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Charlotte Bartholomae

Charlotte Bartholomae

1932 - 2014 MANCHESTER Charlotte Kenney Bartholomae, 81, passed away peacefully at home, on March 8, after losing her courageous battle with cancer. Charlotte Ann Kenney was born Sep. 30, 1932, in Wolfeboro, N.H., the sixth of seven children of Ernest and Marguerite Thompson Kenney. She graduated from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro in 1951 where she was class secretary, a cheerleader, and member of the softball team. After graduation she moved to Chatham, NJ where she worked as the supervisor of Bell Telephone Laboratory's first computer room. While working in New Jersey, she met Richard Bartholomae. They were married on Oct. 29, 1955, and lived in Chatham, N.J., where over the next few years, she gave birth to their two sons, Greg and Eric. In the fall of 1963, they decided to leave New York suburbia and the commuting life, and bought the Four Winds Motel, and moved to Manchester. Together they turned the motel into a leading destination in town, in part due to Charlotte's tremendous skill in the kitchen, where she turned out fabulous family style meals for the carloads of hungry skiers who arrived at the motel all winter long. Spring brought a steady stream of vacationers and golfers who were greeted in their rooms by fresh flowers from Charlotte's gardens. After 15 years of diligent and successful proprietorship, Dick and Charlotte sold the Four Winds in 1978 and shortly thereafter, started Bee's Hallmark, which they ran as a couple until selling the business and retiring in 1994. In their retirement, they loved travel, making excursions across the US and to Europe as well as finding time to get out of the VT winters for a few weeks each year. In addition to helping to run two businesses and raising two children, Charlotte devoted herself to the Manchester community in numerous ways, including serving as a Cub Scout den mother, a board member of Manchester Health Services, a volunteer at Southern Vermont Arts Center, and member of the First Congregational Church's women's auxiliary. With the building of the Manchester Country Club in 1970, an undertaking to which she contributed significantly along with Dick, she took up golf and continued to play and enjoy the sport until this past fall. Charlotte was a member of Manchester Country Club and Ekwanok Country Club. She was an avid Scrabble player, passing her passion on to her children and grandchildren, and enjoyed doing the crossword puzzle every day. She was also a keen bridge player and will be missed by her bridge group of many years. She is survived by Dick, her loving husband of 58 years; her son, Greg along with his wife, Cally; two sons, Justin and Ethan of Jefferson, Maine, and son Eric, his wife, Janice, and two children Eric Jr., and Sarah of Dover, Mass. She is also survived by her brother, Franklin and his wife, Shirley, of Marstons Mills, Mass.; sister, Clara Sawyer of Wolfeboro, N.H., sister Dorothy Glidden and her husband, Arthur, of Wolfeboro, N.H.; brother-in-law Wesley Hazelton of White River Junction, Vt., and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. She is predeceased by her parents and her brothers, William and Richard; her sister, Connie Hazelton, and sister-in-law, Jane Bartholomae Keely. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on March 15, at the First Congregational Church in Manchester Village, with a reception to follow. Arrangements are being handled by BREWSTER'S FUNERAL SERVICES. Donations in Charlotte's name can be made to Manchester Health Services, or a .

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Brewster Funeral and Cremation Services
34 Park Place Manchester, VT 05255
(802) 362-1500

Published in Bennington Banner from Mar. 10 to Mar. 12, 2014
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