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“Palen family,May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Karl F. HInes - Dalton

“Dear Maude and family, my heart aches for you and your loss as you struggle through this difficult time.Vern was a good friend and one great and...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Bill Luggen - Cincinnati, OH

“Sorry to hear about Bucky....Our prayers are with you and your family...Bob n Pinky Starr ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Bob and Pinky Starr

“My sincere sympathy to you and your family. ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Elvina Esselstyn - Hudson, NY

“Maude, we are so sorry about Vern's passing... our prayers and thoughts are with you. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: John and Sandy Gooley - Milford, OH

“Vern & Family...Sorry for your lose. Be well.Mark Pallos & Family ”
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Vernon B. Palen Sr., 78, of 71 King William Road passed away on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Berkshire Medical Center. Born on February 18, 1938 in Hudson, NY, he was the son of the late Vernon and Isabella McCagg Palen. He had resided in Lenox for the past thirty-five years and prior to that had resided in Pittsfield. He was educated in Hudson, NY schools and was a 1956 graduate of Hudson High School. He attended Alfred University in Western New York and later joined the General Electric Apprenticeship Tool Making Program. After returning to college, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics in 1974 from the former North Adams State College, now M.C.L.A. Mr. Palen was employed for thirty-seven years in a management position at General Electric and its successor Lockheed Martin, retiring in 1994. A longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church, he was very active with many church committees' including the re-designing of the present church building. He was also a member of the G.E. Elfun Society, and very involved with Habitat for Humanity where he served on its Board of Directors. Mr. Palen was also a fifty-six year member of the Hudson Widow Son's Masonic Lodge AFM #7. He enjoyed the challenge of repairing anything that needed fixing, doing woodworking and especially during retirement spending time with his family and extensive traveling. He leaves his wife; Maude Smith Palen of Lenox whom he married on February 27, 1960. His son; Vernon B. Palen Jr. and his wife Jane of Becket. Two daughters; Lynn M. Denette and her husband Matthew Sr. of Winchendon, MA and Kathleen A. Bonzani of South Windsor, CT and former son-in-law; Frank P. Bonzani, Jr. of South Windsor, CT. A sister; Jane Rauscher of Fort Pierce, FL. Nine grandchildren; Matthew Denette Jr. and his wife Brandice, Alexander Denette and his wife Erin, Lea Dayton and her husband Michael, Daniel Denette, Kate Palen, Kyle Palen, Nicolas Bonzani, Michael Bonzani and James Bonzani. A great grandson; Matthew Denette III as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves his three brothers-in-law; the honorable Judge John Connor, Harold Horner and Arthur Smith and his five sisters-in-law; Joan Connor, Nancy Battistello, Mary Ann Horner, Loraine Smith and Bette Smith. He was predeceased by a sister; the late Betty Jane Palen and by his parents.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Vernon B. Palen Sr. of Lenox who passed away on November 21, 2016 will be held Tuesday at 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield conducted by the Rev. Timothy Weisman, pastor. Burial will take place at a later date in Mountain View Cemetery in Lenox. Calling hours will be held Monday from 5 to 7 PM at the DERY FUNERAL HOME in Pittsfield. Memorial donations in memory of Mr. Palen may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church Capital Campaign in care of the funeral home, 54 Bradford St. Pittsfield, MA 01201.


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