Elizabeth A. Hennessey
HOLDEN - Elizabeth A. (Liberty) Hennessey, 78, of 115 Main St., died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, in St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester after an illness.
Her husband, Robert J. Hennessey, died in 1986. She leaves a son, John R. Hennessey of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Kathleen E. Mountain of Holden; two sisters, Marie Early of Paxton and Kathleen Fontaine of Leicester; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces. A brother, Alfred J. Liberty Jr., and a sister, Claire Grady, predeceased her.
She was born in Worcester, the daughter of Alfred J. and Anne C. (Kennedy) Liberty, and lived most of her life in Worcester before moving to Holden four years ago. Mrs. Hennessey was a dental receptionist for Dr. Anthony Buonomo in Worcester for 12 year, retiring in 1982. She graduated from St. Stephen's High School and was a member of St. George's Church, both in Worcester.
The funeral was March 19 from Miles Funeral Home (www.milesfuneralhome.com), 1158 Main St., Holden, with a Mass in St. George's Church, Worcester. Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mass. Chapter, 101A First Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02154.
Gladys L. Kohlstrom
HOLDEN - Gladys L. (Parent) Kohlstrom, 78, formerly of Holden, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004 in Beaumont Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, Westboro after an illness. Her husband, Frank F. Kohlstrom, died in 1999. She leaves five sons, Richard D. Kohlstrom of Worcester, Kevin Kohlstrom of Hubbardston, Frank F. Kohlstrom Jr. of Holden, Brian Kohlstrom of Northboro and Dr. Steven Kohlstrom of San Francisco; two daughters, Donna Kohlstrom of Leesburg, Fla., and Gail A. Kohlstrom of Worcester; seven grandchildren; Scott Kohlstrom of Spencer, Mark Kohlstrom of Palmer, Adam Kohlstrom of Camden, Me., Sarah Kohlstrom Duval of Grafton, Nicholas Kohlstrom of Hubbardston, Jessica and Jillian Kohlstrom both of Holden; three great-grandchildren, Kristine and Kathleen Kohlstrom both of Spencer, and Samuel Kohlstrom of Camden, Me.; nephews and nieces. A sister, Evelyn Parent, predeceased her.
She was born in Worcester, the daughter of J. Victor and Lillian S. (Fortin) Parent and lived many years in Holden and Leesburg, Fla. Mrs. Kohlstrom was an administrative assistant in the Grant Department at Assumption College, Worcester. Previously, she was the Holden Assistant Town Clerk.
Funeral services were March 20 in Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden. Burial was private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Mass. Chapter, 36 Cameron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140.
Richard J. Mahon
Richard J. Mahon, 67, of Thompson, Conn., died March 19, 2004 in the Veterans Administration Medical Center Providence, R.I. He was a retired Presidential Secret Service agent and US Army investigator. He is survived by a son, John Mahon of Marlboro; a daughter, Theresa J. Klingler of Sterling; his close companion, Jeannine Dalpe of Conn.; three brothers, David and James Mahon in Conn. and Edmund Mahon in Col.; a sister, Shirley Gauthier in Conn.; five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass was held March 27 in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Worcester. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude’s Place, Memphis Tenn. 38105 or online at www.Stjude.org/donors. Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation St., Worcester directed arrangements.
Lawrence A. Adams
STERLING - Lawrence A. Adams, 78, of 41 Old Princeton Road West, died Friday, May 23, 2003 in Sterling Healthcare after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 58 years, Helen A. (Burzenski) Adams; a brother, Benjamin Adams of Florida; nieces and nephews. He was born in Southbridge, son of Rosario and Eva (Proulx) Adams, and graduated from Notre Dame Trade School.
Mr. Adams was a carpenter before retiring in 1987. He enjoyed crossword puzzles.
The funeral was held May 27, from Miles-Sterling Funeral Home, 100 Worcester Road (www.milesfuneralhome.com), with a Mass in Our Lady of Jasna Gora Church, Clinton. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery, Lancaster. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
Rosalba I. Labarge
PAXTON - Rosalba I. (Lord) Labarge, 90, formerly of Paxton, died Thursday, May 22, 2003 in Holden Nursing Home.
Her husband, Clarence Labarge, died in 1980. She leaves several nephews and nieces. She was born in Worcester, daughter of Louis and Marina (Lausier) Lord, and lived many years in Paxton.
Mrs. Labarge worked for R.J. Toomey Co. in Worcester.
No funeral service is planned and there are no calling hours. Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden, is directing arrangements.
Terrence J. Murphy
RUTLAND - Terrence J. Murphy, 79, of 211 Main St., a World War II veteran and former business owner, died Wednesday, May 21, in UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus, Worcester.
He leaves his wife of 55 years, Esther G. (Smith) Murphy; three sons, Lawrence D. Murphy of Sterling, Dennis J. Murphy of Holden and Terrence V. Murphy of Charlton; a daughter, Evelyn D. Murphy MacDonald of Rutland; a brother, Francis X. Murphy of Estill Springs, Tenn.; a sister, Esther MacLellan of Worcester; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Three brothers, Daniel C., Bernard L. and Vincent L. Murphy, and three sisters, Mary E. Kapulka, Kathleen J. Barna and Murial L. MacDuff, predeceased him. He was born in Boston, son of Daniel D. and Mary I. (Luke)
Murphy. He grew up in Princeton, and lived in Rutland since 1948. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a technical sergeant in the 710th Tank Battalion, Company B, and stationed in the Philippines during the invasion of the Pelalu Islands. He drove a Sherman M4 tank. He graduated from DeForest School of Electronics in Chicago.
