Hildagarde G. Searle, 90, passed away at her home at 123 Reservoir Road, Springfield, Vermont, on her 71st wedding anniversary on Dec. 31, 2016. She was born in Northfield, Vermont on Sept. 27, 1926, to C. Arthur and Charlotte (Brown) Goodrich. She graduated from Northfield High School and attended Westbrook Junior College.
She married Richard H. Searle on Dec. 31, 1945. Following his graduation
from Stevens Institute of Technology, they moved to Springfield,
Vermont in 1949. The family lived in Perkinsville and Springfield for
the rest of her life. She was predeceased by Dick on Nov. 27, 1993.
Hildagarde worked for Stevens Institute, the Springfield Chamber of
Commerce and the Eagle Times, retiring in 1988. The family were lifetime
skiers at Okemo, where she and her husband were members of the Okemo
Ski Patrol for over 30 years. Hildagarde was a member of the Springfield
Senior Center, and led the exercise group for 10 years. She was also an
avid bicyclist, snowshoer, hiker, and she sailed on Lake Champlain and
to the Bahamas.
She is survived by sons Andrew and Scott (wife Lai Kum) and daughter
Nina (husband Tim Chan) and grandchildren Brian Searle, Eric Searle,
Craig Searle, Stephanie Searle, Christopher Chan, Paula Chan, Jeremy
Chan and Madeline Chan, as well as six great-grandchildren, numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins and many good friends. She was predeceased
by her parents, sister Lauraine Goodrich and brother Charlie Goodrich.
Hildagarde will be cremated and her ashes will join those of her husband
and siblings in the Goodrich family plot in Northfield, Vermont. There
will be a celebration of life for her many friends and family members in
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Springfield Humane
Society or to VNA Hospice of the Upper Valley.