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John P. Griffin

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for Mr. John P. Griffin were held Wednesday morning at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church with the Rev. Robert Lozinski, c.s.c. pastor, offering the liturgy of Christian death and burial.

An eulogy was offered by a great-nephew, William Graney

Acolytes serving on the altar were Leonard Anzivino, Gerald Amadon, Charles Gould and Val Clifford, also serving on the altar was a great-great-nephew Jerimiah Ellement.

Readings were offered by great-nieces, Patricia Ellement and Mary Margaret Suite.

The church pall was placed on Mr. Griffin’s casket by Nicholas Suite and Kathlyn Ellement.

The wooden cross was placed on Mr. Griffin’s casket by Michael McCauley.

Offertory gifts were brought to the alter by Ryan Graney, Rachael Suite and Alicia McCauley

Bearers were great-nephews William Suite, Paul Graney, William Graney, Keith Ellement and Jack McCauley and a great-great-nephew Cadet Matthew Ellement U.S.M.A. and Sean Graney.

Serving as honorary bearers were John H. Maloney, John C. Reed, Yvette Blot and Pierretta Merrow.

The organist was Mr. Donald McMahon and the soloist was Monica Murray. Hymns offered were “My Redeemer Lives,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “I Know that My Redeemer Lives,” “Song of Farewell” and “I am the Bread of Life.”

Tuesday evening the Knights of Columbus 307 were lead in the recitation of the rosary by the Rev. Michael A. Demasi.

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

Burial took place in Park Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Lozinski offering the committal prayers.

Mr. John P. Griffin, 87, a former longtime resident of County Street, Bennington, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004 at the Hoosick Falls Health Center following a long illness.

Funeral arrangements were conducted by the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 8, 2004
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