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Deacon King Jr

Sep 27, 1943 - Nov 17, 2023

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Springfield, MA

Samuel Thomas King, Jr. was born on September 27, 1943, to Samuel T. King, Sr. and Ollie Whitehead King in Americus, Georgia. He was the fifth of six children, four girls and two boys. Before the age of two, the family moved to Orlando, Florida in the spring of 1945. Here, he went to Holden Street Elementary School and graduated from Jones High School in the Class of 1961. Growing up and attending school during segregation was always a topic of lively conversation. Samuel vibrantly spoke of the ...Read More

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Sandra L. Dionne

Nov 03, 1949 - Feb 12, 2024

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Springfield, MA

Sandra L. (Klinkowski) Dionne passed away February 12, 2024 at Baystate Medical Center. Born in Springfield to the late Edward and Frances (Lis) Klinkowski, she was a Ludlow resident for over 50 years. Sandra triumphed over cancer, embodying strength and courage throughout her journey. She found joy in the simple pleasures of life. She enjoyed her crafting, relished in trips to the casino, and cherished time spent in Maine. She leaves her son, Jason Dionne and his wife Katie Martin and two cherished grandchildren, Karissa Dionne and Hailey Dionne all of Hampden and her daughter Nikki Gleason and her husband Tim of Monson. She was predeceased by her husband Steven Dionne who passed away in 2019. Services will be held privately by her family and are entrusted to Nowak Funeral & Cremation Services. To offer online condolences, please visit www.nowakfuneral.com.

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Lowdean M. Boyce

Feb 09, 1951 - Feb 10, 2024

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Springfield, MA

ObituaryLowdean M. (Emanuel) Boyce, age 73, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was called home on Saturday, February 10, 2024.She was born to the late Archie Emmanuel Sr. and Georgia Mae (Johnson) Emmanuel. Lowdean received her education at Springfield Public Schools and graduated from High School of Commerce in 1969. Following her schooling, Lowdean enlisted in the army, dedicating 22 years of her life in service to her country. She served in various locations, both domestically and internationally, including a notable assignment under General Colin Powell and participating in Operation: Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. Throughout her military career, she earned numerous accolades, honors, and medals, achieving the rank of Sergeant 1st Class before her honorable discharge in 1998. Lowdean is preceded in death by her brothers Joshua Emanuel and Arthur Emanuel, as well as her sisters Marie Emanuel and Yvonne Emanuel, niece Diane Douglas, and great-nephew Isaiah Emanuel.She is survived by her brother Archie Emmanuel Jr. (Pat), sisters Lorraine Davis (Ronnie) and Olivia Douglas (Leslie), nephew and Godson Nathaniel Emmanuel, and niece Kimberly Douglas, as well as five great-nieces, four great-nephews, and one great-great-nephew. Recognized for her compassion, generosity, and steadfast faith, Lowdean will be profoundly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her enduring legacy of service and commitment to others will serve as a source of inspiration to those whose lives she touched.

