Paul F. Frese '28, 93, of Southbury, died Tuesday,
March 28, at Waterbury Hospital. He was the widower of Henrietta (Dawson)
Frese. Mr. Frese was born April 6, 1906, in Waltham, MA. He received
a degree in horticulture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
and had been widely involved in horticulture activities. He was associate
editor of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and editor of Flower Grower.
He was editor of Popular Gardener Magazine from 1949 to 1955 and earned
the Academic Gold Medal from the University of Massachusetts. He served
as garden editor of House Beautiful, editor of publications for the
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and director of public information and education
for Sterling Forest Gardens. He was co-author of Favorite Flowers in
Color and was the director of the Meyer Arboretum in Westchester County.
He was a member and officer of numerous horticulture societies. He was
a resident of White Plains, NY, before moving to Heritage Village in
1982. He was the garden columnist for Heritage Villager newspaper from
1984 to 1995, and was a member of United Church of Christ in Southbury.
He leaves a son, Donald L. Frese of Mahopac, NY, six grandchildren and
a great-grandson. .
(Waterbury Republican-American 3/31/00)
Charles W. Barr '29, born October 19, 1906, in
Pittsburgh, PA. He had been a resident of East Lansing since 1930. Died
on June 25, 2000. He earned his BS Degree in Landscape Architecture
in 1929 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He earned a
Master's Degree in Recreational Forestry from Michigan State University
in 1940. In 1949, he earned a Master's Degree in City Planning from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Charles first came to Michigan
State University as an Instructor in Landscape Architecture in 1930.
He progressed to full Professor in 1951. He taught for a total of 48
years in the Department of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture.
Upon retirement, he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus by the
M.S.U. Board of Trustees. He founded the Urban Planning Studies, which
later became the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
at M.S.U. He served as Chairman of Urban Planning Studies and developed
the Departmental Library named for him. He wrote a book (Oct. 1950)
entitled, "Planning the Countryside," the legal basis for county and
township planning in Michigan. Charles served as a Planning Consultant
for numerous cities in Michigan including Lansing, Dearborn, Royal Oak,
Roseville, also St. Cloud, MN, and Dayton, OH. During World War II,
as a civil employed, he was given the rank of captain. He was proud
to have taught courses of Combat Camouflage and Mathematics to Air Force
personnel. During his teaching career, Charles traveled around the world
studying city planning. He brought first hand knowledge and slides back
to his students. The personal contacts he made have continued over the
years. Charles was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He served
as an advisor of the local chapter for many years. Other organizations
include: Phi Kappa Phi, The American Institute of Planners, the Michigan
Chapter of A.I.P., Michigan Society of Planning Officials (director
and treasurer), and the M.S.U. Men's Club. He was a member of Plymouth
Congregational Church of Lansing where he was superintendent of the
junior high department and taught senior high boys, and served on many
boards and committees. He served the National Association of Congregational
Christian Churches as Chairman of Religious Education, New Church Development,
and served on the Executive Committee. He was also an associate member
of the Congregational Church of Mt. Dora, FL, where he served several
terms as Church Clerk. He is survived by his wife, Mildred, whom he
married July 6, 1933; son, Charles W. Barr II of East Lansing; daughter,
Marilyn Leppek (Alfonce) of Okemos; granddaughters, Jan Marie Cox (Dennis)
of Lansing and Deborah Kay Leppek of Seattle, WA; brother, Howard (Margaret)
of Austin, TX; sister, Bernice Ragsdale of Austin, TX; nephews, Richard
(Mary Shipp) of Dallas, TX, Alan (Mary Sue) of Austin, TX, J. Stephen
Ragsdale (Christie) of Lake Worth, FL; and niece, Nancy Lee of Glen
Burnie, MD. Charles was an avid reader and stamp collector. He enjoyed
being outside doing yard work. . .
Lewis E. King '29S, 90, of North Brookfield, died
Wednesday (9/13/00) at home. He was a dairy farmer and owned the Dreamland
Farm in New Braintree for 25 years, retiring in 1978. He previously
owned and operated the Elmstead Farm in North Brookfield for 17 years.
Born in Charlton, he lived in North Brookfield for 35 years, Sophia,
NC, for 12 years and retired to North Brookfield 10 years ago. He was
a graduate of North Brookfield High School and the former Massachusetts
State College (now the University of Massachusetts at Amherst). He was
a member of the First Congregational Church. He leaves his wife of 64
years, the former Lois Cavanaugh; two sons, Robert L. of Warren and
William H. of North Brookfield; two daughters, Barbara A. Taylor of
Cassville, NY, and Berkeley A. Burnham of North Brookfield; a brother,
Alvah B. of Anoka, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
(Springfield Union News 9/14/00)
Margaret O. Vaughan '32, 90, of Leesburg,
FL, formerly of Amherst, died July 9 at home. Born May 8, 1910, in Altoona,
PA, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and grace (Hogue) Ohlwiler.
She also had lived in Southbury, CT. Mrs. Vaughan received a bachelor's
degree from Massachusetts State College, now the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst. She was active in Unitarian churches wherever she lived.
She was a member of the Keene Senior Center and an avid bridge player
and enjoyed gardening. Her husband of 65 years, Herbert S. Vaughan,
died earlier. She leaves three daughters, Marjorie V. Lane of Reston,
VA, Carolyn V. Mitchell of Amherst, NH, and Jane V. Barron of Halifax,
VT; two brothers, Ralph Ohlwiler of Rock Island, Tenn., and David Ohlwiler
of Glenville, NC; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several
nieces and nephews. A son, Herbert G. Vaughan, and a sister, Katherine
O. Johnson, died earlier. . .
(Sunday Gazette 7/14/00)
Warren H. Southworth '34 - no obituary
Thomas R. Wentzell '34S, 86, of Westboro,
former president of Valley Brook Dairy Farm, died Monday, June 12, at
the Beaumont Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a period
of declining health. He leaves his wife of 62 years, Catherine H. "Kay"
(Hoyt) Wentzell; two sons, John Frederick of Boylston and Fred Stevens
Wentzell of Shrewsbury; a daughter, Susan Morin of Douglas; and two
grandchildren. He was born in Worcester, son of Thomas and Minnie (Misner)
Wentzell, He was educated in Worcester schools and graduated from Commerce
High School in 1932. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst. He lived in Worcester until moving to Westboro in 1968.
Mr. Wentzell was president of Valley Brook Dairy Farm, a family owned
dairy started by his father. He retired in 1968. He was a member of
the Evangelical Congregational Church and a member of the Matthew John
Whittal Masonic Lodge in Shrewsbury. Mr. Wentzell was an avid reader,
and he had a vast knowledge of airplanes and automobiles. He also loved
to travel. . .
(Worcester Telegram and Gazette 6/10/00)
Rocco Pepi '35S, 87, of Framingham,
died Wednesday, September 6, 2000, at the Carlyle House in Framingham.
