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Paul F. Smith

January 31, 1947 - May 9, 2011

Paul F. Smith ORANGE- Paul F. Smith, 64, formerly of Orange and Gardner, died early Monday morning, May 9, 2011 at Wachusetts Extended Care in Holden, following an illness. Born in Greenfield on January 31, 1947, he was a son of Carl and Helen (Sampson) Smith. Paul lived at the LaChance Center in Gardner for over 30 years, where he enjoyed many friends which were like family to him. He was also...
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Doris E. Dahl

February 19, 1923 - April 23, 2011

Doris E. Dahl ATHOL- Doris E. (Sampson) Dahl, 88, formerly of 416 Main Street, died on Saturday morning, April 23, 2011 at the Buckley Healthcare Center in Greenfield, following an illness. Born in New Salem on February 19, 1923, she was a daughter of William and Anna 9Fairman) Sampson and graduated from Orange High School. Doris was married to Ralph J. Dahl who died in 1975. A resident of...
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Robert W. Henderson

February 19, 1925 - April 21, 2011

Robert W. Henderson NEW SALEM- Robert Warren Henderson, 86, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2011 at Prescott House in North Andover. Born February 19, 1925, the son of the late James and Leora (Clapp) Henderson of Holden. He graduated with the Class of 1943 from Holden High School. He served in the Naval Air Corps during World War Two and as part of his service, he attended St. Mary's...
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Richard W. Matthews

January 31, 1953 - April 21, 2011

Richard W. Matthews GILBERTVILLE- Richard W. "Dick" Matthews, 58, of 149 Riverun Road, died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at home after being stricken ill. Born on January 31, 1953 in Montague, a son of Wilder C. and Annette M. (Viens) Matthews and grew up In Greenfield, graduating from Greenfield High School in 1971. Dick was employed by the Flexcon Company in Spencer for over 22...
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Marjorie W. McLean

March 20, 1924 - April 18, 2011

Orange – Marjorie W. (Larabee) MacLean, 87, of Orange, died unexpectedly Monday, April 18, 2011 at Athol Memorial Hospital. Born March 20, 1924 in Deferiet, NY, she was the daughter of Henry and Hazel (Felio) Larabee and grew up and attended schools in New York before moving to Orange in 1945. She worked at the former Orange Shoe Company for 20 years and Fredericks Rubber Co., in Athol as a...
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Robert F. Eaton

November 11, 1927 - April 15, 2011

Robert F. Eaton ATHOL- Robert F. Eaton, 83, of 140 Millers Rivers Drive and formerly of South Main Street in Orange, died unexpectedly early Friday morning, April 15, 2011 at home. Born on November 11, 1927, he was a son of Norman C. and Ina E. (Ward) Eaton and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High School in 1947. Robert was the maintenance supervisor at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School...
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Harold E. Wetherby

May 1, 1929 - April 10, 2011

Harold E. Wetherby ORANGE- Harold E. Wetherby, 81, of 25 Clifton Street, died on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at home following an illness with his loving family at his side. Born in Wendell on May 1, 1929, he was a son of Pliny and Edith (Taylor) Wetherby and also one of eleven children. He graduated from New Salem Academy in 1947. Harold was married to Eleanor (LaClaire) on January 30, 1949 and have...
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William C. Cain

October 1, 1938 - April 3, 2011

William C. Cain ORANGE- William C. Cain, 72, of 519 East River Street, died unexpectedly at Athol Memorial Hospital, on April 3, 2011, following a long illness. Bill was born in North Adams on October 1, 1938, a son of Helen (Johnson) and Carl Cain. He graduated from Athol High School in 1956. He began working at the former Union Tool Company in Orange at the age of 18 for many years as a...
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Elizabeth T. Deveitis

August 23, 1916 - March 29, 2011

Elizabeth T. Deveitis ORANGE- Elizabeth T. Deveitis, 94, formerly of Orange, died on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Poet's Seat Healthcare in Greenfield, following an illness. Born in Orange on August 23, 1916, she was a daughter of John and Ona (Ratkavick) Deveitis of Shelter Street. She is survived by several nephews and nieces. Elizabeth was predeceased by three sisters, Agnes Deveitis and ...
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Clifford P. Welcome

August 6, 1918 - March 22, 2011

Clifford P. Welcome ORANGE- Clifford P. Welcome, 92, of 247 Holtshire Road, died on Tuesday morning, March 22, 2011 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol, following an illness. Born on August 6, 1918 in New Salem, he was a son of Philip L. and Marguerite (Spooner) Welcome, and graduated from Orange High School in 1936. He was the first Eagle Scout in Orange. Clifford was married to Gertrude ...
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Bruce Emory Jones

May 30, 1939 - March 21, 2011

Bruce Emory Jones ORANGE- Bruce Emory Jones, 71, of Royalston Road and Inverness, Florida, long time teacher and coach at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange, died Monday evening, March 21, 2011 at his home in Florida, with his family at his side, following a courageous battle with cancer. Born on May 30, 1939 in Keene, New Hampshire, he was a son of William E. and Maxine S. Jones and...
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Bernyce K. Bushee

March 5, 1920 - March 20, 2011

Bernyce K. Bushee GREENFIELD- Bernyce K. (Ordesky) Bushee, 91, of 237 High Street, died Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Cozy Corner Nursing Home in Sunderland, following an illness. Born on March 5, 1920 in Orange, she was a daughter of Sigmond and Pauline (Banulis) Ordesky and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High in 1938. Bernyce was married to Herbert Bushee in 1951 and have enjoyed 60...
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Harold C. Dresser

