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NORTH BENNINGTON -- Mrs. Dolores Shambo Lowre, 97, widow of John F. “Jack Lowre”, a longtime resident of Houghton St., North Bennington, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, in North Bennington following a brief illness.

She was born in Middlebury, on Aug. 24, 1909, a daughter of the late George N. and Katherine “Kitty” (Maroney) Shambo. She received her education in Middlebury and was a graduate of Middlebury High School.

Dolores married John F. “Jack” Lowre in Bristol, on May 31, 1928.

They celebrated 70 years of marriage. Mr. Lowre died Sept. 12, 1998.

In earlier years, Dolores was employed as a bookkeeper at the Middlebury Coop Freezelocker, the Putnam Hotel, and for many years at Bennington College where she was the secretary for the Music and Dance Department, from which she retired.

Mr. and Mrs. Lowre were early communicants at the congregation of the Monks of New Skeet in Cambridge, N.Y. She served the registrar of the Bennington Girl Scouts Council. Dolores was an excellent seamstress, enjoyed rug hooking, and was renowned for her jellies and pickles. For forty five years Mr. and Mrs. Lowre maintained a family camp at Lake Lauderdale, N.Y.

Dolores was a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Mother, to whom she was greatly devoted.

Survivors include her daughter and son in law, Joan and Bruce LaVigne, of Shaftsbury; three grandchildren, Jenny LaVigne and her husband, Mark Chalek, of Brookline, Mass.; Deborah Reed and her husband, Chris Pratt, of Halifax; and Lowre LaCroix and her husband, David, of Arlington; six great grandchildren, Ethan, Morgan and Luc LaCroix , Ian Reed, Myra and Peter LaVigne Chalek. Other survivors include two sisters, Catherine Smith, of Elk Grove, Calif., and Theresa Steely and her husband, Paul, of Anchorage, Ky.; several nieces, nephews and cousins, including her niece Ann Cotrupi and her husband, Sam, of Rutland. Her special friends were Sophie Healy, Grace Kelton, of Middlebury, her neighbor Jeff Gray, William Dixon, the Monks and Nuns of New Skeet, Barbara Bonham, Edward Austin, Reatha Williams and her beloved cat Gato. She was predeceased by her step-mother, Ada Harvey Shambo, and two sisters, Doris Shambo and Frances Hope Shambo.

The rosary will be offered at 8 a.m. at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006. The Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 9 a.m. from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington.

The burial will take place at 1 p.m. in the family lot at Saint Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Cemetery in Middlebury.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dolores Shambo Lowre may be made to either the Second Chance Animal Center, Angel Fund, or to the Warm the Children Fund through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 16, 2006
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