• Terrence Edward “Terry” Amidon, 74, of Hinsdale, N.H. Died unexpectedly on Dec. 3, 2021 in Hinsdale, following a period of declining health. Terry was born in Brattleboro on Feb. 18, 1947, the son of Hayden and Catherine (Hogan) Amidon. He was raised and educated in Hinsdale and was a graduate of St. Michael's High School, Class of 1965. He went on to attend St. Anselm's College in Manchester, N.H., prior to being drafted into the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War, serving his country from 1969 until his honorable discharge from active service in 1977. He worked in Huntsville, Ala., for a Budweiser distributor from 1990 until 1996 as their general manager. He later relocated to Gulf Shores, Ala., and worked doing electrical contracting for new building construction. In 2007, he returned to the Brattleboro area to be closer to family. Terry was an active member of American Legion Post 5 and the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, Brattleboro Lodge #1499. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf, and time shared with his family. In 1969, he married Patricia Dimick, who survives. Besides his wife of 52 years, he leaves one daughter, Jennifer Wilson and her husband Walter of Carl Jct., Mo.; four grandchildren, Katherine, Rebecca, Hayden, and Abigale Wilson; niece Kristie Lee Amidon Viera and husband, Justin; nephew Timothy Amidon and his wife, Simone; great-niece Alexis Marques and great-nephew, Trevor Amidon. He was predeceased by two brothers, James H. Amidon and Timothy H. Amidon, who died in infancy. Memorial information: A funeral Mass will held at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. Committal rites and burial will follow in St. Michael's Parish Cemetery. Donations to St. Michael's School, 48 Walnut St., Brattleboro, VT 05301. To share a memory or send condolences to the family, visit

• Marguerite Eleanore “Peggy” (Pike) Carey, 90, of Newfane. Died peacefully surrounded by love on Dec. 11, 2021 at Thompson House in Brattleboro, where she had resided since May 2021. Her son, Michael, and her beloved granddaughter, Carrie Stone, were at her bedside. Peggy was born on Aug. 23, 1931 in Brattleboro to the late Ralph and Alice Pike. She was a lifelong resident of southern Vermont, attending local schools in Brattleboro and South Newfane. In 1951, she married the love of her life, Verne T. Carey. Her husband predeceased her in 1967. She loved spending time with her family at her Newfane home. She enjoyed keeping up on current world events, listening to country music, doing word search puzzles, and reading. In her earlier years, she was known in the West River Valley for her delicious homemade doughnuts, which for many years were enjoyed by hunters at the South Newfane Store during deer hunting season. She is survived by her children: Brenda Bills of West Brattleboro, Donna Stone (Craig) of East Dover, Verne T. Carey II (Penny West) of Newfane, and Michael Carey of Brattleboro. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and a great-great-granddaughter. In addition, several nieces and nephews, including Ervin Moffit of Newfane, whom she was especially close to. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Sharon Newell, on June 8, 2021, and eight sisters and her brother. Memorial information: At Mrs. Carey's request, a private burial service for immediate family will be held in the spring of 2022 at the South Newfane Cemetery. Donations to Grace Cottage Hospital, 185 Grafton Rd., Townshend, VT 05353, in care of Dr. Timothy Schaefer. Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium ( have been entrusted with arrangements.

• Arnold Peter Garland, 82, of Dummerston. Died Dec. 13, 2021 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., following a period of declining health due to kidney failure. He was born at home in Dummerston during a raging snowstorm on April 10, 1939, the son of William M. and Gertrude J. (Pond) Garland. His father attempted to drive to the doctors, but had to turn back due to the adverse weather conditions. He was the third child out of eight. Raised and educated in Dummerston, he attended Dummerston schools and was a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School, Class of 1957. While a senior in high school he joined the Vermont Army National Guard in 1956. He was discharged from active service at the rank of captain of the Westminster barracks in 1976. In 1984, with his son Mark, they established Garland Plumbing & Heating, Arnold retired on Tax Day, April 15, 2009. The business continues today, operated by his son and grandson Joseph. As a licensed plumber, he previously had been employed by Huestis Plumbing and during his earlier years worked on the Ranney Farm in Dummerston. Active civically, Arnold served on the Board of Civil Authority for 25 years and was a Justice of the Peace, performing several wedding ceremonies for family and friends. He was a member of the Dummerston Congregational Church. Arnold loved the outdoors and snowmobiling and, in the mid-1970s, was a founding member of the Black Mountain Snowmobile Club in Dummerston. He served most of the years as the trailmaster up until the time of his passing. With his son Mark and grandson Joseph, along with many other local snowmobilers, he enjoyed sledding in Fairlee and Island Pond almost every weekend in the winter for the past 15 plus years. Arnold was known for his “green thumb,” and every year kept a large vegetable garden, also growing flowers and shrubs. He was a proud American, dedicated neighbor, and devoted family man. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those around him. He enjoyed watching sports, including Red Sox and Patriots games and NASCAR races. In 1957, he was married to Roberta Lane, who survives. Besides his faithful wife of 64 years, he leaves his son, Mark and his wife Sandy of Guilford; his daughter Tammy and her partner, Stacie, of Dummerston; grandchildren Brittany Garland (Shawn) of Essex, Joseph Garland (Alana) of Guilford, and Stephanie Dean (Frank) of Winchester, N.H.; siblings Natalie LaChance of Guilford and Carlton Garland (Bonnie) of Dummerston; and many nieces and nephews. Additionally, he is survived by his beloved pup, Callie, who he was so very close with and spent countless hours with her. He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Merton, Timothy, Wesley and Charlie, and a sister Mary. Memorial information: In keeping with his final wishes, there are no formal funeral services scheduled. Donation to Paws of Dale Hollow, P.O. Box 242, Byrdstown, TN 38549, where Callie was rescued. To share condolences, visit

