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PostHeaderIcon DR. KATHARINE E. REICHERT of HADLEY, MASS, June 16, 1928 – March 21, 2015

Hadley, Dr. Katharine E. Reichert, died quietly and peacefully at the Hospice of the Fisher Home March 21, 2015 at the age of 86. Katharine {Kay} was born to William H. and Sara K. Reichert in Arnold, PA June 16, 1928.

 Kay started her medical career as a nurses’ aide at a local hospital while she was still in high school. She went on to become a registered nurse graduating from Allegheny Valley Hospital in PA. She then enlisted in the Air Force Nurse Corps serving for 3 years {1950 – 1953}, two of which she spent in Japan during the Korean War. After discharge form the service she attended the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing where she obtained the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education because she enjoyed teaching nurses. But Kay had always wanted to be a medical doctor, and the G.I. Bill helped her to attain that dream. She graduated from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine in 1961. Kay completed her internship at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, NH and her residency in Family Practice at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME. She was a diplomat of The American Board of Family Practice.

From 1963 – 1966 she practiced rural family medicine in Lyme, NH. She then spent 16 years as a student health physician at the University of Massachusetts Health Services. Her last seven years of practice were spent as the Director of the Health Services at Hampshire College.

Kay was a pioneer in the involvement of the nurse practitioner movement in Massachusetts. She taught nurses to become nurse practitioners while working at the University of Massachusetts and published a book, Primary Care of Young Adults. Her publisher asked her to write a second edition, which she did.

Kay had enjoyed hiking from the days of her youth. While she was in Japan she and a friend climbed Mt. Fuji- an experience she said was one of the highlights of her life. They climbed at night and saw the sun rise from below them.

Kay spent many hours hiking and fishing in the Presidential Mountain Range area of New Hampshire. After she retired in 1989 she enjoyed the senior hiker group in this area and eventually became the leader of this group hiking many different trails in Western Massachusetts. Kay and her friend Margaret Frerichs also spent many summers hiking their much loved Alps in Austria and Switzerland.

Kay was a long time member of The First Congregational Church of Hadley, serving on various committees.

Kay lived for 50 years with her beloved friend, Margaret Frerichs, who predeceased her in 2012. Her brother, Thomas Reichert also predeceased her. She leaves her sister-in-law Melva Reichert, many cousins and the entire family of her dear friends Ken and Judy Parker. She also leaves many special friends who were always there to support her in many different ways. Her beloved cat, Skoshi who was her constant companion has been adopted by a close friend.

A memorial service celebrating Kay’s life will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at The First Congregational Church in Hadley.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Kay may be made to The First Congregational Church of Hadley, 102 Middle St., Hadley, MA 01035. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

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PostHeaderIcon RONALD R. PIERCE of LEVERETT, MASS, June 30, 1952 – March 21, 2015

Leverett, MA, Ronald R. Pierce, (62),  Ron Pierce, born on June 30, 1952 to the late Charles and Rosalie (Mielke) Pierce and brother to the late Elizabeth Pierce, departed this life on Saturday, March 21, 2015.  Ron was the beloved younger brother of Charles (Evangeline) Pierce of Randolph, VT; Elinor (Frank) Thornton of Amherst, MA and Sandra (David Mamulski) Pierce of Northampton, MA.  Adoring Uncle to April (Ed) Miller of Randolph, VT; Matthew (Tammy) Thornton of Belchertown, MA; Jan (Bill Dubuque) Thornton of Ludlow, MA and Sheyenne, Nicole, Billy and Adianna.  Ron also leaves his lifelong best friend David (Leslie Benson) Drake of New Salem, MA and his special love Hilma Raffa of Greenfield, MA.  Ron will also be greatly missed by his four-legged friend Freddy as well as many work and card playing friends.  Ron will be best remembered for his endless supply of jokes, his stubborn streak and his giant heart.  Ron was a true outdoorsman and loved nothing more than hunting, fishing, trapping and just observing animals in nature with his friends and family.  Over the last few years Ron very much enjoyed spending time at the auctions and consignment shops with Hilma.  Ron liked to golf and like most of his family, loved the New York Yankees and was always up for a healthy debate with his Red Sox friends.  Fiercely loyal, Ron would go to the ends of the earth for a friend in need.  The void left in our hearts will remain forever, only to be filled by the memories we have and the knowledge that we are all better people for having Ron in our lives.   At this time there will be no services, however a memorial service will be scheduled for a later date.  Donations may be made in Ron’s name to Norwottuck Fish and Game Assoc. P.O. Box 2492 Amherst, MA  01002.

