Obituaries

Thelma E. Daubney, 85

funeral candleThelma E. Daubney, 85, of Westerly, R.I. and formerly of Upton, died late Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 in Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London, CT after an illness. Thelma was born in Northbridge, a daughter of the late Henry and Ethel (Culley) Daubney. She worked at the former Kartiganer Hat Company in West Upton and then as a machinist at other area manufacturers, retiring in 1991 from Fenwal Safety in Marlboro before moving to Westerly. She had been a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star in Upton. She leaves a sister, Irene Duhamel, with whom she lived, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was also the sister of the late Sidney, Leslie, Harry, and Phillip Daubney and Doris Bowen. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, North Main St., Upton. Family and friends are invited to a calling hour at the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service on Wednesday. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Rosies Place, 889 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118. uptonfunerals.com

courtesy of Williams-Pedersen Funeral

 

George “Pep” Dean, Jr., 71

pepGeorge “Pep” Dean, Jr., 71, resident of New Smyrna Beach, FL, formerly of Upton, MA, died Thursday, October 16, 2014 in a motorcycle accident. He was the devoted husband of Margaret (Gorman) Dean for 51 years.

Pep, born in Worcester, MA, was the oldest son of the late George and Gertrude (Ramsey) Dean. He was a graduate of Northbridge High School and Northeastern University Lincoln College, and worked for many years in computer engineering for Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (BBN) in Cambridge, MA, and at Camp Smith Military Air Station in Aiea, HI. Pep proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961 to 1965 at Cherry Point, NC, Iwakuni, Japan, and with Gray Ghost Squadron VMFA-531 in Da Nang, Vietnam. He is Past Commander and Past Quartermaster of VFW Post 4250, New Smyrna Beach, FL, and presently a Life Member of George L. Wood VFW Post 5594, Upton, MA. Pep was also a Life Member of Am Vets Post 911, Port Orange, FL and a member of the Marine Corps League, Detachment 144, Worcester, MA. He spent many hours volunteering for military veterans’ causes. Pep and his wife enjoyed camping and cruising, and traveled through 45 U.S. states, Canada, Italy, Bermuda, and many Caribbean Islands.

In addition to his wife, Pep leaves four children, Julie Dean of Belchertown, MA, Terri DiVirgilio and her husband Emidio of Walpole, MA, Michael Dean of Upton, MA, and Michelle Sheehan and her husband Dennis of Upton, MA; five cherished grandchildren, Christina and Anthony DiVirgilio, Abbigail and Dean Sheehan, and Rachel Dean; three siblings, Fred Dean, Paul Dean and his wife Colleen, and Joy Bell; and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life, in Pep’s honor, will be held on Saturday November 1, 2014 from 1pm to 4pm at 100 High Street, Upton MA.  Family and friends are invited.

If desired, donations may be made in Pep’s name to the George L. Wood VFW Post 5594, P.O. Box 472, Upton, MA 01568.

 

Mihran “Joe” Matellian, 88

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Mihran  “Joe” Matellian, 88 of Hopedale, MA and Wellington, FL passed away peacefully on October 5, 2014.  He was a patient at Darcy Hall of Life Care in West Palm Beach, FL.  He was born October 13, 1925 in Hopedale, MA and was a 75 year resident of Hill St (White City) prior to his retirement in Wellington FL.  He was the eldest son of Kachig and Goulizar (Ehmalian) Matellian.  He was predeceased by  his brother Hampar “Jimmy” Matellian in 1998, and his long time companion Sally Ann Leary in 2011.

Mihran voluntarily left Hopedale High School after his Junior year, at 17 years old, to serve his country during World War II in the U.S Navy.  He served in the Pacific theater as a Radio Man First Class. After serving his country he went on to study accounting at Burdette School in Boston. He was an entrepreneur at an early age and with his brother’s ran a taxi service in Uxbridge, MA during the 1950’s.

In 1964 he and his brothers Togi and Jimmy founded Togi’s Sales and Service in Upton, Ma.  They worked together selling and servicing automobiles from 1964 to 2000.  The business was a place where he was surrounded by close friends and family. In addition to his military service Joe also served as the Commander at the Armenian American Veterans Organization in Milford Massachusetts (AAVO).  He enjoyed horse racing, travel, and fine dining.  He retired and lived in Florida for the past 14 years.

He is survived by his brother Toros “Togi” Matellian and sister in-law Grace Matellian.  His niece Lori (Matellian) Hall and her husband Mark,  his nephew Stephen Matellian and his wife Sandra, his nephew Shawn Matellian and his wife Geanine all of Upton, Massachusetts.

Following a private memorial service he will be buried at Vernon Grove Cemetery in Milford, Ma.

 

George A. Klink, 83, formerly of Upton

georgeUPTON – George A. Klink, 83, formerly of Upton, died Thurs., Sept. 11, 2014, in the Odd Fellows Home in Worcester after a period of declining health. His wife of 60 years, Rose S. (Altrath) Klink, died in April.

George was born in Hillside, NJ, a son of the late George J. and Teresa (Loew) Klink. He attended Hillside High School, Rutgers University and Quinsigamond Community College and served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He came to Upton from NJ in 1971 and worked a variety of jobs, retiring as a security guard at Digital Equipment Corp. in 1991.

A history buff, George organized and led the Upton Colonial Militia and the 16th Mass Line Regiment in bicentennial activities and participated in encampments and re-enactments throughout the east coast from Canada to Virginia. He served the Town of Upton on its Bicentennial Committee, Library Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, Conservation Commission, Planning Board, and as a delegate to the Regional Planning Commission. He coached Upton Little League for many years and was also a member of the Republican Town Committee and a popular patron of the Grafton Flea Market.

He leaves two daughters, Karen Grazulis and her husband Stanley of Webster and Christine Pilling and her husband Thomas of Spencer; a godson, Joseph Poirier and his wife Kerry of Upton; a brother, Jeffrey Klink of FL; two sisters, Audrey Bossard of NJ and Judith Lintz of NY; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wed., Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery with a reception to follow at the UptonVFW.

A calling hour at the funeral home will be from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral service on Wed.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Town Library, Box 1196, Upton 01568.

Courtesy of Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home www.uptonfunerals.com

Timothy Applegate, 55

funeral candleTimothy Applegate, 55, of Upton, passed away at home on Monday, September 8, 2014 after a prolonged illness.

Tim was born in Springfield, IL, the son of Shirley J. (Mickel) Applegate of Lebanon, TN and the late James H. Applegate. He served with the U.S. Marine Corp from 1981 to 1987 and worked as a product manager at EMC. He was a Harley Davidson and Corvette enthusiast.

Tim is survived by his loving wife, Cynthia (Boynton) Applegate and his son Sean of Upton; a daughter, Alissa Hill and her husband Christopher and grandchildren Riley Paige “Princess” and Morgan James “Tank” Hill of Grafton. In addition to his mother, he is also survived by his sisters, Suzanne Reneé Garner of Lebanon, TN and Rita Steigerwald of Goose Creek, SC; a cousin Joel Mickel of Darden, TN; as well as many other family members.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215.

