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Phillips, Lisa  
Lisa Marie Phillips 1979 - 2016 Lisa Marie Phillips, of Pleasure Ave. in Pittsfield, passed away unexpectedly at her home. She was 36 years old. Born in Pittsfield on September 29, 1979, Lisa was educated primarily in Pittsfield schools and was a 1997 graduate of Pittsfield High School. An unfailingly outgoing, engaging person, she enjoyed working with young people and was employed for several years at Valleyhead school in Lenox, where she worked tirelessly with troubled adolescent girls. More recently, she worked as a substitute teacher's aide in Pittsfield Public Schools. She was a member of Christian Assembly Church and her faith was very precious to her. Lisa was a beautiful, loving, generous person who would do anything for anyone. Family and friends meant everything to her and there are no words to express the profound devastation felt at her passing. She is survived by her daughter, Emma Jean Goetze Phillips, her ""miracle"" and love of her life; her mother Debra Phillips and step-father Bruce Frechette of Pittsfield, her brother and best friend, Jason Phillips, ""sister-in-law"" Megan Mackey, and adoring niece and nephew, Jaci and Logan Phillips; maternal grandmother Betty Baker Phillips; uncle Ronald Phillips, Jr.; cousins Eric, Jesse, Heather, Desiree, Kirk, Mitchell, and their families, as well as further extended family and countless friends. Lisa was preceded in death by her beloved grandfather, Ronald Phillips, Sr., and uncles Eric Phillips and Kirk Phillips. FUNERAL NOTICE: A graveside service for Lisa M. Phillips who died May 17, 2016 will be held Friday at 2:00 PM at Pittsfield Cemetery conducted by Pastor David McIntosh of Christian Assembly Church in Pittsfield. Those attending the service may meet inside the gate at Pittsfield Cemetery at 1:45 PM. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations in memory of Lisa may be made to the Emma Jean Goetze Phillips Educational Fund to be established for her daughter in care of the DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 which is handling arrangements.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 24, 2016
Roff Jr., Harry  
Harry C. Roff Jr. 1920 - 2016 Harry blossomed in the Berkshires, he passed away peacefully at his home in Becket with his family by his side. He was married twice, Thurber Roff, then Francis Kresel of Becket. He leaves four children and four grandchildren. He was born in Naugatuck, CT the son of Harry C. Roff Sr. and Emma (Pepinbrink) Roff. He attended Harvard University until he enlisted in the Army Aircorps becoming a decorated fighter pilot. He fought action in Europe and continued in the Airforce Reseres obtaining the rank of LT. Col. Harry had many interests, among them antiques, exercise historical research and aquatic sports. As an almost 20 year main st resident he embraced the community and Christian worship. Organizations include member of Becket Historical Commission, Trinity Church of Lenox, MA and, First Congregational Church of Becket, MA. And because of the Berkshire Eagle he had a You Tube personality.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 26, 2016
Selva, David  
David John Selva 1958 - 2016 David John Selva, 57, of Glendale died Monday May 23, 2016 at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield with his wife Karen and Niece Meaghan by his side. David was born in Pittsfield on November 18, 1958 son of the late Gaetano and Joan E. (Eigner) Selva. David was a graduate from Monument Mountain Regional High School class of 1976. David served his country in the Air Force as a jet mechanic in CA. After the service David stayed in California for another 10 years and was employed at World Color Press as a machine operator. He worked as an oil delivery man for C. Agar Oil for twenty two years and then for John B. Hull Oil Company. David was a vice president of the Great Barrington Fish and Game, enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing; especially deep sea fishing. David is survived by his wife Karen (Kubik) Selva of Glendale, one daughter, Paige Lawson and husband Beau of Kansas City MO, one niece, Meaghan Carlotto and husband Peter of Glendale, one nephew, Dylan Buffoni of Glendale, brother-in-law, Mark Buffoni and partner Barb of Glendale, grandson, Wulfgang Lawson and many cousins, aunts and close friends. In addition to his parents David was predeceased by his sister, Laurie Buffoni. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services for David John Selva who died May 23 will be held on Friday May 27 at 5:00 PM at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME officiated by Reverend Mick Comstock. Family will receive friends from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Friday May 27 preceding the service. A celebration of David's life will follow at the conclusion of the service at the Great Barrington Fish and Game on Long Pond Road Great Barrington. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in David's memory may be made to the Great Barrington Fish and Game in care of the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South Street Great Barrington MA 01230. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle from May 25 to May 26, 2016
