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Corinne Pierce Kiluk

1925-2013 Corinne Pierce Kiluk, 61 Dodge Avenue, Pittsfield.

Corinne was born February 6, 1925 in Springfield, MA to George and Amelia Pierce. She attended Regis College for her undergraduate degree in Social Work, but spent most of her time in the music room learning to play the harp and directing the Glee Club at Boston's Symphony Hall. She received her Master's in Guidance and Counselling from Springfield College and began her teaching career in a two-room country school in Connecticut where she taught multiple grade levels.

She married Mitchell V Kiluk in 1956 and they moved to Pittsfield. Her first job in Berkshire County was at WBRK where she played Merry Holiday. Raising six children took precedence for a few years and Corinne was a whirlwind of a mother; holding the center against the horses, dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters and turtles who infiltrated daily life with the children. Always the social butterfly, she enjoyed throwing large dinner parties with many friends, lots of family and a Stinger or two.

She joined the Pittsfield Public School System as a Guidance Counsellor, first on a part-time basis and then full-time at South Junior High. Known for her generous spirit, she took action and provided clothing for children in need out of her own pocket. After her retirement, former students would approach Corinne to thank her for all she had done for them and how much she changed their lives.

At the age of 55 Corinne began taking drama lessons at the YMCA and she called theatre "a whole new world of marvellous experiences." Her theatrical career culminated in the starring role in 'A Talent for Murder' at age 79. She found carrying the show just a bit much; her wry comment was that she learned a valuable lesson about getting what you wish for.

Retirement kept Corinne as busy as ever; she took up reading the newspaper for the Vision Impaired. Generous with her time, she also helped out in the soup kitchen at St Steven's church. She enjoyed reading and writing poetry.

Corinne led a full life and enjoyed riding horses, playing tennis, swimming, cross-country skiing, hiking, painting, and playing the piano. A devoted patron of the arts, she availed herself of all the Berkshires had to offer. In fact, her friend George said "she lived more lives than anyone else he knew."

She will be missed very much by her devoted children, Karen, Kathy, Donna, Susan, Mitchell, Jr (aka Gunnar) and Michelle as well as their partners in life; Nicol, Dave, Kevin, Laura. Her loss will also be felt by her much cherished grandchildren, Denielle, Eric, Olin, Katie, Mitchell, Abigail and Max, and great-grandchildren Cullen and Michalee. She was predeceased by husband Mitchell, sister Georgia Phil and brother Ted Pierce, and like them will be forever in our hearts. She will be remembered as a beacon of light to those who knew her and a source of inspiration for a life well led.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Corinne's memory to Sacred Heart Church's youth ministry.

FUNEARL NOTICE: A liturgy of Christian burial for Corinne Pierce Kiluk will be celebrated Friday May 31, 2013 at 11AM at Sacred Heart Church in Pittsfield MA, with the Father Peter Naranjo II officiating. Burial will follow in St. Jospehs Cemetery, calling hours will be held Thursday May 30, 2013 from 4-6PM at the WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME 220 EAST STREET PITTSFIELD MA in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Corinne's memory to Sacred Heart Church's youth ministry 191 Elm Street Pittsfield MA 01201.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 29, 2013
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