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Mrs. & Mr. DiGeronimo

Annual 4th of July Picnic

By The Pool in Can Cun

LHS Class of 1967

Vinnie DiGeronimo
1948  -  2013

Jeff and Jmmy

Vincent J. DiGeronimo, known to his friends as "Vinnie," lived on Lake Monomonac for 15 years and ran a marina in Cancun for several years, so his death Monday afternoon was a shock to friends and family.

The 63-year-old retired plumber was found floating in the lake around 1 p.m. Monday at his home at on Lake Monomonac on the New Hampshire border. The experienced boater and swimmer was boating with friends in the 90-degree weather, according to his family and neighbors. When he arrived back at his home, he jumped into the water for a swim to cool down as he routinely did, they said.

Wife Cheryl DiGeronimo, 64, who was inside their home at the time, said when her husband's friends first saw him floating in the water, they thought he was joking around. When emergency personnel arrived at the home — the last on the dead-end street — Mr. DiGeronimo was unresponsive, she said. "He was boating with friends and upon returning he jumped into the water to cool down," Mrs. DiGeronimo said with tears in her eyes. "They looked over and he was doing the dead man's float. They thought he was fooling around. I didn't see him until they were down there doing mouth-to-mouth on him."

Known to his family as "Jimmy," he was the oldest of 12 children — eight of them boys — who grew up in Leominster after moving in 1959.

His twin sisters Joyce Hardell and Janice Paquette from Leominster, who are the youngest of the siblings, said their brother was the patriarch of the family and took care of everyone. Ms. Hardell said she believes her brother had a heart attack in the water. An autopsy is pending, she said. He was close to his three adult sons, who do not live in the area, they said, and loved all his nieces and nephews.

"He treated us like we were his kids," Ms. Hardell said, sitting in the large living room with cathedral ceilings in her brother's home overlooking the lake. "He took care of all of us. He was the patriarch of a large Italian family. He didn't judge people. He loved everyone." And, those who knew him loved him back, the women said. "He was a great guy," Mrs. DiGeronimo said. "He liked doing favors more than he liked getting them. He was a traditional Italian man who took care of me."

Ms. Hardell said her brother was a nature and animal lover who loved the sun. He also looked after his neighbors on the lake, the women said — including the furry ones. "He was known as the 'treat guy,' " Mrs. DiGeronimo said. "All the neighbors' dogs would come here to see him for treats."  A few months ago, the couple adopted a black cat named Thumbelina, though Mrs. DiGeronimo said her husband would always tell her, "no cats." After adopting the feline, he spoiled it, she said, filling the couple's living room floor with cat toys. He also quickly changed its name to "George," she said. "He would always say, 'All cats are named George, and all dogs are named Fred,' " she said.

The DiGeronimos loved to travel, taking frequent trips to South America and the Caribbean.

Years ago, before it closed down, Mr. DiGeronimo ran the Elbow Lounge in Leominster, which his father and brother Thom owned, and he owned a pizza shop, marina and travel agency in Cancun, Mrs. DiGeronimo said, before they married 14 years ago.

Another passion of Mr. DiGeronimo's was Italian cooking and sharing what he made, his family said. "He loved to cook, but he didn't give me any of his recipes," his wife said. "He made a great Italian sauce I don't have the recipe for." "He would get up at 5:30 in the morning and drive to Leominster to give me muffins he made," Ms. Hardell said. "That is just how he was."

He would drop by with fresh Italian food he made from scratch for others, too, she said, including his "second father," Dick Fontaine, known as "Dick the Barber," who has run Dick's Barbershop in Leominster for decades. "After his father died, Dick stepped up and took care of him," his wife said. "He was very close with him." Neighbor Thomas Conrad, who lives a few houses up on Beachview Drive, said he let Mr. DiGeronimo use his driveway and boat launch to put his boat into the water a few months ago. "He was a really nice man," Mr. Conrad said. "He had lots of friends and everyone in the neighborhood liked him."

James E. Beaulieu
1949  -  2012

James "Jim" E. Beaulieu, 63, of Hubbardston, died Friday, November 23, 2012, in UMass Medical Center, after an illness.
Jim was born in Leominster, MA on January 8, 1949, son of the late George P. and Ruth (Grabner) Beaulieu. Jim was co-captain of his Leominster High School football team. He furthered his education by attending and graduating from Springfield College.

