Caroline J. Clifton MONTPELIER — Caroline J. “Cally” Clifton, born Nov. 4, 1954, passed away in the comfort of her home, surrounded by family and friends on Wednesday morning, Sept. 4, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Born in Montpelier, she was the daughter of the late Douglas L. Clifton Sr. and Emmaline (Izor) Clifton. On Feb. 16, 1974, she married Peter C. Schober in Waitsfield. Although she and Peter divorced, they continued to be lifelong friends and a source of support for each other. Kind, loving and full of life, it’s difficult to begin to capture Cally’s true essence, or what she meant to the many people whose lives she touched, over her 64 years. Cally grew up in Waterbury and was a 1972 graduate of Harwood Union High School in Duxbury. She continued her education at Johnson State College, pursuing a degree in Accounting. As a young woman entering the workforce, she was employed as a bookkeeper for the former A.G. Anderson Co. in Waterbury. She then embarked on a nearly 30-year career as an administrative assistant, first at the Washington Central Supervisory Union and later, at Fayston Elementary School for a few years, and Berlin Elementary School for the majority of her career. Cally loved the children, looking forward to greeting them every morning, and they adored Cally, who always went above and beyond to help them and their families feel welcome with her positive outlook and kindness. In December 2017, she was forced to leave Berlin Elementary to focus on her health. After Cally and Peter moved their young family from Duxbury to Berlin Pond, Cally thoroughly enjoyed watching her children play and grow and looked forward to walks around the pond with various dogs and friends, swimming, establishing lifelong friendships, and simply sitting on the peaceful front porch of Irish Hill Farm. Reflecting on what made Cally so unique, these words come to mind: caring, genuine, independent, hopeful, boundless energy, zest for life, loving, generous with her time and selfless (even donating a kidney in 2009). Cally always wore a beautiful smile, even through her illness, and steadfastly maintained her faith and hope. Cally loved to bake and cook, especially for others, and was famous for her chocolate cake. She also took special delight in recipes from her Lebanese heritage. She felt enormous joy and pride in being a “Sita” to her two cherished grandchildren. She loved sunbathing at Lake Elmore, trips to the Maine coast, visiting with family and friends, knitting, walking, biking, dressing in bright colors including accessories (always impeccably coordinated), creating fabulous care packages, decorating her cozy home for every season and in recent years, when her illness changed her pace somewhat, bird-watching and cheering on the Red Sox. Cally loved entertaining guests and had a special way of making everyone feel welcome. The door to Cally’s home was always open to all, the site of many Longaberger basket parties, and it was a favorite spot for friends, neighbors and family to visit, have a cocktail and delicious homemade “nibblies.” A lifelong volunteer, Cally served for many years on the Fresh Air Fund Committee (where she was also a host); as a survivor and caregiver lead for Relay for Life of Central Vermont; as region chair of the Vermont Association of Educational Office Professionals; and as a faithful member (and former deacon and trustee) at the First Congregational Church in Berlin. Cally is loved and deeply mourned by her family: daughter, Erin E. Schober, of Seattle, Washington; son, Conor A. Schober and wife Nadya Santiago Schober and their children Eva Grace and Jace Alfredo Santiago-Schober, of Olympia, Washington; and former spouse, Peter C. Schober, of Berlin. She is also survived by her brother, Douglas Clifton Jr. and wife Heidi Libercent, of Williston; her sister-in-law, Debra Clifton and son Cole, of Wolcott; and many treasured relations too numerous to list. Cally was predeceased by a brother, Glenn S. Clifton; her mother-in-law, Sarah Schober; and her beloved cousin, Patricia (Izor) Bolio. Cally’s family offers sincere and heartfelt thanks to all those who supported Cally throughout her brave fight with cancer, including Dr. Soiffer, Dr. DeAngelo, and the nurses and staff at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Dr. Ospina and the nurses and staff at CVMC in Berlin. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. at Berlin Elementary School, followed by a reception at the Berlin Congregational Church. In honor of Cally, we encourage you to wear bright colors – particularly purple, her favorite – to help us celebrate her life. For those who wish, memorial contributions can be made, in lieu of flowers, to the First Congregational Church of Berlin (1808 Scott Hill Road, Berlin, VT 05602); or to Be The Match/National Marrow Donor Program (www.bethematchfoundation.org). Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit www.perkinsparker.com or the funeral home Facebook page.

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