D'Onfro 1928 - 2010
Shirley Mary (Mullan) D'Onfro, 82 years old, of
Leominster, died Saturday, September 4, 2010 in her home after an
illness. She is survived by her husband of 62 years Donald A. D'Onfro, 3
sons, William D. D'Onfro and his wife Charlene of Westminster, Robert J.
D'Onfro and his wife Emily of Westminster, and Scott A. D'Onfro of
Fitchburg, 4 grandchildren, Jeffrey D'Onfro of Westminster, Gregory
D'Onfro of Westminster, Danielle D'Onfro of Westminster and Allison
D'Onfro of Fitchburg.
Mrs. D'Onfro was born in Leominster on January 3,
1928, daughter of William and Birchman (Lambert) Mullan and graduated
from Leominster High School in 1946. She was a member of St. Leo's
Church in Leominster, was an avid weaver and was a member of the
Lexington Weavers Guild.
Funeral services and burial will be private. In
lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Care
Network & Hospice, Development Office, 120 Thomas Street, Worcester, MA
01608-1280. The Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street,
Leominster is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mildred L. (Mitchell)
Benoit 1927 - 2009
(Mitchell) Benoit, 81 years old, of Leominster, died Saturday, May 9,
2009, at her daughter Michelle's home, after an illness. She is survived
by her husband of 45 years, Paul J. Benoit; her 2 daughters, Michelle
Cotton and her husband, Robert of Leominster, and Jacqueline Benoit of
Spencer; her son, Paul Benoit and his wife, Shannon of Lancaster; her 3
brothers, Lawrence Mitchell and Joseph Mitchell, both of Leominster, and
George Mitchell of Fitchburg; and her 5 grandchildren, Chad, Shannon and
Sean Cotton and Hannah and Lilliana Benoit. She was predeceased by her 2
sisters, Gertrude Pranouskas and Mary Mitchell, and by her brother, Hugh
Mitchell. Mrs. Benoit was born in Leominster on July 27, 1927, daughter
of George and Elizabeth (Mohan) Mitchell, and lived in Leominster most
of her life. She was a 1946 graduate of Leominster High School and
attended the former Worcester Business College. She was formerly
employed by Doehla Greeting Card Co. of Fitchburg and Nashua, NH, and
Service Greeting in Webster, MA, where she was employed in quality
control, as well as performing time studies. She was a member of St.
Leo's Church, and enjoyed sewing.
services will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 from the Silas F.
Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West St., Leominster with a Mass at
10 am in St. Leo's Church, 128 Main St., Leominster. Burial will be in
St. Cecilia's Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 12,
2009 from 5-8 pm in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made
to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 108 Main St., Leominster, MA 01453,
or to St. Leo's School, 120 Main St., Leominster, MA 01453 or to a
charity of your choice.
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X. "Jack" Rocca
Marcel X. "Jack" Rocca,
75, a well-educated entrepreneur who owned and ran a Washington language
school and translation service, among other ventures, died of
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Oct. 28 at his home in Bethesda.
Mr. Rocca's idea for a
commercial language school came to him while he was tutoring foreign
students in English as a graduate student at Georgetown University in
the mid-1950s. He started the Institute of Modern Languages of
Washington in 1960. The commercial language school, among the first of
its kind in Washington, opened a branch in Mexico City and expanded its
services to include language translation for government agencies and
private companies. Its students included government officials and
foreign diplomats, including the current president of Colombia, Alvaro
1929 - 2004
Bought out by American
Express In 1969, Mr. Rocca, continued to head
the school before leaving to start his second company, Transemantics
Inc., which he sold in 2003. The new business, though similar, began to produce multilingual recorded audio tours of
Washington, and he opened a private high school called the Washington
He also started an
advocacy group called the Organization for the Advancement of Small
Independent Schools. Mr. Rocca was a trustee of Davis & Elkins College
in Elkins, W.Va., and was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout master.
In the 1980s, he
dusted off his trumpet-playing skills and formed the Metrotones, a
Dixieland jazz band, which performed at Washington area restaurants and
retirement homes through the 1990s.
Born in Belleville,
N.J., and raised in Leominster, Mass., Mr. Rocca was educated in public
schools but also earned academic scholarships to attend summer sessions
at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., and Phillips Academy in
Andover, Mass. He went on to Harvard University, where he counted Henry
Kissinger and James Schlesinger among his classmates. Mr. Rocca
graduated from Harvard with a degree in English and American literature,
then attended Harvard Law School for a year before entering the Army at
the time of the Korean War. He served in Japan on grave registration
duty. After fulfilling his
military duty, Mr. Rocca spent a year working in Taiwan as an
information officer for the U.S. Information Agency. He received a
master's degree in Japanese studies from Georgetown University in 1956.
