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Pichierri, Filomena  
Filomena Fannie (Cardone) Pichierri 96, of Franklin, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, Sunday February 15, 2015 at the Maples Rehabilitation & Nursing Center following an illness. She was the wife of the late Alfred S. Pichierri who died in 1997. Born June 13, 1918 in Douglas, Ma, a daughter of the late Vincenzo and Carmella (Salatillo) Cardone, she was a longtime resident of Franklin. Fannie was educated in Barrington, Rhode Island. She retired several years ago, having worked for the Town of Franklin in the cafeteria department at the schools. She was a member of St. Marys Church, Franklin, the Sons of Italy, and was a longtime volunteer for the St. Roccos and July 4th, Celebrations. A kind and gracious woman, she also treasured time spent with her family. She is survived by her children; Arthur S. Pichierri and his wife Mary of Niota, Tennessee, Vincent A. Pichierri and his wife Eileen of Franklin, David W. Pichierri of Blackstone and Phyllis M. Spurling of Woodstock, Georgia, a brother Louis Cardone of Greenville, Rhode Island, a sister Cora Labossier of Franklin, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Alfred J. Pichierri and sister of the late Jerry Cardone, Ralph Cardone, John Cardone, and Maggie Cardone. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral Friday Feb. 20th at 9:15AM from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Marys Church 1 Church Sq. Franklin at 10AM. Interment will follow at St. Marys Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday from 5-8PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent the American Heart Association PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005. Guestbook/directions
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Published in The Country Gazette from Feb. 17 to Feb. 26, 2015
Robbins, Betty Jane  
Betty Jane (Bierck) Robbins 90, of Norton, formerly of South Attleboro and Franklin, died peacefully on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Epoch Senior Healthcare in Norton following an illness. She was the wife of the late Robert O. Robbins who died in 2010. BJ was born on December 15, 1924 in Greene, New York to the late Hubert and Jane (Whitbeck) Bierck. She was raised in New York and attended St. Lawrence University. She was an avid reader, enjoyed quilting, swimming and was a big fan of the Red Sox and Patriots. BJ was also a former member of the Franklin Emblem Club. She worked as a former sales associate in the retail clothing industry. She was a kind friend to everyone and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. BJ is survived by her children; Peter H. Infantine and his wife Susan of Methuen; Cheryl A. Rockett and her husband Edward of Foxboro; and Suzanne M. D'Angelo and her husband Stephen of Franklin. She was the mother of the late Michael B. Infantine. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Jennifer and Mark DAngelo, John and Patrick Rockett, Heidi Richard, Katie and Josh Infantine, Scott Bickley, three great-grandchildren, Ariana, Giada and Cayce and her stepchildren; Karen L. Field, Kathy L. DeLisle and Kevin F. Robbins. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service on Monday, Feb. 23rd, at 12:00pm at the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage St. Franklin, MA. Interment at St. Marys Cemetery will be held at a later date. Calling hours are Monday, Feb. 23rd from 10:00-12:00pm prior to the service. Instead of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Guestbook and directions can be found at .
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Published in The Country Gazette from Feb. 20 to Feb. 27, 2015
Roche, Neil - Franklin  
Neil J. Roche, 83, of Franklin, MA died peacefully at home on Sunday, February 22, surrounded by his beloved wife and children. One of eleven children, he was born on December 7, 1931 in Foxboro, MA, to David C. and Mary F. (Gill) Roche. He is survived by his devoted wife of fifty-eight years, Joanne (Aimone) Roche and his seven children, Linda Arminio and her husband Edward, of Franklin, MA; Suzanne Thomlinson and her husband Keith, of Westport, MA; Patricia Garvey and her husband Michael, of Woburn, MA; John and his wife Jean (Reed) Roche of Franklin, MA; Mary Ann Larsen and her husband Larry, of Winchester, VA; Kathleen Roche and her partner Greg Merrill, of Charlestown, MA; and Thomas and his wife Katie (Gross) Roche of Westwood, MA. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, Jacqueline Arminio; Courtney and Matthew Garvey; Peter, Mary, and David Roche; Megan, Kellie, Kristen, Bridgette, Meredith and Ann Marie Larsen; and Molly and Patrick Roche. He leaves his sisters, Theresa Bannon of Providence, RI and Carol Skinner of Brockton, MA, and sister-in-laws, Lillian Nicky Roche of Foxboro, MA and Pauline Roche, of Wrentham, MA. He was predeceased by eight siblings; Paul, Ann Kennedy, Robert, Francis, Margaret Wellman, Henry, Vincent, and William. Raised and educated in Foxboro, he was a graduate of Foxboro High School in 1949, Stonehill College in 1953 and Boston College Law School in 1956. For over fifty five years, Neil was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and a practicing attorney in Franklin. During this time, he was active in Franklins town government, serving as the Town Counsel, a member of the Franklin Redevelopment Authority and the Town Charter Commission. He was a devout Catholic and an active parishioner at St. Marys in Franklin, serving as a lector and a member of the parish council. He served in the United States Army from 1956-1959, and for thirty-two years in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was commanding officer of the Third Judge Advocate Generals Corps. (JAG) in Boston, MA. He also served as Staff Judge Advocate of the 94th ARCOM, retiring as a Colonel in 1991. Neil was a lifelong tennis player, who enjoyed both playing and hosting tennis tournaments. He also loved playing golf, crossword puzzles, cribbage, Irish music, traveling to Ireland and Italy, and was an avid reader. He spent many happy years in Waterville Valley, enjoying cross country skiing, and playing tennis and golf with family and friends. Visiting hours will be held at Ginley Funeral Home of Franklin, 131 Main Street, Franklin, on Friday, February 27, 4-8 pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary Church in Franklin on Saturday, February 28 at 10 am. Interment to follow at St. Marys Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be donated to the Congregation of Holy Cross, 500 Washington St., North Easton, MA 02356-1299. For directions and guestbook, visit
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Published in The Country Gazette from Feb. 25 to Mar. 4, 2015
Ronca Jr., William S. - Medway  
William Steven Ronca, Jr. of Medway died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Metro West Medical Center in Framingham after being stricken at home. He was the loving son of William S. Ronca of Franklin and Shirley E. Ronca, also of Franklin. He is survived by his grandmother, Esther V. Ronca of Medway, his sister, Lisa Ronca Luccini and her husband Michael of Franklin, his three brothers, Thomas P. of Boston, Brian E. of Franklin and Richard L. of Millis and his stepmother, Carolyn Ronca of Franklin. He is also survived by his uncle David Ronca of Florida and by his cousins Jason Ronca, Brandon Ronca and Kelly Tucker. He will be greatly missed by his cherished nephews Michael Jr. and Matthew Luccini. Born on May 16, 1969, Bill was a graduate of Millis High School and made his career in the family construction business for over twenty-five years. Bill was a talented carpenter and heavy equipment operator. He will be greatly missed for his quick wit and intelligence on the job. Bill had a big and loving heart and was a friend to all who knew him. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Bill loved spending time with his family and he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral service at the Medway Community Church, 193 Main Street in Medway on Friday, February 27 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Medway. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 - 8 p.m. in the Ginley Crowley Funeral Home, 3 Barber St. in Medway (www. ). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bills memory to The Salvation Army, Attn: Development Dept., 25 Shawmut Rd., Canton, MA 02021 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 3049 Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.
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Published in The Country Gazette from Feb. 24 to Mar. 3, 2015
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