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Mitchell Funeral Home
15 Park Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Tel: 413-527-0872

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Edward C. Searle, Jr.

Edward C. Searle, Jr. 91, of Southampton passed away Saturday Nov. 3, in Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. He was born in Westfield Oct. 8, 1921 the son of the late Edward C. , Sr. and Lizelle Hill Searle. He was a self-employed farmer on land that was farmed by seven generations of Searles before him. He especially enjoyed working with his horses while working operating Wolf Hill Apple Orchards and a dairy herd, logging and operating a sawmill and producing maple syrup. He was known for his good humor, his appreciation for the environment and devotion to his family. He enjoyed traveling, attending family events, gardening, fishing and tinkering with his machinery. Ed was employed for a time by Lyman Sheet Metal Co. of Southampton from 1967 to 1986. He was a lifetime member of Southampton Congregational Church, becoming a member in 1935. He enjoyed listening to music and performed locally in his youth on guitar, saxophone, trumpet and banjo. He called local square dances and later was a member of the Allegro singing group.

He attended local schools in Southampton, and Westfield High School, graduating from Mount Hermon in 1939 and Stockbridge School of Agriculture (Amherst) in 1941. For many years he served on the Three County Fair Board of Directors.
He was predeceased by his wife Genevieve Nacewicz Searle on July 1, 2012.

Ed is survived by two sons Barry Searle of Southampton, Ted Searle of Vermont., and three grandchildren Annie Searle of Pittsburgh,PA., Nathaniel Searle of Brookline, MA., and Laura Searle of Queens, NY. He was predeceased by one sister Mary Searle Carroll in 2001. He leaves one brother Myron of Southampton and several nieces and nephews.
A private family graveside service was held on Nov. 18th. A celebration of Ed’s life will be held in Southampton Congregational Church on Saturday Jan. 26, 2013 at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ed’s memory may be given to the Winding River Land Conservancy, Post Office Box 1836, Westfield, MA0l086.

Mitchell Funeral Home of Easthampton in charge of arrangements.

Charles W. Bartley

Charles W. Bartley, 74, passed away peacefully at his Easthampton, MA home Friday, Nov. 30th, surrounded by family. He was born in Danbury, CT., Nov. 6, 1938, the son of the late Charles A. and Rebecca M. (Blean) Bartley. Charlie was a long time resident of East Longmeadow, MA, later moving to New Hampton, NH. to live and fish on his beloved Lake Winona and spent his last year in Easthampton to be closer to his family.

Charlie was an early adopter and pioneer in the computer industry where he briefly worked for NCR at their Springfield office before opening the doors of his own business, The Professionals' Data Services, Inc. located in East Longmeadow. Over the course of 31 years, Pro Data grew to be a successful enterprise that brought Charlie much joy and satisfaction as President and CEO, while providing employment to many local residents. Charlie was an active member of the Rotary Club and was a founding member of the National Exchange Club of Suburban Springfield MA and thoroughly enjoyed handing flags out to the children attending the East Longmeadow July Fourth parade. Charlie proudly served as Selectman for the town of New Hampton, NH. He was a member of the Congregational churches of both East Longmeadow, MA and Plymouth, NH. Like any mortal man, Charlie was powerless to resist the nagging tug of his own midlife crisis, indulging himself not with a candy-apple red convertible, but rather with a hydroplane, cheating death on several occasions as he skimmed across the water at speeds easily topping 70mph.

Charlie was a true gentleman who lived a vibrant, rich, full life which he built around his family and many friends. He is survived the wife he adored for close to 52 years, Sara Lee (Elliott) Bartley as well as his three cherished children: Christopher Bartley and his wife Lucy of East Longmeadow, William C. Bartley and his wife Shulammite of Weston, CT., and Sara (Bartley) Quigley and her husband Paul of Easthampton. Charlie also leaves the grandchildren he loved so much: Jennifer, Amarilys, Peter, Avery, Katherine and Eleanor, as well as one great grandchild, Angelisse. There will be a celebration of Charlie's life to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016, or to the incredible VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060. Finally, consider organ donation - the gift of life - (www.organdonor.gov) as Charlie's bumper sticker stated, "...heaven knows, we need them here."

