Feb 19, 1954 - Nov 22, 2023
John A. Bouvier
Aug 15, 1938 - Feb 26, 2024
John A. “Jack” Bouvier, 85, of Shrewsbury’s Southgate Community, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024 at UMASS Memorial Medical Center – University Campus surrounded by his loving family. Jack was predeceased by his daughter, Kathleen Bloom, who passed on May 12, 2012. He leaves his beloved wife of 65 years, Maureen C. (Burns) Bouvier; their devoted children, Robert J. “Bob” Bouvier and his wife Ioana, of Rockville, MD, and Michelle A. Gamache her husband Norm of Leominster; a son-in-law, Marc Bloom; grandchildren, Mackenzie and Delaney Bloom, and Anca and Arina Bouvier; a brother, David Bouvier and his wife Vickie, of Pawleys Island, SC; along with several nieces and nephews. Jack was born in Worcester, son of the late John A. and Cecile E. (Cote) Bouvier. He graduated from St. John’s High School in Worcester, Class of 1956. Jack then attended Costa Mesa College, graduating with an Associate’s degree in Computers, then attended and graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree. He received a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and later earned a professional certification from PMI. Jack had a long career in the U.S. Army, and retired as Sergeant Major after 22 years of dedicated service to the country. He then worked in a private sector for many years, and fully retired in 2001. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, spending time with his beloved family at York Beach, Maine and volunteering his time as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector at the Chapel of Southgate. Jack’s major priorities were his family, faith, and his country. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a Cancer Association of your choice. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Bouvier family from 4 – 7 PM on Monday, March 4, 2024 at the BRITTON-SHREWSBURY FUNERAL HOME, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at St. Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury. Burial, with military honors, will be held privately at a later date.
Apr 20, 1940 - Feb 24, 2024
Alexander Szeto arrived in the US in 1968 with the intention of getting a Ph.D. at Boston University. Having taken the "slow boat" from Hong Kong, as he would fondly recount, he missed the start of the semester and was unable to enroll, setting in motion what became a long and storied career as a Massachusetts based restauranteur and real estate investor. Surrounded by his loving family and friends, Alexander died on February 24 as the real-life embodiment of the modern American Dream. He was 83 years old. Starting as a waiter at a Chinese restaurant, Alexander worked his way up to become a partner. Alexander grew that single foothold into a sprawling enterprise of 8 restaurants across Massachusetts, an endeavor that led to a pivot into real estate development where he helped to revitalize and breathe life into Central Massachusetts and its surrounding area. By the time he retired, Alexander had significantly increased his family to include the families of long-standing, loyal employees and was awarded the key to the City of Worcester and recognized widely for his contributions to the community at large. Rising from humble beginnings through integrity and a passion for hard work, Alexander serves as an inspiration to us all. Alexander is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Julie H.L. Szeto, his son Franklin, and his three daughters Anna, Betty and Winnie. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects during the visitation on Monday, March 4 from 9:00-11:00 AM at Callahan, Fay & Caswell Life Celebration Home located at 61 Myrtle Street in Worcester. A burial ceremony will follow at Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut Street, Newton.In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Alexander Szeto to the Nephrology Transplant department of UMASS memorial hospital. https://support.umassmemorial.org/site/Donation Alexander’s kindness, generosity, humor, and zest for life will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege to know him. May he rest in peace.
Edward J. Lindberg
Apr 04, 1949 - Feb 26, 2024
WORCESTER-Edward J. Lindberg, 74, passed away Monday, February 26 in St. Vincent Hospital.He leaves his companion of 21 years and wife of six years, Patricia M. (McDonough) Lindberg; two children, Jeffrey Lindberg of Quincy and Melanie Lindberg of Boston; a step-daughter, Jodi Lloyd of Worcester; two brothers, Robert Lindberg and his wife, Claire of Braintree and James Keough; a sister, Janet Lindberg of Quincy; four grandchildren, Victoria, Christian, David and McCormick; two step-grandchildren, Gabriel and Madison and nieces and nephews. Two children, Scott Lindberg and Kenneth Lindberg and a brother, Kenneth Lindberg predeceased him. He was born in Boston, son of Edward Lindberg and Margaret (Shiel) Keough.Ed was a counselor and house manager for 28 years for Catholic Charities working specifically at the Crozier House, he also worked as a counselor for the Salvation Army. Prior to that he owned and operated his own auto garage in Worcester. Ed was happiest with a wrench in his hand and loved old cars. He was a member and Past President of the Falcon Club, where he proudly displayed his 1962’ Ford Falcon. Visiting Hours will be Tuesday, March 5 from 8:30 to 10:00am in Callahan Fay Caswell Life Celebration Home, 61 Myrtle St. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30am in Saint John’s Church, 40 Temple St. Burial will be private.
