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PostHeaderIcon LOUISE WOJTOWICZ of AMHERST, MASS, February 29, 1920 – January 3, 2016

 

 

Amherst, Louise Wojtowicz, 95, passed away January 3, 2016 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst. She was born in Holyoke, MA on Feb. 29, 1920, attended schools in Holyoke, and was a life long resident of Amherst. She is survived by her son, Richard, many nieces and nephews that she was extremely fond of, as well as many dear friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward, to whom she was married for almost 64 years. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Sidonia Ironside and Catherine Demski, as well as her brother, John Hlystek. She was a “stay at home” mom and homemaker who worked hard to provide family and friends delicious home cooked meals, desserts, and canned goods that were a result of her husband’s one acre bountiful garden. She knitted dozens of afghans, some of which adorned her home and many of which were cherished gifts given to family and friends. She was a loving, kind, humble person who will be missed by family, friends, and anyone who came to know her.

 

She was a member of St. Brigid’s Parish in Amherst.

 

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff and caring aides at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst for the high quality of care provided to Louise, as well as for the many acts of kindness and love shown to her. As the engraved, embedded stone at the front door of the nursing home reads; “Caring for people with God’s help,” Louise was a fortunate recipient of that special kind of care that led to her longevity.

 

Funeral services will be Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM from the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst. Burial will follow in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5 -7 PM at the Douglass Funeral Service.

 

 

PostHeaderIcon RUTH M. SMITH of AMHERST, MASS, June 26, 1926 – December 22, 2015

 

Northampton, Ruth M. Smith, 89, passed away December 22, 2015 at the Center for Extended Care Amherst, MA. Her daughter was with her.

Ruth, daughter of the late Arthur and Hazel (Stryker) Jaques was born June 26, 1926 in New Brunswick, NJ.

She was also the wife of the late Eugene F. Smith, who passed away March, 2000.

She leaves behind her loving family including her daughter Judy Strassner and her husband Stephen Strassner.  Ruth was a Grandmother to S. Michael Strassner and his wife Susan Strassner, Thomas E. Strassner and his wife Brenna Strassner.  She also had five Great Granddaughters which she would speak of often: Chloe, Julianna, Charlotte, Lexi and Chelsea.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, December 29, 2015, from 9:30 to 10:30AM at the Douglass Funeral Home, Amherst, MA.  A Liturgy of Christian Burial and a celebration of her life will be held the same day at 11:00AM St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst MA (directly across the street from Douglass Funeral Home).  Burial will follow at St. Brigid’s Cemetery, corner of North Maple St and Rocky Road, Hadley, MA.

 

 

PostHeaderIcon FRANCIS B. LYMAN, JR. of AMHERST, MASS, May 15, 1929 – December 13, 2015

 

 

Amherst, Francis B. Lyman, Jr. died peacefully on December 13, 2015 after a long illness. Francis was born May 15, 1929 in Pelham, MA., to the late Brainard and Dorothy {McKnight} Lyman. He graduated from Amherst High School and attended the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.

 

Francis enjoyed working his whole life on the Lyman farm and orchard in South Amherst. He was also a long time mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. After he retired, he enjoyed working at Stop & Shop.

 

Francis is survived by his wife Margaret {Webster} three daughters: Cynthia Durkee, Janet Lyman, and Ruth Barrett and her husband Steven; his brother Edward of California; his seven grandchildren: James, Meagan, Kimberly, Andrew, Jeffrey, Aaron, and Nathaniel; and his great grandson Mason.

 

Calling hours will be Wednesday December 16, 2015 from 4 – 6 PM at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Private burial will be in South Amherst Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of one’s choice.

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon LAURA B. SANTOS of PELHAM, MA, August 9, 1919 – December 11, 2015

 

Laura B. Santos passed away on December 11, 2015. She was born on August 9, 1919 in Webster, MA.

Laura leaves behind four children: Frank Santos (Barbara) of Prescott, AZ, Jacque Running (Stephen) of Phoenix, AZ, Lori Olson (Mark) of Phoenix, AZ, and Mark Santos (Holly) of Pelham, MA. She is also survived by her sister Beatrice Swistak of Chicopee, MA. She leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Laura is predeceased by her husband Frank Santos. Laura was a devoted mother and grandmother, and she will be sorely missed.

Calling hours will be Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 4-6PM at the Douglass Funeral Service, 87 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. The funeral service will be Friday, December 18, 2015 at 10:00AM at the First Baptist Church, 434 N Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA.

PostHeaderIcon GEORGE R. AUBREY of AMHERST, MASS, April 19, 1931 – December 9, 2015

 

 

AMHERST – George Robert Aubrey, 84, of Amherst died peacefully on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at the Center for Extended Care after a stay of just five days.