Karen B. Stifter

Karen B. Stifter 53, of Echo Lane, Easthampton died Monday Nov. 12th in Mercy Hospital, Springfield. She was born in Chicago, IL., June 4, 1959. She was a resident of Easthampton for several years.
She is survived by her parents Charles and Debbie Stifter of Marshfield, one brother Joseph A. Stifter of San Antonio,TX.
Services and burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Gifts in Karen’s memory may be given to Dakin Animal Shelter, 163 Montague Road, Leverett,MA.0l050.
Mitchell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Helen Mills

Helen Mills 88, of Easthampton died Saturday Nov. 10th at Calvin Coolidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Northampton. She was born Aug. 15, 1924 in Southampton the daughter of the late Stephen and Katherine Rogowska Derwiecki. She attended Southampton Schools and graduated from Easthampton High School. Helen was a longtime communicant of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and the Holy Rosary Sodality of the church, taught CCD classes and was a co-chairman of the church’s Annual Polish picnic. Helen was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Church in Easthampton. Helen retired as

Executive Secretary for Savage Arms in Westfield.

She is survived by two sons Larry Mills of Queens, NY and Franklin Wesley Mills of Venice, CA., one brother Edward Derwiecki of Easthampton, two sisters Dorothy Florek of Easthampton and Adelia Derwiecki of Southampton, 2 grandchildren Carly and Nigel Mills, nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be Thursday Nov. 15 at 9am in Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton with the Holy Rosary Sodality reciting the Rosary at 9.am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in Our Lady of the Valley Church, burial will be in St.

Stanislaus Cemetery both of Easthampton.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 8.30 am until the time of the Rosary.
In lieu of flowers gifts in Helen’s memory may be given to Holy Rosary Sodality, c/o Our Lady of the Valley Church, 33 Adams Street, Easthampton, MA.0l027

Dennis A. LaFreniere

Dennis A. LaFreniere 70, of Easthampton passed away on Wednesday Oct. 24 in Baystate Medical Center, Springfield. He was born in Northampton May 31, 1942 the son of Dennis S. LaFreniere and the late Dorothy Emrick LaFreniere. He was employed in maintenance at Smith College, and he was a Vietnam Era War Veteran.

Besides his father of Florence, Dennis is survived by one daughter Lynn Ann LaFreniere of Easthampton, one brother David LaFreniere of GA., three sisters Judy Wanczyk of Florence, Linda Major and Darlene Kellogg of Northampton and he was predeceased by one brother Bruce LaFreniere. Dennis also leaves three grandchildren of North Carolina, Joshua, Tyler and Alicia. He was also predeceased by his soul mate Maureen Carey of Easthampton and survived by her daughter Stacey Grocott of NY., and her daughter , Alyssa Grocott, both of whom were major part of his life for many years.
Dennis was a devoted Red Sox and New England Patriot fan. He was an avid bingo player. He was also a dedicated candlepin bowler at Pioneer Lanes in Hatfield for many years. Dennis was a hard worker all his life, a very giving person and loving friend who will be missed very much.

Friends may call at Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton on Friday Nov. 2 , from 6-8pm. Burial will be in Agawam Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Monday Nov. 5th at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Dennis’ memory may be given to the American Cancer Society, 59 Bobala Road, Holyoke, MA0l040

Mary D. Rogers.

Mary D. Rogers, 57, of Sunderland, MA, died Sunday October 28 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was born on August 15, 1955, in Northampton, the daughter of the late William F. and Delia (Vitkauskas) Wasilauski. Mary attended Southampton Schools and graduated from Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton. She was employed as a Teller by Greenfield Savings Bank and was previously employed in sales with the former Caldors of Northampton. Mary and Gilbert Rogers were married on Oct. 16, 1982 in Blessed Sacrament Church, Northampton, and they celebrated their 30th Anniversary on Oct. 16, 2012 in Baystate Medical Center's Chapel, renewing their vows before family and friends, including medical staff.
Mary enjoyed traveling and camping with Gil, candlepin bowling, and singing. She was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Westhampton Singing Society. She sang in the musicals “Kiss Me Kate" and “Yeomen of the Guard” and also participated in madrigal singing.