He was the husband of Beatrice (Marenghi) Pepi. Born in Framingham,
he was the son of the late Luigi and Philomena (Viglione) Pepi. He was
a graduate of Framingham High School, Class of 1932, and a graduate
of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was employed at the
Rockwell Company in Hopedale. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter,
Joyce and her husband, Robert St. Andre, of Franklin; a son, Dr. David
Pepi and his wife, Heather, of Wisconsin; two sisters, Theresa Little
of Framingham and Rose Luchini of South Hadley; two brothers, Dominic
Pepi of Framingham and Joseph Pepi of Hyannis; three grandchildren,
Michael St. Andre, Esq. Of Boston, Stephen St. Andre of San Francisco,
CA, and Calyx Pepi of Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews. He was
the brother of the late Constant Pepi. . .
(Framingham Metrowest Daily News
Bernice (Giduz) Schubert '35, 86,
a renowned botanical academician at Harvard University, died August
14 in her home. Born in Boston, she obtained a bachelor of science degree
from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1935. She also received
a master's degree in 1937 and a Ph.D. in taxonomy in 1941, both from
Radcliffe College. From 1936 to 1949, she worked as a research assistant
in systematic botany at Harvard's Gray Herbarium. She assisted the director,
M.L. Fernald, in studies of North American plants for the 8th edition
of "Gray's Manual of Botany." In 1950, she continued her taxonomic work
on legumes as a Gugenheim fellow in Europe. For several years she was
involved in a cooperative program with the National heart Institute
and the National Institutes of Health, to screen plants for the presence
of alkaloids potentially useful in the treatment of hypertension. From
1952-1961, she worked as a plant taxonomist for the US Agriculture Department
in Washington. Soon afterward she accepted a position at Harvard University
which she held until her retirement in 1984. During her tenure at Harvard
she was also editor of the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum. As the first
secretary of the Women's Organization at Harvard, she contributed greatly
toward the recognition of women in the workplace. She traveled frequently
to Latin America, especially Mexico. Her publications include about
100 scientific papers. . .
Jean (Baker) Stewart '35, 87, of
Chapel Hill, died June 29 after a period of declining mental health.
Mrs. Stewart was active in conservation organizations and community
affairs in Chapel Hill, Orange County and North Carolina for many years.
A native of Marshfield and Braintree, Massachusetts, she attended Radcliff
College and graduated from Massachusetts State College (now the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst) in 1935. After work in Surry, Maine, she
spent World War II years working in Boston and serving extensively in
the Buddies Club (Predecessor of the USO). She was a principal friend
of the French sailors on ships temporarily at the Boston Navy Yard and
of the Tahitian sailors waiting at Gloucester for fishing vessels. After
marriage to Pearson Stewart in October, 1946, she lived in Knoxville,
Tennessee, Clifton, New Jersey and Warwick, Rhode Island before coming
to Chapel Hill in the early 1950's. She was a hiking and third class
skiing member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and, until her marriage,
was scheduled to be Chair of its Ski Committee, she was principal teaching
assistant to Ralph Page, the New England and United States Premier square
dance caller. She was a member and trip leader of the Smokey Mountain
Hiking Club. She was a member and president of the Chapel Hill Garden
Club, member and president of the North Carolina Wild Flower Preservation
Society, member of the Chapel Hill Appearance Commission and the oldest
(in years of service) volunteer at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.
In Chapel Hill also she was a principal dancer in Beth Okun's Square
dance group and in Beth Okun's English dance group. She was associate
leader of Jim Faucette's Orange County Eno River Friday morning botanical
hiking group. She was a long time PTA Thrift Shop Volunteer. As a Girl
Scout Leader she led many nature hikes in the Chapel Hill area. The
Chapel Hill community knew her for her work in initiating and caring
for the town's street frontage crape myrtle plantings, for her long
record of attendance and note taking of Town council meetings, for her
donation of her local government record files to the town's archives,
for her participation in botanical plant rescue missions, for her advisory
committee help in revising the town's development ordinance, for her
participatory support of anti-litter efforts. The Town of Chapel Hill
recognized her work by naming one of its Appearance Commission awards
The Jean and Pearson Stewart Award. She was married to Pearson Stewart.
They observed their 53rd wedding anniversary on October 12, 1999. Surviving
in addition to her husband are her son, Colin E. Stewart and daughter-in-law,
Susan Stewart of Laguna Niguel, California; her daughter, Jean C. Stewart
of Duxbury, Massachusetts; three grandchildren, Matthew, Paul and Rebecca,
and a brother, Arthur, of Marshfield, Massachusetts. . .
Marguerite (Ford) Aurnhammer '36,
died Monday, February 28. She was the first director of Nursing at Morton
Hospital in Taunton and assistant director of nursing at Brockton VA
from 1953 to 1974. She graduated from Brockton High School, the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst, General Hospital School of Nursing and
the Nursing Institute. Mrs. Aurnhammer was formerly of Raynham. She
is survived by a sister, Grace McCarron of Raynham and nephews, nieces,
grand nephews and grand nieces. . .
(Quincy Patriot Ledger 3/1/00)
Bertram R. Forer '36, passed away
April 6, 2000; retired clinical psychologist and World War II Veteran.
Born in 1914 in Springfield, MA, Dr. Forer received the B.S. degree
in Pre-Med from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the degrees
of M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. A person of diverse interests and achievements,
he served as psychologist and administrator in a military hospital in
France during WWII; in a VA mental hygiene clinic in Los Angeles; and
in private practice in Malibu, CA. Professional highlights included;
serving in O.S.S. during wartime, developing several widely used projective
techniques, and being an active member or officer of numerous national
and local professional organizations. Other award receiving interests
included metal sculptures, songs, and apothegms reflecting his wit and
(The Los Angeles Times , submitted
Lucille K. Forer)
Fred A. Lehr '36 - no obituary available
John Kabot '37, 85, of East Hartford,
formerly of Hatfield, died August 10 in East Hartford. Born April 10,
1915, in Hatfield, he was the son of the late Wawrzyniec "Lawrence"
and Aniela "Nellie" (Antosz) Kabat. He graduated from Smith Academy
in Hatfield. He also graduated in 1937 from the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst, where he served as manager of the Minutemen basketball team.
He had been a resident of East Hartford for 60 years. Mr. Kabot had
been a foreman at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, Division of United Technologies
Corp., in East Hartford, CT, for 38 years, retiring 24 years ago. He
was well-known for his vegetable gardens, and it was said that he could
fix just about anything. He was loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox baseball
team, and a strong supporter of the Connecticut lottery. He leaves his
wife of 46 years, Margaret (Pierce) Kabot; two daughters, Janalyn Davis
of Portland, CT, and Kimberly Kunze of Hamden, CT: a brother, Henry
Kabat of Florence; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Two brothers, Joseph Kabat, and Thaddeus Kabat, both died earlier. .
