1948 -- 2015
Alan Charles Anderson, born on November
20, 1948, passed away after a brave battle against cancer. He
was the son of the late Gene and Jane (Landers) Anderson. Alan
graduated from Leominster High School where he excelled as a
running back in football. After graduation, he entered the
United States Air Force and was stationed in London, England and
he did a tour in Vietnam as the official photographer for The
Stars and Stripes newspaper.
Upon his return to Leominster he joined the work force and
worked at Decatone. He joined the Leominster Police Department
in 1974. He loved protecting his city until his retirement in
June of 2000. He then became the proprietor of Millstream
Liquors in Garner, MA. Alan retired and rekindled his love for
golfing and gardening. He found time to go to his favorite spot
in Vermont to hunt.
He leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Joanne Nousis Anderson;
his daughters, Amanda, (Michael Conlin), Samantha, and Alexis
Anderson (Rod Rodriguez); his son, Gregory (Siearra Antunes).
His granddaughters, Elizabeth, Abigail, Amelia Conlin, and
Jaylynn Paskvan-Anderson; his sister, Susan Delio (James) of
Florida; his former wife, Elaine Martineau of Leominster; many
nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Katherine Nousis; and his
sisters-in law, Virginia Hurtubise and Barbara Lambropoulos.
Douglas "Harpo" J. Wenzel Albert
1948 - 2014
Douglas "Harpo" J. Wenzel Albert, 66, of
Leominster, died October 4, 2014, in HealthAlliance Hospital,
Leominster, after an illness. He was born July 4, 1948, and was
the adopted son of the late Robert and Vivian (Sciabarrasi)
Albert. Douglas was a graduate of St. Cecilia's Elementary
He served in the U.S. Army during the
Vietnam War attaining the rank of SP5, and earning the National
Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation
Medal, with oak leaf clusters; overseas service bar, Vietnam
Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Expert Rifle Badge M14, and
Sharpshooter M16 Rifle Badge. He worked for U.P.S. for 20 years
and then as a Senior Custodian for the Leominster Public School
Douglas is survived by a daughter, Jill
Spinelli of Leominster, a son-in-law, Michael Spinelli of
Leominster, a sister Nancy Wenzel two grandchildren; Michael
Spinelli Jr. and Blake Dobson.
Burial with Military Honors will be held
Thursday, October 9, 2014, in Massachusetts Veterans Memorial
Cemetery,111 Glenallen Road, Winchendon, MA, at a time to be
announced. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2014
in Wright-Roy Funeral Home, Inc., 109 West St., Leominster, from
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
William J. L. Holloway
William J. L. Holloway, 63 years old, died
Monday, April 14, 2014. He is survived by his three
sons:Christopher Brody Holloway of Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
Matthew Holloway of Austin, TX, and Kenneth Holloway and his
fiancée Nicole Boutsianis of Clinton; his parents William J. and
Catherine (Walcott) Holloway of Gloucester, his two sisters Amy
Dean of Kattskill Bay, NY and Jill Holloway of Providence, RI,
and several nephews, a niece, and two great-nieces who all loved
him very much.
Bill was married to Sally Brody Holloway, Diane Clauson
Holloway, and lived in partnership with Pat Shea. He was born
November 10, 1950 in Louisville, KY and had lived in the
Leominster area for many years. He graduated from Leominster
High, where he acted in and staged many fight and stunt scenes
in LHS productions. He traveled west to work as a stuntman
between high school and college, graduating from Antioch College
in 1972. Bill marched to the beat of a different drummer. One of
the best in his vocation as a set up and process technician in
the field of plastic molding, Bill also pursued his avocation as
a documentarian and filmmaker. His projects included: Go the
Distance, which was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,
the Detroit Documentary Film Festival, and won Best Documentary
in the NH Film Festival, and is now used for the training of
physical therapists; Steam Trains Still Running: a History in
Miniature, which captured the world of scale-model live steam
trains; Super Bowl Dreams, which captured a year of small town
Pop Warner football in
Westminster, (all three documentaries have been shown on PBS
stations around the country, including WGBH Boston);
A Voyage to Arcturus, which was a 35 mm science fiction feature
film Bill made while in college with a grant from the
National Endowment for the Arts; Pecos Falls, his son Matt's
feature film which, along with son Ken, Bill produced and
worked on as Director of Photography; Ivanhoe, which was made
with 10th grade classmates at Leominster High School
and neighborhood kids and was highlighted in US Camera magazine
for a national award from Kodak; Phantom of the
Opera, made at Carter Junior High; and many creative short films
and other projects made with family and friends since
he was a boy. Bill was a creative and independent thinker who
broke the mold and did things his own way.
