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Charette, Donald Oliver  
Donald Oliver Charette formerly of Leominster, MA; 84 Donald Oliver Charette, 84, of Auburndale, FL, peacefully passed away on Sunday, April 2, in his home. Born on October 29, 1932, in Leominster MA, son of the late Raymond and Althea Charette. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Stella Charette, his son, David Charette and wife Carla, his daughter, Cindy Charette, siblings Dolores Valeri and husband Victor, Betty Haines and husband Joe, Carol Dignard and husband Ed, Thomas Charette and wife Susan, Deborah Namvar and husband Babak, the late Raymond Charette, Jr. and surviving wife Donna, the late Helen DiPrima and surviving husband Santo, and the late John Charette, grandchildren Richard, Andrew, Chelsea, Ashley, Brittney, Destiny, Chase, one great-granddaughter, many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Donald attended local schools and proudly served in the US Air Force before embarking on a series of successful small business ownerships, then transitioning to corporate business positions. His strong beliefs and love of family led to enjoying retirement hobbies and helping family, friends and neighbors without hesitation. He would want us to honor his legacy by remembering all the good in his life. CHARETTE -- A service will be held on April 29, 2017, at 11:00am, St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, 180 Mechanic St., Leominster, MA 01453. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to www.veteranhomestead.org or St. Cecilia's Restoration Fund, 170 Mechanic St., Leominster, MA. 01453.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Apr. 23, 2017
Chavez, Carmen  
Carmen Chavez of Lowell, MA; 95 LOWELL -- Carmen (Moreira) Chavez, 95, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of the late Toribio Chavez, who passed away in 1962, in Ecuador. Born April 12, 1922, in Santa Ana, Ecuador, where she was educated. She was the daughter of the late Juan Moreira and the late Ramona (Sanchez) Moreira. In March, of 1973, she moved to the United States, making her home in Watertown, and eventually moved with her family to Lowell, where she made her home since the 1980's. Mrs. Chavez worked as a circuit inspector, for Altotronics, in Burlington, for ten years before her retirement in 1986. She was a communicant of St. Patrick Church, in Lowell and loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also an avid reader, soccer fan and most of all she enjoyed cooking for her family. She is survived by her children, Salvador Chavez and his wife Santy, of Dracut, Edulfo Chavez and his wife Isabel, of Lowell, Zoila Greenlay and her husband, Lance of Haverhill, Ramona Chavez of Lowell, Kleber Chavez, and his wife, Jeannette of Lowell; Twelve grandchildren, Sixteen great-grandchildren, and her sister Margarita Macias, of Boyleston, Anatolia Parraga, of Ecuador, and Manuel Moreira, of Ecuador. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends in the United States, Europe and Ecuador. She was the sister of the late Luz Menendez, Jorge Moreira and Cesar Moreira. CHAVEZ -- YOU ARE INVITED TO HER CALLING HOURS, 11 A.M. UNTIL 1 P.M., ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26th, AT THE MCDONOUGH FUNERAL HOME, 14 HIGHLAND STREET, LOWELL 978-458-6816. HER FUNERAL MASS WILL BE OFFERED AT ST. PATRICK CHURCH, 285 SUFFOLK ST., LOWELL 2 P.M.MEMORIALS IN HER NAME MAY BE MADE TO THE NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION, 129 MORGAN AVE., NORWOOD, MA 02062. E-CONDOLENCE SITE WWW.MCDONOUGHFUNERALHOME.COM .