(Northampton Daily Hampshire Gazette
Saul Small '37 - no obituary available
Joseph R. Bianco '38, 85, former
mayor of North Adams, died yesterday afternoon (3/3/00) in the emergency
room of North Adams. Regional Hospital, where he had been taken after
being stricken earlier in the day. Bianco was a four-term mayor from
1970 to 1978, and also figured prominently in local civic and religious
life over the years. . . Bianco entered public life in 1949, when he
was elected to the first of four terms on the North Adams School Committee.
In 1953, Bianco won a seat on the City Council, where he served four
consecutive terms, being elected ceremonial mayor under the Plan D city
manager form of municipal government. Bianco took two years off from
city politics starting in 1960. He was then reelected to the School
Committee and again won a one-year term on the City Council. On November
4, 1969, Bianco was elected to the first of his four terms as mayor.
At the time he retired from office, Bianco was the longest-serving mayor
in the history of North Adams. . .Bianco supervised a number of projects
including the downtown urban renewal project and construction of the
new City Hall and a new Drury High School. In 1974, North Adams was
named an All-American City. Bianco was not known to mince words, and
while some who encountered him at City Hall might have wished his demeanor
was more diplomatic, "his bite wasn't anywhere near his bark. . ." Bianco
retired from office in 1978 after his fourth term, though for years
to come he continued to serve on such appointed boards as the North
Adams Redevelopment Authority and the Retirement Board. Lamb said the
week before he took office, Bianco took him to lunch. "He told me three
points to remember: Do what's in your heart, don't worry about the next
editorial, and always love North Adams." Bianco was born in North Adams
on March 19, 1914, the son of John Bianco and Rose Sbarbaro Bianco.
He graduated from Drury High School and attended Syracuse University
for one year. He transferred to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,
where he graduated in 1938. Rachel Morgan, whom he married on July 19,
1941, died on April 11, 1970. Bianco leaves his wife, the former Dolores
A. Mancini, whom he married on December 28, 1979, in St. Anthony Church;
a daughter, Nancy Marden of North Adams; three stepchildren, Melissa
A. Parisien of North Adams, John D. Parisien of Lansdowne, PA, and Maureen
A. Lynch of Phoenix; a brother, Dr. Norman V. Bianco of North Adams;
two sisters, Rita Sharron and Dolores O'Neil of North Adams, two grandchildren
and five step-grandchildren. A son, Harvey J. Bianco, died in 1956.
(Pittsfield Berkshire Eagle 3/4/00)
Ruth (Jefferson) Nolan '38 - no obituary
Robert C. Perkins II '38, 84, a longtime
resident of Barre, MA, died suddenly at his home in Oceanside, CA on
July 21, 2000. He was born in Worcester, MA, on January 7, 1916, the
son of Robert W. Perkins and Annette E. Hurd of 262 Sunderland Road,
Worcester. He graduated from Classical High School, Worcester, MA: earned
a BS in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst;
and received his MS degree in Forestry from the Yale Forestry School.
During the World War II years he was based in the Midwest as a buyer,
and an expert on the properties, of various types of wood to be acquired
and used in the war effort to replace valuable metals reserved for war
material. He returned to Worcester at the end of WW II and ran the B.F.
Marsh company. He moved his family first to Petersham and then to Barre,
MA where he was active in the Unitarian Church, and was a founder of
the Barre Boys' Club. During his retirement in Oceanside, CA, he concluded
a lifetime genealogical study of his family and that of his late wife
Jean Whitney Perkins who died in May, 1987 in Worcester, MA. Both families
were among the earliest settlers of Massachusetts, arriving from Warwickshire,
England originally, and migrated to Worcester County from Plymouth,
Plympton and Harvard, MA. He is survived by his wife, Grace Brown Perkins
of Oceanside, CA; his sisters Mary N. Baxter, of Shrewsbury, MA and
Isabel R. Jolma of Gardner, MA; his brother Milton of Worthington, MA
(his brothers Frederick and John, and his sister, Clara, predeceased
him); his children, Lee Perkins of Alexandria, VA; Carol Georgopoulos
of Salt Lake City; Stephen W. Perkins of Montague, MA; Robert W. Perkins
II of Worthington, MA; Harriet A. Raitt of Ukiah, CA: Ralph W. Perkins
of Shirley MA; Elizabeth C. Perkins of Talmage, CA; Eleanor T. Perkins
of East Greenwich, RI; Julia Perkins of Middletown, CT: and Michael
W. Perkins of Charlton, MA, eleven grandchildren, one great-grandchild,
and many nieces and nephews. . .
(Submitted by Lee Perkins)
Fern (Kaplinsky) Elkind '39, of Bridgeport,
passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2000. Mrs. Elkind was born in Holyoke,
MA, daughter of the late William and Rose (Cohen) Kaplinsky. She is
survived by her husband, Henry Elkind; her two daughters, Phyllis Elkind
of New York City, and Louise Elkind of Ohio; and one grandson, Matthew.
Fern and Henry moved to Bridgeport from Clarks Summit, Pa., two years
ago to be near Henry's sister, Dorothy Blaustein of Fairfield. Fern
met Henry while attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
She was devoted to her husband and children, and her beloved grandson.
Fern also acted as "grandma" to the children of her nephew, Jonathan,
and her niece, Carolyn. She loved to sing and listen to music. Fern's
sweetness will be missed by all who knew her. . .
(Bridgeport Connecticut Post 3/16/00)
Francis J.Farren Sr. '39, 84, a resident
of Vestal, NY, for over 40 years, died Thursday, June 22, 2000 at his
home. He was born in North Adams on September 10, 1915. He graduated
from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1939 with a BS in
chemistry. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and attained the
rank of 1st lieutenant. He was employed by G.A.F. Corp. as a research
chemist and retired after 17 years in 1977. He was president of the
G.A.F. Camera Club and visited nursing homes in the area with slide
programs. After retirement from G.A.F., he became a photographic consultant
for companies both in the United States and overseas. He was a member
of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Vestal. He leaves two sons, Timothy L.
of Windsor and Jeffrey G. of Pittsburgh, Pa.; five grandchildren, Seth
Farren, Shana Podgurski, Desiree Farren, Jesse Farren and Collin Farren;
and a sister, Mary Remillard of Adams. His wife, Rita I. Farren, and
a son, Francis J. Farren, are deceased. . .
