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Dorothy Pizzano

1921 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
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Dorothy Pizzano

1921 - 2016 Longtime Pownal resident, Dorothy "Dot" Olson Pizzano, 95, died peacefully at home in Phoenix, AZ on March 29, 2016. Born on Feb 16, 1921, Dorothy was the 2nd of 5 children to Anders Gustaf and Anna Victoria Olson and grew up in Duluth, MN with a large extended Swedish family. Dorothy graduated from Iowa State University in 1943 with a BS in Foods & Nutrition and minor in Journalism. Food preparation, cooking and nutrition continued to be her passion throughout her life, including time spent as an experimental cook working on the first frozen food products. While at Iowa State she met her future husband, Vincent Pizzano, a forestry major. They eloped on Oct 18, 1941 prior to Vincent joining the Army and participating in the Normandy invasion during WWII. Dorothy was proud of her own contribution to the war effort, working as a chemist for American Steel & Wire in Duluth, MN. After the war, Vince & Dorothy moved to Pownal, VT where Vince co-founded Northeast Wood Products and later established Pizzano Construction Company. They were both active members of the local community and Dorothy was a longtime member of the American Association of University Women, Bennington Branch and served on many Boards of Trustees including the United Counseling Service, St Joseph's College and Bennington County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Dorothy was Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Southern Vermont College from 1979-81 spearheading years of great transition and growth for the College. She was on the Board of Trustees of Putnam Memorial Hospital and Trustee Emeritus of Southwest Vermont Regional Medical Center. Dorothy and Vince were active members of the Catholic Church and Dorothy was a longtime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Guild, North Pownal, VT. Also a skilled singer, Dorothy was a member of Sweet Adelines, Mt Greylock Chapter. Dorothy, understanding the value of local and sustainable food, produced large summer gardens, homemade pickles, preserves and baked goods. She and Vince enjoyed discovering wild foods and Dorothy constantly experimented with new recipes, creating many family favorites. Dorothy loved traveling, reading, entertaining, writing letters, walking country roads and socializing with friends. She was a hobbyistsilversmith and participated in an ongoing silver class in Williamstown, MA. Dorothy & Vince were avid golfers and longtime members of Mt Anthony Country Club and Taconic Golf Club. Vermont snow storms inspired travels south and they eventually made their home on the Gulf Coast of Florida where they were members of Spanish Wells Golf and Country Club in Bonita Springs. There they formed many close friendships and enjoyed a very active lifestyle. Dorothy will be remembered for her happy and optimistic disposition, her love of family, her joyous delight in fresh, well prepared foods and her sense of adventure. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Vincent in 2003 and is survived by her 3 children; Brian Pizzano of Vicenza, Italy; Ann Corrigan (Brian) of Phoenix, AZ and Thomas Pizzano (Diane) of Herndon, VA. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren Jeffrey Pizzano (Kathy) Fortville, IN; Amy Dobrigna (Carlo), Hamilton, NJ; Daniel Pizzano, Eugene, OR and Erin Corrigan Klema (Griffin), Miami, FL; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Roger (Janet) Olson; sister, Merelyn Anderson; and nieces and nephews. Interment is planned in Pownal, VT during the upcoming summer.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 9, 2016
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