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 Marion D. Lapienski 

1934- 2019

Marion "Doris" (Passa) Lapienski, 85, of Hatfield, peacefully departed from this life while surrounded by loving family on Monday, June 17th at Duncaster: Caleb Hitchcock Health Center in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Marion was born in Tewksbury, Massachusetts on May 30, 1934 to Edward and Sophia Passa. Marion, wife of Stephen S. Lapienski for 56 years until his death on May 18th 2014, leaves behind her daughter Mary Inguanti and her husband Paul Inguanti of South Windsor, Connecticut, and their two children Elyse and Cal; her son Stephen Edward Lapienski and his wife Jaqueline of Easthampton, Massachusetts and their children Seamus Currie and Courtney Brousseau and her husband Jamie Brousseau, and their children Willamine and Theodore. She also leaves behind her loving sisters-in-law, Irene Pringle and Joanne Janczewski and her husband Al Janczewski, and many nieces and nephews.
Marion was a woman of her time and place, growing up with siblings and friends and coming of age in Northampton, Massachusetts. With an analytical mind and a gift for numbers and organization, Marion worked in the bursar's office at Smith College, and later kept the books and managed office matters for her husband's business in West Hatfield, Lapienski's Trucking. For her entire life, Marion gave much of her time to caring for others. In her spare time, she used her artistic talents to paint intricate ceramics and knit beautiful clothing for friends and family; she also enjoyed adventurous long road trips with her husband driving across the country to visit friends and see new places. She retold memorable stories about these trips to her family, from watching the sunrise in Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine to listening to country music and taking in the sights in Branson, Missouri. Marion looked forward to weekend visits with her grandchildren and children, and weekly visits spending time chatting with friends over coffee, at the hair salon, and elsewhere around town. Marion remained active past her official retirement, driving the seniors' van for the Hatfield Council on Aging, continuing her love of connecting with others, building friendships, and telling stories while driving the seniors to appointments around town. Her illustrious storytelling ability showed her attention to detail, which spilled into all aspects of her life including her love of baking - especially pies and cakes, always frustrated if a thin crack appeared in an otherwise perfect cheesecake. Marion's enthusiasm and adventurous spirit remained throughout her life, leading her to take the Amtrak train down to Washington, DC with her daughter for weekend trips to visit her granddaughter, affectionately referred to as "princess weekend."
As recent as this past holiday season, Marion knitted and donated many beautiful hats, mittens, scarves, and blankets to cancer patients, prematurely born babies, and families in need as a long-time member of the Knit-Hawks, a group of Sikorsky Aircraft Company volunteers and friends who contributed their skills and love to New England hospitals and churches. She was unconditionally generous and cared for all those around her. She is survived by close friends and family, including her brother Edward Passa of Chicopee, MA and was pre-deceased by her parents, Edward and Sophia Passa, and her sister Felicia Conn. Marion's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring, compassionate staff at the Duncaster: Caleb Hitchcock Health Center who delivered loving care to Marion 24/7. Additionally, they would like to thank Dr. William Butler, Dr. Ed Tuohy, Dr. Lee Goldstein, and Dr. Joe Saracco of Bridgeport Hospital for their vision, expertise, and clinical care in making these last six months for Marion both comfortable and dignified.
Calling hours will be on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 4-7pm at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Road, Northampton, MA. The Funeral Service will begin at 10am, Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Drozdal Funeral Home. Burial will immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery, Bridge Street, Hatfield, MA. In Marion's memory, donations may be made by check to: Hatfield Council on Aging, 59 Main Street Hatfield, MA 01038. 

Candy A. Ryan



Candace “Candy” A. Ryan, 68, of Easthampton, passed away peacefully, Friday morning, at Baystate Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Northampton on December 20, 1950 to the late Roland and Lillian (Hebert) Ducharme. 

