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Eaton Funeral Home

Funeral directing has long been an honored, full-fledged profession. It is nothing less than an affirmation of this fact that the fifth generation of Eatons carried on the family enterprise.

Like their fathers before them, the men of this generation channeled their interests toward this profession at an early age. All of them worked at the Home while attending Needham High School. And all of them grew up in the spirit of a tradition that was already well over a century in the making.

In 1950 Laurence's eldest son, Laurence G., was graduated from Norwich and entered the New England Institute, a Boston school for funeral directors. He passed the State examinations the following year and thus led the fifth generation into the firm.

Following him were his two brothers, Stephen and Robert, and his cousin, Richard (Chester's son). All had been graduated from their fathers' colleges -- Stephen and Robert from Norwich, and Richard from Dartmouth. And all joined the firm in the same year, 1954.

In 1970 Laurence R. came into the firm, thus becoming the first member of the sixth generation to do so. He was joined in the intervening years by his brother David. These young men along with Kevin Greene, all licensed funeral directors and embalmers, and funeral assistant Robert T. Timmerman, help Laurence G. carry on the Eaton tradition in its striving for excellence.

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Katherine "Kay" L. Peters

January 17, 2018

Katherine "Kay" L. Peters, formerly of Needham, passed away on January 17th at the age of 90. Born in Boston, Kay grew up in Newton, MA where she attended high school, worked at the Stowe-Woodward plant and played many games of tennis. She moved to Needham when she married her husband, Leo Peters of Somerville, MA. Kay worked at Lee Shops in Needham, MA while raising her daughter Robin and,...
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Joseph G. King

September 17, 1943 - January 12, 2018

Joseph King, 74, of Needham, MA and formerly of Salem, NH and Riverside, RI died January 12, 2018 surrounded by his family. Born in Providence, RI, Joseph was the son of the late Joseph and Bernice (Mullett) King. He was a veteran of the USAF during Vietnam War. The most important thing in His life was his wife, his children and his grandchildren. He also had such a great group of friends that...
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Laurence E. "Larry" Mintz

October 24, 1934 - January 10, 2018

Laurence E. "Larry" Mintz, a Resident of Needham for over 30 years, passed away on Wednesday, January 10th at Medway Country Manor. He was 83 years old. Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Maurice and Esta (Silverman) Mintz. Larry Grew up in Dorchester and was a graduate of Dorchester High School. His career was as a general contractor and the owner of Mass Remodeling Company. Larry...
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Mary Theresa (D'Aveni) Ramirez

July 27, 1923 - January 6, 2018

Mary Theresa (D'Aveni) Ramirez, of Newton Highlands, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018. She was the beloved wife of the late Roman Ramirez. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Church, 1321 Centre St, NEWTON CENTER, on Saturday, January 13th at 10:30 AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visitation will be held in the church in Saturday morning from 9...
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Jenny (Jiang) Ching

January 5, 2018

Jenny (Jiang) Ching, of Needham, formerly of Dedham and the South End of Boston, passed away suddenly on Friday, January 5, 2018 Jenny was a longtime employee of New Garden Restaurant in Needham. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her kindness to all and her devotion to her family. Most importantly, Jenny will be remembered for her boundless love for her two sons, David and Dennis,...
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Charles Auguste Rheault, Jr.

June 13, 1924 - January 4, 2018

Charles Auguste Rheault Jr. died peacefully after a brief illness at the age of 93 on January 4th, 2018. He was born in Boston, grew up in Westwood and raised a loving family in Dover and Wellfleet. A life well lived, a lover of books and language a graduate of Harvard set the stage for a lifetime of accomplishments. A Sergeant in the Army, he served in Europe during World War II with the 42nd...
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Francis "Dapper" Hagan

January 4, 1932 - December 30, 2017

Francis "Dapper" Hagan passed away peacefully after a long illness on December 30, 2017, a few days prior to his 86th birthday. Born in Needham, MA. Son of the late Joseph Hagan and Katherine (Wynne) Hagan. He was along time resident of Dover, MA. Dapper was a member of Mass. National Guard, 726th Ordnance-26th Infantry Division (1949-1958). He started as a heavy equipment operator for S.E....
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Arthur H. Bassett

April 8, 1934 - December 30, 2017

Arthur H. Bassett, 83 peacefully passed away Saturday December 30, 2017 at his home in Needham. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Anahid Bassett and his children Frank and wife Marie, Larry, and Glen. Grandfather to Alana, Michaela, Andrea, and John. Brother to Judith Atkins and to the late Robert E. Bassett and surviving wife Joan. Uncle to Yvette Ferrand and husband Jorge and in-law to...
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Robert Davidson "Bob" Lowden

December 28, 1937 - December 29, 2017

Robert Davidson "Bob" Lowden, of Palm Beach FL and Sebago Lake ME, formerly of Needham, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017. He was 80 years old Born in Boston, he was the son of the late G. Stanley and Georgie Davidson Lowden. Mr. Lowden was a graduate of Needham High School Class of 1955 and Williams College Class of 1959. His first love was hockey and he played both at Needham High and...
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Susan Harriet Moore Chamberlain

August 9, 1927 - December 28, 2017

Susan Harriet Moore Chamberlain was born August 9th, 1927 in Oakland California, to George Thomas Moore of Yakima Washington and Harriet Dorothy Bartlett Moore of St. Louis Missouri and an older brother James Bartlett Moore. Susan passed on December 28th, 2017. At her age of ten, the Moore family moved from California to Winnetka Illinois. Here she attended public school and then graduated from...
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Paz A. (Avena) Moreno

