Edmund W. Soucie
ORANGE - Edmund W. Soucie, 68, of 15 Oaklawn Ave., died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004 in the Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Athol.
Funeral arrangements with the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home are incomplete.
Mary T. Diani
GREENFIELD - Mary T. (Allen) Diani, 73, of 97 Sanderson St., died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004 at the Franklin Medical Center.
ATHOL - Funeral services for Amelia “Millie” (Azublas) Petrosky, 87, of 263 Hapgood St., who died Feb. 20, 2004 at home, were held Tuesday, Feb. 24.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at the St. Francis of Assisi Church by the Rev. Stephen Johnson, Pastor. Theresa Gabis was the organist and cantor. The gifts were offered by her children, Ronald Petrosky and Joan Mork.
Burial followed at the Gethsemane Cemetery. The bearers were: James Chastney, Robert Grazis, Doug Ponusky, Sean Casella, Edward Berry and Jerry Lozier.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Patricia C. Poor
ROYALSTON - Patricia C. Poor, 80, of 7 Northeast Fitzwilliam Rd., died Monday, Feb. 23, 2004 at her home.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home are incomplete.
Warren R. Ramsdell
Was Orange LL President
ORANGE - Warren R. Ramsdell, 74, of 10R Eagleville Rd., passed away Saturday, Feb. 21 at the UMass Memorial Medical Center, University Campus, Worcester, after a brief illness.
He was born in New Salem on March 3, 1929, son of the late Thomas and Rose (Wilbur) Ramsdell, and spent his early years in the Millington section of what is now the Quabbin Resevoir.
He attended Orange High School and obtained his G.E.D. from Mt. Wachusett Community College in Gardner.
At age 17 he left school and entered the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. At the start of the Korean Conflict he joined the U.S. Army, eventually doing a tour of duty in Austria.
Warren was president of the Orange Little League throughout the mid 1960s and 1970s. He was also a member of the America Legion in Orange.
An avid outdoorsman and gardener, he was very passionate in his love of deer hunting and ice fishing. He always enjoyed the company of his fellow sportsmen when spending time in the woods or on the ice in the New England area. He was also a long standing disappointed Red Sox fan.
Warren was well known for offering advice or voicing displeasure in local, state and national politics.
His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anne (Polana) Ramsdell; three sons, Gene Ramsdell and his wife Nancy of Athol, Larry Ramsdell and his wife Lori of New Salem, and Scott Ramsdell and his dear friend Laura of Patterson, NY; one grandaughter, Christy Ramsdell of New Salem and numerous nephews and nieces.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home. Visiting hours will follow the celebration at the funeral home until 8 p.m.
Burial in Holtshire Cemetery, Orange will take place some time in the spring.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01709.
Sheila L. Browning
Author, School Worker
WENDELL - Sheila L. (Ferguson) Browning, 44, of 89 Jennison Rd., died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004 at the home of her parents in Lunenburg where she was staying during her illness.
Born in Fitchburg, on Oct. 23, 1959, a daughter of William G. and Gail (Davis) Ferguson, Jr., she grew up in Lunenburg and graduated from the Montachusett Regional Vocational School, Fitchburg in 1979. She later received an associates degree from the Greenfield Community College and had attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
A resident of Wendell since 1980, she enjoyed outdoor sports including, hunting, hiking, biking, canoeing, her dogs, Astro and Sage, as well as activities with the family mules and oxen.
She loved being a mother, spending time with her son and becoming involved with his many activities.
As an author, she wrote many children's stories and poems.
She worked for 16 years in the Special Needs Department of the Amherst and Greenfield School System.
A member of the North New Salem Church and Fitchburg Sportsman's Club, she was very active in the Franklin Medical Center Breast Cancer Support Group, a disease she courageously fought for the past five years.
She leaves her husband of 20 years, Mark Browning; her son, Jesse Browning of Wendell; her parents, William and Gail Ferguson of Lunenburg; a brother, William Ferguson III of New Ipswich, NH; a sister, Brenda Ferguson of Lunenburg; many uncles, aunts and cousins.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in North New Salem Congregational Church, 60 Elm St., North New Salem. The Rev. Edward T. Boren, Pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be in the spring at North Cemetery, Lunenburg.
There are no calling hours.
Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, is directing the arrangements.
Amelia A. Petrosky
L.S. Starrett Retiree
ATHOL - Amelia "Millie" A. (Azublas) Petrosky, 87, of 263 Hapgood St., died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at home after an illness.
She was born in Athol on April 2, 1916, daughter of Charles and Pauline (Matulis) Azublas and lived here most of her life. As a child, she lived several years in Lithuania but returned to Athol with her family when she was a teenager.
Millie was employed with the L.S. Starrett Co. of Athol for 35 years, retiring in 1982. She was a communicant of St. Francis Church in Athol and enjoyed gardening, baking and entertaining.
She is survived by one son, Ronald J. Petrosky of Spring Valley, Calif.; one daughter, Joan A. Mork of Tucson, Ariz; two grandsons, Douglas Petrosky of San Diego, Calif. and James Petrosky of North Carolina; four great grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
Her funeral will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24 from the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home, with a Funeral Mass in St. Francis Church at 11 a.m.
Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Roger A. Cook, Jr.
Deli Dept. Worker
ORANGE - Roger A. Cook, Jr., 35, of Attleboro, formerly of Orange, died Thursday, Feb. 19. 2004, in Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, after an illness.
Born in San Fernando Valley, Calif., on Jan. 8, 1969, a son of Roger A. and Louise (Dombrowski) Cook, he grew up in Orange and graduated from Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in 1987.
He worked in the deli department of Victory Market in Athol and Gardner 15 years.
He leaves a son, Mitchell Cook of Worcester; a daughter, Alexis Drozdowski of Turners Falls; a brother, Anthony Cook of Amherst; three sisters, Alice Burr of San Fernando Valley, Calif, Cheryl Walker and Tina Williams both of Newberry Springs. Calif; an aunt, Grace Masure of Orange with whom he lived for several years.
Services and burial will be private.
There are no calling hours.
Witty's Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.
Not included in the obituary for Roger A. Cook Jr., formerly of Orange, who died Thursday, Feb. 19, in Attleboro, were three aunts, Josephine Songer of Orange, Irene Hamilton of Athol and Katherine Satkowski of Stafford Springs, Conn.; and two uncles, Charles Dombrowski of Leiscester and Elliott Dombrowski of Florida.