Irene G. Fisher
ATHOL - Irene G. Fisher, 94, formerly of Pine Meadow Road, Northfield, died Tuesday evening, Jan. 13, 2004, at the Quabbin Valley Healthcare.
She was born in Chazey, N.Y. on Aug. 30, 1909, the daughter of Charles J. and Rosa M. (McGee) Masterson. She was educated in Valley Falls N.Y. schools.
She was married on July 23, 1932 to Arthur Fisher in Troy, N.Y. Mr. Fisher predeceased her in 1988.
In her early years she worked at the former Northfield Inn and Chateau, along with housecleaning for residents of the Rustic Ridge in Northfield. She then became a caregiver for many of her grandchildren and other children. She enjoyed gardening, bingo, dining out, playing cards and checkers, and family get togethers.
She is survived by four daughters, Rose M. Fitch of Orange, Joan Winship of Northfield, Delores Boom of Schaghticoke, N.Y. and Christine Ewell and her husband David of Wendell; one brother, Eugene Masterson of Clifton Park, N.Y. and two sisters, Rose Jenson of Troy, N.Y. and Pat Woodling of Schaghticoke; 18 grandchildren, 29 great - grandchildren and 18 great - great - grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Arthur Jr., in 1994, and three brothers, Hubert, Charles and Emery, and two sisters, Dora McMann and Monnetta Woodbury.
Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield. Carl Fisher, minister of Jehovah's Witnesses, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Farms Cemetery, Northfield.
There will be calling hours at the funeral home on Friday from 9 a.m. to the time of the service.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
Wilfred E. Parenteau
AMESBURY - Wilfred E. Parenteau, age 78, and a resident of 6 Morrill Place, Amesbury, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004 at the Harborside Healthcare in Amesbury.
Born in Montague, on June 30, 1925, son of the late Victor and Augustine (Binot) Parenteau, Wilfred had been a resident of Amesbury for the past five months, previously having resided in Wilmington, NC., and Turners Falls.
A graduate of Turners Falls High School class of 1943 and Tufts University class of 1947, Wilfred had worked as a civil engineer for the State of Massachusetts, out of the Northampton Office, for over 35 years. He was a past park commissioner of Turners Falls, and was a past president and member of the Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus and St. Anne's Church, all of Turners Falls.
Wilfred loved the ocean, particularly Wallis Sands, and enjoyed gardening, reading and just "puttering around."
Wilfred is survived by five children, Roland Parenteau and his wife Jana of Amesbury, Stephen Parenteau and his wife Linda of Windham, ME, Raymond Parenteau of Nottingham, NH., Richard Parenteau and his wife Lori of No. Yarmouth, ME, and Lynn Thiem and her husband Robert of Athol; a brother, Raymond Parenteau of Northfield; a sister, Christine Saulnier of E. Longmeadow; 12 grandchildren; Christie Och of Natick, Ryan and Janelle Parenteau of Amesbury, Joslyn, Jordyn, Jamison, Jeffrey and Jaret Thiem all of Athol, Amanda and Alexander Parenteau of No. Yarmouth, ME, Sarah and Marshall Parenteau of Windham, ME, and several nieces and nephews.
His funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 17 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 166 High St., Newburyport, at 11 o'clock.
In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are by Simplicity Burial & Cremation Services, 287 High St., Newburyport, MA.
Condolences can be sent to www.BurialsAndCremations.com.
Robert A. Manjourea
ATHOL - A memorial service for Robert A. Manjourea, 62, who died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, in the Quabbin Valley Healthcare, will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. in the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home. The Reverend Dr. Lee Smith of the Starrett Memorial Methodist Church will conduct the service.
In addition to his family, he leaves Diane Gorham, his companion of 13 years.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
John R. Mosco
Deputy Fire Warden
ATHOL - John R. Mosco, 92, of Edgewood Street, Lincoln, N.H., and formerly of Athol, died Jan. 13, 2004, at the Mount Carmel Nursing Home in Manchester, N.H.
He was born in Wilmington, Vt. on Dec. 8, 1911, the son of Erminio G. and Emma (Depratti) Mosco.
He attended Athol schools and lived in Athol before moving to Lincoln in 1940.
Mr. Mosco owned and operated a laundry service in Lincoln for a few years. He worked as a foreman for the former Franconia Paper Co. of Lincoln, until the mill closed in 1972. He was a dispatcher for the town of Lincoln and was a member of the Lincoln Fire Department and served as assistant fire chief for several years. He was a deputy fire warden and assisted in many of the rescues in the area. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Colombus. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church, Lincoln.
He was predeceased by his wife Alice (Zani) Mosco who died in March of 2003.
Family members include two daughters, Elena Whitfield of Manchester and Donna Spires of Sweedsboro, NJ; five grandchildren; a sister, Mary Govoni of Lincoln, and several neices and nephews.
