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PostHeaderIcon PAMELA B. HAFNER of SOUTH HADLEY, MASS, October 3, 1925 – October 17, 2014

Amherst, PAMELA B. HAFNER, 89, died on Friday, October17th, after a brief illness. 

Pam was born in Egham, England, the daughter of Frank H. White and Mabel Bosher.  She attended boarding schools until age 18, when she went to work as a clerk for the Bank of England. During the Second World War, she worked as an x-ray technician in London. 

She married Clark Beckett, a physicist, in 1948 and they immigrated to Rochester, New York in 1950. They divorced in 1967. She then married Everett Hafner, (also) a physicist, and moved to Amherst, Massachusetts in 1968. 

She worked for Danco, a Scandanavian Furniture store, in Northampton, and then for Scandanavian Design in Cambridge. She lived for 15 years in Belchertown. Most recently she was a resident of Loomis Village, a retirement community, in South Hadley. 

Pam loved to travel and to garden. She also enjoyed art, opera, the theater, and swimming, an activity she continued well into her 80’s. She was devoted to her companion animals, who gave her great joy in the final years of her life. 

She is survived by her children Julie Crutcher (Dan) of Louisville, KY, Jason Beckett (Paula) of Plano, TX and Christopher Beckett of Granby, CT, as well as her step-daughters, R. Clare Layton (Steve) of San Antonio, TX and Katie Hafner (Bob Wachter) of San Francisco, Ca. She has 5 grandchildren and 4 stepgrandchildren. 

The family would like to thank the staff at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst, Loomis Village and her companion and caretaker Deborah Beckett. 

Following a private ceremony, her remains will be interred at Wildwood Cemetery in Amherst. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, PO Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101-6307. Obituary and memorial register at


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PostHeaderIcon ISLA B. CEMBALISTY of AMHERST, MASS, July 12, 1915 – October 3, 2014

Amherst, Isla B. Cembalisty, age 99, of Amherst, passed away on October 3, 2014, surrounded by beloved family and friends after a period of declining health. She had been residing at the New England Health Center, Sunderland, for several weeks.


Isla Geraldine Barker was born in Bisbee, Arizona on July 12, 1915, the daughter of the late John Wesley Barker and Nellie Eileen (Downing) Barker. Her brothers John Wesley “Jack” and Martin predeceased her. After the untimely passing of her mother, Isla’s father remarried. Isla, still a young child, shared a warm loving relationship with her stepmother, Juana Torres (Barker). The family moved to El Rosario in the Mexican state of Sinaloa where the extended Torres family resided. The Barkers divided their time between family in Sinaloa and the copper mining camps in Mexico and Pinar del Río, Cuba where her father worked as a mining engineer. She grew up loving golf, horseback riding and hunting with her father in Mexico and Cuba.


Following her 1930 graduation from the Matahambre American Grammar School in Pinar del Río, Isla traveled to Massachusetts where she attended Northfield Seminary. Upon her completion of high school, she attended Bay Path Institute and studied at San Joaquin General Hospital School of Nursing in Stockton, California, graduating in 1939.  


Isla and her late husband, Joseph Frank Cembalisty, shared fifty-four years of marriage before his death in 1994, having married in Northfield on October 14, 1940 at the Northfield Seminary Sage Chapel. They lived briefly in Brattleboro VT, then Orange MA, and in 1953, built their home in Amherst where they raised their two children.


Isla worked as a pediatric nurse at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, assisting Dr. Selkirk of Northampton and also Drs. Gage and Weeks of Amherst. Isla was well known and much admired in the Amherst/Cushman area. She had a love for animals, was an avid reader, seamstress and cook. Isla’s name became “Mum” to family and friends after her first grandchild was born. Friends knew they were always welcome at her table where there was delicious food and memorable merriment. Particularly missed will be Mum’s lemon meringue pies, brownies, golumkies, canned jelly and tomatoes, but the all time BEST would be her homemade bread and rolls.


