• Dorothy A. Walka
    January 09,2010

    MONTPELIER Dorothy Ann Walka, 78, of School Street died on Jan. 8, 2010, in her home. She was born Nov. 29, 1931, in Framingham, Mass., the daughter of Ernest and Anna (Molinek) Garbarino. She was a graduate of Framingham High School and Skidmore College, where she earned a B.S. in business administration.

    Dorothy became a real estate agent in Framingham and a reception/reservations clerk for the Mount Mansfield Company in Stowe. With her husband, she lived in Stowe; Innsbruck, Austria; South Royalton and Adamant, before moving to Montpelier, where she managed her rental apartments, and at one time operated a gift shop and made silver jewelry. She changed direction and became an agent for Berkshire Life Insurance Co. In addition, she acquired and operated Meadow View Farm in Orange.

    After a number of years she moved to her family's cottage in North Falmouth on Cape Cod and founded the New England Export Co. in Falmouth, dedicated to crafts and gifts produced in New England. She finally returned to Montpelier and traveled as a manufacturer's representative for crafts and gifts. She continued to rent out her apartments, which she eventually converted into condominiums.

    Dorothy remained a passionate supporter of family-owned businesses and patronized them unfailingly while shunning chain stores and chain restaurants. She always spoke up for family farms and recently commissioned a granite statue of her favorite cow "Ilene" for display in her front yard on Paul Street in Montpelier (the statue will be moved to the Morse Farm in East Montpelier). She lovingly cared for several dogs and cats as long as she could.

    She vigorously supported her causes concerning the world of business as an incorporator of the Northfield Savings Bank and was a member of the Regional Planning Commission and the Rotary Club of Montpelier.

    Besides her former husband, Erich Walka of South Burlington, survivors include her son, Kevin Walka, and his special companion, Brenda Roberts, also of South Burlington; her grandson, Christopher Walka of Middlesex, and great-granddaughter, Eve Walka of Riverton.

    Dorothy's brother "Bunny" Garbarino died in 1952, while working as an engineer on the New York Thruway, and her parents died in the 1970s.

    At the deceased's request there are no services planned.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641.

    The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is assisting her family with arrangements.

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