Bill was also fixture on the sidelines of Oakmont Spartans
football games for years, videotaping every play. He was a
lifelong Patriots and Red Sox fan and he adored films from the
Golden Age of Cinema. Bill's passion for cinema was
second only to the love of his sons and his family. He will be
A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 19, 2014.
1950 - 2012
Jane E. (Lawler) Quillin, 62 of
Leominster, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013, in Health Alliance
Leominster Hospital. She was born on May 5, 1950, in Leominster,
MA, was the daughter of James F. and Florence (McGuiggan)
Lawler. Jane was a graduate of Leominster High School, Class of
1968. She was a member of St. Leo’s Parish, in Leominster. She
liked to write poems, and she won and award for one of her
Christmas Poems, which was published in the newspaper. Her
greatest love was her children, grandchildren, family and God.
She is survived by her son Casey P. Quillin and Joanne Norris of
Templeton, two daughters Kelly Beaudoin and her husband Jason of
Fitchburg, Katie Bergeron and her husband Gary of Leominster,
her brother Daniel J. Lawler and his wife Paula of Leominster,
two sisters Linda L. Kastner and her husband Donald of
Winchendon, and Julie G. Lawler of Unity, Maine, five
grandchildren Cody Beaudoin, Noah Beaudoin, Tyler Bergeron,
Samantha Bergeron and James Bergeron. She was predeceased by her
husband Tyrone A. Quillin who died in 2005, her sisters Dorothy
Lawler, and Mary Lou Lawler.
The funeral will be held from the
Wright-Roy Funeral Home 109 West St. Leominster, on Saturday
January 5, 2013, with a funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in St. Leo’s
Church 128 Main St. Leominster, Burial will follow in St. Leo’s
Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours will be Friday, January 4,
2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
1950 - 2012
Jasper R. Chirco, 62 years old, of Leominster died in Saint Anne's
Hospital in Fall River on Saturday, November 17, 2012. He is survived by
his wife Kelly A. (Brown) Chirco, his son Jasper Zachary Chirco of
Fitchburg, his step-daughter Stephanie Lambros of Leominster, his sister
Frances Hatfield of Leominster and nephew Anthony Coyle. He was
predeceased by his sister Paula Coyle in 1977.
Jasper was born April 23, 1950 in Leominster, son of Jasper A. and
Alvera M. (Ciprotti) Chirco and had lived here most of his life. He
received an associate's degree from Mt. Wachusett Community College in
Gardner. He most recently had worked as a poker dealer in Las Vegas.
Prior to that he had owned and operated Jasper's Coffee Shop and the
Little Kitchen both in Leominster.
The funeral will be held from the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral
Home, 106 West Street, Leominster on Saturday, November 24, 2012 with a
funeral mass at 11:00 am in St. Anna's Church, 194 Lancaster Street,
Leominster. Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 23, 2012 from
5-8 pm in the funeral home.
Cheryl A. (Farrow)
1950 - 2012
Cheryl, who most knew as Sherry, passed
away on October 3, 2012 in her home, after a long and courageous
battle with cancer. She was born in Newport, VT, on April 8,
1950, the proud daughter of Helen (Ashe) and Wayne Farrow who
both predeceased her.
