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PostHeaderIcon HARRY S. BEALL JR. of AMHERST, MASS, March 4, 1927 – April 11, 2015

Harry S. Beall, Jr. (1927-2015)

 

Amherst, Harry S. Beall, Jr. died Saturday April 11 2015 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton MA after a brief illness.  He was born on March 4 1927 to Harry S. Beall Sr. and Hazel Long Beall in Rockville Maryland.    

Harry was a boy soprano for the St. Albans School at the Washington Cathedral in Washington DC, on a full scholarship, until his voice changed and he returned home to graduate from Richard Montgomery High School.   He attended Western Maryland College until he was drafted into the Army towards the end of WWII. 

In the early 1950’s he worked for Community Concerts and set up local concert series in over 100 cities across the USA, followed by several years as the mid-west sales rep for Columbia Artist Management.  From 1959-1964 he was the first full time Press Secretary for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.   

In 1964 he was a founding partner in Judson O’Neill Beall and Steinway that was the beginning of his career as a classical music manager, which he did until his retirement in 1992.  During his career in classical music he worked with Lily Pons, Van Cliburn, Arthur Fiedler, Gary Graffman, Jessye Norman and the Guarneri String quartet for 35 years as well as many others.  He made many dear friends in the business of producing classical music concerts. 

In 1956 he married Mary Jane Lester of Saratoga Springs NY.  They spent 58 years together, raising a family and making countless friends along the way. 

Harry is survived by his beloved wife Mary, his son Martin Beall and Jane Beall of Midlothian VA and his son Andy Beall and Hut Beall of Pelham MA as well as his three cherished grandchildren Christopher, Alexandra and Charlie. 

All who knew Harry will remember him for his outgoing personality, his quick wit and the twinkle in his eye.  Whether you knew Harry casually or for a lifetime, you witnessed his love of life and friendship and the joy he spread wherever he went.   

There will be a brief Committal service at the columbarium at Grace Church in Amherst on Thursday April 16 at 11:00 am. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University of Massachusetts, Fine Arts Center. 

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

 

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PostHeaderIcon NEREIDA AMEZQUITA of HADLEY, MASS, January 24, 1956 – April 2, 2015

 

Hadley, Amezquita, Nereida, with deep sorrow, the family of Nereida (Nelly) Amezquita, announce her return to her Heavenly Father, on Thursday April 2, 2015.  The Lord needed an additional angel on the anniversary of His death and called her home.  She lived her life in service to many and was a mother to all her nieces and nephews.  Her last days were spent with family, friends and her church community singing Praises to her Lord and Savior.  We love you Nelly! 

Funeral Services will be Tuesday April 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. A calling hour will precede the service from 6 – 7 PM at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to The American Cancer Society.

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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PostHeaderIcon CODY RICHARD WATERMAN of AMHERST, MASS, October 15, 1992 – March 31, 2015

 

CODY RICHARD WATERMAN… FOREVER SMILING              

 

10/15/92-3/31/15

 

               AMHERST – Cody “Big Country” Richard Waterman, 22, of Amherst, died peacefully at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, surrounded by his numerous friends and family.            

 

               Cody was born on October 15, 1992.  He was the beloved son of Thomas R. and Cheryl A. (Therrien) Waterman.  Besides his loving parents, Cody also leaves behind one sister Melanie (Thornton) LaRochelle, his brother-in-law Darrin LaRochelle, his 2 nieces Kayle & Torrie and his nephew & Godson Brennan LaRochelle of Easthampton.  His Grandma Barbara Therrien & his late Grandpa Alfred Therrien of Amherst. His Aunt Chris & his late Uncle Ronnie from Amherst.  His late Uncle Rick from Amherst.  His Grandma Dee Waterman & his late Grandad Bob Waterman of Amherst. His Aunt Abby from Denver.  And his Uncle Warren and Aunt Margaret of Michigan.  Cody also leaves behind many cousins from Texas & New York. 