April 11, 1923 - March 17, 2011

Harold C. Dresser ORANGE- Harold C. Dresser, 87, formerly of Memorial Drive, died on Thursday morning, March 17, 2011 at the Baldwinville Nursing Home, following an illness. Born in Orange on April 11, 1923, he was a son of Harold A. and Gladys (Marble) Dresser and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High School in 1941. A veteran of World War Two, Harold enlisted in the United States Navy...
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Rita M. Thibodeau

December 17, 1921 - March 14, 2011

Rita B. Thibodeau ORANGE- Rita M. (Bourque) Thibodeau, 89, of 519 East River Street, and formerly of Dover, Delaware, died on Monday, March 14, 2011 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare- campus, Worcester, following an illness, with her loving and caring niece, Kim Marshall, at her side. Born in Orange on December 17, 1921, she was a daughter of Joseph and Eva (Vallincourt)...
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Claire E. Wright

July 10, 1952 - March 12, 2011

Claire E. Wright ORANGE- Claire E. "Claire Bear" Wright, 58, of 856 North Main Street, died on Saturday evening, March 12, 2011 at the Legend Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Gardner following an illness. Born on July 10, 1952 in Hyattstown, Maryland, she was a daughter of Rush Lee and Marguerite (Albright) Wright and grew up in Maryland. Claire attended Parochial school, following her Roman...
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Carolyne D. Carey

June 23, 1940 - March 2, 2011

Carolyne D. Carey ORANGE- Carolyne D. (Barrows) Carey, 70, of 83 West Myrtle Street, died in her home on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. A native of Royalston, she was born there on June 23, 1940, a daughter of Cecil L. Barrows and Elizabeth B. (Martin) Barrows. She was educated in Orange public schools and a graduate of Ralph C. Mahar Regional School. Carolyne was an avid sportsman and enjoyed...
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John H. Boutelle, Sr.

September 16, 1947 - March 1, 2011

John H. Boutelle Sr. PHILLIPSTON- John H. Boutelle Sr., 63, of 240 Ward Hill Road, died on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at Athol Memorial Hospital following an illness. Born in Gardner on September 16, 1947, he was a son of William A. and Mabel V. (Corey) Boutelle. He was married to Mary R. (Nail) and have enjoyed over 44 years together. John was a machinist for over 30 years, working at the former...
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Darlene A. Fortier

February 10, 1956 - February 28, 2011

Darlene A. Fortier ORANGE- Darlene A. (Carlile) Fortier, 55, of 41 James Lane, died on Monday, February 28, 2011 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare- campus, Worcester, following an illness. Born on February 10, 1956 in Worcester, she was a daughter of Claud and Larraine (Swantee) Fortier. Darlene was married to Robert Fortier on October 25, 1983 and have enjoyed over 27 years...
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Robert W. Coffin

June 17, 1918 - February 20, 2011

Robert W. Coffin HARRINGTON, ME- Robert W. Coffin, 92, died on February 20, 2011. Born on June 17, 1918, he was a son of Edwin V. and Maud (Smith) Coffin. Robert was married to Eleanor (Johnson). Besides his wife Eleanor, he leaves a son, Charles Coffin of Georgia and a daughter, Nancy Anderson of Maine. A funeral service will be held on April 30, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Bethany Lutheran Church,...
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Matthew R. Gannon

November 10, 1973 - February 19, 2011

Matthew R. Gannon ERVING- Matthew R. Gannon, 37, of 163 Mountain Road, died early Saturday morning, February 19, 2011 at home following an illness, with his loving family at his side. Born on November 10, 1973 in Lowell, he was a son of Gary and Deborah (MacPhail) Gannon and was proud to have been born on the day celebrating the birth of the United States Marine Corps. Matthew graduated from...
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Laurence H. Holden

May 15, 1961 - February 13, 2011

Laurence "Larry" H. Holden Filmmaker & Actor Laurence "Larry" H. Holden, 49, died early Sunday morning, February 13, 2011 in Orange, MA following a brief illness. He previously had lived in Granville, Vermont. Larry was born in Framingham, MA on May 15, 1961 and was a son of Lawrence and Frederike (Hofer) Holden. An independent film maker and actor, some of his credits include "My Father's House...
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Lois H. Ellsworth

October 23, 1936 - February 4, 2011

Lois H. Ellsworth ORANGE- Lois H. (Miller) Ellsworth, 74, of 44 Briggs Street, died on Friday, February 04, 2011 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare- campus, Worcester, following an illness. Born on October 23, 1936 in Norwalk, CT, she was a daughter of Walter and Alice (Chatterotten) Miller. Lois graduated from the New Salem Academy in 1954. Lois was married to Larry...
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Mary F. Coleman

September 8, 1916 - February 3, 2011

Mary F. Coleman Born on September 8, 1916 in Barre, Vermont, she was a daughter of Melvin and Agnes (Wilson) Wood. She was married to Victor H. Coleman, who predeceased her just hours before her at the same assisted living facility they were together at. Mary was a bank teller before retiring.
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Victor H. Coleman

February 27, 1917 - February 3, 2011

Victor H. Miller Born on February 27, 1917 in Orange, he was a son of Harry and Grace (Dixon) Coleman. Vic was married to Mary (Wood), who died within a couple hours of his death in the same assisted living facility they were together at. Vic had been an Assistant Postmaster before retiring. There are no calling hours or services and interment in South Cemetery, Orange, will be private.
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Walter R. Lyman, Jr.

