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Nancy Parker Gottfried Bundgus

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Nancy Parker Gottfried Bundgus

Peacham - Nancy Parker Gottfried Bundgus of Peacham, Vermont, died quietly at her home on Monday, February 5, 2018, at the age of 102. A pioneer for women of her century, Nancy's professional life took her from Madison Avenue to Hollywood and finally to Vermont. Her diverse professions included social work, teaching, advertising, radio and television, and finally, banking. She was known to all for her warmth, wit, enthusiasm for life, generosity and spirit of adventure. Most important to her was her role of mother.

Nancy was born in Nutley, New Jersey in 1915 to George and Louise Hardy Gottfried. They frequently visited Peacham, Vermont where Louise's family had been established for many years. Nancy attended the newly created Bennington College for three years and received her BA from New York University. She began her advertising career in New York where she was the creator of "The World's Smallest Wheat Field" for Wonder Bread at the 1939 World's Fair in NYC. A "Mad Women" for her times, Nancy worked for a major Madison Avenue advertising agency, Benton and Bowles, and was invited by another, Ted Bates, to start a Public Relations department. It was also there that she met her husband to be, Jules Bundgus

Wartime found the couple in Hollywood. While Jules served in the navy, Nancy wrote Tumbleweed Topics for Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers.

Back East after World War II, Nancy came to Peacham where she taught English, French and typing at Peacham Academy. Next she worked as copywriter and radio host at WTWN in St. Johnsbury, then moved to Burlington where she transferred from radio at WCAX to the newly formed WCAX television station. There, known to her viewers as Nancy Parker, she was one of the first women to star in her own program, Shopping with Nancy.

Nancy's next initiative was to start an advertising department at the Howard National Bank in Burlington where she eventually became the first woman banker vice president in the state of Vermont.

Nancy's varied involvements did not stop with her jobs. She was a member of PEO, active in the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Heart Fund, Mental Health, United Way, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Council, the International Peace Scholarship Fund and a deacon and dedicated member of the Peacham Congregational Church.

She is survived by daughters Juliette Avots of Arlington, MA and Nancy Louise Saidi of Peacham VT, her grandson, Dzintars Avots of San Francisco, CA and by all her loving nieces, nephews, and friends whom she considered her "adopted family", as well as by the Peacham townsfolk whose friendly "Hi's" and waves reinforced her love of life and humanity.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Peacham Congregational Church, The Peacham Library or the Peacham Historical Association. A celebration service will be held at the Peacham Congregational Church later in the spring.

For more information or to offer an online condolence, please visit Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge of arrangements
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 7, 2018
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