Putney - Angela Jean Prodan passed away peacefully at home on May 6, 2018. Born in Norwalk, Connecticut on February 21, 1968, Angela grew up playing and excelling in sports in Shelton, Connecticut. She was the only daughter of Barbara and Ron Prodan, with two brothers, Christopher and Nicholas. Angela was President of her high school senior class, and attended Lehigh University on an athletic scholarship as a fast ball pitcher. She graduated in 1990.
Angela then made her way to Vermont, where she received her J.D. and M.S. in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 1994. During this time she took advantage of her natural surroundings by taking hikes with her dog Taylor and playing Ultimate Frisbee with the school team, Ultimate Justice. It’s no surprise that she excelled in Ultimate and played many tournaments, meeting fellow athletes along the way.
In 1994 Angela joined the law firm of Fitts, Olson & Giddings in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she switched her focus to family law. In 2005 she joined the Brattleboro firm now known as Corum Mabie Cook Prodan Angell Secrest & Darrow. Knowledgeable and empathetic with clients, and a particularly skilled and persuasive advocate in court, Angela was widely considered one of the best family law attorneys in Vermont.
She was proud to have helped launch a task force which developed into the Windham County Family Visitation Center, Inc. The not-for-profit organization became the first center in Windham County to provide supervised visits and exchanges for children and parents when ordered by the Court. She also served on the Board for the Brattleboro Boys and Girls Club.
The community of Brattleboro and Putney and surrounding area is especially rich with smart, caring and fun-loving women. Angela was blessed to have a large circle of friends who enjoyed her poolside Margarita events, hikes with the dogs on Putney Mountain, gourmet dinner parties, winter sports, and travels to see live music. She was a dedicated festival goer, traveling to New Orleans for over 20 years to see the Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Angela was also a talented artist. In her spare time she painted, made all types of jewelry to the delight of her friends, and was quite skilled with stained glass. A large stained glass sun and moon hangs in her living room. Those who shared her food considered her to be an artist of cuisine as well.
While playing Ultimate Frisbee Angela met and subsequently married Drew Gradinger. The two had one child, Elias Dov Prodan Gradinger, now 14. Drew and Angela divorced but remained excellent co-parents to Elias, who meant the world to her.
Angela was diagnosed in August of 2016 with a rare form of melanoma. She battled it as she did everything else in her life, with grace, courage and grit. Her circle of friends, parents, and her partner of seven years, John Miller, surrounded her with love and strength to help her make it through the last 21 months. Angela’s incredible strength and determination to enjoy life allowed her to make one last trip to New Orleans ten days before her death.
Angela leaves a big hole in the lives of those that love her. We will always remember her beauty, joie de vivre, love for her son and those around her, and a true ability to live in the moment and not let life’s challenges get her down.
A beautiful and fitting Celebration of Life was held at Green Mountain Orchards in Putney, Vermont on May 12, 2018. Memorial contributions in Angela’s name may be made to Stride, The Wright Foundation for Female Athletes, based in Middlebury, Vermont, and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center Patient and Family Support Services in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
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