READING — There will be no formal funeral service for Margaret C. Springer, 92, who passed away Sunday, April 8, 2012 at the home of her son in Reading, where she has resided for the past three years. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Green Cemetery in Danville, VT on Saturday, June 2nd at 11 a.m. for a graveside service. The Rev. Ken White, Pastor of the Rachel S, Harlow United Methodist Church in Windsor will officiate.
Margaret was born July 21, 1919 in Weathersfield, VT. She was the fifth of nine children of Charles Horace and Gladys (Emerson) Cass.
She graduated from Springfield High School in the class of 1937. She attended the University of Vermont for three years.
She married Lewis E. Springer, Jr. in Windsor on September 15, 1940.
Margaret then concentrated on raising her family. She returned to UVM and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1953. She began her teaching career in a one-room school house in Barnard, VT and later taught first grade for sixteen years at the Marion Cross School in Norwich, VT.
In 1968 she and her husband moved from Hartland to Danville, VT, where she continued to teach in the Peacham school system and the Danville school system until her retirement.
While living in Hartland, she was an active member of the Darnit Club, the Ladies Aid Society and the Hartland Congregational Church. After moving to Danville she was a member of the Women’s Club, served as President of the Board of Directors of the Danville Library and for thirty five years she was the president of the Danville Historical Society. As president of the Historical Society she was instrumental in guiding the Society through the process of purchasing and remodeling the house where the Society now houses its collection of artifacts. She was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by the St. Johnsbury Rotary Club for her years of service to the community.
Margaret was an avid gardener and every year had a very large vegetable garden. She raised more vegetables then she and Lewis could ever possibly use and would give fresh vegetables during the summer to all of her family, friends and neighbors. She was a great admirer of Julia Childs and became a gourmet chef who loved to entertain family and guests at large dinner parties and holiday events. She wrote a Springer Family cookbook which contained dozens of recipes for everything from Hors d’oeurves to desserts. She was an avid bridge player and for more than sixty years, regularly entertained a group of friends for afternoon bridge parties. All her life she had a passion for sewing and loved to make costumes for her grandchildren to wear each year on a float in the Danville Fair parade.
Survivors include her three daughters, Valerie A. Johnston and her husband, David of Framingham, MA, Sandra S. Palmer and her husband, Chester of Hartland, VT, Lynne B. Springer of Hartford; her son, Jonathan L. Springer and his wife, Mary of Reading; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; one sister Barbara C. Henderson of Norwich, VT, one brother, Winton Cass and his wife, Dorothy of Camarillo, CA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Springer passed away on August 4, 2003. She was also predeceased by six brothers, Frank, Donald, Richard, Gordon, Howard and William.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Danville Historical Society at PO Box 274, Danville, VT 05828.
The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to her family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the April 19, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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