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Montpelier, VT - Ethel Grandfield, 92, of Montpelier, VT died peacefully on December 17, 2018 at Central Vermont Medical Center. She was born to Walter and Gladys Gaylord in Waitsfield, VT, graduated from Waitsfield High School in 1944 as valedictorian of her class then from the accelerated WWII program at Burlington Business College in 1945. She was also a spotter for the Civil Air Patrol during the war. After college graduation Ethel was secretary to the Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Vermont until 1950.

Ethel married Stanley M. Grandfield of Barre, VT in 1950 and lived in Vergennes, VT where she worked as a secretary for Basin Harbor Club. After briefly residing in Ferrisburg, VT they moved to Barre in 1954 where she became a Sunday school teacher at the Congregational Church, which she continued when they later moved to St. Johnsbury, VT. The family then moved to Montpelier in 1964 where Ethel worked as a secretary in the Guidance Department at Montpelier High School until the birth of their youngest child in June of 1970.

In the 1970s Ethel and Stanley started the Salt Shed ice facility, Montpelier's first indoor natural skating rink, where she was instrumental in raising funds to improve and maintain the facility and its programs. She ran the annual Skate-a-Thon fundraising event and was a member of the Central Vermont Skating Association's Prudential Committee. Many years later when the Salt Shed was sold, the proceeds were donated to the campaign to build the Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center, making CVSA its largest donor.

Through their ownership of Triad Temporary Services and Stanley's career in banking, the couple traveled extensively across the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. They also traveled to visit family and friends and for many years spent family vacations at Kinney Shores in Saco, ME.

A certified dowser, Ethel was a member of Home Demonstration Club, Order of the Eastern Star and Junior Varsity Club. She earned a real estate license and owned and managed several apartments in Montpelier. She was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed skating, skiing, photography, sewing and quilting. She loved to bake and was proud to have won an annual VT pie baking contest in the late 1980s. For many years she ran the annual Liberty Street yard sale in Montpelier. She designed their Worcester, VT summer home, "Dunbanken Lodge," which was built in 2001, where she and Stanley tended their apple orchard and berry patches. She particularly enjoyed picking wildflowers and watching the wildlife in the surrounding woods and fields. Overlooking their pond and the mountain views, she loved to host family and friends during the summer, autumn and holidays.

She was predeceased by her parents and husband Stanley, a twin sister Edith, brothers Hadley and Palmer and sister-in-law Pauline. She is survived by her daughters Cheryl Grandfield of New York, NY, Susan Costanza of Norfolk, MA, Karen Haskell of Charlestown, NH, son Gary Grandfield of Grass Valley, CA, grandchildren William, Matthew, and Christopher Costanza, Evelyn and Grady Grandfield and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visiting hours were held December 29, 2018 and private burial will be held at a later date.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 12, 2019
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