Howard “Howdy” P. Clapp, 68, a life-long resident of Groton, passed away June 11, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.
The Reverend Andrew George Rosenberger, of Groton, MA and Concord, NH passed away on Friday, May 31, 2013. He was 94.
Bernadette Alavosius Holbrook, 65, of Groton, Massachusetts, died peacefully at Marlborough Hills Healthcare Center on after an eight year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Kathleen P. McCann of West Groton, and who was the town’s Tax Collector for many years, died at Nashoba Valley Medical Center on May 18. Born in Lawrence, MA on Jan. 9, 1917, she lived in Rhode Island and graduated from Westerly High School.
Grace Robinson Dubey 88, died peacefully at her Groton home on May 10, 2013 surrounded by her loving family.
Corinne Stephenson Moyle, 87, of Groton, died at Apple Valley Center in Ayer on April 24, 2013.
John Francis Aiken, 59, died unexpectedly in Las Vegas, Nevada, while traveling on business.
Anthony Hars, age 79, a prominent architect from Groton, MA, died March 22, 2013.
Andrew James Patterson of Groton, MA, formerly of Framingham and Sherborn, died Saturday, March 30, 2013 at his home, Seven Hills Pediatric Center.
Olive Fletcher Lawrence, 98, died at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer on March 8, 2013.
Doreen T. Riley Homer passed away February 22, 2013 after an illness she unknowingly battled but which didn’t extinguish her spirit.
Richard Edward Cleary, 86, of Groton, died Sunday, February 24, 2013, at Boston Medical Center, Boston.
Amanda J. Willard, born Jan 30, 1988, of Groton, passed away February 18, 2013.
Carmen Trudeau McHugh, 85, of Groton, MA, formerly of Willingboro, NJ, died on January 20, 2013 at the Apply Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Ayer, MA.
John Leonard Quintin, 88, of 21 Whiting Avenue in Groton, died on Thursday, January 17, 2013 in Westford after a long illness.
Perry E. Johnson, 88, of Groton, MA, a former longtime resident of Bedford, MA, passed away on Wednesday, December 19th 2012.
George W. “Hoot” MacGregor Jr., 72, of Groton, died at Emerson Hospital on January 5 2013 after a brief illness.
Roland M. Hamilton, 89, of Pepperell, formerly of Groton, died at Apple Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on Dec. 26, 2012.
Margaret Dolores Meehan Pearce passed away peacefully at the age of 68 on November 11, 2012 with her family at her side.
Frederick C. Bond, 86, of Groton, died at Apple Valley center in Ayer on November 7, 2012.
She was born in Mt. Vernon, NY on June 19, 1920, daughter of the late Johannes and Cecilia (Nowicki) Buyser. Her twin brother
Robert “Bobby” Sheridan Buckman, 41, peacefully passed on Thursday September 13, 2012 at Seven Hills Pediatric Center in Groton, where he was loved and cherished his entire life.
Theron E. “Gene” Truax, 78, of Groton, died on September 7, 2012 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Richard Charles Mitchell, a young man who loved the fun and thrill of riding his dirt bike through the woods and fields of Groton and Dunstable, died unexpectedly Sunday morning in a car accident in Littleton, Massachusetts.
Taylor Elizabeth “Tay” DeLuca, a beautiful young woman of Groton, MA, age 21, a free spirit with a heart of gold who would help anyone, died suddenly and tragically on the morning of September 2, 2012.
Annette McGreevy Bucken passed away August 30, 2012 while surrounded by family and friends, after a courageous battle with cancer.
David Arthur French, Sr. of Groton, MA died Friday, August 17, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Ann Marie Weinel French for 51 years.
John Michael Stroffoleno, 17, of Groton, died August 16, 2012 at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after a brief hard-fought battle with leukemia.
Sandra Gintner Colt, 63, of Groton, passed away at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer on July 16, 2012. She was born in Groton on March 17, 1949, daughter of the late John and Dorothy Gintner. She was the wife of the late Lester R. Colt Jr., who died in 1978.
Rita May Costello Smith, 88, of Westford, MA, passed away on July 15, 2012 at Westford House Nursing/Rehab Center. She was born in Forge Village, Westford, on May 24, 1924, daughter of the late Thomas and Lillian Baker Costello. She was the widow of Avery Leroy Smith of Ayer, MA.
