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John R. Powers

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NORTH BENNINGTON -- The liturgy of Christian burial for John R. Powers was celebrated Saturday afternoon at St. John the Baptist Church. The mass was con-celebrated by the Rev. Edward Howard, S.J., pastor, and former pastor the Rev. Michael A. DeMasi. Assisting on the altar and crucifer was Ivan Matt.

At the entrance of the church a wooden cross was placed upon the caste by Mr. Powers’ cousin Arla Sampsell. The testament readings and responsorial was read by Ernest Baron. The gospel reading was read by the Rev. DeMasi. During the homily, the Rev. DeMasi reflected upon Mr. Powers’ virtue of faith and wisdom, and his contributions to his country, church and the Village of North Bennington. The Rev. Howard offered personal reflections and memories of Mr. Powers.

The gifts were presented to the altar by Charles Cole and Joseph and Theresa DeMasi. Music for the service was provided by organist Louise Gauthier who accompanied soloist Mildred Pierce. Special musical selections included “On Eagles’ Wings,” “Parable,” “The Supper of the Lord” and “How Great Thou Art.” Serving as bearers were members of American Legion Post 13: Commander Patrick Moore, Commander Department of Vermont Ralph Brown, Chaplain John Welch, Ken Lorrette, Ken Coonradt, Joseph Krawczyk and Michael Krizan.

Burial followed in the Powers family lot in St. John’s Cemetery with the Rev. Howard and Rev. DeMasi offering the committal prayers.

The American flag draping the casket of the World War II Navy veteran was folded by Joseph Krawczyk and Ralph Brown and presented to Mrs. Sampsell by Mr. Brown. The taps and echo were sounded by Maurice Rancourt.

A prayer service preceded the funeral mass at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home.

Mr. Powers, 82, known as “Gooley” and a resident of Sage Street, died April 20, 2005, at the Vermont Veterans Home.

Arrangements were under the care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner from Apr. 21 to Apr. 25, 2005
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