Obituaries

Richard Biasin, 72, of Tyringham

Monday, Jul 10 - Richard was owner and president of Berkshire Mechanical Corporation in Lee. He owned and trained thoroughbred horses for many years, was former president of the Lee Little League and enjoyed coaching the LYA girls’ basketball teams.

Emma Drew, 94, of Stockbridge

Monday, Jul 10 - Emma's life included service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, having earned several awards for outstanding service.

David Albert Smith, 39, of Lenox

Monday, Jul 10 - After high school, David worked as a chef for numerous different restaurants; his favorite place of employment was the Olde Heritage Tavern.

Mary Flynn, 85, of Lenox

Monday, Jul 10 - Above all else, Mary loved her family and was a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister-in-law and friend to many.

Leda Dewkett, 90, of Lee

Monday, Jul 10 - Leda enjoyed being active on the family farm in South Lee, mowing the lawn into her mid-80s.

James Turner, 70, of Lenox

Friday, Jul 7 - Jim moved to Lenox in the mid-1970s where he held several custodial positions including at the former Meadow Place Retirement Home, St. Ann’s Church, the Lenox Library and, most recently, the Old Heritage Tavern until he retired in 2015.

Richard Billetter, 84, of Lenox

Thursday, Jul 6 - An accomplished athlete, Richard achieved the remarkable by competing in all (40) Josh Billings triathlons to date; ran the Boston Marathon for several years, played golf regularly, cross-country skied, and loved canoeing the Housatonic River.

Brian Raftery, 58, of Lenox

Friday, Jun 30 - An accomplished musician, he played bass guitar and keyboards with area bands Teaser, the Jim Morrison Road Show, Synn, Mad Anthony and Uncle Salty.

James Ferris, 93, of Pittsfield

Friday, Jun 30 - Jim was employed as a toolmaker at General Electric for 23 years where he worked in the main tool room. He then taught machine shop at Taconic High School for 24 years until his retirement in 1989.

Ann Baumann Costa, 89, of Great Barrington

Wednesday, Jun 28 - Ann always believed that her greatest accomplishment and joy was taking care of her big family and walking hand in hand with Tony, admiring their beautiful yard.

John Scott Stiehle, 54, of Great Barrington

Wednesday, Jun 28 - After his air force service, John worked as a driller blaster for Pfizer Specialty Minerals in Canaan, Connecticut, and then as a caretaker at Stony Brook Farm for the last 19 years.

Joseph Simonetta, 50, of Lenox

Thursday, Jun 22 - He attended services at the Church on the Hill and was a volunteer at the church suppers. He also volunteered at the Guthrie Center in Housatonic.

Marjorie Cummings, 88, of Lee

Thursday, Jun 22 - She was employed as an operator for New England Telephone in its Lenox exchange for several years, worked at the former Windsor Mountain School in Lenox as a switchboard operator and bookkeeper, and was a cook and St. Mary’s Convent in Lee prior to her retirement.