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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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Philip Lyseth

July 30, 2016

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Lorna Waters

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Ruthe Olson

April 15, 1920 - July 24, 2016

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March 26, 1941 - July 20, 2016

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October 8, 1940 - July 14, 2016

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Rose Simonian

July 13, 2016

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Urmilla Singal

July 11, 2016

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Frances Nugent

July 6, 2016

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Indira Yaramaka

July 6, 2016

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Warren Newhouse

January 14, 1921 - July 3, 2016

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Lena Sbrogna

April 22, 1927 - June 29, 2016

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Karen Jacobs

May 12, 1967 - June 14, 2016

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Dolores Simulevich

June 7, 2016

Dolores R. (Scola) Simulevich, of Shrewsbury, died with her family by her side on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. She would have celebrated her 82nd birthday on Wednesday. She was 81. She was born June 8, 1934 in Worcester the youngest of eight children to the late Italian immigrants Michele Nunziato Scola and Angelina (Morello) Scola. Raised in the Grafton Hill neighborhood Dolores treasured the...
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Rebecca Nelson

February 24, 1950 - June 7, 2016

Rebecca A. (Roucoulet) Nelson, of Marlborough, died Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in Tippett Hospice Home in Needham. She was 66. Rebecca was born February 24, 1950 in Rutland, Vermont a daughter of the late Donald and Alice (Germaine) Roucoulet. Raised and educated in Rutland, she was a graduate of Rutland High School with the class of 1968 and then earned her Bachelor's degree from Castleton State...
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Margaret Larson

November 24, 1927 - June 6, 2016

Margaret Larson's life was rich in tradition, her faith, her Swedish heritage and above all her family. Her family and friends will cherish a lifetime of joyous memories in their hearts forever. Margaret died peacefully on Monday, June 6, 2016 with her family gathered by her side. She was 88. Margaret A. Agerholm was born on November 24, 1927 in Island Park, New York, daughter of the late...
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Diana Wolf

May 23, 2016

Diana M. 'Heidi' Wolf' of Shrewsbury, MA died peacefully on May 23 at UMass Memorial Medical Center with family members at her bedside. She was 77. She was predeceased by her parents, Harry F. Wolf and Alice Constant Francis Wolf; her grandmother Amy Alice Wilson; and her brother Harry F. Wolf, Jr. Heidi was the founder and president of Speaking American, a nonprofit that encouraged public...
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Patricia Holloway

May 23, 2016

Patricia A. (Rafferty) Holloway, of Shrewsbury, died peacefully on Monday, May 23, 2016 in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston surrounded by her loving family. She was 69. In heaven she celebrates her 70th birthday with her many family and friends who have gone before her. Pat was born May 25, 1946 in Worcester a daughter of the late James M. and Margaret (Tangney) Rafferty. Raised and...
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Harold MacCombie

May 17, 2016

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Paul Kiritsy

May 3, 2016

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Daniel O'Connor

April 24, 2016

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Arthur Skipwith

April 21, 2016

Arthur Skipwith Jr., known to many as "Skip" passed away on Thursday April 21, 2016 at UMASS Medical Center with his family by his side. He was 70. Skip was born on January 17, 1946 in Sawyersville, Alabama to the son of the late Arthur Sr. & Petronia (Long) Skipwith. He was raised in Alabama and attended college at Tennessee State graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. ...
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Manuel Simonian

November 17, 1933 - April 19, 2016

The life given us by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal. Manny Simonian's memory is eternal. He died peacefully on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. He was 82. Manuel Simonian was born November 17, 1933 in Worcester a son of Armenian immigrants Simon and Margaret (Aslanian) Simonian. A lifelong Shrewsbury resident he was a graduate of the former Maj. Howard W. Beal High...
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Alice Brennan

April 7, 2016

Alice Brennan's struggle with lung cancer ended peacefully in the comfort of her own home on Thursday, April 7, 2016 surrounded by the love of her family. She was 73. Alice E. Buckley was born September 25, 1942 in Mineola, New York, daughter of the late John and Alice (Walker) Buckley. She graduated from the former Holy Rosary Academy in Amityville, New York. She earned her bachelor's degree...
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John Connor