Isla leaves behind her son, Wesley John and his wife Jo (Fishel), of Evergreen, CO and daughter, Eileen (Cembalisty) Legg and her husband Robert, of Pittsfield, NH as well as six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


A celebration of Isla’s life will take place April 25, 2015 at the Pentecost Cemetery, Pentecost Road in Northfield, Massachusetts at 11:00 AM. A luncheon will follow at the Ginger Garden Restaurant, Amherst (corner of Northampton Rd. & University Dr.) at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Isla’s memory may send a memorial to a charity of the donor’s choice. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon EDMUND F. SMITH of BUCKLAND, MASS, April 2, 1930 – October 3, 2014



           Buckland,  Mr. Edmund F. Smith, a life-long resident of Buckland died Friday morning, Oct. 3, in the same ancestral home where he was born April 2, 1930. He was 84.

            Smith was a farmer well-known for his decades of involvement in local affairs and for his willingness to take action for causes dear to him, be they fighting Washington for a fairer deal for farmers, getting out his own sledge hammer to repair the iron bridge in Shelburne Falls, or asking the school committee to remove reading material that offended his devout faith.

            Starting in 1967, Smith won elected office several times, serving on regional school committees for six years, Buckland’s board of health for three years, and 12 consecutive years on Buckland’s board of selectmen, finally retiring from elected office in 1990. In 1976 he lost a campaign for county commissioner, and in 1994 he lost a campaign for state representative.

            Before entering public office, Smith gained notoriety in 1966 as president of the North Central Mass. Dairymen’s Association and led a campaign opposing federal regulations that would hurt milk prices for local farmers. In the 1970s, Smith lobbied Washington because of unfair freight regulations that made feed costs too expensive for New England farmers. Smith got the help of U.S. Rep. Silvio Conte who invited Smith and other Massachusetts farmers to travel to Washington in 1973 to meet with Earl Butz, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

            In 1976, the Greenfield Recorder reported the result of the meeting.

            “A month ago, Congress passed the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act, which includes a measure for regulating freight grain rates,” reporter Michael Gery wrote. “Since then, Conte has attributed that measure to an enlightening meeting he had with Ed Smith.”

            In 1981, Smith could not persuade the local school committee to remove books from required reading that contained vulgar language, but compromised with the committee to allow his own children to read other books instead.

            In a report at the time by the Associated Press in the Boston Herald American, Smith was described as “a devout Baptist, he doesn’t drink, smoke or swear and he takes the Bible as his ultimate authority.”

            The report summarized Smith’s argument this way: “If it is unconstitutional for students to be required to pray in the public schools, he argues, it should also be unconstitutional for a student to be required to read a book that a parent finds morally objectionable.”

            Throughout most of his public career, Smith worked simultaneously on the family dairy farm in Buckland Center with his father George E. Smith, who died in 1986, and his brother Homer E. Smith, who died in 2003. In 1988, Smith retired from dairy farming, and from the feed business that was run from the farm, selling his dairy cows and equipment, but kept the ancestral farm, which his great-grandfather Edmund Mills Smith had purchased in 1851.

            Deeply touched by the death of his own father, he studied to gain a certificate in funeral directing in order to help others go through the grieving process that he had experienced. He did this part-time for several years in his retirement.

            Passionate about male quartet music, Smith was a lifetime member of the Buckland Male Chorus, which he often directed, as were his father and brother.

            Smith’s is one of the oldest families in Massachusetts and was one of the pioneers in western New England. His direct ancestor Samuel Smith of Hadley, England, arrived in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634, and was one of the founders first of Wethersfield, Conn., and subsequently Hadley, Mass.

            Two generations later, part of the family settled Sunderland, and then Smith’s great-grandfather eventually purchased the Smith farm and moved from Sunderland to the farm on Upper Street. Smith died in the same room in which his grandfather and namesake, Edmund Francis Smith, was born and died; and in which his own father lived until his death.

            He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Theresa Jo Morris Smith, 76, his six children: Carl G. Smith, 51, of Lansdale, Penna.; Melanie M. Atkinson, 50, of Hampton, N.B., Canada; Stephen E. Smith, 48, of Buckland, Mass.; James M. Smith, 44, of Denton, Neb.; Charlene L. Bernier, 43, of Buckland, Mass., and Douglas G. Smith, 41, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Smith leaves seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

            Smith is also survived by two older sisters, Reola F. Smith, 87, of Buckland, and Sarah E. Looman, 86, of Shelburne. His oldest sister Katherine M. Parry died in 1974, and his mother Violet Reola Page Smith died in 1950.

            He will be buried in the family burial place at the First Congregational Church (Mary Lyon Church) in Buckland Center with his parents and sister. His grandparents and great-grandparents are also buried there.

