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Claire E. (Weber) Schoffstall

1937 - 2008 Obituary Condolences
Claire E. Schoffstall
EAST DORSET - Claire Enid Weber Schoffstall, 70, of East Dorset, died April 2, 2008 at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
She was born May 14, 1937, at the Rutland Hospital, the daughter of Wilbur R. and Dorothy Erikson Weber of East Dorset.
Mrs. Schoffstall graduated from Burr and Burton Seminary in 1954 and the University of Vermont in 1959 where she majored in French, was a member of the University Players and worked in the summer of 1959 in the university's first season of the Champlain Shakespeare Festival. She attended the French schools at the University of North Carolina, Boone, as an NDEA graduate fellow, and for several summers at the French School of Middlebury College.
She taught French and directed theatre arts for two years at Arlington Memorial High School. In its early to middle years Claire served as Program Director and docent supervisor for Robert Todd Lincoln's Hildene. She taught Planned Parenthood classes in Manchester for a number of years and was a facilitator-instructor for the Vermont Extension Service's mandatory Bennington County Family Court program for divorcing parents.
Claire was also a pre-school teacher in Zion Pre-School and owner-director of several pre-school day care programs: Maple Tree Row Pre-School, at her home in East Dorset, and TOTS, the Oak Tree School, in Manchester and a family-owned facility. She was the director of TOTS' education fund for young children. She was also the director of the Manchester Northshire Day School for several years.
In recent years she was receptionist and desk clerk for one of Manchester's inns and several Manchester motels.
She was an avid gardener and raised and loved horses for many years. She loved to travel abroad and did so a number of times to the Caribbean, South America, and Europe.
Mrs. Schoffstall was also a member of the East Dorset Vermont FCE, Family and Community Education, the former Vermont State Extension Service Home Demonstration association.
She leaves her mother, Dorothy E. Weber, of East Dorset; a brother, Kenneth, of Middlebury; her husband, Peter, of East Dorset; three sons, Gregory and Jason of Manchester Center, Duncan of Telluride, Colo.; a daughter, Margot, of East Dorset; a niece and nephews, and a number of cousins. Claire was predeceased by her father and a sister, Karen.
FUNERAL NOTICE: There are no calling hours.
A celebration of her life will be held May 15, rain date May 16, at her home in South Village, East Dorset, the time to be announced.
Those who wish to honor her memory may make contributions in her name to their chosen charity which honors children, animals, or the environment or any of the National Cancer charities, or to TOTS –The Oak Tree School Fund at the Berkshire Bank in Manchester Center, VT 05254.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 14, 2008
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