Edwin Loriston Naylor, Jr., a long-time resident of Groton, died on July 6. Born in Malden on April 11, 1920, Ed grew up in Roslindale and graduated from Boston English High School.
Frances Barnes McDowell Gardner, 101, a resident of Apple Valley Nursing Facility, died on June 29, 2012. She was the wife of Dave McDowell of Ayer and then of Charles Gardner of Ayer.
Irene Reisch passed away peacefully at age 92 on July 7, 2012.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the younger sister of brothers Robert and Randy Nelson. After graduating from Girls Commercial High School, she worked on Wall Street where she met her husband, Henry Reisch.
Peter J. Sherlock, 92, of Groton, died at Emerson Hospital in Concord, on June 28, 2012.
Alsea J. Milani, 87, died Thursday, June 21, 2012, peacefully at home in Pepperell, MA with his devoted wife, Evelyn (Calapa) Milani, of sixty-two years by his side. Alsea was born in Bagni di Lucca, Italy on February 14, 1925, son of the late Marcello and Domenica (Gianetti).
eonard C. Hammond, 94, of Orange, MA died at his residence on June 14, 2012. He was born in Groton on August 25, 1917, son of the late Frank and Mabel (Farnsworth) Hammond and was the husband of the late Helen (Malone) Hammond, who died in 1996.
Michael J. Hickey Jr., 65, of Champney Street Groton died unexpectedly at his residence on June 9, 2012. He was born in Groton on October 1, 1946, son of the late Michael and Marion Hickey.
Irene Opal Putman, age 95, died in Groton on Sunday, May 27, 2012.
Michael S. Vacirca, Sr. of Groton MA, died at Apple Valley Center in Ayer on May 18, He was born in Boston on March 12, 1918, son of the late Felix and Josephine (Umana) Vacirca.
Edward T. Fjeld of West Groton and Harwich Port MA, CEO and founder of E. Fjeld Company, died on Thursday, May 3, 2012 while scuba diving at Hathaway Pond on Cape Cod. He was 65 years old.
Charles “Chan” Emil Ruckstuhl, Jr. died peacefully on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the Nashoba Rehabilitation Hospital in Ayer, MA. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Muriel (Moison) Ruckstuhl and his daughter, Linda M. Barriere. He is survived by his daughter, Sydney Ann O’Brien and her husband Kevin, grandsons David and Mark Hutchinson, granddaughters Sheila and Marcella Barriere, great-granddaughter Emily Hutchinson, his brother Robert W. Ruckstuhl and his wife Mary Lou, his sister Suzanne Donahue and her husband Jim and many loving nieces and nephews. He would have been 94 in April.
Mary R. Joyce died on March 28. She was raised in South Boston and lived most of her life in Newton, MA. Recently, she had been enjoying her residence at Rivercourt Residence in Groton. Mary particularly loved to be served breakfast by the caring staff.
Charles E. Thibeau of Groton, MA, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 25th after a long illness. He was 84, son of the late William and Lucille Marie (Bourque) Thibeau of Boston.
A self-taught entrepreneur, Thibeau led a colorful life. From his travels across the U.S. as the manager of a bluegrass band while still a teenager, to faceting gemstones and tinkering with pocket watches in his 70’s and 80’s, he avidly pursued varied interests.
Irene C. (Dusault) Gosselin, of Hollindale, Florida and formerly of Mayfield Drive, Groton, MA, died March 23, 2012 at her home in Florida. She resided in Florida since 1980.
Margaret McPartlan, 78, of Groton, MA passed away suddenly on Tuesday , February 21. 2012 at Leominster Hospital. Margaret was born in Westford, MA on February 24,1933, daughter of the late Clorinda (Andrews) O’ Brien and Jeremiah O’Brien.
Margaret is survived by longtime companion John R. Dupre, of Lunenburg MA, where she resided for the last 17 years. She is survived by four children; two daughters, Elaine M. McPartlan, and Linda A. Truax and husband Theron of Groton; and two sons, John F. McPartlan and his wife Donna, of Tyngsboro, and Steven W. McPartlan of Groton. She was the loving grandmother of seven grandchildren: Terry “ TJ” Truax and fiancé Katelyn Nelson, Hilary and James Lawrence, Harley Truax, Justine and John McPartlan, and Hunter Truax; and by several nieces and nephews.
