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EAST MONTPELIER - Lara Kim Sobel, 48, died suddenly on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Barre City.

She was born in Oceanside, New York, on Feb. 26, 1967, the daughter of Alex and Bobbi (Schwartz) Sobel.

Lara received her B.A. and master's degrees from the University of Vermont.

Lara was employed by the state of Vermont as a caseworker for the Department for Children and Families.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Timothy Faryniarz, and two daughters, Julia and Elahna Sobel-Faryniarz, all of East Montpelier; her parents of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and Oceanside, New York; and her sister, Lauren Sobel Shapiro of West Orange, New Jersey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, in the Grand Ballroom at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 100 State St., Montpelier, with interment to follow.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the following charities: Camp Tel Yehudah, Prevent Child Abuse, Beth Jacob Synagogue in Montpelier, Central Vermont Humane Society.

Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors.

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Published in Times Argus on Aug. 10, 2015.
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August 4, 2019
My heart is very heavy when I think about the important work that Lara did on behalf of so many children and their families. I cannot imagine the sadness and feeling of loss that her family must feel. My prayers are to the healing gods. My prayers are for peace..
Carrie Caouette-DeLallo
November 14, 2017
Rebecca Gratz
White Hat
For Laura and her daughters

The Highest Form of Wisdom is Kindness

Like Rebecca Gratz- you devoted your life to others
Your reward intangible- never for gold or blue ribbons,
even your obituary requests no flowers
but donations instead -for abused children and animals.
But I had to tell you this Lara, after I saw that photo of you-
your fine features like Rebecca's, overshadowed by a white hat
kind eyes narrowing in bright light-
that wide easy smile that claimed your face.
That I bet your two daughters still lean against you and their father.
That they have your smile.
And that I bet that your white hat hangs high on their wall.

Terry E. Lockett
Terry E Lockett
September 6, 2015
My thoughts and heart are with the family. Rest in peace kind woman.
September 2, 2015
I knew Lara from when she worked at Burlington College in the early 2000's. I so appreciated Lara's quiet and friendly manner. Her humor always put a smile on my face, and I still use a little technique Lara taught me from her days as a masseuse. I am so sorry for all of Lara's family; from Tim, whom I knew from UVM, to their two girls, her parents, and her sister.
Toby Kahan
August 26, 2015
I was blessed to know Lara years ago when she was working as a massage therapist, before she went on to become a social worker...I remember her as a gentle, caring, generous, kind and gifted practitioner and person...I wish her family much love, support and light in dealing with this terrible tragedy..
Nancy Naylor
August 26, 2015
Dear Bobbie and Alex
So so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Laura Schwartz
August 22, 2015
I was so, so sorry to hear about this horrible tragedy. I remember being with Lara at Tel Yehudah when we were in our teens. She was such a genuine, fun and kind person and I have such fond memories of her. She will be missed by so many. My heartfelt condolences.
Rebecca Rennert Tall
August 20, 2015
Extending my deepest condolences for your loss. I am praying for your family. -
Sherry Jones
August 17, 2015
Please take comfort in God's word: Psalm 116:15. Lara was one of His saints and surely is with Him now. I am a Social Work Supervisor with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and my heart goes out to Lara's family and co-workers. We are deeply touched and impacted here in CT DCF by the tragedy of loss of one of our own. Continuing prayers! May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding be with you today and always. Peace, Marge Barretta
marge barretta
August 17, 2015
I feel compelled personally to share yet another message here and hope I don't offend anyone. I found myself truly grieving losing you on Saturday and I don't even know you. But I imagine you reading bedtime stories to your kids and loving your husband. I imagine that you had dinner night with hubby at home with hubby with the kids away for the night at a friends house. I imagine your singing while you were gardening, I imagine you rushing into the house excited with some new fresh herb that rooted. I imagine you looking out for stray cats and adopting one too many with the laughter and delight of your husband. I don't even know you. But your passing really upsets me. My husband saw me crying most of this past Saturday grieving for the loss so significant that I cannot fathom it. I am so truly grateful to you for watching out for kids. thank you Lara I don't even know you...but your passing haunts me so much I found myself in tears most of Saturday. I hope it's ok I say this. I don't want to offend or anything like that. I just know for some reason your passing has a personal affect on me that I did not expect to happen. Thank you dear lady for being there for both your kids and kids in general. I feel very touched with you...and I have no idea why. Your passing is such a heart breaking experience for me. I used to be a foster parent a long long time ago. I will remain grieving for what VT in general has lost but mostly a good soul who was a watcher and caretaker of children. Thank you much for who you are and who you were. VT suffered a tremendous loss. Families in need suffered a tremendous loss. thank you ....and again I hope I don't offend by sharing this ...
noor smith
August 16, 2015
You have touched hearts at a distance in Vermont Lara and you have reminded us of the sacredness of life - especially the young lives you protected. Thoughts and prayers from all the employees of the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union.
David Baker
August 15, 2015
Our deepest condolences to Tim and the rest of the family.
The Perrins
August 15, 2015
I had the pleasure to supervise Lara before she started her work with DCF. I knew they were getting someone special. She listened deeply, with no judgement and loving compassion. You are missed by so many, even those who did not know you. There are no words to explain a tragedy like this. I pray that Tim, your girls and family find comfort; as well as your colleagues and friends. I hope you are dancing with the angels my friend.
Mary Lane
August 15, 2015
As long as we have loving memories, yesterday remains.
As long as we have hope, tomorrow waits.
As long as we have love, today is beautiful. Anonymous
August 15, 2015
My thoughts and prayers to Lara's family and friends. May god bless each of you and may you have the support and comfort from one another. God bless.
Sonya Massachusetts, DCF
August 15, 2015
As a fellow Social Worker working with Children & Family Services in Northern Canada, I'd like to extend condolences from my entire team.

