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Obituaries

  

  

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

1949-2019

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

1931-2019

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

1921-2019

  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

Northampton- 

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

1948-2019

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

1949-2019

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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