Wayne A. Gaetz
1946  -  2013

Wayne A. Gaetz passed away in  Elkridge, Maryland.

Wayne was married and spent many years in Japan as a civil service employee in Tokyo and US Army Base Camp Zama.


Irving "Irky" Hines

1946  -  2013

Irving "Irky" E. Hines, 66 years old, of Fitchburg, formerly of Leominster, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in his home, after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Ann "Lori" (Trainor) Hines; a daughter, Kimberly Guy and her husband, Arthur; two sons, Matthew Hines and his wife, Amanda, and Sean Hines and his wife, Kim Wilson; a brother, Joseph Hines of Ashburnham; and four grandchildren, Stephanie Guy, Brianna Guy, Devon Gaughan, and Cameron Hines.

He was predeceased by three sisters, Mary Abreu, Catherine McCaffrey and Dorothy McCaffrey.

Irky was born June 22, 1946 in Leominster, son of Joseph and Gladys (Newman) Hines, and graduated from Leominster High School in 1964. He had been a warehouse manager for various distribution centers, most recently at Martignetti in Norwood. Irky was a longtime coach in Little League Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball and youth basketball in Leominster, and had been a softball umpire for over 25 years.

He was a former member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Leominster.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11 am in the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013 from 6-8 pm in the funeral home.

Webmaster's Note: Irky was ALWAYS a great guy! I met him in the mid sixties on Spec Pond at Peggie Doyle's camp.  He and T.J. and the rest of the BBall Team use to treat us younger kids really well and were well liked by everyone!


Donald W. Jensen

1946  -  2012

Donald W. Jensen, 66, of Leominster, died Friday, November 23, 2012 in HealthAlliance Leominster Hospital. He was born January 5, 1946, son of the late Bennett and Lillian (Griffin) Jensen. Donald was a 1964 graduate of Leominster Trade High School. He was a former member of the Army National Guard, and a former member of the Franco American War Veterans. Don worked as a parts clerk at NAPA Auto Parts.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marlene M. (Lavoie) Jensen, of Leominster, a brother, David E. Jensen, of Clinton, MA; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Donna (Jensen) Johnson.

Calling hours will be held, Monday, November 26, 2012, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Wright-Roy Funeral Home, Inc., 109 West St., Leominster. Cremation will take place in Rural Crematory, Worcester.

Sue Gardner

The Apple Lady

Susan J. Gardner, 60, of Leominster, died at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006.

She was born on Feb. 27, 1946, daughter of Arlene E. (Pierce) Gardner and the late James A. Gardner. She was a Charter Member of the Friends of Sholan Farms where she enjoyed leading school groups and was affectionately called “The Apple Lady.” In 2001, she starred in the independent film, “We’ve Got Johnny.” She brought humor to her role as the all-knowing apple expert. She was also a member of the Leominster Historical Society, Nashaway Genealogical Society and the Leominster United Methodist Church.

Sue was kind enough to give me a personal tour of the Apple Farm on a visit to Leominster in 2003, I think, and she helped support this website until her death.  Tommy D.

1946 - 2006
Susan's Mom passed away
See (LHS 39)

Susan's Aunt Joan ( Pierce ) Fogel
LHS '50

Carol (McCulloch) Cirillo

1946  -  2011

Carol (McCulloch) Cirillo, a resident of Westwood for the past eighteen years, died Sunday, September 18, 2011 after a brief illness.

Carol was born in  Northampton, MA, the daughter of the late Malcolm McCulloch and the late Catherine (Dolan) McCulloch. She was the sister of the late Alan T. McCulloch.

Carol graduated from the  University of  Massachusetts  in  1968, and later earned a Master’s in Library Science from the University of  Rhode Island.  She worked as a teacher in the Boston public schools, a library assistant at the Vineyard Haven Public Library and as a library media specialist in the Waltham   public schools before beginning her long association with the Belmont Day School in Belmont, MA.

Carol was a much loved school librarian at Belmont Day School  and was the senior faculty member at the school where she began working in 1981. Carol was also the school’s enrichment assembly coordinator, a member of the “greening” committee and an integral part of the admissions team. She taught students to knit, was birthday book coordinator, and was the unofficial school historian and keeper of the institutional  memory. In her years  at  Belmont Day, Carol was also a second grade teacher, a reading and math specialist  and for several years was Lower School Coordinator.   Above all she was a friend and advisor to countless students, teachers and colleagues.

