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Alexander, John  
John Alexander 1949 - 2016 FLORIDA, MA John Clark Alexander, 66, died Tuesday February 9, 2016 at his home. He was born in Pittsfield, MA on September 2, 1949, son of John and Helen (Clark) Alexander. He attended local schools. John worked for Adams Trucking for many years. He enjoyed fishing and working in his yard. Survivors include his partner, Debra J. Kuzia and his mother-in-law, Joan Lesure of Clarksburg. He also leaves two daughters, Jennifer and Tanya and a sister, Laurie. FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral for John Alexander will be Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 11a.m. at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, MA. Burial will be in the spring in Southview cemetery. A calling hour will be held on Tuesday morning from 10 to 11a.m. For further information, please visit : www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 12, 2016
Bilodeau, Louis R.  
Louis R. Bilodeau of Leominster; 82 LEOMINSTER -- Louis R. Bilodeau, 82, of Leominster, died Tuesday, February 9, in his home, after an illness. Mr. Bilodeau was born October 25, 1933, in Leominster, son of the late Alphonse and Cecile (St. Jean) Bilodeau, and has lived in Leominster all of his life. He graduated from Leominster Trade School and was a truck driver for Shepard's Express until his retirement in 1996. Mr. Bilodeau was an avid gardener who took pride in his flowers, vegetables, and fruit trees. He also enjoyed fishing in his younger years. He leaves his wife of 44 years, Barbara N. (Franklin) Bilodeau; two sons, Mark E. Bilodeau of Newburyport, and David L. Bilodeau of Mashpee; six daughters, Deborah A. Chase of Gardner, Susan L. Tougas and her husband, Thomas of Hudson, NH, Gail C. Bilodeau of Lancaster, Mary E. Midgley of Tyngsboro, Lisa Brooks of Gardner, and Wendy Lou McCullough of Gardner; one sister, Jean R. Morel of Leominster; nine grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews including, Daniel Morel and Rhonda Siciliano; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. BILODEAU -- Calling hours are Monday, February 15, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Simard Funeral Home, 14 Walker St., Leominster. The funeral will be held Tuesday, February 16, at 10:00 A.M. in Simard Funeral Home. Burial will follow in St. Cecilia's Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mackfamilyfh.com .
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Feb. 12, 2016
Brennan, Frances M.  
Frances M. Brennan formerly of Lowell In Merrimack, NH, Feb. 9, 2016, at Community Hospice, Frances M. (Donahue) Brennan, 77, of Bedford, NH, formerly of Lowell, wife of the late George F. Brennan. In keeping in accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Saturday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o'clock (please meet at church). Interment in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com . Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Catholic Charities USA, P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066. Arrangements by Funeral Directors, James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
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Published in Lowell Sun on Feb. 12, 2016
Ciszek, Dr. Ignatius A. "Jim"  
Dr. Ignatius A. 'Jim' Ciszek Former UMass Lowell Director of Athletics; 91 CHELMSFORD -- Dr. Ignatius A. "Jim" Ciszek, 91, of Chelmsford, passed away after a brief illness, Sunday, February 7, 2016, at his home. He was the husband of the late Florence Katherine (Solazzo) Ciszek who passed away in June of 2015 after 70 years of marriage. Jim is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. Jim was born on July 17, 1924 in Lowell and was the youngest son of the late Jan (John) and the late Anna (Kalemba) Ciszek. He was predeceased by all of his siblings. He was raised in Lowell where he attended the area schools, graduating from Lowell High School. He earned his Bachelors Degree in physical education from Arnold College in 1950 and his Masters Degree in physical education from Boston University in 1952. Jim also then went on to earn his PhD in physical education from Boston University in 1968. Dr. Ciszek served with the United States Navy during World War II until his honorable discharge. He resided in Chelmsford for many years and was a communicant of Holy Trinity Church in Lowell. Jim was named the Director of Athletics following the merger of Lowell Technological Institute and Lowell State College in 1975. Throughout his career he served as an educator, coach and administrator for 32 years (21 years at Lowell State College and 11 years at ULowell), during which time he oversaw the University's 27 sports before retiring in 1986. Dr. Ciszek served as the baseball coach for several years between 1954-1974; men's basketball coach between 1954-1966; and golf between 1967-1970. He was inducted into the Lowell High School Athletic Hall of Fame and UMass Lowell's Athletic Hall of Fame. Jim was also very active outside the University. He was a member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials for 25 years, and also served on the Greater Lowell Local Board 95 as president, vice president, interpreter and executive committee member. AT HIS REQUEST, CALLING HOURS WERE OMITTED AND HIS FUNERAL WAS HELD PRIVATELY. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, DONATIONS MAY BE MADE TO THE UMASS LOWELL ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT, COSTELLO ATHLETIC CENTER, 1 UNIVERSITY AVE., LOWELL, MA 01854. ARRANGEMENTS BY THE MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL, 978-458-6816. PLEASE VISIT WWW.MCDONOUGHFUNERALHOME.COM TO SEND THE FAMILY AN E-CONDOLENCE.
