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Barry, Marie (Duffy)  
Marie M. (Duffy) Barry 1928 - 2015 Marie M. (Duffy) Barry, passed away Saturday after a long but fierce battle with dementia. Born on May 10, 1928 to Peter Damon and Florence Duffy, she lived a joyous youth in Watertown, MA spending most days laughing with her beloved siblings. She graduated from St. Patrick's High School in Watertown in 1946 and worked in the insurance industry in Boston until her marriage to John A. Barry in 1952. A true testament to her love for her husband, Marie left Watertown and her "Duffy Clan" and moved five hours away to Pittsfield with her new husband. She christened the Massachusetts Turnpike as it brought her families much closer and spent many happy hours cruising between Boston and Pittsfield in a succession of convertible automobiles. John and Marie were a team extraordinaire and jointly developed and managed several successful businesses including Berkshire, Dalton and Lee Nursing Homes and Pittsfield Lands Realty Trust. Marie was one of the first licensed nursing home administrators in the state, having earned that honor in the early 1960's. She was the foundation of strength and encouragement for all who were fortunate to be a part of her life especially her husband who, with Marie by his side, became a District Court Judge and President of Hillcrest Hospital and Hillcrest Educational Centers. Marie will be remembered for her quick wit, practical wisdom and ability to hold you up when you wanted to fall down. Her husband, John A. Barry, predeceased her in 1991. She is survived by her children, John A. Barry, Jr. and his wife, Karen (Mole) Barry of Pittsfield and Patricia M. (Barry) Altomare of West Boylston, MA and her grandchildren, Caroline E. Barry and Erin A. Barry both of Pittsfield, Caitlin M. Altomare of Houston, Texas, Reegan M. Altomare and Christopher J. Altomare, both of West Boylston. Marie's large extended family included her late sister, Mary Elene Shriber, and her husband, Emmet "Bill" Shriber, her late sister, Kathleen Shirley Burke, wife of the late Edwin Burke and his surviving wife, Mary Burke, her late brother, James Duffy and his surviving wife, Pam Duffy of Belmont, MA; her late brother, Norman J. Duffy and his surviving wife, Cynthia Duffy also of Belmont; her late brother, Harvey D. Duffy and his surviving wife, Joan Duffy of Lexington, MA; her late brother, Edmund Duffy and his late wife Joan Duffy; and her brother Robert L. Duffy and his wife Natalie Duffy of Weston, Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her beloved nephews, John Michael Shriber and William Barry and niece, Jeanne Shriber. She is survived by many dear nieces and nephews: Karen Downey, Michael Downey, Timothy Downey, Charles Barry, Patrick Barry, Thomas Barry, Peter Barry, Judy Shriber Lavigniac, Mark Shriber, Kathy Burke Horan, Gerard Burke, Mary Ann Burke Deignan, Patricia Burke Longo, Patrick Duffy, Breanne Duffy, Donna Duffy DiLillo, Stephen Duffy, David Duffy, Kevin Duffy, Barbara Duffy, Susan Duffy Potter, Brian Duffy, Robert Duffy, Jr., Peter Duffy and William Duffy. She will always be in our hearts but will be especially missed at the beach on Cape Cod. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and residents of Berkshire Place, Melbourne Assisted Living and HospiceCare in The Berkshires for the care and love that they showed Marie over the years. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Marie M. Barry will be held Friday, July 31, at 10:15 a.m., from the DERY FUNERAL HOME with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., at Sacred Heart Church celebrated by the Rev. Peter M. Naranjo, II., Parochial Vicar. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Funeral Home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield. In Lieu of Flowers donations in Marie's memory can be made to Hillcrest Educational Centers in care of the funeral home.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 28, 2015
Brideau, Diane B. (Perry)  
