|Obituaries from Jun 16, 2000
Charles Walter "Sparky" Evans Dies, Elks Charter Member
Charles Walter "Sparky" Evans, 89 of Athol, died on Friday, June 9,
2000 in the Quabbin Valley Healthcare after a long illness.
He leaves a daughter, Paula Lanni of Medford; a son, Robert Evans of
Keene, N.H.; a sister, Marion Thatcher of Athol; a grandson, Chris Lanni
of Maynard; seven nieces and five nephews.
His wife of 45 years, Garnet (Schenk) Evans, died in 1983.
He was born in Athol on Nov. 21, 1910, the son of Perley and Alice
(Sanders) Evans, and had lived in Athol most of his life.
He graduated from Athol High School in 1928 and went on to Maine Central
Institute for two years. At both schools he excelled in sports, playing
baseball, football and basketball. He went on to attend Dartmouth College.
He worked in various textile plants in Maine and played semi-pro baseball
in Maine before returning to Athol where he worked for the Athol Manufacturing
Company for 32 years.
In 1969 he became an administrator at the Fleetwood Nursing Home, which
is now Quabbin Valley Healthcare. He retired in 1979.
He enjoyed golfing and working at his son's antique shop in Winchester,
He was a Charter Member of the Athol-Orange Lodge of Elks No. 1837,
and a past member of the Ellinwood Country Club where he held the title
of "Chief Night Owl" in the Friday night Night Owl League.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 12, at 11 a.m. in the Fiske
Funeral Home, with the Rev. Vance Frank officiating.
Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery.
A calling hour will be held Monday, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the funeral
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his memory
to the Camp Wiyaka Scholarship Fund c/o the Athol YMCA 545 Main St., Athol,
Hazel M. McIntosh; Active Church Member
Hazel May (Rich) McIntosh, 96, of 118 Winter St., died Tuesday, June
13, 2000 at the Athol Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born in Athol on Sept. 18, 1903 the daughter of Jasper D. and
Mary (Pike) Rich and has lived in Athol in the same house all of her life.
She graduated from Athol High School in 1923 and was the last remaining
member of her class. She worked as a florist for many years at the former
Lyman's Florist, Hamilton Florist and Kendrick Flower Shop. She also worked
in the kitchen at the Athol Memorial Hospital for several years until her
She has been a member of the Athol Congregational Church for 84 years
and actively attended church until March 12th. During her years she served
as a Sunday school teacher, a deaconess and a Stephen Minister. She made
many items for the church fairs and was a member of the mission study group
and Christian service class. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star
Themis Chapter, worked on the blood mobile, enjoyed her many flower gardens,
did knitting, handiwork and several oil paintings.
Her husband of over 50 years, Adelbert William McIntosh, died in 1984.
She leaves her son, William J. McIntosh, and a daughter, Marilyn L.
Farnum, both of Athol. She was the beloved grandmother of Judith McIntosh,
Dean Farnum, Sandra Knight, David Farnum and Janice Streeter; and great-grandmother
of Anthony McIntosh, Jamie Farnum, Jason Farnum, Jennifer Farnum, Andrew
Farnum, Michael Farnum, David Farnum, Stormi Hazel Knight, Elli March Knight,
Katherine Streeter, William Streeter and Elizabeth Streeter; and great-great-grandmother
of Brent Haskins, Abbigayle McIntosh and Bailey Streeter.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the
Athol Congregational Church, with the Rev. Mary E. Giles, interim pastor,
and Dr. Ann T. Searing, of Milton, officiating.
Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Thursday, June 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Higgins-O'Connor
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Athol Congregational
Church, "Book of Memory", 1225 Chestnut St., Athol, Mass. 01331.
Eleanor "Ellie" H. (Flemming) Blakie
A memorial service for Eleanor "Ellie" H. (Flemming) Blakie, 70, of
876 Conant Rd., who died May 27, 2000, will be held Saturday, June 17,
2000 at 10:30 a.m. in the Glenn Valley Cemetery, Barre.
