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Lillian B. Goodrum 
ORANGE Lillian B. (Leach) Goodrum 79, of Quabbin Valley Healthcare, formerly of Orange, died there Thursday, March 2, 2000. 
Born in Ashland, N.H., March 11, 1920, a daughter of Edward A. and Sadie M. (Demeritt) Leach, she grew up in Lyman, Maine and lived in the Biddeford area for many years.
After moving to Orange from Goodwins Mills, Maine in 1959, she worked at the B & S Manufacturing Co. for 15 years. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and camping.
Her husband, William Goodrum, died in 1971 and a son, Fred Woods, died in 1999. She leaves a son, Rodney Goodrum of Orange; a daughter, Linda Whaley of Orange; a brother, Edward Leach of Lyman, Me.; a sister, Beatrice Rowell of Lyman, Me.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m. in the Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm St, Biddeford, Me.
Burial will follow in Goodwins Mills Cemetery, Lyman, Me.
There will be a calling hour from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral chapel.
Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, is directing the local arrangements 

Alberta V. (Guy) Dubrule
A funeral Mass for Alberta V. (Guy) Dubrule, 89, of 242 Petersham Rd., was held Thursday, March 2, 2000 in Our Lady Immaculate Church. The Rev. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor, was the celebrant of the Mass. The organist was Janet Paoletti, and the cantor was Mary Ehnstrom. 
Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery.
Bearers were Brian Dubrule, David Dubrule, Bruce Dubrule Jr., Scott Dubrule, Clarence Blanchard and Peter Lanteigne.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Alberta V. Dubrule; Enjoyed Traveling
Alberta V. (Guy) Dubrule, 89, of 242 Petersham Rd., died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, in Wachusett Manor Nursing Home, Gardner, following an illness. Her husband, Alexander Dubrule, died in 1969.
She leaves five sons, Robert Dubrule, Eugene Dubrule, James Dubrule and Bruce Dubrule, all of Athol, and Richard Dubrule of Leominster; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was born in Lebanon, N.H., on April 24, 1910, daughter of James and Vienie (Keniston) Guy, and had lived in Phillipston and Orange before coming to Athol in 1956. She attended schools in Lebanon.
She had worked at Simplex Time Recorder in Gardner for 12 years, retiring in 1982. Previously, she was employed by the L.S. Starrett Company and the former J. F. MacElwain Shoe Company. She was a member of Our Lady Immaculate Church. She enjoyed camping, bingo, card playing and gardening. Following her retirement, she enjoyed traveling.
The funeral will be held Thursday, March 2, from the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home, with a Mass at 11 a.m. in Our Lady Immaculate Church. Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery.
Calling hours in the funeral home are 7 to 9 tonight and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a charity related to helping the mentally retarded, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Richard T. Thorp; Car Enthusiast
No. ORANGE Richard T. Thorp, 57, of 65 Athol Rd., died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at the Athol Memorial Hospital, after being stricken ill earlier at his home.
He leaves his wife of 21 years, Paula (Wark) Thorp.
He was born in Athol, Dec. 2, 1942, the son of William and Mary (Aubrey) Thorp, and had lived in the Athol-Orange area all of his life.
He graduated from the Worcester Boys Trade High School in 1960. He was an engineer for the L.S. Starrett Co. in Athol where he had worked for the past 38 years.
He was a member of the Carbs Hot Rod Club in Athol, the Tully City Council Club, and the Orange Fire Department-Tully District. He was a car enthusiast most of his life and was currently restoring a 1934 Ford.
Besides his wife he leaves two daughters, Jennifer Gabrenas and Jill Muzzy, both of Athol; his mother, Mary (Aubrey) Thorp of Athol; a brother, William Thorp of Athol; a sister, Patricia Hatzis of Huntington Beach, Calf.; four grandchildren, Sarah and Zachary Gabrenas and Dylan and Caitlin Muzzy, all of Athol.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m., in the Trinitarian Congregational Church, Metcalf Chapel, Athol Road, Warwick, with pastor Dan Dibble officiating.
Burial will be in Warwick Center Cemetery in the spring.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to: the Thermal Imager Fund, P.O. Box 193, Orange, Mass. 01364, or the Metcalf Chapel Building Fund, Athol Road, Warwick, Mass. 01378.
The Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home of Athol is directing arrangements.

