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Laurine S. Lizewski

October 23, 1942 - May 21, 2019

WORCESTER-Laurine S. (Frykberg) Lizewski, 76, of Worcester, died Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at UMass Memorial Medical Center due to complications related to Leukemia. She was born in Worcester, daughter of the late William and Bertha O. (Sundell) Frykberg and graduated from Commerce High School. Laurine retired from GMAC Financial after 37 years of service as a Commercial Lending Analyst....
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Nancy Hovhanesian

May 21, 2019

WORCESTER- Nancy (Sahagian) Hovhanesian, 95, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family. Her beloved husband of 55 years, Garabed Hovhanesian, passed away in 2001. Nancy, the daughter of the late Kalusd and Takoohy (Kourbandjian) Sahagian, was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and was brought to the United States at the age of 1 year by her parents who settled in Worcester, Massachusetts....
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Virginia A. Shannon

June 2, 1948 - May 21, 2019

WORCESTER- Virginia "Ginny" A. (Prior) Shannon, 70, beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother, died Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Rose Monahan Hospice Home after an illness and with her loving family by her side. She was born in Worcester, daughter of Arthur H. and Margaret (Minns) Prior and graduated from St. Peter's High School. Ginny continued on to Worcester State College where she earned...
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Gerald J. St. Germain

March 23, 1954 - May 18, 2019

Worcester - Gerald J. St.Germain,65, passed away Saturday, May 18th 2019 at Umass Medical Center, after having battled cancer courageously. Gerald, who always went by "Gerry" was predeceased by his daughter, Melanie St.Germain and also his brother, David St.Germain. Gerry is survived by his five remaining brothers; Mickey, Albert, Jimmy, Danny and Ralph. He also leaves behind his daughter,...
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Constance M. Hanlon

August 15, 1921 - May 15, 2019

WORCESTER-Constance M. (Maxwell) Hanlon, 97, of Worcester, passed away Thursday, May 16 in St. Vincent Hospital. Constance was born in Dorchester, daughter of Francis Howard and Mary Eleanor (Kenney) Maxwell and graduated from The Mathers School in Dorchester, Girls High School in Roxbury, and attended Boston Clerical School. She was employed at Lumberman's Mutual Association as Head of...
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John F. "Jack" Tighe

March 25, 1942 - May 15, 2019

WORCESTER-John F. Tighe "Jack", 77, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at UMASS Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born in Worcester, son of the late John J. and Theresa M. (McGee) Tighe. Jack joined the Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was a carpenter for 35 years and was a member of Carpenter's Local 107. Jack was a family man and loved spending time...
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Rodney J. Ferris

February 18, 1933 - May 1, 2019

LINCOLN-Rodney Jarvis Ferris, businessman and counselor, loving husband and father, died in his apartment in Lincoln Mass on May 1, 2019. A 56-year resident of Holden and Worcester MA, Rodney was born on February 18th, 1933, in Darien CT to Margery Jarvis and William Henry Ferris. He attended Hotchkiss School and Princeton University where he led the varsity swim team's butterfly squad and...
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Nereida Ayala

March 21, 1936 - May 1, 2019

WORCESTER- Nereida Ayala, 83, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on May 1, 2019. She was the wife of the late Felix Isaac who passed away in 1989. She was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico on March 21, 1936 a daughter of the late Juan P. Ayala and Maria T. Perez. Mrs. Ayala will be remembered as a kind and loving mother to her nine children. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles...
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Olivia M. Chafetz

April 30, 1948 - May 1, 2019

WORCESTER- God received a very special angel, Olivia M. (Nozzolillo) Chafetz, 71, of Worcester. Olivia was born April 30, 1948. She passed away on May 1, 2019. Olivia was the daughter of the late Orlando Nozzolillo and Antoinette (DiRienzo) Nozzolillo. She married the love of her life, Stuart Chafetz on June 30, 1973 and enjoyed life to the fullest. Stuart passed away on January 14, 1996....
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Yolanda Jesse Preston

September 7, 1942 - April 21, 2019

WORCESTER- Yolanda Jesse Preston, 76, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital. She was born in Colon, Panama on September 7, 1942 a daughter of the late Evaristo Jesse and Lucilda Perez. Ms. Preston worked for many years as a certified nursing assistant at facilities in New Jersey and loved bingo, fishing and shopping. She leaves behind her son, Leandro Jesse; a...
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Dennis MacGillivray

April 21, 2019

Biddeford, ME- Dennis MacGillivray, 42, passed away due to injuries sustained in an accident in Biddeford, on April 21, 2019. Dennis was raised in Holden, MA and attended St. John's High School in Shrewsbury. He leaves a sister, Sally Loverin and her husband Mike of Rutland, MA and a brother Brian MacGillivray of Henderson, NV, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and a niece and...
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Donald F. Nelson

July 4, 1930 - April 17, 2019

Worcester-Donald F. Nelson – physicist, university professor, writer, and Renaissance man – who had lived in Worcester since 1987, died on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at the age of 88. Don was proud to have been born on Independence Day in 1930 and loved to joke that everyone made such a big deal over his birthday. He was born in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, son of Paul V. and F. Dorothea ...
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Dora Firempong

December 1, 1962 - April 16, 2019

WORCESTER-Dora Firempong, 56, of Worcester, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in her home after an illness. She was born in Kumasi, Ghana, daughter of Beatrice (Afari) Firempong and the late Alfred Firempong. Dora worked as a licensed practical nurse at St. Francis Home for several years. She was a member of the Cross of Light Ministry on Cambridge Street. Dora was very active in the Worcester...
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Robert Brian Reilly

