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Lemay, Arlene A. (Kellyhouse) - MONTAGUE  
TURNERS FALLS - Arlene (Kellyhouse) Lemay, 87, of Fairway Avenue, died Tuesday January 13, 2015 at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. She was born in Colrain, Massachusetts (Griswoldville Village) on August 8, 1927 the daughter of Harvey and Bertha (Thompson) Kellyhouse. She attended school in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Arlene worked diligently at the Turners Falls Rod Shop and retired from Judd Wire Company as a supervisor after 30 plus years of service. Arlene loved to spend time with her family. Often, fondly speaking of family get-togethers and vacations. She had an incredible recollection of her younger days and would often reflect on those days with great joy. She was a generous and compassionate soul who was always willing to lend a listening ear. Among her survivors, Arlene leaves a son, Gary and his wife Denise of South Deerfield, her daughter Debra of Turners Falls, as well as four grandchildren, Joshua Lemay, Nicolas Lemay, Megan Pervere and Nathan Pervere. She also leaves behind two sisters, Catherine Berry and Jean Goldthwaite. Arlene also leaves one great grandchild, Farrah Lemay, as well as many nieces and nephews. Arlene was predeceased by her daughter, Laurie, her brothers, Harvey and Kenneth Kellyhouse, and her sister Barbara Berry. Services in celebration of Arlene's life, will be observed at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street, Turners Falls, with a Liturgy of Christian Burial on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, Pastor, will be the celebrant. Rites of committal and inurnment will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery, Turners Falls, MA. Visiting hours have been omitted. In lieu of flowers, expressions of affection are encouraged in the form of a charitable donation in Arlene's memory to the Dakin Humane Society, PO Box 6307, Springfield MA 01001. 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 Jan. 20, 2015
Lynch, Marisa (Hurd) - GREENFIELD  
GREENFIELD - Marisa Hurd Lynch, (born 6/20/1961), 53, of 25 Keegan Lane Condominiums, Greenfield, passed away Monday evening (1-12-2015) of cardiac arrest at Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield. Marisa was predeceased by her husband Richard Lynch, formerly of Easthampton, Her parents Sumner and Merrial Hurd of Millers Falls, her brother Ronald Hurd of Millers Falls, and sister Nancylou of Heath. She is survived by her brothers and sisters, Kevin Hurd of Millers Falls, who looked after her well-being for the past ten years. Duane and Bonnie Hurd of Greenfield, Sumner Hurd of Aurora, Co., Vernard and Donna Hurd of Keene, N.H., Marjorie and George Senn of Newington, Ct., Joyce and Deane Paige of Kissimmee, Fl, Dale and Debbie of Coopertown, Tn., Dennis and Jody of Hermon, Me., 17 nieces and nephews, 18 great nieces and nephews, her beloved cat Baby Girl, and her wonderful neighbors Eugene, Kelly, Peggy and Jeff. The family would like to acknowledge the following: Nurse Margaret Boone of the Overlook V.N.A., all the Home Health Aides from Collective Home Care, and all the Health Care providers at Valley Medical. Thank you for making Marisa's life a little easier. There will be a celebration and remembrance of Marisa's life on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. located at the family homestead at 443 Millers Falls Rd., Millers Falls, Ma. Donations to your local animal shelters are appreciated. Your condolences can be received at this time at hurdy443@yahoo.com "> hurdy443@yahoo.com .