Jim was an avid sports fan and rarely missed a Patriots game. He also enjoyed coaching track at Leominster High School, where he met his wife of 27 years, Noreen, who was also a track coach there. Jim was employed in the medical field at XRE and Medtronic Navigations in Littleton, MA. He was a dedicated worker who was proud of the company's innovative work on x-ray machines.

His 63 years were full of adventures. He traveled cross-country, hiked Mt. Washington and enjoyed the outdoors through camping, hiking, ice fishing, snowmobiling and skiing. He spent every summer enjoying Lake Shirley. He could be found most days driving his boat around the lake and catching up with old friends. Jim loved to cook for family gatherings and enjoyed spending time with his relatives, especially his four children and grandchildren. He was adored by friends and family alike. Jim will be sadly missed and always remembered for his kind and generous heart and his laughter that brought joy to others.

He leaves his loving wife of 27 years, Noreen (McLaughlin) Beaulieu; sons, Kevin J. Beaulieu and wife, Sara, Jonathan J. Beaulieu; daughters, Tanya Clark and husband, Cory, Amanda Lee Beaulieu and companion, John DiMauro; grandchildren, Ian and Elle Clark, and Ally Reynolds; brothers, Peter Beaulieu, Larry Beaulieu and wife, Melanie, John Beaulieu and wife, Jacqueline; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Frances McLaughlin. Jim was predeceased by his sister, Sally Beaulieu in 2004.

The Burial was private.

William "Bill" E. Storm

1947  -  2012

William E. Storm, 65, of Lunenburg, died Sunday, Sept. 23, in the Emerson Hospital in Concord after a long illness.

Bill was born in Fitchburg, on July 7, 1947 the son of the late Elwood and Madeline (Donaldson) Storm. He graduated from Leominster High School and has lived in Lunenburg for the past 30 years. He owned and operated Storm Carpet for 30 years prior to his retirement. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed boating on Lake Shirley. Most of all he enjoyed his time spent with family and friends.

He leaves his wife of 34 years, Pamela (Huse) Storm of Lunenburg; a son Andrew D. Storm and his wife Sara (Capodagli) of Fitchburg; his brother-in-law, Charles Huse and his wife Joanne of Fitchburg, a nephew, Robert Huse and his wife Catherine of Luneburg and a niece, Charlotte Huse of Cambridge.

Bill's funeral will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 11 AM in United Parish on Main St. in Lunenburg. Burial will be in the North Village Cemetery in Lancaster. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lunenburg Fire and Rescue Fund, 655 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg, MA 01462. The Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd. is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.

Sharon L. (Burchstead) Chartrand

1949  -  2012


Sharon L. (Burchstead) Chartrand 62 of Gardner, formerly of Florida and Leominster, died Monday March 19, 2012 in Legends Center in Gardner, MA surrounded by her family. She was born on October 30, 1949 in Leominster, MA, was the daughter of Warren and Ruth (MacDonald) Burchstead. Sharon worked as a dental assistant for Aspen dental. She is survived by her two sons, Jeremy McHugh and his fiance Rachael Holden of Athol, MA, and Eric Chartrand of Gardner,MA, two daughters Heather McHugh of Chicopee, MA, and Stephanie Chartrand of Hollywood, Florida, a brother Richard "Dick" Burchstead of Leominster, a sister Barbara Bovenzi of Lunenburg her companion Clark Chartrand of Gardner, MA , her grandchildren Grant Richardson III, Hope Dolan, Dustin Holden, Kelsi McHugh, and Karlee McHugh, a great-granddaughter Melody Dolan.

After cremation at Rural Crematory in Worcester. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday March 30, 2012 in the Wright-Roy Funeral Home 109 West St. Leominster, MA, Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Leominster. A calling hour will precede the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.

Michael E. Imbriani Sr.

1948  -  2011

Mike, 63, died Saturday, October 22, in Mass. General, after a short illness.

Michael was born April 18, 1948, in Leominster, son of the late Michael and Sara (George) Imbriani.

He proudly worked as a Dispatcher for the City of Leominster Department of Public Works for 39 years retiring in 2008.

Michael enjoyed being with his family above anything else. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and friendliness.

He leaves his wife of 30 years, Vanessa L. (Hakala) Imbriani; son, Michael E. Imbriani, Jr. and his wife, Lexy; daughter, Erin Davis and her husband, Mark; three grandchildren, Angelina, Juliana Davis and Lily Imbriani; his sister, Maryann Panagiotes; many nieces and nephews.

