Lois C. Blittersdorf
Lois C. Blittersdorf
PITTSFORD — Lois Christine Blittersdorf passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at the Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Lois was born on February 28, 1922, in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of Julius and Christine Hofmann. She was raised in Lansdowne, PA, and graduated from Lansdowne High School in 1940. She was active in field hockey and tennis, and the French and German Language Clubs.
She attended Middlebury College 1940-1942 and majored in languages. She left after two years and returned home and worked as a station master for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Philadelphia, PA. She returned to college and received her BA degree in history from the College of St. Joseph, Rutland, VT, in May 1995. This was a dream she always had to finish college, which she did at age 73. She was a life-long learner and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of college and interacting with the young people.
Lois was married on February 10, 1944, to Harold Blittersdorf, of West Grove, PA, in Huntington, CA. They spent their early married life on different Army posts during World War II. When Harold was sent to Europe, she returned to her father’s home in Pittsford, VT, until the end of the war. When Harold returned, they settled in Pittsford to raise their growing family.
Lois was very active as a young mother in community activities — Brownie and Girl Scouts as a leader, and in the PTA. She encouraged her children to do well in school and to be active in various school clubs, sports, etc. As her children grew, she became active in other town activities — serving as a Trustee of the McClure Library, as a member and later Chairperson of the Town of Pittsford Planning Commission, and as a Selectman.
As her children grew older, Lois went to work at Howard Bank, then became a licensed Real Estate broker and ran her own business — Lois Blittersdorf Real Estate — for 25 years. She loved old houses and the history of Vermont, and specialized in selling colonial and country homes. She was a member of the Rutland County Board of Realtors, taught continuing education classes for that organization, and was named “Realtor of the Year” in 1977.
With her love of family and history, she spent many hours traveling throughout Vermont to research her Vermont roots and recorded the genealogy for her family. This experience led to her becoming an avid member and later President of the Pittsford Historical Society. She worked tirelessly to help raise funds that enabled the Society to purchase Eaton Hall in Pittsford for the Society’s Museum. She worked with the members to create a card catalogue of families that have resided in Pittsford. She worked with three other members to edit “The Second Century,” a book that takes up where Caverly’s History of Pittsford left off in the 1870s. It includes many of the residents — past and present — of the Town of Pittsford.
When Lois lost her sight she became active in a local support group run by the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She, as usual, wanted to do more to encourage the group to look at the histories of their families, even though they couldn’t see well. She and some other members encouraged the group to work with their families to write their life stories, which they then had printed in booklet form in order to share these stories with their families and friends.
Lois was a loving mother who encouraged and supported her children to get a good education; to be tolerant of all people and be community minded; and above all to pursue their dreams. She was always there as the cheerleader, and so proud of what her children accomplished. Her love and support will be missed.
Lois is survived by her former husband Harold; daughter, Bonnie Hawley of Hampton, N.Y.; sons, John Blittersdorf and his wife Marilyn of Chittenden, VT; Jim Blittersdorf, of Page, AZ; David Blittersdorf of Charlotte, VT; and Jeff Blittersdorf and wife Melody, of Jeffersonville, VT. Grandchildren are Senior Chief Eric Hawley and wife Roz of La Mesa, CA; Krista Alderdice and husband Guy of West Windsor, VT; Heidi Blittersdorf Gurov of Fort Collins, CO; Karrie Blittersdorf of New York, N.Y.; Alyssa Blittersdorf of Brattleboro, VT; Evan Blittersdorf of Burlington, VT; and Zoey Blittersdorf of Chittenden, VT. Great-grandchildren are Justin and Jase Alderdice of West Windsor, VT.
A celebration of Lois’ life will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the Pittsford Congregational Church. A reception will follow in the Church Hall.
There will be no calling hours. A private burial service will be held in Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to: Pittsford Historical Society, P.O. Box 423, Pittsford, VT 05763.
Arrangements are being handled by the Barnard Funeral Home in Pittsford.