October 12, 1932 - December 26, 2017

Paz A. (Avena)Moreno, of Needham, passed away at her home on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. She was 85 years old. Beloved wife of the late Luis A. Moreno. Loving mother of Elmer Moreno, Rolando Moreno, Anna Liza Smith and Maripaz Ferrer. Grandmother of Jason and Kristen. Sister of Ester Paguio and the late Lourdes Javier, Concepcion Avena, Domingo, Floresto and Venancio Resurreccion. Visiting hours...
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John Terrence Ryan

December 24, 2017

John Terrence Ryan, 85, of Needham, MA, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of December 24, surrounded by his four children and wife of more than 60 years. Born in Cranston, R.I., on Aug. 7, 1932 to John and Caroline Ryan, John attended Rhode Island College, where he met his wife Eileen, and later earned two master's degrees, from Boston College and Boston University. John...
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David Bontecou Wray

March 21, 1929 - December 22, 2017

David Bontecou Wray of Needham, Massachusetts, peacefully passed away at home on Friday, December 22. Dave was born in Paris, France, to Ernestine Haynes and Charles Gregory Wray. Dave, a widower since July 2015, was married for 60 years to Patty Bundy Wray. The couple lived in Chestnut Hill, New York City, and settled eight years ago at North Hill in Needham. Dave is survived by his three...
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Sandra (Osborne) McDonough

October 22, 1937 - December 22, 2017

Sandra McDonough, a lifelong resident of Newton, passed away peacefully in her sleep December 22, 2017 at the age of eighty. Wife of the late John McDonough, Sister to Gail Gaffney and the late Sylvia Tice and Thomas Osborne, Mother of Elizabeth Osborne, Stepmother to Joanne Curry, Grandma, Great Grandma, Aunt, Great Aunt, and Friend to many. Sandy, affectionately referred to as The General...
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Helen S. (Stonina) Berestka

December 21, 2017

Helen S. Berestka (Stonina), of West Newton, Ma formerly of Chicopee, MA passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 21. She was 93 years old. Formerly from Chicopee, Ma she lived in West Newton for the last 48 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward S. Berestka, retired Lt. Col. in the Air Force and former professor. Daughter of the late Anthony J. and Mary Stonina. Sister...
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Egidio S. "Gigs" Breda

December 4, 1923 - December 18, 2017

Egidio S. "Gigs" Breda, 94 of Needham, MA, formerly of North Babylon, NY on December, 18, 2017. Predeceased by his wife Dorothy F. Beloved father to Wayne (Sarah) of Hope, Maine and Gary (Sandy) of Marstons Mills, MA. Cherished grandfather of Jesse, Ben, Lucia (Matthew) Tricomi, Marisa (Scott) Hirsch, Tamara, and Christian. Loved great grandfather of James, Jacob, Tanner, Charlotte, Katherine,...
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David C. Wiswall

December 6, 1924 - December 17, 2017

David C. Wiswall, a lifelong resident of Wellesley, passed away at the age of 93 on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Upon graduation from Wellesley High School he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a "Seabee" in the 130th construction battalion, fought for the duration of WWII throughout the Pacific Theatre in such places as Okinawa and was honorably discharged in 1946. He enrolled in Bowdoin...
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Michael A. Ferrara

January 24, 1940 - December 17, 2017

Michael A. Ferrara of Rockport, ME (formerly of Camden, ME, Hamilton, MA and Needham, MA) died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on December 17. Michael was pre-deceased by his parents, Dominic and Julia Ferrara. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Jacqueline M. Ferrara of Rockport, ME; his sons Michael A. Ferrara, Jr. and his wife, Pasqualina, of Easton, MA, Peter D....
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Vaughn Yacobian

May 28, 1928 - December 17, 2017

Vaughn Yacobian, 89, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2017 at the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice Home in Needham, Massachusetts. Vaughn was predeceased by his loving wife Beverly Ann. He is survived by his daughter Carysusan and her husband Geoffrey Hogan of Norfolk, Massachusetts; son Robert and his wife Dorothy of Needham, Massachusetts; and daughter Lori and her wife Courtney Parks of Santa...
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Richard A. Stark

January 22, 1947 - December 15, 2017

Richard A. Stark, of Walpole, formerly of Needham, died on December 15, 2017. Born at the Glover Hospital in Needham in 1947, the son of Charles Stark and Irene (Prior) Stark, was the oldest of three brothers. Brothers Thomas Stark of Hyannis and Robert Stark of Norfolk both survive him along with many nieces and nephews. Rick graduated from Needham High School in 1965 and attended Northeastern...
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Barbara J. (Collins) Pacione

August 27, 1939 - December 14, 2017

Barbara J. (Collins) Pacione of Needham, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2017 at her home surrounded by her dog Mysti and her family. Wife of the late Francis Pacione, she was the loving mother of the late Patricia Pepperman and her surviving husband Creag of Meredith, NH, John & Elizabeth Brennan of Portland, ME; Nancy & Tom Clarke of West Newton, Ann Marie & George Travis of New Bern,...
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Sally A. (Milliken) Larson

February 21, 1954 - December 13, 2017

Sally A. Larson (Milliken), our cherished sister, aunt and cousin, died peacefully at the Stanley Tippett House surrounded by friends on December 13, 2017 in Needham, MA, at the age of 63. She was the beloved wife to the late Larry Larson, and dear sister to her twin Scott Milliken, the late Parker "Buzzy" Milliken and the late Candace Milliken. Born on February 21, 1954, she was the daughter...
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Gertrude E. "Trudy" (MacDonald) Lannan

September 1, 1928 - December 13, 2017

Gertrude Trudy E. (MacDonald) Lannan , of Needham recently of Ashland passed away peacefully on December 13, 2017. Wife of the late James J. Lannan of 46 years. Mother of Brenda McConville and her husband Matt of Medway, Steven of Medway, and Janet Stevens and her husband Dr. O. Robert of Rye, NH. Loving Grandmother to Jenifer and Matthew McConville of Medway and Colby and Blaine Stevens of...
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Robert Willard Helm

