Miscellaneous Worcester County, Massachusetts Obituaries


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Obituaries from Feb 03, 2002

Evelyn M. Bacon Secretary, Organizer
ATHOL - Evelyn M. (LeBreton) Bacon, 70, of 116 Westwood Dr., Westfield, died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002 in the Baystate Medical Center.
She was born on Dec. 2, 1931 in Athol, daughter of John A. and Patronille (Gionet) LeBreton. She was a 1949 graduate of Athol High School before settling in Westfield 40 years ago.
She was an officer and secretary of EV-RITE Tool Inc. of Westfield for 35 years. She was an active member and organizer of the Westfield Welcome Wagon, past member of the daughters of Isabella, and a summer resident of Otis for 26 years.
She was the recipient of a gold medal award for living courageously with diabetes for 50 years.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Everett G. Bacon. She also leaves a son, Eugene S. Bacon and his wife Laura L. Bacon, and a daughter, Elayne T. Labeau and her husband Norman R. Lebeau all of Westfield; three sisters, Eunice I. Gooley and Rita A. Rayner, both of Athol, and Cecile M. Hunter of Satellite Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Tracey M. and Ryan J. Lebeau, and Jeffrey A. and Kelly A. Bacon; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Norman J. LeBreton, in 1976.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Firtion-Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad St., Westfield, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church at 10 a.m.
Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery.
Calling hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donationa may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Bromfield St., Suite 5, Boston, MA 02108.

Richard F. Giroux Auto Body Technician
ALBURG, Vt. - Richard Fay "Dickie" Giroux, 45, died unexpectedly on Tuesday Jan. 29, 2002, at his home.
He was born in Meriden, Conn. on March 14, 1956, the son of Richard A. and Ramona (Austin) Giroux. Prior to moving to Alburg he resided on Maquam Shore in Swanton.
Richard was an auto body technician and mechanic at Charbonneau's in Swanton. He enjoyed boating, ice fishing, water skiing, and working on older cars. He especially enjoyed being with family.
Besides his parents, Richard and Ramona Giroux of Swanton, he is survived by his wife, Victoria L. (Derry) Giroux; two sons, Robert Giroux of St. Albans and Richard F. "Ritchie" Giroux Jr. of Sheldon; two daughters, Christa L. Sanborn and her husband John of Swanton, and Karen Giroux of Sheldon; four grandchildren, Alex and Jessica Giroux, Ashley Bates and Michael Sanborn; two brothers and their wives, Ralph and Kathy Giroux of Richford, and Russell and Jane Giroux of Athol, Mass.; two sisters, Rae and her husband Scott Brown of Orange, Mass., and Renee Aube and Scott Garrow of Alburg; his mother-in-law, Eleanor Knapp, father-in-law, Ernest Derry of Oregon; sisters-in-law, Sandra Derry of Oregon, and Susan Rank of California; a brother-in-law, James Derry of California and several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and loving aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at noon in the Heald Funeral Chapel, 87 South Main St., St. Albans. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Spring interment will be in the family lot at Sheldon Village Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made for Richard F. Giroux Jr.'s education, c/o Renee Aube, 107 Greenwoods Rd., Alburg, VT 05440.

Enide E. Stevens Shoe Co. Worker
ATHOL - Enide E. (Miner) Stevens, 76, of 135 Pleasant St., died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, in Athol Memorial Hospital, following an illness.
Her husband, Etna Stevens, died in 1989. She leaves a daughter, Delight Cox and her husband, Tal Cox of Athol; her mother, Ada Miner of Bernardston; a sister, Nancy Parsons of Billings, Mont.; five grandchildren, Rob Manjourea, Dan Manjourea, Tim Manjourea and DeAnne Chong, all of Athol, and LeAnne Killay of Orange; six adopted grandchildren, Jon Cox, Dave Cox, Josh Cox, Buzz Cox, Chris Cox, and Kevin Cox, all of Athol; 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother, Raymond Miner.
She was born in Northfield on April 26, 1925, a daughter of Herman and Ada (Dresser) Miner, and was raised and attended schools there. She had resided in Athol since the early 1940s.
She had worked at the former J. F. MacElwain Shoe Company many years ago. She then was a housewife and stayed close to home with her family. She enjoyed cooking, reading, sewing and gardening. She also enjoyed caring for her cats and dogs, and was an avid bird watcher. She was part of six living generations in her family.  
The graveside service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. in Highland Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at Noon in the Mission Covenant Church, 53 Pleasant St., Orange.
A reception will be held in the church hall following the service. 
There are no calling hours.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Sarah J. Woodruff 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Sarah Jane Woodruff, 79, a resident of Albuquerque, died on Monday, Jan. 28. 2002.
She is survived by her son, Robert Kenney and wife, Guanda of Albuquerque; daughter, Joni Fesler and husband, Roger of Apple Valley, Calif.; grandchildren, Teri Kenney, Jason Kenney, Eric Kenney, Kris Porter, Margo Best and Jimmy Fesler; great-grandchildren, Lisa Martin, Robbie Martin, Lindsey Barker, Joey Adams Jr. and Sandra Adams; one great-great-grandson, Caleb Landry; two sisters, Gertrude Buzzell of Athol and Florence Gelinas of Orange.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold W. Woodruff; one granddaughter; five brothers and two sisters.
Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date at the Fairhaven Cemetery in Tustin, Calif.
Fannie Radloff Homemaker, Volunteer
ATHOL - Fannie (Maroni) Radloff, 95, of Clearwater, Fla., formerly of Athol and Erving, died Jan. 20, 2002 at the Integrated Health Services of Clearwater.
She was the widow of Richard Radloff, who died on Jan. 13, 1998. They would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary that year. 
She was born in Readsboro, Vt., daughter of Martino and Teresa (Battaini) Maroni. She grew up in Athol and in June of 1928, she married Richard Radloff of Erving and they lived in Erving many years until he retired and they moved to FLorida.
She was a homemaker and a charter member of the Light of Christ Catholic Church in Clearwater. She was also a volunteer at the Morton Plant Hospital and a member of the Senior Citizens Services, all in Clearwater.
She enjoyed traveling, cruises, bowling and dancing. She and her husband enjoyed many years at their summer cottage at Laurel Lake in Erving.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews and three sisters-in-law.
Services were held in Clearwater and burial was in Memorial Park. 