Courtesy of Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home

Linda A. (Leclaire) DeLang, 66 – Nipmuc High School

Linda DeLangLinda A. (Leclaire) DeLang, 66, of Uxbridge, died Mon., Sept. 8, 2014 in Milford Regional Medical Center. She was the wife of William J. DeLang. Linda was born in Worcester, a daughter of the late Arthur and Arline (Closson) Leclaire. She grew up in Upton and was a graduate of Nipmuc Regional High School and Pondville School of Nursing. She then lived in Northbridge before moving to Uxbridge in 1976. She was an LPN who worked at Milford Hospital, the Evergreen Center, and then for the Uxbridge Public Schools at Taft Elementary School and the Good Shepherd Early Learning Center, retiring two years ago. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Uxbridge and enjoyed vacationing in Port Clyde, ME and on Cape Cod. In addition to her husband of 45 years, she leaves three sons, Scott DeLang and his wife Kristen of Millbury, Steven DeLang and his fiancee Amy Dyer of Whitinsville, and MSgt. Shawn DeLang of Vacaville, CA, serving with the US Air Force at Travis AFB. She also leaves her granddaughter, Kaileigh DeLang of Whitins-ville; a brother, Eugene Leclaire and his wife Donna of Greenwood, SC; two sisters, Donna DeLang and her husband Kenneth of Whitinsville, and Pamela Stockwell and her husband Thomas of Uxbridge; a sister-in-law, Nancy Leclaire of Upton; and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Arthur “Bud” Leclaire, Jr. Funeral services will be held Sat., Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Nazarene, 130 Douglas St., Uxbridge. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Upton. Calling hours at the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton are Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to a cancer research charity of ones choice.www.uptonfunerals.com

Courtesy of Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home

Bradford D. Libbey, 63, a lifelong Upton resident

bradford libbeyBradford D. Libbey, 63, a lifelong Upton resident, died early Tuesday, August 26, in Milford Regional Medical Center.

Brad was born in Milford, a son of the late Arah and Frances (Ryder) Libbey. He attended Upton public schools and worked as a clerk at Honey Farms in West Upton for many years. A former owner of Lib’s Lounge in Upton, he enjoyed coin collecting, playing cards, watching sports, and going to car shows. He was a participant in the Upton Men’s softball league for Upton Merchants and enjoyed having breakfast or lunch at The Coffee Bean as well as Rebecca’s of Upton.

He leaves his wife of 11 years, Maria (Goncalves) Libbey of Grafton; a son, Justin Libbey of Templeton and his girlfriend Tara Dewitt of Templeton; one daughter, Justine Earl and her husband Eric Earl of Milford; a stepson, Gean Rodrigues of Grafton; one brother, Kenneth Libbey of Upton; his sister Phyllis Winn, nephew Bredin Winn, niece Christine Winn, and great-nephews Braeden and Brody Winn, all of Milford; and his granddaughter Gianna Earl of Milford. He was also the brother of the late Karen Heinis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Fire & EMS Association Jaws of Life Fund, Box 580, Upton 01568.

Courtesy of Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home

Kristin (Reifsteck) Callahan, 66

Kristin (Reifsteck) Callahan, 66, of Upton, died Tues., Aug. 12, 2014 at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Flavian J. Callahan. Mrs. Callahan was born in Vallejo, CA, the daughter of the late John and Shirley (DeLancey) Reifsteck. A graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury High School and North Adams State College, she taught third-grade in the Maynard Public Schools for 8 years. More recently, she worked in quality assurance for PNC Bank, now Mellon Bank NY in Westboro, for 15 years. In addition to her husband of 43 years, she leaves a son, Nathan Callahan of Milford; a daughter, Amanda Callahan and her husband Peter Antalek of Worcester; and a sister, Perry Lowell Bent of Framingham. A memorial service will be held Fri., Aug. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton. Memorial calling hours in the funeral home will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fri. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society NE Division, Inc., 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701     www.uptonfunerals.com

Alice L. (Miller) Ferris, age 80

funeral candleAlice L. (Miller) Ferris, age 80, died after a long illness on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in the home she shared with her two daughters in Upton.

Alice leaves her daughters, Rita Ferris of Upton, Debra Fisher and her husband Isaiah of Upton, and Alice Martz and her husband Jack of Plymouth; her sons, Francis Ferris of Upton, and Robert Ferris Jr. and his wife Teresa of Ashburn, Va., her sisters Mary Donadio of Millbury and Bessie Morgan of Auburn; eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Alice’s husband of 59 years, Robert C. Ferris Sr., died in 1994. Her brothers Samuel, Harry and John Miller, and her sister Edna Miller, also predeceased her.

Alice was born in Worcester, daughter of Harry and Bessie (Betts) Miller. She moved to Scituate in 1980 and to Upton in 1990.

Alice enjoyed traveling with her family, dancing with her sisters at family events, bingo and reading.

The Ferris children would like to thank Barbara Deluca, Michelle Bean and Dr. Mona Kaddis of Salmon VNA and Hospice of Milford, for all the care and support they provided through their mother’s illness.

Calling hours are Tuesday, August 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral will be Wednesday, August 13, from the funeral home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 353 Grove St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Milford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sydney Meaghan Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 273, Charlton, MA 01507, or the Upton Fire Dept. Jaws of Life Fund in care of the Upton Fire/EMS Assn., P.O. Box 580, Upton, MA 01568.

 

Patricia D. (Donahue) Webster, 73

patricia websterPatricia D. (Donahue) Webster, 73Upton – Patricia D. (Donahue) Webster, 73, of Upton, died peacefully at home early Mon., Aug. 4, 2014 after a long battle with MS. She was the wife of Paul B. Webster.Pat was born in Framingham, the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Sharmon (Swett) Donahue. She lived in Newton before coming to Upton in 1962, where she made a home for her family in the house she loved surrounded by her gardens. Patricia’s love of literature led the way for her to earn her associate’s and then bachelor’s degree from Framingham State after raising her children. Working at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton for several years deepened her passion and lifelong love of everything green. She enjoyed many years exploring the Cape Cod Canal and its surrounding areas, many times with her beloved dog Duney by her side. For many years Pat was an active hospice volunteer, keeping in contact with the many families she comforted.In addition to her husband of 52 years, she leaves one son, Justin Webster and his wife Darlene of Hopkinton; three daughters, Emily Crane and her husband John of Sutton, Stephanie Sutcliffe and her fiancé Marcel Lussier of Woonsocket, RI, and Laura Webster of Uxbridge; 7 grandchildren: Amanda, Allison, Lindsay, Shanleigh, Anna, Eli, and John; a great-granddaughter, Aubrey; a devoted friend, Arlene Kimball of Upton; many nieces, nephews and cousins; numerous compassionate caregivers; and her faithful Corgi Nalia.Funeral services will be held Thurs., Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, North Main St., Upton. Calling hours at the funeral home are Wed. from 6 to 8 p.m.If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Baypath Humane Society, 5 Rafferty Rd., Hopkinton 01748.www.uptonfunerals.com

