The Aldous Funeral Home was establishes in 1930 by Edward C. Aldous. Mr. Aldous ran the Funeral Home out of his residence at 134 Church Street
In 1952 Thomas C. Barnhart purchased the Funeral Home. By 1956 Mr. Barnhart saw the need for a full time emergency service in the Rutland area and established the Aldous Ambulance Service.
In 1960 Mr. Barnhart purchased the property at 44 North Main Street that had been vacant for several years to expand his growing businesses. Following a lengthy renovation the Funeral Home and Ambulance relocated to the main street location. The Aldous Ambulance Service operated 24/7 serving the greater Rutland area until October 1, 1982 when the service was conveyed to The Regional Ambulance Service.
In 1985 Mr. Barnhart purchase the former Congdon Funeral Home in Wallingford and renovated the building reopening a branch of the Aldous Funeral Home in Wallingford.
Thomas C. Barnhart
1920 - 2005
The Funeral service for Thomas C. Barnhart, 85, a longtime resident of Rutland who died Thursday morning August 17, 2005 at “Our House Too” following a brief illness were 11am Saturday August 20th 2005 at Saint John the Baptist Church in Castleton. Reverend Robert Whalen and the Pastor Reverend Charles R. Danielson officiated the rite of Christian burial service. The guitarist was Marie Smith and vocalists Dianne Master and Sharon Bailes. The readers were, Stephen Yenchko and Richard Root.
The bearers were, Anthony Cantone Thomas Terenzini, Frederick Terenzini, Adam Root, Christopher Ferraro, Robert Pond, Dominic Ferraro, Kelly Sandvidge and Kevin Sandvidge.
Honorary bearers were members of the Vermont State Funeral Directors Association.
Military Honors were provided by the American Legion Post 31 with Color Guard, Flag Folders and Presentation of the flag to Mrs. Barnhart.
Friday evening at the Aldous Funeral Home Fraternal services were presented by the membership of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7, the American Legion Post 31 and the Loyal Order of the Moose # 1122.
Mr. Barnhart was born on January 25, 1920 in Andes, NY the son of Ernest and Mary ( Chamberlain ) Barnhart.
As a child he was raised in Middletown, NY. attending local schools. Following graduation from High School he enlisted in the US Army, serving during WWII in the European and African Theater of operations. He was the recipient of the Silver Star and two bronze stars and for injuries received, the Purple Heart. Following his discharge he enrolled at Simmons Institute of Funeral Service in Syracuse, NY., Following graduation in 1946 he went to work for the Leo F. Kearns Funeral Homes of New York City.
He was married to Anne Marie Terenzini on April 17 1948 in Rutland.
In 1952 he moved to Rutland and purchased the Aldous Funeral Home, located at 134 Church Street and in 1960 relocated the business to its present location. At the same time Mr. Barnhart saw the need for a full time ambulance service, and started the Aldous Ambulance Service with the purchase of the area’s first Ambulance with a full time First-Aid trained staff.
He has been a resident of Bomoseen since 1968. He enjoyed spending time during the winter months in Fort Myers, FL. playing golf, deep-sea fishing and bass fishing.
Mr. Barnhart was a founding member and past chairman of the board of the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and member and past chairman of the Rutland Area Girl Scout Council.
He was a 50-year member of the Rutland Country Club, a member of the Benevolent and Protective order of Elks #345, member and past governor of Loyal Order of the Moose #1122, member of fraternal order of Eagles #1001 and Knights of Columbus Council #232. He was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post #648, and recently was honored for his dedication to the local community. A member and past commander of Disabled American Veterans #7 and member and past commander American Legion post #31. Mr. Barnhart was a member of the Selected Independent Funeral Directors, a member and past president of Vermont Funeral Directors Association, and was a former member and past chairman of the Vermont State Board of Funeral Service, former member and usher of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and a former member and chairman of the St. Joseph Cemetery Association and the Rutland Rotary Club.
He is survived by his wife Anne M. Barnhart, 4 daughters Peggy Yenchko, and her husband Stephen of Springfield, IL. their children, Stephen Thomas, Jeffrey, and Jennifer Schwab and her husband Ben. Cathy Ferraro, her husband David of Rutland, their children Angela and Christopher, Ruth Barnhart, her husband Rick Root of Rutland, their children, Nicole and Adam, Mary Barnhart of Rutland, two sons Joseph Barnhart, his wife Shirley of Rutland Town, their two children Kate and Kelly, and Thomas “Todd” Barnhart II of Burlington, his daughter Hannah Merrill, and her husband Ryan and their 2 children Isaac and Simeon, also by, several nieces and nephews.