January 8, 1934 - April 6, 2016

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June Maloney

April 5, 2016

June Maloney always knew that while other things in life may change…it always starts and ends with family. She found the greatest joy in the closeness of her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She leaves a legacy of love and devotion. June's five year struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy came to an end peacefully on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in the presence and love...
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Vincent 'Jim' D'Errico

April 3, 2016

Jim D'Errico loved life and all his family and friends in it. He died peacefully on Sunday, April 3, 2016 with family gathered around him. He was 78. Vincent Thomas D'Errico, lovingly known to many as 'Jim' was born November 21, 1937 in Worcester a son of Italian immigrants Matteo and Isabel (Piccinino) D'Errico. He graduated from Major Howard Beal High School and honorably served his country...
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Jodi Trani

April 2, 2016

Jodi M. (Ricker) Trani, of Holden, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at home. She was 34. Jodi was born February 21, 1982, in Worcester, the oldest daughter of Robert V. & Mary J. (Whitney) Ricker. She was a 2000 graduate of Wachusett Regional High School where she played golf and volleyball. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Finance from Bryant College. . She continued her...
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Harry Pappas

March 9, 1927 - March 29, 2016

Dr. Harry Louis Pappas, 89, of West Boylston, died Tuesday, March 29 surrounded by his family after a loving, long and fulfilling life. He leaves his beloved children, Maria Pappas of Wilton, CT, Lee Pappas and his wife Xanthe of Stow, MA, Peter Pappas and his wife Lisa of Bellingham, MA, and Aris Pappas and his wife Erin of Natick, MA; ten grandchildren - Harry, Christopher, Calli, Chelsea,...
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Francis Walinski

August 13, 1932 - March 28, 2016

Heaven on earth for Fran Walinski was to be on one of his favorite beaches on Cape Cod with his feet in the sand…the sun in his face…a cold beer in his hand…and smell of the ocean. On the beach Fran breathed in the freshness of the sea and breathed out the cares of the day. Fran died in peace and embraced by the love of his family on Monday, March 28, 2016 in his home. He was 83. ...
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Vincent Mastro

May 24, 1931 - March 27, 2016

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it! Vinnie Mastro lived every day of his life touching people with profound yet simple kindnesses. This will remain his legacy and hopefully inspire everyone reading this to pause, reflect…and perhaps do something kind, either random or planned. Vinnie's world was rooted in three basic necessities of life: family, faith and work. His home on...
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Gerald O'Rourke

March 25, 2016

Gerald "Jerry" V. O'Rourke died on March 25, 2016 at UMASS Memorial Healthcare. He was 88. He is survived by his daughter Maureen O'Rourke; his son John R. O'Rourke; his granddaughter Amanda O'Rourke and a beloved great grandson; his niece Mary and her husband ,Fred who were as close to him as his children. Jerry was loved and cherished by his family, including his nephew Billy, his sister...
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Thomas O'Packi

August 3, 1948 - March 21, 2016

The two people who mattered most to Tom O'Packi in his life, his wife Diane and son Kevin, were with him when he died on Monday, March 21, 2016. He was 67. Tom's been rejoined with the parents he loved and cherished Peter and Agnes (Skowronski) O'Packi. Born August 3, 1948 in Worcester he was a graduate of the former Commerce High School and he then enlisted with the United States Air Force...
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Ray Lockrow

September 3, 1956 - March 20, 2016

Natick - Raymond E. Lockrow, 59, died Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham after battling a long illness. He leaves his loving wife of 22 years, Carol (Butler) Lockrow of Natick. Ray was born September 3, 1956 in Utica, New York the son of DeLores (Etienne) Lockrow and the late Robert Lockrow. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1979 with a B.S. in...
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Edward Chew

January 2, 1932 - March 18, 2016

Edward H. Chew died on Friday March 18, 2016 at UMASS Memorial Healthcare. He was 84. Born in Worcester, Ed was the youngest of four to the late Savile and Alice (Longthorpe) Chew. As a boy, he worked in his parent's Olde English Fish & Chip shop in South Worcester. Ed graduated from North High School in 1950. While in high school, he was a standout athlete and was voted as an All-City...
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RoseMarie Levesque

