WINCHESTER CENTER – The Rev. Ernest L. Bengston, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of the Winchester Center Congregational Church, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2018 with his family by his side. He was 99.
He was the loving husband of the late Charmion P. Bengston. Born July 1, 1918 in Manchester; the son of the late Ernest and E. Gertrude (Bockus) Bengston. Ernie served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict as a Chaplin. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Norfolk.
He is survived by his two daughters, Dana P.B. Forchette and husband John of Winchester Center and C. Perry Bengston-Howard of SC; grandchildren, Christianne E. Forchette and fiancé Tom Welcome of Terryville, J. Ethan Forchette and wife Rebecca of NY, Zachary S. Howard of SC and Emily Howard of SC; and two great granddaughters, Adalynne Forchette of NY and Molly Bascetta of Terryville. He was predeceased by a brother, John Bengston.
Memorial services were held on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at Church of Christ, Norfolk. Burial will be held at Winchester Center Cemetery in the spring. Montano-Shea Funeral Home, 922 Main Street, Winsted has care of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Habitat for Humanity, Foothills VNA, Church of Christ – Norfolk and/or Winchester Center Congregational Church.
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