• Martha Goutell
    December 13,2012

    Martha Goutell

    MONTPELIER — Martha Veit Cleveland Goutell died peacefully Dec. 10, 2012, at Mayo Nursing Home in Northfield. Born in New York July 6, 1917, she was the daughter of Friedrich Veit and Martha (Zepf) Veit. As a young woman, she was a model in New York. She married Charles Goodhue “Goodie” Cleveland Oct. 15, 1938, and raised their sons, Frederick and Peter, while Goodie worked in public relations for Westinghouse in New York, commuting by train to their home at Cross River. In 1951, the family relocated to Randolph Center to establish “Rexden,” raising purebred Guernsey cattle in partnership with Goodie’s parents, Rex and Denise Cleveland. She was very active on the farm and was also a medical secretary at Gifford Memorial Hospital in Randolph. The herd was sold in the early 1960s, and Goodie died in 1964, ending their 25-year marriage.

    Her second marriage was to an old friend, Carl Goutell, in 1966, and she moved to his family homestead on Poole Hill, Bridgewater, N.H., where she made many lifetime friends who were helpful and supportive of her in her later years. After Carl died in 1991, she summered at their new home, “Harumba,” in Bridgewater and wintered at Anna Maria Island in Florida. She moved to Montpelier in 2004 to be with and close to Fred and Nancy.

    In the early years, she and Goodie were skiers, driving to Killington in a rumble-seat Model A Ford to ski on wooden skis with beartrap bindings. She was an avid hiker and mushroom forager, and particularly enjoyed swimming in Newfound Lake.

    She is survived by sons Frederick G. Cleveland and his wife, Nancy, of Montpelier, and Peter M. Cleveland and his wife, Judy, of North Fort Myers, Fla. She is also survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren with whom she was chief bubble-maker on all family occasions. The Cleveland family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Mayo for their caring assistance to Martha in her final years.

    A memorial service will be held in Bridgewater, N.H., in the spring.

    Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Martha to Mayo Nursing Home, Patient Activities Fund, 71 Richardson St., Northfield, VT 05663.

    Online condolences may be sent to www.guareandsons.com.

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