Carrie J. Gilbert
December 3, 1974 ~ June 20, 2016
Northfield, Ma.

Carrie J. Gilbert, 41 of Main St. Northfield, Ma. died at her home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday (6-20-2016). Carrie was born in Waukegan, Ill. on December 3, 1974, the daughter of Darrell and Lois (Schoewalter) Knechtly. She was married on June 29, 1994 in Carroll Co. MD to Guy Gilbert. She was employed for many years at Yankee Candle Co. She enjoyed all the Arts, and had a great fondness for the saying "Life is Good". She enjoyed the Tropics, camping, and tubing on the water.

She is survived by her husband Guy of almost 22 years, and her daughter Zoie Gilbert at home. She is also survived by her parents Darrell Knechtly of Oswego, N.Y. and Lois Krebs of Naples, Fl. and her siblings: David Krebs of Naples, Fl, Loralie Knechtly of Nashville, Tn, and Miah Krebs of Naples, Fl.

Funeral Services will be held Friday June 24, 2016 at the Advent Christian Church, 4554 Ft. Bridgman Rd, Vernon, Vt. at 11:00 A.M. The Rev. Bruce Burks, Pastor will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Donations in her memory may be made to the National Children's Cancer Society, 500 N. Broadway #1850, St. Louis, Mo. 63102.

There are no calling hours.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. is in charge of arrangements.

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Virginia "Ginnie" B. Snow
February 24, 1926 ~ June 10, 2016
Northfield, Ma.

Virginia "Ginnie" B. Snow, 90 of 88 Main St. Northfield, died Friday evening (6-10-2016) at home with family by her side. She was born in Northfield, Ma. on February 24, 1926, the daughter of Fred and Doris (Doolittle) Bolton. Ginnie was educated in Northfield schools. She was married to Edward Snow Jr. October 4, 1947. Mr. Snow predeceased her in 2005. She worked early in life at the Northfield Inn, and later at the Friendly's Restaurant in Greenfield.

She is survived by her children: Edward "Peter" III and his wife Jane of N. Clarendon, Vt. Douglas and his wife Karen of Winchester, N.H. and Deborah Campbell of Northfield, MA. She is also survived by a sister, Mary Jane Porter of Northfield, Ma. and a brother, Richard Bolton of Arvada, CO. Eight grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

A graveside service in South Parish Cemetery, Winchester, NH will take place at the convenience of the family.

There are no calling hours.

Donations in her memory may be made to either: Northfield EMT Assoc... c/o Mark Fortier, 579 Mt. Hermon Sta. Rd. Northfield, Ma. 01360 or Hospice of Franklin Co. 329 Conway St. Suite 2, Greenfield, Ma. 01301.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. is in charge of arrangements.

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Laurence T. Newton
September 25, 1923 ~ June 7, 2016
Vernon, Vt.

Laurence T. Newton, 92 of Vernon, died Tuesday morning (6-7-2016) at the Vernon Green Nursing Home. He was born in Brattleboro, Vt. on September 25, 1923 the son of William R. and Clara (Taylor) Newton. Laurence gew up on the family farm on Ames HIll in Brattleboro, was educated in Brattleboro schools, and was a 1941 graduate of Brattleboro High School.

He married the former Emily Chapman on September 6, 1947. They moved to Bernardston, Ma. in 1952 and raised a family on a farm in Bernardston. Emily predeceased him in 1985. He worked early in life at the Book Press in Brattleboro, and then was employed for many years for Eastern A I, retirning in 1985. He owned draft horses for many years and loved giving rides around the farm. In 1986 he married to former Anna Flewelling. They became members of SOWERS and spent many winters in Florida. He enjoyed motorcycling and was an active rider until he was 85 years old. He was a member of the Advent Christian Church in Vernon, Vt. where he enjoyed singing in the church and area nursing homes. He was instrumental in the planning and construction of the recent addition to the church.

He is survived by his wife Anna, and his sons: David and his wife Phyllis of Vernon, Vt. and Mark and his wife Cathy of Shelburne Falls, MA. and a step-son Alfred Goodwin and his wife Carolyn of Northfield, Ma. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Adam, Matthew, and Corey Newton, Kristena Starkey, Jason Jones, Adam Phillips, and Brittany Miller, and step grandchildren: Eric Goodwin, Mary Fallono, and Andrew Goodwin, three great granchildren, and five step great grandchildren. He was precedeased by a daughter Margaret.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday June 12, 2016 at the Advent Christian Church 4554 Ft Bridgman Rd. Vernon, Vt. at 2:00 P.M. The Rev. Bruce Burks, Pastor will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, Vt.

Calling hours will be Friday evening (6-10-2016) from 6 - 8 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Advent Christian Church, 4554 Ft. Bridgman Rd. Vernon, Vt. 05354.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. is in charge of arrangements.

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Janice E. Grover
October 29, 1935 ~ June 3, 2016
Bernardston, Ma.

Janice E. Grover, 80 of Bernardston, Ma. died peacefully Friday (6-3-2016) at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Ma. Janice was born in Greenfield, Mass. on October 29, 1935 the daughter of George and Barbara (Lamont) Everett. She graduated from Powers Institute in Bernardston, Mass. She worked early in life at Northfield Mt. Hermon School, leaving to raise a family, and later at Historic Deerfield. Janice loved her dog, family, gardening, knitting, and being an active member of the United Church of Bernardston.

Janice was predeceased by her loving husband Gerald B. Grover of Bernardston in 1983.
She is survived by her three daughters Jennifer (Grover) Faison and her husband Paul of Hooksett, NH, Gretchen (Grover) Tudryn and her husband James of Sunderland, MA. and Alissa (Grover) Ulrich and husband David of Lutz, FL. She leaves behind her five grandchildren Austin and Courtney Faison, and Brody, Kameron and Carson Ulrich, as well as her great grandchild Zoe Faison. She is also survived by her sister Lois Holm of Buckland, MA. a brother-in-law, sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held on next Monday (6-13-2016) at the United Church of Bernardston, Church St. Bernardston, MA at 11:00 A.M. The Rev. David Neal, Pastor will officiate. A private burial will be held in Center Cemetery, Bernardston.

Donations in her memory may be made to the United Church of Bernardston, P.O. Box 503, Bernardston, MA. 01337.

There are no calling hours.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. is in charge of arrangements.

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Elizabeth "Betty" E. Barry
March 8, 1936 ~ May 22, 2016
Northfield, Ma.

Elizabeth "Betty" E. Barry, 80 of Capt. Beers Plain Rd. passed away at home, Sunday May 22, 2016. She was born in Greenfield, Ma. on March 8, 1936 the daughter of Robert and Eunice (Edson) Dumbreck. Elizabeth grew up in Northfield and graduated from the Northfield School for Girls in 1954. She worked for New England Telephone Company where she met her husband Roland "Buzz" Barry. They married on May 5, 1956. She later worked for the Greenfield Schools, and ended her working career at Northfield Mt. Hermon School, retiring after 27 years of service. She loved being with her family and friends. Entertaining and cooking was her joy. She also enjoyed gardening and her pets as well. If you did not have a place to go for a holiday meal, she would make sure you sat down at her table, and she would just smile as she looked around the table.

Betty is survived by her two sons: Francis Barry and his wife Marylou of Keene, NH. and Thomas Barry and his wife Coleen of Belchertown, MA. and her daughter: Kathleen Laraway and her husband Edward of Northfiefld, MA. She is also survived by her grandchildren Katie Gardner of England, Jaime Barry of Keene, NH Jennifer OllariBarry of Belchertown, MA and Rachel Laraway of Northfield, MA, and her great grandchildren: Andrew Gardner and David Silva Jr. She is also survived by her sister Beverly Nadler and her husband Ronald of West Hartford, CT. and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband Roland "Buzz" and her parents Eunice and Robert Dumbreck.

Funeral services will be Wednesday (5-25-2016) at 10:15 A.M. from the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave, Northfield, MA. followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church, Main St. Northfield at 11:00 A.M. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, Pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Northfield.

Calling hours will be Tuesday evening (5-24-2016) from 5-7 P.M at the funeral home.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Northfield EMT Assoc., c/o Mark Fortier, 579 Mt. Hermon Station Rd. Northfield, Ma. 01360.

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Irene R. Abbott
June 13, 1935 ~ May 17, 2016
Northfield, Ma.

Irene R. Abbott, 80, of South Mountain Rd. Northfield died Tuesday (5-17-2016) at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Ma. She was born in Northfield, Ma. on June 13, 1935 the daughter of Stephen W. and Jessie (Boliski) Matosky. Irene attended schools in Northfield. She was married in 1955 to Francis Abbott who predeceased her in 2007. She was an avid flower gardener, and very much a home person.

