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1955 Joseph 2024

Joseph W. Lashua

July 18, 1955 — March 16, 2024

Phillipston, MA

Joseph W. “Joe” Lashua, 68, of Phillipston, died peacefully Saturday, March 16, 2024, at home, after a short battle with cancer.

Born in Gardner, on July 18, 1955, he was a son of the late William and Hilda (Spellman) Lashua, and was raised in Ashburnham. He attended Ashburnham Public Schools. Joe worked in the building industry as a shipping/receiving manager, retiring in 2008. He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Gardner CAC and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.

Joe was a born “fix it” man, engines were his specialty. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage converting riding lawn mowers into various vehicles. A passenger train, with 3 cars, was his favorite. His greatest pleasure was visiting with friends and family. A roaring fire and a cold beer brought him endless joy.

Joe is survived by his fiancé and love of his life, Jennifer Dymek, of Phillipston; brothers, Walter Lashua and his partner Lorraine Pavlosky of Templeton, David Lashua and his wife LeeAnn of Gardner; sisters, Sarah Lozeau and her husband Roland of Templeton, Rose Lashua of Colorado; and brother-in-law, Allen Schiffman of New Hampshire. He also leaves Jennifer’s family, Chet and Juna (Ma and Pop) Dymek of Gardner, Mark Dymek and his wife Karen of Hubbardston, Kristin "Boobs" Dymek of Clinton, and Jessica "Buttons" Lutz and her partner Fred Pilgrom, of Texas. He also leaves his nephews, Michael Lashua and his wife Julie of Winchendon, Mark Lashua of Florida, and nieces, Shannon Lozeau and her husband David Lampi of Winchendon, Tammy Kunz and her husband Brian and Heidi Musil and her husband John all of Colorado. He also leaves good friends, Dan Webster of Templeton, Tommy Kulczyk of Athol, special cousin Albert Borey of Clarksburg, and Anthony Ramsey, and his wife Sarah, of Phillipston, and several great nephews and nieces. He will be missed by his crazy cat, Stanley, and pups Chester and Oliver.

He was predeceased by his parents, his infant son Matthew, and his sister Patricia Schiffman.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kathleen Sweeney, Care Central VNA Hospice, and the Phillipston Fire and Police Departments for their care, compassion, and support to Joe and his family.

To leave an online condolence, please visit

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Greater Gardner Community Action Committee, 294 Pleasant Street, Gardner, MA 01440, or the charity of one’s choice.

The Stone Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon, MA 01475 has been entrusted with Joe’s care.

Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Melissa A. McQuaid, funeral directors.
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