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Obituaries from Apr 07, 2003

Sharon L. Crawshaw 

Homemaker, Avid Reader

ORANGE, MA- Sharon L. (Bedell) Crawshaw, 59, formerly of Orange and Pensacola, FL, died on Thursday, April 3, 2003 in the Buckley Nursing Home, Greenfield.

Born on April 28, 1943 in New York City, NY, a daughter of Jacob and Doris (Smith) Bedell and grew up in New Jersey. She received her Accounting Degree from the Pensacola Junior College, Pensacola, Florida.

Her husband of 40 years, Benjamin Crawshaw III, died in 2001.

A homemaker who enjoyed her family, she was also an avid reader. 

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Crawshaw of Pensacola, FL; three daughters, Tina Gleason of Orange, MA, Lora Fontenot of Holyoke, MA and Lisa Maines of Pensacola, FL; Grandchildren, Samantha, Jonathan, and Jessica Gleason, all of Orange, MA; Gina-Marie of Florida; Robert, Dazey and Jacob Elder; and Alex and Erica Maines, both of Florida; a sister, Connie Scheiwberg of New Jersey; a brother, David Bedell also of New Jersey; many nephews and nieces.

A son, Benjamin Crawshaw IV died in 1998.

Services will be held in Pensacola, FL at a later date and time to be announced. Interment will be at the Ft. Barancus Cemetery.

There are no calling hours.

The family requests no flowers be sent.

Wittyâs Funeral Home, www.wittyfuneralhome.com, 158 South Main Street, Orange, MA is directing the arrangements.

 

Gearing Dies 

Fuel Company President

ATHOL &emdash; David L.B. Gearing, 78, formerly of Athol, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 13, 2003 in San Diego, Calif.

He was born in Dayton, Ohio, on March 31, 1924.

He was president of Athol Fuel Service for many years. He served on the board of directors of the Athol-Clinton Cooprative Bank. He attended St. John's Episcopal Church where he was a member of the vestry. He was a member of the Exchange Club, the American Legion, the Elks Lodge and the Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Ellinwood Country Club, the Petersham Country Club and Petersham Curling Club.

A veteran of World War II, David, a retired United States Air Force Lt. Colonel, flew 65 combat missions as a bombadier-navigator. He was recalled to extended active duty in 1961 and served in France as a personnel staff officer.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean; his daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Gary Stalians of Escondido, Calif.; a son, Christopher Gearing of Stuart, Fla.; a sister, Eloise Rhoads of Vincennes, Ind.; two step grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

A private memorial service was held on March 27 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in San Diego.

 

Esther L. Lincoln

WARWICK &emdash; Incomplete information was provided on the services for Esther L. (Matthews) Lincoln, 94, whose funeral will be held on Saturday, April 5 at the Unitarian Church in Warwick, Orange Road (Route 78) at 2 p.m.

Mrs. Lincoln is also survived by two brothers, Arlington Matthews of Keene, N.H. and Kenneth Matthews of Orange.

Witty's Funeral Home (www.wittyfuneralhome.com), 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.

 

Dorothy M. Morrow 

Bookkeeper, Manager

ATHOL &emdash; Dorothy M. (Rolland) Morrow, 82, of 140 Yale Ave., died Thursday, April 3, 2003 at the Athol Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Norwich, New York on Oct. 4, 1920, the daughter of William and Mary (Ryan) Rolland. She grew up in Athol and graduated from Athol High School in 1948. She had lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota for over 30 years returning to Athol in 1993.

She and her husband owned and operated a hardware store in Minneapolis for many years where she was the manager and bookkeeper until her retirement. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and collecting agates.

She leaves her husband of 54 years, Albert F. Morrow; a cousin, Carlton Adams of Athol, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 7, at 10 a.m. in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Fr. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor of Our Lady Immaculate Church officiating.

Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Sunday, April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to a charity of one's choice.

 

Jennie V. Remillard 

Retired Sander

ATHOL &emdash; Jennie V. (Corapinski) Remillard, 87, of Quabbin Valley HealthCare, and formerly of 43 A Street, Gardner, died on Thursday, April 3, 2003 in the Athol Memorial Hospital, following an illness.

Born in Gardner on Sept. 30, 1915, she was the daughter of Alexander and Antonia (Loiko) Corapinski.

She was a sander employed by the former Fountain Brothers of Gardner for eight years until her retirement in 1960.

She was a member of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Gardner.

Her husband of 63 years, Philip L. Remillard, died in 2000.

She leaves one son, Michael P. Remillard of Gardner; one daughter, Annette J. Soderman of Orange; one brother, Frank Corapinski of Gardner; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Edmond Corapinski of Plainville, Conn., and a sister, Cecelia Swercewski of Gardner.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols St., Gardner.

Burial will be in the Notre Dame Cemetery, Gardner.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Rosary School Fund, 135 Nichols St., Gardner, MA 01440.

The Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner is in charge of arrangements.

 

Ronald A. Auger

Construction Worker

NEW SALEM - Ronald A. Auger, 61, of 15 Stone Hill Rd., died Tuesday, April 1, 2003 in St. Vincent's Hospital, Worcester.

Born Nov. 30, 1941, he was the son of Kathryn (Gilbo) and Arthur Auger. He grew up in Orange attending local schools and graduating in 1959 from Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School.

A member of St. Mary's Church in Orange, he was a construction worker most of his life, having worked most recently at Vermont Yankee and Lane Construction Co. before retiring two years ago from Local 596 in Holyoke.

An avid fisherman, he also enjoyed spending time with his dog, "Bear." Enthusiastic about NASCAR racing, classic cars and hot rods, he was a member of the North Quabbin Cruisers, as well as the Athol-Orange Elks Lodge 1837, Orange Gun Club, and the Wheelerville Community Club in Orange.

Survivors include his companion, Gail MacKnight of New Salem; a son, Mark Auger of Gardner; two sisters, Kathleen Jackson of South Yarmouth and Jacqueline Cetto of Athol; and a niece and nephew.

At the request of the deceased, graveside services will be private at South Cemetery, Orange.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210.
 

Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
 

  

Longtime Reporter Lincoln Dies

 

WARWICK - Esther L. (Matthews) Lincoln, 94, of 8 Winchester Rd., died Tuesday, April 1, 2003 in the Anchorage Nursing Home, Shelburne. 

Born in Warwick, Dec. 5, 1908, a daughter of Edwin T. and Ida M. (Thompson) Matthews, she attended Warwick Schools and lived here most of her life.

After her marriage she traveled with her husband, who was a logger, and lived in logging camps while he cut timber in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

A member of the Unitarian Church, Warwick Women's Guild and Women's Alliance, she had been active in the Women's Auxiliary of the Warwick Volunteer Fire Department several years.

Well known for her homemade doughnuts in town, she enjoyed cooking, baking, and homemaking, along with sewing, crocheting and reading. An avid gardener, she could grew nearly anything but especially liked flower gardening.

She was the former Warwick Correspondent for Athol Daily News for many years.

Her husband, Charles E. Lincoln, Sr., died in 1967. She was also predeceased by a sister, Shirley Conway and six brothers, Carl Atherton, Ralph Matthews, Sr., Melvin Matthews, Lloyd Matthews, Donald Matthews and Glenn Matthews.

She leaves a son, Charles E. Lincoln, Jr., of South Royalston; two daughters, Esther "Sue" Wallock of Winchester, N.H. and Rosemary Lincoln-Clark of Greenfield; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; many nephews and nieces.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. in the Unitarian Church, Orange Road (Rte. 78). Rev. Vance E. Frank of Orange will officiate.

Burial in Center Cemetery will be later in the spring.

Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Witty's Funeral Home (www.wittyfuneralhome.com), 158 South Main St., Orange.

In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to Warwick Volunteer Firemen's Association Public Safety Building Fund, 1 Hastings Pond Rd., Warwick, 01378.
 
 
 
 

ESTHER L. LINCOLN
 

  

Mills Services

ORANGE - A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, April 2, at St. Mary's Church for Irene B. (Labshere) Mills, 80, of 72 East Main St., who died Sunday evening, March 30, 2003 at home following an illness.

The Rev. Fr. William Lunney officiated along with Deacon Joseph Bucci. Theresa Bergquist was the cantor and Janet Paoletti was the organist. The gifts were brought forward by Paula Labshere and Maureen Chiasson.

Interment followed in South Cemetery, Orange. The pallbearers were Roger Ballard II, David Ballard, Tony Vaitkevicius, Derrick Brazauskas, Kevin Mills, and Patrick Marz.

A reception was held following the committal serviceat Pine Crest Community Center. Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, directed the arrangements.

 

Stott services

ATHOL - Funeral services for John J. Stott, 82, of 33 Gibson Dr., formerly of Wellington Street, were held Wednesday, April 2, in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Fr. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor of Our Lady Immaculate Church, officiating.

Burial followed at Tully Cemetery and the bearers were; Thomas Stott, James Carleton, Jr., Chris Carleton, Jeffrey Baker, Corey Baker and James Baker.

Marjorie A. Leabo 

Orange High Graduate

ORANGE - Marjorie Alyce Leabo of Eugene, Oregon, and formerly of Orange, died on March 13, 2003 of heart failure. She was 73.

Leabo was born on Jan. 19, 1930, in Orange, daughter of Charles and Gertrude O'Lari. She married Ralph Leabo in Las Vegas on March 5, 1950. He died in October of 1999.

She graduated from the Orange High School in 1947. She was a homemaker and lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Placerville, Calif., before moving to Eugene in 1982.

Her interests included crossword puzzles, reading and watching the Trailblazers. She enjoyed bingo and potlucks with her friends at Staffordshire.

Survivors include a son, Reese of Poulsbo, Wash.; two brothers, Chuck O'Lari of Florida and Arlen "Butch" O'Lari of Chelmsford, Mass.; two sisters, Olive Maroni of Orange and Arlene Bisbee of Athol; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

No service is planned.
 

Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.
 

  

Ronald A. Auger

NEW SALEM - Ronald A. Auger, 61, of 15 Stone Rd., died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, in St. Vincent's Hospital, Worcester, following an illness.
 

Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty's Funeral Home (www.wittyfuneralhome.com), 158 South Main St., Orange.
 

  

Leonard Duguay

ATHOL - Leonard "Pee Wee" Duguay, 79, peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2003, after a lengthy illness, with his wife of 56 years, Peggy (McClearn) Duguay, at his side.

He was a son of the late Hyacinthe and Anna Duguay.

