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Caroline Thrun Adams ’47

“Chuggie,” Caroline Reed Thrun Adams, left our world to enter heaven on her beloved dancing partner’s arm on July 4, 2017, surrounded by her family and extended family. We weren’t ready for this but the Lord had other plans for Mom and we are so grateful that she didn’t suffer and is home with Jesus.
Chuggie was born on October 8, 1929 in Valparaiso, IN to Dr. Walter and Mrs. Bess (nee Russell) Thrun, on the day the stock market crashed- certainly an auspicious day to be born. She was a precocious, creative and entertaining child who seemed to start out bigger than life! She married the love of her life, Chuck-Charles William Adams, on April 14, 1950 in Tempe, AZ. They moved back home to Valpo in 1951 to join the family business of the turkey farm and Strongbow. Becoming an incredibly accomplished and inspirational businesswoman became her lifelong work. She and Chuck were an incredible team in the restaurant business. Upon purchasing Strongbow from Bess in 1968, they added the bar and banquet room. She went on to build an incomparable party business, setting a standard of excellence in banquets, parties and weddings, copied by many, equaled by none. She was happiest being at the “front of the house” running the show! She described service and serving as the highest calling and one to be “performed” as if on the Broadway stage-and you better be “walking with purpose!” Make no mistake, she was in charge– her vision and her way. Generations of servers were mentored by Chuggie and fondly remember her trainings and life lessons. She was loved and revered by so many and kept in touch with them throughout their lives. The only regret of her life was retiring. She told everyone she saw to keep working as long as they could, preferably forever! She said “do what makes you happy-if it doesn’t make you happy, do something else!” She felt incredibly blessed to have been able to do the work she absolutely loved. In 2011, she published “Dinner at Chuggies” memoir and cookbook. One of her proudest moments was the book-signing held at Strongbow.
Chuggie and Chuck didn’t have a lot of free time throughout their early years and they had one magnificent hobby they could do together-ballroom dancing! Every Tuesday they went to Gary, IN to the Arthur Murray studio for dance lessons. Not only did they teach other young couples in their home, they competed! When they went out onto the dance floor everyone else took to the edges to watch! They loved performing, giggling all the way through it. They loved all kinds of music, especially the Big Bands. She was beautiful and wanted to please everyone. Chuggie had a passion for everything she ever did, whether it was raising the kids, tending the pool, throwing New Year’s Eve parties, coffee-clutching with her friends, gardening, or running the dining room at Strongbow. Her relationships and deep friendships lasted her entire life, starting with her friend Winnie of 87 years, literally from the crib on, to her lifelong friends of 63 years in Valpo. She still wrote letters to everyone even though you couldn’t read her handwriting!
She had a deep love of music and always thought she would grow up to be a singing performer on stage. That was not to be her path but she her love of music encouraged and inspired us to be a very musical family, playing and singing together. She played the piano her entire life, as well as violin and bass. She still played and sang to Chuck in his last days.
Chuggie and Chuck enjoyed many beautiful trips around the globe, usually with Mary and Don Lewis; they also took each of their grandchild on a 10-year old trip. Chuggie loved being on the water on any kind of boat. Many people are familiar with the iconic photo of Chuggie on Don and Mary’s sailboat on Lake Michigan. She and Chuck enjoyed over 30 years spending their winters on Sanibel Island, FL.  Chuggie loved walking the beach at sunrise, collecting shells, watching the birds and dressing up for happy hour at the beach! She could host a party like no other and hated to leave a party!
On the homefront, no one loved like Chuggie. Family was everything, and if you were loved by Chuggie you knew you were loved unconditionally. She always listened, she always accepted, and took immense joy in whoever was talking. She shared whatever she had, gave until there was nothing left, relished the company of friends, and never turned anyone away.
Chuggie made education and lifelong learning a core value in our family. For 22 summers, Chuggie and Chuck gave their grandchildren the opportunity to attend Culver Academies Summer Camp. She was so proud of each child. She loved the littles, but she truly enjoyed her kids as adults. She loved drinking a bourbon with her grandkids, and never tired of hearing about their lives. Sometimes when she just couldn’t help herself something inappropriate might slip out and she’d just excuse it all by saying “Cancel that!” It’s hard to remember all of the Chuggie-isms because they were jaw-dropping hilarious! “If you’ve got something to put something in, somebody’s gonna want to put something in it!”
Chuggie spent the last three weeks of her life visiting her sister Mary in MS. We are so grateful that they had that special time together. On the day of her passing, Chuggie was looking forward to spending time on her beautiful summer porch, reconnecting with local friends, going to Martha’s Vineyard with Shellie later this month, planning for granddaughter Haley’s wedding in September in the backyard, and adding another little one to her list of loved ones. Our hearts are broken to say good-bye to her but we know she’s reunited with Chuck. “The problem is, we think we have time.”
Chuggie is survived by her four children: Shellie (Brian) Holmes, Rhinelander, WI; Char (Kevin) McGuire, Rochester Hills, Ml; Russ (Nancy) Adams, Valparaiso; Holly (Rocco) Abessinio, Grosse Point Woods, Ml. Thirteen grandchildren: Josh (Sarah) Mangerson, Jesse (Carissa) Mangerson, Jake (Polly) Mangerson, James (Ali) Mangerson; Jocelyn (Dion) Garrett, Jenny Rose (Greg) Denny, Joy (Jason) Bertram; Ashley, Courtney (John) and Matthew Adams; Austin, Haley (fiance John Doherty) and Emma Abessinio. Great­grandchildren Abigail, Ella, Ryder, Quinn, Lily, Ginny, Lucy Mangerson; Elliana, Aria and Corbin Garrett; Silas Denny; Samantha Bertram; and one little Mangerson bun in the oven. She is further survived by her sister Mary Helen Lewis of Jackson, MS; special niece and nephew Karen and RJ Reed to whom we will be forever grateful and many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents Bess and Dr. Walter Thrun; her beloved husband of 66 years, Chuck Adams; brother-in­laws Larry Adams and Don Lewis.
She was and always will be “The Queen of Everything,” She was the magnet that everyone gravitated to. There will never be another like her and she will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Persis Brown Smith ’45

