Miscellaneous Hampshire County, Massachusetts Obituaries - 1998

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Dorothy S. Ladd
WEARE, N.H. - Dorothy S. Ladd, 66, an educator in area schools, died April 15 after a two-year battle with cancer.
Ladd, formerly of Leeds, had been principal of Williamsburg's two elementary schools for 18 years until taking early retirement in 1994. She also had been a teacher in the Westhampton schools for eight years.
She was born Aug. 16, 1931.
Former School Superintendent Richard E. Dragon, now retired, said Friday he always enjoyed working with her.
"I found her to be a very efficient person. She was a hard worker and was very devoted to her schools in Williamsburg. She was an excellent school teacher and very well liked as a teacher.''
Mary Shanley-Koeber, director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society at Arcadia, recalled Ms. Ladd as "a really dear friend and a mentor.''
"She had a magical sense of nature, a great sense of adventure and a good sense of fun,'' she said. "A lot of people will miss her dearly.''
Charlene Allen of Nash Hill Road, Williamsburg, works in the school cafeteria and recalled Miss Ladd as a kind person.
"She was always very kind to all of us. She always treated everybody with respect. She couldn't have been a nicer lady.''
She leaves two sons, Kevin Ladd of Williamsburg, and Allan Ladd of Amherst, N.H.; and two grandsons, Zachery and Matthew Ladd, also of Amherst, N.H.

Elizabeth A. Staab
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Elizabeth A. Staab, 86, of Amherst, died April 13 in Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
She was born Jan. 5, 1912.
She leaves a son, Carlton Staab, of Essex Junction, Vt.; and a daughter, Christine S. Fournier, of Prescott, Ariz. She also leaves six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
The Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home may be reached at (802) 878-5802.

Sylvia M. Nester
HADLEY - Sylvia M. (Tuomi) Nester, 85, of 64 North Maple St., died April 15 in The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
She was born April 29, 1912.
Her husband, Wanio Nester, died in 1972.
She leaves a son, Ronald Nester of Hadley; and nieces and nephews.
Drozdal Funeral Home may be reached at (413) 584-5306. 

Jacqueline P. Fournier
EASTHAMPTON - Jacqueline P. (DeDeurwaerder) Fournier, 65, of Charles Street, died April 18 at home.
Mrs. Fournier had worked at the former Hampshire County Long Term Care Facility, now Hampshire Care, in Leeds for 26 years, retiring in 1989.
She leaves her husband of 46 years, DonatJ. Fournier; five sons, David Fournier, Kevin Fournier, Paul Fournier, and Donat Fournier Jr., all of Easthampton, and Mark Fournier of South Hadley; a daughter, Marie Louise Paige of Easthampton; 15 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
O'Brien Funeral Home in Easthampton may be reached at (413) 527-0222.

Gael A. Franzen
HATFIELD - Gael A. Franzen, 48, of 48 Elm St., died April 17 in The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
She had worked as an urban planner in Lawndale, Calif., and Lafayette, Colo., for several years.
She leaves her husband of 15 years, Steven D. Stanford, two daughters, Laura Gael Stanford and Cari Elizabeth Stanford, of Hatfield; her parents, Donald E. and Zona (Frandsen) Franzen of Minneapolis, Minn.; a brother, William E. Franzen of Ridgefield, Conn.; a sister, Donna J. Berglund of Minneapolis, Minn.;, her maternal grandmother, Almina Frandsen of Story City, Iowa; and seven nieces and nephews.
Drozdal Funeral Home in Northampton may be reached at (413) 584-5306.

Vivian J. Gaudette
SHUTESBURY - Vivian J. (Brown) Gaudette, 67, of Locks Pond Road, died April 19 at home.
Mrs. Gaudette had been the assistant director of nurses at the former Belchertown State School for 35 years, retiring in 1991. She had also worked as a director and trainer for the Emergency Medical Technicians Program there.
She was the owner of Ponderosa Christmas Tree Farm in Belchertown.
Her husband, Clare D. "Pete" Gaudette, died in 1988.
She leaves three sons, Bruce Fitzgerald, and Charles Gaudette, both of Belchertown, and Guy Fitzgerald of Palmer; two daughters, Cheryl Nute, and Laura Lussier, both of Palmer; a brother, David Brown of Glastonbury, Conn.; a sister, Carol Pauling of Nashua, N.H.; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A son, Frederick Fitzgerald Jr., and a daughter, Sharon Fitzgerald, died earlier.
Beers & Story Belchertown Funeral Home may be reached at (413) 283-9061.

