Leo B. Nelson Jr., 76
Leo B. Nelson Jr., 76, of Wellington, Fla., formerly of Clinton,
died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001 in Wellington after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 56 years, Helena (Welch) Nelson; three
daughters, Donna Korbel of Wellington, with whom he lived, Margaret
Bevins of Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Elizabeth Delgiudice of
Leominster; two brothers, Harold Nelson of Horseshoe, N.C., and
Herbert Nelson of Sterling; two sisters, Marion Richards of Florida
City and Marie Grant of Pembroke Pines; 11 grandchildren; and four
great-grandchildren. Two sons, Leo B. Nelson III and Robert Nelson,
and a brother, George Nelson, predeceased him. He was born in Clinton,
son of Leo B. Nelson Sr. and Estella (Reith) Nelson, and lived
many years in Clinton and Sterling.
He attended Sterling schools.
Mr. Nelson worked for Sterling Transportation. He was a building
manager for Ambassador Apartments and the 5901 Building, both
in Miami. He enjoyed camping and traveling.
No funeral service is planned.
Burial will be at the family’s convenience in Hillside Cemetery, Sterling.
Shivah was held at his daughter’s residence in Wellington. Miles-
Sterling Funeral Home, 100 Worcester Road, Sterling, is directing
Mary F. O’Malley, 80
Mary F. “Naya” (McNally) O’Malley, 80, of 11 Bolton Road,
Clinton, died Sunday, April 7, 2002 in Clinton Hospital after a
She leaves her husband of 58 years, Walter S. O’Malley; a
daughter, Maryann Rymsza of Wilbraham; a son, Walter F.
O’Malley of Stow; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren;
nieces and nephews. A grandson died in 1996. Five brothers, John,
Austin, Thomas, William and James McNally, and a sister, Sara
McMahon, also predeceased her.
She was born in Clinton, daughter of William and Mary (O’Malley)
McNally. She graduated from Clinton High School in 1940 and
from Becker Junior College, Worcester, in 1942.
Mrs. O’Malley was a secretary for the town of Clinton at the
Department of Public Works for 15 years before retiring. She was a
member of St. John the Evangelist Church and the Ancient Order of
The funeral was held Wednesday, April 10, from Robert J. McNally
Funeral Home, with a Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial
was in St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster. Memorial donations may be
made to St. John’s High School, 378 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.
Edwina M. Anderson, 77
Edwina M. (Gagnon) Anderson, 77, of Bigelow Gardens, Lancaster,
formerly a nurse’s aide, died Thursday, April 4, 2002 in River
Terrace Healthcare Center, after suffering a stroke in October.
Her husband of 48 years, Ralph M. Anderson, died in 1998.
She leaves two sons, Fred Anderson of Lancaster and Kim Anderson
of Westminster; two daughters, Marlene Cafferky and Carolyn
Rittenhouse, both of Walla Walla, Wa.; eight grandchildren; a
brother; four sisters; nieces and nephews. She was born in Connor,
Maine, daughter of Louis and Lumina (Raymond) Gagnon, and
lived in Maine before moving to Massachusetts in 1970.
While living in Maine, Mrs. Anderson engaged in farming.
Later, she worked for 20 years as a nurse’s aide at Worcester County
Hospital, before retiring.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 9, in Seventh-day
Adventist Village Church, 75 Sawyer St. Burial was private.
Harold T. Lawson, 94
Harold T. Lawson, 94, of 11 Gates Terrace, Sterling, and a former
columnist for the Clinton Item died Wednesday, April 3, 2002 at home,
from injuries suffered in a house fire.
His wife, Bertie (Copeland) Lawson, died in 2000. He leaves
six grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; and his son-in-law,
Alfred Keith, with whom he lived.
Two daughters, Virginia Keith and Carol Bowers, predeceased him.
He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and lived 30 years in Horseheads, N.Y.
and 15 years in Sterling.
Mr. Lawson worked 30 years for the Chemung County Highway
Department in New York. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist
Church in Elmira, N.Y. He wrote a column entitled “Then and
Now” for the Clinton Item.
Private graveside services will be held in Hillside Cemetery.
There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made
to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA
01701. Miles-Sterling Funeral Home, 100 Worcester Road,
(www.milesfuneralhome.com) is directing arrangements.
Mary M. Gibbons, 69
Mary Margaret Gibbons, 69, of Prescott Mills, Clinton,
died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002 in Marlboro Hospital after being stricken
She leaves a nephew. A sister, Ellen Daily, died in 1991.
She was born in Clinton, daughter of Richard and Catherine
(Healey) Gibbons. She graduated from Clinton High School.
Miss Gibbons had been a secretary for many years at Eas tern
Airlines, New York, before retiring. She was a lifelong member
of St. John the Evangelist Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 3, from Philbin-
Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., with a Mass at 10 a.m. in
St. John the Evangelist Church, 80 Union St. Burial was in the
Robert L. Reynolds, 84
Robert L. Reynolds, 84, of Amherst, N.H., died Tuesday,
Aug. 20, 2002 at the Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare in Nashua, N.H.
He was the husband of Beatrice (Nelson) Reynolds, his wife
of 61 years. He also leaves his son and daughter-in-law,
R. Craig and Tracy Reynolds of Sterling; a daughter and son-inlaw
Carole and Richard Clark of Sacramento, Calif., six grandchildren,
Richard Clark of Lyndeborough, N.H., Brenden and Jenifer
Clark of Sacramento, and Ryan, Andrew and Bryce Reynolds of
Sterling; and two greatgrandchildren, Dylyn and Kyly
Clark of Lyndeborough.
Mr. Reynolds was born in Webster, son of the late Robert E.
and Myrtis E. (Broughton) Cooper.
His birth mother died when he was 14 months old and the late
Lillian Reynolds adopted him.
Mr. Reynolds was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist
Church in South Lancaster. He was president of Atlantic Union
College in the 1960s and a member of the Clinton Rotary.
Mr. Reynolds’ career was in administration with the Seventh-
day Adventist Church throughout the United States. He
received his master’s degree in history and his Ph.D. in Civil
War history from Boston University.
The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Nashua, N.H. was
in charge of arrangements. Donations in Mr. Reynolds’s name
may be made to the Robert Reynolds Excellence in History Endowment
Fund, Walla Walla College, College Place, Wash., 99362.
Michael Willoughby, 52
Michael H. Willoughby, 52, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Clinton, a
Vietnam War veteran, died Sunday, Nov. 17, from injuries suffered after
being struck by a car in Tampa.
He leaves an uncle, Donald Willoughby of Clinton. He was born
in Clinton, son of William and Ruth (McCafrey) Willoughby, and moved
to Tampa 10 years ago. He graduated from Clinton High School. He
was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and received the Purple Heart.
Private funeral services and burial will be held at the convenience
of the family. Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home, 176 Water St., is