• In Brattleboro (Memorial Hos­pital), Dec. 17, 2013, a son, Car­son Michel Gundry, to Samantha Loomis and Adam Gundry; grandson to Darren Loomis Sr. and Lisa Loomis, and Rose and Les Gundry.

• In Brattleboro (Memorial Hos­pital), Dec. 13, 2013, a daughter, Olivia Elyse Nutting, to Jodi Fletcher and Matthew Nutting of Brattleboro; granddaughter to Donald and Wendy Fletcher, Stu­art and Colleen Nutting, and Chad and Mary Pierson.

• In Brattleboro (Memorial Hos­pital), Dec. 12, 2013, a daughter, Hailey Susan Cogliano, to Julie (Amidon) and Richard Edward Cogliano of Dummerston; grand­daughter to Sherry and Walter Amidon of Dummerston, and Susan and Edward Cogliano of Canton, Mass.; great-grand­daughter to Eileen and Richard Russell of Canton.

In Brattleboro (Memorial Hos­pital), Dec. 6, 2013, a daughter, Cecilia Grace Hutchins, to Tasha (Powling) and Dustin Hutchins of Brattleboro; granddaughter to Lisa Hutchins, Gary Hutchins, Rachel Driver, Calvin and Toni Powling, Randi and Donald Lafrance.

• In Brattleboro (Memorial Hos­pital), Dec. 4, 2013, a son, Alan Benjamin Manix, to Cortney Langford Manix and Dustin Walker Manix; grandson to Sallie and Cliff Langford, and Karen and Jack Manix.

• In Brattleboro (Memorial Hos­pital), Nov. 26, 2013, a daughter, Peyton Avery Wood, to Mindi Fletcher and David Wood of Ver­non; granddaughter to Kim and Dan Fletcher of Vernon and Anne and Jay Henry of East Dummerston.

• In Worcester, Mass., (St. Vin­cent Hospital), Aug. 13, 2013, a daughter, Victoria Elizabeth Squires, to Leana Wilder and Heath Squires of Holden, Mass.; granddaughter to Tim and Wendy Squires of Guilford and Gary and Elizabeth Wilder of Spencer, Mass.; great-granddaughter to Howard and Joan Richardson of Brattleboro, Shirley Squires of Guilford, and Howard Wilder of Massachusetts.

College news

• Matthew Leblanc of Brattleboro and Richard McFadden of Dummerston were among the 43 graduates who received diplomas at Lyndon State College's December Graduation ceremony in the Alexander Twilight Theatre on Dec. 13.

• The following St. Michael's College students are studying abroad for the spring 2014 semester: Samantha Harris,a junior classics major from Brattleboro, is in Oxford, England. Megan Majonen, a junior English and French double major from Guilford, is in Grenoble, France. Devan Piniewski, a junior biology major from West Dover, is in Vina del Mar, Chile.

School news

• Zoe Soule, a senior at Leland & Gray Union High School, had her poem, “Building Tunnels,” included in the Young Writers Project (YWP) Anthology 5. According to Susan Reid, Publications Coordinator of the YWP, Zoe's piece was chosen “because it is among the best of the best from the 2012-2013 school year. Our team of judges combed through about 12,000 submissions over the course of the year and had to be extremely selective to make a final list because we had space for less than 70 pieces in our book.” For more information on the Young Writers Project, or to read Zoe's poem, go to

• Maia Gilmour, a Brattleboro senior, has been named the December 2013 Windham Regional Career Center Student of the Month. She was nominated for this award by Robert Kramsky, her Performing Arts Acting instructor. Kramsky, who is also a Brattleboro Union High School English teacher and long-time theater director, said that “Maia is an extremely dedicated young actress who is highly motivated to produce her best possible work in class. As an actress, Maia is not afraid of taking creative risks and is always pushing herself to go beyond her comfort zone.” Gilmour says that theater has always been a big part of her family's life. Her grandmother had been an actress at the Weston Playhouse and she's related, through marriage, to actor Christopher Lloyd. She says she's loved acting and theater for as long as she can remember. Her future plans are to attend college as a theater major and she has already been accepted to her top choice school.

• Three students from The Grammar School in Putney have had their compostions selected to be performed at the annual Opus 27 Concert on Jan. 6. Those selected are “Fly!” by Ella Warner (sixth grade), “March of the Elephants” by Garrett Weil (sixth grade), and “Stars” by Molly Durling (eighth grade), who has had five pieces selected to be performed over the past three years. Sponsored by Music COMP (Composer Online Mentoring Program, formerly the Vermont Midi Project), and working with their teacher Alli Lubin with support from mentors statewide online, the final selections will be played in a free concert by professional musicians at the Elley-Long Music Center at Saint Michael's College in Colchester.

