Badger Funeral Home

Sep 072015

Patricia Ann Grennell

Patricia Ann Grennell

Patricia Ann Staffon Grennell, of Groton, died August 16, 2015 after a brief illness.

She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 16, 1934, daughter of the late Arthur H. and Dorothy P. Jordan Staffon. Patricia grew up in and around Arlington and graduated high school in 1951. She earned a diploma from the Academie Moderne in Boston in 1953. She was employed for a period at the National Lead Paint Company as a chemist before her marriage.

Figure skating was a favorite activity that she carried on throughout her life, skating whenever and wherever she could, enjoying every moment of her ice time. Patricia married the late William Howard Grennell on December 24th 1958, and they moved to Marlbough briefly before settling down in Groton. A dedicated housewife, she enjoyed the rural setting taking time to plant and tend flower gardens and roses. She always enjoyed a good crossword puzzle and later on, Sudoku. She is survived by her two daughters, Wendy L. Grennell of Groton and Terry L. Grennell of Dennis, her son William J. Grennell and his wife, Misty, of Westford; one grandson, David; and her brother, Peter Staffon of Dennis, Massachusetts.

Aug 232015

Amy Margaret Gould

Amy Margaret Gould

Amy Margaret Gould, 18, longtime resident of Groton, passed on unexpectedly on August 15, 2015.

Beloved daughter of Diane Lloyd Bastos, formerly of Newton, and Marcone Bastos, stepfather; and Bradley Gould, formerly of Brookline, and Nancy Kuenzler Gould, stepmother, formerly of Lowell.

She is survived by great aunt Catherine Carr, godparents Margaret Hopkins and Reginald Richard, siblings Jim Taylor and Samantha Gould, loving boyfriend Daniel Gabrault, devoted cousins Robbie and Victoria Sheffield, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Visiting hours will be Sunday 5-8 p.m. at the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School Street, Groton, Massachusetts. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, on Phoenix Street in Shirley Massachusetts. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Needham.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Amy’s name may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,

Jun 212015

Kimberly Ann Lawrence

Kimberly Ann Lawrence

Kimberly Ann Lawrence died June 17, 2015 died at the Seven Hills Pediatric Center in Groton where she had resided most of her life. She was born in Glens Falls, New York on August 3, 1969, daughter of William R. “ Buz” and Cecile Berube Lawrence of Fitchburg.

She had a beautiful smile and personality, Kim fought through many medical issues thru her life and never complained! We were also very fortunate to have her for these many years. She enjoyed music, field trips water activities and teddy bears.

She is survived by her parents; two brothers, Mark W. and Kelly Lawrence, and Jeffrey M. Lawrence of Fitchburg; aunt and uncle Ann and Bob Major and uncle Brian Lawrence; nieces and nephews Christopher Lawrence and his partner Ali, Matthew Lawrence and Marykate, Jacob Lawrence, Kylee Lawrence, Noah Lawrence, Madison Lawrence, and Autumn Couture, all of Fitchburg. She was predeceased by her grandparents and a great niece, Ciana.

Funeral services will be private; arrangements are by Badger Funeral Home in Groton. Her family sends a heartfelt “Thank You,” to all her caregivers at Seven Hills and asks that donations may be made in her memory to Seven Hills Pediatric Center, 22 Hillside Ave., Groton, MA, 01450.

Jun 022015

Virginia Butler

Virginia Butler

Virginia Wooding Towse Butler, 90, of Groton, died at the Golden Living Center in Fitchburg on May 31, 2015. She was born in Arlington, Massachusetts on Dec 1, 1924, daughter of the late James and Marion Faulkner Wooding. She was the wife of the late Daniel Towse and Mark Butler Jr.

She grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts and was a graduate of the Brookline High School Class of 1943. Virginia married Daniel Towse in 1943; he died during WW II.

She married Mark Butler Jr. in 1947. She made her home in Billerica from 1948 until 1969 and then moved to Groton. She worked at J.P. Sullivan Apple Packing for 15 years and then in the kitchen at Groton School for several years.

Butler loved dancing; she danced for the USO all over the Eastern Seaboard during WW II to entertain the troops. In her later years, she taught country line dancing to senior citizens and to nursing home residents. She also enjoyed braiding rugs and sewing. She was a very patriotic Gold Star Widow.

She is survived by children Donald Butler of Fitchburg, William Butler of Pepperell, Richard Butler of Townsend, Carol Jones of Lunenburg, and Diane Butler of Lowell; 19 grandchildren; and 27 great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late David Butler and the sister of the late James Wooding, William Wooding, Leonard Wooding, and Esther Ingersoll.

Funeral services will be held at the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School Street, Groton, on Thursday June 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. Visiting hours will be from 9-11 a.m., before the service.

