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Anderson, Elva Marie (Forester) - Pelham  
PELHAM - Elva Marie Foerster Anderson, 88, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at her home in Pelham, due to Alzheimer's related causes. Elva is survived by her children Gail Voshell of York, Maine, Noel Edward Anderson of Brookfield, Connecticut, Dulce Santos of Tolland, Connecticut, Gary Anderson of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and Keith Anderson of North Billerica. Elva was preceded in death by her husband Edward Everett Anderson. Elva is also survived by eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one step-grandchild. Her beloved dog Kiki also survives her. Elva was born Aug. 16, 1926, in Springfield, to William and Dorothy Foerster. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Education class of 1948. She also received a master's degree in music from Boston University, studying with renowned organist, George Faxon. Elva was a very lively, active person who was passionate about music, sports, and the beautiful Maine coast. She was a member of a hand bell choir and played piano and organ. She was a coach and teacher for the Skating Club of Amherst where she was the founder and director of the precision skating team 'The Valley Ice Chipettes'. She also taught ice dancing to people of all ages. She played tennis and golf. She especially enjoyed summering in their home in Ogunquit, Maine. Elva was passionate about, and an active supporter of, the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Elva and her husband Edward moved back to the Amherst area for their retirement years. She was champion for the food science department, cheered on the basketball, football, ice hockey and tennis teams. Watching the Minutemen Marching Band perform brought her joy. Elva was also president of the Pelham Historical Society. She was commended as one of Massachusetts' Unsung Heroines in 2008. No funeral service will be scheduled per her wishes. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cure Alzheimer's Fund ( http://curealz.org/in-memory/elva-anderson ) or to the Cooley Dickinson Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice organization ( http://www.vnaandhospice.org/vna/ways-to-help-vna.aspx ). 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 May 21, 2015
Blankenship, Dr. Jane - Pelham  
PELHAM - All friends of Dr. Jane Blankenship of Pelham, recipient of the Chancellor's Gold Medallion for Distinguished Faculty Teaching, are invited to a celebration of her life Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 1:45 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Marriott Conference Center, 11th floor of the campus center, Amherst. She is a nationally recognized scholar in political and contemporary rhetoric, and the preeminent interpreter of the philosophers and literary critics, Kenneth Burke, who died in 1993, and Everett Lee Hunt of "the Cornell School" of the new discipline of communication, who died in 1984. Born May 22, 1934, in Huntington, West Virginia, Jane would now be 81 years old. She passed April 24, 2015, in the Holyoke VNA Hospice from complications of her single-car crash, from which she never fully recovered in 2008. Friday's secular celebration will feature appropriate live music, anecdotes by anyone who wishes to speak, appetizers and beer and wine. Memorabilia from both her home study and Machmer Hall office in the department of communication will be on display. She is survived by her life partner of 28 years, Dr. Maureen Williams of Northampton, also a retired professor. Any donations to the Traumatic Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, 30 Lyman St., Westborough, MA 01581, would be most useful. 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 May 21, 2015
Brown Jr,., Kenneth W. - North Monmouth  
NORTH MONMOUTH, Maine - Kenneth W. Brown, Jr., of North Monmouth, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 26, at 9:15 a.m. from the Kostanski Funeral Home, 1 Kostanski Square, Turners Falls, Massachusetts, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh St., with Rev. Stanley Aksamit pastor officiating. Burial will be at Springdale Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday, May 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ken Brown Scholarship Fund, c/o Amanda M. Scola, 172 Wakefield St., Reading, MA 01867. Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com. 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 May 22, 2015
Culhane, Cornelius V. "Neil" - Northampton  
NORTHAMPTON - Cornelius "Neil" V. Culhane, a resident of Northampton for the past eight years, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015. He was 91 years old. He was predeceased by his wife Suzanne (Lorscheider) Culhane and their beloved daughter Laurie (Culhane) Tinsley. Neil was born Aug. 29, 1923, in Rochester, New York, to the late Cornelius P. and Margaret (Holland) Culhane. After graduating from Aquinas Institute with the class of 1941, he enrolled at the University of Rochester. After Pearl Harbor, he left the university and volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served with the 15th U.S. Air Force based in Italy, completing 35 missions throughout southern Europe. Among other medals, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. In recent years he has enjoyed several reunions with his B-24 crew, including hosting the crew at his house on Cape Cod. Following his return from the war, Neil attended Michigan State University graduating with the class of 1948. He joined the Burroughs Corporation in Detroit, Michigan, and spent 33 years in sales and sales management including time in New York and Boston. In 1987 Neil and his wife Sue retired to Pocasset, Cape Cod, where he was an active member of the Otis Advisory Council and the Tide Club of Pocasset. Neil leaves four children, Terry Culhane (Julie) of Northampton, Patricia DeAngelis (John) of Wellesley, Ann Culhane of Newton, and Clare Cornacchio (James) of Ipswich; along with 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; son-in-law David N. Tinsley of Sterling; and many loving nieces and nephews. It may seem like a cliché to say the deceased "lived for his family", but Neil did just that. His family was a tremendous source of pleasure for him. We would particularly like to thank all of our neighbors and friends who welcomed Neil to Northampton, and who quickly helped him feel like part of our community. Visitation will be this coming Friday, May 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Road, Northampton. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church located at 354 Elm St., Northampton. A private burial will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. 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 May 20, 2015
