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Jessie M. Gabrus

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SHAFTSBURY -- Jessie Mildred Gabrus, 75, a resident of Cleveland Avenue, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at the Southwestem Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 2, 1930, the daughter of Oswald and Emma Rose (Lohmuller) Darby and attended local schools. Jessie moved to Vermont in 1959 with her family to manage the Sky Top Motel. She later worked for Stanley Tools in Shaftsbury for 10 years.

Jessie enjoyed swimming, taking senior trips, bingo, genealogy and especially cherished times spent with her family, She was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Shaftsbury, the Petersburgh, N.Y., Senior Center, the Berlin, N.Y., Senior Center, the Hoosick Falls Senior Center and the Moose Lodge in Bennington.

Jessie is survived by her husband, Charles Edward Gabrus, whom she married on Nov. 24, 1948, in Elkton, Md.; two sons, Donald L. Gabrus and his wife, Starlene Rice, and Bruce E. Gabrus and his wife, Bonita Bushee; her sister Georgiana Pretty; six grandchildren, Donald Jr., Brenda, Kevin, Bernice, Becky and Kelly; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Kenneth.

Funeral services for Jessie will be held Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at 4 p.m. at Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington. The Rev. Lisa Anderson of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Shaftsbury will conduct the service.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, Dec. 30, from 3 to 4 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. Memorial contributions in Jessie’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Redeemer Lutheran Church, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201.

To send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 29, 2005
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