Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community

Charles Angell, Jr. ’32

Charles H. Angell, Jr passed away on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the age of 99 years, 10 1/2 months. He had lived in the same house in Glencoe, IL for 62 years.

Charles was the loving husband of Lucinda M Angell, nee Marsh, deceased, whom he married on September 14, 1940. He was the father of Charles H. Angell III, deceased, (Gail), Susan F. Angell, Lucinda J. Angell (Harold C. Ogg), and Jeffrey C. Angell (Karen); grandfather of five; great-grandfather of nine. He was born in Springfield, MA, son of Charles H and Jessie F. Angell.

Charles was a graduate of Princeton University, class of 1937, with a BS in Chemical Engineering. His ROTC Unit was the last Horse Drawn Field Artillery Unit at Princeton. He was a veteran of World War II, stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines. After the war, Charles continued in the Reserves, finishing up with another year of Active Duty at Fort Lee VA, as a member of the 322 Logistical Command.

Charles worked first for Dow Chemical in New England. When Charles and Lucinda moved to Glencoe in 1952, he began working for Corite Reynolds, where he later became president. After leaving Corite, he started working as a consultant in Fiberglass Reinforced Plastics. He soon grew to love his consulting work, since it literally took him all over the world–all 7 continents, all 50 states, all countries in Europe, and others too many to mention. As part of his consulting work, Charles spoke at scientific conferences, again all over the world. In their leisure time, he and Lucinda continued their love of traveling, and took their children on some fabulous vacations

John Laliberte ’38

LaliberteJohn P. Laliberte, 94, died peacefully on Friday, November 21 at Renaissance in Holyoke.

Born on August 8, 1920, he was the son of Amedee and Irene (Lavoie) Laliberte.

He attended schools in Holyoke’s Highland Grammar School which was constructed by his paternal grandfather Joseph, president of the Laliberte Construction Co. and then Williston Academy, graduating in 1938.

John proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII. His military service was followed by 40 years of service with the Fisk Tire Co, U.S. Rubber Co & Uniroyal Tire Co as chief chemist in the technical and quality control division. He and his family enjoyed membership for 50 years at the Holyoke Canoe Club, where he served on the board of directors.

He will be forever missed by his sons, David and his wife Jean and Paul Laliberte all of Troy, AL. He also leaves a grandchild Jennifer Gruber and husband Nick, great grandchildren, John Harrison Gruber and Hawkins David Gruber all of Lincoln, Nebraska and brother-in-law, Chuck Viens of South Hadley. He was predeceased by his wife Lois, son Donald and sister Annette Viens.

Marguerite “Peggy” Newton Smith ’32

M NewtonMarguerite “Peggy” Newton Smith, 99 of Torch Lake, Antrim County, passed away on Mar. 16, 2015 at St. Anne’s Mead Senior Care Community in Southfield.

Marguerite was born July 25, 1915 in Pittsfield, MA, the daughter of Edward G. and Eugenia (Peterson) Newton.

She graduated from Northampton School for Girls in 1932 and Brenau College in Gainesville, GA with a bachelor’s degree in English. Marguerite worked as a secretary for G.E. and Reader’s Digest. She also was a Red Cross Staff Assistant stationed in Tunis, North Africa, during WWII.

On May 1, 1945 in Pittsfield, MA, she married Dr. George E. Smith. After many years of living in Bloomfield Township, they moved to Torch Lake in 1979. Marguerite became an active member of the Central Lake Lioness Club and enjoyed the many friends she met.

Surviving Marguerite are her children Jon Smith of Royal Oak, Steven (Jeanne) Smith of Royal Oak, Sharon (Dennis) Blom of Edwardsville, IL, Nancy Baker of Salt Lake City, UT, 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband George in 2009, her daughter Carol Smith in 1989, and brothers John and Edward G. Newton.

Paul Loiero ’73

Paul LoieroPaul J. Loiero, 59, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center.

Born in Utica, NY on October 29, 1955, son of the late Dr. Francesco and Edith (Marotta) Loiero, he lived in Westfield for the past fifty one years.

Paul was a graduate of Williston Northampton, Class of 1973 and Bates College, Class of 1977 with a Bachelors’ Degree in Biology and Chemistry. In 1983 he earned a Masters in Business Administration from American International College.