June 22, 1946 - January 7, 2011

Walter R. Lyman Jr. NEW SALEM- Walter R. Lyman Jr., 64, of 25 Osborne Road, entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 7, 2011, surrounded by his family. Walter was a hardworking family man who took pleasure in helping others and in spending time with family and friends. Some of Walter's favorite activities in life included playing with his grandchildren, family trips to the White Mountains,...
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Billie Jo Tourigny

June 5, 1929 - January 7, 2011

Billie Jo Tourigny ATHOL- Billie Jo (Duddy) Tourigny, 81, of 166 Euclid Street, died early Friday morning, January 7, 2011 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol, following an illness. Born on June 5, 1929 in Phoenix, Arizona, she was a daughter of Charles J. and Nora L. (Burnhain) Duddy and grew up in Arizona. Billie Jo was married to Paul R. Tourigny in October of 1948 and traveled around the...
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James R. Lochhead

April 27, 1933 - December 30, 2010

James R. Lochhead WARWICK- James Robert Lochhead, 77, of 18 Winchester Road, died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester. Born on April 27, 1933 in Boston, he was a son of James F. and Hedwig (Wyskiel) Lockhead and grew up in the Boston area and graduated from Wentworth Institute with a degree in metallurgy. James served in the United States Marine...
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Roberta E. Songer

January 13, 1932 - December 29, 2010

ORANGE- Roberta Ellsworth Songer, 78, daughter of Ellsworth Emmanuel and Ruth Evelyn Songer died on December 29, 2010 at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is survived by her seven children Dailey Dunn of Spartanburg, SC, Kimball Hogan of Duxbury, MA, Coffey Smith of Bridgeport, NE, Brindley Dane of Stockton, NJ, Casey Jones of Adams, MA, Keyes Clemmer of Rye, NY and Connell Dahl...
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Roberta E. Songer

January 13, 1932 - December 29, 2010

ORANGE- Roberta Ellsworth Songer, 78, daughter of Ellsworth Emmanuel and Ruth Evelyn Songer died on December 29, 2010 at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is survived by her seven children Dailey Dunn of Spartanburg, SC, Kimball Hogan of Duxbury, MA, Coffey Smith of Bridgeport, NE, Brindley Dane of Stockton, NJ, Casey Jones of Adams, MA, Keyes Clemmer of Rye, NY and Connell Dahl...
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George A. Hewitt

December 27, 2010 - December 27, 2010

George A. Hewitt ORANGE- George A. Hewitt, 85, of 50 Red Brook Lane, died late Friday evening, December 24, 2010 at Baldwinville Nursing Home, following an illness. Born on November 16, 1925 in Greenfield, he was a son of Charles K. and Jennie (Corey) Hewitt and grew up in Farley and graduated from Orange High in 1944. He later attended Bible college and took several Bible correspondence courses...
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Verna J. Rolski

February 12, 1918 - December 26, 2010

Verna J. Rolski ORANGE- Verna J. (Steiak) Rolski, 92, formerly of 50 Red Brook Lane, died on Sunday, December 26, 2010 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol, following an illness. Born on February 12, 1918, she was a daughter of John and Sophie (Stoholski) Steiak. She was married to Richard Rolski who predeceased her. Verna was an office manager for many years at Williams Printing in Detroit....
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Harry W. Stevens

August 11, 1928 - December 26, 2010

Harry W. Stevens ORANGE- Harry W. Stevens, 82, of 212 Dana Road and formerly of 126 West Main Street, died on Sunday, December 26, 2010 at Athol Memorial Hospital, following an illness. Born on August 11, 1928 in Athol, he was a son of Stanley S. and Alice B. (Towne) Stevens. Harry was married to Laura (Denton), who predeceased him on December 13, 1991. Employed by the former Union Twist Drill...
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Priscilla B. Rivers

August 17, 1923 - December 26, 2010

Priscilla B. Rivers ORANGE- Priscilla B. (Bradford) Rivers, 87, of 91 West Myrtle Street, died early Sunday morning, December 26, 2010 at home, following an illness, with her loving husband at her side. Born in Spencer on August 17, 1923, she was a daughter of Willis and Lucy (Perry) Bradford and grew up in Spencer and the Brookfields and moved to Orange in 1939. She was a graduate of Orange...
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Phillip K. Bass

April 10, 1956 - December 26, 2010

Phillip K. Bass ORANGE- Phillip K. "Boney" Bass, 54, of 28 North Main Street, died early Sunday morning, December 26, 2010 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester following an illness. Born in Orange on April 10, 1956, he was a son of Edward and Ruth (Wilson) Bass and graduated from Athol High School in 1977. Following school, Phil worked for a spice company in Winchendon, and then later went to...
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Allen F. Miner

July 28, 1931 - December 25, 2010

Allen F. Miner WARWICK- Allen F. Miner of Warwick, died on December 25th at age 79. Born in Leyden to Wilfred and Beatrice Miner, he graduated from New Salem Academy in 1950. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann; daughters Alana Mankowsky and Andrea Woods; son, Anthony; grandchildren Erin Rossetti, Brian Miner, Michael Mankowsky, Jared and Kathryn Woods; and a sister, Eunice Rumrill....
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Raymond J. Lefrancois

October 28, 1927 - December 25, 2010

Raymond J. Lefrancois ORANGE- Raymond J. Lefrancois, 83, of 83 Congress Street, died on Saturday, December 25, 2010 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare- campus, Worcester, following a brief illness. Born in Rutland, Vermont on October 28, 1927, he was a son of Harvey and Ethel (Brownell) Lefrancois and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High in 1947. Ray married Mary ...
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Edyth I. Overing

September 8, 1919 - December 23, 2010

NEW SALEM- Edyth I. Overing, 91, of Wendell Road, died December 23, 2010 at the Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. Edyth was born in Shutesbury on September 8, 1919, the daughter of Jasper and Edith (Gage) Cutter. She grew up in Orange, graduated in 1937 from Orange High School and in 1939 married Harold Overing. In 1947 they purchased the Peirce homestead in New Salem, where they operated...
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Stanley J. Hinds