She is survived by her children: Monica Frye and her husband David of Wardensville, WV, Anthony Abbott of Northfield, and Valeria Fisher of Gill, MA. She is also survived by a sister Elizabeth Sweeney and her husband Theodore of Northfield, MA. and her grandchildren: Slade, Jesse, Samantha, and Peter, and great grandchildren: Victoria, Tanner, Trenton, Joseph, Alex, and Shane. Several nieces and nephews.

There will be a Catholic Burial Service on Saturday (5-21-2016) at 10:30 A.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, Pastor of St. Patrick,s Church will officiate. Burial for the immediate family will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Northfield.

Calling hours will be Friday evening (5-20-2016) from 6 - 8 P.M. at the funeral home.
Donations in her memory may be made to Anthony's Workshop, Life Skills, 44 Morris St. Webster, MA. 01570. All donations will go directly to the Greenfield Facility.

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Carol L. Grover
April 20, 1950 ~ May 10, 2016
Bernardston, Ma.

Carol L. Grover, 66, of Brattleboro Rd. Bernardston, died Tuesday afternoon, (5-10-2016) at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Ma. She was born in Northampton, Ma. on April 20, 1950 the daughter of Peter and Dora (Bombard) Onlilevich. In Carol's younger years, she lived in Florence, Ma. Over the years, she worked at various places such as Mohawk Park, a local bowling alley, Phoenix Insurance Co. and Franklin Nursing Home. In recent years, she worked in the produce department at Foster's Supermarket. In 2003 she married her partner-in-crime and the love of her life, Paul Grover. Her passion was helping others- she loved and got much joy from putting on fundraisers for multiple awareness's and charities- the most recent, and one near and dear to her heart, was for a local young man with a life threatening illness. Another passion of hers was nature. She loved bird watching, (she recently learned enough about the computer so that she could watch the 24 hour EagleCam on the eagles.org website). She once loved going to PIttsfield to pick dried flowers and find caterpillars, but later in life her own backyard became her personal oasis which she updated frequently with flowers, ponds, gardens, etc. She and Paul shared their love of nature and recently spent some free time meeting with local 4-H members for meals and other occassions. Carol was sweet, caring, giving, spunky, and full of love for everyone. She will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her husband Paul, and children: Steve Blair and his wife Jody of Pensecola, Fl, Melissa Hill and her husband Jerald of Bradenton, Fl, Jeffrey Paul Grover and his wife Amy of Northfield, Ma. Scott Howard Grover of Gardner, Ma. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Patricia Shearer and her husband Thomas of Northfield, MA. and brother-in-law Phillip Grover and his wife Donna of Bernardston, Ma. Nine grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a grandson Curtis Blair.

There will be a graveside service in Center Cemetery, Bernardston on Monday (5-16-2016) at 11:00 a.m.

Calling hours will be Sunday (5-15-2016) from 2-4 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma.

Donations in her memory may be made to either the Bernardston Fire Dept. 18 Church St. Bernardston, Ma. 01337 or the Veterans Club of Bernardston, 16 Hartwell St. Bernardston, Ma. 01337.

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Peter F. Johnson
May 6, 2016
Bernardston, Ma.

Peter F. Johnson, 48 of Northfield Rd. Bernardston, Ma. died Saturday (5-6-2016) in Springfield, Ma.

There are no services.

Donations in his memory may be made to Pioneer Valley Regional School Atheletic Dept. 97 F. Sumner Turner Drive, Northfield, Ma. 01360.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, MA is in charge of arrangements.

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Gerald "Jerry" Kavanaugh
December 20, 1948 ~ April 23, 2016
Vernon, Vt.

Gerald " Jerry " Kavanaugh died Saturday night ( 4/23/2016 ) at home. He was born December 20, 1948 in Greenfield, MA, the son of Philip and Helen ( Newton ) Kavanaugh. He attended schools in Northfield, MA graduating from PVRS in 1967. He then went on to receive a bachelor of science degree from Western New England College. He married the former Pamela Shepard on March 28, 1970 at the Sage Chapel in Northfield, MA.

Jerry enjoyed NASCAR, drag racing, and antique car shows, as well as traveling all over the United States. He was an avid photographer and enjoyed playing the drums.

Jerry was a long time employee of the Erving Paper Mill before retiring in April 2014.

He is survived by his wife, two sisters, Patricia Robbins of Gill, MA and Joan Hansen and her husband Donald of Corinth, ME, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Thursday ( 4/28/2016 ) from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, MA. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, MA is in charge of arrangements.

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Muriel (Dresser) Johnson
August 25, 1923 ~ April 21, 2016
Northfield, Ma.

Muriel (Dresser) Johnson, 92, of School Street in Northfield, passed away on April 21, 2016 at Buckley Health Care Center after a period of declining health. Muriel was born on August 25, 1923, the eldest daughter of James English Dresser and Alice (Aldrich) Dresser being raised on the Dresser dairy farm on South Mountain in Northfield. She attended schools in Northfield and graduated from Northfield High School in 1942.

Muriel married Stanley E Johnson of Northfield on April 9, 1947 at the Johnson Homestead in Northfield. Muriel and Stan honeymooned at Niagara Falls with their best friends Mert and Ruth Johnson who were married on April 8, 1947. Muriel and Stan enjoyed many good times with all of their great Northfield friends.

Muriel's first job was as a waitress at the Weldon Hotel in Greenfield before returning to Northfield to work at the Northfield Inn. Muriel and Stan worked together operating their own businesses - Johnson Fuel Co., S.E Johnson Hardware and S. E, Johnson Heating & Plumbing Co. until his death in 1974., She later worked at Mohawk Plastics and retired from the Medical Records Department at Franklin Medical Center.

Muriel was a long-time member of the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Northfield. She enjoyed social events with her Red Hat group, was an active member of Northfield VFW Auxiliary and in her younger years enjoyed boating and snowmobiling with her husband. She was a member Northfield Snowmobile Club for many years, hosting with her husband many club picnics and activities at the "Warming Hut". After the passing of her husband, Muriel and her two good friends Marion and Ginny became known as the 'Golden Girls', enjoying every adventure that they set out on. Good friends Ruth and Gen also joined in the fun.

Muriel (Gram) is survived by her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law Lyne (Johnson) and Ronald Vishaway of Northfield. She is also survived by her grandson Nathan Gray of Greenfield, granddaughters Aimee Vishaway of Montague, Rebecca Vishaway of Erving, and Danielle Vishaway of Lexington KY, great-grandchildren Ryan, Landon, and Emma, sister Marilyn (Dresser) Johnson of Marston Mills MA, as well as cousins, nephews, nieces, and many dear friends.

Muriel is predeceased by her husband Stanley (1974), her parents James (1988) and Alice (1987) and her brother James E (Butch) Dresser Jr. (2014).

The service will be held on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Kidder Funeral Home at 11:00 AM, with a calling hour starting at 10:00 AM. Burial to follow in West Northfield Cemetery.

The family expresses their great appreciation for the loving care provided to Muriel by the Buckley Health Care Center, extending special thanks to the fourth floor staff.

Donations in Muriel's name can be made to Buckley Health Care Center Activities, 95 Laurel Street, Greenfield MA or to a charity of your choice.

Kidder Funeral Home in Northfield has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Philip T. Jacque
December 2, 1931 ~ April 10, 2016
Montague, Ma.

Philip T. Jacque, 84 of Ripley Rd. Montague, died Sunday evening (4-10-2016) at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Amherst, Ma. on December 2, 1931 the son of Louis and Helen (Sipay) Jacque. Philip attended schools in Amherst and attended American International College in Springfield, Ma. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was married to the former Marilyn Orrell on February 15, 1958 in Amherst, MA. He was employed for 32 years for National Grange Insurance in Keene, N.H. as an adjuster. He loved the outdoors, and golf, fishing, and hunting. He was a former member of the VFW in Amherst, MA. and a member of the "Wood Lot Gang."

He is survived by his wife Marilyn of 58 years, and his children: Barbara Jacque of Northfield, Denise Denorfrio of Gill, MA. Linda Jacque of Northfield, MA. Christine Jacque of Burlington, Ont. Canada, Lisa Guilbault of Bernardston, MA. and Darrin Jacque of Lancaster ,MA. He is also survived by his brother Bruce Jacque of Belchertown, MA. and Four granddaughters, two grandsons, and two Great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his oldest brother Louis JR. and twin brothers: Douglas, and Donald, and Francis.

Private services were held at Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA. A celebration of life will be held at a time to be announced.

