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PostHeaderIcon WINIFRED “WINDY” D. SAYER of AMHERST, MA, February 8, 1913 – July 20, 2014

AMHERST, Winifred (Windy) D. Sayer of Amherst, MA died Sunday, July 20, 2014 in Sunderland at the age of 101 surrounded by family. Born in Whitstable, Kent, England, Windy spent her first 10 years in Brooklyn, NY where she began her love of gardening and dance at an early age. She moved to Bermuda in 1923 with her father and beloved mother and sister, 6 years her senior. Windy explored the island as a Girl Guide and as a novice sailor – building a sailboat and sailing on her own around the island throughout her girlhood.

In the early 1930s, Windy received a scholarship, as an exemplary Girl Guide, from Helen Storrow of Boston, MA to attend Cornell University. There, she studied landscape design and met her husband Albert H. Sayer. After graduating in 1937, Windy bicycled around England and then worked as part of the nascent America Youth Hostels movement in Northfield, MA before returning to Ithaca. She and Albert were married in 1940 at Cornell and moved to Amherst where Al was an instructor at the Massachusetts Agricultural College (University of Massachusetts). Their son, Stephen, was born in 1942 and their daughter, Mary, was born two years later in 1944. Shortly thereafter, Al died serving in the South Pacific as a Captain in the Army in World War II.

Windy spent the rest of her life in Amherst, MA, traveling to England, Greece, Scandinavia and Australia during her lifetime. She worked as a lab assistant researching monarch butterflies at Amherst College during the 1950s and then as a librarian at the Jones Library where she became the first curator of the Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost Collections.

Family, dancing and gardening were central parts of Windy’s life. Two of her favorite phrases were “trees are the answer” and “I’d rather be dancing.” Windy was known for her beautiful woodland garden and for the plants she would leave for her neighbors to take and enjoy. Every year from 1960-2012 Windy spent her summers folk dancing and exploring the woods of Maine at the Mainewoods Dance Camp, a cherished place full of friends, dance and nature. Cornell also remained an important place throughout her life and she attended reunions regularly to see friends and share fond memories. Windy was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Amherst, a place that gave her much laughter, friendship and peace throughout her life.

Windy lived life as an exploration, with humor and compassion. She was quick to research something and share her research when she thought she could help and she always had an interesting story to share about her latest adventure. She will be greatly missed by her family, Mary Sayer, Stephen Sayer, her two granddaughters, Anna Coldham and Leah Coldham, and her son-in-law, Bruce Coldham.

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, Amherst, MA on October 18th of this year. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Wildwood Cemetery, 70 Strong Street, Amherst, MA, 01002 for the Albert and Winifred Sayer Memorial Fund, to support indigenous plants in Wildwood Cemetery.  Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon MARTINA CARROLL of SHUTESBURY, MA, September 21, 1956 – July 12, 2014

SHUTESBURY, The Massachusetts Disability Rights community lost a tireless and accomplished advocate with the passing of Martina Carroll on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Hartford Hospital – a result of complications following surgery. Born in Abington, PA, on September 21, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Myra T. Carroll. Her family lived in various locations throughout NJ, NY, PA and CA, as they followed her father’s career in the electronics industry. She also spent many summers at her family’s home in Stone Harbor, NJ.

Martina believed in being a voice for progress, with an interest in law and was a lifelong, passionate activist.  She earned a BS in International Environmental Studies from Cook College (Rutgers), an AS in Computer Information Systems from Greenfield Community College and an MS in Organization and Management from Antioch New England Graduate School. She was a trained mediator, had worked in the GCC Development Office and participated in the Franklin County Reinventing Justice project in Greenfield.

A voracious reader, Martina could always be found with her current reading selection in hand, her next book near by and an audio book in her car. She was constantly on the lookout for new releases by the likes of John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver, Archer Mayer, T.C. Boyle, Sheri S. Tepper, John McPhee, Jasper Fforde and Terry Pratchett. This love of reading inspired her daughter, Tegan, to become a librarian.

