Francess Carpenter

CHESTER - Francess "Bunny" Carpenter, 88, a lifelong resident of Chester, died peacefully at home on Sunday, July 3, 2011.

She was born in Chester Depot on Aug. 15, 1922, a daughter of Charles and Adaline (Austin) Hazen. She attended Amherst College in Massachusetts before coming back to work with her father at the Chester Depot Post Office.

Bunny worked as postmaster for 37 years, retiring in 1977. Following her retirement, she did doll sewing for Bonnie Waters for nearly 30 years. She also volunteered for several years in the Chester Andover Elementary School kitchen and was the household caretaker for elderly ladies. She collected Hummels, chickens and knitted.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, A. Bernard "Barney" Carpenter; a daughter, Adrianne Frye and her husband Richard of Chester Depot; a stepson, Terrone Carpenter of The Villages, Florida; her grandson, Staff Sgt. John T. Goode III, stationed in Fort Sheridan, Illinois; a sister-in-law, Leona Hazen of Chester; and by her loving dog, Sammie; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by five sisters, Marguerite Fairbanks, Doris Shaughnessy, Ethelyn Huntoon, Anna Johnson and Harriet Benson; and by two brothers, Stephen Hazen and George Hazen.

A visiting hour at Adams & Kenney Funeral Home, 35 Depot St., Chester, will be held Friday, July 8, 2011, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a graveside service at 11 a.m. in North Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bunny's name may be made to TARPS (The Animal Rescue and Protection Society), PO Box 274, Chester, VT 05143.

Funeral Home

Adams Funeral Homes & Cremation Service
35 Depot St Chester, VT 05143
(802) 875-2611

Published in Rutland Herald on July 6, 2011