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Eunice J. Schleif

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Eunice J. Schleif 1932 - 2008 BENNINGTON Eunice J. Schleif, 76, widow of William W. Schleif Jr, a well-known resident of Overlea Road, died unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at her residence. Born in Williamstown, Mass., on Feb. 6, 1932, she was the daughter of Ernest and Cynthia Sweet, and was a graduate of the former Williamstown High School. In earlier years, Eunice served as assistant to the plant controller at General Cable Company. From 1965 -1970, she served as chief fiscal officer for BROC, during which time she helped develop, and serve, as treasurer of Bennington Child Daycare. In 1970, Vermont was awarded a grant by the federal government to do a pilot project for day care development. Because of Eunice's involvement in the development of Bennington Child Daycare, she was appointed by Governor Dean Davis to oversee daycare programs across Vermont. This position was later moved into the department of Social and Rehabilitative Services where Eunice remained until 1983. At that time she came to the Bennington office as a review specialist and, in 1988, was appointed as district director, where she remained until her retirement in 2004. A very prominent member of the Bennington community, she was instrumental in the founding of the Spirit of Sharing program which was established to raise funds to clothe less fortunate children during the winter months. A longtime member of the Bennington Rotary Club, she held several Rotary positions over the years, including Assistant District Governor. She has been active in the United Way campaign, Green Mountain Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Early Childhood Council, Coalition for the Homeless, the Catamount Partnership, School and Workforce Partnership, the Park McCullough House and Oldcastle Theatre Company among others. For many years, Eunice hadbeen a devout member of the Second Congregational Church, where she has also served as a Deacon. In her free time, she enjoyed golfing and following the activities of her grandchildren. She leaves two daughters and sons-in-law, Nadine Wisher and Neil Kenyon of North Bennington and Nancy and Tim Dailey of Palm Harbor, Fla.; five grandchildren, Duncan Kenyon of Lutz, Fla., Taylor Kenyon of North Bennington, and Ryan, Ross and Drew Dailey of Palm Harbor; a brother and sister-in-law, Alfred and Helen Sweet of Williamstown, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her husband, Eunice was predeceased by a brother, William Sweet. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from the Second Congregational Church on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Mary Lee Clark, pastor, officiating. Friends may call at the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in Eunice Schleif's memory may be made to the Spirit of Sharing through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington,VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www. maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 19, 2008
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