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PostHeaderIcon Edward H. Conrad of Amherst, MA, May 5, 1932 – July 21, 2015

Amherst, Edward Harvey Conrad, 83, of Amherst died unexpectedly in his sleep on July 21, 2015.  He had a full and rich life.

He was born on May 5, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Mary and Benjamin Cohen, the youngest of three children.  He graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia and the Wharton School of Business.  He received a PhD in Psychology from New York University.  He had a long working career as a clinical psychologist at Brooklyn State Hospital and as the co-founder and co-director of the Whitman Institute for Counseling and Psychotherapy in Brooklyn, New York. 

He had a lifelong love of music and was deeply passionate about opera.  He sang with the University of Pennsylvania chorus that performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He also sang with the Hampshire Choral Society for several years.  He was also an avid Patriots fan.  He will be sorely missed for his generosity of spirit and wonderful sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-six years, Kathy Conrad, his children Rachel Conrad and son-in-law Thomas Rooney of Shutesbury, Abby Smith and son-in-law Mark Smith of Hadley, Elizabeth Conrad of Amherst, and Adam Conrad of Amherst; and his sister Geraldine Schneeberg of Philadelphia and brother Jay Mortimer and sister-in-law Barbara Mortimer of Sherman Oaks, California. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Emma and Sammy Conrad-Rooney; and Jessi, Tori, and Alyssa Smith.  He was predeceased by his son David Conrad.

The family will welcome friends at their home Thursday, July 23rd from 4pm to 7pm and Friday, July 24th from 4 pm to 7 pm. A memorial service will be held at a future date.

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

Service details, Social networking, Memorial Guestbook and Slideshow are available here.

PostHeaderIcon NORMAND BERLIN of AMHERST, MASS, December 6, 1931 – July 13, 2015

Amherst, Normand Berlin, 83, died unexpectedly, his wife Barbara with him, on Monday, July 13, 2015 at his home in Amherst.

 

Born to Ben and Anna Berlin on the Lower East Side in New York City on December 6, 1931, he grew up in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.  He attended Boys High.  He received his BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University Uptown in 1953.  He then served two years in the army during the Korean War.  He was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in 1955 and chose to attend Columbia University where he received his MA in English literature in 1956.  He earned his PhD in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley. 

 

Normand taught at McGill University from 1961-1965.  He joined the faculty of the English Department at the University of Massachusetts in 1965.  Through exchange and summer programs he also taught at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 1971-72; the University of Hawaii, 1974-75; the University of Manitoba, summer 1977; Dalhousie University, summer 1980; the University of Freiburg, Germany, 1983-84; Harvard University, summers 1987, 1989; Oxford University, summer seminars 1988 and 1991 (as director of the program); the University of British Columbia, summers 1992, 94, 96, 97.  He was Consultant and Lecturer at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies from 1997 to the present.

 

In 1976 Normand received the UMass Amherst Distinguished Teaching Award, the campus’s highest honor for classroom excellence; in 1989 the UMass Humanities Research Fellowship; in 1995 the Eugene O’Neill Bronze Medal; and in 2015 the Renaissance Center Medal, the center’s highest honor.  At the ceremony, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said that through his teaching “Normand helped thousands understand the importance of humanities in our lives.”  He was a Rockefeller Foundation Resident Scholar in Bellagio, Italy, 2001, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome in 2005.

 

Normand was the author of five books, one casebook, and numerous articles ranging from medieval poetry to modern drama to film.  He was an invited lecturer on drama in the United States, Canada, Germany, Monaco, People’s Republic of China, and Japan.  Among his books are The Base String: The Underworld in Elizabethan Drama, O’Neill’s Shakespeare, which connects the two writers Normand taught and wrote about most, and The Secret Cause: A Discussion of Tragedy, which explores the tragic nature of human existence and its presentation in drama.  In this, his most notable book, Normand explores the mystery of tragedy found in the curve of a question mark.

 

Normand served on the Editorial Board of English Literary Renaissance, was Theater Editor of The Massachusetts Review, Advisory Editor of The Eugene O’Neill Review, and Advisor for the PBS documentary on Eugene O’Neill, “The Glory of Ghosts.”

