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Allen, William F.  
William F. Allen of Fitchburg, formerly of Ashby; 93 FITCHBURG -- William Francis Allen, 93, of Fitchburg, formerly of Ashby, died Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Golden Living Home in Fitchburg. William was a decorated World War II Army Veteran. He leaves behind one son, Mitchell E. Allen, and two daughters, Debra Gaffney and Sharon Allen, all of Fitchburg. He also leaves behind several grandchildren and great-granchildren. William is predeceased by his wife Margarite (Hanley) Allen; three sons, William Allen, David Allen and Richard Allen; and two daughters, Brenda and Mary Ellen. ALLEN -- William will be buried Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Winchendon Veterans' Cemetery. There will be a family gathering on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 10 AM at the Cemetery. Anderson Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 23, 2014
Barriere, Irene B.  
Irene B. Barriere of Leominster; 103 LEOMINSTER -- Irene B. (Melanson) Barriere, 103, of Leominster, died Friday, December 19, 2014, in Sterling Healthcare, Sterling. Her husband Leonard Barriere died November 14, 1982. She was born in Athol, on December 29, 1910, the daughter of the late Cyrille and Celina (Richard) Melanson. She leaves a daughter, Elaine M. Nasal and her husband, Eugene J. Nasal of Flat Rock, Michigan; a son, Robert L. Barriere and his wife, Colleen K. Barriere of Proctor, Minnesota; she also leave a granddaughter, Caroline A. Nasal of Williamston, Michigan; two step granddaughters, Russetta Barta and Nate Luna of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, Lacacia Toner and Chris Toner of Laurens, Iowa; one nephew, two nieces and two grandnieces, and cousins. She graduated from Leominster High School 1929, she belong to the Ladies of St. Anne of St. Cecilia's Parish and the L'Union St. Jean the Baptiste. She worked at E. I. Dupont, Jayron and Union Products. BARRIERE -- A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10 AM in St. Cecilia's Church, 170 Mechanic St., Leominster, MA. Burial will follow in St. Cecilia's Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Monday, December 22, 2014 in the Simard Funeral Home, 14 Walker St., Leominster from 2 to 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to St. Cecilia's Church - Restoration Fund, 170 Mechanic St., Leominster, MA 01453. To send an online condolence please visit www.simardfuneralhome.com . Simard Funeral Home, 14 Walker St., Leominster is directing arrangements.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 22, 2014
Bingham, Mary E. (Bickford)  
Mary E. (Bickford) Bingham Retired teacher LUNENBURG -- Mary Elizabeth (Bickford) Bingham, 91, died Saturday, December 20, 2014, at River Court in Groton, after an illness. She was the wife of 54 years, to the late William R. Bingham, who died in 2007. Mary leaves one son, David R. Bingham, and his wife, Lanita, (Gant) of Columbus, Ohio; one daughter, Julie (Bingham) McCool, and her husband, Charles, of Reston, VA, one brother, Ralph M. Bickford of New Ipswich, NH; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is also predeceased by a daughter, Deborah (Bingham) Foskin, who died in 1994, and two sons, Thomas B. Bingham, who died in 2012, and William Bingham, Jr. who died in 2013. Mary was born in Lunenburg, on December 9, 1923, a daughter of the late Ralph Merton and Viola Sylvia (Lancey) Bickford. Mary was a lifelong resident of Lunenburg before moving to River Court in Groton in 2012. She was a 1941 graduate of Lunenburg High School and earned a gold L for her academic record. Mary was an athlete throughout high school and college, playing basketball, tennis and softball. Mary also graduated from Fitchburg State College in 1948 with a degree in Education. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Lunenburg and California. In 2013, Mary was inducted into the Lunenburg Athletic Hall of Fame, as a senior on the girls '40-41 High School basketball team. The team was undefeated in league and non-league games throughout the four years she played, and they won the Wachusett League Championship in all of those years. Mary was involved in many town activities including the 250th and 275th committees and the Lunenburg Historical Society. She was a lifelong member of the United Parish of Lunenburg and sang in the church choir for many years. She sang for many years in the Women of Note barbershop chorus and was a founding member of the Musical Chairs Barbershop Quartet. Mary was known for her humor and wit. She wrote parodies of popular barbershop songs, which she performed with the quartet and the chorus. Known as Mrs. B to many of her children's friends, she presided over laughter-filled gatherings including the annual Cape Caper and weekly viewings of Monty Python. Mary will be remembered and treasured as a warm, funny and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. BINGHAM -- Funeral Services will be held on January 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the United Parish, Main Street, Lunenburg, MA. There are no calling hours. Burial will be private in North Cemetery, Lunenburg, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lunenburg Historical Society, 10 School Street, Lunenburg, MA 01462. The Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 763 Mass. Avenue, Lunenburg, MA. See www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 22, 2014
Chartrand, Constance M.  
