Miscellaneous Worcester County, Massachusetts Obituaries


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Obituaries from May 15, 1998

George B. Downer III Accident Victim
GREENFIELD -- George B. Downer III, 16, of 178 Davis St., died Saturday following injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Phillipston.
Born in Greenfield, Dec. 6, 1981, son of George B. Downer Jr., and Pamela M. Burdick Downer, he was a ninth grade student at Greenfield High School. Prior to moving to Greenfield he attended Gardner public schools where he played junior high football and baseball.
He was an active groomer for many years in the area of harness racing, a skill taught him by his grandfather. He enjoyed skateboarding, playing basketball with friends, was an accomplished handyman and could perform carpentry and electrical wiring. He enjoyed rap music and was an avid angler in earlier years.
He was described by his family has having a 'heart of gold' as he was friends with and was loved by many people. He had worked at the McDonald's Restaurant in Greenfield and had done lawn care service, mowing and trimming for several families.
He was active in the local teen center and traveled throughout the United States with his grandfather, associated to harness racing interests they shared. He also enjoyed card playing and Nintendo and watching television.
Besides his father of Turners Falls and his mother Pamela M. Burdick of Athol, he leaves a sister, Lisa A. Burdick of Greenfield; two half-sisters, Aimee C. Downer and Elizabeth E. Downer of Turners Falls; a step-sister Marilyn 'Keri' Hoisington of Turners Falls; his grandparents, George B. and Jean Downer of Beverly and Allen and Janet L. Burdick of Gardner; several aunts, uncles, cousins and a nephew. A grandmother, Jacqueline Downer died in 1994.
A memorial service will be observed Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the McCarthy Funeral Home, 36 Bank Row, with Rev. Timothy J. Campoli, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church officiating.
Visiting hours will be from 6 p.m. until the time of the service. 
Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a fund in his name at the Greenfield Cooperative Bank, 63 Federal St., Greenfield 01301, for a memorial tribute to be determined by his family.

David A. Shaw
WENDELL -- David A. Shaw, 39, of 338 South River Rd., Walpole, N.H. died Friday at home after a long illness.
Among his survivors is a sister, Minnie Bacigalupo of Wendell. 

Beatrice L. Pokki
TEMPLETON -- Beatrice L. (Brown) Pokki, 84, of 79 Bridge St., Baldwinville died Saturday at home.
She was head of food services for Narragansett Regional School for several years.

Adella H. Deyo Formerly Of Athol
ORANGE -- Adella H. "Ida" Deyo, 95, of 383 East River St., died Thursday in her home after an illness.
Born in Athol, Aug. 21, 1902, a daughter of Anthony and Petrona (Aksimautauskas) Manewich, she grew up and attended schools in Athol. 
A sports fan, she played basketball on a local women's league while working at the former Pequoig Hotel and Lee's Brothers Shoe Company, both in Athol.
After moving to Hardwick, where she resided for thirty years, she worked at the Carter's Manufacturing Co., Gilbertville. She later returned to Athol living there for thirty years before moving to Orange in 1986.
She was a member of Our Lady Immaculate Church and enjoyed playing cards.
Her first husband, Anthony Vinskey, died in 1955 and second husband, Clarence Deyo, died in 1986. She was also predeceased by two daughters, Jeanne A. Vinskey in 1955 and Angela Moss in 1995.
She leaves a daughter, Elizabeth A. Obartuck, with whom she resided; a sister, Frances Wisenski of Athol; three grandchildren; two great--grandsons; several nephews and nieces.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol. The Rev. Stephen Johnson, Pastor, of Our Lady Immaculate Church will officiate.
There are no calling hours.
Witty's Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