Dorothy Y. Boudreau 
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Dorothy Y. (Arsenault) Boudreau, 78, of 150 Howell Common, formerly of Fitchburg, Mass., died on Monday, Jan. 28, 2002 at home after an illness.
Robert C. Wegman
ROYAL PALM BEACH, FLA. - Robert C. Wegman, 70, of 12025 West Greenway Dr., died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002 in the Wellington Regional Medical Center.
He was a 20-year United States naval veteral of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, retiring in 1968 as Boatswains Mate 1/C.
Henry J. Floran
SPRINGFIELD - Henry J. Floran, 76, of 74 Andrew St., died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002 in a local hursing home.
He was an Army Veteran of World War II.

Clara C. (Carbone) Goulding
ATHOL - Funeral services for Clara C. (Carbone) Goulding, 78, of Athol were held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, in the Our Lady Immaculate Church. The celebrant was Rev. James Callahan, associate pastor. The organist was Theresa Gabis.
Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery. The bearers, all grandchildren, were Michael Carey, John Carey, Christopher Carey, Richard Goulding, Robert Goulding and Douglas Goulding.
Fiske Funeral Home directed arrangements.

Dorothy R. (Rowe) Soucie
ATHOL - Funeral services for Dorothy R. (Rowe) Soucie, 92, formerly of 302 Hapgood St., were held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, in the Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, with Mark D. Bariloni, pastor of Athol-Orange Baptist Church, officiating. The oganist was Ann Carley. 
Burial followed in South Cemetery, Orange, and the bearers were: Lloyd Rowe Jr., John Rowe, Ronald Rowe, Steve Rowe, Gerald E. Wetherby Jr., and James Laroche.

Myrtle M. Phetteplace Formerly Of Orange
ORANGE - Myrtle M. (Linscott) Phetteplace, 85, of Natick and formerly of Orange, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan, 22, 2002 at her home in Natick. She was the wife of the late Willie Benson Phetteplace.
A longtime resident of Orange, she had made her home in Natick for the past three years.
Born in Vermont, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Linda Linscott.
She is survived by one daughter, Lois A. Lee of Oldsmar, Fla.; one granddaughter, Vicki Polchlopek of Natick; one brother, Kenneth Linscott of Greenfield; three sisters, Leona Hammond of Northfield, Grace Linscott of Shelburne Falls and Josephine Quinlivin of Port Charlotte, Fla.; and two great grandchildren, Cody and Ariana Polchlopek.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service in the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Athol, on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m.
Burial will take place at South Cemetery in Orange.
There will be no visiting hours.
Arrangements are by the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home at Natick Common.

Evelyn Pilkin Formerly Of Orange
ORANGE - Evelyn (Allard) Keach Pilkin, 77, of East Hartford, Conn., formerly of Orange, loving wife of Walter Pilkin and the late Leo J. Keach Sr., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002 at the Hartford Hospital.
Born in Hardwick, a daughter of Raymond and Ethel May (Smith) Allard, she had resided in Orange for 40 years prior to moving to East Hartford more than 35 years ago.
Prior to her retirement, she had worked at the Underwood Typewriter Co. in Hartford, the Hartford Bearing Co. of Rocky Hill, Conn., and the Marriott School cafeteria in East Hartford.
She was also a member of the East Hartford Southend Senior Citizens Club, the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 2083 of East Hartford and of the AARP of East Hartford.
Besides her parents and first husband Leo, a brother, Floyd Allard, formerly of Chicopee, and two sisters, Gladys Songer formerly of Orange, and Mae Brewer, formerly of New Hampshire, predeceased her.
Besides her husband Walter, she is survived by two sons, Richard L. Keach and his fiancee, Patricia Coughlin of Lakeland, Fla., Leo J. Keach Jr. and his wife, Diane, of Ocala, Fla.; five grandchildren, Jonathan Keach and his wife, Michele, in Pennsylvania, Gustave Keach of West Hartford, Jodie Smith and her husband, Ken, of Ocala, Keli Keach in Idaho, Leo J. Keach III of Orlando, Fla.; three great-grandchildren, Ivy, Tyler, and Christopher; many nieces and nephews and several dear friends.
Funeral services will be celebrated on Monday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at the D'Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter St., East Hartford, Conn.
Burial will be at the Soldiers Field-Northwood Cemetery, Wilson, Conn.
Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday one hour prior to the service.

