Joseph A. Avery
Former State DPW Employee
BARRE - Joseph A. Avery, 80, of 40 Washburn Rd., died on Monday, Dec. 1, 2003 at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke.
He was born in Hubbardston, the son of E. Walter and Delia (Armstrong) Avery. He lived in Barre for 55 years.
He served in the United States Army during World War II.
He worked for the State Department of Public Works, Athol station, for 24 years, retiring in 1993.
He was a member of the Barre Congregational Church.
He leaves his wife of 53 years, Florence M. (Cooley) Avery; a son, Scott J. Avery of Barre; a daughter, Jo - Ann Grimaldi of Holden; a brother, Eustaustace Avery of Gilbertville; a sister, Alberta McCann of Burlington; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be on Monday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Barre Congregational Church followed by burial in Hardwick Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Barre Congregational Church Steeple Fund, P.O. Box 936, Barre, MA 01005.
Pillsbury Funeral Home, 96 S. Barre Rd., is directing arrangements.
ERVING - Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Dec.2, in Erving Center Cemetery for Harry E. Smith, Jr., 81, formerly of 50 Mountain Rd., who died on Nov. 28 at Harborside - Applewood Healthcare in Winchester, N.H. He also left a sister, Emily Bagdonas of Wendell. The Rev. Lois Buchiane of the Community Church of North Orange & Tully officiated. Military Honors were provided by personnel from Fort Drum, N.Y. The United States flag was presented to his son, Michael K. Smith, and a framed picture of Harry to his other son, Earl H. Smith. Dick Tandy played "Taps". A reception followed at the Erving Congregational Church.
Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, directed the arrangements.
Thomas F. Kottke Jr.
Avid Hunter, Fisherman
FITZWILLIAM, N.H. - Thomas F. Kottke Jr., 43 of Royalston Rd, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, after lengthy illness.
He was born May 19, 1960, son of Thomas F. and Molly (Eldredge) Kottke. He was a graduate of St. Patrick Elementary School in Jaffrey and a 1978 graduate of St. Bernard's High School in Fitchburg, Mass.
For the past 20 years he has worked as the transportation manager for Hutter Construction Corp. of New Ipswich.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman and snow mobiler. He was president of the Monadnock Sno - Moles, and was a member of Ducks Unlimited. Most of all, he enjoyed time spent with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years Jacklyn (LaRue) Kottke of Fitzwilliam (formerly of Athol); two daughters, Jennifer M. Kottke of Chappaqua, N.Y. and Kaitlyn M. Kottke of Fitzwilliam; four sons, Luke T. Kottke of Chappaqua, N.Y., Michael V. Kottke, Ryan T. Kottke and Brandon D. Kottke, all of Fitzwilliam; his mother of Marlborough; his father and step - mother Cheryl (Feldman) Kottke of Fitzwilliam; a sister Christina Devine of Westmoreland; three brothers, Kenneth J. Kottke of Baltimore Md., Andrew J. Kottke of Williamsburg, Vir., and Stephen L. Kottke of Rindge; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 33 River St., (Route 202 south) Jaffrey.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 87 Main St., Jaffrey. Rev. Wilfred H. Deschamps, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Royalston Road, Fitzwilliam.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Granite Bank, in care of the Thomas F. Kottke, Jr. Memorial Fund, for the benefit of his family, 122 West Street, Keene, NH 03431.
Jose Natal Jr.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Jose Natal Jr., 39, of San Antonio died on Friday, Nov. 21, 2003.
Eric J. Bourque
ATHOL - Eric J. Bourque, 23, of 683 Vine St., died in an early morning car accident in Philadelphia, Penn. on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003.
Lavery - Chartrand Funeral Home, Fitchburg, is directing arrangements which are incomplete.
ATHOL - Michael Boudreau, 43, of town, died in a motor vehicle accident in Warner, N.H. on Monday, Dec. 1, 2003.
Funeral arrangements, which are incomplete, are under the direction of Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home.
ATHOL - Funeral services for Zona (Blackbird) Wheeler, 76, of 821 Daniel Shays Highway, formerly of Bellevue Drive were held Monday, Dec. 1, in Higgins - O'Connor Funeral Home, with the Rev. Edward Boren, pastor of North Congregational Church of New Salem officiating. Burial followed in Silver Lake Cemetery and the bearers were; William Wheeler, Robert Wheeler, John Wheeler, Jay Blackbird, Cain Blackbird and Jay Blackbird.
ATHOL - Funeral services for Kimberly A. Marquis, 40, of 112 Beach St., were held Monday, Dec. 1, in Our Lady Immaculate Church. The celebrant was Rev. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor. The organist was Theresa Gabis.
Following cremation burial will be on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. in Gethsemane Cemetery. The bearers were Dan King, Dan King, Jr., Butch Margeson, Trent Willhite, Chad Willhite and Ethan Willhite.
Fiske Funeral Home directed arrangements.
Roger J. Melanson
World War II Veteran
GARDNER - Roger J. Melanson, 77, of 125 Connors St., died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003 in the Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol after a long illness.
He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army Airforce.
Earl L. Cote Jr.
ATHOL - Earl L. Cote, Jr., 53, of 121 Marble St. died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003 at Athol Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Dec. 30, 1949 in Putnam, Conn., the son of Earl L. and Pearl (Hazzard) Cote, Sr. He grew up in Brimfield, attended Brimfield schools and since 1971 has resided in Athol.
He was in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971, serving in the Viet Nam War.
He was a mechanic working in Southbridge and for Alger Enterprises in Orange. Later he was self - employed and enjoyed working on many different projects. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and working on cars and trucks.
He leaves his wife of 31 years, Pamela J. (Shaw) Cote; two sons, Billy Joe Cote of Orange, Jeremy Louis Cote of Athol; seven daughters, Tammy Lynn Desreuisseau, April Shaw, Bobbi Jo Cote, Tonya Maire Cote, Crystal Ann Cote, all of Athol, Sherrie Lynn Hayes and Betty Jo Raulston, both of Orange; His father, Earl L. Cote, Sr., of Warren; 16 grandchildren; several brothers and sisters; and many friends. His mother Pearl Cote died in 1997.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m., in the Higgins - O’Connor Funeral Home with Rev. Fr. Stephen D. Johnson, pastor of the Our Lady Immaculate Church, officiating.
There are no calling hours and the family suggests memorials to: The Salvation Army, 107 Ridge Ave., Athol, MA 01331.
Veteran, World War II
COLRAIN - Jeremiah “Jerry” Lynch, 77, of 204 Ed Clark Rd., died Friday, Nov. 28, 2003, at home.
On Sept. 18, 1943, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Navy Seabees. He was honorably discharged on April 20, 1946, having attained the rank of seaman first class.