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Benson, Helen - ORANGE  
ORANGE - A memorial service will be held on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Witty's Funeral Home for Helen J. (Peters) Benson, 86, formerly of Orange, who died on Jan. 11 at the Thomas Upham House in Medfield. The Rev. Megan Leary of the Orange Central Congregational Church will officiate. Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., is directing the arrangements.
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Published in The Recorder on Apr. 23, 2015
Bittner Jr., Paul W. - GREENFIELD  
GREENFIELD - Paul W. Bittner, Jr., 70, of Madison Circle died Sunday (4/19/15) at home. He was born in Greenfield on December 19, 1944 the son of Paul W. and Dorathy M. (Thrasher) Bittner, Sr. He was graduate of Greenfield High School the Class of 1963. He was a Vietnam War Era veteran serving from 1963-1966. Paul was employed at the Franklin County Jail and House of Correction for 35 years where he obtained the rank of Captain/Chief food inspection officer and retired in 2001. Following his retirement he was the number one driver for Adams Donut Shop. He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church. Paul very much enjoyed camping with family and friends. He also enjoyed cooking. Starting as a young teenager Paul loved the railroad and as his family grew ... so did his children and grandchildren. He loved the Red Sox and made many a trip to spring training for the Washington Nationals. He also was able to go to Game Two of the 2013 World Series. Paul's most favorite time was a visit from his children, grandchildren or friends. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years the former Marsha A. Drew, 2 daughters, Susan J. Cook and her husband Kenneth of Myrtle Beach, SC, Bethany Ann Bittner of Greenfield, 2 sons, Robert P. Bittner, Sr. and his partner Pam Dugas of Greenfield and Paul M. Bittner and his wife Barbara of Saratoga Springs, NY, grandchildren Matthew, Josh, and Sarah Cook her fiance Riston Donelson, Jessica Rock and her husband Alex, Robert, Justin and Sean Bittner, Josh and Andrew Acus, Mahalia Seaton and Resse Bittner. He also leaves his cousin, Rev. Robert W. Thrasher, brothers-in-laws, Sidney Drew and his wife Att, Mark Drew and his wife Carol, sisters-in-law, Sharon Tornow and her husband Bill, Mary Drew, Cyndi Banning an her husband Alan and several nieces and nephews and his faithful companions, Gracie and Jack. Funeral services will be held on Wed. (4/22/15) at Kostanski Funeral Home at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Holy Trinity Church with the Rev. Robert W. Thrasher, cousin, officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday (4/21) evening from 5-8 at the funeral home. In lieu flowers memorial contributions may be made to Baystate Franklin Medical Center c/o Oncology Dept. 164 High St.,Greenfield, MA 01301 or to Franklin County Sheriff's Office Regional Dog Shelter 10 Sandy Lane, Turners Falls, MA 01376. Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Recorder on Apr. 20, 2015
Bolaski, Eunice E. (Gallarani) - HOLYOKE  
HOLYOKE - Eunice E. (Gallerani) Bolaski, 94, formerly of Ashfield and Shelburne Falls, passed away on Thursday (4-23-15) at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home after a period of failing health. Born in Springfield on August 1, 1920, she was the daughter of Italian-born John and Pia (Cocchi) Gallerani. She was a 1939 graduate of West Springfield High School, and furthered her education at Metropolitan Hospital on Welfare Island, graduating in 1942. As a Registered Nurse, she entered the U.S. Navy, serving stateside from 1944 to 1946, at the Chelsea (MA), Norfolk (VA), Patuxent River (MD) and Brooklyn (NY) Naval Hospitals. During her service, she cared for John F. Kennedy and President Franklin D. Roosevelt's secretary. Eunice married Walter Bolaski in 1947, and worked as a maternity nurse at Wesson Women's Hospital in Springfield. She served as Assistant Director of Nursing, retiring in 1980. She enjoyed reading, quilting, travelling and socializing. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Debra Bolaski of Shelburne Falls and Miramar, FL; grandson Chase Bolaski and granddaughter Ashley Joseph and her husband Jacqueniel. She also leaves two brothers, Jordan Gallerani and wife Sandra of Ashfield and Vincent Gallerani of Florida, four nieces and several great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Walter on April 28, 1995. Calling hours for Eunice will be on Monday (4-27-15) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, 104 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Committal services will be private, at the St. Mary's Assumption Cemetery in Haydenville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Holyoke Soldiers' Home Trustees' Fund, 110 Cherry Street, Holyoke, MA 01040.