Donations in his memory may be made to either: Baystate Franklin Medical Center/ New Surgical Unit, 164 HIgh St. Greenfield, Ma. 01301 or Montague Fire Dept. 28 Old Sunderland Rd. Montague, Ma. 01351. or Hospice of Franklin Co. 329 Conway St. Suite 2, Greenfield, Ma. 01301.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. is in charge of arrangements.

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Donald L. Shine
June 10, 1962 ~ March 16, 2016
Raleigh, N.C.

Donald L. Shine, 53 of Raleigh, NC died on Wednesday (3-16-2016) at his home. He was born in Brattleboro, Vt. on June 10, 1962 the son David and Shirley (Hartwell) Shine. Donald grew up in Northfield and attended Northfield schools. He was married to the former Francine Cook on August 27, 1983, who predeceased him. He worked in Construction his adult life in Louisiana, Florida, and North Carolina. He was an avid NASCAR fan, always attending the Coca Cola 600 every year.

He is survived by his father David of Florida, and his mother Shirley Cassidy and her husband Wayne of Springfield, Vt. and a daughter Amy Shine of Zephyr Hills, Fl. He is also survived by his sister Deneen Cirillo and her husband Jack, of Warwick, MA. and grandchildren: Colby and Damian. He also leaves behind two dear friends in North Carolina: Kelly Enos and Dave Goyen.

Services will be held at a future date and time to be announced.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. is in charge of arrangements.

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Ronald J. Zabko Sr.
January 5, 1936 ~ March 15, 2016
Northfield, Ma.

Ronald J. Zabko Sr., 80, of Maple St. Northfield, Ma. died Tuesday morning (3-15-2016) at Farren Care Center, Montague, Ma. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y. on January 5, 1936 the son of Leo and Dorothy (Prentice) Zabko. Ron moved to Northfield at a young age and was educated in Northfield schools. He then served proudly in the U.S. Army. He worked with his father at Leo Zabko Milk Transport and later became owner and operator of Leo Zabko, Inc. He was an avid boater, boating on Lake Winnisepaukee, and also owned a Checkmate speed boat named Slow Motion. Early in life he drove stock cars for Dillon Chevrolet in Greenfield. He loved hunting, fishing, and was known for his high performance cars. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his wife the former Sheila Brown, and a son: Ronald Jr. and his wife Maureen of Greenfield, MA. and a daughter Teresa Beaulieu and her husband John of Holyoke, MA. and daughters: Erin Hodgkins and her companion Chris Stanko of Orange, MA and Kaelen Dunican and her husband Murshed Khondker of Uxbridge, MA. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Amanda, Derek, Connor, Lauren, Rachel, Aylissa, Ashton, Liam, and Mindee.

A Catholic Prayer Service will be held Friday (3-18-2016) at 11:00 A.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, Pastor of St. Patrick's Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Elm Grove Cemetery, Montague, Mass.
There will be a calling hour on Friday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Donations in his memory may be made to either the Northfield EMS, c/o Mark Fortier, 579 Mt. Hermon Sta. Rd. Northfield, Ma. 01360 or the Northfield Fireman's Fund, 93 Main St. Northfield, MA. 01360, or the charity of ones choice.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. is in charge of arrangements.

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Blanche Rose Nadeau Higley
December 30, 1932 ~ March 4, 2016
Hinsdake, N.H.

Blanche Rose Nadeau Higley, 79 of Maplewood Nursing Home, passed away peacefully, with family by her side, Mach 8, 2016 after a period of failing health. She was born on November 25, 1936 the daughter of Armedos and Antoinette Cote Nadeau, and graduated from Brattleboro Union High School class of 1954. She worked at Chromerics and Amp Inc. for many years. Her passions were her family, cats, and growing beautiful flowers. After the murder of her son James in 1985, depression recovery allowed her to organize POMC in New Hampshire through the Attorney Generals office in Concord, N.H. Blanche remained president for several years until her health began to decline. This allowed her to help organize POMC out of Rutland, VT.

Blanche met Carl (Duke) Hamilton, a Long Island native, through a close friend Kathy Trelewitz Dader, Carl's sister. They helpled each other through the loss of his wife from cancer and the loss of her two sons: James to murder, and Meridan to suicide. They remained partners for over 30 years until his death in February of this year.

She is survived by a son, Jacque of West Chesterfield, NH and siblilngs: Arthur Nadeau, Dennis Nadeau and his wife Diane all of Hinsdale, NH. Also many nieces and nephews, friends, and the Nadeau clan. She was predeceased by her parents, sons James and Meridan, sister Julia A. Page, infant nephew Michael Page, infant great nephew Nathan Cornell.

There will be a graveside service in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Plain Rd. Hinsdale, NH later in the spring, at a time to be announced.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. is in charge of arrangements.

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Esma-Marie N’Doi Booth Ferré
December 30, 1932 ~ March 4, 2016
Greenfield, Ma.

Esma-Marie N’Doi Booth Ferré, 83, of Northfield, and most recently of The Arbors in Greenfield, died peacefully on March 4, 2016 at Baystate Medical in Springfield.

Marie was born December 30, 1932 in Mwilambwe, in the Belgian Congo to Methodist missionaries, Reverend Newell S. Booth and Esma Rideout Booth. Marie attended high school in Lubondai, Congo and studied fine art at Boston University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1954. She married Frederick Ferré the same year.

Marie was passionate about history. For nearly two decades she worked as an archivist at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. After moving to Northfield in 2000, she joined the Friends of Schell Bridge; as a Board member, she actively campaigned to have the 19th century bridge preserved as a historic landmark. She founded the Friends of Northfield’s Old Cemeteries and was instrumental in getting the town’s Center Cemetery on the National Historic Registry. She chaired the Historic Commission during its successful effort to put Main Street, Northfield on the National Register of Historic Places and co-authored the book Images of America: Northfield. In honor of Northfield-born 19th Century composer, Timothy Swan, Marie co-founded and sang tenor with the Swan Singers, now known as American Harmony. In August, 2015 she was honored by Massachusetts Representative, Paul Mark, for her “many years dedicated to improving the quality of life and sense of community in Northfield.” She became a docent at Historic Deerfield, where she gave tours of the houses, demonstrated hearth cooking, and ran craft workshops. Through her dedication to conserving local history, Marie touched the lives of so many people and has left us all a vital legacy.

Marie will be remembered as an artist. She was a painter, a photographer, and a costumer for Carlisle’s Molly Pitcher theater troupe and Northfield’s Country Players. She was also an actress; Northfield’s residents enjoyed her annual performance as a stylish Mrs. Claus. She was a member of the First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian Church and an avid gardener, bird watcher, and amateur meteorologist.

Above all, Marie loved her family in both its past and present forms. She was a dedicated and skilled genealogist, devoted to collecting and preserving her ancestors’ stories. Nothing made her happier than being with her living family members. She was blessed with a wonderful daughter and enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was very close to the family of her nephew, Alden Booth and his wife, Lissa Greenough, of Gill.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Katharine Marie “Kammie” Anderson-Ferré and son-in-law, Daniel Anderson-Ferré of St. Augustine, Florida; grandchildren, Felicia Wells, and Aldan, Kyria, and Tristan Anderson-Ferré; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Newell S. Booth Jr. and sister-in-law, Mary Lou Booth, of Monroe, Ohio; and her cousins, Virginia and Irving Hislop, of Belchertown. She lives on in the memories of many other loving family members and friends.

The family is grateful to the wonderful staff at Baystate Medical in Springfield for their loving care at the end of Marie’s life.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 9 at the First Parish of Northfield, Unitarian Church, Main Street, Northfield at 4:00 pm.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield , Ma is in charge of arrangements.

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Keith Allen Olson
February 23, 2016
Northfield, Ma.

Keith Allen Olson, 68, of Northfield, MA, passed away on February 23, 2016 in Northfield, MA, due to natural causes. Born in Milwaukee, WI, to Herman and Beatrice Olson, he lived the majority of his life in Massachusetts.

He is survived by his wife, Deirdre Olson, his daughter, Ericka Olson and his two brothers, Marvin Olson and Richard Olson. Keith attended Northland College, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Biology. Keith enjoyed his career working for the Federal Government as a manager for Social Security and retired at the age of 60. He was an avid outdoorsman and most often could be found fishing on the Salmon River, flying down the trails at Stratton Mountain, hiking the surrounding trails on Northfield Mountain or playing golf just about anywhere. Anyone who met him knew his sharp mind, quick wit, kind nature and boundless energy. He was a wonderful father and husband who always went the extra mile for everyone.

He was truly one of a kind and will be terribly missed.

A celebration in his name will be held at a time to be announced later this Spring.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA. Is in charge of arrangements.