Evelyn M. Bedard; Auxiliary Member
Evelyn M. (Boreman) Bedard, 90, of 10 Congress St., Greenfield, formerly of Athol, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at the Franklin Medical Center, in Greenfield.
She was born Oct. 5, 1909, in Roxbury, the daughter of Thomas F. and Mary E. (Hosking) Boreman. She came to Athol from Spencer in 1929 to 1950, then moving to Chicago, Ill., for two years, St. Louis, Mo., for 10 years, in 1962 to Willimantic, Conn., returning to Athol in 1970 and since September of 1999 had resided in Greenfield.
Her first husband, Stuart Robbins, died in 1961; her second husband, Clinton Ware, died in 1976; and her third husband, Joseph Bedard, died in 1990.
She graduated from David Prouty High School, in Spencer, in 1927. She worked at the May Department Store in St. Louis, and for the Texaco Oil Co. in Willimantic.
She attended Athol Congregational Church for many years, was a member of the women's fellowship, active in church fairs knitting many baby sweaters and mitten sets. She was also a member of the Athol Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, knitting sweaters for hospital fairs, and knitting mittens and hats for the Christmas mitten tree. 
She was a former member of the Petersham Country Club, a former member of the Athol Senior Citizens Club, an was an avid sports fan following the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.
She leaves a son, Barry W. Robbins of Bangkok, Thailand; two step-sons, John Ware of Northfield, and Robert Ware of California; three step-daughters, Betty Gibson of Northfield, Andrea Renaud of Albuquerque, N.M., and Lianne Bedard of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; two nieces, Mary Rose of San Diego, Calf., and Louise Mitchell of Ft. Lauderdale. She also leaves several other step-grandchildren, cousins and other nephews and nieces.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m., in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Vance E. Frank of Orange officiating.
Private burial will be in Old Cemetery, Spencer, at a later date. 
There are no calling hours and in lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Athol Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 2033 Main St., or the Athol Congregational Church Women's fellowship, 1225 Chestnut St., both in Athol, Mass. 01331.

David G. Engel
Memorial services for David G. Engel, 81, of 739 Daniel Shays Hwy., were held Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, in Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Vance E. Frank officiating.
Representing the Edward H. Phillips, American Legion Post 102 were: Lee Plumber, junior vice commander of Worcester County; Robert Carey, past commander; Victor Litchfield, past finance officer; Donald Walker, sergeant at arms; Peter Krustapentus, past commander; Mitch Kenneway, Gordon Briggs, and Reggie Boutot. The American flag was presented to Mrs. Engel by Carey.
Mr. Engel's father, George G. Engel, founded the Engel plumbing business in 1915, which he operated for many years until the 1940's, at which time David and his brother, Donald, went into partnership operating the business until David retired in December of 1979 and Donald in December of 1989.

