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Iola C. Jarvis 1934 - 2011 NORTH POWNAL, VT Iola Connolly Jarvis of North Pownal was born on Feb. 17, 1934, in Los Angeles, Calif. She died on Jan. 23, 2011, in Rockledge, Fla., at the age of 76. Iola was predeceased by her husband, LTC Robert C. Jarvis, Retired, and is survived by her four children, J. Michelle Galusha of North Pownal, Suzanne Wargo of Viera, Fla., Robert C. Jarvis, Jr., of Danvers, Mass., and Jennifer Brady of Rockledge, Fla., as well as her surrogate daughter, Yuko Kato of Mechanicville, NY. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Iola was the adopted daughter of the late Jeremiah and Mae Connolly of Los Angeles, Calif. She attended St. Michaels Elementary School, St. Mary's Academy, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Canada, Calif., and Immaculate Heart College in Hollywood, Calif. Iola was employed as a Legal Statement Reporter for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and at the Fort Collins Police Department in Colorado before retiring after 25 years at the Bennington Police Department in Vermont, where she served as a dispatcher, secretary, and administrative assistant. She also volunteered for many organizations, including Chair and member of the Pownal Republican Committee, Pownal Community Development Committee, RSVP Advisory Board, BRCC, Solomon Wright Library Board, Gray Lady with American Red Cross, and an Army Emergency Committee Relief Worker. Although Iola loved to travel, and did so extensively with her family before Robert's retirement from the Army, she also loved the farm they purchased in 1958 on Mt. Anthony Road in North Pownal, where she spent many years designing and redecorating their home. Iola continued to travel whenever possible and also took frequent trips to their retirement home in Viera, Fla. Iola loved family and close friends, often neglecting her own needs to make sure those she loved were safe and well taken care of. Her other loves include classical music, opera, theatre, politics, reading, animals, and writing. Her passion for life was immeasurable. She was adored, admired and greatly loved by her family and close friends. Iola will be forever missed. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at 11 a.m., where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered. Friends may call at the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. Burial will take place in the spring at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY. Should friends desire, contributions in memory of Iola Connolly Jarvis may be made to Home for Our Troops through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.

Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 8, 2011
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