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Francis H. Bender

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for Francis H. Bender were held from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church Thursday, July 28, 2005, where the liturgy of Christian death and burial was offered by the Rev. Vincent Coppola, c.s.c., associate pastor.

The organist was Donald McMahon. The funeral pall that covered Mrs. Bender’s casket during the funeral mass was placed by Geraldine Sausville, Anna Becker, Rita McCann and Theresa Long; the scriptural readings were offered by Mary Morrissey and the offertory gifts were presented by Gertrude Kinney, Catherine Murphy and Mary Francis Murphy, all members of Court St. Andrew, Catholic Daughters of America. These ladies, along with Viola Myers, Ida Snow and Ida Mary Vanderwerken, all served as honorary bearers representing the Catholic Daughters.

Bearers were Timothy Corcoran, Richard Pembroke Jr., John Mahar, George Smith, Charles Becker and Kenneth Smith.

Burial took place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery with Father Coppola offering the committal prayers.

Mrs. Bender, widow of John R. Bender, a resident of Convent Avenue, Bennington, died July 23, 2005, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 29, 2005
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