Gilbert (Gil) Anthony Dupre, 80, of Shirley, passed away on the morning of February 14, 2012. He served for more than 25 years as an EMT in the Town of Groton Emergency Medical and Rescue Services.
Born in Shirley, MA on May 23, 1931, the second son of the late John Raymond Dupre and Mary A. Boss, Gil graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1949 and received a BS in Electromechanical Engineering from Lowell Tech (now UMASS Lowell). His career in engineering was spent working at Bolton Emerson, Lawrence, MA; Avery Dennison, Framingham, MA; and Batesville Casket, Nashua, NH.
Michael J. MacMillan, 51, of Groton, died unexpectedly on January 6, 2012. He was born in San Jose, CA on September 6, 1960. He grew up in Carlisle and went to grade school there. He was a graduate of Concord Carlisle High School where he was active in sports including baseball and lacrosse. Michael attended UMass Amherst, UMass Lowell, and Quinsigamond Community College.
Michael made his home in Groton since 1990. His career included mechanical design, accounting and industrial radiography. His avocation was his interest in aviation and military aircraft. He raced motocross from an early age and continued as a senior rider. He was a very patriotic person, organizing “care packages for overseas troops,” and he was a regular blood donor.
Joyce Stoner Norton, 67, of Dunstable, MA, died after a brief illness on January 2, 2012 at The Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, MA. She was born in Washington, DC on November 3, 1944 to the late Arthur and Louise (Stambaugh) Stoner. She spent her childhood in Chambersburg PA, and was a 1962 graduate Chambersberg High School.
After her graduation, Joyce moved to Southern California to indulge her passion as a hair stylist in Pacific Palisades. She had the excitement of styling celebrities, and attending the Academy Awards. In the late 1960s she married, and shortly after settled in New England to raise a family.
Joyce was a talented painter whose generosity was evident in the gifts of portraits and landscapes she gave to her close friends and family members. Her other interests included antiquing, photography, and volunteering. Joyce’s true dedication was always to her children and in later years also her grandchildren.
Hedwig Kasprowicz Fitzpatrick, 88, of Bayberry Road, Groton died at Apple Valley Center in Ayer on December 14, 2011. She was born in Richmond Hills, New York on July 22, 1923 daughter of the late John and Apolonia (Czachor) Kasprowicz. She grew up in Richmond Hill, NY and worked as a telephone operator for New York Telephone. There she met and married Eugene Fitzpatrick. They moved to Queens Village, NY where they had two children and lived for 48 years .They moved to Groton eight years ago and were a member of St. Catherine’s Church in Westford.
She is survived by her husband Eugene Fitzpatrick of Groton; two sons, Daniel Fitzpatrick of Yorktown Heights, NY and Michael Fitzpatrick of Groton, MA; five grandchildren, Laura, Kara, Kathleen, Sean & Kevin. She will be deeply missed but forever in our hearts.
A Memorial Mass will be held At St Catherine’s Church at a date to be announced in the spring.
Gloria A. (Boudreau) Fuccillo, 81. of Lost Lake Drive, Groton, died at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer on November 29. She was born in Boston on September 29, 1930, daughter of the late Alexander and Katherine (Mahford) Boudreau. A life long resident of the Lost Lake section of Groton, she graduated from Groton High School in 1948. She helped her mother, Katherine Boudreau, operate Kitty’s Variety, which opened in 1931. Gloria went on to be a fixture of the Groton business community for more than 50 years, owning and operating Gloria Real Estate on Lost Lake Drive.
Gloria was active in local political affairs most of her adult life, offering passionate and often feisty support to issues argued at Town Meeting; she achieved the rare notoriety of being widely known only by her first name. She was instrumental in bringing improvements and recognition to the Lost Lake community and served on the Planning Board’s Roads Committee in the early 1980′s, an effort which culminated in the acceptance and improvement of the roads in Lost Lake as town roads.
She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Richard R. Fuccillo, and her son, Richard M. Fuccillo, both of Groton.
Visiting Hours will be Friday, December 2, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Badger Funeral Home 45 School St., Groton, MA. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, December 3, at 11 a.m. with burial at Groton Cemetery.
