Milestones

Marie Jacqueline (Shappy) Dubois – South Burlington

Marie “Jackie” DuBois, of South Burlington, passed away at home, peacefully in her sleep, on March 8, 2015, after a brave battle with cancer. Marie was born in Burlington on Feb. 6, 1939, the daughter of 10 children of the late Howard Joseph and Marie Melvina (Nichols) Shappy. Marie enjoyed her early years as a seamstress, first in the clothing industry in Springfield, Mass., before working at Maternities in Burlington, Vt. She later purchased Custom Decorating with her partner, Bunnie Perras, where they worked together in the manufacturing and sales of custom window treatments. Marie enjoyed dancing, knitting, gambling, hunting and fishing, and for years she would spend winter months at Daytona Beach, Fla., soaking up the sun and flying their plane. She loved lighting up the night sky on July 4th with fireworks at her camp on Coles Pond. Among Marie’s survivors is her children Vivian Sheehan and partner, Kevin Kaigle, and his daughter, Chelsea, of Charlotte; grandchildren, Lindsay and Emily Sheehan of Charlotte, and Marie Kaigle of Charlotte. She was predeceased by her daughter, Virginia Marie Breiner, in 1987; her husband, Homer DuBois, in 1999; siblings, Keith Shappy, in 2012, Ursula (Shappy) O’Brien, in 2005, Bernard Shappy, in 2002, Jeannette (Shappy) Southwell, in 1984, and Virginia (Shappy) Pefley, in 1971. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30am on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church in South Burlington. The family wishes to thank the VNA nurses and staff for their wonderful caring and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VNA, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446; or to a charity of one’s choice.

James John Lawrence – Williston

James John Lawrence, 52, of Williston, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Feb. 27, 1963, son of the late Richard and Nellie Lawrence. He graduated from CVU, and then worked as a logger, hiredman on dairy farms, and from 1988 to 2014 as cook/maintenance at Al’s French Frys. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the town of Charlotte. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, horseshoes, family barbecues and watching NASCAR to cheer on his favorite driver, #24 Jeff Gordon. Soon after being diagnosed with cancer, James was able to meet Jeff Gordon in person. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Lawrence, and three children, Michael, Ashley and Casey, all of Williston; brothers, Roger, David, and Gary; sisters, Phyllie, Debbie, Evonne, and Vanessa; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Nellie Lawrence; brother, Ricky Lawrence; and sister, Sharon Aiken. A celebration of his life will be held from 3 to 6pm on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at the Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chittenden County Team, Get Your Rear in Gear.

Dona Halvorson Walker

It is with sadness that we note the death of Dona Halvorson Walker on March 4, 2015. She was born on Jan. 19, 1930 to Lawrence and Beryle (Maulsby) Halvorson in Livingston, Mont. Most of her childhood was lived in central and southern California. She will best be remembered for her charming antique shop in a little barn connected to her home, and for the creation of the lovely flower gardens that fill the yard. Now they are under the care of her children. Surviving her are her two children, Daphne Walker and David Walker of Hinesburg; three brothers, Larry Halvorson and family of East Charlotte, Gail Halvorson and family of Morro Bay, Calif., Ronald Halvorson and family of Riverside, Calif.; and the father of her children, Dr. Duane Walker of Carlsbad, Calif. At her request there will be no service, but a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County. “Remember me when I am gone away; gone far away into that silent land.” – C. Rosetti