Celebrity Obituaries

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

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

Assistance and guidance in arranging a personalized celebration of the unique life of their loved one... facilitation of a commemorative experience through which the best qualities of the person and fondest memories of that life can be shared with family and friends in an appropriate manner as they see fit... the best facilities and most dignified service through which their wishes can be carried out and the healing process enabled.


Our Obituaries

Marjorie F. Hery

November 23, 1927 - January 25, 2020

Marjorie F. Hery, 92 of Reading, died on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at The Bear Hill Nursing Center. She was born in Boston on November 23, 1927, and was the daughter of the late Patrick and Katherine (Lawlor) Shine. Marge was an avid golfer, traveler, and baker. She worked as an RN for 40 plus years. She also volunteered for many years at the Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, NH. After...
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Carl E. Akerberg

October 7, 1936 - January 21, 2020

Carl E. Akerberg, 83, a longtime resident of Wakefield died on Tuesday, January 21 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital. He was born in Boston on October 7, 1936, and was the son of the late Edwin C. and Mary (Manfredi) Akerberg. Carl was raised and educated in East Boston and Revere, and was a graduate of Revere High School. He was a retired pipe fitter for General Electric of Lynn. He...
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Carl E. Akerberg

October 7, 1936 - January 21, 2020

Carl E. Akerberg, 83, a longtime resident of Wakefield died on Tuesday, January 21 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital. He was born in Boston on October 7, 1936, and was the son of the late Edwin C. and Mary (Manfredi) Akerberg. Carl was raised and educated in East Boston and Revere, and was a graduate of Revere High School. He was a retired pipe fitter for General Electric of Lynn. He...
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Joan Marie O'Donnell

March 16, 1929 - January 20, 2020

Joan Marie O'Donnell, age 90, a longtime Wakefield resident, died Monday, January 20 at the Bear Hill Nursing Home. Born in Bayonne, NJ on March 16, 1929 she was the daughter of the late David and Eleanor (McKigney) Donovan. Mrs. O'Donnell was raised and educated in Bayonne, NJ and was a graduate of Holy Family Academy, Class of 1948. In 1951 she married her husband, the late James E. O...
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Deanna M. Palmer

June 24, 1938 - January 18, 2020

Deanna M. Palmer, age 81, died on Saturday January 18 at The Kaplan Family Hospice house in Danvers. She was born in Melrose on June 24, 1938 and was the daughter of the late Samuel and Mae (Davies) Santoro. Deanna was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1956 where she was voted most popular. She met her childhood sweetheart Neil when she was 14 years old, and they were married...
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Walter "Bud" Lundgren

June 10, 1925 - January 17, 2020

Walter E. "Bud" Lundgren, 94, of Wakefield MA died on Friday, January 17, 2020 at his home. Born in Cambridge MA on June 10, 1925, he was the son of the late William and Anna (Edgerly) Lundgren. Mr. Lundgren was a graduate of Malden High School. He was a retired Tool & Die Engineer for M.W. Carr in Somerville MA. Mr. Lundgren enlisted in the United States Navy in December 1941 after the...
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Geraldine F. Orozco

May 17, 1945 - January 13, 2020

Geraldine F. Orozco, 74, of Wakefield formerly of Reading, died on Monday, January 13 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. Born in Medford on May 17, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Mary Elizabeth (Boylan) Shanahan. Ms. Orozco was raised in Charlestown and was a graduate of North Cambridge Academy and Cardinal Cushing College. She was a Middle School Teacher...
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Dorothy R. Murphy

July 30, 1931 - January 11, 2020

Dorothy R. Murphy (Barry), age 88, a longtime Lynnfield resident, died on Saturday, January 11 at the Masconomet Health Care Center in Topsfield. With sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Dorothy, our mother and friend to all whose lives she touched on. Dottie was born and raised in Somerville, the daughter of the late John J. and Georgietta (Ryder) Barry, the youngest of 6...
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John A. Bilicki

July 31, 1930 - January 9, 2020

John A. Bilicki, 89, of Rochester, New Hampshire formerly of Wildwood, Florida & Reading, died on Thursday, January 9 at his residence. Born in Wakefield on July 31, 1930, he was the son of the late Anthony and Victoria (Zoiremski) Bilicki. Mr. Bilicki was a graduate of Reading High School. He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War. Mr. Bilicki was a Police Office...
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Joanna M. Jankowski

September 20, 1933 - January 4, 2020

Joanna M. "Joan" Jankowski 86, longtime resident of Wakefield died Saturday January 4, at Bearmountain of Reading. Born in Chelsea, September 20, 1933 she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Bednarek) Kravish. Joan was a graduate of Medford High School class of 1951. She had been a Wakefield resident for the past 54 years and was a member of St. Florence Parish. She enjoyed...
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Sally Jean Paterson

May 28, 1947 - January 3, 2020

Sally Jean Paterson, formerly of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, age 72, passed away on January 3, 2020 in Virginia. Sally is survived by her daughter, Nikki DePersis and granddaughter Matti of Arlington, Virginia; her sister Nancy Shields (Kevin), her brother Bob Paterson (Kristine), her nieces and nephews and her companion Ed Flynn. Sally was preceded in death by her son, Matt DePersis. ...
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Herold F. Doherty

