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Marion T. Wheeler

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Marion T. Wheeler, 91, formerly of Broad Street, died Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at the Hoosick Falls Health Center, where she had been a short time. She had lived at the Mary McClellan Skilled Nursing Facility for the past seven years.

Born Friday, Dec. 15, 1911, in Manhattan, she was the daughter of Albert and Jennie Brooks Wheeler. The family soon moved to Tibbett Avenue in the Bronx and summered in Cornwall Bridge, Conn. Marion was educated at the Barnard School for Girls and then attended secretarial school. During World War II, she was a riveter at Eastern Aircraft in Tarrytown. For many years, she and her twin sister Alice, managed the Fieldston Property Owners Association in Riverdale. In 1983, they moved to Cambridge.

Marion was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Riverdale and Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge. In both churches she was on the vestry and altar guild, and a member of the women’s group. When in Cornwall Bridge, she attended the First Congregational Church in Cornwall. She had been active on the Diocesan board in Albany.

Marion was always very active in her community. As a young woman she was a Girl Scout leader and involved in the American Youth Hostel. She was dedicated to and involved in numerous organizations in Cambridge. These include: the Mary McClellan Hospital Auxiliary; the Ondawa-Cambridge Daughters of the American Revolution; Friends of the Cambridge Library; the Cambridge Historical Society; the Fort Salem Theater; Hubbard Hall and its membership committee; Salem Women’s Club; and the Cambridge Senior Citizens. She was a founding member of the “Loose Ladies of Cambridge” and a shareholder in the Cambridge Hotel.

She was an accomplished needleworker, enjoying needlepoint, knitting and crocheting. She initiated a program at Christ Church for making individual custom designed kneelers that are still in use.

Marion and Alice were members of the International Twins Association and traveled extensively to conventions and were winners of many competitions.

Her beloved twin died in 1999 and her younger sister, Jane Norman of Greenwich, died in 2002. A brother, Fred Brooks Wheeler, predeceased them.

Survivors include three nephews, Richard Norman of Greenwich, David Norman, and his wife Ferrilyn Sourdiffe, of Eagle Bridge and Philip Norman, and his wife Cynthia, of Baltimore, Maryland and seven great nieces and great nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Saturday, June 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ackley and Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main St., Cambridge.

There will be a funeral service on Sunday, June 29, at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church, St. Luke’s Place, Cambridge. Rev. Paul Baker will officiate.

Burial will be at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, N.Y., on Monday, June 30 at 1 p.m.

The family request memorial donations be made to either: Cambridge Historical Society, P.O. Box 123, Cambridge, NY 12816, or Hubbard Hall Projects, 25 East Main St., Cambridge, NY 12816.

George M. Bacon

NORTH HOOSICK, N.Y. -- George M. Bacon Sr., 81, a resident of Route 67, North Hoosick, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at his residence following a long illness.

Born in Bridgeport, Conn. July 25, 1922, he was the son of the late Douglas and Myrtle (Keeton) Bacon. Mr. Bacon received his education in the Bridgeport schools. A World War II Army veteran, he served from Sept. 4, 1940 until Oct. 1, 1945. During that time he served overseas and also with the military police assigned to the Pentagon.

Mr. Bacon married the former Lorraine Sember on March 16, 1942 in Virginia Beach, Va.

He retired from the Bridgeport Police Department in Bridgeport, Conn. after 32 years of service. Mr. and Mrs. Bacon moved to Pownal, Vt. in 1976 and resided there until 2002 when they moved to North Hoosick, N.Y.

Mr. Bacon was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1332 in Bennington. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose No. 1233, American Legion Post 13, the Bennington Club and AARP. He was also the vice president of A Child’s Wish Come True in Shaftsbury. While residing in Bridgeport, Mr. Bacon was a member of Masonic Ashlar Blue Lodge No. 124, past president of the Fellow Craft Club, past monarch of Obeh Grotto, past president of the Connecticut Eastern States Grotto and past member of Bridgeport Square Club. He also taught scuba diving for the Bridgeport Police Department and the Emergency Department in Bridgeport. He had worked with the Bridgeport chapter of Children with Cerebral Palsy and for eight years was a manager and player agent for the North End Little League in Connecticut.

Mr. Bacon will be remembered by all and will be sadly missed.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lorraine Bacon of North Hoosick; a daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Michael Krizan Sr. of North Hoosick and a son and daughter-in-law, George M. Jr. and Sandra Bacon of Naugatuck, Conn.; six grandchildren and their spouses, Michele and Stephen Gorman Sr., of North Hoosick, Michael Jr. and Kimberly Krizan of Berne, N.Y., Lorraine and Michael Higgins of York, Pa., Greg Krizan of Cambridge, N.Y., Stacey Krizan of Albany, N.Y. and Kimberly and Stefanie Bacon, both of Naugatuck; three great-grandchildren, Stephen Gorman Jr. of North Hoosick, Meggan and Amanda Higgins of York; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington on Monday, June 30, 2003 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Arthur Kingdon, Rector of St. Peters Episcopal Church officiating.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Sunday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 when the family will be in attendance.

Burial will take place in the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on Monday at 2 p.m.

Contributions in Mr. Bacon’s memory may be made to either the Shriners Hospital in Boston, Mass. or United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Connecticut through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

All members of the following organizations are asked to meet at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Sunday evening to conduct services in memory of Mr. Bacon: Moose Lodge 1233 at 7 p.m., VFW Post 1332 at 7:15, American Legion Post 13 at 7:30 and Mt. Anthony Lodge 13, F & AM at 8 p.m.

Edward L. Knapp

BENNINGTON -- Edward L. Knapp, 80, a former resident of Bennington and more recently of Bradenton, Fla., died Thursday, June 26, 2003 at Freedom Village in Bradenton.

Born in Bennington Jan. 10, 1923, he was the son of the late Edward and Margaret (Downer) Knapp. He received his education in the Bennington schools and was a graduate of the former Bennington High School.

Mr. Knapp was a World War II Army veteran. A gunner serving on B17 aircraft, he was shot down over France on Dec. 31, 1943. Mr. Knapp was rescued and attended to at that time by members of the French underground.

Prior to his retirement Mr. Knapp was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Bennington. Mr. and Mrs. Knapp moved to Bradenton in the early 1970s.

He enjoyed golf and reading.

Survivors include his wife, Caroline Connie Johnson Knapp of Bradenton, Fla.; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward L. and Nadine Knapp of Bradenton; a daughter and son-in-law, Collette and Peter Tinkham of Canton, Ga.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Fraher of Bennington and Agnes Powers of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; a brother, Larry Knapp of Bennington; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at 9:15 a.m. with a prayer and from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington at 10 a.m. where the liturgy of Christian death and burial will be of
Published in Bennington Banner on June 27, 2003
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