Obituaries

A Life: Ann Jean Thomas, 1926-2015; ‘They Are All So Beautiful’

Monday, August 3, 2015

Woodstock — In her last book of verse, published in 2013, Ann Jean Thomas included a short, enigmatic poem titled In Praise of Lithium Silicates. Only 12 lines, the first nine as opaque as the minerals they describe: From the Tamminen Mine in Greenwood, and from the tailings of Mount Apatite, they face …

Hope Margaret Wescott

Monday, August 3, 2015

Enfield, N.H. — Hope Margaret Wescott, 97, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Arrangements are pending with the Ricker Funeral Home of Lebanon & Enfield. An obituary will be published in a later edition. …

Virginia (Ginny) Marino

Monday, August 3, 2015

Orford, N.H. — Virginia (Ginny) Marino, born Feb. 16, 1928 in Brooklyn, N.Y., died Saturday, Aug. 1st, 2015 at home in Orford surrounded by her loving children; Martin (Tad) Marino, of Elmhurst, N.Y.; Lynn Perry, of Woburn, Mass. and Jeffrey Marino, of Manhattan. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Cameron Martin Perry, Alana Marin Perry, Rhiannon Delphine Marino and Finnavar Nuala Marino-Sweeney …

Richard Hoyt Chapin

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New London, N.H. — Richard Hoyt Chapin, “Hoyt” to those whom he knew, died at his home in New London, on Thursday, July 16, 2015, with his family by his side. Born in May 1933, the son of the late Dr. Walter Coolidge Chapin and Helen Hoyt Chapin, …

Anne Carolyn Wollman

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Woodstock, Vt. — Anne Carolyn Wollman died at the age of 82 on Friday, June 5, 2015. She was a prominent and discriminating collector of art works including ceramics, prints, and paintings; and was known for her impeccable taste in the clothing and jewelry she wore. The Vermont …

Paula R. Berquist

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Thompson, Vt. — Paula R. Berquist, 55 passed away Saturday July 25, 2015 surrounded by her family. Arrangements are pending with the Ricker Funeral Homes & Crematory of Lebanon & Enfield. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition of the Valley News. …

Walter A. “Smitty” Smith

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Beverly Hills, Fla. — Walter A. “Smitty” Smith, age 79, of Beverly Hills, Fla., formerly of Newport, N.H., passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015, at his home. He was born July 21, 1935, in Queens, N.Y., to Robert Walter and Gwedolyn (Crawford) Smith. He graduated in 1955 from …

Richard “Rick” G. Velte, Jr.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Newport, N.H. — Richard “Rick” G. Velte, Jr., 69, of Karlene Street, died Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Plymouth, N.H. suddenly. He was born in Boston, Mass. on Nov. 29, 1945 the son of Richard G. and Juliet (Lawrence) Velte, Sr. He spent his early years in Lexington, …

William Duval

Friday, July 24, 2015

West Topsham, Vt. — A Celebration of life for William Duval who died on Jan. 3, 2015, will be held on Aug. 8, 2015, at 3 p.m. at his home on 6 Pike Hill Road in West Topsham. The Hale Funeral Home and Cremation Care of Bradford, Vt. …

Mary S. Richards

Friday, July 24, 2015

Wilder, Vt. — Mary S. Richards died peacefully surrounded by her children on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the age of 87. She would have been pleased to know that the peonies and roses were in full bloom, the birds were singing and the sky was picture perfect …

Robert L. Zrike, Sr.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Juno Beach, Fla. — Robert L. Zrike, Sr. (89) of Juno Beach and Grantham, N.H., and former resident of Greenwich, Conn., died on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Born Sept. 13, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of Salim K. Zrike …

Robert J. “Frog” Fournier

Friday, July 24, 2015

East Thetford, Vt. — Robert J. “Frog” Fournier, 78, died Friday, July 24, 2015 at home in East Thetford. He was born Sept. 22, 1936, a son of Albert and Elizabeth (Roy) Fournier in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Robert graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy before enlisting in the U.S. …

Rene J. LaPorte, Jr.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Claremont, N.H. — Rene J. LaPorte, Jr., 62, of Stark Rd. in Lempster, N.H., formerly of Claremont, died at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on July 21, 2015, from complications after suffering a massive heart attack on June 24, 2015. Rene was born on Sept. 5, 1952 in …