Candy had worked for many years as a bartender for The Office Bar in the Baystate area of Florence. It is there where she made many longtime friends whom were very dear to her. As a new customer; you would be completely awestruck by her infectious smile as she would come to greet you. She was an avid Red Sox fan; never missing a game. Candy could always be heard screaming for her favorite team to either; “run faster”, or to “hit the damn ball”. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and family and was always there to help anyone in need; family or not. But most of all, she was immensely proud of her family, and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories. 

Candy is survived by her devoted children; Patrick Ryan and his wife Tawnya of Northampton, Nathan Ryan and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kovalski of Westfield, Matthew Ryan, Lisa Ryan and her girlfriend, Michele Mistalski, and Krystyne Saltis all of Easthampton, her grandchildren; Amberle Emerson, Taylor, Justice, Madison, Avery, and Noella Ryan, Sage and Samone Young, two great-grandchildren, her niece; Tammy Venne, and nephew, Paul Ducharme. She also leaves her favorite companion; her dog Rosco, and many dear friends.

Besides her parents, she was pre-deceased by her husband; Jack Connelly, her son; Michael Ryan, her sister; Shelley Ducharme, and her brother; Edward Ducharme.

Calling hours will be Thursday, June 13th from 4-6 p.m. at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton. Her funeral will be Friday, June 14th, from 10-11a.m. at the funeral home, at 11 a.m. the funeral will proceed to St. Mary’s Cemetery, Northampton, for her burial with a religious service.

Donations may be made in Candy’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.         


Mary Morton



Mrs. Mary Farley Morton, 93, just short of turning 94, of Northampton, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 6th at Care One at Northampton. She was born in Rome, NY on July 16th, 1925 to the late Ambrose and Margaret McNamara. Mary’s father invented the first muffler winning Supreme Court for his patent against the Powell Motor Company. 

In the early 1950’s Mary and her family moved to White Plains, NY from Rome. Her only child Michael was born on December 28th, 1946. In 1957, they moved to NYC with her sister Terry. She had worked for an advertising company named Sullivan, Staffer, Cowell & Baylis, and also as a telephone operator. Later she worked for a writer for Scott’s Stamp Magazine and the Crafts Edition for “Woman’s Day”, as well as “Redbook”.

When Michael was five, Mary took him for art classes at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. For 5th and 6th grade she enrolled him at PS 135 where his teacher was Mr. Louis Wolfe, he was a children’s book author. For Michael’s 7th and 8th grade she sent him to Grace Church School in Greenwich Village, and for high school he went to Trinity Boarding School in Pawling, NY. 

In the summer of 1965, Mary and her son moved to London, England. In 1966, she married Bill Morton. They honeymooned in Portugal on the Algarve. Her husband worked for Redufusion and then B.B.C. as a television producer. He worked with his partner, Desmond Wilcox for a weekly documentary program called “Man Alive” for which he won a B.A.F.T.A. award. After “Man Alive”, he worked on an arts program; “Full House” and “Second House” as well as, “A Hundred Great Paintings”. 

Mary will be missed by her son; Michael Morton of Northampton, and her two sisters, three brothers, as well as her many friends.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service  on Wednesday, June 12th at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Elm St., Northampton. Burial will immediately follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, Northampton. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with her services. 


Jayne Finn

1943 - 2019


Jayne E. Finn, 76, of Haydenville, passed away on Saturday June 1st. She was born in Springfield on March 2, 1943 to the late Robert Brown and Madelyn Houle. Jayne had attended Greenfield Community College, where she graduated from the nursing program. After graduating, she later when on to work as a Registered Nurse for Riverside Industries in Easthampton for many years before her retirement.

She is survived by her loving sons; James Finn of Florence, Christopher Finn and his wife Melanie, her granddaughter; Marisa Finn all of Florence, her mother-in-law; Doris Finn, niece; Christine Brown, nephews; Jonathan and Tom Hebert, Patrick, Daniel, and Sean Finn, and Eric Dostal.

