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Michael A. DeMasi

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Rev. Michael A. DeMasi 1917 - 2009 NORTH BENNINGTON Rev. Michael A. DeMasi, 91, former pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church died Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center after being stricken at his home in Autumn Acres hours earlier. Born in Northfield on Sept. 20, 1917, son of Joseph DeMasi and Mary Grace DeMasi, Father was a graduate of St. Michael's College in Winooski and studied for the priesthood at Grand Seminary in Montreal, Quebec Father DeMasi was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 5, 1943. His first assignment was at St. Peters Church in Rutland. His first pastoral assignment was in the Northeast Kingdom where he served at St. Theresa's in Gilman with a mission in Lunenburg. From there Father was assigned to St. James Parish in Island Pond. In June 1965 Father DeMasi left Island Pond to become the pastor of St. John the Baptist Church, a position that he would hold until his mandatory retirement became effective in 1993. However, a short time later, Father DeMasi was called back to a church when he was named Administrator of St. Jerome's Church in East Dorset and Holy Trinity parish in Danby. Father DeMasi had also served for many years as the chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Council 307 in Bennington. For the past 16 years Father DeMasi has been a tireless visitor to the sick and the poor of the community as he made his daily visits to the hospital, nursing homes and community care homes in the area, collecting and distributing food to the needy, picking apples at local orchards to give to the poor, saying weekly Mass at the Vermont Veterans Home, distributing Eucharist to the homebound and serving others in countless ways. When Father DeMasi was recognized as Citizen of the Year by the NorShaft Lions Club the following was stated: "Father DeMasi has touched the lives of thousands of people. He has always been concerned not only for their spiritual, but also for their economic, social and medical well being. His concern and dedication to his fellow man is and has been truly outstanding." He leaves four sisters and their husbands, Donetta and Vincent Saccone of Roxbury, Mass., Maria Henderson of Texas, Catherine McKearney of Lunenburg and Barbara and John Bresnahan of Virginia; a sister-in-law, Theresa DeMasi of Bennington, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Father DeMasi was predeceased by a sister and three brothers, Philomena, James, Joseph and Rev. Andrew DeMasi. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held from the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME on Monday, May 25, 2009, at 10:15 a.m. with a prayer and from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington at 11 where the Mass of Resurrection will be offered by the Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Burlington. Father DeMasi will lie in state at St. John the Baptist Church on Sunday, May 24, from 4 to 7p.m. The Wake Service will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Burial will take place in the family lot in St. Johns Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in Father DeMasi's memory may be made to Bennington Project Independence through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. All members of K of C Council 307 are asked to meet at St. John the Baptist Church on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. for the recitation of the Rosary. Guest book condolences may be made at www. maharandsonfuneralhome.net
Published in Bennington Banner from May 20 to May 21, 2009
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