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Wilson Howard Brownell

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Wilson Howard Brownell, 90, formerly of Rensselaer Street, died on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, at the Hoosick Falls Health Center.

Born on Oct. 7, 1914 in Hoosick Falls, he was the son of the late Howard and Bertha Quackenbush Brownell. He was the loving husband of the late Helen Margaret Mason Brownell, who died on Sept. 17, 2001. They were married in the First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls on Feb. 16, 1946. He was a lifelong resident of Hoosick Falls.

Wilson attended school at the old Classic Street school until he had to go to work to support his family when his father took ill. He worked as a dairy/poultry farmer with his late uncle Sidney Brownell in southwest Hoosick. He started his career with the T. Cushman Co. in North Bennington in November 1941 before enlisting in the United States Army in 1942. He was honorably discharged in October 1945 at the rank of corporal. Wilson was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Clusters. He continued to work at Cushman’s until his retirement in 1977. Mr. Brownell was a former deacon and custodian for the First Baptist Church and also helped with the weekly Kiwanis luncheons. He was also a member of the American Legion in Hoosick Falls, the VFW and the Hoosick Falls Seniors.

Survivors include his sister, Doris Auering of Hoosick Falls, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters, Emma Baker and Ruth O’Dell, along with an infant brother.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls, with the Rev. Donald Nelson officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Grandview Cemetery in North Bennington.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Robson-Reinfurt Funeral Home, 72 Main St., on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. for visitation. For a guest book and directions, please visit www.robson-reinfurt.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Hoosick Rescue Squad or the H.A.C.A. Food Closet in care of the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 29, 2004
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