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McDonald Funeral Home

Our philosophy towards funeral service is rooted in the Christian faith...that faith teaches us and we recognize the following about life and death:

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

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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Douglas W. Toth

January 2, 1952 - August 28, 2019

Douglas W. Toth, 66, of Wakefield, died on Wednesday, August 28 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center. Born in Melrose on January 2, 1952, he was the son of the late John S. and Maida (Purrington) Toth. Mr. Toth was a graduate of Wakefield High School. He served in the United States Air Force for eight years. Mr. Toth had worked for Sprint Telephone Company. He is survived by his brother...
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Judith L. "Judy" Hafferty

December 12, 1940 - August 28, 2019

Judith L. "Judy" Hafferty, age 78, of Wakefield, died Wednesday, August 28 at the Winchester Hospital. Born in Winchester on December 12, 1940 she was the daughter of the late George and Ruth (Wilder) Burns. Judy was raised and educated in Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School, Class of 1958. She had worked her entire career as a bank teller for multiple local banks. Judy...
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Jennifer L. McNall

August 26, 2019

Jennifer McNall passed away on August 26, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family. Jennifer is a lifelong resident of the town of Wakefield and a graduate from Wakefield High School in 1986. Jennifer was most recently employed at Winchester Hospital in the intensive care unit. Jennifer was the loving wife of Kenneth J. McNall for 23 years; and...
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Robert "Bobby" Colucci

December 16, 1956 - August 23, 2019

Robert Carl Colucci, age 62, a longtime resident of Lynnfield, passed away on August 23rd, 2019 following complications from surgery. Born at Lynn Hospital on December 16th, 1956, he was the son of the late Carl Colucci and Lillian "Queenie" Blangio Colucci, former owners of Circle Bowl in Lynnfield. Bobby was one of Lynnfield's sons. He was well known all over town. After Graduating with a...
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Paula Jean Merrigan

September 22, 1954 - August 21, 2019

Paula J. Merrigan, age 64, formerly of Boxford and Somerville, died Wednesday, August 21 at her residence. Born in Somerville on September 22, 1954 she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Vincenza (DiRocco) Dennehy. Paula was raised in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1972. She had been a Boxford resident for 22 years. She loved being a mother and...
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Rose Weeks

July 21, 1921 - August 21, 2019

Rose Weeks, age 98, of Revere, formerly of Wakefield, died Wednesday, August 21 in Hingham. Born in Chelsea on July 21, 1921 she was the daughter of the late Michael and Matilda (Holmes) Jacobs. Mrs. Weeks was a longtime Wakefield resident, having lived in the area for more than 50 years. She was a loving wife and mother and devoted her time to the care of her children. She had worked at...
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Carol A. Arsenault

January 19, 1940 - August 19, 2019

Carol A. Arsenault, 79, of Lynnfield formerly of Saugus, died on Monday, August 19 at her residence. Born in Swampscott on January 19, 1940, she was the daughter of the late George and Rosella (Bockus) Smiledge. Mrs. Arsenault was raised and educated in Lynn. She had been a Saugus resident for over 20 years. Mrs. Arsenault worked as a laborer at a shoe factory in Lynn, a tannery in West...
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Owen J. McGarrahan, Jr.

December 3, 1941 - August 19, 2019

Owen J. McGarrahan, Jr., age 77, a longtime resident of Lynnfield, died Monday, August 19 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Boston on December 3, 1941 he was the son of the late Owen J. McGarrahan, Sr. and Ellen (Golden) McGarrahan. Mr. McGarrahan was raised in Milton and attended St. Francis High School in Biddeford, ME. After high school, he enlisted in the United...
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Marilyn S. Meads

June 19, 1932 - August 15, 2019

Marilyn S. Meads, 87, of Wakefield formerly of Terre Haute, Indiana, died on Thursday, August 15 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Mattoon, Illinois on June 19, 1932, she was the daughter of the late John and Suzie (Storm) Sparks. Ms. Meads was a graduate of Mattoon High School, Class of 1951. She was a retired administrative assistant at Indiana State University. Ms. Meads is...
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Irene M. Whitehead

