HARTLAND — A memorial service for Ethel Oborne Ursprung, 87, who died Sept. 27, 2011 in her Hartland home, will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Church in Roslyn, N.Y.
She had recently moved to her second home from Roslyn, N.Y. and was under hospice care.
Ethel was born Aug. 7, 1924 in Jamaica, N.Y., daughter of Ralph Rodman Oborne, Sr. and Katherine VanTwistern Oborne.
She graduated from Jamaica High School. She later went to Hunter College and C.W. Post College where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in French.
As a young woman, Ethel was employed by the Sperry Corporation, Traummer’s Restaurant and the Grace Line Cruise Corporation.
She married Hans Felix Ursprung on Nov. 27, 1948 in the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City. They built their home in Roslyn, N.Y. where they raised their three children. Ethel was very active in the Parents Associations of St. Paul and St. Mary’s schools. Together they took great pleasure in traveling, hiking and skiing as well as taking advantage of all that New York City had to offer.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1976, Ethel became a longtime volunteer for Reach to Recovery and the American Cancer Society. She visited patients in hospitals giving emotional support as well as organizing luncheons to raise funds for these organizations. She also served on the Board of the American Cancer Society for many years.
Ethel was an active member of Trinity Church in Roslyn, serving on the altar guild and then acting as warden for several years. She also was a member of the building and grounds committee for the church and a member of the Roslyn Landmark Society.
Ethel will always be remembered for her generous heart, her love of life and her strength and determination.
She is survived by her son’s wife Diane; a daughter, Ellen Walsh and her husband Thomas of Vermont and their children, Katherine and C. Dillon Walsh; a son Alex Ursprung and wife, Susan of Massachusetts, their children, Eric and his wife, Sanouri, Jonathan, and Stephen Ursprung; and Kip’s children, Kristen and Nikki Ursprung and their mother, Donna Ursprung; a brother-in-law, Roger Gerber and his wife, Edith of Garden City; two sister-in-laws, Roberta Oborne Charles and Joyce Winters and her husband, Gary of Florida; and several nieces and nephews, who were close to her.
She was predeceased by her husband, Felix; a sister, Jane; a brother, Rod; and a dear son, Christopher (“Kip.”)
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Bayada Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire, Trinity Church in Roslyn or the American Cancer Society.
This obituary first appeared in the October 20th print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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