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Florence M. (Fusco) Tata

1921 -   2012

Florence, 91 of Leominster died Friday December 14, 2012 in her home after a brief illness. She was born on September 25, 1921 in Leominster, MA was the daughter of Luigi and Emily (Fusco) Tata.Florence was a graduate of Leominster High School. She owned her own beauty shop Florence M. Tata Beauty Shop, where she worked as a hairdresser for 48 years before retiring. She was a member of St. Anna Parish. She is survived by four nephews; A. Vincent Tata of Leominster, John Tata of Rye, NH, Vincent V. Tata of Leominster, and Charles Tata of Gardiner, ME; four nieces Andrea S. Tata of Somerville, S. C., Emily Dupont of Gardner, MA, Sharon Lamontagne of Windham, ME and Jayne Sokol, of Westminster, MA. Florence was predeceased by a 2 sisters, Camella Tata who died Nov.16 2012, Mary Tata, and three brothers, Bernard Tata, Louis Tata, and Antonio Tata.

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The funeral mass will be held on Tuesday December 18, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Anna Church 199 Lancaster St. Leominster. Burial will be in St. Leo's Cemetery, Leominster. There are no calling hours. Wright-Roy Funeral Home 109 West St. Leominster is directing arrangements


Charlotte M. (Stewart) Fournier

1921  -  2012

Charlotte Marie (Stewart) Fournier 90 of Leominster died on February 8, 2012, in Health Alliance Leominster Hospital. She was born on May 22, 1921, in Kearney, New Jersey. She was the daughter of the late Samuel E. and Alice (Van Emberg) Stewart. She worked for the Leominster High School Cafeteria for 25 years before retiring. She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Charles E. Fournier, who died May 2, 1992, and a daughter, Lois Ferland, who died in September of 1998. Charlotte is survived by her son William C. Fournier, four granddaughters Lauren Fournier, Christina Fournier, Charlotte Leto and Jocelyn Ferland, two great-grandsons Nicholas and Dillon Leto. To light a candle, sign the guestbook or send a message of condolence please visit 

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Rita L (O'Mealey) Magane     1922 - 2008

Rita L (O'Mealey) Magane, 86, died Saturday, May 24, 2008, after a brief illness.

She was born in Leominster on Jan. 30, 1922, the daughter of Michael and Theresa (Gaffney) Magane. She was a graduate of Leominster High School and Fitchburg State College

Rita had a career in education as a elementary school teacher, and then as the principal of Northwest and George Street schools in Leominster. She remained involved in public education issues and always maintained contact with many friends and colleagues who became lifelong friends. She hosted a book club for many years.

Rita's family was her priority. She and her husband devoted themselves to their children and were deeply involved and supportive as they raised their own families. She took great pride in her grandchildren and was a central figure in the life of her extended family. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends and was well known for many special recipes, as well as excellent sewing skills. One constant that everyone knew would be at our family get-togethers was her great homemade food. Whether it was cooking a meal or hosting a Yankee swap she had the ability to make any gathering feel like a special event. She could always be counted on to turn the simplest gathering into a special event. She was famous for saying "Are we having fun yet?" She was passionately devoted to politics as a lifelong member of the Democratic City Committee in Leominster. She loved to discuss current events, and her sharp sense of humor and outgoing personality allowed her to easily make friends. She loved to travel with her family and friends

Rita was predeceased by her husband, John F. Magane, but she leaves four children, Karen Leighs, Kevin Magane, Kati Olson, and John Magane. She also leaves her grandchildren Michael and Stephanie Leighs, Maggie and Benjamin Olson, Dana and Kara Magane, as well as many nieces and nephews.

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Albert J. Saucier 90 a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, of Leominster died Tuesday March 22, 2011 in his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 28, 1921 in Fitchburg; MA was the son of Darius and Leda (Filteau) Saucier. Mr. Saucier was a United States Navy Veteran of WWII, attaining the rank of Electrician’s Mate Second Class; he served on the U.S.S. Hill from November 1943 to December 1945 and earned the WWII Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Medal. He worked as an electrician for Simonds Saw and Steel for over 42 years before retiring. He was an Amvets “life time member “, and was a member of St. Cecilia Parish in Leominster. He is survived by his daughters Joyce Gosselin and Cynthia Hudson. A son James Saucier, a brother Ernest Saucier, 14 grandchildren Kristine (Gosselin) Kessler, Scott Gosselin, Wendy (Withington) Paul, Jeffrey Withington, Jason Withington, Tracy (Withington) Tourgee, Leigh (Withington) Welch, Kimberly (Hudson) Pasonski, Kara Hudson, Katie (Hudson) Harris, Jonathan Hudson, Heather Gonis, Vicky (Gonis) Chase, James Gonis, 23 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years Jeanne Marie (LeBlanc) Saucier on January 15, 2009 & a daughter Donna Lee Withington in 2000 & two brothers Robert Saucier and Bernard Saucier.

Burial was in St. Cecilia Cemetery Leominster.

Albert J. Saucier

1921  -  2011

Edgar R. Worthen, 90, of Leominster, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, in his daughter’s home in West Boylston.