 

                He was raised in Amherst his entire life and was educated in the Amherst public schools.  In 2011 Cody graduated from Amherst Regional High School.  He was voted Most Spirited in his senior class and he was a defensive player (#21) on the Varsity Lacrosse team. 

 

               Cody was a man of many talents.  He had an incredible passion for writing.  He could merge words of such creativity, passion, pain and love together.  His brilliance could have been compared to legends such as Hunter S. Thompson and Edgar Allen Poe. 

 

Cody will leave a legacy behind him, he touched the lives of numerous people of all walks of life, the gentle giant that he was. Cody brought fun and laughter with him wherever her went, he told so many entertaining stories, some more inappropriate then others, he just enjoyed to make others  laugh. Cody was easy going and a free spirit, also the most loyal and kindhearted man who inspired so many to not only go for their dreams but to exceed them.

 

                  His friends & his family meant the world to him.  Whether it was kayaking & fishing on Leverett Pond with the Friedman family, cruising around in his car “Big Red” with his friends listening to music, going to concerts with his cool big sister, taking his nieces & nephew to 3am trips to McDonald’s, spending time camping & fishing on the river with all his cousins from his LaRochelle family, watching the Patriots or Red Sox games on TV with his dad, going out with his grandma shopping, talking about their day & doing errands, and ESPECIALLY just spending time with his very best friend, his mom. 

 

Funeral services will be Monday, April 6, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst.

 

Calling hours will precede the service from 4 – 7 PM at the funeral Home.

 

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PostHeaderIcon RICHARD LEONARD STROMGREN “DICK” of AMHERST, MASS, September 28, 1932 – March 27, 2015

Richard Leonard Stromgren (“Dick”), 82 of Amherst, passed away peacefully on March 27 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.   Dick was a Professor Emeritus of the University of Massachusetts, and a passionate and enthusiastic gardener who spent countless hours pruning, planting and puttering in the flower gardens at the home he shared with his wife, Pip, in Amherst.  The love Dick had for family and friends will continue to bloom and grow through happy memories of him.

Dick Stromgren was born in Flushing, New York in 1932, the son of the late Carl A. and Violet M. (Johnson) Stromgren.  In 1940 the family moved to Southwick Massachusetts, and Dick graduated from Westfield High School in 1950.  Dick attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, majored in Speech and received a Bachelor’s degree in 1954.  While at UMASS, Dick was active in the Theater department, participating in many productions in different capacities – acting, serving as stage manager, assistant director and director.  Dick was also a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and after graduating from the university, served two years in the U.S. Army stationed in Hawaii as a tank platoon leader.  Dick was honorably discharged with the rank of 1st Lieutenant in 1956.

Following his service, Dick continued his education, completing graduate work at Northwestern University and earning an MFA in 1958.  While at Northwestern, Dick directed the film, “A Better Beginning” which was produced by the Northwestern Film Department and detailed the organization and operations of the Premature Babies’ Milk Bank at Evanston Hospital.

In September of 1958, Dick returned to the University of Massachusetts and joined the Speech Department (later the Communications Department) where he taught the first classes in film offered at UMASS, and later was instrumental in creating and establishing the department’s film program.  His book, Light and Shadows: A History of Motion Pictures, co-authored with Thomas W. Bohn, professor and chair of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, was published in 1975.  Dick then co-authored a second book, published in 1984, Movies: A Language in Light, with Martin Norden, professor and associate chair of the Communications Department at UMASS.

