David G. Wyman, SR.

1935  -  2013 


LEOMINSTER - David G. “Lefty” Wyman, Sr., 77, of Leominster, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in the Keystone Center, Leominster.

David was born on Dec. 9, 1935, in Leominster, son of Leroy and Rae (Clark) Wyman and was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1954, where he played on the football team. He served in the Massachusetts National Guard.

He had been a papermaker for 40 years, before retiring from James River No. 8 Mill in Fitchburg. He was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, was an Eagle Scout and had coached youth football and baseball. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed skiing and loved to sing.

David is survived by his wife of 55 years, J. Carol (Murphy) Wyman; two sons, David G. Wyman, Jr. of Templeton and Donald L. Wyman and wife, Lori of Leominster; his daughter, Debra M. Ingraham and husband, Carl of Brookline, NH; three sisters, Elaine Edwards of Maine, June Ruzicka of Michigan and Ruth Anderson of Lunenburg; his brother, James Wyman of Florida; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sisters, Marion Johnson and Jean Gendron.

Contributions ~ in memory of David ~ may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. The Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home directed arrangements.


Robert A. Franciose

1936  -  2011

Robert A. “Leach” Franciose, 75, of Leominster, died Sunday, April 17, 2011, in HealthAlliance Hospital/Leominster, after a lengthy illness.

Robert was born in Leominster on Feb. 16, 1936, the son of Filippo and Maria (Clemente) Franciose and was a lifelong resident. He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, where he played trumpet in the U.S. Army Band. He later played with a group of friends known as the Group 70 Band. He was an avid bocce player and horse racing enthusiast. Robert had been a supervisor at Victory Button/Tamor Plastics, where he worked for more than 40 years, retiring several years ago..

Robert is survived by a brother, Joseph Franciose of Leominster; three sisters, Lena Merriam and Antonetta Caisse both of Leominster, Ann M. Lapomardo of Worcester; a longtime friend, Virgie Cintron of Fitchburg; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Michael Franciose and by his sister, Melinda Franciose. He was a member of St. Anna Parish.

The Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home directed arrangements

Dr. Louis R. Amadio
    1937 - 2009


Janet Ann (Carr) Amadio
 1936 - 2005

Dr. Louis R. Amadio passed away peacefully with his family by his side on August 3, 2009 after a long, courageous battle with colon cancer. He was born on August 28, 1937 in Leominster, MA, the son of the late Pompeo "Paul" Amadio and Anna (Iacoboni) Amadio, and was a lifelong resident of 20 Crown Street, Leominster, MA. Most recently he divided his time between Vero Beach, FL and Fitchburg, MA.

Dr. Amadio graduated from Leominster High School Class of 1954. He also received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Fitchburg State College, and his Doctorate Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

He had a long standing career in public education, most notably as Superintendent of Schools in the City of Leominster from 1983 to 1994. He also served as the Regional Director for the Massachusetts Department of Education and as a Senior Policy Analyst for Jobs for Bay State Graduates, Inc. In addition he also served as a consultant for the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, as Executive Director of Professional Development for Fitchburg State College, and Director for Special Projects for the Merrimack Education Center. He also served as an elementary school principal and teacher.

Dr. Amadio was very active in numerous professional, community and civic organizations. He was a member of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Sons of Italy Lodge 185 and a founding member of the Italian American Cultural Society. Louis was a parishioner of Saint Anna's Church, a member of the Leominster Lodge of Elks and served on the IC Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. He was a member of the Harvard Superintendents Round Table, and the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School Business Education Enrichment Foundation. Dr. Amadio also served as a member of the Leominster School Committee for eight years.

He received numerous awards in recognition of his accomplishments. Most meaningful to him was the naming of the Dr. Louis R. Amadio Playground located on the grounds of the Johnny Appleseed Elementary School. He received the City of Leominster Citizen of the Year Award, the distinguished Professional Development Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the Fitchburg State College Alumni Award and the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School Friend of Education Award.

Louis was predeceased by his wife of more than 45 years, Janet Ann (Carr) Amadio in December of 2005. Louis is survived by his three children: Paul R. Amadio and his wife Donita and their children, Colton, Natalie and Galen, of Ojai, CA; Mark F. Amadio and his wife Linda and their children Cameron, Cassandra and Cole of Sturbridge, MA; his daughter Ellen Amadio-Aubuchon and her husband Daniel and son Adam of Leominster, MA.

