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PostHeaderIcon AMANDA MUNDT of AMHERST, MA, January 7, 1991 – July 10, 2013


1991 – 2013

AMHERST, Amanda K. Mundt of Amherst, MA died in a tragic automobile collision in the south of Haiti last Wednesday, July 10. Amanda was in Haiti to kick-off “Lekol Dete 2013″ (Summer School 2013) in Les Cayes, Haiti, the third year of an innovative program she launched in 2010 that shatters social and cultural barriers between the “Restavek” (indentured servant or “slave”) and “free” children of Haiti. Lekol Dete had grown to serve over 200 children and employed a staff of 20 local teachers, administrators and kitchen staff.

Amanda graduated from Amherst Regional High School in 2009, having completed her senior year at Greenfield Community College.  She was a senior at Clark University in Worcester, MA, majoring in International Development and Social Change but had taken a year of leave to recuperate from a head injury sustained as a third-year varsity field hockey player. She was working at Bayshore Athletic Club in Braintree, MA as well as completing an internship at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti in South Boston. Amanda was recognized as a Making a Difference Scholar at Clark.

Amanda leaves her parents, Kenneth and Elizabeth Mundt of Amherst, her sister and best friend Sarah and her dear friend Ryan Poteat, both of Boulder, CO, her brother Zachary of Amherst, her significant other George Sweet of Weymouth, her Grandparents Jean and Arthur Mundt of Hadley, and many relatives, friends and admirers.

Calling hours will be held at Douglass Funeral Service, 87 North Pleasant St., Amherst on Fri. July 26 from 3 – 8 pm. A service in celebration of her life will take place at South Congregational Church, 1066 South East Street, Amherst, MA, on Sat. July 27 at 11:00 a.m. followed immediately by a light lunch reception at the Church.

Contributions in honor of Amanda and her work in Haiti may be made to Opportunities for Communities, Inc., 260 Lincoln Avenue, Amherst, MA 01002, a nonprofit educational organization that she helped found and continues to inspire. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon CLIFTON H. MORTON of AMHERST, MA, February 11, 1923 – July 12, 2013


Amherst, Clifton H. Morton, 90, died July 12, 2013, at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst, MA.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years, Jane Lannon Morton.

Born in Easthampton, MA on Feb. 11, 1923, he was a son of the late Elmer Morton and Ruth Graves Morton.  He was a graduate of East Bridgewater High School and resided in Amherst, MA since 1948.  He is survived by a daughter, Dale Hooper (Terry) of Aiken, SC; a son, Brian Morton (Susan) of Amherst, MA;  a granddaughter, Julie Alcantara (Miguel) of Soddy Daisy, TN; a grandson, Michael Hooper (Audrey) of Taylors, SC; two great-grandchildren, Rachel Hooper and Eric Hooper; a sister, Carolyn Feldman of Ellington, CT; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Daniel A. LaLalonde, Jr. (DJ), two sisters, and three brothers.

Cliff was an active member of VFW Post 754 after serving in WWII as a Corporal in the Army Air Force, Detachment A, Flight 3, 8th Fighter Command.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR, the New England Patriots, and Red Sox.  He had a great sense of humor and loved hearing and telling a good joke.

A memorial service and reception will be held at the VFW Post 754, 457 Main St., Amherst, MA at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 5. Friends and family are invited to share stories and memories of Cliff.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Earl J. Sanders VFW Post 754, 457 Main St., Amherst, MA 01002 or the American Cancer Society. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon MARY T. GRANDONICO of HADLEY, MA, September 30, 1914 – July 6, 2013

Mary (Wanczyk) Grandonico

HADLEY, Mary T. (Wanczyk) Grandonico, 98, of 95 Huntington Road Hadley, died July 6 at Genesis HealthCare in Hadley.

Born September 30, 1914 in Hadley, she was the daughter of the late Joseph S. and Tekla (Baj) Wanczyk.

A 1933 graduate of Hopkins Academy, Mary’s pride of her alma mater never waned.