Besides his wife, he leaves behind two sons, Kenneth Duguay and his wife, Floretta, and three grandchildren of Franklyn, N.H., and Danny Duguay who resided with his parents and helped with Mr. Duguay's care; five sisters, Marguerite Duguay, Edna Mallette, Marie Songer and Jeanette Capone, all of Athol, and Laurenda Holmes of Orange; three brothers, Edward Duguay and Nelson Duguay, both of Athol, and John Duguay of Greenfield; a sister, Laura Duguay; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Two brothers, Wilbert Duguay and Richard Duguay, predeceased him.

A full military service will be held on Friday, April 4 at 11 a.m. in St. Agnes Church in Ashland, N.H.
 

The Dupuis Funeral Home in Ashland, N.H. 03217, is handling arrangements.
 

  

Dorothy G. Cleveland 

Founding Member Of Children's Network

WENDELL - Dorothy G. (Lowe) Cleveland, 61, of 426 Jennnison Rd., died Thursday, March 27, 2003 in her home from cancer.

She leaves her husband of 40 years, Parker Cleveland; two daughters, Chrystina Cleveland and Cara Cleveland, both of Orange; and a brother, Owen W. Lowe of Winchester, VA.

Dorothy graduated from high school in Beverly, earned her Bachelor Degree in Education at University Of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her Masters Degree in Education Administration from Cambridge University, Cambridge.

Dorothy devoted her personal and professional life to nurturing the growth and development of young people. She worked for Headstart in Franklin, Worcester, and Hampden Counties and most recently was the director of the Child Care Development Center at Keene State College.

Dorothy was a founding member of the Cheshire Children's Network and was appointed by Keene Mayor Michael J. Blastos to the Task Force on Childcare. She was on the board of directors for Child First, a childcare advocacy organization, a board member of the Council of Child Development Laboratory Administrators and was active in the Monadnock Partnership for Children, all in Keene.

Dorothy was also on the Zoning Board of Appeals in Wendell.

Calling hours will be held at the town hall, on the common in Wendell, on Saturday, April 5 from 2-5 p.m. Children are welcome. 

A celebration of her life will happen in June at a date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Valuing Our Children, 217 Walnut St., Athol, MA 01331 North Quabbin Even Start, 34 North Main St., Orange, MA 01364 or Southwestern Community Services Fund for Professional Development of Family Childcare Providers, Attn: Rachael Hildrith at 692 Island Street, Keene, NH 03431.
 

Witty's Funeral Home (www.wittyfuneralhome.com), 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
 
 
 
 

DOROTHY G. CLEVELAND

 

Henry J. Fontaine 

GARDNER - Henry J. Fontaine, 34, of 317 Pleasant St., and formerly of Orange, died Thursday, March 27, 2003 at his residence.

 

Irene B. Mills Enjoyed Family, Friends

ORANGE - Irene B. (Labshere) Mills, 80, of 72 East Main St., died on Sunday evening, March 30, 2003 at home following an illness. She was surrounded by her family.

Born on Sept. 1, 1922 in Rutland, Vt., a daughter of John and Mary (Duffy) Labshere, she moved to the Athol-Orange area in 1941. She grew up in the Rutland area graduating from Middle Granville High School, Granville, N.Y. in 1941.

After moving to this area she worked at the former First National Store, Fishman's Dept. Store, Ma Alden's Grill and Restaurant and Athol Memorial Hospital ten years.

Prior to her retirement she had been employed at the Slencil Company for many years. A member of St. Mary's Church and St. Mary's Women's Club, she enjoyed her family and friends. She had participated in the Veteran's Review Variety Show for the Athol Veterans Park and enjoyed attending Mahar sports events, especially those in which her family participated.

Her husband of 53 years, Howard E. Mills, died in 1994. She leaves two sons, John Mills and Richard Mills, both of Orange; three daughters, Dawn Ballard of Orange, Kathleen Stoddard and Joanne Walker, both of Athol; a brother, Michael Labshere of Orange; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; several nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 2, from Witty's Funeral Home, www.wittyfuneralhome.com with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church.

Interment will follow in South Cemetery, Orange.

Calling hours will be held tonight from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Mahar Boosters Club, in care of Paul Riendeau, 38 Dexter St., Orange, MA 01364.

Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, is directing the arrangements.
 

 
 

IRENE B. MILLS

 

Edmund F. Mallet WWII Veteran 

ATHOL - Edmund F. Mallet, 82, of Baldwinville, formerly of Athol, died on Friday, March 28, 2003, in the Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, after a period of failing health. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth M. (Deyo) Mallet.

He was born in Athol, son of the late Azade and Louise (Boudreau) Mallet and was a resident of Baldwinville the past six years coming from Athol where he was a resident all his life.

He attended Athol schools and was a World War II veteran serving in the United States Navy in the Asiatic-Pacific and Philippine campaigns. He was married for some 52 years to his wife, Elizabeth, who died in January, 2002. He worked for the William T. McBride company as a cutter, grinder for many years.

He was a life member, past president and longtime member of the Franco-American Club in Athol. He was a communicant of the St. Vincent De Paul Church in Baldwinville and former long time communicant of the Our Lady Immaculate Church in Athol.

Mr. Mallet is survived by three sons, Thomas F. Mallet of Athol, Daniel D. Deyo of Texas, Patrick E. Deyo of New York; three daughters, Sally Jean Mullen of California, Jolene A. Michaud of Orange and Jean A. Cormier of Athol. He was the brother of Wilbert A. Mallet and Arthur J. Mallet both of Athol, and leaves 16 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was also father of the late David E. Mallet, and brother of the late Joseph, Alfred, Edward, Howard, and Albert Mallet, and Olsena Gagliardi.

Following cremation a memorial Mass will be celebrated in the Our Lady Immaculate Church, Athol on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.

Interment of ashes will take place in the family plot in Gethsemane Cemetery at a later date.

The Hickey-Grenier Funeral Home, 238 Court St., Brockton, is entrusted with arrangements.

 

John J. Stott N.D. Cass Worker

ATHOL - John J. Stott, 82, of 33 Gibson Dr., formerly of Wellington Street, died on Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Farren Care Center in Turners Falls.

He was born in Lowell, on Nov. 16, 1920, the son of Thomas H. and Ellen M. (Brown) Stott. He grew up in Lowell, attended Lowell schools, and since 1946 had lived in the Athol area.

He had worked at the N.D. Cass Company in Athol until he became disabled in 1948. He enjoyed spending time with his many grandchildren, loved listening to music, playing cards, especially cribbage and hearts.

His wife of 47 years, Evelyn A. (Stevens) Stott died in 1993. He leaves three sons, Thomas B. Stott of New Braintree, Charles Baker of Orange, and Donald G. Baker of Gardner; two daughters, Sharon Morse of Gardner, Patricia Carleton of Marlboro; 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild; and two brothers, Henry Stott of Lowell, and Phillip Stott of Littleton, N.C.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 2, at 11 a.m. at the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Fr. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor of Our Lady Immaculate Church, officiating.

Burial will be in Tully Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 1, 2003, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376.

 

Call Services

ORANGE - Funeral services for Eleanor B. Call, 85, of 383 East River St., who died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, were held on Friday, March 28, at 11 a.m. in the Athol Congregational Church, Athol. The Rev. Harold Lloyd, Jr., Pastor, officiated and Anne Carley was the organist.

Bearers were Frank Witts of Orange, Glenn P. Blanchard of Georgia, Vt., Philip Saisa, Scott Cody, Michael LaJoi, and Matthew Kuzmeskas, all of Athol. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Athol, where Rev. Lloyd conducted the committal service.

The Fiske Funeral Home, Athol, directed arrangements.

 

Maurice W. Taylor Self-Employed Carpenter, Veteran

ORANGE - Maurice W. Taylor, 93, of West Southport, Maine, and formerly of Orange, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, entered into the presence of our Lord and Savior on March 28, 2003 at the Gregory Wing of St. Andrews Village, Boothbay Harbor. 

He was born on April 8, 1909 in Orange, a son of William and Evangeline Taylor. He graduated from Orange High School.

In 1935 he married Alvina Webber. He was a self employed carpenter throughout his career and he also worked as a ships carpenter on mine sweepers at Sample Shipyard prior to World War II. He also served with the Navy 69th Construction Battallion during World War II.

He was a longtime member of the Southport Methodist Church, the Southport Fire Department, and the Seaside Lodge of the Masons. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed hunting with his son-in-law and camping with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Alvina Taylor, a resident of Gregory Wing in Boothbay Harbor; a daughter, Kathryn Lufkin of Brooklin, Maine; two sisters, Elsie Blanchard of West Springfield and Eleanor Smith of North Hollywood, Calif.; three brothers, Everett Taylor of Athol, Lloyd Taylor of Orange and Vernon Taylor of Marietta, Ga.; and three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

A funeral service in celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 31 at the Simmons, Harrington & Hall Funeral Home, Boothbay. A burial will follow in Union Cemetery. Rev. DanaBeth Wells-Goodwin will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southport Fire Department, 757 Cape Newagen Rd., West Southport, ME 04576.

 

Joseph W. Huntoon Native Of Athol

WARE - Joseph W. Huntoon., 71, of 55 Pulaski St., died Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at the Life Care Center in Wilbraham following an illness.

He was born on March 3, 1932 in Athol, son of Harland and Marion (smith) Huntoon, and had resided in Barre for 30 years and has lived in Ware for five years.

He was a receiver for the T.J. Maxx company.

He leaves two sisters, Caroline B. Moody of Athol and Deanna Harding of Westminster, and many nieces and nephews. Two sisters predeceased him.

Following cremation, a grave side service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol. There are no calling hours.

The Fiske Funeral Home, 1356 Main St., Athol is directing the funeral arrangements.

 

Norman D. Johnstone World War II Veteran

NORTH ATTLEBORO - Norman D. Johnstone, 83, of David Road, died Tuesday morning, March 25, 2003, in his home.

He was the husband of Ruth (Bisbee) Johnstone.

Born Dec. 4, 1919 in Scotland, he was a son of the late Archibald C. and Janet (Ross) Johnstone.

He had been a resident of North Attleboro since 1960. He grew up and lived many years in Athol, and is a graduate of Athol High School.

He is a United States Navy Veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater and was part of the Normandy invasion.

He worked for Reed & Barton in Gardner, and later North Attleboro. He retired from Balfour Co. in December, 1983 where he worked as a purchasing agent for 20 years.

He was a member of Old Towne Congregational Church, and a former deacon. He was an avid gardener and past member of the Rod and Gun Club in Athol.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Heather McCrystal of Norton and Luanne Stauff of Attleboro; two sons, David Johnstone of Windham, Maine and Robert Johnstone of North Attleboro; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 27 in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home.

