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Earle Stebbins

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Earle Stebbins

1926 - 2016 Berlin, VT - Earle "Stebbie" Stebbins, 89, departed this life on June 2, 2016 at Woodridge Nursing in Berlin, VT. Earle was born October 14, 1926 in Brattleboro, VT. At age 17 he joined the Navy as a coxswain serving on the USS YMS-340 and USS YMS-368 minesweepers. Following an honorable discharge on May 2, 1946, Earle operated Earl Cleaners in Brattleboro, until it was sold in the mid-1960's. He then worked in construction as a painter, carpet installer and drywaller until retiring. In 1949, Earle met and married Anne Marie Hardy from Winchester, NH. They had 3 children and raised them in Brattleboro, VT, and Hinsdale, NH. Anne passed away in 1990. Earle eventually settled in Keene, NH and spent the next 17 years with his companion and best friend, Laura Stimson until failing health necessitated that Earle relocate to Barre, VT to be closer to his family. Earle was a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW in Brattleboro. He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Keene where he and Laura attended many dances. He enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting and golf. No one was a stranger to Earle for long. He had a fabulous sense of humor and could talk to anyone. Earle is predeceased by parents Earl F. and Luva (LaCount) Stebbins, his loving wife Anne and his sister Anita (Stebbins) Ford. Earle is survived by daughters Toni Stebbins and her partner, Tim Casey, of Williamstown, VT; Susan Strunk and her husband Steve of Punta Gorda, FL; a son, Scott Stebbins of Barre, VT; grandchildren John and Stacey (Pierce) Liimatainen of Barre; Derik Liimatainen of Barre ; Lindi Liimatainen and her partner Scott Trojanowski of Topsham, VT; and Bryce Strunk of Punta Gorda. Earle is also survived by 3 great-granddaughters, Reilly and Casey Flye and Ashlyn Liimatainen, all of Barre. Earle leaves behind many friends and loved ones including Laura and longtime friends Jerry and Lona Kemp of Westfield, MA. FUNERAL NOTICE: Arrangements are being handled by Atamaniuk Funeral Home in Brattleboro. At Earle's request, there will be a graveside ceremony at Morningside Cemetery on Tuesday June 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM. The Morningside Cemetery entrance is located off S. Main St. in Brattleboro, Vermont. The family would like to thank all of the staff at Woodridge for their kindness while caring for Earle and our family. Memorial contributions can be made to Special Olympics Vermont. Please make checks payable to Special Olympics Vermont with "Central Vermont" written in the notes section. Mail checks to: Special Olympics Vermont, 16 Gregory Drive, Suite 2, S. Burlington, VT 05403. To sign an online guestbook with messages of condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on June 4, 2016
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