Obituaries and Condolences
Deerfield , Massachusetts
Alan H. Smith, 58, of 784 River Road, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, MA, following having been taken ill at home earlier in the day.
A native of Montague, MA, he was born on September 6, 1955 to Arthur H. and Barbara F. (Thompson) Smith and was educated in local public schools. Alan served during the Vietnam Conflict in the USN attaining the rate of Seaman Apprentice and was honorably discharged on September 8, 1981.
He was previously employed by the Oxford Pickle Company in South Deerfield, MA and later for the Town of Wendell, in the Department of Public Works. He worked at the municipal landfill and retired due to health reasons.
He enjoyed snowmobiling and was a member of the Northfield Snowmobile Club for many years. In earlier years, he enjoyed four wheeling, the outdoors, fishing, hunting and hiking. He enjoyed “loud music” and his beloved parakeets “Tweety”, “Pretty Boy”, “Handsome” and “Pretty Girl”.
He leaves his loving son, Jeremiah J. Smith of Athol, MA, as well as his mother, Barbara F. Smith of Deerfield, MA, with whom he made his home. Additionally, he leaves his brothers: Patrick G. Smith of Montague, MA and his companion Donna Gaffey; Arthur H. Smith of Greenfield, MA and Michael V. Thorpe of Deerfield, MA. He is remembered with great affection by his cousin, Mary Lou Thompson and by his dear friend Craig Rice, both of Deerfield, MA. Alan was predeceased by his father, Arthur H. Sr., in 2002 and by his brother, James in 1985.
At Alan’s request he is to be cremated. His ashes are to be buried in the family plot in the Green River Cemetery in the spring of this year, with a private inurnment committal service for family only, to be conducted by Rev. Jeffrey Galbraith, Pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Greenfield. A Life Celebration Service will take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 23 Long Avenue, Greenfield, MA at a date and time to be announced. Visiting hours are omitted. Expressions of affection in the form of charitable contributions are encouraged in lieu of flowers in Alan’s memory to: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 23 Long Avenue, Greenfield, MA 01301.
She married Michael Siano on October 30, 1948 in Sarno, Italy. They immigrated to the United States in 1950, making their home in Greenfield, MA. Michael predeceased his beloved wife in 1965. Michelina was a devout communicant of Holy Trinity Church, Greenfield, MA, where she was an active member of the Holy Rosary Society. She enjoyed bird watching and animals (especially dogs), flower gardening, watching television (in particular her beloved “soap operas”), music, dancing and celebrating the holidays with family and friends. She was known for her delicious cooking and hospitality, as well as her gracious and generous nature. She was formerly a member of the Fratellanza Society (Italian society) for many years.
Survivors include her son: Antonio L.“Tony” Siano of Greenfield, MA, as well as her two loving and devoted granddaughters: Michelina Siano and her husband Vincent, of Greenfield, MA and Talia Siano, of Bonita Springs, FL and her daughter Angelina Siano. She also leaves her step-granddaughters: Antoinette Willoughby and Dawn Siano, both of Greenfield, MA and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her step-grandson, Thomas J. Maratea, Jr. in October of 2009.
Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, February 17, 2014 with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00AM at Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main Street, Greenfield, MA, with Msgr. Ronald G. Yargeau, Pastor as the celebrant, with Rev. Fr. Timothy J. Campoli, Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church as the co-celebrant. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet directly at the church. Rites of committal and burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Greenfield, MA.
The Siano family will receive guests on Sunday, February 16, 2014, from 4:00PM until 6:00PM at the McCarthy Funeral Homes, 36 Bank Row, Greenfield, MA. Expressions of affection in the form of charitable contributions are suggested in lieu of flowers in Michelina’s memory to: Holy Trinity Church, 133 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Greenfield , Massachusetts
Karolyn A. Kemp, 92, a resident of 6 Keegan Lane, died at the Buckley Nursing Home following a period of declining health on February 6, 2014.
She was born on July 5, 1921 to Dr. Howard M. and Mary L. (West) Kemp. Karolyn graduated from Bement School, Deerfield, MA; Stoneleigh Prospect Hill School for Young Women, Greenfield, MA and Lasell Junior College in Newton, MA. She was employed previously at Town & Country Real Estate as a realtor, as a “hostess” at the Church Street Home, for the former Phoenix Home Life Insurance Company and a personal care assistant to Roger Peck.
Karolyn served during WWII as a nurse’s aid with the American Red Cross at the Farren Memorial Hospital in Turners Falls, MA. She served over 50 years as a volunteer and member and past president of the Junior Branch. Karolyn was a volunteer at the Franklin County Public Hospital, now known as Baystate Franklin Medical Center, which she so enjoyed. She served as a past secretary of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library and was a lifetime member and communicant of St. James Episcopal Church, where she served on the Altar Guild. As an active and staunch Republican, Karolyn was a member of the Republican Town Committee, the Franklin County Women’s Republican Club, the National Republican’s Club and the State Republican Club. She was a member and past president of the Shelburne Falls Women’s Club. Karolyn served as a member and trustee of the College Park Association in Greenfield, MA.
An avid golfer, she was a long time member of the Greenfield Country Club, where she enjoyed “happy hour” and the company of her many friends. Additionally, she enjoyed reading, politics and horse back riding with her late father.
She was predeceased by her parents, as well as by her late husbands: William S. Howe, Jr., Donald D. Hillier and by her brother Walter. Karolyn is lovingly remembered by her children: William S. Howe III, of La Jolla, CA; Derek K. Howe of Greenfield, MA and Virginia L. Howe of Dublin, NH. Additionally, Karolyn leaves her devoted granddaughter: Sarah A. Schmidt of Burlington, VT.
