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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 www.healdchiampa.com. To schedule a tour of the funeral home or learn more about the benefits of planning ahead, please call 508-842-3700 or email jim@healdchiampa.com.


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May 26, 2014

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August 20, 1926 - March 31, 2014

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March 29, 2014

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February 29, 1924 - March 23, 2014

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March 19, 2014

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August 8, 1971 - March 18, 2014

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June 29, 1920 - March 15, 2014

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July 9, 1937 - March 14, 2014

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February 16, 1960 - March 3, 2014

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Walter Josti

March 1, 2014

Walter J. Josti lived by the words of Lord Baden Powell: "The real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try to leave this world a little better than you find it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate, you have not wasted your time, but done your best." Saturday, March 1st, on a late winter afternoon in the quiet of his home...
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Peter Barnes

February 24, 2014

Peter L. Barnes, of Worcester, died at home with family gathered by his side on Monday, February 24, 2014. He was 73. Diagnosed with cancer over 4 years ago he never let his illness define or defeat him. On March 28, 1940 in Worcester Peter was born to the late Frank L. and Anna V. (Sjoberg) Barnes. Both his parents died when he was a young boy and his late sister, Evelyn and husband, Walter...
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Camilla Quaranta

November 6, 1919 - February 23, 2014

Camilla M. Quaranta, a longtime Shrewsbury resident, died Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Sterling Village Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was 94. Camilla was born November 6, 1919 in Shrewsbury a daughter of the late Joseph and Lena (Pepper) Quaranta. She was raised in Shrewsbury and graduated from the former Maj. Howard W. Beal High School. 'Cam' worked as a hairdresser at the former...
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Jeffrey Onorato

May 1, 1958 - February 22, 2014

Jeffrey E. Onorato, of Shrewsbury, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, February 22, 2014. He was 55. He leaves his parents, Dr. Nicholas L. and Betty L. (Settegren) Onorato; his siblings, Gary C. Onorato and his wife, Susan, and Glenn S. Onorato, all of Shrewsbury, Nicholas L. Onorato and his wife, Ellen, of Grafton, Lisa B. Kinney and her husband, Christopher, of Leominster and Deborah L....
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Raymond Hmura

February 22, 2014

Raymond J. Hmura, died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at his home in Shrewsbury surrounded by his family. He was 90. On January 9, 1924, Raymond was born in Worcester to the late Joseph F. and Katherine M. (Pajak) Hmura. A lifelong resident of Shrewsbury, he graduated from Maj. Howard Beal High School Class of 1942 and attended Worcester Jr. College where he studied to become an Electrician. ...
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Teresa Adams

February 15, 2014

Teresa A. Adams, died on Saturday, February 15, 2014 in UMass Memorial Healthcare after a brief illness. She was 100. She was born in Worcester on November 6, 1913 one of nine children to the late Peter and Mary (Abdella) Adams. She graduated from North High School and Worcester State University and later did graduate studies at Harvard University in special education. Her teaching career...
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Harvey Gregoire

July 3, 1962 - February 14, 2014

Harvey E. Gregoire, of Auburn, died unexpectedly at St. Vincent Hospital on Friday, February 14, 2014 after being stricken ill at home. He was 51. He was born July 3, 1962 in Worcester a son of the late Emile and Barbara (Waterhouse) Gregoire and graduated from Worcester Vocational School. For over 35 years, Harvey worked for Wright Line, now a division of Eaton Corporation. Harvey's...
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Joan Lotuff

December 12, 1937 - February 13, 2014

Joan C. Lotuff, of The Villages, Florida, and a longtime Shrewsbury resident passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014. She was 76. Joan was born December 12, 1937 in North Attleborough, a daughter of the late Austin and Beatrice (Ganzi) Morrill. She graduated from North Attleborough High School in 1956 and then attended the Hubbard Business School in Rhode Island as well as the Rhode Island...
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David Ward

March 7, 1955 - February 13, 2014

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, in the quiet beauty of an early winter morning, David Ward died peacefully at home. His family had been by his side constantly during his valiant battle with cancer. He was 58. David Hastings Ward was born March 7, 1955, a son of Lucy (Hastings) Ward and the late Bruce B. Ward. A lifelong Shrewsbury resident, he graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 1973. ...
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Corinne Galipeau

October 25, 1930 - February 12, 2014

Corinne D. (Dalbeck) Galipeau succumbed to Alzheimer's Disease on February 12, 2014 at Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester. She was 83. Born in Urbana, Illinois, she was the oldest of three daughters of Leon and Dorothy Dalbeck. She lived in Shrewsbury most her life, and moved to Dudley in 1985. Corinne attended Ascension High School and graduated from St. Vincent School of...
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Endre Maroti

