 14, 2014. Dick was born in New York City on Sept. 12, 1926, the son of Richard and Ethel (Mulet) French. Richard was predeceased by his wife, Allyn, and leaves no issue. Richard served with the 172nd Infantry of the United States Army from 1944 to 1949. He served for nineteen months in the Philippines and Japan and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service in the liberation of the Philippines and a Purple Heart. He was Honorably Discharged in 1949. He attended Bucknell University and graduated in 1953. Dick spent his entire career in the entertainment industry, beginning as a writer for the Steve Allen Show in 1953 and concluding with leading tours at Hildene, one of his favorite pastimes. Richard and Allyn were married on July 25, 1964 in New York City where they resided until they retired to Vermont. Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to Friends of Hildene, Inc., Manchester, Vermont.
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Published in The Manchester Journal from Dec. 19, 2014 to Jan. 9, 2015
Hopping, Andrew  
Andrew Hopping 1925 - 2014 LONDONDERRY Andrew Bininger Hopping passed away Nov. 27 at Hospice of Connecticut after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born July 29, 1925, in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., son of Spencer Bininger and Louise Cushman Hopping. Andy graduated from Hastings-on-Hudson High School. He attended Cornell, New York and George Washington Universities, and graduated with a BSBA from American University. He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving in V-5 Flight Training. Andy was employed by AT&T Long Lines from 1947 to 1982, after which he retired to Londonderry. He had lived in Alexandria, Va., Armonk & White Plains, N.Y., Wellesley, Mass. and Venice, Fla. He was a Life Member and volunteered 17 years for the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad; a 44 year member of the Stratton Volunteer Ski Patrol, member of Manchester Country Club, Psi Upsilon Fraternity, and Telephone Pioneers of America. Besides his passion for skiing at Stratton and Steamboat, Andy was an Ultralight pilot, gardener and crafted Nantucket Baskets. Andy was a member of Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester, VT. He served as vestryman at Olivet Episcopal Church, Franconia, Va.; and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Armonk, N.Y.; and was a member of the Diocese of New York Fund Raising Committee. Andy was the anchor of the Hopping family and is survived by daughter, Nancy C. Hopping of Monroe, Conn.; and grandchildren, Robert S. Maier and Katy J. Maier; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Jane T. Hopping; and brothers, Robert Cushman and Richard Sprague Hopping. Memorial Services will be held at Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m.
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Published in The Manchester Journal from Dec. 12, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015
McMahon, Charles  
Charles McMahon Partner in three-generation family fuel oil business, spent many years at Stratton Mountain andin West Orange, New Jersey. STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT. Charles F McMahon, 83 of Wall Township, N.J. and Stratton Mountain, Vt., passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Chuck passed away from complications of cancer and a stroke. Chuck was born in Orange, N.J., the son of Francis and Margaret McMahon. He spent his childhood and most of his adult life in West Orange, N.J before retiring to Wall Township, N.J. and Stratton Mountain, Vt. Chuck was a graduate of Carteret High School, West Orange and a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame, class of 1953. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He joined his father as a partner in Crown Oil Corporation, Chatham, N.J. Chuck retired in 1995 and his three sons followed him into Crown Oil, creating a successful three generation fuel oil business Chuck was a member of Rock Spring Club and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Manchester, Vt. Former member of Spring Lake Golf Club, Stratton Mountain Country Club, New Jersey Seniors Golf Association, Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey, Klinkers Club Surviving are his wife, of 58 years, Nancy, children; Jim and Linda of Madison, N.J.; Bill and Joanne of Livingston, N.J.; Kate and Michael Toomey of Wrentham, Mass.; Sara and Matt McCroary of Ballwin, MO; Peter and Tammy of Denville, N.J. Also surviving are his 10 grandchildren, Jim, Patrick and Carly McMahon; Caroline, Jack and Michael Toomey; Chuck and Claire McCroary; and Maggie and Shayna McMahon; and his two step-grandchildren, Dennis and Tara and Joseph and Lulu Carey and step-great-grandchildren, Hazel and Joseph Carey. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at St. Catherine's Church, Spring Lake, NJ There will be no services in Vermont. Donations may be made in Chuck's memory to the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa, 144 Ridge Avenue, Asbury Park, N.J. 07712.
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Published in The Manchester Journal from Dec. 12, 2014 to Jan. 2, 2015
Miller, Virginia  
Virginia Miller DEATH NOTICE MANCHESTER Virginia Miller, 92, formerly of Manchester, Vt. passed away Dec. 14, 2014 at Grafton County Nursing Home in New Hampshire. Funeral arrangements are pending and a full obituary will appear in a future edition. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Brewster & Shea Funeral Service 34 Park Place Manchester center, Vermont.