On June 16th, 2017 Persis B. Smith passed away after a brief illness at Brookdale Place in Colorado Springs. She was 91 years old.

She was born in Colorado Springs on February 24, 1926. She was the daughter of the late Alfred Brown and Lucy Jones Brown. Dr. Brown was the superintendent of the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind for many years.

Persis was the granddaughter of Asa T. Jones, a Colorado Springs pioneer who came to cure his tuberculosis from Spencer, Massachusetts. He was a leading businessman in Colorado Springs and “gave birth to many charities” (Sun newspaper, July 24, 1972). He built the Cheyenne Building now home to Phantom Canyon Brewing Company on the corner of Pikes Peak and Cascade Avenue.

Persis went to Columbia Elementary School, North Junior High and the Colorado Springs School before graduating from the Williston Northampton School for Girls in Easthampton, Mass. She graduated from Vassar College and received a Masters Degree at the University of Denver in child psychology. She worked at the Rocky Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Colorado Springs for 15 years.

Persis was married four times to wonderful men. First, to the late Wessel Ruhtencrantz Von Ruhtenberg and then to John Max Wolf of the Wolf Ranch in Black Forest. She later married Myron Wood, the well-known photographer. Finally, she was married to the late Dr. Robert Smith for 22 years. He preceded her in death at 99 years in 2012. He was one of the founding doctors of the Colorado Springs Medical Center.

Persis Smith was an accomplished painter, studying for years under the well-known local artist Herman Raymond. She was a member of the Broadmoor Garden Club, Tuesday Club and the Colonial Dames Society. She volunteered for years at Silver Key, was a member of Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church and was an active member of and donor to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

She is survived by her daughters, Lucy Lewis of Colorado Springs, Persis Schlosser of Castle Rock, Colorado, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and eleven step-children.

Priscilla Ruder Lucier ’50

Priscilla Ruder Lucier passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017 one month before her 85th birthday. She died in her home in Duxbury, MA surrounded by her family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Priscilla was born in Mount Lebanon, PA, but spent most of her life in a variety of towns in Massachusetts including Woburn, Amherst, Foxborough, Easthampton, Sturbridge, Wayland and Osterville. She was deeply beloved by her husband of 63 years, Joseph L. Lucier and their four children, Daniel D. Lucier, Mark B. Lucier, Leslie L. Marino and David L. Lucier, their spouses and eleven grandchildren. She is survived by her sisters Susan G. Hull and Paula L. Cole and predeceased by her parents Carl L. Ruder and Mary R. Salmon, stepfather Edward Dwight Salmon, sister Cynthia L. Seifert and son Daniel Lucier. Priscilla was a graduate of the Northampton School for Girls as well as The University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Her career spanned a love of conservation as well as a talent for fundraising. She worked at The Williston Northampton School, Old Sturbridge Village, Mount Holyoke College, Boston Childrens Hospital, Parmenter Visiting Nurse and Wayside Hospice and volunteered in local land conservancy organizations and garden clubs.

