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Ethel Mary (Benjamin) Martel

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Ethel Mary
Benjamin Martel
1922 - 2010
BRATTLEBORO - Ethel Mary (Benjamin) Martel, 88, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, September 25, 2010. She was doing what she loved best: watching the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees, when she silently slipped away. Mrs. Martel had been in a period of failing health.
Born at home on March 7, 1922 in Forest, N.Y., Ethel was the second child of 15 children. She was the eldest daughter of Eva Jarvis and Halsey Benjamin. Mrs. Martel went to schools in Ellenburg, New York before moving to Brattleboro in 1939 with her family at the age of 17.
Shortly after moving to Brattleboro, she met her husband, Ernest R. Martel, and they were married on his 19th birthday on July 25, 1942. Ernest was deployed during World War II to New Guinea, Phillipines, and Okinawa and Ethel waited at home for his safe return.
Mrs. Martel worked at various places, including American Optical and The Book Press, retiring in 1985.
Mrs. Martel's hobbies and interests included cooking, gardening, shopping, watching sporting events and game shows, but her most cherished pastime was spending time with her family. She was a wonderful cook with many specialty dishes that her family loved and looked forward to. She made a large dinner every Friday night for her family to enjoy and had done so the night before she died.
Besides her husband of 68 years, she leaves two children and their spouses: Annette M. Mondeau and her husband William of Brattleboro, and the Rev. Michael Martel and his wife Maria of New Ipswich, New Hampshire. She also leaves nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Martel is survived by five brothers: Hubert Benjamin of Waterbury, Conn., Clayton Benjamin of Hinsdale, N.H., David Benjamin of Westfield, Mass., Eugene Benjamin of Putney, and Gerald Benjamin of Brattleboro, and three sisters, Celia Crapo of Windsor Locks, Conn., Nancy B. Campbell and Marie Wright, both of Brattleboro.
Mrs. Martel was predeceased by both parents, an infant sister, Mary, an infant brother, Joseph, and siblings: Everett, Genevieve, Lawrence and Andrew.
FUNERAL NOTICE: The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Walnut Street, Brattleboro on Friday, October 1st, at 11 a.m. Calling hours will be Thursday evening from 7 to 9 at The Atamaniuk Funeral Home, 40 Terrace Street, Brattleboro. Burial will follow the funeral on Friday at St. Michael's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 593, Brattleboro, VT 05302 in Mrs. Martel's honor.
To sign an online register book and send messages of e-condolence, please visit www.atamaniuk.com
The Atamaniuk Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 27, 2010
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