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Obituaries from Apr 11, 2000

Earl G. Joslin; Owned Saw Mill
GREENFIELD Earl G. Joslin, 87, of 29 Summer St., died Sunday, April 9, 2000 in the Buckley Nursing Home, Greenfield, after a long illness.
He was born in Holyoke, Oct. 14, 1912 the son of George N. and Mae (Frazier) Joslin.
He attended Smith Vocational School.
He was a sawyer for many years retiring in 1982, having owned and operated a portable saw mill.
He also sharpened saws and enjoyed woodworking and reading.
He leaves his wife of 63 years the former Rose E. Hescock; one son, Earl R. Joslin of Warwick; four daughters, Evelyn "Evie" Dresser of Northfield, Vivian Lee of Athol, Carol Smith of McConnellsburg, Pa, and Gloria Kahle of Feeding Hills; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal St., Greenfield, with the Rev. Lloyd Parrill officiating.
Burial will be private at Federal St. Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Franklin Medical Center Oncology Dept., 164 High St., Greenfield, Mass. 01301.

Dale W. Watts; Avid Writer
Dale W. Watts, 40, of 75 Farnsworth Ave., died suddenly at home on Saturday, April 8, 2000.
He leaves his parents, Donald W. and Sandra L. (Beaman) Watts of Athol; three sisters, Diane O. Watts of Walton, Oregon, Serina Kim Cullen of Athol, Tery L. Burton of Athol; six nephews; one niece and many cousins.
He was predeceased by his sister, Waunita Watts and an uncle Charles E. Beaman.
He was born in Athol, April 19, 1959. He graduated from Athol High School with the class of 1977.
He was a field service technician for National Propane for the past 20 years.
He was an avid writer and enjoyed music, especially Celtic music. He loved nature and the outdoors and enjoyed hiking and fishing at the Quabbin Reservoir. He had interest in astronomy and viewing the stars.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 12, 2000 at 11 a.m. in the Fiske Funeral Home, with Rev. Mark Bariloni, pastor of the Athol-Orange Baptist Church officiating.
Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery.
A calling hours will be held Tuesday, April 11, 2000 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Massachusetts Audubon Society, State Headquarters, South Great Road, Lincoln, Mass. 01773.

Calvin L. Tandy
TEMPLETON Calvin L. Tandy, 78, of 99 Bridge St., Baldwinville, died Friday, April 7 , 2000 at his residence after an illness.
He was a draftsman and cabinet maker for the L.S. Starrett Company for several years until his retirement last year.
Memorial donations may be made to Gardner Visiting Nursing Association, 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, Mass. 01440 or the Clarke School for the Deaf, 47 Round Hill Rd., Northampton, Mass. 01060
 
Helene T. Fisher; Life Long Resident
Helene T. "MA" (Vorce) Fisher, 83, of 179 Silver Lake St., died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at her home.
She was born July 11, 1916, in Orange, the daughter of Envelle L. and Jenny (Starkey) Vorce. She attended Orange schools and had lived in the Athol-Orange area all of her life.
Her husband, Otis Fisher, died in 1995.
She leaves two sons, Robert L. Bowers of Fitzwilliam, N.H., Kenneth O. Bowers of Athol; two daughters, Delene Chappel of Orange, and Jeannine Quader of Athol; a brother, Cedar Vorce of Orange; 17 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A son, James Bowers, died in 1963.
She was a baby sitter for several area families for many years until her retirement. She had previously worked at the Orange Pants Shop, Erving Tea Room, Ersey Shoe Shop, McElwain Shoe Shop, and for Vorces Cab Co., with her brothers, Arthur, and Cedar Vorce.
She was an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Orange, serving with the women's ministries for the past 22 years, and working on any committee or church event she could for many years.
She loved listening to gospel music and cooking for her family and many friends.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 15, at 11 a.m., in the First Assembly of God Church in Orange, with Pastor Frank Visco officiating.
Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery.
There are no calling hours and the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First Assembly of God Church, "Building Fund" 349 South Main St., Orange, Mass. 01364.
The Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

George A. Peters, Owned Peters Dairy
George A. Peters, 85, of 105 Simonds St., died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at his home.
He was born June 14, 1914, in Danville, Quebec, Canada, the son of Robert J. and Alice F. (Philbrick) Peters. He lived in Gill for many years and since 1967 had resided in Athol.
He leaves his wife of 29 years, Virginia (McIntosh) Peters; three sons, Gary Peters of South Deerfield, Dennis Peters of Heath, Lawrence Peters of Colstrip, Mont.; two daughters, Laurie Naprovnik of Dearborn, MO, Debra Peters of East Hampton; a step-daughter, MaryAnn Brill of Kingman, Ariz.; eight grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
He graduated from Greenfield High School in 1932, owned and operated Peters Dairy in Gill for many years. After moving to Athol he worked at the Peterson's Dairy for three years and at the L.S. Starrett Co. for 12 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Athol-Orange Lodge of Elks No. 1837.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 7 at 3 p.m., in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Fr. A. Milton Cheney, III, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, officiating.
There are no calling hours and private burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. John's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 15 Park Ave., or Athol Memorial Hospital "Save our Hospital" 2033 Main St., both in Athol, Mass. 01331.

