Monday, September 10, 2007

09/10 Metrowest Daily News

Metrowest Daily News

SOUTHBOROUGH - William G. Binder Jr., 86, a longtime resident of Southborough, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at his home after a period of declining health.

He was the husband of Gladys (Grace) Binder, who died in 2006.

Born in Hudson, N.Y., he was the son of the late William G. and Elizabeth (Richards) Binder.

Mr. Binder had a very full, colorful life, starting at a young age traveling the United States with his parents who were part of a rodeo show. He was a gifted horse handler who learned how to ride bucking bulls and did trick roping on the back of a horse. He attended the former Peters High School in Southborough and before World War II, he worked on many horse farms through out the U.S.

In 1942, he joined the Army and served stateside in Battery A Harbor Defense in Portsmouth, N.H., and was discharged in 1946.

After his tour of duty, he owned and operated W.G. Binder Contracting for more than 20 years before working for the town of Southborough as the superintendent of the Water Department, retiring in 1986. Later he worked for Southborough Trucking, driving dump trucks and paving driveways.

Mr. Binder served on several town committees and was instrumental in raising money for Southborough's first ambulance and for many years, was a call fire fighter for the town of Southborough. He was fond of his dog, Murphy, his longtime companion.

He was a member and former president of both the Coon Club of Southborough and Mass. Water Works Association. In addition he was a member of N.E. Water Works and American Water Works, Southborough Senior Citizens, American Legion Bagley-Fay Post of Southborough and the former St. Bernard's Masonic Lodge of Southborough.

An avid reader, he loved to tell stories about the history of Southborough and share his wealth of knowledge of what it was like when he grew up.

He leaves his children, William G. Binder III and his wife, Elaine, of Claremont, N.H., and Melinda Dalton and her husband, John, of Southborough; five grandchildren, William G. Binder IV and his wife, Sherry, Emily Binder, and John, Adam and Brian Dalton; and two step-great-grandchildren, Ariana and Dylan Rainey.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m., at the Morris Funeral Home (, 40 Main St., Southborough.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Southborough Ambulance Fund, 21 Main St., Southborough, MA 01772.

Tophin J. Cush

HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. - Tophin J. Cush, 85, of Hampton Beach, N.H., formerly of Maynard, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at Exeter Hospital.

He was the husband of Lorraine E. (Tourville) Cush of Hampton Beach.

Born in Nashua, N.H., he was raised in Maynard where he resided until moving to Hampton Beach in 1987.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army.

Mr. Cush worked for W.R. Grace Co. in Acton for many years.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Hampton.

Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Wayne J. Cush and his wife, Jan, of North Andover, and Douglas F. Cush and his wife, Dianne, of Hudson; and three grandchildren, Christie, Jamison and Lauren Cush.

A Mass of Christian burial will celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Hampton.

Burial will follow in High Street Cemetery, Hampton.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory (, 811 Lafayette Road, Hampton. 

Tammy M. Drtina

MILFORD - Tammy M. (McKellick) Drtina, 41, of Milford, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007 at Milford Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

She was the wife of Robert W. Drtina.

Born in Framingham, daughter of the late Robert J. and Thelma (Moody) McKellick, she had lived in Milford for the past 10 years and previously was a longtime resident of Framingham.

She was employed at TLC Nursing Inc., in Framingham as a home health aide for 10 years.

Besides her husband, she leaves three sons, Robert W. Drtina Jr. of Colorado, William and Robert Hollis, both of Milford, and a daughter, Brandi Gallegos of Colorado; a brother, Robert McKellick; two sisters, Carol Zambesi and Patricia Greenberg; two grandchildren, Alyssa Drtina and Isreal Gallegos; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m., at St. Stephen's Church, Concord Street, Framingham.

Burial will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery in Framingham.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Eugene J. McCarthy and Sons Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St., Framingham.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. 

Christine L. Gardiner

SUDBURY - Christine Linda (Mazur) Gardiner, 57, of Sudbury, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007.

She was the wife of Joel F. Gardiner.

