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Roberta Bennett Brewster

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SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. -- Roberta Bennett Brewster, 69, of Saranac Lake, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at her home surrounded by friends and family.

Born in Bennington, Vt. on June 7, 1935, she was the daughter of Robert and Cecile (Tetreault) Brewster.

Bert grew up in Manchester, Vt., and raised her family in Dorset, Vt. She was a well-known local artist and owned and operated the Stencil Barn and Antique Shop on the Bloomingdale Road with her partner and companion Don Makepeace. She especially enjoyed cooking, decorative painting and rug hooking. Bert loved living in the Adirondacks and exploring in her canoe.

She is survived by her loving partner and companion of 24 years, Don Makepeace of Saranac Lake. She is the awesome mother of eight children, Cynthia Pacharz and her husband Richard of Saranac Lake, Ann Smith and her husband Tom of Manchester, Vt., Douglas Tarbell of Pawlet, Vt., Matthew Tarbell of Granville, Susan Verner and her husband Kem of East Dorset, Vt., Katherine Dunham and her husband Bill of Tequesta, Fla., Judy Klumick and her husband Jack of Edgartown, Mass. She was predeceased by one son, Jeffrey Tarbell, in 1983. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Abe and Austin Pacharz, Joshua, Jason, Molly and Samantha Smith, Dylan, Ethan, Kappy, and Jake Verner, William and Casey Dunham and Zachary Klumick; one sister, Priscilla Jestes, of Northfield, Vt.; one brother, Charles Brewster, of Manchester, Vt., and 12 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Coy.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Bert’s life on Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at her home on the Bloomingdale Road at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in care of the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 4, 2004
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