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Lawrence S. Church

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PETERSBURGH, N.Y. -- Lawrence S. Church, 84, of Route 22, died Thursday morning, Aug. 10, 2006, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt.

Born Jan. 25, 1922, in Petersburgh, he was the son of the late Walter and Mae Blanchard Church. He was the loving husband of the late Alma L. Smith Church, who died on Aug. 16, 1998. He attended Petersburgh Baptist Church.

A lifelong resident of Petersburgh, Mr. Church was a self-employed logger before entering the United States Army during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater, and while in the service he met his wife, Alma. They were married in Galesburg, N.D., on June 28, 1946, and he brought her back to his hometown to start a family.

He owned Church Logging Company and in 1960 opened Church Garage in Petersburgh. He sold the business in 1980. Soon after he was a machine operator for Mahar Excavating of Bennington, retiring at 79, five years ago. He most recently was a fire commissioner for the Petersburgh Fire District, and a former member of the VFW of Hoosick Falls and the Hoosick Grange. He was the oldest bowler in the Wednesday International Bowling League at Bar-B-Que Bowl in Hoosick Falls, having bowled for more than 60 years. He also bowled in Bennington for many years. He loved hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his two sons, Peter L. Church, of Hoosick, and Alan D. (Karen) Church, of Petersburgh; a sister, Vera Yerke, of Petersburgh; grandchildren, Jessica Nash, David (Emily) Church, Michael Church; and a great-grandson, Alan Nash. He was predeceased by siblings, Mabel Brogue, Agnes M. Smith and W. Harlan Church.

Funeral services will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home, 66 Armsby Road, where the Rev. J. Mark Norlund will officiate. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley/Meadowlawn Cemetery on Hewitt Road. Relatives and friends are invited to the funeral home on Saturday for visitation starting at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Petersburgh Baptist Church in memory of Lawrence S. Church.
Published in Bennington Banner from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2006
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