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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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PostHeaderIcon DOROTHY THERESA WHITNEY of WELLS, ME, October 20, 1928 – June 15, 2014

Former Amherst and Belchertown, MA resident Dorothy T. “Theresa” Whitney, 85, died Sunday, June 15, 2014 resting comfortably in York Hospital, York, ME. 

Mrs. Whitney was born October 20, 1928 in Boston, MA, to Charles A. and Nora E. (Kissel) Mohan.   Most of her early life was spent in Roxbury, MA and she attended High School in nearby Boston.

Shortly thereafter, she met and married Eugene P. Whitney, from Medford MA, on April 9, 1949, and moved to the western part of Massachusetts.  There, they remained married for over 46 years and raised a family of 5 children in Amherst.

After raising her children, she went into professional life by running a local telephone answering service for several years.  Following that, and for almost 30 years, she was the assistant to the Treasurer of the University of Massachusetts, playing an instrumental part in the acquisition of the real estate for many of UMass’s diverse and distributed campuses. 

During the latter part of her life, she led a more quiet and contemplative life.  She was very active in Church life (First Church of Amherst) while the children were growing up.  However, later, she would become a Eucharistic Minister, serving St. Brigid’s Church in Amherst and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Belchertown, as well as taking her vows as a Benedictine Oblate at the St. Scholastica Priory in Petersham, MA.

She moved to Wells, ME in 2008. She was both adventurous and courageous, and had a zest for life that led to her becoming a private pilot and even to the extreme of trying her hand at parachuting, much to the surprise of her husband.   She also loved dogs and spent much of her life in the company of them.  

She also loved piano bars and spent many years with good friends and family on the Southern Maine seacoast enjoying her favorite places by the sea, featuring good food and entertainment.   Everyone always wanted to sit near her, since she always knew the words to all of the songs.    

A loving mother, confidant, and friend, Theresa was always there to lend a helping hand.  She was strong and fearless in her ability to live life.   

Mrs. Whitney was predeceased by her husband, Gene, in November of 1995 and her sister Mary in 2005.  

She is survived by her son, James Whitney of Waterbury, CT; son Richard Whitney of Wells, ME, son and daughter-in-law Paul and Susan Whitney of Falls Church, VA;  daughter and son-in-law, Jayne and Peter Krause of Hadley, MA;  daughter Suzanne W. Ragland of Northport, FL.; brother and sister-in law Philip and Patti Mohan of Norwell, MA; sister-in law Edith K. Whitney of Medford, MA; grandchildren, David Whitney of Waterbury, CT; Shannon Whitney of Alexandria, VA;  Sabrina and Haydn Hardwick of St. Petersburg, FL; Jessica Krause and Chris Stanavage of Hadley, MA; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 21, at 10:00 a.m.  in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Belchertown with burial following in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley. Calling hours will be Friday, June 20, from 5-8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst.

Donations in her name to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital may be made in lieu of flowers if folks are so inclined.  Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon EDWIN DZIEKANOWSKI of HADLEY, MA, August 28, 1940 – June 15, 2014

HADLEY, Edwin Dziekanowski, 73, died on June 15, 2014 at Overlook at Northampton. Born in Northampton on August 28, 1940, he was the son of the late Chester T. and Rose (Wysocki) Dziekanowski. Edwin grew up in North Amherst and spent his life working on the family farm. He was predeceased by his parents, an infant brother and his brother, Chester T. Dziekanowski, Jr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thurs., June 19, at 11:30 a.m. in St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst. Burial will follow in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley. A calling hour will precede the Mass from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Memorial donations in Edwin’s name may be made to the Dakin Humane Society, PO Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon JONATHAN RICHARD QUICK of CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, February 9, 1942 – May 13, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, Jonathan Richard Quick died May 13, 2014 in Charlottesville, VA at the age of 72. The son of the Rev. Joseph Quick and Katherine Brock Quick, he was born in Greenville, OH on February 9, 1942. His family moved to Rockville Centre, NY where he graduated from South Side Senior High School, the recipient of the National Honor Society Award.

