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Shirley Duchna

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Shirley May (Bartram) Duchna, 78, of 412 North St., Williamstown, died April 9, 2007, at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was born in Bridgeport, Conn., on Feb. 20, 1929, a daughter of the late George and Alma (Simpson) Bartram.

She attended schools in New Jersey and moved to Williamstown where she graduated from Williamstown High School with the class of 1947. In 1947 she was employed at the former Williamstown National Bank on Spring Street, which is now TD Banknorth, for 50 years. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown where she was a member of the altar guild. She was a member of the Friendship Club at the Harper Center in Williamstown. She volunteered Williamstown Chamber of Commerce Information Booth and at the Blood Mobile for the American Red Cross. She also was a counter for the public elections in Williamstown and was a member of the “Red Hat Society.” She worked for the many book sales at the Williamstown Public Library and loved to grow flowers and take care of animals. Her first husband was Leonard H. Alberts. Her second husband, Stanley Duchna, died in 1988. Survivors include one daughter, Sally Ann Stemp and her husband, Kenneth, of Bennington, Vt.; one step-daughter, Barbara Ann Brice of Nottingham, England; and one step-granddaughter, Rebecca Brice of Nottingham, England.

Graveside services for Shirley May (Bartram) Duchna will take place Monday at 11 a.m. at the family plot in Lawncroft Cemetery in Fairfield, Conn. A memorial service to celebrate her life will take at St. John Episcopal Church of Williamstown at a later date. Memorial donations are suggested for the Berkshire County Humane Society through the Flynn & Dagnoli- Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 11, 2007
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