Geralda M. Duda

ATHOL — A Mass of Christian burial for Geralda M. (Chiasson) (Frenette) Duda was held Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Our Lady Immaculate Church. Rev. Edwin Montana, pastor of Our Lady, officiated. The funeral pall was placed on the casket by her sons Paul Frenette and Glenn Frenette. The crucifix was placed by her great-granddaughter Kelsey Frenette. The readings were read by stepdaughter Kathy Bennett and nephew Gerald Lozier. The offertory gifts were brought forth by great granddaughter Madeline Frenette and granddaughter Stephanie Bachelder. The soloist was Liz Hume and the organist was Janet Paoletti. 

Burial followed in Gethsemane Cemetery. Bearers were grandsons Daniel Frenette, Andrew Frenette, Glenn Frenette, Richard Bachelder, nephew Richard Lozier and stepson Thomas Duda. 

A reception was held following the burial at the Athol American Legion.

Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol, Rd., Orange, directed arrangements.

ATHOL — Geralda M. (Chiasson) (Frenette) Duda, 93, of Athol, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in the Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Gardner.

She was born in Athol on Jan. 28, 1923, the daughter of the late Leon and the late Margaret Chiasson.

She grew up in Athol, attended Athol schools and graduated from Athol High School with the class of 1941.

Mrs. Duda was a lifelong resident of Athol. She was a communicant of Our Lady Immaculate Church, the Catholic Women’s League, St. Anne’s Society, Athol Golden Agers, AARP, and a life member of the Franco-American Naturalization Club. She was previously employed by the former Union Twist Drill in Athol, then as a proofreader for the Athol Daily News.

She leaves two sons, Paul Frenette and his wife Joan of Windsor, Conn., and Glenn Frenette of Athol; one brother, Claude Chiasson of Athol; three grandsons, Glenn Frenette II and his wife Tonya of Lowell, Daniel Frenette and his wife Tracy of Enfield, Conn., and Andrew Frenette and his wife Kasia of Mansfield; two grandchildren, Stephanie Bachelder of Athol and Richard Bachelder and his partner Carol of Gardner; eight great-grandchildren; her former daughter-in-law, Brenda Frenette; her former daughter-in-law, Marie Hale and her husband David; stepchildren Kathy Bennett, and Thomas, Charles, Steve, and Dennis Duda. She also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her first husband of 52 years, Raymond Frenette, and her second husband, Ferdinand Duda, of four years; one sister, Ida Lozier of Athol; and one brother, Gerard Chiasson of Royalston.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m., in Our Lady Immaculate Church, 192 School St., Athol. Burial will follow in Gethsemane Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Thursday, Feb. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home in Orange.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to Our Lady Immaculate Church Building Fund, 192 School St., Athol, MA 01331.

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Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol, Rd., Orange, is directing arrangements.

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