Pauline Lorraine Vigeant Pedersen |

Pauline Lorraine Vigeant Pedersen

Pauline Lorraine Vigeant Pedersen, died peacefully on April 29, 2010, with her husband, Tage, by her side at Skylark Enhanced Care Facility, where she had been living for the last 4 years in Ashland, Ore. She had bravely battled Alzheimer’s for the last 10 years.

Pauline was born in Worcester, Mass. to Gaston and Eva Vigeant on May 30, 1927.

After graduating from Framingham Teachers College in Massachusetts, she spent a year studying adult education in Denmark and Finland. She met her husband, Tage, in Denmark in 1952. They married in 1954. They lived in Copenhagen where their first daughter, Sonja, was born in 1955. In 1956, they moved to Aspen, Colo. Their second daughter, Lorna, was born in 1957, and Karin soon followed in 1958.

Pauline enjoyed a diverse teaching career. It started at Aspen Elementary School in 1966; she also taught at Aspen Country Day School, Aspen High School and Colorado Mountain College. She specialized in learning styles and reading disabilities. After retiring from teaching, she continued to tutor students.

In 2000, Tage and Pauline built a home in Ashland, Ore. to spend their winters.

They enjoyed the cultural activities of both communities. She was very active in the community, the Aspen Ski Exchange, and co-chair of the Pitkin County Democratic Party. She loved watercolor painting, hiking, gardening and dancing.

Pauline is survived by her loving husband, Tage; daughters, Sonja (Dave) Oss, Lorna (Bert) Petersen and Shianna-Karin (Dean) Walker; grandchildren Madison and Christian Oss; and brother Paul Vigeant. She has many nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her sisters, Jackie Toth and Carol Venable, earlier in 2010.

A memorial service is planned on May 30, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at the Aspen Chapel with a reception/celebration. Please wear something blue, (her favorite color), and maybe some dancing shoes!

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Aspen Chapel (please include Pauline Pedersen on check memo); 0077 Meadowood Drive; Aspen, CO 81611.

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