Audrey L. Reum
February 15, 1932 ~ November 24, 2017
Greenfield, Ma.

Audrey L. Reum, 85, died peacefully on Friday, November 24, 2017 surrounded by the love and care of her sons and grandchildren and many caregivers. Born in Washington, DC on February 15, 1932, she was the daughter of Harry and Frances (Bowie) Leverette.

A graduate of Anacostia High School, Washington, DC. Audrey married Robert D. Brazeau and they had four children together, Richard Brazeau, Robert Brazeau Jr., Patricia Martin and Eric Brazeau. In 1971 Audrey married William Reum, they lived happily together for 30 years in Greenfield, MA. Audrey started her work career at the Pentagon in Washington, DC as a secretary to the Naval Intelligence Department. From there she worked at the Franklin Nursing Home as a Secretary then moved to Franklin Medical Center where she worked as a Secretary in the Pathology Department.

In 1977 Audrey started her own business “Audrey’s Wigs” until October 2017 selling and styling wigs for her customers. Audrey was devoted, kind and showed loving compassion to her customers. Audrey loved to cook, go dancing, traveling and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be dearly missed by her sons: Eric Brazeau and his finance, Laurie Amarosa; Robert Brazeau, Jr.; Richard Brazeau and his wife, Debbie Brazeau and is predeceased by her daughter Patricia Martin. She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren: Meagan Bassett, Patrick Bassett, Leah Martin and her finance Joe Boucher; Ryan Brazeau and his wife Heather Brazeau; Jennifer Brazeau and her finance Louis Cousino; Tracy Brazeau and Neal Brazeau; great grandchildren Lucy Brazeau-Cousino and Lydia Brazeau.

There will be a memorial service at the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield, MA on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10 am. Coffee hour will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002 (413) 549-0115. Kidder Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.

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David Baily Harned
June 5, 1932 ~ November 10, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

David Baily Harned, first son of Mary Martha Baily and William Biechele Harned of Allentown, Pennsylvania, passed away in the arms of his devoted wife Elaine Paula Heydenreich Harned on Friday, November 10, 2017. David was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on June 5, 1932 and spent 85 productive and successful years before joining his Lord and Savior in Heaven. David retired and spent his final days at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville, Virginia.

David attended elementary school in Allentown and went on to St. Andrew’s preparatory School in Middletown, Delaware. After his graduation he served as a Winant Volunteer in London, UK, a prestigious exchange volunteer program that provided David with his first exposure to another culture and fostered his love of London and travel in general, a love that he would never lose.

David received his B.A. from Yale College, his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale Graduate School and his B.D. from Yale Divinity School. After receipt of his B.A. degree, he also studied at The University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. During his educational years David received many awards, including: a Rockefeller Doctoral Scholarship; a Hooker-Dwight Fellowship; a Kent Fellowship; a Sterling Fellowship; and a Fellowship from the National Council for Religion and Higher Education, amongst others. David was ordained into the Lutheran Church of America in 1961.

David was an educator his entire adult life. He taught Religious Studies at Yale University, Williams College, Smith College and The University of Virginia, where he was a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Religious Studies for 13 years until 1980, a department that he was invited to create in 1967. While at UVA he received the Phi Beta Kappa Award for most distinguished scholarly work of the year and also received the University’s Distinguished Professor Award, amongst many others. As a part of his role as Chairman in 1969, David was one of only ten Westerners invited to India for the 500th Anniversary celebration of the Sikh religious tradition, where he received funds from Prime Minister Gandhi to personally travel throughout India.

David was also a key academic administrator serving as President of Allegheny College and Dean of the Arts and Sciences at Louisiana State University, where he also served at both institutions as a Professor of Religious Studies. David has served as a visiting Professor or Fellow at many other academic institutions including The University of Edinburgh, Princeton University and Punjabi University in Patiala, India.

