A much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, Janet Sutherland Aronson, 93, passed away peacefully on October 29, 2022. Janet was born on September 3, 1929, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the eldest child of Donald Wayne Sutherland and Kathleen Bickert Sutherland. Janet excelled in school and graduated at the top of her high school class in 1947. She attended Iowa State University where she met and fell in love with Ronald Frazier Aronson. Jan and Ron married in 1951, shortly after graduation. During the first years of their marriage, they lived in both Iowa and South Dakota and then relocated to Coventry, Connecticut in 1961 where they raised their family.
Jan was a homemaker and then worked in the University of Connecticut Honors Program for eight years. In 1972, Ron and Jan bought five acres of land in Bridgewater, Vermont, and built their dream home. They loved their Vermont life attending the Bridgewater Congregational Church, being part of a beloved quilting group, and finding lifelong friends on the hill where they lived.
Jan was a talented artist who especially enjoyed fiber arts. She created silkscreen prints and woodblock prints before discovering the art of batik. Jan enjoyed creating her batik clothing for craft fairs throughout Connecticut. Then she began quilting over 40 years ago and she will be remembered most for her award-winning quilts and wall hangings that will be treasured for generations. Quilting was her passion.
She was a gifted writer who co-authored a book, compiled family history books before computers made genealogy research easier, and was the editor of multiple newsletters. Jan also was a natural leader who built communities wherever she lived. She was a member of P.E.O. for 72 years.
Jan loved first and foremost her family and she especially loved being a grandmother to Emily and Megan. She also loved–in no particular order–fabric stores and all things related to quilts and quilting, South Dakota, seeing owls fly, visiting all 251 Vermont towns, UConn women’s basketball, bluebirds, Scottish thistles, rubbing gravestones, gardening and being a 4-H club leader.
Jan leaves an enduring legacy as a strong and caring woman. She is survived by a daughter Ellen Swain and her husband John of McLean, VA, a son David Aronson of Sterling, VA and a daughter Anne Ojennes and her husband John of Colorado Springs, CO; granddaughters, Emily Swain and Megan Swain; a sister-in-law Judith Sutherland of Iowa City, IA, and a sister-in-law Julie Wisecup and her husband Charlie of Missouri Valley, IA. She was preceded in death by her husband Ron, her parents, and her brother, Donald W. Sutherland.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, November 27, 2022, at 2:00 at the Leesburg Presbyterian Church at 207 West Market Street in Leesburg VA.
Donations in memory of Janet can be made to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science at VINS Nature Center, P.O. Box 1281, Quechee, VT 05059 (VINS –https://vinsweb.org)