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Arlene H. Austin

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BENNINGTON -- Arlene H. Austin, 85, formerly of Milton Avenue in Syracuse, N.Y., died early Saturday morning, Dec. 8, 2007, at the Centers For Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington.

Arlene was born in Syracuse on May 14, 1922, the daughter of the late Bernard J. and Anna (Lanigan) Hanley. She received her education in Syracuse schools and graduated salutatorian of Central High School in Syracuse, class of 1940.

Arlene was formerly the vice president of Trusts at Marine Midland Bank, which is now known as HSBC.

She enjoyed going to craft and antique shows, enjoyed traveling especially visiting her son, Gary and his wife, Karen, in Maine and various historical sites. She was an avid reader and would make weekly trips to the library and bring home stacks of books. She was a big New York Yankees baseball fan, supported the Humane Society, was a former member of St. Brigid’s Church in Syracuse and cherished times spent with her family.

Arlene is survived by her son, Gary R. Austin, and his wife, Karen, of Wilmington, and her nieces, Susan of Arkansas and Nancy of Los Angeles. She was preceded in death by her longtime companion Robert Sheridan, who died on Dec. 7, 2005, and her brothers, Bernard J. Hanley Jr. and Donald P. Hanley.

Graveside funeral services for Arlene will be held Wednesday morning at 11a.m. in the family lot in Assumption Cemetery in Syracuse. There are no visiting hours. If friends desire memorial gifts in Arlene’s memory may be made to the Humane Society, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral P.O. Box 957 Bennington, Vermont 05201.

To send the family personal e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com

The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, Vt.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 10, 2007
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