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Grace Burke VanderVeer

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BENNINGTON -- Grace Burke VanderVeer, 108, of Silver Street in Bennington, died Sunday, April 3, 2005, at the Centers For Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington.

She was born in Hartford on Feb. 21, 1897, the daughter of Clinton and Alice (Belden) Burke and attended local schools.

Grace resided in Pontiac, Mich., Saddle Brook, N.J. and Pittsburgh, Pa., due to her husband Schuyler VanderVeer’s employment and education. In 1939, she and her husband moved to Bennington, where they started, owned and operated Broadbrook Printing until Schuyler’s death in 1965.

She had an early interest in photography and collected and took photos of family members and life during the first part of the 20th century in the Sharon area. Throughout the years, a number of photographs were donated to the Sharon Historical Society and also given to family members interested in genealogy. Aside from family members, she took photos of her father and his horse drawn postal vehicle as the first postmaster in Sharon, and also took photos of ice harvesting, log jams, various homesteads, buildings, the “P-Vine” railroad and residents of the Sharon area. She had great stories to tell associated with her photos and some of her adventurous trips on the “P-Vine” railroad and also playing the piano in the local movie house for silent movies.

She loved to travel the New England states, music and dance. She played the piano and knew the round square dances from her youth. Grace loved to make handcrafts. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting and firing porcelain figurines, braided rugs, wood refinishing, especially furniture and clock cases, and also enjoyed stenciling and candle making. She had a working knowledge of antiques and ran an antique shop in Bennington in the early 70s. Grace was a big time New York Yankees fan and especially loved to hear Phil Rizzuto announce the games.

Grace was a member of the original Lioness Club in the 50s and served as secretary. She attended numerous local and state Lions meetings and two Lions International Conventions with her husband, who held many local and state offices in the Lions Club. Grace lived at home and maintained her home until eight weeks ago.

She is survived by her nephew, Walter C. Burke of Portland Maine; great-nieces Valle Gooch and her husband David and Kathryn Telford and her husband David; great-nephews Walter Burke and his wife Diane, Robert Burke and his wife Sally, Hiram Burke, Peter Schuyler, Robert and John VanderVeer; and a nephew, Jack VanderVeer and his wife Rosemary. Locally she leaves her cousin, Marguerite Burnham and her husband Stanley, and a dear friend, Henry A. P. Simpatico.

Funeral services for Mrs. VanderVeer will be held Wednesday April 6, 2005, at 1 p.m. at Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

For those who wish, memorial contributions in Grace’s memory may be made to the Bennington Lions “We Serve Fund” or to the Bennington Project Independence Capital Campaign Fund, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. For directions or to send e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2005
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