David was a prolific writer with countless articles and publications. He also authored several books, including: Creed and Personal Identity; Images for Self-Recognition; Faith and Virtue; Grace and Common Life; The Ambiguity of Religion; Theology and the Arts; Secularization and the Protestant Prospect; Patience: How we wait upon the world; and, most recently, Strange Bedfellows and Mrs. Gandhi’s Guest, which he co-wrote with his wife Elaine.

David is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elaine, whom he married on July 1, 1961, and his two sons, Christopher and Timothy, and their beloved wives Elizabeth and Marla. David was also blessed with five grandchildren: Ellie, Kit, William, Alec and Milena. In addition, David is survived by his brother Joseph and his wife Antoinette, along with their children and grandchildren.
Burial will take place in Northfield, Massachusetts at the convenience of the family.

At David’s request, all memorials should be guided toward helping to feed and clothe the less fortunate, specifically to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Box 937, Verona, Virginia 24482 or to the Westminster-Canterbury Fellowship Fund at 250 Pantops Mountain Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911. Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. Is in charge of arrangements.

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Dr. Edgar B. Moore
July 17, 1928 ~ October 16, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Dr. Edgar B. Moore, a professor of history and long-time summer resident of Northfield, passed away peacefully October 16, 2017, surrounded by his family. A stroke was the cause of death.

Dwight L. Moody, the noted evangelist, brought Dr. Moore’s family to Northfield in the early 20th century. Mr. Moody was a native of the town. Dr. Moore’s grandfather, Rev. William J. Peck, built a summer cottage there to house his family while they attended Mr. Moody’s summer conferences. As a youth, Dr. Moore served as a conference staff member.

Born July 17, 1928, Dr. Moore was the third generation of his family to make Northfield his summer retreat. His recently-born great-granddaughter is the sixth generation.

Dr. Moore began his professional life as an ordained United Methodist minister, serving churches not far from his boyhood home of Philadelphia. His interest in academia led him to pursue a Ph.D. at St. Andrews University in Scotland. (Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, completed their undergraduate studies there.)

He started in academia upon accepting the chaplaincy at Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio. He moved to the History Department and rose to become department chair. He retired in 2007 after 45 years at the university.

Dr. Moore had diverse interests. In his youth, he climbed some of the highest peaks in New England and the American West. Later in life, he extended his love of history to genealogy. He and his family traveled to Ireland to trace their Moore ancestors.

His greatest joy was sharing time with his wife and family, whether it was hiking up Garnet Rock, telling stories about the old Northfield swimming holes, or just watching CNN. He also supported the mission of his aunt and uncle, Dorothy Miller Peck and Dudley Peck, in their work with the Mam people of Guatemala.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert M. Moore and Helen Peck Moore, and a sister Barbara M. Moore. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gracelouise (G.L.) Sims Moore; three children, Cynthia Moore, Robert Moore, and Mary Louise (M.L.) Moore, and a daughter-in-law, Kathy Muehlhauser Moore; six grandchildren, Sarah Moore, Elizabeth Moore, Patrick Moore, Quinn Sekreta, Sasha Sekreta, and Edgar Moore as well as two grandsons-in-law Matt Guba and Jim Villani; a great-granddaughter, Isabelle Guba; and a sister, Mary Helen Neuendorffer.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that contributions be made to the United Methodist Church of Berea on behalf of the “Guatemala Women’s Association,” 170 Seminary Street, Berea, Ohio 44017, (440) 234-3525, ext. 103. A Celebration of Dr. Moore’s Life will take place in Northfield during summer 2018.

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

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Norma Agnes (Pastille) Stearns
May 4, 1930 ~ October 25, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Norma Agnes (Pastille) Stearns, 87 formerly of Northfield, passed away October 25, 2017 at Charlene Manor, Greenfield, MA. after a period of declining health.

Born May 4, 1930 in Providence, RI, daughter of Mary (Dimaio) Pastille and Albert Pastille. She graduated from Coventry High School, Coventry RI in 1947. In 1947 she entered Nurses Training at Franklin County Public Hospital in Greenfield, MA graduating in 1950 as an RN. At the time Franklin County Public Hospital was the only hospital that had a Nurse’s training program that accepted students under the age of 18.

