The Winchendon Courier
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Week of January 2 to January 9, 2020


Anna A. Carpenter

May 8, 1934 ~ December 26, 2019 (Age 85)

WINCHENDON – Anna A. (Caouette) Carpenter, 85, of Winchendon, passed away quietly on December 26, 2019 at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester from complications from injuries sustained in an accidental fall.

She was born in Winchendon on May 8, 1934. Her parents were Agilas A. Caouette and Marie Ann (Poitras) Caouette, and she was a lifelong resident of Winchendon.

She is survived by her son, Richard P. Carpenter Jr and his wife Suzanne of Winchendon and a sister, Rolande Roy of Peterborough, NH, and her grandchildren, Brandon Wightman and his wife Amy Beth, Kristen Batchelder and her husband Bobby, Eric L’Etoile and his wife Erin, Jason L’Etoile and his fiancé Heather Morrow, Stephanie Pervier and her husband Brad, Craig L’Etoile and his fiancé Liz Crosby, all of Winchendon, Heather Williams and her husband Jon of Leominster and Ross L’Etoile and his girlfriend Tricia Betourney of Westminster and a son-in-law, Michael E. L’Etoile of Winchendon. She had 10 great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Richard P. “Dick” Carpenter and a daughter, Susan M. L’Etoile. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Sylvio M. Caouette and Armand N. Caouette, and her sisters Rose Lafortune and Lucienne Smith.

She was a bookkeeper for her husband’s business, the former Carpenter’s Service Station for many years and worked as a clerk for the US Postal Service for over 25 years at many area post offices before her retirement. She was active in many civic and religious organizations and was currently a member of the Winchendon Garden Club. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Baldwinville and also Immaculate Heart of Mary in Winchendon where she periodically taught CCD classes over the span of several decades.

She was devoted to her faith and her family and enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren. She was kind, loving, caring and generous and will be missed by many.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 10:00 AM in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 52 Spruce Street, Winchendon.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, December 30, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon.

Burial will be held at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to St. Vincent de Paul or Immaculate Heart of Mary Parishes or to the Murdock Friends of Music.

July 18, 1959 ~ December 22, 2019 (Age 60)

Doreen "Molly" (Cofske) Olson, 60, of South Main Street, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, after being stricken ill.

Born in Boston on July 18, 1959, she was a daughter of Joseph and Janet (Dube) and grew up in California, returning to the Athol- Orange area after high school.

Molly was employed as a laser cutter for Johnson Controls in Turners Falls.

Easy going, Molly was a big Steelers fan.

Survivors include her parents, Joseph and Janet Cofske of Linneus, Maine; her children, Alicia Raymond of Winchendon, James Cameron of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Jason Cameron of California; her partner, David Salisbury of Orange; grandchildren, Austin, Dylan, Aubrey, Nathaniel and Blake; her siblings, Joseph Cofske of New Hampshire, Sherry Cofske of Hodgdon, Maine, Wayne Cofske of Linneus, Maine, Jay Cofske of Derry, New Hampshire, Sharon Cofske of Kinman, Maine, Rodney Cofske of Orange, Michelle Cofske of Holton, Maine, and Randall Cofske of Lee, New Hampshire; many, many nephews and nieces, aunts and uncles.

There are no calling hours.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday January 5, 2020 beginning at 1 p.m., at the Orange American Legion, 40 Daniel Shay Highway, Orange.

A graveside service will be held in the spring in Winchester, New Hampshire.

Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is assisting the family.

You may offer your sympathy online at

Frank C. Grincewicz

October 17, 1925 ~ December 27, 2019 (Age 94)

GARDNER – Frank C. “Flash” Grincewicz, 94, of 76 Monadnock Street, died peacefully Friday morning, December 27, 2019 in UMASS Memorial Hospital, Worcester, Belmont Campus, with his family at his side.

He was born in Gardner on October 17, 1925, son of the late Charles and Petrunella (Judski) Grincewicz and was a 1943 graduate of Gardner High School. Following graduation, he entered the service and proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during World War Two.

Flash worked as a supervisor at the former Collier Keyworth Company for over 40 years until his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW Posts of both Gardner and Winchendon. His hobbies were fishing, golfing, doing outdoor work and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He was a resident of Gardner and Winchendon his entire life.

