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Elsa W. Kistler

1919-2013 Elsa Woodbridge Kistler, 94, of Wells, VT, passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 24, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Edwin M. Kistler, M.D. Elsa was born on November 27, 1919 in Edge Hill, PA, the daughter of Donald E. Woodbridge and Helen McFarland Woodbridge. She graduated from Bennington College in 1942 and attended Temple University School of Medicine for one year prior to her marriage. She and Edwin lived in Pittsford, NY for 12 years before moving to West Brattleboro, VT in 1963. Elsa worked for several years in the Records Department at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, where her husband practiced anesthesiology. She then started her own business, Green Mountain Woolies, making and selling sheepskin slippers, mittens and vests. Elsa and Edwin moved to Wells, VT in 1991. She was an avid gardener and lover of books. She also had a deep and abiding love of Vermont, first coming to this state in 1933, when her family purchased an old farmhouse in Bondville, where she spent every summer, teaching her children to love this state as well. Besides her husband, Elsa is survived by her five daughters: Phyllis Watson (and husband John) of Kent, Ohio; Joan Senecal (and husband Kenneth) of Montpelier, VT; Rebecca Waite (and husband Perry) of Pawlet, VT; Judith Kernodle (and husband Gerald) of Fowlerville, MI; and Margaret Kistler of Cody, WY. She had two sons, Edwin M.W. Kistler who died in 1974, and an infant son, Robert Laurence, who died in 1949. She is also survived by her sisters, Katherine Sinn of Roseville, CA and Edith McNair of Madison, NH and her brother, Eliot Woodbridge of Manchester, VT. Her other brother, Dudley Woodbridge died in 1993. Elsa had 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Her family would like to express their sincere appreciation to At Home Senior Care and the wonderful caregivers who helped Elsa to live out her last years in the comfort of her own home. The family will hold a private remembrance in the future.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 27, 2013
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