Obituaries and Condolences
Helen O. Dostal
Helena “Helen” O. (Pontbriand) Dostal, 93, formerly a resident of 400 Westhampton Road, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Apple Rehabilitation Center, Colchester, CT, following a period of declining health.
A native of Northampton, Massachusetts, she was born on April 5, 1921 to Olivine (Boucher) and Romeo Pontbriand. Helen was educated in Sacred Heart Parochial School until the age of 16, when she set aside her formal education to assist her father in raising her four siblings, following the death of her mother. She worked as a personal cook for a professor at Smith College and also at the Northampton Clarke School in the housekeeping department.
Helen grew up on Prospect Street in Northampton and lived with her family until she married Robert J. Dostal, Sr. on June 23, 1941. Following their marriage, they resided in Florence, MA and South Carolina while her husband was serving in the military. Upon his discharge from the service, they moved back to Massachusetts, in particular to their beloved “Pine Hill Farm” on Route 66 to start a family. It was there that they raised Black Angus cattle, later raising show ponies and horses. Helen was often found helping on the farm by driving hay truck during the haying season and canning vegetables from the family garden. Helen and Bob celebrated 65 years of marriage together prior to his passing in September of 2006.
Helen was a devout communicant of the former St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church in Northampton, Massachusetts and was active in parish life. Her leisure time activities and hobbies included: crocheting, word search puzzles and bird watching.
Survivors include her loving children: Robert J. “Bud” Dostal, Jr., of Ocala, FL; Carol Elizabeth Perkins and her husband Raymond of Conway, MA and Mary Rose Dostal and her partner Marianne Murawski of Marlborough, CT. Helen was predeceased by her daughter Barbara Tacy in September of 2002 and is survived by her son-in-law Louis Tacy of Westfield, MA. She leaves her loving brother Ernest Pontbriand of Waterville, ME and was predeceased by her brothers Romeo, Albert, Henry and Edmund Pontbriand. Helen leaves four grandchildren who love and adore her: E.J. Perkins and his wife Tori of Little Ferry, NJ; Patricia Rutkowski and her husband “Skip” of Northampton, MA, Robert Tacy of Northampton, MA and Theresa Murawski of Marlborough, CT.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, July 25, 2014 from the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 36 Bank Row, Greenfield, MA, with a Catholic Rite of Burial Service at 11:00AM, with Msgr. Ronald G. Yargeau, Pastor, of Holy Trinity Church, Greenfield, MA to officiate. Rites of committal and burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Northampton, MA. Helen’s family will receive guests Friday morning from 10:00AM until the time of the services at 11:00AM. Memorial contributions are suggested to either the American Cancer Society online at www.cancer.org or by phone at 1-800-227-2345 or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104.
David Stanton Wentworth
Studio City, CA
David S. Wentworth, 76, of 11138 Aqua Vista Street, Unit #23, passed peacefully on July 1, 2014 at the Providence St. Elizabeth Care Center, in North Hollywood, CA, following a period of declining health. Mr. Wentworth, was former resident of Turners Falls, MA.
In keeping with David’s request, no formal services will be observed and interment, will be private in the Springdale Cemetery, Turners Falls, MA. Memorial contributions in his memory, may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Phyllis I. (Prasol) Gunn
Phyllis Irene (Prasol) Gunn, 85, of 14 Temple Avenue passed peacefully on Saturday evening, June 28, 2014 at the Poet Seat Health Care Center, following a period of declining health. A native of Greenfield, she was born on January 4, 1929 to Thomas and Catherine (Piotkowski) Prasol and was educated in Greenfield Public Schools, a graduate of GHS in the Class of 1947. Following graduation from high school, Phyllis worked for the former Montague Rod & Reel Company in Turners Falls, MA. The Rod Shop had sponsored an adult women’s basketball team on which Phyllis was a standout player.
In her youth, she was an avid roller skater and could often be found skating at the former Riverview Roller Rink in Turners Falls, MA or the former roller rink at the Gables in South Deerfield. Phyllis was an accomplished vocalist who performed at the former Garden Theatre in many minstrel shows, as well as on several “on air” local shows on the W.H.A.I. radio station, both in Greenfield, MA.
