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Barber, Donald - Manassas  
Donald L. Barber, 90 MANASSAS, VA - Donald L. Barber, 90, of Manassas, VA and formerly of Auburn, MA and Yarmouth Port, MA died on May 18, 2015. His wife, Mary Elizabeth Freeburn Barber, predeceased him in 2014. He leaves his two daughters, Kathleen A. Rabideau of Mooresville, NC and Cynthia A. Chapates, wife of John J. Chapates of Manassas, VA; three grandsons, one granddaughter, and three great granddaughters. He graduated from Worcester High School of Commerce and was immediately inducted into the United States Army during World War II. The majority of his service was in the 69th Infantry Division. His company was the first to link up with the Russian Army on the Elbe River in Germany in April 1945. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star Medal for his service. Upon his discharge, he attended Boston University and graduated Cum Laude in 1950. He then joined State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester. He began as the Tax Analyst and retired as Vice President –Internal Auditing. He became a Fellow of the Life Office Management Association. He was appointed to the Accounting and Auditing Committee in which he served many years. He was a member of the Insurance Internal Audit Group and served as Treasurer. He was a Director and Treasurer for 26 years of the Worcester Fresh Air Fund which operates Camp Putnam in New Braintree, MA. He was a member of Hadwen Park Church in Worcester, MA and served as Trustee and Treasurer for many years. He was also a member of St. Thomas United Methodist Church in Manassas, VA. At his request, he will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at the Pierce Funeral Home in Manassas on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. His ashes will be dispersed in the Atlantic Ocean at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Putnam, 141 Rutherford Rd., New Braintree, MA 01531.
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 19 to May 20, 2015
Barton, John - Oxford  
John D. Barton, 67 Oxford - John D. Barton, 67, of Hudson Road, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Veterans Hospital in West Roxbury surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patricia M. (Leite) Barton, two daughters, Joanne M. Goyette and her husband David of Oxford and Tina L. Boss and her husband Bill of Leicester; five grandchildren, Ashley Goyette and her partner Sean Mercer, D.J. Goyette and his wife Erin, Paige Boss, Zachary Boss and Cory Goyette; three brothers, Thomas Barton of Oxford, Gary Barton of ME, and Kenny Barton of CT; two sisters Carol Philbrook of ME and Sue Barnes of FL. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Robert and Edward Barton. John was born in Worcester, the son of the late Napoleon and Ruth (Burnett) Barton, and resided in Oxford for many years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for his service. John was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #5663 and a member of the American Legion Post #58 in Oxford. He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture, reading and watching movies. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Paradis-Givner Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oxford. Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Main St., Oxford. Calling hours are Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. paradisfuneralhome.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 16 to May 17, 2015
Beinema, Larry - Southbridge  
Larry M. Beinema, 67 Southbridge - Larry M. Beinema, 67, of Dennison Hill Rd., passed away on Friday, May 15th, in the UMass Memorial Medical Center, University Campus, Worcester, after a brief illness. He leaves his loving wife of 36 years, Ann (Fenwick) Beinema; a son, Matthew L. Beinema of Southbridge; his father, Marvin Beinema of Whitinsville, MA; three sisters, Verna Stone of Woodstock, GA, Brenda White of Ocala, FL and Sally Masnoon of Marlboro. Larry was born in Whitinsville, MA the son of the late Henrietta (Haringa) Beinema. He was a graduate of Northeastern University and obtained a bachelor's degree in business. Larry worked as a corporate banker for the Bank of New England as well as Commerce Bank for 30 years before retiring. Following his retirement he went to work at Old Sturbridge Village in the Visitors Center which he ran for three years. He was a member of St. Mary's Church of the St. John Paul II Parish. Larry was a former member of the Cohasse Country Club and Southbridge Rotary Club. He coached basketball in town for the children of Trinity Catholic Academy. Larry loved traveling and has visited most of Europe. He was a true friend and enjoyed helping others. Larry will be deeply missed by his family whom he deeply loved and who truly loved him. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 20th, from the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, with a Mass at 10:00am in St. Mary's Church of the St. John Paul II Parish, 263 Hamilton St., Southbridge. Burial will be in St. Hedwig's Cemetery, Southbridge. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Tuesday, May 19th, from 5:00 to 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. John Paul II Parish, 279 Hamilton St., Southbridge, MA 01550. www.morrillfuneralhome.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 16 to May 17, 2015