Constance M. Chartrand of Fitchburg; 90 FITCHBURG -- Constance Marie (Bedard) Chartrand, 90, of Fitchburg, died Friday, December 19, 2014, after a yearlong battle with cancer. "Connie" was born February 11, 1924 in Fitchburg, MA daughter of Simeon and Ida (St. Germain) Bedard, and has been a proud, lifelong resident of the city. Connie leaves behind her children, Barbara L. Lavoie of Wilbraham, MA; James J. Chartrand and his wife, Marcy of Downingtown, PA; Donna M. Fortune and her husband, John of Lunenburg, MA; Betty L. Coleman and her husband, David of Grafton, MA; and her daughter-in-law, Jane Chartrand of Fitchburg. She leaves ten grandchildren, Timothy and Jeffrey Lavoie, Andrew and Matthew Chartrand, Jessica Shea, Karen Chartrand, Dennis Fortune, Leanne Gordon, Shauncey and Sawyer Coleman and twenty-one great-grandchildren. She also leaves her brother, Normand and his wife Doris Bedard of Leominster. She is predeceased by her husband, John Chartrand (with whom she celebrated 64 years of marriage), her son, Robert L. Chartrand, her son-in-law, Charles (Chip) Lavoie, her sisters, Georgiana Putnam, Irene Persson-Joslin, Rita Joslin, and brothers, Ernest, Rene, Francis, Raoul, and Leon Bedard. Connie graduated in 1942 from St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School. Out of high school, she worked at GE and eventually retired from the Personnel Dept. in City of Fitchburg. In between, her full time job was raising her children. She was an excellent cook, baker and seamstress. She took exceptional pride in the cleanliness of her home and up until just a couple years ago could be found on her hands and knees washing her floor. Her special gift to her family was Irish knit Afghans. Each child and grandchild received one made especially for them. Beyond her home, she was involved in her church with various fund raising events. She was an active member of the Fitchburg Retired Municipal Employee Association. In the last years of her life, Connie was fortunate to move to The Gables in Fitchburg. She was able to renew some old friendships and made many new ones while there. Her family wishes to thank the staff, CNA's, and all those who helped her when she needed them most. A special thank you to her friend, Norman Pelletier. CHARTRAND -- The funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 from the Lavery Chartrand & Alario Funeral Home, 99 Summer St., Fitchburg, with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 49 Woodland St., Fitchburg. Interment will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Monday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to VNA Care Network & Hospice, 120 Thomas Street, Worcester, MA 01608 or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 ( www.dana-farber.org/gift ).
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 21, 2014
Cozzens, Barbara E.  
Barbara E. Cozzens April 11, 1940 - December 19, 2014 WORCESTER -- Barbara E. Cozzens - April 11, 1940 - December 19, 2014. Daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend. Barbara had a lifelong love of reading, family, and anything chocolate! She enjoyed spending time with her dogs and going on outings with her children and grandchildren. Even when her memory was fading her sense of humor and playful spirit stayed strong. Barbara is loved and mourned by her children, Dave Hauver and wife, Nancy of Leominster; Donna Hauver and partner, Mark Matley of Leominster; Michael Hauver and wife, Janet of Garfield, MN; and Laurie Hauver Gunn and husband, Bill of Shelburne, VT. She will also be fondly remembered by her seven grandchildren, Allyson Sargent Simons and husband, Michael, Jessica Sargent, Stephen J. Sargent, Bryan Hauver and fiancée, Danielle Spilotros, Kevin Hauver, Mackenzie Gunn, and Marlee Gunn, as well as the light of her life great-granddaughter Willa Hope Simons. She also leaves behind her brothers, Elmer "Nip" Cozzens and wife, Ruth of Montpelier, VT; Thomas Boston and wife, Anne of Clinton; Ron Boston and wife, Rena of Clinton; sister, Sandra Valeri and husband, Ronald of Leominster; sister-in-law, Eleanor Cozzens of Clinton; and many nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents, Elmer Ernest Cozzens & Emma Cozzens Boston, and her brother, Charles Cozzens. Barbara has left us with a strong, caring family, fond memories to cherish, and deep gratitude for our time with her in our lives. COZZENS -- A private memorial and celebration of Barbara's life will be held by her family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. www.richardsonfuneralhome.net
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 26, 2014
Dedeian, Eileen Theresa (Connell)  
