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MARSTONS MILLS, Mass. -- Robert Matthew Bob Schlesinger, 79, of Marstons Mills, passed peacefully at home Sept. 24, 2007. Bob was born Oct. 10, 1927, in Dunmore, Pa., the youngest child of Gerald W. and Frances (Dacey) Schlesinger.

Bob is survived by his wife Irene, of 54 years; his three children Linda Charland and her husband Ed of Saco, Maine, Barbara Schlesinger of Pownal, Vt., and Robert Schlesinger Jr. and his wife Gail of Medfield; his sister Jean Reap Russo of Bloomfield, Conn.; his grandchildren Shawn Clark, Dawn Chafin, Michael Langwiser, Jessica and Robert M. Schlesinger III; a sister-in-law Bernice Schlesinger; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his brothers Bernie and Gerald, and his sister, Sister M. Francetta, IHM.

Bob moved with his family to Hartford, Conn., in the early 1940s and graduated from Hartford Public High in 1946. Bob began his long affiliation with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in the early 1950s. In these early Pratt years, Bob continued his education while working and raising his family, earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford in 1959. At the time of his retirement from Pratt in 1987, Bob had risen to project manager, facilities, for Pratt’s East Coast operations where he was instrumental in setting up Pratt’s Berwick, Maine, and Columbus, Ga., plants. Bob then began his own consulting firm, Shanger Associates, of which he served as president.

Having lived in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Georgia and Maine, Bob and Irene moved to Cape Cod six years ago to semi-retire. At the time of his death, Bob was employed at Stop & Shop in Marstons Mills.

The funeral will be Friday at 9:15 a.m. from the Molloy Funeral Home, 906 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Timothy Church, 1116 North Main St., West Hartford. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Calling hours are Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Bob requested that donations be made in his name to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 25, 2007
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