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Dorothy Prentice Ziegler RUTLAND - Dorothy Prentice Ziegler, 76, passed away Oct. 11, 2018, at her home in Rutland, VT, surrounded by her family. Dorothy was a loving mother of three and grandmother of six. Dorothy was born in Yonkers, NY, Oct. 3, 1942. She attended George School in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1961. She went on to Endicott College in Massachusetts where she studied preschool education, followed by Syracuse University where she majored in special education. It was there she met the man she would marry, Richard L. Ziegler. Dorothy and Richard were wed on Dec. 31, 1966. They spent much of their life in Alplaus, NY, before moving to Rutland. Her happiest years were spent caring for and teaching others. Her early career was working with special education students and later, with disabled children at Clover Patch in Niskayuna, NY. Later in life, she pursued adult education, helping under-educated adults learn to read and write with Vermont Adult Learning. Dorothy also spent her personal time giving to others. She spent Sundays teaching Sunday school at the Alplaus Methodist Church. She would visit local nursing homes to spend time engaging with the residents doing puzzles, reading with them or crocheting. She also taught reading at the correctional facility in Rutland. She enjoyed playing bridge and in her better years, square dancing. Her proudest moment was when she obtained her master's degree in 1998. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Richard, of Rutland; daughter, Elizabeth (Eric) Zenner; son, Richard (Denne); and daughter, Christine (Jason) Gozon. She will be remembered for her warm smile, giving spirit and impeccable grammar. A memorial service will be held at the Alplaus Methodist Church in Alplaus, NY, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, followed by a social celebration of life from 2:30 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Proliteracy at ProLiteracy.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland, Vermont

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