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Mildred A. (Kendall) LaFleur
1926 - 2003
Mildred A. (Kendall) LaFleur, 77,
of 29 Merriam Parkway, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, in Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center, Boston, after an illness. She was born on Sept. 2, 1926,
in Leominster, the daughter of Ernest and Della Marie (Pratt) Kendall.
She was also raised by her stepmother, Laura (Sicard) Kendall.
She leaves her husband of 56 years, Robert E. LaFleur; three sons,
Robert B. LaFleur and Marc D. LaFleur, both of Leominster, and Stanley
W. LaFleur of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Laura Harrington of
Townsend and Pamela Merritt of Orange; one brother, Edward Kendall of
Connecticut; one sister, Olive Bagley of Harwich; nine grandchildren; 13
great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two
brothers, Harold Kendall of Leominster and Stanley Kendall of Fitchburg,
and one sister, Myrtle Lilly of Fitchburg.
Mrs. LaFleur worked for the former New England Telephone Co. and also as
a receptionist for the former Whitney Carriage Co. in Leominster.
William W. Chase
1927 - 2014
William W. Chase 87 years old, of Leominster, died
on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in the Life Care of Leominster. He is
survived by his wife Charlotte (Kraemer) Chase, a daughter Cynthia Swope
of Tennessee, a son David Chase and his wife Kathleen of Worcester,
three grandsons Patrick, Matthew and Alexander Chase and a sister Janet
Miller of Athol.
William was born in Millbury, son of Walter and Josephine (Tebeau)
Chase. He grew up in Leominster and upon graduation from Leominster High
School, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Air Corps. He attended Rochester
Institute of Technology School of Photography and received his
Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Fitchburg State College. He also
did graduate work at Boston University. William retired as a Guidance
Counselor from the Leominster School System. He was a member of Our Lady
of the Lake Parish.
Blanchette 1926 - 2011
Doris E. (Cossette) Blanchette 84 of Leominster
died Monday June 6, 2011 in Kindred Hospital Leicester after a brief
illness. She was born on December 4, 1926 in Leominster; MA was the
daughter of Albert and Emma (Caron) Cossette. She was a graduate of
Leominster High School, worked as a telephone operator for New England
telephone, and then worked as receptionist for Commonwealth Plastics and
George Carrington. She was a loving sister, aunt and friend, very
outgoing and friendly to all who knew her and she will be greatly
missed. She was a member of St. Cecilia Parish, Leominster Senior
Citizens, Fitchburg Booster Club, Fitchburg Retired Women’s Club,
Leominster Golden Age, Leominster Homemakers Club, Leominster AARP,
Eastwood Club, and the Friendship Club in Fitchburg. She is survived by
a sister Rita Dumont and her husband Louis, a sister-in-law Barbara
Cossette, her loving & close friend Gabe Florczyk, many nieces and
nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by her
husband Chester A. Blanchette, a brother Albert Cossette, a sister
Cecile “Sis” Maxfield.
Carlton 'Bo' E. Blackwell 1927 -
Carlton 'Bo' E. Blackwell, 82, passed
from this life into Heaven on Tuesday, May 25. He passed with
the expert care and compassion at the Mary McCarthy Hospice Care
Center in E. Sandwich, Ma.
He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, C. Veronica (Neithercut)
Blackwell in 1996. Bo leaves his daughter, Kathy L. Blackwell
and his son, James M. Blackwell; two grandchildren, Matt Lemay,
and his wife, Sarah, and Molly Blackwell; two great-grandsons,
Cody and Troy Lemay; two brothers, George Blackwell and his
wife, Dot, and Mike Blackwell; one sister, Wanda Salerno, and
her husband, Frank; and many nieces and nephews. He was
predeceased by a brother, William Blackwell.
Bo was born in Worcester, MA, on July 1, 1927, a son of the late
George W. and Grace O. (Walker) Blackwell. He joined the U.S.
Navy in 1944, where he served in World War II at the rank of
Yoeman, 3rd Class and went to China and Korea. He also later
served in the Reserves. He married the love of his life, Ronnie,
in 1947 and bought a house in Lunenburg in 1953. There they
raised two children, Kathy and James, until moving to Fitchburg
Bo's life included many careers, such as the New England
Telephone Co., owner of the Marlboro Datsun Car Dealership, the
Duck Mill Auto Body Shop and other entrepreneurial endeavors. He
received his Law Degree from the New England School of Law in
1965 and worked in several law firms. His political interests
were varied as well and he served as the Mayor of Fitchburg from
1972-74. He worked for Senator Ted Kennedy for many years and
for Robert F. Kennedy in his Presidential election. He worked
hard and was always ready to lend a hand to friends, his city,
and his church. He was an active 3rd degree member of the Joseph
P. Keating, Council # 99, Fitchburg Knights of Columbus, the
Irish American Association, the Sierra Club, and was a longtime
member of St. Bernard's Parish.