            The family will hold visiting hours at the First Baptist Church of Colrain, of which Smith was a member for most of his life, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and the funeral will also be held there on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. The burial in Buckland will directly follow the funeral. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon INGER H. BROWN of AMHERST, MASS, May 19, 1918 – September 28, 2014

Inger Brown

1918 – 2014


Amherst, Inger Brown, 96, of Amherst, MA, passed away on September 28, 2014.  She was one of five children of Hans Christian and Ellen Nielsen Hansen, born on May 19, 1918, in Hobro, Denmark.  The family’s restaurant business took them from rural Hobro to Copenhagen in the 1930s.  After WWII, Inger worked for the US Army in Frankfurt, Germany.  Her love of travel and adventure led her throughout Europe and eventually to the United States.  She immigrated to Seattle, WA, in 1950 where she lived with her sister and husband, Edith and Henry Dorge.   Inger married George F. Brown, an officer in the US Air Force, in Seattle on March 31, 1951.  They lived in many locations during George’s career including Hadley, MA, South Carolina, Turkey, finally settling in Burlington, MA, where they raised their family.  In 1978, George and Inger retired to Chatham, MA, on Cape Cod.  Inger moved to Amherst in 2000 to be closer to her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed playing bridge, needlecraft, and working crosswords. 

Inger was predeceased by her husband, parents, siblings, and one child, George Jr., who died in infancy.  She is survived by two children, Inger Brown Cell (and husband Charles) of Brewster, MA, and Christian Brown, of Belchertown, MA.  She is also survived by six grandchildren. 

Inger will be remembered for her love of family and her indomitable spirit. 

Calling hours will be at Douglass Funeral Home, in Amherst, MA, on Friday, October 3rd, 3-6 pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind in Inger’s memory.  Inger lived many years with macular degeneration and was a strong supporter of the organization.  Their address is Perkins Trust, Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St, Watertown, MA, 02472. Obituary and memorial register at


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PostHeaderIcon ELIZABETH H.D. MAZZOCCO of AMHERST, MASS, February 11, 1958 – September 24, 2014

Elizabeth Hunt Davis Mazzocco

1958 – 2014


Amherst, Elizabeth Hunt Davis Mazzocco died Wednesday afternoon, Sept 24, 2014, at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA. She was born February 11, 1958, in Chapel Hill, NC to Betty Hunt Seeger Davis and Bertran E Davis. Following several moves during her childhood, the family settled in Commerce, TX where she graduated from high school and earned the recognition of Valedictorian for the class of 1976. She received her B.A. in English and History from East Texas State University in 1980. In 1983 she received her M.A. in Medieval Studies, and in 1988 her Ph.D. in Italian Studies, both from Bryn Mawr College. She married Angelo Mazzocco on October 7, 1990.

After receiving her PhD she taught Italian at the University of Pennsylvania (1988-89), and at Mt. Holyoke College (1989-90); in 1990 she was appointed Five College Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian and Director of the Five College Foreign Language Resource Center. She was tenured and promoted to the rank of Five College Associate Prof. of Italian in 2000 , and to full Professor in 2004 while continuing in her role of the now called Five College Center for the Study of World Language. Under her directorship the Center gained worldwide recognition for research on the advancement of language pedagogy.

She has published extensively and given numerous lectures on foreign language acquisition and on Italian Renaissance. She was currently developing a platform for blended learning for languages eventually intended for public use.

Elizabeth was a unique blend of generosity, determination, strength and tenacity, always guided by the most genuine selflessness.

She is proceeded in death by her parents and survived by her husband, Angelo, Amherst, MA, step-son Marco Mazzocco, New York City, sister Sally Hunt Faires and husband Jim, Dallas, TX, niece Annabella Boatwright,  Northampton MA,  nephew Ben Boatwright, Cambridge, MA and numerous relatives, friends, and colleagues. Visitation will be at Douglass Funeral Home, Amherst, MA, Monday afternoon Sept. 29 from 2-4:30 followed by a memorial service at 5:30 at Johnson Chapel on the Amherst College campus. Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery, Amherst, MA, Tuesday at 11:00 am.  Donations may be made to the Elizabeth HD Mazzocco memorial fund to be established to honor her legacy in teaching and scholarship. Inquiries should be addressed to Lucia Miller, Dean’s Office, College of Humanities and Fine Arts ( Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon KENNETH R. ALDRICH of PELHAM, MA, August 1, 1932 – September 22, 2014


