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WESTFIELD, Mass. - Bernadette K. (Kasheta) Gove, 89, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Armbrook Village in Westfield, Massachusetts.
She was born in Brooklyn, to the late Dr. Francis J. and Bernadette B. (Sasner) Kasheta.
Bernadette was a 1946 graduate of Plymouth High School in New Hampshire and received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Boston University in 1948.
She was employed by the Westfield District Court as a head procedures clerk, administrative assistant to the justices; Judge Arthur T. Garvey, Judge Andrew Anderson, Judge Philip A. Contant and Judge Sidney A. Cooley. She was also administrative assistant to George D. Hammond and retired in 1993.
Bernadette was a communicant of St. Mary's Church, and a member of the Greater Westfield Zonta Club, Greater Westfield Red Cross board and Tau Chi Omega Society.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald L. Gove, in 2003; son, Donald L. Gove, in 2007; and son-in-law, Ray Fortier, in 1988.
She is survived by her loving daughters, Frances J. Stefanowich and her husband, Stanley of Westfield, Massachusetts and Susan J. Fortier of Stamford; sister, Frances M. Currier of Warren, New Hampshire; cherished grandchildren, Michael Stefanowich and his wife, Stacy and Kristen Ritchie and her husband, Todd; three great-grandchildren, Maddox, Quinn and Nolan; and two loving nieces, Bernadette Dupont and Ann Parisi.
Her funeral will be at 8:15 a.m., Wednesday from Firtion Adams FS, 76 Broad St. Westfield, followed by a Mass at 9:15 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Bartlett Street, Westfield. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Main Street, Agawam. Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.
Special thanks is extended to Kathee McEwan and the staff at Armbrook Village for their understanding and support and Karen, Michelle and Diane Berard at Providence Hospital and staff at Ascend Hospice.
Donations in Bernadette's name may be directed to Ascend Hospice 100 Locke Dr. Marlborough, MA 01752. www.firtionadams.com.
Published on January 22, 2018
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