Raymond A. Belanger Sr.
WORCESTER - Funeral services for Raymond A. Belanger Sr., 81, of 11 Lake Ave., who died Sunday, June 13, 2004 will be held Wednesday, June 16 from the Mercadante Funeral Home and Chapel, 370 Plantation St., with a Mass at 11 a.m. in the St. Stephen's Church, 357 Grafton St., followed by burial in Hope Cemetery, and not Notre Dame Cemetery and Mausoleum as previously stated.
Ronald E. Freemyer
Vet, Factory Worker
ATHOL - Ronald Edward Freemyer, 60, of 739 Daniel Shays Hwy., passed away at home on Friday, June 11, 2004, with his loving wife of 25 years by his side.
He was born in Bennington, VT on June 21, 1943, the son of Clarence and Ruth (Barber) Freemyer.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War; he joined the U.S. Army in 1965 and served for 20 years, retiring in Athol. He was employed at the Bedroom Factory in Orange, and then the L.S. Starrett Company in Athol for 15 years.
He leaves his wife of 25 years, Barbara (Scalia) Freemyer; two daughters, Mary - Jo Freemyer of Gardner, and Debra (Freemyer) Langlois and his son - in - law, Gary Langlois, and grandson, Gary Langlois, Jr. of Raymond, NH; four sisters, Lynn Hurley and her two sons, Brett and Jason Hurley of Williamstown, MA, Cheryl Freemyer of Dallas, TX, Kathy Hamilton and her husband, Donald, and their daughter, Courtney, of New York, Gillian Wilson and her husband, Thomas, and their daughter, Kalia, of New York; a brother, Patrick Young and his wife, Joan, and their daughters, Tammy and Kristy, of South Carolina; a sister - in - law, Alice Teller and her husband, Warren, and their daughte,r Cynthia Cammarata and her husband Frederick, of Waltham, MA; along with aunts, cousins and many friends.
Mr. Freemyer was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and the 11th A.C.R. Association.
A memorial service will be held at a time to be announced in the Massachusetts Veterans Cemetery in Winchendon.
There are no calling hours.
The family suggests that donations be made in his memory to the Gardner Visiting Nursing Association 34 Pearly Lane, Gardner, MA 01440 or to the Care of Animals Fund, Town of Athol 584 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.
Fiske Funeral Home is directing arrangements.
ATHOL - Funeral services for Lena (Calvi) Natale, 92, formerly of Athol, who died Nov. 18, 2003, were held Saturday, June 12, 2004 at the Our Lady Immaculate Church.
Reverend Stephen Johnson, Pastor, celebrated the funeral Mass. Reverend Robert Gariepy gave the eulogy. Theresa Gabis was the organist and cantor, assisted by Jeanette Calvi and Father James Callahan. Readings were offered by Alexis Calvi. Myra and Michael Calvi brought the gifts forward.
Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery with Deacon Adam Reid offering the prayers.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Lorraine E. Billingham
FITCHBURG - Lorraine E. (Leger) Billingham, 74, of 279 Daniels St., The Joseph House, died Saturday, June 12, 2004 in her cousin's home, Roger and Gloria Provencher, after an illness.
Her husband of 47 years, Norman W. Billingham, died Feb. 2, 2001.
She leaves her son, James E. and her daughter - in - law Diane Billingham of Athol, and her daughter, Susan M. and her son - in - law Robert D. Stocks of Andover; her brothers, Frank Leger in San Fernando Valley, Calif., and Edward Leger of Leominster. She also leaves her cousin Roger and his wife, best friend of over 60 years, Gloria Provencher of Leominster; four grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.
She was born on Oct. 24, 1929 in Fitchburg, the daughter of Alphe and Bertha (Arsenault) Leger and had lived most of her life in Fitchburg. She had worked for the former Weyerhauser Paper Co. in Fitchburg as a lab technician for over 20 years. She then went to work as a housekeeper at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in Fitchburg for seven years. She retired in 1987. Mrs. Billingham was an active member of the Retired Woman's Club and the Senior Citizens Center, both of Fitchburg, and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and the Immaculate Conception Choir. She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabelle, the Booster Club, and the Ladies of St. Anne of St. Joseph's Church, all in Fitchburg.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 15 from the Lavery - Chartrand Funeral Home, 99 Summer St. Burial in the Forest Hill Cemetery will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. A calling hour will be held at the funeral home Tuesday morning from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., at the funeral home.
The family suggests that, instead of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Massachusetts Chapter, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
Raymond Belanger Sr.
