The Winchendon Courier - Obituaries (2024)


The Winchendon Courier - Obituaries (1)

March 23, 1945 ~ May 19, 2024 (Age 79)

Donna R. Ronco, an outstanding woman of determination and compassion, was born in Winchendon, MA, on March 23, 1945. Donna was known for her exceptional work ethic. She began her career at Ray Plastic, continued on to Winchendon Savings Bank, and eventually moved on to the Winchendon Housing Authority, where she demonstrated her commitment to her community. Donna's passion extended beyond her professional life. Her hobbies, bowling, volleyball, and later in her life, bingo, showcased her vigor and competitive spirit. Her biggest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren. She was a devoted member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, where her faith and kindness radiated throughout the congregation.

Donna's legacy lives on through her loving family. She is survived by her children, Renee Lupien and Ryan Ronco, and their respective spouses, Jeffrey Bowser and Tamu Ronco. Her cherished grandchildren, Isaac and Dylan Lupien, and her great-granddaughter Willow, will undoubtedly continue to be inspired by their grandmother's wisdom and strength. Donna's siblings, Ronald, Craig, Wayne Grincewicz, Cheryl Leber, and Betsy George, remember her as a loving sister who was always there to lend a hand or a word of advice. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ruth Grincewicz, her beloved husband, Kenneth Ronco, and her brother, Frank Grincewicz.

Donna's life will be celebrated during calling hours on Thursday, 23 May 2024, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon, Massachusetts. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, 24 May 2024, at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Heart Of Mary Church, Spruce St., Winchendon, Massachusetts, followed by the burial at Calvary Cemetery, Glenallen Street, Winchendon, Massachusetts at 12:00, noon.

We encourage all who knew and loved Donna to share their memories and upload photos to her memorial page. These loving tributes will help keep her spirit alive and serve as a comforting reminder of the remarkable woman she was, at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Multiple Sclerosis Association, at

Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Melissa A. McQuaid, funeral directors

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October 17, 1936 ~ May 20, 2024 (Age 87)

John "Jack" Paul Bowler, a respected and much-loved member of the Winchendon, Massachusetts community, passed away peacefully on May 20, 2024. Born in Gardner, Massachusetts on October 17, 1936, to the late Gordon A. Bowler, Sr. and Cecile A. (Sirard) Bowler, Jack was known for his adventurous spirit, loving nature, witty charm, and creative talents. As Helen Keller once said, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all," and Jack lived this to the fullest, embracing each day with a zest for life that was contagious to all who knew him.

Jack excelled in his chosen field of woodworking, co-owning, and operating Toy Town Boats, Inc. with his father and brother, George. His motto was sum float and sum don't He was a talented boat builder, and his creative flair was evident in the custom kitchen cabinets he crafted during the winter months. He was also a dedicated serviceman, serving the 508th Airborne RCT and helping reorganize the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. Jack was proud to be a longtime member of the American Legion, VFW, and DAV. His commitment to his country was recognized with the National Defense Service Medal, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and his designation as an Expert Rifleman.

Despite his many accomplishments, what mattered most to Jack was his family and the animals he adored. His late wife, Janice M. Bowler (Doucette), was his partner in life and in their joint venture, the Colonial Haven disabled veterans home. Jack also found joy in his hobbies of woodworking, skydiving, watching sports, and spending time with his beloved cat, Bella. As Mark Twain once said, "Humor is mankind's greatest blessing," and Jack's wit brought laughter and light into the lives of those around him.

Jack is survived by his granddaughter, Jenna Nolette who was his in-home caregiver until the time of his passing, and her fiancé Vangelo Mendez, daughters Christine Birt, Bridgette Nolette, and Alicia Bastarache, and sons Michael and William G. (Garnett) Bowler. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his sister, Donna Mae Bowler, and brothers Ronald and Donald Bowler; and several nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his parents, his wife Janice, his brothers George and Gordon Jr., and his sisters Theresa Maliska and Cecile Bowler.

A celebration of Jack's life will be held at the Winchendon American Legion Hall Post 193 on Saturday, June 8th, from 12-4 pm. In keeping with Jack's love of storytelling and shared memories, you are encouraged to leave your favorite memories of Jack and upload photos to his memorial page. Jack's life was filled with love, adventures, and laughter, and his memory will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know him at

The Stone Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchedon, MA 01475.

Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Melissa A. McQuaid, funeral directors.

The Winchendon Courier - Obituaries (2024)
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