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PostHeaderIcon LAURIE MARY JACQUE of MASS, May 1, 1925 – January 20, 2017

Amherst, Laurie M. Jacque, 91, of Amherst, passed away Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst with her loved ones close by.

Born in Holyoke, MA on May 1, 1925, Laurie was the daughter of Antoinette (Dietrich) and Adrien Monchamp. Growing up in Willimansett, Laurie worked many hours preparing for special events, celebrations and holidays in her family-owned greenhouses. She shared many memories of flower cuttings and floral work recalling the family effort it took to run the business. Her experiences in the greenhouses cultivated her love of flower varieties, her talent in floral arrangement, and her joy in the changing of the seasons.

Upon Laurie meeting and marrying Charles W. Jacque, she moved to the Jacque family dairy farm in Amherst. She did the bookkeeping for the farm. She and Charlie were very active members of the Massachusetts Jersey Cattle Club. Laurie raised their three children, Roger and twins Raymond and Ronald. She spent her days cooking great meals, baking everyone’s favorite treat, canning and freezing food from her garden, sewing, and helping with the daily farm chores. Laurie’s role provided essential components necessary to running the farm.

The farm itself provided the vital hub for her family. Within her quintessential, inviting farmhouse Laurie offered her grandchildren life skills and lessons that only a grandmother can!  Whether baking a special cake for your birthday or simply offering a reassurance, Grandma made her grandchildren feel warm, loved, and special.   

Laurie held a distinctive place in her heart for her great-grandchildren. She shared many years with her two great-granddaughters, Toni Ann and Taryn Elizabeth. She spent time teaching them to cook, enjoyed having them paint her nails, and offered them both a special ear to listen to their every need. Little Navarro celebrated her 90th birthday by giving her a box with hand painted flowers knowing her love of them. His highlight of visiting her, as with all friends and family, was to see Laurie’s beautiful, endearing smile.

As the family matriarch, Laurie held an exceptional ability to foster and preserve the togetherness of the family. We will all certainly miss her charisma as the rock and heart of our lives.

Laurie is lovingly remembered by her two sons, Raymond Jacque of Sunderland, Ronald Jacque and wife Deborah of Amherst; her sister Cecile Guertin of Ludlow; grandchildren Eric Jacque and wife Julie of Sunderland, Anette Millington and husband Kenneth of Brooklyn, NY, Edward Jacque of Hatfield, Berri Jacque and wife Asha Strazzero-Wild of Shutesbury, Erin Jacque and husband Matthew Waldrip of Sandwich; great-grandchildren Toni and Taryn Jacque of Sunderland, Navarro Millington of Brooklyn, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

Laurie is predeceased by her loving husband, Charles, son Roger, brother William Monchamp, and sister Lillian Jacque.

Please join the family in a celebration of Laurie’s life. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at the Douglass Funeral Home, Amherst from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. The following morning, Thursday, January 26, 2017, 10:00 AM, a service will be held at the Douglass Funeral Home with a graveside burial following at the South Amherst cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a Hospice organization of your choice.

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon LINDA ANN GRAVES of SOUTH DEERFIELD, MASS, February 26, 1943 – January 19, 2017

South Deerfield, Linda Ann (Bacon) Graves passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017, surrounded by her family, at Baystate Medical Center after an unexpected health emergency.  Linda was born on February 26, 1943, in Pelham, Massachusetts, to Carlton and Merle (Thornton) Bacon.  Linda attended Pelham and Amherst Schools, and graduated from Greenfield Community College with a degree in Accounting. 

Linda leaves her three sons and daughter: Thomas, his wife Susan of Dover, NH., David of Belchertown, MA., Robert of Bernardston, MA., and Kelly of South Deerfield, MA.  Linda also leaves her four beloved grandchildren Megan of Dover, NH, Steven of Portsmouth, NH, Haylee of Bernardston, MA, and Nicholas of Gardner, MA.  As well as her sister Sandra Potyrala of Hadley, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and her Aunt Kathleen of RI. She was also “Mom” to James Boden of Keene, NH and his wife Beverly, and “Grammy Linda” to their three children, Ryan, Michael and Brianna, as well as several close and dear friends.

When Linda’s children were young she worked part-time at various jobs, and then later began a full-time career as a local realtor for almost 30 years retiring in 2013. Linda very much enjoyed her career because she loved getting to know her clients and she always wanted to make sure they found their perfect home. Linda’s number one priority was always her children and family.  Linda mainly raised her four children by herself with help from her mother and sister, and could always be found at every one of their games (cheering them loudly on), recitals, bad play performances, etc., no matter the distance to get there.  Linda’s love of sports continued with her grandchildren and favorite teams.  She would travel near and far to watch her grandchildren’s games and performances.  Additionally, when her daughter coached local Little League she could often be found at Mill River cheering on those kids as well.  Linda loved having all of her children’s friends over, hosting gatherings, cooking large dinners for family, friends and her children’s various teams, and baking her famous graham cracker cream pie after her children’s basketball games.  Linda’s favorite place to spend time was at the ocean, in particular her many family vacations on Martha’s Vineyard.  She was happiest sitting on the beach watching her kids and grandkids swimming and playing games. Her children feel so very blessed that she was their mother. 

