Ruth C. Holston
Long - time Orange Resident
ORANGE - Ruth C. (Brunelle) Holston, 73, formerly of 29 Sherman Ave., and a resident of Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Athol, since 2001, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, in Athol Memorial Hospital following an illness.
Born in Marlboro on Nov. 27, 1930, daughter of Elphage and Adeline (Hachey) Brunelle, she moved to Canada as an infant, returning at age 5 to North Orange, where her mother ran the former General Store next to Goddard Park.
A graduate of Orange High School in 1948, she was active in music and minstrel shows. She was married to John E. Holston in 1951.
She worked briefly at the Erving Paper Mills before beginning her family. She later sold World Book Encyclopedias and was an Avon lady.
A member of St. Mary's Church, she also belonged to the St. Mary's Women's Club. She enjoyed her family and grandchildren, flowers, gardening, music, bird watching, band concerts in the summer and vacationing on the Maine coast. During the 1970s, she enjoyed interacting with people on the CB radio. Ruth was challenged in mid - life with multiple sclerosis, and a stroke, and worked hard to regain the ability to walk and her speech. She maintained a terrific outlook on life, and will be remembered for her positive attitude, infectious laugh and sense of humor.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, John E. Holston of Orange; son John F. Holston and his wife Diane of Athol, son Jim Holston and his wife Nancy of Orange, daughter Julie Holston Quimby and her husband Rick of West Boylston, son Jeffrey Holston of Orange, daughter Jody Langlois and her husband Darrien of Athol; four granddaughters, Amelia and Olivia of Orange, and Claire and Grace of West Boylston.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Janine, in 1980.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 11, at St. Mary's Church, 19 Congress St., at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Fr. William Lunney officiating.
Interment in Gethsemane Cemetery, Athol, will be private.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Residents Fund, Quabbin Valley Healthcare, 821 Daniel Shays Hwy., Athol, MA 01331.
Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., is directing the arrangements.
Raymond L. Dubie
WWII Navy Veteran
LITTLETON, N.H. - Raymond L. Dubie, 79, of Cottage St., died Wednesday morning, Oct. 6, 2004, at the Country Village Health Care Center, Lancaster. Mr. Dubie was born in Turner Falls, Mass., on Nov. 19, 1924, the son of William and Mae (Alex) Dubie.
A long - time resident of Massachusetts, Raymond attended local schools there and was a graduate of Becker College in Worcester. For many years he was a specialist photographer and owned and operated Ray Dubie Studios in Athol, Mass. He later moved to San Diego, Calif., where he operated his own hearing aid business in Escondido, Calif. During World War II he served with the United States Navy.
Raymond also had many interests during his life that included outdoor activities such as skiing and boating. He was also a private pilot. For the past 13 years he has resided in Littleton.
Family members include a daughter, Linda Rae Allie and her husband Richard of Silverthorne, Colo.; two sons, Steven Craig Dubie of Frisco, Colo., and Robert Allen Dubie of Escondido, Calif.; six grandchildren and one great - grandchild.
There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m., at the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster. Rev. Raymond Ball, pastor of All Saints Church, Lancaster, will officiate.
James P. Kennedy Jr.
Designer, Builder Of Homes
NEW SALEM - James P. Kennedy Jr., 56, of town and formerly of Southborough, died on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at Lahey Clinic in Burlington.
He was the husband of Mary E. (O'Donohue) Kennedy.
Born in Bronx, N.Y., he was a son of Ruth (McClean) Kennedy of New Salem and the late James P. Kennedy Sr., who passed away in 1985.
Mr. Kennedy operated Northeast Insulation of Southborough for many years. He went on to become a designer and builder of homes in Central Massachusetts. He was a private pilot and member of the Athol - Orange Aero Club. He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity and his fabulous sense of humor.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Kennedy of Jamaica Plains; a brother, Paul Kennedy of New York City; and a sister, Patrice Coughlin, and her husband Richard of Kirksville, Mo.; five nieces, Nora and Christine Kennedy of Clifton Park, N.Y., and Claire, Grace and Marie of Kirksville.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Morris Funeral Home (morrisfuneralparlor.com), 40 Main St., Route 30, Southborough.
There will be a funeral home service at the Morris Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Rural Cemetery in Southborough.
Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to Habitat for Humanity, 111 Park Ave., Worcester, MA 01609.
Mary H. Pouliot
Native Of Athol
ATHOL - Mary H. Pouliot, 87, of 821 Daniel Shays Hwy., died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2004.
