|Obituaries from Oct 12, 2002
Kay J. Strach, Receptionist
ATHOL - Kay J. (Ingalls) Strach, 74, of 739 Daniel Shays Hwy., died
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002 in the Athol Memorial Hospital, following an illness.
Her husband, Toffield B. J. Strach, M.D., died in 1989. She leaves
two brothers, Florry Ingalls of Pittsfield, and Wayne Ingalls of Palm Springs,
Calif.; a sister, Marvis Michel of Orange; and several nieces and nephews.
A sister, Marion LaFord died in 1981.
She was born in Orange on June 20, 1928, a daughter of Fred R. and
Dorothy M. (Brown) Ingalls, and was raised there. She had lived many years
in Gorham, Maine many years before coming to Athol 12 years ago. She graduated
from Orange High School with the class of 1946.
She was a receptionist for her husband, Dr. Toffield Strach, who had
his internal medicine practice in Portland, Maine.
Private burial will be held in Gethsemane Cemetery at the convenience
of the family.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American
Lung Association, One Abbey Lane, Middleboro, MA 02346., or to a charity
of one's choice/
The J. Edward Murphy funeral Home is directing arrangements. To sign
the online guest book, visit www.murphysfuneralhome.com.
David J. Freeman Construction Worker
ATHOL - David J. Freeman, 46, of 90 J St., died on Monday, Oct. 7,
2002, at home.
He was born in Athol on Sept. 13, 1956, the son of Rodney B. and Joan
(Lovewell) Freeman. He grew up in Athol and attended schools in Athol.
He was a construction worker in the Gardner and Athol area. He was
a resident of Gardner for the past 10 years moving to Athol in August of
this year. He enjoyed country music, fishing, cars and motorcycles.
He leaves his parents, Rodney B. Freeman of Bradenton, Fla.; his mother,
Joan L. Freeman of Athol; a daughter, Leah Freeman of Chicopee; a sister,
Janet E. Baczewski of Gardner; three brothers, Alan R. Freeman of Athol,
Gary T. Freeman of Athol, Paul S. Freeman of Ft. Irwin, Calif.; and many
aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. in the
Fiske Funeral Home with Rev. Harold V. Lloyd, Jr. pastor of the Athol Congregational
Burial will be in Lovewell Cemetery, Hubbardston.
A calling hour will be held Friday, Oct. 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the
Mary Anne T. (Salahna) Burnham
ATHOL - Funeral services for Mary Anne T. (Salahna) Burnham, 66, of
94 Moore Hill Rd., were held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002 with a Mass in the
St. Francis of Assisi Church. Rev. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor of Our Lady
Immaculate Church, was the celebrant of the Mass. The organist was Theresa
Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery. Bearers were Christopher Burnham,
Robert Cramm, David Batchelder, Joseph Maga, Joseph Mallet, and William
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Fred A. Bacigalupo
ORANGE - Fred A. Bacigalupo, 61, of Dickson Drive, Westminster, Vt.,
died on Friday, Oct. 4, 2002 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
in Lebanon, N.H.
He was born on March 21, 1941 in Orange, the son of Joseph C. and Anna
A. (Gerstel) Bacigalupo. He was a graduate of the Mahar Regional High School
Judith M. (Ghizzoni) Beaudreault
ORANGE - A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, Oct. 7, 2002
in the St. Francis of Assisi Church of Athol for Judith M. (Ghizzoni) Beaudreault,
62, of 288 Butterworth Rd., who died on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 in the Athol
Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Fr. Jamie Callahan of the Our Lady Immaculate
Church of Athol officiated. Theresa Gabis was the cantor and organist.
Eulogies were offered by Fr. Raymond Messier and her son, Scott Beaudreault.
The pallbearers were: Scott Dragon, Dana Zewiey, Michael Hagety, Billy
McCarthy, George Sparrow and Scott Beaudreault. Honorary pallbearers were:
George Sparrow Jr., Gregory Sparrow and Dana Zewiey Jr.
Interment will be private.
A reception was held following the Mass at the American Legion Home
Witty's Funeral Home of Orange directed the arrangements.
Marilee (Burnham) Brunelle, Active In AL Auxiliary
PETERSHAM - Marilee (Burnham) Brunelle, 66, of 49 East St., died on
Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, in the Worcester Medical Center, Worcester.
