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PostHeaderIcon BARBARA LEE SUTHERLAND of AMHERST, MASS, January 8, 1935 – September 7, 2014

Amherst, 79, Barbara Lee Sutherland (Hardgrow) departed this life surrounded by loving family on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at Cooley-Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her death was of natural causes. She was born on January 8, 1935, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Harold Davis and Mabel E. Hardgrow. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband Sylvester L. Sutherland. She leaves to cherish her memory, her sister, Constance Ford, and her brother, Gary Hardgrow (Cynthia Rene) both of Ohio. She’s survived by her loving children (Donna Hancock, Douglas Kearse, Ruth Sampson (Raymond), Anthony Dunson, Eric Dunson (Thala), Kristy Sutherland, Stephanie Dunson (Amy Cheng), Lisa Johnson (Greg), and Tracy Sutherland); sixteen grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; three “grand dogs,” and one “great grand dog.” She will be deeply missed by Barbara Cole, Nancy Pagano, Janice Lewis, Barbara Jo McDaniel her extended San Diego family, and other dear friends, family, and neighbors to numerable to list.

A retired LPN and piano teacher, Barbara relocated to Amherst MA from Greenfield OH in 2004, to be near daughters living in the area, but soon made the Pioneer Valley very much her own home. She loved Amherst and very quickly made her mark as one of the town’s most visible and active citizens. She was an avid volunteer and a constant presence in the Bangs Community Senior Center; she was the current upstanding President of the Senior Center’s Senior Travel Club, has served on the Board of Directors of Highland Valley Elder Services, was a current member of the Senior Center’s Council on Aging since 2004, was a current and long-standing member of the Nutrition Site Council of Highland Valley, conducted blood pressure screenings, and has been a receptionist for the Senior Center since 2005. She was also a very active member of the Goodwin Memorial AME Zion Church in Amherst, where she served as the church pianist and member of the choir; she was a current member of the Amherst Area Gospel Choir.

Barbara will be remembered by anyone who met her for her radiant smile and contagious laughter, which made her the light of any room she entered. She loved her family and friends, travel, good food, music, football, her church, and the richness and variety of her life in Amherst. She will be deeply, deeply missed.

There will be services in both Massachusetts and Ohio. In Amherst, services will be held today, Wednesday September 10th at Goodwin Memorial AME Zion Church at 6pm followed by a reception at the Bangs Senior Center.  In Ohio, services will be held in Greenfield (Ohio), at Shorter Chapel AME Church on Saturday, September 13th at 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280 Washington, DC 20077 (http://www.arthritis.org). Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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PostHeaderIcon STEVEN C. FARNHAM of SWANZEY, NH, June 6, 1960 – September 3, 2014

Swanzey, NH – Steven C. Farnham died at his home Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Swanzey, NH. He was born in Providence, RI, on June 6, 1960, the son of David and Lindy Farnham.

Steven grew up in Hadley, working on local farms and graduating in 1978 from Hopkins Academy, where he was a varsity soccer and baseball player. After attending Cushing Academy for one year, he enrolled at Keene State College, graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering.

While at Keene, Steven played four years of soccer and was a proud member of the 1981 team that had a record of 20-0-5. They were the top-seeded team in the NAIA New England Tournament, and Steven scored the winning goal in sudden-death overtime to send the team to Nationals, where they came in third place. As a member of this team, Steven was inducted into the Keene State Hall of Fame.  

Also while at Keene, Steven was a brother and president of the Alpha Pi Tau fraternity.

After graduating from college, Steven was a salesman at various companies, including John Deere, Reed Screenall, Bomag, and most recently Champlain Valley Equipment in Middlebury, VT. He was a member of the Amherst Golf Club and two-time Steam Boat Tournament champion. He was also active in coaching soccer, returning to Hopkins to coach the varsity boys team for one year and then in the Amherst Youth Soccer Program in which he coached his two beloved children. In addition to soccer and golf, Steve loved ice skating and carpentry. He will be remembered as a sweet, outgoing guy with a big heart and infectious laugh.

Steven is predeceased by his mother, Veronika “Lindy” Farnham of Hadley. He will be missed by his two cherished children, Jack and Grace Farnham, and their mother Tracy Farnham of Belchertown; his father, David G. Farnham of Hadley; his older brother, David F. Farnham, and wife Jacqueline Waldman-Corbat and daughter Olga of Amherst; and his younger brother, Michael Farnham, and wife Sally and children Caleb and Mary Kate of Hadley.

Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst will handle arrangements. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the family plot in Wildwood Cemetery in Amherst. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peoples Bank for the benefit of Hopkins Academy Boys and Girls Soccer Programs. PeoplesBank c/o Steven Farnham, 5 South Maple Street, Hadley, MA 01035.

