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PostHeaderIcon JUNE L. xxx of LOWELL, MASS, April 9, 1924 – February 26, 2017

PostHeaderIcon JUNE L. xxx of AMHERST, MASS, April 9, 1924 – February 26, 2017

PostHeaderIcon JUNE L. “WEBB” CALLAHAN of AMHERST, MASS, April 9, 1924 – February 26, 2017

Amherst, MA, June L. (Webb) Callahan, daughter of the late Frank and Mary A. (Bates) Webb, and the beloved wife of the late John F. Callahan passed away on February 26, 2017 at the age of 92. 

 
She graduated from Lowell High School, class of 1942. Prior to her retirement, she was the bookkeeper for Synthetic Yarns.  June loved the City of Lowell and enjoyed many summers at Hampton Beach NH and “out to camp” at Long Pond in Dracut. She was also fond of her many VW Beetles.

 
She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Breen and her husband Paul of Amherst, MA and her son Thomas Callahan and his wife Lisa of Farmington Hills, Michigan; one sister, Beverly Begley of Chelmsford, MA and one brother Chapin Webb of Tyngsboro, MA.

 
She was predeceased by her two sisters, Marjorie Collins of Portland, Oregon and Shirley Gardiner of Ferndale, Washington and one brother, Jackson Webb of Lowell, MA. She also leaves four grandchildren, Andrea and Eric Breen and Cassie and Spencer Callahan and several nieces and nephews.

 
It being her request, all services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Burial will be at the Lowell Cemetery.

PostHeaderIcon JUNE L. {WEBB} CALLAHAN of AMHERST, MASS, April 9, 1924 – February 26, 2017

June Webb Callahan

Bookkeeper

 

 

Amherst, MA, June L. (Webb) Callahan, daughter of the late Frank and Mary A. (Bates) Webb, and the beloved wife of the late John F. Callahan passed away on February 26, 2017 at the age of 92.  She graduated from Lowell High School, class of 1942. Prior to her retirement, she was the bookkeeper for Synthetic Yarns.  June loved the City of Lowell and enjoyed many summers at Hampton Beach NH and “out to camp” at Long Pond in Dracut. She was also fond of her many VW Beetles. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Breen and her husband Paul of Amherst, MA and her son Thomas Callahan and his wife Lisa of Farmington Hills, Michigan; one sister, Beverly Begley of Chelmsford, MA and one brother Chapin Webb of Tyngsboro, MA. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Marjorie Collins of Portland, Oregon and Shirley Gardiner of Ferndale, Washington and one brother, Jackson Webb of Lowell, MA. She also leaves four grandchildren, Andrea and Eric Breen and Cassie and Spencer Callahan and several nieces and nephews. It being her request, all services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Burial will be at the Lowell Cemetery.

PostHeaderIcon FLORENCE MARGUERITE BOYNTON of AMHERST, MASS, December 24, 1922 – February 13, 2017

Florence Marguerite Boynton (nee Prenney), born 12/24/1922, died quietly in her home with her child and grandchild with her, on February 13, 2017.  Mrs. Boynton was born in 1922 in Everett, MA to Genevieve MacDonald Prenney and Joseph Prenney.  She graduated from Everett High School and the Bryant Stratton College in Boston.  She married Lloyd Coffin Boynton in 1942, settled in Groveland, MA and had one child, Anne.  She was active in Groveland, chairing the Finance Committee, scoring Little League games, and running an insurance agency, a plumbing company, and a law office.  She was the model of a working mother for her daughter, in a time when mothers didn’t tend to work outside the home. After the death of her husband in 1994, she moved to Amherst.  She was active in the South Congregational Church, Eastern Star, Thursday Club, the Amherst Women’s Club, and the Kanegasaki Sister City Committee. She loved playing cribbage at the Senior Center and being a Member of Amherst Town Meeting.  She traveled to Japan to celebrate the Sister City connection and traveled extensively in England, Scotland, and Europe.  She leaves her daughter, Anne Awad, and grandchildren, Yusef and his wife Muthoni Magua and Asha and her husband Kevin Santos, and great-grandchildren, Leonardo, James, and Nadia.  She also leaves her foster son, Zakaria Ahmed Gas, a Somali refugee, who came to live with her when he was a student and stayed with her for 14 years.  She leaves many close friends from Groveland and Amherst who will miss her. A service to celebrate her life will be held at the South Congregational Church in Amherst on Saturday, March 11, at 11 AM.  Contributions in her name may be made to the Friends of the Amherst Senior Center and mailed to the Center on Boltwood walk in Amherst.  

