Victoria E. Shepardson
BARRE - Victoria E. (Winters) Shepardson, 74, of 1000 West St., died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004 in St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester.
She leaves four sons, Earl Jr. and Joseph, both of Wheelwright, John of Winchendon, and Lawrence of Barre; one daughter, Victoria L. Shaw of Orange; 13 grandchildren and 21 great - grandchildren. She also leaves her ex - husband of 50 years, Earl R. Shepardson of Barre.
Victoria was born in Worcester, daughter of Dawson and Jennie (Simcusky) Winters and lived here all her life. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, crossword puzzles, collecting cookbooks and gardening books.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 2 at 10 a.m. in the Pillsbury Funeral Home, 96 S. Barre Rd. A calling hour will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. in the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Webster.
George A. Galipault
ERVING - George A. Galipault, 99, formerly of 12 State Rd., and a resident of Poet's Seat Nursing Home, Greenfield, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004 in the Franklin Medical Center, following a period of failing health.
Brenda J. Ayer
GARDNER - Brenda J. (Shetrawski) Ayer, 51, of 54 Charles St., died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004 in her residence following along illness.
ATHOL - Funeral services for Joseph E. Ziguloski, 81, of 401 Petersham Rd., were held Friday, Feb. 27, with a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady Immaculate Church.
The celebrant was Rev. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor, the organist was Theresa Gabis.
Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery.
The bearers were Craig Rice, William Cormier, John Cormier, John Hunter, Peter Lyman and Paul Jacobs.
Military honors were provided by members of the Edward H. Phillips American Legion Post No. 102 and by members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard from Westover Air Force Base.
They included past commander Robert Carey, assistant finance officer Victor Litchfield, past county commander, Alfred Souza, adjutant Peter Krustapentus, member George Therien.
Members of the honor guard from the Air Force folded the United States Flag and presented it to Mrs. Ziguloski.
Fiske Funeral Home directed arrangements.
Velma G. King;
ATHOL - Velma G. (Akey) King, 90 of 813 Pleasant St., died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, in the Baldwinville Nursing Home.
She was born in Plattsburg, N.Y. on May 4, 1913 the daughter of the late Edward V. and Jean F. (Bordo) Akey.
She was a graduate of Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School.
She worked as produce manager at Donelans Supermarket and the former Piggly Wiggly Supermarket.
She enjoyed traveling with the senior citizen group in the Athol area. She enjoyed gardening, reading and oil painting. She worked at the senior meals sites after her retirement.
Mrs. King attended the Athol Congregational Church and was a member of the Athol Grange No. 175.
She leaves two sons, Randal B. King of Athol, Terry J. King of Athol; two grandchildren; one great granddaughter and two nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Frank A. King who died in 1981 and by two brothers, Kenneth C. Akey and Carlton E. Akey. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 2, at 11a.m. in Fiske Funeral Home, 1356 Main Street, Athol, with Rev. Harold V. Lloyd Pastor of the Athol Congregational Church officiating.
Burial will follow in Doe Valley Cemetery, Athol.
Calling hours will be held Monday, March 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be sent to Alzheimer´s Association, 36 Cameron Ave., Cambridge, Mass. 02140 or to the Baldwinville Nursing Home - Activity Fund, 51 Hospital Rd., Baldwinville, Mass. 01436 or to a chairty of one´s choice.
Fiske Funeral Home is directing arrangements.
ORANGE - Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 27, at Witty's Funeral Home, for Pearl M. (Harris) Fay, 100, of 179 Hance Rd., Fair Haven, N.J., who died at her home on Sunday, Feb. 22.
The Rev. Mark W. Harris of First Parish of Watertown Unitarian Universalist officiated.
Interment followed in South Cemetery, Orange.
The pallbearers were Emil Wrede, David Wrede, Charles Harris Jr., and David Zink.
A reception followed at Eddie's Restaurant, Athol.
Witty's Funeral Home directed the arrangements.
Fred G. Chambers Jr.
Skipper For 35 Years
ORANGE - Fred G. Chambers, Jr., 84, of 316 Wheeler Ave., North Orange, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004 in the Heywood Hospital, Gardner.
