MaryLou Wallace
February 26, 1929 ~ June 14, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

MaryLou Wallace, 86, of The Arbors, Amherst, Ma., and formerly of Glenwood Ave. Northfield, MA. died Sunday afternoon (6-14-2015) at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton, MA. She was born in Greenfield, Ma on February 26, 1929 the daughter of Harry and Helen (Austin) Brown. She grew up in Old Deerfield, Ma. and was educated in Deerfield schools, and was a graduate of the former Northfield School for Girls. She then graduated from Gorham State College in Maine, where she met her husband Linwood R. Wallace. They were married June 20, 1953. She was a homemaker, and sold Tupperware products for many years. She was a member of the Trinitarian Cong. Church in Northfield. She loved gardening, camping, skiing and traveling.

She is survived by her husband Linwood, and her children: Gary and his wife Deenie of Leyden, MA. Mark and his wife Jane of Fiji, Eric and his wife Annie of Brentwood, NH and Karen Wallace and her husband Brett Deal of Franklin, NC. She is also survived by one sister Suzanne Longacre and her husband John of Ocean City, NJ, nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be Friday (6-19-2015) at 2:00 p.m. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield. The Rev. Julie Olmsted, Pastor of the Trinitarian Congregational Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Mt. Hermon Cemetery, Northfield.

There are no calling hours.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St. Northfield, Ma. 01360.

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Richard A. "Dick" Perham
July 6, 1946 ~ June 9, 2015
Bernardston, Mass.

Richard "Dick" A. Perham, 68 of Turners Falls Rd. Bernardston, died Tuesday morning (6-9-2015) at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA. He was born in Greenfield, Ma. on July 6, 1946, the son of Richard and Catherine (Mecheski) Perham. Dick was educated in Hinsdale, NH schools and was a 1964 graduate of Hinsdale High School. His early career as a mechanic started at Lang's Garage in Erving, MA. then Royces Garage in Hinsdale, NH and Beaman Lumber in Winchester, NH. In 1981 he opened his own garage Dick Perham's Garage in Hinsdale, NH where he worked until his retirement. He was a former member of the Hinsdale, NH Fire Dept, and a member of the National Rifle Assoc. His passion was building hot rods including his favorite "Casper" a 1936 Chevy. He enjoyed going to car and engine shows, and loved hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his daughters: Bonni Brittain and her husband Thomas, and Lesley Parkinson and her husband Andrew, both of Hinsdale, N.H. and Leatha Foster his long time companion and her son Travis Foster. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Kassandra and Richard Wilson, Steven and Trevor Parkinson, and his wife Theresa (May) . Several cousins.
A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.

There are no calling hours.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Hinsdale Alumni Assoc. c/o Diane Diorio, 588 Brattleboro Rd., Hinsdale, NH 03451.

There will be a celebration of life held on Saturday, June 27th at 11am at the Hinsdale VFW, Main Street, Hinsdale, NH.

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Stacia T. Cascarowski
January 18, 1923 ~ June 8, 2015
Greenfield, Mass.

Stacia T. Cascarowski, 92,of Greenfield died Monday evening (6-8-2015) at Poet Seat Healthcare Center, Greenfield, Ma. She was born in Westfield, Ma. on January 18, 1923, the daughter of Joseph and Helen (Merechiewicz) Cascarowski.

Stacia resided in Belchertown, Ma. from the time she was 16 until 1991, when she moved to Greenfield. She held various jobs over the years and was known to be a hard worker. She had a great love for animals especially dogs. She enjoyed shopping, particularly thrift stores, where she was always looking for a bargain.

She has no known survivors.

Services will be held at a future date.

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William C. Huber
September 9, 1922 ~ January 5, 2015
Gill, Mass.

William C. Huber, 92, formerly of Boyle Rd., Gill, died Monday evening (1-5-2015) at the Holyoke Soldiers Home, Holyoke, Ma. He was born in E. Northfield, Ma. on September 9, 1922, the son of Max and Minnie (Johnson) Huber.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Catherine (Kay) of 59 years in 2002, his son Ronald (1977), a granddaughter Nicole (1977), his brothers Robert (2013) and Alden as an infant.

Bill is survived by his three daughters: Karen Woodbury and her husband Richard of Raymond, ME, Gloria Wehner and her husband Michael of Spofford, NH and Gail Lynch and her husband Kevin of Erving, Ma. He leaves 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. He also leaves his brother, Donald and his wife Rita of Northfield, Ma. and his sister Julia Harris and her husband Don of Hopkinton, Ma., and several nieces and nephews.

Bill graduated from Northfield High School in 1942 and joined the Army Air Corp. (Air Force) stationed at Suffolk Air Force Base in Long Island, NY. He was then sent to B-25 & B-26 school in Wichita Falls, TX to work on Pratt & Whitney engines. Bill proudly served from 1942-1945. He spoke about the time in 1945 when Franklin D. Roosevelt died and he was sent to his funeral to stay with the plane while officers attended the funeral. He felt it was an honor that he was chosen for this. After leaving the service, Bill went to work in a factory and always chuckled about not even working one day and left without being paid. He soon discovered factory work was not for him. He then joined with his brother, Donald, and formed "The Huber Brothers" painting contractors and took pride in his work as he did with everything he encountered in life.

He was a member and Steward of the United Church of Bernardston and the Gill Congregational Church and also served on the Gill Cemetery Committee. He was a member of the Moose and Elk Clubs, and Thomas Memorial Golf Club, and Oak Ridge Golf Club. He was an avid reader, history buff and enjoyed dancing, golfing, ice skating, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, traveling, and bowling. He also volunteered on many committees. No matter who he was with or what he did, he did it with love, pride and honor. Bill Huber was a respected man who LOVED LIFE and he was loved back by all who surrounded him.

A graveside service will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Gill Center Cemetery. The Rev. Christine Fontaine will officiate.

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Elizabeth L. Bolton
June 23, 1926 ~ May 28, 2015
Greenfield, Mass.

Elizabeth L. Bolton, 88, formerly of Taft Ave. Greenfield Ma. and previously of Northfield, died peacefully at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, May 28.

She was born on Huckle Hill Farm in Bernardston, Ma. on June 23, 1926, the daughter of Austin and Florence (Messer) Phelps. She was educated in Bernardston and Northfield schools, attended Westminster Choir College and Greenfield Community College, and graduated from Smith College in 1973, and was an organ student of Harriette Richardson for many years. She was a member of the American Guild of Organists, earning certification as Colleague in 1980.