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Published in Lowell Sun on Apr. 23, 2017
Cianflone Jr., Ralph  
PITTSFIELD - Ralph Cianflone, 84, of 503 Churchill Street in Pittsfield passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 21, 2017. A lifelong resident of Pittsfield, he is the son of the late Syracuse Raphael and Anna Assutina Cianflone. He was a graduate of American International College (AIC), Boston University School of Law (1961), and served in the Korean War. Ralph was passionately devoted to his wife, Louise, and his family, for whom he left a legacy of strength, profound love, faith and tradition. He had a contagious spirit and enjoyed life to its fullest. Witty and entertaining, Ralph added elegance, fun and laughter to any occasion. He was a noble and deeply compassionate man who believed in and lived his life with the virtues of truth and loyalty. Deeply committed to his profession and a practicing attorney for 56 years, Ralph worked tirelessly to help his clients and others in need. He was a public defender for many years before going into private practice. For over 30 years he practiced law at Cianflone and Cianflone, PC with his son David. Ralph was a long-time member, Paul Harris Award recipient, and past president of the Pittsfield Rotary Club. He is a board member at the Berkshire Historical Society at Arrowhead and previously worked on numerous community boards and area non-profit organizations. A faithful member of South Congregational Church, UCC, he was a church moderator and sang in the choir. He enjoyed working with Louise in their yard and beautiful gardens, making food and wine to share with family and friends, and hosting guests from around the world. He and Louise traveled extensively, taking many trips to Italy, a place they considered their second home, enjoying weekends at their cottage in Chatham, MA, and fishing with their son, Ralph, in Alaska. He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Louise (Forrest) Cianflone, six children (and spouses), Linnea Rufo, David (Mary) Cianflone, Deborah (Brian) Cox, Pamela (Tom) Rich, Ralph (Lorelei) L. Cianflone, and Jennifer Benson, eleven grandchildren, Jordan (Nate), Hunter, Owen, Averie, Cameron, Harry, Jackson, Gabe, Aurora, Henry, Stella, and 2 great grandchildren, Harper and Asher. He is predeceased by his sister, Theresa (Teddi) Lauren. Funeral Notice: Funeral services for Ralph Cianflone Jr. of Pittsfield who passed away on April 21, 2017 will be held Tuesday at 11:00 AM at South Church in Pittsfield conducted by the Rev. Joel Huntington, pastor. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Monday from 4 to 7 PM at the DERY FUNERAL HOME in Pittsfield. Memorial donations in memory of Ralph may be made to the Rotary Club of Pittsfield in care of the funeral home, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. To share a memory or condolence to the family please visit www.deryfuneralhome.com . [ML($dERY.JPG)]
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 23, 2017
Coalter, John B.  
John B. Coalter of Dracut, MA; 71 DRACUT, MA -- John B. Coalter, 71, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. He was the beloved husband of Jeannette A. (Morneau) Coalter, with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage in October. Born in Lowell on June 23, 1945, he was a son of the late John G. and Alice G. (Buckjune) Coalter. John was a graduate of Chelmsford High School, and then went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree from the former Lowell Technical Institute. John proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War until being honorably discharged in 1969. For 22 years, John was a Trooper for the Massachusetts State Police. Prior to that, he was a Master Electrician for Honeywell Corp. John was a proud member of the Dracut American Legion and the Dracut VFW. His most cherished time was spent surrounded by his family, particularly his grandchildren whom he adored and his beloved animals. In addition to his wife, Jeannette, he is survived and will be deeply missed by his two children, Christopher Coalter and his fiancee Lucille Rossino of Dracut, and Kelley Raymond and her husband Andrew of Pelham, NH; five grandchildren, Hannah and Michaela Coalter, Alyssa and Erin Paradis, and Matthew Raymond; three siblings, William Coalter and his wife Louise of Townsend, Kevin Coalter and his wife Joyce of Derry, NH, and Martha Boulay and her husband Robert of AZ; four brothers and sisters-in law, Paul Morneau and his wife Noreen of ME, Theresa Morneau of Dracut, Patricia Leonard and her husband David of Londonderry, NH, and Roger Morneau of Lowell; as well as many nieces and nephews. COALTER -- Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on TUESDAY, April 25th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., Dracut. His funeral will be held from the funeral home at 9 a.m. on WEDNESDAY, April 26th with his Funeral Mass directly following at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Magdalen Church, Tyngsboro. Burial will take place in Tyngsboro Memorial Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in John's name to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit www.dracutfuneralhome.com , or find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home."
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Published in Lowell Sun on Apr. 23, 2017
Gallant, Peter Amos  
Peter Amos Gallant (Redfox), 72 of Peru, Massachusetts died unexpectedly at his home March 9, 2017. He was born on June 13, 1944 in Washington, MA to Joseph and Arlene Gallant. He attended schools in Washington and Dalton, MA. Pete joined the United State Marine Corp on June 16, 1961 and served until 1965. He was a member of the Tactics Rifle Squad. He was very proud of his time spent in the Marines. He spent a short time with his brother Lance in Delaware before moving to Vergennes, VT. He married Leona (Nonie) Smith. They began their family in Panton, VT. Pete worked for Marcel Brunet Family farm. He drove truck for Daily Transport, Wilford Sabourin, installing the Tri- Town water lines. He and Nonie moved to Pittsfield, MA were he drove truck for Leo Nash Co. until they closed their doors. He worked for Freedman Steel and went on to work for the Town of Hindsdale, MA as Road Superintendent until he retired. He was a member of the American Legion Post 14 for 48 yrs. Pete enjoyed hunting, fishing and walks in the woods. He enjoyed riding around visiting friends, family. He especially enjoyed having his grandchildren and kids come visit and he enjoyed spending time with them in Vermont. He leaves his two daughters and their families. Terri Lee (David) of Lincoln, Vermont and their two children Amanda Lee Smith (Cody) and Jacob Lee. His daughter Tina Gallant Cota and her children Patrick Lee Cota and Jordan Christine Cota all of Bristol. Pete also leaves Jamie Talbot of Peru MA. Jamie was like a son to him. They spent many hours at Jamie's family camp in Wardsboro, Vt. Pete leaves his brothers, Lance Gallant of New Castle, DE and James Gallant of Ferrisburg, Vt. Sisters, Sharon Perreault of Hancock, MA and Rosemary LeMastus of Melbourne FL. He leaves one Aunt Kimberley French of Stephen Town NY. He leaves several nieces and nephews and cousins. Pete was predeceased by his two children Sherry Lynn and Peter Edward. His parents Ed and Arlene Gallant and brother Edward Gallant, sister Christine Brunet. SERVICES: Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 6, 2017 at St Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Vergennes, VT and a gathering at the Vergennes American Legion Post 14 immediately following.
