Paul E. Bergen, jr. 80
Charlton – Paul E. Bergin, Jr., 80, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 in his home after an illness.
He leaves his wife, Beverly G. (Hunt) Dam Bergin; his two daughters, Gina Gray of Auburn and Cathy Tomlin and her husband George of Holden; his two step children, Shawn Dam and his wife Sandra of Charlton and Penny Webster and her husband John of Wilford, NH; his brother, John Bergin and his wife Joann of Oregon; his five sisters, Ellen Brigham and her husband Richard of West Brookfield, Marie Miller and her husband Bob of Auburn, Sheila Fanueff of Oxford, Marian Vancelette of Auburn and Martha Sarmiento of Hawaii; his sister-in-law, Cecile Bergin of Grafton; his two grandchildren, Ronnie Bergin and Curtis L’Heureux; 7 step grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Bergin and his sister, Frances Bacon. Paul was born in Boston the son of the late Paul E. and Mary G. (Williamson) Bergin. He grew up in Rochdale and served four years in the US Air Force.
Paul was a land surveyor and worked for Moore Surveying in Shrewsbury for many years before retiring many years ago. He was an avid fan of the Red Sox and Patriots and enjoyed watching golf. He enjoyed gardening and was a great handyman-he could fix anything. He loved traveling. Paul was also very proud of his Irish heritage.
His funeral will be held on Monday, Aug. 19th, at 11:00am in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton. Burial will be in West Ridge Cemetery, Charlton. Calling hours will be held in the Church on Monday, Aug. 19th, from 9:30 to 11:00am, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton, MA 01507 or to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
AUBURN – Audrey K. (Kleiner) Sturdevant, 88, of the Overlook Community in Charlton and formerly of Auburn died Thursday July 25, 2019.
She was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania daughter of the late Robert G. and Elizabeth A. (Jenkins) Kleiner. She graduated from Coughlin High School and later married Preston J. Sturdevant, Jr., they were married for 61 wonderful years before he passed in 2013.
Audrey had been employed as a bookkeeper most of her life, retiring in 1993 from K and D Mag Motors. When Audrey was not working, she enjoyed camping with her family. She was actively involved with the Charlton City Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star, as well as the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. She was a former member of Hadwen Park Congregational Church.
She leaves her devoted children, Preston J. Sturdevant, III and his wife Marie of Auburn, Carole A. Vilandre and her husband Mike of Fiskdale; a sister Alice Scott of Sweet Valley, PA; five loving grandchildren, Cully Hagberg and his wife Lindsay, Cory Hagberg, Hollie Grant and her husband Matthew, Christine Wertz and her husband Michael and Robert Sturdevant and his wife Paige; three great grandchildren, Raegan and Emma Grant and Lukas Wertz; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by two daughters, Alice Lynn “Lindy” and Nancy Jean Sturdevant and a brother Robert Kleiner.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Audrey’s family on Tuesday July 30, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Charlton City United Methodist Church.
Verna M. Miller
Died July 18, 2019
Quinebaug, CT: Verna M. (Gard) Hammond Miller, 95, of Parkway Dr., passed away on Thursday, July 18th, in her home after a brief illness.
Her first husband, Aaron Hammond, passed away in 1979 and her second husband, Charles H. Miller, passed away in 2008. She leaves her daughter, Pamela S. Bouchard and her husband John of South Woodstock, CT; her son, George Hammond of Sturbridge; her sister, Carol Dergan and her husband Bob of California; her sister-in-law, Louise Gard of Charlton; her six grandchildren, Faye Nyhaug and her husband Charlie, Pat Seagrave and her husband Walter, Carol Fuginiti and her husband Tony, Todd Hammond, Glen Hammond and his wife Lisa, and Jennifer Tancrell; Great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She will also be greatly missed by her grand fur babies Kiko, Pepsi and the chickens. Her daughter, Linda L. Waite, passed away in 1981. She was also predeceased by her two brothers, Robert Gard and Frank Gard, and her best friend, Janet Moulton. She was born in Northfield, NH the daughter of Robert A. and Marjorie (Gilbert) Gard.
Verna was a longtime assistant to Dr. John Rigatti’s practice in Sturbridge, retiring many years ago. She previously worked in the costume department of Old Sturbridge Village and prior to that she owned and operated Verna’s Drive-in Restaurant in Charlton for several years. Verna met Charlie on a visit to her sister Janet in San Diego, she moved there and married Charlie in 1980. They later moved to El Cajon, CA and then Florida before settling in CT to be closer to her daughter. Verna had a passion for playing golf. She enjoyed traveling the country with Charles in their RV. She also enjoyed trips to Cape Cod with her daughter Pam. She was especially fond of all her friends at the Memory Cafe and all the fun activities they did together.
Her family would like to thank her neighbors, Ray, Paul, Chris and Joanne who always kept an eye out for her and were right there whenever she needed help and her CNA Louise Lavallee and the wonderful homemade meals they shared.
Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 24th, at 11:00am in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton. Burial will follow in Northside Cemetery, Charlton. A calling hour in the church will be held on Wednesday, July 24th, from 10:00 to 11:00am, prior to the service.
William O. ‘Bill’ Hultgren
Died – June 30, 2019
Charlton – William O. ‘Bill’ Hultgren, 77, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019 in his home after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Bill was born in Worcester, son of Otto and Pauline (Popko) Hultgren and moved to Charlton in 1952. He was a graduate of Charlton High School, Class of 1959 and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and completed an internship at Tradgardsforeningen, in Goteborg, Sweden. He was active in the Town of Charlton, serving on various boards, including being a 44 year member of the Charlton Planning Board. He was also a member of the British Iron Association and Vasa Lodge #611 of Worcester. With a lifelong interest in history, he was a charter member of the Charlton Historical Society. He authored and co- authored numerous historical publications pertaining to both Charlton and Worcester County history.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn, daughter Linnea Sciarappa, and her husband Jason, daughter Shelley Hultgren, and son Carl Hultgren and his wife Danielle, as well as seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Eric, and his sister Eleanor Karlsson.
Calling Hours will be held Friday, July 5, 2019 from 4-7 pm at the ROBERT J. MILLER-CHARLTON FUNERAL HOME, 175 Old Worcester Road, Charlton.
Friends and family are invited to attend his Funeral Service at the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton at 10 AM on Saturday, July 6, 2019, with burial to follow in Northside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the Hultgren family suggests that a donation in Bill’s memory be made to the Charlton Historical Society, P.O. Box 252, Charlton, MA. 01507.
Rosemary Carlin Hall
July 12, 1932 – June 23, 2019
Rosemary Carlin Hall, of Worcester, MA, formerly of West Boylston and Lancaster, MA, passed away Sunday, June 23rd , surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years Preston W. “Skip” Hall. In addition to Skip, Rosemary is survived by her five children, Deborah and husband Jeffrey Heller of Needham, MA, Preston “Pete” and wife Dawn Hall of North Andover, MA, James and wife Sharon Hall of Charlton, MA, Thomas and wife Christine Hall of Bedford, NH, and David and wife Katrina Hall of Hollis, NH. She had fifteen grandchildren Jessica, Kristin, Garrett, Michelle, Preston, Eric, Matthew, Elizabeth, Lauren, Brittnay, Andrew, James, Jacob, Sophia, and Samuel, and five great grandchildren, Elijah, Nathan, Brayden, Collin, and Cole. Rosemary is also survived by two brothers, Thomas Carlin and his wife Ginny of Bel Air, MD and Francis Carlin of West Boylston. She was predeceased by her sister Helen Wadsworth and her parents Thomas and Rosemary Carlin.
Rosemary was born on July 12th , 1932 in Hodge, Louisiana, where she spent the first twelve years of her life. She then moved to Berlin, New Hampshire, attended Lee Academy and then went on to the University of Maine at Orono. She graduated in 1954 with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and promptly married Skip on June 21st , 1954. In addition to the joy of raising 5 children, Rosemary was an accomplished seamstress who sewed, knit, and crocheted numerous items, including baby quilts and graduation blankets for all her grandchildren. She was an avid reader and superb piano player. Rosemary was a loyal friend, confidant, and longtime bridge player with some of her closest friends. Rosemary was a great listener and offered invaluable advice to family and friends whenever needed.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in West Boylston, MA on Thursday, June 27th , 2019 at 11:00am. The burial will immediately follow the Funeral Mass at the Mt. Vernon cemetery.
Dennis P. Tully
April 23, 1960 – February 28, 2019
CHARLTON — Dennis Tully, the owner of MTD Micro Molding and the loving patriarch of the Tully family, died unexpectedly on Thursday, February 28. He leaves his wife and soulmate of 34 years, Darlene (Crowley) Tully; his son Eric and his wife Jamie Tully; his two daughters, Megan and Emily Tully, and Emily’s fiance, Eric Ray; his parents, Richard and Margaret (Graham) Tully; two brothers, James and Steven Tully; two sisters, Karen Tully and Donna Bibber; two grandsons, Craig and Gavin; brother-in-law and best friend Danny and his wife Annette Crowley; sister-in-law Debbi and her husband David Mann; many nephews and nieces; and his beloved dog, Riley. He also leaves his forever friends, Ray and Linda Tetreault; Brian and Jayne Garney; Steven and Kathy Oslowski; and many more. He had a special way of turning friends into family, and his sense of humor lit up any room he entered.
Dennis was born in 1960 in Southbridge, graduated from Shepherd Hill Regional High School, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree at UMass Lowell in 1982.Around that time, Dennis worked up the courage to invite his best friend’s younger sister, a pretty Charlton girl named Darlene, to dinner. That night at the Hilltop Steakhouse in Saugus launched a 37-year love story. Dennis and Darlene wed in 1984 in Charlton, and renewed their vows 30 years later in front of their family and friends at their vacation home in Vermont, affectionately dubbed Tully Acres. They were life partners, best friends and the loves of each other’s lives.
Dennis and Darlene had one son and two daughters, Eric, Meg and Emily, completing a family that was always at the center of his life. He was a loving, caring, inspiring father who could be relied upon anytime, whether for help on a project or a laugh and a hug when they were needed.
While Dennis was a family man first, he was also a shrewd businessman and brilliant engineer. For decades, he helped lead Miniature Tool & Die, the micro-molding business his father, Richard, began in 1972 in his Charlton basement. In 2008, Dennis purchased the business from his father, rebranded it MTD Micro Molding, and repositioned it for the medical-device market, steering it to enormous success. MTD became known around the world for its mastery of highly precise, specialized miniature parts that no other company could produce, including the world’s smallest molded plastic part. Under Dennis, MTD became one of the nation’s fastest growing companies and won numerous awards, including being named one of the plastics industry’s best places to work. Despite the company’s accolades, Dennis was always most proud of his staff, whom he cared for deeply.
Dennis was the most selfless and generous man we knew, always investing time, effort and money into causes he and his loved ones cared about, from cystic fibrosis to the RFK Children’s Action Corps to Brake the Silence, the organization he helped lead to end the stigma of mental illness and prevent suicides. Dennis was also a member of several golf leagues, the Society of Plastic Engineers and Sigma Phi Omicron.
He enjoyed traveling the world with Darlene, smoking meats, brewing beer, winning at bags and washer hole, snowmobiling, riding his Harley, and watching his New England sports teams win championship after championship.
Dennis had a knack for making others feel welcome, happy and loved. He could make you laugh — whether via his goofy poems or world-class collection of costumes and wigs — and he could make you cry, in a good way. That’s why his friends and family always looked to Dennis for giving toasts and officiating weddings. We also looked to him for some of the best times of our lives. Dennis and Darlene designed their homes in Charlton and Vermont for hosting family and friends, and they loved nothing more than being surrounded by loved ones. We will always cherish our weekend-long gatherings at Tully Acres, where Dennis was at the center of every gift exchange, golf outing, bags tournament, panini contest, Steven Day, St. Patrick’s Day parade, and long night piling pallets onto the fire.
Most of all, Dennis loved his family, friends and life. Now we will all carry that love on in our own lives. We will forever cherish our memories of you, Dennis, and you will live on in our hearts. We love you.
His funeral will be held at 10AM Thursday, March 7, in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St. Charlton. Calling hours are 5 to 8PM Wednesday, March 6, in the Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy ST. Southbridge.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Brake the Silence, Inc., PO Box 835, Charlton, MA
died February 16, 2019
Patricia T. (Bennett) Kelley, 83 of Worcester, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Saint Vincent’s Hospital.
Patricia was born in Worcester a daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret (Daley) Bennett. She graduated from Worcester schools and had various jobs in the Worcester area but her most important job was being a wonderful mother to her five children.
Patricia’s husband of 58 years, Donald A. Kelley, Sr. passed away in 2012. She is survived by her three children, Jim Kelley and his girlfriend Donna Jones of Fitchburg, Kathleen McCarthy and her husband John of Boylston and John Kelley and his wife Deborah of Dudley; a brother, Francis Bennett and his wife Gail of Maine; eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild; many nieces and nephews. She is survived by a son, Donald A. Kelley, Jr. who passed in 2017; a daughter, Theresa Kelley who passed in 2018; a brother, Thomas Bennett, Jr.; two sisters, Carol Allain and Mary St. Laurent.
