Janet McNulty – Shelburne

Janet McNulty died on Aug. 28, 2013. Born on Feb. 22, 1931, in Millersburg, Pa., Janet was the daughter of Orville and Florence Epler. During high school, she was captain of the basketball team and played French horn in the 1947 Pennsylvania Forensic Music League’s woodwind quintet and the 1948 PMEA all-state band. She graduated from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing and later received her BSN from LaSalle College in Philadelphia. Her career in nursing ranged from Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. to Abington and Jeanes Hospitals and the Visiting Nurses Association in the Philadelphia area, and then on to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. Specialties included labor and delivery, discharge planning, and psychiatric nursing. She moved to Vermont in 1987 and gradually became a devoted Red Sox fan but retained her love of the Phillies as well. She embraced her adopted state by feeding a woodstove in the winter and actually using snow tires for the snow that she always enjoyed. In good weather, you would find her tending to her perennial gardens or creating gourmet meals with the bounty of her small vegetable garden. Her love of music continued to express itself in rousing renditions on the piano of hymns, Beethoven, Brahms, or Chopin. An eye for the latest fashions was a passion she shared with her family, in particular her granddaughters. She was happiest when baking pies, playing bridge, enjoying her canine companions Blackberry and Dulcie, and celebrating Christmases with her beloved family. She is survived by her three children, Karen M. Speidel with her husband, David, and daughters, Kate and Anna of Charlotte; Dr. Kristen L. McNulty of Surry, Maine; and Thomas McNulty with his wife, Alison Pascale, daughter, Kalyn, and son, Ryan, of Arlington, Va. She is also survived by her sister, Marie Underwood and family; and her brother, LaRue Epler and family. The family wishes to thank the VNA and their compassionate hospice professionals. A small family gathering to celebrate her life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.

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