He leaves his wife, Cecelia (Chicoine) Grincewicz; six children, Donna Ronco of Baldwinville, Ronald Grincewicz of CA, Wayne Grincewicz of Amherst, Craig Grincewicz of Winchendon, Cheryl Leber and her husband David of Nevada and Betsy George and her husband Gregory of Winchendon; his grandchildren, Renee Lupien, Shane Grincewicz, Ryan Ronco, Sheree Ramirez, Aaron Grincewicz, Katie Santora, Elyssa Melanson, Nick LaPerle, Tim LaPerle, Brittany Grincewicz and Samuel Grincewicz, a very special great niece Tia Lavoie, many great grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife Ruth P. (Bosworth) Grincewicz; a son Frank C. Grincewicz and his brothers and sisters, Charles Gransewicz, Josephine Grincewicz, John Grincewicz, Julia Mary Ciavola and Jennie Cormier.

Military funeral services will be held Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 1 P.M. in Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon.

Calling hours in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon are Wednesday, January 1, 2020 from 4 to 6 P.M.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Loring R. Stevenson Sr

January 24, 1931 ~ December 29, 2019 (Age 88)

WINCHENDON – Loring R. Stevenson Sr., age 88, of Winchendon, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019. He was the only son of Loring and Emma Stevenson, formerly of Fitchburg, MA. He leaves his wife Pauline M. (Peters) Stevenson; three sons, the late Loring Stevenson Jr., David Stevenson, and Chris Stevenson; a daughter, Lisa Stevenson; five grandchildren, Chelsy Arber, Matt Stevenson, Rachel Stevenson, Kyler Stevenson and Kealy Whidden and a great grandson, Maxfield Arber.

“Bud”, as he was called, was a graduate of Fitchburg High School, Class of 1949 and was a star athlete that was inducted in to the Fitchburg Athletic Hall of Fame and went on to play minor league baseball. He went on to get his BA and Master’s Degree from Fitchburg State College and after graduation, Bud served during the Korean Conflict with the 70th Engineers and was a radio operator for Co. C.

Loring began his teaching Career in Holyoke, MA. When he moved to Winchendon he taught science before becoming a Principal of Poland, Wheeler and Streeter schools, a position he held until becoming Winchendon’s elementary supervisor, and finally became the first Principal of the newly built Memorial Elementary School and served in this position until his retirement in 1980.

Loring and his wife Pauline went on to become auctioneers in New Hampshire. Bud was a long time member of the NH Auctioneers Association, The Winchendon Teacher’s Association, and the VFW. In his leisure, he enjoyed fishing, cooking, UFO’s, history, traveling and spending time with family. Bud also earned his private pilot’s license and Sold Real Estate in NH and Ma.for many years. In his youth he spent his summers at his parents camp on Lake Monomonac and later years with his own family at the "Santa Maria".

He was dearly loved and will be truly missed.

There will be no service or calling hours.

A private Celebration of Life with family will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, be kind to your neighbor.

Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.

Rodney E. Coffin Sr.

July 24, 1934 ~ December 28, 2019 (Age 85)

Rodney E. Coffin Sr., 85, of South Windsor CT, formerly of Presque Isle, Maine, entered into eternal peace on Saturday December 28, 2019 in Sterling, MA.

Rodney was born in Presque Isle, Maine on July 24, 1934 to the late Artie and Laura (Stephenson) Coffin. He attended Presque Isle schools and graduated high school, Class of 1953.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Nina (Lamoreau) Coffin and his second wife Marilyn (Forbes) Coffin.

Rodney moved to Connecticut in 1954 and was employed by Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. He was promoted to store manager and resigned in 1965 to start employment with Capitol Tire Co. He worked his way up to Vice President and Co-Owner and the company grew to a multimillion dollar business with several locations in CT and MA. His most gratifying business achievement was in 1979 when the dream of a distribution warehouse became a reality in South Windsor CT. The business was sold in 1988 to Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and he enjoyed early retirement at the age of 55. He continued to manage and sell properties throughout his retirement.

Rodney enjoyed his vacation home in Old Orchard and in later years his winter home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He loved working with wood, stained glass and enjoyed his mini car collection.

In 2016 he moved into his son's home (Brian). He enjoyed many happy years living with Brian, Shannon and their daughter Carly.

He leaves his two sons Rodney Jr, of Springfield, MA, Brian (Shannon) of Winchendon MA; stepsons William Lyman (Holly), Thomas Chapman, James Lyman; stepdaughters Kathleen Shaw, Lisa (Robert) Zborowski; eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother Edwin and his wife Shirley Coffin of Virginia and his fur baby Abigail. One brother, Artie predeceased him.

His family would like to thank his caregiver Lisa Gouslin for her kind and compassionate care.

He often said that if someone asked him what would make a perfect life, he would simply say "I have that in Marilyn my loving wife." He said he was blessed with a great childhood along with family and friends.

"No one had a happier life, and no one should morn my death because I had the very best that anyone could ever have."

His family will receive friends on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 2-5 p.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2020, 12 Noon at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Wapping Cemetery in South Windsor. Please visit for online condolences.