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Week of June 17 to June 24, 2021


Leo J. Weeks

December 27, 1929 ~ June 7, 2021 (Age 91)

Lynn/Peabody - Leo J. Weeks passed away peacefully on the evening of Monday, June 7, 2021, at the age of 91 at Brooksby Village in Peabody after a slow decline in health following a fall in the summer of 2019. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Dorothy, with whom he shared more than 69 years of marriage.

Leo was born in Lynn on December 27, 1929, to Alice Lynch who raised him along with his Uncle Lee. Leo worked his whole career in retail, starting at McClellan's 5 & 10 on Union Street in Lynn back in the mid-1940s. He met Dot there and they were married in September of 1951. Leo was a company man and moved wherever they needed him to go, at one point moving to Winchendon for a few years in the mid- to late 50s to manage a store there. He came back to Lynn and took a job managing the Woolworth's Department store at the New England Shopping Center, now the Square One Mall. In the late 60s, he took his final position as manager at New England Stores 5 & 10 in Market Square in West Lynn where he worked until retiring in 1994. Over those 25 years, he made so many friends and acquaintances that, for the rest of his life, people would come up to him to say they remembered him and how much they loved his store.

Leo and Dot loved traveling with their lifelong friends, along with Dot's sisters and husbands. Cruising was a real favorite but their lives really began to change when the grandkids were born. Nicole, Zach, Cameron, and Rebecca made them so happy. Leo was a perfect example of what a Grampy should be. As he did his whole life, he would do anything for anyone, always looking to help out anyone in need. Upon moving to Brooksby in 2006, Leo became the president of the men's fraternity, which made him quite popular on the Brooksby campus. Everyone knew Leo and he knew them all by name, which made him very happy. For quite a few years, Leo enjoyed volunteering along with Dot at Union Hospital once he retired and was a yearly fixture on Santa's Island on Broadway for the Item Santa. He always enjoyed working in his woodworking shop over the years making things for family and friends.

He is survived and will be greatly missed by his daughter Alice and her husband Ray Fisher of Sanford, Maine; his son Kenny Weeks and his wife Cindy of Lynnfield and their children Nicole Weeks of Atlanta, Georgia and Cameron Weeks of Somerville; his son Kevin Weeks, and his children Zach Weeks of Salem and Rebecca Weeks of Orono, Maine, along with Kevin's partner Nancy Gambale.

Service Information: Funeral will be held on Monday at 10 am, at Solimine Funeral Home, followed by services at St Pius V Church 215 Maple St, Lynn at 11am.

Visiting hours will be Sunday 6/13/2021 from 4 – 8pm at Solimine Funeral Home 426 Broadway (Rt. 129) Lynn.

Burial to follow at Pine Grove Cemetery.

June 10, 2021

On June 10th, Susan Jane Grady of Malden, formerly of Medford, Winchendon and Boston. Susan was a 1968 graduate of Murdock High School, Winchendon and was a lifelong employee of the Comm. of Mass. working at Massport and the Department of Transportation. Daughter of the late Thomas F. and Dorothy C. Grady of Manchester by the Sea, Winchendon and Boston. Survived by brothers Thomas F., Jr. of Manchester by the Sea, Robert J. of The Villages, FL, Paul D. of Keene, NH, David M. of Winchendon and Kevin J. of Concord and sisters Beverly R. Gula of Englewood, FL, Donna M. Curley, of Lynnfield, Debra A.Teixeira of Rindge, NH and Denise M. Wiley of Dover, NH. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews. Arrangements by Boston Cremation. Private burial services at St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury pending.

PennyLee Zartman

March 16, 1949 ~ June 7, 2021 (Age 72)

Orange, MA — PennyLee (Tubman) Zartman, 72 died at UMass Medical Center in Worcester on Monday, June 7, 2021 after an illness.

She leaves her husband Terry Lee Zartman; three children, Duane Edward Zartman of Waterville, ME, Robert Paul Zartman of Winchendon and Megan Louise Burch of Orange; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three step-children; six step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Kenneth Lord Tubman, II of FL, Steven Tubman of Middleboro and Kevin Tubman; two sisters, Kathleen Ducasse of Middleboro and Cindy Jean Woodman of VT and many nieces and nephews.

Penny was born in Middleboro on March 16, 1949, a daughter of the late Kenneth Lord and Jean Marie (Willis) Tubman.

She worked for the Fernald School as a manager and bookkeeper for 27 years. She also worked for H & R Block for several years preparing taxes.

Penny enjoyed camping, fishing and was a very talented craftsperson, who could make anything. Her greatest joy came from her family.

A private memorial service will be held at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon at the convenience of the family.

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The Fiske Murphy Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Road, Orange, MA 01364 has been entrusted with Penny's funeral arrangements.