• Vanessa Young, a sophomore from Wardsboro, and Ethan Lawrence, a junior from Grafton, were recently named to the fall 2013 honor roll at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn.


• The Vermont Council on Rural Development presented its 2013 Vermont Community Leadership Award to Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of Strolling of the Heifers. The award was announced Dec. 17 during the Council's 2013 Summit on the Future of Vermont's Working Landscape held at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. Presenting the award was Bob Ackland, VCRD Board Chair, together with Chuck Ross, VCRD Board member and Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, and Roger Allbee, former Secretary of Agriculture. In presenting the award, Allbee said, “She's committed, she has energy, she has compassion, she has unlimited leadership skills, she has a sense of community, she's an educator, and she gets things done.” The Community Leadership Award is presented each year to celebrate Vermonters who exemplify “dedication, integrity and honorable service to community and to rural Vermont” and who have had a “transformational” effect on their communities.

• The Brattleboro Rotary Club recently bestowed the third annual “Norm Kuebler Four-Way Test Award” upon Dr. Robert Tortolani. The award honors the late Norm Kuebler, who was a past president of the club, a local businessman and a longtime community volunteer. Kuebler was a strong proponent of Rotary International's code of ethics, called the “Four-Way Test,” which asks, “Of the things we think, say, or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?” In this spirit, the Brattleboro Rotary Club recognizes a local business or person who best exemplifies these values. “Bob is an independent family physician who invests in his patients' health, in their lives, and in their community,” said Rotarian Cindy Jerome, as she presented the award. “He goes the extra mile. Bob meets the test.”


• The Winston Prouty Center welcomes Sue Dyer, Kathy Emerson, and Frederic Noyes to the Board of Trustees. Dyer most recently worked at Early Education Services as the Parent Involvement Manager, and also worked as Head Start Coordinator and a Home Visitor during her 22 year tenure there. Emerson is a Deputy Director of Head Start programs with Save the Children. She has worked for many years with children, families, and staff including as the CIS Coordinator for the Prouty Center. Noyes is a parent of young children and is a videographer by trade who also works in radio as a producer and on-air talent. He has experience working with young children, including in an inclusive early education program in Syracuse, N.Y.

• Bob Speck, P.E., has joined Stevens & Associates of Brattleboro as a structural engineer. Speck brings with him more than 30 years of structural and architectural engineering experience at firms in Vermont and New York. He is currently working on structural rehabilitation of the Brooks House.

• After Windham Child Care Association recently expanded its Sprouts Early Learning Cooperative to offer high-quality child care during the daytime hours, the organization built a new team of well-qualified teachers, including Kaitlin Ford, Tonya Kangas, Erica Mankowsky, Mandi Martin, and Emilee Rogers, as well as a daytime cook, Kelly Pinger and an evening cook, Juanita Lane. The administrative team has also grown with the hiring of Eligibility & Referral Specialist RoseAnn Grimes as well as Development Associate Dawn Kotapish.



• James H. Amidon, 64, of Som­erset, Mass., formerly of Vermont and New Hampshire. Died Dec. 20. Husband of Linda (Taraska) Amidon for 42 years. Father of Kristie Lee Vieira and her husband, Justin, of Somerset and Timothy James Amidon and his wife, Simone, of Keene, N.H. Brother of Terrence Amidon of Hinsdale, N.H., and the late Timothy Amidon. Son of the late Hayden and Cath­erine (Hogan) Amidon, he was a loan officer employed by the former Slade's Fer­ry Trust Co. and Notre Dame Credit Union. He was a Navy vet­eran of the Vietnam War and member of American Legion Post 4 in Keene. Memorial information: Funeral services will be private. Donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101.

