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Wallace P. Habel

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. Wallace P. Habel, 83, a former resident of New Vineyard, Maine, and more recently of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, at the veterans home following a long illness.

Born in Chelsea, May 28, 1921, he was the son of the late Phillip Habel and the former Ione (Pratt) Habel. He received his education in the Chelsea and Dover, N.J. schools. A member of the United States Army during World War II, Mr. Habel served from Aug. 21, 1942 until Jan. 11, 1946. In earlier years, Mr. Habel managed several motels in North Hampton, Mass., Arizona and Maine. He was last employed as a fire man in the boiler room at the hospital in Farmington, Maine.

Wallace was known as “Manny” to his family and friends. He was a loving and caring person. He loved cars and dogs, especially Snubby and Tyro.

Survivors include two brothers, Clarence Habel and his wife Joan of Tampa, Fla. and Joseph Habel and his wife Judy of Spring Hill, Fla.; three sisters, Katherine Atkins and her companion William Peet of Dolan Springs, Ariz., Florence Dalrymple of Dover, N.J. and Gladys Luczynski and her fiancé Ernest O’Dell of North Adams and Shelburne, MA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Mert (Bickford) Habel who died in 1996 and a daughter who died in 1952.

The funeral will be held at the Vermont Veterans Home All Faiths Chapel on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Foster, Chaplain officiating.

Burial will take place at the Vermont Veterans War Memorial Cemetery in Bennington.

There will be no calling hours.

Should friends desire contributions in memory of Wallace P. Habel may be made to the Vermont Veterans Home Activities Fund or the Bennington Area Hospice Inc. through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 18, 2004
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