Phyllis J. Derigon
March 28, 1925 ~ July 20, 2017
Bernardston, Ma.

Phyllis J. Derigon, 92 formerly of Northfield, Ma. died peacefully at the Gregory Wing of St. Andrews Village in Boothbay Harbor, Maine on July 20, 2017, She went to Maine in June of 2016 to be closer to her favorite cousin, Jeffrey H. Miller of East Boothbay.

Phyllis was born in New Milford, Ct. on March 28, 1925. She graduated from Mary Washington College in Fredricksbsburg, Virginia. She was an only child and never married. She lived a long and wonderful life working for Phoenix Mutual Insurance Company in Hartford, Ct. and eventually retired to Northfield Massachusetts where she lived for 40 years.

She enjoyed her little brown house with the blue shutters and the swimming pool. She entertained her friends and raised a lot of money for local charities. She was very generous and gave a lot of her money, her possesions and her time to worthy causes. She was passionate about traveling and made friends everywhere she went. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and a good novel or biography. She was a pillar of the Northfield community. As the daughter of a small town grocer during the Great Depression, Phyllis learned to be sharp and calculating, as well as kind and compassionate. She was a long time member of the Northfield Finance Committee. She supported the Dickinson Memorial Library and was an active member of the Trinitarian Congregational Church. When the church burned down, she lead the committee that financed the rebuilding of the church. She was well-known and well-loved by many in Northfield.

She is survived by several cousins and second cousins in Maine, Connecticut, Florida and New Jersey.

There will be a graveside service in the fall in Pentecost Cemetery, Northfield, Ma. The date and time of the service will be announced.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St. Northfield, Ma. 01360, or the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St. Northfield, Ma. 01360.

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

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Christine L. Dwight
October 3,1927 ~ July 18, 2017
Bernardston, Ma.

Christine L. Dwight, 89, died Tuesday (7-18-2017) at the home of her daughter Peg, in Bernardston. She was born October 3,1927, in Pittsfield, Ma. the daugther of Victor and Marguerite (McCormick) Hoskeer. Her childhood was spent in Windsor, Mass. before moving to Shelburne, Ma.with her family as a teenager. She married Edward Dwight in 1958 and they raised their 2 children in Shelburne. After her husband's death Christine lived many more years at her son's home in Shelburne before moving to Bernardston to live with her daughter. She enjoyed oil painting, traveling to Maine and the company of her cats and dogs. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was thrilled to become a great grandmother earlier this year.

Christine was predeceased by her parents, her husband Edward and her two brothers Joe and Dave Hoskeer. She is survived by her son Joel and his wife Marianne, her daughter Peg and her grandchildren, Henry, Tim and wife Jacqueline, Katherine, Christine, Mary, and her greatgrandaughter Emma. She also leaves her sister-in-laws Millie Dwight, and Patricia Hoskeer along with many neices, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours will be Saturday July 29, 2017 from 4-6 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. Burial will be private.

Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Franklin County, Greenfield, Ma.; htpp://wwwhospicefc.org/donate/ or the Bernardston Fire Dept. 18 Church St. Bernardston, Ma. 01337.

Special thanks to Dr. Robert Miller, Mary Killoy and Nicole Stebbins, Christine's caregivers and friends who made it possible for her to stay in her home.

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William Ralph Stewart
December 15, 1936 ~ July 12, 2017
Greenfield, Ma.

William Ralph Stewart, 81, passed away July 12, 2017 at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility, Greenfield, Ma. He was born in Hadley, Mass. on December 15, 1936 the son of William and Dezilda (Foss) Stewart. Bill enjoyed day trips to all the local fairs and festivals, collecting all sorts of local memorabilia. He enjoyed Jym-Kana's (horse shows) and traveled extensively around the area performing. He loved people and animals, especially horses, donkeys, and his cat Maggie. He was honorably discharged from the National Guard at the rank of specialist 3rd Class on December 15, 1957, after four years of service. He was also a member of the Wendell Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife Bernadette Stewart and three daughters Debra Kennett and her husband Tom of Oklahoma, Linda Collis and her husband Arthur of Turners Falls, Ma. and Nancy Pike and her husband David also of Turners Falls, Ma. He is also survived by two Step children Jason Houle of Greenfield, and Maranda McGanagle of New Hampshire. Several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers: Frank and Glenn, and a sister Amelia Foss.

There will be calling hours on Monday evening (7-17-2017) from 7-9 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. A graveside service will be held the following week on Tuesday (7-25-2017) at 11:00 A.M. at Farms Cemetery, Northfield, Ma. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, Pastor of St. Patrick's Church, Northfield will officiate.

Donations in his memory made be made to the Dakin Animal Shelter, 163 Montague Rd. Leverett, Ma. 01054.

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Nathan J. Hutchinson
January 28, 1987 ~ July 5, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Nathan J. Hutchinson, 30, died Wednesday (7-5-2017) at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Ma. as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born in Greenfield, Ma. on Jaunaury 28, 1987, the son Bruce Hutchinson and Teresa Nelson. Nate attended Pioneer Valley Regional School and Smith Academy.

He was a former member of the Hatfield Fire Dept, and was an active member of the Northfield Fire Dept. He was also a member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He worked for several years for Nelson Carpentry in Northfield. He loved playing pool, going fishing, and playing golf with his friends.

He is survived by his mother Teresa Nelson and her husband Jay of Northfield, Ma. and his father Bruce Hutchinson and his wife Tara of Hatfield, Ma. He is also survived by his sister Katie Hutchinson of Northfield and his "little Squirell" niece Cheyanne Hutchinson whom he adored, and his maternal grandfather John Smith and his wife Alane of Northfield. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be calling hours next Friday (7-14-2017) from 6-8- P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. Private services will be held at the connivence of the family.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Northfield Fireman's Fund, 93 Main St. Northfield, Ma. 01360 or to the charity of ones choice.

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Scott Webster Smith
June 5, 1960 ~ July 5, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Scott Webster Smith, 57, of Northfield, Ma. died unexpectedly July 5, 2017 in Greenfield, Ma. He was born June 5, 1960 and raised in Greenfield. He graduated from Bement School, and then Franklin County Tech, where he studied Graphics Arts. After graduating, he moved to Pensacola, Florida where he worked at Tom White Printing for many years.

He is survived by his daughter, Courtney Smith of Pensacola, Fl and granddaughter, Phoebe of Pensacola. He is also survived by his mother and stepfather Judith and David Radebaugh of Northfield, Ma. and his father Hamilton Smith of Pensacola, Fl, a brother, Eric Smith of Pensacola, a sister, Karla Smith Tindell and her husband Steve of Navarre, Fl. a half brother, Lincoln Smith of Utah, and Joan Johnson, his former wife of Pensacola. He also leaves his very dear friend, Jessica Gaudet, of Northfield.

Funeral services will be at a later date in Pensacola.

There are no calling hours.

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

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Joseph Thomas Elliott, Jr.
March 11, 1929 ~ July 4, 2017
Gill, Ma.

Joseph Thomas Elliott, Jr., 88, of Franklin Road died on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at the Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield, MA.

Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey on March 11, 1929, he was the son of Joseph Thomas Elliott and Mary Louise Cahoone of Glen Ridge. He graduated from Glen Ridge High School in 1947 and earned a Bachelor of Art degree from Columbia University in 1951 with honors and special distinction in music.

His lifelong interest in music began when he was four years old and started piano lessons. He began taking organ lessons with W. Melville Coursen when he was eight years old, and later, with Bassett W. Hough. His first public performance took place at the Church of the Assumption in New York City when he was eleven years old. Later that year, he was employed as a musician at the Trinity Parish Mission House in New York and, at the age of twelve, he was recruited as an organist at Trinity Parish’s Church of the Redeemer. His first full time position was as organist and choirmaster of Saint Agnes Episcopal Church in East Orange, NJ at the age of fourteen. At Saint Agnes, he met his future wife, Barbara, then eleven years old, who sang in the children’s choir.

