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Frank Addas

1924 - 2018


Frank Addas, 94, of Northampton passed away peacefully on December 8, 2018 at his home.  There are no calling hours, all services will be private.


Denise D. Herzog

1955 - 2018


Denise D. Herzog died December 4, 2018 at Bay State Hospital with her loving husband, Michael Mactavish, and devoted friends, Elizabeth Solomon, Lynn Latimer and Michael LaMothe at her side. She died tragically at the too young age of 63 shortly after being struck by an SUV. Denise was born on June 2, 1955 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

In addition to her beloved husband, Michael, Denise is survived by her sisters Lana Herzog, Diane McManus and spouse Thomas, and Susan Herzog, her brother Greg Herzog, her many nieces and nephews and her family of loving and devoted long term friends. She is predeceased by her parents, Margaret and Alphonse Herzog, sister Margaret Clancher and brother Robert Wells.

Denise lived life fully and embraced the many passions which were a common thread throughout her life. She found great inspiration and solace in nature. Her first job was in the Grand Canyon and thirty years later when she and her husband bought a mining cottage in Arizona, she spent three months each winter hiking the Arizona landscape while Michael painted. Denise was a lifelong learner and always curious; she was a voracious reader and took off one year from work simply to read. She read about spirituality, health and wellness, Buddhism and many topics related to the human condition. Denise loved to travel. She and Michael visited Tuscany and repeated trips to Jamaica where Denise drew portraits of local residents and helped them start several small t-shirt enterprises.

Denise’s life was most characterized by her love of art and her creativity. She received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota. In the early 1980’s she started Cottage Clayworks at One Cottage Street in Easthampton. Denise’s ceramic work was inspired by nature and she was known for her elegant and delicate brushwork. She loved calligraphy and utilized Chinese brush painting techniques. Later, she and Michael established Mactavish and Herzog, a ceramic studio which produced original hand painted tableware. Both lines were nationally recognized in fine craft galleries across the country. During her 20 years as an artist at One Cottage Street, Denise was an active and valued member and one of the founders of what is now Cottage Street Open Studios. 

In the early 2000’s, Denise directed her creative skills towards developing an arts program at Riverside Industries for their clients. She believed that everyone could benefit by exploring their inner creativity despite and sometimes because of their perceived limitations. The arts program has continued to thrive, and now has two staff guiding it. She was well loved by the clients she served.

After retirement in 2015, Denise threw herself into community volunteerism and political work. She has been a tireless volunteer for Easthampton City Arts and two of its components, Cultural Chaos and the Easthampton Cultural District.  Cooking became a passion and her way of bringing friends together for heartfelt prepared dinners and lively conversation. 

Of all her passions, the greatest was to connect with other people and to always be inclusive.

Denise was a kind and genuine person respected by all she knew for her honesty, thoughtfulness and patience and will be tremendously missed.  Her laughter was contagious as was her generous spirit. She was a strong and independent woman who found her soul mate in her husband Michael. Throughout their 40 years together, they were a true partnership, a team in work, at home and in the many adventures they shared together.

Michael found among her recent notes this quote by Parker Palmer, "Forgiveness is freedom from hate.  Joy is a birthright - an energizing force. Joy returns us to everything that is worth fighting for. Practice joy - protect joy.  Moral resistance."

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  At that time, information will be provided for anyone wishing to make a donation in Denise’s memory. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with Denise’s arrangements.  


Gerald A. Creek

1965 - 2018

   

Gerald A. Creek, 53, of Holyoke, passed away in his sleep at home on December 4, 2018. Born on October 23, 1965. He was the son of Von and Jean (Matuszek) Creek. He was predeceased by his brother Bernie Creek.

Gerry was a graduate of Smith Vocational where he specialized in metal fabrications. He later attended TCI for his Automotive Technician certification. He was extremely skilled in both professions and very proud of them. He was the “go to” car guy.

Gerry had a huge heart and loved his family and friends more than anything. He was a dedicated father, husband, son, and grandfather and loved by so many. His children referred to him as “Rad Bad Dad”! He was well known for his “Big Bear Hugs”, amazing sense of humor, being the life of the party, and brutally honest life lessons. Gerry loved his Harley and being on the open road. He was a fantastic cook who loved to teach the art and couldn’t stay out of the kitchen. He enjoyed the sport of fishing and discussing his passion with anyone who shared the same interest.

Gerry is survived by his wife Pamela (Challet) Creek of 16 years and their son Jerry Creek. His first wife Robin (Henke) Creek of 12 years and daughter Stephanie (Creek) Heller with son-in-law Jason Heller and daughter Cheyenne Creek with son-in-law Anthony Torres. His 3 grandchildren Allaya Torres-Creek, Dominic Torres-Creek and Willow Heller. His siblings Beth (Beal) Harris and Tom Beal, the Wise family, and several other family members and friends. 

He will truly be missed.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday December 15, 2018 from 4-8pm at the Burgy Bullets Club, 12 Laurel Rd., Haydenville, MA 01039. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with the arrangements. 

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Any Massachusetts Fish and Wildlife Service.

   


June “Betty” E. Fitzgerald

1926 – 2018

June E. “Betty” Fitzgerald, 92, of Northampton, formerly of Greenfield, passed away Monday December 10, 2018. She was born in Greenfield to the late Charles and Mildred (Pease) Stroheker. 

She graduated from Sanderson Academy in Ashfield, Ma. And attended Mansfield Beauty Academy to become a beautician.

She married Donald Fitzgerald July 24, 1945 in Ashfield.  He predeceased her on December 10, 2011.

