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BENNINGTON -- Hazel T. Zagata, age 95, widow of Joseph S. Zagata and a longtime resident of Silk Road, Bennington, died on Wednesday morning, Aug. 15, 2007, at the Centers For Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington following a long illness.

Hazel was born Feb. 14, 1912, to Linus W. Towslee and Grace (Montgomery) Towslee of Pownal. She received her education in the Pownal Elementary School and Drury High School in North Adams, Mass.

Hazel married Joseph S. Zagata on Feb. 5, 1936. Mr. Zagata died April 20, 1983.

She worked for various textile mills in Bennington, including the E-Z Mill and Thompson Manufacturing. In 1952 she was hired by Vincent Hoy as one of the first employees to work at the newly formed Hoy Manufacturing Co. The various positions that she held over the years included machine operator, unit captain, bookkeeper and office manager. She retired in 1978 as director and officer of the plant.

Hazel kept busy developing her projects. She especially enjoyed visiting with family and friends and also when in the company of her companion animals. In later years she was a senior volunteer, frequently attended dog shows and spent much of her time working in her yard. As was usual for Hazel, she dealt with her years of her illness with grace.

Hazel was a communicant of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington.

Survivors include her daughter, Joan M. Zagata; two nieces, Patricia Capella and Frances L. Streeter; two nephews, Frederick L. Towslee, Jr. and William E. Towslee, great nieces, great nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, and second and third cousins. She was predeceased by three brothers; Joseph W. Towslee, Byron E. Towslee and Frederick L. Towslee; two nieces, Virginia Pratt and Donna Smith: and a nephew Byron W. Towslee.

A prayer service will be held on Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. in Bennington, followed by a Mass of Resurrection at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow in the family lot in the Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter or the Bennington Project Independence through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

Information supplied by the funeral home.

Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 17, 2007
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