Martina was an accomplished farmer and gardener. With Michael Friedman, her husband of 15 years, Martina raised Boer goats at Levity Farm in Shutesbury.  After moving to Massachusetts in 1981, she managed Hop Brook Farm, a market garden operation in New Salem, with her then spouse, John Mannino.

She is survived by her husband Michael B. Friedman of Shutesbury, daughter Tegan C. Mannino (Robbie Gunter) of Belchertown and stepsons Nicholas Buckminster of San Jose, CA, and Daniel Buckminster (Erin) of Amherst. She is also survived by her cousin Patrick Carroll (Lama) of Holyoke, sisters Mary Costello of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, and Martha C. Vollmer (Mason) of Phoenixville, PA, as well as other family members in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

A Systems Advocate at Stavros Center for Independent Living in Amherst, Martina tracked local, state and federal disability issues, advocated and lobbied with legislators and government agencies and played active roles in numerous state demonstration projects and efforts. She also chaired the Shutesbury ADA Committee.

Martina was remembered by her coworkers at Stavros as having “a deep and abiding commitment to disability rights, and a deep and abiding impatience with bureaucrats, nursing homes, and progress that was too slow. These qualities made her a ferocious advocate.” Martina will be missed deeply by her family, friends and those she has helped – but even more by those whose lives she was yet to touch.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 1:30pm on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at the Munson Library in South Amherst. More about Martina can be found at the remembrance website, www.martinacarroll.net, and at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon MARTINA CARROLL of SHUTESBURY, MA, September 21, 1956 – July 12, 2014

SHUTESBURY, The Massachusetts Disability Rights community lost a tireless and accomplished advocate with the passing of Martina Carroll on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Hartford Hospital – a result of complications following surgery. Born in Abington, PA, on September 21, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Myra T. Carroll. Her family lived in various locations throughout NJ, NY, PA and CA, as they followed her father’s career in the electronics industry. She also spent many summers at her family’s home in Stone Harbor, NJ.

Martina believed in being a voice for progress, with an interest in law and was a lifelong, passionate activist.  She earned a BS in International Environmental Studies from Cook College (Rutgers), an AS in Computer Information Systems from Greenfield Community College and an MS in Organization and Management from Antioch New England Graduate School. She was a trained mediator, had worked in the GCC Development Office and participated in the Franklin County Reinventing Justice project in Greenfield.

A voracious reader, Martina could always be found with her current reading selection in hand, her next book nearby and an audio book in her car. She was constantly on the lookout for new releases by the likes of John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver, Archer Mayer, T.C. Boyle, Sheri S. Tepper, John McPhee, Jasper Fforde and Terry Pratchett. This love of reading inspired her daughter, Tegan, to become a librarian.

Martina was an accomplished farmer and gardener. With Michael Friedman, her husband of 15 years, Martina raised Boer goats at Levity Farm in Shutesbury.  After moving to Massachusetts in 1981, she managed Hop Brook Farm, a market garden operation in New Salem, with her then spouse, John Mannino.

She is survived by her husband Michael B. Friedman of Shutesbury, daughter Tegan C. Mannino (Robbie Gunter) of Belchertown and stepsons Nicholas Buckminster of San Jose, CA, and Daniel Buckminster (Erin) of Amherst. She is also survived by her cousin Patrick Carroll (Lama) of Holyoke, sisters Mary Costello of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, and Martha C. Vollmer (Mason) of Phoenixville, PA, as well as other family members in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

A Systems Advocate at Stavros Center for Independent Living in Amherst, Martina tracked local, state and federal disability issues, advocated and lobbied with legislators and government agencies and played active roles in numerous state demonstration projects and efforts. She also chaired the Shutesbury ADA Committee.

Martina was remembered by her coworkers at Stavros as having “a deep and abiding commitment to disability rights, and a deep and abiding impatience with bureaucrats, nursing homes, and progress that was too slow. These qualities made her a ferocious advocate.” Martina will be missed deeply by her family, friends and those she has helped – but even more by those whose lives she was yet to touch.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 1:30pm on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at the Munson Library in South Amherst. More about Martina can be found at the remembrance website, www.martinacarroll.net, and at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon A.P. STEVENS of AMHERST, MASS, July 31, 1926 – July 17, 2014

A.P. Stevens

1926 – 2014

 

Amherst, A.P. Stevens of Amherst, MA passed away July 17. He was born July 31, 1926, in Worcester, MA, the son of Dawn and Lloyd R. Stevens Sr. 

