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BECKWITH, Elizabeth, 96
Retired from Lamb Printing
Elizabeth (Vokey) Beckwith, 96
, formerly of 5 Pinnacle Drive, Adams, and a former longtime North Adams resident, died Monday, March 11, 2002, at Williamstown Commons, Williamstown, where she was admitted in 1989.

Born Oct. 1, 1905 in Spaniards Bay, Newfoundland, Canada, she was a daughter of Jacob and Alice (Babcock) Vokey. She attended schools in Canada before coming to the U.S. in 1920 with her family. She was last employed for 15 years in the bindery department at Lamb Printing Co., North Adams, before retiring in 1970. Earlier, she was employed for several years at the Brightwater Paper Co., Adams, and earlier still, was employed for several years at the former Clark Biscuit Co., North Adams. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, North Adams, and enjoyed her family and cooking

Her husband, Leon F. Beckwith, whom she married June 2, 1923, in Shorham, Vt., died May 12, 1977. She leaves three daughters, Phyllis I. Roy of Bluff City, Tenn., Florence A. Longstaff of Williamstown, and Elizabeth J. Horsfall of North Adams; a brother, Gordon Vokey of Toronto, Canada; 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Three sons, Donald R. Beckwith, Leon P. Beckwith, and Edward P. Beckwith, and a grandchild, are deceased.

FUNERAL NOTICE -- Funeral services for Elizabeth Beckwith will be held Thursday, March 14, 11 a.m., in the First United Methodist Church, North Adams. The Rev. Susan Stewart, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Southview Cemetery, North Adams. Calling hours at the Augé- San Soucie- Simmons Funeral Home, North Adams, are today, 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in her memory be made to the First United Methodist Church through the funeral home, 46 North Church St., North Adams, Mass. 01247.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

BUSKIRK, Mrs. Johanna
The Augusta Chronicle    October 17, 2002

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Tuesday, October 15, 2002, Mrs. Johanna Donnelly Buskirk, 77, of Augusta, beloved wife of the late Charles William Buskirk. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2002, at Platts Crawford Avenue Chapel with The Rev. Fr. Gaspar Hededus officiating. Burial will be in St. Johns, Newfoundland.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Barbara Bartlett of Augusta; three sons, David Buskirk of Savannah, Thomas Allen Love of Dearing, and Ronald Berry Buskirk of Richmond Hill; one sister, Mary Pike of St. Johns, Newfoundland; three grandchildren, Barry Buskirk, Bryan Love and Denise Love. A native of St. Johns, Newfoundland, Mrs. Buskirk was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Donnelly. She was a Catholic. If so desired, the family requests memorials to the Augusta Alzeheimers Association, 1799 Central Ave., Augusta, GA 30904 or to the donors favorite charity. Platts Funeral Home, Inc. 721 Crawford Ave., Augusta 733-3636.
The Augusta Chronicle - Georgia USA
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

The Garden City Telegram -USA
Mary A. Codamo, 86
, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, at her home in Garden City. She was born Jan. 20, 1916, at St. Johns, Newfoundland, the daughter of John and Bridget Hyde Monck. A Garden City resident since May, moving from Peabody, Mass., she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Christian faith. On Feb. 19, 1942, she married Anthony F. Codamo at St. Johns. He died April 5, 1988, in Massachusetts. She is survived by three daughters, Irma Sedille, Lynn, Mass., Phyllis Codamo, Garden City, and Janet Stubblefield, Rosenberg, Texas, four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass. There will be no visitation. Price & Sons Funeral Home, Garden City, is in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

Below is the obit of my second cousin twice removed.

The Bishops father Captain William J. CONNORS was born in Placentia Bay son of Patrick J. Connors (1853) and Esther Dunphy. Capt. William married Gertrude LUNDRIGAN also of Placentia in 1914 and emigrated to New York. Their children were Ronald, William, Alfred and Mary. Alfred Connors raised a family in Cleveland, Ohio; Mary married a Burke (NY)
Joanne Connors Parandjuk (Joanne may be contacted through the contributor's list)

CONNORS-Bishop Ronald Gerard, C.SS.R. on November 27, 2002. Bishop Emeritus of San Juan De La Maguana, Dominican Republic. Former Provincial of Baltimore Province. Dear son of the late William and Gertrude (nee LUNDRIGAN). Beloved brother of Mary BURKE, Alfred, and the late Reverend William CONNORS, C.SS.R. Loving uncle of Brendan, Ronald, William, Jane BURKE, Lisa BOERUM, MaryPat DONOVAN, Kathy GOETZ, Elizabeth SWIFT, Dr. Alfred CONNORS Jr., Mary Lorraine ANDERSON, Thomas, William, James, and Michael CONNORS. Brother-in-law to Mary CONNORS. Reposing M.V. Cosgrove and Son Chapels, 5723 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn on Sat 2-5 and 7-9 PM. The Bishop will repose on Sunday at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from 2-5 PM. Aake service will be held at 7:30 PM on Sunday. Funeral Mass on Monday at the Basilica at 10:30 AM. Burial will be in the Dominican Republic.
Contributed by Joanne Connors Parandjuk

