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Robinson Funeral Home

Family Ownership - Over 70 years of family service.

Robinson Funeral Home was established in 1941 by Norman P. Robinson. At that time, there were many funeral homes in Melrose and opening another funeral home took great courage. But Norman was committed to staying in Melrose, and built a beautiful and spacious funeral home that would serve the people of Melrose for generations. At that time, funeral homes were often just renovated houses, and to this day, Robinson is one of the only funeral homes in the area that was specifically designed as a funeral home and has ample private parking.

In 1974 Norman's son, Jeffrey, began working alongside his father. Jeff and his wife, Nancy, raised their three children in Melrose, and in 1989 they embarked on a substantial renovation and addition to the funeral home, nearly doubling its size. In 2010, Jeff's son, Mark, became the third generation funeral director in the Robinson family. He graduated from the Funeral Institute of New England with honors and from Boston College, Class of 2005. After working as an apprentice, Mark gained the necessary experience to serve families of Melrose and the surrounding communities with as much devotion and care as his predecessors.

How We Promise to Serve You Better
Ethics
From 1941 to this day, we practice funeral service with only the best interest of your family in mind. From beginning to end, and in everything we do, we are only concerned with caring for your family. We are serving you and we do not take that for granted.
Trust
At Robinson Funeral Home we consider the opportunity to care for your loved one as a sacred trust. We know that trust is paramount in selecting a funeral home. Please know that we treat everyone as if they were a member of our own family; from the transfer to our facility, to ensuring that burial is completed properly, with dignity and respect.
Compassion
Because we are meeting you at a time of great emotional stress, we want to make the process as simple as possible. At our conferences, we take the burden off you, and address all your concerns with care. We continue our tradition of going far beyond what is expected from a funeral home.
Professionalism
We believe it is our privilege to provide you with the most meaningful, appropriate, and affordable service possible. We are led by our commitment to our community and we never compromise in our ethics, compassion and professional service.


Our Obituaries

Donald R. Blanchard

July 9, 1926 - July 20, 2019

Donald R. Blanchard, a resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on July 20th at Oosterman's Rest Home. Donald was born on July 9th, 1926 in Cambridge, one of two children of the late Raymond H. And Evelyn T. Blanchard. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Mount Hermon Preparatory School with the class of in 1944. Upon graduating high school he enlisted in the...
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Patricia "Pattie" Fay

September 27, 1948 - July 14, 2019

Patricia "Pattie" Fay, longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Life Care Center of Stoneham. She was 70. Born in Everett on September 27, 1948, Pattie is one of four children of the late Mortimer E. and E. Louise ( Murphy) Fay. She was raised in Melrose, and graduated from Melrose High School in 1967. A longtime hairdresser, Pattie owned and operated...
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Robert M. Stiles

February 1, 1928 - July 14, 2019

Mr. Robert M. Stiles, of Norton, formerly of Harwich and Melrose, passed away on July 14, 2019, at age 91. Robert was born on February 1, 1928 in Melrose, son of the late Roy W. Stiles and Ann G. (Tighe) Stiles. He was raised in Melrose, and graduated from Melrose High School before enlisting in the United States Air Force. After dutifully serving his country during the Korean War he received...
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E. David Whooley

July 12, 2019

E. David Whooley, a longtime resident of Stoneham, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, July 12, 2019, at age 75. David was born in Somerville in 1943, one of three sons of the late John and Mary (McCarthy) Whooley. He was raised in Somerville, graduated from Somerville High School, Class of 1963 and from the New England Institute of Industrial Technology. In 1971, he...
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Matthew J. "Buck" MacDonald

February 21, 1969 - July 9, 2019

Matthew J. "Buck" MacDonald, a 20 year resident of Reading, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at age 50. Matt was born in Lowell on February 21, 1969. Raised and educated in Lowell, Matt received his GED before working for himself in bath refinishing and re-glazing. Known to many as "Buck" he was married to Kathleen DuBois and they resided in Reading with son, Jamie....
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Michael S. Rowan

August 26, 1954 - July 2, 2019

Michael S. Rowan, resident of Everett, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Don Orione Nursing Home in Boston. He was 64. Born in Cambridge on August 26, 1954, Michael was one of 5 children of the late Walter F. and Anna (Lakis) Rowan. Michael proudly served in the United States Army from 1974-1975. Michael was the father of Shannon Agramonte and her husband Ubaldo of...
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Patricia Ellen (Greene) Norton

September 12, 1941 - June 29, 2019

Mrs. Patricia Ellen (Greene) Norton, of Malden, Massachusetts, born on September 12, 1941 in Melrose, Massachusetts, to the late Ellen E. McDonald and the late George H. Greene, passed away at age 77 on June 29, 2019 in Birmingham, AL. Patricia attended Malden Hospital School of Nursing. She was an O.R. nurse at Baptist Medical Center Montclair in Birmingham until retiring in 2001. Patricia...
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Frank J. Mogavero

September 6, 1941 - June 25, 2019

Frank J. Mogavero, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away surrounded by his family at home on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at age 77. Frank was born in Boston on September 6, 1941, one of five children of the late Frank and Catherine (Buttaleri) Mogavero. Raised in Roxbury, Frank graduated from East Boston High School and enlisted in the United States Navy at age 18. Frank proudly served his...
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Josephine V. (Riccio) Crescenzi