February 7, 1954 - April 14, 2019

WEST BOYLSTON - Robert Brian Reilly, 65, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on February 7, 1954 a son of the late Joseph and Claire (Bechard) Reilly. He attended Saint Maria Goretti School before graduating from Saint Raphael Academy in 1972. From there Bob went on to obtain a...
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Barbara C. Hogan

October 28, 1927 - April 14, 2019

PAXTON-Barbara C. (Hellstrom) Hogan, 91, of Paxton passed away Sunday, April 14 in UMASS Memorial Medical Center. Her husband of 54 years, Robert J. Hogan passed away in 2009. She leaves three children, Jonathan James Hogan of Ware, Robert Jay Hogan and his wife, Barbara of Charlton and Caroline Joy Leveille and her husband, James of Worcester; six grandchildren, Ben Hogan of South Paris, ME,...
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Zartar (Karacayoyan) Tashjian

January 2, 1923 - April 7, 2019

WORCESTER - Zartar (Karacayoyan) Tashjian, 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 7th, 2019, at Dodge Park Rest Home in Worcester, MA, after the onset of a sudden illness. She was born January 2, 1923 in Kharpout, Armenia, daughter of Toros & Djohar Hagopian. In 1947, Zartar married Hapet Tashjian in Marseille, France, before immigrating to the United States in 1948. Having always enjoyed...
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Tusya Sukharenko

March 24, 1928 - April 5, 2019

WORCESTER-Tusya (Staroselsky) Sukharenko, 91, of the Belmont Street Towers community passed away Friday, April 5th in her home. She leaves her son, Arkady Sukharenko of Latvia; a daughter, Liliya Tsurikhina and her husband, Alex of Wareham; five grandchildren, Igor, Nick, Ilya, Elina and Diana and four great-grandchildren, Sasha, Arye, Aron and Eli. Her first husband, Isaak Sukharenko;...
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Frederick G. Dove

November 3, 1957 - April 3, 2019

Frederick G. Dove of Leicester, formerly of West Roxbury, passed away on April 3, 2019. He was 61 years old. Fred was a resident at a Seven Hills group home and attended Aspire! Worcester. Fred enjoyed being with friends and family and listening to music from the Big Band Era. He enjoyed traveling and made friends wherever he went. Fred was the son of Evelyn (Maloof) Dove of Medfield and...
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Aaron Ritchie Knowlton

April 2, 1988 - April 2, 2019

WORCESTER- Aaron Ritchie Knowlton, 31, passed away on April 2, 2019. He was born in Worcester on April 2, 1988 the son of Kirk A. and Cheryl (Ritchie) Knowlton. Aaron was raised in Worcester and graduated from St. John's High School where he completed 7 AP courses and received the National Merit Scholarship. From there, he attended Bentley University where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor...
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Jean T. Moynihan

July 6, 1929 - April 1, 2019

WORCESTER-Jean T. (Murphy) Moynihan, 89, of Worcester, died on April 1, 2019. She was born in Worcester, the only child of John and Grace (Robinson) Murphy on July 6, 1929, and went on to live most of her life in Worcester. She married Attorney Arthur T. Moynihan in 1957, and they spent 36 loving years together until his death in 1993. The couple were parents to eight children, and Jean is...
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Kathleen M. Erickson

March 31, 2019

Worcester-Kathleen M. (Elbag) Erickson, 59, of Worcester passed away Sunday, March 31 in UMASS Medical Center. She leaves her husband of 5 years, Richard G. Erickson; her mother, Theresa A. (Grady) Brodeur; a sister, Elizabeth A. Elbag of Worcester; two step-sons Rick Erickson and his wife Stephanie, Ryan Erickson, many nieces and nephews, and her beloved cats, Allie and Snowball....
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Janthony Robles

March 30, 2019

WORCESTER- Janthony Robles, 22, passed away suddenly on Satuday, March 30, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Worcester on August 30, 1996 a son of Johny Robles and Gloria (Mendez) Jose. Janthony graduated from Burncoat High School in 2015 where he joined the ROTC Program and also enjoyed singing in the chorus. and then began driving truck for Mia's Trucking and Martinez Trucking....
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John H. Dorenkamp III

February 16, 1959 - March 26, 2019

John Dorenkamp died March 26, 2019 after a sudden illness. He was a gentle man with a fierce spirit. The son of Angela and John Dorenkamp (both deceased), John attended the Mercy School in Worcester and worked for many years in a Seven Hills sheltered workshop. Those who attended Assumption College might also remember him as the "dishwasher who made the fire drill sound." John was a resident...
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William C. Clancey

March 25, 2019

Worcester- William Christopher Clancey, 63, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, March 25, 2019. Mr. Clancey leaves behind his children, Sean Clancey and his wife Laura, Joseph Clancey, and Jillian Moriarty and her husband Chris; four grandchildren, Addison, Teagan, Caleigh and Jack; his siblings, John, Thomas, Joseph, Mary, Margaret, Charles and David Clancey; as well as several nieces...
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Sandra L. McElroy

November 1, 1946 - March 25, 2019

AUBURN- Sandra Lee (Aubin Glasberg) McElroy, 72, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving children on March 25, 2019 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was the wife of the late Francis P. McElroy, Sr., who passed away in 2016. She was born in Worcester on November 1, 1946 a daughter of the late Gloria and Edward Aubin. Sandra began working at Mr. Ed's Bar and also...
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Jacob Frankian

