1955 - 2012

Jeanne L. (Howard) Gagne, 56, of Leominster, died Friday, June 15, 2012, in the Life Care Center of Leominster after a lengthy illness. Jeanne was born on Dec. 31, 1955, in Leominster, daughter of Herman W. and Aline D. (Rafuse) Howard and was a lifelong resident.

She had worked at the former Digital Corp several years ago and was a member of the Leominster Assembly of God.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Kevin P. Gagne; her son, Drew Gagne of Leominster; her daughter, Sarah Graham and husband, Ryan of Fitchburg; three sisters, Carolyn Chase of Salem, NH, Nancy Richard of Fitchburg and her twin sister, Jayne Franklin of Lunenburg; two grandchildren, Zachary Graham and Ethan Graham. She was predeceased by her brother, Harrison Howard in 1983.

The Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home directed arrangements.

LAKE TAHOE, Nevada -- Steven J. Salvatelli, passed away following an illness on December 31, 2010. He was at his home surrounded by loved ones when he passed.

Steven was born in Leominster, MA on February 10, 1955, the first of five sons of Geno and Mary (Muldoon) Salvatelli. He was a graduate of Leominster High School in 1974 and a U.S. Marine Corp veteran. Steven was a longtime manager of the Tahoe Cigar Company.

Steven is survived by his wife of 36 years, Debra (Moniz) Salvatelli; his daughter, Talia Rose and son-in-law, Kristopher McDevitt; and two grandsons, Lukus and Eeden of Reno, NV; his parents, Geno & Mary Salvatelli of Leominster, MA; and his four brothers, Richard and Ronald of Leominster, MA, David and his wife, Liliana, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Thomas and his wife Lisa, of Lancaster, MA; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Burial was at Fernley Military Cemetery, Fernley, NV.

Steven J. Salvatelli

1955 - 2010

Robert E. Bigney

1956 - 2010

Robert E. “Biggs” Bigney, 54 years old, of Leominster died Saturday, August 14, 2010 in HealthAlliance-Leominster Hospital after an illness.

He was born in Leominster on May 9, 1956, son of Robert C. and Grace L. (McInnis) Bigney and was a life long resident. Biggs graduated from Leominster High School in 1974 and attended Cape Cod Community College. He had worked as a dispatcher in the trucking industry for many years.

A gathering in memory of Biggs will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2010, in the Knights of Columbus Members Club, 484 Lancaster St., Leominster, from Noon - 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Girls & Boys Club of North Central MA, 365 Lindell Ave., Leominster, MA 01453.

Charles "Chuck" Lowe, Jr., 53, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2008, after a tragic accident. He was born on March 2, 1955, in Leominster. He and his wife Vickie relocated to Oxnard in 1979. Chuck was a longtime resident of Nyeland Acres. He always had a smile on his face and was friendly to everyone. We all knew Chuck was around when we heard his big white mechanic truck coming down the street. He was a master mechanic and never hesitated to help with good advice, lending a tool or helping by fixing it himself. Chuck was also very instrumental in the relocation and rebuilding of Garden Acres Mutual Water Company. He was a strong advocate for improving conditions in Nyeland Acres, from street lights to street sweeping. Chuck was always there for his community.

When the big Santa Claus from Santa Barbara needed a new home, Chuck thought it was a great idea to move him to Nyeland Acres on the water company property. Chuck helped with the design and building of our little "Santa Park." Every year the community has a toy giveaway to the children of Nyeland Acres at Santa Park. Chuck was always there with his Santa hat handling out toys to the kids. Nyeland Acres is a better place because of Chuck and he will be sorely missed by all the residents.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie, daughter, Ashlie, and son, Charles III, all of Oxnard. He is also survived by his parents, Charles and Alice Lowe; brother, Mark Lowe; sisters, Cathy Russell, Deanne Filerman and Alison Smith; mother-in-law, Virginia Prest ; along with several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many other family members and treasured friends.

Charles Lowe Jr.

1955 - 2008




Bryan J. Beaudette       1956 - 2009

Bryan "Beau" J. Beaudette, 53 years old, of Fitchburg, formerly of Leominster, died Saturday, April 18, 2009 in the UMass Memorial Medical Center-University Campus in Worcester after an illness. He was a loving husband to his wife of 20 years Karen A. (Tusia) Beaudette, and a devoted father to his son Eric J. Beaudette of Fitchburg. Bryan is also survived by his mother Gloria J. (Lanciani) Beaudette of Leominster, his sister Debra J. Martunas and her husband Richard of Worcester, 3 nieces Jessica Martunas of Worcester, Kelly and Marisa Dunn both of Ashburnham, and 2 nephews Nicholas and Richard Martunas both of Worcester. He also leaves many relatives and friends.

