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Joyce Funeral Home

The Joyce Funeral Home was established in Waltham in October, 1910 by Francis J. Joyce. His generation saw the most significant changes in funeral services during the last century and Mr. Joyce became one of the most progressive, innovative and respected funeral directors of his day. The firm's legal name is Francis J. Joyce & Son, Inc. and the firm has operated as a locally owned funeral home, since its founding. It is also the repository of funeral records of Freedom Wentworth & Sons Funeral Service, the Walsh-Fennelly Funeral Home and the St. Germain & Son Funeral Home, all of Waltham, following the retirement of their owners.

Robert E. Joyce joined his father, in 1946, after service in the Navy and Marine Corps, and operated the funeral home until his death in 1979. He oversaw the modernization and most significant growth of the firm. During his tenure, the home was updated several times and finally relocated to a facility on Main Street which is one of the few in the area designed to provide funeral services. Robert's wife, Dorothy, took over operation of the firm following her husband's death and oversaw construction of the new funeral home.

Robert and Dorothy's son, Frank, is the current owner of the funeral home. He and his family and staff, while living in a different age, still strive to uphold the firm's founding principle of providing dignified, professional and compassionate care to families who call upon them. Consistently regarding the care of the dead and the living as a sacred privilege of trust and caring is the reason why the Joyce Funeral Home has become the pre-eminent funeral firm in the Waltham area. The firm provides many options for funeral, memorial, burial and cremation services in a welcoming and caring environment.


Our Obituaries

Vera V. Brown

January 9, 1923 - April 21, 2017

Waltham – Vera V. Brown, of Waltham, died Friday, April 21, 2017 at her home. She was 94. Vera was born in Cambridge on January 9, 1923, a daughter of the late Samuel and Phyllis (Davis) Brown. She was a 1941 graduate of Cambridge High School and moved with her family to Waltham in 1944. Until her retirement she worked for forty-seven years for the Ucinite Company in Newtonville. Vera...
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Mary F. (Daly) Byrne

August 30, 1931 - April 20, 2017

Waltham – Being a nurse means that you will see life begin and end . . . you will cry a lot . . . and you will laugh a lot. And you will never let your patients down. That was the life that Mary Byrne led. She was a nurse for fifty plus years and she was really good at it. After graduating from Belmont High School in 1949 she went to Saint Elizabeth's Hospital School of Nursing in...
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Sheila A. (Dubie) White

November 5, 1943 - April 20, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Sheila A. (Dubie) White, of Waltham, died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She was 73. Sheila was born in Waltham on November 5, 1943 and graduated from Waltham High School with the class of 1961. On October 2, 1965 she married Robert J. White in Saint Mary's Church on School Street and the pair have called Waltham their home ever since. Sheila...
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Maria Stanton

March 2, 1928 - April 17, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Maria Stanton, of Waltham, died on Monday, April 17th 2017 in Wingate of Weston. She was 89. Maria was born in Westbrook, Maine on March 2, 1928, a daughter of the late Sebastian and Leontine (Landry) Savoy and graduated from Waltham High School in 1946. She was a kind and giving person who always put her family first. She was the wife of the late John M. Stanton and is...
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Camille M. Valenzano

June 7, 1918 - April 14, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Camille M. (Sendziak) Valenzano, of Waltham, died peacefully on Friday, April 14, 2017 in Maristhill Nursing Home. She was 98 years old. Camille was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 7, 1918, a daughter of the late Stanislaus and Helen Margaret (Zaleski) Sendziak. Until her retirement she had worked as an office assistant at Honeywell. While roller skating in Brooklyn she...
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Eleanore F. Tomusko

June 9, 1919 - April 12, 2017

Waltham - Mrs. Eleanore F. Tomusko, of Waltham, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Maristhill Nursing Home, Waltham. She was 97. Eleanore was born in Portland, Maine on June 9, 1919, a daughter of the late Francis and Sarah (Coyne) Rowe. She graduated from Portland High School in 1937 and worked as a manager at Woolworth's for over 13 years. On September 29, 1951 she married William R. Tomusko...
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Anthony R. "Tony" Stefanelli

November 27, 1934 - April 12, 2017

Waltham – Mr. Anthony R. "Tony" Stefanelli, of Waltham, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Meadow Green Nursing Home, Waltham. He was 82. Tony was born in Somerville on November 27, 1934, a son of the late Joseph and Lena (Alcione) Stefanelli. In between the Korean and Vietnam Wars he served as a Morse code operator with the United States Army Signal Corps. Music was his passion and...
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Paulette M. Fagan

