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The following local students at Community College of Vermont were named to the Student Honors List for the fall 2018 semester: Dakoda Carter of Bellows Falls; Nick Butler, Amanda Conley, Rio Daims, Alia Fielding, Beth Gonyea, Justin Johnston, Monica Kellar, Megan Manley, and Caitlin Senni of Brattleboro; Nolan Edgar and Corey Powell of Newfane; Katharine Bricker and Mary Lachenal of Putney; Erica Decker, Jade Hicks, and Douglas Holway of Vernon; Shanna Gray of West Halifax; John Salzman of Williamsville; and Taryn Lawrence of Wilmington. This honor recognizes part-time students with a 4.0 grade point average.

The following local students at Community College of Vermont were named to the President’s List for the fall 2018 semester: Isaac Nold of Brattleboro, Kaitlyn Fenstermaker of Dummerston, Havah Patton of Putney, Olin Ruppert-Bousquet of West Townshend, Caleb Morris of Westminster, Lisa Dumas of Williamsville, and Lisa Ryan of Wilmington. This honor recognizes full-time students with a 4.0 grade point average.

The following local students at Community College of Vermont were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester: Keri Ticino of Bellows Falls; Makayla Aldrich, Elijah Burdo, Tia Gilbeau, Krystal Palmisano, Michaela Russo, Emmalee Waite, Jess Weiner, and Alden Witman of Brattleboro; Abigail Maken and Sandy Sherman of Brookline; Gabrielle Blanchard of Londonderry; Henna Patel of Ludlow; Aiden McCormack of Newfane; Jennifer Hunt and Tyler Lindsay of Putney; Jessica Diclerico of Saxtons River; Skylar Guida-Dailey and Matthew Young of Townshend; Jake Cassese of West Dover; and Tabitha Felisko and Tasha Tobey-Pike of Wilmington. This honor recognizes full-time students with a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99.

The following local students at Champlain College in Burlington were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester: Christine Downs, a health care administration major from Brookline; Connor Greene, a communications major from Westminster Station; and Kaya Mulligan, a social work major from South Londonderry.

• Olivia Zschirnt of Whitingham, a member of the Class of 2022 and a fashion design and production major at Lasell College in Newton, Mass., was named to the fall 2018 Dean’s List.

• Nathan Kaufman of Brattleboro, a theatre production and design major at Ithaca (N.Y.) College, was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester.

• Carley Wainwright of Putney was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

• Miranda Wilkins, a social work major from Jamaica, was named to the University of New Hampshire’s Dean’s List with High Honors for the fall 2018 semester.

• Michaela Shea-Gander of Brattleboro was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

• Mary Ellis of Vernon and Emma Zizza of Wilmington were both named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester at the University of Alabama.

• Peter-Owen Hayward of Brattleboro, a junior at Syracuse University, has been named to the Dean’s Lists of both the Newhouse School of Communications and the Whitman School of Management for the fifth consecutive semester. Hayward is also an assistant captain on the SU Men’s Ice Hockey team and currently holds the 2018-2019 ESCHL record for consecutive games scored in.

