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M. Ellen Carpenter

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BENNINGTON -- A prayer service was held for M. Ellen Carpenter on Saturday Dec. 16, 2006, at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington with the Rev. James Mackey, a family cousin from Glens Falls, N.Y., officiating.

The Mass of Resurrectoin was largely attended and followed at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington. The mass was concelebrated by the Rev. Mackey and the Rev. Richard Bullene, administrator of Notre Dame University, and the Rev. Michael DeMasi.

The pall was placed on the casket by her three siblings, their spouses and her niece and two nephews; Mr. and Mrs Robert and Patricia Bolduc, Mr. and Mrs. John and Sylvia Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore and Ann-Chantel Carpenter, and her niece, Ms. Elizabeth Carpenter and her two nephews, Mr. Jess and Mr. John Carpenter. The Cross of the Resurrection was placed on the casket by Ellen’s mother, Mrs. M. Elaine Carpenter.

Acolytes for the mass were Mr. Leonard Anzivino, Mr. Gerald McMurray and Mr. John Reed. Musical selections for the mass included, “On Eagles’ Wings,” “Ave Maria,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Here I am Lord” and “Notre Dame Our Mother.” Soloist for the mass was Ms. Judy Muncy, a close friend, and she was accompanied by Dr. Donald McMahon on the organ.

The Old Testament Scripture was read by Ellen’s friend and business partner, Ms. Christina Roach, and the New Testament Scripture was read by Ellen’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Sylvia Carpenter. The Homily was offered by the Rev. Mackey.

The Eucharistic gifts were brought to the altar by her niece, Ms. Elizabeth Bolduc, and her nephews, Mr. Jess and Sean Carpenter.

Words of Tribute and Remembrance were offered by close family friend Mr. Raymond Marvar and her three siblings, Theodore Carpenter, John Carpenter and Patricia Bolduc.

Pallbearers for the services were her two brothers, Theodore and John, Ellen’s nephews, Jess and Sean, her brother-in-law, Mr. Robert Bolduc, and friends, Mr. Raymond Marvar, Mr. John Marvar, Mr. Christopher Panos and Mr. David J. Rasnik.

The committal service followed at the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington where the Rev. Mackey offered the Prayers of Committal. Included in the committal services was the playing of the Notre Dame University Victory March.

The Rev. Mackey offered the Vigil Service on Friday afternoon at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington. Attending the calling hours were several members of the Catholic Daughters of America. In attendance at the services was Ms. Patricia O’Hare, the Dean of the Notre Dame University Law School from which Ellen graduated. Also attending the services were several attorneys from Ms. Carpenters Law Firm of Roach and Carpenter, P.C., and many other representatives from the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Woman’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and the American Bankruptcy Institute, as well as several lawyers who have known and worked with Ellen over the many years of her practice.

Ms M. Ellen Carpenter, 52, a well known member of the Boston Legal Community, died suddenly on Dec. 10, 2006, at the Massachusetts General Hospital of complications from a cerebral aneurysm while visiting her family in Bennington.

Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral home in Bennington.

Gibson service

BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for Aiden James Gibson were held Saturday morning Dec. 9, 2006, at Hansen-Walbridge Funeral Home in Bennington. The Rev. James T. Preskanis, csc, pastor of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales, conducted the service. Those in attendance listened to the hymns “On Eagles Wings” and “Here I Am Lord.”

The Rev. Preskanis offered scripture readings and the eulogy. A special poem dedicated to Aiden was read by his grandmother Monica Gibson. Interment followed in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery where the Rev. Preskanis offered burial rites and committal prayers.

Serving as pallbearers were Derek Gibson and Christopher Johnson. A time of fellowship and refreshments followed the service at the First United Methodist Church in Bennington.

Aiden James Gibson, infant son of Amy E. Drew and Jory Gibson of Bennington, died Nov. 26, 2006, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

Arrangements were under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home 213 West Main Street Bennington, Vermont.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 18, 2006
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