The Winchendon Courier
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Week of September 3 to September 10, 2020


Bruce R. Webb

August 25, 2020 (Age 71)

HOUSTON - Bruce R. Webb passed away August 25, 2020 at Genesis, Milford Center. Bruce was born in Winchendon, Massachusetts to George R. Webb and Jane E. Matthews Webb of Orange, Massachusetts.

Bruce moved to Towne Point in Dover, Del. in 1964. He graduated from Dover High School in 1968. Bruce joined the Navy after High School. He worked for A&P, Super Fresh for 42 years.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother Barry Webb.

Bruce was a people person and liked to be right in the middle of everything. He was witty, fun-loving, and enjoyed cooking for his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father and loyal friend. Bruce leaves behind his wife of 43 plus years, (Mary) Betty Webb; his son, Jason Webb; his sister, Lynn Webb and her spouse Kelley of South Bridge, Massachusetts; many dear friends and family.

Honoring Bruce's wishes, he is to be cremated. Private burial at a later date.

To offer words of comfort or sign the guestbook visit Professional services entrusted to Bennie Smith Funeral Home, Milford.

Marion H. Witt

November 5, 1924 ~ August 7, 2020 (Age 95)

Marion Emily Harrington Witt age 95 passed away peacefully on Friday, August 7, 2020, at 4:45 p.m. in Houston, TX due to complications from COVID 19.

She was the beloved and devoted mother of Richard Phillip Witt, Jr. and Barry Kevin Witt and loving grandmother of Katrina Witt and Julianna Witt. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, Richard Phillip Witt, Sr. who died in 2008.

Marion was born in Winchendon, Massachusetts on November 5, 1924, daughter of the late Berton Harrington and Lillian Mann. She graduated from Murdock High School in Winchendon, and graduated from Bryant College.

After WW II, she married Richard Witt and they both worked for the Bureau of Standards in Washington D.C. in the early 1950ís before she became a full-time and wonderful, loving Mother. In later years, she worked as a Manager for Thermo Electron in Waltham, MA for several years.

Marionís family will honor and remember her at a ceremony at Riverside Cemetery in Winchendon on October 5th.

Edward Stevens

1953 ~ August 27, 2020 (Age 67)

Ashburnham - Edward "Ed" D. Stevens, age 67, died among family at his home in Ashburnham, MA. on August 27th after battling brain cancer. Ed was born in Worcester, MA. to Harroll and Hazel Stevens in 1953 and grew up in Auburn, MA. After graduating from high school, Ed joined the Marines attaining the rank of Sergeant. Upon leaving the Marine Corps (not really, once a Marine, always a Marine) he worked as an independent carpenter and builder and then as custodian and groundskeeper for the Ayer school system retiring in 2017. Ed was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and spending as much time as possible outdoors. He also enjoyed spending time on his boat with family and friends on Lake Monomonac or in his garage building cool stuff and drinking an "occasional" beer.

Ed is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Shirley Stevens; daughter Barbara Dupuis and her husband Jason Andersen; son Robert Dupuis and his wife Treon Dupuis; three grandchildren: Theo Andersen, Margaux Dupuis and Annie Dupuis; two sisters: June Halberg and husband Bob and their daughters Stefanie and Kirstin (husband Phil Davis and sons Hunter and Chase), and Barbara Gould and her daughter Kindra (son Perry and daughters Kelly and Zoey); as well an assortment of nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, friends and what not.

There will be no visitation and a private service will be held at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon MA.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation in memory of Edward Stevens to support ongoing research for better treatments at:

Glioblastoma Foundation
P.O.Box 62066
Durham, NC 27715

or via

Or to The Nature Conservancy supporting responsible and balanced habitat maintenance at

Or, go get some beer and watch the sunset or a passing storm with someone close to you.

Linda J. King

June 8, 1944 ~ August 25, 2020 (Age 76)

Linda Joyce (Hall) King, 76 years old died peacefully on August 25, 2020 at U-Mass Medical Center in Worcester surrounded by her family.

She was born in Fitchburg on June 8, 1944 and spent her entire life in the Fitchburg Ė Leominster area. Linda graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1962 and was employed by Sterilite Corporation as a manager in their retail merchandise store.

She loved her annual walks on Hampton Beach and especially enjoyed being near family. She is predeceased by her parents, Emerson M. and Althea M. (Comley) Hall and brothers, Wayne and Dale Hall.

Linda is survived by her daughter Stephanie Santangelo, brother Keith Hall (Lisa) of Winchendon, sister Wendy Hall of Fitchburg, grandson Nathan LaLancette of Fitchburg and several other nephews, nieces, and cousins.

There are no calling hours and burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

To leave an online condolence please visit Simard Funeral Home, 14 Walker Street, Leominster is assisting with arrangements.

Marlene R. Adams

January 29, 1956 ~ August 14, 2020 (Age 64)

Marlene Ruth (Cutting) Adams, born January 29, 1956, found peace on August 14, 2020, after a long battle with diabetes and liver disease. She joins her husband of 27 years, Richard Adams, their souls reunited at last. She was 64 years old.

A devoted follower of Christ, she was a member of Bethany Bible Chapel in Winchendon. After many years as a faithful employee at Simplex, Marlene returned to higher education and graduated from Mount Wachusett Community College in 2006. She had previously worked for several years at Ray Plastics.

Marlene had a passion for reading and spent much of her life with a book in hand. She also loved to sew, crochet and make jewelry in her spare time. From a family who loved to sing, music filled her with joy and brought her much peace. Marlene treasured time spent surrounded by family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Adam R. Adams and his wife Natasha of Athol, and her daughters, Naomi Dunton and her partner Douglas Hoyt of Fitchburg, Crystal Adams of Winchendon, and Tracey Davies and her husband Mark of Westhoughton, England. She leaves a legacy of 14 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 5 brothers, Richard, Robert, Randall, Ronald, and Rodney Cutting, as well as a sister, Marilyn Mercier. She is predeceased by her brother, Roger. She will be greatly missed by her countless nieces and nephews, as well as her 2 honorary daughters, Tara Pelkey and Amy Doucette, both of Gardner, all of whom she loved dearly.

A Celebration of her Life will be held Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 6 P.M. in Bethany Bible Chapel, 727 Spring Street, Winchendon, MA 01475.