• Pauline Marian Ball, 77, of Hudson Falls, N.Y. Died Dec. 3 at Pleasant Valley Infirmary. Wife of the late Rene Neveu and Herbert Ball. Mother of Marian Royal, Rene Neveu II, Cheryl Neveu, Sandra Christian, Jane Crane, Joan Sargent, Elizabeth Neveu, Patricia Steffen, Joseph Neveu, and Mi­chael Neveu. Born in London, England, daughter of the late Margaret Perry, she grew up with her grandmother in Greenock, Scotland, while her mother was contributing to the war effort. After graduation, she worked in a pharmacy in Greenock. It was there she met her first husband, Rene Neveu. She came to the United States in 1953 and was married in 1954 in Man­chester, N.H. She enjoyed working at Lavalley's Garden, drive-in movies, and reading and relaxing at Hampton Beach whenever possible. An avid ani­mal lover, she adopted every stray she found. Fishing, camping, bike riding and digging for antique bottles were her summer hobbies. Her passion was crocheting. She was a talented artist and loved to work in crayons, pencil, and oil paints, a talent she passed on to her many daughters and sons. After moving to North Creek, N.Y., she married Herbert Ball. She worked at Adirondack Tri County Nursing home for many years, and then moved to Man­chester N.H., where she took care of a special needs client for many years before retiring to Vermont. She resided in the Wilmington/Halifax/Readsboro area for many years where she made numerous friends. She worked delivering Meals on Wheels in the Deerfield Valley. She was al­ways making afghans and crocheting blankets for organizations that need­ed her help. Memorial information: Funeral services will be held by the family at their dis­cretion. Donations to Adirondack Save A Stray, 4880 Route 9N, Corinth, NY 12822.

• William R. “Bill” Cobb, 77, of Jamaica. Died Dec. 18 at Grace Cottage Hospital. Husband of Jeanne (Coleman) Cobb for 55 years. Father of Kendall and Dennis Cobb, both of Jamaica, and Debra Church and her husband, Lloyd, of West Townshend. Brother of Ellsworth Cobb of Enfield, Conn., and Ernest L. Cobb of Cape Cod. A longtime resident of Jamaica, he was born in Hartford, Conn., the son of the late Ernest S. and Bertha (Akley) Cobb. He served in the Army National Guard and was an active member of Mt Lebanon Lodge #46 for many years. He was also a member of the Jamaica Community Church. He was a retired master carpenter and, in his spare time, enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking, and riding his ATV with his wife, family, and friends. Memorial information: Graveside services will be held in the spring at Pleasant View Cemetery in Jamaica. Donations to Grace Cottage Hospital, P.O. Box 216 Townshend, VT 05353-0216, in care of Dr. Robert W. Backus, or to the American Cancer Society.

• Randy F. DeJordy Jr., 20, of Brattleboro. Died Dec. 12 at his residence in Brat­tleboro. Son of Linda (Bassler) DeJordy and Randy F. DeJordy Sr. Twin of Kayla DeJordy of Brattleboro. Brother of Dylan DeJordy of Brattleboro. Born in Phoenix, Ariz., he had been a Brattle­boro resident most of his life. He gradu­ated from Brat­tleboro Union High School. He loved to draw and was very artis­tic. He enjoyed music, working on cars with his friends, and fishing. He especially loved spending time with his nephew, Brayden. Memorial information: No services were held. Donations to the El­liot Street Fire Relief Fund, in care of TD Bank, 215 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

•G­oldie L­. D­ixon, 63, o­f H­insdale, N.H. D­ied D­ec. 15 a­t A­pplewood N­ursing H­ome i­n W­inchester, N.H., following a p­eriod o­f d­eclining h­ealth. Sister of Arnold E­. D­ixon a­nd h­is w­ife, D­iana, o­f H­insdale, N­orma J­. M­iner o­f H­insdale, a­nd R­obert K­. D­ixon o­f G­reenfield, M­ass. Born in Brattleboro, t­he d­aughter o­f t­he l­ate M­ary A­. (W­alker) a­nd A­rnold E­. D­ixon S­r., she w­as e­ducated l­ocally a­nd g­raduated f­rom t­he F­rancis H­icks S­chool i­n B­rattleboro, C­lass o­f 1969. She never m­arried b­ut l­oved h­er f­amily, e­specially t­he l­ittle o­nes. S­he w­as a­lways w­illing t­o h­old t­he b­abies a­nd c­uddle w­ith them, especially t­he b­oys. She l­iked t­o w­atch t­elevision a­nd p­lay slap­j­ack. W­hen t­he w­eather w­as n­ice, s­he w­ould g­o o­n m­otorcycle r­ides. She w­as t­he p­rincess i­n t­he family. S­he l­iked t­o d­ress u­p a­nd s­how o­ff h­er j­ewelry. Memorial information: A funeral service was held Dec. 21 at t­he N­orth H­insdale C­ommunity C­hurch. B­urial w­ill b­e p­rivate i­n t­he f­amily l­ot a­t Oak G­rove C­emetery in H­insdale i­n t­he s­pring. Donations to A­pplewood N­ursing H­ome A­ctivity D­epartment, 8 S­now R­d., W­inchester, N.­H. 03470.