February 18, 1924 - March 23, 2019

WORCESTER-Jacob "Jake" Frankian, 95, of Overland Park, KS, formerly of Worcester passed away Saturday, March 23. His wife of 63 years, Elsie R. (Marsoobian) Frankian passed away in 2010. He leaves two children, Michael P. Frankian and his wife, Jody and Jean M. Frankian; two grandchildren, Brian Frankian and Ashley Davis and her husband Keaton; all of Overland Park; a brother, George Frankian...
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Carol Wright

July 15, 1943 - March 23, 2019

Worcester-Carol (Rochette) Wright, 75, died Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Rose Monahan Hospice Home after a brief illness. She was born in Worcester, daughter of Roger and Delima (Siroir) Rochette and graduated from Classical High School. Carol continued her education at Clark University and St. Joseph's College and later earned her Masters of Science at University of Connecticut School...
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Daniel J. Gubber

March 19, 2019

AUBURN-Daniel J. Gubber, 59, of Auburn passed away Tuesday, March 19 in Saint Vincent Hospital. Dan was a Senior Professional System Architect at DXC Technology and has worked in the technology industry for close to 40 years. A Worcester native and graduate of Doherty Memorial High School, Dan proudly served in the Massachusetts Air National Guard for 8 years. Dan loved spending time in...
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Rose-Marie A. Scott

October 26, 1933 - March 16, 2019

WORCESTER- Rose-Marie A. Scott, 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the loving wife of the late John P. "Skitchy" Scott, Jr. who passed away in 1994. She was born in Worcester on October 26, 1933 a daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Cantin) Desroches. Rose was raised in Worcester and attended local schools where she...
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Delphina "Fina" Saez

March 21, 1979 - March 14, 2019

Delphina Maria Saez, 39, lovingly known as "Fina", died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Fina was born in and raised in Worcester. She graduated from South High School and later earned a certificate as a Certified Nursing Aide. She worked for several years in the home healthcare field. One of Fina talents was in the kitchen. Everyone in her family enjoyed her cooking during...
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Paula Gallant-Kokocinski

April 3, 1957 - March 13, 2019

OXFORD/ PAXTON – Surrounded by her loving family, Paula Gallant-Kokocinski, 61, passed away on Wednesday, march 13, 2019, following a brief illness. Paula was born and raised in Worcester, a daughter of the late Ernest and Dorothy J. (Rogers) Gallant. She was also predeceased by her sister, Diane. Paula graduated from Burncoat High School. During her younger years, Paula was an accomplished...
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Peter A. Roy

June 19, 1968 - March 11, 2019

MANCHAUG – Peter A. Roy, 50, died peacefully on March 11, 2019 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Webster. He was born in Milford, a son of the late Richard and Doris I. (Menard) Roy and attended Project Coffee in Oxford. Peter worked as a pizza delivery driver and then as a laundry attendant at a local hotel for the past several years. He enjoyed spending time with his family...
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Gerald F. Coppola

June 24, 1952 - March 10, 2019

WORCESTER- Gerald F. Coppola, 66, passed away suddenly on March 10, 2019 at UMass Medical Center in Worcester. He was born in Worcester on June 24, 1952 a son of the late Henry F. and Ann (Curran) Coppola. He attended local schools and graduated from St. Stephen High School where he played for the track team. From there Gerald attended Quinsigamond Community College and later received a...
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Antaurious Antonio "Nene" Guzman

August 14, 1999 - March 9, 2019

WORCESTER- Antaurious Antonio "Nene" Guzman, passed away unexpectedly on March 9, 2019. A young man of just 19 years of age, an aspiring, responsible, caring and compassionate individual that was looking forward to a bright future. He was born and raised in Worcester, a son of Jorge Luis Guzman and Irene Yesnia Diaz and attended local schools. He graduated from Doherty High School in...
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Charles Wage

March 9, 2019

Worcester-Charles "Whitey" Wage, 87 passed away Saturday, March 9 in UMASS Medical Center. He leaves his wife of 64 years, Lillian (Dionne) Wage; three children, Steve Wage of Worcester, Ken Wage of Holden and Linda Wage of Holden and two grandchildren, Nick Wage and Elizabeth Wage. A sister, Doris J. Wage predeceased him. He was born in Chicago, IL son of Edmond and Dorothy (Devlin) Wage. ...
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Emily Garboski

June 28, 1989 - March 8, 2019

WORCESTER- Emily Garboski, 29, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 8, 2019. She was born in Worcester on June 28, 1989 a daughter of Diana Montalvo. She was raised in Worcester and attended Doherty High School. She was a free-spirited person and was always laughing. For Emily, family was her world and she often bragged to others about her sisters and showed pride in their accomplishments...
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Eleanor Anne Clement

March 26, 1937 - March 6, 2019

Stratham, NH / Worcester, MA – Eleanor Anne (Harrahy) Clement, 81 of Stratham, NH (former long-time resident of Worcester, MA) passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Brigham and Women's Hospital. She was born in Worcester, daughter of the late John J. and Eleanor R. (Doon) Harrahy and graduated from South High School. Eleanor continued her education at the University of...
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Joan E. (Thomas) Dickinson

September 2, 1948 - March 2, 2019

AUBURN – In the early hours of Saturday, March 2nd and surrounded her loving family, Joan Ellen (Thomas) Dickinson, 70, passed away at UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester, following a brief illness. Joan was born and raised in Worcester, a daughter of the late Fred and Marion Jane(Roberts) Thomas. She graduated from South High School and worked for Sprague Electric for several years....
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Patricia A. Castellano