David G. Engel; Plumbing Business Founder Dies 
David G. Engel, 81, of 739 Daniel Shays Hwy., died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare.
He leaves his wife of 51 years Jean W. (Wood) Engel.
He was born April 1, 1918, in Athol, the son of George G. and Gladys (Gorton) Engel and has lived here most of his life. Since 1980 he has spent winters in Florida.
He graduated from Athol High School in 1935, and attended Worcester Trade School where he studied plumbing and heating. After completing school he went to work for his father.
He entered the United States Army Air Corps in 1941 as a flying cadet and received his pilot's wings and Second Lieutenant commission in Oct. 1941. During World War II he served with the air transport command as a ferry pilot delivering new combat planes and then as a transport pilot flying four engine transports worldwide. He left active duty in March of 1946 and retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1966 as Lieutenant Colonel.
He returned to Athol in 1946 and opened the Engel Heating and Plumbing business in partnership with his brother, Donald, until his retirement in December 1979.
He was a member of Star-Athol Lodge of Masons for over 50 years, a life member of the Edward H. Phillips American Legion Post 102, Athol Historical Society, A.A.R.P. national and local chapters, and the Athol Sportsman's Club for many years.
He was a member of the Athol Congregational Church and had served as chairman of the board of trustees during the planning of the new parsonage. He was also chairman of the first school building committee for the Town of Athol investigating the repairs and renovations of the Lake Park, Highland and Main Street Schools.
He enjoyed traveling, reading, listening to classical music, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed his winters in Florida where he liked to golf and sail his remote controlled sailboat that he built.
Besides his wife he leaves three daughters, Suzanne J. Baron of Middletown, Del., Deborah L. Carter of Framingham, Rebecca L. Brutto of Worcester; seven grandchildren, Kerrie Lynn Carter and Brendan Carter both of Framingham, Billy Baron, Jay Baron and Nancy Baron all of Middletown, David Brutto and Timothy Brutto both of Worcester; two brothers, Donald G. Engel of Athol, and George G. Engel of Winter Park, Colo., two sisters, Constance Pedersen of Springfield, Doris Cline of Las Vegas, Nev.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at 11 a.m. in Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main Street, Athol, with the Rev. Mary E. Giles, interim pastor of Athol Congregational Church officiating. There will be a call hour from 10 to 11 a.m. Private burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Athol Memorial Hospital, "Save Our Hospital Fund," 2033 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331.

May Hoppe
May Hoppe, 96, of 821 Daniel Shays Hwy., died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at the Quabbin Valley Healthcare.
Funeral Arrangements under the direction of the Fiske Funeral Home were incomplete at presstime.

Evelyn M. Bedard 
Evelyn M. (Boreman) Bedard, 90, of 10 Congress St., Greenfield, formerly of Athol, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at the Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home were incomplete at press time.

Clinton J. Dresser Sr.
ORANGE Funeral services for Clinton J. Dresser Sr., 90, of 383 East River St., were held Monday, Feb. 28, 2000 in Witty's Funeral Home. The Rev. Delmar Anderson of the Mission Convenant Church officiated.
Burial was in West Orange Cemetery. Pallbearers were Clinton "Jimmy" Dresser Jr., John Dresser, Richard Dresser, Michael Dresser, Richard Temple, and Robert Smith.

William John Ori; Restaurant Owner
ORANGE William John "Bill" Ori, 54, of Dover, Del., formerly of Orange, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000 in the Kent General Hospital in Dover.
He was born in Montague, Aug. 12, 1945 to Egidio W. and Mary (Marcella) Ori. He moved from Anaheim, Calf. to Dover 13 years ago in 1987.
He was a United States Air Force veteran, serving his country during the Vietnam era from 1965 to 1969.
He owned and operated JW's Restaurant, formerly Anthony's, in Wyoming, Del., from December 1987 to March 1997; JW's Deli at Moore's Lake, Dover, from 1992 to 1995; and at the Blue Hen Corporate Center in Dover from 1995 to 1999 at which time he closed JW's Deli to open JW's Dugout in the Hamlet Shopping Center in West Dover in September 1999. He also did outside catering throughout his restaurant career. 
He was well known for his authentic Italian cooking and antipastas and probably best known for his creation the "flamethrower" cheese steak.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Ori of Dover; a son, Jeffrey Ori of Dover; a brother, Richard Ori of Dallas, Texas; and one grandson, Justin Ori.
Funeral services were held today, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. in Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford Street, Dover.
Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Dover.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, Kent County Division, P.O. Box 1977, Dover, Del., 19903-1977.

Robert Chittick; Former Resident
Robert Chittick, 72, formerly of Athol and Pensacola, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, in Orlando, Fla.
He was born in Athol on March 24, 1927, the son of Minnie B. Keyser, and was raised by his grandparents, Benjamin and Daisy Chittick.
He was a resident of Pensacola for 26 years, moving to Mims a year and a half ago.
He was a retired employee of Montgomery Ward.
In Pensacola, he was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, the former Dorothy Rowell; three stepdaughters, Margaret Nix of Mims, Minnie Grenon of Orange and Barbara Begin of Thorn Hill, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Feb. 14 in Barrancas National Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Hawkins officiating.
Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home, Pensacola, was in charge of arrangements.

