November 4, 1920 – February 28, 2014
Obituaries » EDITH L. DAMGAARD
DAMGAARD, EDITH LUCILLE, 93, of The Gardens in Williamstown, died peacefully after a short illness February 28, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin. Her loving family was at her bedside. Edith was born Nov. 4, 1920, in Jersey City, N.J., the only child of Edward and Edith (Maresca) Fletcher. She graduated from Lincoln High School and John Marshall College in Jersey City. During World War II, she was employed by the American Red Cross for four years. In 1946, she began a career with the New Jersey Bell Telephone Co., retiring after 26 years. On Feb. 21, 1970, she married Viktor Christensen Damgaard. Viktor and Edith had 31 happy years together, first making their home in New Jersey, and later moving to Montpelier in 1973. They especially enjoyed traveling and made 15 trips back to Denmark, Viktor’s birthplace, and the home of his two sons. Additionally, they also visited Holland and Germany and enjoyed cruises to Bermuda, the Caribbean and Alaska. Visits from their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren from Denmark were very special times for Edith and Viktor. Viktor predeceased her on Dec. 1, 2001. Her memberships included the Telephone Pioneers of America, the former Montpelier Women’s Club, and the First Baptist Church of Montpelier, where she was a member for 37 years, enjoying the Adult Sunday School, Women’s Society and her time as a deacon of the church. Since moving to Williamstown, she attended the Williamstown United Federated Church, but most important to her was her fellowship with Christ. She is survived by a stepson, Dr. Birger Damgaard, his wife, Solveig, and their two sons, and daughter-in-law Ingleborg and her two children, all in Denmark. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren, and several cousins to include: Gloria Healy, of Huntington Beach, Calif., Peter Kepsel and wife, Susanne, of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., Thelma Youngs, of Rockfall, Conn., Beverly Maresca, of Charlottesville, Va., and Elleen Maresca, of Tucker, Ga.; and two nieces Kersten McEdward, of Middlebury, and Birte Mania, of Toronto. She was predeceased by her husband, Viktor, and a stepson, Yngve.