December 3, 1934 - February 14, 2016

RoseMarie Levesque loved Ram Dass's quote 'We are all just walking each other home.' The God whom she so loved walked RoseMarie home on Sunday, February 14, 2016. She died peace filled and with a heart full of gratitude. She was 81. RoseMarie always made certain that those in her life knew how touched and blessed she was because of the gift they were to her and she made certain to tell them....
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Richard 'Dick' Joseph

February 13, 2016

Dick Joseph's life revolved around his family and his love for them will never end. His struggle with pulmonary fibrosis came to its peaceful end on Saturday, February 13, 2016 when he died at home. He was 80. Richard N. Joseph was born October 25, 1935 a son of the late Nash and Adele (Maykel) Joseph. Raised in Worcester he attended Worcester Academy on a full athletic scholarship as a three...
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Louise Bartlett

December 3, 1930 - February 11, 2016

For over 65 years Louise and Stanley Bartlett were each other's valentine. Stanley died last August 21, 2015 and just six months later Louise joins him in eternity. Louise died at home embraced in the love of her family on Thursday, February 11, 2016. She was 85. Louise and Stanley met in 1948 and were later married in The First Congregational Church on April 22, 1950, and remained lifelong...
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Norma Belden

February 6, 2016

Norma A. (Persson) Belden died unexpectedly on February 6, 2015 at UMASS Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, with her family by her side. She was 89. Born October 12, 1926 in Boston she was one of two children of the late Per J. & Anna V. (Fasth) Persson. Raised in East Boston she attended East Boston High School. After her mother's early death when Norma was only 15, she stayed at home to...
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Joan O'Connor

November 4, 1930 - February 3, 2016

Katherine 'Joan' O'Connor, a lifelong resident of Belmont died Wednesday, February 3, 2016. She was 85. Joan was born on November 4, 1930, the youngest daughter of Thomas L. and Florence M. (Hagerty) O'Connor. At age five, she lost her eyesight from scarlet fever, and her older sister, Mary Frances, died of the disease. Their brother, the Honorable Francis P. O'Connor predeceased Joan in 2007...
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Edith Baldelli

June 30, 1959 - January 14, 2016

The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul. One of the places Edith L. Baldelli loved most was to be by the ocean with the waves upon her feet. We now must trust and pray she has reached the other shore and enjoys the sweetness of peace and comfort. Edith passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 14, 2016. She was only 56. Edith was born June...
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Adriana Lanzarini

July 21, 1965 - January 12, 2016

"Be still. Close your eyes. Breathe. Listen for my foot fall in your heart. We are not gone but merely walk within you." Adriana Lanzarini now walks and dances in the hearts of those whom she loved. Her year long battle with cancer came to its end peacefully on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 with her husband by her side. She was 50. She was born July 21, 1965 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil a...
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Violet Masciandaro

December 24, 1926 - January 8, 2016

Violet Masciandaro grew up in Brooklyn, New York in a large Italian household. Her parents, Giovanni (John) and Celia Randazzo did their best to always provide a loving, generous home for each of their seven children. In heaven, Violet has now been reunited with her family. She died peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2016 in Shrewsbury. She was 89. Born on December 24, 1926 she was an early...
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Jack Frailey

May 8, 1925 - January 7, 2016

Jack Frailey led a good and long life. He died Thursday, January 7, 2016, after a prolonged illness. He was 90. Jack H. Frailey was born May 8, 1925 in Lakeland, Ohio, a son of the late Pierre L. and Almyra K. (Leedy) Frailey. Raised and educated in Flushing, NY, he graduated from Flushing High School. At 16, Jack entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned Engineers,...
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Michael Galli

December 31, 2015

Mr. Michael F. Galli, of Shrewsbury, died after a long illness, on December 31, 2015 in UMASS Memorial Medical Center. He was 54. Michael was born December 25, 1961 in Worcester a son of the late Domenic F. & Patricia J (Bouvier) Galli. Raised and educated in Shrewsbury he graduated from Shrewsbury High School. Michael worked for Star Dry Goods for many years as well as at the Glavin...
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Francis Perrin

