Lionel L. Conforti
Lionel L. Conforti, 86, of South Hadley,
a retired motor truck driver for Central Mail, died July 23.
He served the University for 13 years, retiring in 1978.
A U.S. Army veteran from World War II, his decorations included
a Purple Heart. He also had worked at Westover Airforce Base in
Chicopee and in the Livingston Worcester Mills.
He was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church in South Hadley and
a member of its men's club. A volunteer at the South Hadley Council
on Aging and a bingo program in Chicopee, he was also a member
of the Disabled Americans Veterans, American Legion Post 337 in
Chicopee and the Elmwood Lodge of Holyoke.
He leaves his wife, Frances B. (Kornacki) Conforti; two sons,
Edward "Buzz" of Falmouth and David S. of Marietta,
Ga.; a daughter, Cynthia L. Desmond, of Cumberland, R.I.; a stepsister,
Jean Barta of Pikesville, Md.; four grandchildren; and several
nieces and nephews. A daughter, Diane M. Foster, died earlier
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Patrick's Church
Building Fund, 30 Main St., South Hadley 01075.
August N. Tidlund
August N. Tidlund, 77, of Amherst, a retired
technical specialist in Veterinary and Animal Sciences, died Aug.
He served the University for 30 years before retiring in 1986.
An Army veteran of World War II, he was a deacon of South Congregational
He leaves his wife, the former Eunice Fitts; a son, Augie Tidlund
of Amherst; two daughters, Shirley Toczydlowski of Goshen and
Karen Bohland of Berlin; a sister, Josephine Wilkinson of Florence;
and two granddaughters.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church, South East Street,
Cecilia (Boyer) Handfield, 92 of Turners
Falls, a retired dining room attendant, died Aug. 29.
She served the University for six years before retiring in 1971.
She was a communicant at St. Mary of the Assumption Church.
She leaves four nieces, Bernice I. Morini of Northampton, Barbara
M. Lessard and Jeanne M. Boyer, both of Amherst, and Claire A.
Sicard of Easthampton; a nephew, Edmond Boyer of Florence; and
15 great-nieces and -nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenfield Area Animal
Shelter, P.O. Box 786, Greenfield 01302.
Robert W. Daughdrill
Robert W. Daughdrill, 56, of Hadley, a retired
head of Grounds, died Aug. 29 in a Northampton automobile accident.
He was killed when the mini-van he was driving swerved into a
lane of oncoming traffic and crashed into a tractor trailer.
He served the University for 33 years before retiring in March.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
His wife, Joanne, a long-time administrative assistant in Psychology,
died in February.
He leaves four daughters, Melinda Asselin of Amherst; Melissa
Pietraskiewicz of Westfield, Paula Cristoforo of Holyoke, and
Pamela Wright of Andover; two sons, Robert of Hadley and Mark
of Belchertown; two brothers, Jim and Gary, of Jasper, Ala.; a
sister, Barbara Fields, also of Jasper; 11 grandchildren; and
several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service today is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer
Church in Hadley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Most Holy Redeemer Church
Fund, 120 Russell St., Hadley 01035.