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PostHeaderIcon MARIAN FRANCES MATHESON of SOUTH HADLEY, MA, July 30, 1958 – April 4, 2014

MARIAN FRANCES (PAGANO) MATHESON

“One singular sensation”

SOUTH HADLEY, After leading a bright but far-too-brief life defined by a devotion to family and a mastery of joy, Marian Frances (Pagano) Matheson died at age 55 on April 4 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.  She passed away peacefully at her home in South Hadley, Mass., surrounded by family and friends.

Marian — known affectionately as “M” — was born in Flushing, N.Y., and raised on Guthrie Court in Northport, N.Y.  She built a successful career in higher education institutional research working with some of the country’s most prestigious institutions, but most impressive was her vast knowledge of Broadway show tunes and her willingness to break into song at any moment.  She loved dogs, golf, summer at the beach, the Peanuts comic strip, cocktails, good food, crossword puzzles, and, much to the chagrin of her friends and neighbors in Massachusetts, the Yankees.

Most of all, she loved her wife, Pam, and their daughter, Caroline.

Marian was Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Amherst College, where “her influence has changed the College for the better forever,” according to a statement by Amherst College President Biddy Martin.  Prior to that role, Marian served as Associate Provost for Planning and Institutional Research at Columbia University and was an analyst in institutional research at Tufts University. Marian was a leading and highly respected voice in the national Council on Financing Higher Education (COFHE).

Marian graduated from Juniata College, where she was a standout athlete in field hockey and softball.  She completed all but the dissertation for a doctorate in higher education curriculum, instruction and administration at Boston College and earned a Master of Arts degree in applied clinical psychology from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, in 1982.

Active in the community, Marian served as a coach for her daughter’s softball team and was a dedicated supporter among the parents at The Common School.

In addition to her wife and daughter, Marian is survived by her sister, Janet Wood, and brother-in-law, Daniel, both of Mendham, N.J.; nieces Elaina, Kayla, and Laura of Mendham; her father-in-law, Roger Matheson and mother-in-law Yvonne Matheson of Litchfield, Mich.; her sister-in-law, Carol Kolongowski of Flushing, Mich., and nieces Jill and Beth Kolongowski; brother-in-law Douglas Schlosser of Homer, Mich.; sister-in-law D’Andra Clark of Hillsdale, Mich.; niece Arielle Clark and nephew Quinlan Clark, and many dear friends.  She was predeceased by her parents, Irene and Philip Pagano, and her brother, Chuck Pagano.

A celebration of Marian’s life will be held at Amherst College’s Johnson Chapel at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 12.  A reception will follow at the home of Amherst College President Biddy Martin.  Calling hours will be held 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon AGUSTIN L. CASTILLEJO of LEEDS, MA, December 9, 1917 – April 8, 2014

LEEDS, Agustin L. Castillejo, 96, a 10 year resident of Leeds, died Tuesday, at Overlook at Northampton. Born in Camaguey, Cuba, December 9, 1917, he was the son of the late Agustin Castillejo and Orfelia (Diaz) Castillejo. Mr. Castillejo was a bartender in the Washington D.C. area for 30 years before retiring to Amherst. Mr. Castillejo had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He was the beloved husband of the late Angelica M. (Colasanti) Castillejo. He leaves his son, Ronald J. Castile, of Cambridge, Massachusetts; a brother, Evelio Castillejo, and a sister, Carlota Infante, of Miami, Florida; two grandchildren, Natalie and Agustin T. Castile of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Brewster, New York. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon REV. CRYSTAL L. ROBERSON of AMHERST, MA, January 20, 1955 – April 5, 2014

AMHERST, Reverend Crystal L. Roberson, Pastor of Hope Community Church, has gone home to be with the Lord. Rev. Crystal, 59, died on April 5, 2014 after a brief hospitalization for complications due to asthma, a condition she lived with since childhood.

Crystal Lynn Roberson was born January 20, 1955 in Springfield, IL, the youngest child of LaVerne William Anderson and Norma Jean Brandon Anderson. She attended the Summit School in St. Paul, MN and Amherst Regional High School in Amherst, MA. In 1991, Crystal was ordained through the Life School Ministries and began her ministry as Assistant Pastor of Hope Community Church. She was installed as the Pastor of Hope in 2008 following the retirement of her brother, Rev. Carlos W. Anderson.