DAVIS, Berdine G. - USA
Berdine G. Davis
, Greenville
Mrs. Berdine G. Davis, a resident of Cable Gardens, Ipswich, Mass., and Greenville, passed away March 28, 2002, after a long illness, while visiting her son in Williamsburg, Va. A native of Spaniards Bay, Newfoundland, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Currie, and widow of the late Dr. John A. Davis.

Mrs. Davis emigrated from Newfoundland and received her degree in Nursing from Columbia University in New York, N.Y. She and her husband resided in Brooklyn, N.Y., until Dr. Davis' death in 1956. Mrs. Davis moved to Greenville with her family in 1958, and was Nurse in Charge of the Outpatient Clinic at Greenville General Hospital. She then became Director of Nurses at Hillcrest Hospital in Simpsonville. She retired, after a successful career, from Greenville General Hospital System and lived for many years in Greenville. Mrs. Davis was an active member of Church of the Redeemer in Greenville, where she faithfully volunteered in a wide range of services, including acolyte mother, acting organist and altar guild. She enjoyed classical music, especially Bach. Mrs. Davis was a lover and protector of all animals, especially dogs. Her talent and creativity in needlework, painting and many other crafts will be remembered and enjoyed by her many friends and relatives that are privileged to have her work.

Mrs. Davis will always be remembered for her strength, determination and unwavering spirit and joy of life. She is survived by her sons, Robert Glenn Davis and his wife Glynis, of Williamsburg, Va., and John A. (Jack) Davis and his wife Betty, of Gloucester, Mass.; and two grandchildren, Allison and Stephanie, both of Gloucester. Her husband, John; and her daughter, Lynn, predeceased Mrs. Davis. Her long-term friends, Jim and Betsy, will especially miss her. Memorial services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2002, at Church of the Redeemer, Episcopal. - The Mackey Mortuary, 311 Century Drive
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

The Winona Post -USA
Jean M. Fedders, 84
, formerly of Winona, died Thursday, March 7, 2002 at Camillia Rose Nursing Home in Coon Rapids, Minn. She was born June 15, 1917 in St. John's Newfoundland, Canada to Frederick J. and Elsie (Alexander) King. She married John G. Fedders on July 7, 1942 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Winona. He died October 28, 1992. After graduating from college, she worked as an x-ray technician. She is survived by her three daughters, Margie (Clarence) Lewis of St. Paul, Minn., Jeanne (Bill) Thomazin of St. Paul, and Barbara (Doug) Sherlock of Coon Rapids, Minn.; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters, three great-grandsons; a sister, Ann King; a brother, George King; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Fedders. She was preceded in death by her husband, John. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday, March 11, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Winona. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona. Pallbearers were Doug Sherlock, Clarence Lewis, Keith Lewis, Kevin Lewis, George King and Bill Thomazin. Memorials may be directed to the Hospice of the Twin Cities, 7100 Northland Circle, #205, Minneapolis, Minn. 55428. A Watkowski-Pronschinske Funeral Service.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

FINK, Alice M., 95
Ret. Nurse's Aide
The Sullivan County Democrat -Callicoon N.Y.
Alice M. Fink
of Johnson, a retired nurse's aide and former longtime area resident, formerly of Monticello, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002, at St. Joseph's Place in Port Jervis. She was 95 years of age. Born April 4, 1907, in Newfoundland, Canada, she was the widow of Alan John Wells who died in 1957 and Edward I. Fink who died in 1986. Mrs. Fink was a member of the United Methodist Church of Monticello and when Kiamesha Chapter of Monticello folded, she transferred her membership to the Liberty Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by a daughter, Loretta M. Wells of Johnson; five grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, John Alan Wells, and a daughter, Eileen Ruth Best. Services were held Saturday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis with the Rev. Gene Smith officiating. Burial was made in the Rural Valley Cemetery in Cuddebackville
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

