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Joan Barbara MacWhinnie

1932-2013 Joan Barbara MacWhinnie, 81, of 6 Elaine Avenue, Dalton, a longtime resident of Hinsdale, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at Berkshire Medical Center. Born in Pittsfield on February 12, 1932, the daughter of Terrence and Mildred McEachen Sweeney, she was educated in Pittsfield schools and was a 1950 graduate of Pittsfield High School. Mrs. MacWhinnie was employed by General Electric Company where she was a Quality Control Inspector. She retired in 1991 with 26 years service. For ten years, during that time, she served as Recording Secretary for IUE Local 255. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and she loved her pets. She also enjoyed spending the last ten years in Homestead, Florida, RVing, and was a member of the Good Sam Camping Club there. In earlier years, she enjoyed motorcycle riding. Mrs. MacWhinnie is survived by two daughters, Cheryl A. Blythe and her husband, Howard, of Enfield, Conn., and Laurie J. Michaels and her husband, William, of Dalton; three sons, Kevin Ellsworth and his wife, Linda, of Peru, Dale Ellsworth, and his wife, Nancy J. Griffin, of Dalton, and Brian Ellsworth and his companion, Sondra Harrison, of Hinsdale; eleven grandchildren, Peggy Ellsworth, Jeffrey Ellsworth, Shaun Ellsworth, Mitchell Ellsworth, Lindsey Ellsworth, Griffin Ellsworth, Annalise Ellsworth, Stephanie Goodman, Tricia Walker, Eric Campbell, and Bethany Hagmaier and her husband, Michael; six great grandchildren, Eric, Andrew, Jaxon, Aidan, Danielle, and Amber; as well as her former husband, friend, and traveling companion, Gene Ellsworth, of Dalton. She was pre-deceased by her second husband, Harry E. MacWhinnie, who died October 15, 2002. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Joan Barbara MacWhinnie will be held Saturday, December 14, at 9:15 a.m., from DERY-FOLEY FUNERAL HOME in Dalton with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., St. Agnes Church celebrated by Rev. Christopher A. Malatesta, Pastor. Burial will be in Maple Street Cemetery in the Spring. Calling hours will be Friday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dalton Ambulance and Rescue or to the Friends of Renal Dialysis both in care of the Funeral Home, 890 East Main Street, Dalton.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Dec. 12, 2013
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