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Thomas Sanderson

Mar 17, 1961 - Nov 18, 2023

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West Brookfield, MA

WEST BROOKFIELD - Thomas Guy Sanderson, 62, of West Brookfield, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, November 18, 2023. He leaves his wife of 26 years, Karen Jo (Pulsifer) Sanderson, a son, Michael T. Sanderson of Rochdale, a daughter, Brittany A. Chapman of Athol, a sister, Donna Martinez and her wife C. J. Murphy of Dedham, a brother, Michael Swett and his wife Susan of Worcester, a grandson Cameron Chapman, a granddaughter Lillian Chapman, and a nephew Ryan Martinez. Thomas also leaves many...Read More

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George O. St. Onge

Feb 28, 1933 - Jan 07, 2024

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West Brookfield, MA

Ware - George O. St. Onge, 90, of Ware, died on Sunday, January 7, 2024 at Brookhaven Assisted Care in West Brookfield. He leaves his nieces Camille G. St. Onge Magin (Randy) of Millers Falls, MA, Suzanne (St. Onge) Tanzyus (Mark) of Lakewood, CO, Diane (McHugh) Walden (Terry) of Chagrin Falls, OH and nephew Paul McHugh (Ann Garstka) of Gilbertville, MA. He was predeceased by his sister, Theresa McHugh in 2007 and his brother, Armand “Red” St. Onge in 2010. He was born in Ware, son of the late Henry and Aline (Girouard) St. Onge and lived in Ware for nearly his entire life. In his youth, George worked as a laborer on the family farm in West Brookfield and then worked as a machine operator at the former Ware Shoe Factory for several years. Later, he worked in the Dining Commons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for 20 years before retirement. George was an avid Red Sox fan, in the best of times and in the worst of times. He could be seen sporting his baseball cap while walking through the aisles of Big Y and rarely missed watching a game on TV. He was even known to watch games in Spanish when the incorrect button was inadvertently hit on the TV remote. When not watching baseball, he enjoyed watching westerns and programs about WWII with Zooey, his cat, curled up on the couch next to him. Not really enjoying the art of cooking, George took advantage of local fine dining opportunities. He was an active member of the Ware Senior Center, arriving promptly at 11:15am for lunch. On weekends or on days he did not like the lunch being offered at the Senior Center, he could be found at Crystal Springs Dairy Bar. During the warmer weather, staff at Janine’s knew George’s standard order of a plain hamburger, fries and a vanilla shake. Polish food always had a special place on his palate whether it was from St. Mary’s Church or the Monday evening Polish Night at Janine’s. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and never missed one of their spaghetti suppers. His favorite meal was American chop suey with chicken chow mein coming in a close second. George was a long-time member of Mount Carmel and All Saint’s churches. In addition to attending weekly mass, he was seen at parish barbecues and parish breakfasts. George’s faith was an important part of his life. Those fortunate enough to interact with George frequently will forever hear him saying “Whaaaaat?” But most importantly, George demonstrated that a simple life well lived was a successful life! A Funeral Mass for George will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 11:00am in All Saint’s Church, 17 North St., in Ware. Burial will be in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ware Senior Center, 1 Robbins Road, Ware, MA 01082. Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant St., in Ware is assisting his family with arrangements. An online guest book is available at charbonneaufh.com To to the family or in memory of George O. St. Onge, please

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George O. St. Onge

Feb 28, 1933 - Jan 07, 2024

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West Brookfield, MA

Ware - George O. St. Onge, 90, of Ware, died on Sunday, January 7, 2024 at Brookhaven Assisted Care in West Brookfield. He leaves his nieces Camille G. St. Onge Magin (Randy) of Millers Falls, MA, Suzanne (St. Onge) Tanzyus (Mark) of Lakewood, CO, Diane (McHugh) Walden (Terry) of Chagrin Falls, OH and nephew Paul McHugh (Ann Garstka) of Gilbertville, MA. He was predeceased by his sister, Theresa McHugh in 2007 and his brother, Armand “Red” St. Onge in 2010. He was born in Ware, son of the late Henry and Aline (Girouard) St. Onge and lived in Ware for nearly his entire life. In his youth, George worked as a laborer on the family farm in West Brookfield and then worked as a machine operator at the former Ware Shoe Factory for several years. Later, he worked in the Dining Commons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for 20 years before retirement. George was an avid Red Sox fan, in the best of times and in the worst of times. He could be seen sporting his baseball cap while walking through the aisles of Big Y and rarely missed watching a game on TV. He was even known to watch games in Spanish when the incorrect button was inadvertently hit on the TV remote. When not watching baseball, he enjoyed watching westerns and programs about WWII with Zooey, his cat, curled up on the couch next to him. Not really enjoying the art of cooking, George took advantage of local fine dining opportunities. He was an active member of the Ware Senior Center, arriving promptly at 11:15am for lunch. On weekends or on days he did not like the lunch being offered at the Senior Center, he could be found at Crystal Springs Dairy Bar. During the warmer weather, staff at Janine’s knew George’s standard order of a plain hamburger, fries and a vanilla shake. Polish food always had a special place on his palate whether it was from St. Mary’s Church or the Monday evening Polish Night at Janine’s. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and never missed one of their spaghetti suppers. His favorite meal was American chop suey with chicken chow mein coming in a close second. George was a long-time member of Mount Carmel and All Saint’s churches. In addition to attending weekly mass, he was seen at parish barbecues and parish breakfasts. George’s faith was an important part of his life. Those fortunate enough to interact with George frequently will forever hear him saying “Whaaaaat?” But most importantly, George demonstrated that a simple life well lived was a successful life! A Funeral Mass for George will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 11:00am in All Saint’s Church, 17 North St., in Ware. Burial will be in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ware Senior Center, 1 Robbins Road, Ware, MA 01082. Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant St., in Ware is assisting his family with arrangements. An online guest book is available at charbonneaufh.com To to the family or in memory of George O. St. Onge, please