March 21, 1937 - February 10, 2014

Endre S. Maroti passed away peacefully at his home in Shrewsbury on Monday, surrounded by family, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 76. He was born in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Jozsef and Iren (Paczolay) Maroti. He emigrated to the United States in 1957 becoming a U.S. citizen in 1962. Endre was a Professional Engineer and Chief Electrical Engineer at...
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Daniel Murphy

February 7, 2014

Daniel O. Murphy, a longtime Shrewsbury resident, passed away on Friday February 7th at the Vibra Hospital in Leicester with his family by his side. He was 90. On February 23, 1923, Daniel was born, in Manchester, NH, 1 of 9 children to William F. and Adora (Svenson) Murphy . Daniel grew up in Holden and was a graduate of Holden High School, Class of 1941. He went on to study engineering at...
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Geraldine Tobin

January 22, 1942 - February 1, 2014

With her family gathered by her side Geraldine F. (Cote) (Premo) Tobin died peacefully, Saturday, February 1, 2014 in Lowell General Hospital after a valiant battle with cancer. She was 72. On January 22, 1942 in Worcester, MA, Hervey and Emily (Brisebois) Cote welcomed Geraldine into the world. She was raised in Auburn and graduated from Holy Name High School, class of 1960. She moved to...
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Agnes Dervan

August 8, 1910 - January 25, 2014

Imagine the story that is told of someone who lived to be almost 104 years old. Agnes Dervan's autobiography is quite a story. She witnessed monumental and life changing events such world wars, The Great Depression, a flu epidemic, the assassination of Presidents to perhaps more simple inventions like the first crossword puzzle, gas street lanterns, the television and telephone to iPods and the...
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Antoinette DeMaria

August 26, 1933 - January 23, 2014

G. Antoinette "Gerry" (DiCarlo) DeMaria of Northborough, a longtime Shrewsbury resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday January 23, 2014 after a short illness, surrounded by her loving family. Her love, kindness, and loyalty were her most precious gifts to those who knew her, and she will be fondly remembered by the many people whose lives she touched. Gerry was born in Portland, Maine to...
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Vincenzo Virzi

February 6, 1940 - January 23, 2014

In the comfort of his home and surrounded by the people who completed his world, Vincenzo Virzi died peacefully on Thursday, January 23, 2014. He was 74. On February 6, 1940 in Montescaglioso, Provincia da Matera, Italy Vincenzo was born to Angelo and Antoinette (Morano) Virzi. He immigrated to United States at age 14 settling in the Italian neighborhood of Worcester, Shrewsbury Street. He...
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John McCracken

April 20, 1933 - January 19, 2014

Mr. John H. McCracken, of Norfolk, died Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale with his family gathered by his side. He was 80. John was born April 20, 1933, in Boston a son of the late Samuel G. and Eva Jane (Kerr) McCracken. Raised and educated in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, he graduated from Boston Technical High School. He furthered his...
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Mildred Rondeau

January 19, 2014

Mildred R. Rondeau, died Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Beaumont Skilled Nursing Facility in Northborough with her family by her side. She was 95. On October 11, 1918, Mildred was born in Worcester to Harry L. and Mildred F. (Scott) Hultquist. Mildred grew up in Worcester attending South High School and was a resident of Shrewsbury since 1948 and shared time at their home in Tampa, Florida....
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Barbara Lee Finckler

January 9, 2014

Barbara Lee Finckler, 65, of Shrewsbury passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 9, with family. She will be deeply missed by those who cherished her as a caring and giving presence. Barbara impacted many as an elementary school teacher for 14 years in Illinois and Wisconsin and was planning her retirement after 20 years at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She is survived by her husband,...
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Lisa Georgules

July 8, 1971 - December 15, 2013

On July 8, 1971 in Washington, D.C., Richard and Lynn McCloskey welcomed their daughter, Lisa, into the world. Sadly, on December 15, 2013 they, along with Lisa's husband, Stefan and other family members, held her hands as she died. She passed away unexpectedly after being stricken ill at home. Raised and educated in Maryland, she graduated in 1989 from Centennial High School in Ellicott City...
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Helen J. Zingarelli

December 14, 2013

Helen J. (Mastro) Zingarelli, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, December 14, 2013 in UMASS Medical Center in Worcester. She was 97. On June 21, 1916 Helen was born in Worcester one of fourteen children of Italian immigrants William F. and Viola (Congahilia) Mastro Sr. A life-long Shrewsbury resident, she worked for 23 years as a clerk then a buyer at the former well...
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Robert Guyott

December 14, 1992 - November 18, 2013

To know Robby Guyott was to love him. He was larger than life. With a contagious sense of humor and infectious laugh he left an impression on everyone he met. Robert O. Guyott, born on December 14, 1992 along with his twin sister, Lizzie arrived to the loving embrace and welcome of his parents, Stephen and Margaret (Campbell) Guyott. 'Robby' as he was lovingly known to all died unexpectedly at...
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Keith L. Risk