She was born in Athol on Aug. 26, 1917, a daughter of Peter and Sarah (Moore) Hume. She was a graduate of Athol High School, and employed by General Electric Co. in Bridgeport, Conn., for 40 years.
She lived in Stratford, Conn., for 51 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerard, in 2001, and brothers William and Wellington, and sisters Elizabeth Truehart, Bertha Haskins, Catherine Estes, and Lois McElhenrey.
She leaves a sister, Margaret Deyo, and husband James of Athol; brothers - in - law Arthur Pouliot and wife Dorothy of Stuart, Fla., and Henry Pouliot and wife Joan of Orange Beach, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Burial was on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Conn. Pallbearers were James Deyo, Brian Haskins, William Lawless, and Andrew Polana.
Donations in her memory may be sent to Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Alzheimers Unit, 821 Daniel Shays Hwy., Athol, MA 01301, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Leonard Pollard Jr.
World War II Veteran
STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. - Leonard Pollard Jr., 76, of Stafford Street, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at home.
He was born in Montague, Mass., the son of the late Leonard Sr. and Edith (Garish) Pollard.
He graduated from Orange High School, Orange, Mass., and the University of Massachusetts.
He was a World War II United States Army veteran, and a retired school teacher for the Stafford school system after many years of service.
He was a member of the Second Congregational Church of Stafford at West Stafford, the Alumni Association of Orange High School, the Strazza, Tonoli - Emhoff Post No. 26 American Legion, and A.A.R.P.
He also enjoyed raising bluebirds, African violets, apple trees and pear trees.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years of marriage, Frances (Harriman) Pollard; two brothers and a sister - in - law, Edward C. Pollard Sr., of Erving, Mass., and George H. and Patricia Pollard of Westford, Mass.; a sister, Gertrude E. Pollard of Bernardston, Mass.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 30, at Introvigne Funeral Home, Inc., 51 East Main St., Stafford Springs. Burial followed in Stafford Street Cemetery, Patten Road, Stafford Springs.
William H. Smith
Army Reserve Veteran
ORANGE - William H. Smith, 38, of 300 East Main St., died on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at home following an illness.
Born in Fitchburg on April 5, 1966, he was a son of Howard and Alice (Salomacki) Smith and grew up in the Fitchburg area. While in high school, he enjoyed playing football. He had moved to Orange in June of 2003.
Following his schooling, he enlisted in the Army Reserves and was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. from 1983 to 1985.
A truck driver for several years, he had previously been a manager at DeMoulas Supermarket in Fitchburg.
An auto enthusiast, he enjoyed working on his car and listening to rock music. Survivors include his mother, Alice, in Sterling, and a sister, June Muzyk, and her husband Bob, of Athol.
Funeral services will be announced at a later date and time.
There are no calling hours.
Witty's Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.
Maxine A. Fauxteux
Long - time Athol Resident
ATHOL - Maxine A. (Prim) Matthews Fauteux, 86, of 151 Royalston Rd., and formerly of Lenox Street, died Monday, Oct. 04, 2004 at the Athol Memorial Hospital. She was born in Athol on July 17, 1918, the daughter of Walter and Dora M. (Nelson) Prim, and has lived in Athol all of her life, attending Athol schools.
She was a member of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, the Athol Golden Age Club, A.A.R.P. national and local chapters, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Athol Woman’s Club. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, traveling with her husband and the Golden Age Club.
Her first husband, Raymond C. Matthews Sr., died in 1967 and her second husband, Charles Fauteux, died in 1982. She leaves four sons, Robert W. Matthews, Roland A. Matthews and his wife Juli, Richard A. Matthews and his wife Lynn, all of Athol, Raymond C. Matthews, Jr. and his wife Pat of Orange; 10 grandchildren, Russell, Ronald, Roland Jr., Brianna and Kelsey Matthews all of Athol, Lisa Fritz of Norfolk, Vir., Richard, Jr. and Nicole Matthews, both of Worcester, Steven and David Matthews both of Orange; several great - grandchildren; a sister, Ruth DuBeau of Orlando, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Percy Nelson and Lucius Prim, and by three sisters, Geraldine Bond, Virginia Paydos and Marjorie Carey. A grandson, Robert Matthews Jr., died in 1985.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m., at Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, 40 Island St., with the Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in South Cemetery in Orange and calling hours will be Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Living Memorial Fund of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, 40 Island St., Athol, MA 01331.