On August 31, 1936 she married Julius V. Grandonico at Holy Rosary Church in Hadley; they lovingly shared 55 years of marriage until Julius’s death in 1991, residing at various times in Amherst and Hadley.

In addition to raising four children, Mary worked in numerous capacities throughout her life. With her husband, they owned and operated Grandonico’s Shoe Repair in Amherst; the Little Store in Amherst; and the Belchertown Townhouse restaurant in Belchertown. She then worked at the University of Massachusetts until her retirement. She always spoke fondly of her co-workers and associates at UMass.

Mary’s varied interests and hobbies included traveling with friends, bowling, cards, reading, crafts, raising African Violets, the Red Hat Society, and the Hadley Council on Aging. A bingo game was never too far away to attend with friends! When her husband was alive, they loved thoroughbred racing.

She made friends easily. She was a proud woman, especially regarding her family; her Polish heritage; lessons learned growing up on a farm; and her beloved Hopkins. One of her most admirable traits was her forgiving-heart.  She looked for the good in people and chose to leave judgment to a higher power.

In addition to her husband, she was pre-deceased by siblings John, Edward, Joseph, Tony, Annie (Kostek) and Michael Wanczyk.

She leaves her loving children: Julius Grandonico, Jr. and his wife Marisa of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Sandra Knightly and her husband David of Amherst; Peter Grandonico and his wife Kathleen of Hatfield; and Vincent Grandonico of Sunderland.  She also leaves beloved grandchildren: Barry, David, Todd, Dean, Peter, Kathryn, Victoria, and Gary; nine great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; and her sister, Nellie Matysiewicz of Sunderland.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ross Midler as well as the staff at Genesis HealthCare in Hadley for their professional and loving care and support.

The private funeral will be held this morning at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst; there are no calling hours. Burial will be in the Holy Rosary Cemetery in Hadley.

Memorial gifts in Mary’s name may be made to Hopkins Academy 350th Celebration, PO Box 386, Hadley, MA 01035 or to Most Holy Redeemer Church, 120 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon EMIL DIHLMANN of SHUTESBURY, MA, September 6, 1916 – June 27, 2013

Emil Dihlmann

SHUTESBURY – Emil Dihlmann died June 27, 2013 at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.  Emil was born September 6, 1916 in Shutesbury, MA.  The fifth of eight children, he was the son of Fannia (Rehorka) and Hermann Dihlmann.  He attended the one-room schoolhouse in Shutesbury and graduated from AmherstRegionalHigh School.  His first job was driving a 12 ton truck during the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir.  He then worked for the Threadwell Tap & Die in Greenfield before the start of the war.

Emil was a World War II veteran and served in the Army Air Corps 350th Bombardment Squadron as a radio operator on a B-17 bomber based in Alconbury, England.  He flew many missions over Europe.

After the war he settled in Greenfield where he met his wife Leona (Beaulac) who died in 1969.  They had three children Robert, Diane and Emily.

Emil was a self-employed carpenter and, as well as building four houses, he also worked for several general contractors in the area, including working on homes in Historic Deerfield.  He also was a carpentry teacher for many years at GreenfieldVocationalHigh School and ArmsAcademy in ShelburneFalls.

Later, he moved back to Shutesbury where he lived with his second wife Dorothy Bradley and his adopted daughter Andrea. During this period in his life, Emil was employed at the University of Massachusetts.  He worked in the Physical Plant as a carpenter and estimator.  He retired from the University at the age of 70.

After retiring he decided to sit back, not have a daily schedule, and do the things that interested him and gave him pleasure; spending time with his children, fishing, working on carpentry projects and other projects that sparked his curiosity.

Emil will be remembered as a skilled carpenter and avid fisherman as well as a Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.  He is survived by his four children, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was much loved and will be greatly missed.

