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Subject: [WESTFORD-MA] November 2009 Obituaries - Curdy, Curley, Gerardi,Halko, Lavelle, L'Hussier, Lomen, Marchetti, Sonderegger, Sullivan
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 20:13:23 -0500
CURDY, Vinet I
Athol Daily News
1 Dec 2009
Vinet Irwin Curdy, 100, of 178 Cummings Rd, Athol, died Wednesday
evening, Nov. 25, 2009, at the Athol Memorial Hospital.
He was born Feb. 13, 1909, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the son of Dr.
Edward A. and Minnie Gray (Irwin) Curdy. Due to his parents' work,
Vinet, while growing up, lived in many places including Louisiana;
Missouri; North Carolina; Ontario, Canada; and Lexington and Westford,
Vinet graduated with a bachelor's degree in religious education from
Atlantic Union College in 1929, receiving a full scholarship to pursue
graduate studies. He was accepted at Boston University Graduate School
of Education, graduating in 1932 with a master of arts degree in
education, being certified to teach both French and English. In 1934
he was a Ph.D candidate at Boston University. In 1941, wanting to try
something new, he took up the carpentry trade and it interested him so
much he began working as a boat builder at the Boston Navy Yard.
Vinet served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving on the
Saipan as a Sea-bee, later running shotgun on liberty ship convoys in
both the Atlantic and Pacific, retiring from the Navy Reserve as a Lt.
(J.G.). He was assigned to convoy duty in the Atlantic as a gunnery
officer and commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Armed Guard
Detachment aboard the USS William L. Yancy. Following the
de-commissioning of the W. L. Yancy he rejoined the P.J. Newman
Company in Boston and alternated as a shop foreman, salesman and
farmer in Westford.
In 1968, following his retirement from the Naval Reserve and the
picture business, he became a full-time apple grower and farmer. In
1988, he moved to Wisconsin, where he lived until coming to Athol in
2000 to live near his son Dan.
He loved being outdoors and after moving to Athol his daily routine
with his son was breakfast at the Main Street Diner, where he was
known as "Pops."
He leaves two sons, Brian Curdy of Sion, Switzerland and Dan Curdy of
Athol; two step-daughters, Melva Higgins and Delores Cartwright, both
of Wisconsin, and two grandchildren, Sandy and Mike.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Lucille (Cain) Curdy, and his
second wife, Opal (Pickett) Curdy, and two brothers, Max at age 100
and Clark, who died as a child.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Higgins-O'Connor
Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark D. Bariloni, pastor of the
Athol-Orange Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial with military honors was held Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 at Fairview
Cemetery in Westford and the bearers were: Dan Curdy, Ed Olson and Jim
Members of the United Sates Navy Honor Guard played taps, folded and
presented the flag to Mr. Curdy's son Dan Curdy.
Higgins-O'Connor Funeral Home, 146 Main St., Athol directed
CURLEY, James A
The Lowell Sun
22 Nov 2009
James A. Curley, 77, a 44 year resident of Westford, formerly of North
Andover, died Friday, November 20th, at the Westford House, after a
James was born and raised in North Andover, a son of the late James E.
and Margaret (Dineen) Curley. He was the beloved husband of Sheila
James was a Sergeant in the United States Air Force, stationed in
England while serving in the Korean War, and was retired from AVCO
Corporation after 33 years as the Lieutenant of Plant Protection.
He enjoyed reading, deep sea fishing, and was an avid Boston sports fan.
Besides his wife, Sheila, Jim will be missed by his children, James M.
Curley, Craig M. Curley, and Kara J. Curley, all of Westford, Sharon
Curley and Alan Curley of Florida, two granddaughters, Madeleine and
Emma Curley of Andover, a grandson, Brendan Curley of Littleton, his
sister, Kathleen Fritchy of Methuen; a daughter-in-law, Gina Curley of
Andover; a brother-in-law, Chet Ingalls of Westford; and several
nieces and nephews.