September 8, 1951 she married Dwight Parker Stearns of Northfield. They were married for 50 years with Dwight predeceasing her in 2001.

Norma worked at Franklin County Public Hospital as a surgical Nurse. She then worked as a Nurse at Bronson Nursing Home in Northfield and the Northfield Elementary School. Later she became the Public Health Nurse for the Town of Northfield. In 1968 she worked at Northfield School for Girls as the Head Nurse at Betsey Moody Infirmary. When NMH merged she worked as the Emergency Clinic Nurse at O’Connor. In 1975 she was the Head Charge Nurse of the Emergency Room at Farren Memorial Hospital. In 1980 she worked as the School Nurse at Franklin County Tech School retiring in 1992.

Norma was involved in the Northfield Snowmobile Club, Webelo’s, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H Club and Advisor in the Greenfield Chapter of Rainbow for Girls. She was very involved in the Northfield Senior Center as well as helping with the Health Clinics. She was a longtime volunteer at Dickinson Memorial Library.

She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, senior trips sponsored by the Northfield Senior Center and going to flea markets and tag sales searching for treasures for her home. She enjoyed going to antique car meets with her husband Dwight and their 1916 Model T. She loved going back to her home state of RI to visit family and spending time at the ocean.

She leaves two daughters, Lorrie Proal and her husband William of Lakeland, GA, Bonnie Jepson and her husband Daniel of Ashfield, MA, and two sons, Galen Stearns and his wife Linda of Windham, NH, Laurence Stearns and his wife Tamera of Nikiski, Alaska. Grandchildren, Kathryn Wheeler and her husband Justin of Vermillion, South Dakota, Dwight Stearns and his wife Tiffany of Manchester, NH and Gena Stearns of Windham, NH. Great Grandchildren, Emma No Heart Vermillion, Wicahpi Hoksila Iron Horse and a great granddaughter expected on April 15th of Vermillion, South Dakota and a sister-in-law, Lois Stearns of Northfield, MA.

Funeral Services will be Monday (10-30-2017) at 11:00 A.M. At the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. The Rev. Christine Fontaine will officiate. Burial will follow in West Northfield Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday (10-29-2017) from 4-6 p.m. At the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Northfield Council on Aging, C/O Heather Tower, 69 Main St. Northfield, Ma. 01360.

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Richard Grosvenor Parsons
May 14, 1936 ~ October 22, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Richard Grosvenor Parsons, 81, of Northfield, died October 22, 2017, as a result of a fall, after being life-flighted to UMass Medical, Worcester. He was born May 14, 1936, in Brattleboro, VT, son of Harold and Esther Parsons. Richard attended Northfield schools, graduating from Northfield High School in 1954. He earned a Bachelor Degree from UMass in 1958, after completing Stockbridge School of Agriculture.

Richard began his farming career at the age of nine and never lost his love of animals and the land. He and his brother, Edward, bought Old Yankee Farm in Hinsdale, NH, which they operated from 1956 to 1959. Moving to Maine, Richard worked for the State of Maine Extension Service in Skowhegan, then purchased a farm in Norway, Maine. In 1965, Richard and his wife, Janet, bought Bramble Farm in West Northfield, MA, operating the farm until 1975. He consulted with the Planning Board of Northfield in developing and writing the Town Master Plan in the 1960’s. Richard has worked as a real estate agent, insurance salesman, a farmer in Gill, and most recently was self-employed as owner of Northfield Estate Services.

Richard was greatly interested in history, particularly that of Northfield, and is a direct descendent of Joseph Parsons, one of the purchasers of the area called Squawkeag, now Northfield. He built his current home from timbers from his grandfather’s (C.S. Tenney) barn, hand hewing each beam. Richard enjoyed giving talks about barns and was known for his keen understanding of the Town of Northfield, dairy farming, and local history.