After 48 years at UMASS, Dick retired in 1995 but continued to teach part-time at the university until 2004.  Dick was an active member of the Commonwealth Opera and the Valley Light Opera (VLO) for over 30 years; he possessed a rich baritone voice and performed in many productions, and additionally served on the board of directors for both companies, including two terms as president,  as well as lending his carpentry talents to assist with scenery construction for the VLO’s annual fall productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operas.  In addition to gardening and spending time with family and friends, Dick loved photography, travel, and was an avid stamp collector.  He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Dick is survived by his wife of 53 years, Philippa (“Pip”) Stromgren (Stevenson), of Amherst, sons Lindsay of Pelham, and Chel of Rockville, Maryland; grandchildren Merissa and Merrick, of Pelham, and Addison and Tate of Rockville; daughters-in-law Elise Sweet Stromgren of Pelham and Selen Altunata Stromgren of Rockville.  Dick was predeceased by his brother Norman and sisters Vivian (Hubeck) and Shirley (Wolfe).

At Dick’s request there will not be any calling hours or funeral service.  A memorial service is being planned  for early May.  The family asks that donations in Dick’s memory be made to the Valley Light Opera, P.O. Box 2143, Amherst MA 01004-2143; or Cooley Dickinson Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Development Office, Cooley Dickinson Health Care Corp., P.O. Box 329, Northampton, MA 01060-9935.  Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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PostHeaderIcon CHARLES E. LEHANE, JR. of SHUTESBURY, MASS, December 19, 1947 – March 26, 2015

Shutesbury, Charles E. Lehane, Jr., 67 of Shutesbury, MA, formerly of Amherst, passed away March 26, 2015 at his home on beautiful Lake Wyola.

Charlie, born in Northampton, was the son of the late Charles and Evelyn {Thayer} Lehane of Amherst, MA.

Charlie graduated from Amherst High with the Class of 1966. Then after graduating from Greenfield Community College in 1969, he entered the United States Army and proudly served with the 142nd at Red Beach, Vietnam.

Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he worked at the First National Bank of Amherst, Cohn & Co. Insurance, and then the University of Massachusetts, where he retired after 30 years.

Charlie is survived by his wife Audrey, three daughters and their families: Amy Lehane and Jennifer Gundersen, their children Noah and Hannah; Corinne and Michael Briggs, their sons Connor and Austin; and Katie and Joe Heymann.

He belonged to the Knights of Columbus in Amherst #1619, DAV Chapter #33, Greenfield VFW and Amherst VFW #754. He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church, in Belchertown, MA.

Charlie played on many sports teams in Amherst. Among the sports he loved were football, baseball, and watching his daughters play softball. He also loved to farm. He volunteered many years with the Lake Wyola Association and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, boating, catching the “Big one” out on his fishing boat, farming, hunting, and classic cars. Charlie will be remembered for his fun loving nature and the countless good times he had with his family and many friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Belchertown, MA. Burial will follow in South Amherst Cemetery, Amherst. Calling hours will be Monday, March 30, 2015 from 5 – 8 pm at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Soldiers On at the Veterans Affairs in Leeds, MA.

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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PostHeaderIcon VIRGINIA A. EZBICKI of NORTHAMPTON, MASS, December 1, 1916 – March 23, 2015

Northampton, Ezbicki, Virginia {Graves}, formerly of Amherst, passed away peacefully at the age of 98, on March 23, 2015.

Beloved wife of the late William A. Ezbicki. Devoted mother of Joanne Hamilton, William A. Ezbicki Jr. and Leonard Ezbicki. Loving sister of the late Elizabeth Knowles. Grandmother of Brian and Anthony Ezbicki, Emily Essex, Alyssa Hughes, Kristin Hulvey and Erin Ezbicki and great-grandmother of Lelia Hulvey.

Funeral services will be Monday March 30, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. A calling hour will precede the service from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Burial will follow in Pelham Valley Cemetery, Pelham.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, the Calvin Coolidge Resident Activity Fund at Calvin Coolidge Nursing; 584 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01060. 

