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William C. Hassenpflug Sr.

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BENNINGTON -- William C. Hassenpflug Sr., 79, a resident of Shady Lane, Bennington, died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at his residence, following a long illness.

Born in Lilly, Pa., June 2, 1926, he was the son of the late William Sanford Hassenpflug and the former Gertrude (Mentch) Hassenpflug. He received his early education in Pennsylvania, where he was a 1944 graduate of Baldwin Township High School. He later graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

During World War II, Bill served in the U.S. Navy and then reenlisted during the Korean Conflict, where he served in the U.S. Army. During his military career, Bill was highly decorated, having received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement against the enemy during ground operations in Korea, while serving as a rifle platoon sergeant. He was also awarded two purple hearts. In June 2004, Bill was recognized by Gov. James H. Douglas, who presented him with the Vermont Distinguished Service Medal for honorable service in a combat theater. Bill married the former Cecelia M. Kearns at St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington on Dec. 24, 1945. Mrs. Hassenpflug died Oct. 15, 1999.

For more than 35 years, Bill was employed by the United States Postal Service, and at the time of his retirement was serving as the postmaster in Pownal.

A very active member of the community for many years, Bill was instrumental in the establishment of the Bennington Rescue Squad, the construction of the Bennington Rural Fire House on Beech Street, the building of the Bennington Recreation Center and the Beech Street Little League field. He was a former member of several town and school boards, including the Bennington Zoning Board and the Bennington Regional Planning Commission. He was a former Red Cross instructor and a past president of the Vermont Association of Letter Carriers. A devout communicant of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, he had also served as a lector at the church.

Bill was a member of American Legion Post 13 and VFW Post 1332 in Bennington. He was a former member of both Bennington Moose Lodge 1223 and Bennington Elks Lodge 567. He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and enjoyed woodworking and attending tag sales with his son, Bill Jr.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, William C. Hassenpflug Jr. of Bennington, Mark M. and Cathy Hassenpflug of Epping, N.H., Keith M. and Kimberly Hassenpflug of Chesire, Mass., and Bryan R. and Lorie Hassenpflug of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; a son-in-law, Peter Bloodworth of Pittsford; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Hassenpflug of Covina, Calif.; two sisters, Debbie George of Eighty Four, Pa., and Sandy Loskill of California; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

In addition to his wife, Bill was predeceased by a daughter, Cheryl Bloodworth, and a sister, Lois Collier.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at 12:30 p.m. with a prayer and from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 1 p.m., where the Mass of resurrection will be offered.

Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., when the family will be in attendance.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery.

Contributions in William C. Hassenpflug’s memory may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

All members of the following organizations are asked to meet at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home Tuesday evening to conduct services in memory of Bill Hassenpflug: American Legion Post 13 at 6:30 p.m. and VFW Post 1332 at 6:45 p.m.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 13, 2006
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