Patricia’s Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 10 am in St. John’s Church, 44 Temple St., Worcester. There are no calling hours. MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St., Worcester is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. To share your thoughts and memoires of Patricia, please visit her personal guestbook at www.mercadantefuneral.com
Marie A. Couture
died January 14th 2019
Worcester – Marie A. Couture, 92, of Worcester died Monday, January 14th 2019 in the St. Francis Home. Her husband of 65 years, Alfred L. Couture died in 2012. She leaves five sons: Richard Couture of Baltimore, MD, Joseph Couture of Spencer, Edward Couture of Delran, NJ, Anthony Couture of Sterling and Michael Couture of Worcester; three daughters, Linda Sullivan of Mattapoisett, Elizabeth Couture of Worcester and Janet Couture of Southborough; 18 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Shirley Ann Couture and a son, John Couture.
Marie was born in Winchendon, the daughter of Ludger Cote and Elizabeth Cote Archambault. Marie was a devout Catholic and a former member of Immaculate Conception Church in Worcester and a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Charlton. Marie served as a past president of the Holy Cross Church Rosary Sodality in East Templeton. Working with Catholic Charities, Marie cared for over 87 foster babies. In the mid-60’s, Marie owned and operated the Elm Street Yarn Shop, a small business in Baldwinville. Later in life she volunteered at St. Vincent Hospital where she rocked babies and sent them all home with one of her knitted hats.
Her funeral is Thursday, January 17th with a Mass at 3:00 PM in St. Joseph’s Church, 10 H Putnam Road Ext., Charlton. Burial will be in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton. Calling hours are Wednesday, January 16th from 5:30 until 7:00 PM in O’CONNOR BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Park Avenue. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Bruce A. Guardiani, 75, died Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.He leaves his wife of 49 years Joan E. (DelNegro) Guardiani, a brother Allan Guardiani and his wife Rachel of Brimfield, a sister Betsey Julian and her husband Dennis of Sturbridge, sister-in law Jean Gould and her husband Edward of Worcester, brother-in-law J.R.Pitt and his wife Susan of West Chatham, several nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his brother Donald Guardiani.
Bruce was born in Southbridge the son of the late Albert F. and Jean Sarah (McKinstry) Guardiani and lived in the area all his life. He graduated from Mary E. Wells High School and studied at Worcester Jr. College earning Magnum Cum Laude honors. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree.
He retired from Verizon after 25 years of service as an engineer and belonged to the Telephone Pioneers.
He was an active member of the Charlton City United Methodist Church where he shared his love for cooking at church functions.
Bruce was an avid golfer and was a former member of Cohasse Country Club and a current member of Hemlock Ridge Golf Course where he played in many leagues and special tournaments.
He was a longtime active member of Quinebaug Masonic Lodge AF & AM in Southbridge. He was a member of Doric Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, Hiram Council of Royal and Select Master Masons, Worcester County Commandry #5 Knight Templar.
His funeral will be held at 11:00AM, Wednesday, November 7, in Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St. Charlton.
Calling hours will be held 9:30AM to 11:00AM prior to the service in the church.
Please omit flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St. Charlton, Ma. 01507 or Worcester Animal Rescue League, 139 Holden St. Worcester, MA 01606
Earle “Cliff” Livingstone Jr.
died September 17, 2018
Belmont, NH—-Earle “Cliff” Livingstone Jr., 57, formerly of Reading, MA died Monday, September 17, 2018 in a motor vehicle accident.
Cliff was born January 9, 1961 in Stoneham, MA the son of Earle Livingstone Sr. and Myrna (Richardson) Livingstone. Cliff worked as a carpenter for many years. He enjoyed boating, camping, wood working, and fishing. He liked to ride motorcycles and go “jeeping”. Most of all Cliff loved his time with family. He was a kind man and always willing to lend a hand. Cliff will be remembered for being a jack of all trades.
Cliff is survived by his wife, of thirty-five years, Denise Livingstone; his parents, Earle Livingstone Sr. and Myrna (Richardson) Livingstone; three daughters, Tanya Livingstone and her husband, Jeff Bickford, Jessica Hayes and her husband, Daniel, and Rebecca Paquette and her husband, Thomas; three grandchildren, Hannah, Eloise, and Noah; two sisters, Cheryl Richards and Carol Battcock; four nieces, Kelly, Megan, Katie, and Emilia; and eight nephews, Michael, Jeremy, Ryan, Nicholas, Robert, Jakob, Thomas, and Beckett. Cliff is predeceased by a granddaughter, Alana Livingstone.
Calling Hours will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia NH using the Carriage House entrance.
A Funeral Service will follow the calling hour at 1:00pm also at the Funeral Home.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations may be made to Homes For Our Troops 6 Main Street Tauton, MA 02780
Richard Loren Jenks
died August 7, 2018
Richard Loren Jenks, known to his friends and family as Loren, died on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was 72 years old. Loren had lived in Sturbridge, Massachusetts since 2006 but previously lived for 25 years in Brentwood, California, where he had many close friends. Loren was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University before joining the United States Marines and serving in the Vietnam War as a First Lieutenant. After the war, Loren worked as a science writer for the University of California at Irvine. He continued to work as a writer, editor and graphic designer until his retirement in 2013.
Loren was predeceased by his father, Loren Howard Jenks, and is survived by his wife, Robin Jenks, his stepson, Gabriel Harmell of Los Angeles, California, his stepdaughter Elizabeth Clements and her husband John and two grandsons, Ben and James of Grafton, Massachusetts. He is also survived by his mother, June Jenks, his sister, Christina Nunn and her husband, Clark, of Cleveland, Texas, his brother, Alan Jenks, and his wife, Katherine, of Houston, Texas and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Loren was a lifelong pianist, organist, guitarist and offered his gifts of music to his family, friends and church communities both in California and Massachusetts. He also wrote his own music and enjoyed singing and acting. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking with his family, including their many family dogs over the years. He enjoyed writing short stories, poetry, plays and science fiction. Loren was a lifelong Methodist and most recently a member of the Charlton City United Methodist Church and formerly of the Brentwood Community United Methodist Church where he served both congregations as church organist and choir member, lay speaker and active community member.
Loren’s family wishes to thank Dr. Herta Chao and the entire oncology and general staff at the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Haven, Connecticut as well as the staff at the Rose Monahan Hospice House in Worcester and the VNA Hospice nurses and staff. The family would also like to thank their fellow church members, neighbors and friends for their incredible support. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 23rd at 11 AM at the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford Street, Charlton, MA 01507. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rose Monahan Hospice House, 10 Judith Road, Worcester, Massachusetts, 01602.
1927 – 2018
Irma L (Vandervelde) McKeown, 91, of Douglas died Monday July 9, 2018.
Irma leaves her beloved husband of 67 years, the Rev. Thomas S. McKeown and their six children; Betty McKeown and her husband Nicholas Georgantas, Lucille (McKeown) Gallagher, Paul McKeown and his wife Bonnie, Steven McKeown and his wife Maureen, Sharon (McKeown) Hall and her husband James, Mark McKeown and his wife Lina Mateus, 15 grandchildren; James (Jamie) Gallagher, Andrew Georgantas, David Gallagher, Peter Georgantas, Althea Georgantas, Matthew Hall, Timothy Gallagher, Meaghan McKeown, Elizabeth Hall, Lauren Hall, Thomas McKeown, Nicholas (Zeke) Georgantas, Sean McKeown, Shannon McKeown, and Ryan McKeown as well as 5 great-grandchildren; Michael, Julianna, Maia, Brayden, and Collin. She also leaves her sister Opal (Vandervelde) Longino of Westminster, CO, her brother Kermit Vandervelde of Ft Wayne IN, sisters-in-law Barbara Egan and Irene Porzio, many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Homer Vandervelde. Irma loved her family dearly.
Irma was born in Benton, IA daughter of the late William(Bill) and Alice (Helms) Vandervelde. She attended Morningside College in Sioux City, IA where she met her husband “Tommy”. After graduation they moved to Massachusetts eventually settling in Auburn where they raised their children. They owned a home in South Athol which served as a summer home until retirement when they were able to live there full time. Irma loved the peaceful country living. She enjoyed reading, gardening, sewing, needlework, and traveling.
Irma’s work was within the United Methodist Church. She served as church secretary, taught Sunday school, and led bible studies. She was well known in the New England Conference for her efforts in the United Methodist Women, UMW’s School of Mission, and an avid supporter of missions and camps. She and Tom enjoyed their retirement years by travelling and serving in mission. Irma was quiet but powerful in her service to the Lord and was passionate about Peace and Social Justice.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2:00 at the Blackstone United Methodist Church, 61 Linwood Ave, Whitinsville, MA. Gifts may be made in Irma’s memory to Camp Aldersgate, North Scituate, RI. www.campaldersgate.com
Kenneth Arsenault Sr.
Friday, August 10, 2018
SPENCER – Kenneth J. Arsenault, Sr., of Crestview Drive died Friday, August 10 in his home surrounded by his family after a long illness.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Maxine (Bickford) Arsenault, a son Kenneth J. Arsenault, Jr. and his wife Rebecca of Barre, three daughters; Pamela J. Benoit of Spencer, Carol A. Lord and her husband Doug of Brookfield and Kimberly M. Parker and her husband Kevin of East Brookfield, two brothers; Donald Arsenault of McClean, VA and Michael Arsenault and his wife Maryanna of Wells, Maine, a sister Linda Rogers and her husband Al of Spencer, seven grandchildren; Todd, Crystal, Amanda, Nicholas, Megan, Erin & Gabrielle, three great grandchildren; Olivia, Colin & Maddison, several nieces and nephews and his beloved cat Chloe.
Kenneth was born in Spencer, son of Edward and Florence (Fairbrother) Arsenault. He was a sales manager for RCA for many years after retiring he was a custodian at Knox Trail School for 10 years and also a runner for Lamoureux Ford in East Brookfield. He tended bar at the Castle Restaurant for 20 years part time. He was a member of the Charlton City United Methodist Church and their Men’s Club. He was a charter member of the Massasoit Monday night golf league. He was an avid fly fisherman and was fortunate enough to fish in Montana, Wyoming & Maine. He enjoyed making custom fishing rods and fly’s, gardening and owning his own greenhouse and traveling with his family. He especially enjoyed spending time with his wife at the Casino.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 16 at 11:00 AM in Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford Street, Charlton. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery in Spencer will be at a later date. Calling hours are Wednesday, August 15 from 5:00-7:00 PM in J. HENRI MORIN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 23 Maple Terr., Spencer. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund www.jimmyfund.org/gift.
1927 – 2018
Died Sunday, June 24, 2018.
Funeral service 1:00PM Thursday, June 28, 2018. West Ridge Cemetery Main St. Charlton, MA . Funeral Home: Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home 51 Marcy St.
Charlton – Paul “Skip” Blauvelt, 76, of Center Depot Rd. died June 5, at Lanessa Nursing Home in Webster.
He leaves a son Richard Blauvelt and his wife Lisa of Charlton, a daughter Heather Blanchard and her husband Jeff of Dudley, his former wife Claudia (Mitchell) Blauvelt of Charlton, a brother William H. Blauvelt Jr. of Brookfield, 2 sisters Gloria Blauvelt of Charlton and Jane Desmarais of Spencer, 4 grandchildren Kayleigh, Zachary, Daniel, Julia and nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his sister Gretchen Blauvelt.
He was born in Worcester the son of the late William H. Sr. and Phyllis L. (Ham) Blauvelt.
Paul was an active member of the Charlton City United Methodist Church, including singing in the choir, member of the Board of Trustees, the Men’s Club, and a lay leader. He was a generous donor of blood and platelets with the American Red Cross. He liked to travel and was a NASCAR enthusiast.
Paul retired as a programmer analyst from Commerce Insurance Co. after many years. He then worked part time Home Depot in Auburn.
His funeral will be held at 10:00AM Saturday, June 9 in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St. Burial will follow at West Ridge Cemetery.
Calling hours are 6 to 8PM Friday, June 8 in the Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St. Southbridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St. Charlton, Ma 01507
Helen (Hamilton) Rhoades, 77, a longtime resident of Brimfield, MA, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017 surrounded by her family. Helen was born in Holyoke on February 24, 1940, the daughter of the late Paul and Ruth (Mitchell) Hamilton. She was a graduate of Holyoke High School and Bay Path College. Helen enjoyed knitting but most of all she treasured time spent with her family. Helen is survived by her beloved husband of fifty-three years Earl Rhoades of Brimfield and three devoted children Jessica Marsella and her husband Stephen of Narragansett, RI, Arthur Rhoades and his wife Sheryl of Palmer, MA, and Christine Brown and her husband Ernie of Dracut, MA, and she also leaves four cherished grandsons Matthew, James, Tyler and Cameron. Family and friends will gather and remember Helen on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 10-11a.m., followed by a Life Celebration Service at 11a.m. at the Byron Keenan Funeral Home and Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen Street, Springfield, MA 01118. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlton City United Methodist Church, Memorial Fund, 74 Stafford Street, Charlton, MA, 01507.
Gilbert E. Mann
December 26, 1931 ~ August 23, 2017 (age 85)
Gilbert Mann passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on August 23rd. 2017 with his wife and best friend of 20 years by his side, Patricia Carrigan Mann.
Gib grew up in Charlton all of his life. He is the son of Clara and Raymond Mann. He leaves his children and grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was a Korean War Veteran and was predeceased by his siblings and first wife Jean McKissick Mann.
He leaves his daughter Melissa Pepin and her husband Brian, and his very special grandson Andrew Harris.
His family would like to thank the VNA nurses for their wonderful and exceptional care with in the past year. With special thanks to Janet Peterson.