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Elisabino Ramirez

Apr 01, 1973 - Feb 10, 2024

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Springfield, MA

Elisabino Ramirez, 50, of Springfield Massachusetts, passed away on February 10, 2024. He is predeceased by some of his brothers and sisters who have passed away before him, he is leaving behind his loving mother Teofila Rodriguez, his kids Elizabeth, Bianca, Samantha, Christian, Emanuel, Elisamuel Ramirez, his remaining living sisters Maria, Sonia, Lydia, Debora, Rebeca, Sara, Noemi Ramirez, and the many nieces and nephews who loved him very much. This caring fateher was a very hardworking and loving man. Despite anything, he loved his children to the moon and back as he used to tell them every chance he got. Elisabino was a family man and loved his family to no end especially his mother and kids. Elisabino will be sadly missed and will always hold a place in hearts of his family and loved ones. His family and friends would love to honor his life at Puerta del cielo funeral home, the service will be held on Friday February 23rd at 9am Elisabino Ramírez, de 50 años, de Springfield, Massachusetts, falleció el 10 de febrero de 2024. Está prefallecido por algunos de sus hermanos y hermanas que han fallecido antes que él, está dejando atrás a su amada madre Teofila Rodríguez, sus hijos Elizabeth, Bianca, Samantha, Christian, Emanuel, Elisamuel Ramírez, sus hermanas que todavía viven María, Sonia, Lydia, Debora, Rebeca, Sara, Noemi Ramírez, y sus sobrinas y sobrinos que lo amaban mucho. Este cariñoso padre era un hombre muy trabajador y cariñoso. A pesar de todo, amaba a sus hijos hasta la luna y de regreso, como solía decirles cada vez que podía. Elisabino era un hombre de familia y amaba muchísimo a su familia, especialmente a su madre y a sus hijos. Echaremos mucho de menos a Elisabino y siempre ocupará un lugar en los corazones de su familia y sus seres queridos. A sus familiares y amigos les encantaría honrar su vida en la funeraria Puerta del cielo, el servicio se llevará a cabo el viernes 23 de febrero a las 9 a.m.

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Esther M. O'Connor

May 26, 1930 - Feb 17, 2024

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Springfield, MA

"It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Esther M. O\u0027Connor on February 17th, 2024. Esther was an energetic, creative woman with many interests. She loved people and was known for her quick wit. In fact, she was recently voted as having the best “one liners” at Ruth\u0027s House, the assisted living facility where she lived and loved the staff and residents. Before becoming ill a few years ago she was always on the go, cooking, working in her home or garden and playing games. She loved to entertain and her dinner parties would be the talk of the town. Esther is predeceased by her siblings as well as her husband, Edward O\u0027Connor and her daughter Deborah Moriarty. She leaves behind her children Beverly Ringuette, Leonard Megliola, Carol Roney and Linda Bergeron as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on March 22, 2024 at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, MA. Please arrive at 2:45PM for a 3:00PM service. New England Funeral \u0026amp; Cremation Center, 25 Mill Street, Springfield, MA is assisting. Visit Esther’s memorial page at www.nefcc.net for expressions of sympathy."

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Izetta Fleming

Oct 01, 1940 - Feb 14, 2024

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Springfield, MA

Izetta was born in Winnsboro, South Carolina, The daughter of Harris B. and Berdie Lauderdale. She migrated to Springfield, MA, in the early 1960’s and became a lifelong resident. She had goals and standards which she set for herself and her family. Always remembering the past and forging a path for the future. Izetta was an unassailable believer in education, constantly engaging all children to find success through education with a limit of no limits. Her love for Christ and teaching led her to Wesley United Methodist church. Steadfast was her encouragement and value of “doing the right thing.” She tirelessly worked for the ascendancy of the Church in the Springfield Community, serving on various committees, while planting the seeds of achievement. Her church home was her love. Izetta served as the Superintendent of the Sunday School. She helped launch and directed the Childrens Choir, participated in the annual Black History program, and participated in so many more committees and activities. Izetta’s calling allowed her to be the longest serving member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship committee. This committee worked devotedly to present the scholarship awards to qualified students. Many in the community know her for her involvement on the MLK committee and breakfast, and many more know her for the culinary gifts she possessed. Her baking caused a stir. The addictive aroma from her kitchen and the taste of her baked goods were a point of conversation. For the fortunate, a cake would be in the mail for special occasions. This was just another way to show her love. She never saw a glass half-full, a plight unachievable, or a person unredeemable. Her biblical beliefs gave her the confidence to take on any task and to deposit that resolve to anyone she encountered. Izetta was married to Isaac Fleming Jr. for 55 years, who preceded her in death in 2014. She is predeceased by sisters- Berdie Brown, Janie Beaver, Mary Craig, Isabel Hawrylciw, son-in-law, Bret Cooper and grandson, Keith Jr. Survived by: sister-Gertrude Lauderdale, brother-in-law- Ernest MacArthur Beaver, daughter-Gwendolyn Cooper, sons- Jeffrey (Sharon) Fleming, Keith (Desiree) Fleming. Grandchildren-Khaliah, Brandon, Kristen, Jena, Elysse, Brennan, Bramin, Ellis, Grant, Jordan, Samuel, Corey, Willette, Samantha and a host of nieces and nephews. “?The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible.” Maya Angelou