He received a law degree from Catholic University in 1967.
Survivors include his
wife, Maria-Luisa Villar Borda of Bethesda; three sons, Francis Xavier
Rocca of Rome and Lawrence Edward Rocca and Maurice Alberto Rocca, both
of New York; two sisters; a brother; and a grandson.
Angela M. (Valeri) Pizzuti
Angela M. (Valeri) Pizzuti, 77, of 543
Pleasant St., died Sunday, Jan. 1, in her home. She was born in Leominster
on July 18, 1928, the daughter of Angelo and Domenica (Piccolomini) Valeri
and was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Leominster High School in
1946 and had been active in her class reunion committee.
Mrs. Pizzuti worked as a bookkeeper for the
Leominster Housing Authority for several years before retiring and was
working part-time as the office manager at Cristina’s Restaurant in
She was a member of St. Anna’s Church, the St.
Anna’s Society, and the Order of the Sons of Italy, all of Leominster. She
was a member of the former Italian American Cultural Society in
Mrs. Pizzuti is survived by two brothers, Dr. C.
Robert Valeri of Marblehead and David A. Valeri of Leominster; a sister,
Corinne R. Lanzillo of Troy, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. Her
husband, Richard P. Pizzuti, died in 1993; and a brother, John A. Valeri,
died in 1987.
Burial was in St. Leo’s Cemetery, Leominster. Calling
hours are Saturday morning from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the funeral home.
1928 - 2006
1928 - 2006
Joan Wright, 78, of 6 Beth Ave. in Leominster,
formerly of Carriageway Drive and Washington Street, died on Dec. 31 in
She was born on Aug. 29, 1928, in Leominster, the
daughter of Thomas F. and Helen (Lovelace) Wright Sr.
Miss Wright was a graduate of Leominster High School
Class of 1946. She then graduated from the Chandler Business School in
Boston. She was employed as a military clerk for the United States Army
at Fort Devens. She was also a member of St. Leo’s Parish in Leominster.
Miss Wright is survived by a brother, Thomas F.
Wright Jr. and his wife, Regina, of Marshfield; her godchild and
caregiver, Maureen (Crowley) Donatelli, of Leominster; two nieces,
Elizabeth Soukhanov and her husband, Alex, and Erin Kovalchuk and her
husband, Gregory; a nephew, Michael Wright; a great-nephew, Connor F.
Burial was in St. Leo’s Cemetery in Leominster.
Murie T. (Arsenault) Pulsinelli, 78, of 51
Crestfield Lane, died Wednesday evening in HealthAlliance/Hospital/Leominster
after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Pulsinelli was born in Leominster on Jan. 26,
1928, daughter of Henry and Sophie (Melanson) Arsenault, and graduated
from Leominster High School. She had been a telephone operator for the
Bell Co. in Fitchburg and worked as a hairdresser several years ago. She
was a member of St. Anna’s Church in Leominster, volunteered for the
American Red Cross and she loved to dance.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Anthony
M. Pulsinelli; a daughter, Dian T. Grote, of Leominster; a sister,
Gloria Gerbino of Miami Beach, Fla.; and two granddaughters, Karen L.
Grote of Fitchburg and Kristina M. Grote of Leominster.
Funeral services and burial in Evergreen Cemetery
Murie T. Pulsinelli
1928 - 2006
Newell J. "Newt" Dyer, 79, of 219
Whalom Road, Lunenburg, died September 15, 2008. Two brothers, Charles
H. Dyer Jr. and Donald J. Dyer, and nieces and nephews Martin, Lori,
Shawn, Carrie, Robert, Danny, and Richard. A sister, Virginia
predeceased Newt in 1997. Newt was born on October 26, 1928, the son of
Charles H. Dyer and Valentine (Papillon) Dyer.
He served in the U.S. Army and was
in the Korean War. While in the Army he received the Army of Occupation
Medal, Japan Korean Service Medal w/5 Bronze Service Stars,
Distinguished Unit Emblem, Presidential Unit Citation, and a Republic of
Korea United Nations Service Medal.
Newt was a member of the
International Union of Operating Engineers (Local #004) & he was a heavy
equipment operator before retiring in 1990.
Francis B. Crowley
1928 - 1994
Dr. Francis B. Crowley Jr., 66, a lifelong resident of
Leominster, died Friday at Leominster Hospital after an extended
For 33 years Dr. Crowley was on the staff of Leominster Hospital and
had his own private practice in the city.
Dr. Crowley graduated from Leominster High School in 1946 and from
the College of the Holy Cross in 1950. He attended Tufts University
Medical School, where he was president of Alpha Omega Alpha National
Honor Society. He graduated in 1954 with highest honors.
He completed his residencies in internal medicine and cardiology at
Worcester, Boston City, and West Roxbury Veterans Administration
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