Ann Oliver Kugler
Ann Oliver Kugler, 94, passed away at Vermont Respite House on July 19, 2016. She was the middle daughter of Clara and Charles Oliver, born in Scotia, NY on a snowy Easter Sunday, April 16, 1922.
She grew up in Schenectady, NY. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 1944 with a B.S. in Education, working her way through college. She returned to teach in the Schenectady area and completed her M. Ed. from NYU in 1950. While teaching, she became involved with the OYK’s, a YMCA/YWCA outdoor social club, where she met her husband, George Charles Kugler. In the fall of 1949, he proposed to her atop an Adirondack peak.
They married on February 10, 1950 and honeymooned at Mt. Tremblant, Canada, skiing, one of many adventures they had together. As she put it, they liked to ‘DO’ things. This included building their first house in Marcellus, NY where Rolf and Gwen, were born. After moving to Skaneateles, NY, Gretchen was born and they lived on the lake for the next 18 years. Ann believed strongly in community volunteerism, 4-H, Girl Scouts and Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
When George began working for Ithaca College, they moved to Ithaca, NY and happily settled into the community for the next 16 years. She continued her volunteer service on the Women’s Board, and at The Lutheran Church. Ann returned to college for certification for special education, which she taught until retirement. Soon after moving to Ithaca they built the AKANU cottage on Cayuga Lake, 80 steps up a cliff from waters’ edge. Many days were spent enjoying water sports.
Other adventures included a family camping trip to Yellowstone, many canoe camping trips, Elderhostel trips around the country, a cruise to Alaska, and hiking trips to Wales and Switzerland.
George passed away in 1996. In 1999, Ann moved to Vermont to be closer to daughter, Gwen and her family. She happily settled in to The Terraces community in Shelburne and volunteered at the library, Shelburne Museum, SCHIPS Interfaith Resale Shop and Shelburne United Methodist Church. When she turned 90 she moved into Shelburne Bay where she enjoyed Scrabble, card games, and good meal-time conversation.
She is survived by 2 children: Gwen Kugler Stetson, husband John, of Shelburne, VT and Gretchen Kugler Chenenko, husband Steve, of Worthington, OH. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Amy Stetson of Bozeman MT, and Nate Chenenko, wife, Brittany and great grandson, Brenner of Rochester, NY. She was predeceased by her son, Rolf Kugler and grandson, Tyler Stetson.
Special thanks to the fourth floor Shelburne Bay staff, Mary Loney, RN with VNA Hospice, and the staff at Vermont Respite House for the loving care during Ann’s final months.
A memorial service will be held at the Shelburne United Methodist Church on September 17th at 10am. Memorial gifts may be made to Vermont Respite House.
Edith C. Bullard
Edith C. Bullard 73, of Shelburne died at UVM Medical Center July 30, 2016. She had broken her leg on November 20 and was in the hospital until December 16. She was moved to 300 Pearl and was there until July 2. She came home with her daughter Linda Oltjenbrus from Kansas, who took care of her. Edith was a great Red Sox fan and loved to watch them on TV. She had a whole month of great care given to her by the VNA by several people, and she had a fine loan of a hoya and wheelchair from Marcie Ryan of Winooski. Two weeks ago she was discovered to have fourth stage cancer. She had cancer of the uterus. Edith is a past member of the Ladies Auxiliary with the Shelburne Fire Department. She and Cullen Bullard, Sr. met at the Old Lantern in Charlotte dancing. She lived in Milton by the old Catamount Stadium. When they met, Edith was working at Woolworth’s Department Store in Burlington. She and Cullen were married for 49 years, which they celebrated on February 11, 2016. After the children were born, Edith was a stay at home mother for 16 years. After that she went to work at Kmart for 24 years. She is survived by a brother in North Carolina along with his wife, several nieces and nephews. She is survived by her husband Cullen Bullard, Sr., her daughters Linda Oltjenbruns, Rosemary Bullard of Kansas, and her son, Cullen Bullard, Jr. of Essex Junction, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Cremation services will be done by Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service. There will be a Graveside and Committal at Shelburne Cemetery on Friday at 10am on August 5. Anybody is welcome to come.
James Robert Wooster
James Robert Wooster, 46, of Shelburne died at the Vermont Respite House on July 30, 2016, after 2-1/2 years fighting melanoma cancer. He was surrounded by his family.
Jim was born in Burlington, September 9, 1969, to Robert and Donna (Line) Wooster. He was raised in Shelburne, went to Shelburne schools and graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School in 1990.
He was employed as a delivery driver for many years at Rice Lumber Co. and more recently at Sticks & Stuff in St. Albans. He was a past member of the Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department.
Jim is survived by his best buddy and light of his life, his son Jacob, parents Robert and Donna Wooster of Shelburne, his sister Carrie and brother-in-law Steve Savoy, his niece Emma and nephew Sean Savoy of South Burlington, his brother Scott and his sister-in-law Treste Loving of Hannacroix, New York, also, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Thank you to everyone at the UVM Medical Center Cancer and Radiology Departments and to all the wonderful caregivers and volunteers at the Vermont Respite House for their gentle care of Jim the last 10 days.
There will be no visiting hours. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, August 4, at 12:00 at St. John Vianney Church in South Burlington. Burial will follow at Shelburne Village Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Road, Williston, VT 05495 or Shelburne Rescue, P.O. Box 254, Shelburne, VT 05482. Arrangements by Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service.