Hedwig P. Furmanick
STERLING - Hedwig P. (Sulkowski) Furmanick, 82, of 155 Princeton Road, died Saturday, October 12, 2002 in Clinton Hospital, after an illness.
Her husband, John Furmanick, died in 1980. She leaves two sons, Richard J. Furmanick of Sterling and John A. Furmanick of the Oakdale section of West Boylston; two daughters, Joan M. Kush and Elaine F. Brown, both of Sterling; three sisters, Geneivieve Janiszewski of Worcester, Sophie Knapik of Grafton and Cecile Lemanski of Haverhill; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was born in Worcester, daughter of Leo and Frances (Milch) Sulkowski, and lived in Sterling most of her life. She attended St. Mary's School, Worcester, and Worcester Girls Trade School.
Mrs. Furmanick was an assembler at Ray-O-Vac Co., formerly of Clinton, for 23 years, retiring in 1980. She was a member of Our Lady of Jasna Gora Church, Clinton. She enjoyed knitting.
The funeral was held October 16, from Robert J. McNally Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, with a Mass in Our Lady of Jasna Gora Church, Clinton. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery, Lancaster. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Jasna Gora Church, 128 Franklin St., Clinton, MA 01510.
Elizabeth M. Lawler
PAXTON - Elizabeth M. Lawler, 83, of Reach Road, Deer Isle, Me, formerly of Paxton,died Tuesday, October 8, 2002 in Blue Hill, Me.
Her husband, Arthur Lawler Jr., predeceased her. She leaves two sons, Arthur Lawler of Amesbury and David Lawler of Minneapolis; a daughter, Deborah Luistro of Middletown, Conn.; two sisters, Marion Murphy of Wolcott, Conn., and Deborah Hitchcock of Waterbury, Conn.; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was born in Connecticut, daughter of James A. and Marion (Downey) Murphy. She graduated from Crosby High School in Waterbury, Conn., in 1937 and Simmons College, Boston, in 1941.
Mrs. Lawler was a children's librarian in New York City; Denver; Worcester, and Cheshire, Conn. She was a member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church in Stonington, Me. She also volunteered at Deer Isle Elementary School's library and at Chase Emerson Memorial Library. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, bridge, reading and sports.
The memorial Mass was held October 12, in St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, Stonington. Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Chase Emerson Memorial Library, Deer Isle, ME 04627. Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home, Main Street, Stonington, directed arrangements.
Sherman E. Sottak
HOLDEN - Sherman E. Sottak, 89, of 25 Fairchild Drive, died Monday, October 7, 2002 in Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, West Boylston, after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 63 years, Marian S. (Bachman) Sottak; a son, Sherman E. Sottak Jr. of Carver; a daughter, Linda V. Demkoski of Lancaster; a brother, Donald Sottak of Worcester; two sisters, Barbara Backstrom and Beverly Johnson, both of Worcester; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews. A sister, Catherine Lever of Leicester, and two brothers, Julius Sottak of Worcester and Paul Sottak of Anaheim, Calif., predeceased him. He was born in Brattleboro, Vt., son of Paul and Viola (Niles) Sottak, and lived in Worcester before moving to Holden in 1952. He graduated from New Bedford Vocational High School.
Mr. Sottak was a licensed electrician and a heating engineer for Sawyer Lumber Co., Worcester, for 42 years, retiring in 1987. After retiring, he was a licensed electrician. He also taught electrical licensing in the night school program at Worcester Boys Trade School. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of Rufus Putnam Lodge of Masons in Rutland, Scottish Rite Bodies of Worcester, Aleppo Temple Shrine in Wilmington and Aletheia Grotto in Worcester. He participated in the Shrine Circus. He was also a member of Chaffin Congregational Church and was active with church maintenance and church suppers. He was a former leader for Boy Scout Troop 178, and enjoyed woodworking, cooking and computers.
The funeral service was held October 14, in the Miles Funeral Home (www.milesfuneralhome.com), 1158 Main St., Holden. Burial was in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton. Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.
John D. Turini
STERLING - John D. Turini, 82, of 100 Rowley Hill Road, formerly of Clinton and Harvard, died Wednesday, October 9, 2002 in Clinton Hospital after an illness.
His wife of 58 years, Arletta W. (Skillings) Turini, died in 2000. He leaves two daughters, Roberta J. Boudrot of Englewood, N.J., and Linda M. Tatten of Sterling, with whom he lived; a brother, Paul J. Turini of Clinton; two sisters, Lena Valeri and Theresa Novia, both of Clinton; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Two brothers, Louis and Domenic "Babe" Turini; and a sister, Bena Oberg, predeceased him. He was born in Clinton, son of Francesco and Melina (Georgi) Turini, and lived in Clinton and Harvard before moving here in 2000. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and received the Purple Heart.
