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PostHeaderIcon HELEN HIEN ARMENTANO of AMHERST, MASS, August 2, 1921 – April 20, 2016

Amherst, Helen Hien Armentano, 94, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was born in Munich, Germany on August 2, 1921 to Xavier and Maria (Kugler) Hien and emigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1947, where she married Vincent Armentano, raised three children, and worked as a professional seamstress. She moved to Massachusetts to live with her daughter, Marie, and granddaughter , Katherine, in 1999.  She lived an active life, and loved to share her knitting, sewing, food, and vibrant personality with family and friends. She was a loving mother and grandmother and her memory will be cherished. 

 

She is survived by her brother Ludwig Hien (Leni) of Munich, Germany; her daughter Dr. Marie Armentano of Amherst, MA; her daughter Dolores Armentano Grobe (Matthew) of Northport, NY; her son Dr. Louis Armentano (Sue) of Oregon, WI, as well as four grandchildren, Allison Grobe (Aaron Steffensmeier) of New York, NY, Carolyn Grobe Ingram (Stuart) of East Northport, NY, Vincent Armentano (Lucy) of Hamden, CT, and Katherine Armentano of Amherst, MA. She was preceded in death by her husband Vincent, sister Josephine, and brother Ernst.   

 

The family would like to extend gratitude to the staff of Center for Extended Care at Amherst for the care they bestowed upon Helen in her last years.  Friends and relatives will be received at the Douglass Funeral Home at 87 North Pleasant Street in Amherst on Saturday afternoon, April 30, from 2-4 PM.  

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon ALFRED X. POWERS of NASHUA, NH, December 28, 1922 – March 24, 2016

 

Nashua, N.H., Alfred X. Powers, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, NH on March 24, 2016

Born and raised in Brockton, MA., he attended Brocton High where he excelled in track and swimming. He received many medals in both sports.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII where he served in the Philippines.

After the war he attended Fitchburg State College achieving a Master’s of Education degree.

He first worked at the University of Massachusetts, and then taught for the Springfield, MA school system for nearly 30 years before his retirement.

He was an excellent golfer and was a member of the Amherst Golf Club as long as his health would permit.

During winter months he belonged to bowling leagues in both Springfield and Northampton.

After his retirement, he officiated track meets at local schools.

He was a life member of the VFW and former member of the Chicopee Elks.

He was pre-deceased by his wife of 55 years, Vesta C. Powers. He is survived by a loving and grateful family and will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

All funeral services are private.

 

PostHeaderIcon H. “GIL” RINARD of PELHAM, MASS, May 28, 1940 – March 31, 2016

 

 

Pelham, H. Gilmore “Gil” Rinard passed away at the age of 75 on Thursday, March 31, 2016 in his Pelham, Massachusetts home surrounded by family. Gil was born on May 28, 1940 to Paul and Kathrine Rinard of Newark, Delaware. He graduated from the University of Delaware and went on to study psychiatric nursing at Yale University.  He worked at several local hospitals over the years, including the VA, Brattleboro Retreat and Springfield Municipal Hospital.

 

In his free time, he was a devoted craftsman and woodworker. His furniture, musical instruments, and lampshades grace many homes, and his generosity in sharing his talents will live on. In addition, Gil had a tremendous love of music and art, which he shared with all who knew him. He was an avid reader, a scholar of languages, and had a thirst for knowledge and understanding of other cultures. He will be remembered for both his whimsical sense of humor and his sound and wise advice.

 

He will be deeply missed by his family and friends, including his wife of 47 years, Ruth, along with three children; John Rinard (Melanie Lanier) and their children Ali and Drew; Kate Rinard (John Coronella) and their children Charlie, Julia and Natalie; Millie (Seth) Webster and their sons Ben, Will and Eli. He delighted in his grandchildren, who will remember him best for his animal noises, funny faces and fascination with insects. 