Linda was a huge fan of many teams, but she would never miss Duke Basketball or a Boston Red Sox game. Linda enjoyed her past bowling leagues, playing all types of card games, knitting afghans, socks, scarfs, and hats, baking breads and desserts for her family and friends, doing her puzzles/crosswords, and traveling.  Linda traveled extensively and was always up for a road trip adventure.

When remembering Linda many people said that she was the most giving of persons; someone who went above and beyond for all those around her; the most organized and detailed of individuals; and someone who loved spending time with family and friends.

Linda was predeceased by a sister in infancy, her father (1968), her mother (2015), brother-in-law Chester Potyrala (2005), and various aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends.  Linda’s ex-husband Myron W. Graves III also predeceased her in 2015.

Calling hours will be held at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst, MA., on Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Linda’s honor at St. Bridges Church in Amherst, MA., on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 10:00am.  A lunch reception in Linda’s honor will take place following the church service.  A private burial will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Linda’s honor to the “Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,” P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.jimmyfund.org/gift

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon DONALD A. GIROUX of WESTFIELD, MASS, December 15, 1939 – January 15, 2017

Westfield, Donald A. Giroux, 77, died Sunday January 15, 2017. He was born one of thirteen children, December 15, 1939 in Coaticook, Quebec, Canada, to the late Maurice and Ivon {Fontien} Giroux. Donald was a longtime Hadley resident and longtime employee of Allard Farms in Hadley. He was an avid hockey fan, especially of his Canadian teams. He is survived by his three sons Luke, Germain and his wife Sheri, Ivan and his partner Holly and his two granddaughters, Samantha and Alyssa. Donald was pre deceased by his loving wife Normande.

A graveside service will be held Thursday January 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Holy Rosary Cemetery, Hadley.

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon ELIZABETH “BETTY” HOLDEN of AMHERST, MASS, December 24, 1935 – January 9, 2017

Amherst, Elizabeth “Betty” Holden, 81, of Amherst, wife of Herbert Holden, died Monday January 9, 2017 with her loved ones by her side.  She was born in Turner Falls to the late Peter and Mary Bergiel.  She worked in a variety of jobs over the years and was most recently employed as the administrative assistant to the Provost of UMASS.  Betty loved spending time out in her garden tending to her many flowers and watching the birds.  Her favorite was the cardinal.  She also loved relaxing with her family at the beach.  One thing is certain, her children were her priority, whether it was working in the school system so she would be home after school or driving them to their many commitments.  She would do anything for them.  Betty is survived by her sisters Agnes Dobez of Turner Falls, and Irene Russell of Hadley, and her three sons Jeff and his wife Shawnie of Kodiak, Alaska, Chris and his wife Kristin of Middletown, Connecticut, and Paul of Northampton, three grandchildren Michael and his wife Amanda, Jeffery and his wife Josette and Lindsey as well as many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her siblings Blanch Guilbault, Edward, Charlie and Raymond Bergiel.  The family would like to thank all the caregivers that were so amazing, especially Dr. and Mrs. Baecher and the staff at the Cooley Dickenson Hospital ICU.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church in Amherst.

 

 

 

Calling hours will be Friday January 13, 2017 from 8:30 – 9:30 AM at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 AM at St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst. Burial will follow in North Amherst Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon ELIZABETH :BETTY” HOLDEN of AMHERST, MASS, December 24, 1935 – January 9, 2017

Amherst, Elizabeth “Betty” Holden, 81, of Amherst, wife of Herbert Holden, died Monday January 9, 2017 with her loved ones by her side.  She was born in Turner Falls to the late Peter and Mary Bergiel.  She worked in a variety of jobs over the years and was most recently employed as the administrative assistant to the Provost of UMASS.  Betty loved spending time out in her garden tending to her many flowers and watching the birds.  Her favorite was the cardinal.  She also loved relaxing with her family at the beach.  One thing is certain, her children were her priority, whether it was working in the school system so she would be home after school or driving them to their many commitments.  She would do anything for them.  Betty is survived by her sisters Agnes Dobez of Turner Falls, and Irene Russell of Hadley, and her three sons Jeff and his wife Shawnie of Kodiak, Alaska, Chris and his wife Kristin of Middletown, Connecticut, and Paul of Northampton, three grandchildren Michael and his wife Amanda, Jeffery and his wife Josette and Lindsey as well as many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her siblings Blanch Guilbault, Edward, Charlie and Raymond Bergiel.  The family would like to thank all the caregivers that were so amazing, especially Dr. and Mrs. Baecher and the staff at the Cooley Dickenson Hospital ICU.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church in Amherst.

