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Beverly Butterworth McEntee ’54

Beverly Ann McEntee, 85, died peacefully, with family by her side, on November 4, 2022, following complications from a fall taken a few days earlier.

Beverly was a thoughtful, beautiful, kind, considerate, positive, and fun person and so much more. She travelled the world, loved her family, and was gracious to all.

Born in Salem, MA in 1937 to parents Edward R. and Elizabeth (Learned) Butterworth, Beverly was the oldest of five girls, affectionately known as ‘The Five Belles.’ The Butterworths raised their daughters in Nahant, MA, and during Beverly’s high school years, the family moved to Swampscott, MA.

Beverly was graduated from Northampton School for Girls and Bradford College, with classmates who hailed from all over the country, many with whom she maintained lifetime friendships. She furthered her education at Katherine Gibbs School and in 1957, embarked on an exciting career in the travel industry. She moved to Chicago, IL to work for United Airlines and run the 100,000 Mile Red Carpet Club, under the direction of the President of United Airlines.

Two years later, she happily transferred back to Boston with United. A year later, she met and married Leon J. McEntee, of Lynn, who obtained his law degree and went on to practice law in MA. They were married for 29 years, raised two daughters on Rockland Street in Swampscott and often said their daughters were their proudest accomplishments.

In the era before personal computers and websites, Beverly booked leisure and corporate travel arrangements for clients from all over the North Shore and Boston, for Aladdin Travel of Swampscott. Instrumental in generating group sales, she started Flagship Travel in Marblehead as Vice President, joining forces with a group of business partners. Her loyal clients appreciated she went the extra mile to make sure their travel arrangements were always top notch.

Beverly met her life partner, Roger B. Conant of Lynnfield, MA. In the 1990’s they moved to Marblehead, MA and wintered in Naples, FL. When the couple moved permanently to Naples, Beverly enjoyed working part-time as a concierge at the Bella Sera, the 5-star boutique hotel in downtown Naples. Following Roger’s death in 2015, she relocated to Kings Beach Towers of Lynn and enjoyed a community of wonderful neighbors.

She was a member of Saint John the Evangelist Church in Swampscott, the Little Sisters of the Assumption Guild, North Shore Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Junior Aid Society, and Corinthian Yacht Club. She volunteered for many organizations through the years in the North Shore area and in Naples, FL.

She leaves two daughters, Pamela (McEntee) Thomas of South Portland, ME, and Elaine McEntee-King, and son-in-law, Donald L. King, III of Salem, MA. She leaves three sisters Barbara (Butterworth, Cleary) Bostley and brother-in-law, Paul Bostley, of Peabody, MA, Betty (Butterworth) Fitzgerald and brother-in-law, Attorney John P. Fitzgerald, of Marblehead, MA, and her youngest sister, Martha Butterworth Bartlett (formerly of Plymouth, MA) and brother-in-law Shawn F. Michaud, of Bonita Springs, FL. Her sister, Brenda Butterworth Palleschi, preceded her in death. She leaves many special nieces, nephews, and godchildren, who dearly loved their ‘Auntie Bev.’ She leaves her Shea family (formerly of Lynn) cousins. She leaves dear and cherished friends. She will be greatly missed.

Service Information: Beverly’s family will welcome family and friends on Friday, December 2nd, from 9AM to 10AM in the new reception area of the main entrance of St. John the Evangelist Church, 174 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA. A Funeral Mass, celebrating her life, will follow at 10AM. Interment will immediately follow at Swampscott Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Beverly’s memory to:

The Beverly School for the Deaf, Beverly MA, The St. Vincent de Paul Society, Naples, FL, The Natalie Norton Scholarship Fund, Springfield, MA.

Mary Ellen Debarbieri Kozuch ’58

Mary Ellen Kozuch, 81, of Huntsville, Alabama died Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Mary Ellen was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts and moved to Huntsville in 1963. Preceding her in death were her parents, Edward and Dorothy Debarbieri; husband, Joseph Anthony Kozuch; and sister, Linda Debarbieri.