• Donatella “Dora” Ferrante, 90, formerly of Brattleboro. Died Dec. 19 at Pine Heights Nurs­ing Home. Wife of the late Henry Hagemann Sr. and the late John S. Ferrante. Mother of Anna Marie Turco of Hins­dale, N.H., and Henry J. Hagemann Jr. of Flanders, N.J. Sister of Josephine Celano, Michalina Guzzardi, and the late Pasquale and Anthony Perillo, Rose Babaian, Lucy Zarcone, and Angel­ina Cardillo. Born in New York City, the daughter of the late Dominico and Anna Ma­ria (Rendine) Perillo, she lived in New Jersey until 1996, when she moved to Brattleboro to be closer to her family. While residing in New Jersey, she was an active volunteer at Deborah Hospital. After moving to Vermont, she volunteered at the Winston Prouty Center for 18 years, helped serve lunches at St. Michael's School and Brigid's Kitchen, volunteered at the Brattleboro Senior Center, and was a member of the Red Hats and RSVP. In June 2011, she was the recipient of the Governor's Award for Outstanding Community Serv­ice presented to her by Gov. Pe­ter Shumlin. She was featured in an article in the Brattleboro Re­former, titled “Everyone's Grand­ma.” She was proud of her Italian heritage and enjoyed traveling the world and loved to cook and bake. A devout Catholic, she was a communicant of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella for many years. Memorial information: A funeral Mass will be cele­brated at St. Joseph's Church in Hinsdale on Friday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. A reception at the church will follow the Mass. Burial will take place in the springtime when the ceme­tery reopens. Donations to the Winston Prouty Center, 20 Winston Prouty Way, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Arrangements are under the care of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.

• Judy Slate Flynn, 64, of Brattleboro. Died Dec. 17 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with her children by her side. Wife of the late John “Jack” Flynn. Mother of Jadi Flynn of Hinsdale, N.H., and Jared Flynn and his wife, Elizabeth Catlin, of Dummerston. Sister of Charlene Anderson, and her husband, Larry; Debbie Bozetarnik and her husband, Martin; and James Slate and his wife, Penny. Born in Brattleboro, the daughter of Arlene (Barker) and the late Charles Slate, she graduated from Brattleboro Union High School in 1967. On Jan, 13, 1968, she married the love of her life at St. Michael's Catholic Church. For their 25th anniversary, they fulfilled their shared dream of traveling through Ireland. She was a bookkeeper for Grand Union in Brattleboro from the early 1970s until it closed. She then worked for Members 1st Credit Union in Brattleboro as head teller until health issues necessitated her retirement in the spring of 2012. She was known for her long and dedicated service to American Legion Post 5 in Brattleboro. The Legion was her home away from home, and she served numerous terms as District Auxiliary President and as a board member of Girl's State, State Membership, and Education Committees. She was Chair of the State Membership Committee and of the VA Christmas Gift Shops in Bennington and White River Junction. She was instrumental in raising funds for the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Judy was president of Unit 5 in Brattleboro many times and chosen as Unit Member of the Year. She served in every possible board and committee position in Unit 5 and worked tirelessly for the Legion until her death. She also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the VFW. She was devoted to the annual Charlie Slate Christmas Breakfast, and was present every year at this community event founded by her father. To keep the tradition alive and to honor him, she was in charge of organizing this year's breakfast with her family. She was a superior bowler and golfer, participating in many leagues and tournaments. An avid sports fan, she enjoyed attending the games of her son, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was a fan of the Boston Red Sox and Miami Dolphins. She also loved playing cards, bingo, and computer games, and especially loved visiting casinos. In April 2013, she went to Las Vegas with her daughter and closest friends, seeing Elton John in concert while she was there. She was a strong-willed, independent, take charge person. Her smile was as big as her personality, and she was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend. Memorial information: A memorial service was held at the American Legion on Dec. 21. Committal rites and burial in St Michael's Parish Cemetery will take place privately in the spring. Donations to American Legion Auxiliary Post 5, 32 Linden St., Brattleboro, VT 05301 or the Annual Charlie Slate Christmas Breakfast, in care of American Legion Post 5. Arrangements were under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.

