Shaunna (McDuffee) Bennett
Shaunna (McDuffee) Bennett, 66, died Dec. 2 at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx, N.Y. She had Alzheimer’s disease.
Bennett and her late husband, Stephen Alden Bennett, published a newspaper they founded and owned, The Irregular of North Conway, N.H.
Bennett also wrote for American University’s American Weekly in Washington, D.C.
She leaves a daughter, Rachel; two stepchildren, Meredith and Patrick; four grandsons; six siblings.
Glenn R. Turner
Glenn R. Turner, 67, of China, Maine, died Dec. 4 in Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, Maine, after a battle with lung cancer.
Turner was a longtime employee of the Morning Sentinel of Waterville, Maine, beginning in 1973. He had many jobs there, including managing editor for operations, news projects manager, web and special projects editor, state editor, city editor, reporter and proofreader. He was influential in the Sentinel’s transition to digital layout. Some of his duties involved two production sites in Waterville and the Morning Sentinel’s sister newspaper, the Kennebec Journal of Augusta.
Turner was president of the Maine Press Association in 1993 and 1994. He was treasurer and a member of the board of directors of the association from 1994 to 2000.
After his retirement from the company that owned the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal in 1992, he managed online weekly news sites owned by Current Publishing, headquartered in Westbrook, Maine.
He leaves his partner, Susan Strasburg; her son, Walter, and her grandson; two daughters, Kristin and Melanie, five grandchildren; a great-grandson; a brother.
Malcolm J. Donahoo
Malcolm J. Donahoo, 68, of Fitchburg, Mass., died Dec. 5 in HealthAlliance Leominster (Mass.) Hospital after an illness.
Donahoo’s career in newspaper journalism spanned 30 years, many of them as editor of the Sentinel and Enterprise of Fitchburg.
He leaves two sons, Shawn and Matthew; a daughter, Heather; 10 grandchildren; three brothers; a sister.
Abigail Prescott Fearon
Abigail Prescott Fearon, 81, of Madison, Conn., died Nov. 30 at Shoreline Medical Center in Guilford, Conn.
Fearon had been editor of the Shore Line Times of Guilford.
She was on the Madison Board of Selectmen from 1970 to 1972.
Fearon leaves two daughters, Penny and Sue; a stepdaughter, Carol; two grandchildren, Claire and Roman; a brother.
Daniel Joseph Stets
Daniel Joseph Stets, 68, of New York City died Nov. 7.
In 1974, Stets began his career as a reporter at The Day of New London, Conn.
After four years there, he joined The Providence (R.I.) Journal, where he covered various beats and wrote a series of award-winning stories about cost overruns at a shipyard that prompted government investigations. He also was stationed for two years in the Journal’s Washington bureau, where he covered Congress, the Pentagon and the White House.
Beginning in 1987, he was a reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He reported on the fall of the Iron Curtain, the first war in Iraq, protests and battle zones in the former Yugoslavia as it was breaking apart, and wars in the Middle East and the Balkans.
Beginning in 1998, Stets was employed by Bloomberg News, in Frankfurt, Germany; London; and New York City. He relocated nine years ago to New York City to lead its energy markets staff.
Stets was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, with the class of 1994.
He leaves a daughter, Marah; two sons, Luke and John; three grandchildren; two sisters.
Donald Dwight Breed
Donald Dwight Breed, 81, of Providence, R.I., and formerly of Freeport, Ill., died Dec. 4 in his home.
After serving with the Navy in Japan, Breed returned to employment at the Freeport Journal Standard, which his father published.
In 1966, he moved to Rhode Island to join The Providence Journal, where he spent 30 years until he retired in 1996. His first job there was on the night copy desk. He later produced the daily financial section. He also wrote about immigration, real estate and food before his retirement. Breed wrote a weekly column, Wine, for more than 20 years.
He continued to write after he retired. The Journal published one of his book reviews on the day of his death.
He leaves his wife, Elizabeth; a daughter, Sabrina; a son, Donald; a grandson.