Keith Alan Reilly
Sep 19, 1963 - Feb 07, 2024
Keith Alan Reilly, 60, of Gardner, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 07, 2024, in Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester.Born in Holden on September 19, 1963, he was the son of John and the late Nancy (Mnoholitny) Reilly. He graduated from Gardner High School with the Class of 1980, earned his associate's degree from Greenfield College in 1982, and a Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate. Keith was a United States Marine Corps veteran based at Camp Lejeune. He was a Direct caregiver for the Fernald School and various state-run care homes until he retired after 33 years in the field.Keith was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, ice fishing, and golfing. Keith was a sponge for knowledge, constantly reading and learning new things. He received several certificates to better his education and knowledge. Keith enjoyed playing cards and was an outstanding cribbage player. He never hesitated to fix a car or clean out his furnace. He was always up for a challenge when it came to trying to fix or build anything around him. When it came down to it, he was always willing to lend a hand. He had a passion for cooking, so finding him in the kitchen whipping up a recipe he had just found wasn't anything out of the ordinary. He helped coach wrestling at Gardner High School and GMS for a few years because he wrestled in his younger years. He could even be seen on the field coaching soccer. He truly just enjoyed sports. If he wasn't coaching, he was watching the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Keith is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mary-Jane (Fleurant) Reilly of Gardner; his son, Peter Reilly of Gardner; two daughters, Jessica Mosso of Athol and Heather Pleasant and her husband, Wesley, of Houston, Texas; his father John and Step-mother Ruth Ann Reilly of NH; three grandchildren Jasper, Zoeylyn and Zenovia; two step-brothers, Christopher and Michael Rollston of NH; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.He was predeceased by his mother, Nancy Mnoholitny, in 2013 and brother, Kirt Reilly, in 2014.Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 02, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. in the Boucher Funeral Home Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA 01440. Calling Hours will be held on Saturday, March 02, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, or on their website at (www.stjude.org). Please reference in memory of Keith A. Reilly.
Clarence Richard Stockwell
Nov 03, 1929 - Feb 15, 2024
OXFORD – Clarence Richard Stockwell, 94, of Park Street, died Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Rose Monahan Hospice Home in Worcester. He is survived by four children, Patricia M. Stockwell of Charlton, Betty A. Rambarran and her husband Errol of Charlton, Paul R. Stockwell and his wife Angie of Fitchburg, and Sandra L. McNamara and her husband John of Medway; his half-brother Alan J. Credit; seven grandchildren, Paul, Raymond, Kelly, Jaclyn, Katherine, Jack, and Dan; seven great grandchildren, Evangelina, Ethan, Sheila, Desmond, Fiona, Calvin and Theodore; and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Joyce M. (Graves); a stepfather, Henry J. Credit; a brother, Joseph Credit; and four sisters, Anna (Credit) Boudreau, Mary (Credit) Grondine, M. Jessie (Credit) Lange and Madeline (Credit) Chase. He was born in Worcester, the son of the late Viola G. Stockwell (Credit Sampson Dodd) and lived in Sutton, Millbury and Auburn before moving to Oxford in 1959. He graduated from Millbury High School in 1947 and worked as a stock clerk for a Screws & Tool Factory before entering the U.S. Army in 1951, where he served honorably as a medic on the battlefield in the Korean War. Clarence R Stockwell, (aka Richard, Richie, Ricky, Dick, Dietrich, Grampy, Gramps, Dad and even Dickie Bird), was known and loved by many. After his discharge from the service, he got work as a truck driver eventually landing at Hemingway Trucking in Auburn where he worked for many years while raising his family. He retired in 1991 from Preston Trucking and afterwards enjoyed many winters with his wife Joyce in Lake Wales, Florida. A sports enthusiast, always athletic and active himself, he played in a town softball league, loved ice fishing and body surfing in the ocean when he was young and even became a golfer in his retirement years. He loved to stop and talk with anyone and everyone to joke and gossip. He was independent and self-sufficient until his last days living life the way he wanted, always with a laugh and a libation.A graveside service will be private at Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Paradis-Givner Funeral Home in Oxford is directing the arrangements.