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PostHeaderIcon KEVIN W. BANKS of AMHERST, MASS, July 8, 1959 – March 18, 2015

Amherst, Kevin W. Banks, 55, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst, following a 14 month courageous battle with brain cancer.

 

He was born July 8, 1959 and attended local schools and graduated from Amherst Regional High School. He also attended the University of Massachusetts and Westfield State College. He graduated from the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Center in Agawam. For the past 28 years he was a Correctional Officer at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction. He was regarded as an exceptional officer by his peers.

 

“Banksy,” as he was known to his friends, enjoyed all sporting events, especially the Boston Bruins, Red Sox, Patriots, Notre Dame and Umass football and Umass Hockey.

 

He was a 40 pint blood donor to the Red Cross and member of the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Association.

 

He leaves his parents, Timothy {Ted} and Joan Banks of Amherst, a brother, Daniel, of Amherst, his sister, Teresa, of Canaan, NH, a step-sister, Sharon Chapman, of Boise, Idaho, two nephews, Corey and Kirk Chapman, and his beloved cat, Dizzy.

 

He was predeceased by his brother, Timothy H. Banks, Jr. in 2011 and his step-brother, Paul, in 1986.

 

He also leaves aunts, an uncle, cousins and countless wonderful friends.

 

He was a thoughtful and caring person and devoted to his family and friends.

 

Funeral services will be Tuesday March 24, 2015 9:00 AM from the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00Am at St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst. Burial will follow at St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley. Calling hours will be Monday March 23, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 N. Pleasant St. Amherst, MA 01002 or Dakin Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101.

 

The family extends their gratitude to the Hospice of the Fisher Home, for their wonderful love and care provided to Kevin by the staff over the past four months.

 

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

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PostHeaderIcon HOWARD EDGAR PAUL of PELHAM, MASS, October 24, 1932 – March 16, 2015

Pelham, Howard Edgar Paul of Amherst and Pelham died unexpectedly on the morning of March 16, 2015. He was 82 years old. Howard was born on October 24, 1932 in Hyde Park, New York, the youngest of three boys of Albert Edwin Paul and Mary Maxwell Paul (Edgar). He was married for 58 years to Nancy Ann Paul (Budd) of Poughkeepsie, New York.

He attended schools in Hyde Park, graduated from Farmingdale State College in Long Island, New York with a degree in construction engineering and served with the US Army in Germany from 1954-1956. Howard and Nancy married in 1956 and he went to work for Turner Construction, one of the major American contracting companies of that time. He rose through the ranks supervising projects in many northeastern states, including the Smith College Library in Northampton and work on the Mass Mutual campus in Springfield. The difficult balance of career and family and the strains of inevitable job related moving led Howard and Nancy and their five children to seek a more permanent location. In 1967 Howard was hired to oversee the construction of the campus of Hampshire College in South Amherst, Massachusetts. Upon completion of the initial build out in 1970 he was asked to stay on as Physical Plant Director for the school, a position he held, until retirement, for 26 years. Overseeing the physical development of the college, a campus built from scratch in turbulent years, was challenging, stressful and sometimes hilarious. It changed him in ways he would never have imagined. It was his proudest accomplishment.

Howard is survived by his beloved wife Nancy, his brother Kenneth, his children Howard R. (Randy) Paul of Amherst; Robbin Suprenant and her husband James of Amherst; Alane Castro Paul and her husband Eric Castro of San Leandro, California; Lawrence B. Paul and his wife Chiyo Kobayashi of Bethesda, Maryland; and Scott A. Paul and his wife Allison Smiley of Anacortes, Washington. He is also survived by his ten grandchildren Alejandra Castro Petmezis and Lucas Castro Paul; Michael Suprenant and Kimberly Suprenant; Maia, Casey, Tyler and Cody Paul; Emma and Benjamin Paul; and three great grandchildren Emily Suprenant and Maximus and Cecilia Petmezis. He was predeceased by his brother Stanley and his daughter-in-law Brooke Darden.

Howard loved the outdoors and he loved his dogs. He was a hunter and he taught five children to ski. He once owned a sailboat and there is still evidence that he drove, briefly, a bright red MG convertible.  Howard was most content when he and Nancy and part or all of the family were at “The Camp”, their summer house, and his never ending project, in Whitingham, Vermont.

