|Obituaries from Nov 04, 1999
Frank F. Webster, L.S. Starrett Retiree
ORANGE — Frank F. Webster, 62, of 24 Church St., died Tuesday, Nov.
2, 1999 at his home after a long battle with scleroderma, with his family
at his bedside.
He was born in Wendell, Sept. 29, 1937, the son of George A. and Delphine
(Fox) Webster, lived in Wendell several years and since 1954 resided in
He leaves his wife of 40 years, Maureen E. (Camden) Webster; a son,
Charles Webster of Athol; three daughters, Sunny Clukey of Orange, Brenda
Barnes of Phillipston and Catherine Ploof of Athol; a brother, Elmer Webster
of Orange; five sisters, Shirley Kingsbury, Kathryn Grout, Carol Stansell
and Joan Gates, all of Orange, and Phyllis Muniz of Athol; 10 grandchildren
and several nieces and nephews. A sister, Beatrice Harris, died in May
of 1999 and a sister, Henriette LaFountain, died in January of 1999.
Webster attended New Salem Academy. He worked very hard from the time
he was a young boy starting on the Fiske family farm in Wendell and continuing
at the Vaillencourt Texaco Station, Barnes Foundary, the Highland Dairy,
manager of the Sure Gas Station, Smith Trucking Company, Orange Cooperative
Coal, Millers Falls Tool Company, and the L. S. Starrett Company for 27
years, retiring in 1992 as night supervisor in Department 4.
He served several years in the Massachusetts National Guard, was a
member of the Tully City Council Club, former member of the Orange Gun
Club, the 25 year club of L.S. Starrett Company and was associated with
the Central Congregational Church.
He enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his family.
Graveside services will be Friday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. at South Cemetery
in Orange, with Rev. Charles P. Blakney, pastor pro tem of Central Congregational
Church in Orange, officiating.
Following services the family invites relatives and friends to join
them at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Webster, 190 Silver Lake St.,
There are no calling hours and in lieu of flowers, the family suggests
contributions be made to: Gardner Visiting Nursing Association, Hospice
Care, 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, Mass., 01440.
Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home of Athol is directing arrangements.
Marion L. Abare, Athol High Graduate
Marion Lavalette Abare, 72, of 9617 Outlook, Overland Park, Kansas,
formerly of Athol, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999 following a lengthy illness.
She was born Aug. 16, 1927 in Athol to Pauline Augusta and Ray Emerson
Lavalette. She graduated from Athol High School in 1944. She married Robert
E. Abare in 1946. He died Dec. 25, 1995.
She studied journalism in college in Kansas.
Survivors include nine children and their families; Sue Abare, Albuquerque,
N.M.; Jacqueline Dotson, Overland Park, Kan.; and sons Dan and his son
Shawn of Overland Park and Patrick and Amy and daughter Kiersten of Jamul,
Calif.; Lianne Abare of Linwood, Kan.; Timothee L. and Ann Abare and children
Brad, Mark, Craig, Luke, Joy and Paul recently of Tulsa, Okla.; Julie and
John Gardner and children Kate, Ellie and Johnny, of Carrington, N.D.;
Robert and Janet Abare and children Justin and Jessica of Lemoore, Calif.;
John and Lisa Abare and daughter Emily of Higginsville, Mo.; Mike and Suzanne
Abare and son Blake of Olathe, Kan.; Michele and Ken Cole and Bandit, Tango
and Kyota of Olathe, Kan.
Also surviving is a sister, Edith Cole, of Deltona, Fla.; a step sister,
Norma Sibley of Athol; a step brother, Everette Lavallette of Athol and
a sister, Edie of Florida, and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins
from Maine to California as well as a very dear friend Barbara Abare and
many, many other close friends.
A brother, Ray Emerson Lavalette Jr., died in 1995.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 at Cure of
Ars' Catholic Church, Leawood, Kan.
Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka, Kan. at a future date.
Friends may call from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church where a rosary
will be said at 7 p.m.
Arrangements are by D.W. Newcomers Sons Johnson County Funeral Chapel,
11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kan.
Maisie Patterson, Nursing Assistant
ROYALSTON — Maisie Kay Patterson, 23, of 213 Athol Richmond Rd., died
Thursday, Oct. 27, 1999 at UMass Medical Center in Worcester.
She is survived by her son Aastin M. Patterson, at home; her mother,
Kaylene B. Lindell Champney and step-father, Skip Champney, of Athol; her
father, James F. Patterson and step-mother, Jennie L. Patterson, of Sharon,
Vt.; one sister, Ginnal J. Patterson of Athol; two half sisters, Patience
S. Champney and Kanessa C. Champney of Athol; paternal grandparents, James
H. and Frances Patterson of Brookfield; the father of her son, Kieron W.
Smith of Athol; a good friend, Roy Mayo of Athol, and many aunts, uncles,
nieces and cousins.
