Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community

Andrew W. Korts III ’55

Korts '55Andrew W. Korts III, 76, died on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Albany Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Rochester, he was the son of the late Andrew W. Korts Jr. and Helen Louise (Paterson) Korts Sauer. He was a graduate of Williston Academy in Easthampton, Mass. and he earned a master’s degree in education from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Korts was an Irish Christian Brother and devoted his entire career to education. He was an accomplished organist and worked with Father Peter Young at Blessed Sacrament Church in Bolton Landing and at Mother Teresa Catholic Community in Albany, handling all of the liturgical music needs at both churches. He also was a secretary for the Peter Young Housing Industries and Treatment Foundation. Mr. Korts was a world traveler.

Survivors include his nephew, Michael Butler of Rensselaer; his “adopted niece” Dawn Dayter of Rensselaer; his cousins from England, Julia and Katie Henderson and his dear friend and colleague, Fr. Peter Young and everyone involved with the PYHIT Foundation.

Robert A. Sears ’46

Robert Sears '46Robert Allen Sears, a long-time resident of Longmeadow and Westport, MA, passed away on July 6th at the Charlton Hospital in Fall River, after a fall and brief illness at age 86. He was born in Torrington, CT and grew up in Ware, MA.  After graduating from Williston Academy class of 1946, he attended Tufts University both as an undergraduate and medical student. He later practiced medicine in Western Mass for thirty-four years as a specialist in internal medicine and endocrinology before his retirement in 1995.

Dr. Sears maintained a strong interest throughout his life in the outdoors, camping, and community service.  As a Boy Scout, he reached the rank of Eagle Scout. He twice traveled with his family across the country in a camper trailer visiting old battlegrounds and national parks in 46 different states. In later years, he visited all seven continents pursuing an interest in natural history, geography, and human cultures.  He was a member of the World Affairs Council of Western Mass, and remained a devoted alumnus. He served on the Tufts University Alumni Council and as president of the Tufts University Alumni Association. During retirement, he was instrumental in establishing the Tufts Institute for Learning in Retirement and received the Tufts Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award. He was formerly a member of the Field Club, Colony Club, and Longmeadow Country Club.

Dr. Sears leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Norma W. Sears; and sons, Robert Allen Sears Jr. of Los Angeles, James Andrew Sears II of London, England, Stuart Donaldson Sears of Sharon, and David Denison Sears of Arlington; and daughter Martha Wiley Sears Baker of Westwood, in addition to eleven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert A. and Norma W. Sears Scholarship Fund, Williston Northampton School, 
19 Payson Avenue
, Easthampton, MA 01027.

L. Judd Parker ’44

parkerLuther Judd Parker, 87, of Cadillac passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at his home.

Judd was born on May 2, 1925 in New Britain, Connecticut to Luther and Marion (Billings) Parker.

Judd graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and was the owner and President of Rogind-Parker in Detroit. He served honorably with the Coast Guard during World War II.

Judd married Frances W. Wentland on August 14, 1948 in Bristol, CT. Judd enjoyed golf, sailing, and sports; especially U of M sports.

Surviving Mr. Parker are his loving wife of 64 years, Frances W. Parker of Cadillac; son, Judd (Catherine) Parker of Iron Mountain; daughter, Kimberley (Norman) Rich of Boca Raton, FL; and daughter, Durrie (Doug) Pruitt of Marshall. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren – Jessica Rich, Lauren Pallante, Hannah Wilhelm, Cody Wicks, Greg Pruitt, Myles Newton, Noah Parker, and Michael Pruitt; as well as 2 great-grandchildren – Joseph Pallante and Zahra Wilhelm.Judd is also survived by brother-in-law, Eugene Williams; nephew, Charles “Chick” Miller; and God-child, Rebecca Krestofetz, all of Connecticut; as well as numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. Judd was preceded in death by an infant son, Kurt Parker; his parents; a brother, Philip Parker; and a sister, Nancy Miller. A

Nancy Corinne Peck Stainbrook ’42

Peck '42Nancy Corinne Peck Stainbrook of The Carriage Club at Charlotte, NC, formerly of New York City, NY, passed away on December 28th, 2010 after a brief bout of pneumonia.