Howard was a man who spent countless hours as a coach and instructor of children and a mentor to and leader of adults. He coached youth baseball in Amherst for many years and was a president of the Amherst Hockey Association in its early and formative stages.  He was a man of strong opinions and irrefutable values. He was proud, diligent and demanding; compassionate, stubborn and generous. He was also, in many ways, an uncomplicated man who, in the end, would be pleased to hear that he gave, asked for and expected little more than an honest effort in all endeavors.

Years after his own children had moved on from Little League baseball, he would get the occasional call at his home in North Amherst. Was he available, on an hour’s notice, to umpire a game at the field out back? Of course he was. And he would call them as he saw them, loud and clear, balls or strikes.

Calling hours will be held at Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst on Sunday March 22, 2015 from 2-5 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Amherst Youth Baseball programs –P.O. Box 3051, Amherst, Ma. 01002. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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PostHeaderIcon JANICE A. LENGIEZA of HADLEY, MASS, December 9, 1944 – March 10, 2015

Hadley, Janice A. (Roy) Lengieza, 70, of Hadley, passed away from the reoccurrence of ovarian cancer on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 surrounded by her loving husband and children.

She was born December 9, 1944 in Chicopee and was the daughter of the late Raymond and Doris Roy.   She graduated from Chicopee High School in 1962.

Janice worked for 36 years as a Customer Service Representative of Personal Lines at Blair, Cutting & Smith Insurance Agency, now known as Encharter Insurance, and retired in 2010.

In her free time, Janice enjoyed spending time in her perennial garden and keeping her property looking meticulous.  Her other hobbies included quilting, sewing and she had a special knack for making curtains and drapes which will serve as a reminder of her for years to come.   Her pride and joy were her five grandchildren and she was their number one fan while watching them participate in their various activities.  Janice definitely had a special place in her heart for her little dog Meeka.

Janice was a communicant of St. Brigid’s Church in Amherst where she and her husband served as Eucharistic ministers for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Michael Lengieza, and their children Kenneth, his wife Gigi and their three children Michael, Steven and Christina of Stow, MA and Lori Letendre, her husband Bill and their two children Madison and Megan of Mansfield, MA. She was predeceased by her sister, Elaine Colbath, of Springfield, MA.

Calling hours will be Saturday March 14, 2015 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday March 16, 2015, 10:00 AM at St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst, with Pastor John Smegal celebrating. Burial will follow in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley.

In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to remember Janice may do so through a charitable contribution in her name to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Penn Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122 or online at www.ocrf.org.

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

 

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PostHeaderIcon WARREN W. BECHTOLD of AMHERST, MASS, March 7, 1929 – March 8, 2015

 

 

Amherst. Dr. Warren W. Bechtold of Amherst, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2015, the morning after his 86th birthday with family close by his side.  He was born on March 7, 1929 in Laurel, Maryland to Charles and Jennie (Johannesen ) Bechtold.  Warren was married to Joan (Gagnon) Bechtold of Springfield, Massachusetts with whom he had three children, Gary, Mark and Linda; He was later married to Rosalie Williams of Cambridge, Massachusetts and adopted her daughter, Michelle.  Warren enjoyed his time with his family as a loving father, grandfather, and brother.  His passions for teaching and education were exemplified by his work in athletic training, sports therapy, physical education instruction, and his tenure as a high school athletic director.  He also enjoyed singing in choruses and choirs, golfing, playing men’s league softball, officiating lacrosse and softball, and coaching basketball, softball, and baseball throughout his life. 

 

Warren was pre-deceased by his brothers, Robert and Charles.  He is survived by his loving sister, Jean of New York City and her husband Barry; his four children, Gary of Cambridge, Massachusetts, his wife Ana and their children, Dariana Vasquez and Ana Rebecca; Mark of Jefferson, New Hampshire, his wife, Dawn and their children Sara and Joshua; and Linda Michaud of Pelham, Massachusetts, her husband Ronald and their children Danielle and Philippe; and Michelle Phoenix of Somerville, Massachusetts.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Warren’s name to the Center for Extended Care, 150 University Drive, Amherst, Massachusetts. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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PostHeaderIcon FRANCES J. KOSARICK of CAPE COD AND AMHERST, April 8, 1929 – February 23, 2015

Amherst, Frances J. (Mueller) Kosarick, 85, died peacefully at the Pleasant Bay Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Brewster, Ma ., February 23, 2015. Born April 8, 1929 in Madison, Wi, she was the daughter of Jewel (Pattengale) and Prof. William S. Mueller, who arrived in Amherst late in August, 1929, to perform research at Mass Aggie. She attended Amherst schools, she graduated from Amherst High School (1947) and Northampton Commercial College. She worked at Amherst College as a secretary until the birth of her first child.