Throughout is farming career, Richard’s herd earned many awards for dairy milk production from the Holstein-Friesian Association of America and the Massachusetts Purebred Dairy Cattle Association, including a Certificate of Lifetime Production.

Richard is survived by his wife the former Paula Bennett, and his daughters: Laurie Leese of Bernardston, Ma. And Elaine Mount and her husband George of South Deerfield, Ma. And his sisters: Judith Underwood and her husband Larry of Gill, Ma. Linda Galeziowski of Greenfield, Ma. Marky Pitts and her husband Ed of Joseph, Or. And Rachel Drago of Grants Pass, Or. He is also survived by his by his step children: Scott Darling and his wife Jennifer of Sutton, Ma. And Christine Bross and her husband Trevor of Greenfield, Ma. And his grandchildren Allyson, Timothy, and Tyler Mount, and Janet Leese, and his step grandchidren Autumn, Ethan, and Adele Bross and Bennett and Davis Darling, and great grandchilren: Olivia Long, and Alyssa Mount. Mainy nieces, nephews. And cousins. He was predeceased by his first wife Janet, his son Mark, and his brother Ed.

As noted by a dear friend, Richard was “a good, soft-hearted, loving man who didn’t want anyone to know it.” His humility and wit are forever in our hearts and memories.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday October 27, 2017 at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. The Rev. Robert Richie will officiate. Burial will follow in West Northfield Cemetery, Northfield, Ma.

Calling hours will be Thursday October 26, 2017 from 4-7 P.m. At the funeral home.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Oncology Dept. Cheshire Medical Center, 580 Court St. Keene, N.H. 03431.

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

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Berton B. Rogers
July 7, 1927 ~ October 12, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Berton B. Rogers, 90 of Northfield passed away on October 12, 2017 at Buckley Healthcare Center, Greenfield. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy (Moody) Rogers 88. They had celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past year.

Berton was born on July 7, 1927 in Warwick, R.I. the son of the late Bertram and Dorothy (Fuller) Rogers. After serving in the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific theater, Bert entered the automotive industry, working as a mechanic at auto dealerships in Providence RI and Greenfield, MA. He loved his work and interacting with the customers throughout Franklin County, where he made many friends. He was always very active and worked well into his mid eighties. Always willing to listen and help others when he could he touched many lives. He will be remembered for his direct approach, gentle ways, and sense of humor. He remained independent until the day he died. Bert and Dorothy were active members of Northfield Baptist Church for over 50 years, serving as youth leaders, deacons and deaconesses.

Beside his wife, he is survived by his four sons: David and his wife Ellen of Cheshire, CT Bruce and his wife Ann, of Greenfield, MA. Douglas of Charlemont, MA. and Timothy and his wife Tracey of Northfield, MA. Bert was the beloved grandfather of nine grandchildren: Chris, Mike, Dan, Caitlin, Madeline, Nate, Hillary, Jared and Olivia, and two great grandchildren, Aspah, and Cai.

Funeral services will be next Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, MA. The Rev. Robert Emberly, Pastor of the Community Bible Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Pentecost Cemetery, Northfield.

There will be a calling hour on Saturday morning from 9:00 A,M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

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

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Raymond M. Barnes
May 16, 1942 ~ October 5, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Raymond M. Barnes, 75, of Mt. Hermon Station Rd. died Thursday morning (10-05-2017) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield after a brief illness. He was born in Greenfield, Ma. on May 16, 1942 the son of Gerald and Erna (Bruhm) Barnes.

Ray was educated in Gill and Northfield schools and was a 1959 graduate of Pioneer Valley Regional School. Early in life he was a trainer and driver of Harness Horses, and was member of the Harness Horse Hall of Fame. He worked for many years at Vermont Yankee in Vernon, Vt. and then became a burner technician for A.R. Sandri Co. in Greenfield, Ma. from where he retired.

As a young man he enjoyed Snowmobile racing with his brother Robert. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed frequent trips to Foxwoods Casino.

