Miscellaneous Hampshire County, Massachusetts Obituaries - 1998


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Robert L. Richards
CHICOPEE - Robert L. Richards, 45, of Chicopee, who had worked in South Hadley, died May 13 at Holyoke Hospital.
Mr. Richards was a handyman, and worked at James River Graphics Co., now Rexam Graphics, of South Hadley. He was also the owner of Robert's Fish & Chips in Fairview.
He leaves his mother, Claire E. (Tanguay) Richards of Fairview; a brother, Edward B. Richards Jr. of Haydenville; a sister, Estelle C. Blanchard of Fairview; his fiancee, Frances "Tara" Bassette of Chicopee; and nieces and nephews.
Phaneuf-Blais Funeral Chapels in Fairview may be reached at (413) 533-3307. 

Walter J. Dembinske
CHICOPEE - Walter J. "Tucky" Dembinske, 65, of Chicopee, died May 13 in Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, S.C.
He was a truck driver for Local 404 in Springfield and owned Memory Lane Video in Chicopee. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a former member of the Empire One Racquetball Club.
He leaves a son, Martin Dembinske, of Holyoke; two daughters, Paula Dembinske of Chicopee and Erin Mitchell of West Springfield; his wife, Shirley (Sullivan) Dembinske of Holyoke; two brothers, Harold Dembinske of Palos Verdes, Calif. and Robert Dembinske of Somers, Conn.; a sister, Rose Mary Mahon of South Hadley; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A son, Michael, died in 1989.
The Ryder Funeral Hme may be reached at 413-533-1735.

Celia Russell
NORTHAMPTON - Celia (Jaskolka) Russell, 81, of 4 Linden St., died May 15 at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
She worked for many years in the art and music department at Forbes Library.
She leaves her husband of 57 years, John M. Russell; two sons, John P. Russell of Southbury, Conn. and Michael J. Russell of Washington, D.C.; a brother, Chester Jaskolka of Enfield, Conn.; two grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The Czelusniak Funeral Home may be reached at 413-584-3585.

CLERMONT, Fla. - A memorial service for Gabriel E. "Bus" Mongeau will be held May 23 at 10 a.m. at the Village Hill Cemetery in Williamsburg.
Mr. Mongeau, of Clermont, formerly of Williamsburg and Northampton, died Oct. 5 in South Lake Memorial Hospital in Clermont.

James B. Bieri
HUNTINGTON - James B. Bieri, 55, of 140 Pine Brook Road, died May 16 at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in Tripoli, Libya.
Mr. Bieri worked as a contract analyst for UniCare Life & Health Insurance Co. in Springfield.
He leaves his wife, Julie (Tripoli) Bieri; two sons, David M. Bieri of Brooklyn, N.Y., and John P. Bieri of Northampton; a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Bieri of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a brother, Charles Bieri of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and a grandchild.
Childs Funeral Home in Haydenville may be reached at (413) 268-7573.

Jean B. Francis
AMHERST - Jean (Burroughs) Francis, 69, of 123 Pine Street, died May 16 at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst.
Mrs. Francis was employed at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, and Smith College early in her career.She had later worked as a customer service representative for Shawmut Bank for 10 years.
She leaves her husband, John F. Francis; a son, John Burroughs Francis of Littleton; two daughters, Margaret Ann Clayton of Raleigh, N.C., and Laurie Jean Francis of Belmont; and four grandchildren.
Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst may be reached at (413) 253-3407.

Russell L. Garland
HOLYOKE - Russell L. Garland, 89, of Holyoke, who had worked in South Hadley, died May 16 at Loomis House in Holyoke.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Garland worked as a greenskeeper at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley for 20 years, retiring in 1971.
Edward F. Day Funeral Home in Holyoke may be reached at (413) 781-7765.

Ruth C. Gleason
NORTHAMPTON - Ruth C. (Egan) Gleason, 88, formerly of 6 Allison St., died May 16 at Hampshire Care in Leeds.
Mrs. Gleason worked as a cook at the former Northampton School for Girls, retiring in 1956. She had previously worked at the former Pro Brush.
She leaves her husband, Thomas L. Gleason; a son, Thomas J. Gleason of Florence; two daughters, Barbara A. Berwager of Titusville, Fla., and R. Patricia Driscoll of Warwick, R.I.; a brother, William Egan of Florida; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pease Funeral Home in Northampton may be reached at (413) 584-0412.