Fiske Funeral Home is directing arrangements.
Virginia R. Greenwood
Virginia R. (Moore) Greenwood, 82, formerly of Winchendon and Athol,
died Thursday, June 1, 2000 in the Leo LaChance Center in Gardner, after
a long illness.
She was born is Athol on Sept. 3, 1917, daughter of Raymond and Ruth
Eldon R. Harvey
ORANGE — Funeral services for Eldon R. Harvey, 56, of 17 New Athol
Rd., were held Tuesday, June 13, 2000 in Witty's Funeral Home.
The Rev. Mark Bariloni of the Athol-Orange Baptist Church officiated.
Janet Paoletti was the organist and Theresa Bergquist was soloist.
Burial was in South Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeffrey Bowers, Steve
Bonk, Paul Starkey, Reed Allen, Ed Buono, John Donohoe, David Harvey, Paul
Maroni and David Oram.
Virginia Q. Hack
GREENFIELD — Virginia Q. (Quinby) Hack, 83, of 51 Hillcrest Dr., died
Friday, June 9, 2000 in the Farren Care Center in Montague City.
Among her survivors is a daughter, Dorothy Clare Green of Warwick.
Stephen A. Hue
WINCHENDON — Stephen A. Hue, 55, of 46 Juniper St., died Saturday,
June 10, 2000 in the Heywood Hospital, Gardner, after being stricken ill
in his home.
He was an avid singer and a member of the Singing Men of Athol and
sung in church choirs and civic groups for many years.
Bertha M. Smith
TEMPLETON — Bertha M. (Clement) Smith, 87, formerly of 22 Wellington
Rd., died Saturday, June 10, 2000 in the Wachusett Manor Nursing Home,
Gardner, after an illness.
Her husband, John H.S. Smith, died Dec. 29, 1997.
She was a nurse at Athol Memorial Hospital for 15 years, retiring in
She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Templeton, and
Donations may be made to Templeton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 4, Baldwinville,
Eldon R. Harvey; Co-owned E&S Development
ORANGE — Eldon R. Harvey, 56, of 17 New Athol Rd., died Saturday, June
10, 2000 in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, after a brief illness from complications
due to a brain tumor.
Born in Gardiner, Maine, April 23, 1944, a son of Eldon R. and Alma
E. (Gates) Harvey, he grew up in Litchfield, Maine. He graduated from Litchfield
public schools and Monmouth Academy, Monmouth, Maine.
After moving to Orange in 1983, he and his wife owned and operated
the former North Quabbin Regional Campground, previously known as The Ranch,
for a few years. They later founded E & S Development Company, Inc.
in 1986. Since 1990 he has been a long distance driver for F. L. Castine,
Inc. Moving and Storage Co., Athol, continuing with the company for the
past few years as an independent hauler known as E. R. Harvey Transportation.
He was a skilled driver and equipment operator.
An enthusiastic landscaper and gardener, he enjoyed his leisure time
working around his home, caring for Labrador retrievers, camping, boating
and photography. A musician most his life, he played the organ, several
other instruments and enjoyed country western music.
He leaves his wife of 18 years, Sally A. (Bedley) Harvey; his father,
Eldon R. Harvey of Litchfield; a daughter, Charlene (Harvey) Agreen of
Newark, Del.; two step-daughters, Sally Bowers of Hubbardston and Tina
Golden of Augusta, Maine; a step-son, Jack Donohoe of West Gardiner; a
brother, David Harvey of Litchfield; two sisters, Aloma Harvey of Litchfield
and Andrea Coe of Oviedo, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and numerous uncles,
aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. in Witty's
Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, Mass.
The Rev. Mark Bariloni of Athol-Orange Baptist Church will officiate.
Burial will follow in South Cemetery.
Calling hours are 7 to 9 p. m. Monday and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the American Brain
Tumor Assoc., 2720 River Rd., Des Plaines, Ill. 60018-4110.
