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O'Connell, Bernard H. "Bun" - Tallahassee  
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Bernard ""Bun"" H. O'Connell, the son of late Charles G. and Beatrice (Berube) O'Connell was born July 11, 1925, in Northampton, Massachusetts, and died Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Tallahassee. He didn't suffer and passed peacefully in his sleep. He loved being active so the last few years were more challenging as age slowed him down. Bun grew up in Florence, Massachusetts, and as a youth, he loved to hunt and fish and hike the local hills and trails. He never lost his love for the outdoors and especially fishing. Just a few days before he died, he and his son Mark spent the day fishing on his boat in the Gulf of Mexico. He married Dorothy Faulkner in 1946. They both took up golf and it became their shared activity and the center of their social life for over 45 years. They loved to compete and were each proud that they had won one or more senior club championships and a number of couple championships. They had been married 66 years when Dorothy passed away in 2012. During World War II he served as a sergeant with the 5th Marine Division 13th Marines. He landed on Iwo Jima on D-Day and he witnessed the famous flag raising on Mount Suribachi that has become the iconic symbol of the Marine Corps. His unit also was first to land at Sasebo, Japan, in the invasion of Japan at the close of the war. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to Assault Troops of the Fifth Amphibious Corps, the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon, the Navy Occupation Medal and the Bronze Star. In 2014 he visited the World War II Memorial in Washington with his son Mark and his daughter-in-law Penny and then toured the Marine Corps Museum where they discovered he was in several photographs displayed in the Iwo Jima Section. He was always a proud Marine. Bun served on the Northampton Board of Assessors for over 20 years and retired as the chairman of the Board of Assessors in 1987. He also was a long time co-operator for the Florence Savings Bank and served on the parish council of the former St. Mary's Church. He was a life member of the 991 Lodge of Elks in Northampton, Massachusetts. Bun is predeceased by his wife Dottie. He is survived by four sons, Daniel and his wife Debbie, Chuck and his wife Dottie, and Kevin, all residing in Haydenville, Massachusetts, and Mark and his wife Penny in Tallahassee. He leaves eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He always kept a special place in his heart for his grandson Danny who passed away way too early from Cystic Fibrosis. He is also survived by his brother Alan. His brothers Charles and Phil predeceased him. The Faith Funeral Home in Havana, is in charge of arrangements. There will be a memorial service in the fall at the convenience of the family.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette from July 27 to July 28, 2016
Otto, Kathleen A. - Lake Pleasant  
LAKE PLEASANT - Kathleen A. Otto, 72, of Turner Street, died Friday, July 15, 2016, at home. A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 31, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Kostanski Funeral Home, 1 Kostanski Square, Turners Falls, with the Rev. Dan Johnson, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Greenfield, MA 01301, or to the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter, 10 Sandy Lane, Turners Falls, MA 01376. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home. Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com. To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to legacy.com/obituaries/gazettenet.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 27, 2016
Parsons, Shirley M. - The Villages  
Shirley M. Parsons, 81, of The Villages, Florida, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016. Mrs. Parsons was born April 19, 1935 in Newark, NJ to Frank and Ethel (Holland) Oliverie. She had worked in many different fields from waitressing to owning and operating small businesses. Shirley married in 1984 and moved to Volusia County, Florida, from Northampton, Massachusetts, and then to The Villages in 2001. She was Catholic and loved making ceramics and going to craft shows. Survivors include her loving husband of 32 years, Kirk; children, Michael and Cynthia Brousseau of Rincon, Georgia, Lisa Brousseau of Sanford, Maine, Beverly and Bruce LaBonte of Amherst, Massachusetts, Jeffery and Carol Parsons of Northampton; sister, Barbara McKee of Toronto, Canada; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Along with her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her son, Rick and four siblings. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in Shirley's name to Cornerstone Hospice, www.cshospice.org. Online condolences may be share by visiting www.bankspagetheus.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Banks/Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations in Wildwood, Florida. To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to www.gazettenet.com/obituaries.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 25, 2016
Petersson, Suzanne Straub "Suzy" - Northampton  
NORTHAMPTON - Suzanne Straub Petersson, better known as Suzy, died peacefully June 23, 2016, after a brief illness. She was surrounded by immediate family. Suzy is missed deeply by her brother John Straub and sister Anita Straub Darrow, her children Kris, Mark, Erika and John, her eight grandchildren, and her friends of all ages. Her first great-grandchild Torsten Irving Cohen, arrived 13 days after her death. Suzy grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, and was a 1944 graduate of Smith College. She went on to study at the University of Chicago where she met Robert Torsten Petersson, a young professor; they married in 1946 and were together for over 64 years, until Bob's death in 2011. Suzy and Bob returned to Northampton in 1952, when Bob joined the Smith faculty. Over the years, their houses here and on Cape Cod were crowded with friends who shared their delight in Italy, literature, art, film, and just good partying. With her children grown, Suzy served we the public as an educator and activist. She worked for the city schools and