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Walter P. Seidel

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BENNINGTON -- Mr. Walter Paul Seidel, 85, a former resident of West Road and more recently of the Vermont Veterans Home, died on Tuesday afternoon, July 4, 2006, at the home following a brief illness.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., March 23, 1921, the son of the late Arnold and Marie (Weigel) Seidel. He received his education in Brooklyn.

Walter served in the United States Army during World War II and received several medals for his service, including the Good Conduct Medal, a Bronze Star and the European Victory Medal.

As a young man, Walter played sandlot football in Brooklyn and also while serving in the Army.

He married the former Mary Mezowicz on Feb. 5, 1950.

For 21 years, Walter was employed by the New York City Sanitation Department. After moving to Vermont, he worked for Stanley Tool Company in Shaftsbury for 11 years, from which he retired the day his grandson, Brandon, was born.

Walter was a member of the Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church and a member of the 100th Division Society in New Jersey.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Seidel of Bennington; a daughter, Barbara Wetherell and her husband, Darrell, of East Hoosick, N.Y.; a grandson, Brandon Wetherell, and his fiancé, Kara Jones of East Hoosick; and two nieces, Lisa Seidel Gardner and Laura Seidel Toland.

He was predeceased by a son, Robert Anthony Seidel, who died June 27, 1970, and two brothers, Rudolph and Irving Seidel.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday morning, July 8, at 10 a.m. at the All Faiths Chapel at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington with the Rev. Michael DeMasi, chaplain, officiating.

Interment will take place in the Long Island National Cemetery in Huntington, N.Y., on Monday morning, July 10, at 11:30 a.m.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., on Friday, July 7, from 2 to 5 p.m.

If friends desire, contributions in memory of Walter may be made to either the Bennington Senior Citizens Club or the Vermont Veterans Home through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 6, 2006
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