Teresa Marie (Coppersmith) Carpenter, 90, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Sept. 27, 2012. She was born in Emporium, Pa. on May 4, 1922. She was one of nine children and her parents were Leroy Neil Coppersmith and Ophelia Ann (Dodson) Coppersmith.
She graduated from Mansfield University with a degree in Music Education in 1944, specializing in piano and oboe. She taught music in Pennsylvania for three years and in 1947 married Howard Carpenter and moved to Vermont. They lived in Williston, where they raised four children and were active in the community.
Among other things, she was organist and choir director at the Williston Federated Church for more than 40 years, directed the Town Band for 40 years, performed in an accomplished Piano Trio and gave piano lessons to children and adults for more than 30 years. She was also active in various community groups—quilting group, walking group, Home Den—and she was very involved in her many grandchildren’s lives. She loved nature and all things beautiful and most recently lived at The Lodge at Shelburne Bay Assisted Living, where she had many friends. Our utmost gratitude goes to the wonderful, caring caregivers and staff there who took such good care of her.
Terry is survived by her brothers and their wives, Jim and Bev Coppersmith, George and Wilda Coppersmith and Walter and Lorraine Coppersmith; her sister-in-law Lois Coppersmith; her sister Grace and her husband Bob Peters; and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Walter and Elaine Carpenter. She is also survived by her four children and their families—Sandy and Russ MacNair of Lancaster, Pa., Cheryl and Jeff Faria of Seekonk, Mass., David and Corinne Carpenter of Earlysville, Va., Karen and Rick Reed of Williston, Vt., nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at the Williston Federated Church, with a reception following in the Church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Williston Town Band, c/o Barbara Russ, 4 Brownell Way, South Burlington, VT 05403, or The Terry Carpenter Memorial Fund, a benevolent fund for Shelburne Bay residents, c/o Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 145 Pine Haven Shores Road, Shelburne, VT 05482.
Maura Kathleen “Momo” Finn
Maura K. Finn (Malone), 53, of Burlington died peacefully surrounded by a large circle of family and friends on Oct. 6, 2012 in her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her three children, Michael, Erin and Kelly Malone, and her grand daughter Mikiya Malone. Her sheer enthusiasm and adventurous spirit will be truly missed.
Maura was born in Michigan and raised in Stamford, Conn., where she attended Saint Cecilia’s grade school and Stamford Catholic High. In 1977, Maura moved to Vermont to attend Saint Michael’s College as the first female to receive a full athletic scholarship. As a student, she played basketball and studied elementary education. She proudly served as the first female firefighter at Saint Michael’s Fire and Rescue.
Maura graduated in 1981 and accepted a job at the Burlington YMCA as a preschool teacher and aquatic director. A lifelong learner, she continued her education and received a degree in nursing from the University of Vermont in 1992. In 2011, she completed two Master’s in nursing and health administration.
As a nurse at Fletcher Allen Healthcare, Maura was able to do what she loved, help others. In her many years she worked in all areas of the hospital from maternity nursing to case management and everything in between. With her favorite position being the first lactation consultant at Fletcher Allen.
In addition to helping others, she loved skinny dipping, horse back riding and socializing with old and new friends. A life-long athlete, she was always ready to watch, play, coach or cheer just about any sport. Most recently, she brought her leadership skills to City Market’s board, on which she was a director since 2010.
She will be remembered for her infectious smile, selfless strength, unbridled enthusiasm and larger than life personality. Maura loved to travel from New Zealand to Ireland, Montana to Maine and everywhere in between. She seized every opportunity that came her way, without hesitation, whether it was an invite to dinner or an early morning jump in the ocean, Maura was the quintessential alpha female, always good to go.
Services will be held 11 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 13 at Saint Michael’s Chapel.
For more information, call Lavigne’s Funeral Home (802) 655-3480 In lieu of flowers, contributions in Maura’s memory can be made to a place that was very special to her heart, The Eagles Nest Foundation at 43 Hart Road Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 or www.enf.org/