May 28, 1922 - April 11, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Paulette M. (Lewis) (Doucette) Fagan, of Waltham, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Wingate of Weston. She was 94. Paulette was born in Boston on May 28, 1922, a daughter of the late Harold and Suzanne (Lenoir) Lewis. She was raised in Waltham and graduated from Waltham High School. Until her retirement Paulette worked as an inspector for over thirty years at the Howard...
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Richard P. Desrosiers

November 17, 1950 - April 11, 2017

Waltham - Mr. Richard P. Desrosiers, of Waltham, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in the Golden Living Center of West Newton. He was 66. Richard was born in New Bedford on November 17, 1950, a son of Jean and Lucie (Galipeau) Desrosiers of Waltham. He was a 1969 graduate of Waltham Vocational High School and after that served for six years with the Massachusetts National Guard. For forty-eight...
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Robert H. Masciocchi, CSS

September 14, 1927 - April 10, 2017

Waltham – Reverend Robert H. Masciocchi, 89, a member of the Stigmatine community for more than seventy years, died in Boston on April 10, 2017 after a brief illness. Father Masciocchi, CSS was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 14, 1927, the son of the late Enrico and Carolina (Miglierina) Masciocchi and was educated in Boston Public Schools. After graduating from high school he...
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Michael Paul Garrigan

April 4, 1945 - April 10, 2017

Waltham – Mr. Michael Paul Garrigan died on January 16, 2017 at the age of 71 in Las Vegas, Nevada after a three year battle with cancer as a result of Agent Orange. Michael was born on April 4, 1945 and was formerly a native of Waltham. He was the husband of Afarina 'Affie' H. (Aragon); father of Emmet Matthew Garrigan of Las Vegas, NV and step-son, Scott. He was the son of the late William...
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Carroll E. Cronin

May 4, 1950 - April 9, 2017

Waltham – Carroll E. Cronin, of Waltham, died on Sunday, April 9, 2017 in her home. She was 66. Carroll was born in Winchester on May 4, 1950, a daughter of the late France and Mary (Carroll) Cronin. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she earned her bachelors and masters degree and later earned her law degree from The University of Michigan. For a number of years she was a...
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William J. Waldron

January 4, 1935 - April 9, 2017

Waltham – Mr. William J. Waldron, of Waltham, formerly of Watertown, died at home surrounded by family on Sunday, April 9, 2017. He was 82. Bill was born in County Mayo, Ireland on January 4, 1935, a son of the late John and Margaret (Regan) Waldron. He immigrated to the United States in 1956 and met his future bride, Eileen Mahon, a year later. The pair married in Saint Patrick's Church in...
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Emma (Binda) LaFort

November 22, 1925 - April 3, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Emma (Binda) LaFort, of Waltham, died Monday, April 3, 2017 in Medway Country Manor. She was 91. Emma was born in Waltham on November 22, 1925, a daughter of the late Valentino and Frances (Phillips) Binda. She was a lifelong Waltham resident and had worked at the Waltham Watch Factory during the early years of her marriage. She was a talented and creative woman who was...
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Thomas J. Huff, Sr.

April 26, 1959 - April 2, 2017

Watertown – Mr. Thomas J. Huff, Sr., of Watertown, died on April 2, 2017 at Watertown Health Center. He was 57. Tom was born in Lowell on April 26, 1959, a son of Ann M. (Kelly) (Huff) Cody of Waltham and the late Elwin M. Huff. He was raised in Waltham where he graduated from Waltham High School and had worked as a security officer for many years. Besides his mother, Ann Cody, he is...
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Getrude E. "Trudy" Poirier

February 10, 1917 - April 2, 2017

Waltham – When Trudy Poirier drew her last breath on Sunday morning, a month after turning 100, she knew that when she left us she was loved and wanted and needed by the family that she adored. And after one-hundred years that pretty much says it all . . . a pretty good record . . . and living proof that . . . "God could not be everywhere, so he created Mothers". She was born in Lowell...
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Oscar A. Teo

October 1, 1948 - April 1, 2017

Mr. Oscar A. Teo, of Waltham, died on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 68. Oscar was born on October 1, 1948 in Canoas, Guatemala, the son of the late Nicolasa Gonzalez y Gonzalez and Bernardo Teo Linares. For many years he worked in the construction industry building homes in Guatemala. He is survived by his wife, Victoria Barrera, his children, Rosa Teo of...
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William B. Marcus

