Fannie Braks, 93
Loving Mother, and Grandmother
WESTMINSTER -- Fannie Braks, 93, died Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Wachusett Manor, in Gardner, after an illness.
She was the wife of the late K. Leonard Braks, who died in 1985.
Fannie leaves four daughters, Kathleen A. Burgess and her husband, James, of Wellfleet, Jean L. Lahti and her husband, Benjamin, of Leominster, Carol L. St. Pierre, of Hubbardston, and Linda S. Valera and her husband, Pete of Westminster, 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Fannie was born in Gardner, on January 29, 1920, a daughter of the late Harry and Rose (Lashua) Riley. She was a 1938, graduate of Fitchburg High School. During World War II, she was part of the woman's work effort, making parts for radios and explosives. She also worked at Simplex as an assembler for several years. Fannie was a lifelong resident of Westminster. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Westminster, and the longest member of the Church, for 78 years.
She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and her family.
She was a daredevil, having skydived twice, at the age of 89 and 90. She also had taken a hot air balloon ride. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
BRAKS -- Funeral Serves will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013, 1:00 p.m. in the First Congregational Church of Westminster, 138 Main Street, Westminster, MA.
Burial will follow in the Woodside Cemetery, 9 Narrows Road, Westminster, MA.
There are no calling hours.
The Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 123 Main Street, Westminster, MA 01473 is assisting the family with Funeral Arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in Fannie's name to the, Montachusett Veterans Outreach, 268 Central Street, Gardner, MA 01440.
For further information see (www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net).
Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home - Westminster Chapel
123 Main Street Westminster, MA 01473
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Nov. 19, 2013