53, died peacefully with her parents and sisters at her side on Monday, November 6, at DHMC after suffering a cardiac arrest on October 31. She was born on May 8, 1964 in Newport News, VA, to Pete and Ruth Zimmerman Bleyler. Attending schools in Connecticut, Illinois, and Missouri, Tracy graduated from McLean High School in McLean, Virginia.
Tracy had a number of physical, intellectual, and mental challenges for most of her life. Still, she lived a full life supported by many people and organizations. She was an outgoing person who always had an infectious smile for everyone she encountered, whether family, friends, or strangers.
She was very active in Special Olympics in a number of sports. She represented the state of Virginia twice as a figure skater at the International Games winning gold medals each time. In 2007, she represented New Hampshire as a bowler on Team USA for the Global Special Olympics games in Shanghai, China.
More locally, one of her favorite activities was riding horses at High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program in Sharon, VT. Another favorite activity was the Art Lab program at AVA Gallery and sponsored by the Special Needs Support Center. For most of the 17 years that Tracy lived in the Upper Valley, Tracy volunteered at DHMC twice a week and earned the Volunteer of the Year award for her service. When not participating in these activities, Tracy could often be found at Next Steps, the mental health peer support center in Lebanon.
Tracy worked at Cumberland Farms in Wilder, VT, tending the coffee bar. Working one day a week, she recently received her 16-year service award. Customers commented that Tracy made the best coffee, and a Cumbie’s representative noted that the entire staff looked forward to working on Wednesdays when Tracy was there.
Tracy is survived by her parents, Ruth and Pete Bleyler, sisters Allison Bleyler McDonald and Melanie Bleyler, brothers-in-law Jock McDonald and Won Cho, her niece Danika Cho, and her nephews Austin Cho, Callum McDonald, and Spencer McDonald.
Memorial donations may be made to West Central Behavioral Health, Special Needs Support Center, Next Steps Peer Support Center, or Special Olympics New Hampshire.
A service of remembrance will be held at Rollins Chapel on the Dartmouth College Campus at 5:00 PM on Sunday, November 12, followed by a reception at the Top-of-the Hop at Hopkins Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, NH.
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