|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
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
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
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
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,
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,
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
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.