March 1, 2019

WORCESTER- Patricia Ann (Trotto) Castellano, formerly of Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 1, 2019 surrounded by her family at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield after a courageously fought battle with lung cancer. She was 61. Tricia was born in Holden on September 3, 1957 a daughter of Richard J. Browne and the late Eleanor M. (Reidy) Browne. She was raised...
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Agnes (Safarian) Haroian

November 8, 1928 - February 28, 2019

Agnes (Safarian) Haroian, 90, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Rose Monahan Hospice Home, Worcester, MA, after onset of a sudden illness. Born November 8, 1928, daughter of Mesrop & Dzaghig Safarian, in East St. Louis, IL, she excelled in school, and was Valedictorian of her graduating class at East St. Louis High School. After...
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Kevin George Fox

May 26, 1950 - February 26, 2019

WORCESTER – Kevin G. Fox, 68, died peacefully on February 26, 2019. He was born in Brooklyn, NY the son of the late George and Loretta (Silk) Fox, and had lived in Charlton for many years before moving to Worcester. Kevin was a proud Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, serving from 1969 to 1975. He earned a National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with a star and a Vietnam Campaign...
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David Joseph Stranieri

July 26, 1962 - February 24, 2019

WORCESTER – David J. Stranieri, 56, a lifelong Worcester resident died at home on February 24, 2019. He was born in Worcester, a son of the late Bridie A. (McKenna) and Joseph D. Stranieri, Jr. David was educated in the Worcester schools and worked for many years as a carpenter in the construction trades. He leaves his brother, Gregory J. Stranieri of Hermitage, TN; and a niece, Shawna...
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Dennis J. Halsdorff

February 23, 2019

Dennis J. Halsdorff, 66, of Fiskdale, formerly a resident of North Oxford for nearly 30 years, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital, surrounded by loved ones. He leaves four children, Dennis J. Halsdorff, II of Fiskdale, Colleen D. Palacios and her husband Anthony of Worcester, Erin C. Halsdorff of Ware, and Meaghan J. Oldenburg and her significant other, Josh...
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Joshua Nicolas Ernst

April 5, 1987 - February 23, 2019

WORCESTER- Joshua Nicolas Ernst, 31, Beloved son of Peter and Darlene Ernst, Passed away suddenly in Worcester Saturday, February 23, 2019. Born and raised in Worcester on April 5, 1987. Joshua attended Burncoat Middle School and later graduated from Worcester Vocational Tech. He then moved further and attended Quinsigamond Community College where he started his career in drafting. When...
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Joseph J. Bissonnette

March 16, 1943 - February 23, 2019

Joseph J. Bissonnette, 75 of Worcester died on Saturday, February 23, 2019. He was born in Worcester, the son of Albert and Anna (Shuman) Bissonnette. Joseph will be lovingly missed by his three children. Scott Bissonnette and his wife ,Vicki, Michelle Bottali and her husband, Jon and John Bissonnette all of Worcester. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Sean and Bret Bissonnette,...
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Christa Ernst

February 22, 2019

WEST BOYLSTON-On Friday, February 22, 2019, Christa Ernst, loving mother of four children passed away peacefully in her sleep at Care One of Millbury. She was 98 years old. Christa was born on November 28, 1920 in Kerpen, Germany to Bernhardine and Heinrich Herper. After marrying her American soldier, Bill, in Germany on August 25, 1947, she left her family and homeland to travel to...
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Mary E. Johnson

October 17, 1924 - February 16, 2019

Mary E. (Hammond) Johnson, 94, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Beaumont Center.   She was the wife of the late Runo C. Johnson who passed away in 1992.   She was born in Holden on October 17, 1924 a daughter of the late Oliver J. and Marion A. (Gagnon) Hammond. She also worked as a seamstress for many years at RJ Twomey Company. She also worked as a bus...
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C. Barbara Barrons

January 20, 1929 - February 15, 2019

WORCESTER - C. Barbara Barrons, 90, a lifetime resident of Worcester, died on February 15, 2019 after several years of declining health. Barbara was the daughter of Edmund F. and Catherine T. (Kett) Barrons. She was a lifetime member of Blessed Sacrament Parish. She was a graduate of Blessed Sacrament Grammar School, St. Peter's High School, Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing (1949),...
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Rosalie V. (Gagliardi) Asbridge

February 14, 2019

WORCESTER , MA / WEST HARTFORD - Valentine's day, 2019 marked the passing of Rosalie Asbridge, beloved wife of the late Norman Asbridge, and mother of San, Xavier, Marcus and Vincent (Bev). Rosalie passed peacefully from the family and friends she loved after a short battle with cancer. She leaves her four sons; her daughters-in-law, Debbie, Caroline and Bayda; her sister-in-law, Spring; and...
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Francis X. Cotter

February 13, 2019

Francis X. Cotter, 80 of 1060 Main Street, Webster Towers, Worcester died Tuesday in Beaumont Center, Plantation Street. Born on Woodland Street in Main South, Fran was the son of Thomas F. Cotter and Therese J. Gannon, he was predeceased by his sisters: Dorothy Collette; Ruth J. Connors and Rosemary Naughton, all of Worcester. Francis attended St Peter's High School, lived his entire life in...
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Kathleen E. Molloy