Burial was at St. Bernard's Cemetery.
Silvio Petrucci 1926 - 2008
Silvio Petrucci, 82, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and 26 Page
Ave., Fitchburg, died Saturday, Sept. 20, in St. Vincent
Hospital, Worcester, after a brief illness.
He leaves his wife of 62 years, Frances (Sciabarrasi)
Petrucci;one son, David A. Petrucci and his wife, Lorie, of
Fitchburg;one daughter, Linda DiPasquale and her husband, John,
of Fitchburg;one brother, Alleo Petrucci of Leominster;one
sister, Amelia Garneau of Leominster;7 grandchildren,
Christopher Perkins, Michael and Matthew DiPasquale, Maria
Petrucci-Guertin, and Kristina, Beth and David Petrucci;and 5
great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was
predeceased by 5 sisters, Nina DiMarzio, Beatrice Manzella, Mary
Russo, Stella Nacke, and Marsha Hedge and one brother, Pasquale
Mr. Petrucci was a Project Engineer for Nypro Inc. in Clinton
for 26 years, retiring in 1991. He traveled world wide for Nypro
as a Trouble shooter. He was a member of St. Anthony di Padua
Parish in Fitchburg, the Ft. Lauderdale Elks, the Society of
Plastic Engineers and was a graduate and Valedictorian of his
Senior Class at the former Saxon Trade High School in
Leominster. He attended Vickers School of Hydraulics in Detroit
He was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy as a
Seaman First Class.
He was born in Leominster, Ma., on August 24, 1926, a son of the
late Pasquale and Luigina (DiLuzio) Petrucci and lived in this
area all of this life, before spending winters in Florida 15
Burial was in St. Bernard's Cemetery.
Madeleine E. (Roger)
Madeleine E. (Roger) Siciliano, 83, a
longtime Leominster and Fitchburg resident, residing the past
five years at Sterling Healthcare, died Thursday, March 25, at
the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester
after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Siciliano was born in Leominster on
August 8, 1926, the daughter of Oliva and Exina (Fontaine)
Roger. She graduated from St. Cecilia Elementary School and
attended Leominster High School before beginning her work and
family life. She earned her GED in 1975. She worked at various
local shops, diners and cafeterias during her children's growing
years, retiring from Digital Equipment Corporation, Westminster
after many years there.
Mrs. Siciliano was throughout her life
singularly devoted to her family, a loving and generous wife,
mother, grandmother, and sister. She is survived by her five
children: Judith A. Foster and her husband Glenn R. Foster of
Leominster and Orlando, Florida; Thomas J. Siciliano and his
wife Patricia (Gormley) Siciliano of Lunenburg; Donna M.
Ferguson of Fitchburg; John M. Siciliano and his wife Rhonda M.
(Worden) Siciliano of Leominster; and Barry R. Siciliano and his
wife, Lisa A. (Michael) Siciliano of Sutton. She is also
survived by two brothers, Paul F. Roger and his wife Pauline
(Caron) Roger of Ashburnham, and Rev. Richard G. Roger of
Worcester, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and
many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband,
Joseph F. Siciliano in November 2004, her brother Raymond E.
Roger in March 2007, and her great-grandson Jalen R. Jones in
June 2004. Burial was in St. Bernard’s Cemetery.
Arthur Paul DiGeronimo
Former co-owner of Victory Supermarkets, of Leominster, MA,
passed away peacefully on July 29, 2009, surrounded by his
family, at his home after a short illness. He was 83 years old.
Arthur is survived by his devoted wife of fifty-eight years,
Gloria A. (DiNardo) DiGeronimo and loving children Arthur P.
(Jay) DiGeronimo, Jr. and wife Gretchen; David J. DiGeronimo and
wife Laurine; Michael J. DiGeronimo and wife Kim; Steven T.
DiGeronimo; Jayne E. Consolo; and Lisa A. DiGeronimo, all of
Leominster. He was a joyful grandfather to Tasha, Shaun, Gina,
Katie, Nicholas, Todd, Gregory, Julie, Jack, and great-grandson
Lex. Arthur also leaves two sisters, Rita A. DeBitetto and
Dorothy A. St. Laurent; and many nieces and nephews. An older
brother Michael James DiGeronimo predeceased Arthur in 1945.
Arthur was born March 1, 1926, in Leominster, MA, second son of
James V. and C. Mildred (Spadafora) DiGeronimo.