While a student at Columbia University, Mr. Elliott was appointed in 1950 as organist at Saint Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Parish in New York City. After receiving his college degree, he left the Chapel in 1951 to serve in the United States Marine Corps, First Marine Division, during the Korean Conflict, receiving an honorable discharge in 1953 with the rank of staff sergeant and several commendations.

Following his military service, he returned to Saint Paul’s. He started the popular weekly recital series, a gift of the Chapel to the Lower Manhattan Community, which continues today on public radio. Saint Paul’s Chapel would later become renowned during the World Trade Center tragedy as a place of respite for first responders. The oldest continually-used public building in New York City, and the church where George Washington worshipped on his Inauguration Day, the Chapel withstood the Great New York City Fire of 1776, when British troops burned the city after the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War. The National Landmark, located across the street from the World Trade Center site, solidly earned its reputation as “The Little Chapel that Stood.”

On June 30, 1956, he married Barbara Ann Ford in Saint Paul’s Chapel, serving as organist at his own wedding ceremony. Continuing his work at the Chapel, Mr. Elliott began to teach music at the Vail-Deane School in Elizabeth, NJ and the Carteret School in West Orange, NJ. He played public performances as a pianist and organist, including in New York’s famous Carnegie Hall and on the popular Ed Sullivan Show. He was also the accompanist of the University Glee Club of New York City.

Once married, and settling into family life, he accepted a position as the organist and choirmaster of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Essex Fells, NJ in 1957. At Saint Peter’s, he conducted the adult and children’s choirs, and the choir of men and boys. He and his wife also operated a successful letterpress printing business in Verona, NJ for many years.

While in the Marine Corps, his commanding officer was Captain Glyn Jones of the United States Navy’s Chaplain’s Corps. He would later reunite with Chaplain Jones at the Mount Hermon School in Gill, where Jones served as the school’s minister. He was appointed to the faculty in 1966, serving as chairman of the music department until his retirement in 1994. He also served as the school’s chapel organist, band director, music teacher, and printer. In 1967, he designed the school’s current pipe organ, installed by the Andover Organ Company in the Memorial Chapel in 1970. Mount Hermon merged with the Northfield School in 1971, forming the Northfield Mount Hermon School and consolidating its campuses in Gill. The present school still enjoys its rich history in music and performance arts, and its fine organ.

Following his retirement from teaching, the Northfield Mount Hermon Alumni Association presented him with the William H. Morrow Award for his significant contributions to the life and spirit of the School, and the Joseph T. Elliott Jr. Prize in Music is presented annually to a member of the graduating class.

Throughout his life and into retirement, he continued to perform as a soloist and accompanist with various groups around the Northeast. He served as organist of the United Church of Bernardston and Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Northfield for over twenty years. He also served as a long-time firefighter and engineer for the Gill Fire Department, and as a regional Enhanced-911 coordinator during the development of this vital emergency communications system.

Besides his wife of sixty-one years, he leaves his three sons, Joseph T. Elliott, III and his wife, Jennifer, of Hardwick, MA; Stuart Elliott of Gill, MA; and Christopher Elliott and his wife, Veronica, of Westford, MA. He also leaves a sister, Mary Tomasulo of Verona, NJ; a brother, Rear Admiral (USN Ret.) Robert Elliott, of Rockville, MD, and his wife, Constance; and five loving grandchildren.

A funeral service will take place on Saturday, July 22, at 11:00 AM, at the Memorial Chapel, Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, MA. The Reverend Ted Thornton will officiate and members of local fire departments will serve as pallbearers. Burial with military honors will follow in the Mount Hermon Cemetery in Northfield. A reception will take place in the Bolger House, on the school’s campus, at 1:00 PM. Kidder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northfield Mount Hermon Music Department, care of Kristin Kellom, Northfield Mount Hermon School, One Lamplighter Way, Gill, MA 01354, or the Gill Firemen’s Association, care of Lieutenant Scott Nicholas, 196A Main Road, Gill, MA 01354.

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Donald Miller Lippack
July 5, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Donald Miller Lippack, 91 died in his beloved home in Northfield on July 5, 2017. On Monday, July 3rd they quietly celebrated 69 years of marriage. Don was born in Providence, Rhode Island to Arthur Sigmund Lippack and Hope Sherman Lippack. He was raised in Foster and Scituate, Rhode Island.

Donald married S. Hope Peffer on July 3, 1948 and they lived in the Boston/Situate, RI area in the early years of their marriage, but then settled in Franklin County, MA. They moved to Northfield in 1957 and have remained in the same home ever since.

His wife, S. Hope Lippack, his daughter Janet and her husband Frederic survive Don. Three grandchildren, Aaron Chapin and his wife Randi Chapin of Hazleton, PA, Abbie Chapin of Newtown Square, PA, and Ashley Sapone and her husband Jason Sapone of Henderson, NV, also survive him. He also has four great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Sydney, Tyler and Brandon. John Peffer, his nephew, held a special place in his life. A cousin Stephen Miller of Spencer also survives. Their son Robert Donald Lippack died in 2005. A brother Arthur also predeceased him. Nephews, a niece, grandniece and cousins also survive him.

Don enlisted in the Navy at 17 after leaving school and spent the years of World War II in the South Pacific where he learned his lifetime trade of being and Electrician. He was one of the last sailors to arrive home after the war was over. He finished his education upon returning home. His whole life he has been a staunch supporter of veterans organizations.

He worked for Western Mass Electric Company (Northeast Utilities/Eversource) for 38 years working in many rolls.

Don was very passionate about Little League youth baseball and was the President of the Northfield Athletic Association for many years having all the boys picking up the equipment for their games and practices out of his barn, and doing Jimmy Fund collections every summer.

Don and his wife had the opportunities to explore much of Europe for their 50th wedding anniversary and also had the chance to head west to explore the beauty of the US for 6 weeks while hauling a camper.

Upon his retirement in 1988 he was able to continue many of his passions such as Golf (even a hole-in-one), genealogy, local history including a huge selection of antique postcards of Northfield and Greenfield, bridge, antiquing and visiting Maine.

Donations to your favorite Veterans Organizations would be appreciated.

Much appreciation goes to Hospice of Franklin County and the Sheriff’s Department Triad program. They were able to give much needed support during this difficult time. We also would have never been able to meet Donald’s wish to remain home without the dedicated and incredibly competent and compassionate caregivers who lived day and night in his home until his passing. To Danielle Boyd, Connie Harrison, and Crystal Atkins, a tremendous thanks you.

Funeral services will beTuesday, July 11th (2/11/17) at 11 am at Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Avenue, Northfield, MA. The Reverend Julie Olmsted, pastor of the Trinitarian Congregational Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Pentecost Cemetery with full military honors. A calling hour will be Tuesday from 10 am until the time of the service at the funeral home.

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Carol R. Haskell
September 24, 1930 ~ July 4, 2017
Bernardston, Ma.

Carol R. Haskell, 86 of Bernardston, Ma. died Tuesday (7-4-2017) at Charlene Manor Healthcare Center, Greenfield, Ma. She was born in Holyoke, Ma. on September 24, 1930, the daughter of Hendrick and Sylvia (Dickinson) Hamberg. Carol was a graduate of Southwick (Ma.) High School, and then attended Springfield School of Nursing, and became a Registerd Nurse. She married Donald Haskell on April 23, 1955 in Granby, Ct. She worked for many years at the Franklin County Public Hospital, nursing, from where she retired. She served for several years as a member of the Pioneer Valley Regional School, school committee. She was a member of the United Church of Bernardston, where in her early years she sang in the choir.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, and her daughters: Karen Rewa and her husband Andy of Montague, Ma. Sue Thomas and her husband Mike of Cromwell, Ct. and Deedee Ludlam and her husband John of Francestown, N.H. She is also survived by her granddaughter Jessica Rewa and Great Grandson, Ben Bonnett.

Funeral services will be Friday (7-7-2017) at 2:00 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. The Rev. David Neil, Pastor of the United Church of Bernardston will officiate. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Bernardston, Ma.

There will be a calling hour on Friday (7-7-2017) from 1 P.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

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

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Florence Klein
June 12, 1925 ~ June 14, 2017
Greenfield, Ma.