November 3, 1921 - December 20, 2010

Stanley J. Hinds ORANGE- Stanley J. "Bijah" Hinds, 89, of 519 East River Street, died on Monday evening, December 20, 2010 at home, following an illness, with family at his side. Born in Orange on November 3, 1921, he was a son of Allison and Clara (Underwood) Hinds and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High School in 1940. He married Charlotte H. (Putnam) on February 8, 1945 and have...
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Jacquelyne E. Porter

March 8, 1951 - December 18, 2010

Jacquelyn E. Porter GREENFIELD- Jacquelyne E. Porter, 59, of 49 Conway Street, died early Saturday morning, December 18, 2010 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, following an illness. Born in Athol on March 8, 1951, she was a daughter of Everett L. and Virginia (Richardson) Porter and graduated from Greenfield High School. Following high school, Jackie dedicated her time to pursue...
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Evelyn F. Dennis

August 16, 1909 - December 15, 2010

Evelyn F. Dennis ORANGE- Evelyn F. (Major) Dennis, 101, formerly of Orange, died on Wednesday afternoon, December 15, 2010 at Marliere Care Center in New Port Richie, Florida, following an illness. Born in Greenfield, MA on August 16, 1909, she was a daughter of Francis and Caroline (Stienhope) Major. Evelyn was married to Arthur J. Dennis, who died in 1974. A resident of Orange for many years,...
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Marion A. Rivers

June 27, 1928 - December 14, 2010

Marion A. Rivers ORANGE- Marion A. (Choate) Rivers, 82, formerly of 471 East River Street, died Tuesday evening, December 14, 2010 at the Baldwinville Nursing Home, following an illness. Born on June 27, 1928 in Bronxville, New York, she was a daughter of Louis and Sadie (Kilburn) Choate and graduated from the Pleasantville (NY) High School in 1946. Marion later graduated from the Katherine...
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Miranda Faith Berry

January 31, 1998 - December 9, 2010

Miranda Faith Berry ORANGE- Miranda Faith Berry, 12, of Orange, Massachusetts, passed away at her home on December 9, 2010, after a courageous 2 year battle with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer in children. Miranda Faith was born January 31, 1998 in Worcester, the cherished daughter of William Edward Berry Jr. and Grace Martha Amato Berry, and loving big sister to William (Liam) Edward Berry...
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Leonard May

June 29, 1966 - November 22, 2010

Leonard May ORANGE- Leonard "Lenny" May, 44, of 49 West Main Street, died on Monday, November 22, 2010 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare- campus, Worcester, following a brief illness. Born in Attleboro on June 29, 1966, he was a son of Earl L. and Eleanor V. (Cataloni) May and attended schools in Norton. Following school, Lenny joined the carnival and traveled extensively...
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Doris A. Whitcomb

May 14, 1920 - November 17, 2010

Doris A. Whitcomb ORANGE- Doris Anna (Hayden) Whitcomb, 90, formerly of Orange, died on Wednesday afternoon, November 17, 2010 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol, following an illness. Born on May 14, 1920 in New Salem, she was a daughter of Clarence and Edith Hayden and lived all her life in Orange. She went to work at Orange Manufacturing Company on East Main Street, Orange, in October,...
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Elaine B. Thoren

October 2, 1930 - November 9, 2010

Elaine B. Thoren ORANGE- Elaine B. Thoren, 80, of Mechanic Street, died on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, following a brief illness. Born on October 2, 1930 in the Millers Falls section on Montague, she was a daughter of Erland and Blanche (Drozdowski) Thoren and graduated from Orange High in 1948. Elaine had worked at the former Torrington Company...
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Oren E. White

July 24, 1942 - October 21, 2010

Oren E. White ATHOL- Oren E. White, 68, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on October 21, 2010. Oren leaves his devoted companion, Ellen “Pinky” Blakie of Athol; son, Mark T. White and his wife, Cindy, of Orange, and their children, Zachary White and his wife, Josie, of Athol, Jordan White of Arizona, Calloway White of Orange; his daughter, Michelle Koss...
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Craig R. Autio

June 2, 1957 - October 16, 2010

Craig R. Autio ORANGE- Craig R. Autio, 53, of 95 Chase Street, died unexpectedly on Saturday evening, October 16, 2010 at Athol Memorial Hospital, after being stricken ill earlier at home. Born in Boston on June 2, 1957, he was a son of Norman and Sue Autio and grew up in Orange, graduating from Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange in 1975. He later received his Civil Engineer’s degree...
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E. Magdalene Whitmore

July 3, 1930 - October 14, 2010

E. Magdalene "Maggie" Whitmore CHESTERFIELD- E. Magdalene "Maggie" (LeMaster) Whitmore, 80, of 43 Stage Road and formerly of Orange, died on Thursday morning, October 14, 2010, following an illness, with family at her side. Born on July 3, 1930 in East Fork, Kentucky, she was a daughter of Ammos E. and Iris (Salyes) Lemaster and moved to Massachusetts at the age of 12. She was the oldest of...
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Joel T. Brooks

October 11, 1949 - September 28, 2010

Joel T. Brooks ORANGE- Joel T. Brooks, 60, of 81 Memorial Drive, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester following a brief illness. Born in Worcester on October 11, 1949, he was a son of Herbert and Christine (Marsh) Brooks. He graduated from Athol High School in 1967. Following high school, Joel enlisted in the United States Navy and served four...
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Mildred Edminster

April 27, 1924 - September 20, 2010

Mildred Edminster ORANGE- Mildred (Page) Edminster, 86, of 383 East River Street- King James Court, died early Monday morning, September 20, 2010 at Heywood Hospital in Gardner, following an illness. Born in Brewer, Maine on April 27, 1924, she was the daughter of Robert L. and Lula (Wasson) Page and grew up in Maine, graduating from Bangor (ME) High School in 1942 and later graduated from the...
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Patrick D. Theisen

December 23, 1949 - September 16, 2010

Patrick D. Theisen ORANGE- Patrick D. Theisen, 60, of 144 Horton Road, died Thursday evening, September 16, 2010 at home, following an illness. Born on December 23, 1949 in Salem, MA, he was a son of Joseph L. and Ellen (Dunn) Theisen. He leaves his beloved wife Leah. There are no calling hours. A celebration of Patrick's life will be held on Sunday, September 26th at 1 p.m., at the Orange...
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Bert L. Bartlett, Sr.

