Wendelin Ann “Wendy” Patterson
Wendelin Ann “Wendy” Patterson, 70, of Hinesburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, following a five year battle with cancer. Wendy was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on May 1, 1944, to Robert Francis “Bob” Patterson and Mary Barbara “Babs” Morgan. She leaves her siblings, Bob, Joan, and Susan. She attended Dormont High School, Penn State where she earned her Bachelor’s degree, and the University of Pittsburgh for her Master’s degree. She was married on April 29, 1967 to Thomas Myers, for 11 years. They had two sons, Lee Myers of Colchester, and Michael Myers of Denver, Colo. She is also loved by the children of Daniel Sullivan, her life partner of 27 years, Colleen Thompson of Henderson, Nev., Michael Sullivan of Orinda, Calif., and Lisa Casler of Richmond, Va. The collective group of their children affectionately knew her as Grandma Wendy. Both in her professional life, 17 years with the State of VT Department of Human Services, and in her personal life, Wendy was an expert at creating networks and motivating people toward positive change. This applied to many areas: her community, politics, friends, and herself. She was a fearless fighter for and defender of her principles, and once engaged, would use courage, stamina, and resources to prevail. Again and again, Wendy overcame odds and emerged victorious. She was always open to new activities, hobbies and ideas. Her friends were very important to her, and many have known her for decades. She was an adventurous soul and world traveler, especially fond of Paris where she visited more than a dozen times and often thought she might be slightly Parisian. Of late, she had accomplished a lifelong goal of becoming an exhibited artist. With inspiration from the city she loved so much, and through dedication to her craft, she developed her skills as a watercolor artist to be displayed in three shows and a gallery exhibit. Her steadfast, pragmatic ways and ability to stay in the moment, was admirable, and she taught people to be strong even in her final days. A memorial service will be held from 4 to 9pm on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at the First Unitarian Universalist Society, 152 Pearl St., Burlington. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation of any amount to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495. Through their loving and tender ways, the staff and volunteers made Wendy’s final days peaceful and comfortable.
Lynford Lumbra – East Fairfield
Lynford Lumbra, 77, passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in the Pillsbury Homestead in St. Albans. He was born in Montgomery on Nov. 3, 1936, the son of the late Hardy and Erma (Touchette) Lumbra. Lynford was a graduate of Brigham Academy in Bakersfield, Class of 1955. He married Johanna Lumnah on Sept. 12, 1956. In 1969, Lynford purchased what would be Lyn’s Market with his wife, Jo, and together they operated it until their retirement in 1999. He enjoyed operating the store, especially custom beef cutting. In 1996, he was recognized with the Local Storekeeper Award by the Vermont Grocers Association for his outstanding service to the community. Lynford was a very active member of St. Anthony/St. Georges Catholic Church serving on the Parish Council, Lawn Party Committee, and as a Eucharistic Minister. He and Jo loved traveling and Lynford particularly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. More recently, Lynford enjoyed participating in activities, lunch dates, and outings with his friends at the Pillsbury Homestead. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, constant smile, and great attitude. Among his survivors is his daughter Carrie and Peter Chlumecky of Hinesburg and grandchildren Lynn and Max Chlumecky. Contributions in Lynford’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency – Hospice Program, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.
Thomas Matthew Devine – Winooski
Thomas M. Devine died on Sept. 14, 2014. Tom was born on Dec. 29, 1936, in Springfield, Mass., the son of Thomas and Eleanor (Maroney) Devine. Mr. Devine was a career educator, having taught at Hinesburg High School, CVUHS, and St. Michael’s College. He is survived by sister, Susan (Devine) Rachele of Springfield, Mass.; sisters-in-law, Carol Devine of Cleaver, Mo., and Judy Devine of Enfield, Conn.; longtime friend, Pierre Matteau of Longueuil, Quebec; niece, Allison and husband, Larry Bayles, and grandnephew, Brendan Bayles, and grandniece, Zooey Bayles, of Pittsfield, Mass.; nephew, Thomas Rachele and wife, Jennifer, and grandnephew, Alexander, and grandniece, Grace, of Springfield, Mass.; nephew, Sean Devine and wife, Cindy, of Cleaver, Mo.; nephew, Brian Devine and wife, Yvonne, and grandnephew, Case, of Billings, Mo.; and nephew, Blake Dickie and wife, Sarah, of St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Devine was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Eleanor Devine; and brothers, Ronald, John, and Matthew Devine. At Mr. Devine’s request, there will be a private funeral at the convenience of the family in Massachusetts. Memorial contributions may be made to the Winooski Senior Center, 123 Barlow St., Winooski, VT 05404; or the Kathy Devost Scholarship Fund Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, VT 05461.