Betty married Arthur Bolton on April 11, 1948 in Northfield; they were married for 55 years until his death in December 2004. Betty and Art enjoyed square dancing, playing cards, and visiting historical museums. They went to York Beach, ME each year, and crossed the U.S. several times by train to visit family on the West Coast. Betty was an avid gardener and loved to bake pies. She worked at the Northfield Inn and Northfield Seminary before her marriage.

She served as organist or organist/choir director at Congregational, Episcopal, Baptist, Methodist, and Catholic churches in Greenfield, Northfield, Northampton, and Brattleboro, Vt. from 1952 to 2003 including Holy Trinity Church and Second Congregational Church in Greenfield and Centre Congregational in Brattleboro. She taught piano and organ lessons for many years and played for many weddings. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield.

She is survived by her children: Carol Dane, Donald and his wife Teresa, and Susan Agnew and her husband Bruce. She is also survived by her brother, Robert Phelps and his wife Bette of Northfield, and sister-in-law June Generous of Brattleboro, Vt. and sister-in-law Rita Phelps of Nevada. Grandchildren: Charley Dane, Will Dane, Rebecca Dydasco, Heather Monterroso, Chianne Hubert, Robert Hubert, Eric Agnew, and Jason Agnew, eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son Paul, and siblings, John, Richard, Stanley, Frank, Charles, Raymond, and George Phelps, Dorothy Russell, and Ruth Phelps.

Funeral Services will be Thursday (6-4-2015) at 10 a.m. from the Kidder Funeral Home,1 Parker Ave Northfield, Ma. followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, Greenfield. Msgr. Ronald Yargeau of Holy Trinity Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Pentecost Cemetery, Northfield.

Calling hours will be Wednesday evening (6-3-2015) from 6-8 p.m. at Kidder Funeral Home.
Donations in her memory may be made to either: Charlene Manor Activity Fund, 130 Colrain Rd. Greenfield, MA 01301, or Hospice of Franklin Co. 329 Conway St. Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301.

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Veronica "Bonnie" E. Baxter
March 23, 1938 ~ May 23, 2015
Arcadia, Fla.

Veronica "Bonnie" E. Baxter, 77, of Arcadia, FL, and formerly of Northfield, MA. died Saturday (5-23-2015) at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Colchester, Vt. on March 23, 1938 the daughter of Milton and Flora (Morrow) Powers. She worked many years at Georgia Pacific in Brattleboro, Vt. and then several years at the Northfield IGA, and retired from Northfield Mt. Hermon School, where she worked in Dining Services.

As a child she loved roller skating, and living on the family farm. As an adult she loved knitting, crocheting, shuffle board, bingo, and crafts. She loved her Oakview Park family and making others smile. Her heart was filled with love for everyone.

She is survived by her sons: Kevin Ouellette of Pt. Charlotte, FL, Dean Ouellette of Arcadia, FL, and Dwanyne Ouellette and his wife Sharon of Somers, CT. She is also survived by her siblings: Richard Powers of Northfield, MA, Judith Brooks and her husband Richard of Baldwinville, MA. and David Powers and his wife Debbie of Orange, MA. and a longtime family friend of 15 years that Bonnie thought of as her son, Scott Beaver of Pt. Charlotte, Fl.
Also surviving are her step-children June, Joe and Jacquie Ouellette of Lincoln, Ne, Annie, Molly, Charles and Christine Baxter originally from Orange, MA and Lisa Cousineau of Greenfield, MA. 4 Grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, and husband Charles Baxter, and sister Elinor Kawecki and brother Milton Powers Jr.

Funeral services will be next Tuesday (6-2-2015) at 9:15 a.m. from the Kidder Funeral Home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, Main St. Northfield. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, Pastor will officiate.

Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery, Northfield.

Calling hours will be Monday evening (6-1-2015) from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Kevin D. Slattery
November 16, 1954 ~ May 20, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Kevin D. Slattery, 60, of Maple St., died Wednesday morning (5-20-2015) at his home surrounded by loving family and friends who visited in weeks leading up to his death. He was born in Quantico, Va. on November 16, 1954, the son of Edward Slattery and Nancy (Veilleux) Slattery Scott.

Kevin was a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston in 1972. He was an extremely talented artist and musician. He married Mary Jo Haurie on June 12, 1976. He had been employed many years for Channing Bete Co. as Art Director until illness prevented his employment. He loved hiking, biking, kayaking, cross country skiing, and Karate.

He is survived by his loving wife Mary Jo, and two sons: Shawn Hauri Slattery, of Westfield, MA and Brennon Ames Slattery of Somerville, MA. He is also survived by his mother Nancy Scott of Easthampton and a brother Bruce Scott and his wife Beth, of Erving, MA,. and a sister: Eileen Slattery of Easthampton, MA,. and his father-in-law Lawrence Hauri of Midland, MI, sister-in-law Becky Hauri of Houston, TX, and sSister and brother-in-law Julie Hauri-Foster, and Kim Foster of Grand Rapids, MI.. Several cousins, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and many friends. He was predeceased by a brother, Steven Scott.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations in his memory may be made to either: Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O Box 849168, Boston,.MA 02284, or Baysate Franklin Medical Center, Oncology Dept. 164 High St. Greenfield, MA 01301, of Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St. Suite 2, Greenfield, MA. 01301.

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Stephen Gilbert Barber
August 3, 1921 ~ May 8, 2015
Bernardston, Mass.

Stephen Gilbert Barber, 93, died May 8, 2015 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield.

He was born August 3, 1921, the first of 9 children, to the late Myron and Julia (Pratt) Barber of Bernardston and attended local schools. He was a 1938 graduate of Powers Institute.

He married Nellie A. (Erving) on November 2, 1941 after church services in the Goodale Memorial Church of Bernardston and they enjoyed 72 years together until her death in 2014. Stephen joined the Army in 1945 and was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma serving as a cook. He and Nellie first settled in Bernardston but moved to a small farm in Leyden in 1961 where they remained until returning to Bernardston in 1995.

After his discharge from the Army, Stephen and his brother Lee opened the Cozy Corner Restaurant in Erving on Route 2 working there nights after a full day working at the Mount Hermon School store. He then took a job as an engineer in the Mount Hermon School power plant. He also worked painting houses, making deliveries for Pella Windows, and delivering pianos and keyboards.

One of Stephen's greatest joys in life was to play the keyboard and entertain local groups with his talent. As a young man, he took several years of formal piano lessons but always preferred to play by ear than by reading music. He was largely self-taught on the first of many keyboards he bought in 1959. From that time on, he played for weddings and anniversaries and donated his time entertaining residents in nursing homes in Florida and the Bernardston area. He taped his music and enjoyed giving the tapes as gifts. He was able to play the keyboard into his 90s at the Bernardston Senior Center and the Poet's Seat Health Care Center.

