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Jill Countryman

Jill Kathryn Countryman, 58, of Woodbridge, CT died on Feb 11, 2011. Jill was born in New Brunswick, NJ, graduated from Saint Lawrence University, and received her Ph.D. from Yale. She was a research scientist in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at the Yale School of Medicine. Jill was an accomplished equestrian. She is survived by her devoted husband Dr. David Podell, loving children Kate and Sam Podell, and parents Doris and Robert Countryman.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made to the Yale Thoracic Oncology Program c/o Margaret Lukaszyk, Yale School of Medicine, Office of Development, PO Box 7611, New Haven, CT 06519-7611.  A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 15th at 11 A.M. in Battell Chapel at Yale University with Rabbi James Ponet officiating.

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#1 Comment By Lance and Martha Wetmore On February 13, 2011 @ 7:50 am

Heartfelt Sympathy
Oh how we’ll miss you Jill! Our loving thoughts and prayers to her family, We will remember Jill for her smile, her enthusiasm and her love for competition, and seeing her going thru that last cone clean and fast with her equine partner ” Sulty “.

#2 Comment By Mary Shurtleff On February 13, 2011 @ 11:58 am

My deep and sincere sympathy to Jill’s family.

I admire Jill’s accomplishments combined with her down-to-earth generosity, good humor and pleasant company. It was a joy to share time with her, on the carriage field and off it. I could always rely on her good taste and sense of style when I was putting together an outfit for a class.

I will truly miss you, Jill.

#3 Comment By Gordon Hutchinson On February 13, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

David, I am so sorry to here of your wife’s passing; I know it has been a long time and I am sure a difficult struggle. I hope knowing that thoughts of our friedship and my prayers of support are with you, lends some solace at such a difficult time.


#4 Comment By Henry Berliner and Mickey Kavanagh On February 13, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

Out thoughts go out to you on this sad occasion.

#5 Comment By Valerie Shurtleff On February 13, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

Deepest sympathy to Jill’s family.

Jill was so much fun to be around, and undoubtedly one of the coolest horse show moms I’ve ever met. She will be greatly missed.

#6 Comment By George Abdelsayed On February 13, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

My sincere and heartfelt condolencies go out to David and the entire Podell and Countryman families.

George Abdelsayed, MD
Section of Gastroenterology and CT Governor’s Council.

#7 Comment By George Abdelsayed On February 13, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

May Jill Rest in Peace in the arms of our Good Lord.

George Abdelsayed..

#8 Comment By Sherry Bellimer On February 13, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

On behalf of Dr. Podell’s Mt. Ascutney Hospital family, we are deeply saddened by the loss of your wife. Our sympathies are with you and your family during this difficult time.

#9 Comment By Rico and Melissa Brogna On February 14, 2011 @ 10:20 am

Oh, how sad we were to hearing of Jill’s passing! Please accept our heartfelt condolences and sympathies during this difficult time.

#10 Comment By Patty Warren On February 14, 2011 @ 10:27 am

David, Kate and Sam, my heart goes out to you at the loss of Jill. She was a wonderful person, and loving wife and a great Mom. Her smlle and warm personality touched all that came in contact with her. She shall be missed, but her memory will live on.

#11 Comment By Phyllis Lawrence On February 14, 2011 @ 11:07 am

Jill Countryman’s Family

I will like to express my deepest condolences and sympathies during this time for you and your family, for you also having the strength to be strong. I will also miss my conversations with Jill relating to motherhood, in which she spoke of them with great inspirations but I know now that I can forward them to HEAVEN now.

#12 Comment By Kristine Sullivan On February 14, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

It was with great sadness that I heard of Jill’s passing. I knew her as a dedicated member of the Woodbridge Town Plan and Zoning Commission and as a consummate equestrian and mom.
Sincere sympathy to all of her family and wishes that they may find comfort in warm memories of Jill and the knowledge that she will be truly missed by those who knew her.
Kris Sullivan

#13 Comment By Lis Jenkins On February 14, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

David, Kate and Sam, I am so sorry to hear of Jill’s passing.She was one of the nicest people I met at Bittersweet Farm. I will miss seeing her at the shows. My heart goes out to you.
Lis Jenkins

#14 Comment By John Magaldi On February 14, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

David and family,
I know it has been a long physical and emotional battle. I pray that your wife, your children and you are at peace. May you always cherish the wonderful memories and find strength through each other.

#15 Comment By Margaret Sullivan On February 14, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

Many sympathies to Jill’s family, I am very sorry to that she passed.
She was a lovely woman, fantastic carriage driver and definitely one of my favorite of the barn moms.

Margaret Sullivan

#16 Comment By Carol Famularo On February 14, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

Sincere sympathy to Jill’s family.

Jill was one of the finest people I ever met. She embodied calmness and compassion, along with a great sense of humor. She will be sorely missed.

#17 Comment By Nancy Wallin On February 15, 2011 @ 8:06 am

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your wife and mother. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

#18 Comment By Cheryl Sacco On February 15, 2011 @ 8:11 am

Dr. Podell & Family
please know that we will keep your family in our prayers and thoughts through this difficult time. Jill was a wonderful person and we shared many a laugh with you both on the football and lacrosse fields. She will be truly missed by all that knew her.

