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DebbieDeborah A. Baker (09 Oct 1951 - 23 Dec 2002, Age: 51)

SAN DIEGO, CA -- Deborah A. Baker took the concept "thinking outside the box" to a new level as director of communications for the Girl Scouts San Diego-Imperial Council.

Putting a timely twist on the 2002 Girl Scout Cookie Sale, she devised Operation Thin Mint to treat and comfort U.S. troops aboard. The plan gave cookie buyers in San Diego and Imperial counties the option of sending the boxes to military personnel, along with personal notes expressing their support.

Debbie 1969"It resulted in an amazing 113,000-plus boxes of Girl Scout cookies being sent to servicemen and women deployed around the world," said Karen Cerveny, a communications specialist with the Girl Scouts council.

For Ms. Baker, it was an example of the kind of creative energy that resulted in the "Public Relations Professional of the Year" award this year from the San Diego chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Diagnosed with cancer eight months ago, she died Monday at UCSD Thornton Hospital. She was 51.

1969 Gammadion yearbook"She chose to work during her treatment because she loved what she did so much," said Joice Truban-Curry, incoming president of the Public Relations Society. "It gave her tremendous satisfaction and it was a much-needed diversion."

Ms. Baker, who worked until Dec. 19, became director of communications for the Girl Scouts council in 1994. She previously served as a public information officer for the South Bay Union School District, a post she assumed in the late 1980s.

"Those who worked with her say that she made them better," Cerveny said. "Her leadership, motivation and guidance made each person reach further and become the absolute best they could be."

Ms. Baker's Operation Thin Mint, named after a variety of cookie sold by the Girl Scouts, attracted national media attention and inspired responses from the military in the form of letters, mementos and photos.

Ms. Baker also was recognized for spearheading a successful campaign to renew the Girl Scouts council's lease on 15 acres of Balboa Park land, which was approved by the City Council in December 2001.

In April, she organized an innovative recognition event for the Girl Scouts at which the "10 coolest women in San Diego" were saluted.

Adding to her work load with Girl Scouts, Ms. Baker volunteered as a media relations specialist for the American Red Cross and served on the board of the Public Relations Society, which includes nearly 300 San Diego-area public relations professionals. The organization recently elected her president for a one-year term to begin in December 2003.

"Deborah wore a lot of hats," Truban-Curry said. "She's leaving a huge void at the Girl Scouts council and in the PR profession."

Ms. Baker, who lived in a Midway District condominium with her cat, Bean, was born in Westfield, Mass.

She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Mount Holyoke College in Hadley, Mass., and a master's in broadcast journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Before entering the public relations field, she worked in print journalism at the Westfield Evening News and Manchester Journal Inquirer in New England and as a television reporter in Toledo, Ohio.

Survivors include her parents, Harry and Margaret Baker of Westfield, Mass.; and brother, Robert Baker of Syracuse.

Services are pending. Donations are suggested to Heifer International, San Diego Friends of Rescued Animals or the UCSD Cancer Center.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune Dec. 27, 2002 (@ An Elegy for Debbie)

Donna 1969Donna A. Blakesley Clifford Shaw (16 Dec 1951 - 20 Aug 2001, Age: 49)

BOSTON -- Donna (Blakesley) (Clifford) Shaw, 49, of Granville, MA, on Monday (August 20, 2001). Owner of the Clifford (Shaw) Cord Wood and Shaw Trucking of Granville, MA. Wife of ten years to Charles L. Shaw; mother of Darcy Cooley and her husband James, Julie Clifford and Christopher Allen; daughter of Muriel Leslie and the late Donald Blakesley; step-mother of Tammy Larsen, Jason Shaw and the late L. Timothy Shaw who died in 1988; sister of William Blakesley and Bonnie King. Also survived by five grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, 11 a.m. in the Granville Federated Church. Burial will be held privately at a later date. Calling hours will be on Friday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the SOUTHWICK FORASTIERE Funeral Home, 624 College Hwy., Southwick, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to either the Mass. General Hospital, Lung Transplant Program, Wang Center, 15 Parkman St., Boston, MA 02114 or to the Alpha 1 Foundation, 2937 S.W. 27th Ave., Suite 302, Miami, FL 33133 would be appreciated. For add'l. info., or directions, visit us at www.SouthwickForastiereFuneralHome.com.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 23, 2001

GRANVILLE -- Donna (Blakesley) Clifford Shaw, 49, of this town, a local businesswoman and civic leader, died Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She worked for the town's Senior Citizen Program for many years and was a founder of the Granville Country Caller, a monthly newspaper. She owned Shaw Cord Wood Co. and Shaw Trucking Co. and worked previously in the offices of the town clerk and tax collector. Born in Westfield, she was a longtime resident of this town. She was a 1969 graduate of Westfield High School. She also graduated from Greenfield Community College in 1971 with a degree in recreational leadership. She played the guitar and banjo and organized many benefits for the Fire Department and the needy. She leaves her husband, Charles L. Shaw; a stepson, Jason of Winsted, Conn.; two daughters, Darcy J. Cooley of Sandisfield and Julie Clifford of Granville; a stepdaughter, Tammy Larsen of Granby, Conn.; her mother, Muriel (Dickinson) Leslie of Westfield; a brother, William Blakesley of Granville; a sister, Bonnie King of Granville; and five grandchildren. A stepson, L. Timothy Shaw, died in 1988. The funeral will be Saturday morning at the Federated Church, with a private burial to be scheduled. The calling hours are Friday afternoon and evening at Southwick Forastiere Funeral Home of Southwick. Memorial contributions may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Lung Transplant Program, Wang Center, 15 Parkman St., Boston, MA 02114, or the Alpha 1 Foundation, 2937 Southwest 27th Ave., Suite 302, Miami, FL 33133.
Published in The Republican (Published as Union-News (Springfield, MA)) - August 22, 2001

