Celebrity Obituaries

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That each person and each life lived is unique...that we are each eternal spiritual beings experiencing an imperfect human life...and that the end to that life is inevitable and pre-determined.

When a death occurs, we seek to provide our families the following:

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Our Obituaries

John F. "Jack" Curran

August 21, 1943 - May 26, 2015

John F. "Jack" Curran, 71 of Wakefield, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 26, surrounded by the love of his family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Winchester on August 21, 1943 he was the son of Ardis (Robinson) Curran and the late John T. Curran. Jack was a graduate of Wakefield High School class of 1961, and later earned a Bachelor's degree from Northeastern...
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Robert W. Brown

July 5, 1929 - May 25, 2015

Robert Brown, 85, died peacefully on May 25, 2015. Born in Wakefield on July 5, 1929, he was the son of William and Margaret Brown. He spent his childhood years on Emerson St. in Wakefield and graduated from WHS in 1948. After joining the Air Force in 1950 he spent several years as a talented saxophone player for the marching and concert bands. He was an avid reader who then happily worked...
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Charles Longmuir

March 16, 1927 - May 20, 2015

Charles Longmuir of Wakefield, formerly of Malden, passed away peacefully at Blaire House in Tewksbury on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Charlie was born on March 16, 1927, son of the late William Longmuir and Margaret (Inglis) Longmuir in Malden where he spent his childhood. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army serving in Germany at the end of WWII. Charlie worked at A.C. Sweezey Lumber Co. in...
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Antoinette Wood

June 22, 1922 - May 20, 2015

Antoinette M. Wood, 92 of Wakefield died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Born in Malden on June 22, 1922 she was the daughter of the late Franco and Celia (Radocchi) Orsini. Mrs. Wood was raised in Wakefield and had worked as a retired Stitcher from the L.B. Evans Shoe Company. She was the loving mother of Carol Murphy, Richard Wood, Robert Wood and his wife Joyce, Dianne Wood, John Wood, Donna...
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Dennis Corriere

January 5, 1966 - May 18, 2015

Dennis Corriere, 49, of Lynnfield formerly of Malden and Everett died on Monday May 18 at the Union Hospital in Lynn after a long illness. Born in Everett on January 5, 1966 he was the loving son of Ida (Dieso) Corriere of Lynnfield and the late Salvatore Corriere. Dennis was raised and educated in Everett. In addition to his mother, Dennis is survived by his three beloved sisters; Marie...
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Irving K. Stark

March 22, 1924 - May 15, 2015

Irving K. Stark, 91, of Wakefield, formerly of Melrose died May 15, 2015 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born on March 22, 1924 he was the son of the late Merrick F. and Frances L. (Hogan) Stark. Irving was raised in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1942. He later graduated from the University of Massachusetts. He worked and later retired as a...
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Calliope (Andriopoulos) Gavrilles

May 13, 2015

Calliope (Andriopoulos) Gavrilles, of Lynnfield, died Wednesday, May 13th, at Arnold House in Stoneham after a long illness. Calliope, or Callie as she was known to many, was the wife of the late John E. Gavrilles of Lynnfield and the mother of the late Dr. Betty G. Allen of Georgetown. Callie was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School. After being a homemaker for almost two decades,...
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Elizabeth J. Dupuis

February 9, 1949 - May 12, 2015

Elizabeth J. Dupuis, age 66 of Peabody and formerly of Wakefield and Lynnfield died Tuesday, May 12 in Danvers. She was born in Melrose, MA on February 9, 1949 and was the daughter of the late Herbert A. and Jean (Sargeant) Ramsdell. Mrs. Dupuis was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1968. She later made her home in Lynnfield for many years. She had...
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Robert G. Briggs

November 16, 1937 - May 10, 2015

Robert G. Briggs, 77, of Lynnfield died on Sunday, May 10 at the Mass General Hospital in Boston. Born in Winthrop on November 16, 1937, he was the son of the late Charles and Agnes (Marion) Briggs. Mr. Briggs was raised in Winthrop. He was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1957 and had attended Wentworth Institute. Mr. Briggs was a longtime G.E. employee. He enjoyed spending...
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Donald Dwight Gannon

January 15, 1921 - May 2, 2015

Donald Dwight Gannon, 94, of Wakefield, died peacefully at his home on May 2, surrounded by his beloved family and pets after a long illness. Born in Malden on January 15, 1921 and raised in Everett, he was the only child of Walter C. and Jennie (May) Gannon. Mr. Gannon was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1939, and Tufts University, Class of 1944. He interrupted his education to...
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Marion F. Barnes

June 14, 1910 - May 2, 2015

Marion F. (Hoyt) Barnes, 104, of Lynnfield died on Saturday, May 2 at the Hathorne Hill Genesis Healthcare Center in Danvers. Born in Stoneham on June 14, 1910 she was the daughter of the late Arthur F. and Jennie M. (Little) Hoyt. Mrs. Barnes was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1929. She had been a Lynnfield resident for the past 63 years. Mrs. Barnes was a member of the...
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Charles Barter

January 23, 1922 - May 1, 2015

Charles Barter, 93, of Revere formerly of Winchester, died on Friday, May 1 at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on January 23, 1922, he was the son of the late Albert and Annie (May) Barter. Mr. Barter had been a resident of Revere for the past 17 years. He was a retired mail clerk for the U.S Postal Service in Boston. Mr. Barter served in...
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Shirley J. Rowe