PostHeaderIcon MARGIT H. MINTZ of AMHERST, MASS, December 25, 1925 – February 20, 2017

AMHERST – Margit H. Mintz passed away peacefully at home on February 20, 2017, at the age of 91.  Margit was born in Hannover, Germany and enjoyed a wonderful, idyllic childhood until the start of World War II, when her young life was changed forever by the Holocaust.  Both parents perished incidental to the war, and Margit lost years to concentration camp internment.  Her survival was made possible by the wit and will that made her such a memorable person in her lifetime.  After being liberated, Margit briefly returned to her hometown, and then, perhaps to slough off the burden of survival, traveled throughout Europe “with only a suitcase”.  She emigrated to the United States, arriving in New York City on October 2, 1952.  She attended Hunter College where she received a bachelor’s degree, while working as a secretary.  It was on the tennis courts in Central Park where she met her husband, Abraham “Abie” Mintz.  Margit was evasive and reticent, but Abie’s relentless pursuit was rewarded when they married on his birthday in 1956, and they loved and supported one another until Abie’s death in 1999.  Margit was a kindergarten teacher, furniture store manager, and interior designer/fine art curator in her professional lives.  She loved all things artistic and decorative, and her style in both decoration and dress was boldly unique and often admired.  Margit introduced Abie and her children to Provincetown on Cape Cod, one of her favorite places and the site of traditional summer vacations which have continued into the next generation and will continue in her memory.  She was an avid and curious reader of books of all kinds, with a particular fondness for poetry and philosophy.  In addition to her loving husband, Margit was lucky to forge many strong friendships in her lifetime, including her closest friends Dr. Vidor and Nissan Bernstien of Wayne, NJ.  She moved from New Jersey to Amherst in 2004, where she found an engaging and supportive community at Greenleaves Condominiums. 

 

 

 

Margit was also predeceased by her sister, Etta.  In addition to her sister Helga (Rohlfs) and other family in Germany, Margit leaves her two sons, David Mintz, of Northampton, and Daniel Mintz, of Eureka CA.  She will also be missed by David’s wife and her daughter-in-law, Shawn Farley, and her granddaughter, Natasha (Mintz), now living in New Orleans, who was her beloved angel and with whom she was able to celebrate her 91st birthday in December.

 

 

 

The family would like to extend genuine and heartfelt gratitude to the Center for Extended Care in Amherst, for their attention, affection, and wonderful care they provided to Margit in the final chapter of her life.  In lieu of any formal service, the family plans to hold a celebration of Margit’s life when Spring, the season of rebirth, arrives.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Margit’s memory can be made to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, ushmm.org. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon ARNOLD FRIEDMANN of AMHERST, MASS, May 12, 1925 – February 16, 2017

Amherst, Arnold Friedmann passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in his home on Thursday, February 16. After being diagnosed with pneumonia, he elected Fisher Home’s home hospice. He was surrounded by family in his remaining days. 

 

Friedmann was born in 1925 in Nuremberg, Germany. His parents Max and Else, and his sister Lotte, lived in Germany until 1939. After Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Crystal) the family fled Germany for British Palestine. To earn money and develop a trade, Arnold apprenticed as a cabinet maker at age 14. At 18, he enlisted in the British Army and served as an ammunition specialist throughout the Middle East during WW II, attaining the rank of Sergeant. 

 

Throughout his time in Palestine and in the British Army, Arnold continued his high school studies and passed the London Matriculation in 1947. He then immigrated to the United States to study interior design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He put his studies on hold in 1949 to return to Palestine to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Sergeant Major in the Israeli War of Liberation.  

 

During his one year of service in the Israeli Army, Arnold married his long-time love, Susi Kirsch. After the war, she joined him in the United States in 1950, where she worked in the garment district to support his pursuit of a Bachelors of Fine Arts, which he earned in 1953 from Pratt. 

 

In the 1950s, Arnold worked as a furniture designer, cabinet maker, and interior designer while teaching at Pratt and continuing his studies there. In 1960, he earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Pratt. After that, he focused his energy on teaching. In the 1960s, he became a Full Professor and Chair of the Design Department. 

 

In 1972, Arnold moved his family to Amherst, MA to create an interior design program in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Massachusetts. During his 20 years of work and service at UMass, he grew the design department, mentored many students, and served on many committees. He became Chairman of the Department of Interior and Environmental Design and was the Associate Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts until he retired in 1990. 