January 11, 1930 - January 3, 2020

Herold Frances Doherty, Korean War Veteran Herold Frances Doherty, of Wakefield, MA, passed away on January 3, 2020. He was 8 days short of his 90th birthday. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Bernice (Benjamin) Doherty, a brother, John Benjamin Doherty, and a sister, Ruth Stafford. Herold was also predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen Doherty, and infant child, and his second,...
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Joseph J. Canty

March 7, 1950 - January 3, 2020

Joseph J. Canty, of Lynnfield died Friday, January 3rd at his residence surrounded by his family after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 7, 1950, the son of the late John and Emily (Layton) Canty. Joe was raised in Somerville and was a graduate of Saint Clement High School, Class of 1968 and later from Bentley College in 1972 where he also played basketball. He made his...
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Dianne D. Noyes

October 16, 1940 - January 1, 2020

Dianne D. Noyes, age 79, of E. Wakefield, NH formerly of Wakefield, MA died Wednesday, January 1 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Born in Miami, Florida on October 16, 1940 she was the daughter of the late Ann Daly and Clinton Spear. Raised in Wakefield Dianne was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1958. After graduating she took a job at Transitron where she met her...
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Florence M. Doucette

November 27, 1926 - December 30, 2019

Florence M. Doucette, 93 of Taunton, a former longtime resident of Wakefield died Monday December 30, at the Wedgemere Healthcare Center of Taunton. Born in Everett November 27, 1926 she was the daughter of the late Eben and Anna (Cotreau) Brown. Florence was raised in Gloucester where her father was a Fisherman. She was active in the town of Wakefield where she was a member of the Mother...
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Jon A. Procurot

January 1, 1943 - December 29, 2019

Jon A. Procurot, age 76, a retired Lieutenant of the Lynnfield Fire Department and well know local resident died suddenly on Sunday, December 29 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Jon was a lifelong resident of Lynnfield and was born on January 1, 1943 the son of the late Antonio and Evelyn E. (Curio) Procurot. He was a graduate of Lynnfield High School, Class of 1961. While at Lynnfield High...
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Frank Edward Papalegis

May 31, 1938 - December 29, 2019

Frank Edward Papalegis, age 81, a longtime Wakefield resident, died Sunday, December 29 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Malden on May 31, 1938 he was the son of the late Frank and Stasia (Konsavage) Papalegis. Mr. Papalegis was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Chauncy Hall Preparatory School and late of Tufts University. He had a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and had...
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John P. DelRossi, Jr.

March 20, 1951 - December 28, 2019

John P. DelRossi, Jr. of Lawrence, formerly of Wakefield, died Saturday, December 28 at the Wood Mill Center in Lawrence. Born March 20, 1951 he was the son of the late John P. and Mary A. (Kehoe) DelRossi. He was the brother of Carol Harmen of Wakefield, Sandra Minchello and her husband Thomas of Wilmington, Mary Moccia and her late husband Vito of Stoneham and the late Frances Cipriano and her...
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Susan D. Downey

February 21, 1940 - December 27, 2019

Susan D. Downey, age 79 of Reading and a former resident of Wakefield died Friday, December 27th in Wakefield. Born on February 21, 1940 she was the daughter of the late Donald Parr and Gertrude (Dwyer) Searle. She was raised in Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School, Class of 1957 and later graduated from the Katharine Gibbs School of Boston, Class of 1959. She was a member of the...
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Alfred S. Confalone

February 20, 1931 - December 26, 2019

Alfred S. Confalone, age 88, of Wakefield died on Wednesday, December 26 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was born on February 20, 1931 and was the son of the late Sabitino and Maria (Bucciacchio) Confalone. Alfred was a lifelong Wakefield resident, and a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1948 where he played football under Hack Walsh. After High School, he did a PG Year at...
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David P. Gaw

April 3, 1943 - December 25, 2019

David P. Gaw a lifelong resident of Wakefield died suddenly on Wednesday December 25, at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital. Born in Stoneham April 3, 1943 he was the son of the late Stanley and Jennie (Haladay) Gaw. Dave was a graduate of Wakefield High School class of 1961. He was retired from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. Prior to working for the Registry, he was the owner of...
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Nancy J. Cuoco

March 25, 1960 - December 23, 2019

Nancy J. Cuoco, age 59, of Wakefield, died Monday, December 23 at her residence. Born in Stoneham on March 25, 1960 she was the daughter of Janice M. (Deschamps) Solimine of Wakefield and the late William F. Solimine. Nancy was a lifelong Wakefield resident and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1978. She had worked for her family business of temporary staffing for a number...
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Ann B. Smith

May 24, 1929 - December 21, 2019

Ann B. (Bishop) Smith, 90, of Lynnfield died on December 21, 2019 in Chelmsford. Ann was born in North Attleborough on May 24, 1929 and was the daughter of the late Donald and Dorothy (Cullen) Bishop. Ann was raised in North Attleboro and was a graduate of North Attleborough High School and later Colby College. She had worked for Life Magazine in NY. She was a longtime Lynnfield resident...
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Helen D. Manetta

December 20, 1920 - December 20, 2019

Helen D. (Squizzero) Manetta, 99, of Somerville died Friday, December 20, at the Meadow Green Nursing Home in Waltham. Helen was born in Cranston, RI on December 20, 1920 and was the daughter of the late Pietro and Concetta (Masella) Squizzero. Helen was a lifelong resident of Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1937 and later a graduate from Burdette College of...
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Harold E. Perkins, Jr.