 

Chester J. Brough President Of Ford Parts Rebuilders Club

FITCHBURG: Chester J. Brough, 74, 63 Fairmont St., died Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at Health Alliance-Leominster.

Mr. Brough was born in Westminster, August 2, 1928, a son of Samuel and May (Vaudrain) Brough and resided many years in Fitchburg. 

He is survived by a son, Mark D. Brough of Westminster; a daughter; Brenda A. Dufour of Ashburnham; a brother, Courtney S. Brough of Orange; a sister, Alice May LeBlanc of Athol; three grandchildren and a niece.

Mr. Brough worked 12 years at the No. 7 Mill of the Crocker Burbank Paper Company in Fitchburg. He later worked several years at Ford Parts Rebuilders in Fitchburg, and most recently as a part time driver for the City Cab Company, Fitchburg.

He served as president of the Ford Parts Rebuilders Social Club. He was a graduate of St. Joseph's School and the B.F. Brown Vocational School, both in Fitchburg.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 27 at the Louis M. Isabelle Funeral Home, 316 Clarendon St. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery, Westminster.

A visitation period will be Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Please see www.isabellefuneral.com for directions.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Valiton Center, 106 Woodland St, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

 

Eleanor B. Call Artist, Cake Decorator

ORANGE - Eleanor B. (Blanchard) Call, 85, of 383 East River St., Orange died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, in Athol Memorial Hospital. ¥ 

She was born in Athol on January 28, 1918 the daughter of Howard K. and Bertha (Stoddard) Blanchard. She grew up in Athol and graduated from Athol High School.

Mrs. Call was a bookkeeper at Athol Memorial Hospital for many years. She and her late husband, Percy A. "Bud" Call owned and operated Call's Market in Athol for many years.

She was a member of the Athol Congregational Church. She was Deaconess of the church and a member of the Emblem Club.

She was an artist and a cake decorator.

She leaves a daughter, Barbara C. Stone of Meriden, Conn.; three sisters, Elizabeth Vaughn of Millers Falls, Ann Cody of Athol, Aileen Desrosier of Selbyville, Del.; a brother, Glenn Blanchard of Locust Grove, Vir.; two grandchildren, Brenda C. Stone of Meriden, Conn., Michael E. Stone of Chepachet, R.I.

She was predeceased by her husband, Percy A. "Bud" Call who died in 1969; and by a brother, Howard Blanchard, who died in World War II.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 28, at 11 a.m. in the Athol Congregational Church 1225 Chestnut St., with Rev. Harold V. Lloyd Jr., pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, March 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fiske Funeral Home 1356 Main St.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to the Athol Congregational Church - Book of Memory 1225 Chestnut St., Athol, MA 01331.

Fiske Funeral Home 1356 Main St., Athol is directing arrangements. 

 

Exilda C. Carme

TURNERS FALLS - Exilda C. (Parenteau) Carme, 91, formerly of Fourth Street, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at the Poet's Seat Nursing Home in Greenfield.

 

John B. Price

GARDNER - John B. Price, 65, of 104 Ridgewood Lane, a barbershop owner and Navy veteran, died sunday, March 23, 2003 at home after an illness. He served in the Navy for 10 years in active duty and as a reservist.

 

Centenarian Sarah Renault Age 100, Dies

ATHOL - Sarah E. (Rosenthal) Renault, 100, of 821 Daniel Shays Hwy., formerly of 1050 Main St., Worcester, a retired bookeeper, died Sunday, March 23, 2003 in Athol Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

She leaves a daughter, Rosalie Carville of Wendell Depot; a sister, Nettie Lichenstein of Bronx, N.Y.; three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

She was born in Russia, daughter of Abraham and Esther (Ezracovitz) Rosenthal, and lived in Worcester for 50 years before moving here in 1997.

She was a bookkeeper for the Mendall Benjamin Company for many years, retiring in 1965.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the Perlman Funeral Home, 1026 Main St., Worcester.

Burial will be in the B'nai B'rith Cemetery, Worcester.

The memorial observance will be private.

Donations may be made to a charity of choice.

 

Harold J. Craw

BROCKPORT, N.Y. - Harold J. Craw, DMD, died Thursday, March 20, 2003. He is predeceased by his wife, Adele. He is survived by his daughters, Dorothy (David) Davis, and Barbara (James) Herbert of Athol, four grandchildren, Susan (Jeremiah) Wilson, Mary Ann Hurd, Bonnie Herbert and Sara Davis, a great-granddaughter; his brother, William; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Monday, March 24 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., 340 West Avenue.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 25 at 2 p.m. from the First Presbyterian Church, State Street. Spring interment will be in Lake View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to the Steuben Health Care Center, Bath, N.Y., or the First Presbyterian church of Brockport.

 

Aiken Services

ATHOL - Funeral services for Jean E. (Renwick) Aiken, 78, of 437 Lenox St. were held Saturday, March 22, 2003, at the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith, pastor of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial followed in Silver Lake Cemetery and the bearers were; Bruce Anderson, Bruce Maroni, John Maroni, Aaryn Aiken, Ryan Aiken, Peter Whitmer, and John Renwick.

 

Phyllis Black Press Operator

ORANGE - Phyllis Black, 85, of Orange died on Wednesday, March 19, 2003, in the Heywood Hospital, Gardner.

She was born in Westminster on April 13, 1917, the daughter of Carlton L. and Bertha (Richards) Black. She attended schools in Westminster.

Ms. Black worked as a printing press operator at U.S. Envelope in Worcester for more than 25 years. She was a member of the South Athol United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Dorothy Black of Athol; four nephews; 12 great nieces and nephews and 11 great great nieces and nephews. 

She enjoyed crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and butterflies. 

A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 28, at 2 p.m. in the Woodside Cemetery, 9 Narrows Rd., Westminster. Daniel Parsons of the Athol Salvation Army Corps will officiate.

There are no calling hours.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to the American Heart Association 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to a charity of one's choice.

Fiske Funeral Home, 1356 Main St., Athol, is directing arrangements.

 

Johnson Services 

ATHOL - A celebration of life was held on Saturday, March 22, 2003 in the Erving Congregational Church for Rebecca R. Johnson, 45, of School Street, who died on March 19, 2003 in St. Vincent's Hospital, Worcester following an illness.

Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, directed the arrangements.

 

Matthews Servicers 

ORANGE - Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 22, 2003 in Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, for Ralph T. Matthews Sr., 96, formerly of Colonial Acres, who died on March 17, 2003 at the Cheshire Medical Center, Keene, N.H. following an illness. The Rev. Vance E. Frank officiated.

Interment will be held in the spring at the Warwick Center Cemetery.

A reception was held following the service at the Fellowship Hall of the Orange United Methodist Church.

Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, directed the arrangements.

 

Elizabeth M. Roy Mayoral Secretary

GARDNER - Elizabeth M. (Klebauskas) Roy, 81, of 255 Greenwood St., died on Friday, March 21, 2003 at home.

She was born on Feb. 15, 1922, in Athol, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Jukaubskas) Klebauskas and had resided in Gardner since 1945.

Mrs. Roy was a 1940 graduate of Athol High School and attended Mount Wachusett Community College. She was the secretary for the following Gardner mayors, Linnus Allain, Clarke Stedman and Stephen Erickson. Following her retirement she was a volunteer for the Montachusett Home Health Care Corp. of Fitchburg and visited the elderly in need.

She was a member of the former Catholic Women's club, the Business and Professional Women's Club and was a past president of the Holy Family League of Charity. She was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and sewing.

Her husband of 21 years, Ragner Roy, died in 1966.

Two sisters, Anna Hart of Salem, who died in 2000, and Frances Souza of Athol, who died in 2001, also predeceased her.

She leaves many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Funeral services were held this morning from the Poliks Funeral Home, 431 Pleasant St.

Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol.

Donations may be made in her memory to the St. Joseph's Church Renovation Fund, 358 Pleasant St., Gardner, MA 01440.

 

Arthur L. Tatro III 

RINDGE, N.H. - Arthur L. Tatro III, 38, of 344 Park Dr., died on Thrusday, March 20, 2003, in the Heywood Hospital, Gardner, after being stricken ill.

 

Rebecca R. Johnson Accomplished Artist

ATHOL - Rebecca R. "Becky" Johnson, 45, of School Street, passed away on March 19, 2003 at St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester. Family and friends surrounded her during her last moments, singing, praying, and giving testimonials to her incredible courage, spirit and unconditional love for all she encountered in her 45 years.

Becky loved music, old movies, cooking and was an accomplished artist. She graduated from the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in 1975 where she led the cheers for the sports teams. Becky resided most of her life in the local area, most recently in Athol.

She leaves her life partner of eight years, Deb Walker; her mother and step father Lois and Larry Ellsworth of Mt. Airy, N.C.; a brother Douglas Johnson Jr. of Charlemont; two sisters, Angela Johnson of Athol and Julie Johnson of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; seven nieces; two nephews; many aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends.

She will be dearly missed by all.

A celebration of Becky's life will be held at the Erving Congregational Church, East Main Street (Route 2), Saturday, March 22, 4 p.m.

There are no calling hours.

Witty's Funeral Home (www.wittyfuneralhome.com), Orange, is directing the arrangements.
 

 
 

REBECCA R. JOHNSON
 

  

Jean E. Aiken School Secretary

ATHOL - Jean E. (Renwick) Aiken, 78 of 437 Lenox St. died Friday, March 21, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Athol, on Sept. 11, 1924, the daughter o fWilliam and Iva (Norcross) Renwick.

She graduated from Athol High School in1941, and has lived here all of her life. She was a winter resident of Bradenton, Fla. for 17 years.

She worked for the Athol-Royalston School District for 25 years as secretary for the principal at Pleasant Street School until her retirement. She had previously worked at the L.S. Starrett Company and the Athol Daily News.

She was a member of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, the Women's Society of Christian Service at the church and attended Braden River United Methodist Church during the winter months. She also served as a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Bluebird Leader. She enjoyed traveling and had visited many places throughout the world and the United States, especially enjoying Hawaii. She also enjoyed flower gardening, line dancing, clogging and square dancing.

She leaves her husband of 57 years, Howard E. Aiken; a son, Kevin Aiken and his wife Nancy of Athol; a daughter, Candace Whitmer and her husband Peter of Princeton; a grandson, Ryan Aiken of Easthampton and a granddaughter,Aaryn Aiken of Ware. She also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a sister Janice Anderson and a brother William Renwick.

