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• Colton Butler of Whitingham and Holly Landon of South Londonderry were both named to the Dean's List at Elmira (N.Y.) College for the winter 2019 term.

• Peyton Eisler, a nursing major from Wilmington, was named to the Dean's List at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., for the fall 2018 semester.


• Maxine B. Stevens Enright, 94, of North Walpole, N.H. Died Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Westmoreland, N.H. Born on Feb. 25, 1925 in West Townshend, the daughter of Harry and Bessie (Rounds) Jenison, she attended school in West Townshend. Following school, she worked as a chef at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, the Grafton Tavern, the Putney Inn and, the Miss Bellows Falls Diner. She was a lifelong member of the West Townshend Congregational Church. Maxine is survived by one son, Larry Stevens; and one beloved sister, Winifred Allbee; along with her four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Esther; and sons Erving, Wayne, and Norman Stevens. Memorial information: Per Maxine's wishes, there will be no services. Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home of Bellows Falls is in charge of arrangements.

• Aaliyah Destiny Jacobs, 19, of Hinsdale, N.H., formerly of Brattleboro. Died unexpectedly Thursday, April 11, 2019 at her residence in Hinsdale. She was born in Greenfield, Mass., on July 14, 1999, the daughter of Michelle Cleaves and Bernard Jacobs. She was raised and educated in Brattleboro, attending public schools including Brattleboro Union High School. At the time of her death, she had been employed by Aris Solutions as an elderly caregiver in the Brattleboro area. Previously, she had worked at The Works Bakery Café and Tulip Café and Creperie in Brattleboro. Aaliyah enjoyed dancing, listening to music, and time shared with her family and friends. She was known for her friendly and outgoing personality. Survivors include her mother and father of Brattleboro; and her seven siblings, Bernard Jacobs, Jr. of Brattleboro, Christian Martinez, Taisha Martinez, and Juanita Martinez, all of Boston; Ricky Martinez and Symphonie Martinez, both of Lexington, S.C.; and Courtney Jacobs of Brattleboro. Additionally, she leaves several aunts, uncles, and cousins, many nieces and nephews, and a large host of friends. Memorial information: A funeral Mass will be held at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro at a later date and time to be announced. To sign an online register book or send messages of condolence to Aaliyah's family, visit

• Corydon R. “Cory” Sleeper, 70, of Townshend. Died April 11, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Brattleboro on Aug. 29, 1948, the son of Horace B. Sleeper and Janet (Armstrong) Sleeper. He graduated from Leland & Gray Seminary in 1966, attended Northampton Community College, and was a graduate of LaSalle University with a degree in Diesel Mechanics. He enlisted in the Navy in 1969, where he served as an assistant navigator as a Quartermaster Second Class. He was able to travel to many places and had great stories to share from this time. He later served in the Army National Guard. He was also a member of the Masons. He married Carolyn (Curran) Sleeper in 1971, and they had two daughters, Michelle and Kristin. Cory is survived by his wife; his daughter Michelle (Sleeper) Bostrom, sons-in-law Kurt Bostrom of Townshend and Haig Handshaw of Londonderry; sister-in-law Elaine Hill, of Townshend; and brothers-in-laws, Michael Curran and his wife, Teresa, of Pensacola, Fla., Alan Curran and his wife, Lynn, of Walker, La., and Steven Curran and his wife Angela of Milton, Fla., Johnny and Karen Osler of Jeffersonton, Va.; four grandchildren and many cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter, Kristin Elaine (Sleeper) Handshaw; and granddaughter Jayden Nicole Handshaw. Cory was a kind and caring person with a passion for jokes and a scrupulous personality that showed in his work. His dedication was to gardening, with tomato plants being his favorite. He enjoyed fishing and had favorite “secret” spots around town as well as a route around Lake Seymour where he spent time with his cousins Skip and Ed. He loved to be “tinkering” in his garage and his door was always open for friends and family to stop by to get warm by the wood stove. If smoke wasn't coming out of the chimney, people would call. Memorial information: A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.

Ann M. Strange Sullivan, 59, of Wilmington. Died April 16 at her home surrounded by her family. Born Dec. 17, 1959, she leaves her husband, Budge Sullivan, whom she married March 2, 1996, and two sons, Robert Strange of Florida and Otis Sullivan of Brattleboro. She leaves siblings Cathy Cannon (Paul) of Brattleboro, Richard Strange (Lynda) of Brattleboro, Theresa Earp (Donald) of Guilford, Dolores Strange of Florida, and Kim Dix of St. Johnsbury. She also leaves stepchildren Kerriann Sullivan of North Carolina, Aaron Sullivan and his wife Heather of North Carolina, Eli Place (Christina) of Oklahoma, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, grandchildren, a great grandchild on the way, and her close friend Tina Thurber. She was preceded in death by her father Bert C. Greene, who died in July 2007, and her mother, Alice Strange, who died in October 2007. Memorial information: No services. Gifts in Ann Sullivan's memory may be made to VNA of Vermont and New Hampshire c/o Covey-Allen & Shea Funeral Home, P.O. Box 215 Wilmington, VT 05363. Visit to leave condolences.

• Margaret Tidd, 92, of Bellows Falls. Died April 17, 2019. Born in Bristol, Vt., on Oct. 23, 1926, the daughter of the late Wallace and May (Weiss) Clapper, she worked as a sales person and was a “Rosie Riveter” making jungle hammocks during World War II. She was a member of the American Legion Post 37 Auxiliary for 37 years and was active in her children's church activities. She excelled in sports and, in her senior year, she led her high school team to the Vermont girls' basketball championship. She was always grateful for her friends and family, and was a kind soul loved by many and will be missed by all. Surviving are her children, Michael A. Tidd of Springfield, Vt., and Margaret Ellen Jones of Putney; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and two special nieces, Suzanne Barrow and MaryAnn Sorrell, who helped her throughout her life. Also surviving are her stepchildren, Kevin Tidd and his wife and their children, Joanne Davis, Nancy Davis, and Butch Davis and their families; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is her dearest friend George Smith of Bristol, who she maintained a special relationship with throughout her life. She is predeceased by her daughter, Sharon T. Singleton; her brothers Arthur, Charles, and Donald Clapper, and sisters Ethel “Toots” Lonergan, Marion McGuire, and Ruth Sorrell. Memorial information: A graveside service will be held Sunday, April 28, at 11 a.m., in Oak Hill Cemetery in Bellows Falls, followed by a celebration of life at the Moose Family Center in Bellows Falls. Margaret loved purple, and if anyone would like to wear a touch of it, she would be pleased. Arrangements are in the care of Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home.


• There will be a graveside service for Lucille DeRosia on Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m., in St. Michael's Cemetery in Brattleboro. A reception will follow at American Legion Post 67 in Chester from 1 to 3 p.m. Mrs. DeRosia, who died March 17, 2019, was the wife of Fredrick DeRosia.

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