 

Throughout his 40-year career, he was very actively involved in several interior design professional associations and a prolific author. As an active member and leader of IDEC, NCIDQ, and other organizations, he played a key role in turning interior design into an accredited academic pursuit and in establishing national qualifying examinations for interior designers.

 

He authored or co-authored four books, 60+ professional journal articles, and an Encyclopedia Britannica entry. He was also proud to receive numerous professional awards; including from the IKEA Foundation and IDEC. His favorite award was the Distinguished Teaching Award from UMass in 1980. 

 

After his retirement, he continued to teach part time for five years as Professor Emeritus. In retirement, he remained an active volunteer at the University Fine Arts Center and in numerous local organizations, including the Survival Center, Learning in Retirement, and foster care.  After his move to the Applewood retirement community, he continued in true form and became very involved in numerous committees and activities, including organizing an ongoing lecture series covering a wide range of topics. 

 

Most important to Arnold were the relationships he forged during his career. Many students saw him as both a mentor and a close friend, and he continued many relationships beyond graduation. 

 

Arnold’s leisure time was just as busy as his professional life: he traveled frequently with his beloved wife, Susi, played tennis 2-3 times per week until the age of 90, and entertained friends often at their home. From 1960 onwards, he collected a wonderful set of balancing toys many of which continue to grace their home.

 

Arnold Friedmann is survived by his wife Susi, of Applewood in Amherst, his sons, Dan of Chappaqua, NY and Ron of Arlington, VA, his much-loved grandchildren Tim and Jillian of Chappaqua, NY and Ron’s husband Stuart. He was pre-deceased by his daughter-in-law, Laurie Fessler. 

 

A memorial service will be organized this summer. Donations in his memory can be made to Learning in Retirement; the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass; or the Massachusetts General Hospital. 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon ARNOLD FRIEDMANN of AMHERST, MASS, May 12, 1925 – February 17, 2017

Amherst, Arnold Friedmann passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in his home on Thursday, February 17. After being diagnosed with pneumonia, he elected Fisher Home’s home hospice. He was surrounded by family in his remaining days. 

 

Friedmann was born in 1925 in Nuremberg, Germany. His parents Max and Else, and his sister Lotte, lived in Germany until 1939. After Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Crystal) the family fled Germany for British Palestine. To earn money and develop a trade, Arnold apprenticed as a cabinet maker at age 14. At 18, he enlisted in the British Army and served as an ammunition specialist throughout the Middle East during WW II, attaining the rank of Sergeant. 

 

Throughout his time in Palestine and in the British Army, Arnold continued his high school studies and passed the London Matriculation in 1947. He then immigrated to the United States to study interior design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He put his studies on hold in 1949 to return to Palestine to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Sergeant Major in the Israeli War of Liberation.  

 

During his one year of service in the Israeli Army, Arnold married his long-time love, Susi Kirsch. After the war, she joined him in the United States in 1950, where she worked in the garment district to support his pursuit of a Bachelors of Fine Arts, which he earned in 1953 from Pratt. 

 

In the 1950s, Arnold worked as a furniture designer, cabinet maker, and interior designer while teaching at Pratt and continuing his studies there. In 1960, he earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Pratt. After that, he focused his energy on teaching. In the 1960s, he became a Full Professor and Chair of the Design Department. 

 

In 1972, Arnold moved his family to Amherst, MA to create an interior design program in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Massachusetts. During his 20 years of work and service at UMass, he grew the design department, mentored many students, and served on many committees. He became Chairman of the Department of Interior and Environmental Design and was the Associate Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts until he retired in 1990. 

 

Throughout his 40-year career, he was very actively involved in several interior design professional associations and a prolific author. As an active member and leader of IDEC, NCIDQ, and other organizations, he played a key role in turning interior design into an accredited academic pursuit and in establishing national qualifying examinations for interior designers.

 

He authored or co-authored four books, 60+ professional journal articles, and an Encyclopedia Britannica entry. He was also proud to receive numerous professional awards; including from the IKEA Foundation and IDEC. His favorite award was the Distinguished Teaching Award from UMass in 1980. 

 

After his retirement, he continued to teach part time for five years as Professor Emeritus. In retirement, he remained an active volunteer at the University Fine Arts Center and in numerous local organizations, including the Survival Center, Learning in Retirement, and foster care.  After his move to the Applewood retirement community, he continued in true form and became very involved in numerous committees and activities, including organizing an ongoing lecture series covering a wide range of topics. 

 

Most important to Arnold were the relationships he forged during his career. Many students saw him as both a mentor and a close friend, and he continued many relationships beyond graduation. 