Edward C. Lavender; Enjoyed Fishing
FITZWILLIAM, N.H. — Edward C. Lavender, 72, of State Line Circle, died
Saturday, June 10, 2000 in Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon,
N.H. after a sudden illness.
He was born in Worcester, July 17, 1927 and lived in Fitzwilliam all
His wife, Shirley A. (Warner) Lavender, died in 1988.
He was a star route mail contractor for the United States Postal Service
in Keene, N.H. and Springfield, Mass. for 45 years prior to his retirement
He was a member of the Fitzwilliam Sportsman Club and enjoyed fishing,
golf and lawn care.
He is survived by a son, Robert E. Lavender of Athol, Mass., three
daughters, Linda L. Kublbeck of Fitzwilliam, Peggy Lee Young of Athol and
Betty L. Carey of Gardner, Mass.; his long-time companion, Peggie E. Sawtelle
of Winchendon; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Wednesday in the Fletcher-Hebert Funeral Home,
70 Pleasant St., Winchendon, at 2 p.m. Calling hours at the funeral home
are Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. The Rev. Dr. R. Gary Heikkila will officiate.
Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Fitzwilliam.
Flowers may be sent or contributions in his memory may be made to the
Fitzwilliam Ambulance Fund, c/o Chief William Prigge, P.O. Box 515, Fitzwilliam,
Lousie (Knowlton) Chase
Funeral services for Lousie (Knowlton) Chase, 75, formerly of Athol,
were held Saturday, June 10, at Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home.
Mr. Harry M. Norwood, first councilor to the president of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Greenfield, officiated. The organist
was Barbara Fisher. Burial followed in Lawrence Brook Cemetery, Royalston.
The bearers were Mark I. Chase, William R. Chase Jr.,Geoffrey D. Chase,
Robert Lane and James Lake.
Louise L. Chase
Former Athol Resident
Louise L. (Knowlton) Chase, 75, of Lakeland, formerly of Athol, died
Tuesday, June 6, 2000 at her home in Lakeland, Fla.
She was born in Athol, Mass. March 9, 1925, a daughter of Irwin L.
and Mildred C. (Randall) Knowlton. She grew up in Athol, graduated from
Athol High School in 1942, and from the Julliard School of Music in New
York City. She lived in Livonia, Mich. for many years and since 1993 has
resided in Lakeland.
She was a member of the Detroit Story League, and the Livonia Republican
Club. She had worked for the Ronald Reagan Camp at the Detroit Republican
Convention. She taught music and played the organ and piano in several
churches. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints in Lakeland.
She leaves her husband of many years, William R. Chase Sr.; three sons,
Mark Irwin Chase of Lebanon, N.H., William R. Chase Jr. of Windham, Maine
and Geoffrey David Chase of Redford, Mich.; a daughter, JoEllen Chase Harris
of Farmington Hills, Mich.; a sister, Shirley Bock of Athol; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 10, at 11 a.m. in the
Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with members of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints-Greenfield Branch officiating.
There will be a calling hour from 10 to 11 a.m., and burial will follow
in Lawrence Brook Cemetery in Royalston.
John H. St. Germain
John H. St. Germain, 82, of 391 Lenox St. died Tuesday, June 6, 2000
in Athol Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
He leaves his wife of 55 years, Ruth (Brown) St. Germain; two sons,
Mark N. St. Germain of Worcester, John H. St. Germain, Jr. of Westfield;
three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
He was born in Gardner, on Aug. 3, 1917 the son of Medose and Ethel
(Kew) St. Germain. He grew up in Gardner and graduated from Gardner High
School. He was a resident of Athol for nine years, coming here from Greenville,
St. Germain was a truck driver for the Heywood Wakefield Company in
Gardner for more than 40 years.
He was a member of the St. John's Episcopal Church in Gardner. He enjoyed
fishing and hunting.
Funeral services will be private.
Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory
to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Leverett Saltonstall
Building, Government Center, 100 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 02202.
