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Grace G. Meinhold

BENNINGTON Grace G. Meinhold, 87, of Bennington, and Largo, Fla., died on September 12, 2013 after a short illness. She was a lifelong supporter of women's rights, an avid reader and thinker, and perpetual book club member. She moved briefly to Owl's Head, Maine in the 1990's to be close to her brother Jim Gilbert, but returned to Bennington when there were no books left in the Owl's Head library that she hadn't already read. She graduated from SUNY Fredonia and was a grammar school teacher prior to her marriage. While in her 60's, she studied for a Master's Degree in Theology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She was also a champion golfer, with a 4 to 8 handicap during her prime and scoring her last of three holes-in-one at the age of 83. She lived in Bennington for 40 years and had been a member of Mt. Anthony Country Club. Mrs. Meinhold is survived by her daughter, Roberta Diddel; and son-in-law, Glenn Diddel. She was the widow of H. Eugene Meinhold; and had three step-children, Geraldine Penn, Patricia Larson and Harry Meinhold. Mrs. Meinhold is also survived by her second family, her close friend Peg Shaughnessy; and her nine children, Susan Niles, Dan and Paryse Shaughnessy, April Shaughnessy Callahan and David Buxbaum, Bill Shaughnessy, Mary Beth Shaughnessy, David and Jude Shaughnessy, Mike Colliano, Leigh Anne Colliano Cone, and Patrick Colliano. Along with Ms. Shaughnessy's children are 27 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, who all cared for her faithfully and with love. MEMORIAL SERVICE: A Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on October 12 at the Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street, Bennington. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of the organizations she supported: The Second Congregational Church of Bennington www.vtcucc.org/churches/Bennington or the Southwestern Vermont Medical Cent (www.svhealthcare.org) or to the non-profit founded by her daughter Roberta, Disability 101, (www.disability101.org.)
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 10, 2013
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