Vernon - Marion (Drake) Boese 91, of Newfane and Vernon, VT died peacefully at Grace Cottage Hospital on September 20, 2017.
Born in Copiague, NY on January 21, 1926 to Marion (Schmitz) Drake and Lawrence Erwood Drake. Her family moved to Amityville, NY where her mother ran a well-known boarding house, even hosting for a time ex-pats from World War II, Europe poet W.H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britton.
Throughout the war Marion and her mother worked at Republic Aviation building many of the fighter planes used in the European Theatre.
In 1946 Marion was first married to Henry Petersen which ended in divorce and in 1955 married George Boese, both of whom predeceased her.
In 1971 Marion purchased Fieldstone Lodge in Newfane, Vermont and moved her family to the compound built in 1932 by Charles K. Field, a well-known radio personality known as “Cheerio”. Continuing the family tradition Marion took to operating it as a guesthouse. With her warm, outgoing nature Marion created a welcoming environment that resulted in many return guests, particularly during the fall hunting seasons. The “Lodge” as it came to be known, served as a focal point for many friends of her children and was a frequent host for graduation and cast parties.
Marion also ran a child-care center at the Lodge for many years, and she became an integral part of many children growing up in the West River Valley.
Never one to be still, Marion purchased a home in Atlantic, North Carolina, operated a bed & breakfast which became a focal point for socializing and good cheer.
In 1994 Marion moved back to Newfane to care for her ailing mother, Marion Chaffee of Hobby Hill Lodge, ensuring her mother’s ability to live out her days in the comfort of her own home.
Marion leaves behind a sister, Alida Wicks of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; four children, Edward, of Lebanon, NH, Maryann, of Newfane, VT, James, of New York, NY, & Melanie, of Vernon, VT; four granddaughters, Alex, Rebecca, Julia & Claire; three great-grandchildren, Lilly, Mallory & Jack; countless children through her years of day care, and exceptional friends, particularly Sally Winchester.
Marion was predeceased by her eldest son, Drake Petersen, and her brothers, Lawrence and Richard.
Calling hours will be Saturday, September 30 from 4pm - 6pm at Atamaniuk Funeral Home, 40 Terrace Street, Brattleboro. A celebration of life will be held October 1, 2017 at 2:00pm at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave, Brattleboro with a reception following at the Brattleboro Country Club, 348 Upper Dummerston Rd, Brattleboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made in Marion’s name to Grace Cottage Hospital. Memorial gifts may be made online or sent to Grace Cottage Foundation, P.O. Box 1, Townshend, VT 05353.