Michael G. Anderson, 34

Michael G. Anderson, 34, of Southborough, formerly of Upton, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at home. He was the husband of Joanna K. (Begley) Anderson. Born in Worcester, he is the son of George and Antoinette (Carusi) Anderson of Upton He was educated in Upton schools and graduated from Nipmuc Regional High School. He was also a graduate of Bentley University earning a degree in business. Michael was employed as a Real Estate Research Analyst for TJX Corporation in Marlborough and previously worked for EMC for 10 years. Michael enjoyed all sports and played baseball for both Nipmuc and Bentley. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his daughter, Eva M. Anderson, one sister, Laura M. Anderson of Hudson, MA; his mother in law, Ruth J. Begley of Arlington, MA; two uncles, William Anderson and Dr. Donato Carusi; two aunts, Anita Carusi and Janet Anderson. Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 19, from the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton, followed by a funeral Mass in St. Gabriel the Archangel Church followed by a  burial in Lakeview Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to The Michael G. Anderson Scholarship Fund, c/o Nipmuc High School, 20 Lena Ln., Milford, MA 01757  - courtesy of Williams-Pedersen Funeral http://www.uptonfunerals.com

Mark Horenstein, 59, of Upton, passed away on July 8, 2014 with family at his side

funeral candleMark Horenstein, age 59, of Upton, passed away on July 8, 2014 with family at his side.

Mark enjoyed his life to the fullest with his wife of 33 years, Polly and his two children Sam and Hannah and his brother Jim.  In addition all of his nieces, nephews and loving friends.  Mark was a master gold smith.  In life Mark’s pleasures were the ocean and living each day to the fullest.  Mark was a jack of all trades and master of all. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend visiting hours at the family home in Upton, MA. on Saturday July 12, 2014 from 1-7 pm.  Donations if desired can be made to the Upton Fire Dept – Jaws of Life Fund.

Courtesy of McNamara-Sparrell Funeral Homes - www.mcnamara-sparrell.com

Donald F. Carey, 90, of Upton – World War II Army veteran who served with the Infantry and Combat Engineers in Europe

donaldDonald F. Carey, 90, of Upton, died Friday, May 23, 2014 in the Ichabod Washburn Hospice Residence in Worcester after an illness. He was the husband of Edith (Merrill) Carey. 

Mr. Carey was born in Malden, one of seven sons of the late George and Florence (Robson) Carey. Educated in Malden schools, he continued his education at a technical school and was a World War II Army veteran who served with the Infantry and Combat Engineers in Europe and then attained the rank of Sergeant with the Army Air Corps. He had also served with the Merchant Marines. 

A draftsman and designer, he retired in 1990 from Prime Computer. He was a resident of Upton since 1964 and a member of the United Parish of Upton. A talented soloist, he had also studied at the New England Conservatory. 

In addition to his wife of 68 years, he leaves one daughter, Catherine Jette and her husband Jean-Guy of Pepperell; two sons, Clifford Carey and his wife Tracy of Upton and Andrew Carey of Whitinsville; and three grandchildren, Jasmine, Lauren, and Hunter.  He was the brother of the late Clyde, George, Leslie, Stanley, Alan, and Dale Carey. 

If desired, the family suggests memorial donations to the Ichabod Washburn Hospice Residence, 1183 Main St., Worcester, MA 01608.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 29, at 11 a.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, Upton.

Burial with military honors will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.

A calling hour at the funeral home will be from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service on Thursday.

James W. Jacobson, Sr., 75 – U.S. Navy Veteran and former scoutmaster and auxiliary police officer in Upton

jamesjacobsonJames W. Jacobson, Sr., 75, of Marlboro, died peacefully on Thursday, May 22, 2014 with his family at his side in UMass Medical Center in Worcester. He was the husband of Gail A. (Nickel) Osterhoudt. 

Mr. Jacobson was born in Worcester, a son of the late John F. and Isabelle L. (Phipps) Jacobson, and lived in Upton before coming to Marlboro over 20 years ago. A U. S. Navy veteran, he worked as a utility technician for Corning in Marlboro and then as a part-time shuttle driver for EMC in Hopkinton in retirement. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Marlboro Ward and a temple worker at the Boston Temple. A former scoutmaster and auxiliary police officer in Upton, he was a member of the Nipmuc Rod & Gun Club and American Legion Post 132. 

In addition to his wife of 19 years, he leaves eight children, Valerie Jacobson of Providence, RI, James Jacobson, Jr. of Floral City, FL, Kerryanne Jacobson of Spencer, Heather Taylor of Upton, Shawn and Jason Jacobson of Seabrook, NH, Stephanie Sweeney of NY, and Jarrod Jacobson of NH; four step-children, Thomas Osterhoudt of Marlboro, Leslie Hanna of Sandwich, Scott Osterhoudt of Dillsburg, PA, and Jeffery Osterhoudt of Hudson; a sister, Elizabeth Bennett of Spanish Forks, UT; two brothers, Martin Jacobson of CO, and David Jacobson of Mission Viejo, CA; 28 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.  He was predeceased by another daughter, Selena Munroe, and two brothers, John and Paul Jacobson.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 28 at 10 a.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, Upton, with Bishop Ken McLean of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiating.

Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.

Calling hours at the funeral home are Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Beatrice (Wood) Wood, 94, a lifelong Upton resident

beatricewoodBeatrice (Wood) Wood, 94, a lifelong Upton resident, died Monday evening, May 19, 2014 in Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center in Northbridge after a period of declining health. She was the widow of Norman S. Wood, Sr., who died in 1996 after 54 years of marriage. 

Mrs. Wood was born in Milford, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Annie (Gerald) Wood. She was a graduate of Upton High School and the former Massachusetts State College, now the University of Massachusetts. She was a home economics teacher in the Grafton Public Schools for 23 years, retiring in 1978. A substitute teacher both before and after her teaching career in Grafton, she previously operated a private kindergarten in her home for several years. 

She was a life member and past president of the Upton Woman’s Club.  Also a member of Worcester County chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Delta Kappa Gamma, she had been active with the Girl Scouts for many years and was a former Cub Scout den leader. 

She leaves one son, Norman S. Wood, Jr. of Northbridge; a daughter, Sarah A. “Sally” Nattinville of Garland, TX; 8 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by another son, James C. Wood, who died in infancy in 1952, and her sisters, Lois Smith and Ruth Wood. 

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Woman’s Club, Box 834, Upton MA 01568.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 23, at 8 p.m.
in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, Upton.

Burial in Lakeview Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

Calling hours at the funeral home are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, prior to the service.

 

Mary A. (Summers) Strachan, 95, a lifelong resident of Upton

maryMary A. (Summers) Strachan, 95, a lifelong resident of Upton, died Tuesday morning, May 20, 2014 in the Blaire House in Milford after a period of declining health. She was the widow of James A. Strachan, who died in 2003 after 62 years of marriage. 

Mrs. Strachan was born in Uxbridge, a daughter of the late William and Mary Ellen (VanRiper) Summers. She was a 1937 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Milford and attended the Worcester Museum School of Art. A talented milliner, she worked for the former Knowlton and Kartiganer hat companies in West Upton and then for Giovannio Corporation in So. Grafton, presenting a traveling vintage fashion show and creating custom bridal veils well into her 80′s. 