Besides her parents; Jayne was pre-deceased by her brother; Bob Brown, and nephew; James Dostal.

Calling hours will be Friday, June 7th from 12-2PM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton. A Memorial Service will begin at 1:45PM. 

Donations may be made to: Riverside Industries, Inc.
1 Cottage Street, Easthampton, MA 01027.

Irene M. Russell

1929 - 2019



Irene M. Russell, 90, of Hadley, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 2nd at the Center for Extended Care at Amherst. She was born in Turners Falls to the late Peter and Mary Bergiel. She had attended schools in Turners Falls.

She had worked for many years at UMass in the Business Office before her retirement. Irene was a communicant of Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley and was also a member of the Red Hat Ladies Club, and the Golf and Mother’s Club. She enjoyed going to Florida in the winter, playing golf, and partying with her husband; Harry, and their friends. They always had a good time and made many fond memories.

She is survived by her devoted son and daughter-in-law; Dennis and Niki Russell of Sunderland. Her grandchildren; Jason and his wife Michelle, and their children; Ethan and Hunter of Montague, Daren and his wife Alex, and their children, Ryder and Lilly,  Corey and his wife Kara and their children; Connor, Kallie, and Landon all of Mooresville, NC, her sister; Agnes Dobosz of Turners Falls, and several nieces and nephews, she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Besides her parents; she was predeceased by her loving husband; Harold “Harry” Russell, who passed away May 3, 2002, and her siblings; Charles, Raymond, Edward, Blanche, Agnes, and Elizabeth.

There will be a calling hour from 10AM – 11AM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of 120 Damon Rd., Northampton. Her burial will immediately follow, with Fr, Tomasz Gorny officiating at Holy Rosary Cemetery, Hadley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Irene’s name to Alzheimer’s Association – Mass. Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452 or online to: www.alz.org/ 


  Richard S. Bilski

1952 - 2019


Richard Steven Bilski, 67, of Easthampton, passed away on Thursday, May 2nd at his home, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Holyoke on April 19, 1952 to the late Chester and Margaret (Elisee) Bilski.  Rich was a graduate of Smith Vocational High School class of 1968.  He then attended STCC where he received a degree in HVAC.  Rich had served in the United States Army.  After the service; he began his career as a lab technician in research and development at Mestek Inc. in Westfield for over 33 years. 

His wife Becky had introduced him to camping and his first encounter was when they pitched a small tent at the DAR and slept under the stars; from there he fell in love with camping life.   Rich enjoyed long walks on the beaches of Cape Cod, watching the excitement of horseracing and cheering on the Patriots and Red Sox.  Every season, he appreciated the trip to Boston to catch a Sox game.  But most of all, he loved his family, and the time he spent with them; always being the most special husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend.  Rich will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Besides his devoted wife; Becky (Trombly) Bilski, he is survived by his son; Phillip and his wife Kerry of Easthampton, his daughters; Kimberly Brodeur of Pittsfield,  Jessica DeSousa and her husband Dave of Chicopee, Katherine Bilski of Holyoke, his grandchildren; Kerissa, Maya, Jacob, Brayden, Peyton, Angelique, Augustin, Ashley, Douglas, Donald, Mikayla and Maxwell, 3 great-grandchildren, his brother; Walt Bilski of Easthampton, his sisters; Margaret Murphy and her husband John of Holyoke, Nancy Love of Owensboro, KY, several nieces, nephews, relatives, and dear friends.

A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 10th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Church, 33 Adams Street, Easthampton.  A calling hour will precede the Mass from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church.  Burial will immediately follow with Military Honors in Brookside Cemetery, Easthampton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to: Cooley Dickinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060.  DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with the arrangements. 

Frances Prasol

1923 - 2019


Frances Prasol, 95, of Florence, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst.  She was born in Northampton on June 1, 1923 to the late Anthony and Josephine (Wan) Prasol.  She had had attended Northampton schools and later went on to work for Pro-Brush in Florence before her retirement.

