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Andrew, Donna  
Donna Andrew 1942 - 2014 WHITE CREEK Donna Jean Andrew went to meet with Jesus and Grandma-ma Andrew on Saturday Dec. 20, at Samaritan Hospital Hospice in Troy, N.Y. She was the beloved wife of Maurice G. Andrew. Born June 22, 1942, in Cambridge, N.Y., she was the daughter of William and Nellie (Graves) Stearns. She was a graduate of Cambridge Central School, class of 1962. She and Maurice were married on Oct. 6, 1963 officiated by Clinton Carter at the Jermain Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling with her husband to Hampton Beach and Pennsylvania Dutch County. She has been battling heart problems, cat scratch fever (that gave her kidney failure), diabetes, and cancer. Along with her husband of 51 years, she is survived by two children, Nadine McKee and husband, Blake, and Maurice G. (Mick) Andrew Jr. and wife, Ann; her twin brother, Donald (Doc) Stearns; brother, William Stearns; and sisters, Carol Accetta, and Joan LeBarron; five grandchildren, Maurica McKee, Meaghan McKee, Kendra Andrew, Mitchell Andrew, and Brennan Andrew. She is also survived by three step-grandchildren, Katie, Sean, Megan; a step-great-grandchild, Kailey; and many nieces, nephews and their families. No public calling hours will be provided. A private funeral will be held with internment immediately following in Center White Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, one may make a Memorial donation to Jermain Methodist Church 1058 Silk Rd. Bennington, Vt. 05201 or to Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, 37 Gilbert Street, Cambridge, NY 12816. The family is being assisted by ACKLEY ROSS FUNERAL HOME. Please visit www.ackleyrossfuneralhome.com to share a memory or send a condolence.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 22, 2014
Kathleen, Nichols  
Kathleen Ann Nichols 1956 - 2014 ST. AUGUSTINE FLA Kathleen passed away, quietly at her home in St Augustine, Florida; a home she and her husband had built. Kathleen had been suffering with cancer of the liver. Kathleen was the second of six children born to Barbara Connelly (deceased), and Orville Peterson (deceased). Kathleen was married to her soul-mate, John Nichols (deceased). Kathleen is survived by sisters, Brighid Jeanne (Wales UK), June Azzaro of Conn., Ella and her husband, Kevin Leonard, of Bennington, Vt.; and her brother, James Peterson and his wife, Kathi, of Bennington, Vt.; and her youngest son, Jared Stemp of Bennington. She is pre-deceased by her sister, Mary Ann; and her son, Tyson(TJ) FUNERAL NOTICE: Kathleen will have a funeral; and be buried beside her husband John, in Florida. A memorial service will be held on Saint Patrick's Day in Bennington at a time to be announced. Our heart felt appreciation, and respect for those who cared for Kathleen through her illness. A special thanks and big hug to Kathleen's dear friend, Tina Welsh, who made Kathleen's final days, good ones. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center or you could donate to the American Cancer Society, through the office of the MAHAR SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 22, 2014
Maguire, John  
John "Mac" H. Maguire 1928 - 2014 BENNINGTON John "Mac" H. Maguire, 86, a resident of County Street, Bennington, died peacefully at the Vermont Veterans' Home on Dec. 20. Born on Mar. 26, 1928 in Bennington, he was the son of John Maguire and Mary (McGuire) Maguire. He received his early education in Bennington and was a World War II veteran, joining the navy as a 17 year old. In earlier years, John worked at Benmont Paper Company and for over thirty years was employed as a machinist at Bijur Lubricating Company, until his retirement. John was a member of the Elks, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion. For decades he was a member of Stark Hose Fire Department in Bennington. John married the former Shirley F. Houran on Nov. 10, 1949. For the 53 years they were married, Shirley and Mac were inseparable, enjoying their annual trip to Maine, and spending quality time with family, especially grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. John was a talented craftsman and made a variety of gifts that are still found in many family homes. John enjoyed golfing and fishing and found great joy in watching his great-grandchildren fish at the Veterans' Home Fishing Derby this past fall. John is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Sue of North Bennington; and a son, Ronald, of Bennington; a grandson and wife, Chris and Lauren Maguire of Arlington, Vt.; and their children, Ella and Hogan Maguire; and a granddaughter, Kara Maguire, of Lafayette, Colo. John was predeceased by his wife, Shirley (Houran) Maguire; a sister, Helen (Maguire) Jones; and a brother, Robert Maguire. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends may call at the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME on Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 5 7 p.m. Members of the Bennington Elks Lodge are invited to meet at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. for a short service. A memorial service for the immediate family will be at a later date. Should friends desire, memorial contributions in John's memory can be made to the Vermont Veterans' Home, in care of Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT, 05201.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 22, 2014
Meschio, Eileen  
Eileen Meschio 1934 - 2014 MANCHESTER Eileen K. Meschio, 80, a resident of Powderhorn Road passed away on Thursday evening Dec. 18, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She was born in Media, Pa. on June 12, 1934 to Joseph Tracy and Katherine ( Hickey) Tracy. Mrs. Meschio grew up in Pennsylvania where she attended local schools, she obtained her Masters Degree in Education at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island. She enjoyed a long career as an educator in schools in Pennsylvania and on Long Island. She was a communicant of Christ Our Savior Parish, she was an avid reader of all types on literature. She leaves her husband, William, of Manchester; and a brother-in-law, Peter Meschio, of Ossining, N.Y. She was predeceased by a brother, Glen Tracy. FUNERAL NOTICE: The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. at Christ Our Savior Parish. Burial will be in the Factory Point Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Manchester Food Shelf in care of BREWSTER-SHEA FUNERAL HOME, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Ctr., VT 05255. To send condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Bennington Banner from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22, 2014

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Gardner, Robert  
Robert Joseph Gardner 1943 - 2014 POWNAL Robert Joseph Gardner, 71, a resident of Frost Lane, passed away Wednesday Dec. 17 at home. A lifelong resident of Pownal, Robert was born in Pownal on Feb. 14, 1943 the son of the late Everett and Edna (Belisle) Gardner and attended local schools. In his early years Robert worked as a farmer before working Highway Maintenance for the Town of Pownal. Robert also worked at Southern Vermont Orchards. Robert was a former Moose Club member and was an avid NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fan. He loved deer hunting with his son Robert, was an avid snowmobiler and enjoyed four wheeling. He cherished times spent with his family especially his grandchildren. Robert is survived by his wife the former Judith Inman of Pownal; children, Robert Mahlon Gardner and his wife, Josie, of Arlington, Shawn Kevin Gardner and his fiance, Lexie Vincelette, of Bennington, Tracy Ann Bates and her husband, George, of Ky., and Heidi Ellen Gardner and her partner, Bob McGurik, of Walpole, N.H.; sister, Dorothy Andrews of Pownal; eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held Monday Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. at HANSON WALBRIDGE SHEA FUNERAL HOME 213 West Main Street Bennington, Vt. Interment will follow in the family lot in North Pownal Cemetery. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be held Monday Dec. 22, from Noon - 2 p.m., two hours prior to the service. The Bennington Rural Fire department are invited to arrive at the funeral home at 12:45 p.m. If friends desire, memorial gifts in Robert's memory may be made to the Pownal Center Community Church or the Pownal Rescue Squad c/o Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home P.O. Box 957 Bennington, Vermont 05201. To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com . The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home 213 West Main Street Bennington, Vermont.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 20, 2014
Leach, Floyd - Danbury  
