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Dawson, Corporal John - Whitinsville  
Corporal John M. Dawson Whitinsville - Army Corporal John M. Dawson, 22, was killed in action Wednesday, April 8, 2015 while on an escort mission in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. He is survived by his parents, Michael and Rhonda (Baxendale) Dawson, and a sister, Ashley Dawson, of Whitinsville. Also, several aunts and uncles; Glenn and Cathy Dawson of Charlestown, Jean and Peter Williams of Eastham, Janet and Anthony Buscemi of Hudson, Thomas Dawson, James and Cathy Dawson, all of Maynard; and many cousins. Corporal. Dawson was born in Worcester, June 21, 1992. He was a 2010 graduate of Blackstone Valley Vocational Technical High School in Upton, and he attended the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Quinsigamond Community College, before enlisting in the Army in 2012. He took Basic Training at Fort Sill, OK, and attended Combat Medic School at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, before being assigned to Unit HHT, 1st Squadron, 33rd Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell, Campbell, KY. He was deployed to Afghanistan in January. Corporal Dawson's military awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with V Device, the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and numerous other awards. While at Valley Tech, Corporal Dawson was an Honor Student in the electrical program, and worked at Coghlin Electrical Contractors in Worcester, as a Co-Op student. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Skills USA, and the varsity soccer team. He was a member of Saint Patrick's Church in Whitinsville where he was actively involved in Young Neighbors in Action. He was an avid bicyclist, and rode with the 10th Gear Christian Bicycle Group. As a youth, he played in the Northbridge Youth Soccer League. Corporal Dawson's Funeral, with full military honors will be conducted Monday, April 20, with a Mass at 11 AM, in Saint Gabriel's Church, Upton, followed by burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Whitinsville. Calling Hours will be held from 2-4 and 5-7 PM, Sunday, April 19, in the Carr Funeral Home, 24 Hill Street, Whitinsville. Please omit flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the USO, 2111 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1200, Arlington, VA, 22201, with the notation that the contribution is in memory of Cpl. John M. Dawson. Condolences may be offered at: www.carrfuneralhome.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2015
DeWitt, Richard - Holden  
Richard H. DeWitt, 66 Holden - Richard H. DeWitt, 66, of Holden, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Worcester, Rich was the son of Walter and Virginia (Johnson) DeWitt and lived several years in Shrewsbury before moving to Holden in the late 1960's. He leaves his wife and soulmate of 45 years, Georgianna (Angelo) DeWitt; two sons, Christopher M. Angelo and his companion, Amy Quinlan and her two children Jack and Caroline of Charlton and Steven H. DeWitt and his wife Jennifer of Holden; two daughters, Nicholette and her husband, Alvin Cunningham of Fairfield, California and Melissa A. Wackell of Leicester; a sister, Elaine Morrison and her husband, John of Charlton; nine grandchildren, Demetri, Danielle and Noelle Angelo, Julieanne and Matthew Cunningham, Katelynn Wackell, and Ethan, Molly and Owen DeWitt; a former son-in-law, Joseph Wackell of Holden, and daughter-in-law Lisa Angelo of Worcester. A brother, Steven DeWitt predeceased him. Rich graduated from Wachusett Regional High School and attended Worcester State College and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He began his career working for the Town of Holden Department of Public Works in 1971 at the age of 22. He worked his way through the ranks and held the position of highway foreman before being appointed Holden's first Director of Operations for Department of Public Works. Rich was an extremely effective leader and managed his department with a "no nonsense" style that earned him the respect of his staff and town officials. He took great pride in his work and empowered his staff to do the same with unwavering dedication and high standards. After his retirement in 2010, Rich was able to spend much deserved time with his family especially with his grandchildren. In 1971, Rich also joined the Holden Fire Department as an on-call firefighter. He spent the next 43 years with his brother firefighters protecting their community with only one thought in mind, "the safety of others." He served as a lieutenant for a period of time until his position at the department of public works became overwhelmingly demanding. Rich was thought of as "everyone's friend," and was always there to lend a hand. He looked forward to vacationing at his camp in Crafstbury, Vermont located on Jones Farm. He especially enjoyed his fishing and hunting trips in Vermont with the boys including his son, Steve and closest friend, Jim Oberg who died unexpectedly in February. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Rich's family from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden. A service remembering and honoring his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, at Chaffin Congregational Church, Shrewsbury St., Holden. Interment will be held privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the Holden Fire Explorer Program, 1370 Main Street, Holden, MA 01520. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.milesfuneralhome.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 9 to Apr. 12, 2015