Silva, Maria  
Maria Albertina Silva 1927 - 2016 Mrs. Maria Albertina Silva, 88, of 71 Briggs Drive, Cheshire, passed peacefully on Sunday morning, May 22, 2016, at her home, in the company of her family. She was born in Pico, Azores, on September 29, 1927, a daughter of the late Joao and Maria Luisa (Da Silva) Silva, and attended schools in Portugal. She had lived in both Portugal and the United States since 1978, and had lived in Cheshire since 2007. Mrs. Silva was a shoe factory worker, retiring in 1989. She had also been a homemaker, and enjoyed caring for her grandchildren. She was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Cheshire. Maria enjoyed being with family and friends. She loved to travel, especially back to Pico and to Florida. She also loved going to Portuguese festivals. Her favorite hobbies were knitting sweaters for newborn babies, crocheting towels, tablecloths and scarves; sewing, gardening, cooking and baking. Each day she would say a prayer for each person in her family from her prayer books. She loved going to church every Sunday. She especially loved the company of her four children, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was a woman with a heart of gold and great strength. She will be missed by many. Her husband, Antonio Silva, whom she married on November 17, 1951, died on September 21, 2007. She is survived by three daughters, Maria DeJesus Oliveira and her husband, Alberto, of Pico, Azores; Maria Das Dores Leal and her husband, Jose, of Averill Park, NY; and Maria Conceicao Leal and her husband, Manuel, of Cheshire; one son, Tony Silva of Rotunda West, Florida and the mother of his children, Sheila Silva; ten grandchildren, including David Leal, Melissa Coon, Jason Leal, Christine Leal, Andrea Leal, Jonathan Leal, Dina Oliveira, Susana Oliveira, Steven Silva and Jeffrey Silva; two great grandchildren, Isabella Leal and Olivia Coon; three sisters, Filomena Santos and Margarida Rosa, both of Somerville, MA; and Rosalina Pereira of Pico, Azores; one brother, Antonio Silva of Pico, Azores; as well as Sisters-in-Law, Brothers-in-Law and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held on Thursday, May 26th, at 8:45 AM from the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Cheshire. Burial will follow in Cheshire Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the funeral home. To leave a message of condolence or for directions, please go online to www.paciorekfuneral.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 24, 2016
Sullivan, Helene  
Helene M. Sullivan Helene M. Sullivan, 78 of Sebring, FL died May 18, 2016. She was born in Pittsfield, MA, moving to Sebring from Coral Springs, FL. Helene was an elementary teacher in Coral Springs and retired from Lake Country Elementary, Lake Placid, FL. A member of St. Catherine Catholic Church. She also enjoyed teaching Tai chi at the Y.M.C.A. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Sullivan and is survived by her son, Michael J. Sullivan, Cape Coral, Fl; daughter, Megan E. Sullivan, Sebring; sister Ann Guinthwain, NH; grandchildren, Sean M. Sullivan, Michael T. Sullivan and Amanda M. Harmon; great granddaughter, Adrianna Harmon. Service will be held at a later date. Memorials are requested to St. Catherine's School or Good Shepherd Hospice. www.morrisfuneralchapel.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 24, 2016
Tobin, Jane  
Jane E. Tobin 1929-2016 PITTSFIELD Jane E. Tobin, of Pittsfield passed away Thursday on her 87th birthday at Albany Medical Center. An unexpected stroke decided to wisk her away. Born in Pittsfield, May 26, 1929, the daughter of the late Milton Nesbit & Theresa Gaffney Nesbit, she was educated in the local schools and graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1948. Continuing her education, she graduated from the former St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing. Jane was a nurse for 40 years at the former St. Luke's Hospital then at Berkshire Medical Center. She and her husband, John E. Tobin also owned and operated Peg's Square Dance Shop in Pittsfield. A member of the Red Hat Society, she enjoyed square dancing, bowling, ceramics, and her time volunteering in the kitchen on Monday nights for Bingo