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Shrewsbury’s Historic Landmark, The Sumner House, Restored and Begins New Chapter

Community Open House to be Hosted Saturday, October 16, 2010

SHREWSBURY, MA. – September 28, 2010 – After significant planning, thought and renovation, Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors has officially opened their doors to help the families of Shrewsbury and surrounding communities navigate through one of the most difficult times in life.

James and John Heald and their partner David Chiampa, all decades-long Shrewsbury residents, took ownership of the historic and prestigious property known as The Sumner House on April 15, 2010. Their goal was to fulfill their common lifelong dream of owning and operating a funeral home in the community where they live and have so many deep rooted relationships.

With their combined service of over 60 years, this group is reinventing funeral service as people know it today. “We consider it our honor, duty and privilege to serve the families that choose us to help them plan a meaningful and memorable funeral,” says Jim Heald, manager and partner of Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors. “We are going to change the way funerals have been done through exceptional personal service and we will do it in a way that will honor, remember and celebrate a life lived,” he adds.

Located in the center of Shrewsbury adjacent to the Town Common, The Sumer House is a well-recognized landmark that has long been admired by residents and visitors alike. Originally built in 1797, the home was used as a residence by the Reverend Joseph Sumner and his descendents through the late 1980s. In recent years the property had been operated as a Bed & Breakfast until it was put on the real estate market, where it remained for an extended amount of time.

There was genuine concern and fear among Shrewsbury residents that the eventual sale of the Nationally Registered Historic Property would result in it being torn down and repurposed for commercial retail use. The partners of Heald & Chiampa, however, recognized the home could be saved and restored to serve the broader community. “I have always been intrigued with the property and its architecture. In the past I had the chance to attend public functions hosted there and thought it would make a beautiful funeral home. I stopped by one Saturday morning to inquire about it and I am glad that I did…..the rest is history,” says partner John Heald. “We believe strongly that with this next phase of The Sumner House we have the opportunity to preserve its place in our town’s history, ensuring that it will continue to be an important gathering place for townsfolk, their family and friends,” Heald stated.

In their approach to revitalizing and restoring the property, the partners were committed to retaining the historical value and appearance of the home. The group worked collaboratively with a number of different organizations and individuals to accomplish this goal. Among those who provided the guidance and expertise allowing for this seamless transition were The Shrewsbury Historic Commission, The Architectural Access Board (governing ADA compliance), The Shrewsbury Garden Club and a diverse group of local civic leaders, officials and Town Board members. While maintaining the structural integrity of the building, there have been a number of improvements made to the property including a 60-car parking lot, handicap access throughout and much more.

Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors will welcome family, friends, the community of Shrewsbury and residents of surrounding areas to The Sumner House for a grand opening celebration on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 2pm – 7pm. As partner David Chiampa indicated, “We are looking forward to opening and sharing with the community what has been a culmination of hard work and dedication.” He also adds, “We’ve preserved an iconic property and it will now serve the residents of Shrewsbury and beyond in a very meaningful, deep, and personal way.”

During the open house event, there will be a blessing of the home and a special dedication at 4:00 pm for the Heald’s father, Stephen W. Heald Sr., who passed away September 28, 2009. Steve hailed from a family of funeral directors in his native Vermont and was a mentor and steward to his boys and they collectively shared the dream of a family owned funeral home in Shrewsbury. In his final weeks, Steve asked his sons if it might be possible that his services take place at The Sumner House. After careful planning and appropriate compliance, he was told just days before he died that The Sumner House would be the place where his family and friends would gather to honor, remember and celebrate his life. Knowing this fact gave him tremendous comfort and peace. When Steve passed just four days later, he was given a celebration of life that truly showed a community how to honor those who have passed before us. In bittersweet irony, it was the temporary use of The Sumner House for Steve Heald’s services that demonstrated how the property would succeed as a funeral home. Also, in another sign of Steve’s continued influence and spirit, Heald & Chiampa officially received clearance for its establishment certificate and licenses on September 28, 2010, the first anniversary of his death.

