Jeannette (Emmett) Sopher – Shelburne

Jeannette (Emmett) Sopher, 88, of Shelburne, died at home with family and friends by her side. Born in Grove City, Pa., Oct. 19, 1924, she was the daughter of Paul V. Emmett and Helen L. McFadden Emmett. In 1941, she married Raeman “Rae” Sopher. Together they raised a family, moving from state to state, finally making their home in Vermont in 1968, where Rae managed an advanced research and development lab at IBM in Essex Junction. Jeannette was active throughout her early life as a community volunteer including volunteering for Planned Parenthood in New York state, and the Baird Children’s Center in Vermont. She mastered the art of settling in new community neighborhoods, always giving us motherly love and energy for new adventures. She was the glue that kept us together, and wherever we lived she managed the gardens and brought music into our lives. We will always remember her for her skills as a seamstress, and for her patience, organization, and imagination. Her hooked rugs, sewing, and pottery will provide us with lots of family stories to cherish. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rae, in 2008; four sisters, Peggy Kelly, Jeanie Mong, Marilyn Dick, and Julia Keith; and brother, Robert Emmett. She is survived by three brothers, Ted Emmett and wife, Betty, of Harrisville, Pa., Kenny Earl Emmett and wife, Jane, of Barkeyville, Pa., and Jack Emmett and wife, Connie, of Harrisville, Pa.; son, Joe Sopher and wife, Julie, and their daughter, Melissa and husband, David Moran, and their three children, William, Katherine and Caleb, of Bristol; son, Myron Sopher and wife, Lenore, and their children, Matthew and Lauren, of Shelburne; and daughter, Crea Lintilhac and husband, Philip, of Shelburne, and their three children, Louise and husband, Dana Allen, of Burlington, William of Burlington, and Paul of New York City. The family wishes to thank the wonderful caregivers who attended both Rae and Jeannette in their final years. A memorial service will be held in the First Congregational Church, 38 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 11 am. Contributions in Jeanette’s memory may be made to Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road; or Shelburne Museum, PO Box 10, Shelburne, VT 05482.

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