February 13, 2019

Kathleen E. Molloy, 92, of 35 Holy Family Rd., passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Mount St. Vincent Health Care Center in Holyoke, MA. Kathleen was born January 19, 1927 in Auburn, the daughter of the late James M. Gertrude J. (Daley). Kathleen leaves behind her sister, Sr. Janice A. Molloy S.S.J. of West Springfield; Her beloved second cousins, Anne Wattmann of Delaware and...
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Carlos Amílcar Mena

April 12, 1961 - February 12, 2019

WORCESTER- Carlos Amílcar Mena passed away peacefully, surrounded by those he loved, on February 12, 2019 at his home. He was 57. Carlos was born in Azacualpa, El Salvador on April 12, 1961 a son of Mercedes Alvarenga and the late Carlos Antonio Mena. He was employed for the last 35 years at Komtek Forge where he worked in inspection and maintenance. He had also worked part time at...
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Michelle M. (Cardinal) Gay

February 9, 2019

Worcester-Michelle M. (Cardinal) Gay, 51, of Worcester passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the Lanessa Extended Care Center, Webster.   She leaves her husband of 21 years, Kevin F. Gay; a son, Patrick J. Gay of Worcester; five siblings, Charlene Clark and her fiancé Richard of Worcester, Bruce Cardinal and his wife, Lauren of Charlton, Stephen Cardinal and his fiancée, Michelle...
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Declan Thomas Morrissey

December 17, 2018 - February 9, 2019

WARE/WORCESTER Declan Thomas Morrissey, infant son of Cassandra Joy Chisholm and John Thomas Morrissey, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 9, 2019. Declan also leaves his older brother Andrew Michael Chisholm, his grandparents, especially his Nana, Ann Morrissey Russell and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He touched many hearts and was loved beyond words. ...
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Mindy Jean Montanez

January 31, 1979 - February 7, 2019

DORCHESTER – Mindy Jean Montanez, 40, formerly of Worcester, died suddenly at home on Thursday, February 7th. Mindy Jean was born in Worcester, the daughter of Linda (Bricault) Nater of Spencer and the late Raymond Nater. Mindy was raised in Worcester and graduated from North High School, where she was a member of the cheerleading squad. She went on to earn a certificate as a...
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Lance MacFarland "Duke" Brady

November 3, 1970 - February 5, 2019

SHREWSBURY-As he always did, Lance Brady faced his cancer diagnosis with same determination he faced everything else…full speed ahead. Surrounded by his loving family, Lance MacFarland "Duke" Brady, 48, a local hockey legend passed away in the evening hours of February 5th at the Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center Brighton. Lance or "Duke" as he was affectionately known to his...
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James F. Laperle, Sr.

April 23, 1935 - January 27, 2019

WORCESTER-James F. Laperle, Sr., 83, of Worcester passed away peacefully Sunday, January 27, surrounded by his loving family. Jim was predeceased by his parents Hazel G. (Parmenter) and Joseph Laperle; his nine siblings, his wife, Ann R. (Hannan) Laperle, their children, Cheryl O'Sullivan, Robert J. Laperle and James F. Laperle, Jr., his second wife, Patricia I. (Gilbert) Laperle. He is...
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Marcos Herminio Ortega Tirado

March 19, 1974 - January 23, 2019

Marcos Herminio Ortega-Tirado, 44, of Worcester, died Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Saint Vincent Hospital. Marcos was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, son of Eugenio Ortega Rosario and Bonifacia Tirado Santiago. Visiting hours will be held at Callahan, Fay & Caswell Funeral Home, 61 Myrtle Street on Friday, February 8th from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm immediately followed by burial in Hope...
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Geojan A. Dion

September 2, 1962 - January 17, 2019

WORCESTER – Geojan A. Dion, 56, died peacefully and went home to the Lord on Thursday, January 17, 2019, with her loving family by her side. Geojan was born in Worcester on September 2, 1962, a daughter of the late George E. and Janet E. (Pierce) Dion. She graduated from South High School in 1980 and worked for many years as a warehouse ticketer and merchandise picker for Newton Buying...
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John W. Morrissey

January 15, 2019

WORCESTER – John W. "Jack" Morrissey, 89, of Worcester passed away peacefully at his son's home on Tuesday, January 15, surrounded by his loving family. Jack was born in Worcester, son of James T. and Olive (Raymond) Morrissey. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Marguerite M. "Mary" (DiCarlo) Morrissey, four sons; John P. Morrissey of Fort Myers Florida, Stephen J....
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Jennifer DiPilato

January 5, 1961 - January 15, 2019

Northbridge- Jennifer DiPilato, 58, passed away suddenly on January 15, 2019 at Milford Regional Medical Center after a courageously fought battle with cancer. She was born in Leominster on January 5, 1961 a daughter of the late Gerard Richard and Carol Ann (Montagna) Monopoli. Jennifer was a simple but big-hearted woman who above all cherished time spent with her family. She was devout...
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Joyce A. Matteau

January 13, 2019

WORCESTER – Joyce A (Tetreault) Matteau, 70, a resident of Worcester Health Center and formerly of New London, CT passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at UMASS Memorial Healthcare after an illness. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 30 years, Frank J. (Matt) Matteau on February 13, 2014. She was born and raised in Southbridge, the daughter of the late Arthur N. and Althea L...
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Hazel E. Parker