February 27, 1922 - September 1, 2010

Bert L. Bartlett Sr. ROYALSTON- Bert L. Bartlett Sr., 88, formerly of Athol-Richmond Road and owner of the former Bartlett’s Dairy Farm, died Wednesday afternoon, September 1, 2010 following an illness, surrounded by his devoted children. Born on February 27, 1922 in Craftsbury, Vermont, he was a son of Homer and Bertha (Goodwin) Bartlett and was raised on the family farm. Following school...
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James E. Johnson

April 6, 1932 - August 29, 2010

James E. Johnson Petersham-James E. "Jim" Johnson, 78, of Petersham, died suddenly at his home on Sunday 29 August 2010. He is survived by his wife Adrian; children Scott Johnson, Steven Johnson, Kimberly Pinnock, Joseph Piazza, Darron Abboud and Sarah Piazza; grandchildren, Shannon Girgenti, Sean Johnson, Morgan Johnson and Jessica Polana; great grandchild Anthony Girgenti; a sister, Linda...
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Wilfred E. Fournier

January 19, 1915 - August 22, 2010

Wilfred E. Fournier NEW SALEM- Wilfred E. "Pete" Fournier, 95, died August 22, 2010 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol. His death came without illness or pain. He simply ran out of fuel Sunday morning. Born January 19, 1915, in Baldwinville to Wilfred G. and Martha (Howe) Fournier, Pete led a long healthy life full of unforgettable experiences most of us can only imagine. He grew up in Orange...
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Phyllis Hackett

September 15, 1917 - August 20, 2010

Phyllis Hackett ERVING- Phyllis (Coutu) Hackett, 92, formerly of 64 High Street, died Friday evening, August 20, 2010 at the Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, following an illness. Born in Erving on September 15, 1917, she was a daughter of George A. and Beatrice (Marsh) Coutu and attended Erving Grammar Schools and Orange High School. She was married to John M. Hackett in...
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Philip S. Anderson

November 10, 1942 - August 19, 2010

Philip S. Anderson ORANGE- Philip S. Anderson, 67, of Maryland, died on August 19, 2010 at his seasonal residence in Sheffield, VT. Born on November 10, 1942 in Washington, DC, he was a son of Carl A. and Audrea (Scholl) Anderson. A graduate of Yale University, he worked in the insurance industry, taking a particular interest in wildlife and conservation clients such as the Conservation Fund and...
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Gerald A. Pelletier

November 16, 1945 - August 14, 2010

Gerald A. Pelletier ORANGE- Gerald A. Pelletier, 64, of 200 East River Street, died early Saturday morning, August 14, 2010 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol, following an illness. He was born in Athol on November 16, 1945, a son of Theodore L. and Lucy A. (Dupont) Pelletier and has lived in the area all his life. Gerald was a cab driver earlier in life as well as a musician that played in...
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Phillip C. Stowell

March 29, 1935 - August 14, 2010

Phillip C. Stowell PHILLIPSTON- Phillip C. Stowell, 75, of 95 State Road, died on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Leominster Hospital, Leominster, following an illness. Born in Athol on March 29, 1935, he was a son of Ralph M. and Christine (Sibley) Stowell and grew up in Athol. He was married to Cynthia M. (Smith) and had enjoyed their more then 40 years together. Following his schooling, Phillip...
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Mary E. Laskey

November 18, 1958 - August 11, 2010

Mary E. Laskey ERVING- Mary Elizabeth (Plante) Laskey, 51, of 9 North Street, died on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at Buckley HealthCare Center in Greenfield, following an illness.Born on November 18, 1958 in Providence, RI, she was a daughter of Robert Anaclet and Grace Joan (Nicholson) Plante. She graduated from the Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School in Orange in 1976 and then the Thompson...
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Joseph A. Gillis, Jr.

April 8, 1937 - August 10, 2010

Joseph A. Gillis Jr. ORANGE- Joseph A. Gillis Jr., 73, of 56 Dewey Conrad Avenue, died suddenly at Athol Memorial Hospital, Athol, on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, after becoming ill. He was born on April 8, 1937 in Gardner to Anna E. and Joseph A. Gillis Sr. and graduated from Athol High School in 1955. He was also a graduate of the Springfield Trade School. Joseph was a member of St. Mary's Church...
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Edward L. Smith

December 13, 1935 - August 10, 2010

Edward L. Smith ORANGE- Edward L. Smith, 74, of 49 West Myrtle Street, died on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at the Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol, following an illness. Born on December 13, 1935 in Providence, New York, he was a son of Edward and Mary (Saunders) Smith and grew up traveling in logging camps with his father and grandfather. He married Constance A. "Connie" (Dube) on November 21,...
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Tina Burch

December 31, 1950 - August 7, 2010

Tina Burch ORANGE- Tina (Slatter) Burch, 59, of 66B Lake Mattawa Road, died early Saturday morning, August 7, 2010 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare-campus, Worcester, following an illness. Born on December 31, 1950 in Cambridge, New York, she was a daughter of Richard and Alice Slatter and grew up in upstate New York. She was had been married to Daniel Burch. Tina enjoyed...
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Glenys Marian Harris