Gib worked at Miniature Tool & Die in Charlton for many years. They were some of his happiest days and were spent with the most caring and exceptional people. His family will always be grateful for there love and support. “Adios Amigo’s”.
Shaw-Majercik funeral Home, Funeral Home, 48 School St., Webster has been entrusted with his arrangements.. Gib’s wishes were services to be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association.
1939 – 2017
Oxford – Nancy Carol Rand, 77, passed peacefully into the hands of our Lord on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Rose Monahan Hospice Home. Nancy, a long time resident of Oxford leaves behind her son David and his wife Lori of Webster, MA; daughter Wendy Ansons and her husband Aldis and three granddaughters Karlee, Dana, and Perri; her brother Alvin Lotti and his family; and other extended family members. She was predeceased by her husband, David.
Nancy was born Southbridge, lived in Charlton and later lived most of her life in Oxford. For nearly 30 years she worked as a preschool teacher and later the proud owner of Merry Morning Preschool in Oxford touching the lives of countless families in Oxford and beyond.
Nancy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and dear friend to many. She loved her family, cooking for so many, painting, travel, her church, and the companionship of her dog.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at Robert J. Miller-Oxford Funeral Home, 247 Main Street in Oxford. The funeral service will be Wednesday, June 28th at 10 a.m. at the Charlton City United Methodist Church with burial to follow at the West Ridge Cemetery in Charlton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: the Helping Hands Society in Charlton or the Charlton City United Methodist Church.
ALEXANDER W. ROSS
Alex Ross, 89 of East Hartford, CT, passed away Saturday May 27th. Alex was born in Blanshard Twp, Canada, September 6, 1927 to the late Victoria and Robert Ross and moved to the United States in 1963. He worked in the railroad and trucking industry and was a regional terminal manager for the Northeast. Alex had a passion for dancing which he shared with his wife of many years, Barbara DeGroat Gemmell Ross. Alex and Barbara were experts at ballroom square, and round dancing. They had a large social circle of dancing friends and traveled extensively following the dance circuit. They were featured in many dance exhibitions and were crowned King and Queen of a a senior center prom. When Alex and Barbara began to dance together other people in attendance would just stop and watch. Alex was an active participant at the East Hartford Senior Center and the East Hartford Cultural Center. In addition, to Barbara, Alex leaves six children and many grand and great grandchildren throughout the country. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at 10am at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring Street, with burial immediately following at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 212 Spring Street, Windsor Locks.
SPENCER – Paul L. Arsenault, 73, died peacefully at his home, with his wife at his side, on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
He leaves his wife of 50 years, Susan M. (Leware) Arsenault; his daughters, Michele M. Toomey and her husband Matthew of E. Brookfield, Lisa J. Landry and her fiance Bert Milliken of Spencer; 3 brothers, Kenneth Arsenault and his wife Maxine of Spencer, Michael Arsenault and his wife Maryanna of Maine, and Donald Arsenault of McClean, VA; a sister Linda Rogers and her husband Albert of Spencer; 6 grandchildren, Cote Toomey, Ryan Landry, Amber Hanny, Corrine Landry, Matthew Toomey and Nicholas Toomey; 3 great grandchildren, Karter Toomey, Harrison Landry and Silas Hanny, many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by brothers Gordon and Edward Arsenault and sisters Betty Barre, Phyillis Bondanza, Dorothy Grennon, Lillian Cristofono and Ethel Conti.
Paul was a packaging engineer for Signode Corp. in Ill., before retiring in 2005. He later owned his own packaging co. under the name Service Alternatives. He was an animal lover, bird and wildlife enthusiast, enjoyed fishing and flew model airplanes. He was a member of the So.Hadley R.C. Club
Born in Worcester, he was the son of Edward and Florence (Fairbrother) Arsenault and later served in the National Guard
A Memorial Service will be held at Noon on Wednesday, March 29 in the J.HENRI MORIN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 23 Maple Terr., Spencer. Calling hours from 10 to Noon will precede the service on Wednesday. Burial will take place at a later date in Pine Grove Cemetery, Spencer. Please omit flowers. Contributions may be made to either the Spencer Rescue Squad, Inc., P.O. Box 147, Spencer, Ma. 01562 or Compassus Hospice of Greater Western MA., 15 Midtstate Dr., Suite 215, Auburn, MA. 01501.
Stanley Curtis Mann – (Age 81)
Born: April 5, 1935
Place of Birth: Southbridge, MA
Death: March 19, 2017
Place of Death: Clinton, MA
Charlton: Stanley Curtis Mann, 81, known better as “Stan” or “Stub” , passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Stanley was preceded in death by his beloved wife and mother of his children, Claire R. (Normandin) Mann in 2005.
He is survived by his dearest second wife, Patricia Fisher of Auburndale, FL; and his cherished children, all from Charlton; Susan Gunnell and her husband Simon, Michael Mann, Cindy Ertsgard and her husband Robert, Sandra Dam and her husband Shawn, and Donna Kondracki and her husband Scott; and his stepson, Gary Fisher and his wife Maria of Georgetown, TX. Stanley also leaves his precious grandchildren, Hannah Gunnell and her husband Brent Gilmore, Samuel Gunnell, Joshua Mann, Garrett Mann, Gabrielle Mann, Kelsea (Ertsgard) Conlin and her husband Stephen, Sierra Ertsgard, Amanda Dam and Aleta Dam, as well as a darling great-grandson, Liam Conlin. Stanley is also survived by his brother, Gilbert Mann of Webster. He was predeceased by his siblings, Dorothy Perry, Beatrice Tully and Ralph Mann. He was born in Southbridge the son of Raymond and Clara Adelia (Phillips) Mann. Stanley was a US Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, and served with the Allied Air Forces Central Europe under a NATO mission. He held a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lowell Technological Institute and later attended graduate classes at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Stanley’s career spanned many years, working for the U.S. Government, Sanders Associates, U.S. Steel Corporation, Phalo Industries, and Montrose CDT. He was a member of the Charlton City United Methodist Church, the Quinebaug Masonic Lodge, the Hayloft Steppers, and attended various other clubs and associations throughout his life.
Before retiring and wintering in Florida, Stanley was often found farming his 100 acre property. He was an avid card player, a master at horseshoes, and a seasoned dancer. He loved music, camping, softball, golf, a rousing good volleyball game, and lively group gatherings. He will be remembered as one who loved his family and friends with great passion, and who possessed an easy smile, a contagious laugh, and an unrelenting zest for life. He will be forever cherished among those who knew and loved him. We will not bid farewell to such a treasured soul but rather, a love-filled “à tout à l’heure” (see you later) in heaven.
A funeral service for Stanley will be held on Wednesday, March 29th, at 10:30am in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton. Burial will follow in West Ridge Cemetery, Charlton. Calling hours will be held in the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home,130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, on Tuesday, March 28th from 5:00 to 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stanley’s name to the Charlton City United Methodist Church, Attn: Memorial Fund, 74 Stafford Street, Charlton, MA 01507.
Patricia Fisher, Spouse
Michael R. Mann, Son
Susan A. Gunnell, Daughter
Cindy L. Ertsgard, Daughter
Sandra L. Dam, Daughter
Donna M. Kondracki, Daughter
Gilbert Mann, Brother
Hannah Gunnell , Granddaughter
Samuel Gunnell, Grandson
Joshua Mann, Grandson
Garrett Mann, Grandson
Gabrielle Mann, Granddaughter
Kelsea (Ertsgard) Conlin, Granddaughter
Sierra Ertsgard, Granddaughter
Amanda Dam , Granddaughter
Aleta Dam, Granddaughter
Liam Conlin, Great Grandson
Gary Fisher, Stepson
Claire Rose Mann, Spouse
Raymond Mann, Father
Clara Adelia Mann, Mother
Ralph Mann, Brother
Dorothy Perry, Sister
Beatrice Tully, Sister
Anna E. (Adams) Strader
March 04, 2017
Oxford – Anna E. (Adams) Strader, 81, passed away at U.Mass/Memorial Hospital, University Campus in Worcester. She leaves behind her husband, Donald K. Strader, their children ;George H. Ellis,III, June C. Carpenter and Mark A. Brooks of Oxford, Donald R. Brooks of Bethel,VT., Norman D. Ellis of Charlton, Richard D. Strader of Leominster, David Whitten and Donna Whitten of Worcester and Cindy Robert of FLA. A brother, Albert M. Adams and his wife Carolyn of Oxford, 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Anna was born in Leicester, daughter of the late George F. and Rachel E. (Mitchell) Strader and lived in Oxford, most of her life. She was also predeceased by a sister, Mary C. Adams who died in 2015.
Anna was a member of the Oxford United Methodist Church, former member of the D.A.R., she was mostly a homemaker and worked in area department and grocery stores.
There are no calling hours. A Graveside Service will be Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11 AM at North Cemetery in Oxford, after the service, family and friends are cordially invited to gather for a Celebration of Anna’s life ( which will be announced at the cemetery). In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions in her memory, may be made to: Oxford United Methodist Church, 465 Main St., Oxford, MA. 01540.
The ROBERT J.MILLER-OXFORD FUNERAL HOME, 247 Main St. is assisting Anna’s family with arrangements.
Donald A. Kelley, Jr.
March 19, 2017
BOYLSTON- Donald A. Kelley Jr., 62, passed away on 03/19/2017 at his home after a recent illness.
He was born in Anchorage, Alaska on March 1, 1955 a son of the late Donald A. Kelley Sr., and Patricia T. (Bennett). For many years Donald worked as a window washer and Auto Detailing. He loved to read the newspaper and many books, He was an avid New England sports fan especially the Redsox. And he loved his coffee!!!!
He is survived by a son, Donald A. Kelley, III of Germany; two brothers, James M. Kelley of Fitchburg and John F Kelley of Dudley two sisters Kathleen T (Kelley) McCarthy of Boylston, And Teresa M Kelley of Worcester, Two uncles And several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 1st at 10:30 am at Charlton City United Church on 74 Stafford Charlton MA. Burial will be held privately. Arrangments are under the care of the CALLAHAN FAY & CASWELL Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle St., Worcester.
1951 – 2017
Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Thomas Stanley Kosakowski, 65, died at home March 21, 2017 of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was born on December 4, 1951 in Southbridge, Massachusetts, to Thaddeus and Nellie (Rewinski) Kosakowski.
Tom graduated from Southbridge High School in 1969. He was valedictorian of his class, president of the National Honor Society, accompanist for the choir and co-captain of the baseball team. Tom was a true ‘Renaissance Man’ gifted in academics, athletics and the arts.
Following high school, Tom went to Bowdoin College in Maine to study physics. He graduated in 1973, Summa Cum Laude, with a double major in physics and music. He continued his education at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, graduating in 1975 with a Master of Arts in music with an emphasis on piano accompanying.
After college, Tom stayed in the Los Angeles area and served as accompanist at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church. It was during this time that he gave his life to the Lord. He worked as a staff accompanist in the music department of Los Angeles City College, and it was there that he met Cheryl Anne Roraff who was to become his wife.
In 1992 Tom and Cheryl moved to Miller, South Dakota to work at Sunshine Bible Academy. Tom was business manager and Cheryl taught music. They raised their family and served there for 17 years. During this time the Kosakowskis served as musicians at St. Lawrence Community Church in St. Lawrence, South Dakota. Tom and Cheryl also served recently in music ministry at Charlton City United Methodist Church in Charlton, MA.
Tom loved serving the Lord with his gift of music, especially in small churches. He will be remembered for his sensitive piano accompanying.
Tom leaves his wife of 38 years, Cheryl; his son Philip and his wife Jenny (Pridey) Kosakowski of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; his daughter Rachel Kosakowski of Ames, Iowa; and his sister Ann (Kosakowski) McNamee and her husband Roger McNamee of Woodside, California. Tom also leaves his grand-daughter, Avery Lynne, daughter of Philip and Jenny.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford Street, Charlton, MA 01507.
died July 9, 2016
NO. OXFORD – Patrick W. Calkins 30, of Leicester St., died suddenly at his home on Saturday, July 9, 2016.
He leaves his daughter Ava Calkins of Warren, his father Michael F. Calkins, Sr. and his wife Maria of Oxford, his mother Rochelle Chaisson of No. Uxbridge, six brothers, his twin brother Sean Calkins of So. Hadley, Michael Calkins, Jr. and his wife Renee of Wake Forest, N.C., Kevin Calkins and his wife Elizabeth of Poway, Calif., Brian Smith, Jr. of Holden, Gregory Calkins of Newton, N.J., and Andrew Calkins and his wife Angelina of Gouldsboro, Pa., three sisters Kimbly Massotti and her husband Gregory of Douglas, Meaghan Calkins of Worcester, and Michelle Schultzki and her husband Kyle of Chicoppee, several nieces and nephews.
Pat was a longtime truck driver for Atlas Box in Sutton, and most recently Polito Construction Co. in Shrewsbury. Born in Southbridge he attended Tantasqua Regional High School. He was an avid golfer playing in several area leagues and tournaments.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 13 at 10 a.m. in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Leicester. Calling hours at the MORIN FUNERAL HOME, 1131 Main St., Leicester are Tuesday, July 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Brian Smith & Sean Calkins in Trust for Ava Calkins, c/o Santander Bank, 379 Main St., Sturbridge, Ma. 01566.
