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Bennett, Blanche  
ASHLEY FALLS - Blanche "Aunty Bea" Bennett, 91, a longtime resident of Ashley Falls, MA, passed away on September 18th. Born October 4, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Hazel and Rupert Stevens. "Aunty Bea" worked for the Postal Department as clerk and then Postmaster for over 30 years in the Ashley Falls Post Office. She also worked at Maplewood Fabrics, took care of many children, and helped her husband run their plumbing company in Norfolk, CT. After retiring from the Post Office, Aunty Bea opened a rug braiding shop at her home, and taught many how to braid rugs; she also made rugs for people all over the country, and as far away as Japan. Aunty Bea was a long-time member of the Ashley Falls Methodist Church, as well as the Old Parish Church in Sheffield. She was a member of the former Sheffield Grange #224 for over 35 years, a member of the Sheffield Historical Society, Trustees of Reservations and Friends of the Senior Center in Sheffield. Blanche and her husband, Bill, took great pride in caring for the Ashley Falls Cemetery. She will be missed for her strength, love and generosity. She loved her home, her family, and her many friends. Her pride and joy was her grandniece Bethany. She was cared for over the years by her niece Deborah and her husband David Rhoades. Blanche is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews as well as friends. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years Charles "Bill" Bennett, brothers Frederick and Donald; and sisters Evelyn and Inez. SERVICES: The funeral service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24th at 1:00 p.m. at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington, conducted by Rev. Jill Graham. The family will receive friends on Saturday, Sept. 23rd from 4pm - 7pm at the funeral home in Great Barrington. Donations in memory of Blanche may be made to the Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department, Southern Berkshire Volunteer Ambulance Squad or HospiceCare in the Berkshires through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to her family please go to www.finnertyandstevens.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 21, 2017
Castonguay, Elna E.  
Pittsfield - Elna E. Castonguay, 70, of 17 Hollister Street passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield. Born on November 3, 1946 in Springfield, she was a daughter of the late Robert L. and Elsie Rindfleisch Poirier. A longtime Pittsfield resident, she had also resided in Lanesboro and Adams at one time. She was educated in Pittsfield schools and was a 1965 graduate of the last graduating class at the former Searles High School. She also received her associate degree in office administration from Berkshire Community College. She was employed for twenty-three years as a secretary for the Massachusetts Department of Wildlife Western District Office in Dalton. She retired in May of 2014. She had also worked at one time for BARC. She enjoyed watching murder mysteries, gardening and reading romance novels. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She leaves two daughters; April N. Castonguay of Pittsfield and Sheryl-Lyn Jandreau of Ashland, Maine. A son; Jeremy Mack of Pittsfield. A brother; Robert "Butch" Lewis and his wife Maryellen of Tarentum, PA. Two sisters; Debbie Durkac of Natrona Heights, PA and Haroldean Mallory of North Carolina. Five grandchildren; Krysta Santapolo. Ashlyn Castonguay, Kevin Soucie, Connor Failla and Gabriella Failla. Three great grandchildren; Dakota Santapolo, Noah Santapolo and Eloise Krebs. She also leaves her former husband; Paul Castonguay and his wife Carole of Palmer, MA. She was predeceased by a son; the late John-Paul Castonguay who died February 28, 2012. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours for Elna E. Castonguay who passed away September 18, 2017 will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 2 to 4 PM at the DERY FUNERAL HOME in Pittsfield. Burial will private. Memorial donations in memory of Elna may be made to the funeral home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 to help her family with funeral expenses. To share a memory or condolence with Elna's family please visit www.deryfuneralhome.com [ML($dERY.JPG)]
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 21, 2017
Chhil, Thuch  
Thuch Chhil of Lowell Thuch Chhil, 88, of Lowell died Sept. 18, 2017. Wake Fri. 1-2P.M. at the Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex St., Chelmsford, MA. Funeral Sat. at 12Noon at the Glory Temple, Lowell. Burial at the Westlawn II Cemetery, Lowell. Arrangements by DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.