She married David A. Gunn, Sr. in Holy Trinity Church, Greenfield, MA on June 18, 1949. They made their home in Montague Center MA for many years while raising their family. Phyllis supported her husband’s service to the community as a volunteer firefighter with the Montague Center Fire Department by becoming a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Canteen for many years. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s Council of the former St. Mary’s Church in Turners Falls, MA.
They moved back to Greenfield and Phyllis went to work for the Town of Greenfield School Department, as a teacher's aide for nine years. In her leisure time, she enjoyed crafts and craft making including: knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, making Christmas decorations and decorative seasonal wreaths, dolls and doll making. She enjoyed polka and country & western square dancing and frequent trips to the ocean at Hampton Beach, NH and to White Horse Beach in Plymouth, MA.
She is lovingly remembered by her husband of 65 years, David A. Gunn, Sr., of Greenfield, MA, as well as by her adoring children: Judith L. Rose and her husband John, of South Deerfield, MA; David A. Gunn, Jr. and his wife Lisa, of Friendship, ME; Stephen M, Gunn of Greenfield, MA and Debra J. Kelly and her husband Patrick, of Greenfield, MA. Additionally, she leaves her grandchildren to cherish her memory: John A. Rose III and his wife Jamie, Jacob Rose and his fiancé Cheri Poirier, Kelsea Gunn-Downes and her husband Jim, Kyla, Jayna and Rylen Kelly and her great grandson, Gavin Rose. Phyllis was pre-deceased by her parents, as well as her siblings: Katherine, Laura, Jessie, Helen, Jennie, Henry, Edward and Frank and leaves many loving nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews who remember her with love and affection.
In keeping with Phyllis’s request, formal services will be omitted in lieu of a private celebration of her life, to be observed at the convenience of her family, following cremation. There will be no visiting hours. Expressions of affection are suggested in the form of a charitable contribution in Phyllis’s memory to: Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301 or to the Montague CenterFire Department, P.O. Box 237, 28 Old Sunderland Road, Montague Center, MA 01351.
Raymond G. Bellemare
Raymond G. Bellemare, 90, a resident of the Mackenzie Place Assisted Living, 1605 Elm Creek View, passed peacefully on June 21, 2014 at the Penrose Hospital, in the Pike’s Peak Hospice Unit, Colorado Springs, Co., in the company of his loving family.
A native of St. Boniface, Province of Quebec, Canada, he was born on August 4, 1923 a son to Levis A. and Maria E. (Desaulniers) Bellemare. He moved to the US with his family as a young boy, attending the former St. Anne’s Parochial School in Turners Falls, MA and Montague Public Schools and graduated from Turners Falls High School in the Class of 1941, where he played varsity baseball. Ray also attended Northampton Commercial College.
As a member of the Greatest Generation, he entered military life during WWII on April 5, 1943, enlisting in the USA and served with the 890 th Ordinance Heavy Auto Maintenance Company, of the 3199 th Signal Service Corps serving in the China /Burma/India campaigns and attained the rank of Tech 5. He received for his meritorious service, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal and was honorably discharged on March 22, 1946.
He married the love of his life, the former Eileen G. LaChapelle on October 14, 1948, in the former St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church in Turners Falls, MA. They were residents of the Town of Montague for many years, residing in Montague City, later moving to 44 Mary Potter Lane in Greenfield, MA, prior to moving to Michigan and then to Colorado Springs, to be closer to their daughter and son due to failing health.
Ray worked for the former Montague Rod & Reel Co., in Montague City, MA, as well as for the former Bendix Corporation in Greenfield, MA He retired as a Market Investigator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Agriculture in 1987. He was a past member of the K of C Council #737, of Turners Falls, MA, VFW Post #987, of Northfield, MA, the Turners Falls A.C., B.P.O.E lodge #1296 of Greenfield, MA and was an avid golfer and member of the Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club in Turners Falls, MA for many years, where he was a member of the K of C Council #737 golf league. He was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of the former St. Mary’s of Assumption Church in Turners Falls, MA. He enjoyed traveling, following sports and enjoyed a “walk well ruined” on a regular basis.