A life member of the Upton Woman’s Club, she was also a member of the Upton Historical Society and a communicant of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish. 

She leaves three brothers, John Summers and his wife Gloria of Duck, NC, Charles Summers and his wife Loretta of Port Orange, FL, and George Summers and his wife Margaret of Upton; a sister, Cecelia Grynsel of Upton; and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late William Summers, Janet Stockwell, and Barbara Knapik. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to either the Building Fund or the Summers Educational Scholarship Fund of St. Gabriel’s Parish, 151 Mendon Street, Upton, MA 01568.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 31,
in St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 151 Mendon Street, Upton.

Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.

There are no calling hours.

Helen Theresa Palmer, 86

helenpalmerHelen Theresa Palmer, 86, of Upton, died on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at her home in Upton, while surrounded by her family. She was pre-deceased by her husband Robert E. Palmer.

She is survived by children: Anna Mae Grout, and her husband Jimmy of Loris SC, Terry Lambert of Marlboro, Deanna Blais and her husband Andy of Marlboro, Nancy Bent and her husband Richard of Marlboro, Jeannette Laucis and her husband Kenny of Upton, Robert Palmer and his wife Donna of Holden, and David Palmer and his wife Denise of Mashpee. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 3 great great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her brothers Donald Ross and John Ross.

Helen was born in Pittsfield, raised in Natick, the daughter of the late John and Anna Ross (Dwyer). She settled in Blackstone where she raised her family. Helen was a strong lady who was determined to succeed and was unrelenting to her cause. She found time to tend to her flowers and property while raising her seven children alone. This was something she took great pleasure and pride in doing, without a word mentioned. She found great joy in helping others. As her children grew up, she felt very blessed with her grandchildren and later her great-grandchildren, whom she cherished and enjoyed time with so much. She later settled in Upton where she made several friends. Helen was often found sitting outside in the shade having great conversations with them. This, along with spending time with her family was something she valued. She was very thankful of those friendships. Helen did find time to travel over the years. Some of her adventures included travel to Hawaii, taking a Caribbean Cruise and visiting the Myrtle Beach area, visiting her daughter Anna Mae. Helen’s family would like to express their gratitude to all the staff at Tri-Valley and equally to the hospice nurses.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at St. Patrick Church, 44 E. Central St., Natick, MA 01760. Interment will be held in Glenwood Cemetery, Natick following her memorial mass. Arrangements made under the direction of John Everett & Sons Funeral Home.   http://www.everettfuneral.com/obituaries.html

 

Theresa A. (Beaudoin) Girard, 86, of Upton

girardTheresa A. (Beaudoin) Girard, 86, of Upton, died Thursday May 8, 2014. She was the wife of the late George R. Girard who died in 2004.

Mrs. Girard was employed for 25 years as a Machine Operator for General Electric in Ashland until her retirement in 1980. She had previously worked for the former Bickford Shoe and the former Porter Shoe both of Milford.

Mrs. Girard was born September 19, 1927 in Milford the daughter of the late Docithe and Angelina (Gareri) Beaudoin. She attended the former St. Mary’s Elementary School in Milford.

Mrs. Girard enjoyed Artisan paints and crafts, traveling to Florida in the family motor coach and was a member of the Big “O” R.V. Resort in Okeechobee, FL. .

Mrs. Girard is survived by one son Anthony D. MacWilliam of Boston; a son-in-law Robert Stockton of Milford, one sister Catherine Bish of Bellingham and many nieces and nephews, including Donna (Lombardo) Wolf, Angie Phillips, Anthony Lombardo, and Linda Maguiness. She was predeceased by her daughter Carol A. MacWilliam Stockton, who passed away in January, and Lillian Carson who passed away in 2005.

Visitation to be held on: Monday May 12, 2014 from 4-8 PM in the Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home,  Milford, 42 Congress Street, Milford.

Services to be held on: Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 10 AM in St. Mary’s Church, 19 Winter St., Milford

Cemetery: St. Mary’s Cemetery Cedar St., Route 85 Milford

Courtesy of Buma Funeral Homes

 

Stewart A. Whitney, 85 – Retired Upton Police Chief

stewartwhitneyStewart A. Whitney 
Retired Upton Police Chief
Stewart A. Whitney, 85, passed Friday May 9, 2014 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 19 years June (Prout) French Whitney; One daughter, Roxanne Whitney of Hopedale; Three sons, Dennis Whitney and his wife Jeanne of Douglas, Richard Whitney and his wife Janice of Harvard, Corey Whitney and his wife Christina of Upton; 7 Grandchildren, 6 Great Grandchildren; Four Step Children, Kathleen (French) Collins and her husband Russell, Steven French and his wife Rose both of Whitinsville , Thomas French and his wife Bonnie of Grafton and Russell French of Roslindale; 8 Step Grandchildren, 3 Step Great Grandchildren. Mr. Whitney was predeceased by his first wife Shirley (Inman) Whitney and his second wife, Ruth (Jordan) Carroll Whitney. Stu was born in Milford June 17, 1928 the son of the late Alexander and Hazel (Smith) Whitney and he lived 61 years in Upton moving to Grafton in 1989. He was educated in Upton and then served his country as a Korean veteran in The US Army. Following his military service he was an outside electrician at the Draper Corporation in Hopedale. Stu then graduated from The Worcester Police Academy and began a 25 year career with The Upton Police Department as a patrol officer, was promoted to Sergeant and then Chief for his last five years retiring in 1990. He was a member of The Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, The International Narcotics Association, Delisle Goulet Post 92 American Legion in Grafton, The Greendale Retired Men’s Club in Worcester, The Graton Senior Center and he regularly attended The Baptist Church of Grafton. The family suggests you honor and remember Chief Whitney with memorial donations to The Baptist Church of Grafton, 1 South St. Grafton MA 01519. 
Funeral & Calling Hours
All are invited to calling hours at The Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St. in North Grafton Tuesday May 13th from 5 to 8 PM. Funeral services at The Baptist Church of Grafton, 1 South St. in Grafton Center are Wednesday May 14th at 11 AM. He will then be cremated and his ashes will be laid to rest with Military Honors at Riverside Cemetery on Millbury St. in Grafton at a day and time to be announced. A personal guest book for condolences and to share memories is available at:
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Wilfred Fowler, 90

wilfredfowlerWilfred Fowler, 90, of Upton passed away Tues. April 22, 2014 in the Metro West Medical Center, Framingham. 

He was the husband of the late Helen (Stevenson) Fowler who died in 2006.

Mr. Fowler was the co-owner and operator of Cott Beverages Distributor in Upton for over 20 years until his retirement in 1988.

He was born Sept. 29, 1923 in Whitinsville, son of the late Frank and Geraldine (Mitchell) Fowler. He grew up in Whitinsville and lived in Upton for more than 40 years. Wilfred moved to Texas in 1990 returning to Upton in 2004.

Mr. Fowler had served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He was a member of the Upton VFW # Post 5594 and the former Granite Lodge of Masons in Whitinsville earning his 50 year pin from the Hondo, TX Lodge of Masons A.F. & A.M.

