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Obituaries, May 24, 2016

Andrew J. “Jack” Allen of Milford

Walter Almasian, 90, of Whitinsville

Roger G. Belhumeur, 67, of Auburn

Robert Leon Brunelle, 89, of Worcester

Barbara M. (Gilman) Buteau, 87, of Brookfield

Noel M. Clifford, 69, of Millbury

Joan H. (Golas) Cole, 64, of Clinton

Michael G. Deliso, 100, of Oxford

James M. Evans, 70, of West Brookfield

Juanita I. (Osbourn) Fox, 78, of Webster

Mildred E. (Swain) Froemel, 97, of Clinton

Barbara Jane Gaudette, 89, of Spencer

Emile J. Girouard, 82, of Leominster

John M. Hayes Sr., 83, of Shrewsbury

Myrtle M. (Faulkenham) Hebb, 87, of Worcester

Steven H. Hjelm, 71, of Ashburnham

Patricia A. (Rafferty) Holloway, 69, of Shrewsbury

Stella Veronica Jannette, 91, of Barre

Eric Lee “E-Dub” Johnson, 43, of Worcester

Bernice R. (Daley) Kenary, 95, of Millbury

Raymond H. Legg, 67, of Whitinsville

Bonnie A. (Egan) Leigher, 68, of North Oxford

Joseph “Gerard” G. E. Lemelin, 89, of Uxbridge

Josephine “Peppy” (Abasciano) Losapio, 92, of Shrewsbury

Harold E. MacCombie, 95, of Shrewsbury and Stoughton

Robyn Ann (Gallant) Maddocks, 58, of Clinton

Thomas P. Mallett, 51, of Worcester

John F. “Jackie” McCreery, Jr., 73, of Worcester

Lillian E. (Takala) Mikevicz, 89, of Rutland

Karen  L.  Papineau, 44, of Southbridge

Vincent J. Perrone, 91, of Worcester

Richard Allen Perry, 68, of Holden

Olga (Thomas) Petluch, 91, of Thompson, Conn. Michael J. Poirier, 61, of Southbridge

Marie  E.  Puiafico, 92, of West Brookfield

Joseph Yvon “Frenchie” Proulx, 82, of Southbridge

Sally A. Ricci, 61, of Brookfield

Beatrice R. (Duquette) Rodier, 93, of Oxford

Michael P. Sawicki, 59, of Goffstown, N.H.

