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Rose Bitensky 1912 - 2008 BENNINGTON Rose Lightman Bitensky, 96, a former resident at Fillmore Pond, died peacefully at her home on Village Lane on Friday morning, Sept. 26, 2008. Born in Pittsfield, Mass., on Sept. 17, 1912, one of four girls born to Barnett and Gussie Rosenfeld Lightman, she graduated from Pittsfield High School. She continued her education at Fitchburg State College, where she graduated with her Teaching Certificate. She returned to Pittsfield and taught in the Pittsfield School system. She and her husband, Jason, relocated to Bennington in the mid-1940's, where they owned and operated the Village Nook Restaurant on Main Street for 25 years. Mrs. Bitensky then worked at the former First Vermont Bank and Trust, now TD Banknorth, until her retirement. She then enjoyed traveling. A lover of the arts, she especially enjoyed the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, the Bennington Museum, Old Castle Theatre, and Tanglewood in Lenox. She was an avid reader, loved the opera, movies and Seinfeld. She also liked to keep current with the news, watching it on television and reading the Banner. A longtime volunteer, she spent many hours at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She was one of the original "soccer moms," transporting her children to and from their games as well as volunteering at area schools. Her husband, Jason Bitensky , whom she married in Pittsfield on July 2, 1944, died Sept. 7,1978. She leaves her son, Theodore Bitensky of Hopkinton, Mass.; daughter, Susan Siegel of Ashland, Mass., and four grandchildren, David and Abie Siegel and Jason and Justin Bitensky. She was predeceased by sisters, Mina Garland, Esther Lightman and Ida Compton. FUNERAL NOTICE: Graveside funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. at the Bennington Hebrew Cemetery (Park Lawn Cemetery) with Rabbi Joshua Boettger of Bennington Congregation Beth El officiating. Donations in memory of Mrs. Bitensky may be made to either the Vermont Chapter of the , Bennington Museum or American Parkinson Disease Association in care of the HANSON-WALBRIDGE FUNERAL HOME, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 27, 2008
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