Robert M. Borg; Chemical Co. President
PETERSHAM Robert M. Borg, 89, of Ossipee, N.H. and Ocala, Fla., and formerly of Petersham and Suffield, Conn., passed away March 29, 2000.
He was born in Smithfield, Penn. and graduated from Petersham High School in 1928. He attended the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse and worked for several years at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, the same town in which he courted and later married his late wife of 58 years, the former Lillian H. Pilling, of Athol.
He worked as an assistant forester under the Civilian Conservation Corp., a technical forester for the United States Forest Service and was supervisor of Wildlife Management for the state of Massachusetts, before attending the University of Chicago where he graduated with a masters in ecology in 1939.
Upon graduation he worked as an assistant district agent for the Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Department of the Interior until he joined the Dow Chemical Company as a fumigant specialist developing procedures for low temperature fumigation.
He founded Borg & Co. in 1947, at what is now a memorial forest in Ossipee. The company was later incorporated as Borg Pesticides, Inc. in Suffield, Conn. and specialized in soil and space fumigation throughout New England. He remained as president until his retirement in 1971.
He was a 58 year member of the Star Lodge of Athol. He received the Boy Scout District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award as Council Vice President while he resided in Suffield.
He was also active in the Congregational Church and was the Suffield Town Forest Commissioner.
He is survived by his sister, Elenore E. Borg of Granby, Conn. and formerly of Barre; a brother, Axel F. Borg of Falmouth; and his loving children and their families, Harrison and Sally Picard of East Granby and daughter, Sarah E. Picard of Millbrook, N.Y.; Robert and Anne Borg and their sons, Seth and Austin Borg, all of Suffield.
A memorial service will be held at the Granby Pentecostal Tabernacle (The Life Church), 23 Griffin Rd., Granby, Sunday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m.
The family will greet friends prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m. at the church.
At 6 p.m. a service will be conducted by the Star-Athol Masonic Lodge at the Silver Lake Cemetery in Athol.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scout Troop 66, c/o Scout Master, 48 Lebria Rd., West Suffield, Conn. 06093 or For God's Work c/o Granby Pentecostal Tabernacle, 23 Griffin Rd., Granby, Conn. 06035.
The Hayes-Huling and Carmen Funeral Home of Granby, Conn. is handling arrangements.

Obituaries from Apr 19, 2000 

Judson E. Lacasse Pipefitter, Machinist
ROYALSTON - Judson E. Lacasse, 49, of 158 Bliss Hill Rd., died Tuesday, April 18, 2000 at home following an illness.
He leaves his wife of three years, Candida "Cindy" (Sale) Lacasse; three sons, Lincoln Lacasse of Athol, Joshua Lacasse of Greenfield, Loren Lacasse of Gardner; a step-daughter, Noreen Sale of Royalston; his mother, Inez Lacasse of Baldwinville; a brother, Barry N. Lacasse of Royalston; a sister, Wendy S. Lacasse of Athol; two grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.
Born in Gardner on Nov. 21, 1950, the son of George and Inez (Heglin) Lacasse, he grew up in Baldwinville and graduated from Narragansett High School with the class of 1968. He received an associate degree in animal science from Stockbridge College in 1970. 
He worked at the Fernald School in Templeton and the Gardner State Hospital for several years after graduating from college. He was then employed at the L.S. Starrett Company in Athol for nine years. He worked at the General Electric Co. in Fitchburg for 10 years as a pipe fitter, until they closed in 1998. He recently worked at the Rodney Hunt Company in Orange as a machinist.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Royalston. He was a former member of the Pequoig Bowmen Club. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and was an avid hunter. He was a resident of Royalston for the past 10 years.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. in the First Congregational Church of Royalston, On The Common, Royalston, with the Rev. Virginia Asel, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. 
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the First Congregational Church of Royalston, On The Common, Royalston, Mass. 01368, or to the American Cancer Society's New England Division Office, 30 Speen St., Framingham, Mass. 01701. 
Fiske Funeral Home in Athol is directing arrangements.

