TAFT, Frank S., Jr. 80, a lifelong resident of Newton died on April 20, 2010, after a long illness. Son of the late Frank and Gertrude Taft, he is
survived by his sister, Susan Taft Brower and her husband John, of East Brunswick NJ, his brother, Daniel H. Taft and his wife Barbara, of Arlington
VA, seven nieces and nephews, and twenty grand nieces and nephews. Mr. Taft was an Assistant and Instructor at the Newton YMCA until his
retirement in 1995. Prior to that, he taught U.S. History and coached football at Brennan Junior High School in Attleboro. He resided at the Stone
Institute in Newton Upper Falls. Mr. Taft graduated from Newton High School in 1947, then Boston College in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He
received a Master's degree in Education from Suffolk University in 1957. After graduation from Boston College, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Security
Agency, and during the Korean War, he served as a communications intelligence analyst near the front line. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated
at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1321 Centre Street, Newton Centre, on April 23, 2010, at 10AM. The family will be receiving friends at the church
from 9AM until the time of Mass. Interment will be at Holyhood Cemetery, 587 Heath St., Chestnut Hill. Burke & Blackington Funeral Home West
Newton. The Boston Globe www.boston.com
Frank was a life-time member of ASA Korea since 1996 and served with the 501st CRG. His family recently submitted photos (including
names) of the 501st football team that won the championship in 1952. See the photos on our Members Memories Page.
http://www.asakorea.org/TaftsPhotos.html Condolences may be sent to his sister, Susan Brower, 129 Ainsworth Ave., East Brunswick,
Howard (Sandy) R. Helfand, 78, of Upper Saddle River, passed away Sunday, February 20, 2011 after a long and valiant battle with
cancer. He was predeceased by his brother, Fredrick, in 1985. Sandy leaves behind his wife of 41 years, Sydney Sue (nee Behrman),
as well as dear family and friends.
Sandy grew up in New York and graduated from NYU. He served in the Korean War, in the ASA from 1952-55 with the 330th
Communications Reconnaissance Company. He was a life member of the Army Security Agency Korean War Veterans Association
and served as Vice President and Membership Chair.
Following his time in the army, he worked for the government for 25 years. His great love, however, was the time he spent at Northern
Highlands Regional High School. Sandy joined the faculty as a substitute teacher, where he became a regular fixture in the classroom, as
much beloved by the students he worked with as by his colleagues. After a time, he used his business skills to assist and later lead an
extracurricular program in Business and Marketing (DECA), which he has done for the last 16 years.
Visitation will be at the Helfand's home (10 Weiss Road, Upper Saddle River) Tuesday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 23
from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sandy's name to The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart
Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714 or The Sandy Helfand Scholarship fund at NHRHS, 298 Hillside Avenue, Allendale, NJ 07401.
Sandy has served as our Vice-President and Membership Chair since 1997. He was also our go-to guy for legal and tax
matters. Sandy served on our Board of Directors and never missed a reunion since 1997.
Please enjoy his photos taken on a tour of Korea in 2008 on the ASA Korea Website at
Edward J. (Jay) Criswell - Stroh, Indiana resident 79, died February 25, 2011 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville. Ed was born 11 Aug 1931 in
Albion, Indiana to Allen O. and Vera B. (Ackerman) Criswell. He attended Rome City Schools until 1949 and entered the Army in 1950. He remained in
the Army until 1971 serving with the Army Security Agency retiring with the rank of Sergeant Major E8. His many assignments included Japan, Korea,
Germany and Vietnam. After his retirement, he was employed as a truck driver, school bus driver for Prairie Heights from 1984 to 1992, and lawn care
specialist. He enjoyed fishing and watching sports especially IU basketball and NASCAR. Ed was a member of the Albion American Legion and the
Kendallville Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He married Donna Kern on April 7, 1972. She survives. Also surviving are daughters and sons-in-law Debra and Dean Twitchell of Angola, Michele
Whipple of Vicksburg, MI and Cynthia and Mike Rhea of Kendallville. Sisters Bonnie Amerman of Kendallville and Barbara VanWagner of Rome City and
brothers Fred of West Virginia, Larry of Rome City and Mike (Sue) of Wolcottville. Also surviving are grandchildren Jared (Katie) Anderson of Indianapolis,
Carrie (Jeff) Pintar of Orland Park, IL, Justin Rhea of Vicksburg, MI, Cole Twitchell of Lockport, IL, Joshua Rhea of Lansing, MI, Rachael Rhea of
Kendallville, and Sarah Rhea of Kendallville. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Hazel, brothers
Lewis, Richard, Paul, Dean, Garman, Tom and Arthur, and son-in-law Tim Whipple. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Hite Funeral Home in
Kendallville with internment at Zion Lutheran Church, Corunna.
Donald W. Lawton, 77, of Malden Street, died Monday, April 11, 2011 at UMass Memorial Healthcare-University Campus. The son of William B. and
Helen G. (Hall) Lawton, Don was born in Worcester and lived most of his life in Holden. He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife of 52 years,
Kathleen J. (Grandone) Lawton; a son, William F. Lawton and his wife Christine of Princeton; a daughter, Sharon E. Hanna of Holden and her former
husband, James Hanna, Sr. of West Boylston; four grandchildren, James and Brian Hanna, Thomas and Sarah Lawton; and a step-brother, Frank Lesage of
Don attended Williston Academy in North Hampton, graduated from Holden High School, Worcester Junior College and Wentworth Institute of
Technology, Boston. He worked at Rice Barton Corp., Thermo Electron and retired in 1997 as vice president of Advanced Systems, Inc., Green Bay,
Wisconsin. He received numerous awards within the paper industry including the Service Award from the Coating and Graphic Arts Division, and was
named Fellow of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry. He was an active volunteer in his community where he served on the Holden
Elementary School Building Committee, Main Street Task Force Committee and the Transportation Circulation Committee. He was a member of St.
George Church, Greendale Retired Men's Club and was a past president of the Wachusett Old Car Club. He also served in the U.S. Army Security Agency
in Korea and Japan. Don was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed hiking, bowling, golf, the "card group", and traveling cross
country. Don's family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation for the care and compassion provided by members of the Holden Fire Department, and
staff at Neuroscience Intensive Care.
Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 15th at Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street (Rte. 122A), Holden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at
11 a.m., Saturday, April 16th at St. George Church, 38 Brattle Street, Worcester. Burial will follow at Grove Cemetery, 1290 Main Street (Rte. 122A),
Holden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Town of Holden Fire Department Ambulance Fund, 1370 Main Street, Holden, MA 01520; or
St. George Church, 40 Brattle Street, Worcester, MA 01606. To offer a condolence, please visit: www.milesfuneralhome.com.
Don was a lifetime member of ASA Korea since 1998 and served as co-host at the 5th ASA Korea Reunion in Sturbridge, MA.