She was born April 12, 1976 in Springfield. She was educated at New
Braintree public schools and was a graduate of Montachusett Regional Vocational
High School. She was a certified nursing assistant working for Baldwinville
Nursing Home for the past three years. She enjoyed dancing, music, animals
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. at the
Pillsbury Funeral Home on Old West Brookfield Road in Brookfield. The family
will receive guests from 10 to 11 a.m.
Burial will be at Brookfield Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Aastin
M. Patterson memorial fund, c/o Family Bank, 2156 Main St., Athol, Mass.
Katherine R. Hodgkins
Katherine R. Hodgkins, 49, of 701 Cottage St., died Tuesday, Nov. 2,
1999 at her home.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Higgins-O'Connor Funeral
Home were incomplete at press time.
Maurice J. Songer; Retired Army Sergeant
ORANGE — Maurice J. Songer, 83, of 100 Burrill Ave., died Sunday, Oct.
31, 1999, in Quabbin Valley Healthcare.
Born in Farmington, N.H., Feb. 10, 1916, a son of John and Jessie M.
(Kimball) Songer, he grew up in Orange and attended Orange schools.
A veteran of World War II, he served with the United States Army 132nd
anti-aircraft artillery battalion in the European Theatre and was discharged
as a sergeant in 1946.
He worked at the Rodney Hunt Company for 33 years until retiring. After
his retirement he was employed part-time at the Athol Daily News. Previously
he had worked at the former Orange Shoe Company, Anson Shoe Company in
Athol, and the Leavitt Machine Company.
A member of the American Legion Post 172 and Athol-Orange Lodge of
Elks, he enjoyed his family, working around his home, his schnauzer dog
"Max" and being a devoted husband for 56 years.
His wife, Gladys R. (Allard) Songer, died in 1994. He was also predeceased
by two brothers, Ellsworth Songer, in 1990, and John Songer Jr., in 1994.
He leaves a son, Gregory Songer of Athol; three brothers, Frank Songer
of Athol, Laurence Songer and Denis Songer both of Orange; four sisters,
Mildred Bianchi of Orange, Freda Songer of Greenfield, Clara Wesockes and
Jessie May Belletete both of Hollywood, Fla.; two grandchildren; one great-grandson
and many nephews and nieces.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. in Witty's
Funeral Home. The Rev. Brian F. McGrath of St. Mary's Church will officiate.
Burial will follow in South Cemetery.
There will be a calling hour Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 1 to 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to the Save Our Hospital
fund, 2033 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331.
Sister Alice Poussard; Maria Assumpta Teacher
PETERSHAM — Sister Alice Poussard, 82, of the Sisters of the Assumption
of the Blessed Virgin Mary on North Main Street, died early this morning,
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999 after a brief illness.
Formerly known as Sister Arthur-du-Sauveur, she professed 62 years
of religious vows.
Born in Salem, she was the daughter of Napoleon and Amanda (April)
Poussard. She graduated from St. Joseph's Academy of Salem, received a
Bachelor of Arts degree from River College, and pursued graduate studies
at Catholic University of Washington, D.C., Boston College and Siena College.
She was a recipient of an NDEA grant to study French at Bowdoin College.
She was a teacher and principle at the elementary level during 40 years
mainly in Spencer, and in Laconia, N.H. She also served at the parish schools
in Chicopee Falls, Salem, Brockton, and also taught at Maria Assumpta Academy
in Petersham. Since 1983 she had been at community services at Assumption
She leaves a brother, Romeo, of Georgetown; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth
Poussard of Salem; her maternal aunt, Yvonne Ouimet of Salem; several nieces
and nephews and cousins.
Calling hours at the Assumption residence are Wednesday, Nov. 3 from
2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in
the chapel of the Assumption residence.
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, Mass.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home is directing arrangements.
William J. Duval
William J. Duval, 89, of 63 Wachusett St., Fitchburg, formerly of Athol,
died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999 at home after an illness.
He was born in Athol, a son of Lazare and Regina (Gelinas) Duval.
Philip David Watts; Avid Hunter And Fisherman
Phillip David Watts, 55, of Cushman Drive, Framington, Maine, formerly
of Athol, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999.
He was born Oct. 30, 1944 in Athol, the son of James and Barbara (Thorp)
Watts. He was a graduate of Athol High School, Class of 1962 and attended
the Ward School of Business.
He served in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1969. Following
his service to his country, he was employed by several major airlines for
the next 15 years.