July 9, 1930 - March 30, 2017

Waltham – Mr. William B. Marcus, of Waltham, died on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 86. Bill was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 9, 1930, a son of the late Samuel and Diana Marcus and in the late '40s and '50s lived on the family farm in Robbinsville, N.J. He credited the hard farm work of his early adulthood with his robust good health that lasted into his...
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Daisy Fucci

June 22, 1919 - March 29, 2017

Mrs. Daisy (Palombo) Fucci, of Waltham, died on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Avita of Needham. She was 97. Daisy was born in Waltham on June 22, 1919, the daughter of the late Dominic and Albina (Carchia) Albino. She was devoted to her family and her faith. She was the wife of the late Amerigo Fucci and mother of the late Gerald A. Fucci and is survived by her granddaughter, Rebecca L. Reis...
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Ruth P. O'Connell

March 6, 1933 - March 29, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Ruth P. (Dunn) O'Connell, of Waltham, died on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge. She was 84. Ruth was born in Boston on March 6, 1933, the daughter of the late Bernard Dunn and Mary Phyllis (Lynch) (Dunn) Bosworth. She was raised in Boston and graduated from Boston Girls High School. On September 4, 1955 she married Roy E. O'Connell in Brookline...
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Bernard L. Barden

September 3, 1927 - March 28, 2017

Billerica – Mr. Bernard L. Barden, formerly of Waltham and Humarock, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. He was 89. Bernie was born in Waltham on September 3, 1927, the youngest of seven sons of the late James and Edna (Dagle) Barden. After high school he served with the United States Army. In 1953 he married Arlington native Anne E. Proudfoot and the couple made Waltham...
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John F. McAndrews

May 29, 1943 - March 27, 2017

West Yarmouth – Mr. John F. McAndrews, of West Yarmouth, formerly of Waltham, died Monday, March 27, 2017 in Cape Cod Hospital. He was 73. Born in Waltham on May 29, 1943, he was a son of the late John and Velma (Fraser) McAndrews. He had been a longtime resident of West Newton before moving to West Yarmouth fourteen years ago. Until his retirement he worked as a manager for Saint...
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Mary Pauline Manning

May 5, 1916 - March 27, 2017

Waltham – Mary Pauline Manning, of Waltham, died on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Maristhill Nursing Home. She was 100. Pauline was born in Waltham on May 5, 1916, a daughter of the late George and Marie (Roach) Manning. After graduating from St. Mary's High School in Waltham she went to work in the advertising department at The Boston Globe, a job she would hold for over 25 years. It was...
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Rita V. (Murray) Qualters

August 13, 1928 - March 27, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Rita V. (Murray) Qualters, of Waltham, died Monday, March 27, 2017 at Meadow Green Nursing Home. She was 88. Rita was born in Waltham on August 13, 1928, a daughter of the late David and Bertha (Reilly) Murray and had been a lifelong resident. On November 20, 1948 she married Richard T. Qualters in Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Waltham and for the next sixty-eight plus...
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Bernard P. White

October 6, 1929 - March 25, 2017

Bernard P. White, 87 years old, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania died Saturday in Chandler Estate, Pen Argyl. His wife of 46 years was the late Marie Frances (Kelly) White. Bernie lived a long, fulfilling life. He was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Pittston and was raised in West Pittston, the second of three children, son of the late James and Alice (Martin) White. He was a 1947 graduate of Pittston...
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Emily A. Kane

September 10, 1963 - March 23, 2017

Emily Kane's admirable and well fought fight with a rare cancer came to its end on Thursday, March 23, 2017. She died peacefully in the company of her family. She was 53. Born in Brighton on September 10, 1963 she is the daughter of Feliciano and Giustina (Persechini) DiMascio. A graduate of the former Our Lady of the Presentation High School in Brighton she also earned her associates degree...
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John R. "Jack" Mullen

September 6, 1926 - March 17, 2017

Danvers – Mr. John R. "Jack" Mullen, of Danvers, died Friday, March 17, 2017 at his home following a period of declining health. He was 90. John was born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 6, 1926 to the late Joseph P. and Katharine A. (Kelley) Mullen and graduated from Classical High School in Providence. After high school he joined the United States Navy and served as a radio...
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Richard L. Caplice

September 6, 1943 - March 16, 2017

Waltham - Mr. Richard L. Caplice, of Waltham, formerly of Brookline, died unexpectedly on Thursday, March 16, 2017 after being stricken ill at home. He was 73. Born on September 6, 1943 in Brockton he was a son of the late Leo and Rose (Jasper) Caplice. He graduated from Concord High School in 1961. After serving in the National Guard Reserves he later earned his bachelor's degree from...
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Stephen J. Colantino

