Richard Rousselle

ATHOL — A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Richard P. Rousselle on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Our Lady Immaculate Church, Athol. 

Rev. Francis Landry, brother-in-law of Dick, officiated. The pall was placed on the casket by his children Keith Rousselle, Donna Rousselle, Lori Kaltner, Kelly Vella, and Robin Gleason. His wife Joyce placed the crucifix on the pall. The readings were read by his grandson Tim Rousselle and daughter Robin Gleason. The Prayers of the Faithful were read by brother-in-law Roland Landry. The Offertory Gifts were brought forth by Patricia and Dennis Killay. A eulogy was given by his daughter Lori Kaltner. The organist was Janet Paoletti and the soloist was Liz Hume.

Burial with full military honors followed the Mass at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon. Bearers were Gary Gleason, John Riendeau, Gerard Pilorge Jr., Corey Smith, Pat Kaltner, Gary Strumlauf, Tim Rousselle and Adam Rousselle. A reception was held following the burial at the Ellinwod Country Club in Athol.

Mack Family Funeral Homes, Fiske-Murphy & Mack location, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, assisted with arrangements.

ATHOL — Richard (Dick) Rousselle, born in Athol on Aug. 11, 1933, died peacefully in his home on Nov. 17, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

Dick was born in Athol, where he lived with his wife of 58 years, Joyce (Landry) Rousselle, and where he was a lifelong member of Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Church. Dick enlisted in the Army and served in Korean War in the early 1950s. After being honorably discharged in 1953 he returned to Athol to marry his sweetheart, Joyce, and raise a family.

Dick was a hard worker and devoted to his family. He was always there to help those in need, be they family, friend, or a stranger off the street. He was known for his sense of humor and quick wit; he had a smile for everyone he met.

Dick was a self-educated man and a self-starter who achieved all he set his mind to. After leaving the armed services, he worked as a printer at Simplex for 25 years and was co-owner of Little Tot Day Care with his wife.

Dick enjoyed a multitude of sports. Golf was his all-time favorite, but he also enjoyed billiards, shooting, archery, horseshoes, hunting, tennis, hockey and swimming. He was a member of local billiards teams, the Worcester County Pistol League, the Woodsman Rifle & Pistol Club, the Elks Club, and the Ellinwood County Club.

Dick is survived by Joyce, his wife; and his five children, Donna Rousselle, Lori Kaltner and her husband Pat, Robin Gleason and her husband Gary all of Athol; Kelly Vella and her husband Gary Strumlauf of Johns Creek, Ga., and Keith Rousselle and his wife Krisi of Vaughn, Mont. Dick is also survived by 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Dick was pre-deceased by his mother and father, Marie and Philippe Rousselle, as well as one brother, O’Neal Rousselle, and two sisters, Adelaide Olechna and Phoebe Blankenship.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Mack Family Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange. Funeral services for Dick will be held on Friday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady Immaculate, 192 Main St., Athol. Burial will take place shortly following the services at Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen St., Winchendon.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that you do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone in need.

Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol Rd., Orange, is directing arrangements.

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