(North Adams North Adams Transcript 8/1/00)
Russell S. Shaw '39S, beloved husband
of Barbara Gates Shaw, and former first selectman of the Town of Simsbury,
passed on peacefully on Saturday, September 9, 2000 after a long courageous
battle with cancer. He was born September 29, 1919, in Simsbury, son
of the late John Leon and Iva (Stoddard) Shaw, and lived in Simsbury
all of his life. He was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst, worked at Pratt & Whitney, and was a veteran of World War
II in the U.S. Navy. For 12 years he helped to build many homes in the
Farmington Valley. He served as prosecutor in the Simsbury Justice Court,
was a ten years volunteer fireman in the Simsbury Fire Dept., was active
in the Boy Scout movement for 50 years, a 50 year member of the First
Church of Christ Congregational, a 60 year member of the Simsbury Grange
#197, a 50 year member of the American Legion, an active Rotarian, and
a member of the Simsbury Historical Society. He was a member of the
Simsbury Cemetery Association and director of the War Memorial Pool
and the school building committee. He served as first selectman of Simsbury
for over 22 years and was instrumental in acquiring Orkil Farms and
developing Simsbury Farms Recreational Complex and Meadow Park. He instituted
the Simsbury Open Space Program, including Onion Mt. Curtiss park, Tariffville
Park, Weatogue Park, Heublein Tower Park and Ethel Winter property on
Stratton Brook Road, the Darling-Hilles property on Farms Village Road,
and the Antoinette Eno Wood property and Pharos Farm. He directed the
construction of the Simsbury Sewer System, and he guided the development
of Latimer Lane, Squadrom Line, Henry James Memorial and Simsbury High
School. With the help of the telephone company he made Simsbury the
first town in Connecticut and seventh in the U.S. to provide "911".
He initiated the Belden School conversion to the present municipal building
for town, board of education offices and the police headquarters; served
on the Board of Directors Capitol Region Council of Governments and
the Connecticut Council of Municipalities; was a director of the Village
Water Company for 25 years and president for seven years. During the
last 30 years he was honored with the following awards: "Home Town Hero,"
"Man of the Year" and Distinguished Simsbury High School graduate. Besides
his wife of 58 years, he is survived by a son, Russell S. Shaw, Jr.
and his special friend, Joyce Driscoll; two daughters and a son-in-law,
Judith and Mato Latin, and Carol G. Shaw, all of Simsbury; four grandchildren,
Daniel and Tracy Shaw of Boston, MA, and Stephen and Thomas Latin of
Simsbury; two brothers, Donald H. Shaw, Ernest G. Shaw; and two sisters,
Ruth S. Driscoll and Muriel S. Fields. He was predeceased by a sister,
Mary Elizabeth Shaw; and a brother, John L. Shaw, Jr. . .
Virginia Aitken '40 - no obituary
Peter C. Kuzmiski '40S, 82, an entomologist,
died Tuesday (8/22/00) at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton
after becoming ill at home. Mr. Kuzmiski was an entomologist for the
state of Massachusetts for 42 years. He retired as chief of the Department
of Agriculture 11 years ago. He was a former Randolph Little League
coach and a former member of the Randolph Knights of Columbus and Randolph
Lodge of Elks. Kuzmiski was born and raised on a farm in Amherst, the
son of Lithuanian immigrants. "We were potato farmers," he told The
Patriot Ledger in 1974. He described himself as a "farmer back into
the beginning of time." He was a 1936 graduate of Amherst High School
and a 1940 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's
Stockbridge School of Agriculture. In 1944 he joined the state service.
He had lived in Randolph for the last 50 years. Mr. Kuzmiski is survived
by his wife of 50 years, Eleanor E. (Wesloski) Kuzmiski; a son, John
P. Kuzmiski of Rhode Island; a brother, Frank Kuzmiski of Amherst; a
sister, Veronica Lukow of Greenfield; two grandchildren; and many nephews
and nieces. . .
(Quincy Patriot Ledger 8/24/00)
Carl F. Nelson Jr. '40, 85, of East
Orleans, MA, died March 24 at his home. Born, raised and educated in
Gardner, MA, he attended Cushing Academy prior to studying at the College
of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He completed his Bachelor of Science
degree at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was working
toward his master's degree when he entered the Navy. He served in the
American and Pacific theatres during World War II aboard the USS Navarro
and the USS Ibis. A gunnery officer, he was the recipient of the Asiatic
Pacific Star and had the rank of lieutenant. Upon returning to the United
States he completed his master's degree at the University of Massachusetts.
After teaching at Miami University in Ohio for two years, he took a
position as a wildlife biologist with the federal Department of the
Interior Fish and Wildlife Service and moved his family to Beverly,
MA. They moved in 1958 to Contoocook, NH, where he continued with field
work with the Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1967, he took the government
position of field supervisor of the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation in
Ann Arbor, Mich. He retired to East Orleans in 1974. An active volunteer
with the Audubon Society in Wellfleet and the Cape Cod Museum of Natural
History, he worked extensively with study skins and tracking the health
and overall welfare of wildlife on Cape Cod. He also enjoyed gardening,
decoy carving, woodworking and refinishing antiques. He was predeceased
by his wife Clare (Roche) Nelson in 1995 and Rita (Buckley) Nelson in
1958. He is survived by his daughters, Sharon Regal Luttazi of Dover,
Mass., Christine Miller of Dover, NH, and Jeanne Kruse of Fairfield;
his son, Carl Felix "Bucky" Nelson III of Londonderry, NH; 11 grandchildren;
and four great-grandchildren. . .
(Fairfield Fairfield Citizen-News
Henry Z. Czelusniak '41G, 91, of
Chicopee, a former teacher and city official, died Monday, June 5, 2000,
at a local nursing home. He was a seventh-grade teacher at the Bellamy
School and retired in 1977. He was a Red Cross field director during
World War II. Born in Chicopee, he was a life-long resident, a communicant
of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr, and a member of
the Knights of St. Stanislaus. He was a graduate of St. John's College
in Annapolis, MD. And earned two master's degrees at the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst. He belonged to the William F. Davitt Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post 625, the Kiwanis, the Polish National Alliance,
the Massachusetts Education Association, the King William Society of
St. John's College, and the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley. His
wife, the former Kathryn Kibula, died in 1987, and a son, retired Maj.
H. Allen Jr., in 1992. He leaves his daughter, Marilyn C. Hurst; a sister,
Matilda C. Dupuis of Holyoke; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
(Hello Holyoke 6/14/00)
Stanley C. Reed '41, 80, of East
Bridgewater, died unexpectedly March 31 while vacationing in Florida
with his wife, Greeta Swanson Reed. He was born in Brockton, son of
the late Myron and Helen Reed, and graduated from Brockton High School
in 1937, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1941, and received
his master's degree in education from Boston University. After serving
in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he returned to work for a short
time at Sturtevant Farms in Halifax. Mr. Reed taught at Middleboro High
School prior to spending 15 years as a regional sales manager with Wirthmore
Feeds in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. He returned to
teaching at West Bridgewater High School in 1963, and retired in 1986.
He taught biology and was the equipment manager and ardent supporter
of a number of athletic teams. He received great pleasure from following
his students' endeavors through the years. He was a past president and
active member of the Plymouth County Teachers' Association. Mr. Reed
was a member of the Church of Our Savior in Middleboro. He served in
the past as a leader to the youth group, was a long-time usher and a
member of the vestry. Recently, he had also been attending a Baptist
church in Brockton. . .
