Obituaries



Mederic E. Lafleur Jr.

 
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Mederic "Med" E. Lafleur Jr., 83, was called home to the Lord on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. He was born in Danielson, Ct on May 25, 1932 and was the son of Mederic and Mary Lafleur. He grew up in Holyoke and was a graduate of Holyoke Trade High School. In 1967 he and his bride of the last 51 years, Mary (West) Lafleur, moved to South Hadley to raise their family. Med was a talented sheet metal craftsman and worked for Kleeberg Sheet Metal for over forty years as well as Morris Roofing before retiring. He was a proud member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 63. He courageously served his country in the Navy during the Korean War and was also a Shriner and 33rd Degree Mason. Med truly enjoyed time with his family and eating breakfast at The Egg and I with his friends known as The Knights of the Round Table. Med always arrived wherever he was going with his sarcastic humor attitude, never missing an opportunity to include a joke or comment when the opportunity presented itself. He was a very hard working man who always had another project waiting for him to complete. After retiring, he attended classes to become a custom golf club fitter and started his own business making custom clubs. His charismatic, fun loving, stubborn and witty personality will be greatly missed by all. Med is survived by his wife Mary along with their three children, John and his wife Cheryl of Pittsfield, Michelle Beaudreau with whom he lived, and Michael and his wife Rebecca of South Hadley, along with his six precious grandchildren, Seth, Nicholas, Jeff and his wife Trisha, Jennifer and her husband Michael, Jacques and Mathieu and six great grandchildren, Amber, Josh, Andrew, Mackenzi, Jack and Michael. His brother in law, William "Buck" West and his wife Gail of Ware also survive him. Besides his parents he was predeceased by sisters, Celina Crider and Elaine Kennedy. He also leaves behind his faithful furry companion, Mr. Murray. Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, March 15th at 8:30 a.m. at Beers & Story South Hadley Funeral Home, 646 Newton St. Burial will follow in The Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Agawam at 10:00 a.m. Calling hours are Monday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project. For more information please visit www.beersandstory.com.

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Joshua M. Carroll, 29

Charlton - Joshua M. Carroll, 29, of King Road, died unexpectedly at home on February 16, 2016. He is survived by his parents, Michael and Robin B. (Stone) Carroll of Charlton; his brother, Matthew T. Carroll of Charlton; his maternal grandmother, Jean A. (Grenier) Stone of Charlton; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Jeremy D. Carroll who died in 2007; his paternal grandparents, John J. and Helen F. (Loan) Carroll; and his maternal grandfather, Donald R. Stone. He was born in Worcester and was a lifelong resident of Charlton. He graduated from Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton.

Joshua worked at the William F. Lynch Company in Worcester for 10 years. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 63 in Springfield. Joshua loved fishing and enjoyed mountain biking and riding his motorcycle. He liked skateboarding, skim boarding, a nd knee-boarding. He loved his French bulldog buddy Rufus, and will be remembered by his family and many friends as a good man with a heart of gold.

 





Antonette “Mama” (Calvanese) Pepe passed away peacefully at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield on December 7, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Springfield on April 13, 1941, she was a life-long resident of Springfield and a committed member of the community. Active in civic organizations and girls’ athletic associations, she was most proud of her contributions as a member of the Springfield School Committee, especially the introduction of school uniforms. She worked as a paraprofessional in the Springfield Public Schools and was president of her union for 12 years. Her passion for helping those who may not have representation and for what is right in society governed her life as a citizen and as a parent. Involved in collective bargaining, contract development, rights and responsibilities, Antonette recognized classroom inequities and student needs. Receiving her GED in her 30‘s, she valued education and recognized the difficult situations confronting many children. Her work showed her commitment to supporting and increasing services for a diverse and often at risk student population and was responsive to parents. She is survived by her loving and supportive husband of 53 years, Russell Pepe, and 3 children, Michele and her spouse Jessica of Springfield, Sharon Nieves and her husband Edward of Springfield, and Russell and his wife Jennifer of Marlton, New Jersey. She was especially proud of her children, all of whom graduated from the Springfield Public Schools and from college. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Antonette, Edward "EJ", Jennifer, Johannah, Jordan, Guinevere, Joseph; and one great grandchild, Xavier. She is also survived by her brother, Andrew "Butch" Calvanese and his wife Diana of Chicopee; her uncle Anthony “Tuxie” Calvanese; cousins; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Joseph and Gerald; and her sister Marie. She also leaves many dear friends, including Teresa Regina. Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday December 11th from 4-8PM at Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow. Antonette’s funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 12th from the funeral home at 8:30AM followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Springfield at 10AM. Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Springfield. Donations in Antonette’s memory may be made to The Gray House, 22 Sheldon St., Springfield, MA 01107 or the HD, 2 Bernie Ave., Spfld, MA 01107.

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