Mary Ellen leaves her beloved son Joseph Kozuch, her cherished grandchildren Alexander (Emily) LaRussa-Kozuch; Haley Kozuch, and Weston Kozuch; and a host of other relatives and friends. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, May 2, 2022, at the St. Brigid’s Cemetery in Easthampton.

Elizabeth J. Snow ’60

Elizabeth Jean Snow was the daughter of the late Jean and Clary Snow. Elizabeth was born in Williamsburg, MA on March 1, 1943; proud of her family, Snow Farm, and English teacher mother, joined her ancestors in Heaven, on August 4, 2022, of pancreatic cancer at age 79.

“Betsy” has been a good sister to Judy Denison (Colorado) and Stephen Snow (Williamsburg). Her nieces and nephews loved her much.

She attended Northampton School for Girls and graduated from ‘Burgy High in 1960. She later attended Colorado State University, studied English composition, and enjoyed all Colorado had to offer. She had a tough car accident in 1963, out west, caused by a drunk and uninsured driver in another car.

She lived in Northampton, then later moved to Boston doing secretarial jobs and writing some poetry. Around 1990 Betsy moved back to Williamsburg, then South Hadley.

She always loved her friends from way- back- when… A unique and caring soul, who will be missed by all who knew her.

There will be a celebration of her life Saturday, September 17th at 2:00, at the First Congregational Church, 4 North Main St. Williamsburg.

Lucy Jobson Wierum ’46

Lucy J. Wierum, age 93, of Boston, Massachusetts died peacefully in her home on July 5, 2022 after a prolonged illness.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Lucy spent the first decade of her life in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Her parents were Katherine Bartholomew Jobson and Edward Russell Jobson.

Lucy attended Northampton School for Girls and then went to Sarah Lawrence College. She transferred to Columbia Presbyterian School of Nursing where she attained her R.N./B.S. degrees.

She had a long career in nursing working in hospital units, schools, clinics, and other health care settings. Her last nursing position was at Englewood Hospital Outpatient Clinic in New Jersey. She also did extensive volunteer work at Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, Englewood Hospital, hospice organizations, and children’s theater. She was a longtime Demarest and Tenafly resident.

Lucy was first married to Hugh F. Fitzpatrick, a surgeon at St. Luke’s Hospital. She and Hugh had four children, Tracy, Amy, Hugh, and Tim who survive her.

After Hugh’s death, Lucy married Dr. Carl Wierum in 1983 and became step-mother to his three children, Craig, Christopher and Anne.

Lucy has three grandchildren, Katie, Chris, and Anna and is step-grandmom to Isa, Olivia, Elisabeth, Michael, and Dean.

Lucy’s brother, Edward Jobson, pre-deceased Lucy. She is survived by her sister Margaret, aged 97, as well as her children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

In 2019 Lucy and Carl moved Boston to be near her daughter and quickly became veteran Bostonians navigating Fenway for their COVID vaccine and watching the Boston Marathon and July 4th Esplanade fireworks from their apartment window. Lucy made friends easily even in her later years and was known for her zest and wit. She loved reading, crosswords, word games, tennis, and gardening. Until the last days of her life, she took loving care of her husband, Carl, aged 97 with whom she spent 39+ years of married life.

Funeral arrangements are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lucy’s name to Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative (BVMI): https://www.bvmi.org/

