Lived in Fitchburg, decorated WWll Vet; 93
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WESTMINSTER -- Paul J. Gionet, 93, of Westminster, and formerly of Fitchburg, MA, passed away peacefully in his daughter's home Wednesday morning, September 26, 2012.
He was born in Shirley, MA. on August 28,1919, the son of William and Marie (Ursule) Gionet. Paul moved to Fitchburg, MA in 1958 with his family.
He worked as a union carpenter for over 40 years retiring several years ago.
He had been a veteran of WWll. While serving in the Army, he was part of the 82nd Airgorne Division and participated in battles in Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland. He was an expert rifle man and parachutist. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart during a battle in operation Market Garden in Holland . He also received the Distinguished Unit Badge and Campaign Ribbon with three service stars. He was honorably discharged as a Sgt. in 1945.
Paul was and accomplished fisherman spending his summers at the family camp in Milo Maine. He was an avid sports fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics and also followed many local sports teams. He enjoyed playing cribbage, and playing horsehoes.
He is survived his two sons, Paul R. Gionet and his wife, Pamela of Fitchburg, MA, and Steven M. Gionet of Gardner, MA; three daughters. Cynthia "Cindy" Boivin with whom he lived, in Westminster, MA, Valerie Gionet-Caron and her husband, Steven of Amherst, N.H., and Karen Sharpe of Gardner, MA; two brothers Charles Gionet of Randolph, MA, and Ales Gionet of Wells, Maine; two sisters, Sylvia "Nan" Schumann of Mays Landing, New Jersey, and Agnes Howlett of Shirley, MA; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Mary (Dennihan) Gionet in 1994, his son, Mark Gionet in 1975, his grandson, Steven, and 12 brothers and sisters.
GIONET -- The funeral will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 with a Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Bernard Parish @ St. Camillus De Lellis Church, 333 Mechanic St., Fitchburg, MA. Interment with Military Honors will follow in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Fitchburg. Calling hours at the funeral home are on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
The Lavery Chartrand & Alario Funeral Home, 99 Summer St., Fitchburg, MA, is directing arrangements. Our website is LCAFH.COM.
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Sept. 27, 2012