July 12, 1939 - December 19, 2019

Harold E. Perkins, Jr., 80, of Methuen, formerly of Tewksbury and Melrose, died on Thursday, December 19 at his residence. Born in Melrose on July 12, 1939, he was the son of the late Harold E. and Marion E. (Contant) Perkins. Mr. Perkins was a graduate of Wakefield High School. He was a retired printer for Commercial Union Insurance Company in South Boston. Mr. Perkins enjoyed boating...
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Julio O. Encarnacao III

April 9, 1958 - December 17, 2019

Julio O. Encarnacao, III age 61 and a lifelong Wakefield resident and member of a well-known local family died December 17th in Danvers, at the Kaplan Hospice House, after a long period of failing health. Julio was born in Melrose, MA on April 9, 1958 and was the son of the late Julio O. Jr. and Josephine A. (Croce) Encarnacao. He was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1976 where...
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Paul S. Larcom

March 19, 1933 - December 16, 2019

Paul Sydney Larcom, age 86, a lifelong Beverly resident, died Monday, December 16 at the Lahey Clinic and Medical Center in Burlington. Born in Beverly on March 19, 1933 he was the son of the late Sydney and Ingrid (Svendsen) Larcom. Mr. Larcom was raised in Beverly and was a graduate of Beverly High School, attended Northeastern University, and then went on to serve in the United States...
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Priscilla Ramsay Troutman

August 4, 1950 - December 14, 2019

Priscilla Ramsay Troutman was a loving mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She died at the age of 69 on Saturday, December 14th at the Winchester Hospital. She was born in East Boston on August 4, 1950 and was the daughter of the late David and Florence (Driscoll) Ramsay. A graduate of Wakefield High School in 1968, Priscilla was at the very top of her class. She attended Mount Holyoke...
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John G. McLean

June 11, 1940 - December 12, 2019

John Garfield McLean, Sr., age 79 of Wakefield died Thursday, December 12, 2019. Born in Melrose on June 11, 1940 he was the son of the late William J. and Helen (Bourque) McLean. Garf served in the United States Army. Garf was the loving husband of his late wife, Bonnie-Jean McLean. He was the beloved father of John G. McLean, Jr. and his wife Cynthia of North Andover. He was the...
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Enrico "Henry" Palmerino

January 7, 1930 - December 10, 2019

Enrico Sabatino "Henry" Palmerino, age 89, of Wakefield, passed away Tuesday, December 10 at his home. Born in Bridgeport, CT on January 7, 1930 he was the son of the late Nicola and Francis Palmerino. Henry was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1948, where he played football and was also co-captain of the basketball team. He enlisted in the United...
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Nicholas L. DeRosa

March 7, 1932 - December 9, 2019

Nicholas L. DeRosa, 87, of Lynnfield passed away on Monday, December 9 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice Center in Reading. Nicholas was the beloved husband of the late Nancy E. (Bemiss) DeRosa. He was the loving father of Francesca (DeRosa) Durant, Marc DeRosa and Christina DeRosa. He was the brother of Marie DeRosa, Gertrude Dwyer, and the late Angelina DeRosa and Pasquale DeRosa. He was the...
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Lois Arlene Christopher

May 3, 1927 - December 8, 2019

Lois Arlene Christopher passed away peacefully joining her beloved husband, Earl, in eternal life on December 8, 2019 at the age of 92. She was born on May 3, 1927 in Tisbury, MA to the late Laura (Hinckley) and Howard Powell, and was the granddaughter of Hebert N. and May Hinckley of Vineyard Haven. Lois worked for John Hancock Insurance Agency when she met Earl. They enjoyed a remarkable...
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Diane M. Rock

October 30, 1951 - December 7, 2019

Diane M. Rock, 68, of Lynn formerly of Wakefield died on Saturday, December 7 at the Bay Path Nursing Center in Duxbury. Born in Melrose on October 30, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Antonio and Josephine (DelRossi) Confalone. Ms. Rock had been a Lynn resident for the past 40 years. She was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1969. Ms. Rock was retired factory worker for...
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Barbara E. Cipoletta

June 7, 1933 - December 5, 2019

Barbara E. Cipoletta, 86, of East Boston died on Thursday, December 5, surrounded by her loving family. Born in East Boston on June 7, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Pauline (Velardo) Grande. Mrs. Cipoletta was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1951. Mrs. Cipoletta was the wife of the late James Cipoletta. She was the mother of James Salvato and his...
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Marie M. Crouse

January 14, 1931 - December 2, 2019

Marie Margaret Crouse, age 88, a longtime Wakefield resident, died Monday, December 2 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a courageous battle with ALS. Born in Medford on January 14, 1931 she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Margaret A. (Hickey) Ryan. Marie was raised in Medford and had attended St. Joseph School in Medford and Medford High School, as well as attending...
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Alexander E. Geljookian

October 1, 1924 - December 2, 2019

Geljookian, Alexander Eghia; born in 1924, died December 2, 2019. Affectionately known as "Al" and "Grampy" to all. Al grew up in Dorchester and was a longtime resident of Wakefield, MA since 1957. He passed peacefully at the Kaplan Hospice House in Danvers after a valiant battle with heart failure. Al was predeceased by his parents, Eghia and Katoon (Vartikian) Geljookian of Armenia, his...
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Edward W. Campbell, Jr.