Mike's funeral will be held Thursday, October 27, at 10:00 A.M. in Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday, October 26, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home.

James A. Valeri    1949 - 2010

James A. Valeri, 62, of Fitchburg, died Friday, July 15, in his home.

Jim was born February 17, 1949, in Leominster, son of the late Nelson and Irene (Angelini) Valeri. Mr. Valeri graduated from Leominster High where he excelled on the football team.

He was a member of the Saladini Club and enjoyed playing bocce.

He lived in Central Florida and Washington, D.C. during his life, in addition to Leominster and Fitchburg.

He leaves his daughter, Jodi Valeri and her husband, Brian Heberlig of McLean, VA; his wife, Ana M. Ventura and her children, Aneury Duarte of Fitchburg, Ivan Duarte of Leominster, and Albert Guerrero of Fitchburg; four grandchildren, Quinn, Marin, and Beck Heberlig, and Christopher Guerrero; his brother, Nelson Valeri of Leominster; and his sister, Kim Logan of Leominster.

Mark Conroy  1947 - 2010

Mark passed away Nov 10 2010. He died in a motorcycle accident in Georgia. His family is planning a memorial service for Sunday afternoon at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Marietta, GA. Final details forthcoming.

Susan J. Fontaine  1948  -  2010

Susan passed away peacefully on July 5, 2010 in her home. She was born on Aug. 19, 1948, the daughter of the late Charles E. Fontaine and Noemi “Amy” (Bisol) Fontaine. She worked for the Rockport Shoe Company for 10 years, and was a member of St. Cecilia’s Church.

She leaves her mother, Noemi “Amy” (Bisol) Fontaine, with whom she lived; three brothers, Charles Fontaine, Andre A. Fontaine, Paul F. Fontaine; three nephews, Christopher Fontaine, Nicolas Fontaine, Paul Fontaine Jr; one niece, Nicole Daly; and her great nieces and nephews, Lauren, Alexander, Ellie, and Julia.

The funeral will be held in St. Cecilia’s Church on Friday, July 9, with a Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery. Brandon Funeral Home is directing arrangements.

Ronald P. Belliveau

1949  -  2009

Ronald P. "Belly" Belliveau, 60, of Leominster, died Friday evening at his sister's home in Lunenburg, after an illness. He was a happy-go-lucky guy, loved by all and he will be missed. He was born June 11, 1949 in Fitchburg, MA son of Raymond and Pauline (Martin) Belliveau. He served in the United States Marine Corp. from 1967 until 1969, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. Mr. Belliveau worked at American Hanger, Sanitank, and for the last 18 years at Need-A-Lift.. He is survived by two sons, Justin Belliveau and Tyler Belliveau both of Leominster, two brothers Kenneth Belliveau and his wife Patti of Leominster, Jerry Belliveau and his wife Sandra of Vermont, two sisters, his caregiver, Nancy LeBlanc and her husband Dave of Lunenburg, and Lynn Farnham and her husband Brian of Shirley, 13 nieces and nephews, 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Katherine Howe

1949  -  2008

Katherine Howe, 60, died September 30, 2009 at her home in Leominster. She was born May 29, 1949 in Leominster, daughter of Richard and Mildred H. (Hart) Howe. She was an Administrative Assistant at Photo Graphic Media. Katherine was a 1967 graduate of Leominster High School, A graduate of Newton Jr. College and Boston University. She was a good photographer, stamp collector, and had also played the Clarenet in the LHS Band. She is survived by two brothers, Harry Howe and his wife Rachel of Leominster and Thomas Howe and his wife Jenni of Holden, one sister Virginia Howe and husband Paul Poyant of Acton, MA, and nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Paul R. Camire

1948 -  2008

Paul R. Camire 60 of Gardner, died Monday December 29, 2008 in his home. He was born on August 8, 1948 in Leominster, MA, was the son of Honore L. and Bernadette (Gariepy) Camire. He was a graduate of Leominster High School and Mount Wachusett Community College. He worked for the Rand Whitney Co in Fitchburg and the Simplex Time Recorder Co. before retiring. Mr. Camire was a car and motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed outdoor sports. He is survived by his mother Bernadette Camire of South Yarmouth, MA, a son Paul Camire of Medford, MA, four brothers Andre B. Camire of Leominster, Robert L. Camire of Jaffrey, N.H., Thomas J. Camire of East Dennis, MA, and William R. Camire of Winchendon, MA.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in St. Cecilia Cemetery in Leominster. Wright-Roy Funeral Home 109 West St. in Leominster is directing arrangements. 

