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Andrew W. Bernard, Sr.

1918  --  2015



Andrew W. Bernard, Sr., 96, died Thursday, May 7, 2015 in River Terrace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, after an illness. His wife of 55 years, Theresa (Pescarini) died in 1997.

He leaves a son, Andrew W. Bernard, Jr., and his wife, Elaine, and a daughter, Sylvia Buteau, and her husband, Richard, of Lancaster; seven grandchildren: Kevin Bernard, Mark Bernard, Kelli Bernard, Sherry Kersey, Kristine Anderson, Joyce Buteau-Weigold, and Jennifer Fitzgerald; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Nine siblings, Emile, Lionel, Clearence, Joseph, J. Alyre, Louis, Mary, Jane, and Alice, predeceased him.

Andrew was born and raised in Leominster, the son of Arthur J. Bernard and Azelie (Cormier) Bernard LeFrenier. He enlisted in the US Army in February of 1939. During WWII, he served with the Sixth Armored Division in the European Theater, participating in battle in the Rhineland, Ardennes, and Normandy, for which he received the Bronze Star.

After being honorably discharged in 1945, he embarked on a nearly 35 year career as a civilian Missile Inspector at Fort Devens, retiring in 1973.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, the American Legion Post #96, and the Catholic Golden Age Club. In addition, he was a life-member of the Six Armored Division, and the National Association of Federal Employees.

Andrew’s funeral will be held on Monday, May 11, 2015 from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, with a Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 809 Main St., Lancaster. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Sunday, May 10, 2015, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, PO Box 95, Lancaster, MA 01523.

Claire L. (Fontaine) Bergeron

1920  -  2012

Claire L. (Fontaine) Bergeron, 91, of Leominster, died Monday, November 12, 2012, in Health Alliance Leominster Hospital. She was born on December 16, 1920, in Leominster, MA, was the daughter of Arthur and O’Divine (Labossier) Fontaine. She was a high school graduate and then went on to attend classes at Mount Wachusett Community College. She worked as a hairdresser for Renee’s Beauty Salon, Tish and Redman Hair Salon, and Irene’s Beauty Salon. She was a member of St. Cecilia’s Parish in Leominster. She is survived by her three daughters Elaine C. Cormier and her husband Dennis of Ashburnham, Jeanne T. Kiley of Meriden, C.T., Marilyn J. Bergeron of Brockton, a brother Albert Fontaine of Deerfield Beach, F.L., two sisters Florence Reynolds and her husband Glenn and Theresa Vaillette all of Leominster, her grandchildren Brian Cormier, Lisa Magaraci, Jessica Belyea, and Philip Puliafico, and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years Joseph G. Bergeron on February 28, 2007, and her son Roger Bergeron.

The funeral will be held on Thursday November 15, 2012 with a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. Cecilia Church 168 Mechanic Street, Leominster, Burial will follow in St. Cecilia Cemetery, Leominster.

A calling hour will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the

Ernest H. "Bill" Beaudoin     1919  -  2008

Ernest H. 'Bill' Beaudoin owner of former Elk Club Beverages; 89 FITCHBURG Ernest H. "Bill" Beaudoin, 89, of Fitchburg, died Monday, August 11, 2008, in Leominster Hospital. He was born February 19, 1919, in Leominster, the son of Frederick and Amelia (Cournoyer) Beaudoin. He excelled as a football player at Leominster High School and graduated in 1938. He graduated from Becker Jr. College in 1940, and was a veteran of the U.S. Aircorps where he was a pilot and navigator. He was a former head of the Zoning Commission in Leominster. Mr. Beaudoin owned the former Elk Club Beverages, and owned Bill's Auto Parts with his wife and son. He was a member of the Elks, the Eagles, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a tremendously skilled carpenter, electrician, and plumber. He enjoyed photography and built his own dark room. He was a sports enthusiast, loved to golf, and travel with his wife. He leaves his wife, Irene (Legere) Beaudoin; three sons, James Beaudoin, John Beaudoin and Richard Beaudoin of Leominster; two sisters, Lorraine Padovano and Eleanor Bartoni, both of Leominster; five grandchildren, Bridget Schwartz, Sean Beaudoin, Christopher Beaudoin, Jason Beaudoin and Matthew Beaudoin; and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers, Frederick Beaudoin, Jr. and Harold Beaudoin, and a sister, Rita Serafini.

A funeral service was held Friday, August 15, 2008 in St. Cecilia's Church and the burial is in St. Cecilia's Cemetery.

I met Mr. Beaudoin and his family at Spec Pond, where they also spent their summers. They were always a friendly, gracious and hospitable family. I treasure the memories of them, especially a personal tour of the Elk's Club Bottling plant by Bill with Dick one afternoon!

