Consigli Ruggerio Funeral Home

Elmer Viens, 99,

    Elmer Viens, 99,of Hopedale, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the Milford Regional Medical Center. He was married to Margaret (Protz) Viens for 69 years. He was born in New Bedford, MA and was the middle son of the late Henry and Hedwig (Heuberger) Viens .   

    He lived in New Bedford and Medway before moving to Hopedale in 1953. He was a graduate of the New Bedford High school class of 1937.Elmer served in the Army in WWII in the 113th Evacuation Hospital Unit and participated in various campaigns as a medic in Europe.  He served in the German Occupation Army after the war and received numerous awards for his service.  Upon arriving home he graduated from the New Bedford Textile School in 1949.He retired in 1975 from the Draper Corporation in Hopedale where he was employed as a textile engineer.  He then worked at Dennison Corporation in Framingham as an engineer for another 20 years.Opa (as he was referred to by his great-grandchildren) was an avid card player and loved to play cribbage and pitch at the Hopedale Community Center. 

    He was often seen walking up Freedom Street to get a coffee at Honeydew (his favorite drink).  He read the Wall Street Journal from cover to cover daily and loved to strike up a conversation with strangers on any number of subjects.  He was an active member at Planet Fitness, although may have frequented the juice bar more than the exercise equipment.  He was recently awarded the Boston Post Cane award as the oldest resident of Hopedale.

    In addition to his wife, Elmer is survived by his children, Andrew E. Viens and his wife Linda of Kalispell, MT; Jessica M. LeMarbre of Hopedale, MA; Ann V. Peyser and her husband William Peyser of Bethesda, MD; eleven grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren.He was predeceased by his son-in-law Philip LeMarbre, a brother Henry Viens and a sister Jeanette Wilkinson.   

    A funeral home service will be held Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11 A.M. at the Consigli Ruggerio Funeral Home 46 Water St. Milford MA. The burial will follow in the Hopedale Village Cemetery in Hopedale.

    Calling hours will be held prior to funeral home services from 8:30 to 10:30 A.M.

Guest Book

Peg and Family, We are very sorry to hear of Elmer passing. He was a joyful man, and lived a remarkable life. We will have you and Elmer in our prayers tonight. Ted and Amy DeSantos (Mitchell)
Ted and Amy DeSantos (Mitchell)

Jessica & family,so very sorry to hear of your loss . Hold tight to your loving memories. They help you get throug this very difficult period.💙
Roberta Spivack

I met Elmer when he would walk by our house on his way to get coffee or go to the library, always happy and smiling, never to busy to stop and chat. What a nice man, a true gentleman. We will miss seeing him walk down Freedom Street. Our deepest condolences to Elmer's family!
Susan and Jami

Dear Peggy,Jessica and Family, Elmer was one of the sweetest, kindest, most gentle man I ever met. He just seemed resolved “to go with the flow”! His non-judge mental attitude made it always a pleasure to be in his presence. He made one feel at ease. Phil has prepared a place in Heaven for his beloved Father in Law and together they rejoice in reunion and pray for all of us in The Communion of the Saints! Be at peace knowing that he rests in peace🙏🏻
Michael Matondi

Mrs. Viens, Jessica, Andy, and Ann, as well as your respective families, I am deeply sorry for your loss. It's sad to know a life well lived has come to an end, but such a Blessing to have had such a full life. Sending healing thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time. You now have another angel to watch over you
Mary Greene

Andy, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. Colleen and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Colleen and Finn

Andy & Linda, We feel so honored to have met Elmer and so sorry to hear of his passing.
Dick & Karen Lauer

Dear Jessica, Mrs. Viens, Andy and Ann, Your Dad and husband was such a delightful man! I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My memories of hanging out at your house in high school and college and every time I got back to Hopedale and among my finest. He was really special. My thoughts with you all.
Deborah Breen Yahner

Jessica, Andy, Mrs. Viens, and all your family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Viens was such a wonderful man. Loved playing dress up in that garage on Bancroft Park. I’m sure he will be missed by so many. RIP Mr. Viens. Sincerely, Donna Rockwood
Donna rockwood

Andy, Jessica, Anne and Mrs. Viens, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mr. Viens was such a nice man. He will be missed!
Rick and Donna DePonte

Andy: Greatest generation indeed. When I think of Hopedale I see the image of your Dad trudging up that long hill. Every day! Such a nice man. So I will think of him today. And of you. Peace, my friend.
Rich Tosches

Andy and family, I’m so sorry to learn your father passed. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Leo Kaufmann

Peg, Jessica, Andy, Ann, and your families, I'm so sorry to hear of Elmer's passing. He was a great guy and you were all so fortunate to have him for so long!
Hank Penning

I was delighted to know him a real American, I am proud of him as a fellow vet. to live a long and distinguished life was indeed, a sign of his greatness.. A true man.
david trottier

Jessica and family, So sorry to hear the sad news of your grandfather’s passing. I remember him while growing up on Bancroft Park. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bobby and Debbie Goss

Jessica and family, I offer my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loving father. What a great long life he lived!
Ann Anderson

Andy, so sorry to hear this news, but thanks for letting me know. Prayers to you all. Excellently written obituary.
Chuck & Donna Pegram.

Andy and the Viens family, so very sorry for the loss of your Dad, one of the Greatest Generation. Remember his very full life.
Christopher & Missy Brown

Andy and the Viens family, so very sorry for the loss of your Dad, one of the Greatest Generation. Remeber his very full life.
Christopher & Missy Brown

Sorry to hear this. It sounds like there a lot in his life to celebrate. Keep the good memories.
Paul Englund

Jessica, I am so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Kathy D’Alio Moisan

Thinking of you all. Hoping all the wonderful memories can help with getting through this difficult time ❤️
Robyn Roberts

We were very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. You and your family will be in our prayers!
Jim, Terri & Christina

Jessica and family - So sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences to you and the family.
Julie Rizoli-Richards

Jessica and family, I am sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Brenda Phillips
Brenda Phillips

Our sincere condolences to Andy and Linda and the entire Viens family.
Brian & Paula Davidson

So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great guy, Bancroft Park crew. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Paul Rockwod

So sorry Andy and Family...... God be with you on this journey of healing.
Kelli Friede

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