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E. Geraldine VanBramer

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E. Geraldine Van Bramer

1921 - 2015 DALTON E. Geraldine "Gerry" Van Bramer, formerly of 97 Grange Hall Road, died Jan. 19, 2015, at Mount Carmel Care Center in Lenox, where she had resided for the past year. Born in Pittsfield on July 20, 1921, the daughter of Robert Bruce and Edna Breck Andrews, she graduated from Pittsfield High School, attended West Virginia University, American International College, Berkshire Business College, and graduated from the teachers training class at the Concept-Therapy Institute in San Antonio, Texas. For several years, she took classes at Berkshire Community College and was a charter member of the Hands Across the Generations Scholarship Committee at BCC. She was a life-long member of the First Methodist Church in Pittsfield where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, was superintendent of the Junior High Department, and served on various committees. She was a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts for five years, and was a former member of the Pittsfield Women's College Club. Always involved in anything musical, she played violin in several local groups in her younger years, played bugle in the Dalton Girl Scouts Drum and Bugle Corp, played clarinet in the West Virginia University Marching Band, and was substitute pianist for the Dalton Rotary Follies rehearsals. She was a member of the cast of the Dalton Follies for several years, as well as other dinner-theater presentations, and planned and co-directed the musical dinner-theater show at St. Agnes Church in Dalton in 1988, and was in the show "Music Man" in the 1960s. During college, she worked as a waitress at Howard Johnson's. In World War II, she worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau. When her children were grown, she was the office manager/bookkeeper for Dr. Paul Battaglino for several years and then receptionist for Politis Chiropractic Office. She did bookkeeping for the South Mountain Music Association until her retirement, and was organist at Pilgrim Memorial Church in Pittsfield and the Congregational Church in Hinsdale. She also spent 15 years teaching Concept Therapy weekend seminars in Massachusetts and New York State. She retired in 1996 as bookkeeper at the Dalton Avenue Friendly's restaurant. She is survived by a son, Gene Van Bramer of Pittsfield, and a daughter, Anne Demick of Stephentown, NY; three grandsons, two step-granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Thomas, in 1974, and a daughter, Barbara, in 2005. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service for E. Geraldine "Gerry" Van Bramer will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m., at the DERY FUNERAL HOME in PITTSFIELD. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 12:30. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dalton Ambulance and Rescue in care of the Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 21, 2015
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