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Ellen M. Phaneuf

Oct 26, 1940 - Jan 29, 2024

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West Brookfield, MA

Ellen M. (Sauvageau) Phaneuf, 83, of Gilbertville, died on Monday, January 29, 2024 at St. Vincent Hospital. She leaves her son, John H. Phaneuf and his wife Jeanine; two daughters, Diane E. Phaneuf, and Debra Beland and her husband Kenneth Gray, as well as her grandchildren, Matthew and Kate Beland. She also leaves her sister, Vivian Stone, and her brothers, David, Harold, and Robert Sauvageau. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry J. Phaneuf in 2018. She was born in Spencer, daughter of the late Normand and Eleanor (Anderson) Sauvageau. When she was younger, Ellen attended St. Mary's school in Spencer and went on to work at the former Klevin’s Shoe Company. After marrying Henry, she devoted her time to raising her family. Later, she assisted Henry with their landscaping business where she ran equipment and took care of the billing and bookkeeping. In recent years, she enjoyed reading, puzzle making, and coloring. Throughout her life, Ellen was known for her kindness and her contagious smile. She loved flowers, birds, and spending time in nature. She took great pride in her appearance and had a fondness for all things blue. Another one of her joys was watching her grandchildren grow up. She will be greatly missed. At her request, burial in Mary Queen of the Rosary Cemetery will be held privately. Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield is assisting her family with arrangements. An online guest book is available at varnumfuneralhome.com To to the family or in memory of Ellen M. (Sauvageau) Phaneuf, please

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Barbara Joyce (Thurber) Therrien

Jun 29, 1938 - Jan 25, 2024

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West Brookfield, MA

Barbara Joyce (Thurber) Therrien, 85, passed away peacefully on January 25th 2024 with her devoted husband of 65 years, John Therrien at her bedside. Born in North Brookfield, Barbara spent her younger years "spoiled" by her own account as she was the youngest of five and the only girl born to her late parents Calysta (Adams) and Guy Thurber. She graduated from Warren High School in 1956 and met her husband, the oldest brother of her best friend, upon his return from the Air Force. Married in 1958, they welcomed their first child, Deborah in 1959, followed by Karen (1960) & David (1964). Barbara was known and loved in her community; she influenced the lives of so many students during her 30-year career as the secretary at Ware Junior High. In her day-to-day life you would find Barbara in the kitchen making one of her many family-famous dishes like magic cookie bars, pumpkin bread, and meatloaf. She spent countless days in the Quabbin walking with John, blueberrying with her children and grandchildren, and enjoying time communing with nature. She loved crossword puzzles, gardening, reading, and bluebirds. Barbara had always wanted to see more of the world and traveled often. She and John were frequent visitors of the Bar Harbor area, making time to explore Acadia National Park and stopping for her favorite Lobster Stew at the Jordan Pond House with evenings spent at the quiet cottage on Seal Cove. She also enjoyed traveling with her friends and sisters-in-law, and you could find them shopping and gabbing in many parts of coastal Maine on their annual trips. Barbara had an incredible capacity for compassion. She cared deeply for her loved ones and told them often. Her greatest pleasure in life was serving others. She never forgot a birthday or special event, and celebrated every accomplishment or milestone with such joy that her greeting cards were filled with underlined and crossed out words, often rewritten in her handwriting to say what she really wanted. Barbara was most proud of her accomplishments as a wife and mother. Her hopes for her children to be kind, honest, fair, and a good friend were many times fulfilled as she continued to instill such values in her grandchildren and their children. She is survived by her husband, John Therrien; children, Deb Lizak & DJ Beaulieu, Karen Therrien (of Ware), and David and Heidi Therrien (of Omaha); her grandchildren, Heather Willis, Amanda Therrien, & Brittany Bottger; her great-grandchildren Jenna & Kyra Langlais, and Millie Bottger; and her great-great-grandchildren Gavin, Mia, Bently, Aubrey, & River. She also leaves behind her brother, Donald Thurber and his wife Marie; sisters-in-law Mary Ellen, Theresa, Kate, and Elaine; brothers-in-law Ed and JR; and was preceded in death by her brothers Dee, Roger and wife Doris, Kenneth Thurber, and by her sister-in-law Kathy Mundell. At the family's request, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 375 Kings Highway North, Suite B, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant Street, in Ware is assisting her family with arrangements. An online guest book is available at charbonneaufh.com To to the family or in memory of Barbara J. (Thurber) Therrien, please