He married Gail Marchetti on May 1, 1976, in Lewiston, Maine. They
settled in Farmington where he was employed by the University of Maine
at Farmington for the past 10 years.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time with
his wife, his children and the family pets. He was also a talented handyman
who enjoyed doing home improvements and was always happy to lend a hand
when something needed to be done.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, of Farmington; a daughter,
Kristen Small Dorey and her husband, Michael Dorey of Bangor, Maine; three
sons, Michael Watts and his fiance, Laura Larson, of Farmington, Scott
Watts of Acton, and Brian Watts of Atlanta, Ga.; his father, James Watts
of Athol; a sister, Kathy LaRoque and her husband, Robert LaRoque of Holden;
a brother, Roger, and his wife, Jean Watts, of Athol. He was predeceased
by his mother, Barbara, who died Nov. 19, 1987.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. from the
Wiles Funeral Home, 5 Hill St., Farmington. Family and friends are invited
to call at the funeral home, Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Those who desire may give gifts in his memory to the Franklin County
Animal Shelter, RR1, Box 1413, Farmington, Maine 04938.
Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Farmington.
Ruth M. McCassie; Enjoyed Gardening
NORTHFIELD — Ruth M. (Slaght) McCassie, 83, of 565 Gulf Rd., died Friday,
Oct. 29, 1999 in Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield.
Born in Southington, Conn., Feb. 27, 1916, a daughter of Milo and Anna
M. (Brizee) Slaght, she moved to Northfield in 1926.
She worked at Erving Paper Mills 35 years retiring as a supervisor
in 1981. She was a member of the Erving Paper Mills Quarter Century Club.
A devoted grandmother, she frequently took care of her grandchildren,
enjoyed gardening, cooking, homemaking and crocheting.
She was predeceased by her seven brothers and sisters. Her husband,
Elbert W. McCassie II, died in 1992; a step son, Donald McCassie, died
in 1983; a granddaughter, Deborah McCassie, died in 1998.
She leaves two sons, Leonard McCassie and Elbert W. McCassie, III,
both of Northfield; a daughter, Roxanne Flanders of Athol; eight grandchildren;
several great grandchildren; many nephews and nieces.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. in West
Orange Cemetery, Route 2A, Orange. The Rev. David Neil, of Trinity Church,
Shelburne Falls, will officiate.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Hospice in Franklin
County or Visiting Nurses Association in Franklin County, 164 High St.,
Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, is directing the arrangements.
Adrian Savage; Well Known Photographer
MONTAGUE — Adrian M. Savage, 92, of 5 Crescent St. in the Millers Falls
section of Montague, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999 at the Franklin Center
Genesis Eldercare Network in Greenfield.
He was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on June 2, 1907, the son of
Dolard and Emma (Dame) Savage. He came to the United States in 1908, residing
in Millers Falls. He attended Turners Falls High School.
He was a radio operator for the Massachusetts Department of Public
Works for 25 years, retiring in 1974. He was a well known area photographer
for more than 50 years. He was taught photography by George L. Scott and
he owned and operated Adrian Studio from 1945-1949. He took many historical
photogaphs of Millers Falls.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp with the 302nd Signal Co. 12th
Air Force in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Southern France during World
War II, attaining the rank of corporal. He was awarded the European African
Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with 5 bronze stars.
He was a member of the Montague Historical Society.
His wife, the former Essalyn Lane, died on June 21, 1989.
Survivors include two nephews, Donald Savage of Sarasota, Fla., and
Robert Savage of Fairfax, Va.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. in the Kostanski
Funeral in Turners Falls, with the Rev. John J. Ayers, pastor of St. Patrick's
Church in Northfield, officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery
in Millers Falls.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, Oct. 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Dines Dies, Was General Contractor
EAST TEMPLETON — Roger J. Dines, 61, of 55 Depot Rd., died Thursday,
Oct. 28, 1999 in University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester,
following a short illness.
Born in Gardner on Aug. 3, 1938, he was the son of James J. and Cecile
J. (Bernier) Dines.
He was a self-employed general contractor and owned and operated the
Roger Dines & Son General Contracting & Towing Co. He sold and
serviced used and vintage cars. He also owned and operated Roger Dines
& Son Sand and Gravel.
He was a 1956 graduate of the Saxon Trade School of Carpentry in Leominster.
He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Gardner, the Gardner
Lodge of Elks 1426, Snowbound Club of Winchendon, N.H. Towing Association,
Empire State Towing & Recovery Association, Friends of Towing, International
Towing & Recovery Association and was recognized its hall of fame in
He served as consultant for five years for the Statewide Towing Association
of Massachusetts and was also its past vice president, show chairman and
legislative chairman. He was a certified wreckmaster. he was instrumental
in the construction of the Riverside Road bridge on the Gardner/Templeton
He was a permanent Gardner call firefighter from 1962 to 1977.
He was a member of the Seabees in the U.S. Navy and while in the service,
he was selected to serve at Camp David for one year.
