Leonard F. Swift – Shelburne
Leonard “Gus” Fordyce Swift, educator, historian, mentor, eternal learner, and kind, generous, witty man, died Feb. 17, 2015, in the University of Vermont Medical Center, after a brief illness. He was one month short of his 99th birthday. He had been a resident of Wake Robin in Shelburne since 2005. Leonard was born on March 12, 1916, in Hinsdale, Mass., son of Rev. Samuel Ross Swift, a Congregational minister, and Grace Leonard Swift. Growing up as a pastor’s son in that small town shaped Leonard’s character and the arc of his life. As a native and longtime summer resident of Hinsdale, he served as the town’s honorary historian, researching local history, collecting historical materials, writing historical sketches, corresponding with genealogy seekers, and editing The Heritage of Hinsdale: An Anthology, published in 2005 for the town’s Bicentennial. Leonard’s last solo driving trip, at age 98, was to Hinsdale to attend the Eagle Scout ceremony for a member of the troop that his father had founded in 1913. After attending Maple Street and Center Schools in Hinsdale, Leonard graduated from Dalton High School, Dalton, Mass., in 1933. With tuition paid by his uncle, Leonard attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, graduating as a history major in 1937. In 1939, he received a master’s degree in American studies from Harvard. Lacking funds to continue graduate education, he accepted a summer position as trumpeter and waiter at Twitchell Lake Inn in the Adirondacks. The Inn’s owners then invited him to work that winter as waiter at their famed Garden Seat restaurant in Clearwater, Fla. There he met a co-worker, Mary Jo Holland, his future wife. In 1940, Leonard returned north, accepting a social studies teaching position at Williston Academy Junior School in Easthampton, Mass. Military service looming, he joined the Army Air Force in the summer of 1942, serving as an instrument-flying instructor at MacDill Field in Tampa, Fla., until 1945. He and Mary Jo Holland were married in Fort Myers, Fla., in 1943. Following World War II, Leonard taught history and economics at St. Petersburg Junior College, St. Petersburg, Fla., and history and core studies at the P. K. Yonge Laboratory School, affiliated with the University of Florida’s School of Education in Gainesville, Fla. With financial help from the G.I. Bill, Leonard returned to school and earned a doctorate in the foundations of education at the University of Illinois in 1959. As a research associate at the University’s College of Education, he developed experimental instructional materials for teaching critical thinking in secondary school social studies. From 1957 to 1963, he was a professor of educational theory at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, and from 1963 to 1984 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Education following interim service as Associate Dean of Hofstra’s School of Education. Following retirement, he and Mary moved to Weybridge to be close to their daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters. There, Leonard became a founding member of Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury. After Mary died, Leonard enjoyed a number of RV traveling years with Dalton High School friend, Zilpha ‘Sis’ Thompson. Leonard leaves his daughter and son-in-law, Artley Swift Wolfson and Richard Wolfson of Middlebury; granddaughter, Sarah A. Wolfson, grandson-in-law, Gary Brouhard, and great-grandchildren, Vera and Leo of Montreal; and granddaughter, Carrie A. Wolfson of Denver. He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Mary Holland Swift, in 1985; by his sister, Marion Alden Swift; and by friend and traveling companion, Zilpha M. ‘Sis’ Thompson. A public Circle of Remembrance will be held at Wake Robin’s Community Center Meeting Room, at 4pm on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Ashes will be interred at the Swift family plot, Maple Street Cemetery, Hinsdale, Mass., and scattered along a favorite woodland path at the Swifts’ cabins in Hinsdale. Gifts may be made in Leonard’s memory to Wake Robin Residents’ Assistance Fund, 200 Wake Robin Dr., Shelburne, VT 05482; to Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court, Middlebury, VT 05753; or to Hinsdale Public Library, 58 Maple St., Hinsdale, MA 01235.
