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1992 Obituaries

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Clifford F. Bonna (Vermont College), 11/13/1993
Capt Todd R. Bracy USAF, 4/1/2005
Candace Collins (Vermont College), 3/9/2003
Gerald L. DuChene Jr., FIC, 3/21/1995
R. Denis Dwinell, 5/13/1994
Claudia B. Graves (Vermont College), 5/2/1995
Elena A. Hartgering, 9/12/2006
Chris L. Lemoine, 1/14/1993
Arthur C. Malpere, 8/25/1997
Susan Martel, 8/28/2004

Elena A. Hartgering

Elena A. Hartgering, Vermont College Class of 1992, died September 12, 2006. Elena A. Hartgering, 66, of Clermont, Fla., died September 12, 2006. The daughter of John and Vincenza [Polo] Albani she was born in Hartford on June 2, 1940 and lived in Manchester most of her adult life. Elena received her BA from Vermont College of Norwich University, and an MA and Sixth Year Certificate summa cum laude from St. Joseph College. Before her retirement she was a licensed professional counselor and a nationally-certified counselor with a private practice. She was on the chaplaincy staff at Hartford Hospital and an ordained minister.

She is survived by her husband, John J. Hartgering; three children and their spouses: Dianne and Autry Chapman, John and Lisa Shackett, and Andrew and Cheryl Shackett; her niece Mary Ganci; a sister and her husband, Connie and Henry Breault; and five beloved grandchildren, Reina, Holly, Lindsay, Annabel and Garrett.

Susan Martel

Susan Martel, 46, passed away at her home Aug. 28, 2004, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer, with her loving husband and son at her side. She had a zest for life and a very compassionate heart.

She chose to be a nurse at the urging of her father. She earned her LPN at New Hampshire Vocational Technical College, her BSN at Norwich, and her MSN at UVM in 1996. She was very proud of all of her accomplishments.

In the 25 years of her dedicated career, she found nursing to be her true calling. Susan worked her way from a floor nurse at the Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin, N.H., to be the Administrative Director of Nursing Operations at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Along the way she touched the lives of countless people, including patients, nurses, doctors, administrators, and support staff. Susan was recently described by a colleague as a "closer", as in a baseball game, the hitter who can be counted on to bring home that winning run.

Anyone who knew her, be it for 20 minutes or for 20 years, loved her forever. Her professional career was her passion for so long, but the happiest moment for her was becoming a mother. Bradley is a precious gift that was sent to us from God. She loved him so much and she will be in his heart forever. Susan enjoyed traveling with her husband. He would say "we're going on vacation", and her answer would be "what do I pack?" She traveled extensively to the Caribbean, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Florida, Scandinavia, Russia, Estonia, Germany and her favorite place, Alaska. She marveled at the beauty and the openness. She especially enjoyed the helicopter ride which landed on a glacier and she was the first one to taste the glacier water. She loved seeing and learning about people.

She was born in Berlin, June 7, 1958, the daughter of Rene and Jacqueline (Coulombe) Ramsey. Susan is survived by Linwood (Woody), her husband of 15 years; and their son Bradley; her mother Jacqueline Ramsey of Berlin; her brothers Robert, Francis, and Russell and their wives Sylvia, Roseann, and Diane of Berlin, her brother Charles and his wife Lilly of Essex Junction, her brother Michael and his fiance Bobbi of Huntington; nieces Sara, Lori, Coleen, Katherine and Sarah; nephews Kevin and Allan, who are both currently serving their country in the military efforts in Iraq, and nephews Todd, Eric, Scott, and Daniel. Susan is also survived by her great-niece, Alison. She was predeceased by her father Rene Ramsey in November 1997.

Strong of heart and soft of hand, Susan Martel was a shining example in so many ways, as a wife, mother, daughter, nurse, and friend.


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