Celebrity Obituaries

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Our Obituaries

Kevin M. Hanson

August 7, 1979 - January 15, 2017

Kevin M. Hanson, age 37, of Lynn, formerly of Wakefield died Sunday, January 15 at his residence. Born in Melrose on August 7, 1979 he was the son of Michael O. Hanson of Seabrook, NH and Donna A. (Frey) Hanson of Lynn. Kevin was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1997. Most recently he had been working on livery cars for Black Tie Limousine in Haverhill...
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Vittorio A. Filippone

November 18, 1932 - January 14, 2017

Vittorio A. Filippone, age 84, of Lynnfield died Saturday, January 14 in Danvers. He was born in Boston on November 18, 1932 and was the son of the late Antonio and Teresa (Tancredi) Filippone. He was raised in East Boston. He attended the Franklin Institute of Boston and also MIT. He was a resident of Lynnfield for 42 years and was the owner of Filippone Contracting of Lynnfield. ...
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William M. Coffill

January 12, 2017

William M. "Bill" Coffill, age 90, of Lynnfield, died peacefully January 12th at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital from natural causes. Born in Melrose in 1926 he was the son of the late William M. and Charlotte A. (MacMaster) Coffill of Lynnfield. He was the beloved husband of Ruth (Kent) Coffill for 65 years. The loving father of Steven Coffill and his wife Diana of Beverly, Susan Coffill and...
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Frederick J. Mercurio

October 24, 1934 - January 7, 2017

Frederick J. Mercurio, age 82, a longtime Wakefield resident died Saturday, January 7 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Boston on October 24, 1934 he was the son of the late Michael and Adelaide (Marasca) Mercurio. Mr. Mercurio was raised in East Boston and was a graduate of Boston Trade School. He had served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. Mr....
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Daniel W. Cullivan

January 14, 1949 - January 6, 2017

Daniel W. Cullivan, 67 of Wakefield formerly of Woburn died on Friday, January 6 at his residence. Born on Woburn on January 14, 1949 he was the son of the late Walter H. and Eileen D. (Wall) Cullivan. Mr. Cullivan was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1967. He was a retired laborer for Silversmith Excavating in Wilmington. Mr. Cullivan enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by...
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Ricky A. Heinstrom

January 12, 1958 - January 5, 2017

Ricky A. Heinstrom, age 58, died Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Pleasant Valley Nursing Home in Derry, NH. Born in Melrose on January 12, 1958 he was the son of the late Frank and Vivian (Vaughan) Heinstrom. He was the brother of the late Karen, Gary, Keith, and Glen Heinstrom. Mr. Heinstrom was raised and educated in Reading and had been a longtime resident before moving to Carmel, ME...
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Stephen S. "Scotty" Fotino

July 9, 1959 - January 2, 2017

Stephen Scott "Scotty" Fotino 57, of Wakefield passed away peacefully at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on January 2, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness. Born in Lynn on July 9, 1959, he was the son of Patricia (Pari) Fotino of Wakefield and the late Franklin J. Fotino. He was a Wakefield resident for the past 46 years. Scotty was a graduate of Wakefield High...
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Alice M. Generazzo

January 25, 1928 - December 27, 2016

Alice M. Generazzo died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, December 27, with all of her children by her side. She was born on January 25, 1928 and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Marion (Barry) Homer. Alice married the love of her life, Albert J. Generazzo, on January 16, 1951. They were blessed with five children and she devoted her life to their upbringing stressing the importance...
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Elsie M. Durkee

November 26, 1926 - December 26, 2016

Elsie M. Durkee, age 90 of Wakefield died Monday December 26 in Boston. She was born in Wakefield on November 26, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Douglas and Marion (Marston) Martin. She was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1944. She was a long time member of the First Parish Congregational Church and also a member of the Eastern Star. She was...
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Edward J. O'Soro

December 25, 2016

Edward J. O'Soro, 96, of Norwell, MA formerly of Reading & Wakefield, died at home on Sunday, December 25, 2016. Mr. O'Soro is survived by his wife, Janet (Leather), four children and their spouses: Charles (Nancy) O'Soro of Reading; Laurie (Paul) Ricciardi of Norwell; Karen (Douglas) Storrs of Beaufort, SC; and John (Theresa) O'Soro of Saugus. He also leaves behind ten grandchildren: Lisa,...
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J. Robert Andrews

July 28, 1925 - December 21, 2016

J. Robert Andrews, 91, of Lynnfield died on Wednesday, December 21 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Andrews was born in Wellsburg, West Virginia on July 28, 1925, he was the son of the late Richard Parker and Anna Florence (Martin) Andrews. Mr. Andrews was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1948. He was in personnel...
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Marie F. Joyce

May 11, 1920 - December 20, 2016

Marie F. (Malloy) Joyce quietly passed away on December 20, 2016 at the golden age of 96 with her devoted daughter at her side. Marie was the last surviving sibling of the Malloy Family of Cambridge, MA. She was preceded in death by her sister Mary Cerone and her brothers: Marty, Tim, John, and Frank. In her youth, Marie "Tootsie" Malloy was a professional soft ball player for the Boston...
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Margaret A. King

