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Nora May Coonradt

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SHAFTSBURY -- Nora May Coonradt, 75, a resident of Ledgely Drive, died peacefully at the Bennington Health and Rehabilitation Center in Bennington on Wednesday morning, Sept. 24, 2003.

Mrs. Coonradt was born in Bennington on Nov. 30, 1927, the daughter of the late Frank and Selma (Ruebesam) Thompson. Nora graduated from the North Bennington High School in the class of 1946. On Feb. 8, 1947, she married Ernest Coonradt at the Shaftsbury Methodist Church Parsonage and they enjoyed a wonderful life together until his death on Jan. 1, 1995.

In her earlier years, Nora worked at the EZ Mills and Thompson Manufacturing in Bennington prior to her employment with Union Carbide where she worked for 29 years. She was highly respected as an outstanding manager of quality control at the plant. A camp which Nora and “Ernie” owned in Rupert took up a major part of their leisure time. They loved the peace and quiet of the mountain atmosphere and thoroughly enjoyed having their family and friends come to share the great outdoors. No matter how many people came, Nora could always conjure up some great “vittles.” She loved to cook and it was one of her best talents, to which many folks can attest.

Nora enjoyed sports such as hunting, fishing, horseback riding, softball and bowling. She was a member of the Taconic Grange where she had received seven degrees and, also, a member of the Shaftsbury Fire Department Auxiliary. Having grown up in the rural areas of Shaftsbury, many went to Nora for information about people and places. Her factual stories about her childhood made good listening and aided in the documentation for historical purposes. While a somewhat private person, she was at the same time more than willing to share her life experiences, both happy and sad.

Following their retirement, Nora and “Ernie” traveled extensively around the country in their Rockwood RV with their dog Ring. They were members of the Good Sam and Rockwood clubs.

Surviving are a sister, Doris Pratt of North Bennington; a brother, Albert Thompson, a resident of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, Nora was predeceased by two sisters, Helen Harrington and M. Louise Harvey.

Funeral services to remember the life of Nora Coonradt will be held on Friday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church. The Rev. Deborah Estey, pastor, will officiate. Members of the Taconic Grange will conduct their memorial service during the funeral on Friday afternoon. Interment will follow in the family lot at the Shaftsbury Center Cemetery. Following the interment, friends are invited to join the family in the social hall of the church for a time of fellowship and refreshment. There will be no public calling hours.

Gifts in Nora’s memory may be made to the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church, the Bennington Rescue Squad or the Merck Forest Foundation in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201.

For directions or to send e-mail condolences please consult www.nsm.org/covey .
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 25, 2003
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