at St. Charles Church. She and her husband, the late John E. Tobin were married September 30, 1950. He died March 29, 1983. She is survived by her four children, Donna J. Prendergast, John "Jack" Tobin, Judy Sherman, and David Tobin, her eight grandchildren, William G. Prendergast, Carey Contini, Mandy Tobin, Darcy Tobin, Robert Tobin, Jeffrey Tobin, Zackery Tobin, and Nick Tobin, and her two great grandchildren, Sophia Contini and Kaleb Contini. Jane had a zest for life, she loved the sun on her face and the ocean between her toes and even the challenges of winter. Jane loved gatherings of family and friends and her outings with her Red Hat Friends. Jane's two favorite things in life were Christmas (and for those of us who knew her, knew that Jane could never have enough Christmas decorations) the other being York Beach Maine where she and John spent many years at their trailer until his death. Jane loved to travel. "Go enjoy life, get out and about, life is to be enjoyed. Life is a museum waiting to be explored." FUNERAL NOTICE There will be no calling hours. Jane's wish was to be cremated and her ashes scattered at Nubble Light in York Beach, Maine. A celebration of Jane's life will be held at a time and date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in her memory may be made to the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter in care of the Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Please visit www.dwyerfuneral.com to leave messages of condolences and remembrances.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 29, 2016
Tomasini, Rebecca  
Rebecca J. Tomasini 1971 - 2016 Rebecca Jennifer Tomasini of Oakland, California, died unexpectedly Wednesday while working and doing what she loved. Born in Dalton, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Paul C. and Helen R. Tomasini. A 1989 graduate of Wahconah Regional High School, Rebecca was already at a young age a prolific writer, actress, thinker, and advocate for social justice. She attended Our Lady of the Elms College before receiving her BA in English from Smith College in 1995. She lived in Athens (Greece), London, and New York before moving to California. She taught at Athens College in Athens and earned a MA in Renaissance Studies from the University of London in 1997. In New York she worked in the financial industry for Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and Cushman and Wakefield. Her passion for education drew her back to the classroom in 2001 and she moved to Los Angeles, where she passionately taught English Language Learners at Bell Gardens High School. She was awarded the California Association of Bilingual Educators' Teacher of the Year Award in 2002 and earned a second MA from Claremont Graduate University's School of Education in 2004. In 2007 Rebecca began working in educational reform, first in the charter school movement at the California Charter School Association, and then founding her own educational consultancy, the Alvo Institute, through which she helped schools personalize learning for students by integrating technology and data into inspirational, highly effective teaching. Rebecca was a fearless traveler, a phenomenal cook, a storyteller with uncanny comic timing, a lover of great music and books and art, and a fierce advocate for students, the mentally ill, survivors of sexual assault, and those whose voices were not as powerful as hers. She had a remarkable capacity for making and maintaining friends, for delighting in the accomplishments and idiosyncrasies of those she loved, and for connecting a vast network of friends across the globe. Rebecca devoted herself to the care of her ill mother for many years and inspired those around her with the energy and hope she brought to the last days of her mother's life. Rebecca radiated joy, positive energy and unconditional love. She was a gift to those whose lives she touched. Rebecca is survived by her father, Paul, brother, Eric, sister-in- law Kate, beloved nephew Charlie, a large extended family, an even larger group of dedicated friends, and Seymour, her faithful and spirited dog. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday May 31 st at St. Agnes Church, 489 Main St, Dalton, MA 01226. Receiving will be held starting at 10 am, followed by a service at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family by making a donation. https://www.gofundme.com/ "Remembering Rebecca Tomasini"
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 26, 2016
Ugelow, Marya Carey  