 

Gil’s funeral will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1pm with Reverend Steven Wilco officiating. In lieu of flowers, please reach out to someone you care about and let them know how much they mean to you. This is the day that we have been given; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 

 

PostHeaderIcon PAUL FRANKLIN ROSS of SOUTH HADLEY, MA, April 2, 1926 – April 1, 2016

 

 

Paul Franklin Ross passed away April 1, 2016 at the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke, MA just a few hours shy of his 90th birthday.   Paul made his home in Johnstown, Pennsylvania for more than 30 years and most recently in South Hadley, MA where he and his wife, Jean, moved to be closer to their daughters.  Paul was born in Bradenville, Pennsylvania on April 2, 1926. At age 18, Paul joined the Army Air Corps where he was stationed in Europe as an aerial photographer taking reconnaissance photographs.  After his 1951 graduation from Ohio State University with a degree in ceramic engineering, Paul joined the Bethlehem Steel management training program.  He was initially assigned to the Research Department in Bethlehem, PA and in 1955 was transferred to the Blast Furnace Department in Johnstown, where he spent most of his career as a Superintendent.  Paul and his loving wife of 66 years, Jean Marie (Houck) Ross, loved their summer home in Stone Harbor, New Jersey and when Paul and Jean retired in the mid-80’s they split their time between homes in Stone Harbor and Whispering Pines, NC.  Paul was an avid golfer and fisherman, he had a green thumb and took pride in his vegetable gardens and he loved feeding the birds and creating bird woodcarvings. He was an engineer at heart and there was nothing he couldn’t “fix”.  He loved being a husband and dad but spending time with his grandchildren gave him exceptional joy, particularly taking them fishing.  Paul is survived by his wife Jean Marie (Houck) Ross, Loomis Village, South Hadley, MA, his daughter Deborah Whitford and her husband Dan of South Hadley, MA, his son Daniel Ross and wife Diane of Bethlehem, PA, his daughter Donna Ross and husband Peter Straley of Amherst, MA, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A private family remembrance is planned. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Loomis Village, South Hadley, MA.

 

 

PostHeaderIcon MARY ALMA SCARCLIFF of SHUTESBURY, MASS, February 22, 1937 – March 26, 2016

 

 

Amherst, Mary Alma Scarcliff (Mary Boudreau), formerly of 700 Franklin Street, Belchertown, MA, died on March 26, 2016 at Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst of complications from ALS.  She was the daughter of the late William Frederick and Mildred (Kersh) Scarcliff of Jackson, Mississippi. Mary was born at Baptist Hospital in Jackson in February of 1937. But it was coming to Amherst Massachusetts in 1957 that she first felt at home. But Massachusetts wasn’t her first love. 

 

In September of 1953, Mary, then 16, spied a handsome new teacher on the first day of school in her Junior year. Stopping to find out his name and what he taught, she proceeded to the guidance counselor’s office and asked to be moved into Mr. Boudreau’s sixth period English class. “Why, Mary Alma?” was the obvious question. “Because I’m going to marry that man!” was Mary’s response. Perhaps more surprising was the counselor’s reply: “More power to ya.” And schedules forever more were changed. 

 

Mary relished telling the stories of how she “stalked” that teacher. What few listeners could imagine was how she also managed to get accepted – having only finished her third year of high school – to the University of Wisconsin, Madison so that she could be in college where Hal was moving on to graduate school. That sheer, relentless determination was one of her defining characteristics.

 

Exceptionally bright and equally diligent, Mary earned her Bachelor’s degree along with two Master’s and her Ph.D. — but never a high school diploma.  More importantly, in 1955 she did marry that man.

 

Hal took a faculty position at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where they moved in 1957. In the 1960s Mary taught Spanish at the Mary A. Burnham School for Girls, and later at Smith College.  

 

Mary’s determination also came to bear in her desire to have a child. Following a string of difficult pregnancies that would have deterred most, Hal and Mary welcomed their only child, Timothy Douglas Boudreau, in 1968. The counseling she received during that time piqued her interest in clinical psychology, and in the 1970s she returned to school at UMass to get her Ph.D. in psychology.  In addition to her academic and professional pursuits, Mary was a skilled painter, poet, house designer (blueprints and all), founder of a local Montessori school, and even a passable carpenter.

