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NORTH POWNAL -- Joseph E. Chenaille, 79, a resident of Mount Anthony Road in North Pownal, died on Monday morning, Nov. 26, 2007, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington following a long illness.

He was born in North Adams, Mass. on Jan. 8, 1928, and was the son of the late Ernest and Olive (LaFreniere) Chenaille. He received his education in local schools. Joseph served in the Navy during World War II. He entered the service on Jan. 3, 1946, and was discharged from active duty on Nov. 12, 1948.

He married the former Elva Bolton on Nov. 12, 1949, in Bennington. Mrs. Chenaille predeceased him.

In earlier years, Joseph was employed at Mack Molding Co. in Arlington. For many recent years, he had been a self-employed contractor in the area.

Joseph was a former member of the American Legion Post 13 in Bennington and more recently of the American Legion Post in Pownal. He was a member of the Bennington Elks Lodge and the Bennington Moose Lodge. He was a member of the Pownal Rescue Squad and the Pownal Fire Department. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in North Pownal. Joseph was an avid golfer, bowler, woodworker and gardener.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and Barbara Chenaille of North Pownal, and Eric and Sheila Chenaille of North Pownal; his daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and John Harwood of Bennington; a brother and sister-in-law: Adrian “Pat” and Dorothy Chenaille of Pownal; two sisters, Victoria Baker of North Bennington and Theresa Forcier of Pownal; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Krawczyk of Bennington and William Bolton of North Bennington; his sister-in-law Shirley Chenaille of Pownal; one aunt, Madeline Gauthier of Bennington; a former daughter-in-law, Melini Chenaille of Bennington;s 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Joseph was predeceased by his sister Madeline Chenaille, his brother Alfred Chenille and his infant daughter Sheri Chenaille.

At Mr. Chenaille’s request there will be no services and no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Association through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, 05201.

Guest book condolences may be offered at Ben-ningtonbanner.com or www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 27, 2007
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