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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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PostHeaderIcon JUDY YOUNG of AMHERST, MA, September 15, 1952 – May 23, 2014

Amherst, Judy Young, University of Massachusetts Astronomy Professor and longtime resident of Amherst, passed away in the early morning on Friday, May 23rd. She is mourned by her daughter, Laura Little; her mother, Vera Rubin; her three brothers, David, Karl, and Allan Rubin; and a remarkable network of family, dear friends, and lifelong learners around the world.

Judy was born on September 15th, 1952 to Bob and Vera Rubin, the latter a noted astronomer whose teachings on black holes inspired Judy to become an astronomer as well. Judy earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Radcliffe/Harvard University in 1974 and a doctorate in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1979.

Judy served as Professor of Astronomy at UMass from 1993-2013. Her work on star formation in galaxies earned international recognition and many awards throughout her distinguished career. She was a tireless support and friend to the many students she mentored, who remember her for her dedication, passion, humor, and warmth. She dreamed up and built the UMass Sunwheel, a stone circle whose 8-10ft. standing stones line up with the rising and setting sun during solstices and equinoxes. Judy led seasonal sunrise and sunset gatherings at the Sunwheel, making the connections between sky and earth real for over 8,000 visitors.

Judy enthusiastically shared not only her knowledge and passion for science with those around her, but also her deep love of living. She cultivated a profound connection with nature, and enjoyed backpacking, biking, hiking, and simply being outside. Her garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat and has been featured in the Amherst Garden Tour. Above all, Judy loved her daughter Laura, with whom she shared a bond of warmth, support, silliness, song, and love.

In 2006 Judy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the cancer that later claimed the life of her father. Even as her health challenges increased, Judy continued for many years to dedicate herself to teaching and sharing her insights. The blog she created, Living Joyfully With What Is, shares a beautiful series of thoughts on her journey and her unflinching determination to enjoy what life has to offer in spite (and because) of its brevity. Her spirit and her independent, courageous, joyful approach to living were an inspiration to the many lives she touched.

Two services will be held to celebrate Judy’s life and honor her memory: one outdoors on Wednesday June 4th, 7 pm at the UMass Sunwheel, rain or shine; and one indoors on Thursday June 5th, at the Jewish Community of Amherst. Both will be open to the public. All are encouraged to wear vibrant colors, in celebration of life. If you are so moved, please consider a donation to The Nature Conservancy. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon PAUL HARDY CAMPBELL, JR. of PELHAM, MA, July 4, 1921 – May 18, 2014

PELHAM, Paul Hardy Campbell, Jr. of 141 Amherst Road, Pelham passed away on Sunday, May 18th at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was born in Pelham at the Hamilton Nursing/Maternity Home on Harkness Road on July 4, 1921, the son of Paul Hardy Campbell, Sr. and Helen Ward Campbell.

He attended Pelham schools and graduated from Amherst High School in 1940. He married the former Althea E. Spear in 1943. Following a short residence in Amherst, they moved to Shutesbury in 1948 and remained there until 1980. Campbell served in the U.S. Army 842nd Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company from August 1941 to November 1945. His military service took him into Germany, France, Holland and Belgium. He was employed at the Prophylactic Brush Company for twenty years and in 1971 assumed the position of maintenance supervisor at Hampshire College…retiring in 1988. Accompanying his wife, he was active in the Shutesbury Community Church. He was a member of the Swift River Valley Historical Society and the Pelham Historical Society. His knowledge of early local history is documented within the Town of Pelham’s archives. He was a knowledgeable antique bottle and furniture collector and a tried and true fan of national hockey and baseball, most especially the Boston teams. For many years he served as a coach for Little League baseball in Amherst. For reflection and contemplation, he often spent quiet hours fishing the Pelham brooks.