Jun 012015

John “Jack” Joseph Wilson, 82 years young, passed away at home on May 27, 2015 of pulmonary fibrosis, surrounded by his family. He leaves his wife of 25 years, Valerie Baier and his four sons: Peter and his wife Katie of Sudbury; David, of Ayer; John, of Groton; and Daniel and his wife Jennifer of Westford. In addition, he leaves six step children: Karen Saisi; Linda Stinson and her partner Cindy; Donna Anastasi and her husband Tom; Laurie Saisi-Greene; Steven Saisi and his wife Hinda; and Ellen Bellini and her husband Jon. He is survived by 21 loving grandchildren. He was the beloved brother of Robert Wilson and Ellen Pressler, both deceased.

Born in North Cambridge in 1932, he lived on Montgomery Avenue. He moved to Carlisle in 1970 and became a devout worshiper at Saint Irene’s Parish. Jack worked for the Shawmut Bank in Boston as a supervisor in the courier and procurement department until he retired after 32 years.

Jack was always quick of wit and never at a loss of a great anecdote to share. He was a dedicated husband, parent, and grandfather who always put his family first. A more supportive parent could not be found. He will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, June 6th at 11 a.m. at St. Irene’s Church, 181 East Street in Carlisle. A luncheon will be served after the mass in the church hall.

Mar 272015

Thomas Wyatt

Thomas Wyatt

Thomas E. Wyatt of Fitchburg, died on March 24, 2015 at his winter home in Spring Hill, Florida. He was born on the Williams farm in Groton Massachusetts on June 30, 1942, son of the late Alfred and Mary Williams Wyatt. He grew up in Groton and attended Groton High School. Tom worked at Hollingsworth & Vose Co. for 45 years. He loved his job, and rose through the ranks to become a consultant engineer and finally Plant Superintendent in Hawkinsville, Georgia. He especially enjoyed traveling to England to consult.

He was instrumental in helping restore the Williams Barn in Groton Massachusetts.

Tom is survived by his three siblings; Alfred Wyatt of W. Groton, Robert Wyatt of West Groton, and Sister Barbara Atherton of Little Rock, Arkansas. He leaves five children: Leo Wyatt of Pepperell, Teresa Delaney of Gardner, Sandra Norris of Lunenburg, Thomas Wyatt of Lunenburg, and Tobi Rose of Pepperell; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his significant other, Sandra Butz of Spring Hill, Florida.

Visiting hours will be held at the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School Street, Groton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, March 31 from 5-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 1, at 11 a.m.

Mar 252015

Aldo Luca

Aldo Luca

Former Groton Treasurer and Tax Collector Aldo Luca, 94, passed on March 23, 2015 with his loving children, Linda and Tim, and his son-in-law, Jerry Tarpey, by his side.

Born in New York City on June 25, 1920, Aldo was the son of Italian immigrants Domenico Luca and Maria Monetucci. Raised in Brooklyn, he graduated from James Madison High School in 1937. After graduation, he began working for the Certified Dry Mat Corporation of New York and West Groton. At night he attended City College and Pace College for Accounting and Business Administration.

In 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps and served for four years.

After his discharge in 1946, he returned to Certified and rose from clerk to Assistant Treasurer to Vice President and Secretary of the company. In 1949, he married his first wife, Ethel Halligan. They had two children, Linda and Timothy. Ethel, known as Pawney, passed in 1967.

A few years later, the Groton Leatherboard Company closed its New York office and offered him a position in their main office in West Groton. He commuted between New York and Groton for two years. In Groton, in 1973, he met and married Adelaide Mountain Torrey, the love of his life. Together they had 41 wonderful years of love and devotion. She predeceased him in July, 2014.

He ran for and was elected Groton Tax Collector and Town Treasurer. He served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association.

In 1995, he fully retired and spent the rest of his time with his beloved Adelaide enjoying good times with neighbors, friends and family. He was known for his great sense of humor, his boundless energy, his kind heart, his left-handed golf swing, and his passion for the New York Yankees.

Aldo is survived by his daughter Linda and her husband, Gerard Tarpey; his son, Timothy Luca and his wife, Rowena Luca; and his two granddaughters, Anne Luca and Maria Luca and her husband, Dr. Benjamin Madej. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Angelina Luca; his nephews Robert Luca, Dennis Luca and their families; nieces Jane Halligan and Lorraine Krieg; nephews Brian Moore and Thomas Halligan and their families. On the Mountain side of his family, survivors include sister-in law Ann Mountain and nieces and nephews Robert Loiselle, James Mountain, Laureen Sullivan, Andra Mountain, Richard Mountain, Stewart Mountain, Pamela Mountain, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School Street, Groton on Friday March 27 from 6-8 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Grace Parish Worshipping at St. James Church, West Groton on Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Groton Country Club on Lover’s Lane in Groton at 12:30 p.m.

