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Bernard J. LaBarge

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. Bernard J. “Peanut” LaBarge, 74, a resident of Morgan Street, died unexpectedly Saturday, June 3, 2006, at his residence.

He was born in Bennington, Jan. 19, 1932. He was the son of the late Homer and Isabelle (LaBarre) LaBarge. He received his education in Bennington and attended Bennington High School. He later served in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne during the Korean War.

In earlier years Peanut was employed as a barber. For many years he was employed at Stanley Tools in Shaftsbury, from which he retired.

In 1948 Peanut was the Vermont Golden Glove lightweight champion. He was a member of the V.F.W Post 1332 and the American Legion Post 13 in Bennington.

Survivors include two sons William B. LaBarge of Bryan, Texas, and James D. LaBarge of Cheyenne, Wyo.; three daughters, Sharon Healy of Colonie, N.Y, Debra Valder of Balston Spa, N.Y., and Florence LaBarge of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; five grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by a brother, Carlton LaBarge.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at 9:30 a.m. with a prayer and then from Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 10 a.m. where the Mass of Resurrection will be offered.

The burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Tuesday, June 6, 2006, from 4 to 7 p.m. when the family will be in attendance

If friends desire, contributions in memory of Mr. Bernard J. “Peanut LaBarge may be made to either the Second Chance Animal Shelter or the VFW Post 1332 through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

All members of the VFW Post 1332 are requested to meet at the funeral home at 6 p.m. and the American Legion Post 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 5, 2006
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