Edgar was born in Leominster on April 27, 1920, the son of Fred and Pearl (Smith) Worthen and was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1939 and was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran, earning a Silver Star.

He had been a self-employed contractor for many years.

Edgar was a member of the Leominster Sportsmen’s Club and the American Legion Post 151 in Leominster. He was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life. In later years he displayed his craft through his woodturning.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Gladys M. (Crane) Worthen; his daughter, Gail A. Fitton of West Boylston; his grandchildren, Jennifer Fitton of West Boylston and James Fitton and wife, Lindsay of Chelmsford; and a great grandson, Aydan Fitton. He was predeceased by his sisters, Ruth Frye, Eleanor Knight and Dorothy Knight.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 or the VNA Care Network, 305 Whitney St., Leominster, MA 01453.

Edgar R. Worthen

1920  -  2010


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Arlene E. (Pierce) Gardner

1920  -  2010

Arlene, 89, died peacefully on May 1, 2010 at Bow Lake, Strafford, NH surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on December 26, 1920, the daughter of Chester and Lillian (Reinhardt) Pierce. She was married 64 years to the late James A. Gardner, who died February 2006. She is also predeceased by her daughter, Susan J. Gardner, who died in September 2006 and three brothers: Chester, Warren and Lloyd Pierce.

Arlene is survived by her daughters, Sandra J. Anthony; Sally J. Gardner and Sherry J. Schofield-Bedell; granddaughter, Wendy Thrailkill; grandsons, Jeffrey Rossbach, Michael Schofield, Thomas Schofield; great grandsons, Dustin, Dalton, and Drew Rossbach; Benjamin Thrailkill; and Brenden Schofield; sisters Beatrice Kingsbury and Joan Fogel; brother, Richard Pierce; sister-in-law, Glenda Gardner and many loving nieces and nephews.

 She was a master seamstress and knitter. She taught Sunday School for 46 years and was a 38 year member of the TOPS Club of Leominster. She was a charter member of the Leominster United Methodist Church. In later years, she knit prayer shawls for those who were ill or in nursing homes. She always wore a warm smile and a pretty hat.

Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery

Mary A. (Mammone) Boyle of Leominster, lost her long battle with heart disease on August 18, 2009, at her home, with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late Milton C. Boyle, who died in 1998.

Mary was born in Leominster, Ma., on May 4, 1921, a daughter of the late Francesco and Restituta Mammone. She attended St. Cecilia's Parochial School until the eighth grade and then graduated from Leominster High School in 1939. During World War II, along with three brothers, she enlisted in the military, serving from 1944-1946 in the WAVES and emerging as a Yeoman 3rd Class. Mary was proud of her achievements as a WAVE, for she was a truly patriotic American who served her country proudly.

Then, while commuting to her job as a legal secretary for the law firm of Gelinas and Ward in Fitchburg, she met and fell in love with a certain bus driver for the F&L Street Railway Company. His name was Milton C. Boyle, and they married in 1948. They were the parents of three children, Ann (Boyle) Belliveau, wife of Lee Belliveau of Fitchburg and Barbara Boyle and Mark Boyle, both of Leominster, who all survive her and will miss her deeply.

Mary was predeceased by fifteen beloved brothers and sisters: Charles, James, Pasquale, Anthony, John, Rocco and Lucien Mammone; Adeline McKenna, Anna Tucker and Josephine Mammone, as well as five siblings who died at a young age. Her sister, Isabel DePasquale of Leominster, survives her. She also leaves behind her dear sisters-in-law: Josephine, Bernice and Jackie Mammone, all of Leominster, Lucille Mammone of Lunenburg and Madelyn Mammone of Groton, CT., as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews. In addition, she will be missed by her special lifelong 'girlfriends', Gertie Buskey of Leominster and Gloria Howard of California. Last but not least, her black lab, Jack, will miss sharing morning toast with her.

Mary was interred at the Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne, Ma., alongside her hsuband.

Mary A. (Mammone) Boyle

1921 - 2009

Mary (Mammone) Boyle was a brilliant, generous, energetic and caring woman, who loved her family, her home, her Boston Red Sox and her politics. Her faith in God sustained her throughout her life and gave her great comfort, and her fond memories of growing up in a large, close Italian family in Leominster were recalled often and with love. With her passing, there will be a substantial gap in the lives of those who knew her.

Bernard Caponi

1921 - 2007

Bernard “Barney” Arthur Caponi, died at 86 Monday, June 4 2007 after a long illness.

A lifetime resident, he was born in Leominster on March 29, 1921, the son of the late Arthur G. and Rose B. (Mosa) Caponi.

Mr. Caponi joined the U.S. Army in September 1942, and was discharged on Nov. 2, 1943. He was the first veteran to graduate Worcester Boys Trade School under the G.I. Bill of Rights.

Mr. Caponi, a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club, played for the Leominster Lions semi-pro football team. He was very involved in starting the Leominster Credit Union and was a Past President of the Board of Directors.