• Jean Marie (Haskins) Goddard, 88, of Brattleboro. Died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by family, on Dec. 6, 2021, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., following complications from residual health conditions. Jean was born in East Dover on Dec. 11, 1932, the daughter of Carroll Howard Haskins and Adella Irene (Goodell) Haskins, the third of 16 children. Jean often shared many fond memories of time spent growing up in the Vermont countryside with her siblings, especially her brother, Howard Haskins. She graduated from Brattleboro High School with the Class of 1951 and would go on to spend many years actively engaged in the relationships she cherished from school, attending many high school reunions and proving to be a fantastic pen pal for many of her classmates. While attending Brattleboro High School, she met her husband, Grey Goddard who, after enlisting in the Marine Corps, proposed to her while deployed during the Korean War. Grey and Jean were married in 1952 and together they created a wonderful home life for their three daughters JoAnn, Donna, and Lisa until Grey's unexpected death in 1979. Jean would continue Grey's legacy far beyond his death, establishing the Grey R. Goddard Football Memorial Trophy and Scholarship at Brattleboro Union High School for football players demonstrating athletic and academic excellence. Strong and driven, Jean was a career woman through and through, starting her first job at New England Telephone in 1951 as an operator. During her tenure, she received multiple promotions, and opportunities to help the company expand to different locations throughout New England. While working and raising their family, Jean also attended classes at Keene State College and Franklin Pierce College. She retired in 1991 after 40 years of service. Additionally, during her time with the phone company, she helped establish and was a charter member of the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Jean would work another five years after she retired from the phone company for World Learning/School for International Training. Upon retirement, Jean gave much of her time to civic activities in her local community, holding multiple positions in organizations such as the Southern Vermont Life Member Club of Telephone Pioneers of America, Brattleboro AARP Chapter (Board of Directors) and, within her church, the First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, as a deaconess for seven years, as well as assistant treasurer and member of the endowment and memorial fund committees. She was also an active member of other clubs within the church, and additionally provided her musical talent to playing handbells as a part of the church choir. In addition to being a proud contributing member of the church, one of Jean's true passions was her love of genealogy. Jean spent a profound amount of time researching her family's history and became a crucial part of future generations understanding their past. A true patriot herself, she became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and represented the Brattleboro Chapter as the State Deputy in VASA. Jean also spent much of her time volunteering and was dedicated to veteran's affairs. She was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary and the Vermont American Legion Auxiliary in honor of her husband Grey's active military duty in Korea. She volunteered for the American Red Cross and at the coffee shop within the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Jean enjoyed traveling and spending time exploring foreign and domestic locations, sharing many memories from her travels to places like Europe, Russia, Scotland and many more. She loved exploring around the U.S., and made many trips to visit friends and family. Jean had an independent spirit, a deep love for her state and country, and a cherished devotion to her faith, all while having a mischievous sense of humor, and providing many wonderful memories for her family to reminisce. She was a doting grandmother and enjoyed spending time bowling in the senior league (ever competitive, holding the highest women's game single record at one point at 265!), taking scenic rides throughout the state she loved, and making pumpkin bread and M&M cookies for her grandchildren. Later in life, she enjoyed spending time with her fluffy cat, Miss Muffet, whom she adopted from a local shelter. An avid knitter, Jean knitted many items for donation to her church, as well as to benefit the Vermont National Guard, including knitting helmet liners to help keep our troops stay warm in colder climates. She was also an avid reader, and enjoyed talking on the phone, visits, and sending cards to her friends and family. Jean is survived by her three daughters, JoAnn Donahue, Donna Loba (Dennis) and Lisa Michelsen (Paul). Additionally, she leaves behind five grandchildren: Brian, Melanie, Grace, Alicia and James. Memorial information: Details for a celebration of life ceremony will be provided at a future date. To share condolences, visit