Winifred I. Clark; L.S. Starrett Retiree
Winifred I. (Chibas) Clark, 83, of 605 Spring St. died Tuesday, April 18, 2000 at home.
Her husband, Walter H. Clark, died in 1981. She leaves a brother, Leo D. Chibas of Tewksbury; a sister, Eldora Bishop of Foxborough; several nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and one great-grand-niece. A brother, Ladislaw Chibas, and a sister, Alice Morrison, predeceased her.
She was born in Athol, Feb. 1, 1917, a daughter of Dominic and Mary (Tamasauskas) Chibas, and was a lifelong resident of town. She was educated in the Athol school system.
A retired employee of the L.S. Starrett Company, she worked in the indicator room for many years. She loved flowers and gardening.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. in the St. Francis of Assisi Church.
Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made to the Save Our Hospital fund in care of Athol Memorial Hospital, 2033 Main St., Athol 01331.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Terrence "Terry" O'Brien Dies, Equipment Mgr. At AHS
Terrence "Terry" O'Brien, 68, of 648 Pleasant St., died Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare after a spirited battle with cancer.
He leaves an aunt, Helen W. Cox of Nashua N.H.; two cousins, Katy Thomas of Arlington, John Cox of Merrimack N.H.; several other cousins and many close friends.
He was predeceased by his brother, Lance/Cpl Christopher W. O'Brien, who died serving in Vietnam.
He was born in Boston on Oct. 5, 1931, the son of Thomas J. and Catherine (White) O'Brien and was a life-long resident of Athol. He attended Athol schools.
He worked at the Athol Manufacturing Company for eight years, the Union Twist Drill Company for 15 years and the L.S. Starrett Company for 11 years. He retired in 1983.
He was a communicant of Our Lady Immaculate Church and was an usher and collector at Sunday mass. He was a third degree honorary life member of the Athol Knights of Columbus Council 1182. He was a member of the Son's of the American Legion Post 193 of Winchendon, and was the sergeant-at-arms for many years.
He was active in the Athol American Legion Post 102 color guard, and worked Bingo at the American Legion. He was an active member of the Athol Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. He was a member of the Athol High School Boosters Association for more than 20 years. He was on the Athol Little League board of directors for several years and was part of two state championship teams. He served on the board of directors of the Athol Boy Scouts Troop 16.
He was well known as the equipment manager at the Athol High School for 40 years. He was a member of the chain line crew for the high school football games for many years.
The Athol High School Class of 1992 honored him by dedicating their yearbook to him. He was a track official in Central and Western Massachusetts. He received many awards from the Basketball and Football Associations of Central Massachusetts for his many years of service. He received a Humanitarian Award from the Athol-Orange Lodge of Elks 1837.
He was a call firefighter assigned to Engine 3 from June 1, 1961 to Dec. 31, 1981. He was active in the Athol Firefighter's Association and always participated in the annual turkey raffle. He lived at the Old Fire Station No. 2 on Pleasant Street, serving as houseman and responding to all types of fire calls.
He participated in the Mid State Fire Mutual Aid and Tri- State Mutual Aid Association parades with Engine 3 and the 1920 Seagraves Ladder Truck. A statement from the Athol Fire Department reads, "Terry was the type of individual who always performed above and beyond the call of duty and never shirked any type of work assigned to him and remained dedicated to that task until it was complete. Terry was a staunch supporter of the Athol Fire Department and its members from his era to the current membership, always offering friendly words of support to all."
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 14 from the Fiske Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Our Lady Immaculate Church. Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home. Members of the Athol Knights of Columbus are asked to assemble at the funeral home at 8 p.m. for a prayer service.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Our Lady Immaculate Church Building Fund, 192 School St., or to the Athol High School Scholarship Association, P.O. Box 338, both in Athol, Mass. 01331, or may be left at the funeral home. 

Elizabeth Louise Carey; Enjoyed Traveling
ORANGE Elizabeth Louise (Kingsbury) Carey, 83, of 8 Dudleyville Rd., North Leverett, formerly of Orange, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000 in the Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, following a period of failing health.
She was a native of Orange, born there on July 4, 1916, the daughter of George and Sarah L. (Bennett) Kingsbury, and was educated in local public schools.
She married Earl V. Carey on Oct. 16, 1937 in Leverett and they celebrated 56 years of marriage together, prior to his passing in December of 1993.
She was a retired employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, having worked at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in its food service division as a cashier in the dining commons, retiring in 1986 with over 20 years of service.
She was an active member of the Moores Corner Church in North Leverett and was a member of the church's hospitality committee. She often volunteered for church functions, dinners and such. She was fond of traveling, in particular to the shore including destinations such as: Cape Cod, Maine, Florida and Nova Scotia.
She also enjoyed music and played the organ and the piano. She enjoyed many crafts including crocheting and quilting. She was also a gardener. She was devoted to family and enjoyed spending time with them.
Among her survivors are two sons, James E. of South Windsor, Conn. and Warren D. of Belchertown; five daughters, Patricia E. Bartos of Sunderland, Margaret L. 'Peg' Harvey of Amherst, Virginia H. Grant of Bernardston, Lorraine A. Carey of Leverett and Cheryl E. Carey of Leverett; one brother, Kenny Roberts of Athol; one sister, Evangeline Hicken of Lake May, Fla.; several grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and several nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Friday, April 14, 2000 from the Moores Corner Church, North Leverett Rd., Leverett at 11 a.m., with Rev. Larry Riddle, pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow in the Plainview Cemetery, North Leverett. Visiting hours will be observed Thursday, April 13, from the McCarthy Funeral Home, 36 Bank Row, Greenfield, from 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the Moores Corner Church, c/o Rev. Larry Riddle, 168 North Leverett Rd., Leverett, Mass. 01504.

Edwin F. Whiting 
BARRE Edwin F. Whiting, 77, of Prairie Du Chein, Wis., formerly of Barre, died Monday, April 10, 2000 at the Prairie Du Chein Memorial Hospital after a battle with cancer.
He was born June, 16, 1922 in Barre son of Harold and Lucy Whiting. He worked as truck driver for many years.
 