Beland, Pearl - Spencer  
Pearl A. Beland, 96 Spencer - Pearl A. (Gelineau) Beland, 96 of Franklin St., died Friday, May 15, 2015 in Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in West Brookfield. She leaves her daughter-in-law, Stephanie Beland of West Brookfield; four grandchildren, Jason Beland and his wife Melissa and Justin Beland and his wife Taryn of Virginia, Stacie Beland and her husband Mark Axelson of Spencer and Jessie Beland of Easthampton; six great-grandchildren, Maari, Jake, Abby, Elizabeth, Hilde, and Joshua and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 73 years, Ernest Beland, her son Richard E. Beland and a brother, Edward Gelineau. She was born in Spencer, daughter of the late Charles A. and Corinne (Bouley) Gelineau and was a lifelong resident of Spencer. Pearl was an active member of Mary Queen of the Rosary Church in Spencer. A Funeral Mass for Pearl will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:00 AM in Mary Queen of the Rosary Church in Spencer and everyone is asked to go directly to the church. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her name may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter, Inc., P.O. Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515. Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., West Brookfield is assisting the family with arrangements. varnumfuneralhome.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 18 to May 19, 2015
Bellino-Phillips, Doris - Worcester  
Doris (Lizotte) Bellino-Phillips, 85 Worcester - Doris C. (Lizotte) Bellino-Phillips, 85, of Worcester, passed away Saturday May 16,th 2015, surrounded by loving family She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Phillips in 2013 and by her first husband, Joseph Bellino in 1983. Doris is survived by her children, two sons, Kevin James Bellino and his wife Pamela of Grafton and Joseph R. Bellino and his wife Melanie of Charlton; two daughters, Gina Lemay and her husband John of Charlton, and Diane F. Blanchard and her husband Brian of Millbury; five brothers, Roland Lizotte of Sterling, Roger Lizotte of Shrewsbury, Richard Lizotte of Nevada, Norman Lizotte of Colorado, and Robert Lizotte of Florida; a sister and Doris's best friend, Teresa Porcaro of Worcester; seven grandchildren, Angela, Anthony, Kristyn, Jourdan, Jillian, Christopher, and Alexander; many nieces and nephews. She was born in Southbridge, daughter of the late Oliva and Irene (Julian) Lizotte. She moved to Worcester as a teenager and has lived here ever since. Doris was an "Avon Lady" with Avon Cosmetics for over forty years, and had achieved the distinction of being a distributor in the President's Club. She enjoyed making people look and feel beautiful, not only with her beauty products, but with her loving care, as well. She enjoyed shopping and playing cards. She was a member of Holy Family/Saint Joseph Parish. Her family would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to all of the wonderful people that cared for her at Saint Vincent Hospital. Jewish Healthcare and the care from the Heart Company in Auburn. Calling hours for Doris will be held on Tuesday, May 20th 2015 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in The MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation Street, Worcester. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am Wednesday May 20th in Holy Family Church, 35 Hamilton Street, Worcester, (Please go directly to church). In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to VNA Care Hospice, 120 Thomas Street, Worcester 01608. www.mercadantefuneral.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 17 to May 20, 2015
Berg, Ellen - Auburn  
Ellen M. (Cominsky) Berg, 95 AUBURN - Ellen M. (Cominsky) Berg, 95, passed away Wed., May 20 at UMASS Memorial Hospital. Visiting hours are Wed., May 27 from 5-7 pm at LINDQUIST LUNDIN Funeral Home, 36 Butler St., Worcester. The Funeral Mass will be held at 11 am on Thurs., May 28 at North American Martyrs Church. A complete obituary will appear on Sunday. www.lindquistlundin.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 21 to May 22, 2015