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Published in The Manchester Journal from Dec. 19, 2014 to Jan. 9, 2015
Pellegrini, Joseph  
Joseph Pellegrini 1924 - 2014 DORSET Joseph Charles Pellegrini, 90, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at Albany Memorial Hospital (NY) in the loving care of Hospice. The son of Firmo and Giovanna (Casaretti) Pellegrini, he was born in Brooklyn on May 26, 1924. He grew up in Manhattan where he graduated from Stuyvesant High School. While attending the Academy of Aeronautics at LaGuardia Field, he was called to serve in World War II in 1943 with the United States Army Air Corps. Following his discharge in 1946, he became a pattern maker in the dress business and was a partner in Jane Victor Originals. After selling his business in 1974, he and his wife, Mildred moved to Dorset and purchased the Manchester Country Store. They successfully operated their business for 25 years until they retired in 1999. They enjoyed interacting with their loyal customers and many friends. In his youth, Joseph was very involved with the Boys' Club of New York which helped develop lifelong values. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and appreciated all types of music. He was devoted to his wife and spent many years enjoying their home and it's beautiful setting in Dorset. Time spent with family was most important to him. Joseph married the love of his life, Mildred (Bevilacqua) Pellegrini, on April 4, 1948. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage until Mildred passed away on March 27, 2014. He leaves behind his loving family including daughter, Darinda Salinetti and her husband, Peter of Colonie, NY, daughter-in-law, Lucy Pellegrini of Bristol, sister, Clara Portera of Engelwood, FL, grandchildren; Christopher Pellegrini (Yong-nam), Scott Pellegrini (Lorena), Catherine Pellegrini-Welch (Aaron), Joseph Salinetti (Laura), Daniel Salinetti (Karen) and Michael Salinetti (Carolyn), great-grandchildren; Emma Salinetti, Jack Salinetti and Owen Welch. He was predeceased by sons, Raymond Pellegrini in 2006 and Donald Pellegrini in 1993 and sisters, Annabel Portera and Rose Portera. FUNERAL NOTICE: A mass of Christian death and burial will be celebrated at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Christ Our Savior Parish in Manchester Center on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. Burial will take place in Dellwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at Brewster - Shea Funeral Home on Monday, Dec. 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. The Vigil Service will be held during this time. Memorial gifts may be made to "the Reach For The Stars Scholarship in memory of Ray Pellegrini. Donations (Vermont Principals Assoc) may be sent to Brewster-Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255. To send condolences visit:www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
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Published in The Manchester Journal from Dec. 5 to Dec. 26, 2014
Sossi, Edward  
Edward Joseph Sossi 1938 - 2014 MANCHESTER CENTER Edward Joseph Sossi, 75, a resident of Village View Road, passed away unexpectedly Thursday Nov. 27, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Edward was born in Newburgh, N.Y. on Dec. 6, 1938, the son of Joseph and Beatrice (Seaman) Sossi and attended local schools. Edward worked as a meat manager for Shoprite Grocery Store in Newburgh for thirty five years. He was a member of the Manchester Lions Club, Knights of Columbus Council 6816 in Manchester, Catholic Committee for Boy Scouts and Christ Our Savior Parish (St Paul's Roman Catholic Church) in Manchester. Ed had been a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, head usher at Christ our Savior parish and past member of the Life Committee. Through his efforts the monthly breakfasts are a great success, student scholarships are awarded and the Scouts achieve rcognition. The Supreme Knight recently acknowledged Ed and his family with a special Family of the month award. Ed was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship by Vermont District 45 of Lions Club International. It the highest award made to a Lion for extraordinary community service. Edward is survived by his wife, the former Marie Mele of Manchester Center, whom he married Oct. 31, 1959; children, Mark E. Sossi of Brownsville, Texas, Luke E. Sossi and his wife, Jessica, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Matthew E. Sossi and his wife, Becky, of San Antonio, Texas, and Beth Frances Asama and her husband, Francis, of Jacksonville, Ill.; and grandchildren, Mark, Lauren, Martin, Thomas, Andrew, Alex, Kyle and Ben. FUNERAL NOTICE: The liturgy of Christian death and burial will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at Christ Our Savior Parish (St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church) in Manchester. Interment will follow in the family lot in Factory Point Cemetery. There are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Edward's memory may be made to the Manchester Lions Club, c/o BREWSTER SHEA FUNERAL SERVICE P.O. Box 885 Manchester Center, VT 05255. To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com . The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Brewster & Shea Funeral Service 34 Park Place Manchester Center, Vermont.
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Published in The Manchester Journal from Dec. 5 to Dec. 26, 2014
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