Emily Hines
CONROE, Texas - Emily (Wnenta) Hines, 72, of Conroe, formerly of Easthampton, died April 2 in Conroe.
She leaves her husband, David C. Hines; and three sisters, Helen Czarnecki, and Stephanie Downey, both of Easthampton, and Betty Thompson of Southwick.
Cashner Funeral Home in Conroe may be reached at (409) 756-2126.

Marion G. Lemay
SOUTH DEERFIELD - Marion G. Lemay, 77, of Captain Lathrop Drive, died April 19 at home following an illness.
She leaves her husband, Roland Lemay; a son, Roland J. Lemay of Cambridge; a daughter, Catherine Lemay at home; and a granddaughter.
Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield may be reached at (413) 665-4046.

Charles E. Minkler
NORTHAMPTON - Charles E. Minkler, 44, of 18 Summer St., formerly of Holyoke, died April 17 in Holyoke Hospital.
Mr. Minkler formerly had worked for the Worthington Compressor Co. in Holyoke.
He leaves two brothers, Robert N. "Pouch" Minkler of Holyoke, and John F. "Jake" Minkler of Chicopee; a sister, Ann Ayotte of Keene, N.H.; and several nephews and a niece.
The Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home in Holyoke may be reached at (413) 536-3843.

Jean T. Pittman-Moreau
BELCHERTOWN - Jean T. (Touchette) Pittman-Moreau, 70, of Eugene Drive, died April 18 in the University Commons Nursing Care Center in Worcester.
Mrs. Pittman-Moreau had been the executive director of Big Brothers - Big Sisters in Attleboro for 10 years. She previously had been a social worker at the Office for Children in Brockton.
Her husband, Marcel E. Moreau, died in 1994.
She leaves six sons, John Mixson of Captain Cook, Hawaii, Roy Pittman of Portland, Maine, Mark Pittman of Williamsburg, Va., Robert Pittman of Billerica, Richard Pittman of Buzzards Bay, and David Pittman of Fort Meyers, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia O'Donnell of Belchertown; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Beers & Story Belchertown Funeral Home may be reached at (413) 283-9061.

Rosa J. Robinson
AMHERST - Rosa J. (Biegel) Robinson, 82, of the Ann Whalen House at 33 Kellogg Ave., died April 19 in The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
Mrs. Robinson had worked as a cook and housekeeper at St. Brigid's Church in Amherst for 10 years, retiring in 1985. She previously had worked at Hamilton Newell Printing in Amherst for eight years, and as a hostess at the Bangs Senior Center.
Her husband, Frank Sterling Robinson, died earlier.
She leaves a son, Philip Robinson of Belchertown; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Amherst Funeral Home may be reached at (413) 549-5102.

Anna Thompson
SOUTH DEERFIELD - Anna (Wabeck) Thompson, 84, of 119 Plain Road, died April 18 in the Cozy Corner Nursing Home in Sunderland.
Mrs. Thompson had worked as a nursing aide at the former Northampton State Hospital for more than 15 years, retiring in 1976.
Her husband, Joseph Thompson, died in 1989.
She leaves two sons, Robert J. Thompson of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and William E. Thompson of Agawam; a daughter, Janet F. Farrick of South Deerfield; two brothers, Edward Wabeck of Chester, Vt., and James Wabeck of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Agnes Koncal, and Josephine Kellyhouse,both of Shelburne Falls; five grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.
Kostanski Funeral Home in Greenfield may be reached at (413) 773-9515.

John R. Hardesty Sr.
SOUTH HADLEY - John R. Hardesty Sr., 87, of 31 Hillside Ave., died April 19 in Holyoke Hospital.
Mr. Hardesty was the owner and treasurer of United Insulation Co., Thermal Insulation Co., and Refractories Inc., all in Agawam.
His wife, Dorothy (Baker) Hardesty, died in 1992.
He leaves two sons, John R. Hardesty Jr. of Morgantown, W. Va., and David B. Hardesty of Miami, Fla.; three stepsons, Charles Baker of West Chester, Pa., William Baker of Savannah, Ga., and Thomas Baker of Tampa, Fla.; three daughters, Sherry F. Propostof Sun Valley, Idaho, Cindy H. Kocher of Tampa, Fla., and Sandy H. Turner of Morgantown, W. Va.; a stepdaughter, Barbara Napolitano of Toms River, N.J.; a sister, Katy Sivers of Clifton Park, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413) 533-1735.