September 29, 1932 - June 21, 2019

Josephine V. (Riccio) Crescenzi, longtime Melrose resident passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, June 21, 2019 at her home. She was 86. Born in Boston on September 29, 1932, Josephine is one of six children of the late Carmine and Angela (Saurino) Riccio. She became employed as a seamstress in her youth, and became exceedingly talented at it. She always enjoyed...
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Justin K. Moore

October 20, 1978 - June 11, 2019

Justin K. Moore, a resident of Melrose, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a courageous and hard fought battle with cancer on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at age 40. Justin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 20, 1978. Raised in Edmond, OK, Justin graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1998 and received his Bachelor's Degree in MIS and...
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David J. Nichols

November 1, 1957 - June 7, 2019

David J. Nichols, longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 7, 2019 at High Pointe House in Haverhill. He was 61. Born in Boston on November 1st, 1957, David is one of three children of the late Robert S. and Joyce (Houlder) Nichols. He grew up in Reading, attending Reading High School. There, he developed a love of gymnastics and music, taking up the drums and...
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Joyce A. (Lattanzi) Petrino

October 24, 1942 - June 6, 2019

Joyce A. Petrino, Melrose resident, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019 with her family by her side at Winchester Hospital. She was 76. Born in Melrose on October 24, 1942, Joyce is one of two children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Lattanzi. She grew up in Everett and graduated from Everett High School in 1960. In her earlier years, she enjoyed spending summers with her family on The...
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Nicole Elizabeth Campbell

July 19, 1989 - June 4, 2019

Nicole Elizabeth Campbell, resident of Malden, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, she was 29 Nicole had an infectious laugh and quite the sense of humor. She made her family smile on a daily basis because she would come out with things that you would never expect. She loved animals, drawing, anything to do with far off lands such as India or China, and was a wiz on the...
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Mark E. Beauchesne

June 27, 1968 - June 3, 2019

Mark E. Beauchesne, a lifelong resident of Melrose, passed away surrounded by his family after a fearless battle with cancer at home on Monday, June 3, 2019, at age 50. Mark was born in Winchester on June 27, 1968. He was raised in Stoneham and Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1986. He was married to Meredith Tibbetts in Melrose on December 3, 1994, and settled in...
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Ethel L. Polley

February 13, 1935 - May 31, 2019

Ethel Louise (Sentner) Polley, a resident of Haverhill and formerly longtime of Melrose, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 31, 2019, at age 84. Ethel was born in Melrose on February 13, 1935, one of seven children of the late William C. Sentner and Sadie H. (MacWilliams) Sentner. Ethel graduated from Melrose High School with the Class of 1954. She resided in Melrose with her...
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Belle Maxwell

August 14, 1923 - May 25, 2019

Belle (Nunley) Maxwell, a resident of Melrose and formerly longtime resident of Marietta, GA, passed away peacefully at Elmhurst Healthcare in Melrose on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at age 95. Belle was born at home on August 14, 1923 in rural Putnam County, Tennessee. Raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she was married to Clarence E. Maxwell on March 19, 1947 in Rossville, Georgia. While work for...
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Cathy A. Conboy

July 24, 1956 - May 23, 2019

Cathy Ann Conboy, Psy. D.of Melrose, passed into eternal peace at Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday May 23, 2019. She was 62 years old. Beloved wife of Dr. Mark A. Blais of Melrose with whom she shared 28 years of marriage. Loving mother of Mary Catherine Blais and Alice Victoria Blais, both of Melrose. Cherished daughter of Mary Conboy and the late Thomas A. Conboy of South Plainfield...
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Dana M. Jewell

March 16, 1938 - May 23, 2019

Mr. Dana M. Jewell, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at Care One in Wilmington on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at age 81. Dana was born in Lawrence on March 16, 1938. Raised and educated in Brookline, Dana was a graduate of Brookline High School and settled in Melrose. Dana was a dedicated employee of the aeronautical manufacturing firm, Chomerics in Woburn for over 40 years....
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Martha R. Cusolito

September 6, 1933 - May 21, 2019

Martha R. Cusolito (Mallard), longtime Melrose resident, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at The Residence at Melrose Station with her family by her side. She was 85. Born September 6, 1933, Martha is one of four children of the late Joseph and Ruth (MacPhee) Mallard. She grew up in West Medford, and graduated from Medford High in 1952. As a child, Martha developed a love of music,...
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John C. Williams

November 28, 1965 - May 19, 2019

John C. Williams, a resident of Wakefield, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Winchester Hospital. He was 53. John was born in Melrose on November 28, 1965, one of three children of William "Bill" Williams and Patricia R. (Ahearn) Mahoney. He grew up in Wakefield, and graduated from Wakefield High School. From an early age, John loved to take things apart to see how they worked. That...
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Elizabeth D. "Bette" Finegan

December 7, 1922 - May 17, 2019

Elizabeth D. "Bette" (Dickson) Finegan passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 17, 2019, at age 96. Born to parents Walter Shaw Dickson and Helen Rextrow Dickson on December 7, 1922, with her twin sister Marjorie (Mardi), in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bette graduated from Winchester High School (MA) and received a BA from Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA, and an MA from the University...
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Violet C. (MacKay) Ralston

August 2, 1925 - May 15, 2019

Violet C. Ralston, of Wakefield, and formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Wakefield Center on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. She was 93. Violet was born on August 2, 1925 in Hyde Park, one of four children of the late Frederick and Violet (Grant) MacKay. She grew up in Hyde Park, and Graduated from Hyde Park High School. Violet spent most of her life as a...
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John Francis Burke

May 12, 2019

John Francis Burke, a resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at home on May 12, 2019. Beloved husband of the late Rosemary T. Burke (Holland). Loving father of John and his wife Helen of Maryland, the late Dennis and his wife Theresa Melnikas and her husband Andrew of New Hampshire, Joseph and his wife Lisa of North Andover, Stephen and his wife Karen of North Andover, Matthew of Woburn,...
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Milton E. Henderson, M.D.

