Mario Aste, 76, of Lowell. Was
a professor emeritus of languages and
humanities at UMass Lowell, where
he worked for nearly 40 years. He
had served as chair of the Language/
Cultural Studies Department and was a
former president of the Massachusetts
Society of Professors Lowell. Feb. 6.
Ronald F. Berestka Sr., 77, of
Phoenix, formerly of Hadley. Taught
physical education for 35 years,
served as athletic director and was a
soccer and baseball coach at Hopkins
Academy. Jan. 7.
Douglas K. Brown, 70, of
Whitinsville. Was a middle school
history educator in Douglas for 40
years. He served as dean of students,
coached basketball and was a union
representative at Douglas High School.
Glenn Bryant Sr., 76, of
Harwich. Was a middle school English
teacher and then a guidance counselor
at Harwich High School for 36 years,
retiring as the guidance director. Jan. 1.
Alan R. Carlsen, 87, of South
Dennis. Taught English and coached
track and cross-country teams at
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High
School for more than 35 years. Dec. 27.
John B. Cunningham, 86, of
West Springfield. Was a teacher and
dropout counselor for the Chicopee
Public Schools for many years,
working at the Chapin, Bellamy
and Barry elementary schools and
Chicopee Comprehensive High
School. Dec. 27.
Barbara F. Currie, 79, of
Reading. Was an English teacher at
Belmont High School. She had served
on both the MTA Board of Directors
and the NEA Board. Jan. 6.
Allison J. Donovan, 40, of
Somerville. Was an elementary teacher
at the Hosmer Elementary School
in Watertown for 12 years. She also
served as elementary curriculum
coordinator in Watertown and was
interim principal of the J.R. Lowell
Elementary School. She then served
as principal of Lincoln Elementary
School in Melrose before returning to
Watertown as the K- 8 literacy and Title
I coordinator. Feb. 8.
Grayce M. Kushmerek, 70, of
Lynnfield. Was a computer technology
teacher at Lynnfield Middle School for
many years. Jan. 15.
Robert E. Larocque, 75,
of Holden. Was a teacher for the
Worcester Public Schools for 39 years.
Susanne McGlynn, 78, of
Taunton. Was an elementary teacher
for 39 years in the Taunton Public
Schools. She was a member of MTA
and NEA Retired. Dec. 25.
Diane M. Nessar, 83, of Quincy.
Was an elementary teacher in
Brockton. Jan. 1.
Murray H. Smith, 86, of
Leominster. Taught history and was a
guidance counselor for many years at
Littleton High School. Dec. 27.
Jacqueline V. Sutter, 77, of
Greenwood, South Carolina. Taught
math and science at Longmeadow
High School for 20 years and served
as the school’s assistant principal.
Phyllis D. Tanen, 89, of Revere.
Taught in the Revere Public Schools
for 41 years. Dec. 22.
Barbara P. Tytell, 68, of
Westfield. Was a guidance counselor
for 20 years in the Westfield Public
Schools. Dec. 23.
John E. Welch, 60, of Medford.
Was a teacher for 37 years in the
Somerville Public Schools. Dec. 21.
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