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PostHeaderIcon MELVIN ABNER CANNON JR of AMHERST, MASS, February 12, 1970 – January 28, 2014

Melvin “Shamel” Abner Cannon Jr. 

Amherst, on January 28, 2014 Melvin was called home to his Heavenly Father at the age of 43.   Melvin Finally succumbed to an illness that had ravaged him for eight years, at the Cooley Dickenson Hospital in Northampton, MA.  Born February 12, 1970 Melvin the Eldest son of Melvin Abner Cannon Sr. and Mary Jane Riley at Lenard Hospital Troy, NY.  Melvin attended Troy  High; as a young man Melvin played semi-pro football for a Connecticut team.  The passionate body builder he was, Melvin parlayed his love of the sport into a professional opportunity when he became a Certified Personal Trainer.  While living in Amherst, Melvin showed his entrepreneurially instinct when he opened and ran a successful clothing store. During his lifetime Melvin had varied interests when it came to work.  He was a General Manager for Arby’s and a head cook at Sully’s Restaurant in Hadley MA.   Melvin is survived by his wife Danielle Lesure-Cannon, his children  Natasha, Shanika, Shaquella, Anthony, Shaimal, Serita, Kordell and Derrell.  Melvin is also survived by several grandchildren, in addition to his parents Mary Jane Riley and Melvin A. Cannon Sr., Melvin is survived by his siblings Sharlene “Tina” Cannon Bell, Ranell, J. Conyers Sr. Shewanna Conyers, Mckinsey Williams, Sean Cannon, Kamshia Cannon and Lydia Cannon. Additionally, Melvin is also survived by a multitude of nieces and nephews and His beloved dog Shadow.  A Calling hour will be Friday February 7, 2014 from 12pm – 1pm at The Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. A memorial service will begin at 1pm, following the calling hour. In lieu of flowers please send donations, the Melvin Cannon Jr. memorial fund has been established at Florence Savings Bank.  I would like to thank all the people who have contacted and supported me through this trying time. Melvin Cannon, a loving father, devoted son and my best-friend. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon ROBERT WINDFIELD WHITE of BELCHERTOWN, MA, December 20, 1936 – January 23, 2014

BELCHERTOWN, Robert White, born in Gifford, Florida, December 20, 1936.  His family moved north, settling in Utica, N.Y, where he attended school as well as the local Baptist church along with his family. Robert was a veteran who enlisted in the Army in the 1960’s and was stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.  He graduated from Morgan State College, Baltimore, MD, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1963.  Robert went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Buffalo and Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.   He was a licensed Clinical Social Worker and was employed at Gowanda Psychiatric Center, in Gowanda, New York. Robert later served as Executive Director of Hartford Neighborhood Centers in Hartford, CT in the late 1980’s.  He taught at the State University of New York in Binghamton, N.Y. for four years prior to retiring.  He was a member of the F.A.M. Prince Hall Master Mason in Utica, N.Y. After moving to Massachusetts, he became a regular visitor at the Goodwin Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Amherst. He is survived by his wife, Minnie White, their son, Warren, his wife Alanna, and his grandson, Samuel White; his brother and sister-in-law William and Gloria White, and their family.  Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Warren Windfield White and Cora White. Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 30, at 10:00 a.m. at the Goodwin Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, Amherst. Burial will be Friday, Jan. 31, at 10:00 a.m. in the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Agawam. Calling hours will be Wednesday, Jan 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon GAIL FRANCES BERUBE of PELHAM, MA, March 4, 1939 – January 23, 2014

PELHAM, Gail passed away peacefully at home on January 23rd. She was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts on March 4th, 1939, and resided for much of her life in Pelham. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Paul Berube, her children, Jon L. Berube and Karen DiPersia, son-in-law Peter DiPersia, five grandchildren, Sofia, Vanessa, and Gaetano DiPersia, Hannah and Jon C. Berube, and a brother, James E. Barton. She graduated from Saint Anne’s School of Nursing, where she discovered a passion for geriatric nursing. She worked for over twenty years as Director of Nursing at the Amherst Nursing Home.