James was predeceased by his sisters, Marion Mammino, Mary Mawson, and
A special thank you to Andy and the dedicated staff at Genesis Westford House.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church,
Middlesex St, North Chelmsford, Wednesday, November 25th at 9:00 am
Relatives and friends invited. Burial will be private. In lieu of
flowers, friends may make memorial contributions in his name to the
Westford Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 197, Westford, MA 01886. FUNERAL
DIRECTOR, J.A.HEALY SON, WESTFORD. 978.692.6502.
GERARDI, Charles "Chuck"
The Lowell Sun
1 Nov 2009
The Westford Eagle
9 Nov 2009
Charles "Chuck" Gerardi formerly of Westford, passed away in
Rochester, N.Y. on October 20, 2009, surrounded by his family.
He leaves is three daughters Sarah, Carla, and Stasia as well as their
mother, Barbara Gerardi all of Westford. He is also survived by his
parents Arnold and Erina Geradi, his sister, Maria Tortarella and a
brother, Tony and his wife, Bonnie as well a nieces and nephews all of
Services were held in New York. Family and friends are invited to a
Memorial Mass at St Catherines, 107 North Main St., Westford on
November 21, at 11 am
Sea Coast Online
12 Nov 2009
Walter Halko, formerly of Westford, Mass., died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009,
in York, where he lived for five years.
Born in Westford, Mass., he was the son of the late Wasil and Dora
(Chweschenko) Halko. Walter was one of five children and grew up in
Westford. He attended Westford Academy and was a graduate of
Northeastern University School of Pharmacy. His career as a pharmacist
took him from the former Plunkett's Drug store in Dracut, Mass., to
Toner's Pharmacy in Portsmouth, N.H., and to Rite Aide Pharmacy before
Following his marriage in 1973 to his wife Jeannette L. (Ducharme)
(Bettencourt) Halko, he settled in Rye, N.H., where they lived happily
for more than 30 years, taking pleasure in many joyful moments at
Wallis Sands beach.
Walter is survived by three sisters, Helen Buckingham of Nashua,
Sophie Macaluso of Nevada, and Vera Arling and her husband, Robert, of
Westford; five stepchildren, Joseph and Carol (Hantges) Bettencourt of
Las Vegas, Nev., Francine Bettencourt of Kingston N.H., Gerald and
Avril (Hughes) Bettencourt of Groton, Mass., William Bettencourt of
Manchester, N.H., and Janice Bettencourt of Kingston, N.H.; a
daughter-in-law, Elaine (Hebert) Bettencourt of Lowell, Mass.; a
God-daughter, Elaine (Rocheleau) and her husband, Valentino Curley, of
Effingham, N.H. He also leaves three nieces and three nephews, Barbara
(Van Strien) and David Kovalchek, of Westford, Steven Van Strien of
Westford, Debora (Van Strien) and Steve Gaynor of Springfield, Mo.,
and Kenneth Buckingham and William Corosa, both of Nashua; 10
grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; two grandnieces; one
grandnephew; two great-grandnieces and a great-grandnephew.
He was predeceased by his wife, Jeannette; a son, Wayne Bettencourt;
and a sister, Anne Corosa of Nashua.
Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Brookside
Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main St. (Route 121A), Plaistow, N.H. His
funeral will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with a Mass
of Christian burial following at 10 a.m. at Mary, Mother of the
Church, Newton, N.H. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery,
Portsmouth. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Walter's memory may be
made to the St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Plaistow.
LAVELLE, Patricia Jean (Thompson)
The Boston Globe
10 Nov 2009
Patricia Jean (Thompson) Lavelle, 73, formerly of Westford, died
unexpectedly October 31, 2009 in West Palm Beach, FL.
Devoted wife of her loving husband Edwin F. Lavelle, Sr. Mother of
Edwin Lavelle, Jr. and his wife Christine of Chelmsford, Karyn DeRoy
and her husband James of Amherst, Denise Lupien and her husband Peter
of Townsend, Gary Lavelle of Westford, and Karla Scondras and her
husband Jack of Westford.