She was born in Gardner on Dec. 17, 1935, the daughter of Robert and
Alice (Murry) Burnham. She lived in Athol until the age of twelve and moved
to Petersham where she graduated from Petersham High School in 1953. She
was captain of the basketball team in high school.
Mrs. Brunelle was an assembler at the L.S. Starrett Company in athol
for 20 years. She previously worked as head cook at the former Maria Assumption
Academy in Petersham.
She was a member of the Petersham Orthodox Congregational Church. She
was a member of the church's Ladies Union and was active in the church
fair where she was in charge of the crafts table. She was active in the
church choir and was youth group leader for the church for several years.
She was a member of the Petersham American Legion Auxiliary Post 415.
She was the gift shop chairman for the Auxiliary for 30 years as well as
past president. She recently received the 2002 Outstanding Auxiliary Member
Award for the Northern Worcester County Area.
She was a member of the Petersham Grange No. 95 for 30 years.
She was active in the meal site program for the Council On Aging in
She leaves her husband of 35 years, George F. Brunelle; two sons Steven
J. Johnson of Athol; Scott A. Johnson of Bradford, Vt.; a daughter, Kimberly
A. Pinnock of Athol; two sisters, Kay Costa of Petersham; Nancy Whitehorse-Burnham
of New York City, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Shannon, Sean and Morgan;
and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Neil R. Burnham and John
Burnham, predeceased her.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. in the Petersham
Orthodox Congregational Church, with Rev. Clyde Powell interim pastor,
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 4 and 7 to
9 p.m. in the Fiske Funeral Home, Athol.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions
be made in her memory to the Petersham Orthodox Congregational Church -
Capital Improvement Fund c/o Board of Trustees P.O. Box 354 Petersham,
June E. Quader Pianist, Collector
ATHOL - June E. (Stockwell) Quader, 75, of 360 King Rd., died on Saturday,
Oct. 5, 2002, at her home.
She was born in Athol on Jan. 8, 1927, the daughter of Alfred L. and
Pearl A. (Nowe) Stockwell. She has lived in Athol all of her life and attended
Athol High School.
She was a certified nursing assistant. She worked at the former Burger
King Restaurant In Athol, had previously worked at the McElwain Shoe Shop,
the Tully Brook Rest Home and the Fleetwood Nursing Home. She enjoyed playing
the piano, stamp collecting and crossword puzzles. She was a member of
the St. Francis of Assisi Church.
Her husband of 47 years, Paul P. Quader, died in 1999. She leaves a
son, Paul A. Quader of Athol; two aunts, Ruby Stockwell of Sun City, Ariz.,
and Violet Stockwell of Orange. A brother, Richard Stockwell, died in 1996.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. at the
New Life Christian Fellowship of the Assemblies of God, 347 South Main
St., Orange, with Pastor Frank Visco, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Silver Lake Cemetery.
There are no calling hours and in lieu of flowers the family suggests
memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
The Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home is directing arrangements.
ATHOL - A committal service for Tom Strandli, 59, of 246 Brickyard
Rd., who died on Sept. 19, 2002 in the Youville Hospital and Rehabilitation
Center, Cambridge, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002 in the South
Cemetery, Orange, at 3:30 in the afternoon.
Witty's Funeral Home of Orange is directing the arrangements.
Mary Anne Burnham Former Secretary
ATHOL - Mary Anne T. (Salahna) Burnham, 66, of 94 Moore Hill Rd., died
Friday, Oct. 4, 2002 at home, following a lengthy illness.
Her husband of 40 years, Roy W. Burnham, died in 1996.
She leaves a son, Michael J. Burnham of Athol; four daughters, Susan
M. Sargent of Phillipston, Theresa A. Burnham of Royalston, Diann C. Burnham
of Boston, and Nancy E. Burnham of Athol; her mother, Anna Salahna of Athol;
a brother, Stanley T. Salahna Jr. of Athol; two granddaughters, Quinn Sargent
and Rhetta Guimond; three grandsons, Christopher Burnham, Patrick Sargent,
and Beau Guimond; her uncle, Leon Mazialnik of Athol; and several nieces,
nephews and cousins.
She was born in Gardner on April 25, 1936, daughter of Stanley T. and
Anna (Mazialnik) Salahna, and was a lifelong resident of Athol. She graduated
from Athol High School with the class of 1954.
