Local obituaries were published Sunday, Jan. 6 for: Louise C. Cheney, 93, of Wrentham; George Henderson, 87, of West Yarmouth and Yarmouthport; Lucille Mann, 70, of Cumberland; Susan A. Mims, 76, of Norton; and Walter H. Stowe, 76, of Plainville, formerly of Norton and Mansfield.
Louise Catherine (Arthur) Cheney, 93
WRENTHAM - Louise Catherine (Arthur) Cheney, 93, passed on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at the Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wrentham surrounded by her loving family.
Louise was born in Cambridge on Feb. 22, 1919. She was a graduate of Dorchester High School for Girls, Class of 1936. Louise lived in Dorchester most of her life and was a former member of the K Club in Neponset, Mass.
Beloved mother of Marylou West and her late husband Jim of Seattle, Wash., Eileen O'Shea and her husband Michael of Sharon, Stephen Cheney and his wife Ann Marie of Foxboro, Terri Spink and her husband Donald of Foxboro, and Jeanette Begley and her husband Timothy of Weymouth. Also survived by many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St., Foxboro.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 58 Carpenter St., Foxboro. Interment to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury.
To light a candle in Louise's memory, please visit the funeral home website at www.robertsandsonsfuneral.com. For additional information, call 508-543-5471.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Louise's memory may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018, or to the charity of your choice.
George Henderson, 87
George Henderson, a resident of West Yarmouth and Yarmouthport from 1990 to 2012, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at Framingham Union Hospital after a brief illness. He was 87.
George was born in Pittsfield on March 31, 1925, and was the second son of the late Claude and Marie (Schiemenz) Henderson. George graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1942, where he was captain of the basketball team. He was selected as one of the Western Massachusetts Honor Roll of Schoolboy Hoopsters and inducted into the Pittsfield Hoop Club Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1948, with a degree in economics. At Vermont he was a varsity basketball player for three years.
During World War II, he served with the U.S. Marines on Guadalcanal and Peleliu in the Southwest Pacific. He was selected for officer training and spent his sophomore year at Dartmouth College.
As young teenagers, George met Shirley A. Cook at Bucksteep Manor, a Christian summer camp in Becket. In 1946, George and Shirley were married in Springfield by the bride's uncle, the Rev. John Brett Fort. They settled in Natick and happily lived there with their family for 40 years.
He was employed by the B.F. Goodrich Footwear Company in Watertown for 20 years and as a purchasing agent for 14 years at John Hancock Financial Services in Boston.
George was a warden for nine years at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Natick, and on the original board that formed the United Parish of Natick. He received the Rector's Cross for outstanding leadership and devotion to St. Paul's in 1974.
After retirement, George and Shirley moved to Yarmouthport. He was extremely proud to be a life member of the Marine Corps League Cape & Islands Detachment No. 955 and Cape Cod Retired Men's Club. George was an active member of St. David's Episcopal Church Scholarship Program for many years and volunteered his time at the Yarmouth VNA store. He also enjoyed wintering in Myrtle Beach with Shirley, woodcrafts, gardening, golf, bowling, and playing cards.
In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by his wife, Shirley A. Henderson; his son, Paul A. Henderson; and his brother, Andrew C. Henderson.
He leaves his children, Peter G. Henderson and his wife Linda of Fremont, Calif., Ann E. Thayer and her husband Paul of Shrewsbury, and Philip C. Henderson and his wife Laurel of North Attleboro; grandchildren, Kelly and Matthew Henderson, Julie and Christopher Thayer, and Elizabeth and Melissa Henderson; great-grandson, Damian Hopkins; sister-in-law, Nancy Murdock; and loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor and remember George's life by gathering at St. David's Episcopal Church, 205 Old Main St., South Yarmouth, on Saturday, Jan. 12, where his memorial service will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Armand Kreft, rector, will officiate. A collation will follow in Nelson Hall. Interment will be private.
Those who wish to honor George's memory may contribute to St. David's Episcopal Church, Scholarship Fund, 205 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664.
To view George's online tribute, share a memory or offer a condolence please visit www.healdchiampa.com
Arrangements by Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors, The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, Shrewsbury.