Thomas P. Friend
Died : Feb 26, 2024
Capt. Thomas P. Friend USN (ret.), age 90, of Worcester and formerly of Leicester, died Monday February 26 at his home. His wife of 61 years, Noreen E. (Mara) Friend, died in 2017. He leaves six children, Thomas P. Friend Jr. of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Timothy M. Friend and his partner Madelyn Hennessy of Leicester, Theresa M. Friend and her husband James Jacobs of Porcupine, So. Dakota, Theodore F. Friend and his wife Amy of Leicester, Tara J. Friend and her husband Steven Geistfeld of Ballston Spa, N.Y., and Trevor J. Friend and his wife Roma of Worcester; nine grandchildren, Kevin Friend, Timory Jacobs, Nicholas Friend and his wife Caitlin, Katelyn and Rebecca Friend, Hudson and Mara Geistfeld, and Hayden and Eathan Friend; three great grandchildren, Declan, Harper and Maeve Friend; a daughter-in-law Gina Friend of Holden; and many nieces and nephews. Thomas was born in Worcester, son of John and Doris (Chabot) Friend and grew up on Bell Hill. He later lived in Leicester for more than 40 years. He was a graduate of Commerce High School and Worcester State University where he also earned two master’s degrees. Before Tom graduated from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves at age 17. He served faithfully in the Navy for 25 years retiring in 1975 with the rank of Captain. During his service, he spent many summers aboard the USS Keppler. Tom had a long and distinguished career in public education. He began as an elementary grade teacher in Worcester at the former East Kendall St. School. He was later named Principal of a succession of different schools before joining the central administration staff of the Worcester Public Schools. From 1981 through 1993, he was Deputy Superintendent of the system. After retiring as Deputy Superintendent, Tom served as executive Director of the Central Massachusetts Educational Collaborative for 14 years. Tom was a former Board of Directors President for the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester and was a member of its Hall of Fame. He loved spending time with his family. He was an avid trout fisherman and enjoyed entertaining family and friends at his home on Cape Cod. He was a Wednesday night regular at the Wexford House in Worcester for many years. The Friend family wishes to thank the staff at Tatnuck Park for the amazing compassionate care that Tom received in recent years. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s memory may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, 65 Tainter St., Worcester, MA 01610. To to the family or in memory of Thomas P. Friend, please
Richard Guy Duncan, Sr.
Feb 19, 1948 - Feb 24, 2024
Richard Guy Duncan, Sr. of Western Mass. died in Worcester on Feb. 24, 2024 after years of struggle with frontotemporal dementia. He was 76 years old. Richard (Rick) was born in Franklin Lakes, N.J. to Mary and Robert Duncan and grew up in New England. He graduated from Central Connecticut College and went on to live life with a sense of adventure. He was incredibly bright with a strong sense of humor and wit. Whenever he did something, he did it big. He ran his own business for more than 30 years and was a man of many talents. He taught himself how to play the guitar and the piano, how to sail and how to navigate, and was skilled in woodworking, photography and cooking. He was an avid sailor and enjoyed spending time on his boat in Newport, Rhode Island where he would listen to music by Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Paul Simon and The Doors. Together, with his family, he sailed from Connecticut to Maine, twice. In the early 90's, he sailed from the Bahamas up the coast to New England. He was a risk taker in sailing and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He loved his family and his dogs. He was also committed to a life of service and helping others. He was bold and unwavering when it mattered. He was good in an emergency and knew how to land on his feet. Rick is survived by his former wife Maria and their three children, Rick, Concetta and Nicole, his six grandchildren, and his brother Jeff. A private memorial service will be held for his family. In lieu of donations, the family asks that you do an act of service for a loved one or someone in need.
John E. Belcher, Jr.