Florence Klein, 92 formerly of Greenfield died Wednesday (6-14-2017) at the Center for Extended Care Amherst surrounded by her family. Florence Klein was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 12, 1925 to parents Mildred and Samuel Malkind. From an early age, she loved to draw, aspiring to be an artist.

Her childhood in Brooklyn was filled with the colors and sounds of vibrant immigrant neighborhoods. She attended public elementary school and Girls Commercial High, studying fashion design. She then enrolled at the Art Students' League where she studied "classical by day and abstract by night." All her life, Florence maintained a nostagilia for the cultural richness of diverse communities amidst the bustling streetcars and vendors. A growing awareness of social injustice led Florence to participate in political events.

Making new friends, she met Robert L. Klein who she married on Christmas Day in 1949 because "it was the one day the Temple wasn't booked." A year later the couple moved to Sunnybank, The family farm in Nanuet, N.Y. Building a house on the land, surrounded by a large extended family, their own family grew with birth of a son, adoption of a dog, and arrival of a daughter on her own birthday. Watercolors of beautiful autumn trees attest to the harmony she felt at that time. With the Civil Rights movement emerging nationally, Florence and her husband became active organizing Brotherhood Festivals and then a tenants' union. Florence continued her education at Rockland Community College, graduating Suma Cum Laude from St. Thomas Aquinas College.

She became a social worker for Rockland County's Dept. of Children Services. Following her husband's untimely death in 1970, as a single working mother, she completed a Master's Program at Columbia University. Always improving, she earned further certifications ar Cornell and other institutions. Following 20 years of public service, Florence retired to devote her time to art, music, theater, swimming, traveling,dancing with her companion Sydney Berstein, and baking pies, "always with Cortland apples." In 2007 she moved to Massachusetts to be near her daughter. She loved to laugh and sing and always advocated for those in need.

At age 92, Florence Klein is loved and remembered warmly by her son Mitchel Klein and his wife Becky in Altanta, Ga. her daughter Sally Stuffin of Wendall, Ma. and her 3 children of heart; Cynthia Huard of Bristol, Vt. Rosie Heidkamp of Wendell, Ma., and John Young of Providence, RI. She continues to be an inspiration and is dearly missed.

Funeral Services were private. A celebration of her life will be held in the future.
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Raymond C. Wirth Jr.
June 19, 2017
Warwick, Ma.

Raymond C. Wirth Jr. 75, of Warwick, Ma. died Monday (6-19-2017) at UMass Medical Center, Worcester, Mass. Funeral services will be private. Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. is in charge of arrangements.

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Sanford L. Edson
October 9, 1948 ~ June 16, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Sanford L. Edson, 68 of Northfield died Friday evening (6-16-2017) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center after a sudden illness.  He was born in Montague, Ma. on Oct. 9, 1948 the son of Leroy and Allene (Snow) Edson.  Sandy was educated in Northfield schools and was a graduate of Pioneer Valley Regional School.  He served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam War attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, and received a Bronze Star.  He was employed for many years at the former Hardigg Industries.  He and his wife owned and operated the former Northfield Country Store in Northfield for several years. He then went to work for Comcast from where he retired. He worked part time for several years as an EMT for the former Kidder Ambulance Service in Northfield.  He married the former Nita Wingard Oct. 6, 1996.

He is survived by his wife Nita, and two sons: Patrick Edson and his wife Bridget of Hooksett, NH, Jason Edson and his wife Amanda of Millers Falls, Ma., and a daughter Layna Broussard Ladner of Beaumont, TX, and grandchildren: Aiden Broussard, James, Samuel, and Lucas Edson.   He is also survived by a brother Dennis Edson and his wife Terrie of Northfield, Ma., a sister Kathy Wood of Massachusetts, and a sister-in-law and her husband Rita and Bud Jordan of Beaumont, TX.  He will be buried with his friend and cat, Oliver.

There will be calling hours at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. on Thursday evening (6-22-2017) from 6-8 P.M.  Burial will full military honors will be at a later date at a time to be announced in Pentecost Cemetery, Northfield.  

Donations in his honor may be made to the Northfield VFW Post 9874, 545 Mt. Hermon Station Rd. Northfield, Ma. 01360 or Northfield EMT Association 41 Main St, Northfield Ma. 01360.

In Nita's own words, "He gave me the best years of my life."

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David A. Funkhouser
December 7, 1944 ~ June 10, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

David A. Funkhouser, 72 of Northfield died Saturday (6-10-2017) in Bernardston, Ma. He was born in Pittsburg, Pa. on December 7, 1944, the son of William and Kathryn (Gardner) Funkhouser. He received his bachelor's degree from St. Francis University in Pennslylvania and a Masters Degree from Keene State College in New Hampshire. David was an educator, principal and teacher for over 40 years. He always remembered his students and fellow educators fondly. He loved animals and family dearly and had a heart of gold, with kindness for everyone he met.

He is survived by his loving wife and soulmate the former Gloria (Barrett) of Northfield, MA. , a daughter Michele Wood and her husband Steve of Vermont, a son Michael Mitchell and his wife Janine of Greenfield, Ma., his three granddaughters Bella, Sarah, and Haley. He is also survived by his brothers: William and his wife Eileen of New Jersey, and Edward and wife Anne of Pennslyvania, and his sister Kate Funkhouser and her husband William Weitz of Texas, and his sister-in-law Patricia Baker and her husband Douglas of Northfield, Ma. Many nieces and nephews whom he adored.

Finally last but not least his dog, Lady, and cats Ronnie, Reggie, and Atilla. David was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations in his memory may be made to, Friends of FCSO Dog Shelter, 10 Sandy Lane, Turners Falls, Mass. 01376.

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

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Barbara A. (Cregar) Walker Walton
November 2, 1936 ~ May 16, 2017
White Lake, Michigan

Barbara A. (Cregar) Walker Walton, 80 of White Lake, Mi died Tuesday (5-16-2017) at St. Joseph's Mercy Oakland Hospital, Pontiac, Mi. She was born on Election Day November 2, 1936 in Richmond Hill, N.Y. the daughter of Hamilton and Grace (Peck) Cregar.

She was raised in New Hyde Park, N.Y. and graduated from Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, N.Y. Mrs. Walton earned her nursing degree from Franklin County Public Hospital in Greenfield, Ma. She was very proud that she ws a nurse for 60 years. She worked at several doctors offices in the area, including, Connecticut River Internists in Montague City. Later she worked at Farren Care Center, the Franklin County House of Corrections, and Elaine Manor in Hadley, Ma.

After moving to Michigan, she worked for many years at St. Anne's Convalesent Home in Detroit, Mi. and most recently at Beaconshire in Detroit. She loved animals and had several horses over the years, as well as raising Akita Dogs raising numerous American and Canadian champions. She had many highlights including winning at Westminster Kennel Club dog shows, sending the first Akita to France, and founding the Squakeag Akita Club. More recently Mrs. Walton enjoyed tending her large flower gardens and spending her vacations on Nantucket Island with her son Timothy. She loved her children and grandchildren which survive her. She is survived by two sons: Timothy of Nantucket, Ma. and Thomas and his wife Lisa of Northfield, Ma. and her daughter: Jacqueline Beaman and her husband James of Fitzwilliam, N.H. and her brother Edward Cregar of Florida. She is also survived by her grandchildren Rebecca and Emily Walker, and Ashley Beaman. Several neices and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday June 3, 2017 at Pentecost Cemetery, Northfield, Ma. at 10:00 A.M. The Rev. Julie Olmsted, Pastor of the Trinitarian Congregational Church will officiate.
There are no calling hours.

Donations in her memory may be made to NISHA Nantucket Island Safe Harbor For Animals, P.O. Box. 2844, Nantucket, Ma. 02584.