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Published in The Recorder on Jan. 20, 2015
Marney, Charles H. - HATFIELD  
HATFIELD - Charles H. Marney passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at his home in Hatfield. He was born Feb. 27, 1942, in Lawrence, the son of Harold K. Marney and Mary (Salamon) Marney. He graduated in 1960 from Smith Vocational Agricultural High School where he learned the carpentry trade. He was enrolled in the ROTC program at school. After graduation he served in the Army National Guard of Massachusetts until 1966. He worked for various contractors in the area before starting his own carpentry business. After several years working as a contractor he went to work as a civilian employee for the Army Corps of Engineers. He retired in 2001. His work as a construction representative involved extensive travel throughout western New England. Charles was a member of the Florence Congregational Church, the Weekapaug Surf Casters, the National Rifle Association and the Leeds Civic Association. He was a former member and past president of the Northampton Lions Club and a former chairman of the Northampton License Commission. He belonged to the Gun and Bow Club of Claremont, New Hampshire, and the Northampton Country Club. In the past he was active in the Burgy Bullets Snowmobile Club and was recently honored by the Hampshire County Legends of Snowmobiling for his involvement in the club and for blazing the trails that are still being used today. Charles was an avid sportsman enjoying hunting, fishing, golfing and boating. He also had a love for antique cars and attended car shows wherever he traveled. He especially looked forward to his annual trips to Florida with his wife and fall trips to the Rhode Island shoreline with his family. He leaves his wife of 51 years Karen (Affhauser) Marney. He leaves a daughter Korrie Wilson of Worthington and her husband Robert and their daughter Skyler. Charles was predeceased by Korrie's son Jamie Higgins. He leaves two sons, Craig Marney and his wife Lisa of Williamsburg and their two children, Hannah and Heath, and son Chad Marney of Leeds and his son Jaiden. He also leaves twin sisters Helen O'Grady and her husband Gus of Florence, and Harriet Abrams with her husband Johnnie of Kentucky, and a brother George Marney of Williamsburg. Also dear to Charlie are his wife Karen's sisters and brothers and their spouses, Kris and Bill Celatka, Karyl and Michael Stachowicz, Kim and Kevin Larkin, Kurt and Jeanne Affhauser, Keith and Anna Affhauser, and Karl Affhauser along with many nieces and nephews. Besides his mother and father, he was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law, Helen and Donald Affhauser. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Florence Congregational church,130 Pine St., Florence. There are no calling hours and burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery later in the Spring. Memorial contributions in Charles' memory may be made to The Florence Congregational Church, 130 Pine St., Florence, MA 01062 or the new Massachusetts General Cancer Center to be built at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Checks should be made out to CDHCC and mailed to The CDH Development Office, 30 Locust St., P.O. Box 329, Northampton, MA 01061.
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Published in The Recorder on Jan. 20, 2015
Menard, Donald J. - GREENFIELD  
GREENFIELD - Donald J. Menard, 91, of 395 Adams Road and a resident of the Charlene Manor Extended Nursing Facility, 130 Colrain Road, died Monday morning, January 19, 2015 at the nursing facility, following a period of declining health. A native of Greenfield, MA, he was born on September 22, 1923 and was educated in Greenfield Public Schools, graduating in the Class of GHS in 1941. Donald furthered his education by attending George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He enlisted in the USA in December of 1948 and served honorably until his discharge in December of 1954, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Upon his return to civilian life, he accepted a position with the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) and retired in 1980 as a contract officer and details specialist. He was a former communicant of Holy Trinity Church, Greenfield, MA and a communicant of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Turners Falls, MA. He was pre-deceased by his brothers: Ronald (his twin) in 1986, Russell in 1997 and Frederick in 1998. Donald's greatest joy in life, was spending time family and friends. He leaves his sisters-in-laws; Angela Menard (wife of the late Frederick Menard) of Greenfield, MA and Theresa ""Grace"" Menard (wife of the late Russell Menard) of South Deerfield, MA. Additionally, he leaves several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and cousins to remember him with great affection. Donald is lovingly remembered by his time long friend, Jerry Presson and his family. In keeping with Donald's requests, a Liturgy of Christian Burial will be observed from Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 84 K Street, Turners