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BENNINGTON -- Elisabeth “Lilo” Liehr, 83, a resident of Russett Drive, died at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation Center on Sept. 5, 2005.

She was born in Hamburg, Germany, Dec. 29, 1921, and emigrated from Germany to the United States in March 1956. She received her education in Hamburg and in 1938 graduated from Staatliche Hoehere Handelsschule in Hamburg. After moving to the United States, she took several courses at both New York University and New York Institute of Finance.

She began her first job eight days after her arrival in the United States as a secretary in New York City. She worked for several companies in New York City including Martin Baumann Co., Peralta Shipping Corp., Loab, Rhoades and Co., and Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. of New York.

She belonged to the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 13 and participated in a local bowling league.

The former Elisabeth Borowczk married Robert E. Liehr in May 1960. They moved from Queens, N.Y., to Bennington in June 1977 and operated the Harwood Hill Motel until May 1984. Mr Liehr died in February 1985.

Survivors include her longtime companion, Earl Senecal of Bennington; his children, Steven Senecal and his wife Wanda of Norwich, N.Y., and Cindy Levitte and her husband Sam of Bennington; a stepson, Bob Liehr of California; Earl’s grandchildren, Robin Kipp of Bennington, Raeanne Woods of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., and Rhonda Jepson of Brattleboro; four great-grandchildren, Brittani Woods and Amanda Harrington both of Eagle Bridge and Brandon and Nicole Kipp both of Pownal; one great-grandson, Caleb of Eagle Bridge; and two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Doris Quick of West Islip, N.Y., and Mrs. Marion Carlson of Plainview, Long Island, N.Y. She was predeceased by two sisters, Ann Mende and Therese Ligori; and a niece, Mauren Cantwell.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, with a prayer at 9:30 a.m. and then from Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 10 a.m. where the liturgy of Christian death and burial will be offered.

The burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

Contributions in memory of Elisabeth “Lilo” Liehr may be made to either the Second Chance Animal Shelter or one’s favorite charity through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 6, 2005
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