Our thoughts, prayers, and sincerest sympathies go out to Ms. Sobel's family and friends at this most difficult time.
Ken Wessel
August 14, 2015
Lara May you rest in perfect peace. My heart was sadden when I heard what had happen. May the good lord keep you in a good place and protect the family you left behind. As a DCF Worker I understand the kind of work we do is not easy but we have to keep on for the innocent children who need our intervention. REST IN PERFECT PEACE LARA
Ama Tandoh
August 14, 2015
*Perhaps they are not stars but rather
openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones shines down to let us know they are happy-Eskimo Legend*
I cannot find the words to describe the sorrow I feel for Lara's family, friends and colleagues. May peace be with you
Chelle DCF-ESD
August 14, 2015
My condolences to the Sobel-Faryniarz family. As a Social Work student, it is individuals like Lara that I find inspiration in. Rest easy, Lara; you are a hero.
Courtney Dupre
August 14, 2015
May all who loved Lara find comfort; may her memory be a blessing always....
Elaine Hammond
August 14, 2015
May the Lord give your family the strength, blessings and protection they need at this time.
Thank you for all your hard work with the families you served, it will be a great loss for all the people you touched in your journey here on earth, but it is a gain for Angel has arrived.

K Ramirez, DCF-SW
K Ramirez
August 14, 2015
For Lara Sobel and her family, husband, children, parents, sister, sending out love and prayers.
August 14, 2015
As a fellow CPS worker, I understand the sacrifice that is made daily. your dedication to the children and families you served will never be forgotten. I will keep your family in my prayer. For now my fellow colleague, Rest in Peace, as your work here is complete.
Sophia Genus
August 14, 2015
With profound Sadness,
Suzanne Chandler
Regional Resource Group
August 14, 2015
My heart and thoughts go out to Lara's family, particularly her children and husband. I was raised in VT and work for DCF in CT. Your mom's work was important to the heart of our world. We honor her work for the good of the world. But as a mom myself I know she would want you to know that even though her work was important, she will never leave you.
Jody Rowell
August 13, 2015
As a fellow protective social worker I understand the dedication a person must have to do this work. My condolences to Lara's family and colleagues
Nichelle Social Worker
August 13, 2015
RIP Sweet lady we never met but God has you now in his hands may your family know everybody will miss you.
sue & ken sears
August 13, 2015
My heart breaks for your family .Too many similarities to go unnoticed.My father was a social worker,as I am ,and my son is currently getting his MSW .....and our last name is Sobel.i did not know Lara ,but I do know it takes a very gifted compassionate person to do the work she did.May you find some measure of comfort in the warm embrace of family and friends .
Deborah Cohen Sobel
August 13, 2015
May the journey for Mrs. Sobel's family during this time of grief be full of support and love. Thank you Mrs. Sobel for all the work that you did in trying to protect the young and vulnerable populations.
August 13, 2015
Thank you for the work that you chose to do and the many children lives you made better. My love to your children and family.

