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Lawrence W. Dion

1941  -  2014

The family deeply and sadly regret to inform family and friends of the passing of Lawrence W. Dion, 73 years old, of Leominster, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his home of 50 years.

He is survived by his wife, Carol (Lucier) Dion; son, Scott Dion of Leominster; daughter, Donna Cormier and her husband, John of Ashby; brother, Francis Dion of West Boylston; three grandchildren, Theresa McEndarfer of Boca Raton, FL, Brittany Cormier and Ryan McEndarfer, both of Ashby; and a great-grandson, James McEndarfer.

Larry was born March 15, 1941 in Leominster, son of Frank and Florence (Miller) Dion and was a lifelong resident. He was a member of Leominster High School Class of 1959. Larry worked at Foster Grants Co. in Leominster, Luxtex in West Boylston, Aero Plastics in Leominster and Lance Corp. in Hudson.

Larry enjoyed gardening, outdoor activities, "Friends Night Out" with friends of over 50 years, going to the casino, and playing cribbage. He also loved going to Strawberry Park in Connecticut with his kids and grandkids and spending his summers in Wells, Maine for 13 years.

DION -- A funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11 am in Holy Family of Nazareth Church, 750 Union Street, Leominster. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 6-8 pm in the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HealthAlliance Home Health and Hospice, 25 Tucker Drive, Leominster, MA 01453.

Note: I couldn't find a yearbook picture for him. Help anybody?

Robert C. Chester
1941  -  2013

Robert C. Chester, 72 years old, of Leominster, died Wednesday, November 13, 2013, in the Golden Living Center in Fitchburg.

He is survived by his son, Byron Chester; granddaughter, Kanisha Newby of Leominster; three brothers, Richard Chester of Leominster, David Chester and his wife, Marie of Leominster, and Peter Chester of Wallingford, CT; a sister, Helen "Jackie" Chester of Pepperell; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn (Scanes) Chester, daughter, Kelly Newby, two brothers, George Chester, Jr. and Gerald Chester, and two sisters, Dorothy Jones and Joanne Teixeira.

Robert was born May 22, 1941 in Leominster, son of George and Dorothy (Dupee) Chester, and was a lifelong resident. He served in the U.S. Army, and then served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Staff Sergeant. Robert had worked in the Maintenance Department for Mass. Electric for several years. He belonged to various veterans' organizations in the area.

Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster.

Charlotte (Fiffy) Siart

 1941 - 2000

Charlotte, 59 years old, died July 24th, a Monday evening, after an illness at the Birchwood Care Center. Though born in Fitchburg February 27, 1941 she was raised in Leominster, the daughter of Lorraine A. (Croteau) Fiffy and Charles Fiffy. She won an award for perfect attendance for all 4 years at Leominster High School. She moved to Nashua and Hudson for short times and then to Fitchburg for the last 36 years.

After working for several years at Fort Devens in Purchasing and Contracting while raising her family,   with the help of her children Bruce and Donna she then became the owner / operator for 18 years of the Park Variety across from Coolidge Park. After an illness she retired in 1999.

She was a member of the Christian Science Church in Fitchburg and the Christian Science Mother Church in Boston.

Besides her father living in Leominster, she leaves her husband of 40 years, Robert W. Siart, two sons, Bruce and Brian and two daughters, Tina Siart Boylan and Rhonda J. Edmonds; two brothers, John C. Fiffy and Paul W. Fiffy; a sister Linda A. Tata and three grandchildren.

After Cremation, a private Funeral Service was held at the Bosk Funeral Home.

Marion A. (Hasenstein) Watson    1940 -  2007

Marion A. (Hasenstein) Watson, 67, of Leominster, died at her home on Monday, Dec. 17, after a brief illness.

She was the wife of Douglas L. Watson, to whom she was married for 38 years, and the daughter of the late Karl C. Hasenstein Jr. and Alice (Matthews) Hasenstein Sanborn. She was born on June 5, 1940, in Fitchburg, and was a lifelong resident of Leominster.

Marion was formerly employed by George S. Carrington Company as a mail handler and collator for 26 years until its closing in 1986. After that, Marion enjoyed babysitting her grandchildren, as well as the children of close family friends until her passing.

She was a lifelong member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Leominster, where she taught Sunday school for 49 years. She was instrumental in the re-opening of St. Mark’s Thrift Shop in 1994, after being closed for many years, and prepared many foods to be offered to those in need at the thrift shop, where she donated her time on Saturday mornings. She enjoyed gardening and canning, and was the recipient of many awards from the Bolton, Sterling and Spencer fairs. She earned a lifetime achievement award for various contributions to the Bolton Fair.

Survivors include her husband; her two daughters, Jennifer J. Booth and her husband, Ronald, of Leominster, Kristin L. Dube and her husband, David, of Leominster; and her stepson, Todd W. Buttermore and his wife, Jill, of Pleasant Hill, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Nicholas Rice, Lauren and Megan Dube, Samantha and Parker Booth, Skylar and Alika Buttermore; brother, Karl C. Hasenstein Sr. and his wife, Jean, of Leominster; sister, Joan E. Bray and her husband, Robert, of Leominster; many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral service to be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 60 West St., Leominster, on Friday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 60 West St., Leominster, MA 01453, or Ginny’s Thrift Shop, 52 Mechanic St., Leominster, MA 01453. The Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West St., Leominster, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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