March 21, 1943 - December 2, 2019

Edward W. Campbell, Jr. of Wakefield died on Monday, December 2 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Edward was born in Boston on March 21, 1943 and was the son of the late Edward W. and Mary E. (White) Campbell. Edward was born and raised in Boston and was a graduate of St. Columbkille High School, Class of 1961. He was a Boston Police Officer for 35 years and was a master trainer of...
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Mary E. Dahlquist

February 28, 1930 - November 28, 2019

Mary E. Dahlquist, age 89, a longtime Reading resident, died Thursday, November 28 at the Winchester Nursing Center. Born in Medford on February 28, 1930 she was the daughter of the late James J. and Anne (Lydon) Boyle. Mary was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Cheverus High School in Malden. She had lived in Malden for a period of time before making her home in Reading where she...
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Sean M. Lyons

November 3, 1965 - November 27, 2019

Sean M. Lyons, 54 of Wakefield died Wednesday, November 27 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. He was born in Malden on November 3, 1965 to the late Benjamin and Mary (Shanahan) Lyons. Sean was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Northeast Regional Vocational High School. He worked for the Local#17 as a Sheet Metal Worker. He was passionate about his vintage Ford Bronco...
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John G. Haggerty

July 12, 1937 - November 26, 2019

John G. Haggerty, 82 a lifelong resident of Wakefield died Tuesday November 26, at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Born in Stoneham, July 12, 1937 he was the son of the late Thomas and Marion (Surette) Haggerty. John was a graduate of Wakefield high School class of 1956. He captained the hockey team and was a member of the baseball team. He proudly served his country towards the end of...
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Darinka Jankovic

August 10, 1929 - November 26, 2019

Darinka Jankovic, 90, of Wakefield died on Tuesday, November 26 at the Genesis-Wakefield Center Nursing Center. Born in Foca, Bosnia on August 10, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Milan and Janja Ivanovic. Ms. Jankovic had been a Wakefield resident for the past nine years. She moved to Malden from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 26, 1998. Ms. Jankovic was a single mother who dedicated...
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Helen M. Fallica

July 6, 1928 - November 25, 2019

Helen M. Fallica, age 91, of Reading, formerly of Wakefield, died Monday, November 25 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Lynn on July 6, 1928 she was the daughter of the late Primo and Maria (Cappelletti) Ferrari. Mrs. Fallica was raised and educated in Lynn. She met her husband, the late Joseph Fallica, at Revere beach and they were married in 1950. They settled in Wakefield...
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Donald P. "Bucko" Curran

September 6, 1934 - November 24, 2019

Donald P. Curran "Bucko", 85, a lifelong Wakefield resident, died on Sunday, November 24 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. Born in Wakefield on September 6, 1934, he was the son of the late John J. and Winifred (D'Entremont) Curran. Mr. Curran was a graduate of Wakefield High School and had attended Northeastern University. He was a retired superintendent for the...
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Judith M. Robinson

April 20, 1943 - November 21, 2019

Judith M. Robinson, 76 of Amesbury formerly of Wakefield died on Thursday, November 21 at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. Born in Boston on April 20, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Viorene (Livernois) Stiles. Mrs. Robinson attended Greenwood School and was a graduate of Nazareth Academy, Class of 1961 and Burdette College, Class of 1963. She was a retired...
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Anthony David Benedetto

March 18, 1963 - November 20, 2019

Anthony David was born on March 18, 1963 in Winchester, MA to Anthony R. and Rosella (Vittozzi) Benedetto. David grew up in Wakefield and was a 1981 graduate of Wakefield High School. While in high school, along with lifelong friend Walter Havey, David was an inaugural member of the committee which opened the first high school bank institution in the U.S.. One of his most prized accomplishments...
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Chester E. Nightingale

April 26, 1927 - November 20, 2019

Chester Eliot Nightingale, 92, passed away peacefully Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the Sawtelle Hospice House with his wife of 63 years Peggy Golding Nightingale at his side. Chet was born in Boston, the youngest son of Professor W.E. Nightingale and Mary Rowe. He was predeceased by his brother Charles and is survived by his two sisters, Erma Wiggin and Gertrude Gettel. Together with...
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John Edwards

June 21, 1929 - November 18, 2019

Born in 1929 in Milford, MA, Jack grew up in Halifax, NS with his parents John and Kathleen, stirring up trouble with his seven siblings - Margaret, Mary, Phil and Kerry, and the late Doug, Pat, and Martin. Wanting to claim his US citizenship birthright, he returned to the Boston area and lived with relatives. He joined the Army, was handed a rifle and summarily shuffled off to Korea. Having...
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Nancy M. Benecchi

November 1, 1951 - November 16, 2019

Nancy M. Benecchi, 68, of Wakefield formerly of Revere, died on Saturday, November 16 at her residence. Born in Revere on November 1, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Valder and Jeannette (Foppiano) Benecchi. Ms. Benecchi was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1969, Boston College, Class of 1973 and had received her Master's Degree in Education for Leslie College. She was a...
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Chester J. Confalone

March 27, 1930 - November 15, 2019

Chester J. Confalone of Wakefield passed away at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital after a brief illness surrounded by his loving family on November 15, 2019. He was born on March 27, 1930 to the late Chester and Mary Confalone of Wakefield. He attended St. Joseph's School and was a graduate of Wakefield High School class of 1947. He was also a proud member of the U.S. Army. Chet was a brick...
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Roy M. Moore

