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Jeanne L. Austin


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Jeanne L. Austin Obituary
Jeanne L. Austin, daughter of Paul Bernard and Esther (Hauck) Austin, born February 17, 1940 in Waukegan, Illinois, died the morning of February 1, after five years of ovarian cancer.

She is survived by her son, Bret R. Nelson of Rockingham and her husband of 44 years, Peter R. Nadolny of Westminster.

Jeanne, a graduate of Waukegan High School, attended Mount Holyoke and graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) in 1962.

Appearing in many college and community theaters, she earned her membership in Actors' Equity as well as SAG-AFTRA. She appeared in Collected Stories, Fuddy Meers, Driving Miss Daisy, and most recently in "Wit" at Apron Stage in Putney. While theater was her prime passion, working in New Jersey, New York City, Saint Louis, and Miami, she was also an employee of SCARC (Sussex County Association for Retarded Citizens), where she conducted a choral group, and was a puppeteer for "Kids on the Block".

In 1984, she and her husband formed "HerStory Productions" with an eventual repertoire of seven one-woman shows, which she insisted be called mono-dramas. Her special favorite was Louisa May Alcott. She became a member of the Vermont Humanities to present them in Vermont.

From 1991 until moving to Vermont, she raised cashmere goats on a farm in Augusta, NJ, which she christened "Blackberry Slump". She was Treasurer of the Eastern Cashmere Association for ten years.

She was a trained musician, and her favorite piano works were by Chopin, Debussy, and Mompou.

She devoted much of her last decade into Saori weaving and had a studio at her home, having obtained credentials from Japan to do so.

Many thanks to the entire staff of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital's Oncology Department for the excellent care given over the last years.

A memorial service will be held at All Souls Church (UU) at a date to be determined soon.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 4, 2017
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