Wednesday, July 24, 2024

News and Ideas Worth Sharing



Catherine Shields Mielke, 89, teacher and conservationist

Catherine was a fierce supporter of protecting the wetlands of Monterey and served on the Conservation Commission as the chairperson.

Margaret Louise Candee, 89, native of S. Egremont

Margaret, second oldest native resident of South Egremont, was a member of the Council on Aging and Egremont Historical Committee. Margaret gave her entire family the best childhood experience anyone could ever hope for.

Kathy A. Keefner of Egremont

Most people remember her from “Brooks” where she was a Pharmacy Technician and Cumberland Farms where she also worked for many years.

John Edward Hassett DMD, 93, former chairman of Regional School Committee

John was a member of the Great Barrington School Board before becoming the Chairman of the Regional School Committee at the time Monument Mountain Regional High School was built.

Eva Wainrib, 90, founder of Red Barn Realty

Her heart was always in the Berkshires where she and her husbandSimon settled permanently in the 1980’s. At the age of 65, Eva started her own real estate business in Egremont, named Red Barn Realty for the barn she lovingly converted from stables to work place.

Raymond F. Chamberland, 87: Teacher, principal, athletic director at Mt. Everett

He was honored as Massachusetts Secondary Principal of the Year in 1984. In 1993 Mount Everett dedicated their gymnasium in his honor.

Sallie Jo Doores VanSant, 61, of Housatonic

Sallie earned a Master of Social Work degree from Smith College in Northampton and practiced locally as a psychotherapist with much of her practice focused on helping children.

Jonathan Ross, 45, of Great Barrington

He could fix almost anything yet his greatest gift was to make people laugh. With a sharp wit and the ability to impersonate anyone, he could always bring a room to laughter.

Dorothea A. Miller, 84, former Glendale Postmaster

After her mother-in-law’s retirement in 1966 Dorothea became the Postmaster for the village of Glendale, a position she held until her retirement in 1992.

Mary Romano, 99, of Great Barrington  

Mary loved to perform. She was very active in her local Senior Center in New York where she would sing, dance and act in their various programs up until she was 80 years.

Harold Lewin, 85, founder of Music & More

Harold was a multi-faceted musician ... A kindred spirit -- someone who loved bringing great music to life more than merely putting on flashy performances -- he was an authentic inspirational model." -- Daniel Stepner, Artistic Director of Aston Magna Festival.

Kenneth Craig Hall, 61, of Lee: Rockwell model and ‘volunteer’s volunteer’

The organization that he dedicated a greater portion of his life and time to was the Boy Scouts of America. He helped countless young men attain the rank of Eagle Scout, proudly seeing both sons attain the rank in 1997 and 2002.

Paul S. Batacchi Sr., 89, of Sheffield  

During his tour he served with the Infantry in Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland, and received the Eame Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Susan M. O’Connor, 50

Sue lived by her favorite word “Ohana.” “Ohana” means family and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

Josephine Dellea, 103

Josephine moved to West Stockbridge as a child and was educated in West Stockbridge Schools. She later worked for Austin Riggs Center and West Stockbridge Village School.

Trinity Renee Raifstanger, 39

Trinity was an outstanding beauty inside and out, who touched the lives of everyone she knew. She leaves a legacy of awareness, inspiration and hope.