Obituaries

• Dorothy “Dot” Atomanuk, 94, of Brattleboro. Died Jan. 23, 2019 at Vernon Green Nursing Home, just after being admitted following a period of declining health. Dot was born in Erving, Mass., on Oct. 4, 1924, the daughter of Claude and Gladys (Spring) Tenney. She was raised and educated in Vernon and was a graduate of Brattleboro High School, Class of 1943. She went on to attend the former Bay Path Institute in Springfield. In 1944, she married John Atomanuk, who predeceased her in 1979. Dot worked as a sales representative for Stanley Home Products, based in Easthampton, Mass., joining the company in 1963. She was the recipient of several high sales awards as a distributor. Dot retired from her position in 1999, following 43 dedicated years with the company. In her earlier years, she had been employed at Holstein-Friesian Association in Brattleboro. For many years, she created beautifully decorated cakes for area families and friends for special occasions and weddings. Dot was a longtime volunteer at the Brattleboro Senior Center, Meals on Wheels Program, Thompson House, and Pine Heights Nursing Home. She held membership in the Brattleboro Women’s Evening Club, the American Legion Post 5 Auxiliary and was a life member of the VFW Carl M. Dessaint Post 1034 Auxiliary. She loved square dancing and was a longtime member of the Green Mountain Squares of Brattleboro, and the Ocala Twirlers and Friendly Squares in Florida. Additionally, she held membership in the former Mineral Club of New England. In her later years, she enjoyed wintering in Hernando, Fla., and later in Englewood, Fla. Dot enjoyed summers at the family cottage on Crescent Lake in Unity, N.H., camping, swimming, gardening and collecting stamps and postcards from around the world. She also enjoyed taking cruises and traveled extensively both stateside and abroad. She will be remembered for her endless energy, spunk, spirit of friendship, and generosity. She was a longtime member of Centre Congregational Church. Survivors include a son, James Atomanuk (Wanda) of Guilford; a daughter, Alice Horton (Gregory) of Canton, Conn.; two sisters, Ruth Nichols of Troy, N.Y., and Beatrice Tenney of North Hollywood, Calif.; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Richard Atomanuk, a grandson, Jeffrey Horton, two brothers, Melvin and Ernest Tenney, two sisters, Myrtle Kusela and Marion Budzik, and her companion of many years, Paul Thereau. Memorial information: Friends are invited to call at Atamaniuk Funeral Home in Brattleboro on Friday Feb. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the funeral home. Burial in Whithead Cemetery in Vernon will take place later in the spring when the cemetery reopens. Donations to the Brattleboro Senior Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro, VT 05301.

• Jeanne L. Beam, 79, of Rutland. Died at her home on Jan. 27, 2019. She was born on July 13, 1939 in Springfield, Vt., the daughter of Raymond and Rhoena Longley of Saxtons River. She graduated from Bellows Falls High School in 1957 and Castleton State College in 1961. She educated many children during her 39 years of teaching, with the last 12 years at Christ the King School in Rutland. In addition to classroom teaching, she tutored many students to get their learning trajectories on track. Jeanne loved to shop and was always ready for a road trip. She enjoyed working in her flower beds all summer long, getting out early before it was too warm. In 1973, she married her soulmate, David Beam, and they were together for 42 years until his death in 2015. Survivors include her daughter, Denise M. Laauwe of Warren, N.H., son-in-law Brandt Laauwe; a brother, Russell Longley of Lake Ozark, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Casey and Sadie Laauwe. Memorial information: Per Jeanne’s request, there will be no public calling hours or service. Memorial contributions for the college education of her grandchildren may be sent to Brandt Laauwe, 26 Moses Rd., Warren, NH 03279. Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home of Bellows Falls is charge of arrangements.