February 25, 1966 - March 15, 2017

Mr. Stephen J. Colantino, of South Dennis and formerly of Walpole and Auburndale died on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Cape Cod Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 51. Stephen was born in Waltham on February 25, 1966, the son of Robert C. and Mary C (Cannavo) Colantino. He was raised in Auburndale and graduated from Newton North High School. Stephen loved collecting various...
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Joseph E. Boudreau

May 27, 1930 - March 11, 2017

Waltham – Mr. Joseph E. Boudreau, of Waltham, died peacefully on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 86. Joe was born in Chéticamp, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on May 27, 1930, to the late Alexander and Marie Ann (Aucoin) Boudreau. He moved to Waltham in 1953, where he met and seven years later married, Mary C. MacDonald, at Saint Gabriel's Monastery...
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John A. MacNeill

December 9, 1940 - March 11, 2017

Clinton – Mr. John A. MacNeill, of Clinton, died Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Clinton Hospital. He was 76. John was born in Waltham on December 9, 1940 to the late Winfield and Margaret H. (Walsh) MacNeill. He was raised in Waltham and was a graduate of Waltham High School. Until his retirement he worked as a foreman for Boston Scientific in Watertown and before that held the same position...
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Marie F. Cronin

October 5, 1937 - March 9, 2017

Watertown – Marie F. Cronin, of Watertown, died Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. She was 79. Marie was born on October 5, 1937 to the late Dr. Edward J. and Martha (Goulding) Cronin and was raised in Brighton. She was a graduate of Mount Saint Joseph Academy and continued her studies at Regis College in Weston where she graduated in 1959. Carrying on what...
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Caroline M. (Cotone) Parello

March 10, 1935 - March 7, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Caroline M. (Cotone) Parello, of Waltham, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Seasons Hospice in Milton. She was 81. Carol was born in Waltham on March 10, 1935 to the late Samuel and Mary (Ruggiero) Cotone. She was raised in Watertown and moved to Waltham following her marriage to her late husband, Thomas R. Parello. She was a graduate of Watertown High School and continued her...
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Catherine R. (Rock) Fallon

April 24, 1935 - March 6, 2017

Weston - Mrs. Catherine R. (Rock) Fallon of Weston died Monday, March 6, 2017 in her home. She was 81. Mrs. Fallon was born in New York City on April 24, 1935, a daughter of the late Dr. Robert T. Rock and Dr. Dorothea McCarthy. Catherine was raised in Bronxville, New York, and had lived in Winchester for twelve years before moving to Weston forty years ago. On her birthday in 1959,...
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Margaret A. (Pallozzi) Smith

November 30, 1934 - March 6, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Margaret A. (Pallozzi) Smith, of Waltham, died Monday, March 6, 2017 at her home. She was 82. Margaret was the youngest of five children born to the late Ralph and Josephine (Tarullo) Pallozzi, both natives of Scanno, a town two hours west of Rome, Italy. They raised their family in East Boston and throughout her life Margaret was affectionately known as 'Babe' by her...
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Brian R. Hancock

July 2, 1957 - March 3, 2017

Ashby – Mr. Brian R. Hancock, of Ashby, formerly of Waltham, died Friday, March 3, 2017 at his home. He was 59. Brian was born in Waltham on July 2, 1957, a son of Joseph W. and Marie M. (Pellerin) Hancock of Waltham. He had been a lifelong resident before moving to Ashby three years ago. After high school Brian served with the United States Marine Corps and later became a firefighter...
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Julia L. (Hoarde) Maloney

February 11, 1913 - March 1, 2017

Ashland – Mrs. Julia L. (Hoarde) Maloney, of Ashland, formerly of Waltham and Brighton died Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the age of 104. Julia was born in Waltham on February 11, 1913, a daughter of the late and Joseph and Elizabeth (Mehegan) Hoarde and was a graduate of Waltham High School. She was a loving wife to the late Charles M. Maloney for 56 years and a cherished sister of the...
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Mary V. (Mulcahy) Brophy

March 7, 1927 - February 28, 2017

Hyannis – Mrs. Mary V. (Mulcahy) Brophy of Hyannis died Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in Cape Cod Hospital. She was 89. Mrs. Brophy was born in Boston on March 7, 1927, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Winifred (Fitzgerald) Mulcahy. Mary was a long time resident of Waltham before retiring to Cape Cod seven years ago. She was the wife of the late Waltham Fire Captain Martin J. Brophy and...
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Samuel Sabetti

