Obituaries

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-Pederson 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:
http://www.RoneyFuneralHome.com – See more at:http://www.roneyfuneralhome.com/obituary/STEWART-A.-WHITNEY/GRAFTON–UPTON-MA/1380908#sthash.2KnhdxeD.dpuf

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

courtesy of legacy.com

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

courtesy of Buma Funeral Homes

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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 

courtesy of  James E. Kellett and Son Funeral Home

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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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Dorothy (Young) Bates

Dorothy (Young) Bates
March 12, 1928 – September 26, 2013
Mendon, MA

Dorothy (Young) Bates, 85, of Mendon and formerly of Upton, died Thursday morning, September 26, 2013, in Beaumont Nursing Center in Westborough after a long period of declining health. She was the widow of Daniel F. Bates, who died in 2003.

Dot was born in Milford, a daughter of the late Charles and Hannah (Lawson) Young. She worked in the West Upton hat industry and at the former Draper Corp. in Hopedale, and then as a school bus driver for P & T Bus Company for many years. A charter member of the Upton Bloomer Girls, she was recently honored for 50 years of service to that organization. She especially enjoyed Bingo and riding her bike along the Cape Cod Canal.

She leaves one son, Daniel C. Bates and his wife Ann Marie of Upton; a daughter, Donna M. MacNaughton and her husband Mark of Mendon; 4 grandchildren, Mark G. MacNaughton of Uxbridge, Daniel W. Bates of Upton, Melissa Scott of Hopkinton, and Jessie McMaster of Franklin; and 5 great-grandchildren. She was also the sister of the late Mabel Phipps.

The family extends thanks to the staff at Beaumont Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation for all the wonderful care and support. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Bloomer Girls, Box 121, Upton 01568.


Funeral services will be held Monday, September 30, at 10 a.m.
in the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton.

Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery in Upton.

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

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wellmanMarion E. (Whitney) Wellman, 87, and Donald A. “Flash” Wellman, 89, – Longtime Residents of Upton Died 4 Days Apart, Now Together for Eternity

Marion E. (Whitney) Wellman, 87, and Donald A. “Flash” Wellman, 89, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on September 8 and September 11, 2013 respectively. They were married for 65 years.

Marion, born in Grafton, and daughter of the late Daniel and Nora (McCarthy) Whitney, was a graduate of Grafton High School. Don, born in Milford, son of the late Ernest and Hazel (Houghton) Wellman, was a graduate of Upton High School. He was a World War II Army veteran who saw action in the European Theater proudly serving General Patton’s Third Army, Yankee Division.  Don and Marion married on July 30, 1948 and lived in Upton until 1987 when they moved to Newcastle and Buxton ME; since 2008 they’ve resided in Sutton.

Marion and Don had long careers with the U.S. Postal Service. Marion worked at the Upton Post Office, and Don in Westborough. Don had previously worked as a textile engineer at the former Draper Corp. in Hopedale.

Marion earned a Bachelor of Braille Transcription and manually transcribed printed textbooks. She was a licensed day care provider and a US Census taker for many years. In addition, she was active in the Women’s Auxiliary and Girl Scouts. Marion was a master gardener, voracious reader, excellent cook, and a skilled knitter.

Don was a member of the Marshall-Leland American Legion Post in Upton and for many years refereed high school basketball and coached baseball from Farm League through Babe Ruth. Don served the community as Registrar of Voters, an Associate member of the Zoning Board, and on the Mendon-Upton School Board, Board of Fire Engineers, Military Draft Board, and the Boys Club.

Marion and Don were members of the United Parish of Upton and   the First Congregational Church of Buxton, ME.

They leave 3 children, Deb Hebert and husband Dave of Sutton, Jane Wellman-Little and husband Paul of Bradford, ME, and Stan Wellman and wife Susan of Spokane, WA; 6 grandchildren: Leigh Gates, Wilmington, NC; Alex Hebert, South Boston; Gabrielle Booth, Windham, ME; Zoe Little, Bradford, ME; Kyl Wellman, Seattle, WA; and Marianne Wellman, Portland, OR; 3 great-grandchildren: Hannah and Nathan Gates and Nora Booth. Don leaves his sister, Dorothy Francis of Upton. Marion was sister to the late Daniel, David, Charles, and Paul Whitney, and Marjorie Sadler.

Marion and Don had a great love for their family and each other. They raised their children to value the importance of community service, to love the natural world, and to be stewards of the environment.

Memorial donations may be made to Honor Flight New England, PO Box 16287, Hooksett, NH 03106.

They died 4 days apart.
Two good, wonderful people,
two meaningful lives,
two peaceful deaths,
now together for eternity.

Following a private burial in Lakeview Cemetery, the family invites you to a memorial service at Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main Street, Upton, 10 a.m., Saturday, November 9, 2013.

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F. Blaine Hawkes, 86 – Past Chairman of the Mendon Conservation Committee

F. Blaine Hawkes

Born :01-18-1927
Died: 08-17-2013
Birthplace: Taunton
Resided In: Mendon
Visitation to be held on: Wed. Aug. 21, 2013 from 3 – 6 PM in Uxbridge funeral home
Services to be held on: Wed. Aug. 21, 2013 at 6 PM in Uxbridge funeral home
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Mendon – F. Blaine Hawkes, 86 , of Pleasant St. died Sat. August 17, 2013 in Lydia Taft House, Uxbridge. He was the husband of the late Alma V. (Salve) Hawkes who died in 2012.