A Leominster Post Office employee for 36 years, he was given a Service Award from the U.S. government at his 1984 retirement.

Mr. Caponi is survived by two daughters, Pamela Campbell and Linda Keane; one son, Arthur Caponi; four sisters, Phyllis D’Elia, Eva Marrone, Gloria Bodanza and Olga Cipolla; four brothers, Henry Caponi, Arthur Caponi, Ernest Caponi and Thomas Caponi; four grandchildren, Kimberly Morrison, John T. Campbell, Shannon Coffin; seven great-grandchildren, Heather, Michelle and Dana Morrison, Chad and Colin Campbell, Sadie Asch and Carly Coffin; and several nieces and nephews.

His wife for 59 years, Thelma (Bailey) Caponi, died in May 2004.

He was buried with full military honors in Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster.

Dorothy L. (Martin) Erdmann

1921 - 2007

Dorothy died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, in the Life Care Center of Leominster.

She was born in Waltham on Aug. 15, 1921, the daughter of William and Susan (Shaw) Martin and had lived in Leominster since 1925.


Mrs. Erdmann had worked as a secretary/clerk in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools in Leominster for 29 years, before retiring in 1979.


She was a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Leominster and was a member and Past Matron of Temple Chapter Order of Eastern Star in Leominster. She also was a member of the Leominster Senior Center and was an avid bridge player. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She always put the needs of her family first and loved spending time with them.


Mrs. Erdmann is survived by her daughter, Karen J. O'Neil of Leominster; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert H. Erdmann in 1990; her son, Gregory D. Erdmann in 1982; and her sister, Shirley Martin in 1937.

LEOMINSTER - Mr. Carl A. Celli and Mrs. Grace Celli of Leominster were taken peacefully into Gods arms last week, surrounded and helped by those closest to them.

Both were born in Leominster, Carl on June 14, 1918 and Grace on Oct. 16, 1921. They had been married for 57 years and that union stands as an example of love and commitment for they remained united even until their deaths. Grace suffered through a lengthy illness with Carl by her side every step of the way. In the end, Grace was cared for by Carl, and their sharing became so complete, that her illness became his, and their fearless passing from this world to the next took place together and this love was witnessed by those who had the honor to be with them in their final hours. The sharing of their last hours on earth together were among their happiest moments.

Both Carl and Grace were educated in the Leominster Public Schools. Carl attending Lancaster Street Elementary School until grade six, when he was removed and put to work in a button factory to help support the family. Grace graduated from Leominster High School in 1939 and later attended Quinsigamond Community College and graduated with an associates degree in Accounting in 1980.

Carl and Grace met when both worked for the former Foster Grant Co., and they were married in January of 1951. Carl then went on to be the proprietor of Celli's Market on 6th Street in Leominster while Grace continued working at Foster Grant.

After graduating from Leominster High School in 1939, she went on to work for the former Foster Grant Co. for many years and then other places, including Ruth Lee's, Rubin's Clothing and finally for Dr. Sergei Bogojavlensky until well into her 70s. Both Carl and Grace were members of St. Anna's Parish in Leominster. Grace was a member of The St. Anna Society and also a participant in many stage plays and productions for St. Anna's during the formative years of St. Anna's School. She also was instrumental in the formation of the Leominster Lassie League and coached one of the first teams, "The Debonair's."

Grace (Ciccone) Celli     1921 - 2008


They are survived by their children, Elvira C. O'Connell and her husband, Mike, and Jack C. Celli and his wife, Cathy (Lemoine),; her grandchildren Stephanie Fluet, Jeremiah Fluet, Daniel Fluet, Anthony Celli, Christine Celli and Rachele Celli; and six great-grandchildren.

Grace is survived by her brothers Matteo Ciccone, Paul Ciccone Jr. and Thomas Curran; her sisters Mary Ann Nelson, Elvira Toni DeVarney, Pauline Ciccone  Carl was the last surviving child of Giacomo and Domenica (Tata) Celli.

Ms. Doris Tuttle

1921  -  2008

Doris Tuttle 86 of Gardner, Massachusetts died Thursday July 17, 2008 in Heywood Hospital in Gardner,Massachusetts. She was born on November 3, 1921 in Worcester, MA, was the daughter of George E. and Della L. (Boulette) Tuttle. Ms. Tuttle was a 1939 Graduate of Leominster High School and a Graduate of Becker Jr. College in 1941. She worked as an office manager for Manhattan Nut Co in Queens, New York. After her retirement she moved to St. Augustine, Florida in 1986 where she was very active in the community, serving as President of Treasure Beach Security Patrol for 8 years. As Ward President of AARP Chapter 4452 Anastasia Island Beaches for 8 years and as 2nd Vice President of Treasure Beach Property Owner’s Association for 8 years to name a few. She returned to the Leominster; Fitchburg area in 1999.
She is survived by her sister Bernice H. Pichette of Gardner, MA, her three nephews John Pichette, James Pichette, and David Boucher, her three neices Doris Connors, Nancy K. Spinelli and Patricia Taylor 25 grandneices and nephews. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Sterling, MA.

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