CHARLTON: Jeanette L. (Hutchinson) Russell, 75, died unexpectedly Monday, November 28, 2016 in St. Vincent Hospital. She leaves her husband James W. Russell, Sr., two sons James W. Russell, Jr. and his wife Kelly of New Underwood, South Dakota and Todd H. Russell and his wife Sloane of Sturbridge, five grandchildren; Andrew Russell, Kristopher Russell, Ryan Russell, Paige Wood and Mak Wood-Ortiz and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Haven Hutchinson.
Jeanette was born in Lubec, Maine daughter of Haven and Ruth (Zwicker) Hutchinson. She graduated from Lubec High School. She was the director of personnel at the Public House for many years before retiring. She enjoyed knitting, reading and spending time at the Charlton Senior Center. She grew beautiful orchids and african violets.
Funeral Services and burial in Northside Cemetery Charlton will be private. BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn is assisting the family with arrangements.
Friday, August 27, 1926 – Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Fiskdale, MA James “Robert” Reed, 89, formerly of Owensville, passed away June 29, 2016 at the Overlook Masonic Home in Charlton, MA. He was born in Gibson County on August 27, 1926 to the late Charles Henry and Anna (Bell) Reed. Robert attended Owensville School for 1 year finishing his high school at Howard School in Nashville and graduated in the class of 1943. He retired after 40 years as a Tool and Die Maker at Whirlpool Corporation. Robert was a member and Deacon for many years of the Maumee General Baptist Church. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 63 years Joan (Robinson) Reed; daughter and son-in-law, Garnet (Reed) and James L. Olson; granddaughter, Lily Olson. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, James Paul Reed in 1976; brother, Don Charles Reed in 1970. Services will be held on Friday July 15, 2016 at noon at the Maumee General Baptist Church in Johnson with the Rev. Ken Nelson officiating and assisted by Kevin Miley. Burial will be in the Maumee Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the service time at the church. Holders Funeral Home in Owensville is handling the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Maumee cemetery in Robert’s memory. Holders Funeral Home C/O Maumee Cemetery P O Box 518 Owensville, IN 47665 Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.holdersfuneralhome.com
Feb 17, 1919 – April 26, 2016
WORCESTER-Marion L. (Backman) Schonbeck, 97, of Worcester died Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Life Care Center of Auburn. Her husband, Idoff Schonbeck predeceased her in 1982.
She leaves her daughter, Nancy E. Carlson and her husband David of Sutton, two grandchildren, Karen and Stephen Carlson,two great grandchildren, Cameron Hicks of Worcester and Zachary Carlson of Warren, a sister, Gurlie Anderson of Worcester, and several nephews and nieces. Three brothers; Carl Raymond, Herbert and Alvin Anderson and a brother-in-law, Frank Anderson predeceased her.
She was born in Worcester, daughter of Axel G. Anderson and Anny E. Backman and graduated from Charlton High school. Marion was a lifelong member of Emanuel Lutheran Church.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 3rd at Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford Street, Charlton. A visiting hour will also be held at church on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Charlton City United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are under the care of LINDQUIST LUNDIN Funeral Home, 36 Butler Street, Worcester.
Carol E. Mann Cook
Auburndale, FL / Charlton – Carol E. (Butler) Mann Cook, 79, formerly of Charlton, passed away on Wednesday, April 20th, in Lakeland, FL, after an illness.
Her first husband of 41 years, Ralph L. Mann, died in 1997. She leaves her husband of 13 years, Walter N. Cook III; her son, Brett L. Mann and his wife Dorothy of Dudley; her daughter, Cheryl L Mann of Charlton; two stepdaughters, Dena Gregory and her husband Todd and Georgeann Husky and her husband Chris, all of Florida; her brother, Ronald H. Butler and his wife Ginny of Auburndale, FL; her sister, Joyce A. Langevin of Charlton; nine grandchildren, Michelle Ferguson Davis and her husband Benjamin, Laura Ferguson Anderson and her husband Keith, Jessica Resener and her husband Ben, Angelique Carter, Monique Rousseau, Alec Husky, Athan Husky, Kyle Gregory, and Katherin Gregory; 13 great grandchildren, Brayden, Elijah, Ella, Tyler, Zachary, Cole, Tristen, Jose, Keren, Rickie, Jayden, Trevor and Jase; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Butler. Carol was born in Charlton the daughter of Stephen and Olive C. (Prouty) Butler.
Carol worked for many years as an administrative assistant at the Masonic Home in Charlton, retiring many years ago. Prior to that she was a secretary for CPC Engineering, United Lens, several years at Shepherd Hill Regional High School as secretary to the Superintendant. Carol also raised her family well, did all the bookkeeping for Mann Bros. Garage, coached Lassie League, and served as a den mother for the Cub Scouts, and entertained many friends and family over the years. In retirement she enjoyed family, friends, traveling , crossword word puzzles and her beautiful retirement home with Walter in Auburndale, Florida, as well as their summer camp in Thompson, CT, where she enjoyed mini-trips throughout New England visiting family and friends up North.
Her funeral service will be held on Friday, April 29th, 10:00am in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton. Burial in West Ridge Cemetery, Charlton, will be held at the convenience of the family. Calling hours in the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, will be held on Thursday, April 28th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Lung Association , 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/telegram/obituary.aspx?pid=179734034#sthash.pT2B29xk.dpuf
Southbridge – Edward L. Kondracki, 74, of Southbridge, died on Tuesday, March 8th in Harrington Memorial Hospital.
Edward is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Eleanor M. (Gosselin) Kondracki; a son, Scott Kondracki and his wife Donna of Charlton; 2 daughters, Gayle Howland and her husband Robert of Sturbridge and Tina Leone of Dudley; a son in law, Richard Lassman of Clinton; 5 grandchildren, Riley and Bryce Howland and Payton and Paige Leone and Keith Lassman as well as many nephews and nieces.
Ed was born in Worcester, and raised by his grandmother, Stefania “Stella” Duma and is also predeceased by a daughter, Pamela Lassman who died in October 2014 and a brother, Walter Kondracki.
Ed served in the United States Army. He worked for many years at Consolidated Beverages as a truck driver and he previously worked at the former Brown Shoe Company. Ed was a family oriented man who loved to draw, paint, do puzzles and go camping in Bourne with his wife. He also loved his canine companion “Mandy”. He will be missed by many.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 16th at 11AM in the Alfred Roy & Sons Funeral Home 12 Hammond St. Worcester with burial to follow in Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 15th from 5 to 8 PM in the funeral home. Memorial contributions in memory of Ed may be made to either the Massachusetts Veterans Shelter 69 Grove Street Worcester, MA 01605 or to the American Heart Association 30 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701.
Frank C. Gard
Born: February 5, 1930
Place of Birth: Charlton, MA
Death: November 20, 2015
Place of Death: Worcester, MA
Louise D. Gard, Spouse
Ann M. Tremblay, Daughter
Susan M. Tittle, Daughter
Robert F. Gard, Son
Verna Miller, Sister
Carol Dergan, Sister
Charlton: Frank C. Gard, 85, passed away on Friday, Nov. 20th, in the UMass Memorial Medical Center, University Campus, Worcester, after a brief illness. He leaves his wife of 64 years, Louise D. (Lefebvre) Gard; his three children, Ann M. Tremblay and her husband David, Susan M. Tittle and her husband David and Robert F. Gard and his wife Kristen, all of Charlton; two sisters, Verna Miller of Thompson, CT and Carol Dergan and her husband Robert of Oceanside, CA; a brother-in-law Victor Lefebvre and his Monique of Southbridge; nine grandchildren, Jason Tremblay, Michele Tremblay, Nicole Collins, Janet Simpkins, April Foskett, Austin Tittle, Michael Gard, Matthew Gard and Julia Gard; eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two granddaughters, Leanna Tremblay and Aubrey Tittle, and by a brother, Robert Gard. He was born in Charlton the son of Robert A. and Marjorie (Gilbert) Gard. He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War era. Frank was a long time vocational teacher at Bay Path Regional Vocational High School, retiring in 1993. He previously operated his own auto repair shop, Frank’s Garage, in Charlton and also previously worked for Keyes Pontiac in Southbridge. He was a member of the American Legion. Frank loved camping, boating and fishing with his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed playing golf, going to yard sales and flying an airplane. He and his wife would camp during the summers in Jamestown, RI and they spent the winters in Naples, Florida. His funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25th, at 11:00am in St. Joseph’s Church, 10 H. Putnam Rd. Ext., Charlton. Burial will follow in New Notre Dame Cemetery, Southbridge. A calling hour will be held in St. Joseph’s Church on Wednesday, Nov. 25th, from 10:00 to 11:00am, before the Mass. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Parish, 10 H. Putnam Rd. Ext., Charlton, MA 01507. The Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, is directing arrangements.
(1921 – 2016)
Oxford – Joseph A. Wilson, 94, died Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus. He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Dorothy “Dot” R. (Riel) Wilson, who died in 1998. He is survived by four children, Shellie J. Wilson Kachadoorian and her husband Robert of Auburn, Jennifer L. Choquette of Putnam, CT, Scott J. Wilson and his wife Joy of Vernon, CT, and Dr. Mark M. Wilson of Northboro; two brothers, Fred Wilson of Westboro and David Wilson of Worcester; 10 grandchildren, Eric, Jodi, Sabrina, A.J., Kyle, Courtney, Casey, Samantha, Robyn, and Russell; six great grandchildren, Samantha, Amanda, Heather, Emma, Jasper, and Landen; and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by a daughter, Heather Wilson who died in 1954; and a granddaughter, Karissa J. Choquette who died in 2008. He was born in Sandown, NH, son of the late John and Beulah R. (Phillips) Wilson, and lived most of his life in Oxford. He graduated from Commerce High School in Worcester, and was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II.
Joe was a photographer for Wyman-Gordon in North Grafton for many years. In addition, he was an aerial photographer at a submarine base and worked at the Naval Underwater Systems Center in New London, CT. He was a member of Singletary Rod and Gun Club in Oxford. Joe enjoyed oil painting, writing poetry, HO scale model railroad trains, cheating at cribbage, and most of all enjoyed spending time with his family.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Paradis-Givner Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oxford. Burial will follow at North Cemetery in Oxford. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice .
Ethel E. McKinnon Ekstrom
October 3, 2015
CHARLTON – Ethel E. (Dickinson) McKinnon Ekstrom, 86, passed away Saturday, October 3, peacefully at home with her family by her side. Ethel was born in Auburn and lived there most of her life.
She leaves behind, her three children, her son, Alan David McKinnon and his wife, Sara McKinnon, her son, Donald Mark Mckinnon and his wife, Gerry McKinnon and her daughter, Robin Ruth LaPorta and her husband, Brian LaPorta. She also leaves her four step children, Keith Ekstrom and his wife, Mary Ekstrom, Pam Morrison and her husband, Mike Morrison, Neal Ekstrom and Jane Ekstrom. Ethel leaves fifteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul L. F. Ekstrom, her father Bert K. Dickinson, her mother, Bertha E. Cotter, her brother Roger B. Dickinson.
Ethel graduated from Girls Trade, Worcester in 1946. She went on to work for several companies as a seamstress, which happened to be her trade in school. She adopted her three children and raised them with love, good values and work ethics. She retired with her husband in 1994. While staying in Florida three months out of the year she took up oil painting, and with the classes she took, became a very talented artist. She truly enjoyed painting. She and her husband Paul, traveled to many places and saw many wonderful sights. They spent much time with their family and friends creating great memories.
Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7th in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St. in Charlton. Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6th in Mulhane Home for Funerals, 45 Main St. in Millbury. Burial will be private in Central Cemetery in Millbury. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
Norman R. Guivens, 88
Sept 13, 2015
Braintree – Norman R. Guivens, 88 years of age, entered Eternal Life at Overlook Masonic Home in Charlton, MA on Sunday, September 13, 2015. He was born in Wollaston and graduated from North Quincy High School. He graduated from Burdett College, Boston in 1950 and graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1955. He received a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Bentley College in 1978. During W.W. II he served in the U.S. Navy and was recalled during the Korean period. After several years as an accountant for various auto dealers, he joined the Internal Revenue Service as an Internal Auditor and later as a Revenue Agent. During this period, he became the founder and first president of the IRA-CPA Association, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. After his retirement from the IRS, he worked part time for various accounting firms and as an accountant for various charities. Norman was a member of the Quincy Community United Methodist Church in Wollaston, a life member of the Satuit Lodge of Masons in Scituate, and a member of the Euclid Lodge of Masons, then in Stoughton and now in Braintree. He belonged to the American Association of Retired Persons.
He was the beloved husband of the late Lula Elizabeth (Wager) Guivens who died in 2004. He was the devoted father of Norman R. Guivens, Jr. of Braintree. Visiting hours will be at the Mortimer N. Peck-Russell Peck Funeral Home 516 Washington Street, Braintree on Monday, September 21st from 4-8 and later again on Tuesday, September 22nd from 9:30am-10:30am prior to the procession to the Quincy Community United Methodist Church. A Masonic Service will be held at the funeral home on Monday night at 7pm. A Funeral Service will be held at the Church, 40 Beale Street Wollaston on Tuesday at 11:00am. The Reverend Susan Jarek-Glidden, Pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial with full military honors will be held at a later date at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to the VFW Home for Children, 3573 South Waverly Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. See www.peckservices.com for directions.
Maxine E Libby of Holland, MA
August 19, 1927 – May 16, 2015
Holland: Maxine E. (Broad) Libby, 87, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 16, surrounded by her husband, Stanley P. Libby Jr. of 63 years and family.