Besides her husband Gilbert J. Rogers, Jr., Mary is survived by one son, David V. Rogers, at home; one brother, William R. Wasilauski (wife, Barbara) of Queensbury, NY; one sister, Barbara Conway of Westfield; one goddaughter, Natasha Sysko, and dear friend, Wendy Sysko, of Chesterfield; an uncle, Stanley Wasilauski of Sunderland; an aunt, Ann Wasilauski of Easthampton; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral will be Friday Nov. 2, at 9 AM in the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Blessed Sacrament Church, 354 Elm Street, Northampton at 10 AM. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Northampton.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday Nov. 1, from 4-7 PM.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Mary’s memory may be given to American Cancer Society, 59 Bobala Road, Holyoke, MA 01040.

Joseph R.Ducharme

Joseph R. Ducharme 94, of Fairfield Ave. Easthampton passed away at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke on Friday Oct. 19th. He was born in Danielson, CT., August 26, 1918 the son of the late Joseph and Rosalie Frichette Ducharme. He came at an early age with his family to Easthampton where he attended Easthampton Schools. Joseph was a WW11 Marine Corp Veteran, joining the Corp in 1940, at the age of 21 and serving his country for five years. He was a member of the former Notre Dame Church now a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton. His loving wife of 51 years, Rita D. Bushey Ducharme predeceased him in 1996.

He retired in 1982 as a mechanic from Smith College, Northampton, he was previously employed as a Weaver with former United Elastic Corp.

He was the New England Champion Horse Shoe Pitcher in 1962. He was an avid gardener, but most of all a family man enjoying his children and grandchildren.

Joseph is survived by one son Daniel J. Ducharme of Easthampton, two daughters Anne Bialek of Northampton and Doloris Versluis of Fort Meyers, FL., 6 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be Wednesday Oct. 24, at 9.15 am from Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in Our Lady of the Valley Church. Burial will be in St. Brigid’s Cemetery with Military Honors. Friends may call at the funeral Home Tuesday Oct. 23, from 4-6pm.

Edward J. Maguire 

Edward J. Maguire 83, of Palm Springs, CA. passed away Sunday Oct. 14th in Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, CA, with his children at his side. He was born in New Bedford, MA and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1946. After his discharge, he enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps followed by the U.S. Air Force serving his country for a total of 21 years. He served his country in WWII and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He received the World War II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and various commendations for his service in the Navy, MarineCorps and Air Force. Edward was a member of American Legion Post 224 of Easthampton and life member of the V.F.W. of Easthampton.
He resided in Vermont with his daughter before moving to Palm Springs, CA.
His wife, Abbie L. Greenwood Maguire predeceased him in 1994 and his daughter, Bonnie Albritton in 2011.
Edward is survived by his son Michael Maguire of San Diego, CA, two daughters Betty Rodrigue of Northampton, Tricia Maguire of Palm Springs, CA, one cousin Yvette Tomeo of Montgomery, TX, two grandchildren Haley Martea of Rock Hill, SC, Jessie Ingraham, of Wolcott, VT and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Sunday Oct. 21 from 4-6pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton.
Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery with Full Military Honors on Wednesday Oct. 24th at 11 am.

Marc Ferguson 

Marc Ferguson, 59, died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on September 20, 2012 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born in Stockton, CA on July 1, 1953, the son of James K. and Patricia Malloy Ferguson. He attended schools in Stockton, graduated from University of California at Berkeley and moved to Massachusetts in 1985 to attend graduate school at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he received a master's degree in history.

Marc was a scholar and historian, studying the Civil War, an intellectual who loved reading and learning, a devoted and loving husband and father, a loyal 49ers fan, a great cappuccino-maker, and a good listener. His patience, gentle demeanor, and compassion helped him succeed in his often challenging work in human services for many years. More recently, he was employed as a teacher at the Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School, where he was known for sharing a little bit of history whenever the chance arose, and at American International College where he taught history.

Marc is survived by his wife, Brenda Temblador, his son, Gabriel Ferguson of Easthampton, his daughters Olivia Ferguson of Easthampton and Rebecca Temblador-Vasquez of Arizona, and his four brothers, Andrew, Robert, Jim and Eric Ferguson, all of Stockton, CA.

His family wishes to thank the staff at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Baystate Medical Center Respiratory Care and Palliative Care Unit, and Baystate VNA/Hospice, and all their friends who have provided support during Marc's battle with brain cancer.

A celebration of Marc's life will be held at the Unitarian Church in Northampton at 1PM on October 20, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Marc's memory may be given to the Educational Fund for Gabe and Olivia Ferguson at Freedom Credit Union (in Easthampton, MA) or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute."