Obituaries dated Aug 06, 2002

Marilyn A. Hume Formerly Of Orange
SMYRNA, Del. - Marilyn A. Hume of Smyrna died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002 in her home.
She was born on Aug. 7, 1930 in Vernon Center, N.Y., to Llewlyn Thurston and Elsie Shouler Thurston, Baxter. She grew up and received her education in Orange, Mass.
She worked in the banking industry since 1946. She most recently retired in 1990 after 18 years with the Wilmington Saving Fund Society.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hume.
She is survived by two sons, Richard B. Hume and his wife, Danise, and their three children, Christopher, Lauren and Whitney, all of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Robert T. Hume and his wife, Leslie, and their two children, Kevin and Daniel, all of Smyrna.
At Mrs. Humes' request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Delaware Hospice, 911 S. DuPont Hwy., Dover, DE 19904, or to the American Cancer Association, or to the American Diabetes Foundation.
Funeral arrangements are by the Faries Funeral Home, Smyrna, Del. 

William A. Cheney Formerly Of Orange
CONNELLY, N.C. - William A. Cheney, 92, formerly of Orange, Mass. and South Deerfield, Mass., died on Sunday, July 28, 2002 in Connelly.
He is predeceased by his wife, Josephine (Brooks) Cheney, and his younger son, Christopher A. Cheney.
He was the sole surviving son of Arthur M. Cheney Sr., an Orange Pharmacist and Rexall Drug Store owner for 50 years. He was the uncle of the Rev. A. Milton Cheney III, rector of St. John's Church in Athol.
He is survived by a daughter, Carol Stephan; a son, Brooks Cheney; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Burial will be held with a graveside service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, in Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol.

Wightman Shearer Tyson
WARWICK - A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 3, for Wightman Shearer Tyson, 101, formerly of Warwick, who died on July 19, 2002, in Winchester, N.H., at Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, with the Rev. Vance E. Frank officiating. Deborah Kent was the organist and Pamela Sweeney was the soloist. A reception followed at the Orange Historical Society. Private interment was held in Warwick Center Cemetery.
Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, directed the arrangements.

Ronald A. Huard Sr. Auto Mechanic 
ATHOL - Ronald A. Huard Sr., 58, of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Athol, died Saturday, July 27, 2002 in Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs.
Born in Winchendon Dec. 1, 1943, a son of Albert and Helen (Mallet) Huard Sr., he grew up in Athol, attended Athol schools and graduated from New Salem Academy in 1962.
He served with the Massachusetts National Guard from 1962 until 1968.
An auto mechanic most of his life, he worked for Goodyear Tire Company in Colorado for the past several years. In Athol, he owned and operated Ron's Exxon during the 1970's and later worked at the former Tedford Motors. Prior to his work in auto mechanics he was employed by Peterson's Dairy and Cushman's Bakery.
An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and auto mechanics. 
He leaves a son, Ronald A. Huard Jr. of New Hampshire; two daughters, Ann Marie Lowe of Colorado Springs, and Jacqueline Godin of Athol; three sisters, Kathy Saveall of Leominster, Carol Smith and Marcia Perry, both of Orange; six grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. in Silver Lake Cemetery.
Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, is directing the arrangements.

Clement C. Durkee Founder Of The Beagle Club
ATHOL - Clement C. Durkee, 88, of 703 Pleasant St., died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, in the Baldwinville Nursing Home.
He was born June 19, 1914 in Orange, son of Charles O. and Ellen L. (Anderson) Durkee. He grew up in Orange and graduated from Orange High School in 1932.
Mr. Durkee worked at the Erving Paper Mills for several years and was employed at the L.S. Starrett Company for 35 years. He retired in 1979.
He was a former member and an original founder of the Beagle Club in Orange. He coached YMCA Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball. He was an active sportsman playing baseball, basketball and football.
He leaves three sons, Richard D. Durkee of Athol; Jim Durkee of Meredith, N.H., John C. Durkee of Attleboro; a sister, Marion Adams of Athol; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
His wife of 59 years, Mary J. (Bevis) Durkee who died in 1998, predeceased him. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. in Highland Cemetery, Athol with the Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith, pastor of the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating.
There are no calling hours.
Fiske Funeral Home, 1356 Main St., is directing arrangements.