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Charles Tornabene Jr.

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. Charles W. Tornabene Jr., 75, a resident of Niles School Road Pownal, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2006 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center following a long illness.

He was born in New York City Nov. 12, 1930. He was the son of the late Charles W. Tornabene Sr. and Constance (Scionti) Tornabene. He received his education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New York City and graduated from McCann Trade School in North Adams, Mass.

He married the former Ellen M. Rice Sept. 24, 1949, at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in North Adams.

In earlier years Charles was employed at Sprague Electric in North Adams, Dodge Machine in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and the Reveer Corporation of America in Wallingford. He later became a partner at Tog Machine in North Adams from which he retired.

He was a member of the Retired Men’s Club in North Adams, and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church where he served on the Parish Council. Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and guns. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen M. Tornabene, of Pownal; two daughters, Charleene Berard and her husband, Bill, of Pownal, and Catherine Skorupski, of Stamford; nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. A nephew, three nieces and a cousin, Joseph Tornabenem of Pownal.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Tuesday, Oct., 17, 2006, at 9:15 a.m. with a prayer and then from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pownal, where the Mass of Resurrection will be offered at 10 a.m.

The burial will take place in the family lot in Oak Hill Cemetery, Pownal.

Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Monday, Oct. 16, 2006, from 6 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

If friends desire, contributions in memory of Charles W. Tornabene may be made to either Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or the Emphysema Foundation through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 16, 2006
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