The family wishes to thank the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke and the Center for Extended Care in Amherst for the excellent care and love he received over the past two years.  The family would also like to thank the Shutesbury Fire Department who watched out for him in his later years.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Emil’s memory to the Shutesbury Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 295, Shutesbury, 01072. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon RONALD (JOHN) ERNEST WAIGHT of HOLYOKE, MA, April 19, 1921 – June 29, 2013


1921 – 2013

HOLYOKE, Ronald (John) Ernest Waight, 92, passed away in Hospice Care at Loomis Nursing Home in Holyoke. He was born and raised in Southampton England. He served in the Royal Air Force as a Flight Sergeant in WWII, where he received several medals and 2 commendations from the Queen. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years Barbara Waight (Perry) of Plymouth England. He is survived by his brother Arthur James Waight and his family in the UK. Additionally he is survived by his 5 children, 8 grandchildren (1 deceased), and 3 great-grandchildren. Calling hours will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday July 2nd at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon HORACE LEO FLEURY of AMHERST, MA, July 28, 1919 – June 25, 2013


AMHERST, Horace Leo Fleury passed away peacefully after a long illness on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 surrounded by his family and friends.

Leo was born July 28, 1919 in Amherst. He was the son of the late Charles and Mary (Shea) Fleury. He was the youngest of 17 children.

He grew up and spent most of his life in Amherst. He graduated from Amherst High School and Stockbridge Agricultural College.

Leo was a World War II veteran. He served in the Army Signal Corps from 1942 until 1945 in North Africa, India, Burma and China. He was awarded the bronze star for meritorious service.

He was employed as a typesetter at Hamilton Newell Printing for many years. He was an avid New England Patriots fan. Leo loved all local high school and college sports and could be found at all of the games amiably chatting with everyone. He had a vast knowledge of the history and people of the town of Amherst which he loved to share.

Leo was predeceased by his wife Janet in November 2012, his son Charles in May 2012, his brothers Charles, Frank, John, George and James, his sisters Katherine, Helen, Adeline, Margaret, Madeline, Anna and Elizabeth as well as by his infant brothers and sisters Mary, Michael, William and Cecelia.

He is survived by his daughter Lori and son-in-law William Saylor of Hadley, his son Timothy Fleury and daughter-in-law Patricia Halpin of Sunapee, NH and daughter-in-law Maria Fleury of Jacksonville, FL, his grandchildren Connor and Ryan Fleury of Sunapee, NH, Jonathan, Gina and Frank Fleury of Jacksonville, FL and Ember Russell of Austin, Texas.

The family wishes to thank Leo’s loving caregivers Bonnie and Stephenie Dutcher and the wonderful, caring staff at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst who so lovingly cared for him in the final years of his life. Their kindness and love has been greatly appreciated.  A special thanks to Doris Drake, friend and neighbor, for her love, support and kindness throughout the years for both Jan and Leo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 1st at 10 a.m. at St. Brigid’s Church in Amherst with burial following at Olde Hadley Cemetery. Calling hours will be held at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst on Sunday, June 30 from 3 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations to the Wounded Warrior Project at may be made in Leo or Charles Fleury’s name. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon DOROTHY M. BURKE of AMHERST, MA, July 14, 1910 – June 16, 2013


AMHERST, Dorothy M. (Hopper) Burke, resident of the Arbors at Amherst, died June 16, 2013.  Born July 14, 1910 in Highland, NY, she was the daughter of Fred Brooke and Mabel Millspaugh Hopper.

She was educated in the Newburgh, NY public schools and was graduated from CornellUniversity in 1932.   She was married to James W. Burke of Waverly, NY in 1932; they were divorced in 1958.

Mrs. Burke came to Amherst in 1935.  From 1956 until 1966, she was employed at the Amherst Journal Record – first as a stringer, then as assistant editor; and from 1964 – 1966 as News Editor.  In 1966 she took a position as Head of Residence at the University of Massachusetts, serving in that capacity until her retirement in 1978.  From 1978 until 1985, she was employed part-time in the UMass residence halls.

Mrs. Burke served on the Amherst Council on Aging from 1997 until 2002 and was a member of the Amherst Woman’s Club and the Amherst Historical Society.