Richard B. Covell, P’70, former trustee

Richard B. Covell, 87, of Yarmouthport, MA, died Saturday April 22, 2017, after a brief period of declining health.

He was the husband of the late Helen Ruth (Powers) Covell who died in 2009. They had been married for 57 years.

Born in Ware, Mr. Covell was the son of the late Bertram M. and Ruth Mae (Launier) Covell. He was a graduate of Becker College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and completed graduate studies at The Graduate School of Banking, Brown University and The Management Development School at Dartmouth College.

His professional career, spanning 42 years, was spent in banking and he retired in August 1992 as CEO of Heritage Bank. In 1966 he was elected Vice President of Northampton Institution for Savings and elected President in 1968. The bank merged with Heritage Bank in 1986 and acquired Community Savings Bank of Holyoke in 1986. The combined organization had 29 offices in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties with assets exceeding $1.5 billion.

He was active in community affairs and served as Trustee of The Clarke School for 38 years, Treasurer of Look Park for 27 years, Treasurer of Applewood Living Care Community and Member of the Development Committee of Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He also served as Trustee of Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, and Trustee of Northampton School for Girls and was instrumental in the merger with Williston Academy which would then become Williston-Northampton School. As Chair of the Northampton Development Committee, he worked aggressively to promote and maintain the downtown and keep Hotel Northampton as a focal point. In 1983, Mr. Covell received the Northampton Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award. He was past President of Northampton Rotary Club and in 1988 was named a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s highest honor for “service above self.” He was also a life member of Northampton Elks Lodge BPOE 997.

Mr. Covell is survived by his three children Jane S. Keeney ’70 and her husband, Normand of Avon CT, Richard B. Covell, Jr. and his wife, Maureen of Plymouth, and Joan C. Cooper and her husband Herb of Arlington, VA; his four grandchildren, Jennifer Keeney-Bleeg and her husband, Jim, of Bristol, England, Jeffrey A. Keeney and his wife, Jenny of Chicago, IL, Richard B. Covell, III and Eric J. Covell, both of Plymouth; and his two great grandchildren, Elliott and Julian Bleeg, both of Bristol, England. Also remembered with love and kindness is his longtime friend, Claire F. Rodrigues.

Vicary Gratton Clark ’38

vicaryMatriarch of the Clark Family, age 96, of Falmouth, Massachusetts, and long-time resident of Glens Falls, New York, died March 15th, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, daughter of the Reverend John Gratton and Esther Stone Gratton. Graduating from Simmons College in 1942, she worked for General Electric, and served in government intelligence in Washington, DC during World War II. She moved to Boston and worked for MIT where she met her husband, William T. Clark who was attending Harvard Business School. After several years on the North Shore of Boston, they moved to Glens Falls in 1953. Her husband, William, ultimately became chairman and CEO of the First National Bank. Vicary devoted herself to raising and nurturing her five children. She was active in the First Presbyterian Church and the Glens Falls Hospital Guild. She had an active and inquisitive mind and a sharp wit. She was a voracious reader and an aficionado of cross word puzzles and Jeopardy. She loved spending summer months on the coast of Maine and at Lake George. In 1988 she moved to Falmouth, Massachusetts, which became the location of the family gatherings – especially the annual Thanksgiving celebrations. She loved paddle tennis, golf, romantic classic movies, schmaltzy music, sunshine, chocolate, and tuna fish sandwiches on Bowermans Beach on Cape Cod. But most of all, she was fiercely devoted to her family, which included: Children -Vicary Clark Thomas (Peter Thomas), Caroline Clark Ceglarski, Christine Clark Edwards (Thomas Edwards), William Merritt Clark (Kendall Clark), and Cynthia Clark Lipsky (Howard Lipsky); Grandchildren – William Thomas, Carter Thomas, Sarah Ceglarski, Ted Edwards, Abra Edwards, Kelsey Clark, William Clark (Coco Zephir), Mimi Clark, Anna Georges, Elizabeth Kelley (Sean Kelley), and Jamie Lipsky Myers (Jason Myers).