Floyd J. Leach 1926 - 2014 DANBURY CONN. Floyd J. Leach, age 88, a resident of Danbury, Conn. died on Monday, Dec. 15. He was born on May 6, 1926 in Danbury, to the late Leroy and Mary (Doolan) Leach. He attended Danbury High School and served with the Seabees in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Floyd married Dolores B. Walters on June 6, 1946 at St. Peter's Church in Danbury. He owned and operated Floyd's Pump Service and was always available to his customers. No matter if it was a holiday or the middle of the night he would go out to make sure they had running water. More than once his wife was right beside him holding a flashlight while he worked. He was always on the move, accepting invitations, learning new things and could converse on any topic. At 87 he discovered e-mail so he could stay close to family. He especially loved spending time with his special canine neighbor and best buddy, Jack. He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Danbury. Floyd is survived by son, Terry M. Leach of Danbury; daughter, Deborah R. Carey and her husband, Robert, of Shaftsbury; grandchildren, Julie Bushee and her husband, James, Jeremy Carey, and Nicole Cave and her husband, Charles, all of Bennington; great-grandchildren, Justin Carey, Noelle Cave, Drelend Carey, and Ariana Bushee; brother-in-law, James Walters; and sister-in-law, Marlene Santako, both of Connecticut. Floyd was predeceased by his wife, Dolores; his son, James K. Leach; brother, George Leach; and sister, Dorothy Boyer. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Mass of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington. Interment will follow in the family lot in St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Danbury Animal Welfare Society,147 Grassy Plain Street, Bethel, CT 06801 through the office of the MAHAR SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 20, 2014
McKeon, Robert  
Robert Joseph McKeon 1930 - 2014 BENNINGTON Robert Joseph McKeon, age 84, a lifelong resident of Bennington, died on Dec. 18, following a brief illness. Bob was born in Bennington on Nov. 2, 1930 and was the son of the late Robert P. and Josephine (Billick) McKeon. He received his education in Bennington and graduated from Bennington High School, where he had played on the basketball team. Following high school he joined the Navy and served during the Korean Conflict from 1951 until 1955. Bob married the former Marie Gorman in Bennington on Aug. 7, 1954. They had recently celebrated their sixtieth anniversary. Bob had been employed at the Bennington Post Office for thirty five years, and had held different positions during his time there including; delivery, front window clerk, and had served as Assistant Postmaster. In earlier years Bob had worked at Grand Union, The A + P, BenMont Paper, Bijur Lubricating, and for eleven years he worked at the Green Mountain Racetrack in Pownal. Bob was a Life Member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #307 of Bennington for over fifty years, and a Life Member of the Bennington Elks Club as well. He also belonged to the American Legion Post #13 of Bennington, and the VFW of Bennington. Bob loved spending time with his family, taking vacations, playing golf, and being outdoors. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Survivors besides his wife include three daughters and their husbands, Deborah (Jon) Pappas of Vail, Colo., Jo-Ann (William) Roberts of Essex Junction, Linda (Don) Goodrum of Colchester; and his son, Robert John McKeon of Bennington. He leaves sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Kay and Al Allen, Maureen and Jack Gorman, and Jane Simon, as well as several cousins. FUNERAL NOTICE: A prayer service will be held on Monday morning, Dec, 22, at 9:30 a.m. at the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME in Bennington followed by a Mass of Christian Death and Burial at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington, where military honors will be offered. Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, on Sunday, December 21, from 2 - 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church or the SVHC Regional Cancer Center through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. The following groups are asked to meet at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon to conduct services; the Elks at 3 p.m., the American Legion /VFW at 3:15 p.m. and the Knights of Columbus at 3:30 p.m.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 20, 2014

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Buchanan, David  
