Thursday, August 23, 2007

08/23 Welcome to Southbridge Evening News

Roland H. Boucher
Died: Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Age: 82

SOUTHBRIDGE — Roland H. "Bob" Boucher, 82, formerly of 121 Elm St., died Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Radius Healthcare Center, Southbridge, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

He leaves his wife of 50 years, Margaret F. (Taylor) Boucher; two sisters, Jeannette L. Reim of Ostero, Fla. and Helen R. Duquette of Southbridge; four nieces, Lynn Reim, Jan DiGregorio, Patty Young, and Sandra Gail Whitin.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Leonard R. Boucher and Roger W. "Pete" Boucher, who died this past June.

He was born in Southbridge the son of Victor and Aldea (Racine) Boucher.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving in the Atlantic Theater, the Pacific Theatre and Guam.

Bob worked as a waiter and short-order cook in various restaurants in California before moving back to Southbridge many years ago. He also worked part time as a handyman and carpenter for many years.

He was a member of the Leonide J. Lemire post 6055 of the VFW in Southbridge.

Funeral services and burial will be private. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Radius Healthcare Center, 84 Chapin St., Southbridge, MA 01550.

The Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, is directing arrangements.

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Stasia T. Balkurna
Died: Monday, August 20, 2007
Age: 97

WEBSTER — Stasia T. (Kondek) Balkurna, 97, formerly of Slater Street, died Monday, Aug. 20, in Lanessa Extended Care Facility.

Her husband of 31 years, John J. Balkurna, died in 1964.

She leaves a son, John Balkurna and his wife Betty of Dudley; three grandchildren, Tina Nolin, Gary Gemme and Andrea Hagg; a great-grandson Justin; four sisters, Josephine Grzych and Charlotte Carpick, both of Dudley, Joanne Lesniewski of Southbridge and Genevieve Pioppi of Sturbridge; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her five brothers, Charles, Walter, John and Louis Kondek, all of Webster, and Henry Kondek of Blackstone.

She was born in Webster, the oldest daughter of Stanley and Frances (Nycek) Kondek, and lived on Sunnyside Road in Dudley for 52 years, moving to Webster in 1978.

Mrs. Balkurna was a weaver at Cluett-Peabody Mills in North Grosvenordale, Conn., for 28 years before she retired in 1977.

She was a member of St. Joseph Basilica and its Holy Rosary Sodality, Sacred Heart Society and Saint Anne Society.

She enjoyed playing bingo and cards..

The funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 24, from the Sitkowski & Malboeuf Funeral Home, 340 School St., with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Basilica, 53 Whitcomb St. Burial will be private.

A calling period will be held from 8:15 -9:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in the funeral home.

Donations in her name may be made to the Friends of St. Joseph School Fund, 53 Whitcomb St., Webster, MA 01570.

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