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

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George H. Nelson
February 18, 1930 ~ May 18, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

George H. Nelson, 87 of Glen Rd. Northfield, died unexpectedly Thursday (5-18-2017) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, Ma. He was born in Bernardston, Ma. on Feb. 27, 1930, the son of Herbert and Beatrice (Shaw) Nelson. George attended Powers Institute in Bernardston and then served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was married to the former Shirley "Betty" Kehl. Mrs. Nelson predeceased him in 2015. Early in life he was a tree surgeon in the Franklin County area. He then went to work as a carpenter for Mowry & Schmidt, and then to Watereau Inc. where he was a construction supervisor for projects all over the United States. He served the Town of Northfield as clerk of the works on the last elementary school renovation. He was highly knowledgable in local native american lore. He was also a civil war history buff, visiting many civil war sites including Atlanta, Ga. Hendersonville, Ga. and Gettysburg, Pa. He was locally known for his strawberries, and his gardening skills. He often said that living here is my idea of paradise.

He is survived by his sons: Daniel Goodwin and his wife Cynthia of Windemere, Fl. and Timothy Goodwin of Gill, Ma. and his daughter: Kathryn Sorenson of Sacramento, Ca. his grandchildren: Jeremy and Elizabeth Goodwin, and two great granchildren. He is also survived by his brother Paul of Bernardston, and sisters: Anne Cooke of Turners Falls, Ma. and Marilyn Carey of Idaho, and two dear and loving friends Monique Fordham, and Jessica Truesdale.

He was predeceased by siblings: Dawin and Arthur Brown, and Beaulah Dennison.

A graveside service will be held Saturday (5-27-2017) at Pentecost Cemetery, Northfield at 2:00 P.M. The Rev. Julie Olmsted, Pastor of Trinitarian Congregational Church will officiate.

Calling hours will be Friday evening (5-26-2017) from 5-7- P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma.

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Edwin H. Damon Jr. “Eddie”
August 29, 1937 ~ May 16, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Edwin H. Damon Jr. “Eddie”, 79, of Northfield Rd. Bernardston left us on the morning of May 16, 2017. He was born to Ed and Dot Damon on August 29th, 1937 in Greenfield, MA. Ed’s childhood was spent fishing and hunting with friends in the then very rural landscape of Bernardston. Those same friends remained close to him throughout his life. He graduated high school from Powers Institute (PI) in the spring of ’56 and had various jobs before going to work for Lea & Deane Builders. Here he found his calling as a woodworker and often spoke fondly of those days. It was in those early years that he met his wife-to-be June Barton. She shared his love of dancing and they hit all the local granges and town halls.

They bought the old Barton family homestead in West Leyden and renovated as money allowed. Ed did stints as the dog officer and town moderator. When needed, he helped the Tree Warden, the Fire Department and occasionally plowed town roads. Ed went to work with his Dad and eventually took over the family business (Damon’s Rustic Cedar Fencing). He shared the same “repair, reuse, and repair again” philosophy as his Dad. Their employees would joke that many of the tools came over on the Mayflower. His carpentry skills and eye for detail brought a fresh perspective to the Cedar Fencing business though. He brought “form” to the basic function of fence and was never happy until each fence found symmetry with its surrounding landscape. That quality attracted clients from all over New England, Kansas, and even a set build for an off Broadway play “Fox Fire”.

Ed enjoyed his leisure time indulging his many interests. His well thought-out adventures were fodder for endless storytelling.  He traveled from Tennessee to Canada hunting deer, bear, and bobcat.  He snowmobiled in the winter and camped in the summer.  Ed and June were both card sharks and loved the challenge of a good pitch game.  Perhaps his most enjoyed moments were spent in the company of old friends, good spirits and center stage limelight as he spun that old yarn one more time.

Upon the passing of Ed's folks, he moved with Junie to his childhood home in Bernardston.  This move allowed them to connect easily with their friends and their open door policy made everyone feel welcomed.  Traveling was a passion of Ed's and June's and in later years they enjoyed heading cross country in their Airstream, seeing sights, meeting people, and creating more new and exciting stories.  
With the passing of “Junie” in 2009 Ed lost his footing for a while. She was what gave it all purpose.
Time passed though and Ed found a companion in Sally Barber. He cared deeply for her and she filled that void in his life.

It was during this time that Ed was made an honorary member of the Vets Club. He wore his jacket with great pride and tried to help out where he could.

Ed is now in great company on the other side and we here will miss him greatly.

He leaves behind daughter Terrie Edson and husband Dennis of Northfield, daughter Sherrie Damon of Portland, Oregon, son Mitch Damon and wife Kristin of Northfield, daughter Shelly Kocot and husband Jeff of Whately, sister Dotty Faust and husband Ken of Missouri, brother in law Steve Turkington of Arizona and cousin Edna Gray of Ashburnham, MA.. Also feeling the loss are grandchildren Eli Edson and his wife Charlene, Jacob Edson and girlfriend Stephanie, Alex Clarke, Anastasia Clarke, Ross Damon, and Sean Damon. Ed was predeceased by his sister Betty Jane Turkington in 2015.

Funeral services will be Tuesday (5-23-2017) at the United Church of Bernardston at 10:00 A.M. The Rev. David Neil, Pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Bernardston.
Calling hours will be Monday evening (5-22-2017) from 5-7 P.M at the Kidder Funeral Home,1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma.

There will be a gathering following internment at the Bernardston Vets Club on Hartwell Street.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bernardston Fire Department, 18 Church St., Bernardston, MA. 01337 or the Bernardston Vets Club, PO Box 428, Bernardston, Ma. 01337

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Ralph E. Burdick
May 12, 2017
Bernardston, Ma.

Ralph E. Burdick, 86 of Bernardston, Ma. died Friday morning (5-12-2017) at Anna Jacques Hospital, Newburyport, Ma. He was minutes from boarding the Captain's Lady fishing boat for his annual deep sea fishing expediton with his son-in-law Bill Schneider. Ralph served in U.S. Air Force after high school. He was married to the former Christine Andrew on July 2, 1955 in Northfield. Mrs. Burdick predeceased him in 2013. He was proud that as student in high school he held a job as a pin setter at the Shelburne Bowling Alleys. He worked early in life at Kendall Mills in Colrain, then at Millers Falls Tool Co. and finally at Northeast Utilities from where he retired in the 1990's. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved all sports especially following the UConn Women's basketball team. IN his later years he enjoyed his monthly Senior Citizens Lunches in Colrain.

He is survived by three sons; Stephen and his wife Carleen of Ashuelot, NH, Stuart of Northfield, MA. and Stanley of Bernardston, Ma. and his daughter Betty Schneider and her husband William of Colrain, MA. He is also survived by a brother: Robert and wife Judy of Rutland, Vt. and two sisters: Hazel Churchill of Shelburne, MA. and Joyce Burdick of So. Hadley, MA. Seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Many neices and nephews.

Funeral Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations in his memory may be made the charity of one's choice.

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

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Marian F. Blake
July 2, 1929 ~ May 6, 2017
Bernardston, Ma.

Marian F. Blake, 87 of Turners Falls Rd. Bernardston, died Saturday (5-6-2017) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, surrounded by her entire family. She was born in Shelburne, Ma. on July 2, 1929 the daughter of Clayton and Florice (Clark) Hubbard. Marian was a graduate of Greenfield High School. She married Charles (Chuck) S. Blake Jr. on Aug. 19, 1950 in Greenfield. Chuck predeceased her in 2013. She worked for many years as an operator for New England T & T in Greenfield. She was a member of the United Church of Bernardston, a past president of the Bernardston PTA, and was treasurer for the Bernardston Veterans Club for many years. She loved acting and performed with many local organizations including the Northfield Country Players. Her home was always open to the neighborhood children and beyond. She loved gardening particularly flowers, and cherished her cats Pita and Boit.

She is survived by her children: Peter Blake and his wife Mary-Jane of Northfield, Daniel Blake and his wife Mary of Proctor, Vt. Darleyne Wood and her husband Paul, of Bernardston, Ma. Deborah Russell and her husband Michael of Abington, Ma. Amanda Cronin and her husband David of Florence, MA. and Melissa Alden and her husband Andrew of Leominster, Ma. Eighteen grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Thursday (5-11-2017) at 11:00 A.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. The Rev. David Neil, Pastor of the United Church of Bernardston, will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Center Cemetery, Bernardston.

