Obituaries


As testimony to our kinship in Christ and the Covenant that binds us one to another, we list below the names of those ministers known to us who have died recently. At one time or another they served in the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Please click on the name of the person from the list below for whom you would like more information.

As we receive further information (about a memorial service or an obituary, for example), we will post it. Please understand that we often have limited information about the both the lives of some of these ministers and the details of funeral/memorial services.  We look for obituaries on-line, but these are not always available.  We cannot devote inordinate amounts of time to research, but will post the information we have.   If you have information that does not appear on this site, please send it to Patti Babcock at babcockp@macucc.org.


The Rev. Mr. Charles B. Mansfield

9/9/2018
The Rev. Mr. Charles B. Mansfield died on Sunday, September 9, 2018 surrounded by his family following a brief illness.   He is survived by his wife of 39 years Nancy (Gard) Mansfield; his four sons, David Mansfield of East Providence, RI; Eric Mansfield and his wife Kelsey (Dewey) Mansfield of Enfield, CT; Andrew Mansfield of Gardner; and Jonathan Mansfield of Endicott, NY; and his two grandchildren Lydia and Abram. Chuck grew up in Waltham, graduated from Waltham High School and Gordon ...

The Rev. Dr. James A. Bronwell

8/31/2018
The Rev. Dr. James Bronwell passed away Friday, August 31, 2018 from complications related to Parkinson’s disease and dementia.  He lived in Grafton, MA. He is survived by his wife, Laura E. Bronwell (nee Bredeson), his children; Robert L. Bronwell and his wife Rebekka Bronwell; Julianne D. Thompson and her husband David Thompson; Jennifer D. MacNeil and her husband Luke MacNeil; Marilyn E. Mellen; David S. Crawford and his wife Karen Crawford; and eleven grandchildren. A graduate of Cornell ...

The Rev. Dr. Federico I. Agnir

7/9/2018
The Rev. Dr. Federico I. Agnir died after a long battle with prostate and pancreatic cancers, at his home in Wesley Chapel, FL.  He is survived by his wife, the former Ruby Ordinario, daughters Mirla and Rowena, son Frederick R. Agnir, grandson Steven, and granddaughters Kayla Agnir, Rachel Agnir, Elysse Rantanen, Katie Rantanen and Laura Rantanen; sons-in-law Bryan and Eric and daughter-in-law Christiana Agnir. The Rev. Dr. Federico Agnir was born in the Philippines. He graduated from Ilocos ...

The Rev. Dr. Philip H. Mitchell

6/22/2018
The Rev. Dr. Philip H. Mitchell passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018 at his home in Orleans, MA.  He was the husband of the late Barbara Fay (Madden) Mitchell, and the father of Christi Ann Mitchell and the late Timothy Paul Mitchell, as well as other beloved family. Rev. Mitchell graduated from Amherst  High School in 1949, started college at Amherst College and then joined the Army during the Korean War.  After two years of military service, he returned to school, graduating from the ...

The Rev. Ms. Linda J. Reilly

6/18/2018
The Rev. Ms. Linda J. Reilly passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018, after a brief illness, with her son and husband by her side.  She leaves behind her husband, Barry J. Reilly, and son Shaun Reilly, daughter-in-law Megan and granddaughters Madelynn and Elizabeth of Newton, MA. Raised in Ashburnham, she graduated from Cushing Academy summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy from UMass Lowell, and a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. She devoted her personal and ...

The Rev. Dr. William R. Loesch

6/16/2018
The Rev. Dr. William R. Loesch died at his home in Dorchester on Saturday, June 16, 2018.             He is survived by his three daughters and son: Melanie Loesch; Cathy Loesch; Cynthia Loesch-Johnson (and husband Jeffery Johnson); Christopher (and wife Shannon), and their four children. He is also survived by his former wife, Martha Sanchez, of Dorchester, the mother of their children, and his twin brother, Rev. Dr. Robert Loesch, a United Church of Christ clergy living in Springfield, MA, ...

The Rev. Dr. Merle R. Jordan

3/25/2018
The Rev. Dr. Merle R. Jordan passed away on March 25, 2018.  He is survived by his wife Barbara; son Christopher Jordan and wife Elaine Kubota of HI; daughter Marcia Ann Jordan and husband Mark Huston of WA; and son Ross A. Jordan and wife Patricia Dennehy Jordan of Plymouth, MA; and grandchildren Thomas, Brianna and Bailey. Born in Portland, Maine the son of Everett C. Jordan and Ida Mae Moore, who died of scarlet fever when Merle was 51/2 weeks old. He was raised by his father and loving step ...

The Rev. Mr. Jeffrey T. Belcher

2/21/2018
The Rev. Jeffrey T. “Jeff” Belcher of Rockland, Maine - who served UCC churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts - died on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. He was 78. The Rev Belcher  worked at United Shoe Company before entering Bangor Theological Seminary where he got his Masters of Divinity. While finishing his work there he held the pulpits at the Orrs and Bailey Islands and United Church of Christ congregations in Maine. In 1969, he took the Associate Pastorate at the First Church of Christ ...

The Rev. Mr. Herbert I. Schumm

2/14/2018
The Rev. Mr. Herbert I. Schumm passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his three children, L. Philip Schumm, Hannelore C. Nalesnik and Anneliese E. Pimenta, and six grandchildren. Herb recieved a BA from Anderson College and additional courses at Butler University and Garrett Biblical Institute.  He was ordained as a minister on August 14, 1951. He started as a student pastor at Congregational Christian Church in Warren, IN from 1957-1960.  In ...

The Rev. Ms. Priscilla R. Schumm

2/14/2018
The Rev. Priscilla R. Schumm passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 surrounded by her family.  She died following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was married to the Rev. Herbert I. Schumm and is survived by her three children:  L. Philip Schumm and his wife, Beth Beyer, and their sons, Matthew and Liam, of Chicago, IL; the Rev. Hannelore Nalesnik and her daughters Nadia and Esperanza of Ayer, MA; and Anneliese Pimenta, RN, and her husband Victor Pimenta, and their children, ...

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