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John J. Kopinto
June 18, 1941 ~ February 19, 2016
Northfield, Ma.

John J. Kopinto, 74 of Lyman Rd. Northfield, died Friday (2-19-2016) at home.

He was born in Montague, Ma. on June 18, 1941 the son of John S. and Mary (Klepacki) Kopinto. John was a graduate of Turners Falls High School in 1960. He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps. from 1960-1964. On August 14, 1971 he was married to the former Teresa Mello in Turners Falls, Ma. He was employed as a Conservationist for the Commonwealth of Mass. working at the Bitzer Fish Hatchery in Montague for 46 years. He loved farming operating his own small farm in Northfield. He enjoyed woodworking and building, and built his own home. He enjoyed attending car races at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH with his son. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his mother Mary of Greenfield, Ma. and his loving wife Teresa of 44 years, and his children: John Jr of Northfield, Ma. and daughters: Martha Cook of Winchester, NH. and Mary Kopinto of Orange, Ma. He is also survived by his sister Nancy Dion and her husband Gary of Montague, Ma. and his grandchildren: Joseph, Anna, and Mary Cook.

Funeral services will be Friday (2-26-2016) at 9:00 a.m. from the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Turners Falls. Ma. Burial will full military honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Northfield, Ma.

Calling hours will be Thursday (2-25-2016) from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family has requested Masses at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 84 K St. Turners Falls, Ma. 01376 be said in his memory or Donations may be made to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

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Michael N. Crochier
August 3, 1948 ~ February 6, 2016
Northfield, Ma.

Michael N. Crochier, 67 of Warwick Rd. Northfield died Saturday evening (2-06-2016) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, Ma. He was born August 3, 1948 in Montague, Ma. the son of Napoleon and Janet (Wonsey) Crochier. Michael served proudly during the Viet Nam War in the U.S. Army, receiving the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Valour. He was first married to the former Laima Januskevicius, then to the former Patricia Olanyk. On July 2, 1977 he met Kathleen Crochier and they married on February 2, 1988 at Crestwood in Winchester, NH. Early in life he lived in Pinelake, Ga. for two years returning to this area in November 1979. He worked as a machinist at Strathmore Paper Mill and several other locations. After one of his many motorcycle accidents left him unable to continue that occupation he became a salesman and mechanic for Pioneer Harley Davidson in Bernardston, Ma. In 1989 he purchased Pizza Etc. in Bernardston which he and his wife owned until 2002. They then acquired the The Notch Restaurant in Northfield. He was past president of the Ramblers Motorcycle Club, and lifetime member of the Montague Elks, serving as Exalted Ruler from 2001-2002. He was a lifetime member of the Northfield VFW, and did extensive volunteer work at the VA Hospital in Leeds, MA. His passions were first his son, then his motorcycle, taking several trips with his best friends Bernie Tatro, and John McCarthy, the greatest was the Dragons tail ride in 2007. He loved to play golf and was a club member at Oak Ridge Golf Course and Crumpin Fox Country Club.

He is survived by his wife the former Kathleen Newton, and his son Michael Brunner and his wife Amy of Lexington, SC. and brothers: Gerald and his wife Teresa of Ardmore, OK. Robert and his companion Sandy of Carver, MA. Peter and his wife Sue of Northfield, MA. Paul of Westfield, MA. and Randy and his wife Alison of Gill, MA. and his sisters: Maryanne Gifford and her husband Michael of Wendell, MA. and Paula Crochier of Greenfield, Ma. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Douglas, Grace, Glory, Jordan, and Mercy Brunner. Two aunts and serveral neices and nephews.

There will be a Catholic prayer Service on Wednesday (2-10-2016) at Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA. at 7:00 P.M. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, Pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Northfield will officiate, followed by full military honors.

Calling hours will be Wednesday afternoon (2-10-2016) 4 P.M until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be at a later date.

Donations in his memory may be made to Northfield EMS, care of Mark Fortier, 579 Mt. Hermon Sta. Rd. Northfield, Ma. 01360.

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Luke P. Gibbons
October 19, 1978 ~ February 2, 2016
Swanzey, N.H.

Luke P. Gibbons, 37 of Swanzey, N.H. and formerly of Northfield, Ma. died Tuesday (2-2-2016) in Keene, N.H. He was born in Vicenga, Italy, on October 19, 1978 the son of Major Donald and Marta (Bachinski) Gibbons. He graduated from Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield, MA. Luke was an outdoors man and and an avid fisherman. He spent many a day casting his line in the waters of the Connecticut River. He was a reader of good books and dabbled in poetry. He was a wrestling champion with a soft touch for the tender seedling he potted every spring. Luke would always extend his hand to a friend in need. He truly enjoyed good conversation and company.

He is survived by his mother Marta Gibbons of Weston West Virginia, and his brother Brandon and his wife Mindy of Warwick, MA. and his sisters: Megan Gibbons and her husband Martin Chadwick, and Brenna Gibbons and her fiancé' Darragh Keane all of Weston, WV. He is also survived by his maternal Grandmother Jean Bachinski of Northfield, Ma. and his paternal grandmother Patricia Gibbons of Derry, NH. Many Aunts, Uncles, and Nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Major Donald Gibbons.

There wlll be calling hours on Saturday (2-6-2016) from 12:00 noon until 2:00 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma.

All other services will be private.

Kidder Funeral Home 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA is in charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy Crooker
August 30, 1923---January 24, 2016
Northfield, Mass.

Dorothy was raised in West Springfield, MA, with her brother Victor and her sister Barbara. She was the daughter of Raymond and Ruth (Crowley) Colburn.

Dorothy loved to swim. Growing up, she competed with the local YMCA earning a silver medal in the state championships. After high school, Dorothy attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where she earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Chemistry. While a UMASS, she swam on the women's swim team and was a founding member of the women's synchronized swim team. While attending the University, she met her husband of 58 years Benjamin Crooker. She lived most of her married life in Amherst where she helped raise six children. Dorothy was an accomplished seamstress, sewing numerous formal gowns, bridesmate dresses and wedding dresses for her four daughters. She was an avid bridge player, and she hosted many card games at their Amherst home. Family vacations were usually spent camping at Hammonasset State Park on the Connecticut shore. Dorothy had spent summers there growing up and wanted to pass those great memories on to her children.

She loved photography; she was enthusiastic about documenting all of the family's events from picnics at Quabbin Reservoir to family gatherings or a grandchild's recital. Christmas and Thanksgiving always included multiple shots of the entire family squeezed into the space that could be accomodated by the viewfinder on her camera. Dorothy enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was always eager to find new toys and books that would be perfect for the next visit and would often make little bags of homemade cookies, tied with a grandchild's favorite color ribbon, to make the ride home a little easier. She enjoyed the freedom that comes from being the grandmother and not the parent! After the death of her husband, she moved to Northfield where she was able to spend many memorable years with her youngest granddaughter. Dorothy was adventurous and eager to try new things. She did not hesitate when given an opportunity to go for a flight in a small single engine airplane; and on her eightieth birthday, she actually went parasailing! Dorothy continued to remain active in her later years. She swam three days a week as long as she could drive. She took many day trips with her daughters and grandchildren to flower shows and for shopping and dining.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Benjamin in 2002. She is lovingly remembered by her daughter Judy Landis of Wayland, MA and her three children, Mark, Rebecca, and Benjamin; her daughter Joanne Boyden and her husband David of Granby, CT and their four children, Lynn, Laurie, Eric, and Steven; her daughter Joyce Edberg and her husband Stephen of Phillipston, MA, and their two children William and Carl; her daughter Janet Williams and her husband George of Charlottesville, VA and their three children, Lisa, Brian, and Matthew; and her son Benjamin Crooker and his wife Coleen Maloney Crooker of Cresskill, NJ, and their two children Patrick and Ian; and her son William Crooker and his wife Jill Johnson Crooker of Northfield, MA and their daughter Jessica. She also leaves six great granchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Aquatics, YMCA of Greater Springfield, 274 Chestnut St. #1, Springfield, MA 01104.

Kidder Funeral Home 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA is in charge of arrangements.

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Clifford “Cliff” Bernard Grover
September 4, 1923 ~ January 18, 2016
Bernardston, Mass.

Clifford “Cliff” Bernard Grover Sr. 92, of Bald Mountain Road passed away peacefully on Monday January 18, surrounded by his loving family. The son of Joseph and Mabel Taft Grover, Cliff was born on September 4, 1923 on the Grover Farm in Bernardston.