September 10, 1928 - December 30, 2015

Mr. Francis H. Perrin, of Worcester, died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in Webster Manor Health & Rehabilitation. He was 87. Francis was born September 10, 1928 in Worcester a son of the late Henry and Anna T. (Shea) Perrin. Raised and educated in Worcester he graduated from the former Commerce High School. Francis honorably served his country in the Army National Guard. He was married to...
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Victor Martello

December 26, 1956 - December 24, 2015

Victor J. Martello Jr. died Thursday, December 24, 2015 in UMASS Memorial Healthcare - University Campus. He was 58. He was born December 26, 1956 in Worcester a son of the late Victor F. and Concetta 'Connie' (Riccardi) Martello and graduated from North High School. Victor worked for many years as a supervisor for Saint Gobain Company. He leaves his only brother John V. Martello and his...
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Robert Mickelson

May 9, 1950 - December 22, 2015

Robert E. Mickelson died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 22, 2105 in UMASS Medical Center. He was 65. He was born May 9, 1950 in Worcester a son of the late Elmer E. and Agnes H. (Perry) Mickelson. Bob Mickelson lived an ordinary life and was a much loved member of the Seven Hills Foundation in Worcester. He worked in its adult day programs all his life and the friendships that came...
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Sheila Dirksmeier

May 6, 1939 - December 21, 2015

Sheila M. (McNiff) Dirksmeier, of Shrewsbury, died Monday, December 21, 2015 died peacefully in the Notre Dame Long Term Care Facility. She was 76. She was born in Boston on May 6, 1939 a daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Ryan) McNiff. Raised in West Roxbury she graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Roxbury and Boston State Teacher's College where she met her husband, Francis J. Dirksmeier....
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Caroline Ostrosky

November 24, 1922 - December 14, 2015

Uxbridge – Caroline (Lewcon) Ostrosky, died Monday, December 14, 2015 at age 93 at The Christopher House in Worcester after a brief period of declining health. She was born in Whitinsville, MA on November 24, 1922, the daughter of the late Mary and Charles Lewcon. Carol was predeceased by her husband, Adam J. Ostrosky in 1977 and by her two brothers, Edmund Lewcon of Cumberland, RI and...
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Mona Kempka

May 10, 1950 - December 6, 2015

Shrewsbury – Mona R. (Murray) Kempka, of Foxborough, formerly of Millbury and Shrewsbury, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 6, 2015 in Norwood Hospital after being stricken ill at home. Mona was born on May 10, 1950 in Somerville a daughter of Donald L. and Inger (Ljunggren) Murray. Raised and educated in Shrewsbury she was a graduate of Shrewsbury High School and late Quinsigamond...
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Cynthia Laba

September 16, 1953 - December 6, 2015

Cynthia M. (Souza) Laba, of Shrewsbury, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at home. She was 62. She was born on September 16, 1953 in Fall River a daughter of Wilhemina (Medeiros) Souza-Perry and the late Joseph Souza. Raised and educated in Fall River she was a graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School. She married Daniel J. Laba in February of 1977 in St. Anne's Church and moved to...
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Beli Lima

October 22, 1966 - December 6, 2015

Beli R. Lima, of Shrewsbury, died at home on Sunday morning, December 6, 2015 surrounded by family after a year long battle with breast cancer. She was 49. Beli was born October 22, 1966 in Sao Jose do Divine, MG, Brazil. She was raised along with her five siblings Juscelio, Valdinei, Liliane, Agnaldo and Maquinei. She worked as a secretary in her early age but after having her first child ...
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David Murray

December 4, 2015

David James Murray, age 90, died on Friday, December 4, 2015 at Highgate Nursing & Rehabilitation in Dedham Massachusetts. A resident of Shrewsbury Massachusetts Dave was the beloved husband of Mary Jane Murray. He was the devoted father of David Jr. and his wife, Linda Pattillo of Atlanta GA, Ellen Murray Silvius of Wayland, Marybeth Murray of West Newton, Susan Murray (Barakat) of West...
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Charles Fotos

