Stanley V. Cwartkowski
World War II Veteran
GARDNER - Stanley V. Cwartkowski, 92, of 104 Church St., formerly of 44 Crawford St., Gardner died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 at home.
He was born on August 1, 1910 in Templeton the son of John and Mary (Dlugokenski) Cwartkowski. He grew up in the Baldwinville section of Templeton and was educated in Templeton.
Mr. Cwartkowski was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Navy. He entered the Navy at Boston on August 16, 1943 and served in the European and Asiatic - Pacific Theatres. He was involved in the invasion of Southern France, Leyte. He received the following decorations and citations: Asiatic - Pacific Area Ribbon with one engagement star, EAME Area Ribbon with one engagement star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 13, 1945.
Mr. Cwartkowski was manager of the furniture department at the former Goodnow Pearsons in Gardner where he was employed from 1945 to 1983. He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. He was a member of the Gardner American Legion Post No. 129, where he served as the Past Commander for the year 1947 - 1948. He was the First World War II veteran to serve as Commander of the American Legion. He was a fourth degree member of the Bishop Bevans Assembly Knights of Columbus Council No. 396. He was a member of the Polish American Veterans Association of Greater Gardner, the Gardner Lodge of Elks, a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 905 in Gardner and a member of the Catholic friends of East Templeton.
Mr. Cwartkowski was the current Commissioner of the Gardner Housing Authority a position he has held since 1949. He enjoyed golf, reading and gardening.
His wife of 55 years, Laura M. (Albert) Cwartkowski who died in 1993 predeceased him.
He leaves a brother, Walter P. "Jerry" Cwartkowski of Baldwinville; a sister, Gladys B. Kowlzan of Baldwinville; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Alexander "Jack" Cwartkowski of Baldwinville who died in 1971 and Victor P. Cwartkowski of Baldwinville who died in 1989 predeceased him. Funeral services with military honors will be held Monday, Feb. 10, from the John H. Mack Funeral Home 91 Vernon St., Gardner with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church 166 Cross St., Gardner. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery.
Calling Hours will be held Sunday, February 9, 2003, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in his memory to a charity of one's choice.
John H. Mack Funeral Home 91 Vernon St., Gardner is directing arrangements.
ATHOL - Judith (Nevins) ( Alner) Bowden, 57, of Portsmouth, England, and formerly of Athol, died Jan. 15, 2003, in The Rowans, an extended care facility.
She was born in Burlington, Vt., Feb. 12, 1945, to the late Frank Nevins and Virginia Nevins, of Athol. She attended Athol schools and graduated with the class of 1963. She worked in Yonkers, N.Y.; Connecticut, as well as at the L.S. Starrett Co.
She joined the Peace Corps. in the 1980s and served in Tunisia,, Africa.
She leaves her husband Alan Bowden of Wickham, England; four sisters, Jaqueline Judsky of Marietta, Ga., Jennifer Nevins of Topsfield, Jaye Nevins of Springfield and Joyce Patterson of Mt. Dora, Fla.; two brothers Jeff Nevins of Hailey, Idaho, and James Bart of Bellingham, Wash., and many nieces and nephews.
She enjoyed traveling and embroidery and crewel work. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, at the corner of Park and School streets.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Rowans Hospice, Purbrook Health Rd., Purbrook Waterlooville, Hampshire, U.K. P075RV.
ORANGE - Funeral services for D. Robert DePratti, 73, of 625 East River St., were held Thursday evening in Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith, pastor of Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Warwick Center Cemetery in the spring.
Donna R. Keegan
PETERSHAM - Donna R. (Lundquist) Keegan, 48, of Popplecamp Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 in St. Vincent Hospital at Worcester Medical Center.
D. Robert DePratti, Jr.
Pilot, Engine Mechanic
ORANGE - D. Robert DePratti, 73, of 625 East River St., died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003 at the Athol Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Dec. 1, 1929 in Athol, the son of Domenick Robert and Ethel (Herbeck) DePratti, Sr. He graduated from the Athol High School in 1948 and after the Korean War he graduated from the East Coast Aero Technical School in Bedford.
He had lived in Athol most of his life, and for the past 25 years had resided in Orange.
He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Africa and Germany.
In the 1940's he worked part time at the Orange Municipal Airport and taught students how to construct model airplanes. He worked for many years for John Piragis at Piragis Boats and Motors in Athol until his retirement. He had previously worked at the North Adams Municipal Airport and for an electronics company in Worcester.
He was a licensed private pilot and had flown small planes since he was 15 years old. He was licensed by the FAA as an aircraft and engine mechanic and he built and flew his own plane, was a member of the Athol - Orange Aero Club for 60 years and was in charge of the airplane maintenance for the club. He was also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Antique Aircraft Association and the former Gasoleers Model Airplane Club.
He served on the town of Orange Airport Commission for many years and was an amateur radio operator.
