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“Jimmy and Jeff, Today December 18th I was told about the passing of your Dad. I would like you both to know, that your Dad was of the finest person...Read More »
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HOLYOKE___ Peter Albert Ankstitus, 94, formerly of Worcester, died Friday, December 11, 2015 in the Soldiers Home of Holyoke. His wife, Phyllis V. (Dirsa) Ankstitus died in 1983. He is survived by his sons, James Ankstitus and his wife Donna of Easthampton, MA and Jeff Ankstitus and his wife Donna of Lancaster, MA; three grandchildren, Mark Ankstitus of Westfield, MA, Kristen Parish of Southampton, MA and Brianna Ankstitus of Lancaster, MA; three great grandchildren, Gabrielle and Jameson Parish and Anthony Ankstitus; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers John, Tom and Joseph; sisters Ann, Mary and Rita. He was born in Worcester, son of Nicodemus and Anna (Miller) Ankstitus.

Mr. Ankstitus worked at Heald Machine Company for thirty two years prior to retiring as a methods engineer in 1984. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the US Naval-Coast Guard on the USS FS 149. He received the Asiatic-Pacific campaign Medal along with a Bronze Star; the Philippine Liberation Medal with a Bronze Star and the American Area Campaign Medal.

He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Peter was a longtime member of Sacred Heart-St. Catherine Church. He was passionate about fishing, enjoyed photography and was active with Boy Scout Troop 41 for many years and received the Bronze Pelican award.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday December 16, 2015 from HENRY-DIRSA FUNERAL HOME, 33 Ward St., Worcester with a Mass at 11:30 AM in Sacred Heart - St. Catherine Church, 600 Cambridge St. Worcester. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery, Worcester. Calling hours in the funeral home are Wednesday, December 16 2015 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.