• Evelyn S. Sutnick
    January 19,2013
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    Evelyn S. Sutnick

    Evelyn (Shapiro) Sutnick, 81, of Rutland, Vt., died January 17, 2013, at The Meadows At East Mountain.

    She was born January 30, 1931, in Montpelier, Vt., the daughter of David and Katy (Hirsch) Shapiro.

    She grew up in Vermont and attended schools in the Brandon area, where she resided with her parents and sister. The Shapiro family was the founders of Shapiro’s Department Store and Jane’s Dress Shop in Brandon in 1917.

    During her first marriage, Evelyn resided and worked in New Jersey. After the marriage ended in divorce, Evelyn moved to Rutland to be closer to her mother Katy and sister Sylvia, and her husband Howard Willard. For a number of years, Evelyn and Katy resided in an apartment together on North Main Street, until Evelyn moved to a residence of her own on Center Street.

    Evelyn was involved in Shapiro’s Department Store as a teenager, and later on when she returned to Vermont as an adult. She would often help her sister Sylvia decorate the store windows and would stock the shelves of the popular department store, which is still open today under different ownership.

    She was a member of the Rutland Jewish Center and the Rutland Jewish Center Sisterhood, where she attended both religious services and functions. Her sister Sylvia was one of the founding members of Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre, and Evelyn was a familiar presence at both the rehearsals and performances of the company. She was also a frequent visitor to the Rutland Free Library.

    She was predeceased by a sister, Sylvia Shapiro Willard on Nov. 25, 2006, and is survived by several cousins and a number of longtime, close friends from the Rutland community.

    The funeral service for Evelyn will be held Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Tossing Funeral Home, with Rabbi Doug Weber of the Rutland Jewish Center, officiating.

    Burial will be in the Rutland Jewish Cemetery.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland Jewish Center, 96 Grove Street, Rutland, VT 05701; The Meadows At East Mountain, 157 Heritage Hill Place, Rutland, VT 05701; or the Rutland Area Visiting Nurses and Hospice, P.O. Box 787, Rutland, VT 05702-0787.

    Tossing Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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