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Charity A. Rockwell Sweet Shand

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RUTLAND -- Charity A. Rockwell Sweet Shand, 66, a resident of Strongs Avenue, died Saturday morning, July 26, at her home following a long illness.

She was born in Fort Ann, N.Y. on Sept. 10, 1936, the daughter of Carlton and Alice Lillian (Lancour) Rockwell. She was raised in Fort Ann, and received her education in local schools. She had resided in Bennington for many years. Mrs. Shand lived in Rutland since 1976. She is predeceased by her first husband, Francis Sweet Sr.

Mrs. Shand was a member of the American Legion Post 31 Auxiliary of Rutland and the Legion of Guardsman Auxiliary. She was former member of the Moose Lodge in Rutland.

She is survived by one son, Francis Sweet Jr. of Rutland; four daughters, Donna Marie Martin of Bennington, Pauline Ann Burdge of Chittenden, Brenda Lee Martin of Bennington and Marjorie Ann Sweet of Glenpool, Okla. She also has one sister, Kathleen Nichols of Bennington, and a half-sister, Gail Arisim of Bennington. There are 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by one son, Robert Paul Sweet, and one daughter, Kathy Rose Sweet.

A prayer service will be offered on Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St. in Bennington with the Rev. Vincent Coppolla, csc, associate pastor of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 6 p.m. until the time of the service.

Interment services will be held on Tuesday morning, July 29, at the family lot in White Chapel Cemetery in Bennington, at 11 a.m.

Memorials in her honor may be made to the Heart Fund, Vermont chapter, or the Vermont Association for the Blind, in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 28, 2003
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