 

George was born in Norwich, CT to the late John A. and Alicia (Bellows) Aubrey, the middle of their nine children.  The family moved from Norwich to Florence, MA, where George attended school, graduating from St. Michael’s high school in 1949.  He began his schooling for Pharmacology at Mass College of Pharmacy in Boston, MA, but was drafted and served two years in the US Army, stationed in Germany, from 1953 to 1955.  He completed his pharmacy training when he returned from Germany and started his career as a pharmacist in Northampton.  He married his late wife, Nancy (Butler), in 1957 and they had three children, David, Susan and Kevin.  The family moved to Amherst in 1963 and George continued his career at the College Drug Store in Amherst and then managed his own store, University Pharmacy in Hadley.  He retired from CVS in 1996. 

 

George was most proud of his home and his beautiful gardens and spent many hours enjoying the outdoors.  He will miss watching the bluebirds and other wildlife in his backyard and he will miss his wonderful neighbors on Valley View. 

 

George was predeceased by his wife, Nancy, in 1999 and is survived by his three children and six grandchildren, David Aubrey and his wife, Nancy, of Northborough (Matthew and Meghan), Susan Clark and her husband, Jerry, of Belchertown (Jennifer and Christopher) and Kevin Aubrey and his wife, Margaret, of Montague (Alysha and Natalya).  He also leaves his brother, Robert Aubrey and his wife, Shirley, of West Springfield and very dear friends, Robert and Louise LaPointe of Medway and many nieces and nephews. 

 

There are no calling hours, private burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Amherst.

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon AVTANDIL MAKHAROBLISHVILI of SHUTESBURY, MA, December 29, 1924 – November 24, 2015

 

 

Avtandil Makharoblishvili, most adoring father of two daughters Marina and Tamara (Tamuna), and a dedicated grandfather to Lawrence, Nino, Ilya, Salome and Gio, died at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton on November 24th, 2015.  Avtandil was 90 years old. He was born and brought up in the Republic of Georgia.  He served in the Soviet Army during World War II, and was a very successful civil engineer, important to the modernization of Georgia’s capital city after the War. He was loved deeply by his wife, Babilina Dolidze (d. in October 2001), by his elder brother Vakhtang, and by his large extended family. He moved to the USA to be with his daughters and their families in 2002.  All of us – his colleagues, his friends, and his family members, will always remember Avtandil as the most loyal friend, loving parent, devoted brother and doting grandfather.  He made a difference in all our lives.

 

 

Marina, Tamuna, Stephen, Gogi, Dato, Manana, Darejan, Levan, Kathleen, Lawrence, Nino, Ilya, Salome, Gio, Vato, Atuka, Datuna and Tornike.

 

 

PostHeaderIcon DONALD T. LASHWAY of AMHERST, May 30, 1926 – November 30, 2015


Amherst, Donald T. Lashway, 89, life-long resident of Amherst, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was born, the oldest of ten children, in Amherst, May 30, 1926, son of the late Leo E. and Anna L. {Reynolds} Lashway. 

He worked for many years driving truck with his father and brothers in the family lumber business. Later in life he was employed at Hampshire College in the custodial department until his retirement. Donald continued his truck driving with his sons at Berkshire Blacktop, and drove until his was 82 years old. He was recognized in Cushman and throughout town for his several daily trips with his cocker spaniel Snoopy riding shot-gun. Donald was a tough as nails guy who could out work the best of the best, and be ready for more. He treasured the little things in life. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen {Ryznic} Lashway, a grandson Michael and two brothers {Leo and Buddy} and three sisters Shirley, Bev and Marion. He is survived by two daughters, Kathy {Ernie} Weaver and Terry, six sons, Donnie, David, Peter {Linda}, Chris, John and Jim; ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a brother, Ronnie {Cyndy} Lashway, Sr., and three sisters, Doris {Ed} MacDonald, Patricia {Richard} Connly, and Loretta {Jim} Hurston, and a host of nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at 11:00AM from The Douglass Funeral Service, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon in St. Brigid’s Church. Burial will follow in St. Brigid’s Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday from 5:00-8:00pm at the funeral home. 

Memorial Gifts may be made to Dakin Animal Shelter, 163 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA 01054.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon DONALD T. LASHWAY of AMHERST, May 30, 1926 – November 29, 2015


Amherst, Donald T. Lashway, 89, life-long resident of Amherst, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was born, the oldest of ten children, in Amherst, May 30, 1926, son of the late Leo E. and Anna L. {Reynolds} Lashway.

 

He worked for many years driving truck with his father and brothers in the family lumber business. Later in life he was employed at Hampshire College in the custodial department until his retirement. Donald continued his truck driving with his sons at Berkshire Blacktop, and drove until his was 82 years old. He was recognized in Cushman and throughout town for his several daily trips with his cocker spaniel Snoopy riding shot-gun. Donald was a tough as nails guy who could out work the best of the best, and be ready for more. He treasured the little things in life.

 

He was predeceased by his wife, Helen {Ryznic} Lashway, a grandson Michael and two brothers {Leo and Buddy} and three sisters Shirley, Bev and Marion. He is survived by two daughters, Kathy {Ernie} Weaver and Terry, six sons, Donnie, David, Peter {Linda}, Chris, John and Jim; ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He also is survived by a brother, Ronnie {Cyndy} Lashway, Sr., and three sisters, Doris {Ed} MacDonald, Patricia {Richard} Connly, and Loretta {Jim} Hurston, and a host of nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at 11:00AM from The Douglass Funeral Service, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon in St. Brigid’s Church. Burial will follow in St. Brigid’s Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday from 5:00-8:00pm at the funeral home.

