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Obituaries 08-31-10

Fred Herman Rowe

Brandon - Fred Herman Rowe, age 70 of Brandon, Vermont died August 18, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his family, after a long, courageous, 11-year battle with Leukemia.   He was born in Hingham, MA on June 26, 1940, the son of Fred Francis and Ida Linea (Josephson) Rowe.  He grew up in Hingham, MA and moved with his family to Vermont in 1972. Fred was survived by his loving wife Joan (Cochrane) Rowe, who he married 45 years ago September 10, 1965. He graduated from Hingham High School and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of Massachusetts. He served in the Army National Guard from 1964 until moving to Vermont in 1972.

    Fred spent most of his career in agriculture.  He worked for the Massachusetts Farm Bureau, and then owned a grain store on Cape Cod, then in 1972. He fulfilled his lifelong ambition of owning a dairy farm in Sudbury, Vermont.  He later sold A.O. Smith Harvestor silos across Vermont. In 1986 he made a career change and started Rowe Real Estate with his wife Joan.  He leaves 3 devoted daughters and 4 grandchildren; Linea Rowe and husband Danny Gromfin and their daughters Elizabeth and Paige of Arlington, Ma, Kristin Rowe Lohan and husband Scott and their sons Xander and Mason of Marblehead, Ma, Wendy Rowe Feldman and husband Marty of Brandon and their baby who will be born in September, brother-in-law John Cochrane of Boston, brother and sister in-law Richard and Karen Moore, of Dover, NH, 2 nephews, Tyler and wife Susan and son Noah of Eliot, Me and Trevor of Hawaii, his aunt Virginia Lovell in Arizona and many cousins.    

    He was pre-deceased by his father, Fred Francis, his mother, Ida Linea (Josephson), an infant daughter, and a sister, Elizabeth Rowe Moore.

    Fred was a member of the Brandon Congregational Church, having served on the Prudential Board and the Board of Deacons, a member of the Brandon Planning Commission, Past president of the Rutland County Board of Realtors, A Selectman in Sudbury, 35 year Rotarian and past president of the Brandon Rotary Club, having received a Paul Harris Fellowship.  He was a member of St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge #25 F. & A.M.    He was a proud Eagle Scout.

    Fred loved being outdoors and spent as much time as he could in his garden, maple sugaring, skiing, golfing, and at hunting camp at the “A Frame”.  He was a history buff who loved driving his 1928 Ford Roadster pickup around town. We will remember him as a gentle soul who loved life and made everyone he knew happy to be around him.

    The funeral service were held on Saturday, August 28, 2010, at The Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White, pastor officiated. A private graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, followed the ceremony, in the family lot, at Pine Hill Cemetery.

    Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in his memory, to the Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.

Albert Davidson Conwell


BRANDON - Albert Davidson Conwell, age 80, died Friday, August 20, 2010, at his home in Brandon.

    Mr. Conwell was born in New York City on May 26, 1930. He was the son of J. Frank and Catherine (Cox) Conwell. He was a graduated of Somers, NY, High School, Class of 1948. He received his degree in business from Lycoming College, class of 1950. On Dec ember 27, 1952 he married Jean Rose Bennett in Katonah, NY. Mrs. Conwell died in 1992. He joined the United States Air Force in 1953 and was attached to the 46th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Dover Air Force Base. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Katonah, NY. He moved his family to Sherburne in 1964, where he established Sherburne Taxi Service. He also owned and operated C & C Electric Company. He had worked for the Town of Sherburne and served as Road Commissioner until retiring in 1993. He had made his home in Brandon since 1987. He continued working as owner of The Wood Doctor of Vermont until illness forced his final retirement a year ago. He was a member of the American Society of Dowsers. He belonged to the Sherburne Volunteer Fire Department for many years and was a member of The Brandon American Legion Post #55.

    Surviving is a son Timothy Conwell of Pawlet, 1 daughter Allison Crossman of Claremont, NH, his companion Patricia Dunton of Marietta, GA., and a his niece and care provider Karen Rhodes of Brandon. 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews & cousins also survive him. He was predeceased by a brother Frank Conwell.

    The graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, took place on Thursday, August 26, 2010, at Riverside Cemetery in Sherburne Center. The Rev. Beverly Anderson officiated.

    Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to; The Brandon Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 232, Brandon, VT 05733 or Killington Fire Department, 1973 Killington, VT 05751.

    Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.

Patricia Ann Hornbeck


BRANDON - Patricia Ann Hornbeck, 65, died peacefully Monday, August 23, 2010, at her home in Brandon surrounded by her daughters and her sisters. She was born in Rutland on November 6, 1944, the daughter of Edward J. Wynne and Vivian (Hall) Wynne. When Patricia was young, Vivian remarried Stanley Buzzell and together they raised the family. She received her education in Brandon schools. She married George E. Hornbeck on July 22, 1961, and they had two daughters, Valerie and Tricia.

    Patricia was very much loved and respected by her family, friends and coworkers. She had an enthusiasm for life and especially took pleasure in spending time with her husband and family. She was a compassionate friend, and shared her love and wisdom with those around her. One of her greatest joys was preparing beautiful holiday celebrations in her home. Patty loved nature, and together with her husband she spent many happy times camping and hiking around Vermont and kayaking on the Maine coast. Each year Patty and George looked forward to their annual summer camping trip with their three grandchildren.

    Patricia retired from Middlebury College in November 2009 after 25 years. She loved working at Middlebury, and through it made many friends. She made significant contributions to the library’s advancement into the computer age. In her position as media services development coordinator, she was instrumental in the development of the online Robert Frost Special Collection at Bread Loaf, and also the organization of the fledgling digital lecture archive that allowed students, for the first time, easy access to important lectures from around the world.

    Patricia was predeceased by her husband, George, who died on August 3, 2010. On July 22, 2010, they joyfully celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary together with their family. Surviving are her two daughters, Valerie Chickanosky and her husband John of South Burlington and Tricia Keith and her partner, Greg Birajiclian of Rutland; three grandchildren, Sarah, Matthew and Annie Chickanosky; and two sisters, Sandra Brutkoski of Brandon and Joan Fish of Port Huron, Michigan. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

    A memorial service in celebration of her life was held Saturday, August 28, 2010, at the Brandon Congregational Church. The Rev. Richard White officiated.
A private graveside committal service and burial will take place, at the convenience of the family.

    Patricia's lifelong love of books and learning led her to a career in the library field. Whatever form, paper or digital, books were a vital part of her life. In her honor, a memorial fund in her name has been established to promote reading programs at the Brandon Free Public Library. Contributions may be made to: Brandon Free Public Library, 4 Franklin Street, Brandon, Vermont 05733, referencing the Patricia Hornbeck Memorial Fund.

    Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon.


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