Mr. Hawkes was a teacher for the Norfolk County Agricultural School where he was employed for 34 years before retiring in 1987.

Mr. Hawkes was born on January 18th, 1927 in Taunton; the son of the late Wyman E. and Eliza V. (Atherton) Hawkes.

Mr. Hawkes graduated from Mt. Hermon School, in Northfield, MA, class of 1946, and then went on to the University of Maine where he graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree.

Mr. Hawkes was a member of the National American Farmers Association, a former member and leader of the 4H Club, Worcester County Advisory, a member of the 7th Degree (The Grange), and Past President of the New England Hereford Cattle Association. He was a member, and past chairman of the Conservation Committee in Mendon for 18 years and was the former owner of the Arthur Robinson farm in Mendon.

He took great pride in sharing his knowledge, teachings, and passion of animals and agriculture to all – both young and old, and especially to his family.

Mr. Hawkes is survived by his two sons Peter W. Hawkes of Mendon, and Charles B. Hawkes of Whitinsville; one daughter Betsy C. Brady of Farmington, ME; and 7 Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wed. Aug. 21 at 6 PM in the Buma Funeral Home, 101 North Main St., Rte. 122, Uxbridge.

Visiting hours will be Wed. from 3 – 6 PM in the funeral home prior to the funeral service.

Interment will be in Chase Cemetery in East Wyndam, ME at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Worcester City 4-H Advisory Council, c/o Alice Shaw, 17 Douglas Rd., Oxford, MA 01540 or to the Life Choice Hospice, 12 Midstate Dr., Auburn, MA 01501.

courtesy of Buma Funeral Homes http://www.bumafuneralhome.com

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dbDavid Michael Baldiga, 53, of Upton

David Michael Baldiga, 53, of Upton, died peacefully July 6, 2013 surrounded by his family. Born August 5, 1959, Dave grew up in Bellingham and Mendon and was an Eagle Scout and 1977 graduate of Nipmuc Regional High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and worked for more than 30 years in the construction management field. Dave was married to the love of his life, Christine (Dodd), for 31 years. As leaders in the Worldwide Marriage Encounter ministry, Dave and Chris witnessed their love for each other to countless couples and priests throughout New England and the world.

As active members of Holy Angels Parish in Upton, Dave and Chris served as Eucharistic Ministers and taught religious education classes. In 2005, when the Catholic communities of Mendon and Upton decided to build a new church, Dave’s passion and experience called him to take on a leadership role in the planning and building of the new Saint Gabriel’s Church.

Dave’s first love and devotion has always been his family. He loved exploring the outdoors, especially mountain-top vistas, with his family. Dave and his family cherished their time together camping and skiing in the White Mountains and discovering the world on their trips across the country, Italy, and Greece.

In addition to his wife, Dave is survived by his loving parents Robert and Lois Baldiga of Mendon; his children, Sarah of Cambridge, Julie and her fiancé William Fitzpatrick of Framingham, and Jonathan and his wife Christina of Salem; and his three brothers, William and his wife Nancy of Milford, Mark of Cape Coral, FL, and Joseph and his wife Mary of Hopkinton. Dave is also survived by 14 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to the Saint Gabriel’s Building Fund, 151 Mendon Street, Upton, MA 01568 or to the Rise Above Foundation at http://www.weriseabove.org.

A funeral Mass and rite of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, July 11, at 10am at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Church, 151 Mendon Street, Upton. 

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

Calling hours at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Church are Wednesday, July 10, from 5 to 8 pm, closing with a vigil service of prayer at 8pm.

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Bryce K. Griswold

Born :01-04-1965
Died: 06-23-2013
Birthplace: Cuba, NY
Resided In: Mendon, MA
Visitation to be held on: Friday June 28, 2013 from 4-7 PM in the Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home
Services to be held on: Friday June 28, 2013 @ 7 PM in the Buma Sargeant Funeral Home
Cemetery: Private
Mendon – Bryce K. Griswold, 48, of Mendon passed away unexpectedly Sun. June 23, 2013 while on a hiking trip at Mt. Monadnock, NH. He was the husband of Charlene G. (Trask) Griswold.
A resident of Mendon for the past 14 years, he was presently working for LogRhythm, Inc. for the past 5 years. Previously, he had been employed at Imperva and Authentica. Prior to living in Mendon, he was a resident of Hopedale.
Bryce was born in 1965 in Cuba, NY the son of Sunnie (Day) Griswold of Canisteo, NY and the late Walter Griswold and was a graduate of Canisteo High School and received his degree from Alfred State College, Alfred, NY.
He loved to spend his time surrounded by those he cared most about, his family; especially his children and his wife. He was a devoted husband, wonderful father, loving son, caring brother and true friend. He lived passionately, enjoying diverse music, the outdoors, hiking in the mountains and hunting in the woods of his childhood home. He had a true appreciation of nature and all living things. He was extremely good natured, always willing to help others.
In addition to his loving wife Charlene and his mother Sunnie, he is survived by a son Jared C. Griswold, 16 and a daughter Skylar J. Griswold, 18 both of Mendon; a sister Becky Griswold of Elmira, NY; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Visiting hours will be held Friday June 28, 2013 from 4 – 7 PM in the Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home, 42 Congress St., Milford, MA followed by a prayer service at 7 PM in the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the “Griswold Educational Memorial” fund that has been set up for his children Skylar and Jared through Citizens Bank, 196 E Main St, Milford, MA 01757 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, MA Chapter, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472 in memory of Bryce’s father Walter Griswold.

Courtesy of Buma Funeral Home

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