He attended the Bald Mountain Road School and graduated from the Powers Institute in 1941. Before going to school, he had his many chores on the farm. Even at school he helped pump the water to drink and in cold weather, helped keep the wood stove going. After high school, Cliff and his brother Howard ran the farm. He worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts first on the tree crew, and later at the state garage. He worked for the Commonwealth for 41 years, retiring in 1986. Cliff was on the Bernardston Police Department for 43 years of service, retiring in 1994. He was elected water commissioner and served for 39 years. He was the tree warden and moth superintendent for 35 years. He belonged to the Franklin County Police Association and the Massachusetts Police Association, as a retired member. He belonged to the Bernardston Grange for 50 years. Cliff served one year in the United States Army from 1946 until 1947. He was also a member of the Bernardston Men’s Club.

Cliff and Isabell met in late 1945 and were later married on July 6, 1947 in the Trinitarian Church in Northfield, MA by the Reverend Joseph Reeves. Over the years, Cliff and Isabell raised seven children, all of whom they were very proud of.

Cliff built three homes for his family. He also built a cottage in Weare, NH. He helped build his three daughters’ homes, one of his son’s, his sister Leila’s, and his brother in law Carl’s. Cliff enjoyed planting his vegetable and fruit garden each year and spent many hours there. For two years he sold cucumbers to the South Deerfield pickle factory.

Cliff and Isabell enjoyed spending the summers with their family at the cottage. They also participated in various western square dancing groups. Cliff and Isabell enjoyed many bus trips with Cliff''s nephew Rodney and Eunice Grover. They traveled to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN and on their 50th wedding anniversary they traveled to Quebec, Canada. They also enjoyed traveling to Florida for over 20 years with Cliff’s sister Margaret and Chester Colburn.
Cliff was regarded by family and friends as trustworthy, dependable, honest, hard working, witty, and a great provider. He will be greatly missed by all he touched.

Cliff is survived by his children; daughters Donna Holloway Noel (Harvey) of Northfield, Marcia Laprade (David) of Bernardston, Brenda Bordner (Brian) of Northfield, sons Clifford Jr. of Leeds, Lloyd (Barbara) of Bernardston, Reginald of Boscawen, NH, and Brandon (Gretchen) of Bernardston. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews as well as his sister in law Harriet Grover in Tampa, FL. He is predeceased by his siblings Walter Grover Sr. (Rena), Margaret Colburn (Chester), Hazel Thurber (Herbert), Howard Grover (Evelyn) Leila Ellis (Dean). He is also predeceased by his son in law David Holloway.

Funeral Services will be Friday (1-22-2016) at the United Church of Bernardston, Church St. Bernardston, Ma. At 11:00 A.M. The Rev. David Neal Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the spring in Center Cemetery, Bernardston.

Calling Hours will be Thursday (1-21-2016) from 4-6 P.M. At the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield.

Donations in his memory may be made to either: Bernardston Fire Dept. 18 Church St. Bernardston, Ma. 01337, or The United Church of Bernardston, P.O. Box 503, Bernardston, Ma..01337.

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Steven Tower
Northfield, Mass.

Steven Tower passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving wife Heather and their two children, Chris and Sara. Having graduated from Mt. Hermon in ’68, Steve married Heather (’73) in Russell Sage Chapel in 1984. Always wanting to live in Northfield, they found 46 Main St for sale and moved to Northfield from Norwalk, CT in 2003. They have truly enjoyed living in such a wonderful and welcoming community.

Steve was an educator at heart. After working as an educator and administrator at IBM for fourteen years, he returned to the classroom and earned his Master of Arts in Teaching at Manhattanville College. He taught 3rd through 5th grade for many years at schools in New York and Connecticut, including Greenwich Country Day, Rippowam Cisqua, The Dalton School, Pear Tree Point, and St. Luke’s School. After moving to Northfield, Steve taught at the Center School in Amherst before becoming the Director of Education and co-owner of the Sylvan Learning Center in Keene, NH. He always sought to instill a lifelong love of learning in his students.

An active member of the local community, Steve chaired the diaconate at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, conducted the church choir, chaired the Friends of Schell Bridge, and served as an adult leader with Troop 9. He and Heather continued to be engaged NMH alumni and parents (Chris ’05 and Sara ’07), avidly supporting the school’s mission to educate the head, heart, and hand.

In Connecticut, he was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford where he served as an Elder and Deacon, and sang in the choir along with his wife. Soccer Rec leagues gave Steve the opportunity to coach both his children every Saturday morning for many years. When his son became a boy scout, he found a new passion, and became active in Troop 2 as a member of the Troop Committee. He enjoyed his summers as Scout Master with the troop at Camp Yawgoog in Rhode Island. Family camping also became a fun summer adventure that took them to Camp Wilmot in Wilmot, NH for 10 years, and on many other memorable family trips.

Choral singing was a life-long passion of Steve’s. He sang for 29 years with the Greenwich Choral Society in Greenwich, Conn. After moving to Northfield, he and Heather sang with the Blanche Moyes Chorale and the Brattleboro chorus, before joining Da Camara Singers in Amherst where he also served as Vice President, as well as American Harmony, a shape-note group in the Valley. He loved attending concerts and reveled in music of all kinds, from Bach to Broadway. A consummate actor, he was a member of the Country Players and the Silverthorne Theater Company, where he appeared in several productions, most notably as Colonel Pickering in “My Fair Lady” and Georg Bramburger in “Black Comedy”.

Steve loved the Northfield community and took pride in being the next steward of his historic home at 46 Main Street. His remarkable devotion to his many projects has left a profound impression on his friends and family, and he is deeply grateful for their love and support throughout his final journey.
As Heather’s grandfather would say, Cheerio!

A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, Steve requests donations to Hospice of Franklin County, the Tower Family Scholarship Fund at NMH or the Trinitarian Congregational Church of Northfield.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma., is in charge of arrangements.

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Marion E. Ward
August 2, 1928 ~ January 8, 2016
Northfield, Mass.

Marion E. Ward, of Old Turnpike Rd. passed away Friday, January 8th 2016 at home with her family and longtime caregivers. She was born August 2, 1928 in Greenfield, Ma., the youngest of seven children to Polish immigrants Francisk and Mariana (Oborska) Bednarski. She grew up on Wells Street and attended local schools. She graduated from Greenfield High School in 1946 where she was a spirited cheerleader and, at 5 feet tall, was the center on her basketball team because she could jump high than anyone else. Later in life she impressed her sons and their friends with her scoring ability on the court. Marion was affectionately known as “Cutie” by family and friends. She married Charles “Rex” Rexford Ward on July 4th 1948 in Greenfield. Cutie and Rex lived first on Beech Street and then on Quincy Street, both in Greenfield, before moving to Northfield in 1959. As a young adult Cutie worked at a neighborhood corner store and in the dental office of Dr. Ostrowski. She later worked as clerk and dispatcher for S.E. Johnson and Dunnell Fuels oil companies, both in Northfield and finally for A.R. Sandri Oil Company in Greenfield for over 30 years until her retirement. As a couple, Marion and Rex had many lifelong friends with whom they very actively socialized. Many of their exploits are often retold and remembered by family to this day. She was proud of her Polish heritage and enjoyed Polish music, dances, and food. She was an avid snowmobiler and followed professional tennis, ice skating, basketball and football. She loved dogs, especially Golden Retrievers. Cutie enjoyed flowers, gardening, yard work, and just being outside. With her sister Helen and her dearest friends they were known as the “Golden Girls” and each had a resemblance to a character from that television show. Their antics were legendary. Cutie vacationed at York Beach, Maine for over sixty years and this past year celebrated her 40th summer of being there with the Ladouceur family of Ottawa Canada. Cutie was a very selfless, deeply caring and happy person, always thinking of others first.

Cutie is survived by her sons: Peter, Christopher and his wife Edie of Toano, Virginia, and Michael and his partner Doug Lyman of Greenfield. Additionally, she leaves her dear sister Stephanie Marshall of Charlotte, North Carolina, daughter in law Linda Ward of San Antonio, Texas, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and friends. She was predeceased by husband Rex in 1988, brothers Henry John, Steven and Edmund Bednarski and sisters Edith Carriero, and Helen Gingras.

A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. On Thursday January 14th at St. Patrick's Church, Northfield followed by burial in St. Mary's Cemetery also in Northfield.

In lieu of calling hours we invite you to attend a reception in the church hall at 12:30 P.M. Following the burial. We would enjoy visiting with all of you then even if you are unable to attend the services. It is requested that flowers be ommitted. The family wishes to express our gratitude to all who provided care and support to allow Marion to continue to live in her home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st street, Suite 800, Miami,FL. 33131, or the Northfield EMS, c/o Mark Fortier, 579 Mt. Hermon Station Rd. Northfield,Ma. 01360.

