William Irving Rider
FERRISBURGH — William Irving Rider, 81, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at his home in Ferrisburgh. He was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Ferrisburgh, the son of John Philip and Ellen Porter Rider.
He is survived by his sister, Marjorie Bushey of Middlebury; several nieces and nephews; and dear friends.
He was predeceased by six sisters and a brother.
There will be no public calling hours.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Gage Cemetery in Ferrisburgh.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vergennes Area Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 11, Vergennes, VT 05491.
Claire Theresa Mullaney
BRANDON — Claire Theresa Mullaney, 80, died Sept. 22, 2008, at her home in Brandon. She was born in Arlington, Mass., on Sept. 1, 1928, the daughter of Emile and Alice (Comeau) Saulnier.
She graduated from Arlington (Mass.) High School, class of 1946. She furthered her education in dress design in the Boston area. She later worked in a bridal shop in Burlington, Mass., for several years. She relocated to Leicester Junction in 1977 moving from Burlington, Mass. She afterwards moved to Brandon.
She volunteered at the Brandon Senior Citizens, cooking and serving meals. She also worked at Camp Thorpe in Goshen, doing laundry for the disabled children. According to family, she enjoyed traveling, sewing, and crafts and was a wonderful baker. She was proud of her gardening skills and lugged her own firewood.
She is survived by two daughters, Charlene Ingram of Madison, N.H., and Cheryl Gallagher of Stoneham, Mass.; three sons, Robert Dejoie of the Marshall Islands, Marty Dejoie of Florida, and Jody Mullaney of Goffstown, N.H.; a sister, May Balog of Cape Cod; her companion, Kenneth LaPorte of Leicester; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, two nephews and several cousins.
Friends may call at the Miller and Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Thursday, Oct 2, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., where a vigil service will be held at 7:45 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brandon. The Rev. Albert “Skip” Baltz, pastor, will be the celebrant. The graveside committal service and burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Following the service the family will receive friends at the church parish hall for a time of fellowship and remembrance.
Carol Waldorf Lohr
SARATOGA, Calif. — A woman of timeless grace and warmth, Carol Waldorf Lohr, 71, passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of Aug. 19, 2008, due to acute complications from metastatic cancer. Jerry Lohr, Carol’s husband of nearly 49 years, was with her at their home in Saratoga, Calif.
Carol Wilhelmina Waldorf was the only daughter and eldest of five children born to Helmuth Waldorf and Miriam Tracy Waldorf, who resided in East Hampton, N.Y., prior to their deaths. Always ladylike yet with an inquisitive mind, Carol reflected the acumen and drive of parents whose values centered on family, education, hard work and excellence.
Helmuth Waldorf, a tool and die maker’s apprentice who created and then sold one of America’s leading instrument testing companies, emigrated from Westphalia, Germany, at age 19 to study at Columbia University. There, he met and later married the learned Miriam Tracy, a teacher of history at a time when women with advanced credentials were few.
Carol spent her youth absorbed in history, science, and her German and English heritage. She delighted in her younger brothers, cousins, and paternal grandmother Ummy, and enjoyed summer trips to upstate New York and the Hamptons.
A graduate of Manhasset High School Class of 1954, Carol’s love of language landed her at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she excelled in French and biology. After graduation in 1958, Carol traveled west to Stanford University, where she pursued her masters in French, dabbled in Russian, and met her husband, Jerome Julian (Jerry) Lohr.
Carol’s beauty, charm and lilting laugh quickly caught the eye of the serious engineering student, and in 1959, they married and settled in Menlo Park. A South Dakota native and also the eldest of five children, Jerry pursued his master’s and then Ph.D. in civil engineering at Stanford, later serving in the Air Force as a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center.
In 1961, first son Steven Waldorf Lohr was born, and in 1964, they birthed both a daughter — Cynthia Caroline Lohr — and Jerry’s first building and development business, Saratoga Foothills Development Corp.
Carol thrived in parenthood, and in the summer of 1969, Lawrence Tracy Lohr was born. Carol doted on her family and cultivated in her children a deep love and respect for travel and the arts and sciences, which they in turn have nurtured well into adulthood.
Carol was also the nexus around which the family evolved while Jerry built two additional, successful enterprises — J. Lohr Properties and J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines. Exemplifying deep pride in the accomplishments and interests of her children and husband, Carol was quick to engage extended family, friends and industry acquaintances with a sweetly delivered story, anecdote or photo.
Carol was laid to rest in Saratoga on Sept. 12, 2008, in a private gathering of close friends and family who honored and celebrated her life with splendor befitting her, notably, on the day that would have marked Jerry and Carol’s 49th wedding anniversary.
Carol is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Berthold Waldorf, and remains forever loved and in the hearts and minds of husband Jerry, sons Steve and Lawrence and their respective partners Sylvia Michiels and fiancée Emily Baker, and daughter Cynthia and husband Sam Lucente, and their daughters, Emily and Annabella.
Carol will be remembered as an elegant, generous, extremely kind and gentle woman, whose refined aesthetic sense is reflected as much in the coastal home she and Jerry created as it is in the delicate tone and timbre of their chosen wedding song, “Fascination Waltz.”
To further honor her memory, family and friends have established a permanent scholarship fund at her alma mater, Middlebury College. The Carol Waldorf Lohr ’58 Scholarship Fund will be awarded each year in perpetuity to a student with demonstrated financial need.
Checks may be sent to Meghan Foley ’77, College Advancement, Munford House, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, 05753, or contributions may be made online at middlebury.edu/supporting.
BURLINGTON — William Astor, 73, of Burlington died on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008. He was born July 19, 1935 in New York City, the son of John Astor and Ellen Tuck French.
He grew up in New York City and spent his summers as a child in Newport, R.I. He graduated from Saint Paul’s School in New Hampshire and Rollins College in Florida. Following college, he and his family moved to New Vernon, N.J., where he worked at the New Vernon Fire Department, serving as president from 1972 to 1974.
He moved with his family to Cornwall, where he owned and managed a family farm. In his later years, he moved to Burlington to be closer to his children and grandchildren and also to receive the medical attention he needed.
According to family, he remained a stoic and independent person in spite of his illness, always maintaining a great sense of humor and the ability to make people smile and laugh in even the most difficult of circumstances.
He is survived by his two sons, William Astor and G. Todd Astor of Essex Junction; his wife, Robin; three grandchildren; a sister, Jacqueline Astor Drexel of New York, and a nephew.
Out of respect for his wishes, there will be no service to celebrate his life.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Burlington Firefighters Donation Fund, 136 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington VT 05401.