Falls, MA, on Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM. Rev. Fr. Charles J. DiMascola, Pastor, will be the celebrant. Guests are asked to convene directly at the church in observance of the services. Rites of committal and burial will full military honors will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Greenfield, MA. A detachment of the 54th Massachusetts Army National Guard will provide military honors, assisted by the Hale-Clapp VFW Post #3295, of South Deerfield, MA to provide a firing detail. Visiting hours have been omitted. Expressions of affection in the form of a charitable contribution in Donald's memory are suggested to, the Mary Lyon Education Foundation, c/o Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 26 Ashfield Road, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370 to the attention of the ""Gertrude Streeter"" memorial fund. 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 Jan. 21, 2015
Pollard, Chief Paul R. - NORTHFIELD  
NORTHFIELD - Chief Paul R. Pollard, (Si'kwan Wuukgsit), 61, beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Teacher and Sachem, died Sunday 1/18/15 at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. Chief Pollard, of the Malecite First Nation, was a Wabanaki Grand Sachem from the Denis Clan, originating in Cacouna in Southern Quebec along the Ste. Lawrence River. He was sitting Wabanaki Confederacy Grand Council Chief and Malecite Grand Council Chief. Appointed to the Commission on Indian Affairs in 1990, as the Northeast Regional Representative, he has given much of his life to the education and spiritual advancement of native people in the Northeast. His life work has included being a founding member of the Legacy Resource Management Program for the National Defense Council on Education and established the US Army Educational program for the Native American culture at Fort Meade, MD. In 1994, as part of the Development Team for Regulations Definitions; he helped to define the current federal law for NAGPRA- the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act; the NARFA- The Native American Religious Freedom Act for repatriation of museum kept remains, sponsored by Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii. He was a founding member of the Seventh Fire Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultural and historical preservation of Northeast Native peoples. As a spiritual advisor to his people, Chief Pollard resided on ancestral Wabanaki territory his entire life. He sought to bridge the gap by encouraging and teaching a mutual understanding of the diverse practices of the native peoples in North America. Chief Pollard is survived by his wife, Nanci (Smith) Pollard, his two sons Paul R. III and his wife Danielle of Wrentham, MA and Kyle V. Wyman and his wife Shannon Eagle-Wyman of Jacksonville, FL, three daughters, Erin E. Slocik-McLaughlin and her wife Dawn Slocik of Turners Falls, Jaimie L. Handy and her husband Michael of Cobleskill, NY, and Megan A. McLaughlin of Tyler, TX, and two sisters, Carla M. Pollard of Portsmouth, NH and Melinda Pollard Oldham of North Carolina a brother, Lawrence Timothy Pollard of Boston. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Dylan McLaughlin, Tala Eagle-Wyman, Alexander Pollard, Kaloni Rain Eagle-Wyman, Riley M. Handy, Caden ""Kai"" Eagle-Wyman, Lilyanna Pollard and Liam Handy, many nieces and nephews including, Tahloni Yearwood, Cody Williams and Brendan, Mallory, Kimberly, Shelby and Rebecca Oldham. Chief Pollard was predeceased by his mother, Mary Catherine ""Ruby"" Denis, his father, Paul R. Pollard I, his sister, Anita Williams and his brother, John Pollard. A memorial service will be held Friday 1/23 at 11:30am at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 1 Kostanski Sqaure, Turners Falls. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family on the Nation Grounds at Tobique Reserve in Canada. Calling hours will be held Friday morning from 9:30 am until the time of the service at the funeral home. A reception will be held from 12:30pm-3pm at the Polish American Citizens Club, 46 South Main Street, South Deerfield immediately following the services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to The Chief Paul R. Pollard Family Fund at Greenfield Cooperative Bank, 63 Federal St., Greenfield, MA or at any Greenfield Cooperative Branch. Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Recorder on Jan. 21, 2015
Remillard, Robert G. - NORTHFIELD  
