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Spaulding, Raymond W.  
BARRE - The Hedding United Methodist Church of Barre was filled for the funeral and celebration of the life of Raymond Wayne Spaulding, of Lague Lane, on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at 10 a.m. He died Aug, 14, 2015, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. The Rev. Kim Kie, pastor of the church, opened the service with the words of grace and greeting to the congregation. The Rev. Renny Azotea, the church's community outreach minister, delivered the message of hope and inspiration, to all in attendance, as well as prayers of commendation and farewell. Childhood neighbor and long-time friend, Dennis Roberts, read Psalm 23 and the Gospel of John 16:12-22, 33, as well as sharing some of his memories of Ray. Son, Gary Spaulding, offered special remembrances of his dad, some being very humorous. Organist Vicki Gauthier accompanied the congregation in the hymns, "How Great Thou Art," "Amazing Grace" and "In the Garden." The bearers were sons Jeffrey, Gary and Kevin Spaulding, son-in-law Richard Couture and grandsons Kyle, Andrew and Parker Spaulding. Burial followed in the Hope Cemetery. Fellow members of the Vermont State Guard provided an honor guard and the folded American flag to recognize Raymond's Army service during the time of the Korean conflict was presented to his wife, Elaine, by cousin Bruce W. Judd, also a fellow guardsman. A time of fellowship, sharing and luncheon followed at the Barre Elks Lodge. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, was in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Times Argus on Sept. 1, 2015
Thorsen, Winifred H.  
WARREN - Wini Thorsen, 92, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Winifred Hoyle Thorsen was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 19, 1923. Sadly, her mother died when she was 6 months old and she was raised mainly by her paternal grandmother. Wini graduated from Erasmus Hall High School and Brooklyn College. In 1944, her junior year, she met and married Torger Thorsen, who was in the Norwegian Merchant Marine. They were married for 61 years. After the war, Torger and Wini joined the Norwegian Air Force and were based in Canada. Wini enjoyed working as a chauffeur and Torger began training to become a pilot. However, he was not successful and the couple returned to Brooklyn. In 1946, the Norwegian government gave them a free passage to Norway (a bonus given to sailors who had sailed in the Atlantic convoys during the war.) Living in Norway was an adventure but times were hard there after the war and there was a shortage of both housing and work. After 18 months they returned to the States and lived in Lynbrook, New York, until their retirement. Wini became a research assistant at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and took advantage of the free courses offered to employees. She graduated with a Master of Science in operations research and became an engineer computer analyst with Sperry (UNISYS). Wini and Torger were a very active couple. They enjoyed skiing, tennis, archery, golf and dancing. Wini was an avid bridge player, her skills honed by a daily lunchtime game while working at Sperry! They were members of the Long Island Ski Club and spent many winter weekends skiing in Vermont. When they retired in 1985, they made their home on the East Warren Road in Warren. Wini and Torger had no children of their own; however, after the war they shared their home in Lynbrook with Torger's sister and family. They remained close to Torger's family and there were many visits back and forth over the years. In retirement, Wini and Torger hosted several Rotary exchange students from Sweden, Norway, South Africa and South America. Some of these relationships endured also, with communication and visits back and forth. Torger died in 2005 after several years of declining health. Wini cared for him faithfully and tirelessly during these years and missed him greatly afterwards. In Vermont, Wini was as active as ever. She bowled, played golf and tennis, skied and gardened. She was a Meals on Wheels driver and a duplicate bridge player, a member of Northfield Golf Club and the Mad River Valley Seniors. She was an enthusiastic member of the Valley Rotary, editor of the Vale News, and the person who kept a succession of Rotary presidents on their toes! She continued most of these activities into her 92nd year. Wini was always energetic and forthright. She put her heart and soul into everything she did. She accepted her recent illness with good grace, made her plans and spent her last weeks in her own home as she wished. A memorial service will be held for Wini at the Warren United Church on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, at 11 a.m. There will be a reception afterwards at the Warren Town Hall. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Mad River Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 305, Waitsfield, VT 05673, or to the Mad River Valley Rotary Club, P.O. Box 267, Waitsfield, VT 05673.
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Published in Times Argus on Sept. 3, 2015

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Donati, Orestina  
WILLIAMSTOWN - Orestina Donati, 94, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Lubiana and Victor Badeau, surrounded by her family. A Mass of Christian burial and celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Family and friends may call at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre, on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, from 7 to 9 p.m. Extra parking is available in the St. Monica parking lot. A complete obituary will be published in a future edition of The Times Argus.
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Published in Times Argus on Aug. 31, 2015
Hersey, Clifton B.  