May 14, 1926 - November 13, 2019

Roy M. Moore, died on November 13 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Wakefield. Roy was born in Revere on May 14, 1926 and was the son of the late William and Ethel Moore. He was a graduate of Tufts University, Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude in 1957. Roy joined the Undergraduate Admissions Staff of Tufts University 1958, retiring in 1990 as Associate Director. Before enrolling at Tufts...
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Philip A. Russo

February 20, 1923 - November 13, 2019

Philip A. Russo, 96 of Wakefield, formerly a 60 year resident of Meridian Street in Melrose died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on November 13, 2019. Born in Boston on February 20, 1923, he was the son of the late Angelo and Francesca Parlagreco. Mr. Russo was raised in East Boston. He was a graduate of East Boston High School and Northeastern University, where he earned his...
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Francis A. Sousa

November 22, 1923 - November 11, 2019

Francis A. Sousa, age 95, a longtime resident of Lynnfield, died Monday, November 11, Veterans Day, at his residence. Born in Cleveland, OH on November 22, 1923 he was the son of the late Francis M. and Lillian (Faucon) Sousa. Mr. Sousa was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1942. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps.,...
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Jean K. (Luciano) Camerato

December 18, 1938 - November 8, 2019

Jean K. (Luciano) Camerato December 18, 1938 – November 8, 2019 Jean K. (Luciano) Camerato died at home on Friday, November 8, 2019. Born in Wakefield, Jean was the daughter of the late Domenic and Josephine Luciano. She graduated from Wakefield High School in 1956. In the 1970's Jean known as "the hawk" was a manager for the St. Joseph's Conquistadors CYO band, for many years. She...
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Virginia M. Fairfield

August 12, 1925 - November 7, 2019

Virginia M. Fairfield, 94, of Wakefield, died on Thursday, November 7 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center. Born in Wakefield on August 12, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Althea (Packer) Eldredge. Mrs. Fairfield was raised in North Reading and lived her whole marriage life in Wakefield. She worked as a Registered Nurse for many years at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Mrs....
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John F. "Jack" Troughton

November 14, 1925 - November 5, 2019

John F. "Jack" Troughton, of Wakefield, passed away November 5 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. Born in Somerville on November 14, 1925 he was the son of the late Walter and Sarah (Jones) Troughton. Jack was raised in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School. He enlisted in the United States Army and served during WWII, and was stationed in Japan and the...
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Louis A. Sassano

April 11, 1929 - November 5, 2019

Louis A. Sassano, age 90, of Wakefield, died Tuesday, November 5 at the CareOne in Wilmington. Born in Brooklyn, NY on April 11, 1929 he was the son of the late George and Rose (Pope) Sassano. Mr. Sassano was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and had formerly been a resident of New York City before making his home in Wakefield and raising his family. He had enlisted in the United States Army...
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Michael J. Skeldon

December 23, 1964 - November 4, 2019

Michael J. Skeldon, 54, of Wakefield, Massachusetts (formerly of Kankakee, Illinois), died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Monday, November 4, at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. Born in Kankakee, Illinois, on December 23, 1964, to Judith (Jefferson) and Oran Lee Skeldon, Mike grew up surrounded by family, including parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and a younger...
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Harriet Alta Pierce Winsor

March 12, 1928 - November 4, 2019

Harriet Alta Pierce Winsor, 91, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2019 at the Sunrise Senior Living Center in Lynnfield, Massachusetts due to complications of dementia. She was the daughter of the late Louise Rush Pierce and Herbert Robbe Pierce. Harriet was born on March 12, 1928, in Montpelier, Vermont. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1949...
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Francis S. Gallahue

November 18, 1936 - November 3, 2019

Francis S. "Frank" Gallahue, 82, of Wakefield died Sunday November 3, at the Oosterman's Rest Home in Melrose. He was born in Quincy on November 18, 1936 and was the son of the late James and Marion (Foy) Gallahue. Frank was raised in Braintree and was a graduate of Archbishop Williams High School, Class of 1954. Along with his brother Bob, they started Gallahue's Market in Wakefield in...
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Robert D. Sullivan

August 4, 1950 - November 3, 2019

Robert D. "Bobby" Sullivan, age 69, of North Reading, formerly of Wakefield, died Sunday November 3 at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington. Born in Boston on August 4, 1950 he was the son of the late Daniel J. and Helen F. (Murphy) Sullivan. Bobby was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1971. He was an avid freshwater fisherman and New...
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Cynthia M. Nesbitt

October 15, 1951 - October 31, 2019

Cynthia M. Nesbitt, 68, of Reading, PA formerly of Reading, MA, Louisville, KY and Rancho Santa Margarita, CA died on Thursday, October 31 at the Reading Hospital Tower Health in Reading, PA Born in Melrose, MA on October 15, 1951, she was the daughter of Louise D. (Badaracco) McNall of Stoneham and the late Robert G. McNall. Mrs. Nesbitt was a graduate of Reading High School, Class of...
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Paula Louise Smith

October 30, 2019

Paula Louise Smith, 69, of Peabody MA died peacefully October 30 surrounded by loved ones after a long struggle with melanoma. Born in 1950 in Stoneham MA, she was the youngest child of the late Anne M. (Maguire) Smith and George C. Smith. She is survived by her loving husband Paul Harty, dear sisters Susanne Smith (Frank Roderick) and Nathalie Meyfarth (George), cherished nephew Christopher...
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Robert G. Beane, "Bob"