Lewis Albert Whitney, III

Lewis Albert Whitney, III, 54 of Huntington passed away Tuesday September 18th at his home. He was born May 1, 1958, the loving son of the late Lewis A. Whitney, Jr. and Rebecca W. Hall Whitney. He graduated from Williston-Northampton School, class of 1976, and from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY in 1982. He founded his business, Stone Fence Landscaping, 30 years ago and most recently worked for Ella Clark Home for the Elderly in Easthampton.

Lewis was a devoted and loving father of two, survived by his son Nicholas L. Whitney of Huntington and daughter Elizabeth K. Whitney of Easthampton. Additionally, he is survived by three sisters and a brother and their families: Anne and Leland Freeman of Natick, Virginia and John Leiby of Deering, NH, Barbara and Palmer Epler of North Haven, CT and Jonathan and Donna Whitney of Orlando, FL as well as many nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts, and cousins.

The proud father of two very talented student athletes, he enjoyed attending his children’s games, spending time with his close friends, and playing a good game of golf. He lived in Huntington most of his life where he built and landscaped his home. He used his mechanical, carpentry, and stone wall building skills for many projects and to help others. He was a caring and gentle soul who will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.
Visiting hours will be Sunday September 23rd, from 3-5pm at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton. Funeral services and burial will be private. Memorial contributions for the benefit of his children, Nicholas and Elizabeth, may be made to the Lewis A. Whitney, III Scholarship Fund at Easthampton Savings Bank, 36 Main Street, Easthampton MA 01027.

Ronald J. Lucia

Ronald J. Lucia of Easthampton died Tuesday, September 18 at the age of 83 at Linda Manor Extended Care Facility, Northampton. He was born in Easthampton March 24, 1929; the son of the late Edward and Lydia LaValley Lucia. Ronald’s wife, Ruth A. Shepard Lucia, predeceased him in 2005. He attended Easthampton Schools and then enlisted in the US Marine Corp in 1948. He served 3 years in the Marines rising to the rank of corporal before returning to Easthampton in 1951. He retired in 1991 after being employed by the former Hampden Specialty Products and the Savage Arms Co. of Westfield. Ronald was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Northampton and a member of Connecticut Valley Mineral Club of Springfield. He enjoyed sharing his passion for rocks and minerals with students in the local schools. Ronald is survived by one son, Brian Lucia and his wife Jane Lucia, of Easthampton; two grandchildren, Aaron and Sarah Lucia, of Easthampton; and one sister, Joyce Lownds, of Easthampton. He was predeceased by two sons, Steven and Gary Lucia; one daughter, Audrey Lucia; three brothers, Eugene, Ray, and Robert Lucia; and one sister, Gloria Lucia Korza. Family and friends are welcome at the Graveside service Friday, September 21 at 11 am at Brookside Cemetery with Military Honors. Arrangements are being made by Mitchell Funeral Home of Easthampton. There will be no visiting hours.

Marschall P. Lohr

Marschall P. Lohr, 99, of Southampton, passed away September 17, 2012 at The Overlook at Northampton. He was born in Springfield July 19, 1913, the son of the late Albert F. and Mary A. Perry Lohr. He grew up in Springfield and spent his life in the general area, moving to Southampton in 1959. He was predeceased by his wife Elvie A. Anderson, who died in1970. He was the founder, in 1946, and original owner of Connecticut Valley Biological Supply Co., Inc. of Southampton. Marschall was a lifelong member of The National Trappers Association, a member of Meadow Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Masons and a 32 degree member of Melha Shrine in Springfield. Gifted with a love of the outdoors and an adventurous spirit, he enjoyed working, telling stories, fishing and trapping.

Marschall is survived by two sons, Richard Lohr and wife Diana and Robert Lohr and wife Pamela, all of Southampton; one daughter, Diane Olechna and husband Dennis of Shelburne, Vt.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Saturday, September 22, at 11:30 in Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton, followed by burial in Center Cemetery, Southampton.

Visiting hours will be Friday from 7-9 pm, with a Masonic Evergreen Service.

Gifts in Marschall’s memory may be given to The Overlook at Northampton, 222 River Road, Leeds, MA0l053

Christopher D.M. Lucas

Memorial services will be Saturday September 8th at 2pm in Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton with burial at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 12.30 until the time of the service.

