Nevio A. Sbrocca
WINCHENDON - Nevio A. Sdrocca, 72, of 21 East St., Died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.
Among her survivors is a daughter, Sherre L. Richards of Athol.
Robert E. Chace Jr., Model Train Enthusiast
Robert E. Chace, Jr., 51, of 6 Leonard St., died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2001 at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. 2001, after an illness.
He was born on June 25, 1950, in Gardner, the son of Robert E. and Marion (Creighton) Chace Sr. He lived in Royalston for many years and had resided in Athol for over 20 years. He attended Royalston schools and graduated from Athol High School in 1969.
He had been a model train enthusiast for many years. He was a member of the Amherst Railway Society, the local Friday Evening Model Train Group, and of the Boston and Maine Historical Society. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Royalston, was a former member of the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, and was very active in Boy Scouts in his younger years.
He worked for Columbia Propane Company in Athol for the past 15 years until he became ill in January.
He leaves his fiancée, Sharon Gallagher of Athol, two sons, Robert E. Chace, III in Germany, Jeremy Chace of Athol, a daughter Jennifer Mannino of New Salem, his parents, Robert and Marion Chace, Sr. of Royalston, two brothers Philip Chace of Tucson, AZ, Alan Chace of Livermore, CA, and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. in the First Congregational Church, On the Common in Royalston, with the Rev. Dr. Virginia Asel, pastor of First and Second Congregational Churches in Royalston, officiating.
There are no calling hours and burial will be held in Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First Congregational Church, The Common, Royalston, MA 01368.
The Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home is directing arrangements.
George W. Stafford Sr.
MONTAGUE CENTER - George W. Stafford Sr., 68, of 40 Center St., died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001 in the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl A. Stafford, of Erving.
Edna Brooks, Templeton's Oldest Dies
TEMPLETON - Edna B. (Brown) Brooks, 101, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, in the Baldwinville Nursing Home.
Born in Templeton on Sept. 10, 1899, she was the daughter of Louis M. and Ethel (Peart) Brown, was a lifelong resident, and held the title to the Boston Post Cane as the town's oldest resident. She graduated from Templeton schools, and began teaching there in 1918. She later graduated from the Bridgewater Norman School in 1923, and taught a short time in Plymouth, Natick and Milton. She then returned to Templeton and taught the second and third grades for 26 years, retiring in 1970.
Mrs. Brooks was a charter member of the NORWORCO Organization, a life member of the Templeton Historical Society, life honorary member of the Templeton Woman's Club, the Queen Lake Association, the First Church of Templeton and its Benevolent Alliance and League of Services.
She is survived by a son, John L. Brooks of Templeton; three grandchildren, J. Philip R. Brooks, Molly J. Penttila, and Amy L. Brooks all of Templeton; five great - grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great and great great nieces and nephews. Her sister, Mildred Henshaw, passed way last week. She is also predeceased by her brother, Milton Brown, and three other sisters Lois Brooks, Norma Whitney and Dorothy Brown. Her husband, Leonard Brooks, whom she married in 1929, died in 1962.
Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the First Church of Templeton, on the Common.
Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery.
Calling hours at the Smith Funeral Home Inc., 69 Vernon St., Gardner are Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 6 - 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sunday School Department of the First Church of Templeton, 427 Dudley Rd., Templeton, 01468.
A memorial service for Alton B. Hastings, 82, of Harwich, who died Aug. 7, will be held at the Athol Congregational Church on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.
A graveside service for Gordon C. Bachelder, 77, of 89 Ridge Ave., was held Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001 in Gethsemane Cemetery, with Rev. Freda Maier officiating.
Representing the Edward H. Phillips Post 102, American Legion were: Glenn Frenette, commander; Robert Carey, senior vice commander; Victor Litchfield, assistant finance officer; Peter Krustapentus, adjutant; and Edward Laford, commander of the Post 650 VFW. The United States Flag was presented to Mrs. Lillian Bachelder by Robert Carey.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home directed arrangements.
Constance M. Goodall, Enjoyed Collectibles
Constance M. (Morrison) Goodall, 58, of 821 Daniel Shays Hwy., died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001 at Quabbin Valley Healthcare.
Born in Fort Devens, she was the daughter of Harold A. and Mary C. (Kirey) Morrison.
She was a member of St. Mary's Church in Orange, she enjoyed reading, and was a collector of collectable pigs.
She leaves one sister, Kathleen Speare of Lunenburg; two daughters, Janice Baker of Idaho and Susan Janhsheske of Tennessee; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. One sister, Patricia Fish, died in 1971.
Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
The Pillsbury Funeral Home of North Brookfield is in charge of the arrangements.
Dorothy E. Pollard
ORANGE - Dorothy E. (Bliss) Pollard, 86, formerly of 383 King James Court, and a resident of the Buckley Nursing Home in Greenfield, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001 at the nursing facility following a period of failing health.
Survivors include a son, Bruce W. Pollard, of Turners Falls.
Grace E. Mielke
FLORENCE - Grace E. (Miller) Mielke, 73, of 33 Sylvester Rd., died Aug. 20, 2001 at home.
She was born in Westfield on Oct. 7, 1927, the daughter of Elmer and Lillian (Barnes) Miller.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Larson, of New Salem.
A concelebrated funeral Mass for Laura (Mallet) Godin Chiasson Blanchard, 93, of 61 Arthur Ave., was held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001 in the Our Lady Immaculate Church. The Rev. James B. Callahan, associate pastor, was the celebrant, assisted by Rev. William Gallagher. The organist was Theresa Gabis and the cantor was Ben Blanchard.
Burial was in Gethsemane Cemetery. Bearers were: Ron Godin, Steve Godin, Scott Godin, James Godin, Timothy Godin, Gary Godin and Mark Rogman.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home directed arrangements.
ORANGE - Graveside services for Robert A. Neward, 46, of 184 Daniel Shays Hwy., who died Aug. 8, 2001, will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, at 1 p.m. in South Cemetery.
The Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home is directing arrangements
Beverly Hemphill, Was Craft - Maker
ORANGE - Beverly (O'Lari) Sousa Hemphill, 67, of Belchertown and formerly of Enfield, Conn., and Longmeadow, entered into eternal peace on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001, at the Chestnut Hill Rehab & Nursing Center in East Longmeadow.
She was born in Orange on Jan. 24, 1934, the daughter of Charles and Gertrude (Torstensen) O'Lari. She was a graduate of Orange High School.
She had resided in Belchertown for the past two years, prior to that in Enfield for 11 years and in Longmeadow for 35 years.
She enjoyed reading mysteries, and crafts, of which she intended to turn her craft - making into a small business and had several displays at regional craft shows.
She is survived by her husband of 14 years, Edward Hemphill; a daughter, Lynn Dean of Wallingford, Conn.; four step - daughters, Allyson Vecchiarelli of Somers, Conn., Lesley Granahan and Elizabeth Chiapponi both of Enfield, and Christine Harrington of Troy, N.Y.; and 12 step - grandchildren. She also leaves two brothers, Charles O'Lari of Rhode Island, and Arlen O'Lari of Massachusetts; three sisters, Arlene Bisbee and Olive Maroni, both of Massachusetts and Marjorie Leabo of Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a brother, Edward O'Lari, and a sister, Evelyn MacKnight.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. from the Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, 43 Shaker Rd., Enfield, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, 519 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers her family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., P.O. Box 1004, Meriden, Conn., 06450 - 1004.