May 25, 1929 - January 12, 2019

Hazel E. (Fahlstrom) Parker, 89, of Worcester passed away Saturday, January 12 in. St. Vincent Hospital. Hazel was a little petite lady with a big heart, who loved to sing and dance with her friends. She was born in Worcester, daughter of Arvid R. and Helen M. (Conley) Fahlstrom and graduated from Classical High School Class of 47'. She married Raymond K. Parker and lived in Germany,...
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Amalia Diaz

July 10, 1935 - January 11, 2019

WORCESTER-Amalia Diaz, 83, of Worcester passed away Friday, January 11 in UMASS Medical Center. She leaves her husband, Wilfredo Ruiz of Worcester; two daughters, Evelyn Cristiansen and her husband, Cesar of Webster and Lizette Perez and her husband, Jose of Worcester; a brother, Jose Diaz of Puerto Rico; four grandchildren, Erika, Jose, Rochelle, Kristen and their spouses and six great...
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Linda Mae Bostic

February 19, 1948 - January 9, 2019

WORCESTER- Linda Mae (Zibor) Bostic, 70, died Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at St. Mary's Healthcare after an illness. She was born in Passaic, NJ, daughter of Charles and Rose Zibor. Linda worked as a Nursing Assistant for many years in several nursing homes throughout Worcester county. She enjoyed spending time outdoors tending to her vegetable and flower gardens. Linda also enjoyed writing...
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Mary (Kotseas) Angelis

April 11, 1922 - January 5, 2019

Mary (Kotseas) Angelis of Sebring, FL and Worcester, MA passed away on January 5, 2019. Mary's beloved husband of 62 years, George A. Angelis passed away in 2011. She is survived by her loving and devoted son, Paul G. Angelis and his wife Karen, and her grandson, Matthew of Charlton; her former son-in-law, Roland Mason, granddaughter, Jennifer Mason-Blum and great-granddaughter, Olivia Mason...
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Gwendolyn M. (Markt) Gow

March 26, 1929 - January 4, 2019

WORCESTER – Gwendolyn "Gwen" (Markt) Gow, 89, died peacefully at home on January 4, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She will be missed by her children, Kevin Gow, Rodney Gow, Jimmy Gow, Sharron Darrah and Cheryl Chartier and their families, her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Rodney Gow and her sons, Donald Scott Gow. A memorial funeral Mass...
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Michael F. Falvey

September 13, 1942 - January 4, 2019

Michael F. Falvey, 76, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital. He was born in Worcester on September 13, 1942 a son of the late Edmund F. and Nellie (Sabonaitis) Falvey. He was raised in Worcester and attended St. John's High School where he graduated in 1960. From there he matriculated to Becker Junior College where he received a degree in 1963. For many years,...
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Linda M. (Batt) Malgieri

October 19, 1950 - January 3, 2019

WEST BOYLSTON- Linda M. (Batt) Malgieri, 68, of West Boylston and formerly of State College, PA died peacefully on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Saint Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Worcester. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Robert "Bob" Malgieri. She is survived by her four sons; Scott M. Malgieri (Katherine) of Delran, NJ, Eric C. Malgieri (Erica) of Ellicott...
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Kathleen M. Foley

September 3, 1954 - January 1, 2019

Kathleen M. (Rushford) Foley, 64, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2019 at Knollwood Nursing Center after a lengthy illness. She was born in Worcester on September 3, 1954 a daughter of the late Howard E. and Rose M. (Melfi) Rushford. Katie enjoyed vacations on Cape Cod, an occasional trip to the casino and playing card games. She was full of laughter and above all loved her children,...
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Frank Captain O'Connor

January 1, 2019

CAPT. FRANK W. O'CONNOR, 71 Rochdale-Francis W. O'Connor, 71, of Rochdale passed away New Year's day at home. He was a technician for 30 years for NITCO in charge of fixing and maintaining forklifts. But his true passion was fishing. Captain Frank operated Fish Finders Charter for 30 years out of the Bridge Marina in Salisbury. He held a USCG Masters 100 Ton License and was a member of the...
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Bernadine J. Petty

December 31, 2018

WORCESTER-Bernadine J. (Ryan) Petty, 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 31, 2018. She was born in Worcester on October 28, 1934 a daughter of the late Patrick F. and Mary E. (Desmond) Ryan. She attended local schools and graduated from Ascension High School in 1952. In 1957 Bernie married the love of her life, Francis J. Petty, and they spent the next 61 years as role models of...
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Robert P. Lovely

December 30, 2018

MILLBURY-Robert P. Lovely, 61, of Millbury, passed away December 30, 2018 surrounded by his family. Rob leaves his beloved wife of 25 years, Jill M. (Kaminski) Lovely; his daughter, Sommerly L. Borbone and her husband Christopher; granddaughters Peyton and Sophie Borbone and Analyssa Cunningham; and stepdaughter Ashley Cunningham. He leaves his brothers Vincent M. Lovely, Jr., Michael H....
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Sara A. (Capstick) Ross

August 5, 1965 - December 29, 2018

WORCESTER-Sara A. (Capstick) Ross, 53, a lifelong Worcester Educator passed away Saturday, December 29 at home, surrounded by her family after a five year courageous battle with cancer. Sara began her 30 year career as a teacher at Chandler Elementary School and went on to become Assistant Principal at Chandler, City View and Roosevelt Elementary Schools. For the last two years she had...
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Barbara L. Durkan

October 6, 1931 - December 28, 2018

Barbara L. (Bebo) Durkan, 87, of Worcester passed away Friday, December 28 at home. Her husband of 57 years, William P. Durkan died in 2013. She leaves two children, Sharon Durkan and her companion, Tony Bonakdar and Brian Durkan and his companion, Lorna Dutcher of Worcester and many nieces and nephews. A sister, Margaret Manoogian predeceased her. She was born in Worcester, daughter of ...
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John R. Walker, Jr.