Sherry is survived her best friend and husband of 42 years,
Ralph Sacramone; a son David Sacramone and his
wife Kari Sacramone; a daughter Stephanie Scipione and her husband Stephen Scipione;
very special grandchildren Dana, Rebecca, Samantha, Eric Scipione, and Benjamin and Antonia Sacramone;
her sisters Brenda Schrempf and her husband Dennis, Norma Murray,
and her husband Patrick, and Kathy Tyburski.
She also leaves behind several very special nieces,
grand-nieces, nephews, cousins and very close friends who
remained by her side throughout her battle.
Sherry attended several college classes at Mount Wachusett
Community College and Bentley College in Waltham. She worked as
a Human Resources professional for local branches of companies
such as Foster Grant, Simplex, and NEC and finally retired from
IC Federal Credit Union following her most recent illness.
She lived with her family in North Leominster for 35 years
before downsizing and moving to Union Street. She belonged to
Our Lady of the Lake Parish for many years where she taught 3rd
grade CCD for a few years.
Sherry wanted to be remembered for her love of animals, but
especially her four legged, loyal companion Elmo who stayed by
her side when things were unbearable.
The funeral will be held on Friday October
5, 2012 at 11am in St. Anna Church 199 Lancaster St. Leominster,
Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. in Massachusetts Veterans
Memorial Cemetery Glen Allen Road Winchendon. Calling hours will
be today Thursday October 4, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in
the Wright-Roy Funeral Home 109 West St. Leominster.
Alphonse "Ally" C. Piermarini Jr., 60, of Leominster, passed
away Wednesday, September 15, 2010, surrounded by his loving
family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Ally was born on December 30, 1949, son of Alphonse C.
Piermarini Sr. and the late Rita (Brosseau) Piermarini. He
graduated from Leominster High School in 1968, where he enjoyed
participating in the drama and music programs. Ally was a
professional musician, soloist, and composer. His passion for
music provided him the opportunity to play in many bands, and
accompany numerous professionals throughout his career.
Ally is survived by his wife, Christine (Gagne) Piermarini; his
father, Alphonse C. Piermarini Sr. of Leominster; a son, Matthew
Piermarini of Bradenton, FL; three step daughters, Raven
Bergeron and her husband, Paul of Ashburnham, Tasha Hill of
Leominster, Brittany Hill of Leominster; a step-son, Sean Hill
of Gardner; three brothers, Marty Piermarini and his wife,
Victoria of Leominster, Carl Piermarini and his wife, Tina of
Leominster, Steve Piermarini and his wife, Judy of Acton; a
sister, Norma Marshall and her husband, Robert of Lancaster;
four grandchildren, Isaac Bergeron, Chasity Hill, Aalyiah Hill,
Jazlyn Hill; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held at the Leominster Knights of
Columbus, 484 Lancaster Street, Leominster, MA from 1:00 to 4:00
pm. Saturday, September 18, 2010. The family welcomes all to
1949 - 2010
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Brenda M. Royer
1950 - 2009
Brenda died Thursday, November 19, 2009 in
the Health Alliance Leominster Campus after an illness.
She was born in Leominster on June 30,
1950, the daughter of the late Albert and the late Vera (Powell)
Brenda was a lifelong resident of
Leominster. She graduated from the Mount Wachusett Community
College and earned an Associate degree in General Studies and
Liberal Arts. She studied history at the Salem State College,
receiving a Bachelor's degree in 1974 and Master's degree in
1977. She was a proud member of the Salem State College Chapter
of the Historical Honor Society. Brenda worked as Housing
Authority Agent for the Athol Housing Authority in the 1970's,
Rural Housing in Winchendon from 1978 to 1983, and the Fitchburg
Housing Authority from 1983 to 1987. More recently, she worked
for the Executive Office Community Development in Boston from
1987 until March of 2009.
