Margaret E. Fuller
ATHOL - Margaret E. (Anderson) Fuller, 81, of 28 Horrigan Ave., died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003 at the Quabbin Valley Healthcare.
She was born in Dana, Mass. on Sept. 18, 1921, the daughter of Oscar C. and Bertha S. (Wahlfelt) Anderson. She resided in Athol since the 1930's and graduated from Athol High School in 1939. She worked as a secretary for the law offices of Haven and Oddy for several years until her retirement, she had previously worked at the Thompson Insurance Agency and for the L.S. Starrett Company.
She was a member of the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Woman's Club and had served on several church committees. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crossword puzzles.
She leaves her husband of 49 years, Arnold L. Fuller; a son, Jonathan E. Fuller and his wife Maureen of Boise, Idaho; a daughter, Jean E. Shaughnessy and her husband Joel of Athol; a brother, Richard E. Anderson of Athol; five grandchildren, Erin, Megan and Timothy Shaughnessy, all of Athol, and Miles and Ian Fuller, both of Boise. A sister, Carol Rich, died in 1996.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26 at noon in the Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith, pastor of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating.
There will be a calling hour Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.
Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church Living Memorial Fund, 40 Island St., Athol, MA 01331 or the Friends of the Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.
Health Services Retiree
ATHOL - Theodore "Ted" Shepardson, 82, formerly of Athol, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, in Dallas, Texas.
He was born on July 10, 1920 in Athol, to Carl and Nellie Shepardson. He lived a long eventful life, had many friends and was devoted to his family.
Ted graduated from Mass. State, worked 20 years for the Mass. Department of Public Health, and spent two years in Karachi, Pakistan with the United States Health Service. He took a position with the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare and moved to Dallas in 1964. He retired from HEW in 1986.
Ted was very active with Little League, Boy Scouts and his church, Wheatland United Methodist, where he was a member since 1966.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Myra; four sons, Ken Shepardson, Doug Shepardson and his wife Fran and children Alissa, David and Daniel, Steve Shepardson and wife Meri, Russ Shepardson and wife Carol and children Brooke and Katie; a daughter, Beverly Martinez, and her husband Johnny and children Allison, Cristol, Damian; and one great - grandchild, Noah. He is also survived by his brother, Dan Shepardson and his wife Mickey of Athol.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wheatland United Methodist Church memorial Fund, 8000 S. Hampton, Dallas, TX 75232, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the David Clayton and Sons Funeral Home, 200 West Center St., Duncanville, Texas, with services to follow on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Wheatland United Methodist Church.
Pearl C. Rathburn
Shoe Shop Worker
ATHOL - Pearl C. (Doucette) Rathburn, 99, 59 Eastwood Circle, formerly of Athol, died on Friday, Feb. 21, 2003 at the Leo P. LaChance Center in Gardner where she had been a resident for the past seven years.
She was born in Worcester on Oct. 5, 1903, and had lived in Athol most of her life. She worked in several shoe shops in the Athol Orange area. She enjoyed walking and being outdoors.
Her husband, Robert M. Rathburn, died in 1975. She leaves one son, Robert F. Rathburn, Sr., of Athol; four grandchildren, Juliana Costa of Orange, Richard A. Rathburn of Orange, Robert F. Rathburn, Jr. of Gardner, and Randy A. Rathburn of Athol; 10 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.
Private graveside services will be held at Silver Lake Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
The Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ATHOL - Funeral services for Beverly A. King, 68, of 1275 Pleasant St. were held on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at the Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold V. Lloyd, Jr., pastor of Athol Congregational Church, officiating.
Private burial was held Saturday, Feb. 22, in Silver Lake Cemetery.
Leola M. Blanchard
Was Head Bank Teller
ATHOL - Leola M. (Guignard) Blanchard, 81, of 317 Brooks Rd., died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 in Athol Memorial Hospital, after an illness.
She leaves her husband of 57 years, Robert M. Blanchard, Sr.; three daughters, Jean M. Kucinskas and her husband John of Uxbridge, MA; Jane A. Vaitkunas and her husband, John of Concord, NH; and Judy L. Tobin of Jamison, Pennsylvania; a son, Robert B. Blanchard, Jr. and his wife Peggy of Ashburnham, MA; six grandchildren: Jessica Kucinskas, Jenna Kucinskas, Katrina Vaitkunas, Samantha Vaitkunas, Robby Blanchard, and Kelsey Blanchard; and many nieces and nephews. A grandson, Keith Kucinskas, predeceased her.
She was born in Shippegan, New Brunswick, Canada, Jan. 1, 1922, a daughter of Michael and Artemiese (Arsenault) Guignard, and came to Athol as an infant. She has been a lifelong resident of town, and graduated from Athol High School with the class of 1940.
Mrs. Blanchard was the head teller at the former First National Bank of Athol for many years, retiring in 1984. Previously, she was employed at Moskovitz Women's Store. She was a member of Our Lady Immaculate Church and its former Catholic Women's League, and was a member and past president of the Edward H. Phillips Post 102, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in 1962. She enjoyed cooking and knitting.
