Stephanie R. Beford
Known For Her Cooking
ORANGE - Stephanie R. (Bennett) Beford, 94, formerly of Orange, died on July 29, 2004 at the Lorien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Columbia, Md., following an illness.
Born in Athol, MA on January 14, 1910, she was a daughter of Jonas and Amiliya O. (Bayarunaicia) Bendinckas and grew up here.
She was married to Aldolphus Beford, who died in August of 1964.
A tremendous cook, she had worked at the Rectory of St. Mary's Church in Orange for many years before retiring. During her time at St. Mary's, she was dedicated to serving the church and had been a member since 1941. She also had been a member of St. Mary's Women's Club.
She is survived by her son David Beford, and his wife, Sue, of Spencer; a daughter, Evelyn McGettigan of Columbia, Md.; six grandchildren; a brother, Alfred Bennett of Athol; a sister, Anna Ambrose of Athol; and many nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by a sister, Pauline Bennett.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church. Interment will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol.
Visitation will be held at Witty's Funeral Home from 9:30 - 11 a.m. prior to the Mass at St. Mary's.
Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, is directing the arrangements.
ORANGE - A Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004 at St. Mary's Church in Orange for Mary (Stys) O'Connell, 93, of 21 Maynard St., who died July 31, 2004 at St. Vincent's Hospital - Worcester Medical Center, Worcester, following an illness. The Rev. Fr. William Lunney was the celebrant. The gifts were brought forward by Irene Rice and Dorothy Truckey. Theresa Bergquist was the cantor with Janet Paoletti as the organist. St. Mary's Choir also participated.
Interment was in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol. The pallbearers were; John Bergquist, Michael Truckey, Craig Rice, Jim Kolodziej, Eric Holmgren, and Ryan Holmgren. Following the committial service, a reception was held at St. Mary's Parish Hall.
Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, directed the arrangements.
John N. Moore Jr.
Operated Dairy Farm
ORANGE - John N. Moore Jr., 86, of 220 Cross Rd., died on Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at Athol Memorial Hospital, following an illness, with family at his bedside.
Born in Orange on March 24, 1918, he was a son of John N. And Mary C. (Marble) Moore Sr., and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High School in 1936.
Following graduation, he took over the family farm where he was born and dedicated his life to running the dairy farm with his son John III, joining him. The two, father and son, were constant companions and enjoyed working together and having their family all together on the farm.
He was married to Jeanette (Streeter) in August, 1941 and they enjoyed 63 years of marriage together.
A devoted family man, he enjoyed baseball, hunting, driving his horses, and especially loved gardening and raising flowers. “He who plants a seed beneath the sod to watch it grow, believes in God.”
He was a member of the Franklin County Farm Bureau and the Holstein Friesian Association.
Besides his beloved wife, Jeanette, he leaves a son, John Moore III and his wife Laura, of Orange; daughters, Susan Lemieux of Arkansas, and Elaine Roberts of North Carolina; grandchildren, Karen Clay, Sandra Davis, Kati Curtis, David Moore, Daniel Moore, Adam Moore, Pamela Moore, and Matthew Rousell; great grandchildren, Emily Clay, Lindsey Clay, Morgan Davis, Issac Davis, Caroline Davis, Erin Moore, Hannah Moore, Dillon Rousell, Bailee Scoggins, and Sienna Moore; brother, Dana Moore of Erving; and many nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by a brother, Wayne Moore, and sisters, Margaret Woodcock, Marion Johnson, Olive Allen, Pearl Vorce, and Ruth McPeck.
Funeral services will be held at Witty’s Funeral Home on Friday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Jones Cemetery, Orange.
Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday evening, Aug. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Flowers are encouraged by the family, or donations may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.
CLINTON - Bertha (Rabideau) Huentler, 93, of 4 Bolton Rd., died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004 in the Westridge Healthcare Center, Marlborough after an illness.