Calling hours will be Wednesday evening (5-10-2017) from 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home.

Donations in her memory may be made to either the Bernardston Veterans Organization, P.O. Box 428, Bernardston, Ma. 01337 or the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 6305, Springfield, Ma. 01101.

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Kenneth E. Van Cor
Feb. 15, 1931 ~ April 22, 2017
Winchester, NH

Kenneth E. Van Cor, 86 of South Parish Rd. Winchester, died Saturday morning (4-22-2017) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, Ma. He was born in Brattleboro, Vt. on Feb. 15, 1931 the son of Bertie and Ida Belle (May) Martin. Ken was educated in Brattleboro schools and was a 1949 graduate of Brattleboro Union High School. He married the former R. Evelyn Abbott on June 8, 1952 in Townsend, Vt. He worked for many years at the former Book Press in Brattleboro, and then worked for 13 years at Northfield Mt. Hermon School, from where he retired. He was a very accomplished musician playing in his own band in the 1950's. He loved working on his own property spending hours doing lawn care.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn and children Lawrence and Dale and his wife Wanda both of Winchester and Kevin and Wayne both of Keene and Mary Ellen Martell of Brattleboro, Vt. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Julie Moorhead, Michelle Russell, Charles Zirkle, Meggan Hodgman, Jared and Sara VanCor. Seven great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother Forrest E. Van Cor.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday (4-29-2017) at the United Church of Winchester, Main St. Winchester, NH at 10:00 A.M. The Rev. David Hughes, Pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in South Parish Cemetery, Winchester.

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

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Agnes H. Remillard
April 20, 1925 ~ April 15, 2017
Bernardston, Ma.

Agnes H. Remillard, 91 of Bernardston, died Saturday morning (4-15-2017) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, Ma. She was born in Manchester, NH on April 20, 1925 the daughter of James and Jessie (Struthers) Mc Comb. Agnes graduated from the Franklin County Public Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. She was married to A. Kenneth Remillard on June 8, 1950 in Leverett, MA. She went to work at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brattleboro, Vt. on March 1, 1956 as a registered nurse and retired from there on June 30, 1984. She enjoyed tag saling and flea markets, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and vacations at the beach. In her later years she and her husband Ken enjoyed sightseeing trips.

She is survived by her husband, and children: Kenneth and John Remillard both of Bernardston, MA. Carol Remillard of Greenfield, MA. and Jean Dobias and her husband Bruce of Leyden, MA. She is also survived by her siblings: James Mc Comb and his wife Sonja, and William Mc Comb and his wife Jean, both of Gill, MA. and Jean Bolduc of Clearwater, FL. Five grandchildren: Eric Remillard, Rebecca Minor, Sharon Trenholm, Timothy Snow and Robert Nagle. 8 Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great great Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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Clifford W. Struthers Jr.
January 22, 1942 ~ March 21, 2017
Guilford, Vt.

Clifford W. Struthers Jr. 75 of Guilford, Vt. died Tuesday evening at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH. He was born in Goffstown, NH on January 22, 1942 the son of Clifford and Jennie (Kelsea) Struthers. Cliff moved to Winchester early in life and worked many years at the former Box Co. in Winchester. He served many years as the sextant for the Winchester cemeteries. Cliff was a history buff researching geneology and cemetery information. He loved spending hours in the woods surveying lot lines, especially in Pisgah State Park. He enjoyed woodworking, and was always known to have a wisecrack or two.

He is survived by his children: William Struthers and his companion Seana Shannon of Winchester, NH and Mary Ann Seavey and her husband Jay of Swanzey, NH. He is also survived by his companion Vivian Dubiel of Guilford, VT. and his brother Norman of Winchester, NH and sister Dot Smith of Littleton, NH. He is also survived by his ex-wife Mary Struthers of Winchester, NH. and grandchildren: Rebekah Gagnon, William Struthers, Joshua Seavey, Kayla Struthers, and Ashley Struthers. He was predeceased by a daughter Geneva Struthers.

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

Donations in his memory may be made to Friends of Pisgah Park Inc. P.O. box 134, Chesterfield, NH 03443.

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Eva L. Baker
May 14, 1927 ~ March 15, 2017
Leyden, Ma.

Eva L. Baker, 89 of Leyden, died Wednesday morning (3-15-2017) at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Vienna, Austria, on May 14, 1927 the daughter of John and Margaret (Sptitz) White. Eva spent the first twelve years of her life in Austria but was forced to immigrate without her parents via the Kindertransport of Jewish children to England prior to the start of WWII. She lived with her English foster parents for the next six years and was reunited with her parents in Brattleboro, Vt. It was there that she met David Baker while working at the Holstein Association USA. She and David were married on August 24, 1946. Mr. Baker predeceased her in 1996. After joining the Baker family then living in Guilford, Vt. she and David moved to Leyden, Ma. where they raised a large family. She overcame many obstacles in her life succeeding in living a full life and contributing to her new community. She was a devoted wife and mother. She worked later in life at Baystate Franklin Medical as a Stat Messenger. She was a member of the Leyden Methodist Church, the Leyden Rifle Club, and the Tops Association.

She is survived by her children: Andrew Baker and his wife Linda of Leyden, Ma. Bruce Baker and his wife Diane, of Bridgwater, MA. Christopher Baker and his wife Barbara of Cape Cod, MA. Faye Baker and her husband Robert Leidy of Burlilngton, VT. Gay Baker and her husband Michael Holloway of Leyden, MA. and Hilary Baker and her husband Arthur Scott of Asheulot, NH She is also survived by her grandchildren: Arthur, Adam, Brandon, Brian, MIchael, Colleen, and Matthew Baker, and Angela Dube, Joseph Leidy, Ryan Martin, Elliot and Trevor Holloway, and Henry and Jordan Scott. Twelve Great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be a week from Sunday March 26, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. Burial will be in the spring in Baker Cemetery, Guilford, VT.
There will be a calling hour on Sunday (3-26-2017) from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Donations in her memory may be made to: Dick's Angels for Relay for Life, 45 East HIll Rd. Leyden, Ma. 01337.

Kidder Funeral Home in Northfield is in charge of the arrangements.

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Fred W. Smith Jr.
May 29, 1948 ~ March 6, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Fred W. Smith Jr. 68, on Northfield, Ma. died peacefully at home on Monday March 6, 2017 surrounded by family after a battle against cancer. He was born May 29, 1948 in Biddeford, Me. the son of Fred Smith of Laconia, NH and Eleis Cooley of Raymond, NH. He graduated from Milford Area High School in Milford, NH and went on to serve in the US Army as a helicopter crew chief in Viet Nam. In 1971 he married Elizabeth Curtis and they raised 2 sons, Jason and Brian Smith in Merrimack, NH. In 2002 they moved to Northfield, Ma. He worked as an auto and truck mechanic for over 30 years for Tulley Automotive Group in Nashua, NH. He took great joy in his four grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth, and son Jason Smith and his wife Carolyn of Madbury, NH. and son Brian Smith and his wife Melissa of Northfield, Ma. He is also survived by his grandsons Nathan and Andrew Smith of Northfield and Sawyer Smith of Madbury, NH and granddaughter Avery Smith of Madbury, NH. and siblings Philip Smith of Queensbury, NY Pamela Smith of Whitewater WI, Patricia Smith of Nashua, NH Alan Smith of Converse, TX Michael Smith of East Walpole, MA. Jonathon Smith of Lowell, MA. and many neices and nephews.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Kidder Funeral Home in Northfield is in charge of the arrangements.

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Dexter C. Nelson
December 3, 1930 ~ March 4, 2017
Bernardston, Ma.

Dexter C. Nelson, 86, of Bernardston, died in his home on Saturday (3-4-2017). He was born in Greenfield, Ma. on December 3, 1930 the son of Robert and Frieda (Koonz) Nelson. Dexter was a lifelong resident of Bernardston and was a graduate of Powers Institute, Class of 1949. He enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1952. He worked at Mohawk Plastics and then for the Town of Bernardston, at the Transfer Station where he was employed part time. He enjoyed working with radios and clocks.