Upon her retirement Gail assumed the role of world traveler, devoted grandmother, and continued to be a friend and caretaker to many area elderly. From her home in the woods of Pelham, she spent her time cooking, reading voraciously, and racing through the New York Times crossword puzzle each morning. An active member of the cultural community of Amherst and Pelham, Gail attended concerts of classical music frequently and served both as a Friend and Trustee of the Pelham Library.

Amongst her family Gail will be remembered for her unending love, for inspiring and helping us to pursue our dreams, and for providing a warm home we could always come back to. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Her sharp wit and sense of humor, friendly smile, and generous heart will be missed but never forgotten.

Contributions may be made to the Gail Berube Memorial Fund at the Pelham Library, 2 South Valley Road, Pelham Massachusetts, 01002. A celebration of Gail’s life will be held at a spring concert at the Pelham Library, date and time to be determined.  Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon O. THOMAS QUARTULLI of HADLEY, MA, August 25, 1917 – January 23, 2014

HADLEY, Capt. O. Thomas Quartulli, 96, was called home to God with his loving family at his bedside on Jan. 23, 2014. Our loving father was born in Torrington, Conn., Aug 25, 1917. He was the son of the late Anthony and Elsie Quartulli.  He graduated from Torrington High-School and Clarkson College in Potsdam, NY.  Upon graduating from college in 1942 he served many years in the United States Navy including service in the Mediterranean and Pacific during World War II as well as Japan and Korea during the Korean War. He acquired the rank of Captain, having served as Commanding Officer of three Navy ships and a naval reserve base while on active duty. When released from the active Navy he served as Group Commander of naval reserve units in Western Mass. Dad was awarded several medals for his dedicated navy service including European-Africa-Middle East, Asiatic-Pacific, Victory Medal (WWII), Korean Service, Korean President Unit Citation, United Nation Service, National Defense, Naval Reserve Medal, and American Campaign. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign War, American Legion, Fleet Reserve Association, U.S. Navy Memorial, U.S. Military Officers Association, U.S. LST association, and the Amphibious Veterans of MA. After his prestigious navy career he was employed as a Physical Plant Comptroller at UMASS Amherst retiring in 1988. Dad leaves behind his wife Theresa who is the love of his life and his best friend.  He is also survived by his three cherished children and their spouses Ronald and Michele Quartulli of WatertownNY, Barbara and Robert Beatty of Rochester MA, and Kevin and Robin Quartulli of East LongmeadowMA. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his 5 special Grandchildren Zoe, Quinn, Ryan, Matthew, and Ashley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 10:00 a.m. in Most Holy Redeemer Church, Hadley. Calling hours will be Monday, Jan. 27, from 4-7 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Burial with full military honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice of the Fisher Home Amherst MA which made Dad’s final days peaceful and comfortable. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon ANNA NEWMAN of HADLEY, MA, April 25, 1922 – January 19, 2014

HADLEY, Anna Newman passed away peacefully at the Fisher House, on Sunday, January 19, 2014.


Born April 25, 1922 in the Ukraine, Anna and her family moved to Moscow while Russia was under the rule of Stalin. During World War II, she met her husband, the late Morris Newman, who was the sole member of his family to survive the war and escape from Poland to Russia. After the war, Anna and her husband migrated from Russia via Poland to a refugee camp in Berlin, where their son Aisik was born. Hadassah sponsored their resettlement in the United States. Within in 30 days of their arrival, they set up a chicken farm in Jeffersonville, NY in the Catskill Mountains.


Despite having suffered extreme physical and economic danger under Stalin and the chaos of WWII, Anna was generous in spirit, often thinking about others before taking care of herself. In the early 1950s they moved to Brooklyn, New York, where Morris ran a Kosher delicatessen in BoroPark, while Anna kept a meticulous home, taking great pleasure decorating their home and cooking (her specialty was her cabbage soup). Their son, Aisik thrived under her tender loving care, studying medicine at CornellUniversity, graduating Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and specializing in Child Psychiatry in the PioneerValley.