May 13, 1952 - Feb 19, 2024
"HOLDEN - John E. Belcher, Jr., 71, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, February 19th, 2024, at UMass Memorial in Worcester after being diagnosed with cancer just a few weeks ago. Born in Newton and raised in Sherborn, John was the son of the late John E. and Joan (Honald) Belcher and resided in Holden for the last 41 years. John graduated from Dover-Sherborn High School in Dover and continued his education at St. Michael\u0027s College in Vermont, earning his bachelor\u0027s degree in political science in 1974. During college reunion in the Hamptons, John met and fell in love with Virginia Ryan of Garden City, New York. They married on June 3, 1978, and after a brief stay in Marlborough, they settled in Holden in 1983, becoming active members of the community. For the past 40 years, John worked in the pool and pump supply industry, primarily at Pentair Company for over three decades. He was a devoted member of St. Mary\u0027s Church in Jefferson and served five years as president of the Wachusett Mountaineers Booster Club. John actively participated in his family\u0027s interests, coaching various youth sports teams in Holden including soccer, baseball, Pop Warner football, and girls\u0027 softball. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Wachusett sports teams, attending numerous games and events. In his leisure time, John enjoyed playing golf with friends at Wachusett Country Club, where he participated in the \u0026quot;Preferred Liar\u0027s Club\u0026quot; league on Thursday nights. A passionate New England sports fan, he could often be found in his living room chair on autumn Sundays cheering on his beloved NE Patriots as they made their way to the playoffs and Super Bowl. John cherished annual family vacations at Long Beach Island in New Jersey, a tradition spanning over 30 years. He will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Virginia (Ryan) Belcher; daughter Amy E. Dexheimer and her husband, Jay, of Cary, NC; son John E. Belcher, III of Cary, NC; sister Laure Joy and her husband, James, of Framingham; five grandchildren: Ryan, Jack, Benjamin, Ava, and Camden; as well as nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his sister, Tracy Belcher Ash, and his youngest son, Christopher R. Belcher. John\u0027s life will be honored and remembered at visiting hours from 4 to 7 pm on Monday, February 26, at Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Tuesday, February 27, at St. Mary\u0027s Church, 114 Princeton St., Jefferson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John\u0027s name to WRHS Booster Club, 1401 Main St., Holden, MA 01520. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit the \u0026quot;Tribute Wall\u0026quot; on this page."
Died : Feb 23, 2024
"WORCESTER - Veronika (Majoros) Bentekovics, aged 91, peacefully departed from this world on February 23, 2024, surrounded by her beloved family at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester. Born in Nagyhalasz, Hungary, Veronika was the cherished daughter of the late Ferenc Majoros and Borbala (Kerkesz) Majoros. In Hungary, she entered a lifelong marriage with her beloved late husband, Ferenc Bentekovics. Fleeing the tumultuous times in Hungary in 1956, Veronika found refuge in Austria and later at Camp Kilmer in New Jersey before establishing her home in Holden and ultimately settling in Worcester. Veronika dedicated many years of her life as a housekeeper at UMass Memorial, leaving an indelible mark with her hard work and dedication. Her passions were as diverse as they were deep-rooted – from her love of cooking and music to her prowess as a Hungarian folk dancer in her earlier years. A woman of unwavering faith, Veronika found solace in prayer, ensuring that her family and children were always at the forefront of her thoughts. Family was the cornerstone of Veronika\u0027s existence, and her legacy lives on through her son Frank Bentekovics of Worcester and daughters Mary Powers of Holden, Veronika Bentekovics, and Suzy Boyd, both of Worcester. She is also survived by her sister Eva Hajos of Worcester. Veronika leaves behind a rich tapestry of nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, each a testament to the love and warmth she bestowed upon her family. Calling hours to celebrate Veronika\u0027s life will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden. Following the Calling Hours, a Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11:30 AM at Saint George Catholic Church, 40 Brattle Street, Worcester. Burial will be held privately. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit her tribute wall."
Mary E. Loftus
May 04, 1947 - Feb 15, 2024
"Holden - Mary E. Loftus of Holden, previously of Wells, Maine, died February 15, 2024 at St. Francis Rehabilitation and Nursing center of Worcester, after a long battle with Alzheimer\u0027s. Mary was born and raised in Worcester, daughter of the late Richard J. and Elizabeth M. (O\u0027Connor) Loftus. Mary graduated from Venerini Academy in 1965 and then went on to attend Quinsigamond College with a degree in Nursing. Mary spent much of her life as a loving and caring Registered Nurse at UMass Memorial Hospital. All who knew Mary, knew her kind and gentle soul and funny sense of humor. After her extensive career as an RN, she then retired to be in her happy place, Up Maine. Maine, the way life should be. Where she enjoyed spending time at the beach, drinks at The Cove, Mike\u0027s Clam Shack, quick trips to Reny\u0027s and Congdon\u0027s donuts. She also adored taking walks with her golden retrievers and listening to the birds. Mary was the eldest of four children. She leaves behind a brother Richard T. Loftus, and wife Robin of Rutland; sister Marguerite (Meg) Brueggemann and husband Gary of Holden, and was predeceased by her brother John (Jack) M. Loftus in May 2016 and close friend Marjorie I. Thomas in January 2022. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews to which she is lovingly called \u0026quot;Auntie\u0026quot;; Jennifer, Kathlynn (Katie), Shelley, Melissa, Erin and Tyson and John, along with their spouses and many great nieces and nephews. Mary was a loving presence in our lives and will be sorely missed. Relatives and friends are invited to attend memorial calling hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street, Holden. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer\u0027s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 To share a memory or offer an online condolence, please visit the \u0026quot;Tribute Wall\u0026quot; on this page."