He was a graduate of Clark University and received a master’s degree from Worcester State College. He served in the Army Air Corps at the end of

World War II.  He started his career in education as a teacher, and became principal of Auburn (MA) High School in 1966. He ended his career as

Assistant principal at Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton, MA. In retirement he established a calligraphy and engraving business. 

He was a member of the Vernon Lodge of Masons in Belchertown, and Rotary International. He volunteered for a number of community organizations.

He played the tuba with several bands, and was a member of the Young @ Heart Chorus. 

A.P. is survived by Shirley, his wife of 42 years. He is also survived by his sons Clark (Karen) Stevens of California, Ted (Deb) Stevens of

Virginia, and his daughter Lauren Cullen (Rich) of Maine, as well as his stepsons Brian (Bernadette) Nelson and Bruce (Doree) Nelson, both of

Worcester, MA. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Emerson and Gwen Stevens; Amanda and Luke (Jennifer) Stevens; Andrew, Peter,

Tim, and Sam Cullen; and one great-granddaughter, Lucia Stevens. 

The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst for their wonderful care, help, and encouragement. 

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 22 at 11:00am at the Vernon Lodge, 1 Main St, Belchertown, MA. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Vernon Lodge, PO Box 1258, Belchertown, MA 01007; Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 N.

Pleasant St., Amherst Ma 01002; or the Young @ Heart Chorus, 28 N. Maple St., Florence, MA 01062. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

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PostHeaderIcon VERNA B. NASH of SOUTH HADLEY, MA, February 18, 1922 – July 16, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY, Verna B. Nash 92, died peacefully at home Wednesday July 16th surrounded by family and friends. She had moved from Amherst to Loomis Village fourteen years ago after suffering a stroke.

Wife of the late Dr. William A Nash, devoted mother to Rebecca Nash McKay (Rob) Chicago and Phillip Nash (Margaret) Florence. Beloved grandmother to Julia and Elizabeth McKay, Will, Abigail and Isabella Nash.  Sister of the late Rev. Victor and Molly Baer of Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Verna was born in Landisville, Pennsylvania and studied music from an early age. She received her Bachelors of Music degree from Grinnell College in Iowa, and Master of Music in Music Literature with a major in Violin from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester.

She began her professional career as a music cataloguer at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. After marrying Bill, they moved to Gainesville, Florida where she was Concertmistress for the University of Florida Symphony, as well as playing in numerous quartets. She also began teaching violin to younger students. Following a move to Amherst and while attending a national music conference she learned of the Suzuki method of teaching music. After meeting Dr. Suzuki at the conference she hosted a reception at her home to introduce him to local Suzuki teachers in the area. Verna embraced the Suzuki method for the remainder of her teaching career. She was concurrently performing with the Pioneer Valley, Greenfield, and Guilford Barn symphonies. She was a founding member of the Western Massachusetts Suzuki Institute for young violin students and in 2009 received the prestigious Nathan Gottschalk Memorial Award from The Pioneer Valley Symphony.  She was a member of the American String Teachers Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Music Teachers National Association. Verna was also an active member and officer of the Amherst Women’s Club for many years where her commitment to the importance of education led to her involvement with the scholarship committee. 

In recent years, she has been a member of the Loomis choir and has enjoyed continued trips to the symphony. Her positive spirit and joy for life will be missed by all.

She leaves behind her children, grandchildren and many very special caregivers who enabled her to live a happy life with joy these past few years.

Visitation will be held Friday July 18th from 4-7:00 pm at Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst. A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 am Saturday July 19th at South Congregational Church of Amherst. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon DAVID MICHAEL KATZ of AMHERST, MA, July 9, 1943 – July 12, 2014

AMHERST, David Michael (Mendel) Katz (b. July 9,1943) died Saturday, July 12, 2014, just after turning 71 on Wednesday. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Michael. He was a generous, kind, smart, and funny man, a good husband, father, and grandfather, and an enthusiastic cyclist, avid hiker and down hill skier. We will miss his quick repartee and fast smile.

