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Obituary: Jean Carter Stuhlbarg

Jean Carter Stuhlbarg
April 6, 1937-Dec. 31, 2009

Jean Carter Stuhlbarg was born and raised in Fayetteville, TN, the second of three children. After graduating from business school in Nashville she went to work as a claims adjuster for Wilson Freight, a trucking company, later starting her long career as a bookkeeper. It was in Nashville that she met her future husband, Bill, in 1961 and after a two year courtship they married in October of 1963.

Bill’s business brought them to New York and in 1968 they moved to Port Washington where they started their family. Mark was born in 1969 and Carol was born in 1973. Both children attended the Port Washington Schools where Jean was often a class mother and both are Paul D. Schreiber alumni. It was during these years that Jean worked from home for Publisher’s Clearinghouse as many mothers of that era did.

When it came time to go back to work outside the home Jean was hired on every first interview she had; working first for Levine & Chait in Manhasset and then at Landau & CO, CPA’S in Woodbury where she worked until her (first) retirement in 2002.

In the fall of 2002 the Stuhlbargs moved into the house they built on a beautiful lake in Sheffield, MA. Once Jean had decorated, upholstered, gardened and birdhoused she came out of retirement to work for Berkshire Bookkeeping where she stayed on until last year. As busy as those years were Jean always found time to sew, make stained glass, birdwatch, cook and garden.

In the first few minutes of the last day of the last year of the decade Jean died peacefully and with dignity at her home following a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.

She leaves Bill, her much loved husband of 46 years. She is also survived by her dear son Mark and his wife Heidi of Boulder, CO; her loving daughter, Carol and her companion Tim Scapin of Mill River, MA; and her adored and adoring granddaughter Avery Stuhlbarg, also of Colorado. One brother remains in Tennessee.

Services were private but friends may send notes of condolence to William F. Stuhlbarg, P.O. Box 416 Sheffield, MA 01257. Contributions may be made in Jean’s name to Hospice Care of the Berkshires, Inc., or the charity of your choice.

In the 30 plus years that Jean and Sherry Klein were friends she never lost her temper, her sense of humor or her deep southern drawl. Rest in peace, dear Jean. “May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”