Milestones

Births

Deirdre (Perkins) and Kendrick Bissonette of Hinesburg had a daughter, Piper Raye Bissonette, on Sept. 3, 2014 at Fletcher Allen Health Care.
Ann and Michael Savioli of Hinesburg had a daughter, Madeline Leigh Savioli, on Aug. 26. 2014 at Fletcher Allen Health Care.
Zoe and Tom Williams of Charlotte had a son, Arlo Thomas Williams, on Sept. 15, 2014 at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Deaths
Raymond “Bud” Kelton Jr. – Middlebury
Raymond “Bud” Kelton Jr., age 81, died peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Helen Porter Health & Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury surrounded by his wife and children. Bud was born on the family farm in New Haven on March 26, 1933, the son of Raymond and Grace (Newton) Kelton Sr. He grew up in Middlebury and received his early education at St. Mary’s School, and graduated from Middlebury High School, Class of 1951. Bud spent the next year driving west exploring the county. Afterward, he joined the United States Navy and served during the Korean War, with more than two years of overseas service. Following his honorable discharge in 1956, he returned to Middlebury and worked at New England Telephone. He then moved to Salem, N.H., and worked with the Raytheon Corporation in Andover, Mass. In 1965, he moved with his family back to Middlebury and began his working career at Simmonds Precision, where he retired as Quality Control Engineer in 1989. He was a member of the Ralph Myhre Golf Course where he had achieved, not one, but two holes-in-one. In high school, Bud was on the ski team and did downhill, slalom, cross-country, and jumping. He won the Vermont State Ski Championship in the winter of 1951 in the slalom, and was on the team that won the New England High School Ski Championship held in Massachusetts. Bud spent many years teaching his children how to ski and how to play golf. His children then passed on those same sports to their own children. Bud loved to cook for his family and friends and he was quite famous for his “Bud Burgers.” He belonged to Middlebury American Legion Post #27. He was a communicant at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. Among his survivors are a daughter Tanna E. Kelton and husband, Dan Pflaster, of Charlotte, and grandchildren, Kara and Amelia Pflaster. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at 11am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury. The Rev. William Beaudin, Pastor, will be the celebrant. A graveside committal service and burial, with military honors, will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. After the ceremony, the family will receive friends at Middlebury American Legion, Post #27, for a time of remembrance. Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made in his memory to the Middlebury American Legion Post #27 Scholarship Fund, 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury, VT; or the Activities Fund of the Memory Care Unit, Helen Porter Health & Rehabilitation Center, 30 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT; or to the Addison County Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.

Dr. Elisabeth Jean (Hudson) Heininger – Corning, N.Y.
Dr. Elisabeth Jean Hudson Heininger, 48, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, after a long and courageous battle against Lyme disease with manifestations of Multiple Sclerosis. Lis received her Doctorate in Recreation Administration from Indiana University, and taught at East Carolina University and Corning Community College, before her illness became too severe. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Corning, N.Y. Among her survivors is a brother-in-law, Justin Heininger and wife, Mary, of Hinesburg; and sister-in-law, Polly Heininger and husband, Eric Smith, of Charlotte. Services and burial were held on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Corning, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Lis’s honor to a scholarship fund being set up for her daughter, Marisa. Checks may be made payable to: Andrew Heininger, and sent to: Marisa Heininger Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1272, Corning, NY 14830.

Richard “Dick” Owen
– Huntington
On Oct. 3, 2014, heaven accepted another angel, Richard A. Owen, 81, of Huntington. He was born on May 1, 1933, in Hinesburg, the son of Harry and Freda (Burritt) Owen. Dick grew up in Hinesburg. He married Joyce Clark on Sept. 6, 1952, in Hinesburg, and she predeceased him on Jan. 24, 2006. He served in the US Army from 1952 to 1961. Dick was a longtime truck driver working for Dave Tillotson, Ormond Bushey Trucking, and his son, Steven, for Fresh Water Haulers. He is survived by his two sons, Steven R. and wife, Suzanne Owen, of Underhill, and Chris and wife, Michelle Owen, of St. Albans; 11 grandchildren, Jaime, Jennifer, and Jessie and his wife, Audrey Owen, Crystal and her husband, Dan Phelps, Heath and his wife, Megan Owen, Joseph and Stephanie Owen, Samantha Owen, Christopher Owen, Alex Coache, Bryan Coache, and Chesney Owen; one great-granddaughter, Averie Owen; many brothers- and sisters-in-law; and several nieces, nephews, and other family members. Dick was predeceased by his brothers, Robert and Roger Owen. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at 1pm at the Hinesburg Village Cemetery. Arrangements are in care of the Gifford Funeral Home of Richmond. In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation can be made to Vermont Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.