 

Following an amicable divorce in 1980, she built a career practicing and teaching psychology, first at Baystate in Springfield, followed by the Devereaux Institute in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 1985 she took a job teaching and developing the adolescent treatment program at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA, where she would spend the remainder of her career, retiring in 2001.

 

In 2002, she bought a house in Belchertown, MA to be nearer to Hal and to Amherst, and spent her time on friends, family, reading a novel a day, and socializing a feral cat that she rescued and was resolved to domesticate. In 2015 she moved into assisted living at The Arbors at Amherst.

 

She died surrounded by family and friends, who read her the letters she wrote to Hal that summer of 1954 before they wed. She is survived by her former husband, Harold L. Boudreau, of Belchertown, MA; son Timothy D. Boudreau of Shutesbury, MA, his wife Christy, and grandson Jack Finnegan Boudreau, born last summer, whom she delighted in during her final months; her oldest friend Carol Broun Wansong of Washington, D.C.; her eldest friend Marilyn Greenfield of Medfield, MA; and closest friends Lisa McCune LeDuc and Steven McDonald of Belchertown, MA and Kurt Barbuscio of South Kingston, RI.

 

 

PostHeaderIcon LOIS M. LASALLE of GLASTONBURY, CONN, September 27, 1926 – February 24, 2016

Lois M. LaSalle, 89, of Glastonbury, CT and North Hadley, MA passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at Hartford Hospital. She was born in Northampton, MA on September 27, 1926. She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Bessie (Hillman) LaSalle. Lois grew up in North Hadley, MA and graduated with the class of 1945 at Hopkins Academy and the Class of 1949 at The University of Massachusetts. She was employed by Travelers Insurance her entire career in Hartford, CT living in Glastonbury, CT where she was an active member of First Church of Christ Congregational. She enjoyed her home, was an active gardener and enjoyed traveling with friends. No longer able to care for herself, she lived out her remaining years at Mountain Laurel Assisted Living in Glastonbury. Lois is survived by her nephew David LaSalle and his partner Wayne Johnson of Provincetown, MA. She was predeceased by her brothers Edwin LaSalle, Charles LaSalle and a niece Linda LaSalle Schumacher. A graveside service will be held at the North Hadley Cemetery in North Hadley, MA on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 11:00AM. Memorial donations may be made to The First Church of Christ, Congregational, 2183 Main St., Glastonbury, CT 06033.

PostHeaderIcon DEBORAH L. PICKERING of WESTBOROUGH, MASS, June 6, 1958 – March 9, 2016

 

 

Westborough, MA, Deborah L. Pickering, 57, died peacefully Wednesday March 9, 2016 at her home in Westborough. She was born June 6, 1958 in Northampton, MA, and was the daughter of Arthur and Louise {Puffer} Pickering, of Amherst. In her later years of her life she lived with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Besides her parents, she is also survived by her brother William Pickering of Las Vegas, her niece Sarah Liles and her 4 nephews Jeffrey, Timothy, Stephen and Bradley Pickering. She was predeceased by her brother Christopher in 2006. The family will observe private funeral services in Amherst. Memorial donations in her name may be made to Metro Residential Services 465 Waverly Oak Rd. Suite # 120 Waltham, MA 02452 C/O Maureen Delaney.

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon CHRISTOPHER F. GRAY of GRANBY, MASS, December 2, 1958 – March 1, 2016

 

 

 

 

Christopher F. Gray (1958-2016)

Granby, MA, Christopher died of natural causes at his home in Granby, Massachusetts. The son of Annette G. Gray of Delray Beach, Florida, and the late Robert L. Gray, Chris was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, and uncle.

Christopher is survived by his daughter Christen Carter and granddaughters Brianna Albert, age 11, and Patience Carter, age 5, also of Granby. Siblings Molly Gray of Northampton, Susanne Gray Stankowski of Deerfield, Don Gray of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Jen Gray of Northampton, Jonathan Gray of Palm Springs, California, and Katie Gray of Holyoke, as well as their spouses, partners, and many nieces and nephews, survive Chris as well.

