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“To Joan and family, so sorry for your loss of your mom. May she rest in peace. Barbara Logan O'Neil ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: BARBARA O'NEIL - ALBANY, NY

“I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: CW

“Dear Jean & family, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. I...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Janet Lucia - Adams, MA

“Our heartfelt sympathy to you, John, and all the family. Ellen was a "special" lady whowas loved by everyone who knew her. May thepeace of the Lord...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: martha sands - north adams, MA

“We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts. Tim & Ray ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Tim Bushika - Stamford, VT

“My condolences to the family ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Edward Muha - hoosick falls, NY

“Joan and family,Kind thoughts and prayers at this sad time. I have such fond memories of your beautiful Mom. You can rejoice in a life well lived. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Diane (Trottier) Taylor - CA

“So sorry to read about "Aunt"Ellen.She was a wonderful lady who always had a smile and a hug for me. I'll always remember her fondly.Our condolences...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Glenn Roy - Windsor, MA - Family

“To all: our deepest sympathies on the loss of your loved one. Hugs and prayers to everyone. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Joe and Diane Mancini - Friend

“Johnny and the whole family, So very sorry to hear of your loss. May she rest in peace and watch over all of you. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: joe Gomes - Cummington, MA

“Dear Jean and family,Ellen was an amazing woman, and she raised amazing people. Robert and I send prayers and sincerest sympathy your way.With love...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Jeanne and Robert Filiault/Dunham - MA

“So sorry. Remember the fun times...there were many. Hugs to all. <3 ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Theresa Zelazo - Drury, MA

“Dear Joan, Jean, Jane, and John, I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. May you find comfort in the happy memories of her. My thoughts and...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Barbara Malinowski - Stamford, VT


Mrs. Ellen G. (Shields) Tietgens, 93, of Clarksburg, MA, died Thursday morning, June 15, 2017, at North Adams Commons.
She was born in North Adams on November 23, 1923, the daughter of the late John and Gertrude (Ryan) Shields. She attended North Adams schools, and graduated from the former St. Joseph's High School with the Class of 1942.
Mrs. Tietgens first worked for the former New England Telephone Co. for several years. Following her marriage to John C. Tietgens on April 22, 1944, she became his partner in both life and in business, assisting him in the operation of JT Bus Lines. She also owned many race horses while the former Green Mountain Race Track was in operation, with Mr. Tietgens working as the trainer.
She had been a communicant of the former St. Francis of Assisi Church, North Adams, and later, of St. John Bosco Church in Stamford, VT., and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in North Adams.
She enjoyed ceramic crafts, and also enjoyed wintering with her husband in Jamaica, and later, Naples and Cape Coral, Florida.
She is survived by her husband of 73 years, John, and together they raised four children, including Joan Calvi and her husband, Bruce, of Clarksburg; and Jane Sullivan, Jean Kurpiel and her husband, Michael; and John C. Tietgens, Jr. and his wife, Heather-Lynn, all of Stamford, VT;
Eleven grandchildren, including Bernard and Jeffrey Calvi, Jennifer Belisle, Justin and Jeremy Sullivan, Christa Marsh, Michael Kurpiel, Jr., Jessica Langenback, John C. Tietgens III, and Jacob and Jillian Tietgens;
Fourteen great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was predeceased by her three brothers, John, Joseph and Peter Shields.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, June 17th, at 9:15 from the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, North Adams.
Burial will follow in Clarksburg Cemetery.
Calling hours are today, Friday, from 4 to 7 PM at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Company, 181 Cross Road, Clarksburg, MA 01247.
To leave a message of condolence, please go online to www.paciorekfuneral.com

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