1932 – 2014


Pelham, Kenneth R. Aldrich, 82, passed away on Sept. 22, 2014 at the Elaine Center at Hadley with his family by his side. Born on August 1, 1932 Ken was the son of the late Bernard and Clara (Greanier) Aldrich, Sr. He was a 1950 graduate of Amherst Regional High School and served in the Marine Corps from May 1951 – May 1954, serving in the Korean War. Ken retired from the Town of Pelham DPW in Aug. of 1993 after 21 years. Prior to that; he worked for the Town of Amherst DPW,

Amherst College, and Elder Lumber. During his life in Pelham he built his house in 1957. He also served as a part time Police Officer, was a member of the Pelham Vol. Fire Dept. and was active in the Boy Scouts. Ken rarely missed a Town Meeting and was an expert on Pelham history. He was an avid deer hunter and greatly enjoyed working outdoors especially cutting and splitting wood. He assisted his wife Doris greatly with breeding and showing of Pugs, and volunteered at many of

her club’s shows and functions. Until his illness made it difficult he could be found at Kelly’s in Amherst for morning coffee; usually as their first customer.  Ken is survived by his wife of 57 years Doris (Lamontagne) Aldrich of Pelham, son Rick and daughter-in-law Brenda of Belchertown, granddaughter Andrea Randall of So. Hadley; grandson Brian and his wife Lisa of Newfields, NH; and, 3 great grandchildren; Quinlan, Aiden, and Paige Randall of So. Hadley, all of who brought him great joy. Ken also leaves his brothers Bernard and his wife Harriett of Hadley, Richard of Ware; and, sisters Marguerite McCaffie of

Northfield, and Linda Motterella and her husband Peter of Lee, as well as many nieces and nephews. Calling hours at The Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst will be Friday, Sept. 26th, from 5:00-7:00 PM, with a brief Memorial Service beginning at 7:00 PM. A private family burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pelham Vol. Fire Dept. or the U.S. Marine Corps Toys, for Tots Program, C/O WWLP 1 Broadcast Ctr. Chicopee, MA 01013.

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PostHeaderIcon STEPHANIE PEROK of THORNDIKE, MA, May 2, 1959 – September 20, 2014

Stephanie {Overstreet} Perok

1959 – 2014

Thornike, Stephanie Perok, 51, was taken into the arms of the Lord on September 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm in Springfield, MA.  Stephanie was born in Gulfport, Ms. on May 2, 1959.  She is survived by her husband, David Perok, Sr.; her two daughters, Monica Meade and Krysten Perok; her son, David Perok, Jr.; her three brothers, Jonathan, Martin, and Patrick Overstreet; her sister, Rosemary Clifford; and 3 grandchildren.  Stephanie was predeceased by her mother, Monica Brown; her father, Henry Overstreet, Jr.; her sister, Monica Overstreet, and her brother David Overstreet.

Calling Hours are from 5pm – 8pm Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the Douglass Funeral Services, 87 No. Pleasant St., Amherst, Ma.  A  Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held at St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church, 122 No. Pleasant St., Amherst, Ma.  Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:00 am, with burial following in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley. Obituary and memorial register at


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PostHeaderIcon WANDA M. KOKUREWICZ of LEVERETT, MASS, December 23, 1929 – September 18, 2014

Wanda Witort Kokurewicz December 23, 1929 – September 18, 2014


Amherst, Wanda Witort Kokurewicz died peacefully at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst after a long illness on September 18. She was 84 years old.

Wanda was born in Warsaw, Poland in Dec. 23, 1929. Wanda lived through World War II in Poland. She was most proud of her service in the Polish Underground Army and was a courier during the Warsaw Uprising in August – September of 1944. She escaped Poland to England where she was re-united with family and the Polish community there. In London she met and married the love of her life, Jerzy Kokurewicz. There they had their first child, Jerzy. Soon they immigrated to the United States and had their daughter Annette  Kokurewicz (Cycon.)

Wanda and Jerzy recived their bachelor and masters degrees and had successful careers as fine artists, exhibiting with Salvador Dali and throughout New York City and Connecticut. They also became public school art teachers. Wanda taught for over 25 years.

They moved to New Salem MA where they helped raise their two granddaughters with their daughter Annette and son-in-law Dean. They also continued a successful pottery business, Garnki Pottery. These were the happiest years of their lives.