Carol was an expert knitter, a gardener and a dog lover. She enjoyed “fine dining” trips to Manhattan and vacation trips to Block Island, Chatham and Mt. Desert Island, Maine. Her favorite trips were always those to Los Angeles to visit her son, Tom, a graduate student at USC.

Carol is survived by her husband of thirty years, Jerry Cirillo of Westwood and her son, Thomas Cirillo.

John S. " Johnny" Moore

1947  -  2011

John “Johnny” Moore, 64 passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011 in his home. Johnny was born March 3, 1947, in Leominster, and lived there all his life.

He was an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso. He taught and passed his gift on to many area musicians over the years, teaching guitar at Metro Music in Leominster and from his home. He excelled on the acoustic guitar and harmonica, interpreting the songs of Bob Dylan, Mississippi John Hurt and many other folk and blues artists. His own compositions spoke of the working class struggle of life growing up in Leominster, and he recorded several songs in Boston on the PEK label.

He played and performed with several bands all over New England. Most notably, the DEL-MARS. The Saturday night TAG dances at Leominster City Hall in the sixties are etched in the memories of many people who fell in love and danced to their music. Johnny, along with the Del-Mars opened shows for Bobby Vee and Little Eva at City Hall and Canobie Lake Park. He also played shows with Muddy Waters, Tom Rush, Carl Perkins, The Everly Brothers, Pete Seger, Don McClean and played in Mark Marquis’ annual Christmas Benefit for needy families in the Leominster-Fitchburg area. It was Johnny’s velvet voice and range, that won over many life long fans in the area. Not only talent, but his charm, humor and infectious laugh that made friends along the highway of life.

He will be greatly missed by all those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him. He leaves behind his mother, Irene B. (Brow) Moore of Winchendon and is predeceased by his father, John R. Moore. A brother, Michael D. Moore of Fitchburg, three sisters, Nancy E. Williams of Fitzwilliam, NH., Maureen L. Moore of Charlestown, MA., and Patricia A. Cormier of Royalston, MA. His daughter, Melissa L. Moore of Fitchburg, two sons, Nathan J. Moore of Boston and Jonathan M. “Fin” Moore of Brooklyn, NY. His former wife, mother of his children, and life long friend Sarah A. Gurley Brown. His two grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Jared F. Bourque and Sylvie H. Moore. Aunts, uncles and many nieces, nephews and close friends.     Burial was in St. Leo’s Cemetery Leominster.

Dr. Lee Anne (Finkelstein) Berry

1946  -  2007

Corrales, New Mexico - Dr. Lee Anne Berry died unexpectedly at her home in Corrales, New Mexico on Jan 26, 2007. She was born December 29, 1946, in the Panama Canal Zone, to Leon Finkelstein and Janet (Lehman) Finkelstein. She received her MD degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1972.
She spent most of her medical career as a Family Practitioner in Dover-Foxcroft, where she lived and worked from 1975 until 1994. That year she moved to New Mexico, where she continued to practice family medicine in the Albuquerque area up to the time of her death.
Dr. Berry will be remembered for her devotion to maternity care. She was involved in over 1,000 births in the Dover-Foxcroft area during her 20 year career here. She believed in empowering women to make their own choices about their health care, especially during pregnancy and childbirth. She worked tirelessly to improve the quality of obstetrical care, first at the old Mayo Memorial Hospital, and from 1978 on, at Mayo Regional Hospital. She supportted local midwives in performing home births and attended a number of home births herself.
When not involved with her children and patients, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, and her pets, especially her horses.
She is survived by one daughter, Rachael Myers and her husband, Randall Myers of Pittsfield, Mass; 2 sons, Jim Berry of Cambridge, Mass and Jason Berry of Dover-Foxcroft; 4 grandchildren, Kaylee Myers and Jackson Myers of Pittsfield, Hannah Campbell of Dexter, and Isaac Berry of Bath, Maine; one sister, Melissa St. Pierre of New Hampshire; 2 brothers, David Finkelstein of Florida, Ken Finkelstein of Connecticut; her mother, Janet Finkelstein of Georgia; her friend and life companion Bruce Traeger of Corrales, New Mexico; and several nephews.
She is greatly missed by her family, friends, medical colleagues, patients, and pets.


