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PostHeaderIcon DORIS A. ATKINS of AMHERST, MASS, August 6, 1933 – December 4, 2014


AMHERST, Doris A. Atkins died at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst, MA on December 4, 2014. She was born in Bristol, CT on August 6, 1933, the daughter of the late Walter A. Zeiner and Edith (Blinn) Zeiner. She graduated from Terryville, CT High School in 1951 and received a B.A. degree from the University of Connecticut at Storrs in 1976.

She was a member of the Plymouth Grange #72 in Plymouth, CT and the Whigville Grange #48 for over 60 years. She was also a member of the South Congregational Church and the Thursday Club in Amherst.

She was predeceased by her husband, William C. Atkins in December of 2006, by her daughter, Donna Lee Maynard, and by her brother, Walter A. Zeiner of Mt. Dora, Florida.

Mrs. Atkins leaves her son, David Maynard, of Long Island, New York and her daughter-in-law Linda Winkler of Kingston, PA, her nephew Scott Zeiner of Sarasota, FL, her sister-in-law Elizabeth Zeiner of Mt. Dora, FL, and several cousins. She also leaves five step children: Chandler Atkins of Queensbury, NY, Dr. James Atkins of Goldsboro, NC, Linda Thompson of Warrenton, VA, Holly Pelissier of Nipomo. CA, Elizabeth Vega of Goldsboro, NC, and a number of step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

Douglass Funeral Services will be in charge of the arrangements. At Mrs. Atkins request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. A committal service will be held in Wildwood Cemetery in Amherst on Wednesday, December 10 at 11 AM. Reverend Fran Ruthven from South Congregational Church will conduct the service. Obituary and memorial register at



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PostHeaderIcon CYNTHIA PHYLLIS BLANE of HADLEY, MASS, July 6, 1928 – November 27, 2014


Devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Cynthia Phyllis Blane died in Hadley on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27, 2014 with family at her side.


Born on July 6, 1928 to Milton and Sally Weber, Cynthia grew up in Brooklyn, New York, graduated from James Madison High School with honors, and attended Brooklyn College.  In her twenties, as the married mother of 2 young children, she, along with a number of family members, trekked across the country and settled in the Southern California area. It was there she raised her family and led an active social life with a close circle of friends from her temple.


In 1968 she returned to the Northeast and soon met and married Murray Blane.  They celebrated their 45th Anniversary shortly before her death.  During the course of those years, Cynthia and Murray lived in New Jersey, California, the Berkshires, and Florida.  A few years ago they moved to the Amherst area to be closer to family.


‘Charlie’, as she was affectionately referred to by Murray and his family, loved to travel.  She and Murray journeyed to a wide range of exciting locations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Mexico, and the Caribbean.  She was extremely intelligent, an avid reader, and an inquisitive, life-long learner (as recently as last year taking a UMASS extension course).  Also a lover of the arts, Cynthia enjoyed opera, classical music, movies, theater and dance – in fact, she was a fine dancer herself.  She learned to play tennis in her 50’s and became a very knowledgeable spectator of the sport (and a big fan of ‘Rafa’).


Over the years, family became Cynthia’s main priority and she relished her role as the family matriarch. She will be deeply missed by her husband Murray Blane, her son Steven Leiblum, and daughter-in-law Lennie Ware, and her daughter Wendy Edinson and son-in-law Les Edinson.  She’ll also be missed by stepson William Blane and wife Amy Gross, and stepdaughter Jo Ellen Aaron.  Mourning her loss, too, are her grandchildren Eli Edinson, Asa Edinson, Mollie Edinson Domian and her husband Christopher Domian, as well as Mishy Leiblum, Raffi Leiblum, and his wife Kristina Kunkel, and Scott Aaron and his wife, Erin Cooper.  She also leaves behind 4 adorable great grandchildren.


Funeral arrangements were provided by the Douglass Funeral Home.  On Tuesday, December 2nd, there will be a private memorial held for close family members. Contributions to Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity Street, Amherst MA 01002 may be made in her memory. Obituary and memorial register at


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PostHeaderIcon MARION M. TAYLOR of AMHERST, MASS, July 21, 1938 – November 17, 2014


Amherst, Dr. Marion M. Taylor, 76, born in Chicago, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 17th at the Fisher House in Amherst. He was surrounded by friends and students. Marion studied as a microbiologist but found his true passion in traditional Japanese martial arts. He held senior ranks in Iaido, Karate, Kyudo and Aikido. Marion worked as Director of Martial Arts in the outdoor program (OPRA) at Hampshire College for 39 years until his retirement in 2012. He is survived by many hundreds of students across the country and friends around the world, all of whom mourn his loss. Marion was an inspiring teacher and timeless mentor to those who carry his legacy through the practices he shared. Donations, in his name, can be made to the Fisher House, where Marion spent his last weeks in the company of those close to him and the loving staff of the Fisher House. Obituary and memorial register at