Wanda is survived by her husband of 63 years, Jerzy, son Jerzy and his wife Amita Schmidt of Maui, HI, her daughter Annette Cycon and son-in-law Dean Cycon of Leverett, MA. The lights of her life were her two granddaughters, Sarah (23) and Aliya (20.)  She gave them constant love and introduced them to the world of music, ballet, art and culture. She lives on in them.  

Wanda is also survived by her cousin Jurek Gorzkowski, his wife Anita and their children and grandchildren.

A memorial mass will be held at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel at the Newman Center, Umass at 10:30 am Wed September 24th followed by a celebration of her life at the Cycon home.

Donations can be made in her honor to Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 N Pleasant St Amherst MA. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon ARTHUR DANIEL GOODHIND of SHUTESBURY, MA, March 2, 1930 – September 18, 2014

Arthur Daniel Goodhind

SHUTESBURY – We write with sadness the passing of our dad peacefully at home, Arthur, the last of 13 siblings, born March 2, 1930 in Pittsfield, the son of Henrietta and Murray.

Arthur leaves his loving wife of 60 years Barbara Farrick Goodhind, his four sons John and wife Elaine, Athur Jr. and friend Suzanne, Peter and wife Laurel, Paul and wife Evelynn, his grandchildren Arthur III, Mark, Jason, Tessa, Joshua, Jordan, Evan, his great grandchildren Eric and Graham.

Arthur Served proudly in the US Army during the Korean War, enlisted Dec. 1948 discharged Feb. 1950, called back to duty in Oct. 1950 discharged Aug. 1951 with rank of PFC.

A quiet and caring man, his passion in life was cooking, a well-respected chef in fine dining in many well-known restaurants in the Pioneer Valley during the 1950s and 60s.

His hobby of some 70 years was building balsa wood airplanes. More than 60+ planes are displayed in his Shutesbury home.

Arthur is predeceased by his 12 siblings Luella, Malcom, Murray, Dorothy, John, Edward, Richard, Virginia, Charlotte, Gilbert, Lorena, and Albert.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 10:00am at Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst. Burial will follow at West Cemetery in Shutesbury. Calling hours will be Monday from 4:00–7:00pm at Douglass Funeral Service.

Memorial gifts may be left in Dad’s memory to the Shutesbury Fire Dept. Obituary and Memorial Register at

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PostHeaderIcon ZELLA BORST HARRINGTON of AMHERST, MASS, July 17, 1945 – September 14, 2014

Amherst, Zella Harrington of Amherst has died peacefully in her home after a lengthy battle with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She was supported by devoted caregivers, family, and friends.  

Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, on July 17, 1945, Zella was predeceased by her parents, Lawrence Harrington and Zella Borst Harrington of Caldwell, New Jersey, and by her son Anson J. Tripp of Amherst. Her marriage to Jeffrey Tripp ended in divorce, when she resumed her maiden name.  

Zella was a graduate of James Caldwell High School and Penn State University, where she majored in Home Economics and was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She received a master’s degree in Education from Cornell.  

Zella began her lengthy teaching career in Parsippany, New Jersey, but moved to Massachusetts in 1970 and worked for a time covering local government for the Daily Hampshire Gazette before obtaining a teaching position at Greenfield High School. She taught home economics and related subjects for many years at Holyoke High School and later at Amherst Regional Middle School and High School.  

A lifelong member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Zella was also active in the Amherst League of Women Voters and served several terms as a Town Meeting member. For many years she was on the board of the Little Red Schoolhouse in Amherst.  

Travel, the French language, gardening, sewing, quilting, and family history were at the center of Zella’s interests, and her lifelong love of music began when she was a camper and later a counselor at summer camps in New Jersey, New York, and Vermont. She loved sailing and canoeing in the Adirondacks and spending time at the Jersey Shore, where her late parents lived for many years.  

Zella is survived by her sons Peter Tripp of Oakland, California, and Michael Tripp of Berkeley, California; by her sister, Mimi Harrington of Dedham, Massachusetts; and by her nephews Nathaniel and William Harrington of Dedham.  

In lieu of flowers gifts may be made to the Anson Tripp Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of Florence Savings Bank, or to the Alzheimer’s Association Z Team.  

Funeral services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst at 3:30PM on Tuesday, September 23. Obituary and memorial register at


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