Former Silk Weaver
ORANGE - Mary (Stys) O'Connell, 93, of 21 Maynard St., died on Saturday, July 31, 2004 at St. Vincent's Hospital - Worcester Medical Center in Worcester following an illness.
Born in Newmarket, N.H. on Aug. 7, 1910, she was a daughter of John and Julia (Sklarski) Stys, and grew up in Newmarket before moving to Willimantic, Conn. She moved to Orange in 1935.
While living in Willimantic, she worked as a silk weaver. Upon moving to Orange, she was employed by the former Torrington Machine Company and B & F Manufacturing, known as the "pants shop," both in Orange, before retiring in 1975.
She was predeceased by her husband, Edward T. O'Connell.
A member of the Orange Senior Citizens for many years, she also was a member of St. Mary's Church of Orange and enjoyed yard work, gardening, and going on vacations with family.
Survivors include her sisters, Stephanie Sinkovich and Stella Bergquist, both of Orange; a nephew, John Bergquist, and his wife Theresa, of Orange; nieces Dorothy Truckey of Athol and Irene Rice of Orange; and several grand nephews and nieces.
A sister, Antonia Donais, died in 1980.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's Church.
Interment will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery in Athol.
A calling hour will be held at Witty's Funeral Home from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to St. Mary's Church General Endowment Fund, 19 Congress St., Orange, MA 01364.
Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, is directing the arrangements.
Funeral services for Robert T. Peterson Jr., 66, of 2320 South Athol Rd., were held Friday, July 30, 2004, in Our Lady Immaculate Church. The celebrants were Rev. James Callahan, Associate Pastor, and Deacon James Linderman.
The organist was Janet Paoletti; the cantor was Mary Casella. Members of the choir were present. Mr. Peterson's wife, Lori, sang Amazing Grace. The gifts were brought forward by Roger and Frank Wrigley. Rita Brunell shared the readings.
The bearers were, James P. Chase, Frank A. Holden, Frank Wrigley, Roger Wrigley, Paul Newcomb, Kevin Swan, Wayne Latourneau, and Paul Mahan. A honor guard from the Gardner Police Department was present and the Athol Police Department provided a police escort.
Members of the Edward H. Phillips Post No. 102 provided military honors; they included Robert Carey, Victor Litchfield, Peter Krustapentus and Alfred Souza. Mr. Souza presented the United States Flag to Mrs. Peterson.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home of Athol directed funeral arrangements.
ORANGE - Stephaine Beford, 94, formerly of Orange, died on Thursday, July 29, 2004, at the Lauren Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Columbia, Maryland, following an illness. Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty's Funeral Home, Orange.
Scott Walter Mackenzie; Avid Musician
ATHOL - Scott Walter Mackenzie, 56 of 61 Craigin St., died Thursday, July 29, 2004 at home following an illness.
He was born in Gardner, on Aug. 27, 1947, the son of Arlene E. (Baxter) and the late Walter F. Mackenzie.
He grew up in Athol and graduated from Athol High School in 1965. A veteran of the Vietnam War he served in the United States Army and received the following commendations, the National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Acft Badge, Acft Crwmn Badge, Air Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Dev. He was honorably discharged. He was an avid fisherman and musician.
Mr. Mackenzie was a member of Franco - American Club, the American Lithuanian Naturalization Club, Roy L. Boyce Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 650, and the Edward H. Phillips American Legion Post No. 102.
He leaves his wife, Christine S. (Dill) Mackenzie; his mother Arlene E. (Baxter) (Mackenzie) Young and his step - father James Young of Athol; one sister, Barbara A. Fisk of Florida; and one brother, Ned B. Mackenzie of Orange.
Funeral services will be private.
There are no calling hours.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in his memory to the Athol Boosters Association c/o Kevin Aiken 695 Pinedale Ave., Athol, Mass. 01331.
Fiske Funeral Home is directing arrangements.