Donahue, Wanda - Dudley  
Wanda E. Donahue, 89 DUDLEY - Wanda E. Donahue, age 89 of Dudley, MA passed away March 28, 2015 in Kingwood, Texas after a brief illness. Wanda was born October 13, 1925 in Woodstock, CT to William and Felicia (Murawski) Kulis. She grew up in Southbridge, MA where she graduated from Mary E. Wells High School. Wanda met and married Edwin Donahue and they were blessed with two wonderful sons. Wanda and Ed were married for nearly 50 years before his death in 1997. Her youngest son John (Jack) Donahue died in 1993. She is survived by her son, Edwin Donahue, Jr. and his wife Karen Jankowski of Kingwood, Texas; her sister, Jennie Hendricks of Southbridge; sister-in law, Josephine Kulis of Southbridge; and many nieces and nephews. Wanda was preceded in death by her brother, Mario Kulis and her sisters, Mary Mendala, Helen Desrosiers and Adele Bachand. In addition to being a devoted wife and Mother, Wanda worked for Omnitec /Gentex Corporation in Dudley for nearly 30 years. She had a close relationship with her sisters, nieces and nephews and was grateful for the time spent with them and their families. Wanda made frequent visits to Texas to spend time with her son and his wife and she became very attached to their pets, which she referred to as her "Grandchildren". Also she very much enjoyed her road trips with family to the CT casinos – she could spend hours on the slot machines. An avid crossword puzzle solver, she also loved scratch tickets, playing Bingo and watching the Red Sox on TV. Wanda was proud to have been able to live independently at home until becoming ill. A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 beginning at 8:00 am at Shaw-Majercik Funeral Home, 48 School Street, Webster, MA. Following the visitation, there will be a Mass at 10:00am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 24 Dudley Hill Road, Dudley, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Wanda's memory to Saint Anne Shrine, Fiskdale, MA, The American Stroke Association, or the charity of your choice.
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2015
Drazek, Bernard - Warren  
Bernard August Drazek, 84 Warren - It is with great sadness the family of Bernard Drazek (84), announces his passing on April 7, 2015. He was born in Warren, March 20, 1931, the youngest of nine children to Zophia (Chrabaszcz) and Stanley Drazek. A life-long resident of Warren, he worked at McCarthy Fuel as an Oil Burner Tecnician, Warren Housing as a maintenance man, and a Cemetery Superintendent at Pine Grove and St. Paul's Cemetery for many many years. Bernie "Sonny" to his family, had a love for their farm, changing from dairy to trees, he ran a Christmas Tree farm with cookies and a smile. Predeceased by his brothers and sisters, he is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Joan (Wojcieszek); his daughters, Patricia and husband Michael Michalski of Warren, Susan and her husband Adrien Baracco of Kennebunkport, Maine. He was most proud of his four beloved grandchildren, Jeffrey and Andrew Michalski, and Adam and Carly Baracco. He was a caring person, always willing to help, family was the most important thing to him, and took great pride in all their accomplishments. He loved the outdoors, tractors, and traveling, fixing things mechanical with the grandchildren and friends. He will be tremendously missed by all those who loved him. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 4 - 6 PM, at Cebula Funeral Home in Ware. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 AM on Thursday, April 16, 2015 in St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church in West Warren. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be made to the Warren Ambulance Service, Warren Fire Fighters Association, P.O. Box 608, Warren, MA 01083
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 11 to Apr. 13, 2015
Dufresne, Robert - Jacksonville, Nc  
Robert Leon Dufresne, 71 JACKSONVILLE, NC - Robert Leon Dufresne, 71, of Jacksonville died Friday, April 10, 2015 at his residence. He is survived by his wife: Alice Snay Dufresne; sons: Richard Peltier of Jacksonville, NC, John Plaskonka of Virginia, Robert Dufresne of Worcester, Mass., Deana Dufresne of Worcester, Mass.; daughters: Antoinette Varney of Brookfield, Mass., Charlene Peltier of Jacksonville, NC, Brenda Lee Lowery of Maysville, NC; brothers: Raymond Dufresne of Worcester, Mass., Richard Dufresne of Worcester, Mass., Paul Dufresne of Oxford, Mass. Gary Dufresne of Worcester, Mass.; sister: Joan Dufresne of Worcester, Mass.; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Condolences may be made at johnsonfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2015
Duke Sr., William - Shrewsbury  
