Ruth (Ricker) Smith 1914  -  2013

Ruth E. (Ricker) Smith, of Melbourne, FL, passed away peacefully in the company of her family on May 6th.

She was born on August 6, 1914, a daughter of the late William and Irene (Emery) Ricker. She was a lifelong resident of Leominster, before retiring to Florida in 1982. She worked for the family business, Smith's Auto Service, and then as secretary of Pilgrim Congregational Church until her retirement. She was a lifelong member of Pilgrim Church and very active in many of their groups. Ruth was a longtime member of the Eastern Star and a Past Matron.

Ruth's greatest pleasure was spending time with her family as often as possible and at weekly Sunday gatherings. She loved camping and took her grandchildren along on most trips. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading and cooking. She was a gentle lady with a kind and nurturing heart. Her husband, George W. Smith, who was her soul mate, passed away in 2001. May 6th would have been their 80th wedding anniversary. A beautiful reunion took place that morning where they could once again hold hands.

She leaves behind her son, Douglas E. Smith and wife, Alice of Indialantic, FL; her grandsons, David Smith, James Smith, Douglas Smith and Derek Smith; granddaughters, Patricia Smith, Karen Evans and Barbara Smith; and great-grandsons, Steven Evans and Bobby Evans, Randy Smith, and Cody Smith; and great-granddaughter, Savahannah Smith along with two great-great-grandsons and one great-great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by her oldest son, Richard A. Smith, and beloved brother, Frank Ricker. She also leaves behind her daughter-in-law, Susan (Harper) Smith and former daughter-in-law, Catherine (David) Smith.

A graveside memorial service will be held for both Ruth and her husband, George, at Forest Hill Cemetery in Fitchburg at 11:00 a.m. on September 13, 2013.

Harold P. Anderson

1914  -  2008

Harold P. Anderson, 94 years old, of 182 Granite Street, Leominster, died Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in HealthAlliance-Leominster Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Mary E. (Oakley) Anderson, 2 daughters Christine B. Anderson-Morehouse and her husband, Bruce Morehouse, of Northport, Maine, and Susan M. Anderson of Champaign, Illinois, a granddaughter, Jacqueline Thomas, and a stepgrandson, Tucker Morehouse. He was predeceased by his 2 brothers, Robert Anderson and Rolf "Butch" Anderson, and his sister Esther Maxim.

Mr. Anderson was born in Leominster on November 6, 1914, son of Carl and Agnes (Holmgren) Anderson and was a life long resident. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1932 and served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. He had worked in cost accounting at the former Leominster Paper Box Company for several years, before owning and operating Modern Guitar Studio in Leominster. Harold was a very accomplished guitar player and had played in various bands in the area. He was a life member of the Musician's Mutual Association Local #173 . He had been the leader of the Swingsters Choral Group at the Leominster Senior Citizens Center for several years.

John S. Carrescia     1914 - 2008

John S. Carrescia, 94, of 514 Lancaster Street in Leominster, died Saturday, March 29, 2008 in Health Alliance Leominster Hospital.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Philippo G. and Marie (Cascavilla) Carrescia and was a 1932 graduate of Leominster High School. Mr. Carrescia was employed by the former Selig Manufacturing Company, Charlton Company, and retired from Seth Thomas Company in 1974. He was a member of St. Anna’s Parish in Leominster. Mr. Carrescia was an avid violinist and had several bands in which he played saxophone and bass fiddle. He was a member of the Fraternal order of the Eagles, Foggia Club, Sons of Italy Lodge # 185, and a founder of the Leominster Credit Union.

He is survived by two sons, Philip J. Carrescia of New York and John E. and his wife Sandra (Gravelle) Carrescia of Leominster, two daughters, Rita B. Hill and Mary E. and her husband Charles “Chip” Kimball of Leominster a brother, Eugene Carrescia, l of Leominster; four grandchildren, Dani Ciampo, Deborah and her husband Paul Boucher, Michael P. Hill and John P. and his wife Pamela Carrescia; seven great grandchildren, Kelsea, Derek and Taylor Boucher, Amanda Mary and Christopher Carrescia and Anthony and Michael Ciampo; and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his first wife, Edith (Spring) Carrescia, his infant son, John Carrescia Jr. his brother, Lorenzo Carrescia, his sister, Maria Filomena Nelson, and his grandson, Craig Carrescia.

E. Alexina (LaFave) Dionne

 1914 - 2008

E. Alexina (LaFave) Dionne, 93, formerly of 106 Pierce St., in Leominster, died Monday, Jan. 14, in Daniels House Nursing Home, in Tewksbury. She was born March 31, 1914, in Leominster, and was the daughter of Alexander and Josephine (Allen) LaFave. Mrs. Dionne and her husband were the proprietors of Dionne Sheet Metal Co. After her husband’s death, she was the proprietor and continued the business building the new shop on Nashua Street in 1967.

She worked there for 31 years and continued the business for 13 years after his death, retiring in 1976. She was a member of St. Cecilia Parish in Leominster and a volunteer at the Red Cross and the Leominster Historical Society. She was the first Girl Scout leader in Leominster.

She is survived by her daughter and her son-in-law, Barbara Mackey and John R. Mackey of Tewksbury; two grandchildren, Heather Mackey-Godin and Colleen Mackey, and a great-grandchild Taylor Rose Godin. She was predeceased by her husband, William A. Dionne, who died in 1963. Burial was in St. Cecilia Cemetery, in Leominster.


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