He is survived by his wife the former Patti Jean Parenchuck, and his children: Jason of Langdon, NH and Jamie Barnes and her companion Timothy O'Shea of Northfield, Ma. He is also survived by his brother Richard Barnes and his wife Judy of Hinsdale, NH and grandchildren: Raegan and Kennedi Barnes, and neices and nephews: Brett Barnes, Erik Barnes, Lauren Barnes, Alexa Barnes, and Jackson Barnes.

There will be Calling hours on Monday (10-09-2017) from 5-7 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. Private graveside services at West Northfield Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. The Rev. Bruce Burks, Pastor of the Advent Christian Church, Vernon, Vt will officiate. Donations in his memory may be made to the Northfield VFW Post 9874, 545 Mt. Hermon Station Rd., Northfield, MA 01360.

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

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Ronald E. Streeter
September 22, 1951 ~ September 23, 2017
Leyden, Ma.

Ronald E. Streeter, 66 of Greenfield Rd. Leyden, Ma. died Saturday (9-23-2017) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield. He was born in Brattleboro, Vt. on September 22, 1951 the son of Ernest and Paulina (Dobias) Streeter. Ron was educated in local schools and was a 1969 graduate of Pioneer Valley Regional School. He worked for many years in the family business prior to his work at C & S Wholesalers. He loved music and jamming with friends, and would attempt to play any instrument. His true passion was sugaring at Beaver Meadow Sugar house on his farm. He loved spending time with his family at the homestead.

He is survived by his wife the former Diane LaBelle, and two daughters: Tina Flagg and her husband Michael, of Turners Falls, Ma. and Angela Streeter of Greenfield, Ma. He is also survived by his father Ernest and mother Paulina "Polly" Streeter of Bernardston, Ma. and a sister Marie Smith of Greenfield, Ma. and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Jeremy in 2009.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family with burial at Beaver Meadow Cemetery, Leyden at a later date.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rajanna and the nursing staff at Baystate Franklin Medical Center for their compassion and wonderful care provided in his final days.

Donations in his memory may be made to either Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, Cash Crusader Team, c/o Tina Flagg P.O. Box 1537, Greenfield, Ma. 01301, or the Hops ice 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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Susan A. Zuraw
August 27, 1950 ~ September 2, 2017
Bernardston, Ma.

Susan A. Zuraw, age 67, of Bernardston, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst, MA. She was born on August 27, 1950 in Northampton, MA, to Stanley and Angelina (Battastoni) Kosloski. She grew up in Leverett MA and later moved with her family to Hadley. She was a graduate of Hopkins Academy class of 1970. She married William Zuraw on July 6, 1985 in Hadley. Together they had two children.

Prior to raising her children, Sue worked for a number of years as a cook for the University of Massachusetts. More recently she worked as a cashier for Cumberland farms where she enjoyed serving the community. Sue was a kind and gentle person who loved spending time with family and friends.

Some of Sue’s favorite past times included; jewelry making and crafting, holiday baking, knitting gifts for friends and family, trips to the beach, and most recently enjoying cuddle time and kisses with her grandson. She will always be remembered for her whitty sense of humor, the genuine kindness in her heart, and her willingness to serve others.

Left to honor Sue and remember her love is her husband of 32 years, William Zuraw and two children, Beth and Husband Alex Dunklee, and Martin Zuraw. Her grandson Bennett Dunklee. As well as her siblings Walter and wife Cindy Kosloski, Dolores McCulloch, Steven and (Mary) Kosloski, Barbara Kosloski, David Kosloski, and Joyce and husband Steve (Mary) Rudzik. As well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and her lifelong friend Margie Likens. Susan was predeceased by her parents Stanley and Angelina Kosloski, her brother Stanley Kosloski Jr., and nephews Matthew Kosloski and Peter Rudzik. Calling hours for family, friends, and others whose lives Susan touched will be held at Kidder Funeral Home 1 Parker Ave, Northfield, MA from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:00am at St. Patrick’s Church 80 Main Street Northfield. The Rev. Thomas Lisowski, pastor will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery Northfield.