Mar 172015

Alan Friedrich

Alan Friedrich

Allan Thomas Friedrich, age 62, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 12, 2015. He was born in Ayer, Massachusetts on December 9, 1952, the son of John R. and Eileen Friedrich and lived most of his life in Groton, Massachusetts.

He was the beloved husband of Donna Drew Friedrich.

Allan attended Country Day School in Groton, graduated from Groton High School and went to the University of Massachusetts, where he decided his avocation was in the building business. He went to work for his father, John, who owned Friedrich Construction Company, taking over the business when his father retired.

He was a good, honest, hardworking man who was loved and respected by all who knew him. An avid sportsman, he loved hunting and fishing; music and dancing; his many dear friends; and, most of all, he loved the Newfound Lake area.

He and Donna spent a great deal of time there, restoring an old house, poking through old mines searching for interesting rocks, and immersing themselves in the wild nature of Tenney Mountain. Certainly none of us imagined that the complex, engaging, larger than life personality, who got excited about everything, would be the first to leave us. We thought he would go on forever.

Besides his wife, Donna, Allan leaves two children, Rachael Sherwin of Pepperell and Randy Sherwin of Gum Spring, Virginia. He is also survived by a brother, John Friedrich Jr, of Amesbury, Massachusetts and five sisters: Anita Anderson of Groton; Faye Friedrich of Center Tuftenboro, New Hampshire; Claire Ketelaar of Harwich; Christine Grimshire of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; and Mary Friedrich of Gardner; and by many nieces and nephews and their extended families. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

His family will receive relatives and friends at the Badger Funeral Home 45 School Street, Groton, Massachusetts on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory with checks made out to Fitchburg Art Museum, 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

Mar 122015

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Carol Ann Hillman

Carol Ann Leighton Hillman, of Westford, 77, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many.

Born on November 5th, 1937 in Littleton, Carol was the only daughter to Arnold Leighton and Dorothy Gray Leighton. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 54 years, Herbert K. Hillman.

Carol is survived by her children; Robert Hillman and his wife, Linda, of Littleton; Wayne Hillman of Westford; William Hillman and his wife, Deborah J. of Westford; Sharon Oberman and her husband, Howard, of Groton; and Herbert Hillman and his wife, Deborah, of Westford. Carol was predeceased by her son, Richard Hillman, of Westford. She leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Keith and Arnold Leighton.

Carol will be remembered as a passionate cook, who loved to prepare large meals for her family. She was an avid collector and could often be found attending flea markets on Sundays. She also enjoyed playing bingo and making crafts. Most importantly, she loved spending time with her family.

Services will be held at Badger Funeral Home of Littleton. Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 347 King Street from 5-8PM.

Feb 262015

Jane N. Barry

Jane N. Barry

Goffstown, NH — Jane N. Coates Barry, 86, died peacefully on Feb. 17, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Roy F. and Mary Ford Coates Sr. of Medford, Massachusetts. A long time resident of Groton, she was predeceased by her husband Henry F. Barry Jr.; son Christopher Barry; and siblings Roy F. Coates Jr., Peg Delaney, Irene Brown, and Paul Coates.

She is survived by siblings Elinor and Jim Coates of Florida, and her children and their spouses: Tom and Joanne Barry of Marlboro, Massachusetts; Mark and Paula Barry of Townsend; Jane N. Barry; Bob and Laurie Barry of Litchfield, New Hampshire; Greg and Ellie Barry of Merrimack, New Hampshire; Jack and Donna Barry of Auburn New Hampshire; Carol and Dale Townsend of Weare, New Hampshire; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Jane dedicated much of her life to volunteering in civic, social, and educational endeavors. In years past she was active at St. Agnes Parish in Reading, Massachusetts, St. Anne’s Parish in Littleton, Massachusetts, the Sacred Heart Church, the Groton Senior Center, and the parent teachers guild of the Country Day School in Groton. She was a volunteer nurse’s aide in Cambridge and worked at the Kennebunk Nursing Center in Kennebunk, Maine. She was past president of the Nashoba Community Hospital Auxilliary and past chairman of the Nashoba Valley Technical High School Committee.

Jane loved to sing and to write poetry but her greatest joy was caring for family and friends.

Visiting hours are Friday, February 27 from 5 — 8 p.m. at Badger Funeral Home, 45 School St. Groton. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, Feb 28, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace parish worshipping at St. Joseph’s Church, 28 Tarbell Street in Pepperell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jane’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.