December 20, 2016

Margaret A. "Peggy" King, age 78, of Wakefield formerly of Somerville, passed away Tuesday, December 20 after a short period of declining health. Born and raised in Somerville, she was the beloved daughter of John A. and Mildred (Halloran) King. Peggy was a lifetime employee of the NE Telephone Company. "Aunt Peggy" was a devoted aunt and great aunt who enjoyed sharing in the life...
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John W. Applin

January 4, 1940 - December 19, 2016

John W. Applin, Sr., 76, of Wakefield, MA passed away at the Meadow View Center in North Reading, MA on Monday, December 19, 2016, after eight years of dementia. Born in Boston, MA on January 4, 1940, he was the son of the late H. Herbert Applin, Sr., and Hilda (Forster) Applin of Watertown, MA. John was a graduate of Watertown High School and attended the University of Michigan and Boston...
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Ralph A. Dragonetti

June 26, 1942 - December 15, 2016

Ralph Anthony Dragonetti, 74, of Saugus died on Thursday, December 15 at his residence. Born in Lynn on June 26, 1942, he was the son of the late Alberto and Mary (Mascritolo) Dragonetti. Mr. Dragonetti was a graduate of Sacred Heart Parochial School in Lynn and Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1960. He had been a Saugus residence for the past 45 year and was a retired Ramp Agent for...
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Vera Barter

June 24, 1923 - December 12, 2016

Vera Barter, age 93, of Boston died Monday, December 12 at Oosterman's Rest Home in Wakefield. Born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia on June 24, 1923 she was the daughter of the late Pavle and Katerina (Zagic) Cosic. Mrs. Barter was raised and educated in Yugoslavia before moving to the US in 1959. She traveled the world before settling in Boston and had worked in Yugoslavia for many years as an...
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Mary L. Dischino

November 7, 1931 - December 12, 2016

Mary L. Dischino, age 85, of Lynnfield died Monday, December 12 at the Rosewood Nursing and Rehab Center in Peabody. Born in Chelsea on November 7, 1931 she was the daughter of the late Frank and Louise (Sexton) McDermott. Mrs. Dischino was raised in Malden and was a graduate of Girls Catholic High School. She enjoyed gardening, arts and crafts, and raising animals. She loved to cook and...
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Marie M. Duggan

February 25, 1945 - December 11, 2016

Marie M. Duggan of Wakefield, age 71 died Sunday, December 11 in Medford after a lengthy illness. She was born in Malden, MA on February 25, 1945 and was the daughter of the late Jeremiah and Margaret (Callahan) Twohig. Mrs. Duggan was raised in Malden and was a graduate of Girls Catholic High School of Malden and later from Salem State College. She went on to teach at the Immaculate Conception...
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John Forrest Douglas

August 18, 1949 - December 10, 2016

John Forrest "Jack" Douglas, age 67, of Wakefield, died Saturday, December 10 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Norfolk, Virginia on August 18, 1949, he was the son of the late Forrest Edward and Gertrude Thelma (MacDonald) Douglas. Jack was raised in Medford and was a graduate of St. Clements High School and later attended Bentley College. He worked in a number of...
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Vincent Anthony Sergi

January 3, 1927 - December 10, 2016

Vincent Anthony "Vinny" Sergi, age 89, of Wakefield died Saturday, December 10 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. Born in Medford on January 3, 1927 he was the son of the late Mariano and Giovanna (Spagnolo) Sergi. Vinny was raised in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School. He went on to work for Boston & Maine Rail Road and then Xtra Corporation, before venturing...
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Marie C. Cahill

September 18, 1927 - December 9, 2016

Marie C. Cahill, age 89, of Stoneham formerly of Wakefield died at her home on Friday, December 9 with her family by her side. Born in Somerville, September 18, 1927 she was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Mary (Magliozzi) Antetomaso. Marie was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1945. She was twice the President of the Wakefield Traffic Supervisors, serving in that...
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Cynthia J. Moore

January 13, 1948 - December 9, 2016

Cynthia J. Moore, 68, of Wakefield died on Friday, December 9 at the Meadowview Center in North Reading. Born in Melrose on January 13, 1948 she was the daughter of the late Winston and Margaret (Findlay) Moore. Ms. Moore was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1966. She was a retired clerk for the I.R.S. in Andover and was a former member of the Greenwood Union Church in...
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Geraldine Davison Ballato

April 16, 1927 - December 8, 2016

Geraldine Davison Ballato, age 89, of Peabody, formerly of Wakefield died Thursday, December 8 at her residence. Born in Springfield on April 16, 1927 she was the daughter of the late Gerald and Grace (Maguire) Dionne. Geraldine was raised in Pittsfield and graduated from St. Joseph High School. She had worked at American Mutual of Wakefield and Tammy's Restaurant in Boston. She was a...
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Ursula M. Champagne

December 27, 1921 - December 5, 2016

Ursula M. Champagne, age 94 of Wakefield died Monday December 5 in Winchester. She was born in Wakefield on December 27, 1921 and was the daughter of the late Thomas H. and Lodie (Pothier) Muse. She was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1939 and later from Burdett Business School of Boston. She was retired from the former American Mutual Insurance Company...
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Frances A. Bruen

February 4, 1925 - December 3, 2016

Frances A. Bruen of Wakefield died peacefully Saturday, December 3 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center surrounded by her family at age 91. She was born in Eastport, ME on February 4, 1925 and was the daughter of the late Harold and Lila (Hooper) Stackhouse. Raised in Eastport, she was a graduate of the Shead Memorial High School and later graduated from the Newton –Wellesley Hospital School...
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Helen Porter