Throughout her ministerial leadership, Rev. Crystal led Hope Church in both a physical and spiritual restoration.  Along with the Board of Directors, she was able to procure funding for the preservation of the church building. As a result, the church was recognized for its significance in African-American history from the Town of Amherst and the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Although restoring the building of the church was important, Rev. Crystal’s highest calling was in the physical healing of the sick. She will be known by all for her healing ministry that moved beyond the body and into the minds and hearts of those who knew her. Rev. Crystal’s deep faith was an inspiration to everyone who came into her presence.

Rev. Crystal was preceded in death by her loving husband, Kenneth Roberson; her parents, Rev. LaVerne W. Anderson, Sr. and Dr. Norma Jean Anderson; and her older brother, LaVerne Anderson, Jr.  She is survived by her son, Seth Mark Anderson Calloway, and his wife, Alexis Ponder Calloway (Nashville, TN); her brother, Rev. Carlos W. Anderson (Montague, MA); her sister, Rhonda Jean Gordon (Shutesbury, MA); an extended loving family of nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws, as well as her faithful and loyal family of Hope Community Church members.

A service in celebration of Rev. Crystal’s life will be held at Hope Community Church, 16 Gaylord Street, Amherst, MA on Saturday, April 12, at 1:00 p.m.  A reception will be held at the church following the service.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rev. Crystal L. Roberson may be made to Hope Community Church. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon PAUL VASSALLO of GRANBY, MA, January 9, 1956 – April 5, 2014

GRANBY, Paul Vassallo, 58, passed away peacefully on April 5, at Country Estates of Agawam. Born on Jan. 9, 1956 in Northampton he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Pento) Vassallo. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1974 – 1985. Paul was a skilled handyman and had a passion for repairing and restoring cars. He always enjoyed cooking for large crowds and was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Patriots and NASCAR. Paul is survived by his son Nicholas of Granby, two daughters, Jennifer and Amy of VA and his closest friend and beloved golden retriever, Jack. He also leaves six brothers and sisters, Joseph and his partner Janet of Hadley, Rosalie Mikalunas and her husband Robert of Amherst, Carol Orrell and her husband David of Shutesbury, John and his wife Trish of Hadley, Michael and his wife Kathy of Sunderland, Robert and his wife Lynda of Shutesbury, sister in-law Helen Vassallo of Amherst,  as well as several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Paul was predeceased by his brothers Angelo and Richard. Funeral services will be on Monday, April 14, at 10:00 a.m. at the Douglass Funeral Home, Amherst. Burial with military honors will follow in Pelham Valley Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday, April 13, from 1-3 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service. Memorial donations in Paul’s name may be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513-3595. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon MARIAN FRANCES MATHESON of SOUTH HADLEY, MA, November 30, 1999 – April 4, 2014

MARIAN FRANCES (PAGANO) MATHESON

“One singular sensation”

SOUTH HADLEY, After leading a bright but far-too-brief life defined by a devotion to family and a mastery of joy, Marian Frances (Pagano) Matheson died at age 55 on April 4 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.  She passed away peacefully at her home in South Hadley, Mass., surrounded by family and friends.

Marian — known affectionately as “M” — was born in Flushing, N.Y., and raised on Guthrie Court in Northport, N.Y.  She built a successful career in higher education institutional research working with some of the country’s most prestigious institutions, but most impressive was her vast knowledge of Broadway show tunes and her willingness to break into song at any moment.  She loved dogs, golf, summer at the beach, the Peanuts comic strip, cocktails, good food, crossword puzzles, and, much to the chagrin of her friends and neighbors in Massachusetts, the Yankees.

Most of all, she loved her wife, Pam, and their daughter, Caroline.

Marian was Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Amherst College, where “her influence has changed the College for the better forever,” according to a statement by Amherst College President Biddy Martin.  Prior to that role, Marian served as Associate Provost for Planning and Institutional Research at Columbia University and was an analyst in institutional research at Tufts University. Marian was a leading and highly respected voice in the national Council on Financing Higher Education (COFHE).

Marian graduated from Juniata College, where she was a standout athlete in field hockey and softball.  She completed all but the dissertation for a doctorate in higher education curriculum, instruction and administration at Boston College and earned a Master of Arts degree in applied clinical psychology from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh, in 1982.

Active in the community, Marian served as a coach for her daughter’s softball team and was a dedicated supporter among the parents at The Common School.

