Obituaries

Anne Marie Baldwin, 91, of Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — Anne Marie Baldwin passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, a mere two weeks following the death of her beloved niece, Jana Baldwin Avram. Her other beloved niece, Megan Rubman, was by her side at UVM Medical Center as she departed on her next journey.

Anne was born on Oct. 27, 1932, to Ira and Kathryn (Dillon) Baldwin. She often proudly proclaimed that she was one of the first babies to be born in the then-new Porter Hospital. Only three years old when her father passed away and with a brother seven years older, her mother worked full time, and Anne quickly learned to be a ‘working’ part of a functional family. She had her chores of making her bed, folding laundry, setting the table; practical chores every child learned. She was a life-long and devoted member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Middlebury and was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Assumption 2009.

She graduated from Middlebury High School Class of 1950. She had a bevy of friends with whom she continued to stay in touch all her life. After graduation, she started work at Middlebury College in Admissions, followed by work in insurance and financial offices. Her last job was in data entry at Middlebury College.

Never married, her family consisted of her mother — with whom she lived until her mother needed additional care at age 93 — and her brother’s family. Once her nieces and nephews started school, every Thursday afternoon was “Nana and Aunt Anne Day” for years, where they lived on North Pleasant Street. Coloring books, card games, and hot chocolate —Thursdays were special treats. Anne was at every birthday gathering, and every major holiday, including Christmas morning brunch, a tradition that continues to this day. In cleaning out Anne’s apartment at The Meadows, the coloring books, crayons and playing cards were still in the bottom drawer of her desk.

Anne was always up for a good time. Her sister-in-law Martha was one of nine siblings, so Anne was incorporated into a very large family who accepted and loved her as ‘one of us.’ She was adored by her nieces and nephews and was treated like a beloved elder by her great nephews and niece, who enjoyed hugging her and noting when they had passed her in height. Everyone was thrilled when she came to a gathering with her famous homemade jam, caramel corn, Chex mix, and pink applesauce.

Anne was pre-deceased by her parents; her brother, Francis Dillon Baldwin; her niece Jana Avram; and many friends. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Martha Barnes Baldwin; her nephews Patrick (Christine), Paul (Stephanie), and Brian Baldwin; her niece Megan (Andy) Rubman; her nephew-in-law Sean Avram; great niece Morgan (Jacob) Kirchhoff; great nephews Nicholas and Samuel (Montoya) Baldwin, Cody and Jesse Baldwin, Dillon and Max Hamrell, Christopher Fitzpatrick, Cooper and Carson Baldwin, and Jacob, Noah and Isaac Rubman. She is also survived by special friends, Myrdith McKinley, Marianna D’Avino, Susan Cox and Mary Scott. There are so many friends that we hesitate to start naming, however, we would be remiss not to mention Monica and Steve, who often did her grocery shopping and often brought delicious and welcome suppers.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury on Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m. Arrangements are in the care of Sanderson Funeral Home 117 South Main St. Middlebury, VT 05753.  ◊

 

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