March 14, 1930 - May 1, 2015

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that this past Friday evening May 1st 2015 Shirley J. Rowe peacefully passed away at home surrounded by her three children, their spouses, and her nine grandchildren. She is now reunited with her loving husband, the late William H. Rowe. She was the wonderful mother of Robert Rowe and his wife Judi of Newburyport, Linda Spang and her husband Robert...
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Dennis P. Barry

September 28, 1940 - May 1, 2015

Dennis P. Barry, 74 of Lynnfield, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family and his beloved dog, Teddy on Friday, May 1. Born in Boston on September 28, 1940 he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Janet C. (Pigeon) Barry. Mr. Barry was raised in East Boston and Saugus and was a graduate of Saugus High School, Class of 1958. He went on to attend Northeastern University and...
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Lillian M. Farrell

June 30, 1935 - May 1, 2015

Lillian M. Farrell, 79, a lifelong Wakefield resident died on Friday, May 1 at the Mass General Hospital in Boston. Born in Stoneham on June 30, 1935 she was the daughter of the late Edward and Margaret (Ferrick) Mitchell. Mrs. Farrell was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1952. She was a retired property manager for Newbury Reality Company in Boston. Mrs. Farrell is...
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Anna C. DeGiovanni

January 30, 1935 - April 29, 2015

Anna C. DeGiovanni, 80, of Lynnfield died Wednesday, April 29 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. Born in the North End of Boston on January 30, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Dominic and Catherine (Zangara) DeSanto. Mrs. DeGiovanni is survived by her husband Angelo DeGiovanni, her five children; Linda Baker and her husband Mark of E. Brunswick, NJ, Janet Tobin and her...
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Thomas A. Venuti

November 8, 1928 - April 29, 2015

Thomas A. Venuti, 86, of Wakefield died April 29, 2015 at the Wilmington Health Care Center in Wilmington. Born on November 8, 1928, he was the son of the late Thomas and Laura (Hynes) Venuti. Thomas was raised in Waltham and was a graduate of Waltham High School. He later attended Mass Bay Community College. He was a Wakefield resident since 2001. He retired as a Sargent of the Waltham...
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Kyle Anne Rush

April 27, 2015

Wakefield resident Kyle Anne Rush lost her fight to her illness on April 27, 2015 at the age of 19. Kyle was the beloved daughter of John F. and Catherine Rush. She was the loving sister to John, Gregory, Scott, Mary, Meghan, Samantha, Brandon, Daniel, and late Colin J. Rush. Although she struggled for many years, she embraced the world for all that it was with a passion unmatched by most. ...
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Joyce M. Curran

July 5, 1925 - April 26, 2015

Joyce M. Curran, 89, of Wakefield formerly of Spring Hill, Florida died on Sunday, April 26 at the Wingate at Reading. Born in England on July 5, 1925 she was the daughter of the late Frederick G. and Margaret (Smith) Warwick. Joyce was raised in Portsmouth, England. She married her husband Leo in Belgium in 1945 while she was serving in the English Army and he was serving in the United...
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Frances M. Fairfield

March 6, 1940 - April 21, 2015

Frances M. Fairfield, 75, longtime resident of Wakefield died April 21, 2015 at the Elmhurst Nursing Home in Melrose. Born in Saugus on March 6, 1940 she was the beloved daughter of the late Charles H. and Teresa F. (McGarry) Leggett. Frances was raised in Saugus and was a graduate of Saugus High School. She was retired from Stop and Shop in Stoneham. She was a Wakefield resident for sixty...
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Richard T. Bowser

April 21, 1929 - April 19, 2015

Richard T. Bowser, 85 of Lynn and formerly of Wakefield died April 19 in Lynn. Born in Stoneham on April 21, 1929 he was the beloved the son of the late Harold C. and Mary W. (Cassidy) Bowser. Mr. Bowser had worked for many years in the Printing Industry. He is survived by his brother Clayton Bowser of Lynn. He was the uncle of Janice Ross and Jeffrey Jackson. He is also survived by his aunt...
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Dante J. D'Alessandro

February 19, 1922 - April 19, 2015

Dante J. D'Alessandro of Center Ossipee, NH and formerly of Wakefield, died Friday, April 19 in Wolfeboro, NH. Born in Wakefield on February 19, 1922 he was the son of the late Joseph and Carolina (Vitale) D'Alessandro. Dante was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. He had served in the Army Air Corp during WWII and was stationed in Berma. Upon his return, he...
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Dorothy L. Finn

May 22, 1927 - April 17, 2015

Dorothy L. Finn, 87, of Melrose formerly a longtime resident of Wakefield died April 17, 2015 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center. Born in Wakefield on May 22, 1927 she was the beloved daughter of the late James and Dorothy (Schwarz) Murphy. Dorothy was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1945. She had worked and retired as the treasurer of Wakefield Co-operative Bank. She was a...
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Pasquale "Pat" Guerriero

May 30, 1936 - April 17, 2015

Pasquale M. "Pat" Guerriero, 78, died on Friday, April 17 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Everett, May 10, 1936, he was the son of the late Anthony Guerriero and Maria (Napolitano) Guerriero. Pat was a graduate of Everett High School, class of 1954. He was a retired policeman for the city of Everett. He was a long time Everett resident before moving to Wakefield. He was a member...
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Damian D. Morse