 

Normand, along with Barbara, was a founding member of the Jewish Community of Amherst where he led services in the early years, was rabbi for two Bar-Mitzvahs, and was the driving force in creating the Jewish Community of Amherst cemetery located in Shutesbury. 

 

He served as a Town Meeting member for the town of Amherst.

 

In 1956 Normand married Barbara Esther Schoenberg of Brooklyn, NY.  The couple moved to Berkeley, California the day after their wedding.  They lived in Berkeley for four years where their son Adam was born.  They moved to Montreal where their son David was born, and lived there for four more years.  In 1965 they came to Amherst.  Their travels took them around the world, including year-long stays in Jerusalem, Honolulu, and Freiburg. 

 

In 2013, Normand became a grandfather to Gali Berlin.

 

Normand and Barbara walked through Amherst every day, hand in hand.

 

 

 

Donations in Normand’s name can be made to the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002 or The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Post Office Box 2300, Amherst, MA 01004.

 

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

Service details, Social networking, Memorial Guestbook and Slideshow are available here.

PostHeaderIcon NORMAND BERLIN of AMHERST, MASS, December 6, 1931 – July 23, 2015

Amherst, Normand Berlin, 83, died unexpectedly, his wife Barbara with him, on Monday, July 13, 2015 at his home in Amherst.

Born to Ben and Anna Berlin on the Lower East Side in New York City on December 6, 1931, he grew up in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.  He attended Boys High.  He received his BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University Uptown in 1953.  He then served two years in the army during the Korean War.  He was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in 1955 and chose to attend Columbia University where he received his MA in English literature in 1956.  He earned his PhD in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Normand taught at McGill University from 1961-1965.  He joined the faculty of the English Department at the University of Massachusetts in 1965.  Through exchange and summer programs he also taught at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 1971-72; the University of Hawaii, 1974-75; the University of Manitoba, summer 1977; Dalhousie University, summer 1980; the University of Freiburg, Germany, 1983-84; Harvard University, summers 1987, 1989; Oxford University, summer seminars 1988 and 1991 (as director of the program); the University of British Columbia, summers 1992, 94, 96, 97.  He was Consultant and Lecturer at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies from 1997 to the present.

In 1976 Normand received the UMass Amherst Distinguished Teaching Award, the campus’s highest honor for classroom excellence; in 1989 the UMass Humanities Research Fellowship; in 1995 the Eugene O’Neill Bronze Medal; and in 2015 the Renaissance Center Medal, the center’s highest honor.  At the ceremony, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said that through his teaching “Normand helped thousands understand the importance of humanities in our lives.”  He was a Rockefeller Foundation Resident Scholar in Bellagio, Italy, 2001, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome in 2005.

Normand was the author of five books, one casebook, and numerous articles ranging from medieval poetry to modern drama to film.  He was an invited lecturer on drama in the United States, Canada, Germany, Monaco, People’s Republic of China, and Japan.  Among his books are The Base String: The Underworld in Elizabethan Drama, O’Neill’s Shakespeare, which connects the two writers Normand taught and wrote about most, and The Secret Cause: A Discussion of Tragedy, which explores the tragic nature of human existence and its presentation in drama.  In this, his most notable book, Normand explores the mystery of tragedy found in the curve of a question mark.

Normand served on the Editorial Board of English Literary Renaissance, was Theater Editor of The Massachusetts Review, Advisory Editor of The Eugene O’Neill Review, and Advisor for the PBS documentary on Eugene O’Neill, “The Glory of Ghosts.”

Normand, along with Barbara, was a founding member of the Jewish Community of Amherst where he led services in the early years, was rabbi for two Bar-Mitzvahs, and was the driving force in creating the Jewish Community of Amherst cemetery located in Shutesbury. 

He served as a Town Meeting member for the town of Amherst.

