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Abascal, Wanda E.  
NORTHFIELD FALLS - Wanda Edith Abascal, 91, left peacefully from her home in Northfield Falls on March 27, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones to join the angels. She was born October 17, 1923 in St. Albans, Vermont, the daughter of Mildred (Adnams) McKinney and Wayland McKinney. She attended school in St. Albans and graduated from Montpelier High School. She married Albert Abascal in 1945, settling in Northfield. He predeceased her in 1963. She leaves two daughters, Sheila Ruel and Paula Sambel, both of Northfield Falls; one sister, Linda Matheson, of Mebane, North Carolina, one grandson, Darin Ruel and his wife, Shannon; great-grandchildren (27-month-old twins) Jenna and Jayden Ruel, and Michael, of Riverton. She was predeceased by three sisters, Dawn McKinney, Avis Eldred, Iona Sweet; one grandson, Michael Ruel, and her son-in-law, Paul Sambel. She was a member of St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Northfield. She was the first Ward Secretary ever hired by Central Vermont Hospital, where she worked for 17 years, retiring in 1985. She worked for Vermont Associates For Training & Development for several years after her retirement. She was a member of the (Elks) Emblem Club, Montpelier Senior Center, RSVP , received the Presidents Volunteer Service Award from the Presidents Council on Service and Civic Participation for having over 500 hours of service, including dancing with her friends and their band every week at many nursing homes to provide entertainment for the residents, volunteering at the Vermont Historical Society and Mayo Assisted Living in Northfield, started Parents Without Partners in Montpelier and had held the offices of president, treasurer and secretary. Her hobbies included gardening, spending time with her family and fishing at the family lake house in Georgia, Vermont, dancing, singing, cooking, hosting gatherings for family and friends, watching NASCAR and going on gambling trips with her daughters. She especially loved her great-grandchildren, who were the light of her life. She was a wonderful woman and everyone who knew her loved her. We will never forget the inspiration, wisdom, love and support she always provided for her family and many friends. There will be a graveside service and a celebration of her life this June. We would like to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for the help and support we received from the staff of Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice.
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Published in Times Argus on Apr. 2, 2015
Amell Sr., Paul V.  
SOUTH ROYALTON - Paul V. Amell Sr., 87, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He was born January 5, 1928, in Northfield, Vermont, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth (LaFlower) Amell. He attended school in Northfield, Vermont. On May 23, 1946, he married Jeanette Brooks of Bethel Lympus, Vermont. They lived in Bethel Lympus, Bethel, Barnard and finally South Royalton for the last 46 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Over the years, he had worked for Lee Ward, logging in Barnard, Rotars Lumber Mill in Barnard Chateauguay, for Henry White in Bethel and Weyerhaeuser in Hancock, Vermont, where he retired from in 1984. He enjoyed any kind of tractors, raising beef cattle, chicken barbecues and spending time with his family. He was a member of Hartford Post 26 American Legion and VFW Post 2571 both in White River Junction, Vermont. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, three sons, Len Amell, Sheldon Amell and Paul Amell Jr., all of South Royalton; three daughters, Linda Blaisdell and Sylvia Bradley, both of Braintree, Vermont, and Elizabeth Britch of South Royalton; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Michael Amell of Hazardville, Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Rose Duprey, and several brothers. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, March 31, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, 300 Vt. Route 110, Chelsea, Vermont. A graveside funeral service will be held later this spring in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bethel, Vermont, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to South Royalton Rescue Squad, PO Box 204, South Royalton, VT 05068. A private message of sympathy for the family may be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com .
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Published in Times Argus from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2015
Bashaw, Louise H.  