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Published in Lowell Sun on Sept. 21, 2017
Dunlap, Christine  
Christine Dunlap of Lowell, 67 LOWELL -- Christine "Chris" Dunlap died at the age of 67 on Sept. 18, 2017 after a too-short battle with pancreatic cancer. She spent her last days surrounded by many beloved family members and friends who will miss her dearly. Chris was born in Brighton, Mass., on Dec. 29, 1949 and is a 1967 Newton North High School graduate. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Boston State College (1971) and a master's degree in public administration at UMass Boston (1993). She raised her family in Chelmsford for 30 years before moving to Lowell in the early 2000s. Chris loved her family and friends fiercely. An avid history buff and voracious reader, Chris had a wonderful laugh and was the perfect combination of knowledgeable and silly. She was deeply involved with her grandchildren's lives and they meant the world to her. She loved to travel and stay busy hosting parties and celebrations. But some of her best times were the evenings spent quietly relaxing on the porch with her husband, Bill. In the early 1980s Chris was a journalist for the Lowell Sun before she took a job as a writer at UMass Lowell in the late 1980s. From there she rose to director of Communication and Marketing, a position she held for a decade, during which time she co-authored the book "To Enrich and To Serve, the Centennial History of the University of Massachusetts Lowell." From 1990-1993, while at the university, she was a freelance opinion writer for The Boston Globe NorthWest edition. In 2004, she accepted a role as the university's executive director of Broadcast and the Student Media Center. In that job she was credited with turning the Sunrise public affairs program on WUML-FM into a smart and popular radio show. Frequently sought out for her wisdom and good judgment, Chris was named UMass Lowell's executive director of strategic communications in 2008. She spent the next five years working on high-level projects for the chancellor's office. Chris loved the Lowell community and gave her time generously. She sat on the boards of the Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell, the Lowell Arts Council and Lowell Telecommunications Commission, and participated in Jericho Road, a Concord-based nonprofit that provides professional services to organizations in Lowell and Lawrence. Chris is survived by her husband of 15 years, Bill Johnston, son Greg McKenna, daughter-in-law Rachel Cox, grandson Oscar and second grandson due in October, all of Philadelphia; daughter Kate McKenna, son-in-law Geoffrey Eads and granddaughters Greta and Elsa Eads, all of Andover; brother James Dunlap and niece Jennifer Dunlap, of Southborough; brother Freddy Dunlap, of Wellesley; and stepson, Billy Johnston, and his wife and four children, of Chile; former husband Charles McKenna of Chelmsford; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She is predeceased by her father Fred and mother Phyllis Dunlap. DUNLAP -- Visitation will be held at McDonough Funeral Home, 14 Highland St., Lowell, on Friday, Sept. 22 between 4 and 7 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell, on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in her name to either: UMass Lowell, in support of the creation of the Christine Dunlap Endowed Scholarship Fund, Attn: Steven Rogers, Senior Director of Development, UMass Lowell, One Perkins St., Lowell, MA 01854, or to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
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Published in Lowell Sun on Sept. 21, 2017
Foley, Paulette Constance  
Paulette Constance Foley formerly of Lowell, MA; 86 RYE, NH -- Paulette Constance Foley, 86, of Rye, passed away peacefully on the evening of Monday, September 18, 2017 at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA. She was the wife of the late William M. Foley. Raised in Lowell, MA, by her late parents Anita and Raymond Richards, she was also lovingly cared for by her late aunts, Gabrielle and Alice Boulais. She attended Lowell High School, graduating in 1949, and Lowell State Teachers College with the Class of 1953. She and "her Bill" married in 1957. They lived for a short time in Worcester, MA. She spent her pre child-raising years in Wakefield, MA, teaching 1st and 2nd grade at the Montrose School. After moving to Andover, MA, in 1962 Paulette and Bill adopted their daughter, Suzanne Foley Drysdale of Santa Cruz, CA, formerly of Portsmouth and in 1965 adopted their son, William Foley of Beverly, MA. As infants Suzanne and Billy were plucked from an uncertain existence into a loving and stable home. They remain forever grateful. Paulette was a loving, exemplary daughter, wife, mother, and friend. An only child, she spent many of her middle years attending to the declining health of both her aunts and parents. She was devoted to her husband and her lifelong friends. She taught CCD, ran a Cub Scout troop, trekked Billy to hockey, baseball, basketball, Suzanne to dance lessons, gymnastics, band and more…….all without complaint. In 1989, Paulette and Bill settled in Rye, where they had taken the kids on vacation for countless summers prior to making it their permanent home. After her husband's passing in 2006, she was an active member of the Rye Garden Club and the Rye Library Book Group. In addition, despite her college professor's critique of her "lack of talent" for it, she took up painting under the tutelage of Mary Vermeesch and proudly discovered that she had a knack for it! She cherished her granddaughters, Anna and Isla Drysdale of Durham, and very much enjoyed the company of her son-in law Alasdair Drysdale of Santa Cruz, CA, formerly of Portsmouth and Scotland. FOLEY -- Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 PM on Monday, September 25, 2017 in the Remick & Gendron Funeral home, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in St. Theresa Church, 815 Central Road, Rye Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a fund that has been established to update the ICU Family Waiting Room at Portsmouth Hospital. Checks can be made out to The Bill and Paulette Foley Memorial Fund - TD Bank, 500 Washington Road, Rye, NH 03870. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Paulette's memorial website, sign her tribute wall or for directions.