Anna and Morris moved to the PioneerValley to be near their son and family in 2005 when Morris became ill. After he passed away the following year, Anna lived independently in Hadley until her health declined last year. Anna leaves her loving son, Aisik Newman and daughter-in-law Terry Rooney, an artist, and her grandson Alex Newman, a recent UMass graduate now working as a software engineer in Boston. Services were held at the JCA Monday, January 20th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Fisher House of Amherst, Jewish Community of Amherst or any other charitable organization of your choice. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon ELISABETH A. ROYAL of BERNARDSTON, MA, April 13, 1947 – January 15, 2014

BERNARDSTON, Elisabeth A. (Passler) Royal, a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, as well as an accomplished pianist, passed away on January 15, 2014 at the age of 66.  The daughter of the late Ruth Bridgeford Passler and Herbert Passler, Beth was born on April 13, 1947 in Winchester, Massachusetts. 

Beth grew up in Wakefield, Massachusetts until the age of thirteen when her family moved to Pittsfield.  In Pittsfield, at the age of 16, Beth met and began dating Frederick D. Royal.    Beth and Fred were married on September 13, 1969 and would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this year.  For the last 17 years, Beth and Fred have resided together in Bernardston.  For over two decades prior to that, they lived in Longmeadow.        

Beth is survived by Fred, the love of her life, and their two daughters, Amy of Deerfield and Meghan of Northampton.  Beth is also survived by her son-in-law, Richard, and her two grandchildren, whom she absolutely adored and doted on, Dylan and Brandon, of Deerfield.  In addition, Beth is survived by her sister, Joy Meeker, and brother-in-law, Ron Beales of Escondido, California as well as a niece and two nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother, David Passler, of Atlanta, Georgia.     

Beth loved playing the piano.  A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Beth concentrated her studies in music theory, performance and education.  As an adult, Beth transformed her love and talent for the piano into a career, performing in numerous concerts and at innumerable events and with various groups and ensembles throughout New England.  Beth was a retired music and elementary school teacher and, for many years, was also a private piano teacher. 

Beth was very active in politics, having served on a variety of local, regional and statewide committees.  For a number of years, Beth served as the Chairperson of the Democratic Town Committee in Longmeadow.  In addition to being an accomplished musician and pianist, Beth was a talented cook.  

Friends and relatives may gather with the family for calling hours on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, 87 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, Massachusetts.  Celebration of life services will be held on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 98 N. Maple Street, Hadley, MA.  A reception at the church will immediately follow the services.  A prayer ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont, followed by a graveside service, for those who are able to travel to attend.   

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Elisabeth A. Royal may be made to the Cancer House of Hope, CHD, 332 Birnie Avenue, Springfield, Massachusetts01107.  Obituary and electronic memorial guestbook can be accessed at

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PostHeaderIcon MITCHELL R. DZWONKOSKI of AMHERST, MASS, September 15, 1926 – January 18, 2014

Amherst, Mitchell R. Dzwonkoski, 87, a long time Amherst resident, died Saturday January 18, 2014, at the Soldiers Home in Holyoke. He was born in Amherst on Sept. 15, 1926 and was the son of the late Frank and Rose {Kozacka} Dzwonkoski. Mitch leaves his wife of 57 years Helen Alice {Bielunis} Dzwonkoski.

Mitch was raised in Belchertown and attended school there. After school he entered into the Navy and served his country during WWII. After his military service Mitch returned to Belchertown and began working at the University of Massachusetts, where he was a long time employee. Mitch was also a Police Officer for the Town of Amherst. He retired as the supervisor for the Town of Amherst Public Works Highway Department. Mitch was an avid gardener and his lawn was the envy of all. Mitch loved his extended family and they loved him, most of all he loved and cherished the 57 years with his wife Helen.

Mitch was pre-deceased by seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife Helen, his sister Mildred Frasier of Fl, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday January 21, from 5 -8 PM at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. A liturgy of Christian burial will be Wednesday January 22, 10:00 AM at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 24 Jabish St. Belchertown, with burial following in St Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley.

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PostHeaderIcon GARDELIA CACERES-LARA of AMHERST, MA, August 2, 1931 – January 15, 2014

AMHERST – Mrs. Gardelia Caceres-Lara, 82, died peacefully on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 15th, 2014, at the Hospice of the Fisher Home, with her family and friends at her bedside.


