Remembering Steve Farish

Stephen H. Farish, Col USAF (Ret) lost on his battlefield of life after suffering from Dementia and symptoms of Parkinson’s leading to Alzheimer’s.

An expert in logistics and program management he saw several high profile Air Force acquisition programs to the field. As logistics lead on the Joint Air Force-Army Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, commonly called Joint STARS, his goal was to field a system that could be easily maintained. He worked relentlessly with Northrup-Grumman to develop an easy to release mechanism for the canoe shaped cover protecting the 24 foot radar.

After retirement from the AF he worked for the MITRE Corporation, a not for profit firm supporting the Department of Defense. Working with another MITRE team member, their innovative and non-traditional approach to industry outreach, as well as their skillful strategy for influencing stakeholders, has had a far reaching impact across the Department of Defense programs and networks today and into the future, savings the government millions of dollars.

Early in his Air Force career, while serving in England, he became the only non-British member of the Oxford sailing club. Steve loved to cross country ski and play golf, two sports he picked up relatively late in life. He enjoyed traveling for fun, single malt scotch and long talks with his daughter, Elizabeth. He and his wife, Jeanette love the outdoors and enjoyed it from their home in Jackson, NH.

Special recognition goes to his caregivers. Their diligence allowed him to stay in the home he loved.

A celebration of life and scattering of ashes will be held at a later date.

Memorials should be made to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer Association, the (NH) Carroll County Visiting Nurses and Hospice or as a donation to the Jackson (NH) Community Church.

Remembering Catherine Pfeiffer, mother of Meg Phillips

For friends of Meg and Lee Phillips, please note that Meg’s mother died last Sunday at Mineral Springs.

Obituary: “Catherine McGuigan Hursh Pfeiffer, age 95, died at Mineral Springs Rehab, North Conway, NH on January 14, after a period of declining health. Catherine is survived by her husband of 73 years, Ralph; her children, John Pfeiffer (Bev) of Silver Spring MD, Kathleen Wishard (William) of Corona CA, Margaret Phillips (Lee) of Jackson, NH, and David Pfeiffer (Stephanie) of Winthrop, MA, ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her brother, Robert D. Hursh, and her infant son, James Gerald.

Catherine was born on August 26, 1922 in Philadelphia, PA, daughter of Dr. Alexander M.W. Hursh and Grace Devers Hursh. She graduated from Richmond Hill High School, attended St. Joseph’s College for Women in Brooklyn, and graduated from Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing in 1944. After 20 years as a fulltime homemaker and volunteer, she returned to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, retiring over 20 years later in 1987. She was most proud of her achievements as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery under Nobel-prize winning surgeon Joseph Murray.

Most of her married life was spent in Natick, MA where she helped lead and found many church and civic organizations, including Pax Christi, the Catholic peace organization, St. Patrick’s Catholic Women’s Club, Ladies Sodality, Adoration Chapel, and Seamless Garment Movement to foster a consistent life ethic, the Natick Mother’s Club, the Natick Girl Scouts, the Congregational Church Couples Club, and the Natick Junior Women’s Club. She loved working with children as a volunteer teacher of religious education at every grade level at St. Patrick’s, leader of Girl Scout Troop 25, and director of Camp Nacochwa. She was co-leader of the Peace and Justice Committee at St Patrick’s for many years. Throughout her life, she sought to promote peace and the consistent life ethic. With Ralph, she traveled the world extensively and helped lead many tours to the Holy Land and other religious sites.”

Arrangements: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Noon, Monday, January 22, 2018 at St. Patrick’s Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick. Interment will follow at Dell Park Cemetery.

Visiting hours at John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Monday prior to service from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, Catherine wanted donations to be made to Brigham & Women’s Hospital Brain and Neurosciences Research at 116 Huntington Ave, 3rd Fl. Boston, MA 02116.

Reflections from Jonah and Mark 1: Being Called

For My People (excerpt) — Margaret Walker
For my people standing staring trying to fashion a better way
    from confusion, from hypocrisy and misunderstanding,
    trying to fashion a world that will hold all the people,
    all the faces, all the adams and eves and their countless generations;
Let a new earth rise. Let another world be born. Let a
    bloody peace be written in the sky. Let a second
    generation full of courage issue forth; let a people
    loving freedom come to growth. Let a beauty full of
    healing and a strength of final clenching be the pulsing
    in our spirits and our blood. Let the martial songs
    be written, let the dirges disappear. Let a race of men now

    rise and take control.

Oh the Places You’ll Go (excerpt) — Dr. Seuss

You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!

Do you wonder what you are called to do? Whom you are called to be? Are you reflecting on a decision? The Ignatian discernment process may be helpful. Here is a link to an article that outlines this spiritual process briefly, or you can go to the original website for a more in-depth approach.

Or are you looking for a simple way to pray each day, and reflect and be mindful each day? Try the Daily Examen, another Ignatian practice.

Continue reading “Reflections from Jonah and Mark 1: Being Called”

THIS WEEK at Jackson Community Church Jan 16-21



    4pm • Pastor’s Office. Readings from Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A few copies reserved at library under Jackson Community Church book group. This group will meet weekly through January to read and reflect on this book. 1-2 copies are also available for purchase at White Birch Books.


    7-9am • J-Town Deli. Drop by for hot beverage, good food, and a visit.
    10am-Noon • Jackson Community Church.



    3:30pm • Yoga with Charlotte Doucette • Parish Hall. $10/pp fee. (Scholarships available)
    4:40pm • Guided Meditation with Charlotte Doucette (if yoga class is held, dependent on attendance) • Upstairs classroom. Free.
  • AA
    6:30pm • Church Library



    Members and friends from the church will be participating or volunteering at this event. If you want to volunteer, please contact ASAP. This is a classic 30k  marathon on the XC trail systems in and around Jackson Village. Entry includes food stations, post-race meal, awards and random prizes to both racers and tourers. All proceeds will benefit the JXN XC Junior Nordic Program. “IT’S ALL FOR THE KIDS!” Touring Classes are untimed. All skiers 13 and under must tour with an adult. Registration:To Register online head to

    • Racers: $50 If received by 11:00 pm on 1/05/18
      $65 1/6/18 – 1/18/17 at 12:00 pm
      $100 Day of Race Registration until 9:00am.
    • Tourers: $40 If received by 11:00 pm on 1/05/18
      $65 1/06/18 – 1/18/18 at 11:00 pm
      $100 Day of Race Registration until 9:00am.
    • Kids 13 and under and touring with a participating adult: $20 if received by 1/19/18.

    On line Registration is officially closed for everyone at noon the day before the event, or earlier if the 400-person limit is reached.  More info can be found at the Jackson XC website.



    8am • Madeline’s Deli, Jackson, NH
    Starts indoors. Reflection & prayer using literature, sacred texts, personal sharing. Continuation of ‘outdoor gathering’ that was affectionately called ‘gazebo church.’

    9am • Jackson XC Ski Center. On-site blessings for skiers.
    9am • Jackson Community Church

    10:30am • Jackson Community Church with Membership Celebration

    11:45am/Noon • Jackson Covered Bridge
    Reminder about the public gathering at the covered bridge for a peaceful rally about environmental, economic, and social justice issues. Inspired by 2018 Women’s March in various US locations and last year’s public rally in coordination with the 2017 Women’s March.
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