GROTON - A Masonic funeral service and celebration of life for Clifton B. Hersey, 82, of Glover Road, was held on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 12 noon at the Masonic Aurora Lodge #22 on Gallison Hill Road in Montpelier, where he had served as Master for many years. He passed away on August 18, 2015. The service was led by Master Douglas White. Paul White Sr. was Acting Sr. Warden, Brent White was Acting Jr. Warden, and Robert Snetsinger was the Chaplain. Words of remembrance were shared by his son, Mark Hersey, as well as other members of the congregation. Following the service, a luncheon was served for family and friends. Pallbearers were Robert Watts, Dale Randal, Joe Hayes, Doug Hayes, Tim Murray and Billy Huntsman. Burial was held in the Groton village cemetery in Groton where Paul White Sr., Master of Aurora Lodge #22, led the service. Flowers were placed on his casket by his daughter, Tamara Hersey, and son, Mark Hersey. Arrangements were in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre, Vermont.
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Published in Times Argus on Aug. 31, 2015
Jerry, Nora Belle  
BARRE - Nora Belle Jerry, 66, of Eastern Avenue, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at her home with her family at her bedside. Born March 30, 1949, in Hollis, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Alice (Kizer) James and graduated from high school in Fresno, California. On Aug. 11, 1979, she married Vernal E. Jerry Jr., in Memphis, Texas. Following their marriage they made their home in Amarillo, Texas, and, since 1986, they have resided in Barre, being a homemaker all her married life. Nora enjoyed craft working and watching television and was a longtime member of the South Barre Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, Vernal Jr., and daughter, Tamra Jerry, both of Barre. Also surviving is her brother, Monty James, in Oregon, and nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Norma Roberts, and her brother, Terry James. Her life will be honored and celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, VT. Later inurnment will be made in her home town in Hollis, Oklahoma. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.
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Published in Times Argus from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2015
Lathrop, Jean  
PLAINFIELD - Jean Lathrop, 71, of Plainfield, died unexpectedly on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at her beloved home, which was a part of the New Hamburger Community. She was born on September 4, 1943, in Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Roger Lyndon, the noted mathematician, and Barbara Whitmer. She was raised in Unity, New Hampshire, by her mother, the late Barbara (Whitmer) Clark and the late Alan "Buddy" Clark. She received her B.A. and an M.A. in American women's history from Goddard College. She then taught for many years in a Goddard College undergraduate program for low-income adults. Jean had a boundless curiosity about all people and treated everyone as an equal. She was a beloved and widely known adult educator. She consulted, contributed to educational research and taught throughout Vermont. With her late partner, David Palmer, she also visited, taught and worked in Cuba and Nicaragua. She developed and directed the Vermont Refugee Assistance program and, with David, housed and befriended many individuals and families who were fleeing conditions in Central America and Africa. Jean was an avid and informed reader and political activist. She worked for many years as a volunteer with women in Vermont's corrections system. She was an ambitious, imaginative and proficient flower and vegetable gardener. She was an excellent cook and a generous host to her many visiting friends and their children. Survivors include her son and daughter, Bruce and Marion Wickstrom; her daughter-in-law, Cristina Madariaga; her grandson, Sonny; the members of the New Hamburger community; and many, many close friends. A memorial service is planned for sometime during the 2015 Christmas holidays. Online condolences may be sent to Karena at karenahenrietta@gmail.com.
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Published in Times Argus on Aug. 31, 2015
Lucero, James G.  
BARRE - James Gerald Lucero, 37, of Summer Street, passed away on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. Born in Concord, Massachusetts, on Jan. 9, 1978, he was the son of David J. and Anita Mae (Ladd) Lucero. He grew up and lived in Colchester and Underhill, Vermont, where he attended schools and later moved to Barre. He continued his education at Vermont Tech, studying electrical engineering. He enjoyed working as a server at TJ Friday's; the 99 restaurant in Burlington and most recently Panera on the Barre-Montpelier Road. He had a passion for skiing, hockey, roller blading and motorcycle stunt driving. He was a brother of Enough Ministries in Barre. Survivors include his mother, Anita Lucero, of Berlin; his father, David J. Lucero, of Ocala, Florida; one sister, Mandi Ladd, of Barre. He is also survived by his grandparents, Melvin and Claire Ladd, of Berlin, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Extra parking is available in the St. Monica parking lot. Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.
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Published in Times Argus from Aug. 26 to Aug. 29, 2015
Menekse, Elizabeth E.  