Your family should remember all the good times and know that she touched many people in a very kind way.

our sympathies to you all
Cheryl , Bob, Matthew & Anthony Sacco

#19 Comment By Susan, Clem and Sylvana Lewin On February 15, 2011 @ 9:20 am

David, Kate and Sam, our sincere sympathy and condolences to all of you. Jill was truly a lovely person and we keep great memories of her and her kindness. In particular her encouragement of Sylvana at Oklahoma. She will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all,
Susan, Clem and Sylvana Lewin

#20 Comment By Dina On February 15, 2011 @ 9:59 am

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Jill – we were team mates together when she payed Powder Puff and we all looked up to her as an individual and a team mate. She was a wonderful person and will be missed!!

#21 Comment By David Dreyfus and Christopher Randolph On February 15, 2011 @ 10:34 am

David, we wanted to express our condolences and remember your wifes amazing contributions to medical science as well as the other contributions she has made. Our prayers and support are with you.

#22 Comment By Dolores Kane On February 15, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

David Kate and Sam we wanted to express how sorry we were to hear about Jill. She was a beautiful person and we are so happy that we had the chance to know her. Our prayers are with you all at this time.
John and Dolores Kane

#23 Comment By Elyse Gusciora On February 15, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

Dear David, Kate, and Sam,
I had the honor of meeting Jill and all of you when our sons played Shoreline Football together. Sam was in seventh grade at the time and the team’s center. As team mom, I got to know many of the parents. Jill truly impressed me. She was a beautiful person inside and out; so warm, caring and devoted to her family, her horses, and her career in science. Although our paths didn’t cross after that season, I always remembered Jill with great fondness and admiration.
She will continue to live on in our memories. With much sympathy,
Elyse Gusciora and Family

#24 Comment By Diane and Jay Hirsch On February 15, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

David, Kate and Sam;
We were so saddened by the news of Jill’s death. Jill was always so kind and gracious to Jenna during her time at Bittersweet and beyond. While we have not been part of the horse show scene in recent years, we think often of the Podell-Countryman family. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers as we all mourn her loss.

Diane and Jay Hirsch

#25 Comment By David & Susan Zirlen On February 15, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

David and family,

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of sadness.

Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality. ~Emily Dickinson

#26 Comment By Michael Schwartz On February 15, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

David and family,

Susan and I are heartbroken to learn of Jill’s death. I can still remember the days in Geneva early in your relationship when Jill used to visit. The images are crystal clear in my mind.

Our sincerest condolences,

Michael Schwartz

#27 Comment By Betsy Marsh and Alan Soloway On February 15, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

Dear Dr. Podell, Kate, and Sam,

We were greatly saddened to learn of Jill’s death. She was always such a cheerful neighbor and loving mother. We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

With deepest sympathy,
Betsy, Alan, Michael and Kathryn

#28 Comment By Jenna Hirsch On February 16, 2011 @ 1:52 am

To the Podell family,

So sorry to hear of your loss, but also know it is a loss for everyone who knew Jill. No matter what, she always had a smile on her face.. except maybe when she was showing the Salt-man, then it was business! She will truly be missed and as you know you have the support of everyone around you.

I will always remember your kindness on the trips to shows, allowing me to bunk with you in Oklahoma.. always such a warm and giving person.

With Memories,

#29 Comment By Kathy Barkin On February 17, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

Dear David, Kate and Sam;
David, Aaron and I were so devastated to hear about Jill’s death. I didn’t know her well but we would chat when Sam was invited to Aaron’s parties in the past when they were friends at Beecher.Jill was so warm and lovely whenever I ran into her at Beecher or about Woodbridge.
I really wish I had had an opportunity to get to know her. Please accept our heartfelt condolences . She will be missed by so many. May she be at peace.
with deepest Sympathy,
Kathy, David and Aaron Barkin

#30 Comment By Barb Viglione On February 18, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

Jill was one of our favorites! A beautiful woman inside and out. She always had a fantastic attitude and outlook. She will be missed. Sincere sympathy to her family.

The staff at Dr. Grauer’s office

#31 Comment By Jody Case Chwiecko On February 18, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

Dave-I just heard from St. Lawrence and I am so sorry for your loss. I talked to Jill on Facebook a few times the last few months and had no idea she was ill. Please send my condolences to Jill’s Mom and Dad and I will contact you directly soon. Love, Jody

#32 Comment By Bill and Kathy Langston On February 19, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

Dave – We were so sorry to hear about Jill. We both have such fond memories of our time at St. Lawrence with her. We hope you and your kids are coping and doing well.

#33 Comment By Dorothy and John Bonacum On February 21, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

Our love and deepest sympathy to you, Dr. Podell, and to Kate and Sam. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dorothy and John Bonacum

#34 Comment By Julie Bonacum On February 24, 2011 @ 12:48 am

I have been thinking about you and praying for Jill, you and your family.
I hope that you can feel all the love and support which surrounds you during this difficult time.

#35 Comment By Steve West On February 24, 2011 @ 3:27 am

Dave – I just heard the news about Jill’s passing. It has been many years since Jill and I were friends and colleagues at Yale, but Jill is a person never to be forgotten. She had a vibrancy for life that will live on with us all. My sincere sympathies to you, Kate and Sam.
Steve West