Ray was predeceased by his loving wife of nearly 61 years, on July 4, 2009. He leaves his daughter Linda Baker and her husband James, of Denver, CO, as well as his sons; Gary and his wife Patricia, of Athol, MA and Paul and his wife Karen, of Colorado Springs, CO. Additionally there are 8 loving grandchildren who will miss and cherish him, as well as 3 great grandchildren. Additionally, he leaves his sister-in-law Jean Hoff of Turners Falls, MA and brother-in-law Gerry Collins, of Casa Grande, AZ. He was predeceased by is brother; Marcel Bellemare and his wife Shirley, as well as by his wife’s siblings: Harold B. LaChapelle, Donald P. LaChapelle, Rita Brassor and Mary Ellen Collins.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be observed on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 10:00AM from Our Lady of Peace Parish, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, MA, with Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, Pastor, as the Celebrant. Inurnment with rites of committal will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Turners Falls, MA, with full military honors to be observed, with members of the 54 th Massachusetts Army National Guard in attendance, assisted by the Hale-Clapp VFW Post #3295 of South Deerfield, MA. A reception following the committal services will be observed in the Fr. Casey Hall of Our Lady of Peace Parish.
The Bellemare family will receive guests Thursday morning at the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 14 Prospect Street, Turners Falls, MA prior to the services at the church, from 8:45AM until the time of the dismissal services at 9:30AM. Expressions of affection in the form of charitable contributions are suggested in Ray’s memory, to Our Lady of Peace Parish, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, MA 01376 or to the Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, 2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.
Betty trained as a Registered Nurse at Ellis Hospital School of Nursing in Schenectady NY. She worked as a surgical nurse at Albany Medical Center, where she met her husband of 49 years, pharmacy student Joseph Szymanowicz. Soon after their marriage, they were stationed at Camp Breckenridge, KY during the Korean War. They next lived in Seneca Falls, NY where she worked as a nurse at Sylvania, before settling in Clinton, NY. The couple livedin Cinton for nearly five decadesand leave many friends there.
Betty and her husband were avid skiiers, and golfing members of the Skenandoa Club from its inception. They were staunch believers in our nation's political process and unfailing in their support of the Oneida County Democratic Party. Betty was a poll worker for many years. She worked as an RN Night Supervisor at the Martin Luther Home in the 1970s. Following the death of her husband she moved to Greenfield to be closer to her children. She was a baseball fan and enjoyed watching her grandchildren's youth sports.
Betty's passions were working for social justice and travel. Her greatest disappointment was that she was never arrested for a cause. She went to Niceragua with Witness for Peace, and she walked on the Great Wall of China in t he early 1980s. She journeyed to Malta, Austria, Australia, England and Ireland, and had many adventures in the United States and Canada with friends and with Elder Hostel. She was a Girl Scout as a girl and as an adult and fondly remembered her time at Girl Scout camp. Her favorite place was at the beach, especially at Cape Cod in the summer, or Everglades City, FL in the winter.
She leaves daughters Sara Campbell of Erving, MA and Ellen Lamb and her husband Rhett of Keene, NH, grandchildren Jamie and his wife Linda, Brian and Carolyn Campbell and William, Brendan, Colman and Owen Lamb, nieces Ann Rento (her goddaughter), Valerie Shepard, and Debbi Smith, nephews John Schnorr and Peter Simm, and grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Schnorr in 1991.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, MA at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014. Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, Pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family, in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to Witness for Peace, 1616 P. Street, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036 or Girl Scouts of Central and Western Mass, in c/o Girl Scout Service Center, Crossroads Business Park, 301 Kelly Way, Holyoke, MA 01040 in her name
On October 29 th, 1942, he married the former Lillian St. Germain at St. Anne’s Church in Turners Falls. He then enlisted in the Navy and served his country honorably until being discharged as an Aviator Machinist Mate, second class, in December of 1945.
Following his discharge, he was employed at the Turners Falls Water Department as a laborer. In 1956, he contracted polio during the last polio epidemic in the United States. The resulting paralysis limited his mobility and thus prevented his return to his former position. He did not let his disabling condition serve as an excuse not to work, however, and he was appointed to the position of Water Department Clerk. He held that position for thirty years. Following his retirement, he was elected Water Commissioner for seventeen years. All in all, he spent forty eight years with the Water Department.