December 24, 1927 - December 2, 2016

Helen Porter, age 88, died peacefully on December 2nd at The Sawtelle Family Hospice House with her devoted husband by her side. She was born in Wakefield on December 24, 1927 and was the daughter of the late John and Stephanie (Gorski) Czarnota. Helen is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Joseph Porter; daughter Gail Shevlin and her husband William of Wakefield; daughter Susan Tracy...
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Julia R. Grifoni

July 5, 1925 - December 1, 2016

Julia R. Grifoni, age 91 of Lynnfield died December 1st in Lynn. She was born in Boston on July 5, 1925 and was the daughter of the late Victor and Rose (Zucco) Fucaloro. She was raised in East Boston and had been a Lynnfield resident for the past 59 years. Mrs. Grifoni is survived by her beloved husband Vincent L. Grifoni. She was the loving mother of Vincent J. Grifoni and his wife Carole...
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Grace R. Short

June 6, 1922 - December 1, 2016

Grace R. Short, age 94, of Wakefield, formerly of Waltham and Springfield, died Thursday, December 1 at the Care One in Newton. Born in Cohasset of July 6, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Charles Warren and Grace Rose (Mulvey) Stevens. Mrs. Short was a graduate of Peabody High School, Class of 1940 and later of Burdett College, Class of 1942 and Massachusetts School of Art. She had...
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Eugene E. Poti

May 17, 1920 - November 30, 2016

Eugene E. Poti, 96, of Wakefield formerly of Stoneham died on Wednesday, November 30 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Wakefield. Born in Somerville on May 17, 1920, he was the son of the late Joseph and Albena (Potito) Poti. Mr. Poti was a graduate of Somerville Trade School. He was a WWII Navy Veteran and had retired from the Boston Navy Yard in 1970 and then from Thermo Electron inn...
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Rosemary E. B. Wickstrom

June 17, 1945 - November 29, 2016

Rosemary E. B. Wickstrom, 71, of Wakefield died on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the Wakefield Center Nursing Home. Born in Boston on June 17, 1945, she was the daughter of the late James L. and Lily (Marion) Buckley. Mrs. Wickstrom was a lifelong Wakefield resident and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1963. She was a retired secretary to the Vice President of Finance at...
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Winifred M. Rogers

September 1, 1922 - November 28, 2016

Winifred M. Rogers, age 94, of Reading died Monday, November 28 at her residence, surrounded by her family. Born in Acton, England on September 1, 1922 she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Amy (Cramwell) Crowe. Mrs. Rogers was raised in England before moving to the United States. She had been a US Citizen for more than 60 years. She was retired from the Indisco Company of Norwood....
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Theresa E. Costello

December 3, 1930 - November 27, 2016

Theresa E. Costello, 85, of Concord, New Hampshire formerly of Wakefield died on Sunday, November 27 at the Birches in Concord, New Hampshire. Born in East Boston on December 3, 1930 she was the daughter of the late Martin and Mary (Garrity) O'Leary. Mrs. Costello was a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1947. She was a retired Quality Control Loan Officer for Eastern Bank in...
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Jacky Wong

September 28, 1947 - November 27, 2016

Jacky Wai Hung Wong, age 69, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home November 27, 2016. Jacky was born September 28, 1947 in Hong Kong. He was the eldest of seven children. He moved to the United States in 1990 with his family for a better education for his daughters. Jacky enjoyed travelling and spending time with his family. He was an avid cook and did so frequently for...
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Raymond P. Pizzano III

April 18, 1962 - November 27, 2016

Raymond P. Pizzano, III , age 54 of Dracut and formerly of East Boston died Sunday November 27 peacefully at his home after a long and courageous battle with congestive heart failure. He was born on April 18, 1962 and was the beloved son of the late Joann (Nazzaro) Pizzano. He was raised in East Boston and was a graduate of East Boston High School where he starred in football and would receive 14...
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Maida P. Toth

June 6, 1919 - November 25, 2016

Maida P. Toth, 97, a lifelong Wakefield resident died on Friday, November 25 at her residence. Born in Wakefield on June 6, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Adelbert C. and Ruth (Shepard) Purrington. Mrs. Toth was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1936 and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was the wife of the late John S. Toth. Mrs. Toth is...
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Anna E. Sujko

February 9, 1987 - November 23, 2016

Anna E. Sujko, age 29, of Wakefield died Wednesday, November 23 in Wakefield. She was born in Melrose on February 9, 1987 and was the beloved daughter of Carl S. and Sarah E. (Johnson) Sujko. Anna was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 2005 and later from the Shawsheen Valley Technical School, School of Nursing. She had most recently worked in nursing...
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Regina Mary Walsh

November 22, 2016

Regina Mary Walsh, age 85, of Wilmington formerly of Wakefield, died Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. Ms. Walsh was raised in Boston and was a graduate of Dorchester High School. She had worked as a Clerk for the Insurance industry before her retirement. Ms. Walsh had been a Wakefield resident for more than 20 years and was a member of St. Joseph Parish...
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John Calvin Smith