NORTHFIELD - Robert George Remillard, 91, of Pierson Rd., Northfield, passed away on Jan. 19, 2015 after a year and half stay at Hillcrest Commons, Pittsfield, Ma. surrounded by his family. He was born to Augustus and Amelia (Bergeron) Remillard on October 7, 1923 in Gill, Ma. Robert attended a one room school house in West Gill and graduated from Greenfield, Ma. High School. Upon graduation he was briefly employed by Millers Falls Tools until he became age to enlist in the U.S. Navy. Of his eight brothers and sisters, he was one of five that proudly served their country during World War II. During his entire enlistment he served aboard the battleship USS Wisconsin BB64. He was awarded ribbons for serving in the Pacific Theater and was given an honorable discharge. Upon returning home he went back to work at Millers Falls Tool. He married the love of his life Mary Bobee in Brattleboro, Vt. in 1949 and remained together until her passing January 17, 2015. As newlyweds they lived in Erving, Ma. before building their own house in Northfield, Ma. Robert remained employed with Millers Falls Tool/Ingersoll Rand/Rule Tool as a tool/die maker until his retirement in the 80's. He was also employed part time at Tri State Precision in Northfield and had seasonal jobs picking apples for the local orchards, summers at the Northfield Drive-In and grew Christmas trees. Robert enjoyed searching for evidence of earlier inhabitants in freshly turned fields and excavated building sites. He loved to learn of history, especially local history. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing, candlepin bowling, watching the Red Sox, hunting, fishing, and was passionate about enjoying the great outdoors. He was fortunate to have traveled throughout the country and other points around the world that he didn't see while serving his country. He looked forward to attending reunions for the battleship upon which he served to meet fellow shipmates. Gardening and bird watching were some of his other loves. He is survived by his daughter: Heather Kabaniec of New Hampshire, a son Jeffrey and his wife Sheila of Gill, Ma. and grandchildren: Dylan Grigsby and his wife Tammy of Montague, Ma., Joss (Grigsby) Rose of Greenfield, Jason Remillard and his wife Tammiann of Buchanan, NY and Zachary Remillard and his wife Theresa of Erving, Ma. and a great-granddaughter Shelby Rose and a great-grandson. He is also survived by his brother Kenneth Remillard and his wife Agnes of Bernardston, Ma. and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of his and Mary's life will be held at a time to be announced. There are no calling hours. Donations in his memory may be made to either the local Hospice or Franklin Co. Home Care, 330 Montague City Rd., Turners Falls, Ma. 01376. Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, Ma. is in charge of arrangements. To send condolences please visit www.kidderfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Recorder on Jan. 20, 2015
Rurak, Carroll - DEERFIELD  
DEERFIELD - Carroll Rurak, 95, of Greenfield Road, died Sunday (1-25-15) at the Buckley Health Care in Greenfield. Arrangements, under the direction of Kostanski Funeral Home, were incomplete at press time. Sympathy message available at kostanskifuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Recorder on Jan. 26, 2015
Shumway, Robert D. - COLUMBIA  
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Robert D .Shumway, 83, of Columbia, S.C., formerly of Westfield, Mass., died Saturday (1-24-15) in Columbia. A graveside service with full military honors will be at Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia at a later date. Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home in Shelburne Falls is assisting with arrangements.
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Published in The Recorder on Jan. 26, 2015
Smith, Michael D. - GREENFIELD  
Greenfield - Michael D. Smith, 50, died Wednesday 1/21/15 at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was born in Montague on January 18, 1965, the son of Robert E. and Nora M. (Chaisson) Smith. Mike attended local schools and was a graduate of the Franklin County Technical School Class of 1984. Mike was a jack of all trades. He enjoyed rebuilding snowmobiles and dirt bikes, motorcycles and barefoot waterskiing. Most of all, Mike adored his daughter Hannah. Among his survivors, Mike leaves his beloved daughter, Hannah Smith of Greenfield, two brothers, Stephen R. and his wife Ruth of Indianapolis, IN and Gary E. and his wife Francine of NY, two sisters, Patricia Smith and her husband Dennis and Kathleen Girgenti and her husband Mike, all of Athol, several nieces and nephews, his friend and caregiver, Christina Smith and his best friend Greg Podlenski, both of Greenfield. Funeral services will be held Thursday 1/29 at 10 a.m. at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal Street, Greenfield. Calling hours will be held Wednesday evening from 5-7 at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff at Baystate Medical Center for the care they showed Mike during his time there and to the staff at BJs in Greenfield for their care and concern. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Make A Wish Foundation 181 Park Avenue #12, West Springfield, MA 01089 Sympathy message available at www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Recorder on Jan. 27, 2015
Smith, Michael D. - GREENFIELD  
GREENFIELD - Michael D. Smith, 50, died Wednesday (1-21-15) at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Arrangements, under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home, were incomplete at press time. Sympathy message available at: www.kostanskifuneralhome.com
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Published in The Recorder on Jan. 23, 2015
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