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Elizabeth A. "Betty" Ostrander

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BENNINGTON -- Elizabeth A. “Betty” Ostrander, 81, a resident of West Main Street in Bennington and a lifelong resident of Bennington, died Thursday afternoon, April 14, 2005, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation.

She was born in Bennington on Feb. 14, 1924, the daughter of Harold L. and Margaret (Ciocca) Flanders and attended local schools.

Betty worked as a domestic engineer for several years, helping people with disabilities maintain their homes in the Bennington area. Betty was a great lover of birds. She loved collecting bird figurines, especially cardinals.

She enjoyed going to tag sales and to food and bake sales. She loved traveling, especially going on trips with her husband Phil and cherished times spent with her family. She enjoyed taking her grandchildren out to eat and then to a movie and always came home with many wonderful stories.

Betty was a member of the Catholic Daughters of Sacred Heart, St. Francis deSales Catholic Church, the Women of the Moose in Bennington, AARP, the Bennington and Hoosick Falls Senior Citizens Groups and was a former member of Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington.

She was married to Philip K. Ostrander at the First Baptist Church in Bennington on July 1, 1966.

She is survived by her husband Phil of Bennington; three sons, Gerald Mattison and his wife Bridgette of Watervliet, N.Y., William Mattison Jr. and his wife Mary of Bennington and James Mattison and his wife Vickie of Pompano Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Beverly Mattison and Diane Vince and her husband Robert, all of Bennington; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and she was looking forward to the arrival of her sixth great-grandchild; a cousin, Martin Percy; her aunt, Frances Ciocca; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Harold Flanders, and her sister, Dorothy Loveland.

Funeral services for Betty will be held Monday morning, April 18, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington. The Rev. Michael DeMasi will conduct the service. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. For those who desire, memorial contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. For directions or to send e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2005
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