Every fall for 17 years, Stephen and Nellie would head south to the Mill Dam Mobile Home Park in Silver Springs FL where they owned a mobile home. While there, he would stay busy doing odd jobs for the other residents and working at the local church.

Stephen was a positive person who loved life in spite of its hardships. Those who knew him will remember his generous, forgiving and gentle outlook on life. He had a smile and a wave for everyone and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his three children Jeffrey Barber (wife Karen) of Broad Brook CT and Leesburg FL; Patricia Waterman (husband Ray) of Merrimack NH; and James Barber (wife Cheri) of Andover MN; grandchildren Tracy Lawler, Jennifer Guarino, Kimberly Pfeil, Eric Waterman, Matthew Barber, Christopher Barber, Jamie Barber and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brothers Leland, Perry, Danny, Ervin, Calvin and sister Genevieve Purple and is survived by his sister Lou Atherton, brother Louie Barber, sisters in-law Pam Barber and Bernice Brooks; brother in-law Carl Purple and many nieces and nephews.
Stephen's family would like to thank his caregivers at the Neurosciences Intermediate Unit of Baystate Springfield Medical Center, Buckley Healthcare Center and Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, for the consideration and care they gave him in his last weeks of life.

A celebration of Stephen's life at a graveside service will be held at a later date at the Leyden South Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Kidder Funeral Home.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Bernardston Senior Center, c/o Dianne Cornwell, P.O. Box 504, 20 Church St., Bernardston, MA 01337.

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Marguerita L. Jackman
September 24, 1921 ~ May 7, 2015
Greenfield, Mass.

Marguerita L. Jackman, 93, formerly of Elm Terrace, Greenfield, died Thursday (5-7-2015) at New England Healthcare Center, Sunderland. She was born in Pontiac, MI on September 24, 1921, the daughter of Perley Albert and Rosamond Gertrude (Pickard) Leighton. She moved from Michigan to Montague in 1926 and started school in 1927 at the Skinner School in Shelburne. She graduated from Greenfield High School in 1939. After graduation she worked at Johnny's Diner on Main St. in Greenfield where she met and eventually married Charles Jackman and had six children. Mr. Jackman predeceased her in 1987. She enjoyed all arts and crafts, especially painting, crocheting, and the outdoors.

She is survived by her daughters Carrie Stevens and her husband Leland of Gill, MA. Nina Jackman of Charlemont, MA, Donna Jackman of Laconia, NH, Sylvia Jackman of Altoona, PA, and a son Raymond of Laconia, NH. 16 Grandchildren, 7 Great-grandchildren, and 10 Great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by twin sons: Bruce in 2011 and Wayne in 2013.

There will be a graveside service on Tuesday (5-12-2015) at 1 p.m. in Green River Cemetery, Greenfield. Chaplain Chip Roughton of Asend Hospice will officiate.

There are no calling hours.

Donations in her memory may be made to the New England Healthcare Center Activity Fund, 61 Old Amherst Road, Sunderland, MA 01375.

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Paul T. Gorzocoski
March 17, 1927 ~ April 16, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Paul T. Gorzocoski, 88 of Maple St. Northfield, died Thursday afternoon at Buckley Health care Center, Greenfield, surrounded by his family. He was born in Northfield, Ma. on March 17, 1927 the son of Paul and Julia (Chudz) Gorzocoski. Paul was educated in Northfield schools and was a 1945 graduate of Northfield High School. He then joined the U.S. Navy where he proudly served as Admirals Yeoman aboard the USS Taconic.

He married the former Eileen Fregeau on May 5, 1958 in Chicopee, Ma. He owned and operated along with his brother Steve, Gorzocoski Bros. Farm, retiring in 1993. He was a former member of Holy Ghost Church in So. Deerfield, and a present member of St. Patrick's Church in Northfield. He was also a member of the Third Order of St. Francis. He also was a former Volunteer Firefighter for the Northfield Fire Dept.

He is survived by his wife Eileen and a son: Paul III. and his fiancee Genevieve of Northfield, and a daughter Anne Gorzocoski of Northfield. He is also survived by his sister Olga Ford of Springfield, MA. and his sister-in-law Helen Gorzocoski and, nephew David and his wife Diana, Niece Joy Gorzocoski and her husband Dennis Hudson, and niece Julia Miller and her husband Donald. A great niece and a great nephew.

Funeral Services will be Thursday (4-23-2015) from the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Patrick's Church, Northfield at 11 a.m. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Northfield with full military honors.

Calling hours will be Wednesday evening (4-22-2015) from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Donations in his memory may be made to St. Patrick's Church, 80 Main St., Northfield, MA 01360.

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Stanley E. Aldrich
September 9, 1926 ~ April 14, 2015
Bernardston, Mass.

Stanley E. Aldrich, 88, formerly of Merrifield Road, Bernardston, Ma. died Tuesday (4-14-2015) at Vernon Hall, Vernon, Vt. He was born in Northfield, Ma. on September 9, 1926 the son of Fred C. and Lynna (Royce) Aldrich. He was educated in the West Northfield School House.

He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was married to the former Beatrice Ryder on August 27, 1953. Mrs. Aldrich predeceased him in 1991. He worked for 40 years for the former Northfield Washed Sand & Gravel, then Lane Construction Corp. in Northfield, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 98 at Lane, and was a member of the Bernardston Veterans Club. He loved playing cards and chess, camping, and mostly his family.

He is survived by two daughters: Michelle Kemple and her husband Mark of Augusta, MI. and Barbara Wiemers of Bernardston, Ma. He is also survived by five grandchildren; Mackenzie Kemple, Casey Tyrna, Dugan Kemple, H. Andrew Wiemers, Mitchell Wiemers, and five great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be Sunday (4-19-2015) at the United Church of Bernardston, Church St. Bernardston, Ma. at 2 p.m. The Rev. David Neil, Pastor will officiate. Burial with full military honors, will follow in West Northfield Cemetery, Northfield, Ma.

There are no calling hours.

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Duane A. Nelson
February 21, 1935 ~ March 4, 2015
Northfield, Mass. nelson

Duane A. Nelson, 50, of Bald Mtn. Road Bernardston died Saturday (3-28-2015) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, MA. after being stricken ill at home.

He was born in Greenfield, MA. on October 14, 1964, the son of Arthur E. and Jeanette (Smead) Nelson, now Gale.

Duane was educated in Bernardston schools and graduated from Pioneer Valley Regional School in 1983. He worked as a brewer for Lefty's Brewery. Prior to working at Lefty's, he had been a school bus driver for Franklin Co. Tech School, then worked at the former Muchmore's Restaurant, and for A. R. Sandri in the maintenance division. He held a Mass. Building Supervisor License. He was member of the Bernardston Fire Dept. and a water commissioner for the Bernardston Water District. He was also a member of the Greenfield Elks. He loved fishing and skiing.