In 1956 Normand married Barbara Esther Schoenberg of Brooklyn, NY.  The couple moved to Berkeley, California the day after their wedding.  They lived in Berkeley for four years where their son Adam was born.  They moved to Montreal where their son David was born, and lived there for four more years.  In 1965 they came to Amherst.  Their travels took them around the world, including year-long stays in Jerusalem, Honolulu, and Freiburg. 

In 2013, Normand became a grandfather to Gali Berlin.

Normand and Barbara walked through Amherst every day, hand in hand.

 

Donations in Normand’s name can be made to the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002 or The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, Post Office Box 2300, Amherst, MA 01004.

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

Service details, Social networking, Memorial Guestbook and Slideshow are available here.

PostHeaderIcon Virginia C. Oldershaw of Amherst, MA, April 22, 1931 – July 9, 2015

Virginia C. Oldershaw (Cooke), 84, died on July 9, 2015, after a long illness.

 

Virginia graduated from Westfield State College, and taught in East Hartford, CT. She worked for many years in the Amherst Regional School System, in the audio visual department.

 

Virginia was predeceased by her husband, Bruce R. Oldershaw in 2013. She is survived by three children; Alan, Brenda, and Sharon, and five grandchildren; Diane, Craig, Austin, Anthony, and Evan.

 

Calling hours will be from 5:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, July 22nd at the Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst. A graveside service will be Thursday, July 23, 2015, 9:30 AM at Pine Hill Cemetery, Westfield, MA.

 

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

Service details, Social networking, Memorial Guestbook and Slideshow are available here.

PostHeaderIcon VIRGINIA LADD JOHNSON of AMHERST, MASS, December 1, 1914 – July 13, 2015

AMHERST – Virginia Ladd Johnson, 100, died Monday, July 13, at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst. 

Born Dec. 1, 1914, in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Bernard G. and Edith Ladd. She attended DC public schools and graduated from the former Wilson Teacher’s College, a predecessor of the University of the District of Columbia. She taught first grade in the DC schools for several years. 

In 1938 she married another teacher, Keith C. Johnson, and concentrated on raising her family, which included providing care and therapy to her youngest two children after they contracted polio in 1949.  

She and her husband were avid square dancers. They were also active members of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, singing in the choir and founding two bell choirs there. When her children were older she went back to teaching in the church day school for many more years. After Keith died suddenly in 1983, she remained involved in the life of the church, joined a group that regularly attended the theater, and travelled with some of her many friends.  

She lived in Washington all her life until moving to The Arbors at Amherst in 2001 to be near family. She was an avid reader and worker of crossword puzzles. After her eyesight failed in recent years, she continued listening to audio books until her death. 

She is survived by two daughters, Kay (Johnson) Moran of Amherst and Janet (Johnson) McAlister and husband Thomas of Huntsville, AL; her son David Ladd Johnson and wife Judith of Oshawa, Ontario; six grandchildren, Seth C. Moran of Camas, WA; Amy Ladd Moran of Kailua, HI; Brian McAlister of Gardendale, AL; Michael McAlister of Harvest, AL; Paige (Johnson) Wallis of Malden, MA; and Amanda (Johnson) Gentry of Monroe, WA; and 12 great-grandchildren. Her son-in-law Charles Moran III, her brother Bernard D. Ladd, and a great-grandson died earlier. 

Ceremonies will be private.

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

 

Service details, Social networking, Memorial Guestbook and Slideshow are available here.

PostHeaderIcon Walter Winternitz of Amherst, MA, November 5, 1922 – June 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON – Walter Hines Winternitz died Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

He was born Nov. 5, 1922, in Boston. His parents Sibyl (Bingham) and Robert Winternitz moved to Nutley, New Jersey, when Walter was five. He spent much of his childhood in Nutley, attending public school until his parents moved to an apartment on Washington Square in Greenwnich Village. He spent his high school years at boarding school.