Services in celebration of Karolyn’s life, will be observed on Sunday, March 2, 2014 with a memorial service at St. James Episcopal Church, Greenfield, MA at 2:00PM, with Rev. Heather Blais, Rector and assisted by Rev. David Holroyd, former Rector of St. James Church, a friend of the deceased. At Karolyn’s request, a jazz ensemble will provide a musical prelude from 1:15PM until the time of the service in the sanctuary of the church. A reception will follow the service in the parish hall. At Karolyn’s request, visiting hours will be omitted. Following cremation, she will be laid to rest privately in the Green River Cemetery, Greenfield, MA.
Expressions of affection in the form of charitable contributions, are suggested in Karolyn’s memory to either St. James Episcopal Church, 8 Church Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 or to Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High Street, Greenfield, MA 01301.
A native of
He enlisted in the US Navy in 1960 and served honorably during the Vietnam Conflict as a Corpsman assigned to
Chet married the former Barbara Konsevich, who predeceased him in 1977. He is lovingly remembered by his three sons and their families: Steven and Tamara Allen, of West Dover, VT and Michael and Keli, of Deerfield, MA, and David and Wendy, of Westfield, MA; as well as his three adoring grandchildren: Blake, Elaina and Taylor. Additionally, he leaves his devoted sisters: Barbara Krusiewski of
At the family’s request, a private graveside service will be observed from Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery,
Born on August 18, 1925 in
Shirley was married to Marcel A. Bellemare on July 12, 1947 in St. Mary’s Church in
She was a communicant of the former
Shirley is survived by her three children: Michael D. Bellemare (Bette) of Orange, MA; Catherine A. Prue of Manchester, NH and Deborah E. Waryas of Erving, MA. She leaves 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings: Ruth, Richard and Robert, and by a grandson, Timothy Waryas, in 1994.
Funeral services in celebration Shirley’s life will be on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the McCarthy Funeral Home, 36 Bank Row, Greenfield, MA at 11:00 AM with Rev. Stanley J. Aksamit, Pastor of Our Lady of Peace Church in Turners Falls to preside. There are no visiting hours. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Beatrice N. (Newton) “Betty” Seibert, 86, formerly of 63 Newell Pond Rd. and a resident of the Charlene Manor Extended Care Nursing Facility, 130 Colrain Road, died peacefully on Saturday, February 1, 2014 following a period of declining health.
A native of Greenfield, MA, she was born on June 9, 1927 to Frank and Temperance (White) Newton. She was one of nine children. Betty attended Greenfield Public Schools and graduated from Greenfield High School in the Class of 1945.
She was employed by the Town of Greenfield at the Public Library, later working for the Greenfield YMCA. She and her late husband Edward owned and operated for several years a secretarial service known as “DEBLS Service”. Betty last worked for 15 years as the church secretary, for the Second Congregational Church of Greenfield prior to her retirement. In her retirement, Betty could be found attending area events such as the Green River Festival and the Franklin County Fair with her decorative and personalized button badges under the name of “Buttons by Betty”.
She was an active member of the Second Congregational Church of Greenfield, where she sang in the choir. Additionally, she was a member of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus for over 40 years and served as a member of the Executive Board of the Symphony. Betty loved to flower garden and to attend local flea markets and antique shows. She was an accomplished home sewer and knitter, in particular afghans and quilts. Betty enjoyed hiking and the out of doors and was a member for many years of the Outing Club of the YMCA. Additionally, she was an avid reader and was a pet lover.
She married the love of her life, Edward C. Seibert Jr. on May 6, 1955 and he predeceased her following 33 years of marriage in September of 1988.
Betty is lovingly remembered by her children: Leigh A. Labrie and her husband Dennis and their son Daniel of Greenfield, MA and Douglas P. Seibert and his wife Debbie and their children Kara, Mallory, Brandon, and Jordan of Greenfield, MA. Additionally she is fondly remembered by her remaining siblings: Frank W. “Bill” Newton and his wife Anne, of Erving, MA, and Bertha LaClaire of Leverett, MA, as well as several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews who will remember her with great affection.
Altruistic at heart, Betty has thoughtfully donated her remains to the UMass Medical School Anatomical Gift Program for purposes of medical science. A celebration of her life will take place at the Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Corey Sanderson, Pastor officiating. For those who wish to attend, parking is available at the McCarthy Funeral Homes adjacent to the church or in the municipal lot directly behind the church. A private committal service will be observed at the convenience of the family, with inurnment to take place in the Green River Cemetery, Greenfield, MA following the completion of the anatomical studies.
Expressions of affection are suggested in lieu of flowers in the form of a charitable donation in Betty’s name to the Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA, 01301.
Subsequently, he attended specialized schools and resided in group homes for the intellectually challenged for several years. Survivors include his beloved mother Mary of Turners Falls, MA; his sister Cathy van de Berkt and her husband Hank of Chester, VT, as well as his brother Capt. Thomas Routhier (USCG) and his wife Judy of Westlake, OH, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Rev. Mr. Albert Routhier, Deacon of Our Lady of Peace Church in 2006.
David’s family wishes to express their appreciation for the friendship and loving and compassionate care provided by Lettice, Charlie, Damien and Andrea.
David’s remains have been thoughtfully donated to the UMass Medical School Anatomical Gift Program for purposes of medical science. A memorial Liturgy of Christian Burial in celebration of David’s life will be observed on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, MA at 11:00AM, with Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, Pastor as the celebrant. Rites of committal will be private and at the convenience of the family in St. Anne’s Cemetery, Turners Falls, MA, following the conclusion of the anatomical studies. Visiting hours have been omitted.
Expressions of affection in lieu of flowers are encouraged in the form of charitable contributions to either Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, MA 01376 or to the Carnegie Public Library, 201 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376.