Marya R. Carey Ugelow 1953 - 2016 Marya "Mary" R. Carey Ugelow, 62, of Honolulu, HI, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on April 15, 2016. Marya was born June 9, 1953 and raised in Pittsfield, the daughter of Rosemary H. Carey and the late Robert R. Carey. She graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1971. Marya, exceptionally brilliant, continued her education amongst the first class of women at Williams College. After Williams, in 1980, she earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia). She was a member of the Rho Chi, an internationalhonor society forpharmaceutical sciences. After working a brief time as a pharmacist in Stamford, CT, she moved to Honolulu. In Hawaii she was a pharmacist for Kaiser Medical Center for 20+ years before retiring. She met her husband of 32 years, Dr. Stephen Ugelow at Kaiser. Her interests included traveling with her husband touring Europe, Africa and Asia. Although they went on many trips, France was always her favorite. Marya was an avid reader and history buff, particularly family history. She loved cooking, theater and music especially Motown and the NYC jazz scene. Marya was dedicated to serving her family, working nights for years and raising her step children. She also cherished her relationships with her grandparents, aunt, parents, siblings, nieces and nephews. Always keeping the needs and wants of others in mind; she loved to surprise her relatives with gifts. She is survived by her husband, Stephen Ugelow of Honolulu and step-children, Jennifer Ugelow of Detroit and Alexander Ugelow of Los Angeles, her mother, Rosemary Hughes Carey of Pittsfield, sisters Ann Carey and Kathy Carey of Pittsfield, sister Janet Carey Bentz and her husband, Dale Bentz of Frederick, MD, brother, David Carey of Carlsbad, CA, she also leaves nieces and nephews, Catherine Pratt and her husband Michael Pratt of Holyoke, Micaela Goodrich of Pittsfield, Daniel Goodrich and his wife Jillian of Fitchburg, Shreya Carey of Carlsbad, Janak Carey of San Diego, Isaiah and Samuel Bentz of Frederick, MD an two great nieces, Siena and Jacqueline Pratt of Holyoke. FUENRAL NOTICE: Last month, there was funeral service in Honolulu, Hawaii. There will be a memorial Mass, Saturday, May 28 th at 9:00 AM at St Mark's Church in Pittsfield with Rev. John C. Salatino officiating. We invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories by visiting the Marya Carey Ugelow's memorial at www.BorthwickOahu.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 26, 2016
Wandrei, Rita  
Rita A. Wandrei 1930 - 2016 Mrs. Rita A. (Pelletier) Wandrei, 86, of 4 Columbia St. Adams, died Wednesday evening, May 25, 2016, at Williamstown Commons. She was born in Salem, MA on May 19, 1930, a daughter of the late Nere and Anna (Simard) Pelletier, She lived in Worthington and Springfield as a child, and graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield. Mrs. Wandrei last worked at the former Waverly Fabrics in Adams, until retiring when it closed. Earlier, she had worked as a waitress at the former Evelyn's Dairy Bar and Mohawk Hotel in Adams. Before returning to Adams, she lived in Savoy for ten years, where she had served as the Town Treasurer. She was a communicant of the Parish of St. John Paul II at Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs Church, Adams, where she was a member of the Ladies of Ste. Anne, and was a former member of its Choir. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, making homemade doilies, and spending time with her family. Her husband, A. William Wandrei, whom she married on April 3, 1948, died on September 25, 1988. She is survived by a daughter, Deborah Witherell and her husband, Gary, of Cheshire; two sons, Thomas Wandrei and his wife, Catherine, of Savoy; and William Wandrei of North Adams; three sisters, Jeanette Goodwin of Springfield, MA; Constance Gittles of Punta Gorda, FL and Joan Beaver and her husband, Thomas, of Belchertown, MA; seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Deborah Wandrei. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 1st, at 9:00 AM from the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Notre Dame des Sept Douleurs Church, Adams, celebrated by Rev. Steven Montesanti, Pastor. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery, Adams. Calling hours are Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, 877 South St. Pittsfield, MA 01201. To leave a message of condolence, please go online to www.paciorekfuneral.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 27, 2016
Winterkorn, Michael  
Michael A. Winterkorn A graveside service for Michael A. Winterkorn, who died February 25, 2016, will be held Saturday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Joseph's Cemetery (Incarnation section) with Rev. John C. Salatino, Pastor of St. Mark Church, officiating. The DERY FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 26, 2016
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