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PostHeaderIcon GILBERT L. TERRELL of AMHERST, MA, January 26, 1944 – November 15, 2015

  Amherst, Gilbert L. Terrell died November 15, 2015 at his home. He was born in Winfield, Alabama in 1944. In the 1950s he moved to Holyoke with his family where he attended Holyoke schools and graduated in 1961. While attending Holyoke schools, he was a part of the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club and attained Golden Gloves Champion. He also marched in a Holyoke parade with John F. Kennedy.

 

Gilbert moved to Detroit and worked as a truck driver for Oriental Provision for 16 years during the 1960s and 1970s. While truck driving by day, he would deliver Chinese food to customers by night. Some customers were the likes of the Reverend and Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Maceo Parker, James Brown, and a host of other big named stars of the day.

 

Gilbert moved back to Massachusetts to the Holyoke and Springfield areas in the late 1970s. He came to the Amherst area in the late 1980s and made his life working as a gas attendant, doing auto repair, and detailing cars. He also worked at a local laundromat and enjoyed the camaraderie of his customers.

 

Gilbert is survived by his sons Isaiah Terrell and Darrick Wilson and his longtime partner Leslie Burke, he is also survived by his brothers Robert, Bill, Benard, William and Duke Stewart; his sisters Elaine, Hazel, Gloria and Dorothy Stewart. He was predeceased by his brother Sean Stewart.

 

Calling hours will be held Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 4:00-6:00PM at the Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst. Burial will be private.

 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon JOHANNA M. PLAUT of AMHERST, MA, October 6, 1936 – November 16, 2015

 

Amherst, Johanna Mautner Plaut died in Amherst on November 16, 2015.  Johanna was born in Vienna in 1936, and fled to the United States with her parents to escape the Nazis in 1938. After beginning a career as a professor of French literature, she later found her true vocation as a social worker. She and her beloved husband, Tom, lived in New York City and Appalachia, and finally put down roots in Amherst in 1977. 

 

 

 

In Amherst, Johanna became a stalwart member of many local causes. For years she worked as a quiet volunteer behind the scenes with the League of Women Voters, the Resource Center and on the boards of Amherst A Better Chance and the Rosenberg Fund for Children. She surprised many people (including herself) when she ran for Town Meeting around 1980 and won the most votes in her precinct.  She served in Town Meeting for 18 years.  Emboldened by her local electoral success, Johanna took on larger political projects later in her life.  She was also a founding member of Social Workers for Peace and Justice in Hampshire County and, after retirement, an active speaker and organizer on behalf of single payer health care. 

 

In her 20-year career as a social worker in Greenfield she worked with low-income clients. Her practice included individual clients, starting groups for incest survivors and people with eating disorders and treating inmates in the Franklin County jail.  She also helped her colleagues to form a union and was an active member of the Service Employees international Union. Her example inspired both of her children to devote their professional lives to public service. 

 

Johanna led by example. She was cherished for her compassionate, principled approach and her willingness to take on unglamorous tasks. Friends and family would turn to her for generous and incisive perspective. 

 

From her parents she learned an appreciation of precise language and art. Later in life she became more irreverent and outspoken, assisting war tax resisters, enjoying bawdy humor and laughing with friends. She was lovingly supportive of her children, backing them to follow their own path, even when she did not understand their choices. 

 

 

 

After fleeing Europe, Johanna grew up in Ohio and was raised going to church. Her parents did not share their Jewish heritage with their children, so Johanna had no knowledge of her Jewish background until she was eleven years old. After marrying Tom in 1963, she learned more about Jewish tradition, but it was only in Amherst that she fully embraced Jewish life. The Jewish Community of Amherst enabled Johanna to study and learn about her heritage. Johanna had a bat mitzvah with a group of other adults in 2003 and served for many years as co-chair on the JCA’s Social Action Committee. 

 

Johanna was an avid swimmer and hiker and once climbed a 12,000-foot glacier in France, using crampons and roped together with her fellow climbers. She enjoyed music, theater and the museums in the area and played in a recorder quartet for many years. She earned a B.A., cum laude, from Swarthmore College, a PhD in French Literature and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. 

 

She leaves behind Tom, her devoted husband of 52 years, her children and their partners, Rebecca and Emiliano of Brookline and David and Tanya, of Davis, California, three grandchildren, Max, Sarah and Reiko, and her sister-in-law, Susan Hester of Washington D.C. Her sister Mary-Helen predeceased her.