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Published in Lowell Sun on Feb. 12, 2016
Condike, Eileen Rowe  
Eileen Rowe Condike Formerly of Fitchburg, Mass.; 95 GRANBURY, Texas -- Eileen Rowe Condike, of Granbury, Texas and formerly of Fitchburg, Mass., died peacefully on Saturday, January 9, 2016; two days shy of her 96th birthday. Eileen was born on January 11, 1920 in Bridgewater, MA to Harry and Rose A. (Whalley) Rowe. She married George F. Condike on January 2, 1941 in Bridgewater, MA. Eileen graduated from Bridgewater State College (now University) with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and later earned a Master of Arts degree in education from Fitchburg State College (now University). She taught elementary school for many years in Fitchburg, MA before retiring in 1975. She and her husband, George lived in New York, California, and Pennsylvania before settling in Massachusetts in 1947 to raise their family. Eileen and George moved to Granbury in 2006. Eileen enjoyed organized dancing (square, round, and ballroom), reading mysteries, playing Scrabble, and completing crossword puzzles. She was a lifetime member of the Fitchburg Women's Club, and an accomplished seamstress. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Rose Rowe; brother, Earl P. Rowe; and sister, Rose E. Nicolas. She is survived by her husband of 75 years, George F. Condike; sister, Harriette and Arnold Almquist of Needham Heights, MA; daughter, Brenda R. DiPietro of Columbus, OH; son, Brian J. and Mary Lou Condike of Granbury, TX; grandson, Thomas M. Waid of Columbus, OH; granddaughter, Meridith B. Young of Barre, MA; grandson, Curtis W. Condike of Petersham, MA; great-granddaughter, Emily R. Young of Barre, MA; great-granddaughter, Ava G. Condike of Irvine, CA; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Chapel Inurnment: Holly Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Frances Cabrini Church, 2301 Acton Highway, Granbury, TX 76049. Arrangements handled by Wiley Funeral Home.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Feb. 12, 2016
Donoghue, Michael J.  
Michael J. Donoghue Loving husband, father, brother, uncle, friend; 58 LOWELL -- Michael J. Donoghue, 58, of Lowell, MA, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Born in Holyoke, he was the son of the late Jerome F. Donoghue and Claire Scanlon Donoghue. He attended Sacred Heart Grammar School, John J. Lynch Junior High School and was a 1976 graduate of Holyoke High School. Michael was a kind and gentle soul whose love of family was the compass that guided him. His pride and devotion for his children were ever present and as visible to the world as his beautiful smile. The other guiding force in Mike's life was his humor. He always had a joke at the ready and when he made you laugh it made his day. Michael leaves behind his wife and love of his life, Nancy Krajewski Donoghue, his pride and joy, son, Jerome Brian and daughter, Elizabeth Claire. In addition to his wife and children, Michael is survived by his sister, Mary Szalankiewicz and her husband, Robert of Easthampton; his brother, Daniel and his wife, Kathleen (nee Hart) of Tewksbury, His sister, Eileen Donoghue and husband, John O'Connor of Lowell; his brother-in-law, Philip Hegarty of East Longmeadow, his sister, Maura Ratchford of Georgetown; his sister, Patricia Kennedy and her husband, Thomas of Lowell; and his sister, Peggy Ouellet and her husband, David of Lowell. Michael was predeceased by his sister, Ann M. Hegarty, formerly of East Longmeadow. Michael also leaves a sister-in-law, Susan Rego of Holyoke, sister-in-law, Mary Burleson and her husband, Roger of Feeding Hills, and a brother-in-law, Walter Krajewski and his wife, Laurie of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Michael will be deeply missed by countless friends, especially his co-workers at Lowell High School. DONOGHUE -- The funeral will be held Tuesday, February 16th at 9:00 a.m. from the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton St., Holyoke, followed by a Mass in Our Lady of the Cross Church, 23 Sycamore St., Holyoke at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be held Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Michael J. Donoghue Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Lowell High School, 50 Father Morissette Blvd., Lowell, MA.01852.
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Published in Lowell Sun on Feb. 12, 2016
Heighton, Thomas A.  
