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PostHeaderIcon INGER H. BROWN of AMHERST, MASS, May 19, 1918 – September 28, 2014

Inger Brown

1918 – 2014


Amherst, Inger Brown, 96, of Amherst, MA, passed away on September 28, 2014.  She was one of five children of Hans Christian and Ellen Nielsen Hansen, born on May 19, 1918, in Hobro, Denmark.  The family’s restaurant business took them from rural Hobro to Copenhagen in the 1930s.  After WWII, Inger worked for the US Army in Frankfurt, Germany.  Her love of travel and adventure led her throughout Europe and eventually to the United States.  She immigrated to Seattle, WA, in 1950 where she lived with her sister and husband, Edith and Henry Dorge.   Inger married George F. Brown, an officer in the US Air Force, in Seattle on March 31, 1951.  They lived in many locations during George’s career including Hadley, MA, South Carolina, Turkey, finally settling in Burlington, MA, where they raised their family.  In 1978, George and Inger retired to Chatham, MA, on Cape Cod.  Inger moved to Amherst in 2000 to be closer to her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed playing bridge, needlecraft, and working crosswords. 

Inger was predeceased by her husband, parents, siblings, and one child, George Jr., who died in infancy.  She is survived by two children, Inger Brown Cell (and husband Charles) of Brewster, MA, and Christian Brown, of Belchertown, MA.  She is also survived by six grandchildren. 

Inger will be remembered for her love of family and her indomitable spirit. 

Calling hours will be at Douglass Funeral Home, in Amherst, MA, on Friday, October 3rd, 3-6 pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind in Inger’s memory.  Inger lived many years with macular degeneration and was a strong supporter of the organization.  Their address is Perkins Trust, Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St, Watertown, MA, 02472. Obituary and memorial register at


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PostHeaderIcon ELIZABETH H.D. MAZZOCCO of AMHERST, MASS, February 11, 1958 – September 24, 2014

Elizabeth Hunt Davis Mazzocco

1958 – 2014


Amherst, Elizabeth Hunt Davis Mazzocco died Wednesday afternoon, Sept 24, 2014, at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA. She was born February 11, 1958, in Chapel Hill, NC to Betty Hunt Seeger Davis and Bertran E Davis. Following several moves during her childhood, the family settled in Commerce, TX where she graduated from high school and earned the recognition of Valedictorian for the class of 1976. She received her B.A. in English and History from East Texas State University in 1980. In 1983 she received her M.A. in Medieval Studies, and in 1988 her Ph.D. in Italian Studies, both from Bryn Mawr College. She married Angelo Mazzocco on October 7, 1990.

After receiving her PhD she taught Italian at the University of Pennsylvania (1988-89), and at Mt. Holyoke College (1989-90); in 1990 she was appointed Five College Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian and Director of the Five College Foreign Language Resource Center. She was tenured and promoted to the rank of Five College Associate Prof. of Italian in 2000 , and to full Professor in 2004 while continuing in her role of the now called Five College Center for the Study of World Language. Under her directorship the Center gained worldwide recognition for research on the advancement of language pedagogy.

She has published extensively and given numerous lectures on foreign language acquisition and on Italian Renaissance. She was currently developing a platform for blended learning for languages eventually intended for public use.

Elizabeth was a unique blend of generosity, determination, strength and tenacity, always guided by the most genuine selflessness.

She is proceeded in death by her parents and survived by her husband, Angelo, Amherst, MA, step-son Marco Mazzocco, New York City, sister Sally Hunt Faires and husband Jim, Dallas, TX, niece Annabella Boatwright,  Northampton MA,  nephew Ben Boatwright, Cambridge, MA and numerous relatives, friends, and colleagues. Visitation will be at Douglass Funeral Home, Amherst, MA, Monday afternoon Sept. 29 from 2-4:30 followed by a memorial service at 5:30 at Johnson Chapel on the Amherst College campus. Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery, Amherst, MA, Tuesday at 11:00 am.  Donations may be made to the Elizabeth HD Mazzocco memorial fund to be established to honor her legacy in teaching and scholarship. Inquiries should be addressed to Lucia Miller, Dean’s Office, College of Humanities and Fine Arts ( Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon KENNETH R. ALDRICH of PELHAM, MA, August 1, 1932 – September 22, 2014