Ellen Clifford McGuire ’66

Ellen Clifford McGuire, 73, of East Longmeadow, MA, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Holyoke and raised in South Hadley, Ellen was the only child of John Clifford and Mary Long Clifford. After her father’s death in 1961, Ellen and her mother lived with her aunt and uncle, Margaret and Arthur Higgins, and their daughters, Carol and Margaret. While attending the Northampton School for Girls, Ellen lived with her beloved aunt and uncle, Helen and Pat Padden. Ellen earned her bachelor’s degree from Newton College of the Sacred Heart and a master’s degree in education from American International College.
A lifelong educator, Ellen began her teaching career at Blessed Sacrament in Holyoke. Ellen would later teach at Peck Middle School also in Holyoke, and spent decades as a children’s reading tutor, a role she truly relished.
Speaking of relish, you may know Ellen from her popular food column, The Readers Exchange, which she first edited and then authored in this paper from 1988 until the column’s retirement in 2020. Ellen was a talented writer and self-taught cook, and The Readers Exchange proved the perfect forum to share both of those gifts as well as her love for the community, as the recipes she highlighted were often requested and/or submitted by readers. She also authored two cookbooks. Her columns and featured recipes were approachable, and, well before the emergence of today’s cooking blog, imbued with entertaining and honest personal anecdotes. The Reader’s Exchange may live on eternally thanks to the power of the internet, and Ellen’s family encourages you to try summertime favorite, cold soup, or perhaps J.P. McMahon’s Irish beef stew.
Ellen wore many hats, and she wore them all well. In addition to teaching, she worked as a real estate agent for nearly three decades. Based in Longmeadow, where Ellen settled to raise her daughters, she was often seen driving to a house showing with her beloved poodle in the front seat. Ellen loved the role she played helping families find their home and community. Countless relationships that began as generic “fellow agent,” “buyer,” or “seller” acquaintances evolved into deep and long-lasting friendships that continue today.
While real estate, teaching, and writing all kept Ellen busy, her top priority and true source of light and love was her family and her friends. Ellen leaves behind her loving husband, Dr. Arthur T. McGuire. Ellen and Art married in 2003 and shared an intellect and sense of humor and an enthusiasm for new ventures, including international travel, Italian lessons, and ballroom dancing.
Ellen is survived by her two daughters, Molly Kenney and her partner Joseph O’Brien IV of Brookline and Longmeadow, and Bevin Kenney and her husband Scott Davidson of Jamaica Plain, and their two children, Neve and Desmond Davidson, adoring fans of their “Nani.” Through her very nature, Ellen impressed upon her girls the truly important things in life, beginning with kindness, humor, love, and acceptance, including of oneself. Ellen and her girls were and will forever be a unit, a package deal.
She leaves behind four stepsons, Timothy, John, Mike (Amanda), and Matthew (Kara) McGuire, as well as 11 McGuire grandchildren: Maggie, Frank, Maureen, Justin, Elizabeth, Mabel, Joe, Ellen, and Charlotte, Ted, Gus, all of whom Ellen adored. She will be dearly missed by a vast community of friends and family.
The family would like to thank her care teams at Baystate Medical and Kind Hands, both of which provided exceptional care and support. Calling hours for Ellen will be Tuesday, June 14th from 4-7PM at Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 N. Main St., East Longmeadow. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 15th at 10:30AM at St. Michael’s Church, 128 Maple St., East Longmeadow. The family appreciates if masks can be worn. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Springfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Steingart Endowment or D’amour Center for Cancer Care, both at Baystate Health Foundation, 280 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA, 01199.

