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Katharine "Kit" Carleton Hartshorn


Katharine "Kit" Carleton Hartshorn, 92, a lifelong resident of Warren, passed away at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on Saturday, July 7, 2007. Born at home in her grandparent's farmhouse south of Warren Village on November 21, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Carrie Carleton and Kenneth Pierce. On December 21, 1935, she married Clarence Hartshorn in Warren and they had four children. Clarence passed away on June 10, 1957. In 1963 Katharine married Milton Peatman, who predeceased her on October 14, 1977.

Kit was a 1932 graduate of Waitsfield High School and continued her education, graduating from Johnson Normal School in 1934. She taught school in Moretown and was a substitute teacher for Warren Village School for a number of years. She used her personal automobile as a school bus and had the first Visual Education Class at Warren School. In addition to raising her four children, Kit was a maple sugarmaker, manager of Brook's Ski Lodge, a clerk at Dugan's Liquor Store and worked as a secretary in Plant Pest Control, the Business Office and Weights and Measures Division of the Vermont Department of Agriculture, retiring in 1977.

Kit served the town of Warren for many years as a member of the planning commission, zoning board of adjustment, library commissioners and was town historian. She also served on the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, Mad River Planning District, the Historical Society's of Warren, Fayston and Stockbridge-Gaysville.

She was an avid button collector belonging to the Verdmont Club of Vermont, Twin Valley of NH, the state clubs of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York, the Northeast Regional and the National Society. She was a former member of the Warren Rebekah Lodge.

Kit loved to travel and had made many sojourns by car across the United States. She has also visited Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, the Virgin Islands, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Germany and Switzerland.

She is survived by her four children, Paul Hartshorn and his wife, Marie, of Waitsfield, Zelda LaVanway and her husband, Albert, of Fayston, Rachel McCuin of Warren, and Alan "Butch" Hartshorn and his wife, Connie, of Warren; 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 9 great great-grandchildren; her "sister," Katrica Kenyon of Waitsfield; as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by brothers, Daniel Austin and Konrad Taylor, sisters Isabelle Randall and Madelyn Hamel, her Aunt Goldie Taylor whom she thought of as a mother, and her son-in-law, Norman J. McCuin.

Graveside services will be held from the Warren Village Cemetery on July 15 at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Warren Town Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts would be appreciated to Warren Historical Society, C/O Reta Goss, Town Clerk,
PO Box 337, Warren, VT  05674. To send online condolences, please visit www.perkinsparker.com. The Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury is assisting the family.

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