William 2011William W. Buzzee (27 Jul 1949 - 09 Jan 2011, Age: 61) ~ ~ grave ~ ~ article

WESTFIELD -- William W. "Bill" Buzzee, 61, died Sunday Jan. 9th in Baystate Medical Center. Born and raised in Westfield, Bill was a lifelong resident and graduate of Westfield High School. He also attended Holyoke Community College. Bill was an 11 year probate clerk at the Hampden County Hall of Justice, Springfield. Prior to that he was employed for 13 years at the former Digital Computer, Westfield. He was also the owner of "Bill's Kitchen" catering service. He was well known for his delicious corned-beef sandwiches. Bill was presently the Ward 3 Gas and Electric commissioner in Westfield, serving since 1994. He was a charter member of the Sons of Erin, Westfield. Bill was also a member of its pitch league, former president of the Men's Golf League and "Irishman" of the Year in 1984. He was also a member of the Cape Cod Sons of Erin. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and Miami Dolphins fan and recorded a hole-in-one at the Southwick Country Club in 1985. Bill was a communicant of St. Mary's Church, a member of the Elks Lodge, the American Legion Post 124 Foxhole Club, and the Slovak Citizens Club, all in Westfield. He was also a member of OPEIU Local 6 and a Hampden County Sheriff. He leaves his beloved sister, Barbara Buzzee. William 1969His "close" friends Gary and Janice Moriarty, Peter and Joanne Miller, Tom, Carol and Jack Glynn and Susan Austin and his "nieces " and "nephews". he also leaves aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many dear friends. He will be sadly missed. He was pre-deceased by his parents Harry M. and Helen (Durkin) Buzzee. His funeral will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the Robert E. Cusack Funeral Home, 94 Main St.-Rte 20, followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, all in Westfield. Visiting hours are Thurs. from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sons of Erin Building Fund, 22 William St., Westfield, MA 01085 or the American Diabetes Foundation, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.
Published in The Republican on January 12, 2011

Alan 1969Alan D. Cook (13 Jul 1951 - 17 Sep 2013, Age: 62)

WESTFIELD -- Alan D. Cook, 62, of Westfield died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 in Noble Hospital. He was born in Brockton on July 13, 1951 to Chester and Louise (Waichulis) Cook and has lived in Westfield since 1959.

Alan was the production manager at 40-Up Tackle, a subsidiary of US Line in Westfield for thirty-five years. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and watching his favorite New England sport teams.

Alan leaves a son, Alan D. Cook Jr. of Springfield; two daughters, Lisa Green of Easthampton and Judith Greier of Longmeadow; his mother, Louise Cook of Westfield; a brother, Chester E. Cook of Westfield and eight grandchildren.

Funeral with burial in New Cemetery Southwick will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours are omitted. firtionadams.com
Published in The Westfield News on September 20, 2013

DianneDianne A. Ezold Hockenberry Cyr (13 Jan 1951 - 19 Dec 2012, Age: 61) ~ ~ grave ~ ~ facebook profile

WESTFIELD -- Dianne A. (Ezold, Hockenberry) Cyr, 61, and a life long resident of Westfield passed at home, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, surrounded by her loving family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Dianne was born Jan. 13, 1951, in Holyoke, to Francis R. Ezold Sr. and Audrey O. (Morin) Ezold, whom both predeceased her.

She leaves behind a brother, Frank Ezold and his partner Mary Lemelin of Feeding Hills and was also predeceased by her sister, Candice (Ezold) Day in February of this year.

Dianne is also survived by her very loving and supportive husband, Jeff Cyr; four sons, James Hockenberry(Christina) of Westfield, Eric Hockenberry (Starr) of Granville, Jeff Hockenberry (former wife Kelly) of Westfield, Marc Hockenberry of Albany, N.Y.; four daughters, Kristen Figueroa (Tony) of Westfield, Jill Hockenberry of Feeding Hills, Billie Jo Vice (Ron) and Penny Findley, both of Ludlow; tne grandchildren; three nieces; and one nephew.

Dianne 1969A 1969 graduate of W.H.S, Dianne was an at-home mom for many years before working as a CNA for the former Buckley Nursing Home in Holyoke.

She attended two years of schooling at H.C.C. and was employed by Mass Surgical Supply before returning to caring for the elderly with Home Health Solutions of Holyoke until her first diagnosis of cancer in 2005.

Dianne was best known for her amazing culinary skills. She had the ability to cook, bake and do most anything, and was always trying new recipes. Every year she looked forward to planting her flowers around the house and was especially thrilled to have finally gotten her Dogwood tree for her last Mother's Day. This tree was planted right in her front yard where she could enjoy it most.

Knitting and crocheting was also a hobby of hers, and we all have the scarves to prove it! She loved the outdoors, the sun, the beach and Autumn was her favorite season and she also loved feeding her wild birds. Dianne loved to take walks, which included her dog and great companion, Sadie.

Dianne's family would like to give a special thank you to Michael and Gail McCardle, friends and neighbors that had become family many years ago. Thank you for being a constant for us all. We also need to give a thank you to Suzanne Picard, our hospice nurse, she was an amazing support, as well as the staff of Holyoke VNA Hospice Life Care.

Services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Firtion Adams Funeral Home, Broad St., Westfield, with a short service Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home and burial immediately following at St. Mary's Cemetery on Southampton Road, Westfield.