He is survived by his wife the former Wanda Beckwith, and his mother Jeanette Gale of Bernardston, and brothers: David of Conway, MA. Leon of Holyoke, MA and a sister Lynne Nelson of Greenfield, MA. and his sister-in-law Tina Nelson of Bernardston, MA. He is also survived by his step-children Corey Wallace and his wife Marie, and Marie Ndiaye and her spouse Mamadou. A brother, David, and his partner, Judi Clocher, and his nephew, Zebulur. Nieces and nephews, Mary Beth Nelson, Cebulun Herzig, Hannah Nelson, and Samuel Nelson, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.

He was predeceased by a brother Daniel. Duane's legacy will continue on in others through the gift of tissue donation.

There will be calling hours on Thursday (4-2-2015) from 6-8 p.m. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Bernardston's Fireman Association, 4 Church St. Bernardston, MA 01337.

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Daniel F. Morgan
February 21, 1935 ~ March 4, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Daniel F. Morgan, 80, of Old Turnpike Rd. Northfield died Wednesday afternoon (3-4-2015) at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Greenfield, Ma. on February 21, 1935 the son of Miles and Winnifred (Irish) Morgan. Dan was a lifelong Northfield resident, receiving his education in Northfield schools and graduating from Northfield High School.

He served in the U.S. Air Force in Greenland for 4 years. He worked at the family garage the Morgan Garage in Northfield becoming its owner before it closed. He then worked for the B & M Railroad for several years and then for Western Mass. Electric Co. finishing his career at All States Asphalt Co. all as mechanic. He was the mechanic for the Northfield Highway Dept. and very proud of keeping all the vehicles running during major snow storms. After retiring, he became the maintenance man at Dickinson Mem. Library in Northfield. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and Shriner. He served as Lodge Master of Harmony Lodge in Northfield five times. He also served as Secretary of Harmony Lodge for 11 years. He was the proud recipient of the Joseph Warren Medal in 2014, and achieved status of 50 year veteran of the Masons.

He is survived by his wife, the former Karen Livingstone, and children: Lauri Quenette and her husband Terrance of Warwick, MA. Melissa Morgan-Oakes and her husband Gene of Northfield, MA. Jody Mills and her husband Bill of Portland, ME. and Jaime D'Entremont and her husband Phil of Longmeadow, MA. He is also survived by his step children Michelle Adams, and Jeffrey Adams, and his grandchildren, Daniel Adams, Megan Oakes, Nathan, Alecia, and Miles D'Entremont, Matthew Quennette, Jamie Adams, and Olivia Adams. He also leaves one brother James of Florida, and his lifelong friend Robert Phelps, ""Who he never grew up with."" He was predeceased by a brother, Edmund.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday (3-10-2015) at 10:00 A.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. The Rev. Cindy Frado, Pastor of First Parish Unitarian Northfield, will officiate. Burial will be in the spring in Pentecost Cemetery, Northfield.

Calling hours will be Monday (3-9-2015) from 4-7 P.M. at the funeral home.
Donations in his memory may be made to either: Harmony Lodge of Masons, 20 Masonic Ave., Montague, MA. 01376, or the Dickinson Mem. Library, 115 Main St. Northfield, Ma. 01360.

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Rachel E. (Newton) Messer
May 7, 1930 ~ March 3, 2015
Bernardston, Mass.

Rachel E. (Newton) Messer, 84 of Bernardston passed away peacefully on Tuesday (03-03-15) surrounded by her loving family. Rachel was born on May 7, 1930, the daughter of Henry E. and Ruth (Parmenter) Newton. She attended Bald Mountain School and Powers Institute. On July 27, 1950, she was married to Robert C. Messer. She worked in the book department at Wilson's Department Store from 1974 until her retirement. Previous to Wilson's, she was employed for many years by the Bement School in Deerfield. While raising her family, she was a Cub Scout den leader, and a highlight of every summer was a family vacation at York Beach and Nubble Light, Maine. She loved traveling, gardening, entertaining, and spending time with her family. She enjoyed following the New England sports teams, and spent many years watching the Red Sox Spring Training at Winter Haven and Ft. Myers, Florida, with her husband and other dedicated fans.

Rachel leaves her loving husband Bob of 64 years and her son Donald Messer and his wife Pam of Gill. She was predeceased by her daughter Jeanette in 1983, and also her brother Henry Newton and sisters Virginia Deane, Barbara Streeter, Medeline Streeter, Neta Snow, Julia Whitney, and Janet Parsons and their spouses. She also leaves her granddaughter Jenny Messer and her partner Mark Blais of Norton, MA. her grandson Nathan Messer and his wife Bethaney of Leyden, MA. her great grandson Eli Messer of Leyden, and many loving nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters-in-laws.

A celebration of her life will be Monday (3-9-2015) at the United Church of Bernardston, Church St. Bernardston, Ma. at 11:00 A.M. The Rev. Charles Bordonaro will officiate. Burial will be in the spring in Center Cemetery, Bernardston.

Calling hours will be Sunday afternoon (3-8-2015) from 3-5 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA.

Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society , c/o Jean Dwight, Relay For Life Captain, 189 Log Plain Rd. West, Greenfield, Ma. 01301.

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Robert W. Harbourt
September 11, 1916 ~ March 2, 2015
Winchester, N.H.

Robert W. Harbourt, 98, of Harbourt Drive, Winchester, NH., died Monday (3/2/2015) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, Ma. He was born in New Jersey on September 11, 1916 the son of Robert M. and Maude (Fairhurst) Harbourt. He enlisted in the Coast Guard twice, serving from 1941 to 1945 and 1949 to 1952.

While in the Coast Guard he completed the Hemphill Diesel School and Engineman School. He was very proud of his military service. He worked in the Textile Mills in New Jersey and then Millers Falls Paper til his retirement. He married Carlena Kozik on December 14, 1991. He loved to read, one of his favorite books to read was the Bible. He was a member of the Winchester VFW Post # 3968.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son Robert E. Harbourt and his wife Mary of Bernardston, MA, a stepson Joseph Kozik and his wife Gladys of Erving, a stepdaughter Karla Kozik, two grandchildren, Randy Harbourt and Gretchen Tucker, two step-grandchildren, Kim and Lisa Wood and three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife Jean (Murdock) Harbourt, three sisters, Anna, Jessie and Betty and a stepson John Kozik. The family would like to give a very special Thank You to Edward and Joyce Orcutt.

Funeral Services will be Friday (3-6-2015) at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave, Northfield at 11:00 A.M.. The Rev. Stacey Kullgren will officiate. There will be calling hours from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Winchester, NH VFW, Post # 3968, P.O. Box 505, Winchester, NH 03470.

