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Olive Dragon

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Olive Dragon Obituary
SUNDERLAND, Mass. - Mrs. Olive Dragon, 97, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Born Olive Marguerite Roppe in 1920 on 235 Orange Street, Fall River, MA, she was the beloved daughter of the late Stella and Merrill Roppe. Olive graduated in 1932 from St. Rock's Parochial School in Fall River;
attended Madison Morton Junior High School from Sept. 1932 - 1934 and B. McDurfee High School from Sept. 1934 - June 1935. Mrs. Dragon's family moved from Fall River to Easthampton, MA in June 1935 where Olive graduated from Easthampton High School in 1939.
From June 1942 – 1945, Olive was appointed Chief Clerk for the Easthampton Rationing Board. On August 7, 1946 she was hired as stenographer to work with Town Clerk, Frank Janik. While employed in the Town Clerk's office, she also served as Secretary to the Board of Selectmen, Secretary to the Board of Health, Clerk of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Clerk of the Planning Board, Secretary to the Town Treasurer, Clerk for the Tax Collector, and was appointed a special police officer by Chief Frank Skrzyniarz in the 1960's. When Mr. Janik retired, Mrs. Dragon was appointed Acting Town Clerk. She was elected Town Clerk in1974 and re-elected every three years thereafter and was the first woman to serve in that position in Easthampton. She retired in 1983 after being employed by the Town of Easthampton for 36 years.
Olive married Godfrey A. Dragon from Easthampton on July 24, 1943. Following Olive's retirement, they resided during the winter months in Sarasota, FL and summer at their home in Portsmouth, RI. Following the death of her husband Godfrey, Olive married the late Frank Janik from Easthampton.
Mrs. Dragon was a parishioner and active in the Notre Dame Church in Easthampton and also in Portsmouth at St. Anthony's Church purchasing stained glass windows for both churches in her and Godfrey's name and her
parent's name.
Olive deeply cared for and treasured her family and will be greatly missed by all. Her relationship with her family was a constant source of joy and satisfaction and she looked forward to everyone getting together. She appreciated all that life had given her and considered herself to be a 'very lucky lady', never taking life's opportunities for granted. She will be sadly missed but remembered with love, gratitude, and admiration by family members.
Mrs. Dragon moved to the Arbors Assisted Living Facility in Amherst in September 2005 and later in 2011 to Cozy Corner Nursing and Rehabilitation facility in Sunderland, MA.
She leaves her dedicated, loving niece and primary caregiver for more than thirteen years Jeanne Lapan from Northampton, MA. Olive was godmother to Carol Tessier from MA, William Tessier from NH, and Janet Adamowicz from CT. She also leaves several cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her sister Marie (Roppe) Dougherty who passed away May 15, 2011.
Calling hours will be held at the O'Brien Funeral Home on Clark Street in Easthampton from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The following day, Mrs. Dragon will be driven to Connor's Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth. A calling hour will be held there Monday, May 7, 2018, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. prior to a 10 a.m. mass at St. Anthony's Church in Portsmouth. Olive will then be brought to her final resting place beside her late husband Godfrey in the mausoleum at Notre Dame Cemetery, 1540 Stafford Road, Fall River, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Charity Funds Committee, City of Easthampton 50 Payson Avenue, Easthampton, MA 01027.
Published in Newport Daily News from May 4 to May 5, 2018
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