‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Philip's visitation.

Philip C Niemela

Philip C. Niemela, 72, of Templeton, died peacefully Sunday, February 19, 2017 in his residence, surrounded by family.
Born in Gardner on November 29, 1944, he was the son of the late Waino and Dorothy (Cramn) Niemela.
Philip graduated from Gardner High School with the Class of 1962.
He was a United States Vietnam War Navy Veteran, who proudly served his Country from 1962 through 1966.
Philip was employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Correctional Industries as an Optician for 15 years, retiring in 2010. He was previously employed by Pearl Vision for several years.
He was a member of the Chestnut Street United Methodist Church of Gardner. Philip was also a member of the American Legion Post 129 of Gardner, former member of the Deep Sea Club of Gardner, and former member and Past President of the Beagle Club of Gardner.
Philip loved going to antique car shows and antique stores. He enjoyed woodworking, and treasured spending time with his family.
He leaves his wife of 34 years, Karen (Dufort) Niemela of Templeton; two sons, Larry M. Dufort of Chicopee and Philip C. Niemela of CA; three daughters, Jennifer Oliveira and her husband Darren of Gardner, Nicole M. Vachon of Gardner, and Kristen Niemela of Fitchburg; one brother, Donald Niemela of Templeton; seven grandchildren, Ashley Dufort, Michael Dufort, Olivia Travis, Kaela Niemela, Kassidy Niemela, Andrew Oliveira and Alex Oliveira.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, February 24th at 11:00 a.m. in the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner. Burial with Military Honors will be in Green Bower Cemetery, 101 Winter Street, Gardner.
A calling hour will be held Friday, February 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, Suite 201, Boston, MA 02114-2931.
Order Flowers

Visitation Details

Friday, February 24th, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am, Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner

Service Details

Friday, February 24th, 2017 11:00am, Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner

Interment Details

Greenbower Cemetery

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Philip Niemela, please visit our flower store.


I'm so sorry for your loss, Nikki. My thoughts are with you, Olivia, and the rest of your family.

Mark Landry Feb 25 2017 12:00 AM

Karen and family, i am so sorry for your loss.. you are in my thoughts and prayers. Phil was a great guy and will be deeply missed..

Janice Holm Feb 23 2017 12:00 AM

It is with heavy hearts that we offer our condolences for Phil's passing. We have thought of you both many times over the past 15 yrs. since we left Gardner. Phil's quiet manner, friendly smile, and true friendship will remain wonderful memories. May God give you and your family strength during this difficult time. Tom & Marcia Ikonen

Tom & Marcia Ikonen Feb 23 2017 12:00 AM

Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. I am sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Linda Thompson Jenks

Linda A Jenks Feb 23 2017 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy Karen and family. Phil was a sweet man who will be missed by many. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Maggie Wolf Feb 23 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry karen and family to hear of phill passing He is in gods loving arms One day at a time Call me anytime if you need me Love don janice alina

Janice oberg Feb 23 2017 12:00 AM

I'm sorry for your loss Jennifer, Darren, and to all of the family.

Roger Chouinard Feb 22 2017 12:00 AM

So sad to hear of Phil's passing today. He was a kind gentle soul. Karen my heart goes out to you during this hard time. Please let me know if I can do anything for you.

Ruthie Smith Feb 22 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Philip Niemela

Boucher Funeral Home lit a memorial candle Feb 22 2017 12:00 AM

Friends and Family uploaded 1 to the gallery.

Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM