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Bernard J. "Peanut" LaBarge

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for Bernard J. “Peanut” LaBarge were held from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church on Wednesday, June 7, 2006, where the Mass of resurrection was offered by the Rev. Vincent Coppola, c.s.c., associate pastor.

Organist was Denise Maynard and soloist was Mildred Pierce. Hymns offered during the funeral Mass were “How Great Thou Art”, “Amazing Grace,” “Bread Blessed and Broken” and “Precious Lord Take My Hand.”

The funeral pall that draped Mr. LaBarge’s casket was placed by four of his children, William LaBarge, Sharon Healy, Debra Valder and James LaBarge. A wooden cross was then placed on the funeral pall by Florence Sprague, a daughter.

The scriptural readings, read by Leonard Anzivinio, were an Old Testament reading from the Book of Wisdom and a New Testament reading from the book of Romans. The offertory gifts were presented by two grandchildren, John and Katie Valder. Words of remembrance were given by Mr. LaBarge’s son, William. Acolytes were Leonard Anzivinio, Joseph Anton and Gerald Amadon.

Bearers were two sons, William and James LaBarge, a grandson, Jon Valder, a son-in-law, Kevin Valder, and two family friends, Thomas Stone and Thomas Meehan.

A prayer service at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home preceded the funeral Mass.

Burial took place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery with Father Coppola offering the committal prayers. Military honors were accorded the veteran of the Korean Conflict by members of the Vermont National Guard represented by SSgt. Scott Sharp, Pfc. Jason Revett, Spc. Vincent Pagan, Sgt. Tim Whitman, SSgt. Alex Renfew, SSgt. Chester Austin, Sgt. Leo Covey, Sgt. Maj. Silas Looms and Sgt. 1st Cl. Phil Church. The American flag that draped Mr. LaBarge’s casket was folded and presented to Commander Thomas Meehan of VFW Post 1332 in Bennington, who in turn presented it to Mr. LaBarge’s son, James D. LaBarge

Tuesday afternoon the wake service was offered at the funeral home by Father Coppola. Also conducting their fraternal services on Tuesday were members of both VFW Post 1332 and American Legion Post 13 in Bennington.

Mr. LaBarge, a resident of Morgan Street, died unexpectedly at his residence on June 4, 2006.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 8, 2006
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