Alice M. (Rollins) Shepley, 59, of Dudley and Millbury

Louis R. Simeoni, 91, of Philadelphia and Leominster

Jean D. (Nargi) Simonelli, 84, of Naples, Fla., and Southbridge

Theresa M. (Carbonneau) Spacciapoli, 87, of Leominster

David C. Szynal, 60, of Webster

Charles E. Thornburg, 97, of Millbury

David W. Vayo, 79, of Sterling

Diana M. Wolf, 77, of Shrewsbury Continue Reading

Obituaries, May 23, 2016

Oberline (LaPorte) Abare, 95, of Worcester

Andrew J. “Jack” Allen of Milford

Walter Almasian, 90, of Whitinsville

Carolyn E. (Auclair) Bouley, 72, of Worcester

Robert Leon Brunelle, 89, of Worcester

Joan H. (Golas) Cole, 64, of Clinton

Sidney N. (Smith) Cusack, 68, of Worcester

James M. Evans, 70, of West Brookfield

Lorenzo L. “Lester” Forgit, 91, of Spencer

Juanita I. (Osbourn) Fox, 78, of Webster

Melinda Fraga, 42, of Milford

Mildred E. (Swain) Froemel, 97, of Clinton

Barbara Jane Gaudette, 89, of Spencer

Barbara E. (Durgin) Gelinas, 84, of Webster

Emile J. Girouard, 82, of Leominster

Barbara C. Izbicki, 72, of Worcester

Stella Veronica Jannette, 91, of Barre

Eric Lee “E-Dub” Johnson, 43, of Worcester

Robert P. Lapriore, 72, of New Port Richey, Fla., and Worcester

Raymond H. Legg, 67, of Whitinsville

Bonnie A. (Egan) Leigher, 68, of North Oxford

Joseph “Gerard” G. E. Lemelin, 89, of Uxbridge

Robyn Ann (Gallant) Maddocks, 58, of Clinton

Thomas P. Mallett, 51, of Worcester

Bernard J. Martel, 94, of Southbridge

John F. “Jackie” McCreery, Jr., 73, of Worcester

Lillian E. (Takala) Mikevicz, 89, of Rutland

Dorothy L. (Lemoine) Mills, 93, of Northbridge

Barbara Ann (Moran) Nelson, 85, of Clinton

Georgette (Xifaras) Nicholopoulos, 89, of Webster

Constance Marie (Kane) Pandiscio of Holden

Karen  L.  Papineau, 44, of Southbridge

Vincent J. Perrone, 91, of Worcester

Olga (Thomas) Petluch, 91, of Thompson, Conn. Marie  E.  Puiafico, 92, of West Brookfield

Joseph Yvon “Frenchie” Proulx, 82, of Southbridge

Sarah Rodriguez, 65, of Leominster

Michael P. Sawicki, 59, of Goffstown, N.H.

Alice M. (Rollins) Shepley, 59, of Dudley and Millbury

Marguerite (Fournier) Simmarano, 64, of Worcester

Helen M. (Coleman) Snyder, 84, of Westminster

Theresa M. (Carbonneau) Spacciapoli, 87, of Leominster

David C. Szynal, 60, of Webster

Meredith A. (Lippisch) Tata, 54, of Fitchburg

Theresa B. (Brunelle) Thayer, 88, of North Brookfield

Josephine “Babe” (Piechota) Trojanowski, 97, of Webster

Gail (Wells) Wilen, 80, of Westwood Continue Reading

Candace Atchue, left, and Virginia Orlando, owners of Seed to Stem, which is on the move to Crompton Place.

Local Business Spotlight: Seed to Stem transplanting to Canal District

The eclectic nature-themed gift shop is pulling up stakes on Shrewsbury Street soon for bigger space — and maybe even more customers! — in Crompton Place. Longtime collaborators, the owners are taking their skills with skulls (they plant things in them), flowers and other eye-catching items from Restaurant Row to the Canal District in August. Patrick Sargent is first in line. Continue Reading

Roy Rogers and his horse, Trigger ... have no warnings for you.

Sina-cism: Enter the trigger-man, guns blazing

“Trigger warnings aren’t simply misguided. They aren’t some necessary evil that help protect a few truly unfortunate and silently suffering souls from revisiting the darkness in their past while the rest of us are supposed to nod understandingly. They are an insult to the intelligence and integrity of both those who create art and those who consume it.” Tell us how you really feel, Chris! [Don’t worry, he does … Listen up, kids.] Continue Reading

Construction at Worcester Memorial Auditorium, Jan. 26, 1932 (E.B. Luce Collection, Worcester Historical Museum)

Worcestory Lesson: A trip down memorial lane, starring the Aud

“The most awe-inspiring feature of the auditorium is the second-floor Memorial Chamber with the names of those who died in WWI embossed in gold on the stone walls. Large floor-to-ceiling windows look out between the building columns toward Lincoln Square.” David DuBois explores the history, and looks into the future, of one of Worcester’s true gems. Continue Reading

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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 60]: Commence penny-pinching

Ah, graduation season … Proud parents. Delirious teenagers. Suddenly rudderless young adults. Irresponsible amounts of potato salad.

Oh, and just in case all that wasn’t enough, there’s the ever-darkening specter of new and rising education fees from preschool to grad school. Worcester State got in on the act adding at least $115 to their students’ ledgers for use of the soon-to-open $52.6M wellness center.

Hitch brings the pomp and the circumstance. Continue Reading