Thursday, August 23, 2018

Long-time FDH member, Deborah Sharpe-Lunstead, Passed Away

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing our friend and long-time FDH member, Deborah Sharpe-Lunstead. Below is her obituary. We send much love to her family.

Deborah Sharpe-Lunstead of Middlebury passed away in Porter Hospital from multiple myeloma on July 17, 2018. She was born in Newark, New Jersey on December 12, 1952 to Irwin and Libby (Alperstein) Sharpe.

Deb attended the Eastman School of Music where she studied cello and then the early music instrument viola da gamba. She met her future husband Jeff Lunstead in 1975 when she was on her way to study in Basel, Switzerland. They married in 1977. Jeff joined the United States Foreign Service and they embarked on an international life, living at varying times in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. In 2008 they settled in Middlebury.

Deb began studying weaving and other fiber arts in 1986 and then moved to hand papermaking and to pulp painting, in which she used pigmented paper pulp to create images in a still-wet sheet of newly made paper. (The process can be seen on her website She showed her work at several galleries in Vermont.

She is survived by her husband Jeff, daughter Jenny (John Pappas) and grandson Sam, daughter Julie (Ben Simon), father Irwin Sharpe, sister Bonnie Sharpe and brothers Ken Sharpe and Peter Sharpe.

Deb was buried in the Middlebury Cemetery on July 20 after a service at Havurah House of the Addison County Jewish Congregation. Donations in her name may be made to Addison Home Health and Hospice or to Addison County Havurah.

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