Frances R. (Salmon) Vars
A graveside service for Frances R. (Salmon) Vars, 75, of 648 Pleasant St., formerly of N. E. Fitzwilliam Rd., Royalston, who died March 11, 2000, will be held Saturday, April 15, at 11 a.m. in Lawrence Brook Cemetery, Royalston. Rev. James Callahan, associated pastor of Our Lady Immaculate Church, will officiate.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Annie E. Eklund; Awarded Degree of Chivalry
PHILLIPSTON Annie E. (Alger) Eklund, 86, of 170 Baldwinville Rd., died Monday, April 10, 2000 in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, after an illness.
Her husband of 30 years, Fritz E. Eklund, died in 1970.
She was born in Gardner, Nov. 1, 1913, daughter of Lauris C. and Ruth (Fellows) Alger and had lived in Winchendon and South Royalston before moving to Phillipston 58 years ago.
She was a graduate of Murdock High School in Winchendon with the class of 1932.
She was a secretary at the former Temple Oil Co. in Athol before her retirement in 1974. She was previously a cook-manager at the Phillipston Memorial School for 12 years.
She was a member of the Phillipston Congregational Church and was a past president of the Ladies Benevolent Society of the church. She was also a pianist as the church in the Wyldewood in Templeton.
She was a past noble grand of Banner Rebecca Lodge in Athol and was awarded the Degree of Chivalry in the Rebeccas. She was a past president of the Templeton Golden Age Club, and was an election worker in Phillipston for 20 years. She was named citizen of the year in Phillipston in 1997. She was also secretary of the South Royalston school reunion committee.
She leaves three sons, Philip E. Eklund and John Eklund, both of Phillipston, and Clinton E. Eklund of Orange; a brother, Atherton A. "Buster" Alger of Orange; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 14 at 1 p.m. in the Snow-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central St., Winchendon.
The Rev. James M. Willis, pastor of the Central Congregational Church of New Salem, will officiate.
Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery, Winchendon.
Calling hours in the funeral home Are Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Phillipston Library Book Fund, On the Common, Phillipston, Mass. 01331.
 
Alice V. Harris; Owned Telephone Answering Service
WARWICK Alice V. Harris, 89, formerly of Cambridge, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000 at the Harborside Danvers Twin Oaks Nursing Home.
She was born in Fall River, brought up in Cambridge, and graduated from Cambridge High and Latin class of 1927.
She lived in Warwick for several years, moved back to Cambridge and lived there most of her life and the last 15 years lived in Melrose.
Alice and her late husband, Fred, owned and operated one of the first privately owned telephone answering services in the Boston area. They operated Cambridge Telephone Answering Service from the 1940's to 1970's.
She belonged to the Grange in Warwick and did volunteer work for the Melrose Wakefield Hospital for several years. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, Melrose and enjoyed traveling, crocheting, crossword puzzles and was an avid reader.
Among her survivors is two daughters, Alice F. Harris and her close friend Lorraine Greiner of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Fredericka H. Fellows and her husband Calvin of Warwick; one son, William J. Harris and his wife Nancy of Melrose; one sister, Mary Griffin of Chelmsford; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two brothers, John Connors and Joseph Connors and one sister, Margaret McTernan.
Graveside service will be held at Warwick Cemetery, Warwick, Saturday, April 15 at 11:30 a.m. Interment will take place at Warwick Cemetery.
Relatives and friends are invited.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boston Catholic Television Canter, 55 Chapel St., Newtonville, Mass. 02158 or to the Warwick Free Public Library, Warwick, Mass. 01378.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose.

Minnie Jarvenpaa; Enjoyed Cooking
So. ROYALSTON Minnie (Bullock) Jarvenpaa, 85, of 19 River Rd., died Thursday, April 6, 2000 in Athol Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
She was born in Baldwinville, April 30, 1914, the daughter of Ignatius and Mary (Gamala) Bullock and had lived here 67 years.
She worked many years ago in the Winchendon School. She was a member of Our Lady Immaculate Church, Athol. She enjoyed cooking, fishing and frequent trips to Connecticut.
Her husband of 60 years, Olavi Jarvenpaa, died in 1994.
Among her survivors if two daughters, Joyce Levesque of Westminster and Deborah Mailman of Templeton; two sisters, Jennie Stickney of Baldwinville and Helen Dumont of Florida; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two sons, Donald Jarvenpaa and Richard Jarvenpaa, both of So. Royalston, as well as three brother, Edward, Joseph and Stanley Bullock and a sister, Charlotte Vaidulas.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 11, at 10 a.m. in the Smith Funeral Home, Gardner. The Rev. James Callahan of Our Lady Immaculate Church, will officiate.
Burial will be in Lawrence Brook Cemetery, Royalston.
Calling hours in the funeral home will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 10.

Earl G. Joslin; Owned Saw Mill
GREENFIELD Earl G. Joslin, 87, of 29 Summer St., died Sunday, April 9, 2000 in the Buckley Nursing Home, Greenfield, after a long illness.
He was born in Holyoke, Oct. 14, 1912 the son of George N. and Mae (Frazier) Joslin.
He attended Smith Vocational School.
He was a sawyer for many years retiring in 1982, having owned and operated a portable saw mill.
He also sharpened saws and enjoyed woodworking and reading.
He leaves his wife of 63 years the former Rose E. Hescock; one son, Earl R. Joslin of Warwick; four daughters, Evelyn "Evie" Dresser of Northfield, Vivian Lee of Athol, Carol Smith of McConnellsburg, Pa, and Gloria Kahle of Feeding Hills; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal St., Greenfield, with the Rev. Lloyd Parrill officiating.
Burial will be private at Federal St. Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Franklin Medical Center Oncology Dept., 164 High St., Greenfield, Mass. 01301.
 