1932 – 2014


Pelham, Kenneth R. Aldrich, 82, passed away on Sept. 22, 2014 at the Elaine Center at Hadley with his family by his side. Born on August 1, 1932 Ken was the son of the late Bernard and Clara (Greanier) Aldrich, Sr. He was a 1950 graduate of Amherst Regional High School and served in the Marine Corps from May 1951 – May 1954, serving in the Korean War. Ken retired from the Town of Pelham DPW in Aug. of 1993 after 21 years. Prior to that; he worked for the Town of Amherst DPW,

Amherst College, and Elder Lumber. During his life in Pelham he built his house in 1957. He also served as a part time Police Officer, was a member of the Pelham Vol. Fire Dept. and was active in the Boy Scouts. Ken rarely missed a Town Meeting and was an expert on Pelham history. He was an avid deer hunter and greatly enjoyed working outdoors especially cutting and splitting wood. He assisted his wife Doris greatly with breeding and showing of Pugs, and volunteered at many of

her club’s shows and functions. Until his illness made it difficult he could be found at Kelly’s in Amherst for morning coffee; usually as their first customer.  Ken is survived by his wife of 57 years Doris (Lamontagne) Aldrich of Pelham, son Rick and daughter-in-law Brenda of Belchertown, granddaughter Andrea Randall of So. Hadley; grandson Brian and his wife Lisa of Newfields, NH; and, 3 great grandchildren; Quinlan, Aiden, and Paige Randall of So. Hadley, all of who brought him great joy. Ken also leaves his brothers Bernard and his wife Harriett of Hadley, Richard of Ware; and, sisters Marguerite McCaffie of

Northfield, and Linda Motterella and her husband Peter of Lee, as well as many nieces and nephews. Calling hours at The Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst will be Friday, Sept. 26th, from 5:00-7:00 PM, with a brief Memorial Service beginning at 7:00 PM. A private family burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pelham Vol. Fire Dept. or the U.S. Marine Corps Toys, for Tots Program, C/O WWLP 1 Broadcast Ctr. Chicopee, MA 01013.

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PostHeaderIcon STEPHANIE PEROK of THORNDIKE, MA, May 2, 1959 – September 20, 2014

Stephanie {Overstreet} Perok

1959 – 2014

Thornike, Stephanie Perok, 51, was taken into the arms of the Lord on September 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm in Springfield, MA.  Stephanie was born in Gulfport, Ms. on May 2, 1959.  She is survived by her husband, David Perok, Sr.; her two daughters, Monica Meade and Krysten Perok; her son, David Perok, Jr.; her three brothers, Jonathan, Martin, and Patrick Overstreet; her sister, Rosemary Clifford; and 3 grandchildren.  Stephanie was predeceased by her mother, Monica Brown; her father, Henry Overstreet, Jr.; her sister, Monica Overstreet, and her brother David Overstreet.

Calling Hours are from 5pm – 8pm Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Douglass Funeral Services, 87 No. Pleasant St., Amherst, Ma.  A  Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church, 122 No. Pleasant St., Amherst, Ma.  Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:00 am, with burial following in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley. Obituary and memorial register at


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PostHeaderIcon WANDA M. KOKUREWICZ of LEVERETT, MASS, December 23, 1929 – September 18, 2014

Wanda Witort Kokurewicz December 23, 1929 – September 18, 2014


Amherst, Wanda Witort Kokurewicz died peacefully at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst after a long illness on September 18. She was 84 years old.

Wanda was born in Warsaw, Poland in Dec. 23, 1929. Wanda lived through World War II in Poland. She was most proud of her service in the Polish Underground Army and was a courier during the Warsaw Uprising in August – September of 1944. She escaped Poland to England where she was re-united with family and the Polish community there. In London she met and married the love of her life, Jerzy Kokurewicz. There they had their first child, Jerzy. Soon they immigrated to the United States and had their daughter Annette  Kokurewicz (Cycon.)

Wanda and Jerzy recived their bachelor and masters degrees and had successful careers as fine artists, exhibiting with Salvador Dali and throughout New York City and Connecticut. They also became public school art teachers. Wanda taught for over 25 years.

They moved to New Salem MA where they helped raise their two granddaughters with their daughter Annette and son-in-law Dean. They also continued a successful pottery business, Garnki Pottery. These were the happiest years of their lives.

Wanda is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jerzy, son Jerzy and his wife Amita Schmidt of Maui, HI, her daughter Annette Cycon and son-in-law Dean Cycon of Leverett, MA. The lights of her life were her two granddaughters, Sarah (23) and Aliya (20.)  She gave them constant love and introduced them to the world of music, ballet, art and culture. She lives on in them.  