Nancy Atwood Gordon Brewster ’43

Nancy Atwood Gordon Brewster, 96, died peacefully on May 11, 2022 with her family nearby.
She is survived by her daughter The Rev. Elizabeth (Gordon) Meade of Ballwin, Missouri, son Geoff Gordon of Norwell and daughter Carol (Gordon) Stone of Duxbury, six loving grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and five nieces and nephews. Her beloved husband, Bill Brewster, passed away in February. She loved this country and loved all the birds and all the flowers that grow between its Atlantic and Pacific Northwest shores.
Nancy was born in the summer of 1925, raised in Litchfield and Madison, Connecticut. She graduated from Northampton School for Girls and Smith College, a longtime active alumna of both. She taught grade school at Derby Academy and in Marshfield.
She married Andrew Gordon in 1950 and moved to Norwell to raise their three children. The family spent time in Freedom, New Hampshire where they enjoyed skiing, hiking, swimming and socializing with friends. She and Andy then pivoted to Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas for many winters into springs, enjoying the flora, boating, swimming and friends.
Nancy was an active member of the Norwell community, including the North River Gardeners, the Community Club, the VNA Rummage Sale and other Norwell community magnets. Nancy was among the original group that conceived a Congregational Church in Norwell, signing as an esteemed Charter member of the United Church of Christ, Norwell.
Nancy moved to Seattle in 1991 and immediately became involved in the Washington Beaches cleanup campaign. She continued to play a lot of tennis with friends near their home in Innis Arden, not giving up the game until age 88.
After her husband Andy died in 2005, Nancy reconnected with her childhood friend William Brewster, also of Litchfield, Connecticut. Nancy and Bill married on July 2, 2021, and lived in Duxbury tackling crossword and sudoku puzzles together daily, and enjoyed watching tennis, golf, Jeopardy and football.
Nancy loved travel, gardening, bird watching, her family and friends, and all kinds of music, especially the Hallelujah Chorus. She loved collecting things, including shells from Abaco, and clearing debris from Washington coast beaches, and found joy on the community tennis courts.
Friends and family will miss her, but she knows not that she is gone: “Do not weep for me, child of my womb. Do not weep for my life gone by; my agony, my pain. For I am with you.”
Special remembrances to the caring and compassionate team at Newfield House, to Cranberry Hospice and to Always Safe at Home, most notably Laura, Maxine, Chrissy and Guerline, for their tender care.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Nancy’s name may be made to the Massachusetts Audubon at massaudubon.org.

Joanna Ewing Jones ’55

Joanna Freeman (Ewing) Jones 1937 – 2022

Joanna Freeman Ewing was born in Keene, N.H., June 9, 1937, to Anna Kraatz Ewing and Donald Freeman Ewing. In 1947 the family, now including a younger brother, was transferred by the State Department to Sofia, Bulgaria, where her father was assigned as a Vice Consul to the American Legation. After returning to the U.S., her parents separated, and Joanna and her brother were raised by their mother, a teacher. Joanna attended the Northampton School for Girls, in Northampton, Mass., where she received the award as the outstanding graduating senior in 1955. She attended Smith College, Northampton, Mass. graduating in 1959. Remarkably, this made her the sixth consecutive generation of women in her family to attain a bachelor’s degree. After Smith, Joanna lived in Boston and worked at Union Mutual insurance (a forerunner of Unum). Of this job, Joanna recalled that gender discrimination was the norm at the time: Her director told her unapologetically that he couldn’t pay her as much as her male peers because she was “already the highest paid woman in the company”. In the early ’60s Joanna met her husband, Griffith Jones “Griff”, an Electrical Engineer at MIT Lincoln labs. The couple met at The Sevens pub on Beacon Hill, a place they frequented with a circle of friends that they remained close to for the rest of their lives. The couple married, settled in Marblehead, Mass., and started a family. There they enjoyed skiing, sailing, and socializing at Maddie’s Sail Loft. The family moved to Leominster, Mass. for a few years and started an auto parts store in 1973 before heading to Bath, Maine in 1977. Their second auto parts store, Bath Automotive Supply, was a fixture in downtown Bath for nearly 30 years. Always into fitness, Joanna attended jazzercise classes for almost as long. In 2006, Joanna and Griff sold their store and retired. Joanna enjoyed traveling with longtime friends, visiting with family, and spending time at their place on Saddleback Mountain. She enjoyed working out with her YMCA friends, dining out, gardening, cooking, and being a part of the Holly Street Gang. Joanna was predeceased by her husband, Griff in 2020. She is survived by her brother, David, of Portsmouth, N.H.; her three sons, Darrick and Melissa Jones of Southbury, Conn., Channing Jones and Amy Leonard of Bath, Chris and Sue Jones of Wadmalaw Island, S.C.; and eight grandchildren, Trevor, Ethan, Justin, Emelia, Evan, Porter, Cameron, and Benjamin. The family would like to express their gratitude to the wonderful people of Thornton Hall and CHANS Hospice. A date for her Celebration of life for will be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of your choice.