October 17, 1925 - November 22, 2016

John Calvin "Dutchie" Smith, a 12th generation proud and prominent Lynnfield resident, died peacefully on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Ledgewood Rehabilitation Center in Beverly, after a brief illness. Born on the Smith Farm, the site of Pocahontas Tavern and Springs in Lynnfield, on October 17, 1925 he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Della (Rich) Smith. John was raised in...
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Mary P. Foley

October 20, 1941 - November 19, 2016

Mary P. Foley, 75, of Wakefield died on Saturday, November 19 at the Hathorne Hill Genesis Health Care in Danvers. Born in Woburn on October 20, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Gilgun) Danehy. Mrs. Foley was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1959. She was a retired Office Manager for Raven's Family Dental in Reading. Mrs. Foley was a member of St. Joseph...
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Blanche L. Twombly

July 17, 1927 - November 17, 2016

Blanche L. Twombly, 89, of Wakefield formerly of Medford, died on Thursday, November 17 at her residence. Born in Medford on July 17, 1927 she was the daughter of the late Richard and Blanche G. (Kelly) Ford. Mrs. Twombly was a Wakefield resident since 1952. She lived her life as a loving, caring, inclusive person who always made time to help others. Blanche was a founding member of the ...
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Ruth E. Singelais

December 6, 1926 - November 15, 2016

Ruth E. Singelais, 89, of No. Reading, formerly of Malden, died Tuesday, November 15 at her residence. Born in Boston on December 6, 1926 she was the daughter of the late Angus and Florence (Cameron) MacVicor. Ruth was a graduate of St. Patrick High School in Roxbury. She was a longtime Malden resident prior to moving to North Reading, where she has been for over 20 years. She had worked...
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William O. Wass

March 17, 1927 - November 14, 2016

William O. Wass, 89, of Melrose, died on Monday, November 14 at the Woodbriar Health Center in Wilmington. Born in Newton on March 17, 1927 he was the son of the late William and Ethel (Tynan) Wass. Mr. Wass was raised and educated in Wakefield and had been a longtime Melrose resident. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Mr. Wass had retired from Benson & Goss Fuel...
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Carl E. Spinney

October 11, 1922 - November 14, 2016

Captain Carl E. Spinney, of Wakefield died Monday, November 14 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center. He was born in Lower Argyle, Nova Scotia on October 11, 1922. At age fourteen he and his mother and younger sister came to America to join his father who was an engineer on fishing boats out of Gloucester, MA. He was a World War II Navy Veteran in the Pacific Theater. Carl was predeceased by...
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Euleta C. Johnson

July 2, 1913 - November 13, 2016

Euleta C. Johnson, 103, of Winchester, formerly of Lynnfield and Peabody, died Sunday, November 13 at The Gables in Winchester. Born in Wakefield on July 2, 1913 she was the daughter of the late Sydney and Lizzie V. (Small) Gray. Mrs. Johnson was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. She later graduated from Salem Teachers College. She had taught in the...
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Thelma P. Tine

April 11, 1919 - November 13, 2016

Thelma P. Tine, 97 of Reading passed with peace and grace on Sunday November 13, with her family at her side, including her beloved husband of 68 years, Joseph Tine, Jr. Born in St. John's, New Brunswick, Canada on April 11, 1919, she was the daughter of the late George and Mabel (Currie) Long. Thelma was a graduate of Saugus High School and had been a resident of Reading nearly 70 years....
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Thomas J. Tine

August 31, 1947 - November 13, 2016

Thomas J. Tine, 69, of Waltham, formerly of Wakefield died suddenly Sunday, November 13 at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Born in Wakefield on August 31, 1947 he was the son of Lena Tine of California and the late Sebastian Tine. Mr. Tine was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. He later went on to serve in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War,...
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Esther C. Osborne

August 3, 1928 - November 12, 2016

Esther C. Osborne, 88, formerly of Wakefield died suddenly Saturday, November 12 at Blaire House of Tewksbury. She was born on August 3, 1928 in Norwell, MA. She was the widow of Raymond Osborne and the daughter of Burr and Margaret Cornwell. She is survived by sister Alice Ripley of Kingston, MA, brother Burr Cornwell of Norwell, MA, brother-in-law Galen Osborne of Hopkinton, MA and many...
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Elmer M. "Ellie" Hensiek

November 5, 1922 - November 11, 2016

Elmer M. "Ellie" Hensiek of Boscawen, NH and a former resident of Woburn for 62 years died in Concord, NH on Friday November 11 at age 94. He was born in Chicago, IL on November 5, 1922 and was the son of the late Henry and Anna (Wagner) Hensiek. Ellie was raised and educated in Chicago and was later a graduate of Northeastern University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He was a W.W. II...
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Diane L. Logins

April 22, 1960 - November 8, 2016

Diane L. Logins of Wakefield and formerly of Danvers died Tuesday, November 8 at age 56. She was born in Danvers on April 22, 1960 and was the beloved daughter of Joyce M. (Murphy) Prunier and the late Arthur V. Prunier. She was raised in Danvers and was a graduate of Danvers High School and later from the North Shore Community College. She had been a Wakefield resident since 1995 and had last...
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Kathy Anne Beckwith

January 17, 1954 - November 4, 2016

Kathy Anne Beckwith, age 62, of Wakefield died Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Born in Cambridge on January 17, 1954 she was the daughter of Marion A. (Anningson) Simpson of Londonderry, NH and the late George A. Simpson. Kathy was raised in Somerville and Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1971. She later received her Associates...
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Clementina Fregosi

