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Beverly Jerman ARLINGTON, VT. Beverly S. Jerman passed away quietly and comfortably in her Arlington home on Easter Sunday following her battle with pancreatic cancer, a battle she fought with dignity and with grace. Bev was 72. She will be sorely missed.Born in Hartford, Conn., daughter of Edwin C. and Frances R. Shultz, she grew up with her parents and older sister, Barbara "Bobbie," in West Hartford, and spent many summers at the family's Candlewood Lake home, memories of which she cherished for the rest of her life. She attended Oxford School in West Hartford as well as Briarwood Junior College. In 1957, she married Terry B. Fletcher, and the couple made their home in Bristol, Conn., where they became involved in many aspects of church, community and business life, and where they raised their two sons David and Todd. While in Bristol, Bev was active in many charitable efforts and organizations. When she returned to the workforce, she brought the skills and experience she gained in volunteer work to her new career as the assistant vice president of Human Resources for the Connecticut Hospital Association. In 1982, Bev married her longtime friend, Albert C. Jerman, and the couple relocated to Arlington, where they were quickly and warmly embraced by the community. Together, they owned and operated the Cheese House for many years. Later, Bev worked as the Vermont Executive Director for the March of Dimes, and then as a Deputy Director of Robert Todd Lincoln's Hildene in Manchester, Vt., once again working alongside her husband who was a tour guide and historian. Bev and Al had found a perfect match in each other, and a perfect home in southwestern Vermont. It was evident to all who knew them. She had a gift for finding the beauty and joy in things easily, including friends, needlework and crafts, travel, flowers and animals. One of the most important facets of her life was her love of music, a love and appreciation she passed on to her children and grandchildren. In high school, Bev sang in a quartet called The Uncalled Four. In college, she sang with the Briardoons. As an adult, she sang with the Sweet Adelines and the Arlington Chorale, among other groups. From childhood to adulthood, Bev sang in church choirs. She was proud of her role as founding director of the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival at the First Congregational Church in Manchester and she was thrilled with the enthusiasm of the Festival's participants and audiences. Bev's greatest pride, joy and love was her family. She leaves her sons, Todd Fletcher of Manchester and David Fletcher and his wife, Susan, of Middletown, Conn,; her grandchildren, Sarah, Bradley, Tyler and Spencer Fletcher of Middletown; granddaughter, Chloe Grace Jerman Brown and her father, Greg Brown, of Bennington; grandson, Jake Urs Kenerson Jerman and his parents; stepson, Eric Jerman and his wife, Julie Kenerson, of Auburndale, Mass.; niece, Diana "Dede" Morris and her daughter, Rika Pere, of Hailey, Idaho; nephew, John "Randy" Morris and his wife, Kara, of Fort Pierce, Fla., and his children, Rob and Lissa; and her sister-in-law, Marjorie Bratcher of Whigville, Conn. During the last three years, Bev saw the loss of her sister, Bobbie Morris, and her stepdaughter, Rachel Jerman in 2005 ,and her best friend, her husband, Al, in 2007. FUNERAL NOTICE: Her funeral will be held at noon on March 31, 2008 at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to make a donation to the Music Fund at the First Congregational Church of Manchester, P.O. Box 588, Manchester Village, VT, 05254, attention: Linda Hueckel. The HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME in Arlington has been entrusted with the care of Bev's funeral arrangements. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 26, 2008
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