November 20, 1921 - February 27, 2017

Mr. Samuel Sabetti, of Spencer, formerly of Waltham, died at home on Monday, February 27, 2017. He was 95. Sam was born November 20, 1921 in Newton a son of Italian immigrants Andrew and Mary (Izzo) Sabetti. He honorably served his country in the Army during World War II. He married Shirley Wilson at First Congregational on August 7, 1948 and they were residents of Waltham until May 2009 when...
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Domenic Cuttone

February 15, 1929 - February 26, 2017

Waltham – Domenico 'Domenic' Cuttone was born on February 15, 1929 in Ucria, a province of Sicily, Italy, to the late Vincenzo and Rosalia (Rigoli) Cuttone. After a period of failing health, Domenic died in his much loved home with family by his side on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Domenic had just celebrated his 88th birthday and is now reunited with his beloved wife Nunziata 'Nancy' (Lembo),...
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Peter A. Donovan

November 30, 1935 - February 25, 2017

Barnstable – Mr. Peter A. Donovan, formerly of Newton, died on Saturday, February 25, 2017 after long standing health issues. He was 81. Peter's death is mourned by his wife of fifty-five years, Eleanor (Dill) Donovan; his son, Mark, daughter-in-law, Kristen (Holt), his grandchildren, Kathryn, John, and Emma. He is also survived by his brother, Walter of Marlborough and other friends and...
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Leona (Santamaria) Defino

November 3, 1925 - February 25, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Leona (Santamaria) Defino, of Waltham, died Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hosice in Wayland. She was 91. Leona was born in Waltham on November 3, 1925, a daughter of the late John and Catherine Santamaria, and had been a lifelong resident. After high school she worked as a dressmaker and later in life worked for many years in the food service department...
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Margaret C. "Peg" (FitzGerald) Lord

August 3, 1934 - February 24, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Margaret C. "Peg" (FitzGerald) Lord, of Waltham, died Friday, February 24, 2017 at her home. She was 82. Peg was born in Malden on August 3, 1934 to the late James P. and Violet M. (Carroll) FitzGerald. She was raised in Waltham and had been a lifelong resident. Peg was a graduate of Rosary Academy in Watertown. After high school she worked for a time for the John Hancock...
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Donald J. Barry

February 1, 1925 - February 23, 2017

Waltham – Mr. Donald J. Barry, of Waltham, died Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Waltham Crossings. He was 92. He was born in Newton on February 1, 1925, a son of the late Raymond and Catherine (Delaney) Barry. Don and his late wife, Rachel, were born just days apart, and not far from each other. That's how they kept it for fifty-eight years, after their marriage in 1958. Aside from summers...
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Archibald E. "Archie" Carter

December 11, 1927 - February 22, 2017

Waltham – Mr. Archibald E. "Archie," Carter, of Waltham, died Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 89. Archie was born in Waltham on December 11, 1927 to the late Archibald and Mary (Garnier) Carter. He was a graduate of Waltham Vocational High School and in 1946 joined the United States Army. Raised in Wayland, Archie made his way to Waltham after his...
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Joyce R. Rotchford

September 9, 1952 - February 21, 2017

Watertown – Joyce R. Rotchford, of Watertown, died Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Emerson Hospital in Concord. She was 64. Joyce was born in Waltham on September 9, 1952, a daughter of Edward R. Rotchford of Waltham and the late Barbara M. (Curtin) Rotchford. She was a Waltham High School graduate and later attended Northeastern University in Boston. A Watertown resident for the past...
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Richard A. Melanson

August 16, 1938 - February 19, 2017

Waltham – Richie Melanson loved his wife of forty-four years, Joanne, more than anything else in the world. When she left us on May 15, 2015 at the young age of seventy-three not a day went by that Richie didn't miss her. She'd been suffering from Parkinson's for almost ten years at the time and the tender, loving, and unselfish way that he cared for her was inspirational. She never...
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Phyllis L. (Fay) Jee

February 13, 1924 - February 12, 2017

Waltham - Mrs. Phyllis L. (Fay) Jee of Waltham died Sunday, February 12, 2017 in Care One of Newton. She was 92. Mrs. Jee was born in Boston on February 13, 1924, a daughter of the late William and Blanche (Greenough) Fay. Phyllis graduated from Girls High School in Boston and worked in the Middlesex County Hospital until her retirement in 1993. She was a member of the choir at Our Lady' s...
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Paul E. "Eddie" LeBlanc

December 27, 1931 - February 12, 2017

Waltham – Mr. Paul E. "Eddie" LeBlanc, of Waltham, died Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 85. Eddie was born in Waltham on December 27, 1931, a son of the late Joseph and Lucie (Aucoin) LeBlanc, and had been a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of Waltham Vocational High School. During the Korean War he served as an engineman aboard the USS Harveson, a...
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John C. McManama, M.D.

