She was born in Hartford, CT, on August 1, 1930, the daughter of Ralph K. and Phyllis L. (Fowler) Harger. She was raised and educated in Bloomfield, CT. She received her nursing degree from Middlesex Hospital School of Nursing in 1951.
On September 6, 1952 she was married to Alexander Staib Jr., who died on June 15, 2005.
Mrs. Staib and her family moved from Granby, CT, to Vermont in 1973 where she and Al started a farm. Her passion for gardening and baking led her to help start the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market.
But foremost was her love of nursing. Mrs. Staib loved her profession. Even after moving to Vermont she still commuted to Hartford Hospital to work in the ER and run the farm until she became a “Grace” at Grace Cottage Hospital, a place that she enjoyed and held dear to her heart. She later worked for Dr. Mulhren’s office in Townshend until her retirement in 1995.
Mrs. Staib enjoyed camping, gardening, cooking, working around her yard and house, and an occasional lobster and steamer dinner.
Survivors include her son, Thomas Staib and his wife Lori, of West Townshend, and her daughter, Debra Staib, of Bradenton, FL. She also leaves three granddaughters, Kiah, Sarah, and Kaitlyn; three great-grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
In accordance with her final wishes, there will be no formal funeral services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Cottage Hospital, PO Box 216, Townshend, VT 05353 or Thompson House Nursing Home, 80 Maple Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.
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