Fiske Funeral Home is directing arrangements.
Obituaries from Aug 16, 2000
Douglas M. Britt, Vietnam Veteran
Douglas M. Britt, 58, of 114 Mountainview Rd., died Monday, Aug. 14,
2000 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center — University
Campus in Worcester.
He was born in Athol, Aug. 3, 1942, the son of Nancy L. (Towne) Britt
and had lived in Athol all of his life. He graduated from Athol High School
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked at the
L.S. Starrett Company for the past 35 years and had previously worked at
the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and Duall Plastics in Athol.
He was a member of the Athol Congregational Church, served as the church
sexton for many years and was also on the board of trustees and the Memory
He enjoyed working in his yard and loved going to the ocean in Maine
with his wife and friends. He was a member of the L.S. Starrett 25-year
Club, and a former member of the Athol Lions Club for 10 years.
He leaves his wife of 33 years, Frances J. (Teel) Britt; two sisters,
May L. Britt of Athol and Barbara R. Johnson of Orange; a nephew, John
Superchi of Athol; a niece, Shana Superchi of New Bedford; and two special
friends, Douglas and Kenneth Johnson, both of Athol.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Athol
Congregational Church with the Rev. Mary E. Giles, interim pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery and calling hours will be
Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made
to the Women's Fellowship "Stained Glass Window Fund," Athol Congregational
Church, 1225 Chestnut St., Athol, Mass. 01331.
Frances L. Clark, Talented Craftsperson
ORANGE — Frances "Frannie" L. Clark, 55, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000
at the Heywood Memorial Hospital, Gardner after a long illness.
She was born April 9, 1945 in Hanover, N.H., daughter or Raymond N.
and Barbara E. (Sherman) young.
She went to grade school in Tunbridge, Vt. and attended South Royalston
High School. She married Freeman E. Clark at the Tunbridge Congregational
Church on April 25, 1964.
She worked for more than 20 years at Merrimaids in Randolph, Vt. She
moved to Orange where she had lived for the past 11 years and worked for
the State of Massachusetts at the Templeton Development Center for the
She enjoyed sewing and crafts. She was very talented in floral crafts
and last year took first place at the Tunbridge World's Fair with one of
A week before her death, she was recognized by more than 200 people
at a ceremony in Orange. Friends and colleagues attended to show their
love and admiration for their dear friend. She will be remembered for her
thoughtfulness and her ability to endure much without ever complaining.
She was truly an inspiration to all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband; a son, David Clark of Bethel, Vt.;
a daughter, Sherry Tabor of Braintree, Vt.; three grandchildren; two brothers,
Raymond Young of Tunbridge and Will Young of North Carolina; and several
nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, Chelsea,
Vt. Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held Monday, Aug. 14
at 10 a.m. at the Tunbridge Congregational Church in Tunbridge with the
Rev. Douglas Moore officiating.
Committal services will follow in the Spring Road Cemetery in Tunbridge.
Donald H. Sennott Sr.
LEOMINSTER — Donald H. Sennott, 82, of 87 Carriage Ct., a retired railroad
conductor, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000 in the Highlands Nursing Home,
Fitchburg, after an illness.
Among his survivors is a son, Donald H. Sennott Jr., of Athol.
Alice M. (Warner) Whitney
ORANGE — A memorial service for Alice M. (Warner) Whitney, 82, of 33
Carpenter St., was celebrated Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000 in St. Mary's Church.
The Rev. Brian F. McGrath presided with the Rev. James F. Donelan and
the Rev. Mr. Joseph Bucci, deacons, Theresa Bergquist, cantor, and Janet
Paoletti, organist, of the Mass.
Alice M. (Warner) Whitney
ORANGE — A memorial Mass for Alice M. (Warner) Whitney, 82, of 33 Carpenter
St., will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000 in St. Mary's Church. A reception
will follow in St. Mary's Parish Center.
Private burial will be at the convenience of the family.