Milestones

Theodore Cedric Palmer – Hinesburg

Theodore C. Palmer passed away peacefully on Feb. 1, 2015, after visiting with his best buddy, Murphy. He was born on Oct. 2, 1940, in Burlington, the youngest son of the late James and Beatrice (Phillips) Palmer of Hinesburg. He had many fond memories of growing up on his father’s farm and spending time with his grandfather, Jim Phillips, on his farm in Huntington Center. He attended Hinesburg High, Class of 1958, where he met his wife, Patricia A. Nertney Palmer. Pat and Ted married on Jan. 6, 1959, at St. Jude in Hinesburg. They enjoyed 55 years together, until she predeceased him in January 2014. Directly after high school, Ted enlisted in the United States Army where he trained as an aircraft mechanic working on fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. After his discharge in 1967, he was employed with Northern Airways at the Burlington Airport. Ted then moved into the construction field as a heavy equipment operator working with local companies. From 1972-1989, he served as the Road Commissioner for the town of Hinesburg. He was well known for his ditching with his Drott throughout local towns and on state highways. Throughout these years, Ted developed his own excavating and paving business. In his semiretirement years, he drove truck for Munson Earth Moving, Whitcomb and Georgia Pacific. Ted was a member of the Hinesburg Volunteer Fire Department volunteering his time and equipment during the construction of the current fire house. Ted enjoyed fishing in any kind of weather with his friends, was an avid Red Sox fan traveling with Patty and many friends to Boston to cheer them on. He especially enjoyed taking his grandchildren to camp where Patty would keep everyone calm and Ted was The Boss. Both he and Pat enjoyed hosting family for holiday gatherings, cookouts and birthday celebrations. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Phyllis Carney and her husband, William; and brother, Thomas Palmer. He is survived by his six children, their spouses, and grandchildren, Pamela and Jeffrey Parent of Hinesburg, and their children, Charlotte, Sam and Will; Timothy and Beth Palmer of Waltham, Mass., and their children, Meg and Molly; Penelope and Michael Restuccia of Waltham, Mass., and their children, Zachary, Michael and Charlie; Todd and Darlene Palmer of Pilot Mtn., N.C., and their daughter, Sabrina; Ted Palmer of Hinesburg and Danielle, and his children, Lynsey, Christoper, Hillary, and Chris’s fiancee, Nicole Utter; and Paula Palmer of Portsmouth, N.H. He is also survived by his brother, Richard and wife, (Flora) Rae Palmer; sister, Kathleen and husband, Wayne Lacillade; sister-in-law, Angelina Palmer; mother-in-law, Hilda Nertney; sister-in-law, Mary Nertney; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at 11am at St. Jude’s Church in Hinesburg. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Missions for Independence, 4357 Oak Hill Road, Williston, VT 05495; or the American Legion Post 14, Attn: Finance Office, 100 Armory Lane, Vergennes, VT 05491.
Ruth Eleanor (Plossl) Hollenbeck – Vergennes

Ruth Eleanor “Ellie” (Plossl) Hollenbeck, 92, passed peacefully on Jan. 31, 2015, while residing at Ringers Home Care in Vergennes. Ruth was born in Port Jervis, N.Y., on Jan. 19, 1923, the daughter of Joseph and Carrie Nora (Taylor) Plossl. Her early education was in Sidney Center, N.Y., and she graduated from high school in Sidney, N.Y., in 1940. After high school, she attended Delhi Technical College in Delhi, N.Y, studying hospitality and food service management. Ruth married Charles Richard Hollenbeck on Aug. 23, 1942, and the couple lived and worked in the Sidney, N.Y., area until they relocated to Vergennes, Vt., in 1948. Ruth worked side by side with her husband in business until their retirement in 1982. Ruth was an active volunteer in the Vergennes community over the years. She taught swimming in the summers, was vital to the Red Cross blood drives, and baked for the Methodist Church food sales, frequently putting her food service background to good use. While their children were in school, Ruth was a member of the local PTA. In later years, she was a RSVP volunteer, knitting items to be donated to local hospitals and nursing homes. Ruth also enjoyed many outdoor activities including snowmobiling, downhill skiing, hunting, camping, as well as shooting sports at the former Otter Creek Fish & Game Club. At home, she did many crafts including painting, decorative tins, sewing and baking. Ruth and her husband were active square dancers, traveling around the state to different areas to participate. After retirement, she and her husband traveled the USA in their RV, including spending winters in Florida. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Charles Richard Hollenbeck; her mother and father; stepmother, Agnes Plossl; brother, Roger Plossl; and sister and brother-in-law, Isabell and Burt McIntosh Ruth is survived by three children, Donna M. Burgad and husband, Matt, of Stockton, Calif., Joanne C. Rose of Lincoln, and Richard A. Hollenbeck of Monkton; her companion of over 10 years, Dickerman Orvis formerly of Hinesburg, currently of Vergennes, with whom she wintered with in Arizona and spent summers with in Hinesburg; sister-in-law, Cecilia Plossl of Pavilion, N.Y.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews in New York and Arizona. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will follow in the spring with a graveside service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Meals on Wheels, 3 Cathedral Square #106, Burlington, VT 05401; or the Vermont Food Bank, 33 Parker Road, Wilson Industrial Park, Barre, VT 05641.

 

Lee Anson Miner – Burlington

Lee Anson Miner, 86, passed away peacefully in the Converse Home in Burlington on Jan. 29, 2015. Lee was the third of five children born to Chester and Dorothy (Hunt) Miner of Bristol, on July 9, 1928. He leaves behind a brother, Keith Miner and wife, Sherry, of Burlington; and sister, Eleanor (Miner) Garrow of San Diego, Calif. He was predeceased by sisters, Mary (Miner) Mattord (2002), and Marguerite (Miner) Fox (1989). At age 16, and too young to join the Navy at the height of W.W.II, Lee finagled his way into the Merchant Marines and took to the high seas working on a fuel tanker delivering supplies to US troops. He then returned home to graduate from high school in 1946. In 1948, he began work at Blodgett Oven Co. in Burlington, where he started out building crates for the ovens, and eventually worked his way up to Accounting Manager and Asst. Treasurer, the position from which he eventually retired. In 1948, he married Norma Dwyer (2009). Between them, they had six children that they raised in the center of Hinesburg. He leaves behind Craig and Susan Miner of Vergennes, Sherry and George Yandow of Williston, Cindy and Leigh Rickes of Essex, Kirk and Annemarie Miner of Colchester, Steven and Claudette Miner of South Burlington, and Vonda and Brad Cunningham of Barrington, N.H. With so many children came even more grandchildren and great-grandchildren… 20 at last count! For many years, he was an active member of the Hinesburg Volunteer Fire Dept., the Hinesburg Selectboard, and the Masonic Temple (which he helped to build). He was also a longstanding Scoutmaster for the local Boy Scout troop for many years. Lee enjoyed hunting, and for many years was an avid golfer and charter member at the Rocky Ridge Golf Course in St. George. In 2000, he moved to Venice, Fla., where he could maintain the active lifestyle he enjoyed. He was a volunteer at the Chamber of Commerce and served on the stage crew for The Little Venice Theater. He also became quite accomplished at building and refinishing beautiful furniture. When his memory started to fail him, he moved back to Vermont, where he lived at Pillsbury Manner and then eventually transitioned to the Converse Home, where he lived out his last years under their expert and thoughtful care. A gathering will be held at the United Church of Hinesburg in the Osborne Parish House on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at 3pm. Please come by to say hello and share any memories you have of Lee. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his honor at www.alz.org.