• Emily P. Arulpragasam
    July 27,2013

    Emily P. Arulpragasam

    Emily P. Arulpragasam

    LUNENBURG, Mass. — Emily (Pearlstein) Arulpragasam, 77, a resident of Lunenburg for 28 years, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in hospice care in Amherst, Mass., after a brief hospitalization.

    Her husband of 35 years, Jega A. Arulpragasam, passed away last year. Her brother George Pearlstein and sister Janet Erbe are also previously deceased.

    Emily leaves her daughter, Elise Springer, and granddaughter, Josey S. Pestel, of Middletown, Conn.; her sister Margaret Pearlstein, of Barre, Vt.; her brother Richard Pearlstein, of Amherst, Mass.; and her late husband’s children and their families, including Roshan S. Hill, of Sydney, Australia, Darini S. Arulpragasam, of Savoy, Ill., Rajpal Arulpragasam, of Woodbridge, Conn., and Rohan S. Arulpragasam, of Southend-On-Sea, United Kingdom. She is also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews, in both the Pearlstein and Arulpragasam families.

    Emily was born April 12, 1936, in Barre, Vt., to Vere E. and Helen (Wheeler) Pearlstein.

    After graduating from Spaulding High School in Barre (1954), Emily attended Jackson College at Tufts (Bachelor of Arts 1959) and then Duke University (Master of Arts 1961).

    Emily returned to the Boston area where she worked as a French teacher at Lincoln-Sudbury schools, and later as a copy editor for Addison-Wesley, while married to her first husband, William C. Springer. She moved to Stow, Mass., when she remarried in 1977, and to Lunenburg in 1985.

    Together with her husband Jega, she enjoyed classical music, Scrabble, bird-watching and travel. She was also an avid amateur pianist, a research genealogist for the Pearlstein and Wheeler lineages, and a book club enthusiast.

    A memorial gathering will take place on Tuesday, July 30, at the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 763 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg, with informal calling hours at 2 p.m., and a brief program of shared memories and reflections at 3 p.m. Rabbi David Teva will facilitate the nondenominational service. Ashes will be interred privately at a later date, at the North Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be left at the funeral home, or mailed directly to Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01003, or to Hickory Hills Landowners Inc., Attn.: Lake Management Group, P.O. Box 298, Lunenburg, MA 01462. See www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information; see more at: http://www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net/obituary/Emily-Arulpragasam/Lunenburg-MA/1227347#sthash.1DmAEPW8.dpuf.

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