Kristen Andrea Kinaman

March 5, 1974 ~ June 17, 2022 (age 48)


South Burlington - Kristen Kinaman passed away on June 17th at the age of 48 due to cardiac arrest.  Kristen was born in Bryn Mawr, PA on March 5, 1974, to Lilo and Russ Kinaman.  Moving to Essex, VT in 1976, she grew up with her family of avid skiers that enjoyed weekends at Sugarbush North where she participated in the GMVS racing program and VARA races.  In the summer, Kristen took part in the Essex track and swim teams.  At Essex High School, she continued track and was instrumental in lobbying and skiing for the alpine ski team.  At Plymouth State University, she enjoyed being on the women's swim team, and graduated in 1996 with a degree in exercise science.  Kristen held various positions at the Sports and Fitness Edge, UVM, and the Medical Center, then received her MA in counseling from Johnston State College in 2010.  She added kayaking to her sports interests.  She worked for the Howard Center as a residential counselor and then its Chittenden Clinic until 2019.  Unfortunately, increasing health issues prevented her from continuing her career and participation in sports.  Recently she volunteered at the Red Cross and Franklin County Animal Rescue.  

Kristen is survived by her parents, Lilo and Russ Kinaman, her brother Jeff and his wife Didi, niece Ally and nephew Ben, all of Essex, and her beloved cats Pippa and Zoey.  No services are planned at this time.  

For those who wish to remember Kristen, a donation could be made to the Essex High School Alpine Ski Team (c/o Athletic Dept., 2 Education Dr., Essex Jct., VT 05452) or the Plymouth State University Women's Swim Team (c/o Athletics Dept., 17 High St., Plymouth, NH 03264).  Participation in those two programs were her happiest years.  Another suggestion would be an animal shelter of one's choice.  

Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Jct., VT, is in care of arrangements.  

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