Much appreciation goes to the staff of Greenfield oncology, the loving nurses of Baystate Home Infusion, the staff of Hospice of Franklin County as well as, the staff of Hospice of the Fisher Home.

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

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. Is in charge or arrangements.

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Irene L. Park
March 16, 1924 ~ September 1, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Irene L. Park, 93 of Main St. Northfield, Ma. died Friday morning (9-1-2017) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, Ma. She was born in Greenfield on March 16, 1924 the daughter of Alonzo and Clara (Jacobs) Crosier. Irene lived in Bernardston, Ma. for most of her adult life. She was a Foster Mother for the Commonwealth of Mass. for over 40 years receiving numerous awards. She loved going for long rides and visiting Maine. She also loved cooking for others, and visiting Colrain, Ma. where she grew up, and especially enjoyed the annual fall foliage season.

She is survived by her children: Gene Park and his wife Christine of Winchester, N.H. Linda Stearns and her husband Galean of Windham, N.H. Annette Walsh of Charlestown, N.H. and Ivan Park of Bernardston, Ma. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Thereas Crosier of Bernardston, Ma. and grandchildren: Heather Park, Gene Park Jr., Dwight Stearns, Gena Stearns, Robert Perry, Lance Walsh, Brittany Park, Kaitlyn Park, and Skylar Park, and many Great Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Tuesday (9-5-2017) 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 Farms Cemetery, Northfield, Ma.

There will be a calling hour from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home on Tuesday.

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

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. Is in charge or arrangements.

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S. Hope Lippack
August 24, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

S. Hope Lippack, 93 died in her beloved home in Northfield on Thursday, August 24, 2017. She died 50 days following her husband Donald’s death on July 5th, which was two days after they quietly celebrated 69 years of Marriage. Hope was born in Greenfield, MA to William George Peffer and Marion Candace Hammond Peffer.

Hope was raised in Greenfield, MA.

Hope married Donald in a garden ceremony officiated by the Reverend George Carter in Greenfield, MA on July 3, 1948. Following a honeymoon to Niagara Falls they resided initially in the Boston/Situate, RI area but within a couple of years they moved back to the Greenfield, MA area and then moved to Northfield in 1957 where they remained for the remainder of their lives.

Her daughter, Janet Chapin and her husband Frederic Chapin survive Hope. She is also survived by grandchildren, Aaron Chapin and his wife Randi Chapin of Hazleton, PA, Abigail Chapin of Newtown Square, PA, and Ashley Sapone and her husband Jason Sapone of Las Vegas, NV. Four great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Sydney, Tyler and Brandon. Her husband Donald died in July and son Robert died in 2005. Her brother Robert and his wife Alice as well as her sister Marjorie also predeceased her. Cousins, a niece, nephews, grandnieces and great grand nephews also survive.

Hope was a member of the Greenfield High School class of 1941. Following graduation Hope continued her education in Fitchburg, MA at Burbank School of Nursing, entering into the Cadet Nurse Corps and graduating in the class of 1947. At the time, their class ranked high enough for them to be licensed RN’s in every state of the Union. While on one of her clinical assignments in New Jersey she met her future sailor husband who knocked her down in Time Square while looking up at the skyscrapers.

Over the years Hope put her nursing degree to good use working in many different capacities including the old Bronson Nursing Home in Northfield, Franklin County Hospital, Poet’s Seat Nursing Home, School nurse and Visiting Nurse in Northfield. It wasn’t uncommon to see her doing first aid on the local farmers either.

Throughout her youth Hope was an active member of Eastern Star’s Rainbow Girls, attaining the level of Worthy Advisor.

As a young girl of 7 Hope decided that it was time to run away from home, packed her bag and proceeded to get as far as climbing up the front of Poet’s Seat. After considering her future she decided that she best get home and upon arriving home rang the door bell only to have her mother comment, “Won’t you come in and have a cup of tea with me as I haven’t seen you in so long.”

