HARRIET HEYER STOWE - Harriet Heyer of Stowe, 91, died peacefully of old age on Feb. 21, 2011 with her children by her side. She was at home until her last two weeks, which she spent at The Manor in Morrisville, where she received wonderful care from their dedicated nursing staff. She was born in Montclair, N.J. on Nov. 28, 1919, the only child of Walter and Margaret Hatch. She attended University of South Carolina at Chapel Hill, but was unable to finish due to World War II. She returned to live with her parents and worked many interesting years as an executive secretary in New York City, N.Y. for companies such as RCA, the US Lawn Tennis Association, and Celanese Inc., a plastics and fabric company. At RCA she programmed music for workers during the war, edited an internal magazine, and even recruited Babe Ruth into attending an RCA Hall of Champions event picking him up by taxi and returning him home after stopping for a drink at a bar! She worked in NYC for 15 years before meeting her future husband, Larry Heyer, on a visit he made to the Montclair, N.J. neighborhood he had grown up in. Harriet had been his next-door neighbor as a child and they met again on this visit. They were married soon after and she moved to Stowe in 1955 to help run The Ski Inn (then known as "The Larry Heyer's"). With her advertising skills, Harriet was able to promote and improve the business, which they ran successfully for many years. Harriet competently managed the reservations, meals, and, most importantly, was a wonderful hostess. Her knack of getting guests to know and enjoy each other created a wonderful network of return guests and friendships lasting generations. "Good food and good conversation" was her advertising line. Her life-long interests were nutrition, natural foods, walking on the back roads of Vermont in the fall, and attending classical music concerts. When her children were young, she often volunteered her time helping organize the School Friday ski program and the Girl Scouts. She skied daily in the winters until she was over 80 with no poles, short skis (before their time), and a fur coat and hat which made her a recognizable figure on the mountain. Coming to Stowe at age 35 having never skied, she was a determined student; often shadowing one of the Austrian ski instructors to overhear their tips. She would then invite them to dinner at the Inn to mingle with the guests or play an instrument and sing. She is survived by her son, Clifford, of Stowe; and her daughter, Lyndall and husband, Scott, of Stowe and their two children, Elle and Ian Anderson, of whom she was very proud. She was predeceased by her husband, Larry, in Aug. of 1990. Inurnment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Her cremains will be buried in the family plot in the River Bank cemetery next to her husband. The White-Fiess funeral home in Morrisville is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North Country Animal League, 3524 Laporte Rd., Morrisville, VT 05661 in her name in honor of all the cats she loved.

Published by The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 24, 2011.
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Scott and Lyndall, I think of you often and have wanted to come back to see you for years and I still look back fondly on the winter Maizie and I worked with you. I hope everyone is well, and I am sorry for your loss.
Robert Jones
April 2, 2014
Deepest sympathy from the entire Herzog Family. We lost our dear mom, Genevieve, 89, just a few days before, on February 11, 2011. Harriet was always a delight at Ski Inn and she was like my second mom. She will be greatly missed.
Gene Herzog
January 13, 2013
Cliff, So sorry for your loss. Hope you are well. Priscilla
Priscilla Capelle-Haehn
December 20, 2012
Dear Lyndall and Clifford, i worked for your parents from dec.1967 to feb.1968 as a chambermaid . I was sorry to learn of the death of your father and your mother, though she lived a good long life and your father too, who I seem to remember was quite a bit older than your mother. Good to know that you are still living locally and running the lodge. Yrs sincerely, Melanie Birkett [nee Synge]
August 4, 2012
Lyndall, So very sorry to hear about your Mother. She lived a long , and productive life. I remember her when coming to your house as a child and her giving my Dad instructions on how to do this and that. My thoughts are with you Lyndall. Take care of yourself. Always, Bonnie Houston (Arlington,TX)
January 31, 2012
Dear Lyndall and Cliff:

