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Russell E. Rebakas

May 18, 1932 ~ December 4, 2020 (age 88)

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Marlborough- Russell E. Rebakas, 88, of Marlborough died Friday December 4, 2020 at Marlborough Hospital from Covid-19 complications. He was the husband of Nancy J. (Foley) Rebakas who died in 2007. He was born, raised and educated in Grafton, the son of the late Peter and Paulina (Sciaucunas) Rebakas. Russell was a graduate and Valedictorian of Grafton High School Class of 1950. Following graduation he entered the US Army and was stationed in Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina. He went on to receive a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and worked as a research engineer for Raytheon for 38 years, retiring in 1993. Russell enjoyed gardening, reading historical novels, crossword puzzles and vacationing with his family in Sanbornton, New Hampshire. He was a die hard Red Sox and Patriots fan. He was a humble, easy going man whose family meant the world to him.

He leaves his son Russell P. Rebakas of Marlborough; two daughters, Carol A. Lawton of Marlborough and Cindy A. Schuberth and her husband Wayne of Framingham; five grandchildren, Michael Lawton and his wife Linda of Millbury, MA, Mark Lawton and his wife Lyndsey of Millbury, MA,  Nicole Bussiere and her husband Keith of Attleboro, MA, Nancy Merritt and her husband Jon of Niantic, Connecticut and Emily Schuberth of Framingham; ten great grandchildren, Ava, Brianna, Carly, Jacob, Quinn, Charlotte, Jack, Caroline, Harrison and Jude. He was predeceased by his siblings George, Blanche and Eleanor. Russell also leaves many nieces and nephews as well as his sister in law Virginia Edmunds and her husband Kenneth of Grafton, MA and his brother in law Gerald Foley of Westboro, MA.

A private graveside service with military honors will be held at Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.  Calling hours will be held Thursday December 10 from 4-6 PM in the Collins Funeral Home, 378 Lincoln Street, Marlborough. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Marlboro Community Cupboard. All are invited to sign Russell’s online guestbook at


December 10, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Collins Funeral Home
378 Lincoln Street
Marlborough, MA 01752

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