David Robert Buchanan 1942 - 2014 MANAHAWKIN NJ David Robert Buchanan, age 72, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Long Branch, N.J. He was surrounded by his three proud, loving children and their spouses. Born in Bennington, Vt. on June 9, 1942 to John D. and Merriam "Silver Fox" Buchanan. He was a stand-out student athlete at Bennington Catholic High School and Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. David enjoyed a successful career as an outside sales representative which spanned four decades. He was an avid golfer, a 50 year member of the Elk's Club, an enthusiast of political sparring, and an impassioned fan of the Red Sox, Celtics and New York Giants, but there was nothing more that David loved than his family. David and Joyce raised three children in Long Valley, N.J. His loyalty and devotion to friendship was often at the forefront of many conversations and anecdotes of times gone by. He is survived by his son, Greg and his spouse, Elizabeth; his daughter, Mindy and her spouse, Brian O'Donnell, and his son, Kenny and his spouse, Caitlin. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Alyssa, Matt, Erin, Joe, Brielle, and Paige. Survivors also include his sister, Nancy Martin, and her husband, Allen Martin; and brother-in-law, Bernie Bellemare, and sister-in-law, Doris Buchanan Vail; nieces and nephews, Susan Bellemare, Scott Buchanan, Karen Small, Lynn Lawler, John Buchanan, Steve Bellemare, Amy Squires; and many lifelong friends. He is predeceased by his parents, sister, Janet "Blue-bird" Bellemare, Donald "cha-cha" Buchanan; niece, Katherine Martin; nephew, Peter Martin; and niece, Laurie Buchanan. "Onward and upward" Dad. FUNERAL NOTICE: A funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Beach Haven, N.J. on January 17 followed by a celebration reception.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 19, 2014
Landry, Richard - Troy  
Richard C. Landry 1944 - 2014 TROY Richard C. Landry, 70, passed away on Dec. 17 after a long illness. Born in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. on Apr. 5, 1944, Richard was the son of the late Harry and Dorothy (Winton) Landry. He graduated from Troy High School and was a member of the Class of 1962. Following his graduation, he served his country in the Navy from 1962 until being honorably discharged in 1966 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. Richard was retired from Rensselaer County where he was employed for 20 years. He was a member of the American Legion, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Center Brunswick Rod and Gun Club and the Taconic Gun Club. He loved the ocean, working on his train set with his grandchildren, fishing, hunting and working in his wood shop. He is survived by his wife, Jane; his children, Kimberly Richburg and her husband, Michael, of Williston, Vt., Kari Larkin and her husband, John, of South Burlington, Vt., Kurt Landry and his wife, Heather, of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; stepchildren, Suzette Somers and her husband, Ken, of Va., and Robert Blanchard and his wife, Julie, of Md.; grandchildren, Ryan, Marissa and Max Landry, Kathleen and Jack Richburg, John and Andrew Larkin; stepgrandchildren, Caroline and Madison Somers; brothers, Thomas and Charles; nieces and nephews, Tom, Susan, Charlie, Sarah and Jennifer. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Dec. 22 at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, 55 North Lake Avenue, Troy. Interment will follow at 12 p.m. in the Gerald B.H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery. Friends are invited and may also visit at the church on Sunday from 7 - 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers and to remember Dick in a special way, please make a donation to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Attn: Honor and Memorial Gifts, P.O. Box 1245, Albert Lea, MN 56007-9976. Visit www.parkerbrosmemorial.com to light a candle, leave a message of sympathy and for directions.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 19, 2014
Worden, Joan - Waterford  
Joan Worden 1930 - 2014 QUAKER HILL, CONN. Joan Marie Worden, 84, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 14, in Zephyrhills, Fla. Born in Jersey City, N.J. on Aug. 10, 1930; she is survived by her husband, Richard L. Worden; son, George E. (Donna) Ackerman of Sanbornville, N.H.; daughter, Barbara Ackerman of Bennington, Vt., Linda (David) Whalen of Westerly, R.I., Donna (David) Kellner of North Bennington, Vt.. Michelle (Bruce) Gridley of Portland, Maine, Tobey (Tom) Worthington of Rocky Mount, N.C.; stepson, Terry (Kim) Worden of Littleton, Mass.; stepdaughters, Kathy (Dennis) Liebal of Oakdale, Conn., and Kelly (Peter) Ahlfeld of Pawlet, Vt.; sister, Marie (Joseph) O'Connor of Jupiter, Fla. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Joan liked to travel and see family and friends. Memorial Service will be held in the spring of 2015. Arrangements under the direction of COASTAL CREMATIONS, INC. 4911 Allen Road, Zephyrhills, Florida. 813-395-6988
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Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 19, 2014
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