Marjorie J. Magowan
Marjorie J. Magowan, 60, died unexpectedly Dec. 10 at her home in Leominster, Mass., after a brief illness.
Magowan was a design director and reporter for multiple news outlets, including The Item of Clinton, Mass., Christian Science Monitor, and the then-Worcester (Mass.) Telegram.
She was a member of the Society of Newspaper Design and the Society of Publications.
She leaves two sons, Taylor and Cameron; three sisters, Mary Beth, Susan and Julie; a brother, Mark.
Robert C. Frederiksen
Robert C. Frederiksen, 92, of Providence, R.I., died Dec. 5 in Providence after a brief illness.
Frederiksen began his journalism career in 1951 at the then-Providence Journal Bulletin. He was a shipping and docks reporter. Frederiksen also covered the environment beat during the 1970s. He retired from The Providence Journal in 2002.
In 1959, he was one of the founders of the Providence Newspaper Guild.
He leaves a son, Eric; a daughter, Patience; his partner, Marilyn Meardon; four grandchildren.
Charlene Murphy, 75, of Springfield, Mass., and formerly of Chicopee Mass., died Dec. 3 in Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
Murphy was an editorial contributor and feature writer for the former Holyoke (Mass.) Transcript-Telegram from 1983 to 1993.
She leaves a daughter, Mariclaire; two grandchildren, Warren and Dalton; a brother.
Dorothy A. (Hansen) Saunders
Dorothy A. (Hansen) Saunders, 94, formerly of Dayton, Maine, died Dec. 16 at St. Camillus Health Center in Whitinsville, Mass.
Saunders wrote stories for the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, Maine.
She leaves four sons, Lee, James, Brian and Martin; a daughter, Carolyn; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
Hopson B. ‘Hop’ Wilcox
Hopson B. “Hop” “Hoppy” Wilcox, 92, of Southington, Conn., died Dec. 8 at the Middlesex Health Care Center in Middletown, Conn.
Wilcox was employed at the Middletown Press for 42 years after graduating from the Mergenthaler School of Printing in New York City.
He leaves his wife, Nancy; three daughters, Cynthia, Lori and Janice; five grandchildren; a brother; a sister.
Andrea A. Thayer
Andrea A. Thayer, 65, of Westerly, R.I., died Dec. 6 in South County Hospital in Wakefield, R.I.
Thayer was employed for most of her career at newspapers, in the advertising production department of The Westerly Sun from 1979 to 1985 and as an editorial assistant for many years at the Narragansett (R.I.) Times and the South County Independent of Wakefield.
She leaves a sister, Betty; her brother-in-law, Timothy; a niece and two nephews.
Leo A. Robert
Leo A. Robert, 98, of Holyoke, Mass., died Dec. 8 at Mary’s Meadow at Providence Place in Holyoke.
He was a typesetter for the former Hartford (Conn.) Times and was co-owner of Holyoke-based Marvel Press.
He also taught journalism for two decades at Holyoke Catholic High School.
He leaves a son, Paul; three grandchildren, Allison, Erin and Matthew; a brother.
Catherine Dial, 88, of Fairfield, Conn., and formerly of Stamford, Conn., died Dec. 7 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford.
Dial was a receptionist and switchboard operator at the Greenwich (Conn.) Time and The Advocate of Stamford, and retired after 17 years at those newspapers.
She leaves two children, Elaine and John; three grandsons, Christopher, David and Mark; six great-grandchildren.
Anna Cryvoff Willis
Anna Cryvoff Willis, 73, of Salem, N.H., died Dec. 14 in her home.
Willis wrote family help articles for the Derry (N.H.) News, articles that later were published in a book.
She leaves her husband, Richard; three sons, Christopher, Matthew and Benjamin; a daughter, Annika; six grandchildren; a brother.
The obituaries were written, at least in part, from published reports by Bulletin correspondents Ashleane Alabre, Sophie Cannon, Jenna Ciccotelli, Nico Hall, Joshua Leaston, Georgeanne Oliver, Julia Preszler, Alejandro Serrano and Thomas Ward, undergraduate students at Northeastern University.