 

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Everett Kosarick of Eastham and Amherst, and five sons: Mark of Amherst; Keith of Elijay, Ga, and his wife, Heidi, their daughter, Kelly, and son, Adam and his wife, Destiny;  Carl of Las Vegas; Scott of Amherst; and Todd of Sunderland. There is one great-grandson. She was pre-deceased by her brother, William.

 

For the past thirty years Frances had lived on Cape Cod.  She was an avid bird watcher and naturalist.  She was an accomplished cook and loved to experiment.  She won several first prizes for recipe submissions to local papers. She was related to Betsy Ross and Orville Redenbacher was her cousin.

 

Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 3rd at 11 a.m. at The Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst, followed by burial services at Wildwood Cemetery, Amherst.

 

Calling hours will be Monday, March 2nd at 6-8P.M at The Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst.

 

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PostHeaderIcon FRANCES J. KOSARICK of CAP COD AND AMHERST, April 8, 1929 – February 23, 2015

Amherst, Frances J. (Mueller) Kosarick, 85, died peacefully at the Pleasant Bay Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Brewster, Ma ., February 23, 2015. Born April 8, 1929 in Madison, Wi, she was the daughter of Jewel (Pattengale) and Prof. William S. Mueller, who arrived in Amherst late in August, 1929, to perform research at Mass Aggie. She attended Amherst schools, she graduated from Amherst High School (1947) and Northampton Commercial College. She worked at Amherst College as a secretary until the birth of her first child.

 

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Everett Kosarick of Eastham and Amherst, and five sons: Mark of Amherst; Keith of Elijay, Ga, and his wife, Heidi, their daughter, Kelly, and son, Adam and his wife, Destiny;  Carl of Las Vegas; Scott of Amherst; and Todd of Sunderland. There is one great-grandson. She was pre-deceased by her brother, William.

 

For the past thirty years Frances had lived on Cape Cod.  She was an avid bird watcher and naturalist.  She was an accomplished cook and loved to experiment.  She won several first prizes for recipe submissions to local papers. She was related to Betsy Ross and Orville Redenbacher was her cousin.

 

Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 3rd at 11 a.m. at The Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst, followed by burial services at Wildwood Cemetery, Amherst.

 

Calling hours will be Monday, March 2nd at 6-8P.M at The Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst.

 

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

 

 

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PostHeaderIcon JOHN M. MEADOWS of HADLEY, MASS, November 30, 1999 – February 16, 2015

John M. Meadows, age 80 of Plymouth formerly of Bridgewater and Hadley, passed away on February 16, 2015 at Emeritus at Plymouth Beach. He was the son of the late Patricia R. (Colligan) and John A. Meadows. John was born in Boston, graduated from Boston College in 1956 and earned an MBA from Northeastern University in 1976. He worked in sales and as a management consultant. He was an avid sports fan, involved with the community, and enjoyed going to his church, The Most Holy Redeemer, and spending time with his family.

 

Beloved father of Mary-Ellen Meadows Stark of Plymouth, Joanne Wrightington of NC, John M. Meadows of Bridgewater, Patricia Ellis of Raynham, Elaina Rodenbush of Brockton, Michael N. Meadows of Hadley and Jamie Meadows of VT. Former husband of Bonnie Page of Amherst and Mary Meadows of Bridgewater. Brother of Patricia Crowley, Veronica Ferragamo and the late Joseph Meadows. John is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. 

 

Visiting hours Thursday 4-8 pm at the Prophett-Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home 98 Bedford Street Bridgewater. For online guest book www.ccgfuneralhome.com.  Funeral Mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Church on Friday at 10:00 am.  Memorial service on Saturday from 11-1 at the Douglass Funeral Home, Amherst, MA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to Beacon Hospice, 32 Resnick Rd, Suite 3, Plymouth MA 02360 or Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA.  02467. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

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PostHeaderIcon WILIAN ERNESTO AVARADO-LEIVA of AMHERST, MASS, September 8, 1981 – February 13, 2015

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