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Larry Skala

Jul 22, 1936 - Nov 03, 2023

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Shrewsbury, MA

Larry "Ladislav" Frank Skala, died peacefully at home on November 3, 2023 after a short bout with an extremely aggressive lung cancer. He was born on July 22,1936 in Queens, New York, the son of Joseph and Agnes (Stuchlik) Skala and grew up in Rockland County, New York. He graduated from Farmingdale State College, SUNY in Farmingdale, New York after which he proudly served in the United States Army. He worked for thirty-one years at Phillips Research Labs in Briarcliff, New York. He leaves beh...Read More

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Nancy (Folger) Buddenhagen

Feb 18, 1940 - Feb 19, 2024

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Shrewsbury, MA

Nancy (Folger) Buddenhagen, 84, lifelong Shrewsbury resident, passed away on the morning of Monday, February 19, 2024 at Benchmark Senior Living at Shrewsbury Crossing. She leaves her beloved husband of 64 years, Gene E. Buddenhagen; their devoted children, Michael Buddenhagen and wife Linda, of Boylston, and Sherie Foley and husband Denis, of Marco Island, FL; grandchildren, David Buddenhagen, Daniel Buddenhagen, Kristen Carter, Conor Foley, and Maeve Foley; and a great-grandchild, Cameron Buddenhagen, all of whom she was so proud of. Over the years, Nancy enjoyed the camaraderie of many friends, however, her best friend was Gayle Baker, of Florida. Nancy was predeceased by her sister, Barbara Fleming; and their parents, Wayne and Susan (Carpenter) Folger. She was born in Worcester, raised and educated in Shrewsbury – she graduated from Major Howard W. Beal High School, Class of 1958. Nancy worked as a secretary for the Town of Shrewsbury Parks and Recreation Department for many years. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Nancy’s faith was always a forefront of her life, and she was a longtime member of Grace Church, in Hudson. She enjoyed participating in prayer and Bible-study groups, but most recently, watched the Grace church services via Zoom on Sunday mornings and listened to religious television shows before falling asleep. Nancy loved cooking, especially making and sharing meals with her family. Baking was a passion of hers, and she loved making hermits and ginger cookies – she always had a real sweet tooth! She had always enjoyed reading, and loved her animals, a cat named Benji, and a black lab named Dream. Nancy looked forward to her grandchildren visiting, especially when they brought their dogs to see her. In their younger years, Nancy and Gene traveled to Bermuda several times, as well as to Germany and Switzerland. When she was a child, Nancy traveled to a family camp in Canada quite often. Nancy loved to garden and spending time outdoors working in her yard, and enjoyed sitting outside on a warm day in the sun. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and knitting, and often reminisced about making clothes for her children when they were little. Most recently, Nancy enjoyed playing games, such as dominoes and word puzzles, and enjoyed arts and crafts. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org/donate). Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Buddenhagen family from 10 – 11 AM on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury, with a service to follow at 11, in the funeral home. Burial will be held in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury.

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Gary G. Hemmerdinger

Nov 30, 1946 - Feb 17, 2024

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Shrewsbury, MA

Gary G. Hemmerdinger, 77,  of Shrewsbury, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 17, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband Karin J. (Goranson ) Hemmerdinger. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend visiting hours at the Chiampa Funeral Home, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center, on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 11:00 am -  1:00 pm. Funeral Service will follow. Interment will take place at Mountain View Cemetery.Complete obituary to follow.

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Beth Ann Dryden

Jun 29, 1960 - Feb 14, 2024

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Shrewsbury, MA

Beth Ann Dryden, 63, of Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 15, 2024, with her loving family by her side. She leaves her siblings, Willis E. Dryden, III, of Barre, Paul Dryden, of Douglas, Kelly Jordan and husband Arthur, of Cobleskill, NY, and her best friend, Patricia Dryden-Shaker and husband Ashraf, of Worcester; her nieces and nephews, Christopher Dryden, Chelsea Jordan and partner Daniel Duymovic, the late Joshua Dryden, who passed in 2016, Felicia Jordan-McRee and husband Seth, Malik Shaker and fiancée Susan Foster, and Saharra Shaker; her grand-nieces, Jocelyn Rosemarion, Clementine Rose, and Raydale Flynn; a grand-nephew, who's due on Beth's birthday in June, whom she was so excited to meet; and her beloved furbabies, Tucker, Daisy, and Kali. She was predeceased by her sister-in-law, Patricia Dryden, in 2019. Beth was born in Worcester, daughter of the late Willis E. Dryden, Jr. and Maureen (Carney) Dryden. She was raised and educated in Shrewsbury, graduating with the Shrewsbury High School’s Class of 1979. Beth went on to receive a Certificate in the Administrative Assistant program from the Salter Secretarial School in Worcester, in 1985. For much of her career, she worked as an Administrative Assistant for Dr. Connolly, Chief of the Orthopedic Spinal Surgery Division, and most recently, transferred to the Gastroenterology unit. Beth became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2007, graduating from the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, in Worcester. She retired in August 2023 due to complications of her glioblastoma. In 2018, she received Caregiver of the Year Award for caring for her sister Patti, from the YMCA in Northborough – a true testament to Beth’s caring and compassionate nature! Beth was known to be very competitive, and loved to play cards, solve puzzles, crochet, and bike. She enjoyed ten-pin bowling with the Hi Nooners in Auburn. She especially loved time spent with her siblings, nieces, and nephews, and any time spent in Falmouth with her sister Patti and family. Family and friends truly meant the world to Beth, by whom she will be forever missed. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Adam Bullen Memorial Foundation, 8 B Concord Court, Webster, MA 01570. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Dryden family from 4 – 7 PM on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM on Wednesday, February 21st at St. Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury, with burial to follow.