Wilfred is survived by one son Daniel F. and his wife Julie Fowler of Holliston, one daughter Kathleen E. Fowler and her wife Carrie Haug both of Whitinsville and two grandchildren; Rebecca Fowler and Abigail Fowler both of Holliston. He was predeceased by four brothers; Gerald Fowler, Frank Fowler, Theodore Fowler and Earl Fowler and one sister Phyllis Perry.

A Masonic service will be held Sat. May 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM in the BUMA SARGEANT FUNERAL HOME, 42 Congress St., Milford.

Visiting hours will be held on Sat. May 10, 2014 from 12 noon to 1 PM in the funeral home followed by a funeral service with full military honors at 1 PM in the funeral home. 

Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, N. Main St., Upton 01568.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. Mass/NH Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or to the charity of one’s choice.http://www.bumafuneralhome.com

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Janet Ellen Goodfriend, 47

janetgoodfriendJanet Ellen Goodfriend of Upton, MA passed away Saturday April 19th after a courageous battle with cancer.

Janet is the daughter of Jo and Michael A. Goodfriend, MD currently of Sutton MA. Born in Rochester NY in 1967 the family then moved to Fort Devens MA before settling in Ithaca NY. She attended Ithaca schools before graduating from New Hampton School (’85) in NH. She earned her B.A. in English with a teacher’s certification from Fredonia’s State University of New York (’89) and then a Master’s degree in Literacy and Language Arts from Framingham State University in MA. After teaching in Topsfield and Franklin MA, she devoted her efforts to raising a family and publishing three novels (www.janetgoodfriend.com).

In additional to her parents, she is survived by Jeff Pollak, her husband of almost 19 years; her children Ethan and Naomi Pollak; her brother Steve and sister-in-law Dina Goodfriend (Newton MA); and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends who will miss her dearly.

Family and friends are invited to join us in remembering Janet during shiva, which will be held at the family’s house at 6 Meadow Drive, Upton MA 01568 on Sunday April 20th from 3-5pm and Monday from 6-8pm. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Janet’s memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Women’s Cancers Gynecologic Cancer Fund (http://www.dana-farber.org/). – See more at:http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/telegram/obituary.aspx?n=janet-goodfriend&pid=170715019#sthash.dAPVxhHS.dpuf

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Rose S. (Altrath) Klink, 78

roseklinkRose S. (Altrath) Klink, 78, of Upton, died peacefully early Saturday, April 5, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Spencer. She was the wife of George Klink.

Mrs. Klink was born in Newark, NJ, the daughter of the late Carrie (Baier) and Oscar Altrath. She was a graduate of Irvington High School in NJ, and came to Upton from NJ in 1971. She worked at Fenwal in Ashland for 23 years, retiring in 2000, and was a member of the Upton Republican Town Committee.

In addition to her husband of 60 years, she leaves two daughters, Karen Grazulis and her husband Stanley of Douglas, and Christine Pilling and her husband Thomas of Spencer; a godson, Joseph Poirier and his wife Kerry of Upton; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was also the sister of the late Herbert Altrath.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758540, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8540 or to Spencer Animal Control, 22 Norcross Rd., Spencer, MA 01562.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 8, at 11 a.m.  in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, Upton.

Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.

A calling hour at the funeral home will be from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral service on Tuesday.

Frances H. (Ryder) Libbey, 95 – longtime Upton resident

A resident of Milford for 7 years and previously of Upton for over 60 years, Mrs. Libbey was employed as an assembler for Fenwall Corporation in Ashland for five years. Previously, she was a caregiver to several Upton families including the Kartiganer’s and Poirier’s.

She was born June 7, 1918 in Utica, NY, the daughter of the late William and Melora (Frances) Ryder and was a graduate of Cobleskill High School, Cobleskill, NY.

She loved Bingo, the Boston Red Sox, and possessed a vast knowledge of cars. She was also a member of the former Congregational Church in Upton.

The family would like thank the complete staff and especially Lori and Lesley at Blaire House and the hospice team of N.E. Hospice for their care and compassion.

Mrs. Libbey is survived by her sons Kenneth R Libbey and Bradford and his wife Maria Libbey, all of Upton; daughter Phyllis J. Winn of Milford; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Karen Heinis of Upton and her brother Luke Ryder.

Funeral services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Milford Food Pantry, 21 Exchange St., Milford, MA 01757.
Arrangements are under the direction of the BUMA-SARGEANT FUNERAL HOME, Milford.http://www.bumafuneralhome.com

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Mrs. Roberta H. (Reams) Babineau, 74

Mrs. Roberta H. (Reams) Babineau, 74, of Milford MA, died Friday (February 21, 2014) at the Milford Regional Medical Center after an illness. She was the beloved wife of Edward R. Babineau.

Mrs. Babineau was born in Cambridge MA, the daughter of the late Robert and the late Helen
(Tustin) Reams. She graduated from Sacred Heart Grammar & High School in Cambridge MA.

Mrs. Babineau was first employed as a secretary for the Travelers Insurance Company working in Boston MA. She later was employed at Panametrics Inc., working in Waltham MA.

Mrs. Babineau had been a resident of Milford for the past ten years and prior to that had resided in Waltham MA. She was a fabulous grandmother who loved spending time with her grandchildren and in spite of her illness, she was the one who was able to keep everyone upbeat, smiling and laughing.

She had been an active member of the Milford Senior Center participating in many of their various exercise classes. She was also an avid NE Patriots fan.

Along with her beloved husband of 51 years, she is survived by her 3 Children: Michael E. Babineau and his wife Jill of Bow NH, Edward R. Babineau Jr., and his wife Anita of Alpharetta GA and Roberta, wife of Daniel Lynnworth of Upton MA; 7 Grandchildren and 1 Sister: Judith, wife of Joseph Puls of Tewksbury MA. Also several nieces and nephews.

In accordance with her wishes cremation will take place. Relatives & friends are invited to attend a Celebration of her Life on Tuesday (February 25th) from 5pm to 7pm at the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress Street, Milford MA.

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Miss Rita M. Lucier, 93

Miss Rita M. Lucier, 93, of Whitinsville MA and formerly of Upton MA and Queens Village NY, passed peacefully to the higher life on Thursday morning (February 20, 2014)  at St. Camillus Health Center in Whitinsville MA after a period of declining health.

Miss Lucier was born at the family homestead on Purchase Street in Milford MA. She was the eldest daughter of the late George P. and the late Laura A. (Viens) Lucier.

During the late 1920’s and early 1930’s she lived with her maternal grandparents in Sanford ME, where she attended elementary school. She was a graduate of the former St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Milford, Class of 1937. Upon graduating Cambridge University she studied to be a phlebotomist at a healthcare facility in New Hampshire.

When WW II broke out she enlisted in the US Navy as a WAVE and served four years at Norman OK, being honorably discharged in 1945 for her service to our country with the rank of Seaman 1st Class (AMM) Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class.

Following the war she furthered her studies and in the early 1950’s moved to Queens Village in New York City and accepted a position with Sperry Rand Corporation (Gyroscope Division) where she was employed until her retirement in 1984.

She retired from Sperry Rand Corporation to Upton MA and resided happily for many years at Milhaus Apartments, to be closer to her family & friends. In later years Rita resided at Draper Place in Hopedale MA and over the last few years at St. Camillus Health Center in Northbridge MA.