Mr. Turini was a maintenance general foreman at the Army garrison at Fort Devens for many years, retiring in 1980. He was a former member of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, and a former member and past president of the Harvard Lions Club. A master carpenter, he designed and built dollhouses. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and video photography.
The funeral was held October 15, from Robert J. McNally Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, with a Mass in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Clinton. Burial was in Bellevue Cemetery, Harvard. Memorial donations may be made to Clinton Hospital Special Care Unit, 201 Highland St., Clinton, MA 01510; or to Clinton Home for the Aged, 271 Church St., Clinton, MA 01510.
Ingvar E. Ahnrud
HOLDEN - Ingvar E. Ahnrud, 74, of 20 Crestview Dr., died Friday, September 26, 2003 in the Hospice Residence in Worcester after an illness.
He leaves his wife of 52 years, Elsa C. (Strom) Ahnrud; two sons, Michael K. Ahnrud of Chepachet, R.I., and Mark S. Ahnrud of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Solveig King of Salem, Or. and Margot Olson of Holden; four grandchildren, Eric and Gregory Ahnrud both of Chepachet, R.I., and Stephen and Evelyn Ahnrud both of Atlanta, Ga. He was born in Worcester, he was the son of Mike and Margit (Hansson) Ahnrud and lived 46 years in Holden. Mr. Ahnrud graduated from Commerce High School, Worcester Junior College and the Industrial School of Management at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, all in Worcester. He was the distribution manager at Astra Pharmaceutical Co., in Worcester and later in Westboro, where he worked 40 years retiring in 1994. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holden, sang in the choir for 30 years, taught Sunday school and served on the parish council. He was a member of the Greendale Retired Men's Club and its golf league.
A memorial service was held September 30, in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Holden, with private burial in Grove Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the memorial fund of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 346 Shrewsbury Street, Holden, Ma. 01520. Miles Funeral Home (www.milesfuneralhome.com), 1158 Main St., Holden directed arrangements.
Linda M. George
HOLDEN - A remembrance service for Linda M. George, 27, daughter of Richard A. and Carolyn M. (Whitworth) George, who died September 11, 2001, in New York aboard American Airlines Flight 11 bound for Los Angeles, was held September 27 in All Saints Episcopal Church, Worcester. Burial was private in Grove Cemetery, Holden. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Sisters Place, PO Box 4236, Fall River, MA 02723, or All Saints Episcopal Church, 10 Irving St., Worcester, MA 01609. Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden, directed arrangements.
Leon A. Kendrick
HOLDEN - Leon A. Kendrick, 88, of 33 Oakwood Ave., Auburn, formerly of Holden, died Tuesday, August 26, 2003, after an illness. He graduated from Holden High School, where he excelled in sports. He leaves his wife of 28 years, Jean R. Fidelle Kendrick; a daughter, Patricia A. Gabriel of Granville, Mi.; a son, Kenneth L. Kendrick of Quinebaug, Conn.; a sister, Dorothy Miles Riley of Bloomington, Md.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His step-mother, Elsie (Anderson) Kendrick of Holden, predeceased him.
He was born in Bristol, Va., son of Leon A. and Lula (Wheeler) Kendrick. He worked for U.S. Steel for 37 years and Reed & Prince for eight years, retiring in 1982. He was a longtime member of the Hadwen Park Congregational Church in Worcester and on its board of trustees; the executive board of the Worcester Suburban YMCA; the personnel board in Auburn; and president of Parents Without Partners. He was an avid reader and traveler.
A memorial service will be held at Hadwen Park Congregational Church, 6 Clover St., Worcester, on Saturday, October 18 at 1 p.m. Donations may be made to the Hadwen Park Congregational Church Building Fund, 6 Clover St., Worcester, Ma. 01603; or to the Auburn District Nursing Association.
Miles Funeral Home of Holden is directing arrangements.
Lawrence R. Nack
RUTLAND - Lawrence R. Nack, 75, of 20 Forest Hill Dr., died Monday, September 22, 2003 in his home after an illness. He leaves his wife of 52 years, Joan A. (Thaule) Nack; two daughters, Deborah H. Derrick of Oakham, and Pamela M. Jolicoeur of Holden; a brother, Robert Nack of White Plains, NY; two sisters, Anne Fleming and Arleen Lyons both of New Rochelle, NY; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces. He was born in New Rochelle, NY, son of Jacob and Mary (Graham) Nack, and lived 36 years in Rutland. He is predeceased by a brother and a sister.