-fellow colleague from CT
Geetanjalie Hinton
August 13, 2015
My condolences to Lara's family, friends and coworkers at DCF. Rest in peace Lara.
Connecticut DCF
Cindy Black
August 13, 2015
Lara, from one DCF social worker to another...Thank You for your hard work and dedication in making the lives of children and families better. May God Bless your family and may you rest in peace.
Glenda Navedo
August 13, 2015
To the family my thoughts and prayers are with you. CPS worker fromCT
August 13, 2015
Oh Lara how sad I am to know you no longer are here to keep shining your light on others and living life with your beautiful children and husband. I remember you so very well. We were excellent friends one year in Mrs. Wells English class. I think I became a much better student that year just knowing how well you were doing. We has a blast. Lara, you were beyond a special person who I won't soon forget. <3 <3 <3 Please rest in peace.
Wendy Cuba
August 13, 2015
To the family my thoughts and prayer are with you.
August 13, 2015
Patricia Swahn
August 13, 2015
As a Special Education Teacher at Spaulding High School I will carry you in my thoughts and heart, dear Lara, as I strive to be the advocate you exemplified. We have lost a a very precious partner in our work to provide safe places for children.
Carrie Caouette-De Lallo
August 13, 2015
Lara Sobel, hero. The kind my children are grateful for everyday. Your children will be held in our hearts.
Foster mother, Massachusetts
August 13, 2015
I love you brother. May this gash one day heal. Never any words for this, only love.
Jonathan Bartels
August 12, 2015
We would like to offer our entire family's condolences. Lara is in our thoughts and prayers as is her entire family.
Mary Ellen & Jim Claremont
August 12, 2015
Lara, I did not know you but have heard of the many great works that you have done. God bless you, may you and yours find peace..
August 12, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
Formerly of Oceanside and a classmate of Anita..
Darlene SOBEL Eisenstein
August 12, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May each coming day become a bit brighter remembering happy memories of Lara.

State worker/Economic Services
Mary Briere
August 12, 2015
Thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and co workers of Lara. She will be remembered for all the hard work, and time she put in helping families, and children.
Timothy Gero
August 12, 2015
My sincere condolences to all of Lara's family. I am so saddened by this horrible news and will keep you in my thoughts in the coming months.
Pat Occhipinti
August 12, 2015
I'm very sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Timothy Gero
August 12, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. God bless you all. Janie Acosta,
Dept. Of Family and Protective Services.
San Angelo, TX 76903
August 12, 2015
God Bless the family, friends and co-workers of all who knew and loved Lara...I did not have the pleasure of knowing her but our community is a better place because of her love and kindness and the wonderful work she did. Peace with you all and to our community.
August 12, 2015
Many heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time. Ms. Sobel will surely be remembered for all the good work she did for families and children in the Vermont area. Rest in peace.
Roseana Greene, DFPS Operational Support
August 12, 2015
God bless you Lara may you now rest in peace in God's presence.
Maria Davies
August 12, 2015
No words can express the loss that has been suffered. You were an amazing person. Because of you and your dedication to children and families there are many children who are better off. You worked hard in your life to find justice for so many people. Thank you for your dedications. Thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends during this difficult time.
August 12, 2015
My condonlences to all who knew and loved her. May you rest in peace Ms. Sobel. From a fellow DFPS employee.
August 12, 2015
I will always remember you, Lara.
Thank you for your good work here.
Jill Frink
August 12, 2015
Heartaches one realizes the lives Lara impacted/saved/changed; the children who are now safe; the families that are whole again; no fan fare, no glory, quietly in the background. Definition Unsung Hero: Someone who does a great job yet receives little or no recognition for that; usually refrains from claiming too much in return for his/her efforts. That describes her very sad for the ones who WOULD HAVE benefited from Lara's quiet guidance.. God bless
Carol Pratico-Bride
August 12, 2015
Rest in peace Lara. You were a good woman and I'm sure an excellent mother. My sympathies to Lara's family.
Heidi Latour
August 12, 2015
I am heartbroken to hear about the loss of Mrs. Sobel. Just looking a the picture of her in her floppy hat and big smile, I can only imagine how kind and warm she must have been and how much she is missed tonight. I am a social worker but I am also a wife and mother; I cannot imagine what your family must be going through at this time. This will be of very little consolation now, if ever, but know that Lara's legacy will live on in the lives of the children and families that benefited from her dedication. God bless.
Ashley Strange
August 11, 2015
My condolences to the family and her DCF colleagues.