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David A. Miller
March 23, 1945 ~ February 28, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

David A. Miller, 69, of Old Turnpike Road, Northfield, died Saturday morning (2-28-15) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield.

He was born in Greenfield, MA on March 23, 1945 the son of Eugene and Mary (Allen) Miller.
David was educated in Northfield schools and was a 1963 graduate of Pioneer Valley Regional School. He worked at Lunt Silversmith in Greenfield for many years retiring in 2006.

He served on the Northfield Police Department for 15 years, where he served as Acting Police Chief for a time. He then served 15 years on the Bernardston Police Department.

He was a long-time member of the Northfield Kiwanis Club, where he was a past president, and served as Lt. Governor for District 13 for several years. After retirement he enjoyed frequent trips to the area casinos.
He is survived by a son: Todd and his wife Rose, of Pittsfield, NH and a daughter: Tammie Martin and her husband Thomas of Guilford, VT and grandchildren: Sarah and Stephen Miller and Grant Miller-Dixon, and four great-grandchildren and his former wife Rene Bentley Johnson. He is also survived by two sisters: Rebecca Fowler and her husband Jonathon of New London, NH and Carol Miller of Winchester, NH, a niece and a nephew.

Funeral Services will be Thursday (3-5-2015) at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St., Northfield at 1 p.m. The Rev. Julie G. Olmsted, Pastor, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Matthew Worrall.

Burial will be in the spring in Pentecost Cemetery, Northfield.

Calling hours will be Wednesday evening (3-4-2015) from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, Ma.

Donations in his memory may be made to either: Northfield Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 943, Northfield, Ma. 01360, or Northfield EMT Association, C/O Mark Fortier, 579 Mt. Hermon Station Road, Northfield, Ma. 01360.

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Carol F. Swinerton
December 26, 1942 ~ February 23, 2015
Greenfield, Mass.

Carol F. Swinerton, 72, of the Arbors, died Monday morning (2-23-2015) at her home. She was born in Greenfield, Ma. on December 26, 1942, the daughter of Charles and Phyllis (Gould) Nadeau.

She was educated in Greenfield schools and was a graduate of Greenfield High School, Class of 1961. She attended Greenfield Community College.

She married Gerald Swinerton on November 26, 1966. Mr. Swinerton predeceased her in 1982. As a teenager she worked at the Garden Theater, and constantly talked and remembered the old days of the magnificent huge theater. She was a Northfield resident for over 30 years. She worked early in her career at the former Franklin County Trust Co. and then worked at Stop & Shop as a cashier in Greenfield for over 25 years. She loved dearly her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed reading and socializing with others. She was loved by all the residents of the Arbors. She also loved her beloved cat Sagwa.

She is survived by two daughters: Lara Sisko and her husband Jason of Hinsdale, NH and Julie Cardaropoli and her husband David Jr. of South Deerfield, Ma. She is also survived by her grandchildren Justin Williams, Zachary and Alexis Klinker, Brenden Sisko, and Dakota Cardaropoli, and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters: Marion Scott and her husband Robert of Northfield, Ma. and Rosemarie Mathey of Orange, Ma. She was predeceased by a sister Michelle Nadeau.

Funeral Services will be Saturday (2-28-2015) at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, Ma. at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Kenneth Johnson, Pastor of the Good Shepard Lutheran Church will officiate.

Burial will follow in Green River Cemetery, Greenfield, Ma.
There will be calling hours on Saturday morning at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

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Catherine M. Rathschmidt
March 23, 1916 ~ February 21, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Catherine M. Rathschmidt, 98, of Northfield, died February 21, 2015 at her home. She was the wife of James A. Rathschmidt who predeceased her. Mrs. Rathschmidt was born in Kingston, NJ on March 23, 1916, the daughter of Murdoch and Agnetha (Johnson) Campbell.

She graduated from Princeton High School NJ. Her first job was at Princeton University Library where she would occasionally see Albert Einstein wondering about. Kay was later the secretary for renowned Constitutional Scholar Professor Julian Boyd. When her husband became rowing coach at Yale University, the family moved to New Haven, CT. and she worked in the Geology department for Professor Washburn. Kay was a gentle soul with a loving heart. She moved to Northfield at the age of 88 and was befriended by many in the community.

She leaves a son: James A. Jr. of Northfield and a grandson Ben and daughter-in-law Nanci Dailey of Northfield.

A celebration of her life will be held at her home, 110 Capt. Beers Plain Rd., Northfield on February 28, 2015 from 3-5 p.m.

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Edith M. Smolen
May 11, 1918 ~ February 19, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Edith M. Smolen, 96, of Winchester Rd., Northfield, died Thursday evening, (2-19-2015) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, Ma. She was born in Northfield, Ma. on May 11, 1918, the daughter of Clarence and Margaret (Buffum) Spaulding. She was educated in Northfield schools and was a 1937 graduate of the Northfield Seminary.

She then attended Brooklyn Nursery and Infant Hospital Nursing School, where she became a Baby Nurse. She worked for a brief time on Long Island, N.Y. as a baby nurse. She married Joseph Smolen on October 10, 1947 in Brattleboro, Vt. Mr. Smolen predeceased her in 2008. She was very proud of the fact that she and Joe built their own home on Winchester Rd. where they lived for the rest of their lives. She remained a homemaker and became a foster parent, parenting 49 children from 1969-1992. Later in life she became an avid NASCAR fan and attended her first race in 1991. She then attended as many as five races in one year.

She is survived by her three children: James and his wife Linda Acitelli, of Houston, Tx., Joanne Freeman and her husband Douglas of Windsor, Ct. and N. Lee Chase of New Britain, CT. She also leaves a grandson Christopher Kulch and his wife, Jennifer, and great-grandchildren: Aden and Gavin Kulch. She is also survived by her two brothers: James Spaulding of Greenfield, MA and Howard Spaulding and his wife Vasantha of Winchester, NH. Several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be in the spring at a time to be announced.

Donations in her memory may be made to either the Victory Junction Gang, 4500 Adams Way, Randelman, NC, 27317, or Northfield EMT Assoc. c/o Mark Fortier, 579 Mt. Hermon Sta. Rd., Northfield, Ma. 01360.

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Greg E. Miner
May 29, 1971 ~ February 9, 2015
Winchester, N.H.

Greg E. Miner, 43, of Warwick Road, Winchester, died Feb. 9, 2015, at home.
He was born in Keene May 29, 1971, son of Arthur and Eleanor (Beaman) Miner. He was educated in Winchester schools and was a graduate of Thayer High School in Winchester. He worked for several years for Beaman Lumber, then worked at Allard Lumber in Brattleboro. He was a gentle giant loved by all and enjoyed being with all his friends. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and four-wheeling.