 

Calling hours will be Friday January 13, 2017 from 8:30 – 9:30 AM at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 AM at St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst. Burial will follow in North Amherst Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon REV. JOHN M. BALCOM of AMHERST, MASS, November 16, 1918 – January 3, 2017

Amherst, The Reverend John M. Balcom, of Amherst, passed away Jan. 3rd, 2017 at the age of 98, after a long illness. Born in Boston, Mass. on Nov. 16, 1918, to Rubric G. and Helena Grace (Sabean) Balcom, he grew up in Quincy, Mass., where he was a member of Christ Church and active in the YMCA. He was a graduate of Quincy High School, Mass. State College (UMASS Amherst) , the Episcopal Theological Seminary (EDS) , and Harvard Divinity School. In College he was active in many Christian organizations and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

 

He was ordained in Dec. 1942, and held parishes in Walpole and Norwood, and served in The Coast Guard Auxilliary. He visited Alaska in the summer of 1942, and helped build a new Church.  He returned to Alaska in 1944 as a Missionary for the Diocese of Alaska, serving in Ft. Yukon, Nenana, Tanacross and Fairbanks, Alaska, also visiting small villages along the Yukon and Tanana Rivers, as well as US Air Bases along the Alaskan Highway. He had a special relationship with the Athabascan Chief, John Healy in Healy Lake. He only returned to Massachusetts to marry his wife, Jeanne, in Amherst and visit Cape Cod, before taking up pastoral duties in Fairbanks until 1947.

 

During his long priesthood in the Diocese of Massachusetts, he served parishes in Holbrook, Chelmsford and Newton Highlands (St. Paul’s ) until his retirement in 1982. While in Newton, he was Protestant Chaplain at Boston University, UMass Boston, President of the Newton Council of Churches, Mayor’s Chaplain, and Fire and Police Chaplain and was given the Key to the City of Newton for his Service. He was also President of the Newton Rotary Club and active in the Masonic Lodges, as well as Order of the Eastern Star Organizations in both Newton and Amherst, and Royal Arch. He also was Monarch of the Mahded Grotto in Dedham, Mass. When retired to Amherst, he became a member of the Pelham Historical Society, Amherst Rotary Club, Wesleyan Methodist Church and Grace Episcopal Church.

 

John, also, made a “pulpit exchange” with his family, to a parish in Hook, Surrey, England from 1955-56. He and his family travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Mediteranian, Israel and Egypt, the United Kingdom, Iceland, the Caribbean, and visited all 50 United States. He leaves many friends in Germany and the UK.

 

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jeanne Lindsey Balcom, his children; Dianne Balcom Manning and her husband Brian Manning, son John L. Balcom and his wife Marie Mandelow Balcom, and daughter Adrianne Balcom.  He leaves his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Lindsey Melchior and spouse Theron with daughters Camille and June Melchior, of Baltimore,MD; Jonathan Balcom and wife Sung, children Henry and Louisa of Wash. DC; and Benjamin Balcom Onthank of Natick, Mass.

 

Calling hours are at the Douglass Funeral Home, 87 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 8th, 2-4 pm. Funeral Service will be at the Grace Episcopal Church, Boltwood Ave., Amherst, Mass., Monday, Jan. 9th at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Amherst.

 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, Mass. or Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst, Mass.

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon MARTHA MARIA VICTORIA CORBAT-SCHMITT of AMHERST, MASS, December 21, 1920 – December 31, 2016

 

Amherst, MA, Martha Maria Victoria Corbat-Schmitt, 96, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at home in Amherst surrounded by her family. She was born on December 21, 1920 in Basel, Switzerland to Gustav and Marie Schmitt.

Martha moved to Amherst August 3, 2015 to be with her daughter and family and has enjoyed a wonderful year and a half.

Martha married Roland Fernand Corbat in 1948. They were happily married for 50 years.  Roland also died in Amherst in 1998.

Martha loved to travel between the two continents and having her family visit often in Basel. She adored the Coast of Maine, Grand Canyon, Florida and on the European side travels to France, Italy, Spain. She had an active social life in Basel and loved her city until it became too difficult for her to “go to town” by herself.

Martha was preceded in death by her three brothers, Gustav, Ernst and Hans Schmitt as well as her sister in laws, Liselotte Schmitt, Heidi Schmitt and Simone Schmitt.

