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628 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-2516
Fax: 802-442-4952
Joanne Beshara

Joanne Marie Beshara

Thursday, July 26th, 1945 - Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
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Joanne Marie Beshara, age 73, a resident of Park Street, died peacefully in her sleep at home. She was born in Bennington on July 26, 1945, and was the daughter of the late George and Isabel (Mackour) Beshara. She graduated from Bennington Catholic High School. Joanne proudly carried on the Beshara family business for almost fifty years. She had her father’s hard work ethic. She rarely took a day off. One thing you could always count on every morning, Joanne behind the counter of the store. Her charismatic personality and laugh would fill the room. She loved her customers at Beshara ‘s Market and many were like her family. She loved joking around with them on a daily basis. In fact, it’s her sharp sense of humor that got her through some of the darkest of times. Joanne was finally ready for a break and retired last year. She was so grateful for the Patel family for buying the business and keeping the Beshara name. When asked how she was doing these last few months, she never complained and would routinely say, all she needed was a “Positive attitude and faith in God”. Joanne was a remarkable woman right up to the very end of her courageous battle with cancer. She may leave behind many broken hearts, but also a lifetime of wonderful, beautiful memories.
She is survived by her brother, John Beshara and her sister Shirley (Frank) Nolin of Bennington. She leaves three nephews; Jeffrey Gygax, John Anthony Beshara and George Beshara. One uncle, Ernest Mackour and several cousins; including Joyce Armeem and Denise and Tom Sklepowicz, who were very helpful to Joanne during her illness. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by aunts, uncles, and her sister-in-law Diane Craft Beshara.
A Mass of Christian Death and Burial will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington at 1:00PM. There are no calling hours scheduled, and interment will take place later in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bayada Hospice or the Cancer Center Community Crusaders through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home.
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  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, March 22nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church
    238 W. Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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    Reverend Hugh Cleary, c.s.c.


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Susan Tracy

Posted at 03:12pm
Joanne Beshara was the most fun loving, hard working, smart, and all around beautiful lady! I worked at Union Carbide and would always walk down to get some little something from the store, but mostly to talk to Joanne and we would talk about who ever or what ever was going on in the little town of Bennington. I am far from that life I lived back 40 some odd years ago, as I moved to SC, but I will always cherish and miss Joanne as one of my favorite characters in my life then. Also along with her brother Johnny who was a hoot, and Shirley of course. May you RIP Joanne, see you on the other side.

Don & Mary Cone

Posted at 11:49am
I have many fond memories of Joanne waiting on me at the store. She always had a big smile. What a great personality she had. When she would see you downtown or anywhere else, it was that same beautiful smile. She will be missed by many that enjoyed that wonderful smile and that great person on many days. Thank you Joanne, it was a pleasure knowing you. Love, Don and Mary Cone

Tina Companion

Posted at 04:03pm
All of the Madkours are very sorry about Joanne's passing. We loved her dearly and will remember her fondly. With sympathy, Christopher, Tina, Mark, Michael, Stephen, Kate and Abraham Madkour

Elaine Lambert

Posted at 12:25pm
I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Joanne’s family. Death is the hardest thing we have to deal with in life. I know my words can’t change anything and can do little to ease the pain you are feeling, so I pray that the God of comfort calm your hearts and help you heal. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17) One way that God comforts us today is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. For the Bible’s answers to questions about grief and death please visit

Ann Piper

Posted at 03:41pm
I will always remember Joanne and her wonderful personality. My thoughts are with all of the family. Ann(Rounds)Piper

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