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Olga Hagelberg ARLINGTON Olga Hagelberg, 85, of Arlington, died Jan. 26, 2009, at the Vermont Veteran's Home in Bennington after a long illness. Olga was born and raised in the Westfield, Mass., area. She joined the Marines at age 20 during World War II, and was a machinest, making gun parts for the servicemen overseas. She was discharged as a Corporal and was an active member in the Women's Marine's Peg Parda Chapter in Massachusetts. She graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in Fashion Design and was an expert seamstress. Olga married Richard Hagelberg in 1947 and raised four children. She was the leader for many years of the West Arlington Juniors 4-H Club. Along with sewing, she enjoyed knitting, cross-stitch, and quilting, exhibiting many of her works at the Hildene Needlework Show. Olga was a great cook and baker and loved making her infamous chocolate chip cookies and apple pies for friends and family. She was a wonderful caregiver for family members with cancer, and her joy and solace was in designing and caring for her extensive perennial gardens, which she loved sharing with others. She and Richard were active in square dancing with the Cadamount Gadabouts Club. They traveled to many national dancing events and performed locally with the club for residents of the Veteran's Home and Nursing Homes. They traveled extensively in their R.V. in the United States and Canada. Olga believed in living life simply, being self-sufficient by growing our own food and livestock; sewing clothing, recycling and having a great respect for this fragile planet. She leaves her daughter, Nancy of Arlington; sons, David of Arlington and Wayne of Colorado; five grandchildren, one great -grandchild, nieces and nephews, her faithful cat, and three grand-dogs. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard, in 1992 and by her daughter, Donolyn, in 2001, and by all of her siblings, Helen, Basil, Joseph, Thomas, Andrew, Michael, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Vermont Veterans Home All Faiths Chapel in Bennington, followed by a pot-luck reception. If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter, c/o HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME Arlington Chapel, P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT 05250. To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 28, 2009
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