Clayton C. SumnerFebruary 16,2012
Clayton C. Sumner
BERLIN — Clayton Charles “Red” Sumner, 91, of Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at Central Vermont Medical Center, surrounded by family.
Red was born July 26, 1920, to the late Howard W. and Marion (Farnham) Sumner in Moretown.
Red graduated in 1939, from Montpelier High School. He then graduated from Granite Drawing School, which he attended for three years.
He married the love of his life, Lena A. Magroni, on July 26, 1942, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Montpelier. They enjoyed 37 years of marriage before her death on July 28, 1979.
Red entered the U.S. Army in 1942, serving with the 36th Division in Africa, Italy and the European theater of operations. He was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, the Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Red was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army at Fort Devens, Mass., Nov. 28, 1945.
Red began his working career as a meat cutter for A&P for 10 years, then as a stonecutter for Beck & Beck Granite, retiring after 40 years of service. During his retirement years, he worked at Howards Market in South Barre until his early 80s.
During his free time he loved hunting, fishing and gardening.
Red was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre, Mother Cabrini Church in East Barre, the Mutuo and Barre Fish & Game Club. He was a life member of the Barre American Legion Post 10, as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 790 in Barre.
He is survived by two daughters, Linda Goldman and her husband, Phil, of Colchester, and Maureen Jones and her husband, Brad, of East Barre; three granddaughters, Jo-Ann Chase, her husband, Steve, and their children Noah and Ethan, Jennifer Chrzanowski, her husband, Jeff, and their children Ben and Ella, and Karen Wyman, her husband, Zack, and their children Kate and Kenzie; several nieces and nephews.
Red was predeceased by his wife, Lena; two brothers, Harold and Raymond; and two sisters, Marie Hill and Velma Bolkum.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church, with burial following at Hope Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Clayton’s name may be made to the Activity Fund at the Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center, 98 Hospitality Drive, Barre, VT 05641.
Arrangements are in the care of the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St. in Barre.
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