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Janice Elizabeth (Murdock) Nelson
April 28, 1930 ~ January 7, 2016
Northfield, Mass.

Janice Elizabeth (Murdock) Nelson, age 85, of Northfield went to be with her lord and savior, Jesus Christ, on January 7th, 2016. She died peacefully surrounded by her family. We have lost a beautiful, amazing, inspiring wife, mom, nana, sister, aunt, friend and mentor.

Jan was born April 28, 1930, in Quincy, Massachusetts the daughter of Graham and Bertha Murdock. In 1948, she met the love of her life, John Calvin Nelson, at Sunset Hill House in the white mountains of Sugar Hills, New Hampshire. Four years later, Jan and John were married on August 24, 1952. Their 63 year marriage was a testament to their deep, unconditional love. They enjoyed a happy life, raising their children in Northfield. After her husband’s retirement, Jan enjoyed spending the winter in Florida and made many life-long friends there. She always loved the ocean and took great joy in sharing that love with all of her grandchildren when they visited her.

Jan was the proud mother of 9 children, Sons: Jay (Terry), Jere (Gail), Joel (Allyson) all of Northfield, Daughters: Jody Hogan (Jim)of Virginia Beach, VA, Judy Shaw (Will) of Norfolk, VA., Janice Garvin (Andrew) of Greenfield, MA., Joy Grover (Len) of Greenfield, MA., Joan Farrow (Todd) of Golden, Co. 18 grandchildren: Jordon, Amy, Jamie, John, Nicholas, Phillip, Katlyn, Sophia, Alyissa, Grace, Sage, Liam, Matthew, Step: Nathan, Katie, Hunter, and Garrett, and 2 great grandchildren Olivia, and Cheyenne. So many people were blessed to be in her life. She considered everyone a part of her family. Nana was full of warmth and love. Her strong faith, quick wit, giving nature and joyful spirit made people gravitate to her. She was humble and patient and had the kindest of hearts.
Throughout the years she shared her love of music with the community by playing the organ in several local churches; including her home church - Northfield Baptist Church. She was a gifted gardener who loved to share her beautiful flowers with others. Nana loved praying, reading, traveling, the outdoors, animals, music and her beloved cat Tiger.

Nana never shied away from any new experience. She was willing and enthusiastic to join her husband, children, and grandchildren on any adventure. Her most recent conquests included wave-running and parasailing. Nana’s zest for life was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her.
Jan was pre-deceased by her parents Graham and Bertha, her sister Linda, her son John and her grandson Joey. Her greatest joys in life were God and Family. She was an angel to all who knew and loved her and now she is an angel in heaven. We are so grateful to love her and have been loved by her. She will be missed by all and will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday (1-12-2016) at 11:00 A.M. at the Northfield Baptist Church, Main St. Northfield, Ma. The Rev. Gregg Landers, Pastor will officiate assisted by Rev. Charles Bordonaro. Burial will be in the spring in Penetcost Cemetery, Northfield.

Calling hours will be Monday (1-11-2016) from 4-6 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Northfield Baptist Church, 87 Main St. Northfield, Ma. 01360.

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Thomas J. Russell
March 19, 1919 ~ December 31, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Thomas J. Russell Jr. 96, of Old Bernardston Rd. died Thursday evening (12-31-2015) at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Northfield on March 19, 1919, the son Thomas J. and Mary (McGinn) Russell. Tom was educated in Northfield schools. Early in his career he hauled lumber for Haskell Lumber in Bernardston, Ma. He then started his own excavating business Russell Excavating which he owned and operated until his retirement. After retirement he drove truck for Bob Deane Excavating well into his eighties. He was a former Selectman in Northfield, and served on the Zoning Board of Appeals, and was a former Board of Health member in Northfield. He was a charter member of the Northfield Lions Club. He was an avid aviator, owning several of his own aircraft.

He is survived by his daughters: Norma Russell of Northfield, Ma. and Gloria Gregoire and her husband George of Derry, NH. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Margaret Fisher, Brenda Labarre, Kimberly Brown, Dawn Hilliard, Kristi Russell, Timothy and Christopher Gregoire. Twelve great grandchildren, and seven great great grandchildren.

There will be calling hours on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. from 4-6-P.M. Burial in the spring will be in Farms Cemetery, Northfield.

Donations in his memory may be made to either the Northfield Food Pantry, c/o Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 MainSt. Northfield, Ma. 01360, or the Northfield EMS C/O Mark Fortier, 579 Mt. Hermon Station Rd. Northfield, Ma. 01360.

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Daniel A. McGaffigan
August 8, 1945 ~ December 24, 2015
Vernon, Vt.

Daniel A. McGaffigan, 70 of Newton Rd. Vernon, died Thursday (12-24-2015) at his home. He was born in Brattleboro, Vt. on August 8, 1945, the son of John and Hester (Johnson) McGaffigan. Daniel attended schools in Vernon and graduated from Brattleboro High School. He then graduated from the University of Miami in 1967. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War. He was employed many years for the U.S. Postal Service in Brattleboro. He traveled across the United States visiting many Major League ball parks, then visited as many Minor League parks as he could. He enjoyed dining out and would travel great distances to find "fine dining". He loved to go to the casino's at Foxwood and Mohegan Suns.

He is survived by his sister: Louise Wisell of Hinsdale, NH. and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two sisters, Bertha Scherlin, and Rose Holton.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday (12-30-2015) at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. at 11:00 A.M. The Rev Bruce Burks, pastor of the Advent Christian Church will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Tyler Cemetery, Vernon, Vt.

There will be a calling hour on Wednesday morning (12-30-2015) from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, Vt. 05302.

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John Andrew Blazejewski
May 31, 1928 ~ December 20, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

John Andrew Blazejewski, 87, of Capt. Beers Plain Rd. Northfield also known as "Long John" sadly departed this earth on Sunday December 20. He was born in Holyoke, Ma. on May 31, 1928 the son of John and Karolina (Dziok) Blazejewski.

He attended Orange Ma. High School, was a standout basketball player and graduated in 1947. He attended Becker Junior College on the GI Bill after serving in the U.S. Army. He married Jessie Whyte in 1955 and was happily married to her for 47 years until her passing. He worked for A&P grocery stores for 40 years. John was an avid hunter for his entire life and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Assoc... He was considered by many to be the best deer and rabbit hunter they had ever known. He was in the woods at sunrise and out at dark and was at his happiest when he was in the woods with a gun in his hands and a beagle sounding off in the distance. He hunted in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Wyoming, and Alaska where he scored a 1500 lb. bull moose with a 58 1/2 inch rack. In concert with that hunting passion he competed in field trials with his beagles, and was an accredited AKC licensed field trial judge. He had a field champion of his own named Bee Line and raised and bred beagles for most of his adult life. He competed in Field Trials all over New England and was a charter member of the Millers River Beagle Club. He was also a member of the Franklin County League of Sportsmen and a competitive trap and skeet shooter. He scored 25, 50, and 75 straight and once defeated the New York and New Hampshire champions in a shoot off. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Elks, the American Legion and the Northfield Council on Aging. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Northfield. He was a good friend of Bill W.

He is survived by his daughter Mary Blazejewski of Greenfield, Ma. and his son: Andrew and wife Donna of Falls Church, Va. and his sister: Edwina Zebrowski of Northampton, Ma. and grandsons John, Drew and Anthony, and nieces and nephews: Karen Matherson, Katherine Klepacki, Karoline Kenney, Kristen and Peter Zebrowski, Ann Leuschner, and Brian Blazejewski.

Funeral Services will Monday (12-28-2015) from the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. at 8:15 AM followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9:00 A.M. at St. Patrick's Church Main St. Northfield. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, Pastor will officiate. Burial with MIlitary honors will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol, Ma.

Calling hours will be Sunday (12-27-2015) from 3-5 P.M. at the funeral home.

Donations in his memory may be made to either: St.Patrick's Church, 80 Main St. Northfield, Ma. 01360, or Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St. Suite 2, Greenfield, Ma. 01301.

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Carol Stange Heikkila
August 23, 1947 ~ December 17, 2015
Guilford, Vt.

Carol Stange Heikkila, 68 of Guilford, passed away in the early hours of December 17, 2015 in the comfort of her family at her side. She was born in Greenfield, Ma. on August 23, 1947 the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Grader) Stange. Carol attended Greenfield High School and Hartwick College, where she earned a B.S. Medical Technology in 1969. She taught Microbiology at Greenfield Community College in the 80's and later substitute taught at Guilford Central School in the 90's before moving on to teach at the Meadows School of Brattleboro, Vt. in the 2000's all while actively raising her sons at home.