Private funeral services will be held at Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith, Pastor of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating.

There are no calling hours.

Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to: Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, "Living Memorial Fund," 40 Island St., Athol, MA 01331 or the Gardner Visiting Nursing Association, Hospice Program, 34 PearlyLane, Gardner, MA 01440

 

Ruth M. Feeney Templeton

ATHOL - Ruth M. (Thayer) Feeney, 86, formerly of 30 Crawford St., Gardner, died on Thursday, March 20, 2003 in the Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Athol, after an illness.

Her husband, Byron Feeney, died in 1973.

She was born in Templeton on March 6, 1917, daughter of Earle H. and Mildred E. (Webber) Thayer and had lived in Gardner for 28 years before moving to Athol last year.

Mrs. Feeney was a graduate of Templeton High School with the class of 1935.

She leaves a step-daughter, Glenace Day of Manchester, N.H.; three sisters, Dorothy Kimball of Athol, Eleanor Sawicki of Otter River, and Mildred Ellinwood of Edgecombe, Maine; four step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Pine Grove Cemetery, Route 2A, Templeton. The Rev. Ruth W. Martin, pastor of the First Church of Templeton, will officiate.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Quabbbin Valley Healthcare Residents' Activities Fund, 821 Daniel Shays Hwy., Athol, MA 01331.

The Snow-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central St., Winchendon, is directing arrangements.

 

Ronald J. LaPerle Landscaper Assistant

LUNENBURG - Ronald J. "Chip" LaPerle, 46, of 247 Arbor St., died Thursday morning, March 20, 2003 in the Health Alliance-Leominster Hospital after an illness.

He leaves his two children, a son, Shawn LaPerle in Orange, and his daughter, Brittany Johnson of Greenfield; four brothers, Michael J. LaPerle of Hubbardston, Mark J. LaPerle of Fitchburg, David J. LaPerle and Kevin J. LaPerle both of Winchendon; and his three sisters, Donna M. Egan of Northampton, Debra L. Laffond of Lunenburg, and Laurie A. Cosentino of Orange, and several nephews and nieces. 

He was born on Nov. 7, 1956, in Athol, the son of Ronald J. and Geneva (Guyer) LaPerle, and lived in Orange for several years before coming to live in Fitchburg for 10 years. He recently had moved to Lunenburg. He had worked as a landscaper assistant for more than eight years and stopped working due to illness.

At his request there are no planned funeral services. There are no calling hours.

The Lavery-Chartrand Funeral Home, 99 Summer St., Fitchburg, MA is directing the arrangements.

 

Sr. Lillian Hope Linde

CROWN POINT, Ind. - Sister Lillian Hope Linde, 79, of Crown Point, formerly of Fitchburg, Mass., a retired Lutheran deaconess, died on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 in the Lutheran Retirement Village.

 

Vincent J. Powers Foreman 45 Years

ATHOL - Vincent J. Powers, 83, of 739 Daniel Shays Hwy, formerly of Shrewsbury and Worcester, died on March 19, 2003, in the Lachance Nursing Center in Gardner after an illness.

His wife, Doris G. (Frogatt) Powers, died in 1970. He leaves two daughters, Judith M. Dwyer of Worcester and Patricia E. Lamoureux of Hubbardston; a son, Richard V. Powers died in 2001. He also was predeceased by a brother, Richard I. Powers and four sisters, Mary R. Jasper, Celestine E. Sharpe, Eleanor F. Klunk and Agatha E. Powers. 

Powers was born in Worcester, son of the late Richard F. and Anna (Murphy) Powers and had lived in Worcester for 25 years, and then Shrewsbury for 28 years before moving to Athol three years ago. He graduated from the Worcester Boys Trade School in Worcester.

Mr. Powers was a World War II United States Army veteran having served with the 5th Infantry in the European African Middle Eastern Campaign.

He had been employed as a foreman for Wyman Gordon in Worcester for more than 45 years before he retired in 1985.

He was a former member of the Worcester Lodge of Elks No. 243 and a member of the Athol Lodge of Elks.

Mr. Powers' funeral will be held on Saturday, March 22 from the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home (brittonfuneralhomes.com) 648 Main St., Shrewsbury, with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Saint Mary's Church., 640 main St., Shrewsbury.

Burial will be in Saint John's Cemetery, Worcester.

Calling hours are today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Central Massachusetts Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605. 

 

Francis C. Davis 

MONTAGUE - Francis C. Davis, 84, of town, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at the Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

 

Raymond J. Duguay

BALDWINVILLE - Raymond J. Duguay, 71, of 51 Hospital Rd., died Sunday, March 16, 2003 in the Baldwinville Nursing Home.

He served in the United States Army and received the Occupation Medal Germany and the National Defense Service Medal.

 

Ralph T. Matthews Boxer, Woodcutter

ORANGE - Ralph T. Matthews, Sr., 96, formerly of 200 East River St., died Monday, March 17, 2003 in the Cheshire Medical Center, Keene, N.H.

Born in Athol, Feb. 17, 1907, a son of Edwin T. and Ida (Thompson) Matthews, he grew up in Warwick, attended Warwick schools and lived in Warwick and Orange all of his life.

Strong and well conditioned he took up boxing and fought in several area matches during the 1920's.

He was an enthusiastic outdoorsman who enjoyed working in the forest, cutting wood, bicycling, hiking and fishing. A conservation worker 26 years for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Forestry, he retired in 1973.

Previously he worked as a woodcutter for area loggers, Fred Lincoln, Verne and Frank Cutter. He lived at Colonial Acres until three months ago when he moved to Harborside Applewood Healthcare, Winchester, NH. Early to rise he enjoyed morning walks to one of the local coffee shops until recently as well as keeping his mind active by doing crossword puzzles.

His wife of 63 years, Hazel E.(Clarke) Matthews, died in 1990, and a son, Wilfred H. Matthews, died in 1993. He was also predeceased by five brothers, Carl Atherton, Melvin Matthews, Glenn Matthews, Lloyd Matthews, Donald Matthews and a sister, Shirley Conway.

He leaves two sons, Ralph T. Matthews, Jr. and Edwin P. Matthews both of Warwick; a daugther, Emily Butcher of Orange; two brothers, Kenneth Matthews of Orange and Arlington Matthews of Keene, N.H.; a sister, Esther Lincoln of Warwick; 17 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; many nephews and nieces.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. in Witty's Funeral Home, www.wittyfuneralhome.com. Rev. Vance E. Frank will officiate.

Burial will be in the late spring at Center Cemetery, Warwick. 

Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to Meals On Wheels, Franklin County Home Care, 330 Montague City Rd., Turners Falls, 01376.
 

 
 

RALPH T. MATTHEWS SR.

 

Ralph T. Matthews Sr.

ORANGE - Ralph T. Matthews Sr., 96, formerly of 200 East River St., died on Monday, March 17, 2003 at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, N.H.

Arrangements, under the direction of Witty's Funeral Home of Orange, were incomplete at press time.

 

Sophie Czubryt; Enjoyed Traveling

Athol - Sophie (Kwasnicki) Czubryt, 85, of 123 Thrower Rd. died Monday, March 10, 2003 at her home.

She was born in Savoy, March 15, 1917, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Story) Kwasnicki. She had lived in Savoy and Adams for many years and since 1961 has resided in Athol.

She had worked in the Adams area for many years, was an active member of the Athol Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses, enjoyed sewing, gardening and traveling with her husband.

Her husband of 63 years Joseph S. Czubryt, died Feb. 11, 2003. 

She leaves a niece Julia Mendel of Adams, and several other nieces, nephews and cousins in Adams.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, 183 Daniel Shays Hwy.

Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, is directing arrangements.

 

Dike Services

ORANGE - Funeral services were held Friday, March 14, at Witty's Funeral Home, for Cecelia A. (Plummer) Dike, 71, of 13 Shelter St., who died at UMass Memorial Healthcare, Memorial Campus, Worcester, on March 8. Pastor Stephanie Sermuksnis of he Orange United Methodist Church, officiated. Interment followed in South Cemetery.

The pallbearers were Michael York, Mark York, Martin Malinowski and Gardner Knight.

Witty's Funeral Home directed the arrangements.

 

Frances A. Ames Was Active In Athol

LUBEC, Maine - Frances A. Ames, 79, wife of the late Forest W. Ames Sr. formerly of Athol, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at a Machias hospital.

She was born May 17, 1923 in Holyoke, Mass., the daughter of Robert Wilhelm and Audrey Herr.

She was employed at the former Union Twist Drill Co., and then at L.S. Starrett Co., both of Athol. She retired in 1960, to raise her family. While residing in Athol, she was active in the 4H Club, PVHA, conservation commission, serving as chairman for a number of years. She enjoyed her animals and gardening.

She is survived by her children, Sandra King of Athol, Forest W. Ames Jr. of Lubec, Maine, Michael Paquette of Trescott, Maine, George George of Machias, Maine; Jacinta Leavitt of Athol, and a stepdaughter, Barbara Gamache of Athol; 19 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may make donations to the Athol Animal Shelter.

Arrangements are by the Scott-Wilson Funeral Home of Calais, Maine.
 

 
 

FRANCES A. AMES

 

Robert Reid Owner Of Bus Company

PETERSHAM - Robert B. Reid Jr., 89, of 57 Old Barre Rd., died on Monday, March 10, 2003 at the St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester.

Born in Petersham, he was the son of Robert B. and Catherine (Connolly) Reid Sr. He owned and operated the R.B. Reid Bus Company for many years.

He was a member of the National School Bus Association and the Massachusetts School Bus Association.

His wife, Verna J. (Hodge) Reid, died in 1993. He leaves a daughter, Elizabeth A. Parissi of Leicester; a sister, Margaret Glancy of Barre; three grandchildren, one great grandson and many nieces and nephew. Four brothers, Edward J. of Barre, George L. of Athol, Albert of Petersham and Arthur C. Reid, who was killed in action during World War Two, and three sisters, Winnifred Dowd of Brockton, Edna Moschini of Athol, and Ethel Pryor of Petersham, all predeceased him.

Calling hours will be on Sunday, March 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Pillsbury Funeral Home, 96 South Barre Rd., Barre.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 17 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home.

Burial in the spring will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Easter Seals Massachusetts, 484 Main St., Worcester, MA 10608-1817, or the United Cerebral Palsy, 1660 L Street NW #700, Washington, D.C. 20036.

 

Anna M. Blasko

AMHERST - Anna M. (Adamitis) Blasko, 86, formerly of Summer Street, died on Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at the Center for Extended Care of Amherst.

