The Winchendon Courier - Obituaries (2024)


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November 21, 1939 ~ November 3, 2021 (Age 81)

Concord, NH - Janet Ann (Moses) Short, 81, of Concord, passed away on Wednesday November 3rd, 2021, at the Birches of Concord, after a long battle with dementia, and is now with her heavenly family. The family thanks the Birches for the wonderful care they gave her.

She was born November 21, 1939, in Rumney, NH, daughter of Elwin Moses and Christina (Glover) Daigneault. She is predeceased by her husband William Fuller Short, in 2015, after 56 years of marriage. Janet was a past member of The First Baptist Church of Concord, and was in the choir for 15 years, as well as the librarian. She worked at Beede Electric for 25 years. She enjoyed doing needle point and reading, and also had a fondness for the Native Americans.

She is predeceased by her brother Donald Moses. Janet is survived by Donald's wife, Jane, of Penacook. She leaves two sons, Bill Short and his wife Bibi of St. Ives Cornwall England, Mark Short of Concord; her daughter Linda Heath and husband David of Loudon; her four grandsons Adam Heath and his wife Holly of Gilford, Alex Heath of Loudon, Jacob Short of St. Ives Cornwall England, Caleb Short and his wife Yoey of Plymouth, England; her granddaughter Melissa Short of St. Ives Cornwall England; sisters Maxine Marlar of Winchendon MA, Marjorie Patten of Concord; sister- in - law June Short of Lexington, KY; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will held on Saturday, November 20, from 1 PM to 2:30 PM, with a Celebration of Life at 2:30 PM at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N Main Street, Concord NH, 03301.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her honor may be made to St. Joseph's Indian School, P.O. Box Chamberlain, SD. 57325.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bennett Funeral Home of Concord NH.

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May 20, 1945 ~ November 13, 2021 (Age 76)

WINCHENDON - Virginia E. Cyganiewicz, 76, of Winchendon died peacefully at her residence Saturday afternoon, November 13, 2021, with her family at her side.

She was born in Winchendon on May 20, 1945 and was raised by her grandmother Edith Hallet and her grandfather, Andrew Smith. Virginia was a lifelong resident of Winchendon.

Virginia worked for many years as an administrative assistant at the former Open Arms Nursing Home until her retirement. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and grandchildren, as well as her dogs.

She leaves her husband of 60 years, Kenneth J. Cyganiewicz; three children, Kenneth A. Cyganiewicz and wife Suzanne of Winchendon, Linda M. Geyster of Lunenburg and Lisa M. White of Winchendon; six grandchildren, Joseph, Matthew, Heidi, Adam, Melissa and Joshua and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private.

Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.

June 1, 1935 ~ November 15, 2021 (Age 86)

Joan Eleanor Hill, 86, of Simpson Brook Road in Waterford, Vt. passed away on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at her home.

Joan was born in Gardner, Mass. on June 1, 1935, to Armand and Eleanor (McFadden) Berard.

She worked as a Registered Nurse in Boston Hospitals as a floater and in the operating room, as well as working in Taunton, Mass. and later, Gardner, Mass. Joan lived for a number of years in New Mexico. She was living in Winchendon, Mass. when she met Roy Chandler Hill. They were married and lived in Walpole, N.H. and then moved to Lyndonville, Vt. in the early 1970s before moving to Waterford about a year ago. The couple shared 57 years together.

Joan loved to travel. She was a very active member of her church, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses.

She is survived by her husband: Roy Hill of Waterford; two daughters: Linda Gurnell and husband, Scott, of Minnesota, and Renee Williams and husband, Ben, of Waterford; three sisters: Eloise Fair and husband, Ray, of Minnesota, Judy Irizary and husband, Vincent, of Winchendon, Mass., and Mary Belanger and husband, Paul, of Winchendon; and two grandchildren: Jamin and Hanna Williams.

Joan was predeceased by her brother: Ginger Berard.

Services will take place at a later date.

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May 7, 1958 ~ September 28, 2021 (Age 63)

POWAY, CA - Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021 for Brian K. Deline, 63, of Poway, California, formerly of Winchendon, who died September 28, 2021. A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 A.M. followed by a funeral service at 11 A.M. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon.

Brian was born in Winchendon on May 7, 1958 and was a graduate of Murdock High School in the class of 1976. While in high school he played baseball, basketball, tennis, and ran cross country. After graduating Brian worked several jobs, but had the fondest memories and funniest stories of his employment at a local grocery store called The Beef Shop.