After traveling with Don while he finished college they settled in Ashfield. She opened a beauty salon in Shelburne Falls called Charm and later worked in retail at Peggy Parker’s store in Greenfield.

Betty was an accomplished artist and crafter and member of The Deerfield Valley Art Association. She and Don travelled to many countries during their married life. They loved dancing in the “square” and the “round” and traveled around the countryside in pursuit of dances.  

After Don passed in 2011 Betty moved to Rockridge Retirement Community in Northampton, Ma. In 2014. The staff at Rockridge Retirement Community provided her a loving home for her final years filled with stimulating events and assistance when needed. She taught many of her fellow residents how to play a card game called “Kings in the Corner “and many happy hours were spent playing it in the TV room. 

Survivors include sons Bradley (Lisa) of Leesburg, Fla. and Gregory of  Amherst,  and Charlene Powell of Maine who was like a daughter to her. She also leaves several cousins and one “cousin-by-marriage” Betsy Powell of Greenfield, Ma.  

There are no calling hours. A committal service will take place in July 0f 2019. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to: The Gardens @ Rockridge Retirement Community, 25/37 Coles Meadow Road, Northampton, Ma. 01060 or the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter, 10 Sandy Lane, Turners Falls, Ma. 01376. Betty always loved having a dog and her last was a rescue.   


William G. Wilkes Jr.

1937 - 2018

William G. Wilkes Jr., 81, of N. Hatfield, passed away on Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018 at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke with his devoted wife by his side. He was born in Northampton on January 11, 1937 to the late William and Jean (Cembalisty) Wilkes Sr. Bill was a graduate of Smith Academy and later received a degree in Hotel Management from UMass Stockbridge. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.   

Bill followed his father’s footsteps working as a warehouse manager in the shade tobacco industry in the Pioneer Valley for numerous years before his retirement. He was a communicant of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Hatfield. Bill enjoyed boating on the Connecticut River with his family, building and flying Model Airplanes, he also had his private pilot license. Bill was a hard worker; always in the yard, fixing just about anything, he was a “Jack of All Trades”, but most of all; what he adored, was spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years; Phyllis (Baceski) Wilkes of N. Hatfield, his sons; Jeffrey and his wife Meg of Wrentham, David and his wife Nancy of Amherst, NH, Donald and his girlfriend Kim Fulmore of North Andover, his grandchildren; Michael Wilkes of Wrentham, Rachel and Daniel Wilkes of North Andover, and Dmitry Wilkes of Amherst, NH.

Calling hours will be Saturday, December 8th from 10 – 11:30 AM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Robert Coonan at 12PM at Our Lady of Grace Parish in Hatfield. Burial with military honors will immediately follow in Calvary Cemetery, Hatfield.

In lieu of flowers; donations may be made in Bill’s name to: Soldiers Home in Holyoke, “2 North Floor”, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040.


Hilda Ramirez

1932 - 2018

All services were private.

 

Stanley F. Slysz III

1963 – 2018

Stanley F. “Butch” Slysz III, 55, of Easthampton, passed away Wednesday, November 14th at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital with his loving family at his side after losing a seven-month battle with lung cancer. He was born May 12, 1963 in Northampton to Stanley F. and Roberta (Zack) Slysz Jr. of Hatfield.

Butch graduated from Smith Academy in 1981 and had worked, over 20 years at Accutech Insulation & Contracting in Ludlow, most recently he had been employed reinsulating pipes with MCI of Palmer. He was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed watching and rooting for the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics, he liked the thrills of NASCAR and was a Jimmie Johnson fan, he also enjoyed spending time gardening and scratch tickets, but most of all he loved, and treasured his time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife; Bonnie (Fisher) Slysz of Easthampton, his parents; Stanley and Roberta of Hatfield, his children; Danielle Slysz and her daughter; Kendall, of Millers Falls, and Ryan Slysz of Westhampton, his step-daughters; Deanna Autry and her husband David, their children, Hunter, Avery, and Owen of Greensboro, NC, Heather Charette and her husband David, their children; Caitlin Sweetman of Winter Garden, FL, Gage and Madison of Ludlow, step-sons; Jeffery Spiller of Easthampton, Roger Spiller and his wife Stephanie, their daughter; Olivia of Chicopee, his sisters; Annette St. Hilaire and her husband Bruce, their children; Jennifer, Samantha, and Bruce Jr. of Hatfield, Melissa Walsh and her husband Jeffrey, and their children; Jason, Michelle and Tyler of Florence, his Aunts; Connie, Mary, Darleen, and Bonnie, his Uncles; Bill and Richard, also several cousins, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, and brother and sister in laws. 

He is pre-deceased by his grandparents; Stanley and Stella Slysz, John and Helen Zack, his Aunt and Uncles; Bob and Elaine Slysz, Greg Weeks, Harry May, his cousins; Billy and Michael Slysz.

Calling Hours will be Sunday, November 18th from 5-7PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton. Funeral will be Monday, November 19th at 9 AM at the Funeral Home, a Service will begin at 10AM officiated by Rev. Robert Coonan. Burial will immediately follow in Calvary Cemetery in Hatfield.

The family wishes to thank the staff on the 3rd floor at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the doctors and staff at Mass General Cancer Center at CDH, the VNA/Hospice of CDH and all who contributed to his recent benefit. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Butch’s name to: VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060. 

  

  

Nicholas V. Divenere Jr.

