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Gertrude M. Butler

1921-2010 BENNINGTON Gertrude M. Deakin Church Butler, 88, formerly of Beech Street, died on Sunday at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She resided in the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington since 1994.

Born in Toronto, Canada on Nov. 21, 1921, daughter of John J. and Florence Neill Deakin, she was the widow of Robert E. Church and Louis T. Butler.

Mrs. Butler moved from Canada to Texas at the age of five where she started her education. Her family moved to this area in 1938, and she attended a one-room schoolhouse in North Petersburgh.

She married Robert Church in June of 1939, and he passed away in May of 1969.

She was a homemaker in early years and later worked in various places in the area. Mrs. Butler enjoyed bingo, crochetting and crafts. The love of her life was her grandchildren and family.

She leaves her children, Gayle (William) Rifenburgh and Bruce Church of Hoosick Falls, Caroline Church of Brunswick, Garry (Cinderella) Church of Edgewood, Md.; sisters, Louise Brock of Troy, Dorothy Durkee of Cossayuna Lake, Gladys Styno of Watervliet; a brother, Charles Deakin, of Hoosick Falls, along with 21 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three infant sons along with two daughters, Diana Church and Catherine Devlin; and two brothers, John and Leonard Deakin.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the ROBSON-REINFURT FUNERAL HOME, 72 Main Street, Hoosick Falls. Interment will follow in the Meadowlawn Cemetery in Petersburgh.

Relatives and friends are invited for visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the (www.americanheart.org) or the (www.diabetes.org).

Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 26, 2010
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