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PostHeaderIcon MARY F. WALKER of PELHAM, MASS, May 31, 1921 – August 30, 2014

 

Amherst, Mary F. (Cronk) Walker, 93, died peacefully August 30, 2014 at the Center for Extended Care of Amherst. 

Mary was born in Fairfax, Missouri, May 31, 1921, the fourth of fourteen children to the late Arthur and Marie (Friend) Cronk.

They moved to Glencoe, Oklahoma when she was young.  Having lived through the Great Depression and dust bowl in very difficult conditions, she never forgot what it was like to be poor and hungry.  In her late teens she worked as a mother’s helper and cleaned houses in Oklahoma City while studying to become a beautician.  There, she met Pvt. John Walker, during World War II.  She joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1943.  John and Mary had a military wedding at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky on August 4, 1943.  Mary was honorably discharged from the WAC in 1944 and moved to Massachusetts to live with John’s family while he continued his military service.  They moved to Amherst in 1946 and bought their home in Pelham in 1950.

Mary was a caring, giving person who hosted Fresh Air children, college students, and fund raisers to build the Pelham Public Library at her home.  She enjoyed many activities such as traveling, crafts, cooking (especially apple and blueberry pies), square dancing, and later in life volunteer reader in Pelham Elementary school.  She was a Cub Scout den mother when her children were young.  Mary was very actively involved and the longest member in the United Wesley Methodist Church. 

Mary was predeceased by her husband, John of 60 years in 2003, her son-in-law, Morris Dwight and 12 of her siblings. 

Mary leaves behind her children, Elizabeth Dwight, Robert, Charles (Carol Kramer), Margaret MacDonald (William), and Daniel (Rebecca).  She had six grandchildren, James, Michael, Jenny, Steven, Amanda, Hayleigh, Cole and seven great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 11:00 AM, at the North Valley Cemetery on North Valley Road, Pelham, Massachusetts, a memorial service and reception will follow at 1:00 PM at the United Wesley Methodist Church at 98 Maple Street, Hadley, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Pelham Library, Pelham Historical Society or the United Wesley Methodist Church.

The family of Mary Walker wishes to thank the Center for Extended Care of Amherst staff for the loving care provided to Mary.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

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PostHeaderIcon MARY F. WALKER of PELHAM, MASS, May 31, 1919 – August 30, 2014

 

Amherst, Mary F. (Cronk) Walker, 93, died peacefully August 30, 2014 at the Center for Extended Care of Amherst. 

Mary was born in Fairfax, Missouri, May 31, 1921, the fourth of fourteen children to the late Arthur and Marie (Friend) Cronk.

They moved to Glencoe, Oklahoma when she was young.  Having lived through the Great Depression and dust bowl in very difficult conditions, she never forgot what it was like to be poor and hungry.  In her late teens she worked as a mother’s helper and cleaned houses in Oklahoma City while studying to become a beautician.  There, she met Pvt. John Walker, during World War II.  She joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1943.  John and Mary had a military wedding at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky on August 4, 1943.  Mary was honorably discharged from the WAC in 1944 and moved to Massachusetts to live with John’s family while he continued his military service.  They moved to Amherst in 1946 and bought their home in Pelham in 1950.

Mary was a caring, giving person who hosted Fresh Air children, college students, and fund raisers to build the Pelham Public Library at her home.  She enjoyed many activities such as traveling, crafts, cooking (especially apple and blueberry pies), square dancing, and later in life volunteer reader in Pelham Elementary school.  She was a Cub Scout den mother when her children were young.  Mary was very actively involved and the longest member in the United Wesley Methodist Church. 

Mary was predeceased by her husband, John of 60 years in 2003, her son-in-law, Morris Dwight and 12 of her siblings. 

Mary leaves behind her children, Elizabeth Dwight, Robert, Charles (Carol Kramer), Margaret MacDonald (William), and Daniel (Rebecca).  She had six grandchildren, James, Michael, Jenny, Steven, Amanda, Hayleigh, Cole and seven great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 11:00 AM, at the North Valley Cemetery on North Valley Road, Pelham, Massachusetts, a memorial service and reception will follow at 1:00 PM at the United Wesley Methodist Church at 98 Maple Street, Hadley, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Pelham Library, Pelham Historical Society or the United Wesley Methodist Church.

The family of Mary Walker wishes to thank the Center for Extended Care of Amherst staff for the loving care provided to Mary.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

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PostHeaderIcon ANN D. LASALLE of AMHERST, MA, April 22, 1929 – August 23, 2014

Amherst – Ann D. (Childs) LaSalle, 85 beloved wife of the late Edwin LaSalle for 64 years, died peacefully Saturday August 23, 2014, at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst.  Born in Northampton on April 22nd 1929, she was the daughter of the late Herbert L. and Cecelia E. (Dragon) Childs.