April 29, 1932 - August 12, 2019

Irene Margaret (Lovett) Whitehead, formerly of Wakefield, MA died August 12th at the age of 87, at the Hannah B. Shaw Nursing Center in Middleboro, MA, while convalescing from a recent illness. Born and raised in the Parish of Greenford, Burrough of Ealing in West London, U.K., Irene was a young school girl during the air raids and bombings of the London blitz of WWII. Irene graduated from...
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Jennifer Wilkins "Jeffie" Chapin

April 27, 1987 - August 11, 2019

Jennifer Wilkins Chapin, known to all as Jeffie, died from injuries sustained in an equestrian accident on Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Woodstock, Vermont. Jeffie was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 27, 1987 to Sarah and Stephen Wilkins. She attended Garrison Forest School in Maryland, Andover NH Elementary/Middle School, and Proctor Academy. Jeffie earned a Bachelor's Degree in Neuroscience...
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Eleanor M. Malonson

January 24, 1931 - August 10, 2019

Eleanor M. Malonson, age 88, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, died Saturday, August 10 at her residence. Born in Wakefield on January 24, 1931 she was the daughter of the late Leo Gerrior and Eleanor (Cullen). Mrs. Malonson was raised in Wakefield and had attended Wakefield schools. She had worked for the former Savage Cleaners of Albion Street in Wakefield. She had many interests and...
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Edward H. Whalley

January 15, 1933 - August 9, 2019

Edward Henry Whalley Jr., 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 9, 2019. Born in Salem, Mass, to the late Edward Henry and Beatrice (Reid) Whalley, Ed was a graduate of Saint John's Preparatory School and Merrimack College and a longtime resident of Lynnfield. Ed was a devoted family man and professional golfer, who enjoyed teaching, competing and serving the members at Charles River,...
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Martha Francis Barbas

December 1, 1929 - August 7, 2019

Martha Francis Barbas 89, peacefully departed to heaven on August 7th, surrounded by loved ones. Her firm belief in God and her devotion to Jesus Christ supported her throughout her life, ultimately giving her peace, the one thing she always spoke of PEACE. Martha was born to the late Alice and Frank Znotas of Hyde Park. There she lived throughout her childhood with her extended family....
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Sergie C. Monterisi

August 3, 1925 - August 6, 2019

Sergie C. Monterisi, age 94, of Wakefield, died on Tuesday, August 6 at the Windgate Nursing Home in Andover. He was born on August 3, 1925 and was the son of the late Joseph and Madeline (Lucavero) Monterisi. Sergie was a retired sales manager for Prudential Insurance. He was raised in East Boston and was a graduate of East Boston High School. After high school, he served in the Navy...
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Rosemary T. Sarcia

June 22, 1943 - August 4, 2019

Rosemary T. Sarcia, age 76, of Lynnfield, MA formerly of Sandwich, MA and Westford, MA died Sunday, August 4 at her residence with her family by her side. Born in Boston, MA on June 22, 1943 she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Passanisi) Addesa. Mrs. Sarcia was raised in the West End of Boston and later in Revere, MA where she graduated from Immaculate Conception High...
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Charlotte Catherine Harper Green

March 14, 1923 - August 1, 2019

Charlotte Catherine Harper Green, a longtime Wakefield resident went to Heaven on August 1, 2019 after a period of declining health, she was 96. Charlotte was born in Wakefield on March 14, 1923, the 6th child of Ira J. and Charlotte E. (Downes) Harper. She loved Wakefield and was happy to spend her entire life in her beloved home town. Charlotte graduated from the Franklin School, almost...
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Eleanor Camille Kurkjian

November 14, 1925 - July 31, 2019

Eleanor Camille Kurkjian, age 93, of Weston, formerly of Wakefield died Wednesday, July 31 in Providence, RI. Born in Wakefield on November 14, 1925 she was the daughter of the late Bernardo and Virginia (Frongillo) Tecce. Mrs. Kurkjian was raised and educated in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1943. While working as an executive secretary she met her...
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Jean Halloran

July 18, 1928 - July 30, 2019

Jean Halloran passed away peacefully on July 30, 2019 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital where she had entered this world 91 years ago on July 18, 1928. A lifelong Wakefield resident, Jean attended St. Joseph's, St. Patrick's and then attended and graduated from Wakefield High School, where she was a member of the cheer leading squad. Jean started her working career at Parke Snow's before...
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Patrick J. Caven