Wanda is also survived by her cousin Jurek Gorzkowski, his wife Anita and their children and grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel at the Newman Center, Umass at 10:30 am Wed September 24th followed by a celebration of her life at the Cycon home.

Donations can be made in her honor to Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 N Pleasant St Amherst MA. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon ARTHUR DANIEL GOODHIND of SHUTESBURY, MA, March 2, 1930 – September 18, 2014

Arthur Daniel Goodhind

SHUTESBURY – We write with sadness the passing of our dad peacefully at home, Arthur, the last of 13 siblings, born March 2, 1930 in Pittsfield, the son of Henrietta and Murray.

Arthur leaves his loving wife of 60 years Barbara Farrick Goodhind, his four sons John and wife Elaine, Athur Jr. and friend Suzanne, Peter and wife Laurel, Paul and wife Evelynn, his grandchildren Arthur III, Mark, Jason, Tessa, Joshua, Jordan, Evan, his great grandchildren Eric and Graham.

Arthur Served proudly in the US Army during the Korean War, enlisted Dec. 1948 discharged Feb. 1950, called back to duty in Oct. 1950 discharged Aug. 1951 with rank of PFC.

A quiet and caring man, his passion in life was cooking, a well-respected chef in fine dining in many well-known restaurants in the Pioneer Valley during the 1950s and 60s.

His hobby of some 70 years was building balsa wood airplanes. More than 60+ planes are displayed in his Shutesbury home.

Arthur is predeceased by his 12 siblings Luella, Malcom, Murray, Dorothy, John, Edward, Richard, Virginia, Charlotte, Gilbert, Lorena, and Albert.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 10:00am at Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst. Burial will follow at West Cemetery in Shutesbury. Calling hours will be Monday from 4:00–7:00pm at Douglass Funeral Service.

Memorial gifts may be left in Dad’s memory to the Shutesbury Fire Dept. Obituary and Memorial Register at

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PostHeaderIcon ZELLA BORST HARRINGTON of AMHERST, MASS, July 17, 1945 – September 14, 2014

Amherst, Zella Harrington of Amherst has died peacefully in her home after a lengthy battle with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She was supported by devoted caregivers, family, and friends.  

Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, on July 17, 1945, Zella was predeceased by her parents, Lawrence Harrington and Zella Borst Harrington of Caldwell, New Jersey, and by her son Anson J. Tripp of Amherst. Her marriage to Jeffrey Tripp ended in divorce, when she resumed her maiden name.  

Zella was a graduate of James Caldwell High School and Penn State University, where she majored in Home Economics and was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She received a master’s degree in Education from Cornell.  

Zella began her lengthy teaching career in Parsippany, New Jersey, but moved to Massachusetts in 1970 and worked for a time covering local government for the Daily Hampshire Gazette before obtaining a teaching position at Greenfield High School. She taught home economics and related subjects for many years at Holyoke High School and later at Amherst Regional Middle School and High School.  

A lifelong member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Zella was also active in the Amherst League of Women Voters and served several terms as a Town Meeting member. For many years she was on the board of the Little Red Schoolhouse in Amherst.  

Travel, the French language, gardening, sewing, quilting, and family history were at the center of Zella’s interests, and her lifelong love of music began when she was a camper and later a counselor at summer camps in New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. She loved sailing and canoeing in the Adirondacks and spending time at the Jersey Shore, where her late parents lived for many years.  

Zella is survived by her sons Peter Tripp of Oakland, California, and Michael Tripp of Berkeley, California; by her sister, Mimi Harrington of Dedham, Massachusetts; and by her nephews Nathaniel and William Harrington of Dedham.  

In lieu of flowers gifts may be made to the Anson Tripp Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of Florence Savings Bank, or to the Alzheimer’s Association Z Team.  

Funeral services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst at 3:30PM on Tuesday, September 23. Obituary and memorial register at


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PostHeaderIcon DORIS FINDLAY of AGAWAM, MASS, May 24, 1923 – September 14, 2014

Doris {Griswold} Findlay

1923 – 2014



Agawam, MA., Doris Findlay (Griswold) formerly of Little Falls and Toms River, NJ died on September 14, 2014 in Agawam, MA.  Born May 24, 1923 in S. Paterson,  NJ., she is predeceased by her parents Rose and George Griswold and her brother Roy. She is survived by her two daughters, Marilyn Findlay of Bernardsvillle, NJ and Marjorie Farnan of Longmeadow, MA.  She was also the loving Grammy of Maura (Dunn) Lima and her husband Yolexis, Robert Dunn and Aileen Dunn all of NJ.  She is also survived by her newborn great grandson Elliot Lima as well as several nieces and nephews. Private services and burial will be held at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Totowa, NJ.  Douglas Funeral home in Amherst Ma, is managing arrangements. Memorial gifts may be made to Baystate VNA Hospice in Springfield, MA. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon JOHN J. HANLEY of WARREN, MASS, March 16, 1949 – September 9, 2014