He was a devout Catholic and loved his St. Anne’s Church. He served as a lector and as a member of the Parish Council. He also volunteered his time at many church functions. He loved puttering around his yard, swimming in his little backyard pool, and showing off how long he could float on his back. Family barbecues were a favorite of his when he would challenge anyone to a corn on the cob eating contest or imitate his favorite comedian, Crazy Guggenheim, from the old Jackie Gleason Show.
In 1964, Harold was one of the first people in the United States to undergo successful hip replacement surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The subsequent recovery was much more challenging than today’s procedures.
In 2004, he and Lillian moved to Manchester, New Hampshire. Harold was a Red Sox and Patriots fan. Prior to the Patriots, watching the New York football Giants at 1:00 PM on Sunday afternoons was a family event. He was pre-deceased by three brothers, Gene, Raymond, and Roland, and four sisters, Irene, Beatrice, Agnes, and Theresa. He leaves his beloved wife of 71 years, Lillian. Harold also leaves behind his son David and grandsons Alex and Royce of Redmond, Washington, and son Bob and his wife Maria of Manchester and granddaughters Bria and Lauren, along with many nieces and nephews.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM from Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, MA with Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, Pastor as the celebrant. Rites of committal and burial will full military honors will follow in St. Anne's Cemetery,
Visitation will be observed on Wednesday morning prior to the Funeral Mass from 9:30 AM until the time of the dismissal services at 10:15 AM from the McCarthy Funeral Home, 14 Prospect Street, Turners Falls, MA .
Memorial contributions, in lieu flowers, are suggested to: Town of Montague, Veteran's Memorial Fund, 1 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
He was educated in Montague Public Schools. He enlisted in the
An outdoorsman, “Beanie” was an avid bow hunter who hunted the elusive white tailed deer and wild turkey. He frequently took trips to
He leaves his loving and devoted wife of 49 years, the former Sharon A. Murray, who he married on January 18, 1965 in Southampton, MA and their two children: Manuel T. “Tom” Furtado, III and his wife Audrey and Daughter: Tina L. Thurber and her husband James. Grandchildren Christian Yobst, Jaclyn Crowell and her husband Danny, Tabby Greenough, Katie McDonald, Nate Felton, Kyle Thurber and Trisha Woods., as well as his great grandchildren: Marley, Harper, Owen Crowell and Peter and Phinegan Yobst.
Additionally, he leaves his loving Uncle and Aunt Charles and Mary Dodge, and his Aunt Franny Lapinski. He also leaves his loving siblings: Myron Furtado, Earl Furtado, Mark Furtado, Marion Lindscott, Frances Beck and her husband Bob, Doreen Torres, and Helen Furtado and many nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. He was predeceased by his brother Joseph “Buddy” Furtado.
Services in celebration of Beanie’s life will be observed on Friday, June 13, 2014 from the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 14 Prospect Street, Turners Falls, MA at 11:00AM, with Rev. Daniel Johnson, Pastor, of the Calvary Baptist Church of Turners Falls to officiate. Inurnment committal services will follow in the
Expressions of affection are suggested in Beanie’s name and are preferred in lieu of flowers to, the Fisher House
Sondra E. (Heath) Hervieux, 72, a resident of 14 Tulip Lane, formerly of the Keith Apartments, 19 Canal Street, Turners Falls, MA, passed from this life on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Poet Seat Health Care Center, in the company of her loving family, following a period of declining health.
A native of
Sondra was employed as a nurses aid, for several area nursing homes for many years. She enjoyed craft making, crocheting, music and reading, crossword, jig saw and word search puzzles. Sondra was devoted to her family and enjoyed picnics and trips to the beaches of
Sondra was predeceased by her husband Robert St. Marie in 1966. She married Gordon K. Hervieux on November 23, 1968 and he predeceased her in November of 1999, following 31 years of marriage. She is lovingly remembered by her (8) children: Dwane St. Marie, Robert
A celebration of Sondra’s life will take place on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge #997, 20 School Street, Greenfield, MA from 1:00PM until 4:00PM. All are invited to join her family in this time of remembrance and fellowship. Visiting hours are omitted. In keeping with Sondra’s requests, following cremation, a private family committal service will take place in the
Arthur P. Fugere, 95, a former resident of Vernon Street, Northampton, MA, died at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital after a period of failing health.