August 26, 1943 - November 15, 2013

Keith L. Risk, of Webster, formerly of Shrewsbury, died unexpectedly on Friday November 15, 2013 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Worcester. He was 70. Born on August 26, 1943 North Hornell, NY, he was the son of William and Winifred (Ray) Risk. Raised and educated in Rhode Island he earned a Bachelor's degree in business from the University of Rhode Island. For over 30 years he worked as...
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Ronald Cross

January 14, 1956 - November 15, 2013

In the comfort of his home and surrounded by the love and care of his family, Ronald G. Cross died on Friday, November 15, 2013 at age 57. When someone you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure. Life changed for Gordon and Margaret T. (Beats) Cross on January 14, 1956 when their son Ron was born. He graduated from Doherty High School, class of 1974, and earned his Bachelor of...
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David O'Donnell

August 17, 1936 - November 12, 2013

David Barry O'Donnell passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the age of 77. Born on August 17, 1936 in Worcester he was a son of the late Valentine and Agnes (Sullivan) O'Donnell and graduated from St. Peter's High School in 1954 as class valedictorian. He earned Bachelor and Master degrees from Fitchburg State College. He honorably served in the...
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Lorraine Covino

November 2, 2013

Lorraine M. Covino, 83, of Shrewsbury, died peacefully on Saturday, November 2nd in Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Methuen, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Herbert and Rita Aurelia (Lafrenier) Gallagher. She attended St. Rita's School and St. Mary's High School in Lawrence. During high school, she met her future husband, Benjamin G. Covino, and they married at St....
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Kent Hostetler

October 23, 1947 - October 26, 2013

Mr. Kent B. Hostetler, of Shrewsbury, died at home on Saturday, October 26, 2013. He was 66. Kent was born October 23, 1947 in Columbus, Ohio a son of the late Rex and and Lela (Murphy) Hostetler. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School and later attended Ohio State University. Kent married Vicki C. Giumentaro in Saint Anne's Church on May 27, 1972. He honorably served his country in the...
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Lawrence Cudmore

May 23, 1936 - October 17, 2013

Lawrence Earl Cudmore, of Shrewsbury, died Thursday, October 17, 2013 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease surrounded by family. He was 77. Born May 23, 1936 in Brockton he was a son of the late Alfred Wallace and Evelyn Mae (Dahlen) Cudmore. He graduated from Brockton High School where he lettered and played varsity basketball on the team that won the state championship at the...
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John 'Jake' Marshall

April 1, 1924 - October 14, 2013

Mr. John T. Marshall Jr., of Leominster, died at home in Leominster Crossings Assisted Living on Monday, October 14, 2013. He was 89. John, known lovingly to family and friends as 'Jake', was born April 1, 1924 in Hackensack, New Jersey the only child to the late John T. and Alice Cecelia (McGrath) Marshall. He was raised in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey and lived many years in Glastonbury,...
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Kathleen Bousquet

October 11, 2013

Kathleen M. "Kathy" (Shannon) Bousquet, of Worcester, died Friday, October 11, 2013 at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was 65. Kathy was born in Shrewsbury, a daughter of the late James "Skippy" Shannon. She graduated Shrewsbury High School with the class of 1965 and on May 5, 1966 in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, she...
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Richard J. Lake, Sr.

February 20, 1925 - October 5, 2013

Rev. Richard John Lake, Sr., of Shrewsbury, died peacefully October 5, 2013 after a long life of service to Jesus Christ. He was 88. He was born in Neshaminy Falls, PA to the late Lewis and Ethel Mae Lake and later lived in Churchville, PA. Richard is predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Dolores Jayne (Austin) Lake, his brother, Thomas Lake and his sister, Mabel (Lake) Rogers. He is survived...
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Nicolette Colangelo

October 2, 2013

Nicolette P. (Napolitano) Colangelo, of Westborough, formerly of Shrewsbury died of natural causes on Tuesday, October 2, 2013. Nicolette leaves her four children and their spouses, Johanna and Ron Maloney of Shrewsbury, Phyllis and John Brothers of Shrewsbury, Eugene and Dona Colangelo of Westborough, and Julio and Sue Colangelo Jr., of Land O'Lakes, Florida; eight grandchildren; sixteen...
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Lillian M. Cooper

August 31, 1925 - October 1, 2013

Lillian M. (Ploof) Cooper, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Shrewsbury and Grafton, passed away at Vitas Hospice in Florida on Monday, October 1, 2013. She was 88. Lillian was born on August 31, 1925, daughter of the late Arthur and Nellie (Tatro) Ploof in Richford, Vermont. Raised until she was 10 years old in Vermont, Lillian moved to Milford, MA before moving Shrewsbury where she spent...
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Marie Oates

