Judith R. Hoermann BARRE – Judith R. Hoermann, 98, of Willow Drive, passed away surrounded by her loving children on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Born Oct. 15, 1920, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Arthur L. and Ruth (Sherrill) Reynolds, of Richmond. Judith attended Richmond’s one-room Depot Elementary School and graduated from Pittsfield High School. She worked as a switchboard operator for the tiny Richmond Telephone Co., of which her grandfather was a founder. On June 10, 1945, she married Francis J. Hoermann, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Air Corps. As a service couple, they moved frequently — their five children were each born in a different state from Annapolis, Maryland, in the east to Adak, Alaska, a tiny island in the Aleutian chain, and states in-between. Judith volunteered as an adult leader in the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, 4-H Sewing Club and, while living in Virginia, volunteered at the then-emerging Project Head Start program. Following his retirement from the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, Judith and Francis moved to Barre, and Francis entered public service as the Commissioner of Budget and Management for the State of Vermont in both the Snelling and Kunin administrations, among other positions. Judith enjoyed sewing, embroidery, gardening, birds, camping and traveling to visit her children in Massachusetts, Ohio, Michigan, Switzerland, Colorado and Idaho. She was a dedicated correspondent with the people in her life, writing letters and sending along newspaper clippings that she knew the recipients would find interesting or compelling. Judith loved life, always seeing beauty in the smallest of things and with her enthusiastic outlook and lively conversation, letters and notes left an impression of grace and caring on everyone she met. She loved her family deeply and was supportive, enthralled and entertained by the activities and adventures of her siblings, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Judith will always be remembered and cherished by her children Thomas Hoermann and partner Linda Ruonavaara, of Royal Oak, Michigan, William Hoermann and wife Elizabeth, of Acton, Massachusetts, Christine Thompson, of Plainfield, Richard Hoermann and wife Tammy, of Middlesex, and Elizabeth Hoermann, of Barre; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; as well as her siblings David Reynolds and Nancy Benedict, both of Richmond, Massachusetts, and Linda Davis, of Needham, Massachusetts; and her many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Judith was predeceased by her loving husband, Francis, in 2004 and by her brother, Carlton “Bud” Reynolds, in 2016. A gathering to honor and celebrate Judith’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre. For a memorial guestbook, visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the East Barre Public Library, 135 Mill St., East Barre, VT 05649, whose staff always took such great care picking out books for her; or to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641, whose important mission Judith appreciated. Judith enjoyed many interesting and laughter-filled conversations with the wonderful members at both organizations. Interment will take place in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in the Spring of 2019.

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