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James J. Kelly

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. James J. Kelly, 70, a former resident of Duffy Drive, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003 at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington following a long illness.

Born in Bennington, May 29, 1933, he was the son of the late Charles Kelly and the former Bessie (Hill) Kelly Hall who survives. He received his education in Bennington. Mr. Kelly was a United States Air Force Korean Conflict veteran having served from 1950 to 1953.

Mr. Kelly married the former Shirley A. (VanNess) Sanders in Shaftsbury on April 1, 1978.

In earlier years Mr. Kelly was employed as an officer with the Hoosick Falls Police Department. He later worked as a deputy sheriff with the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department until his retirement. While employed there he graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. Following retirement he was employed as a security officer at the former Farmer’s Inn in Hoosick, N.Y.

He was a former member at the Loyal Order of Moose #1233 and the Bennington Elks Lodge #567.

His home, family and especially his grandchildren were his main interests.

Survivors include his wife Shirley A. Kelly of Shaftsbury; a daughter and granddaughter, Susan Stroffoleno and Casey Stroffoleno both of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; his mother Bessie Hall of Bennington; five step-daughters and their spouses, Christine & Peter Sansone of Pawtucket, R.I., Vanessa and Russell Farnsworth of Chester, Shirley Ann and Carleton Lewis of Kinston, N.C., Barbara Carpenter of White Creek, N.Y. and Karen Douglas of Cambridge, N.Y.; two step sons and their spouses, Harry & Deborah Sanders of Shaftsbury and Jeffrey and Joan Loomis of Virginia Beach, Va.; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Kelley of Cambridge, N.Y. and Charles Kelley of California; two half-brothers, Leonard Kelley and Dennis Kelley both of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be held at All Faiths Chapel at the Vermont Veterans Home on Saturday, August 16 at 11 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered by Rev. Michael A. Demasi, Chaplain.

Friends may call at All Faiths Chapel on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. when the family will be in attendance.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Center Shaftsbury Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Kelly may be made to the Activities Fund at the Vermont Veterans Home through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 15, 2003
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