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Herbert W. Gall

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BENNINGTON -- Herbert W. Gall, a resident of Bennington for over 50 years, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at Haven Healthcare in Rutland after a long illness.

Born in Landsberg, Germany, June 11, 1926, he was the son of the late Ernest W. and Anna (Olschewski) Gall. He received his early education in Germany and after moving to the United States in 1935 he was enrolled in the Elsmere Grade School in Delmar, N.Y. He later graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in 1944. He attended Siena College and Northeastern University. Mr. Gall was a World War II Army veteran, having served as a staff sergeant in the European theater with General Patton’s Fourth Armored Division.

Mr. Gall married the former Helen Fitzgerald in Jamestown, N.Y., on Feb. 5, 1949. Mrs. Helen Gall died in July 1999. Mr. Gall married Ruth Randle Smythe on June 15, 2002. Mrs. Ruth Gall died in January 2006.

In earlier years Mr. Gall was employed in Bellows Falls by Preferred Finance Company. He was later employed at the First Vermont Bank & Trust Co. in Bennington for 28 years and held the position of mortgage loan officer, retiring in 1984. Mr. and Mrs. Gall owned and operated the Chapel Mobile Home Park in Bennington for 20 years, until 1996.

Mr. Gall was a member of American Legion Post 13 and Bennington Elks Lodge No. 567. He was a past president of the NorShaft Lions Club and a former member of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary Board. He was also a member of the Second Congregational Church and was past treasurer of the church. He served Bennington County as treasurer for over 10 years and was also treasurer of United Counseling Service for two years and the Arlington Golf Association for four years.

Mr. Gall spent over 2,000 hours volunteering his time at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and was a volunteer driver for the Green Mountain Chapter of the American Red Cross for many years. His hobbies and interests included playing golf and bowling.

Survivors include five daughters, Linda Hurcomb of Middletown Springs, Suzanne Galvagni of Saratoga, N.Y., Kathy Slechta of Santa Clarita, Calif., Deborah Mears of Bennington and Penny DeVoe of Esperance, N.Y.; two sons, Herbert E. Gall of Edmond, Ok., and John J. Gall of Raleigh, N.C.; 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a stepbrother, Ernest Gall of Delmar, a stepsister, Hilda Kenneth of Washington, Pa.; sister-in-law Dorothy Gall of Schenectady, N.Y., nieces and nephews. Mr. Gall was predeceased by a daughter, Colleen Linendoll, and a stepbrother, Gerhard Gall.

The funeral will be held at Mahar & Son Funeral Home Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Mary Lee Clark, pastor of the Second Congregational Church in Bennington, officiating.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial will take place in the family lot in White Chapel Cemetery.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made in memory of Mr. Gall to either the Second Congregational Church of Bennington or the Green Mountain Chapter of the American Red Cross through the office of Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2006
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