The Hunterdon County Democrat USA

NESHANIC STATION - Mary Griffin died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at Easton (Pa.) Nursing Center. She was 76. She was born in Newfoundland, Canada, the daughter of Edward and Mary Earl Bradbury. She lived in Neshanic Station since 1962. She was a homemaker. Her husband, Raymond Griffin Jr., died in 1983. A grandson, Dominick Bono, died in 1998. Two brothers, Ike and Edward Bradbury, and three sisters, Stella Dale, Mildred Mercer and Winifred Streppie, also died earlier. Mrs. Griffin is survived by three daughters, Sandra Griffin of Flemington, Denise Griffin of League City, Texas and Carol Griffin Bono of Wind Gap, Pa.; a sister, Ruby Parsons of Newfoundland, Canada, and two grandchildren. Services were held Feb. 19 at Rupell Funeral Home in Phillipsburg. Burial was in Lower Valley Union Cemetery in Califon.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

Narrowsburg, N.Y.
Angela Guilfoyle
, a retired receptionist for City Bank in New York City and a 20-year resident of the area, died Thursday, December 5, 2002 at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, Pa. She was 87. The daughter of James and Mary Duggan Cleary, she was born February 17, 1915 in Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, Canada. She was married to the late Edward Guilfoyle who passed away in 1968. Mrs. Guilfoyle was a member of St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Narrowsburg. Survivors include three children, Rose Prendergast and her husband, Tom, of Narrowsburg, Maureen Gorr and her husband Mel, of Livingston Manor and Anita Kearney and her husband, Jerry, of Beach Lake, Pa.; one sister, Margaret Petrie of Dedham, Mass.; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; as well as several nieces and nephews. Visitation will take place from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, December 8 at Rasmussen Sons Inc. Funeral Home, Narrowsburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 9 at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Narrowsburg. The Rev. Thomas Jones will officiate. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance, Narrowsburg, NY 12764; or to Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA 18431. Arrangements were made by Rasmussen Sons Inc. Funeral Home, Narrowsburg.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

KAVANAUGH, Elizabeth (Flynn) 90,
Thursday, November 7, 2002    The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA
KAVANAUGH, Elizabeth (Flynn)
, age 90, of Quincy, formerly of Dorchester and East Boston, November 5, 2002, born in St. John's, Newfoundland, beloved wife of the late Patrick Kavanaugh. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Howard and Joan of Quincy, Robert and Claire of Duxbury, Kenneth and Mary of East Falmouth, Paul and his late wife Claudia of Dorchester, Edward and Kathi of Andover, Douglas of North Attleboro, Patricia Melvin, Elaine and Michael Lang and Marie and Frederick Bolwell, all of Braintree, Carol of Quincy, Stephen and Mary of Norfolk, Kevin and Susan of Norwell and John and Patricia of Medfield. She is also survived by 39 grandchildren, the late Paul James Melvin, 24 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews,including Phyllis and her husband William of Foxboro and Frances Roy of East Boston. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Agathas Church, Milton, Saturday, November 9 at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., MILTON, Thursday, 7-9 and Friday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Interment St. Josephs Cemetery, West Roxbury. Expressions of sympathy in Mrs. Kavanaughs memory may be made to St. Agatha Church, Handicapped Elevator Project, 432 Adams St., Milton, MA 02186. For information or directions,
Contributed by George Newbury

Saturday, June 8, 2002
Albuquerque Journal
Page D-10.
George Aloysius Kehoe
, 83, a resident of Albuquerque for nine years, passed away at Kindred Hospital, Albuquerque, on Monday, June 3, 2002. He was preceded in death in December by his wife of fifty-nine years, Dorothy Sutherland Kehoe. George was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, the youngest child of Lawrence and Mary McDonald Kehoe. As a young man, he learned the printing business alongside his brother Tom. He also dabbled in theatre, acting and singing in several productions. During World War II, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and met and married Dorothy, a RCAF nurse, while stationed in Gander, Newfoundland in 1942. Following the war, they lived in British Columbia and then moved to California where he worked for the Los Angeles Times and the Fullerton News Tribune. He and a partner eventually opened a print shop in Anaheim, California. When the hot lead method of typesetting was replaced by computer technology, George and his partner jumped right in, but in a few years decided to retire the business. George and Dorothy moved to Reedsport, Oregon to relax and fish, but spent much of their time traveling the country in their RV, moving finally to Albuquerque in 1993.

George was a life member and longtime secretary of the HIghlander Kiwanis Club in La Habra, California. As secetary, he was an award-winning writer of the club bulletin. In his retirement, he continued to write under the pseudnym of Peter Aloysius MacEochdaigh, and his tongue-in-cheek wit will be missed by many.

