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Lt. Col. Leo Ernest Ells

Lt. Colonel Leo Ells (Ret.) went home to our Lord on Friday, Nov. 14, while at his home in Pineville, N.C. Leo was born in Berlin, New Hampshire, in 1929 to Joseph and Florence Ells. He served his country for 21 years in the U.S. Army. He completed two combat tours in the Korean War as well as serving at the Pentagon as the DCA financial officer.

He married the love of his life, Cecile T. Rousseau, on Feb. 19, 1955, at our lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Rock Island, Quebec.

After a full career with the U.S. Army, Leo retired and began a new career in higher education at Texas Tech University and later at the University of N.C. at Charlotte.

He and Cecile retired to sunny Florida where they enjoyed life and fishing on the Banana River in Melbourne, Fla., where Leo quickly became feared by the schools of fish due to his skill with his rod and reel. They returned to Charlotte to be near their three children.

Leo was a loving husband and father, brother, uncle and grandfather. He was kind and generous as he provided advice and guidance to so many.

Survivors include his wife, Cecile; three children, Sandra, Helena, and David; five grandchildren, Kathryn, Samantha, Savannah, Patrick and Elizabeth; and his sisters, Helen and Alice.

He follows to our Lord, his parents; brothers, Ed and BJ; sister, Ellie; and two nephews, Jim Higgins and Kevin Carter.

The family of Leo appreciates all of the love and support from friends and family including all of his neighbors at the Dorchester Manor, and the tender care from Angelica Mecido.

Services were held at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. (704-543-7677). Visitation was one hour prior to services at the church. Interment was Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia, S.C.

Memorials can be directed to St. Thomas Aquinas Priest Retirement Fund, 1400 Suther Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28213 (704-549-1607).

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Lt. Col. Leo Ernest Ells

Lt. Col. Leo Ernest Ells

Wendell G. Reed

Wendell G. Reed, 89, of Essex died on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at his home with family at his side.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1925 in Bakersfield, Vt. the son of the late Gaylord and Jessie (Giddings) Reed. He graduated from Brigham Academy in June 1943, and enlisted into the 101st Airborne Division immediately after graduation.

Wendell saw action in the Normandy Invasion on D-Day, the Holland Campaign, and at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Belgium Croix de Guerre.

Upon his discharge, he was married to Alberta Read and had four children. He graduated from Greeley State College, Colorado in 1949. Wendell returned to Vermont and began his teaching career in 1949 at Brigham Academy for four years. He then taught at the North Bennington High School for one year in 1953. He returned to Bakersfield in 1954 and bought the General Store. He sold the store in 1958 and moved to Essex Junction in 1959 where he started teaching at Richmond High School and Mt. Mansfield Union High School when formed. He was the last principal at Richmond High School.

While teaching he earned his Master’s Degree from St. Michaels College. Throughout his entire teaching career he was always active in coaching. He coached the Mt. Mansfield soccer team to the State Championship in 1968 and 1972.

Wendell enjoyed traveling, reading, going to the camp on the lake, but most important to him were the times spent with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years Alberta Reed of Essex; their children Lyn Beaupre and husband Leo of Boulder, Colo. and Dana Reed and wife Holly of Underhill; his grandchildren Wade and Reed Beaupre, Jessie Hammond; and by his great grandchildren Garrett, Dante, and Rihanna Beaupre, and Will Hammond. He was predeceased by his son Jeffrey Reed and his daughter Cheryl Kim Brosseau.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff and caregivers at Mansfield Place and the VNA.

A funeral service was held on Nov. 21, 2014 at 5 p.m. at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr. in Essex Junction. There was time to visit with family from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Bakersfield in the spring. In lieu of flowers donations in Wendell’s memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Rd. Colchester, VT 05446. To send online condolences to the family visit

Jules Coté

ESSEX — Jules Coté, 78, of Essex passed away on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston. He was born Sept. 10, 1936 in Asbestos, Quebec, son of Raoul and Marie-Anna Coté. Jules graduated from Dartmouth College in 1960, and Boston University with a Masters Degree in 1965. Jules became a Lion in 1966, and was a Past International Director of Lions Clubs International. He was formerly Associate Director of Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults, and retired as Executive Director of the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired in 2000. In recognition of his service to his community and career, he received numerous honors and awards, including the Ambassador of Goodwill Medal, the highest honor Lions Clubs International grants its members, and was a multi-level Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

Jules believed in service, and loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved travel, audio books, playing piano, gardening, playing card games, camping, all things maple, and never passed up a dessert.

He is survived by his wife Jacqueline; son Marc and Michelle Coté of Delaware; daughter Carmelle and John Terborgh of Essex Junction; grandchildren Emma, Hannah and Christian Coté, Bryce and Graham Terborgh; brothers and sisters.

A Mass, followed by a memorial gathering in the Parish Hall, will be held at Holy Family Church, 36 Lincoln St., Essex Junction, Vermont (802-878-5331) on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to:

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)- (you may select non-member), or

Vermont Respite House- (to support the VRH).

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