November 25, 2020 (Age 76)

WINCHENDON - Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 11 A.M. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon for Bruce R. Whitaker, 76, of 138 Summer Street, who died November 25, 2020.

A calling hour will precede the funeral Saturday, June 26th from 10 to 11 A.M.

Janet M. Haskins

June 10, 1946 ~ June 10, 2021 (Age 75)

GARDNER - Janet M. (Theriault) Haskins, 75, of 47 Lake Street, died peacefully Thursday morning, June 10, 2021 in Alliance Health at Baldwinville.

She was born in Winchendon on June 10, 1946, daughter of the late Charles and Marjorie (Record) Theriault and was a 1964 graduate of Murdock High School. Janet had lived in Templeton for many years and moved to Gardner ten years ago.

Janet had worked at Simplex Time Recorder for over thirty years, in charge of the mail room, until her retirement. She enjoyed shooting darts with her late husband and friends and was a member of the CMDA Dart League. She enjoyed attending functions at the American Legion in Gardner. She was fond of animals and her dog Waldo.

Her husband of 54 years, Walter E. Haskins, died in March of this year. She leaves a brother, Charles Theriault and his wife Roberta; two nieces, Alyssa Zelesky and her husband Jason and Suzanne Theriault; two grandnephews, Aiden and Brady; a grandniece, Avah and a brother in law and sister in law, Rick Haskins and his wife Dawn.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Alliance Health at Baldwinville for their loving and devoted care.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 9 A.M. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon. A calling hour will precede the service Wednesday from 8 to 9 A.M.

Burial will be in Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon.

Memorial donations may be made to Ahimsa Haven Animal Rescue, 381R Baldwinville Road, Templeton, MA 01468.

Edward W. Fitzmaurice

February 24, 1942 ~ June 10, 2021 (Age 79)

WINCHENDON - Edward W. Fitzmaurice, 79, of 130 Morse Avenue, died from complications of cancer and aspiration pneumonia Thursday evening, June 10, 2021 in Athol Hospital, with his family at his side.

He was born in Winchendon on February 24, 1942, son of the late Richard and Gertrude (Gilson) Fitzmaurice and was a 1960 graduate of Murdock High School, where he was co-captain of the football team and a member of its baseball team. He also played basketball at the Clark.

Ed worked as a shipper at the former Independent Lock and then worked at New England Woodenware for several years until his retirement. His hobbies were reading, walking, word search, watching sports, spending time with his grandchildren and going to Disney World.

He leaves his wife of 57 years, Evi (Ots) Fitzmaurice; a son, Ryan Fitzmaurice and his wife Jessica and two grandchildren, Vivian and Ivy. Three brothers, Patrick Fitzmaurice, Richard Fitzmaurice and Kermit Fitzmaurice, preceded him in death.

Funeral services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

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

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

Lorette Gill

June 10, 2021 (Age 84)

Lorette "Phyllis" (Ouellette) GILL, 84, of Scituate, passed away peacefully on June 10th, 2021 after an illness.

Born and raised in Jaffrey, NH., she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Josephine (Caron) Ouellette, one of nine children. She was a graduate of Our Lady of Monadnock Academy High School and joined the medical field treating allergy patients. She later worked doing life insurance physicals. She lived in several different North Shore towns before settling in Scituate.

Phyllis absolutely loved being near the ocean which was reflected in her home decor and collection of seashells. She was a woman who could stand in her truth and never hesitated to advocate for herself and those she loved.

Another part of her strength was the comfort she received from her faith in God. Throughout her life she participated in many parish activities including becoming a Eucharistic Minister and a devoted pilgrim to religious sites throughout the world.

She was the beloved sister of Rachel Walsh and her husband David of Hanson, Doreen Walsh and her husband Hugh of Pleasantville, CA., Richard Ouellette and his wife Linda of Jaffrey, NH., Bruce Ouellette of Bakersfield, CA., Celeste Ouellette-Colmer of Winchendon and the late Jeannette St. George and her husband Raymond, Connie Desmarais and her husband Raymond and Lorraine Slagle. As a cherished aunt, Phyllis became a second mother to many nieces and nephews with whom she shared special relationships. She is also survived by her pride and joy, Shih Tzu Dusty, who recently celebrated his eleventh birthday.

Visitation is on June 18th from 4-7 P.M. at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. Funeral Mass will be June 19th at 10 A.M. at St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

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Karen L. Nasiatka

August 16, 1951 ~ June 10, 2021 (Age 69)

WINCHENDON - Karen L. (Roberts) Nasiatka, 69, of 11 Whitney Street, died peacefully at her residence Thursday morning, June 10, 2021, with her family at her side.