June 8, 1946 - October 29, 2019

Robert G. "Bob" Beane, age 73, of Reading, MA died Tuesday, October 29 at his residence surrounded by his family. Born in Wakefield on June 8, 1946 he was the son of the late Leo F. and Elizabeth (Walsh) Beane. Bob was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1964 and then went on to receive his Associates Degree from Northeastern University. He also had...
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Jean C. Funk

December 12, 1917 - October 26, 2019

Jean C. Funk, 101, a lifelong Wakefield resident, died on Saturday, October 26 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center. Born in Wakefield on December 12, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Philomenia (Krezicka) Yazinka. Mrs. Funk was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1935. She worked as a secretary for the Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Wakefield and was also a member of...
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Christine M. Driscoll

May 26, 1955 - October 22, 2019

Christine M. Driscoll, age 64, of Venice, FL formerly of Wakefield, died Tuesday, October 22 in Venice, FL. Born in Boston on May 26, 1955 she was the daughter of the late Jeremiah and Marguerite (Killian) Leary; and was the beloved wife of Robert J. Driscoll, with whom she shared 27 years of marriage. She also leaves behind many cousins and extended family members. Christine was raised in...
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Dennis Stephan

October 20, 1943 - October 22, 2019

Dennis Stephan, age 76, of Wilmington, formerly of Wakefield and North Reading, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 22 at the Winchester Hospital. Born in Medford on October 20, 1943 he was the son of the late Myles S. and Charlotte E. (Strunk) Stephan. Mr. Stephan was raised and education in North Reading before enlisting in the United States Army and serving his country during the...
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Arthur R. Munroe

September 19, 1939 - October 21, 2019

Arthur R. Munroe, 80, of Peabody formerly of North Reading and Lynnfield, died on Monday, October 21 at his residence. Born in Lynn on September 19, 1939, he was the son of the late Angus and Adeline (Murphy) Munroe. Mr. Munroe was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1957. He served in the United States Air Force. Mr. Munroe was a former Police Officer for the Town of Lynnfield,...
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Ralph A. Francesconi

January 29, 1931 - October 14, 2019

Ralph A. Francesconi, 88, of Wakefield died on Monday, October 14 at his residence. Born in Revere on January 29, 1931, he was the son of the late Alexander and Mary (Federiconi) Francesconi. Mr. Francesconi was a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School in Boston, Class of 1949 and had attended Tilton Academy in New Hampshire. He worked as a salesman for General Cigar. Mr....
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Nancy F. Malonson

November 23, 1956 - October 14, 2019

Nancy F. Malonson, age 62, a longtime Wakefield resident, passed away Monday, October 14 at her residence with her family by her side. Born in Everett on November 23, 1956 she was the daughter of Paul and Anne (Gilmore) Fazzina. Nancy was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1974. While in high school, she was a standout softball player and continued...
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Louise Tansino

April 27, 1929 - October 9, 2019

Louise Tansino, age 90, of Wakefield, died on Wednesday, October 9 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Boston on April 27, 1929 and was the daughter of the late Stephen and Thina (Matto) Nassan. Louise was a graduate of Somerville High School Class of 1947. She had been a resident of Wakefield since 2000. Louise was a retired assistant manager at the Somerville Credit...
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Miriam Ann Shafner

March 11, 1944 - October 6, 2019

Miriam Ann Shafner, age 75, a longtime resident of Lynnfield, died Sunday, October 6 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born in Merrimac, MA on March 11, 1944 she was raised on the Sargent Farm dairy farm by her late parents, George Leonard and Alice (Bragdon) Sargent. Miriam was raised in Merrimac and was a graduate of Pentucket Regional High School. She then went on to...
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Helen Mary James

August 20, 1919 - October 6, 2019

Helen Mary James, age 100, of Lynnfield, died Sunday, October 6 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Peabody on August 20, 1919 she was the daughter of the late Marcus and Nellie (Dowd) Peterson. Mrs. James was raised in Peabody and was a graduate of Peabody High School and then attended Salem State University. She had gone to work for General Electric where she met her...
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Donald T. Young

February 20, 1935 - October 5, 2019

Donald T. Young, age 84, a lifelong resident of Wakefield and a veteran newspaper photographer, died on Saturday, October 5. Mr. Young was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1955; Franklin Technical Institution, Boston, Class of 1956 (majoring in photography); and New England School of Art, Boston, Class of 1959 (majoring in commercial art and design). Mr. Young was employed...
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Ernest J. Yamartino, Sr.

February 17, 1925 - October 4, 2019

Ernest J. Yamartino, Sr., 94, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2019. He was born on February 17, 1925 to Salvatore Yamartino and Giovannina "Jennie" (Lanzano) Yamartino and was raised in Waltham, MA. He was the beloved husband of 65 years to Dorothy (Hartigan) Yamartino until her death in July 2014. He leaves his six loving children: sons Ernest J Yamartino, Jr. and his wife Marilyn of...
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Edna M. Gilfeather

November 4, 1918 - October 1, 2019

Edna M. Gilfeather, 100, a long time Wakefield resident died on Tuesday, October 1 at the Beverly Hospital. Born in Melrose on November 4, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Sylvine and Mary (Babin) Bourque. Mrs. Gilfeather was raised and educated in Melrose and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School in Melrose. She was a retired technician for Transitron Electronic Corporation in...
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Nancy M. Shea

