Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community

Mary Sessions Morier ’48

Mary SessionsMary Sessions Morier of East Hartford, formerly of Glastonbury passed away at Middlesex Hospice in Middletown on April 13, 2014 at the age of 84. Mary was born in Bristol, CT on March 20, 1930 to Grace McCall and Paul Beach Sessions. Mary graduated from Northampton School for Girls in 1948. She went on to earn a B.A. in Fine Arts from Connecticut College in 1952.

She married Robert Morier in 1952 and eventually settled in Glastonbury where she raised her family. In 1980, Mary opened her own florist shop, Woodford,s Flowers. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends at the cottage at Grove Beach Point in Westbrook. She loved mystery novels, the daily crossword puzzle and watching her birds at the feeder. An avid sports fan, she supported UConn Women,s basketball, the PGA tour and she adored her Red Sox. She loved to wager the occasional bet or two and enjoyed trips to the casino.

Mary is survived by her six children: Ann Morier of East Hartford; Jim Morier and his wife Shirley of Rockville; Robin Fagan and her husband Paul of Camden, Maine; Peter Morier of Vancouver, Washington; Jenifer Morier and her husband Neal Harley of Guilford, Vermont and David Morier and his wife Meghan of Ionia, New York; and her seven grandchildren: Lily and Sam Lyons, Mary, Ann and Michael Fagan and Tobias and Roland Morier. Mary was predeceased by her brother, James Sessions and her sister, Janet Beach.

Richard M. Austin ’47

Richard AustinRichard M. Austin , 86, of Keene, NH peacefully passed away April 17, 2014 at Maplewood Nursing Home after a period of declining health.

He was born in Worcester, MA April 13, 1928, the son of James and Clara (Marsh) Austin. Mr. Austin spent his childhood years growing up in Dudley, MA, a neighbor to his “love of his life” and future wife, Lucille Bates. He attended Bartlett High School; Webster, MA and subsequently graduated from Williston Academy; East Hampton, MA in 1947 and Clark University; Worcester, MA in 1952 with a degree in business administration. During his high school and college years, he played basketball and football, however his true passion was baseball which he excelled at. Post college, he pitched on several semi-pro teams and was even invited to try out for his beloved Boston Red Sox.

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Joseph Bury, Jr. ’54

Joseph L. Bury, Jr., 79, of Rockville, also known to his close relatives and friends as “Junior” went to eternal rest on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Hartford Hospital.

He was born August 23, 1934, son of the late Joseph L. and Pauline (Sadlak) Bury, Sr.  He was raised in Rockville, attending local schools.

Joseph was a faithful communicant of St. Joseph Church. He was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army. Joseph was co-owner with his brother, Robert S. Bury, of various real estate ventures and DeLuxe Amusements, established by their parents.

He is survived by a special cousin Marion Connor of Rockville, his additional close cousins that we are aware of, Marie Munson, Irene Gates, Stanley Sadlak, Anthony Sadlak, and Alita. He also leaves his former dedicated secretary, Joan Berman of Ellington and many caring relatives and friends.

Natalie Vogel Lawton ’42

Vogel LawtonNatalie V. (Vogel) Lawton, 90, of State Street, Westerly, passed away on Wednesday morning, April 2, 2014, at the Apple Rehab Watch Hill.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Arthur Newman Lawton, on January 25, 1995, whom she met while vacationing at Watch Hill. After they married in 1954, she moved to Westerly. She is survived by her son, Allen D. Lawton of Westerly, her sister-in-law, Mary Lawton of Westerly and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lawton was born in New Bedford, MA, on June 30, 1923, the daughter of the late Ellery and Sarah (Lewis) Vogel. She spent her early years in Northampton and Longmeadow, MA. She was a graduate of the Northampton School for Girls (now known as Williston- Northampton Academy), Lasell Junior College (now known as Lasell College) in Newton, MA, and Tobe’ Coburn School in New York City. She majored in merchandising in college.