1950-2018

Nicholas V. Divenere Jr., 68 of Florence, passed away on Thursday, November 8th at his home after several years of declining health. Born in Northampton on May 8, 1950 to the late Nicholas V. and Madeline (Montwill) Divenere Sr. He had attended Northampton schools and was a graduate of Northampton High School. Following various occupations, he settled in the field of carpentry.  He is survived by his sisters; Carolyn “Sissie” Horrigan of Florence and Angela Kleeberg of Southampton as well as his nieces and nephews; Holly Horrigan of Williamsburg, Patrick Horrigan of Maine, Dawn Rogers of Port Washington, Long Island, Wade Apgar of Montana, Nicholas S. Divenere of Westhampton, Kaytlyn Tetreault and family of Florida, Erika Kleeberg of Southampton, and numerous great nieces and nephews and loving cousins. Besides his parents he was also pre-deceased by brothers Joseph, Steven, Lawrence, and sister Christine Apgar (Maine).   We want to express our deepest gratitude to our loving brother for clarifying the true meaning of family value. Pennies from Heaven Nick, pennies from Heaven. There will be a graveside service on Tuesday, November 20th at 10 AM at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Northampton for those who wish to attend. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with the arrangements. 


Joseph W. Niedzwiecki Jr.

1970 – 2018

Joseph W. Niedzwiecki Jr., 48, of W. Hatfield, passed away suddenly on Wednesday November 7th at his home. He was born in Northampton on June 4, 1970 to the late Joseph Niedzwiecki Sr. and to Brenda (Simoneau) Herzog of Florence. Joe had attended Northampton schools and was a graduate of Northampton High School. He had worked for several years as a woodworker for the Florence Casket Company.

Besides his loving mother Brenda, his step-father; Wolf Herzog of Westfield he is also survived by his sister; Cherie Gilman and her husband Chris, his niece and nephew; Megan and Brandon Gilman, all of Belchertown, his former wife; Danielle (Brazeau) Niedzwiecki of Westhampton, Ronald Bachand of Florence, his faithful companion; his dog Emma, his aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless beloved friends.  Joe will be sadly missed by all who knew him, and will always be remembered for his courage during difficult times, we now know he is at rest, without pain. 

Besides his father, he is also pre-deceased by both his paternal and maternal grandparents.  

Calling Hours will be Monday, November 19th from 4 – 6 PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton, with a Memorial Service to begin at 6PM officiated by Rev. Douglas McGonagle. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers; donations may be made in Joe’s memory to: Dakin Humane Society, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, Massachusetts 01101,  www.dakinhumane.org or to a charity of one’s choice.  

  

Edward J. Mazur

1934-2018

Edward J. Mazur, 84, of 841 Burts Pit Road, Northampton, died Friday at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Joan A. (Dunny) Mazur for 58 wonderful years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son Edward D. Mazur and his wife Holly of Princeton, a daughter Lisa A. LeBlanc of Northampton. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Rachel and Luke Mazur of Princeton, and Ashely and Noah LeBlanc of Northampton. He is also survived by a large extended family of nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Walter and Chester Mazur, both of Chicopee and his sisters, Wanda Koziara and Josephine Pogodinski also of Chicopee.

Born in Holyoke on February 3rd, 1934, he was the son of the late Joseph and Victoria (Piniewska) Mazur. He attended Holyoke High School, served in the Army after WWII, and returned home to work for his brother Chester’s plumbing business in Chicopee. Later, he was employed by B-G Mechanical Contractors in Chicopee and was a longtime member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 104. Above all, Ed will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to all whom he met.

Calling Hours will be Wednesday, November 7th from 4-7 PM at Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton. Funeral will be Thursday, November 8th at 9AM from the Drozdal Funeral Home with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Church located at 99 King St. in Northampton. Burial will follow with Military Honors in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Northampton. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed’s memory to: Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 N. Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002.      


Joseph L. Guerin

1947 – 2018


Joseph L. Guerin, 71, of Belchertown, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He was born on September 2, 1947 in Southbridge to the late Lawrence and Christine (Gorman) Guerin. Joe had attended UMASS and received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, he also had enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He later went on to work for several years at Hampshire Reginal High School as an IT technician.

He is survived by his son; Jason Guerin, and his granddaughter; Brianna “Cat” Guerin both of Belchertown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joe to: Dakin Humane Society, 163 Montague Rd, Leverett, MA 01054, dakinhumane.org

There are no calling hours. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton is in charge of the arrangements.  

    

Dorothy F. Grimes

1936 - 2018

Dorothy Frances (Petrovich) Grimes, age 82, of Cummington, Massachusetts and formerly of 

Sun City West, Arizona, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passed away from cancer September 26, 2018, at Care One in Northampton, under the loving care of her family and the nurses and staff at Care One and Cooley Dickinson Hospice. She is preceded in death by her parents Michael Petrovich and Frances (Michel) Petrovich, her husband, William J Grimes, Jr, and her daughter, Donna (Grimes) McKenna. She is survived by her daughter Lora Grimes, MD and her son-in-law Mark Williams, grandsons, River and West and son-in-law Mark McKenna. 

Dotty was born September 12, 1936 in Philadelphia, were she grew up and graduated from 

Frankford High School in 1955. She earned an Associate degree from Temple University 

School of Business Administration in Philadelphia and worked for RCA before marrying Bill in 1961. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, gently caring for her children and grandchildren. She inspired and planted the seeds for her daughters to grow into women with wonderful families and successful careers. As a grandmother, she lived alongside the hustle and bustle of two growing boys, celebrating the seasons and passing on traditions, from growing and chopping green beans in the summer to baking her family style Christmas Cookies in the winter. She was called to the American Southwest throughout her life and she and her family moved to Arizona in 1983, where she spent the next 25 years living in Prescott and then in Sun City West. This move was fulfillment of a lifelong dream for her. She and Bill spent many years traveling the Southwest and West Coast in their RV. She had a love of Southwestern jewelry and along with her husband made some of their own. She had a business selling jewelry for a short time with her daughter Donna and son-in-law Mark. In 2008 she returned to the East Coast with her surviving daughter, son-in-law and grandsons, for another chapter in her life. Here with her family, she experienced rural New England complete with a small farm of goats and chickens and a patch of vegetables. 

