Lillian V. Miller
Native Of Orange
NEW SALEM - Lillian V. (Dill) Miller, 93, of 125 Fay Rd., died Friday in Athol Memorial Hospital.
Born in Charlestown, N.H., Aug. 28, 1910, she was one of 11 children born to William C. and Nettie (Hallberg) Dill.
She moved to Orange at an early age where she grew up and attended local schools.
Skilled at rug braiding, crocheting and tatting, she enjoyed working around her home especially gardening.
A resident of Orange and New Salem most of her life, she lived in Milford briefly before returning to this area.
She worked at Riveto Manufacturing, Orange, 10 years and had previously worked at the Orange Manufacturing Co.
Her husband, Edward H. Miller, died in 1987 and her former husband, Horace H. Smith died in 1978.
She leaves two daughters, Virginia Celozzi and husband, Joseph of Milford, Joan Duley and husband, Robert of New Salem; a sister, Viola Anderson of Warwick (Mass.); five grandchildren, Joseph Goodnow of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Suzanne Ratcliffe of Franklin, Tenn., Michael Celozzi of Milford, Aleisa Duley of Key Largo, Fla. And Michael Duley of Orange; seven great - grandchildren, Michelle Creasia of Worcester, Michelle Dowd of Franklin, Tenn., Christopher Ratcliffe of Georgia, Matthew Duley and Linnea Duley both of Orange, John Markman and Lillian Goodnow both of Ft. Lauderdale; several nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by eight brothers, Clarence Dill, Harold Dill, Melvin Dill, Robert Dill, William Dill, Dexter Dill, Walter Dill, Milton Dill, and a sister, Beatrice Clifford.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. in Witty's Funeral Home,158 South Main St., Orange. The Rev. Edward T. Boren of North New Salem Congregational Church will officiate. Burial will follow in South Cemetery, Orange
There are no calling hours.
Geneva A. Gatautis
Was a Talented Seamstress
ATHOL - Geneva A. (Grazis) Gatautis, 81, of 504 Twitchell St., died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004 in St. Vincent's Hospital - Medical Center, Worcester, following an illness.
Born in Athol on Feb. 18, 1922, a daughter of John and Margaret (Petrowsky) Grazis, she grew up in Athol and graduated from Athol High School in 1939.
She was married to Bernie Gatautis on Sept. 2, 1950. He died on Feb. 17, 1993.
After high school she worked at the former Athol Webster Sole Co. for many years. She had also worked at the former Giant Store, and the former Bill's Market, all of Athol.
A member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, she belonged to the St. Francis Women's Guild and the Athol Golden Agers Club.
Devoted to her church, she also enjoyed cooking as well as being a talented seamstess.
Survivors include her daughters, Gail Gatautis of Amarillo, Texas, Kathy Urenda and her husband Robert of Hurst, Texas, and Jean Churchill and her husband Shaun of Meuthen; three grandchildren, Bobby Urenda, Colby Churchill and Allison Churchill; and a brother, Robert Grazi of Athol. She was predeceased by a sister, Diana Grazi on Feb. 5, 1999. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 12, from the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home, 137 Main St., Athol with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis of Assisi, 105 Main St., Athol, at Noon. Interment will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Francis of Assisi, Building Fund, 105 Main St., Athol, MA 01331
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home, Athol, is directing the arrangements.
William J. McKay
Formerly Of Town
ATHOL - William James McKay, 77, of Mobile, Ala., a native of Athol, died on Wednesday evening, Jan. 7, 2004, at a hospital in Mobile. He was a former employee of Ward International Trucks.
He was the son of the late William James McKay III and Halen (Holt) McKay.
He leaves his wife, Sylvia (Mower) McKay of Mobile; a son, William James McKay of Newport, R.I.; a daughter, Mary D. Reynolds of New Port Richey, Fla.; a sister, Dorothy Cullen of Lake Worth, Fla.; and two grandchildren.
