Lemieux – Lavalley
Sharon and David Clow of Essex, VT, and Todd Lemieux of Shelburne are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Renee Marie Lemieux to Benjamin Frank Lavalley, son of Frank and Kellie Lavalley of Burlington, VT.
Renee received an Associates of Science degree (RN) from Vermont Technical College. Renee is currently working at the St. Albans Primary Care. Benjamin received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Champlain College. He is currently a Senior Account Manager @ AON of Burlington, VT.
Renee is the granddaughter to Bruno and Marjorie Trahan of Colchester, Doug and Diane Lemieux of Shelburne, and Sandra Burns of Essex (mother of Stepfather David Clow). Benjamin is the grandson to the late Richard and Pearl Lavalley of Burlington, the late Richard Goodrich of Colchester, and Pat Halsey of Florida.
Moments after a glorious sunset seen over the shores of Lake Champlain and descending into the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Ellen Janson released her grip on life, July 12, 2016. A longtime Shelburne resident on the Vermont shore, Ellen leaves behind her four children who were at her side and equally bonded to this Vermont beauty.
Growing up as Ellen Louise Gutsche in Pittsburgh, PA, our mother was born December 11, 1928 and attended the Ellis School for Girls. Although her parents were not able to pursue higher education, her father was proud of his work at the J. Horne department store and his ability to provide well for his family. Ellen must have shocked her pragmatic parents’ expectations when she wanted to attend Wellesley College to study art and art history. After college she followed her father’s career in a buyers training program at Bloomingdales, but was nearly fired for taking a night class in art history. This must have prompted her to approach her parents again: what she really wanted was to continue her studies in graduate school. Her father recognized her true passions and offered support when she was accepted to Yale University.
Her great interest was British and early American art and she came to know a close community of graduate students, including her husband, Richard Janson. They ended up in Vermont, when he accepted a teaching offer from UVM. In the early 1960s it may have seemed a bit out of the way after their Bohemian years at Yale, traveling in Europe on Fulbright scholarships and his teaching stint in Bermuda. Like all of us though, she loved the harmony of the small towns and buildings, farms, the lake, mountains and forests.
Ellen occasionally taught evening art history classes at the university as well as at Lyndon College, and dressed windows for storefronts on Church Street. At home she enjoyed making jewelry, combining silver, stones, and wood: pieces today that would be admired as “midcentury modern.” In addition to painting the walls and woodwork of our family homes, she found time to do drawings and wood cut prints, many of which ended up as Christmas cards or sale items at her college fundraisers. Some of her earliest subjects were us kids. She drew and painted things that were important to her the lake and woods that surrounded her house and objects with special meanings like a table lamp, animals and her dogs.
As an active member of the Shelburne community, over the years Ellen contributed her time to the Shelburne Crafts School, the Bicentennial Committee, book sales and contests, and could be counted on to appear at town hearings to comment on development plans. She always strove for the recognition and preservation of the town’s cultural and natural resources.
In 2011 Ellen left her lakeside home in Shelburne with tremendous heartbreak to begin a new phase of her life at The Residence at Otter Creek in Middlebury. There she found ongoing love, care, and devotion from every caregiver, housekeeper, maintenance, administration, cook, and newly made residential friends. She was able to transition from the earlier frustrations that come with age and enter a contented and happy last stage of her life. Our family will be forever grateful for the help and love Ellen received at the “Residence” and equally to the nurses, doctors, volunteers and staff at Fletcher Allen who greatly supported them in a difficult and sad time.
Ellen leaves behind her four children, who are grateful to their mother for her support, encouragement, eccentricity, and inspiring in us an appreciation of the simple beauty around us. We are her son Charles Janson and wife Kathleen Finnegan, their two children, Christopher and Emma of Darien,CT; son George Janson and wife Carolyn Perot, their two children, Owen and Charles of Mill Valley, CA; daughter Anne Janson and husband Andrew Wormer of Ferrisburgh, VT, and three children, Alice Hasen, Edward Hasen and Willem Wormer; daughter Jean Fulkerson and husband Davis Fulkerson, their three children, Lena, Eleanor, and Julia of Chestnut Hill, MA; brother Brett Gutsche of Paoli, Pa, who inspired her love of opera, and his children, Marcia, Stewart, and Steven. Ellen was predeceased by our father and her former husband Richard H. Janson, her parents, and infant brother. Memorial arrangements will be announced at a later date.
He is best known as the author of books of World War II history. The first was Codebreakers’ Victory, a non-fiction account of Allied cryptologic successes in World War II initially published in 2003. The book grew out of his wartime experience as a cryptographer in one of the American units assigned to “Ultra,” the British program for intercepting and decoding Axis messages.
His second book, The Spies Who Never Were, was published in 2006. It is a non-fiction account of the Allied double agents who posed as Nazi spies while actually serving under Allied control. These pseudo-spies misled the Germans into making wrong decisions that helped cause their defeat.
Haufler was born in Berry, Kentucky, the son of James H. and Naomi (Hardin) Haufler. In 1937 he graduated from Holmes High School in Covington, Ky. In 1941 he received his B.A. in English Honors from the University of Michigan. At the University he was editor of The Michigan Daily, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a three-time winner of creative writing awards in the annual Avery Hopwood competitions. In 1947, he married Patricia deLearie Haufler.
A longtime employee of the General Electric Company, Mr. Haufler rose to be Manager of Corporate Editorial Services, overseeing the planning and preparation of the company’s publications for stockholders, employees and other publics. Annual reports published under his direction received the only two consecutive “Gold Oscars” as “Best In All Industry” ever awarded in that annual competition.
In 1980 he, with his wife Patricia, founded Haufler Associates Inc., a communications consulting firm serving a wide range of clients in Connecticut and New York. He retired in 1989 to become a full-time resident of the Eastman four-season recreation community in Grantham, NH. He and his wife moved to Shelburne in 2001.
Mr. Haufler supplemented his book publishing by writing short stories and articles published in such periodicals as Travel & Leisure, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Travel Holiday, and the Heartland Journal.
His wife of 68 years, Patricia, predeceased him on 5 June 2016. He is survived by two sons: Dr. Christopher H. Haufler and his wife Marsha, of Lawrence, Kansas; and Dr. Jonathan B. Haufler and his wife Carolyn Mehl, of Seeley Lake, MT.