WILLIAMSTOWN - Louise H. (Bean) Bashaw, born June 24, 1918, in Lancaster, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late Herbert and Harriette (Walker) Bean, died suddenly on March 20, 2015. She spent her youth in Cabot and graduated from Cabot High School in 1936. Mrs. Bashaw was married on May 14, 1943, to Everett Bashaw by the Rev. E. Leroy Rice in Barre, Vermont. Louise and her husband, Everett, had 56 wonderful years together. Everett passed away in November 1999. While her husband served in the Navy during World War II, she traveled to be with him and saw much of the United States. After his discharge, they made their home in Cabot, Vermont, for 25 years and then moved to Plainfield, where they lived for the next 30 years. After her husband's death she continued to live in her home, with the help of her good neighbors, for several years; finally deciding to leave, she moved to The Gardens in Williamstown, a retirement living community. There Louise made many friends and enjoyed all the activities The Gardens offered. She was a member of the Home Dem Group and the St. Andrew's Gore until they were discontinued. She volunteered for the local hospital's Auxiliary Benefit Shop for several years, was a member of RSVP, as well as a member of the Barre Senior Center. Her hobbies were playing cards with her friends, bird-watching, crocheting lap robes for the veterans hospital, hats for the cancer patients, and was an avid reader. She also enjoyed visits from her family and attending family holiday dinners at Edward and Sally Leszko, Jeff and Nancy Potter, and attending the Bean reunions and learning about her ancestors. She is survived by several cousins, nieces and nephews. Among those in this area include: Roger Walker, Cabot, Vermont; Roy Potter, East Montpelier, Vermont; Lester "Eddie" Bean, Barre, Vermont; Mrs. Edward (Sally) Leszko and her devoted niece, Edythe Barbara, of Branford, Connecticut, for all her loving care. Her predeceased brothers are Ralph Bean, of Cabot, Vermont, Guy Richard Bean, of Hamden, Connecticut, and Carl E. Bean, of Guilford, Connecticut; and sisters include Mrs. Vernon E. (Myrtle Bean) Dow, of East Haven, Connecticut, and Mrs. Roy (Marion Bean) Potter, Cabot, Vermont. At her request there are no calling hours; a graveside service is to take place at Plain-Mont Cemetery, East Montpelier, on May 18, 2015, at 1 p.m. The Rev. William Wick, of Norwich University, will officiate. Louise's favorite charities were the Green Mountain Transit Agency, 6088 Vermont Route 12, Berlin, VT 05602; or the Vermont Cancer Society, 120 Connor Way, #120, Williston, VT 05495, for anyone caring to contribute in her memory. Funeral arrangements made by the Guare & Sons Funeral Home in Montpelier, Vermont.
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Published in Times Argus from Mar. 23 to Mar. 26, 2015
Blakeman, James D.  
SOUTH ROYALTON - James D. Blakeman, 75, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at his home in Green Valley, Arizona. Arrangements are pending at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.
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Published in Times Argus on Mar. 27, 2015
Copeland, Michael L.  
EAST BARRE - Michael L. Copeland, 57, of Waterman Street, passed away on March 30, 2015, at his home. Born August 17, 1957, in Barre, he was the son of George and Doris (Cheever) Copeland. He attended Barre Town schools and graduated from Spaulding High School in 1976. After graduation, Michael joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany for four years as a mechanic. When he returned to Vermont, he worked as a truck driver for both Wark Brothers and MacAuley's Food Service for a number of years. Michael enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, vintage cars and car shows, playing horseshoes and had a special fondness for his cat, Ellie Mae. Survivors include his former spouse, Penny, and their son, Kasey, both of Barre, as well as his longtime partner, Maryanne, of South Barre. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Kenneth, and his Uncle John. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours for Michael on Monday, April 6, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601-0687. For memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com
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Published in Times Argus on Apr. 2, 2015
Duquette, Cecelia M.  
SOUTH RYEGATE - Cecelia M. Duquette (Baldwin/Wheeler), 79, of Ryegate, Vermont, passed away on March 28, 2015, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as a result of deteriorating health and a severe stroke. She had been in poor health due to issues with Parkinson's disease. Born on April 24, 1935, in Montpelier, she was the daughter of Cecil and Christina Baldwin (Gidney). She attended school in Montpelier and was a graduate of Montpelier High School. She is survived by her loving and caring husband of 34 years, Clement Duquette. She is also survived by her sister, Rosalyn Cooley and her brother, Wendell Baldwin. Mom will be missed dearly by her children, Ernest, Bernardine and her husband Steve, and Brian, as well as her stepchildren Lynn, Jerry and Jamie, six grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, and her beloved four-legged companion, Teddy. She had several cousins, nieces and nephews with whom she loved to spend time and talk for hours with. Besides her parents, Mom was predeceased by her eldest daughter, Diane, and her youngest brother, Henry. "Mom," as she was often known by, was a very social person and especially loved her time working at Emslie the Florist and later in her position as a bank teller at the then Chittenden Trust Company in Montpelier. She also enjoyed her time as manager of the snack bar at Twin City Lanes and the pit stand at both the Catamount Stadium and Thunder Road race tracks. She enjoyed watching NASCAR, was an avid Jeff Gordon fan, loved to watch her flowers grow, listen to country music, especially her favorite artist, Alan Jackson, and to spend her summers at their camp on Tickle Naked Pond. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours for Cecelia on Friday, April 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home located at 30 School Street in Montpelier. In lieu of flowers the family would ask you to consider making a donation to the Central Vermont Humane Society. Their address is PO Box 1589 VT Rte. 14, East Montpelier, VT 05651. The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge her doctors, the staff at the Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, New Hampshire, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for their compassionate care and concern for Mom and our family during these past few years of struggle.