She is survived by her nieces; Nancy Blyda of Florence, and Mildred Beal of Holyoke.  

Besides her parents she was pre-deceased by her siblings; Anthony, John, William, Michael, Helen Gesiorek, Nellie and Mary Prasol, and her nephew; John Prasol Jr.

A Liturgy of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish on Thursday, April 25, 2019, burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Northampton.  All services were private and under the direction of DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton. 

Thomas Troy

February 20th 1949 – March 6th 2019

Amherst –

Thomas Troy, 70, of Amherst, passed away on March 6, 2019 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was born in Luzerene County, PA on February 20, 1949. Thomas was an avid Red Sox fan, he never missed a chance to watch their games. He was loved by all who knew him, especially his providers and friends at ServiceNet. Thomas will be missed by many. 

There will be a burial on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 10 AM at Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with his services 

Judith A. Kugler


Judith A. Kugler, 70, of Hatfield, passed away on Tuesday March 19, 2019 at Linda Manor Extended Care Facility. She was born February 5, 1949 in Northampton to the late Stanley “Teeny” and Helen (Zawacki) Kugler. Judy had attended Hatfield schools and was a graduate of Smith Academy High School. She had worked several years for Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Environmental Services before her retirement. Judy enjoyed spending time at various beaches throughout her life, she was also an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and Patriots as an unpaid coach for each team. 

She is survived by her sister; Elizabeth Kugler of Hatfield, her Aunt; Eleanor Haughton of Mountain Home, AK, her good friend; Ernie “Butch” Diemand of Florence, several cousins, and dear friends. She will be sadly missed for her quick wit and charm from all who knew her.

Calling Hours will be Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 4-7 PM at the DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton. There will be a Funeral Mass at 10 AM on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Our Lady of Grace Church in Hatfield, please meet directly at the church. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers; donations may be made in Judy’s memory to: Hatfield Public Library, 39 Main St., Hatfield, MA 01038.

Doris F. Marko


Doris F. Marko, 87, of Hadley, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at UMass Memorial Medical Center following a brief illness. She was born on March 29, 1931 in Worcester to the late Carl and Lillian (Perry) Williams. She had attended New Salem Academy. She met and fell in love with her husband, the late Martin Marko; whom passed away in 1996. They started their family; raising six beautiful children in Leverett. As their family grew, they then settled and moved to Hadley in 1989. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting beautiful baby sweaters and clothes for her grandchildren and Christmas stockings for everyone. She was an avid Red Sox fan; never missing a game. Doris treasured her companion; her cat Frisky.

She is survived by her daughters; Diane Marko and her partner, Norman Wilber of Leeds, Donna Hubbard and her husband Stephen of Sunderland, her sons; Michael of Sonoma CA, Timothy of Concord, NH, Thomas of Kailua-Kona, HI, her grandchildren; Joanne Wallace, Teresa Houle, Janine Kozlakowski, Stephen Hubbard, Joshua Hubbard, Kari Marko and Jennifer Marko, 9 great-grandchildren, her sister; Carleen Williams of Laguna Hills, CA and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and loving husband, she was also pre-deceased by her son, Joseph, and her sisters; Beverly Boudreau and Gail Rathburn.

The Memorial Service and burial will take place in the spring. DROZDAL FUNERAL HOME of Northampton has been entrusted with Doris' arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doris' name to: American Diabetes, 260 Cochituate Rd., #200, Framingham, MA 01701 www.diabetes.org