The family would like to express our sincere thanks for the excellent care, love, dignity shown and compassion Rita received each and every day from the entire staff at St. Camillus, and a very special thank you to Joel, Terri and Katie; words cannot express our gratitude.

Rita enjoyed reading, playing golf, fishing, swimming, fine dining and a cocktail or two. She was always the life of a party with a hearty laugh, quick wit and a beautiful big smile. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Having never married and no children she was extremely fond of her many nieces and nephews. She was a member of the former Holy Angels Parish in Upton MA for many years and a weekly contributor to the food pantry. Being very well read and educated she will always be remembered for her art of writing and speaking the English language with great articulation.

She is survived by her sister: Jeannette O. Allegrezza, wife of the late Aldo Allegrezza of Milford MA; her brother: Richard V. Lucier and his wife Marie of Mashpee MA. She was the sister-in-law of Virginia Lucier of Hopedale MA, wife of the late Paul L. Lucier. Also many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.
She was the sister of the late Omer F. Lucier, the late Ella G. Lucier and the late Dorothy J. Thomson. Her dearest and devoted friend, Marianne Cusmano of Mineola NY, recently passed away also.

Her funeral, with Military Honors, will be held Monday (February 24th) from the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress Street, Milford MA followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 NOON in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 19 Winter Street, Milford MA. Burial will follow in North Purchase Cemetery in Milford MA. A visiting hour will be held Monday (Feb 24th) from 10:30am to 11:30am, prior to her Funeral Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Church & Friary of St. Francis of Assisi – Franciscan Breadline for the Poor, 135 West 31st Street, New York City, NY 10001.

Edward R. Francis, 86 – Longtime resident of Upton

Edward R. Francis, 86, a 59-year resident of Upton, passed away peacefully Monday, February 3, 2014 at Milford Regional Medical Center. He was the husband of Jessie (Kenney) Francis.

Edward was born in Watertown, a son of the late Paul and Hazel (McGrath) Francis. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1945 and at that time had already signed up for the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy for 2 1/2 years. He worked as a land surveyor, first in Boston and later in Natick until his retirement.

In addition to his wife of 63 years, he leaves a sister, Katherine Hoyle of Berlin, MD; a sister-in-law, Marion Francis of Uxbridge; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Paul.

If desired, donations may be made to the Upton Ambulance Fund, Box 1012, Upton 01568.

At his request there will be no services.

Courtesy of Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home

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Marie A. (Cardot) Ball, 86, of Upton

Marie A. (Cardot) Ball, 86, of Upton, MA and formerly of Arkwright, NY, died Saturday evening, February 1, 2014 in St. Camillus Health Care in Whitinsville, MA after a long illness. She was the widow of Floyd J. Ball, who died in 1961, and W. George Ball, who died in 1987.

Mrs. Ball was born in Arkwright, the daughter of the late Marvin and Nettie (Neuman) Cardot. She spent most of her life in Arkwright where she served as the Town Clerk for many years. Later in life she moved to Upton to be near her daughter and lived in Coach Road Apartments.

She leaves a son, Larry Ball and his wife Natalie of Arkwright; her daughter, Elaine M. Phelan and her husband Richard of Upton; eight grandchildren, Andy Ball of Salamanca, NY, Katie Ball of Arkwright, Sally Felix of Lima, NY, Ellie Ball of China, Maggie Norman of MI, Emily Marshall of Richland, NY, Jennie Ball of AZ, and Heather Matozzo and her husband Tony of Charlton; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Fire & EMS Association, Box 580, Upton, MA 01568; or to St. Camillus Health Care, 447 Hill Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at noon in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton, MA.
Burial to follow in Lakeview Cemetery, North Main St., Upton. There are no calling hours.

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Karen M. (Marais) Scott, 58 – Resident of Upton for 25 Years

Karen M. (Marais) Scott, 58, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Milford Regional Medical Center after a motor vehicle accident. She was the wife of Allan J. Scott and had lived in Upton for 25 years. 

Mrs. Scott was born in Lowell, a daughter of the late Albert G. and Susan T. (Lamb) Marais. She graduated from Lowell High School and was a certified nursing assistant at the former Upton Nursing Center for many years.

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In addition to her husband of 25 years, she leaves a daughter, Jennifer Francis and her husband Christopher of Woonsocket, RI; a son, Joseph Scott of Upton; four brothers, Richard Marais and his wife Patricia of Tyngsboro, Paul Marais and his wife Jeanne and David Marais and his wife Joan, all of Lowell, and Jon Marais of St. Petersburg, FL; three sisters, Diane Stockton of Manchester, NH, Joyce Marais of Lowell, and Christine Cue and her husband Jeff of Chester, NH; a grandson, CJ Francis; two aunts; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Stephen, Michael, and Albert Marais.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Ambulance Fund, Box 29, Upton 01568.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 27, at 10 a.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton.

Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, North Main St., Upton.

Calling hours at the funeral home are Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.

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Waneta L. (Sadler) Kuczinski, 90 – Lifelong resident of Uptonwaneta

Waneta L. (Sadler) Kuczinski, 90, a lifelong resident of Upton, died early Monday, January 20, 2014, in St. Camillus Health Center in Northbridge after a period of declining health. She was the widow of John Kuczinski, who died in 1962.

Mrs. Kuczinski was born in Upton, a daughter of the late H. Stephen and Grace (Weir) Sadler. She was a graduate of Upton High School and a U. S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II. She worked at the former Kartiganer Hat Company and then at Bay State Abrasives, retiring around 1990.

She leaves one son, Wayne Kuczinski and his wife Deborah of Sutton; a daughter, Wendy Yakstis of Whitinsville; two brothers, Frederick Sadler of PA and William Sadler of Upton; four grandchildren, Lisa and Jeff Kuczinski and Nikki and Tori Yakstis; a son-in-law, Gary Yakstis of Dudley; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Sadler of Upton and Jennie Glispin of Grafton; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, Upton.  Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery. A calling hour at the funeral home will be from 10 to 11 a.m.  prior to the service on Thursday.

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Theron L. Pope, Jr., 84, a lifelong resident of Upton

Theron L. Pope, Jr., 84, a lifelong resident of Upton, died Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Beaumont Nursing Home in Northbridge after a period of declining health. He was the husband of Mary K. (Spencer) Pope.

Mr. Pope was born in Upton, a son of the late Theron and Priscilla (Cooper) Pope. He was a graduate of Grafton High School and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a press operator at Bay State Abrasives in Westborough for 40 years, retiring in 1992. A communicant of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Upton, he enjoyed competing in numerous area bowling leagues.

In addition to his wife of almost 62 years, he leaves five children, Terry White and her husband Rick of Bellingham, Steven Pope and his wife June of Douglas, Tina Pope of Grafton, NH, David Pope of Douglas, and Patty Maher and her husband Lester of Bellingham; 12 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472 (www.alz.org). Services were held on January 14.

