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Shaun Keenan

SHAFTSBURY -- Mr. Shaun Keenan, 23, a resident of Fox Hill Road, Shaftsbury, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003 as a result of an automobile accident in Shaftsbury.

Born in Holyoke, Mass., May 15, 1980 he was the son of Michael and Christine (Mika) Keenan. He received his education at Path Finder Regional High School in Palmer, Mass. He later attended Southern Vermont College in Bennington.

He previously worked at UST in Bennington and recently had been an employee at Four Seasons Roofing, where he helped supervise installations.

Shaun was full of life and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hiking, camping, the mountains and wildlife. Shaun was always looking for a new mountain to challenge him from the green mountains of Vermont to the Rocky Mountains.

He had little fear and would often venture off for days at a time to enjoy a new trail, always returning with stories of his hike and incredible pictures of mountain scenes and sunsets.

Shaun had a good heart and was very close to his family. He was a sincere and a dedicated friend to those that knew and loved him. He often showed his tenderness and creativity when he did gardening and landscaping.

He loved the simple things: a sunset, his pets or just fresh mountain air. He loved life and lived it to its fullest. He will be missed.

Survivors include his parents, Michael and Christine Keenan; a brother, Daniel Keenan of Shaftsbury; paternal grandmother, Theresa Keenan of Chicopee, Ma; maternal grandparents, Walter and Fredia Mika of Chicopee, Mass.; two uncles and their spouses, David and Margaret Keenan of Attleboro, Mass. and David and Susan Mika of New Hampshire; two aunts and their spouses, Linda Bressette of Ware, Mass. and Tony and Susan Jimenez of Pennsylvania, and Gary Bressette of Ware. Shaun is also survived by second cousins from all of the families.

There will be no calling hours. The funeral services will be private.

Should friends desire to make a donation, the family has made arrangements with the Green Mountain Club to accept donations in Shaun’s memory, which will be used for a special project that will be placed in the mountains along a trail in memory of his name.

Donations may be sent c/o Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.



Myrtle H. Abbott

BENNINGTON -- Myrtle H. (Holbritter) Abbott, 91, formerly of East Pittstown, died peacefully, Friday, June 27, 2003, at the Crescent Manor Nursing Home in Bennington, following a long illness.

Born in New York City, Jan. 18, 1912, Mrs. Abbott was the daughter of the late Alfred and Sarah (Taylor) Holbritter and the wife for 50 years of the late Stanton E. Abbott, who died in January of 1986. Mr. and Mrs. Abbott were married March 30, 1940.

In 1916, Mrs. Abbott’s family moved to Boyntonville (Town of Pittstown), N.Y., where she attended the Boyntonville District School and was a graduate of Hoosick Falls High School.

From 1927-1928 she was employed as a furniture inspector at the former Radio and Electric Company. Beginning in late 1928 she was employed for 14 years as a power press machine operator by the Lovejoy Chaplet Company in Hoosick Falls. Following her marriage, she retired in 1942 and became a homemaker in her East Pittstown home until moving to the Hoosick Falls Health Center in 1991.

Mrs. Abbott was a communicant of the former St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Church in Johnsonville, and a former member of both the Hoosick and New York State Grange.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Abbott was predeceased by her sister, the late Beatrice Holbritter.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a “Mass of Christian Resurrection” to be celebrated by Father John Riley, Monday, June 30, 2003, at St. George Roman Catholic Church in Pittstown, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the family plot located in Warren Cemetery in Boyntonville. At Mrs. Abbott’s request there will be no calling.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps (P.V.E.C.), 60 Parker School Road, Johnsonville, N.Y. 12094.

Funeral service details are under the direction of the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237, NY-7, located in Raymertown.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 28, 2003
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