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Edwin R Laetz

December 30, 1940 ~ April 26, 2021 (age 80)

Obituary

Edwin R. Laetz, 80
“Buboo,” “Grandpa B,” “Uncle Bub,”

Westminster -- Edwin “Buster” R. Laetz, 80 of Westminster and North Port Fl, passed away peacefully Monday morning, April 26, 2021 with his loving family by his side.
   
Ed was born in Harrisburg, PA on December 30, 1940 a son of the late Vernon W. and Dorothy E. (McLeod) Laetz.

   Edwin will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Barbara J. (Delorey) Laetz and their two children, Janice Swenor and her husband Clay of Westminster and Christine Laetz of Westford along with his brother, Robert Laetz and his wife Sandra of Suttons Bay, MI. 

   Ed was grandfather to, Kerri Lee Jones and her husband Jeff, Jessica Swenor, Olivia Battye, and Jillian Battye as well as his great-grandchildren, Addison Jones, Evelyn Jones, and Cameron Jones. Ed was brother-in-law and “dad” to Fred Delorey and is wife Karen and John Delorey and his wife Jayne as well as uncle to several nieces and nephews including Samantha Klindt, Heidi Brooks, John Delorey, Sarah Couturier, Kathy Laetz-Quotah, Allison Roberts, Alexander Delorey, and Douglas Delorey.  Edwin was predeceased by one sister, Suzanne V. Laetz.

   Woodworking was part of Ed’s life since middle school. He started his career as a Journeyman Carpenter and Millright with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.  As his family and talents grew, he joined the faculty at Leominster High School in 1973 as the Housebuilding instructor at their trade school. During that time, he along with over 150 students, built homes for 10 families in Leominster. He was later promoted to Shop Coordinator and just prior to his retirement after 30 years, interim Director of the Center for Technical Education.

   In addition to building homes, Ed was an artist and made music…one instrument at a time. He bought a book and built his first guitar in 1973, just to see if he could do it. That was the first of hundreds of stringed instruments made from exotic woods and inlays including guitars, mandolins, dulcimers, violins, and ukuleles.

   Ed could be found on any given Friday night playing bluegrass at local “pickin’ parties” as well or at the Burren with the Scottish Fiddle Club in Boston.  Ed was a member of the Guild of American Luthiers, Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans, New England Luthiers, and New England Woodcarvers. In his spare time, Buster carved caricatures and made furniture for his daughters. Never forgetting his years as a teacher, Ed also taught others woodcarving through the ALFA Program at Fitchburg State University and the Westminster Senior Center. 

   Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday April 29 from 5-7PM in the Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes. With respect to the restrictions of Covid19 all are asked to wear masks and social distance.  His funeral will be held privately in the funeral home.

   The family kindly asks memorial contributions be made to the Shriner’s Hospital For Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.  
   To leave an online condolence for the family or to plant a tree in Edwin’s memory, please visit our website at www.masciarellifamilyfuneralhomes.net   

John F. Masciarelli and James M. Hebert, Funeral Directors

 

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
April 29, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Westminster Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Homes
123 Main Street
Westminster, MA 01473

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