Survivors include his father, Arthur, of Winchester; his brothers, John and his wife, Kim, and Michael and his wife, Karey, both of Ashuelot, and Ronald and his wife, Michelle, of Winchester; a special cousin, James Beaman; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, from 1-3 p.m. at Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, Mass. (www.kidderfuneralhome.com).

A reception will follow at the Winchester VFW, Main Street, Winchester, starting at 3 p.m.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Winchester Sportsman's Association, P.O. Box 217, Winchester 03470.

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Germaine C. Croutworst
November 9, 1939 ~ January 21, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Germaine C. Croutworst, 75, of Main Street, died Wednesday evening (1-21-15) at the Buckley HealthCare Center in Greenfield, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Methuen on Nov. 9, 1939, the daughter of Albert and Lillian (St. Cyr) Martin. Germaine was educated in Methuen schools and then graduated from hairdressing school and became a licensed hairdresser.

Her first husband was Henry Schiavone. She then married Robert Croutworst, who predeceased her in 2011.

She lived many years in Lawrence, moving to the Northfield area in 1990. She loved gardening, trips to Foxwood and Mohegan Sun casinos, and many trips to the Maine coastline. Her most precious time was time spent with her family.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Schiavone and his wife Wendy of Methuen and her daughter and caregiver, Deborah Schiavone of Northfield. She is also survived by grandchildren, Leah Hering and Mackenzie Schiavone and her siblings: Paul Martin and his wife Gail of Methuen, Henry Martin and his wife Dee of Manchester, N.H., Fred Martin of South Deerfield, Pauline D'Auteuil and her husband Robert of South Deerfield and Lucille Guay and her husband Albert of Florida, many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral services will be Thursday (1-29-15) at 2 p.m. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield. The Rev. Thomas Liskowski, pastor of St. Patrick's Church, will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

There will be a calling hour Thursday (1-29-15) from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Donations in her memory may be made to St. Patrick's Church, 80 Main St., Northfield, MA 01360.

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Robert George Remillard
October 7, 1923 ~ January 19, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Robert George Remillard, 91, of Pierson Rd., Northfield, passed away on Jan. 19, 2015 after a year and half stay at Hillcrest Commons, Pittsfield, Ma. surrounded by his family. He was born to Augustus and Amelia (Bergeron) Remillard on October 7, 1923 in Gill, Ma. Robert attended a one room school house in West Gill and graduated from Greenfield, Ma. High School.

Upon graduation he was briefly employed by Millers Falls Tools until he became age to enlist in the U.S. Navy. Of his eight brothers and sisters, he was one of five that proudly served their country during World War II. During his entire enlistment he served aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin BB64. He was awarded ribbons for serving in the Pacific Theater and was given an honorable discharge. Upon returning home he went back to work at Millers Falls Tool.

He married the love of his life Mary Bobee in Brattleboro, Vt. in 1949 and remained together until her passing January 17, 2015. As newlyweds they lived in Erving, Ma. before building their own house in Northfield, Ma.

Robert remained employed with Millers Falls Tool/Ingersoll Rand/Rule Tool as a tool/die maker until his retirement in the 80's. He was also employed part time at Tri State Precision in Northfield and had seasonal jobs picking apples for the local orchards, summers at the Northfield Drive-In and grew Christmas trees.

Robert enjoyed searching for evidence of earlier inhabitants in freshly turned fields and excavated building sites. He loved to learn of history, especially local history. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing, candlepin bowling, watching the Red Sox, hunting, fishing, and was passionate about enjoying the great outdoors. He was fortunate to have traveled throughout the country and other points around the world that he didn't see while serving his country. He looked forward to attending reunions for the battleship upon which he served to meet fellow shipmates. Gardening and bird watching were some of his other loves.

He is survived by his daughter: Heather Kabaniec of New Hampshire, a son Jeffrey and his wife Sheila of Gill, Ma. and grandchildren: Dylan Grigsby and his wife Tammy of Montague, Ma., Joss (Grigsby) Rose of Greenfield, Jason Remillard and his wife Tammiann of Buchanan, NY and Zachary Remillard and his wife Theresa of Erving, Ma. and a great-granddaughter Shelby Rose and a great-grandson. He is also survived by his brother Kenneth Remillard and his wife Agnes of Bernardston, Ma. and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his and Mary's life will be held at a time to be announced.

There are no calling hours.

Donations in his memory may be made to either the local Hospice or Franklin Co. Home Care, 330 Montague City Rd., Turners Falls, Ma. 01376.

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Mary B. Remillard
October 28, 1929 ~ January 17, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Mary B. Remillard, 85, of Pierson Road, Northfield, passed away of natural causes on January 17, 2015 at Hillcrest Commons, Pittsfield, MA where she had been a resident for the last year and a half.

Mary was born to Albert and Minnie (Gadway) Bobee on October 28, 1929 in Brattleboro, Vt.

She dropped from school before completing her education to support her family by working in a local cotton mill. She met the love of her life Robert Remillard of Gill, MA and was married in Brattleboro in 1949 and remained together until her passing, 65 years later. As newlyweds they lived in Erving, MA and then built their own home in Northfield.

Mary was employed at the Franklin County Public Hospital, and then the Vernon Green Nursing Home until the late 1970s. She then stayed at home at a time where she could enjoy watching her grandchildren grow up. With a yearning that lasted for years to get her diploma, she returned to her studies and earned her GED at the age of 68. Square dancing and candlepin bowling were a few of her enjoyments. Sewing was another favorite pass time that grew into forming a 4-H Club. Traveling also became an enjoyment where she traveled throughout the country and other points around the world. She enjoyed painting which grew into a ceramic studio where she took her works to local flea markets on the weekends. Gardening and bird watching were also some of her joys.

Mary is survived by her husband Robert, and daughter Heather Kabaniec of New Hampshire, a son Jeffrey and his wife Sheila of Gill, MA and grandson Dylan Grigsby and his wife Tammy of Montague, MA and granddaughter Joss (Grigsby) Rose of Greenfield, MA and grandsons Jason Remillard and his wife Tammann of Buchanan, NY and Zachary Remillard and his wife Theresa of Erving, MA and a great-granddaughter Shelby Rose, and a great-great-grandson. She is also survived by two brothers: Luis Bobee and his wife Nancy of Readsboro, VT and Joseph Bobee and his wife Anita of Brattleboro, VT and a sister Anna Leary and her husband John, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at a time to be announced.

There are no calling hours.

Donations in her memory may be made to your local Hospice or Franklin County Home Care, 330 Montague Road, Turners Falls MA 01376.