She leaves behind 6 daughters: Linda Libby of Marlborough, Valerie Reil of Maine, Brenda Hutchinson of Charlton, Stella Bonin and her husband John of Brookfield, Sheila Goodspeed of Fiskdale and Julie Libby of Fiskdale. She also leaves behind 9 grandchildren: Michael Jacobson of PA, Rebecca Libby of Maine, Jeanne Braley of N.H., Keri Cody of Conn., Adam Goodspeed of Holland, Justin Goodspeed of Sturbridge, Joseph Niquette of Conn., Steven Niquette of Southbridge and Cody Birch of Southbridge;18 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Maxine was born in Fort Fairfield,Maine, the daughter of Winfield K. Broad Sr. and Esther (Amsden) Broad. She was predeceased by her sisters: Murial Skillian, Hazel Broad and Dorothy LeMay.She also leaves behind her brother Winfield K. Broad, Jr. Maxine was a homemaker. She was a devoted and loving mother who enjoyed baking for all the neighborhood children, family get-togethers, music and bird watching.
The family wishes to thank the Rose Monahan Hospice Home for their tender care of their loved one.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: Rose Monahan Hospice Home, 10 Judith Road,Worcester, MA 01602
Paul Daniel Garrett of Sturbridge, MA
March 15, 1961 – July 12, 2015
STURBRIDGE: Paul D. Garrett, 54, of Sturbridge, passed away suddenly on July 12, 2015 at UMass Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
He leaves his wife Sharon Johnson; a daughter: Alison Garrett; a son: Benjamin Garrett, both at home; a brother: Scott Garrett and his wife Susan of Lake Forest, Illinois; a nephew: Brett Garrett, his wife Maryam and children Abigail and Logan of Cambridge, Massachusetts; a niece, Elizabeth (Garrett) Mettler and her husband Matthew of Los Angeles, California.
He was predeceased by his brother Jack Garrett, his sister Sally Garrett and his niece Maria Garrett.
Born in Deerfield, Illinois, Paul was the son of the late Roscoe and Jeanne (Lucas) Garrett. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Materials Science and then earned MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University. Paul worked for Bemis Associates in Shirley as a materials scientist, where he greatly enjoyed the teamwork with his coworkers and the challenge of solving technical problems.
Paul was a wonderful man – kind, strong, loving, selfless, tolerant, forgiving, competitive, smart, humble, and fun-loving. He loved participating in his children’s activities; he was so proud of them. He was totally dedicated to his family, always giving them his unconditional love. He kept us laughing with his sharp wit and was the best person to have on your team playing games. He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed traveling, and loved music and playing softball. His greatest enjoyment, however, was the time he spent with family and friends. Paul will be deeply missed.
Calling hours will be from 5-8 P.M. on Friday, July 17 in the Belanger Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy Street, Southbridge, MA.
His funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 18 at 9:30AM in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford Street, Charlton, MA.
The family suggests memorial tributes be made to the University of Michigan College of Engineering, Cornell University, UMass Memorial Medical Center, or the charity closest to your heart.
March 24, 2015
Fiskdale – Edmond S. Kosakowski, 94, formerly of Main St., passed away on Tuesday, March 24th, in the Sandalwood Center, Oxford, after an illness.
His first wife, Genevieve (Lenda) Kosakowski, died in 1981 and his second wife, Frances (Bean) Ginn Kosakowski died in 2008. A son, Andre Kosakowski died in 2006. He leaves his son, Dennis J. Kosakowski and his wife Jeanne of Dudley; four grandchildren, Sara Kosakowski and her companion Rowan Lowbridge of Millbury, Adam Kosakowski and his wife Alexandra of Manchester, CT, Kimberly L’Heureux and her husband Rodney of Webster and Tim Kupstas and his fiancée Pam Wagner of Dudley; a niece Ann McNamee and her husband Roger of Woodside, CA; a nephew, Tom Kosakowski and his wife Cheryl of Sioux Falls, SD; and several great grandchildren and great nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by three brothers, Henry Kosakowski, Thaddeus Kosakowski and John Kosakowski, Jr. He was born in Southbridge the son of John P. and Antonina (Krzywiczki) Kosakowski. He attended Southbridge schools and was a graduate of Cole Trade High School, Southbridge, in 1942.
Edmond was a sales manager for Bermer Tool & Die in Southbridge for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of St. Hedwig’s Church in Southbridge and its St. Stanislaw Society. He was a member of the Society of Plastic Engineers. He was a founding member of the Hayloft Steppers Square Dance Club of Sturbridge. Ed was an avid golfer and was a long time member of Cohasse Country Club in Southbridge. He also served on the Dr. Van’s Golf Tournament Committee.
His funeral will be held on Saturday, March 28th, from the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, with a Mass at 10:00am in St. Hedwig’s Church of the St. John Paul II Parish, Everett St., Southbridge. Burial will be in St. Hedwig’ Cemetery, Southbridge. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Friday, March 27th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Sandalwood Center Activities Fund, 3 Pine St., Oxford, MA 01540.
Charlene E. (Weston) Brown-Cooney, 83
November 28, 2014
AUBURN/CHARLTON – Charlene E. (Weston) Brown-Cooney, 83, passed away Friday, November 28, 2014 at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester.
She leaves 3 daughters; Pamela Brown and her partner Anne Vigeant of Millbury, Elizabeth Vizard of Ocklawha, FLA., and Betty- Jane Gray and her husband William of Webster, 2 sisters; Geraldine Weston of Bangor, ME., and Rosalie Seavey of Milo, ME., a brother; Raymond Weston of Orlando, FLA., several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Charlene was born in Kingman, Maine a daughter of the late Raymond and Evelyn (West) Weston and lived many years in Charlton, several years in Douglas and the last 4 years at Eddy Pond in Auburn.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Maxwell Brown and her second husband, Richard J. ‘Dick’ Cooney, a son, Lee Emerson Brown, a daughter, Elaine Brown, 3 step-brothers; Leonard, Leo, and Wesley Stearns and a brother, Richard Weston.
She retired after 27 years from Cabot Safety Corp. and also worked for many years for American Optical Co.
There are no calling hours.
A Private Burial Service, after cremation will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Uxbridge at the discretion of the family.
The ROBERT J. MILLER-OXFORD FUNERAL HOME, 247 Main St., Oxford is honored by assisting Charlene’s family with her final wishes and arrangements. –
Gretchen L. Blauvelt
November 03, 2014
Gretchen L. Blauvelt, 66, passed away Monday, November 3, 2014 at the Meadows in Leicester.
She is survived by her brothers and sisters, Gloria D. Blauvelt of Charlton, William H. Blauvelt, Jr., of Southbridge, Paul W. Blauvelt of Charlton, Jane P. wife of John Desmaris of Spencer, a sister-in-law, Claudia A. Blauvelt of Charlton and 2 nieces and 2 nephews.
Gretchen was born in Southbridge, the daughter of the late William H. and Phyllis L. (Ham) Blauvelt, Sr. and has lived in Charlton most of her life.
A Memorial Service for Gretchen will be Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2PM in the ROBERT J. MILLER-CHARLTON FUNERAL HOME, 175 Old Worcester Rd., burial will follow in West Ridge Cemetery in Charlton.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 stafford St., Charlton, MA. 01507.
Harold J. ‘Biz’ Konkel
May 08, 2014
Harold J. ‘Biz’ Konkol, 65, of Front St., formerly of Sutton, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014 in his home. He leaves behind his children; Julie Lulu of Dudley, Joy Kochinskas of Charlton, John Lanoue of FLA., and Karen Sisko of Auburn and Judy.
He also leaves 3 sisters; Dolores A. White of FLA., Jeanette Konkol-Saad of Oxford, and Kathleen L. Konkol-Saad of Webster, 2 brothers; Robert W. Konkol of Wilsonville, Ct., and Julius J. ‘Bud’ Konkol , Jr. of Charlton. 8 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and extended family of his long time companion Joyce Demers who died in 2011. He is also predeceased by a grand-daughter, Brittany.
Harold was born in Worcester a son of the late Julius J. ‘Bud’ and Aurore A. (Thibeault) Konkol. Sr. and lived in Sutton for many years before moving to Oxford several years ago.
He was a hard worker , a man of few words, and loved his scratch tickets and going to the casino. He was always available for his kids and grandchildren, whether they needed him to babysit or if they needed a ride to work or a friends house or to be picked up from school. He worked at the former Webster Spring Co. in Oxford and for RK Construction.
Calling Hours will be Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9AM to 10:30 AM in The ROBERT J. MILLER – CHARLTON FUNERAL HOME, 175 Old Worcester Rd. followed by a Service at 11:00 AM in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St.
In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: Accord Adult Care Center, 10 Cudworth Rd., Webster, MA. 01570 Or the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton City, MA. 01508.
Clyde R. Willey
July 04, 2014
Oxford – Clyde R. Willey, 88, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 at his daughter Wendy’s home.
Clyde leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Jeanne G. (LaPan) Willey, 3 children; Brenda J. Hansen and her husband Bruce of Oxford, Wendy M. Gomes and her husband Alan of North Grosvenordale, CT., and Christopher R. Willey of Shrewsbury, 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Clyde was born in Oxford son of Lawrence P. and Mildred (Farnum) Willey and lived her most of his life. He was a WWII, U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater mostly in the Philipines.
He worked as a mail carrier in Oxford for 27 years and retired from there in 1980, he then worked for 18 years for the Town of Oxford, cemetery department.
He was a member of the Oxford V.F. W. Post 5663, and Oxford American Legion Post 58.He enjoyed playing pool, horseshoes, hunting, hiking, bean bag games and his metal detector, he also loved his dogs.
A Graveside Service with Military Honors by the Oxford Memorial Honor Guard will be Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11 AM at North Cemetery in Oxford.
There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA. 01701 or the charity of one’s choice.
The ROBERT J. MILLER-OXFORD FUNERAL HOME, 247 Main St., is honored to be assisting Clyde’s family with arrangements.
Oliver Suprenant (1938 – 2014)
Oct 3, 1938 – June 2, 2014
LEICESTER – Oliver “Black Feather” Suprenant – He was born was born in Sturbridge,MA. the son of late George J. Sr. & Ruth O.(Davis) Suprenant on Oct. 3, 1938 and after 75 full years passed away June 2, 2014. Black Feather is survived by his wife of 34 years Jayne “Generous Heart” (Heelan) Suprenant; his children Joshua, Aaron, Karyn and Jacalyn; his siblings Donald, Gerald, Lucy Ann, and Mary Ellen; his grandchildren Aiden, Krystle, Jayme, Kyle and Jason; extended family and friends. Oliver is predeceased by his brother George Jr. and sisters Sylvia and Doris; his daughters Sheryl and Tracy. Oliver proudly served his country in U.S. Navy on the USS Agerholm (DD-826). Oliver was a man of many paths, finding joy in each journey that he took. He was a racecar driver, mechanic, outdoorsman, pilot, musician, teacher, beloved husband and father.Oliver was a employee of of Penske Truck Leasing until he retired. He was Chairperson of the Committee of the Native American Ministries where he traveled extensively, sharing his knowledge. He was a member and Lay speaker of the Charlton City United Methodist Church.
Oliver was a kidney recipient and in gratitude dedicated his life supporting the University of Massachusetts Medical Center Organ Donation Program. He did this by hosting Native American Powwows, and organizing a Gift of Life walk, and with assistance of dedicated medical processionals also supported a Health Awareness fair where many people found unknown medical issues leading to early treatment and prevention.The Family would also like to give an extra special thank you to Katie Partridge who on Nov 16, 1998 gave Oliver and his family the gift of life by donating her kidney to him. Oliver “Black Feather” Suprenant was a man who touched many lives and will be missed dearly by his family and friends.Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Monday,June 9,2014 from 1-3PM in the Charlton City United Methodist Church 74 Stafford St. Charlton,MA..The funeral will follow at 3:00PM in the church. In lieu of flowers, gifts of memory of Oliver “Blackfeather” Suprenant may be made to the UMass Memorial Foundation in support of Division of Organ Transplant. Gifts can be made online at www.umassmed.edu/development (click on make a gift button) or mailed to UMass Medicine Development Office 333 South St. Shrewsbury, MA 01545Checks should be made out to UMMF Division of Organ Transplant and should note that the gift is in memory of Oliver “Blackfeather” Suprenant. Pillsbury Funeral Home 163 Main St. Spencer. Please visit: Pillsburyfuneralhome.com for online tribute.
Katherine “Katy” McFee
May 02, 2014
SPENCER: Katherine “Katy (Walker) McFee 45, of Jolicoeur Ave., died suddenly, Friday, May 2 at her home.
She leaves her husband of 10 years, Harry E. McFee III, her children; Samantha G. and Benjamin E. McFee, Harry E. McFee IV, Kayla M. McFee and her fiancé Koby Earnest and Kelley M. McFee all of Spencer, her granddaughter Kylie Earnest of Spencer, her parents; E. Allan and Priscilla S. (Standish) Walker of Charlton, a brother Scott A. Walker and his wife Deborah of Oxford, and a sister Deborah W. Murphy and her husband Douglas of Madison, Alabama, several nieces and nephews, including Felicia, Zachary and Chad Walker and Paige and Patrick Murphy who were very dear to her.
Katy was a registered nurse and most recently was the school nurse at Knox Trail Junior High School in Spencer and previously at Maple Street School. She also had worked in the Intensive Care Unit at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester.
Born in Exeter, NH, she later graduated from Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley, Class of 1987 and went on to earn her Degree in Nursing from Northeastern University in Boston, Class of 1992. She was very active with Spencer Youth Soccer and its fundraising. She was a voracious reader and a Boston sports fan.
