Mercadante Funeral Home and Chapel
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370 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605
"Committed everyday to caring" is not just a tag line on a logo, but something all of us feels is true. The time of a funeral is one where family and friends are sensitive; the funeral home provides a place of solace and caring. We strive to care for the people that express their trust in us, as we would want to be cared for, with compassion, dignity, and most of all honesty. At Mercadante we feel it is our responsibility to:
- Provide the public with information about funerals, including prices, and about the functions, services and responsibilities of funeral directors.
- Afford a continuing opportunity to all persons to discuss or arrange funerals in advance.
- Make funerals available in a wide range of price categories to meet the needs of all segments of the community, and affirmatively extend to everyone the right of inspecting and freely considering all of them.
- Respect all faiths, creeds and customs, and to give full effect to the role of the clergy.
Through a network of colleagues, we can aid families with the return of a loved one no matter where in this state, this country, and even the world that death may occur. The very first thing you will want to do is contact us at 508-754-0486 or toll free at 1-800-854-0486. We will immediately go to work to care for the deceased and help you arrange funeral services.
We are proud to say that we serve the entire community, no matter what the financial means. It is our belief that a person should be treated with dignity and respect no matter their financial position.
August 27, 1929 - April 17, 2014
Gerald (Gerry) Francis Bartholomew, Sr. died peacefully on April 17th after being ill for the past several months. He was born on August 29, 1929 to Leon and Elizabeth (OLoughlin) Bartholomew in Worcester, MA. He is pre-deceased by his true love and wife of 55 years, Ruth Ann (Carelli), his beloved grandson Bartholomew Gerald Falvey and his brother Leon Bartholomew Jr.
He moved from Worcester to Shrewsbury at a very young age and was educated there, graduating from Beal High School in 1947. Upon graduation he was employed by Kennedys, Inc. in Worcester and then Springfield, MA. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1951, serving in the Korean War, honorably discharged in 1955. In 1956 he went to work for Wyman Gordon Company in Worcester and retired after 34 years in 1990 as a Forge Shop Metallurgist.
Gerry is survived by daughters Beth of Shrewsbury, Gayle Falvey and husband William of Shrewsbury, Sons Gerald Jr. and wife Gloria of Auburn, Neil of Ponte Vedra, FL., Paul and wife Karen of Thompson, CT, and Jon and wife Dawn of Chicago, IL. He had seven grandchildren: Justin, Alicia, Jennifer, Ryan, Fiona and Brit Bartholomew and Catherine Falvey. Brothers Robert and wife Betty of Lancaster, MA, Richard and wife Jean of North Branford, CT, David and wife Mary of Compton, NH, Michael and wife Karen of Washington, DC., Sister Nancy Forhan and husband Martin of Worcester and many nieces and nephews.
He enjoyed sports, playing many as a youth and raising his family to enjoy them as well. His true love was golf which he played for most of his life starting as a caddy at Worcester Country Club and competing in many amateur tournaments and eventually teaching golf as well. He managed to maintain a single digit handicap for most of his life and in 1959 was the Telegram and Gazette hole-in-one champion. He coached Little League for many years to support his sons, and was a devoted member of St. Joan of Arc Church for over 50 years dedicating his time as a lector and volunteer. More than anything, Gerry loved his family and watching his grandchildren flourish. He was deeply loved and will be truly missed by his family and friends.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit with the family Monday, April 21st from 4 pm to 7 pm for calling hours in the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & Chapel, 370 Plantation St. His funeral will be held Tuesday, April 22nd from the funeral home with a Mass at 11:00AM at St Joan of Arc Church, 570 Lincoln St., Burial will follow in St Johns Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joan of Arc Church , 570 Lincoln St. The Bartholomew family would like to thank the staff and residents of Christopher Heights for the wonderful support, care and companionship he received for the past two years. To leave a message of Condolence or share a special memory of Gerald please visit his memorial site at (mercadantefuneral.com)
November 19, 1925 - April 16, 2014
Jean A. (Dalton) Londergan, 88, of Worcester and Centerville, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Her husband of sixty-three years, Edward R. Londergan, predeceased her in February 2012.