Calling hours will be on Friday, Jan. 16 from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Edmund Fournier Funeral Home, 144 Main St., North Woodstock, NH.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Church Street, in Lincoln, with Father Roger Bilodeau as celebrant.
Spring burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Lincoln.
Donations in his memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.
ORANGE - Funeral services for Omer W. Chaisson, 90, of 623 East River St., who died Jan. 10, 2004, at home, were held Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at the St. Francis of Assist Church. Reverend James Callahan, assistant pastor of the Our Lady Immaculate Church, celebrated the funeral Mass.
Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery. The bearers were: Ken Chaisson, Jeff Chaisson, Michael Boudreau, Mark White, Dean Mastorakis and David Maroni. Honorary bearers were: Daniel Chaisson, Lynne White, Deneen Mastorakis, Kristen Thibaudeau and LeAnn Chaisson.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home directed arrangements.
ATHOL - Funeral services for Geneva (Grazis) Gatautis, 81, of 504 Twichell St., who died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, in St. Vincent's Hospital, were held Monday, Jan. 12, at the St. Francis of Assisi Church. Reverend Stephen Johnson, pastor of the Our Lady Immaculate church, celebrated the funeral Mass. The gifts were offered by Colby and Allison Churchill.
Burial followed in Gethsemane Cemetery. The bearers were: Robert Urenda, Bobby Urenda, Shaun Churchill, Robert Gatautis, Ron Gatautis and Richard Gatautis.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
William Ellis, Sr.
ATHOL - William Ellis, Sr., 87, of 493 Pequoig Ave., died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004 at the Athol Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Millbury on Feb. 17, 1916, the son of George E. and Clara (Wigglesworth) Ellis. He grew up in Millbury, graduated from Worcester Boy’s Trade School and from Worcester Technical School with a Master Electricians certificate.
He worked for the L.S. Starrett Company from 1955 until his retirement as their master electrician. He had previously worked for construction companies as an industrial electrician and during World War II he worked in the Quincy Navy Yard wiring and repairing ships.
He was a member of the Olive Lodge of Masons A.F. and A.M. in Quincy, Past Patron of the Order of Eastern Star, Themis Chapter in Athol. He was also a member of the Ellinwood Country Club serving on several boards at the time the course changed from nine holes to 18. He had a love for flying and at age 13 he was flying biplanes. He had many hobbies including fishing, woodworking, traveling, reading, cooking and art. He took classes at the Worcester Museum of Art and enjoyed all types of art.
His wife of 56 years, Mildred M. (Jacques) Ellis, died in 1992. He leaves two sons, William Ellis, Jr. and his wife Jane of Athol, and George Ellis and his wife Gloria of Lowell, NC; two daughters, Joyce Henning of Erial, NJ, Judy Lawton and her husband Robert of Athol; his long time companion, Madeline Kimball with whom he lived; 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers, George and Frederick Ellis, and three sisters, Lillian Ellis, Beatrice Ellis and Rose Nelson.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. in the Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold V. Lloyd, Jr., pastor of the Athol Congregational Church, officiating.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Athol Historical Society, P.O. Box 21, Athol, MA 01331.
Frances I. Lawrence
ROYALSTON - Frances I. (Grimes) Lawrence, 80, of 12 Dickley Rd., died Monday, Jan. 12, 2003 in the Heywood Hospital, Gardner, shortly after being stricken ill at home.
Born in Townsend on Dec. 11, 1923, she was the daughter of Walter and Dorothy (Bliss) Grimes.
She was a cafeteria manager employed by the Raymond School, Royalston, for 42 years.
She was a 1941 graduate of Townsend High School and was a member of the Our Lady Queen of Heaven Mission, Royalston.
Mrs. Lawrence was a member of the zoning board of appeals in Royalston. She enjoyed bowling, gardening, yoga, knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles, traveling, and also managed to make excellent jams and jellies.
Her husband of 58 years, Richard H. Lawrence, died in 2002.
She leaves two sons, Richard H. Lawrence Jr. and Walter E. Lawrence, both of Royalston; three daughters, Dorothy A. Yablonski of Gardner, Kathleen M. Pirro of Leominster and Linda M. Vaidulas of Ashburnham; one brother, Thomas Grimes of Toledo, OH; two sisters, Marguerite deToro of Middleton, CT and Elizabeth Roche of Groton; 10 grandchildren, eight great - grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 15 from the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner with a Mass at 10 a.m. in the St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1 Forest St., Baldwinville.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Baldwinville.
Calling hours at the funeral home are Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady Queen of Heaven Mission, Route 68, Royalston, MA 01368 or to the Templeton Rescue Squad, PO Box 4, Baldwinville, MA 01436.