• Wallace Lester “Wally” Briggs, 95, of Brattleboro. Died Jan. 24, 2019 at Vernon Green Nursing Home. Born in Brattleboro on Oct. 12, 1923, the son of Forrest and Florence (Farwell) Briggs, he was raised and educated in Brattleboro, graduating from Brattleboro High School, Class of 1943. He went on to proudly serve his country in the Army Air Forces during World War II with the 431st Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) serving in the Western Pacific and Asiatic Pacific Theaters. He was honorably discharged from active service at the rank of Technical Sergeant in June 1945. He later served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, receiving his honorable discharge in September 1951. He returned home to Brattleboro and went to work for Dunham Shoe Company for 24 years, eventually becoming store manager. He also worked at G.S. Precision for five years, which he retired from. Following retirement, he manned the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce booth on Putney Road for 10 years, a position he thoroughly enjoyed. Wally was also an accomplished actor and was involved for several years with the former Brattleboro Summer Theater. He was a member of the V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post 1034 and American Legion Post 5 in Brattleboro. He enjoyed golf and held membership in the Brattleboro Country Club. Wally also enjoyed winter sports, including alpine skiing and ski jumping. For several years, he was a member of the Brattleboro Ski Patrol. In April 1954, he married Norma Vaillancourt. The marriage ended in divorce. Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Clark and her husband, Peter, of Keene, N.H., and Michelle Briggs of Avondale, Ariz.; a sister, Lorraine Howe of Hinsdale, N.H.; and grandchildren Brian Squires and his wife, Alyson, and their children Hannah and Khloe of Vernon and Matthew Cobb and his wife, Stephany, and their daughter, Alexa, of Wichita Falls, Texas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves friends and caregivers, Steve and Tina Squires of Guilford, Haley Sage and her husband Jason and their children Bryer and Ryley of Brattleboro and a host of other friends. He was predeceased by a grandson, Kevin Squires, on Sep. 16, 2006. Memorial information: A funeral service with military honors will be held later in the springtime. Burial will be in the Briggs family lot in Moore’s Corner Cemetery in Leverett, Mass. Donations to the Kevin Squires Memorial Scholarship, Edward Jones Financial Services, 1222 Putney Rd., Brattleboro, VT 05301, in care of Philip George. To sign an online register book or send messages of condolence to the family, visit www.atamaniuk.com.

• Alan Carter, 95, formerly of Brattleboro. Died Jan. 25, 2019 at Bentley Commons in Keene, N.H. He was born in Rochester, N.Y., on April 16, 1923, and was a retired career minister in the former United States Information Agency (USIA). He held several senior positions and served tours of duty in Pakistan, India, Japan, and Vietnam. He was one of the last evacuees from the U.S. Embassy during the fall of Saigon in 1975. He had three distinct careers, all involving communications. The first was in radio broadcasting, including positions as program director at WNYC in New York and, later, as producer/director at NBC. After his stint with the USIA, he served in senior positions at World Learning in Brattleboro. He was married to Marjorie Lee Carter of Oklahoma, who predeceased him, and who, along with their daughter, Pamela Carter, accompanied him on his overseas tours. The exception was what proved to be a short tour of duty in Vietnam in 1975. For his USIA work, he received the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy. He also received the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation from President Gerald Ford for his work with the Interagency Task Force for Indochina refugees, helping in their resettlement in the United States. When he moved to Brattleboro, he reunited with Ellsworth Bunker and John Kenneth Galbraith, two U.S. Ambassadors with whom he served in India as Press Attache. He was a resident of Vermont for more than 30 years, the longest he had lived in any one place. He leaves his daughter Pamela Carter and relatives in Hartford, Conn., Rochester, N.Y., Texas, and California. Memorial information: No services are planned. Ker-Phaneuf Funeral Home and Crematorium of Brattleboro is assisting the family with arrangements.

• Thomas James “TJ” Devens died unexpectedly on Jan. 16, 2019. He was born in Bennington on May 5, 1987. He attended Leland & Gray Union High School in Townshend, and was known as a gentle, caring person and a talented chef. He worked for many years on Stratton Mountain as a cook, and at The Red Fox Inn in Winhall, where he was respected and loved as family by the Logan family, his co-workers, and many friends and patrons. He is survived by his father, Thomas R. Devens of Brattleboro; his mother, Mary (McCooey) Devens of Jamaica; his brother, Aaron J. Devens of Brattleboro; his girlfriend, Hillary Carrillo Risco, of Lima, Peru; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Memorial information: A celebration of his life was held Jan. 27 at The Red Fox Inn.

• Marlys McKay Duncan, 72, of Vernon. Died Jan. 20, 2019 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She grew up in Brattleboro and graduated from Brattleboro Union High School. She was a dedicated humanitarian, always leaving kindness wherever she was. She left a lasting impression on all who cared for her in the final days of her life, her shining light as her admirable legacy. She is survived by her sons, Troy Burns of Lebanon, N.H., and Tommy Burns of Claremont, N.H.; her brother John McKay of Vernon; cousin Joan Smith of Rochester, N.H., and her dear friends Sue Avery and Pat Hamilton of Brattleboro. Memorial information: A celebration of her life will be held in the spring.