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Ernest B. “Babe” Porter, Jr., 67: A lifelong resident of Upton

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Ernest B. Porter, Jr.
November 29, 1946 – December 24, 2013
Upton, MA

Ernest B. “Babe” Porter, Jr., 67, a lifelong resident of Upton, died at home early Tuesday, December 24, 2013, after a brief illness. He was the husband of Kathleen A. (Chapin) Porter.

Babe was born in Milford, MA, a son of the late Ernest and Helen (Ford) Porter. He was a 1964 graduate of Nipmuc Regional High School and attended the University of Central Missouri. He was a counterintelligence agent with the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of Sgt., and then worked as a senior maintenance worker for the Mass. Turnpike Authority for 31 years, retiring a few years ago.

A member of the Marshall-Leland American Legion Post in Upton and the Eastham Elks, he loved fishing and especially enjoyed trips to Cape Cod. He had been an EMT and volunteer firefighter with the Upton Fire Company for several years. Babe will be remembered by friends and family as loyal and loving with a tender heart.

In addition to his wife of 36 years, he leaves three sons, John J. Porter and his wife Lori of Hopedale, Ernest B. Porter III of Uxbridge, and Erik M. Porter of Plymouth; a daughter, Lori-Beth Antaya and her husband Joseph of Upton; two brothers, John F. Porter, Sr. of Upton, and James Porter and his wife Bunny of Milford; a sister, Elaine Porter of Upton; and five grandchildren, Andrew and Caroline Porter of Hopedale, and Brianna, Lora, and J.D. Antaya of Upton. He was also the brother of the late Janet and Richard Porter.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to The Federation for Children with Special Needs, The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1102, Boston, MA 02129, or to the Upton Ambulance Fund, Box 29, Upton, 01568.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 28, from the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton, with a funeral mass at 11:30 a.m. in St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 151 Mendon St., Upton. Following cremation, burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in the spring. Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday, December 27, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

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Harold A. Bates, 87, a lifelong resident of Upton

haroldbatesHarold A. Bates, 87, a lifelong resident of Upton, died early Tues., Dec. 3, 2013 in Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center in Westborough after a period of declining health.

Mr. Bates was born in Upton, one of ten children of Daniel H. and Ina M. (Pond) Bates. He worked as a custodian, retiring in 1990 from Polyform Co. in Rockdale, where he had worked 18 years. He had previously worked at the Knowlton and Kartiganer hat companies in West Upton, and then at Stylon Co. in Milford for 20 years.

He leaves two sisters, Vivian Grimley of Auburn and Arlene Consoletti of Colorado, and many nieces and nephews. A brother, Oscar Bates of Upton, died on Dec. 1.

The family extends thanks to the staff of Beaumont and Salmon VNA & Hospice for their care. Flowers are acceptable or memorial donations may be made to the Upton Ambulance Fund, Box 29, Upton 01568.

Funeral services were held Thurs., Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home. Burial followed in Lakeview Cemetery.

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Oscar K. Bates 95

Oscar K. Bates 95, a lifelong resident of Upton, died at home on Sun., Dec. 1, 2013 after a period of declining health. His wife of 62 years, Christine (Whitney) Bates, died in 2001.

Mr. Bates was born in Upton, one of ten children of Daniel H. and Ina M. (Pond) Bates. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a founding member of the George L. Wood VFW Post in Upton. He worked in construction and manufacturing, including at the former Kartiganer Hat Co. in West Upton. He enjoyed deep sea fishing, gardening, and traveling with his family to many of the Caribbean islands.

He leaves one son, Richard Bates of Upton; a daughter, Linda Johnson and her husband Bruce of Millbury; a brother, Harold Bates of Westboro; two sisters, Vivian Grimley of Auburn and Arlene Consoletti of CO; five grandchildren, Steven, Kevin, and Jill St. Cyr and Candace White, all of CT, and Ryan Johnson of Auburn; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren. He was also the father of the late Beverly A. St. Cyr.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Fire & EMS Association, Box 580, or to the George L. Wood VFW Post, Box 472, both Upton 01568; or to the VNA Care Network, 333 Turnpike Rd., Southborough 01772.

Private graveside services with military honors will be in Maplewood Cemetery in Upton at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.

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Toni M. Vaccaro, 38

Toni M. Vaccaro, 38, a lifelong resident of Upton, died Thurs., Nov. 21, 2013 at home. Toni was born in Worcester, a daughter of Charles J. Vaccaro of Upton and the late Mary E. (Kirby) Vaccaro. She was a graduate of Nipmuc Regional High School and Assumption College in Worcester, and had worked in the business office of th

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e Ashland Public Schools for 14 years. In addition to her father; she leaves her fianc, Alan Graham, and his sons, Jake and AJ Graham, of Upton; one sister, Tracee Perkins and her husband Richard of Upton; a brother, Scott Brueggeman and his wife Darbie of Lowell; 3 nieces, Danielle and Alexandra Perkins of Upton, and Sarah Brueggeman of St. Peters, MO; and a nephew, Ryan Brueggeman of Phoenix, AZ. She was the proud godmother of 6 children. Funeral services will be held Tues., Nov. 26, from the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., with a funeral mass at 10 a.m. in St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 151 Mendon St. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, North Main St., all in Upton. Calling hours at the funeral home are Mon. from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Police Assoc., 30 School St., or to the Upton Fire & EMS Assoc., Box 580, both Upton, MA 01568. Courtesy of  www.uptonfunerals.com.

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John T. “Jashu” Zinkevich, 58

John T. “Jashu” Zinkevich, 58 of Upton, MA died Friday, November 8, 2013 in Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford, MA. He was born in Worcester, son of the late
John and Mary (Kalczynski) Zinkevich.

Mr. Zinkevich was a graduate of Worcester Boy’s Trade School, Worcester, MA. He worked as an Assembly Technician for Waters Co., Milford, MA for 28 years.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the James E. Kellett and Son Funeral Home, 21 West St., Milford, MA. Calling hours will be Monday, November 18, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jashu’s memory to The Worcester Animal Rescue League, 139 Holden St., Worcester, MA 01606. or to Tufts Wildlife Clinic, 200 Westboro Rd., No. Grafton, MA 01536 www.kellettandson.com 

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Steven J. Foye, 56 – Upton Volunteer Firefighter/EMS

funeral candleSteven J. Foye, 56, of Upton, died peacefully at home on November 5, 2013 after an illness. He was the husband of Ann J. (Stefans) Foye.

Steve was born in Framingham, a son of the late Albert and Elizabeth (Aylward) Foye. He grew up in Hopkinton and was a graduate of Keefe Technical High School in Framingham. He worked at FIBA in Westborough for many years and then as a machine operator for Healard Machine Co. of Holliston. He also warked part-time at Fin & Feather Sports in Upton for many years and was a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Upton Fire Company. He was a motorcycle enthusiast, enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, and was known for his sense of humor.

In addition to his wife of 36 years, he leaves one son, Joshua S. Foye of Upton; a brother, Edward Foye of Ashland; two granddaughters, Anna and Adeline Foye; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Ambulance Fund, Box 29, Upton 01568.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 8, at 10 a.m. in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, Upton.

Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.

Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Lynn Paul (Evangeline Marie Champagne), passed away peacefully on October 13, 2013 exactly 9 days after celebrating her 102nd birthday with family and friends in North Miami Beach, Florida. Lynn was born on October 4, 1911 in Newton. A wonderful wife and homemaker, Lynn was predeceased by her husband Raymond C. Paul and seven brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, Ray Paul, his wife Marsha, daughter Nancy Shevlin and husband Barry, grandchildren David Paul and wife Patty, Julie Paul-Brown and husband Tim, Joshua and Jake Shevlin, and great grandchildren Lily Brown, and Abigail and Megan Paul. Lynn and Raymond lived in Framingham for more than 30 years and moved to Ft. Lauderdale to enjoy their retirement in the late 1970s. After Raymond passed away in 1990 she returned to Massachusetts. Lynn was a talented organist and well known among her friends at the senior centers in Upton and Northborough since she could play any song that was requested. Lynn lived independently at the Milhaus Apts. in Upton until she was 98 years old where she had many friends and enjoyed having lunch and celebrating many holiday festivities at the Senior Center. Always ready for something new, Lynn went back to Florida to live with her daughter and family enjoying the sunshine, warm breezes and the constant companionship of her granddog. She was thrilled when her family flew to Florida to celebrate her 100th birthday in 2011. Devoted to family and friends, Lynn was caring, thoughtful and always happy to help in any way she could. She was known to say with a smile, Have a party when Im gone so an intimate service and gathering will be held to celebrate her incredible life.

Joan E. (Faretra) Marchand

May 8, 1939 – November 3, 2013

Upton, MA

Joan E. (Faretra) Marchand, 74, of Upton, passed peacefully with family by her side in Milford Regional Medical Center on November 3, 2013 after a long illness. She was the wife of retired Upton Police Chief Rodney B. Marchand.Mrs. Marchand was born in Natick, the daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Cotter) Faretra, and was a 1957 graduate of Natick High School. She had lived in Upton for 50 years. She worked as a telephone operator for more than 30 years, retiring in 1995.  She also dispatched for the Upton Police Department out of her home, worked at Kelly’s Farm Stand for many years, and was a teachers’ aide and cafeteria worker at Upton Memorial School.  A former member of the Upton Bloomer Girls, she enjoyed vacations on their boat at Lake Winnipesaukee, NH and cottage at Wells Beach, ME, loved to sing, and often performed with her father at family gatherings, giving comfort and joy with her beautiful voice. Her greatest happiness was loving her family and friends.In addition to her husband of 53 years, she leaves two sons, Michael Marchand and his wife Patricia of Upton, and Paul Marchand of Natick; two grandchildren, Lauren Marchand of Northbridge, and Shaun Marchand of Upton; and two great-grandchildren, Trevor and Alexis.If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Ambulance Fund, Box 29, Upton 01568.Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Upton.

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Dorothy O. (Kenadek) Shackleton, 90 – Resident of Upton for 60 years

funeral candleDorothy O. (Kenadek) Shackleton, 90, died Thurs., Oct. 24, 2013 in Beaumont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Northbridge after a period of declining health. She was the widow of Fred Shackleton, who died in 1977.

Mrs. Shackleton was born in Worcester, the daughter of the late Joseph and Ora (Salisbury) Kenadek. A graduate of Becker College, she had lived in Upton over 60 years and attended Trinity Episcopal Church in Milford. She worked in the West Upton hat industry and then as an aide for the VNA.

She leaves her daughter, Gail Ames of Upton; a brother, Donald Kenadek of Uxbridge; two grandchildren, Tara Ames-Davison of Brentwood, CA, and Christopher Ames of Upton; and a great-grandson, Camden Davison. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in Lakeview Cemetery in Upton.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Ambulance Fund, Box 29, Upton 01568.

There are no calling hours.

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elainemazzaElaine L. (Kramer) Mazza
April 30, 1951 – October 13, 2013

Upton, MA

Elaine L. (Kramer) Mazza, 62, of Upton, died at home on Sunday, October 13, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of Dennis J. Dunphy.

Elaine was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Sidney and Agnes (Guarnieri) Kramer. She was an executive administrative assistant at Data General and then EMC for the past 30 years.

In addition to her husband of 22 years, she leaves one son, James Mazza, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA; a stepson, Joe Dunphy of Douglas; and three grandsons, Boston Mazza, and Jesse and Adam Dunphy.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, October 16, at 10 a.m. in Lakeview Cemetery in Upton.

Calling hours at the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, Upton, are Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

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Richard S. Kelly
January 16, 1915 – October 4, 2013
Upton, MA

Richard S. Kelly, 98, a long-time Upton businessman, died Friday, October 4, 2013 in Milford Regional Medical Center after an illness. His wife, Kathleen A. (Gray) Kelly died in 1999.

Mr. Kelly was born in Clear Lake, WA, a son of the late James E. and Mary Ellen (Gaffney) Kelly, and had lived in Upton since 1936. A self-employed farmer, he and his wife operated the Kelly Farm Stand, which was established by his parents in 1936, and which continues to be family run. He was a communicant of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish and was a Registrar of Voters for the Town of Upton for many years.

He leaves one daughter, Kathleen Zamagni and her husband William, Jr., of Putnam, CT; two sons, Richard B. Kelly and his companion Jacqueline Frassica of Upton and FL, and William J. Kelly of Upton; 6 grandchildren, Sarah Kelly of Boston, Jason Zamagni of Midlothian, VA, Mary Ellen Allard of Upton, Matthew Zamagni of Pomfret, CT, Richard Kelly of Northbridge, and Elizabeth Kelly of Brooklyn, NY; and 4 great-grandsons, Benjamin Kelly, Luke Zamagni, Ian Kelly, and Roman Lang. He was also the brother of the late James and Robert Kelly and Mary Lukko.

If desired, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the St. Gabriel the Archangel Building Fund, 151 Mendon St., Upton 01568.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 10, from the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton, with a funeral mass at 10 a.m.
in St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 151 Mendon St., Upton.

Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.

Calling hours at the funeral home are Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

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carmellasandersCarmella Sanders
June 4, 1924 – October 1, 2013

Carmella “Millie” (Campo) Sanders, 89, formerly of Upton, died Tuesday evening, October 1, 2013 in Life Care Center of West Bridgewater after a period of declining health. She was the widow of Norman J. Sanders, who died in 2012 after 52 years of marriage.

Mrs. Sanders was born in Boston, a daughter of the late Guiseppe and Maria (Golisano) Campo. She worked as a meat packer for Colonial Provisions in Boston for 40 years, retiring in 1986. An Upton resident since 1974, she was a communicant of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, volunteered for several years with TriValley Meals on Wheels, and had been active with the Friends of Upton Elders.

She leaves one brother, John Campo of Bridgewater; a sister, Frances Vierria of San Jose, CA; two stepchildren, Norman Sanders, Jr. of Upton and Gail Cannon of Reading; 3 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Mary Loucks, Viola LaPonta, and Salvatore Campo.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral services will be held Fri., Oct. 4, from the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home (www.uptonfunerals.com), 45 Main St., Upton, with a funeral mass at 11 a.m. in St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 151 Mendon St., Upton. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery. A calling hour at the funeral home is Fri. from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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