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Virginia Ann Sturtevant

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Virginia Ann Sturtevant, 61, of Williamstown, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003 at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y. She was born in Worcester on Jan. 11, 1942, a daughter of the late Frederick H. and Evelyn (Agard) Sturtevant.

She attended schools in Shrewsbury. She then obtained her B.A. degree in French literature and elementary education, and was certified in both elementary education and secondary education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

She also graduated from Central Michigan University with a M.A. in education specializing in learning disabilities and vocational education and graduated summa cum laude. She was a French teacher in the Shrewsbury school system for three years and served as the French club advisor and class advisor. She also taught French and English at the Easthampton Junior High School where she served as co-chairperson for the scholarship committee for one year.

She was employed at the Northern Berkshire Association for Retarded Citizens as the director of evaluation and training program in North Adams. She also was employed at the Southern Vermont College, Bennington,Vt., and at the Holyoke Community College in Holyoke as the head coordinator for the learning disabilities program. She was the recipient of an award at Southern Vermont College presented by the student body in 1989 for her outstanding dedication.

She also was employed for the Berkshire County ARC Program in Pittsfield as the coordinator. She was last employed at the Community College of Vermont, Bennington as the coordinator for academic services a position she held at the time of her death.

She was a member of the Council for the Handicapped in North Adams. She was a member of the Association on Higher Education and Disability. She was a member of the National Education Association. She was an avid reader of classical literature and loved music and playing the piano and singing, and was a member of the Sweet Adelines singing group. She was a writer and enjoyed gardening. She also loved playing tennis, collecting stamps and postcards and was an activist for the environment and animals.

Survivors include three daughters, Corinne “Cori” Spezeski of South Hadley, Deidre Spezeski-Nassar of Williamstown and Kara Spezeski of Williamstown, with whom she made her home; two grandchildren, Nevin William Nassar and Najla Khoury Nassar of Williamstown; her companion Norman D’Amico of Clarksburg.

A celebration of the life of Virginia Ann Sturtevant will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. on the campus of Community College of Vermont at the Learning Center Building Room #23, 324 Main St. Bennington,Vt. Memorial Donations are suggested for Amnesty International, Green Peace, Environmental Defense Fund or the charity of the donor’s choice through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, Mass., which are in charge of arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 20, 2003
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