Your parents made our Christmas and February vacations very special throughout our high school and college years. My younger sister and I always looked forward to coming up to Stowe and the warmth of the Ski Inn. As adults, we continue to ski in Vermont every winter. Please accept our condolences and know that many, many people have fond memories of your mother and father and the special world they created.
Elise Plate
August 6, 2011
Lyndall I was so sorry to hear that your mother passed away but I know she had a wonderful life and she gave so much of herself to others. What an interesting person and a good friend. I remember when my mother(who loved Harriet) and I came to visit in 1990 or thereabouts. I wish I could have spent more time with her. Kathy Whitley ( Kathleen Heintz)
July 6, 2011
Dear Clifford, Lyndall and Scott, I was so saddened when I learned of Harriet's passing. For some reason she took a shine to me when I first stayed at the Inn in 1972 - never having skied she insisted on teaching me ar the Toll House after a few days of lessons - what a scene I not really knowing what I was doing and she in her cape, fur hat and my polls - using them to make me stand up straight!!! Mike and Connie Cone still chuckle when we think of all the adventures we had at the Inn. Harriet was the consummate collector of people she thought were interesting and created a salon/atelier in Stowe. The discussions both before and after meals were remarkably enjoyable. Larry was as laconic as Harriet was loquacious. She will be missed, but her spirit and slight eccentricities will long be remembered.
Stan Scordilis
May 29, 2011
Dear Lyndall,

So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I know it was expected and that she lived a full life, but having lost my own mother at age 92 two years ago I know it is still difficult.

Please know our thoughts are with you.

With sympathy

Marina & Family
Marina Meerburg
May 20, 2011
Hello Lyndall - So very sorry to hear about your mother - but she certainly did live a full life, as you said. And what a character, too, and how she loved to hit the garage sales - first in line. Ah, too expensive for that and shuffle away - though I think she bought a thing or two from Candlelight. How lucky your brother was such a good care taker and The Manor was available. Thinking of you, sending prayers (!) and condolences. Much love, E
Elinor Earle
May 20, 2011
Lyndall, Clifford, Scott, Elie, and Ian,

I read Aunt Harriet's obituary with interest. That about Babe Ruth was specially interesting to me. What a story, and all the rest wasn't any less. She really had an interesting life, and now you were left with all those good memories.

As for her "self", the "eternal self" that was once in Aunt Harriet, is now in its way to be someone else, a baby girl, or a boy, who knows, but someone with a soul that will carry that new free self to a new life. Lyndall and Clifford: this is what your uncle Chester believed, and what I believe too.

Be all you blessed.

Arturo Heyer
May 20, 2011
My friend Vicki Powers in Burlington sends me all obituaries from Free press if she thinks I might know them and she took a guess on your mom just know we all lived in Stowe at same time but not knowing we were neighbors. I was so intrereted to learn things i had never known... about Montclair NJ for instance. My mom being from Llewellyn Park NJ. Sort wonder if they knew that about each other! I emailed it to Erica and i will copy in her words...BTW, my mother and Erica and I were all very much into Adele Davis in the late 60's possibly at your mothers suggestion...