He leaves two children, Bryan Paul Campbell and wife Elizabeth and Linda Campbell Hanscom of Belchertown, six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and two brothers, Norman H. Campbell and Roland A. Campbell. He was predeceased by his daughter Elaine M. Weaver.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 23, from 4-7 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. The funeral will be held at the Shutesbury Community Church on Saturday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in West Cemetery, Shutesbury, followed by a luncheon at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the following – Amherst Baseball, Inc., P.O. Box 3501, No. Amherst, MA 01004 or Shutesbury Community Church Table/Chair Fund, P.O. Box 79, Shutesbury, MA 01072. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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PostHeaderIcon PAUL HARDY CAMPBELL, JR. of PELHAM, MA, July 4, 1921 – May 1, 2014

PELHAM, Paul Hardy Campbell, Jr. of 141 Amherst Road, Pelham passed away on Sunday, May 18th at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was born in Pelham at the Hamilton Nursing/Maternity Home on Harkness Road on July 4, 1921, the son of Paul Hardy Campbell, Sr. and Helen Ward Campbell.

He attended Pelham schools and graduated from Amherst High School in 1940. He married the former Althea E. Spear in 1943. Following a short residence in Amherst, they moved to Shutesbury in 1948 and remained there until 1980. Campbell served in the U.S. Army 842nd Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company from August 1941 to November 1945. His military service took him into Germany, France, Holland and Belgium. He was employed at the Prophylactic Brush Company for twenty years and in 1971 assumed the position of maintenance supervisor at Hampshire College…retiring in 1988. Accompanying his wife, he was active in the Shutesbury Community Church. He was a member of the Swift River Valley Historical Society and the Pelham Historical Society. His knowledge of early local history is documented within the Town of Pelham’s archives. He was a knowledgeable antique bottle and furniture collector and a tried and true fan of national hockey and baseball, most especially the Boston teams. For many years he served as a coach for Little League baseball in Amherst. For reflection and contemplation, he often spent quiet hours fishing the Pelham brooks.

He leaves two children, Bryan Paul Campbell and wife Elizabeth and Linda Campbell Hanscom of Belchertown, six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and two brothers, Norman H. Campbell and Roland A. Campbell. He was predeceased by his daughter Elaine M. Weaver.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 23, from 4-7 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. The funeral will be held at the Shutesbury Community Church on Saturday, May 24, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in West Cemetery, Shutesbury, followed by a luncheon at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the following – Amherst Baseball, Inc., P.O. Box 3501, No. Amherst, MA 01004 or Shutesbury Community Church Table/Chair Fund, P.O. Box 79, Shutesbury, MA 01072. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

 

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PostHeaderIcon EDWARD R. PIERCE of AMHERST, MA, June 15, 1922 – May 7, 2014

Amherst, Edward Robert Pierce, 91, passed away Wednesday morning May 7, 2014 at the Baystate Hospital in Springfield following a brief illness. He was married on June 4, 1949 to his beloved wife of 65 years, Virginia Louise (Julian) Pierce. He was born June 15, 1922 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, to the late Coleman E. and Nona G. (Porter) Pierce and would have celebrated his 92nd birthday this year.

He graduated from the St Stephen High School, and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force serving overseas until the end of WWII. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1950 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as a quality control officer in the aviation industry in the US, and Canada, until his retirement.

Edward was an avid skydiver for many years with the Sky Knights, and a member of the Auxiliary Police Force in Enfield, Connecticut.

Edward is survived, and will be deeply missed by his wife, Virginia. He was predeceased by his two children Robert Pierce and Marilyn (Pierce) Costantino, his brother Coleman V. Pierce and his brother-in-law Raymond Cornish. He is survived by his grandson Paul Costantino, and his wife Melissa, two great grandsons Michael and Joseph of Long Island, NY, his sister Christina Cornish of Littleton, MA, his sister-in-law, Marion Pierce of St. Stephen, his sister-in-law Barbara Carpenter and her husband Allan of Amherst, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 15, at 11:00 a.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Burial will be private. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

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