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Dorothea A. "Dotty" Haddad

1918-2010 BENNINGTON Mrs. Dorothea A. McCormack "Dotty" Haddad, 91, widow of Edward A. Haddad Jr., a former resident of Northside Drive, Bennington, died peacefully Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Rose Lane, Village at Fillmore Pond in Bennington.

Born in South Dorset, Oct. 24, 1918, daughter of Thomas J. and Cordelia E. Bushee McCormack, she received her early education in West Rutland and was a 1936 graduate of West Rutland High School. Dotty later received her Registered Nursing Nurse diploma at the Rutland Hospital School of Nursing in 1941.

During World War II, Dotty served from 1942 to 1946, as a Captain with the Army Nurse Corps.

Mr. and Mrs. Haddad were married Oct. 4, 1947, at St. Bridget's Church in West Rutland. Mr. Haddad died July 18, 2007.

In earlier years Dotty was employed at Redland Hospital in Redlands, Calif. She later was employed at Putnam Memorial Hospital in Bennington, and for many years volunteered as the school nurse in the parochial schools in Bennington.

Dotty was a Charter Member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 4 and a member of the Bennington County Registered Nurses Association. She was a member and past president of the former Double S Extension Homemakers Club, served as president for the Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and was also a charter member of Women in Military Service for America, Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Dotty was a staunch supporter of the establishment of the Women's Memorial at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, and had worked tirelessly on the local level to raise funds for its construction.

For many years Dotty, together with her late husband, was instrumental in the operation of the Bennington Rural Fire Department. She worked on fund raising projects, department dinners, answered fire calls and ran across the road to sound the fire whistle. She served many years as a member of both the Rural Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Vermont State Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary.

She leaves four daughters, Mary Harris of Milford, Conn., Dianne Probola and her husband, James, and Ann Thomayer, all of Bennington, and Joan Ordille and her husband, David, of Ewing, N.J.; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Ronald and Jennifer Harris, Timothy Harris, James and Joanna Probola, Jason Thomayer, Jeffrey Thomayer and Emily Moore, David and Kristin Ordille, Sarah and Joe Casto and Racheal Ordille; eight great-grandchildren, Chelsa, Hunter, Haylee, Christian, Katherine, Lillian, David and Dayanna, and a soon to be born great-grandson; two sisters, Theresa Stanley and Susan McCormack, and two brothers, Joseph McCormack and Edward McCormack; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Haddad was pre-deceased by an infant son, Edward A. Haddad III; six sisters, Mary Costello, Ann Fisher, Cordelia McDevitt, Catherine Bishop, Gertrude Rose McCormack, and Marguerite McCormack; and three brothers, Francis McCormack, Thomas McCormack, and Patrick McCormack.

FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held at the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME, Monday, Mar. 29, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. with a prayer and from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 10 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, Sunday from 2-5 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Should friends desire contributions in memory of Mrs. Haddad may be made to either the VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care or to the Bennington Rural Fire Department through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

On line condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.

Published in Bennington Banner from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2010
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