the Massachusetts education department. She was elected to the Northampton School Committee and stayed active in local and state Democratic politics for many years. A late life passion for the Russian language and culture brought her new friends in Russia and throughout New England. Suzy was known for her beauty, which was legendary and which embarrassed her. She was and is loved for being so real. Though her knowledge and appreciation for the visual was deep and expansive, Suzy put it simply with some interesting words, "Pictures are real to me." Memorial celebrations will be held in Truro, in August and in Northampton in September. The family invites those who knew Suzy to contribute, if they wish, to a plaque on the bench at Look Park already dedicated in Bob's memory. Look Memorial Park, memo: Suzanne Petersson, 300 N. Main St., Florence, MA 01062. The family also encourages donations in her name to support the gentle work of Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002. To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to legacy.com/obituaries/gazettenet.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 27, 2016
Scagel, John R. - South Deerfield  
SOUTH DEERFIELD - Leonard R. Scagel, 61, passed away suddenly Thursday, July 21, 2016. He was born in Northampton, to the late Roy and Lila (LaRose) Scagel. He graduated from Northampton High School in 1972 and went on to graduate from Springfield Technical Community College majoring in telecommunications and then he went on to work for WGBY for seven years. More recently he worked in housekeeping at the VA Medical Center in Leeds for over 25 years. He had a great love for music of all kinds, especially Bruce Springsteen whose concerts he attended countless times. He enjoyed traveling, and had a love for history. He leaves behind his sisters Cynthia (Scagel) Stone and her husband Peter of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, and Lisa (Scagel) Simoneaux of South Deerfield; his niece Olivia Simoneaux; his nephews Matthew and Shaun Martineau; his great-niece Ella Martineau; his great-nephews Zackary Martineau and Michael Henry; his godparents Jean and Alvin Rejniak of Northampton; as well as an uncle, an aunt, many cousins and friends. There will be a celebration of life Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. at the Bluebonnet Diner, 324 King St, Northampton. Because of Len's love of the 60's era, he was a big fan of tie dye. We encourage you to wear some, as that would make his heart happy! To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to legacy.com/obituaries/gazettenet.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 28, 2016
Smith, JoEllen L. (Snyder) - Williamsburg  
WILLIAMSBURG - JoEllen L. (Snyder) Smith, 77, of Williamsburg, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016. Born July 1, 1939, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, JoEllen was the daughter of the late Denton and Ellen (Kuschan) Snyder. She was the admitting registrar for the Cooley Dickinson Hospital for 35 years before she retired in 2007. JoEllen is survived by her partner Diane Truesdell of Williamsburg; son Robert Ray Grant and his wife Kim of Hudson, Florida; daughter Pamela Neal of Hadley; brother Lee Snyder and his partner Jeffrey Reese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren; and a step-brother and a step-sister. All services are private. The Ahearn Funeral Home in Northampton is in charge of arrangements. To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to legacy.com/obituaries/gazettenet.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 28, 2016
Warner, Dwight Patrick "Pat" - Westhampton  
WESTHAMPTON - Dwight Patrick Warner, 93, of Westhampton, passed away July 10, 2016. "Pat" Warner was predeceased by wife Marjorie in 2009 and is survived by children Andrew and Susan and daughter-in-law Benilda, as well as grandchildren Matthew, Nathaniel, Gilberto and Patrick. Pat was born in Ohio and grew up in California. As a teenager he supported his family during the Great Depression delivering newspapers on a bicycle route. He joined the Navy to serve in World War II and was deployed in the South Pacific. After the war, Pat went to Columbia University in New York City, where he earned a degree in engineering. That is also where he met and married his wife, Marjorie Northup, in 1951. In 1952, Pat and Marjorie moved to New Jersey. Through the late 1950s and into the 1970s, Pat's job with Exxon brought them overseas, where they moved every year or so to a different Europe city. It was during this time that Pat and Marjorie raised their family, which included many cats. While in Europe, Pat cultivated his passion for automobiles, owning multiple European sports cars and following Formula 1 racing. Following Pat's retirement, he and Marjorie moved to Westhampton in the 1980s to be closer to their grandchildren. Pat and Marjorie spent the next 20 years enjoying their house, their renowned gardens, their family, their cats and dogs, as well as volunteer activities supporting the local community. After Marjorie's death, Pat stayed in their Westhampton house as long he was able to before moving in with his son Andrew in Arlington, Virginia, where he was wonderfully cared for by his daughter-in-law Benilda. Pat was always polite and retained his sense of humor though it all, thanking caregivers in the hospital and joking with ambulance attendants. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. There will be a grave side service Sunday, July 31, at 5:30 p.m. in the Westhampton Cemetery. Donations in Pat's memory may be made to Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice. To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to legacy.com/obituaries/gazettenet.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 28, 2016
Woodard, Joanne (Demers) - Northampton  
