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March, Eleanor K. (Kosuda) - Greenfield  
GREENFIELD - Eleanor K. (Kosuda) March, 84, of Abbott St., peacefully crossed over from this life on September 20, 2016 with her loving and devoted daughter, Rebecca ""Becki"" Craig and niece Lori Drew by her side. Eleanor had suffered an injury at home and as a result was unable to recover due to complications. Eleanor was born in Sunderland on January 3, 1932 the daughter of Roman and Stella (Sabelawski) Kosuda. Because of her petite size her family lovingly gave her the name ""Tiny"" and she was raised in Sunderland as well as Brooklyn, NY by her mother and step-father George Goulet. She was a proud graduate of Amherst High School, although her diploma reads her given name as Rosemary Kosuda, she had changed her name to Eleanor. Those left behind to cherish her in memories include her daughter Rebecca ""Becki"" Craig, her niece whom she considered her second daughter Lori Drew both of whom she lived with and they cared for her every waking moment of every day, a godson whom she thought of as a son Gary Pajonk, an aunt, a nephew, two great-nieces, a great-nephew, cousins and second cousins as well as her cat Twitter and grandcats Peanut, Ralphie and Sally Mae. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, James March, brother Raymond Kosuda, a godson and nephew Michael Kosuda, and her son-in-law James ""Bear"" Craig. She was employed by the Greenfield Tap and Die for a number of years working in various departments until taking an early retirement. She had also previously worked for the Buxton Co. as a bookkeeper. Eleanor later assisted her daughter in the operation of her store ""Chameleons."" In her free time, Eleanor enjoyed refinishing furniture, knitting, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles, going to tag sales and flea markets, traveling with her husband and taking cruises with her daughter. She loved and respected animals and always cared for them in many ways. She loved and cherished her home and family. Eleanor was a communicant of the Holy Name of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church in South Deerfield. Eleanor's family would like to recognize and thank the EMT's and Paramedics of MedCare Ambulance, the Greenfield Fire Rescue and the Sheriff's Triad Department for their care, kindness and support over the last two months. Caring for others as if they were their own family is a gift that is truly appreciated and deeply comforting. At Eleanor's request, there will be no calling hours. If you wish to express your love and support to her daughter and niece, she asks you to do so at their home at anytime. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated for Eleanor and James March on their 56th wedding anniversary, October 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Holy Name of Jesus Church located on Thayer St. in South Deerfield. Inurnment of their cremains will take place at a later date at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. A special thank you to Wayne Gavryck, MD, Jonathon Thomas, Lynn Greguoli and Jaime Lucas Judge for being a source of comfort and support to Eleanor's daughter. In lieu of flowers, Eleanor's family requests donations be made to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society Spay and Neuter Program, PO Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101 or www.dpvhs.org , the Franklin County Sheriff's Dog Shelter, 10 Sandy Lane, Turners Falls, MA 01376 or www.fcrdogkennel.org , Franklin County TRIAD, 160 Elm St., Greenfield, MA 01301 or to the Holy Name of Jesus Church Heating Fund, 15 Thayer St., South Deerfield, MA 01373. Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home of Greenfield has been entrusted with the arrangements. To send a message of condolence or to light a candle, please visit www.smithkelleherfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Recorder on Sept. 28, 2016
McGraw Jr., Earl S. - Northfield  