Peter A. Hinds
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Peter A. Hinds, 53, of Riverdale, formerly of Chesterfield, died April 17 in Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.
Mr. Hinds had worked for 12 years for British Airways and previously for Swissair, both in New York.
He leaves his parents, Glendon S. and Marguerite H. (McHugh) Hinds of Chesterfield; a brother, Timothy A. Hinds of Massapequa; a sister, Gail P. Walter of Kings Park, N.Y.; and two nephews and a niece.
Pease Funeral Home in Northampton may be reached at (413) 584-0412.

Chester E. Pratt
AMHERST - Chester E. Pratt, 77, of 248 Flat Hills Road, died April 20 in the Center for Extended Care at Amherst.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
A self-employed logger and lumberman, Mr. Pratt had owned and operated his own sawmill for 30 years.
He leaves a son, Leonard Pratt of Pelham; a brother, Lawrence Pratt of Pelham; two sisters, Alice Booth of Pelham, and Gertrude Stockwell of Cushman; and three grandchildren.
Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst may be reached at (413) 253-3407.

Harriet E. Sena
CHESTERFIELD - Harriet E. "Hap" (Dodge) Merrett Sena, 82, formerly of Chesterfield, died April 19 in a Holyoke nursing home.
Mrs. Sena had been a special education teacher in the Mamaroneck, N.Y., school system for 33 years. She previously had taught in the Chesterfield schools for a few years.
She leaves her husband, Joseph W. Sena; three stepsons, Arthur Merrett of North Carolina, Timothy J. Sena of Worthington, and Paul A. Sena of Worthington; two stepdaughters, Sondra Huntley of Cummington, and Cynthia Tebo of Worthington; a sister, Shirley Borowski of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight stepgrandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Messier Funeral Home in Holyoke may be reached at (413) 532-5491.

Selma E. Smyth
AMHERST - Selma E. Smyth, 101, of Amherst, died April 19 in the Center for Extended Care at Amherst.
She had worked as a registered nurse from 1920 to 1922.
Her husband, John Robert Smyth, died in 1967.
She leaves two sons, J. Robert Smyth Jr. of Amherst, and Donald M. Smyth of Bethlehem, Pa.; a sister, Lou Ellen E. Hall of Eaton, Ohio; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst may be reached at (413) 253-3407. 

Rev. Cyril J. Burns, South Hadley priest
SOUTH HADLEY - The Rev. Cyril Joseph Burns, 68, of 9 East Parkview Drive, pastor of St. Theresa's Roman CatholicChurch, died April 21 at the parish rectory.
He was ordained May 26, 1956, in St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield.
Father Burns had been chaplain pro tem at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, and at the former Farren Memorial Hospital in Montague.
He had served at numerous churches: Holy Trinity in Greenfield, St. Thomas in Huntington, Immaculate Conception in Easthampton, St. Agnes in Dalton, and St. Francis in North Adams.
He had been director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for the Northern Berkshire Deanery from 1974 to 1977.
He had been administrator at St. Francis Church in Belchertown and chaplain at Belchertown and Monson state hospitals while in residence at St. Thomas Church in Palmer.
He was appointed pastor at Holy Family Church in Springfield prior to his appointment at St. Theresa's in February 1979.
In 1996, he celebrated his 40th anniversary in the priesthood.
During his time at St. Theresa's, the parish celebrated it's 50-year anniversary, in 1996. and completed the St. Theresa Shrine.
Father Burns had the St. Theresa Golf Classic held at the Orchards Golf Course in South Hadley for 12 years.
He leaves two cousins, Francis Burns of Washington state, and John Burns of South Hadley.
Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413) 533-1735.

