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Elizabeth "Betty" (Lucas) Plansky

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POWNAL -- Elizabeth (Lucas) “Betty” Plansky, 93, of Hidden Valley Road, Pownal, died on Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at the Center for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington.

She was born in Boston on July 22, 1911, a daughter of the late William and Hannah (Bresnahan) Lucas. After her marriage, she resided in Williamstown, Mass., and became a member of the Williams College family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony J. Plansky, the former track and field coach at Williams College. He died Feb. 10, 1979.

Elizabeth was the matriarch of her family, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and teacher. She was a diehard Red Sox fan who waited 84 years to witness her second World Series Championship. She was a longtime communicant of St. Patrick’s Church in Williamstown, where she was a former member of the choir and women’s guild.

Survivors include two sons, Anthony Plansky and his wife Karen of Simsbury, Conn. and Carleton Moore and his wife Kate of North Fort Myers, Fla.; one sister, Mary Virta of Pownal; and one daughter-in-law, Harriette Moore of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

She was the “Nan” to her seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Melissa and Alison Plansky, Michelle, Christopher, Jonathan and Jennifer Moore. She also leaves nine great-grandchildren, Olivia Casey Moore, Sydney and Sophie Kay, Katherine, Emily and Anne McKinley, Ella Kilgore and Hunter and Peyton Moore.

Funeral services for Elizabeth will take place Monday at 10:15 a.m. at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, Mass., followed by a liturgy of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Williamstown. Burial will follow in the Williams College Cemetery, Williamstown.

Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Memorial donations are suggested for the Pownal Rescue Squad through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 24, 2005
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