Jean is survived by her loving daughters, Liz Plonski and her husband Joseph of Worcester and Ellen J. Puopolo and her husband Brian of Marstons Mills; her beloved grandchildren, Geoffrey, Andrew, Daniel and Tess; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, John Dalton. She was born in Worcester, daughter of the late John E. and Olive (Costello) Dalton and has lived all her life in Worcester, but enjoyed her Summers on Cape Cod.
She worked for many years as a clerk for Melville Shoe in Worcester, before leaving there to raise her family. She then worked as an Aide in the Worcester Public School Department. She had also worked as a fundraiser for the Leukemia Society. Jean had been a member of the former Saint Margaret Mary Church and was currently affiliated with Our Lady of Loreto Church.
Jean loved to be surrounded by her family and friends. She will be remembered as an avid reader, and gifted storyteller with a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit. She was also fond of travel, and for many years she travelled to her second home on Cape Cod; but also had the good fortune to have enjoyed several trips to Ireland.
There are no calling hours. A Funeral Mass for Jean will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Loreto Church, 33 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, you may wish to consider making contributions in her memory to The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or www.cancer.org/donate .
Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, Worcester is honored to be assisting Jeans family with arrangements.
You are invited to leave a message on Jeans personal on-line register book by visiting
September 29, 1924 - April 15, 2014
Albert Al Wooden, 89, passed away on April 15, 2014 at The Odd Fellows Home in Worcester, MA after a brief illness. He was born in Hoyt, N.B., Canada, one of eleven children, son of John and Dora (Kirkpatrick) Wooden. Al proudly served in the Canadian Army during WWII with tours in the U.K., Central Mediterranean area and Continental Europe earning the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal.
Known around the city of Worcester for his expertise & knowledge in the auto body field, Al worked for many years at Commonwealth and Kilcoyne auto body shops, the later with whom he was with until retirement. He was a very compassionate person helping many individuals throughout his travels in life. In his early days he enjoyed racing stock cars and living life to the limit. Later in life he enjoyed walking, socializing, scratching his lottery tickets and spending time with family.
He leaves behind two daughters, Carmen Pinto and her husband Joseph with whom he lived with in Auburn and Dena Wooden also of Auburn; two grandsons, Carl and Samual Wooden and three great grandchildren. He also leaves behind three sisters, Eva Ogden, Doris Rice and Dorothy Tower all of N.B., Canada. He will be sadly missed by all.
The family would like to acknowledge the staff of both The Odd Fellows Home & Notre Dame Hospice for their kindness & compassion during Als last days.
Arrangements are private and being handled by MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL in Worcester. To share your thoughts and memories of Al, please visit his personal guestbook at: mercadantefuneral.com.
April 22, 1918 - April 15, 2014
Edward P. Eddie Burnham, of Holden and Centerville, died peacefully with his daughter and granddaughter by his side on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. He would have celebrated his 96th birthday on Tuesday, April 22. His beloved wife of 66 years, Congetta T. (Fratantonio) Burnham, predeceased him on July 26, 2008. He is survived by his daughter, Brenda T. Meringolo and her husband Nicholas of Holden, his primary caregivers; his 2 sons and their wives, George W. Burnham (Sheila) of Princeton and Edward F. Burnham (Kathleen) Bradenton; his granddaughters, Cara Meringolo, Christine Contreras and Beth Grimley; great grandchildren; and extended family, including many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his brother George Burnham and sisters: Evelyn Maurice, Mildred Morello, Emily Bell, and Shirley Turo.
Born in Worcester on April 22, 1918 he was the son of the late George and Anna (McGrath) Burnham and attended Worcester Schools. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1941 and proudly served his country during World War II as a radio operator with the 535th Field Artillery Battalion stationed in Central Europe where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was honorably discharged in 1945. After returning home from the war he went to work for the City of Worcester, Department of Public Works, where he was employed for most of his life. Following retirement from the city, he worked a number of other positions and did not fully retire until the age of 84.
A child of the Depression and member of the Greatest Generation, his life was defined by his commitment to family, country, and work. He was a genial man with an easy smile and generous spirit, always quick to help those with a need. A cherished father and adored grandfather, he will be lovingly remembered as a good man who enjoyed lifes simple pleasures.
A Liturgy of the Word will be held Friday, April 18th at 10:30 am in Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church 24 Mulberry St. Burial will be private. There are no calling hours; Memorial remembrances in his name can be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, St Jude Place, Memphis Tenn. 38105. THE MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St. is honored to assist the family with arrangements.