William Joseph Powers – Shelburne
William Joseph Powers, son of the late John Powers Jr. and Anna Brown Powers, passed away on April 10, 2015. Born in Clifton, N.J., on June 18, 1927, Bill attended Clifton schools until he enlisted in the US Navy in December 1944 to serve his country. En route to his duty station on the island of Guam, he celebrated his 18th birthday at sea. His love of sailing and being on the water never ended. After returning home, he completed his education at Rutgers University. He worked in the packaging industry for the rest of his life, reminding his family often that “it takes a pretty good salesman to sell an empty paper box!” Bill married Helen “Skip” Rossnagel on Oct. 6, 1951, in New Jersey. The couple bought their first home in Cedar Grove, N.J., in 1957, where they lived and reared their two children. Bill was very proud to be an integral part of the formation and growth of the United Presbyterian Church of Cedar Grove, a community that produced lifelong friendships and fellowships. Bill and Skip moved to Shelburne in 1989, where Bill continued to work with Vermont businesses on their packaging needs. He had a huge heart and loved many things in his life; skiing, golfing, sailing his Sunfish, happy hour on the deck, working to get customers exactly what they wanted, Mens’ Breakfasts with the guys from Shelburne Methodist. But, he loved nothing more than his wife and family. He worked tirelessly to provide special things for himself and his family, not the least of which being a camp on Thompson’s Point in Charlotte where they have spent summers since 1978. Bill leaves his wife, Skip, of 63 years; son, Bill (Laura) of Telluride, Colo.; daughter, Eileen (Shari) of Burlington; and his beloved sister’s children, Kevin (Susan), Mary (Mike), Jane, and Tom (Cathy), as well as their children, all of whom he felt like a grandfather to. He was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Anna Powers; brother, Jack; and sister, Marion. The family wishes to thank all of the attending staff at Wake Robin and the UVM Medical Center for their caring and respect. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 1pm at the Shelburne United Methodist Church, 30 Church St., Shelburne. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Shelburne United Methodist Church.
Alfred Bartlau – Shelburne
Alfred Bartlau, 87, of Shelburne, passed away in Birchwood Terrace on March 29, 2015. He grew up in Koenigsberg, East Prussia, son of Paul and Elfriede (Tiefensee) Bartlau. Alfred was a World War II veteran, fighting on the Russian front, receiving a medal for his wounds. He immigrated to New York City in 1954, where he met and married a Bavarian immigrant, Wiltrude (“Trudy”) Post. Trudy and Alfred moved to Vermont in 1962, building their own little cabin in the wilds of East Haven, then buying a farm in Coventry where they started to raise their family. Alfred was a true entrepreneur, owning various apartment buildings, businesses, and pieces of land, throughout his life. Alfred and his family eventually moved to Morgan Center, on the shores of Seymour Lake, where he lived for 25 years. Alfred loved the water, particularly ice fishing. Many will recall that Alfred and Trudy owned the Morgan Country Store from the mid ‘70s and early ‘80s. They lived for most of their last years with their son, Walter, in Shelburne. Alfred worked for many years as maintenance supervisor at North Country Hospital in Newport, Vt., and also worked at Ethan Allen Firing Range, for the Vermont Army National Guard, in the same capacity. Alfred was highly regarded for his love of all people’s uniqueness and diversity, his wonderful sense of humor, his eternal optimism, and his great love for music which brought him tremendous comfort his entire life. His children affectionately remember his devotion to family, his love of being outdoors, sharing time with family and friends, and fondly recall numerous mushroom and berry picking competitions, tobogganing and creating whirlpools in the family’s pool in the dark. Alfred took great pleasure in mastering the art of cooking which began as a child, in Koenigsberg, as well as enjoying many activities including swimming, barbequing, hunting, fishing, and playing games. Alfred was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Wiltrude, in 2013; and his brothers, Paul and Gerhard Bartlau. Surviving family include his brother, Walter Bartlau of Santiago, Chile; son, Werner Bartlau (Jennifer) of Cambridge; daughter, Monika Turner (Jonathan Fenton) of South Burlington; son, Walter Bartlau of Shelburne, a former longtime employee of UVM; son, Peter Bartlau of Westford, a 28 year employee of IBM; and grandchildren, Joseph Turner, Thomas Bartlau, Katrina Turner, Elise Turner, and Morgan Bartlau. Per Alfred’s wishes, there will be no services. His ashes will be scattered privately at a later date.