Hope and her husband had the opportunity to explore much of Europe for their 50th wedding anniversary. They also explored the United States with their camp trailer for many years. Genealogy, stamp collecting, local history of Greenfield and Northfield, antiquing, and visiting Maine remained her passions in life.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. At Pentecost Cemetery, Northfield, Ma. The Rev. Gordon Ellis will officiate.
There are no calling hours.

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. Much thanks also has to go to Hope’s caregivers without whom she would not have been able to remain at home until her passing. To Danielle Boyd, Connie Harrison, Crystal Atkins, Lisa Mercier and Deb Palmeri a tremendous thank you.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma. Is in charge or arrangements.

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Allan " Skeezie " Flagg
April 9, 1935 ~ August 24, 2017
Gill, Ma.

Allan " Skeezie " Flagg, 82, of Gill, died Thursday ( 8/24/2017) morning at home surrounded by family. He was born April 9, 1935, the son of Almon and Marion (Abbott ) Flagg in Bernardston, Mass. He attended Powers Institute in Bernardston. He grew up on his family farm and worked with his dad at the sawmill. He married Shirley Eddy May 29, 1954 in Bernardston. He then went to work on the Eddy Farm which he eventually bought from his in-laws. He worked right up till hay season started this spring. He enjoyed his collection of antique tractors, both fixing the older tractors and driving them in tractor parades. He and Shirley were always happy on the dance floor. He enjoyed his trips to the coffe shop, sometimes 2 or 3 times a day and he would often take Jingle his dog with him. He loved to cut cordwood. He helped his son Doug with his feed lot at his farm in Utah, and most recently was able to visit Doug's new farm in Idaho. Skeezie loved the land, and he was happiest when he was on his tractor.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Doug Flagg and his wife Sherie of Idaho and Dan Flagg and his companion Erika Heilig of Gill, a daughter, Joanne Flagg of Northfield, six Grandchildren, Douglas Flagg, Amy Rau,Timothy and Emery Hughs, Amber and Autumn Flagg, and three Great Grandchildren Jacob, Katelyn and Carter, three brothers, Doug Flagg of Bernardston, Kenneth Flagg of Putney, VT and Richard Flagg of Bernardston. He was pre-deceased by a son David Flagg ( 1973 ), three sisters, Doris Hayden, Lillian Deane and Marjorie Martin and Three brothers, Alfred Flagg , Robert Flagg and Norman Flagg.

Funeral Services will be Sunday ( 8/27/17) at 2:00 P.M. at the United Church of Bernardston, with the Rev. David Neil officiating. There will be calling hours Saturday ( 8/26/2017 ) from 5:00P.M. to 7:00P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield,MA. Donations in his memory may be made to The United Church of Bernardston, 57 Church St., Bernardston Mass., 01337 or to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Greenfield, Mass. 01301.

Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Norhtfield, Mass. is in charge of arrangements.

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Irwin "Sonny" M. Severance Jr.
October 5, 1931~ August, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

Irwin "Sonny" M. Severance Jr. 85 a lifelong resident of Northfield died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center following a period of failing health.

He was born in Northfield on October 5, 1931 to Irwin and Vivian (Bolton) Severance. Sonny was the youngest of 4 siblings - Sybill O'Keefe of California, Eleanor Deane of Greenfield and Shirley Gaines, who predeceased him. After graduating from Northfield High School, Sonny attended Stockbridge School of Agriculture where he specialized in trees. He was a Korean War Veteran having served in the US Army from 1952-1954. Eventually he became employed at Northfield Mount Hermon School milking cows and mowing lawns. He retired 40 years later as Superintendent of Grounds on the Nortrhfield Campus. He had fond memories of driving the NMH internal mail route and helping with the paper recycling. Sonny married Alice Davenport in 1956 and they recently celebrated 61 years of marriage. Up until 4 years ago, Sonny spent summers on a lawnmower caring for many lawns in town. He was an avid Red Sox fan. He enjoyed bowling at the French King Bowling Center before his arthritis became too painful. He especially loved his Thursday night "Prayer Meetings" with his friends. In recent years, he put together many jigsaw puzzles. He loved feeding and watching the birds, but wasn't so fond of the squirrels who also enjoyed the meal!

