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William Abraham Mosher

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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.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 7, 2004
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