EASTHAMPTON – Joanne (Demers) Woodard, 61, of Dartmouth Street, passed away on July 23, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Northampton and is the daughter of the late Joseph and Emily (Marhefka) Demers. Joanne had worked as a certified nursing assistant for Elaine Manor at Hadley. Joanne leaves her husband Michael L. Woodard Sr.; her sons Michael L. Woodard Jr. and his wife Cynthia of Easthampton, and Jeffery W. Woodard of Northfield; her brothers Joseph Demers Jr. and his wife Carol of Easthampton, Garry Demers and his wife Kathy of Westfield, Wayne Demers of Chicopee, and Mark Demers and his wife Kim of Holyoke; her sisters Linda Witherell of Westfield, Donna Slawski and her husband Daniel of Easthampton, and Lisa Denardo of Springfield; step-daughter Leigh-Ann Huey of Florence; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her sister Tina Petifer. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Boucher-O'Brien Funeral Home, 7 Pleasant St. in Easthampton, followed with burial in St. Brigid's Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations in her memory maybe made to the American Cancer Society. To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to www.gazettenet.com/obituaries.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 25, 2016

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Bak, Linda - Northampton  
NORTHAMPTON - Linda Bak, 61, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016. A full obituary will run in Tuesday's edition of the Gazette. The Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton is in charge of the arrangements. To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to legacy.com/obituaries/gazettenet.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 23, 2016
Carpenter, Russell Field - Williamstown  
WILLIAMSTOWN - Russell Field Carpenter of Williamstown, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016 ,at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, Vermont, where he had been a resident for six months. After a period of declining health, he finally succumbed to the complications of Parkinson's disease. He was born in 1932 in New York City, the son of Dr. Russell L. Carpenter and Elsie Stuart Clark Carpenter. With his family he moved in 1938 to Medford, when his father was appointed professor of zoology at Tufts College (now Tufts University). He grew up on the campus of Tufts, which was a major influence in the course of his later life. He graduated from Belmont Hill School in 1950 and Williams College in 1954. He worked briefly for Vick Chemical Company before serving two years as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force at Hanscom Field in Bedford. In 1958 he joined the staff of St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., as director of development, beginning a 39 year career in academic fund raising. In 1959 he was named staff associate for the Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges (CASC) in Washington, where he met his wife-to-be, Mary Jo Pugh. They married in 1961 and shortly after moved to Northampton, where Russ was named assistant, then associate director of development and public relations at Smith College. He remained at Smith for 10 years, where he became the first secretary of the college in 1964. In 1971 he joined the staff of WGBY-TV, a new public television station being established in western Massachusetts by WGBH-TV in Boston, as its first director of development and community relations. His duties included on-air fund raising and playing the role of auctioneer in its live auctions, which appealed to his love of the theater. Feeling the pull of academia, he and his family moved in 1975 to Burlington, Vermont, where he became the first director of development at the University of Vermont. Continuing his interest in public television, as a volunteer he helped Vermont Educational Television produce its first on-air auction, once again assuming the role of auctioneer. In 1978 he returned to his alma mater, Williams College, serving as associate director of development until his retirement in 1997. In 1995 he was awarded the Eleanor Collier Award by the New England District of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. His particular responsibility in later years was guiding classes of the 1940s through their 50th reunions, resulting in many friendships with alumni of the war years. In Williamstown, he served as chairman of the town's Cable Advisory Committee and learned of the availability of funds provided by the cable company for local public access television. His experience in public television inspired him to help establish Williamstown's public access station which he named Willinet. He served as president of its board and once again relished on-air appearances, including that of the "man in the street" at July 4th parades and annual Christmas walks. Throughout the years, Russ was elected by his class of 1954 at Williams College to many volunteer roles: class treasurer, class secretary (winning the Thurston Award for outstanding class secretary in 1989), class reunion chairman for multiple years, including the 50th reunion, class vice-president, and class president. In his retirement he merged his television experience, his fund-raising expertise, and his interest in the genealogy of his family, the Fields of Stockbridge, with the goal of producing a documentary for public television. His advancing illness prevented completion of the project. Russ is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Jo Pugh Carpenter, and three children and their spouses, Jonathan Field Carpenter of Natick, David Russell Carpenter (Molly Ring Carpenter) of Brunswick, Maine, and Katherine Stuart Tokarewich (John Tokarewich) of Bartlett, Illinois; as well as five grandchildren, Lauren, Nicholas and Jacob Tokarewich and Julia and Anna Carpenter. He also leaves a sister Cynthia Carpenter McFadden, and her partner Duncan Craig of Meredith, New Hampshire, a brother-in-law John S. Pugh and his wife Ruth Pugh of Virginia Beach, Virginia; many nieces and nephews; and two cousins. He is predeceased by an infant granddaughter Elsie Thomas Carpenter. Private burial will be in the Williams College Cemetery. Arrangements are by Flynn and Dagnoli Funeral Home. A gathering of family and friends is planned for sometime in the fall and will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Willinet or Williams College. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com. To sign a Guest Book, express condolences, share memories and read other obituaries, go to legacy.com/obituaries/gazettenet.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 23, 2016
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