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POWNAL -- Robert F. Vanelli, age 83, a resident of Center Street in Pownal, died on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington following a brief illness.

He was born in Quincy, Mass. on June 24, 1924, the son of the late Caesar and Angelina (DiBona) Vanelli. He received his education in Quincy schools, Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. and attended Northeastern University in Boston.

Robert was a self-employed contractor, operating as Vanelli Construction Company. Robert was a licensed builder in the city of Boston and its suburbs as well as California. He was a real estate broker in Massachusetts and Vermont for many years and served as president of the Southwestern Vermont Board of Realtors.

Robert served in World War II as an Airborne Army Ranger in France and Germany. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Robert had been a long-time member of the Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown, Mass., a member of the USGA and the Pownal Historical Society. He was fond of travel, art and spending time with family.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Frances Lampman of Pownal, her children: Gary Lampman of Essex Junction, Christina Chittenden of Pownal and by close cousins Richard and Jean Keith of Charlotte, N.C.

He is survived also by his children: Robert S. Vanelli of Holbrook, Mass., Richard F. Vanelli of Clayville, R.I., and Marcia Chapman of Hollis, N.H., his brother and sister, Ronald E. Vanelli of Wayland, Mass. and Elaine Aluisy of Quincy, Mass.

He leaves seven grandchildren: Nicholas and Michael Vanelli of Holbrook, Mass., Adrian and Julia Chapman of Hollis, N.H., Mika Vanelli of Clayville, R.I., Joshua Chittenden of Adams, Mass., Courtney Chittenden of Pownal, and two great grandchildren: Vincenzo Vanelli of Holbrook, Mass. and Taylor Gallipeau of Pownal.

Graveside committal services will be held in Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.

A “Celebration of Life” is to be scheduled at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Chapter or the Pownal Rescue Squad through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 15, 2008
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