The Sumner House has been restored to its rightful place of prominence in the Shrewsbury community and will now serve those seeking to celebrate the lives of loved ones. For further information about Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors please visit To schedule a tour of the funeral home or learn more about the benefits of planning ahead, please call 508-842-3700 or email

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November 25, 2015

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November 16, 2015

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November 15, 2015

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Navinchandra Amin

November 2, 2015

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August 10, 1925 - October 9, 2015

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April 15, 1925 - October 7, 2015

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Marie Thomas

September 22, 1923 - October 4, 2015

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Kenneth Tumas

November 17, 1940 - October 2, 2015

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December 13, 1951 - October 2, 2015

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Michelena Rosiello

October 9, 1922 - September 25, 2015

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Marie Anderson

September 25, 2015

Marie Abbott Anderson, a resident of Shrewsbury Crossings, died on Friday, September 25, 2015. She was 98. Born on July 14, 1917, to Michael Francis and Sarah Abbott, Marie was raised in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Perry High School, she worked as the bookkeeper at her father's automobile dealership. Marie, an award winning equestrienne, met her husband of 64 years, Dr. Robert ...
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Lucy Zarette

November 2, 1921 - September 23, 2015

Lucy Zarette will be remembered as a spirited, creative, artistic and classy woman whose family and faith were the center of her life. Lucy died Wednesday, September 23, 2015 in The Coleman House in Northborough with family gathered by her side. She was 93. Lucy L. Simone was born November 2, 1921 in Worcester a daughter of the Italian immigrants (Biscegliese, provinca de Bari) the late...
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Eleanor Parmenter

February 13, 1921 - September 23, 2015

On February 13, 1921 at home on the farm on Boylston Circle Eleanor B. Dean was born in the middle of a winter storm a daughter to the late Edwin and Mabel (Beatty) Dean. She was born into modest means and this beginning of how she was made into the woman she will be lovingly remembered. Eleanor died peacefully on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 with her family by her side. She was 94. A...
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Lillian Caola

September 8, 1924 - September 20, 2015

Lillian E. (Salvi) Caola, formerly of Southgate at Shrewsbury, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2015. She was 91. She was born September 8, 1924 in Wellesley, MA and was predeceased by her beloved husband, Henry G. Caola and their daughter, Jean E. Caola. She leaves her children, John R. Caola and his wife, Tamara Dunn of Wellington, Florida, Jane E. Caola of Shrewsbury, June E. Stokoe and...
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Nancy Maloney-Thomas

April 2, 1959 - September 16, 2015

Growing up in a large Catholic family teaches each child about sacrifice. It means sharing bedrooms, bathrooms, hand-me-down clothing, babysitting so parents might have a night out and a list of other responsibilities. But in the end it also means a lifetime of unconditional love of family who are also friends. Nancy A. Maloney was born April 2, 1959 one of ten children to Donald and June ...
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Janice Sklut

April 24, 1939 - September 14, 2015

Our lovely wife and mother passed on to a better place Monday, September 14, 2015 surrounded by family at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester after a long battle with respiratory disease. She was 76. Janice B. Sklut was born at home in West Boylston on April 24, 1939 to Alexander and Eleanor (Stratton) Rindfleisch in 1939. She grew up in a small house with her parents and seven...
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Jane Levasseur Valinski

September 3, 2015

Jane M. (Healy) Levasseur Valinski died Thursday, September 3, 2015 in the Rose Monahan Hospice Residence in Worcester. She was 52. Jane was born July 11, 1963, in Worcester. The daughter of the late Edward P. and Mary Jean (Grogan) Healy was a graduate of Doherty Memorial High School in 1981. She then earned her Bachelor's degree from Saint Anselm College. She married Thomas M. Levasseur on...
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Mary Altomare

September 5, 1932 - September 1, 2015

Mary Altomare passed away on Tuesday, September 01, 2015 at the Lutheran Rehabilitation and Skilled Center in Worcester. She was 82. Mary M. Magill was born September 5, 1932 in Grafton. A daughter of the late Henry and Agnes (Diver) Magill, Mary was raised in Grafton and graduated from the former St. Stephen's High School, class of 1950. She earned her bachelor's degree from and graduated...
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Ilene Cosmas

May 11, 1936 - August 29, 2015

Ilene (Baskind) Cosmas, of The Community at Orchard Meadows in Shrewsbury, formerly of Wayland, lost her three year valiant battle with cancer on Saturday, August 29, 2015. She was 79. She was born on May 11, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio a daughter of the late John 'Jack' and Lillian (Sudugor) Baskind. After graduating Shaker Heights High School she attended Ohio University School of Journalism. ...
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Pauline Posthuma

August 28, 2015

Pauline Posthuma's valiant struggle with cancer ended peacefully on Friday, August 28, 2015 in her home surrounded by the loved of her family and close friends. She was 79. Those whom we have loved and lose are no longer where they were before. They are wherever we are. Pauline F. Marrone was born October 17, 1935 in Worcester a daughter of the late James and Olive (Sunderland) Marrone. A...
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Stanley Bartlett