January 26, 1922 - August 5, 2010

Glenys M. Harris 1922-2010 ORANGE- Glenys Marian (Johnson) Harris, 88, formerly of 47 Warwick Road, died on Thursday, August 5, 2010 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, following an illness. Born in Boston on January 26, 1922, she was a daughter of Albin C. Johnson and Marion Olive (Ramsey) Johnson, both of Orange. Glenys graduated from Orange High School in 1940, and as class...
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Joseph Nicholson

July 11, 1954 - July 30, 2010

Templeton – Joseph Nicholson, 56, of 205 Lord Road in Templeton, died on Friday, July 30th at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare-campus, Worcester, following an illness. Born in Holden on July 11, 1954, he was the son of Milo and Loretta (Rathburn) Nicholson. He was employed by American Tissue and Temple Stuart Company. Joseph enjoyed the art of creating and tying flies for...
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Dorothy E. Cameron

August 12, 1925 - July 30, 2010

Dorothy E. Cameron ATHOL- Dorothy E. (Richards) Cameron, 84, of 451 Hapgood Street and formerly of Brookside Road in Orange, died on Friday, July 30th at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare- campus, Worcester, following an illness. Born in Barre on August 12, 1925, she was a daughter of Dewey and Bertha (Best) Richards. Dorothy was married to Lloyd G. “Red” Cameron, who...
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Walter Levi Cullen

June 13, 1921 - July 26, 2010

Walter L. Cullen ORANGE- Walter Levi Cullen, 89, formerly of 26 Second Street, died on Monday, July 26, 2010 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol after a short illness. Walter was born in Orange on June 13, 1921, the eldest son of Elizabeth (Sweeney) Cullen and Walter Andrew Cullen. He was married to Dorothy (Dresser) and enjoyed many years of marriage and just marked their 55th anniversary on...
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Fannie B. King

September 25, 1917 - July 19, 2010

Fannie B. King ORANGE- Fannie B. (Whitney) King, 92, formerly of 50 Red Brook Lane, died on Monday, July 19, 2010 at Quaboag on the Common in West Brookfield, following an illness. Born on September 25, 1917 in Athol, she was a daughter of Rufus and Mary B. (Goodell) Whitney. She was married to Rodney King who predeceased her. A devoted mother, she enjoyed her children and granchildren, as well...
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William McKnight

March 25, 1952 - July 18, 2010

William McKnight WARWICK- William "Willie" McKnight, 58, of 183 Orange Road, died on Sunday morning, July 18th, at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, following an illness. Born in Greenfield on March 25, 1952, he grew up in Warwick where he attended Warwick Center School, then went on to Pioneer Valley in Northfield and graduated from Greenfield Trade School. Willie was married to...
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Margaret M. Darrow

June 13, 1937 - July 17, 2010

Margaret M. Darrow ATHOL- Margaret M. Darrow, 73, formerly of Cambridge, passed away and went to meet the Lord on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol. Margaret, or Peggy as she preferred to be called, was born on June 13, 1937 in Cambridge, the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Darrow. Peggy was employed at the former Squirrel Brand Company in Cambridge for over...
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Phyllis C. Webster

June 12, 1939 - June 24, 2010

Phyllis C. Webster WARWICK- Phyllis C. Webster, 71, of Warwick, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. Born on June 12, 1939 in Wendell, she was a daughter of George and Delphine (Fox) Webster and lived in Wendell till the age of 12, moving to Orange where she attended Orange schools. During high school, she worked at the former Tepper's store. Phyllis worked for the...
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Lynn C. Oertel

September 15, 1946 - June 17, 2010

Lynn C. Oertel ORANGE- Lynn C. (Eyres) Oertel, 63, of 27 Horton Road, passed away peacefully at home with her husband at her side, on Thursday morning, June 17, 2010, following an illness. Born on September 15, 1946 in Plantsville, CT, she was a daughter of George and Arlene Eyres. She was married to Henry Oertel Jr.
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Carol A. Smith

July 10, 1939 - June 15, 2010

Carol A. Smith TULLY- Carol A. (Fournier) Smith, 70, of 171 Royalston Road, died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday afternoon, June 15th, after being stricken ill. Born in Gardner on July 10, 1939, she was a daughter of Howard and Marguerite (Waterman) Fournier and grew up in Orange, and was part of the first class to graduate from the new Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in 1958. Carol was married...
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Kenneth W. Wing

August 27, 1930 - June 10, 2010

WENDELL - Kenneth W. Wing Sr., 79, of 136 Montague Road passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by his family on Thursday, June 10, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Born on August 27, 1930 in Northfield, MA he was the son of Herbert J. Wing and Elsie (Newton) Wing. He attended Northfield and Greenfield Schools. Ken worked as a truck driver for Ernest Parker, L.E. Clapp, Horace...
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Irene B. (Songer Hamilton

April 11, 1926 - June 8, 2010

Irene B. Hamilton ATHOL- Irene B. (Dombroski) (Songer) Hamilton, 84 , of 188 Crescent Street passed into the next life peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends on June 8, 2010, after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Athol on April 11, 1926, eldest daughter of Stanislaus and Elizabeth (Yetter) Dombroski and graduated from Athol High School...
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Grace Joan Plante

September 24, 1922 - June 7, 2010

ERVING- Grace Joan "Charlie" (Nicholson) Plante, 87, formerly of 9 North Street, died Monday afternoon, June 7, 2010 at the Buckley Healthcare Center in Greenfield, following an illness. Born on September 24, 1922 in Denison, Iowa, she was a daughter of Clair W. and Marie (O'Connor) Nicholson. She was married to Robert A. Plante on May 10, 1947 in Providence, Rhode Island at the Lady of Lourdes...
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Charles F. Chappel, Sr.

