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John H. Maloney

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for John H. Maloney were largely attended on Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington where the Mass of resurrection was offered by Rev. Vincent Coppola, c.s.c., associate pastor. Assisting in the celebration of the funeral Mass was the Rev. Julian LaFlamme, a cousin of Mr. Maloney.

Organist was Diane Maynard and soloist was Katie Beck. Hymns offered during the funeral service were “Be Not Afraid,” “On Eagles’ Wings,” “Here I Am Lord” and “You Are Near.” The funeral pall was placed on Mr. Maloney’s casket by his children, Maureen Legacy, Dennis Maloney and Kathleen Jelley. A wooden cross was than placed on the casket by his wife, Martina Maloney. The scriptural readings were offered by a cousin, Dolores Chapman, and a grandson, Kyle Maloney. The offertory gifts were brought to the altar by Jessica Moriary and Laura Maloney. The eulogies were offered by Dennis Maloney and a grandson, Gary Jelley Jr. Serving as acolytes were Edward Molloy, Leonard Anzivino, John Reed and Dr. Barth Vanderels. At the end of the funeral mass the hymn “Amazing Grace” was played on the bagpipes by Carol Yerg.

A prayer service at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home preceded the funeral mass.

During the visitation at the funeral home on Thursday members of the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department formed an honor guard. Mr. Maloney served as Bennington County Sheriff for 39 years. Members of the Bennington Elks Lodge conducted services for their past exalted ruler during the visitation with other past exaulted rulers leading the service. Also in attendance were current and former members of the Bennington County Sheriffs Department, Bennington Police department, Vermont State Police and employees of the town of Bennington highway department.

The wake service was offered Thursday evening by the Rev. James Preskinis, c.s.c., pastor of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church officiating.

Burial took place in the family lot at Park Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. Coppola offering the committal prayers. Military honors were accorded the World War II veteran by Ralph Brown and Joseph Krawczyk of American Legion Post 13 who folded the American flag and presented it to Mr. Maloney’s wife. Taps were sounded by Maurice Rancourt.

Following the funeral service a reception for family and friends was held at the Bennington Elks Lodge.

Mr. Maloney, a resident of Dewey Street, died Dec. 26, 2005, at his home.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 2, 2006
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