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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.
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)
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
Burial was in St. Leo's Cemetery, Leominster.
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Magane 1922 - 2008
Rita L (O'Mealey) Magane, 86, died Saturday, May 24, 2008, after a
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
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.
Burial was in St. Leo's Cemetery.
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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.
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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.
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 “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 died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, in the Life Care Center of
was born in Waltham on Aug. 15, 1921, the daughter of William and Susan
(Shaw) Martin and had lived in Leominster since 1925.
Erdmann had worked as a secretary/clerk in the Office of the
Superintendent of Schools in Leominster for 29 years, before retiring in
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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