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Leocadia "Lee" Klinger

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POWNAL -- Leocadia “Lee” Klinger, a resident of Pownal who touched so many, left her body under hospice care at home, on Sunday, May 29, 2005, after a courageous two-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Lee was born in South Deerfield, Mass. on Nov. 7, 1953, the daughter of Kazimier and Adelaide (Noska) Safirowicz. She graduated from Frontier Regional High School in 1971, and was a graduate of Greenfield Community College in 2000.

Lee recently worked as a registered nurse in the medical-surgical unit at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. Prior to her immigration to Vermont, she worked at Bay State Hospital in Springfield, Mass., specializing in oncology nursing, in dedicated service to cancer patients and their families.

Lee worked for many years at the famous Shady Glen restaurant in Turners Falls, Mass., putting herself through college and raising her three children. Lee was a talented chef and enjoyed cooking at home with her husband. Lee loved Vermont, the landscape, creatures, and her people. She and her husband Walter were avid ballroom dancers. She was also active in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and helped raise money for the ongoing fight for a cure. Lee was also a breast cancer survivor and never had an unkind word for anyone.

She is survived by her husband Walter of Pownal, whom she married on June 1, 2002 in Addison; her daughter Nicole Gadreault and two sons, Cory and Jamie Gadreault, all of Greenfield, Mass.; her sister, Christine Richer of Greenfield; her brother, Richard Safirowicz of South Deerfield; her aunt, Sophie Clark of North Adams, Mass.; three grandchildren; and several cousins.

Funeral services for Lee will be held Friday, June 3, at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church in Northampton, Mass. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. The family will receive fiends Wednesday, June 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington. Memorial donations in Lee’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 957, Bennington, VT 05201. To send e-mail condolences, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 30, 2005
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