Martha is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline D. Waldman of Amherst, her son in law David F. Farnham of Amherst, and her granddaughter, Olga M. Farnham of Amherst as well as her niece Evelyne Renz-Schmitt of Basel and nephew Dieter Schmitt of Basel.

She will be buried in a private ceremony at Wildwood Cemetery.

 

The family would like to thank the Hospice of the Fisher Home for their support.

PostHeaderIcon DOROTHY M. KNEELAND of HADLEY, MASS, February 10, 1922 – January 1, 2017

Hadley, Dorothy May Kneeland, 94, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2017 at Baystate Medical Center.

Born in Haydenville, MA to Walenty and Mary Algustoski, she married Rufus “Bud” Kneeland on October 13, 1951. She worked as a Supervisor of Payroll at Pro Brush and later as a Financial Aid Analyst for the UMASS Financial Aid Office. She was an avid golfer and accomplished quilt-maker. She was a member of Northampton CC, Amherst Golf Club, and Hickory Ridge Golf Club.

Predeceased by brothers Jack, Benny, and Kenneth and sisters Stacia, Vicky, and Lottie, Dorothy leaves behind to cherish her memory, two brothers, Tom Toski and Bob Toski. She is survived by her three children, Martha Reeder of Andover, MA, Mark Kneeland of Mechanicsville, VA, and Paul Kneeland of Wilmington, MA, as well as grandchildren Kyle, Corey, Kelsey, and Matthew.

Calling hours will be Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 9:30 to 11:00am at the Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst. A funeral service will follow at 11:00am at the funeral home. Private burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dorothy’s name to the Bud Kneeland Scholarship Fund at Hopkins Academy, C/O Hopkins Academy Trustees, P.O. Box 658, Hadley, MA 01035.

 

 

PostHeaderIcon NANCY L. HOBART of VERMONT, August 27, 1948 – December 31, 2016

 Nancy L. Hobart (Fabian) age 68, of Newport, VT, passed away peacefully after battling a long-term illness on December 31, 2016 surrounded by the love of her family.  She was born in Northampton, MA the daughter of Carl A. Fabian and Henrietta Fabian (DeTeau) and a longtime resident of Amherst, MA.  She was a graduate of Amherst Regional High School Class of 1966 and continued her education at Cardinal Cushing College.  She was a long time employee of Blair Cutting and Smith Insurance Agency. Nancy had a love for animals, along with her husband, and together they rescued many and invited them into their home.  She also loved gardening, golf, and tennis, and had a wonderful smile that could light up any room.  She is survived by her husband A. James Hobart, her two children Mark A. Aldrich and his wife Kelly and Michelle F. Aldrich and her wife Lynne, her brother Carl A. Fabian Jr. and his wife Janie, one niece and two nephews.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dakin Humane Society, dakinhumane.org, in memory of Nancy.

 

 

Calling hours will be Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 AM at the funeral home, with burial following in N. Amherst Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon IRENE T. DRUMMOND of AMHERST, MASS, May 22, 1931 – December 29, 2016

Amherst, Irene Therese Shea Drummond, died peacefully December 29, 2016 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst. Born on May 22, 1931, she is survived by her husband Paul, her daughter Edie Pullen, her sons Peter and David, her grandchildren Nicole and Jessica Pullen and Emily and Katherine Drummond; her sister Nancy Shea Hughes, her daughter-in-law Patricia Drummond and son-in-law Scott Pullen, her goddaughter Rosemary Hughes Grant, and her many nephews, nieces and cousins.  
 
Irene is preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Shea, her infant sons John and Andrew and her in-laws James Hughes, Robert and Henry Drummond and Joan Gibson.  
 
Irene was a graduate of Emmanuel College of Boston and earned her Master’s degree in Chemistry from Boston College where she met her husband Paul. Her career ranged from being a research chemist, teaching biology at St. Francis School of Nursing in Trenton NJ, and leveraging her passion of reading – as a Trustee and later as Head Librarian for the Middleport NY library. She enjoyed reading to the children at story hour – often in inventive costumes – and in later years Irene worked at the Jones Library in Amherst MA.
 
In addition to raising her family, Irene was active with the Boy and Girl Scouts and was an Eucharistic Minister with the Catholic Church for over 35 years. She enjoyed applying her talents as an accomplished artist and socializing with her many friends.
 
Irene was blessed to have the support of her faith, family, friends, spirit and the excellent care from Deb Hall, Dr. Deborah Smith, Dr. Tina Furcolo and the Center for Extended Care in Amherst.
 
Irene is going home to God.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday January 6, 2017 10:00 AM at St. Brigid’s Church in Amherst. Calling hours will be Thursday January 5, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst.
 
In lieu of flowers, please send a gift to St. Brigid’s Church in Amherst MA and St. Vincent de Paul in Dedham MA.
 
Memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com
 
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