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Carlene H. St. Francis

WORCESTER - Carlene H. (Pulkkinen) St. Francis, 69, of Worcester, died in the comfort of family and friends Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the UMass-Memorial Medical Center, after a long illness.

She leaves her husband of 50 years, Lawrence J. St. Francis; seven children, Dean W. St. Francis of Worcester, Michael J. St. Francis and his companion Wanda Davaz of Worcester, Melissa A. Dacri and her husband Michael of Leicester, Jonathan J. St. Francis and his wife Celeste of Sneades Ferry, N.C., Marie Otano and her husband Ray of Spencer, Ronald St. Francis Jr. and his companion Emily of Winchester, N.H. and Michael Butler and his wife Ashley of Keene, N.H.; grandchildren Audrey St. Francis, Michelle Dacri, Isabella, Brittaney and Ryan St. Francis, and Chrystal, Matthew and Caitlynn Campbell; a brother, Sulo Pulkkinen and his wife Christine of Thompson, Ct., a sister, Donna Card of Norway, Maine; an aunt, Miriam Pecevich of Shrewsbury, her godmother Senja Grover of Lewiston, Maine; a goddaughter Jody Simonian of Auburn, and several nieces and nephews.

Carlene's daughter Michelle A. St. Francis died in 1967 and her brother Paul A. Pulkkinen died in 2005.

Carlene was born in Norway, Maine, daughter of the late Carl and Helen L. (Nivala) Pulkkinen. She moved to Worcester as a youngster and graduated from Commerce High School.

She was a sterilization technician in the anesthesiology dept. at Worcester City Hospital for many years. She later worked at UMass-Memorial Medical Center.

Carlene was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Carlene enjoyed her many visits from Pastor Susan K. Nachtigal.

Carlene had an enormous heart and welcomed everyone into her life and her home. Her gracious hospitality gave comfort and support to a large extended family. She loved growing up on a farm in Maine as well as enjoying sunsets on the beaches of Florida. She also devoted a great deal of time, energy and resources to support the battle against breast cancer. Her smiles and kind words touched the hearts of all she came to know and will be sadly missed.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster St., Worcester. Burial will follow in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Carlene's memory may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester, is directing arrangements.


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Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2017.
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February 9, 2017
Even tho we have been separated by miles,and missed out on all the sister fun I'll always Love You and miss you.Rest in Pease.Love Donna.
February 9, 2017
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February 8, 2017
Jody and Family,

I am saddened to hear about the loss of your God Mother. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.

I am here if you need to talk. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Love always and forever,
Kelley Carlson
February 7, 2017
May the angles take you in their wings and give you comfort during this time.
Karlyn Derose
February 6, 2017
I Love u Auntie. I will cherish all my many memories with you and all the unconditional love u gave to me. I'm so glad that I got to talk to u. Love u Auntie you will always be in my heart
Lori Pulkkinen-Moffitt-Davis
February 6, 2017
so sorry for your loss, Carlene was very sweet and caring, praying for all of you.
margaret darling
February 5, 2017
my aunt Carlene was a wonderful person very caring and watcher over all of us she will always be in my heart and missed very much love always the atilho family
Katie atliho
February 5, 2017
My condolances to the family of my cousin Carlene. Caroline.
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