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Hawthorne, Ashley R.  
Brattleboro - Ashley Rose Hawthorne, 28 a resident of Brattleboro for the past 20 years died Tuesday afternoon, September 12, 2017 at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington following a brief illness. Ashley was born in East Liverpool, Ohio on November 7, 1988 the daughter of Keith and Cynthia (Hawthorne) Johnston. She attended elementary school in East Liverpool and was a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School. She had worked as a waitress at the former Riverview Restaurant, at the Marina Restaurant, worked in the Deli at Gouger's Market and also was an attendant at Sonny's Sunoco on Canal Street. Ashley enjoyed travel, music, dancing, reading, cooking and time spent with her daughter who was the light of her life. She also cherished time shared with her family and friends. Survivors include her mother Cynthia "Janie" Hawthorne, her daughter, Jasmine Rose and a brother, Justin Johnston all of Brattleboro. Additionally, she leaves a very special niece, Avery Marie, many aunts, uncles, cousins and a large host of friends. She was predeceased by her father and paternal and maternal grandparents. SERVICES: Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 23 rd at 1:00 P.M. at West Brattleboro Baptist Church on Western Avenue with Pastor Steve McClelland officiating. Calling hours at the church will be from 11:00 A.M. until the start of the services. A reception will follow the funeral to be held at Dalem's Chalet, 78 South Street, Brattleboro. Interment will be in the family lot in East Liverpool, Ohio. Memorial contributions in Ashley's name may be made to a special fund to help with the funeral expenses, checks can be made payable to Cynthia Hawthorne, in care of River Valley Credit Union, PO Box 8366, Brattleboro, VT 05304. To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence to the family please visit www.atamaniuk.com [ML($aTAMANIUK.JPG)]
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20, 2017
Levin, Ruth  
Ruth Levin - - local hero, active community member, and believer in peace, justice, political activism, and her Jewish heritage, died at age ninety, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at her Shaftsbury home. It was a beautiful autumn day, with the windows open, her Cat, Shaina, and daughters present. Ruth was born April 17, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1950, with her then husband, Ruth founded Ed Levin Jewelry where they lived and worked on the Upper West Side, NYC. She also worked at the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Brooklyn. Ruth and Ed traveled by bus throughout New England to colleges to sell jewelry. Intrigued by Vermont, in 1953, they bought a house in Shaftsbury, and established a business on their property, where they sold jewelry as well as Ed's pottery, sculpture, and paintings. In 1966, Vermont Life Magazine profiled Levin Jewelry and family with an article and photographs by Clemens Kalisher. In 1963, both Ruth and Ed wanted to board the bus from Bennington to the March on Washington to protest the Vietnam War. They agreed to wager, Ruth won, and went to protest, pregnant with their third child. After her divorce in the late 1960's, life for Ruth was all about her children: Rachel Levin, Flo Levin, and Alexander Levin, as well as community, community service, and anything she could do to create a better world for her children and all children. Ruth loved Vermont and considered herself a proud Vermonter. Ruth studied writing, became a short story writer and wrote stories which appeared in Redbook, the Jewish Currents Reader, other publications, and local history that was published in the Bennington Banner. She was also an avid letter writer constantly sending cards to friends, family, and others she did not even know whom she felt compelled to demonstrate her support. Ruth was a founding member of the Shaftsbury Historical Society and was a faithful board member for over forty-five years. She is the author of the book, Ordinary Heroes, the only published history of the town of Shaftsbury. April 13, 2014, the Shaftsbury Historical Society declared its first Ordinary Heroes Day, honoring Ruth as its first Hero. The Vermont Legislative Resolution, H.C.R. 226, honored Ruth for her community service, by Senator Sears and Hartwell, and Representative Miller, long time neighbor, and was enacted by the General Assembly. Generous in her concern for others, with no expectation of anything in return is the manner in which Ruth lived, until the day she died. She was a dedicated citizen of Shaftsbury and the greater Bennington community. She devoted countless hours to community organizations, including the former Bennington League of Women Voters, Planned Parenthood, and political campaigns. Her commitment to citizenship, voting, and equality are evident in how she lived. Burial in the Jewish tradition will take place in Lexington, KY. She will be buried next to other family members. Ruth is survived by her three children, her sister, Annette Mayer, Lexington, KY; her brother, Jerry Perlmutter, Indialantic, Florida, along with many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Ruth's life will take place in the North Bennington area soon, details forthcoming. Contributions in Ruth's memory may be made at the celebration or sent to: Shaftsbury Historical Society, Post Office Box 401, Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262.
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 20, 2017
Monahan, Catherine M.  
