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Dianne L. (Nelson) Brenn, 69, formerly of Maynard / Stow: a former Maynard Town Clerk, died peacefully Wed. April 16, 2014 at her Leominster home. Born in Concord and raised in Maynard, she was the daughter of the late Arvid and Anne (Lalli) Nelson. A graduate of the Maynard schools, she was employed for a time at Data Terminal Systems and was the Maynard Town Clerk for 20 years before retiring. A Stow resident for 35 years, she moved to Leominster 6 years ago. Dianne loved spending time with her family, especially her grandson, Marc. An excellent cook, she also enjoyed shopping and her cats. People were naturally drawn to her because of her kind, thoughtful and friendly nature, and her concern for others. Dianne was predeceased by her brother, John Nelson, and is survived by her three sons, Robert Brenn of Marlborough, Jay Brenn of Leominster and Marc Brenn of MS; a beloved grandson, Marc; her companion of 43 years, Peter Holt of Leominster; two sisters, Antoinette Harrison and husband Bernard W. of Maynard, and Donna Graves and husband Bruce of Westminster; and several nieces, nephews & extended family members. Visiting hours are Mon. April 21st from 4-8pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton. The funeral Mass will be celebrated Tues. April 22nd at 11am in St. Bridgets Church, 1 Percival St., Maynard, with burial following in Glenwood Cemetery, Great Rd, (Rte 117) Maynard. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38015. Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com . Read Obituary
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Walter J. Helin, 69, of Maynard, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Emerson Hospital in Concord after a long illness. He and his wife, Audrey (Finan) Robinson Helin celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary this past February. Born in Concord and raised in Maynard, he was the son of the late Charles P. and Eva M. Helin. Walter attended Maynard High School and enlisted in the US Navy in 1965. He served honorably during the Vietnam War aboard the USS English received a commendation for his actions aboard the USS Yellowstone. After his discharge in 1969, he worked in construction and was later employed as a custodian in the Maynard schools for many years before retiring. He was a resident of Boxborough for over 20 years before moving back to Maynard. Walter liked being outdoors hunting and gardening, and especially loved spending time fishing at his favorite local spots. He is remembered as a devoted husband and a kind, thoughtful and generous man who enjoyed doing projects and favors for family and friends. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sisters, Kathleen Galvin and husband Richard of Maynard, and Linda Keeler and Laura Brite, both of NY. He was the brother of the late Joan Toner, Charles "Boika' Helin, John Helin and Tavi "Chipper' Helin. He is also survived by 6 step-children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Tues. April 15th from 4-8pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton. The funeral service will be held on Wed. April 16th at 11am at the funeral home with burial following in Glenwood Cemetery, Maynard. Rev. Robert Hawk will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the charity of one's choice. Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com Read Obituary
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Barbara J. Zancewicz Leger, 62, of Gardner, formerly of Maynard, died Mon. April 14, 2014 at the Heywood Hospital in Gardner after a long illness. Born in Concord and raised in Maynard, she was the daughter of the late Walter J. and Helen I. (Smith) Zancewicz. In early years she was a member of St. Casimirs Church where she taught Sunday school. A graduate of Maynard High School Class of 1969, Barbara was very active in school activities and was the Prom Queen, class secretary and a member of the National Honor Society. She attended Fitchburg State College and was a resident of the Gardner-Leominster-Lunenburg area for many years. A talented artist and excellent writer, Barbara was a retired executive secretary for Victory Markets where she was also the co-creator and editor of the Victory Voice newsletter. She was a very talented pianist, playing professionally and teaching privately. Barb enjoyed playing piano and often volunteered her talents to concerts and musicals performed at the Theatre at the Mount community theatre as well as Fitchburg State. She loved animals and was a member of the humane society. Barbara especially loved the holidays, embracing time spent with her family. She was an avid gardener who loved baking and gourmet cooking. Barbara had a heart of gold and will be lovingly remembered. She is survived by two sons, Jason C. Beltz and wife Tammy of Lunenburg, MA and Jeffrey L. Williams and wife Samantha of Lewiston, ME; 4 grandchildren, Emily, Alexander, Karizma and Makayla; a sister Linda Lewis-Darby of Marlborough; two brothers, Michael Zancewicz and wife Kathleen of Milford, CT, and Gary Zancewicz and wife Denise of Boylston; uncle Jim Smith and his wife Kathleen, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. All are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, April 26th from 12 noon to 3pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to the Massachusetts Humane Society Inc., PO Box 890127, East Weymouth, MA 02189. Memorial page at www. actonfuneralhome.com . Read Obituary
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Anne (Carter) Morris, 81, formerly of Acton, MA died peacefully, with her family at her side on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Anne was born in West Roxbury, MA, the daughter of the late James and Anne (Tierney) Carter. She was raised and educated in Boston, MA, and was a resident of Acton for over 40 years. After raising her 7 children, she returned to school and worked in the offices of the Superintendent and Principal of Minuteman Regional Technical High School in Lexington, MA. Anne had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh with her large family and many friends. She was a talented writer and cake decorator. She delighted in her grandchildren and loved to travel. She is survived by her 7 children, William Morris and his wife, Heather, of Altamonte Springs, FL, Michele Morris of Marina Del Rey, CA, James Morris and his wife, Paula, of Londonderry NH, Richard Morris of Acton, MA, Michael Morris of Manchester, NH, Jeanne Canuel and her husband, Todd of Exeter, RI, and Joseph Morris and his longtime girlfriend Tricia Hardwick, of Somerville, MA; twelve grandchildren, Neka, Laura, Bridget, Willie, Mercy, Liry, Lisy, Bella, Kimberly, Gabrielle, Samantha and Connor; sisters Mary Carter, Clare Carter, and Kathleen Winikates and brothers, James Carter, Jr (deceased) and Michael Carter. Visiting Hours were held Tuesday, April 15th from 4-8 pm in the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord St., Maynard. Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday at 11:00 am in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, Acton. Interment followed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton. Donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 311 Arsenal St. Watertown, MA 02472 or American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham MA, 01701. Arrangements under the care of Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, Maynard. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit: www.fowlerkennedyfunrealhome.com Read Obituary
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