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WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Edward F. LaBarge, 69, of Woodstock died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta following a long illness.

He was born in Bennington, Vt. on June 21, 1935, and was the son of the late Robert and Philomene (Chenaille) LaBarge. He received his education in Bennington schools.

In earlier years he was employed at the Benmont Paper Mill and was a carpenter for many years. He moved with his family to Venice, Fla. in 1974, and worked for the Sarasota School System. He moved to Tallahasse, Fla. in 1986 and owned his own variety store and bait shop until he retired. He moved to Woodstock in 1997.

Edward enjoyed spending time with his family and making people laugh. He loved animals, fishing and country music.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Patricia Wilkie LaBarge of Woodstock and their children; four daughters, Zandra Jeffrey of Marietta, Yvonne Hogan of Jamesville, N.Y., Xalina LaBarge of Woodstock and Wendy Harris of Powder Springs; his son, Van LaBarge of Woodstock; his first wife, Louise Philllips Gardner of Bennington and their children; three daughters, Holly Freeman of Shaftsbury, Vt., Shelly Wilson of Newport Center, Vt. and Tina Raffety of Venice, Fla. and a son, Kris LaBarge of Nokomis, Fla.; eight grandchildren; six sisters, Helen Bisson and Irene Jones, both of Bennington, Marcelline Piekos of Kissimmee, Fla., Pauline Frost of Sandgate, Vt., Philomene Pratt of Swanton, Vt., Mary Bratcher of Pownal, Vt.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert LaBarge and his sister, Charmaine DeCoigne.

A burial and celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2005, at 1:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington. Interment will follow in the family lot in St. John’s Cemetery in North Bennington. A reception will be held at St. John’s church hall following. There are no calling hours scheduled. For those who wish, memorials in his honor may be made to the American Diabetes Association through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 16, 2005
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