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

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PostHeaderIcon FAITH M. SWEIGART of NORTHAMPTON, MASS, June 3, 1926 – March 23, 2015

 

AMHERST – Faith M. Sweigart passed away peacefully at her home at the Arbors on March 23, 2015. She was born on June 3,1926 in Lewiston, ME to Charles and Amelia York. Faith grew up in Boothbay Harbor, ME where she returned to visit often. Her father was a well-known fisherman along the east coast and this instilled upon her the love of the coast of Maine. 

She attended Ryder College in Trenton, New Jersey and graduated in 1946. She then worked for Travelers Insurance in Trenton until 1948. In college she met her future husband Benjamin E. Sweigart and they married on September 25,1948. They moved to Ben’s hometown of York, PA. and there they had four children together. Faith moved to Amherst, MA in 1967. She worked in the Duplicating Center at the University of Massachusetts. She retired in 1992 after many years of dedicated service to the University. 

Faith loved her family above all things and took great joy in watching her family grow. With her good friend, Ed Flynn she enjoyed square dancing, playing bridge, listening to music, and good wine. She was an avid Red Sox fan. She had many friends from Maine to Pennsylvania and touched the hearts of everyone she met. 

She leaves her four children and their spouses, her son Kenneth Sweigart and his wife Janet of Dover, PA; her daughter Deborah Berger and her husband Gary of Mt. Wolf, PA; her daughter Vivian Kucinski and her husband Roman of Shutesbury, MA; and David Sweigart and his wife Donna of So. Hadley, MA. Faith had eight adoring grandchildren and nine great-­grandchildren. 

Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst, MA. The memorial service will be Saturday at 11:00 am at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley, MA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Faith may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church, 98 North Maple Street, Hadley, MA. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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PostHeaderIcon DR. KATHARINE E. REICHERT of HADLEY, MASS, June 16, 1928 – March 21, 2015

Hadley, Dr. Katharine E. Reichert, died quietly and peacefully at the Hospice of the Fisher Home March 21, 2015 at the age of 86. Katharine {Kay} was born to William H. and Sara K. Reichert in Arnold, PA June 16, 1928.

 Kay started her medical career as a nurses’ aide at a local hospital while she was still in high school. She went on to become a registered nurse graduating from Allegheny Valley Hospital in PA. She then enlisted in the Air Force Nurse Corps serving for 3 years {1950 – 1953}, two of which she spent in Japan during the Korean War. After discharge form the service she attended the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing where she obtained the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education because she enjoyed teaching nurses. But Kay had always wanted to be a medical doctor, and the G.I. Bill helped her to attain that dream. She graduated from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine in 1961. Kay completed her internship at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, NH and her residency in Family Practice at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. She was a diplomat of The American Board of Family Practice.

From 1963 – 1966 she practiced rural family medicine in Lyme, NH. She then spent 16 years as a student health physician at the University of Massachusetts Health Services. Her last seven years of practice were spent as the Director of the Health Services at Hampshire College.

Kay was a pioneer in the involvement of the nurse practitioner movement in Massachusetts. She taught nurses to become nurse practitioners while working at the University of Massachusetts and published a book, Primary Care of Young Adults. Her publisher asked her to write a second edition, which she did.

Kay had enjoyed hiking from the days of her youth. While she was in Japan she and a friend climbed Mt. Fuji- an experience she said was one of the highlights of her life. They climbed at night and saw the sun rise from below them.

Kay spent many hours hiking and fishing in the Presidential Mountain Range area of New Hampshire. After she retired in 1989 she enjoyed the senior hiker group in this area and eventually became the leader of this group hiking many different trails in Western Massachusetts. Kay and her friend Margaret Frerichs also spent many summers hiking their much loved Alps in Austria and Switzerland.

Kay was a long time member of The First Congregational Church of Hadley, serving on various committees.

Kay lived for 50 years with her beloved friend, Margaret Frerichs, who predeceased her in 2012. Her brother, Thomas Reichert also predeceased her. She leaves her sister-in-law Melva Reichert, many cousins and the entire family of her dear friends Ken and Judy Parker. She also leaves many special friends who were always there to support her in many different ways. Her beloved cat, Skoshi who was her constant companion has been adopted by a close friend.