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Ann Elizabeth Mortell

Jul 12, 1941 - Feb 20, 2024

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Springfield, MA

Ann Elizabeth Mortell, née Hanchett, 39, (82), of Springfield, MA, passed away February 20, 2024 surrounded by her loved ones. Born July 12, 1941, in Lima, OH, to James and Pauline Hanchett, she moved to West Springfield in 1947. Ann married Francis John Mortell in 1961, raising their children after his passing in 1964. Ann worked at Magnani and McCormick for 30 years, retiring in 2008. Through the years, she enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, traveling and camping, especially with her treasured grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a love for reading, playing cards, knitting, and puzzles, and volunteering at Washington Street School in Springfield, MA. Ann's resilience, perseverance, and fun-loving spirit will live on through the memories of her family and friends. Most importantly, Ann taught us all how to find the strength and courage to rise like a phoenix through life’s most challenging moments. Ann leaves behind her four children: daughter Karen Walker and her children, Jasmin, Kathlyn, and Kaya; daughter Christine Boudreau, her husband John and children Heather and Michelle; son Francis John Mortell, his girlfriend, Lisa, and his children, John, Orion, and Brittany, son Richard Dosek and his wife, Kara, as well as five great-grandchildren, Satch, Nakia, Elena, Kennedy, and Harper. Along with her cherished nieces and nephews, Jenn, Andrew, Julie, Bill, Mickey, Katie, and Tommy, Ann also leaves behind her brother, James, and brother-in-law, Michael. Ann was predeceased by her parents, James and Pauline Hanchett; her husband, Francis; her sisters, Sally and Susan; her grandchildren, Joshua and Brett and her nephew, Danny. Family and friends are invited to gather on Thursday February 29, 2024 from 10am – 12pm at Forastiere Smith Funeral & Cremation, 220 N Main St., East Longmeadow MA. A service will follow at 12pm. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Enfield CT. Donations in Ann’s name can be made to the Partnership to End Addiction, 711 Third Avenue, 5th Floor, Suite 500, New York, NY 10017, in memory of her treasured and cherished grandson, Brett Boudreau. To leave an online condolence visit www.forastiere.com.

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Ann Elizabeth Mortell

Jul 12, 1941 - Feb 20, 2024

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Springfield, MA

Ann Elizabeth Mortell, née Hanchett, 39, (82), of Springfield, MA, passed away February 20, 2024 surrounded by her loved ones. Born July 12, 1941, in Lima, OH, to James and Pauline Hanchett, she moved to West Springfield in 1947. Ann married Francis John Mortell in 1961, raising their children after his passing in 1964. Ann worked at Magnani and McCormick for 30 years, retiring in 2008. Through the years, she enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, traveling and camping, especially with her treasured grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a love for reading, playing cards, knitting, and puzzles, and volunteering at Washington Street School in Springfield, MA. Ann's resilience, perseverance, and fun-loving spirit will live on through the memories of her family and friends. Most importantly, Ann taught us all how to find the strength and courage to rise like a phoenix through life’s most challenging moments. Ann leaves behind her four children: daughter Karen Walker and her children, Jasmin, Kathlyn, and Kaya; daughter Christine Boudreau, her husband John and children Heather and Michelle; son Francis John Mortell, his girlfriend, Lisa, and his children, John, Orion, and Brittany, son Richard Dosek and his wife, Kara, as well as five great-grandchildren, Satch, Nakia, Elena, Kennedy, and Harper. Along with her cherished nieces and nephews, Jenn, Andrew, Julie, Bill, Mickey, Katie, and Tommy, Ann also leaves behind her brother, James, and brother-in-law, Michael. Ann was predeceased by her parents, James and Pauline Hanchett; her husband, Francis; her sisters, Sally and Susan; her grandchildren, Joshua and Brett and her nephew, Danny. Family and friends are invited to gather on Thursday February 29, 2024 from 10am – 12pm at Forastiere Smith Funeral & Cremation, 220 N Main St., East Longmeadow MA. A service will follow at 12pm. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Enfield CT. Donations in Ann’s name can be made to the Partnership to End Addiction, 711 Third Avenue, 5th Floor, Suite 500, New York, NY 10017, in memory of her treasured and cherished grandson, Brett Boudreau. To leave an online condolence visit www.forastiere.com.