A small service was held for immediate family at Drozdal Funeral Home, Northampton, and she was returned to her beloved Southwest to be laid to rest along side her devoted husband, Bill and loving daughter, Donna, in Scottsdale, Arizona. She drew strength in her life through her personal relationship to God and His Guardian Angels and was fittingly laid to rest on the Feast Day of The Guardian Angels, October 2, 2018. 

The family expresses their deep appreciation and gratitude to the care given by Hospice, Care One and Drozdal Funeral Home. Dotty will be missed by her family and friends. If one wishes to make a donation in her memory, memorial gifts can be made to Cooley Dickinson Health Care’s Hospice program. Memorial gifts may be made online at:

https://www.cooleydickinson.org/giving/vna-hospice-giving/  or you can mail a donation to the Development Office, PO Box 329, Northampton MA 01060. The phone number for assistance is 413-582-2255. Please specify that it is for the Hospice program in memory of Dorothy Grimes and the loving support she received from them.


Donald L. Owens

1930-2018

HAYDENVILLE-

Donald L. “Rags” Owens, 88, of Haydenville, passed away Tuesday, September 11th, with his loving children by his side at the Linda Manor Nursing Home. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on February 27, 1930 to the late Charles and Margaret (Kaufman) Owens. Don attended schools in Pittsburgh and later enlisted into the United States Air Force.   He worked at Bradley International Airport as an air traffic controller, as a paint chemist at H.L. Childs & Son, and as a custodial engineer for the Williamsburg school system.  He was a life long member of the Williamsburg Lions Club and served as the club treasurer. He also was a member of the Northampton Elks Lodge No. 997, lifetime communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Haydenville, and also served on the Williamsburg Board of Appeals and Water and Sewer Commission. Rags had a great sense of humor and generous spirit. He loved spending time with his friends, but most of all; he cherished his time with children, grandchildren and his great grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his children; Donald Owens and his wife Rebecca of Tennessee, Deborah Ogulnick and her husband Robert of Haydenville, his grandchildren; Creed, Taw, and Cuinn Owens of Tennessee, Erin Sloat and her husband Ken of Springfield, his great-grandchildren; Asher and Avery Sloat, several nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Besides his parents, Don was pre-deceased by his loving wife; Dorothy (Golash) Owens, and his siblings; Mary Lynn Jones, and Edward and Warren Owens.

Calling hours will be Monday, September 17th from 4-7 p.m. at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton. A liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Hills Parish in Haydenville at 11 AM on Tuesday, September 18th. Burial with Military Honors will immediately follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Haydenville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s memory to: Highland Ambulance EMS, Inc., 12 Williams Drive, PO Box 842, Goshen, MA 01032 www.Highlandems.org , Our Lady of the Hills Parish, 173 Main St. Haydenville, MA 01039, or to the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168 www.Jimmyfund.org.  

 

Kenneth C. Jamrog

1979 – 2018

Kenneth C. Jamrog, 38 of Natick, died on August 31, 2018. Born on December 26, 1979, he was the son of Barbara C. and the late Kenneth Stephen Jamrog.  Kenneth grew up in Hatfield and attended Smith Academy. He graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.S. in Environmental Science. He worked at the New England Aquarium, caring for the fish and penguins. He ran the water gardening department at Russell’s Garden Center. He worked at three pet shops. He also worked at The Organic Mattress, helping to grow this family business. Recently, he was a fashion salesperson at Nordstrom. He visited Hawaii, Mexico, Turks & Caicos, Aruba, London and Paris. In Assisi, Italy, he discovered St. Francis, his Environmental Patron, who spoke to animals, birds, and fish. He lived for beach trips with his dog AJ and indoor gardening. Most of all, Kenneth loved time with family and friends.  Kenneth had a huge heart, was loving, kind, and thoughtful. He leaves his mother, Barbara C. (Krzak) Jamrog of Hatfield; his sister, Diane C. Jamrog, Ph.D. and her husband John Muccino of Sudbury; his brother Michael K. Jamrog Sr. of Hatfield; and two nephews, Michael K. Jamrog Jr. and Brandin H. Jamrog. You are loved and missed more than words can say.

Calling hours will be Thursday, September 6th from 5-8 p.m. at the Drozdal Funeral Home, of Northampton. Funeral Services will be Friday, September 7 at 9AM from Drozdal Funeral Home with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10AM at Our Lady of Grace Church, Hatfield. Burial will immediately follow in Calvary Cemetery in Hatfield.    


Matthew J. Banner

1992-2018

Matthew Banner, 29, of Florence passed away August 31, 2018 due to injuries suffered in a truck accident.

He was born February 17, 1989 in Northampton, to James & Lisa (Matusko) Banner, he was educated in Northampton public schools and graduated in 2007 from Smith Vocational & Agricultural with a degree in forestry. He was a member of the National FFA and Boy Scout Troop 110 in Florence, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduation, Matt put his tree skills to work with local companies Troy’s Tree Service in Goshen and Lashco Tree Service in Hatfield. Most recently, he became a member of IUOE Local 98 and LIUNA 809 and was employed by Moosehead Harvesting, Inc. working on the east coast cutting trees for the Pipeline. He also helped countless friends and family when they needed his talents. 

