Alphonse C. Piermarini 1924 -- 2015
Alphonse C. Piermarini, 91, of Leominster, passed away on
Wed., April 29, 2015, at Apple Valley Center in Ayer, MA.
Born in Leominster, Al was the son of Clito F. and Lucy (Tocci)
Piermarini. A lifelong musician, he was the co-composer of the
Leominster High School Alma Mater with his friend and classmate,
After high school, he volunteered for service in WWII, serving
in the Army Air Corps.
He married Rita M. Brosseau in 1946, who was the love of his
life for 51 years until her death in 1997.
After the war, he joined his uncles in business at Plastic
Academy in Leominster, which eventually became Tucker Housewares,
serving as plant manager and later credit manager until his
retirement in the 1980s.
An accomplished pianist, Al's 83 year-long music career began as
a tap dancer and accordionist. In high school, he joined the
Frankie Dee Orchestra, with whom he would tour, record and
perform for many years. Later, he formed the Al Pier Quartet,
which performed locally until 2010, his specialty being
strolling through the audience with his accordion, singing their
special requests. Other area ensembles which benefited from his
sublime musicianship were Group 70, the Joint Venture Orchestra,
the Stardusters, and the Leominster Colonial Band. He especially
enjoyed sharing his talents with his children, who all enjoyed
his expert accompaniment.
Al was a longtime member of the Leominster Lodge of Elks, where
he served as organist and directed the choral group which made
numerous visits to entertain at local nursing homes. He was a
life member of Local 173 of the American Federation of
Musicians, past president of the Leominster High School Band
Boosters, former chairman of the Leominster Chamber of Commerce
and formerly served on the Leominster Hospital Board of
His friends and family will always fondly remember carefree
summer days spent at the family cottage on Spec Pond, where
impromptu concerts and sing-alongs would invariably break out.
Besides his wife, he was predeceased by his son, Ally Piermarini,
Jr.; his sister Mary DePasquale and brother, Paul P. Piermarini,
Al is survived by his daughter, Norma Jean Marshall and her
husband, Robert Marshall of Lancaster; sons, Martin Piermarini
and his wife, Victoria Marrama, Carl Piermarini and his wife,
Tina, all of Leominster, and son, Steven Piermarini and his wife
Judy of Acton; his brother, Clito F. Piermarini, Jr. and his
wife, Cherol of Las Vegas, NV, nine grandchildren; 12
great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He also leaves his dear friend, Claire Trainque of Fitchburg,
and his daughter-in-law, Chris Piermarini of Leominster.
Al was a communicant of St. Anna's Church in Leominster, where
he also served as organist many years ago. Burial followed in
Saint Leo's Cemetery.
Edward J. Palumbo 1922 -
Edward J. Palumbo age 87 passed away July
1, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. “Eddie” was born in
Leominster, the son of Aniello and Anita ( Pascarelli ) Palumbo.
He served in the United States Navy Seabees from 1942 to 1946,
stationed in Mariana and Aleutian Islands. He was a United State
Navy Veteran of WWII have attained the rank of Yeoman Third
Class, he also was a bugler in the Navy, he earned the WWII
Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre
Medal with 1 star, & the Good Conduct Medal. Returning home, he
met his wife of 63 years Anne A. (Armillotti) Palumbo.
Eddie was an enthusiastic musician playing
trumpet in area bands since his high school years. He was also a
former member of the Leominster Colonial Band; In addition he
was a Boy Scout Leader and active in Junior Achievement. He and
his wife Anne were avid dancers and former members of the Bay
State Square Dance Club and Round Dance Club. In his retirement
years he enjoyed wood working and making gifts for family &
friends & toys for children.
He is predeceased by his son Edward Mark
Palumbo, Brother Ralph Palumbo, and two Sister Nina Pollastri, &
Gorizia Letters. Eddie was a member of Our Lady of the Lake
Parish is survived by his beloved wife Anne; daughter and
grandson Jane P. Lord and Timothy J. Lord, Erminia Breault and
Lola Proietti and much loved in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends
The funeral will be held on Wednesday July
7, 2010 from the Wright-Roy Funeral Home 109 West St in
Leominster, with a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of the
Lake Church 1400 Main St Leominster, Burial with Military Honors
will be in St. Leo’s Cemetery Leominster. Calling hours will be
Tuesday July 6, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the funeral
Herbert C. Peaslee Jr.
