Renate Bohler, born in Poblotz, Germany, on Sept. 3, 1942, emigrated to Montreal with her husband, Walter, and then relocated to Wilton, Conn., to start a family.
In 1987, they moved their family to Stowe.
She died Sept. 3, 2019, on her 77th birthday.
She was a free spirit with a gentle soul. She marveled at nature and spent her time nurturing her flower gardens and watching wildlife enjoy her property in Stowe Hollow.
She was beautiful, elegant, deeply spiritual, intelligent, silly, and had impeccable style and grace. She kept her family laughing with her brilliant sense of humor and her inability to get to the punch line of a joke due to her uncontrollable giggles during her delivery.
She loved her role as “Oma” and adored her grandchildren. She jumped with them in rain puddles, rarely missed one of their sporting events, and took them on countless educational and fun adventures, teaching them life lessons concerning generosity, compassion and kindness.
She always kept the pantry filled with their favorite snacks.
The name “Renate” means “reborn.” Fittingly, her spirituality aligns with Buddhism and its belief that we are all reborn. Her family prays that her rebirth gently and lovingly places her in a world she always hoped her grandchildren would experience: one where there is more love and less hate, more appreciation and respect for the earth and the ocean, and where animals and all humanity are treated with dignity.
She created a family that loves each other and enjoys being together. She was more than just a matriarch and the joyous light in the family. She made their world magical.
Survivors include her husband, Walter, of Stowe; her sons, Thomas of Meerssen, the Netherlands, and Matthias of Amesbury, Mass.; her daughters, Christine and Julia, both of Stowe; her daughters-in-law, Maria and Kathleen; her grandchildren, Sam, Max, Finnley, Katrina and Johan; and the many friends who have been incredibly supportive and nurturing in her final years, especially her sisterhood, The Cronettes.
She faced gastric cancer like a warrior and transcended into the light as a hero.