September 13, 1977 - April 16, 2015

Damian D. Morse, 37, passed peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, April 16th after a two-year battle with cancer. Born in Madrid, Spain on September 13th, 1977 and raised in Nottingham, NH, Damian was the son of Carolyn Morse-Finn and Martin J. Finn. A resident of Wakefield, MA since 2011, Damian was the devoted husband of Jaclyn Ortiz and an amazing father to 5-year twins, Paloma and...
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Vincent Basile, Jr

November 22, 1920 - April 15, 2015

Vincent Basile, Jr., 94, of Stoneham died on Wednesday, April 15 at the Life Care center in Stoneham. Born in East Boston on November 22, 1920 he was the son of the late Vincenzo and Carmela (Panerese) Basile. Mr. Basile was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1938. He retired in 1984 as a Postal Clerk for the East Boston Post Office. Mr. Basile had served in the United States...
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Christopher D. Blais

July 10, 1976 - April 13, 2015

Christopher D. Blais, 38, a lifelong resident of Wakefield died Monday, April 13, 2015. Born in Boston on July 10, 1976 he was the beloved son of Edmond J. Blais, Jr. and Gail E. (Strong) Blais of Naples, Florida. Chris was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1994. He enjoyed spending time with his family and also enjoyed baseball. In addition to his parents, Chris is...
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John J. Bardis

January 9, 1982 - April 9, 2015

John J. Bardis, 33, of Stoneham died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 9 in Stoneham. Born in Boston on January 9, 1982, he was the son of James M. and Elizabeth J. (Lawrence) Bardis. John was a lifelong Stoneham resident. He was a graduate of Stoneham High School, Class of 2000 and the Boston University School of Management, Class of 2004. John had worked as a mortgage officer for Sage...
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Carol C. Adams

December 25, 1938 - April 8, 2015

Carol C. Adams, 76 of Wakefield, formerly of Melrose, died on Wednesday, April 8 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center. Born in Calais, Maine on December 25, 1938 she was the daughter of the late Lionel E. and Kathleen M. (Morrison) Morrison. Mrs. Adams was raised and educated in Cambridge. She was a retired Sales Clerk at Bradlees in Dorchester. Mrs. Adams was a member of St. Joseph Parish in...
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Edith Miller Coflan

April 22, 1920 - April 5, 2015

Edith Miller Coflan, 94, passed away on Easter Sunday April 5, 2015 in Lynnfield following a brief illness. She was born in Winchester, MA on April 22, 1920 the daughter of the late Henry F. and Edith (Proctor) Miller deceased (of the Miller Piano Company, Wakefield). Alongside her husband Frank J. Coflan, Edith was a lifelong resident of Wakefield. She was a loving and supportive mother who...
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Paul F. Sullivan

February 19, 1929 - April 3, 2015

Paul F. Sullivan, 86, of Wakefield died on Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Born in Boston on February 19, 1929 he was the son of the late Daniel W. and Eileen (Henry) Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan was raised in Dorchester and was a graduate of Cathedral High School. He later served in the U.S. Army "Dixie Division" during the Korean Conflict. A Wakefield...
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E. Carmen Licata

November 5, 1917 - April 2, 2015

E. Carmen Licata, 97, died peacefully on Thursday, April 2, 2015, surrounded by her loving family, at the St. Albans Health and Rehab. Center in St. Albans, VT. Carmen was born on November 15, 1917 in Montezuma, Ohio the daughter of Otis and Mary Pearl (Small) Lyons. She graduated from the St. Rita's Hospital School of Nursing in Lima, Ohio as a Registered Nurse and worked at the Revere...
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Antoinette Geljookian

March 22, 1928 - March 29, 2015

Antoinette (Rigione) Geljookian age 87 of Wakefield, MA, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2015 surrounded by her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Alexander Geljookian. She was the beloved mother of Nancy (Geljookian) Croce and her husband Edmund of Wakefield and John Geljookian and his wife Nancy (Doherty) of Rowley. She was the devoted Nana to Michael Geljookian of...
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Albert J. D'Agostino , Sr.

December 5, 1923 - March 27, 2015

Albert J. D'Agostino, Sr., 91, of Chelmsford formerly of Wakefield and Everett passed away on March 27, 2015. Born on December 5, 1923 in Everett, he was the son of the late Angelo and Sofia D'Agostino. Al was raised and educated in Everett, he was a graduate of Everett High School. He had been a Wakefield resident for 36 years and was the co-owner of Gloria's Food Store in Wakefield...
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Carl M. Manzella

August 14, 1939 - March 26, 2015

Carl M. Mazella, a longtime Wakefield resident died Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Life Care Center of Stoneham. Born in Melrose on August 14, 1939 he was the son of the late Michael and Pansy (Quinzio) Manzella. Carl was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School and went on to graduate from Wentworth College. He was a retired Draftsman for Stone and Webster...
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Palmira A. Salimbene

September 14, 1918 - March 25, 2015

Palmira A. Salimbene, 96, of Wakefield died on Wednesday, March 25 at her residence. Born in Boston on September 14, 1918 she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Erminia (Guarina) Sorrentine. Mrs. Salimbene was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1935. She was a retired Sales Clerk at Jordan Marsh in Boston. Mrs. Salimbene was the wife of the late Charles Salimbene. ...
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Royce F. Dewar

July 1, 1930 - March 24, 2015

Royce F. Dewar, 84 of Wakefield, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Wingate of Reading. Born in Stoneham on July 1, 1930 he was the son of the late Royce R. and Nellie (Schnare) Dewar. Royce was raised in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1948 and had been a Wakefield resident since 1957. He had served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a Machinist and...
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Lucy M. Mahan

