Jane Elizabeth (Jennings) Coolidge

Born: Mon., Sep. 4, 1939
Died: Sat., Feb. 15, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 22, 2020
Location: Brandon Location

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Feb. 23, 2020

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Jane Elizabeth Coolidge, age 80, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.


Jane was born in Middlebury on September 4, 1939. She was the daughter of George and Janet (Baker) Jennings. She grew up in Forest Dale where she received her early education and graduated from Brandon High School, class of 1957. She furthered her education at Castleton State College and earned her degree class of 1961. Jane began her teaching career, at Dorset and later Rutland City Schools. She had taught at Neshobe Elementary School for over 30 years. She had also taught Summer reading for several years. She retired in 2000. Jane was a life member of the Forest Dale Church, where she had served in many capacities including; Sunday School Teacher and had been Sunday School Superintendent. While in high school she was a cheerleader sang in the school choir and in her college choir, as well as her church choir. She has received many awards over the years including Teacher of The Year in 1985 and special accolades from Vermont Governor James Douglas. She was a member of the board of directors, and had served several times, as vice president of Brandon Senior Citizens. She was very active in the Brandon Food Shelf.


She is survived by her husband;  Bertram “Bud” Coolidge of Forest Dale; whom she married in her church, on July 22, 1962; one son Brian Coolidge & his wife Kelly of Brandon, a brother; Duane “Skip” Jennings & his wife Elenita of Brandon, two grandchildren; Nicholas and Grace Coolidge, a sister-in-law; Von Labare & her husband Norm of Northfield, her brother-in-law; Fletcher Coolidge & his wife Peg of Brandon. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and loads of friends also survive her.


The funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at 2 PM, at Forest Dale Christian Fellowship (formerly Forest Dale Wesleyan Church). The Rev. Barry Tate, pastor will officiate. Following the ceremony, the family will receive friends at Brandon Senior Citizens, for a time of remembrance. The graveside committal service and burial will take place, at a later date, in Forest Dale Cemetery.


Friends may call at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon on Saturday, February 22, from 4-7 PM.


Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in her memory to her church; Forest Dale Christian Fellowship, 1887 Forest Dale Road, Brandon, VT 05733.


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Amy Frederick
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
I cannot even think of a person in Forest Dale whose lives this servant of God Jane has not touched in one way or another.!!! She and Bud were a major part of me returning to church, and I always envied her for her strength, courage, and ability to make all of us feel like the most important person in her life!!! We will miss her but I take comfort knowing that she in out of pain and of more use to God now!!!

Jonathan Snow
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
Sending my condolences to Jane's entire family at this time. I remember her as a swimming instructor for Brandon kids @1960-61, and later when both of my sons went to Neshobe school. She was a great teacher. I'm sure that she will be missed, but remembered well by many.

Leslie Mitrano
   Posted Thu February 20, 2020
Jane was a wonderful woman. She was always kind, always happy, and always made me smile when I'd see her. My condolences.

Richard Capen Jr
   Posted Fri February 21, 2020
Jane was a beautiful friend of the Capen family . the stories she and her husband Bud would share about our family on the Capen farm in Forest Dale . Funny stories which warmed ones heart and left smiles and laughter. I even learned a lot about my Dad , Richard Capen Sr and all the crazy things he did in Brandon - Forest Dale . An amazing person I will never forget . Sending condolences to the Coolidge family from Capen Family, heaven has a new Angel so amazing and so beautiful .

nancy goodspeed
   Posted Thu February 27, 2020
I didn't really know Jane that well, however, whenever I saw her anywhere, she would chat and made me feel that I had known her forever. She was such a friendly lady. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences to her family.36

Jason Croteau
   Posted Sat February 29, 2020
Jane (Mrs coolidge at Neshobe ) was a great teacher . Also when school was not in secession we could find Jane with a neshob golf club in case attacked by dogs walking excercising and waving at people passing by or honking cars

Back in the 1980s and 90s Both her and Bertran Bud Coolidge were always well liked in brandon . Even after retirement they stayed very active in the community economic hardships meant that people had to move away from town . we had to move many times . its that normaic roma in our blood i guess i feel badly about that but i miss Brandon and the great people we grew up with

You know, I this past month I was thinking about the old days and many dont know how much work jane and Bud and the staff at nehobe did.
there were oddities about the public shools

From what i hear its was difficult before nehobe was built they had the brandon high school , vacant churches breeders associaton building and municipal halls before neshobe. after neshobe was built the town was still throwing classrooms together in mobile buildings . the first tenents of neshobe and ovuhs were not just the school . they were also an industrial school for brandon state school . When i attended i saw the rooms with showers and padding for bts students also the remnants of bts were visable at ovuhs and the old police station. some of the school was also part of Vermont state hospital . thats the sad dark part of the history but he light is the coolidge family and the efforts to help people out of poverty sadness desitituation and instututions
When brandon was apart of state agency I remember brandon seemed like the 1800s . there were good parts to being old fashoned but much ignorance .i.e the last state school scouting troop in the usa .after those places closed slurs were no longer used to describe people with disabilites culturall or learning issues . these days were before the abenaki nation got reconition in vermont also some rights for minorities in education .

It was awesome that jane helped out at the food shelf and some of the forggoten people in the village . Hopfully her hard work inpires others to do the same .

We all felt better when the town was free of the aslyum. but over the years Brandon has needed to reinvent itself. One thing i notied about neshobe and the staff was their interest in community planning Jane and bud and Dennis Marden david Breen others not only helped the schools. brandon educators and townspeople viewed the acedemic setting as a means of farming , poverty relief , mutual aid after flooding and community revitalization. In other parts of vermont we dont always find that sort of enthusiasn.

Many changes have happened over the years. Its not fun to be to isolated or alone in rural life but one has to appreciate the gifts the creator gives us. life is full of surprises things you never expected to happen can happen . Its all what you make of it its all part of the journey

its not easy to cope with loss . i also have had much grief over loss of loved ones loss of culture and comunitty . in my case there was an epiphany the magan faith helped simplified what i belive about life milestones challenges the afterlife and heaven. listened to some wabanaki elders they told great stories and beliefs. the elders told me to focus on good thoghts good words and good deeds thats part of a quest for truth. a good vohu mahna or good mind. Thats whats most important in life .

My condolences during this difficult time.

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