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Blodgett, Dorothy  
Dorothy J. Blodgett 1934 - 2015 NORTH BENNINGTON Mrs. Dorothy J. Blodgett, 80, widow of William G. Blodgett, a resident of Garbrooke Drive in Bennington died Thursday Feb. 26, at her residence Born in Bennington, Dec. 10, 1934 she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Irene (Parker) Gauthier. She received her education in Bennington and was a graduate of the former Bennington High School class of 1953. Mr. & Mrs. Blodgett were married in Bennington on July 7, 1972. Mr. Blodgett died October 4, 2000. Mrs. Blodgett was employed for thirty-five years at Eveready Battery until her retirement in 1996. She was a member of the Woman of the Moose and the American Legion Post 13 Auxiliary. Survivors include seven sons, Keith Parizo of Washington, Mark Parizo of Bennington, Kevin Cameron of Brattleboro, Robert Blodgett of Island Pond, Vt., Kurt Blodgett of Washington, Grant Blodgett and Carl Blodgett both of Chesterfield, Va.; two daughters, Holly Blodgett of Washington and Billy Prier of Chesterfield, Va.; nine grandchildren; one great grandson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was pre-deceased by a son, Conrad "Chip' Parizo; a sister, Geraldine Racicot; and a brother, Richard Gauthier FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington on Wednesday March 4 at 11 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. At the request of Mrs. Blodgett there will be no calling hours. Burial will take place in the family lot in St. John's Cemetery in North Bennington. If friends desire contributions in memory of Mrs. Blodgett may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad through the office of the MAHAR SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net
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Published in Bennington Banner from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2015
Carriere, Francis - Bennington  
Francis Carriere NORTH BENNINGTON Francis Sausville Carriere, 84, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at his home.Services will be held at a later date at a time to be announced. Mr. Carriere's complete obituary may be found at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net .
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Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 27, 2015
Coon, Marie  
Marie Coon BENNINGTON Marie T. (Govone) Coon 74, passed away on Thursday February 26 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center surrounded by her family and friends. She resided at the Applegate Drive.Relatives and friends may call at the MAHAR FUNERAL HOME, 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls on Monday March 2, from 3 5 p.m. Funeral services and burial will private and at the convenience of the family.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 28, 2015
Forrest, Mildred  
Mildred B. Forrest FUNERAL NOTICE MANCHESTER CENTER, VT. Mildred B. Forrest, 105, a resident of Wind Hill Road, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning, Feb. 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Zion Episcopal Church. Visiting hours will be held Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at Brewster & Shea Funeral Services, 34 Park Place Manchester Center, VT from 4 to 6 p.m. To send the family personal email condolences please visit : www.sheafuneralhomes.com . A full obituary will appear in a future edition. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Brewster & Shea Funeral Service 34 Park Place Manchester Center, Vermont.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 26, 2015
Hackett, Willa Hopstein  
