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Robert Langlois

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Robert E. Langlois, 78, passed away at home on Plains Road, surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007.

Robert was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Bennington, Vt., the son of Fred Langlois Sr. and Mary Watson Langlois. He was educated in the area schools and at 17 years old, enlisted in the Army. He bravely fought in the Korean War and was awarded several medals. Upon his return from Korea, he married Aileen Merriman and had a son, David.

Robert worked as a heavy machine operator for the Town of Jacson, the Town of White Creek and retired from the Washington County Highway Department in 1988.

After he retired he met the love of his life, Kathleen Mauri, with whom he made his home for the past 16 years. Kathy lovingly and patiently took care of Robert for the last few years when his health began to fail.

He and his son, Dave, owned and operated the Langlois Lone Tree Maple. The sugared for 10 years until Robert’s health began to decline.

Robert enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycle, which he rode for many years. He was an avid gardener and with Kathy, had a large vegetable garden, keeping his family well supplied. He was also an avid camper and traveled all over New England and New York. He especially enjoyed camping at Crown Point State Campground.

He is predeceased by six siblings, Eveline Holcomb Beagle, Betty Beagle, Burnice, Arthur, Cecil and Fred Jr. -- who died this past July.

Survivors include his loving companion, Kathleen Mauri, of Cambridge; his son and daughter-in-law, David and Susan Langlois of Shaftsbury Vt.; two sisters, Virginia Langlois Peters and Vivian Langlois LaBombard, both of Cambridge; and many nices and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main Street, Cambridge. There will be a funeral service at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Debbie Earthrowl.

Burial with military honors will be in the spring at Woodlands Cemetery.

Remembering Robert’s love of animals, the family requests memorial donations be made to Second Chance Animal Hospital, P.O. Box 620, Shaftsbury, VT, 05262, or to the Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Drive, Bennington, VT, 05201.

Information provided by the funeral home.

Vera Ackley

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Vera Irene Ackley, 91, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan, 26, 2007, at Bennington Health and Rehab where she had been a resident for several years. She was the widow of Charles A. Ackley, who died in 2005. Born March 29, 1915, in Kiskatom, N.Y., she was the daughter of Nelson and Mamie Duncan Morey. She received her education in Palenville, N.Y., and moved to Cambridge in the mid 1930s. She worked at Mary McClellan Hospital as a nurse’s aide until she married her beloved husband on Sept. 21, 1941.

She was a long time member of the Embury United Methodist Church, a member and officer of Cambridge Valley Chapter 570 of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Mary McClellan Hospital Auxiliary.

Vera was an accomplished homemaker in the truest sense of the word. She was a gracious, hospitable, an excellent cook, baker and cake decorator, home decorator, flower arranger and a fabulous shopper.

Vera’s greatest joy in life was to love and serve her family, her friends, her neighbors and her church. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ. Her character was one of love, kindness, compassion, work, strength, wisdom and humor. A true partner with her husband, she answered phones and helped with many tasks at the funeral home. With her husband’s unpredictable schedule, she was the fabric that held her family together. She dearly loved and was dearly loved by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Vera is predeceased by seven sisters, two brothers and her son-law, Bruce W. Bracken, Jr. , who died in 2004.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Charles H. and Debbie Ackley of Queensbury; a daughter, Carol Ackley Bracken of Cambridge; a granddaughter and her husband, Erin and Bryan Genevick of Cambridge; two grandsons, Ryan and his wife Elizabeth Winn Bracken of Arlington, Va., and Philip Bracken of Cambridge; two great-grandsons, Daniel and Nathan Genevick; a younger sister, Eveline Beaty of Hoosick Falls and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

There will be no public calling hours.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at 1 p.m., at the Embury United Methodist Church, 41 East Main St., Cambridge. Pastor Cal Witham, a family friend, will officiate. A reception will follow at the church. Burial will be in the spring at Woodlands Cemetery, Cambridge.

Vera loved children and was always concerned for their welfare.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Washington County Children’s Committee, Nancy Vernold, 29 West View Lane, Fort Edward, NY 12828.

A special thanks to all who cared so for Vera so faithfully and lovingly at the Bennington Health and Rehab.

All of Vera’s family and friends would agree that to know Vera was to love her.

Information provided by the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 29, 2007
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