George is survived by his sister, Mary Judson of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; daughters, Leslee Schmitt of Driggs, Idaho and Johnee Simrell and husband, Richard of Albuquerque; son, Sean Kehoe and wife Jennifer of Barrett, Minnesota; grandsons, Barry Schmitt of Park City, Utah, Carl Schmitt of Boulder, Colorado and Tyler Kehoe of Barrett, Minnesota; granddaughters, Elizabeth Renee Cabot and husband Michael, Katee Simrell, Colleen Davis and husband Matthew, all of Albuquerque and Alexandra Kehoe of Barrett, Minnesota. Cremation has taken place. Rosary will be recited Friday, 7 PM., at French Mortuary, University Blvd.. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd, NE with Deacon Frank See reciting. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 9:00 am at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas NE with Father Francis Malley, Celebrant. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd, NE.
Contributed by George Newbury

LAITE, Rev. Chesley H.
The Rev Chesley H. Laite, 94
, of Davis Manor, Mountaintop, died Friday at home. Born in Petley, Newfoundland, Canada, he was a son of the late Absolum J. and Charlotte Davis Laite. He was a 1949 graduate of the Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, Maine and a 1952 graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, Maine. He was a retired minister of the English Congregational Church. He served as pastor of the English Congregational Church, Lansford, for 26 years, retiring in 1973. He also served churches in Wapwallopen and New England. He was a former secretary of the Penn Northeast Conference of Congregational Churches.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Flora E. Simms, in October 2001; a son, Gordon, in 2000. Surviving are three sons, Murray, Lewistown, Reginald, Tarrytown, N.Y., and Berkeley, Chambersburg; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. at English Congregational Church, Lansford, with the Rev. Dr. Wayne Benack and the Rev. James Wert officiating. Interment will be in Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown. Roche Funeral Home, Tamaqua, is in charge of arrangements.
The Pottsville and Republican Evening Herald -USA
Obits -- June 15, 2002
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

The Grove Sun Daily -USA

COMMERCE, Okla. - Elizabeth Margaret (Betty) More, 64, of Commerce, died Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at a local nursing center after an illness. Mrs. More was born December 6, 1937 in St. John's Newfoundland to Thomas Joseph and Mary Ellen (Hafey) Hanlon. She was lived in the Commerce area most of her life. Mrs. More was a self-employed wallpaper hanger and painter. She was a member of the Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Okla. Survivors include: one son, David More, of Arizona; one brother, Bob Hanlon, of Canada; four sisters, Ellen Hollandsworth of Commerce, Frances Baker, Mary Frizzell, and Mildred Kelly, all of St. John's Newfoundland; one granddaughter, Jenna Surber of Calif.; and one niece, Sherri White, of Miami. Mrs. More was preceded in death by: her husband, David More; a son, Dean More; a daughter, Mary Surber; four brothers, Cyril, Gerald, Tom, and John; one sister, Alice Frizzell; and one grandson. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Independence, Mo., under the direction of the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home, Commerce. Mrs. More will lie in state at the Guilford-Thomas Funeral Home in Commerce until Tuesday morning.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

MULLETT, Sister Mary Pauline, R.S.M., passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2002, at the Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid where she resided since Feb. 7, 1997. Sister was born in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada, February 8, 1907, the daughter of Peter And Rosella (Lelievow) Mullett. Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Margaret's Convent in Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2002, at noon at Uihlein Mercy Center Chapel. Rev. Patrick O'Reilly will celebrate the Mass. Burial will be in St. Alphonsus Cemetery in Tupper Lake in May. The Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

NORMAN, Clarence
Clarence R. Norman
, 57, of Crystal Falls died peacefully at home Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002. He was born June 28, 1945, in Port Union, Newfoundland, Canada, son of Henry and Mary (Gullage) Norman. Mr. Norman worked for many years as a commercial fisherman in the Atlantic Fisheries off the coast of Newfoundland. After moving to this area, Clarence married the former LaVerne Bainbridge on June 23, 1989, in Iron Mountain.

He is survived by his wife, LaVerne; his mother, Mary Norman of Newfoundland, Canada; a son, Shaun and daughter, Shelly Norman, also of Newfoundland; his stepchildren, Lisa (John) Teichert of Alpha, Sheri Halverson and Pat Chipmen, both of Crystal Falls, Steve Ponchaud of Niagara, Wis., and Kevin Halvaerson of Iron River, along with 10 grandchildren. Clarence is also survived by sister, Shirley (Clayton) Pardy and Marilyn (Don) Hiscock, both of Newfoundland; a brother, Roy (Helen) Norman of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada; special friends, John (Debbie) Payne, Aiden (Winifred) Mackie, and one aunt, Elizebeth Hamilin, all of Newfoundland, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry. Clarence wished for no services and burial of ashes to be done in Port Union, Newfoundland, Canada. The family is being served by the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls.
(Contributed by Pam Elkas)

