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Sigrid Erica Blazej


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Sigrid Erica Blazej Obituary
Sigrid Erica Blazej passed peacefully at home on Monday, November 13th, with her family and caregiver at her side. Sigrid was born January 18, 1931 in Emmenbrucke, Switzerland, the second twin, to her parents Anni and Christian Burger. They weren't expecting twins, so a second name was needed quickly. Her mother named her after the Nobel author of the book she was reading at the time.
Her father died when she was 6 and her mother raised her and her sister on her own, later moving to Lake Constance near the German border. She recalled the windows of her school being blown out when the Allies mistakenly bombed near her town. At the age of 19 she moved to London for a year and a half where she lived with a family and cared for their children while studying English. In 1952, she came to America on the Queen Mary, traveling with a family as an au pair, caring for their children. In New York City she met her husband, Richard Blazej through the vegetarian society of New York. They married in Chappaqua, NY in 1955, and moved to Vermont the following year. They built a Swiss Chalet where they raised their family. After 25 years, the marriage ended in divorce.
Sigrid loved numbers. She took comfort in the order they represented and the story they told. She managed the books for her husband's business, and later worked as the head cashier for many years at the OK Fairbanks Supermarket as well as the Baker's Hallmark Store. A balanced checkbook gave her great satisfaction, something she did every Sunday in her later years. She prided herself on never having a television or computer, and enjoyed telling scam artist telemarketers so.
Volunteering was a central feature of her life, recently completing her 48th year as the treasurer for the Women's Auxiliary of the New Brook Fire Dept. She also enjoyed supporting the Newfane Historical Society, the Moore Free Library, the Brookline Meeting House Preservation Fund, Grace Cottage Hospital, among others. She felt very much at home in the West River Valley, and cherished the many friendships she formed over the last 60 years.
Sigrid learned to knit at age five and did so up until a month ago, providing many sweaters, mittens, socks and baby blankets for friends, family and many of the above organizations. Baking for many of the same folks was her passion, with her famous ""secret cookies"", a family recipe, highlighting her holidays.
She is survived by her three children, Sybil Blazej (Tally) of Los Angeles, CA, Colin Blazej (Alison) of Windham, VT and Claude Blazej (Heidi) of Westminster West, VT, two granddaughters, Amy and Jamie, a great granddaughter, Cassidy, as well as two beloved nephews, who recently traveled from Switzerland to see her. She was predeceased by her parents, her identical twin sister, Vreni, her former husband, and her in-laws, who adored her.
Her family would like to thank all of the people in the West River Valley who embraced her and gave her a community, as well as those who cared for her in her final weeks, especially Mary Lou. They would also like to thank Frank and Sue Biolsi, Aime Leavitt and Eric Wilson, all true heroes.
SERVICES: A gathering to celebrate her life and share stories will be held at the New Brook Fire Dept on Sunday November 26th, at 1PM. In lieu of flowers or donations, please consider honoring her by giving an hour or two to help someone else. Nothing would please her more.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Nov. 18, 2017
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