William E. Duke Sr. 70 SHREWSBURY - Bill Duke died on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Calling hours Monday 4-8 pm. Complete obituary on Sunday by Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Rd., Shrewsbury. www.healdchiampa.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2015
Dunphe, William - Spencer  
William E. Dunphe, 85 SPENCER - William E. Dunphe, 85, died Saturday, April 11, 2015. His wife, Janet R. (Bixby) died in 1999. He leaves 3 sons, William F. Dunphe and his wife Kelly of Worcester, Andrew Dunphe and his wife Madge of No. Brookfield, Samuel Dunphe and his wife Linda of Spencer with whom he lived with and was his caregiver for the past 16 years; many grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. He also leaves a close friend, Robert Flint. He was predeceased by a daughter, Carla E. Bixby in 2005 as well as 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Born in Oxford, he was the son of Charles & Annabelle (Stevens) Dunphe. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a sportsman and enjoyed antiques. He was a foster parent for many years. He was a good hearted man who loved his family dearly. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held Wednesday, April 15 at 10 A.M. in West Ridge Cemetery, Charlton. Please meet directly at the Cemetery. Donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, State House, Room 546, Boston, MA 02133. J. HENRI MORIN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 23 Maple Terr., Spencer is directing arrangements. www.morinfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2015
Elolampi, Pentti - West Boylston  
Pentti O. Elolampi, 78 WEST BOYLSTON/HOLDEN - Pentti O. Elolampi, 78, a resident of the Briarwood Retirement Community and formerly of Holden, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at UMass Memorial Healthcare-University Campus, following a brief illness. Pentti was born in Kurkijoki, Finland, son of the late Lauri and Anna (Klements) Elolampi. Pentti arrived in New York as a 24-year-old immigrant, speaking no English. He later relocated to Connecticut and then Worcester to pursue his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He met his future wife, Phyllis, in the Worcester Finnish community. They married in 1968 and lived in Worcester and then Holden for 35 years before moving to Briarwood in 2011. Following his graduation, Pentti began a 37-year career with Norton Company (Saint Gobain) which included extensive international travel. He was an intricate part of a joint venture project that established Norton's first factory in Shanghai, China. Pentti shared his love of travel with his wife and together they toured the world including regularly visiting family in Finland. During his retirement, Pentti volunteered for the Wachusett Food Pantry, the Worcester County Food Bank and at the Holden Senior Center. He was an avid cross country and downhill skier, and loved listening to Finnish music. Pentti was a devoted Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan, and enjoyed putting his engineering mind to use in the Briarwood woodworking shop. He leaves his beloved wife of 46 years, Phyllis V. (Nisula) Elolampi; his two children, Susan A. Elolampi of New York, NY and Brian D. Elolampi of Belmont, MA; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He was predeceased by his six siblings. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Monday, April 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street, Holden. A funeral service honoring and celebrating his life will be held on Tuesday, April 21, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery, West Boylston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you remember Pentti with memorial contributions to: Briarwood Retirement Community, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, MA 01606. To share a memory or leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.milesfuneralhome.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 15 to Apr. 19, 2015
Fay Jr., Howard - Westborough  
Howard K. "Pete" Fay, Jr., 90 WESTBOROUGH - Howard K. "Pete" Fay, Jr., 90, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center. Born in Westborough, he was the son of the late Howard and Gladys (Fraser) Fay. He was educated in Westborough schools and was a 1942 graduate of Westborough High School where he was captain of the baseball team. Pete attended Burdett College prior to entering into the U.S Army at Ft. Devens, MA in 1943. He was discharged as a Technician 5th Grade in 1945. He served overseas for 25 months in North Africa and Italy. He was twice wounded in Italy while serving with the 34th Infantry Division. The major battles he served in were Cassino, Angio, Rome, Leghorn, Mt. Belmonte and Po Valley. His military decorations include Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star (Meritorious Service), Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, with four battle stars, American Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and Good Conduct Medal. On Memorial Day 1996 Pete was presented the War Office Medal by Secretary of the Army, Togo D. West, Jr., at the White House and was invited by President Clinton to attend veteran's breakfast both on Memorial Day and Veteran's Day 1996 at the White House. At that time he also attended memorial