William J. Ruberti, 89
CLINTON - William J. Ruberti, 89, of 177 Park St., died Friday, March 15, 2013, in Bolton Manor Nursing Home, Marlborough, after an illness. His wife of nearly 65 years, Margaret M. "Peggy" (O'Leary) Ruberti, died on March 25, 2012.
He leaves a daughter, Paula M. McNabb, of Waltham; two granddaughters, Bonnie Myszka and her husband, Jon, of Waltham and Amy McNabb of New York, NY; a brother, Donald Ruberti, of Georgia; three sisters: Theresa Polewarczyk of Lancaster, Eleanor Masciarelli of Billerica, and Dolores Valenkamph of Clinton; many nieces and nephews. Three brothers, Nicholas, Louis & George Ruberti, and two sisters, Anna Chiarini and Stella Gagliardi, predeceased him.
William was born and raised in Clinton, son of Joseph and Dolorata (Soldi) Ruberti, and was a life-long resident. A graduate of Clinton High School, Class of 1940, he was a US Army
Veteran of WWII
, participating in battles at Normandy, and in the Rhineland. He was the recipient of three Bronze Battle Stars, as well as a Purple Heart
, received for wounds sustained in action in Belgium on September 11, 1944.
For 35 years until its closing, William worked for the former Colonial Press of Clinton, as a Linotype Operator. He then worked for Arrow Composition of West Boylston for 15 years until his retirement.
He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, and the Sons of Italy, Savioa Lodge. An avid golfer, he enjoyed gardening, and was a collector of toy cars. In addition, he often participated in Cribbage Tournaments at Turner Hall, and loved teaching his daughter and granddaughters how to play.
William's funeral will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Lancaster. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to: Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts (HGRM), 530 Main St., Acton, MA 01720.www.mcnallywatson.com