Evelyn M. Wilson Formerly Of Athol
ORANGE -- Evelyn M. (Jones) Wilson, 86, formerly of 200 East River St., died Tuesday in Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield.
Born in Orange, Dec. 22, 1911, a daughter of George A. and Lillian (Vaughn) Jones, she grew up in Athol and attended Athol schools.
She lived in Orange, Haverhill and Allentown, N.H. before returning to Orange several years ago to reside at Colonial Acres before moving to the Charlene Manor, Greenfield.
She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, art and painting.
Her first husband, Willard Smith, died in 1947.
After marriage to her second husband, Earl Wilson, who died in 1965, she moved to New Hampshire where she worked at Harris Stamp Co., Derry, for several years. Later she was a nurses aide until her retirement.
She leaves a nephew, Donald Batchelor and step-daughter, Ruth Bass both of Athol and a foster son, Malcolm Holbrook of Denver, N. C. 
A graveside service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in South Cemetery. The Rev. Freda Maier of Orange United Methodist Church will officiate.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to a charity of the donors choice.
Witty's Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

Arthur E. Gingras Korean War Veteran
BALDWINVILLE -- Arthur E. Gingras, 65, of 704 Baldwinville Rd., died early Monday morning in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, after being stricken ill.
He leaves his wife, Joanne L. (Martin) Gingras, whom he married July 6, 1957.
Born in Baldwinville March 10, 1933, the son of the late Arthur E. and Lena (Carpenter) Gingras, he lived here all his life.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War.
Employed with the Walter E. Fernald School in Templeton for 36 years, he retired in 1992. He was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Church in Baldwinville, and he enjoyed hunting and motorcycling.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son; Jerry A. Gingras of Gardner; a daughter, Renay J. Bankowski of East Templeton; two brothers, George Gingras of Trumbull, Conn. and Albert Gingras of Athol; five grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. A brother, Dominic Gingras of South Royalston, died many years ago.
Funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Gardner will also be private.
Calling hours are Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Lamoureux Funeral Home, 142 Nichols St., Gardner.
Contributions may be made to the Templeton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 4, Templeton 01468.
The Lamoureux Funeral Home, Gardner is in charge of arrangements. 

Allder Service Time Change
The time of graveside services to be held Thursday at Silver Lake Cemetery, for Charlotte Allder, 89, of Athol, who died Friday has been changed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fiske Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Charlotte S. Allder Was Starrett Worker
Charlotte S. Allder, 89, formerly of 63 Ridge Ave., died Monday in Wingate at Wilbraham Nursing Residence.
She was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, April 16, 1909, daughter of Harold G. and Alice (Black) Allder, and was a resident of Athol for more than 50 years.
She worked in the payroll department of the L.S. Starrett Company for more than 25 years.
She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.
She leaves a sister, Nellie A. Collins of George's Mills, N.H.; a nephew, John S. Collins of Hamilton,N.Y.; two nieces, Patricia Austin of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Catherine L. Noonan of Bradenton, Fla.
A graveside service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in Silver Lake Cemetery, with the Rev. A. Milton Cheney III, pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church, officiating.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association of Eastern Massachusetts, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge 02138.
Fiske Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tecla C. Carlson Made Crafts, Hooked Rugs
ORANGE -- Tecla C. Carlson, 94, formerly of 200 East River St., died Monday in Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Athol.
Born in Orange, Sept. 24, 1903, a daughter of Gustaf and Emma C. (Anderson) Carlson, she lived in Orange all of her life.
She worked at the General Foods Division of Minute Tapioca 26 years until her retirement.
She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, and a former member of VASA Lodge and Orange Senior Citizens.
Her hobbies included making crafts and rug hooking.
She leaves a nephew, Roger Bergquist of Warwick, and several cousins.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in South Cemetery. The Reverend Mary Beth Morris, Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church will officiate.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Bethany Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 62 Cheney St., Orange, 01364.
Witty's Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