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Stella J. Crawford

Dec 18, 1936 - Jan 23, 2024

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West Brookfield, MA

BARRE- - Stella J. (Kowza) Crawford,87, of Barre, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 23,2024 in Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in West Brookfield. She was born on December 18, 1936 at Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, MA. She was the daughter of Boleslaw and Jadwiga (Wicik) Kowza, Polish immigrants who spent most of their lives in South Barre, MA. Stella was one of seven children; she was pre-deceased by her older sister Jadwiga (Michael Narekiewicz, deceased). She leaves behind siblings Jennie (Theodore Tylicki), Anne (William E. Tuttle, deceased), Julie (Gary F. Nobert), Eva (W. Kenneth White), and Jan B. Kowza (Rachel). She is predeceased by her husband, Harold A. “Buddy” Crawford. Stella leaves behind her four children Harold A. Crawford Jr & wife Linda, Richard W. Crawford & wife Kay, John J. Crawford and Johanna Swain & husband Patrick and the many grandchildren and great grandchildren she was blessed with.Stella began her employment history at the age of fourteen at the local pharmacy after school, on weekends, and during the summer months. As an adult, she worked for many years as part of a three-woman team of dispatchers who rotated in eight-hour shifts daily. Radios and phones were installed in their private homes to provide emergency dispatch services to the town of Barre. Shortly thereafter, she was appointed as one of the first women police officers (Reserve Intermittent) in Barre. In future years, she worked as an Administrative Assistant to Selectmen in several towns in Massachusetts including Barre, Hubbardston, and New Braintree. She also worked for the federal government when the Veterans Administration was computerizing its medical centers and hospitals in the state. She loved working and eventually fully retired at age eighty. Outside of work, Stella was passionate about painting, politics, and flower gardening.Funeral services are private. Arrangements are under the care of Pillsbury Funeral Home 96 S.Barre Rd. Barre.

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Leova D. Dickerman

Sep 12, 1930 - Jan 08, 2024

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West Brookfield, MA

North Wales, PA / West Brookfield, MA - Leova “Lee” D. (Olson) Dickerman, 93, of North Wales, PA passed away on Monday, January 8, 2024 at Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, West Brookfield, MA. She leaves behind her son, Randall Mason and his wife Karen of East Brookfield, MA; her stepson, James Dickerman and his wife Nancy of Mount Albert, Ontario; her son, Glenn Mason and his wife Lizanne of Wyndmoor, PA; her son, Bradley Mason and his wife Kimberly of Downington, PA; as well as 11 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Owen L. Dickerman, in 2014. She was born in Baltimore, MD, daughter of the late Maurice and Mary E. (Fowler) Olson. Lee worked as a secretary and executive assistant throughout her professional career, as well as a homemaker, providing care to her family throughout her life. Lee was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. Services for Lee will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929. An online guest book is available at varnumfuneralhome.com To to the family or in memory of Leova "Lee" D. (Olson) Dickerman, please

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Leova D. Dickerman

Sep 12, 1930 - Jan 08, 2024

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West Brookfield, MA

North Wales, PA / West Brookfield, MA - Leova “Lee” D. (Olson) Dickerman, 93, of North Wales, PA passed away on Monday, January 8, 2024 at Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, West Brookfield, MA. She leaves behind her son, Randall Mason and his wife Karen of East Brookfield, MA; her stepson, James Dickerman and his wife Nancy of Mount Albert, Ontario; her son, Glenn Mason and his wife Lizanne of Wyndmoor, PA; her son, Bradley Mason and his wife Kimberly of Downington, PA; as well as 11 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Owen L. Dickerman, in 2014. She was born in Baltimore, MD, daughter of the late Maurice and Mary E. (Fowler) Olson. Lee worked as a secretary and executive assistant throughout her professional career, as well as a homemaker, providing care to her family throughout her life. Lee was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. Services for Lee will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929. An online guest book is available at varnumfuneralhome.com To to the family or in memory of Leova "Lee" D. (Olson) Dickerman, please

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Rose Shalom

Dec 29, 1941 - Jan 06, 2024

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West Brookfield, MA

WEST BROOKFIELD- Rose Shalom,82, of West Brookfield, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 6,2024. Arrangements are incomplete. Pillsbury Funeral Home 3 West Brookfield Rd. Brookfield.