Michael was born in New York City. He attended Elizabeth Irwin High School, an alternative progressive school in Greenwich Village, and then went to Hunter College for his degree in psychology. He began his life-long devotion to helping improve the quality of communities (and young people) with a job in counseling, planning and policy development. Michael furthered his career with a master’s degree in counseling from Springfield College and a Master’s in Social Work from Smith College in 1983. He was a psychiatric social worker with a special knack for relating to kids, working In Northampton at FCMIC and ending his career at Providence Hospital, Holyoke.

Michael married Susan Crystal Newman in 1972; they moved to Colrain, MA, to raise their two children, Jennifer Leah and Zachariah Micah. Jennifer married Matthew Buonincontro; they have two children, Max eight and Madeleine almost three; Zachariah married Kate Ostedgaard from Iowa City, IA, where they live. Michael loved his children and grand children: he was always there to help them at the drop of a hat. He nurtured their interests and instilled a lifelong love of learning and athletics. Michael encouraged and supported their academic and career efforts. He enjoyed traveling and spending his vacations with his family. As his kids affectionately called him, he was the best “dadums” ever. To his grandchildren, he will always be known as funny, loving “Non.” Michael left us way too soon. He will always be loved and remembered. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon ALBERT L. BESWICK of SHUTESBURY, MA, May 17, 1934 – July 5, 2014

SHUTESBURY, Albert L. Beswick, 80, died July 5, 2014 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Born in Albany, NY on May 17, 1934, he was the son of the late Albert E. and Mary (Reoux) Beswick. Albert was raised in Glens Falls, NY and graduated valedictorian from Glens Falls High School in 1952. He attended Yale where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and graduated summa cum laude in 1956. He then attended and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1959. On July 18, 1959 he married his wife of nearly 55 years, Nancy L. Dexter.  Albert was the Assistant Attorney General for the state of New York from 1959-1962.  He worked for Nixon, Hargraves, Devans & Doyle Law Firm from 1962-1968, Senior Counsel for ITT from 1968-1993 and was the Bar Advocate for Franklin County from 1994-2000.  Albert also served on the Shutesbury Finance Committee and the Shutesbury School Committee.  He enjoyed reading, especially history, doing crossword puzzles, watching and correcting Jeopardy, listening to music and he loved animals. He spoke and read several languages and played piano, clarinet and viola.   His clever, dry sense of humor, fond heart and compassion will be missed.  Albert is survived by his wife; Nancy Beswick, three children; Joanne Lynn Beswick, Michael Thomas Beswick and David Gregory Beswick and nine grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his daughter, Katherine Anne Beswick in 2011. All services are private. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.  We love you Poppy!

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PostHeaderIcon BARBARA ADAMS TIFFANY of AMHERST, MA, December 31, 1919 – July 4, 2014

AMHERST, Barbara Adams Tiffany, a life-long resident of Amherst, died July 4th, 2014.  She was 94 and a half years young.

Barbara was born December 31, 1919 in Springfield, to Clifford and Alice Tiffany, and was a 1937 graduate of Amherst High School.  Barbara worked for Schoonmaker Egg Farms in South Amherst supervising the chick incubators.  It was Mr. Schoonmaker who taught Barbara to drive.  In 1956 she began working at Amherst College in the Biology Department under Phil Ives, assisting with his research on fruit flies.  In 2006 she retired from Amherst College after 50 years, making her the longest employee in the school’s history.

Barbara was a champion bowler, a member of 4 bowling leagues spanning a period of 40 years.  In that time, she won a remarkable 118 bowling trophies! Generations of South Amherst residents will remember Barbara’s participation in the 4th of July Parade and picnic since she was a young girl. In 1968, she was retired as the “All-Time Ladies Nail Driving Champion”, an event she dominated for decades. An avid bird watcher and member of the Hampshire Bird Club, memorable trips took her to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Arizona, throughout New England and to her favorite Monhegan Island.

