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Margaret Ann Viereck "Meg" 1956-2010 SHAFTSBURY Margaret Ann "Meg" Viereck of Rollin Rd., Shaftsbury, succumbed on Friday, Sept. 3, to the cancer from which she had suffered for the past two and a half years. Meg was born on July 11, 1956, in Bennington to Phillip R. and Ellen K. Viereck of Shaftsbury. She earned her Registered Nurse degree from Southern Vermont College and had worked for the past twenty one years as a nurse in the West Wing of the Southern Vermont Medical Center, where she received extraordinary care in her final three weeks. Strong, self-sufficient and independent, Meg was a skilled horsewoman, potter, orchardist, passionate organic gardener, brewer of beer, boiler of maple syrup, wielder of chainsaws, presser of cider, creator of artistically decorated chocolate pecan pies, and devoted recycler, well known among friends and colleagues for the slogan, "Recycle or Else". In earlier years, Meg graduated from Mt. Anthony Union High School and hitchhiked throughout Europe and North Africa, attending the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, on her eighteenth birthday. She also lived in Dayton, Ohio, and San Francisco. In Ohio, she worked for Emery Air Freight, where she was a forklift operator and instructor. Meg raced a friend's stock car there as well. Meg's nursing years were spent as the nearest neighbor of her parents in West Shaftsbury, where she helped them on the family farm with her big Kubota tractor and brush-hog right up to the end of her life. She will leave a huge hole in the neighborhood and be sorely missed by all who loved her. Meg is survived by her parents and a son, Cody, of Durango, Colo., and siblings Jennifer O. Viereck, of Shaftsbury; Timothy D. Viereck of Ojo Caliente, N.M., Pamela N. Bates of Durango, Colo.; cousins Felicia M. Robinson of Keene, N.H.; Jonathan T. Moreland of Vancouver, Wash.; Daniel D. Moreland, captain of the tall ship, Picton Castle, presently in the Cook Islands on its fifth trip around the world; Catharine R. Kenny of Savannah Ga.; Elizabeth A. Resch of Medford Mass.; Rodney Viereck of Golden Colo.; Walter Viereck of Bothell Wash.; Sharon Viereck of Anchorage Ark.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: A celebration of Meg's life will be held at her Rollin Rd. home on Saturday, September 11, from 2 to 7 pm. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a memorial fund to honor the staff of West Wing. Checks can be sent to the Margaret Ann Viereck Trust with "Memorial" in the memo line, at 35 Rollin Rd, North Bennington VT 05257.

Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 7, 2010
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