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Paul A. Holle

Jul 05, 1923 - Jan 25, 2024

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Shrewsbury, MA

Paul A. “Piff” Holle, 100, of Shrewsbury’s Southgate Community and formerly of Adams County, Indiana, died on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at Shrewsbury Nursing Home. His wife of 29 years, Katheryne (Cole) Holle, died in 1984, and his daughter, Kim Degerstrom, died in 2015. He leaves his daughter, Elizabeth H. Hughes and her husband Steven, of Douglas; four grandchildren, Emily Degerstrom, Matthew Warner, Thomas Warner, and Jojo Holle; as well as several nieces and nephews. Paul was also predeceased by his siblings, Truman Holle, Edna McDougal, Walter Holle, and Leona Brian. Paul was born in Decatur, Adams County, Indiana, son of the late Otto and Adele (Schamerloh) Holle. As a boy growing up on the family farm, Paul and his father showed Chester White Hogs in competitions. He was a World War II veteran, having earned the rank of Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army – 91st Infantry Division serving in North Africa and Italy. Paul’s extensive studies included earning a B.A. from Valparaiso University, a Masters and a PhD in Marine Biology from Notre Dame University. He studied at the Woods Hole Marine Institute and was a Research Associate at Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. Paul served on the faculty of the University of New Hampshire before joining the faculty of Worcester State College, where he taught for 31 years. During that time, he also taught at the Mass Maritime Academy and other colleges. He was a life member of the Bermuda Biological Station for Research and a Marine Science Lecturer of the Elderhostel. Paul enjoyed the many International Natural History Field Trips, for which he was a docent. Paul was a lifelong singer and chorister, having performed nationally and internationally. He was a member of the Salisbury Singers, many church choirs, and the Worcester Chapter AGO – American Guild of Organists. A graveside service was held privately for Paul’s family, and he was buried alongside his wife in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury. The Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home was honored to assist with arrangements.

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Margaret M. Russell Giordano

Aug 28, 1929 - Jan 28, 2024

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Shrewsbury, MA

SHREWSBURY – Margaret M. (Albrizio) Russell Giordano, 94, of Shrewsbury, died early Sunday, January 28, 2024 at Milford Regional Medical Center. Her husband, Frank Giordano, died in 1987. Her first husband, Michael John Russell, died March 19, 1968. She leaves two sons, Edward Charles Russell of Coalinga, CA and Paul Joseph Russell of Wiscasset, Maine; a daughter, Susan Rose Russell of Worcester; a sister, Eleanora Penny of Worcester, and a brother, Frank Albrizio of Millbury; a granddaughter Jessica Dumas; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her oldest son, Michael John Russell 2nd in September, 2023 and two sisters, Beatrice Pepper and Anna “Nina” DiPerrio. She was born in Worcester, daughter of Frank and Mary (DeSantis) Albrizio. Margaret was loved, interacting with customers who enjoyed her serving breakfast, lunch, etc. She passed on life’s lessons in faith, ethics, integrity, and enjoying simple pleasures. The inner quiet strength, and her gift - a capacity to remain positive - were immeasurable. Her daily accomplishments rewarded by enjoying her "one" cigarette per day, relaxing on the couch. She lived to and loved dancing at Moseley's on the Charles. A graveside service will be held Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 10:00 am at Mountain View Cemetery, 22 Boylston St, Shrewsbury, section L85. Arrangements are in the care of Rice Funeral Home, 300 Park Ave Worcester.

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Shellie Lynn Hooben

Jun 07, 1985 - Jan 24, 2024

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Shrewsbury, MA

SHREWSBURY – Shellie Lynn Hooben, 38, of Shrewsbury, died Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at St. Vincent Hospital. She leaves two sons, Michael Franks and Jacob Hooben, two daughters, Hailee and Nevah; her mother, Carol A. Hooben of East Falmouth, a brother, Derek Hooben of Falmouth; her boyfriend, Kenny Marcello of Shrewsbury, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Leo Hooben. She was born in Taunton, daughter of the late Leo Rusty Hooben and Carol A. (Arouca) Hooben Funeral services will be private and in the care of Rice Funeral Home, 300 Park Ave, Worcester.