August 23, 1927 - May 10, 2019

A longtime resident of Melrose, Dr. Milton Henderson passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019, at age 91. He was a devoted husband to his beloved wife Donna Henderson (Golder), with whom he shared 65 years of marriage prior to her death in September of 2016. Milton and Donna were devoted to their children, Susan Henderson Mangubat and her husband Tony of Kona, HI, Albert G. Henderson of Melrose,...
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Betty J. (Hoag) Johnston

August 22, 1926 - May 7, 2019

Mrs. Betty J. (Hoag) Johnston, a resident of Melrose and formerly of Burlington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at age 92. Betty was born in N.Y., adopted at age eight by an aunt and uncle, and their daughter, Dorothy Rothe, in Malden & graduated from Malden High School. She trained as a cadet nurse during WWII...
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John J. LeBlanc

September 24, 1956 - May 4, 2019

John J. LeBlanc, a resident of Melrose, passed away unexpectedly at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at age 62. John was born in Everett on September 24, 1956, and raised in Everett and Malden. He graduated from Malden High School, and from Technical School in Woburn. He worked as an appliance technician for many years. For the past 20 years, he was a dedicated, and well...
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Janice E. (Berg) DeSimone

June 26, 1944 - May 1, 2019

Janice E. (Berg) DeSimone, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Bridges by EPOCH in Andover, at age 74. Janice was born in Malden on June 26, 1944, one of three daughters of the late Henning E. Berg and Ethel C. (Littlefield) Berg. A 1962 graduate of Malden High School, Janice met fellow student and football player, Stephen DeSimone while she...
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Zina L. (Miller) Youngquest

June 25, 1937 - April 29, 2019

Zina L. (Miller) Youngquest, a resident of Malden, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 29, 2019 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital at age 81. Zina was born on June 25, 1937 in Boston, one of three children of the late Benjamin and Rose (Cogen) Miller. She was raised in Boston and graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School. Zina worked as a bookkeeper for many years in Boston, New York City,...
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Carole D. (Cook) Walsh

September 9, 1933 - April 19, 2019

Carole D. (Cook) Walsh, longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 19, 2019 at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 85. Carole was born on September 9, 1933 in Malden, one of five children of the late Amos C. and Elizabeth (Tardiff) Cook. She grew up in Malden, graduating from Malden High in 1951. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Melrose where she resided for...
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Michael Mouradian

July 3, 1926 - April 14, 2019

Michael Mouradian, founder of Melrose Oriental Rug and formerly longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, at age 92. Michael was born in Dorchester on July 3, 1926 to Armenian parents, the late Garabed and Araxy (Devellian) Mouradian. One of two children, Michael was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett...
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Carmine A. Ciampa

July 4, 1922 - April 11, 2019

Mr. Carmine A. Ciampa, in his 97th year, a resident of Brooksby Village in Peabody, and formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Carmine was born in Malden on July 4, 1922. Raised in Malden, Carmine entered the US Coast Guard before graduating from Malden High School. He honorably and faithfully served his country during World War II aboard the USS...
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Helen K. "Hun" McGee

August 26, 1927 - April 10, 2019

Helen K. "Hun" McGee, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on April, 10 at the age of 91. Helen was born on August 26, 1927, a daughter of the late Joseph C. and Helen (Cunningham) Madden. She was raised in Medford and graduated from Medford High School. She worked for several years at Filene's Department Store in downtown Boston, and she later worked at Melrose Savings Bank...
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Kevin J. Sheehan

March 31, 1950 - April 8, 2019

Kevin J. Sheehan, a resident of Everett, formerly of Arlington, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 8, 2019, at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere, at age 69. Kevin was born in Cambridge on March 31, 1950, son of the late Edward M. Sheehan and Lillian M. (Tobin) Sheehan. He was raised in Arlington. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for over 30 years in the construction...
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Marilyn M. (Mottolo) Whittier

October 14, 1949 - April 8, 2019

Marilyn M. (Mottolo) Whittier, longtime resident of Lynnfield and Dennis, passed away peacefully with her family & friends by her side on Monday, April 8, 2019. She was 69. Marilyn was born on October 14, 1949, one of seven children of the late Anthony J. and Mabel H. (Fiske) Mottolo. She grew up in Wilmington and Andover, and graduated from Andover High. An independent woman, Marilyn...
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John V. Curry, Jr.