"Carol, how did you ever get Mrs. Hyers's obituary so fast? That was 4 days ago. Thank you for sending it to me. I enjoyed it so much! Makes me wish I had been more often in Stowe, or for longer. I will always atrribute the sudden rise of health food stores in the early 1970's directly to Harriet, via Adelle Davis and vitamin advice to me after my Fall 1969 knee injury operation, which I enthusiasticly passed on to both Julie Wolcott and Janet F. Savage the same month or two (Fall of 1969). Julie Wolcott was at Stanford University in between seasons with the USST, and actually started a healthfood store in Palo Alto. Janet was ? (in between enrollment at universities?) and she started the healthfood store on Williston Rd. in Burlington, VT in 1971 or late 1970. Shortly after , you could go into a health food store anywhere in the nation. Before then, just about nothing. Harriet talked to me for hours on 2 or 3 occasions about natural foods, Adelle davis, and vitamins. She was a close neighbor in Stowe. It was so generous of her to try to be sure my knee mended well.
Sincerely, Erica Adams "Rickey" Skiinger
Erica (Rickey) Skinger
May 20, 2011
I have had difficulty sitting down to write this entry as it is hard to believe Harriet is no longer with us. Neil & I first stayed at The Ski Inn in 1986. It was a wonderful experience and kept us coming back even though the drive was long from NJ. Harriet was wonderful in her management of the inn, but most importantly for the dinner experience. Sitting around the fireplace before dinner was led by Harriet and intended to start the interaction of her guests. The conversations were always excellent as much from her stories as well as from the other guests. She always had the most interesting and worldly guests. Conversation continued to the dinner table with a hearty home cooked meal. After our daughter was born we continued to come, but the long drives and busier schedule limited our visits. I continued to talk to Harriet to ask her advice with health questions as she was an expert in alternative health long before it was popular. She would regularly send me articles on subjects we had talked about. I have a Harriet file in my drawer. I was always amazed at her expertise and how far ahead she was of the rest of the health community. I would joke that if Harriet told me something it was 5 years before the rest of the alternative health world acknowledged it and another 5 before it showed up in normal news media. I think of Harriet often as I did while she was alive and miss her dearly. My condolences to Lyndall, Scott, Clifford, Elle and Ian for the loss of a wonderful, highly intelligent, charming and caring person.
Denise Dunchus
April 24, 2011
Lyndall - I saw the notice in the FreePress yesterday. My heart is sad for you but know that she lived a long and productive life. I loved the bio in the paper - you must've told me but I forgot that she lived and worked in New York - pretty amazing life story. Best to you all. Mary
Mary Seaton Brush
April 11, 2011
Dear Lyndall, My heart is with you. I see from the obituary and from
your words here that your Mom lived a long and fulfilling life, and died
of old age without pain, surrounded by those she loved. As you say, what
more could you ask for. I am in Buenos Aires at a conference and will
return next week. However I am there in spirit for you as you have
always been for me, which I have always deeply appreciated. I send my
love to you and Scott. -Marc
Marc Chernick
April 11, 2011
Dear Lyndall: I have just attached a note to the obit about your mother's death. However, that didn't quite seem like observance enough. So, here is a personal one to you.
I do not have an email address for Clifford or the Ski Inn, so perhaps you could also forward this to him?
First, I knew how much your mother had been failing in the past few years; it was hard to see her getting old. But that was inevitable, as was the eventual end. However, it did come as a shock.
I guess we never want to believe that a life such as hers can come to an end. I feel that for us Kassels, that is the end of an era. I forwarded the obit on to David John and Pete, with a note to that
effect. We're sad, and so sad for all of you.
Second, it was a lovely obit. Lyndall, we assume you wrote it. A beautiful tribute to her.
And last, I had planned to write you in answer to your lovely Christmas newsletter. Full of happy, wonderful things! You should feel so proud of your kids. Congratulations on a job well done.
When I sent the obit to David I reminded him that you are part of his Dartmouth family!
So: Your family is just how it should be: the old guard, with all its accomplishments, passes on, and the new ones prepare to take over. And you manage it all, so gracefully.
For now, we send you all our deepest sympathies and condolences. I'm glad we continue to feel so close.
Fondly, Bud and Ruth
Bud and Ruth Kassel
April 11, 2011

I have had a sympathy card to mail you for several weeks now, but in order to be sure I send something I have resorted to an email sympathy card.

Please accept our condolences for the loss of your Mother. I remember your father always calling her from the Grand Union pay phone to clarify the items on the grocery list. He would call several times in one trip, how they could have benefitted from cell phones!

She was a storied lady and I am sure you will miss her.

I also want to thank you for being such a great advocate for clients who are in need of college advice. You are my best advertising. Thank you!

I trust Ian is doing well and all are still enthusiastic about Harvard. I would love to see him next summer when he has finished his first year.

Again, my condolences and thank you,


Patricia von Trapp
Pat von Trapp
April 11, 2011
Dear Lyndall,

What a loss for us all - for you your mother, for us, in our memories
of splendid winter days in the whiteness of your mountain clime with
warmth and a congenial feistiness with Harriet holding the reins, you
and Scott making it all happen.

What is your mailing address again, Lyndall?