Besides his parents, Matt is survived by his sister; Jenny Banner of Florence, his grandparents Julius and Judy Matusko of Hernando, FL., his aunts and uncles; Nancy and Hector Williams, John Banner Jr., Howard Banner, Chris Banner, Nancy Banner, Pam Maynard, Phil Maynard, Michelle and Mark Lambert, Sue Syrek and his many cousins that he held close to his heart. He was predeceased by his grandparents John & Joyce Banner. Matt also will be missed by the vast number of friends and acquaintances that he had the pleasure of meeting and sharing his gentle giant smile with.

Calling hours will be Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10 AM to 1PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton. A memorial service will begin at 1PM. Immediately following the service at the funeral home, the family has requested family and friends to join them at the Young Men’s Club of Hadley,

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Matt to: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Forestry Program, 80 Locust Street, Northampton, Ma 01060.       


Michihiro Yoshida

1930-2018

All services were private.


Joel J. Rivera

1992-2018

Joel J. Rivera, 25, of Seattle, formerly of Northampton, tragically passed away on Thursday, August 16th in Seattle, Washington. He was born in Northampton on October 15, 1992 to Jorge Rivera and Kimberly Lawson. 

He had worked for All Service Moving Company in Seattle. Joel appreciated his vast collection of baseball hats in many different sports teams, he loved music, and he was the jokester of the family and was always making people laugh. He enjoyed being around and playing with children of all ages, especially his nieces and nephews, but most of all; he cherished and loved being with his sons; Greyson and Carter.

Besides his parents; Jorge of Indian Orchard and Kimberly of Northampton, he is survived by his fiancée; Liliana Valencia and their 2 children Greyson and Carter of Seattle, his brother; Jorge and his wife Lisa of Long Island, NY, his sisters; Chevon Rivera and her boyfriend Jose Flecha of Springfield, Yvonne Rivera and her boyfriend Angel Ortega of Chicopee, Enidia Rivera and her boyfriend Ralph Larkin of Cape Cod, Devonne Cumba and her husband Ricky of Springfield,  his grandmothers; Arlene Lawson of Northampton, and Maria Cintron of Springfield, his step-father; Anthony Mattos of Cape Cod, several nieces, nephews,  Aunts, Uncles, cousins, friends and co-workers. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Joel was also predeceased by both of his grandfathers.

Calling Hours will be Friday, August 24, 2018 from 9-11AM with a service to begin at 11 AM at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton. Burial will immediately follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Northampton.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to the family.  


Jeannette G. Hebert

1933-2018

Jeannette G. (Daviau) Hebert was called home on Saturday, July 14, 2018. She joins her husband of 52 years, the late Raymond J. Hebert, Jr., who departed in 2006.

Born to Philibert and Aldea Daviau of Holyoke on March 19th, 1933, she attended Holyoke Catholic schools and graduated Salutatorian from Precious Blood High School. She worked at Big Y in Northampton for many years and retired as a bookkeeper from Van Cort Industries. 

Jeannette loved her family and enjoyed many vacations throughout New England as well as a few extended trips through Canada and the U.S. She was always thrilled when her loved ones visited her in Florida during her retirement years. She enjoyed many travels with Ray to Europe and cross-country. She enjoyed a special bond with all of her children and grandchildren and played an integral part in their lives. 

Jeannette was a warm, funny and humble person with lots of love for everyone around her. She was kind, charitable and generous. She had many friends for whom she cared deeply. She never wanted to be burden to anyone, but always wanted to do for others. Her favorite pastime was spending time with people. As an accomplished pianist, she entertained everyone at many family gatherings.

She leaves behind her four children: daughter Debra Hebert-Kabat and her husband Hank of Hatfield; daughter Patricia Hentz and her husband John of Hatfield; son Michael Hebert of Auburn, Ca, son Gary Hebert and his wife Kristen of Hatfield and daughter in-law, Debbie (Nemec) Hebert of Westfield. She is predeceased by her son, James P. Hebert of Westfield. She leaves 9 grandchildren; Julie Michalowski Kelly and her husband, Steve; Jonathan Hebert and his wife Heather, Nick Hebert and his wife Tracey, Amie Hebert, Melanie Laurin and her husband Collin, Danny Hentz, Amanda Hebert, Jack Hebert and Sam Hebert; 4 great grandchildren; Adeline, Colson, Lillian and Gaines and 4 step-grandchildren Jessalyn, Aaron, Ally and Sarah. She will be missed by all.

The wake services will be held at Our Lady of Grace Church in Hatfield on Thursday, July 19th from 9-10 am. The funeral Mass will begin at 10 am. Burial will immediately follow in Notre Dame Cemetery in South Hadley, MA. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to Our Lady of Grace Parish, 11 School Street, Hatfield, MA 01038.

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Sharon Ann Ryder 

1951-2018

On Saturday June 16th, 2018, Sharon Ryder of ​Chesterfield decided to take a vacation from her hard-fought battle with lung cancer and go to the beach.  Sharon was the second daughter of the late Carl and Patricia (Senser) Zygmont.  

She met her husband of 46 years, Brooks Ryder, on the balcony of the Look Park pool house when she was 15.  They were married in 1971 and had ​a fun-loving family including her daughters; Kimi Ryder ​a traveling ​emergency ​nursing gnome and Dr. Jodi Ryder a research engineer who lives in Vicksburg, Mississippi, her son-in-law; Travis Dahl, her favorite beach companions, her two granddaughters; Rachel and Lexi Dahl, she will also be dearly missed by her sister; Bonnie Bagg and her husband Russ, her brother; Peter Zygmont, several nieces, nephews, and her brother-in-law; John Brozoski Jr.   