Born in Holyoke to Stasia (Jendrysik) and Walter Mazur, she was a registered nurse who graduated from Holyoke Hospital School of Nursing and received her BSN from Framingham State College.

She began her nursing career as a neonatal nurse at Boston Lying-In Hospital and Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C. For much of her career, she was a school nurse at Center School in Stow.

Mrs. Gardiner worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and was a visiting nurse at both Emerson Hospital and the Natick Visiting Nurse Association.

A 30-year resident of Sudbury, she was active in her community, especially as a member of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church. She served on the church Vestry and as a member of the altar guild, the fellowship committee, and pastoral care committee.

Besides her husband, she leaves her children, Sara Gardiner Kilkenny and her husband, Bob, of Stow, and Matthew Gardiner and his partner, Josh Miedema, of Waltham; her sister, Karen Shea and her husband, Tom, of Chicopee; her grandchildren, Daniel and Erin Kilkenny; and a large extended family.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Elizabeth's Church, Concord and Morse Roads, Sudbury.

Private burial will take place in St. Elizabeth's Churchyard Cemetery.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Duckett J.S.Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute (, 656 Boston Post Road (Rte. 20), Sudbury.

Instead of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth's Church, One Morse Road, Sudbury, MA 01776; or Wayside Hospice, 266 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778.

Bronislaw W. `Bennie' Jakusik

MAYNARD - Bronislaw W. ``Bennie'' Jakusik, 83, a lifelong Maynard resident, died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, at Emerson Hospital in Concord. 

Born in Maynard, he was a son of the late Anufry and Helen (Bakun) Jakusik. He graduated from the Maynard schools and was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

He served honorably on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Jakusik was employed in the construction industry for most of his life, retiring early to care for his father for many years. 

An avid fisherman, he had many favorite fishing holes both in Maynard and other area towns. He loved spending time on weekends at yard sales, finding treasures for his many nieces and nephews, and took great pride and pleasure in his vegetable and flower garden, the fruits of which he shared generously with friends and neighbors.

He leaves a brother, Stanley B. Jakusik of Maynard; a sister, Victoria Butler of Clearwater, Fla.; and four generations of nieces and nephews, who were his pride and joy. 

He was the brother of the late John and Stella.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m., at St. Bridget's Church, corner of Percival and Sudbury streets, Maynard.

Burial will follow in St. Bridget's Cemetery, Great Road (Rte 117), Maynard.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Acton Funeral Home (, 470 Mass Ave. (Rte 111), Acton. 

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Wilfred J. Sabourin

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. - Wilfred J. Sabourin, 86, formerly of Framingham and Tucson, Ariz., died Friday, Aug. 31, 2007 at Cape Canaveral Hospital following a brief illness.

He was the husband of Evelyn M. (Brown) Sabourin, who died in April 2007, for 64 years.

Born in Somersworth, N.H., he was the son of the late Joseph and Leoni (Habel) Sabourin.

A veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Bronze Star, he served with the U.S. Army in Europe from 1942 to 1945. 

Following the war he spent time with the Civilian Conservation Corps in New Hampshire developing parks and recreational areas.

He was a resident of Framingham for many years and worked for R.E. Jarvis Co. in Brookline. He also owned and operated the Hitching Rail Trading Post on Rte. 9 in Natick.

He leaves his two sons, Gerald J. Sabourin and his wife, Iris, of Merritt Island, and Gene C. Sabourin and his wife, Judith, of Medfield; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m., at H.L. Young and Company Memorial Home, 175 South Main St., Franklin, N.H., with the Rev. Robert E. Washer officiating.

Burial will follow in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Memorial donations may be made to The Smile Train, Suite 2201, 245 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10016 ( 

Josephine M. Scerra

MARLBOROUGH - Josephine M. (Grasso) Scerra, 92, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, at Marlborough Hospital, after a long period of failing health.

She was the wife of Ferdinand A. Scerra Sr., who died in 1983.

Born in Fitchburg, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Andonetta (Martino) Grasso, and had lived in Marlborough most of her life.

She was a member of St. Bernadette's Parish Northborough, and a member of the former St. Ann's Parish in Marlborough.