To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to www.gazettenet.com/obituaries.
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Dec. 22, 2012

MarleneMarlene C. Fehling Bonafilia (30 Oct 1951 - 03 Jan 2012, Age: 60)

WESTFIELD -- Marlene C. (Fehling) Bonafilia, 60, of Westfield died Tuesday, January 3, 2012 in Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was born in Westfield on October 30, 1951 daughter of the late George E. and Gertrude L. (Cimino) Fehling. Marlene graduated from Westfield High School in 1969 and attended Holyoke Community College. She was employed as a secretary for Longo Carpet Cleaning for seven years. Marlene also worked as a manager for Caldor's and K Mart and did office work at Westfield Gage. She was also a volunteer at Camp for Kids and the Westfield Boys and Girls Club. Marlene leaves a son, James Bonafilia Jr. of West Springfield, a brother, Gary G. Fehling and his wife Gail of Easthampton, a sister in law Nancy Fehling of Hadley, three nephews and a niece and Marlene's longtime companion Betty Artz of Westfield. She was pre-deceased by her brother Richard P. Fehling. The funeral will be Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 4 PM at Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad St., Westfield. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will precede the service from 2-4 PM Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. firtionadams.com
Published in The Republican from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2012

Richard 1973Richard P. Fehling (04 Mar 1950 - 08 Dec 2004, Age: 54)

WESTFIELD -- Richard P. Fehling, 54, of Westfield died Wednesday December 8th 2004, at Noble Hospital. He was born in Westfield on March 4th 1950, son of the late George E. and Gertrude L. (Cimino) Fehling. He attended local schools and graduated from Westfield High School in 1969. Richard was an employee of Laminated Papers in Holyoke for twenty-six years and loved baseball and playing Santa Claus. He leaves his wife of thirty-three years Nancy A. (Martin) Fehling and his children Richard P. Fehling, Jr. of San Diego, CA and Kristen Styspeck of Hadley. He also leaves a bother Gary G. Fehling of Easthampton, a sister Marlene C. Bonafila of Westfield and a grandson Grayson R. Fehling. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad St., Westfield. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be Sunday from 1 - 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 111 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA 01089 or the American Diabetes Assoc., 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450 firtionadams.com
Published in The Republican (Published as Sunday Republican (Springfield, MA)) - December 12, 2004

Lawrence 1969Lawrence M. Florek (25 Aug 1951 - 18 Mar 1984, Age: 32)

WESTFIELD -- Lawrence M. Florek, 32, of 510 Granville Road, president of Horizon Enterprises Cable Television Co., died Monday at home.

An autopsy is being performed. A spokesman for the Westfield Police Department said the cause of death is under investigation.

Born in Springfield, he lived in this city all his life and was a graduate of Westfield High School and Holyoke Community College.

He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church.

He leaves a son, Matthew of Westfield; a daughter, Heather Florek of Springfield; his parents, Max and Josephine (Sosnowski) Florek, of Westfield; a brother, Alan; and two sisters, Deanne Hewins and Rosalie Wetherell, all of Westfield.

The funeral will be Thursday at 8:15 a.m. at the Czelusniak Funeral Home, Westfield, and in the church with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Calling hours today, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Published in The Westfield Evening News - March 21, 1984

Sandra 1969Sandra J. Fowler Catanzarite (05 Dec 1951 - 15 Jul 2005, Age: 53) ~ ~ grave

WEST SPRINGFIELD -- Sandra J. (Fowler) Catanzarite, 53, of West Springfield died Friday morning after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family and friends. Sandy managed the family business of Pat's Auto Sales, West Springfield, for many years. Born in Westfield, MA on December 15, 1951 she was the daughter of the late Harold P. and Alma I. (Danforth) Fowler. She was a 1969 graduate of Westfield High School. She resided in West Springfield for many years before moving to her home in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Sandy was a world traveler, fashion consultant, party planner, and shopper extraordinaire. She leaves behind her loving family, Philip Catanzarite of West Springfield, MA; 2 sons, Philip J. Catanzarite of West Springfield, MA, Pasquale Catanzarite of Robbins Air Force Base, GA; a daughter, Jennifer J. (Foote) Merrill and her husband Ken of West Springfield, MA; a stepson, Joel P. Catanzarite and his wife Angela of Springfield, MA; a step daughter, Jennifer L. Powell of Bellingham, MA; her grandchildren; Justin and Shelby; and dear friends Lucian Cennamo, Chris, Linda, and Liz. Sandy's funeral will be Monday morning 9:15 a.m. at Sampson's Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home, 21 Tinkham Road, Springfield. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Main Street, West Springfield. Burial in St. Thomas Cemetery, Kings Highway, West Springfield. Visiting hours are Sunday 3 to 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ray's of Hope attention Patricia Collins, 3400 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01199
Published in The Republican from July 16 to July 17, 2005

KennethKenneth Wesley Freyenhagen (14 Jan 1952 - 12 May 2015, Age: 63) ~ ~ facebook profile

HENDERSON, NV -- Kenneth Wesley Freyenhagen, age 63 of Henderson, NV passed away on May 12, 2015. He was born on January 14, 1952 in Springfield, MA to Leland and Shirley Freyenhagen. Kenneth married Linda Bardis on December 12, 1981 in Tucson, AZ. In 1998 they moved to Las Vegas from Tucson AZ.

Kenneth was a hard-working man and an excellent plumber. He was a proud to be a member of Local Union 525 and took pride in being a union brother. Working on cars was another hobby of his. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and fishing. Kenneth 1969He enjoyed watching football and being raised in Massachusetts he was a Patriots fan.

Kenneth is survived by his wife Linda Freyenhagen; four children Jeremy (Candice) Freyenhagen, Rebecca (John) Ewing, Abigail (Christopher) Atfield, Eric Freyenhagen; a brother Lee (Marleigh) Freyenhagen;a sister Barbara (Jospeh) Perpetua; a nephew Jeff Kootswatetwa; and six grandchildren.