He is also survived by his sister Mary Pazzanese of Spencer, MA, his brother Francis Amadio and his wife Barbara of Bristol, CT, and his sisters Pauline Engell of Westfield, MA, Barbara Raboin and her husband Roger of Lunenburg, MA and Jeanne Antonucci and her husband Robert of West Falmouth and Fitchburg, MA.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 7, 2009, from the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster with a mass at 11 am in St. Anna's Church, 194 Lancaster Street, Leominster. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster will be private at a later date. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2009 from 4-7 pm in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Anna's Church Restoration Fund, 199 Lancaster Street, Leominster, MA 01453 or the Dr. Louis R. Amadio Playground Fund, Johnny Appleseed School, 845 Main Street, Leominster, MA 01453.

Janet Ann (Carr) Amadio
1936 - 2005

Janet Ann (Carr) Amadio, 69, of 300 Atlantic Ave., formerly of 20 Crown St., died Sunday, Dec. 25, in Indian River Memorial Hospital, Vero Beach, Fla.

She was born in Leominster on Aug. 6, 1936, the daughter of Raymond and Natalie (Lawrence) Carr. She was also a graduate of the former Wards Business School in Worcester.

Mrs. Amadio was one of the earliest IBM operators in the area and was one of the youngest ever driver education instructors. During her working career she worked in the accounting department of the Fitchburg Paper Co. in Fitchburg, Carr Bros. Inc. in Leominster, Great American Chemical Co. in Fitchburg and P.J. Keating Co. in Lunenburg.

Mrs. Amadio is survived by her husband, Dr. Louis R. Amadio, former Superintendent of Leominster Public Schools; two sons, Paul R. Amadio and his wife Donita and their children Colton, Natalie, and Gaelen, of Greenfield and Mark F. Amadio and his wife Linda and their children Cameron, Cassandra and Cole of Sturbridge; a daughter. Ellen M. Amadio-Aubuchon and her husband Daniel and their son Adam of Leominster.

Donald F. Gillis           1936  - 2009

Donald F. Gillis, 72, of Lunenburg, died, Feb. 6, in Tennessee while on vacation visiting his sister. Don was born in Leominster on July 10, 1936, a son of the late Francis J. and Rose (Bean) Gillis. He graduated from Fitchburg State College in 1961.

Don was an industrial arts teacher at Littleton High School and the Turkey Hill Middle School in Lunenburg. He was a water commissioner and later became the Superintendent of the Lunenburg Water District a position he held for many years. Don enjoyed life to the fullest. He could build or fix anything, cook hot dogs on Saturdays or chateaubriand from scratch. He enjoyed traveling, especially on his motorcycle, and most of all he loved his many friends who will miss his smile and kind words. His wife, Margot (Morin) Gillis died on August 6, 2008.

He leaves three sisters, Marcia Menard of Tennessee, Susan Kruman of Pennsylvania, and Joan Holohan of Billerica; two brothers, William Gillis and Robert Gillis, both of Maine; a brother-in-law, Anton "Tony" Morin and his wife, Lynn of Hubbardston; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a sister, Nancy Buckalew.

Rose Marie (Cudone) Reedy

1937 - 2007

Rose passed away February 1, 2007, at 69 in Pasadena, Texas.

She was born on April 1, 1937, in Leominster, where she lived for some time after graduation. She later moved to Houston, Texas, then Pasadena.

Mrs. Reedy is survived by her husband, Gil Reedy and two sons, Michael Reedy and Don Reedy; and one daughter, Sheila Briggs, all of Texas. Funeral services were held in Texas with interment in Webster, Texas.


Bruce R. Hietala

1936 - 2006

Bruce R. Hietala, 69, of Rindge, N.H., died Tuesday, April 11, in HealthAlliance Hospital/Leominster, after a long illness.

He was born in Fitchburg on Aug. 5, 1936, the son of the late Toivo E. and Pearl G. (Bateman) Hietala and lived in Ashby before moving to Rindge 20 years ago. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

For many years, Mr. Hietala owned and operated Hietala Logging Co. of Ashby, retiring in 1990.

Mr. Hietala is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Ronalee L. (Lashua) Hietala; two sons, Bruce R. Hietala, Jr. of Winchendon and Craig E. Hietala of Fitzwilliam; four grandchildren, nephews and nieces. His brother, Dennis Hietala of Townsend, predeceased him.

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