In 1988, Dines was instrumental in organizing a farm aid effort that
was to become known as Operation Haylift for the transportation of hay
for livestock to drought stricken areas of the United States and received
the Congressional Certificate of Merit from the honorable Silvio D. Conte
In 1989 he received the prestigious American Towman Lifesaver Award
for placing his own life at risk to save another.
He leaves his wife of six years, Athol Police Chief Sandra M. (Bisbee)
Dines of East Templeton; one son, James J. Dines of Wollaston; three daughters,
Colleen Dines McLaughlin of St. Pete Beach, Fla., Rebecca Gould of Ashburnham
and Carla Bigelow of Rutland; one sister, Roberta E. Graves of Baldwinville;
five grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He also leaves his two former wives, Sally (Smith) Dines of Baldwinville,
and Susan (Landry) Dines of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 1, from the Dufault-Boucher
Funeral Home Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 166 Cross St.
Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.
Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday, Oct. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.
and 6 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute,
4 Binney St., Boston, Mass. 02115-6084; Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater
Boston, 295 Devonshire St., Fourth floor, Boston, Mass. 02110; Shriners'
Hospital for Crippled Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, Mass. 01104,
or to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, Mass. 01701.
Dr. Thomas H. Tracy, Former City Counselor
GARDNER — Dr. Thomas H. Tracy, 75, of 80 Glazier St., a retired orthopedic
physician and former Gardner City Counselor, died at home in his sleep
on Friday, Oct. 29, 1999.
He was born in Worcester on June 7, 1924, son of Michael and Mary (McGrath)
Tracy and had resided in Gardner for 47 years.
Tracy graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Class
of 1945 and from Tufts Medical School in 1950. He and Dorothy C. (Pearce)
of Quincy were married in Quincy on June 17, 1950.
Tracy served two years in the United States Navy, as a lieutenant junior
grade, in the Pacific Area during World War II.
He was a communicant of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy C. (Pearce) Tracy of Gardner and
four adult children, Christine M. Tracy of Gardner, Michael P. Tracy of
Sturbridge, Ann M. Montero of Boston and Martha M. Papalia of Acton; two
sisters, Mary Hower of Venice, Fla., and Helen Nowlin of Worcester, six
grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 1, from the John H. Mack
Funeral Home, 91 Vernon St., followed by a 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial
at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 166 Cross St.
Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 1
to 4 p.m.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Sacred Heart School Memorial
Fund, 166 Cross St., Gardner, Mass. 01440 or may be left at the funeral
Eliza J. (McLean) Wickham
Funeral services for Eliza J. (McLean) Wickham, 84, formerly of Highland
Avenue, were held Friday, Oct. 29, 1999 in Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home,
with the Rev. Dr. Paul E. Samuelson, pastor of Starrett Memorial United
Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery and the bearers were: Robert Allen,
Brian Allen, Henry Sanders, David Graham, Robert Lane and Michael Hanson.
O. V. Green
Funeral services for O. V. Green, 76, of 84 North Spec Pond Rd., New
Salem, were held Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999 in the Fiske Funeral Home, with
Rev. Mark Bariloni, pastor of the Athol-Orange Baptist Church officiating.
The organist was Ann Carley.
Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery. The bearers were Richard Dery,
Laurie Gauvin, David Maroni, Rob Morton, Adam ElShazli and Ashref ElShazli.
Officers and members of the Edward H. Phillips Post 102 American Legion
provided military honors. They included past commander Bob Carey, finance
officer Glenn Frenette, adjutant Peter Krustapentus, sgt.-at-arms Donald
Walker, assistant Victor Litchfield and junior vice Mitchell Kenneway.
George F. Fiske Jr. was the bugler.
Peter Krustapentus and Glenn Frenette folded the United States Flag
and Bob Carey presented it to Mr. Green's grandson, Adam ElShazli.
Elks Ritual Service For O.V. Green
NEW SALEM — Members of the Athol-Orange Elks Lodge No. 1837 are asked
to meet at Fiske Funeral Home in Athol Friday, Oct., 29 at 7:15 p.m. to
conduct Elk services at 7:30.
A 23-year-old Athol woman was found dead in her home Wednesday, an
Athol Police Lt. Timothy Anderson said Sgt. Kent Hager and Officers
Todd Neale and Jason Vaillancourt responded to a South Athol Road residence
at 3:26 p.m. for a reported shooting.
Upon arrival the officers found Maise Patterson lying on the floor
in an upstairs bedroom suffering from a gunshot wound. Andersdon said a
.22 caliber rifle was found in the room. She was treated ast the scene
by Athol Fire personnel and then transported by life flight helicopter
to University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester where she was
Anderson said the incident is under investigation.