Martha R. (Wohlfahrt) Williams, 79 – Former Upton Town Clerk
HARWICH – Martha R. (Wohlfahrt) Williams, 79, of Harwich and formerly of Upton , died early Monday at home after a long illness. She was the wife of Walter H. Williams and had been the Upton Town Clerk for 30 years, retiring in 2001.
Mrs. Williams was born in Springfield , the daughter of the late Adolph and Viola (Pigeon) Wohlfahrt. After graduating from Commerce High School in Springfield , Mrs. Williams was an administrative assistant at Mass Mutual Insurance Company in Springfield before she and her husband Walter relocated to Newton , where Martha worked as an Executive Secretary at Raytheon Co. in Waltham . In 1960, Martha and Walter moved to Upton , where Mrs. Williams became an active member of the United Parish of Upton and the Upton Women’s Club. In 1971 Mrs. Williams was first elected Town Clerk, the first woman to hold this position in Upton . She also served as clerk to the Board of Selectmen for four years, and she was a Justice of the Peace who took great joy in marrying more than 200 couples before she retired. In her long-term elected role as Town Clerk, she earned the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk and was a member of several professional associations. Her long tenure as Town Clerk reflected not only her skill and dedication to her job but also her sincere love of people. Mrs. Williams had lived in Harwich since her retirement.
In addition to her husband of 61 years; she leaves four children, Leslie Cosgro of Millville , and Jeffrey, Tracy , and Kimberly Williams; and a grandson, Lucan Williams, all of Upton . She was also the sister of the late Richard Wohlfahrt.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 30, at 11 a.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main Street , Upton (www.uptonfunerals.com). Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Upton.
Calling hours at the funeral home are Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Hope Health, 765 Attucks Lane , Hyannis 02601 or to the Milford Humane Society, Box 171 , Medway 02053 .
PETERSHAM – Cynthia R. (Sweet) Seitz, 84, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2015 after a 22-year struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Cynthia was the daughter of the late Ruth A. (Henry) and Robert K. Sweet Sr. Married in 1951 to James B. Seitz, who passed away in 2007, Cynthia spent most of her life in Upton before moving to Petersham in 2004. Together they have four sons and their spouses, James and Sharon of Upton, Robert and Sherry of Fall River, and Michael and Benjamin of Petersham; and two daughters and their spouses, Cynthia and Henri St. Louis of RI, and Donna and Dennis Bishop of Douglas. They enjoyed 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, with one on the way. She also leaves behind her sister, Dorothy Goding of SC and her brother Robert K. Sweet Jr. and his wife Betty of NH.
Cynthia lived a quiet yet exceptional life, graduating from Grafton High School in 1948 and completing her nursing degree at Worcester Memorial Hospital in 1952. She worked as an RN at Worcester Memorial Hospital and as a private nurse. In 1963, her right arm was amputated as a result of bone cancer. Her medical donation to Mass General Hospital enabled considerable strides in the research and development of artificial limbs.
Never slowing down and always thinking positively, Cynthia involved herself in many charitable organizations within her community and church. She was a founding member of the Upton Bloomer girls, a long standing member and former chair of the Mendon-Upton school committee, and held several leadership positions at the United Methodist Church and then the United Parish of Upton when the two churches merged. She sang in the choir, was a delegate to the Annual Conference, and made sure six school lunches were packed, and that dinner was on the table for her hard working husband! During all this, she continued her career as an RN at Knowlton Manor Nursing Home, and later served as school nurse at Miscoe Hill Middle School in Mendon. Cynthia and Jim loved to travel together, and when they retired, enjoyed their summers camping in Bristol, NH. She is considered by many “a great lady” and will be sorely missed.
A memorial service will be held Thurs., June 25, at 11 a.m. in the United Parish Church, 1 Church St., Upton. Burial in Maplewood Cemetery in West Upton will be private. There are no calling hours.
Memorial donations may be made to the United Parish Memorial Fund, Box 382, Upton 01568.
Arrangements by Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home of Upton (www.uptonfunerals.com).