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Esther Brady Gilchrest

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SHUSHAN, N.Y. -- Esther Brady Gilchrest, 86, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, May 23, 2005.

She was born April 18, 1919, in Shushan, daughter of the late William and Grace (Conety) Brady.

Esther was educated in a one-room school, the Steel Brook District School, and from there she continued her education by commuting daily on the train from Shushan to Salem attending Washington Academy, where she graduated in 1937.

During World War II, Esther lived and worked at Mary McClellan Hospital, where she met many lifelong friends.

She married Gerald Gilchrest on May 25, 1946. Gerald died Jan. 2, 1994.

Esther was a member of the Washington County Republican Committee, a charter member of the Battenkill Home Bureau, a greeter and member of the Shushan Covered Bridge Museum and a longtime member and regular attendee of the Shushan United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed doing crafts, gardening and caring and maintaining her home. In her later years she took pleasure sitting on her front porch.

Besides her parents and husband Esther was predeceased by her stepfather, William Smith and five step-brothers, William, Roy, Ernest, Charles, and Whitney Smith.

Survivors include her children, Judith Wundrock and her husband Joseph of Bristol, N.H.; Harold “Butch” Gilchrest and his wife Denise and Nancy Kramer all of Shushan; her grandchildren, Paul Wundrock of Boston, Mass., Karen Wundrock of Portsmouth, N.H., Jessica Allen and her husband, Travis of Chelsea, Vt., and Ian Gilchrest of Shushan; and her great-grandchild, Simon Allen of Chelsea, Vt. She is also survived by her in-laws, Charles “Pook” and Betty Gilchrist, George and Barbara Gilchrest and Richard Gilchrest all of Shushan, Mary Lou Gilchrest of Delmar and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2005, at the Shushan United Methodist Church with the Rev. Raoul Waters, pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in the Woodlands Cemetery in Cambridge.

Friends may call at her lifelong home at 217 Juniper Swamp Road, Shushan from 5 till 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made in her memory to the Shushan United Methodist Church or the Shushan Covered Bridge Museum in care of Gayle Shaw, Box 122, Shushan, NY 12873.

Arrangements are by the McClellan Funeral Service, 19 East Broadway, Salem.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 24, 2005
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