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Ronald Preston Ward

Ronald Preston Ward

Ronald Preston Ward

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Ronald Preston Ward, 80, of South Burlington and Surprise, Ariz., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 at Fletcher Allen Health Care. He was born in Springfield, Mass. on Nov. 21, 1933. He was the son of Nathaniel and Madeline (Dartt) Ward of Burlington, Vt. He graduated from Burlington High School and from the University of Vermont. After graduation, he worked for Sylvania Electric before spending two years Active Duty with the Army as an Artillery Officer. He continued service with the Army Reserves and Guard retiring as Lt. Col while working for IBM in Essex Junction until his retirement in 1982.

An avid dog lover, he thrived on good times and great food with beloved family and friends. His favorite pastimes included golf and social tailgating prior to watching the Arizona Cardinals. He enjoyed honing his thespian skills with the local community players and volunteered free time at area hospitals.

He is survived by his children, Jeffery Ward and Michelle Dykes of Santee, Calif., David and Jane Ward of Nashville, Tenn., Gregory and Sheila Ward of Essex Junction and Melissa Ward of Essex Junction. Also, his step children Christopher Cook of Howell, Mich., Karen Cook of Walla Walla, Wash., Victoria Spaulding of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Thomas Cook of Jeffersonville, Vt. He had many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother John Edward, the mother of his children Diane Ward, and his lifetime companion Laurette Cook.

A memorial service will be held at Corbin and Palmer, 9 Pleasant Street in Essex Junction on Sept. 19, 2014. Visiting hours begin at 9 a.m. and the service at 10 a.m. Interment follows at Lakeview Cemetery in Burlington with a reception at the Elks Club, 925 North Avenue, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, VT 05403-6753.


Ethel S. Dwork

WILLISTON-Ethel S. Dwork passed away June 4, 2014, in the Vermont Respite House, at the age of 88.

Born and raised in New York City, Ethel graduated from Hunter College as a foreign language major (Latin). She moved to Essex Junction in 1954 when her husband, Julius Dwork, accepted a position as math professor at the University of Vermont. She worked for 28 years with the Internal Revenue Service in Burlington, retiring in 1984.

Ethel is known by many as an active contributor of letters to the editor of her local newspapers. She gave credit where credit was due, but had no problem confronting injustice and criticizing bureaucracy. You could say she had a need to educate others about issues of the day. Ethel was always well informed and enjoyed discussing politics, history, and literature. Her education and humor often came together in the form of a pun or limerick, tailored perfectly for the day’s headlines.

She was honest and insightful, discerning, amused by life’s absurdities, keenly observant, and, above all, devoted to her family and many friends. We will never forget her love, generosity, and unique style.

Ethel will be missed by her niece, Rebecca Rimson, and nephew, Jack Rimson and his wife, Gina, and their children, Sam and Naomi Rimson, all of McKinleyville, California. She will also be missed by her dear cousin, Mark Abrams and his daughter, Nilima, of So. Burlington; her nephew, Arthur Chanley of Medford, Mass.; and her closest friend from college, Esther Fink of Monroe Township, N.J.

Ethel cherished her longtime friendship with a former coworker, Kathy Rusiecki, of Park City, Utah, who often said, “I learned from the best!” Ethel also shared a warm friendship with Holly Lukens of Monkton, and Mark Moye and Joyce Howard of Burlington.

Not to be forgotten are Terry and Alan Crowley, and Ann and Bob O’Neill, Ethel’s doting and thoughtful neighbors who always included her in neighborhood events and looked after our aunt as the matriarch and historian of their street.

Ethel was predeceased by her beloved and devoted husband, Julius Dwork, and her identical twin sister, Wilma F. Rimson, who passed away six months earlier in McKinleyville, California.

The family would like to give thanks to Ethel’s physician, Dr. Mark A. Levine, as well as Home Instead and their wonderful and compassionate caregivers who enabled Ethel to stay in her home as long as possible.  She was also very grateful for the kindness of the Village Senior bus program, which not only took her to appointments, but also brought her books from the Brownell Library on a regular basis.

At Ethel’s request, a memorial was not planned. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Friends of the Brownell Library, the Visiting Nurse Association, or the charity of one’s choice.

Below is a limerick Ethel wrote in 2009 after the Bernie Madoff scandal was revealed:

                         Made-off with Riches
 There once was a con man named Madoff
Who made so terrible a trade-off:
For riches and laurels,
He gave up his morals
And his victims may never be paid off.


John C. “Chuck” Lloyd

ESSEX JUNCTION — John C. “Chuck” Lloyd, 81, formerly of Lincoln Street, Essex Junction, died at his residence at the Gazebo Apartments on Aug. 21, 2014 of metastatic bladder cancer. Chuck was born in Oneida, N.Y., graduated from Utica Free Academy, and obtained a degree in Physics from Utica College. He went on to do graduate level course work as a Teaching Assistant in Physics at Cornell University before beginning his career. Chuck was a 30-year retiree from the IBM Essex Junction facility where he worked as a physicist. Chuck was a very faithful member of Holy Family R.C. Church in Essex Junction. He attended Mass daily, serving as a Lector, until illness required him to move to assisted living facilities in South Burlington. Chuck is survived by four sons: David of South Burlington, Douglas and Robert of Burlington, and Steve of Rome, Italy. He is also survived by a sister, Joan Maynard, of Victor, N.Y., friends John, Sandra, and Kristian Dahl, Bonnie G and her faithful doggie companion, Holly, who weekly visited Chuck at his Gazebo apartment. Many thanks to the staff at Gazebo Apartments, the VNA Hospice Team, Drs. Stephen Baad and J. Christian Nunnick, TLC Nursing Associates, and the Rev. Charles Ranges. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Family Church on Sept. 2 with interment following in the Holy Family Cemetery. Music provided by Bill Brislan and Sandra Dahl. Arrangements were handled by Ready Funeral and Cremation Services, Mountain View Chapel in Essex, with special thanks to Tom Senecal of Ready Funeral Home.