Arlene L. (LaFrance) Krummel    1922  -  2011

Arlene L. (LaFrance) Krummel 89 of Leominster died December 26, 2011 in Leominster Hospital of heart failure. She was born on June 29, 1922 was the daughter of Donat and Alice (Maxfield) La France. She was a graduate of Leominster High School Class of 1938, and then graduated from Salters Secretarial School in Worcester. She joined the Womens Army Corp (WACS) from 1942 to 1945 where she earned the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal, and attained the rank of Corporal. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Leominster. She is survived by a sister Lucille Fontaine of Leominster, two brothers Raymond LaFrance of Leominster and Robert LaFrance of East Falmouth, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her first husband Art Gastrich who died in 1968 and her second husband William H. Krummel who died in September 1997

Corinne A. (Girouard) Pierce    1920  -  2011

Corinne A. (Girouard) Pierce, 90, of Fitchburg, died peacefully at home on Thursday, October 13, 2011.

She was born October 28, 1920 in Leominster, MA, the daughter of the late Edmund N. and Marie Girouard, and lived in Leominster until moving to Fitchburg many years ago.

She leaves her three children, E. Jane Pierce and her husband, Prince Jones of Clinton, Charles I. Pierce and his longtime companion, Barbara Dion of Leominster, and Rosemary and David LeBlanc of Fitchburg; eight grandchildren, Daniel Jones of Boston, Tasia Jones of Los Angeles, CA, Carly Jones of Boston, Randall and Garrett Pierce, both of Fitchburg, Andrew and Gregory LeBlanc, both of Fitchburg, and Willy Tollman of Connecticut; five great-grandchildren, Aqua, Jazmyn, Niyah, London, and Trenton; one great-great-grandson, Nayvian. She also leaves her sister-in-law, Helen Belliveau of Leominster; and a large circle of friends and associates.

Her loving husband of 64 years, Charles I. Pierce whom she cared for until his death in the home died in 2010, and three brothers, Wilfred Belliveau, Clifford Girouard, and Joseph Hector Girouard, also predeceased her.

She attended St. Cecilia's Grammar School and Leominster High School. During World War ll, she worked at the former Fort Devens, and was also a switchboard operator at Burbank Hospital for 20 years. In 1946, she married Charles I. Pierce. She was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking, and crafts.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 in Simard Funeral Home, 14 Walker St., Leominster at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in St Bernard's Cemetery Fitchburg. Calling hours in the funeral home are Tuesday morning, October 18, 2011 are from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Friends of the Public Library, 610 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 and may be left at the funeral home. For more information or to sign our online guestbook, please visit

Gaston, 88, of Leominster, died Saturday morning, January 30, 2010, at U-Mass Memorial University Campus, Worcester after an illness.

He was born February 18, 1921 in Leominster, the son of the late Emile Dargis and Graziella (Vigneault) Dargis and was a lifelong Leominster resident. He attended St. Cecilia’s Grammar School and is a graduate of Becker College. He married his wife of 66 years, Lorraine, on May 20, 1943.

He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, earning the Bronze Star for bravery. He returned to Leominster after the war to his wife and daughter and went on to have two more children. Gaston was general manager of Delisle’s Department Store on Main Street for 43 years.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Forest) Dargis, two daughters, Sandra Dargis of St. Croix, Ann Wyatt and her husband John of Alamo, California; one son, John Dargis and his wife Jean of Bar Harbor, Maine; five grandchildren, Steven Cheshire, Peter Wyatt, Alex Wyatt, Chloe Dargis, Booth Dargis. He was predeceased by a sister, Theresa Skinner and by a brother, Emile Dargis. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Gaston L. Dargis

1921  -  2010


Otto P. Palazzi

1920 - 2010


Otto P. Palazzi, 89, of Central Street, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, in the Life Care Center of Leominster, after an illness.

He was born on Dec. 2, 1920, in Leominster, son of the late Augusto and Aldina (Saudelli) Palazzi. Mr. Palazzi was a 1938 graduate of Leominster High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in World War II on the aircraft carrier, Kitkum Bay in the Pacific Theater. He was a salesman for Atlas Liquor Distributors in Worcester and also worked for his father at the former Palazzi Oil Company. Mr. Palazzi was a member of St. Anna Parish, the Sons of Italy, the Knights of Columbus Council #406, and Colombo Hall. He enjoyed Leominster sports and was a New York Yankees fan.

He leaves his wife of 71 years, Gloria (Pasquarelli) Palazzi; one son, Ronald “Togo” Palazzi and his wife, Lorraine, of Leominster; one daughter, Bette Kartanos of Leominster; seven grandchildren, Thomas Palazzi, Lynne Palazzi, Michelle Barry, David Palazzi, Stephanie LeBlanc, Amy Craven, and James Kartanos; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Ware of Athol. He was predeceased by a son, Thomas John Palazzi, who passed away in 1945.