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Robert E. Brassor
September 19, 1915 ~ January 15, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Robert E. Brassor, 99. of Winchester Rd., Northfield, died Thursday, Jan. 15, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Northfield on September 19, 1915 the son of Frank and Nellie (Bassett) Brassor, one of fifteen children.

Bob was educated in Northfield schools, and was married October 10, 1947 to Ruth E. (Spaulding) in Brattleboro, VT. They were married for 62 years when Ruth predeceased him in 2009.

He was the holder of Northfield's Gold Cane, being its oldest resident. He worked for the Northfield Mt. Hermon School as a carpenter for over 30 years retiring in 1979. He built the house he resided in, in 1948, always doing needed repairs and updates as needed.

He was a faithful member of Living Waters Assembly of God church in Greenfield. For many years he was the behind the scenes maintenance person for the church doing numerous repairs as needed. He enjoyed sugaring with his neighbor, gardening, and raising chickens and pigs. His greatest joy was time spent with his wife and family.
He is survived by his son and caregiver David and his wife Barb of Northfield, and his grandchildren who he adored Kelly Kielbania and her husband Thomas of Chicopee, MA and Keri Peila and her husband Brian of Gill, MA. and great grandchildren Noah, Hannah, and Owen Keilbania, and Brian Jr, Samantha, and Benjamin Peila. He is also survived by two sisters: Esther Pratt of Charlemont, MA and Marion Raymond of Ft. Kent, ME. Many nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of his life at the Brassor home, 213 Winchester Rd., Northfield on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.

There are no calling hours.

Donations in his memory may be made to either: Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301, or Franklin County Home Care, 330 Montague City Rd., Turners Falls, MA 01376.

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Richard A. Balzarini
November 28, 1931 ~ January 7, 2015
Bernardston, Mass.

Richard A. Balzarini, 83, of Parmenter Rd., Bernardston, died Wednesday evening (1-7-2015) at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield. He was born in Rockport, Ma. on November 28, 1931, the son of Attilio and Amelia Balzarini.

Richard was a graduate of Rockport High School, where he was a proud winning pitcher on the baseball team. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving on the USS Johnston destroyer during the Korean War. He was a graduate of East Coat Aero Tech in Bedford, Mass. Richard worked for American Airlines in N.Y., from there to Taiwan, China and the Philippines with Asia American. His youngest son was born at a local Chinese Hospital and baptized in the First Missionary Church in Kona, Hawaii. He owned Dunkin Donuts in Greenfield, Mass. and Brattleboro, Vt. While with Dunkin Donuts he served as a founder for a newly formed distribution commitment program. He was a volunteer on the Bernardston Planning Board.

Family was Richard's priority and he loved being with all of them. He built a home on Lake Winnipasaukee, NH with the help of his children and wife. All enjoyed many good times together. Traveling was a great enjoyment visiting many areas of the world. A quiet and caring man with good humor he has accomplished much and had much to be proud of. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joanne (Hutchins), and children Laurie Ann Rice, Darren Balzarini, both of Bernardston, and Craig Balzarini of Colorado. His grandchildren, Steven Richard Rice, Nicole Lee Rice of Bernardston, MA. and Amelia Rose Balzarini of Colorado. He was predeceased by a sister Mary.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at a time to be announced.

There are no calling hours.

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William C. Huber
September 9, 1922 ~ January 5, 2015
Gill, Mass.

William C. Huber, 92, formerly of Boyle Rd., Gill, died Monday evening (1-5-2015) at the Holyoke Soldiers Home, Holyoke, Ma. He was born in E. Northfield, Ma. on September 9, 1922, the son of Max and Minnie (Johnson) Huber.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Catherine (Kay) of 59 years in 2002, his son Ronald (1977), a granddaughter Nicole (1977), his brothers Robert (2013) and Alden as an infant.

Bill is survived by his three daughters: Karen Woodbury and her husband Richard of Raymond, ME, Gloria Wehner and her husband Michael of Spofford, NH and Gail Lynch and her husband Kevin of Erving, Ma. He leaves 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. He also leaves his brother, Donald and his wife Rita of Northfield, Ma. and his sister Julia Harris and her husband Don of Hopkinton, Ma., and several nieces and nephews.

Bill graduated from Northfield High School in 1942 and joined the Army Air Corp. (Air Force) stationed at Suffolk Air Force Base in Long Island, NY. He was then sent to B-25 & B-26 school in Wichita Falls, TX to work on Pratt & Whitney engines. Bill proudly served from 1942-1945. He spoke about the time in 1945 when Franklin D. Roosevelt died and he was sent to his funeral to stay with the plane while officers attended the funeral. He felt it was an honor that he was chosen for this. After leaving the service, Bill went to work in a factory and always chuckled about not even working one day and left without being paid. He soon discovered factory work was not for him. He then joined with his brother, Donald, and formed "The Huber Brothers" painting contractors and took pride in his work as he did with everything he encountered in life.

He was a member and Steward of the United Church of Bernardston and the Gill Congregational Church and also served on the Gill Cemetery Committee. He was a member of the Moose and Elk Clubs, and Thomas Memorial Golf Club, and Oak Ridge Golf Club. He was an avid reader, history buff and enjoyed dancing, golfing, ice skating, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, traveling, and bowling. He also volunteered on many committees. No matter who he was with or what he did, he did it with love, pride and honor. Bill Huber was a respected man who LOVED LIFE and he was loved back by all who surrounded him.

There will be a graveside service in the Gill Center Cemetery in the spring at a time to be announced.

Donations in his memory may be made to Life Choice Hospice, 15 Midstate Drive, Suite 215, Auburn, Ma. 01501.

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Abbie E. Burrows
August 24, 1914 ~ January 4, 2015
Bernardston, Mass.

Abbie E. Burrows, 100, formerly of Bernardston, Ma. died Sunday (1-4/2015) at Williamstown Commons, in Williamstown, Ma. She was born in Bernardston, Ma. on August 24, 1914, the daughter of Leon and E. Dora (Fairman) Burrows.

Abbie was educated in Bernardston Schools and was a graduate of Powers Institute in Bernardston. She played basketball at Powers Institute and then played for several years on the Town team, finishing her basketball career as a referee. She served as clerk for the Ration Board during WWII, and was also a plane spotter. She was a postal clerk in Bernardston for 35 years and then served 7 years as Postmaster retiring in 1974. Her best friend Charlotte Truesdell Marcy served as a missionary in Honduras during the 1950's and Abbie visited her. She enjoyed mountain climbing and climbed various mountains in New England. She was a member of the United Church of Bernardston, where she served as Treasurer for many years and sang Alto in the church choir. She made various candies for the church fairs over the years, and was active in the Ladies Aid, at the church providing rides for fellow church members. She was an accomplished craftswoman, re-caning chairs, weaving, and knitting. She received a blue ribbon at the Franklin Co. Fair for her knitted lace doilies. She was recognized by many for her VW Bug and rode in many local parades with it. She attended the Rose Bowl Parade one year, and then traveled to Israel, where she rode a camel. In retirement she traveled extensively from Gaspe Bay in Canada to the Caribbean, going to Barrow Alaska and Hawaii. She traveled to every state in the United States except Oregon.

