Tuesday, September 11, 2007

09/11 Milford Daily News

Milford Daily News

Tammy M. Drtina

MILFORD - Tammy M. (McKellick) Drtina, 41, of Milford, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, at Milford Regional Medical Center, after a long illness.

She was the wife of Robert W. Drtina.

Born in Framingham, the daughter of the late Robert J. and Thelma (Moody) McKellick, she lived in Milford for the past 10 years and previously was a longtime resident of Framingham.

She was employed at TLC Nursing Inc. in Framingham as a home health aide for 10 years.

Besides her husband, she leaves three sons, Robert W. Drtina Jr. of Colorado, William and Robert Hollis of Milford; a daughter, Brandi Gallegos of Colorado; a brother, Robert McKellick; two sisters, Carol Zambesi and Patricia Greenberg; two grandchildren, Alyssa Drtina and Isreal Gallegos; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m., at St. Stephen's Church, Concord Street, Framingham.

Burial will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery in Framingham.

Calling hours are today, Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Eugene J. McCarthy and Sons Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St., Framingham.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Walter Howard

PLAINVILLE - Walter Howard, 66, of Plainville died Saturday, Sept. 9, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center West Campus in Boston.

He was the husband of Diane (Pierce) Howard, whom he married Dec. 14, 1961.

Born in Franklin, he was a son of the late Thomas and Marjorie (Grover) Howard. He was educated in the Franklin public schools. He was a Plainville resident for the past 11 years, he formerly lived for 19 years in Wrentham.

Prior to retirement in 2001, he worked in the carpentry shop at the Wrentham Developmental Center and Wrentham State School, where he was employed since 1960. A North Attleborough Police Department crossing guard, he worked the intersection and crosswalk at the Martin School. He was also a custodian for King Philip Regional High School, and a bagger at Stop & Shop.

An avid freshwater fisherman, he loved the outdoors. He also enjoyed Ten Pin League bowling at North Bowl in North Attleborough.

Besides his wife, he leaves two daughters, Donna Marie Gagnon of Sharon and Melissa Ann Rumley of Plainville; his siblings, Robert Howard of Everett, David Howard of Raynham and Gayle Cash of South Carolina; two grandchildren, Nathan S. Gagnon and Amy Lee Gagnon; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Harvey Howard.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the RJ Ross Funeral Home, 135 South St., Rte. 1A, Wrentham Centre.

The funeral will be on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 10 a.m., in the sanctuary of the Trinity Episcopal Church, East Street on Lower Common, Wrentham Centre.

Burial will follow in the Wrentham Centre Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Richard J. Ross and the RJ Ross Funeral Home, Wrentham Centre.

Pamela A. Ratcliffe

NORTHBRIDGE - Pamela A. (Smith) Ratcliffe, 56, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at the Coes Pond Hospice in Worcester, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was the wife of John Ratcliffe, who died in 2005.

Mrs. Ratcliffe was born in Augusta, Maine, the daughter of the late Richard and Exina (Berthiaume) Smith. She grew up in Worcester, before settling in Northbridge. She was a graduate of the Fanning Trade High School cosmetology program in Worcester and was a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College as a licensed/certified therapist. She attended Assumption College, Worcester Occupational.

Mrs. Ratcliffe held various positions in management in nonprofit organizations and health care, with recent employment as director of the Mendon Senior Center in Mendon, a position she truly loved.

She was also a notary public and justice of the peace for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for many years. She was a member of the Worcester Quota Club for many years, where she held various leadership positions. She was an avid reader and bird watcher. Other hobbies included computing, cycling, flower and vegetable gardening. She loved traveling, participating in outdoor activities and vacationing on cruises.

She was a member of the First Unitarian Church of Worcester and was Founding Queen Mother of the Valley's Touch of Class Red Hatters of Mendon, a registered chapter of the Red Hat Society.

She faced her illness bravely and with stoicism.

She leaves a son, Christopher Tarvit and his spouse, Brian Cahillane, of Springfield; one daughter, Dawn (Tarvit) Brooks and her husband, Eric, of Rutland, Vt.; two brothers, Joseph Smith of Springfield and Richard Smith of Worcester; three sisters, Maureen Seith and her husband, Kent, of Auburn, Mary Ann Smith of Worcester and Catherine Castell Mello and her husband, Al, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two grandchildren, Brianna Robbins and Logan Brooks of Vermont; her former husband, Kenneth I. Tarvit of Worcester; a close friend, Jane Egan of Fitchburg; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., in the Buma Funeral Home (bumafuneralhome.com), 101 North Main St., Rte. 122, Uxbridge.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., prior to the funeral service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Religious Education Program at the First Unitarian Church of Worcester, 90 Main St. Worcester, MA 01608-1173.

Geraldine M. Skinner

MEDWAY - Geraldine M. (Duhamel) Skinner, 64, of Medway, formerly of Millis, died Sept. 9, 2007.

Arrangements, under the direction of Roberts Mitchell Funeral Service, Millis, are incomplete.


HOPEDALE - The funeral for Arthur J. Cornacchia was held Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, from the Consigli-Ruggerio Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church in Hopedale by the Rev. William Konicki.

Joseph Manella assisted as deacon.

The sanctuary assistant was Frank Rummo.

The pall was placed on the casket by James Cornacchia, Robert Jencks and Frances Jencks. The sheaf of wheat was placed on the casket by Susan Cornacchia.

The lectors were Jonathan Durgin and Neil Fortin.

Gift bearers were Bobby Jencks and Michael Jencks.

Words of love and remembrance were offered by David Durgin.

The funeral services were attended by many family and friends.

The organist was Anthony Orifice and the cantor was Charlotte Grillo-Manna.

Burial followed in the Hopedale Village Cemetery, where the Rev. Konicki and Deacon Manella offered prayers at the grave.

The American flag was presented to Frances Jencks by David A. Consigli.

Mr. Cornacchia, 83, of Hopedale died Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Milford Regional Medical Center.

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