• Ruth M. Weston
    November 09,2013
     

    Ruth M. Weston

    WESTFIELD, Mass. — Ruth Margaret “Peggy” Weston died in Westfield, Mass., on Nov. 6, 2013, her 69th birthday.

    Born in Greenfield, Mass., on Nov. 6, 1944, she was the daughter of William and Rosalind (Higgins) Weston.

    Peggy graduated from Northfield High School in 1962 and attended the University of Vermont.

    She was a business manager at Yale-New Haven Medical Center and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    An avid sports fan, especially of the Boston Red Sox, she rejoiced in their recent World Series victory.

    In the last years of her life, Peggy confounded her family and speech therapists with her quick wit, enormous intelligence and fierce determination to speak again following a devastating stroke. She and the family are especially grateful to Dr. Jacquie Kurland and Polly Stokes of the BRoCA (Brain Research on Chronic Aphasia) Lab at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, who were tireless in their efforts to help Peggy regain speech, thereby improving the quality of her last years immeasurably. Also to the entire staff of Governor’s Center of Westfield for the compassionate and loving care given not only to Peggy but also to the family during her time spent there.

    She leaves her son Anthony DeNoto and his wife, Jenny Cairns, and their children, Nicolas and Sofia, of Oriskany Falls, N.Y., and her son Jason DeNoto, of Golden, Colo. She also leaves her brother, Kenneth Weston, and wife Vivian, of Bristol, Vt., and three sisters: Constance LaSalle, of Austin, Texas; Maryanne Abad, of Gloversville, N.Y.; and Jeanne Cook and husband Alan, of Northfield, Vt. She leaves 14 nieces and nephews, and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews. Her parents predeceased her, as did her much-loved brothers-in-law Robert LaSalle and Antonio Abad.

    A private family gathering to commemorate her life will be held at a later date.

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