Born in Nantucket, Oct. 29, 1919, a son of Fred G. And Nancy A. (Burdick) Chambers, Sr., he grew up and attended schools in Nantucket.
A World War II Veteran of the US Navy, he served throughout the Asiatic - Pacific Theatre on the USS President Hayes, known as" Attack Transport X" and operated the landing crafts responsible for making the initial attack on many of the Pacific Islands. He was involved in engagements in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Malatta, Randova, Guam, Layta and Bougainville. He was awarded the Unit Presidential Citation, American Area Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with a Silver and Bronze Star, Phillipine Liberation Campaign Ribbon with two Bronze Stars. He was discharged in 1945 as Boatswains Mate First Class.
After the war he began his career as a commercial fisherman and attained the rank of Captain. He was the skipper on many fishing boats in the Nantucket Fleet and later the New Bedford Fishing Fleet until retiring in 1980 after 35 years of service.
A longtime member of the New Bedford Fisherman's Union AFL CIO, he was also a member of Union Lodge of Masons, A.F. & A.M., Isle of the Sea Royal Arch Chapter and Independent Order of Odd Fellows, W. S. Flaherty Lodge No. 66 all in Nantucket.
He moved from Nantucket to New Bedford in 1963 and came to Orange in 1973. His hobbies included automobile repairs and working around his home.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Margaret I. (Foster) Chambers; a daughter, Catherine F. Wyckstrom of Athol; two sons, Edward A. Chambers and Thomas "Ian" Chambers both of Orange; four grandchildren, Kelly J. Chambers of Athol, Eli T. Chambers of Turners Falls, Crystal D. Porey and Melissa Porey both of Brattleboro, Vt.; several nephews and nieces.
A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, March 3 at 11 a.m. in St. John's Episcopal Church, 15 Park Ave., Athol. The Rev. William B. Hobbs, Rector, will officiate.
Private burial will be held at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Nantucket.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to Shriner's Children's Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, 01104.
Witty's Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.
Cynthia M. Stange
Nurse, Scout Leader
ATHOL - Cynthia M. (Noel) Stange, 47, of 63 Patrick Ave., a force of nature and lifelong resident of the area, died suddenly at her home on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004.
She was born in Gardner, Dec. 11, 1956, a daughter of Charles and Arline (Haskins) Noel. She attended public schools in Orange, graduating from Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School. She went on to Hahneman School of Nursing in Worcester and upon her graduation she started her career at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. Cindy then started work at the Athol Memorial Hospital where she worked for many years and for the past five years had worked at Heywood Hospital in Gardner.
Cindy was widely respected by her colleagues as a highly skilled and experienced critical care and E.R. nurse. She brought comfort to her patients and their families and inspired other nurses with her love and vitality she brought to her profession. A skilled leader, teacher and role model, she mentored new nurses, instilled confidence in those she supervised, supported and encouraged her co - workers with her good - humored enthusiasm and seemingly boundless energy.
She poured her legendary energy into everything she did. As a Girl Scout leader for 20 years she worked to instill her curiosity and enthusiasm into scores of girls. Her abilities as a creative and tireless fundraiser enabled the scouts to enjoy many experiences and to travel to the 1996 Olympics, Mt. Rushmore and the far west; journeys which were reported in the newspaper in the form of a journal written by the scouts. Cindy was also a talented and enthusiastic crafts and games person who enjoyed scrapbooking, cross - stitch, beadwork, crocheting and playing card games with family and friends. She was the cherished friend of many and it is a great testament to her that so many people called her their best friend. Cindy will be sadly missed and loved by all that new her.
She leaves her husband of 24 years, Thomas C. Stange; a son, Erik Stange; a daughter, Sarah Stange; a grandson Peyton Stange, all of Athol; her parents, Charles and Arline Noel of Orange; two brothers, Curtis Noel of Orange, and Cary Noel of Warwick; a sister, Charlene Noel of Orange; her in - laws, Carl and Shirley Stange of Athol; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Monday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Athol Congregational Church, with the Rev. Harold V. Lloyd, Jr., pastor and the Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith, pastor of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church officiating.
Calling hours will be Sunday, Feb. 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Higgins - O’Connor Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Athol Memorial Hospital, 2033 Main St. or the Cynthia Stange nursing scholarship fund, c/o Athol Saving Bank, 444 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.