Paul was a supervisor for Midac Corp. and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was a member of Mt. Tom Amateur Repeater Association with the call sign of NIFI and loved his time on Cape Cod. He was also an organ donor.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife of twenty six years, Cynthia A. (Krenzul) Loiero; two loving step-children, Richard W. Conroy and his wife Rebecca, of Westfield and Ronald A. Conroy and his partner Ramona Cavallini, of West Springfield; two cherished grandchildren, Samuel and MacKenzie; several cousins; and his faithful dog and best buddy, Solo.

Margaret Elizabeth Crooks Burke ’56

crooksMargaret Elizabeth Crooks Burke, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Born December 24, 1938. Long time resident of Marblehead. Born to William D.K. Crooks and Helen Martin Crooks both of Marblehead.

Peg, as she was known, attended the Northampton School For Girls in Northampton, Massachusetts and the Brimmer & May School in Newton. She attended college at Marymount in Tarrytown, NY. She was married to Paul Burke of Littles Point Swampscott, for fifty five years who predeceased her in July 2014.

In addition to raising two children, Peg was also very active in charitable fundraising and political pursuits; some to include Boys and Girls Club, Catholic Charities and various political fund raisers throughout the 60’s and 70’s. She was also a member of the Junior Aide Society, the Ace of Clubs, Salem Country Club and Corinthian Yacht Club. Peg enjoyed gardening, flower arranging, cooking, reading, entertaining, her pets, others pets and her grandchildren.

Surviving her are her son and daughter, H. Victoria Burke of Salem and Paul A. Burke of Salem and Palm Beach, Florida; two grandsons, Burke A. Oppenheim and Tucker A. Oppenheim both of Salem, a son in law Jeffrey J. Oppleheim of Hamilton, two sisters in law Betty Burke of MA and Penny Crooks of Florida, numerous nieces and nephews on the Burke and Crooks side the Honorable Joseph L. Tauro Family, Judge Joseph L. Tauro and Anne LeFavour Jones Tauro, Beth Tauro and Christopher M. Tauro all of Marblehead and Joseph L. Tauro, Jr of Florida.

Nancy Morse Willeson ’45

Nancy MorseNancy Lee (Morse) Willeson, A.K.A. Nancy Maxwell-Willeson, aged 87 went to be with her Lord April 18.

Nancy was living in Palm Harbor, FL. She was born January 20, 1928 in Wellesley Hills, MA, to Roger Earle & Gladys Carr Morse. She spent summers as a child at the family farm in Francestown, N.H., and also at the family cottage in Chatham, Cape Cod, MA. She graduated from Northampton School For Girls, in Northampton, MA, and she also graduated from Principia College in Elsah, IL.

She married Ronald (Max) Maxwell-Willeson Sept. 6, 1952, and brought up her four children in Wayland, MA and later in Chatham, MA.

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Richard E Waite, Sr. ’42

Richard WaiteRichard E. “Dick” Waite, Sr., 91, of West Brandywine, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

He was the husband of the late Ruth A. Waite, his beloved wife with whom he shared 65 years of marriage.

Born on May 13, 1924, in Winchington, Massachusetts, Richard graduated from Williston Academy in 1942 and received a BA degree in economics from Bowdoin College. His college studies were interrupted by service in Europe during WW II as a combat infantryman with the 84th Division. He fought in some of the most significant battles, the Battle of the Bulge and The Siegfried Line and participated in concentration camp liberations.

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Vance Likins ’41

Vance LikinsMr. Vance F. Likins, Jr., age 94, died peacefully on Monday, April 20, 2015 after a lengthy illness.

He was the beloved husband of Christine (Robinson) Likins, with whom he shared 68 years of marriage.

Born in Cambridge, Vance was the son of the late Vance Likins, Sr. and Marthella (Church) Likins.

Prior to his retirement, Vance worked as an Insurance Adjuster for Aetna Insurance Co. for over 28 years. Vance and his wife spent many hours on Siesta Key and enjoyed walking the beach. He enjoyed his Jazz Music and he and wife traveled the world with the Count Basie Band.

In addition to his wife, he leaves one son: Vance F. Likins, III and his wife Beverly of Marblehead. He was the grandfather to Sandy Norris, Meri Likins and Skip Likins. He was the great grandfather to Shawn, Sarah, Shayla, Susie Emily, David, Tabitha, Isabella and Lucky. He was the brother to Priscilla Doty of Bethesa, MD and the late Sam Likins and Cynthia Vernardakis.

Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community