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Ottelia "Ottie" Goncher 1925-2012 Mrs. Ottelia J. "Ottie" (Kwasnicke) Goncher, 86, formerly of 7 Edward Ave. Adams, died Thursday afternoon, June 21, 2012, at North Adams Commons. She was born in Adams on November 26, 1925, a daughter of the late John and Julia (Satko) Kwasnicke. She attended schools in Adams, graduating from the former Adams High School in 1944. She then graduated from the Mansfield Beauty Academy in Springfield , and later, from Bruno Beauty Academy in Montreal, Canada. Mrs. Goncher was a self-employed hairdresser, operating Ottie's Beauty Shop in Adams for 40 years, until retiring in 1985. She had also worked at the former England Bros. Department Store Beauty Shop in Pittsfield, and was Style Director for the Massachusetts Cosmetologist Association for 4 years. She had been a communicant of the former Parish of Notre Dame & St. Thomas Aquinas, Adams. Her husband, Frank J. Goncher, whom she married on May 3, 1947, died on January 1, 1998. She is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and many cousins, including Lois Lillie and Patricia Strzepek, both of Adams, who were Ottie's guardians. She was predeceased by her sister, Shirley Beauchamp. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 26th, at 10:30 a.m. from the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in the Parish Church of Blessed John Paul the Great, Adams, celebrated by Rev. Daniel J. Boyle, Pastor. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery, Adams. Calling hours are Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Pope John Paul Food Pantry, PO Box 231, Adams, MA 01220. To leave a message of condolence, or for directions, please go online to www.apsfuneralhome.com

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 23, 2012
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