She was a secretary for 10 years in the purchasing department at the
L.S. Starrett Company, and got through in 1995 due to illness. Previously,
she worked as a key punch operator at the former Union Twist Drill Company.
She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church. She enjoyed knitting,
crocheting, reading and dancing. At one time, she liked bowling, and was
a member of the U.T. D. Bowling League.
She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and Charlie, the family dog.
The funeral will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002 from the J. Edward Murphy
Funeral Home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church.
Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery.
Calling hours in the funeral home are 7 to 9 tonight.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations be made to
Athol High School Scholarship Association, P.O. Box 338, Athol, MA 01331.
To sign the online guestbook, visit the funeral home website at www.murphysfuneralhome.com.
ATHOL - Funeral services for Jennie M. (Allen) MacLean, 88, of 467
New Sherborn Rd. were held on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002, in the Our Lady Immaculate
Church. The celebrant was Rev. Stephen D. Johnson, the organist was Theresa
Gabis accompanied by Rev. James Callahan and Lynn Goupil.
Her daughters, Sondra French, Sharon MacLean and Susan MacLean, placed
the pall on the casket. Her son, Stephen B. MacLean, did the readings and
her children, Stephen MacLean and Sheila Bachant, brought the gifts forth.
Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery. Honorary bearers were Adam MacLean,
Andrew MacLean, Christopher Bachant, David Bachant, Daniel Bachant and
The Fiske Funeral Home directed arrangements.
ORANGE - Funeral services for Rose T. (Bosco) Amedio, 88, of 383 East
River St. were held on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 with a Mass in Our Lady Immaculate
Church, Athol. Rev. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor, was the celebrant of the
Mass. The organist was Theresa Gabis.
Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery. Bearers were Sam Kaczmarczyk, Tom
Kaczmarczyk, Dan Kaczmarczyk, Steven Kaczmarczyk, Mark Amedio, and Ralph
Judith M. Beaudreault, Cherished Family Life
ORANGE - Judith M. (Ghizzoni) Beaudreault, 62, of Butterworth Road,
died on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 at 8:10 a.m. in the Athol Memorial Hospital.
Born on Dec. 1, 1939 in Cambridge, she enjoyed the simple things in
life. Her greatest interest was her family. She loved spending time with
her husband, children and grandchildren.
She leaves her loving husband and best friend, Russell; her son, George
and daughter-in-law Rena; her son, Scott; her daughters, Sandra and son-in-law
Scott, Diane and son-in-law Michael, Judith and son-in-law William, Karen
and son-in-law Dana; 10 grandchildren, George, Gregory, Stephanie, Carleena,
Connor, Kylee, Kristi, Carolanne, Dana Jr. and Gina; brothers, Raymond
Ghizzoni and sister-in-law Maria, Stephen Pawlouskis and sister-in-law,
Kathy; niece and nephews, Nicole, Tyler and Brian.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 7 from Witty's Funeral
Home at 9:30 a.m. with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the St. Francis of
Assisi Church, 105 Main St., Athol.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Calling hours are 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Witty's Funeral
Joseph C. Hickey Construction Worker
ATHOL - Joseph C. Hickey, 51, of Biddeford, Maine and formerly of Athol,
died after a long illness on Sept. 9, 2002 at the Hadlow Hospice Center
in Jacksonville, Fla.
He was born in Athol on Aug. 8, 1951, the son of John A. and Anne (Rowe)
Hickey. He grew up in Athol and attended Athol High School.
He lived in Biddeford for the past 15 years working in the construction
He was a member of the United States Marine Corps.
An avid outdoorsman and fisherman, he enjoyed both fresh water and
deep sea fishing. He also enjoyed gardening.
Besides his mother, Anne of St. Augustine, Fla., he leaves his longtime
friend and companion, Robin Hamel of Biddeford; two daughters, Carolyn
Hickey of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Jolleen Greaves of Worcester and two grandchildren;
two sisters, Katherine Goodwin of Palm Coast, Fla., and Holly Bello of
Ocala, Fla.; two brothers, Daniel of Athol and David of St. Augustine,
Fla. His twin brother, John W., predeceased him on March 17, 2002.
A memorial Mass will be held for Joseph and John on Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.
in the Our Lady Immaculate Church.