December 13, 1928 - March 24, 2015

Lucy M. Mahan, 86 of Stoneham died at her home on March 24, 2015 surrounded by her family. Born in Malden on December 13, 1928 she was the daughter of the late John and Elvira (Monti) Carozza. Mrs. Mahan was raised in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1948. She had been a longtime Stoneham resident. She was a retired Data Entry Operator for Addison Wesley...
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Christopher J. Leuci

October 10, 1970 - March 21, 2015

Christopher J. Leuci, 44, of Lynnfield died on Saturday, March 21 at the Mass General Hospital. Born in Lynn on October 10, 1970, he was the loving son of William L. Leuci of Saugus and the late Janet M. (Quagenti) Leuci. Chris had been a Lynnfield resident for the past 15 years. He was a graduate of St. Johns Prep School in Danvers, Class of 1988 and Babson College, Class of 1992. Chris...
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Donald J. Robinson

September 24, 1935 - March 21, 2015

Donald J. Robinson, 79, a lifelong Wakefield resident died on Saturday, March 21 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Melrose on September 24, 1935, he was the son of the late William and Marjorie (Dulong) Robinson. Mr. Robinson was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1953. He was a retired security guard at Spaulding Rehabilitation hospital in Boston and Malden Hospital. ...
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Henry R. Murray

December 3, 1928 - March 20, 2015

Henry R. Murray, 86, of Wakefield died on Friday, March 20 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Malden on December 3, 1928, he was the son of the late Henry W. and Charlotte (Muise) Murray. Mr. Murray was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1946 and North Shore Community College. He had been a Wakefield resident since 1959 and was the retired owner of Superior Service in...
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Richard A. King

July 23, 1944 - March 19, 2015

Richard A. King, 70, of Wakefield died suddenly on Thursday, March 19. Born in Somerville on July 23, 1944, he was the son of the late William and Thelma (Smith) King. Mr. King was a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1964. He retired in 2009 after 45 years as a well-respected and dedicated employee of Verizon / New England Telephone Company. Mr. King is survived by his loving...
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Stefania Slusarz

February 5, 1922 - March 19, 2015

Stefania Slusarz, 93, of Marstons Mills and Wakefield, died peacefully on Thursday, March 19 at Putnam Farms of Danvers, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Warsaw, Poland on February 5, 1922, she was the daughter of Stefan and Franciszka Duczynski. Stefania was raised and educated in Warsaw, Poland. She was taken to a labor camp in Germany during WWII after being detained by German...
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Ethel Lillian Bisacre

July 28, 1937 - March 19, 2015

Ethel Lillian Bisacre, a lifelong Wakefield resident, made her journey to Heaven surrounded by her husband and children on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Ethel was born in Chelsea on July 28, 1937 and was the beloved daughter of the late John E. and Myrtle (Rumson) Keats. She was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1955. She had worked for the Town of Wakefield...
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MaryEllen Dillon

July 19, 1953 - March 17, 2015

Mary Ellen Dillon, 61, of Wakefield died on Tuesday, March 17 at her residence. Born in New York, New York on July 19, 1953, she was the daughter of the late John P. and Eileen M. (Cooney) Dillon. Mary Ellen was a graduate of Holy Family High School in Long Island, New York. She was a retired International Sales Representative for Fed-Ex. Mary Ellen had been a Wakefield resident since...
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Charles F. Canali

April 8, 1938 - March 12, 2015

Charles F. Canali, 76, of Lynnfield and formerly of Dorchester died on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at his residence. Born on April 8, 1938, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Madeline (Doucett) Canali. Charles was raised in Dorchester and was a graduate of B.C. High School and later graduated from Northeastern University. He also earned his MBA from Babson College. He had worked at...
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Edith G. LaVigueur-Gallagher

November 13, 1921 - March 11, 2015

Edith G. (Rowe) LaVigueur-Gallagher, 93 of Wakefield died on Wednesday, March 11 in Melrose. Edith was born in Winthrop on November 13, 1921 and was the beloved daughter of the late George C. and Louise (Marion) Rowe. She was raised in Winthrop and was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1939. She had been a Wakefield resident since 1964 and worked as a Broker for the Allen Crest...
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Robert W. Burke

November 13, 1971 - March 9, 2015

Robert W. Burke, 43, of Wakefield passed away March 9, 2015 at his residence after a courageous 2 year fight against cancer. Born on November 13, 1971, he was the loving son of Charlotte (Lloyd) Burke of Wakefield and the late Joeby Burke. Robert was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1989. He later graduated from the University of Massachusetts...
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Marjorie J. Quigley

November 28, 1920 - March 9, 2015

Marjorie J. Quigley, 94, of Wakefield died on Monday, March 9 at her residence. Born in Everett on November 28, 1920 she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Gertrude B. (Murphy) Sherman. Mrs. Quigley was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1938. She had been a resident of Melrose for 45 years. Mrs. Quigley was a member of St. Florence Parish in...
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Carlton Elliott

April 20, 1921 - March 7, 2015

Carlton E. Elliott, 93 a lifelong resident of Wakefield died Saturday March 7, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. Born in Richmond, ME April 20, 1921 he was the son of the late Fred V.T. and Mabel (Bellows) Elliott. Carlton was a graduate of Wakefield High School class of 1940. He was an active member of the First Parish Congregational Church where he was a member for 50...
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Philip D. Morrison