August 18, 1922 - November 2, 2016

Clementina Fregosi, age 94, a loving wife, mother, grandmother aunt and friend died Wednesday, November 2 after a long period of failing health. She was born in Everett, MA on August 18, 1922 and was the daughter of the late Frank and Maria (Masciola) Cosentino. She was a graduate of Everett High School and had been a longtime Wakefield resident where she raised her family. Clementina was a...
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Eugenia R. Gilbert

March 23, 1928 - November 1, 2016

Eugenia R. Gilbert of Moultonboro, NH and formerly of Wakefield died Tuesday, November 1 at the Rockingham County Rehab and Nursing Center in Brentwood, NH. Born in Somerville on March 23, 1928 she was the daughter of the late Joseph W. and Beatrice (Collins) Ritchie. Mrs. Gilbert was raised in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1947. She had been longtime...
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Anna Lenfest

July 12, 1926 - November 1, 2016

Anna Lenfest, age 90, a lifelong Wakefield resident died Tuesday November 1st in Medford. Mrs. Lenfest was born in Wakefield on July 12, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Giovanni and Gaetana (Barletta) Ventura. She was a graduate of Wakefield High School and had been a member of the St. Florence Church Bowling League. Anna was the beloved wife of the late Paul M. "Hokie" Lenfest. She was...
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Charles S. Rizza

October 30, 1928 - October 31, 2016

Charles Salvatore Rizza, 88, of Wakefield went to be with our Lord on October 31st after a short illness. A lifelong resident of Wakefield, Charles was born on October 30, 1928 to the late Joseph and Carmella (Benanato) Rizza. Charlie as he was known to all, spent many of his early days at Spinello's Green House in Wakefield which fostered his love of gardening and all things green. ...
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Robert E. Stentiford

September 26, 1927 - October 29, 2016

Robert E. Stentiford, 89, of Wakefield died on Saturday, October 29 at the Wingate of Melrose Nursing Home. Born in Wakefield on September 26, 1927, he was the son of the late Benjamin and Esther (Greeley) Stentiford. Mr. Stentiford lived in North Reading for many years before retiring to Wakefield in 1988 and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. He had been self-employed as a brick mason...
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Lillian "Queenie" Colucci

October 28, 2016

Lillian "Queenie" Colucci (neé Blangio) passed away on October 28, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Lillian was married to the late Carl Colucci for 35 years. Together they owned and operated Circle Bowl of Lynnfield. She was mother to four loving and devoted children and their spouses: Richard and Jan Colucci, the late James R. Colucci, Joan and Thomas Lemberger, and Robert and...
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Matthew G. Silvano

December 17, 1988 - October 28, 2016

Matthew G. Silvano, 27, of Wakefield died on Thursday, October 28 at his residence after a courageous 18 month battle with colon cancer. Born in Melrose on December 17, 1988, he was the beloved son of David M. and Marcella (Muse) Silvano of Wakefield. Matthew was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School and Northeast Regional School. He was a licensed electrician for...
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Priscilla L. McCarron

November 8, 1943 - October 26, 2016

Priscilla L. McCarron, of Wakefield died on Wednesday, October 26 at her home after a long and courageous struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Medford on November 8, 1943 Priscilla was the daughter of the late Creighton and Lillian (Johnson) Perry. A talented and wonderful artist, Priscilla was a graduate of Wakefield High School and went on to receive a B.A in Painting and Illustration...
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Brendan C. "Sluggo" Hildreth

June 8, 1931 - October 26, 2016

Brendan C. "Sluggo" Hildreth, 85, of Melrose formerly of Wakefield died on Wednesday, October 26 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. Born in Waltham on June 8, 1931 he was the son of the late Clifford C. and Winnifred (Connaire) Hildreth. Mr. Hildreth was raised and educated in Wakefield. He was a member of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Wakefield. Mr. Hildreth served...
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Eva Fichera

October 24, 2016

Eva Fichera, age 92 passed away at Masconomet Healthcare Center in Topsfield on Monday, October 24 after a period of declining health. With her husband of 48 years, the late Americo "Jack" Fichera, she owned and operated Jack's Bakery on Chestnut Street in Wakefield. In 1962 when he pursued a teaching career, Eva managed the dress department at Parke Snows and Klines Department store in...
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Phillip H. Segal

May 18, 1953 - October 22, 2016

Phillip Harris Segal, 63, of Wakefield, Mass., died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 after a long illness. He spent his final weeks at the Bedford VA surrounded by family and friends. Born May 18, 1953, he grew up in Revere and lived in Winthrop, Malden and Wakefield, where he lived for the last 25 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran with a lifelong passion for fitness and sports. He ran two gyms and...
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Rosemary A. Trask

July 13, 1924 - October 21, 2016

Rosemary A. Trask, age 92 of Reading died Friday October 21 in Medford, MA. Mrs. Trask was born in Cambridge, MA on July 13, 1924 and was the daughter of the late Charles F. and Rose A. (McCormick) O'Connor. She was raised in Cambridge and later lived many years in Woburn and later in Stoneham. During her working career she was employed as an Executive Assistant for the Raytheon Corporation and...
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Robert Austin Morley