Dale W. Watts; Avid Writer
Dale W. Watts, 40, of 75 Farnsworth Ave., died suddenly at home on Saturday, April 8, 2000.
He leaves his parents, Donald W. and Sandra L. (Beaman) Watts of Athol; three sisters, Diane O. Watts of Walton, Oregon, Serina Kim Cullen of Athol, Tery L. Burton of Athol; six nephews; one niece and many cousins.
He was predeceased by his sister, Waunita Watts and an uncle Charles E. Beaman.
He was born in Athol, April 19, 1959. He graduated from Athol High School with the class of 1977.
He was a field service technician for National Propane for the past 20 years.
He was an avid writer and enjoyed music, especially Celtic music. He loved nature and the outdoors and enjoyed hiking and fishing at the Quabbin Reservoir. He had interest in astronomy and viewing the stars.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 12, 2000 at 11 a.m. in the Fiske Funeral Home, with Rev. Mark Bariloni, pastor of the Athol-Orange Baptist Church officiating.
Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery.
A calling hours will be held Tuesday, April 11, 2000 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Massachusetts Audubon Society, State Headquarters, South Great Road, Lincoln, Mass. 01773.

Calvin L. Tandy
TEMPLETON Calvin L. Tandy, 78, of 99 Bridge St., Baldwinville, died Friday, April 7 , 2000 at his residence after an illness.
He was a draftsman and cabinet maker for the L.S. Starrett Company for several years until his retirement last year.
Memorial donations may be made to Gardner Visiting Nursing Association, 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, Mass. 01440 or the Clarke School for the Deaf, 47 Round Hill Rd., Northampton, Mass. 01060

Helene T. Fisher; Life Long Resident
Helene T. "MA" (Vorce) Fisher, 83, of 179 Silver Lake St., died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at her home.
She was born July 11, 1916, in Orange, the daughter of Envelle L. and Jenny (Starkey) Vorce. She attended Orange schools and had lived in the Athol-Orange area all of her life.
Her husband, Otis Fisher, died in 1995.
She leaves two sons, Robert L. Bowers of Fitzwilliam, N.H., Kenneth O. Bowers of Athol; two daughters, Delene Chappel of Orange, and Jeannine Quader of Athol; a brother, Cedar Vorce of Orange; 17 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A son, James Bowers, died in 1963.
She was a baby sitter for several area families for many years until her retirement. She had previously worked at the Orange Pants Shop, Erving Tea Room, Ersey Shoe Shop, McElwain Shoe Shop, and for Vorces Cab Co., with her brothers, Arthur, and Cedar Vorce.
She was an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Orange, serving with the women's ministries for the past 22 years, and working on any committee or church event she could for many years.
She loved listening to gospel music and cooking for her family and many friends.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 15, at 11 a.m., in the First Assembly of God Church in Orange, with Pastor Frank Visco officiating.
Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery.
There are no calling hours and the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First Assembly of God Church, "Building Fund" 349 South Main St., Orange, Mass. 01364.
The Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

George A. Peters, Owned Peters Dairy
George A. Peters, 85, of 105 Simonds St., died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at his home.
He was born June 14, 1914, in Danville, Quebec, Canada, the son of Robert J. and Alice F. (Philbrick) Peters. He lived in Gill for many years and since 1967 had resided in Athol.
He leaves his wife of 29 years, Virginia (McIntosh) Peters; three sons, Gary Peters of South Deerfield, Dennis Peters of Heath, Lawrence Peters of Colstrip, Mont.; two daughters, Laurie Naprovnik of Dearborn, MO, Debra Peters of East Hampton; a step-daughter, MaryAnn Brill of Kingman, Ariz.; eight grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
He graduated from Greenfield High School in 1932, owned and operated Peters Dairy in Gill for many years. After moving to Athol he worked at the Peterson's Dairy for three years and at the L.S. Starrett Co. for 12 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Athol-Orange Lodge of Elks No. 1837.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 7 at 3 p.m., in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Fr. A. Milton Cheney, III, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, officiating.
There are no calling hours and private burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. John's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 15 Park Ave., or Athol Memorial Hospital "Save our Hospital" 2033 Main St., both in Athol, Mass. 01331.
 
Robert M. Borg; Chemical Co. President
PETERSHAM Robert M. Borg, 89, of Ossipee, N.H. and Ocala, Fla., and formerly of Petersham and Suffield, Conn., passed away March 29, 2000.
He was born in Smithfield, Penn. and graduated from Petersham High School in 1928. He attended the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse and worked for several years at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, the same town in which he courted and later married his late wife of 58 years, the former Lillian H. Pilling, of Athol.
He worked as an assistant forester under the Civilian Conservation Corp., a technical forester for the United States Forest Service and was supervisor of Wildlife Management for the state of Massachusetts, before attending the University of Chicago where he graduated with a masters in ecology in 1939.
Upon graduation he worked as an assistant district agent for the Fish and Wildlife Service, the United States Department of the Interior until he joined the Dow Chemical Company as a fumigant specialist developing procedures for low temperature fumigation.
He founded Borg & Co. in 1947, at what is now a memorial forest in Ossipee. The company was later incorporated as Borg Pesticides, Inc. in Suffield, Conn. and specialized in soil and space fumigation throughout New England. He remained as president until his retirement in 1971.
He was a 58 year member of the Star Lodge of Athol. He received the Boy Scout District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award as Council Vice President while he resided in Suffield.
He was also active in the Congregational Church and was the Suffield Town Forest Commissioner.
He is survived by his sister, Elenore E. Borg of Granby, Conn. and formerly of Barre; a brother, Axel F. Borg of Falmouth; and his loving children and their families, Harrison and Sally Picard of East Granby and daughter, Sarah E. Picard of Millbrook, N.Y.; Robert and Anne Borg and their sons, Seth and Austin Borg, all of Suffield.
A memorial service will be held at the Granby Pentecostal Tabernacle (The Life Church), 23 Griffin Rd., Granby, Sunday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m.
The family will greet friends prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m. at the church.
At 6 p.m. a service will be conducted by the Star-Athol Masonic Lodge at the Silver Lake Cemetery in Athol.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scout Troop 66, c/o Scout Master, 48 Lebria Rd., West Suffield, Conn. 06093 or For God's Work c/o Granby Pentecostal Tabernacle, 23 Griffin Rd., Granby, Conn. 06035.
The Hayes-Huling and Carmen Funeral Home of Granby, Conn. is handling arrangements.