A memorial service celebrating Kay’s life will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at The First Congregational Church in Hadley.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Kay may be made to The First Congregational Church of Hadley, 102 Middle St., Hadley, MA 01035. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

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PostHeaderIcon RONALD R. PIERCE of LEVERETT, MASS, June 30, 1952 – March 21, 2015

Leverett, MA, Ronald R. Pierce, (62),  Ron Pierce, born on June 30, 1952 to the late Charles and Rosalie (Mielke) Pierce and brother to the late Elizabeth Pierce, departed this life on Saturday, March 21, 2015.  Ron was the beloved younger brother of Charles (Evangeline) Pierce of Randolph, VT; Elinor (Frank) Thornton of Amherst, MA and Sandra (David Mamulski) Pierce of Northampton, MA.  Adoring Uncle to April (Ed) Miller of Randolph, VT; Matthew (Tammy) Thornton of Belchertown, MA; Jan (Bill Dubuque) Thornton of Ludlow, MA and Sheyenne, Nicole, Billy and Adianna.  Ron also leaves his lifelong best friend David (Leslie Benson) Drake of New Salem, MA and his special love Hilma Raffa of Greenfield, MA.  Ron will also be greatly missed by his four-legged friend Freddy as well as many work and card playing friends.  Ron will be best remembered for his endless supply of jokes, his stubborn streak and his giant heart.  Ron was a true outdoorsman and loved nothing more than hunting, fishing, trapping and just observing animals in nature with his friends and family.  Over the last few years Ron very much enjoyed spending time at the auctions and consignment shops with Hilma.  Ron liked to golf and like most of his family, loved the New York Yankees and was always up for a healthy debate with his Red Sox friends.  Fiercely loyal, Ron would go to the ends of the earth for a friend in need.  The void left in our hearts will remain forever, only to be filled by the memories we have and the knowledge that we are all better people for having Ron in our lives.   At this time there will be no services, however a memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.  Donations may be made in Ron’s name to Norwottuck Fish and Game Assoc. P.O. Box 2492 Amherst, MA  01002.

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PostHeaderIcon KEVIN W. BANKS of AMHERST, MASS, July 8, 1959 – March 18, 2015

Amherst, Kevin W. Banks, 55, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst, following a 14 month courageous battle with brain cancer.

 

He was born July 8, 1959 and attended local schools and graduated from Amherst Regional High School. He also attended the University of Massachusetts and Westfield State College. He graduated from the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Center in Agawam. For the past 28 years he was a Correctional Officer at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction. He was regarded as an exceptional officer by his peers.

 

“Banksy,” as he was known to his friends, enjoyed all sporting events, especially the Boston Bruins, Red Sox, Patriots, Notre Dame and Umass football and Umass Hockey.

 

He was a 40 pint blood donor to the Red Cross and member of the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Association.

 

He leaves his parents, Timothy {Ted} and Joan Banks of Amherst, a brother, Daniel, of Amherst, his sister, Teresa, of Canaan, NH, a step-sister, Sharon Chapman, of Boise, Idaho, two nephews, Corey and Kirk Chapman, and his beloved cat, Dizzy.

 

He was predeceased by his brother, Timothy H. Banks, Jr. in 2011 and his step-brother, Paul, in 1986.

 

He also leaves aunts, an uncle, cousins and countless wonderful friends.

 

He was a thoughtful and caring person and devoted to his family and friends.

 

Funeral services will be Tuesday March 24, 2015 9:00 AM from the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00Am at St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst. Burial will follow at St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley. Calling hours will be Monday March 23, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 N. Pleasant St. Amherst, MA 01002 or Dakin Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101.

 

The family extends their gratitude to the Hospice of the Fisher Home, for their wonderful love and care provided to Kevin by the staff over the past four months.

 

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

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