• H­elen M­arilyn H­arris, 79, of West Halfiax. Died D­ec. 16 a­t V­ernon G­reen N­ursing Home. Lifelong f­riend a­nd c­ompanion of J­uanita G­ates o­f W­est Halifax. Sister of F­rancis J­ohn H­arris o­f B­ennington, G­ladys H­erzig o­f P­iedmont, S­.C­., a­nd K­athy H­aney a­nd h­er h­usband, T­om, o­f E­ast N­assau, N­. Y. B­orn i­n Wilmington, t­he d­aughter o­f B­yron a­nd F­aith (M­ason) H­arris, she w­orked f­or A­merican F­iber a­nd O­ptic i­n G­riswoldville, M­ass., f­or o­ver 20 y­ears a­nd previously w­orked f­or V­ermont H­ardwoods i­n R­eadsboro f­or 22 y­ears. She e­njoyed g­oing t­o h­orse d­raws, a­nd l­istening t­o c­ountry m­usic, e­specially a­t t­he L­one S­tar R­anch i­n N­ew H­ampshire, w­here s­he m­et G­eorge J­ones, a­nd I­ndian R­anch i­n M­assachusetts. S­he l­oved h­er f­our-w­heel-d­rive v­ehicle a­nd t­raveling a­nd camping i­n h­er m­otor h­ome. Memorial information: A funeral service was held Dec. 20 at Covey­, A­llen & S­hea F­uneral H­ome in Wilmington. I­nterment w­ill f­ollow i­n t­he family l­ot i­n R­iverview C­emetery i­n W­ilmington. Donations t­o t­he W­est H­alifax F­ire d­epartment o­r t­he W­indham C­ounty H­umane S­ociety, in care of Covey­, Allen & S­hea F­uneral H­ome, P­.O­. B­ox 215, W­ilmington, V­T 05363.

• Lois Ann John­son, 78, of Hinsdale, N.H. Died Dec. 21 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital following an extended ill­ness. Wife of Robert Johnson Jr. for 59 years. Mother of Vickie L. Plante, Cynthia A. Rebaudo, and Kristine M. Aquino, all of Hinsdale. Sister of Caro­line Jones, also of Hinsdale. Born in Hinsdale, the daughter of the late Hen­ry and Mildred (Bennett) Grover, she was raised and edu­cated in Hins­dale and was a graduate of Hinsdale High School, Class of 1953. Following high school, she went to work in the accounting de­partment at the former People's Na­tional Bank in Brattleboro. She was a devoted homemaker whose life centered around her family. Once her children were old enough to at­tend school, she returned to work at the former Vermont Market on Elliot Street. She attended North Hinsdale Community Church where she volun­teered as church treasurer and taught Sunday school for several years. She was a member of the Ameri­can Legion Post 5 Auxiliary and, dur­ing her younger years, she was active with the Girl Scouts and 4-H. She enjoyed vacation­ing with her family, especially at Vir­ginia Beach and on Cape Cod. She also loved spending time with her family. Memorial information: A memorial service was held on Dec. 28 at North Hinsdale Community Church. Burial in Oaklawn Cemetery in Hinsdale will take place in the springtime. Donations to North Hins­dale Community Church, P.O. Box 254, Hinsdale, NH 03451. Arrangements were under the care of Atamaniuk Funeral Home in Brattleboro.

• Richard S. Morse, 100, of Westminster. Died Dec. 15 at his home. At the time of his death, he was the oldest resident of West­minster. Husband of Ruth Freihofer Morse for 43 years and the late Hortence Sherman Morse for more than 20 years. Father of Richard Morse of Bellows Falls; Kenneth Morse and his wife, Bette, of Westminster; Michael Morse of Westminster; Salle Wilson and her husband, Samuel, of Florida; Joanne Morse of West­minster; and Diane O'Brien and her hus­band, Chip, of Westminster. Brother of Ruth Martin of Connecti­cut and the late Ar­thur, Stewart, Edward, and Ralph Morse, and Elizabeth Ponek, Claire Watkins, Elaine Moore, Ethel Strange, and Olive Morse. He was born in Keene, N.H., the son of the late James and Mary (Sweeney) Morse, he attended the St. Charles Catholic School in Bel­lows Falls. He had his own refrigeration repair business, which he retired from at the age of 85. He also raised chickens for many years and supplied area stores and residents with eggs and vegeta­bles. His passion was gardening and, even at the age of 100, he was still out planting and har­vesting. If he wasn't working in his garden, he could most likely be found at his woodpile, prepar­ing the next year's firewood. Memorial information: A funeral service was held Dec. 18 at Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home in Bellows Falls, with burial in the Westmin­ster New Cemetery. Donations to West­minster Cares, P.O. Box 312, Westminster, VT 05158.