November 7, 1941 - June 6, 2010

Charles F. Chappel Sr. TULLY- Charles F. Chappel Sr., 68, passed away Sunday morning, June 6th, at home. He was the son of the late Elsie (Harmon) and Charles A. Chappel. He was born in Groton and grew up in the Palmer area, attending schools there until he was married in 1959. He enjoyed growing up with a brother, Loron, and retelling their tales of childhood mischief there and on Cape Cod....
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Marguerite E. Colby

April 15, 1928 - June 4, 2010

Marguerite E. Colby ORANGE- Marguerite E. (Cutter) Colby, 82, formerly of Holtshire Road, died Friday evening, June 4, 2010 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol, following an illness. Born on April 15, 1928 in Ashuelot, New Hampshire, she was a daughter of Vernon and Flora (Ward) Cutter and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High School in 1945. As a child, her family traveled throughout...
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Charles E. Alden

June 26, 1932 - May 31, 2010

Charles E. Alden ORANGE- Charles E. Alden, 77, of 49 Cherry Street, died unexpectedly at home on Monday, May 31st, after being stricken ill. Born in Montague on June 26, 1932, he was a son of Albert and Hazel (Joslyn) Alden Sr. and attended the Orange High School and grew up in Warwick. He was married to Margaret (McTernan). Charles enlisted into the United States Army on December 1, 1952 served...
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Douglas J. Wetherby

July 24, 1938 - May 26, 2010

Douglas J. Wetherby NEW SALEM- Douglas J. Wetherby, 71, formerly of Lovers Lane and the Providence Cliff Residence in Athol, died on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at Leominster Hospital after being stricken ill earlier at Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation. Born in Montague on July 24, 1938, he was a son of the late Louie and Viola (Cadrette) Wetherby, and graduated from New Salem Academy in June of...
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Anthony J. Beroldi

September 5, 1959 - May 25, 2010

Anthony J. Beroldi ATHOL- Anthony J. "Tony" Beroldi, 50, of 138 Burma Road, died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, May 25, 2010 at Boston Medical Center, Boston. Born in Greenfield on September 5, 1959, he was a son of Adelbert and Patricia (Mongrain) Beroldi and grew up in Orange, graduating from Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in 1977. Following high school, Tony worked briefly at the former...
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Malcolm J. Gillis, Jr.

October 15, 1952 - May 22, 2010

Malcolm J. Gillis Jr. WARWICK- Malcolm J. Gillis Jr., 57, of 925 Orange Road, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday morning, May 22, 2010 after being stricken ill. Born on October 15, 1952 in Ayer, he was a son of Malcolm and Marion (Norton) Gillis Sr. Malcolm had a great career in the computer industry at places like General Electric, Digital, and several other large companies. He was tops in...
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Sylvia Shimkunas

June 24, 1926 - May 12, 2010

Sylvia Shimkunas WINCHESTER, NH- Sylvia (Amidon) Shimkunas, 83, of Pudding Hill Road and formerly of North Main Street, Orange, Mass., died on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, following an illness. Born in Richmond, NH on June 24, 1926, she was a daughter of Leon H. and Jennie (Castine) Amidon and graduated from the Thayer High School...
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Shaun M. Murcell

December 13, 1991 - May 11, 2010

Shaun M. Murcell ORANGE- Shaun M. Murcell, 18, of 96 West River Street, died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, May 11, 2010 on West Orange Road, Wendell, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Born in Greenfield on December 13, 1991, he was a son of Richard and Carla (Landry) Murcell and lived most of his life in Orange, having attended Ralph C. Mahar Regional School. Shaun was...
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Mary A. (Loverro LeFrancois

January 17, 1921 - May 9, 2010

Mary A. LeFrancois ORANGE- Mary Agnes (Gallo)(Loverro) LeFrancois, 89, of 83 Congress Street, died on Sunday afternoon, May 9, 2010, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Athol, following an illness. Born in Worcester on January 17, 1921, she was a daughter of Vinzenzo and Anastasia (Tufano) Gallo and grew up in Worcester. She moved to Orange in 1940. Mary was married to Raymond LeFrancois. Her first...
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J. Kenneth Truckey

October 7, 1927 - May 8, 2010

J. Kenneth Truckey ATHOL- J. Kenneth Truckey, 82, of 739 Daniel Shays Highway, Riverbend Woods, died late Saturday evening, May 8, 2010, at home following a long illness, with family at his side. Born in Orange on October 7, 1927, he was a son of Wilfred and Melba (Trask) Truckey and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High in 1946. A veteran of World War Two, Ken served in the United...
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Roger F. Cullen, Sr.

March 14, 1932 - April 27, 2010

Roger F. Cullen Sr. ATHOL- Roger F. Cullen Sr., 78, died Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at Legends Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Gardner, following an illness. Born in Athol on March 14, 1932, he was a son of Charles and Rena (Lincoln) Cullen Roger was married to Alberta (Sweeney). Employed by the L. S. Starrett Company in Athol as a grinder, Roger retired in 1995. He previously worked for the...
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Joanne Wrigley

December 14, 1934 - April 21, 2010

Joanne Wrigley ORANGE- Joanne (Rivers) Wrigley, 75. formerly of 383 East River Street, King James Court, died on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare, 119 Belmont Street, Worcester, following an illness. Born in Gardner on December 14, 1934, she was a daughter of Norman and Anne (Sironaitis) Rivers and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High...
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Theresa M. Dery