Bryan was born in Leominster, on February 22, 1956, son of Eugene J. and Gloria J. (Lanciani) Beaudette and had lived in Fitchburg for the past 10 years. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1974, where he played on the varsity baseball, soccer and hockey teams. He was co-owner of the Northgate Laundromat in Leominster. Previously he had worked at Monachusett Vending in Leominster and had been a bartender at various pubs, including the former Tam O'Shanter Pub in Leominster. Bryan was an avid sports fan, played in the Leominster Men's Softball League for many years and had been a coach in Little League Baseball in Fitchburg. He loved to play golf and was a longtime member of Monoosnock Country Club in Leominster.

Richard P. "Rick" Sparks, 53, of Lunenburg, died on Thursday, April 9, in Jacksonville, NC, as the result of an accident. He was born in Fitchburg, on March 14, 1956, a son of the late Raymond K. Sparks. He has lived in Lunenburg since 1996. Prior to that, he had lived in Westminster for several years.

Richard, "Sparky", was a machinist at Ranor Inc. in Westminster for over 20 years. He was a member of Orchard Hills Athletic Club, and was an ardent tennis fan. Richard was the loving father of two sons, Justin M. Sparks and Eric P. Sparks, USMC stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC; two daughters, Meghan R. Sparks of New Mexico, and Rachael M. Sparks of Boston; his mother, Mary A. (Moore) Sparks of Lunenburg; a brother, Robert and his wife, Kathy of Lunenburg; four sisters, Sheila Therrien and Nancy Curran, both of Lunenburg, Gail McGraw and her husband, Michael of Alexandria, NH, and Jacqueline Sparks of Leominster; his former wife, Mary M. (Evans) Sparks of Westminster; and several nephews and nieces. Rick's unforgettable love, patience and sense of humor will live on forever in his family's hearts.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 15, at 11 A.M. in the Lunenburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes, 763 Massachusetts Ave. Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Pepperell. Calling hours at the funeral home will be held on Tuesday, April 14, from 5-8 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lunenburg Memorial Fund, c/o Mrs. Robert Ware, Sunnyhill Rd., Lunenburg, MA 01462.

Richard P. Sparks

   1956 - 2009

Cheryl (Reynolds) Wyman    1956  - 2007


Cheryl A. (Reynolds) Wyman, 51, of 173 Barrington Road, Leominster, died on Saturday, Nov. 3, at her home.

She was born on March 28, 1956, in Leominster, the daughter of Francis C. and Frances M. (Bellio) Reynolds. She was a graduate of Leominster High School Class of 1974. She worked in the restaurant industry at area restaurants.

She is survived by her parents, Francis C. and Frances M. (Bellio) Reynolds of Leominster; her husband, Alfred C. Wyman of Leominster; a stepson, Aaron Wyman of Worcester; two brothers, David M. Reynolds and his wife, Laura, and Scott A. Reynolds and his wife, Catherine, all of Leominster; nieces and nephews, Nicole Reynolds, Ross Reynolds, Emma Reynolds and Lidia Reynolds.

Funeral at Burial was in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Fitchburg.

Photo Courtesy of
Karen McGrath

Bernard Royer   1955 - 2008    See 1973

Robert Conefrey     1956  -  2008

Robert Holbrook Conefrey, 51, of 122 Lakeshore Drive, Weymouth, formerly of Leominster, died on Monday, March 3, in Weymouth.

Mr. Conefrey was born July 5, 1956, in Leominster, son of Charles M. and Gretchen (Holbrook) Conefrey Sr. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1974 and from Fischer Junior College in Fitchburg. He worked as an accounts receivable manager at New England Medical Center in Boston for many years. He was a member of St. Anna’s Church in Leominster.

He is survived by a brother, Charles M. Conefrey Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla.; three sisters, Frances Moniz and her husband, Wayne Moniz, of Tallahassee, Fla., Shirley Hudson and her husband, David Hudson, of Uxbridge, and Mariann Rosa of Leominster; six nieces, Kim Chesbrough, Roxanne Smith, Erin Conefrey, Rebekah Hudson, Sara Patruno and Lindsay Rosa; a nephew, Charles Conefrey; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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