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Ann Cohen Bachmann ’54

Cohen BachmannAnn Bachmann, nee Cohen, age 76, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2014 with her family at her bedside. She leaves behind her husband Bruce, her cherished children, Steve Bachmann, Cathy (Doug) Ethridge, Betsy (Jeff) Kushen and Andy Bachmann, her adoring grandchildren Rachel Ethridge, Alex Kushen, Benjamin Ethridge and Samantha Kushen and her brother Jim (Hyla) Cohen.

Frederick George Fischer, Sr. ’41

FischerFrederick George Fischer Sr. died Saturday March 22, 1014, at his home in Palm City, Florida. He was born February 19, 1924 in New Haven Connecticut, and had just celebrated his 90th birthday.

Fred graduated from Williston Academy and the University of Pennsylvania, and served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II, when he was stationed primarily in Cairo, Egypt. He worked as a Certified Public Accountant in New Haven, Connecticut, eventually becoming Partner-in-Charge at Ernst & Ernst, later Ernst & Whinney. After retirement from the firm, he served as Financial Vice President at the University of New Haven, until full retirement, when he relocated to Harbour Ridge in Palm City, Florida.

Fred will be remembered for his long-standing support of the Junior Achievement and United Way as well as other local charities in the Port St. Lucie area. In addition he was an avid golfer and long-time football enthusiast, cheering on and recruiting for teams at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of New Haven. Fred was a fixture at the Grill Room at Harbour Ridge and his boundless sense of humor and generosity will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ann Fischer; a daughter, Pamela Lally; a son, Frederick Fischer Jr.; as well as four granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.

Ruth Prentice Currier Gates ’35

GatesRuth Prentice Currier Gates, age 93, of Johnstown, N.Y., passed away Thursday, December 1, 2011, at Nathan Littauer Nursing Home in Gloversville.

She was the wife, of 51 years, of Forrest Palmer Gates, who died in 1991.

Ruth was born on October 12, 1918, to Richard Dudley and Adele Ames Currier in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated from Colby Junior College, New London, New Hampshire.

She served as secretary and president of the Board of Managers of the Willing Helpers Home For Women of Johnstown, New York. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Johnstown, the Aldine Society and the Burroughs Nature Study Club of Johnstown.

She was predeceased by her oldest son, Richard Palmer Gates, who was a casualty of the Vietnam War in 1969. Survivors include: her sons, William Currier Gates and his wife, Beth, of Johnstown; John Dudley Gates and his wife, Patricia, of Mayfield; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. The family wants to thank the staff of Nathan Littauer Nursing Home and Pineview Commons for their professional and loving care for Ruth during her years there.

Eleanor Walsh Wertimer ’40

WertimerEleanor Walsh Wertimer, a resident of Pelham and a longtime resident of Clinton, N.Y., died on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. She was 91.

Wertimer was born on Jan. 25, 1922 in Buffalo, N.Y.  to John and Geraldine Walsh.

She graduated from the Buffalo Seminary in 1939, Northampton School for Girls in 1940 and Smith College in 1944. She received her law degree from the University of Buffalo in 1946 and was one of the few women admitted to the New York State Bar in 1947. She worked as an associate at a Buffalo law firm.

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Thornton Benson Morris ’45

MorrisThornton Benson “Ted” Morris, 86, died peacefully in his sleep on March 20, 2014, in Pittsboro, NC. The cause of death was Alzheimer’s Disease.

The eldest of three children, Ted was born on February 6, 1928 in Plainfield, NJ to Elizabeth Jenkins Morris and Herbert Leroy Morris. Valedictorian of his Williston Academy class in 1945, he went on to receive a BA in Economics from Princeton University in 1953, having completed his college education in three sessions, scheduled around his service as Chief Petty Officer in the Navy from 1946-48 and 1952.

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Remembering members of the Williston Northampton community