Survivors include many friends in Bernardston.

A graveside service will be held in Center Cemetery, Bernardston in the spring once the cemetery opens, at a time to be announced.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Bernardston Fire Dept. Church St. Bernardston, Mass. 01337 or the charity of ones choice.

Kidder Funeral Home in Northfield is in charge of the arrangements.

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Nancy Dearborn Knipe
January 14, 1930 ~ February 21, 2017
Bernardston, Ma.

Nancy Dearborn Knipe passed from this life on February 21, 2017 in Belmont, Massachusetts, where she had been living for the last five years. Nancy was born in Buffalo, New York, on January 14, 1930. She spent her childhood in New Hampshire and in Palm Beach, Florida. She attended Northfield School for Girls, graduating in 1948. She then went to Grinnell College and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1952.

She married, in June 1950, the love of her life, William Knipe. Nancy was an elementary school teacher, first in Norwich, Vermont, then in Bristol, Virginia, before teaching at Bernardston (Mass.) Elementary School for many years. She taught third and sixth grade. Nancy was particularly devoted to Northfield Mount Hermon School. She returned to Northfield when Bill got a job teaching American History there in 1970. Nancy served as a tour guide at the Dwight L. Moody birthplace and she also worked in the Admissions Office after retiring from teaching and she served on reunion committees as well. In 2008 she received NMH’s Lamplighter Award, the school’s highest award for service to the school. Nancy was also a docent at Historic Deerfield and an avid quilter. She had a lively sense of humor and a twinkle in her eye. She was a long-time member of St. James Episcopal Church in Greenfield where she served as Warden and sang in the choir. Nancy and Bill lived in Japan for a few years while Bill served in the military and later they loved to travel here and abroad.

Nancy was predeceased by her husband of nearly 60 years, Bill, and their eldest daughter Susan, and Nancy’s sister Suzanne Riedell. She is survived by Susan’s son Jesse Malony, his wife Sarah and their daughter Geneva, by Stephen Knipe and his wife Lori and Stephen’s children Wentworth and Summerlin, by Penley Knipe and her husband Daniel Abramson and their children Karl and Eliora Abramson, and by John Knipe and his son Will. She is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews and many, many friends and former students. The Knipe family sincerely thanks all of Nancy and Bill’s many friends for their support over the last few years. Service to be held later in the spring followed by burial in Belmont, New Hampshire.

There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers the family asks that gifts in Nancy's memory be made to
NMH, a school near and dear to the Knipe family. Contributions may be sent to the attention of Kristin Kellom, Stewardship Office, Northfield Mount Hermon School, One Lamplighter Way, Mount Hermon, MA 01354.

Kidder Funeral Home in Northfield is in charge of the arrangements.

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Lillian F. Deane
December 27, 1928 ~ February 17, 2017
Bernardston, Ma.

Lillian F. Deane, 88, of Bald Mt. Rd. Bernardston, Ma. died peacefully at home of heart disease in the arms of her beloved husband, and surrounded by her loving family on Friday (2-17-2017). She was born in Bernardston on December 27, 1928 the daughter of Almon and Marion (Abbott) Flagg. Lill was a lifelong resident of Bernardston, growing up on the Flagg Farm on Huckle Hill, part of what is now Crumpin-Fox and graduating from Powers Institute in 1946. She was married to Russell L. Deane on May 22, 1948 and celebrated over 67 years of marriage. As a mother of a developmentrally disabled daughter, Lill became a charter member of the United ARC and fierce local pioneer in promoting and supporting the rights of developmentally disabled persons. She served on United ARC's board of directors and, with the Govornor's wife, represented Massachusetts at a national ARC meeting in Omaha, NE. Lill was a member of the United Church of Bernardston, serving as a Deacon. She was also a member of the Bernardston Grange, and sang with the Sweet Adelines. A wonderful and compassionate cook, Lill cooked for many organizations, as well as individuals and families in need. She worked for several employees through the years, including, Rolan J. Farr Cadillac-Oldsmobile, Lea and Deane Builders, Lane Construction and Marshall's Country Corner. She also served the Town of Bernardston for 18 years as Tax Collector.

She is suvived by husband and two daughters: Diane D. Ellis and her husband Gordon of Warwick, Ma. and Sherry D. York and husband Jim of Ashford, CT, and four brothers: Allan Flagg of Gill, MA. Douglas Flagg of Bernardston, MA, Kenneth Flagg of Putney, Vt. and Richard Flagg of Bernardston, Ma. Seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She was predeceased her by daughter Nancy Lee Deane and sisters, Doris Hayden, and Marjorie Martin, and brothers, William, Robert, and Norman.

Funeral services will be Sunday (2-26-2017) at 1:00 P.M. at the United Church of
Bernardston. The Rev. David Neil, Pastor will officiate assisted by Rev. Gordon Ellis her son-in-law. Burial will be in the spring in Center Cemetery, Bernardston.

Calling hours will be Saturday (2-25-2017) from 4-6 p.m. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma.

Donations in her memory may be made to either: ARC of Franklin Co. 111 Summer St. Greenfield, Ma. 01301, or The United Church of Bernardston, P.O. Box 503, Bernardston, Ma. 01337.

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Joyce Delores Orcutt
August 2, 1935 ~ February 9, 2017
Winchester, N.H.

Pastor Joyce Delores Orcutt, 81 passed into the spiritual world on February 9, 2017 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brattleboro, Vt. Joyce was born in Glastonbury, Ct on August 2, 1935, the daughter of Armand and Ethel (Hare) Roberts. She attended Our Lady of Sorrows and Manchester High schools in Connecticut. Born with a gift, at a very young age Joyce became aware of her psychic abilities after a beautiful spirit spoke to her and after a visit to Salem, Ma. where she was introduced to an highly acclaimed medium who helped her realize her psychic abilites. From then on Joyce devoted her life to spiritualism and healing. Her young life was filled with many unique experiences, and at the age of 9, accompanied by her father, Joyce survived the 1944 Hartford Circus fire, one of the worst fire disasters in the history of the United States. Joyce married Edward (Eddie) Orcutt on March 9,1953 at St. James Church in Manchester, Ct. and would have celebrated 64 years of marriage in March of this year. In 1977 Joyce attended nursing school and worked as an LPN for two years before her health caused her to give up nursing. She and Ed moved to Andover, Ct. where they lived for 41 years. In 2001 Joyce and Ed moved to Winchester, N.H.

They raised 4 children of their own, Lora Lee, Kathleen, Edward Jr. and Frank while sharing their home with numerous other children. Because of Joyce's love of children she became a Cub Scout, Girl Scout and 4-H leader. For the last 40 plus years Joyce was a medium and pastor at First Spiritualist Church of Willimantic, Ct. In 2002 she taught courses in spiritualism at Manchester Community College and through the years she and Ed traveled to many states doing message work and healings. During her spiritual life Joyce was VP, and president of Connecticut State Spiritualist Assoc, President of Pine Grove Spiritualist Camp, President and VP of the Wigwam, Long trustee of Ct. Camp Assoc. and honored by NSAC.

She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Armand Bill Roberts and her oldest child, Lora Lee Orcutt Liappes. Besides her husband, she is survived by her son Edward Jr. and his wife Leann, daughter Kathleen Cardillo and her husband Richard, son Frank and his wife Vona. She leaves much love and blessings to her grandchildren, great grandchildreen,nieces, nephews, and her many friends. Quote from Joyce "Greatest joy of my life has been being a spiritualist...If you asked about my joy, it was and is sharing God and Jesus's teaching...to me if you took the teachings of Jesus and left out the man made stuff you would have spiritualism...."

A memorial service will be next Friday (2-24-2017) at 11:00 A.M.at Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. The Rev. Susan Frenezy will officiate. Burial will be at the conveience of the family.

