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My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Memorials Written for my Mother and Her Revised Will to Benefit 6 Non-Profit Organizations

A newspaper obituary written about my mother was titled, "The Ultimate Volunteer, " I blogged about that obituary five years ago, see HERE. Now, 26 years after her April 16, 2016 death, I am posting three memorial articles to my mother. From the obituary, "She died of a heart attack, at the age of 70, doing what she loved, leading a group of bicyclists on an annual Patriot's Day bike ride in Lincoln [sic] (should be Lexington)."

Alan Dressler, Marta Gredler and Sharon Cain wrote memorial articles and Jean H. James wrote the Memorial Ride in my mother's name. Part of what they wrote are these statements: "Just a few of her activities: the Presidency of her Skidmore college class; Westford (MA) teacher; AARP; the Concord Piece-makers (her quilting group); Boy Scout recycling drives; Rails to Trails projects; and of course Bicycling with the Nashoba Valley Pedalers." "Long-time volunteer of the New England Quilt Museum." Personally, I know she was a Girl Scout volunteer and for several years the Sunday School volunteer administrator.

Her revised will dated 1 March 1990, just 6 weeks prior to her death and a few months before a scheduled trip to France, replaced her original one prepared in ca. 1955. She thought so much about her love of the Church, Rails to Trails, New England Quilt Museum, Friends of the Acton Council on Aging, Northfield Mt. Hermon School (where she attended a private high school), and Skidmore College that she left each of them 1/6 of 1/4 of her estate.
Marta









Revolutionary War Memorial--22 Names from Andover, Massachusetts




IN MEMORIAM

TOWN OF ANDOVER

CASUALTIES IN THE MILITARY AND NAVAL SERVICE
IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR

PHILIP ABBOT
SAMUEL BAILEY, JR.
EZRA CHANDLER
JOSEPH CHANDLER
TITUS CHICKERING
CHARLES DANIELSON
STEPHEN FARRINGTON
BENJAMIN FRYE 
JAMES FRYE
JONATHAN HAGGET
THOMAS HAGGET
WILLIAM HAGGET
JESSE HOLT
ABIJAH INGALLS
JACOB JONES
JOHN LOVEJOY
BENJAMIN PARKER
DAVID PORTER
JONATHAN STEVENS
THOMAS STEVENS
EPHRAIM SWAN
ASA TOWN

"HE FOUGHT THE FIGHT, HE KEPT THE STEP,
LOYAL, AND BRAVE, AND TRUE.
FOR A FREE LAND HE PAID THE PRICE,
COMRADES, THAT DAY FOR YOU."
ANNIE SAWYER DOWNS

ERECTED BY THE TOWN IN THIS BICENTENNIAL YEAR 1976