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Rose E. Hurley

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NORTH BENNINGTON -- Funeral services for Rose E. Hurley were held from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, where the liturgy of Christian death and burial was offered by the Rev. Edward Howard, s.j. Concelebrating the funeral mass was the Rev. Michael A. Demasi, retired pastor.

Organist was Louise Gauthier and soloist was Kelly Bird. Hymns offered during the funeral service were “Be Not Afraid,” “Here I Am Lord,” “Ave Maria,” “Amazing Grace” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.”

The funeral pall that draped the casket during the funeral Mass was placed by Rose’s children, Bill and Linda Hurley and Maggie and Greg Bird. A wooden cross and Rose’s rosary beads were then placed on the casket by Bill and Maggie. The scriptural readings were offered by Darcy Olin, a granddaughter, and Jean Patnaude, a niece. The offertory gifts were presented by Whitney Olin, a great-granddaughter, Joan Pinsonneault, a niece, and Michelle Weyers and Maria Lauzon, two grandnieces. Words of remembrance were offered by Father Howard, Father Demasi and Greg Bird. Acolytes were two grandchildren, Sean and Emily Bird, and a great-grandson, Ethan Olin. Serving as eucharistic ministers were Rosemary Lindsey, a niece, and Sandy Fields, a family friend.

Bearers were five nephews, James Corcoran, Michael Corcoran, Timothy Corcoran, Pat Hogan, Bill Martin and a grand-nephew, Hogie Patnaude.

The honor guard representing the St. John the Baptist Sodality were Sue Harrington, Betty Becker, Theresa DeMasi, Theresa Densmore, Jill Levin, Mae Fox, Marie Harrington, Eileen Flynn, Joyce Scarey, Madeline Gratton and Peg Crossman.

A prayer service at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home preceded the funeral Mass.

Tuesday evening Father Howard and Father Demasi offered the wake service at the funeral home.

Burial took place in the family lot in St. John’s Cemetery with Father Howard and Father Demasi offering the committal prayers.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 1, 2005
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