She is survived by husband John, her two sons Nik and Eric, her sister Elizabeth Jean Dickau and her mother Elizabeth Stange. She touched many lives and will greatly missed.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. is in charge of arrangements.

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Thomas A. Foxwell
November 13, 1963 ~ December 7, 2015
Greenfield, Mass.

Thomas A. Foxwell, (N1OTS) 52, of Wisdom Way, Greenfield, died Monday (12-7-2015) at home. He was born in Hartford, Ct. on November 13, 1963, the son of Leo and Elizabeth (Buhlmann) Foxwell. Thomas was educated in West Hartford, CT schools. Graduated from Porter Chester Institute as an Automotive Technician and went on to become ASE certified.

Tom was married to the former Ellen Smith on September 28, 1996 in Greenfield. Tom was employed as a purchasing agent for Phoenix Management, Inc. at Westover Airbase. He was an avid Ham Amateur Radio operator and a District Coordinator in Franklin County for amateur radio communications. Tom taught CERT (community emergency response team) training classes. He was active in the medical reserve core. Tom loved to spend time with family, friends and his five cats (Noah, Libby, Misty, Spunky and Pretty) riding his motorcycle, sailing his hobie cat and watching NASCAR. Tom used his master automotive skills to always help friends and family with their automotive problems.

Tom is survived by his wife of 19 years: Ellen, Parents: Leo and Elizabeth (Buhlmann) Foxwell of Melbourne, FL, brother: Paul of New Britain, CT, sister: Karen Lemieux of Rocky Hill, CT, several nieces, nephews and great nieces. He was also a loving brother-in-law to 9 family members.

A Memorial will be held at Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave, Northfield, MA on Saturday, December 19th, with calling hours from 10am-12pm, followed by a memorial service at 12pm. In lieu of flower, donations can be sent to Pioneer Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 786, Greenfield, MA 01302.

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Caryl A. Dyer
December 19, 1920 ~ December 5, 2015
Bernardston, Mass.

Caryl A. Dyer, 94 of Eden Trail, Bernardston, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday evening (12-5-2015) at Charlene Manor, Greenfield. She led a long and productive life and she will be missed by many. She was born on December 19, 1920, in Geraldine, Montana, to Harry and Tryphena (Griffin) Hopkinson.

She grew up and was educated through high school in Bernardston, MA. graduating from Powers Institute in 1938. She was graduated from Kent State University in Ohio in 1943, as an English major. Caryl married Edwin Dyer Jr. in 1946, after his discharge from the Army. Caryl was a farm wife supporting Edwin on their dairy farm, while bringing up their two sons, as well as growing a huge garden and canning their food for the winter. The Dyer farm home was originally built in 1784 by a former Hessian soldier who stayed after the Revolution. That farm heritage was very important to Caryl, and to insure that the farm was preserved as agricultural land and protect it from development, she placed in under an Agricultural Preservation Restriction with the Franklin Land Trust. She was the part time librarian at the Cushman Library in Bernardston for many years, and after retirement she continued to work as a volunteer at the library. Caryl was also an active member of the Bernardston Unitarian Church. One of Caryl,s most prized accomplishments was doing the many hours of research required to qualify the church to be named to the National Register of Historic Places. Because of her many contributions to her community, Caryl was named by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women to its list of Unsung Heroines of Mass. in 2007.

Caryl was predeceased by husband in 2001. She is survived by her sons and their wives. Edwin III and Anne of Bernsardston, and Peter and Julie of Monticello, IN.. three grandchildren, Saraphina, Pittsburg, PA, Meggan Jackson (Jason) Fort Wayne, IN, Melissa Backer (Ryan) , Lombard.IL. three step grandchildren Edith Reber, Plano, TX Geoffrey English (Stephanie), William English (Bethany)) all of Indianapolis, IN and two great grandchildren, and three step great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday (12-12-2015) at 10:00 A.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA. The Rev. Stephen Wilson will officiate. Burial will be at convenience of the family.

Donations in her memory may be made to either Cushman Library, or the Unitarian Church of Bernardston, both on Church St. Bernardston, MA.

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Eileen U. Gorzocoski
May 28, 1926 ~ December 1, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Eileen U. Gorzocoski, 89, of Maple St. Northfield, died Tuesday evening (12-1-2015) at Charlene Manor Healthcare Center in Greenfield. She was born in Chicopee, Ma. on May 28, 1926 the daughter of Ernest and Mayda (Moyette) Fregeau. Eileen attended Daughters of the Holy Ghost grammar school and Cathedral High in Springfield, Ma. She graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing on May 5, 1947 as a Registered Nurse. She worked as an RN at Mercy Hospital in the operating room until 1949. In 1949 she worked at the Veterans Hospital in West Roxbury in Boston, Ma. for 3 years. She then transferred to the Veterans Hospital in Jamaica Plains for 2 years, then moving to the Veterans Hospital in Newington, Ct. for 4 years. She was married to Paul T. Gorzocoski on May 3, 1949. Mr. Gorzocoski predeceased in April 2015. She then worked at the Farren Memorial Hospital in Montague for 6 months, and left to be a full time homemaker. She started working part time as the Town Nurse for the Town of Northfield in 1966, and became the full time Town Nurse in 1971, retiring in 1996. She was a member of the 3rd Order Carmelites, Our Lady of Mount Carmel for many years.

She is survived by her children: Paul III and his fiancé' Genevieve Abate, and her daughter Anne Gorzocoski all of Northfield, Ma. She is also survived by her brother Ferrand Fregeau and his wife Theresa of Springfield, MA. her sisters-in-law Olga (Gorzocoski) Ford of Springfield, MA. and Helen (Burrows) Gorzocoski of Northfield, Ma. and nephews Michael Fregeau and his wife Terry, Robert Fregeau, Paul Fregeau and his wife Mary, David Fregeau and his wife Adriana, Thomas Fregeau and his wife Maureen, Julia (Ford) Miller and her husband Donald, Joy Gorzocoski and her husband Dennis Hudson, David Gorzocoski and his wife Diana, several grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be Monday (12-7-2015) at 10:15 A.M. from the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at St. Patrick's Church, Main St. Northfield, at 11:00 A.M. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, Pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Northfield.

Calling hours will be Sunday (12-6-2015) from 3-5 P.M. 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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Christine W. McCollester
March 14, 1928 ~ November 28, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Christine W. McCollester, 87, of St. Mary's St. Northfield, died Saturday morning (11-28-2015) at Charlene Manor Healthcare in Greenfield, Ma. She was born in Fitchburg, MA. on March 14, 1928 the daughter of William and Charlotte (Sawin) Wolfe. She was married to Donald McCollester on April 5, 1947, and they moved to Northfield in 1951. She worked for many years at Northfield Mt. Hermon School, retiring in 1990. She was a member of the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Northfield, and volunteered for over 20 years at the Franklin County Public Hospital.

Christine is survived by her husband of 68 years Donald "Mac", and her daughters: Darshan Khalsa and her husband Darshan S. of Herndon, VA. and Kerry Smith of Dover, N.H. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Nirinjan and Sahaj Khalsa, and Daniel, James, Tony, and Graham Smith, and five great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a future date at a time to be announced.

There are no calling hours.

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

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Rosalie (Dickerson) Pratt
June 16, 1934 ~ November 23, 2015
Bernardston, Mass.

Rosalie (Dickerson) Pratt, 81, died peacefully at home Monday (11-23-2015) with her familiy , after a short illness. She was born June 16, 1934, in Greeley, Co. the daughter of the late Ralph A. and Venita (Kuhn) Dickerson. Rosalie graduated in 1953 from Stamford, CT. high school,and also attended Sargent College of Boston University. She was a part-time postal clerk at the Bernardston Post Office for several years, and worked as a date entry clerk for the Alumni Department of Deefield Academy from 1985-1997.

Following retirement, she was volunteer at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Rosalie was a charter member of the Deerfield Valley Chapter of the Embroiders Guild of America, serving first as its correspondence secretary and then as its treasurer. She enjoyed crafts, including decorating sugar cubes, colorizing black and white photos by hand, decorating framed wedding invitations, doing embroidery and knitting, making several sweaterds for neices, nehew, and grandsons. For several years she designed and sold silk screened greeting cards. She married Alan A. Pratt in Stamford, CT on November 14, 1953. The have lived in Bernardston since January of 1956.

Rosalile is survived by Alan, her husband of 62 years, Sons: Kenneth and wife Sue of Topsham, ME. Douglas and wife Ann of Leyden, MA eight grandchildren: Brannon, Kristy, Haley, Justin, Jacob, Ethan, Zack Bates, and Zach Pratt, several neices and a nephew, and seven great grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held on Monday (11-30-2015) from 3-5 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northield, Ma. A private memorial service will be held at the family's convenience.