Hoosick Falls, NY - Catherine M. Monahan, 88, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 in Troy, NY,t surrounded by her loving family. She resided in Hoosick Falls and was the wife of the late James E. Monahan Sr. Catherine was born in Easton, NY, on June 11, 1929, daughter of the late William and Ella (Donahue) Connor. She attended schools in Greenwich, NY and the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. Catherine was employed as a teller at Trustco Bank. She enjoyed time with her grandchildren, gardening, bird watching, her strong faith in God, and her Irish heritage. In addition she was predeceased by her brothers William, Robert, and Gerald Connor. Survivors include her children: James (Colleen) Monahan Jr. of Hoosick Falls, NY, Michael (Margaret) Monahan of Schodack, NY, Kathleen (Steven) LeFave of Troy, NY and Maureen (Jack) Rogers of Wynantskill, NY, grandchildren Matthew and Kevin Monahan, Stefanie Roberts, Katelyn and Teresa Monahan, Daniel and Colin LeFave and great granddaughter Amelia Monahan. SERVICES: A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 10:00 am from St. Patrick's Church in Cambridge, NY. Burial will follow the mass at St. Mary's Cemetery in Hoosick Falls, NY. Relatives and friends may call at the Mahar Funeral Home,43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls, NY on Thursday September 21,2017 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Restoration Fund through the funeral home.
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Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 20, 2017
Polatsek, Dorothy G.  
Dorothy G. Polatsek (Dora, Dot, Dottie, the Queen) left her body on Monday 11 September with her daughter Annie and friends by her side. She had a good run of 98 years and was ready to go, curious and determined until the end. There will be a celebration of her life at the Unitarian-Universalist Meeting house 11-11@11. Full obituary will be posted on www.sheafuneralhomes.com [ML($sHEAffh.JPG)]
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Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 20, 2017
Stearns, Clifford Bernard  
Clifford Bernard Stearns, age 66, of Conowingo, MD passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Born on October 13, 1950 in Concord, NH, he was the son of Helen Hood Stearns and the late Bernard Clifford Stearns. Cliff was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He married his wife, Hoppy, in 1979 and that same year they purchased their family farm, Whizard's Lair Farm. Cliff worked many jobs in his lifetime, including: training Standardbred Racehorses, driving the Budweiser Clydesdales, moving houses, dredging, and installing Geotextile tubes. He also had a pilot's license. Cliff enjoyed foxhunting but, his favorite time of the year was always deer season. A boisterous man with a keen sense of fashion and a larger than life personality, Cliff will always be remembered for his love of joking and laughing with his family and friends. Cliff is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Elise duPont Stearns; daughter, Winter N. Paxson and her husband, Greg; sons: Simon Stearns and Hunter Stearns; five grandchildren with one on the way; uncle, Gilbert H. Norris; LOVING mother, Helen Stearns; and LOVING sister, Caroline Stearns. SERVICES: Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Cliff's honor can be made payable to "River Hills Foxhounds" and sent care of the funeral home, PO Box 248, Rising Sun, MD 21911. To send online condolences, please visit www.rtfoard.com
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 20, 2017

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Dessert Sr., Phillip A.  
Bennington - Phillip A. Dessert Sr., 81, a resident of Appleseed Lane in Bennington died unexpectedly Sunday September 10, 2017 at his residence. Visitation will take place at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Park Lawn Cemetery where military honors will be offered. Mr. Dessert's complete obituary may be found at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net [ML($mAHAR.JPG)]
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Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 19, 2017
Hall Jr., Roger R.  
Hoosick Falls, NY - Roger R. Hall Jr., 68, passed away on Sunday, September 17, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, VT. He resided at the Center in Hoosick Falls, where he was very involved with the activities and raffles. Roger was born in Bennington, VT, on February 19, 1949, son of the late Roger R. and Viola (Page) Hall Sr.. He graduated from Hoosick Falls High School and Albany Business College with a degree in Accounting. Roger was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam Era from 1969-1970, attaining the rank of Sargent. He was employed by New York State, as a Training Specialist. Roger was a member of the Hoosick Baptist Church, he enjoyed skiing, hiking and was a NY Yankees fan. Survivors include his children; daughter Linda (Douglas) Barnes of West Sand Lake, NY, sons Russell Hall and Ross Michael Hall both of Seattle, Washington, brother Rodney (Donna) Hall of Hoosick, NY and grandchildren John Barnes and Alexandria Hall. SERVICES: Funeral services will be Thursday, September 21, at 11:00 am from the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls. Burial will follow the service at the Mapletown Cemetery in Hoosick, NY. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:00 am until the start of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation through the funeral home
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Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 19, 2017
Perry, Brett E.  