Jimmie Moss Beene, 87, of Groton died at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer on November 13, 2011. She was born in Chucky, Tennessee on March 9, 1924, daughter of the late Robert and Mary (Meeks) Moss.
Her survivors include daughter Linda Leibig of Groton, son Jimmie W. Beene of Townsend, sister Marylou Renigar of Arkansas, two grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was the grandmother of the late Debra Sheehan.
Visiting hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, at Badger Funeral Home, 45 School Street, Groton. A funeral service will be held after visitation at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Groton Cemetery, Groton.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Donations in her memory may be made to the Lowell Humane Society, 91 Broadway Street, Lowell, MA 01854.
John L. Hooper, 75, of West Groton died on November 8, 2011, at the Edith Norse Rogers Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford, MA. He was born in Attleboro, MA on Jan 18, 1936, son of the late Alfred and Margaret (Lenihan) Hooper. He grew up in Wrentham and attended the Wrentham School System. John joined the U.S Army at the age of 17 and served during The Korean conflict and Vietnam War in bomb disposal units, retiring in 1973 after 20 years of service. He married Elizabeth A. Winkle in 1968 and moved to West Groton in 1972. John worked for the Hollingworth & Vose Company in West Groton for 25 years, until he retired at age 65.
John was a member of the West Groton Fire Department, and retired as Captain after 26 years. The town of Groton honored him by proclaiming October 21 John Hooper Day. He was Commander of the West Groton VFW, was an avid NASCAR fan, and loved country music.
Louise (Russo) Visconti, 90, of Groton, died at the Life Care Center of Acton on Nov 1, 2011. She was born in Bronx, NY on January 4, 1921, daughter of the late Salvatore and Madeline (Jeannetti) Russo. She was the wife of the late Vincent Visconti, who died in 2010, and the mother of the late Paul Visconti, who died in 2002. She grew up in Bronx, NY and was married in 1946. Louise made her home in Harrisburg, PA; Manchester, NH; Westford; Concord; and most recently Groton, since 1982. Louise attended Boston University where she received a BA degree in art history. Her passion was being an artist and painting.
Her survivors include three sons, Peter Visconti of Groton; John Visconti of Dunstable; and Thomas Visconti of Templeton; daughter Denise Visconti, of Marlboro; two grandchildren; and sister Gloria Cardillo of Pennsylvania.
Visiting hours will be held at the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School St. Groton, on Tuesday, Nov 8, from 5-7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday Nov 9 at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Grace Parish worshipping at St. James Church in West Groton. Burial at Groton Cemetery.
Howard J. Misselhorn, 93, of Ayer, MA, formerly of Groton, MA, Altamont, NY, and Pittsfield, MA, passed away on October 24, 2011. He was born on Feb. 24, 1918 in Kendallville, Indiana, son of the late P. Arthur and Charlotte (Auman) Misselhorn. Howard attended St John’s Parochial School and Kendallville High School from which he graduated in 1936. He graduated from Purdue University in Indiana in 1942 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Howard was employed by General Electric Company in Pittsfield, MA where he worked in conjunction with the Department of Naval Operations during WW II. He also worked at G. E. plants in Schenectady, NY and Fitchburg, MA before retiring from the company after 43 years’ service.
Grace Wynne Gagnon, 27, of Townsend, died on October 24 in a car accident.
Born in Nashua on November 1, 1983, she graduated from North Middlesex Regional High School in 2001 and attended Fordham University, where she joined the Army ROTC program and was awarded the honor of New York City Cadet of the Year two years in a row. A devoted yogi, Grace studied yoga at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA, where she became a certified instructor, and continued practicing and teaching for many years. She was most recently working on a nursing degree at the University of Massachusetts, Lowel
Ronald Michael McCarthy died on Thursday, October 20, 2011, a beautiful fall day. He was born at Waltham Hospital during a particularly heavy snowstorm on January 12, 1948. Perhaps it was this beginning which engendered both his lifelong love of cross-country skiing and of warmer climates.
He lived his earliest years with his parents, Michael and Jean, and his grandmother Anne in Belmont, moving to a home in Lexington his father built when he was 3. He grew up in Lexington and attended school there, visiting his beloved grandmother in Groton many weekends.