July 21, 1916 - February 10, 2017

Waltham - Dr. John Carroll McManama, Jr., born July 21, 1916 to John C. and Elizabeth W. McManama, passed away peacefully Friday night, February 10, 2017, in the arms of his children, at the age of 100. He was a cherished brother to the late Agnes Cohn Quinn, George B. of Belmont, the late Rosemary Quinn, and Elizabeth (Betty) Kasper of Waltham. John was a loyal husband, married to the late...
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Agnes (McGann) Mannix

August 30, 1930 - February 9, 2017

Watertown – Mrs. D. Agnes (McGann) Mannix, of Watertown, died Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Maristhill Nursing Home in Waltham. She was 86. Agnes was born in Waltham on August 30, 1930, a daughter of the late Benedict J. and Nora T. (Malloy) McGann. She was a graduate of Waltham High School. After that she went to work at Grover Cronin's on Moody Street where she eventually became a buyer...
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Jean (Pendleton) Gardiner

November 23, 1920 - February 6, 2017

West Newton – Mrs. Jean (Pendleton) Gardiner, of West Newton, died Monday, February 6, 2017 at her home. She was 96. Jean was born on November 23, 1920 in Winter Harbor, Maine, the youngest of eleven children born to the late Frederick and Elvira Pendleton. She was a graduate of Winter Harbor High School where she captained the girls' basketball team. She lived in Waltham before moving...
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Dianne M. Farrell

November 11, 1959 - February 2, 2017

When born we are never promised a life that will be easy. It is however the universal prayer and hope that life will be filled with unconditional love and times of sheer joy and happiness…simple pleasures and gratitude for the people who cross our paths. Life becomes about the experiences with people in it. Perhaps later in life we surrender with a willingness to accept change while remaining...
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Mary T. (Casey) Maloney

November 2, 1925 - February 1, 2017

DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS THE WAKE FOR MARY TODAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED --- FAMILY AND FRIENDS WILL GATHER AT 9 AM FRIDAY MORNING BEFORE LEAVING FOR HER FUNERAL MASS AT 10 AM IN OUR LADY'S CHURCH. Waltham - Mrs. Mary T. (Casey) Maloney of Waltham, died Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in her home. She was 91. Mrs. Maloney was born in Brighton on November 2, 1925, a daughter of the late James P. and...
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Robert M. Ryan

July 14, 1945 - January 30, 2017

Robert "Bob" Michael Ryan, 71, of Attleboro, peacefully passed away surrounded by his beloved family at his home on Monday, January 30, 2017. Born on July 14, 1945 in Brighton, he was the son of the late William "Laddie" Ryan and the late Grace Rita (Mulvihill) Ryan. Bob graduated from St. Mary's High School in Waltham, Class of 1963, attended Boston College, and received his Bachelor of...
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Mary Ellen Hawko

March 9, 1950 - January 30, 2017

Watertown - Miss Mary Ellen Hawko of Watertown died Monday, January 30, 2017, in the Milford Regional Medical Center in Milford. She was 66. Mary Ellen was born in Malden, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Ann (Moore) Hawko. Mary Ellen was raised in Everett and moved to Watertown in her late teens. She was the manager at the Stonebridge Resident Store in Burlington. Mary Ellen volunteered...
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Thelma H. (Dennehy) Casella

July 8, 1935 - January 30, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Thelma H. (Dennehy) Casella, of Waltham, died Monday, January 30, 2017, in her home. She was 81. Thelma was born in Waltham on July 8, 1935, a daughter of the late Paul and Thelma (Jackson) Dennehy, and had been a lifelong resident. She was a 1953 graduate of Waltham High School. On August 14, 1955, she married Robert J. Casella and they enjoyed over sixty-one years...
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Margaret H. (Swanson) Hanlon

September 27, 1942 - January 29, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Margaret H. (Swanson) Hanlon, of Waltham, died at home on Sunday, January 29, 2017. She was 74. Margaret was born in Waltham on September 27, 1942, a daughter of the late Reno and Margaret (O'Neill) Swanson, and had been a lifelong resident. She was a 1960 graduate of Waltham High School. She was a graduate of the Waltham Hospital School of Nursing and worked all her life...
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Ethel M. (Massie) Gardner