Gardelia was born August 2nd, 1931, in Lima, Peru, the home of her parents Elba Guillen and Gamaniel Velarde. She was the first daughter of seven children. Gardelia is survived by four of her seven siblings, Rosa, Augusto, Tomas and Vicente; her son Freddy Chapelliquen; daughter Elba Chapelliquen, daughter-in-law Rosa Maria Calderon, grandsons Christian and Stefan Chapelliquen, cousins Ada Curaca and Carmen Sandford and many nieces and nephews.


Gardelia retired from working as the Peruvian Post Master in 1980 after 30 years of service and then moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to live with her husband Victor Caceres-Lara. In 1994 after the passing of her husband she moved from Honduras to Amherst, MA to live with her son Freddy.


Relatives and friends may gather with his family during calling hours Monday, Jan. 20th, from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. at the Douglass Funeral Home, 87 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Brigid’s Church, 122 N. Pleasant St., Amherst. Burial will follow Mass in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, corner of N. Maple St. and Rocky Hill Road, Hadley, MA. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon ALICE HOWELL FRIEDMAN of AMHERST, MA, February 17, 1922 – January 14, 2014



AMHERST, Alice Howell Friedman passed away peacefully on January 14, 2014 at the age of 91. Alice’s father was an enlisted man  in the US Army and Alice grew up on military bases in a number of communities—New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and, perhaps most influentially, the Panama  Canal Zone. With the support of her parents she studied and received a nursing diploma at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Alice was very proud to be a MGH graduate. Her movement to Boston engendered a life-long love of Boston and New England.  Following nursing school Alice moved to New York City, another city with which she had a long connection, and received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia Teachers College. She moved back to Boston and became a Visiting Nurse serving low-income areas in the city. At a post-WWII party Alice met a young lawyer who was a recent graduate of Boston University, Harvey Friedman. They were married on the same day the Korean War began. 


Following their marriage Alice worked as a visiting nurse, then taught at Boston College, and eventually returned to school for a Master’s Degree in Public Health at Boston University while Harvey worked as a labor organizer and educator. They raised their three children, Joel, Suzanne and Elizabeth, in Newton.  Alice and Harvey were interested in exploring international relationships and became involved in an organization that brought “movers and shakers” together for cultural exchanges.  The Friedman’s hosted a number of international figures from Kenya, India, England, Australia and other countries—who went on to become prominent, and controversial, figures in their own countries.  Alice was one of the first nurses to advocate for enhancing benefits and working conditions for nurses and testified in support of collective bargaining for nurses.


In 1967 Harvey assumed a position at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Friedman family relocated. Alice took a position at UMass teaching public health nursing and quickly became known for her vision that nurses should have a liberal arts education in addition to professional training.  Harvey and Alice spent several sabbatical years in England which they thoroughly enjoyed; but they were always happy to return to Amherst and their friendships there.  Following retirement, Alice crafted a second life around a range of activities—the Learning In Retirement Program in Amherst, her interest in nursing history, community activities including the Jewish Community of Amherst and being the proud Grandmother of five grandchildren, Marissa, Jacob, Richo, Abraham, and Caroline. Ten years after Harvey’s death in 1992 Alice moved in to the Applewood Community in South Amherst where she took delight in renewing old friendships and building new ones. At the time of her final fall, she was reading George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda in preparation for a reading group which was scheduled to begin this week.


Donations in memory of Alice can be made to the University of Massachusetts School of Nursing and to the Hospice at Fisher House.  


Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Thursday January 16th at the Jewish Community of Amherst.  Open house in honor of Alice will be held Thursday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Applewood, Spencer Drive, Amherst. Shiva will be observed Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM; the family will also welcome friends for a combined open house and Shiva on Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Applewood. Obituary and memorial register at

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PostHeaderIcon ALICE M. FRIEDMAN of AMHERST, MA, February 17, 1922 – January 14, 2014

AMHERST, Alice Friedman, 91, died on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst. Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the Jewish Community of Amherst with burial following in the Jewish Community of Amherst Cemetery in Shutesbury. Shiva will be observed Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at Applewood, 1 Spencer Dr. Amherst, and also on Saturday and Sunday at Applewood with details to follow. A full obituary will follow. Obituary and memorial register at

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