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Ann Elizabeth Mortell

Jul 12, 1941 - Feb 20, 2024

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Springfield, MA

Ann Elizabeth Mortell, née Hanchett, 39, (82), of Springfield, MA, passed away February 20, 2024 surrounded by her loved ones. Born July 12, 1941, in Lima, OH, to James and Pauline Hanchett, she moved to West Springfield in 1947. Ann married Francis John Mortell in 1961, raising their children after his passing in 1964. Ann worked at Magnani and McCormick for 30 years, retiring in 2008. Through the years, she enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, traveling and camping, especially with her treasured grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a love for reading, playing cards, knitting, and puzzles, and volunteering at Washington Street School in Springfield, MA. Ann's resilience, perseverance, and fun-loving spirit will live on through the memories of her family and friends. Most importantly, Ann taught us all how to find the strength and courage to rise like a phoenix through life’s most challenging moments. Ann leaves behind her four children: daughter Karen Walker and her children, Jasmin, Kathlyn, and Kaya; daughter Christine Boudreau, her husband John and children Heather and Michelle; son Francis John Mortell, his girlfriend, Lisa, and his children, John, Orion, and Brittany, son Richard Dosek and his wife, Kara, as well as five great-grandchildren, Satch, Nakia, Elena, Kennedy, and Harper. Along with her cherished nieces and nephews, Jenn, Andrew, Julie, Bill, Mickey, Katie, and Tommy, Ann also leaves behind her brother, James, and brother-in-law, Michael. Ann was predeceased by her parents, James and Pauline Hanchett; her husband, Francis; her sisters, Sally and Susan; her grandchildren, Joshua and Brett and her nephew, Danny. Family and friends are invited to gather on Thursday February 29, 2024 from 10am – 12pm at Forastiere Smith Funeral & Cremation, 220 N Main St., East Longmeadow MA. A service will follow at 12pm. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Enfield CT. Donations in Ann’s name can be made to the Partnership to End Addiction, 711 Third Avenue, 5th Floor, Suite 500, New York, NY 10017, in memory of her treasured and cherished grandson, Brett Boudreau. To leave an online condolence visit www.forastiere.com.