WORCESTER - Raymond A. Belanger Sr., 81, of 11 Lake Ave., died peacefully Sunday, June 13, 2004 in the UMass Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
He is survived by his loving family; four sons, Raymond A. Belanger Jr. of Athol, Alfred M. Belanger of South Yarmouth, Michael C. Belanger and Paul A. Belanger, both of Worcester; a daughter, Ann Marie Beaumont of Worcester; one brother, Alfred J. Belanger Jr., of Leicester; two sisters, Theresa Bertrand of Oxford, and Delores Belanger of Leicester; 11 grandchildren; six great - grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Elvira M. (Pace) Benoit.
Ray was born in Worcester, a son of Alfred J. and Hilda (Miron) Belanger and lived here most of his life. He was a production foreman at the Graton and Knight Company, and also for the L. Farber Company for many years before he retired.
He was a Fourth Degree member of the Adelphi Council Knights of Columbus, and was a past president of the Lake View Towers Association.
He was involved with the Meals on Wheels program for many years, and was an avid bowler.
His funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 16 from the Mercadante Funeral Home and Chapel, 370 Plantation St., with a Mass at 11 a.m. in the St. Stephen's Church, 357 Grafton St.
Calling hours at the funeral home are 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Interment will be in Notre Dame Cemetery and Mausoleum.
Contributions may be made to the Elder Services of Worcester Meals On Wheels Program, 411 Chandler St., Worcester, MA 01602.
Sr. Aurore Nadreau
Professed 73 Years
Of Religious Vows
PETERSHAM - Sr. Aurore Nadreau, 96, of the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, of North Main Street, died Saturday morning, June 12, 2004, at the Athol Memorial Hospital after a prolonged illness. Formerly known as Sister St. Francois d'Assise, she professed 73 years of religious vows.
Born in Spencer, she was the daughter of Telesphore and Alma (Dube) Nadreau. She was predeceased by her brother, Arthur, and leaves beloved nieces, a nephew, grand - nieces and grand - nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours at the Assumption Residence are from 2 to 7 p.m. today.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 15 at 10 a.m. in the Assumption Residence Chapel. Burial will be in the East Street Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of the Assumption Retirement Fund, Box 128, Petersham, 01036.
The J. Edward Murphy Funeral Home of Athol is directing the arrangements.
Mary J. Parent
ERVING - Mary J. (Bourbeau) Parent, 78, of 11 Maple Ave., died Friday, June 11, 2004 at the Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.
Born in Champlain, Canada, on Jan. 16, 1926, she was the daughter of Desire and Lydia Bourbeau. She attended Gill schools. She had been a resident of Erving for more than 50 years.
Mrs. Parent was a homemaker, and was a communicant of the St. John's Church in Millers Falls.
She enjoyed bingo and trips to Atlantic City. She was an avid Red Sox Fan.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Leo J. Sr.; four sons, Leo J. Jr. and his wife, Susan, of Erving, Richard T. and his companion, Rose, of Athol, Kenneth J. and his wife, Debbie, of Greenfield and John L. and his wife, Kim, of Dublin, Ohio; a daughter, AnnaMarie Wade and her husband, David, of Falmouth; three brothers, Yvon Bourbeau of Orange, John Bourbeau of Lake Isabella, Calif., and Roland Bourbeau of Athol; three sisters, Cecile Mealand of Athol, Vivian Jacobs of Connecticut and Katherine Lareau of Florida; 11 grandchildren; seven great - grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A son, James E. Sr., died on Oct. 14, 1988.
Services will be private. Burial will be in Central Cemetery, Erving Center, at the convenience of the family.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice.
ATHOL - A graveside service was held on Saturday, June 12, 2004 in South Cemetery, Orange, for Vernon E. Vaughn, 80, of 2017 South Athol Rd. who died on June 6, 2004 at Athol Memorial Hospital following an illness. The Rev. Fr. Stephen Johnson of Our Lady Immaculate Church in Athol officiated. A reception was held following the service at St. Francis Parish Hall in Athol.
Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, directed the arrangements.
Died At Birth
ORANGE - Damon Harnois, infant child of Wayne and Sarah (Kennedy) Harnois, of 99 West River St., died at birth on June 9, 2004, at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Worcester. Besides his parents, he leaves his maternal grandparents, Kevin and Vicki Kennedy of Orange; his paternal grandfather, William Foskey of Gardner; paternal grandmother, Mary Ann Foskey of Plymouth; and extended family.
Funeral services will be private.
There are no calling hours.
Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, is directing the arrangements.