Bertha B. Denio
1918-2014 Bertha B. Denio, 95, died March 11, 2014 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She was born April 11, 1918 in St. Johnsbury, Vt., the daughter of Roy and Nellie Boutwell Church. Bertha received her middle and high school education in Bellows Falls Vt., graduating in 1935. She received her nursing education in Bath, Maine, and Hartford, Connecticut and completed RN training at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Bertha married Chester Denio in 1944, they moved to Bennington and she continued her nursing at Putnam Memorial Hospital. In 1953 they built the Iron Kettle Restaurant and gift shop in Shaftsbury. They sold the business in five years and built the Iron Kettle Motel which they operated for thirteen years. Bertha and Chester developed the Hidden Valley Development. They had a camp in the Adirondacks, where they enjoyed fishing, swimming and boating. Bertha was a member of the Shaftsbury Garden Club, the 140 Club and the St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Bennington. She was an active member of Eastern Star Red Mountain Chapter #41 in Arlington, and received her 50 year pin In 2007 from this Chapter and served as District Deputy Grand Matron. She was a Grand Representative to Florida and a Past Matron of Tucker Chapter of North Bennington. Mr. and Mrs. Denio wintered Melbourne Beach, Fla., where they enjoyed playing golf, bocce ball, and the beach with their friends. She was a member of St. Sebastian's by -the -Sea Episcopal Church in Melbourne Beach. Bertha was predeceased by her husband Chester in 2002 and three brothers and two sisters. Bertha is survived by three children and their spouses, Dennis and Regina Denio from Harpswell Maine, Chris and Dawn Denio from Bennington, Vt., Judy and Rick Longtin from Springfield, Vt., a brother Arnold Church from Pasadena, Texas and a brother-in-law John Farr from Waterbury, Vt., five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held Saturday on March 29, 2014 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Bennington VT. Calling hours are from 11:00-12:00 the memorial service is from 12:00 -1:00 with a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation in Bertha's memory may do so to St. Peter's Church of Bennington. An interment will be held at a later date in Bennington, VT.