Clare Louise Dyer (Allendorf) Obituary

Clare Louise Dyer (Allendorf), 81, of Underhill, Vt., Clearwater, Fla., and most recently Derby, Vt., passed away peacefully on Sept. 19, 2018, with family by her side. The cause of death was multiple myeloma. Clare was born on Dec. 7, 1936, in Hardwick, Vt., daughter of the late Catherine and Daniel Dyer.

Her early years were spent in Essex Junction, Vt. She later moved with her parents and brothers Barry and Brian to St. Johnsbury, Vt., where she graduated as Salutatorian of St. Johnsbury Academy, Class of 1954.

Clare attended the University of Vermont, graduating in 1958. She studied Home Economics, but quickly learned she preferred engaging in political discourse. She met her future husband, Peter Allendorf, in a political science class. Clare was a proud member of the Alpha Delta Phi Sorority. She attended many Green and Gold reunions, often with her parents, and fondly recalled her time as a Catamount.

Clare and Peter married in 1958 and raised three children in Underhill. She taught at Mount Mansfield Union High School, later becoming a realtor in the Burlington area.

Clare moved to Clearwater in 1990 after her divorce, and enjoyed the warm weather of the sunshine state, and beautiful ocean sunsets.

While in Florida, Clare was an active member of the Vermont Club and the book club at Cove Cay where she lived. She loved travelling with friends on cruises to destinations including Panama, Haiti, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas. While Clare had many friends, her family especially wants to thank Irma, Kathy, Marion, Hope, Shirley, and Mike for their kindness and support.

Clare was an inspiration to her beloved children and grandchildren and led by example through her political activism and civic engagement. Clare worked with the League of Women Voters in Florida on voter registration. Clare was a tireless advocate for issues she cared deeply about, such as reproductive rights and gun control legislation. She was an active campaigner for Democratic candidates at the state and national level.

Clare is survived by her brother Barry Dyer of Sarasota, Fla., sister-in-law Merrie Dyer of Cazenovia, N.Y., and three children: Laura Allendorf and her husband Randy Fenninger of Vienna, Va.; Grant Allendorf and his wife Susan of Underhill, Vt.; and Jeanne Allendorf Alexander and her husband Peter who reside in Derby, Vt.

She is also survived by six grandchildren: John and Tom Fenninger; Ryan (Alyssa) and Danielle Allendorf; and Katie Clare and Liz Alexander. Clare also had a great-granddaughter, Harper, daughter of Ryan and Alyssa.

She leaves behind her nieces and nephews: Peg Dyer, Dan Dyer, Tom Dyer and his wife Kristi and daughters Eva and Ella, and Jason Dyer.

She was predeceased by her brother Brian, and sister-in-law, Kay Coburn Dyer.

Following Clare’s wishes there will be no service. A gathering of her friends and family may be forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Clare’s memory may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center – Saint Johnsbury, Vt. Please include St. J “2-22919” on your check memo line and mail to:

Dartmouth Hitchcock Development Office

Attn: Jason Naugler

1 Medical Center Drive

Lebanon, NH 03756

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