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Published in Lowell Sun on Sept. 21, 2017
Hassett, Rachel F.  
Rachel F. Hassett formerly of Lowell, MA; 41 HAVERHILL -- Rachel F. Hassett, 41, passed away September 18, 2017 at Steward Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. Born in Lowell, she was the daughter of Robert A. and Linda P. (Brunelle) Hassett. Raised and educated in Lowell, she attended Lowell High School, Class of 1993. She then attended the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth receiving a Bachelor's Degree in English. Rachel was employed as a Court Officer in the Haverhill and Lawrence District Courts where she had many friends and was well liked. A lover of animals, she volunteered at the Sweet Paws Animal Rescue in Essex. Rachel enjoyed traveling, especially Disney World, the Caribbean on cruises and Cape Cod. Most of all, she loved spending time with her friends and family. She was a kind and loving woman who will be missed by all who knew her. Rachel is survived by her parents, Robert A. and Linda P. (Brunelle) Hassett of Truro; her brother, Matthew Hassett and his wife Dawn of Leland, NC; her grandmother, Joan Brunelle of St. Augustine, FL; her niece, Harper Hassett; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. HASSETT -- Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours on Friday, September 22 from 4:00PM until 7:00PM at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main Street, Haverhill. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Sweet Paws Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 752, Essex, MA 01929. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook or www.comeaufuneral.com .
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Published in Lowell Sun on Sept. 21, 2017
Lana, Donald H.  
Dr. Donald H. Lana, 84, of Lee, died September 15, 2017 at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. He had resided at the Kindred Laurel Lake in Lee. Dr. Lana was born August 15, 1933, the son of the late Dominic and Irma Viale Lana. He was a 1948 graduate from St. Mary's School in Lee and a 1952 graduate of Lee High School. He earned a Doctor of Podiatry degree from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1957. Dr. Lana had practiced podiatry in Pittsfield for 28 years. Dr. Lana was a past member of the Knights of Columbus (4th degree) of Pittsfield and was a past member of the Itam Lodge as well as the Italian American Club. Dr. Lana enjoyed donating his time at the Marian Fathers in Stockbridge in various capacities. SERVICES: As per Dr. Lana's wishes, service and burial were private. For those wishing, memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Marian Fathers in care of Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238. If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures please visit our web site at www.kellyfuneralhome.net [ML($mjkELLY.JPG)]
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 21, 2017
Lauser, Rachel L.  
Glenville, N.Y. - Rachel L. (Whitman) Lauser passed away suddenly at her home in Glenville, N.Y., Tuesday, September 12, 2017, age 84, after living courageously for many years with COPD and pulmonary fibrosis. She was preceded in death in 1998 by her husband Douglas L. Lauser. Rachel found joy in spending time with her family, the company of her companion dogs and cats, listening to classical music, attending concerts and plays, and traveling. She was an avid reader, rarely missed doing her daily crossword puzzle and Cryptoquote, and was a formidable opponent in cribbage and Scrabble. Her favorite place was the ocean at both Cape Cod and Cape Ann, Mass., and even as her disease limited her mobility, she would get to the water's edge with the help of family to spend hours sitting with her feet in the water and laughing when splashed by waves. As a teacher of court-placed children, she never gave up on her students. She taught the "will never learn how to read" students how to read and encouraged children, whom the rest of society had given up on, to earn their high school diplomas and overcome their disadvantages to make good lives for themselves and their future families. Rachel was born in 1932 in Boston, Mass., the daughter of the late Marion F. (Clapp) and Ira H. Whitman. She grew up in Pittsfield, graduating from Pittsfield High School in 1950 and North Adams State Teachers College, now MCLA, with a B.S. in elementary education and counseling in 1954. She began her life's work as a teacher in Trumbull, Conn. until her marriage in 1956. She then moved back to Pittsfield and worked as a substitute teacher in the Pittsfield School district while also raising her family. After moving to Glenville in 1972, Rachel obtained her M.S. in special education from Russell Sage College in 1977. She began working at Northeast Parent & Child Society in 1978, where she served in the capacities of elementary school teacher, interim vice principal, middle school teacher, and high school English teacher, retiring in 1997. Rachel is survived by her beloved children, Deborah Lauser of Springfield, Mass., Karen (Lauser) Kelly (Sean) of Camillus, N.Y., Douglas Lauser, Jr. of Glenville, and Susan Lauser of Springfield, Mass; seven grandchildren, Robin (McKechnie) Brown (William), Matthew McKechnie, Teshale Kelly, Summer Kelly, Riley Kelly, Kristiana Lauser, and Lilia Rachel Lauser; and one great granddaughter due to arrive in February. She also leaves many cherished nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: The family will receive guests from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, September 23 at the Bekkering-Ellis Funeral Home, 1 Mohawk Ave., Scotia, N.Y. A brief memorial service will take place at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome back to the family home for a reception following. A graveside service will be held Sunday, September 24 at Evergreen Cemetery in Stoughton, Mass., at 1:00 p.m., where Rachel will be laid to rest with her husband, parents, and maternal grandparents. Donations in Rachel's memory may be made to one of the following charities, all of which were close to her heart: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284; MCLA Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund, Office of Institutional Development, 228 East Main St., North Adams, MA 01247; or the Houston SPCA, attention Hurricane Harvey Relief, 900 Portway Dr., Houston, TX 77024.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 21, 2017
Lombardi, Christine M.  