• Lois Virginia Whitmore Moulton, 95, formerly of Brattleboro. Died Dec. 25 at Lincoln House in Barre. Wife of the late William Monroe Moulton for 24 years. Mother of William Moulton and his wife, Ka­thie, in Plainfield; Lawrence Moulton and his wife, Margaret, in Lopez Island, Wash.; Robert Moul­ton and his wife, Rebecca, in Ashuelot, N.H.; Allen Moulton and his wife, Marcie, in Johnson; and Sara Moulton and her husband, David Tanner, in Montpelier. Born in Upper Montvale, N.J., daughter of the late Charles F. and Sara (Steans) Whitmore, she grew up in Mifflinburg and Lewisburg, Pa., and graduated from Lewisburg High School in 1935. She at­tended Maryville Col­lege in Tennes­see and then the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, graduating in 1941 as a registered nurse. She married in 1943, and during their married life, the Moultons lived in six states and several countries, including Mexico, Turkey, and Lebanon. They divorced in 1967. In 1966, she moved to Brattleboro, where she remained until recent years. While in Brattleboro, she returned to nursing and worked for about 20 years a Brattle­boro Memorial Hospital and the Brattleboro Retreat. She had a life­long love for the Metro­politan Opera's Saturday afternoon live broadcasts, and also pursued a late-blooming interest in photography. She was active in the Brat­tleboro Camera Club for several decades. Some of her photos were published by Vermont Life. Memorial information: A private graveside service will be held in the spring at the conven­ience of the family at Hope Cemetery in Barre. Donations to Brooks Memori­al Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro, VT 05301.

• Irene M. Rea­gan, 91, of Wilmington. Died Dec. 25 after a short ill­ness. Wife of Joseph P. Rea­gan for 69 years. Mother of Paul, Phyllis, John, and Betsy Reagan. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., her father was the late Philip G. Griffin. She was raised by Phi­lip and his sec­ond wife, the late Mary F. (Jordan) Griffin, after the death of her birth moth­er, Irene (Monahan) Grif­fin. She lived for many years in Seaford, N.Y., before moving to Wil­mington in 1983. She was instrumental in the reopening of Dot's Restaurant in Wilmington in 1979 and the founding of Dot's of Dover, near Mount Snow. Over the years, she became a well­-known figure in Wilmington and popular with visiting politicians. She was grateful for the wonder­ful friendships she developed and was proud of the many young people she befriended. Memorial information: A funeral Mass was held Dec. 30 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Wilmington. Donations to Grace Cot­tage Hospital, P.O. Box 1, Town­shend, VT 05353 or Twice Blessed, 716 VT Route 100 N., Wilmington, VT 05363. Arrange­ments were under the care of Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home of Wilmington.

• Paula A. Richardson, 67, of Vernon. Died Dec. 16 at her home. Wife of Robert Richardson for 36 years. Mother of Sarah and Seth Richardson. Sister of Nickie Powers and her husband, Norm, of Milton; Michael Atwater and his wife, Julie, of Ogden, Utah; Dennis Atwater and his wife, Lisa, of Vernon; and the late Brenda Lee Atwater. Born in Brattleboro, the daughter of Ruth (Grout) and the late Roy Atwater, she was raised and educated in Vernon and was a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School, Class of 1965. She later attended the Thompson School for Practical Nurses where she received her LPN degree. She was employed for a number of years at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, working in the recovery room. After her children were born, she stayed home with them as they were growing up. Most recently, she was working as a substitute teacher and evening child care provider for Early Education Services in Windham County. She was also a devoted homemaker whose life centered around her family. She was an International Farm Youth Exchangee to Sweden in 1971 and, throughout the years, she kept in communication with her exchange families. She attended Guilford Community Church, where she was very active with various church activities. She was a very loving woman known for her spirit of generosity and kindness. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and sewing. Memorial information: Funeral services were held Dec. 23 at Guilford Community Church. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Newfane will take place in the springtime. Donations to the BMH Comprehensive Breast Care Program, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Ave., Brattleboro, VT 05301, Attention: Kelly McCue. Arrangements were under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.

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