ANDREA "ANDI" GRISHMAN MONTPELIER - Andrea "Andi" Grishman, 64, passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at the age of 64, after a brief and courageous battle with breast cancer. She was born in Lynchburg, Va., on Feb. 23, 1950. Andrea defined love, adventure, and sense of humor by the vibrant way she lived her life. To know her, was to know beauty and laughter. Her presence brought warmth and joy into every room, her exceptional musical gift brought sound into the quiet, and the love she shared with those around her was unending. Her presence brought calm and comfort to her friends and family, and her sense of humor is one of enviable wit that will keep us all laughing for years to come. Andrea led a life full of care for her two children, Amanda Facchiano and Andrew Stickney; her parents, Annette and Azriel Grishman (Azriel Grishman - predeceased); sisters, Janice Grishman and Barbara Howard (brother-in-law, Jerry, and nephew, Douglas); countless friends; and her yellow Labrador, Savvy. For those who called her a colleague during her career at the Green Mountain Care Board, she was a legendary team member, always had a ready and infectious laugh, and was an immensely thoughtful friend to so many. For those who call her a sister, she was a strong-willed hero, bubbling with energy and ready to play the role of an amazing listener or enthusiastic cheerleader. For those who call her Mom, she had a warmth and type of caring that can't be replaced. She was quick to lift your spirits in any way possible, and was never too busy to worry about how inclement weather might affect you. For those who call her a daughter, she was and continues to be their pride and joy. She was unquestioningly and unconditionally devoted to her family. Simply put, Andrea had an extraordinary impact on every life that she touched. A gathering in memory of Andrea will be held for friends and family. In celebration of Andrea's life, please consider a donation to one of the following charities: Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of
, Attn: Donor Services, 21 Bonnet St., PO Box 2496, Manchester Center, VT 05255; or Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Attn.: Development Department, 2 Church St., Suite 3B, Burlington, VT 05401.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 29, 2014