ALBURGH/ PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. – Mrs. Dorothy R. Pickard, age 93 years, died Friday Aug. 16, 2013, at the CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, N.Y. exactly 10 years to the day after her beloved husband Arthur.

Born in St. Albans on March 6, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Julian P. and Gladys Mildred (Logan) Rockwell. Dorothy received her early education in Alburgh’s one room schoolhouse continuing at the Montpelier Seminary and later receiving her Master’s Degree from the University of Vermont. On May 23, 1942, she was married to the love of her life, Arthur H. Pickard who predeceased her on Aug. 16, 2003, following 61 years of marriage.

As a teacher and an accomplished musician Dorothy began her teaching career at Thompson Island Farm and Trade school, continuing at Alburgh, retiring from the Chazy Central Rural School after 20 years as a vocal music teacher. In earlier years Dorothy had been an active member of the former Alburgh First Congregational Church serving many years as organist and choir director. She will be remembered by many for serving countless years as organist and pianist at many other churches throughout the Franklin-Grand Isle County areas as well as giving many private music lessons.

Dorothy also had a special place in her heart for Lake Champlain. She was very proud of her Rockwell family lake heritage, supported the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, enjoyed boating and two weeks prior to her death enjoyed her final boat ride on board Lake Champlain’s Spirit of Ethan Allen.

She was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers’ Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution and was still serving as secretary of the Alburgh Center Cemetery Association.


Dorothy enjoyed quilting, playing bridge and was an accomplished seamstress. She and her husband Arthur had a great love for Round and Square Dancing and were members of the Continental Round Dancers and Champlain Squares.

Dorothy leaves her four daughters, Carol Pellerin of Alburgh, Elizabeth Pickard and husband Robert Fricke of Alburgh, Julie Brunell and husband Dennis of Plattsburgh and Dorothy “DeeDee” Brunell and husband Hermon of Chazy; grandchildren, Arthur and Rita Pellerin of Fairfax, Katelyn and Matt Ryan of Plattsburgh, Kayse Brunell of Plattsburgh and Drew and Ashley Brunell of Chazy as well as a keenly anticipated great grandson, Benjamin Ryan.

Dorothy’s family wishes to extend their sincerest thanks and appreciation to the management and staff of the Progressive Care Unit at the CVPH Medical Center and the Samuel F. Vilas Home.

A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013, at 1 p.m. from the Swanton Christian Church, (formerly the First Congregational Church), Academy Street, Swanton. The Reverend Deborah Laporte will officiate. Interment will follow at the family lot in the Alburgh Center Cemetery.

There will be no public calling hours.

Gifts in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Samuel F. Vilas Home, 64 Beekman Street, Plattsburgh 12901 or to the, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes 05691,

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