Ann grew up on King Street in Northampton and attended Northampton High School. After completing school she worked at Pro Brush in Florence where she met her future husband Ed. They were married April 4th 1949. They lived on Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton and purchased their home in Amherst in 1955.

While Ann was predominately a homemaker raising her two children, she also took in laundry and ironing from Amherst Laundromat. She later went on to become a manager at Almy’s Department Store in Hadley. After the closing of Almy’s, Ann would finish out her career as the manager of the University Store at UMass.

In their retirement Ann and Ed enjoyed traveling and loved dancing at the Gables and later at the Whale Inn. Ann also took pride working in her gardens and decorating for holidays at her Chestnut Street home.

Ann was the last survivor in a family of thirteen children. She was predeceased by Eleanor M. Childs, Ruth E. Green, Helen E. Peloquin, Herbert Childs, Robert Childs, George M. Childs, Richard L. Childs, Harry E. Childs, Donald E. Childs, John B. Childs and two infant sisters that died at birth. 

She is survived by her son David and his partner Wayne Johnson of Provincetown. She was predeceased by her daughter Linda.

The family wishes to offer special thanks to Gwen Lehan and Lesley Crouse for their continued love and support, also many thanks to the staff at Center for Extended Care.

Funeral services will be Thursday, August 28, at 10:00 a.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Burial will follow in North Hadley Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service from 9-10 a.m. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon LOUIS FACTO of NORTHAMPTON, MA, August 25, 1956 – August 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON, Louis Facto, 57, of Earle St. in Northampton passed away peacefully at Baystate Medical Center on August 16, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 25, 1956 to the late Elaine (Birge) Facto and Daniel Facto. He attended Smith Vocational High School. Louis enjoyed hiking, ice fishing, sports especially the Patriots and Red Sox games. He also enjoyed many cruises to the Caribbean. He leaves two brothers and two sisters, Daniel Facto of California, Glen Facto and wife Sheryl of Easthampton, Tina Fournier and husband Donat of Easthampton and Debbi Sacco of Florence. He also leaves aunts Nancy Sloat and husband Rex of Florence, Dori Windoloski of Holyoke, Barbara Birge of Watertown and Jean Williams of Merrimack, NH. He was predeceased by his aunt Pauline Williams and his uncle Robert Birge. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Appalachian Trail Conservancy P.O. Box 807, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425.  A graveside service will be held Friday, August 29, 2014, at 11:00 AM, at the North Amherst Cemetery, East Pleasant St., Amherst. There are no calling hours. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral .com

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PostHeaderIcon JOSEPH VASSALLO of HADLEY, MASS, May 6, 1945 – August 21, 2014

Joseph Vassallo

1945 – 2014 

Hadley, Joseph Vassallo, 69, passed away Wednesday August 21, 2014 at home after a long illness. He was born on May 6, 1945 in Everett, MA to Joseph and Mary (Pento) Vassallo. Joe grew up in Pelham and was educated in the Amherst-Pelham Schools. He is survived by his partner of 22 years, Janet Anderson. He is also survived by his three brothers, John Vassallo and his wife Trish, Michael Vassallo and his wife Kathy, Robert Vassallo and his wife Lynda, two sisters, Rosalie Mikalunas and her husband Robert, Carol Orrell and her husband David, and his Sister in Law, Helen Vassallo.  Three son’s Joseph Vassallo III, his wife Rebecca, Steven Vassallo and James Vassallo and his wife Alexandria. Janet’s two children Raymond Anderson and Anne Chapdelaine . He also leaves twelve grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.Joe was predeceased by his brothers Paul Vassallo, Angelo Vassallo and Richard Vassallo. Per Joe’s wishes there will only be a private family service at the graveside in Pelham, MA. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

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PostHeaderIcon DOROTHY A. IVES of AMHERST, MA, April 24, 1918 – August 19, 2014

AMHERST, Dorothy Ann (Mays) Ives, aged 96, of West Street, Amherst, died on August 19, 2014 at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst. Born in Boston April 24, 1918, daughter of the late Percy C. and Jessie E. (Kennedy) Mays, she was a graduate of Arlington High School in 1934 and Simmons College School of Library Science in 1938.  Her husband, Philip T. Ives, a research geneticist and weather recorder at Amherst College, died in 1992. 

Dorothy came to Amherst in February 1939 to be Branch Librarian at the Jones Library (North Amherst branch).  Following her marriage in June of 1940 she worked in Converse Library at Amherst College for three years.  She returned to work at the college in the mid-1950’s, first as Secretary in the Astronomy Department and then for 21 years as Secretary in the Economics Department, retiring in 1987.  She had been active in the Amherst Girl Scouts and she was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, the Thursday Club, and the Amherst Historical Society. 