Ann (Gray) Aldrich – Montpelier
Ann (Gray) Aldrich passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on April 8, 2015. Ann was born Ann Lyon Gray on Feb. 18, 1930, in Orleans, Vt., and was a 1948 graduate of Orleans High School. Upon graduation, she attended both the University of Vermont and Becker College in Worchester, Mass., before taking a job as a news reporter at the Caledonian Record in St. Johnsbury. She had a passion for reporting and anyone who knew her knows that her engaging and inquisitive mind was one of her most endearing features. It was in St. Johnsbury where she met her husband, Frank Aldrich, and found the second great passion in her life–raising her four children, Jude, Brad, Barry, and Lori; and then enjoying her grandkids. Ann and Frank lived in Wilder, Vt., before finally settling in Montpelier. Near the end she would tell us that she was ready to go, with no regrets. That’s truly a life well lived. Ann was predeceased by her husband, Frank Aldrich. She leaves behind her four children, Jude Allen and husband, John, of New York City, Brad Aldrich and his wife, Mary, of Shelburne, Barry Aldrich and his wife, Robin, of Lyndonville, and Lori Aldrich and partner, Peter Scherber, of Richmond, Vt.; and five grandchildren, Kyra Allen, Christine and Patrick Aldrich, and Samantha David and Kaitlin Scherber. She also predeceases her brother, Robert Gray and his wife, Barbara, of Orlando, Fla.; her sister, Susan Campbell and husband, Carl, of Waynesville, N.C.; and her sister, Betsy Gray of Ovedia, Fla. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Gary Home and Woodridge Nursing Home for their outstanding compassion and exceptional care. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org.
Barbara (Hyndman) Anderson – Shelburne
Barbara Anderson, of Shelburne, former longtime resident of Charlotte, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2015. Barbara was born in Framingham, Mass., on Nov. 26, 1926, the daughter of Rhubena Wilde and Brenton A. Hyndman. Barbara graduated from Framingham High School and the University of Massachusetts with a B.S. degree. She was employed by Western Mass Electric Company as a home economist after college. She married Frederick N. Anderson, Jr., on Sept. 15, 1951, and resided in Scotia, N.Y., for several years, later moved to Burlington and then to Charlotte in 1965, where they lived for over 45 years. Barbara was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. For many years, she was a member of the Burlington Garden Club, the Klifa Club, Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae groups, and the PEO Foundation. She was a dedicated lifelong volunteer, active with Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the annual Cancer Drive for many years. She was a member of the Charlotte Congregational Church since the 1960s, serving on the Grounds Committee, the Restoration Committee, the Parsonage Committee, and the Ladies Aid Group. Barbara and her husband, Fred, enjoyed growing and selling Christmas trees to local families for over 35 years. She played bridge once a week with her beloved friends over the course of her adult life, and if not playing bridge, she was playing tennis or working in her flower and vegetable gardens. Barbara and Fred enjoyed many years of collecting antiques, and driving the backroads of Vermont together. Barbara was happiest when busy helping others, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and hers cats. She is survived by her daughter, Gail and husband, John Chiodo, and their daughter, Maya L., of Novato, Calif.; and son, Brenton D. Anderson and wife, Jamie, of Etna, N.H., and their three children, Tyler W., William B., and Elizabeth W. Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Fred; and youngest son, Robert Scott of Burlington. The Anderson family wishes to thank the kind and loving people of The Shores at Shelburne Bay, and the amazing nurses on 6th Floor McClure at the UVM Medical Center for making Barbara’s final days so peaceful. A memorial service will be held at the Charlotte Congregational Church on Friday, April 17, 2015, at 2pm. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Howard Center, 208 Flynn Ave., Ste. 3J, Burlington, VT 05401; or the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.