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Harold F. Gershaneck

1922-2012 BENNINGTON Harold F. Gershaneck, better known as Harry, died September 2, 2012 at the Vermont Veterans Home surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of Julia Quinn and Jacob Gershaneck, born in Bronx, New York on April 4, 1922.

He is survived by his brothers, Alexander of South San Francisco, California and Joseph of Sanford,Florida and a sister-in-law, Grace Pacitto of Shaftsbury, Vermont.

He married Viola Keeler on September 26, 1945. Viola died August 11, 1981. He leaves five children Lee, Glenn, Lane, Tracey and Kerry and was predeceased by his daughter Janet, who died October 16, 2008. He is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Harry served in the Army Air Corps a short time before receiveing a honorable medical discharge. He then went to work at the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. for 30 years as a plate printer. He moved to Bennington,Vermont after retirement and worked in the money room at Green Mountain Race Track, the Bennington Post Office and The Gift Garden.

Harry was an avid reader and cribbage player. He enjoyed league bowling, golf and thoroughbred racing. Music was very important to him for his entire life, especially Frank Sinatra.

He was a long time member of the American Legion, the Elks, and the DAV.

Harry married the former Elizabeth (Bette) Moss on April 23, 1982 in Elkton, Maryland. Besides his wife, he leaves his step-children, Ralph, Peter, Mari and Stephen; several step-grandchildren and great grandchildren ans step-nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A private funeral mass was held at the Four Chaplins All Faiths Chapel at the Vermont Veterens Home on Saturday, October 20, 2012 with the Reverend James Holden officiating. Military honors were accorded the World War II veteran following committal services at the Vermont Veterens War Memorial Cemetery in Bennington.

At this time the family wishes to thank the Vermont Veterans Home A Wing staff as well as the Activities and Physical Therapy departments, for both their professional and loving care to Harry and his family during his illness.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home.


Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 22, 2012
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