July 29, 1928 - December 12, 2017

Robert W. Helm, 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on December 12th in Hingham, MA. Recently moved to Hingham, MA, Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth (Chase) Helm, and by sons Stephen B Helm and his wife Julie (Paquin) of Sewickley, PA, W. Jeffrey Helm and his wife Cynthia (Mernick) of Scituate, Mark W Helm and his wife Lynn (McDermott) of Walpole, and Peter S...
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Duncan W. Anderson

July 10, 1928 - December 9, 2017

Duncan Wood Anderson, our cherished father, grandfather, and great grandfather, died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones due to complications from diabetes on December 9, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Peggy) Eulalia Anderson, to whom he had been married for 63 years. Born in Needham on July 10, 1928, he was the son of the late James Gray Anderson of Aberdeen...
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John M. Meyer

September 13, 1937 - December 6, 2017

John M. Meyer, of Westwood, formerly of Boca Grande, Florida died on December 6, 2017 with his children by his side. John was a graduate of St. Paul's School, Trinity College, and Wharton School of Business. He had a successful career as a Vice President at Fiduciary Trust Company in Boston. John spent his free time playing tennis, working outside in his yard, test driving new cars, enjoying...
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Jessica Lynn Bosselman

September 2, 1985 - December 3, 2017

Jessica Lynn Bosselman, 32, of Tiverton, RI, formerly of Newton Upper Falls, died suddenly on December 3, 2017. She was the beloved daughter of Ronald and Lynda (Terrio) Bosselman both of Newton Upper Falls. Sister of Joey, Ron and Matt Bosselman all of Newton. She was the loving finance of Christopher Michael Loman of Tiverton RI. She was also the loving and caring mother of 2 beautiful...
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Stephen J. Ftorek

December 8, 1919 - November 24, 2017

Stephen J. Ftorek passed away peacefully on November 24, 2017, two weeks shy of his 98th birthday. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth, the love of his life for 61 years. He was also predeceased by his parents Stephen and Louise Ftorek, his sister Annie, brother Willie, and his precious granddaughter Anna. He is survived by sons Stevie (Tessa) of Eastport, ME and Robbie (Wendy) of Wolfeboro, NH...
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Benedict Oliver "Ben" Olson

May 30, 1926 - November 22, 2017

Benedict Oliver Olson, "Ben", aged 91 years, 5 months, and 23 days, of Dover, Massachusetts, passed away at Newton-Wellesley Hospital on November 22, 2017 of natural causes. Ben was born on May 30, 1926 in Worcester, MA, to Wilhelmina and Carl Olson of Norway and Sweden respectively. He had a brother Carl, 10 years older than him, whom he looked up to tremendously. Ben spent his childhood...
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Mark Joseph Murphy

June 7, 1959 - November 21, 2017

Mark Joseph Murphy, 58, of Needham, died suddenly on November 21, 2017. Mark was born on June 7,1959 in Boston, to the late Frank Murphy, Sr. and Margaret Donohue Murphy. Married to Tracy Vaughan Murphy in 1983, Mark was a devoted father to Matthew and his wife, Joana, Daniel, Brian, and Marie Murphy. He is also survived by his three loving siblings, Frank Murphy of New York; David Murphy and...
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Gertrude "Trudy" Goode

June 20, 1931 - November 17, 2017

Gertrude "Trudy" Goode of Needham, died on Friday, November 17, 2017 at The Tippett Hospice Home in Needham. Trudy was 86. She grew up in the Warrendale area of Waltham where she attended Waltham schools and worked for the New England Telephone Company and Reese Corporation before marrying her husband of 64 years, the late Joseph "Joe" Goode. Trudy and Joe lived in Warrendale for years bringing...
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Bruce Buckler Claflin

August 23, 1931 - November 17, 2017

Bruce Buckler Claflin of Needham Massachusetts died peacefully on November 17, 2017, surrounded by his family, after an extended illness. He was 86 years old. Bruce is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Claflin, his children, Lynne Claflin, Ginger Nordal, and Bruce Claflin, Jr., as well as six grandchildren. Bruce was born at his home in Lebanon, NH, to Raymond and Etta Claflin. He was...
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Mary Elisabeth "Libby" (Shillady) Dell

August 11, 1920 - November 16, 2017

Mary Elisabeth Shillady Dell reunited with her beloved husband, Ernie on November 16, 2017. Libby, as she was known, was born on August 11, 1920, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and was a long-time resident of Needham. She was a true believer of the scientific method and never came upon a subject of which she did not have an opinion nor an argument in which she did not enjoy participation. She was a...
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Mario Coentro

November 15, 2017

Mario Coentro, 66, passed away on Wednesday November 15, 2017. Mario was born in San Miguel, Azores and moved to the US where he lived for over 45 years, most recently in Needham, MA. Mario worked in a number of trades and reminisced the most about his days waiting tables as he thrived in social environments and being with people. Mario's love of all living things gave him a deep appreciation...
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Charles G. Bannerman

July 13, 1933 - November 13, 2017

Charles G. Bannerman of Medway, former longtime resident of Needham, passed away peacefully on November 13, 2017 at home, with his loving family, after a lengthy illness. He was 84. Charles was born in Glasgow, Scotland to the late John and Mary Bannerman. He came to the United States in 1954 and worked for over 30 years as a designer in mechanical engineering. He was a talented artist and...
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Kenneth J. Seaman