December 28, 1946 - March 30, 2019

Early morning March 30, 2019, John V. Curry Jr. passed away peacefully at his home in La Quinta, California from heart and lung complications. Known as Jack to family and friends, he was 72 years old. Raised in Wellesley and Arlington Massachusetts, Jack attended BC High graduating in 1964 and graduated from Boston College in 1968. After college he served 6 years in the United States Army...
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Laila (Raabe) "Lee" Rosseland

February 3, 1923 - March 30, 2019

Laila (Raabe) "Lee" Rosseland, died peacefully in her sleep on March 30, 2019 at the age of 96. Until she had a major stroke two weeks earlier, she was a vital and vibrant person who, despite becoming increasingly blind in recent years, remained active, engaged and passionate about many things, including playing bridge and other games, following sports (especially the Red Sox and golf), keeping...
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Frank D. Thomas

November 5, 1940 - March 21, 2019

Mr. Frank D. Thomas, a resident of Saugus and formerly of Melrose, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, at age 78. Frank was born in Chelsea on November 5, 1940, one of four children of the late Edgar W. Thomas and Effie (Penney) Thomas. Raised in Melrose, Frank graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1959. While in high school, Frank met...
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John P. Duggan , Jr.

September 27, 1942 - March 21, 2019

John P. Duggan Jr., longtime Lynnfield resident, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at his home. He was 76. Born in Concord Massachusetts on September 27, 1942, John is one of three children of the late John P. and Elizabeth (Slimond) Duggan Sr. John grew up in Lynnfield and graduated high school in 1960. He married his high school sweetheart,...
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Frank N. Dente

November 10, 1927 - March 13, 2019

Mr. Frank N. Dente, a longtime resident of East Boston, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Aberjona Nursing Center in Winchester, at age 91. Frank was born in East Boston on November 10, 1927. Raised in East Boston during the Great Depression, Frank graduated from East Boston High School and entered the United States Navy at age 17. He served as a Seaman, 2nd Class during...
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Andrew T. "Andy" Savage

May 17, 1980 - March 12, 2019

Andrew T. "Andy" Savage, a Melrose resident, passed away peacefully at home after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at age 38. Andrew was born in Winchester on May 17, 1980, one of two sons of Thomas Savage and the late Kathlene "Kathy" (McLaughlin) Savage. Raised in Georgetown, he graduated from Georgetown High School, and from the University of New Hampshire, Class...
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Karl W. Barnstead

May 7, 1954 - March 8, 2019

Karl W. Barnstead, resident of Swampscott, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers with his family by his side. He was 64. Karl was born on May 7, 1954 in Melrose, one of three children of the late George W. and Edna M. (Carleton) Barnstead. Karl grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High. He enjoyed playing sports in his younger years,...
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Meiling (Wong) Hong

March 6, 2019

Meiling (Wong) Hong, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading, at age 91. Meiling was born in Boston in 1928, one of nine children of the late Wong Jee and Woo Suen Gail. While visiting the Hoiping district of China in the mid 1930's with her parents, all U.S. citizens, Meiling and her family were kept...
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William A. Reale Jr.

December 26, 1963 - March 6, 2019

William A. Reale Jr., longtime Melrose resident, passed away from a sudden illness on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was 55. Bill was born on December 26, 1963 in Malden, one of four children of the late William A. and Ann M. (Shea) Reale. He grew up in Malden and graduated from Malden High School in 1981. While in school, he developed a love and passion for...
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Peter A. Rossetti

November 26, 1942 - March 2, 2019

Peter A. Rossetti, a resident of Melrose, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, at age 76. Peter was born in Cambridge on November 26, 1942, and raised in the North End of Boston. After graduating from Christopher Columbus High School in the North End, he enlisted in the US Air Force. He served for four years and was honorably discharged in 1964. Peter was...
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Shirley Barter Washburn

June 27, 1920 - March 1, 2019

Shirley (Eaton) Barter Washburn, a resident of Brooksby Village in Peabody, and formerly a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 1, 2019, at age 98. Shirley was born on June 27, 1920 in Melrose, one of two children of the late Frank S. Eaton and Florence (Worcester) Eaton. She was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School. Shirley was married to...
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Joseph A. Lettieri

January 16, 1944 - February 18, 2019

Mr. Joseph A. Lettieri, a longtime resident of Wakefield passed away suddenly on February 18, 2019, at age 75. Born in Boston on January 16, 1944, Joseph was raised in East Boston and graduated from English High School. He enlisted into the US Air Force in 1967 and served his country faithfully during the Vietnam War. After serving four years, Joseph received an honorable discharge as a Staff...
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Deanne M. (MacDonald) Clough

July 24, 1934 - February 15, 2019

Deanne entered the presence of her Lord February 15, 2019. Born in Boston, MA on July 24, 1934, she was the daughter of Harold MacDonald and Marion Elizabeth (Morgan) MacDonald. Deanne grew up in Medford, MA, became a lifelong resident of Melrose, MA, and relocated to Loudon, TN in her later years. She was married to her husband, Bradford H. Clough (predeceased) for nearly fifty years. ...
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John S. "Jack" Driscoll

August 31, 1934 - February 5, 2019

Mr. John S. "Jack" Driscoll, of Rye, NH, formerly of Melrose, and Topsfield, passed away peacefully at Mass General Hospital in Boston on February 5, 2019, at age 84. John was born in Melrose on August 31, 1934, one of ten children of the late James F. Driscoll and Mary E. (Fallon) Driscoll. He was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, and from Northeastern University. Jack...
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Robert J. Sammataro