May 10, 1942 - July 29, 2019

Patrick J. "Jake" Caven, 77, of Wakefield, died on Monday, July 29 at his residence surrounded by his family. Born in Somerville in 1942, he was the son of the late Patrick W. and Hannah (Daly) Caven. Pat lived by one rule, Family First. He lived his life in service to others and found no greater joy than being able to lend a helping hand to family and friends or to talk about his...
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Roy A. Haynes

February 3, 1956 - July 29, 2019

Roy A. Haynes, age 63, of Wakefield, formerly of Randolph, died Monday, July 29 at his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with illness. Born in Brockton on February 3, 1956 he was the son of the late Francis H. and Cecelia T. (Ferraro) Haynes. Roy was raised and educated in Randolph. In 1983, he started his own commercial cleaning business, the former New England Clean...
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Mary N. Russo

August 19, 1921 - July 28, 2019

Mary N. Russo, age 97, died Sunday, July 28 at her residence in Wakefield. Born in Boston on August 19, 1921 she was the daughter of the late Michael and Adelaide (Marasca) Mercurio. Mrs. Russo was a 60 year resident of Melrose. Along with her husband, Philip, she raised five children in their home on Meridian Street. Mary was an active member of St. Mary's Parish in Melrose, and belonged...
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Marjorie E. Dulong

December 8, 1930 - July 27, 2019

Marjorie E. Dulong of Wakefield died Saturday, July 27 at her residence. Marjorie was born in Winthrop on December 8, 1930 and was the daughter of the late Harry and Bertha M. (Spinney) Sandberg. Marjorie was raised in Saugus and was a longtime Wakefield resident for 54 years. She had worked for the Gallahue's Market and was an avid bowler and youth bowling instructor. She was a member of...
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Shirley L. Waisnor

February 15, 1922 - July 25, 2019

Shirley L. Waisnor, 97, of Wakefield died on Thursday, July 25 at the Woodbriar of Wilmington Nursing Center. Born in Somerville on February 15, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Laura (Pinto) Ring. Mrs. Waisnor was a lifelong resident of Greenwood and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1939. She worked as a hairdresser for Elizabeth Arden of Newbury Street in...
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Rita A. McAleavey

August 20, 1927 - July 23, 2019

Rita A. McAleavey, age 91 of Stoneham died July 23 in Winchester after a brief illness. She was born in Boston, MA on August 20, 1927 and was the daughter of the late Attilio and Maria (Gnecco) Ragnetti. Rita was raised in Cambridge, Everett and Boston's North End. She was retired from the Town of Arlington. She had been a Stoneham resident for the past ten years and was a member of Saint...
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Jino DiNanno

March 17, 1932 - July 21, 2019

Jino DiNanno, 87, of Wakefield, died on Sunday, July 21 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Everett on March 17, 1932, he was the son of the late Rocco and Maria (Cicchini) DiNanno. Mr. DiNanno was a graduate of Everett Vocational High School, Class of 1950 and Northeastern University. He had served in the United States Army during the Korean War and had been a Wakefield...
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Esterina "Ester" A. Marcotte

November 16, 1934 - July 19, 2019

Esterina A. "Ester" (Puglia) Marcotte 84, of Methuen formerly of Wakefield and Reading died on Friday, July 19 at The Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. Ester was born in Somerville on November 16, 1934 and was the daughter of the late John and Concetta (Maiello) Puglia. Ester was raised in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School. After high school, she worked in Boston for...
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Peter A. Santoro, Sr.

June 6, 1929 - July 18, 2019

Peter A. Santoro, Sr., age 90, of Reading, formerly of Wakefield and Cambridge, died Thursday, July 18 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by family. Born in Belmont on June 6, 1929 he was the son of the late Sebastiano and Concetta (Frassica) Santoro. Mr. Santoro was raised in Belmont and was a graduate of Belmont High School. As a young man with entrepreneurial spirit, he had...
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Mildred G. Bulfinch

October 9, 1922 - July 18, 2019

Mildred G. Bulfinch, age 96 a longtime Wakefield resident died Thursday July 18 in Reading. She was born in Cambridge, MA on October 9, 1922 and was the daughter of the late William and Winona (Harding) Craig. She was retired from the Fraen Corporation of Wakefield. She had been an active member of the First Baptist Church and was also a volunteer at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. In 1961 she...
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M. Shepard "Shep" Spear