One of Dorothy’s favorite sayings, learned early in life, was “You do what you have to.”  Her parents, immigrants from England and Scotland, were servants on Beacon Hill in Boston and they lost their jobs, their savings, and ultimately their lives during the Depression years.  Dorothy resolutely worked her way through Simmons, building a circle of nine friends called the Robins, and she kept these friendships all her life.  Arriving in Amherst a city girl, she adapted to farm life when she and Philip moved to South Amherst, learning to put up food, butcher chickens, and chase runaway cows.  She wrote about these times in “100 Years at the Corner” (Harvesting History: Amherst Massachusetts Farms 1700-2010), celebrating her family’s ties to the community.

Friends and family meant everything to Dorothy, and in her early 50s she traveled to Britain to reconnect with the relatives her parents had left behind decades earlier.  Many happy trips to the Orkney Islands followed, along with emails and phone calls.  After retiring from Amherst College, she kept in touch with former students and “her boys,” the members of the Economics faculty, and through the years the number of names on her birthday card list continued to grow.  She loved nothing more than having her family home to visit and keeping the wood fire burning, and she will be greatly missed.

Dorothy is survived by four children: Richard T. (Donna) of Spring Hill, FL; Elinor I. Goff (Chris, died 2007) and Carolyn I. Dingman (Joe), both of Bryn Mawr, PA; Donald F. (Sally) of Worthington, MA; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her dear friends, the Kosakowski family of Hadley.

A memorial service will be held in Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  There are no calling hours.  Burial will be private.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Amherst Historical Society, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA  01002. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon BLANCHE (DOLEVA) ORRELL of AMHERST, MA, November 3, 1925 – August 17, 2014

AMHERST, Blanche (Doleva) Orrell passed away Aug. 17, 2014 at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst. Born Nov. 3, 1925 in Amherst, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Lecko) Doleva. Blanche was a graduate of Amherst High School and Northampton Commercial College. She was a longtime member of the Amherst Garden Club and the Hampshire Bird Club. Blanche loved the Red Sox. She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth H. Orrell in 2005. She is survived by her five sons; David Orrell and his wife Carol of Shutesbury, Bob Orrell of Sunderland, John Orrell of Florence, Bill Orrell of Hadley and Steve Orrell of Pelham; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Blanche wants to thank the friends and staff at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst. You are the best. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Services and burial will be private. There are no calling hours. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon JEROME WEIDENFELD of SHUTESBURY & HOLYOKE, MA, September 6, 1926 – August 12, 2014

Holyoke, MA – Jerome Weidenfeld, 87, passed away peacefully this past Tuesday morning August 12, 2014, at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.  He was a first generation American, born on September 6, 1926 in the Bronx, NYC to Fannie Goltzman and Saul Weidenfeld.

He now joins his late wife Barbara Louise (Diehl) Weidenfeld at the Jewish Community of Amherst Cemetery in Shutesbury. He leaves behind three sons, Robert Weidenfeld of Davis, California, David Weidenfeld of Easthampton, MA and Mark ‘Moshe’ Weidenfeld of Brooklyn, NY and their respective spouses as well as four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry attended Stuyvesant High School in NYC but left before he graduated to enlist in the Army Air Force in 1944.  He was later given an honorable discharge after a tragic car crash in which his mother and uncle were killed and his father was critically injured.  At age 21, he married his first wife Evelyn Pytel and had a son, Robert. 

Some years after Evelyn’s death due to illness, he met and later married Barbara in 1960 and had two sons David and Mark (Moshe) and settled in Massapequa, Long Island.  Jerry worked as a machinist/electrician and later as an industrial arts teacher in the New York City Public schools.  During these years, Jerry developed his skills as a craftsman, working with pottery, ceramics, and jewelry. 

The family later relocated to Amherst where Jerry worked at the TRW factory in South Hadley and later as a custodian at the University of Massachusetts. He sold his crafts at various art shows and he was a regular vendor at the campus center at UMass.  In addition to his talent with crafts, Jerry loved music and taught himself to play the mandolin, guitar and most notably, the harmonica, which he continued to play until the last week of his life.

Jerome had a life long passion for issues of social justice and along with both of his wives had participated in such causes as the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam anti-war movement, and working for freedom for Soviet Jewry. He and Barbara were members of the Amherst chapter of the ACLU and taught ESL together at the UMass workplace education program in their later years.  Jerome was also a skilled handyman, designing and helping to build a home in Shutesbury, where he and Barbara lived for many years.

Shortly after losing Barbara in February, 2013 he became a resident at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home where he lived for the remainder of his days. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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