May 20, 1933 - November 26, 2015

Charles "Charlie" Fotos, a longtime Shrewsbury resident, died unexpectedly at his home on Thanksgiving morning, November 26, 2015. He was 82. As his family and friends gathered on this bittersweet day of thanks, they reflected on how blessed they were having him in their lives. Born on May 20, 1933 in Longos, Epirus, Albania, he was a son of the late Vasilios and Sophia (Dangas) Fotos. He...
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Burt Taylor

November 25, 2015

Burt W. Taylor, a long time resident of Shrewsbury, died on November 25, 2015 at UMASS Memorial Medical Center. He was 72. Born on June 17, 1943 to Albert & Helen (Jokela) Taylor in Holden, Burt graduated from Maynard High School Class of 1961 where he was captain of the baseball team. Burt was raised by a special man in his life, his step-father George F. Whalen. He went on to attend...
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Mabel Hmura

July 7, 1925 - November 25, 2015

Mabel Hmura will spend Thanksgiving and eternity in heaven with her much loved husband, Raymond. She died peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. She was 90. Mabel R. Lacroix was born July 7, 1925 in Worcester a daughter of the late Magliore J. and Adelia J. (Boudreau). Raised and educated in Worcester she graduated from Holy Name High School with the class of 1943 and later the...
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Juanita Allain

February 17, 1916 - November 20, 2015

Juanita "Jeanita" M. (Richard) Allain, of Worcester, died surrounding by her loving family on November 20, 2015 at Notre Dame du Lac where she lived. She was 3 months shy of the 100th birthday. In heaven Jeanita is reunited with her husband, Joffre R. Allain who died in 1996; her children, Odette L. Meola who died August 4, 2015 and her sons, Jean-Paul Allain and Normand Allain. Puissent-ils...
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Mohandas Sukthankar

June 25, 1930 - November 18, 2015

Dear Friends and Family: It is with great sadness and a heavy heart we inform you that Mohandas Sukthankar peacefully passed away the morning of November 18, 2015 at the age of 85. The oldest son of Mr. Samb & Mrs Malati Sukthankar, Mohan was born in Karwar, India on June 25, 1930. He spent a large period of his childhood in Kolhapur, India where he grew up with his sisters Koumudi and...
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J. Phillip Forrister

November 16, 2015

J. Phillip Forrister, born July 24th, 1931 at home in Shrewsbury, MA passed away on November 16, 2015 surrounded by the sounds of nature and the love of his family. He was 84. Phil leaves his wife of almost 64 years, Bernice (Haskell) Forrister, and their 5 children, Stephen L. Forrister and his wife Stella (Ferreira) of Douglas, MA, Lynn M. Pearson of Auburn, MA, Diane S. Dixon and her...
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Lois Martin

November 15, 2015

On November 15, 2015, one day shy of celebrating her 98th birthday, Lois E. (Lehman) Martin died at the Rose Monahan Hospice House in Worcester. Born on November 16, 1917, at the family home in Shrewsbury, Lois was the youngest of five children born to the late Charles Everett and Anna Frances (Amsden) Lehman. Lois lived her entire life in the town she loved, Shrewsbury. Lois went...
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Remembering Paris

November 13, 2015

For each of us…..ordinary people of the world our Friday 13 November 2015 began as any other typical day. The day might have included routines such as breakfast, work, exercise, school or church. For native Parisians or tourists to the beautiful country of France and its city of Paris......perhaps the day included a trip to one of its most beautiful attractions: the Eiffel Tower, the Louver,...
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Albert Hess

May 13, 1933 - November 12, 2015

Albert "Bert" Hess died peacefully at UMASS Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA on November 12, 2015 after a courageous battle with Parkinson's. Bert was born in Quiet Dell, West Virginia on May 13, 1933 to William Henry and Ercel Mae Hess. Bert is survived by his beloved wife and best friend; Pauline "Polly" Rennie Hess. They were married in St. Paul's Methodist Church, Oakland, MD by...
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Navinchandra Amin