Services will be private. Family and friends can sign an online memorial guestbook at www.bouldercityfamilymortuary.com
Published by Boulder City Family Mortuary

TereseTerese M. Gallo Mongeon (18 Jul 1950 - 20 Jul 2014, Age: 64) ~ ~ grave

HINESBURG, VT -- Terese M. Mongeon, 64, died peacefully early Sunday morning, July 20, 2014, at her home, after losing her battle with Alzheimer's. Terese was born on July 18, 1950, in Springfield, Mass., the daughter of John and Anne (Burns) Gallo. On Aug. 14, 1971, she married Leonard Mongeon Jr., in Westfield, Mass., and moved to Vermont in 1976. She had worked for the City of Burlington in the Office of the Assessor for many years.

Terese loved flowers, going to York Beach, Maine, to be with her sister, and being at camp in Malletts Bay with her cousins, Diane, Paula, Ann Marie, Peter, Larry and Ricky. Her greatest joy in life was in being with her grandchildren and watching them grow up.

She is survived by her husband, Lenny; their children, Claudine Ann Mongeon of Bristol, and Anthony James Mongeon of Roanoke, Va.; grandchildren, Alex and Kalvin Bushey, and Anneliese Masi; great-granddaughter, Terese 1969Kayleigh Bushey and her mom, Emma; her dear friend, Gail LaPlant of Hinesburg; and special little friend, Malia Webb. Terese is also survived by her brother, John Gallo and wife, Pamela; sisters, Janet Carpenter and husband, Charles, and Louise Gadboise and husband, Gerry; as well as many nieces and nephews. Both of Terese's parents passed in 2013.

Following Terese's wishes, there will be no funeral service or visiting hours. For those who wish, memorials in Terese's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , VT Chapter, 300 Cornerstone Dr., Suite 128, Williston, VT 05495; or the VNA, Home Care Program, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446. Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com
Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 22, 2014

Arnold 1969Arnold F. Gay Jr. (10 Oct 1950 - 30 Jul 2000, Age: 49)

WESTFIELD -- Arnold F. Gay Jr., 49, of 25 Pearl St., died Sunday at home after a short illness. He was a six-year supervisor for Associated Electro Mechanics of Springfield. Previously, he worked at Ace Hardware in Bloomfield, Conn. He was head coach of the Westfield High School hockey team from 1985 to 1990 and had been the assistant coach from 1980 to 1985. A lifelong resident of Westfield, he attended local schools and graduated with a degree in history from North Adams State College. His first wife, the former Pamela M. Swords, died in 1987. He leaves his wife, the former Maureen E. Bennett of Pompano Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Meagan M. Gay and Brianna L. Gay, both of Westfield; his parents, Arnold F. and Muriel E. (Ridgway) Gay of Westfield; and a sister, Joanne M. DeCillis of Westfield. The funeral will be Wednesday morning at Firtion-Adams Funeral Home with burial in Pine Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will be this afternoon and evening. Memorial contributions may be made to the Noble Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 77 Mill St., Westfield, MA 01085.
Published in The Republican (Published as Union-News (Springfield, MA)) - August 1, 2001

Susan 1969Susan Gero Grimm (15 Feb 1951 - 24 Oct 1976, Age: 25)

WESTFIELD -- Mrs. Susan (Gero) Grimm, 25, of 126 Union St., was dead on arrival Sunday at Noble Hospital. Dr. Richard Douglas, medical examiner, ruled the cause of death a ruptured aneurysm. Born in Westfield, she was a lifelong resident and had attended Westfield Public schools. She leaves her son, Derek: her mother, Mrs. Harold Gero of Westfield; two brothers, Richard of New York City, and William of Westfield. The funeral will be Tuesday at the Healey funeral home and in St. Mary's Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Published in The Republican (Published as Springfield Union (Springfield, MA)) - October 26, 1976

Daniel 1969Daniel A. Guilmette (28 Dec 1950 - 06 Jan 2015, Age: 64)

HUNTINGTON, MA -- Daniel Guilmette, 64, passed away at Highview of Northampton on January 6, 2015. New England Funeral & Cremation Center, LLC 25 Mill Street Springfield, MA has been entrusted with the arrangements. Visit www.nefcc.net
Published by nefcc

Francine 1969Francine Hebda (29 Aug 1950 - 21 Aug 2003, Age: 52) ~ ~ grave

WESTFIELD -- Francine Hebda, 52, of 49 George St., died August 24, 2003 in Noble Hospital. She formerly worked at Mass Mutual Insurance Co. and was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church. Francine was predeceased by her father, Andrew, and her mother, Rose (Fedora) Hebda. She leaves 3 brothers, David, Charles and Brian, and 2 sisters, Kathryn A. Hansen and Mary Ann Hamel, all of Westfield; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Funeral Monday in Czelusniak Funeral Home of Westfield, with Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church. Burial will take place Wednesday at 9 a.m. in St. Mary's Cemetery. Wake Monday 8:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass. Donations may be made to the Hospice of Western Mass, 50 Maple St., Springfield, MA 01102.
Published in The Republican on August 24, 2003

DavidDavid E. Holcomb (04 Dec 1950 - 13 Feb 2006, Age: 55)

DES MOINES, IA -- David E. Holcomb, 55, of Des Moines, Iowa, formerly of Tampa, died Monday (Feb. 13, 2006). He was a registered nurse at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center of Houston, as well as H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute of Tampa. He also worked at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. He enjoyed walking, bird-watching, gardening and reading. Survivors include his wife, Christine Brown; a son, Andrew MacKenzie; his parents, Paul and Marie, New Port Richey; and two brothers. Dunn's Funeral Home, Des Moines, Iowa.
Published in Tampa Bay Times (FL) (Published as St. Petersburg Times (FL)) - Friday, February 17, 2006
David 1969
A memorial gathering for David Holcomb will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 17, at Dunn's Chapel. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 18, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Des Moines. Memorials should be sent to the family in care of Dunn's Funeral Home, 2121 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312. Arrangements by Iles Funeral Homes ~ Dunn's Chapel.
Published by Iles

Ann 1969Ann M. Horak LaBonte (22 Oct 1951 - 16 May 1998, Age: 58)

WESTFIELD -- Anne M. (Horak) LaBonte, 46, of 97 Sandy Hill Road, died Saturday in Holyoke Hospital.