Joseph M. O'Shea
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Joseph M. O'Shea, 83, of St. Petersburg, formerly of Northampton, died May 12 at The Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
He leaves his wife, Mary O'Shea; a son, Richard O'Shea of Augusta, Ga.; a brother, Daniel O'Shea of Brandon, Fla.; a sister, Virginia O'Connell of Northampton; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Armine D. Woodward
EASTHAMPTON - Armine D. (Jones) Woodward, 80, formerly of 82 Ferry St., died May 16 at Hampshire Care in Northampton.
Mrs. Woodward had worked at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, retiring in 1982. She had previously worked at Tubed Products in Easthampton.
Her husband, William W. Woodward, died in 1984.
She leaves a daughter, Rachael Paradee of Easthampton; a brother, Fred W. Jones of Scarborough, Maine; a sister, Louise Jones of Washougal, Wash.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mitchell Funeral Home in Easthampton may be reached at (413) 527-0872. 

Joseph A. Keohan
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Joseph A. Keohan, 71, of Melbourne, formerly of Amherst, died May 13 in Melbourne.
He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the 16th Calvary Group A Troop, part of the 1st U.S. Constabulary in Berlin, Germany.
Mr. Keohan worked at the University of Massachusetts State Extension for 25 years until retirement. He had previously worked for two years at Bunda College in Malawi, Africa, where he taught botany and worked with the Agency for International Development.
He leaves a son, Lee Patrick Keohan of Baytown, Texas; two daughters, Terese Marie Moorhead of Berkley, Mich., and Jan M. Kopinto of South Deerfield; a sister, Sister Rose Margurite of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Worcester; and four grandchildren.
Davis Funeral Home in Melbourne, Fla. may be reached at (407) 254-1532.

Helen D. LeDuc
CHICOPEE - Helen D. (Miastkowski) LeDuc, 89, of Chicopee, formerly of South Hadley, died May 16 in a local nursing home.
She was born in Holyoke, and had also lived in South Hadley before moving to Chicopee.
Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413) 533-1735.

Marta Meras
MANHATTAN, N.Y. - Marta (Kocot) Meras, 90, of Manhattan, formerly of Northampton, died May 14 at home.
Mrs. Meras had worked as a buyer for specialty stores in New York City for many years.
She leaves a nephew, James Kocot of Connecticut; and a niece, Marcia Hatten of New York.
Czelusniak Funeral Home in Northampton may be reached at (413) 584-3585.

Allan R. Tremblay
NORTHAMPTON - Allan R. Tremblay, 52, of 159 Pine St. in Florence, died May 16 at home.
Mr. Tremblay worked at a recreational center in Florence. He had previously worked for the H. Tremblay Barrel and Transport Company of Chicopee and Hatfield.
He leaves a son, Steven Tremblay of Mason, N.H.; his mother, Germaine M. (Desrochers) Cheney of West Springfield; a brother, Rodney Tremblay of Mount Dora, Fla.; nieces and a nephew.
Ratell Funeral Home in Indian Orchard may be reached at (413) 543-3836.

Joseph E. Zukowski
GRANBY - Joseph E. Zukowski, 92, of 109 South St., died May 18 at Meadowood in South Hadley.
Mr. Zukowski had worked as an assembler for Worthington Pump Co., now Atlas Copco Compressors Inc., in Holyoke.
He leaves his wife, Mildred (Boulais) Zukowski; and nieces and nephews.
Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413)533-1735.

Frank Broz
GRANVILLE - Frank Broz, 69, of Granville, formerly of Easthampton, died May 18 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Mr. Broz worked as a machinist at Titeflex Corp. in Springfield, retiring in 1991.
He leaves his wife, Gladys (Sumowski) Broz; two daughters, Nancy Prifti of Southwick and Deborah Hansen of Granville; two sisters, Martha La Mare of Easthampton and Antonia Zimnoch of Northampton; and three grandchildren.
Southwick Forastiere Funeral Home in Southwick may be reached at (413) 733-5311.

