Flora B. Stecker BERLIN — Flora B. Stecker passed away at the age of 94 on Nov. 12, 2020, while living at Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin, Vermont. She was born on Jan. 24, 1926, in Poughkeepsie, New York, the daughter of Paul and Vera Burch. She attended Cornell University and graduated in 1948 with a degree in Child Development. On Sept. 8, 1946, she married Russell Stecker, also a graduate of Cornell and an honored architect. During their time together, they traveled extensively following their curiosity about history, culture, art and architecture. Russ and Flora lived for 40 years in Simsbury, Connecticut, where Flora supported Russ’s every effort to build his business and enrich their community, even as there were five children to be raised. She is well-loved. Her humor and wisdom will be greatly missed, as will her infectious enthusiasm for the UCONN Women's Basketball games! Russ and Flora spent a brief time in Grantham, New Hampshire, before moving to Montpelier, Vermont, in 1997. They had shared 52 years of married life when Russ lost his battle with Alzheimer's disease on July 7, 1998. Throughout his illness, she remained devoted to his comfort and she will be remembered for her compassion in his time of greatest need. Flora was also predeceased by their son, Steven, in 1982; and her brother, Paul Burch, in 2014. Survivors include her children and their families, Susan (Stecker) and Jim Turner of Montpelier, Vermont; Kris Stecker and Nancy Risley of Ipswich, Massachusetts; George and Louise Stecker of Simsbury, Connecticut; and Paul and Kristine Stecker of Cabot, Vermont. Flora leaves seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; her brother, Reg Burch and sister-in-law Ellie Burch of Wappinger’s Falls, New York; as well as several nephews and nieces who will remember her fondly. Our family would like to thank the caregivers of Westview Meadows and Woodridge Nursing Home for the excellent and tender care they gave our mother in her last years. You are all appreciated very much. To those who gave of their time and love at Woodridge during these long, lonely months of COVID-19, we owe you a debt of gratitude. You were there for her, even as we could not be. As Flora has requested, there will be no service in the future, but her family will be gathering for a private celebration of her life on Talcott Mountain in Simsbury, Connecticut, at a later date. Those wishing to extend online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.

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William R Walsh

My name is Bill Walsh, aka Santa Claus. While my father-in-law, Paul DesBois (10-2-24 - 9-21-19), was a Woodridge resident, Diane and I had meals with him. Oftentimes, I'd ask Flora and Mary if I could join them. With a gracious smile, she'd welcome me. She was a joy to be with and was quite witty.

After telling her that I grew up in Hamden, Ct., she told me that her husband designed three schools in the town. I'd tease her by telling her that all three had fallen down. Other than Paul, she was one of my favorite people at Woodridge. The other is Wes Merriam, another Cornell grad.

I so wish that bios would be made available to residents so they could hand them out at their discretion when they wanted a person to know more about them. For example, Wes and his roommate became very good friends. His roommate was living with dementia. After he passed, Wes and I were floored to learn that the gentleman was an accomplished sculptor who had graduated from Duke. We could have talked about sculpting with him and perhaps....

I understand the HIPPA deal, but folks shouldn't have to leave their lives behind when they enter the nursing home's doors.

Flora was a character and my life was enriched by knowing her and is enriched by remembering her.

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