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Edward Letourneau

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Edward Letourneau 1921-2010 BENNINGTON Edward Letourneau, 89, met his Lord and Savior on November 4, surrounded by his loving children at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. Ed was born to Blanche Marie Hurst and Edward Paul Letourneau on September 12, 1921 in Readsboro. He grew up in Readsboro and attended school there and in Jacksonville. He graduated from Whitingham High School in 1939. Ed enlisted in the U.S Navy at the beginning of World War II; He was a signalman on board the USS Texas Battleship. While serving in WWII he was involved in the D-Day invasion and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal of Honor for an injury he sustained on June 29, 1944, at the battle of Cherborg, France. He also did some duty on captured German troop ships. After the war was over he returned to NY City where he married Marion V. Meszaros on September 8, 1945. She predeceased him on Sept. 1, 2008. They lived in N.Y. and Ed attended Pace University. He graduated in 1949 with a Bachelors degree in Accounting. Ed and his wife Marion relocated back to Vermont in 1949 and he began working at Sprague Electric in North Adams, Mass as an accountant and eventually Budget director. He was with the company for many years until his retirement in 1985. Ed enjoyed golfing, card games with friends, pot luck dinners with his church group and spending time with his family. He was a member of Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church and a former member of Knights of Columbus Council 307. He leaves his six children, Edward Letourneau Jr. of Bennington, Anne (John) Carriere of Banner Elk, N.C., Donna (Tom) Harper of Blue Ridge, Ga., John (Melany) Letourneau of Bennington, James (Sheryl) Letourneau of Bennington, and Marybeth (Tom) Kellogg of South Burlington. He also leaves his grandchildren, Jason and Seth Carriere, Jacob and Sophie Kellogg, Jessica Letourneau, Jared and Jessica Johnson; four great grand children, Alixendria, Orianna Johnson, Jackson Palmateer and Mason Wainwright; his sister Rita Lapine of Stamford, and an extended family that loved him a lot. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his parents Blanche and Edward Letourneau, his brother, Roger Letourneau, sister, Marie Letourneau and numerous aunts and uncles. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Monday, November 8, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer and from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 11 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered by Rev. Vincent Copploa, c.s.c., pastor of St. Bridget's Catholic Church in West Rutland. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. Burial will take place in the family lot in White Chapel Cemetery. Should friends desire contributions in Edward G. Letourneau's memory may be made to either Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church or the Members Assistance Fund at the Vermont Veterans Home through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net All members of the Rosary Group of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church are asked to meet at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Sunday at 3 p.m. for the recitation of the Rosary in memory of Mr. Letourneau.

Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 6, 2010
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