LUDLOW — A Celebration of her life is open to all who wish to attend and will be held this Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Bridgewater Grange Hall at 11 a.m. for Jean Elizabeth (Bradley) Eigenbrod who died Oct. 12 surrounded by her loving family after a long illness at Gill Home in Ludlow.
She was born Feb. 7, 1941 in Rutland was raised in Plymouth. She attended Plymouth Union School, Plymouth Notch School and went on to Black River High School.
She married Wilfred Eigenbrod in Woodstock in the March of 1959. She was divorced from Wilfred in 1971. After her divorce, Jean raised her five children on her own. The family lived in the Bridgewater area and North Adams, Massachusetts.
In 1978 she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Education minoring in Psychology. From 1979 until 1985, she continued to live with her children in North Adams Mass., until the graduation of her youngest child from High School.
In the fall of 1985 she moved full-time to Woodstock.
In 1987 she began work for the State of Vermont first as a school teacher, then a Correctional Officer at the Woodstock facility. She later moved to the position of a Field Supervision Officer out of the White River Junction Vermont office until her retirement from the State of Vermont after approximately 20 years. Following her retirement she spent her days devoted to her family, gardening and particularly enjoyed her membership in the Bridgewater Grange and visiting at Maple Leaf Farm on Route 100A. She also worked briefly for the Billings Farm and Museum and at the Coolidge Homestead.
Though Jean had the many challenges of being a single parent with little income she always found ways to make things fun for her children and always reminded them that they could accomplish any goal with perseverance and hard work. She was known by many for her ability to host a large gathering and always had room at her table for everyone, and anyone who was in need of a feast. She also always opened her home to anyone who needed a place to stay, offering shelter to her children’s friends offering a warm and welcome environment when it was needed. Jean also had a great love for her grandchildren, animals, and gardening.
She is survived by her brother Thomas Bradley; five children and their spouses; Karen (Eigenbrod) Dwyer of Woodstock, Audrey (Eigenbrod) and Jeffrey Bridge of Bridgewater Corners, Daniel Eigenbrod and Andrea Earle of Plymouth, Gretchen and Carrie Eigenbrod-Short of Green Lawn, N.Y., Elizabeth (Eigenbrod) and Paul Kowalski of Plymouth, eight grandchildren; Megan Dwyer, Maxx Eigenbrod, Madeline Eigenbrod, Mason Eigenbrod, Ella Eigenbrod-Short, Luke Eigenbrod-Short, Julia Kowalski, and Colton Kowalski.
Jean was predeceased by her parents Ellery and Alice Bradley, a daughter Deborah Eigenbrod, a brother Robert Bradley and a sister Christie (Bradley) Dylan, and a granddaughter Sarah Jean Eigenbrod.
Donations in Lieu of flowers to the Bridgewater Corners Grange in c/o Alice Paglia, Maple Leaf Farm, Route 100A, Bridgewater Corners, Vermont.
This obituary first appeared in the October 24, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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