July 17, 1909 - April 5, 2014

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Obituaries » EVELYN B. BAER

BAER, EVELYN BELLE SIGEL, 104, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died on April 5 at her home at Westview Meadows in Montpelier. Evelyn was born on July 17, 1909 in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Samuel Sigel and Bessie Rich. Her mother died in the influenza epidemic of 1918, and Etta Rich later became her stepmother. Evelyn had four brothers and one sister, all of whom predeceased her. Evelyn attended public school and Girls Latin School in Boston. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Radcliffe College, then earned a Masters of Social Work from Smith College School of Social Work, and a post-graduate degree at Pennsylvania School of Social Work. She was a life-long member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and enjoyed a long career as a psychiatric social worker. Evelyn was an active tennis player and swimmer, thriving at these activities into her eighties. She was a voracious reader, and active theatre-goer. She had a particular joy for the English language, which was evident in any conversation, in spelling bees, and especially on the Scrabble board. Evelyn lived good portions of her life in Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut. She traveled a great deal throughout the U. S. and Canada, and also enjoyed a trip to Scotland, England and France. In 2004, she moved to Westview Meadows in Montpelier, to be near family, and where she enjoyed good friends and an active life. Evelyn was predeceased by her husband, Harry Baer, to whom she was married for 42 years before his death in 1975. Later in life, Everett Wilson was her companion for 16 years, and a grandfather to Richard, Thomas, Emily and Ben, until his death in 2003. She is survived by her daughter Ellen Baer of Rutledge, Tenn., her daughter Jane Youngbaer and son-in-law Peter Youngbaer of Plainfield; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was also much loved by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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