June 27, 1947 - July 16, 2019

M. Shepard "Shep" Spear, age 72, of North Andover, formerly of North Reading, died Tuesday, July 16 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Winchester on June 27, 1947 he was the son of the late Manton P. and Barbara L. (Lunt) Spear. Shep was raised in Lynnfield and attended Lynnfield Schools. He spent his senior year at The Tilton School in New Hampshire and after...
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Kenneth A. Petrillo

September 29, 1951 - July 15, 2019

Kenneth A. Petrillo, of Wakefield, died on Monday, July 15. Son of the late Natalie and Nino Petrillo of East Boston. Beloved husband of Marcia Fabiano. Step-father of Christina Ryan and her husband Jay of Boxford. Loving Papa of Regan and Rory Ryan. Brother of Therese Pagano and her husband Clint of Kissimmee, Florida. Also survived by many cousins and godchildren. Ken was a longtime...
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Clara McDonald

December 11, 1921 - July 13, 2019

Clara (Buda) McDonald of Wakefield, MA, died on Saturday, July 13 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center. She was the wife of the late Raymond J. McDonald. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Julia (Croatti) Buda. Mrs. McDonald was a former resident of Fall River, Tiverton, Rhode Island and Somerset before moving to Wakefield 19 years ago. She was a homemaker most of her...
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Margaret Regina Murphy

August 24, 1934 - July 13, 2019

Margaret Regina (Hunt) Murphy, 84, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Regina was born in Boston on August 24, 1934 to the late William and Delia (Biesty) Hunt. She graduated from Mission Hill High School and received an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Champerlayne Junior College. She was a...
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Virginia M. Kautz

August 16, 1934 - July 11, 2019

Virginia M. Kautz (Virgie), 84, of Lynnfield, MA and Naples, FL died on Thursday, July 11 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, MA after a most valiant effort to recover from emergency surgery and ensuing health struggles. In her usual manner, she applied the courage, determination, and zest for life she was known for to the very end. We thank the extraordinary Lahey nurses and...
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Jean M. Burke

July 31, 1934 - July 10, 2019

Jean M. Burke, age 84, a lifelong resident of Wakefield died Wednesday, July 10 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. Born in Wakefield on July 31, 1934 she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Marie (Hovak) Whitford. Mrs. Burke was born and raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1952. She married the late Ralph J. Burke and together they...
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Constance C. Murray

November 3, 1932 - July 9, 2019

Constance C. (Govostes) Murray, 86, of Wakefield, died on Tuesday, July 9 at her residence. Born in Boston on November 3, 1932, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary E. (Mhoon) Govostes. Mrs. Murray graduated Everett High School in 1949. She had been a Wakefield resident since 1976. Mrs. Murray was the former owner of Superior Auto Body in Somerville. She was an animal lover...
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Susan Anne Grilk

August 21, 1950 - July 7, 2019

Susan Anne Grilk, age 68, of Amesbury, formerly of Wakefield, died July 7 at her residence. Born in Melrose on August 21, 1950 she was the daughter of the late Louis T. and Mary Alice (McGowan) Grilk. Susan was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School and went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree from Merrimack College. Upon graduation, she embarked on a long career...
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Stephen G. Brown "Brownie"

May 14, 1953 - July 4, 2019

Stephen G. Brown "Brownie", of Naples, FL formerly of Reading died, July 4 at the age of 66, surrounded by his family. He was born in Malden on May 14, 1953 and was the son of the late Everett W. Brown, Jr., and Marie C. (MacPherson) Brown. Brownie was raised in Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School and later a graduate of Newbury College. He was a long time dedicated employee...
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Barbara D. Penniston

March 4, 1928 - July 4, 2019

Barbara D. Penniston, 91, of Lynnfield, died on Wednesday, July 3rd at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. Born in Boston on March 4, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Augustus F. and Margaret E. (Bolger) Lee. Mrs. Penniston was raised and educated in Chelsea, MA. She had been a Lynnfield resident for over 40 years. Mrs. Penniston was a retired alarm operator for Wells Fargo in...
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Augustine P. Boccelli

December 28, 1922 - June 30, 2019

Augustine (Faustino) P. Boccelli, a member of "The Greatest Generation", passed away on Sunday, June 30 at age 96. He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Born and raised in Wakefield, he enlisted in the US Navy at the start of WWII. He served with honor in the elite Naval Armed Guard, and survived four North Atlantic Crossings, including the infamous "Murmansk Run". A master...
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Lynne P. Pesce