She leaves three sons, Dennis Michael Burke of Belchertown, MA, Peter James Burke of Riverside, CA, and Stephen E. Burke of East Dennis, MA.  Her daughter, Sheila T. Burke of Amherst passed away in 2004.  She also leaves one sister, Margaret Donahue of Newburgh, NY.  Another sister, Barbara Smith of Tupper Lake, NY, and a brother, John Hopper of Newburgh, NY, predeceased Mrs. Burke.  Mrs. Burke leaves 10 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren.

Calling hours will be Friday, June 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Highland Cemetery, NY. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon THOMAS B.S. QUARLES, SR of AMHERST, MASS, May 27, 1923 – June 1, 2013

Thomas Quarles

AMHERST, Thomas Bliss Stillman Quarles, Sr. passed away peacefully on June 1, 2013 five days after his 90th birthday at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst, MA, where he had been for a short time.  Born in Plainfield, NJ in 1923 to Anita M. Stillman and Emmet A. Quarles, he was predeceased by two older brothers Francis Field and James Addison and a younger sister, Mary Ann who died on March 15 this year.

He attended Evergreen Elementary School (whose alma mater song he rendered flawlessly) and graduated from Plainfield High School in 1941, followed by a post-graduate year at Phillips Academy Andover in 1942.  He was a member of the unique Class of 1945W at Yale, an accelerated program interrupted by World War II.  He volunteered in 1944 for service in the Naval Reserve V-5 Flight Training program and was discharged in 1945.  He returned to Yale and completed his B.S. in Industrial Administration in 1947.

After graduation he joined Corn Products Refining Company as an industrial salesman and left after five years to enter Harvard Business School earning an 1954.  In 1952 he married Carolyn Saunders, a Brattleboro, VT native whose older brother Bill was his classmate at Andover and Yale. They moved to his hometown of Plainfield where he became district sales manager of Union Steel, producer of stainless steel pipe and tubing. One son, Kenneth, was born there in 1955.

The family moved to Needham, MA in 1957, and added two more sons, Thomas, Jr. in 1958 and Robert in 1962.  In 1963 he changed careers and joined the Cambridge Trust Company in Cambridge, MA.  After graduating in 1964 from the National Trust School at Northwestern, and in 1966 from the Stonier Graduate School at Rutgers University, he became a trust officer in 1965.  In 1970 he joined the First National Bank of Amherst, MA where he became a V.P. and head of the Trust Department.  In 1980, he joined the Amoskeag Bank in Manchester, NH as an investment officer.  In 1988 he retired from Amoskeag, worked for Bank East in Manchester, and in 1992 joined Harbor Advisory Corporation in Portsmouth, NH as an investment counselor until 2004.

His community involvement was always wide-ranging: Plainfield YMCA Gymnastic and Boys Work Club; Chairman of the Needham Conservation  Commission and Town Meeting member;  Fund Chairman Cambridge Junior Achievement; Treasurer First Parish Unitarian, Needham;  Class Agent for HBS and Andover; founding member in 1971 of the Kestrel Trust in Amherst (a private land trust); Director of Hampshire Community United Way; Friends of Amherst College Music; Manchester Queen City and Amherst Rotary Clubs (Paul Harris Fellow). 

Sports and fitness were an integral part of his life, and included squash, tennis, hiking (life member of the Appalachian Mountain Club), cycling, canoeing, sailing, skiing, and camping.  He loved spending time at Carolyn’s family summer home on Lake Spofford, NH, and was seldom seen without a daily New York Times.

Music was the main thread of his long life:  Beginning as a treble in an Episcopal Boys Choir in Plainfield, he participated in both vocal and instrumental activities in high school.  At Yale he was president of the Glee Club in 1947 and a member of the 1947 Whiffenpoofs (a capella ensemble).  In 1993 he was an original member of Whiff alumni called the SLOTS (Seems Like Old Times) which was active at Yale reunions until 2012.  He sang in many choral groups and church choirs:   Newton Highland Glee Club; Saengerfest Society of Boston; Manchester Choral Society and the Yankee Male Chorus.