He graduated from high school in Lexington and attended UMass Boston, and received his degree in Political Science as a member of its first graduating class. He received his Master’s Degree in Sociology from Boston College and his Ph.D in Historical Sociology from Brandeis University in 1983.
David Ralph Hopper of Groton died at his home on October 12th. He was born in Mansfield Ohio, the son of LeRoy and Florence (Haney) Hopper.
David was a champion in life, an enthusiastic basketball player who lettered in lacrosse at The Ohio State University where he earned a degree in chemical engineering. He was an outdoor enthusiast who loved hiking and skiing. He won titles in his local golf club and in tennis doubles competition.
A scientist and critical thinker, David also had a fierce love for the natural world and all the people and things that inhabit it. He was always able to find great joy in the small things like the bright flash of a hummingbird outside the window or daylilies nodding in the sunshine. He loved a good mystery, particularly the “Spencer” novels of Robert B. Parker. His guitar was never far from his hand, as Dave enjoyed folk music and tried to instill in his many nieces and nephews an appreciation for the music of Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary. In later years he pursued a quest to become Mississippi John Hurt and to master the flatpick guitar.
Robert Owen, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, engineer, reader, human rights advocate, and friend, died August 20,2011, at the age of 88. Bob died peacefully at his home in Shirley after a long illness.
Bob was born October 31, 1922. He grew up in Kansas, son of Methodist minister William Wiley Owen and Sadie Crowder Owen. Bob graduated from Southwestern University and served in the US Navy, where he received training in engineering, electronics, and radar development.
Bob married Carlene DiProfio in 1947 while he was a theological student at Boston University. They settled In Groton in 1949, where they raised eight children and four foster children. Bob decided to forego the ministry and became an engineer to provide for his growing family. He worked for McGraw-Hill in New York City and Mitre Corporation in Bedford. For several years, Bob worked on the top of Mt. Washington, studying techniques for de-icing aircraft. He spent the last 18 years ofhis professional life working for the Intelligence School at Fort Devens, teaching soldiers how to repair surveillance equipment. Bob was a natural teacher and loved the young men and women he worked with.
Ann Marie (Weinel) French, of Groton, MA, died Saturday, September 17th surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of David French for 51 years. She was born in StLouis, MO, daughter of the late Cay G. and Wynona (Newell) Weinel. She was predeceased by her brother, Cay G. Weinel, Jr. but is survived by his wife, Jeanne (O’Brien) Weinel.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her children Ann Celine French, David French and his wife Mary Jo (Canty), Carolyn Alzapiedi and her husband John, John French and his wife Julie (Pappalardo), Paul French and his wife Lara (Alterisio), and Kathy Olson and her husband Tom. She constantly surrounded herself with her loving grandchildren Cecelia and Matthew French, Nicole and Heather Alzapiedi, Madeline and Erin French, and Olivia and Anna Olson.
Kathryn (Sullivan) (Kozacka) Sargent succumbed at the age of 58 from ALS on September 12, 2011. Kathy was a life-long resident of Groton, the daughter of Michael and Mary (Robinson) Sullivan. She is survived by her husband, Rick Sargent, of Groton; her sons Jason Koscaka and Jeff Kozacka, both of Townsend; a daughter, Megan Kozacka, of Lowell; and a stepson, Neil Sargent, of Ayer.
Kathy is also survived by her five brothers and sisters: Eileen Swain, of Middleboro; James Sullivan, of Leominster; Thomas Sullivan, of St. Augustine, FL; Gerald Sullivan, of Townsend; and Mary Lou Marra, of Chicopee.
NORTHWOOD, NH — Elsie (Brown) Reid, 95, of Northwood, NH and formerly of West Groton, died at her residence on September 3, 2011, surrounded by her family. She was born in Dracut, MA on March 23, 1916, daughter of the late William and Laura (Hall) Brown. She was the wife of the late Lawrence W. Reid, who died in 1993. She grew up in Tyngsboro, attended the Winslow School, and graduated from Lowell High School. She worked as a maid for the Churchill Family of Churchill Manufacturing of Lowell.
After her marriage in 1937, Elsie and her husband moved to West Groton where she lived for 70 years. She worked for the Cargill family and as a proofreader for New England Business Services in Townsend. In 2006, she moved to New Hampshire and spent winters in Delaware.
