Frances Potter, 84, legal secretary, town tax collector

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—Frances Rodda Potter, 84, formerly of West Hill Road, New Lebanon died October 6 at North Adams Regional Hospital. She was a resident of Sweetbrook Nursing Home in Williamstown.

Born March 16, 1926 in Hancock, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Henry O. and Julia A. LaPier Rodda. She was the loving and devoted wife of the late David E. Potter, who died November 13, 1992.


Mrs. Potter was educated in the Gorton School in Hancock and was a 1942 graduate of New Lebanon High School. She was a legal secretary for many years working for Katz, Lapointe & Spina and also Cianflone & Blaisdell both in Pittsfield.

She was also tax collector and a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals in the New Lebanon.

Mrs. Potter attended Morningside Baptist Church in Pittsfield. She was a member of the Lebanon Valley Senior Citizens and served as the group’s president and was the tour director for many years. She was also a member of the Stephentown Senior Citizens. Mrs. Potter and her husband loved traveling.

Survivors include her siblings, Doris M. Whitman of Stephentown, Beatrice A. Hammersmith of Cherry Plains, Arthur H. (Elna) Rodda of Hancock, Mass; along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were October 9 at the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 State Route 43, Stephentown. Burial followed in the Cemetery of the Evergreens in Lebanon Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon Valley Senior Citizens or the Alzheimer’s Association, in care of, the funeral home, P.O. Box 9, Stephentown, 12168.


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