Deborah K. (Kinsey) Rosa

1949 - 2008

Deborah K. (Kinsey) Rosa, 59, died Sunday at Leominster Hospital surrounded by her loving family, after being stricken ill at home.

She was born in Leominster on July 21, 1949, the daughter of Joseph and Genevieve Kinsey. She leaves her loving husband of 40 years, Dennis Rosa; a son, Scott and his wife Dawn (McGillivary) Rosa of Attleboro; and a daughter, Amy and her husband Paul Roux of Clinton; a sister Lisa LaPrade and her husband Mark of Leominster; four grandchildren and one grandchild on the way, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, mother and a brother.

She was the Chief Financial Officer for American Auto Body Repair Inc., and was Co-Owner of DJ's Discount Auto Body Supplies and Accessories. She loved politics and helped run her husband's political campaigns for over 20 years, and also assisted the candidates she supported for offices: locally, county, state, and nationally. She always said that Politics was her "Favorite Sport."

Burial was in St. Leo's Cemetery, Leominster.

Charles Conefrey, Jr.


1949  -  2008


Charles Martin Conefrey, Jr., 59, of Tallahassee, Florida had lived in Leominster and was a Hudson teacher. Chuck died on June 3, 2008, unexpectedly in Tallahassee. He leaves behind his loving daughter, Erin N. Conefrey of Lynn, Massachusetts; his son, Charles M. Conefrey, III of San Diego, California; three sisters, Frances R. Moniz,  Shirley A. Hudson, and Mariann Rosa of Leominster; several nieces, grandnieces, and one grandnephew. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert H. Conefrey who passed away on March 3, 2008.

Mr. Conefrey was born on February 3, 1949 in Leominster, son of Charles M. and Gretchen (Holbrook) Conefrey, Sr. He graduated from Fitchburg State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He then received a Masters Degree in education and a Masters Degree in Administration. Chuck served as an educator and later as an administrator in the Hudson Public School System. In 2000, he was semi-retired and moved to Florida with his beloved dog Callie. He later became a regional sales manager for Sears and Roebuck Co. until his death.

Harold H. Lowe


1949  - 2007

Harold, 58, of 959 Lancaster St. in Leominster died on Friday Sept. 7, 2007, in U Mass Memorial Hospital in Worcester.

He was born on April 6, 1949. in Fitchburg, son of Harold T. and Barbara ( Hoellrich) Lowe Jr. He attended Fitchburg State College, before going into the United States Army.

Mr. Lowe and his father were partners in Mastercraft Boat Co. - Truck Cap of Leominster.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Jean F. (Snow) Lowe of Leominster; his mother, Barbara (Hoellrich) Lowe of Leominster; his son, Nicholas H. Lowe of Leominster; sisters, Linda H. Dailey and Susan P. Downing both of Leominster; 10 nieces and nephews and two great-nephews.

Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery in Lancaster.

Dennis L. Brooks


1949  -  2003

Dennis died in Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, after an illness. He was born in Leominster, the son of Lloyd F. and Rosilda (Fluet) Brooks. He lived in Leominster and served in the Army in Viet Nam. He was buried in St. Cecelia's Cemetery.


Reed M. Pelletier

1949  -  2006

Reed died in UMass Memorial Health Care-Clinton Hospital after becoming ill at work. He was born in Leominster, the son of Raymond R. and Lena A. (Scarale) Pelletier. He attended the former Worcester Junior College. He was buried in St. Leo’s Cemetery, Leominster.


Ronald J. Freda    1948 -1997

Ron Freda died Wednesday October 15, 1997 at the Leominster Hospital after becoming ill at home. The son of Felicia and Pasquale Freda, he was born September 1, 1948 in Leominster and lived here his whole life.

His military service, including Viet Nam, earned him a Purple Heart, Viet Nam Service Medal, Viet Nam Campaign Ribbon and Combat Medic Badge.

After working for several years as an Optician at Northeast Optical Co., he became disabled in 1977.

He helped Co-Found the Viet Nam Veterans of America, Post 116. He was a member of the Disabled Veterans of America.

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Class of '67