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Rita Lorraine Patten

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BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Rita Lorraine Patten were held from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 where the liturgy of Christian death and burial was offered by the Rev. Robert Lozinski, c.s.c., pastor.

Organist was Donald McMahon and soloist was Monica Murray. Hymns offered during the funeral service were “How Great Thou Art,” “On Eagles’ Wings,” “Ave Maria,” “Here I Am Lord” and “Be Not Afraid.” The funeral pall that covered the casket during the funeral mass was placed by Mrs. Patten’s children, Sandra Young, Christopher Patten, Pamela Crockett, Deborah Cullinan, Cynthia Adams and Michael Patten. A wooden cross was than laid on the casket by her brother, Alfred Allen. The offertory readings were offered by Cindy Adams and Kathy Cone, a niece. The offertory gifts were presented by Alfred Allen and three daughters, Sandra, Pamela and Deborah.

Serving as acolytes were Leonard Anzivino, Valmore Clifford, Francis Sausville and John Reed.

Bearers were two sons, Christopher and Michael; also Tony Cookson, Josh Young, John Hennessey and Arthur Prentiss. Honorary bearers from St. Anne’s Society were Theresa Agliere, Doris Bourgeois, Doris Boutin, Rachael Kinney, Edith LeRay and Louria Tessier. A prayer service at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home preceded the funeral mass.

Tuesday members of the St. Anne’s Society joined in the recitation of the rosary during visitation hours for Mrs. Patten.

Private committal services took place in the family lot at Park Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. Lozinski offering the committal prayers. A reception followed the funeral mass at the Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales parish hall.

Mrs. Patten, widow of Arthur E. Patten Jr., a resident of Pleasant Street, Bennington, died April 18, 2004 at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 23, 2004
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