Barbara Yanginski

1938 - 2019


Barbara (Handrich) Yanginski, 80, of Ware, passed away peacefully on Monday, with her loving family by her side at Quaboag Rehab and Skilled Care in W. Brookfield. She was born July 29, 1938 in Northampton to the late William and Phyllis (Russ) Handrich Sr. She had attended Amherst schools and later went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Teaching at UMass Amherst. She began her teaching career at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, NY, where she worked for 6 months before returning home. Upon her return, Barbara worked at the local Howard Johnson; serving up delicious ice cream, and it was there, that a young man named Joseph, from across the street came into her work to enjoy some of that ice cream. Barbara and Joseph instantly fell in love, they were married in 1960 and raised two beautiful children. As they settled, Barbara taught kindergarten in Amherst, Belchertown, and S. Deerfield schools for over 32 years before her retirement. Her passion for teaching was evident by her students coming back years later to see her. She treated and adored her students like they were her own. She relished in reading a good book and enjoyed observing wildlife and bird watching. She also spent many summers as a child and with her family walking the beaches of Maine. But, most of all she loved her family and spending time with them. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband; Joseph Yanginski, her son; Kurt and his wife; Cindy of Deptford, NJ, her daughter; Tara and her husband; Paul of Ware, her grandchildren; Aaron, Bryan, Alexis Yanginski, and Nathan and Kyla Grenier, her brother; William Handrich Jr. and his wife Priscilla of Hadley, her sister; Janet Boheen and her husband; Richard of Center Barnstead, NH, her sister-in-law; JoAnn Duguay of S. Hadley, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Friday March 8, 2019 from 4 – 6:30 PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton. A religious service will begin at 6:30 PM. Friends and Family are invited to the Bluebonnet Diner after the service. Burial will take place in the spring at Plainville Cemetery in Hadley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to: Town of Deerfield, “Deerfield Elementary”, 21 Pleasant St., S. Deerfield, MA 01373.

Estelle Elliot


  Estelle B. Elliott, 98, of Northampton, passed away peacefully, Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Care One at Northampton with her loving family by her side.  She was born January 12, 1921 in London to the late Henri and Eleanor (Larter) Blaise.  She had attended schools in England, France, and Belgium.  During WWII, she met Charles H. Elliott, in Belgium, where he was stationed, they fell in love and got married.  After WWII, Charles’ tour of duty ended, and he returned to the United States; sadly, without his beautiful bride.  She soon would join him as she traveled a long journey by boat to be with him.  Their reunion was joyous, and they settled in Northampton and raised their two children, as well as ten foster children.  They had a blissful 65 ½ year marriage before his death in 2010. 

She had worked at Smith College as a Senior Cook in the Chapin House for over 30 years.  Estelle was a communicant of the former St. Mary’s Church in Northampton and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.  She enjoyed painting beautiful pictures, gardening, cooking delicious meals for her family, dancing with her husband, and singing.  Estelle and her husband ran food stands at the Three County Fair, as well as many others for over 50 years, and people would come from all over just to enjoy their food.  She also loved horse racing, always making sure to get that last bet in.

She will be sadly missed by her son; Charles and his wife Diane of Northampton, her daughter; Patricia Fortier of Westhampton, four grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and her special nephew; Ken Jr. who brought her Dunkin’ Donuts and coffee every weekend.

Besides her parents, and her loving husband Charles, she was also predeceased by her siblings and her son-in-law; Bill Fortier.

Calling hours will be Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 4-6 PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton. A memorial service will begin at 6 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Estelle’s memory to: Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 


Anita R. Millett

1955 – 2019

Anita R. (Theroux) Millett, 63, of Erving, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Charlene Manor in Greenfield. She was born in Holyoke on June 10, 1955 to Roger Theroux Sr. and the late Alta (Ackerman) Theroux. Anita had grown up in Granby most of her life. She was a home health aide in private homes for several years. Anita loved crocheting beautiful blankets, and walking on the beach, she also enjoyed going to her grandsons’ soccer games to cheer him on.

She is survived by her son; Jameson Sladeski and his wife LeeAnne of South Deerfield, her grandsons; Payton of S. Deerfield, and Nicolas of Denver, CO., her father; Roger Theroux Sr. of Westhampton, her brother; Roger Theroux Jr., and his wife Tina of Greenfield, and her sister; Debbie Almeida of Rhode Island.