September 8, 1950 - March 7, 2015

Philip D. Morrison, 64 of Lowell formerly of Wakefield died Saturday, March 7, at his home. Born in Melrose on September 8, 1950 he was the son of the late Frederick S. and Gladys T. (Quinn) Morrison. Philip was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1969. He went on to serve in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Philip made friends wherever he was....
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Joan Wenzel

September 23, 1937 - March 5, 2015

Joan Wenzel, age 77 of Lawrence and a former Wakefield resident died March 5 in Lawrence after a long period of failing health. Joan was born in Malden on September 27, 1937 and was the beloved daughter of the late William L. and Gertrude F. (McFadden) Wenzel. She was a graduate of the Nazareth Academy in Wakefield, Class of 1955. For many years she was a reservation Agent for Delta Airlines from...
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Marguerite G. Perry

June 11, 1916 - March 3, 2015

Marguerite G. Perry, 98 of Columbia, SC and formerly of Wakefield, Melrose, Malden and Ocala, FL died March 3 in Columbia. She was born in Malden, MA on June 11, 1916 and was the daughter of the late Gustav and Rachel (Sweetser) Gleitsmann. Mrs. Perry was raised in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School. She later lived in both Wakefield and Melrose before making her home in So. Carolina...
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Charles R. "Speedy" Messina, Jr.

August 19, 1930 - March 3, 2015

Charles R. "Speedy" Messina, Jr. of Stoneham formerly of Somerville, died Tuesday, March 3 at the Bear Hill Nursing Home. Born in Boston on August 19, 1930 he was the son of the late Charles and Mary (Esposito) Messina. Mr. Messina was a graduate of Charlestown High School and had been a longtime Somerville resident before moving to Stoneham. He had served in the United States Coast Guard...
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Alice E Fletcher

January 13, 1926 - March 2, 2015

Alice E. Fletcher, 89 a lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully March 2, at Pilgrim Rehab and Nursing Center in Peabody. She was born in Wakefield on January 13, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Leo T. and Eleanor (Cullen) Gerrior. Alice was raised and educated in Wakefield. She was the matriarch to her family and her extended family. Alice was the beloved wife of...
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Thomas G. Carroll

May 2, 1951 - March 1, 2015

Thomas G. Carroll, 63 of Wakefield died March 1 in Reading. Born in Melrose on May 2, 1951 and was the loving son of Ruth E. (Cooper) Carroll of Reading and the late Elmer Ray Carroll. Mr. Carroll was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1969. He was a drummer for the former groups "The Rogues" and "Yet to Be." Following high school, he played semiprofessional...
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Dorothy McGrail Hagan

June 4, 1919 - February 26, 2015

Dorothy McGrail Hagan, 95 of Wakefield died February 26, 2015 in North Carolina. She was born in Wakefield on June 4, 1919 and was the daughter of the late Richard F. and Anna A. (Boland) McGrail. Mrs. Hagan was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1937 and later from the Malden Commercial Business School. She was retired from the Town of Wakefield, Police...
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Lawrence J. Staff

September 24, 1931 - February 26, 2015

Lawrence J. Staff, 83, of North Reading died on Thursday, February 26 at his home. Born in Boston on September 24, 1931, he was the son of the late John and Gertrude (Gill) Staff. Mr. Staff was a graduate of Reading High School. He was a licensed electrician and a long-time employee of General Electric at its West Lynn plant. Mr. Staff had served in the United States Army during the...
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Irene H. Schmidgall

February 23, 2015

Schmidgall, Irene H. (Holtan), 95 of Wakefield. February 23. Wife of the late Edward F. Schmidgall. Mother of Jack Schmidgall and his wife Kathleen of Byfield, Rick Schmidgall and his wife Anne of Clearwater, FL, Susan Sebold and her husband Jim of Concord, NH and the late Abby Harmon and mother in-law of Richard Harmon of Exeter, NH Sister of the late Helen Starke. Also survived by 8...
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Eleanor F. Lawrence

June 30, 1938 - February 23, 2015

Eleanor F. Lawrence, 76 a lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully February 23rd, at the Meadow View Center in North Reading, after a brief illness. She was born on June 30, 1938, the daughter of the late G. Elmer and Marion (Spencer) Ring. She was the retired bookkeeper for Barnard Die Inc. of Wakefield where she worked for over twenty five years. Ellie was raised in...
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F. Harold Meuse

July 25, 1929 - February 23, 2015

F. Harold Meuse, 85 of Wakefield died Monday, February 23 at the E.N. Rogers Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford. Mr. Meuse was born in Wakefield on July 25, 1929 and was the son of the late Augustus and Anna (Muise) Meuse. He was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1948 and later served in Korea and was a member of the U.S. Army, First Cavalry Division and served from 1948-1952...
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Eric J. Johnston

June 15, 1986 - February 22, 2015

Eric J. Johnston, 28, a lifelong Wakefield resident died on Sunday, February 22. Born in Malden on June 15, 1986, he was the son of Kevin J. and Ruth A. (Marks) Johnston. Eric was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 2005. He was a self- employed tile setter. In addition to his parents, Eric is also survived by his beloved wife Jillian (D'Agostino) Johnston, his sister Kimberly...
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Dean H. Philbrick

September 17, 1931 - February 20, 2015

DEAN H. PHILBRICK, born September 17, 1931, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, Massachusetts, died on February 20, 2015 at the age of 83. He was the son of Arthur A. Philbrick and Ina Pearl Hartshorn of Wakefield and the brother of the late Burton P. Philbrick. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Barbara (Walsh). They are the parents of four children: Susan Celikmen of North Andover; Donna...
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Brian Dale

