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Maybelle Chandler Koehler

Norwich, Vt. — Maybelle Chandler Koehler, 79, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at Valley Terrace, Norwich of complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born in Pittsfield, Mass. on Feb. 26, 1934, the daughter of Arthur and Carrie (Wilmot) Chandler. May grew up and attended school in nearby Lenox, then entered the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1951.

In Pittsfield in 1954 she married Carlton Koehler and they moved to Ithaca, N.Y., where Carl entered graduate school at Cornell University. For the next several years May was employed by the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell’s College of Agriculture.

In 1962, they moved to Lafayette, Calif. where they lived for the next 29 years. May completed her higher education in California and in 1984 received her B.S. degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Medical Record Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. While in the Bay Area she worked at several hospitals in their medical records departments, and was a long time volunteer for the National Park Service at the Eugene O’Neill house in Alamo, Calif. Both in California and in retirement in the Upper Valley where she and Carl relocated in 1991, May was an avid world traveler who enjoyed trips to several countries each in East Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and Central America, as well as Iceland and Mexico. She also enjoyed her pet dogs, flowers, tai chi, playing the piano and classical music - the latter an outgrowth of memorable summers spent long before at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass.

Survivors include her husband, Carlton of West Lebanon; daughter, Leslie of Plainfield, Vt.; sons, Stephen of Bloomington, Minn. and John of Walnut Creek, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Elsa, Grant, Benjamin, Izac, Kaia, Liam, and Greta; a brother, Robert Chandler of Lenox, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by a brother, Charles Chandler.

A memorial service will be held on Thanksgiving with family.