Visitation and the funeral were held in the chapel at Gilmer's Funeral Home on Thursday.
Interment will take place at a later date in Athol.
Robert A. Manjourea
ORANGE - Robert A. Manjourea, 62, of 200 East River St., Orange, formerly of 76 Daniel Shays Highway, Athol, died Thursday morning, Jan. 8, 2004 in the Quabbin Valley Nursing Home in Athol after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Springfield on May 25, 1941, son of the late Edmond and Katherine (Watts) Manjourea and lived here many years.
Mr. Manjourea was employed with L.S. Starrett Co. of Athol for 15 years and had also worked for B&G Woodworking, Cellular Wood Products, Temple Oil, the American Legion in Athol and Catholic Charities, picking up groceries and delivering them to the elderly.
He enjoyed shooting pool and NASCAR racing. In fact, he drove several Enduros at the Monadnock Speedway.
He is survived by three sons, Robert A. Manjourea, Jr. of Orange and Daniel S. Manjourea and Timothy J. Manjourea, both of Athol; two daughters, LeAnne Killay and DeAnne Chong, both of Athol; one brother, George E. Manjourea, D.D.S. of Florida; one sister, Beverly Paquin of Barre, 20 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A grandson, Sean Robert Manjourea of Athol, died this past Monday.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service in the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home in Athol. Time and date to be determined.
There are no visiting hours.
Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities, 12 Riverbend St. Athol, MA 01331.
Sean R. Manjourea
Played Local Sports
ATHOL - Sean R. Manjourea, aged 17, of 387 South Athol Rd. died unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 5, 2004 in Athol Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Greenfield on Dec. 11, 1986 and lived here all of hs life. Sean attended Athol High School where he was involved with the wrestling team. He played football for both Pop Warner and the Athol Middle School and played baseball with the Chuck Stone Little League and the Athol Middle School. He enjoyed dirt bikes and cars.
He is survived by his father and step - mother, Robert A. and Lori A. Manjourea, Jr. of Orange; his mother and step - father, Robert and MaryJane (Herron) Durling of Las Vegas; one brother, Brandon R. Manjourea of Bethel, Maine; three sisters, Trisha M. Manjourea, with whom he lived, Kristen L.Manjourea of Athol and Brittni R. Manjourea of Orange; two step - brothers, Carlos V. Rivera and Alberto L. Rivera, both of Orange; three step - sisters, Kimberly M. Feeley, Evelyn M. Rivera and Aliah V. Rivera, all of Orange; paternal grandparents Robert A. Manjourea of Orange and Dee (Stevens) Cox and her husband, Tal, of Athol; paternal great great grandmother Ada (Dresser) Miner of Greenfield and many aunts, uncles and cousins and one niece.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service in Starrett Memorial Methodist Church on Friday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith will officiate.
Burial in Highland Cemetery, will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Calling hours in the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Pop Warner Football, PO Box 367, Orange, MA 01364. For directions to the funeral home or
Mass For Labrie
ATHOL - A memorial Mass for Romeo Labrie, who died Dec. 12, 2003 in Rodondo Beach, Calif., will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2004 at 11 a.m. in the Our Lady Immaculate Church, and not 10 a.m. as previously stated.
ATHOL - Funeral services for Louise J. (Young) MacDonald, 79, of 739 Daniel Shays Hwy., were held Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at the Our Lady Immaculate Church with the Rev. Fr. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor, celebrating the Mass. The altar server was Mrs. MacDonald's great grandson, Scotti Brooks, and the organist was Thereas Gabis. Readings and memories were shared by Mrs. MacDonald's daughters; Jeannette Neveux, Carolyn Brooks and Elaine Perreira. The gifts were offered by great granddaughters Jacquie Brooks, Vicki Brooks and Nicole Brooks.
The bearers were; Richard Stanley, Paul Stanley, James MacDonald, Gary MacDonald, Fred Brooks, Henry Neveux and Alan Hatch.
Private burial will be at a later date.
The Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home directed the arrangements.