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Obituaries 11-06-12


ADDISON- Peter DeVries, 73, a longtime resident, went to be with the Lord Friday, October 26, 2012 at Our House Residential Care Home, Rutland, following a long illness.

    Born in Hollum, the Netherlands July 15, 1939, he was the son of the late Samuel and Grace (Vanhuizen) DeVries.

    Peter and his wife Linda moved here in 1969 from Middletown, NY and have operated DeVries Dairydale Farm for many years.  The family continues to operate the farm.

    He was a member of the New Haven United Reformed Church and the Gideon’s International.  

    Peter loved working the land and often would have one of his beloved grandchildren in the tractor with him.  He had a genuine love for the Lord, a love that overflowed into everyone around him. He was a wonderful husband and loving father who filled his home with lots of laughter.

    Surviving family members include his wife of 43 years, Clara L. “Linda” DeVries of Addison; three sons, Daniel P. DeVries of Addison, Samuel H. DeVries and his wife Alisa of Addison, and David W. DeVries and his wife Julia of Addison; one daughter, Jodie L. Roorda and her husband, Richard of Addison; one brother, Henry DeVries of Middletown, NY; one sister, Della Roorda of Whiting; and 11 grandchildren.

    He was predeceased by four sisters, Anneka Zylstra, Theresa Roorda, Tilly DeVries and Alice VanWieren.

    Relatives and friends 5-8 PM Tuesday at Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury.  The funeral service was held Oct 31,2012 at New Haven United Reformed Church with the Rev. Jeremy Veldman, pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery, Vergennes.

    The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Champlain Valley Christian School, 2 Church St., Vergennes, VT 05491


MIDDLEBURY-Amy Louise Gosselin, age 55, died October 23, 2012, at her home in Middlebury.
    Ms: Gosselin was born in Middlebury on November 9, 1956. She was the daughter of Walter and Freda (Jabot) Beeman. She grew up in Orwell where she received her early education. She was graduated from Fair Haven Union High School, class of 1974. She afterwards attended Castleton State College’s Nursing Program. She had worked as a Special Needs Teacher at Cornwall Elementary School and at the Mary Hogan School in Middlebury. She had also worked at the Counseling Service of Addison County.

    She is survived by her daughter Rachael Gosselin of Brandon and 1 son Neal Gosselin of Columbina, Ohio, her mother Freda Beeman of Orwell, 3 brothers Charles Beeman of Palm Coast, FL, Ronald Beeman of Monkton and Carroll Beeman of Whiteville, NC. 2 granddaughters and several nieces, nephews & cousins also survive her. She was predeceased by her father Walter Beeman and 2 brothers John and Gary Beeman.

    The Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on November 20, 2012, at 10 AM, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. The Rev. William Beaudin, pastor will be the celebrant. A private burial will take place, at a later date.

    Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory to; WomensSafe, P.O. Box 67, Middlebury, VT 05753.

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

Victoria Elizabeth Strzelec

POULTNEY:Victoria Elizabeth Strzelec, age 49, died Thursday, October 25, 2012, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

   Miss Strzelec was born in Proctor on January 3, 1963. She was the daughter of Frank and Barbara (Lee) Strzelec. She resided at the Brandon Training School for a short time before moving to West Rutland and sharing a home with Carl & Gertrude Wener. She later lived with the Lloyd & Gloria Goyette family in Poultney and most recently had made her home with Joan “Mimi” Richards of Poultney. She enjoyed music, car rides, her boa scarves, good food and boat rides.

    She is survived by 2 brothers Frank J. Strzelec, Jr., of West Rutland and Scott Hunter of Washington, DC, her care provider Joan “Mimi” Rivers of Poultney and her guardian Lisa Lamoureux of Brandon.

    The memorial service “In Celebration of Her Life” will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2012,  at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 AM until service time at 10 AM. A private graveside committal service and burial will take place in Pine Hill Cemetery.

    Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory to; The Music Program at Community Access Program, P.O. Box 222, Rutland, VT 05702.


SALISBURY:Mary Anne “Susie” Piper, age 72, died Monday, October 29, 2012, at her home in Salisbury.

    Mrs. Piper was born in Moriah, NY on July 2, 1940. She was the daughter of George and Wreatha (Baldwin) Chandler. She grew up in Witherbee, NY and received her education in Mineville, NY schools. October 27, 1959 she married Ellsworth Raymond Piper in Middlebury. They have made their home in Salisbury in 1963. Mr. Piper predeceased her March 10, 1998. “Susie” had worked, for many years, as a waitress at several area restaurants. She retired from Rosie’s Restaurant in Middlebury in 2001. She enjoyed knitting and puzzles and family gatherings. Her family was her life.

    Surviving is a son Scott Piper & his wife Paula of Chester, her daughter Brenda Lubinski & her husband Steve of Salisbury, a brother Benjamin Chandler of Westport, NY, 2 sisters; Ruth Bezon of Port Henry, NY and Diana Richards of Elizabethtown, NY, 6 grandchildren; Christopher Lubinski, Alex Lubinski and his partner in life Katie Tucker, Timothy Piper, Victoria Provost, K.J. Austin and Jacob Austin, and 2 great grandchildren; Kandace and Lauren. Several nieces, nephews & cousins also survive her.
She was predeceased by a brother George Chandler, Jr and 3 sisters; Lena Wykes, Minerva “Dolly” Burke and Wreatha “Sissy” Mason. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

    Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory to; Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753 or to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401-3412.

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


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