February 17, 2015

Brian Dale of Peabody formerly of Lynnfield died on Tuesday, February 17 at the Aviv Centers for Living. Born in Yorkshire, Northern England in 1930, Dr. Dale was the son of the late Herbert and Isabel (Thirkettle) Dale. He graduated from High School with a full scholarship to the University of London, King's College, obtaining his first degree with Honors and continued on to earn a PhD in...
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Mary E. Lembo

July 14, 1922 - February 17, 2015

Mary E. Lembo, 92 of Somerville died Tuesday, February 17 in Cambridge. She was born in Wakefield on July 14, 1922 and was the daughter of the late Florindo and Rose (Lepore) Colucello. Mrs. Lembo was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. She had been a Somerville resident since 1947, where she had been a member of the Zonta Club of Somerville. She was retired from...
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Paula J. Coleman

August 22, 1947 - February 16, 2015

Paula J. Coleman, 67, of Lynnfield died on Monday, February 16 at the Grosvenor Park Nursing Center in Salem. Born in Worcester on August 22, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Timothy J. and Helen G. (Wall) Flaherty. Mrs. Coleman is survived by her son Sean T. Coleman of Lynnfield, her daughter Shannon L. Coleman-Menges and her husband David of PA and her granddaughter Mara M. Menges...
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Madeline Marie Colwell

December 22, 1953 - February 16, 2015

Madeline Marie Colwell, 61 of Peabody formerly of Wakefield, died Monday, February 16 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Bradock, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1953 she was the daughter of the late Francis W. and Elizabeth (Williams) Hinerman. Madeline was a graduate of Stoneham High School, Class of 1971. She had been a longtime Wakefield resident before moving to...
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Nancy E. Stackhouse

February 26, 1959 - February 16, 2015

Nancy E. Stackhouse, age 55 of North Andover and formerly of Wakefield died Monday February 16. Nancy was born in Melrose on February 26, 1959 and was the daughter the beloved daughter of Arthur D. Stackhouse of Wakefield and the late Ruth E. (Donahue) Stackhouse. Nancy was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1977 and later graduated from the Bunker Hill Community College. Nancy served...
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Lucille B. McCarron

October 28, 1928 - February 16, 2015

Lucille B. McCarron, 86 of Lynnfield formerly of Wakefield, died Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House. Born in Lowell on October 28, 1928 she was the daughter of the late William and Therese (Lauziere) Berard. Mrs. McCarron was raised in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School as well as Salem State Teachers College. She received two Master's Degrees from...
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Rose M. McManus

March 3, 1920 - February 15, 2015

Rose M. McManus, 94, of Wakefield and Vero Beach, Florida, died on Sunday, February 15 at the Newfield House in Plymouth. Born in Framingham on March 3, 1920 she was the daughter of the late Jerome R. and MaryAnn (O'Connell) White. Mrs. McManus was a graduate of Our Lady of the Assumption High School in Wellesley and Mrs. Faye Secretarial School in Boston. She had been a Wakefield resident...
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Beverly M. Reilly

September 26, 1948 - February 15, 2015

Beverly M. Reilly, 66, of Wakefield, died on Sunday, February 15 at her residence. Born in Somerville on September 26, 1948 she was the daughter of the late William R. and Alyce (Hamilton) Bain. Mrs. Reilly was a graduate of Somerville High School, Boston State College and had received her Master's degree in education from Leslie College. She had taught elementary school in the Somerville...
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Judith A. Wiswall

July 20, 1941 - February 14, 2015

Judith A. Wiswall, a longtime resident of Lynnfield, died February 14 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Born in Lynn on July 20, 1941 she was the daughter of the late William T. and Dorothy M. (Rockett) Birchenough. Judith attended St. Mary's High School in Lynn. She was a graduate of Catherine Labouré School of Nursing and was the first pediatric nurse practitioner in Massachusetts...
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William F. Hausrath

January 22, 1931 - February 13, 2015

William Frederic Hausrath, age 84, of Wakefield, Massachusetts, died from a fall on February 13, 2015. He was married to the late Agnes Hausrath and they had no children. He is the only child of Frederic W. and Bertha Hausrath. He grew up in Michigan and Massachusetts. Mr. Hausrath was a graduate of Clark University and Columbia University. He had a life-long career at General Electric. ...
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Phyllis Kenney Anthony

July 29, 1925 - February 12, 2015

Phyllis Kenney Anthony, a longtime Wakefield resident, passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in Amherst, MA. She was born in Providence, RI on July 29, 1925 to the late Havena (Hopkins) Kenney and Gordon B. Kenney. She graduated from Cranston RI High School and received an Associate Degree at Lasalle Jr. College in Newton, MA. Phyllis worked as a secretary at Brown University, M.I.T....
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Helen M. Luciano

December 3, 1920 - February 11, 2015

Helen M. Luciano, 94, of Wakefield died on Wednesday, February 11 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Wakefield. Born in Malden on December 3, 1920 she was the daughter of the late Rosario and Mary (Gennetti) Marinelli. Mrs. Luciano was a long time Wakefield resident. She was raised in Malden. Mrs. Luciano was a member of St. Florence Church and a member of the St. Florence Lady Sodality. ...
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Muriel C. Todd