Harold R. Haughton Hunter And Fisherman
Harold R. Haughton, 88, of 435 Pleasant St., died Tuesday in his home after an illness.
His wife of 62 years, Ida A. (Gibson) Haughton, died in 1997.
He was born in Athol Nov. 18, 1909, the son of Robert F. and Millie E. (Rogers) Haughton, and lived in Athol most of his life. He attended Athol schools.
He was a grinder at the L.S. Starrett Company for over 25 years, retiring in 1971. He also worked part-time for the Plotkin Furniture company.
He was a member of the Starrett 25 Years Club and was a former member of the Athol Rod and Gun Club. He attended the Athol Congregational Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed sharing his hunting and fishing stories with his family and friends. He was a dedicated father and grandfather.
He leaves a son, Reginald C. Haughton Sr. of Phillipston; a daughter, Kathie Ziminski of Phillipston; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, a nephew and nieces.
Fiske Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements with the use of the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home at 146 Main St.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home with Reverend Barbara Kline Seamon, Pastor of the Athol Congregational Church, officiating.
Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery.
A calling hour will be held Thursday from 10-11 a.m. in the funeral home.
Flowers may be sent or donations made in his memory to the Arthritis Foundation, Massachusetts Chapter 29 Crafts Street, Suite 450, Newton, Ma. 02158-1287.

Peter Korny 
Peter Korny, 79, of Chicopee, died Tuesday in Springfield.
Among his survivors is a brother, Nickolas Korny, of Athol.

Donna May Sullivan
ORANGE -- Donna May (Hurd) Sullivan, 49, of Brattleboro, Vt., formerly of Orange, died Thursday in Brattleboro Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
She was raised in Orange and graduated from Orange High School. Among her survivors are a sister, Marjorie Guimon, of Orange and Estella Bogan of Templeton.

Obituaries dated Oct 03, 1999

Thelma R. (Venette) Musante
A graveside service for Thelma R. (Venette) Musante, 80, of 289 Sanders St., who died Sept. 8, 1999 will be held Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. in Silver Lake Cemetery.
Rev. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor of Our Lady Immaculate Church, will officiate.
J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Grace M. (Kerrigan) Osborne
Graveside Services for Grace M. (Kerrigan) Osborne, 89, of 22 Gibson Dr. were held Thursday in Silver Lake cemetery with Rev. Mark Bariloni officiating.
Fiske Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Grace M. Osborne; Antique Dealer
Grace M. (Kerrigan) Osborne, 89, of 22 Gibson Dr., died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999 in St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester following a short illness.
She leaves six sons, Arthur Osborne, Donald Osborne and Kenneth Osborne all of Athol, Robert Osborne of Hull, Eugene Osborne of Florida and Phillip Osborne of Belchertown; a daughter, Joyce Cromwell of Orange; a brother, Frank MeHarg of Florida; 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was born in Boston, Nov. 16, 1909 the daughter of Dennis and Grace (Vance) Kerrigan and grew up in the Boston area. She was a resident of Athol for the past 53 years.
She enjoyed her family and sold antiques for many years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. in Silver Lake Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
Fiske Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Mary Ann Prondecki 
TURNERS FALLS Mary Ann (Satrowsky) Prondecki, 94, of 24 Marshall St., died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999 at home.
Among her survivors is a sister, Von Dy Rowe, of Athol.

Charles F. Richardson; Former Lion
GARDNER Charles F. Richardson, 64, of 261 Elm St., died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999 at Heywood Hospital after a long illness.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Gladys (Narkevicius) Richardson; a son, James Richardson of Royalston; his mother, Alice (Murphy) Richardson of Levittown, L.I., N.Y.; three sisters, Mary Stone of Levittown, Susan Thatcher and Anne Geier, both of Scottsdale, Ariz., and two grandsons.
He was born Dec. 21, 1934 in Keene, N.H. and was the son of C. Francis Richardson. He resided in Royalston for many years before moving to Gardner in 1981.
He graduated from Athol High School in 1952.
He was highway superintendent for the town of Hubbardston, retiring in 1993.
He was a member of the Holy Spirit Church and a former member of the Hubbardston and Athol Lions Clubs.
The funeral will be held from the Poliks Funeral Home, 431 Pleasant St., Gardner on Thursday, Sept. 30, with a Mass at 10 a.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 50 Lovewell St. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be tonight from 7 to 9. 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gardner Visiting Nursing Association Hospice Program, 34 Pearly Ln., Gardner, Mass. 01440 or to the American Cancer Association, 30 Speen St., Framingham, Mass. 01701.

