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Ellen Welch

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BENNINGTON -- Ellen M. Welch, 72, a lifelong resident of Bennington and of Morgan Street in Bennington, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

Ellen was born in Bennington on April 25, 1934, the daughter of Robert and Esther (Cone) Stratton and attended Bennington schools. Ellen worked for Ploy graphic Metals, Benmont Paper and the Brush Company all of Bennington. Ellen enjoyed tag sales and country music and cherished times spent with her family.

She is survived by her son, Ray Stratton and his wife, Lucilyn, of Pownal; her brothers Herbert Stratton of Arlington and Robert Stratton of Bennington; her sisters Virginia Berard and her identical twin sister Helen Groesbeck, both of Bennington; her grandchildren Bonnie Stratton, Rachel Briggs, Bridget Stratton and Gregory Stratton; 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward F. Welch, to whom she married on Aug. 25, 1956. Mr. Welch died in 1994.

A celebration of the life of Ellen M. Welch will be held Friday morning March 2, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home 213 West Main Street in Bennington. The Rev. Robin Greene, chaplain of the Vermont Veterans Home, will conduct the service. Interment will be held in the spring in the family lot in White Chapel Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held Friday, March 2, 2007, at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the service. If friends desire, memorial gifts in Ellen’s memory may be made to the Vermont Veterans Home patient clothing fund, in care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home P.O. Box 957 Bennington, VT 05201. For directions or to send the family of Ellen personal e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home 213 West Main Street Bennington, Vermont.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 27, 2007
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