Christine M. Lombardi, 32, of Sheffield MA, died on September 18th leaving behind her parents, Ralph Lombardi of Sheffield, Jane Hiza and her husband, Frank of Southfield, brother Michael Lombardi of Morro Bay California, sister Melissa Durrin and her nephew River Durrin of Heath, MA and her beloved dog, Louie. Christine attended both Mount Everett and Monument Mountain high schools where she excelled in academics and sports. Her love of art and graphic design lead her to study at Champlain College in Burlington Vermont and ultimately lead her to many years of fulfilling work at T4 Textile Factory in Sheffield. Christine's talent and hard work lives on in many gorgeous, hand printed fabrics with vibrant colors for which she was responsible for creating. In 2015, Christine moved to California to be with her brother in pursuit of adventure and to start a new chapter in her life. She quickly developed strong friendships with many people before finally settling in the Santa Cruz mountains where she continued to shine her light and build upon her large community. From East to West, Christine was so loved by everyone whose path she crossed. Her smile and laugh could light up the darkest room and everywhere she went, people were drawn to her beauty, inside and out. Christine loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking, mountain biking, fishing, catching sunsets at the beach with her dog and surrounding herself with her close friends and family She was a dedicated and loyal friend with the ability to see the good in everyone she met and was incredibly accepting of people from all walks of life. In addition to friendships, she kept her family at the center of her heart and never let go of that. The last week of her life was spent with her siblings and nephew in Norway on siblings trip which was to be the start of a yearly tradition. The time they spent together hiking, cooking meals, laughing, adventuring and celebrating life made her extremely happy. She was very close with both of her parents and loved them fiercely as well. She leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and friends and will be missed dearly. She would want nothing more than for everyone to shine their love and light upon one another always and forever and never give up and lose sight of what's most important. SERVICES: The family will receive friends on Friday, September 22nd from 4:00pm-7:00 pm at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Gt. Barrington, MA. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, September 23rd at 12:30 pm at St. Joseph's Church in Canaan, Connecticut followed by a burial ceremony at our Lady of the Valley Cemetery in Sheffield, MA. Donations in Christine's memory may be made to The Brien Center through, FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME 426 Main Street, Gt. Barrington, MA. 01230. To send remembrances to her family please go to www.finnertyandstevens.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 21, 2017
Ovens, Latham E.  
Latham Edward Ovens, of Lee, MA died on September 18, 2017 after a short illness. He was 77 years old. Ed is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley (Dewkett) Ovens and their son Michael Ovens and his wife Jessica of Henderson, NV; his Grandchildren: Hannah, Avery, Shane, & Rylie and his brother-in- law Don Duquette and his wife Wendelyn and their children. Ed was born on November 4, 1939 in Cincinnati, OH to Latham Charles and Elizabeth Mary Quinlan Ovens. He spent his early years in Cincinnati and Hollywood, California. Later, the family moved to Westchester County, NY where he graduated from White Plains High School in 1957. He served in the Coast Guard for several years before settling in New York City where he worked in the charts department of Billboard Magazine. He loved his weekly calls to Casey Kasem with the week's top 100 songs. Ready for a quieter life, he moved to the Berkshires where he met Shirley, the love of his life. He worked at Kimberly Clark and Schweitzer-Mauduit retiring in 2002 after over 40 years of service. A lifelong sports fan, he enthusiastically followed his beloved teams, first the New York Giants, New York Rangers and Brooklyn Dodgers then his adopted team, the Boston Red Sox. He took immense pride in watching his son excel in local football and baseball which eventually lead to his career as a varsity high school coach. He will forever be remembered for his sharp wit, ready smile, kindness and generosity. SERVICES: A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23 rd at Kelly Funeral Home in Lee, MA. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ed's life. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lee Youth Football in care of Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street, Lee MA 01238. If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures please visit our web site at www.kellyfuneralhome.net [ML($mjkELLY.JPG)]
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 21, 2017
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