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Anthony J. Pello

1916 - 2010 BENNINGTON Anthony J. Pello, 93, a former resident of Spring Street, died peacefully Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at the Vermont Veterans Home, surrounded by his family. Born in Bennington on Dec. 23, 1916, son of Joseph S. and Jennie Stoppiello Pello, Tony received his education in Bennington. He was a graduate of Bennington High School and Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.

A World War II veteran, Tony served in the Army from 1941 till 1945. On June 6, 1944, in Normandy, France, "D Day", Tony was captured by the German Forces and held as a prisoner of war for the next year. Tony was awarded the Purple Heart for his courageous service during the war. He was a member of the Albany Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War.

Tony married the former Jeanette Langlois at St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington on May 1, 1954. Mrs. Pello died March 23, 1988. On Sep. 29, 1990, Tony married Ethel Lynch. Ethel died on February 17, 2003.

In earlier years, Tony and Jeanette owned Princes Restaurant and later Anthony's Dress Shop, both on Main Street. He was later employed at the former Union Carbide Company in Bennington until his retirement in 1983. Tony was a member of American Legion Post 13 and Knights of Columbus Council 307 in Bennington. He was an avid supporter of athletics at Mt. Anthony Union High School and seldom missed any events, ranging from boys' wrestling to girls' basketball.

He leaves a son and two daughters, David Pello, Cynthia Burrington and Mary Gras, all of Bennington; four grandchildren, Matthew, Shannon, Meghan and Courtney; a brother, Michael A. Pello of Silver Springs, Md.; two step-daughters, Rose Nichols of Bennington and Ethel Bullet of North Adams, Mass.; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

Tony was predeceased by nine sisters and brothers, Anna, Marion and Lucy Pello, Kathryn West, Carmel Babcock, Joseph E. Pello II, William, Raymond and Albert Pello.

FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer service, and from Four Chaplains' All Faiths Chapel at the Vermont Veterans Home at 11 a.m., with Chaplain Kenneth Coonradt officiating.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Should friends desire, contributions in Anthony J. Pello's memory may be made to either the Mt. Anthony Union High School Athletic Department, the Siena College Alumni Association or the Activities Fund at the Vermont Veterans Home 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. All members of American Legion Post 13 are asked to meet at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Sunday at 3:00 p.m. to conduct services in memory of Anthony Pello



Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 22, 2010
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