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PostHeaderIcon ALICE M. BOOTH of PELHAM, MASS, March 11, 1917 – November 16, 2014

Alice M. {Pratt} Booth

1917 – 2014

Pelham, Alice May {Pratt} Booth, 97, a long time Pelham resident, passed away on Sunday Nov. 16, 2014, at The Center for Extended Care at Amherst. She was born March 11, 1917, to the late Ida and Ralph Pratt, in Shutesbury. She was educated in Shutesbury Schools, and she married her late husband Cleon Booth in 1934, moving to Enfield Rd. in Pelham shortly after. Alice spent her early years raising her four children. Later in life she was a care giver to many at local nursing homes, and then went to work at the University of Massachusetts Dinning Commons, until her retirement. She enjoyed going to bingo with her sisters and taking care of her mother and family. Alice spent her last years at the Center for Extended Care where she had many friends.

She is survived by her brother Lawrence “Larry” Pratt, her two sons, Cleon “Buzzy” Booth and wife Dora and Ernest “Ernie” Booth and wife Carolyn. She was predeceased by her daughters Bernice Stratton, Ernestine “Tini” Sawicki, Sisters Gertrude Stockwell and Mildred Britt, Brothers Harold, Clayton and Chester Pratt; she was also predeceased by a grandson, Tommy Stratton.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, 10:00 AM at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst, with burial following in Pelham Valley Cemetery, Pelham. Calling hours will be Friday Nov. 21, from 5 – 7 PM at the Douglass Funeral Service. Obituary and memorial register at


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PostHeaderIcon SHIRLEY E. SCHWARTZ of AMHERST, MASS, October 28, 1922 – November 3, 2014

Shirley E. Schwartz

1922 – 2014

Leeds, Shirley E. {Tacy} Schwartz, 92, a long time Amherst resident died Monday November 3rd, 2014 at Overlook of Northampton. Shirley was born in Northampton Oct. 28, 1922, to the late Frederick and Emily {Bedard} Tacy.

Shirley grew up in the Bay State section of Northampton and was a Northampton High School Graduate; she was also a Graduate of the former Northampton Commercial College.

She was an avid movie buff, and met her late husband Daniel at the Calvin Theatre, where they both were working. She retired after many years from A.J. Hastings, Amherst. Shirley loved birds, especially Cardinals, light houses and the Red Sox.

She is survived by her two daughters, Maryanne and Dennis of Hampden, MA and Martha and Alan of CA., and her son Paul of MA. She is also survived by 6 Grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Shirley was pre deceased by her beloved husband Daniel and was the last of her twelve siblings.

Funeral services will be Friday November 14th, 9:00 am from the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst, with a Mass of Christian Burial,10:00 am at St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst. Burial will be at 12:15 pm in St. Jerome’s Cemetery, Holyoke. Calling hours will be Thursday, November 13th, from 5 – 7 pm at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst.

Memorial donations may be made to Overlook of Northampton, 222 River Rd. Leeds, MA 01053 or Community House of Hope, 348 West Avenida De Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA. 91360 Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon MALCOLM FEINSTEIN of HOLYOKE, MA, July 12, 1922 – October 28, 2014

Holyoke, Malcolm Feinstein died at Loomis House in Holyoke, MA on October 28, 2014.  Born on July 12, 1922 in Middletown, Connecticut, he was the third and youngest son of Sadie and Jacob Feinstein who had immigrated to the US from Eastern Europe in the early 1900’s.  He grew up in the tiny town of Chester, Connecticut where his father and mother ran the village general store which sold everything from shoes to safety pins. 

Mal’s talents in art and music were recognized at an early age.  During his grade school years, he painted murals on many of the school’s walls and received violin lessons from Reuben Segel, a noted violinist and professor at the Hartt School of Music. Mal began his studies of commercial art at Pratt Institute, but his coursework was cut short by World War II.  He was inducted into the Army Air Force and served, during the war, as a phototopographer in India and Burma.  After the war, Malcolm used the GI Bill to complete his studies at Pratt in 1947 and, during the next two years, worked as a commercial artist with a specialty in the area of lettering.  Then, eager to try his own hand at painting, Malcolm traveled to France where he enrolled at the Ecoles d’Art Americaines, Palais de Fountainebleau.  Upon his return to the US, he met Estelle Fisher whom he married in 1949.  Three weeks after their wedding, the two moved to Paris where Malcolm studied painting with Edouard Goerg at the Academic de la Grande Chaumier in Montparnasse, attended classes with Leger, exhibited paintings at the American Library in Paris, and set up his portable easel to paint along the streets of Paris and rural France.