 

 

 

Contributions to honor Johanna’s life may be made to Mass-Care, the single-payer health care advocacy group, at 9B Hamilton Place, Suite 2, Boston, MA 02108.

 

 

 

Services will be held on Wednesday, November 18th at 11:00 am at the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main Street, Amherst.

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon GENEVIEVE MAE BURNETT of NORTHAMPTON, MASS, July 9, 1945 – November 5, 2015

Northampton, Genevieve Mae Burnett, 70, of Northampton, died Thursday November 5, 2015 at Care One at Northampton. She was born in Northampton July 9, 1945 to the late Charles and Catharine {Johnson} Burnett.

Genny grew up in Amherst and lived in Northampton, Brattleboro and Greenfield. She was largely self-educated.

She struggled with and suffered from mental illness all her life, but was able to express her feelings and thoughts very powerfully through her art. She was recognized early on as especially talented and became accomplished and recognized in several art circles around the country for her oil paintings which expressed her unique perspective.

She busied herself with art, reading educational books and inspirational magazines, journaling her thoughts and making craft gifts right up to the week she died. She has composed a multi-hundred page autobiography which her best artist friend and agent, Michael Tillyer, of the Anchor House of Artists in Northampton, is finishing. In many ways she identified her life and struggles with those of Vincent Van Gogh.

She took solace in her pursuit of and assurance in Christian Truth. When able, she attended College Church in Northampton.

She found comfort in giving a good home to several cats over the years, especially Mike, of whom she painted many artworks.

She is survived by her brothers Robert Burnett and his wife Tawnya, of Southampton, Tad Burnett and his partner Marie Frazier of Mt. Holly, VT., and her former sister in-law Marilyn Schupp. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Burial will take place Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 9:30AM at Wildwood Cemetery in Amherst. A memorial service will be held the same day, Saturday, at 1:30 pm at College Church in Northampton.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Genevieve Burnett Fund C/O Anchor House of Artists 518 Pleasant St. Northampton, MA 01060.

 

 

PostHeaderIcon WALTER SCOTT ALDRICH of SUNDERLAND, MA, April 16, 1924 – November 1, 2015

 

Walter Scott Aldrich died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst. He was born April 16, 1924 to Walter Scott Sr. and Doris (Campbell) Aldrich in Pelham. He was raised in Pelham and attended Amherst regional schools and left high school to enlist in the US Navy. He proudly served aboard the submarine USS Sea Fox. In 1942, Walter married Rosetta Jacque. He and his brother Ray founded Aldrich Auto Supply in Amherst in 1959. He held many positions including second class engineer at UMass Amherst and chief engineer at Holyoke Soldiers Home. He was also a member of the Pelham Church, US Submarine Veterans, US American Legion, US Holland Club, and the Variety Club of New England.

 

Walter is predeceased by his wife Rosetta in 2006, his son James Aldrich in 1998, and his brother Raymond Aldrich in 2015. He is survived by his son Jeffrey Aldrich and his wife Lorraine of North Myrtle Beach, SC, his two daughters Donna Boston of Chicopee, MA and Janet Keegan and her husband Kim of Sunderland, MA, his brother Donald Aldrich and his wife Shirley of Port Charlotte, FL, his sister Joan Yorke of York, ME, nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

 

Calling hours will be Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 9-11AM at the Douglass Funeral Service in Amherst. A graveside service with military honors will follow at the Pelham Valley Cemetery in Pelham, MA.

 

Donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St. Springfield, MA 01104.

 

PostHeaderIcon ARTHUR ROBERT QUINTON of AMHERST, MASS, July 1, 1924 – October 26, 2015

Amherst, MA. Arthur Robert Quinton, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Massachusetts, passed away early Monday, October 26, at his home on Red Gate Lane, surrounded by his family. His final day was the only time when he was not completely independent, including tending his wood stove.  He left this world entirely on his own terms, speaking with grandchildren, telling them of his pride in them, solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, and singing “My Way.” 

 

Arthur was born July 1st, 1924 in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, the youngest of six children in a family of fishermen and dressmakers. He attended Queen Mary College, London University during WW2, which had been moved to Cambridge to avoid the Blitz. After graduation he became a radar operator and Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. At the end of the war he was stationed in Cornwall, where he attended a charity ball and met a bright eyed, dark haired, local girl. Arthur and Rose Maud Trebilcock were married November 11, 1946.  In 1949, the couple emigrated to Canada where Arthur earned a MS from the University of Western Ontario. 

