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Janet Tornabene

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POWNAL -- Janet A. Tornabene, 64, a resident of Brookman Road, Pownal, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington surrounded by her family and friends following a long battle with cancer.

She was born in Bennington, Dec. 28, 1942. She was the daughter of the late Joseph H. and Anna D. (Millett) Thompson. She received her early education in Pownal and was a 1960 graduate of Hoosick Falls High School.

Janet married Joseph J. Tornabene Sr. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in North Pownal, Sept. 5, 1960.

Janet enjoyed the warm weather. She especially enjoyed spending the winter months at their home in Ponce Inlet, Fla., and her summers at their home on Lake George, N.Y. She had a Zest for life beyond most as she enjoyed creating celebrations for family and friends. “Mamma” is remembered by all as a great listener, excellent cook and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She is especially remembered for her charming whit and exhuberance.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph J. Tornabene Sr., of Pownal; two daughters, Jennifer Cook of Pownal and Jessica Baldwin and Ronald of Williamstown, Mass.; a son, Joseph Tornabene Jr., and Dawn of Pownal; nine grandchildren Austin Turner, Bree and Ryan Cook, Matthew and Samantha Baldwin, Isabella and Joseph Tornabene III, and Megan and Erin Therrien; three sisters, Joan Montgomery of Florida, Judith Wallace of Virginia, and Joyce Campbell of Bennington; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was pre-deceased by a brother, John Thompson.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Tuesday Nov. 13, 2007, at 10:15 a.m. with a prayer and then from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church at 11 a.m. where the Mass of Resurrection will be offered.

The burial will take place in the family lot in Oak Hill Cemetery in Pownal.

Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Monday, Nov. 12, 2007 from 4 to 8 p.m., when the family will be in attendance.

If friends desire, contributions in memory of Janet A. Tornabene may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 9, 2007
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