He leaves his sister; Felicia Hillman of Acton; three nephews, Charles R. Hillman of Huntington, David D. Hillman of Chelmsford, and Jeffrey A. Hillman of Lunenburg; a niece, Penelope A. Hillman of Pepperell; several cousins and several great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, with the Rev. Dr. R. Lee Smith, pastor of the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until the time of service.
Burial will be in the Warwick Center Cemetery in the spring.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Athol - Orange Aero Club, P.O. Box 327, Athol, MA 01331.
FITCHBURG - Antoinette "Mary" (Valera) Varieur, 70, of 40 Berry St., Ext., died on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003 at home after an illness.
Abijah W. Hinds
Attended Orange High
ORANGE - Abijah Ward Hinds, 84, of Ocean Beach, N.J. and formerly of Orange, died on Jan. 16, 2003. He was a longtime resident of Erlton/Cherry Hill, N.J. and a winter resident of Bradenton Beach, Fla.
He was born on Oct. 18, 1918 in Orange and attended Orange High School.
Mr. Hinds met his future wife in Philadelphia, where he was stationed during World War II. Following the war, the couple made their home in the Philadelphia suburb, Cherry Hill, N.J. and lived there for 48 years. For many years the family would visit relatives in Orange on the Thanksgiving holiday.
He was a member of the Haddonfield Monthly Meeting/Religious Society of Friends in Haddonfield, N.J. He was a Quaker.
He served in the United States Army (Battle of the Bulge) during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Mable Hinds of Ocean Beach; a daughter, Janet Pilvalis of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; a son, Larry Hinds of Cortez, Fla. He was the brother of Allison Hinds of South Windsor, Conn., and Stanley Hinds of Orange. He also leaves one granddaughter, Lynne Pilvalis of Mt. Laurel, and numerous nieces and nephews in the Orange area.
Memorial services will be held in the spring in New Jersey.
The services are being handled by the Brown and Sons Funeral Homes, Bradenton, Fla.
Caroline B. Wilkins
Was Grange Member
AYER - Caroline B. (Dodge) Wilkins, 98, of 400 Groton Rd., died on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at the Apple Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ayer.
She was born in Shirley on Aug. 15, 1904, the daughter of Henry and Martha (Scott) Dodge. She lived in Shirley most of her life and attended schools there and for the past 15 years had resided in Ayer.
She had worked at the former Lovell General Hospital at Fort Devens for five years during World War II, at the Bull Run Tea Room in Shirley several years during the 1920's and had done housekeeping for area families. She was also a former member of the Shirley Grange.
She leaves two sons, William P. Farnsworth, Jr. and Waldo C. Farnsworth, both of Shirley; a daughter, Pauline F. Higgins of Athol; two sisters, Margaret Frazier of Ayer, and Sylvia Cave of Fitchburg; eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in the Shirley Village Cemetery in the spring.
The Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol, is directing arrangements.
Morton C. Woodbury
Founding Member Of Orange Church
NEW HOPE, Fla. - Morton C. Woodbury, 78, formerly of Orange, died Thursday, Jan., 30, 2003 in Chipley, Fla.
Born in Templeton on Dec. 11, 1924, a son of Carroll D. and Dora L. (Morton) Woodbury Sr., he grew up in Templeton and attended Athol High School.
A veteran of World War Two, he served with the United States Army in North Appennines, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded a Good Conduct Ribbon, Victory Medal, E.A.M.E. Campaign Ribbon and was discharged on Feb. 11, 1946.
He worked as a track foreman for the Boston and Maine Railroad for seventeen years until retiring in 1987. Previously he had been employed at the Rodney Hunt Company.
A founding member of the First Assembly of God Church, Orange, he movd to Florida in 1987 after living in Gardner a few years.
His first wife, Anne N. (Durant) Woodbury, died in 1992.
A brother, Carroll D. Woodbury, Jr., died in 1999.
He leaves his wife of 10 years, Sharon (Lane) Woodbury; a son, Larry Woodbury of Walland, Tenn.; four daughters, Sharon Doucette of Chicopee, Susan Parsons of Chipley, Fla., and Sandra Ecklund and Denise Noel, both of Orange; three brothers, Roland Woodbury Sr., of Orange, Clyde Woodbury and Roy Woodbury, both of Templeton; four sisters, Alice Newbury of Orange, Lorraine Smith of Homasassa, Fla., Doris Stewart of Royalston, and Louise Mayo of Templeton; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; many nephews and nieces.
A graveside service will be held at the South Cemetery in the spring at a date to be announced.
Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, is directing the arrangements.
ORANGE - Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 in Witty's Funeral Home for Mary M. "Millie" Walker, 76,formerly of King James Court, who died on Tuesday, Jan. 28. 2003, in the Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Athol. The Rev. Vance E. Frank officiated.
Interment followed in South Cemetery, Orange. The pallbearers were: Roland Gamache, William Lawrence Jr., Kris Collins, Kyle Whittier, Ralph Cloukey and Lars Johnson. A reception was held following the committal service at the King James Court Recreational Hall.
Witty's Funeral Home of Orange directed arrangements.