From 1959-1963 on an Upson Memorial Scholarship he attended Rutgers University from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and as a Henry Rutgers Scholar in the Department of English. At Rutgers he wrote reviews of cultural events for the university newspaper, The Daily Targum. He also introduced classical music selections on the university radio station.

On a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship he earned his PhD in English from Yale University in 1968. He then went on to teach English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA until his retirement as full professor in 2002. At UMass he taught courses on Modern American and European Literature focusing on James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. He served as Chief Undergraduate Advisor and participated in 1979-1980 and 1989-1990 in the Regensburg and Freiburg, Germany exchange programs. In the 1970s he wrote reviews for the Los Angeles Times. He also published articles on modernism in professional journals. His book Modern Literature and the Art of Subversion appeared in 1999.

He was a wonderful and devoted father to his son Benjamin and a loving husband to Elaine. A man of diverse interests, he loved reading, world travel, classical music, modern architecture, home repair projects and the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team. 

He was predeceased by his father, mother and brother David. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 33 years Elaine, his son Benjamin Joseph Quick and his wife Julie Lefer Quick, grandson Zachary Austin Quick, step-grandson Hunter Stav Mnich, niece Robin Verge and grand-nephews Colin and Parker Verge. A memorial service will be held at Wildwood Cemetery, 70 Strong Street, Amherst, MA, on September 20, 2014. Donations in memory of Jonathan may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon JONATHAN RICHARD QUICK of CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, November 30, 1999 – May 13, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, Jonathan Richard Quick died May 13, 2014 in Charlottesville, VA at the age of 72. The son of the Rev. Joseph Quick and Katherine Brock Quick, he was born in Greenville, OH. His family moved to Rockville Centre, NY where he graduated from South Side Senior High School, the recipient of the National Honor Society Award.

From 1959-1963 on an Upson Memorial Scholarship he attended Rutgers University from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and as a Henry Rutgers Scholar in the Department of English. At Rutgers he wrote reviews of cultural events for the university newspaper, The Daily Targum. He also introduced classical music selections on the university radio station.

On a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship he earned his PhD in English from Yale University in 1968. He then went on to teach English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA until his retirement as full professor in 2002. At UMass he taught courses on Modern American and European Literature focusing on James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Virginia Woolf, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. He served as Chief Undergraduate Advisor and participated in 1979-1980 and 1989-1990 in the Regensburg and Freiburg, Germany exchange programs. In the 1970s he wrote reviews for the Los Angeles Times. He also published articles on modernism in professional journals. His book Modern Literature and the Art of Subversion appeared in 1999.

He was a wonderful and devoted father to his son Benjamin and a loving husband to Elaine. A man of diverse interests, he loved reading, world travel, classical music, modern architecture, home repair projects and the UConn Huskies women’s basketball team. 

He was predeceased by his father, mother and brother David. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 33 years Elaine, his son Benjamin Joseph Quick and his wife Julie Lefer Quick, grandson Zachary Austin Quick, step-grandson Hunter Stav Mnich, niece Robin Verge and grand-nephews Colin and Parker Verge. A memorial service will be held at Wildwood Cemetery, 70 Strong Street, Amherst, MA, on September 20, 2014. Donations in memory of Jonathan may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon PHYLLIS ALDRICH of HADLEY, MASS, February 1, 1932 – June 4, 2014

Hadley, Phyllis (Hodgkins) Aldrich went peacefully to the lord on June 4, 2014.  Phyllis (Sissy) was born in Randolph, Vermont on February 1, 1932 to the late Myrtle and Walter Hodgkins.  

Phyllis lived most of her life in Amherst before moving to Hadley with her husband in 1990.  She spent some years waitressing, as a personal care attendant at Kane’s Nursing Home, a chambermaid at the Lord Jeffrey Inn and then a private personal care attendant.  