His knowledge and love of opera was extensive.  One of his special loves was Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, when as a teenager he took leading roles in professionally-directed performances during his many summers at Pocono Lake Preserve, PA.  He was a founding member of the Valley Light Opera in Amherst in 1975.

He leaves his wife of 60 years, Carolyn, sons Kenneth (Patti), Golden, CO; Thomas, Jr. (Karen), Brookline, NH; Robert (Linda), Sarasota, FL.  Also three grandchildren, Marissa (Brian) Dilka, Pueblo, CO; Clayton Quarles, Salt Lake City, UT; and Eleanor Quarles, Brookline, NH and one great grandson Jackson Dilka.

A memorial service will be held at South Congregational Church in South Amherst, MA at 2:00 PM Saturday, June 29, 2013.  Contributions in his memory would be appreciated to the Endowment Fund at South Congregational Church, 1066 South East Street, Amherst, MA 01002.  Interment will be in Meeting House Hill Cemetery in Brattleboro, VT.  Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon JAMES H. WEAVER of HADLEY, MASS, August 22, 1943 – June 6, 2013

HADLEY,  James H. Weaver, 69, passed away on June 6, 2013, after a long
illness. He was born in Pelham, August 22, 1943, son of the late Auburn
K. and Avis B. {Burrows} Weaver.  He was a graduate of the Amherst
Schools and the University of Mass., with a degree in Hotel &
Restaurant Management.  For over 40 years he was employed by the
University of Mass., serving at the time of his retirement as Senior
Financial Manager of Auxiliary Services. He was a member of the Amherst
American Legion, Post 148, The Pacific Lodge of Masons, and the   Young
Mens Club of Hadley. Jim had served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam
War. He is survived by his partner, Nancy L. Huntley of Hadley,
brothers; Donald A. Weaver of Queensbury, NY, Ernest E. Weaver of
Amherst, and   the late William B. Weaver of Pelham; his son,  Channing
James Weaver, and his beloved grandchildren, Dalton A., Kameron B., and
McKenna P. of White House, TN.  A Memorial Service will be Tuesday,
June 11, 2013, at 10:00AM at The Douglass Funeral Home, Amherst,
followed by burial, with Military Honors, in Quabbin Park Cemetery,
Ware. Calling hours at The Douglass Funeral Home will be Monday, June
10th, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM . In lieu of flowers memorial donations may
be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Obituary and Memorial Register at

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PostHeaderIcon BETTY BURNAND WILLIAMS of BELCHERTOWN, MA, November 25, 1933 – May 23, 2013





BELCHERTOWN, MA – Betty Burnand Williams, 79, of Belchertown, MA, went into God’s loving arms on May 23, 2013.  A graveside service of farewell will be held at Woodbury Memorial Park, Jessup Rd & Kings Highway, West Deptford, NJ on June 1st, 2013 at 10:30 am, Section M.


Betty was born in Camden, NJ to Henry and Mary Thomasson on November 25, 1933. She graduated from Paulsboro High School.  She enjoyed crafting, collectibles, reading, and spending time with her family.


Betty is preceded in death by her husband Robert J. Williams and grandson James Ryan Kurth.


Betty is survived by her sister, Nora Bratton of Thorofare NJ and children James W Kurth and wife Irene of Corpus Christi TX, Gayle (Kurth) McCaughey and husband Charles of Mantua NJ, Mary Lou (Kurth) Coache and husband Richard of Brimfield MA, Brenda Kurth of Moshiem TN, Cathleen (Kurth) Normand and husband Gregory of Belchertown MA, Carla (Kurth) Cloman of Casselberry FL, Russell Williams of Westville NJ, Robyn Williams of Hochessin DE, many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, and her life-long friend, Carl F Kurth.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National Ataxia Foundation or Hope United Methodist Church in Belchertown, MA


The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the caring staff at the Elaine Center in Hadley, MA and Life Care Hospice for their support in her final days. Obituary and memorial register at

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