Jennifer Lee Andrews

Thetford Center, Vt.— Jennifer Lee Andrews, 55, died at her home in Thetford Center on April 26, nearly seven years after being diagnosed with cancer. She was the eldest of five children born to Anne (O’Reilly) and Thomas Andrews, and was raised and educated at Kent School in Kent, Conn., where her father taught English and her mother was the local elementary school secretary.

After spending a gap year at St. Michael’s School in Kent County, England, she triple majored in elementary, special, and early childhood education at Boston College, where she met her husband, Ted. She moved with him to Chicago in 1981, and taught at Elaine Boyd Creche, a school for severely handicapped children, and the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago, a lab school for emotionally disturbed children.

Jennifer and Ted moved to Vt., in 1984, living in West Newbury for three years, where they had their first son, Max, and then Ryegate Corner for five years, where they welcomed their second son, Charlie. The family would buy a home in Thetford Center in 1991. Jennifer taught special education at Blue Mountain Union for seven years and Vershire Elementary for two. She worked at Rosalita’s and Simon Pearce in Quechee while getting a master’s degree in psychoanalysis from the Boston School of Psychoanalysis in 1998, when she began her private practice. She returned to BGSP and earned a Psy.D in Psychoanalysis in 2008. She was also a part-time special education administrator at the Orange East Supervisory Union (OESU) for 15 years. She was a therapist for school children at Newbury (NES) and Bradford Elementary School (BES) for many years.

Jennifer’s favorite things included the ocean, dancing, good food, reading, film, and Pearl Jam (though it used to be U2, and lately was My Morning Jacket). She realized her dream of surfing in Hawaii three years ago. She had an infectious smile and laughed easily, but cried readily, too. Jennifer valued her many girlfriends, among them Sarah, Jane, Kathy, Deb, Cynthia, Nancy and the BES faculty, especially the“Loud Girls;” the NES and OESU families, as well as her colleagues throughout the school district; her Thetford yoga group, her book group, and her childhood friend Masha. She deeply loved her sons, Joseph Maxwell Pogacar, 28, and Charles Andrews Pogacar, 26.

She leaves those sons and her husband, Theodore A. Pogacar; her mother, Anne; her brothers Andy, David and his wife Nancy, Jason and his wife Laura, and sister Caitlin and her husband Kurt, whom she loved to visit oceanside in California; her Aunts Mary, Martha, Brenda and Uncle Eddie; brothers-in-law Timothy Pogacar and his wife Irina, and Peter, all of Ohio, and many nieces and nephews. Her father died over thirty years ago. A quilt made of his old sport coats was lovingly crafted by her mother for Jennifer’s burial wrap.

The family welcomes visitors at Hale Funeral Home in Bradford, Vermont, on Monday, April 28, from 5 8 p.m., with a brief ceremony at 7:00p.m. The private burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Thetford Center.

In lieu of more flowers, such as the Talking Well Farm flowers she so loved, the family suggests donations to the Clara Martin Center, the local mental health facility, on Route 5, Bradford, Vt., 05033.

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