Ruth Wolf Page, 95, of Shelburne, Vt., died Oct. 30 at Wake Robin, a retirement community in Shelburne where she had been living, two weeks after having a stroke.
In 1957, she and her husband, Proctor, purchased the Suburban List, a weekly newspaper in Essex, Vt. She was a reporter, copy editor and proofreader, among other duties, for the Suburban List, which won multiple journalism awards during her tenure. She was also a columnist and editorial writer. She authored a weekly column for Suburban List titled Lady Fare, which frequently featured stories about her children and her gardens.
She was a New England Press Association board member and the first female president of the Vermont Press Association.
After selling the Suburban List two decades later, she was editor of a newsletter for the nonprofit Gardens for All, later called the National Gardening Association. She transformed the newsletter into National Gardening Magazine. She retired as editor in 1986.
She also authored a book of gardening essays called “Ruth Page’s Gardening Journal.”
For many years, she was on National Public Radio and Vermont Public Radio, as the presenter of “Ruth Page's Gardening Journal” and then for narrated essays on nature and human threats to the environment.
She was a commentator on Vermont Public Radio through age 90.
Page also had a role in state politics, first as a two-term member of the board of the Vermont State Colleges, and then as a member of the Vermont Judicial Conduct Board from 1981 to 1986.
She leaves two daughters, Candace and Patti; a son, Robert; four grandchildren; a step-granddaughter; a step-great-granddaughter.
Paul Christiansen, 69, of Bristol, R.I., and formerly of Harrisville, R.I., died Oct. 21 in a hospital after a brief illness.
He published a small weekly newspaper, the former Burrillville (R.I) News.
He leaves a daughter, Courtney; a grandson, Zephyr; his former wife, Patricia.
James Mutrie Jr., 89, of North Haven, Conn., died Oct. 26 at the Village at Brookfield (Conn.) Common, an assisted living center.
He was a journalist at the New Haven (Conn.) Register for more than 30 years, including as capital bureau chief in Hartford, Conn. He was known as the dean of the capital press corps.
He leaves a daughter, Bonnie; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister.
Theresa "Terry" (Ruff) Walsh of West Hartford, Conn., and Old Lyme, Conn., died Oct. 26 after a brief illness.
In a newspaper career that spanned 40 years, Walsh was regional sales manager at The Hartford (Conn.) Courant and advertising director at the Bristol (Conn.) Press. She also held other sales and management jobs, with The Herald of New Britain and, most recently, with The Day of New London, both in Connecticut.
She leaves her husband, Robert; three sons, Rob, Tim, and Mike; six grandchildren; a brother.
Marjorie Fay Palm, 95, of Haddam, Conn., and formerly of West Hartford, Conn., died Nov. 3 in Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Conn.
Palm was a reporter for the former Hartford (Conn.) Times. She also had been women's page editor of the now-defunct Sunday Herald of Bridgeport, Conn., and a correspondent for Mademoiselle Magazine.
She interviewed several distinguished figures throughout her career, including Robert Frost and Eleanor Roosevelt. Palm was 23 when she covered the 1944 Hartford Circus Fire. She was one of the first reporters on the scene, and helped lost children find their parents as she was interviewing rescue workers.
Later in life, she edited newsletters for the Connecticut Opera Association, the American Cancer Society, and the Mark Twain House.
She leaves three children, Robert, Christine and Brian; 11 grandchildren; five nieces and nephews.
Nancy Shepard McClelland Wilson of Grafton, Mass., and formerly of Holden, Mass., died of breast cancer Nov. 3 in Grafton. She was born in 1932.
Wilson was a former freelancer and editor for The Landmark of Holden. She also had been a journalist for the Toledo (Ohio) Blade.
She was a member of the Holden School Committee for three terms, from 1973 to 1980, and was its chairwoman for one term.
She leaves her husband, Richard; three children, Ira, Madeline and Baxter; three grandchildren.
Eric C. Wilson, 52, of Hudson, Mass., died unexpectedly Oct. 30.
Wilson was employed at New England’s largest newspaper chain, GateHouse Media, for 30 years, most recently as a press supervisor.
He leaves his wife, Grace; a sister, Maryann; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, brothers- and sisters-in-law, great-nieces and great-nephews.
John J. "Jack" Ginnetti Jr., 80, of Marlboro, Mass., died Oct. 31 at Marlboro Hills Health Center in Marlboro after a time of declining health.
Ginnetti wrote for several local newspapers, including the Marlboro (Mass.) Enterprise, and what are now the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Mass., and the MetroWest Daily News of Framingham, Mass.
He also wrote for the Harness Racing newspapers, based in Lexington; Ky. He once served as president of the Harness Writers Association, and in in 2006, he was named to the U.S. Harness Writers Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y.