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Donald R. Jordan Sr.
February 7, 1931 ~ February 6, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Donald R. Jordan Sr. 85, of Main St. Northfield, Ma. died Monday morning (2-6-2017) at Charlene Manor Healthcare Center, Greenfield, Ma. He was born in Burlington, Vt. on Feb. 7, 1931 the son of Pauline C. Jordan. Donald married the former Martha Haughton on July 12, 1953 in Rutland, Vt. He worked as a driller at Vermont marble in Danby and West Rutland. He worked on several farms as a farm hand in Massachusetts and Vermont. He then worked for 12 years at Erving Paper Mill in Brattleboro ,Vt. where he served as union steward. He also worked at the Franklin County Survival Center for five years. After retiring he spent several years as a driver for Baker Transportation and Vanpool.

He loved vegetable and flower gardening,feeding the birds, horseshoes, fishing,
hunting, snowmobiling and traveling. He was an avid New England Patriots and Boston
Red Sox. fan. He loved spending time with his family and hosting family picnics. He
was a member of St. James Church in Greenfield and was volunteer with the Share
Program.

He is survived by his wife and children: Donald R. Jr. of Plainfield, Ma. Pauline Judd
and her husband Scott. Michael Jordan and his wife Elsie of Turners Falls, Ma. Jo Ann
Kolick and her husband Michael of Athol, Ma. Nancy Jordan of Florida, and Joseph
Jordan and his partner Judy Hubbard of Greenfield, Ma. Nine Grandchildren and 12
Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a brother
Phillip Pekins and his wife Betty of Gonzales, LA. He was predeceased by siblings,
Larry and David Pekins, and Bertha Neddo.

The family wants to take the time to thank the people of Hospice for taking care of their
father in his final days, and his social worker Lauri and nurse Robin.

There will be a memorial service on Friday (2-17-2017) at 11:00 a.m. at St. James
Church, All Saints Chapel, Church St. Greenfield, Ma. The Rev. Heather Blais, Pastor
will officiate. Burial will be a later date.

Donations in his memory may be made to either: St. James Church, 8 Church St,
Greenfield, Ma. 01301 or Hospice of Franklin Co. 329 Conway St. Suite 2, Greenfield,
Ma. 01301.

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

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Kyle A. Holden
September 27, 1993 ~ February 4, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Kyle A. Holden, 23 of Northfield died Saturday (2-4-2017). He was born in Greenfield, Ma. on September 27, 1993, the son of Richard Holden and Gina Delfino. Kyle was educated in Northfield schools and attended Pioneer Valley Regional School.

He is survived by his mother Gina Delfino and father Richard and his wife Lisa, and his fiancé' Kady Smolenski-Richardson, and his fraternal grandparents Donald and Carolyn Holden of Northfield and his maternal grandmother Patricia Gerbase of Bristol, Ct. He is also survived by brothers, Hunter Delfino of Amherst, Levi Holden , Alex and Austin Yelle, sisters, Sierra Holden all of Northfield and Lexi Secore and several cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Michael Gerbase.

A memorial service will be held next Saturday (2-18-2017) at 1:00 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. The Rev. Michael Gantt will officiate. Interment will be held at a later date.

There are no calling hours.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Northfield Fireman's Fund, 93 Main St. Northfield, Ma. 01360.

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Joyce K. Toth
January 1, 1958 ~ January 31, 2017
Greenfield, Ma.

Joyce K. Toth, 59 of Allen St. Greenfield, Ma. died Tuesday afternoon (1-31-2017) at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Greenfield, Ma. on January 1, 1958 the daughter of John and Celia (Tenney) Klisenbauer. Joyce was educated in Greenfield Schools and furthered her education to become a speech pathologist. She was most recently employed by the Orange, Ma. school system. She was a former member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield where served as a lector and eucharistic minister. She was especially involved in the Perpetual Adoration at the church. She recently became a member of St. Patrick's Church in Northfield. She loved her work and her family.

She is survived by her husband James, and a son: Ahren Fitzroy of Greenfield, and a daughter: Ellizabeth Salls and her husband Daniel of Sunderland, Ma. She is also survived by her sister Patricia Schell of Greenfield, and four grandchildren; Dominique, Catherine, and Mary Salls, and Lydian Fitzroy.

A memorial Mass will be held on February 10, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick's Church, Main St. Northfield, Ma. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, Pastor will officiate. Burial at a later date will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, So. Deerfield, Ma.

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

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Hazel (Tenney) Kimball
April 1, 1922 ~ January 27, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Hazel (Tenney) Kimball, 94, of Greenfield died Friday (1-27-2017) at Charlene Manor. She was born at home in Pine Meadow, Northfield, Ma on April 1, 1922, the daughter of the late Charles & Louella (Dunklee) Tenney. Hazel was educated in Northfield and was a graduate of Northfield High School, editor of the school newspaper and Salutatorian of her class. She then attended the former Massachusetts State College, 1940-42. She was married at the Robbins Church, Greenfield, Ma, July 23, 1944, to Norman D Kimball, who predeceased her in 1986. Prior to her marriage she worked in postal delivery. She was later a longtime Nurse’s Aide at the former Franklin County Public Hospital. She and her family resided at 245 Millers Falls Rd, Northfield, near where she was born and raised, from 1950 to 1988. She was a skilled cross stitcher and an ardent reader. She was an avid sports fan and supported her grandchildren’s athletic events as well as all New England teams.

Hazel was a member of the Advent Christian Church in So Vernon, Vt for the longest period of time of any member, over 80 years, and was the oldest living member. She was a member and past-president of the Ladies Benevolent Society of Northfield Farms. She was also a member of the Northfield Historical Society and the Northfield Historical Commission at which time she single-handedly copied inscriptions of the gravestones throughout Northfield. She was many years interested in local and family history and was an inspiration to many in these pursuits. She will long be remembered for being the one who kept track of us all.

Hazel was one of six sisters, known as the “Tenney girls” or “the Aunts” to her admiring nieces and nephews. Her sisters all predeceased her and thus she has closed out an era of people who will be particularly missed by family and friends. Her abiding and optimistic philosophy was a model for us all.

She is survived by her three children, Ronald Kimball and his wife Darsia of Iowa, her son Jeffrey Kimball and his wife Anita, with whom she lived, and her daughter Marjorie Bruno of Gill, Ma. She leaves eight grandchildren, Amy Wilming (Mark), Heidi Finn (Tony), Valerie Bills (Tim), Douglas Kimball (Paige), Andrea Roman (Josh), Kate Kiszely (Tim), Kimberly Bruno, Jennifer Brown (Chris) and 12 great grandchildren. She leaves one brother-in-law, Richard Kimball of Greenfield. She also leaves several cousins and many nieces and nephews to whom she was a virtual second mother.

Funeral services will be a week from Thursday (2-9-2017) at 11:00 am at the Advent Christian Church, So Vernon, Vt. The Rev Bruce Burke, pastor will officiate. Burial will be in the spring at Northfield Farms Cemetery.

Calling hours will be a week from Wednesday (2-8-2017) from 4-6 pm at Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave, Northfield, Ma.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the Northfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 151, Northfield, Ma, 01360

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Mildred (Bush) Whitney
November 3, 1931 ~ January 13, 2017
Northfield, Ma.


Mildred (Bush) Whitney, 85, passed away peacefully at her home in Northfield, on Friday morning (1-13-2017). She was born on November 3, 1931 in Sunderland, Ma. the daughter of the late Joseph and Isabel (Stephan) Bush. She was the wife of the late Lawrence D. Whitney who predeceased her on October 12, 2007. She was the sister of Carole Clements of Pasadena, MD and was predeceased by her sisters Mary Sousa and Dorothy Descavich. She attended school in Sunderland and Northampton, MA. "Millie" was a long time resident of Pine Meadow Rd. in Northfield. She actively worked on the family farm and in the family businesses as well as outside the home. In her later years Millie and Lawrence enjoyed spending winters at their home in Florida.

She leave behind five children, Sharon Marando of Grafton, MA. Sandra Waskeiwicz and her husband Michael of Greenfield, MA. Laurie Hall and fiancé' Richard Purnell, Matthew Bazzani and his wife Debbie, and Daniel Whitney and his wife Michele all of Northfield, MA. She also leaves many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She loved her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also enjoyed dancing, country music, gardening, family time and had a great love of animals.