• Thomas P. Johnson, 85, of Dummerston, Died Jan. 27, 2019 in the comfort of his home, following a period of declining health. He was born in Brattleboro on May 17, 1933, the son of Erwin and Marion (Ainsworth) Johnson. He was raised and educated in Vernon and was a graduate of Brattleboro High School, Class of 1951. He enlisted in the Army, achieving the rank of sergeant while proudly serving his country during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge from active service, he attended American International College in Springfield, Mass., where he earned his B.S. in finance and business administration. In his high school and college years, he worked for the late Rudolph Hammerlund’s propane gas company in Brattleboro. After college, he went to work for the Dunham Shoe Company, employed as a sales development manager. He later joined Vermont National Bank where he worked for 30 years receiving various promotions and awards, ultimately achieving the title of senior vice president of branch administration. In 1990, he received the award for Community Banker of the Year. He retired from Vermont National Bank in 1996 to enjoy being a full-time “farmer-historian” on his 225-year-old farm. Active civically, he was a Selectboard member and Moderator for the town of Dummerston, a volunteer fireman for the Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Justice of the Peace and President of the Dummerston Historical Society. He was also Chairman of the Vermont State Housing Authority as well as Trustee of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation. He was President and Chair of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s Board of Directors and a board member of the Thompson House, President of the Brattleboro Rotary Club, and recipient of Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellowship Award, Chair of the Board of Supervisors for Windham Solid Waste Management District, director/treasurer of the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce and president of Brattleboro Mutual Aid. Other civic duties include vice president of Green Up Vermont, BUHS School Board, Executive Council for the Boy Scouts, the National Committee for the National Guard and Reserve, American Legion Post 5 Color Guard as Bugler, Firing Squad Member and many more. Tom loved history, including local, state and military, especially the Civil War and World Wars I and II. He also enjoyed genealogy and researching his family’s history, which he could trace back to 1086 England. He loved alpine skiing and was a member of the local and National Ski Patrol. His other leisure time activities included hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking, taking long walks in the woods and by the ocean, cutting and stacking firewood and any other activity that involved the great outdoors. He was a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots. A man of faith, Tom was a longtime member of the Dummerston Congregational Church, sang in the choir, was a Deacon, Moderator and Parish Relations Committee Member. On a beautiful day, July 15, 1956 at the Dummerston Congregational Church, he married Barbara Janice Evans. Tom was a faithful and devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and a friend to many. Besides his loving wife of 62 years, he leaves one son, Jay Johnson; two daughters, Jessica Johnson and Heidi Johnson Burbo and her husband Thomas; one sister Barbara Howe, a granddaughter, Amanda Nolasco and her husband Justin; a step-grandson, Damian Burbo; and a large extended family including many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter Pamela Lynn Johnson and siblings Nancy Kelley and Erwin Johnson, who died in infancy. Memorial information: A memorial service will be held in the spring at Dummerston Congregational Church at a date and time to be announced. Donations to the Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Rd., East Dummerston, VT 05346, and the Dummerston Fire Department, 1523 Middle Rd., East Dummerston, VT 05346. To sign an online register book or send messages of condolence to the family, visit www.atamaniuk.com.

• Alonzo “Al” Kaiser Jr., 58, of East Dummerston. Died Jan. 28, 2019 at the Jack Byrne Center at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. By his side during his courageous fight with cancer was his wife of 35 years, Karen Kaiser. Al leaves behind his daughter, Jessica McNulty and her husband, Sean; his son, Jason Houle and his wife, Amanda; and his five grandchildren, Nicholas, Mason, Kali, Brayden, and Reis. He also leaves his father, Alonzo Kaiser Sr., siblings Ron and Michelle Kaiser, and many members of his extended family. He was predeceased by his mother, Patricia Kaiser, and his brother, Chuck Kaiser. Al was employed by Continental Cable, which was a great support during his last few months. He loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, and spending time with his beloved pets. Memorial information: A celebration of his life will be held at the Brattleboro Eagles Club, 54 Chickering Drive, on Friday, Feb. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302. To send messages of condolence, visit www.atamaniuk.com.