She was born in Winchendon on August 16, 1951, daughter of the late Albert J. and Janet I (Blomi) Roberts, was educated in Winchendon schools and was a lifelong resident of Winchendon.

Karen worked for many years as a seamstress and upholsterer in local furniture and upholstery shops. She greatly enjoyed her family, as well as crocheting and sewing.

Her husband of 37 years, Frank S. Nasiatka Jr., died in 2008. She leaves two children, Charles R. Nasiatka and his wife Monique of Winchendon and Lori A. Sheppard of Baldwinville; her grandchildren, Christine Correa of Winchendon, Charles J. Nasiatka of Hawaii, Chelsey Nasiatka of Winchendon, Samantha Sheppard of Baldwinville, Taylor Sheppard of Baldwinville; three great grandchildren Anthony, Andrew and Axel. One of thirteen children, she also leaves her brothers and sisters, Albert Roberts, Arthur Roberts, Yvonne Flis, Shirley Smith, Michael Roberts, Mary Conrey, Peter Roberts, Carl Roberts, John Roberts and Charlie Roberts as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Anna Gauthier and Barbara Gilson.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 25, 2021 at 1 P.M. in the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon.

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

Zachary J. Peterson

October 13, 1995 ~ 2021 (Age 25)

Boston - Zachary Joseph Peterson, 25, of Boston, passed away after a hard fought battle with addiction. Zachary was born in Leominster on October 13, 1995, a son of Daniel John Peterson of Winchendon and Christine Jaillet of Gardner. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister Sabrina L. Peterson, her son Greyson Cole Yarnell and her partner John Yarnell of Lunenburg; sister Danielle C. Peterson of Winchendon; sister Chloe Peterson; brother Connor Peterson, and their mother Kara Beaulac of Fitchburg. Zachary leaves his extended family of aunts, uncles, grandparents, godparents, and cousins. He also leaves behind Keith, Tiffany, and Gabby Abare, who have been a constant support in his life throughout the years.

Zachary lived in the moment most of his life and had a charismatic way of getting what he wanted. During his childhood he played Street Hockey, and spent a lot of time with his dad in hockey tournaments.

He attended Fitchburg High School, where he ran track and played both golf and volleyball. He had the smarts to do anything and be anything. In the last few years, Zachary was a Personal Trainer and loved his job. He was extremely close to his sisters, Sabrina and Danielle and spent time recently visiting his newborn nephew. Zachary was also a loving and caring big brother to Chloe and Connor.

He grew up riding motorcycles and playing in the woods with his cousins, Cody and Chad; he loved the outdoors. Zachary had a heart of gold and made everyone laugh, he was an angel and a terror all in one. Zachary's biggest demon was himself, even with all the love and support from his family and friends. Rest easy, Zac – you can now fly with the angels.

Calling hours will be held in Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg on Monday, June 14 from 4-7pm. The funeral Mass will be held in Saint Anthony di Padua Church in Fitchburg on Tuesday, June 15 at 11:00am. Burial will be held privately.

June 15, 1925 ~ June 14, 2021 (Age 95)

GARDNER, MA - Aurelie J. (Crowe) Dresser, 95, of Jackson Park West and formerly of Athol-Orange area and Winchendon, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, June 14, 2021, a day short of her 96th birthday, at home with loved ones at her side.

Born in Athol on June 15, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Harry B. and Ella A. (Upham)(Warren) Crowe and graduated from Athol High in 1943.

On December 1, 1945, she married Harold C. Dresser at the Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church in Athol and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage until his death on March 17, 2011.

Aurelie worked for the L. S. Starrett Company in Athol for 40 years before retiring.

She enjoyed doing crafting, loved Gospel music but most of all she enjoyed her family, especially the grandchildren.

Aurelie was a member and past president of the former Athol-Orange Emblem Club, and had been a member of the First Universalist Church in Orange as well as the Salvation Army in Fitchburg.

Survivors include her children, Sandra Morris of Port St. Lucie, FL, Susan Lewis and her husband, Skip, of Braselton, GA, Sheryl MacDonald of Gardner, Sharlene Adams and her husband, David, of Orange, and Sonya Ellis and her husband, Ron Dupuis, of Gardner; grandchildren, Jeanine Ramsdell, Ricky Churchill, Steven Lewis, Kristie Foley, Stacey Woodbury, Meredith Mallet, Mark Gallagher, Scott Gallagher, Michael Richards Jr., and Amanda Hill; many great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, Aurelie was predeceased by her siblings, Gordon Crowe, Kenneth Warren, Archie Warren, Dorothy Madden and Homer Warren.

A calling hour will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 9-10 a.m. at Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange.

A funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. in the funeral home.

Interment will be in Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Salvation Army, 739 Water Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420.

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