In 1951, they returned to the US and eventually settled in Stamford, Connecticut where they raised three children.  From 1959 until 1982, Malcolm pursued a career as a graphic designer and lettering artist with his college roommate, Irv Koons, at Irv Koons Associates in New York City.  The studio was named the “Package Design Studio of the Year” by the Package Design Council of New York in 1981.  By age 60, Malcolm retired in order to paint full time in the studio he had built at his Stamford home.  After Estelle died in 2002, he relocated close to his daughter’s home in South Hadley, Massachusetts where he continued to paint, creating a total of more than 300 paintings in his lifetime.

Malcolm is survived by one brother Arthur Feinstein and his wife Rhoda Feinstein, one son Daniel Feinstein and his wife Rose Ann Wasserman, two daughters Susan Barry and Deborah Feinstein and their husbands Dan Barry and Alan Copsey, and four grandchildren.  His warmth and imagination will be greatly missed. 

Funeral services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to “Mount Holyoke College for the Malcolm Feinstein Music Fund” at Advancement Office, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley, MA. 01075. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon LOCARDIA EMILY PATNAUDE of AMHERST, MASS, July 14, 1918 – October 8, 2014

Amherst, On October 8th at the age of 96, life long Amherst resident Locardia Emily Patnaude joined Victor her husband of 67 years, her son Peter, 2 brothers and 3 sisters in heaven.


Born Locardia Emily Mitchell July 14, 1918 on North East Street at a time when most children were born at home, Lou as she was known, was educated in Amherst schools and Northampton Commercial College.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Martha Mitchell.  Lou was a member of Saint Brigid parish and godmother to seven children.


Her early years saw North East Street paved, and electric power become available, and then the telephone and tractors replaced horses and hay bailers replace pitchforks.


She worked as a telephone operator for the original AT&T.  Long time Amherst residents have heard her voice when they picked up the phone and heard a telephone operator request “Number Please”. 


After the dial telephone replaced the Amherst switchboard Lou worked as a telephone operator at the University of Massachusetts and retired from that position.


An avid gardener, she grew flowers, some of which were sold locally.  Many vegetables were also raised and she made sure you never left her home without some.


She supported her husband Victor when he started the family run business at the corner of College Street and East Street, a business known as Frosty Cap, a local drive-in that became a local favorite where young kids could get at 5¢ cone and adult cones started at 10¢.


Always a true lady and gracious hostess she made everyone feel welcome in her home and took pride in meeting the needs of others while dismissing her effort as “nothing”.  During the past year she lived at the Arbors, an assisted living facility in Amherst where her needs were met with grace, dignity and respect.


Conservative as true New England Yankee, she subscribed to traditional values of self -reliance and independence while being generous without hesitation.


Lou leaves her son Dennis and his wife Sue, granddaughter Robin Kranz and her husband Rick, daughter in-law Pura Patnaude, granddaughter Victoria Patnaude, great grandsons Ryan Kranz and Brendon Kranz. 


She also leaves 5 nieces, Mary Ann Mitchell, Gwynne Parmelee, Esther Rocasha, Martha Trenholm and Martha Watson, 2 nephews Dale Patnaude and Will Thayer.


In keeping with her wishes there will no calling hours and a private family funeral.  In lieu of flowers anyone who wishes donate in her memory to the VNA & Hospice at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01061-0329.  This wonderful organization does so much to ease the burden of health issues for those who find travel challenging and did so much for her in her later years. Obituary and memorial register ay

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PostHeaderIcon RAPHAELA “VI” RUSSELL of HADLEY, MASS, June 24, 1919 – November 1, 2014

Hadley, Raphaela “Vi” (Natale) Russell, 95, of Hadley, passed away on Saturday, November, 1, 2014, at home surrounded by the love of her family and caregivers.

She was born in Northampton, June 24, 1919, the daughter of Vito and Madeline Natale. She grew up in Northampton and graduated from Northampton High School taking a job at Pro Brush in Florence. She was married to William Russell Jr. for 55 years before his death in 1998. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Madeline “Carol” Pratt, sister, Antoinette Natale, brothers, Frank, James,and Joseph.

During her beginning years of marriage, she traveled with her husband in the US Air Force during World War II.  They came to settle as longtime residents of Amherst and then moving to Hadley. Raphaela devoted many, many years to being a loving, full time Mom to 5 children.  Her family always came first and brought her the greatest joys in life.  