Christopher D.M. Lucas 62 of Easthampton died Sunday September 2 in his home. He was born in Norwich, CT. September 24, 1949 the son of the late Raymond and Rose Marie Laizer Lucas. He graduated from Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, NH. Class of 1967. He attended Berkshire Community College in Pittsfeild the the University of MA. In Amherst. He made his home in Easthampton since 1971. He was employed by Yankee Candle Company in Deerfield.
Chris is survived by his wife Sylvia Pazzanese Lucas of Easthampton, one son Aaron Lucas and his wife Lucie of Hatfield, PA., two brothers Gregory Lucas of Martha’s Vineyard and Randolph Lucas of VA., two sisters Nancie Girard and Amanda Quinlan of MA., and one grand daughter Chloe Lea Lucas.

Memorial services will be Saturday September 8th at 2pm in Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton with burial at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 12.30 until the time of the service.

Norma Wynn

Memorial service will be in Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street,Easthampton Thursday September 6th at 11 am. Visiting hours will be from 9.30 am until the time of the service. Burial will be in Lulu Cemetery, Senath, MO.

Norma Wynn 88, of Northampton died Wednesday August 29th at Linda Manor Extended Care Facility, Leeds. She was born in Northampton Nov. 3, 1923 the daughter of the late Donald and Olive Colburn Warnock. She graduated from Easthampton High School class of 1941, and graduated from the former Northampton Commercial College. She was employed by the former Hampden Print Work in Easthampton. She was the widow of Doug E. Wynn who died in 1987. After her marriage to Doug in 1950 , they made their home in Missouri, where Norma was active in Eastern Star, Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. , Arbyrd Extension Homemakers Club, Baptist Bible School and the Cancer Drive. Norma and her late husband did a lot of traveling to 48 states and the 1970 Worlds Fair. She returned to Easthampton in 2000.

She is survived by her niece and care giver Cynthia Baceski of Northampton, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Ruth Cernak and brothers Richard, Raymond and twin brother Norman.

Memorial service will be in Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street,Easthampton Thursday September 6th at 11 am. Visiting hours will be from 9.30 am until the time of the service. Burial will be in Lulu Cemetery, Senath, MO., next to her husband.
In lieu of flowers donations in Norma’s memory may be given to VNA Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton,MA0l060 or to Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, PO Box 6307, Springfield,MA01101

Joan C. Ray Funeral will be Monday August 27th with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church, 99 King Street, Northampton followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Northampton.

Visiting hours will be Sunday August 26, from 4

Joan C. (St. Laurence) Ray

Joan C. (St. Laurence) Ray, 78, of Northampton died Wednesday August 22 in her home. She was born in Northampton on December 29, 1933 the daughter of the late William and Rhea (Kirouac) St. Laurence. She attended Northampton schools, the former Sacred Heart School in Northampton, graduated from Northampton High School Class of 1951 and attended Westfield State Teachers College. Joan was active in the 4-H Horse Club for years, Ladies of St. Anne of Sacred Heart Church, Brownie and Girl Scout Leader all of Northampton. Joan was a member of the Sacred Heart Church now St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. She taught 2nd grade for 5 years at the former Notre Dame School in Easthampton. She was a legal secretary for John J. Moriarty Law Firm of Easthampton and was previously employed by Pro-Brush of Florence. Joan was the widow of Carl D. Ray who died in 1999.

She is survived by 3 daughters Carla Miller and her husband Kendall of Newark, Ohio, Barbara Ray Conner of Easthampton, and Donna Ray and Bill Murray of Northampton, 2 sisters Yvonne Kurtyka of Sebring Florida, Dianne Floriani of North Adams and four grandchildren, Carl and Daniel Miller of Newark Ohio and Megan and Matthew Conner of Easthampton. She is also survived by her loving caregiver Sue Callahan.

Funeral will be Monday August 27th with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church, 99 King Street, Northampton followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Northampton.

Visiting hours will be Sunday August 26, from 4-7 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton.

Memorial gifts in Joan’s memory may be given to VNA Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton,MA0l060 or the Highland Valley Elder Services , 320 Riverside Drive, Northampton,MA01062.

Kenneth L. Staples, Jr.

Kenneth L. Staples, Jr. Memorial services will be Thursday August 23 rd at 7pm in the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4pm until time of the service.

