Obituaries

ATHOL — Esther W. Shepardson, 98, died peacefully at Quabbin Valley Nursing Home on Monday, March 28, 2016. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Higgins-O’Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol. Services are incomplete.
ORANGE — Priscilla M. (Marean) Spencer, 73, of King James Court, East River Street, died on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Leominster Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.
FITCHBURG — Justin David McGuirk, 78, of Fitchburg, died Sunday, March 27, 2016, in his home surrounded by family. He was born in Athol on Feb. 5, 1938, a son of the late Patrick and Mary (McAdam) McGuirk. Calling hours will be held in Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg, on...
Alice A. Knappe
ATHOL — Alice A. (Watkevich) Knappe, 98, of Athol, died Monday, March 28, 2016, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare after a short illness. Alice was born June 4, 1917, in Athol, daughter of the late Charles and Anne (Gatautis) Watkevich and lived in Athol all her life. She graduated from Athol High...
WENDELL — Mary A. (Crochier) Gifford, 64, of Mountain Laurel Road, died Friday evening, March 25, 2016, at home following an illness, with family at her side. Born in Montague on Dec. 23, 1951, she was a daughter of Napoleon and Janet (Wonsey) Crochier and grew up in the Greenfield and Montague...
ORANGE — Robert S. Ashworth, 73, of Wood Place, died Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Quabbin Valley Healthccare in Athol. Born in Danville, Va., on Nov. 16, 1942, he was a son of the late Lanier and Lucille Ashworth. Robert married Susanne (Rowlins) on Oct. 15, 1971 and have enjoyed over 44 years...
ROBIN L. JOHN
FITCHBURG — Robin Lynn (Partridge) John, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016, in Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester. Robin was born July 9, 1966, in Athol and raised in Tully, a daughter of the late Richard L. Partridge and Fern (Towle) Partridge. Robin loved her Lord Jesus and her family. She...
PAULINE A. RICHARDSON
ATHOL — Pauline A. Richardson, age 65, of Athol, died Sunday, March 20, 2016, at UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University Campus of Worcester.  Pauline was born June 16, 1950, in Athol. She is the daughter of the late John L. and the late Doris (Britt) Costa. Pauline lived in Athol most of...
LEIGHANN DEVENEAU-MARTINELLI
ORANGE — Funeral services for Leighann Deveneau-Martinelli, 52, of Orange, were held on Friday, March 11, 2016, at Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange. Peter Cross facilitated the service with several family members sharing words of remembrance. A reception was held...
BROOK C. DAVIS
ATHOL — Brook Clarke Davis, 54, of Athol, died in his home on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, after an illness. A loving and devoted father and grandfather, he was present at every school and sporting event, and recital. He coached many of his children’s sporting leagues. Brook leaves a son, Brandon...

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