• Debra Sue (Collins) Greenleaf, 63, of Brattleboro. Died Dec. 13, 2021 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., following a brief illness. Debra was born in Brattleboro on June 21, 1958 to Albert and Christine (Hescock) Collins. She attended Brattleboro schools, graduating from Brattleboro Union High School in 1976. She had worked at the Brattleboro Retreat, Café Services at Academy School, Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption in Keene, N.H., and Early Education Services in Brattleboro. Deb lived a life of service to others, especially animals and school children. She particularly enjoyed trips to the Maine coast, in all seasons. Her favorite excursions were to the Ogunquit Playhouse for their summer musical presentations. In 1998, she married David Greenleaf, who survives. She also leaves her sister, Barbara Fletcher (Edwin), of Chesterfield, N.H.; and stepchildren Amy Danielowich of Keene, Michael Greenleaf of Pawlet, Vt., Christian Greenleaf of Hohenfels, Bavaria, Germany, and Patrick Greenleaf of Rockingham; along with several nieces and nephews. Her special angel was her niece, Alison Knapp of Rockingham, who watched over her in her final days. She was predeceased by her parents, and her sister, Joyce Brooks. Memorial information: Graveside services will be held in the spring, at a time and place to be announced. Donations to Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption Center, P.O. Box 10093, Swanzey, NH 03446; or Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302. To send condolences, visit

• Carol Ann McGinnis, 79, of Saxtons River. Died Dec., 8, 2021 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Carol was born on Sept. 28, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Leroy and Virginia (Weithe) Weber. She attended Seton High School and later went on to marry Frederick McGinnis in 1990. Carol worked for Sonnax in Rockingham for many years as an administrative employee who specialized in purchasing. She a member at The Does and enjoyed going out with friends. Bird watching, gardening, and kayaking were also among her favorite things to do. Carol is survived by her son Franz D. Meyerrose of Rockingham; daughters Gabrielle M. Holmes of Altus, Okla., and Heidi K. Meyerrose of Kansas City, Mo.; stepsons Shaun, Christopher, and Scott McGinnis; brothers Rick Weber of California, and Jerry and Chet Weber of Ohio; and sister Linda Thompson of Ohio. Carol is also survived by many grandchildren Tristan, Laura and Sarah Hubner, Gwenevere Holmes, Hannah, Hayden and Omlie Meyerrose, Daud Ahmed and nine great-grandchildren. Carol was predeceased by her husband Frederick, brother Tom Weber and her parents. Memorial information: A funeral Mass was held Dec. 17 at St. Charles Church in Bellows Falls, followed by a private burial. As Carol was an avid reader, the family requests that donations be made to Rockingham Free Public Library, 55 Westminster St., Bellows Falls, VT 05101. Arrangements were handled by Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home of Bellows Falls.

• Herbert S. “Herb” Meyer, 88, of Guilford. Died Dec. 15, 2021 at his home. Services will be conducted in the springtime at a place, date and time to be announced by the funeral home. A full obituary will be forthcoming. Atamaniuk Funeral Home of Brattleboro is in charge of arrangements.

• Marshall Lee Pacheco, 56, of Brattleboro. Died Nov. 23, 2021 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. She was born in Albany, N.Y., on Sept. 4, 1965 to the late Robert Pacheco and Phyllis May (Ewens) Hubbard. She loved to do crossword puzzles and color and enjoyed shopping trips with her sister and aunt. She was very dedicated to helping those in need, and a great friend and mother. She was a loving grandmother, and her grandkids were the joy of her life. Marshall was predeceased by her baby sister, Jeanna Pacheco. She leaves behind her children, son Paul Pacheco and his significant other Gloria Sanque; daughters Melissa Pacheco and Cassandra Pacheco; brothers Paul Ewens, Robert Pacheco, James Pacheco, Anthony Pacheco, and Charles Pacheco; sisters Lucy Eddy, Sharon Morrissette, Helen Thomas, and Paula Welch; grandchildren Deaira, Bilizzi, Dereono, Peyton, Zaira, Elena, Kalia, Charles, Ava, Victoria, Xaniah, Kiana, Arianna, and Willow; and great grandchildren Milani and Andre. Memorial information: A celebration of life will be held at a future date, still yet to be determined.

