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George Rupp 1910 - 2009 BENNINGTON George Rupp, 3 days shy of his 99th birthday, died at home on Monday afternoon, June 1, 2009. He was born in West New York, N.J., one of seven children of William and Kathryn Keiper Rupp. His early years were spent in Norwood, N.J. In 1937, he married the former Anna Weissinger at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Nanuet, N.Y. They would have been married 72 years this month. Over the years, they lived in River Vale, N.J., owned a farm in Callicoon Center, N.Y., in the Catskills, and lived in Ogdensburg, N.Y. Besides his wife, George leaves two daughters and their spouses, Barbara (Rev. Bill) Shaw of Akron, Pa., and Joyce (Ron) Van Orden of Bennington, with whom he and his wife resided; eight grandchildren, Colleen (Kevin) Walters of Niger, Africa; Amy (Eric) Hurley of Jacksonville, N.C.; Daniel (Kenia) Shaw of Tampa, Fla.; Marci (Philip) Rutherford of Ogdensburg, N.Y.; Heidi (Raymond) Rutter of Narvon, Pa.; Merrie Van Orden of Stowe, and Tim Van Orden and Jill Van Orden (Bret Chenkin) of Bennington; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold Rupp of Middletown, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Jean Rupp of Ogdensburg, and many very special nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. George was predeceased by three sisters and two brothers, Anna Smith, Charlotte Callahan, Gertrude Lawrence, William Rupp Jr., and Val Rupp. George had a full, rich life. He was a craftsman, artist, builder, gardener, jack-of-all-trades. He was featured in the Banner at age 91 when he was still carving ducks and birds and creating his 3-D folk art. He and his wife had lived in Hoosick Falls for 20 years before moving to Bennington five years ago. There he attended the First Baptist Church, was part of the senior community, and was known for his beautiful gardens at the Woodbridge Heights Apartments. Until this week, you could find him working in his flower gardens at home in Bennington. Besides his gardens, George's main interests were his family and the Red Sox. He never missed a game. He was a beloved grandfather who never tired of playing with his grandkids and great-grandkids. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME on Friday, June 5, 2009, at 1 p.m. with Mr. Rupp's son-in-law, the Rev. Bill Shaw, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 11 until the time of the service. Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery. Guest book condolences may be made at www. maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 3, 2009
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