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William Abraham Mosher

BENNINGTON -- William Abraham Mosher, 80, a resident of East Road, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004 at his residence.

Born in West Rutland, Nov. 19, 1923 he was the son of the late Ora and Jennie (Merriam) Mosher. He received his early education in Bridgewater, and later was a graduate of Agricultural College in Danvers, Mass. Mr. Mosher was a World War II U.S. Army veteran serving with the First Special Service Force and the joint U.S./Canadian parachutists. He saw action in the campaigns of the Aleutians Islands, Naples-Faggia, Rome-Arno, Southern France and the Rhinelands.

Mr. Mosher married the former Frances Mace on June 12, 1943 in White River Junction. Mrs. Mosher died April 3, 2003.

In earlier years Mr. Mosher was employed in the construction business and also as manager at Shadowbrooke Farm in Bennington. He later was employed at Wilcox Dairy in Manchester until the time of his death.

Mr. Mosher was a former member of the Bennington Rural Fire Department and the Arlington Fire Department. He was a long time active member of the Loyal Order of Moose #1233 and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1332. Mr. Mosher was active for many years with the 4-H Agricultural Club. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and bowling. His main interest was his home and family. Mr. Mosher had served as a volunteer during the 2003 Relay For Life in Bennington.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Norma and Nick Oldham, Linda and Dan DeBell all of Bennington and Karen and Rickey Crawford of Beaver Dam, Va.; two sons and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Dianne Mosher of Berlin, N.Y. and Keith Mosher of Danby; eight grandchildren, Ross Mosher, Ryan Mosher, Craig Mosher, Joseph Kinney, Brenda Potter, Lucas Crawford, John Crawford and Shaylene Mosher; one great-grandson, Brandin Potter; a sister, Genevieve Ferrel of Schenectady, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Mosher was predeceased by a daughter, Brenda Joyce Mosher; six sisters and two brothers, Winifred McCarthy, Helena Brehaut, Bessie Mosher, Alberta Mosher, Frances LaBlanc, Mary Corcoran, Ora Mosher Jr. and Edwin Mosher.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Friday, Jan. 9, 2004 at 8:45 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Hurd officiating.

Following the funeral service a reception for friends and family will be held at Moose Club in Bennington.

At Mr. Mosher’s request there will be no calling hours.

Private committal services will take place at White Chapel Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Mr. Mosher may be made to Southwestern Vermont Health Care Auxiliary for the Palliative Care Unit through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

All members of Bennington Moose Lodge 1223 and VFW Post 1332 are asked to meet at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Friday morning at 8:40 a.m. to conduct services in memory of William A. Mosher.



Barbara L. Cipperly

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Barbara L. Cipperly, 70, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, Vt. She resided on Cipperly Road in Hoosick with her husband Waldo Cipperly.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Jan. 10 from the Petersburgh Baptist Church. Relatives and friends may call at the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St. in Hoosick Falls Friday afternoon from 2-4 and evening 6-8 p.m. A complete obituary will appear in Thursday’s edition of the paper.



Patrick A. McGuire

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Patrick A. McGuire, 57, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt. He resided on the River Road in Hoosick Falls with his wife Ruth (Philpott) McGuire.

Patrick was born June 13, 1946 in Pittsfield, Mass., son of Edward and Kathleen “Kit” (Brennan) McGuire. He was educated at St. Mary’s Academy in Hoosick Falls. Patrick worked as a carpenter in the Hoosick Falls area throughout his life. He also worked at Allied Signal in Hoosick Falls and was currently the Petersburgh Building Inspector. He was a member of the St. Stanislaw Society and a former member of the Elks Lodge 4 178 both in Hoosick Falls.

Survivors other than his wife Ruth include two daughters, Mary K. McGuire of Wynantskill, and Patty Jones and her husband Shawn of Averill Park; two sons, Ed McGuire and Michael McGuire and his wife Kathy all of Hoosick Falls; a sister, Margaret Williams of South Carolina; six grandchildren Erin, Jenna, Patrick, Michael Jr., McKayla and Meggan; two sisters-in-law, Gail McGuire and Pam Philpott. He is predeceased by a sister, Kathleen Shaw, and two brothers, Edward and Thomas McGuire.

Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 9, 2004 at 9:15 a.m. from the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St. in Hoosick Falls and 10 a.m. from the First Baptist Church on Main Street. Burial will follow the service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Hoosick Rescue Squad through the funeral home.

Raymond R. Sharkey Jr.

KNOX, Maine -- Raymond R. Sharkey, Jr., 76 of Knox, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004 at his residence. Raymond was born on Jan. 31, 1927 in Bennington, Vt., the son of Raymond and Elizabeth (Barton) Sharkey.

Raymond was involved in the Masonic lodges all the way through Shrine. He was a member of the New England Showman Association, and past president of the Pine Tree Showman. Raymond also was a member of the Knox Station Grange and Eastern Star.

He enjoyed sailing, and sang in the Beverley Chapter of the men’s singing club. Raymond also was involved in Solar work.

He is predeceased by his parents, his brother and his sister.

Raymond is survived by his wife Marjorie of 53 years; his four children; Raymond III and Sonja Sharkey of Cannan; Elizabeth and Allen Blue of Valley Center, Kan.; Scott and June Sharkey of Strong, Maine; and Vaughn and Cheryl Sharkey of Hoosick, N.Y.; he is also survived by his 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004 at 2 p.m., at the Thorndike Congregational Church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Brooks Ambulance Service, The Pine Tree Showmans Scholarship Fund, or the Shriners Hospital. Arrangements are under the care of Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast, ME.



Ana Funes

BENNINGTON -- Ana Funes, 74, a resident of BenMont Avenue, died on Monday morning, Jan. 5, 2004 at her home.

Ms. Funes was born on Sept. 2, 1929 in San Salvador, El Salvador, and came to the United States in 1952. Following her arrival in the U.S., Ms. Funes worked for families in homes in the New York and Connecticut area.

Following her retirement to Bennington four years ago, Ms. Funes became a member of the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church. She was a very quiet, reserved and unassuming person, well known for her kind, caring and giving spirit. Ms. Funes enjoyed reading, especially history, geography, traveling, needlepoint and cooking. She had a vast knowledge of birds which she frequently shared with her friends.

Ms. Funes is survived by a nephew, Israel Dimas of Bennington; a niece, Lourdes Dimas of Montreal, Canada, and cousin, Carlota Garcia, and her family residing in Virginia.

A service to remember and honor the life of Ms. Funes will be held on Friday, Jan. 9, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church in Shaftsbury. Friends are invited to join Ms. Funes’ family following the service in the Michael Paulin Room at the Church for a time of fellowship and refreshment.

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Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 7, 2004
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