She was a 25-year payroll clerk for the city’s school department. She was a lifelong resident and a graduate of Westfield High School.

She leaves her husband, Robert J. LaBonte Jr.; a son, Robert S.; her parents, Fred and Lois (Hall) Horak, all of Westfield, and a brother, David M. of Palmer.

A memorial will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the United Church of Christ Second Congregational. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Calling hours are omitted. Firtion-Adams Funeral Home is in charge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1111 Elm St., Suite A., West Springfield, 01089
Published in The Westfield Evening News - Monday, May 18, 1998

Charles 1969Charles E. Hupfer (18 Sep 1950 - 31 Jan 1990, Age: 39)





Judy 1969Judy I. Jacobs Mason (26 Sep 1950 - 05 Mar 2005, Age: 54) ~ ~ grave

HOBE SOUND, FL -- Judy I. Mason, 54, died March 5, 2005, at Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart.

She was born in Westfield, Mass., and lived in Hobe Sound for 12 years, coming from New England.

She was the daughter of Arthur and Ruth Jacobs.

Survivors include her son, Chad Mason of Stafford, Conn.; sister, Linda Litourneau of Westfield; fiance, Donald Miller of Hobe Sound; and one grandchild.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. March 10 at All County Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart.
Published in the Stuart News, March 7, 2005

Mary 1969Mary Jo Konsevich (19 Sep 1950 - 26 Apr 1992, Age: 41)

WESTFIELD -- The death of a city woman Sunday remained under investigation yesterday after an autopsy failed to determine an exact cause, police said.

Bail was set at $2,500 in Westfield District Court for a woman accused of illegally dispensing drugs which may have contributed to the death of Mary Jo Konsevich, 41, of 80 Broad St., according to police.

The investigation will remain open until toxicology tests are concluded to determine if Konsevich's ingestion of a prescription drug, Clorazepam, an anti-seizure medication, caused her death, Detective Lt. John Camerota said.

______ ______, 42, a resident of the same Broad Street boarding house where Konsevich lived, pleaded innocent before Judge Philip Contant to a charge of unlawfully dispensing a class C drug. Her case was continued for 10 days for a pre-trial conference, a prosecutor said.

Camerota said an investigation indicated _____ had provided Konsevich with some of the drug when Konsevich complained of a pain in her leg. The testing of Konsevich's blood and other body fluids is expected to establish how much of the drug she consumed and whether it was mixed with alcohol, the detective said.

______ could face additional charges if the testing determines there is a link between the drugs and Konsevich's death, Camerota said.

The autopsy did find that Konsevich suffered from a twisted and constricted bowel, which resulted in an infection, he said.

An ambulance was called to the boarding house Sunday at about 3:50 p.m. after Konsevich was discovered unconscious, police said. She was pronounced dead about 2 1/2 hours later at the Noble Hospital emergency room.
Published in The Republican (Published as Union-News (Springfield, MA)) - Tuesday, April 28, 1992

WESTFIELD -- Mary Jo Konsevich, 41, of 80 Broad St., died Sunday in Noble Hospital. She was a native of Westfield.

She leaves a brother, Kevin of California, and a sister, Gail Devlin of Westfield.

A graveside service will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Cemetery. Calling hours at the Firtion-Adams Funeral Home are Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Published in The Westfield Evening News - Wednesday, April 29, 1992

Rudolph 1969Rudolph Raymond Ligenza, Jr. (24 Mar 1951 - 10 Nov 2008, Age: 57) ~ ~ grave

SOUTHWICK -- Rudolph R. Ligenza, Jr., 57, 220 Sheep Pasture Rd. died November 10, 2008 at home. He retired after 37 years of service from Baystate Medical Center. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Lake Church, an avid collector of antiques and records. He was a Scout Master of Troop 666 Boy Scouts of America in Holyoke. He leaves his loving wife of 37 years. June Ligenza, a son Rudolph J. and his wife Colleen of Westfield, two brothers, Richard P. of Westfield and Raymond R. and his wife Catherine of Lemonster. A sister Darlene Lonczak and her husband Gary of Westfield, several nieces and nephews. He also leaves his father Rudolph R. Ligemza of Westfield. He was predeceased by his mother Claire (Croteau) Ligenza. Funeral Thursday at 9:00AM in the Czelusniak Funeral Home, 349 Elm Street, Westfield with a Mass at 10AM in Our Lady of the Lake Church in Southwick. Burial at the convience of the family. Calling hours Wednesday 4-7PM. Donations may be made to Baystate V.N.A., 50 Maple Street, Springfield, MA. Czelusniak Funeral Home Westfield 562-4874
Published in The Republican on November 12, 2008

Wayne 1969Wayne B. Maceyka Sr. (09 May 1951 - 27 Nov 1991, Age: 40) ~ ~ grave

GRANVILLE -- Wayne B. Maceyka, 40, of 95 South Lane No. 1, an electro-mechanical technician for Digital Corp., died Wednesday in Springfield's Baystate Medical Center. He also worked for Westfield Grinding Wheel Co.