February 10, 1957 - April 14, 2014
James Paul Norrman, 57, of Worcester, MA, went to be with the Lord and his Dad, Pupup on Monday, April 14, 2014 peacefully at his Florida home.
He leaves behind his five children, Jamie P. (Norrman) Lapensee and her husband Tony of Salem, MA, Carrie A. (Norrman) Chudzikiewicz and her husband Adam of Worcester, MA, Sherrie D. Gentile of Holland, Ma, James V. Norrman and Stephanie Norrman both of Worcester, MA.; four grandchildren who he loved more than anything, Kassandra M. Lapensee, Mariana K. Gentile, AJ Lapensee and Bella R. Norrman. He is also survived by his mother, Delores D. (Celularo) Norrman; his sisters, Carmella A. (Norrman) Moylan and Paula (Norrman) Cassanelli; as well as many other extended relatives. James was preceded in death by his father, Verner H. Norrman.
Throughout his life he enjoyed traveling, sports, and earning a dollar. The most precious of his time and what he lived for was seeing his grandkids. Anyone who really knew him saw the way his face would light up just talking about Kassandra, Mariana, AJ and Bella. When he spent time with them forget about it, it was like he was already in heaven.
Services for James will be held privately and at the convenience of the family. MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St., Worcester, MA. is honored to assist the family with arrangements.
Planning a Funeral
Life ChoicesMost of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.
Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.
Please call us at 508-754-0486 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.
Why Pre-Plan?Peace of Mind
Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
Immediate ArrangementsIn Time of Need
We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.
Please call us at 508-754-0486 to make arrangements in person with a caring, professional Funeral Director.
Grief SupportWelcome to the Griefwords Online Library
Brought to you by the Center for Loss and Life Transition - Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., Director
These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.
The Journey Through Grief
The Mourner's Bill of Rights
Helping Others with Grief
A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:
Helping a Friend in Grief
Helping a Man Who is Grieving
Helping a Friend Who is Dying
Helping a Friend Who is Seriously Ill
Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal
Helping a Homicide Survivor Heal
Helping a Grandparent Who is Grieving
Helping a Grieving Friend in the Workplace
Helping AIDS Survivors Heal
Helping SIDS Survivors Heal
Helping Your Family When a Member is Dying
Helping Your Family When a Member is Seriously Ill
Helping Your Family Cope When a Pet Dies
Helping Your Family Decide if Organ and Tissue Donation is Right for You
Helping Yourself with Grief
Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.
Mustering the Courage to Mourn
Love and Grief:
In Communion and Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Loved Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Parent Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When a Baby Dies
Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season
Helping Dispel 5 Common Myths About Grief
Helping Yourself Live When You Are Seriously Ill
Helping Yourself Live When You Are Dying
Exploring the Uniqueness of Your Suicide Grief
Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 1
Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 2
Healing Your Grieving Body: Physical Practices for Mourners
The Spiritual Path to Healing: An Introduction
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 1
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 2
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 3
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 4
Dispelling the Misconceptions About Suicide and Grief and Mourning
Will I Befriend My Feelings Or Will I Deny, Repress, Or Inhibit Them?
Will I Grieve Or Will I Mourn?
The Capacity to Love Requires the Neccesity to Mourn
For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers
Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.
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Helping Children Cope With Grief
Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief
Helping Infants and Toddlers Cope with Grief
Helping Children with Funerals
Helping Children Understand Cremation
Helping a Child Who is Seriously Ill
Helping a Child Who is Dying
Helping Grieving Children at School
Helping Bereaved Siblings Heal
Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topics
The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death.
Helping Your Family Personalize the Funeral
Helping Create a Meaningful Eulogy
Ten Freedoms for Creating a Meaningful Funeral
Why is the Funeral Ritual Important?
For Hospices and Other Caregivers
Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss.
Companioning the Bereaved: An Introduction
Tenet 1: Companioning Principle
Tenet 2: Companioning Principle
The Awesome Power of "Telling The Story"
Caregiver as Gardener: A Parable
Companioning vs. Treating: Beyond The Medical Model of Bereavement Caregiving
Growing Through Grief: The Role of Support Groups
Responding to Problems in the Support Group Setting
The Bereavement Caregiver's Self-Care Guidelines
Mercadante Funeral Home and Chapel
370 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605