Arthur graduated from Leominster High School in 1944 and then
served overseas in the US Army, 417th Regiment, 76th Infantry
Division in Germany. He was honorably discharged as a staff
sergeant in 1946. Arthur graduated from Becker College in Worcester, MA,
in 1948, earning his Associate degree in Business. He married
Gloria in 1951. After
college, Arthur became the first of the second generation of the
DiGeronimo family to work for what was then called Victory
Market, founded in 1923 by his father and uncle. In 1955, Arthur
became co-owner of the modern Victory Supermarkets, opening its
first store in Leominster with Arthur as Vice President and
Treasurer. Throughout his fifty-six year career at Victory,
Arthur served as Director of Grocery Purchasing and Advertising
as well as Director of Community / Charitable Giving as Victory
grew to a twenty-store chain. Arthur remained active
as a member of the Board of Directors and Victory's Treasurer
until the company's sale in 2004. He was inducted into the
Massachusetts Food Association's Hall of Fame in 2006 and was
honored as Grocer of the Year by the Grocery Manufacturers
Salesmen of Worcester. Arthur served over the years on many
community and charitable organizations, including Past Exalted
Ruler and Trustee of the Leominster Lodge of Elks (#1237), Past
District Deputy for West Central District of the National Lodge,
Honorary Life Member of Leominster Lodge, Treasurer of the
Massachusetts Elks Scholarships, and Past State President of the
Massachusetts Elks Association. He was a lifelong member of St.
Anna's Parish in Leominster, serving as usher for many years,
past President of St. Anna's PTA, and member of the Finance
Committee. He was an original incorporator of the
Italian-American Cultural Center in Leominster and was
recognized as Man of the Year in 1999. He was a past Director of
the Salvation Army, a member of The Sons of Italy, proud member
of the AmVets, and a Third Degree member of the Knights of
Francis J. Toolin
Francis J. Toolin 81 of Leominster
died Wednesday June 11, 2008 in his home after being stricken ill. He
was born on August 30, 1926 in Leominster; Massachusetts was the son of
B. John and Anges (Landers) Toolin. He was a graduate of Leominster High
School. Mr. Toolin served in the United States Navy and is a WWII
Veteran. He worked as a line technician for Fitchburg Gas & Electric. He
was a member of St. Leo’s Parish in Leominster. Mr. Toolin is survived
by his sister Margaret Halnan of Leominster, nephews John F. Halnan,
Thomas J Halnan and a niece Ann M. Sola. Burial was in St. Leo’s
Cemetery in Leominster,
‘Bud’ Larkin Sr.
George, of 17 Highland St., and Ocean Point,
Maine, died Septrmber 24, in the Nashoba Valley Medial Center in Ayer.
He was born in Leominster on Dec. 6, 1926, a son
of the late Willard W. and Clara U. (Larkin) Larkin. He joined the U.S.
Navy and served in World War II aboard the USS Vulcan in the Asiatic
Pacific Theater as a Firecontrolman 1st Class.
He worked at Gerrard Transportation, and later
owned and operated Molter Transportation. In his retirement, he worked
as a title examiner for many years. He was a member of the Delta Nu Alfa
Transportation Fraternity, a charter member of the Lunenburg Lions Club
and the United Parish of Lunenburg. He served as a member of the
Lunenburg Planning Board from 1984-1997. He was also named official
Lunenburg Pound Keeper.
He leaves his wife of 54 years, Jean M. (Molter)
Larkin of Lunenburg; a son, George B. “Jay” Larkin Jr. of Cary, Ill.;
three daughters, Holly S. Rice of Peekskill, N.Y., Heidi L. Larkin of
Boston and Heather M. Brewer of Boothbay Harbor, Maine; four
grandchildren, Jack and Dylan Rice and Hannah and Hayden Brewer; a
brother, David W. Larkin of Fitchburg; two sisters, Mabel R. Jancaitis
of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Barbara L. Arsenault of Fitchburg; a
stepbrother, Raymond Agnew of Florida; and several nephews and nieces.
He is predeceased by his stepparents, Howard and Ada Agnew, and a
stepbrother, Carl Agnew.
in the North Cemetery.
Michelangelo Ciccone 1926 -
an illness, Mr. Ciccone died at home May 11,
2007. He was
born on June
30 1926 in Leominster, Mike was the son of Elvira Cristalli Ciccone and
Paul. He was a WW II Army vet and had lived most of his life in
In 1984 he
retired as a sergeant, after being a Policeman in town for over 30
years. Mike attended St. Anna’s Church in Leominster and was a member
of the the Retired Municipal Employee's Association, the American Legion
and North Leominster Rod & Gun Club.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Avis M. (Gravlin)
Ciccone; four daughters and a son; four sisters and three brothers; 13
grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two sisters and a brother.
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