• Kim James Nadeau, 62, of Troy, N.H, formerly of Keene and Chesterfield, N.H. Died at his home on Jan. 23, 2019, after a lengthy illness. Born on April 5, 1956 in Keene, the son of Robert and Mildred (Nurse) Nadeau, he graduated from Keene High School. He made a career, working for himself, as a carpenter. Kim was an outdoorsman and enjoyed all things nature — hunting, fishing, and hiking. In his earlier years, he could be found enjoying the open road on his motorcycle. More recently, he had taken up coin collecting. He is fondly remembered for his funny wit and likeable personality. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and put others’ needs before his own. Kim was an exceptional grandfather and stayed active in his grandchildren’s lives. He will be deeply missed by his daughters: Jamie Nadeau and her fiancé, Donald Kraus, of Swanzey N.H., and Brianne Nadeau of Troy; stepdaughters Stephanie Faulkner and her husband, Cliff, of Fitzwilliam, N.H., and Alyssa Hale of Troy; grandchildren Dominic and Damien; his father and his significant other, Kathy McCallum, of Swanzey; siblings Jay Nadeau of Hinsdale, N.H., and Sandra Scott of South Carolina, as well as many extended family members and very close friends. He was predeceased by his mother. Memorial information: Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro St., Keene. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Donations to Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services, P.O. Box 564, Keene, NH 03431.

• Charles Alton “Chuck” Mayotte, Jr., 38, of Guilford. Died unexpectedly Jan. 26, 2019 at his home. Born in Brattleboro on Dec. 30, 1980, the son of Charles and Teresa Marie (Wetherell) Mayotte, he was raised and educated in Brattleboro and was a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School, Class of 1998. At the time of his death. he was a foreman for Mayotte Tree Service and General Maintenance, working with his father in the family business for the past 15 years. Previously, he had been employed at Perkins Home Center in West Chesterfield, N.H.. Chuck was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. He enjoyed deep sea fishing, snowmobiling, the outdoors, his Ranger pup, and time shared with his family, especially his children. Survivors include his father and step-mother, Charles and Sue (Watson) Mayotte of Guilford; his three children, daughter Isabella Mayotte and sons Alex and Ethan Mayotte; two sisters, Dana Castor of Hinsdale, N.H., and Jennifer Sprague of Dover, N.H.; and one brother, Adam Mayotte of Brattleboro. Additionally, he leaves several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother, in 1996, and a son, Brady Mayotte, in 2008, and his maternal and paternal grandparents. Memorial information: A funeral Mass was held Feb. 2 at St. Michael’s’Roman Catholic Church. with committal rites and burial in the Mayotte family lot in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to a fund the family has established for the benefit of Chuck’s three children. Checks may be sent to the Charles A. Mayotte Memorial Fund, River Valley Credit Union, in care of Jennifer Ogden, P.O. Box 8366, Brattleboro, VT 05304. To sign an online guestbook with messages of condolence to the family, visit www.atamaniuk.com.

• Mark L. Zwicker, 71, of Brattleboro. Died unexpectedly at his home on Jan. 26, 2019. Born in New York City to the late Stanley and Helen Zwicker, he practiced law in Brattleboro for more than 40 years and developed many valuable relationships in the community. Mark proudly supported the town through service and assistance to various social and community organizations. A passionate, generous, and principled father, he was a supportive family man and loving grandfather. He was a friend to many and was always willing to share stories and advice. Mark always fought for the underprivileged and had a huge heart. He was a passionate New England sports fan and music collector. He is survived by his wife Kathleen, and their son Brett and daughter Lauren, along with his brother, Paul. Memorial information: A private family service will take place in New Hampshire, where he was planning to retire to be closer to family. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to charities which better your community.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #496 (Wednesday, February 6, 2019). This story appeared on page C2.

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