August 9, 1927 - August 21, 2015

Stan Bartlett's doctor recently asked him what he likes to do. His response was simple: 'hard work'. Perhaps this was the key to his long, good and simple life. He died peacefully Friday, August 21, 2015 at home with family by his side. He was 88. Stanley W. Bartlett was born August 9, 1927 in Worcester a son of the late Wilbur and Evelyn (Warner) Bartlett. A lifelong resident of Shrewsbury...
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Joan Moreschi

February 18, 1939 - August 19, 2015

Emma Moreschi taught her daughters to 'live in this world.' And her daughter, Joan Moreschi did so every day right up until her last on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 when she died unexpectedly but peacefully with family and friends at her side. She was 76. Joan Rita Moreschi was born February 18, 1939, in Worcester, a daughter of the late Paul (a native of Abruzzo, Italy) and Emma (Vacca)...
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Odette Meola

April 8, 1947 - August 4, 2015

Odette L. (Allain) Meola, of Worcester, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, August 4, 2015 in UMASS Memorial Hospital. She was 68. Born on April 8, 1947 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada she was the daughter of Juanita (Richard) Allain and the late Joffre Allain. She immigrated to the United States in infancy and was raised and educated in Fitchburg. She graduated from St. Bernard's High School and...
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Ava Nicole Malochuab

August 3, 2015 - August 3, 2015

Infant Ava Nicole Malochuab, daughter of John and Laize Malo, entered this world to to the loving arms of her parents and family and left on the same day, August 3, 2015. While Ava's time on earth here was short, she brought joy and smiles to her entire family. In heaven, Ava joins her grandfather Osmar Chuab. In addition to her parents, John and Laize, Ava is survived by her sister Julieh...
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Jamie Cantwell

July 31, 2015

Jamie B. Cantwell, a resident of Shrewsbury for 22 of his young 24 years, died at his residence in Portland, Maine on July 31, 2015. Born on January 14, 1991 to Kevin & Barbara (Harrington) Cantwell, Jamie was the youngest of four children. In his short time here on earth, Jamie enjoyed many sports. A graduate of Shrewsbury High School Class of 2009, Jamie was very athletic playing basketball...
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Andrea Fitzpatrick

February 27, 1946 - July 31, 2015

Andrea V. Fitzpatrick's valiant battle with pancreatic cancer ended on July 31, 2015 when she died at home surrounded by her family. Her mind is at ease and her soul is now at rest. She was 69. Born February 27, 1946 in Worcester she was a daughter of the late Robert J. and Irene M. (Whalen) Richard and was a 1964 graduate of Commerce High School. After a very short courtship she knew the man...
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Christopher Nugent

April 12, 1985 - July 31, 2015

Christopher P. Nugent, age 30, of Jefferson, MA, left this world on July 31, 2015 after a yearlong battle with a rare neurological degenerative disease. Born in Stoughton, MA April 12, 1985, he was the beloved son of Patrick F. and Lisa A. (Peterson) Nugent. He lived in Middleboro, North Easton, Crown Point, IN and Shrewsbury, where he graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 2003. While in...
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Anna Mikutaitis

July 27, 2015

Anna T. (Moosey) Mikutaitis, of Shrewsbury, died on Monday July 27, 2015 at UMASS Memorial Hospital. She was 88. Born in Somerville on April 2, 1927, daughter of the late Chris & Annie (Hughes) Galvin. Anna was raised and educated in Arlington graduating from Arlington High School. She worked as an Operator for New England Telephone Company. She married her first husband Joseph Moosey in...
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David Creedon

July 8, 2015

David P. Creedon, 87, died in the peace and comfort of his family home on July 8, 2015 with his dear sister, Elizabeth, and other family and friends by his side. David's passing was dignified and old-fashioned in the same way that he lived his life. David was born on the 4th of July, 1928 in Worcester to James Creedon and Grace (Wyman) Creedon. One of six children, he was predeceased by his...
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Elizabeth Flanders

July 7, 1930 - July 8, 2015

Elizabeth A. 'Betty' (Marley) Flanders was born July 7, 1930 in Worcester and she died in the presence of her loving family on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. She was 85. A daughter of the late John and Helen (O'Connell) Marley she graduated from the former Commerce High School and St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing. Betty had worked as a registered nurse at St. Vincent's. Through the...
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Harriet Fuller

February 4, 1922 - July 7, 2015

'When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned toward the sky, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.' (Leonardo da Vinci) Harriet Fuller, a licensed pilot who has flown around the world reached the sky she longed to return to and is now in heaven. On Tuesday, July 7, 2015 Harriet's soul took flight as she died unexpectedly at...
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Margaret Welch