In addition to her wife and daughter, Marian is survived by her sister, Janet Wood, and brother-in-law, Daniel, both of Mendham, N.J.; nieces Elaina, Kayla, and Laura of Mendham; her father-in-law, Roger Matheson and mother-in-law Yvonne Matheson of Litchfield, Mich.; her sister-in-law, Carol Kolongowski of Flushing, Mich., and nieces Jill and Beth Kolongowski; brother-in-law Douglas Schlosser of Homer, Mich.; sister-in-law D’Andra Clark of Hillsdale, Mich.; niece Arielle Clark and nephew Quinlan Clark, and many dear friends.  She was predeceased by her parents, Irene and Philip Pagano, and her brother, Chuck Pagano.

A celebration of Marian’s life will be held at Amherst College’s Johnson Chapel at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 12.  A reception will follow at the home of Amherst College President Biddy Martin.  Calling hours will be held 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon CATHERINE E. WOODARD of LEVERETT, MA, August 25, 1923 – April 3, 2014

LEVERETT, Catherine E. (Danahey) Woodard, 90, of Depot Rd., Leverett, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Baystate Hospital in Springfield. 

She was born August 25, 1923 in Amherst, the daughter of the late James Danahey and Mary (Hayes) Danahey.  She was educated in local schools, and was a graduate of Amherst High School.  Kay grew up in Amherst and later moved to Leverett.  She had worked in the Mark’s Meadow cafeteria many years ago.  Kay was a devout Catholic at The Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, and was a communicant of St. John’s Church in Millers Falls, and St. Brigid’s Church in Amherst.

She spent her life in Leverett, raising 10 children with her husband, Philip.  They enjoyed traveling, bird-watching, and the company of their family.  She leaves her husband of 71 years, Philip, and their 10 children:  Sandra McMahon of California, Alan of Michigan, Gerald of Erving, Patricia Page of Pelham, Martha Woodard of Florida, Brian of Vermont, Wayne of Sunderland, Daniel of Northfield, Neal of Leverett, Nancy Hargraves of Wisconsin, and 27 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Ellen Schnieder and Mary Mitchell, and a brother, John Danahey, predeceased her. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, April 10, at 10:00 a.m., in Most Holy Redeemer Church, Hadley, burial will follow in St. Brigid’s Cemetery.  Calling hours are Wed., from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst.  Memorial gifts may be made to The Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley, St. Brigid’s Cemetery, or the charity of one’s choice. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon MARGARET E. BOUCHER of LEVERETT, MA, December 20, 1925 – April 3, 2014

LEVERETT, Margaret E. {Ryan} Boucher, 87, of Number 6 Rd. Leverett, passed away peacefully Thursday April 3, 2014 at the Center for Extended Care Amherst.

She was born December 20, 1925 in Williamsburg, the daughter of the late Nolia Johndrow Ryan Tacy and John Ryan. She attended Williamsburg High School and the Northampton School of Business. Directly after graduating Margaret spent a short time during WWII working in Washington, DC as a secretary for the Department of the Navy. Other positions she held were secretary for the Rudisson Engineering Company, Leeds, and five years as secretary to the Leverett Elementary School Principal. For 25 years Margaret worked for Sears as an office-customer service representative. A devout Catholic, she volunteered as registrar and office assistant for St. Brigid’s Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) religious education classes while her children were participating.

Married in 1950 to Roger J. Boucher, Sr. they lived for 53 years in Leverett, MA raising 5 children and were proprietors of Sleepy Hollow Campground. Margaret continued living in the family home.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Roger J. Boucher, Sr. and her brother, William J. Ryan.

She is survived by her children, daughter, Ellen M. Hendricks and husband Bradford C. Hendricks of Leverett, MA; daughter, Diane Boucher Appel, and husband Edward B. Appel of Milford, PA; son, Roger J. Boucher, Jr., and wife Mary Newsom Boucher of San Mateo, CA; son, John C. Boucher, and wife Cheryl Reske Boucher of Leverett, MA; and son, Paul W. Boucher of Leverett, MA. Also her six grandchildren Seth P. Hendricks, Sara L. Hendricks, Roger J. Boucher, III, William A. Boucher, Matthew J. Boucher and Lindsey M. Boucher.

