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Jane Mae Thompson

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Jane Mae Thompson

BENNINGTON -- Jane Mae Parent Thompson, 65, a former resident of BenMont Avenue, died Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center following a long illness.

She was born in West Arlington, May 17, 1940. She was the daughter of the late Earl L. and Harriet Alena (Brown) Thompson.

She received her elementary education in North Bennington and the Kurn Hattin Home in Westminster.

In earlier years Jane was employed as a nanny in Delaware. She later worked at the Jard Company in Bennington and as a driver for the local mini-bus.

Her last employment was at the Vermont Veterans Home where she worked in the day care department, the kitchen and also as a chambermaid.

Jane was a client of United Counseling Service and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bennington. She loved her children, grandchildren and friends. She enjoyed sitting on her back porch looking over her flower garden. Janet also enjoyed knitting, television and playing the card game skip-o.

Survivors include two sons, Lee Thompson of Bennington and David Thompson of Shaftsbury; a daughter, Harriet Lincoln of Roswell, N.M.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a sister, Janet White of North Bennington; a brother, Earl Thompson of Jacksonville, Fla.; and one nephew and two nieces. She was pre-deceased by a son, John Thompson.

Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home Tuesday, May 31, 2005 from 2 to 4 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. The burial will take place in the family lot in Evergreen Cemetery in Arlington.

Contributions in memory of Jane Mae Parent Thompson may be made to the family in care of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.



Walter M. Rice

ARLINGTON -- Walter M. Rice, 83, of Center Lane, who lived in Arlington prior to moving to Deland, Fla., where he and wife Ruth resided for 30 years before returning to Arlington, died Thursday morning, May 26, 2005, at the Southwest Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. He was born in North Bennington on Jan. 23, 1922, the son of John Preston and Pearl Anne (Sweet) Rice and attended local schools. He was employed by the former Hale Company as superintendent in furniture manufacturing. Answering the call of duty for the “Greatest Generation” as a member in the Bennington unit of the Vermont Army National Guard, entering active service on Oct. 21, 1942, he met the challenge by attending officer candidate school at Fort Benning, Ga., and was assigned to the Third Infantry Division deployed to the European/North Africa theatre.

As a platoon leader and company commander of Company C, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division, Capt. Rice led and fought with infantry soldiers walking in campaigns starting in North Africa, through Italy and ending in Europe (France). Wounded in action on two different conflicts, his awards and commendations include the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for gallantry in action at the Anzio Beachhead and Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for combat leadership in France.

Seriously wounded in late 1944, he returned to the United Sates to recuperate, separating from active service on Feb. 7, 1947.

Additional military honors include the American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Medal with four service stars, World War II Victory Cross, Combat Infantry Badge, Honorable Service WW II lapel button and French Army Fourrageres Lanyard.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ruth A. White, whom he married in Manchester on Feb. 23, 1941, and celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this past February; three sons, Edward Rice, U.S. Air Force, retired, of Deland, Fla., Walter Rice of Vergennes, and William C. Rice of North Bennington; three daughters, Beverly O’Dell of Pownal, Sandra Zimmer of Arlington and Joanne Clayton of Arlington; two brothers, William Rice of North Petersburg, N.Y., and Clarence Rice of Manchester; 22 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cheryl Charpentier of Deland; two brothers, Lincoln and Milford Rice, and his sister, Mable Rhodes.

Funeral Services for Mr. Rice will be held Sunday afternoon, May 29, at 3 p.m. at Hanson-Walbridge Arlington Chapel, Route 7A, Arlington. Pastor Thomas Truscott of the Federated Church in East Arlington will conduct the service. Interment will be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, N.Y. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2005, at the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Walter’s memory may be made to Hospice of Bennington County, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Arlington Chapel, P.O. Box 528 Arlington, VT 05250.

For directions or to send e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Arlington Chapel, Route 7A, Arlington.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 28, 2005
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