Linwood C. Miller
LEOMINSTER - Linwood C. Miller, 84, of the Keystone Nursing Center in Leominster formerly of Athol, died on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Born in Monticello, Maine, on May 29, 1918, a son of Charles and Rebecca (Sewell) Miller, he lived in Athol most of his adult life.
He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1941 until his honorable discharge in 1945. While waiting to be shipped to Europe with the Army on the war - time retrofitted Queen Elizabeth II, he worked in Civilian Conservation Corps "CCC " camps in the Athol area. It was during these few months that he met his future wife, Priscilla "Pat" (Besseck) Miller of Athol. While in the military, he was promoted to sergeant and was active in battles and campaigns in Algeria (French Morocco) and Italy (Sicily, Rome, and Naples).
Linwood was a quiet man who loved the woods, fishing, small - town living, and especially family life. In his early years he was a self - employed lumberjack in Lovell, Maine. He later moved to Massachusetts where he worked in local paper mills. He was employed as a machine operator by Erving Industries in Erving and Brattleboro for 22 years and retired in 1980. He enjoyed most of his retirement years in Athol, except for the last two years when he lived in assisted living facilities in Leominster.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Pat Miller of Manor on the Hill Assisted Living Facility in Leominster; two daughters Beverly Hubbard of Keene, N.H. and Shirley Miller of Kensington, Maryland; a grandson Kevin Hubbard of Winchester, N.H.; and a cousin Jeanette Longstaff of Houlton, Maine.
A private memorial service will be held at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully, and a military burial will be at Silver Lake Cemetery later this spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that tax - deductible donations are made in his memory to the Diversified Hospice Program, 316 Nichols Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420.
Fiske Funeral Home, 1356 Main St., Athol is directing arrangements.
Bonnie J. Racie
Worked As Buyer
ATHOL - Bonnie J. (Russell) Racie, 57, of 257 Orchard St., Athol died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, in the Quabbin Valley Healthcare.
She was born on Aug. 16, 1945 in Worcester the daughter of Scott L. and Evelyn L. (Soucie) Russell. She grew up in Athol and was educated in Athol graduating from Athol High School in 1963.
Mrs. Racie worked at the former Duall Plastics as a buyer for 16 years.
She was a member of the Our Lady Immaculate Church. She enjoyed her home, people, food, crafts, painting, traveling and watching the waves at the ocean.
She leaves her husband of 38 years, Carlton A. Racie; a son, Timothy S. Racie of Acton; two grandchildren, Mckayla and Meghan Racie both of Acton.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 20, from the Fiske Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church.
Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Monday, Jan. 20 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to the Arthritis Foundation - Massachusetts Chapter, 29 Crafts St., Newton, MA 02158 or to the American Cancer Society's New England Division Office 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
Barbara A. Manty
PHILLIPSTON - Barbara A. (Karjalainen) Manty, 64, of 725 Royalston Road, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, in Heywood Hospital in Gardner.
She was born on July 9, 1938 in Winchendon the daughter of Henry and Cecelia (Jean) Karjalainen. She grew up in the Athol area and was educated in Athol. She was a resident of Phillipston for the past 46 years. She worked as a waitress at the Fox Run and King Phillip Restaurants for several years. She previously worked as a telephone operator in Gardner.
Mrs. Manty owned and operated the Windy Hill Novelty Shop in Phillipston for four years. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, swimming, crafts and knitting.
She leaves three sons, Henry J. Manty of Templeton, David E. Manty, Mark C. Manty both of Phillipston; two daughters, Sharon M. Manty of Templeton, Nancy J. Valois of Gardner; her companion of 23 years, Harold Wood with whom she lived; a sister, Sandra Padden of Agawam; an aunt, Melvina Tetreault of Athol; nine grandchildren; one nephew and three nieces. Her husband, John W. Manty who died in 1978 and a granddaughter Ashlee Valois who died in 1992 predeceased her.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at noon in the Fiske Funeral Home, 1356 Main St., Athol.
Burial in Lower Cemetery, Phillipston will be in the spring.
A calling hour will be held Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made in her memory to a charity of one's choice.
LEOMINSTER - Kelly Grover, 42, of 41 Union St., died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002 at home.
Evelyn M. Bacon
ATHOL - Evelyn M. (LeBreton) Bacon, 70, of 116 Westwood Dr., Westfield, died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002 in the Baystate Medical Center.
She was born on Dec. 2, 1931 in Athol, daughter of John A. and Patronille (Gionet) LeBreton. She was a 1949 graduate of Athol High School before settling in Westfield 40 years ago.
She was an officer and secretary of EV - RITE Tool Inc. of Westfield for 35 years. She was an active member and organizer of the Westfield Welcome Wagon, past member of the daughters of Isabella, and a summer resident of Otis for 26 years.