 

Sophie Czubryt

ATHOL - Sophie (Kwasnicke) Czubryt, 85, of 123 Thrower Rd. died Monday, March 10, 2003, at her home.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home of Athol are incomplete.

 

Kenneth M. Harwood 

WARWICK - Kenneth M. Harwood, 60, of 73 Hastings Pond Rd., died on Saturday, March 8, 2003 at home of cancer.

He retired as superintendent of the Warwick Highway Department in the summer of 2001 due to ill health.

 

Carver Services

ATHOL - Funeral services for Kim A. (Cote) Carver, 43, of 160 Spring St., were held Tuesday, March 11, in the Fiske Funeral Home. Rev. Mark Bariloni pastor of the Athol-Orange Baptist Church officiated. Burial followed in Silver Lake Cemetery.

The bearers were Charles Cote, Gilbert Cote, Chris Carey, Brian Carey,

Albert O'Lari and Walter Hall.

 

Arthur C. Tate, Foreman, Supervisor, Mass. Port At Logan

PETERSHAM - Visiting hours will be observed in the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107), in Revere, today from 5-9 p.m. for Arthur C. Tate, who died suddenly at his Revere home on Saturday, March 8, 2003. He maintained his full-time residence in Petersham. 

He was due to retire on March 20 from Mass. Port at Logan Airport, where he had served for 29 years as their general foreman and building supervisor of maintenance.

A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, March 13 at 10 a.m., followed by interment in Pine Hill Cemetery, Peterborough, N.H.

He was born in Lewiston, Maine and lived most of his life in Waltham and Petersham. He was a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks. 

He is the son of the Rev. Gordon P. Tate of Petersham and the late Rosalie (Doleman) Tate. He is the brother of Harold P. Tate and his wife Janet of Merrimac, N.H.; Cheryl Ravenscroft of Tuscon, Ariz.; Velma Spann of Opp, Ala.; and Laurel Rust of Bath, N.H. He was the father of Julie Delicata and Robin Leonard, both of Newton; William C. Jennings of Arlington, Carole Lane of Barnstable. He was best friend to Coleen Furullo of Revere. He is also survived by his former wife, Patricia A. (Worth) Tate of Arlington, and five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the My Brothers Table, 98 Willow St., Lynn, MA 01901.

 

Daniel C. Varno, Founder Of Varno Industrial Products

ATHOL - Daniel C. Varno, 65, of Acton, formerly of Athol, died Monday, March 10, 2003 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington. He was born in Athol on Oct. 21, 1937, son of Charles W. and Grace A. (Morris) Varno, and son-in-law of William T. and Alice (Perry) McBride of Athol.

He was president and founder of Varno Industrial Products in Boxboro for the past 21 years. He served his country in the 26th Yankee Division of the National Guard for eight years.

For many years he played Santa for local charities and Mass Mother's of Twins Association. He spent many summers at Camp Wiyaka in Richmond, N.H., and was a long-time Boy Scout leader and Little League coach. He enjoyed attending antique car shows and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Marianne (McBride) Varno and six children: daughter Michelle of Los Gatos, Calif.; daughter Victoria of Leominster; son Daniel Jr. of Littleton; son Thomas and wife Robin and two grandchildren Stephanie and Michael of Keene, N.H.; son Robert and wife Nawel and two grandchildren Robert and Sarina of Palm City, Fla.; and daughter Jennifer and husband Allan Hayes of Palo Alto, Calif. He is also survived by his sister Gloria J. Varno of Warwick, his sister Sylvia (Varno) Brown and nephew Jeff Brown of East Longmeadow.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, March 13, from 5-8 p.m. at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Mass Ave. (Rte. 111), Acton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, March 14 at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 89 Arlington St., Acton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Horace-Mann Educational Assoc. (HMEA), Attn: Julie Noack, Franklin Industrial Park, 101 Constitution Blvd., Franklin, MA 02038.

 

Cecelia A. "Cece" Dike Active In Service Groups

ORANGE - Cecelia A. "Cece" (Plummer) Dike, 71, of 13 Shelter St., died Saturday, March 8, 2003 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare, Memorial Campus, Worcester.

Born in Winchester, N.H., on Jan. 25, 1932, a daughter of Ralph E. and Florence L. (Baker) Pllummer, she grew up in the Keene, N.H. area and attended Keene High School.

She moved to Orange from Westport, N.H., in 1965.

After her marriage in 1976, she traveled with her husband during his career in the United States Marine Corps, living in Japan and Maryland. While they were overseas she visited Korea and the Phillipines. She was active in several women's service groups during her husband's military service assignments. They returned to Orange after his retirement in 1984.

She was a member of Orange United Methodist Church and was skilled at making crafts, especially enjoying embroidery and ceramics.

She leaves her husband of 26 years, James E. Dike; three sons, Harry L. York, III., Michael R. York and Mark D. York all of Keene, N.H.;a stepson Kenneth Dike and stepdaughter, Lynn Roberts both of Titusville, Fla.; a sister, Grace Guyette of East Swanzey, N.H.; a half brother, Martin Malinowski of Westfield; four granddaughters, Stephanie York, Bonnie York, Mindy York and Casey York, all of Keene, N.H.; a great grandson, Benjamin Scroggins,IV of Keene, N.H.; three step grandchildren; several nephews and nieces. An infant son, Michael H. York, died in 1950.

A funeral service will be held Friday, March 14, at 11 a.m. in Witty's Funeral Home, www.wittysfuneralhome.com.

Burial will follow in South Cemetery.

There will be a calling hour from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday.

Flowers may be sent or contributions made to the Orange United Methodist Church, 104 South Main St., Orange, MA. 01364

 

Matthew J. Preville 

LEOMINSTER - Matthew J. Preville, 35, of 22 Eden Glen, died on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at home after an illness.

 

Robert L. Shaida Accomplished Artist

ORANGE - Robert L. Shaida, 36, of 102 New Athol Rd., died Saturday, March 8, 2003 at the home of his foster parents, Ronald and Judith Rowe, following an illness.

Born on Oct.10, 1966 in Greenfield, he was a son of Benjamin and Mary (Wyman) Shaida Sr. He had lived in Vermont for a number of years before moving back to Orange recently. He enjoyed fishing and dogs and was an accomplished artist who enjoyed doing drawnings as well as tooling leather goods.

Besides his mother of Brattleboro, Vt., and his foster parents of Orange, survivors include: a daughter, Alita of New York; brothers, Benjamin Shaida Jr. of Greenfield, and Lawrence Shaida of Brattleboro, Vt.; sisters, Charlotte Atwood-Gay of Erving, and Marion Blake of Orange; a half sister, Spring, and half brothers, Brian and Samuel, as well as several nephews and nieces.

Graveside services will be held in the Levitt Cemetery in Charlemont in the Spring at a date and time to be announced.

Witty's Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

 

Kim A. Carver, 43 

ATHOL - Kim A. (Cote) Carver, 43, of 160 Spring St., Athol died Thursday, March 6, 2003, as a result of injuries from car accident in Orange.

She was born October 20, 1959 in Athol the daughter of Charles H. Cote and Maxine (Bromley) Carey. She grew up in Athol and graduated from Athol High School in 1977.

She worked as an operator for Verizon for several years. She also worked at Athol Memorial Hospital in the food service department for several years.

Kim loved playing the piano, and organ. She loved animals. She also enjoyed horseback riding and writing poetry. She loved the ocean and everything about nature. She was excited about planning a future trip to Africa in 2004, to enjoy a safari via hot air balloon. Kim enjoyed summer vacations with the family. Her summers were packed full of family enjoyment that only summers can bring like barbecues, mini golf and late nights by the fire pits laughing and enjoying all that life is.

She was a member of the Athol

YMCA.

She leaves a daughter, Brianna Powell of Athol; a son, Ethan Carver of Sunderland; her mother, Maxine A. (Bromley) Carey of Athol; a stepfather, James L. Carey of Athol; four brothers, Charles Cote of Arat Virginia; Gilbert Cote of Swampscott; Chris Carey of New Salem, Brian Carey of Athol; three sisters, Sandra Hamlett of Baldwinville, Patricia O'Lari of Athol, Michele Cote of Baldwinville; three step-brothers, Thomas Carey of Florida, James Carey, Jr. of Fitchburg, Robert Carey of Levant, Maine; one step-sister, Brenda Hickey of Las Vegas, Nevada; her companion, Walter Hall of Athol; and many nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services with will be held Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at 11 a.m. in the Fiske Funeral Home 1356 Main St., Athol, with Rev. Mark Bariloni pastor of the Athol-Orange Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol.

Calling hours will be held, Tuesday, March 11, 2003, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society's New England Division Office 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Fiske Funeral Home 1356 Main St., Athol is directing arrangements. 

 

Norman Dill Formerly Of Athol

ATHOL - Norman Dill, 77, of Fruitport, Mich., and formerly of Athol, died on Feb. 8, 2003.

He was born in Athol on Aug. 21, 1926, a son of Clarence and Gladys Dill.

He lived in Athol most of his life and attended Athol schools. He moved to Michigan in 1946.

He leaves his wife and children in Michigan; a brother, Richard Dill, of Athol, and many friends and family from the Athol and Rhode Island areas.

 

Maijala Services 

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 5, 2003 in Witty's Funeral Home in Orange for Lillian M. (Palmer) Maijala, 92, who died on Sunday, March 2, 2003 in the Baldwinville Nursing Home. The Rev. Scott Manseau of the Higher Ground Ministries of Gardner offiicated. 

Private burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol. A reception followed the funeral at the Franco-American Club in Athol.

 

Wright Services

ATHOL - Funeral services for Zelma B. (Scott) Wright, 99, of 171 South Royalston Rd., were held Wednesday, March 5, 2002, in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith, pastor of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating. Readings were done by Jeffrey Lilley, Mrs. Wright's grandnephew and special music was played by Becky Gray.

Burial followed in Highland Cemetery and the bearers were; Jeffrey Lilley, Ryan Lilley, Donald Baker, Wayne Frost and Ronald Fournier. 

 

Charlotte Berlyn Founding Member Of Women's Health Initiative

CHARLTON - Charlotte (Garcia) Berlyn, 85, of 36 Ten School House Rd., died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, in St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, after an illness.

She leaves her husband of 24 years, Robert W. Berlyn; three sons, Gene S. Ahlers of Wayland, Peter L. Ahlers of Magnolia, and Glenn M. Ahlers of Pendleton, Ky.; two daughters, Patricia A. Tourigny of Spencer and Delores Paliulis of Athol; a stepson, Robert K. Berlyn of East Greenwich, R.I.; two stepdaughters, Marcia A. Stiles of Shrewsbury and Pamela Millette of Georgetown; 25 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Peter J. and Annabelle (Martin) Garcia. She lived in Baldwinville for 15 years, moving to Northboro and then to Charlton for the past 20 years.