 

In 1951, Arthur and Rose moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where Arthur earned a Ph.D. in Physics at Yale, and met lifelong friends Barbara and Bill Doyle, Joan and Hal Shapiro, and many others. After stints at the University of Florida, Dartmouth College, and visiting professorships at Australian National University, the Quintons settled in Amherst, where Arthur taught generations of physics students, retiring in 1994. 

 

Arthur was a talented cricket player in his young days, an award winning slow bowler. After he became a US citizen in 1960 and settled in Amherst, he became an avid follower of UMass and Boston sports teams. He helped coach the UMass men’s soccer team for a few years, and started the Amherst recreational soccer program in the early 1970’s. He retained encyclopedic knowledge of the details of players and games and eagerly shared his enjoyment with many. On his final day, he was glad to hear about the game as the Patriots pulled out the win over the Jets.

 

Arthur was an active member of the Amherst community; he was a member of Town Meeting for 12 years, a Trustee of the Jones Library, member and past president of Amherst Rotary, and docent at the Renaissance Center. For years he tended multiple plots at the Amherst Community Garden, overwhelming friends and foes alike with his garden bounty of zucchini, tomatoes, and basil.  He was an avid tennis player, playing in a variety of masters’ tournaments with his sneaky spins and drop shots. After Rose died, Arthur became quite a cook, serving family and friends feasts that included roast lamb and potatoes, and keeping the Red Gate Lane house alive as a center of warmth and love. 

 

Arthur had a great love of poetry and music and took great joy in rallying any group for a sing a-long.  Every year he recited “In Flanders Field” from memory, and took great pride in joining with his fellow WW2 veterans to commemorate their shared service. He was a terrific American patriot, and worked at the polls for many elections. Despite watching a fair amount of Fox News after Rose died, to his children’s great relief he recently announced that he planned to vote for Bernie in the primaries. 

 

Arthur found his calling in teaching; he was renowned for his creative and exciting physics demonstrations that transfixed students and colleagues, from his bed of nails to shooting falling stuffed animals with a cannon from across the classroom. For many years he taught in the UMass Summer Science Enrichment Program. In retirement, Arthur tutored local middle school students in math, and enjoyed discovering new, elegant proofs. He often included mathematical equations in his birthday cards to his grandchildren. Arthur was always interested in, and in sync with, the younger generation.  

 

Arthur leaves 3 children and 8 grandchildren: Hebe Quinton and David Avery (Christian and Meade) of Lyme, NH; Keith Quinton and Barbara Fildes (Sean, Casey, Jared, and Nina) of Hanover, NH; Tracy Farnham and Paul Martin (Jack and Grace) of Belchertown, MA.  He also leaves many nieces, nephews, and cousins across the globe. He was a man of great dignity, integrity, and kindness and is sorely missed.  

 

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Dr. Mariana Marguglio for her dedicated care to both Rose and Arthur.  

 

The South Amherst Congregational Church was a supportive community for Arthur and Rose. A memorial service for the community will be held there on November 28th at 3 PM, the community is invited. There will be singing and tea. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the Quinton Physics Award at UMass Amherst, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA  01003. The award rewards excellence in graduate student teaching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon SUONG YIM of AMHERST, MASS, June 1, 1933 – October 25, 2015

 

 

 

 

Amherst, Suong Yim, 82, died Sunday October 25, 2015 at home. He was born June 1, 1933, in Komg Chhnang Province, Cambodia. He came to the United States with his late wife {Seng Van} in 1984. He is survived by his sons, Seong of Australia, Sophal, and Sophat of Worcester, his daughters, Thol of Seattle, WA., Thong and Chantheon of Worcester, and Mom Yim-Mao of Amherst. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

 

 

 

Funeral services will be Saturday October 31, 2015 at 8:30 am at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst with cremation following at the Springfield Cemetery and Crematory.

 

 

 

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon MARION ANGELINA LEONARD of NORTH AMHERST, MA, January 7, 1933 – October 19, 2015

 

Marion Angelina (Kolasinski) Leonard, former owner and proprietor of Roosters Restaurant in North Amherst, passed away Monday, October 19, after a brief illness surrounded by family. Born January 7, 1933 in Leverett to Charles and Margaret (Battistoni) Kolasinski, and a graduate of Amherst Regional High School, Mrs. Leonard was a lifelong resident of Cushman Village, North Amherst, where she and her late husband of 40 years, Perley E. Leonard owned and operated the Leonard Egg Farm from their home on Bridge Street.

