Judith G. (Duncklee) Lanza

Born: Tue., Oct. 11, 1938
Died: Wed., Jun. 14, 2017


3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Jun. 18, 2017
Location: Silas F. Richardson & Son, Inc.

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Mon., Jun. 19, 2017
Location: St. Anna Church

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Judith “Judy” Grace (Duncklee) Lanza died Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in Clinton Hospital after an illness.  She was born October 11, 1938 in Nashua, NH the daughter of the (late) Irving and Maxine (Wells) Duncklee. She has been a resident of Leominster for many years.

She leaves her children, Anthony Lanza and his companion Helen of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, Anne Sowerbutts and her husband Don of Leominster, John Lanza and his wife Jan of Natick and Maria Litalien and her husband David of Leominster; her 9 grandchildren, Theresa, Nicole, Allison, Elizabeth, Matthew, Sandy, James “JJ“, Ryan, and Scott, many great-grandchildren; and adopted granddaughter Stephanie.

Judy was pre-deceased her husband Richard J Lanza in December, 2003; and daughter, Julia Grace Lanza in July 2014. She also leaves her brothers in-law and sisters in laws and many nieces and nephews.

Judy graduated from Leominster High School in 1956 and Fitchburg Teachers College (now Fitchburg State University) in 1959. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard in Sept, 1960. She was employed as a Teacher initially in the Amherst area, then eventually moved to the Leominster School System (Title 1) and finally St. Anna School. She taught various grades from Pre-Kindergarten through Second grade, but she was most fond of Kindergarten. Throughout her 40 year career in teaching, she taught over 1000 students, often teaching generations of families. She thoroughly enjoyed molding young lives and minds and often thought of these students as her temporary children. After retirement in 2003, she went on to volunteer as a Librarian at St. Anna School and a substitute teacher for several more years.

Judy was a member of St. Anna Church in Leominster, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, taught CCD classes, sang in the choir, and volunteered for many activities at the school and church. Judy was also a member of St. Anna’s Society where she volunteered at fish suppers. Her strong faith in the catholic community was undeniable.  

Judy had a strong love and devotion to her family. She spent many years vacationing & camping with her children and grandchildren, including her cabin in The Forks Maine. Her most memorable camping trip as a six-week cross-country tour with her husband and children, making memories that will last for years to come. Later in life, Judy would camp in Maine and NH and other destinations. In recent years, Judy vacationed at Lake Winnipesauke with her late daughter Julia and often would bring along her grandchildren. The lake held a special place in her heart as it was her honeymoon destination after her marriage to Richard. Judy loved her family and was known for big family dinners at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

Judith’s funeral will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 from the Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster, with an 11:00 am funeral mass in St. Anna Church, 194 Lancaster Street, Leominster. Burial will follow in St. Leo’s Cemetery, Leominster. Calling hours in the funeral home will be held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 3 pm - 6 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Anna School, 213 Lancaster Street, Leominster, MA 01453.

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Norman H LaPointe Jr.
   Posted Thu June 15, 2017
Sending all my sympathy and love to my "other" brothers and sisters of my extended family... The Lanza's. Mom will always be remembered for her love , caring and "homemades and sauce"!!!. Love to you all.

Cynthia Columbo
   Posted Thu June 15, 2017

MOUNTAIN MEADOW PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Cynthia and Aunty Jean.

Our Deepest Sympathy from Cynthia Columbo and Aunty Jean Moody

Melvin Williams
   Posted Fri June 16, 2017
I would like to send my Sympathy to the Lanza family for the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Linda Mahan Pinder
   Posted Fri June 16, 2017
On behalf of the Class of 1956, I offer heartfelt sympathy to Judy's family. I spoke to her shortly before our last reunion, and was so sorry she was unable to attend. Judy was always such a dynamic, accomplished woman, and that's how I will remember her, as I'm sure all her classmates will. Our deepest sympathy to all the Lanza family; children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Judy and Dick are together again...

Joseph J. And Dottie DeStadio
   Posted Fri June 16, 2017
Dear Anne,Don,Matt& Theresa. There is nothing I can say that has not already been said.We are so sorry for your loss.To all of you and all your family.Keep the wonderful memories ,joy,,and great times that you shared with her. She was a sweet lovely lady that will never be forgotten.Now she is at peace with you dad and sister Julia who she missed so much. Just know all our thoughts,prayers and condolences are with each and every one of you who will forever miss her kindness and beautiful smile. God bless all of you and may she Rest In Peace.Love always Aunt Dot and Uncle Joe"

Christine Ferrara Dellamonaca
   Posted Sat June 17, 2017
Anne, Don, Theresa and Matt -- So very sorry for the loss of your beloved mother, grandmother, and mother in law. She sounds like a very special lady. All of our sympathies at this most difficult time.

Chiristine, Michael, Gregory and Melissa Dellamonaca

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