Milestones

Weddings
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Brittney M. Richardson, formerly of Shelburne, and Gregory M. Jackson, formerly of Worcester, Mass., were united in marriage on Nov. 1, 2014 in Burlington. Brittney is the daughter of Shelley Richardson of Shelburne and Gary Richardson of Charlotte. She is a graduate of Champlain Valley Union High School, University of Delaware, and Northeastern University. Greg is the son of Michelle O’Malley and Mark Jackson both of Worcester, Mass. He is a graduate of Saint Peter-Marion High School, Saint Anselm College, and Northeastern University. Brittney is employed as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Bentley University, and Greg is an Associate Director of Student Financial Services at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Dennis O’Malley, stepfather of the groom, served as minister and officiated the ceremony at the Burlington Country Club in Burlington. The couple returned to their home in Boston, Mass., after a honeymoon in Jamaica.

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Laura Christine Cappelli, daughter of Robert and Kathy Cappelli of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and Sanibel, Fla., and Jonathan Allen Webster, son of Allen and Marti Webster of South Burlington, were united in marriage in a double ring ceremony on Sept. 20, 2014. The wedding and the reception were held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, Md. Laura is a graduate of Detroit Country Day School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Johns Hopkins Medical School.  She is currently a Rheumatology Fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Jon is a graduate of Champlain Valley Union High School, Dartmouth College, and Stanford Medical School. He is currently an Oncology Fellow at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The couple reside in Baltimore, Md. A honeymoon to Ireland and Scotland is planned for May.

Deaths
Rachel D. Bessette – Shelburne
Rachel was a loving sister, aunt, daughter, friend, and an amazing mother. She was born in Burlington on May 2, 1979, the daughter of Lyle J. Bessette Jr. and Sharon Mudgett. She suddenly passed away at home in Shelburne on Halloween night, Oct. 31, 2014. Rachel has seven children who survive her, Adam Le Bessette of Burlington, Trevor Michael Bessette, who attends Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., Jimmy Joe Berard Jr. of Hinesburg, Star Ann Berard of Shelburne, Francis Trevor Berard, Travis Takota Ringwig, and Phoenix Lynn Ringwig; parents, Sharon Mudgett, and Lyle Bessette Jr., both of Burlington; grandmother, Diane Chagnon of Burlington; siblings, William Mudgett Sr. of Shelburne, Tammy (Mudgett) Hook of Lancaster, N.H., Heather Mudgett of Littleton, N.H., Melissa (Mudgett) Jarvis of Burlington, and John North of Colchester; her partner, Gary Coleman and his sons, Corey Coleman and Alex Hurlburt; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. “We all love and miss you, Mom. Rest in Paradise.”

Hazel S. Devino – Bristol
Hazel S. Devino, age 102, a resident of the Bristol community for over 77 years, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at her home. Hazel was born on June 27, 1912, to Frank and Edith Ladabouche in Fair Haven, the second oldest of 14 children. She spent her early years there and moved to Burlington as a young adult where she met and married Rollie E. Devino on Oct. 28, 1934. In 1937, Hazel and Rollie moved to the North Street farm in Bristol, where she remained until her death. During this time, Hazel learned the rigors and joys of dairy farming. She will be remembered as a wonderful mother and homemaker who perfected the arts of country living including baking perfect pies, vegetable gardening, canning, quilting, sewing, knitting and homemade meals. She served as a role model for her family and community. Hazel was a plain spoken woman who inspired many by her example of hard work and respect for others. Among Hazel’s survivors is her daughters Linda Godard and husband, Larry, of Shelburne, and Lois Knapp and husband, Hugh, of Shelburne; eight beloved grandchildren, Diane, Nancy, Mark, Glen, Julie, Alison, Christian, and Emily. Hazel thought the world of Bristol and St. Ambrose Parish and the residents who live there. The family extends its heartfelt thanks to the numerous people who so lovingly helped her in recent years, especially Sharon Palmer, Carol Boise, Donald Godard, and Alan Lathrop, making it possible for her to live in her home until the end of her life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Ambrose Parish, 11 School St., Bristol, VT 05443; or Addison County Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.

Dr. Henry M. Doremus, DVM – Vero Beach, Fla.
Hank Doremus, 99, died peacefully at Indian River Estates on Nov. 9, 2014. Born in Newark, N.J., on March 13, 1915, he was the son of the late Munson G. Doremus and Elizabeth “Bessie” Ward Doremus. Hank grew up in a family with deep roots in the Newark area. He attended Montclair Academy, graduated in 1933, and then entered Dartmouth College. Hank blossomed at Dartmouth, becoming a biology major and honing his considerable outdoorsman skills. He made lifelong friends that would meet several times a year for the next 50 years. He graduated cum laude in 1937. A devoted Dartmouth alumnus, he attended class reunions into his 90’s. Hank then received a Fellowship from Cornell University where he completed his Master’s in Biology in 1938. While at Cornell, Hank was introduced to Helen Borchmann on a blind date. Helen was a sophomore in Cornell’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Hank and Helen were later engaged, and left Cornell after Helen’s graduation from Vet school in 1940. They were married on Feb. 21, 1941. Hank’s lifelong partner of 61 years, Helen, passed away on July 20, 2002. Helen convinced Hank that practicing Veterinary medicine together was their calling and future. In 1943, Hank and Helen returned to Cornell and Hank enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine while Helen worked for the University. Their first son, Peter M. Doremus, was born in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1945. Having completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in June 1946, the family moved to their loved home, “Rocky Ridge” in Lincoln Park, N.J., and started the Doremus Animal Hospital nearby in Cedar Grove. Over the next 12 years, Helen and Hank worked tirelessly to grow the animal hospital into a thriving practice that employed two additional full time veterinarians and numerous staff. During this time, they began to vacation in Stowe. On one particular visit they purchased, and later remodeled, an old farm house in Stowe Hollow. In 1958, their second son, Gregory H. Doremus, was born. Later that year, Helen and Hank decided that they wanted a less pressured life from their bustling Cedar Grove practice, and moved the family to Stowe. They built the Green Mountain Animal Hospital in South Burlington – which operates to this day. They sold the hospital two years later, and Hank began what would be a 20-year career with the University of Vermont as a Professor of Pharmacology and Director of Research Animal Facilities. Hank loved Stowe and Vermont and spent many fine years skiing, hunting, fishing, sailing on Lake Champlain, and riding horses with Helen. After a year sailing their Pearson 35, Veritas throughout the Bahamas, Hank and Helen retired to Vero Beach, Fla., in 1980. Hank’s retirement was very active as he and Helen devoted time growing and improving the Vero Beach Humane Society. Hank also served as a docent at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Stuart, Fla. Hank was an active Rotarian for over 50 years in Cedar Grove, N.J., Stowe, Burlington, and Vero Beach. Hank was loved by many people during his life, and was always known as an easy-going, warm and loyal man. His survivors include a son, Gregory H. Doremus and wife, Anne, of Shelburne, and their sons, Jeffrey Doremus and Theodore Doremus. The family would like to thank the residents and staff at Indian River Estates Retirement Community where Hank has resided for over 15 years. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Contributions in Hank’s memory can be made to The Humane Society of Vero Beach, PO Box 644, Vero Beach, FL 329610644; or the Chittenden County Humane Society, 142 Kindness Ct., South Burlington, VT 05403.