Love to you & Scott & Elle & Ian,

Dovanna & Kamila
Dovanna Pagowski
April 11, 2011
Dear Cliff, Lyndall, Scott, Elle and Ian, Floyd and I were sorry to hear of Harriets passing, she was a wonderful lady. She always could tell a great story of someone or something about Stowe. I guess I`ll remember most her kittens and the many hints for your health. Cliff, thanks again for the call sad that it was, we shared good times with you all and share in your loss. Will drop by this Sept. we will share our memories of Harriet. Much love, Floyd and Gerry.
Geraldine Campbell
April 11, 2011

Claudia and I were so sorry to hear of your mother’s death. Dia forwarded your sensitive and beautifully written email tribute to her. We can but agree that Harriet lived a wonderfully healthy and productive life, and is indeed entitled to walk about and enjoy the beauty of Vermont.

With love and sympathy,

Trow & Claudia
Trow and Claudia Elliman
April 9, 2011
Dear cousin Lyndall,

Arthur was kind enough to copy me on your recent email to him. I don't "roam" much around the Internet and you may not have heard from me since the time when you mom and you stayed a short while in our home in "Bosque" (the name of the street).

I vaguely remember aunt Harriet and uncle Larry and you. However, I experience a warm, nice feeling when these memories come up, foggy as they may be.

My thoughts are with you and your brother in this unique time of your lives. How wonderful to hear from you that aunt Harriet fully lived out her portion. And what a loving thing for my cousin to care for his mom to the end. That is really a treasure experience, for aunt Harriet, especially.

When the end of my road comes, I just hope to be half as fortunate as your mom, having such loving children around me. I feel greatly encouraged. I would like to thank Arthur for sharing the news with me, and thank you Lindall for sending such a word picture, so inspiring to me.

Carlos Heyer
April 9, 2011
My dear Lyndall,

Your sad message just reached me in San Miguel, Mexico and I was so touched that you let me know of your Mother's passing. This is not the normal way I would send you my condolences, however, I wanted to communicate with you right away. Lyndall, remember when we joined forces to put on a fashion show for ISHA I believe that was in l995 and you were so caring and capable to tackle the assignment as I was struggling with Spasmodic Dysphonia? But we made a great pair and had a frantic, fun time!! It was then that I got to know your Mother after hearing about her for many years from my parents and friends on Edson Hill. She was a joy so full of spirit, generosity and information as we tore apart her basement loaded with ski collectables of every sort!!! Yes, she was a true Icon in Stowe history and I remember her fondly.
My thoughts are with you all,as you mourn her loss....it is not easy to lose a parent. I know how deeply proud she was of you, your husband Scott, and her grandchildren. Please extend my sympathy to your brother who was so much by her side. I hope to see you and give you a loving hug upon my return in March.

Heartfelt prayers from afar, dear Lyndal......Sandra
Sandra Heath
March 11, 2011
My dear Lyndall,

Your sad message just reached me in San Miguel, Mexico and I was so touched that you let me know of your Mother's passing. This is not the normal way I would send you my condolences, however, I wanted to communicate with you right away. Lyndall, remember when we joined forces to put on a fashion show for ISHA I believe that was in l995 and you were so caring and capable to tackle the assignment as I was struggling with Spasmodic Dysphonia? But we made a great pair and had a frantic, fun time!! It was then that I got to know your Mother after hearing about her for many years from my parents and friends on Edson Hill. She was a joy so full of spirit, generosity and information as we tore apart her basement loaded with ski collectables of every sort!!! Yes, she was a true Icon in Stowe history and I remember her fondly.
My thoughts are with you all,as you mourn her loss....it is not easy to lose a parent. I know how deeply proud she was of you, your husband Scott, and her grandchildren. Please extend my sympathy to your brother who was so much by her side. I hope to see you and give you a loving hug upon my return in March.