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Apr. 23, 2017
Gawlik, Janet E. (Garboski)  
Janet E. (Garboski) Gawlik formerly of Dracut Janet E. (Garboski) Gawlik, 67, died peacefully, Thursday, April 20th, at Lowell General Hospital. She was the mother of the late Darlene Gawlik. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on MONDAY, April 24th at DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Avenue, DRACUT, from 5-8 p.m. Her Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home at 10 a.m. on TUESDAY. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lowell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Lowell General Cancer Center, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. To leave an online condolence, story or message please visit www.dracutfuneralhome.com or find us on Facebook under Dracut Funeral Home.
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Published in Lowell Sun on Apr. 23, 2017
Grant, Stephen P.  
Stephen P. Grant of Fitchburg, MA FITCHBURG -- Stephen P. Grant, 63, of Fitchburg, died unexpectedly April 20, 2017, at his sister's home in Gardner, MA. He was born October 28, 1953, in Fitchburg, son of John L. and Constance H. (Osborn) Grant. Stephen was a graduate, of Fitchburg High School, Class of 1971. He had worked as a truck driver, for James River Co., A & E Distributors, and Atlas Distributors. He also worked at Mount Wachusett Ski Area, for 20 years. He loved being at the beach, and deep sea fishing. He was an avid skier, outdoorsman, mountain biker and loved to fish. Stephen, is survived by his mother Constance "Connie" H. Grant, of Leominster, his lifelong great friend, Loretta Algarin, and her daughters. Two sisters, Catherine Angelos, and her husband Thomas of Gardner, and Mary E. Harris of Leominster, along with nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, John L. Grant, his brothers, Thomas Grant and John Grant, and a sister Margaret M. Grant. Funeral Services will be private. Wright-Roy Funeral Home, Inc., 109 West St., Leominster, MA, is directing arrangements. To Light A Candle, Sign his Guestbook or Leave A Message of Condolence, visit www.wrightroyfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Apr. 23, 2017
Grossi, Eleanor M.  
Eleanor M. Grossi Beloved mother, sister, aunt and friend Eleanor M. (DePrenda) Grossi, 95, died Wednesday morning, April 19th at D'Youville Senior Care following a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late John A. Grossi who died in 1974. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, October 17, 1921, a daughter of the late Guiseppe and Maria (Casarella) DePrenda, she received her education in the Lowell elementary schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School. Early in her working career Eleanor was a secretary for the Gene Weisburg Architectural Firm and did bookkeeping for the former Windsor Restaurant. Most recently she was a bookkeeper for Cantor Insurance Company. Among her many interests, Eleanor was an avid bingo player, bowler and enjoyed her trips to Foxwoods. She enjoyed taking trips with family and friends to her favorite destinations of Aruba, Las Vegas and Italy. Eleanor was also a member of the Italian Mothers Club of Lowell and the International Institute. Mrs. Grossi is survived by a daughter Sandra Dion and her husband Frank of Haverhill; a son Robert C. Grossi of Lowell; a sister Antoinette "Toni" Kelleher of Dracut; and several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Vito DePrenda, Angelina Volonino and Nicholena DePrenda. GROSSI -- In Lowell, April 19, 2017, at D'Youville Senior Care, Eleanor M. (DePrenda) Grossi of Lowell. Friends may call at the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. from 4 to 7 P.M. on Monday. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday morning at ST. MICHAEL CHURCH in Lowell at 11 o'clock followed by her committal prayers at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com . Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Cancer Society, Centralized Memorial Processing Center, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01710. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O'Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.
