Category Archives: Class Decades

Francis X. Balanda ’60

Francis X. “Frank” Balanda, 75, of Southbury, CT died suddenly Friday, March 9, 2018 at home. He was the husband of Joyce (Johnson) Balanda.
Frank was born April 4, 1942 in Waterbury, the son of the late Clarence and Alvera (Zuraitis) Balanda. He was a graduate of Williston Academy in Easthampton, Mass., and of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran.
Frank worked as a juvenile probation officer for the State of Connecticut until he retired. He also worked many years as a dispatcher for Heritage Village.
Frank was an avid reader and loved tennis and spending his winters in St. Simons Island, Ga.
Besides his wife, he leaves his two children, Kate Balanda of Southbury and Kenneth Balanda of Naugatuck, and a special cousin, Joan (Shobrinsky) Rose of Waterbury.

Robert H. Moore ’52

Robert Hilliard Moore, 84, of East Falmouth, MA passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Falmouth Hospital. He was born in Winchester to Robert L. and Dorothy (Hilliard) Moore.

Bob was a graduate of Williston Academy and attended Boston University. He served in the United States Army and then went on to attend Employers Insurance School in Boston. He worked for Paul Peters Insurance Agency for over 40 years.

Bob was a charter member of the Elks and was on the board of directors for the Falmouth Co-operative Bank for over 20 years. He also was one of the founding fathers of Falmouth Youth Hockey, and a lover of the ocean and the Mountains, his favorite pastime was boating.

Bob leaves behind his 4 sons: Bobby and Linda Moore of Sandwich, David and Cathy Moore, Paul and Laura Moore, and Tom and Trish Moore, all of Falmouth; his 8 grandchildren: Marissa and Nicole Moore, Brandon, Jordan and Rachel Moore, Brittney, P.J. and Marianna Moore; and his siblings, Steven and Rick Moore. He also leaves his first wife, Sally Peters, and his second wife, Janet Moore and her children, Brad and Kristen Fish. He was predeceased by his sister, Sheila.

Basil A. Petricca ’50

Basil August Petricca, the former CEO of Petricca Industries, and founder of Unistress died on March 7th at the age of 86 in Pittsfield, MA.

Basil “Rick” Petricca, born October 2nd, 1931 in North Adams, MA was the son of Basilio Augusto and Rose Mancuso Petricca. He graduated from Williston Academy in 1950 and Tufts University in 1954. He later served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Belvoir, VA.

Rick started his business career as a child, raising and selling chickens and eggs to help support his family. When his father died unexpectedly in 1962 Rick stepped into a leadership role in the family business and dedicated himself to its success and growth. Rick was an entrepreneur by nature and loved to make deals. Over the years he founded or acquired over a dozen businesses ranging from pre-stress concrete to telecommunications and travel.

Rick was a communicant of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and St. Marks Church and attended mass every day. In 2007 he was honored for his years of service to the church with indoctrination into the Bishop’s Circle of Stewards. He was also involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations, more than the family can remember, but among his favorites were: The Boys and Girls Club; Berkshire Healthcare Systems; The Berkshire Museum; The Berkshire County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association; UNICO; and The Catholic Youth Center.

He will be remembered by his family and friends as a man of boundless energy and enthusiasm who always had time to hear and help with anyone’s problem. No matter how large the family grew he made every child feel special. His sense of humor helped us all accept his passing but he will always be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

He leaves his beloved wife and best friend of 61 years, Rosaland Bishop Petricca and five children, Perri Petricca (Michelle Thorpe-Petricca), Richard Petricca ’76 (Priscilla), Gregg Petricca ’79 (Lisa Dachinger), Tina Petricca ’82 and Cara Carnevale ’89 (Marc). His grandchildren, Adam, Grady, Leah, Charlotte, Lauren, Richard, Jr., Nicole, Curt, Jennifer, Nathan, Cole, Ryder, Nicholas and Tyler. His great grandchildren, Makayla, Alanna, Roman, Milania, Victoria, Harrison, and Elle. He is survived by his brother Robert Petricca (Lyn). Rick was predeceased by his brother Peter, sister Virginia and granddaughters Talia and Alora Grace.