Observer and -USA

Services for Catherine Polsgrove, 97, of Redford, were July 10 from Charles R. Step Funeral Home, with the Rev. Les McCabe officiating. Burial was at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit. Mrs. Polsgrove was born April 5, 1905 in Hickmans Harbor, Newfoundland, and died July 6, 2002 in Redford. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her son, Ray (Nancy); daughter June (Donald) LeQue; sister, Mary Burry; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

POWERS, Robert F.
Thursday, April 11, 2002
Section B2 Hooksett
Please note that a correction to this obituary has been added
Robert F. Powers
, 53, died yesterday at his home. He was born in Saint John's Newfoundland, the son of Frederick and Rita (Wadden) Powers. He lived in Manchester for most of his life, moving to Hooksett in 1979. Powers graduated from Bishop Brady High School and the University of New Hampshire and earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Connecticut. He worked as a social worker for the City of Manchester Welfare Department for 25 years. He was a member of the Hooksett Lions Club. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed walking and traveling.

Survivors include his mother of Manchester; his wife of 31 years, Joanne (Nickless) Powers of Hooksett; two daughters, Shannon Powers of Hooksett and Peter Cusson of Manchester; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial calling hours will be held tomorrow from 4 to 8 pm in the Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union Street, Manchester. Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice

Since this obituary for Mr. Robert F. Powers appeared in the newspaper, the family has informed us that two parts of the article are inaccurate and have provided us with the corrections. Rather than have someone performing any family genealogy traces run across this misleading information, we are pleased to add the following corrected material.

* Robert Powers graduated from "Bishop Bradley High School," not "Bishop Brady High School.". Of note, Bishop Bradley merged with three other area high schools, after he graduated, to formulate Trinity High School in Manchester, NH. Whereas Bishop Brady High School is still operating in Concord, NH. .....I just happen to be a Bishop Brady High School alumnus.....

* The two surviving daughters are "Miss Shannon Powers" and "Kori (Powers) Cusson." Inserting "Mrs." in front of my name to read "Mrs. Peter Cusson" should suffice.

Corrected information provided courtesy of Peter Cusson, Son-in-law to decedent, Robert F. Powers. Thank you Mr. Cusson.

Contributed by George Newbury

RANDELL, Absalom
Winchester Press - USA
Absalom Randell
of Morrisburg died peacefully at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Mon., Aug. 19, 2002, in his 81st year. He was the beloved husband of the late Marie Brisson (1999). They were married on Dec. 24, 1948 in Toronto. He was born on June 19, 1922 in Port Rexton, Newfoundland, to the late Alexander and Olive Randell. Mr. Randell worked as a seaman, ship's officer and first mate. Dear brother of Harold (Daphne) of Harwood and brother-in-law of Maurice (Lucille) Brisson of Laval, Quebec. Sadly missed by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by sisters Rita Clark and Violet (Leslie) Arnold and brother Ken (Grace) Randell. A memorial service was held at the Parker Funeral Home, Morrisburg on Sat., Aug. 24 with Rev. Bill Byers officiating. Inurnment in the Christ Church Anglican Cemetery, Port Rexton, Newfoundland. Memorial donations to St. James Anglican Church, Morrisburg gratefully acknowledged.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

Ann Richardson
, 81, of Lakeshore Drive, died  Friday, April 19, 2002, at her home. Born Nov. 18, 1920, in Newfoundland, the daughter of Warren and  Fannie (Roach) Peppard, she was raised in Everett, Mass., and had lived in  Saugus, Mass., until 1972 when they moved to Middleton.

A graduate of Everett High School, she also had graduated from  Lynn Hospital Nursing School. She had been working as a nurse at the Gafney Home in  Rochester. She also had worked at other area nursing homes in Rochester and was employed at the former Saugus General Hospital in Saugus. She enjoyed motorcycling with her husband, having joined the Over 100,000 Mile Club. She had been an avid snowmobiler and member of the  former Sunrise Lake Snowmobile Club. She enjoyed camping and boating.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Guy P. Richardson of  Middleton; one son, Robert and his wife, Ruth Richardson, of Colonial Heights, Va.; one daughter, Judith and her husband, Donald Minor of Gilford; one sister,  Phylis Hogan of Everett; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several  nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. until the funeral at noon on  Tuesday at the C.E. Peaslee and Son Funeral Home, 32 Central St.,  Farmington. Burial will follow at the Riverview Cemetery in Topsham,  Maine. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Girls and  Boys Town, Boys Town Center, Boys Town, NE 68010; or St. Jude Children's  Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.
(Contributed by Pam Elkas)