Willa Hopstein Hackett 1924 - 2015 BENNINGTON Willa Hopstein Hackett ("Hackie") age 90, died at her home on Feb. 19, 2015. She was born in Los Angeles, CA Sept. 22, 1924 to her parents Albert Francis Hopstein and Elizabeth Hopstein. She was a graduate of Fayetteville (NY) High School and Elmira College. She had a long career as a teacher and student activities coordinator in independent schools, including Marin Country Day School (CA), Miss Hall's School (MA), and Virginia Episcopal School. At her best estimate, she had over 4500 "kids," and she never failed to plan creative ways for them to learn -- well. Together with her husband, they made boarding school feel like home for many students. She was an avid "dog lady," raising champion cocker spaniels and sharing dog stories with any willing listener. She was an active member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church and a feisty contributor to life at Filmore Pond, befitting her self-described nickname, "Wackie Hackie." Her husband, the Rev. Stephen H. Hackett, preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, Richard P. Hackett and wife, Melodi of Portland, ME; Candace Hackett Shively and husband, David of East Berlin, PA; a sister, Jean Porter of Holly Springs, NC. In addition, she is survived by four grandchildren: Christopher H. Shively and wife, Janelle of Meridian, MS; Rachel Hackett of Williamsburg, MA, Erin B. Sheppard and husband, Blake of Chevy Chase, MD, and Rebecca Hackett-Levy and husband, Aaron of Brooklyn, NY. She is also survived by four great-grand-children and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bennington. Hackie would be the first to tell you she was not a fan of flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 24, 2015
Jones, Robert - Bennington  
Robert Jones Beloved Son, Avid Gardner, Historian BENNINGTON Robert 'Bob' Jones, 54, formerly of Fairfield, NJ and Seaside, Ca. and recently of Bennington, VT passed into the loving arms of our Lord the evening of Feb. 16, 2015. While in California he was employed for 25 years at K-Mart retiring as district manager. Bob loved the detail of research and tracing relatives through the centuries and was writing a novel based on the family. Bob is survived by his mother, Marian Jones, brother, Charles Jones of Fairfield, his nephew, Christopher Jones of Parker, Colo., his sister, Susan Mervine and husband, John. Friends may make donations in memory of Bob to the Bennington Rescue Squad, through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT. 05201. Arrangements are under the direction of E. P. Mahar & Son Funeral Home.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 21, 2015
Leidich, Harriette  
Harriette Baughman Lerrigo Leidich 1912 - 2015 NORTH BENNINGTON, VT Harriette Baughman Lerrigo Leidich died peacefully in her sleep at home on February 24, 2015, 54 days shy of her 103rd birthday. She was one of the nation's oldest working newspaper columnists, author of three books, and honoree of the Vermont Legislature for her "life centered around journalism and the written word." She had been a resident of North Bennington, Vermont since 1995. She loved to travel, and made homes in 14 different places. In her later years, she became a world traveler. Harriette's love for meeting people, hearing and later sharing their stories and lives informed her writing, and resulted in friendships which lasted for decades. One of her favorite pleasures was to welcome both old and new visitors to her house and table. When she was 90 years old and beginning to slow down a bit, she would watch the trees outside her little house mark the seasons of life. And in her memoir It's a Slower Waltz, Harriette Leidich reflected: "After the trees have shaken or given up their leaves they look neglected, but they stand proudly showing their skeletons. They have not lost life or dignity. They are only waiting for that next season of growth." Born in Griswold, Iowa on April 19, 1912, Harriette was the last surviving of eight children of Austin Baughman and Etta Burrough Baughman. Her father was a local printer and newspaper editor in Nebraska and Kansas. From an early age, she worked in his print shop, and at age 14 began writing her own column about local happenings which she gathered by walking around town. While unable to attend college, Harriette was self-educated through her reading and keen observations of the world around her. In 1936, she married her first husband George A. Lerrigo. They were parents of two sons, Charles and George. Together she and her husband edited and published the weekly Overbrook (Kansas) Citizen and produced three other local weeklies. She was the youngest charter member of the Kansas Press Women's Association, serving as its first vice president. During World War II, she was founding editor of the War Training News at Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas. The family later moved to towns in the