He leaves a brother, Richard; a sister-in-law, Janet; a daughter-in-law, Traci; several nieces and nephews.
C. Woodbury, 86, of Dover, N.H., died Oct. 20 in a nursing home in Rochester,
She also was director of publicity and, from 1986 to 1989, assistant publisher for New Hampshire Publishing Company/New England History Press in Somersworth, N.H.
She leaves a daughter, Photini; two sons, Robert and William; a grandson, Jackson.
Lillian Florence Losaw Misuraca, 92, of Meriden, Conn., died Oct. 15 in Westfield Care and Rehab Center in Meriden.
Misuraca was a writer for the Record-Journal of Meriden for many years.
She leaves two sons, Robert and Chris; a daughter, Betty; eight grandchildren.
Marie (Renzi) Sunderland died Oct. 29.
She was a reporter at the Cranston (R.I.) Herald
She leaves a daughter, Angela, and a grandchild, Andrew
Mary M. Murphy, 94, died Oct. 25. She had lived in Natick for 59 years before moving to Medway, Mass.
Murphy was a journalist for The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass., and the Natick (Mass.) Bulletin.
She leaves two daughters, Susan and Patricia; a grandson, Michael; a granddaughter, Jillian; a brother.
Edwin H. Pert, 83, died Oct. 14 in Maine Medical Center in Portland.
He was a reporter for the former Bath (Maine) Daily Times.
He also had been
a news director for radio stattion WMMS-AM, later named WJTO-AM, based
Pert leaves two sisters, Jacqueline and Catherine; a sister-in-law, Jacqueline; many nieces and nephews.
Anthony P. Hmura, 93, of Auburn, Mass., formerly of Worcester, Mass., died Oct. 30 in his home.
Hmura founded and was publisher and editor of a patriotism-themed newspaper, The Spirit of 1776, whose inaugural edition was published in June 1989.
He also wrote articles for the People’s Forum of the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester.
He leaves four sons, Bryan, Gary, Gregory and Robert; his former wife, Roseanne; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister.
Douglas D. “Daniel” Sullivan, 73, of Worcester, Mass., died Oct. 30 in St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester.
Sullivan was an obituary writer at the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester for 27 years.
He leaves his mother, Louise; an aunt, Emily Lavendier; many cousins and friends.
James Patrick O'Connor Jr., 89, of Waterford, Conn., died Oct. 21 in St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn.
O'Connor was a compositor at The Day of New London, Conn.
He leaves his wife, Beverly; a son, Timothy; two daughters, Patricia and Kerry; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother.
Stanley K. Holmes, 98, of Greenfield, Mass., died Aug. 27 in Buckley HealthCare Center in Greenfield.
Holmes began his career as a delivery boy for the former Greenfield Recorder-Gazette. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he returned to the Recorder-Gazette as a Linotype compositor. He retired in 1982.
Holmes leaves his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Shirley; a son, Donald; two granddaughters; two great-grandsons,
Jeanette Severino Bouchard, 90, died Oct. 31 in South Portland, Maine, after a long period of declining health.
She was a photographic archivist for many years at the Portland (Maine) Press Herald.
She leaves five nieces, Stella, Marie, Lucretia, Margaret and Mary Ann, and a nephew, John.
Virginia M. Allen, 81, of Plymouth, Mass., died Oct. 20 in Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
She was a receptionist for the former Plymouth-based Memorial Press Group newspapers, whose flagship was the Old Colony Memorial of Plymouth.
She leaves three children, Marianne, Jeannine and Cyntra; two grandchildren, Devin and Christopher; several nieces and nephews.
Adelaide M. Marek,
86, of Brookfield, Conn., died Oct. 27 in her home.
John F. Buckley Jr., 97, of Bristol, R.I., formerly of West Roxbury, Mass., died Oct. 28 in Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol.
He was a cartoonist for The Pilot, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.
He also was an award-winning correspondent and feature writer for the New England Gas and Electric Association News.
He leaves a daughter, Carol; a grandson, Jamey; a sister.
Wayne A. Barcomb, 83, of Boston died Oct. 26 after an eight-year battle with mixed dementia.
He wrote freelance book reviews for the Boston Herald and theater reviews for The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass.
After military service, he began a long career in college textbook publishing in Boston.
He wrote four novels.
He leaves his wife, Susan; three children, Scott, Melissa and David; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother.
Marie E. (Caswell) Roos, 91, of Portland, Maine, died Oct. 21 in her daughter’s home in Scarborough, Maine.
She was a mailroom clerk for the Portland Press Herald.
She leaves a daughter, Cecelia; a son, Paul; two grandchildren, Michelle and Natalie; three great-grandchildren.
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