Mr. Murphy owned and operated Murphy Radio & TV in Holden until 1973, and then worked as a calibration supervisor for Allegro Microsystems, formerly Sprague Electric, until he retired in 1997. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church and a former member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Rutland Sportsman's Club. He enjoyed fishing, card playing and pool playing.
The funeral was held May 24, from Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden (www.milesfuneralhome.com), with a Mass in St. Patrick's Church. Burial was in Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
PAXTON - Elisabeth (Muir) Richards, 89, of 205 Pleasant St. and of Chatham, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003 in UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus, Worcester.
Her husband, Mervyn E. Richards, died in 1986. She leaves two sons, David Richards of Bozeman, Mont., and John R. Richards of Chatham; a daughter, Elisabeth Mundel of Boston; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. A son, William A. Richards, died in 1974. She was born in Worcester, daughter of Joseph N. and Mabel (Robinson) Muir, and moved to Paxton in 1943. She graduated from Bancroft School in 1935 and from Wellesley College.
Mrs. Richards worked at Muir's Laundry, Worcester, until retiring in 1986. She was a director, treasurer and president of the company. Among her many affiliations with local and national organizations, she was treasurer of the Worcester Women's Club; president of the Paxton Women's Club; a member of the National Women's Committee of the Japan International Christian University
Inc., the National Board of the Young Women's Christian Association and the Republican Episcopalian Club; former president of the Worcester YWCA; and vice president of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee. She was also listed in the first edition of "Who's Who of American Women" and was a competitive ballroom dancer.
The funeral service was held May 24, in All Saints Episcopal Church, Worcester. Burial will be private in Epping, N.H. Memorial donations may be made to YWCA of Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608; or to
another charity. Caswell-King Funeral Home, 474 Grove St., Worcester.
Ronald D. Smith
HOLDEN - Ronald D. Smith, 64, of 496 Shrewsbury St., died Friday, May 23, 2003 in UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus, Worcester.
He leaves his wife of 44 years, Elizabeth A. (Roth) Smith; a son, Christopher R. Smith of Leominster; three daughters, Debra J. Smith-Rigney of Holden, Sheri L. Pierce of Sterling and Linda A. Smith-Burden of Worcester; his twin brother, Rodney D. Smith of Worcester; nine grandchildren; nieces and nephews. A brother, Howard D. Smith, predeceased him. He was born in Gardner, son of Granville F. and T. Marion (Hill) Smith, and lived in East Templeton before moving to Holden 33 years ago. He graduated from Templeton High School.
Mr. Smith owned and operated Bay State Controls Corp., Worcester. He was a past master of Hope Lodge of Masons in Gardner. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, cards and golf.
The funeral service was held May 27, in Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., with private burial in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton. Memorial donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02210.
Frederick W. Thomas III
HOLDEN - Frederick W. Thomas III, 57, of 50 Croyden Road, Worcester, formerly of Holden, died Saturday, May 24, 2003 in UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus after a short illness.
He leaves his wife of 34 years, Pamela N. (Rennard) Thomas; a son, A.J. Thomas of Worcester; and his mother, Helen L. Whitehouse of Worcester. Two sons Matthew R. and Justin P. Thomas, predeceased him. He was born in Boston, the son of Frederick W. Thomas Jr., and lived in Lynnfield before moving to Holden in 1988. He graduated from Lynnfield High School and from New Hampshire College with a master's degree.
He was the owner and operator of the Explorers Clubhouse Day Care in Worcester. He was also a hospital administrator for Tufts New England Medical Center for 20 years. He enjoyed gardening and traveling.
The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today, May 29, in the First Baptist Church, 1216 Main St., Holden. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 1216 Main St., Holden, MA 01520. Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden, is directing arrangments.
Gerald L. Greenlaw
HOLDEN - Gerald L. Greenlaw, 72, of 45 East Howard St., died Friday, March 28, 2003 in Florida after being stricken ill while vacationing.
He leaves three daughters, Sheila D. Lynch of Princeton, Susan M. Greenlaw Russell of North Palm Beach, Fla., and Sharon M. Greenlaw of Jupiter, Fla.; a son, Steven H. Greenlaw of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother, John Greenlaw of Worcester; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; nephews and nieces. A sister, Darlene Raymond, predeceased him.
He was born in Worcester, son of Harry and Mary (Clapp) Greenlaw, and lived here for 44 years. He graduated from Worcester Boys Trade High School. He was a Korean War veteran, serving as a corporal in the Marine Corps. He later served in the Marine Reserves.
Mr. Greenlaw worked for the Small Business Service Bureau in Worcester for many years. Previously, he worked for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Hartford, Conn., and Lauding Engineering in Auburn. He was a member of the Main South American Legion Post in Worcester. He enjoyed gardening.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Hope Cemetery, Worcester. Calling hours are 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12, in Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 7 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205; or to the Massachusetts Veteran's Shelter, 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605.