Born in Westfield, he lived in this town for 30 years. He was a member of the Agawam Revolver Club, the National Rifle Association, and the Harley Owners Group.

He leaves a son, Wayne B. Jr. of Granville; his mother, Jeannie (Dickinson) Maceyka of Granville; three brothers, Emil J. of Granville, and Jeffrey C. and Britt M. of Westfield; a sister, Kathy E. Godward of East Windsor, Conn.

A memorial service will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. in Federated Church with a private burial in Silver Street Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Haley-Pease Funeral Home of Westfield is in charge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ambulance Fund, Granville, 01034
Published in The Westfield Evening News - Friday, November 29, 1991

Dana 1969Dana R. Maynard (10 Dec 1951 - 18 Apr 2001, Age: 49)

WESTFIELD -- Dana R. Maynard, 49, of 91 Glenwood Drive, died Wednesday at Noble Hospital. He was a 13-year maintenance supervisor for Cumberland Farms Corp. Born and raised in this city, he was a lifelong resident and a 1969 graduate of Westfield High School. He attended Westfield State Teachers College (now Westfield State College) and was a longtime coach for the Westfield Youth Hockey Association and the Little League. He leaves his wife, the former Meg Aylward; two sons, Robert and Matthew, both at home; his mother, Barbara (Balch) Malcolm of West Yarmouth; a brother, Paul of Huntington; two half-brothers, Steven Kwapien of Thomaston, Conn., and Todd Kwapien of Milford, Conn.; and a half-sister, Leslie Segal of Woodbury, Conn. The funeral will be Saturday morning at Robert E. Cusack Funeral Home and St. Mary's Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday afternoon and evening. Memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund in the names of Robert and Matthew Maynard, in care of Westfield Bank, 141 Elm St., Westfield, MA 01085.
Published in The Republican (Published as Union-News (Springfield, MA)) - April 19, 2001

George 1969George F. McNeil, Jr. (18 Oct 1951 - 25 Dec 2007, Age: 56)

TEMPLE, NH -- George F. McNeil, Jr., 56 of Temple, died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, December 25, 2007, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on October 18, 1951, in Westfield, Massachusetts, the son of George F. McNeil, Sr., and Anna (Yefko) McNeil, who both predeceased him. He attended Westfield schools and graduated from Westfield State College with a degree in Fine Arts. He worked for Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks, Connecticutt, and then Computer Vision, Prime and most recently AeroSat Avionics in Amherst, NH. George will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and co-workers. He was a devoted father and husband, an artist, an avid Red Sox fan, an outdoorsman, and a supporter of the Arts. His artwork was recognized at the Berkshire Museum in his early post-graduate years. Mr. McNeil is survived by his wife Jean (Fitzgibbons) McNeil of Temple, his daughter Kaitlin McNeil, and his son Dylan McNeil of Temple, his sisters Marilyn McNeil of Westfield, MA; Judi and Rick Dugre of Huntington, MA; Barbara McNeil and Harry Miller of Eagle, Idaho and his brother Robert McNeil of Westfield,MA. He is also survived by three aunts, an uncle, several cousins, and many beloved nieces and nephews. At the request of the family, services for Mr. McNeil will be private. There are no public calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the charity of one's choice. The Fletcher Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Republican on December 29, 2007

Paula 1969Mary Paula Mongeau Candiano (24 Jul 1951 - 01 Sep 1984, Age: 33)

NORTHAMPTON -- A 32-year-old Huntington woman became the state’s second Labor Day weekend traffic fatality Saturday when she was killed in a head-on collision on Route 66 in her home town.

M. Paula Candiano of Knightville Dam Road in Huntington died one hour after being transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. According to state police Trooper Michael Barbaro of the Russell substation, Mrs. Candiano and her husband Donald were traveling east on Route 66 at about 2 pm, when their car hit a second vehicle that had crossed the center line of the road. The victim was a passenger in the car.

The second car was driven by Robert Belmer, 19, of 601 Birnie Ave., West Springfield. He was listed is fair condition at Cooley Dickinson late Saturday with abdominal injuries. Candiano was treated and released. Police say they expect to file no charges in the accident.

The accident marred an otherwise quiet second day of the holiday period in Western Massachusetts.
Published in The Republican (Published as Union-News (Springfield, MA)) - Monday, September 3, 1984

HUNTINGTON -- M. Paula Candiano, 33, of Knightville Dam Road, 10-year Customer Service Representative for the Woronoco Savings Bank, Westfield office, died Saturday following an automobile accident.

She was injured in a head-on collision on Route 66 in Huntington. She died in the Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton.

Born in Springfield, she lived in Westfield most of her life, moving to Huntington in 1983.

She leaves her husband, Donald R. Candiano; a daughter, Hillary of Huntington; her parents, Ralph and Phyllis (Connors) Mongeau of Westfield; and a brother Gerry Mongeau of Springfield.