Her sister; Diane Brozoski already has arranged the beach chairs 

Sharon graduated Northampton High School and Smith's School of Practical Nursing.  She spent many years as an LPN at the Northampton State Hospital before leaving nursing in 1984 to open Sharon's Sit n' Stitch in Brewster Court.  A skilled business woman and manager, Sharon grew her business into Sharon's Craft Gallery in 1989.  Although she left the craft business in 1994 she managed Party World for several years before becoming the manager of Joann's in Hadley where she worked until 2015.  She was also well known for her involvement with the Hampshire Regional YMCA Dolphins swim team and Orcas Swim Club.  An inspiring mother and grandmother, friend, co-worker, boss, and mentor, Sharon always challenged those around her to discover what they love and work hard for it.  For her that was travel, gardening, ice cream, and hummingbirds.  

Visiting hours will be from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, June ​22, 2018 at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. A calling hour will be held prior to the service from 10-11 a.m., followed by burial in Spring Grove Cemetery, Northampton.  Wear what makes you happy; Sharon will be in flip flops.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund, (www.gazettenet.com) or to the campership fund at Camp Howe Inc. (P.O. Box 326, Goshen, MA 01032). For more info, please visit Drozdalfuneralhome.com.

       

Kevin P. Moynihan

Northampton-

Kevin Moynihan, 60, of Northampton, passed away on Sunday June 10, 2018, with the love of his life; Rose and his family by his side. Born in Easthampton, he was the son of the late Jeremiah and Rita (Amlaw) Moynihan. He had attended Easthampton High School and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and was always proudly wearing clothing from his favorite team.

Kevin is survived by his love; Rose Bak of Northampton, his children; Billy, Megen, and Jessica Moynihan, and Dacia Grace, his brothers; Jerry of Arizona, Jim of Northampton, David Tyburski of Easthampton, his sisters; Judi Brissette of Easthampton, and Patti Steele of Athol, and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Besides his parents he was pre-deceased by his sister; Rita Jackson.

There will be a calling hour on Friday, June 15, 2018, from 10 – 11 AM at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton, with a Memorial Service to begin at 11 AM. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kevin’s name to: VNA/Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Dr., Northampton, MA 01060.   


    

Joseph & Helen Mattuski

The burial of Joseph and Helen (Pascek) Muttuski will be on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 12 PM in Calvary Cemetery, Hatfield. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with the arrangements. 


Elsie L. (West) Andrews

HADLEY – 

Elsie L. Andrews, 81, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2018 after a long battle with polycystic kidney disease. Born in Northampton, MA on April 24, 1937, Elsie was the daughter of the late Osborne C. and Mabel L.(Smith) West and lived in Hadley most of her life. She was a 1955 National Honor Society graduate of Hopkins Academy where she played on the girls’ basketball team and was a drum majorette with the marching band. She earned her nursing degree in 1958 from the former Springfield Hospital Nursing School and was a proud member of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baystate Medical Center for many years before retiring in 2000. 

A world traveler with a passion for adventure, Elsie enjoyed amusement parks, gardening, reading, knitting, sewing and needlepoint. She was a passionate supporter of UCONN women’s basketball and U.S. National Figure Skating. She served as Treasurer for the former Skating Club of Springfield and held various positions with the Hadley Council on Aging over the year since becoming a member in 2002. 

Predeceased by her husband Edward A. Andrews in 1991; she is survived by her children: Douglas J. Andrews of W. Hatfield, David E. Andrews of Hadley, Donna C. (Andrews) Bristowe of Douglas, Scott D. Andrews of So. Hadley, stepdaughter; Debra (Andrews) Newell of Concord, NH. Her beloved grandchildren; Nicholas E. Bristowe, Trevor D. Andrews, Ryan Z. Bristowe, Sky R. Andrews, 2 great-granddaughters; Lily and Callie Bristowe and step-grandchildren: Stephen Dyment, Shannon Newell, and Steven Schechterle. Elsie’s greatest joy was vacationing and spending time with her family and she considered her son’s-in-law, Dwight Bristowe and Peter Newell along with her daughter’s-in-law Michele (Bumbaugh) Andrews and Chelsea (Rabtor) Andrews as her own children. Elsie was predeceased by her brother Lewis E. (Skip) West in 1978 and survived by her siblings Virginia A.(West) Koehler, Thomas O.West, Arthur C.West, Vera M.West, James R. West, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held from 2-4pm at Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Road, Northampton, MA on Sunday, June 3rd, followed by a private celebration of life gathering with -friends and family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation: PKD Foundation, P.O. Box 871847, Kansas City, MO 64187-1847 or pkdcure.org.  

  

Thomas D. Troy

Tampa, FL – 

Thomas D. Troy, 56, of Tampa, FL, passed away peacefully with his loving brother and friends by his side at his home in Tampa. Born in Northampton, on December 23, 1961, he was the son of the late Philip and Elizabeth (Yusko) Trojanowski Sr. Thomas had graduated from Smith Vocational High School and went on to receive Bachelor’s Degree in Markeing and Chemistry, and had recently completed his Associates degree at the prestigious Hillsborough College of Nursing. Previously, he had worked for CVS as a Pharmaceutical Technician. 

Thomas was a master at Tae Kwon Do having achieved the 5th degree black belt. He competed and medaled in numerous tournaments. In 2010 he coached one of his students to a medal in the USA Tae Kwon Do National Championship. He was also an accomplished saxophone player.