In the fall of 1941 Walter began to attend Harvard, but his studies were interrupted when he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in the Philippines. At the end of the war, Walter returned to complete his undergraduate education at Harvard where he decided to enroll in R.O.T.C. program. Her was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army, but soon chose to enter the U.S. Air Force. His most notable experiences took place again in the Philippines where he was assigned to intelligence gathering during the Korean Conflict. He sought out and interviewed mariners from neutral nations. Walter spent three years in the Philippines in which he was able to renew family ties with Filipino relatives. He pursued graduate work at the University of the Philippines, eventually obtaining his masters’ degree in political science during the period of great optimism which surrounded the presidency of Ramon Magsaysay. Her remained in the U.S. Air Force until 1967. Westover Air Base in Chicopee, was his last assignment, and he soon began a new civilian life in Amherst.

In 1968, he married Janet Copeland with whom he remained for the rest of his life. He worked for the Real Estate Agency of Mike Skibiski in Sunderland, and then later he worked for the Ketchen family in Belchertown. He was a life long member of the Episcopal Church until he chose to attend South Congregational Church to be with his wife and two sons.

He is survived by his wife Janet and his sons Robert and Andrew.

A memorial service is planned in the near future.

Service details, Social networking, Memorial Guestbook and Slideshow are available here.

PostHeaderIcon JEANNETTE BELLISARIO of BELCHERTOWN, MA, March 23, 1920 – July 8, 2015

 

Belchertown, Jeannette Mary Bellisario, 95, of Belchertown, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at home, on Wednesday morning, July 8, 2015, in the company of her loving family.  Born in Indian Orchard, MA, on March 23, 1920, Jeannette was the daughter of Emile Stebbins of Canada and Lelea Gaudreau of Indian Orchard. Jeannette attended Commerce High School in Springfield, worked at American Bosch Company in Springfield, and raised her family of five children in Ludlow, MA. She was a life-long communicant and active parishioner of St. Elizabeth Parish formerly known as St. John the Baptist church in Ludlow. She was an active member of The Sisters of Saint Anne and for many years sang in the choir and participated in church activities. She was an active participant in the Senior Center of Ludlow.  She loved to travel and took many trips with her sisters. Jeannette was also an antique dealer, employed by Henry Polissack Antiques in Amherst. After the death of her beloved husband Egidio Bellisario, she moved to Northampton, MA, and was a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Northampton.

Jeannette is survived by her son Ronald Bellisario and his wife Vida Bellisario of East Greenbush, New York,  and their children James, Andrea, and Daniel; her daughter Suzanne Lynch and her husband Daniel Lynch of Port St. John, Florida, and their sons Matthew and Robert; her daughter Diane Bellisario and her partner Lynne Spichiger of Belchertown, Massachusetts; her daughter Janet A. Gallenstein and her husband Thomas  W. Gallenstein of Westhampton, Massachusetts; and her son Richard Bellisario and his wife Marie Bellisario of Newberg, Oregon, and their children Nicholas and Hali. She is also survived by seven great grandchildren.

Calling hours will be Friday July 10th, 2015, from 5 – 7 PM at the Douglass Funeral Service, 87 North Pleasant St. in Amherst, MA. A funeral Mass celebrating Jeannette’s life will be at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 99 King St., Northampton, MA on Thursday, July 16th at 10am followed by burial at 12:30 pm at St. Aloysius cemetery in Springfield. Obituary, calling hour and funeral mass information and memorial register can be found at www.douglassfuneral.com.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Saint John the Baptist school located at 217 Hubbard Street, Ludlow, MA 01056.

Service details, Social networking, Memorial Guestbook and Slideshow are available here.

PostHeaderIcon MARJORIE L. ROBERT of AMHERST, MASS, December 30, 1916 – July 4, 2015

Amherst, Marjorie F. (Leddy) Robert died Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the age of 98. 

Born in Springfield, MA in December 1916 to the late Edward J. Leddy and Alena F. (Kibbe) Leddy, she grew up in Hampden, moving to Springfield and subsequently to Amherst, where she spent her married life and retirement. 

Her early career, before she became a wife and mother, included work in the Hampden Town Offices, in the President’s Office at American International College, and at Kellogg’s, a Springfield-based mail order company. In the 1960s and 1970s she held several management positions with Allen’s Alley, a group of gift shops in Western Massachusetts. 