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Gail A. Russell

Feb 10, 1939 - Dec 23, 2023

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West Brookfield, MA

Ware - Gail A. (Roberts) Russell, 84, of Ware, died on Saturday, December 23, 2023 at Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in West Brookfield. Gail was born in Palmer on February 10, 1939. She was the daughter of the late Edward W. Roberts, Sr. and Mary (Ward) Roberts. She moved to Ware after marrying her husband, Charles Russell. They shared 54 wonderful years together before his passing in 2011. She leaves her sons Paul. F. Russell Sr. and his wife Marlene, and Keith C. Russell and his wife Mona; her sister-in-law, Jane Roberts; grandchildren, Ann, Ned, P.J., Danielle, Kym, Carrie, and Kristen, as well as 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves her two long-time pals, Phil Hamel and George Stati. Gail had a zest for life and a great love of family. She held many jobs in the town in the bookkeeping field. She started working full time after her boys went to school, with her first jobs at Nor-els and Jam printing. After that, she worked at Hampshire News, then in the medical billing office at the former Mary Lane Hospital, where she worked her way up to Patient Accounts Manager. After leaving Mary Lane Hospital, she worked at Cormier Jewelers, until deciding to take some time off to babysit her first grandchild. Later, she worked part-time for 11 years at the Ware Fire Department Ambulance billing service. She then joined the former William E. Wright Co. in Warren, and ended her working career in the medical billing field at Brimfield Family Medical with Dr. Thomas Clay until her retirement. Her second love was doing crossword puzzles with her sister Karen and watching or babysitting her great-grandchildren. Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff and Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center for their dedicated care and love for Gail. Her family would also like to thank the Ware Fire Dept. for their quick response. A Funeral Mass for Gail will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023 at 10AM in All Saints Church, 17 North St., in Ware. Calling hours will be held on Thursday evening, December 28, 2023 from 5 to 7PM in the Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant St., in Ware. Burial will be in Quabbin Park Cemetery following the mass. An online guest book is available at charbonneaufh.com To to the family or in memory of Gail A. (Roberts) Russell, please

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Gail A. Russell

Feb 10, 1939 - Dec 23, 2023

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West Brookfield, MA

Ware - Gail A. (Roberts) Russell, 84, of Ware, died on Saturday, December 23, 2023 at Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in West Brookfield. Gail was born in Palmer on February 10, 1939. She was the daughter of the late Edward W. Roberts, Sr. and Mary (Ward) Roberts. She moved to Ware after marrying her husband, Charles Russell. They shared 54 wonderful years together before his passing in 2011. She leaves her sons Paul. F. Russell Sr. and his wife Marlene, and Keith C. Russell and his wife Mona; her sister-in-law, Jane Roberts; grandchildren, Ann, Ned, P.J., Danielle, Kym, Carrie, and Kristen, as well as 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves her two long-time pals, Phil Hamel and George Stati. Gail had a zest for life and a great love of family. She held many jobs in the town in the bookkeeping field. She started working full time after her boys went to school, with her first jobs at Nor-els and Jam printing. After that, she worked at Hampshire News, then in the medical billing office at the former Mary Lane Hospital, where she worked her way up to Patient Accounts Manager. After leaving Mary Lane Hospital, she worked at Cormier Jewelers, until deciding to take some time off to babysit her first grandchild. Later, she worked part-time for 11 years at the Ware Fire Department Ambulance billing service. She then joined the former William E. Wright Co. in Warren, and ended her working career in the medical billing field at Brimfield Family Medical with Dr. Thomas Clay until her retirement. Her second love was doing crossword puzzles with her sister Karen and watching or babysitting her great-grandchildren. Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff and Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center for their dedicated care and love for Gail. Her family would also like to thank the Ware Fire Dept. for their quick response. A Funeral Mass for Gail will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023 at 10AM in All Saints Church, 17 North St., in Ware. Calling hours will be held on Thursday evening, December 28, 2023 from 5 to 7PM in the Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant St., in Ware. Burial will be in Quabbin Park Cemetery following the mass. An online guest book is available at charbonneaufh.com To to the family or in memory of Gail A. (Roberts) Russell, please

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