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Sister Mary Robinson

1922  -  2013


Sister Mary Virginia Robinson, known in secular life as Mary C. Robinson, of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Presentation Convent. She was the first baby born in the town of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine on March 6, 1922, daughter of the late Carl and Marie (Smith) Robinson.

After graduating from Leominster High School, she entered the Sisters of the Presentation in 1943, and professed her final vows in 1949. Sister received a BA degree in Latin from Boston University, a MA in Latin and Education from Boston College, and a Doctor of Education in Humanities Education from Boston University. In 1968 she received both a Fulbright and CANE Scholarship to study in Rome, and in 1982 she received her second Fulbright Scholarship to Rome.

After teaching at St. Bernard’s High School for 40 years, Sister worked as the Coordinator of Theses and Dissertations in Boston University Library, and finished her career by working at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Besides her community, Sister Mary Virginia is survived by two nieces, Kathleen Bonsall and husband, Jon, and Rita Martineau; two nephews, Robert and David Martineau, and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, and a sister, Elizabeth (Robinson) Martineau.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation Retirement Fund, 99 Church St., Leominster, MA 01453 or may be left at the convent.

Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home directed arrangements.

Mr. Anthony M. Amico

1922  -  2011

Anthony M. Amico Sr. son of the late Lorenzo and Angelina (Sambito) Amico and a long time resident of Leominster passed away on June 4, 2011 after a long illness. Tony is survived by his wife of 69 years Emilia (Altobelli) Amico, his daughter Emily and son John, son Anthony Jr., and grandchildren Christine, and Michael Amico. Tony has one great grandchild, Kaylee. He is also survived by a sister Sarah Linenkemper and brother Victor Amico.

Serving on all their reunion committees, he proudly reminded his friends of his participation on the Blue Devil cheerleading squad. Tony enlisted in the Navy, on October 23, 1942 becoming a Boatswains Mate on the LST 344. Throughout WWII the 344 participated in the invasions of Northern Africa, Sicily, and later Normandy. Wounded during the invasion of Selerano, Tony received a Purple Heart for wounds received in action on July 10, 1943, and was Honorable Discharged September 23, 1944. On returning to Leominster Tony began his family and his long career with Boston Gas Company from which he retired in 1984. Know to many in town as the “Gasman” he was actively involved as a volunteer in numerous community activities. His tireless work for the Special Olympics, the local Chapter of ARC in Fitchburg earned him individual recognition at the Kennedy Library and nomination in the Special Olympic Hall of Fame in 1988, Tony and his wife received the “Making a Difference “Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Worcester County ARC for outstanding contributions in helping make the lives of area handicapped better. Besides his involvement with the Special Olympics and ARC, Tony coached Little League and Babe Ruth League Baseball, helping to build the first fields on Lancaster St. Tony also served on the East Side Association and Leominster Housing Authority, was President of the Massachusetts LST Association a 20 year member of the Leominster Fire Department as a call firefighter, He was appointed a Call Firefighter on August 18, 1952, assigned to Engine 3, and would leave the fire service on April 30, 1970 assigned to the Rescue. During his firefighting career, he was credited by Chief Frederick W. Johnson for his part, in the rescuing of three children from a two-alarm fire at 100 Third Street on April 26, 1965. He proudly served as Grand Knight and earned his Fourth Degree Knight Status at Leominster Council 406 of the Knights of Columbus in the 1990’s and was a member of the Bishop Beaven Assembly 396.

Burial with Military Honors was in St. Leo’s Cemetery Leominster.

Nancy A. (Nettel) Doig    1922 - 2009

Nancy A. (Nettel) Doig, 87 years old, of Leominster, died Saturday, October 17, 2009 in the Sterling Healthcare Center after an illness. She is survived by her 2 sons James P. Doig of Leominster and Paul R. Doig and his wife Pamela A. Doig of Leominster, her brother John P. Nettel and his wife Sally Nettel of Banning, CA, her 2 grandchildren James G. Doig and Ellen J. Doig both of Leominster, and 3 nephews. She was predeceased by her husband James P. Doig, Sr. in 1985.

Mrs. Doig was born in Fitchburg on August 12, 1922, daughter of Paul R. and Grace M. (Hughes) Nettel and was a life long Leominster resident. She graduated from Leominster High School in 1940 and from LaSell College. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Nancy worked as a secretary in Leominster School Department and then the Planning Department for the City of Leominster before retiring 10 years ago. She was an avid golfer and was a member of the former Grandview Country Club in Leominster. She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Leominster, the Retired State, County, and Municipal Employees of Massachusetts and a former member of the Planning Board for the City of Leominster.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 11 AM in St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 60 West Street, Leominster. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 from 9 - 10:30 AM in the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Leominster Lodge of Elks Scholarship Fund, 134 North Main Street, Leominster, MA 01453.

