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Marty Krautheim

1938 - 2013 Marty Krautheim loved to tell a story. This is his story.

Shortly after the depression Mary (Mintzinger) Krautheim and Mathias Krautheim gave birth to their first son, Martin, on June 23, 1938. They lived in a little house on Lily Street in Paterson, N.J. Six years later, Daniel was born. Dan and his wife, Fran, now live in Beaufort, N.C. Marty was uncle to their son, Kyrn, and their daughter, Katherine (Krautheim) and Carl Fiebich of Raleigh, N.C.

Everything this city boy wanted was within a bike ride for Marty-most of all the fishing holes. Never one to sit around, Marty often earned more in a week than his dad by setting bowling pins and working at the A &P.

Winter would find him with his ice skates slung over his shoulder. It was at one such pond that Carol Kennedy told him her hands were cold so he offered her his mittens. Some romantic, that Marty Krautheim at thirteen. Apparently, Carol saw the wonderful life she and Marty would spend together for 43 years.

During that time Marty and Carol had a son, Mark, and three years later, a daughter, Lisa. Mark and his wife, Susan Briere live in Orwell, Vt., and have a son Mathew Briere-Saltis. Lisa and her husband, John Bendik, have a son, Jacob, and a daughter, Gretta. Marty was so proud to attend nearly every event Jacob and Gretta have been involved in since they moved to North Bennington.

Marty loved his four years of Navy experiences. Stories developed about being volunteered for swim team, shore patrol in Havana and swimming with the sharks to practice tipping his life raft over. Marty found a "Kiddie Med Cruise" immediately upon graduating from Paterson Tech in 1956. He left the Navy as a Electricians mate 2nd Class, honorably discharged.

For thirty-seven of his 75 years, Marty was an employee of Energizer. One of his favorite stories was how he purchased the machines and hired his own crew for the startup of the Drydees factory in Connecticut for Union Carbide. One year later, unable to compete in the Pampers-dominated world, the plant closed. Marty, Carol, Mark and Lisa moved to Bennington.

After coming to Vermont for many years to fish, now he could live here. And live here he did. Marty lived every minute of every day to the fullest. Winter found Marty on the slopes skiing or snowmobiling or in his shop working on a wood project. Summer found him fishing or on his motorcycle. This was this Jersey boy's dream.

In 2000, Marty lost Carol to cancer. So in 2001, Marty left the beautiful house he built in Salisbury to live the remainder of his life on East Road with his wife, Cindy (Stratton) Tripp. Melissa (Tripp) Reardon and Frank Reardon of Quincy,

Mass., gave Marty three daughters, Ali, Samantha and Genevieve, to share as his granddaughters. Kyle and Kelly (Harbinger) Tripp of Alpharetta, Ga., offered Jessica and Stratton Tripp for Marty to grandfather. Kristi (Tripp) Pepoon and Arthur Pepoon shared Luci Schultz with Marty. Matthew and Liz (Bascon) Tripp round out Marty's second family with Caleb, Kaia, and Levi Tripp.

Over the last twelve years, Marty and Cindy traveled to many places. Among the places they adventured were the Greek Isles, Turkey, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, the Baltics and Egypt to name a few. But Marty's favorite was Africa. The amazing sights seen there were his favorite stories. Like the night Cindy stayed awake listening to the lions roar nearby. When Marty woke up he refused to believe that she had heard them. Imagine his surprise when the Dziaduls and Blakes arrived at breakfast wide-eyed with "Did you hear the lions last night?" One of the only times Marty was wrong.

There are a few in this world who know true love. Marty Krautheim has loved and been loved dearly by two women in his life. Both families are the better for having shared him. Both families mourn his loss.

Marty's story ended on Wednesday, July 17.

Memorial services celebrating Marty's life will be held from the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 3 p.m. Friends are invited to pay their respects to Marty's family at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

Should you wish to honor Marty's life, please donate to VNA and Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care Patient Necessity Fund or the White Chapel Society through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.



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Published in Bennington Banner on July 18, 2013
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