Brenda served on several community boards
across the state in the 1980's. She was a member of the Friends
of the Library group in Gardner and Leominster. Her hobbies
included sewing, knitting, crocheting, reading, and planting her
beautiful rose and tulip gardens each year. She enjoyed watching
baseball games and was a fan of the New York Yankees.
She leaves her companion of thirty-four
years, James M. Hogan of Leominster; several relatives including
her uncles, Wilfred Royer of New Jersey, Raymond Royer of
Fitchburg, Ernest Royer of Gardner; her cousin, Wilfred Royer,
Jr. of New Jersey; and her dear friend, Beth Jeppson of Beverly,
Funeral services will be held Tuesday,
November 24, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Cecilia's Church, 180
Mechanic Street, Leominster. Burial was in St. Anthony's
James J. "Pizza" Maggio, 60 years old, of
Gardner, formerly of Fitchburg and Leominster, died Monday,
February 1, 2010, in his home. He is survived by daughters Sara
Maggio of Emeryville, CA, Jennifer Maggio of Seattle, WA, and
Andrea Maggio of Richmond, VA, son Michael Maggio of New
Orleans, LA, mother Frances (Gabriele) Maggio of Gardner,
sisters Wendy Aucoin of Florida and Cindy Chappron of Rhode
Island, brothers Stephen Maggio of Florida and Frank Maggio of
Mr. Maggio was born August 10, 1949 in
Fitchburg, son of Francesco and Frances (Gabriele) Maggio and
graduated from Leominster High School in 1968. He lived in
Virginia for 10 years before returning to the
Fitchburg/Leominster area 6 years ago. He had most recently been
a salesman at Mattress Giant in Shrewsbury and had also owned
and operated a pizza place in Fitchburg during his youth, though
most of his professional life was spent dedicated to buying and
selling sports memorabilia. He was an avid collector of record
albums, movies and sports memorabilia.
A funeral mass will be held on Friday,
February 12, 2010 at 11:30 AM in St. Anna's Church, 194
Lancaster Street, Leominster. Burial will be in St. Leo's
Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours will be held on Thursday,
February 11, 2010 from 5-8 PM in the Silas F. Richardson & Son
Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster.
1949 - 2010
Wayne R. Davis
1950 - 1970
The last service member from the city who
was killed in Viet Nam action was Spec. 4th Class Wayne Robert
Davis, 20, who was a member of the 1st Calvary Division and had
been in Vietnam for only 13 days when he was killed Aug. 22,
1970 in Binh Duong Province, South Vietnam.
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Alan Plant 1950 - 2009
Alan Francis Plant of Ashburnham and
Leominster died on May 24 from illness while on a cruise near
Anchorage, Alaska. Alan is survived by his wife of 37 years,
Renee Lynn (Snell) Plant, his son Jason, daughter-in-law
Bridget, and grandchildren Jason, Ryan and Abigail. Alan is also
survived by his dear sister and kindred spirit, Deborah
Chouinard, and brothers William and Thomas. Alan was born in
Ludlow, on April 28, 1950, son of William J. and France I.
(Doughty) Plant and graduated from the Leominster Trade School
in 1968. He also attended East Coast Aero Tech in Bedford.
For the last 19 years of his life, Alan
battled many illnesses, including lymphoma for which he provided
hope and guidance for others also afflicted with this cancer. In
1991 he became the first person to undergo a bone marrow
transplant for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at the Dana Farber Cancer
Institute. Bone marrow transplant is now a common and effective
treatment for lymphoma.
A funeral service will be held on Friday,
May 29, 2009 at 10 AM in the Silas F. Richardson &
Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster. Burial will be in
the New Cemetery, in Ashburnham. Calling hours will be held on
Thursday, May 28, 2009 from 2-8 PM in the funeral
1950 - 2008
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Bruce B. Lowe, 57, formerly of
Leominster, born on July 25, 1950, son of Norman and Verna (Buck)
Lowe, passed away on Saturday, April 19.
