In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Janis Albrecht – Whaleback Patroller

Janis Albrecht, 60 years old, passed away peacefully May 10th 2018. Raised in Fairfield CT, graduated class of 1975 Andrew Warde High School. A longtime resident of Gaysville, VT.

Janis was a professional Ski Patroller, EMT and volunteered with the adaptive ski program for people with disabilities. She patrolled at Killington Resort, managed the Mountain Ambassadors then took over as Patrol Director for a few. During the summer months, she worked with the horse show circuit.

Janis loved traveling, adventure, hiking, sailing and being with family, friends and her dog. She loved going to concerts and music festivals from Jazz Fest, Bluegrass, Grateful Dead shows, and Zydeco. Janis was a happy, caring, joyful person who loved to have fun and filled her life with wonderful experiences. Ski Patrollers and ski area customers will remember her ever-present smile. She will be dearly missed by her family, her friends, the Ski Patrolling community and never forgotten.

After Killington, she went to Loon Mountain and Black Mountain before settling close to home at Whaleback in Enfield NH. Janis joined the Whaleback Patrol in 2010. Patrol Director Dave Rancore remembers, “I offered her a paid position and made her my assistant. She brought so much knowledge and experience. Over the nine years that Janis was at Whaleback she help me get my instructors certification and we moved refreshers in-house. She was a true patroller first on last off every shift. Yet you might see her giving lift attendants breaks by covering a lift; working in the kitchen; training patrollers on the toboggan and anything else that the ski area might need.”

She will be missed by Whaleback — the Ski Patrol will hold a “Celebration of Life for Ski Patroller Janis Albrecht” at . . .

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In Memoriam: Michael Burns – Gunstock Patroller

With sadness, the Region would like to announce that longtime Gunstock Ski Patroller and NSP member Michael Burns died unexpectedly on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. He served as an Alpine Patroller at Gunstock in Gilford NH for 16 years.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday, October 10th from 4 PM to 7 PM at R.M. Edgerly and Son Funeral Home, 86 South Main Street, Rochester, NH. The funeral will be the next morning, Wednesday, October 11th at 10 AM, beginning at Trinity Anglican Church, Rochester Hill Road, Rochester, NH with Fr. Matthew Mirabile, pastor, officiating.

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In Memoriam: Murry Smith — Mt. Sunapee Patroller

Murray Smith, a fixture patroller at Mount Sunapee, age 76  died Sunday, September 3, 2017, at the VA Hospital in White River Junction, VT.  He patrolled for over 45 years.  He will be missed by his fellow patrollers, although to remember him, the ski resort named the...

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In Memoriam: Martha Larson, Ski Patroller

Martha Ellen Larson, 59, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester. She was born in Worcester, a daughter of the late Russell P. and Charlotte A. (Field) Larson. Martha was raised in the Quinsigamond Village area of Worcester and...

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In Memoriam: John Knieriem, Ski Patroller

John Knieriem, RN, 80, died May 2, 2017, at the Elliot Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 25, 1936, in Nyack, NY, the son of Matthew and Ethel (Kelly) Knieriem. After high school, John enlisted in the US Army and went on to earn his BS degree...

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In Memoriam: LeRoy Bates, Ski Patroller

  LeRoy "Lee" A. Bates, 85, of Hampstead, NH, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 in the Portsmouth Regional Hospital in the presence of his loving family. He was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin on October 1, 1931, a son of the late Mahlon and Lulu (Gilson)...

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In Memoriam: Allison Blackman, Ski Patroller

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Allison W. (Kerl) Blackman on Friday, November 18, 2016.  Daughter of Timothy and Jennifer Kerl, New Hampshire Region and Storrs Hill Ski Patrollers.  Blackman, 34, was herself a 16-year veteran of the National...

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In Memoriam: David Rowean, Ski Patroller

It is with great sadness that NH Region reports that one of its longtime Ski Patrollers has passed:  David Paul Rowean, 64, of Francestown, and a Patroller at Cannon Mountain, died Sunday Sept. 11, 2016, at his home. The following kind words about him appear on the...

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In Memoriam: Dan Pesula, Ski Patroller

Dan Pesula, a member of the Pats Peak Ski Patrol, passed away on June 21, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dan first started his patrol career at Crotched Mountain Ski Area in 2011. He joined the Pats Peak patrol shortly thereafter to be a little closer to...

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In Memoriam: Richard Violette, Ski Patroller

Richard “Dick” Violette, Sr., 85, peacefully passed on October 17th in Delray Beach, Florida. A man of unusually high integrity, Dick was equally engaging with an easy smile and a genuine interest in the wellbeing of others. He was a loyal husband to his loving wife...

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