In 1985 he took a giant leap and moved from Massachusetts to California. As he settled in he worked as a delivery driver until he discovered he had a passion for investigation work. He followed this dream and became a private investigator, later opening his own practice Deline Investigations. This was his career until his death.

He met his wife Debbie on a blind date on October 12, 1991. They married in 1994 and recently celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary. They lived in Poway, CA since 1996.

In addition to his wife Debbie, he leaves a daughter Jami, a son; Scott; his mother Marjorie Deline; father John Deline Sr.; brother John Deline Jr. and his wife Michelle; his sister Tracy Deline-Barrows and husband Jeremy; nephews Austin and Alec Barrows and many more family members and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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December 14, 1928 ~ November 11, 2021 (Age 92)

GREENFIELD, MA - Pollyanna (Beal) Perry Davis, age 92, passed away peacefully at home on November 11, 2021 after a period of failing health.

She was born in Gardner, MA on December 14, 1928 to Ernest Gibson and Marion Louisa (Stoddard) Beal. Polly was raised in Winchendon, MA and graduated from Murdock High School in 1946. At 17, she enrolled in the Elliot Community Hospital School of Nursing in Keene NH, where she earned her license as a Registered Nurse. Polly's nursing career spanned over 50 years in a variety of capacities including Hospital nursing, Public Health and for 18 years, her biggest love, School Nursing. Prior to her retirement from Northfield Elementary School in 1998, Polly had provided health services to all of the schools in the Pioneer School District. During her tenure in Northfield, she was nominated for and received the award of School Nurse of the Year. This was a well-deserved and greatly appreciated honor.

Polly was a very active member of the former First Congregational Church of Greenfield. Over time she served on the Diaconate, and the Mission Committee and participated in all manner of fundraising activities including Church suppers and Tag Sales.

Polly was both musical and artistic. She was also an avid crafter and put her skills to use for family and friends as well as contributing to the community through participation in Hat and Mitten drives as well as a local Prayer Shawl group. Polly also volunteered many hours over the years at both the Baystate Franklin Hospital Gift Shop and the Franklin Area Survival Center. An avid genealogist, Polly amassed a huge amount of family history tracing her roots back 12 generations in New England, finding many direct ancestors to be among the first European colonists including a number of passengers on the Mayflower. A true "Yankee" at heart, Polly chose to spend her life in New England but enjoyed traveling during her retirement. She was able to visit Iceland and England and enjoyed a number of trips around the US.

Polly became a young widow with the passing of her first husband, C. David Perry in 1963. She married her beloved second husband, Howard A. Davis, in 1969. For the next 24 years they enjoyed their time together at home, and at their summer cottage on Lake Monomonac. Often they traveled around New England to attend Square Dances or to scour town records and cemeteries (pre-internet!) for genealogical data. Polly had taken a leave of absence to care for Howard during his final illness, but returned to her post in 1993 after his passing.

Polly touched a great many lives both personally and professionally and will be long remembered for her kindness and dedication. She will be most sorely missed by her daughters, Elizabeth Perry and Victoria Perry as well as her granddaughter, Carrie Merritt and great grandson Finnian Blue all currently of Greenfield. She also leaves fond memories with a number of nieces and nephews and friends and neighbors.

In keeping with Polly's wishes, there will be no services at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements were made under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, 14 High Street, Greenfield.

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February 13, 1940 ~ November 12, 2021 (Age 81)

WINCHENDON - Richard V. Blodgett, 81, of Winchendon, died peacefully Friday afternoon, November 12, 2021 in Wachusett Manor Nursing Home, Gardner, with his family at his side.

He was born in Gardner on February 13, 1940, son of the late George Vaughn and Irene (Urbanski) Blodgett and was a 1958 graduate of Murdock High School. Dick lived for many years in Winchendon, where he served as a volunteer firefighter and lieutenant on the Winchendon Fire Department for 40 years.

Dick was an active member of the Winchendon community and had been a member of the Winchendon Boosters Club, Operation Winchendon Cares and Winchendon JC's. Dick and his wife spent many years as members of the Clark Memorial, involved in sporting activities such as bowling, softball and hockey. Additionally, Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing and jogging. In recent years, Dick was a van driver for Van Pool. He was a member of the United Parish and The Red Knights.

Dick worked at Simplex Time Recorder for many years until his retirement. In earlier years, he worked at Blodgett and Son Western Auto and Winchendon Laundromat. He and his wife Betty enjoyed spending time at their camp at Old Orchard Beach for 60 years. They also enjoyed attending sporting events of their grandchildren. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family.