Walden, N.Y.
Robert William Ryan, 84
, of Walden, New York, died Sunday, August 18, 2002, at St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh, New York. Born in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, Canada, Mr. Ryan was a longtime resident of Andover Township, New Jersey before moving to Walden eight years ago. Mr. Ryan was the manager of Tranquility Feed and Supply in Tranquility, New Jersey, before his retirement and had previously worked at Lafayette Feed and Coal in Lafayette, New Jersey. He was a Canadian World War II Army Veteran. The son of the late George and Louise Pittman Ryan, Mr. Ryan is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Audrey Wagner Ryan; he was the father of Joan Webb and Jane Leenstra and her husband, Bouwe; grandfather of five; great-grandfather of three. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 22, at 11:30 a.m., at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, N.J. Interment will be in North Hardyston Cemetery, in Hardyston Township, N.J. Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 21, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Walden United Methodist Church, 125 West Main Street, Walden, N.Y. Memorial donations may be made to the Walden United Methodist Church, 125 West Main Street, Walden, NY 12586.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

SHAFFER, Christine J.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Christine Jeanette Shaffer (nee Parsons) passed away at her home in Virginia Beach Aug. 12, 2002. Her passing was sudden and totally unexpected, but comfort can be taken that she is now resting peacefully in the arms of our Lord. Born Oct. 19, 1945, in Greenspond, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland, she grew up in St. Johns, Newfoundland, where she worked for the Newfoundland Constabulary. She left her native Canada and came to the United States in 1970 to fulfill her role as loving and devoted wife and mother. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nita Granter Parsons in 1986 and leaves to mourn her husband of 32 years, Lawrence Shaffer of Virginia Beach, and a son, Larry Robert Shaffer of Pooler, Ga. In addition, she is survived by her father, Edgar Parsons of Greenspond, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland, and a brother, Edgar Jr. (Nancy) Parsons, and a sister, Donna (Robert) French, both of St. Johns, Newfoundland; and a number of nieces and nephews, both in Canada and the United States.

She endeared herself to others with her ready smile, good nature, pleasant manner and her willingness to help others. Her handmade afghans were sought after at many charity fundraisers as she was quite skilled in knitting, crocheting, needlepoint and quilting. She was very well loved by all who knew her and will be sorely missed. A memorial service was held at VFW Post 392, Virginia Beach, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002, and was attended by her many friends who came to pay their last respects. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to members of VFW Post 392 and to the wonderful "Newfoundland Ladies" who live in the area for their support and their kind words in our time of loss. In accordance with her wishes, she was cremated and her remains will be returned to her beloved Newfoundland, where on that tiny island in the bay, the place of her birth, the place of her many childhood summers, the place of her many visits home, the place she loved as much as life itself, her ashes will be scattered to the four winds and she will be home again in the place where she wished to spend eternity, never to leave again. May she rest in peace. Those who wish to do so may make a contribution in her memory to the National Arthritis Foundation. Arrangements were handled through the Cremation Society of Virginia.
The Virginian-Pilot
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

SMITH, A. Huntley
Friday, January 11, 2002
The Hampton Union
NEWMARKET - A. Huntley Smith
, 92, of The Pines, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at Exeter Healthcare, after a brief illness. He was born May 20, 1909, in Elliots Cove, Newfoundland, the son of Archibald and Rachael (Sanson) Smith. He came to the United States at a young age and lived in Lynn and Ipswich, Mass., for many years, in Dover for 18 years and in Newmarket for the past two years. He wintered in Bradenton, Fla. Mr. Smith was an engineer and worked for Shetland Manufacturing in Salem, Mass., for many years. He held patents on several products which he designed. When Smith Corona purchased Shetland, they retained him as a property management consultant.

The widow of Gertrude E. (Crossman) Smith, his wife of 69 years who died in 2000, he is survived by five children, Elaine G. Graves of Rochester, Helen A. MacWhinnie of Ipswich, Huntley E. Smith of Salem, Mass., Arlene A. Jewett of Raymond and Edward A. Smith of East Kingston; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; two brothers, Donald Smith of Rochester, N.Y., and Otto Smith of Florida; one sister, Ethel Engheben of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter St., Newmarket. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. David Wuori officiating. Burial will follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Peabody, Mass. Family flowers only. Memorial donations may be made to Rockingham VNA & Hospice, 137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH 03833 or to the American Cancer Society, 360 Route 101, Suite 501, Bedford, NH 03110.
Contributed by George Newbury

Served in the Canadian Army Fred Smith, 78, formerly of Gail Road, Merrimack, and Maynard, Mass., died Oct. 4, 2002, at the Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Smith was born April 3, 1924, in Newfoundland, Canada, son of the late John and Bridget (Hienz) Smith. He was the widower of Helen (Westcott) Smith. Before retirement, Mr. Smith was employed at International Paper Box Machine Co. in Nashua as a machinist mechanic. He served in the Merchant Marine in the Canadian Army. Mr. Smith was predeceased by a son, Michael Smith.

