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Caverly, Persis  
Persis B. Caverly 1929 - 2015 DALTON Persis B. (Peri) Caverly died at her home Friday, July 17, 2015. She was born on May 21, 1929 in New Orleans, LA and moved with her family to Fitzwilliam, NH at the age of 8. Daughter of Stephen B. Blair (of Boston, MA) and Julia Watson Blair (of Perry, LA), Peri attended Sanborn Seminary High School in Kingston, NH. She attended the University of New Hampshire where she met her husband, Donald W. Caverly, and they were wed in June of 1951. Peri and Don settled in Pittsfield after they married. She was a draftsman at General Electric for one year, then began to substitute teach in the local high schools and junior high schools. She was hired by the Central Berkshire School District as an English teacher at Wahconah High School in 1970. She received her Masters of Science in English Education from North Adams State College in 1971. Peri worked at WRHS for 19 years retiring in 1989. During her teaching career, she also coached the high school Speech and Quiz Teams, holding a membership in the Massachusetts Forensic League of Natick for over 15 years, including one year as state president. After retiring from teaching, Peri became a docent at the Normal Rockwell museum in Stockbridge which she enjoyed doing for over 10 years. During that time, she was also asked to be a representative of the museum, traveling to other museums to lecture about Normal Rockwell. Peri was a long standing member of the First Congregational Church in Dalton during which time she held positions on the Stewardship Committee, was a Deacon of the Church, as well as serving on several other committees and groups. In 1967, she became a member of PEO, an international philanthropic educational organization, in which she held several positions over the years. Peri felt very committed to PEO and their work to assist and guide women in attaining their educational goals. Since 1961, Peri was also a member of the Current Topic Club in Dalton. This women's organization, over 100 years old, was created to provide local women the opportunity to gather and engage in discussions on current events. Peri worked with the Dalton Council on Aging for over 20 years, including holding a position on their Board of Directors, and was very instrumental in helping to bring the new Dalton Senior Center to fruition. Peri enjoyed playing bridge, researching her family genealogy, sewing, reading and attending Olli classes at Berkshire Community College. Peri is predeceased by her sister, Mary Caroline, brother, Stephen B. Blair Jr., and granddaughter, Mary Louise Tornatore. She is survived by husband, Donald W. Caverly, son, James L. Caverly (Steven Donaghu) of Aliso Viejo, CA, and daughter, Susan Caverly Tornatore (Terrance M Tornatore) of Wappingers Fall, NY. She had two grandchildren, Carolyn J. Tornatore and Kenneth J. Tornatore. Nephews: Stephen Hobbs (Beverly Hobbs) of Corvallis, OR, David Hobbs (Lyn Hobbs) of Center Conway, NH, Bill Blair and Don Blair (Carol) of Arvada, CO. Cousins and relations: Ann Watson, William and Dorothy Watson and Katherine Watson Pritchard all of Monroe, LA; Bob Blair of Berlin, MA; Christine Blair of Arvada, CO; Larry and Donna Blair of Vancouver, WA, and Barbara Eaton of Keene, NH. The Caverly family wishes to thank all of the loving care our mother received at home from caregivers of Home Instead and Hospice Care in the Berkshires FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours will be held at the Dery-Foley Funeral Home, 890 Main Street in Dalton on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 from 4 to 7pm. The funeral will be at 11am, Wednesday, July 22nd at the First Congregational Church, 514 Main Street, Dalton. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations may be made to the PEO, Hospice Care in the Berkshires, Inc. or the First Congregational Church of Dalton, in care of the Dery-Foley Funeral Home.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 21, 2015
Conry, Christine  
Christine P. Conry 1952 - 2015 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Chris died on June 14 with her family by her side. The youngest of four children, Chris Conry was born and raised in Pittsfield by parents, John and Grace O'Laughlin Conry. Throughout her life she maintained cherished bonds with family and friends from her hometown. She was a 1970 graduate of Pittsfield High School. She received her BA in Sociology from Emmanuel College in 1974 while spending summers working for The Eagle's Berkshire Week. After graduation, she travelled to San Francisco for what was intended as a brief visit, but became a life out west. Chris' deep interest in people, language and special education led her to pursue a M.S. in Speech Pathology from San Francisco State University, which she completed in l982. Her subsequent