Lucy E. Dunn
NORTHAMPTON - Lucy E. (Charlton) Dunn, 100, of Boonton, N.J., died April 20 in the Linda Manor Extended Care Facility in Leeds where she had lived for the past year.
Mrs. Dunn was a homemaker.
Her husband, William J. Dunn, died earlier.
She leaves two sons, William Dunnof Northampton, and Edward J. Dunn of North Haledon, N.J.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Czelusniak Funeral Home in Northampton may be reached at (413) 584-3585.

John Horr
AUGUSTA, Ga. - John Horr, 73, of Augusta, formerly of this area, died April 18 in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He was a 32nd degree Mason, a Shriner, and a member of American Legion Post 148 in Amherst and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He leaves four daughters, Eileen Orrof New Ellenton, S.C., Joanne Orr of North Guilford, Conn., Jacqui Anderson of Carrollton, Ga., and Karen Reinlib of Laurel, Md.; two brothers, Morgan Orr of Springfield, and Michael Orr of Belchertown; six sisters, Fannie Ely of Hadley, Sadie Cooper of Punta Gorda, Fla., Hazel Boynton of Palmer, Mae Sandoval of Amherst, Blanch Owens of Walhalla, S.C., and Bessie Brock of Jacksonville, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
The George Funeral Home in Aiken, S.C. may be reached at (803) 649-6234.

Blanche Morrissey
SOUTH DEERFIELD - Blanche A. Morrissey, 93, of 42 South Main St., died April 21 in Franklin Center Genesis Elder Care Network in Greenfield.
Miss Morrissey had owned and operated Morrissey's Grocery and Package Store in South Deerfield.
She leaves two nieces, Mary Ann Warner and Nancy Burke, both of South Deerfield; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and great-grandnieces.
Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield may be reached at (413) 665-4046.

Phyllis G. Sanicki
SOUTH DEERFIELD - Phyllis G. (Noga) Sanicki, 73, of 44 Eastern Ave., died April 21 at home.
Mrs. Sanicki had worked as a supervisor for food service at the University of Massachusetts before retiring in 1990.
Her husband, Stephen Sanicki, died earlier.
She leaves a son, Thomas S. Sanicki of Cary, N.C.; a daughter, Barbara Taylor of South Deerfield; a brother, Henry Noga of Charlemont; a sister, Irene Klepadlo of Turners Falls; and two grandchildren.
Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield may be reached at (413) 665-4046.

Viola K. Sparko
SOUTH HADLEY - Viola K. (Belina) Sparko, 75, of 149 Brainerd St., died April 20 in Holyoke Hospital.
Mrs. Sparko had worked at James River Graphics, now Rexam, in South Hadley before retiring in 1985.
Her husband, Henry Sparko, died in 1991.
She leaves a son, David L. Sparko of South Hadley; a daughter, Judith Kubik of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Helen Benoit of Springfield, and Emily Szwedzinski of Chicopee; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413) 533-1735. 

Robert G. Case
WESTFIELD - Robert G. "Bob" Case, 70, of Westfield, who had worked in Easthampton, died April 19 in the Center for Optimum Care in Westfield.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during peacetime.
Mr. Case had worked at the former Stanley Home Products in Easthampton and Westfield for 10 years. He also had worked at the Par-Way Driving Range in Agawam for two years.
He was head golf professional at the Tekoa Country Club in Westfield for nine years, retiring in 1979, and previouslyhad been assistant golf pro at the Orchards and Mount Holyoke golf courses in South Hadley for 10 years.
He was the 1957 amateur champion at the Worthington Country Club.
He leaves his wife, Claire (Fitzgerald) Case; a son, John "Jay" Case of Chatham; two daughters, Diane Hurlock of Centerville, Va., and Marie Scheible of West Springfield; and four grandchildren.
Robert E. Cusack Funeral Home in Westfield may be reached at (413) 562-9343.

Barbara E. 'Bettie' Donald
NORTHAMPTON - Barbara Elizabeth "Bettie" (Knox) Donald, 83, died April 21 at the Northampton Nursing Home, where she had lived since January 1994.
Mrs. Donald had owned and operated the Bettie Donald Shoppe in Winchester before retiring in 1980. She previously had been a buyer for the former Jay's Department Store in Boston for 20 years.
Her husband, Joseph Campbell Donald, died in 1994.
She leaves a daughter, Diana Marie Bennett of Ashfield; and three grandchildren. Three brothers, Joseph Knox, William Knox, and John Knox, died earlier.
Lane Funeral Service in Winchester may be reached at (617) 729-2580.

