Merton Cross

Merton J. "Mert" Cross Sr.

Wednesday, May 2nd, 1928 - Thursday, November 7th, 2019
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Merton J. “Mert” Cross Sr., 91, a resident of White Creek, NY, died Wednesday, November 7, 2019 surrounded by his family.

Born in Bennington, VT on May 2, 1928 he was the son of the late James H. and Louisa (Olin) Cross. He received his education in the Bennington schools.

Mert served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1948 and received an honorable discharge.

Mert married the former Lorraine Johnson at Sacred Heart Church in Bennington on September 14, 1947. Mrs. Cross died August 3, 2014.

Mert was employed by the Town of Bennington for 34 years and at the time of his retirement he was the Highway Superintendent for the town.

A longtime member of the Bradford Hook and Ladder Fire Company, Bennington Fire Department, Mert was named an Honorary Life Member of the department at the time of his retirement. He was also a member of American Legion Post 13 and K of C Council 307 in Bennington.

An avid outdoorsman in his younger years, he especially enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family.

Survivors are his six daughters and four sons: Anita (Richard) Greene, Christine Morrissey, Linda (Richard) Grogan, Priscilla (Michael) Hanselman, Jean Bohmer, Margaret (David) Groben, Merton (Sheryl) Cross Jr., Thomas (Linda) Cross, Keith (Kelly) Cross and Wayne (Karen) Cross; He also leaves 29 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Mert was predeceased by a brother, John Cross, two sisters, Dorothy and Ellen Dickie, two grandsons, Tom Cross and David Groben, a granddaughter, Michelle Gwozdz, a great-granddaughter, Averie Bohmer and a son-in-law, Robert Morrissey.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 1;30 p.m. with a prayer and from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 2:00 p.m. where the Mass of Christian Death will be offered.

Friends may call at the funeral Home Monday from 11:30 a. m. until the time of the service.

Burial with military honors will take place in the family lot at White Chapel Cemetery in Bennington.

Should friends desire memorial contributions in Merton Cross’ memory may be made to either The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales or the White Creek Fire Department through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

If you would like to bring a dish prior to the service it may be dropped off at the American Legion on Northside Drive in Bennington,

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:30pm
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 11:30am - 1:30pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 2:00pm
    Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church
    238 W. Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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    Reverend Robert Wiseman c.s.c.
  • Interment

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 |
    Monday, November 11th, 2019
    White Chapel Cemetery
    Chapel Road
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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William Groben and Family

Posted at 05:45pm
Sorry for your loss Aunt Peggy.
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Linda Lewis

Posted at 07:12am
Anita, my dear friend, Chris, Linda, Priscilla, Jean, Peggy, Mert, Tom, Keith and Wayne,
I am so sorry for the loss of your DAD. You are a wonderful family and will help each other at this difficult time.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL and your family.
Linda Lewis


Posted at 07:08am
Cross family, so very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to you all. Not an easy journey to travel.

M Nixon

Posted at 11:44pm
Tom, Linda and family condolences on the passing of your Dad.

Thoughts and prayers with you. Cousin Marge & Jim Nixon Dalton MA

Denise Therriault-Taff

Posted at 03:25pm
To the Cross Family, I am so sorry for your loss, your dad was a good guy. When we played down in the field by your house as kids, I always felt like family. Thoughts and prayers to all for your loss. Denise Therriault-Taff

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