She is survived by her four children and fourteen grandchildren. Scott A. and his wife Marilyn (Watroba) Leonard of Amherst and their five children, Clayton, Faith, and Mellyann of Amherst and Kyle and Jacob of Los Angeles, CA; Mark A. and his wife Trish (Powers) Leonard of Greenfield and their four children, Matthew, Colin, Ian, and Elizabeth of Greenfield; Gregg A. and his wife Cathy (Freeman) Leonard of Granby and their four children, Megan of Belchertown, Samantha of Ludlow, Jason of South Hadley, and Andrea of Enfield, CT; and Lee L. and her husband William F. Kimball III of Amherst and their two children, Dana of Belchertown and Evan of Amherst, and her six great-grandchildren.

She enjoyed cooking and baking, was an avid gardener, and after retiring from Roosters enjoyed DIY and home improvement projects and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be private, and the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations made to hospice would honor her memory.

 

PostHeaderIcon PHEBE NASH of GRANBY, MASS, July 2, 1921 – August 18, 2015

Granby, Phebe Nash, 94, died peacefully Tuesday August 18, 2015. She was born July 2, 1921 in Moline, Illinois and grew up on the family farm near port Byron, Illinois. She attended the Greenwood one room schoolhouse, grades 1- 8. She then went to Port Byron High School and graduated second in her class. During childhood she contracted pneumonia and almost died. After high school she enrolled in the Moline Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, from which she graduated in 1942. After graduation, she did a post graduate course in obstetrics at Chicago’s Lying Hospital. Upon completion, she returned to Moline Hospital and became a night supervisor after six months. In 1945 she married Carlton Nash and moved to Massachusetts where she raised a family, helped with the Nash Dinosaurland business, and did some private duty nursing. She leaves behind three sons, Charles, Carlton and Kornell; a daughter-in-law Helen; three grandchildren, Alexander, Trevor and Jeremy; and a number of nephews and nieces. Private burial will be held in West Cemetery, Granby. A memorial service will be held in the fall at the Church of Christ Congregational, Granby. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

 

PostHeaderIcon JOHN A. PISTEL of AMHERST, MASS, September 24, 2015 – October 10, 2015

 

 

Amherst, John A. Pistel, 68, of Amherst, Massachusetts, died October 10, 2015, peacefully at home. He was born in Middletown, Connecticut, to the late Robert Frederick and Lydia Rasch Pistel. 

 

John graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of 1965, and Amherst College, Class of 1969, with a degree in American Studies, and then earned his master’s degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut. He taught English at Grayland Country Day School, Denver, Colorado. John was then appointed Head of the Middle School at Colorado Academy in Denver, Colorado, and became Headmaster at St. Mark’s School in San Rafael, California. Wanting to return to his roots in New England, he was then appointed Headmaster of Derby Academy in Hingham, Massachusetts. Before retirement, he returned to his alma mater as Director of Leadership Giving.

 

Mr. Pistel is survived by his wife, Gaye Bounty Pistel, son Adam Andrew Pistel of New York City, and daughter Katherine Grace Pistel of Watertown, Connecticut. 

 

John will be remembered as a kind and dry-witted man who was devoted to Amherst College, the New York Yankees, personal athletic pursuits, and especially his family and friends.   

 

The family would like to thank the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care at Baystate Health Center, Baystate Visiting Nurse and Hospice, members of South Congregational Church, the Amherst College community, and family and friends for their love and support.  

 

A Celebration of John’s life will be Saturday, October 24, at 11 AM at South Congregational Church, 1066 South East Street, South Amherst.   

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to Baystate Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 50 Maple St. Springfield, MA 01102

 

 

PostHeaderIcon GEORGE T. BRITT of AMHERST, MASS, October 21, 1922 – October 15, 2015

 

 

Amherst, George T. Britt, 92, a lifelong Amherst resident, died Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at the Soldiers Home in Holyoke. George was born in Amherst, October 21, 1922, to the late Michael and Alice {Lord} Britt. George was an Amherst High School graduate, after graduation he received his Associates degree from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts. George was drafted, and served in the Army in WW II. He was a lifelong member of the Amherst VFW, and the Carpenters Union. 

 

George is survived by three sons, John of Florence, James and his wife April of Florence and Richard of Pelham and his daughter Beverly Ross of Washington State. He is also survived by his sister Marion and her husband John Bak of Amherst, 5 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Mary and his sons Robert and Thomas. He was also predeceased by two brothers and a sister. 

 

Funeral services will be held Wednesday October 21, at 10:00 am at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Burial will follow in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley. Calling hours will be Tuesday October 20, from 4 – 7 pm at the Douglass Funeral Service.

 

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com

 

 

 

 

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