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F. Ellen Hunt

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MERCHANTVILLE, N.J. -- F. Ellen Hunt, 82, of Merchantville, N.J., died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at her residence.

Born in White Creek, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Walter and Florence Hunt. She attended Hoosick Falls Central School and graduated from the Rutland, Vt., School of Nursing in 1949.

Ellen was an Army staff sergeant and a World War II veteran. She spent 20 years with the Navy caring for Vietnam veterans at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital and received the rank of lieutenant commander in 1964, She was knighted by Pope John Paul II into the Equestrian Order of Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem in 2003. She was awarded various medals, including the Bronze Star. In 1992 she moved to Millville, N.J. to live at St. Mary Magdalen and undertook many activities at the convent. She was a devoted volunteer housekeeper and RCIA director for 15 years, serving in Bellmawr, Millville and Merchantville. Ellen was commonly known around the parish as the “commander,” because she was a U.S. naval commander retired from the U.S. Nursing Corps.

She is survived by a dear friend, The Rev. Anthony Manupella of St. Peter’s Church, Merchantville; a brother, Walter Hunt, and sister-in-law, Kathy, of Marysville, Ohio; a sister, Hazel Bennett of Cambridge, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Ruth Hunt of White Creek; and several nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Edith Hunt and Gladys Guile, and five brothers, Lewis Hunt, Ralph Hunt, Frank Hunt, Arthur Hunt and Frederick Hunt.

Relatives and friends were invited to attend visitation Sunday at the Funeral Home of Inglesby & Sons in Pennsauken. There was a Mass of Christian burial Monday at St. Peter’s Church in Merchantville, with internment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Millville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church, 43 W. Maple Ave., Merchantville, NJ 08109.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 8, 2006
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