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Kathryn VanBenschoten

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Kathryn VanBenschoten 1930 - 208 DORSET, VT. Kathryn Goepel VanBenschoten, 77, of Dorset, died peacefully in her sleep on March 31, 2008 after a short and aggressive battle with cancer. She was born in Newark, N.J., on April 27, 1930, the daughter of Ralph and Mary Rushe Whitney. She married Robert Goepel on April 16, 1955. Robert passed away on Nov. 26, 1963. Kathryn married William Hart VanBenschoten on June 9, 1967. She was a graduate of Upsala College in East Orange, N.J. She was a resident of Ramsey, N.J., until her move to Vermont in 1976. She was a very courageous woman who faced adversity with a smile. She enjoyed golf, tennis and paddleball. Her greatest joy, however, was her time spent with her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, William, of Dorset; two daughters, Nancy Goepel-Gallagher of Cape Cod, Mass., and Cindy Goepel-Wainwright of Marlton, N.J.; a son, Robert Goepel of Dorset; her grandchildren, Shannon and Robert Gallagher, Kelsey and Brianna Wainwright and Haley and Hannah Goepel, and her loving poodle, Amber. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held Friday, April 4, 2008 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Manchester. Friends may call at the BREWSTER FUNERAL HOME, 34 Park Place, Manchester, on Thursday, April 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. when the family will be in attendance. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Kathryn's memory be made to Hospice c/o Brewster Funeral Service, PO Box 885 Manchester, VT 05255. For directions or to send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 2, 2008
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