Diane B. (Perry) Brideau, 60 Loving Mother and Ninny FITCHBURG -- Diane B. (Perry) Brideau, 60, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in her home, after an illness. Diane is survived by her daughter, Danielle Lussier and her husband Kevin, of Jefferson, her son, Erik Brideau and his wife Meghan Cormier, of Fitchburg; a brother, David Perry and his wife Donna, of Ashburnham; and her grandchildren whom she loved so very much, James, Jacob, and Colton Brideau and May and Emma Lussier. She is predeceased by a brother Brian Perry. Diane was born in Fitchburg, on March 26, 1955, a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Mary J. (O'Connell) Perry. She graduated from Lunenburg High School in 1973, and lived most of her life in Fitchburg. She worked as the lead assembler at New England Keyboard. Diane will be most remembered for being a devoted, loving mother and Ninny. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and her beloved dog, George. BRIDEAU -- Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in the Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 763 Mass Avenue, Lunenburg, MA. Burial will be private. Calling Hours will be held in the Funeral Home, prior to the Funeral, from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Diane's name to the Northern New England Westie Rescue, ( www.nnewestierescue.org ) 44 Mountain View Terrace, Rye, NH 03870 Please visit www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on July 28, 2015
Coones, Sharon  
Sharon Coones 1936 - 2015 ADAMS Sharon M. (Hiland) Coones, 79, of 25 Forest Park Ave, died July 21, 2015 peacefully at her home surrounded by her husband and children. She was born in Milwaukee, WI on January 8, 1936, a daughter of the late Chester Hiland and Doris (Durocher) Hiland Hansen and step-daughter of Master Sergeant Albert Hansen, United States Air Force (retired). She attended grade school at St. Aloyisus, Milwaukee WI; High School at St. Thomas Acquinas, Green Bay, WI and transferred in her Junior year to Cathedral High School, Denver CO where she graduated from in 1954. While living in Denver, Colorado, she met her knight in shining armor, Staff Sergeant Donald Coones, an Air Force aerial photographer stationed at Lowry Air Force Base. They were amorously married on October 31, 1955. Sharon and her Mother, Doris Hansen, were the first mother-daughter team in the United Stated Air Force working as volunteers for the Family Service Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. She was also active volunteer in the NCO Wives Club. A faithful Air Force wife, she managed the household and kept the home fires burning while Donald was often serving many temporary duty assignments in far away places. Sharon traveled extensively throughout the United States and Germany with her husband and children. In 1972 they moved permanently to Donald's hometown of Adams, MA upon his retirement from the Air Force. Sharon loved being a full-time homemaker and devoted her life to taking care of her husband, children and relatives. A proud and patriotic American, she loved God, the USA and her family. She loved to dance, sing and have a good time. She enjoyed reading and watching movies; family vacations to Myrtle Beach, SC; playing video poker at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, her favorite video poker was the Butterfly Machine; and day trips to The Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in Stockbridge, MA. She is survived by her best friend, true love and husband of 60 years, Senior Master Sergeant Donald Coones, United States Air Force (retired); one son, Donald "Jasper" Coones, Jr., veteran United States Marine Corps, and his partner, Karen Tendrup; three daughters: Doreen Coones, veteran United States Air Force; Kim Coones, veteran United States Air Force; and Colleen Zajac and her husband, Mitchell; five grandchildren: Jamie Peterson and her husband, Josh; Cindy Coones; Ashley Perez and her partner, Tim Gajewsky; Mitch Zajac Jr. and Eileen Zajac: seven great-grandchildren: Ricky Perez; Alex Perez; Riley Perez; Tony Perez; Juliet Peterson; Joseph Gajewsky and Jacob Gajewsky; a sister-in-law, Alice Kirk and a brother-in-law, Alan Gomer; as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by a son, David Coones; a brother, John Hiland; four sisters, Audrey Leonard, Darlene Tendrup, Lorilee Gomer and Arletta Hiland; two sister-in-laws: Dawn Hiland and Eileen Patterson; two brother-in-laws: Walter "Red" Patterson and Burton Kirk. FUNERAL NOTICE: In keeping with Sharon's wishes, funeral services will be private. Those wishing may make a donation in Sharon's memory to St. Stanislaus Kostka School, 108 Summer St., Adams, MA 01220. The PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams, is in charge of arrangements. To leave a message of condolence, please go online to : www.paciorekfuneral.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 28, 2015
Cox, Norman J.  