October 3, 1923 - January 28, 2017

West Newton – Mrs. Ethel M. (Massie) Gardner, of West Newton, died Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Sunrise of Wayland. She was 93. Ethel was born in Newton on October 3, 1923, a daughter of the late George and Ethel (Greene) Massie. She graduated from Newton High School in 1941 and two years later married her sweetheart, Waltham native Henry W. Gardner, in Saint Bernard's Church in West...
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Jean M. (Davini) Jensen

January 27, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Jean M. (Davini) Jensen, of Waltham, died Friday, January 27, 2017 at Maristhill Nursing Home in Waltham. Jean was born in Boston, a daughter of the late James and Gertrude (Nichols) Davini, and lived in Waltham for most of her life. Until her retirement she worked for a number of years at the Star Market store on Lexington Street. She will long be remembered for her...
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Dorothy A. Mula

March 13, 1930 - January 27, 2017

St. Augustine said . . . "Faith is to believe what you do not see . . . the reward of this faith is to see what you believe!'". Dot Mula's life centered on her faith and her much loved parish of Saint Jude's in Waltham and she now enjoys the reward of her labors. She died peacefully at home on Friday, January 27, 2017. She was 86. Dorothy A. Akey was born March 13, 1930 in Greenfield,...
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Colin H. MacNevin

January 31, 1944 - January 26, 2017

Newton – Mr. Colin H. MacNevin, of Newton, died Thursday, January 26, 2017 at home. He was 72. Colin was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada on January 31, 1944 to the late Eugene M. and Mary (O'Keefe) MacNevin. He attended Newton High School, Newton Technical High School and Quincy Junior College. Colin's career began at Signet Lithographers where he worked as an offset pressman and...
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Charlie Leidy McCourt

September 13, 2016 - January 23, 2017

Meriden, Conn. – . . . "Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." . . . A.A. Milne. On the thirteenth of September last year Kara and Pat McCourt welcomed the newest edition and addition to their family . . . little Charlie, who weighed in at eight pounds; fourteen ounces of pure love. Waiting for him at home was his three year old brother Patrick...
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Aldo Ferranti

May 25, 1949 - January 23, 2017

Waltham – Mr. Aldo Ferranti, of Waltham, died Monday, January 23, 2017 at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He was 67. Aldo was born in Cambridge on May 25, 1949, a son of Lillian (Westcott) Ferranti and the late Aldo A. Ferranti, and moved as a child with his family to Watertown. He was a 1967 graduate of Watertown High School. On July 2, 1972 he married his sweetheart, Watertown...
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James M. Tully

August 16, 1937 - January 20, 2017

Marlborough--James M. Tully, 79, formerly of Framingham, MA passed away peacefully on Friday January 20, 2017, at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham, following a courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). He handled the adversity of the disease with grace and dignity, never complaining, and retaining the sense of humor for which he was always known. He leaves behind his loving...
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Julia A. (Chavez) Benjamin

February 16, 1925 - January 20, 2017

Waltham - Mrs. Julia A. (Chavez) Benjamin, of Waltham, died Friday, January 20, 2017, in the Woburn Nursing Center. She was 91. Mrs. Benjamin was born in Mexico City, Mexico, on February 16, 1925. She was the wife of the late Hobart L. Benjamin and the mother of the late Jose M. Benjamin. Julia is survived by her son, Edward L. Benjamin and his wife, Michelle, of Burlington and five...
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Helen D. (Forster) McDonald

November 2, 1930 - January 19, 2017

Townsend – Mrs. Helen D. (Forster) McDonald of Townsend, formerly of Lexington and Waltham, died Thursday, January 19, 2017 at her home. She was 86. Helen was born in Waltham on November 2, 1930 to the late Alphonsus J. and Helen G. (Drew) Forster. She was a graduate of St. Mary's High School where she proudly served as class president and head of the cheerleading squad. Later in life...
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Mark R. "Shark" Kelley

June 23, 1956 - January 19, 2017

Framingham – When Shark Kelly had to take a leave from his job at Waltham Hospital in February, 1986 to treat the onset of kidney disease his family and his friends rallied around to help and support him . . . and they did it every day until he drew his last breath. Mark R. "Shark" Kelley was 60 when he died at Newton-Wellesley Hospital on Thursday, January 19, 2017 having been visited by...
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Homer W. Kershner, Jr.

