Freda Macken, 95, of Stockbridge

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By Monday, Nov 27 Obituaries

Freda Katherine Macken, 95, of Stockbridge died Friday, Nov. 24, at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

She was born April 9, 1922, in Digby, Nova Scotia, the daughter of William and Katherine Kaulback Potter and was a 1940 graduate of Digby High School. After her marriage to William M. Macken in 1947, she and her husband moved to Stockbridge. Her husband died Jan. 17, 1966. Mrs. Macken worked as cook and manager at the former Stockbridge Plain School from 1969 until 1984. From 1990 until 2006, Freda worked as a part-time receptionist for the Marion Fathers in Stockbridge. She was a former member of the Brightside Guild and the Lee Senior Citizens and a longtime member of the Stockbridge Grange #295, Berkshire South Pomona Grange #25, and also the state and national granges.

Mrs. Macken leaves behind her three sons: Michael W., with she made her home; Norman E. of Stockbridge; and Gary F. and wife Laurie of Danvers. She also leaves behind her four grandchildren: Elizabeth, Abigail, Nathaniel and Samantha; her great-granddaughter, Lydia; and her niece, Marjorie Ellison of Nova Scotia.

Mrs. Macken’s family would like to thank the Porchlight VNA for their caring service, especially Judy, Mary and Nancy.

Funeral services for Freda K. Macken will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Stockbridge, with a celebration of a Liturgy of Christian Burial. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in Stockbridge. A visiting hour will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning at the Kelly Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, friends who desire may make donations in her memory to either the Porchlight/Lee VNA or HospiceCare in the Berkshires in care of the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main St., Lee, MA 01238. To send a donation, leave a message of condolence or share pictures, visit

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