Kenneth L. Staples, Jr. 51, of Easthampton passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with cancer on Thursday August 16. He was born Sept. 22, 1960 in Holyoke the son of Kenneth L. and Gail Zywar Staples, Sr. He attended Easthampton Schools and was employed for 20 years by U.T.C. Power Company as a Fuel Tester in South Windsor, CT. He was previously employed by the former Johnson Sheet Metal Co. and a welder with Ralph’s Blacksmith Shop in Northampton. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Easthampton. Ken enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and his boat. He also had a passion for building and refurbishing computers.

Besides his parents of Easthampton Kenneth is survived by his former wife and companion Rose Royal Arsenault, two sons Christopher Staples of East Longmeadow, Matthew Staples of Southampton, two sisters Deborah Beane and her husband Jim of Springfield, Melissa Wozniak and her husband Michael of Westfield, one brother Jeffrey Staples and his wife Lisa of Southampton, one grandson Eli Staples, his grandmother Ruth Hemmer of Easthampton and many nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Hospice and Mercy Home Care for their excellent care and support during this difficult time.
Memorial services will be Thursday August 23 rd at 7pm in the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4pm until time of the service.

In lieu of flowers gifts in Kenneth’s memory may be given to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston , MA02215 or to VNA-Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton,MA0l060

Sophie J. Beaudoin

Funeral services will be Wednesday August 8th, at 10.30 am. from the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of the Valley Church at 11 am.
Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Chicopee.

Visiting time shall precede the service from 9.30 until 10.30

Sophie J. Beaudoin 87 of Easthampton died Monday July 30th in Hyannis, a Village of Barnstable. Sophie was born in Chicopee Oct. 30, 1924 the daughter of Stanislaw and Julia Sitko Sanocki. She attended schools in Chicopee and was a graduate of Chicopee High School Class of 1944. She was the widow of Joseph H. Beaudoin who died in 1996. She has been a resident of Easthampton since 1946 and retired as a bookkeeper of the former Beaudoin Trucking Co. of Easthampton. Sophie was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church now Our Lady of the Valley Parish. She devoted her life to family and home and enjoyed gardening and travel.

She is survived by one daughter Cynthia Duby and husband Thomas, two step grandsons Thomas and Christopher, great grandson Christopher Jr., godchildren Carole and Linda, and several nieces and nephews.

Sophie was predeceased by one brother Stanley Sanocki, and two sisters Helen Skiba and Stella Pindaro.

Funeral services will be Wednesday August 8th, at 10.30 am. from the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street, Easthampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of the Valley Church at 11 am.
Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Chicopee.

Visiting time shall precede the service from 9.30 until 10.30.

Gifts in Sophie’s memory may be given to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104 or to American Cancer Society, 59 Bobala Road, Holyoke,MA 0l040.

Edward J. Kowal

A joint Memorial Service will be held for Edward and his wife Elizabeth at 9:30 am, on August 7, 2012 at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Easthampton, MA

Edward J. Kowal passed, at home, in his sleep, on June 22, 2012.

He was born in Ipswich, May 19, 1927, the son of the late Stanislaus and Mary (Kunsitch) Kowal. While he was still a child, the family moved to Easthampton where he attended school, grew up, and lived for his entire life.

As part of “The Greatest Generation”, Edward served his country in the armed forces in Europe, after which he returned to Easthampton and wed Elizabeth Vitali, a commitment which lasted for over 62 years, until her death in December 2011. Until his retirement, Edward worked for many years as a metal plater for Stanley Home Products, bringing to the company innovative processes for which he won multiple awards. Edward was an avid sportsman who at various times enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, and skiing. He loved woodworking and made most of his own arrows for hunting and later turned his skill to furniture and crafts. He was also an accomplished gardener and enjoyed tending his vegetables, berries, and fruit trees. He was always generous with his time, talents, and the fruits of his labors. While he had no children of his own, he was constantly surrounded by nieces and nephews and later grandnieces and grandnephews, for whom he always had time and abundant patience.
On April 1, 2000 he suffered a debilitating stroke. He remained at home, first under the constant care of his loving wife for 10 years and later, with the added help of a cadre of devoted caregivers who quickly became friends. In spite of the challenges, Edward remained a gentle and loving person until he died. He is greatly missed.

