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EAGLE BRIDGE, N.Y. --Brita Ohberg Reed, 92, died peacefully at the Center for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington on March 11, 2007.

Born in Sweden on Aug. 16, 1914, at her family’s manor called Spakas near the village of Hjo on Lake Vattern, Brita left in 1924 to live in New York City with her father Ernst Ohberg, mother Margareta and brothers Gunnar and Olof. She graduated from Washington Irving High School in Manhattan, where she was elected senior class president, and from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she received a teaching certificate in art. Brita then began a long and varied career in education and visual art, instructing kindergarten through graduate school students.

Her teaching appointments included the Nyack and New Paltz public school systems in New York, the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Connecticut. She was also associated for many years with Aloha Camp in Fairlee, as head of the Campcraft and arts and crafts programs. She was an accomplished artist with a particular talent for textile design, both traditional weaving and experimental mixed media work.

Brita married Carleton L. Reed of Hoosick Falls on Dec. 27, 1937. Being avid skiers, they spent their honeymoon in West Topsham, Vt., at one of the country’s first ski slopes equipped with a rope tow. She will be remembered for her gentle spirit, genuine interest in humanity and her capacity to inspire young people to appreciate nature and creativity.

She is survived by her brother Olof of Atlanta, Ga., her daughter Stina and husband Karl Moehrke of Eagle Bridge; son Carl Reed of Woodland Park, Colo.; grandchildren David Moehrke of Lacey, Wash., Bina Oulton and husband Tim of Tucson, Ariz.; Gustav Reed of Portland, Ore.; Brita Mutti and husband James of Seattle, Wash.; and a great-grandson Tyler Oulton of Tucson, Ariz. She was predeceased by her brother Gunnar and husband Carleton.

At her request, Brita will be cremated. A memorial service will be held in celebration of her life at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Main Street, Hoosick Falls, in June. All those wishing to attend are invited to contact Stina for further details (518-686-5443). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Brita’s memory to a fund in her name at the Aloha Foundation, Inc., 2968 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT 05045 or the Second Chance Animal Center, 6779 State Highway 7A, Shaftsbury, VT 05262. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Robson-Reinfurt Funeral Home of Hoosick Falls.

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Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 14, 2007
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