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Meylan "Bill" Marden Sr. Obituary
MARDEN, Meylan Meylan "Bill" Marden, Sr., 91, of Stafford Springs, CT, husband of the late Freda (Thibodeau) Marden, passed away on Thursday, (February 25, 2010). He was born in Winterport, ME, son of the late Leroy and Lois (Young) Marden. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Before retiring, Bill worked as a heavy equipment operator for Kessler Construction Co. He spent two years in Saudi Arabia and Israel. He loved to garden, hunt, fish, snowmobile, play cards with friends, go to the casino, play Bingo and he spent long hours reading and watching birds. His John Deere tractor was his pride and joy. Bill belonged to the Second Congregational Church of West Stafford, the Operating Engineers Local 478, the Italian Benefit Society, a former member of the Masonic Lodge, two snowmobile clubs in Maine, and was a lifelong member of the Strazza, Tonoli Emhoff Post No. 26 American Legion and the NRA. He is survived by six children, Victor Marden and his wife Beverly of Gales Ferry, CT, Wilbur Marden and his partner Patti Forbes of Harrington, ME, Marie "Lana" Kology, Aloma Clark and her husband Bruce, Meylan "Lanny" Marden, and Joseph Marden, all of Stafford Springs, CT; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; two special cousins, Agnes Whitaker and Nellie Clauson of Bangor, ME; a step-sister, Joan Walker; and two very special friends, Laura Panceria and Sophie Wargo. He was predeceased by a sister, Unona; two brothers, Ellerson and Oscar; a daughter, Annette; two grandsons, Ralph and Dale Marden; and a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Marden. A Church Service will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church of West Stafford, 199 West Stafford Rd., Stafford Springs, CT, with a gathering to follow at the American Legion Post No. 26, 10 Monson Rd., Stafford Springs, CT. Burial in West Stafford Cemetery, Stafford Springs, CT, will be held at the family's convenience. At Bill's request, there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made be made to American Legion Post No. 26, 10 Monson Rd., Stafford Springs, CT 06076, Stafford Ambulance Association, 11 Monson Rd., Stafford Springs, CT 06076, West Stafford Fire Department, 144 West Stafford Rd., Stafford Springs, CT 06076, or to the Second Congregational Church of West Stafford, 199 West Stafford Rd., Stafford Springs, CT 06076. Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs, CT, has care of the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit: www.introvignefuneralhome.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 1, 2010
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