Vollaro Quartermaine Family
By John R.
shows the members
of the Vollaro Quartermaine family and their full names. John &
John was serving in the Navy and stationed in
Illinois. They were married on December 28, 1963 and by the time John
was discharged in 1966, they were a family of four. Their first two
children, Daniel and Jennifer were born in North Kingstown Rhode
Island while Sharon and Thomas were born in Clinton New Jersey where
the family settled after John was discharged from the Navy.
Jersey is situated on the North
Branch of the Raritan River in the North Western part of the state.
The two grist mills located at the rivers edge testify to the towns
history as a mill town but for the thirty years that the family lived
there, it was a peaceful residential town and an ideal place to raise
a family. The children walked to school and to the small library
where Alice was a volunteer. The river that ran through the town
often served as a playground where the children swam in the summer
and went ice-skating in the winter.
The family went
to church every Sunday and church
activities helped the family to become rooted in the community. Dan
who taught himself to play the guitar soon had John and Tom involved
in the folk choir with him. John & Alice worked in several
ministries through the years and bonded with other families in the
area as a result. The friendships and memories that were formed
through these years of growth made a lasting mark on every family
member and are one of the treasures that the family shares with the
community in Clinton.
treasure trove of family memories stems
from many summer vacations spent at Schroon Lake in the Adirondack
Mountains of New York. Schroon Lake has been a favorite recreation
area for the Vollaro family for four generations and promises to
continue to be for many more (see Schroon
Lake section ). It has
provided endless opportunities for healthy adventures and activities
in the clean mountain air and crisp streams, lakes and ponds of the
area. The children all learned to swim, sail, and water ski at an
early age. Hiking, camping, and a host of other outdoor activities
often end with an exhausted family sharing the stories of the day
while gathered around the dinner table or a campfire. John and Alice
found this life style so compelling that they built their retirement
home on Schroon Lake with plenty of extra room for family gatherings.
and character of the Vollaro
Quartermaine family stems from a strong Christian value system that
has been asserted and upheld for many generations in both families. A
healthy marriage, good education, and a strong work ethic are among
these values. The health and happiness that the family has enjoyed
through the years is largely due to being surrounded by an extended
family and living in a community that honors the same values. John
and Alice are grateful for their heritage and to all who have helped
their family to grow and prosper.