In her retirement years she took considerable pleasure in painting, primarily landscapes and still life compositions. While doing so she enjoyed the company of a painting group sponsored by the Amherst Senior Center, and from within that group she made several close friendships. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Hubert E. Robert, and her brother, Edward K. Leddy, as well as her first husband, Paul Favreau. 

She leaves two sons, Hubert E. Robert of Amherst, Edward P. Robert of Lebanon NH; a daughter, Suzanne E. Robert of Andover; two nieces, Janet Fuller of Hayesville, NC and Judith Larson of Greenfield; and two nephews, Robert Tuthill and Richard Tuthill. 

There are no calling hours. Interment at the Old Cemetery, Chapin Road, Hampden will be Monday July 13, 2015 at 11:00 am. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Dakin Humane Society, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield MA 01101-6307. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

Service details, Social networking, Memorial Guestbook and Slideshow are available here.

PostHeaderIcon JAMES HOLCOMB CLARK of AMHERST, MA, April 6, 1926 – June 30, 2015

 

 

 

 

Amherst, James Holcomb Clark, 89, died at his home on June 30, 2015, with his daughters at his bedside. 

 

Jim was born in Hinsdale, Illinois. After serving in the U.S. Army Cavalry during WWII, he graduated from Columbia School of Journalism, then the Episcopal Divinity School. He was minister at Grace Episcopal Church from 1961 to 1994, where he baptized, married, and gave solace to many. He was active in the community and nationwide, helping to start The Common School in Amherst, supporting Amherst’s weekly silent anti-Vietnam War vigils, and by marching with Dr. Martin Luther King. He loved to golf, drive his Morgan Plus 4, and play with his Labradors.  

 

Trib, his wife of 62 years, predeceased him in 2010.  He is survived by his daughters Kimberlee Clark, of South Amherst, Massachusetts, and Amanda Taylor and husband Steve Taylor, of Idyllwild, California; his granddaughter Helen Taylor, her husband Dr. Matt Reimert, and their daughter Annabel, of Santa Cruz, California. 

 

His Memorial Service will be at All Saints Episcopal Church, 7 Woodbridge St., South Hadley on Saturday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m.  There will be a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Dakin Humane Society or All Saints Episcopal Church. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

Service details, Social networking, Memorial Guestbook and Slideshow are available here.

PostHeaderIcon Walter Winternitz of Northampton, MA, November 5, 1922 – June 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON – Walter Hines Winternitz died Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

He was born Nov. 5, 1922, in Boston. His parents Sibyl (Bingham) and Robert Winternitz moved to Nutley, New Jersey, when Walter was five. He spent much of his childhood in Nutley, attending public school until his parents moved to an apartment on Washington Square in Greenwnich Village. He spent his high school years at boarding school.

In the fall of 1941 Walter began to attend Harvard, but his studies were interrupted when he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in the Philippines. At the end of the war, Walter returned to complete his undergraduate education at Harvard where he decided to enroll in R.O.T.C. program. Her was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army, but soon chose to enter the U.S. Air Force. His most notable experiences took place again in the Philippines where he was assigned to intelligence gathering during the Korean Conflict. He sought out and interviewed mariners from neutral nations. Walter spent three years in the Philippines in which he was able to renew family ties with Filipino relatives. He pursued graduate work at the University of the Philippines, eventually obtaining his masters’ degree in political science during the period of great optimism which surrounded the presidency of Ramon Magsaysay. Her remained in the U.S. Air Force until 1967. Westover Air Base in Chicopee, was his last assignment, and he soon began a new civilian life in Amherst.

In 1968, he married Janet Copeland with whom he remained for the rest of his life. He worked for the Real Estate Agency of Mike Skibiski in Sunderland, and then later he worked for the Ketchen family in Belchertown. He was a life long member of the Episcopal Church until he chose to attend South Congregational Church to be with his wife and two sons.

He is survived by his wife Janet and his sons Robert and Andrew.

A memorial service is planned in the near future.

Service details, Social networking, Memorial Guestbook and Slideshow are available here.

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