Edith Pullman (Edie) Tschorn
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SANDGATE - Edith (Edie) Pullman Tschorn died peacefully on Thursday, September 20, 2012, surrounded by her family, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. She was diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer in October 2011, and proceeded to live the following year with such clarity, courage, humor and love that it became a life-changing gift to all of her family and friends. She felt that her confrontation with mortality brought her a perspective on her life and connection to loved ones present and past that gave a deeper sense of meaning than she might ever have come to otherwise.

Edie and her husband, Reggie Tschorn, combined optimism and realism in facing the cancer, taking part in an innovative stem cell trial at JFK Neurological Institute in New Jersey, in addition to surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Her physical strength and amazing attitude carried her through the year with great vitality, as she continued to mow the hay at the family farm in Shaftsbury, work in the woods around her home in Sandgate with Reggie, and take long walks, with her companions struggling to keep up with her. She was still hiking around the farm and Sandgate just a few days before she died. She was fascinated by the elusive ways that memory and language were torn down and rebuilt during the process of her treatment, seeing the experience as a game and a puzzle to be solved.

Edie was born in New York City on August 7, 1956. She found her true home on her grandparents' dairy farm in South Shaftsbury, Vermont, and she could barely wait for summer each year so she could run in the fields, swim in the pond and search for kittens in the hay barn. As a child, she was in constant motion. When cooped up in the New York apartment, her specialty was shinnying up the door frames after leaping over pretend horse-jumps made of furniture, but she was also a voracious reader and imaginative artist. She loved learning, but preferred to do it outside of school! She discovered the world of horses early, became a superb rider, and competed successfully in horse shows all over New England, winning many Vermont State and New England Championships. Horses and cats were always full-status family members. She also discovered the lifelong joy of flying, attaining her pilot's license before she was licensed to drive a car. She became a flight instructor at the Bennington airport, and she and Reggie, who is also a pilot, flew all over New England, around the Bahamas, and across the county to explore, visit friends and work with clients.

She moved to Vermont full-time in 1970, and graduated from Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington in 1974. After a year at Bennett College in Millbrook, New York studying stable management, she decided to get on with starting a stable business at the family farm. The old barn was refurbished for horse stalls and a new barn and indoor ring were added in 1976, becoming the center for Trumbull Mountain Stables and Tack Shop. The stalls and pastures were soon filled with boarders, as many local horse-owners took advantage of Edie's boarding stable facilities and the riding trails around the beautiful farm. She and her brother Jim Pullman built an excellent hay operation that continues to produce high quality hay for the farm and other customers.

Edie developed this equestrian business over the next 30 years, becoming a respected horse trainer and breeder of Morgan horses, a gifted teacher, and a successful entrepreneur with a national reputation for custom saddle fitting. With the hope of making time for her many other interests, Edie sold the saddle business in 2009, but continued to actively manage the boarding and hay operations, and explore the possibilities for the future of the farm. Just a few weeks before her death, she was on the tractor mowing a good second cutting of hay with a crew of family and friends. Edie was a relentlessly hard worker, and conveyed to her nieces and all those who worked at the farm how to balance accountability and responsibility with generosity of spirit and a sense of humor. Her joy at doing work she loved in a beautiful landscape was a vision she shared with all who know her. Edie's family will carry on the stable and hay production enterprises that she worked so hard to sustain, and will continue to share her dedication to keeping small working farms alive in Vermont.

Edie and Reggie Tschorn were married on April 30, 2001, and Edie moved to Sandgate, where they enjoyed the network of mountain trails, and worked together on forest management and a spectacular vegetable garden, radiating energy and laughter wherever they went. Edie was previously married to Michael Devens, who has remained a dear friend to Edie and her family.

Known for her piercingly blue eyes, Edie was a keen observer of human nature, including her own, and a true believer in what people can accomplish if they are willing to try. Compassionate, honest and uproariously funny, she was a treasured daughter, sister, aunt, wife, stepmother, and friend. She is survived by her husband Reggie Tschorn, her brother Jim Pullman and sister Candace Pullman Wheeler, her nieces Kate and Caroline Wheeler, her brothers-in-law Mike Wheeler and Hank Tschorn, stepsons Brian and Brandon Tschorn and their families, mother-in-law Winnie Riggle, and many beloved friends, both human and animal.