October 1, 1933 - October 21, 2016

Robert Austin Morley, 83, of 8 Park St., Wakefield, Massachusetts died peacefully on the evening of October 21, 2016. Robert was born October 1, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to John Morley and Dorothy Beau (Marlowe) Morley. His family moved to 35 Park Ave., Wakefield, in 1944 where Robert attended the H. M. Warren School and later was graduated from Wakefield High School in the class of...
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Raymond L. Landers

May 16, 1933 - October 17, 2016

Raymond L. ("Ray") Landers, Of Wakefield, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on October 17, 2016. Beloved husband of Judith (Hoadley) Landers and cherished father of his son Thomas Raymond Landers of Chelsea and his daughters and sons-in-law Susan and Allan Hoffman of Andover, Julie and Thomas Quinn of Hingham, and Maureen and Bruce McKean of North Andover. He was the very...
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Mitchell Descoteaux

August 25, 1936 - October 17, 2016

Mitchell Descoteaux, 80 of Wakefield, MA died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family after a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. He is predeceased by his parents, Eugene and Cecilia Descoteaux. He is survived by his wife, Diane, of Wakefield, daughter Michelle Berard and her husband Bruce of Biddeford, ME, son Sam and his wife Sandy of South Glastonbury, CT, son Steven of...
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Nanci LaSpina Ruehrwein

May 2, 1955 - October 15, 2016

Nanci LaSpina Ruehrwein passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016, surrounded by her loving family at her childhood home at the age of 61. Nanci fought courageously after being diagnosed with lung cancer just 9 months prior on January 15th. She fought until the bitter end, demonstrating her spirit as a true fighter, and was an inspiration to those who knew her. Born in Everett, MA on May 2,...
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Michael James Sweezey

May 7, 1971 - October 15, 2016

Michael James Sweezey, 45, of Lowell, formerly of Wakefield, died Saturday, October 15, 2016. Born in Saugus on May 7, 1971 he was the son of Barbara J. (Foley) Sweezey of Londonderry, NH and Joseph D. Sweezey & his wife Carmen of Penacook, NH. Michael was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1989. He also attended Salem State College and Hesser College...
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Victor P. Finos

September 17, 1922 - October 15, 2016

FINOS, Victor P. of Wakefield, entered into rest on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. He was 94 years old. Born in Prodolone, San Vito, Italy, Victor resided in Everett for many years. He graduated from Everett High School where he played various varsity sports. Victor had the good fortune of being sponsored into the United States Naval Academy and...
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Thomas H. Melanson

December 7, 1962 - October 15, 2016

Thomas H. Melanson, 53, of Wakefield, MA died Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Kaplan House in Danvers after a courageous battle against cancer. Born in Winchester, MA on December 7, 1962 he was the son of the late Howard E. Sr. and Elaine M. (Meuse) Melanson. Tom was raised in Wakefield, attended Wakefield public schools, and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1980. He was...
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Savannah Rae Cardoso

June 18, 1996 - October 13, 2016

Savannah Rae Cardoso, 20 of Wakefield, formerly of Melrose passed away Thursday evening. Savannah was a beloved daughter of Oscar and Tracy and sibling to Samantha, Oscar Jr. and Nicholas Cardoso. Savannah was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 2014. She had a passion for and desired to be a Cosmetologist and an Esthetician. She enjoyed shopping, being at the beach, watching movies, and...
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Randall P. McDonnell

November 16, 1946 - October 13, 2016

Randall P. McDonnell, 69, of Stoneham, died Thursday, October 13 at the Salem Hospital. Born in New Haven, CT on November 16, 1946 he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Elizabeth M. (Curnen) McDonnell. Mr. McDonnell was raised in New Haven, CT and Milford, CT and was a graduate of Milford High School, Class of 1964. He then went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree from the University...
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Marie L. McAdam

May 14, 1942 - October 12, 2016

Marie L. McAdam, 74, a longtime resident of Lynnfield and formerly of Everett, died Wednesday, October 12 at Massachusetts General Hospital. Born in Chelsea on May 14, 1942 she was the daughter of the late Margaret (Lee) Barisano. Marie was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1959. She enjoyed walking and spending time with her family. She loved going to the beach and never missed...
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Elizabeth Anne Sparkes

August 27, 1980 - October 11, 2016

Elizabeth Anne Sparkes, of Dorchester, MA, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2016, surrounded by her loved ones. Elizabeth was born August 27, 1980, in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in West Hartford, CT. She was a graduate of Conard High School, West Hartford, Colby College, Waterville, ME, and received a Masters Degree in Special Education from Simmons College. She taught Special Ed at...
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Mary J. Iosua

November 14, 1925 - October 9, 2016

Mary J. Iosua, 90, a Wakefield resident for the past 75 years, died suddenly on Sunday, October 9 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. Born in Boston on November 14, 1925, she was the daughter of the late John and Dorothy (Lanza) Riccelli. Mrs. Iosua was a graduate of Girls Latin in Boston, Class of 1942. She was an active member of St. Joseph's Parish in Wakefield. She...
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Gertrude E. "Trudy" MacIntyre

October 8, 2016

Gertrude Elizabeth "Trudy" MacIntyre of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, age 77, peacefully departed this life surrounded by her family on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 after a long illness. She was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on Thursday August 17th, 1939 and graduated from Saint Gregory's High School class of 1957. Never one to give up on her dreams, she attended Merrimack College earning her BA...
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Ruth A. White