A memorial service for Katy will be held on Thursday, May 8th at 11 a.m. in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Katy W. McFee Fund, c/o Spencer Bank, 176 Main St, Spencer, MA 01562, which will be used for the education of Samantha and Benjamin.
J.HENRI MORIN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 23 Maple Terr., Spencer is directing arrangements for the family.
Douglas P. Hutchinson
November 27, 1949 – April 17, 2014
CHARLTON: Douglas P. Hutchinson, 64, of Robert Blvd, passed away peacefully, Thursday evening, April 17, at Harrington Hospital with his loving family members at his side.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 26 years Brenda (Libby) Hutchinson; a step daughter Keri Cody and her fiancée Tyler Douclos of Dayville, CT; 2 sisters Deborah Mogavero and her husband Dave of Westerly, RI; Donna Reynolds of Southbridge, MA; his aunt Faith and uncle Will Houle of Clarksburg, West Virginia; a step grandson Corey Leoni, and several nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces, his mother-in-law Maxine Libby and father-in-law Stanley Libby,his sister-in-laws Linda Libby, Valerie Riel, Stella Bonin and her husband John Bonin, Shelia Goodspeed and Julie Libby.
Doug was born in Southbridge, the son of Donald and June (Byron) Hutchinson and lived in the area all his life. He graduated from Cole Trade High School in Southbridge. During the 1970’s he was a Volunteer Fire Fighter in Southbridge.
He worked for New England Auto body for 26 years and retired as a truck driver for Bermer Tool Co. in Southbridge.
Doug was a member of the Central Mass Wanders Club over 25 years. He had a passion for restoring vintage cars. His latest project was building a rat rod with his friend Tex.
Doug had a love for all creatures and enjoyed feeding them and spending time with them.
Doug will be greatly missed from all who knew him.
His funeral will be held at 10:00AM, Wednesday, April 23, in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, Stafford St, Charlton, MA. Burial will follow at Northside Cemetery.
Calling hours are 5:00PM to 8:00PM; Tuesday, April 22, in the Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St. Southbridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to Second Chance Animal Shelter, 111 Young Road, P.O. Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515
Judith “Judy” A. Crowley
November 29, 1936 – April 15, 2014
Charlton: Judith “Judy” A. (Cummings) Crowley, 77, of New Spencer Rd. died Tuesday, April 15 in the Overlook Masonic Nursing Home. She leaves a son, Daniel Crowley and his wife Annette, of Charlton; two daughters, Debra Mann and her husband David, of AZ., and Darlene Tully and her husband Dennis, of Charlton; a brother Richard Cummings of Charlton; a sister Mary-Jane Gillespie of Charlton; a sister-in-law Frankie Cummings of Charlton; six grandchildren, Eric Tully and his wife Jamie, Megan Tully, Emily Tully, Sarah Crowley, Lindsay Mann, and Chelsea Mann; three great-grandchildren, Craig Tully, Gavin Tully, and Cameron Ingels; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She also leaves her long-time devoted friend Kathy Simons. She was predeceased by two brothers, Donald Cummings and Dan Cummings, and two sisters, Lois Foskett and Audrey Hill.\
Judy was born in Charlton, daughter of the late James G. and Bessie W. (Wolfenden) Cummings and graduated from Charlton High School. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 36 years, starting in 1967. In 1971, she was promoted to Postmaster, and worked as the Charlton Depot Postmaster for 30 years until her retirement in 2002.
She was a member of the Charlton High School Alumni Association, serving as its secretary for many years. She was a longtime member of the Charlton City United Methodist Church, the Charlton Helping Hands Society, and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed sewing, and especially making cherished quilts for her family members. She was an avid shopper, and loved baking breads and making jellies. Above all else, Judy enjoyed spending time with her beloved family, who were the center of her world. She touched the lives of many people with her smile, and giving and generous heart. She will be missed by many.
Calling hours will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8 P.M. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy Street, Southbridge.
The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton. Burial will follow at Northside Cemetery, Cemetery Rd., Charlton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton, MA 01507.
Donna Hayes (1950 – 2014)
April 9, 2014
LEICESTER – Donna Lee Hayes 63, passed away April 9, 2014 while wintering at Ft. Myers Fl. after a short illness. Donna leaves he husband of 33 years James W Hayes of Leicester, her 2 sons Shane of Rochdale and and Travis of Grafton, 2 grandsons Connor 11 years and Hunter just 4 weeks old. She leaves four brothers, Larry and his wife Laurie of Charleton, Ma, Russel of Worcester, Ma, John and his wife Laurie of Shrewsbury, Ma, and Richard and his wife Shelia of Worcester, Ma. Also several Nieces and nephews.
Donna was born in Worcester, Ma the daughter of Glenn and June Harms. Moved to Leicester in 1986 with her husband and 2 sons. Donna graduated from St Peter Marion High School in 1969. She worked at Iandolis corporate offices until joining the United States Post Office in Worcester as a letter carrier in 1986. Donna loved life and her family. Her family always came first.
She loved to camp on Cape Cod and other areas around the Northeast. She liked to spend time at the casinos with friends and playing cards with her family at birthday parties.
A memorial service will be held at the “Charlton City United Methodist Church” in Charlton City, Ma on Stafford St. on April 25 at 2 PM. Internment will be private at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Ma. –
Earl R. Latour
October 3, 1938 – February 23, 2014
Sturbridge: Earl R. Latour, 75, of Breakneck Rd., passed away Sunday, Feb. 23rd, in Webster Manor, Webster, after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 46 years, Cynthia M. (Heck) Latour; a son, Thomas Latour and his wife Christine of Charlton; a brother, Ronald Latour of Spencer; two sisters, Carol Gilbert of Spencer and Linda Johnson-Moulin of Auburn; a grandson, Steven Latour, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Neil Latour, and a grandson, Matthew Latour. He was born in Worcester, MA the son of Richard and Norma (Wood) Latour.
Earl worked for 12 years as a delivery driver for J and R Auto Body Supply in Framingham, MA before retiring. Previously he worked as a gas fitter for various companies for many years.
Earl was a member of the 200 Sportsman Club. He enjoyed country music and going to antique car shows. Earl truly loved his time spent with his grandchildren, Steven and Matthew.
His funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27th, at 10:00 am at the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge. Burial will follow in West Ridge Cemetery, Charlton. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01550.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01550.
Richard H. Darling of Sturbridge/Andover
September 2, 1933 – April 23, 2013
Richard H. “Dick” Darling, 79, of Sturbridge died at home on April, 23, 2013 of natural causes. Born on City Island, Bronx NY, in 1933, Dick grew up with a love of sailing and the water. The son of William and Ruth (Leviness) Darling, he was the middle child, born between brother William “Billy” Darling and sister Ellen Darling Burke. He built his first boat at age 11 with his father and brother, and worked around the water throughout his teens. A graduate of the prestigious Bronx High School of Science, he was a varsity sailor for The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art before earning a degree in mechanical engineering at the City College of New York. It was at City College that he met his wife Hannah Nienburg, whom he married in 1957. Following graduation from City College, Dick earned a Master’s at New York University and served in the Army Corps of Engineers. Dick spent the next thirty years doing applied design engineering work for a variety of firms, including Remington Typewriters, Johnson & Johnson, Sanders Association, and Instrumentation Laboratory. Several patents are registered under his name. After retiring as an engineer in 1993, Dick taught engineering and mechanics classes part-time at several institutions, including the Franklin Institute in Boston.
Dick loved the outdoors and the family went on many wilderness canoeing trips, most often in Maine, Ontario, and the Adirondacks. A loving father, he built tree houses, repaired bicycles and took his kids on nature walks. For much of his life he maintained different sailboats, from the sailing rig for his Grumman canoe to, most recently, a Catalina 22 named “Mischief” which sailed out of Salem. He was Scoutmaster of Troop 76 in Andover MA where he emphasized outdoor activities, camping, and canoeing. For many years Dick was an active member of the Methodist church. Dick and Hannah were long-time members of Ballard Vale United Church in Andover, serving in numerous leadership positions. Dick was involved in fundraising for an elevator to connect all floors of the church, making it wheelchair-accessible. Most recently, he was involved in the Charlton City Methodist Church near his home in Sturbridge. He was an active square and round dancer, serving as president of the Rocketeers Square Dance Club. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a great supporter of their efforts and successes, core values that have been passed on to the next generation.
He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Hannah (Nienburg) Darling, five children and their spouses, and eight grandchildren: Nancy Darling. her husband Andrew Burns and their two sons Ian and Sean of Oberlin, OH; Betty Darling, her husband Bruce Boyson and their two children William and Julianna of Sturbridge, MA; Carolyn Darling Walter, her husband Peter and their two daughters Ashley and Genevieve of Hampton, NJ; Thomas Darling, his wife Cathy Stoddard and their two children Owen and Joseph of Bristol, VT; and Wendy Darling of Atlanta, GA.
His family and friends would like to extend their profound gratitude and admiration for Dick’s wife, Hannah, who cared for him tirelessly through his final years.
His funeral will be held Saturday, April 28, in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St. Charlton. Burial will follow at North Cemetery in Sturbridge
Angela Haviland Nichols, 89, of Charlton, MA
3/7/23 to 2/20/13
Formerly of Stamford, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side. Angela was born in Stamford on March 7, 1923 to the late Dominick Morosa and Rose Gandiana Morosa. Angela was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, serving in various leadership capacities and worked as a controller for Toyota for 15 years before her retirement.
Angela is survived by her two sons; Donald W. Haviland and his wife Sandra of Burlington, VT and Jeffery A. Haviland and his wife Linda of Swarthmore, PA, as well as six grandchildren; Suzanne, Shaun, Zakariah, Kaziah, Derek and Jennifer, and one great-grandchild; Mirae.
Besides her parents, Angela is predeceased by her first husband Willard H. Haviland, as well as by her second husband Horace Nichols.
A funeral procession will leave the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue Stamford, CT at 10:20 AM on Saturday, February 23, 2013 for a funeral service at the First United Methodist Church, 42 Cross Road Stamford, CT at 11:00AM. Interment will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park Cemetery Oaklawn Ave, Stamford, CT. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Angela’s name to the First United Methodist Church, 42 Cross Road Stamford, CT 06905.
March 8, 2013
Dr Preston J. Sturdevant jr
Date of Birth: Tuesday, November 22nd, 1927
Date of Death: Friday, March 8th, 2013
Auburn-Preston J. Sturdevant, Jr., D.D.S., died Friday in Bradenton, FL after a lengthy illness.
He leaves his wife of 61 years, Audrey (Kleiner) Sturdevant, and their children; Preston J. Sturdevant, III and his wife Marie of Auburn, Carole Vilandre and her husband Michael of Fiskdale, five loving grandchildren, Christine Sturdevant of Auburn, Cully and Cory Hagberg of Fiskdale, Robert Sturdevant and his wife Paige of Douglas, and Hollie Grant and her husband Matt of North Brookfield, and 1 great granddaughter Raegan. He also leaves a brother Stephen A. Sturdevant, of Clearwater, FL, and a sister Gwyneth Cook, of Whiting, NJ, and several nieces and nephews.
Preston is preceded in death by his daughters; Alice Lynn “Lindy” and Nancy Jean Sturdevant.
Preston was very active in the masons. He was a member and past master of Joel H Prouty Lodge in Auburn, a past monarch of Alethia Grotto in Worcester, and an active member of the Shrine in both Massachusetts and Florida. He was a co-founder and past president of the Civil War Round Table of Worcester, as well as several other Civil War organizations. Preston and his family were active campers, being members of the Worcester Chapter of North American Family Campers Association, as well as several other organizations.
He was born in Forty Fort PA, son of the late Preston J. and H. Damaris (Metsker) Sturdevant. A proud WWII Veteran; Preston served his country as a member of the US Navy. He then relocated to Auburn after graduating from the University of PA Dental School in 1953, and practiced dentistry in Worcester for 38 years, retiring in 1991.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours from 5-8 PM Thursday March 14, 2013 in the Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, 91 Central Street Auburn. A Masonic Service will be held. His funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday in the Charlton City Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St. Charlton. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Shriners Hospitals for Children 516 Carew Street Springfield, MA 01104
April 9, 1920 – February 11, 2012
Margaret (Watson) March, 91 of Worcester, formerly of Sturbridge, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2012 in the Christopher House.
Margaret’s husband of sixty-three years, Robert F. March passed away in 2003. She is survived by her twin sons, Richard March and his wife Mary Lou of Wrentham and Robert March and his wife Cecile of Auburn; a daughter, Peggy Ann Mowitz and her husband Eric of Punta Gorda, FL; a brother, Robert Watson of Concord, MA; five beloved grandchildren, William and Brian March, Kristen Ruiz, Kathryn March and Erica Segeberecht; nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by three brothers, Thomas, William and David Watson and a sister, Kathryn Watson.
Margaret was born in Lynn, MA, a daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret (Hossack) Watson. She grew up and attended high school in Lynn. She married in 1943. She moved to Dallas, Texas in 1951 with her husband and three children. In 1966, she and her husband returned to Massachusetts and lived in Sturbridge until recently moving to Worcester in 2001. Margaret was a homemaker, tending to her family and raising her three children. She was a member of Charlton City United Methodist Church and the Red Hat Society. Her greatest enjoyment in life was her family and she loved being with them. Margaret had a kind and loveable personality; she was a sweet soul.