Brattleboro - Brett Edward Perry died unexpectedly on September 17, 2017 at Bay State Medical Center, MA. He was a long-time resident of Brattleboro. Brett was born in Brattleboro on May 7th, 1958, the son of Malcolm and Albertine (Hier) Perry. He attended Green St. School and was a graduate of Brattleboro Union High School, Class of 1976. He also attended Lyndon State Collage and the University of Kansas. Brett was a machine operator at the Book Press but more recently ran his own business from home providing pre- and post-production digital video services for a variety of films. He also worked at the Guilford Welcome Center for the State of Vermont where he greeted visitors and provided other assistance. He loved sports and was active in a number of football fantasy leagues. He was a Vikings fan and rooted for the New York Yankees against his family's wishes. He was a loyal friend who never hesitated to help someone when they needed it. Brett was married to the love of his life and wife of 22 years, Fran Duggan, who predeceased him in 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Together they raised several Boxers and Bull Dogs. He is survived by two brothers, Scott (Sharon) Perry and Curtt (Lisa) Perry, both of Montgomery, two sisters, Danielle Perry (Tom Wagener) of Guilford and Janelle (John) Askew of Charlotte, a sister-in-law, Karen Duggan (Moss Kahler), and a brother-in- law, Timothy Duggan (Cheryl). He is also survived by three nieces, Kyla Perry, Elise and Maryn Askew, a nephew, Jeffery Kahler, and his Bull Dog, Zappa. FUNERAL NOTICE: In keeping with Brett's wishes there will be a private graveside interment service at St. Michael's Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Brett's name may be made to the Vermont English Bulldog Rescue, 170 Lamplite Lane, Williston, VT 05495 or Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302. To sign an online register book or send messages of e-condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com . Arrangements are under the direction of the ATAMANIUK FUNERAL HOME. [ML($aTAMANIUK.JPG)]
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 19, 2017
Raetz, Norma J.  
Norma J. Raetz, 85, widow of Otto E. Raetz a resident of Ladd Road, Pownal, died Wednesday, September 6, 2017 following a brief illness. Born in Bennington on December 13, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Adelbert and Mabel (Smith) Woodell. Norma received her education in the Bennington Schools. Norma and Otto were married August 6, 1949 in Bennington. Otto died October 4, 2013. Survivors include four sons, Edward (Linda) Raetz of Pownal, Joel (Sharon) Raetz of North Bennington, Timothy (Kathy) Raetz of Niantic Connecticut, and Terrance (Tracy) Raetz of Bennington; nine grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and two great, great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marie Longtin of Bennington, and Joan Niles of Hoosick Falls, New York and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Norma was predeceased by a sister Lorraine Kelly and a brother John Febily. Norma was an avid horse woman with her late husband Otto, together they owned and rode their horses on their property for years. She was a homemaker who enjoyed her home and flowers. She was active in town politics for many years as well as being a town Lister. SERVICES: Memorial services celebrating the life of Norma Raetz will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home in Bennington on Saturday September 23, 2017 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lot Cemetery. Should friends desire memorial contributions in Norma's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net [ML($mAHAR.JPG)]
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Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 9 to Sept. 19, 2017
Thomas, Winston A.  
Winston Arthur Thomas left this world cradled in the arms of his beloved wife, Laura (Potter) Thomas on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - one day shy of their 8th wedding anniversary. Winston swaggered into this world on January 7, 1943, when Elvis first took the stage as a little boy. He liked The King so much that he visited Graceland on four separate occasions. He was fond of saying his birthday was one day off from Elvis'. Winston was born in Newport, VT, the son of Frances Parker and Arthur 'Duke' Thomas. He attended grade school in Newport, then the family moved to Westminster, VT. Winston graduated from Bellows Falls High School in 1961. After attending a couple of years at Northampton Junior College (Northampton, Massachusetts), Winston enlisted in the Vermont National Guard, serving at home at the North Springfield Armory. The flip of a coin literally brought Winston to California, where he ended up staying for several years, working in various trades. Winston's love of Mexican food was born there, when he rented an apartment in the home of a Mexican family. He was renowned for his tacos! After returning to the east coast, Winston eventually found himself working in sales at WTSA-AM & FM in Brattleboro, VT. There he found some lifelong friends and a treasure trove of stories to go along with them. His WTSA family was very special to him. Winston was a mentor, coach and supporter to many over the course of his life. He was the embodiment of someone who had a lot of moxie. He knew people and how to relate to them, which made him an excellent sales rep. As a member of the United Electrical Radio and Machinist Union #218, Winston advocated for the rights of his fellow employees, and wasn't afraid to speak truth to power. Winston loved gardening, antiquing, camping, motorcycles, and the Boston Celtics. He relished time spent with family and friends, telling stories from his wild days in California, as well as his younger days growing up in Vermont in the 1950's. In addition to his wife Laura and her four children Emily, Jane, Max and Carrie, Winston leaves two daughters: Martha Faxon and her children Lucas, Drew and Bo; and Dawn Thomas-Contryman and her children Zaedyn, Blaise and Trae. He loved his family very much. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Winston was predeceased by his parents, and his brother Philip (aka Sonny), as well as his dear friends Bruce LaChapelle of Springfield, VT and Brian Jones of Langdon, NH. The family would like to thank: Rescue Inc and the Emergency Room staff at BMH as well as his friend and neighbor Harry Paige for always being there to lend a hand. SERVICES: Memorial donations can be made to Red Knights Vermont Chapter II, Post Office Box 8032, Brattleboro, VT 05304-8032 Calling hours will be held Friday, September 22, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home, 55 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, VT. A Celebration of Winston's life will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 4:00 at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center, VT. This will be an informal event. Since music and socializing were a big part of Winston's life, friends are encouraged to bring musical instruments.
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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Sept. 19, 2017
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