The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 3, 2006

Puffers celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Irvin and June Puffer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a small family gathering in their home on Bellows Hill Road on Sunday, February 10. The couple was married on February 7, 1946, in Chelmsford.

June and Irvin first met during the war years when Irvin was home on leave from the Naval Air Corps and June, a young woman from Springfield, was working as a nurse at the Bedford V.A. Hospital. It was at the popular Tony's Restaurant on Great Road in Bedford one evening when Irvin spied June, got her telephone number from Tony and began what now has been a very happy relationship lasting for 60 years.

During the early years of their marriage, after Irvin was discharged from the Navy, the couple lived at the Clark Farm on Concord Street where Irvin had been brought up by his grandmother Rena Clark, who was also Guy Clark's mother, after his own mother's untimely death. After living in several homes in the area, in 1961 Irvin built his large comfortable house himself, in the woods across from his uncle Joe Clark's home on Bellows Hill Road. The Puffers have one daughter, Carol.

It was their daughter, now Carol Casselman of Framingham, and her husband Fred, who planned the special lobster dinner to honor her parents. Granddaughter Amy Harley, now a research scientist at UMass-Worcester, was on hand for the celebration, while grandson Aaron Casselman, a chiropractor in Arizona, was unable to attend.

One important member of the Puffer household who couldn't be kept away was Joe Mack, the Puffer's friendly beagle.

For more on Irvin Puffer, see The Carlisle Oral History Project — Growing Up in Carlisle: Witness to Change by Ellen Miller, Friday, November 30, 2001. The article is available on the Web at

(Photo circa 1946)


PLAYING FOR THE ALL-STARS. On Saturday, February 18, three members of the CCHS Boys Basketball team participated in the Dual County League (DCL) All Star game as voted by the league coaches. In the photo (left to right) are Eric Zuk, a junior from South Street in Carlisle; Anthony Goss, a senior from Boston; and Josh Lee, a senior from Concord. On February 24, it was announced that the boys team would be ranked 10th in the tournament and would play Gloucester on March 1. CCHS junior Lisa DeBruzzi of Autumn Lane participated in the DCL Women's All Star game.

Reginald F. Halstrom II (foreground) of River Road made the winter honor roll at St. John's Prep in Danvers. In addition, he played offensive line and defensive tackle on the St. John's Prep football team, which shared in the Catholic Conference title for the fifth consecutive year.

• Cellist Alex Moskowitz of East Street, a seventh grader at the Fenn School in Concord, was selected to participate in the Northeast District Honor Orchestra. Outstanding music students from over 150 public and private schools participated in the auditions in January. Five hundred fifty students from grades six through nine will be performing in the festival. The students will rehearse with guest conductors and then perform in a concert to be held at Lowell High School in Lowell on Saturday, April 8.

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