Mrs. Berlyn was a former co-owner of the Tatnuck Laundry Mat in Worcester and residential real estate in the Worcester area. She was a former bookkeeper. She was a founding member of the Women's Health Initiative in Worcester. She was a member of the Charlton Garden Club.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 7, at 11 a.m. in the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem, will be held at the convenience of the family.

The calling hours at the funeral home will be held on Thursday, March 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 1 St. Jude Place Bldg., P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 300, Memphis, TN 38148-0552, or to the Crystal Cathedral, P.O. Box 100, Garden Grove, CA 92842-0100.

 

Anita E. L'Ecuyer 

LEOMINSTER - Anita E. (Gagne) Blake Gilbo L'Ecuyer, 84, of 423 North St., died on Sunday, March 2, 2003 at home after an illness. 

 

Lillian M. Maijala Self-Employed Maid

ATHOL - Lillian M. (Palmer) Maijala, 92, formerly of Athol, died early Sunday morning, March 2, 2003 at the Baldwinville Nursing Home in Baldwinville.

Born on Nov. 6, 1910, in Walpole, New Hampshire, she was a daughter of Frank W. and Hattie E. (Dunsmore) Palmer and grew up and attended school there.

She was married to Waino Maijala, who died in 1993. She had lived in the area since 1920. Mrs. Maijala was self employed as a maid and took care of several residences in the area as well as doing the cleaning at Camp Cheneo in Athol. An enthusiastic yodeler, she also played the piano and harmonica.

Survivors include sons William "Bill" Gates of South Royalston and Allan Gates of Athol; a daughter, Sharon Gates of Athol; 27 grandchildren; 67 great grandchildren; and 19 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by sons Herman Gates Jr., and David R. Gates; and two daughters, May Lillian Gray and Elaine Jason, as well as 14 brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 5, at Witty's Funeral Home (www.wittyfuneralhome.com), 158 South Main St., Orange, at 10 a.m.

Burial in Silver Lake Cemetery will be private.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday evening, March 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
 

 
 

LILLIAN M. MAIJALA
 

  

 

Zelma B. Wright Deputy Tax Collector

ATHOL - Zelma B. (Scott) Wright, 99, of 171 South Royalston Rd., formerly Sanders Street, died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at the Wachusett Manor Nursing Home in Gardner.

She was born in Athol on Aug. 10, 1903, the daughter of George H. and Elizabeth (Patterson) Scott. She graduated from Athol High School in 1921 and had resided in Athol all of her life.

She worked for the Town of Athol in the Tax Collector's office as deputy tax collector from 1956 until her retirement in 1967. She had previously worked as a bookkeeper at the former Wilcox Celluloid Factory in uptown Athol for several years.

She was a member of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, enjoyed music, dancing, crocheting, sewing and sending cards and letters to her family and many friends. She also enjoyed spending vacations at her summer home in York Beach, Maine.

Her husband of 50 years, Erwin A. Wright, died in 1981. She leaves two brothers, David Scott of Templeton, and Robert Scott of Sun City, Ariz. She also leaves her niece and caregiver, Elizabeth Lilley of Athol, and several grand nieces and nephews. A son, Richard E. Wright, died in 2001.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 5, at 11 a.m. in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with burial following in Highland Cemetery in Athol.

There will be a calling time from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Athol Scholarship Association, c/o of Beverly Tarolli, P.O. Box 38, Athol, MA 01331.
 

 
 

ZELMA WRIGHT

 

Young Services

ATHOL - Graveside services for Clearance L. Young, 67 of Orlando, Florida, formerly of Athol, were held Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, in Highland Cemetery, Athol with Deacon James Linderman, of the Our Lady Immaculate Church, officiating.

The bearers were: Vernon Bass, Robert Costa, George Robideau, James Robideau, Robert Clifford and Harry Sanderson.

The Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home of Athol was in charge of arrangements.

 

Fuller Services

ATHOL - Funeral services for Margaret E. (Anderson) Fuller, 81, of 28 Horrigan Ave. were held Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003 in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith, pastor of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating.

Private burial will be held in Silver Lake Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

 

Roger R. Ward Retired Shipper 

GARDNER - Roger R. Ward, 65, of 6 Moran St., died on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003 in the Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, following an illness.

Born in Gardner on April 25, 1937, he was the son of Ernest N. and Beatrice E. (Lajoie) Ward Sr.

He was a shipper employed by the former Collier Keyworth Co. of Gardner for several years until his retirement in 1976.

Mr. Ward was a member of the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1960 and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. He recceived his GED in the United States Air Force.

He was a member of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church.

He leaves one sister, Mildred L. Dirth of Orange; five nieces, one greatnephew and several cousins. He was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph, Ernest and Howard Ward.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 28 from the Boucher Funeral Home, 110 Nichols St., with a Mass at 10 a.m. in the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 135 Nichols St.

A calling hour at the funeral home will be held Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Burial in the spring will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Gardner.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Rosary School Fund, 135 Nichols St., Gardner, MA 01440.

 

Peterson Services 

ATHOL - Funeral services for Geneva M. (Hains) Peterson, 87, of 739 Daniel Shays Hwy., were held Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003 in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home with the Rev. Fr. James B. Callahan, associate pastor of Our Lady Immaculate Church officiating.

Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery and the bearers were: Steven Christensen, Michael Peterson, Derik Peterson, Ronald Fournier and Robert Lane.

 

Trombley Services 

ATHOL - Funeral services for Jason D. Trombley, 19, of 167 Cobb Hill Rd., were held Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003 in the Athol-Orange Baptist Church. Rev. Rick Truesdell pastor of the North Quabbin Bible Church officiated. Words of remembrance were offered by his close friend Billy Goulette and his father Michael Bridgwood.

Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery. The bearers were, Nicholas Bridgwood, Billy Goulette, Jake Rigopoulos, Victor Perez, Nick Jakoulov, Ryan Rathburn, Andrew Chaisson and Pete Arsenault.

Fiske Funeral Home directed arrangements.

 

Sister Marie Simoneau Professed 68 Years Of Religious Vows

PETERSHAM - Sister Marie Simoneau, 90, of the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin on North Main Street, died Monday evening, Feb. 24, 2003, at the infirmary of Assumption Residence. Formerly known as Sister Marie-de-Montfort, she professed 68 years of religious vows.

Born in Springfield, she was the daughter of Elzear and Leda (Labreche) Simoneau. She attended the Sacred Heart Parochial School in Southbridge and Assumption Boarding School in Becancourt, Quebec, where she obtained a diploma from the Laval Academy of Music of Quebec. During her years of employment at the American Optical of Southbridge, she studied piano with Professor Tapin, the reputed organist at Notre-Dame Church of Southbridge.

Sister Marie's field of specialization was music. She was recognized as an accomplished piano and violin teacher, church organist, classroom music instructor, rhythm band director, accompanist for choral and orchestra groups.

She further studied string class pedagogy at the School of Music at Boston University, and was a student of Gregorian Chant and solfeggio at the Newton College of the Sacred Heart. In the 1950s Sister Marie became a member of the Boston Diocesan Orchestra. During five years under the direction of Professor and Director of string instruments, Dr. George Barnoff, she organized the St. Joseph String Orchestra of Salem.

Sister taught music during 60 years at the parish schools directed by the Congregation in Lowell, Notre Dame of Southbridge, Indian Orchard, Millbury, and Salem. She came to Maria Assumpta Academy in Petersham in 1974 and spent the next 14 years at Assumption Residence where the music school was relocated in 1984. She also served at community services as cook and community leader.

She leaves her sister, Cecile, a religious of the Congregation of Marie-Repatrice of Montreal; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Florence Simoneau of Prince Edward Island, Canada; and a niece, Madeleine, Mrs. Edward Goding of Kittery, Maine and her family.

Calling hours at the Assumption Residence will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. that same day in the Assumption Residence chapel.

Burial will be in the East Street Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of the Assumption Retirement Fund, North Main Street, Petersham, MA 01366.

The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home of Athol is directing arrangements.

 

Eunice Kimmel; Retired CEO Of Clothing Co.

ATHOL - Eunice Kimmel, 89, of 347 Ridge Rd., died on Monday, Feb. 24, 2003 in the Athol Memorial Hospital.

She leaves a son, Mark Kimmel of Athol. Her husband of 51 years, Charles Kimmel, died in 1991; a son, Howard Kimmel, died in 2000. A brother and a sister also predeceased her.

She was a 1935 graduate of Simmons College and a lifelong resident of Fitchburg. She was the CEO of the Barney Rosen Clothing Co., retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Congregation Agudas Achim in Fitchburg and past president of its Sisterhood and co-chairman of its building committee. She was a member and past president of the Fitchburg Chapter of Hadassah.

A graveside funeral will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. in the Agudas Achim Cemetery in Fitchburg.

The memorial observance will be private.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Care Corp., 330 Montague City Rd., Turners Falls, MA 01376.

The Perlman Funeral Home, 1026 Main St., Worcester, is directing the arrangements.

 

Alexander R. Angelini

LEOMINSTER - Alexander R. Angelini, 69, of 191 Union St., died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003 in the UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Leominster Campus, after a brief illness.

 

Clarence L. Young Supervisor, Driver

ATHOL - Clarence L. Young, 67, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of Athol, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at his home following a battle with cancer.

He had lived in Athol for many years and following his retirement in 1991 he moved to Orlando. He worked for the Town of Athol for many years as the cemetery, park and tree supervisor. After moving to Florida he worked as a driver for the Rainbow Valley and repaired lawnmowers in his spare time. He enjoyed traveling in his motor home, fishing and camping.

He leaves his wife of 32 years, Nancy (Rabideau) Young; a son, Louis Young of El Dorado, Calif.; eight daughters, Regina Young-O'Harra of Stockton, Calif., Lisa Barrios of Winter Haven, Fla., Diane Clough, Billie Jo Britt, Renee Gates and Kelly Harris, all of Orlando, Jody Tafts of Winter Haven, and Casey Young of Orlando; 19 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were in Orlando and graveside services will be held Friday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. in Highland Cemetery in Athol.

The Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements

 

Blanchard Services 

ATHOL - Funeral services for Leola M. (Guignard) Blanchard, 81, of 317 Brooks Rd., were held Monday, Feb. 24, 2003 with a Mass in Our Lady Immaculate Church. Rev. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor, was the celebrant of the Mass. The organist was Robert Lemoine and the cantor was Jean Partridge.

Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery. Bearers were John Kucinskas, John Vaitkunas, Richard Verock, Dennis Carey, George Carey, and Alex Clifford.

The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

 

Jason D. Trombley Business Major

ATHOL - Jason D. Trombley, 19, of 167 Cobb Hill Rd. went to be with the Lord on, Feb. 21, 2003 in Athol Memorial Hospital.

He was born Dec. 26, 1983 in Greenfield. He grew up in Athol and graduated from Athol High School with the class of 2002. He was a student at Mount Wachusett Community College where he was majoring in business. While a student at Athol High School, Jason was a member of the football and volleyball teams. His tenacious work ethic earned him the nickname of "Heart Attack."

Jason enjoyed time with his family and close friends, Billy Goulette, Jake Rigopoulos, Victor Perez and Nick Jakoulov. He spent much time outdoors playing pickup football games and weightlifting in the family game room. He was an active member of the North Quabbin Bible Church. He enjoyed spending time and caring for small children. 

He leaves his parents, Michael G. and Barbara A. (Chaisson) Bridgwood of Athol; four brothers, Nicholas M. Bridgwood, Michael P. Morandi, Christopher M. Bridgwood, Cody N. Bridgwood all of Athol; two sisters, Ashley E. Bridgwood, Cassandra L. Bridgwood both of Athol; his maternal grandfather, George Chaisson and his wife Shirley of Ware; his maternal grandmother, Bernadette Chaisson of Athol; his step-grandmother, Velma A. Bridgwood of Edmunds, Maine; his paternal grandfather, David Reed of Athol; three very special aunts, Diane Piermattei of Fitzwilliam, N.H., Charlene Allen of Del Ray Beach, Fla., Kandace Reed of Athol; two special cousins, Andrew Chaisson of Athol, Ryan Rathburn of Florida; and many additional aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jason is now with his paternal grandmother, Mary-Lou Reed who passed away in 1995.

Funeral services with will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. in the Athol-Orange Baptist Church located at Walnut and Church streets. 

Burial will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fiske Funeral Home, 1356 Main St.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made in his memory to the Jason D. Trombley Scholarship Fund c/o Athol Credit Union 513 Main St., Athol, MA 01331. An annual scholarship will be given to an Athol High School graduate.
 

 
 

JASON D. TROMBLEY

 

Margaret E. Fuller Law Secretary

ATHOL - Margaret E. (Anderson) Fuller, 81, of 28 Horrigan Ave., died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003 at the Quabbin Valley Healthcare.

She was born in Dana, Mass. on Sept. 18, 1921, the daughter of Oscar C. and Bertha S. (Wahlfelt) Anderson. She resided in Athol since the 1930's and graduated from Athol High School in 1939. She worked as a secretary for the law offices of Haven and Oddy for several years until her retirement, she had previously worked at the Thompson Insurance Agency and for the L.S. Starrett Company.

She was a member of the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Woman's Club and had served on several church committees. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles. 

She leaves her husband of 49 years, Arnold L. Fuller; a son, Jonathan E. Fuller and his wife Maureen of Boise, Idaho; a daughter, Jean E. Shaughnessy and her husband Joel of Athol; a brother, Richard E. Anderson of Athol; five grandchildren, Erin, Megan and Timothy Shaughnessy, all of Athol, and Miles and Ian Fuller, both of Boise. A sister, Carol Rich, died in 1996.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26 at noon in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith, pastor of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating.

There will be a calling hour Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church Living Memorial Fund, 40 Island St., Athol, MA 01331 or the Friends of the Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.

  

Theodore Shepardson Health Services Retiree

ATHOL - Theodore "Ted" Shepardson, 82, formerly of Athol, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, in Dallas, Texas.

He was born on July 10, 1920 in Athol, to Carl and Nellie Shepardson. He lived a long eventful life, had many friends and was devoted to his family.

Ted graduated from Mass. State, worked 20 years for the Mass. Department of Public Health, and spent two years in Karachi, Pakistan with the United States Health Service. He took a position with the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare and moved to Dallas in 1964. He retired from HEW in 1986.

Ted was very active with Little League, Boy Scouts and his church, Wheatland United Methodist, where he was a member since 1966.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Myra; four sons, Ken Shepardson, Doug Shepardson and his wife Fran and children Alissa, David and Daniel, Steve Shepardson and wife Meri, Russ Shepardson and wife Carol and children Brooke and Katie; a daughter, Beverly Martinez, and her husband Johnny and children Allison, Cristol, Damian; and one great-grandchild, Noah. He is also survived by his brother, Dan Shepardson and his wife Mickey of Athol.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wheatland United Methodist Church memorial Fund, 8000 S. Hampton, Dallas, TX 75232, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the David Clayton and Sons Funeral Home, 200 West Center St., Duncanville, Texas, with services to follow on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Wheatland United Methodist Church.

 

Pearl C. Rathburn Shoe Shop Worker

ATHOL - Pearl C. (Doucette) Rathburn, 99, 59 Eastwood Circle, formerly of Athol, died on Friday, Feb. 21, 2003 at the Leo P. LaChance Center in Gardner where she had been a resident for the past seven years.

She was born in Worcester on Oct. 5, 1903, and had lived in Athol most of her life. She worked in several shoe shops in the Athol Orange area. She enjoyed walking and being outdoors.

Her husband, Robert M. Rathburn, died in 1975. She leaves one son, Robert F. Rathburn, Sr., of Athol; four grandchildren, Juliana Costa of Orange, Richard A. Rathburn of Orange, Robert F. Rathburn, Jr. of Gardner, and Randy A. Rathburn of Athol; 10 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.

Private graveside services will be held at Silver Lake Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

The Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

 

King Services

ATHOL - Funeral services for Beverly A. King, 68, of 1275 Pleasant St. were held on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold V. Lloyd, Jr., pastor of Athol Congregational Church, officiating.

Private burial was held Saturday, Feb. 22, in Silver Lake Cemetery.

 

Leola M. Blanchard Was Head Bank Teller

ATHOL - Leola M. (Guignard) Blanchard, 81, of 317 Brooks Rd., died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 in Athol Memorial Hospital, after an illness. 

She leaves her husband of 57 years, Robert M. Blanchard, Sr.; three daughters, Jean M. Kucinskas and her husband John of Uxbridge, MA; Jane A. Vaitkunas and her husband, John of Concord, NH; and Judy L. Tobin of Jamison, Pennsylvania; a son, Robert B. Blanchard, Jr. and his wife Peggy of Ashburnham, MA; six grandchildren: Jessica Kucinskas, Jenna Kucinskas, Katrina Vaitkunas, Samantha Vaitkunas, Robby Blanchard, and Kelsey Blanchard; and many nieces and nephews. A grandson, Keith Kucinskas, predeceased her.

She was born in Shippegan, New Brunswick, Canada, Jan. 1, 1922, a daughter of Michael and Artemiese (Arsenault) Guignard, and came to Athol as an infant. She has been a lifelong resident of town, and graduated from Athol High School with the class of 1940.

Mrs. Blanchard was the head teller at the former First National Bank of Athol for many years, retiring in 1984. Previously, she was employed at Moskovitz Women's Store. She was a member of Our Lady Immaculate Church and its former Catholic Women's League, and was a member and past president of the Edward H. Phillips Post 102, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in 1962. She enjoyed cooking and knitting.

The funeral will be held Monday, Feb. 24, from the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home, 137 Main St., with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Immaculate Church, 192 School Street. Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery.

Calling hours in the funeral home are 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Our Lady Immaculate Church Building Fund, 192 School Street, Athol, 01331; or to Athol Memorial Hospital, 2033 Main Street, Athol, 01331. 

To sign the online guestbook, visit the funeral home website at www.murphysfuneralhome.com <http://www.murphysfuneralhome.com/> .
 

 
 

  

Geneva M. Peterson Life-long Athol Resident

ATHOL - Geneva M. (Hains) Peterson, 87, of 739 Daniel Shays Highway, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 at the Athol Memorial Hospital. She was born in Athol, Sept. 20, 1915, a daughter of Alphonse and Nora (Lescord) Hains. She graduated from Athol High School in 1932 and had lived here all her life.

She worked at the L.S. Starrett Company as a secretary for 17 years until her retirement in 1980, and had previously worked at the former Woodard Lumber Company for 12 years.

She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, a member of the A.A.R.P., the L.S. Starrett Company bowling league for 20 years, and enjoyed playing bridge. She enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends and traveling throughout the United States and Canada with her family, as well as a trip to Europe with her husband.

Her husband of 57 years, Ernest C. A. "Pete" Peterson died in 1999. She leaves one son; Douglas J. Peterson of Northwood, N.H.; a daughter, Noreen E. Christensen of Bow, N.H.; six grandchildren, Heidi Colston of Plantation, FL, Mark Peterson of Helena, Mont., Todd Peterson of LaJolla, Calif., Michael Peterson of Concord, NH, Derek Peterson of Northwood, N.H., and Molly Crean of Bow, N.H.; two great-granddaughters, Abigail and Gabrielle Colston, both of Plantation, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Alan Peterson who died in 1953; two sisters, Blanche Potter and Ruth Brissette; and two brothers, Ralph and Harold Hains.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at noon in Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main Street, Athol. Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery and calling hours will be Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Athol High School Scholarship Association, c/o Beverly Tarolli, P.O. Box 338, Athol, MA 01331.
 

 

 

Pearl C. Rathburn 

ATHOL - Pearl C. Rathburn, 99, of 59 Eastwood Circle, Gardner (formerly of Athol) died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003 at the Leo P. LaChance Center in Gardner.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home were incomplete at press time.

 

Jason D. Trombley 

ATHOL - Jason D. Trombley, 19, of 167 Cobb Hill Rd., died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003 in Athol Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services under the direction of Fiske Funeral Home are incomplete at press time.

 

Leola M. Blanchard 

ATHOL - Leola M. Blanchard, 81, of 317 Brooks Rd., died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 in Athol Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements, under the direction of the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home, are incomplete.

 

Geneva M. Peterson 

ATHOL - Geneva M. (Hains) Peterson, 87, of 739 Daniel Shays Hwy. died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 at the Athol Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements, under the direction of the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, were incomplete at press time.

 

Beverly A. King Long Time Resident

ATHOL - Beverly A. (King) King, 68, of 1275 Pleasant St., died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at her home after long battle with cancer.

