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Worcester County obituaries, Dec. 21, 2016

Today’s obituary listings from Central Mass. funeral homes. June B. (Porter) Adams, 85, of Townsend — Obituary

Margaret Adu-Frimpong, 61, of Worcester — Obituary

Allan R. Ambruson, age 80, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Norma E. Austin, 83, of Southbridge — Obituary

George W. Beatty, 85, of Auburn — Obituary

Cynthia A. (King) Beauchamp, 81, formerly of Webster — Obituary

Mark Lee Bohanan, 59, of Worcester — Obituary

Ernest A. Bousquet, Jr., 79, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Albert S. Bozza, 86, of Winchendon — Obituary

Aramis “Amy” (Simonian) Brock, 92, of Millbury and Worcester — Obituary

Patricia A. (Heath) Brown, 79, of Brookfield and North Brookfield — Obituary

Susan M. (Akasten) Burke, 62, of Stafford Springs, Conn., and Worcester — Obituary

Blanche M. (Savage) Burrows, 88, of Uxbridge and Marlborough — Obituary

Mark A. Caruso, 62 — Obituary

Judith Ann (Fors) Chevalier, 76, of Millbury — Obituary

Helen M. (Burgholzer) Cochran, 59, of Fitchburg — Obituary

Richard T. Cochran, 81, of South Boston and Westborough — Obituary

Eugene A. Colwell, 82, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Rose M. Coporale, 88, of Douglas — Obituary

Loucin S. “Shirley” (Haroutian) Dellefemine, 83, of West Boylston — Obituary

Edward R. Desautels, 91, of Holden — Obituary

Jody J. DeVries, 57, of Uxbridge — Obituary

Edmond J.P. Dionne, 84, of Lunenburg — Obituary

Joan Ann (Pisowocki) Draleaus, 85, of Leominster — Obituary

Marilyn A. (Sandquist) Eurenius, 86, of Millbury and Worcester — Obituary

Robert M. Flint, 90, of Worcester — Obituary

Albert A. “Lovey” Garganigo, 99, of Shrewsbury — Obituary

Eleanor M. (Daige) Gonsorcik, 84, of Linwood — Obituary

Jennie Marie (Johnson) Goparian, 68, of Worcester — Obituary

Irene J.(Ryznal) Goulet,  95, of Webster — Obituary

Kathleen M. “Kate” Grenier, 66, of Hubbardston — Obituary

Patricia Ann Hawkins, 60, of Worcester — Obituary

Alice C. (Andrews) Henry, 89, of Millbury and Shrewsbury — Obituary

Robert S. Houston, 92, of West Boylston and Worcester — Obituary

Peter A. Janton, 57, of Whitinsville — Obituary

Mary Anne (Bogdewicz) Johnson, 93, of Millbury — Obituary

Helen M. (O’Bara) Kuras, 92, of Grafton — Obituary

Rachel Halmesmaki Lahti, 74, of Lancaster — Obituary

Girard “Jerry” A. Lemoine, 81, of Princeton — Obituary

Joseph J. L’Etoile, 52, of Winchendon — Obituary

John A. Linton, 85, of Charlton and Littleton — Obituary

Barbara N. (Nichols) MacConnell, 85, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Emily S. (St.

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Worcester Sun, Dec. 21: Stearns Tavern effort is a moving lesson, Healey’s a real doll + much more

As scratch ticket sales stagnate, Lottery leaders double down on online sales push
Through the first five months of the fiscal year scratch ticket sales — which account for 70 percent of the Lottery’s total — were down $43.5 million or about 3 percent. “Instant tickets is our biggest revenue driver,” the state Lottery director said. “There simply is not another engine that’s as dependable [or] predictable.”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 121]: Maura Healey, what a doll! Our fair Massachusetts Attorney General lady is no wallflower, that’s for sure.

