Gladys L. Dodge
Native Of Orange
ORANGE - Gladys L. (Lafountaine) Dodge, 86, of 50 Red Brook Lane, died on Monday, Oct. 4, 2004 in Athol Memorial Hospital, Athol, following an illness.
Born in Orange on March 12, 1918, she was a daughter of Henry J. and Clara (Dewey) Lafountaine and grew up and attended schools here in Orange.
She was married to Harlan L. Dodge who died in 1977.
A stitcher for many years, she had worked at the former Orange Pants Shop for 15 years and later went to work at the Lesnow Manufacturing Company in Easthampton for 15 years before retiring in 1982. She had lived in Easthampton for 20 years.
A member of the Orange Central Congregational Church, she had served on several of the church committees and taught Sunday School.
She had been a member of the King James Association, serving as president, secretary, and treasurer at various times. She also was a member of the Orange Senior Citizens Club, volunteered at the Athol and Erving mealsites, and also volunteered for the Literacy Project.
A loving and caring lady, she enjoyed being with her family, playing cards and bingo, knitting, and crocheting.
Survivors include her daughters, Linda Knetchel and Beverly Priestley, both of Orange, and Cynthia Dodge of Greenfield; 13 grandchildren; 20 great - grandchildren.
A daughter, Marilyn Dodge, had died at the age of four.
A Memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Orange Central Congregational Church, 93 South Main St., with the Rev. Barbara Seamon officiating. There are no calling hours.
Burial in Plainview Cemetery, Leverett, will be private.
Witty's Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.
Dorothy H. Moon
Was Library Volunteer
ATHOL - Dorothy H. (Tuttle) Moon, 69, of 96 Pleasant St., died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at home. She was born in Londonderry, Vt., on Aug. 20, 1935, the daughter of the late Leroy and the late Maxine (Bolster) Tuttle.
She grew up in the Greenfield area. She traveled extensively with her husband Howard who was in the service. Mrs. Moon was a resident of Athol for the past 12 years.
She worked at Godin Real Estate and volunteered at the Athol Library. She enjoyed gardening, canning and cooking bean suppers once a month.
She leaves her husband of 52 years, Howard R. Moon; one daughter, Karin Percodani of Athol; four sons, Michael Moon, James Moon of Virgninia, Thomas Moon of Morrisville, N.C., Carl Moon of Zebulon, N.C.; four sisters, Hilda Webb of Winchester, N.H., Shirley Tetrault of Greenfield, Maxine A. Mecure of Shelburne Falls, Beatrice Powell of Calif.; one brother, Roger Tuttle of Turners Falls; a grandson, Chas Percodani; a granddaughter, Athena Moon, and many nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. in the Fiske Funeral Home, 1356 Main St. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fiske Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Gardner Visiting Nursing Association 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440.
Fiske Funeral Home is directing arrangements.
Richard E. Shepardson;
WEST BROOKFIELD - Richard E. Shepardson, "Dick", 51, of 4 Laurel St., and formerly of Athol, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004, in Brigham & Womans Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
He leaves his wife of 27 years Sharon L. (Cirelli) Shepardson; two sons, Kevin W. and Steven M., both at home; his parents, Daniel E. and Esther (Wheeler) Shepardson of Athol; four brothers, John and David, both of New Hampshire, Donald of Orange and Robert of Athol; two sisters, Judith Howland of Athol and Nola Telepciak of Phillipston. Many nieces and nephews.
Richard was born in Athol and has lived in West Brookfield for the past 27 years. He graduated from Athol High School as class president in 1971 and later attended Mt. Wachusett Community College. He graduated from Worcester State College with a bachelor of science degree. He was a teacher at Valley View School in North Brookfield and worked at Galileo Electro Optics in Sturbridge. He was also a project manager for Spencer Products for ten years. He was a past member of the Rotary Club of Brookfields and was very active with the Boy Scouts Troop 118 in West Brookfield. He enjoyed the White Mountains, hiking and photography.
A funeral service will be held Monday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. in Pillsbury Funeral Home, Old W. Brookfield Rd., Brookfield. Calling hours will be 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4.
Donations can be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, c/o Pain & Pallative Care Dept. 75, Francis St., Boston, Mass. 02115 or the Bettye Dyjak Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 9023, West Brookfield, Mass. 01585 or Boy Scout Troop 118, c/o John Mott, 12 Mill Stone Rd., West Brookfield, Mass. 01585.
ATHOL - Funeral services for Bernadine (Novak) McBride, 65, of 1 Park St., were held Friday, Oct. 1, with a Mass of Christian Burial at the church of Our Lady Immaculate.
The celebrant was Rev. James Callahan, the concelebrant was Rev. Stephen D. Johnson. The organist was Theresa Gabis.