 

Arnold’s leisure time was just as busy as his professional life: he traveled frequently with his beloved wife, Susi, played tennis 2-3 times per week until the age of 90, and entertained friends often at their home. From 1960 onwards, he collected a wonderful set of balancing toys many of which continue to grace their home.

 

Arnold Friedmann is survived by his wife Susi, of Applewood in Amherst, his sons, Dan of Chappaqua, NY and Ron of Arlington, VA, his much-loved grandchildren Tim and Jillian of Chappaqua, NY and Ron’s husband Stuart. He was pre-deceased by his daughter-in-law, Laurie Fessler. 

 

A memorial service will be organized this summer. Donations in his memory can be made to Learning in Retirement; the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass; or the Massachusetts General Hospital. 

 

 

 

 

PostHeaderIcon EUGENE A. WAGNER of AMHERST, MASS, May 12, 1943 – February 14, 2017

Amherst, EUGENE A. WAGNER – Wikipedia defines a superhero as “a type of costumed heroic character who possesses supernatural or superhuman powers and who is dedicated to fighting crime, protecting the public, and usually battling supervillains.” Amherst lost one of their superheroes on February 14, 2017. Eugene A Wagner, 73 of North East St. met his kryptonitic battle with CJD. The fight was the first war he was unable to conquer, the battle lasted a short two and a half months, but thankfully he was at peace at the time of passing. 

Gene, aka Poppa Gene, aka Genie, aka Grizzle Bear, was a superhero dressed as a farmer, who really could care less about what image he portrayed. He maintained a humble, practical costume – with his sense of humor shining through his suspenders, equipped with his pocket knife and pliers. No matter what differences he had with someone, it was simple, either you’re a good person or not. If you had a true heart he was able to detect it – he would give you the shirt off of his back and pump you up no matter what you were battling. If you were deceitful, vindictive, or out for no good he would strike vengeance upon you and you’d never see it coming. Despite being a former all American football player, who spent time playing for the army, his size did not prevent him from sneaking up on you ninja style. 

His passion for horses and equipment was comparable to the size of his heart… the bigger the better. He loved working with his herd of draft horses, from working in the tranquil woods logging, to providing moon-lite sleigh rides or hay rides for a cluster of kids and adults reliving their childhood. Aside from his ability to manipulate true horse power, he was also an amazing operator. His on the job training really began when he spent time overseas throughout Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Fresh out of high school he was sent on the mission to fight for his country and fight for his family to maintain their freedoms. He accepted the job presented and created the paths for all those who followed to use. 

For those who were fortunate enough to know Gene, please remember when sadness strikes because he is no longer physically with us, he wouldn’t want you to wallow in that emotion. Instead carry-on the saying “a hero never dies”. Continue his legend by appreciating the moments you have with the loved ones that are still around you. Take the time to enjoy family dinners without arguments or technology. But don’t forget to get your work done too! And most importantly – be careful out there. To him, family didn’t mean you had to be blood related, it simply meant having an understanding and unconditional love from one soul to another. 

Funeral services will be private at a later date with a memorial service to take place in the spring. Since plans have not been set for the memorial service, please send email inquiries to poppageneservices@gmail.com. For those who aren’t internet/computer savvy, simply track down a Wagner from North East St. and they can help with details. And remember that he’s finally able to rest with all the loved ones who’ve passed before him. 

PostHeaderIcon LAWRENCE “LARRY” KELLEY of AMHERST, MASS, January 30, 1955 – February 17, 2017

 

 

Amherst, Lawrence “Larry” Kelley, a lifelong Amherst resident died suddenly Friday February 17, 2017. His family is grateful for the outpouring of support from so many these past few days and the gracious news stories that have been published. Larry is a graduate of St. Michael’s High School, Northampton and the University of Massachusetts.

He is survived by his beloved daughters, Kira and Jada Kelley and his former wife Donna Kelley of Belchertown. He is also survived by his brothers Tom Kelley of Hadley, Marty Kelley and sister in law Charleen of Endicott, NY and sister Margaret Garcia and husband Pedro of Ashburn, VA. Larry was pre deceased by his parents, Lawrence T. and Mary Kelley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday February 24, 2017 at 10:00 am at St. Brigid’s Church, Amherst, with burial following in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Hadley. Calling hours will be Thursday February 23, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst.

 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The Kira and Jada Kelley Memorial Fund, C/O Easthampton Savings Bank P.O. Box 81 Hadley, MA 01035 

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