Norman J. Cox, Sr., of Dracut, MA Norman J. Cox, Sr., died peacefully on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Madeline H. (Martin) Cox, with whom he spent many loving years of marriage with until her passing in 1996. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 4 to 7 p.m. on TUESDAY, July 28th, at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., Dracut. His funeral will be held WEDNESDAY at 8 a.m. from the funeral home, with his Funeral Mass following at 9 a.m. in St. Francis Church, Dracut. Burial will be held in Varnum Cemetery, Dracut. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norman's name, c/o Operation Delta Dog, Inc., P.O. Box 121, Chelmsford, MA 01824. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit www.dracutfuneralhome.com , or find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home."
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Published in Lowell Sun on July 28, 2015
Cross, Sally Manny  
Sally Manny Cross formerly of Lunenburg, MA; 92 FALMOUTH, MA -- Sally Manny Cross, 92, beloved wife of 59 years of the late Norman Campbell Cross, Sr. of Falmouth, died peacefully in her home on July 17, 2015. She was surrounded by loving children, grandchildren, and close friends. Sally was born and raised in Rye, New York, the second daughter of Ralph P. and Elizabeth C. Manny. She attended Rye Country Day School, Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield, MA, and Katharine Gibbs School in New York City. At the age of nineteen, Sally was lucky enough to marry the love of her life, Norman, a cadet in the Army Air Force. In 1945 the couple settled in Lunenburg, MA, to raise their four children, Sallie, Pamela, Norman Jr., and Elizabeth. Sally was a homemaker, an artist and a philanthropist. Throughout their lives together, she and Norm also added "world-travelers" to that list. They circumnavigated the globe and came back with countless stories and tiny mementos, filling the house with both. Sally was a great believer in "direct action." She applied equal vigor to all who needed it, from supporting a single family fallen on hard times to funding major renovations and programs at many revered institutions. One of Sally's philanthropic projects began in the tumultuous 1960's. She became aware that many underprivileged children in Fitchburg were left without needed recreation in the long summer months. Sally stepped in, creating the COOL (Care of Our Little-ones) Camp, and later COOL School. What began as a few outings turned into a forerunner of Head Start. When Sally and Norm retired to Falmouth in 1974, they found new opportunities to act. Some of these were unfortunately born of tragedy. Their daughter Elizabeth's death at the hands of a drunk driver in 1977 spurred them to support Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Their son Norman Jr.'s struggles with mental illness prompted involvement with Fairwinds Clubhouse, a nonprofit that provides support to adults with mental illness. In 1994 Sally became involved in the battle to preserve Historic Highfield Hall. The project was eventually successful; Sally and her fellow volunteers saved the Hall, providing Falmouth with a unique and beautiful landmark. Norman Cross, Sr. died in 2001, following a month of at-home hospice care. The couple had always been great supporters of the VNA, but this personal experience convinced Sally that there needed to be greater communication between the VNA and doctors at Falmouth Hospital. She promptly funded a program to address this problem. Sally was an enormously creative person. For 41 years she walked the beach daily collecting sea glass. That collection resulted in the creation of three-dimensional works-of-art that Sally hand-crafted, largely out of sea glass, driftwood and Elmer's Glue. These "Jewels of the Sea," as she dubbed them, depicted sailboats and lighthouses, chipmunks and caterpillars, sunflowers and orchids. In 2006 Sally had these creations photographed, and made into cards that she sold at the Falmouth Artists Guild and other venues, donating the proceeds to those institutions. Her love of art, reflected in the artistic talents of her children Pam and Norman Jr., led her to give considerable support to the Falmouth Artist's Guild. She was proud to help the Guild move into their brand-new facility on Gifford Street in 2009. Sally was recognized for her philanthropy. In 2008, she won the Outstanding Philanthropist