Dobias, Edward J. - Greenfield  
GREENFIELD - Edward J. Dobias, 90, of Barton Road, died Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Craneville Place of Dalton in Dalton. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Beaver Meadow Cemetery in Leyden. Memorial contributions can be made to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Regional Dog Shelter, 10 Sandy Lane, Turners Falls, MA 01376. Arrangements are under the direction of Kostanski Funeral Home. Sympathy messages available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com. 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 May 22, 2015
Flood, Vera (Kiena) - North Hatfield  
NORTH HATFIELD - Vera (Kiena) Flood of North Hatfield, died Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Highview of Northampton. Vera was born March 11, 1919, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the daughter of Theodore and Pauline Kiena. Vera with her husband Edward Flood, who passed away in 1977, owned and operated the former Pioneer Precision Optical Lab. Vera retired in 1997. Vera was active at the First Congregational Church in Northampton. She was also an member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Bethlehem Chapter #24. Her son Edward predeceased her along with her three brothers, Nicholas, Theodore and Samuel. Vera is survived by her daughter Kristine Herzig and her grandson Justin Herzig. A private burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery. The Mitchell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.mitchellcofuneralhome.com. 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 May 21, 2015
Haines, Dorothy R. - Florence  
FLORENCE - Dorothy R. Haines, 94, of Ryan Road, passed away peacefully Monday, May 18, 2015, at Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst. Dorothy was born Dec. 9, 1920, in Northampton, the daughter of the late Wilfred and Regina (Chouniard) Blanchet. She was a lifelong Northampton resident, attending local schools and graduating from St. Michaels High School here in the city. She was employed as a line worker and stapler for the former Pro Brush in Florence for over 40 years before retiring. She has also worked for a hat company in Northampton in her youth. Dorothy was a communicant of Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Florence. Along with her late husband, she was a member of the Florence VFW and the American Legion in Haydenville. She served on the ladies auxiliary for both the VFW and legion for many years. Her husband John F. Haines and a grandson Robert Haines predeceased her as well as all her siblings. She leaves her daughter with whom she made her home, Patricia Sikop of Florence, and her son John Haines and his wife Lori also of Florence. She also leaves three grandchildren, Mark, Judith and Brian Rogers and several nieces and nephews. At Dorothy's request, she will be interred in St. Mary's Cemetery at a private service. There are no calling hours. Donations in her memory may be made to the Haydenville American Legion Post 236, 5 Bridge St., Haydenville, MA 01039. The family has entrusted Dorothy's care to the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton. 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 May 20, 2015
Kamara, James N. - Granby  
GRANBY - James N. Kamara, 58, of 47 Morgan St., Granby, died Friday, May 8, 2015, in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was born Nov. 22, 1956, in Liberia, the son of Gbarnjah and Nangbeh Kamara. James was employed as an insurance agent for Mutual of Omaha Company. He was married to Juliette Solie and they made their home in Granby. Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Francois Haba and Julien Bama; four daughters, Abigail Kamara of Granby, Juma Kamara of Alabama, Alice Loua of Chicopee, and Makida Kamara; and two brothers, Alphonso Soe Kamara of Providence, Rhode Island, and Albert Kamara of Liberia. Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in the Newman Center, Amherst. Calling hours will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Newman Center. Arrangements by the Wrisley Funeral Home, South Deerfield. Expressions of sympathy at www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com. 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 May 20, 2015
Krowka, Frances S. (Muraszko) - Boonsboro  
BOONSBORO, Md. - Frances S. (Muraszko) Krowka, 96, of Boonsboro, passed from this life Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village in Boonsboro. Born May 30, 1918, in Northampton, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Slucarz) Muraszko. Her husband Stanley J. Krowka, preceded her in death Feb. 28, 2010. Frances was resident of New York City, for over 60 years, relocating to Maryland after the death of her husband. Frances enjoyed travel, gardening, cooking, and oil painting and had a smile for everyone she met. She is survived by two sons, James S. Krowka of Dexter, Oregon, and John F. Krowka of Boonsboro. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Zaik and Mary Nalwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 121 North Main St., Boonsboro. Rev. Juan Rubio will officiate. Frances will be laid to rest in a private ceremony next to her husband at St. Mary's Cemetery in Northampton, Massachusetts. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike in Boonsboro. Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at BastStaufferFuneralHome.com. 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 May 19, 2015
Locke, Eleanor Grose "Toni" - Oakland  
OAKLAND, Calif. - A memorial service for Eleanor "Toni" Grose Locke, who died Feb. 10, 2015, and is much missed by family and friends, will be held Saturday, June 13, at 1 p.m. at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House, 130 River Drive, Hadley, Massachusetts. The house is two miles north of Rt. 9 in Hadley on Rt. 47. 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 May 22, 2015
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