• John J. Ottaviano
    February 08,2013
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    John J. Ottaviano

    BENNINGTON — John J. Ottaviano, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

    He was born in Bennington, Feb. 27, 1925, the son of John and Angelina (Schaldone) Ottaviano.

    He was a member of the class of 1944 at Bennington High School.

    A U.S. Army World War II veteran, Mr. Ottaviano served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater with the 162nd Infantry Regiment 41st Division.

    He married Lois Bellis in Bennington Sept. 18, 1948. Mrs. Ottaviano died in 2007.

    He retired from employment for many years at the former A&P Grocery Store.

    Mr. Ottaviano served as treasurer of the Eagle Hose of Bennington Fire Department, was a life member of Bennington Lodge of Elks 567 and a former member of the Knights of Columbus Council 307.

    An avid golfer, he was a five-time champion of Mount Anthony Country Club. He also enjoyed fishing, bowling, and in earlier years, played softball.

    Survivors include three children, Kathleen Pierce of North Bennington, Mary St. Peter of Milford, N.H., and John Ottaviano of Bennington; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucina Barthelmas of Albany, N.Y.; many nieces and nephews.

    He was also predeceased by five siblings, Guy Ottaviano, Casprina and Mary Young, Marie Bealieu and Assunta “Sonny” Caslin.

    A prayer service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, followed by the Mass at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church.

    Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery.

    Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the funeral home.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, in care of Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

    Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
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