Margaret Lovett Doyle ’35

doyleOn Wednesday, January 4, 2017, surrounded by those she loved, Margaret “Meg” Doyle, Matriarch of Clan Doyle, passed peacefully from this world to the next. There, she’ll get to spend eternity in the loving arms of her God and her husband “Bun”, who predeceased her. Margaret (MOM) was the loving heart of our family which spans four generations. She and Bun had five children: Frank, Pete, Mike, Joe and Margaret. Her children blessed her with eight grandchildren: Michele, Veronica, David, Katy, Chris, Frank, Joe and Shawna. More recently came eight great grandchildren: Justin, Keelin, Joe, Tim, Julia, Molly, Bryce and Madison. Also included in the clan are many nephews and nieces, particularly Liz, whose lives have been touched by the beautiful person who, to us, was MOM. Mom was energetic in civic and church programs and activities, giving care and assistance to all whenever the need was there. One of her greatest pleasures was seeing those she loved succeed in life’s challenges and opportunities. She was always quick with recognition and praise for all her family. Mom was a fifty-year-plus member of the Cursillo Community and an active participant in Opus Dei where, up to the end, she kept many friends close to her heart. Mom’s passing has left a void in the hearts and lives of everyone she touched.

Lolita Machon Williams ’50

lolitaLolita Jane Williams (Lee), of Bridgewater, died on March 4, 2017, at the age of 84. She was born in Providence, Rhode Island on April 2, 1932, to the late Elsie and Norman Machon. Lee grew up in Providence and in Andover, Massachusetts. She graduated from Northampton School for Girls in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1950. Lee’s family summered at Newfound Lake in New Hampshire, and there she met her future husband Robert (Bob) Williams. She attended the University of New Hampshire for two years, leaving to marry Bob and settle permanently in New Hampshire. Lee was a homemaker, caring for Bob and their three sons while Bob established a family lumber business, R.P. Williams and Sons. Lee’s life revolved around her family, and many weekends were spent skiing at Ragged Mountain, hiking in the White Mountains or boating on Newfound Lake. Lee was active in the Bristol Federated Church for many years, and also served as a trustee of the Newfound Lake Association. During a long retirement, Bob and Lee enjoyed traveling around the country in their RV and spent winters in the Florida community of Estero. During the late 2000s, Lee gradually descended into dementia; Bob took care of her at home until shortly before his own death of cancer in 2014. Lee is survived by three children, Robert Penn Williams III of Bridgewater, Steven Williams of Bridgewater and Bruce Williams of San Francisco, California; four grandchildren, Travis Williams, Kiersten Williams, Alicia Williams and Kyle Williams; as well as three great-grandchildren.

Janet Hinds Saunders ’48

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Janet Hinds Saunders, 83, of Cumming, GA died on July 1, 2013 at Northside Hospital Forsyth. Born in Northampton, MA she was the daughter of the late Gailon and Ruth Hinds. Janet is survived by her beloved husband, Alfred Saunders of Cumming, GA; sons, Jeffrey Charles (Allison) Saunders and Stuart Alfred (Leigh Ann) Saunders; and much-loved grandchildren, Will Phillip Saunders, Elaine Saunders, Haylie Rose Saunders and Abigail Leigh Saunders.

Jean Fowler Winsor ’50

winsorJean (Fowler) Winsor, 84, of Newport, the Florida Keys and Ft. Myers passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 6, 2015. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, The Reverend Edward S. Winsor. Born in Westerly RI on February 11, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Wells and Esther Fowler. Jean graduated from Wheeler and RI College and taught first grade in the Portsmouth Schools for twenty years.
Jean was a lifetime member of the Newport Yacht Club. She was an experienced yachtswoman. She met the love of her life, Edward, while sailing in Weekapaugh, RI and they continues their lifelong love of the water, sailing from Nova Scotia to the Florida Keys into their seventies. Jean was a political activist, past president of the Newport National Organization for Women in the 1970’s, an active member of the Ft. Myers Democratic Club, and a strong and tireless advocate for the poor, volunteering at meal sites wherever she resided.
Jean’s lifelong commitment to the church gave her strength, energy and spiritual fulfillment that she shared generously with all she met.
Jean leaves behind her daughter Susan and her children Gordon, Amy-Elizabeth and Sarah; son Frank, his wife Theresa and their children Andrew and Daniel; daughter Elizabeth and her son Samuel Slesinger; son Gregory, his wife Barbara and their children Meredith, Mitchell and Maxwell; great grandchildren Nathin Johnson, Mylee Santos and Abigail Winsor; and sister-in-law Anne Doskow of CA. Jean was predeceased by her sisters Bickey Pile and Barbara Rossell.