August 17, 1946 - February 3, 2019

Mr. Robert J. Sammataro, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 3, 2019 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, at age 72. Robert was born on August 17, 1946 in Stoneham, son of the late Francis and Josephine (Castro) Sammataro. Raised in Everett, Bob graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1964, and enlisted into the United States...
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Edward F. Buckley

October 8, 1945 - January 30, 2019

Edward F. Buckley, a resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, at the age of 73. Ed was born in Gloucester on October 8, 1945, one of six children of the late Dorothy (Walters) Robinson and his step-father Dewey Robinson. He was raised in Ipswich, and graduated from Ipswich High School in 1963. In 1965, he married his wife and...
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Mary M. Cail

December 16, 1926 - January 30, 2019

Mrs. Mary Milne (Beverley) Cail, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Oosterman's Rest Home in Melrose, at age 92. Mary was born on December 16, 1926 in Dorchester, one of three children of the late John G. Beverley and Barbara H. (Bruce) Beverley. Following a transcontinental voyage, young Mary was baptized into the Christian faith in...
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Barbara P. (Geary) Rinfret

October 31, 1929 - January 25, 2019

Barbara P. (Geary) Rinfret of Saugus, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, January 25, 2019 at her home. She was 89. Barbara was born in South Boston on October 31, 1929, one of seven children of the late Joseph J. and Barbara J. (Madden) Geary, who were originally from Ireland. She grew up in South Boston and enjoyed spending time going to Carson...
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William S. "Bill" Downie

February 20, 1931 - January 25, 2019

William S. "Bill" Downie, of Melrose, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Friday, January 25, 2019 at his home. He was 87. Bill was born on February 20, 1931 in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island, one of eight children of the late William M. and Jane (Smith) Downie, originally of Scotland. He grew up in Sydney Mines until the family moved to Somerville in...
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Marshall Levy

June 28, 1933 - January 22, 2019

Marshall Levy, of Rockport, and formerly of Wakefield and Malden, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester. He was 85. Marshall was born on June 28, 1933 in Malden, one of four children of the late Hyman and Frances (Swartz) Levy. He graduated from Malden High School in 1952 and Boston University in 1956. After...
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Norman E. Campbell

July 9, 1924 - January 21, 2019

Mr. Norman E. Campbell, of Lowell, formerly of Saugus and Malden, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 21, 2019, at Lowell General Hospital, at age 94. Norman was born in Cambridge on July 9, 1924, one of five children of the late James P. Campbell, Jr. and Gladys E. (Slade) Campbell. At the request of his father, he waited until graduating from Cambridge Rindge Tech to enlist in the...
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Eva (Stubra) Yadgood

June 23, 1914 - January 14, 2019

Eva (Stubra) Yadgood, longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Windsor Place in Wilmington. She was 104. Eva was born in Ziaukai, Lithuania on June 23, 1914, one of twelve children of the late Jurgis and Ilsa (Kilius) Stubris. Having graduated from teachers college in 1938, Eva taught school in Piktupenai, a town near the...
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Donald E. "Don" Garron

December 31, 1934 - January 13, 2019

Donald E. "Don" Garron, longtime Malden resident, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was 84. Don was Born in Malden, one of eight children of the late Thomas and Irene (Broussard) Garron. Growing up in Malden, Don was very close with his brothers and sister, and it was a closeness that continued all throughout their lives. He developed a...
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June M. (Tuell) Cameron

April 9, 1926 - January 12, 2019

June M. (Tuell) Cameron, of Derry, NH., and formerly of Melrose and West Newbury, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Aurora Senior Living on Derry. She was 92. June was born in Melrose on April 9, 1926, one of three children of the late Ivan and Erma (Gould) Tuell. She grew up in Melrose living at the Tuell Nursing Home, the facility that her mother Erma founded. A 1944...
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Carolyn P. (Peebles) McLain

January 28, 1927 - January 9, 2019

Mrs. Carolyn "Carol" (Peebles) McLain, longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Saugus Nursing Center. She was 91. Carol was born on January 28, 1927 to Professor Waldo C. Peebles of Boston University and Elinore J. (Cutting) Peebles in Newton, MA. She attended Chapel Hill School in Waltham, MA graduating in 1945 and Boston University, graduating...
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Marion B. (McCarron) Hebert

February 28, 1965 - January 8, 2019

Marion B. (McCarron) Hebert, a resident of Melrose, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at age 53. Marion was born in Boston on February 28, 1965. She was raised in Malden where she graduated from Malden High School, Class of 1983. Marion resided in North Conway, NH for many years before moving to Melrose to be closer to family. Marion was a compassionate caregiver...
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Marilyn A. (Goss) DeRosa

April 24, 1935 - January 6, 2019

Marilyn A. (Goss) DeRosa, a resident of Melrose and formerly longtime of Everett, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Wingate at Sudbury, at age 83. Marilyn was born in Everett on April 24, 1935, one of three children of the late William E. and Marion (Lynn) Goss. Raised in Everett, she graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1953 and began working for the telephone...
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Emilie P. (Pepper) Carpenter

June 29, 1919 - January 2, 2019

Emilie P. (Pepper) Carpenter, longtime resident of Winchester, passed away peacefully at Aberjona Nursing Center in Winchester with her family by her side on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. She was 99. Emilie was born and raised in Melrose. She is the daughter of the late Chester L. and Flora M. (Gaillac) Pepper. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1937, and Bradford College in 1939. She...
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John C. "Jack" Twomey