Bernard J. Hudon
SOUTH HADLEY - Bernard J. Hudon, 44, of 42 Ludlow Road, died May 18 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
Mr. Hudon worked as an equipment technician at the Western Massachusetts Kidney Center in Springfield.
He leaves his wife, Janet Marie (Gadbois) Hudon; his father, Leandre Hudon of Holyoke; a brother, Richard Hudon of Florida; two sisters, Theresa Hudon of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Pauline Baker of Leominster; and three nieces and two nephews.
Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413) 533-1735.

Beatrice T. Jeanson
SPRINGFIELD - Beatrice T. (Cameron) Jeanson, 83, of Springfield, formerly of Easthampton, died May 19 in Springfield.
Mrs. Jeanson worked at the former Chicopee Undergarment Co. for many years.
Her husband, Bernard T. Jeanson, died in 1972.
She leaves a daughter, Arline E. Burns of Springfield; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A daughter, Shirley Webb, died in 1996.
Byron's Funeral Home in Springfield may be reached at (413) 736-5413.

Eleanora C. Douglas
NORTHAMPTON - Eleanora C. (Mailone) Douglas, 85, of Florence, died May 20 at home.
Mrs. Douglas had worked as a sales clerk at the Ann August shop in Northampton before retiring.
Her husband, Merton J. Douglas, died in 1993.
She leaves her son and daughter-in-law, Allan J. Douglas and Donna (Glinka) Douglas, of Cummington.
Pease Funeral Home in Northampton may be at (413) 584-0412.

Joseph J. Fistes
DEERFIELD - Joseph J. Fistes, 84, of 34 Elm St. in South Deerfield, died May 20 in Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving under Gen. George S. Patton in Normandy.
Mr. Fistes had worked as a carpenter at the University of Massachusetts for 35 years, retiring in 1984.
He leaves his wife, Lois (Wells) Fistes; two sons, William J. Fistes of South Deerfield, and Robert J. Fistes of Turners Falls; a sister, Susan Jones of Easton, Pa.; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Wrisley Funeral Chapel in South Deerfield may be reached at (413) 665-4046.

Rita M. Marek
SOUTHAMPTON - Rita M. (Stebbins) Marek, 70, of Southampton, died May 19 in Holyoke Hospital.
Mrs. Marek had worked as a housekeeper for the former Albert Steiger Co. department store chain, retiring in 1989.
She leaves her husband of 51 years, Joseph E. Marek; two sons, Michael Marek of Westfield, and Joel A. Marek of Holyoke; two daughters, Judith A. Walker of Southampton, and Diane P. Litwin of Griswold, Conn.; two brothers, Norman Stebbins of Auburn, Maine, and John Stebbins of Lewiston, Maine; two sisters, Jeanette Applegate of Haysville, Kan., and Theresa Ziemba of Chicopee; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Cierpial's Grape Street Funeral Home in Chicopee may be reached at (413) 598-8573.

Nancy J. Treston
SOUTH HADLEY - Nancy J. (Cartabona) Treston, 74, of 68 Columbia St., died May 19 at home.
Mrs. Treston had worked as a secretary at Worthington Pump, now Atlas Copco Compressors Inc., in Holyoke before retiring.
Her husband, Stephen J. Treston, died in 1992.
She leaves a son, Stephen J. Treston Jr. of South Hadley; a daughter, Judith A. Treston of Belchertown; her mother, Josephine (Ramondetta) Cartabona of Holyoke; three sisters, Lee Nawacki of New York, Vicky Lynch of Maine, and Ann Cartabona of California; and two granddaughters.
Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413) 533-1735.

Harlan A. Wood Jr.
AMHERST - Harlan A. Wood Jr., 83, of 156 Montague Road, died May 19 in Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
He was a U.S. Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, serving in the Mediterranean and European theaters. He remained active in the Air Force Reserve until his retirement in 1975.
Mr. Wood had worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Amherst for 26 years, retiring as superintendent of mails.
He and his wife, Beatrice (Davenport) Wood, had owned and operated The Wood-Shed: Antiques in Amherst for 40 years.
His wife died in 1993.
He leaves two daughters, Donna Wood Lozier of Belchertown, and Christine Wood Dufresne of Burrillville, R.I.; and two grandsons.
Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst may be reached at (413) 253-3407.