September 12, 1917 - February 10, 2015

Muriel C. Todd, age 97 of Wakefield, died February 10, 2015 in California. Mrs. Todd was born in Arlington, MA on September 12, 1917 and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Doughty) Law. Mrs. Todd was raised in Arlington and was a graduate of Arlington High School. She worked in Special Education in Wakefield and was member of the First Baptist Church. For 60 years she had...
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Jennie R. Strogilis

August 29, 1914 - February 8, 2015

Jennie R. Strogilis, age 100 of Stoneham died February 8 in Wakefield. She was born on August 29, 1914 and was the daughter of the late Donald and Angelina (Nutile) Orsillo. Mrs. Strogilis was raised in Stoneham and was a graduate of Stoneham High School. She was a member of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of Woburn. She had worked for the former Woolworth's Department...
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Kenneth J. Fahey

January 4, 1919 - February 6, 2015

Kenneth J. Fahey, age 96, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on February 6. Beloved husband for 62 years of June (Kelleher) Fahey. Loving father to eight children – John and his wife Elise of Medford, James of Stoneham, Paul and his wife Kathleen of Campbell CA, Robert and his wife Juli of Wakefield, David and his wife Alice of Wilmington, Janet (Fahey) Rice and her husband Gregg of Groveland...
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Lillian A Teixeira

January 17, 1932 - February 1, 2015

Lillian A. Teixeira, 83, of Wakefield died on Sunday, February 1 at the Wingate of Reading. Born in Wakefield on January 17, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Lillian (LeBlanc) Blatz. Mrs. Teixeira was a lifelong Wakefield resident and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1949. She is survived by her husband William A. Teixeira, her two sons; William A....
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Alan D. Dingle

February 16, 1951 - January 30, 2015

Alan D. Dingle, 63 of Wakefield died Friday, January 30 in Tewksbury. Born in Melrose on February 16, 1951 he was the son of the late Norman A. and Margaret (Cundy) Dingle. Alan was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1969; he then graduated from Boston State College in 1973. Alan was a member and Past President of the West Side Social Club and was also a...
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A. Brooks Russell

February 14, 1930 - January 29, 2015

A. Brooks Russell, 84 of Wakefield died Thursday, January 29 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Melrose on February 14, 1930 he was the son of the late Clifford and Madge (Millar) Russell. Mr. Russell was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1948. He later attended the Bishop Lee School of Theater and apprenticed as an actor at the...
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Vaughn Charles Zulalian

March 11, 1923 - January 27, 2015

Vaughn Charles Zulalian (Vahan) of Lynnfield, born March 11, 1923, was the son of the late Enofk and Rose (Donabedian) Zulalian. He passed away peacefully at home in the early morning surrounded by his loving family. Raised in Revere, Mr. Zulalian served in the Navy during World War II as an Aviation Electrician's mate. During this time, he and his sister gave their father a donkey as a gift;...
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Ethel A. (Hagen) Driscoll

December 22, 1912 - January 24, 2015

Ethel A. (Hagen) Driscoll, 102, of Wakefield Mrs. Ethel A. (Hagen) Driscoll, 102, of Wakefield, died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at her home, surrounded by loved ones. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Driscoll II, with whom she celebrated over 50 years of marriage. Mrs. Driscoll was born December 22, 1912 in Malden. She was the daughter of the late Arne and Christine Hagen. Raised...
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Pansy M. Manzella

April 1, 1916 - January 24, 2015

Pansy M. Manzella, 98, a lifelong Wakefield resident died on Saturday January 24 in Wilmington, MA. B Born in Wakefield on April 1, 1916 and was the daughter of the late Sabatino and Maria (Grazia) Quinzio. Mrs. Manzella was a graduate of Wakefield High School. She had worked for the L.B. Evans Shoe Company of Wakefield and had also worked at Santoro's Sub Villa of Saugus. She had been a...
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Anthony J. Puopolo, Jr.

May 14, 1932 - January 23, 2015

Anthony J. Puopolo, Jr., 82, of Wakefield died Friday, January 23 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Malden on May 14, 1932 he was the son of the late Anthony J. and Margaret (Peleo) Puopolo. Mr. Puopolo was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1950. He then served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. He had worked for the Malden Evening News and was...
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Deborah A. Kosian

March 28, 1957 - January 22, 2015

Deborah A. Kosian, 57 of Peabody and formerly of Lynnfield, died Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Salem Hospital. Born in Ipswich on March 28, 1957 she was the daughter of the late George and Gloria (Sproul) LeBlanc. Deborah was raised in Lynnfield and was a graduate of Lynnfield High School, Class of 1975. She had been a Peabody resident since 2007. Most recently she had worked as a legal...
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Eveline R. Whelchel

December 27, 1923 - January 22, 2015

Eveline R. Whelchel, 91, of Wakefield died on Thursday, January 22 at the Golden Living Elmhurst in Melrose. Born in Boston on December 27, 1923 she was the daughter of the late George and Helen (Meehan) Laundry. Mrs. Whelchel was raised in East Boston and was a graduate of East Boston High School. She had been a Wakefield resident since 1963. Mrs. Whelchel was a member of the Emmanuel...
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Helen M. Urgilevitch

July 3, 1933 - January 21, 2015

Helen M. Urgilevitch, 81, of Wakefield formerly of Revere died on Wednesday, January 21 at her residence. Born in Somerville on July 3, 1933 she was the daughter of Daniel and Catherine (McKinnon) Meehan. Mrs. Urgilevitch was a graduate of St. Catherine High School, Class of 1950. She had retired from the Public Health System in Jamaica Plain as a Secretary. Mrs. Urgilevitch had been a...
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Robert L. Woodworth