April 1, 1955 - December 31, 2018

Lt. Col. John C. "Jack" Twomey, Jr., a resident of Melrose, passed away at home peacefully and unexpectedly on Monday, December 31, 2018, at age 63. Jack was born in Boston on April 1, 1955, one of two children of John C. Twomey, Sr. and Katherine (Mahoney) Twomey. He was raised in Reading and graduated from Austin Preparatory School, Class of 1973. In the spring of 1975, he attended the...
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David P. Jenney

January 19, 1939 - December 30, 2018

David P. Jenney, 79, of Melrose, formerly of Reading, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Seaview Retreat in Rowley. David was born on January 19, 1939 in North Reading to Kenneth and Margaret (Dulong) Jenney. David grew up in Reading, graduating from Reading High School, Class of 1957. While in school, David acquired a love of sports, and excelled in football, basketball,...
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Barbara E. (Elliott) Charlton

March 16, 1927 - December 26, 2018

Barbara E. (Elliott) Charlton, longtime resident of Melrose, died Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at her home. She was 91. Barbara was born in Arlington Massachusetts on March 16, 1927, one of five children of the late Claude V. and Beatrice (Ramsay) Elliott. She grew up in Arlington, graduated from Arlington High School, and then graduated from Katharine Gibbs College in Boston. In her...
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Harold D. "Harry" Clark , Jr.

November 15, 1936 - December 25, 2018

Harold D. Clark, Jr. passed from this earth on December 25, 2018. He left us as he lived—kindly, gently, and full of love. He will remain in our hearts forever. We can honor him by seeking to live up to his standards: deep love for family and friends, perennial interest in and respect for people of all types, pleasure in museums and music and the power of art, constant curiosity and intellect,...
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Pauline "Polly" Porter

April 3, 1925 - December 22, 2018

Pauline "Polly" Porter, a longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Chelmsford, at age 93. Pauline was born in Melrose, one of five children of the late William and Lillian (Ricker) Porter. She was raised in Melrose where she graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1943. Polly worked in banking as a bookkeeper for many...
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Barbara "Betty" Shea

October 2, 1924 - December 18, 2018

Mrs. Barbara M. (LaFave) "Betty" Shea, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at Melrose Healthcare on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at age 94. Born on October 2, 1924, she was one of two children of the late Frederick R. LaFave and Bertha M. (Von Schoppe) LaFave. She worked as an administrative secretary at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for over 30 years, retiring in 1998....
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Robert A. Pigeon

August 22, 1952 - December 11, 2018

Robert A. Pigeon, a longtime Melrose resident, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 66. Born on August 22, 1952 in Winthrop, Bob was one of six children of the late Ernest W. and Ruth M. (Luke) Pigeon. Bob was raised in Melrose where he graduated from Melrose High School and received his Bachelor's Degree in English from Salem...
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Marion V. (Snow) Taylor

November 26, 1923 - December 9, 2018

Marion V. (Snow) Taylor, of Melrose passed away at home surrounded by family on Dec. 9, 2018, at age 95. Marion was born in Newfoundland Canada on November 26, 1923, one of ten children of the late William and May (French) Snow. Marion loved her family dearly. Time spent with her husband Val and her children was cherished. Around the house, Marion took joy in knitting, gardening, cooking...
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Marilyn J. (Hamilton) Stiles

September 6, 1928 - December 9, 2018

Marilyn J. (Hamilton) Stiles, of Norton, formerly of Harwich and Melrose, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Wingate of Norton, at age 90. Born on September 6, 1928 in Stoneham, Marilyn was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Mary (Bucci) Hamilton. She was raised on Slayton Road in Melrose and enjoyed playing softball at Melrose High School. Known as "Mal" in high...
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E. Charlotte Pfizenmayer

May 31, 1916 - December 8, 2018

Charlotte Pfizenmayer, resident of Melrose, and formerly of Hollywood, Florida, died peacefully on Saturday, December 8, 2018. She was 102. Charlotte was born on May 31, 1916 in Queens New York, one of two children of the late Frederick W. and Edna (Wilson) Pfizenmayer. Charlotte grew up in Woodhaven and Hollis, New York. She graduated from Hemstead High School in New York, and in 1937,...
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Nancy A. (Brooks) Sassone

September 8, 1945 - December 6, 2018

Nancy A. (Brooks) Sassone, of Melrose, and formerly of South Boston, died peacefully on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at her home. She was 73. Nancy was born on September 8, 1945 in Quincy, one of nine children of the late George W. and Alice Marie (Culkin) Brooks. She grew up in South Boston and graduated from South Boston High School in 1963. Nancy met Vincent J. Sassone II, while they...
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Rev. Patrick J. Kelly

April 3, 1924 - December 6, 2018

Rev. Patrick J. Kelly, a kind and humble priest for 70 years in the Archdiocese of Boston, passed away peacefully in Boston on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at age 94. Fr. Pat was born in Boston on April 3, 1924, one of two children of the late Patrick J. Kelly and Margaret (Mitchell) Kelly. He was raised in Brookline, where he graduated from St. Mary's High School. Fr. Pat went on to graduate...
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Jonathan P. Simpson

November 10, 1941 - November 30, 2018

Jonathan P. Simpson, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the Daniels House in Reading, at age 77. Born in Winchester on November 10, 1941, he was one of four children of the late Raymond and Lorna (Pratt) Simpson. Raised in Lynnfield, he graduated from Wakefield High School, Class of 1959, and from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1963....
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Barry L. Blackwell

March 21, 1941 - November 29, 2018

Barry L. Blackwell, a longtime Melrose resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family at home on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at age 77. Barry was born in Burlington, Vermont on March 21, 1941, one of two sons of the late Alice C. (Story) and Irving W. Blackwell. Raised on a dairy farm on the edge of Lake Champlain in North Hero, VT, the importance of resourcefulness...
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Walter L. Coffin

September 4, 1933 - November 20, 2018

Walter L. Coffin, longtime Melrose resident, died on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington. He was 85. Walter was born in Melrose on September 4, 1933, one of two children of the late Vaughn A. Coffin, Sr., and Ila (MacKey) Coffin. He grew up in Melrose, and enjoyed going swimming at Ell Pond, and walking through the woods with his friends. He...
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Kenneth Forbes

November 28, 1959 - November 13, 2018

Kenneth Forbes, of Newton, New Hampshire, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at age 58. Born in Malden on November 28, 1959, Ken was one of four sons. He was raised in Andover where he graduated from Andover High School. A hard working man, Ken was employed as a truck driver for Lily Corp. for many years. Ken enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved a classic...
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William S. "Bill" Kennedy, Sr.

July 13, 1933 - November 5, 2018

William S. "Bill" Kennedy, Sr., lifelong Melrose resident, died peacefully on Monday, November 5, 2018 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton. He was 85. Bill was born in Medford on July 13, 1933, one of two children of the late Stanford and Grace M. (Bratten) Kennedy. He was raised in Melrose, and graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1951. After graduation, he enlisted in the...
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Janet L. (Miner) Benard

November 7, 1953 - November 2, 2018

Mrs. Janet L. (Miner) Benard, a resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at Mass General Hospital on Friday, November 2, 2018, at age 64. Born on November 7, 1953 in Stoneham, Janet was one of four children of the late Walter C. Miner and Lucy A. (Hermann) Miner. Raised in Melrose, Janet was a freshman at Melrose High School when she met Ed Benard at the Fireman's Carnival on...
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Shirley A. (Holmes) Anastas

January 26, 1939 - October 31, 2018

Mrs. Shirley A. (Holmes) Anastas, of Peabody and formerly longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at Brooksby Village on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at age 79. Shirley was born on January 26, 1939 in Boston, one of five children of the late John L. Holmes and Ruth B. (Mackay) Holmes. She was raised and educated in Brighton and graduated from Westbrook Jr. College in Maine....
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Warren C. Clark

February 9, 1950 - October 26, 2018

Warren Chase Clark, lifelong resident of Melrose, died unexpectedly on Friday, October 26, 2018. He was 68. Warren was born in Melrose on February 9, 1950, one of four children of Elinor B. (Bickford) Clark, and the late Glenn G. Clark. Warren grew up in Melrose, and graduated from Melrose High School. He went on to work for the City of Melrose Department of Public Works, and was also an...
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Audrey F. (Johnson) Cameron

August 31, 1935 - October 25, 2018

Audrey F. (Johnson) Cameron, longtime Melrose resident, died peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Brooksby Village. She was 83. Audrey was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, on August 31, 1935, one of the three children of the late Lewis and Helen (Whiteway) Johnson. Audrey grew up on a farm in Nova Scotia, eventually graduating from college with an Associates...
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Alyssa Rose Conte

September 15, 1989 - October 25, 2018

Alyssa Rose Conte, full of life and a strong young woman, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, October 25, 2018 in Reading surrounded by the love of her family. She was 29. Alyssa was born on September 15, 1989 in Winchester, the daughter of David W. and Janice M. (Corso) Conte. She was raised and educated in Melrose and Wakefield, before graduating from Woburn High School. Alyssa lived...
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Sally E. (Marsolais) Kennedy

July 14, 1935 - October 22, 2018

Sally E. (Marsolais) Kennedy, proud and lifelong resident of Melrose, died peacefully on Tuesday, October 22, 2018 at Life Care of Merrimac Valley. She was 83. Sally was born in Tewksbury on July 14, 1935, one of two children of the late Dr. Roland Marsolais and Elizabeth (Whittaker) Marsolais. Sally grew up in Melrose, and enjoyed spending summers on Conomo Point with her family. Sally...
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Martha Ann Finigian

September 27, 1965 - October 17, 2018

Martha Ann (Aversa) Finigian, a resident of Ft Myers, Florida and formerly of Methuen and Stoneham, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at age 53. Ann was born on September 27, 1965 in Melrose, one of three children of the late Martin Finigian, Jr. and Mary G. (Kelley) Finigian. Ann was raised in Stoneham where she graduated from Stoneham High School. She...
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Joanne (Carr) "Jo" Field

June 10, 1934 - October 16, 2018

Joanne (Carr) "Jo" Field, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at Oosterman's Rest Home on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at age 84. Joanne was born on June 10, 1934, one of three children of the late Harris A. and Edith (Peterson) Carr. A true "island girl" Joanne was born and raised on Martha's Vineyard where she grew up working at the family candy store, Darling's in Oak...
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Patricia L. (Stumpf) DiGiantommaso