August 23, 1933 - September 24, 2013

Marie (DiAngelo) Oates, of Holden, died Tuesday, September 24, 2013 in UMASS - Memorial Healthcare. She was 80. Marie was born August 23, 1923 in New York City a daughter of Frances (Pavone) DiAngelo and the late Joseph DiAngelo. She was raised in the Astoria neighborhood in Queens, New York. In 1968 she moved with her husband and family to Stony Brook where they would make their home until...
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John W. Ambach

March 13, 1943 - September 24, 2013

John W. Ambach, of Shrewsbury, died unexpectedly after a short illness on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at St. Vincent Hospital in the care of his loving family. He was 70. John was born March 13, 1943 in Needham, a son of the late Harold E. and Margaret Ellen (Lamond) Ambach. Raised in Shrewsbury, he attended Shrewsbury High School and later graduated from Newman Prep in Worcester. He joined...
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Barbara Johnson

October 13, 1919 - September 4, 2013

Barbara E. (Henderson) Johnson, of Shrewsbury, died Wednesday, September 4, 2013 in Millbury Healthcare Center. She was 93. Born on October 13, 1919 in Fitchburg she was a daughter of the late Francis and Ellen (Leamy) Henderson. Her husband of nearly 73 years, Irving H. 'Howie' Johnson died June 27, 2012. She leaves her children, Gail E. (Johnson) St. Pierre and Carole B. (Johnson) Bowles and...
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Kevork 'Kev' Tevekelian

October 8, 1965 - August 29, 2013

Kevork H. 'Kev' Tevekelian, of Shrewsbury, died on Thursday, August 29, 2013 with family gathered by his side after a valiant 8 year battle with Multiple Myeloma. His life and the manner in which he approached his sickness and death is a testament to the person so many people loved. Born on October 8, 1965 at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge he was the son of Kevork H. Tevekelian and Carol A....
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Matthew Grady

May 29, 1981 - August 25, 2013

Matthew Christopher Grady, age 32, of Boston and Northborough, MA passed unexpectedly while at work on Sunday, August 25th. He was born on May 29th 1981 in Natick, MA. Matt was the son of Michael Grady of Boston, MA and Janet Grady (Tomashunas) of Norwell, MA. A bright light in our lives has been dimmed. Matthew was a smart, kind, compassionate, and generous young man with a gentle spirit....
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Thelma Martel

August 15, 1927 - August 21, 2013

Thelma M. (Puls) Martel, of Shrewsbury, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at home under the comfortable care of hospice while holding the loving hand of her husband of 62 years and in the company of her family. She was 86. She was born August 15, 1927 in Webster the youngest child of Charles and Flora (Cyr) Puls. Thelma graduated from Bartlett High School in 1945 and on October 20, 1951 she...
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Helen Petino

November 14, 1911 - August 4, 2013

Helen L. Petino, of Northborough, died Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the Beaumont Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility surrounded by her family. She was 101. Born November 14, 1911 in Middletown, Connecticut she was a daughter of the late Leo and Jenny (Buckland) Santangelo. Raised and educated in Middletown, Helen was a graduate of Middletown High School Class of 1929. She lived most of...
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Margaret Saba

March 15, 1921 - July 25, 2013

Margaret A. (Kelley) Saba, of Shrewsbury peacefully died Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Countryside Healthcare of Milford. Her family was at her side. She had spent the last three years of her life compassionately cared for and beloved by all the staff of Countryside. She was born on March 15, 1921 in Norwood Massachusetts, the daughter of Syrian immigrants Michael and Mary (Deeb) Kelley. She...
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William L. Keville

October 24, 1926 - July 13, 2013

William L. Keville, Sr. died peacefully Saturday, July 13 at home following a long illness. He leaves his wife of 61 years, Kathleen (Fitzgerald) Keville and two children, William L. Keville, Jr. and his wife Nicolyn, and Kathleen and her husband Justin O'Leary. He also leaves five grandchildren: Caitlin, Brian and Timothy Keville and Patrick and Kate O'Leary. He leaves a half-brother,...
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Subhadra Rambhatla

September 13, 1931 - July 11, 2013

Subhadra Rambhatla, of Shrewsbury, died Thursday, July 11, 2013 in UMass Memorial Healthcare in Worcester. She was 81. She was born on September 13, 1931 in Enugumahal, Andrah Pradesh, India a daughter of the late Subbanna Gannavarapu and Parvatamma Karra and immigrated to the United States in 2002 to be closer to her children. She was a fantastic cook and anyone who ever visited her home...
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