May 27, 1954 - December 26, 2018

WORCESTER – John R. "Junie" Walker, Jr., 64, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Born in Richmond, Virginia, John was a son of the late John R. Walker and Ollie E. (Maddox) Walker of Worcester. In addition to his mother, John is survived by his three children, Tyrone Harrington, John Walker, III and Christopher Walker; his brother, Larry E. Walker; his three sisters, Sheila...
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Jeanne Teresa Grady

December 24, 2018

Jeanne Teresa (Query) Grady,  80,  of Worcester, MA passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2018 at River Terrace Healthcare Center in Lancaster.     Born in Ware , she was the daughter of the late Edward and Beatrice (Cote) Query.  During her childhood years, the family moved to Worcester where Jeanne graduated from the former Commerce High School and St....
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Jan Donovan

December 23, 2018

Jan Donovan peacefully stepped out of this earthly home and into her eternal home on December 23rd, 2018 surrounded by all those she so dearly loved. She says goodbye to her first born son, Carl Washburn and his companion Maureen Breeds of Worcester, Michele Morrison and husband Paul of Worcester, her daughter Tina Boucher and husband Joseph of Oxford and last born son Michael Donovan and wife...
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Barbara E. Van Schermbeek

August 19, 1925 - December 22, 2018

HOLDEN-Barbara Elizabeth (Holmstrom) van Schermbeek passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 22 at the Knollwood Nursing Center. She was born on August 19, 1925 in Worcester. Although she spent some of her childhood years in England, she lived in the Worcester vicinity for most of her life going to Bancroft School, later enrolling at Bradford College and Yale School of Drama. She ...
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Thomas M. DiReda

December 22, 2018

Thomas M. DiReda, 92, peacefully passed away Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center. He was the husband of 65 years to the late Mary A. (Leo) DiReda who passed away in 2017. Tom was born in Worcester, July 28, 1926; a son of the late Salvatore and Grazia (Ricchuiti) DiReda. He graduated from Commerce High School in 1947. Mr. DiReda enlisted in the...
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Eileen Frances O'Connor

July 20, 1949 - December 17, 2018

WORCESTER – Eileen F. (Jackson) O'Connor, 69, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 17, 2018. She was born in Newark, NJ, a daughter of the late John and Christine (Flanders) Jackson. During her high school years, Eileen was a member of the high school Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as remaining active with the Girl Scouts, earning their highest award, The Gold Award. Eileen graduated...
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Guenter Ludwig Spanknebel

May 5, 1933 - December 15, 2018

STERLING-Dr. Guenter Ludwig Spanknebel, 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Sterling Massachusetts on December 15th surrounded by his family. Guenter was born May 5, 1933 in Stuttgart Germany, son of a fifth generation musician, Georg, and piano teacher, Clara (Weingaertner) Spanknebel. He became an accomplished pianist under the tutelage of a student of Franz Liszt, played violin and cello...
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Irene D. Lahair

November 2, 1929 - December 12, 2018

WORCESTER-Irene D. (Gregoire) Lahair, 89, of Worcester passed away Wednesday, December 12 at the Rose Monahan Hospice House, surrounded by her family. Her husband of 63 years, Raymond J. Lahair, Sr. passed away in 2014. She leaves; three sons, Raymond J. Lahair, Jr. and his wife Nancy of Shrewsbury, Robert S. Lahair and his wife Patricia of Millbury, and Gary P. Lahair of Worcester; three...
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Gail Anne Murphy

February 16, 1947 - December 10, 2018

AUBURN-Gail A. (Mason) Murphy, 71, of Auburn passed away Monday, December 10, 2018 in her home. She leaves her loving husband of 53 years, Denis J. Murphy; a daughter, Kim Kappler and her husband, Michael and their children, Christofer, Ryan and Kaitlyn of Broomfield, CO; a son, Tim Murphy and his daughter, Bryanna of Oakland, CA and a sister, Linda Smathers and her husband, Phil of Canton, NC...
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Marian D. (Cook) Lord

January 1, 1921 - December 9, 2018

Marian D. (Cook) Lord, 97, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, Northborough. Marian was born in Worcester, a daughter of the late Averill E. and Ada G. (Pross) Cook. She graduated from South High School and Becker Junior College. A lifelong resident of Worcester, Marian relocated to the Whitney Place community in...
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Perfecta V Colon Padilla

March 6, 1929 - December 6, 2018

WORCESTER – Perfecta V. Colon-Padilla, 89, died peacefully on Thursday, December 6, 2018 with her loving family by her bedside. She was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, a daughter of the late Juan Padilla and Justina Rivera. She was the beloved wife of the late Vincente Colon, who died in 1998. Perfecta came to the the mainland from Puerto Rico with her family in the 1960's, first...
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Patricia E. Russo

January 23, 1928 - December 6, 2018

Worcester / West Palm Beach, FL- Patricia E. (Maus) Russo, 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Rose Monahan Hospice Home. She was predeceased by her loving husband, the late Louis F. Russo, Sr., who passed away on February 25, 2006. Pat was born on January 23, 1928 the daughter of the late Frederick and Gertrude (Aspenheimer) Maus. She was raised in Mt. Vernon, New...
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Therich A. Besong

September 29, 1979 - December 5, 2018

Holden-Therich A. Besong passed away Wednesday December 5. The Visiting Hours will be held Friday, December 28 from 8:30-10:00am in Liberty Church, 495 Hartford Turnpike (Rt.20) with a Funeral Service at 10:am in the church. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester. A reception for family and friends will follow in the church hall.
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Everett T. Harrington

January 11, 1927 - December 5, 2018

WORCESTER/WEST YARMOUTH – Everett T. "Ev" Harrington, 91, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Willows Health Center of Worcester, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Worcester, son of the late Roy P. and Etta (Myers) Harrington. He graduated from Worcester Academy and attended Boston University. Everett proudly served in the US Army Air Corps during World War...
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Philip E. Brooks, Sr.