Employed for many years in area shoe factories, she later worked at the Navin Skating Rink until her retirement. She was a member and past chaplain of the Bandiera e Concordia Lodge 240 Sons of Italy in Marlborough, a member and past president of the Holy Rosary Sodality, and a member of the Third Order of St. Francis, both of the former St. Ann's Parish.

She served as sacristan at St. Ann's Church for many years, a devotion only surpassed by her devotion to her children, grandchildren and entire family. 

She leaves two sons, Ferdinand Scerra Jr. and his wife, Norma, Anthony Scerra and his wife, Joan, of Marlborough and one daughter, Geraldine Rabidou, of Marlborough; three brothers, Pasquale Grasso and his wife, Theresa, and Andrew Grasso, all of Marlborough, and John Grasso and his wife Louise, of Hudson; three sisters, Alice Dempsey, Anna DiAntonio and Tina Seymour and her husband, William, all of Marlborough; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m., at St. Bernadette's Church, Rte. 20, Northborough.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Marlborough.

Visitings hours are Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home, 95 West Main St., Marlborough.

Memorial contributions may be made in her grandson's memory to the Stephen A. Scerra Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Anthony Scerra, 126 Langelier Lane, Marlborough, MA 01752.

Arthur D. Stefanini

FRAMINGHAM - Arthur D. Stefanini, 78, of Framingham, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, in Framingham, surrounded by his family.

He was the husband of the late Florence (Piso) Stefanini and they had been married 40 years.

Born in Framingham he was the son of the late Antonio and Noemi (Cattani) Stefanini and was a lifelong resident. After graduating from Worcester Trade School, and serving his country during the Korean War, he worked as an apprentice electrician and later rose to positions of foreman estimator and project manager with J.E. Guertin Electric Co. of Framingham. 

During his 45 years of service, he worked on major construction projects throughout Massachusetts and the United States, and was a member of the IBEW Local 103 Electrical Union.

He was a former treasurer and active member of the Columbus Hall in Framingham for more than 60 years, and 50-year member of the Eagles Club in Framingham. 

An avid golfer and active in local golfing and bowling leagues, he loved coin collecting, gardening, and traveling to the Cape and Foxwoods.

He leaves one son, Charles Stefanini and his wife, Kathy Daley, of Framingham; two grandchildren, Ben and Carly, both of Framingham; one brother, Edward Stefanini of Worcester; and 20 nieces and nephews. 

He was the brother of Peter Stefanini, who was killed in 1944 in Italy, during World War II, and Augusto Stefanini, who died in 1994.

A funeral Mass will be said Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m., at St. Tarcisius Church, Waverley Street, Framingham.

Burial will follow in St. Tarcisius Cemetery in Framingham.

Calling hours are today, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St., Ashland.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Aleks Puumala Support Fund, c/o Middlesex Savings Bank, P.O. Box 358, Natick, MA 01760.

Sister Marion P. Walsh, C.S.J.

FRAMINGHAM - Sister Marion Patricia Walsh, C.S.J. (Jogues), a beloved member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston for 72 years, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, at Bethany Health Care Center, Framingham.

Daughter of the late Edward A. Walsh and Florence (Dewar) Walsh, she was formerly missioned as a teacher at St. John's, Quincy; Our Lady's, Newton; St. Mary's, Lynn; Mount St. Joseph Academy, Brighton; Cathedral High School, Boston; St. James, Haverhill; Fontbonne Academy, Milton, and was a member of the staff of Pope John XXIII, Everett.

She leaves several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

She was the sister of the late Florence Langley.

Visiting hours are Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., at Holy Spirit Chapel, Bethany Health Care Center, 97 Bethany Road, Framingham, with a vigil service at 6 p.m., followed by a funeral Mass.

Prayers of Final Commendation at Bethany are Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 9:30 a.m.

Burial will follow in Blue Hills Cemetery, Braintree.

Instead of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, c/o Mission Advancement, 637 Cambridge St., Brighton, MA 02135.

Arrangements are by Norton Funeral Home, Framingham.

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