Elsie and her husband were foster parents to more than 50 children over the years. She was a member of the Groton Grange, National Grange, and a communicant of St. James Parish of West Groton. She was also a member of a snowmobile club and enjoyed square dancing, knitting, crocheting, baking, and swimming. She especially enjoyed her family and watching her many grandchildren grow up at the lake.
John M. Grout of South Lancaster, Massachusetts died on Tuesday August 23, 2011, in the Clinton, MA Hospital. He was 80. John was born to Ralph and Helen Fuller (Rowell) Grout on February 3, 1931. John is survived by a sister, Ellen Dapper of Virginia. John was the husband of the late Dr. Geraldine (Hale) more »
Gus Pelosi, 80, who was born and raised in Revere, Massachusetts, resided for many years in Reading, Massachusetts, and more recently in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, passed away on August 25 alter a lengthy illness. He was the proud husband of his sweetheart Margaret Mullowney for 58 years. He leaves his wife Margaret, his son Robert Pelosi and husband James Follett and his chosen family William Conley, all of Wilmington, Vermont. Gus is also survived by his sister Theresa of Lynn, sister-in-law Dorothy Pelosi of Revere, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Augustine and Domenica Pelosi of Revere, Massachusetts, and his beloved siblings Carmelina Pelosi Ricdardelli, Cosmo Pelosi, Francis Pelosi, Marguerita Pelosi Durant, and Marie Pelosi Ricciardelli.
PEPPERELL — Thelma (Willard) Hamilton 85, of Pepperell and formerly of Groton, died at Apple Valley Center in Ayer on August 18. She was born in Leominster on September 9, 1925 daughter of the late Fred and Marion (Carter) Willard. She grew up in Belmont and was a graduate of Belmont High School in 1943. Thelma married her husband, Roland, in 1945. They made their home in Lexington, Bedford, in Groton for 30 years, and in Pepperell for the past 26 years.
Thelma worked at Liberty Mutual when she was younger and volunteered at Nashoba Hospital in Ayer for many years. She enjoyed knitting and reading, volunteered for the Red Cross during WW II and was a Lifetime Blood Donor. She was a also a member of Willard Family Association.
Jane Peterson died August 7, 2011 at Massachusetts General Hospital from complications related to a recent illness. She was 69.
Jane was born in New York City to Dorothy and Franklin LePeyre. She spent her early years living in Stonington, CT and later moved to Norwich, CT. Jane graduated from Bradford Junior College and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in home economics from the University of Connecticut.
She met Dean Peterson in Cambridge, MA and the two were married in 1971. They moved to Acton, MA where they had their daughter, Elizabeth, in 1976. The family moved to Ann Arbor, MI, then Andover, MA, and finally to Groton, where she and Dean have lived for the past sixteen years.
Priscilla Clark Little, 85, of Groton, died peacefully at home after a long battle with lung cancer on Monday, August 1, 2011, surrounded by loving family.
Born in Winchester, she was the daughter of the late James Noble Clark and Elizabeth (Daniher) Clark and a direct descendent of Hugh Clark of Watertown who came to Boston from England in 1630 with Governor John Winthrop.
Priscilla Little was a graduate of the Winsor School and Vassar College Class of 1946. She met her future husband, Thomas W. Little Jr., while both were actively involved in the campaign to elect D. D. Eisenhower for President. They enjoyed meeting him and Mamie while traveling on the campaign train on Election Eve from Boston to New York.
GROTON — Louis Gonsalves Santos, 98, of Groton, died at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on July 23, 2011. He was born in Falmouth, MA on December 25, 1912, son of the late Louis and Mary (Gonsalves) Santos; and was the husband of the late Arlene (Rines) Santos who died in 2003. He more »
Frank C. Belitsky, Lt. Col., U.S. Army, Retired; 91, of Groton, died on July 23, 2011 at Apple Valley Center in Ayer. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on July 28, 1919 son of the late Herman and Rebecca (Kaytes) Belitsky and was the husband of the late Maria (Weiss) Belitsky who died in 2009.He grew up in Philadelphia and was a graduate of Central High School, Class of 1927 and received a Business Degree fro Temple University in 1941. Frank worked at the Frankfort Arsenal and was later drafted into the U.S. Army during WW 1942. Lt. Col Belitsky served in the European Theatre, Puerto Rico and many places stateside. He served for 21 years and retired in 1963. Frank had many jobs and volunteer work after his retirement, including Executive Director of American Red Cross in Nashua, Field Director of American Red Cross at Ft Devens, and served on the State Civil Defense.