Private graveside services will be held in the spring in Farms Cemetery, Northfield.

At her request there will be no calling hours.

Donations in her memory may be made the Northfield EMS, 69 Main St. Northfield, MA. 01360 or the charity of ones choice.

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

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Roland "Joe" E. Deane
January 30, 1930 ~ January 3, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Roland "Joe" E. Deane, 86 of Northfield died Tuesday (1-3-2017) at his home. He was born in Bernardston, Ma. on January 30, 1930 the son of Ralph and Rena (Hale) Deane. Joe was educated in Bernardston and was a graduate of Powers Institute in Bernardston. He was married on September 9, 1951 to the former Eleanor Severance. He then served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked his entire life all over New England for the former B & M Railroad which became Guilford Transportation from where he retired. He was a member of the Bernardston Veterans Club. He was avid hunter and fisherman, spending many winter hours tying streamers and flys. He also loved gardening, and following the Red Sox and Patriots.

He is survived by wife and sons: Bryant Deane, Roland Jr. and his wife Mabel of Three Forks, MT, Jefferey and his wife Eileen of Northfield, Ma. and John and his wife Leona of Bozeman, MT. and daughters: Maralee Harry and her husband Mark, of Goshen, MA. and Jacquelyn "Lindy" Deane of Derwood, MD. He is also survived by his sisters: Marjorie Weimers of Boyce, LA. Unice Grover and Alice Marshall both of Bernardston, MA. and grandchildren Tara Noyes, Justine Smith, Richard Page, Nicole Deane, Cassie Deane, and Melanie Russell, and four great grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers: Pearly, Cy, and Sam, and sisters: Norma Churchill, and Evelyn Grover.

Funeral services will be Wednesday (1-11-2017) at the United Church of Bernardston, Church St. Bernardston, Ma. at 11:00 A.M. The Rev. David Neil, pastor will officiate. Burial will be in the spring in West Northfield Cemetery, Northfield. MA.

Calling hours will be Tuesday evening (1-10-2017) from 5-7 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Grover/Barnes Scholarship, 97 F. Sumner Turner Drive, Northfield, MA. 01360.

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Forrest N. Smead Jr.
January 14, 1921 ~ December 23, 2016
Bernardston, Ma.

Forrest N. Smead Jr. 95 of South St. Bernardston, Ma. died Friday (12-23-2016) at Baystate Medical, Springfield, Ma. He was born in Greenfield, Ma. on January 14, 1921, the son of Forrest and Mildred (Raymond) Smead. Forrest grew up on the family farm in Greenfield and was educated in Greenfield schools, graduating from Greenfield High School. He was married to the former Charlotte Carpenter on April 4, 1944 in Greenfield. Mrs. Smead predeceased him in 2005. He worked early in life at Lunt's Silversmith in Greenfield, then for several years at NEMPA in West Springfield, Ma. and was finally employed at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Ma. from where he retired. He was a member of the Masonic Order AF & AM Greenfield Lodge. He loved woodworking especially carving ducks out of wood. He enjoyed painting pictures of landscapes having been inspired by Bob Ross.

He is survived by his companion Janice Weeden at home, his daughter Norma Jeanne Hagar and her husband Dirk W. of South Deerfield, Ma. and his daughter-in-law Coleen Smead of Somersworth, NH He is also survived by his sisters: Barbara Smith of Ft. Meyers, Fl and Shirley Smead of Greenfield, Ma. and his grandchildren: Seth, Sarah, Jarrett, Jennifer and Ryan, and great granchildren Brayden, Avery James, Radik, and Marek. He was predeceased by his son Gregory and sister Phyllis Davis.

A memorial service will be held Saturday (1-7-2017) at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. at 11:00 A.M. The Rev. David Neil, Pastor of the United Church of Bernardston will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in North Meadow Cemetery, Greenfield, Ma.

There are no calling hours.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Franklin Agricultural Society, P.O Box 564, Greenfield, Ma. 01302

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Homer Franklin Browning, Jr.
January 25, 1920 ~ October 25, 2016
Northfield, MA

Homer Franklin Browning, Jr., “Gusty” to many, 96, of Northfield, MA went home to be with the Lord on October 25, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Northfield, MA on January 25, 1920 to Homer Franklin Browning, Sr. and Ida Schworm Browning and lived there his whole life. He attended Northfield Elementary and Northfield High School.

He drove truck for many years transporting loads of hay and Christmas trees. After 1968 he operated a used car dealership, Browning Motors, selling used cars and parts of American Motors primarily.

He was a long time member of the Community Bible Church in Northfield Farms, MA
Survivors include his 11 children, Rachel Collier and her husband Wayne of Vernon, VT, Homer 111 and his wife Florence of Northfield, MA, James and his wife Noreen of Millers Falls, MA, Richard and his wife

Ruth of Loon Lake, SK Canada, Ralph and his wife Wanda of Hermon, NY, Daniel of Wendell, MA, Samuel and his wife Michele of Northfield, MA, Carlton and his wife Joyce of Shelburne Falls, MA, Rebecca Wong and her husband Bill of Greenfield, MA, Leslie of Lagrange, WY, and Ruth of Northfield, MA, his sisters Elizabeth Holloway of Northfield, MA and June Wetherbe of Vernon, VT, 30 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Homer, his mother Ida, his wife Ethel, his sister Hazel and his brother Herman.

Calling hours will be held at Kidder Funeral Home, Northfield, MA on Friday, October 28th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 pm at the Northfield Baptist Church, with Rev. Steve Dunklee officiating. A private burial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Our thanks go to the Hospice nurses and Mary, who were so helpful to us in those difficult days. Donations in his memory can be given to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA.

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

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Carolyn "China" Hulslander
July 28, 1948 ~ September 27, 2016
Wendall, Mass.

Carolyn " China " Hulslander, 68, of Wendell, died Tuesday ( 9/27/2016 ) morning at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. She was born July 28, 1948 in Brattleboro, VT the daughter of Clarence and Marjorie ( Lanphear )Sanborn. She grew up in Winchester, NH and graduated from Thayer High School. She liked to travel, she especially loved to go to Maine. She enjoyed apple picking in the fall and family cook outs. She was a member of the Petersham Lions Club and a former member of the Wendell Fire Department.

She is survived by her life partner, Everett Ricketts Sr. of Wendell, a son Brett Hulslander and his partner Rose Marie Butcher of Northfield,Ma, a daughter Marjorie Hulslander and her partner Douglas of Greenfield, MA and 5 Grand Children, Brady Hulslander, Brittny Hulslander, Evan Hulslander, Amber Hulslander and Alison Hulslander. She was predeceased by brother Bradley Sanborn.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Petersham Lions Club, P.O.Box 457, Petersham, Mass. 01366

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

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Angela Elizabeth Clayton
June 19, 1949 ~ October 12, 2016
Greenfield, Mass.

Angela Elizabeth Clayton, 69, of High St. Greenfield, Ma. died Wednesday evening (10-12-2016) at the home of her sister Theresa Stebbins, in Northfield, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 19, 1949 in New York City, the daughter of Edward and Angela (Lyons) Boliski. She was the middle child of five. Angie made it her goal to be noticed. She carried her wit and humor throughout her life, often dispensing gems to her family. Angie loved her family, Boston Sports, tennis, cooking for others, Elvis and the sound of a Harley Davidson motorcycle. She was a ferocious card player. Angie was known for her hancrafted holiday inspired canes which she took great pride in. She never met a tag sale she didn't like. Angie loved Arizona and lived there for a period of time. She felt a spiritual connection to the culture of the Southwest. She relied on that inner power throughout her life.

She is survived by her daughter Melissa Mann and her wife Karen Zegarowski, of New Bedford, Ma. and three sons, Christopher Mann, of N.H. Robert Mann and his wife Becca of Otisfield, Me, and Scott Mann of Lewsiton, Me. She is also survived by two sisters: Theresa Stebbins and her husband Donald of Northfield, Ma. and Helen Skiathitis and her husband James of N.C. and her former husband Jack Mann. Many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents and a brother Edward and a sister Mary Ann Stebbins.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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

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

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