Mr. Nack was a dairy manager for Finest Super Market in Worcester for many years. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Worcester and sang in its choir. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a 25-year member of the Rufus Putnam Lodge of Masons in Rutland, Scottish Rite Bodies of Worceste and Aleppo Temple Shrine in Wilmington. The funeral service was held September 25 in St. John's Episcopal Church, Worcester, with a Masonic Ritual service on September 24 in the Miles Funeral Home (www.milesfuneralhome.com), 1158 Main St., Holden. Burial was private in Rural Cemetery, Rutland. Memorial donations may be made to VNA Care Network, Hospice, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, 01608; St. John's Episcopal Church, 166 Holden St., Worcester, 01606, or the Masonic Angel Fund, Rufus Putnam Lodge of Masons, P.O. Box 43, Holden, 01520.
Ruth C. Petrie
HOLDEN - Ruth Caroline (Johnson) Petrie, 72, of 215 Lovell Road, Holden, died Thursday, September 25, 2003 at her home. She leaves her husband of 48 years, Elwin A. Petrie; two sons, James A. Petrie of Leominster and John B. Petrie of Rutland; a daughter, Sandra L. Hachey of West Boylston; three grandchildren, Christopher J. Petrie of Leominster, Sarah E. Hachey of West Boylston and Anna E. Petrie of Rutland. She also leaves two sisters, Phyllis C. O'Grady of Rochester Hills, Mi. and Lois Krutchik, and a cousin, Carolyn F. Klingloff of Huntington, Conn.
She was born in Worcester, daughter of the late Everett and Eva (Andrelonis) Johnson. She was a graduate of Commerce High School and she worked many years in various departments for the City of Worcester. She enjoyed art, music, nature and caring for her grandchildren. Several years ago, she painted a portrait of one of Worcester's former mayors, which hangs in the third floor hallway of City Hall. She was a charter member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
The funeral was on September 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester. Burial was in Grove Cemetery, Holden. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, Ma. 01701-4688. Nordgren Memorial Chapel, 300 Lincoln St., Worcester, directed arrangements.
Leonidas M. Vestarhis
PAXTON - Leonidas M. Vestarhis, 87, of Paxton, formerly of Plymouth, died Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at home. His wife, Bessie (Fotiades) Vestarhis died in 2000. He leaves a son, Michael Vestarhis of Paxton; two daughters, Maria Tsoutsis of Worcester and Mina Zecker of Newbury; two sisters, Mary Konstantinou of Athens, Greece and Eva Dougias of Pireaus, Greece; four grandchildren, Danielle M. Zecker and Benjamen M. Zecker, both of Newbury and Chrysanthe Tsoutsis and Vasilios
Tsoutsis, both of Worcester; many nephews and nieces. A sister, Mina Ketonis, predeceased him.
He was born in Stenies, Greece, on the island of Andros, the son of Michael L. and Barbara Vestarhis and was a WWII naval service veteran in Greece.
Mr. Vestarhis moved to Baltimore, MD in 1946 and then to Worcester in 1953. He sailed on numerous ships in the U. S. Merchant Marines as a member of the N.M.U. for 30 years, retiring in 1978. In his retirement, he worked for the Steamship Authorty in Woodshole and for the White Cliffs Country Club in Plymouth. He was a member of St. George's Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hyannis, formerly a member of St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral and enjoyed music, dancing, fishing and played soccer in Europe in the late 1930s.
The funeral was on September 27 from O'Connor Brothers Funeral Home, 592 Park Avenue, Worcester with a service in St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Worcester. Burial was in Hope Cemetery, Worcester. Memorial contributions may be made to UMass Memorial Hospice, 650 Lincoln St., Worcester, Ma. 01605 or St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 102 Russell St., Worcester, Ma. 01609.
Michael J. Woods Jr.
HOLDEN - Michael J. Woods Jr., 72, of 1990 N. Main St. died Monday, September 29, in his home.
He leaves his wife of 38 years, Patricia E. (Doherty) Woods, two daughters, Erica J. Bedard of Westminster and Kathleen M. Duzak of Worcester, two sisters, Catherine Dolan of Worcester and Peggy March of Fort Pierce, Fla., a brother Paul Woods of West Boylston, nephews and nieces. Born in Worcester, son of Michael J. and Marie "Mary" (Cormier) Woods, he served in the Army during the Korean War and was a master welder for many years at AirCo. He was an avid gardener and wildlife enthusiast.
A funeral will be held October 2 at 10 a.m. from Caswell King Funeral Home, 1147 Main St. with a Mass in St. Mary’s Church, 114 Princeton St., Jefferson. Burial will be in Worcester County Memorial Park, Paxton. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 7 Oak St., Worcester 01609.