November 5, 1921 - October 5, 2016

Ruth A. White, 94 of Wakefield formerly of Reading died on Wednesday, October 5 at the Winchester Hospital. Born in Malden on November 5, 1921 she was the daughter of the late William and Ellen M. (Long) Buchan. Mrs. White was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1939. She was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Wakefield. Mrs. White loved to play bingo,...
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Richard M. Goggin

April 10, 1943 - October 2, 2016

Richard M. Goggin, 73 a longtime resident of Peabody died Sunday October 2, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center. Born in Chelsea, MA April 10, 1943 he was the son of the late Richard J. and Catherine (Gilllen) Goggin. Richard was raised in East Boston. He was a graduate of Boston English High School and Northeastern University. He was retired as a Controller for Haverhill Family Practice....
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James H. Doucette

September 23, 1919 - October 1, 2016

James H. Doucette, a lifelong Wakefield resident died October 1 at the age of 97. Mr. Doucette was born in Wakefield on September 23, 1919 and was the son of the late Edmon and Charlotte (Muise) Doucette. He was retired from Kraft Foods of Woburn. He enjoyed travel and served in the U.S. Navy during W.W. II. Mr. Doucette was the devoted husband of Isabelle E. Doucette. He was the loving...
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David Leo Whitehead

January 28, 1936 - October 1, 2016

David Leo Whitehead, formerly of Wakefield, MA died Oct 1st at the age of 80, at his home in Easton, MA after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. A native of Wakefield, Dave graduated from Wakefield High School and the United States Coast Guard Academy with a degree in Engineering. David was very proud of his service aboard the USCGC Eagle and USCGC Humbolt. After marrying and...
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Richard K. Doucette

October 12, 1927 - October 1, 2016

Richard K. Doucette, 88, of Peabody, formerly of Wakefield died on October 1, 2016 at the Windrose Nursing Home in Woburn. Born in Wakefield on October 12, 1927 he was the son of the late Melbourne and Mary (DeVeau) Doucette. Richard was raised in Wakefield. He served in the Navy during World War II and later in Korea. He also served in the Air Force during Vietnam as and later retired as...
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Christopher D. Furrier

April 22, 1967 - September 30, 2016

Christopher D. Furrier, 49, a lifelong Wakefield resident, died Friday, September 30 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. Born in Melrose on April 22, 1967 he was the son of Elaine (Hayes) Furrier of Wakefield and the late John Michael Furrier. Chris was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1985. He had worked for the former Hanson Box & Lumber before...
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Thomas W. Cooke

February 13, 1926 - September 27, 2016

Thomas William Cooke, 90, of Salem, NH formerly of Lynnfield, MA died Tuesday, September 27 at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry, NH. Born on February 13, 1926 he was the son of the late Thomas E. and Helen A. (Mietzner) Cooke. Mr. Cooke was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1944. He then enlisted in the United States Navy and served in both WWII and...
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Michael S. Murphy

August 21, 1981 - September 25, 2016

Michael Shawn Murphy, "lil man," 35, a lifelong resident of Wakefield died Sunday, September 25 at home from an accidental overdose which was the result of years of battling depression and addiction. Born in Melrose on August 21, 1981 he was the son of Janice L. Murphy of Wakefield. Mikey was raised in Connecticut until the age of 12 when he moved to Wakefield. He was a graduate of...
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Laura Beth Levis

January 2, 1982 - September 22, 2016

Laura Beth Levis was a young, vibrant, funny, extremely beautiful and talented woman, who loved her friends, animals, hip food, good drink, scary movies, chilling out to favorite television shows, entertainment news, best-selling books, laughter, travel, cooking paleo recipes, lifting weights (and showing off her crazy biceps), writing and editing for Harvard Magazine and the Harvard Gazette,...
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Robert E. McCarthy

December 12, 1936 - September 20, 2016

Robert E. McCarthy, 79, of Everett and formerly of Melrose, died Tuesday, September 20 at the Wakefield Center. Born in Chelsea on December 12, 1936 he was the son of the late Jerome and Mary (Mahoney) McCarthy. Mr. McCarthy was born and raised in Chelsea and was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor's in Business from Boston College. Mr. McCarthy...
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Russell E. Fullerton

August 10, 1938 - September 18, 2016

Russell E. Fullerton, 78 of Lynnfield died at his home on Sunday September 18. Born in Stoneham, on August 10, 1938, he was the son of the late Edwin E. and Maxine (MacKenney) Fullerton. Russell was a graduate of Everett Vocational School. He was retired from Northeastern University. Russell was known for his wide smile and easygoing nature. He loved spending time with his grandchildren...
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Anthony A. Bucci

April 22, 1927 - September 14, 2016

Anthony "Tony" Bucci, 89, of Wakefield, died on Wednesday, September 14 at Winchester Hospital. Born in Winchester on April 22, 1927 he was the son of the late John and Ermelinda (Macinanti) Bucci. Mr. Bucci was a graduate of Winchester High School, Class of 1945. He was a retired Lieutenant from the Wakefield Police Department. Mr. Bucci was a World War II Army Veteran. He was a member...
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Dorothy M. Falite

September 15, 1930 - September 12, 2016

Dorothy M. Falite, 85, of Wakefield died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Monday September 12, in the home she had lived in for over 60 years. Born in Everett, on September 15, 1930 she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Ann (Dunn) Jamieson. Dorothy was raise in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School class of 1948. As a young woman she worked at...
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Eugene Mathias Joly, M.D.