Phyllis M. Arnold; Home Maker
Phyllis M. (Goodwin) Arnold, 80, of 50 Day St., Fitchburg, and formerly of Athol, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at her daughter's house in Crystal River, Fla., under the loving care of her family and hospice.
She leaves three sons, Douglas Arnold of Franklin, N.C., Ethan Arnold of Gardner, Scott Arnold of Leominster; three daughters, Darleen Blood of Norwood, Joyce Mikell of Crystal River, Sharon White of Claremont, N.H.; two brothers, Norman Goodwin of Washington, D.C., Robert Goodwin of Mt. Airy, N.C.; two sisters, Gloria Boblin of Orange, Marylin Cummings of Athol; 25 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Ronald C. Arnold, who died in 1984, a son, Lynwood Arnold, who died in 1979 and an infant son, Ronald Arnold, who died in 1941.
She was born in Athol on Jan. 21, 1920 the daughter of Leslie and Pearl (Adams) Goodwin. She was a homemaker. She became best friends with two of her cousins, Laura Sadie Covey and Mae Gagnon, their friendship was treasured all of her life.
Phyllis was a woman who was greatly loved by all who knew her and her smiling face will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 14, at 2 p.m. in the Fiske Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Templeton.
A calling hour will be held Friday, April 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the funeral home.
 
Dale W. Watts
Funeral services for Dale W. Watts, 40, of 75 Farnsworth Ave., were held Wednesday, April 12, 2000, in the Fiske Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Bariloni, pastor of the Athol-Orange Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery.
The active bearers were Jeremy Thorp, Kent Roussel, Pat Murphy, Tim Murphy, Jeffrey Cooke and Jermiah Burton. The honorary bearers were, Nick Burton, Robert Kennedy and Michael Gebo.
Fiske Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth S. Gouslin 
WINCHENDON - Elizabeth S. "Betty" (May) Gouslin, 91, formerly of 670 River St., died Thursday, April 13, 2000 in Wachusett Manor Nursing Home, Gardner, after a long illness.
Among her survivors is a daughter, Mary P. DeMaura, of Phillipston.
 
Edward Porter Jr.; Managed Homeless Shelter
ORANGE - Edward "Duke" Porter, 67, of 9 Columbia Ave., died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, in Veterans Medical Center, White River Junction, Vt.
Born in Orange, Oct. 5, 1932, a son of Edward and Doris J. (Anderson) Porter Sr., he grew up here and attended Orange schools. 
While at Orange High School, he was a member of the football team. 
He served with the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict as a gunners mate on board the destroyer, USS Barton. After his discharge from the service, he worked at the former Minute Tapioca Co., later moving to Hartsville, Tenn. and Coldswater, Mich., where he managed a homeless shelter and mission site.
He returned to Orange in the mid eighties. An enthusiastic traveler, he also enjoyed playing cribbage, railroad pitch and chess. He was a member of the American Legion Post 172, the Orange Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and the American Lithuanian Naturalization Club, Athol.
He leaves a sister, Nancy and husband, Jim Vorce of Orange; an uncle, Arthur Porter of Claremont, N.H.; an aunt, Virginia Gerard of Phoenix, Ariz.; a niece, Deb Piragis of Athol; a nephew, Jay Vorce of Orange; several cousins, great nephews and nieces.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. 
In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to the Orange High School Alumni Assoc., in care of Jean Lundgren, 37 Dexter St., Orange, Mass. 01364 or the Hospice in Franklin County, 164 High St., Greenfield, Mass. 01301.