(Brockton Enterprise 4/4/00)
George H. Soule '41 - no obituary
George E. McLaughlin '42, 80, of
Sunderland, a decorated former naval aviator, died Monday at Cooley
Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. A Navy lieutenant during World War
II, he flew torpedo bombers from aircraft carriers in the Pacific Theater
and was cited for "meritorious achievement" in pressing home attacks
against the Japanese mainland and "contributed materially to the success
of his squadron." He was awarded the Air Medal by Secretary of the Navy
James V. Forrestal. After discharge, he worked as a construction engineer
for the former Stephen Puffer Construction Co. of Amherst. Born in Palmer,
he was a 1937 graduate of Amherst High School. He also was a wildlife
management student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and
graduated in 1942. An avid hunter, he was an environmental advocate
and a wildlife conservationist. He leaves his former wife, Anna McLaughlin;
two sons, William of Greenfield and John, formerly of Amherst; a brother,
Frederick of Hatfield; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.
(Springfield Union News 8/17/00)
Arthur Monk '42 - no obituary available
Phoebe (Whittemore) Smith '42 - no
Charles Jagger Jr. '43S, 79, who
moved to North Fort Myers in 1986, formerly of Auburn, Mass., died Sunday,
July 30, in Cape Coral. He leaves his wife, Dorothy W. Jagger; a brother,
Edward Jagger of Worcester, MA, two daughters, Lesley Philips of Cape
Coral and Barbara Jagger of North Fort Myers; a son, Charles and four
grandchildren. He was born in Providence, RI, son of Charles and Annie
(MacNeil) Jagger, and lived in Auburn for many years. He graduated from
Auburn High School in 1941 and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
He served in the Navy. He moved to Florida in 1961, and moved to North
Fort Myers in 1984. Mr. Jagger worked for the Pet Milk Corp., retiring
in 1984. He was a charter member of Pakachoag Church and the Joel H.
Prouty Masonic Lodge, both in Auburn. He was a member of the American
Legion, the LST Association, and the National Rifle Association. . .
(Worcester Telegram & Gazette 8/22/00)
Lurane (Wells) Gove '43, of South
Yarmouth and Weston, died May 18, 2000, after a long illness at her
home overlooking Follins Pond. She was the wife of C. Allen Gove. Mrs.
Gove was born in Deerfield. She lived on the Cape as a child, graduating
from John Simpkins High School in South Yarmouth. She graduated from
the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She and her husband made
their home in Weston prior to moving permanently to South Yarmouth in
1981. She contributed her time and talent to several organizations including
the Weston Clothing Exchange, WGBH-Channel 2 Auction, Council of Churches
Service Center (Dennisport), Museum of Natural History, Mass. Audubon
Society, and AAUW, among others. She was an active member of the Bass
River Yacht Club. Besides her husband, she is survived by her children,
Stephen Gove of North Woodstock, NH, Jeffrey Gove of Camden, Maine,
and Martha (Gove) Bradley of Portland, Maine; three grandchildren, Emily,
Justin and Molly Gove of Camden, Maine; her sister, Joanna Smith of
Summersfield, Fla., and several nieces and nephews. . .
(Needham Weston Town Crier & Tab
Barbara (Bemis) McCarthy '43, 77,
of Holden, MA, died Monday, April 24, in UMass Memorial Medical Center-
Memorial Campus, Worcester, after an illness. She leaves her husband
of 54 years, James L. McCarthy; six sons, James D. of Dallas, Thomas
R. of Pacific Palisades, CA, David R. of Cape Neddick, Maine, Michael
J. of Pittsfield, Patrick G. of Chesapeake, VA, and Steven P. of West
Boylston; four daughters, Jean Ewell of St. Louis, Margaret Herzig of
Lexington, Janice E. Maki of Woodbury, CT, and Theresa B. McCarthy of
Austin, TX; two brothers, Warren and Richard Bemis, both of Spencer;
a sister, Dorothy Bemis of Spencer; 20 grandchildren; nephews and nieces.
She was born in Spencer, daughter of Roger E. and Helen (Hobbs) Bemis.
She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1944,
where she was president of Pi Beta Phi. She lived in Elmira, NY, for
13 years, and moved to Holden 31 years ago. Mrs. McCarthy was active
in 4-H and worked for its extension service in Worcester and Hamden
counties. During World War II, she was a cover girl for several publications
encouraging agricultural production. She taught home economics at Rutland's
Naquag Junior High, and later worked at the Holden Big Y as a food demonstrator.
She was an advocate for senior citizens. She was a member of the Holden
Council on Aging and the Holden Bandstand Committee. In Á996 she received
the Silver Dove Award from Governor William Weld, as well as citations
from the state Senate and House of Representatives, for her volunteer
work. In 1997, she received the Good Neighbor Award from the Holden
Democratic Committee. . .
(Worcester Telegram & Gazette 4/26/00)
M. Curtis Wilson '44, 78, of Clearwater,
FL, formerly of West Lafayette, died Wednesday, February 23, 2000, in
Morton Plante Hospital in Clearwater. He was born in Ware, MA, in 1921
and was a 1944 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
In 1946, he received his master's degree in entomology from Ohio State
University. He was a member of the Purdue University entomology department
faculty from 1947 until his retirement in 1987. He was an internationally
known field crop specialist and was active in developing interstate
research projects. He co-wrote a series of textbooks on insect pest
management and numerous articles on the subject. He also organized student
paper competitions among biology students from area colleges and universities.
He was a member of the Entomological Society of America and served as
president of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Registry of Professional
Entomologists. He served as a consultant for the Food and Agricultural
Organization in Romania and was a recipient of the C.V. Riley Award
for excellence in research. After his retirement, he became a marine
docent for the University of New Hampshire and later had a similar position
with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. He was a member of the Federated
Church and a longtime member of the West Lafayette Masonic Lodge 724.
Surviving are a brother, Lyndon Wilson of Ware, and a niece, Sondra
Hillhouse of Kingston, NH, with whom he lived. . .
(Lafayette, IN Journal and Courier
Daniel F. Burgess '48 - no obituary
John L. Clark '48S - no obituary available
Priscilla (Baldwin) Crowell '48,
74, a resident of South Dennis, died Sunday at the Cranberry Pointe
Nursing Center in Harwich. She was the wife of the late Robert E. Crowell.
They were married in 1949. Born in Harwich Port, she was a 1943 graduate
of Harwich High School and a 1947 graduate of the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst. Mrs. Crowell enjoyed swimming, becoming the first lifeguard
at Bank Street Beach in Harwich Port in 1945. She and her father built
the lifeguard stand. From 1947 to 1952, she was the home economics teacher
at Chatham High School. After the birth of her three children, she worked
from 1963 to 1986 as the food service supervisor for the Harwich school
system. She enjoyed caring for others, and was known for her generous
spirit and desire to help. She is survived by her mother, Carol Baldwin
of Harwich Port; two sons, Gregory W. Crowell of Cooperstown, NY, and
Robert E. Crowell Jr. of South Dennis; a daughter, Kathryn J. Ben of
East Sandwich; a brother, James Baldwin of Newark, Del.; three grandsons;
and many nieces and nephews. . .
