Milestones

Weddings

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Mr. and Mrs. Steven Gribnau are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Lisa Gribnau, to Patrick Roche, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Roche of Pembroke, N.H. on Nov. 8 at St. Catherine of Sienna in Shelburne officiated by Monsignor Michael DeForge. A celebratory reception was held after the ceremony at The Old Lantern in Charlotte. Robyn Brosius was maid of honor and bridesmaids were Jackie Gertz and Lisa Henry. The best man was Rodney Green and the groomsmen were Jeffrey Roche, Brian Roche, Patrick Galvin, and Scott LaLonde.

Mrs. Roche is a graduate of The College of St, Rose in Albany, N.Y. with a degree in Graphic Design and is an E­-Commerce Graphic Designer for Gardener’s Supply. Mr. Roche graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is employed as an Engineer at DR Power in Vergennes. Mr. and Mrs. Roche reside in Charlotte and plan on a trip to Puerto Vallarta in March.

Deaths

Jeremy Paul Boquet – Hinesburg

Jeremy Paul Boquet, of Hinesburg, born Sept. 18, 1992, in Manassas, Va., died suddenly from a blood clot that stopped his very giving heart on Jan. 2, 2015, in Burlington. Jeremy is survived by his parents, John Paul Boquet and Georgina Chaplin Boquet; sister, Jenny Boquet; and brother, Brad Boquet. He is also survived by his grandfather, John Chaplin; grandmother, Dorothy Boquet; and a very large extended family. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Sheila Chaplin; grandfather, Johnny Boquet; and aunt, Elizabeth Boquet. Jeremy loved doing movie reviews at the Essex Cinemas for his blog, The Worldwide Blog of Movies. He loved volunteering with Special Olympics Vermont, the American Heart Association , and many others. Jeremy was Street Team Captain and helped organize Vermont Comic Con, which was definitely a dream come true for him. Jeremy had a way of touching the lives of everyone he met. There will be a celebration of Jeremy’s life on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2pm at the Essex Cinemas in Essex. The family requests no home visits, as they would like that to be their sanctuary during this very difficult time. Donations may be made in Jeremy’s name to Special Olympics Vermont.

Kenneth Guy Lavigne – South Burlington

Kenneth Guy Lavigne died peacefully on Dec. 23, 2014. He was born on Jan. 2, 1919, to Guy and Beatrice (Sprague) Lavigne in Hinesburg. He lived and worked on the family farm in Hinesburg, played on the town baseball team, was an active participant in town plays, and graduated from Hinesburg High School. He married Virginia Pike on Feb. 26, 1949. They were married for over 60 years and made their home on Pond Road in Hinesburg for 39 years before moving to South Burlington in 1989. Ken worked as a heavy equipment operator, specializing in cranes for Cass Warner. Later, he worked for Sears as a small engine repairman until his retirement. Ken had a lifelong love of automobiles; dogs, especially beagles; and hunting. He loved to reminisce about the old days, and his mind was sharp right up to the end of his life. Throughout the years he had many hobbies including motorcycles, boating and snowmobiles. He was friendly to everyone and over the years developed wonderful friendships with his neighbors. The family would like to thank Ken and Rose McCormick, Steve and Loretta Marriot, Cathy Sicard, Lucy Boyajian, Joe and Kim Lane, Judy Young, and others along the street for enriching his life. Ken leaves his five children, Sharon Laroe and her close friend, John Bruley, of St. Albans, Gary and Josephine Lavigne of Hinesburg, Glenn and Denise Lavigne of Milton, Carl and Sheryl Lavigne of Georgia, and Nancy and Rick Durham of Middlebury; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Arlene Lavigne and Roberta Webster; and many nieces and nephews. Ken was predeceased by his wife, Virginia; son-in-law, Jim Laroe; brother, Paul Lavigne; great-grandchild, Issac Blake; and four brothers-in-law, Sidney, Gardley, Roger, and Corland Pike. The family would also like to thank the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice for their support over the past weeks. Burial will be in the spring in the family lot in Hinesburg Village Cemetery.