She was the recipient of a gold medal award for living courageously with diabetes for 50 years.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Everett G. Bacon. She also leaves a son, Eugene S. Bacon and his wife Laura L. Bacon, and a daughter, Elayne T. Labeau and her husband Norman R. Lebeau all of Westfield; three sisters, Eunice I. Gooley and Rita A. Rayner, both of Athol, and Cecile M. Hunter of Satellite Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Tracey M. and Ryan J. Lebeau, and Jeffrey A. and Kelly A. Bacon; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Norman J. LeBreton, in 1976.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Firtion - Adams Funeral Home, 76 Broad St., Westfield, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church at 10 a.m.
Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery.
Calling hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donationa may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Bromfield St., Suite 5, Boston, MA 02108.
Richard F. Giroux
Auto Body Technician
ALBURG, Vt. - Richard Fay "Dickie" Giroux, 45, died unexpectedly on Tuesday Jan. 29, 2002, at his home.
He was born in Meriden, Conn. on March 14, 1956, the son of Richard A. and Ramona (Austin) Giroux. Prior to moving to Alburg he resided on Maquam Shore in Swanton.
Richard was an auto body technician and mechanic at Charbonneau's in Swanton. He enjoyed boating, ice fishing, water skiing, and working on older cars. He especially enjoyed being with family.
Besides his parents, Richard and Ramona Giroux of Swanton, he is survived by his wife, Victoria L. (Derry) Giroux; two sons, Robert Giroux of St. Albans and Richard F. "Ritchie" Giroux Jr. of Sheldon; two daughters, Christa L. Sanborn and her husband John of Swanton, and Karen Giroux of Sheldon; four grandchildren, Alex and Jessica Giroux, Ashley Bates and Michael Sanborn; two brothers and their wives, Ralph and Kathy Giroux of Richford, and Russell and Jane Giroux of Athol, Mass.; two sisters, Rae and her husband Scott Brown of Orange, Mass., and Renee Aube and Scott Garrow of Alburg; his mother - in - law, Eleanor Knapp, father - in - law, Ernest Derry of Oregon; sisters - in - law, Sandra Derry of Oregon, and Susan Rank of California; a brother - in - law, James Derry of California and several nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and loving aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at noon in the Heald Funeral Chapel, 87 South Main St., St. Albans. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral.
Spring interment will be in the family lot at Sheldon Village Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made for Richard F. Giroux Jr.'s education, c/o Renee Aube, 107 Greenwoods Rd., Alburg, VT 05440.
Enide E. Stevens
Shoe Co. Worker
ATHOL - Enide E. (Miner) Stevens, 76, of 135 Pleasant St., died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, in Athol Memorial Hospital, following an illness.
Her husband, Etna Stevens, died in 1989. She leaves a daughter, Delight Cox and her husband, Tal Cox of Athol; her mother, Ada Miner of Bernardston; a sister, Nancy Parsons of Billings, Mont.; five grandchildren, Rob Manjourea, Dan Manjourea, Tim Manjourea and DeAnne Chong, all of Athol, and LeAnne Killay of Orange; six adopted grandchildren, Jon Cox, Dave Cox, Josh Cox, Buzz Cox, Chris Cox, and Kevin Cox, all of Athol; 21 great - grandchildren and two great - great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother, Raymond Miner.
She was born in Northfield on April 26, 1925, a daughter of Herman and Ada (Dresser) Miner, and was raised and attended schools there. She had resided in Athol since the early 1940s.
She had worked at the former J. F. MacElwain Shoe Company many years ago. She then was a housewife and stayed close to home with her family. She enjoyed cooking, reading, sewing and gardening. She also enjoyed caring for her cats and dogs, and was an avid bird watcher. She was part of six living generations in her family.
The graveside service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. in Highland Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at Noon in the Mission Covenant Church, 53 Pleasant St., Orange.
A reception will be held in the church hall following the service.
There are no calling hours.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home is directing arrangements.
Sarah J. Woodruff
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Sarah Jane Woodruff, 79, a resident of Albuquerque, died on Monday, Jan. 28. 2002.
She is survived by her son, Robert Kenney and wife, Guanda of Albuquerque; daughter, Joni Fesler and husband, Roger of Apple Valley, Calif.; grandchildren, Teri Kenney, Jason Kenney, Eric Kenney, Kris Porter, Margo Best and Jimmy Fesler; great - grandchildren, Lisa Martin, Robbie Martin, Lindsey Barker, Joey Adams Jr. and Sandra Adams; one great - great - grandson, Caleb Landry; two sisters, Gertrude Buzzell of Athol and Florence Gelinas of Orange.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold W. Woodruff; one granddaughter; five brothers and two sisters.
Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be held at a later date at the Fairhaven Cemetery in Tustin, Calif.