Eileen Theresa (Connell) Dedeian Beloved Mother, and Grandmother; 90 FITCHBURG -- Eileen Theresa (Connell) Dedeian, 90, died Sunday, December 21, 2014, at the Highlands after an illness, surrounded by her loving family. Eileen was the wife of the late Peter Dedeian, who died in 2005. She leaves two sons, John P. Dedeian, and his wife Nancy, of E. Brookfield, and Paul F. Dedeian, and his wife Jane of Fitchburg, two daughters Margaret M. Shulsky and her husband Barry, of VA, and Theresa E. Kazanjian, and her husband Rick, of Fitchburg, 11 Grandchildren and 2 Great-grandchildren, one brother, Rev. John Connell of Shrewsbury, and three sisters, Mary Hardy of Fitchburg, Kathleen Mullaney and Ann McInerney both of Leominster, and many nieces and nephews. Eileen is also predeceased by a sister Madeline Osgood. She was born in Fitchburg, on April 8, 1924, a daughter of the late John and Catherine (Fenton) Connell. She was a 1942 graduate of St. Bernard's High School. She volunteered at St. Bernard Elementary School for many years. She was a life long member of St. Bernard's Parish, a member of the Daughters of Isabella, the Irish American Club and the Friends of the Library. DEDEIAN -- Her Funeral will be held from the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and the Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 243 Water Street, Fitchburg, with a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at St. Bernard's Parish @ St. Camillus Church, 333 Mechanic Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 Burial will follow in the St. Bernard Cemetery, Fitchburg, MA. Calling Hours will be in the Funeral Home, on Friday, December 26, 2014, from 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Bernard's Parish Building Fund, 333 Mechanic Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420. See www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 23, 2014
DePatie Jr., Ronald E.  
Ronald E. DePatie Jr.; 64 FITCHBURG -- Ronald E. DePatie Jr., 64, a longtime Fitchburg resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, in the Highland Longterm Care Center, after a short battle with brain cancer. Ron was born in Woburn, MA, on January 25, 1950 and was raised in Reading, MA. He was a 1968 graduate of Reading Memorial High School and was a three sport athlete and Hall of Fame inductee. He was a 1972 graduate of Boston State College, where he played basketball. He continued his interest in sports by becoming a coach and Athletic Director at St. Anthony's Elementary School in Fitchburg. He later became the freshman and JV basketball coach at St. Bernard's Central Catholic High School in Fitchburg. He loved his family, Boston sports, and York beach. He was a 30 year member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Fitchburg. Ron worked at Seven Hills Foundation and Van Pool, before he was stricken ill. He leaves his wife of 40 years, Ellen T. (Reddish) DePatie; his daughter, Danielle A. Papandrea, and her husband, Paul of Holden, MA; two sons, Andrew J. DePatie of Somerville, MA and Terrence T. DePatie of Fitchburg; two grandchildren, Sarah Grace Papandrea and Vncenzo Paul Papandrea, both of Holden; his sister, Dianne Smith of Reading; his mother, Olive (Muse) DePatie of Reading; a brother-in-law, Edward D. Reddish and sister-in-law, Ann Byrne and her husband, Gregory. He was predeceased by his father, Ronald E. DePatie Sr. DEPATIE -- Ron's Funeral will be held on Saturday, Dec. 27, from the Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 243 Water St., Fitchburg, with a Mass at 12:30 p.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 87 Salem St., Fitchburg. Burial will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Fitchburg. Calling hours at the Funeral Home are on Friday, Dec. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. Flowers may be sent or memorial contributions may be made to the Boston Children's Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215 or may be left at the Funeral Home. See www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net for further information
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 25, 2014
Erickson, Gordon "Lee"  
