MIDDLEBURY — Charlotte Fisk, 72, of Middlebury, died peacefully on Oct. 13, 2008. Daughter of Earl Ellsworth Fisk and Florence Leavitt Fisk, she was born and raised in Green Bay, Wis. She attended Northwestern University where she studied drama, and then transferred to Rollins College. She moved to New Vernon, N.J., with her family where she raised her children and ran her own business. In 1976 her family relocated to Vermont where they owned a farm in Cornwall. In more recent years, she was a resident of Middlebury.
Charlotte was an amazing quilter and handcrafter, and shared this gift with many people over the years. Owner of Charlotte’s Web in Bernardsville, N.J., and later Charlotte’s Collections in Middlebury, Vt., she was also selected during the Clinton Administration to hang an ornament she created on the While House Christmas tree. Charlotte was active in the Milk and Honey Quilter’s Guild of Middlebury, and played many key roles in that group. In recent years she took the lead in coordinating volunteers to make quilts for soldiers injured in the war in Iraq. She will also be remembered for her service on the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Squad, as someone with strong political convictions who served as a role model to many in advocating for women’s rights, her love for the dogs she adopted from the Humane Society over the years, and her passion for football as demonstrated by her support of the Green Bay Packers and the Middlebury Tigers. Charlotte fought many health battles over the years and amazed everyone with her ability to defy the medical odds, continuing to live independently, engaged in her local community and spending time with her family and her many wonderful friends. She will be remembered for her creative talents, compassion, sense of humor, and her positive attitude in even the most difficult of times.
Charlotte was predeceased by her half-brother William Fisk of DePere, Wis. She is survived by her two children, William B. Astor, and G. Todd Astor, of Essex Junction, Vt., his wife, Robin Rhodes Astor, and Charlotte’s three adoring grandchildren, Alexandra, Rebecca, and Stephen. She is also survived by her half-brother George Fisk in St. Joseph, Mich., seven nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and nephews.
Calling hours for her friends and family will be held on Saturday, October 25th from 2-4 p.m. at Sanderson’s Funeral Home in Middlebury.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Addison County Humane Society.
Online condolences www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.