Thomas A. Heighton of Wilmington Thomas A. Heighton, age 84, a long-time Wilmington resident, passed away on February 9, 2016. Thomas was the loving companion of Margaret J. Ward of Lowell, he was also special to Michael J. Ward and Frederick J. Ward, both of Lowell, and Stacey Baudanza & her husband, Bob of Tewksbury. Thomas is survived by 3 loving grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, February 15th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Veterans Section of Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, February 14th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Thomas' name may be made to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Office of Philanthropy, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. Thomas proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com
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Published in Lowell Sun on Feb. 12, 2016
Kloppenburg, Margaret A.  
Margaret A. Kloppenburg Formerly of Tewksbury Margaret A. (Lomasney) Kloppenburg, age 90, of Lawrence, formerly of Portsmouth, NH and Tewksbury, MA, passed away on Feb. 10, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Louis S., Jr. Mother of Steven L. Kloppenburg of Northwood, NH and the late William A., Kim A., and Louis S. Kloppenburg. She leaves three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Graveside Service on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., at the Tewksbury Cemetery, 172 East St., Tewksbury, MA. Kindly Omit Flowers. Donations in Margaret's memory may be made may be made on-line at www.raraagency.org or mailed to R.A.R.A., 295 High St., Lowell, MA 01852. www.farmeranddee.com
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Published in Lowell Sun on Feb. 12, 2016
Letendre, Rita A.  
Rita A. Letendre Loving wife, mother, grandmother DRACUT -- Rita A. (Calandriello) Letendre, 77, a resident of Dracut, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the Lowell General Hospital with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of Paul W. Letendre with whom she would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on May 8, 2016. Born in Lawrence on September 9, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Pasquale and Katherine (Mazzucco) Calandriello. Mrs. Letendre was educated in Lawrence schools and was a graduate of Lawrence High School. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Assurance Technology of Chelmsford. Rita enjoyed singing, Italian food, and swing dancing with her husband, Paul. In addition to her husband, she leaves two children, Debra A. Letendre of Dracut, and Paul M. Letendre and his wife, Leanne (Shea) of Hudson, NH; a brother, James Calandriello of Atkinson, NH; three grandchildren, Hollie A. Elwood and her husband, Christian of Dracut, Kylie S. Letendre and Jacob S. Letendre, both of Hudson, NH; a brother-in-law, Rosario Barcellona of No. Andover; many nieces and nephews. She was a sister of the late Rachel Sportum, Gloria Pitocchelli, Lucia Barcellona and Alice Dole. LETENDRE -- It being her request, funeral services were private. For those who wish, donations in her name may be made to the American Heart Assoc., PO Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241. For condolences, please visit www.mckennaouellette.com
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Murray, William  
William F. Murray 1928 - 2016 PITTSFIELD Mr. William F. Murray, 87, died Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Born in Great Barrington, MA on March 5, 1928, he was the son of George and Virginia Tracy Murray. Bill was a 1945 graduate of Searles High School in Great Barrington and a 1946 graduate of Cranwell Preparatory School. In 1946, Bill joined the United States Army, serving in Korea, until his honorable discharge in 1948. Bill received his Bachelors Degree in Physical Education from St. Bonaventure in Olean, NY in 1952 and later continued his education, earning his Masters Degree in Education Administration from the former North Adams State College. Bill coached football, basketball and baseball at St. Joseph's High School from 1960 to 1964. In 1964, he led their football team in its first and only undefeated season. Bill was also the first coach of the football team at Taconic High School, where he held that position from 1969 to 1974. Additionally, Bill was recognized twice by Sports Caravan as Coach of the Year. He first taught at Pittsfield High School and in 1969, accepted a position at Taconic High School, where he taught Biology until his retirement in 1980. Bill was a well-known amateur golfer at various clubs in Berkshire County and later in life, took up photography and ultimately, painting as a hobby. He and his wife, the former Rosalie Condron, were married August 14, 1954, in St. Joseph's Church in Pittsfield. In addition to his wife of 61 years, Bill is survived by his two sons; William F. Murray, Jr. of Pittsfield and Mark Murray and his wife, Peggy Seidman, of Long Island, NY; his daughter, Mary Turner and her husband, Dan of Pittsfield. He also leaves a granddaughter, Mickie Turner; a grandson, Ryan Turner, and a great-grandaughter, Meah Turner, as well as his sister-in-law, Generosa Murray. Bill was predeceased by his brother, John "Jack" Murray and his sister, Eleanor Wighton. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for William Murray, who died February 9, 2016, will be private for the family. Friends wishing may make memorial donations in Bill's honor to the Jimmy Fund of Berkshire County, in care of the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home, 40 Maplewood Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201, who has been entrusted with arrangements.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 12, 2016
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