Preparing for widowhood topic of AAUW meeting

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – With the average life expectancy of women longer than that of men, the Brattleboro branch of the American Association of University Women is offering a discussion session on “Preparing for Widowhood” Friday, Dec. 6 at noon. The free session will be held in the community room at the Brattleboro Savings and Loan Association at 221 Main Street and includes lunch.

Participating and offering guidance are Jean Giddings, attorney at-law; Toni Ciampaglione, financial advisor at Park Place Financial Planners; and Theresa Masiello, vice president and senior retail officer at BS&L.

Data from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation that appeared in The Money Alert, 80% of women die single and 25% have spent their husband’s death benefit within two months. The average widow is just 56 years old, so preparing for a spouse’s death needs to take place sooner rather than later.

“Whether losing a spouse through sudden death, chronic disease, or traumatic injury, those who avoid preparing for the results of that loss only add to their pain,” said Brattleboro AAUW president Vivian Prunier.

Seating for the program is limited, so reservations are needed by Nov. 25 to Helen Wachtel at 802-275-3902 or

AAUW is a national organization that advances education and equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The Brattleboro branch was founded in 1926 and is open to women and men who hold an associate’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university and support the AAUW mission. New members are always welcome. Information can be found at, by calling 802-387-5875, or on the branch Facebook page.

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