Heartfelt prayers from afar, dear Lyndal......Sandra
Sandra Heath
March 11, 2011
Dearest Lyndall,
> I enjoyed reading your mother's obituary and I learned much about her life
> before I knew her. WOW! I also think you were a WONDERFUL daughter and took
> such loving care of her, even when times were hard. Your mother was very
> lucky to have you in her life. Your mother lived a full life and from your
> description it sounded like she passed away as she should or how I imagine
> we all wish to go...peaceably with family around. I am so glad that you and
> Clifford could be with her as she took her last breaths.
> I send my love.
> Your friend,
> Dia
> P.S. You now carry the elder's torch for the family.
Dia and Story Jenks
March 11, 2011
Hello Lyndall,
it is sad to hear about Harriet. Even though we met your Mom late in her life, she etched a strong impression on all of us. She was a character and very charming at it, even if sometimes a little bit scary :-)
The times spent at the Ski Inn were really special. For us adults and for Kamila with whom I often talk about these care free visits: the intense skiing, cold, the lovely physical fatigue and then the dinners and time spent talking and listening. Sitting at that big table with the guests changing sometimes nightly, being able to meet new faces was mainly possible due to Harriet's lovely, old school social skills. She ruled in there and it was as big of a reason as the geography and climate of Vermont that we continued coming back. For us she was the captain of that ship. Sometimes, back in the city we would discuss something and one of us would ask: I wonder what Harriet would say? It was the warmth without boredom that made it cozy and fun. Everybody felt included. And that is Kamila's memory too. How rare that so many generations of guests felt good in there. Big credit goes to you guys, too of course, with Scott's excellent cooking and your sober, younger energy needed to provide that extra positive dynamic.

Lyndall, lots of love for you, and strength in this difficult time.

Hello to the whole family!

From the Alps...

Filip Pagowski
March 11, 2011
Dearest Cliff & Lyndall,
Amazing this instant computer communications, never would I have learned of your mother's passing, nor would I have known how to relay this message to you, so here it is: sorry to hear about your mom, no matter how old she was, it's always too soon to say goodbye to your mama. :(
May God Bless you both & give you peace.
Love, Frannie (aka Francine)
Francine Laporte Luisi
March 10, 2011
Francine Laporte Luisi
March 10, 2011
Dear Cliff and Lyndall, I am sorry to hear that your mother has passed on. But be assured that she has moved on to a much better place than a person could ever have here on earth! My condolences to you and your families. My prayers are with you.
Brian LaMonda
March 8, 2011
My condolences to the Heyer family for your loss.
Jim Farmer
March 7, 2011
Dear Cliff and Lyndall,

I'm also saddened to hear of your mothers passing. I remember when she was a regular at the farm to buy milk to make yogurt. Proof of her dedication to her family.
Dean Percy
March 7, 2011
Hi Lyndall,

It is always difficult to lose a parent no matter what their age, but your mom will remain alive in the hearts of so many of us and in the history of Stowe. I learned so much from your mom, from her phone calls and questions to her relaying what she had read and learned in her relentless pursuit of nutrition knowledge. From graham flour to cod liver oil and everything in between she had anecdotes and nutritional facts. If she had questions that I couldn’t answer, it would push me to learn more.

Food For Thought would not have been the same without your mom and the other grand dames of health food in Stowe (Claudia Elliman, Marian Kellogg, MuMu Weissner).

You, Scott, Elle & Ian will carry her legacy of healthy living and the mountain life and outdoor activities into the future. Love and hugs to all of you.

Suzanne Smith
March 6, 2011
Lyndall & Clifford-So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Thinking of both of you.
Renee DeCelle
March 6, 2011
Dear Clifford & Lyndall. I just heard of your mother's passing and want to send my sympathy and sincere wishes that loving memories will help heal your hearts. 91 years is a great long life, but for those we love they can really never be here quite long enough.

Martha (Durett) Douglass
Martha Douglass
March 6, 2011
I was very sorry to learn of Harriet's passing. Although my parents and I never stayed at the Inn, (we always stayed with the Flints, John & Ginnie were my god parents) I would come over to hang out with Rick Casey whose family always stay there over Christmas. It is the perfect snow bound memory of an Inn etched indelibly in my mind with Harriet presiding. Here is to a great life, and a great family. It is the passing of an era....
Rick Moulton
March 1, 2011
Dear Lyndall, Clifford, Scott, Elle and Ian:

Jim and I were sad to learn of the passing of one of the most unique people we had ever met. Harriet's ability to host, to introduce, to nourish, and to entertain with her stories of Stowe and people she knew was a gift she gave to us for over twenty years that we stayed as a couple then as a family at the Ski Inn. We felt we were coming home to friends and extended family. With her vision of how to live a rich life through music, hard work, healthy eating and exercise, and an interest in the world at large, Harriet modeled for her children, grandchildren, and guests a way to live that we admired and hopefully have taken into our own lives.