John Robert Roos, M.D. – Hinesburg

John Robert Roos, M.D., age 61, died on Dec. 24, 2014, in the VNA Vermont Respite House in Williston, as a result of esophageal cancer. John was born on April 30, 1953, in Fargo, N.D., to Lillian Mercedes Mickelson Roos and Norman Carl Herseth Roos. He grew up in Hawley, Minn., as the youngest of three boys, helping his father tend their bee-yards and growing flowers alongside his mother. John graduated from Concordia College, and then the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1981. As a licensed physician, John practiced complementary medicine, specializing in homeopathy and osteopathy, for over three decades. He was greatly appreciated by multitudes of patients, who traveled from a distance to receive his brand of healing medicine. He was well known for his curiosity, and for his caring and relational approach, spending time to assess the whole person, and tailoring unique treatments to each individual. John’s great love was his relationship with the land, from which he coaxed bounties of fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers, creating beauty and nourishment with a deliberation and enthusiasm that was stunning. When not tending patients, he could be found tending bees, or in the dirt with the flowers, or harvesting bushels of organic peaches, pears, apricots, nectarines and kiwi, or baskets of shitake mushrooms from his logs. John was truly a wonder to behold in his relationship to the natural world. Throughout his adult life, he devoted himself also to civic and political activities in support of environmental protection. John is survived by his beloved wife, Bonnie Morrissey of Hinesburg; his two sons, Nick Landsman-Roos of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Arri Landsman-Roos of Jacksonville, Fla.; and stepson, Travis Morrissey of Johnson. He was intensely proud of Nick’s accomplishments in the field of law, Arri’s work with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Travis’ development as a plumber. He took great pleasure in playing and watching basketball with his sons, and sharing his interest in beekeeping and gardening. John is survived also by his brothers, Howard Roos of Saint Loius, Mo., and Don Roos of Northfield, Minn.; and their families, including nieces, Celeste and Shannon, and nephews, Dan and Nelson. John is also survived by the mother of his children, Susan Landsman. John was predeceased by both parents. A memorial service in John’s honor will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Burlington at 2pm on Saturday, Jan. 17. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the VNA Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495, in John’s name.

Louise Aimee (DesVergnes) Lynch – Burlington

Louise Aimee (DesVergnes) Lynch, 87, of Burlington, died peacefully in the UVM Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief illness. She was born in Montgomery Center on Oct. 28, 1927, the daughter of Thomas and Helene (Gagnon) DesVergnes. Her father, Thomas, died five months before her birth; and after 18 months living in Montgomery, her mother needed to go to work, so she was sent to her grandmother’s home in Canada. At the age of three she joined her brother, Marcel, and sister, Theresa, at The Saint Joseph’s Orphanage in Burlington. Louise graduated from Cathedral High School in 1944, at the age of 16. She graduated from Trinity College in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree and taught one year at Richford High School. On June 20, 1949, she married John C. Lynch in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington. They were married for 62 years, until his death in 2011. After raising her family of seven children, she returned to teaching, recertifying for Elementary Level and taught at Lawrence Barnes Elementary School. She retired in 1984, after spending her last 10 years as Remedial Math Teacher. As a teacher, she endeavored to challenge children to master the highest degree of math confidence always seeking and creating new and inventive ways of practicing and mastering skills. She worked on the Burlington School District’s math curriculum always improving her own techniques. She mentored other teachers and was also a cooperating teacher for many student teachers. As a mother and grandmother, she was not only loved, but highly respected. She maintained close friendships with her Trinity College friends and many of her high school friends. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, logic problems, and all range of card games. She was an excellent bridge player. She also enjoyed computer solitaire and keeping up with her grandchildren on Facebook. Her house was always filled with lively debates about politics, religion, and social justice. She made many new friends at Hawk’s Meadow in Essex, hosting frequent coffee and donut hours. Among her survivors is a daughter, Susan McDonald and husband, Jeffrey, of Charlotte; 19 grandchildren including Tyler and Ethan McDonald, and eight great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446; or the Sara Holbrook Community Center, 66 North Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

Julia S. Fortin – Monkton

Julia S. Fortin, of Monkton, passed away on Jan. 6, 2015, surrounded by family. She was born on Aug. 16, 1942, the daughter of Francis (Badore) and Darce Lewis. Julia graduated from Hinesburg High School, Class of 1961, and DeGoesbriand/Mary Fletcher Hospital. She worked at South Burlington High School and the Christmas Tree Shop. Julia married Roger Fortin Jr. on Oct. 13, 1962, who predeceased her in 1996. She loved football, knitting, crocheting, reading, long rides, and spending time with family. She also enjoyed traveling to France, England, Ireland, Florida, Las Vegas, and Alaska with her family. She is survived by her children, Allen (Anne) Fortin, Thomas (Marge) Fortin, both of Hinesburg, Nicole (Dave) Sherwin of Florida, and Jeffery Fortin of Monkton; grand children, John, Patrick, Stephan, Samuel, Paul, Roger, Jack and Julia; sisters and brother, Janet (Joe) Price, Darcelene (Mike) Lewis-Wedge, and David (Gail) Lewis; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Rose-Ann Lombard, Philip (Paula) Fortin, and Charlene VanSleet; and several aunts, nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Hinesburg on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 10am. Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, from 4 to 8pm at St. Jude’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Addison County Visiting Nurse Association.