Cyril E. "Bud" Brubaker, 75 Years In Masonry
ORANGE - Cyril E. "Bud" Brubaker, 96, of 323 North Main St., died Saturday, April 15, 2000 in Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Athol.
Born in Lebanon, Pa., Sept. 25, 1903, a son of Jonathan and Lydia Brubaker, he moved to Orange in 1926.
He served in the United States Navy as a coxswain on the USS Maryland three years until his discharge in 1923.
Active in Freemasonry for 75 years, he was raised at the Roseville Lodge 143, in Newark, N.J., Dec. 14, 1925.
He affiliated with the Orange Lodge of Masons A.F.& A.M. in 1927. His numerous offices and awards during his masonic career included, past master of Orange lodge, past district deputy grand master of Barre 13th masonic district, past high priest, crescent chapter, Royal Arch Masons, Orange, past district deputy grand high priest of 6th Capitular District, past grand king of Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts, past illustrious master of Titus Strong Council, Greenfield, past commander of Orange Commandery 45, past most wise master of Greenfield Chapter Rose of Croix, past puissant sovereign of St. Matthew Conclave Red Cross of Constantine.
Masonic memberships include, Connecticut Valley Consistory 32, Springfield, Athena Chapter 25 Order of Eastern Star, Barre 13th District Past Masters, Melha Temple Shrine, Springfield, Past Masters of Melha, Massachusetts Priory 52, Boston, Missouri Lodge of Research, past treasurer of Massachusetts Chapter of Research, Massachusetts Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters, Massachusetts Convention of High Priests and Franklin Shrine Club and Demolay Uncle.
He was awarded a 50-year medal in both Grand Lodge of Mass. and Grand Royal Arch Lodge of Massachusetts, Meritorious Service Award in Scottish Rite, The Blue Forget Me Not, Benjamin Hurd Award, Joseph Warren medal and certificate of merit from grand commandery in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
He was founder and long time editor of the Orange Masonic Newsletter, former chaplain of the Orange Lodge and Starrett Craftsmen Degree Team.
Active for many years in First Universalist Church, he was a former teacher and superintendent of its Sunday school, past president of the men's club, past chair of the board of management, former moderator and head usher. A licensed lay preacher, he preached in Unitarian, Universalist, Congregational, Methodist and Baptist Churches.
A writer, he was the author of, "I've Been Thinking," and co-author of "Victorious Perseverance."
He worker at the L.S. Starrett Company for many years and at the time of his retirement in 1962 he was foreman of the grinding room. 
Among his hobbies were stonework, stamp and coin collecting.
His wife of 75 years, Ora E. (Deane) Brubaker, died Oct. 15, 1999 and his son, James Brubaker, died in 1934.
He leaves a daughter, Adele Madsen, and son-in-law, Douglas Madsen both of Orange; three granddaughters, Adele O. Mehr of Orange, Lydia Gibb of Winstead, Conn. and Rebecca Robinson of Charlton; six great-grandsons; five step-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 20 at 2 p.m. in the First Universalist Church, 31 North Main St.
Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family in South Cemetery.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to the First Universalist Church Building Fund, 31 North Main St., or Orange Masonic Lodge, East Main Street, both Orange, Mass. 01364.

Cyril E. Brubaker 
ORANGE - Cyril E. Brubaker, 96, of 323 North Main St., died Saturday, April 15, 2000 at the Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol. 
Arrangements under the directions of Witty's Funeral Home were incomplete at press time.

Phyllis M. (Goodwin) Arnold
FITCHBURG - Funeral services for Phyllis M. (Goodwin) Arnold, 80, of 50 Day St. were held Friday, April 14, 2000, in the Fiske Funeral Home with Rev. Peter Temple officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Templeton.
The bearers were Christo Sardelis, Jr., Keith Arnold, Andrew White, Joshua Blood, Richard Blood and Nathan Arnold.
Fiske Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Orient J. Bessette 
LEOMINSTER - Orient J. "Aure" Bessette, 79, of 425 Prospect St., a retired forestry department worker, died Thursday, April 13, 2000 in the Keystone Center after an illness.
Among his survivors in a daughter, Ellen Cormier of Phillipston. 
He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

Winifred I. Clark 
Winifred I. (Chibas) Clark, 83, of 605 Spring St., died Tuesday, April 18, 2000 in her home.
Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home, were incomplete at press time.
 
Mary Edith Cross 
DANVERS - Mary Edith (Perkins) Cross, 89, of Danvers, died Thursday, April 13, 2000 in the Harborside Cedar Glen Nursing Home. 
Among her survivors is a son, Donald R. Cross, of Petersham.

Jennie E. Lucier 
ORANGE - Jennie E. (Thompson) Lucier, 91, of 31A Winchendon Rd., Baldwinville, formerly of Orange, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000 in the Wachusett Manor Nursing Home, Gardner, after a long illness. 
She was born in Orange on Dec. 17, 1908, daughter of Walter and Elizabeth (Miner) Thompson and resided in Templeton for 60 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of East Templeton, the Templeton Fish and Game Club, South Royalston Sportsman's Club and Otter River Sportsman's Club.
Among her survivors are sons, Earl Lucier of East Templeton, Lenard Lucier of Templeton and Nelson Lucier of Baldwinville, and daughters, Helem Monette and Ada LePage of Baldwinville, Frances Nelson of Templeton, Rosa Buzzel of Athol and Carol Eaton of East Templeton
A daughter, Ruth Wright of Templeton, predeceased her.
Donations may be made to the Templeton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 4, Baldwinville, 01436.

Gladys I. Oja
BALDWINVILLE - Gladys I. (Ladeau) Oja, 92, of 10 Pleasant St., a former rest home co-owner and operator, died Thursday, April 13, 2000, at home after an illness.
She lived in Royalston before moving to Baldwinville 40 years ago. Among her survivors are sons, Leonard Oja of Phillipston and thomas Oja of Baldwinville and daughters Vivian Prentice and Doneta Leslie, both of Baldwinville.

Helene T. "Ma" (Vorce) Fisher
Memorial services for Helene T. "Ma" (Vorce) Fisher, 83, of 179 Silver Lake St., were held Saturday, April 15, 2000 in the First Assembly of God Church, Orange, with Pastor Frank Visco, officiating. 
The organist was Laurie MacDonald, along with several friends singing special music. Burial followed in Silver Lake Cemetery and the bearers were her son's, Robert and Kenneth Bowers.
Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home directed arrangements

Judson Lacasse Incomplete
ROYALSTON - Judson Lacasse, 49, of 158 Bliss Hill Rd. died Tuesday, April 18, 2000 at home.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Fiske Funeral Home were incomplete at press time.