The funeral will be held Monday, Feb. 24, from the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home, 137 Main St., with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Immaculate Church, 192 School Street. Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery.
Calling hours in the funeral home are 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Our Lady Immaculate Church Building Fund, 192 School Street, Athol, 01331; or to Athol Memorial Hospital, 2033 Main Street, Athol, 01331.
Geneva M. Peterson
Life - long Athol Resident
ATHOL - Geneva M. (Hains) Peterson, 87, of 739 Daniel Shays Highway, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 at the Athol Memorial Hospital. She was born in Athol, Sept. 20, 1915, a daughter of Alphonse and Nora (Lescord) Hains. She graduated from Athol High School in 1932 and had lived here all her life.
She worked at the L.S. Starrett Company as a secretary for 17 years until her retirement in 1980, and had previously worked at the former Woodard Lumber Company for 12 years.
She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, a member of the A.A.R.P., the L.S. Starrett Company bowling league for 20 years, and enjoyed playing bridge. She enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends and traveling throughout the United States and Canada with her family, as well as a trip to Europe with her husband.
Her husband of 57 years, Ernest C. A. "Pete" Peterson died in 1999. She leaves one son; Douglas J. Peterson of Northwood, N.H.; a daughter, Noreen E. Christensen of Bow, N.H.; six grandchildren, Heidi Colston of Plantation, FL, Mark Peterson of Helena, Mont., Todd Peterson of LaJolla, Calif., Michael Peterson of Concord, NH, Derek Peterson of Northwood, N.H., and Molly Crean of Bow, N.H.; two great - granddaughters, Abigail and Gabrielle Colston, both of Plantation, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Alan Peterson who died in 1953; two sisters, Blanche Potter and Ruth Brissette; and two brothers, Ralph and Harold Hains.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at noon in Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main Street, Athol. Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery and calling hours will be Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until time of the service.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Athol High School Scholarship Association, c/o Beverly Tarolli, P.O. Box 338, Athol, MA 01331.
WORCESTER - Stanley Blasko, 92, formerly of Cape Cod and most recently a resident of Clark Manor Nursing Home, died early Wednesday morning.
Mr. Blasko was born February 19, 1912 in Worcester a son of Martin and Malwina (Harasinowicz) Blasko. He was predeceased by his wife Blanche (Jendza) Blasko, who died in 1994. They were married on December 26, 1933.
Mr. Blasko had a long standing in Worcester civics. He was the founding member of the Polish National Independence Club from its inception. Mr. Blasko received a “Key to the City” from then Mayor James O’Brien for his involvement in the Worcester community. While in Worcester Mr. Blasko with his wife and daughter owned and operated three fruit and produce stores known as “Stanley’s Fruit Stores”. In 1964 he relocated to Cape Cod where he and his wife owned Blasko’s Guest House for close to 20 years. Upon retiring Mr. Blasko was involved in the founding of the Polish Society of Cape Cod and the Islands. He was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Church, Hyannis and the Knights of Columbus and was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church.
Mr. Blasko is survived by his only child, Florence Teresa (Blasko) Canny, wife of the late Michael P. Canny who died on Aug. 16, 2004. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Lisa Petersen of Denver, Co; Susan Towner of Amherst, NH; and Cristina Ethier of Londonderry, NH; four great - grandchildren and several nieces.
The funeral will be held on Monday Dec. 27 from HENRY - DIRSA FUNERAL HOME, 33 Ward St., with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 34 Ward St. Burial will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery. A calling hour will be held on Monday Dec. 27 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the funeral home.
Leola M. Blanchard
ATHOL - Leola M. Blanchard, 81, of 317 Brooks Rd., died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 in Athol Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements, under the direction of the J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home, are incomplete.
Beverly A. King
Long Time Resident
ATHOL - Beverly A. (King) King, 68, of 1275 Pleasant St., died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at her home after long battle with cancer.
She was born in Athol, on Sept. 19, 1934, the daughter of Herman and Dorothy (Beers) King. She lived in Athol most of her life and attended Athol High School.
She was a member of the Athol Congregational Church, former member of the Ellinwood Country Club, the Athol Woman's Club and the Athol Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, golfing, traveling and visiting Maine.
She leaves her husband of 47 years, Leonard E. King; two sons, Thomas H. King of Sarasota, Fla., and Larry King of Athol; two daughters, Donna Ryder of Athol and Jennifer Johnson of Orange; her mother, Dorothy King of Athol; a brother, Richard King of Rockford, Ill.; three sisters, Marlene Harris and Sandra King, both of Phoenix, Ariz., and Sharon Liston of Castle Rock, Colo.; three grandchildren, Angela Prescott of Orange, Tammie Cline of Athol, Amanda Johnson of Orange; one great granddaughter, Maryanne Prescott of Orange and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. at the Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold V. Lloyd, Jr., pastor of the Athol Congregational Church, officiating.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service.
Burial will be in Silver Lake Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Athol Memorial Hospital Oncology Department, 2033 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.