 

Memorial Gifts may be made to Dakin Animal Shelter, 163 Montague Rd., Leverett, MA 01054.

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon WILLIAM ALEXANDER DARITY, SR. of AMHERST, MASS, January 15, 1924 – November 29, 2015

 

Northampton, William Alexander Darity Sr. (1924-2015), Emeritus Professor Public Health and founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst died on Sunday, November 29 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. He advanced the fields of public health and advocacy as well as tobacco control. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Evangeline Royall Darity, who died in 1994. 

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Darity was a leader and pioneer in the fields of international health inequities and the health status of marginalized populations. He advanced the fields of public health and advocacy as well as tobacco control.


William Darity Sr. was born January 15, 1924 in East Flat Rock, North Carolina, the son of Aden Randall Darity and Elizabeth Smith Darity. Neither of his parents had had the opportunity to complete schooling beyond 6th grade but, nevertheless, managed to send three of their four children to college. Darity completed a Bachelor of Science degree from Shaw University and a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree from North Carolina Central University. In 1964 he became the first black recipient of a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, taking only two years to complete his doctorate in Public Health.

 
After working for two years with the antipoverty agency the North Carolina Fund, Darity accepted an Associate Professor appointment at the University of Massachusetts– Amherst in 1965. At that time, the small Department of Public Health, which offered a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Environmental Health, had three full-time faculty members. He was appointed head of the department in 1968 and then Dean in the School of Health Sciences in September 1973. In addition to the Division of Public Health (an accredited School of Public Health) and a Division of Nursing (an accredited School of Nursing), this newly created School of Health Sciences included a Department of Communications Disorders, which offered majors and graduate study in audiology and speech and language disorders. At his urging upon his retirement, the Division of Public Health became a School of Public Health with its own dean, and the Division of Nursing became a School of Nursing with its own dean.


His last major responsibility at the University of Massachusetts was to serve as Principal Investigator of a $3.4 million, five-year research study on Smoking and Cancer in Black populations, funded by the National Cancer Institute. This important investigation explored the factors affecting smoking adoption and accompanying health risks among middle-income and low-income blacks. After retirement, he served as Senior Associate and Deputy Director for the Asia and the Near East for the Population Council of New York and a consultant on several research projects at University of Maryland’s School of Medicine in Baltimore.
 

Prior to pursuing his doctorate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Darity’s international experience included 10 years with the World Health Organization (WHO). During his tenure at WHO, he taught at the American University of Beirut’s School of Public Health in Lebanon and the University of Alexandria’s Higher Institute of Public Health in Egypt. Darity also served as a Health Consultant with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Arab Refugees and as a WHO Regional Advisor for 17 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, which included 11 Arab countries, as well as Israel, Cyprus, Iran, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Pakistan and West Pakistan (now Bangladesh) with an emphasis on malaria eradication.  

Darity served as a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between 1985 and 1991. He was honored as an outstanding alumni by Shaw University in March 2015 and inducted into the Golden Rams Society at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in November 2014. Earlier he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in October 1996 and received the Alumni Achievement Award from Shaw University in 1997. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Shaw University in 1990 and was given a Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health Alumni Association in 1977.  

He is survived by his wife Trudy Whisonant Darity, his daughter Janki Evangelia Darity, his son William Darity Jr., daughter-in-law Kirsten Mullen, and grandsons Aden Lowell Mullen Darity and William Otis Mullen Darity.  

The family is grateful for the love and support of friends and the expert care provided by the medical teams at Bay State Medical Center and Cooley Dickinson Hospital over the course of many years.  

Calling hours with the family will be held from 5-7 PM on Thursday, December 3rd, at the Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Friday, December 4th, also at Douglass Funeral Home, Amherst. Burial will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Amherst. 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon VICTORIA C. PRATT of AMHERST, MASS, April 20, 1920 – November 21, 2015

AMHERST, Victoria C. Pratt, 95, life-long resident of Amherst, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst. Vicki was born in Amherst, daughter of the late Charles, and Blanche {Ciesluk} Ryznic. She attended Amherst Schools and for her whole life was the designated baby sitter for her entire family along with the Lashway family and any other of the local, Cushman Village people. She cherished this role in life, as much as she did her beloved Red Sox. She watched the Sox games faithfully; even when they were on the west coast she would watch them the following day on tape. She was a communicant of St. Brigid’s Church. Her husband Harold Pratt died in 1995, and also was pre-deceased by an infant daughter Linda, four brothers, and three sisters. She is survived by two daughters, Teresa Pratt of Amherst, and Ann, and her husband Robert MacDonald of Leverett. Also, four grandchildren; Michael Keyes, Jessica Lamson, Kim and Shawn MacDonald, and five great-grandsons. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 9:00AM from the Douglass Funeral Service, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 in St. Brigid’s Church. Burial follows in St. Brigid Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at The Douglass Funeral Home. Obituary and register at www.douglassfuneral.com

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