A memorial service for Margaret will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 10:00AM, at the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford Street, Charlton, MA 01507. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Born: April 9, 1920
Death: February 11, 2012
Place of Death: Christopher House
Doris M. (Wheeler) Gerrard
October 1, 2011
Doris M. (Wheeler) Gerrard, 94, of Charlton and Gardner died at home with her family on Saturday, October 1, 2011.
Doris was born on October 9, 1916 in Gardner the daughter of Carl and Ida (Carlson) Wheeler and lived in Gardner most of her life before moving to Charlton to live with her son. She was predeceased by her husband Walter in 2000 and her two brothers, Charles Wheeler of Gardner and Oren Wheeler of Fitchburg. Doris is best remembered for the love, compassion and care that she gave to others.
She is survived by her son, Kris Gerrard and his wife Marilyn of Charlton; a granddaughter, Cindy Lu and her husband Steven of Worcester and three grandchildren, David, Brian and Tiffany of Charlton. Doris was a long time member of the Chestnut Street United Methodist Church in Gardner and recently the Charlton City United Methodist Church. The family wishes to thank the Bossee family of Gardner for their long term friendship and care given to Mom and Dad while in Gardner. We express our gratitude and thanks to the Charlton Overlook Hospice/VNA for their outstanding care and compassion provided at the end Mom’s life. Thank you for your support and love – MaryAnn, Kate, Ronnie, Gina, Rosa, Patty, Joanne, Sue, Janet, Judy, Jean and special friend Nancy Murphy.
There are no formal calling hours but there will be a gathering of family and friends at the Community Chapel of Lamoureux Fletcher & Smith Funeral Home, 105 Central St., Gardner on Wednesday, October 5th at 2:00PM. A graveside service will follow at Wildwood Cemetery in Gardner at 3 PM. A memorial service – celebrating Doris’ life – will be held the same evening – Wednesday, October 5th at 7PM at the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford Street – Charlton, MA 01507. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made in Doris’ name to the Charlton City UMC.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lamoureux Fletcher & Smith Funeral Home, 105 Central St., Gardner. For directions to the funeral home or to share a condolence with the family, please visit us online at
Roger Reed Grimwade
February 26, 1929 – September 30, 2011
Roger Reed Grimwade, 82, of Masonic Home Rd. died Friday, September 30, 2011 at Harrington Memorial Hospital after being stricken ill at home.
He leaves his wife of 25 years, Lois (Burnham) Grimwade; his three children, John Grimwade of Kansas City, MO, Jane Tirrell of Pasadena, CA, and Julia Leonard of Merritt Island, FL; and his two sisters, Barbara Meservey of Charlton, and Anne Bodine of Orrs Island, ME. He also leaves three stepchildren, Patricia Kritzman of Stafford Springs, CT, Thomas Hastings of Wayland, MA, and Steven Hastings of Bolton MA, and 14 grandchildren. His first wife Barbara (McMaster) Grimwade died in Nov. 1980.
He was born in Worcester, the son of Roger M. and Doris (Reed) Grimwade and lived in Charlton all his life.
Reed graduated from Charlton High School in 1946, and from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1950, where he earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering. He served on the USS Glennon during the Korean War.
Reed was CEO and Treasurer of the Charlton Woolen Company from 1962 until 1981. He then started another company, Charlton Blanket Company. He was a past President of the Northern Textile Association and was Chairman of the NTA Wool Council for many years. After retiring, he volunteered with the International Executive Service Corp to help strengthen private textile companies in developing nations. Reed was also a Trustee of Southbridge Savings Bank since 1957, and a member of the bank’s Board of Investment since 1966. In 1985, he was named Chairman of the Board of Trustees of SSB, and at the time of his death held the title of Honorary Director. He also served as an advisory director of Worcester County National Bank.
Reed was also very active in serving his local community. He was a former President of Harrington Memorial Hospital, leading a drive for a major expansion of the hospital in the early 1970’s. He served for many years on the Finance Committee in Charlton, and was Chairman of the Planning Committee that established the Dudley-Charlton School District and led to the building of Shepherd Hill Regional High School. Reed was also a former Trustee of Nichols College. He was a former Director of the YMCA, and a past Chairman of the Budget Committee of the United Way. He also was a charter member and the first President of the Charlton Ambulance Corp. He was an overseer of Old Sturbridge Village. Reed was also an avid golfer, and a member and former President of Cohasse County Club.
His funeral will be held at 11:00 AM October 29, in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St. Charlton.
Calling hours are 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, Oct. 28, in the Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St., Southbridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grimwade Family Scholarship Fund, WPI, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609.
Harold E. Russell
Died April 20, 2011
Harold E. Russell, 68, of 9 J.Hammond Road died Wednesday, April 20 in his home after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 47 years, Nancy A. (Stockman) Russell, two sons Richard H. Russell and his wife Brenda, and Kenneth H. Russell and his wife Robin all of Charlton, two brothers James W. Russell & Douglas K. Russell both of Charlton, three grandchildren; Brett, Daniel & Jordan Russell, two step-grandchildren Suzanne & Scott Mettel, several nieces and nephews and his Doberman “Holly”.
Harold was born in Southbridge, son of Warren D. and Thelma (Kingston) Russell. He graduated from Charlton High School and UMass Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture. He worked at Norton Co. for 32 years retiring in 1997. He later worked at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer for several years before retiring in July of 2010. He was a member of the Charlton City United Methodist Church. He was a member and past Master of the Oxford Lodge A.F. & A.M., a member and past Patron of the Clara Barton Chapter of the Eastern Star in Oxford and a former committee chairman of Boy Scout Troop 165 in Charlton. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, working in his yard and garage, playing cribbage and taking winter vacations in Aruba. Harold and his sons just finished restoring his 1951
Ford F1 pickup.
Harold’s funeral will be held Saturday, April 23 at 10:00 AM in the Charlton City United Methodist Church; 74 Stafford St., Charlton. Burial will follow in Westridge Cemetery, Charlton. A Masonic Service will conclude calling hours at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Charlton City United Methodist Church, or to Boy Scout Troop 165, c/o American Legion
Helen M. Pike (Chabot) Cheney
died March 13, 2011
Helen M. (Chabot) Pike Cheney, 92, of Charlton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 13, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.
She was predeceased by her husband, Chester A. Cheney in 1995, and by her first husband, Earl F. Pike in 1966.
Helen is survived by her five children, Everett E. Pike and his wife Mary of California; Gordon C. Pike and his wife Melinda of Charlton; Carol A. Fisher of Charlton, Mary Lou Carr and her husband Robert of York Harbor, ME, and Brenda J. Thomas and her husband Frank of East Brookfield; nine grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her grandson, Wayne Shedd and by her three brothers and her sister.
Helen was born in Worcester, a daughter of the late Henry R. and Elizabeth L. (Campbell) Chabot. She has lived in Charlton for many years.
A dedicated homemaker, Helen most enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She loved cooking, gardening and flowers. Helen was a longtime volunteer with the Charlton Helping Hand Society, and a longtime member of the Charlton City United Methodist Church. She was also a former member of the VFW in New Hampshire and the American Legion.
Helen’s family wishes to thank all the staff members that have so lovingly cared for Helen during her many years living at the Masonic Home. They all made these last years so special.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service celebrating Helen’s life at 1 PM on Saturday, March 19th in the James C. Niccoll Chapel of the Overlook Masonic Healthcare Center, 88 Masonic Home Rd., Charlton. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Charlton Helping Hand Society, P. O. Box 643 or to the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 72 Stafford Street,, both Charlton, MA 01507.
The Britton-Wallace Funeral Home, Auburn is assisting the family with the arrangements.
To share a message of condolence of memory, please visit Helen’s Book of Memories at:
March 13, 2010
Herbert G. Anderson
Herbert G. Anderson: It has pleased God to call home his servant Herbert George Anderson, who died on March 13, 2010 at his home in Charlton.
He leaves his wife of 52 years, Jean C. (Walker) Anderson; children, Mark G. Anderson of Budenheim, Germany, Andrew P. Anderson and his wife Ruth of Charlton, Stephen A. Anderson and his wife Debra of Littleton and Lynn M. Anderson of Woodstock, Ct.; sisters, Marion Schonbeck and Gurlie Anderson of Worcester; eight grandchildren, two step grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He was born on May 5, 1937 on a farm in Charlton, the son of Axel and Anne (Backman) Anderson. He came to Worcester at an early age and later lived in Oxford and Charlton.
Mr. Anderson worked for 34 years at Mass Electric as a meter reader and Field Representative, retiring in 1998.
His greatest joy was being in service for God. He gave his heart to ministry at the age of fourteen and never faltered in his walk with his Savior, Jesus Christ. He served as Youth Leader, Sunday School Superintendent, Bible Teacher, Lay Leader, Lay Speaker and Deacon.
He was the founder of Resurrection Ministries a Bible based home church in Charlton.
Many were the seeds he sowed for the Lord’s garden. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family.
His funeral will be held at 10:30AM, Thursday, March 18th, in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton. Burial will follow at West Ridge Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charlton City United Methodist Church, PO BOX 387, Charlton, Ma. 01508.
Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St., Southbridge is directing arrangements.
An online guestbook and a video tribute are available at
Levi F. “Fran” Oster
June 26, 2010
Levi F. “Fran” Oster, 76, of Holland, Mass., passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday, June 26, 2010.
He leaves his wife of 59 years, June I. (Estes) Oster; three sons, William Oster of Dayville, Steven Oster, and his wife, Barbara “Buffy,” of Holland, Mass., and Carlton Lee Oster of Holland, Mass.; four daughters, Susan Lanning, and her husband, Ben, of Union, Rose Teena Plourde, and her husband, Tom, of Tolland, Carolyn Larabee of North Adams, Mass., Mary Pollier, and her husband, Robert, of Hardwick, Mass., and Gloria Galica, and her husband, John, of Stafford Springs; a cousin, Phyllis McDonald of New Jersey; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A son, Roy Oster, died in 1975, and a grandson, Benjamin Lanning Jr., died in 2008.
He was born in North Adams, Mass., the son of the late Nicolas and Eva (Kimpton) Oster. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War era. He moved to Holland in 1957, where he built his own home and raised his children and where he still resided at the time of his passing. Fran was a truck driver for E.A. Dickie & Son in Worcester for many years before he retired several years ago. He previously drove for North American Van Lines and also Nu-Car Carriers. After retirement, he worked part-time as a school bus driver for the town of Sturbridge. He enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, and his animals.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 1, at 2:30 p.m. in the Holland Cemetery, Holland.
George D. Bush
August 3, 2010
Southbridge…George D. Bush, 67, of Main St. died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 at Overlook Masonic Health Care in Charlton.
He leaves his wife Bonnie (Wisznieski) Cytulik. He also leaves 3 sons Michael Cytulik of Somerville, MA, Dana Foss and Phillip Bush of Southbridge and a daughter Amanda Bush of Southbridge.
He was born in California, and has lived here for many years. He was a maintenance worker for Outdoor World in Sturbridge for several years and retired due to illness. He most enjoyed spending time with his family and also liked trains.
SERVICES: A calling hour will be held on Monday, August 9, 2010 at Sansoucy Funeral Home 40 Marcy St. Southbridge from 10-11AM with a funeral home service to follow at 11AM with Rev. Paul E. Samuelson officiating. Burial will be private.
September 26, 2010
Marion A. Dighton, 91
STURBRIDGE — Mrs. Marion A. (Lucier) Dighton, 91, a resident of Radius Healthcare Center of Southbridge, formerly of Heritage Green Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 26 at Harrington Memorial Hospital. Her husband was the late William R. Dighton Sr., who died in 1987. She is survived by her son,William “Bill” R. Dighton Jr., and his wife, Cynthia, of Charlton; four grandchildren, Burleigh Dighton of Rome, Ga., Cheryl Dighton of Dunbar, W.Va., Bobby Dighton of Sturbridge and Darrin Dighton of Langley, British Columbia; seven great-grandchildren and two sisters, Lorraine Waterhouse of Dudley and Rosanna Desrosier of Worcester. She was predeceased by her brother, Adelard Lucier of Spring Hill, Fla. She was born in Worcester, daughter of Joseph and Ezilda (Vanasse) Lucier, and lived many years in Grafton before moving to Sturbridge. Mrs. Dighton loved her family and had enjoyed helping care for her grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Dighton were held Friday, Oct. 1 from the Sansoucy Funeral Home, 40 Marcy St., Southbridge, followed by a Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, H. Putnam Road Extension, Charlton. Burial was in Worcester County Memorial Park, Richards Avenue, Paxton. Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, New England Chapter, 330 Congress St., Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02210.
June 3, 1935 – October 4, 2010
Charlton: Leo P. White, 75, of Gillespie Rd, died Monday, Oct. 4th, in the Harrington Memorial Hospital, Southbridge, after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 51 years, Lucille A. (Bernard) White; five sons, Herbert J. White of Charlton, Walter L. White of Putney, VT, Peter White of Charlton, Nathan A. White of Thomaston, CT and Randy D. White of Brookfield; a daughter, Malarie J. White of Southbridge; a sister, Joyce A. Mayberry of Sturbridge; 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers, Henry White and Franklin White and a sister, Jenny B. Suitter. He was born in Smyrna, ME, the son of Fred J. and Violet B. (Scott) White.
Leo was a school bus driver for Southbridge Livery Service for 22 years and later was the manager of the Charlton Motel in Charlton, before retiring several years ago. He was a member of the Charlton City United Methodist Church. He enjoyed camping and traveling. He most of all enjoyed spending time with his family.