May 4, 1930 - January 21, 2015

Robert L. Woodworth, 84 of Wakefield and formerly of Allston died January 21 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Maine on May 4, 1930 and was the son of the late Theodore R. and Ethlyn (Huden) Woodworth. Mr. Woodworth was raised in Maine and later made his home in Allston. He had been a Wakefield resident since 1974 and was a member of the Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist Church. He was...
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Alexander C. "Al" Romano

January 20, 2015

Alexander C. "Al" Romano, 84, of Wakefield, January 20, 2015. Husband of the late Evelyn Alice (Leary) Romano. Father Sandra (Romano) Adams and her husband Brent of Concord, NH and Robert Romano and his wife Pamela (Hosaka) of Wakefield. Brother of Ann Solomon of Springhill, FL and Albert Romano of Scottsdale, AZ. Also survived by his grandchildren: Brin Cowett, Shela Adams, Kannon Romano and Mia...
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Anthony J. Gelsomini

July 14, 1953 - January 20, 2015

Anthony J. Gelsomini of Londonderry, NH died Tuesday, January 20 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Born in Capestrano, Italy on July 14, 1953 he was the son of the late Leo and Irma (Colasacco) Gelsomini. Anthony was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1971 and attended Sylvania Technical School in Boston. He had worked as a sales representative for Cray, selling computers....
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Joyce A McLeod

August 26, 1933 - January 17, 2015

Joyce A. McLeod, 81, of Wakefield formerly of Melrose died on Saturday, January 17 at the EPOCH of Melrose. Born in Stoneham in August 26, 1933 she was the daughter of the late Augustus F. and Hazel M. (Johnson) Chilcott. Mrs. McLeod was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1951. She had retired from Alano Clothing store in Wakefield and had also worked at Russell Badge in Wakefield...
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Joseph P. Schwarz

March 10, 1930 - January 17, 2015

Joseph P. Schwarz, 84, a lifelong Wakefield resident died on Saturday, January 17 at his residence. Born in Wakefield on March 10, 1930 he was the son of the late Vera N. (Dinan) Schwarz. Mr. Schwarz was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1947 and was co-captain of the 1947 Wakefield Baseball Team that played at Fenway Park in Boston. He had worked for Local 33 Carpenters Union...
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Gertrude Mary White

October 14, 1917 - January 16, 2015

Gertrude Mary White passed away gently on January 16, 2015 at 97 years. She resided in Stoneham, MA and was formerly of Wakefield, MA. She was born October 14, 1917 in Boston, MA to Edward Walsh and Gertrude O'Leary Walsh. She graduated from East Boston High class of 1935. Beloved wife of 65 years to the late John H. White. Loving mother to Susan Green and husband Geoff of San Clemente, CA,...
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Grace J. DiGregorio

October 6, 1932 - January 15, 2015

Grace J. DiGregorio, 82, of Wakefield & Naples, Florida, died on Thursday, January 15 at the Naples Community Hospital. Born in Wakefield on October, 6, 1932 she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Terreveccia) Bellandi. Mrs. DiGregorio was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1950. She was a long time member of the Salem Country Club. Mr. DiGregorio was a retired...
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William R. Hughson

January 9, 1931 - January 15, 2015

William R. Hughson of Wakefield passed away on January 15, 2015 at 84 years. Born in Somerville on January 9, 1931, he was the son of the late Walter Ernest Hughson and Catherine Agnes O'Day. William was a proud Navy Veteran. He was active on the Democratic Town Committee, coached Little League, was a scout master and supported many local organizations. He was most proud to be the father...
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Joseph F. Rich, Jr.

August 2, 1953 - January 14, 2015

Joseph F. Rich, Jr., 61 of Wakefield formerly of No. Andover and Danvers, died Wednesday, January 15 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Lynn of August 2, 1953 he was the son of Joseph F. and Ruth L (LaCombe) Rich of Danvers. Mr. Rich was raised in Danvers and was a graduate of Danvers High School, Class of 1971. Following high school he attended Wentworth College. When he was...
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Patricia A., Gwynn

August 3, 1940 - January 14, 2015

Patricia A. Gwynn, 74 of Lynnfield, died Wednesday, January 14 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center. Born in Scotland on August 3, 1940 she was the daughter of the late James A. and Helen (McCaul) Laing. Mrs. Gwynn was raised in Grangemouth, Scotland. After graduating in 1957 she moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of 18 before settling in Braintree. At the age of 20 she met the love of her...
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Brian M. Dirrane

February 2, 1945 - January 7, 2015

Brian M. Dirrane, 69, of Wakefield, died Wednesday, January 7 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born in Boston on February 2, 1945 he was the son of the late Leo and Teresa (Clifford) Dirrane. Mr. Dirrane was raised in Dorchester and was a graduate of Boston College High School, Boston College and later earned his Master's Degree in Business from Boston College....
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John K. Crowley

August 21, 1950 - January 6, 2015

John K. Crowley, 64 of Concord, NH died Tuesday, January 6, at the Kindred Hospital in Peabody. Born in Cambridge, MA on August 21, 1950 he was the son of Irene L. (LaMontagne) Healy of So. Harwich and the late John L. Crowley. John was raised in Cambridge, MA and Arlington, MA and had attended the Boston School for the Deaf in Randolph, MA He was a retired mail handler for the Manchester...
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