Ethel M
CT DCF, Investigator
August 11, 2015
To Lara's family and co-workers
May God give you the strength to get through this very difficult time. My sympathies on your loss. As I read the words from others-it is obvious Lara was a wonderful person who loved her family and honored the profession of social work.
Lindagay M Palazzo, MSW
August 11, 2015
With deepest sympathy to Lara's family.
S Kuegel - foster parent
August 11, 2015
August 11, 2015
Our sympathy goes out to all that knew Lara. RIP Lara you will always be remembered.
August 11, 2015
My deepest sympathies to your family, friends and co-workers. You will be forever loved and missed. I have known you for many years when your office was at the courthouse and you were pregnant with your second daughter. I will forever remember the smile and wave you gave me that day. RIP ANGEL LARA.
Lisa Laird
August 11, 2015
Although we did not know you. Many years ago we were foster parents when DCF was called SRS. This loss is affecting us a great deal despite the fact that we do not know you. That being said, we send our blessings to you Lara and to your family who obviously lost a great soul and to all workers of DCF we sympathize with your loss as this is a loss to all of us who live and care take others in VT. Blessings and comfort are sent out and our deepest sympathy for all.
Liam and Noor Smith
August 11, 2015
My condolences to Lara's family, friends and coworkers at DCF. Rest in peace Lara, your contribution to the children of Vermont will not be forgotten.
August 11, 2015
My deepest sympathies to Lara's family, friends and colleagues...and to the DCF families that will be lost without her. Social workers everywhere are mourning with you. Lara is in all of our hearts and prayers.
Jen Monaghan, Social Worker
August 11, 2015
To Lara's family - On behalf of all of the staff of DCF's Family Division, we honor Lara for her dedication to protecting Vermont's children. Our loss is profound, but nothing compared to yours. I was honored to attend the service for Lara today. Cindy Walcott, Deputy Commissioner, DCF.
Cindy Walcott
August 11, 2015
We are so sad for Lara's husband, children and her parents, Alex and Bobbi.We share your pain. irene and joel miller
irene miller
August 11, 2015
As fellow child protection workers in Bowling Green, KY we would like to express our sincere condolence's to Lara's family, friends and co-workers. Words cannot begin to express our sorrow.
Kathleen Chimera
August 11, 2015
Thank you Lara for your service and dedication to the children and families in Vermont. I am a Vermonter. I did not know you but I am sad for your family and all that knew you. RIP
August 11, 2015
On behalf of the VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development, we offer our deepest sympathies to the family of Lara Sobel. Peace be with you. Patricia Moulton, Secretary
Patricia Moulton
August 11, 2015
My deepest sympathies to Lara's husband and daughters, and the rest of her family. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Honor Sanderford
August 11, 2015
Dear Alex and Bobbi and Lauren , we share your grief and share our memories of ALL of us together
Sheila and allan , Deena and Jonathan Warshawsky
August 11, 2015
To the family, friends and colleagues of Lara - You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Stephanie, DCF MA
August 11, 2015
Heartbroken. I pray you find comfort in your loving memories.
August 11, 2015
My deepest Condolences to Lara Sobel's Family, friends and coworkers. She did her job very well and took children under her wings to protect them, she did not deserve this and I am so heart broken to know that her husband and her beautiful daughters will grow up with no mommy. May she rest in peace and may her family find peace within there hearts and keep the good memories that she has left behind. Rest in Peace sweet angel Lara. You are now watching over your family fly high and know that we as a community will never forget the dedication you put into your job and our children. God Bless...
Francine Belville
August 11, 2015
As a social worker I was deeply saddened to hear of your tragic loss. Cicero once said " the life given to us by nature is short but the memory of a life well spent is eternal" I am sure all the lives she touched are better for having known her and that it brings you some comfort in the days to come to know she changed the world. The whole social work community shares your grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Deirdre Spelman ACSW
August 11, 2015
To Lara's family, friend and colleagues, my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry for your tragic loss.
Jeanne Hogan
August 11, 2015
I found this page by looking for when the services were so that I could attend, and I am too late and sorry to have missed it.