His funeral will be held on Friday, Oct.8th, at 10:00am in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, Stafford St., Charlton. Burial will be in West Ridge Cemetery, Charlton. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge
Mildred E. (Sprague) Gray
, died October 30, 2010
DUDLEY – Mildred E. (Sprague) Gray, 98, of Green Street, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her husband, Avery Archibald Gray, who died in 1965. She is survived by her daughter, Rhoda Taylor of Dudley, with whom she lived; nineteen grandchildren, many, many great grandchildren, and many more great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by five sons, Robert Gray, Martin Peterson, Kent Gray, Roy Gray and Duane Gray. She was born in North Brookfield, the daughter of the late Leslie W. and Jennie T. (Young) Sprague, and was a longtime resident of Charlton prior to moving to Dudley over 35 years ago.
Mrs. Gray worked for many years at Reed and Prince in Worcester before retiring from McClellan’s in Southbridge in 1974. She was a longtime member of the Charlton Methodist Church. In May of this year, Mrs. Gray received her sixty-five year membership seal from the Dudley Grange, where she was currently serving as the Chaplin. She enjoyed candlepin bowling and was a prolific paint-by-number artist.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Westridge Cemetery in Charlton. There are no calling hours. Paradis Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oxford, is assisting the family with arrangements. www.paradisfuneralhome.com GRAVESIDE SERVICE Thursday November 4, 2010, 11:00 a.m. at Westridge Cemetery
Born: April 18, 1912
Death: October 30, 2010
Rhoda Taylor, Daughter
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY
Avery Archibald Gray, Husband
Robert Gray, Son
Martin Peterson, Son
Kent Gray, Son
Roy Gray, Son
Duane Gray, Son
Leslie Warren Sprague, Father
Jennie T. (Young) Sprague, Mother
May 8, 2009
Donald W. Hutchinson
July 3, 1921 – May 8, 2009
Birth Place: Palmer, Ma
Resided In: Charlton, Ma
CHARLTON: Donald W. Hutchinson, 87, of Roberts Blvd. died Friday, May 8th
after being stricken ill. His was predeceased by his wife June B. (Byron) Hutchinson (2001). He leaves a son Doug “Hutchie” Hutchinson and his wife Brenda (Coty) of Charlton; two daughters Deborah Mogavero and her husband Dave of Westerly, RI; Donna of Southbridge, widow of Richard G Reynolds (1994); six grandchildren, Scott and Chris Mogavero, Grace Mogavero-Dinwoodie, Amanda, Carly and Nicholas Reynolds, five great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, his sister in law Faith (Byron) Houle and her husband Wilfred R. Houle of Largo, FL. He was predeceased by his two brothers Lawrence and Kenneth Hutchinson. He was born in Palmer, the son of William and Bernice (Colburn) Hutchinson, a graduate from Mary E. Wells and Cole Trade School as a tool and dye maker. He was a naval veteran of WW II. He was a prominent member and trustee of the Charlton City United Methodist Church, he helped on the building committee and served at the church suppers. He worked many years at the American Optical Co and Dexter Russell. He was a member of the Quinebaug Lodge of Masons AF & AM, the Doric Royal Arch Chapter, and an member of the South Charlton Reservoir Association. He enjoyed his trade, boating, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, serving and working with others, but most of all he loved spending time with his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
His funeral will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday, May 13th, in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 72 Stafford Rd, Charlton. Calling hours are 5:00PM to 8:00PM, Tuesday, May 12, in the Belanger-Bullard Funeral Home, 51 Marcy St. Southbridge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlton City United Methodist Church, Memorial Fund, PO Box 387, Charlton, Ma. 01508 An online guestbook is available at www.BelangerFuneralHome.com
Matthew R. Latour
May 25, 1987 – June 11, 2009
Born: May 25, 1987
Place of Birth: Southbridge, MA
Death: June 11, 2009
Place of Death: Southbridge, MA
Thomas C. Latour, Father
Christine M. Latour, Mother
Steven T. Latour, Brother
Earl R. and Cynthia M. Latour, Paternal grandparents
Robert J. and Melitta Palkovich, Maternal grandparents
Charlton: Matthew R. Latour, 22, of Ten School House Rd., died Thursday, June 11th, in the Harrington Memorial Hospital, Southbridge, after suddenly being stricken ill while playing basketball.
He leaves his parents, Thomas C. and Christine M. (Palkovich) Latour of Charlton; his brother, Steven T. Latour of Charlton; his paternal grandparents, Earl R. and Cynthia M. (Heck) Latour of Sturbridge and his maternal grandparents, Robert J. and Melitta L. (James) Palkovich. He was born in Southbridge. He was a 2005 graduate of Shepard Hill Regional High School.
Matthew worked at J & R Autobody Supply in Framingham and previously worked for Napoli Pizza in Sturbridge. He enjoyed all kinds of sports especially basketball and go-cart racing. He also enjoyed fishing.
His funeral service will held on Tuesday, June 16th, at 10:00am in the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge. Burial will be in West Ridge Cemetery, Charlton. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Monday, June 15th, from 5:00 to 8:00pm.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
Tuesday June 16, 2009 at West Ridge Cemetery
died, September 7, 2008
Ralph D. Reinhold, 85, of Worcester Rd. passed away, Sunday, Sept. 7, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves his wife of 5 years, Yvonne (Price) Reinhold; 2 daughters, Linda Ditomasso of Charlton, Ruth Anderson and her husband Andy of Charlton; two sisters, Ruth Schwark and June Millard both of Michigan; five grandchildren, Bonnie Nieves, Jennifer McIntyre, Ralph “PJ” Reinhold, David Jenkins Jr, Natalie Jenkins; four great grandchildren; stepchildren, Diane Cornejo of NYC, Ronald Moe of Wales, Karen Moe of Hubberston; 2 step-grandchildren, Jaclyn and Jilian Cornejo. He was predeceased by his first wife, Grace (Buckley) Reinhold who died in 2001; his son, Ralph E. Reinhold who died in 2006; two brothers, Lee Reinhold and Harvey Reinhold and a sister, Eileen McTighe.
He served in the Army during WWII. He owned and operated Ralph’s Auto Body for over 30 years and retired in 1985.
Mr. Reinhold was a member of the Charlton City United Methodist Church and was a member of it’s men’s group. He was a member of the Joel H. Prouty Lodge of Masons AF & AM in Auburn and Aleppo Shriners where he sponsored many children to the Shriner’s Hospitals. He and his wife volunteered for meals on wheels in Oxford and Charlton. He enjoyed fishing and boating, and crossword puzzles.
His funeral will be held Friday, Sept. 12th at 11:00 AM in the Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford St., Charlton. Burial will follow at West Ridge Cemetery, Charlton. At his request there are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Charlton City United Methodist Church, PO BOX 387, Charlton City Ma. 01508.
Anne Marie M. Aho
May 24, 1938 – November 30, 2008
Birth Place: Southbridge, Ma.
Resided In:Sturbridge, MA.
Visitation:December 1, 2009 Details
Sturbridge – Anne Marie Margaret (Normandin) Aho, 70, of 63 Beach Avenue, passed peacefully and painlessly into Heaven, where she was greeted, undoubtedly, by Saint Anthony, on Sunday, November 30. Her family was by her side at Radius Healthcare Center at Southbridge after her long and courageous battle with cancer.
She leaves her loving husband of nearly 50 years, David K. Aho, her three devoted daughters, Wendi A. King and her husband, Paul, of Oahu, Hawaii, Dianne C. Kelly and her husband, Russell, of Sturbridge, and Judith A. Aho and her fiancé, David K. Wahlstrom of Sturbridge. She also leaves her eight grandchildren, Carynne, Erika, Nathan, Christopher, Victoria, Hailey, Stephanie, and Heather and her five great-grandchildren, Lily, Tyler, Scarlett, Cotter, and Adina.
Anne Marie is also survived by her brothers, Allard Normandin, Paul Normandin, Peter Normandin, all of Southbridge, James Normandin of Sturbridge, David Normandin of Mesa, AZ, Thomas Normandin of St. Cloud, FL, and one sister, Antoinette Benoit of Southbridge. She leaves many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends as well.
She was born in Southbridge and lived there and in Sturbridge all of her life. She was predeceased by her mother, Cecile (Duhamel) Normandin, her father, Zepherine Normandin, brothers, George Normandin, Harvey Normandin, Richard Normandin, Robert Normandin, Rene Normandin and one sister, Alice Normandin.
Anne Marie worked for many years at the AO and Hartwell and Centre Pharmacies. She also worked at the Center of Hope for many years from where she retired several years ago. However, she remained a volunteer for many years with the Center of Hope Food Sharing Program.
Anne Marie loved and cherished her family more than anything and was very proud of them all. She was very passionate about, fishing, yard sales, cooking and her Christian faith. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1956. As a child and young adult, she was an exceptional athlete and won many school and town awards, especially in basketball and swimming.
At Anne Marie’s request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Burial will be private after cremation.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to: Radius Healthcare Center at Southbridge Resident Activity Fund, 84 Chapin Street, Southbridge, MA 01550 or the Overlook VNA Hospice Services Unit, 88 Masonic Home Road, Davenport 2nd Floor, Charlton, MA 01507
Roger Harwood McCausland
November 1, 2007
July 17, 1950 – November 1, 2007
Roger H. McCausland, 57, of 46 Church Street, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2007, in The Meadows of Leicester.
He leaves his mother, Yvonne (Daigle) of Oxford; two brothers, Robert J. McCausland III of North Oxford and David McCausland of Beverly.
He is predeceased by his long time companion, Dianne Capon. She died eight years ago.
Roger was born in Webster, son of the late Robert J. McCausland, Jr., who died in 2005.
G. Harwood “Howie” Wilson
June 24, 1918 October 23, 2007
G. Harwood “Howie” Wilson, 89, of 504 Main Street, died Tuesday October 23rd at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester after a short illness.
He was the husband of Madeline A. (DesRosiers) Wilson who died in 1997.
Richard John Hemingway, died September 29, 2007
Richard John Hemingway
August 31, 1946 – September 29, 2007
Richard John Hemingway, 61 of Southbridge, died Saturday, September 29, 2007, at Autumn Village Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Home in Worcester, following a long illness.
He was the husband of Ellen (Heck) Hemingway to whom he had been married for 38 years. He passed away on their anniversary.
Richard was born in Northbridge on August 31, 1946, and was the son of Margaret (Deraleau) St. Laurent of Worcester and of the late Arthur Hemingway.
Roland Hormisdas Cloutier
June 22, 1927 August 19, 2007
Roland Homisdas Cloutier, 80, formerly of 46 Wallace Road, died Sunday, August 19th, in the Harrington Memorial Hospital after an illness.
He leaves two sons, Kris Cloutier of Phillipston and Keith Cloutier of Charlton; three daughters, Diane Lisinski of Conn., Brenda Deno of California, and Cheryl Jolie of Southbridge; two brothers, Norman Cloutier and Edward Cloutier of Sturbridge; a sister, Lorraine Martel of Sturbridge, and several
Elizabeth Ann (Gilfoy) Bouchard
August 26, 1935 June 26, 2007
Elizabeth Ann (Gilfoy) Bouchard, 71, of Ridge Point Court, Moreno Valley, CA, and formerly of Spencer, died Tuesday, June 26, 2007, in her home.
She was predeceased by her husband, Norman E. Bouchard, who died in 1983.
Elizabeth is survived by three children, Norma J. Robertson of Moreno Valley, CA, Joseph E. Bouchard and Charles H. Bouchard, both of Oxford; six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.
Chad B. Bessey
died, February 17, 2007
May 30, 1983 February 17, 2007
Chad B. Bessey, of 68 MacIntyre Road, North Oxford, died Saturday, February 17, 2007, at UMass Memorial Medical Center, from injuries sustained in a snowmobiling accident in Charlton.
He is survived by his mother and step father, Patti A. (DeSalvio) and George H. Ellis of North Oxford; his father, Brackett “Kip” Bessey of Worcester, two sisters, Heather A. Bessey and Katelyn M. Ellis, both of North Oxford; grandparents, Robert and JoAn Olinder of Fort Myers, FL; grandmother, Frances Bessey of Worcester; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends.
Elsie Lue (Welch) Eszes
August 10, 1932 February 7, 2007
Elsie Lue (Welch) Eszes, 74, of Meadowview Drive, died Wednesday, February 7, 2007, in Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center after a 7 year battle with cancer.
Her husband, Milkos Eszes, died in 1997.
She leaves a daughter, Gale Pulda- Pignataro and her husband Anthony of Worcester; two sons, Steven Pulda and his wife Sue of Pecos, Texas, and Michael “Mickey” Eszes and his wife Betty of Dudley; four
Richard T. Smith
Feb 24, 1913 – Jan 26, 2007
Richard T. Smith, 93 of 38 Horrigan Ave, died Friday January 26, 2007 at Athol Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, February 24, 1913, son of Ansel J. and Clara (Aiken) Smith. He grew up in Royalston, living there many years, graduating from Athol High School in 1931n and since the 1940’s has lived in Athol.
Evelyn Virginia (Johnson) Davis
August 4, 1917 December 31, 2006
Evelyn Virginia (Johnson) Davis died Sunday (December 31st) in Overlook Masonic Nursing Home.
She had lived in Charlton since 1942.
Her husband Robert A. Davis died in 1961.