Survivors include, two sons, William Smith of Waynesville, Mo., and Frederick Smith of Glendale, Calif.; four daughters, Judith Montgomery of Martinsburg, W. Va., Linda Lukens of Nashua, Sandra Smith of Kittery Point, Maine, and Anne Thomassen of Bend, Ore.; a brother, Clar Smith of Newfoundland, Canada; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held Oct. 7 in The George R. Rivet Funeral Home, Merrimack. Burial was in Last Rest Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 North Michigan Ave. Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611-1676.
(Contributed by Pam Elkas)

SNOOK, Ella E.
VINELAND, N.J. - Ella E. (Palmer) Snook, 91, died Dec. 13, 2002. She was born in Newfoundland, Canada, and had lived in Vineland since 1996. She was married to the Rev. Harry M. Snook. He died in 1996. Mrs. Snook helped her husband's ministry in Barnard, Bridgewater and Rutland, Vt., as well as Swedesboro, Cherry Hill and Vineland. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting afghans. She was active in her church, serving as Sunday school teacher and superintendent, and as president of the Woman's Ministry.

Survivors are two sons, William Snook and the Rev. Ralph Snook, both ofVineland; two daughters, Ruth Hathaway of Pennsauken, and Nancy Colbaugh of Springfield, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, Stewart and Edward; a sister, Maude of Newfoundland, and a grandson, Stephen Damiani. Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Pancoast Funeral Home, 676 South Main Road, Vineland. A private funeral will be conducted for the immediate family on Wednesday with burial in Siloam Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Chestnut Assembly of God Church, 2554 East Chestnut Ave., Vineland, N.J., 08361.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

SWEATT, Louise
Louise Sweatt
, 93, of 56 Back River Road and widow of  Raymond Sweatt, died Monday, July 29, 2002, at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Born June 10, 1909, in Newfoundland, Canada she was the  daughter of George Cole.

She was a resident of Dover since 1933 coming her from St.  Johnsbury, Vt. and worked for her husband's company, R.G. Sweatt Construction from 1945 to 1970. She was very active in the Dover Senior Center volunteering in  the gift shop. She enjoyed her home, bingo and traveling to Florida with her  husband.

Survivors include her son, Arthur G. Sweatt and his wife,  Patricia, of Dover; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law,  Herbert Foster of Sacremento, Calif.; nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives may call from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday,  July 31, at the Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover,  with a funeral service being held at 1 p.m. The Rev. James Pirie will  officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery . Those who wish may  make donations in her name to the Dover Seniro Center, Third Street, Dover, NH   03820.
(Contributed by Pam Elkas)

Newburgh, N.Y.
Gertrude M. Touhey
of Newburgh, a former sales lady with Schoonmaker's Dept Store and Fanny Farmer, entered into rest on Thursday, April 11, 2002, at Arden Hill Life Care Center in Newburgh. She was 96. The daughter of the late James and Mary Martin Pitcher, she was born January 27, 1906, in St. John's, Newfoundland. She was the widow of Benjamin Berman and Andrew Touhey. Gertrude was a parishioner of St. Mary's Church and a former member of the Dominican Laity and the Rosary Society. She is survived by a son, Morton Berman of Wallkill; two daughters, Ruth Heinlein of El Paso, Texas, and Helen Purcell of Manhattan; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, at St. Mary's Church, Newburgh. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor. Arrangements under the direction of Brooks-DiDonato Funeral Home, Newburgh.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

Vaters, John Of Wakefield, Sept. 12. Husband of the late Pearl (Lewis) Vaters. Mother of Eleanor Finlayson and her husband Richard of Reading. Brother of Edward Vaters and his wife Janet of Mashpee and Agnes Butler of Newfoundland. Also survived by 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held in the Greenwood Union Church, corner of Main and Oak St., Wakefield, Monday at 11 AM. Relatives and friends may call at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., WAKEFIELD, Sunday 4-7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Burn Institute Donation Fund, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.
Published in the Boston Globe on [Saturday] 9/14/2002.
Contributed by George Newbury