Lara was endlessly pleasant, funny, and kind; Such a great mother and that shows so clearly in her daughters who are so smart, creative, polite, and happy people with much to offer. I am sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Lara.
Gary Williams
August 11, 2015
As a former Child Welfare worker, my thoughts go out to The Sobel family. May you remember the wonderful person she was as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and social worker.
Theresa Shinn
August 11, 2015
With deepest sympathy to Lara's family, friends and co-workers. Sending thoughts and prayers.
Valerie Miner, Bennington DCF
August 11, 2015
My deepest sympathy to your family. My deepest thanks for all you did in your life.
Lee Wheeler
August 11, 2015
There are no words Gracie or I can say to make any of us understand this tragedy. Just hope knowing you in our hearts adds a little strength to you as you go through this time.
Katina Johnson
August 11, 2015
God Bless you Lara, thank you for your service on behalf of protecting children, praying for comfort for all, rest in peace
August 11, 2015
Dear Bobbi and Alex,

This is a tragedy so enormous that no words will suffice. We are in pain for you and the entire family and hope that you can find peace and comfort somehow. Our thoughts and sympathy .

Barbara and Ralph Bergman
August 11, 2015
Dear Timmy, Julia, Elahna and all the wonderful Faryniarz and Sobel families. WE ARE SO SORRY!
Love and hugs ...
Connie and Bob Kully ... Omaha Nebraska
connie and Bob Kully
August 11, 2015
The State of Vermont Department of Financial Regulation extends its deepest sympathies on the loss of Lara Sober, our colleague in state service.
Commissioner Susan Donegan
August 11, 2015
Condolences on the tragic loss of your daughter. When our community is in distress, we come together. my heart goes out to you and hope you find the comfort of Shiva.
Richard Bohn
August 11, 2015
Deepest sympathies at this tragic loss. I did not know Lara personally, but I know of her work and her unwavering dedication to the children of Vermont. We will sorely miss you, Lara.
Bill Schwartz
August 11, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to Lara and her husband, kids and other family and friends and co-workers. So sorry for your loss.
August 11, 2015
August 11, 2015
I want to send my deepest condolences to Lara family. May you all find some peace in this awful time. Rip Lara.
Marie Thorpe
August 11, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Franklin County Children Services
Ruth Hastler
August 11, 2015
No words. Just sadness.
Rebecca (Kaplan) Munish
August 11, 2015
In memory of LARA.
The Garrows
August 11, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. Lara was a dedicated amazing wife, loving mother, and beautiful person inside and out. May God be with you and your family today and always.
The Garrows
August 11, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Karen Farnsworth
August 11, 2015
May you rest in peace. My condolences to the family.
August 11, 2015
The warmth and light of all you brought to those who crossed your path and and spent time in your presence will remain in our hearts and souls, forever--much peace
Darlene Carey
August 11, 2015
My condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and colleagues of Lara Sobel, as well as to the families and children with whom she worked and assisted. She absolutely saved lives and families in the course of her career. Valerie Marsico, Senior Caseworker, Suffolk County Department of Social Services, New York.
Valerie Marsico
August 11, 2015
I did not know you. Thank you for your dedication and caring for the children of Vermont. You shine in your photo - may you rest in peace. My prayers are with you and your family. I am sure you will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
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