Jane Worden



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• Grace W. Bottamini, 92, of Rutland. Died March 7 at her home. Wife of Dr. Joseph T. Bottamini for 56 years. Born in Hardwick, daughter of Jessie May (Corrow) and Henry Fisk Weaver, Brattleboro farmers who went on to become proprietors of the Addison General Store. After graduating from Brattleboro High School, she graduated from the University of Vermont in 1939. The Bottamini's settled in Vergennes. where he ran his private practice in family medicine and pediatrics for more than 46 years. When he retired in 1986, they moved to Panton where she poured her energy into creating an extraordinary garden that reflected her love of plants and unusual architectural objects, her eye for color, and the unflagging focus and enthusiasm she brought to all her creative endeavors. She was an active antiques dealer, running The Owl in the Attic on Main Street in Vergennes for many years. In addition to antiques and gardening, she enjoyed reading and writing, and was a generous supporter of the arts. Memorial information: A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family asks friends to donate one special hour reading to a child, visiting someone who is ill or housebound, pounding nails for Habitat for Humanity, walking a lonely dog at a Humane Society, donating volunteer time at a clinic, or similar activities as a remembrance. Donations to Maple Leaf Farm 10 Maple Leaf Road, Underhill, VT 05489 (, the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, P.O. Box 787, Rutland, VT 05702, (, or your local arts organization or library.

• John H. Northup Jr., 98, of Townshend. Died March 11 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Husband of Samiha Naili for 62 years. Father of John Northup III and his wife, Shara, of Florence, S.C.; and Ronald E. Northup and Karen Johnson of North Carolina. Predeceased by siblings Judy and Julian Northup. Born in Townshend, the son of John H. and Hazel (Taft) Northup, he received his early education in Townshend. He later went on to take classes at State University of New York. Worked in the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer for USAID for 18 years, retiring in 1975. He also served his country as a member of the American Volunteer Guard in Eritrea during World War II. Memorial information: A graveside burial service will be held at the Oakwood Cemetery in Townshend later this spring. Donations to a charity of one's choice.

 • Jane R. Worden, 74, of Brattleboro. Died March 13 at her home. Wife of Lynton “Curly” Worden for nearly 50 years. Mother of Christopher Worden and his wife, Lori, of West Halifax; Christine and her husband, John Lynde, of Guilford; Andrea and her husband, Jim Freeman, of Vernon; and Scott Worden of South Burlington. Sister of Susan Record of Rocky Hill, Conn.; and Nancy Brooks of Newfane. Predeceased by a brother, Scott Robinson. Born in Brattleboro, the daughter of Esther (Daigneault) and the late Paul Robinson, she was raised and educated in Newfane. Graduated from St. Michael's High School in Brattleboro, Class of 1954. A bookkeeper for her entire working career, she worked for the Brattleboro Town Crier for 20 years, and previously had been employed at the former Vermont National Bank and the Brattleboro Listers office. Also worked at the former Crosby Milling on Vernon Road, starting at Crosby's when she was in high school. She had been most recently employed at Beck's Hair Salon, working along side her “adopted” daughter, Barb Lesch Kinsman. She loved the salon, and was always happiest when she was with “the girls.” A devout Catholic, she was a longtime communicant of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro. She was a faithful and devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother, as well as a friend to many. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crossword puzzles, scrapbooking, and working in her flower gardens. Memorial information: A funeral Mass has held on March 17 at St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Newfane will take place in the springtime. Messages of condolence may be sent to Atamaniuk Funeral Home at


• In Brattleboro (Memorial Hospital), March 7, 2011, a son, Calvin Caleb Hall Quinn, to Dawn Quinn and Corinne Ginsberg of Brattleboro; grandson to Kathryn Hall and Richard Neilsen of Lindsay, Calif., and Dave and June Quinn of Essex, Ontario, Canada; great-grandson to LaVon Hall of Fulton, S.D.

• In Brattleboro (Memorial Hospital), Feb. 28, 2011, a son, Connor David Gaffney, to Krystal (Therieau) and Keith Gaffney of Hinsdale, N.H.; grandson to Michael and Mary Therieau of Brattleboro, Douglas and Deborah Edwards of Fitzwilliam, N.H., and Guy Gaffney of Swanzey, N.H.; great-grandson to Sallie Olmstead of Dummerston, Evelyn Therieau of North Port, Fla., and John “Jack” Gaffney of Brick, N.J.

• In Madison, Wis., Feb. 10, 2011, a daughter, Gracyn Sofia Hornsby, to Tara Siders and Derek Hornsby of Madison; granddaughter to Iedje deWilde Hornsby of Dummerston and Charles Hornsby of Brattleboro.

• In Allentown, Pa., (Lehigh Valley Hospital/Cedar Crest), Feb. 4, 2011, a son, Joshua Michael Rogers, to Jeffrey and Roberta (Mann) Rogers of Quakertown, Pa.; grandson to Steve and Sherry Rogers of Fleetwood, Pa., formerly of West Wardsboro, and Ed and Diane Mann of Selinsgrove, Pa.; great-grandson to Jewel Rogers of Fleetwood, formerly of Brattleboro.

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