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“Kandace and family - I just learned about Fred's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this time. I first met Fred as...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Uri Feiner - Yardley, PA

“Fred I thank you for opening so many minds, mine included. Now that you know what happens, please visit us through our dear friends Bernice and Sir...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Patricia Morey - So Hero, VT

“I don't think that Fred imagined when he set up the projector that evening for his first OLLI class on the Near Death Experience that within a year...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Richard Hertzberg - Charlotte, VT

“Kandace: I just learned of Fred's passing. He always spoke with great enthusiasm about his classes and his ardent interest in the subject matter....Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Bev Cooper - South Burlington, VT

“I met Fred several years ago at a class he gave for OLLI at UVM on Near Death Experiences. At that class and others he gave on a variety of subjects...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Ed Wageman - North Ferrisburgh, VT

“Kandace -- I'm sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was great fun to work with over the years. I will miss his enthusiasm and positive attitude. ...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Dennis Plante - Waterbury Center, VT


7 of 9 | Posted by: Sandy Marchessault

“Kandace - I am so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was a wonderful man. My thoughts are with you. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Sarah Carpenter - Burlington, VT

“Kandace, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Carl and Paul (and Ginger too). While Fred's spirit is now re-energized as he continues his...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Nick and Anita Danigelis - VT


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On Feb. 9th Alfred (Fred) Fengler left this earth for his next adventure…an adventure he was intrigued by, had extensively researched and taught courses in, "Is there life after death?" He believed strongly that there is and that the experience is more beautiful and loving than can be described in words. Almost two years ago Fred was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Through months of treatment he remained strong in spirit and determined to live life to the fullest. He continued to garden (and grew the most delicious tomatoes), kayak (54 times this past summer!), and work on his numerous research projects, including completing a novel co-authored with his son. Fred was born in the Bronx to Wilhelm and Florence Fengler and at age 2 they moved to Berkley Heights, NJ. Growing up Fred shared the love of baseball with his father and became an avid Yankees fan. This past September it was a major highlight for him to visit Baltimore to see the Yankees beat the Orioles. Fred graduated from Colgate University with a degree in sociology and obtained his masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin. His interests at that time were in gerontology and marriage and family and he began teaching those subjects at UVM in 1975. Shortly after, Fred became a proud father of twin boys, lovingly sharing full duties in their upbringing with his first wife, Christie. Fred prioritized his family and was a wonderful father and role model to Paul and Carl throughout his life In 1981, Sally Conrad, then Director of RSVP, asked Fred for help in developing intake forms for homesharing applicants for a new program she was starting called Project Home, now Home Share Vermont. Fred and his colleague, Nick Danigelis, performed evaluation services for Project Home for over 10 years. In 1991 Columbia University Press published their book, No Place Like Home, Intergenerational Homesharing through Social Exchange. In 1986, after reading Out on a Limb by Shirley MacLaine, Fred's interests moved in a new direction. He was fascinated as he began to learn about reincarnation, after death communications, Atlantis and the possibility of life beyond our planet. His curiosity and research in these areas led him to teaching courses on these subjects which included "Are We Alone in the Universe? Science and Spirituality, and After Death Communications. Fred loved teaching , whether it was in a classroom setting, a one-to-one conversation with a new acquaintance or a long-time friend; he would present differing viewpoints and encourage others to question their beliefs and consider other possibilities. When he retired from UVM in 2003 the plaque he received best describes his impact on others; "You touched the lives of thousands of students and invited them to discover, explore, and understand their own experiences in ways that transcend the traditional academic experience." Fred's growing interests led him and his close friend Todd Varnum to lead and co-participate in a group of forty diverse, unconnected individuals who shared the same fascination with the question, "What happens if we assume we can create the lives we want? This project led to their co-authorship of two books, Manifesting Your Heart's Desire and Opening to Your Higher Self. It was through his books that Fred and Kandace met and both knew soon after that they were meant to be life partners. They shared a life of love, laughter, support and extensive travel throughout the world. On this last "journey" together they faced each challenge with strength and deep gratitude for the support of family, friends and the many health care providers who guided them along the way. Left to cherish Fred's memory are his wife, Kandace Benedini, his sons Paul (Arlington, VA) and Carl (Brooklyn, NY) of whom he was so proud, and his beloved dog, Ginger. Rather than mourn Fred's passing in the dark, cold months of winter there will be a celebration of his life this summer, Fred's favorite time of year.

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