career was varied and extensive, working with children, adults with head injuries, the elderly and recently as a graduate instructor at San Francisco State. In 1981, she met her husband, Peyton Nattinger, a Missouri native. They shared a love of language, travel, child development and an irreverent sense of humor. Together, they raised two daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline. It was with an adventurous spirit that Chris and her family went to live abroad on sabbatical twice and traveled the world extensively. She reflected her curiosity in endless artistic endeavors. She faced life with a striking tenacity, which became increasing apparent during a terminal cancer diagnosis in 2005. Chris sought treatment and had a remarkable 8 year remission, which she filled with travel, art, volunteer work and friendships. When she was diagnosed with a new cancer this past October, again, she never gave up hope in the face of challenging treatments. She is survived by her husband, Peyton and daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline Nattinger, both of Brooklyn NY, and her siblings, Peter Conry of Pittsfield, Pamela Kiernan of Wareham and Dennis Conry of East Falmouth, many neices and nephews and countless friends. A memorial service was held on June 20, 2015 in San Francisco.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 23, 2015
Coones, Sharon  
Sharon Coones 1936 - 2015 ADAMS Sharon M. (Hiland) Coones, 79, of 25 Forest Park Ave, died July 21, 2015 peacefully at her home surrounded by her husband and children. She was born in Milwaukee, WI on January 8, 1936, a daughter of the late Chester Hiland and Doris (Durocher) Hiland Hansen and step-daughter of Master Sergeant Albert Hansen, United States Air Force (retired). She attended grade school at St. Aloyisus, Milwaukee WI; High School at St. Thomas Acquinas, Green Bay, WI and transferred in her Junior year to Cathedral High School, Denver CO where she graduated from in 1954. While living in Denver, Colorado, she met her knight in shining armor, Staff Sergeant Donald Coones, an Air Force aerial photographer stationed at Lowry Air Force Base. They were amorously married on October 31, 1955. Sharon and her Mother, Doris Hansen, were the first mother-daughter team in the United Stated Air Force working as volunteers for the Family Service Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. She was also active volunteer in the NCO Wives Club. A faithful Air Force wife, she managed the household and kept the home fires burning while Donald was often serving many temporary duty assignments in far away places. Sharon traveled extensively throughout the United States and Germany with her husband and children. In 1972 they moved permanently to Donald's hometown of Adams, MA upon his retirement from the Air Force. Sharon loved being a full-time homemaker and devoted her life to taking care of her husband, children and relatives. A proud and patriotic American, she loved God, the USA and her family. She loved to dance, sing and have a good time. She enjoyed reading and watching movies; family vacations to Myrtle Beach, SC; playing video poker at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, her favorite video poker was the Butterfly Machine; and day trips to The Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in Stockbridge, MA. She is survived by her best friend, true love and husband of 60 years, Senior Master Sergeant Donald Coones, United States Air Force (retired); one son, Donald "Jasper" Coones, Jr., veteran United States Marine Corps, and his partner, Karen Tendrup; three daughters: Doreen Coones, veteran United States Air Force; Kim Coones, veteran United States Air Force; and Colleen Zajac and her husband, Mitchell; five grandchildren: Jamie Peterson and her husband, Josh; Cindy Coones; Ashley Perez and her partner, Tim Gajewsky; Mitch Zajac Jr. and Eileen Zajac: seven great-grandchildren: Ricky Perez; Alex Perez; Riley Perez; Tony Perez; Juliet Peterson; Joseph Gajewsky and Jacob Gajewsky; a sister-in-law, Alice Kirk and a brother-in-law, Alan Gomer; as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by a son, David Coones; a brother, John Hiland; four sisters, Audrey Leonard, Darlene Tendrup, Lorilee Gomer and Arletta Hiland; two sister-in-laws: Dawn Hiland and Eileen Patterson; two brother-in-laws: Walter "Red" Patterson and Burton Kirk. FUNERAL NOTICE: In keeping with Sharon's wishes, funeral services will be private. Those wishing may make a donation in Sharon's memory to St. Stanislaus Kostka School, 108 Summer St., Adams, MA 01220. The PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, is in charge of arrangements. To leave a message of condolence, please go online to : www.paciorekfuneral.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 28, 2015
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