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Doris J. Rimkus

Mar 20, 1928 - Jan 23, 2024

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Shrewsbury, MA

Doris J. (Richard) Rimkus, 95, a longtime resident of Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief illness. Beloved wife of the late Francis W. "Fran" Rimkus.  Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend visiting hours at the Chiampa Funeral Home, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury on Friday, January 26, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.Please continue to watch our website for complete obituary

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Richard J. Strzelewicz

Died : Jan 19, 2024

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Shrewsbury, MA

Richard J. “Dick” Strzelewicz, 81 of Shrewsbury, peacefully passed away on Friday, January 19, 2024 at The Shrewsbury Nursing Home. He leaves his beloved wife, Elaine (DeFalco) Strzelewicz; his children: Lori Kelly, Michele Strzelewicz and husband Mike and Kayne Faucher and wife Gretchen; grandchildren: Brianna and John Golder, Ryan Kelly, and Mullen and Andrew Faucher; great grandson Brayden Golder and a brother Robert Strzelewicz and wife Peggy. Dick was born in Webster, MA, son of the late Edward and Bernice (Malkowski) Strzelewicz. He was raised and educated in Oxford, MA, graduating from Oxford High School. Dick served his country proudly in the U.S. Army, until his honorable discharge in 1964. Dick worked in the construction industry as a General Contractor and business owner; he retired from Boston's Peabody Construction Company in 2005. Dick was a “car guy,” who loved showing his 1934 Ford Vicky on those hot Friday nights at Kimballs Farm, Lancaster and attending the New England drag races with his very special best friend and “family” member, Bob Erickson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice. Dick's family will be celebrating his life privately. Burial will be held in the spring. The Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home is honored to be assisting with arrangements.

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Michael Paul Lusignan

Aug 15, 1949 - Jan 21, 2024

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Shrewsbury, MA

Shrewsbury - Michael Paul Lusignan, 74, of West Boylston, MA, formerly of Shrewsbury, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 21, 2024, after a period of declining health.Michael was born on August 15, 1949, in Worcester, MA, the eldest son of the late Paul and Louisa (Ashton) Lusignan. Raised in Shrewsbury, MA, he was a graduate of Shrewsbury High School before attending Dean College and eventually graduating with his Bachelor’s degree from Springfield College. He also took post-graduate education courses at Columbia University.He loved sports, physical fitness and just about anything that was competitive (including watching Jeopardy). Michael was a standout athlete and played football in high school as well as college, but also loved hockey, basketball and baseball. He inevitably turned his passion for fitness into a career as a Physical Therapist, beginning with home healthcare before moving into leadership roles at Memorial Hospital and Fallon Health. He finished his career as it began, in home healthcare with the VNA. Michael was an avid reader, lifetime learner and was fascinated by the principles of leadership and high-performing teams. In his later years, he enjoyed spending time outdoors and gardening in his backyard.Most importantly, Michael prioritized time spent with those he loved, including his long-time partner and best friend, Dawn Guarino, his three children, three grandchildren, siblings and extended family.In addition to his partner Dawn (Ward) Guarino, Michael leaves his children, Aimee (Lusignan) Watkins and her husband, William, of Sterling, MA, Andrew M. Lusignan and his wife, Michelle, of Merrimack, NH, the late Gregory J. ("Ice") Lusignan of Shrewsbury, MA; his grandchildren, Tanner Watkins, Tucker Watkins and Olivia Lusignan; his siblings, Anne Prensner (Robert) of Wellesley, MA, Peter Lusignan of Florence, MA, Stephen Lusignan of Worcester, MA, Barbara Dion (late Tom) of West Boylston, MA and Carol Chung (Michael) of Nyack, New York; many nieces & nephews, members of Dawn’s family and a host of friends.Family and friends will honor and remember Michael's life by gathering for calling hours on Sunday, January 28th Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, 284 East Temple Street, Boylston from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. followed by a service at 4:00 p.m. Rev. Cynthia Maybeck will officiate. A private family burial will be Monday in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive | Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215 or https://www.childrenshospital.org/Arrangements by James + John Heald of The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street, Waltham.

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Robert A. Trottier

Aug 16, 1938 - Jan 18, 2024

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Shrewsbury, MA

Robert A. “Bob” Trottier, 85, longtime resident of Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 18, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved Husband of Maria E. "Stella" (Villamil) Trottier.Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend visiting hours at the Chiampa Funeral Home, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury on Friday, January 26, 2024 from 9:00 A.M. -12:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, January 26, 2024, at 1:00 P.M. at St. Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's honor, may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Research.Please continue to watch our website for complete obituary

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