(Hyannis Cape Cod Times 9/14/00)
Robert E. Glendon '48, of North Andover,
formerly of Winchester, died Friday, August 4, 2000 in Lexington. He
was educated in the Winchester public schools and a member of the class
of 1948 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He served in
the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, stationed in India near the
Burmese border. He was a cryptographer flying in support of British
troops fighting Japanese invaders. He worked at the U.S. Navy Underwater
Sound Laboratory in New London, Conn., the National Aeronautic & Space
Administration in Cambridge, RCA Corp. in Burlington and AVCO Corp.
in Everett. Mr. Glendon is survived by a brother, Richard R. Glendon
of Lincoln; two nephews, Steven Cutter of Charleston, SC, and Michael
Glendon of Cambridge and three nieces, Patricia Desmarals of Randolph,
Ellen Murphy of Bedford and Natasha Crossley of Merrimac. He was predeceased
by a sister Elizabeth Cutter of Bedford. . .
(Concord Bedford Minuteman 8/10/00)
Ida (Kelley) Verity '48 - no obituary
Paul J. Conlon '49, 75, former resident
of Greenfield, died Saturday (7-15-00) at Olympus Specialty Hospital.
Born in Woburn, June 30, 1925, he was the son of Dennis and Josephine
(Donovan) Conlon. He was a 1950 graduate of the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst. He lived in Centerville, Ohio, and Greenfield before moving
to Wilbraham. Conlon retired as director of management information systems
at the former Albert Steiger Inc. Previously, he was Springfield branch
manager for National Cash Register. He was a Navy veteran of World War
II and a member of the American Legion of Wilbraham. He was a history
interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village and treasurer of Woodland Deli
Cemetery. He was a licensed private pilot and member of SPARKS and Northern
Connecticut Radio Controlled Club. Survivors include his wife of 53
years, the former Jessie Wakeham; three sons, Daniel P. of Deerfield,
Matthew D. of Kettering, Ohio, and Paul D. of Hampden; a daughter, Cynthia
C. Jones of Glastonbury; 13 grandchildren and a great grandchild. .
(Sunday Recorder 7-18-00)
Regina M. Curtin '49, 72, a retired
school teacher, died unexpectedly at home Friday. She was born in Waltham
and raised in Watertown. She was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst. She later moved to Wayland where she lived for many years.
Mrs. Curtin worked as an elementary school teacher for 20 years in Watertown.
She was lifelong summer resident of Falmouth and moved to the Cape permanently
in 1989. She is survived by a son, Patrick J. Curtin of El Paso, Texas;
a daughter, Nancy M. Aucoin of East Falmouth; and two grandchildren.
(Hyannis Cape Cod Times 3/13/00)
Alice (Howarth) Moses '49, 71, of
Wrentham, formerly of Attleboro, died Friday at Life Care of Attleboro.
She was the widow of Graydon F. Moses. Born in Worcester, the daughter
of Francis and Eleanor (Covey) Howarth, she grew up in Upton, where
she attended elementary school. She attended agricultural school at
North High School in Worcester and graduated from the Stockbridge School
of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1949.
Mrs. Moses reared her family in Attleboro, then lived in Palmyra, Maine,
for several years. She moved to Wrentham six years ago. She worked as
a nurse's aide at several nursing homes in the Attleboro area, retiring
in 1976. Mrs. Moses was a member of the Order of Eastern Start chapters
in Upton and Attleboro. Survivors include two sons, Clifford Moses of
North Attleboro and David Moses of Anniston, Ala.; two daughters, Wilma
Moses of Londonderry, NY, and Cunthia Randall of Hollywood, FL; two
brothers, Richard Howarth of Upton and Francis Howarth of Honolulu,
Hawaii; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. . .
(Attleboro Sunday Sun Chronicle 9/10/00)
Bruce W. Shufelt '49, 75, of Marion
died Friday, August 25, 2000. He was the husband of Mary Ann Shufelt.
Born in Walpole, he was the son of the late Ruth G. Bingham and the
late Bruce Shufelt. Mr. Shufelt was a graduate of Amherst High School
and a 1949 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where
he earned a bachelors' degree in business and played varsity baseball.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Marion and was
a Marine veteran of World War II. Mr. Shufelt worked for International
Harvester in various executive positions from 1949-1981. His work involved
living in several states. He retired to Marion in 1982. His family summered
in Wareham, where they still maintain a summer residence. He enjoyed
sports, shellfishing, and loved the seashore. Survivors include his
widow; two sons, B. Bradford Shufelt of Falmouth and Douglas Shufelt
of Darien, CT; a daughter, Gretchen Stoddard of Anchorage, Alaska; a
brother, Frank Shufelt of Venice, FL; and a sister, Barbara Golding
of Osterville. . .
(New Bedford Standard Times 8/28/00)
Francis W. Bacon Jr. '50, 78, father
of David W. Bacon of Becket, died March 9 at St. Peter's Hospital in
Albany, NY, after a brief illness. Born in Pittsfield July 4, 1921,
son of the late Francis W. Sr. and Julia (Nelligan) Bacon, he graduated
from Pittsfield High School, attended Seton Hall University in New Jersey,
and graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He worked
for General Electric for 40 years, retiring as a supervisor in the power
transformer department in 1982. A veteran of World War II, serving with
the 90 mm Antiaircraft Artillery 132 Battalion in the US 9th Army, he
was a member of Dalton American Legion Post 155, Dalton VFW Post 8566,
the GE Quarter Century and Pensioners clubs, and St. Agnes Church. He
served on and chaired the Dalton School Committee, and enjoyed reading
and family activities. He also leaves his wife of 49 years, Mary E.
(Burdett) Bacon; three other sons, Peter B. and James R., both of Dalton,
and Richard F. of Weymouth; two daughters, Margaret E. Bacon of Hinsdale,
and Patricia M. Destino of Natick; a brother, John of Pittsfield; two
sisters, Grace Bacon and Mary Kelly, both of Pittsfield; and eight grandchildren.
(Huntington Country Journal 3/16/00)
C. Russell Blomerth '50, 79, a retired
general contractor, died Saturday, August 5, at the Woodbriar Rehabilitation
Center in Wilmington. Mr. Blomerth was born and educated in Malden and
after completing high school he attended Wentworth Institute for two
years. He then enlisted in the US Naval Air Corps during WWII and upon
his discharge, received his degree in Civil Engineering from the University
of Massachusetts at Amherst. Mr. Blomerth then established the C. Russell
Blomerth Company of Malden, remodeling and building homes in the greater
Malden area, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the First Church of
Christ, Scientist, of Malden and also the Mother Church of Boston. Mr.
Blomerth was a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Davenport
Home of Malden and the Malden Rotary Club. He was born in Malden on
May 12, 1921, the son of the late Clarence and Edith (Prudell) Blomerth.
Mr. Blomerth was the husband of Grace L. (Hill) Blomerth of Malden and
the father of Geoffrey R. Blomerth of New York and Alan G. Blomerth
and his wife Linda L. of Reading. He was the brother of Constance BV.
Wiley of Malden and the grandfather of Brian A> Blomerth, Michael G.