Those whose lives were touched by Margaret are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, April 8, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Brigid’s Catholic Church in Amherst. Burial will follow in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley. A celebratory reception will take place for all family and friends following the burial.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be given to the St. Brigid’s Catholic Church Cemetery Fund, 122 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon GERALD PATRICK BROPHY of AMHERST, MA, September 11, 1926 – April 2, 2014

AMHERST, Gerald Patrick Brophy passed away on April 2, 2014 following a short illness. Born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 11, 1926 Gerry’s family moved to Westchester County, New York and settled in New Rochelle. He graduated from Iona Preparatory School in early 1944 and enlisted in the U.S. Maritime Service, serving in the North Atlantic region until the end of hostilities. Entering Columbia University, he completed his undergraduate and PhD studies in Geology in 1954 and accepted a faculty appointment at Amherst College where he served until 1998, retiring as Hitchcock Professor of Mineralogy and Geology. During his studies at Columbia (supported by the Atomic Energy Commission) he helped explore the uranium potential of central Utah and discovered a new uranium-bearing ore mineral.  During his tenure at Amherst he also maintained consulting operations with several mining companies in the U.S., Canada and South Africa, in addition to conducting geological investigations in Pakistan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mexico. From 1978 to 1980, taking a leave from Amherst College, he managed the Department of Energy programs for potential geothermal resources in the lower 48 contiguous United States. For many years he was a member of the Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association serving as Counselor and President. Other professional memberships included the Geological Society of America, the Mineralogical Society of America and the Society of Economic Geologists. The Geological Society of America established at his urging and request:  1) the undergraduate membership program and 2) a section of the Society encouraging the Northeastern U.S. and adjacent Canada to concentrate on studies within that unique geological region. Gerry is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Joanne Young Brophy; son Thomas, Daughter-in-Law Laura and granddaughter Katherine of Brooklyn, NY; son James, Daughter-in-Law Evelyn and granddaughters Jennifer of Bloomington, IN and Sarah of Chicago, IL.  His eldest son, William Michael, predeceased him.  Private funeral services will be held soon and a public memorial service will be held at a later date. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon LEANDER “TED” FORNAS of AMHERST, MASS, June 18, 1925 – March 11, 2014

Amherst, Leander “Ted” Fornas, 88, passed away at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst on March 11, 2014.  He is survived by his daughters, Laura and Tina Fornas, and his grandchildren, Emily, Robin and Henrietta.

Ted was born in Gardner, Massachusetts, on June 18, 1925.  He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served as an interpreter with the 85th Mountain Infantry attached to the 10th Mountain Division.  After the war, he pursued his childhood dream of a career in illustration at the Pratt Institute in New York City.  Ted continued his studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich, Switzerland, and at the Suomen Taideakatemian in Finland.  During his career, Ted’s work has been shown in major exhibitions in New York, Rome, Athens, Moscow, Goteborg and Sao Paulo.  Today his original prints are included in collections at The Museum of Modern Art and Rockefeller Center in New York City, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and The Anteneum Art Museum in Finland, which lists eight of his graphic works in its permanent collection.

Ted married in 1954 and returned to Finland with his wife, Pirkko-Liisa, and two young daughters in 1960.  After divorcing in 1967, Ted returned to the United States, and his wife and daughters moved to Sweden.  This time the move was permanent for Ted, and he became a professor and head of the Art Department at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts. 

 In lieu of flowers, his family asks that those who wish to remember him make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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PostHeaderIcon HELEN S. ROBERGE of AMHERST, MA, October 25, 1928 – April 1, 2014

AMHERST, Helen (Sanders) Roberge, 85, a long time Amherst resident died on April 1, 2014 at the Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with her devoted and loving husband of 65 years Girard (Jerry) Roberge by her side. Born in Pelham on Oct. 25, 1928 she was the daughter of the late Archibald and Helen (Naylor) Sanders. She graduated from Amherst High School in 1946. Helen worked at A.T.T. for several years and at the former Louis’ Foods for over 30 years. She enjoyed quilting and baking, especially making wedding cakes. Helen was an animal lover. She enjoyed motor homing with her husband to Maine and Florida, skiing and her cottage in Wellfleet on Cape Cod. In addition to her husband, Helen is survived by her sister Janet Sanders, her cousin Nancy Sanders and many in-laws. She was predeceased by her niece Shirley Moors. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Calvin Coolidge for their attentive care. A graveside service will be Saturday, April 5, at 10:00AM in South Amherst Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Care Alternatives Hospice, 100 Locke Drive, Marlborough, MA 01752. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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