Patty and her husband Edwin built Lavelle Machine and Tool Co, Inc of Westford.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Nov. 14th at 12:00 noon
at St. Catherine's Church, 107 North Main St. Westford. Burial will be
Friends who wish may make memorial contributions in her name to
Children's Hospital Trust, 1 Autumn St., #731, Boston, MA 02215-5301,
attn. Michelle Wall.
Funeral Director, JA Healy & Son, WESTFORD978-692-6502 www.healyfuneralhome.com
L'HUSSIER, Dorothy H
The Lowell Sun
26 Nov 2009
Mrs. Dorothy H. L'Hussier, 73, a life-long resident of Westford, MA,
died Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at Saints Medical Center in Lowell,
MA, after a long illness.
She was married to Mr. Ernest L'Hussier with whom she would have
celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on January 21, 2010.
Dorothy was born in Weymouth, MA, on July 28, 1936, the daughter of
the late Elmer P and Florence M. (Holmes) Brown. She was a graduate of
Westford Academy with the
class of 1954. She retired in 2001 from the Westford Highway
Department after 13 years of service to the town. She was a member of
the West Chelmsford Methodist Church in Chelmsford, MA. Dorothy loved
to play bingo, and do arts and crafts. But most of all, she loved to
spend time with her grandchildren, and attend their sporting events.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law,
Donna and Donald Bussiere of Tamarac, FL; a son and a daughter-in-law,
Dale and Laura L'Hussier of Hudson, NH; a sister, Barbara Finnegan of
Bridgewater, NH; and five grandchildren, Taryn, Hayley, and Mitchell
L'Hussier, all of Hudson, NH, and Aubrey and Melissa Bussiere, both of
Dorothy is also survived by many nieces and nephews; as well as
several close friends.
Funeral Sat. at 10 AM at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST.,
CHELMSFORD. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Westford.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Westford Ambulance Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 197, Westford, MA 01886.
ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 978-251-4041. Guestbook at
The Westford Eagle
7 Dec 2009
Howard Lomen, 55, of Westford, self-employed woodworker, died suddenly
November 19th surrounded by his loving family.
He was the beloved husband of Marcy (Kritsick) Lomen, loving father of
Lorinda Ashley and her husband Lamont of FL, David Lomen and his wife
Shelby of FL, Erik Lomen of Westford, loving son of Marjorie Arnest
and the late David E. Lomen, son-in-law of Harriet and the late Leo
Kritsick, loving grandfather of Dylan, Sasha, Daniel, Christiana,
Joseph, Jagger, loving brother of Tom Lomen of Westford, Penny Lomen
of TN, brother-in-law of Stephen and Charlotte Bahn and the late
Stephen Kritsick, brother of the late Johnny Lynn Martin and the late
Karen Thompson, treasured uncle of Allen, Lisa, Larry, Allie and
Lauren and the late Susan.
Funeral service was held at the HEALY FUNERAL HOME, 57 NORTH MAIN
ST.,WESTFORD, MA on Monday, November 23rd at 11:00 am Burial was
In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions in his
name to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20037.
Funeral Director J.A.HEALY SON, WESTFORD. www.healyfuneralhome.com
MARCHETTI, Peter Bruce
The Cape Cod Times
11 Nov 2009
Peter Bruce Marchetti, 67, died peacefully in his home surrounded by
his family on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, after a brief illness.
Born on March 23, 1942, in Franklin, N.H., he was the son of the late
Angelo and Lena (Tonello) Marchetti.
Peter was raised in Whitman, and graduated from Whitman-Hanson
Regional High School in 1960. Following high school, he served in the
Navy. He was a 1966 graduate of Wentworth Institute, with a degree in
mechanical engineering and earned a bachelor's degree in business
administration from Stonehill College in 1976.
He worked for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Fall River, where he met
the love of his life, Mary (Wordell). They were married in 1969 and
moved to Westford, where they lived for 27 years before moving to East
Dennis in 2001.