Domenica M. (Torcoletti) Kolb

1946 - 2009

Domenica "Donna" M. (Torcoletti) Kolb, 63 years old, died of pancreatic cancer, on Saturday, August 1, 2009. She is survived by her husband of 39 years Ronald W. Kolb, her son Kyle K. Kolb, her sister Rita A. Bartlett, her brother Phillip J. Torcoletti, a niece Kelly Bruno and a special grandnephew Matthew Bruno. She also is survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her daughter Kris K. Kolb in 1999 and her brother Selmo M. Torcoletti in 2000. She was born in Leominster, on July 7, 1946, to Selmo and Madaline (Orsini) Torcoletti and was a life long resident.

She was a member of St. Anna's Church in Leominster. Donna had worked as an administrative assistant at Crown Enterprises in Leominster.

Sandra A. Couture Leominster, active in theater community; 61 LEOMINSTER Sandie, 61, of Leominster, died Wednesday, October 8th, at the Leominster Health Alliance Hospital, after a brief illness.

Her three children survive her: Christopher Couture, Candace Graves and Nicole Couture with whom she lived. She leaves her brother, Raymond Brosseau with whom she also lived and her sister, Linda Marrone. She also leaves her grandchildren, Justice and Hunter Graves and many nieces and nephews. Her husband, John passed in 1989.

Sandie was born on January 2, 1947, daughter of the late Raymond J. and Sundina V. (Salvi) Brosseau. She was a lifelong resident of Leominster. Sandie was greatly involved" in theater and gave local audiences countless years of memorable performances on many stages throughout the area. Her career began as a nightclub singer with Sounds Unlimited in 1961. In 1976, she hit the stage in her first theatrical role. Over the next 30 plus years, her talent and creative spirit, whether on stage or off, played a vital part of countless productions. Sandie was a member of New Players Theatre Guild where she created "Showstoppers", a traveling group of vocalists who brightened numerous events and gatherings with their talent. For many years, Sandie was also an intricate part of the Saint Joseph's PTA shows, and was the director of their choir. For over 10 years, she was the drama teacher at Julie Country Day School in Leominster, and most recently was the drama director at Oakmont High School and Toy Town Elementary School in Winchendon. She delighted in sharing her talent and passion for theater with children and teens. At Theatre at the Mount in Gardner, Sandie wore numerous hats during her 20 plus years of dedication. Mount audiences know her most notably for her portrayal of Mother Superior in the Nunsense series, a role she was currently playing for the 5th time in "Nunsensations". Her roles behind the scenes included director, choreographer, music director, costume and set painter to name a few. Her artistic vision and enthusiasm for bringing a show from book to stage was contagious and admired by all.

Sandra (Brosseau) Couture

1947 - 2008

 Nothing was more important to Sandie than her family, and most recently her precious grandsons who were her pride and joy. She delighted in each and every moment that she spent with them. All will miss Sandie's talent, generosity, selfless spirit, and passion for life. COUTURE Calling hours will be on Sunday, October 12, 2 to 6 p.m. at the Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg. A funeral service will be held Monday, October 13, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 46 Woodland St., Fitchburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sandie Couture Scholarship Fund, c/o Digital Credit Union, 1123 Central St., Leominster, MA 01453.

Virginia (Grubb) Sterritt

1947 - 2007


Virginia Grubb Sterritt, died last week at her home in lower Manhattan.

Born in Leominster, Ginnie moved to Boston to attend Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree and a Masters of Education. She was a senior paralegal with the New York firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. An actor, writer, director and producer, Ginnie was a key student of the famous HB Studio and a principal member of the theater group, Love Creek. Following the events of 9/11/2001, Ginnie became active in the parish of Trinity/St. Paul's in lower Manhattan, committed to healing the wounds left on her community that day.

She is survived by her twin sons, Craig and Jeremy Sterritt; their father, David Sterritt (divorced in 2002); her daughter-in-law, Tanya Van Sant; her mother, Loretta Grubb; and her four brothers, Robert, Lawrence, Paul, and Russell.


Charlotte (Davis) Howe

1947 - 2007

Charlotte Davis Howe
Died December 7, 2004
in Northampton, MA

Notice sent by Pete Howe 




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