She was preceded in death by her husband and best friend, Richard D. Stainbrook and her sister, Dorcas Allen and parents Mildred E. and Donald T. Peck.

Born November 25, 1924 in New Haven, CT, she graduated from Northampton School for Girls, Smith College and pursued a Graduate degree in Switzerland.

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Lindsay Mathewson Collins ’41

CollinsLindsay Mathewson Collins, 91, died Saturday, February 8, 2014 at his home in Elkins, NH. He was born in Springfield, MA in March of 1922 the son of William Oliver and Edna Lindsay Collins. His early schooling was in Westfield, NJ. He earned his BCE at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1947 and an MS in Civil Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Lindsay served in the Navy during World War II as an enlisted man and officer doing convoy escort, mine sweeping, and three years in the Pacific with amphibious forces on the USS Rushmore, LSD 14. His professional career was as a municipal engineer in New Jersey and Colorado, as a consulting engineer doing all phases of sanitary and civil engineer’s duties, and as a New Hampshire state employee handling state and federal grants for municipality waste water projects.

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Elaine Todd Thomas Funk ’38

Elaine Todd Thomas Funk (Age 92), of Rockville, MD, passed away on December 24, 2013.

She was born in Northampton, MA in 1921 and graduated from Northampton School for Girls in 1938.

She came to Washington DC in 1945 and worked as a secretary at the Atomic Energy Commission during the Manhattan Project development.

Beloved wife of the late Franklin Harrison Funk; mother of Richard Todd Funk and mother-in-law of Lucy Ann Funk; sister of the late Donald McHardy Ferguson; grandmother of Joy Rebekah Todd Funk, Bethany Christina Funk and Joseph Franklin Funk. Also remembered by Lucy’s mother Antonina Sambuco; Lucy’s siblings Roseanne, Paul, Therese, and Carmel, in addition to many loving family and friends.

Anne Miskell Forand ’49

ForandAnne M. Forand, of Birmingham, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 29, 2014. She was 83 years old.  Anne was born March 9, 1931 in New Bedford, Massachusetts to Dr. Louis and Anne (Kerrigan) Miskell.

Anne attended Phillips (Abbott) Academy Andover, Northampton School for Girls and Marymount College of Fordham University. She raised her family in Birmingham and was a member of Holy Name Church. Anne also devoted her time as a school librarian for many years and had a life-long love for sailing, seafood and the water. She will be deeply missed.

Mrs. Forand is survived by her loving son, Dr. Joseph M. (Cathy) Forand, daughter in law, Ruth Gill Forand, and grandchildren, Katy, Amy, and Tracy. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joseph Forand and son, James Forand.

Ted Sexton ’72

SextonEdward Gray Sexton passed away May 5, 2014. Edward “Ted” Sexton fought renal cell cancer 10 months after first diagnosis.  Ted Sexton was born in Chicago, Illinois May 3rd, 1954.

At the age of 14, Ted moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts where he was raised by his Uncle Tom Sexton. It was here that Ted graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1977.

After graduation, he started his career in the restaurant industry. He held the position of training specialist and eventually became General Manager of several corporate restaurants. This took him all over the U.S.  Ted had a dream. His dream was to one day open his own restaurant. Little did he know he would far exceed his dream. After opening one of the largest chain restaurants in Colorado Springs, Ted met his now long-time friend, Franco Pisani. The two had similar dreams, and set off as Entrepreneurs to create their own multi-award winning Paravicini’s Italian Bistro in April of 2003.

Ted was a self-made man who overcame much adversity in life. This helped him grow and become an inspiration to others. He was a great mentor to anyone he came across.

Ted married his wife, Tricia in 2002, and they would have celebrated 12 years of marriage on June 3, 2014. He leaves behind his devoted wife ,Tricia Sexton; his two step-sons, Michael and Ross Caldwell; his Aunt Jane Kane; and Uncle Tom Sexton; his 2 brothers, Bill Sexton and Mike Sexton; his sister Debbie Williams. He also leaves behind his best friend, Franco and wife, Lynn along with extended family to include all of his co-workers at Paravicini’s, plus all of the patrons who have made his dream come true.

Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community