Veterans Voice

Last modified: Friday, January 17, 2014


PAVERS AVAILABLE: Veterans Green at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Northampton, was established to honor U.S. veterans, living and deceased. We have a war memorial, relocated from St. John Cantius Church on Hawley Street, including monuments that honor each of the six branches of the U.S. military, and two memorial benches. We also have a walkway, made of 399 pavers, in the form of a cross. We are selling the pavers to individuals who would like to honor living or deceased veterans. To date, 234 pavers have been sold. Anyone who is interested in purchasing a paver may contact Susan Royea in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish office at 587-7310, Ext. 107, or at Pavers purchased before March 1 will be installed by Memorial Day 2014.

Calling the roll

Following is a list of local veterans whose obituaries appeared in the Gazette between Jan. 3 and 16. The information given here about their service is what was provided in each obituary.

Dr. Walter A. Haas, 86, Leeds, d. Dec. 26; served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Europe after the war.

George E. Strom, 86, Easthampton, d. Jan. 1; served in the U.S. Navy as a motor machinist mate second class and saw action during the invasion of Okinawa in 1945.

Wayne R. Spaulding, 86, Easthampton, d. Jan. 6; he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Philip Reidy, 81, Corea, Maine, d. Dec. 21; enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served with the 1600th Air Traffic Squadron at Westover Air Force Base until 1953.

Michael A. Kulis, 95, Easthampton, d. Jan. 8; was a World War II veteran serving with the U.S. Army.

John E. “Jack” Deady, 90, Freeport, Maine, d. Jan. 8; during World War II he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Veterans Voice appears on the first and third Saturday of the month. Readers are encouraged to submit questions, story ideas, announcements, military photos with captions and other materials of interest to veterans. Send submissions to Veterans Voice, c/o Brenda Nelson, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Box 299, Northampton, MA 01061; or email


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