Samuel Walter Achziger
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BRATTLEBORO -- Samuel Walter Achziger, 80, died peacefully at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, after five years in the loving care of his dear nurses and attendants at Eden Park.

He was the youngest of 12 children (nine brothers and three sisters) to Elizabeth (Schneider) and John Adam Achziger of Longmont, Colo.

Mr. Achziger leaves two sisters, Ann Ogozaly of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and Edith Vogel of La Mirada, Calif., his dear niece Dr. Jennifer Walters of Santa Fe, N.M., as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Achziger's chosen family spans the globe, extending from close friends and colleagues in Massachusetts and Vermont, blood relatives in California and Colorado, old college and Army buddies in Washington State, to his Brazilian family and countless other host families in a dozen or more countries throughout Latin American and all across Europe, who came to know him through his years of involvement with the Experiment in International Living.

He cherished his time with “The Experiment,” as a leader of student groups around the world, as well as an ambassador to colleges and communities. He was proud of his role in selecting and training students and staff, and especially as the director of student personnel. His belief was that “Experimenters were powerful instruments in promoting world peace through mutual understanding.”

Mr. Aczinger's home and life were filled with music and friends from all over the world. He pursued an education unusual to his simple Colorado farm beginnings by graduating from Yankton College in South Dakota with a B.A. in music education and continued graduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. He earned his master's degree in education at Boston University. His passion for singing followed him throughout his life, as his friends and members of the Putney United (Federated) Church Choir will attest.

While a resident at Eden Park, he continued his lifelong pursuit of sharing his fine wit and irreverent humor by hosting weekly gatherings in his room for socializing with other residents. He also founded and became the editor of the Eden Park Newsletter and was also the president of the Eden Resident Council.

Mr. Achziger requested that he be cremated, “without any fuss or flowers” and that his ashes be scattered over his beloved Connecticut River Valley and that his friends enjoy a celebration of his life.u

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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Mar. 4, 2006.
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April 3, 2006
It was great to meet Sam, my Grandfather's brother. He was a geniune guy and I wish we'd had more time to get to know each other.
Joel Hosford
April 2, 2006
It had been a long time since I had seen Sam when we were brought together in 1996 yet Sam was the same as he had always been, happy-go-lucky and friendly toward everyone. I'm sorry to hear of his passing.
Phyllis Achziger
April 2, 2006
After hearing for years about Sammy, the youngest member of my dad's family, I finally met him in 1996. His sense of humor and style were unique. I wish I'd had the chance to know him longer and feel a great loss at his passing. Uncle Sam, I will miss you.
Carol Achziger/Hosford
March 29, 2006
Sam, as an international traveler, you will be missed by the many friends you cultivated throughout Europe & Latin America, as well as here in the U.S. We will always feel your presesnce and pray that the good Lord will grant you eternal happiness. Our love for you continues, Ann & Leo
Ann & Leo Ogazoly
March 9, 2006
Dear Sam, I thank the Lord for giving you to me as a brother. Your selfless love for others has been a great inspiration to me. I will miss you crazy sense of humor. There is an empty place in my heart now which you & your joy had filled. Love you forever, Edith
Edith Vogel
March 7, 2006
I will always remember Sam for his wonderful smile and sense of humor. He was such a kind man and I will miss him so much! I love you Sam and will think of you forever!!!!
Jessica Tarpley
March 6, 2006
Oh how I miss you my dear Sam. I thank you for broadened horizons, for encouragement, for teaching tolerance & acceptance by example, not just to me, but to countless others. I pray that all who loved you will allow your vibrant spirit & irreverent humor to live on in them to impact the world for good. You were a "gift" in my life..... we'll meet on the other side. Much love, Jennifer
Jennifer Walters
March 6, 2006
We will miss Sam, especially remembering the numerous times we socialized at the Gustafson's.
Mark & Connie Creveling
March 5, 2006
Sam may be gone from this earth, but for those of us he left, he will always be with us. He touched people all over the world. I hope to see you again someday Sam, but I am not sure I can get into that Special place that you would be. Love, Pat
Pat Neary
March 5, 2006
Sam is greatly missed at Eden Park and will be always remembered
Danielle Grant
March 5, 2006
Sam,You were an inspiration to my life,a motivator to my thoughts,and a true angel in my life,i wish i had known you longer,but everything happens for a reason,im just glad to have known you,Thank You.And have fun making new friends.
Paul Waters
March 5, 2006
I will miss Sam, he was a great person
nan hanley
March 4, 2006
We remember Sam - a treasured friend. Many wonderful memories.
-Willie and Elizabeth Carow
William Carow
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