Barbara L. (Perry) Owen     1921 - 2007

Barbara L. (Perry) Owen of 600 Commerce Drive died peacefully with family by her side on Nov. 25.

She was born in Lynn on Nov. 6, 1921, a daughter of the late Anthony F. Perry and Eva (Holden) Perry. During her junior and senior years, she led the Blue Devils Marching Band. Her high-stepping, strutting style became familiar throughout the state and earned her the name “Leominster’s Sweetheart.” Every football game played at Doyle Field began with the petite little fireball charging across the gridiron, leading the blue-and-white band. Her athleticism and charisma helped earn the band high praise and invitations to perform throughout the state.

During this time, she met and fell in love with the man she would spend the rest of her life with. Charles E. Owen was a star running back and excellent sprinter for the Leominster Blue Devils. The drum majorette and the football star made for a great love story, and it didn’t take long for the courtship to blossom.

Mr. Owen came from a family of outdoorsmen, and it was natural for him to introduce his wife to hunting and fishing. In fact, she learned to handle a rifle so well that she could hit bottles tossed into the air. The ability paid dividends on the second day of Massachusetts’ hunting season in 1940. With Mr. Owen at her side, she knocked down a running deer with one shot to fill her tag. An article and photo of Mrs. Owen and her deer were featured in the Leominster Enterprise.

Charles and Barbara L. Owen were married on March 1, 1941. Their years together provided many unusual and exciting experiences. In 1948, they sold their home and moved to a hunting camp with their two young boys. With no running water, an outhouse and only a wood stove for cooking, the couple spent the next 12 years turning a one-room camp into a five-room home with heat and indoor plumbing.

Throughout the years, they moved many times, and each move presented new and exciting challenges. In the mid-’60s, they owned horses, and the Owens taught themselves how to compete at horse shows. They both won awards and titles and participated in parades throughout the state.

In the early ‘70s, they sold their home in Shirley, bought an RV and headed to the East Coast. Mrs. Owen kept a log of their travels -- from Nova Scotia all the way to Carrabelle, Fla. -- in a small notebook, and while sitting on the beach in Florida, they couple realized they’d finally found their home. They sold the RV and bought a home that overlooked the Gulf of Mexico. From there, they sat most evenings to watch the lights of shrimp boats working in the bay. And during daylight, they launched their boat from their dock and fished for trout in the warm water.

Their remaining years were spent making new memories and recalling old ones. They lived long enough to dance at two of their granddaughters’ weddings and celebrate the births of 11 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Owen loved to read and write poetry. In fact, she was quite proud that one of her poems was printed in a book for new poets.

On Dec. 28, 2006, she lost the only man she ever loved, and, soon after, she left the tiny Florida fishing village and moved to Scarborough, Maine. Mrs. Owen spent the last 11 months of her life close to her family. She made close friendships with her neighbors and the staff of Scarborough Terrace, an assisted-living community. She often claimed, “This is my home, and I’ve got the best view in the place.” She looked forward to bingo games and conversations over lunch and dinner, during which she told the stories of her many adventures with Charlie and her two boys.

Surviving her are two sons, Wayne Owen and his wife, Doris, of Scarborough, Maine, and Dennis Owen and his wife, Pamela, of Leominster; a sister, Ruth McCaffrey of Leominster; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Her ashes were dispersed off the coast of Maine.

Joseph A. Smith     1921 - 2007

Joseph A. Smith, 86, died at home in Burlingame, CA on Saturday, June 23, after an illness.

He was born in Leominster on Feb. 26, 1921, to George W. Smith Sr. and Beatrice E. (Smith) Smith.

During World War II he served in the Navy as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate at Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii.

He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. He enjoyed golf and piloting a plane from the Fitchburg-Leominster Airport. Photography was his lifelong hobby.

In 1961, he moved to California where he was an aviation machinist for United Airlines at San Francisco Airport. In 1970, he was disabled by a stroke, but was able to travel, enjoy painting and playing the organ with his left hand, and belonged to a cribbage club until he suffered a second stroke in 2003, which caused him to lose his sight.

He leaves his wife of 44 years, Bessie (Davis) Smith; three sisters, Norma Schofield and Pauline Caisse of Leominster and Helen DuPont of Putnam, Conn.; and many nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Durward Smith of Leominster and George Smith Jr. of Melbourne Beach, Fla. predeceased him.

He was a member of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Belmont, Calif., where his funeral was held on June 27. A Military burial followed at the Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, Calif.


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