NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 26, 2013

Elizabeth M. 'Buddy' Rahmberg, 92


Fitchburg, MA — Elizabeth M. “Buddy” (Clancy) Rahmberg, 92, a lifetime Fitchburg resident, died on Friday, November 22, in her home. She was born in Fitchburg on July 22, 1921, and was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Donovan) Clancy.

Her husband of 37 years, Gunnar R. Rahmberg, died in 1984.

She leaves three sons, Richard P. Rahmberg and his wife, Marie, of Shrewsbury, Ralph J. Rahmberg and his wife, Linda, of Hudson, Mass., and Joseph M. Rahmberg and his wife, Cindy, of Gardner; four daughters, Diane E. (Zeiner) Putnam of Leominster, Jean M. Jones and her husband, Jon, of Lunenburg, Mary-Lee A. Ford of Amesbury, Mass., and Elizabeth R. Walsh and her husband, James M., of Fitchburg, with whom she lived.

She leaves 11 grandchildren, Kerrianne Zeiner and her husband, Michael Newman, Kenneth Jones and his wife, Kim, Daniel Jones and his wife, Corinne, Brian Ford and his wife, Liz McComiskey, Elissa Ford, Kate Connolly and her husband, Kevin, Cory Rahmberg, Andrew Rahmberg and his wife, Julia daSilva, Brittany Rahmberg, and Gregory and Erik Rahmberg. She also leaves several Godchildren, including Jack Ginnity; her “surrogate” grandchildren, Michael and Patrick Ginnity; and several nieces and nephews. She also leaves nine great-grandchildren, Aidan and Natalie Newman, Evelyn, Nola and Anna Jones, Delilah and Gwenn Jones, and Mckenna and Leah Connolly.

She was predeceased by one son, Brian Rahmberg in 1965; two sons-in-law, Robert L. Putnam and Bradley K. Ford; and her brother, William Clancy.

Mrs. Rahmberg was employed for many years by the former New England Telephone Co. as a telephone operator, and then as a switchboard operator for Rand-Whitney in Leominster until her retirement in 1989.

She was a member of St. Bernard’s Parish. In addition, Buddy was involved in Girl Scouts, serving as troop leader and “Cookie Mother,” and received the “Thanks” Badge for her years of service. She worked at the Maverick Street special needs preschool for several years, and was also an Associate Minister with the Sisters of the Presentation.

Buddy donated her body to the Anatomical Gift Program at University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

The Rahmberg Family wishes to thank Dee Beaudoin and Marie Rahmberg, her home caregivers for the last two years, and Joan Burns, her niece and Eucharist Minister. They also wish to thank the Fitchburg Police Department, especially Capt. Paul Bozicas, Sgt. Chuck Siomos and Officer Nick Bianchini, the Fitchburg Fire Department, and the MedStar EMTs, all of whom who were so kind to the family.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Elizabeth “Buddy” Rahmberg to The Sisters of the Presentation, 99 Church Street, Leominster, MA 01453, or the Arc of Opportunity, 564 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 04120.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 30, at 10 a.m., in Our Lady of the Lake Church, 1400 Main Street, Leominster, Mass.

A private burial will take place at a later date in St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Fitchburg. Per her request, there are no calling hours.

The Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 243 Water Street, Fitchburg, is directing funeral arrangements. For further information, please visit www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net.