November 7, 1947 - June 28, 2019

Lynne P. Pesce, 71 of Lynnfield, formerly of Lynn died Friday night at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Lynn, November 7, 1947 she was the daughter of the late Ellsworth and Phyllis (Lowe) Kesler. Lynne was a graduate of Lynn English High School class of 1965 and Chandler Business School Class of 1967. She was retired from Spagnollo Gisness Associates Architectural as...
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Alice M. Ellis

May 12, 1933 - June 25, 2019

Alice M. (Belliveau) Ellis, 86, of Peabody and formerly of Wakefield died Tuesday, June 25 in Peabody. Alice was born in Lynn on May 12, 1933 and was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Alice (Savard) Belliveau. Alice was raised in Lynn and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. She moved to Wakefield in 1963 and was a very active member of St. Joseph Church and was a Eucharistic...
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Kathleen A. Brusseau

January 19, 1944 - June 23, 2019

Kathleen A. Brusseau, 75, of Lynnfield died on Sunday, June 23 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Kathleen was born in Melrose on January 19, 1944 and was the daughter of the late William B. and Edna M. (Ryan) Smith. Kathleen was raised in Wakefield and was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1961. She worked and later retired from Hanscom Air Force Base. She was a longtime...
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Florence Kulacz

June 21, 2019

Florence Kulacz, 94, was always our Energizer Bunny – she just kept on going! Sadly, on June 21, she finally ran out of energy. Hers was a life well-lived, always helping people and saying something positive to most everyone she met. The family dubbed her The Sole Survivor of Emerson Street. She couldn't believe that she had outlived all the parents of our childhood friends – the Conways,...
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Claire M. McCarthy

September 16, 1942 - June 21, 2019

Claire M. McCarthy, 76, of Charlestown formerly of Stoneham died on Friday, June 21 at the Cambridge Hospital. Born in Chelsea on September 16, 1942, she was the daughter of the late John F. and Selma (Tufts) Burke. Ms. McCarthy was raised and educated in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1960. She had been a longtime Stoneham resident before moving to Charlestown...
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Dorothy L. Gervais

July 29, 1946 - June 20, 2019

Dorothy L. Gervais, age 72, of Wakefield, formerly of Stoneham, died Thursday, June 20 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Born in Lowell on July 29, 1946 she was the daughter of the late André and Anita (Bertrand) Gervais. Dorothy was raised in Lowell and attended St. Joan of Arc grammar school and graduated from St. Joseph High School of Lowell in 1964. She went on...
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Patricia Susan Wheeler

August 22, 1955 - June 17, 2019

Patricia Susan Wheeler, 63, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully and without pain at Tufts Medical Center in Boston in the early hours of Monday, June 17th. She was surrounded by family and friends in the days and hours before her death and took her final breaths with her sister Judith and son Matthew by her side. She was born on August 22nd, 1955, in Wakefield, the daughter of the late...
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Geraldine M. Britner

September 24, 1942 - June 17, 2019

Geraldine M. Britner (Giblin) of Wakefield formerly of Watertown died on Monday, June 17 at the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. Geraldine was born in Watertown on September 24, 1942 and was the daughter of the late James K. and Rose M. (Conway) Giblin. Geraldine was raised in Watertown and was a graduate of St. Columbkille High School of Brighton. She was a longtime resident of...
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Vivien K. Kharibian

June 17, 2019

Vivien K. Kharibian, age 78, of Peabody, formerly of Medford, died Monday, June 17 at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington. Born in Gloversville, NY she was the daughter of the late Earl and Doris (Stoller) Weymouth. Vivien was raised and educated in Gloversville, NY and at the age of 21 moved to Boston. While at work, at the age of 22, she met Ronald D. Kharibian and after...
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Bruce Downing

April 6, 1942 - June 16, 2019

Bruce Downing of Stoneham died on Sunday, June 16 at the Woburn Nursing Center. Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on April 6, 1942, he was the son of the late Mariner E. and Viola D. (Tibbetts) Downing. Bruce was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1961 and Wentworth Institute, Class of 1963. He had been a Stoneham resident for the past 47 years. An avid skier across Europe,...
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