• Arlene (Barker) Slate, 95, of Brattleboro, Died peacefully, with her oldest granddaughter Jadi Flynn by her side, on Dec. 10, 2021 at Pine Heights nursing home, following a brief illness. Arlene was born in Springfield, Vt., on March 30, 1926, the daughter of Raymond and Gladys (McGowen) Barker. She attended schools in Springfield and St. Albans, Vt. During this time, she worked for the Central Vermont Railway for two years during World War II. Following the war, she moved to Brattleboro where she met her husband, Charlie Slate. On Dec 30, 1947 they married while he was home on leave from the Navy. They were married more than 60 years until his death in Sept 2008. After many years of providing home day care she was employed at the former Linden Lodge Nursing Home as a nursing assistant for 25 years. It was during this time, in 1982, her husband Charlie started the annual Christmas Breakfast in Brattleboro. For over 65 years, Arlene was a dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church and, for many years, she sang in the church choir and was known as the “Sunshine Lady” serving as the missionary outreach person sending all occasion cards for the church. She also enjoyed donating her famous baked beans and banana bread to the church bazaar which sold out completely every year. She was also a member of the American Legion and Eagle Auxiliaries where she enjoyed many dinners and dances with family and friends. After retirement, she enjoyed many travels with her sister and husband; they drove across country twice with special friends, Bill and Moe Vigneau and Guy and Irene Miner. They also looked forward to winters they spent in Sarasota, Fla. Arlene was a kindhearted loving woman with a witty sense of humor. Her life was centered around her faith, family and many friends she deeply loved and was loved in return by all who knew her. Arlene had a love for baking, cooking and tending to her many house plants. She enjoyed visiting with her friends and neighbors, talking on the phone, writing letters, playing cards and faithfully reading her daily spiritual books. Arlene is survived by her son, Jim Slate and his wife, Penny, of Greenville, N.C.; daughters Charlene Anderson and husband, Larry, of Brattleboro and Deb Bozetarnik of Putney; and sister Lorraine Daniels of Brattleboro. Additionally, she leaves her granddaughters Jadi Flynn, Kara McAuliffe, and Sarah and Becca Slate, and grandsons Jared Flynn, Kyle Miner, Jesse, Micah, and Matthew Slate, and Adam, Luke, and Josh Bozetarnik. She also leaves 17 great-grandchildren. She had a very special bond with her first great granddaughter, Megan Walker, who helped with her care. Besides her husband, Arlene was predeceased by her daughter, Judy Flynn, in 2013. Memorial information: Funeral services were conducted on Dec. 18 at First United Methodist Church, with burial at Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery. Donations to First United Methodist Church, 18 Town Crier Dr., Brattleboro, VT 05301. To send condolences, visit

• Frederick C. Tipton Jr., 74, of Bellows Falls and Pomfret, Vt. Died Sept. 14, 2021 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He was a great looking, 74-year-old musician, woodworker, craftsman and bicycle aficionado. In addition, Fred was also an automobile and motorcycle enthusiast. Originally from Springfield, Mass., Fred studied engineering at Lowell Technological Institute, and architecture at Boston Architectural College. By the 1970s, Fred had become a vegetarian, completed a stint in the Army, and moved to Vermont and began working with a solar panel and woodworking business. During long family drives, they often ended up in Putney or Bellows Falls, and it became a natural area of interest to him. During the 1990s, Fred moved to New Hampshire and developed his business, Architectural Details. He found working between Boston and New Hampshire exhilarating, but soon realized he missed the Vermont lifestyle. He moved to Vermont and began working with Meeting House Furniture Restoration of Quechee. In 2001, he was fortunate enough to be among the skilled artisans who completed the work on the restoration of desks, chairs, and fixtures in the Senate chamber at the Vermont Statehouse. Always interested in the betterment of society, Fred was an active member of several community organizations. He was a board member of Greater Falls Connections in Bellows Falls. For six years, Fred was an assistant director, head mechanic, and shop manager at the Bellows Falls Community Bike Project. He was instrumental in shaping and growing the organization. An avid bicyclist, he was described as a wonderful teacher and mentor to the local youth. As an accomplished musician, Fred played soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone. He was the leader of the eight-piece Bellows Falls jazz band called The Little Big Band; he hosted a long running weekly jazz program on WOOL-FM and actively promoted live jazz in and around his adopted home of Bellows Falls. He participated in many Vermont Jazz Center events, and frequently attended the Wednesday jazz sessions. He also played in the soul/funk band, Flight, reggae band Saylyn, as well as Murphy's Blues, and the funk/reggae band Green Zone. Fred will be loved and remembered by all his friends for his quick wit, joyous spirit, and love of nature. He was predeceased by his parents, Ceola and Frederick Tipton Sr. He was a huge influence in the lives of all his family. He leaves behind his loving favorite sister, Diane Tipton Sweeney (Neville deceased) of Bellows Falls, best friend and brother Don Tipton (Lily) of Westfield, N.J., and his other favorite sister. Terry Tipton Kwakumey (Aloysius) of Lawrenceville, Ga.

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