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Patricia Haines BENNINGTON Patricia Haines, 71, of Bennington passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009.Ms. Haines attended Green Mountain Junior College, Pottsdam Teachers College, Brockport State University, and Colgate-Rochester Divinity School. Additional studies were at Oswego State and Utica State Colleges. She taught in Pottsdam, N.Y., El Paso, Texas, and at the Fairport, N.Y., BOCES, where she taught Human Services. She also taught pre-evaluation counseling and Peer counseling. She was a volunteer for Mental Health Association in Rochester, N.Y., and was a former President of the Board of Mental Health. Ms. Haines taught swimming, volunteered in a youth group home, was a foster parent, and assisted dozens of kids over the years. Ms. Haines performed her pastoral care work through the John Calvin Church in Henrietta, N.Y. She also published a neighborhood newspaper, volunteered for a community food garden, taught canning and institutional cooking, and was published several times for her religious and general poetry writings. She volunteered with Cooperative Extension Services, the Girl Scouts, the Camp Fire Girls, and the Boy Scouts. She loved singing, and was a past member of the Rochester Oratorio Society. Ms. Haines was very involved in the Second Congregational Church in Bennington, where she was a Deacon, taught Sunday School, worked with the Missions, and was a clerk. She also sang in the church choir. Throughout her life, she applied her caring spirit to helping others, be they small children and kittens when she was a child, or new babies or disaster victims through her work in assembling care kits in later years. Her other interests included traveling; she had been to Japan, Europe, and Canada. She enjoyed painting, crocheting, building furniture, gardening, cooking, and reading. She was predeceased by her father, Frederick Haines, and by brothers, Harvey and Fred. She leaves her mother, Eleanor; sister, Nancy Snow (Alan); daughter, Jennifer Hoeve (Bob); son, Jonathan Haines (Kim); grandchildren, Jeremy Jones, Brittany Hoeve, Tyler Hoeve, Meghan Haines, and Brendan Haines, and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be directed to the Second Congregational Church, Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 5, 2009
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