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Cynthia "Jesse" Wiesner

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Cynthia "Jesse" Wiesner WILMINGTON Cynthia "Jesse" Wiesner passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2009 after battling cancer in Florida. She loved spending her winter evenings watching the sunset on the St. John's River with her husband, Jim, on their pontoon boat. Known to her husband and best friend, Jim Wiesner, of 30 years and to all her friends and family as "Jesse," she will be deeply missed. Jesse moved to the Valley with her family at age 13 and attended Wilmington High School, where she made life long friendships. She worked in the community in many aspects. She was a tour guide at the Andirons, was a partner in The Vine and Cheese Shops, bartended at the Viking and Village Pub,and ran the Waste Water Treatment Plants in Whitingham and Jacksonville. She worked as a caretaker for the elderly and worked for Rentals Only for several winters. She owned and operated her motel The Governor's Rock in Shaftsbury for 14 years. She was an avid motorcyclist and owned her own Harley Davison. She and her husband, Jim road their bikes both in Vermont and Florida. Although she and Jim had no biological children, they "heart adopted" many young people who looked at them as parents, mentors, grandparents and friends. Jesse's greatest passion for the last three years had been "The Cremee Stand," located at Twice Blessed. Through her imagination and creativity, she provided a place where young and old could spend time in kinship, eating ice cream while in awe of her water inventions, play games and be joyous. She attended what she called "Ice Cream College" at the University of Florida in order to make her "Cremee Stand" a destination for family entertainment. If you were fortunate enough to visit her enterprise, you will agree that her vision through the university course was a great success. Jesse was a staunch supporter of World War II women pilots and was the creator of Operation Fifinella. This program was a historic event that reunited World War II women pilots at Avenger Field near Sweetwater, Texas, where they took their military flight training, equipping them for assignments during WWII. In lieu of flowers, Jesse had requested that a donation be made in her name to: Operation Fifinella c/o Wings of Dreams P.O.B. 357071, Gainesville Fla. 32635. If you would like to make a donation online, you may go to www.operationfifinella.org or www.wingsofdreams.org Please specify that your donation is for operation fifinella as Jesse wanted to see a museum specifically honoring WASP's (woman airforce service pilots). She leaves her husband and devoted ally, Jim Wiesner of Wilmington; mother, Sylvia Burrill of Bennington; mother- and father -in-law, Dan and Pearl Wiesner of Massachusetts; sister, brother, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, several nieces, nephews, greatnieces, greatnephews, and many friends, two-legged, four -legged and winged MEMORIAL NOTICE: Jim Wiesner would like to invite everyone to a Celebration of Jesse's life at Memorial Hall in Wilmington on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. Please bring pictures and stories of Jesse. Remember every time you have a "Cremee," think of the happiness Jesse brought into your day.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 15, 2009
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