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NO. R-195. JOINT RESOLUTION in memory of Representative Karen Kitzmiller of Montpelier.

(J.R.H. 137)

Offered by: Representatives Adams of Hartland, Alfano of Calais, Allaire of Rutland City, Allard of St. Albans Town, Amidon of Charlotte, Anderson of Woodstock, Angell of Randolph, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of South Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Barney of Highgate, Bohi of Hartford, Bolduc of Barton, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Bourdeau of Hyde Park, Brooks of Montpelier, Brown of Walden, Carey of Chester, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Cleland of Northfield, Colvin of Bennington, Connell of Warren, Crawford of Burke, Cross of Winooski, Crowley of West Rutland, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Newfane, Darrow of Dummerston, Davis of Cavendish, Deen of Westminster, DePoy of Rutland City, Donovan of Burlington, Dostis of Waterbury, Doyle of Richmond, Driscoll of Burlington, Duffy of Rutland City, Emmons of Springfield, Endres of Milton, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Follett of Springfield, Freed of Dorset, George of Middlebury, Gervais of Enosburg, Goodridge of Albany, Grad of Moretown, Gray of Barre Town, Haas of Rutland City, Hall of Newport City, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hingtgen of Burlington, Hooker of Rutland City, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hummel of Underhill, Johnson of Canaan, Jordan of Middlesex, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Ketchum of Bethel, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kirker of Essex, Kiss of Burlington, Koch of Barre Town, Krawczyk of Bennington, LaBarge of Grand Isle, Larocque of Barnet, Larose of Richford, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lippert of Hinesburg, Little of Shelburne, Livingston of Manchester, Mackinnon of Sharon, Mann of Leicester, Marron of Stowe, Maslack of Poultney, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, McGrath of Ferrisburgh, Metzger of Milton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Morrissey of Bennington, Mullin of Rutland Town, Myers of Essex, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, O'Donnell of Vernon, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Osman of Plainfield, Otterman of Topsham, Palmer of Pownal, Paquin of Fairfax, Partridge of Windham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Pembroke of Bennington, Pike of Mendon, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of South Burlington, Quaid of Williston, Randall of Bradford, Reese of Pomfret, Rogers of Castleton, Rosenquist of Georgia, Rusten of Halifax, Schaefer of Colchester, Schiavone of Shelburne, Scribner of Bristol, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shaw of Derby, Sheltra of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Starr of Troy, Stevens of Essex, Sweaney of Windsor, Sweetser of Essex, Symington of Jericho, Towne of Berlin, Tracy of Burlington, Valliere of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Vinton of Colchester, Voyer of Morristown, Waite of Pawlet, Webster of Brattleboro, Webster of Randolph, Weeks of Wallingford, Westman of Cambridge, Wheeler of Burlington, Willett of St. Albans City, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wood of Brandon, Woodward of Johnson, Wright of Burlington, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, Representative Karen Kitzmiller of Montpelier represented the capital city in the House of Representatives where she passionately crusaded on behalf of comprehensive health care for every Vermonter, and for an electoral system accessible to all, regardless of financial wealth or political prowess, and

Whereas, the Vermont Medical Society awarded Karen Kitzmiller its Citizen of the Year Award in recognition of her battle against the tobacco industry, and her efforts to enhance the scope of all Vermontersí health care coverage, and

Whereas, her legislative representation was not merely based on the formality of election, but equally on a compassionate caring for the citizens of her community, and

Whereas, Karen Kitzmillerís concern for others was reflected in her previous roles as an inner-city YWCA director in Charlestown, Massachusetts, as the program manager for all Vermont senior meals, and as the founder of an annual housewares and winter coat drive in Montpelier, and

Whereas, Karen Kitzmillerís entry into the political arena was an unexpected course change in her life, but one which has left indelible and wonderful memories with her colleagues in the General Assembly, and

Whereas, legislators of all political parties admired Karen Kitzmiller for her honesty and forthrightness, and this broadly-based respect prompted the House of Representatives Womenís Legislative Caucus to designate her as the 1999 legislator of the year, and

Whereas, Karen Kitzmillerís gallantry and courage were magnificently demonstrated after she was diagnosed with cancer, as she drew on her own medical experience to fight a legislative battle to ensure comprehensive health care coverage for all Vermonters who are similarly afflicted, and

Whereas, despite her medical difficulties, Karen made an extraordinary effort to continue attending the daily sessions of the General Assembly, and

Whereas, in a display of the love that Karen had engendered among her colleagues and constituents, a large community service to pray for her recuperation was recently held at Christ Church in Montpelier, and

Whereas, the beauty of Karen Kitzmillerís life, as a wife, mother, community leader, and outdoor enthusiast, was poignantly expressed through the congregationís prayers and the individual recitations, and

Whereas, on Sunday, May 20, 2001, her courageous struggle with cancer ended as Karen Kitzmiller died at home peacefully in the loving and tranquil presence of her husband Warren, her daughters Amy and Carrie, her brother Rusty Bittermann and her parents Norman and Ann Bittermann, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the members of the General Assembly are profoundly saddened by the death of Representative Karen Kitzmiller, and express their most sincere condolences to the members of her family, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Warren, Amy and Carrie Kitzmiller in Montpelier and to Norman and Ann Bittermann in Berlin.