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Laura Summers Kinney

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BENNINGTON -- Laura Kinney entered into eternal rest on Jan. 31, 2008, one day shy of her 93rd birthday, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation.

Laura was born in Plainfield, N.J., on Feb. 1, 1915, the daughter of William and Julia (Ennis) Summers. She married Earl G. (Jake) Kinney on April 4, 1942.

Mrs. Kinney graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic School and Plainfield High School. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English and French from Montclair State College, and a special education master’s degree from Rutgers University. While teaching in Plainfield she served as a student and teacher advocate on various committees. Even after she retired, she remained interested in Plainfield city and school affairs and attended meetings as long as her health permitted.

During World War II, Laura’s husband Jake enlisted in the U.S. Navy and she assumed his position in the Plainfield School System as attendance officer and school social worker until his return. When she resumed teaching later in life, she served the students in the special education program at Lincoln and Barlow Schools.

Laura was an active parishioner of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Plainfield.

Laura particularly wanted to express her gratitude to her students and their families as well as to those teachers and administrators who worked with her to enhance public school education in Plainfield.

Laura was an active parishioner of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Plainfield.

Laura is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Richard S. Kinney and Mary Lou of Boise, Idaho, and Thomas P. Kinney and Kathleen C. of San Diego, Calif.; and two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen and James Mariucci of Wildwood, Fla., and Patricia and Richard Dailey of Bennington; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and her loving friends both in Plainfield and Vermont.

She is predeceased by her father and mother, William and Julia Summers; husband, Earl “Jake” G. Kinney of Plainfield; and sister-in-law Katherine Kinney of Flemington, N.J.

Mrs. Kinney’s family will be in attendance at the Higgins Home for Funerals, 209 W. 8th St., Plainfield, NJ 07060, at 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, followed by liturgy at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church at Liberty Street and 6th in Plainfield at 11 a.m. Internment will follow at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery in Colonia, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Laura’s memory be made to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Plainfield, or to a favorite charity. Contact the family at www.higginshomeforfunerals.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 2, 2008
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