Thomas was not only well respected by his Tae Kwon Do family but also by his neighbors, classmates, church group, colleagues at CVS, as well as the many customers of CVS who saw him on a regular basis and had gotten to know him on a personal level.

Thomas is survived by his brother; Philip Trojanowski Jr., of Mansfield, TX, his nephew Philip Trjanowski III, many cousins and friends.

Calling hours will be Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Church, Hadley. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

In Lieu of Flowers; donations may be made via www.jimmyfund.org/gift in memory of Thomas Troy, 2814 W Price Ave, Tampa FL 33611 or to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.    


James F. Svoboda

HOLYOKE – 

James F. Svoboda, 83, of Florence, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Soldiers Home in Holyoke. He was born in Northampton on February 8, 1935 to the late Joseph and Gladys (Corbett) Svoboda. He was a graduate of Northampton High School and was U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean and Vietnam War. Jim met the love of his life; Ethel and they married on August 2, 1958 in W. Hatfield surrounded by their loving family and friends. 

He had worked at Almy’s in Hadley as an assistant manager and at the Hotel Northampton as manager of the Bamboo Hut. Later in life he worked alongside his wife at the Autumn Inn. 

Jim loved to tell the story of how he met Elvis Presley while in the service. An avid Red Sox and Patriots fan; he never missed a game on TV and always wore a baseball cap representing either of the teams. Jim would always have a smile on his face; and everyone he met he considered them to be his friend.

 Jim enjoyed playing Bingo, painting, singing Karaoke; especially Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”, while at the Soldiers Home. He also appreciated living there and loved all his caregivers and friends that he made. 

He is survived his sister; Eileen Bates of Troy, NY, and her children, Brian Bates and his wife Liz and Cathy Snyder and her husband John, his nephews; William Symanski and his wife Suzanne of N. Hatfield, Mark Symanski and his wife Sheila, of Whately, his niece; Donna Kociela of Atlantic Hylands, NJ, also several grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Besides his parents; Jim was pre-deceased by his loving wife; Ethel (Duga) Svoboda, whom passed away September 12, 2012

There will be a private service with Military Honors at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton has been entrusted with the arrangements. For more information please visit Drozdalfuneralhome.com. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s name to: Soldiers Home in Holyoke, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040, Attn: Treasurers Office for the Recreation Department.     

  

Nancy A. Barsh

Northampton –

Nancy A. Barsh, 84, of Northampton, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2018, at Charlene Manor in Greenfield. She was born September 24, 1933 in Northampton to the late Zenan and Mary (Kacibasiak) Barsh. Nancy was a graduate of Smith Academy in Hatfield and had been an Insurance Auditor for various insurance companies; included the Boston area and for Borawski Insurance in Northampton before her retirement. She was a member of the Hatfield Historical Society, enjoyed line dancing, loved all cats and was an avid fan of all things Boston.

She is survived by her devoted nephew and niece; Gerald Barsh Jr. of Hatfield, and Adele Barsh of California.

Besides her parents; she is pre-deceased by her brother Gerald Barsh Sr.

Funeral will be Friday, April 20, 2018 with a calling hour to begin at 10 AM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton. A Memorial service will begin at 11am officiated by Rev. Robert Coonan. Burial will immediately follow in Calvary Cemetery in Hatfield.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to the Dakin Humane Society, PO Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101www.dakinhumane.org. For more information, please visit Drozdalfuneralhome.com


Francis E. Whalen

Florence-

Francis “Fran” E. Whalen, 88, of Florence passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018 surrounded by his loving family at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke. He was born in Northampton on May 5, 1929 to the late Clarence and Rosamond (Walton) Whalen. 

He attended St. Michael’s School and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division.  He fought in the Korean War and was awarded two Bronze Stars. After the war, he worked at Stanley Home Products in Easthampton, retiring in 1985. Fran was an avid bowler, golfer, and liked playing pool. He also enjoyed gardening, walking, hunting, and fishing. But, most of all, he loved dancing with his wife, Shirley. He was very active in the Florence VFW, serving as Chaplain for over 20 years. He was a cheerful and familiar face calling bingo, attending the children’s Christmas parties, and a prominent fixture marching in the parades, and served as Northampton’s Grand Marshal in the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2015.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Shirley (Ouimet) of 61 years, his stepson; David Laurin and his wife Karen, of Williamsburg, his son; Mark and his wife Susan, of Tennessee, his two daughters; Cheryl Whalen-Fappiano her wife Sylvia of Florence, and Laurie Tanguay and her husband Bruce of Winchendon, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, his sisters; Patricia Greig of Michigan, Mary Ferguson of S. Carolina, several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Besides his parents; he was pre-deceased by his sister; Marjorie Makala.  

The family would like to thank the Staff of 1 North at the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke for their most compassionate and professional care.

Calling Hours will be Sunday April 8, 2018 from 2-4 PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton.  Funeral will be Monday April 9, 2018 at 11:30 AM at the funeral home, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial  at Blessed Sacrament Church, 354 Elm St., Northampton at 1 PM,  Burial with Military Honors will immediately follow at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Agawam. 

Donations may be made in Frans name to the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040. 



  

  

Pauline M. Barcomb 

HOLYOKE-

Pauline M. Barcomb, 78, of Holyoke, passed away on Sunday March 25, 2018 at Baystate Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Adams, MA on December 14, 1939, to the late William and Mary (Sikop) Schultzki. Pauline had attended Easthampton schools and was a CNA for several years working at Wingate of S. Hadley before her retirement. She also had a love for all animals.