Lyndall and Clifford I can only imagine how deeply sad you are to lose your mother's presence in this world. We feel as though a larger-than-life individual has been taken from our lives. Our comfort is that she was and will remain a part of our lives.

With gratitude for Harriet's life,
Sandy and Jim Blackwood
February 28, 2011
Dear Lyndall, Scott, Ellie and Ian,

Bob and I were very sorry to learn of Harriet's death. I remember while working for Stowe Area Association, the tour that she gave me of the Inn and her delight in describing the tradition of making the guests feel welcome and of introducing them to each other. She was a gracious hostess. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Helene & Bob
Helene Martin Bob DiMario
February 26, 2011
Dear Lyndall and Scott, and Clifford;

Robert and I were much saddened to hear of Harriett's death. We have many fond memories of the Ski Inn and of Benjamin playing with Ian and Ellie. After all, we met there and Harriet made sure we had wonderful cats - including Grey-Grey and Friendly who survive.

You are in our thoughts.

Andrea and Robert
February 26, 2011
Lyndall, I am so sorry. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Merna De Coveny
February 26, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
I would've liked to meet her and be closer to you, my "Heyer" cousins.

With love,
Ana Isabel Heyer Banda
Ana Isabel Heyer Banda
February 25, 2011
Ellie Bishop
February 25, 2011
Dear Lyndall and Family,
The Govans send their condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother. Your mom had a lot of spunk and even though I never met her, seemed like a wonderful person, just like her daughter.

Love Annette Govan
February 25, 2011
Dear Lyndall and family --
thinking of you and wishing you peace in this time of sorrow and loss.
With love,
Elyse Moore
February 25, 2011
Dear Lyndall, Clifford, Scott, Elle, and Ian,
We're all thinking of you during this time. She was a wonderful person and a sweetheart till the end. She will most definitely live on in all of you. I'll always remember her laughter.
Lots of love,
Viki, Richie, Tasha, Woody, and Dakota
February 25, 2011
Harriet left us with many great memories. Having opened her home to me 20 years ago, my heart continued to lead me back for visits. Her opinions, stories, and interests always made for enjoyable conversation. She was full of color, and a gracious host. Leaving Stowe was never easy. The smell of her kittens in the pantry, the sounds of VT public radio playing at the Inn, her books on diet and health, and the old phone in the kitchen, as well as the sight of Harriet cruising down Spruce in that fur coat will never be forgotten. She was a wonderful person, along with her late husband, Larry. I will miss her, but I know that her spirit will live on with our family, and our children which makes her passing a little bit easier. She gave a lot more than she took from life. Mahalo and A Hui Hou Harriet. Les, Gigi, Jessica and Jorgen Drent
February 24, 2011
Dear Lyndall, Clifford, and all the family
Harriet's passing is, to us, the passing
of an era. It will be hard to believe she's no longer with us at the Ski Inn.
Our deepest sympathies and condolences to all. Bud and Ruth Kassel
February 24, 2011
Our hearts are with you....
She was a real person......indomitable as she was...a very real person. Thanks to all for being so close to her .
Eleanor and David Stanwood
February 24, 2011
Clifford, Lyndall, Scott, and children,
We , the Stanwood family, are with you . Yes...Harriet represented the indomitable spirit in all of us.
We , Harriet and I , got connected through the journals at the "bunny hut". For that , Lyndall, I will always be grateful. Thank you!
She was truly a person whose spirit and legacy will go on with all of you...her devoted family.
To Clifford, I say thank you , for living with your Mom...through "thick and thin". One can only hope and pray that the devotion of our children will rise to such heights.
Now we can be rest assured that she is with her loved ones. Not to forget, her mentor, Adelle Davis.
Our love and true condolences go out to all of you.
Eleanor and David Stanwood and family
February 24, 2011
Lyndall, Scott and Clifford,

We are so sorry to hear of Harriet's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mary Ann & Lance Purnell
February 24, 2011
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Mary Ann & Lance Purnell
February 24, 2011
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