November 2, 2015

Navinchandra Amin, of Shrewsbury, son of the late Jivantika and Chunibhai Amin passed away on November 2, 2015 peacefully at home in sleep at the age of 78. Prior to coming to the United States in early nineties for the first time and then again in 2005 before retiring, he ran a business in Jamshedpur, India. For last few years, he has been diligently helping with the care of our mother. He...
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Jennifer Bardsley

August 14, 1969 - October 19, 2015

North Oxford - Jennifer L. Bardsley, daughter of Rose Bardsley of Boylston and the late Kenneth Bardsley of Auburn, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2015 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 46. Jenn graduated from Auburn High School in 1987. She worked for Friendly's in Auburn and at Worcester Insurance Company for several years. She later worked for the former...
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William Sanderson

November 9, 1940 - October 12, 2015

Bill Sanderson died peacefully on Monday, October 12, 2015 in his son's home in Westborough after a valiant battle with a very rare form of metastatic skin cancer. He was 74. Bill would want to be remembered for the way he lived.....a natural storyteller, funny and adventurous. Born in Worcester on November 9, 1940 William E. Sanderson was a son of the late Wilfred and Rita (Shattuck)...
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Henry Harrington

September 13, 1923 - October 12, 2015

Hank Harrington was a no frills kind of guy. A true member of the Greatest Generation, hard working, industrious, generous, dutiful and loyal might best describe him. He died at home peacefully with his family gathered by his side on Monday, October 12, 2015. He was 92. A life well lived. In heaven he is rejoined with his wife of 63 years, Mary A. (Lane) Harrington who died July 11, 2012. Perhaps...
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John Hurst

August 10, 1925 - October 9, 2015

Jack Hurst led a good and full life and it came to its end when he died peacefully at home on Friday, October 9, 2015 at the age of 90. John W. Hurst was born August 10, 1925 in Chicopee. He was the son of William P. and Florence (Wludyka) Hurst. Raised and educated in Chicopee he walked into an auditorium at Chicopee High School and heard a beautiful voice singing from the stage. He told his...
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Ken Koe

April 15, 1925 - October 7, 2015

Ken Koe's story is an American dream. Born April 15, 1925 in Astoria, Oregon he was a son of Chinese immigrants who left their country in efforts to find a better life. His parents, Benjamin and Monta Jean had little but did their best to provide their children with opportunities and education. Ken died peacefully, Wednesday, October 7, 2015 in his daughter's home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He...
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Marie Thomas

September 22, 1923 - October 4, 2015

Marie B. Thomas died peacefully on Sunday, October 4, 2015 in the Masonic Home in Charlton. She was 92. In Norway, Maine on September 22, 1923 Marie B. Beaulieu was born to Joseph F. and Rose A. (Lajoie) Beaulieu. She married Robert L. Thomas on December 8, 1954. Bob worked for the former Howard Johnson's Family Restaurants so his work took them to various parts of the North East. Marie too...
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Kenneth Tumas

November 17, 1940 - October 2, 2015

Kenneth S. Tumas, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, formerly of Shrewsbury died unexpectedly at home on Friday, October 2, 2015. He was 74. Ken was born November 17, 1940 in Bayonne, New Jersey the only child of the late Stanley and Adele (Ziscus) Tumas. He graduated from Marist High School and earned his bachelor's degree from St. Louis University. He married Theresa J. Toscano on September 29,...
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John Chaplis

December 13, 1951 - October 2, 2015

Mr. John P. Chaplis died unexpectedly at home on Friday, October 2, 2015. He was 63. John was born December 13, 1951 in Worcester a son of the late Alphonse J. and Charlotte (Caika) Chaplis and was a graduate of Burncoat High School. He lived many years in Worcester before moving to Pompano Beach, Florida and returning to live in Shrewsbury in 2007. He had worked as a machinist for over...
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Michelena Rosiello

October 9, 1922 - September 25, 2015

Michelena M. (Esposito) Rosiello, of Shrewsbury, died Friday, September 25, 2015 after an illness. She was 92. On October 9, 1922 in Shrewsbury she was born to Italian immigrants Matteo and Lena (Notarangelo) Esposito. Raised and educated in Shrewsbury she married Raymond Rosiello. Raymond was a well-respected builder in Shrewsbury and Michelena stayed at home to raise their three children. ...
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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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