Gordon 'Lee' Erickson of Fitchburg, Navy Vet; 84 FITCHBURG -- Gordon "Lee" Erickson, 84 years old, of Fitchburg, died Thursday, December 18, 2014, at home. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Janet H. (Evans) Erickson; four sons, Brian Erickson and his wife, Deborah of Newark, DE, Bruce Erickson and his wife, Jeanne of Westminster, Mark Erickson and his wife, Diane of Lunenburg, and David Erickson and his wife, Lisa of Westminster; three daughters, Marcia Levesque and her husband, Leo Joseph III of Leominster, Dawn Burns and her husband, James of Gardner, and MaryEllen Dolan and her husband, Jeff of Princeton; two stepsons, David Hoffman of Ashburnham, and James Hoffman and his wife, Ana of Virginia; a stepdaughter, Anne Tisdale and her husband, Brian of Gardner; a brother, Richard Erickson of Pennsylvania; 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary E. (Perkins) Erickson in 1982, and also by two brothers, Henry Erickson and Robert Erickson. Lee was born in Fitchburg on May 3, 1930, son of Henry and Beatrice (O'Brien) Erickson, and had lived in Westminster for 34 years before returning to Fitchburg in 2010. He graduated from Fitchburg High School and received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Fitchburg State Teacher's College. Lee was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was a longtime educator in the Fitchburg Public School system. He taught at the former B.F. Brown Junior High School and was the first principal when Reingold Elementary School opened in 1969. He had a second career as an antiques dealer. Lee was a longtime member of Westminster Country Club. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and antiquing. ERICKSON -- Calling hours will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014 from 4-7 pm in the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster. His funeral service and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics Massachusetts-Western Section, Arc Cardinals, 898 Prospect Street, Chicopee, MA 01020 or The American Diabetes Association. www.richardsonfuneralhome.net
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 21, 2014
Gagne, Louis N.  
Louis N. Gagne, Jr. of Fitchburg; 87 FITCHBURG -- Louis N. Gagne, Jr., "The Old Buck", 87, passed away December 21, 2014 in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 1, 1927 in Fitchburg, the son of Louis N. Gagne, Sr. and Elizabeth (LeBlanc) Gagne. He was employed by Bessette Plate Glass Co. in Fitchburg for 24 years retiring in 1989. Previously, he drove truck for Selig Manufacturing Co. He was a member of the Eastwood Club, American Legion Post 429 and British American Club where he pitched for their softball team. He was an avid Boston sports fan, loved to fish and hunt and built a camp in Chester, Vermont. Later in life, he established and tended to an organic vegetable garden at his home. He was a wonderful husband who lovingly cared for his wife for many years prior to her passing. His wife of 61 years, Eleanor (Rines) Gagne died April 24, 2011. He leaves his son, Louis N. Gagne, III, and his wife, Sigi, of Fitchburg; five daughters, Katherine M. Dickerson and her husband, Robert M., of Moscow, Russia, Irene E. Gagne and her fiancé, David Rochette, of Centerville, Denise Murray of Fitchburg, Nancy Gagne and her companion, Robert Palmer, of Fitchburg, and Mary E. Nickerson and her husband, Chris, of Harwich; his sister, Constance Bennett of Ashby, 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by 12 siblings. GAGNE -- The funeral will be held Wednesday, December 24, 2014 from Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg with a Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, 49 Woodland St. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon. Calling hours are Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Society for the Blind, 1238 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 22, 2014
Honkala, Edwin D.  
Edwin D. Honkala lifelong Ashby resident; 79 ASHBY -- Edwin D. Honkala, 79, of Ashby died Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Health Alliance - Leominster Hospital. Mr. Honkala was born in Fitchburg, July 19, 1935, a son of Matti and Mary (Toivanen) Honkala and was a lifelong Ashby resident. He was a graduate of Ashby High School. From 1958 - 1964 he served his country in the United States Army. Mr. Honkala was a co-owner of the Honkala Construction Company in Ashby. He leaves his wife of 60 years, Cynthia S. (Gallant) Honkala; two sons, Kenneth E. Honkala and Eric D. Honkala both of Ashby; two daughters, Margaret E. Prach and her husband, David, of Sudbury, Sheila A. Kecman and her husband, Rade, of Las Vegas, NV; a sister, Helmi Linnus of Ashby and a granddaughter, Jordan Honkala. He was the brother of the late Rauni Honkala, Leo Honkala, Ellie Gove, Elsie Piispanen all of Ashby, Donald Honkala of South Carolina, Raili Aho and Edith Somero both of New Ipswich, NH. HONKALA -- Funeral services and burial will be private. There are no calling hours. The T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main Street, Townsend Center is assisting the family with arrangements. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Dec. 24, 2014
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