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EDITORIAL: In Memory of Alma Mueller

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by Nat Frothingham
During the decade that began in 2000, The Bridge leaned heavily on the skills, expertise and good advice of Rolf Mueller at Sunlight Computer Services in Calais.  Rolf helped us with our computers. He put the paper up on the Internet. He gave us intelligent and timely business advice.
Rolf’s many services to The Bridge were much more than a business relationship. Rolf was a friend and as time passed Rolf and his wife Alma became part of the paper’s extended family.
I keenly remember all of us visiting Rolf and Alma at their home in Adamant and seeing Rolf’s magnificent garden and at The Bridge, Rolf and Alma were often part of our seasonal celebrations.
Several weeks ago I was in touch with a friend who told me that Rolf’s wife, Alma, had died.
I remember Alma as an extraordinarily loving, graceful and intelligent person and her loss was and is distressing.
As part of her valued life – Alma was a dancer who danced with several renowned professional dance companies including Martha Graham Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Alma’s first marriage was to Frank M. Woolsey III.  Together they had two children: Leila in 1970 and Aaron in 1972. Her husband Frank Woolsey died in 1974.
Alma met and fell in love with Rolf Mueller in 1978 and they moved together with the children to Vermont from New York City in 1980.  Alma taught dance at Johnson State College. She also enrolled in a nursing program at the University of Vermont.  Rolf and Alma were married in 1985.
After receiving her M.S.N at UVM, Alma became a nurse practitioner and worked at primary care clinics, worked with patients dealing with addictions, worked at Central Vermont Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.  She was also a home health and hospice nurse and a clinical nursing instructor at Norwich University.
Alma’s family is holding a memorial celebration of her life on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Waterside Hall at the Adamant Music School (Haggett Road) in Adamant, Vermont.
Alma cared passionately about providing care for all her patients and was an advocate for quality health care accessibility.  Memorial donations in her memory can be sent to the People’s Health and Wellness Clinic, 553 North Main Street, Barre, VT 05641.