Donations in her memory may be made to: Angel Flight NE, 492 Sutton St. North Andover, MA 01845. Or at www.angelflightne.org.

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William M. Pachalis
October 3, 1985 ~ November 14, 2015
Athol, Mass.

William M. Pachalis Jr. 30 of Athol died Saturday in Greenfield,Ma. He was born in Brattleboro, Vt. on October 3, 1985 the son of William and Vicki (Butler) Pachalis. William was educated in Bernardston, MA schools and attended Pioneer Valley Regional School. He was married to the former Hannah Balk on June 19, 2009 at the Mt. Hermon Chapel in Gill, Ma. He worked at Northfield Mt. Hermon School as a cook. He enjoyed video games, watching the Patriots, playing his guitar, and listening to music. He was a loving father and husband and cherished his son Aidan.

He is survived by his wife Hannah, and his son Aidan both at home. He is also survived by his parent's William and Vicki of Bernardston, and a brother Ryan and his fiance' Kadey Lewandowski of Colrain, Ma. and his sister Sydney Pachalis of Bernardston, Ma. and his maternal Grandparents, Barbara Cutler and Robert Cutler Sr., and his fraternal grandmother Nancy Pachalis.

There will be calling hours on Thursday evening at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. from 6-8 P.M. Burial in Center Cemetery, Bernardston, Ma. will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Aidan Pachalis Education Fund, C/O Greenfield Co-Op Bank, 144 Main St. Northfield, Ma. 01360.

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Theda M. Hanrahan
March 31, 1920 ~ November 5, 2015
Northfield, Mass.

Theda M. Hanrahan, 95 of Millers Falls Rd. died Thursday evening (11-5-2015) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Ma. She was born in Jaffery, NH on March 31, 1920, the daughter of Ernest and Jessie (Ward) Chamberlain. Theda was educated in Jaffery schools and was graduate of Conant High School. On May 1, 1942 she married James E. Hanrahan, and they celebrated 60 years of marriage until his passing in 2002. Theda was very active in the family business James E. Hanrahan & Sons, where she ran the office as general manager. She loved bird watching, and all nature and took great pride in her gardens. In her early years she was an avid fisherman and hunter spending much time with her sons in those endeavors. Her family was the most important aspect of her life.

She is survived by three sons: Robert and his wife Judith of Millers Falls, MA. Richard and his wife Joy of Winchester, NH and Michael of Northfield, MA. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jessie, Jennifer, and Corrine Hanrahan, and Rebecca Moretti, and great grandchildren Abigail McCaskey, and Emma Hanrahan Shulman.

Private graveside services will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Northfield at the convenience of the family.

Donations in her memory may be made to Dakin Humane Society, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, Mass. 01101.

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Mark E. Drew
December 9, 1951 ~ November 5, 2015
Bernardston, Mass.

Mark E. Drew, 63 of Deane Rd. Bernardston, died Thursday morning (11-5-2015) at his home. He was born in Montague, Ma. on December 9, 1951, the son of Norman F. and Eileen (Coogan) Drew. Mark was educated in Bernardston schools and graduated from Pioneer Valley Regional School in 1969. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Viet Nam War. He was married to the former Becky Miller on October 18, 1975. Becky predeceased him in 2002. Mark owned his own lawn care business and often, very generously, helped individuals with their grounds work as a Kindness. He served as custodian for the former St. Mary's, now Our Lady of Peace church in Turners Falls, and for St. Patrick's Church in Northfield. He also cared for Cushman Park and the Old Cemetery in Bernardston, MA. He loved trips to the ocean especially Cape Cod, and being outside and Maple Sugaring.

He is survived by his sisters: Mary Jane Raymond of Bernardston, Martha Walker of Bernardston, Jacqueline Gaines and Carol Killay both of Guilford VT. and Joan Bitters of Greenfield, MA. He is also survived by his loving mother-in-law Jean Miller of Bernardston, MA. and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister Norma Jean and a brother John.
There will be a Catholic Prayer service on Monday (11-9-2015) at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA at 2:00 P.M. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, Pastor of St. Patrick's Church will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

There will be a calling hour on Monday (11-9-2015) from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

In his remembrance please do an act of kindness for someone.

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Ivan "Pete" L. Smith
November 5, 1930 ~ October 22, 2015
Greenfield, Mass.

Ivan "Pete" L. Smith 84, of Wisdom Way Greenfield, formerly of Northfield died Thursday morning (10-22-2015) at Buckley Healthcare Center, Greenfield, Ma.

He was born in Moretown, Vt. on November 5, 1930, the son of Allan and Siltonia (Shonio) Smith. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was married to the former Hazel Young on July 4, 1954. Mrs. Smith predeceased him in 2006 after 52 years of marriage. Pete worked early in life for the Wickey Farm in Northfield for many years, and then went to work for the former Smead Lumber Co. in Vernon, Vt. as a truck driver retiring in 1992. He was a member of the American Legion Post #5 in Brattleboro, Vt. Pete was a very accomplished dancer spending many hours dancing with his wife. He loved spending time with his entire family. He also enjoyed NASCAR, traveling, country music, and playing Bingo at several senior centers.

He is survived by his children: Douglas and his wife Elaine of Gill, MA. Ivan Jr. and his wife Rosalyn of York, SC. Timothy and his wife Melanie of Greenfield, MA. Ellen Foxwell and her husband Tom of Greenfield, MA. Stephen and his companion Marguerite Sgadaro of Millers Falls, MA. Allen and his wife Cathy of Northfield, MA. He is also survived by two brothers: Lloyd Smith and his companion Andrea Scarborough of Lakeland, FL. and Charles Smith and his wife Yumi of Orford, NH. and a sister: Arletta Martin of Washington State. Seven grandchildren, Four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister Florence Thompson.

There are no calling hours. Services will be private with burial in the Spring in West Northfield Cemetery, Northfield, MA.

In lieu of flowers Donations in his memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1463 Highland Ave. Cheshire, CT. 06410.

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Lucas James Brazeau
September 18, 2015 ~ October 20, 2015
Bernardston, Mass.

Lucas James Brazeau, infant son of Heather and Ryan Brazeau passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. He was born September 18, 2015 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, Ma.

Lucas is survived by his parents Heather (Townsley) and Ryan Brazeau of Bernardston. Grandparents Michael and Susan Townsley of Bernardston, Eric Brazeau and Laurie Amarosa of Winchester, NH and Rodney and Lynn Ebbighausen of Hinsdale, NH. He is also the Great Grandson of JoAnn Winn of Greenfield, MA and Richard and Catherine Townsley of Shelburne, MA. And Audrey Reum of Greenfield, MA and Juanita DeCaussin of Sterling Heights, MI. He was predeceased by his Great Grandfather Richard Winn Sr.

A celebration of life will held on Friday October 23, 2015 at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. Greenfield, MA. At 11:00 A.M. The Rev. Stacy Kulgren, Pastor will officiate.

Donations in his memory may be made to Boston Children's Hospital NICU Department, 300 Longwood Ave. Boston, Ma. 02115.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. Is in charge of arrangements.

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Barbara S. Manning
November 24, 1924 ~ October 15, 2015
Vernon, Vt..

Barbara S. Manning, 90, of Vernon, died Thursday evening (10-15-2015) at the Vernon Green Nursing Home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Carlisle, Mass. on November 24, 1924 the daughter of Alfred and Alice (Evans) Stebbins. Barbara was educated in Cabot, Vt. schools. She married Merrill Manning on New Year's Eve 1948, and shortly after moved to the Franklin County area. Mr. Manning predeceased her in 2012. Her early years were spent raising a family, then she worked at the Advent Christian Home in Vernon, Vt. as a cook, retiring in the 1980's. She moved to Vernon Birches in Vernon in 1999. She was a longtime and early member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Greenfield and later a member of the North Leverett Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking especially cake making and decorating.

She is survived by her children: Mark and his wife Patt of Greenfield, MA. John and his companion Liz Johnson of Hillsborough, NH., Margo Wilkinson and her husband Terry of Laveta, CO. and Leta Johnson and her husband Mark of Montague, MA. She is also survived by a sister: Mary Lou Potter and her husband Roy of East Montpelier, VT. Eight grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday (10-20-2015) at 11:00 A.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA. The Rev. Bruce Burks, Pastor of the Vernon Advent Christian Church will officiate. Burial will be a later date in East Randolph Cemetery, Randolph, VT.

There will be a calling hour on Tuesday morning from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Vernon Advent Christian Homes, 61 Greenway Dr. Vernon, Vt. 05354.

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