Besides his wife Elizabeth, Edward was predeceased by his sisters, Victoria and Lydia, and his brother Joseph. He leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grandnephews in several states across the country and in Africa.
A joint Memorial Service will be held for Edward and his wife Elizabeth at 9:30 am, on August 7, 2012 at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Easthampton, MA. Rites at St. Mary’s Cemetery will follow. Mitchell Funeral Home in charge of arrangement.

“Jack” John Soldega

A Memorial Mass will be held in Largo, Florida. At a later date.

“Jack” John Soldega 66, of Largo, Florida died July 25, 2012. In Fla, Born in Northampton, Ma on Feb. 2, 1946. The son of the late John and Dorothy (Lubas) Soldega. He was raised in Easthampton and attended local schools. He graduated from Easthampton High School Class of 1963. He went on to graduate from Lowell Technical Institute. Jack worked in the Textile industry working for the Wm. Wright Textile Co based out of West Warren Ma.. Then owning his own textile business, Teknatape in Easthampton. He retired in 2000 moving to Largo Fla with his wife Annette. Jack worked for Joanne Fabrics while living in Fla. Jack’s beloved wife Annette died June 14 of this year. Jack was a communicant of the former Sacred Heart Church in Easthampton.

Jack is survived by; A sister Joyce Pietraszkiewicz and her husband Bob, a nephew Donald Emerson Jr. , a niece Jo-Ellen Marek and her Husband Wally and their children Kyle, Haley and Delaney. one brother in law Frank Vallone and his wife Susan and their children Diana and Joseph and a great nephew Mason. Jack also leaves, Aunts, Uncles, cousins and good friends including his cats Maxwell and April. A Memorial Mass will be held in Largo, Florida. At a later date. The family asks that Memorial Gifts in Jack’s memory be made to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, Massachusetts 01101 The Mitchell Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements

Charles A. (Charlie) Brannigan

Memorial services will be Saturday July 28 at 11 am in Mitchell Funeral Home , 15 Park Street, Easthampton. Visiting time will precede the service from 9.30 until time of the service.

Charles A. (Charlie) Brannigan 93 , of Zabek Dr Easthampton died Saturday July 21st at Baystate Medical Center. He was born March 23, 1919 in Boston. He lived in the Saxonville area of Framingham and attended schools and graduated from Framingham High School Class of 1937. He lived with his foster parents Arthur and Mary (Hersey) McAdams in Framingham.
Charles enlisted in the Army Airforce June 11, 1942 , and was discharged as S/SGT. on Jan. 13, 1946. His wife Gertrude Smith (Gert) Brannigan wife for 64 ½ years passed away in 2011.

Charles was first employed in the building trade as a carpenter by his father-in-law, He resided in the Nobscott section of Framingham until 1993, then making his home in Easthampton. He worked for 32 years for Suburban Propane in Marlbrough as a gas fitter retiring in 1982. In 1995 he started working at C & S Wholesalers in Hatfield for 13 years(one of the oldest Employees at 89 years old) retiring in 2008.

Charlie often said “he was going to ware out and not rust out” Charlie was also a great handyman and carpenter, building his own home in Framingham and fixing countless others in that area and helping his son build an addition on his house.
He is survived by his son Chuck Brannigan and wife Debbie of Easthampton, grandchildren Kelly Brannigan and husband Mickey Ryan, Kimberly Hughes and husband Thomas, and four great grandchildren Jamie and Michael Ryan of Easthampton, Connor and Dillon Hughes of Hadley, two nephews Richard and Reggie Collins of New Brunswick, Canada. He was predeceased by one sister Virginia Collins of Fredrickton, New Brunswick ,Canada

Memorial services will be Saturday July 28 at 11 am in Mitchell Funeral Home , 15 Park Street, Easthampton. Visiting time will precede the service from 9.30 until time of the service.

Robert Nichols

Services and burial will be at the Mass. Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam on Tuesday July 31 at 1pm. With Military Honors.

Robert Nichols 79 of Pleasant Street, Southampton died Tuesday July 17 in Westfield Care and Rehabilitation. He was born in Southampton on Feb. 27, 1933, the son of the late William and Flora Schmidt Nichols. He attended Southampton Schools and was employed at Jacques Construction in South Hadley retiring in 1987. He was previously employed in farming and at the former Indian Motor Cycle Plant in Springfield. He was self employed in later years as an auto mechanic. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps serving during the Korean conflict as a tank mechanic.