March 11, 1947 - October 1, 2019

Nancy M. Shea, age 72, of North Reading, formerly of Melrose, died Tuesday, October 1 at the Winchester Hospital. Born in Malden on March 11, 1947 she was the cherished daughter of the late Robert M. and Claire (Fisher) Shea. She was the beloved sister of Barbara Shea of North Reading and the late Roberta and Kevin Shea. She also leaves behind many loving friends. Nancy was raised in...
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Judith A. DeCourcy

June 17, 1937 - October 1, 2019

Judith A. (Kelley) DeCourcy, of Wakefield, MA, beloved wife of the late David H. DeCourcy passed away peacefully on October 1, 2019 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center surrounded by her loving family. Born and raised in Woburn Massachusetts on June 17, 1937, Judy was the oldest of five children of William V. Kelley and Marion C. (Tessier) Kelley. Judy was predeceased by all of her siblings: ...
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Ruth J. Mogan

March 19, 1922 - September 30, 2019

Ruth J. Mogan, age 97, a longtime Wakefield resident, died Sunday, September 30 at the Sunrise Assisted Living in Burlington. Born in Malden on March 19, 1922 she was the daughter of the late John and Frances (Barnes) McDonough. Mrs. Mogan was raised in Malden and was a graduate of Girls Catholic High School and went on to attend secretarial school. She moved to Wakefield in 1947 and was...
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Mariane P. Tarnoff

September 21, 1938 - September 30, 2019

Mariane P. Tarnoff, age 81, a longtime Wakefield resident died Monday, September 30, 2019 at the Care One in Wilmington. Born in Montclair, NJ on September 21, 1938 she was the daughter of the late John J. and Hedwig (Buchinski) Stone. Mrs. Tarnoff was raised in Montclair, NJ and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Class of 1956. Following high school, she went to work...
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Ann Rivers

March 5, 1922 - September 23, 2019

Ann (Peteusky) Rivers died peacefully surrounded by her family on September 23, 2019 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. She was 97 1/2 years young. Remarkably, she lived all but one week independently, in her home in Wakefield. She was born in Cokesburg, PA and was the daughter of the late Peter Peteuski and Mary Yavich. Ann had 4 sisters and 3 brothers. She is survived by...
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Arthur F. Orcutt

May 6, 1950 - September 22, 2019

Arthur Orcutt, age 69, of Peabody MA, died Sunday morning, September 22, 2019, while vacationing with his wife in Maui, Hawaii. Born on May 6, 1950 in Medford MA, he was the son of the late Francis Orcutt and Patricia (O'Leary) Orcutt. Arthur is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Janet Orcutt; along with three children; Jessica Orcutt and her wife Stephanie DiMichele of Wilbraham MA,...
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Nancy L. Green

October 19, 1932 - September 22, 2019

Nancy Louise (Condell) Green of Wakefield, MA died peacefully on September 22, 2019 at age 86 with her family by her side, following a period of declining health. She was born October 19, 1932 in Melrose, MA, the youngest of five children of Belfast native Col. William John Condell and Mary Helene "Mae" O'Neil (just one "L", as Nancy was sure to note), the daughter of Irish immigrants. It's...
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George M. Livingstone, Jr.

February 22, 1924 - September 20, 2019

George M. Livingstone, Jr. of Wakefield died on Friday, September 20 at his residence. George was born in York, Pennsylvania on February 22, 1924 and was the son of George M. Livingstone, Sr. and Viola (Ruesskamp) Livingstone. Mr. Livingstone's first wife, Georgianna, died in 1991. Their children are Joan White and her husband Robert of North Fort Myers, FL., the late Andrea Livingstone of...
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Helen F. (Treanor) McNall

September 8, 1931 - September 20, 2019

Helen F. (Treanor) McNall died peacefully at home on Friday, September 20, 2019, just as she wished. Born September 8, 1931, she was the daughter of the late James and Catherine (Donovan) Treanor. Helen was raised in Medford and was a graduate of Saint Clements High School. She moved to Wakefield to raise a family after marrying the late Thomas F. McNall Sr. and was a retired office...
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Jean M. Wenzel

April 24, 1931 - September 18, 2019

Jean M. (MacGregor) Wenzel of Wakefield died on Wednesday, September 18 at her summer residence in Freedom, NH. Jean was born in Melrose on April 24, 1931 and was the daughter of the late George C. and Leila (MacNayr) MacGregor. Jean was raised in Lynnfield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School Class of 1949. She was later graduated from the Melrose Wakefield Hospital School of...
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Doris A. LaSpina

December 20, 1928 - September 17, 2019

Doris A. LaSpina, age 90 of Wakefield died Tuesday September 17, 2019. Born December 20, 1928 the daughter of the late Michael and Alice (Condon) Beatty. She was raised in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School class of 1946. Doris had been a Wakefield resident since 1950. She was a retired clerk from the former American Mutual Insurance Company of Wakefield. She was a member of Saint...
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David A. Fazio

September 16, 2019

The family of David A. Fazio of Wakefield is sad to announce that he died on September 16 at the age of 43 following a medical emergency. Born on November 3, 1975, he was the son of Roy and the late Marjorie Fazio, both of Wakefield. He was the loving brother to Julie Fazio, of Wakefield, Michael and wife Kim, also of Wakefield, and Joseph Fazio and wife Shivani Shah of Boston. He is also...
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Margaret Ann (Canto) Whitcomb