observances at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. Pete was associated with his father in the operation of Fay's Dairy in Westborough from 1946 to 1966 when the business was sold. He then entered the U. S. Postal Service at Westborough Post Office in 1966 as a substitute letter carrier. He advanced through the ranks to Superintendent of Postal Operations. He also conducted letter carrier route inspections, on special assignments, throughout Worcester County retiring in 1985. Pete served the town of Westborough in many capacities including Call Firefighter, Board of Fire Engineers, Planning Board, 250th Anniversary Committee, Conservation Committee, Delegate to Central MA, Regional Planning Commission, Municipal Sites and Facilities Committee, Trustees of Soldiers' Memorial, Veterans Advisory Committee, Election Official/Warden Precinct 1, WW II Commemoration Committee, Commonwealth of MA., Massachusetts Selective Service Board 162, recommended by Gov. Michael Dukakis. Pete was a member of The Congregational Church of Westborough, Stowell-Parker Post 163, American Legion, Westborough Memorial Post 9013, VFW, former member of the Westborough Historical Society and Republican Town Committee. He was a life member and past President of Blackstone Valley Forestry Association and former treasurer of Junior American Legion Baseball. Pete is survived by one brother, Carroll F. Fay and his wife, Marion, of Westborough; two sisters, Frances Poulson of Stow and Janet Fay of Missoula, Montana; one niece, Fay Kulik and her husband, Stephen; four nephews, Benjamin Poulson and his wife, Joan, Seth Poulson and his wife, Betsy, John Poulson and his wife, Johanna, and Paul Poulson. He is also survived by nine grand-nieces and grand-nephews. A graveside funeral service, with military honors, will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 10:00 A.M. in Pine Grove Cemetery, South St., Westborough. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Harper-Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough. westboroughfuneralhome.com
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2015
Feeley, Richard - Worcester  
Richard E. "Dick" Feeley, 89 WORCESTER - Richard E. "Dick" Feeley, 89 of Worcester, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Worcester Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center surrounded by his loving family. Dick is survived by his wife of 66 years, Grace C. (Tarallo) Feeley; three sons, Richard E. Feeley, Jr. of West Boylston, Stephen J. Feeley and his wife Mary of West Boylston and James A. Feeley and his wife Rosemarie of Worcester; three brothers, James Feeley of Cape Cod, Paul Feeley of Worcester and Joseph Feeley of North Grafton; three sisters, Rita Stencel of Millbury, Ruth Walsh of Milford, CT and Patricia East of Florida; seven grandchildren, Cheryl L. Feeley, Andrew R. Feeley and his wife Emily Hollocher all of Worcester, Matthew S. Feeley and his wife Valerie of Marlborough, Meghan M. Townsend and her husband Sean of Auburn, Michael A. Feeley of Ayer, James A. Feeley, Jr. and his wife Allysen of Northborough and Jason Feeley of Fort Myers, FL; two great grandchildren, Lucas J Feeley and Madelyn Grace Feeley; many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by three brothers, John, Harold and Wilfred Feeley; three sisters, Helen Arrouquier, Mary Henning, and Kay Phelan. Dick was born in Worcester, one of thirteen children of the late James E. and Catherine R. (Erb) Feeley and has lived here all of his life. He graduated from North High School and later enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country during WWII. Upon returning home, he graduated from New England School of Accounting with an associate's degree. Dick was the owner/operator of several area businesses including Feeley's Fence Company, Johnson's TV and Appliances, Feeley's TV and Appliances and Lincoln Plaza Furniture. He later worked in sales for various companies in Worcester County. He finished his career with the City of Worcester operating the City Hall's Mail Room. Bored with retirement, he drove a taxi for the Red Cab until he was 81 years old. Dick was a member of Saint Joan of Arc Church; he loved New England Sports Teams, dancing, and in his son Richard's younger days he managed his son's rock band. Services for Dick will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St., Worcester with a Mass at 10:30 am in Saint Joan of Arc Church, 570 Lincoln St., Worcester. Burial will follow at Saint John's Cemetery, Worcester. A period of calling hours will be held on Tuesday, April 21th from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the funeral home prior to his funeral Mass. The family would like to express their appreciation to Worcester Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center for the loving care provided in his final five years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Association at www.alz.org . To share your thoughts, memories, and prayers with the family, please visit Dick's personal guestbook at www.mercadantefuneral.com .
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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2015
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