Lucille (Hamel) Mann, 70
CUMBERLAND - Lucille (Hamel) Mann, 70, of Bryant Street, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at home. She was the wife of the late Ronald C. Mann.
Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Mary Rose (Prince) Hamel. She was a lifelong resident of Cumberland.
Mrs. Mann was employed as an accountant and office manager for the CTA Inc. of Attleboro, Souza Brother and Dimayo of North Attleboro.
She was a communicant of St. Patrick's Church, Cumberland.
She leaves a son, Ronald Mann and his wife Lynn; three grandchildren: Ashley Mann, Corey Mann, and Nathan Mann, all of Cumberland; four brothers: Paul Hamel of Texas, Joseph Rene' Hamel of Michigan, Raymond Hamel of Blackstone, and Arthur Hamel of Cumberland; one sister, Pauline Lambert of Pawtucket; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m. from the J.J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Road, Route 122, Cumberland. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, Broad Street, Cumberland. Burial will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Curran Road, Cumberland. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.
Visiting hours will be held Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, or to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Susan A. Mims, 76
NORTON - Susan A. (Hall) Mims, 76, of Norton, passed away in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.
She was the beloved wife of John Bryan Mims, to whom she was wed on April 24, 1965 in New York City.
Born in Dunkirk, N.Y. on May 18, 1936, she was a dear daughter of the late Brown and Anne (Chace) Hall. Susan was raised in Unadilla, N.Y.
She was a graduate of Lake Erie College for Women in Painesville, Ohio, where she received her bachelor of arts degree in French, and where she also received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in France.
A resident of Norton for the past 47 years, Mrs. Mims was the chief financial officer for her husband's former business, Bryan Manufacturing, Inc. in Norton. Prior to living in Norton, she was a French teacher at Irvington on the Hudson High School in New York.
Susan was a member and played active roles in the Norton Land Preservation Society, the Norton Historical Society, the Canoe River Aquifer Committee, and served as a board member at North Easton Savings Bank.
Her greatest accomplishment was raising her three daughters, and she treasured the many summers spent at their family home in Marion. Susan's other interests included attending the symphony, bird watching, gardening, listening to classical music, crossword puzzles and reading.
She also enjoyed visiting Boston and New York City along with vacationing in St. Kitts, West Indies.
She will always be remembered for her kind, generous, warm and engaging personality and her great sense of humor.
In addition to her beloved husband of 47 years, she is survived by her devoted daughters, Margot M. Ross and her husband Mark of Boston, Ashley M. Ware and her husband Brooks of Concord, and Lisa M. Carpenter and her husband Steve of Washington, D.C. She is also survived by her cherished grandsons Bennett Ware and Nicholas Ware.
A memorial service, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. in the Trinitarian Congregational Church, East Main and Pine streets, Norton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology. www.massgeneral.org/give.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Norton Memorial Funeral Home, 19 Clapp St., Norton.
To send the Mims family a letter of condolence, please visit www.nortonmemorial.com.
Walter H. Stowe, 76
PLAINVILLE - Walter H. Stowe, 76, of Plainville, formerly of Norton and Mansfield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at the Harrington House in Walpole.
Born in Boston on Aug. 9, 1936, he was a son of the late Roland and Dorothy (Pettee) Stowe.
He grew up in Boston and was educated in Boston public schools.
Walter honorably served his country as a member of the U.S. National Guard.
Mr. Stowe was a retired intake coordinator, having worked for many years helping others at the North Cottage in Norton. He had previously been employed as a self-employed carpenter and cabinet maker.
A resident of Plainville for the past 10 years, he had formerly lived for many years in Norton and Mansfield.
Walter's interests included day trading and playing games on his computer. He was also a dedicated Boston Red Sox fan.
He is survived by his devoted children: Walter J. Stowe and his wife Mary of Plainville, Kenneth J. Stowe and his wife Millicent of Deltona, Fla., and Jackye M. Hughes and her husband Michael of Norton. He is also survived by his dear sisters and brother, Marion Muller of Mansfield, Evelyn Hunton of Winthrop, and Ralph Stowe of Hull, as well as his cherished seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St., Mansfield.
Visiting hours are omitted and those wishing may remember Walter with a donation in his memory made to the North Cottage, 69 East Main Street, Norton, MA 02766.
For additional information, please visit www.shermanjackson.com.