Obituaries

David (Doc) Blanchard, 78, of Stockbridge

Wednesday, Feb 4 - Dave retired from Schweitzer-Mauduit Mills in Lee, Mass., with 32 years of services. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Stockbridge Sportsman’s Club.

Ruth C. Siok, 93, of Housatonic

Tuesday, Feb 3 - Ruth loved gardening and reading. At the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic, you’d be hard pressed to find a book without her name in it. She also had a tender heart for all animals and nursed many back to health.

Marjorie ‘Peggy’ Hainer, 63, formerly of Housatonic

Saturday, Jan 31 - If there was one word to describe Peggy that word is love. She loved people. She especially cherished spending time with her family; each one of her nieces and nephews held a special place in her heart. She loved to laugh, she loved food, music, and dogs -- who loved her back.

Doretha Ann Smith Palmer, 86, Air Force veteran, of South Egremont

Wednesday, Jan 28 - A favorite family picture is one of Dottie rappelling off a cliff during Escape and Evasion School. From 1953 until 1955 Dottie served with the 6481st Medical Air Evacuation Group stationed in Seoul and Tokyo. While serving her country at war Dottie earned numerous commendations, including a battle star and was promoted to first lieutenant.

Arthur R. Mathieu Sr., 71, of Sheffield

Thursday, Jan 15 - Arthur was a former Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop #23 in Sheffield and he was a member of the NRA. He enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family and friends.

Edward Anthony Pothul, 74, of Sheffield

Wednesday, Jan 14 - Mr. Pothul owned and operated his farm on Lime Kiln Road. He was known for having a “green thumb,” especially when it came to flowers and vegetables. He was a talented woodworker; however, he found no greater joy than spending time with family and friends.

Alice E. McNally, 93, of West Stockbridge/Lenox

Friday, Jan 9 - Alice was a very talented seamstress. Throughout her life she made many of her own clothes, and clothes for her family. She made prom dresses, tuxedos, bridesmaid gowns, flower girls’ dresses, children’s clothes, doll clothes, Halloween costumes, cheerleading uniforms, and more. Among these items was her daughter Kathy's wedding gown, for which she painstakingly sewed on many dozens of seed pearls – one pearl at a time!

Stephen W. Malin Sr., 80, of Sheffield

Thursday, Jan 8 - Stephen worked as a self-employed painter and wallpaper contractor. Included in his resume was wallpapering the Governor’s Mansion in Virginia with his son, Stephen Jr.

Joan Dorothea Webster Hall, 79, Great Barrington native, Smith College graduate

Wednesday, Jan 7 - Joan travelled extensively, was an accomplished pianist and for many years she was a Guild Member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and enjoyed bringing family and friends whenever she could. Her love of flying would take her all over New England and she often stated that flying gave her the greatest sense of accomplishment and joy.

David Russell Barnum, 76, lifelong resident of Great Barrington

Tuesday, Jan 6 - He was a talented gardener, florist and pie-baker who loved to share his creations with friends and family. David also loved to walk and could be seen walking almost daily uptown and back to his South Main Street home.  He was a talented gardener, florist and pie-baker who loved to share his creations with friends and family. David also loved to walk and could be seen walking almost daily uptown and back to his South Main Street home.  

Mildred Race Anderson, 91, formerly of Great Barrington

Monday, Jan 5 - Mrs. Anderson worked at the business office of Monument Mills prior to marrying her husband, Carleton, and later assisted with billing at Dolby Florist. Mildred enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Wyantenuck Golf Club. She also enjoyed dancing, bowling and was an avid bridge player.

Philip Consolini, 90, of Great Barrington

Friday, Jan 2 - Philip was an avid bowler and belonged to many leagues throughout the years. He also loved the N.Y. Yankees and never missed watching their games. He enjoyed area restaurants where he was known as a “regular” at many.

Joan B. Peterson, 83, of South Egremont

Friday, Jan 2 - Joan enjoyed photography, nature, the Berkshire Hills, the shores of Maine and the Georgia Mountains. She lived for her children, grandchildren and great grandchild giving of her time and energy and love unconditionally.

Robert (Pink) W. Turner, 84, former Egremont fire chief

Wednesday, Dec 31 - Among his many interests and pastimes he was a farmer at heart. He kept a keen eye on activities at the neighboring Turner Farm operated by his nephews Bill, Paul and Daryl. In addition, he loved buying, refurbishing and reselling old Farmall cub tractors and the many acquaintances he made as a result.