She is survived by her daughters; Barbara Szwajkowski, and Teresa Rytuba, her sons; Alton, Peter, and Stanley Barcomb all of Holyoke, her grandchildren; April and Joshua Szwajkowski, Sarah Morin, Charlie, Kerene, and Alex Rytuba, Jacob and Melissa Barcomb, her sisters; Helen Krawcynski of FL, and Anna Rice of Hiestand, PA, and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was pre-deceased by her brother Henry Schultzki.

Calling hours will be Tuesday April 3, 2018 from 9AM – 10:30AM at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11AM at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 11 School St. Hatfield. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Hatfield.  

   

Stephen P. Diemand

1955 – 2018

Northampton-

Stephen Diemand, 62, of Northampton, MA sadly passed away on February 25, 2018 while being treated for a lung condition at Mass General in Boston. Stephen was born and raised in Northampton to the late Ernest and Louise (Duffy) Diemand. He was an avid farmer throughout his life. When he married his former wife, Eileen, they settled in New Hampshire to manage a dairy farm for a few years before returning to Northampton to manage Sunnyside Farm, most known for their strawberries. Stephen was an active part of growing and selling the farm’s crops, as well as helping his daughters, Elise and Regina, manage their own horses and flock of sheep respectively. He worked for the UMass Agricultural department for a time helping manage the farm there as well as for a trucking and plowing company in the off-season. Stephen was a vibrant, funny, caring person. All who knew him truly felt his charisma, particularly when he would tell a few (frequently lewd) jokes; his laughter was always infectious, even during times of personal struggle, and he almost always carried a smile. 

Stephen joins his sister Kathleen (Diemand) Mello, father Ernest A. Diemand, mother Louise (Duffy) Diemand, and former wife Eileen (LaValle) Diemand, among many other loved ones in Heaven. 

He is survived by his daughters Elise Diemand and her husband Tyler West and Regina Diemand, brother Ernest W. Diemand, and sister Colleen Diemand who were able to bless him as he departed. Stephen will be greatly missed. 

We invite everyone who wish to pay their respects to join us for a Memorial service at Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton, MA on Saturday, April 7 at 11:30 AM officiated by Rev. Robert Coonan, calling hours will be from 10 AM until time of service.  

Donations can also be made in his honor to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607. www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. For more information please visit Drozdalfuneralhome.com.


Joseph J. Monska Sr.

1927-2018

Northampton – 

Joseph J. Monska Sr., 91, of Southampton, passed away peacefully on Thursday March 15, 2018 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital with his loving family by his side. He was born in Northampton on January 14, 1927 to the late Martin and Anna (Karakula) Monska. 

He was a US Army Veteran, serving during WWII. Joseph and Anita had met while he was stationed in Italy, from there they fell in love and were parted by the war and reunited many years later. They were married for 44 years and together they raised their children. Joe was a heavy equipment operator for P. Allen & Sons for many years before his retirement.  He enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 44 years; Anita (Uanetti) Monska of Southampton, his daughter; Maria Taylor and her husband Douglas of West Brookfield, his sons; Armando and his wife Vivian of Erving, John and his wife Jean of Florence, Joseph Jr. of Templeton, Justin and his wife Sherry of Orange, 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Beside his parents; Joseph was predeceased by his brothers Chester, John, Stanley and his sisters; Anna Smith, Katherine Franzus, Sophie Anton, and Mary Nevers.

Calling hours will be the morning of the funeral on Tuesday March 20, 2018 at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton from 10AM-12PM, with a religious service to begin at 12PM, officiated by Rev. Richard Bondi from Our Lady of the Hills Church, Haydenville. Burial will immediately follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Haydenville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Empty Arms Bereavement Support, 140 Pine Street, Room B2, Florence, MA 01062 www.emptyarmsbereavement.org

   

 

Joanne “Jo” M. Ringer

HATFIELD-

Joanne “Jo” Ringer was just 39 years old when she went missing last March. Her remains were found on February 27th, 2018 in Hatfield, MA. Jo was a beautiful person with an infectious smile that could light up any room. She was a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend to all, and now, she will forever be at peace. 

She was born in Northampton on January 15, 1978 to the late Robert J. Ringer Sr. and Joan (Pelkey) Ringer. She had attended Easthampton schools and had worked several various jobs, most recently being a model representing Haymond Law Firm at motorcycle and car events.

Jo was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed riding hers. She claimed she would never ride on the back of one, because she had to be the driver. Jo could do just about anything; even repairing her dune buggy. She enjoyed scanning different antique shops and shows trying to find that one special treasure. She absolutely loved scrapbooking, and thoroughly enjoyed putting the books together with pictures of friends and family. Jo enjoyed the beach on a warm summer day with her toes in the sand but would never step foot in the ocean. But, most of all, which she held close to her heart was the time she spent with her friends and family. In everybody’s heart she will always stay loved and remembered every day.

She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter; Savanah Ringer, her mother; Joan, her brothers; Robert Jr. and Joseph, all of Easthampton. Her cherished dogs; Blu and Fuko, and several Uncles, Aunts, cousins, and friends.

Besides her father; Robert Sr., she was also predeceased by her infant daughter; Skylar.

The family appreciates your thoughts, prayers and condolences as they are comforting at this very difficult time.

Calling hours will be Saturday March 17th, 2018 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Drozdal Funeral Home, 120 Damon Rd., Northampton, MA.

In lieu of flowers; donations may be made in Jo’s memory to: Safe Passage, 43 Center Street Suite 304, Northampton, MA 01060, www.safepass.org, Dakin Humane Society, PO Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101, www.dakinhumane.org., or Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue, C/o Michael Comeau, 16 Newark St Adams, MA 01220. www.bmsar.org