September 16, 2019

Mrs. Margaret Ann Whitcomb, age 79, of Micco, FL, formerly of Maine, passed away on September 16, 2019 surrounded by her loving family and friends. Margaret was born in Wakefield and was the daughter of the late Salvatore "Toody" and Josephine Canto. Margaret was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School. Together with her husband, John, of 63 years, she enjoyed...
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June Hazelwood

June 17, 1926 - September 12, 2019

June Winifred Turner Hazelwood, age 93, formerly of Wakefield, MA, passed away on September 12, 2019 with family by her side. Born in Belmont, MA on June 17, 1926, to Mildred and Frank Turner, she grew up in Medford, MA. June graduated from Medford H.S., Class of 1944. As a teenager, she was an accomplished softball and basketball player, President of the Girls Athletic Association,...
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Doreen A. Landman

October 25, 1934 - September 10, 2019

Doreen A. Landman (McColgan) of Highland Beach, Florida passed away on September 10, 2019 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading, MA with her family by her side. Born in Revere on October 25, 1934. Doreen was the loving daughter of the late Harry & Beatrice (Perrotti) Stone. She was raised in Revere and a graduate of Boston Trade High School. She worked at the Federal Reserve...
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Diane M. McManus

April 20, 1955 - September 10, 2019

Diane M. McManus, 64, of Plymouth formerly of Wakefield, died on Tuesday, September 10 at the Newfield House in Plymouth. Diane was born in Melrose on April 20, 1955 and was the daughter of the late Thomas L. and Rose M. (White) McManus. Diane was raised in Wakefield and attended St. Coletta School in Hanover and Riverbrook School in Stockbridge. She was most recently a resident of Plymouth...
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Ann Stanton

March 25, 1938 - September 9, 2019

Ann Stanton, age 81, of Lynnfield, formerly of Wakefield and Malden, died Monday, September 9 at her residence. Born in Birmingham, England on March 25, 1938 she was the daughter of the late Charles and Violet Pickering. Mrs. Stanton was raised in England before moving to the United States in the 1960's as part of a nursing program through Malden Hospital. She had worked as a nurse there...
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Mary Lally

April 21, 1921 - September 8, 2019

A kind heart, warm smile and helping hand were hallmarks of Mary (Burns) Lally who passed away on September 8, 2019. A proud graduate of Wakefield High School in the class of 1938, Mary then faced a challenge common to many young people. What comes next? While visiting a friend and neighbor in the hospital, Mary was struck by the kindness of the nurses, took a hard look at the profession...
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James Romano

December 12, 1960 - September 7, 2019

James M. Romano of Westford died at his home on Saturday, September 7. James was born in Medford on December 12, 1960 and was the son of the late Harry P. and Pauline C. (Ciampa) Romano. James was raised in Medford and was a graduate of Stoneham High School, Class of 1978. He later attended Blaine Beauty School and was the owner of Headquarters Hair Salon in Burlington for 40 years. He was...
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Deborah A. Clark

December 2, 1952 - September 5, 2019

Deborah A. Clark, age 66, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, died Thursday, September 5 at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Born in Melrose on December 2, 1952 she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Lorraine M. (Surette) Coombs. Deborah was raised in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1970. She was recruited out of high school for the FBI and spent six...
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James E. Good

June 6, 1937 - September 4, 2019

James E. Good, 82, of Wakefield, died on Wednesday, September 4 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center. Born in Boston on June 6, 1937, he was the son of the late James E. and Helen (Fleming) Good. Mr. Good was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1956. He was a retired Pipefitter for Local #537. Mr. Good was a former selectman for the Town of Wakefield, serving 2 terms, he also served...
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Bernard "Bernie" MacKenna

April 1, 1934 - September 1, 2019

Bernard (Bernie) MacKenna was born on April 1, 1934; he passed away peacefully at Winchester Hospital on September 1, 2019. He was the son of the late George and Jessie MacKenna and loving brother to Barbara Adams of Peabody and the late June McElroy of Peabody. Bernie was raised and educated in Lynn, MA and was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School, Class of 1953, where he played first line...
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Billy B. Hughes

October 7, 1982 - August 30, 2019

Billy B. Hughes, 36, of Dorchester died on Friday, August 30. Born in Winchester on October 7, 1982, he was the son of Doreen F. (Pratt) Hughes of Woburn and the late William B. Hughes. Billy was raised and educated in Winchester. He worked as a Security Guard for many restaurants in the Boston area. In addition to his mother, Billy is survived by the mother of his children Danielle L. ...
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Frank C. Masiello

January 6, 1954 - August 29, 2019

Frank C. Masiello, 65, of Wakefield, died on Thursday, August 29 at his home. He was born in Lynn on January 6, 1954 and was the son of Eileen (Golden) Masiello and the late Frank Masiello. Frank was most proud of his family. The best days of his life were spent with his 6 year old granddaughter, Isabelle, and 3 year old grandson, Jackson. And when his children were growing up, he loved...
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John Ingham Gaythwaite

August 3, 1917 - August 29, 2019

John Ingham Gaythwaite was born in West Lynn, MA to William Gaythwaite and Annis Oxley on 3 August 1917. He married Doris Rich in 1943 and following the end of WWII they built their home in Lynnfield, MA where they resided for 60 years and raised two sons, John W. and Gary G. Gaythwaite. John and Doris moved to Brooksby Village, Peabody, MA in 2005 and Doris died in 2011 after 68 years of...
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