She is survived by nieces and nephews: Abbie Hatton and her husband Robert of Williamstown, Mass., Ed Phelps and his wife Beverly of Bernardston, Ma., Elizabeth Carson and her husband Kemp of Merritt Island, FL., Barbara Winter and her husband John of Orange Park, FL. She is also survived by her former brother-in-law Raymond Houghton and his wife Becky of Penny Farms, FL, many grand nieces and nephews, great-grand nieces and nephews and a great-great-grand nephew. She was predeceased by siblings: Charles Burrows, Audrey Phelps, and Ellen Houghton, and nephews: David Phelps, and William Houghton.

Funeral Services will be Friday (1-9-2015) at the United Church of Bernardston, at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. David Neil, Pastor, assisted by Steve Damon, will officiate. Burial will be in the spring in Tyler Cemetery, Vernon, VT.

There will be a calling hour from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the Service at the church on Friday (1-9-2015).

Donations in her memory may be made to the Abbie E. Burrows Fund, P.O. Box 503, Bernardston, Ma. 01337.

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Dorothy M. Persons
December 26, 1919 ~ December 28, 2014
Northfield, Mass.

Dorothy M. Persons, 95, of Pentecost Road, died Sunday morning (12-28-14) at her home with her family by her side.

She was born in Nashua, N.H., on Dec. 26, 1919, the daughter of Joseph and Abbie (Ellsworth) Thibodeau. She was a graduate of People's Academy in Morrisville, Vt., and then graduated from Johnson Normal School, now Johnson State College in Johnson, Vt.

She was married to Wendell T. Persons on Oct. 17, 1943 in Morrisville, Vt. Mr. Persons predeceased her in 1991. They moved to Northfield in 1955, where she taught in the Greenfield, Ma. school system, retiring in 1976.

She was a well-known artist in watercolors in the area. She played violin in the Pioneer Valley Symphony and sang in the chorus. She was a member of the Four Seasons String Quartet performing in many area nursing homes. She was an avid borrower at the Dickinson Memorial Library in Northfield. She loved all birds being an avid bird watcher and provider of food through all her many bird feeders. In her later years, she became a regular user of the Internet, spending much time on Facebook.

She is survived by a son, Jon and his wife Kathleen of Williamsburg, VA, and two daughters: Judith Brigham and her husband Maurice of Bethel, VT, and Cynthia Persons of Northfield, MA, and her grandchildren: Judith Eleanor Persons, Nancy Lee Persons, Nathaniel Brigham, Jessica Mae Berardino, Sean Tracy Persons and Aaron Robert Persons, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301.

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Elizabeth Mary Clark Newton
December 21, 1915 ~ December 30, 2014
Northfield, Mass.

Elizabeth Mary Clark Newton, 99, of Northfield, died Tuesday morning at Brattleboro (Vt.) Memorial Hospital.
She was born on Dec. 21, 1915 in Guilford, Vt., the daughter of Maud and Merton C. Clark. She was a graduate of Brattleboro High School and attended Castleton Normal School in Castleton, Vt. She was an elementary school teacher, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

On June 23, 1940, she was married to Harold A. Newton of West Brattleboro, Vt., and they were married over 72 years when he died in 2012.

She is survived by five children: Ann Graves (Robert) of State College, PA; Alice Moody (D. Mark) of Valley Falls, NY, Arthur Newton of Sillans, France, Constance Stancell (Arnold) of Greenwich, CT, and Carol Mintzer (Howard) of New York City. She leaves three grandchildren: Claire Newton (Guillaume Marie) of Rimouski, Quebec, Maud Newton of Grenoble, France, and Kimberly Moody Herron (Richard) of Brooklyn, NY. She also has one great-grandson, Ulysse Marie-Newton of Rimouski, Quebec. She is survived by two sisters, Margery Evans of Guilford, VT, and Barbara Dauphin of Claremont, NH, along with many nieces and nephews.

Among her experiences she taught school for two years at the Northfield Farms school, and then in the late 60's, she taught fourth grade for four years at the Northfield Elementary School. She also worked at Northfield School for Girls. She started a 4-H Club and was its leader for a number of years and was pleased when the club honored her 50 years later on its anniversary. The joy of her life was being a teacher, both in the classroom and life settings. She took great pride in the accomplishments of her students and in the achievements of her family. She loved poetry and often recited poems from memory until the time of her death. She was a partner with her husband in keeping the books and helping in the management of farm finances. She was famous for her determination and independent spirit.

She belonged to Order of Eastern Star, Arcana Chapter, Greenfield. She was a member of Trinitarian Congregational Church, Northfield, MA.

She and her husband were dairy farmers, owning farms in Walpole, NH, and finally Pine Meadow Farm in Northfield until their retirement, when they divided their time between a home in Davenport, Fla., and Vernon, VT, moving back to Northfield, MA, eight years ago.

Graveside committal services will be held Friday (1-2-15) at 10 a.m. at Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, Vt. A celebration of her life will follow on Friday (1-2-15) at 11:30 a.m. at Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield.

There are no calling hours.

Contributions in her memory may be made to: Massachusetts 4-H Foundation, 22 Eliot St., Ashfield, MA 01721;
www.mass4hfoundation.org

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Shauna A. Griffin
January 28, 1955 ~ December 29, 2014
Northfield, Mass.

Shauna A. Griffin, 59, of Warwick Road, died Monday morning (12-29-14) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

She was born in Greenfield, Jan. 28, 1955, the daughter of Raymond and Madge (Perham) Tillson. She was a graduate of Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield.

She was married to Kevin Griffin on Aug. 11, 1979 in Northfield.

She loved history, especially Northfield history, and assembled several historical books. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and making cakes for weddings and birthdays. She was an enthusiastic collector of rocks and minerals.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin and son: Eric and his wife Melinda of Northfield, and a daughter: Gretchen Johnson and her husband Craig of Northfield, and grandson, Colby Johnson. She is also survived by two sisters: Margaret Ludlum and her husband Stuart of Whately and Connie Ash and her husband Daniel of Kennebunk, ME, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield. Burial will be at a later date in Spring Grove Cemetery, Florence, MA.
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