Barbara was a life-long member of South Congregational Church in South Amherst, which she lovingly referred to as her family.  On June 15, 2014, the church honored Barbara’s membership in the Choir for an astonishing 79 years.

Barbara’s legacy is a life of faith expressed through her daily actions:  hard work, dedication to family and church, humility, courage and quiet dignity.

Barbara is survived by her sister-in-law Gloria Tiffany, and niece Tracey Tiffany, both of Springfield.  Barbara will be missed and remembered by her many friends at South Church, in the greater Amherst community and by all those whose lives she touched.

Calling hours will be Thursday, July 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. A graveside service will be Friday, July 11, at 10:00 a.m. in South Amherst Cemetery. Friends are invited to a lunch at 11:15 a.m followed by a Celebration of Barbara’s life at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, both events will be at South Congregational Church. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon ANTON “TONY” M. MUSHOVIC, JR. of AMHERST, MA, July 8, 1936 – June 29, 2014

AMHERST, Anton “Tony” M. Mushovic, Jr., 77, of Amherst, died on June 29, 2014 at Baystate Medical Center. Born in Greenfield on July 8, 1936 he was the son of Olga (Zewinski) Mushovic and the late Anton M. Mushovic. Tony was raised in Greenfield, attended local schools and graduated from Greenfield High School in 1954. He attended Northeastern University for two years. Tony was married to his wife Avis (Swenson) Mushovic for 54 years. He was a longtime employee of Kollmorgen Instrument Corp. of Northampton and retired from General Electric in 2000. He was an Amherst Town Meeting Member for 12 years and a past member of the South Congregational Church serving as a member of the Building Committee. Tony was a lifelong hot-rodder and car enthusiast and especially cherished the many lifelong friends he met through this hobby. He is survived by his mother, Olga; his wife Avis; two sons, Anton Michael Mushovic, III and his wife Victoria of CA and Peter Mushovic of South Hadley; two granddaughters Nicole and Alexa Mushovic; his sister Elizabeth Ogonis of Westfield and several nieces. He was predeceased by his father and his sister Barbara Miller. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 3, from 5-8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. The family requests that in lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the American Heart Association, 54 Wayside Ave., W. Springfield, MA 01089. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon BARBARA L. KNOWLES of AMHERST, MA, February 22, 1947 – June 26, 2014

AMHERST, Barbara L. Knowles, 67, of Amherst, died June 26, 2014, with family and friends by her side. She was born on February 22, 1947 in Plymouth, MA, the only child of Lillian H. Knowles and late William S. Knowles, Jr.

In her youth, she and best friend Sandy Lodi Alston founded the Verloren Yacht Club in Plymouth. Barbara was a member of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. She received a BA from Boston University and an MA from the University of Chicago, where she studied ancient languages and archaeology, and helped create the first Hittite-to-English dictionary. She traveled throughout Greece and Turkey in pursuit of her studies.

Barbara moved to Amherst in 1978. In 1987 she opened Le Boudoir with her friend, the late Dorothy Grannis. She contributed to the Valley Light Opera and made costumes for the Amherst High School musical productions. She managed the town’s Independence Day fireworks celebration in 1991. She spent many happy weekends buying and selling antiques with her dearest friend, Melinda McIntosh.

Barbara is survived by her mother, Lillian H. Knowles of Plymouth; her aunt, Barbara H. Brenner of Panama City, FL; her uncle, John E. Holmes of Plymouth; her husband, Mitchell B. Gervickas of Amherst; her son, James A. Rosen of San Carlos, CA; several cousins; and many friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA or the Heifer Project. A service will be held at Douglass Funeral Service later this summer. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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MARTINA CARROLL of SHUTESBURY, MA died on July 12, 2014

DAVID MICHAEL KATZ of AMHERST, MA died on July 12, 2014

VERNA B. NASH of SOUTH HADLEY, MA died on July 16, 2014

JONATHAN RICHARD QUICK of CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA died on May 13, 2014

WINIFRED "WINDY" D. SAYER of AMHERST, MA died on July 20, 2014

A.P. STEVENS of AMHERST, MASS died on July 17, 2014