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Edward E. Gardner Jr.

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for Edward E. Gardner Jr. were held from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church Thursday, June 22, 2006, where the Mass of resurrection was offered by the Rev. James Preskinis, pastor.

Organist was Louise Gauthier, and soloist was Monica Murray. Hymns offered during the Mass were “Be Not Afraid,” “On Eagles’ Wings,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” “Here I Am, Lord” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”

Placing the pall on Mr. Gardner’s casket during the funeral service were his six children, Mary Myers, Valerie Camp, Cindy Gardner, Edward E. Gardner III, Gayle Kees and Kelley Gardner. A wooden cross was then placed on the casket by his wife, Helen.

The Old Testament reading was offered by Mr. Gardner’s son-in-law, Kevin Kees, and the scriptural reading from the New Testament was offered by a great-daughter, Emma Myers. The offertory gifts were presented by three great-grandchildren, Brandon and Caitlyn Burke and Emma Myers.

Words of remembrance were offered by two granddaughters, Kim Myers and Melissa Kees, and a niece, Nancy Paquin.

Bearers were two grandsons, Mathew Myers and Boogie Pacher, a nephew, John Paquin, and three family friends, Richard Knapp, Duane Knapp and Richard “Butch” Robinson. Several members of the Bennington Fire Department, where Ed had been active for many years, formed an honor guard during both the visiting hours and the funeral service.

A prayer service at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home preceded the funeral Mass.

Wednesday evening Father Preskinis offered the wake service at the funeral home. Also offering services or attending in a group to pay respects to the family were members of American Legion Post 13, Bennington Elks Lodge 567, Bennington Rescue Squad, the class of 1944 from Bennington High School and members of the Bennington Fire Department, who were joined by members of the Bennington Rural Fire Department, North Bennington Fire Department and departments from the Bennington County Mutual Aid.

Offering traffic control during the procession to the cemetery were members of the Bennington Police Department, Bennington County Sheriff’s Department, the North Bennington, Bennington and Bennington Rural Fire Departments, along with members of the Bennington County Mutual Aid.

Burial took place in the family lot in White Chapel Cemetery with Father Preskinis offering the committal prayers. Military honors were accorded the World War II Army Air Corps veteran by Susan Greene, who played taps, and Roger Livingston, a member of the Bennington Fire Department. Livingston, a member of Company C, Vermont National Guard, recently returned from Iraq. He presented the American flag to Mrs. Gardner.

A reception followed at the Bennington fire station on River Street.

Mr. Gardner, a resident of Elm Street, died June 18, 2006 at his residence in Bennington.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 24, 2006
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