The funeral will be Wednesday morning at Robert E. Cusak Funeral Home and in St. Mary's Church with burial in the parish cemetery.
Published in The Republican (Published as Union-News (Springfield, MA)) - Monday, September 3, 1984

Claire 1969Claire M. O'Neil (13 Jan 1951 - 10 May 2003, Age: 52) ~ ~ grave

AGAWAM -- Claire M. O'Neil, 52, of Plantation Drive, Agawam, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, May 10, 2003. She was born on January 13, 1951 the daughter of the late Kenneth C. and Mary M. (Keefe) O'Neil of Westfield, both of whom predeceased her in 1998. She was a graduate of Westfield High School and the College of New Rochelle, NY, and received a Master's Degree from Boston College. Over the last 30 years, she taught at Simsbury High School, Cathedral High School, St. Mary's High School, and served for several years as Director of Religious Education at Holy Cross Parish in Springfield and as Director of Youth Ministry at the Passionist Monastery in West Springfield. She was a guidance counselor at Westfield High School, Minnechaug Regional High School, and Longmeadow High School. At the time of her death, she was Director of Guidance and teacher of religion at Holyoke Catholic High School. She was a kind, tireless, and conscientious advocate for the young people with whom she worked. Claire gave of her time and talents to many charitable organizations, among them, the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen and the Mont Marie Healthcare Center. She was a participant in the Cursillo Movement and was for many years a Eucharistic Minister. She was an Irish step dancer and often performed with groups around St. Patrick's Day. She was also a volunteer at StageWest in Springfield. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Springfield. She is survived by a brother, Robert K. O'Neil of Westfield; aunts, uncles, many cousins and many dear friends who will all miss her deeply. Her funeral will be held on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. from the Robert E. Cusack Funeral Home, 94 Main Street, Westfield, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Chestnut Street, Springfield. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be on Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions in Claire's memory to Holyoke Catholic High School c/o Theresa Kitchell, School St., Granby, MA 01033.
Published in The Republican on May 16, 2003

"Claire had a long term heart condition and she knew for quite a while that it could cause sudden death." -notification

PatriciaPatricia Ann Randazzo Rokosz Phelps (8 Feb 1951 - 1 Nov 2015, Age: 64)

SPRINGFIELD -- Patricia Ann (Randazzo) Phelps, 64, passed away Sunday in the comfort of her home. She was born in Saugus, MA to the late Marie (Muse) and Olland Randazzo. Patricia was a graduate of Westfield High School class of 1969. She worked as a Receptionist at Family Care Medical Center in Springfield and previously worked at Mercy Medical Sr. Caritas Cancer Center. Patricia was an avid football fan. She loved playing cards, going to the beach and the casino, motorcycles and most of all camping with her friends. Patricia leaves her beloved husband, Dana Phelps, her loving children, Kristen Emmons and her husband Bill of Feeding Hills, Glenn Rokosz of Chicopee, Traci Hebert and her husband Eric of Westfield and Peter Phelps of Lehigh, FL, her adored grandchildren, Hailey, Hannah, Hunter, TJ and Chloe, her sister, Donna Kelly and her husband Bill of Belchertown and her niece and nephew, Ollie Ellard and Dawn Ellard. Patricia 1969She will be missed by her friends and fellow pitch players at the Agawam Senior Center. There will be a Funeral Home Service 11AM, Thursday at the TOOMEY-O'BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 Westfield St. W. Spfld., the burial will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4-7PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sr. Caritas Cancer Center, 271 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104. For more details please visit toomeyobrien.com.
Published in The Republican from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2015

Wayne 1969Wayne Joseph Robtoy (04 Nov 1951 - 22 Jul 2007, Age: 55)

GRANVILLE -- Wayne Joseph Robtoy, 55, of this town died Saturday in Western Mass. Hospital. Born in Springfield, he was a 1969 graduate of Westfield High School, attended Monson Academy, and graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire in 1974. He was employed as a teacher at the Granville Elementary School for sixteen years. Wayne was a member, and trustee of the Granville Federated Church, the Granville Lions Club, and was a member of the Granville Planning Board. He is survived by his loving wife of twenty-seven years, Karen (Ricciuti) Robtoy, a daughter; Kristin M. Robtoy of Granville, and two sisters; Donna Hess of Southwick, Doreen Beaulieu of Agawam, and four nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Friday at the Granville Federated Church at 11 am. Burial will follow at Silver St. Cemetery in Granville. Calling hours at the Firtion-Adams Funeral Service,76 Broad St., Westfield are on Thursday from 5 - 8pm. Donations may be made in Wayne's memory to the Granville Federated Church, Granby Rd.,Granville,MA,01034 or the Granville-Tolland Lions Club, P.O. Box 84, Granville, MA 01034. firtionadams.com
Published in The Republican on July 25, 2007

William 1969William Scott Rose (21 Sep 1951 - 10 May 1980, Age: 28)

VENICE, FL -- A memorial service is planned for William S. Rose, 28, of Venice, Fla.. a contract mason there who died Saturday in Venice Hospital.

Born in Liberty, N.Y, he lived in Westfield 13 years before moving to Florida eight months ago.

He was graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He was a member of the First Methodist Church, Westfield.

He leaves his parents, Fred A. and Ruth M. (Anderson) Rose of Venice; two brothers, Howard of Venice and John of Montpelier, Vt., and two sisters, Linda Bower of West Springfield and Janet Washburn of Westfield.

A memorial service will be at a time and date to be announced in Westfield.

Donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Westfield.
Published in The Republican (Published as Union-News (Springfield, MA)) - Tuesday, May 13, 1980

Philip 1969Philip M. Saltus (10 Jul 1951 - 10 Feb 1998, Age: 46)

WESTFIELD -- Philip M. Saltus, 46, of 21 Yankee Circle died here Tuesday. He was the operations manager for A.J. Agan Insurance Co. of six years, and was previously a property and casualty underwriter for U.S. Fidelity Co. for many years. A lifelong resident, he was a 1973 graduate of Westfield State College, and received a bachelor's degree in English. He was a communicant of St. Mary's Church, and a Little League baseball coach, manager, and director. He leaves his wife, the former Carol W. Watson; a son, David W., and daughter, Catherine ("Kate") Saltus, at home; his parents, Edgar R. and Stephanie (Penas) Saltus of Westfield; two brothers, Brian R. of Boise, Idaho, and Edgar R. Jr. of Stratham, N.H.; four sisters, Jerrilyn M. Sicaras of Wethersfield, Conn., Stephanie B. Saltus of Holliston, Roberta L. Saltus of Enfield, and Deborah A. Fouche of Westfield. The funeral will be Saturday morning at Firtion-Adams Funeral Home and the church, with the burial in the parish cemetery. The calling hours are Friday afternoon and evening, and memorial contributions may be made to the David and Catherine Saltus Educational Fund, in care of Westfield Bank, 300 Southampton Road, Westfield, 01085.
Published in The Republican (Published as Union-News (Springfield, MA)) - Feb. 12, 1998

