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Hingham, MA
LERSCH, William F. "Bill" Age 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 24, surrounded by loved ones at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sylvia (Cromer) Lersch of Punta Gorda, Florida; her children, Gwyn (Marden) Brittigan and husband Eric of Annapolis, Maryland; Craig Marden and wife Sandy Kelly of Shutesbury, Massachusetts; and Carey (Marden) Shaulus and husband Thom of North Berwick, Maine. Bill also leaves his siblings Charles Hugo Lersch of Scituate; Margaret (Peggy) Lersch Hughes of Hingham; and John Robert Lersch and wife Dee of Wylie, Texas, six granddaughters, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was the son of William F. Lersch, Sr. and Margaret (Houghton) Lersch of Hingham.

Bill grew up in Hingham, graduated from Hingham High School in 1958, and received his degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1962. He served 30 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two tours of duty in Vietnam and active duty during the first Gulf War. He retired as a Colonel. He taught in Hingham public schools for 25 years, coached football at Hingham Central Junior High, and was an assistant coach at Hingham High School. He retired to Florida in 1996. He was an avid sailor, cat-lover, history buff, and enjoyed traveling with his beloved wife.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Visiting Hours on Monday, from 4-8 PM, in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), HINGHAM. Services Tuesday from the Funeral Home at 9 AM, prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Paul's Church, Hingham, at 10 AM. Burial will be private at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Bill's memory to Folds of Honor or Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.

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Published by Boston Globe from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2019.
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Pyne Keohane Funeral Home
21 Emerald Street, Hingham, MA
Pyne Keohane Funeral Home
21 Emerald Street, Hingham, MA
Funeral Mass
St. Paul's Church
, Hingham, MA
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Mrs Lersch and family... I am so sorry for your loss. I just read of his passing in the Semper Fi newsletter. 1stLt Lersch was my Series Commander at Parris Island 56 years ago (Plt 358, 1964) Uncommon to see an aviator as a Series Commander. Coincidentally I was commissioned five years later and served as a Series Commander at San Diego 1971-74. And I was at 2d MAW Cherry Point 1975-78, MCAS El Tory 1981-84 and did Desert Storm as chief of the Marine Targeting Cell at CentAf headquarters in Riyadh 1990-91. We must have crossed paths several times!

If you would like, maybe sometime we could compare notes. I retired as a LtCol in 1992 out of I MEF headquarters at Camp Pendleton.

From Norwich, CT (about a million years ago), now in Pensacola.

Joe Waldron
LtCol USMC(ret)
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Joe Waldron
April 1, 2020
Col. Lersch,
Sir, as a fellow Marine I would just like to say thank you for your years of dedicated service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the USMC-especially during the Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
Mike Casey USMC '85-'89
Mike Casey(former MA resident)
October 31, 2019
Our sincere condolences on Billy's passing. Our Family is diminishing as age catches up with us . Great memories of when he used to come to the Willowfield Tavern with his fellow Marines.
Sincerely ,
John and Susan Houghton
John Houghon
October 26, 2019
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