An Amherst Regional High School Class of 1976 graduate, Christopher was a varsity ice hockey goalie during school. He continued to play as goalie after graduation in a semi-professional league. Christopher was well-known as a professional bartender in the Valley, warm and friendly, always ready to listen to or tell a good story.

A man of many creative interests, Chris was an accomplished woodworker, painter, and home cook. Chris very much enjoyed the outdoors, particularly mountain biking and fishing. Many of Chris’s paintings depict the beauty of the Western Massachusetts landscape.

Memorial donations in Christopher F. Gray’s honor may be made to Baystate Children’s Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Christopher’s family welcomes friends to attend a memorial on April 8 at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst, with calling hours from 4-5:30pm followed by a service from 5:30-6pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon CRISTOPHER F. GRAY of GRANBY, MASS, December 2, 1958 – March 1, 2016

 

 

Christopher F. Gray (1958-2016)

 

Granby, MA, Christopher died of natural causes at his home in Granby, Massachusetts. The son of Annette G. Gray of Delray Beach, Florida, and the late Robert L. Gray, Chris was a beloved father, grandfather, brother, and uncle.

Christopher is survived by his daughter Christen Carter and granddaughters Brianna Albert, age 11, and Patience Carter, age 5, also of Granby. Siblings Molly Gray of Northampton, Susanne Gray Stankowski of Deerfield, Don Gray of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Jen Gray of Northampton, Jonathan Gray of Palm Springs, California, and Katie Gray of Holyoke, as well as their spouses, partners, and many nieces and nephews, survive Chris as well.

An Amherst Regional High School Class of 1976 graduate, Christopher was a varsity ice hockey goalie during school. He continued to play as goalie after graduation in a semi-professional league. Christopher was well-known as a professional bartender in the Valley, warm and friendly, always ready to listen to or tell a good story.

A man of many creative interests, Chris was an accomplished woodworker, painter, and home cook. Chris very much enjoyed the outdoors, particularly mountain biking and fishing. Many of Chris’s paintings depict the beauty of the Western Massachusetts landscape.

Memorial donations in Christopher F. Gray’s honor may be made to Baystate Children’s Hospital or the charity of your choice.

Christopher’s family welcomes friends to attend a memorial on April 8 at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst, with calling hours from 4-5:30pm followed by a service from 5:30-6pm.

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon MARJORIE E. COWLES of AMHERST, MASS, June 27, 1923 – March 7, 2016

Amherst, Marjorie (Midge) Cowles (92) of South Amherst passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday night, March 7, 2016.  She was born in 1923, the last surviving child of Winfred and Jennie (Kentfield) Cowles, of South Amherst.  She is pre-deceased by her brother Homer of South Amherst, Doris of Vancouver, Canada and Rachel (Monty) of Seekonk, Massachusetts and her nephew Tim Cowles of South Amherst.

 

A graduate of Amherst High School in 1940, she attended and graduated from Massachusetts State College in Amherst in 1944 with a degree in Home Economics.  Upon graduation she held a series of supervisory positions in the food service departments at Dartmouth College, Colby College, the University of Chicago and Yale University.  In 1958 accepted a position with the Massachusetts Department of Education, Bureau of Education and School Food Services eventually working in the Western District of Massachusetts in the School Lunch program for 28 years until her retirement in 1985.

 

Midge, while she had no children of her own, was a very special Aunt for her many nieces and nephews and she will be sorely missed by them.  She provided many opportunities for learning and fun that would not have been possible otherwise.  She leaves behind her sister-in-law Shirley Cowles of South Amherst, nieces; Sue (Cowles) Crutch and her husband Donald of South Amherst, Nancy (Cowles) Kopec of Shelburne, Mass., and Debbie (Cowles) Zonca and husband Wayne of Highland Park, Illinois, and, nephews; Mike Cowles and his wife Nancy of Belchertown, Bob Cowles of Derby, Vermont (recently of Deerfield, Mass.), Dan Cowles of Cape Coral, Florida,  Andy Cowles and his wife Jacqui of South Amherst and Teddy Monty and his wife Sandy of Cranston, RI. and many great nieces and nephews.

 

A private burial service will be held at the South Amherst Cemetery during the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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