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Published in Lowell Sun on Apr. 23, 2017
Leone, Robert G.  
Robert G. Leone of Leominster, MA LEOMINSTER -- Robert G. Leone, 76 years old, of Leominster, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, April 22, 2017. He is survived by his wife, of 56 years Bettina "Betty" A. (Rivetts) Leone, son Thomas J. Leone and his wife Dorina of Framingham, daughter Debra A. Leone of Fitchburg, sister Loretta DiPietro of Fitchburg, 4 grandchildren Eric Leone, Michael Leone, Christopher Wihtelin and Leah Wihtelin and several nephews. Robert was born January 22, 1941, in Leominster, son of Thomas J. and Assunta (Proietti) Leone, and was a life long resident. He graduated from St. Bernard's High School, Fitchburg, in 1959 and attended Bentley College, in Waltham. Robert had worked at the former Foster Grant Company, in Leominster, Digital Equipment Corp, in Maynard, and then was a customer service representative, at Candela Laser, in Wayland. He was a member of St. Anna Parish, in Leominster. Robert enjoyed playing golf, dancing and listening to music. His greatest joy in his life was spending time with his family. He especially loved attending each of his grandchildren's sporting events and school functions. LEONE -- Robert's funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 25th, from the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster, with a mass at 11 am, at St. Anna's Church, 194 Lancaster Street, Leominster. Burial will be in St. Leo's Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours will be held on Monday, April 24th, from 5-7 pm in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, at alzfdn.org . www.richardsonfuneralhome.net .
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Apr. 23, 2017
Liatsis, Athena Xarras  
Athena Xarras Liatsis of Fitchburg, MA FITCHBURG -- Athena "Tina" Xarras Liatsis, 92, passed away on April 21st, in the home that she lived in for more than 65 years. Born in Fitchburg, on November 22, 1924, to loving parents Harry and Eftehia Xarras, "Dolly" as she was called as a child was the oldest daughter, in a family of 10 children. She played a vital role in a Greek household as a sister, caretaker to her many siblings. She put her high school education on hold to assist with her brothers and sisters college pursuits. Following a three month courtship, Athena married the love of her life John Liatsis, and celebrated 51 years of marriage in 1997. John predeceased her in 1997. She worked hard her entire life raising siblings, sons, a daughter and grandchildren. Her life was a history of hard work as a wife, mother and business woman. She had worked at the Comfort Slipper, Foster Grant, Grand View Country Club, Orin's Restaurant, and the family owned Buttercup Hill Tea Room. She owned and operated Tina's Diner, in Clinton, and she and her husband owned Atlas Realty, a property sales and management company. It was not all business with Tina. Over the years she shared a wonderful and personal relationship with all of her tenants. Holidays at her home were a festive time of Greek entertainment full of family and friends. Athena was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, and received a most prestigious Clergy Laity Award, from the Metropolitan of Boston. She was a member and President of the Elpis Ladies Society. Athena enjoyed traveling. She accompanied John's band the "Meraklides", a Greek American orchestra, in east coast venues from Maine to Florida and west to Chicago. Her trips to Greece and Albania as entertaining as family summers on Cape Cod. Tina is survived by her four children. Daughter Joanne Liatsis Donnelly and her husband Thomas of Fitchburg. Sons Elias of North Falmouth, Craig and his partner Jamie McCann of Nashua, NH, and Fred and his wife Stephanie of Lunenburg. Yiayia leaves her loving grandchildren Michael, John and Justin Liatsis, Athena Bierfeldt, Corey, Shane, Alexis, and Noel Donnelly, and Ashlee, Amanda, Alicia and Austin Flagg. Great-grandchildren Milana and Iliana Liatsis, Jack Bierfeldt, and Christiana, Dimitri, Kaleigh, and Delaney Donnelly. Surviving siblings include Leo and his wife Carmela Xarras of Leominster, Vaselecke "Bessie" Xarras and Alexandra Pappas of Fitchburg, and Margarita Plagakis and her husband Konstantine of Holyoke. Also her brother-in-law Christos Liatsis and his wife Virginia of Needham. She was predeceased by brothers John, Fortes, Van, James and Peter. The family is most grateful to Mary Sweeney, Vaia Chrysikou, and Kathleen Petrullo, the staff at Health Alliance and Health Alliance Hospice, for their wonderful care in the final weeks of a wonderful life. LIATSIS -- The funeral will be held Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg with a Mass at 11 am, in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1319 Main St., Fitchburg. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday, from 4-7 pm. Donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1319 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA, 01420 or Health Alliance Hospice 60 Hospital Rd., Leominster, MA 01453.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2017
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