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Accetta, Marion E.  
Marion Evelina (Hall) Accetta, 92 of North Adams, MA died Sunday June 26, 2016 at Sweetbrook Care Center. She was born in North Adams, MA on June 19, 1924 daughter of Ernest and Gertrude (Hall) Hall. She attended local schools. Marion was last employed at Tony's Restaurant. Before that, she worked at Wall-Streeter Shoe Co. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of North Adams and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post #996 in North Adams. Marion enjoyed gardening and working with flowers. She was the widow of Anthony F. Accetta who died on October 1, 1992. They were married on April 20, 1984. Survivors include one daughter- Gwendolyn Boillat and her husband, Woodrow of North Adams and one son- Larry Harvey and his wife, Jeannie of North Adams. She also leaves four grandchildren- Todd A. Boillat; Carla McDonough; Jennifer Hohn; and Ryan Harvey; and eight great grandchildren including Jacob Boillat, Taylor Boillat, Sarah McDonough, Daniel McDonough, Angela McDonough, Alexandra Daloia, Jayden Hohn and Ella Hohn; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers and one sister including Evelyn Bingham, Stewart Hall and Raymond Hall. FUNERAL NOTICE: A graveside service for Marion Accetta will be held Friday July 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Southview cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society or Shriner's Children's Hospital in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 28, 2016
Allen, Doris  
Doris M. Allen 1923 - 2016 Doris (Maguire) Allen, 93, of 265 Walker Street, Lenox (formerly of Washington Mt. Rd, in Dalton) died on June 26, 2016. Born in Chicopee, MA on May 5, 1923, daughter of Florilda (Adams) Maguire and William H.K. Maguire, Sr. She graduated from Major Beal High School, Shrewsbury, MA in 1941 and from Becker Business College in Worcester. She was a secretary in Worcester for the Boy Scouts of America, State Mutual Life Assurance Co., and Reed Prentice Corp. She moved to the Berkshires in 1958 and was Asst. Church Secretary at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Pittsfield. She worked a short time at G.E. Ordinance before going to work at Beloit/ Jones in Dalton as executive secretary to the Vice President of the Plastics Division. She became Administrative Assistant to the General Manager of the Paper Division and held that position until her retirement in 1985. Mrs. Allen was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, the Women of St. Stephen's, St. Mary's Chapter, a Choir mother, Girl Scout leader, Board member of Muscular Dystrophy Association, an officer and active member of Chapter T P.E.O. Sisterhood, a member of Votre Soiree Dance Club and a volunteer at Berkshire Medical Center. She was a wonderful kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was very warm, enthusiastic and welcoming to everyone she met. Her enthusiasm and overall joy was contagious. She enjoyed dancing, travelling, camping, reading and gardening. After 68 years of marriage, she was pre-deceased by her husband John. W. Allen, Jr. whom she married on May 3, 1944. She is survived by her son, John W. Allen, III and wife JoAnn of W. Springfield, MA; her daughter, Cynthia Allen-Murphy and husband Richard of Bridgewater, MA; a brother-in-law, William H.K. Maguire, Jr. and wife Madelyn of Rutland, MA. She also leaves her grandchildren, Kira A. Thompson and her husband, Scott, Sean J. Allen, and his wife, Jessica, Luke A. Allen, Jacquelyn A. Murphy and fiance Ben Leavitt, and Benjamin J. Murphy; and four great grandchildren, Cody J. Allen, Connor K. Allen, Brayden S. Thompson, and Annabelle G. Thompson and several nieces and nephews. Funeral Notice -- A memorial service for Doris M. Allen who died June 26, 2016 will be held at St. Stephen's church, 67 East Street, Pittsfield, MA at a later date Burial will be at a later date at Hillside Cemetery, Auburn, MA. The family will greet friends in the church parlor immediately following the Memorial Service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Doris' memory may be made to St. Stephen's Memorial fund, in care of DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 30, 2016
Alvarez, Rigoberto  
Rigoberto I. Alvarez 1924 - 2016 NORTH ADAMS, MA - Rigoberto I. Alvarez, 91 passed away peacefully on Tuesday June 21, 2016 at his home in North Adams. He was surrounded by his loving family. Born on December 28, 1924 in Comayaguela, Honduras. He was the son of the late Petrona Cruz Alvarez and Raymundo Alvarez. He was employed as a automotive mechanic for most of his career and retired from Carol Cable company in Williamstown. He was a former communicant of St. Francis and St. Elizabeth's in North Adams. He really enjoyed watching the Red Sox win and the Yankees lose, bingo and trips to the casino with his wife Martha and family. He also enjoyed trips to the track to watch the horses race. He had a happy demeanor and a warm smile. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends. He leaves behind his sons Leon Alvarez and his wife Lynn of Venice, FL.; Fredy Alvarez and his wife Gail of Adams, MA; Marty Alvarez and his wife Martela of North Adams, MA; Osmin Alvarez and his wife Monica of Williamstown, MA; his daughters Lillian Shaker and her husband Jim of North Adams, MA and Anna Cloutier and her husband David of S. Portland ME. He leaves behind 21 grandchildren whom he adored and cherished. Patrick Alvarez, Michael Alvarez, Erica Bernicchi, Christy Alvarez, Cody Alvarez, Roxanna Alvarez, Rosie Alvarez, J. Alvarez, Matthew Shaker, Jason Shaker, Kevin Shaker, Oscar Alvarez, Danny Alvarez, Rommel Alvarez, Camillo Alvarez, Kyle Alvarez, Gabriella Alvarez, Emily Alvarez, Isabela Cloutier, Olivia Cloutier and Camden Cloutier. He leaves behind 7 beloved great-grandchildren. Natasha Decker, Xavier Alvarez, Aiden Alvarez, Reid Alvarez, Amelia Bernicchi, Anthony Bernicchi, Zachary Alvarez, and a 2 great-great-grandchild Dalton Johnson and Jesslynn Alvarez. He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Martha Alvarez who passed away in March of 2016 and his brothers and sisters. His family would like to thank all of his care givers over the past few years. We greatly appreciate all that you did for him. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Rigoberto Alvarez will be celebrated Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth's of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview cemetery. Calling hours are Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, MA.. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in care of the funeral home. Obituary provided by: Flynn & Dagnoli-Bencivenga Funeral Home and the Family.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 24, 2016
Anderson, Lila  
Lila B. Anderson 1926 - 2016 PITTSFIELD Lila B. Anderson, 89, of Pittsfield, MA, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2016. Born in Irvington, New Jersey on November 30, 1926 she was the daughter of the late Cecil Burpee and Marion (Laraby) Wilcox. Her childhood years were spent in New Jersey. She enjoyed her summers in upstate New York, where she had fond memories of the family camp near Elizabethtown in the Adirondacks. Lila graduated from Union High School in Union, N.J. in 1945, then went on to earn her undergraduate degree in Physical Education at Montclair State College in New Jersey in 1949. Her first job was as a teacher of Special Education at Peck School in Morristown, NJ, then as a teacher of Physical Education and Anatomy at Greenbrier Junior College in Greenbrier, WV. On June 23,rd 1951 Lila married her childhood sweetheart, William S. Anderson, Jr. in Elizabethtown, NY. They were devoted to each other for 63 years. When Lila became a mother, she chose to stay home with her young children: first in Ithaca, N.Y. where her son Keith was born, then in Rock Hill, S.C where Karen was born, and then in Alfred, N.Y. when Jill was born. She held especially fond memories of her time in Alfred, where the young family settled for 6 years. In 1962, the family relocated to Williamstown, MA, where they resided for 52 years. Lila taught Physical Education at Williamstown Elementary School from 1963-1968. The creativity, inclusivity, and respect she brought into her classroom made her an exceptional teacher. She was gifted in her ability to empower children to shine, especially her most vulnerable students. She went on to earn her certification as an instructor of Perceptually Handicapped Children. She taught a course in Visual-Motor Perceptual Development at North Adams State College, became a consultant on learning disabilities for many local school districts, and developed one of the first kindergarten screening programs for learning disabilities. In 1973, with a Title 1 ESEA grant, she created a model early intervention program for high-risk 4 and 5 year-old children that would later be widely adopted as a compulsory pre-K program. Lila was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed spending time with her family. She never missed a school event and was able to participate in every annual family camping trip right up to the final year. She also enjoyed spending time in nature, cooking, and handicrafts (including needlework crafts and stained glass). She will always be remembered for her legendary strawberry rhubarb pie. Lila loved being around people and was known for her kindness and care for others. She was a volunteer for the Hospice of Northern Berkshire, North Adams Regional Hospital, the Women's Exchange and as a driver for cancer patients for the American Cancer Society. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Williamstown Daycare Center. She was passionate about animals and was a loyal supporter of several animal welfare associations including the Humane Society of the United States and the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Later in life, one of Lila's joys was meeting her half brother Tom and her sister Ruth. Lila is survived by her children, Keith Anderson and his wife, Kimberly, of Schaghticoke NY; Karen Friedeborn and her husband, John, of Ithaca, NY; and Jill Lloyd and her husband, Todd, of Hartland, Vt.; her brother Tom Burpee; 10 nieces and nephews; 9 grandchildren; and 2 great grand children. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Douglas C. Anderson and John Chott; niece and nephew Lynne Comley and William Comley. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband William S. Anderson, Jr., her brother Richard Burpee and sister Ruth (Burpee) Cooper. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires or the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 29, 2016
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