December 9, 1930 - October 15, 2018

Patricia L. (Stumpf) DiGiantommaso, age 87, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018, at Sutton Hill Center in North Andover. Patricia was born on December 9, 1930 in Saugus, one of eight children of the late Howard Stumpf and the late Mary (Flaherty) Stumpf. Patricia was the beloved wife of the late Edward A. DiGiantommaso. Loving mother of Robert J....
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Bertha F. Richardson

September 10, 1915 - October 13, 2018

Bertha F. Richardson, resident of La Jolla, CA., and formerly of Melrose, died peacefully on Saturday, October 13, 2018. She was 103. Bertha was born in Melrose on September 10, 1915, one of four children of the late Francis H. and Mabel F. (Palmer) Richardson. Bertha grew up in Melrose, graduating from Melrose High School in 1933, and the Massachusetts College of Art in 1938. She worked...
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Rosamond K. (Smith) "Posy" Parks

January 14, 1925 - October 12, 2018

Rosamond K. "Posy" Parks, longtime Stoneham resident, died peacefully on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She was 93. Posy was born on January 14, 1925 in Malden, one of three children of the late Fred C. and Ruth E. (Williams) Smith. She grew up in Malden, graduating from Malden High in 1943. While in school she developed her love of music. She played...
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Constance M. "Connie" Rand

September 30, 1932 - October 10, 2018

Constance M. (Leving) "Connie" Rand, longtime resident of Melrose, died peacefully, Wednesday October 10, 2018 with her family by her side at the age of 86. Connie was born in Melrose, the youngest of five children of the late Leonard and Theresa (Grassie) Leving. Connie spent many summers in Cohasset as a child and later enjoyed summers on the Parker River in Newbury. She was a graduate of...
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Alice (Powers) DeSimone

September 29, 1925 - October 5, 2018

Alice (Powers) DeSimone, a resident of Medford, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 5, 2018, at age 93. Alice was born in Medway, Maine, one of eight children to the late Nicholas and Stella (Lee) Powers. Born during the Great Depression, Alice was forever shaped with the mindset of independence and hard work. She supported her young family as a hostess at Logan Airport...
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Ryan Killian O'Connor

March 9, 1989 - September 19, 2018

Ryan Killian O'Connor, 29, a resident of Braintree, passed away from a broken heart on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, after the loss of his beautiful wife Tara Gildea O'Connor. The oldest of four children, Ryan was born in Stoneham on March 9, 1989. He was raised on the U.S. Army's Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Ryan graduated from Terry Sanford High School in 2007 before attending...
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Robert E. Delaney

August 5, 1926 - September 19, 2018

Mr. Robert E. Delaney, a lifelong resident of Melrose, passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at age 92. Robert Delaney was born in Melrose on August 5, 1926, one of three sons of the late Grace (Carlan) and Daniel J. Delaney. He was raised in Melrose where he graduated from Melrose High School, and served as a Corporal in...
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Robert E. Sherman

May 12, 1939 - September 12, 2018

Mr. Robert E. Sherman, a resident of Stoneham, and formerly longtime of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family at home on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at age 79. Robert was born in Melrose on May 12, 1939, son of the late Dorothy E. (Burgess) Sherman. After graduating from Melrose High School, Class of 1957, Bob served in the US Coast Guard Reserves. He then...
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William H. Woolley

May 28, 1930 - September 3, 2018

Mr. William H. Woolley, a resident of Wakefield and formerly longtime of Melrose, passed away at home on Monday, September 3, 2018 at age 88. William was born in Melrose on May 28, 1930, one of three children of the late George W. and Margaret (Morrison) Woolley. Raised in Melrose, Bill graduated from Melrose High School. In the late 1940's, he starred on an undefeated Melrose High Football...
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Arthur F. Mahoney

October 9, 1936 - August 30, 2018

Arthur F. Mahoney, 81, of Eliot Maine and formerly of Malden, died on August 30, 2018 at his home. Arthur was born on October 9, 1936 in Malden, to Irish Immigrants, the late John and Mary Mahoney. He grew up in Malden, and graduated from Malden Vocational School in 1954. He met his future wife Joan L. Selig, and was married on January 10, 1954. They went on to share 63 wonderful years...
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Arnold C. Wilson

May 31, 1931 - August 25, 2018

Arnold C. Wilson, long time Melrose resident, died Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Chestnut Woods in Saugus with his family by his side. He was 87. Arnold was born on May 31, 1931 in Malden, to the late Swedish immigrants Henry and Anna (Johnson) Wilson. Arnold served in the United States Air Force from 1949 to 1953 during the Korean Conflict. He was married to Barbara J. (Ogilvie) Wilson for...
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Donald C. Roche

April 16, 1956 - August 25, 2018

Don Roche died peacefully on Saturday, August 25,2018 in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a valiant battle against Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia, a very rare blood cancer. He was 62. Born on April 16, 1956 in Stoneham he as was a son of the late Frederick F. Roche Sr. Raised and educated in Melrose alongside his two older brothers, he was a graduate of Northeast Regional...
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Robert L. Durette

April 12, 1926 - August 23, 2018

Mr. Robert L. Durette, of Malden, died at home on Thursday, August 23, 2018. He was 92. Bob was born April 12, 1926 a son of the late Joachim P. 'Pete' and Isabella (Roy) Durette. A graduate of Durfee High School he then attended business school in Providence. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Bob married Pauline G. Tremblay on June 11, 1949 in Saint Anne's Church in...
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