February 5, 1958 - December 3, 2018

Leicester - Philip E. Brooks, Sr., 60, died peacefully on Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Rose Monahan Hospice Residence, Worcester, surrounded by his loving family. Phil was born in Worcester, a son of the late Paul N. & Mary (Spadea) Brooks. A lifelong Leicester resident, he was raised in the Cherry Valley section of town. He graduated from Leicester High School. Phil worked as...
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Norman "Steve" Atterstrom

May 28, 1927 - December 2, 2018

WORCESTER – Norman E. "Steve" Atterstrom, 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Beaumont Rehabilitation & Care Center, Westborough, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in and raised in Worcester, a son of the late Walter J. and Lillian C. (Lupien) Atterstrom. He graduated from Commerce High School, Class of 1945 and was a graduate of the Worcester Art...
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Gerald I. Kheboian

November 17, 1930 - November 30, 2018

WORCESTER-Gerald I. Kheboian, 88, of Worcester passed away Friday, November 30 in St. Vincent Hospital. His wife of 48 years, Grace (Adjeleian) Kheboian died in 2002. He leaves two children, Paul G. Kheboian and his wife, Beth of Worcester and Ann Benton of Wadmalaw Island, SC; six grandchildren, Sara, Stephen, Daniel, Alison, Gregory and Alexandra; a son-in-law, David E. Howard of Concord,...
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Joan A. Conety

November 27, 2018

Joan A. Conety, 85, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at UMass Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness. Joan was born in Worcester on July 18, 1933 a daughter of the late Joseph M. and Anna I. (Daniels) Conety. She attended local schools and graduated from Girls Trade School. She then began working at UMass Memorial Medical Center where she was employed as a unit...
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Martha Ann Layte

November 27, 2018

PAXTON - Martha Ann (Merzigian) Layte, 64, of Paxton passed away at home surrounded by her family. She leaves her husband of 42 years, Richard S. Layte; two children, Rebecca Paonessa and her husband Michael of Paxton and Andrew Layte and his wife, Natalie of Paxton; five grandchildren, Charlie, John, Anna, Rosie and Leona; four siblings, John Merzigian, Michael Merzigian, Francis Merzigian,...
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Linda O. Herbert

March 22, 1949 - November 26, 2018

STERLING-Linda O. (Henchey) Herbert, 69, died Monday, November 26, 2018 in her home. She was born in Worcester, daughter of the late George R. and Helene M. (Dixon) Henchey. Linda grew up in West Boylston and graduated from West Boylston High School. Linda was predeceased by her husband of 25 years Roy M. Hebert on August 15, 2007. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah J. Mattison and her...
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Bartholomew "Bart" O'Connell

November 25, 2018

SHREWSBURY- Bartholomew G. "Bart" O'Connell, 73, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Bart, born on September 23, 1945, in Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland, a son of the late Bartholomew and Bridget (Casey) O'Connell. He emigrated to the United States with his family in 1955 and settled in the Vernon Hill section of Worcester. He became a US citizen in 1960. He graduated from St....
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Ingeborg Kojalo

July 20, 1920 - November 25, 2018

HOLDEN-Ingeborg (Raid) Kojalo,98, formerly of Paugus Road passed away Sunday, November 25 at the Christopher House. She leaves her husband of 74 years, V. Walter Kojalo; two children, Jacob Kojalo and his wife, Anne of West Boylston and Irene Kitzrow and her husband, Christopher of Albany, NY; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Three siblings, Kaljo Raid, Mai...
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Nicolle M. Lockward-Valera

July 17, 2008 - November 24, 2018

WORCESTER - Nicolle Marie Lockward-Valera, 10, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at U-Mass Memorial Medical Center. Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of Alberto Lockward and Aimee Maria Garcia Valera Lockward. She leaves her parents, a brother Alberto Jr., and sister Sabrina of Worcester as well as a large extended family from this area and the...
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Gladys (Benneyan) Krikorian

November 23, 2018

WORCESTER- Gladys (Benneyan) Krikorian, 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 23, 2018 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, ME. She was the wife of the late B. Paul Krikorian of Worcester. Mrs. Krikorian was born in Worcester on February 4, 1932, a daughter of Armenian immigrants, Garabed and Ovsanna (Sarkissian) Benneyan. She spent most of her life living in...
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Ira H. (Kuusik) Ehrenpreis

July 20, 1922 - November 20, 2018

Ira H. (Kuusik) Ehrenpreis, 96, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the Jewish Healthcare Center, Worcester. Ira was born in Tallinn, Estonia the daughter of the late Platon and Beate (Webber) Kuusik. After graduating from college, Ira worked in the insurance field as an actuary. She then became a homemaker, lovingly caring for her family. She was a former member of Trinity Lutheran...
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