The offertory gifts were brought forward by Emily Meehan and Meagan M. Wright. The pall was placed by Madeline T. McBride and Jillian H. McBride. The readings were by Linda Wojtkowski and William Ellis.
Burial was in Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol.
The bearers were John F. McBride Jr., William T. McBride III, Timothy F. Meehan, Michael A. Wright, William M. Wright, Zachary W. McBride and Patrick E. McBride.
Fiske Funeral Home directed arrangements.
ATHOL - Funeral services for Marion M. (Penniman) Pratt, 95 of 821 Daniel Shays Highway, were held, Friday, Oct. 1, in Highland Cemetery. Jennie Saben was the officiant.
Honorary pall bearers were Kent Strong, Kris Strong, Mark Lawton, Richard Recos Jr., Rand Recos and Ronald Recos.
Mrs. Pratt is survived by four sisters, Betty Lawton, Geraldine Strong and her husband Pete, Joyce Lawton and Shirley Recos and her husband Richard.
Fiske Funeral Home directed arrangements.
James T. Kenney
Local Business Owner
ATHOL - James T. Kenney, 85, of 1266 Pleasant St., died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004 at the Athol Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Springfield, Vt., June 18, 1919, the son of James and Annie (Saunders) Kenney. He had lived in Millers Falls for several years, later moving to Orange where he lived for many years and since 1954 has resided in Athol. He and his wife spent winters in Barefoot Bay, Fla. He graduated from Orange High School in 1937.
He was a salesman for Girardi Distributors in Pittsfield and Athol for many years until his retirement in 1991. Previously he started Kenney’s Package Store on South Main Street in Orange in 1945, later opened Bancroft Package Store in Athol from 1952 until 1972 and Stafford Package Store in Worcester from 1970 to 1973. Mr. Kenney also worked as a salesman for Charles Gilman Distributors in Worcester and S S Pierce Company.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II, was a member of Our Lady Immaculate Church, was a 4th Degree Knight with the Athol Council Knight’s of Columbus, was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, a charter member of the Petersham Curling Club, Petersham Country Club, Ellinwood Country Club, Barefoot Bay Country Club in Barefoot Bay, Fla., Athol Sportsman’s Club, the former Athol Rod and Gun Club, former Athol/Orange Exchange Club, former charter member of the Athol/Orange Lodge of Elks, former member of the Orange Kiwanis Club, and a member of the Irish American Club in Barefoot Bay. Mr. Kenney was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed skiing and card playing.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Rexyne (Lincoln) Kenney; a son, James T. Kenney Jr. of Waltham; two daughters, Lyn Marra of Colchester, Conn. and Joan Kenney - Boylan of Plymouth; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be Monday, Oct. 4, from Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Immaculate Church, 192 School St., with burial following at Gethsemane Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday, Oct. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home with a Knight’s of Columbus service at 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Our Lady Immaculate Church, 192 School St., Athol, MA 01331 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Thomas W. Nix
Fernald State School
GARDNER - Thomas W. Nix, 69, of 20 Washington St., died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, in Heywood Hospital in Gardner after taking ill at home.
He was born in Quincy on Feb. 27, 1935, son of the late Alvin C. and Emma M. (Robertson) Nix and lived here many years.
Mr. Nix graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the Unviersity of Massachusetts. - He was the former superintendent of the Walter E. Fernald State School (now the Templeton Developmental Center) for 20 years. He is the former chairman and creator of Ferncol Friends, Inc. His 42nd annual Ferncol Fair was just celebrated on Sept. 25 - 26. He was employed by the Paul A Dever State School in Taunton and former Westboro State Hospital prior to his career at the Walter E. Fernald School.
He was a member and past grand master of the Star Masonic Lodge in Athol and also the Hope Lodge of Gardner.
He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Eugene M. Connor Post 193 American Legion of Winchendon.
Mr. Nix’s passion in life was his family and farming. Upon retirement in 1982 he moved to upstate New York where he started a dairy farm.
He leaves six children, Lori A. Nix of Gardner, Thomas A. Nix of California, Brenda L. Fernander of Florida, Kristy J. Bussiere of Gardner, Margaret S. McNamara of Baldwinville and Amy R. Nix of South Royalston; his brother, Alvin C. Nix, Jr. of Vermont; his sister Janet A. McDonald of Plymouth; - 12 grandchildren, one niece and one nephew; and his former wife, Virginia Nix of Gardner.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family in a celebration of Thomas’s life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Lamoureux - Fletcher Community Funeal Home, 105 Central St. Calling hours are Friday, Oct. 1, from 6 - 8 p.m. -
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Ferncol Friends, Inc., c/o Templeton Developmental Center, 212 Freight Shed Rd., Baldwinville, MA 01436. -
The family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Lamoureux - Fletcher Community Funeral Home.