William 1969William E. Sandy (16 Oct 1950 - 06 Aug 1994, Age: 43)

WELLFLEET, MA -- William E. Sandy, 43, of Wellfleet died Saturday at home. He was a 10-year employee of Millbrook Distributors. He was born in Springfield, and attended Westfield High School. He worshipped at the Congregational Church here. He leaves his wife, the former Elaine Marie Smith; his mother, Dorothy M. Sandy of Westfield; his father, Edward J. Sandy of Mission, Texas; a brother, Albeit of Spencer; a sister, Jeanne Hill of West Springfield, and 15 nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday morning at the church. McHoul Funeral Home of Provincetown is in charge, and memorial contributions may be made to the Cape Cod Hospice.
Published in The Republican (Published as Union-News (Springfield, MA)) - Tuesday, August 9, 1994

Joe 1969Joseph J. Scarfo Jr. (19 Jan 1952 - 27 Apr 2005, Age: 53) ~ ~ grave

WESTFIELD -- Joseph J. Scarfo, Jr., 53, of Westfield died Wednesday April 27, 2005 at Noble Hospital. He was born January 19th 1952 in Springfield, son of the late Joseph and Gloria (Milanese) Scarfo and has lived in Westfield for most of his life. Joseph graduated from Westfield High School and was a 1973 graduate of American International College in Springfield. He was a sales manager for Caron International of Washington, NC, for the past twenty years. Joseph was a communicant and a lector at St. Mary's Church in Westfield. He was a member of the Dante Club in West Springfield and the Italian Fraternal Club in Westfield. Joseph was an avid racquetball player and enjoyed tennis and golf. He was an avid Patriots and Red Sox fan. He played baseball, basketball and football in high school and football at A.I.C. He also coached for Westfield Youth Football and the Special Olympics. Family was always the most important part of Joseph's life. He leaves his wife of thirty years Julie A. (Lazzara) Scarfo and his children Jeffrey M. Scarfo of Westfield, Alicia F. Scarfo and her fianc Ian Malbin of Rutherford, NJ, and Christina L. Raco and her husband Brian of Westfield. He also leaves a brother Louis S. Scarfo, three sisters Frances M. Chojnowski, Donna M. Charvat, and Jodie M. Tierney and grandson Joseph B. Raco all of Westfield. He also leaves his stepmother Paula J. Scarfo of Westfield and his mother in law Genevieve M. Lazzara of Orlando, Florida. The funeral will be Monday at 9:30 am from the Firton-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad St., Westfield, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church at 10:30 am, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2-5pm. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in Joseph's memory be made to Kamp for Kids PO Box 219, Westfield, MA 01086. firtionadams.com
Published in The Republican on Apr. 29, 2005

James 1969James C. Sulewski (14 Mar 1951 - 11 Nov 2015, Age: 64)

AGAWAM -- James C. "Jim" Sulewski, 64, of Columbia St. died at Country Estates, Agawam. He was a dispatcher for the Westfield Police Department since 1997. Jim often stated that this was by far the best job he ever had. He will very much miss his great friends at the station. The people of Westfield should be very proud to have such dedicated men and women working for them. They are the very best! Jim was a graduate of Westfield State College, and was top of his class at Connecticut School of Broadcasting. He also worked for many years as a "DJ" for local radio stations. James leaves his cousins Jack Yarmesky, Darlene Parsons, Dennis Yarmesky and Ron Rodriguez. Jim’s loving mom Sophie Sulewski, passed away in 2005, she was greatly loved and missed. His dad, Charles Sulewski, died in 1991. He would not want to forget his Bassett Hound "Roxie" who died in 2008. Jim leaves many great friends behind including Frank Mika, Nancy Darnell and Bob and Cory Tomasini, plus his many fellow Italian Fraternal Club members and friends. He could not begin to name all the great friends that he made over the years at the Pulaski Club. A final "interlocking N-Y salute" to all. Love Ya! James was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church in Westfield. Funeral services will be private. Firtion Adams FS is in charge of all arrangements.
Published in The Republican from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13, 2015

Joe 1969Joseph Patrick "Sonny" Tufts (03 Jun 1951 - 06 Aug 2003, Age: 52) ~ ~ grave

MARBLEHEAD -- Joseph P. Tufts, 52, of Marblehead, a self-employed businessman and owner of GIS Graphics of Salem, N.H., died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, after a long struggle with cancer.

Born in Westfield, Mr. Tufts was an honor student at Westfield High School and a varsity athlete. At Bowdoin College, he played football and graduated in 1973. During his college years, Mr. Tufts served as president of his fraternity, Alpha Kappa Sigma.

His interests included cooking, dogs and jazz music. He was a patron of musical theater and a supporter of Marblehead's Friends of the Performing Arts. He also served as an advocate for cancer patients and received the Partners In Excellence Award from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Mr. Tufts is survived by his wife, Barbara, his son, Greg, and his extended family and friends. In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by his father, Robert Tufts Sr. of Falmouth; two brothers, Robert Jr. of Manchester-by-the-Sea and William of Falmouth and a niece and five nephews. Services will be private.
Published in The Salem Evening News - Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003

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