Berniece M. Farnsworth

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SPRINGFIELD - Berniece M. "Niecie" Farnsworth, 91, died July 13, 2012, at the Springfield Hospital in Springfield.

She was born Aug. 18, 1920, in Bellows Falls, the daughter of Charles and Ruby (Leeman ) Willette. She attended schools in Windsor and Springfield, graduating from Springfield High School Class of 1938.

She was married to Charles Capen on Oct. 12, 1940, He predeceased her in 1978. She was later married to Ralph L. Farnsworth in May of 1984. He predeceased her on July 6, 2012.

She was employed as a pricing engineer for the Jones and Lamson Machine Tool Company in Springfield for 30 years, retiring in 1982.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield, and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She was also a member of the Robert L. Johnson V.F.W. Post 771 Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose.

She enjoyed dancing, roller skating, sewing, family gatherings, socializing, swimming, camping, visiting the beach and the ocean, and lighthouses and loved working with computers.

She is survived by two sons, Charles E. Capen of Springfield, and William A. Capen of Nashua, N.H.; one brother, Richard Willette of Springfield; one sister, Jeanne Sysko of Springfield; three granddaughters; one great-grandson; one stepson, Ralph Farnsworth Jr. of Springfield; three stepdaughters, Mary Solomon of Denver, N.C., Carol Stillwell of Chester, and Wendy Acerno of Westmoreland, N.H.; 10 stepgrandchildren; numerous stepgreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Catherine J. Will, and two brothers, Francis and George.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield on Tuesday, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Springfield. The Rev. Peter Williams, pastor, will officiate.

Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday, July 20.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the , 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield.
Published in Rutland Herald on July 15, 2012
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