A celebration of Edie's life will be held in the indoor riding ring at the farm in South Shaftsbury (957 Trumbull Hill Road), on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. All are welcome. For anyone who wishes to make a gift in honor of Edie, the following organizations were important to her: The Vermont Land Trust, The National Brain Tumor Society, and Ducks Unlimited, c/o Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home P.O. Box 528, Arlington, VT or to the following addresses:

National Brain Tumor Society, 124 Watertown Street, Suite 2D, Watertown, MA 02472; Vermont Land Trust, 8 Bailey Avenue, Montpelier, VT 05602; Ducks Unlimited, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN, 38120. To send the family personal email condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. The family has entrusted arrangements to Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, Historic Rt. 7, Arlington, VT.

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Published in Rutland Herald on Sep. 30, 2012.
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November 11, 2012
I am just so sorry. She touched my life for a second. But I remember. I saw one of my my favorite photos on Creatures and thought, why? A very sad answer for certain.
Barbara Calhoun
October 21, 2012
Yesterday, the wonderful gang at Trumbull Mt. hosted a memorial service for Edie in the indoor arena. I got there late on my way up from a school event. There were cars parked everywhere! It was unbelievable how many people were there celebrating Edie..and that was late in the day after so many had already left. Just shows how many hearts Edie touched...
Charlotte Harris
October 19, 2012
I am heartbroken to hear that Edie lost her battle with brain cancer. The world has lost a compassionate, funny, beautiful soul. In turn, heaven has gained a beautiful spirit. There will surely be a new star in the evening skies named Edie. She was a very, very special person and friend and I am a better person for knowing her. My condolences to Reggie, her family and friends. Edie showed us all that it is not the length of the journey but the quality of the life. God bless you Edie; you will be greatly missed.
Wendy Lindblom
October 13, 2012
I did not know Edie well at all, but I will always remember what an incredibly positive influence she was to my son, Travis, in his formative teen years. God bless.
Melinda Beebe
October 5, 2012
I wish I knew her. Brian, I feel your pain and admire your strength. As unfair this loss is, how fortunate to have such an amazing person on your life. Xo
Marsha Gan
October 4, 2012
What a sad day.... My riding mentor and friend died this morning of a brain tumor... She was not much older than me and a lot tougher. She taught me about the extra fun we could have with horses...blasting through Vermont hayfields, bareback, with a halter and lead rope...She introduced me to the Morgan Horse breed, taught me...a suburban girl transplanted to Vermont at the height of the tough teenage years...how to hay a field...teach a horse to drive....and just love living.... She learned to fly and shared her passion with John... There are many other people who have spent more recent time with her but she will always be my hero and I thank her with all my heart for the joy and fun she brought me.... R.I.P Edie Tschorn
Charlotte Harris
October 4, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 3, 2012
I will always remember Edie as a talented, kind, fearless, beautiful woman. Edie left this world too soon...but I'm certain that this world's loss is the next world's gain. Deepest condolences and comfort to her family.
Natalie Gombosi
October 2, 2012
Dear Reggie and family: Edie and I crossed paths quite a few times in life and I was always enriched by her company. I wish you many years to enjoy your wonderful memories of her! God bless! ~Cathy Burgess~
Cathy Burgess
October 2, 2012
Dear Reggie and family,

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Edie. My sincere condolences. God bless you and your family.

Carl Villanueva
Carl Villanueva
October 1, 2012
This was a beautiful tribute to Edie. I did not have the honor of knowing her very long but the stories, laughs and good times that have been shared with me gave me so much to look forward to in meeting her. Both her and Reggie were amazing to me and so warm in my recent visit to VT. I appreciate the warmth shared by her and I am thankful for my chance in meeting her. My thoughts & prayers and with each and everyone during this time. No matter how long or how short your time with her was, those laughs and smiles will be memories always.
Chandra Johnson
September 30, 2012
I, a writer, cannot find adequate words to express the honor, delight, and a hundred other adjectives, of knowing Edie. She taught us well and then it was time to leave, to be free again.
That does not preclude our sadness and deep sorrow. Tears are pearls of remembrance, I once read, so I cannot deny my feelings.
Am thinking of all her family at this time. May your wonderful memories and the love she spread comfort you in your mourning. Edie was and remains my personal idol.
Margot Page
Margot Page
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