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Published in Times Argus on Apr. 1, 2015
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Garofalo, Joseph F.  
COLCHESTER - Joseph Francis Garofalo, 62, of Colchester, died peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Sunday, March 22, 2015. He was born in the Bronx, New York, on Oct. 25, 1952, the son of Frank and Julianna (Neisius) Garofalo. He was educated in New York and received his bachelor's degree from New York University. He later received his master's degree in music education from the same university. On Nov. 23, 2002, he was married to Patricia Williams, his high school sweetheart. Joe began his career as an opera singer and actor; he then taught music in Wappingers Falls, New York, for 15 years. Later on Joe continued teaching music in Burlington, Vermont, and has remained an active member of the local theater arts community for all of that time. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Williams, of Colchester; three children, Elizabeth Garofalo, of Brattleboro, James Garofalo, of Ithaca, New York, and Margaret Garofalo, of Colchester; two stepchildren, William Brown, of Havre de Grace, Maryland, and Benjamin Brown, of Barre, Vermont; two grandchildren, John Thomas Brown and Clara Snyder; his mother, Julianna Garofalo, of Colchester, Vermont; his siblings, John Garofalo, Carol Stone, Francis Garofalo, Anthony Gomes, Julie Wycoff, Mary Garofalo, Theresa Morrelli, Gregory Garofalo; and brothers-in-law Stuart Williams, Marshall Williams and Richard Williams; also 21 nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 11 a.m. in Christ the King Roman Catholic Church on Locust Street in Burlington. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery in Poughkeepsie, New York, on Friday, March 27, at 1 p.m. Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1818, Memphis, TN 38101.
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Published in Times Argus on Mar. 26, 2015
Gascon, Ronald J.  
Ronald J. Gascon, 74, of Freedom Drive in Montpelier, died on Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. He was born on January 22, 1941 in Portland, Oregon, to Joseph and Dorothy (Stice) Gascon. He attended schools in Oregon and at the age of 17 enlisted into the United States Navy. During his career, he achieved the rank of Master Chief Radioman and Chief Warrant Officer. He married Judy Vaughan in May of 1963 and they and their children, born in 1964, 1965, and 1969 traveled to various locations during his military service. He retired from the Navy in 1976 and moved the family to Salem, Oregon, where he worked for the state of Oregon for a number of years. After retiring from the state of Oregon he attended Western Oregon State College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in teaching. Following a brief stint as a middle school teacher, he worked as a consultant who designed computer systems for state departments of transportation. While working in Vermont, he met Sandra Moxley, whom he married on September 14, 1994, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He continued to live in Montpelier, Vermont, until his death. As a proud retired member of the United States Navy, Ron volunteered countless hours with the VFW Post 792 as a post commander, district commander, and state commander. It was in this capacity that he won the "Triple Crown Award" from the national VFW organization. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Gascon, of Montpelier, Vermont; daughter Joanne Robinson, of Salem, Oregon; sons Anthony Gascon, of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and Grant Gascon, of Portland, Oregon; stepsons Steve Gilman, of East Montpelier, Vermont, and Doug Gilman, of Williston, Vermont; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Frances McCain, of Austin, Texas. He was predeceased by a brother, Samuel Gascon. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be announced in the spring at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, Vermont. Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 792, 1 Pioneer St., Montpelier, VT 05602 earmarked for VFW Programs/Vermont. Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com .
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Published in Times Argus on Mar. 29, 2015
Hallock Sr., Bruce C.  
BARRE - Bruce C. Hallock Sr., 77, died March 22, 2015. He was born Sept. 18, 1937, in Starksboro, the son of the late Dorothy Ayer and Grant Hallock. He was predeceased by two sons, Bruce Hallock Jr. and Barry Hallock, and a daughter, Paula Pecor. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joann (Ploof) Hallock, of Barre; sons Bryant Hallock Sr., of Plainfield,Bradley Hallock, of Williamstown, and Harold Hallock Sr., of Groton; daughters Pamela Lamphear, of Montpelier, Patsy Golebiowski, of Barre, and Sherrill Hallock, of Braintree; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a stepmother, Kathryn Hallock, of Duxbury; two sisters, Joanne Ather, of South Carolina, and Joyce Hallock, of Weybridge; two stepbrothers, Gregory Hallock, of Montpelier, and Guy Hallock, of Duxbury; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He worked as a laborer and mason and at a lumber mill. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper and enjoyed gardening. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed in an online guest book at www.knightfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Times Argus on Mar. 26, 2015
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