Georgess McHargue poet, writer, editor, gardener, lover of animals of all sorts, activist, friend, mother and wife completed her sixteen year long “dance” with breast cancer on Monday July 18, 2011. She detested the notion of “battling” cancer, and decided she’d rather dance.
And dance she did! With her beloved husband Michael Roberts, daughter Mairi McHargue Elliott, grandsons Colin Elliott and Griffin Elliott, stepdaughters Traci Roberts and Kelly Richardson, her innumerable friends, as well as with words, with ideas, with music, with politics, and among her flowers… especially roses. How appropriate that she loved to celebrate the Christmas season reveling in the “Lord of the Dance”!
Ruth (Bowmar) (Badger) Perkins, 83, died suddenly on Thursday July 14, 2011 at Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer.
She was the wife of the late Charles A. Perkins who died October 10, 2007 after 21 years of marriage. She was previously married to the late William A. Badger with whom she co-founded and played an active role in the Badger Funeral Home in Littleton, MA. She was born in Groton on May 17, 1928 daughter of the late Ralph and Angie (Hall) Bowmar. She grew up in West Groton and was a graduate of Groton High School, a member of the class of 1948.
GROTON – Taylor Benjamin Young, four-year-old son of Matthew D. Young and Gale A. Devens, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2011 after a tragic accident.
Besides his parents, Taylor leaves a sister, Olivia Lynne Young of Groton; paternal grandparents, Elizabeth A. (Hatala) Young of Dryden, NY and David H. Young of Ithaca, NY; maternal grandparents, Janet A. McKeon and her husband Jack of Sterling and William R. Devens of Lehigh Acres, FL; maternal great-grandmother, Jean E. Danielson of Holden; two uncles, Aaron J. Young of Ithaca, NY and Michael R. Devens of Worcester; an aunt, Lynne M. Burns of Hubbardston; and a very large loving extended family. His aunt, Amy E. (Young) Cochrane, predeceased him.
Sergeant William Joseph Woitowicz, USMC, of Groton, died June 7, 2011 in combat in the Badghis province of Afghanistan. He was born April 14, 1988 in Concord, MA, a son of Kevin J. and Rosemary (Labelle) Woitowicz. He was a graduate of Groton Dunstable High School, Class of 2007 where he was involved in athletics and played on the basketball team. Sergeant Woitowicz was a member of the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion where he served with distinction. He received several awards including the Purple Heart; Combat Action Ribbon; Marine Corps; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Metal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; and the NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal.
Chase Duffy, who lived in Groton for almost five decades and served the community in multiple capacities, died May 16, 2011, at home on the same Indian Hill Road property she purchased in 1966. She was 87 and died of heart failure.
Mrs. Duffy was a 30-year member of the Groton Zoning Board of Appeals. She served for seven years on the Groton-Dunstable School Committee. She was president of the Friends of Groton Elders, a founder of the Groton Film Society, and a longtime member of the League of Women Voters and Groton Democratic Committee. She was a delegate to the State Democratic Convention in 2008 and served two terms on the Council on Aging. She was one of a group of local citizens who compiled and published a history of the town to commemorate its 350th anniversary in 2005.
Robert W. Connally, 66, a resident of Groton, died Wednesday the 18th of May after a valiant battle with cancer.
He was the husband of Dr. Susan Horowitz Connally, to whom he was married for 36 years.
Born in Cohes, N.Y., November 17, 1944, he was the son of the late William and Eleanor (Dinsmore) Connally. He was raised and educated in Hudson, N.Y. After graduating from Wentworth (Oregon) State University and serving in Vietnam, he was the proprietor of Sleepy Hollow Feline Bed and Breakfast and the manager of Groton Veterinary Hospital.
Donald C. Gingras, 91, a resident of Massachusetts since 2000 and formerly of Hopewell Junction, NY died on Friday, February 11, 2011 at Lowell General Hospital. Born in Lowell, MA on June 19, 1919, he was the son of Alphonse Norbert and Isabel Campbell Gingras. He served in the US Army during World War II, more »