NORTHFIELD - Earl S. McGraw Jr., 46, died peacefully after a long fought battle with Lung Cancer on September 21, 2016. Earl was born in Manhattan, NY on July 14, 1970 son of Ada May (Friday) McGraw and the late Earl McGraw. He graduated from Rhodes High School in NY in 1988 and attended Mitchell Junior College. He received a Bachelor's degree from North Adams State College and obtained his Master's degree from Keene State College in 2007. Earl married his soulmate, Roxanne Miller, on September 12, 1998, and made their home in Northfield. Earl started out his educational career at Frontier Regional High School in 1996 as a Social Studies teacher in their Alternative Program. From 1999-2002 Earl was a Social Worker at Dare Family Services. In 2002 he was employed at Mohawk Regional School. In 2003 he transitioned to Turners Falls High School as the Dean of Students and remained there until 2007. Earl had a brief but memorable stint with Donahue Elementary School, where he tried his skills with the younger kids. One day he came home and said ""I read to the second graders today and when they smiled none of them had front teeth!"" Although he was good with all students he felt he had a better rapport with middle school and high school students. In 2008 he returned to educating adolescents as the Dean of Students at Amherst Regional High School. In 2012 he worked at the Franklin County Technical School as their Dean of Students. In his last year of work, he returned to Turners Falls High School. (Go Blue!) Earl enjoyed sports and played basketball while in college. After college he enjoyed playing in the Men's Football League and made many lifelong friends on those cold mornings on Green River Park Field. He also played Semi-Pro football with the Blitzin' Bears for one year, but after having a second child decided he needed to hang up his helmet. He played in several basketball leagues and loved the competition and camaraderie. He coached his son Jalen's Basketball and Baseball teams and taught them not only the game but good sportsmanship and how to lose gracefully. As a player, coach, and educator, Earl was respected on and off the field for his competitive nature and winning attitude. He was a passionate fan of New York sports, namely his Yankees and Giants. True to his Bronx roots, he loved teasing his friends about their less than worthy Red Sox and Patriots teams. Earl was often noticed because of his brawn, but when you got to know him, you got to see that it was his huge heart and charisma that made him larger than life. Earl was a genuine, honest, kind, inspirational, one of a kind, Angel on Earth. He had the ability to connect with people and knew just what to say to make them feel special. Earl was a loving father to his two beautiful children, Kiana and Jalen. He will be forever etched in their hearts! Earl is survived by his loving wife of 18 years Roxanne (Miller) McGraw, daughter Kiana Rochelle McGraw, son Jalen Anthony McGraw, mother Ada May (Friday) McGraw, sister Hyacinth Gilead, niece Dionne Donawa who he thought of as a sister, nephew Austin Donawa who he thought of as a son, cousin/brother Fitzmorris Friday-McGraw. His in-laws Norman and Paula Miller, Roni (Miller) and Fred Anthony, Norman Jr. and Rebecca Miller. Niece Mariah Anthony, nephews Aiden Miller, TJ Cummings, Nolan and Sean Connors, and coming soon Leonidas Miller. Earl leaves many Aunts, Uncles, cousins and close friends he considered family. Earl was predeceased by his father Earl McGraw and his brother Terry Donawa. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to a local charity of one's choice. Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave, Northfield, MA is in charge of arrangements. To leave a condolence please visit www.kidderfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Recorder on Sept. 24, 2016
Meier, Joyce H. (Richardson) - Bradenton  
BRADENTON, FL - Joyce H. Richardson Meier, 88 years old, joined the Church Triumphant Friday, Sept 23, 2016. Born to Hattie Sibley Richardson and Fred L. Richardson in Greenfield, MA. Predeceased by her mother, father and three brothers, Donald of Shelburne, MA; Alfred of Placerville, CA and Lewis Richardson of Greenfield, MA. Attended Abercrombie two room schoolhouse in "Bingville" Greenfield MA where she met her future husband Edward H. Meier. Married in Shelburne MA in 1951. Celebrated their 65th anniversary at Greenbriar Nursing Home in Bradenton, FL. They had three children: Richard F. Meier of Sarasota, FL, Steven E. Meier of Rustin LA., and Diane J. Barry of Lee, MA. Four grandchildren: Toby D. Meier, Scott E. Meier of Bradenton, FL; Kristin L. and Kaitlin J. Barry of Lee MA and two great-grandchildren. Joyce attended Greenfield High School and moving to Shelburne MA graduated from Arms Academy in 1945 and Northampton Commercial College in 1947. Her main hobby was music and farming. She played clarinet in the high school bands, Pioneer Valley Junior Symphony Orchestra and joined the Manatee Community Band in Bradenton FL at age 71 playing for 10 years. In lieu of flowers donations can be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205 Arrangements have been made by Covell Funeral Home.
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Published in The Recorder on Sept. 27, 2016
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