He is survived by his wife and children: Polly Gray and her husband Kevin, Milton Severance and his wife Robin, Julie Severance and her husband Roland Weld, Stephen Severance, and Rosemary Wiggin. He also leaves his grandchildren Kristina, Alyssa, and Megan Weld, Ian (Holly) and Jim (Angie) Field, and Tracy (Dave) Warner; his great grandchildren Logan Field and K.G. Warner, and many nieces and nephews. Sonny was devoted family man who spent hours helping collect sap at sugaring time and attending his grandchildren's sporting events and 4-H sheep shows.

Funeral services will be Saturday (8-12-2017) at 10:00 A.M. at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St. Northfield. Burial with full military honors will follow at Pentecost Cemetery, Northfield.

Calling hours will be Friday evening (8-11-2017) from 5-7 P.M. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave. Northfield, Ma.

Donations in his memory may be made to Northfield EMS, 69 Main St. Northfield, Ma. 01360 or to the charity of one's choice.

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George E. Miller Jr.
July 16, 1942 ~ July 30, 2017
Northfield, Ma.

George E. Miller Jr., 75, of Ferncliff Circle, died Sunday (7-30-2017) at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 16, 1942 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late George E. Miller Sr. and Mary F. (O'Sullivan) Miller. George attended Brooklyn parochial schools and Xavier High School in Manhattan, before graduating from Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton High School in 1960. He served for several years in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman Second Class and later in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, from which he retired in 1992 as a First Sergeant in the Second Battalion, 104th Infantry Regiment.

George married Sharon E. Giannetti May 9, 1965 in Albany, N.Y. They met while George was stationed at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee. They lived briefly in Brooklyn before moving to Hampden for over a decade and for a year in Wilbraham, before moving to Northfield in 1976.

He worked for a number of years as a plumber at Monsanto's Bircham Bend facility in Springfield, then took a job in the physical plant at Northfield Mount Hermon School where he worked from 1976 to 1984. After NMH, he became the owner-operator of Gemco Construction general contracting services in Northfield. He also found time to earn an Associate’s Degree in Business from Quincy College in 1995.

In 1999, George began his nearly two-decade connection with Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens in South Deerfield, where he began as the builder and a part-owner. He later became the principal owner and sole proprietor of Magic Wings for the last 13 years, working alongside both his children.

George enjoyed hunting, fishing, trips to his second home in Florida, camping at Crown Point in Vermont, and any line of work or hobby that would get his hands dirty in the shortest possible time. He was a brash, occasionally profane New Yorker who made it immediately clear where he stood on issues, even though his time in Western Massachusetts served to mellow him somewhat over the decades.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Sharon E. Miller of Northfield; his son, George E. Miller III and his partner, Gayle Ball, of Bernardston; his daughter, Kathleen A. Fiore and her husband, Donald, of Northfield; his sister, Elizabeth L. Tocci of Staten Island, N.Y.; his nephews, Thomas Tocci of Freehold, N.J. and his family and James Tocci of Staten Island, N.Y.; his cousin, Joann Stolarski of Norwalk, Conn. and her family, as well as his extended Magic Wings family.

The Miller family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of Dartmouth Hitchcock, especially the Palliative Care and 4 West staffs, for their outstanding care and consideration during George’s final hospital stay.

Calling hours will be held at Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Avenue, Northfield, Thursday (8-3-2017) from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main Street, Northfield, Friday (8-4-2017) at 11 a.m. A funeral procession will follow to Magic Wings, 281 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, for a time of remembrance.

Donations in George’s memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250-0301; the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Fla., 32256; or to Draft Gratitude Equine Rescue, 148 Ashuelot Street, Winchester, N.H., 03470.

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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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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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