Gurlie C. E. (Johnson) Ingram
ORANGE - Funeral services for Gurlie C. E. (Johnson) Ingram, 84, of 360 Holtshire Rd., were held Monday, April 17, 2000 in Witty's Funeral Home. The Rev. Vance E. Frank officiated.
Burial was in South Cemetery.
The pall bearers were Robert Andrews, Leo Manewich, Donald LaBonte, Mark LeValle, Todd LeValle and Jeffrey Mann.
 
Terrence "Terry" O'Brien
Funeral services for Terrence "Terry" O'Brien, 68, of 648 Pleasant St., Athol were held Friday, April 14, 2000, in Our Lady Immaculate Church. The celebrant was Rev. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor, the co-celebrants were Rev. James Callahan, associate pastor, Rev. Raymond Messier, fire chaplain and pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church, and Deacon James Linderman. The organist was Theresa Gabis and the church choir was in attendance. Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery.
The active bearers were Charles Stone, Walter Perkins, Kent Strong, Chris Sullivan, Bob Robertson and Mike Kuchieski. The honorary bearers were Neil Hachey, Brian Martin, Armond Dugas, Dick Gagnon and Warren Hasting.
The Athol Fire Department honor guard included Lee Chauvette, Tom Lozier and John Duguay. The color guard included Mike Smith, Brad Coolidge, George Terrien and Eric Jack. Engine 3 and the Chief's cruiser were included in the procession.
Officers and members of the Edward H. Phillips Post 102 American Legion were in attendance. They included Robert Carey, Past Commander; Wilfred Leslie, Sr. Vice Commander; Glenn Frenette, Finance Officer; Peter Krustapentus, Adj., Donald Walker, Sgt. At Arms; Victor Litchfield, Asst. Finance Officer; Mitchell Kenneway, Jr. Vice.
Peter Krustapentus and Glen Frenette folded the United States Flag and George Terrien of the Athol Fire Department presented the flag to Mr. O'Brien's cousin Katy Thomas.
Fiske Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Benjamin M. Berry 
NORTHFIELD - Benjamin Michael Berry, infant son of David G. Berry and Erica G. Tamasiunas of 531 Mt. Hermon Station Rd., died before birth, Sunday, April 16, 2000 in Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield.
Among his survivors are maternal grandparents, Alan and Maureen (Osteler) Tamasiunas of Farmington, N.H.; paternal grandparents, Dennis and Crystal (Berry) Bouthillier Sr. of Northfield; maternal great-grandparents, Alphonse Tamasiunas of Michigan and Donald and Gertrude Osteler of Vermont; paternal great-grandparents, Ralph and Glennice Berry of Erving.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, April 19, at 10 a.m. in Erving Center Cemetery.
The Rev. Gordon Newell of the Erving Congregational Church will officiate.
Witty's Funeral Hone in Orange is directing arrangements.

Gurlie C. E. Ingram; Life Long Resident
ORANGE - Gurlie C. E. (Johnson) Ingram, 84, of 360 Holtshire Rd., died Thursday, April 13, 2000 in the Olympus Specialty Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Springfield.
Born in Orange, March 25, 1916, a daughter of J. Adolf and Ellen (Carlson) Johnson, she grew up and lived in Orange all her life.
A graduate of Orange High School in 1934, she graduated from Forsyth Dental School for Hygienists, Boston, in 1937.
She was employed as a dental hygienist at the office of Dr. Ivor P. Muzzey and Dr. David P. Muzzey, Athol, for 44 years until retiring in 1981. An enthusiastic traveler, she also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and pet dogs.
A member of the Athol-Orange Quota Club 35 years and the Orange Historical Society, she had also been a member of the Ada Rebakah Lodge and Linnea Circle.
Her professional associations included a life membership in Forsyth School Alumni Association, American, Massachusetts and Worcester District Associations of Dental Hygienists.
Her husband, Leighton L. Ingram, died in 1971 and two sisters, Amy S. V. Johnson died in 1998 and Martha G.E. Johnson died in 1994.
She leaves a sister, Ella Worrick of Athol; a step daughter, Gay LeValle of Lynnwood; two grandsons, Todd LaValle of Auburn and Mark LaValle of Franklin; a granddaughter, Laura Thorburg of Auburn; six great grandchildren and a cousin.
A funeral service will be held Monday, April 17, at 1 p.m. in Witty's Funeral Home. The Rev. Vance E. Frank will officiate.
Burial will follow in South Cemetery.
There will be a calling hour from noon to 1 p.m. Monday.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the "Shaw Fund" at Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut St., Springfield, Mass. 01101. 

Frances R. (Salmon) Vars
Graveside services for Frances R. (Salmon) Vars, 75, of 648 Pleasant St., formerly of N. E. Fitzwilliam Road, Royalston, were held Saturday, April 15, 2000 in Lawrence Brook Cemetery, Royalston. 
Rev. James B. Callahan, associate pastor of Our Lady Immaculate Church, officiated.
Bearers were Ronald Vars, John Chencharik, Joe Salmon, Kevin Davis, Roger LeBlanc and Ross LeBlanc.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 


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