October 10, 1929 - July 7, 2015

On July 7, 2015 Margaret Caldwell (Bartlett) Welch died peacefully in the Beaumont Nursing & Skilled Rehabilitation Center. She was 85. Margaret 'Peg' Caldwell was born October 10, 1929 in Newburyport a daughter of the late Charles A. and Mary (Caldwell) Bartlett. A 1947 graduate of Newburyport High School she played basketball and was nominated best dancer her senior year. She then earned...
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Salvatore Santoro

July 5, 2015

Mr. Salvatore Santoro, of Shrewsbury, died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 5, 2015. He was 68. Salvatore was born August 29, 1946 in Serra di Pratola, Provincia di Avellino, Italy a son of the late Antonio and Maria (Santoro) Santoro. After leaving Italy over 48 years ago, Sal first went to Canada where he learned English. He then settled in the US where his first job was at Sossner Tool in...
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Marie Hurley

July 4, 2015

Throughout Marie Hurley's life faith, hope and love guided her until her passing with the presence of her family on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the Rose Monahan Hospice Residence in Worcester. She was 88. Marie E. Dowd was born August 30, 1926 in Worcester a daughter of the late John P. and Margaret (Shea) Dowd. She graduated from Commerce High School in 1944 and began work at the former Norton...
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Dottie Ryan

September 21, 1946 - June 26, 2015

Dottie Ryan's 4 year struggle with cancer ended peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2015 in St. Vincent Hospital surrounded by family and loving friend, Anne Audette. She was 68. Dorothy A. (Riendeau) Ryan was born September 21, 1946 in Ware, Massachusetts a daughter of the late Alphonse and Catherine (Winsky) Riendeau. Raised and educated in Worcester she graduated from North High School, and...
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Catherine Banks

June 25, 2015

A long life…..and well lived. Catherine Patricia "Pat" Banks died on Thursday, June 26, 2015 at the Shrewsbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was 81. Born May 6, 1934 in Worcester, the only daughter to the late George and Catherine Banks. A graduate of St. Peter's High School she also graduated from Anna Maria College and received her Masters Degree from Worcester State University....
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Bradley Coles

September 7, 1962 - June 24, 2015

Brad Coles' life was centered on one thing: his family. He cared so deeply about his wife, Kathie, his three children and their lives together as the Coles family. Sadly, Brad died unexpectedly on June 24, 2015 at home. He was 52. Bradley A. Coles was welcomed into the world on September 7, 1962 in Framingham a son of Robert M. and Joan M. (Bradley) Coles. He was raised and educated in...
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Jane Carlson

February 15, 1926 - June 22, 2015

Shrewsbury - Jane F. (Fullerton) Carlson died peacefully on Monday June 22, 2015 after a long battle with dementia. She was 89. She was born on February 15, 1926 in the Whitinsville section of Northbridge, the daughter of the late George R. and Helen W. (Wallace) Fullerton. She graduated from Northbridge High School and earned an associate degree from Lasell Junior College. While...
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Mary Dichele

January 26, 1924 - June 18, 2015

Mary E. Dichele died peacefully in the arms of her devoted daughter and caregiver, Rita, on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at her home in Shrewsbury, MA. She was 91. She was born January 26, 1924 in New Britain, Connecticut, a daughter of the late Robert and Helen (Wotcheck) Luby. Raised and educated in Connecticut, she proudly graduated from St. Joseph College in West Hartford with a Bachelor of...
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June St. Marie

June 22, 1926 - June 9, 2015

Mary 'June' St. Marie was young at heart. She died peacefully with family after a very short illness on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. At almost 89 years old she was still working in the rectory at St. Anne's Church as housekeeper….a position she loved for over 20 years. Born June 22, 1926 in Worcester Mary June Bowento was a daughter of the late Angelo and Helen (Spillane) Bowento. Raised and...
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Linda Argentati

May 16, 1947 - June 7, 2015

Linda M. Argentati died unexpectedly on Sunday, June 7, 2015. She was 68. She was born in Worcester on May 16, 1947 the only child of the late John and Carmella (Palumbo) Argentati. Raised in Worcester she moved to Shrewsbury in 1965. She worked for many salons in the area as a hairdresser. True to her Italian heritage Linda was a very good cook and baker. She enjoyed cooking for her...
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Ann Warfield

June 6, 2015

Ann Warfield's life was always centered on her family. They were with her when she passed peacefully on June 6, 2015 after two courageous battles against cancer. She was 70. Ann Marie (Bibeau) Warfield was born November 21, 1944 a daughter of Michelina (Protano) Bibeau and the late Henry Bibeau. Raised and educated in Shrewsbury she graduated from Shrewsbury High School, class of 1963 and...
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Rhoda Fleming