1922 - 2008
Fitchburg - Herbert C. Peaslee Jr., 86 of
Fitchburg, MA died November 8, 2008, in Golden Living Center,
Fitchburg. He was born in Newburyport, MA, May 27, 1922 the son
of Herbert C. Peaslee Sr and Sarah Torrie (Goodwin) Peaslee.
Herbert spent his younger years (7 to 15 yrs.) at the New
England Peabody Home for Crippled Children in Newton Center, MA.
He graduated from Leominster High School in 1942 and later
married Rita (Rust) Peaslee, June 24, 1944. Herb was an avid
fisherman and sportsman, and spent several summers as a pitcher
for the Pawtucket Red Sox Minor League Baseball Team. Herb was
Treasurer for the Townsend Bowling League, Scoutmaster in both
Leominster and Townsend. He was employed as a production manager
at Sanders Association in Nashua, NH. He then became an
insurance agent for John Hancock.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rita (Rust) Peaslee, a
daughter Cynthia (Peaslee) Truitt of Nebraska, a son Gary
Peaslee of Townsend, two grandchildren Bethanie and Hanna
Truitt. Burial was in St. Anthony's Cemetery
Louis J. Cocci
Louis J. Cocci, 85 years old, of
Leominster, died Monday, October 5, 2009 at the Highlands in
Fitchburg after an illness. He is survived by his wife of 63
years Patricia M. (Rist) Cocci, his 2 sons, Steven L. Cocci and
his wife Beth of Leesburg, FL, and William D. Cocci and his wife
Eileen of Sterling, his daughter Cynthia L. Bennett and her
husband Mack of Leominster, his sister Gladys Iannacone of
Leominster, 7 grandchildren and a great grandson. He was
predeceased by his 5 brothers, John Cocci, Emilio Cocci, Alfred
Cocci, Augustus Cocci and Albert Cocci and his sister Bernice
Mr. Cocci was born in Leominster on April
4, 1924, son of Dominic and Santarella (DiMarzio) Cocci and was
a life long resident. He was a Seabee in the U.S. Navy during
World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater and during the
Korean conflict. Lou had been Plant Supervisor at Standard Tool
in Leominster, where he worked for 31 years. He then worked a
few years at Nypro in Clinton, before retiring in 1979 due to
health problems. He was a former member and past president of
the Pioneer Valley Section of the Society of Plastic Engineers
and a former board member of the Plastics Museum in Leominster.
Lou was a life member of the Leominster Lodge of Elks, where he
was a longtime member of the Cribbage League.
On Veterans Day 1999, Lou
along with other World War II Veterans, received his Leominster
High School Diploma.
A funeral service will be held on
Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 11 AM in
the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street,
Leominster. Burial was in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial
Cemetery in Winchendon. at a later date. Calling hours will be
held on Thursday from 9:30 - 11 AM in the funeral
home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to
The Highlands Activity Fund, 335 Nichols Road, Fitchburg,
L. LaPierre 1925
Raymond L. LaPierre, 83, former
Leominster City Councilor & Army Veteran, died Friday, August 8, 2008 in
Life Care Center of Leominster, after an illness. He was born on Jan.
23, 1925, in Newark, R.I., was the son of Mathias LaPierre and Mary Jane
(Clouthier) LaPierre. Mr. LaPierre was a United States Army Air Corp
Veteran. He worked as a negotiator for the state of Massachusetts until
his retirement. He was councilor at large for the City of Leominster for
9 ˝ years, a member of Holy Family of Nazareth Parish in Leominster, the
Franco American War Veterans in Leominster, the Fraternal Order of
Eagles Aerie #477 in Leominster, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the
American Legion in Leominster.
He is survived by his
wife, Gloria (Lanza) Lapierre; son, Steven Lapierre; daughters, Pamela
Settergren and Donna Hinesm; two sisters, Doris LeBlanc and Beverly
Lemieux,; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral with
military honors was held from the Wright-Roy Funeral Home on Tuesday
August 12, 2008 with a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. in Holy Family of
Nazareth Church and the burial was in St. Cecilia Cemetery.
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