Hazel V. Bonk
PETERSHAM Hazel V. (Nelson) Bonk, 91, of 141 Washington St., Gardner, formerly of town, died Monday, Sept. 27, 1999 in the LaChance Center, Gardner.
She was born April 17, 1908 in Petersham, daughter of Louis and Inga Nelson, and graduated from Petersham High School in 1926.

Chester W. Malinowski
TURNERS FALLS Chester W. Malinowski, 59, of 18 Morris Ave. died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999 at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.
Among his survivors is a daughter, Teresa Cuff, of Erving.

Grace M. Osborne 
Grace M. (Kerrigan) Osborne, 89, of 22 Gibson Dr., died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999 in St. Vincent's Hospital, Worcester.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Fiske Funeral Home were incomplete at press time.

Donald H. Abbey; Retired Foreman
ORANGE Donald H. Abbey, 73, of 468 East River St., died Friday, Sept. 24, 1999 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare, Worcester, where he was taken after being stricken ill in his home.
Born in Randolph, Vt., July 9, 1926, a son of Troy and Eva Abbey, he grew up in Randolph later moving to Claremont, N.H.
He worked at the Millers Falls Tool Co. for 20 years, retiring in 1981 as a foreman at the South Deerfield plant. During his retirement he worked three years at Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School and was a bus driver several years at the Merrifield Bus Company, Athol.
More recently he repaired small engines, a hobby he enjoyed.
A member of the Orange Gun Club, he was the Athol Santa Fund, "Santa" for several years.
He leaves his wife of 31 years, Andrea R. (Tamason) Abbey; four daughters, Donita Duprey of Englewood, Fla., Robin Casey of Hamden, Conn., Kathleen Hoctor of Gill and Theresa Cody of Orange; two sisters, Arlene Beaudry of Claremont, N.H., and Esther Roy of Charlestown, N.H.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces. His son, Roger D. Abbey, died in 1971. 
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. in Witty's Funeral Home. The Rev. Vance E. Frank will officiate.
Burial will follow in Jones Cemetery.
Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to Athol Santa Fund, in care of the Athol Daily News, P.O. Box 1000, Athol, 01331. 
Yvonne A. Bernard 
GARDNER Yvonne A. (Roy) Bernard, 79, of 75 Oak St., a retired waitress, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999 at home.
Among her survivors is a brother, Edmond Roy, of Orange.

Robert H. Chiasson, Formerly Of Orange
ORANGE Funeral services for Robert H. Chiasson, 73, formerly of Orange who died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999 at his home at 901 West Mathews, Roswell, New Mexico, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1800 W. Bland.
Robert and his wife, Elaine, moved to Roswell from Orange in December of 1977.
He is survived by his son Wayne Chiasson of Roswell; sisters, Virginia Colo of Athol, and Nellie Honkala of Westminster. Other survivors include three grandchildren, Adrianna, Dareena, and Lisa Chiasson, and one great grandchild, Lucas Gurule, all from Roswell. 

Thelma M. (Bolivar) Wold
ORANGE Funeral services for Thelma M. (Bolivar) Wold, 89, of 15 Burrill Ave., were held Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999 in Witty's Funeral Home. The Rev. Charles Blakney of Central Congregational Church officiated.
Burial was in South Cemetery. The pall bearers were Edward Dornig, Richard Ballou, Jesse Worrick Jr., David Fisher, John Griffiths and Carl Fisher.

Francis Stanley
SOUTHWICK Francis "Bud" Stanley, 63, of 283 College Hwy., died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999 at Noble Hospital in Westfield.
He was the father of Frances Baker of Athol.

Esephene E. Moulton 
NEW BRAINTREE Esephene E. (Doughty) Moulton, 81, of 275 Hardwick Rd., died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 1999 in Quaboag on the Common after an illness. She was born in Petersham.