Midwest and South, when Mr. Lerrigo went into hospital work. In 1958, they moved to North Adams, Mass. where Mr. Lerrigo was administrator of the North Adams Regional Hospital until his death in 1978. In North Adams, Harriette was a charter member of the League of Women Voters, and editor of an award winning League publication. She also edited the newsletter of the North Adams Hospital Auxiliary, which won first honors for two years as the best auxiliary publication in New England. She joined the Daughters of the American Revolution becoming a 50-year member in 2011. She was also active in church and community work and ran a small mimeograph service. When her 38-year marriage to Mr. Lerrigo ended in divorce, Harriette began working for Haney Associates (a fund raising company), and covered assignments in Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. On one of her Pennsylvania assignments she met and later married Edwin B. Leidich, a former faculty member at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. and an employee of AT&T where he was part of the team that developed the first transistor. The Leidichs lived for 15 years in Wilmington, Del. where they were active members of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, noted for their chicken corn chowder suppers and Harriette's column, The Church Mouse. They reached out to make many friends from all generations and backgrounds in the church and in their housing complex. The couple then moved to Hooksett, N.H. to be nearer to Ed's daughter and her family of whom Harriette had developed close ties. When Ed died in 1993, Harriette moved to Vermont to live close to her son George and his family. As was true throughout her life, Harriette continued to write for local groups with which she was involved. As a member of Second Congregational Church in Bennington, she authored more than 100 member profiles. In 1995, after doing some occasional reporting for the Bennington Banner, she began writing a regular column, "Senior Moments," offering reflections on earlier years and present day culture. She continued to write the column even after her 100th birthday, making her this country's oldest working columnist. "Senior Moments" became the basis for two books, Awful Green Stuff and the Nakedness of Trees and It's a Slower Waltz: Memorable Days from a Long Life. With her two sons she wrote a third book, Our Family Miracle: An Encounter with Cancer. This last book told the story of Charles' successful struggle against leukemia and of the family's involvement with his bone marrow transplant from his brother. The book is sometimes used in cancer wards of hospitals and care centers to assist families. As she aged, Harriette reflected on her own process, and in one of her columns, wrote these words: "I'm trying to not let the world pass me by as I count the years.The spots on the hands do not dismay me too much, as I know they are a badge of age, not a scourge. Crows' feet are not age lines to me they are laugh lines...Life for me now is a slower dance, but I'm still waltzing and enjoying every step." Harriette is survived by her two sons, the Rev. Charles Lerrigo of Oakland, Calif., a retired United Methodist minister and journalist and his wife, Pat Bruce-Lerrigo; and George E. Lerrigo II, of North Bennington, a retired French teacher from Mt. Anthony Union High School and his wife, Janice. She is also survived by a step-daughter, Edith Torrisi of Bedford, N.H.; a stepson, Harry Leidich and wife Dorothy of Roanoke, Va.; by one granddaughter, Ellen Bishop and her husband, Todd, of Auburn, N.Y.; a great-granddaughter, Emma Bishop; three step-grandchildren, Cori Poirier of North Andover, Mass., and Dale and David Leidich of Va.; and one step-great-grandson, Will Poirier. She was predeceased by a great-grandson, Will Torrisi. A celebration of Harriettte's life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street in Bennington. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. There will be no calling hours with burial in the spring in Catasauqua, Penn. where her ashes will be scattered on her husband Ed Leidich's grave. Donations in her memory may be made to the Second Congregational Church or the Bennington Museum in care of the HANSON-WALBRIDGE SHEA FUNERAL HOME, P.O. Box 957 Bennington, VT 05201.
