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Angela Ellen (Gaiotti) Coolidge

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DORSET -- Angela Coolidge, 42, a lifelong resident of Dorset, died suddenly at her home, on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003. She was born July 4, 1961 in Bennington, the first daughter of Eugene and Audrey (Gleason) Gaiotti.

She attended local schools and graduated from Burr and Burton Seminary as class valedictorian and a member of the National Honor Society, in 1979. She went on to graduate from Cornell University in 1983.

She married Howard Coolidge on Aug. 31 1985 in Dorset and together raised a loving family. Angie managed several farms in Vermont and New York, including Wilcox Dairy in Manchester and Bob Graft’s in Rupert. She also worked for Treats Vet Hospital for four years.

For the past 18 years, she has managed the office of Country Business Inc. She was on the Dorset Planning Commission for nine years and six years on the Select Board, serving as its chairwoman.

Angie was the cornerstone of the rebuilding of the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert church school. She also served as church moderator for three years and was on the board of trustees. She was instrumental in the development of the Dorset Education Foundation in response to Act 60. She was president of the Bennington Marauders Swim Team and was an advisor to the Burr and Burton Community Service Club. Her favorite pastimes were cooking for her huge family, reading anything she could get her hands on, and most of all, taking care of her family.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Audrey Gaiotti of Mount Tabor; her son Bryce, and daughters Brynn and Erika, all of Dorset; her brother Bill Gaiotti of Mount Tabor and sisters Gene Ann Kinney of Brownsville, and Colleen Gaiotti of Fairhaven.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert on Saturday Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. The pastor of the church, the Rev. Dr. James Hopkins Grey will officiate. A reception will immediately follow in the church hall. There are to be no calling hours. For those who wish, memorial gifts may be made to the Burr and Burton Academy, care of Brewster Funeral Service P.O. Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255. To send the family e-mail condolences, please consult www.nsm.org/ covey .
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 19, 2003
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