She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, and cheering on her children and later grandchildren as they participated in a variety of sports. In later years, as the last child left the “nest,” she decided to use her “flair for fashion,” first as a sales clerk in the former Ann August of Amherst and then The Salt Box. She was a warm, kind, and loving lady of great strength.  Her life was filled with wonderful memories of family beach trips to ME and NH, and gatherings and celebrations with family and the extended family she loved.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Raphaela Ann Telega Streeter and husband Al, William Russell III and wife Lynelle, Maureen Saltis and husband Bob, and Jerry Russell. She also leaves to cherish her memory: her 6 grandsons Ted, Dan, Bill, Mark, Len, and Jeremy; 8 granddaughters Kim, Tina, Joanne, Melissa, Jill, Jen, Kelly and Meagan; 16 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the loving care given to our Mother in her final years by special caregivers, Dayana and Cynthia as well as Barton’s Angels and Hospice. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations in Raphaela’s memory may be made to either Hospice or VNA at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 168 Industrial Dr., Northampton, MA 01053 or to Highland Valley Elder Services, 320 Riverside Dr., Florence, MA 01060.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday November 10, 2014 at 10:00 am at St Brigid’s Church, Amherst. Burial will follow in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley. There are no calling hours. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon ROBERT “BOB” DOUBLEDAY of PELHAM, MASS, August 22, 1923 – October 19, 2014

Robert “Bob” Whitney Doubleday

1923 – 2014

Pelham, Robert “Bob” Whitney Doubleday, 91, passed away Sunday Oct. 19, 2014. A private service was held at the Valley Cemetery in Pelham on Oct. 24th. Born August 22, 1923, in Prescott, MA, he and his family lived in East Greenwich and Prescott until the family was forced to move due to the construction of the Quabbin Reservoir, at that time they moved to Pelham. Bob was an Amherst High School graduate. After high school he became a carpenter. When World War 2 started Bob was inducted into the United States Army Air Force. While in the Air Force he reached the rank of 1st Lt. He graduated from advanced flight training and became a B24 {Liberator} bomber pilot. He saw action in the Pacific, including Japan, China and Luzon. He was awarded the American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific, Army of Occupation and World War 2 Victory Philippine Liberation Medals. Upon his return from the Air Force he returned to Pelham and continued his career as a carpenter. Over his long career he helped to construct over 50 homes in the Amherst area. In 1948 he married Eileen M. Prescott Doubleday. His hobbies were reading, crossword puzzles and hiking. His passion was playing golf. You could find him on the course all year round if the ground was bare. He leaves behind his ex-wife Eileen, marriage didn’t last but their love, companionship, and friendship and respect for each other lasted forever. He also leaves behind 3 sons and 1 daughter, Robert of Shutesbury, MA, Thomas and Scott of Pelham, MA and Jo-Ann Fitzgerald of Cumberland, RI. He also leaves behind 9 Grandchildren, 10 Great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to express its deepest gratitude to Beacon Hospice of Springfield. Any donations to them would be very much appreciated. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon ANTHONY W. REYNOLDS, SR. of SUNDERLAND, MASS, June 18, 1946 – October 24, 2014

Anthony W. Reynolds, Sr.


Sunderland, Anthony W. Reynolds, Sr., 68, of Sunderland, died Friday,

Oct. 24, 2014, at his home. He was the devoted husband of Therese

{Lapointe} Reynolds for 19 wonderful years. Born in Northampton, son of

the late John and Harriet {Blair} Reynolds. Tony had worked as a

Nursing Assistant at the VA Hospital in Leeds until retiring in 2001. 

He loved to do wood turning with his best friend whenever he had time.

In addition to his wife, Therese, he is survived by his four sons and a

foster daughter: Anthony and wife Alicija {Nims}, Shane and Dale

Reynolds, Stephen Kmiecik, and Dianne and husband Steven Ellis. Also,

eight grandchildren: Ashley, Lisa, Austin, Darian, Nicholas, and Allisa

Reynolds, and Liam and Chloe Ellis, and a great-grandson, Brice. He 

leaves a brother John, and his wife Marion, four sisters; Margaret

Bariteau, Eleanor Fisher, Jean McCullough, and Marilyn Nutting; a

brother-in-law Roland Lapointe and his wife Colleen, and three

sisters-in-law, Barbara Reynolds, Marie Durand and Carol Greenwood,

along with several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by two

brothers, Donald and Gerald. Funeral services will be Wednesday, at

9:00 AM from The Douglass Funeral Service, followed by a Mass of

Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst. Calling

hours will be Tuesday, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial

donations may be made to either Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168

Industrial Dr., Northampton, MA 01060, or  The V Foundation for Cancer

Research, 106 Towerview Ct., Cary, NC 27513-3595. Obituary and Memorial

Register at

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