Phyllis leaves her daughter Ana Maria (Mia) Kleiner, stepson Jeffrey Aldrich and her grandchildren Shaloma and Justin Kleiner.  She also leaves her siblings Marcia Hillenbrand, Paul Hodgkins and his wife Angela, and Kathy Guercio and her husband Joseph, several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and her beloved grand-dog Lizzie.  

She was pre-deceased by her husband Lee Aldrich, and her brothers Donald Hodgkins and Walter (Hocky) Hodgkins, Jr.  

There will be no calling hours and burial will be private.  Donations in her memory can be made to VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA  01060.  Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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PostHeaderIcon JUDITH W. BURROWS of PELHAM, MASS, August 24, 1938 – June 5, 2014

Pelham – Judith W. Burrows of Pelham passed away peacefully, with her family by her side on Thursday June 5, 2014

   She was born on August 24, 1938 in Northampton to Charles and Evelyn (Crutch) Drake. She was raised and educated in Amherst, and graduated from Amherst High School, and later from Franklin County Public Hospital School of Nursing.    After graduating, Judy went to work at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, in Northampton, where she retired from after a 42 year career. During that time she touched many lives.   Judy loved her gardens and the many Birds that would come to the house and feed, knitting, and especially her Husband  Richard, whom  she married July 21, 1962. They  spent 51 glorious and loving years together, and enjoyed their many trips to Maine.   Besides her husband Richard, she also leaves behind two sons, James of Bedford, Texas; Glenn and his wife Megan of Belchertown; two loving grandchildren, Brooke and Tyler, also of Belchertown; two Brothers Charles Jr. (Red) and Robert Drake and his Wife Mary Jane, both of Amherst; and many Nieces, Nephews and extended family and friends; especially her life long friend of 65 years, Paula Burrows and her husband Maurice.   Calling Hours will be at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst on Tuesday June 10th from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.   At the request of the Family, the Funeral will be private.  The Family would like to thank the staff of both The Elaine Center of Hadley and the Cooley Dickinson Hospital for their aide, kindness and support.   Memorial Donations can be made in Judith Burrows’ name to the VNA/Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, Ma. 01060. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

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PostHeaderIcon HOWARD “BUTCH” THORNTON, JR of AMHERST, MASS, November 3, 1935 – May 30, 2014

AMHERST, Howard E. {Butch} Thornton Jr., of Amherst, passed away Friday May 30th, 2014 at home. He was born in Northampton, MA November 3rd, 1935 to the late Howard E. Sr. and Julia {Strange} Thornton. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gloria A. {Brown} Thornton and their five children, Kathy Cortright and husband Robert, Rusty Thornton and wife Judy, P.J. Thornton, Todd Thornton and wife Patti, Carson Thornton and wife Kate. Butch is also survived by four grandchildren, Tanya, Christine, Ben and Mike, two great-grandchildren Noah and Evan and two sisters, Judith Johnson and husband David and Sharon. He was a veteran of the 7th infantry Army and served in Germany. After his discharge he began his career as a lifelong welder, retiring from Deerfield Valley Re-Fab and Crane, in South Deerfield. Butch was a lifetime member of the Norwottuck Fish and Game Club and the VFW Post 754, of Amherst. He had a love for hunting, fishing, golf, bowling and playing cards. All services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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DORIS FINDLAY of AGAWAM, MASS died on September 14, 2014

ARTHUR DANIEL GOODHIND of SHUTESBURY, MA died on September 18, 2014

JOHN J. HANLEY of WARREN, MASS died on September 9, 2014

ZELLA BORST HARRINGTON of AMHERST, MASS died on September 14, 2014

DOROTHY A. IVES of AMHERST, MA died on August 19, 2014

PENNIE H. MARCUS of HADLEY, MA died on July 29, 2014

Gale S. McClung of Amherst, MA died on July 30, 2014

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