Blomerth, Paul M. Blomerth, Erik J. Blomerth and Daniel J. Blomerth,
all of Reading. . .
(Malden Medford Daily Mercury 8/7/00)
John J. Breen '50, 75, of Scituate,
a retired sales engineer, died Wednesday at home of heart failure. Mr.
Breen was an industrial motors sales engineer 13 years at W. A. Kraft
Co., Woburn, and continued to work part time for the company after retiring
in 1992. He was a communicant of St. Mary of the Nativity Church. He
was an active participant at the Scituate Senior Center and a volunteer
at the Scituate High School Computer Center. He was a World War II Army
veteran. Born in Boston, he attended Boston English and Boston Latin
schools and graduated from Glen-Nor High School, Glenolden, Pa., in
1943. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in
1950. He is survived by his wife, Louise F. (Rau) Breen; a son, John
J. Breen Jr. of Fairfax, CA; three daughters, Janice Clutterbuck and
Marianne Breen of Plainville and Maureen Breen of Cupertino, CA; and
six grandchildren. . .
(Quincy Patriot Ledger 6/17/00)
Robert R. Chapin '50, 74, of Ashburnham,
MA, died May 24, 2000, in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA, after a brief
illness. Born in Bimidji, Minn., September 2, 1925, he was the son of
Frederick and Madelaine (Peck) Chapin. He was a 1943 graduate of the
Mt. Herman School in Gill, and a 1950 graduate of the engineering school
at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For 23 years he was an
industrial engineer with General Electric Co. of Fitchburg, MA. He retired
in 1988. He was a T/5 in the United States Army during World War II,
serving in the European Theater and in the Philippines as a field lineman
with the Black hawk Division infantry. He was awarded the Good Conduct
Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, the
American Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Victory Medal. At one time,
he was active with the American Legion in Northfield, MA. He was a member
of the Ashburnham Community Church. He was a member of the Board of
Directors of the Naukeg Pool Club. For more than 30 years he was water
commissioner for the town of Ashburnham. He was chair of clerks and
was active with the Boy Scouts of America in Ashburnham during the 1960s.
He grew and exhibited roses in New England and nationally and was a
member and director of the New England Rose Society and a member of
the New Hampshire Rose Society, the Maine Rose Society and the American
Rose Society. He was chair of the Consulting Rosarian Program of the
Yankee District and received a bronze medal for outstanding service
to that district. He is survived by his wife, Martha (McAfee) Chapin,
whom he wed Sept. 6, 1947; three daughters, Robalee Chapin of Silver
Spring, MD, Elizabeth Chapin-Palder of Chicago, and Mary Chapin Durling
of Rindge; one brother, Sydney Chapin, and one sister, Patricia Perez,
both of Hull, MA; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A
brother, Charles Chapin, died many years ago. A sister, Winifred Jeffrey,
died six years ago. . .
(Peterborough Monadnock Ledger 6/1/00)
Wilcox L. Whitcombe Jr. '50 - no obituary
M. Whitman Ray Jr. '50, 76, of Harrington,
Maine, died Wednesday at the Central Maine Medical Center in Ellsworth.
He was an industrial salesman. Born in Greenfield, MA, he graduated
from Brookline High School and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the 99th Infantry Division
in Northwest Europe in 1944-45. He belonged to the 99th Division Association.
He leaves his wife, the former Bernadine Opper; a son, W. Scott of Somers,
Conn.; two daughters, Patricia Ray of Hartford, CT, and Lauren Georges
of Branby, MA: two brothers, Walter G. of Columbus, NC, and Winthrop
C. of Barboursville, VA; two sisters, Janet R. Brown of Concord, NH
and Marilyn Douglas of Holliston, MA; and four grandchildren. . .
Regina (Lawlor) Coffey-Nykiel '51
- no obituary available
Francis T. Grabauskas '51, 76, of
Worcester, died Thursday, March 3, in Providence House Nursing Home,
Millbury. He leaves two brothers, Joseph Grabauskas of Topeka, Kan.,
and Paul J. Grabauskas of Millbury; nephews and nieces. He was born
in Worcester, son of Frank and Mary (Morkunas) Grabauskas, and graduated
from Commerce High School and from the University of Massachusetts at
Amherst, where he earned an engineering degree. Mr. Grabauskas was a
civil engineer and worked on many highway projects in the region for
various surveying companies. He retired in 1988. He previously worked
for Hamilton Standard Co. in Connecticut. He was a member of St. Casimir's
Church and its Men's Club, the Knights of Lithuania Council 26, the
Lithuanian Social Club, the Lithuanian Charitable Society, and the Greendale
Retired Men's Club. . .
(Worcester Telegram & Gazette 3/24/00)
Nancy A. Jodrey '51 - no obituary
John McKim '51, 74, of Pittsburgh,
formerly of Quincy and Scituate, a retired small business administration
director and a World War II veteran, died March 6 in southern California.
Mr. McKim served in the Air Force during World War II, flying in over
60 missions in Europe. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst, he was also a Mason. He and his wife, Jean (Baker) McKim,
were avid dancers and won many New England competitions over the years.
He also sang on the radio with barbershop quartets. In addition to his
wife, he leaves two sons, Craig D. McKim of Newton, NJ, and Kenneth
S. McKim of Duxbury; a daughter, Pamela Breed of San Francisco; two
brothers, William McKim of Lakeland, FL, and Allistair McKim of Braintree;
a sister, Florence H. McKim of Santa Ana, CA; seven grandchildren, a
great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. . .
(Quincy Patriot Ledger 3/2/00)
James J. Turco '51, 72, of Walpole
died Wednesday, February 9, 2000, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in
Boston. He was 72. Born in Walpole, Mr. Turco earned his bachelor of
science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was
a self-employed insurance broker for the past 47 years. He was in the
Marines during World War II. He was president of the St. Vincent De
Paul Society and Blessed Sacrament Church. He was a member of Knights
of Columbus Council 1319, Walpole, a member of the Italian-American
Club of Walpole, a member of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance
Agents and a longtime eucharistic minister at Blessed Sacrament Church.
Mr. Turco was warden for Precinct 5 for more than 45 years. He leaves
his wife, Patricia F. (Radley) Turco; his daughters, Mary King of Walpole,
Margaret Turco of Walpole, Tina Seaman of Canton, Katie Abate of Walpole
and Anne Turco of Mansfield; his sisters, Irene Copparini of Mansfield,
and Josephine Hazlett and Anna Ranalli, both of Norwood; his brother,
Fred Turco of Wareham; and three grandchildren. He was the son of the
late John and Ann V. (Penza) Turco, and brother of the late Peter L.
and John B. Turco and Mildred Mastropier. . .
