July 23, 2019


With a love for young children and a yearning to live in Vermont, Amy Wise arrived in Burlington in the spring of 1979 with a sleeping bag, a college degree and her welcoming smile. She quickly immersed herself in the community, and 35 years later, she leaves us a legacy of caring for Vermont’s children, its natural resources, and its many people less fortunate. Amy Warburton Wise, 58, died unexpectedly at her home in Williston on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. She was born Sept. 11, 1956, in Butler, Pa., the daughter of newspaper owner John Laing Wise Jr. and Eleanor (Green) Wise. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1978, and a Master of Education from the University of Vermont in 1991. Amy was best known as a head teacher at Poker Hill School in Underhill from 1994 to 2012, inspiring and influencing more than 1,000 children, their families and her colleagues. She also taught at the JC Simon VNA Child Care Center, UVM Campus Children’s Center, Community College of Vermont, Burlington Technical Center, and Trinity College. Recently, she taught for the Vermont’s Start with the Arts and Vermont Humanities Council. She generously donated time and resources to the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, Lund Center, Green Mountain Club, Camel’s Hump Nordic Center, and many others, for which she earned a Vermont Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2006. Her grandfather, University of Pennsylvania professor of Hispanic Language and Culture, Otis Howard Green, inspired Amy’s devotion to the outdoors and education. Friends recall her love of running, biking to work, kayaking, skiing and hiking. Amy explored the Vancouver Island West Coast Trail, Alaska, Galapagos Islands, Nepal, New Zealand, South and Central America and Europe. Amy enjoyed close friendships through a book group and 30-year monthly gourmet dining club. While she never held elected office, she was an engaged citizen in Williston government, politics and planning. She was predeceased by her father in 1996. She is survived by her mother; brother, John L. Wise III; and nephews, John Laing Wise IV, and Hunter Navta Wise, all of Butler, Pa; partner, Steve Jarrett of Williston, and children, Shay Gestal, Tom Jarrett, and Lily Jarrett. She will be greatly missed by many close friends, neighbors and other relatives. A celebration and memorial service will take place at the Billings Center at the University of Vermont on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to Amy’s favorite charities: Poker Hill School Scholarship Fund www.pokerhillschool.org; Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program http://www.refugees.org/about-us/where-we-work/vrrp/contact/contact.html; and Green Mountain Club www.greenmountainclub.org.

Charles T. Hill
Charles T. Hill, 93, of Williston died peacefully at home on Nov. 10, 2014. He was born in 1920 in Gilman, the son of Robert and Gertrude Hill.
In World War II, he was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. serving in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan.
In 1946, he married Katherine P. Barrett in St. Johnsbury, and began driving for St. Johnsbury Trucking Company. Moving to North Haverhill, N.H. he drove for the First National Stores. Then they moved to No. Perry, Ohio where he worked at Industrial Rayon. In 1963 they moved to Williston and again he worked for St. Johnsbury Trucking, until retiring in 1985.
He enjoyed traveling and family outings, liked reading westerns and watching Red Sox games. He was a member of the Federated Church in Williston. At the time of Katherine’s death in 2012, they had been married for 66 years.
Survivors include his three children: Kathy Root, Rodney Hill and wife Priscilla, and Deborah Hill; two granddaughters: Abby Armell and husband Justin and their son Liam, and Emily Hill. He is also survived by one sister, a sister-in-law, three brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, three sisters, and two brothers.
A funeral service was held on Nov. 19, 2014 at the Sayles Funeral Home in St. Johnsbury, with the Rev. Jay Sprout officiating and with military honors. Burial will take place in the spring at the Grove Cemetery in East St. Johnsbury.
Donations made in his memory may be directed to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.

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