Robert is survived by his wife Harriet Whitaker Nichols, one son Robbie Nichols, Jr., of Westfield, one daughter Darlene Woodward of Springfield and a grand daughter Katie Woodward.

Services and burial will be at the Mass. Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam on Tuesday July 31 at 1pm. With Military Honors.

Mitchell Funeral Home in Easthampton in charge of arrangements.

Robert L. Beaudoin

Memorial service which will be held on Monday July 30 at 11am in Saint Bridgid’s Cemetery in Easthampton MA

Robert L. Beaudoin, of Longmeadow, MA, passed away Monday July 2, 2012 at the age of 80 following a brief battle with cancer. Robert was predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years, Arlene J. Beaudoin. He is survived by his two daughters, Laura Lucchesi and Barbara Beaudoin and his son in law William Turkel. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren John, Angela , and Nicole Lucchesi and Colin Turkel along with his great grandchild Anthony Lucchesi. Robert also is survived by many sisters and brothers in law, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Robert was born in Easthampton MA to the late Ephrem and Laura Beaudoin natives of Upton, Canada. They resided on a small farm in Southampon MA. Robert worked with his father and three brothers in their family business, Beaudoin Trucking, which began in 1921 and remained in operation until 1987. Through the years, their company contracted with many of the local mills to meet distribution and transit needs. Beaudoin Trucking made short and long haul deliveries for National Felt, Phillips Manufacturing, Hampton Specialty, Lesnow Manufacturing, Paragon Rubber and Tubed Products. Later they formed an association with a nationwide network, American Red Ball and expanded into the local and long-distance moving business. Robert was an exceptional self taught mechanic and a master of many trades. He was plumber, electrician, carpenter, roofer and heavy equipment operator. He later joined Yankee Hill Machine Company in Florence MA where he worked until retiring as their Mechanical / Machine Plant Supervisor. Robert was a longstanding contributing member to the Easthampton Lions Club. He was a licensed amateur ham radio operator; his call signal KA1BSG and Bob was active for nearly forty years. He was a member of the Hamden County Amateur Ham Radio Association, the Mount Tom Amateur Repeater Association and the Pioneer Chapter #183 Quarter Century Wireless Association. At the age of 74, Robert attended Westfield State College and successfully completed a course and exam to obtain his technician license. Robert was a devoted, loving husband and father, he will be forever missed. God bless his soul, and bring him eternal happiness. Mitchell Funeral Home, has been entrusted with Robert’s Memorial service which will be held on Monday July 30 at 11am in Saint Bridgid’s Cemetery in Easthampton Ma. At the request of his family, the service will be for Robert’s close friends and immediate family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Robert’s name to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Department of Ophthalmology, 243 Charles Street, Boston Massachusetts 02114 or a charity of your choice.

Genevieve N. Searle

The Funeral will be Sunday July 8 at 1pm in the Southampton Congregational Church.
Genevieve N. Searle of Southampton passed away at home Sunday, following a courageous battle with Leukemia. She was born in Agawam Nov.4, 1920. Gen attended local schools and was employed in the administrative department of Tubed Products for 35 yrs, retiring in 1996. She was a member of the Southampton Women’s club, the Southampton Mother’s club, the Allegro singing club and a volunteer at the Southampton Senior Center. She also chaired many catering functions for the Southampton Congregational church.

Gen was known for her kind and generous nature, warm sense of humor and support and devotion to her
family and friends. She loved cooking, traveling, crossword puzzles and sharing in family activities especially involving her grandchildren.

She is survived by Edward C. Searle, her husband of 67 yrs. Two sons, Ted Searle of Vermont and Barry
Searle of Southampton. Two sisters, Bertha Moylan of Newton and Irene Briggs of Needham. Three grandchildren Annie G. of Pittsburgh, PA, Nathaniel of Brookline, and Laura of New York, N.Y. She was predeceased by 4 brothers. Stanley, John, Anthony and Joseph Nacewicz.

The Funeral will be Sunday July 8 at 1pm in the Southampton Congregational Church. The burial will be private.
There will be no visiting time at the Mitchell Funeral Home 15 Park Street is handling arrangements. In lieu flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society. 30 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701.

 

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