He graduated from Leominster High School and Quinsigamond
College with an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy. Bruce
worked for Leominster and Burbank hospitals as a respiratory
therapist and served as an auxiliary police officer in Leominster,
as well as a reserve police officer in Shirley. He was recently
employed as an associate customer service engineer with Diebold
Incorporated. Bruce was a lifetime member of St. Mark’s Episcopal
Church, a member of the Leominster Sportsman Club and Lunenburg
Sportsman Club. In his teenage years, he was the drummer of a local
band called The Sound. Bruce was known for his love and compassion
for animals and a deep love for the ocean.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Deborah; daughters, Chardell
and Marissa; a brother, Philip and his wife, Christine; a grandson,
Tucker; an aunt, Erma Buck; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
1949 - 2007
Hendershaw was born in Leominster, Massachusetts on November 16,
of cars got him a job at a local Chevrolet dealership in the neighboring
town of Fitchburg at the age of 18, by 19, he owned his first corvette.
His love of classic cars extended to the present. He was the owner of
one of the finest American car collections in the San Diego area.
The California Real Estate Regional Magazine noted Jim in the early
'90's as one of the top-producing agents in California. He was salesman
of the year for 24 of the 26 years of his tenure at ACI. During this
time Jim assembled a premier and award winning American car collection
that has been duly noted by the American Antique Car Association. His
cars are known to be amongst the rarest and most pristine in condition.
the most important thing in Jim's life was his family. He is survived by
his wife Salijo Alioto Hendershaw, 55, daughter Christina Santa
Hendershaw, 24, son James Jason Hendershaw, 20, and brothers Scott
Hendershaw, 48, and Edward Hendershaw II, 63. He was very proud of his
wife, children and brother Scott.
Maria A. Piccolomini, of San Francisco, died
Feb. 4 in San Francisco.
Maria was born April 29, 1950, in
Leominster. She was a member of the National Association of Women
Business Owners and owned and operated Pelican Delivery Inc. for more
than 20 years.
She leaves a husband. Misiepo Fuaau and son, Abel.
Fuaau. She's survived by her sister of Anna Piccolomini and her parents
Emidio and Concetta Piccolomini.
1949 - 2007
Margaret “Peggy” Armillotti 58 of Leominster died
Tuesday December 25, 2007 in Keystone Center after an illness. She
was born on December 13, 1949 in Leominster, Massachusetts was the
daughter of Luigi and Elizabeth (Buttil) Armillotti. She was a
graduate of Leominster High School Class of 1968. She worked at the
Post Office for 15 years and at Armillotti Shoe Repair. She is
survived by two sons Brian Belliveau of Leominster, and Mark
Belliveau of Edgewater, Florida, 1 daughter Mindy Taylor of
Westminster, Massachusetts, two brothers Dennis Armillotti of
Leominster and Louis Armillotti of California, seven grandchildren
Evan Taylor and Julia Taylor, Brittany Belliveau, Alexis Belliveau,
Alyssa Belliveau, Luke Belliveau, and Seth Saunders.
Mark C. Bowser
1950 - 2002
Mark C. Bowser, 52, of
17 Walker St., Leominster, died at home Aug. 16 2002.Mark
was a self-employed roofing contractor.
Mark was born Aug. 12,
1950, in Leominster, the son of Eugene J. and Doris L.
"Dottie" (Dionne) Bowser, and had lived here all his life. He played
Pop Warner Football for several years. He was a 1968 graduate of
Leominster High School, where he was a standout football player and
He served in the U.S. Air Force as an
aircraft maintenance specialist after attending Air Force Technical
Training School and then being assigned there as an Aircraft
He leaves a son, Matthew Bowser: three brothers, Brad,
Baron and William and two sisters; Anne Smith and Cynthia Valiton
and many nieces & nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother
John in 1971, his father Eugene in 1997; his mother, Doris Simard
and his stepfather Robert Simard in 2001.
Burial was in St. Cecilia's Cemetery.