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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, N.H.
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 home.
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, MA 01331.

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 retirement.
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 Funeral Home.
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 (Trask) Moore.

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 1963.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Templeton, and collected antiques.
Donations may be made to Templeton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 4, Baldwinville, Mass. 01436.

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 life.
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 in 1990.
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, N.H. 03447.

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 
Driver, Sportsman 
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, N.H.
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 in 1960.
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 Garden Committee.
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 Mentally Handicapped.
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 her exhibits.
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.


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