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Ann Elizabeth Mortell

Jul 12, 1941 - Feb 20, 2024

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Springfield, MA

Ann Elizabeth Mortell, née Hanchett, 39, (82), of Springfield, MA, passed away February 20, 2024 surrounded by her loved ones. Born July 12, 1941, in Lima, OH, to James and Pauline Hanchett, she moved to West Springfield in 1947. Ann married Francis John Mortell in 1961, raising their children after his passing in 1964. Ann worked at Magnani and McCormick for 30 years, retiring in 2008. Through the years, she enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, traveling and camping, especially with her treasured grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a love for reading, playing cards, knitting, and puzzles, and volunteering at Washington Street School in Springfield, MA. Ann's resilience, perseverance, and fun-loving spirit will live on through the memories of her family and friends. Most importantly, Ann taught us all how to find the strength and courage to rise like a phoenix through life’s most challenging moments. Ann leaves behind her four children: daughter Karen Walker and her children, Jasmin, Kathlyn, and Kaya; daughter Christine Boudreau, her husband John and children Heather and Michelle; son Francis John Mortell, his girlfriend, Lisa, and his children, John, Orion, and Brittany, son Richard Dosek and his wife, Kara, as well as five great-grandchildren, Satch, Nakia, Elena, Kennedy, and Harper. Along with her cherished nieces and nephews, Jenn, Andrew, Julie, Bill, Mickey, Katie, and Tommy, Ann also leaves behind her brother, James, and brother-in-law, Michael. Ann was predeceased by her parents, James and Pauline Hanchett; her husband, Francis; her sisters, Sally and Susan; her grandchildren, Joshua and Brett and her nephew, Danny. Family and friends are invited to gather on Thursday February 29, 2024 from 10am – 12pm at Forastiere Smith Funeral & Cremation, 220 N Main St., East Longmeadow MA. A service will follow at 12pm. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Enfield CT. Donations in Ann’s name can be made to the Partnership to End Addiction, 711 Third Avenue, 5th Floor, Suite 500, New York, NY 10017, in memory of her treasured and cherished grandson, Brett Boudreau. To leave an online condolence visit www.forastiere.com.

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Odean "Deannie" Shinholster Graham

Jan 13, 1940 - Feb 10, 2024

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Springfield, MA

Odean "Deannie" Shinholster Graham was born in Cordon, Georgia, on January 13, 1940. She went to sleep in Cod's loving arms with the sunset of the Sabbath day, February 10, 2024.Odean graduated from Calhoun Consolidated High School in 1959 and earned her Associate degree from Fisher Junior College. Her early career path led her to roles in healthcare and childcare, followed by a rewarding tenure as an employee of Digital Equipment Corporation, where she worked for 13 years until retirement. In 1964, Odean was baptized into the Shiloh Seventh-Day Adventist Church, where she remained a faithful and devoted Christian throughout her life. Odean was a true southern peach at heart with a strong connection to her Georgia roots. She took delight in nature, gardening, cooking, and sharing the love of Christ, embodying her devotion to serving Cod in all aspects of her life. At Shiloh Seven Day Adventist Church, Odean was deeply involved in various ministries, including the Personal Ministry department, Prison Ministry department, Crusade Evangelism, and serving as a Literature Evangelist for the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists. As a pioneer within the church community, she made history by being ordained as the first female Elder.Odean was preceded in death by her parents, Irvin Shinholster and Mary Lundy-Shinholster; siblings, Riley Shinholster Sr, Charlie B. Smith, William McKinley Shinholster, Alma Shinholster- Walker, Willie Joe Canty, Mildred Humphries, Mozelle Shinholster, Annie Mae Smith, and Essie Weeks. She was also preceded by her precious grandson, Amiir Thompkins. To cherish her memories, Odean is survived by her siblings: Margaret Louise Shinholster-Edmond, twin sister Christine Cuffie (Boston), Donnie Mae Hatten, Eugene Shinholster, Shirley Smiley, Freddie Shinholster, and Frank Shinholster. She is also survived by her loving daughters, Beverly Key, Betty Jean Key, and Diane Key-Wellington (Charles), along with her compassionate eldest granddaughter and caretaker, Danielle Mitchell. Additionally mourning her loss are her three grandsons: Ricky Talbert, Torean Wilson, and Urian Irving, as well as her three granddaughters, Shyanne Wellington, Ahviyauna Wellington, and Joi-Lee Key-Washington, and her six great-grandchildren: Skhyari Higgins, Nevada Thompkins, Onazhja Thompkins, Oshin Thompkins, Emmanuel Wilson, and Elijah Wilson. A heartfelt thank you is extended to her caretakers at Wernick Adult Day Program, as well as to Shelly Sanders and Charmaine Hutchinson for their dedicated care and support.

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