Susan Riley Clarke ’68

Susan Riley Clarke, educator, poet, and mother, died in her sleep on April 14, 2022 in Syracuse, New York. Ms. Clarke was known to her friends, family, and colleagues for her sense of flair, her purposeful and artful use of words, her advocacy for equity and justice, her warmth for children, nature and animals, and her love of the communities and beaches of Cape Cod. She was 71.

Ms. Clarke was born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from the Northampton School for Girls. Susan studied English Literature at Syracuse University, began her family, and later completed her bachelor’s degree in English at Westfield State College. She went on to gain her master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. In the mid-1970s through the 1990s, Ms. Clarke taught high school English in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

While teaching high school English, Ms. Clarke returned to the University of Massachusetts and earned her educational doctorate degree. She then became a professor of education at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, where she stayed until her retirement. A student from Quinnipiac shared that Dr. Clarke was a ‘believer and a true supporter’ in and of the family of students that she taught and mentored, and that she had made a profound difference in her students’ college experiences and life choices.

Dr. Clarke led a writer’s life. She attended and led writing workshops and was an accomplished, published poet. Often, she wrote poems about her children or Cape Cod (frequently, her children and Cape Cod). In response to her words, a colleague and friend replied that “…this universe is changed every time you put your pen to parchment or your pencil to a ragged page torn from your young son’s school notebook”.

Anyone who knew Dr. Clarke knew of her immense love for her son, daughter, and grandchildren. She is survived by her daughter, Megan (Hart) of Marietta, New York, and son, Joshua (Kortright), of Belchertown, Massachusetts, along with her beloved grandchildren Kalyani, Quinn, Eli, and Luke. A celebration of Susan’s life will take place on Cape Cod in the fall.

From Leaving the Cape:

I am watching my little girl’s skinny legs

Scurry in and out white ocean foam like the terns.

I am making a check through empty rooms,

My children’s beach toys scattered into corners

Of thinking they are still two and four

On a sunny day at Skaket,

Where I’d chase them and scoop them up

Along the little bayside waves.

Phoebe Taylor Lansdale ’43

Phoebe Lansdale, 95, of Woodbridge, CT, beloved wife of the late Richard Hyatt Lansdale, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2022. Born on November 12, 1926, in Springfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late William S. Taylor and Phoebe L. Smith.

Phoebe was infinitely generous, gregarious, idealistic, literary, spunky, and ever the optimist. She attended Smith College and received a graduate degree from Columbia University. She worked for many years in foreign aid, including at the U.S. Department of State, the Organization of American States and at the Pan American Foundation; her work at PADF led to the planting of one million trees in Haiti.

Her love of life and appreciation for words, art and music has influenced her children, who survive her: Elizabeth Hyatt Lansdale (partner James Modula), Katherine Taylor Lansdale (husband Peter Alexander), and Steven Ballard Lansdale; and her grandchildren, Zoë Elizabeth Lansdale-Alexander, and Jasmine Olivia Lansdale-Alexander. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Dr. Cicely Taylor Buckley ’46.

All services will be private at this time.

Rebecca Abraham ’49

Rebecca Abraham of Ithaca, NY, died on March 29, 2022. She is survived by her loving family: Elisabeth Hinchcliff, John (and Robin) Moss Hinchcliff, and Sarah Hinchcliff; amazing grandchildren, Shannon (and Barry) Cuzzola, Meghan Hinchcliff, Stephen (and Becky) Faatz, Abby (and Jeremy), Kate (and Grant), and Emily Hinchcliff, and by her precious great-grandchildren, Lloyd, Dorothy, Nate, Zachary, and Alex.

For those who wish to make donations, Rebecca asked that they consider Temple Beth El, Tompkins County Public Library Foundation, and Southern Poverty Law Center (information will be available at the Temple).

Burial services will be held at Greensprings Natural Cemetery, 293 Irish Hill Road, Newfield, NY on Friday, April 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Rebecca asked that her obituary end with this poem by Emily Dickenson:

I had no time to Hate
Because the grave would hinder me –
And Life was not so
Ample I
Could finish – Enmity

Nor had I time to Love –
But since
Some Industry must be –
The little toil of Love –
I thought
Be large enough for Me.