She was born in Athol, on Sept. 19, 1934, the daughter of Herman and Dorothy (Beers) King. She lived in Athol most of her life and attended Athol High School.

She was a member of the Athol Congregational Church, former member of the Ellinwood Country Club, the Athol Woman's Club and the Athol Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, golfing, traveling and visiting Maine.

She leaves her husband of 47 years, Leonard E. King; two sons, Thomas H. King of Sarasota, Fla., and Larry King of Athol; two daughters, Donna Ryder of Athol and Jennifer Johnson of Orange; her mother, Dorothy King of Athol; a brother, Richard King of Rockford, Ill.; three sisters, Marlene Harris and Sandra King, both of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sharon Liston of Castle Rock, Colo.; three grandchildren, Angela Prescott of Orange, Tammie Cline of Athol, Amanda Johnson of Orange; one great granddaughter, Maryanne Prescott of Orange and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. at the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold V. Lloyd, Jr., pastor of the Athol Congregational Church, officiating.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Athol Memorial Hospital Oncology Department, 2033 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.

 

Eleanor M. Lane

CHARLEMONT - Eleanor M. (Graves) Lane, 58, of Main Street, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 in the Baystate Medical Center.

 

Louise E. Thayer Waitress, Caterer

PETERSHAM - Louise E. (King) Thayer, 89, of 15 West St., died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 in Heywood Hospital, Gardner.

She was born on Nov. 10, 1913 in Worcester the daughter of Louis and Mary (McCormick) King. She lived in Maynard before moving to Petersham in 1923. She attended schools in Petersham and graduated from Petersham High School.

Mrs. Thayer worked as a waitress at the former Nichewaug Inn in Petersham. She went on to be a caterer for many events and functions in the Petersham area.

She was a life member of the Petersham Gun Club and a member of the Petersham American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed decorating, wallpapering, and refinishing furniture.

Her husband of sixty-three years, Robert H. Thayer, died in 1996. She leaves two sons, Robert E. Thayer, John W. Thayer both of Athol; three daughters, Carolyn E. Coughlin of Arlington, Patricia A. Kellogg of Florence, Michaele L. Bartus of Petersham; a brother, Gilbert King of Fitchburg; a sister, Alice Greanier of Naples, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. in the Fiske Funeral Home, 1356 Main St., Athol.

Burial will follow in East Street Cemetery, Petersham.

Calling hours will be held, Friday, Feb. 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to a charity of one's choice. 

 

Buzzell Services 

ATHOL - Funeral services were held for Paul S. Buzzell, 81, of 616 Cottage St., who died Tuesday, Feb. 11, were held Feb. 14 in the Fiske Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Bariloni, pastor of the Athol-Orange Baptist Church, officiating. The organist was Janet Haley.

Burial was in the Silver Lake Cemetery.

 

Edward L. Dobson; United States Army

GARDNER - Edward L. Dobson, 55, of 17A Knowlton St., Gardner, and formerly of Royalston, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 in Heywood Hospital, Gardner.

He was born in Gardner, Jan. 13, 1948, the son of William and Lilly (Kirkman) Dobson. He grew up in Royalston and was educated in the Athol-Royalston schools.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the United States Army. He entered the military on May 26, 1966 and received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged, May 25, 1972.

He worked for Harrington and Richardson 1871 LLC in Gardner for many years.

He leaves his wife, Ruth M. (Hendrickson) Dobson; his mother, Lilly Dobson of South Royalston; a son, Travis Dobson of Gardner; five step-sons, David Lucier of Winchendon, Michael Lucier, Willie Lucier, Ralph Lucier, all of Gardner and Lenard Lucier of Maine; a stepdaughter, Karen Straus of Gardner; two grandsons, ten step-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Neale and Donna White both of South Royalston; a brother, Richard Dobson of Tennessee and several nephews and nieces.

There are no calling hours.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made in his memory to the United Way, Gardner Chapter, 310 Central St. , Gardner, Mass. 01441.

Poliks Funeral Home, Gardner, is directing arrangements.

 

Eddy Services

ATHOL - A funeral Mass was held at St. Mary's Church in Orange for Esther F. (Bourdeau) Eddy, 95, of 821 Daniel Shays Hwy., who died Feb. 10 in the Quabbin valley HealthCare.

The Rev. Fr. William Lunney officiated, along with Deacon Joseph Bucci. Janet Paoletti was the organist and Theresa Bergquist was the cantor. Interment will be in the spring in Highland Cemetery, Millers Falls.

The pallbearers were:Dwayne Eddy, Timothy Eddy, Robbie Eddy,, Charlie Eddy, John Drozdowski, Linda Kendall and Becky Harmon.

A reception followed in St. Mary's Parish Center.

Witty's Funeral Home directed arrangements.

 

Hatch Services

ATHOL - Funeral services were held at Witty's Funeral Home in Orange, for Eugene E. Hatch, 89, of Applewood Home for Elders, Athol, who died Feb. 11, in Athol Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. 

The Rev. Vance E. Frank, officiated.

Interment followed in South Cemetery, Orange.

The pallbearers were Tom Hatch, Jason Hatch, Butch Wheeler and Don Picard.

A reception followed the committal services in the Recreation Hall at Pine Crest.

 

Walter Russell Johnson, Jr; Peace Activist

PETERSHAM - Walter Russell Johnson, Jr., 84, known as Russell Johnson, , died Feb. 11, 2003, of congestive heart failure in Chicago, near his daughter, Leda Brubaker.

Russell was born on June 9, 1918 in Farmington, Minn., son of Walter Johnson and Mary Swain Johnson. He graduated from the Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minn. and later attended the Harvard Divinity School.

During World War II Russell was a conscientious objector and did his alternative service at a mental hospital near Philadelphia. It is there that he met Irene Rockwood, whom he married in 1942.

Irene, born in Kurnool, India, worked as a visiting nurse and was a dedicated activist for peace and a strong supporter of her husband's activities. Irene died in January 1999.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter: David Johnson of Silver Spring, Md. and his wife, Lisa Cannon, Paul Johnson of Watertown, Mass. and his wife, Alice; and Leda Brubaker of Chicago, Ill. and her husband, Lauren Brubaker. Mr. Johnson also leaves four grandchildren: Keir, Blake and Laurel Johnson, all children of David, and Kate Brubaker. Russell is also survived by his sister, Alice Loveless, of Avinger, Texas and her husband, Kenneth.

Russell Johnson was employed by the American Friends Service Committee from 1950 to 1984 as Peace Education Secretary in the New England office. He was an energetic speaker on peace and international issues and a tireless organizer of conferences and other activities directed toward better understanding between peoples of the world. He became an expert on issues relating to the Cold War, the Vietnam war, and Asia. He and Irene and traveled extensively in the United States and around the world in the course of his work; Irene documented their travels photographically.

In the years 1960 through 1965, Russell directed the Quaker-sponsored Conference and Seminar Program for diplomats and young leaders in South and Southeast Asia, living with his family in New Delhi, India. After retiring from the AFSC in 1984 Russell spent one year as the acting executive director of the Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee.

From the early 1950s the Johnson family's home has been on West Road in Petersham. In later years Russell was active in the Petersham Unitarian Church. He loved the country life and was an expert at chopping firewood. He was an enthusiastic sports fan, especially of the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics.

After retirement Russell and Irene traveled the United States in their camper. They particularly enjoyed attending blue grass music festivals and fishing. Fresh-water fishing is a Johnson family obsession, shared by sons and grandchildren, dating from Russ's early years in Minnesota.

A memorial service will be held in Petersham in the spring, on a date to be announced.

 

Henry M. Kennedy

LAKE WALES, FLA. - Henry Matthew Kennedy, 86, of Lake Wales, died on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 at the Lake Wales Medical Center of heart failure.

He was a World War II veteran service in the United States Marine Corps 5th Division in the Pacific. He was in communication and oversaw the Navaho code talkers.

 

Edward L. Dobson

GARDNER - Edward L. Dobson, 55, of 17A Knowlton St., died on Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 in the Heywood Hospital.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the United States Army. He entered the military on May 26, 1966 and received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged

 

D. Janice Hayden; Area Soloist and Volunteer

ATHOL - D. Janice (Brook) Hayden, 81, of 67 Gibson Rd., Orleans, formerly of Athol, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at the Epoch Senior Health Care of Brewster.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1922 in Derby Line, Vt., the daughter of Pierce and Claire May (Stone) Brook. Mrs. Hayden moved to Athol during her grade school years and graduated from Athol High School in 1940. She lived in Athol for many years moving to Orleans in 1981. 

Following graduation she was employed at the L.S. Starrett Company in Athol in their payroll department. She continued to work there until her marriage to James Hayden in 1948.

She was known to many area residents for her beautiful soprano singing voice, having been the soloist at the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church for many years. She also participated with other area church choirs, sang with local minstrel and variety shows and was the female soloist with the area's Athol Singing Men.

In addition to her singing talents, she was a tireless volunteer worker for many charities and social groups in Athol and Orleans, including eye and ear tests for local schools, secretary for the Orleans Council on Aging, Cub Scout Den Mother and bowling league secretary. She also assisted with donation drives for the American Cancer Society, Red Cross blood donations, and helped with many activities at the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hayden also enjoyed bowling, golf, and traveling with her family and friends. Her other pastimes included reading, needlepoint and gardening.

She leaves her husband of 54 years, James Hayden, and a son James Hayden and his wife Nancy of Guilford, Conn. She was predeceased brother, Roger S. Brook.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. at Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith, pastor and Rev. Freda Maier of Athol officiating.

Burial will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery and calling hours will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church Living Memorial Fund, 40 Island St., Athol, MA 01331.

 

Kennedy Services 

ORANGE - A funeral Mass was held on Saturday, Feb. 15 at St. Mary's Church for Winifred L. (Clark) Kennedy, 85, of 32 Daniel Shays Hwy., who died on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 in the Apple Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ayer. The Rev. Fr. William Lunney officiated along with Deacon Joseph Bucci. Janet Paoletti was the organist and Theresa Bergquist was the cantor.

Interment will be in the spring in South Cemetery, Orange. The pallbearers were: Paul Morin, Douglas Morin, Clayton Morin, Harry Richard, Kenneth Burrill and Ryan Donahue. A reception was held at Herrick's Tavern on 202.

Witty's Funeral Home of Orange directied the arrangements.

 

Louise E. Thayer 

PETERSHAM - Louise E. (King) Thayer, 89, of 15 West St., died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, in the Heywood Hospital, Gardner.

Funeral arrangements, under the direction of Fiske Funeral Home 1356 Main St., Athol, are incomplete.


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