SOUTH DEERFIELD - Herbert L. Sanderson Sr., 81, of South Deerfield, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening in Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
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He was born March 10, 1931, in Conway, the son of Harold and Irene (Peabody) Sanderson. Herbert was educated in Deerfield schools. He graduated from Deerfield High School in the class of 1948. He later entered the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War.
He married the former Marjorie Petroski in Holy Name of Jesus Church in 1955 by the Rev. Joseph Allen. All of their married life was in South Deerfield.
Herbert was a retired vice president of manufacturing at Mohawk Plastics. Prior to that, he was the plant manager at Oxford Pickle Co. for several years.
A member of Holy Name of Jesus Church, former president of the Parish Committee, and was active in many church affairs. He was a former commander of VFW Post 3295, a member of the Deerfield School Committee, a former Deerfield selectman and a corporator for Greenfield Savings Bank. He was a member of the South Deerfield Polish-American Citizens Club and a former coach and umpire of little league baseball. Herb was an avid sports fan and attended many local sporting events.
Besides his wife Marjorie, he leaves one son, Herbert Sanderson Jr. of Conway; two daughters, Lori Sanderson of Hampton, N.H., and Karen Sanderson of South Deerfield; one brother, Harold Sanderson Jr. of Zephyrhills, Fla.; one sister, Hazel Hardaker of Belchertown, and several nieces and nephews.
He will be deeply missed by his seven grandchildren: Erica, Sara, Jacob, Emily, Amanda, Jack and Sam.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. from the Wrisley Funeral Home, followed by a Requiem Mass at 10 in Holy Name of Jesus Church, celebrated by the Rev. Randolph Calvo. Burial will follow with military honors in Holy Name of Jesus Cemetery.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations in his memory are suggested to Holy Name of Jesus Church Capital Improvement Fund, 19 Thayer St., South Deerfield, MA 01373.
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 16, 2012