award from the Planned Giving Council of Cape Cod. This award acknowledges those who act with exceptional generosity and civic responsibility. In 2014, Sally, along with fellow philanthropist Elizabeth Heald Arthur, was given the Falmouth Historical Society's Heritage Award, for which she was recognized by the State Senate and House of Representatives as well as the United States Congress. This honor is given annually to those who have a great positive impact on the culture and heritage of the town. Sally is predeceased by her husband, Norman Campbell Cross, Sr. of Falmouth, MA; her daughter, Elizabeth Cross Mellen of Falmouth, MA; her son, Norman Campbell Cross, Jr. of New Haven, CT; and her sister Ella Manny Place of Rye, NY. She is survived by her sister, Ann Manny Beck of Glasgow, VA; her daughter, Sallie Cross Kingham (John), Yardley, PA; her daughter, Pamela Cross Kielhack (Steve), Chatham, MA; and her grandchildren: Eva Breneman, Aaron Kielhack (Diana), Sarah Kielhack Idman (Jon), Reed Breneman (Lua), Douglas Kattlick Kingham (Britta), James Kingham (Lauren), Campbell Cross, and Cole Cross. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Cynthia Cross of New Haven, CT; and her great-grandchildren: Nils, Lillian, Annika, Ramsey, Giselle, Leo, Winston, May, Philip, Nora and a new great-granddaughter due in October, 2015. CROSS -- A memorial service, to which her family and friends are warmly invited, will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole, MA. In lieu of flowers please make contributions in her name to a favorite charity. For online guestbook, obituary & directions, please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on July 28, 2015
Curtis, Philip J.  
Philip J. Curtis of Fitchburg; 68 FITCHBURG -- Philip J. Curtis, 68, passed away Monday, July 27 at UMass Memorial Hospital. He was born October 28,1946 in Fitchburg, the son of Charles and Dorothy (Carney) Curtis. He graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1965. Philip was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Curtis was appointed as a Fitchburg firefighter on December 16, 1969 and retired on December 7, 1990. He had a life-long interest in politics. He was a legislative aide to Mary Jane Simmons from 1995-1996. He also worked for the Worcester County Sheriff's Department, serving as a deputy sheriff. He was a member of the Irish American Club. He leaves his fiancée Susan McNamara, his two sons, Keith and his wife Jennifer, Seth and his wife Megan, his daughter Cheyne and her husband Michael McDonald, two grandchildren, Brennah and Abigail McDonald,his two brothers C. Spencer and Robert Curtis, his sister, Donna Kelley, and several nieces and nephews. CURTIS -- The funeral will be held Thursday, July 30 from Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg, MA, with a Mass at 10:00 am in St. Bernard Parish at St. Camillus Church, 333 Mechanic St., Fitchburg, MA. Calling hours are Wednesday from 4-8 pm. Burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on July 28, 2015
Dallmeyer, Virginia (Melle)  
Virginia (Melle) Dallmeyer GRAVESIDE SERVICES A Graveside Burial Service will be held for Virginia (Melle) Dallmeyer, 94, who died May 6, 2015. Relatives and friends are invited to join Virginia's family on Saturday, August 1, at 11am at the Hancock Cemetery, 3650 Hancock Rd (Rt 43) Hancock MA
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 28, 2015
Danford, Lee  
Lee Danford 1969 - 2015 HINSDALE Lee S. Danford, 46, of 39 Ashmere Drive passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Bay State Medical Center after a long illness. Born on March 7, 1969 in Pittsfield, she is the daughter of Helen Pernie Phillips of Alpina, Michigan and the late Stephen J. Phillips. She was educated in Dalton schools and was a 1987 graduate of Wahconah Regional High School, she also attended the Mildred Elley School. Lee had worked as a bus driver for Bruce Transportation with the Central Berkshire Regional School District for several years. She had also worked as a nurse's aide at the former Ashmere Manor Nursing Home in Hinsdale and at the Homeless Shelter as a dietician. She stopped working in 2000 due to ill health. She enjoyed native American history and relics, collectibles and flowers. She also enjoyed animals and gardening as well as horseback riding. Besides her mother, she leaves her husband, retired Pittsfield Police Sergeant Gary W. Danford of Hinsdale. A son; Nathan J. Danford and his fiance, Shannon of Becket. A grandson; Caiden J. Parker of Dalton and her step-daughter; Tina M. Kickery of Pittsfield. She was predeceased by her step-son; Scott M. Danford and by her step-daughter; Corey M. Danford. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Lee S. Danford, 46, of Hinsdale who died July 25, 2015 will be held Thursday at 11am at the DERY-FOLEY FUNERAL HOME in Dalton conducted by the Rev. Jennifer Kimball, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hinsdale. Burial will follow in Maple Street Cemetery in Hinsdale. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Dery-Foley Funeral Home. Memorial donations in memory of Lee may be made to the Berkshire Humane Society in care of the funeral home, 890 Main Street, Dalton, MA 01226.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 28, 2015
DeMarsico, Vincent  
Vincent DeMarsico 1945 - 2015LONGTIME N.ADAMS POLICE OFFICER NORTH ADAMS Vincent L. DeMarsico, 69, died Friday July 24, 2015 at Berkshire Medical Center. He was born in North Adams on October 25, 1945 a son of the late Francis and Florence (Dudley) DeMarsico. Vincent graduated from Drury High School in North Adams and was a proud Vietnam Veteran, serving with the United States Air Force. He was employed at the Sprague Electric Co. for several years and in 1976 was appointed to the North Adams Police Department where he served the city until retiring in 2002. He was a member of the Massachusetts Police Assoc. Vincent was an accomplished cook and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees. Survivors include, his three loving children, Kelli Boyce and her husband, Mark of North Adams, Jessica Priester and her husband, Patrick of North Adams and James V, DeMarsico and his fiancee, Danielle of Pittsfield. Four grandchildren, Carson, Mackenzie, Brennan and Braelyn, one sister, Carol Wood of Adams and one brother, Albert DeMarsico of North Adams. He was predeceased by a brother and sister, Francis "Moose" DeMarsico and Elizabeth Formhals. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral Service will take place Wednesday at 11 am at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery with Full Police and Military Honors. Calling hours a the funeral home are Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations are suggested for Elder Service of the Berkshires or the Friends of Renal Dialysis (FORD) at BMC through the funeral home. To send a message or a card, please visit: www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 28, 2015
Fitzgerald, Mary K.  
Mary K. Fitzgerald of Lowell; 77 LOWELL -- Mary K. (Keefe) Fitzgerald, 77, of Lowell, passed away peacefully on July 26th at the Atrium in North Chelmsford with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late William Fitzgerald. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 31, 1937, the daughter of the late John J. and the late Margaret (Mahoney) F. Keefe, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1955. Mary was employed for over 40 years at the Middlesex County Bank and later retired from Bay Bank in Lowell. An active member of St. Margaret Church, she was a participating member of the parish Blessed Virgin Sodality. She was a very active lady, being an ardent member of the Red Hat Society, volunteering at both the Lowell General Hospital and former St. John's Hospital gift shops for many years. She loved to knit, especially at the Lowell Senior Center. She was an artist of Japanese Bunka and did lovely ceramic pieces. Mary is survived by her sister, Carol Staunton of Nashua, N.H., her nieces, Kara Staunton-Shron and her husband Jason Shron and her children, Sophie, Matthew and Jacob of Great Barrington, MA, Erin Horne and her husband James Horne and her twin sons, RJ and Johnny, of Milton, MA. She is also survived by her step-children, William Fitzgerald, Helen Fitzgerald, John Fitzgerald and Anne Fitzgerald, and her dear friends Mary Abraham, Kathy Quinn, Sheila Hardy, and Maureen Cohen. FITZGERALD -- In Chelmsford, July 26, 2015, at the Atrium, Mary K. (Keefe) Fitzgerald, of Lowell, wife of the late William Fitzgerald. Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday morning at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 10 o'clock. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com . 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 July 28, 2015
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