Shirley H. Baker 
ERVING Shirley H. (McLaughlin) Baker, 80, of 24 River Rd., died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at home.
Born in Holyoke, April 6, 1919, she was the daughter of Mathew and Nettie C. (Martin) McLaughlin.

Jeanne E. (Brouillet) Bedard Fournier
Funeral services for Jeanne E. (Brouillet) Bedard Fournier, 86, of 47 Gibson Dr., were held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, in Our Lady Immaculate Church. The celebrant was the Rev. James Callahan, associate pastor. The organist was Janet Paoletti.
Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery.
The bearers, all grandsons, were Philip Forand, Michael Forand, Raymond Bedard, Joseph Bedard, Greg Bedard and Craig Bedard.
Fiske Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

Jeanne Bedard Fournier; Owned René's Variety
Jeanne E. (Brouillet) Bedard Fournier, 86, of 47 Gibson Dr., died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000 in Athol Memorial Hospital.
She leaves four sons, René J. Bedard Jr. of Vernon, Conn., Richard J. and his wife, Susan (Hoskin) Bedard, of South Riding, Va., Charles S. and his wife, Paula A. (Paquet) Bedard, of Carver, Roland J. and his wife, Tricia (Stevens) Bedard, of Sumner, Wash.; three daughters, Madeleine A. Andrews and her husband, Edwin, of Athol, Louise J. Roncalli and her husband, Michael, of Springfield, Denise J. Girouard and her husband, Stephen, of Ashville, N.C.; two sisters, Lucille Gilgut of Athol and Norma Brouillet of Orange; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 
She was predeceased by her first husband, Rene J. Bedard Sr., who died in 1960, and her second husband, Emile Fournier, who died in 1972. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Paul and Raymond Brouillet; and one sister, Rita Regis.
She was born in Gardner, Jan. 12, 1914 the daughter of Dr. Charles S. and Alice (Harwood) Brouillet. She moved to Athol at the age of seven and attended Athol schools, graduating from Athol High School Class of 1932.
She was married to Rene J. Bedard on Sept. 2, 1939. They purchased a farm on Templeton Road in 1941. Together they owned and operated Rene's Variety on upper Main St., from 1953 to 1957.
She married Emile Fournier in 1963 and moved to Vermont in 1967. In 1972 she moved back to Athol where she had resided for the past 28 years.
She was a communicant of Our Lady Immaculate Church. She was a member of the Athol Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and served as an officer for many years. She was a member of the Lakeside Action Association.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, from the Fiske Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Our Lady Immaculate Church. The Rev. James Callahan, associate pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Friday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Save Our Hospital Fund, c/o Athol Memorial Hospital, 2033 Main St., or to Our Lady Immaculate Church - Building Fund, 192 School St., both in Athol, Mass. 01331.

Esther M. (Lindsey) Black
Funeral services for Esther M. (Lindsey) Black, 89, of 129 Washington Ave., were held Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000 in the South Athol United Methodist Church with Rev. Freda Maier, pastor, officiating. The organist was Janet Haley.
Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery.
The bearers, all grandsons, were Steven Black, Jonathan Black, David Black, Adam Black, Josh Black, Jason Black and Eric Sawin.
Fiske Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Eleanor R. (Goddard) Nault
A concelebrated Funeral Mass for Eleanor R. (Goddard) Nault, 79, of 289 Partridgeville Rd., was held Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000 in Our Lady Immaculate Church. Rev. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor, was the principal celebrant, assisted by Rev. Leo Barry. The organist was Janet Paoletti, and the cantor was Mary Ehnstrom.
Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery. Bearers were David Nault, Steve Nault, William Nault, Dennis Goddard, David Dorow and Joseph Coolidge.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home directed arrangements.


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