Herbert L. Alamed
Tuesday, April 20, 1999 --  (WESTHAMPTON) - Herbert L. Alamed, 66, of 39 Tipping Rock Road, died April 18 in The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.
He was the son of Frederick and Martha Alamed.
He had lived in Westfield for most of his life, moving to Westhampton 12 years ago.
He had worked for the former Sterling Radiator in Westfield for 24 years before retiring.
He leaves five sons, Laurence Alamed, John Alamed and Richard Alamed, all of Westfield; Frederick Alamed of Springfield, and Herbert L. Alamed Jr. of Fitchburg; three daughters, Sally O'Connell of Cape Coral, Fla,. Nancy Rivera and Cindy Alamed, both of Westfield; three brothers, William Alamed of Southwick, James Alamed of Westfield and Gary Alamed of Stratham, N.H.; eight grandchildren; and his former wife, Eleanor J. (Perry) Alamed of Westfield.
The Robert E. Cusack Funeral Home in Westfield may be reached at (413) 562-9343.

James D. Raymond
Tuesday, April 20, 1999 --  (NORTHAMPTON) - James D. Raymond, 78, of 71 Columbus Ave., who owned businesses in Northampton, died April 18.
He was the son of the late Adolph and Dorothy (Silverman) Raymond.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, he flew 35 missions over Germany. He was a retired colonel in the Civil Air Patrol.
Mr. Raymond owned Hampshire Realty and Raymond Insurance at 41 Main St., and was a former owner of Twin Cleaners.
He was involved in the community and outspoken in his views.
When revaluation caused property values, and real estate taxes, to jump in 1998, he was among the most vocal opponents.
"The sense is of outrage, total and complete outrage," he said at the time. "I'm not happy, and I'm not in the Happy Valley anymore."
He organized meetings and called on those who shared his outrage to form committees to monitor the city budget process - and follow where their tax monies were being used.
Martin Carrera, whose restaurant La Veracruzana is located at 31 Main St., a few doors from Hampshire Realty, today called Mr. Raymond "a wonderful man."
James Hutchins, owner of Hutchins Realty in Northampton, said, "I always felt he was straightforward and upfront with his style and way of doing business."
Mr. Hutchins said he will miss Mr. Raymond and their "bantering back and forth."
He was also a member of Elks Lodge 997, the American Legion, and the National Association of Realtors.
A longtime aviator, he was a member of the Pioneer Valley Pilots Club.
His wife, Judith Segnal Raymond, died in 1995.
He leaves two sons, Michael Raymond of Naperville, Ill; and Robert Raymond of Northampton; a daughter, Donna F. Weinstein of Moorestown, N.J.; a brother, Sherwin Raymond of Ridgefield, N.J.; and a sister, Shirley A. Frenkel of Pittsfield; several grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A daughter, Diane Elaine Raymond, died earlier.
The Amherst Funeral Home may be reached at (413) 549-5102.

Annette J. Bootier
Monday, April 19, 1999 -- (SOUTH DEERFIELD) - Annette J. (Fournier) Bootier, 96, of 37 Graves St., died April 17 in the Cozy Corner Nursing Home in Sunderland.
Mrs. Bootier had worked at the Eaglebrook School in Deerfield for 41 years before retiring. She had worked in a mill in the Boston area in her early years.
Her husband, Edward Bootier, died in 1973.
She leaves three daughters, Marion Stafford of Nantucket, Gladys Cole of Osterville, and Shirley Patterson of South Deerfield; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; and three nephews.
The Wrisley Funeral Home in South Deerfield may be reached at (413) 665-4046. 