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Published in Bennington Banner from Feb. 25 to Feb. 26, 2015
Rahe, Joan  
Joan "Josie" Rahe 1927 - 2015 BENNINGTON Joan C. Rahe, known to everybody as "Josie", a former resident of Garden Lane, died Feb. 22, 2015 in Bennington. Josie, a longtime resident of Bennington and Shaftsbury, VT was born Joan Cathleen Allison on Apr. 12, 1927 in Minerva, Ohio, the youngest daughter of Carlos Allison and Norma Stannis Allison. The family moved to Akron, Ohio where Josie attended local schools. She attended the Women's College of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, graduating in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in English literature. While attending college, she met the love of her life, Robert 'Jim' Rahe, who was attending the University on the GI Bill after serving in the Navy's Pacific theater in WWII. They were married on April 15, 1950 and settled in Cleveland where Josie held a job in the very early years of television, appearing in advertisements for a local bank. In 1951, Josie and Jim moved to Pownal, VT when Jim accepted a position in the newly formed Warren Wire Company and later moved to Bennington where Josie was active in the community and began the life-long task of raising two daughters. Jim's appointment to General Manager of Warren Wire's Goleta, Calif. plant resulted in a cross country move to California and Josie's entry into the book-selling business. She worked at the Tecolote Book Store, a well known independent bookstore. In 1964 they moved to the San Francisco area and lived in Palo Alto, where Josie held several jobs in the Human Resources field. In 1967, the General Cable Company purchased Warren Wire Company and Jim was transferred to General Cable Company's headquarters in New York. The family moved to New Jersey and Josie was hired to be the Director of Admissions at Union College in Union, New Jersey. Josie and Jim reconnected to Vermont in 1970, when they purchased land on Timbertrail Road in Shaftsbury and built a house. Josie purchased the Bennington College Bookstore and ran that business for several years. She enjoyed discussing books and interacting with the artists at the College. When Jim retired, they created their own businesses in East Arlington, running a hat shop and a store focused on collectable toys, especially teddy bears. Josie ran the businesses and publicity for them, garnering loyal customers throughout New England, until they sold the businesses, deciding it was time to really retire. Upon moving from Shaftsbury to Bennington in 1998, Josie became active in the community and went back to book-selling by working at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, serving as co-manager for several years. She very much enjoyed arranging events profiling authors and helping customers find the perfect gift for their children and grandchildren. She also was an original member of the Hospice program, was on the boards of the Bennington Free Library, the Martha Canfield Library, the Council of Aging, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and became Chair of the State Board of Libraries. Josie became involved in gardening, gaining Master Gardener status. She created a Zen garden behind her house on Garden Lane and regaled Bennington Banner readers with a column containing gardening tips and wisdom which may have contributed to the beautification of gardens throughout Bennington. Josie was active in Saint Peter's Church where she led an effort to find and establish a 'sister church' relationship with Saint Peter's Church in Shaftesbury, England. This resulted in Josie and Jim conducting visits to England and hosting English visitors to Vermont and the rest of New England (although no one in either parish ever solved the mystery of why Vermont's Shaftsbury dropped the "E" from the town name). She lived her life joyously, loved her family, and was faithful to her church. Survivors include her husband, Jim, of 64 years, two daughters, Molly Baumgardner of Arlington, VA; Alyson Flint of Barre, VT; and three grandchildren, Paul Flint IV of San Francisco, Natasha Flint of Washington DC and Mark Baumgardner of Baltimore, MD. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home in Bennington.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 24, 2015
Schultz, Paul Grover  
Paul Grover Schultz Paul Grover Schultz, formerly of Bennington passed away peacefully in his sleep January 28, 2015.The son of Robert E. and Rita Grover Schultz, Paul graduated from Bennington Catholic High School in 1967. He later attended Hinds Junior College and the University of Southern Mississippi before going into the Navy. While in the Navy Paul survived an horrific fall that left him mentally and physically disabled. He lived the last 27 years with his caregiver Mr. Donald Watson and Mr. Watson's family where he was treated very lovingly and well. He, in turn, grew to love the Watson family. He was particularly attached to Mr. Watson's granddaughter, Ayrulon Davis, who Paul loved as though she were his own granddaughter. Paul's parents and his older brother, Robert P. Schultz, preceded him in passing. He is survived by his sisters, Mary Gould and Katherine Atkisson and his brothers, Jerome and Karl along with seven nieces and nephews and 11 grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He will be interred this spring in Greenfield, MA close to where his parents and grandparents are buried.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 21, 2015
Spencer, Mark  
Mark Spencer BENNINGTON Mark Eugene Spencer, age 71, a resident of US RT 7 S. in Bennington, died on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.There are no services scheduled. The family will receive close friends and family at the house on Saturday, March 7, 2015 starting at noon. The entire obituary may be seen at the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME website, www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net .
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Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 28, 2015
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