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Joseph W. Stankaitis, Sr.

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Westminster-Joseph W. Stankaitis Sr., 63 of 205 Worcester Road, passed away at his home after an illness. His beloved wife of 38 years, Frances V. (Benoit) Stankaitis passed away on May 8, 2004 He leaved his three children, Joseph W. Stankaitis Jr., of Phillipston, Shelley P. (Stankaitis) LaBrecque of Gardner, and Bobbie-jo A. Stankaitis of Westminster, four grandchildren Robert LaBrecque, and River LaBrecque both of Gardner, and Rachel Stankaitis and Rebecca Stankaitis of Phillipston, one sister Doris G. (Stankaitis) Lapard of Gardner, and one brother-in-law Robert R. Benoit of Port St. Lucy, Fla. Mr. Stankaitis was born in Fitchburg on February 17, 1946 a son of the late Walter J. and Claire A. (Hall) Stankaitis. Mr. Stankaitis served in the U.S. Army in the 25th Div. 1st BN. 27th Inf., during Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart, Army Commendation, National Defense, Vietnam Service, 2 Bars Medals; he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant E-5. He was a member of the American Legion a Lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #7389 in Westminster, and was also a Lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, (NRA). Mr. Stankaitis worked at the former Garbose Metal Co. in Gardner as a truck driver and also ran the Auto Boiler. He delivered furniture for R. Smith Co. in Gardner. He worked for Decotone Products for 14 years until it closed, finished as a lab tech in charge of the Transfer Dept. He then worked for Denardo Wire & Cable in Fitchburg. He was in charge of maintenance and a supervisor for 15 years, until becoming 100 % disabled Vietnam Vet. Funeral Services will be held on Friday September 25, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. in the Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, (www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net), 123 Main Street, Westminster, MA 01473. Burial will follow in the St. John’s Cemetery, West Street (Rt. 68) Gardner, MA 01440. Calling Hours will be in the Funeral Home on Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. In Lieu of Flowers, Joseph wanted everyone to buy a bottle and have a drink to him.

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