WARREN, John J. Hanley, 65, Owner and Director of La Rosa Funeral Home

in Holyoke, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at The Lahey Clinic in

Burlington. He was born in Springfield, Mar. 16, 1949, son of the late

John T. Hanley, Jr. and Catherine Hogan Hanley. John dedicated his life

for the last 20 years to the families he served.  He is survived by his

wife Debra (Allen) Hanley; a son John T., one brother James T.; a

sister Jane Greene, and three grandchildren, Lillian, Lyric, and Jack.

He was predeceased by his Son Aaron. Funeral services will be Saturday

at 10:00 AM at The Douglass Funeral Service, in Amherst. Calling hours

will be Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at The Douglass Funeral Service. The

family invites friends to join them Saturday at 12:15pm at St. Anne’s

Cemetery, Arnold Rd., in Sturbridge for the Rites of Committal. 

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PostHeaderIcon BARBARA LEE SUTHERLAND of AMHERST, MASS, January 8, 1935 – September 7, 2014

Amherst, 79, Barbara Lee Sutherland (Hardgrow) departed this life surrounded by loving family on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Cooley-Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her death was of natural causes. She was born on January 8, 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Harold Davis and Mabel E. Hardgrow. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband Sylvester L. Sutherland. She leaves to cherish her memory, her sister, Constance Ford, and her brother, Gary Hardgrow (Cynthia Rene) both of Ohio. She’s survived by her loving children (Donna Hancock, Douglas Kearse, Ruth Sampson (Raymond), Anthony Dunson, Eric Dunson (Thala), Kristy Sutherland, Stephanie Dunson (Amy Cheng), Lisa Johnson (Greg), and Tracy Sutherland); sixteen grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; three “grand dogs,” and one “great grand dog.” She will be deeply missed by Barbara Cole, Nancy Pagano, Janice Lewis, Barbara Jo McDaniel her extended San Diego family, and other dear friends, family, and neighbors to numerable to list.

A retired LPN and piano teacher, Barbara relocated to Amherst MA from Greenfield OH in 2004, to be near daughters living in the area, but soon made the Pioneer Valley very much her own home. She loved Amherst and very quickly made her mark as one of the town’s most visible and active citizens. She was an avid volunteer and a constant presence in the Bangs Community Senior Center; she was the current upstanding President of the Senior Center’s Senior Travel Club, has served on the Board of Directors of Highland Valley Elder Services, was a current member of the Senior Center’s Council on Aging since 2004, was a current and long-standing member of the Nutrition Site Council of Highland Valley, conducted blood pressure screenings, and has been a receptionist for the Senior Center since 2005. She was also a very active member of the Goodwin Memorial AME Zion Church in Amherst, where she served as the church pianist and member of the choir; she was a current member of the Amherst Area Gospel Choir.

Barbara will be remembered by anyone who met her for her radiant smile and contagious laughter, which made her the light of any room she entered. She loved her family and friends, travel, good food, music, football, her church, and the richness and variety of her life in Amherst. She will be deeply, deeply missed.

There will be services in both Massachusetts and Ohio. In Amherst, services will be held today, Wednesday September 10th at Goodwin Memorial AME Zion Church at 6pm followed by a reception at the Bangs Senior Center.  In Ohio, services will be held in Greenfield (Ohio), at Shorter Chapel AME Church on Saturday, September 13th at 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280 Washington, DC 20077 ( Obituary and memorial register at

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KENNETH R. ALDRICH of PELHAM, MA died on September 22, 2014

INGER H. BROWN of AMHERST, MASS died on September 28, 2014

ARTHUR DANIEL GOODHIND of SHUTESBURY, MA died on September 18, 2014

ZELLA BORST HARRINGTON of AMHERST, MASS died on September 14, 2014

DOROTHY A. IVES of AMHERST, MA died on August 19, 2014

WANDA M. KOKUREWICZ of LEVERETT, MASS died on September 18, 2014

ELIZABETH H.D. MAZZOCCO of AMHERST, MASS died on September 24, 2014

Gale S. McClung of Amherst, MA died on July 30, 2014

STEPHANIE PEROK of THORNDIKE, MA died on September 20, 2014