Dario “Dee” Proietti 88 died at the Life Care Center of Leominster on March 13, 2008. He was the son of the late Augusto and Concetta (Piermarini) Proietti. Mr. Proietti was born in Mathers, Pennsylvania on January 25, 1920, but moved to Leominster with his family at the age of 6 months. He was a graduate of Leominster High School Class of 1938. Dario enlisted in the United States Army Air Force on January 15, 1942 where he served for 42 months, in North Africa, and Italy where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. While in Italy he met and befriended a Capuchin Monk Padre Pio who later was made a Saint. Saint Pio made a profound influence on Dario’s life. Dario retired from Union Products after 38 years as a die maker. He was also one of the founders of the Leominster Credit serving as the secretary during their formative years.

He was married to the former Marjorie (Grossi) Proietti – a high school sweetheart. He leaves two brothers John Proietti and his wife Dorothy, his brother Gino Proietti and his sister Clara Ermini, and brother-in-law Ciro, and his brother-in-law John Grossi all of Leominster. Also many nieces and nephews he loved dearly. He was predeceased by two brothers Albert and Europeo, two sisters Antonia Fiandaca and Rita Gonelli.

Dario "Dee" Proietti

1920 - 2008


W. Kenneth Wiley
1920 - 2008

W. Kenneth Wiley, 87, of Hawes Street, died on Sunday, Jan. 20, in his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Leominster on Feb. 28, 1920, a son of the late, Harry A. and Mary F. (Howard) Wiley, and lived in the Leominster-Fitchburg area all of his life.

After graduation he went to work at the Norton Company in Worcester, during which time he played semi-professional football for the Worcester Golden Bears from 1939 to 1941. He then joined the U.S. Navy, served in World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged as a Machinist’s Mate 3rd class.

He then went to work in the family business at the former Wiley Manufacturing Co. in Gardner, where he worked for many years before going to work at the General Electric Co. in Fitchburg. He worked at G.E. for 23 years prior to his retirement in 1986 as a foreman. He was a member of the St. Camillus de Lellis Church, where he was very active in its St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was a member of the Leominster Lodge of Elks and active in the Red Cross as a frequent blood donor.

His wife, Mary E. (Ambrose) Wiley, died in 1994. He leaves a son, Kevin P. Wiley of Fitchburg; two daughters, Mary Frances Rutigliano of Hampstead, N.H., and Ann K. Wiley of Fitchburg; four granddaughters, Windy Catino of Boston, Carey Doucette of Winchendon, Sascha Rosebush of West Newton and Sarah Rutigliano of Hampstead, N.H.; a great-granddaughter, Wiley Doucette of Winchendon; and several nephews and nieces. His  brother, H. Howard Wiley in 2001. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster.


Nicholas G. Despo, 87, of 70 Country Lane in Leominster, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, in the Sterling Health Care Center.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marylouise (Peterson) Despo; sons, Nicolas Despo of Cambridge and Jim Despo and his wife, Susan Despo, of Leominster; daughter, Nancy Tourigny and her husband, Paul Tourigny, of Leominster; grandchildren, Jesse Despo of Swampscott, Colby Mazzaferro of Leominster and Michael Despo of Boston; great granddaughter, Ava Rae Mazzaferro of Leominster; brother, Alexander Despo of Leominster and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, John Despo, and his five sisters, Mary Despo, Angie Seuss, Catherine Whitney, Evelyn Whittington and Tacia Despo.

Mr. Despo was born in Leominster on Oct. 27, 1920, son of George and Helen (Mauraides) Despotopulous, he was the youngest of eight children. He attended both Becker Junior College and Northeastern University.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Nick had worked at Doehla Greeting Card Co. in Nashua, N.H., for over 20 years as an industrial engineer. He then was vice president of Merrivale Corp. in Nashua, N.H., vice president of General Gummed Tape Corp. in Linden, N.J. and a salesman representing Boutwell Owens, retiring in 1995. Burial with military honors was in Evergreen Cemetery.


Nicholas G. Despo
1920 - 2007

Raymond V. Descoteaux
1920 - 2010


Raymond, 90, died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at the Highlands after an illness. He was the husband of the late Mary (Membrino) Descoteaux who passed away in 1970. They were married in 1949.
Raymond leaves two sons David Descoteaux, Stephen Descoteaux, three grandsons, Mark Descoteaux, Michael Descoteaux and James Descoteaux, one brother Roland Descoteaux, one sister Lucille Wilkie, and several nieces and nephews. He is also predeceased by a sister Anita Emma.
Raymond was born in Fitchburg on March 1, 1920 a son of the late Oscar and Celina (Bruneau) Descoteaux, and grew up in Leominster.

Mr. Descoteaux was a veteran of World War II. He served in the European Theater with the 3rd Armored Division landing on the shores of France shortly after D-Day. He participated in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe Campaigns and was awarded a Silver Battle Star.

Raymond was an Office Manager for the former Tilton and Cook Company in Leominster. After retirement he worked briefly for the Leominster Housing Authority.
He was a parishioner of Saint Anthony di Padua Church, a member of the National Association of Accountants, and a longtime member of the Sainte Jean de Baptiste social club.

Burial was in the St. Bernard's Cemetery.



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