Peter was the president of the RPP Corp. in Lawrence for 28 years
until his illness.
He was an avid fisherman, sports fan and enjoyed reading. He also
enjoyed the sunrise and sunsets on Cape Cod, watching the fishing
boats return from their daily trips, spending time with family and
friends, and making furniture and wooden toys for his family.
In addition to his wife of 40 years, he is survived by two daughters,
Lisa Marchetti of Boston and Lori Cowell and her husband Michael of
Franklin; two grandsons, Jason and Alex; three sisters, Cynthia Dunn
and her husband Raymond of Vernon, Vt., Angela Marchetti of Woolwich,
Maine, Linda Lane and her husband Charles Baxter of St. Croix, Virgin
Islands; two sisters-in-law, Alice Beattie and her husband Malcolm,
and Rita Segel and her husband Richard, all of Tiverton, R.I; two
brothers-in-law, Robert Wordell of Denver, Colo., and Les Wordell and
his wife Jaye of Methuen; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was
predeceased by sisters-in-law, Dorothy and Nancy Wordell.
A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m., in Our Lady
of the Cape Church, Stony Brook Road, Brewster. Burial will follow in
Oak Ridge Cemetery, Dennis. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov.
12, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave.,
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Wentworth
Institute of Technology, c/o Peter Marchetti Scholarship Fund, 550
Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.
SONDEREGGER, Thomas A
The Lowell Sun
29 Nov 2009
Thomas A. Sonderegger, 50, a resident of Westford for 20 years, passed
away on November 22, 2009.
He was the beloved husband of Clara Real, and loving father to their
son Thomas A. "T.J." Sonderegger Jr.
Thomas was born on October 11, 1959 in Chicago, IL the son of Peter
and Shirley (Piepol) Sonderegger.
Mr. Sonderegger was employed as a systems analyst by Airvana, Inc. of
He was a member of the Westford Sportsman's Club and was an avid
outdoorsman. Thomas was very involved with Ducks Unlimited, an
organization devoted to the preservation of wetlands.
Thomas is also survived by his two sisters, Karren Yurgalite of
Michigan, and Kathryn Sonderegger of New Hampshire. He also leaves his
in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and close friends.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday from 4-8 P.M. at the BLAKE
FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday at the Central
Congregational Church, 1 Worthen St., Chelmsford. Interment will be
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Thomas' name may be
made to the TJ Sonderegger Education Fund c/o Soverign Bank, 160
Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886.
Funeral Directors Richard P. Burkinshaw and Paul A. Hardy, Jr.
SULLIVAN, Monica L
The Lowell Sun
15 Nov 2009
Monica Louise (Woznac) Sullivan, died on November 11, 2009, after a
long battle with breast cancer.
She was the wife of the late John F. Sullivan, Jr.
Monica was born in Westford, a daughter of the late Michael and
Jeannette Woznac, and a lifelong resident of Westford. She was a
graduate of Westford Academy, and Lowell Commercial College. Mrs.
Sullivan was employed as a Personnel Manager for many years at the
Merrimack Valley Goodwill Rehabilitation Center. Prior to her
retirement, she was Head Clerk for the Westford Board of Assessors.
Mrs. Sullivan enjoyed spending time in her summer home in Ogunquit,
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sharyn and Jack Crory of
Townsend, MA; and five sons, Jack M. of Santa Cruz, CA, Gary and Lynn
Sullivan of Chelmsford, MA, Mark and Karen Sullivan of Sacramento, CA,
and Kevin and Patrick Sullivan, both of Westford, MA. Also a brother,
Ronald Woznac of Colorado;
16 grandchildren; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
She was the sister of the late Linda Morse.
At her request, there were no calling hours and funeral services were private.
Donations may be made in her name to the Westford Ambulance Fund, P.O.
Box 197, Westford, MA 01886.
Funeral Director J.A. HEALY SON, WESTFORD, 978-692-6502.