Joseph W. Marco ’72

Joseph William Marco, 63, of Fairplay, CO, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 2, 2018 in Breckenridge. Born Dec. 25, 1954 in Pittsfield, MA, he was the son of the late William E. and Verne E. Marco. Joe was a graduate of Berkshire Country Day School and Williston Academy and attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Bucknell University. Joe’s love of skiing drew him to Colorado where he worked as a ski instructor and guide as well as a skilled carpenter, owning J. Marco Construction of Fairplay. Joe met and married his wife of 39 years Kari (Bjornstadt) in Breckenridge and together they enjoyed skiing and many of the things Colorado has to offer. Joe is survived by his wife Kari, daughter Hilary and son-in- law Dave Hassan and granddaughter Clara, of Lafayette, CO, sister Joan and brother-in- law Bob Little of Pittsfield, MA, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws along with friends and clients from all over the world. Joe was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Leslie.

Robert T. Onkey ’69

Robert Theodore Onkey age 67, of Norwalk, CT, passed away on February 5, 2018 at his home. Robert was born in Bridgeport, CT on September 28, 1950. He was predeceased by his parents Robert Lee and Gladys Mary (Kost) Onkey as well as his brother, Peter Thomas Onkey.
Robert spent his earlier life on both sides of the U.S. / Canadian border. Robert attended Williston Academy in Easthampton, MA and then completed his undergraduate studies at the University Of Western Ontario. He became a magazine journalist in Toronto, Canada and later went on to combining his passion for SCUBA diving with his career to form his own company offering Commercial Diving services. Bob, as he was known to most, loved the water and was happiest whether he was in it, on it or under it. Robert was a kind, loving, compassionate person who loved animals as much as he did people. His cat Sammy was his final companion. Despite life’s challenges, he never lost sight of the people that were most important in his life. Robert was as unique an individual as a person can be and he will be greatly missed by the many, many people whose lives crossed paths with his.
Survivors include his step-mother, Janet Onkey, and numerous cousins.

Stephen P. Bunker ’72

Stephen Bunker, 61, of Palm Bay, FL,  passed away Wednesday May 11, 2016 at his home.
Stephen was born in St. Johnsbury, VT. He came to Brevard County in 1981 from Hanover, NH.
Stephen worked for Holmes Regional Medical Center as a respiratory therapist and hospital administrator.
While he received many honors for improving public health in Brevard County, he was particularly proud to be presented with the Heartland Award by Governor Lawton Chiles in recognition of the difference he made in the quality of life in the community.
Stephen was preceded in death by his mother Margery Bunker.
Stephen is survived by his wife Jill Bunker; daughter Heather and son-in-law Noah Sulman; son Sam Bunker; grandchildren Lilian, Asa and Selah; father Samuel and his wife Virginia Bunker; brother Jamie and sister-in-law Deb Bunker; sister Jennifer Bunker and brother-in-law Ken Kowalewitz; sister-in-law Lynn and brother-in-law Mark Koontz; nieces and nephews Michelle Treadwell, Michael Koontz, Hayden Bunker, Lynden Bunker and Oliver Kowalewitz.

Edward W. Wrobleski ’51

Edward W. Wrobleski, 86, of Easthampton, MA, passed away Feb. 21, 2018 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

He was born in Northampton, July 20, 1931, the son of the late William and Mary (Bednarz) Wrobleski. He was educated in the Easthampton schools, was a graduate of the Williston Northampton School, Class of 1951, and later earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Class of 1957.

Mr. Wrobleski was a Korean War veteran serving as a Corporal in the US Army. He was employed for 37 years as an Engineer for the FM Global Protection Mutual Insurance Co., based in Chicago, IL. Edward was a communicant of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, presently the Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Easthampton. He was a member of the Dalton-LaVallee American Legion Post #224 in Easthampton.

Edward was predeceased by his sisters Anne Green and Sally Parzych, and Phyllis Barber and his brother William Wrobleski Jr.


Roger H. Sherman ’45

Roger H. Sherman, formally of Williamstown, MA, 91, passed away on February 5, 2018 at Melech Hospice House in Tampa, FL. He was born to Frederick and Isabel Sherman on January 2, 1927, in North Adams, MA.

