July 8, 2009 Obituaries

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Bradford L. Howarth Sr.
Bradford L. Howarth Sr., 70, of Derby died suddenly in Morgan on June 27, 2009.
Mr. Howarth was born June 24, 1939, in Springfield, a son of Richard and Barbara (Bragg) Howarth.
He is survived by his children:  Bradford Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Athens, Terry Peters and her husband, Mark, of North Carolina, Jolynne Murphy and her husband, Richard, of New Hampshire, Stacey Anderson of Chester, and Randy of South Carolina; by nine grandchildren; by four great-grandchildren; and by two sisters, Eleanor and Donna.
The family would be extremely interested in communicating with anyone who knew Mr. Howarth.  Please contact Bradford Howarth Jr. at (802) 869-1181.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Steven Michael Ruscio
Steven Michael Ruscio, 59, of North Troy, formerly of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 27, 2009, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
Mr. Ruscio, son of the late Francesco and Joan (Gaskin) Ruscio, was born April 5, 1950, in Long Branch, New Jersey.
He was raised in New Jersey and attended Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts, where he graduated as valedictorian of his class with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.  He received an international fellowship award from Rotary International for a year of study abroad in the field of biomedical engineering at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
He and his beloved wife, Helene, settled in Ashburnham, where they raised their family for more than 20 years before moving to Vermont in 2001.
He was a master woodwright who was the sole proprietor of Christian Steward Company in Gardner, Massachusetts.  He crafted many types of toys and decorative and household items.  Notably he provided the wooden shingles for the restoration of both the Roosevelt Carriage House in Hyde Park and Mark Twain’s boyhood home.
He loved to tinker and always relished the challenge of fixing things.  He enjoyed maple sugaring, gardening, and antiquing.  He delighted in hosting and cooking for family and friends on any occasion.  As busy as he was, the love of his family prevailed over all.
He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife of nearly 35 years, Helene (Croteau) Ruscio; by his children:  Lea H. Ruscio of Vienna, Austria, Joseph F. Ruscio and his wife, Jory, of San Francisco, California, Aimee C. Ruscio of Washington, D.C., Christopher A. Ruscio of San Jose, California, Kathleen M. Ruscio of Boston, Massachusetts, and Gregory S. Ruscio of Tokyo, Japan; by his sister Maryann T. Ruscio of Ashburnham; by his brother Kevin P. Ruscio of Bayville, New Jersey; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Funeral services were held July 3 at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Gardner with the Reverend Brian P. O’Toole as celebrant.  Burial followed at Notre Dame Cemetery in Gardner.
Those who wish to make memorial contributions are asked to consider St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105-1942.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Roberta S. Sargent
Roberta S. Sargent, 79, of Jay died in Newport on July 1, 2009, after a long illness.
Mrs. Sargent was a born to Selden and Mildred (Sargent) Willis in Troy on June 8, 1930.
She enjoyed listening to country music, having family and friends stop for a visit, and having family meals.  She loved her animals; however, her family was her life.  She liked to cook and kept many friends happy and full with her homemade doughnuts.
She is survived by her children:  Richard and his wife, Elizabeth, of Jay, Connie Lucas and her husband, Wayne, of Jay, and David of North Troy; by grandchildren:  Coral, Sarah, and Patrick Sargent and Wayne Roy Lucas; by stepgrandchildren:  Angel Wakefield, Ann Herr and her husband, John, and Aimee Lucas and her husband, Curt; by her sisters:  Melba Cota and her husband, Howard, of Troy, Priscilla Platt and her husband, James, of New Hampshire, and Ida and Christine Willis of Newport; by her brother Don Willis of Newport Center; and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brothers Milton A. Willis Sr. and Carlton Willis; and by sister-in-law Phyllis.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are by Curtis-Britch Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes.



Audrey Gail Smigelski

Audrey Gail Smigelski, 66, longtime resident of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, died at home, surrounded by her loving family, and went to be with her lord and savior Jesus Christ on June 29, 2009, after a courageous eight-year battle with cancer.
Ms. Smigelski was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on January 25, 1943, to Charlotte (Rash) Smigelski and Felix P. Smigelski.
She was a dental assistant for many years and was later employed at the Big Y Deli in Longmeadow.
She graduated from the High School of Commerce in Springfield and continued her education at dental school.  She was an elder with God’s Victorious Army.
Besides her mother, Charlotte, of Longmeadow, she is survived by her two sisters, Marlene S. Coil and her husband, Larry, of Troy and Donna C. Cardwell and her husband, John, of East Longmeadow; by her nine nieces:  Wendy Kuhn and her husband, David, Laureen Jones and her husband, Keith, Cherylynne Lindsey, Jill Teague and her husband, Patrick, Charlene Leary and her companion, Anthony Trinceri, Aubrie Leary, Gretchen McDonough and her husband, David, Christine Noel and her husband, Anthony, and Grace Coller and her husband, Casey; three nephews:  John Cardwell and his wife, Angie, Ben Cardwell and his wife, Shannon, and Andrew Cardwell and his wife, Amy; by eight great-nieces; by three great-great-nieces; by 16 great-nephews; by three great-great-nephews; by her uncle Anthony Smigelski and his wife, Stella; by her aunt Tess Monson; by several cousins, including special cousin Fay P. Ladeau, who cared for her in her time of need.
A funeral was held July 2 at the East Longmeadow United Methodist Church.  Burial was held July 3 at the Westmore cemetery.
Donations may be made to Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, in care of the Baystate Health Foundation, 280 Chestnut Street, sixth floor, Springfield, Massachusetts 01199; or to the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, 3350 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01199.
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