He was the son of Joseph L. Fugere and Anna Eva (Zschau) Fugere. Arthur attended Armory Street School while living in Springfield, MA and in 1929, moved with his family to Vernon Street so that his brother Francis would be able to attend Clarke School for the Deaf. He attended local schools and Northampton High School. During his school days, he performed odd jobs around the neighborhood. Arthur liked gardening and raised vegetables during the Depression years to help his family. He also worked part-time at Beckmann’s Restaurant on the soda fountain and sold The Saturday Evening Post door-to-door. He was fond of chanting the slogan he used on the street to sell the magazine: “Read the Saturday Evening Post - the best magazine on the coast - only a nickel, half dime - keeps you reading all the time!”
As a boy, Arthur enjoyed swimming and fishing in the Mill River during the summer months and ice skating and skiing in the winter. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 103 in Florence, MA and in 1936; he attended the CMTC (Citizen’s Military Training Camp). In 1939, he enrolled in Northampton Commercial College Evening School.
In February of 1941, he was inducted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 9th Coast Artillery Headquarters - Harbor Defense in Boston as a clerk typist. He was later transferred to the 28th Artillery Battalion CF 8012 at Fort Warren. Arthur then went on to Camp Pendleton, VA for further training and was assigned as an administrative clerk to Ascension Island in conjunction with the European African Middle Eastern Theater. He finished out his tour of duty at war’s end in August of 1945 at Camp Edwards, MA, where he received his Honorable Discharge.
Upon returning to Northampton after the war, he worked for Norwood’s Convenience Store. He set off to Boston to work a variety of part-time jobs while attending Burdet College Evening School, where he studied accounting. He worked many different jobs over the years in support of his family which included positions at Sears and Roebuck, Hamden Mills and the YMCA. In 1980, Arthur began working for the Ann August Company as a clerk and delivery driver. He worked there until the stores’ closure at which time he continued on with the Ann August family as a personal assistant and chauffeur, finally retiring at the age of 80 in 1998.
Arthur leaves (2) daughters: Cynthia Fugere of San Francisco, CA and Alesia Fugere of Belchertown, MA. (2) grandsons: Erik Motyl and Bret Motyl, both of San Francisco, CA. Additionally, he leaves a brother, Lucien Fugere of Paso Robles, CA, cousin Sr. Harriet Cutting of Concord, NH. (3) nieces: Susan Douglas Carter of Evergreen, CO, Nancy Douglas of Seattle, WA, PattiAnn Mikas of Readstown, WI and nephew, Peter Douglas of Hawaii.
A Mass in celebration of Arthur’s life will be offered at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, MA on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:30AM. Rev Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, Pastor, will be the celebrant. Inurnment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Turners Falls, MA. Military honors will be observed with members of the 54th Massachusetts Army National Guard in attendance, assisted by the Hale-Clapp VFW Post #3295, South Deerfield, MA Visiting hours are omitted.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst where Arthur lived his final year and a half. As Arthur routinely donated to the Northampton Survival Center, the family requests that memorial contributions in his memory be made to them in c/o Northampton Survival Center, 265 Prospect St., Northampton, MA 01060
He was educated in Greenfield Public Schools and graduated from GHS in the Class of 1956. Mike attended the
He served honorably in the United States Army, from 1957 to 1960, with A Battery, 1st Battalion attaining the rank of SP4. Mike was employed as a civil engineer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Highway Department for 35 years. He was a member and past president of the Montague Lion’s Club and member of the Franklin County Civil Air Patrol. He served on the Montague Airport Commission and fulfilled his life long dream of earning his private pilot’s license. He enjoyed spending time with his family, as well as golfing, woodworking, fishing and hunting. Mike was a devout communicant of Our Lady of Peace Church in
He married his “best friend” the former Helen M. Zeno, on September 1, 1962 in
Services in celebration of Mike’s life, will be observed on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from Our Lady of Peace Church,
Expressions of affection in the form of charitable contributions are encouraged in Mike’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station,