December 30, 1927 - September 11, 2016

Eugene Mathias Joly, M.D., 88, of Palm Coast, FL, formerly of Wakefield, MA died September 11, at the Stewart Meyer Hospice House in Palm Coast, FL. Born in Manville, RI on December 30, 1927, he was the son of the late Eugene N. and Helen E. (Thibault) Joly. He was the brother of Jeannette E. Strunz of FL (deceased), and Paul J. Joly (deceased) and wife Gabrielle of CA. Eugene was a...
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Stephen L. Putnam

March 2, 1942 - September 10, 2016

Stephen L. Putnam, 74, of Wakefield passed away Saturday, September 10 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was born in Plymouth on March 2, 1942 and was the son of the late Eleanor Putnam. Stephen was a lifelong Wakefield resident, and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1960. He was a retired exterminator, most recently working for Terminix. Stephen was a big Boston...
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Phyllis A. McGonagle

January 22, 1929 - September 10, 2016

Phyllis A. McGonagle, age 87, of Lynnfield died Saturday, September 10 in Lynnfield. She was born in Boston on January 22, 1929 and was the daughter of the late James and Katherine (Howe) Lapsley. She was raised in Brookline and Brighton and was retired from the former New England Telephone Company. She had been a Lynnfield resident since 1973 and had been a member of the Centre Club of Lynnfield...
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Robert L. Kelley

August 3, 1938 - September 9, 2016

Robert L. Kelley, of Wakefield died peacefully at home on September 9 after a long illness. He was born in Everett on August 3, 1938, the son of the late Frederic and Katherine (McCusker) Kelley. Mr. Kelley was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School. In pursuit of his lifelong dream to become an airline pilot, he held several jobs at a time to support his family while...
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Margaret Louise Markham

August 10, 1923 - September 9, 2016

Margaret Louise (Bragg) Markham passed peacefully into eternal life on Friday, September 9, 2016, at midnight. She leaves a legacy of loving kindness to all who shared her 93 years. Margaret was born in Berwyn, Illinois, on August 10, 1923, and was a resident of Lynnfield for the past 69 years. As a young woman, she moved with her family to South Bend, Indiana. She later attended the Chicago...
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Carol M. Moore

November 19, 1936 - September 6, 2016

Carol M. Moore, 79, of Reading died on Tuesday, September 6 at her residence. Born in Medford on November 19, 1936, she was the daughter of the late George L. and Pauline R. (Doran) Elliott. Mrs. Moore had been a resident of Reading for the past 21 years. She was a graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1954. Mrs. Moore was the founder and dance teacher of The Dance Studio of Wakefield...
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A. Yvonne Scott

September 1, 2016

A. Yvonne Scott, age 84, of Wakefield formerly of Lynn, died Thursday, September 1 at Winchester Hospital after a long illness. She was born on May 30, 1932 and was raised in Lynn, MA. She was the devoted wife of James M. Scott of Wakefield, MA who she met at Hill's Boathouse and Dance Hall on the shores of Wakefield's Lake Quannapowitt and married in Lynn, MA, on August 12, 1956. Yvonne...
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Francis A. White III

August 25, 1957 - August 31, 2016

Francis A. "Frank" White, III, age 59, of North Reading, formerly of Wakefield and Cape Cod, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 after battling Multiple Myeloma cancer for eight years. Frank was the son of Frank White, Jr. of Woburn and the late Martha (Flavin) White. He attended Woburn Public Schools and graduated from Bentley College. Most recently, he worked for the Wakefield Gas...
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Arlene Elizabeth Carpenter

July 13, 1926 - August 30, 2016

Arlene Elizabeth Carpenter passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, August 30 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Arlene was born on July 13, 1926 in Everett, the youngest of nine children of the late Mary and Frederick Fowler. She grew up in Everett and Malden and attended parochial schools, graduating from Cheverus High School in Malden in 1944 and later from...
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Eileen F. Cronan

May 15, 1950 - August 29, 2016

Eileen F. Cronan, 66, of Melrose formerly of Somerville, died Monday, August 29 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. Born in Malden on May 15, 1950 she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Foley) Spellman. Eileen was raised in Somerville and was a graduate of St. Joseph High School in Somerville, Class of 1968. She then went on to receive her nursing certificate from...
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Beatrice L. Byrnes

August 28, 2016

Beatrice L. Byrnes, 90, of Wakefield died on Sunday, August 28 at the Beaumont Nursing Center in Westborough. Born in Portland, Maine she was the daughter of the late Charles and Bessie (Cook) Seavey. Mrs. Byrnes grew up in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1944. She organized all the class reunions and had taught kindergarten at the Tall Spire, First Baptist...
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Anna M. Lucey

January 13, 1949 - August 26, 2016

Anna M. Lucey, 67, of Saugus died suddenly Friday, August 26 with family by her side. Born in Boston on January 13, 1949 she was the daughter of the late Albert and Margaret (Sliman) Smith. Anna was raised in Boston and was a graduate of Brighton High School. She then went on to attend Boston State where she took art classes, and also took the time to obtain her real estate license. Anna...
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