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Randall S. Shelden ’76

Randall Stuart Shelden, local businessman, entrepreneur, outdoor adventurer, and multi-sport athlete passed away peacefully July 10, 2018 surrounded by loving family and friends. Born in Rockford, IL, May 28, 1957, son of James and Norma Shelden, Randy attended Keith School and West High School before graduating from Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts. He later graduated from the University of Colorado, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Randy was a fitness enthusiast, and to that end he founded The Edge Fitness Center in Belvidere. He had a keen awareness of the need for proper nutrition and physical fitness to maintain a healthy mind and body.
He was a hard-working real estate investor having rental properties in Lake Geneva, as well as several local properties. He enjoyed rehabbing homes and improving neighborhoods in the process. And through vacation rentals, he truly enjoyed creating a welcoming and relaxing environment for his guests.
Randy had a love of photography, gardening and camping, which he enjoyed throughout his life. To say Randy loved sports, might be considered an understatement. He excelled at snow and water skiing, lake and ocean sailing, Nordic skiing and canoeing. And his competitive pursuits ran the gamut from sailing with the Lake Waubesa Sailing Club to the “Mac” race to running numerous marathons, including the Boston Marathon, and completing four Iron Man Triathlons. His true passion was Nordic skiing, and he completed his 33rd annual 50K American Birkebeiner (Birkie) ski marathon in February, where he was an uberlegger finisher, having skied thirty or more Birkies. Randy was a past member of Second Congregational Church and more recently attended Heartland Community Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Kay Lynne, Rockford; brother James Shelden Jr. (Carrie), Atlanta; brother Charles Shelden ’77 (Kittie Hook), Denver; sister Julia Trowbridge, Clarendon Hills, IL; aunt Carolyn Bailey, Rockford; and several cousins, nieces and nephews whom he adored. Randy was humorous, generous, loyal, fun-loving, loved to laugh, and cared deeply for others. He will be greatly missed by friends and family. Preceded in death by parents James Whitney and Norma J. Shelden, uncles James Bailey and Bennett Griggs, and an aunt, Margaret Shelden Griggs.

David Brakey ’76

BrakeyDavid S. Brakey, 44, of Natick, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 27, 2003, at his home.

He was the husband of Ellen (Rosenfeld) Brakey. Born in Holyoke, he was the son of Gladys (Pryor) Brakey of Easthampton and the late Walter Brakey. He was a resident of Natick for the past 11 years.
He was employed as a chemist at Abbott Bioresearch and formerly was employed by DuPont and New England Nuclear Laboratories.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed camping, hiking, backpacking and skiing. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts and received his master’s degree from Northeastern University.

Besides his wife and mother, he leaves two children, Jesse and Danielle Brakey, both of Natick; a brother, Glenn Brakey of South Hadley; a sister, Laurie LaPointe of Greenwich, Conn.; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Robert and Ida Rosenfeld of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Priscilla Walker ’76

Priscilla WalkerPriscilla Elaine Walker was born in Mt. Kisco, New York on November 22, 1958 to the late Reverend John Wesley and Alice Suzanne Walker.
She was called home to be with the Lord on October 28, 2011.

Priscilla leaves three lovely children, Kyle Francis (Kate) of California; Daeveon Alyce and Adriene Sylar both of Beacon. Also two sisters Sharon T. Allen-Ladson and Barbara A. Walker-Brickhouse both of Beacon. Three nephews James Laroy Reddrick(wife Mary),Palmer Lamont Allen(wife Beatriz) and Turone Wesley Walker;two nieces, Ashley Dawn-Suzanne Walker and Janai BreeAnnie Brickhouse all of Beacon. Two greatnieces Alaetra Lyn and Grace Teresa and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Christopher Maher ’76

Chris MaherChris Maher, 55 years, passed suddenly Sunday of respiratory failure at home.

He was born in Holyoke, MA and attended schools on the east coast. He graduated from Williston-Northampton School in Easthampton, MA. He also attended Amherst College in Amherst, MA. He graduated from Yale University in New Haven, CT. It was then he made his home in California. He gained his Masters Degree from Mills College in Oakland, CA.

A lifelong learner, Chris had many talents in languages, music, and the arts. After his post graduate experiences, he worked for a hotel as a translator in San Francisco for a number of years. He relocated to Los Angeles and has made him home there for the last 20 plus years. He has been active in the arts.

Chris was predeceased by his mother, Mary T. Maher in 1997. His father, Richard J,. Maher died in 2004. He leaves his sisters, Maureen Cotter (Mike), Eileen Maher (Mark LaFrancis), and brother, Richard F. Maher (Liza). He also leaves five nieces: Laura O’Brien, Elizabeth Barsalou, Carolyn Cotter, Grace Maher, and Mary LaFrancis) and three nephews (Christopher Cotter, Dylan Maher, and Mark LaFrancis), and two grandnieces Abby and Caitlin O’Brien), whom he loved very much, to remember him. He has two dear friends in Los Angeles, David Douglas and Stephen Rau who have cared for him. Chris also leaves Nick Jordan who remembers him respectfully.

Joni A. Jurkowski ’76

Joni A. Jurkowski passed away on July 4, 2013, at Baystate Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in Northampton on June 15, 1958.

Joni is survived by her uncle, Robert M. Laprade of Easthampton, with whom she lived. She is also survived by her cousin, Kitty Maxey, and husband, Dee of Dallas, Texas. In addition, she is survived by her feline companions, Mittens and Midnight. Joni was predeceased by her mother, Pauline, in 2013; her aunt, Georgette L. O’Connor, in 2000; her uncle, Jerry O’Connor, in 2001; and her cousin, Maggi O’Connor, in 2007.

Joni was a graduate of Williston Northampton School and Roger Williams University. She was employed for many years by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue in Springfield.

The family would like to thank Kimberly Soutra and Dr. Andrew Hall for their continued kindness and support. In addition, the family extends special thanks to Dr. Bogdan Tiru and the ICU staff at Baystate Medical Center for their professionalism and compassion in their treatment of Joni.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Easthampton Ambulance Fund, Attn.: Fire Chief, 32 Payson Ave., Easthampton, MA 01027 or a charity of one’s choice .