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Bertha S. Snow

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BENNINGTON -- A prayer service was held for Bertha S. Snow on Saturday morning, April 2, 2005, at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington followed by a Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, where the liturgy of Christian death and burial was offered by the Rev. Edward Howard, pastor, the Rev. Michael A. Demasi, retired pastor, and Deacon Mr. David O’Brien.

Assisting at the Mass was Mr. Ivan Matt. Hymns offered by the River Bound musical group were “Until Then,” “Joy Comes in the Morning,” “If That Isn’t Love,” and “Because He Lives.” River Bound members were Kevin P. Borden, Henry Simpatico and Mrs. Snow’s son, Merton J. Snow. The hymn “Amazing Grace” was sung by Holly Bahan, a granddaughter.

Bearers were Kevin Snow, Matthew Humphrey, Mark Humphrey, all grandsons, Bryant Ostendorf, great-grandson, Christopher Cornell, nephew and Justus Taylor.

Placing the pall on Mrs. Snow’s casket were children Howard C. Snow, Roberta M. Jones, Steven A. Snow and Merton J. Snow, who also placed a wooden cross on his mother’s casket. The scriptural readings were offered by grandsons Matthew and Mark Humphrey. The offertory gifts were brought to the altar by grandchildren Mary Babcock, Jennifer Prouty, Donna Humphrey and Lucinda Scharf. The eulogy was offered by grandchildren Mary Babcock and Scott Bahan.

Honorary bearers were members of St. John the Baptist Sodality, Eileen Flynn, Joyce Scarey, Betty Becker, Henrietta Billow, Lorna Cole, Jill Nelson, Theresa Demasi, Therese Densmore, Rosemary Lindsey, Gail Kees, Lillian McNichol, Madeline Gratton, Mary Harrington, Sue Harrington and Mae Fox.

Friday afternoon, the Rev. Michael Demasi and the Rev. Edward Howard offered the vigil service. Friday evening, members of the Taconic Grange No. 491 in Shaftsbury, led by Phyllis Mason, Vermont state master and Lester B. Gibbs, Vermont state grange chaplain, offered the grange service. Mrs. Snow was a member of Taconic Grange for 62 years.

Burial took place in St. John’s Cemetery, North Bennington, with the Rev. Demasi and the Rev. Howard offering the committal prayers. A reception followed at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall.

Mrs. Snow, a resident of East Road, Shaftsbury, died March 30, 2005 at Fletcher Allen Health Center, Burlington.

Funeral arrangements were conducted by the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2005
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