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BENNINGTON -- Esther Mae Rech, 85, a resident of School Street in Bennington, died on Monday afternoon, March 12, 2007, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington following a long illness.

She was born in Ferrisburg on Dec. 12, 1921, the daughter of the late Charles and Louise (Miller) Steadman. Esther received her education in the local schools. She has been employed in fabric and notion stores, and was a dressmaker over the years. She also resided in Merritt Island and Tampa, Fla., for several years. Esther was a regular attendee at the Bennington Project Independence. She was an avid frog collector.

She is survived by two sons, William H. Dempsey Jr. of Tampa, Fla., and Brian K. Dempsey Sr. of North Bennington. She leaves five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She is survived by several sisters and brothers. She is also predeceased by sisters and brothers.

A graveside committal service will take place later in the spring in the family lot in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Ferrisburg.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Bennington Project Independence, through the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 14, 2007
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