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Published in The Recorder on Apr. 25, 2015
Boulden Jr. , George A. - SUNDERLAND  
SUNDERLAND - George A. Boulden, Jr., 88, of 369 Montague Road, passed peacefully on Thursday morning, April 16, 2015 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loving family, following a period of declining health. A native of Leverett, MA he was born on February 16, 1927 to George A. Boulden, Sr. and Earla Mae (Ingraham) Boulden. He was educated in Montague Public Schools, graduating from Turners Falls High School in the Class of 1945. Some years later, George attended Greenfield Community College, where he attended classes to obtain his certification as a real estate broker. George was employed for 38 years by Warner Brothers, Inc. in Sunderland, MA from 1954 to his retirement in 1992, where he was a mechanic, head mechanic, equipment dispatcher and lastly as a purchasing agent. He was also the owner of Boulden Real Estate for several years. Civic minded, George was active in the community in numerous ways. He was a member of the Sunderland Fire Department as volunteer firefighter, as well as a reserve officer for the Sunderland Police Department from 1954-1960. He served the Town of Sunderland as a Civic Defense volunteer for many years and was on the Sunderland Elementary School Committee and Frontier Regional High School Committee from 1964-1971. He was a member of the Sunderland Park Committee from 1965-1966 and was an integral member of the 250th Anniversary & Parade Committee, where he served as the Master of Ceremonies. George also served on the Swampfield Historical Society and the Historical Committee for the Town of Sunderland. George was a former trustee of the North Sunderland Cemetery Association. He was a member of the 1st Congregational Church of Sunderland, where he was a trustee and moderator. George served as member of the deaconate, building committee and the endowment committee. He was smitten by the former Barbara E. Rose and they were married in the 1st Congregational Church on August 5, 1945 by Rev. William Crawford. George is lovingly remembered by his devoted wife, Barbara, of nearly 70 years, as well as their children: Carol Kushi and her husband Kenneth; Gilbert "Gib" Boulden and his wife Linda; son-in-law William Klaus, Jr., husband of their late daughter Susan who predeceased her father in 2013; Diane Zak and her husband Michael. Additionally he leaves 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, his sister Doris Rose and her husband Clarence and several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his sister Eleanor Sawin. Funeral services in celebration of George's life and many gifts will be observed on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from the 1st Congregational Church of Sunderland, 91 South Main Street, Sunderland, MA at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Barbara Seamon, Pastor, assisted by Rev. Verne Williams, Pastor of the Congregation of Grace Church, Turners Falls, MA. Rites of committal will follow in the North Sunderland Cemetery located on Route 47 North of the center of the village. The Boulden family will receive guests on Monday evening, from the McCarthy Funeral Home, 14 Prospect Street, Turners Falls, MA from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Expressions of affection are recommended in lieu of flowers in George's memory, to either the 1st Congregational Church of Sunderland, Attn: Bell Choir, P.O. Box 453, Sunderland, MA 01375 or to the Sunderland Fire Department, Attn: Restoration Fund of the antique REO, c/o Chief Robert Ahearn, 105 River Road, Sunderland, MA 01375. The McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, MA, have been entrusted with the arrangements. Guest book and condolence message available at: www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Recorder on Apr. 18, 2015
Brunelle, Linda (Blanchard) - ATHOL  
ATHOL - Linda (Blanchard) Brunelle, 94, of Athol, died Wednesday (4-15-15) at Baldwinville Nursing Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, at Our Lady Immaculate Church, 192 School St., Athol. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Road, Orange, MA. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady Immaculate Church, 192 School St., Athol, MA 01331. For more information or to sign an online guest book visit: www.fiskemurphymack.com.
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Published in The Recorder on Apr. 18, 2015
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