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Charles R. Schwartz, 50, an engineer at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) and an accomplished pilot, died October 26, 2004, when the small plane he was piloting crashed into a building in Leominster, Mass.

He was test-flying a home-built plane registered to a Shrewsbury man when it crashed into the R & S Machine building in Leominster.

Mr. Schwartz was the chief radio frequency (RF) engineer for the Alcator C-Mod tokamak fusion project at the PSFC, where he managed a group of engineers, technicians and physicists.

Mr. Schwartz worked at DuPont Pharmaceutical Co. in Billerica, Mass. for 25 years, and at MIT from 2002 until his death.

He was born October 16, 1954 in Susquehanna. He studied electronics at the US Army Intelligence School and the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute and Lowell Technical Institute, and business management at Northeastern University. Mr. Schwartz was a flight instructor, a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, American Radio Relay League, and an avid Ham Radio operator.

He lived in Shirley, Mass., with his wife, Lorraine (Toth). Other survivors include his father and stepmother, Theodore and Sharyl Schwartz, Lanesboro; his half-brother John Dininny, Valdese, NC; a stepdaughter, Kelley Sliter, Lee, Maine; and his parents-in-law, William and Alberta Toth, Bolton.

Burial was at the Shirley Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fitchburg Pilots Association Scholarship Fund, c/o Fitchburg Municipal Airport, 567 Crawford St., Fitchburg, MA 01420.


Josephine Mary Lindow, 40, of Cerebral Palsy Group Home in Scranton, PA, formerly of Susquehanna, PA, passed away Thursday, December 9, 2004 at the Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton and now will be free to fly with the butterflies.

She is survived by her parents, Stanley and Evelyn (Bailey) Lindow, Susquehanna; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Denise and Carl Robbins, Hallstead, PA, Patricia and Mark Scalzo, Whitney Point, NY, Suzanne and Larry Sivers, St. Joseph, PA, Dawn Gerdus, Windsor, NY; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She enjoyed participating in the Special Olympics and will be deeply missed by her family and her many special friends.

The funeral service was held on Sunday, December 12 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. Kenneth Bitler officiating. Burial, Lanesboro Cemetery, Lanesboro, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 332 Wheeler Ave., Scranton, PA 18510.


David F. Mansfield III, 63, Gibson, PA, passed away unexpectedly Friday, December 10, 2004. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Katherine Carey Mansfield.

David is survived by his children, Keith and Christina Mansfield, New Milford, Donna Mansfield and her husband, Page Hardy, Chesterfield, VA, Dale and Pamela Mansfield, Tafton, Kevin and Dawn Mansfield, Hickory Grove; his five grandchildren, Zachary, Ethan, Emily Kate, Garret, and Morgan, who affectionately knew him as Pap Pap; a step-granddaughter, Mendy St. Ours; two sisters, Shirley Mansfield, Corsica, Mary and Ben Waldorf, Summerville; two brothers, William and Pam Mansfield, Brookville, Harry and Gayle Mansfield, Emporium; several nieces and nephews.

David was a member of the Gibson United Methodist Church, where he was a Trustee and Janitor. After retiring with 25 years of service from New York Telephone in 1995, he went on to work as a part-time employee of Hallstead Auto Parts. As a dedicated family man, David devoted his entire life to the care and concern of his wife, four children, and five grandchildren. He was a firm believer in the value of a full day’s work without ever losing sight of the importance of giving of his time and energy to his family and friends. As a friend and neighbor, who always could be counted on to lend a helping hand, David was fondly known as “Honorary Mayor of Gibson.”

A funeral service was held at the Gibson United Methodist Church, Gibson, on December 14, with Pastor Barbara Doan officiating. Interment, Gibson Cemetery, Gibson, PA.

Arrangements were made by the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to Gibson United Methodist Church, Gibson, PA 18820.

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