Willie W. Huffman
Monday, April19, 1999 -- (ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.) - Willie W. Huffman, 70, of Elizabeth City, formerly of Easthampton, died April 15 at home.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Mr. Huffman had worked in security in Norfolk, Va.
His wife, Betty (Britlow) Huffman, died earlier.
He leaves three brothers, Joseph S. Huffman 3rd of Clinton, Md., Robert E. Huffman of Alexandria, Va., and Louis F. Huffman of Elizabeth City; and two sisters, Ida Minteer and Thelma McDaniel, both of Alexandria.
The Mitchell Funeral Home in Easthampton may be reached at (413) 527-0872.

Frances E. Peetz
Monday, April19, 1999 -- (SOUTH HADLEY) - Frances E. (Travis) Peetz, 83, of 3 Lyman St., died April 17 in Holyoke Hospital.
Mrs. Peetz had worked at Tracies of Holyoke, and had previously worked at the Electric Game Co. in Holyoke.
Her husband, William Peetz, died April 8.
She leaves a daughter, Audrey Spice of Granby; and a sister, Winifred LeWare of Sandy Hook, Conn.
The Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley may be reached at (413) 533-1735. 

William E. Randall Jr.
Monday, April19, 1999 -- (SHUTESBURY) - William Edwin Randall Jr., 74, of Shutesbury, a former University of Massachusetts professor and a civic leader in Shutesbury, died April 16 in The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton after a short illness.
A U.S. Army veteran who served as an officer in Europe during World War II, he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Mr. Randall had taught at the University of Illinois, at Urbana Champaign, for two years. He came to the University of Massachusetts in 1954 and until 1976 had chaired the Nature Recreation Department, which became the Leisure Studies and Resources program in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. He also served as a professor for 32 years. He retired in 1987.
Since his retirement from UMass, he had served as an expert witness and had provided deed research services for complicated real estate cases as a consultant.
Mr. Randall had served the town of Shutesbury in some capacity every year since 1957.
He had chaired or served as a member of the Board of Assessors for 13 years, the Cemetery Commission for 30 years, the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board, and the School Committee.
He was town moderator from 1971 to 1993, and he had been a member of the the Volunteer Fire Department.
He compiled information for records still used in the assessors' office and extensively researched the town's roads, even those that had been discontinued.
"He was a big resource for anything you needed to know," said Highway Superintendent Gary Dihlmann.
Mr. Randall was the town's unofficial cartographer, providing maps that appeared in the town's annual reports.
One of his major accomplishments was to map all town property and trace deeds back to when the town was laid out in the 1700s.
In recent years, he had updated the town tax maps as a consultant.
Town Clerk Leslie Bracebridge, who also serves as secretary for the Historical Commission, said he was often consulted by commission members.
"He knew more about the town than all of us put together," she said.
The town recognized his contributions by naming Randall Road, at the Shutesbury Conservation Area and town beach on Lake Wyola, in his honor.
He had produced special studies, including the mapping of Cape Cod vegetation to help the National Park Service identify significant sites for inclusion in the creation of Cape Cod National Seashore; the identification of natural and recreational sites in the Connecticut River watershed for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and research of natural resources for Northeast Utilities for the Northfield Mountain Project.
His first wife, Joan Brooks deRevere, died in 1961.
He leaves his wife of 37 years, Margaret Jean 'Peg" (Mosher) Randall; two daughters, Virginia "Ginger" Calder of Shelburne, Vt., and Laurel "Laurie" Wildey of Indianapolis, Ind.; a sister, Anita "Ann" Holland of Guilford, Conn.; and five grandchildren.
The Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst may be reached at (413) 253-3407.

Stacia Sliwa
Monday, April19, 1999 -- (BELCHERTOWN) - Stacia (Demerski) Sliwa, 87, of 100 South Liberty St., died April 16 at home.
Mrs. Sliwa and her husband Max J. Sliwa had managed the Woodland Orchards Dairy, a dairy farm and apple orchard in Belchertown, for many years.
Her husband died earlier.
She leaves two sons, Matthew Sliwa of Westford, and Donald Sliwa of Belchertown; a brother, Joseph Demerski of Belchertown; a sister, Bertha Banas of Texas; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
The Motyka Funeral Home in Three Rivers may be reached at (413) 283-7111.  

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