April 15, 1939 - November 12, 2017

Kenneth Jay Seaman, 78 of Westwood, MA, formerly of Dover and Wellfleet, MA died November 12, 2017. Ken was the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Seaman of Palmyra, Pennsylvania. Ken was a loving and devoted husband to his wife of 54 years, Judith Ann (Kipp). Loving father of Chris and his wife Donna of Tarpon Springs, FL and daughter in law Jill Seaman of Dover. He was the proud grandfather of...
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Mark A. Berman

November 10, 2017

Mark A. Berman of Milford, passed away at UMAS/Memorial Hospital in Worcester on Nov 10, 2017. He was 51. Mark was born in St. Paul MN and had lived for over 45 years in Milford. Mark was an avid lover of pets, the NE Patriots and the Grateful Dead. He was the son of Jerome A. and step son of Jane Berman of Boston and the late Cheryl (Markus) Berman, brother of John Berman of Corte Madera CA,...
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Phillip Campbell Farist Devor

November 9, 2017

Phillip Campbell Farist Devor died unexpectedly in Norwood, MA on November 9, 2017 at the age of 35. He was born at the Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge MA. Phil is survived by his brothers Chris Devor of Boston MA & John Devor of Baltimore MD; his sisters Francie Foster & Chris Foster of Needham MA; his mom Barbie Butler Foster and his step-dad Reg Foster of Needham MA; his dad Richard Devor & &...
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Regina T. (Cawley) Woods

July 23, 1930 - November 5, 2017

Regina T. (Cawley) Woods, of Needham, died on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Stanley Tippet House in Needham. She was 87 years old. Regina was the daughter of William and Mary Cawley and the sister of Mary and Anne Cawley of Springfield, Massachusetts. Regina and her husband Francis were 1948 graduates of Cathedral High School, Springfield, MA. At the time of Francis' death in December 2011,...
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Crystal Ann Dumont

October 30, 1984 - October 30, 2017

Crystal A. Dumont, 33, of Bellingham, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017. She was the loving mother of Aiden and Elizabeth Long and the longtime companion of Brian C. Long of Bellingham. Born in Newton, on October 30, 1984, Crystal was the beloved daughter of Robert L. Dumont of Bellingham and Judith A. (Amicangioli) Shaw of Chestnut Hill. She was the sister of Candace Shaw of Watertown and...
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Teresa E. (Perrotti) Calitri

June 27, 1922 - October 28, 2017

Teresa E. (Perrotti) Calitri, of Needham, passed away on Saturday, October 28th, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was 95 years old. A Needham resident for 91 years, Teresa worked in the cafeteria at the Eliot School for 21 years, retiring in 1977. She was a member of the Needham VFW Auxiliary and a longtime member of Fitness Club for Women in Wellesley. For Teresa, her family was the...
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Maria M. Schroter

October 1, 1923 - October 23, 2017

Maria M. (Jasienska) Schroter 94, of Newton, at her home on Monday, October 23, 2017. Beloved wife for 70 years of the late Stanislaw Gustaw Schroter. Born in Warsaw, Poland, Maria was a homemaker, author, poet, WWII Veteran and Ex-Pow. Maria was a private in the Polish Army and was taken prisoner in May of 1944 and was liberated in April of 1945. She was devoted to her family and her faith. She...
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Paul A. Graveline

October 22, 2017

Paul Armand Graveline had just turned 65 when he passed away on October 22, 2017. He fought a long battle against pancreatic cancer but died sweetly surrounded by love and support from family and friends. Paul was born on September 25, 1952 to Lauretta and Raymond Graveline of Attleboro, MA. He was the loving brother of Lawrence Graveline of Rumford, RI and the late Claire Johnson of Bourne,...
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Carl E. Sheridan

December 31, 1928 - October 21, 2017

Carl E. Sheridan, age 89, passed away peacefully on Oct. 21, 2017 at the Waterview Lodge Rehabilitation & Healthcare Facility in Ashland Ma where he spent the last few months of his life. Carl was born in Dover, Ma on Haven Street, the son of the late Edward W. Sheridan and Katherine A. (Michel) Sheridan and the brother of the late Frank H. Sheridan. Carl leaves behind his wife of 49 years...
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Alfred J. Korzon

January 16, 1931 - October 17, 2017

Alfred J. "Skip" Korzon, of Needham, passed away on October 17, 2017, at the age of 86. A life-long resident of Needham, "Skip," as he was affectionately known, was a respected builder who, along with his brother, Alexander, developed numerous properties in both Needham and Wellesley. "Korzon Houses," many of which still stand today, some for well over 50 years, are known locally to be of the...
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Arthur J. Morell

June 17, 1935 - October 12, 2017

Arthur J. Morell, 82, of Franklin, formerly of Needham, passed away October 12th, 2017. He was a US Army, Korean War Veteran. Arthur was a retired Needham firefighter. He enjoyed fishing, sailing, building and flying model airplanes. He loved gardening and had over 100 variety of Daylilies in his garden. Beloved husband of Nancy D. Morell. Loving father of Lauren Podhany and her husband John of...
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Anja Anneli (Tiainen) Abramowitz

June 11, 1934 - October 10, 2017

Anja Anneli Abramowitz (Tiainen) of Newtonville, beloved mother and grandmother, best friend of many, business owner, avid reader, passionate cook and world traveler, passed-away on October 10, 2017 at the age of 83. Born in Sääminki, Finland on June 11, 1934 to Hugo Jalmar Tiainen and Beda Maria Tiainen (Vainio). She had five siblings; Kauko, Alli, Airi, Seppo and Irja. Her life was an...
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Pasquale F. "Pat" DeGeorge

March 26, 1923 - October 8, 2017

Pasquale F. "Pat" DeGeorge, of Needham, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice House in Needham. He was 94 years old. Mr. DeGeorge was a US Navy World War II Veteran. He was a well-known barber in the Newton and Watertown area, having worked at Guys Barbershop in Watertown and shops at the Newton Marriott and Raytheon. He was a member of the AMVETS Post 41 in...
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Robert H. Holt, Sr.