Bergeron, Michael - Worcester  
Michael R. Bergeron, 38 WORCESTER - Michael R. Bergeron, 38, of Worcester died unexpectedly Sunday, May 17, 2015 at UMasss/Memorial University Campus. He was predeceased by his mother, Barbara (Dockery) Bergeron. He leaves his father, William L. Bergeron of Webster; a son, Tony Beauchemin of Fort Wayne, IN; 3 brothers, Mark Bergeron, Matthew Bergeron, and Mason Bergeron and his wife Kathryn, all of Worcester. He also leaves many beloved friends and relatives. He was born in Worcester and was a lifelong resident. He worked as a garage door installer. He also operated a car repair shop. Michael had a deep passion for motorcycles and was an avid car enthusiast. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 PM Sunday, May 24 in Scanlon Funeral Service, 38 East Main Street, Webster. www.scanlonfs.net
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 19 to May 20, 2015
Bernier, Gerard - Webster  
Gerard J. Bernier, 88 Webster - Gerard J. Bernier, 88, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Southbridge Rehabilitation Center. He leaves his wife of 64 years, Joan V. (Kostka) Bernier, 3 sons, John G. Bernier and his wife Donna of Sterling, James F. Bernier and his wife Lucy of Webster, and Jay P. Bernier and his wife Kim of Dudley, 6 grandchildren, Michael, Ryan, Matthew, Austin, Cameron and Katherine, and 2 sisters, Gloria Gilbert of Worcester and Dolores Veroneau of Mashpee. He was born in Webster the son of the late Joseph and Nellie (Bernier) Bernier and lived here all his life. Gerard graduated from Bartlett High School in Webster, and attended Wentworth Institute in Boston. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII, seeing action in Italy and was a Staff Sgt., and was in charge of maintenance and dispatching of military vehicles, and was in charge of 32 enlisted men and 62 vehicles. He was a former mechanic and driver for the former Direct Line Bus Line, was a school bus driver for the Town of Webster, delivered milk for the former Choiniere Dairy, a mechanic for the former Jesse White Marina, a part-owner of the former Webster Lake Marina until his retirement. A Director of Hubbard Regional Hospital, a Director of the Webster-Dudley Chamber of Commerce, an organizer and 1st President of the Nipmuc Water ski Club, Beach Director for the 1964 National Water Ski Tournament that was held at Memorial Beach on Webster Lake, Commodore of the Webster Yacht Club, the Snug Harbor Yacht Club and a member of the American Legion Post # 184. Gerard's Funeral will be Wednesday, May 20, 2015 with a Mass at 10AM in St. Louis Church, 16 lake St., burial with full Military Honors provide by the Webster-Dudley Veterans' Council will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Calling Hours will be Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm at THE ROBERT J. MILLER FUNERAL HOME and LAKE CHAPEL, 366 School St. Kindly Omit Flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to: Wounded Warriors Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, MA. 02140. On Line Guest Book or to Share a Memory: RJMillerfunerals.net
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 17 to May 18, 2015
Biggins, Christine - Hanson  
Christine J. (Stiles) Biggins, 57 HANSON - Christine J. (Stiles) Biggins, 57, of Hanson entered into Eternal Rest at her home on May 12, 2015 surrounded by her family and cared for by the Hospice of the South Shore. She was born in Worcester daughter of the late Walter J. and Corinne D. (Meola) Stiles, Sr. Chris was a graduate of Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester with the Class of 1975 and later attended Leo's Beauty Institute in Worcester. She was a licensed hairdresser and had worked for the John Dellaria Studios and provided hairdressing services to several funeral homes in the Worcester area. In 1986 she moved to Hanson where she raised her family and was integral in the acquisition of the Magoun Funeral Home in Rockland with her husband. She has served as Vice-President of the firm since 1998. She travelled extensively serving as "First Lady" of the National Funeral Director's Association, where her warmth and spirit endeared all those that she came in contact with. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2004, she met the neurological challenges of that disease with fervor and resolve. On Good Friday of 2007, after a routine mammogram, she was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer. This life changing news began a journey for her to fight everyday to move toward healing. After a mastectomy and chemotherapy treatments that drained her physically, she decided to begin a healing journey through the practice of Yoga. She took lessons at Open Doors Power Yoga Studios and made the decision to be trained as an instructor. Under the direction of Richard Lanza and Shawn Cornelison, owners of the studios, she began a rigorous training regimen for nearly a year to become a teacher. She continued her training studying with Rolf Gates for over 1000 hours while under treatment for a reccurrence of her cancer. Chris began blogging on her website, www.christinebiggins.com to share her courage and inspiration while she dealt with a myriad of emotions and setbacks. In May of 2014 after the third occurrence of her cancer which now had progressed to Stage IV metastatic Breast Cancer, she was surprised an honored to be recognized through the "Rockland Friends" in a breast cancer awareness campaign which provided pink bracelets with #chrisbigginsstrong imprinted on them. Nearly 5000 bracelets have been circulated and photographed by her supporters at locations all over the world. These photos, posted to Facebook, had lifted her spirits and inspired her to remain strong. Chris is survived by her husband of 37 years, Robert J. Biggins. She was the loving mother of Daniel J. Biggins and his wife Danielle of Rockland, Erin K. Russo and her husband Michael of Loganville, GA, Andrew J. Biggins of Hanson and her late infant son, Robert J. Biggins, Jr. She was quite proud of her title of "Nana" to her five grandsons, Gavan D. Biggins, Logan W. Russo, Ronan D. Biggins, Landon R. Russo and Shea D. Biggins. One of 10 children, she is survived by her sisters, Cheryl Bleau of NH, Maryann LaFrance of North Adams, Doreen Lebel of Webster, Debra Maguire of Webster and Jacqueline French of VT., her brothers Walter J. Stiles, Jr. of GA, Kevin Stiles of Holden, Philip Stiles of Leicester and Dennis Stiles of GA. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. The Biggins Family invites friends and loved ones to celebrate her life on Sunday May 17, 2015 at the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union Street, Rockland from 5:00–8:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday May 18, 2015 in Holy Family Church in Rockland at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Holy Family Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Christine Biggins Courage Scholarship, c/o Rockland Trust Co., 288 Union St., Rockland, MA 02370. To leave an online condolence, visit www.magounbiggins.com Robert J. Biggins, CFSP Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home Rockland, MA 02370
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 13 to May 16, 2015
Bonczyk, Henry - Philadelphia/worcester  
Henry "Hank" Boncyk 90 Philadelphia/Worcester - Henry J. "Hank" Boncyk passed away on September 7, 2014 in Philadelphia. He was 90 years old. Hank was born on December 1, 1923 in Worcester to Karol S and Frances Bonczyk. He graduated from Worcester Boys trade High School. Shortly after graduation, World War II broke out and Hank joined the U.S. Army serving his country proudly for the next 20 years on active duty before retiring as a Master Sergeant/E-7 having served in two more War's; Korea and the early stages of Vietnam. During World War II, Hank served as a Medic taking part in such notable campaigns, as D-Day, Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe, as well as the campaign to liberate the 101st airborne division during the Battle of the Bulge. He earned such decorations as the Silver and Bronze Star's for heroism, the Victory Medal among several others. Hank was modest of his medals and worked on his skills to be the best medic he could be. He told many stories, among them was the one when General George Patton, screeched his vehicle to a stop, jumping out to scold Hank for sitting on his helmet. Hank was patient and supportive, whose passion for horse racing turned to a literacy of financial art. He taught himself to cope with his many physical problems. His good fortune came when he met his lifelong companion Ursula Clawges; she doted over his every whim and was always there for him, a loving angel. Henry is survived by his brothers, Edward, and his wife Patricia, Frank and his wife Dorothy-Ann (Ditty); Many nieces, nephews and extended family members. Besides his parents, a sister Sally Blake, and brothers, Joseph, Thaddeus "Ted" and Romuald "Pete" all pre deceased him. Private funeral services and burial were held in Notre Dame Cemetery. In memory of Hank, contributions can be made to Our Lady of Czestochowa / St. Mary's School, 34 Ward Street, Worcester Mass 01610. The MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St is honored to assist the family with arrangements. www.mercadantefuneral.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 21 to May 24, 2015
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