(Marshfield Canton Journal 2/18/00)
Gerald A. Vanasse '52, 75, of New
Milford, CT, died at home Monday, August 7, 2000, after a long battle
with cancer. He was the husband of Therese (Boucher) Vanasse. They were
married for 46 years. Born in New Bedford, MA, July 28, 1925, son of
the late Armand and Adele (Roy) Vanasse, he lived in New Milford since
1960, when he took a position as teacher of French and German at Canterbury
School. He was an accompanist for the school's choral club for many
years, musical director of nine shows, golf coach for 28 years and organist
at the school's Chapel of Our Lady for 38 years. Mr. Vanasse was a dental
technician pharmacist's mate in the Navy for 2 1/2 years during World
War II. He took advantage of the GI Bill to continue his education,
graduating from New Bedford High School in 1948. He received a bachelor
of arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1952
and a master of education degree from Bridgewater State University.
He pursued studies at Middlebury College, the University of Missouri
and Boston University. He taught at Middletown Springs, Vt., from 1952
to 1953, Roosevelt Junior High School, and New Bedford High School until
1960. Prior to moving to New Milford, he had been organist and choir
director at Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart churches in New Bedford. After
he retired from Canterbury School in 1990, he kept active with many
volunteer activities, including the Richmond Center and local nursing
homes. He was president of the Senior Center Advisory Board for several
years. He was a parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford
for 40 years, where he also served as organist for a few years. Survivors
include his widow; five children, Marc Vanasse of New Milford, Nicole
Burke and her husband, Lt. Col. Kevin Burke, USMC, of Fairfax, Va.,
Paul Vanasse and his wife, Patricia, of San Francisco, Gerald F. Vanasse
and his wife, Kelly, of Far Hills, NJ, and Guy Vanasse and his wife,
Kelly, of Cincinnati; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Elda Poitras
and Yvette Daigle, both of New Bedford; and many nieces and nephews...
(New Bedford The Standard-Times 8/9/00)
George H. Bicknell Jr. '53 - no obituary
James J. Crowley '53S, 68, of Wilbraham,
died Thursday at a local nursing home. He worked in the preventative
maintenance department at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and
retired in 1995. He worked previously for Sealtest Corp. in Hartford,
CT, and for the Wilbraham Recreation Department. He also was former
owner and operator of Center State Milk Co. of Springfield. Born in
Paterson, NJ, he was raised in Binghamton, NY, and moved to Springfield
in 1945. He also lived in Longmeadow and moved to Wilbraham in 1962.
He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1949, attended Georgetown
University and graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture
at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was an Army veteran
of the Korean War and also served in the Marine Corps Reserve. He leaves
a son, Michael J. of North Attleboro; a daughter, Susan C. Sullivan
of Hampden; his former wife, Helen A. DesRoches of Springfield; a brother,
Joseph R. of Holyoke; his twin sister, Mary C. Brooks of Soquel, CA;
six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. . .
(Springfield Union News 7/14/00)
Joseph M. Daley '53, 70, of Springfield,
died Thursday at home. He was a 39 year regional manager for Industrial
Risk Insurance Co. Born in Westfield, he attended Westfield High School,
Wilbraham-Monson Academy and graduated in 1953 from the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
He was a World War II Navy veteran, a communicant of Holy Name Church
and a 20-year Springfield resident. He belonged to the Sons of Erin
and was a voluntary tax aide for senior citizens. He leaves his wife,
the former Phyllis Mineo; a son, Thomas J. of Westfield; a daughter,
Karen A. DiDominico of Southwick; two brothers, Jack of Silver Spring,
MD., and Dan of Westfield; two sisters, Marie Moore of Westfield and
Ann Goonan of Chicopee; his first cousin, Jim Shea of Westfield, with
whom he was raised; and six grandchildren. . .
(Springfield Union News 3/3/00)
Corie E. Hale Jr. '53 - no obituary
Virginia P. Maney '55, 67, of Albion,
MI, formerly of Shirley, MA, died at home Tuesday, February 22, after
a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born October 22, 1932,
in Ayer, MA, the daughter of Joseph and Petrona (Millinia) Krukley,
and had lived in Shirley before moving to Michigan. She graduated from
Fitchburg (Mass.) High School in 1951 and the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst in 1955. Through the years Mrs. Maney had had several occupations,
including that of school-teacher, librarian and registrar clerk at Albion
College before retiring in 1990. In her youth, she was an active member
of the 4-H Club. She leaves her husband, Edward F. Maney, whom she married
on August 24, 1957. She also leaves a son, Bradford Maney of Temperance;
a daughter, Robyn Mertel of Chicago; a sister, Anita Chaplin of Bedford,
NH; and four granddaughters. . .
(Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise
Harry F. Hall '57, 70, of Ft. Lauderdale,
a retired pilot for Eastern Airlines, died February 13 at home following
a long illness. He retired in 1988 after 31 years of service. H was
a member of the Army National Guard and graduated from Air Force Pilot
School. He flew interceptor jets from Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod.
Mr. Hall was born, raised and educated in Braintree and was a graduate
of Braintree High School and received a bachelor of science degree from
the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is survived by his wife,
Julianne (Galgon) Hall; two sons, Vance Hall of Peachtree, GA and Greg
Hall of Tulsa, OK; a daughter, Erin Hall of Georgia; a sister, Rose
Keith of Braintree; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
(Quincy Patriot Ledger 2/22/00)
Eileen (Phillips) Long '57, 64, of
Waltham and Osterville, died Wednesday, February 23, 2000, at Newton-Wellesley
Hospital. She was the wife of Brian J. Long. Born in Brighton, she was
the daughter of the late Michael J. and Mary C. (Duegan) Phillips, and
lived in Watertown for many years before moving to Waltham. Mrs. Long
was a 1957 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and
began her teaching career in Waltham the same year. Mrs. Long spent
the last 19 years at Northeast Elementary School in Waltham. She belonged
to the Waltham Educators Association, where she served as union representative,
and to the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Besides her husband,
she leaves her daughters, Brenna J. Long of Centerville and Heather
J. Gray of Alpharetta, GA; her son, Brian J. Long Jr. of Osterville;
her sisters, Kathleen B. Phillips of Watertown, and Mary C. Smith and
Christine A. Wheeler, both of Waltham; and many nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Elizabeth P. Long, and the sister of
the late Michael J. Phillips. . .
(Watertown Tab and Press 3/2/00)
Richard P. LaPolice '58, 67, of Nashua,
NH, died Thursday (3/30/00) at home. He worked at Lockhead Co. (formerly
Sanders Associates) for 23 years and later for Ernst & Young in Boston.
He retired in 1998. Born in Ware, MA, he graduated from Ware High School
in 1950. While there, he was president of his class and the student
council . He captained the football team and was inducted into the Ware
High School Hall of Fame. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts
at Amherst in 1958. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and a Nashua
resident since 1967. He was a communicant of St. Casimir Church and
a member of the National Contract Management Association. He leaves
his wife, the former Elizabeth A. McCarthy; three sons, Peter R. of
Pelham, Matthew R. of Portsmouth and Paul J. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada;
his mother, Jeannette (Decelle) LaPolice of Ware; a sister, Alice Ducey
of Ware; and three grandchildren. . .
(Springfield Union-News 1/1/00)
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