September 6, 1920 - May 30, 2015

GRAFTON – Rhoda M. (Crosby) Fleming died Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 94. Born on September 6, 1920 in Worcester, MA, Rhoda was the daughter of the late Valentine and Annie (Pierce) Crosby. She was married to Walter F. Fleming for over 50 years until his death in 2002. Rhoda was predeceased by her son Dennis P. Fleming, her brothers...
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Willard Weinhold

May 25, 2015

Willard H. "Bill" Weinhold, a proud veteran of the Merchant Marines who served during World War II, died on such a meaningful and poignant day when the nation celebrates our veterans, Monday, May 25, 2015. He was 90 years old. Born on August 30, 1924 in Worcester, son of the late Arno P. & Minne E. (Lindquist) Weinhold, Bill was a graduate of South High School. A decorated serviceman, Bill...
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Evelyn Breed

February 25, 1917 - May 12, 2015

A long life…..and well lived. Evelyn F. Breed died on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 in Rose Monahan Hospice in Worcester with her family by her side. She was 98. Evelyn rejoins her husband of 67 years, Frederick L. Breed who died April 13, 2012. She will be sadly missed by her family. Born February 25, 1917 in Lynn Evelyn F. Pike was the daughter of the late Hatch Carr Pike and Viola Elvira ...
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Jennifer Lee

March 1, 1985 - May 7, 2015

Jennifer M. Lee, of Peabody, a Worcester native and former resident of Winchendon, died Thursday, May 7, 2015 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 30 years old. Born on March 1, 1985 in Worcester, she was the daughter of William E. Lee and Rose M. (LaFlash) Covey. Raised in Winchendon, she also grew up on the North Shore. Jen graduated from Methuen High School in 2003...
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Louis Mathurin

March 24, 1923 - May 6, 2015

Louis A. Mathurin, co-owner and director of Happy Acres Nursery School/Kindergarten and Nita-Lou Antiques in Shrewsbury passed away on May 6, 2015 at the age of 92. He leaves his beloved wife of 70 years, Anita (Michaud) Mathurin and four daughters, Ora Aselton and her husband, Carl Aselton, MD, of Milbridge, Maine, Michelle Herx and her husband, Dennis Herx, AuD, of Falmouth, Nova Scotia,...
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Mary Beth Benison

May 3, 2015

Mary Beth Benison lived by the words of one of her favorite tongue-in-cheek songs, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Her sixteen year battle with at least four diseases including; a brain tumor, breast cancer, Mesothelioma, and finally Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, did not diminish Mary Beth's positive outlook for her world, family or...
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Emma Lapcevic

May 3, 2015

Emma Lapcevic, formerly of Westfield, NY was received into the arms of our Lord on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Worcester Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. She was 91. Daughter of the late Adam & Maria (Meier) Ammon, Emma was born in Neu-Isenberg, Germany, and grew up in the very difficult times of the Nazi era. From having her home burned down, to landing in jail for standing against the...
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Thomas Olivieri

May 2, 2015

Thomas A. Olivieri, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, died April 4, 2015 from the result of an automobile accident. He was 63. Tom was born August 14, 1951 in Queens, New York a son of Dolores (Buckner) and the late Thomas A. Olivieri and grew up on Ohio Avenue in the West End of Long Beach, New York. He graduated from Long Beach High School in in 1969. As a teen he loved hanging out on the...
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Hourieh Talebmianji

May 2, 2015

Hourieh Talebmianji died unexpectedly at her home in Shrewsbury on May 2, 2015. She was 87. Born in Zanjan, Iran daughter of the late Reza & Malakeh (Samini) Talebmianji, she came to the United States in 1987. She was predeceased by her son, Hamid Mehranfard. Hourieh lived a very simple life and most important to her was family. Survived by a daughter, Homa Daneshmand and her husband,...
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Renee Plante

April 27, 2015

Renée Plante was a free spirit in life and now in eternal life her spirit truly is free. She died on Monday, April 27, 2015 peacefully with family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 60 years old. Renée M. (Gold) Plante was born in Paterson, New Jersey, daughter of Harold M. & Kitty A. Gold, she was raised and educated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated...
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Lucas Tomaiolo Reinke

March 28, 2010 - April 27, 2015

Life brought new and immeasurable joy to Kara and Mike Reinke on March 28, 2010 when their twins were born. Lucas Tomaiolo Reinke and his sister, Mia Tomaiolo Reinke were welcomed into the world with the joy only a parent knows. On Monday, April 27, 2015 the world changed again when Lucas died unexpectedly. Gone much too soon he was just 5 years old. Lucas loved all the things perhaps typical...
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