Published by the MIT News Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
Dolan Funeral Home - TEWKSBURY, MA
Mrs. Sophie Lilias (Bishop) Washburn
of Tewksbury, MA died December 1, 2002 at D'Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell. She was married to Mr. Ellis K. Washburn with whom she celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on July 29, 2002. Born in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Canada on September 27, 1921, the daughter of the late Mr. Isaac Bishop and Mrs. Labella (Babcock) Bishop. During World War II, she was employed with the Ark-Les Switch Company in Watertown, MA. She was a member of the Skirts and Flirts Square Dancing Club in Wilmington, MA.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Carol and her husband Frederic Merriam of West Chelmsford, a brother, Isaac (Don) and his wife Marjorie Bishop of Coley's Point, Newfoundland, Canada, four sisters, Vera and Enid Bishop of Coley's Point, Newfoundland, Canada, Joyce and her husband Harold Dawe of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Canada, and Ella and her husband Lawrence McNabb of Fresno, CA, and two grandchildren, David E. Merriam of San Francisco, CA and Eric R. Merriam of Cambridge, MA. She was the sister of the late William Bishop of Toronto, Canada who died in 1996 and David Bishop of Montgomery, AL who died in 2002.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten

a December 2002 DOLAN FUNERAL HOME obit
Mrs. Sophie Lilias (Bishop) Washburn
of Tewksbury, MA died December 1, 2002 at D'Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell. She was married to Mr. Ellis K. Washburn with whom she celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on July 29, 2002. Born in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Canada on September 27, 1921, the daughter of the late Mr. Isaac Bishop and Mrs. Labella (Babcock) Bishop. During World War II, she was employed with the Ark-Les Switch Company in Watertown, MA. She was a member of the Skirts and Flirts Square Dancing Club in Wilmington, MA. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Carol and her husband Frederic Merriam of West Chelmsford, a brother, Isaac (Don) and his wife Marjorie Bishop of Coley's Point, Newfoundland, Canada, four sisters, Vera and Enid Bishop of Coley's Point, Newfoundland, Canada, Joyce and her husband Harold Dawe of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Canada, and Ella and her husband Lawrence McNabb of Fresno, CA, and two grandchildren, David E. Merriam of San Francisco, CA and Eric R. Merriam of Cambridge, MA. She was the sister of the late William Bishop of Toronto, Canada who died in 1996 and David Bishop of Montgomery, AL who died in 2002.
Contributed by George Newbury

of Tewksbury, MA died December 1, 2002. Sophie L. Washburn. Memorial Service Saturday at 11am at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. There will be no visiting hours. At Sophie's request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the D'Youville Foundation, (Alzheimer's Unit Balcony) 981 Varnum Ave Lowell, MA 01854. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.
Contributed by George Newbury

Weatherbee, Emily May
In Wilmington, July 23, 2002
Wife of the late Basil L. Weatherbee. Dear mother of Louise Smith of Sarasota, FL, Dorothy Irwin and her husband William of Wilmington, Beatrice Randell and her husband Vernon of Hampstead, NH, Donald Weatherbee and his wife Marilyn of Moultonboro, NH, and Robert Weatherbee and his wife Mary of Moultonboro, NH, and the late William Weatherbee. Beloved grandmother of 25 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Sister of the late Dorothy Clarke, Beatrice Clarke, Alfred, Augustus and Herbert Clarke of Nfld, Canada. Funeral (Memorial) Service on Monday, July 29, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 173 Church St., Wilmington, (Rt. 62). Relatives and friends invited. Contributions in her memory may be made to the First Baptist Church, Wilmington.
Published in the Boston Globe from [Sat.,] 7/27/2002 - [Sunday,] 7/28/2002.
Contributed by George Newbury

The Rutland Herald -Vermont USA
Hilda Wheaton, 80
, of Rutland, died June 14, 2002, at St. Joseph's Residence. She was born Nov. 21, 1921, in Stephenville, Newfoundland, the daughter of Joseph and Cecilia (Marche) Aucoin. She moved from Connecticut to Ludlow in 1998 before moving to Rutland in 2000. Survivors include a son, Albert Wheaton of Wallingford; two daughters, Marie Burke of Milford, Conn., and Diane Terebesi of Center Rutland; a brother, Hubert Aucoin of Stephenville, Newfoundland; a sister, Margaret May of Walla Walla, Wash.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, William Wheaton, in 1988; and nine brothers and sisters. The funeral Mass will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Mount St. Joseph Chapel. Burial will follow in Pleasantview Cemetery in Ludlow. Friends may call Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Clifford Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
Contributed by Ann (MacDonald) Batten



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