Worcester County obituaries, Dec. 20, 2016

Today’s obituary listings from Central Mass. funeral homes. Margaret Adu-Frimpong, 61, of Worcester — Obituary

Allan R. Ambruson, age 80, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Norma E. Austin, 83, of Southbridge — Obituary

George W. Beatty, 85, of Auburn — Obituary

Cynthia A. (King) Beauchamp, 81, formerly of Webster — Obituary

Katrina Leah Blanchard, 31, of Oakham — Obituary

Mark Lee Bohanan, 59, of Worcester — Obituary

Ernest A. Bousquet, Jr., 79, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Albert S. Bozza, 86, of Winchendon — Obituary

Blanche M. (Savage) Burrows, 88, of Uxbridge and Marlborough — Obituary

James F. Butler, Jr., 59, of Oxford — Obituary

Ralph A. Butler, Jr., 59 — Obituary

Mark A. Caruso, 62 — Obituary

Helen M. (Burgholzer) Cochran, 59, of Fitchburg — Obituary

Richard T. Cochran, 81, of South Boston and Westborough — Obituary

Eugene A. Colwell, 82, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Rose M. Coporale, 88, of Douglas — Obituary

Loucin S. “Shirley” (Haroutian) Dellefemine, 83, of West Boylston — Obituary

Edward R. Desautels, 91, of Holden — Obituary

Jody J. DeVries, 57, of Uxbridge — Obituary

Edmond J.P. Dionne, 84, of Lunenburg — Obituary

Joan Ann (Pisowocki) Draleaus, 85, of Leominster — Obituary

Marilyn A. (Sandquist) Eurenius, 86, of Millbury and Worcester — Obituary

Paula (McGrail) Fisher, 74, of Shrewsbury — Obituary

Robert M. Flint, 90, of Worcester — Obituary

Evelyn M. Fountain, 89, of Athol — Obituary

Michael E. Gogan, 40 — Obituary

Eleanor M. (Daige) Gonsorcik, 84, of Linwood — Obituary

Jennie Marie (Johnson) Goparian, 68, of Worcester — Obituary

Kathleen M. “Kate” Grenier, 66, of Hubbardston — Obituary

Donna M. (Guzy) Halterman, 67, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Alice C. (Andrews) Henry, 89, of Millbury and Shrewsbury — Obituary

Robert E. Holm, 96, of Holden — Obituary

Robert S. Houston, 92, of West Boylston and Worcester — Obituary

Peter A. Janton, 57, of Whitinsville — Obituary

Mary Anne (Bogdewicz) Johnson, 93, of Millbury — Obituary

Rachel Halmesmaki Lahti, 74, of Lancaster — Obituary

Edward S. Larry, 91, of Athol — Obituary

Girard “Jerry” A. Lemoine, 81, of Princeton — Obituary

Joseph J. L’Etoile, 52, of Winchendon — Obituary

Barbara N. (Nichols) MacConnell, 85, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Emily S. (St.

Worcester County obituaries, Dec. 19, 2016

Today’s obituary listings from Central Mass. funeral homes. Margaret Adu-Frimpong, 61, of Worcester — Obituary

Allan R. Ambruson, age 80, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Norma E. Austin, 83, of Southbridge — Obituary

George W. Beatty, 85, of Auburn — Obituary

Cynthia A. (King) Beauchamp, 81, formerly of Webster — Obituary

Katrina Leah Blanchard, 31, of Oakham — Obituary

Ernest A. Bousquet, Jr., 79, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Albert S. Bozza, 86, of Winchendon — Obituary

Bernice (Grabiak) “Ma Brown” Brown, 77, of Pomfret Center, Conn.

Randell: OPEB contributions leave much to be desired

How do you feel about the city touting $2.1 million in contributions now knowing the liability increased more than $78 million in one year?” Bill Randell doesn’t feel great about it, that’s for sure. Find out why.

Editorial: Worcester Art Museum’s new gallery shows its mettle

The city lost a true treasure when Higgins Armory closed three years ago. The silver lining was the Worcester Art Museum, which adopted the collection. This enormous undertaking reaches a milestone this weekend with the opening of the Medieval Galleries at WAM. Take a look yourself, or send your out-of-town visitors back a few centuries.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 120]: Let it grow! Let it grow! Let it grow!

You don’t need Ebenezer Scrooge’s tortured soul to take an enlightening peek into Christmas future.

Just take a downtown Worcester stroll, maybe make your way down to the Canal District, where visions of sugarplumbs and pot brownies may soon be dancing in neighbors’ heads. On the bright side, your holiday shopping will for sure — maybe as soon as next winter — be much more interesting.

Meantime, Hitch pounds the pavement for this year’s perfect gift.