Joys & Sorrows – June 27, 2024

In Memoriam – Birgit Patterson

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – A Celebration of Life will be held for Birgit and John Patterson on Saturday, July 27 @ 11 am at UUCW. Please watch future communications for more information.

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Birgit Patterson, who died on June 26, 2024, surrounded by family, at Oriol Health Care – Skilled Nursing Center in Holden, MA. Birgit and her husband John, also deceased, and family (Nancy Hancock – daughter) have graced our congregation for over 50 years. She held many leadership positions within the church and was active in the Women’s Circle for many years. She fondly recalled many a church supper and gathering and was steadfast in her concern that nothing be wasted after events, making certain left-over coffee went home with someone. More recently, Birgit was the church historian collecting and cataloging news clips and pictures and compiling several scrapbooks that members and friends cherish. And, while receiving much loving care from her family, she graced the Lunch with the Minister table which celebrated her 100th birthday over a year ago. With her passing comes the end of an era. Arrangements to honor her life will be forthcoming and shared with the congregation as soon as they are known. We extend our deepest sympathy to her daughter Nancy and her family during this precious and poignant time.

In Memoriam – Whitney Ciara Gostyla

We extend our deepest sympathy to Lynn Gostyla, David Williams, Andrea Cruz, and family, following the death of their niece, and cousin, Whitney Goystyla on June 21, 2024. Whitney’s obituary and service details can be viewed HERE.

In Memoriam – Elizabeth Morse Bradley

We extend our deepest sympathy to Linda Morse and her family following the death of her daughter Elizabeth Morse Bradley peacefully at home on June 17, 2024, following complications from Stage IV Bone Cancer. Elizabeth’s obituary can be viewed HERE.

In Memoriam – Ryan Wilkes

We extend our deepest sympathy to John Wilkes and his family following the death of his son Ryan on June 11, 2024. Ryan was preceded in death by his stepmother, Sandra Ansaldi, earlier this year. Ryan’s obituary and service announcement can be viewed HERE.