MEDFORD, Mass. - Elizabeth Erica (French) Menekse, age 36, died Aug. 19, 2015, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Elizabeth was born on May 27, 1979, in Northfield, the daughter of Colin and Patricia (Connarn) French. Elizabeth grew up a happy child, living and traveling with her uncle and aunt William and Wanda French and their family while William was serving his country in the US Air Force. She graduated from Spaulding High School in Barre in 1997. Locally, Elizabeth had been employed at Pizza Hut restaurant and Friendly's restaurant and had worked in various Boston area restaurants. Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Cuneyt Menekse, of Boston, Mass.; a daughter, Zoey Binaghi, of Burlington; two half brothers, Peter Young, of Windsor and M.J. Young, of Burlington; her uncle, Michael Connarn, of Northfield; aunt and uncle William and Wanda French, of Graniteville, aunt and uncle Paul and Hyong French, of Belleville, Illinois; her paternal grandmother, Rita French and step-grandfather, Donald Shuttle, whom she called Gramps, both of Berlin; and her paternal grandfather, Eric French, of Northfield. Elizabeth was predeceased by her father, Colin French; grandfather, John Connarn; and grandmother, Phyllis Teeters. A graveside committal and burial service will be conducted Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at 10 a.m. in the family lot in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Northfield. There are no calling hours. Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Published in Times Argus on Aug. 29, 2015
Minoli, Gwendolyn M.  
BARRE - A largely attended Mass of Christian burial and celebration of life for Gwendolyn "Gwen" Minoli, 93, of Barre, was held on Friday, August 28, 2015, at 10 a.m. in St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. She passed away on August 24, 2015. Rev. Peter O'Leary, pastor of the church, was the celebrant, assisted by Seminarian Matthew Rensch. Crucifer was Lawrence Reilly. A large delegation of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Monica, provided honor guards at the funeral. Also attending were many attendees from St. Monica Catholic School. Organist and vocalist Rosemary Badeau accompanied vocalists Romeo Bilodeau, Ronald Routhier and Nicholas Conti in the hymns, "Hail Mary, Gentle Woman," "The Lord Is My Shepherd" "Allelulia," "Be Not Afraid," "Let There Be Peace On Earth," "Song of Farewell" and "On Eagle's Wings." Readings from the Old Testament were read by Matt Bowman, grandson, and Candy Lucenti, daughter, read Scriptures from the New Testament. Father O'Leary proclaimed the Gospel and delivered the homily. Heidi DeCarvalho, granddaughter, led the Prayer of the Faithful. Words of remembrance were shared by Kevin Minoli, grandson. Offertory gifts and flowers were presented at the altar by Brennan Moreau, Anthony DeCarvalho, Colin DeCarvalho, Addison Pinard and Jaidyn Pinard, all grandchildren. Pallbearers were Kelly Lucenti, Heidi DeCarvalho, Jason Pinard, Kevin Minoli, Maria Bowman, Matt Bowman and Victoria Gibson, all grandchildren. Interment followed the Mass in Hope Cemetery in Barre where Father O'Leary read the committal prayers, assisted by Seminarian Rensch. Wendy Todd, daughter, read a poem, "The Dash." Candy Lucenti, daughter, led the congregation in the song, "When The Saints Go Marching In." Roses were placed on her casket by family members. Following the interment, family and friends gathered at the Canadian Club in Barre for a time of sharing and luncheon. Arrangements were in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St., Barre.
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Published in Times Argus on Aug. 31, 2015
Popple, Eliza A.  
FITZWILLIAM, N.H. - Eliza Ann (Chase) Popple, 93, of Fitzwilliam, passed away peacefully August 26, 2015, at her home. Eliza was born in Fitzwilliam, the seventh child of John Henry and Josephine (LeMay) Chase, and resided in Fitzwilliam most of her life. She married MSG Raymond E. Popple on September 5, 1942. Eliza was predeceased by her husband in 1986; her eldest son, Raymond A. Popple, in 2013; and her seven siblings. Eliza is survived by one son, Robert L. Popple and his wife, Vicki; two daughters, Sharon E. Dey and her husband, Joseph, and Mary A. Marsh and her husband, James Sacksteder; her daughter in-law, Deborah Popple; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery, Old Royalston Road, Fitzwilliam, on Thursday, September 3, 2015, beginning at 1 p.m. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fitzwilliam Fire Rescue and EMS Association, ATTN: Gail Thomas, PO Box 425, Fitzwilliam, NH 03477. To sign the online guestbook for Eliza, please visit www.fletcherfuneral.com , The Fletcher-Hebert Funeral Home, 70 Pleasant St., Winchendon, MA, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Published in Times Argus on Aug. 31, 2015
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