While attending Williamstown Elementary School, Roger lived with his parents on Moorland Street in Williamstown. After elementary school, Roger attended Williston Academy. Roger returned to Williamstown High School after his sophomore year as a result of his father’s passing. Roger obtained a waiver from his senior year in high school to enlist in the Navy at the end of World War II and served on the USS Theodore E. Chandler Destroyer until being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1949.

Upon returning to Williamstown, Roger entered the drafting program at General Electric in Pittsfield. Roger later met KayJanet Andrews and they were married on October 12, 1957.

As a longtime resident of Williamstown, Roger worked many years for General Electric and Sprague Electric and later opened Roger’s Card Gallery. After the business closed, he briefly worked for Hunter Machine Company in North Adams before relocating to Stuart, FL to work for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Company. After his retirement from Pratt and Whitney, Roger moved to Tampa, FL to be closer to family.

Roger’s main hobbies were stamp collecting and golfing. While in Williamstown he was a member of the Taconic Golf Club and the Williamstown Lions Club.

Roger was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his four children: John (Kelly) Sherman of Hancock, MA, Wendy (Ernesto) Jimenez of Houston, TX, Keith (Minerva) Sherman of Carlsbad, CA, and Jay Sherman of Williamstown, MA, and six grandchildren, Andrew, Christina and Michael Jimenez, Cassondra and Blake Sherman, and Chantal Sherman. He is also survived by his sister Mary (Ken) Harris, his cousin Alice Sherman Wheeler, his ex-wife Kay Janet Sherman, one niece, Christie and one nephew, Jeffrey.

Patricia Newton Dupre ’50

Patricia “Pat” Newton Dupre, 86, passed away January 30, 2018 in Ocala, FL. Born April 14, 1931, in Northampton, MA, to Russell and Mary Margaret Bush Newton. She graduated from Northampton School for Girls in 1950, then later graduated from Cooley Dickinson School of Nursing. Pat was affiliated with the Massachusetts General  Hospital  and  received  the Florence Nightingale award for outstanding nursing. Pat was also a member of the DAR (Daughter’s of American Revolution), the Q.O.P for many years, choir, CCA, and making sacrifices beads. She so loved sailing and for many years. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Lawrence A. Dupre; son, Joseph Lawrence Dupre, of Murphy, TX; daughters, Deborah J. Norris, of Bristol, CT, Loreen Ann Dupre, of Ocala, FL, son-in-law Ed Norris, daughter-in-law Diane Dupre and; three grandchildren, Brandon, Kaitlin and Anthony.

Charles M. Cohn ’61

Charles M. Cohn, 75, a long-time resident of Shelburne, MA, died of lung cancer Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Northampton.

He was born in Allentown, Philadelphia, in 1943, to Beatrice Julian Cohn and Charles R. Cohn. He graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1965 where he made life-long friends. After graduation, he was a stockbroker in New York on Wall Street for about 10 years. In 1978 he moved to Shelburne.

For several years he worked for his uncle, Simon Cohn, as a realtor. In 1980 he opened his own business, Cohn Financial Services, to provide conservative and reliable advice for the specific investment needs of every client, no matter the amount of their financial resources. As a financial adviser, Charlie was committed to the welfare of every client. The business was more than a job to him. It was his passion. He said that he considered every client’s “nest egg” as valuable as his own. His clients appreciated his knowledge and honesty.

He was an avid fly fisherman and skier. He loved the beauty of Shelburne and the people of the community. He was a long time board member of the Franklin Land Trust, devoted to the goals of preserving the land. After becoming paralyzed 15 years ago, he demonstrated mental fortitude and physical endurance in the face of great challenges. Through it all he remained a devoted father and husband, a loyal friend and a productive member of the hill town community.

He is survived by his wife Catherine Smith, and his son Charles A. Cohn. Family came first to him, especially his cousins Robert Cohn of Greenfield, Susan Cohn Dorn of West Hartford, Connecticut, Marcus Cohn of Wayland, William Julian of Davis, California, Anne Julian Lennon of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jon Julian of Williamsville, Vermont, and William Rednor of Yardley, Pennsylvania, as well as their spouses and children.