There will be a calling hour on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 6-7 PM followed by a Memorial Service to begin at 7 PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of 120 Damon Rd., Northampton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anita’s memory to: New England Office of the American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road, #200, Framingham, MA 01701.


Glenn Rubeck

1935 – 2019


Glenn Rubeck, 83, of Northampton, died January 30, 2019 in Linda Manor Nursing Home. Born in Northampton, November 24, 1935, he was the son of the late Harry and Lillian (Young) Rubeck. He graduated from Northampton High School and served in the US Army. Glenn worked as a boiler fireman at Savage Farms and Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

He leaves his wife; Beverly (Zakrzewski) Rubeck, his son; Glenn D. Rubeck of Northampton and his daughter; Joanne Brown and her husband Christopher of E. Springfield, his grandchildren; Michael Rubeck, Lillian, Christopher, Vanessa, and Joseph Brown. He leaves two sisters; Lorraine Malinouskas and June Brodeur, his beloved nieces; Deanne, Aleta, Laurie, Nancy, and nephews; Daryl and Dave and many cousins.

Glenn tended magnificent gardens from which he canned and prepared with expertise. He loved his family dearly and leaves a legacy of fishing trips and good times with is buddies. Donations may be made in his honor to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Greenfield, MA 01301.

Calling hours will be Friday, February 1, 2019 from 4-6PM. His funeral service will begin on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10AM in the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton with a religious service to begin at 10:30 AM followed by Military Honors.

  Kenneth P. Scott


Kenneth P. Scott, 70, of Florence, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. He was born February 16, 1948 in Northampton, to the late Frank “Tinker” and Phyllis (Tardy) Scott. 

Ken worked for the City of Northampton for 35 years. After his retirement, he took many cruises with his wife Maryellen and vacationed annually at Old Orchard Beach in Maine. Kenny loved to plant and maintain his flower gardens each spring and summer; he also enjoyed crafting anything out of wood and could fix just about everything. He cherished all his dogs and relished in babysitting for the “grand-dogs”. He treasured seeing the children’s faces each morning as he worked as a school crossing guard; but most of all, he loved his family and friends. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. 

He is survived by his beloved wife; Maryellen (Frenier) Scott of Florence, loving father to; Kimberly Berard and her husband Ed of Westhampton, Kenneth P. Scott Jr., of Easthampton, and Richard Scott of Chamblee, GA, 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, his sisters; Linda Misterka and her husband Ken of Florence, and Lori Connelly and her husband Rod of Milton, also several nephews, a niece and numerous friends.

Calling hours will be Monday January 21, 2019 from 11AM to 1PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton, a Memorial service will immediately follow at 1PM in the funeral home.

This coming summer, please plant a flower in your yard in remembrance of Ken. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ken's memory to: The American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road, #200 Framingham, MA 01701. 


Craig Nehring


Craig Atwood Nehring, 69, of Florence, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019.  Born on September 15th, 1949, in Northampton, he was the son of the late Roderick and Doris (Atwood) Nehring.

He graduated from Northampton High School in 1967 and also from Westfield State College.  Craig worked for many years for the City of Northampton’s Water Department.

He loved the outdoors and especially deer hunting.  He enjoyed camping and using the skills he learned as a Boy Scout.  Craig was a friend to all and was content to lead a quiet life.

Craig is survived by a son; Fletcher and his wife Kelly of Chicopee and a daughter; Lorelei Miller and her husband Andrew of New York.  He also leaves a grandson Shade. Besides his parents, he was also pre-deceased by his brother Bruce.

The family wishes to thank the first responders and also the caregivers at Cooley Dickinson Hospital for their professionalism and compassion.

A celebration of Craig’s life will be held Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton.  Calling hours will be from 10AM to 1PM. A Memorial service will begin at 1PM. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Craig’s name may be made to the: Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America by visiting https://www.wmascouting.org/memorial-tributefund 


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