He leaves his wife of 62 years, Betty Jane (Sibley) Blodgett; five children, Deborah deLongchamp and husband Brian, Brenda J. Blodgett, Julie Eyles and husband Raymond, Richard V. Blodgett Jr and wife Cheryl and Matthew Blodgett; nine grandchildren, Betty Jane and husband James, Ariel, Damian, Raymond 3rd and wife Hali, Zachary and wife Ashley, Taylor, Phoenix, Payton and Lincoln; five great grandchildren, J.R., Milo-Vaughn, Carter, Amber and Asher and many nieces and nephews. A sister, Sheila Bottone, preceded him in death.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 4 to 8 P.M. in Eugene M. Connor Post #193 American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the United Parish, 39 Front Street, Winchendon, MA 01475.

Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.

November 15, 2021

MASON, Hannah "Marie" (Sullivan) Of Somerville November 15, 2021. Daughter of the late Timothy Sullivan and Catherine McCarthy; beloved wife of the late James Mason; loving mother of James Mason and his wife Linda of Hanco*ck, NH, Bill Mason of Madison, NH, Catherine Forsyth and her husband Wayne of Amesbury, Harold Mason and his wife Margaret of Medford, Jack Mason and his wife Judy of Somerville, Walter Mason and his wife Carole of Arlington, Nettie Harrington and her husband Christopher of Winchendon; sister of the late John Sullivan. Also survived by twelve grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Marie, at the St. Catherine Church, Somerville, Tuesday morning at 10:00, please meet at church. Calling Hours, Monday 4:00-7:00 at the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq.), SOMERVILLE. Relatives and friends invited. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

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February 23, 1939 ~ November 9, 2021 (Age 82)

Charles Russell "Charlie" Harris, 82, of Keene, died peacefully Tuesday morning, Nov. 9, 2021, at his home with his wife and family at his side after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.

Born to Lawrence and Margaret (Hildreth) Harris on Feb. 23, 1939, in Winchendon, Mass., Charlie grew up in Winchendon and graduated from Murdock High School. He proudly served his country in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War from Feb. 5, 1962, until his discharge on Feb. 4, 1964. After returning from the service, he worked 20 years at Yankee Lanes, starting as a head mechanic and worked his way up to Manager. It was at Yankee Lanes where he met his wife, Diane. They were married on Jan. 6, 1968, and would have been married for 54 years come Jan. 6, 2022. He then went to work for Peerless Insurance (Liberty Mutual) for 15 years as the Supervisor of Maintenance until his retirement in December 2000.

Charlie's fire service career spanned six decades. He served as a call firefighter in Winchendon, Mass., from 1957 until 1964. He returned to the fire service when he joined the Keene Fire Department as an auxiliary member on Oct. 1, 1984. On Jan. 30, 1997, he was promoted to Lieutenant of the Call Company and in Special Services until his retirement on Dec. 11, 2019. He was a member of the Cheshire County Forest Fire Wardens Association and the Worcester West Forest Fire Wardens Association in Massachusetts. He was also a member of the American Legion Post No. 4.

Charlie was an avid bowler and travelled all across the United States with his wife and other bowlers participating in the USBC Open Championships. He bowled in 42 Open Championship Tournaments. He was inducted into the New Hampshire State Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1980 for his dedication to the sport of bowling. He was a mentor and coach to many kids over the years in bowling. Charlie and his wife took four young bowlers to Columbus, Ohio, so that they could participate in a tournament.

He loved the outdoors and taking special care of his lawn. He was known to have one of the best lawns on the street. You also would see him mowing and taking care of the First Baptist Church lawn. He was a man who would help anybody any time.

He leaves his wife of almost 54 years, Diane D. (Barden) Harris; his brother, Lawrence Harris Jr., and his wife, Judy, of Rindge; his sister-in-law, Martha Harris, of Winchendon, Mass.; his brother-in-law, Brian Barden, and his wife, Jean, of Dublin; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Two brothers, Raymond A. Harris and William Harris, preceded him in death.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro St., Keene. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 105 Maple Ave., Keene on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, at 10 a.m. Burial at Monadnock View Cemetery in Keene with military honors will follow. Those in attendance are required to wear masks and practice appropriate physical distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Charles Russell Harris' name are requested to be made to the First Baptist Church, 105 Maple Ave., Keene NH 03431; or to the Keene Fire Department, 31 Vernon St., Keene NH 03431.

Fletcher Funeral Home of Keene has been entrusted with the arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Harris family may be shared at

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