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.