WESTFIELD – Kathleen G. (Giles) Rider, 83, of Westfield, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
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She was born Dec. 21, 1930, in Montague, to Frederick and Mabel (Thayer) Giles. Kathleen grew up in Cummington and was a resident of Westfield for the past 62 years.
She was employed as a secretary in the Westfield Public School System for 29 years, retiring in 1994.
Kathleen enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She held a special fondness for the hill town agricultural fairs and enjoyed traveling as a statistician for the Eastern Draft Horse Association.
She leaves two sons, Frederick W. Rider, Jr., and his wife Beth of Agawam, and Thomas W. Rider and his wife Cindy of Vero Beach, Fla. Kathleen also leaves a brother Burton F. Giles and his wife Margaret of Arcadia, Fla., and three grandchildren, Jennifer Rider of Agawam, Thomas W. Rider, Jr., and Melanie Rider both of Vero Beach, Fla.
She was predeceased by a sister Joyce Roberge and an infant son William C. Rider.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad St., Westfield. Calling hours are omitted. firtionadams.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathleen's memory may be made to the
, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
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76 Broad St Westfield, MA 01085
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 18, 2014