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Raboin, Francis L.  
Francis L. Raboin of Lakeland, FL, formerly of Lunenburg; 83 LAKELAND, FL -- Francis L. Raboin, 83, peacefully passed to his eternal home on Friday, September 2, 2016, with family and hospice caregivers at his side. This past year he has been a resident of Savannah Cottage Assisted Living, a Memory Care Facility, in Lakeland, Florida. He was born in Fitchburg, MA, on July 17, 1933, to Hector and Georgianna (Vacha) Raboin. Francis was predeceased by his high school sweetheart and wife of 34 years, Beverly Seliga Raboin, their youngest child, Richard, his parents, and his brothers, Norman, Robert and Ronald. He is survived by his spouse of 23 years, Anita Coburn Raboin, his children, Michael and Cheryl Raboin of Lunenburg, Karen Rash and Larry Bennett of Lunenburg, Joan and David McCowan, of Hopkinton, grandchildren, Bradley Raboin, Brian Raboin, Brittany and Ryan Duncan, Elizabeth Fenwick, Michael Rash, Ben Rash and Jay McCowan, great-grandchildren, Aiden Fenwick and Hannah Duncan, and stepdaughters, Donita Coburn-Amadio and Paul Amadio, of Sedona, AZ, Maedon Coburn of Leominster and step grandchildren, Brett Johnson, Troy Johnson, Colton Coburn-Wood, Natalie Parsons and Galen Coburn-Amadio. Fran leaves his surviving sibling, Rachel DiGeronimo, nieces, nephews and cousins. Fran graduated from St. Bernard's High School in 1951. Completed an Associates Degree at Wentworth Institute and began his drafting/engineering career with Martin Marietta, Baltimore, MD. In 1956, after serving two years in the U.S. Army, he returned to North Central Massachusetts, he was employed with Raytheon Corporation. To fulfill his desire to enter a career in education, he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees, at then, Fitchburg State College. He taught at Worcester Tech and Assabet Vocational and Technical High School, in Marlboro. He advanced to Director of the Vocational and Technical Programs. He retired in 1992. Fran consistently nurtured his faith in God, in youthful years as an Altar Server and throughout his life he worshiped regularly. Baseball was his sport of choice playing in high school, college and the military. At Assabet, he coached Girl's Softball. He was a Lunenburg Pop Warner football proponent, and coached Little League baseball. He participated in the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association. Leisure time was focused on his family and the neighborhood activities at home on Lake Whalom. He actively encouraged the interests of his children. With his running group, he participated in the region's charity races. Hiking was a favorite and to him, the White Mountains his playground and the New England portion of the Appalachian Trail his challenge. He enjoyed woodworking and travel. Florida activities were volunteering, golf and bowling. Francis lived fully. He loved BIG and was respected and loved dearly in return. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 1400 Main St., Leominster at 11 AM, Friday, October 7, 2016. Following the service there will be an opportunity to greet the family. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to: Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 601 S. Florida Ave., Suite 3, Lakeland, FL 33801 or Light and Life Park (Wood Shop), 5604 Deeson Rd., Lakeland, FL 33810.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Sept. 25, 2016
Rafalski, Walter M.  
Walter M. Rafalski formerly of Gardner and Townsend, MA; 69 VANDALIA, Ohio -- Walter M. Rafalski died Friday, September 16, 2016, at the Dayton Ohio Hospice center, after a lengthy illness. Walter was born in Gardner, MA, October 26, 1946, a son of Raymond Rafalski and Nelva (Case) Rafalski and step-father Willis Linton. He worked as a tool and dye maker all of his life until his retirement. He leaves two sons, Jesse Rafalski of Los Angeles, CA, Mark Rafalski of Nashua, NH; two daughters, Kate Rafalski of Leominster, MA, Rebekah Jacobson of Los Angeles, CA; his brothers, Richard Carr of Winchendon, MA, David Rafalski of Gardner, MA; sister, Rachel Stephano of Gardner, MA. He leaves five grandchildren, and several nephews and niece. He also leaves close friends, Dak Chaplin and family, and Kathy Bellivue of Ohio. Walter was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Nelva, step-father, Bill, sister, Rebecca McClung and his son, Matthew Rafalski. There will be no services.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Sept. 23, 2016
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