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GOUTELL, MARTHA VEIT CLEVELAND,
GOUTELL, MARTHA VEIT CLEVELAND, died peacefully December 10, 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 Cleveland and wife, Nancy, of Montpelier, and Peter Cleveland and 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.
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