Memory Tree tradition continues  in Athol 

  • Al and Bonnie Benjamin, longtime sponsors of the Memory Tree for the Athol Woman’s Club, pose for a photo when this year’s tree was put on the Uptown Common. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Published: 12/8/2022 12:27:34 PM
Modified: 12/8/2022 12:27:13 PM

ATHOL — Each year, in addition to purchasing a tree, Al and Bonnie Benjamin organize the celebration of the Memory Tree. The tradition continued with the set up of the tree the day after Thanksgiving, along with junior members of the Woman's Club, on the uptown Athol Common, followed by caroling and hot cocoa, activities the Benjamins are well known for. The Memory Tree is an annual fundraiser for the Athol Woman's Club. For a $1 donation, patrons can submit a name. Each light represents a "in memory of" a loved one especially missed during the holiday season. Name submissions can be sent to Athol Woman's Club, P. O. Box 194, Athol, MA 01331 or dropped off at Athol Public Library or at Else Where at 1485 Main St. during business hours.

Contributors thus far include: Hercules Lozier, Ida Lozier, Leon Chaisson, Margaret Chiasson, Geralda Duda, Gerard Chiasson, Bernice Chiasson, Claude Chiasson, Etienne Lozier, Denis Songer, Joan Songer, Jill Widelo, John Widelo, Gail Flanders, Judy MacEwen, David Ambrose, Alan Dargelis, Pat Russell, Rose Wawzyniecki, Stefan Wawzyniecki, Marilyn Firth, George & Pat Roix, Grace Casella, Bill & Mary Sowerbutts, Joanne Caisse, Bill Lively, Sue & Stan Piro, Eunice & Oscar Lively, Mary & Leo Wright, Alice & Duncan Gentles, Bill & Terry Wright, Esther & Jake Mitchell, Leigh Ann Deveneau, Joanne Sinclair Chaplin, Jack Doveno, Irene & Bill Frazier, Fred & Leo Conley, Bill-John-Wayne & Mark Frazier, Thomas McInnis, Deven Goss, Nick Casella, John S Robertson, John S Robertson Jr, Anthony & Severina Kaczmarczyk, Anastatia Bosco, Valerie Smith, Anthony Bosco, Dot & Leo Mallet, Rita Caouette, Don & Leola King, Bev & Larry King, Linda Chaisson Bickford, Catherine (Kay) Kaczmarczyk, Marion & George Wonsey, Roselyn & John Miller, Clive H. Skevington, Roy & Marjorie Hounsell, Roy E. Hounsell, Howard & Janet Wilson, Tony Stark, Emerson J. Savoy, Vickie M Hillis, Billy Gray, Auggie Muzzy, Kimberly Behrens, Nicholas Behrens, Guy Perkins, Pauline Perkins, Edward Dominic, Frances Dominic, Robert Bialkin, Aldia J. Bushey, Virginia Perrault, S. Raymond Perrault, Dr. George Manjourea, Ruby Mellen, Raymond Mellen, Doreen Bacon, Lexis Wright, Oakley Bonds, David Burns, David Boudreau, Thomas & Lillian Hornburger, Fred & Jennie Boudreau, James & Betty Ann Smith, James & Marion Smith, Frank & Angie Nelson, Kevin Nelson, Cassundra Nelson, Joesph & Hazel Homans, Leah De Roche, Adeline De Roche, Margaret Flavin, Helen Emery, Adam Yauch, Rita Brazell, David Brazell Jr, Mary Lou Schwab, Edmond Duguay, Marilyn Firth, Sue St. Pierre, Katie Morgan, Dorothy Mahoney, Fred & Trudy Daley, Kathleen Brannen, Roz Carito, Mary Guarente, Mimi, Maggie, Jackie, Sunday , Liza Jane, Cliff & Hilda Hastings, Douglas Hastings, Christa Hastings Knapton, Anna Soderburg, Ember Bunker, Faye Giacobba, Captain Phillip Lancy, Tony Mancusso, Henry Maga, Helen Maga, David LeBlanc, Howard Hiscock, Joyce Hiscock, Ida & Harold Haughton, Reg Haughton Sr, Irene Keyes LeBlanc, Arnold & Evelyn Proctor, Frank & Edna Keyes, Walter Chase, Lawrence Blanchard, James Hebert, Barbara Fortier, Robert Brighenti, Arlene Chase, Evelyn Blanchard, Avis Hebert, Anna Hartjens, Joseph Hartjens IV, Charlie & Ellie Reger, Emma Kennedy, Milton Kennedy , Dorothy Wallace, Russell Kennedy, Richard Kennedy, Helen Kennedy, Steven Wallace, Major Alan Thayer, Philip Thayer, Evelyn Floran, John Floran, Lillian Thayer, Emma Thayer, Marie Thayer, Bradley Fisher, Barbara Spector, Eric Peeler, Helene Peeler, Ellen DeRibas, Janet Wilson, Rosanna Gilchrist.

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