She was born in Marlborough, the daughter of the late Michael and Maria (Bux) Canova, and lived here all of her life.
Lena worked at the former Bat State Abrasives for 30 years and was a longtime member of the Bay State Abrasives Retirees Association. She was also a longtime member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Marlborough, a founding member of the Saint Jude Guild at the church, and served as a chaperone for the I.C. Junior Drum and Bugle Corp.
Lena was known as “Nana” to every child who crossed her path. She donated countless hours to not only her own children, but the many children in the Marlborough community. She served as group leader for Girl Scouts and was a member of the mothers club of the Boy Scouts Troop 4.
She was a volunteered many hours at the Marlborough Boys Club and served as a corporator for the club.
She is survived by four children, Douglas Thorpe and his wife Wanda, Linda Straw and her husband Dwight, Daniel Thorpe and his wife Beth, Suellen Curtis and her partner Steve; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 9 a.m., in the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St. Burial will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home (www.shortfuneral.com) of Marlborough.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.