December 14, 1940 - October 6, 2017

Robert H. Holt of East Providence, RI, formerly of Needham, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 6, 2017. He was 76 years old. A resident of Needham for 30 years, Mr. Holt had a lifelong career in the Optical business, most recently for Luzerne Optical for the past 17 years as a Territory Sales Manager for Massachusetts. He was the beloved husband of the late Betsy (Carlsen) Holt and...
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Lesli Brooks Athanasoulis

October 4, 2017

Lesli Brooks Athanasoulis, a wife and mother passed away peacefully in Boulder, CO, October 4th at the age of 49. Lesli grew up in Needham, MA attending Needham schools and graduated from Needham High School with the class of 1986. Lesli attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA earning a Bachelor degree in English. After graduation, Lesli eventually moved to Boulder, CO and most...
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Gary W. Petrini

September 2, 1936 - October 3, 2017

Gary W. Petrini of Needham, MA passed away peacefully on October 3, 2017. He was 81. Gary was born in Needham on September 2, 1936, the only child of Lee Petrini and Eva Petrini Hosmer. He was the loving and cherished husband of Lynn Grasser Petrini for 54 years. Gary was a lifelong Needham resident who also enjoyed homes on Priscilla Beach in Plymouth and in Naples, FL. He attended Needham...
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Louis "Louie" Tarabelli

September 25, 2017

Louis (Louie) Tarabelli of Needham, passed away September 25, 2017 at the age of 89. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, MaryAnn (DeRoma) Tarabelli. Loving father of Lisa Tarabelli and her husband James Lee of Norwood and Laura Tarabelli of Needham. Loving grandfather of Aidan and Miranda Lee. Also survived by many nieces, nephews. As a devoted family man, Louie's life...
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Mark T. London

July 3, 1973 - September 25, 2017

Mark T. London, 44 of Foxboro, formerly of Needham, beloved husband of Linda(Roberts) London, passed away suddenly on Monday, September 25. He was born in Lynn, MA to Eileen (Grimes) London of Needham, and the late W. Thomas London of Kittery, ME. He was raised in Needham and attended school in the Needham School System. He furthered his education at North Adams State College where he earned...
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Frances (Curto) Lordi

September 25, 2017

Frances (Curto) Lordi, of Milton formerly of Bronx, NY died on Sept 25, 2017 at the Norwood Hospital. She was 83. Frances was the beloved wife for 63 years of Anthony Lordi and loving mother of Rob Lordi and his wife Paula of Dover and the late Loretta Lordi. Dear grandmother of Robert, Hannah and Jack Lordi. Sister of the late Daniel and Philip Curto. Relatives and friends are kindly invited...
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David E. Svendsen

March 26, 1943 - September 25, 2017

David Svendsen, of Newton, Massachusetts, the beloved husband of Guna Svendsen and dearly cherished father of Dr. Sasha Svendsen passed peacefully in his sleep Monday, September 25, 2017 at the age of 74. He was a son of Needham from birth and was treasured by his family and many friends. He poured his love and energy into service of the town and was widely recognized and welcomed by the...
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Margaret Lindley Balian

September 1, 1934 - September 24, 2017

With great sadness, the family of Margaret Lindley Balian announces her passing on September 24. She was surrounded by family. Our mother was a constant learner, whether it be through her travels or in courses or lectures. She loved cats, wine, football, CNN, Words with Friends, travel, books, opera, and being with friends and family. We remember her as the first Mom with a computer, an iPhone,...
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Theresa (Mackinnon) Anderson

February 5, 1933 - September 23, 2017

Theresa (MacKinnon) Anderson, a Needham resident for over 40 years, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017. She was 84 years old. Mrs. Anderson a retired Vice President of Walpole Cooperative Bank, where she worked for many years. Beloved wife for more than 50 years of the late Charles "Chuck" Anderson. Loving mother to Brian Anderson and his wife Amy of Ossining, New York. Sister of Josie,...
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Arthur Thomas Palmer

November 18, 1933 - September 19, 2017

Arthur Thomas Palmer, 83, formerly of Brookline and Newton, passed peacefully Tuesday September 19, 2017. He was known for his sense of humor, his time playing hockey at Brookline HS and in the semi pro Mayflower league, and his years as a Brookline fire fighter but his greatest joy was his family. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy Ellen (Carter) Palmer. He is also survived by his...
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Margaret M. (McMillan) Raffol Collins

January 1, 1926 - September 16, 2017

Margaret M. Raffol Collins, 91, of Needham, passed away on September 16, 2017 at Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center in Natick. A Needham resident of 62 years, Margaret was born on January 1, 1926 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a child she lived in the small town of Anadarko, OK and attended a one-room schoolhouse where her mother taught all elementary grades. Margaret attended Oklahoma State...
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Leo F. Costa

January 24, 1952 - September 9, 2017

Leo F. Costa of Newton Upper Falls, passed to the Lord on Saturday, September 9, 2017, with his family by his side. He was 65 years old. Beloved husband of Debbie (O'Hara) Costa. Son of the late Leo F. Costa and Mary Costa Boland. Father of Michael O. Costa and Terrence J. Costa. Brother of Joanne Carson and nephew to Anna Costa. Also survived by his nieces and nephews. Visiting hours in the...
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Jean Taggart Lindblad

April 12, 1926 - September 8, 2017

Jean Taggart Lindblad, 91, of Westwood, formerly of Needham, died of natural causes on September 8, 2017. Born in Philadelphia on April 12, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Kathryn Voegele Taggart and Henry M. Taggart and grew up in Philadelphia and later in Newtown, PA. After attending George School in Newtown, class of 1943, she graduated from Middlebury College in 1947, and earned a...
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Peter Paul DiDomenico

August 21, 1949 - September 7, 2017

Peter Paul DiDomenico, 68, of Bonita Springs, Fl., formerly of Newton and Needham, Mass., died Thursday, September 7 of brain cancer. Beloved husband of 46 years to Judith Ann (Civetti) DiDomenico. Loving father of Leann DiDomenico McAllister and her husband Terence, and Peter Salvatore DiDomenico and his wife Danielle. Hero grandfather to Andrew, Jack, Emelia, and Luca. Cherished brother of...
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Michele Lencioni

January 25, 1923 - September 6, 2017

Michele Lencioni of Newton Upper Falls died Wednesday Sept 6, 2017 at the Brigham & Women's Hospital surrounded by family. Beloved husband of 68 years of Livia (Petroni) Lencioni. Devoted father of Ilia and John Fisher of Lexington, Mickey and Bob Kielty of West Newton, Michael and Lina Lencioni of Walpole. Loving Grandfather of Tim, Dorrie, Megan, Michelle, Ariana, Nicholas and Matthew and...
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James Hugh Powers

August 29, 2017

James Hugh Powers, age 93, a Needham Town Meeting member for over 60 years, passed away on Jan 27, 2017 in Needham, MA. Born in Cambridge, Jim graduated with honors from Browne & Nichols School in 1942 and was admitted in the fall of 1942 to Harvard University. He left Harvard for military service in March 1943 and returned to college in Feb 1946 and graduated in 1949 as a member of the Class...
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Mae (Kouri) George

January 31, 1918 - August 23, 2017

Mae Kouri George, 99, of Needham, MA, passed away on August 23rd, 2017 while holding the hand of her son Douglas. She was born in 1918 in Worcester, MA into the large Lebanese family of Samuel Kouri and Alice Souda Kouri. She graduated from The Worcester Public Schools and married the late George F George in 1942. After living on many US Army bases during WW II they settled in Needham where they...
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Leonard J. Gordon

August 18, 2017

Leonard J Gordon, 92, (Lefty, LJ) of Quincy and New Jersey, formerly of Needham, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2017. He was born in Randolph to Paulina Malloch and Darrel Gordon and moved frequently around Cambridge and Everett as a child. He served honorably in the Navy in World War II, then again as he trained radio communications during the Korean War in the Naval Reserves. After his...
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Lawrence D. Smith, Jr.

August 16, 2017

Lawrence D. Smith Jr. of Waban a lifelong Newton resident, passed away on Aug 16, 2017. He was 83. Larry graduated from Newton Trade School and served in the US Army, where he played baseball and hockey and was an amateur boxer. He had worked for 50 years as an electrical engineer at Varian Vacuum in Lexington. He was the beloved husband for 49 years of Carol (Grassilli) Smith, the loving...
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John J. "Jack" Caffrey

August 15, 2017

John (Jack) Caffrey, 84, of Weston, Massachusetts passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with melanoma surrounded by his loving family. Jack was a long-time resident of Needham and grew up in Newton Centre where he graduated from Newton North High School. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps., studied at Northeastern University in Boston...
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George A. "Bud" Downer

January 6, 1938 - August 4, 2017

George A. Downer, 79, longtime Needham resident, known to friends and family as "Bud," passed away peacefully on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Bud was the beloved husband of Carol A. Downer. He was the proud father of Scott, Brett (Ellen), Lisa (Gary), and Keith (Tammy), and stepfather to Randy DeForest (Ann), Jeff DeForest, and Pamela Lee. He is...
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Nancy M. Porter

August 3, 2017

Nancy M. Porter, wife of the late Wendell Porter, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on August 3, 2017. She leaves behind John and Kathleen Porter and family, David and Kathryn Parker and family, Forest and Joanne Porter, and Kristen Greathead and family. She had eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral Service in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham on Monday...
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Frances J. (Delaney) "Fran" Moore

March 19, 1929 - August 1, 2017

Frances "Fran" J (Delaney) Moore, a longtime Needham resident, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday August 1st at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham MA. Fran was 88 years old. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late James and Margaret (Kunz) Delaney, and beloved wife of Robert J Moore, who preceded her in death. Fran dedicated her life to her family and community. She and Bob...
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Jennie F. (Funari) Arbuckle

January 5, 1925 - July 28, 2017

Jennie F. (Funari) Arbuckle of Needham, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. Born in Sarnano, Italy, Jennie moved to Needham at the age of 5. After the death of her husband George, in 1965, Jennie went to work for Fields Hosiery in Needham for 25 years and late became a home health aide. Jennie also delivered meals to the elderly for many years. Jennie loved to cook and her family was...
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Paul Francis Cavanaugh

July 24, 2017

Paul Francis Cavanaugh, 84, of Medfield, Massachusetts passed away Monday, July 24, 2017, surrounded by family. Paul was a long-time resident of Needham, Massachusetts and worked as the City Solicitor of Concord, New Hampshire for 38 years. He was also a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his loving wife Mary (Ryder), daughter Catherine Cavanaugh, daughter Mary Elizabeth ...
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Louise Pasalides Swanson

July 18, 2017

Louise Pasalides Swanson, age 67, died on July 18, 2017 at her home in Needham after a long illness. From her birth in Greece on June 21, 1950, to her death on Tuesday, she nourished the people around her with love, faith and music. Louise was born in Katerini, Greece to Savas and Sofia Pasalides and was the younger of two children. She immigrated to the United States with her parents and...
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Moira E. Woods

December 15, 1958 - July 17, 2017

Moira E. Woods, of Fort Meyers FL, formerly of Needham, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2017, after a courageous six-year battle with brain cancer at the Hope Hospice House in Florida. She was 58 years old. Moira was raised in Needham, attended Needham Public Schools and was a graduate of Needham High School Class of 1977. She was he devoted mother of Brent F. Woods Williams of Fort Meyers...
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Jeanne Allen (Riley) Goldin

July 17, 2017

Jeanne Allen Goldin (Riley), Born Oct 19, 1933, passed away peacefully at The Ellis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Norwood, MA on Monday, July 17, 2017. Jeanne is survived by her son Richard L. Goldin and his wife Lynn Y. Goldin, also of Norwood. Jeanne was the daughter of Herbert and Helen Riley, Needham, MA. Jeanne graduated from Needham High School and was a member of the class of 1952....
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William J. Tedoldi

June 9, 1926 - July 8, 2017

William J. Tedoldi, age 91, of Needham died early July 8, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Tedoldi is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Betsy Ann (McCurran) Tedoldi. He was a devoted father to James W. Tedoldi of Bow, NH, and Michael R. Tedoldi, Susan J. Tedoldi and Mary Kate Tedoldi, all of Needham. William was the grandfather of Cameron, James Charles, Meghan, Jordan,...
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Barbara M. (Fader) Sedgwick

September 28, 1922 - July 5, 2017

Barbara M. Sedgwick passed away on July 5th, 2017 of a cardiac arrest. As Barbara Fader she graduated from Needham High School and went on to graduate from Columbia University with her Masters Degree. She married Reginald Sedgwick. In her life she took the path few had traveled, and had more than her fair share of adventures, a sequence of extraordinary experiences. Her bravery was unmatched,...
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Bill Scanlon

April 21, 1949 - July 2, 2017

William R. Scanlon, 68, of Needham died peacefully Sunday, July 2nd 2017 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill is survived by his devoted wife, BettyAnn (Navin) Scanlon, his daughters Alissa Cameron and husband Collin of Milton and Stacey Cawley and her husband Matt of Medfield, and son William Ross Scanlon and his fiance Caitlin Smith of Fayetteville, NC. Son of the late...
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Joan Ann Pirie Nugent

April 4, 1930 - June 30, 2017

Joan Ann Pirie Nugent died Friday, June 30, 2017 at White Oak Cottages in Westwood, MA, having been tenderly cared for by a loving staff. She was 87. Joan was born April 4, 1930 in Perth, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Gladys and "HJ" Harold John Pirie. She attended Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. Joan met and married the love of her life, F. Warren Nugent in 1951. ...
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William E. "Billy" Wade

May 21, 1943 - June 29, 2017

William E. "Billy" Wade, of Natick, formerly of Needham passed away on June 29, 2017. He was 74 years old. Born in Needham, he was a son of the late Cynthia A. (Smith) and Purvis E. Wade. Billy was a graduate of Needham High School and attended Mass Bay Community College. He was a US Air Force Vietnam War Veteran. Billy was a longtime employee of Wellesley College and was a longtime member of...
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Rinaldo Curcio

October 28, 1928 - June 27, 2017

Rinaldo Curcio, 88, was born in Lamezia Terme, Calabria, Italy on October 28, 1928, son of the late Giuseppe Curcio and Maria Bernardi. As a young man, he joined the Carabinieri in Italy, helping to clean up after the war. He then had an adventurous life in Australia, helping to build the railroad, and working for the postal service. In 1968, he emigrated to the United States with his wife and...
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Louise Blaul Martin

September 24, 1929 - June 25, 2017

Louise (Blaul) Martin, 87, of Walpole, MA, formerly of Needham, MA, passed away on June 25, 2017. Her final days were spent peacefully surrounded by family. Beloved wife of the late Raymond Joseph Martin for 51 years. Loving mother of Ted and his wife Darlene, Chris, Cathy and her husband Louie, Molly, Tim and his wife Ninfa, Julie and her husband Marsden, and Louise. Cherished grandmother of...
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Shirley Ann Danielson Johnston

February 23, 1927 - June 23, 2017

Shirley Ann Danielson Johnston was born in 1927, the beloved only daughter of a family that had lost its other only daughter—and firstborn—not long before; she grew up cherished, in a small town of mostly Swedish immigrants in Wisconsin during the Depression. "I didn't know we were poor," she always said; they were lucky to have enough, and no one in those days expected more than that. This...
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Frances Fillmore Lakin

October 1, 1921 - June 23, 2017

Frances Fillmore Lakin, 95, of North Hill, Needham, MA. She is survived by her son Bob and wife Rosemary, son Chuck and wife Marti, and daughter Fran and husband David. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Tom and his wife Kate, Rachel and husband Dan, Jo, Tim, Ruth and husband Kirk, and Elisha and husband Joe, as well as two great-grandchildren, Austin and McKenna. She was predeceased by...
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Josephine (Pelligrini) Curatola

March 20, 1930 - June 22, 2017

Josephine (Pellegrini) Curatola of Needham passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017. She was born in San Donato, Italy on March 20, 1930 to Domenico and Donata (Tocci) Pellegrini. She was the loving wife of the late Samuel (Erasimo) Curatola. She was a devoted mother to Sandra Bryan and her husband Jeff, MIchael Curatola and Gwen Rober and their son Maxx, and Robert Curatola and his wife Julie....
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Josephine "Jo" (Pellegrine) Curatola

June 22, 2017

Josephine (Pellegrini) Curatola of Needham passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017. She was born in San Donato, Italy on March 20, 1930 to Domenico and Donata (Tocci) Pellegrini. She was the loving wife of the late Samuel (Erasimo) Curatola. She was a devoted mother to Sandra Bryan and her husband Jeff, MIchael Curatola and Gwen Rober and their son Maxx, and Robert Curatola and his wife Julie....
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Bridget Marie (Griffin) Sheehan

June 22, 2017

Bridget Marie (Griffin) Sheehan passed away at her home on June 22, 2017. She was 97. She was born in Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland in 1920 and worked for many years at First National Bank and retired from Cambridge Savings Bank. She was a resident of Needham, and formerly a 50 year resident of Somerville. Bridget was the wife of the late Paul Sheehan, the devoted mother of Paul and his wife...
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Patricia C. Johnson

August 15, 1921 - June 21, 2017

Patricia C. Johnson, 95, of Needham, formerly of Wellesley, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on June 21, 2017 at her home at North Hill. Pat was the devoted wife of Robert L. Johnson, who predeceased her in 1994. Her brother, Joseph Cort, passed away in 1998. Pat leaves her sister, Janice Benedict, and husband Robert of Loveland, Colorado. Pat was the loving mother of Philip and...
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Jean Isabel Ferrier

September 7, 1918 - June 21, 2017

Jean Isabel Ferrier passed away peacefully in her home June 21st. Jean was 98 years old. Born in Mauway, NJ Jean was the daughter of George and Catherine (Fraser) Ferrier. Both born in Scotland. Jean still has relatives in Scotland. Jean was predeceased by her brother George Ferrier. Both Jean & George were active members of the Presbyterian Church in Needham, where Jean served the church as a...
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Priscilla Howe Elliot Farquharson

March 23, 1925 - June 14, 2017

Priscilla Howe Elliot Farquharson passed away on June 14, 2017 surrounded by her family. Priscilla was born in Taunton, MA on March 23, 1925 to Ralph and Doris Elliot. She graduated from Wareham High School and then Massachusetts State College, now the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Home Economics. While living in Amherst, she met John H. Farquharson, who predeceased her. They...
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Doris F. Walsh

August 9, 1924 - June 11, 2017

Doris F. Walsh, age 92, formerly of Needham and Walpole, MA and most recently of Bradford, VT, died on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH. She was the beloved daughter of the late Robert and Flora (Harris) Farrow. She was the former husband of the late Joseph W. Walsh. She is survived by daughter Terry and her husband Carroll of Topsham, VT and son Mark and his wife...
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Mary Francesca Rosenbauer

October 6, 1944 - June 11, 2017

Mary Francesca Rosenbauer, of Modesto, CA, formerly of Brighton, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Mary was a graduate of Our Lady of the Presentation Academy and attended the University of Minnesota and the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was the 1979 candidate for Lieutenant Governor for the state of Minnesota. Mary held various management positions at numerous hotels throughout...
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Alayna Jean Ricciardelli

May 26, 1988 - June 6, 2017

Alayna Jean Ricciardelli, 29, a lifelong resident of Walpole, died suddenly on June 6, 2017. Loving mother of Jaxon and loving daughter of Keith and Kyle (Hurley) Ricciardelli of Walpole. Dear sister of Kristen and Michael Fales and Jillian and Paul Mros all of Franklin. Granddaughter of Edna Jean Hurley of Needham. Aunt of Matthew, Jason, Hailey, Timothy, Chloe, Olivia and Emily. Also survived...
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William Frederic Hines

November 29, 1925 - June 6, 2017

William Frederic Hines passed away June 6th 2017 after a life of 92 years. Bill was born on November 29th 1925 in Dedham the son of John Edward Hines and Viola Ormond. He grew up in Dedham and married his high school sweetheart Evelyn Thomas in 1949. They remained marred till her death in 2014 some 65 years. He was a devoted husband and missed his wife terribly the past several years. Bill...
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Roderick A. "Sandy" MacLeod

June 5, 2017

Roderick A. "Sandy" MacLeod Jr. of Needham, a retired Millis Police Officer, passed away on June 5, 2017. Sandy was born in Boston, raised in Millis and graduated from Newman Prep and Stonehill College. He served in the US Army Reserve and had served with the Millis Police for over 25 years as the K-9 officer and as a detective. He was a member of the Gunfighters Motorcycle Club and the...
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Ralph F. Gaita

June 18, 1929 - June 1, 2017

Ralph F. Gaita, of Norton, formerly of Walpole, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Norwood Hospital. He was 87 years old. Born in Boston, he was a son of the late Angelo and Rose (Schena) Gaita. Ralph was a graduate of Boston Technical High School, attended Burdett Business School and graduated from Northeastern University. He was a US Air Force Korean War Veteran. He worked for many years...
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James M. Willis

December 6, 1924 - May 31, 2017

James M. Willis – Age 92 of Needham, MA on May 31st, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born in Big Stone Gap, Virginia and resided in West Virginia until age 17 when he joined the U.S. Navy. Following his honorable discharge after World War II, he attended the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance on the G.I. Bill and received an Associate's Degree. He was employed by ADVEST, INC for 43...
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Nicholas Milton Sarris

August 11, 1931 - May 30, 2017

Nicholas Milton Sarris, of Dover, Grey Gables and Lesvos, Ipsilometopo, Greece, passed away on Tuesday, May 30th at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Born August 11, 1931 in Amherst, MA, to the late Charles and Parthenope Sarris, where he grew up with his brother Byron Sarris and his late sister Themis Ellis, on the fringe of Amherst College's playing fields. A member of the Dana Street...
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Lucille (Pezzula) Van Baars

September 10, 1931 - May 29, 2017

Lucille (Pezzula) Van Baars, 85, of Needham, passed away on May 29, 2017, surrounded by family. Lucille was born on September 10, 1931, in Albany, New York, and was the oldest daughter of Salvatore and Mary (Urbano) Pezzula. She attended Albany's St. Anthony's School followed by Cathedral High School, from which she graduated in 1948. After singing a solo in a local vaudeville production...
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