Dorothy E. Mason
WORTHINGTON - Dorothy E. (Connor) Mason, 88, of Williamsburg Road, died April 21 in The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
Mrs. Mason had taught elementary school in Chesterfield from 1929 to 1933, in Goshen from 1952 to 1957, in Huntington from 1963 to 1964, and in Russell from 1964 until her retirement in 1977.
She had served for six years as a member of the Worthington Board of Selectmen.
Her husband, Lawrence C. Mason, died in 1968.
She leaves two sons, Craig Mason of Sunderland, and Laurence Mason of Worthington; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The O'Brien Hilltown Community Funeral Home in Huntington may be reached at (413) 667-3348.

Cecile H. Paul
CHICOPEE - Cecile H. (Dion) Paul, 77, of Fairview, formerly of Northampton, died April 22 in Holyoke Hospital.
Mrs. Paul had been an assistant cook at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley until retiring.
Her husband, Joseph A. Paul, died in 1975.
She leaves a son, Joseph R. Paul of Chicopee; a daughter, Mary Jane Rader of Belleville, Ill.; a brother, Leo Dion of Bellmawr,N.J.; a sister, Loretta Hickox of Lima, N.Y.; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and 15 nieces and nephews.
Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413) 533-1735.

Donald R. Wilson
SOUTH HADLEY - Donald R. Wilson, 70, of 12 Saybrook Circle, died April 22 at home.
He was a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers veteran.
Mr. Wilson had worked as a secretary for John S. Lane of Westfield for 40 years before retiring.
His wife, Dorothy (Hindle) Wilson, died in 1997.
He leaves a son, David Wilson of South Hadley; a daughter, Deborah Grip of South Hadley; a brother, Kenneth Wilson of Belchertown; a sister, Almadoris Boucher of Greenfield; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413) 533-1735.

Randolph B. Guyette
NEWBURYPORT - Randolph B. Guyette, 70, of Newburyport, formerly of Northampton, died April 22 in Country Manor in Newburyport.
Mr. Guyette had worked for the U.S. Department of Defense at Hanscom Field in Bedford for more than 29 years before retiring. He previously had taught at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, N.H., Sutton High School in Sutton, and at Pembroke Academy in Suncook, N.H.
He leaves his wife of 43 years, Anna M. (Hopkins) Guyette; three sons, Jonathan A. Guyette of Newburyport, Jeffrey R. Guyette of Hampton Falls, N.H., and James P. Guyette of Tewksbury; his father, Randolph J. Guyette of Hadley; a brother, George E. Guyette of Northampton; a sister, Marilyn R. Sales of Tulsa, Okla.; and two grandchildren. A daughter, Jennifer J. Couthers, died earlier.
Simplicity Burial & Cremation Services in Newburyport may be reached at (978) 465-9372.

Francesca Kosuda
SUNDERLAND - Francesca (Sobelowski) Kosuda, 87, of 122 Old Amherst Road, died April 21 in the Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield.
Her husband, Leon J. Kosuda, died earlier.
She leaves two sons, Leon Kosuda of Phoenix, Ariz., and Edward Kosuda of Florida; two daughters, Evelyn St. Germainof Turners Falls, and Leona Dellinger of Edinburg, Va.; two sisters, Helen Rodak of Sunderland, and Stella Goulet of Greenfield; 17 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. A daughter, Patricia Mailloux, died earlier.
Wrisley Funeral Home of South Deerfield may be reached at (413) 665-4046.

Beverly Kristek
NORTHAMPTON - Beverly (Ryan) Kristek, 67, of Edgewood Terrace, died April 22 in The Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
Mrs. Kristek was the first woman manager for the Sherwin-Williams Co. in Northampton, retiring in 1985. She previously had worked for R.R. Interior-Exterior Decorators in Easthampton.
Her husband, Richard Kristek, died in 1990.
She leaves a son, Gregory T. Pinard of Florence; two daughters, Linda LeBeau of Goshen, and Deborah Fuller of South Hadley; a sister, Helen Arnold of Northampton; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Czelusniak Funeral Home in Northampton may be reached at (413) 584-3585. 


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