June 9, 1926 - April 18, 2010

Theresa M. Dery ORANGE- Theresa M. Dery passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Sunday, April 18, 2010, surrounded by her loving family. She was born and raised in Gardner on June 9, 1926, a daughter of the late Evariste and Albina Breau. Theresa attended Holy Rosary School and graduated from Gardner High School in 1944. Theresa worked at Romeo Brothers Clothing in Gardner before her...
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Marion Louise Deegan

December 6, 1924 - April 16, 2010

Marion Louise Deegan 1924 – 2010 ORANGE-Marion Louise Deegan of Walnut Hill Street, Orange, MA, passed into eternal rest on Friday, April 16, 2010, surrounded by loving family. Marion graduated from Orange H.S. and worked as secretary to the Orange Superintendant of Schools and then as a bookkeeper for the Orange Clothing Company. She later established a day care facility for...
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James B. "Juja Hanna

October 17, 1950 - April 14, 2010

James B. Hanna ORANGE- James B. “Judas”,”Juja” Hanna, 59, of 87 High Street, died Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at Athol Memorial Hospital, following an illness. Born on October 17, 1950 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he was a son of William and Agnes (Cichanowicz) he grew up in the Bridgeport and Stratford, Connecticut area, graduating in 1968 from Jonathan Law High School. James...
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Betty Jane Watkins

March 8, 1923 - April 4, 2010

Betty Jane Watkins ORANGE- Betty Jane Watkins, 87, a long time resident of the Athol-Orange area, passed away on April 4, 2010 at Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born in Detroit, MI on March 8, 1923 a daughter of Fred and Dorothy Todd. After the death of her mother, she went to live with her aunt in Portsmouth, NH. In 1945, Betty married returning WW2 veteran Staff Sgt....
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Beatrice M. Maroni

June 27, 1922 - April 3, 2010

Beatrice M. Maroni ATHOL- Beatrice M. (Nault) Maroni, 87, of 399 Cottage Street, died on Saturday, April 3rd, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, following an illness. Born in Berlin, New Hampshire on June 27, 1922, she was a daughter of Nelson and Valaria (Frechette) Nault and grew up on Coolidge Street and attended school in Athol. Beatrice was married to Louis Maroni Sr. for over 50...
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Leonard J. Lefrancois

September 17, 1932 - March 25, 2010

Leonard J. Lefrancois ATHOL- Leonard J. Lefrancois, 77, of 29 Morton Meadows, died on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare- Campus, Worcester, following a brief illness. Born in Orange on September 17, 1932, he was a son of Harvey and Ethel (Brownell) Lefrancois. Following high school, Leonard enlisted in the United States Navy on November 14, 1951 and...
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Roger L. Fernet

April 22, 1975 - March 23, 2010

Roger L. Fernet ROYALSTON- Roger L. "Snakeyes" Fernet, 34, of 90 Athol Road, died unexpectedly early Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Born in Greenfield on April 22, 1975, he was a son of Bruce and Gayle (Anderson) Fernet and grew up in Royalston. Roger was involved in a motorcycle accident at the age of 16 and became disabled. However, he didn't let it slow him down and went on to get his GED. He later...
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Debra A. Perkins

March 10, 1960 - March 20, 2010

Debra A. Perkins WARWICK- Debra A. (Chappell) Perkins, 50, of 50 Pine Street, died unexpectedly at Athol Memorial Hospital on Saturday, March 20, 2010, after being stricken ill earlier at home. Born in Palmer on March 10, 1960, she was a daughter of Charles and Delene Chappell and lived in Three Rivers and Monson until moving to Orange, where she graduated from the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School...
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Edeltraud Treutlein

June 27, 1932 - March 14, 2010

Edeltraud Treutlein NEW SALEM- Edeltraud (Siebenlest) Treutlein, 77, of 7 Blueberry Hill Road, died on Sunday, March 14, 2010 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol, following an illness. Born in Wuerzburg, Germany on June 27, 1932, she was a daughter of Johann and Anna (Whittmann) Siebenlest and grew up in Germany. She was married to Alfred Treutlien in 1954, who predeceased her. Edeltraud and...
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Donald F. Littlewood

May 14, 1921 - March 13, 2010

Donald F. Littlewood ATHOL- Donald F. "Tex" Littlewood, 88, of 111 Pinedale Avenue, died on Saturday afternoon, March 13, 2010 at the Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol, following an illness. Born in Orange on May 14, 1921, he was a son of George A. and Helen (Garfield) Littlwood and grew up and attended school in Orange. Don was working with his brother in the sawmill at the age of 18. He...
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Jeffrey B. Riddell

June 30, 1955 - March 12, 2010

Jeffrey B. Riddell ATHOL- Jeffrey B. Riddell, 54, of 224 Froman Street, died on Friday evening, March 12, 2010 at home, following an illness, with his family at his side. Born in Athol on June 30, 1955 he was a son of Wilfred and Doris (Turner) Riddell and grew up in Orange, graduating from Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in 1973. While in high school, Jeff was a worker and had a paper route and...
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Doris A. Gowey

February 24, 1924 - March 8, 2010

Doris A. Gowey ORANGE- Doris A. (Merchant) Gowey, 86, of 200 East River Street, died Monday, March 08, 2010 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare-Campus, Worcester, following an illness. Born in Wendell on February 24, 1924, she was a daughter of Adelbert and Maude (Taylor) Merchant and grew and attended school in Wendell and graduated from New Salem Academy. Doris was first...
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Charlene C. Sexton

August 1, 1932 - March 8, 2010

Charlene C. Sexton ORANGE- Charlene C. (Qualters) Sexton, 77, of 295 Wheeler Avenue, died early Monday morning, March 8, 2010, at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare- Campus, in Worcester, following an illness. Born in Gardner on August 1, 1932, she was a daughter of Charles H. and Arlene C. (Hughes) Qualters, and grew up in Athol, graduating from Athol High School in 1951. She...
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