Barbara Teasdale, 69, thrift shop volunteer

Barbara Kuck Teasdale, 69, died at her home in Ridgefield on Nov. 23.

The eldest child of William Martin Kuck and Marie Madsen Kuck, Ms. Teasdale was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She spent her early life in Plainfield, N.J., moving to Watchung, N.J., while a teenager. She attended Watchung Hills Regional High School, graduating in 1963. She was a National Merit Scholar. She studied at Duke University from 1963 to 1968, graduating in 1968 with a B.A. degree in German literature.

After graduation, she moved to Connecticut and worked 14 years as a computer programmer and trainer for the American Can Co. in Greenwich.

Before moving to Ridgefield in 1978, she lived for several years in Greenwich and Fairfield. She married her husband, Richard J. Teasdale, at the Ridgefield Community Center in 1978.

She was a member and volunteer of the Ridgefield Thrift Shop for many years, serving as president twice. Her other interests included reading, travel and cooking. “The excellence of her Christmas cookies was known far and wide,” her family said.

She was an animal lover and a gardener. She supported the Garden Conservancy and attended its open garden days in the summer. Cape Cod and Kennebunk, Maine, were her favorite vacation spots.

Friends enjoyed her keen wit and impressive vocabulary, her family said. She and her many friends enjoyed breakfast gatherings at the Early Bird, Nina’s, or Dmitri’s.

She is survived by sister Kathie D. Kuck of Scotch Plains, N.J., nieces Alex and Erika Kuck of Scotch Plains, brother William M. Kuck of Bothell, Wash., niece Sarah Kuck, nephew Jeff Kuck, and several cousins.