October 2, 1926 - January 16, 2017

Waltham – Mr. Homer W. Kershner, Jr., of Waltham, died Monday, January 16, 2017 at his home. He was 90. Homer was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on October 2, 1926, the only child of the late Vaneta P. (Sheridan) and Homer W. Kershner, Sr. As a youngster his family moved to Portland, Maine. Shortly after he graduated from Deering High School in Portland their final move brought them to...
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Ann F. (Herman) DeVincent

February 3, 1917 - January 14, 2017

Waltham – On the day that President Woodrow Wilson broke off relations with Germany, February 3, 1917, paving the way for America's entry into what would later be called the World War, Lithuanian immigrants Charles and Esther Herman welcomed their daughter, Ann Frances, into the world at their Cambridge home. Ann would live into her hundredth year and for another fifteen U.S. presidents. ...
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Frances A. (Parisi) Scafidi

September 28, 1920 - January 14, 2017

Auburndale - Mrs. Frances A. (Parisi) Scafidi, of Auburndale, died Saturday, January 14, 2016 at Countryside Healthcare in Milford. She was 96. Frances was born on September 28, 1920 in Waltham, a daughter of Italian immigrants Domenico and Assunta (Mula) Parisi. Raised and educated in Waltham she graduated from Waltham High School. During World War II she proudly worked at the former Waltham...
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Alice M. (Romaniak) LaFountain

January 18, 1928 - January 13, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Alice M. (Romaniak) LaFountain, of Waltham, died Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Golden Living Center – Heathwood in Chestnut Hill. She was 88. Alice was born in Rogers, Connecticut, a daughter of the late Dyonizy and Maryanna (Wojtowicz) Romaniak. She worked in housekeeping at Waltham Hospital for 28 years up until the time she retired. Alice was the wife of the...
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Robert N. Johnson

June 7, 1937 - January 13, 2017

Beverly – Deacon Robert N. Johnson, of Beverly, formerly of Waltham, died Friday, January 13, 2017 at his home. He was 79. Bob was a son of the late Norman and Dorothy (Cooney) Johnson and was born and raised in Cambridge. He graduated from Cambridge Latin School before earning his bachelor's degree from Bentley College. He later achieved a master's degree in business administration from...
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Ursula Helena (Colella) Parrella

September 1, 1918 - January 10, 2017

Waltham – Mrs. Ursula Helena (Colella) Parrella, of Waltham, died at home on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. And, like members of her father's family, she lived into her nineties. Lee, as her family and friends called her, was born in Newton on September 1, 1918, a daughter of the late Irena (Bibbo) and Orazio Colella. She had two siblings, Paul Patrick Colella of Newton and Lucy DeRubeis of...
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Marion E. Ackerley

January 22, 1934 - January 9, 2017

West Newton – Mrs. Marion E. (Flaherty) Ackerley, of West Newton, died at home on Monday, January 9, 2017 with her family by her side. She was 82. Marion was born in Waltham on January 22, 1934, a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Sullivan) Flaherty. She was raised and educated in Waltham and graduated from Saint Charles High School. In 1958 she married Somerville native John Ackerley in...
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Walter E. Cooper

October 23, 1923 - January 9, 2017

Waltham – Mr. Walter E. Cooper, of Waltham, died on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Newton Wellesley Hospital. He was 93. Walter was born in Welsford, New Brunswick, Canada on October 23, 1923, the son of the late Roy L. and Elvira E. (Armstrong) Cooper. As a child his family moved to Massachusetts and upon graduating from Brookline High School Walter joined the U.S. Army Air Corp and served...
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Alvin B. Briggs

November 3, 1923 - January 6, 2017

Waltham, Mass. – Mr. Alvin B. Briggs, of Niskayuna, New York died on Friday, January 6, 2017 in Maristhill Nursing Home, Waltham. He was 93. Alvin was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts on November 3, 1923, the son of the late Cecilia (Seabring) and Alvin Briggs, Sr. He honorably served with the United States Army during World War II where he was a member of the 548th Quartermaster...
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Robert E. Short

July 17, 1923 - January 6, 2017

Waltham – Mr. Robert E. Short, of Waltham, died Friday, January 6, 2017 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. He was 93. Bob was born in Waltham on July 17, 1923, a son of the late Albert and Effie (Brigham) Short. From Waltham High School he joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1942 and served with the 320th Repair Squadron in India for close to three years. On April 19, 1952...
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Robert B. Main

March 12, 1927 - January 3, 2017

Waltham – Mr. Robert B. Main, of Waltham, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Maristhill Nursing Home in Waltham. He was 89. Bob was born in Waltham on March 12, 1927, a son of the late Willard J. and Evelyn M. (Halpin) Main. He graduated from Waltham High School in 1944 and served with the United States Navy during World War II. On October 11, 1952 Bob married his sweetheart, Doris M....
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Barbara J. Thomas

December 1, 1942 - January 2, 2017

Wrentham - Mrs. Barbara A. (Hart) Thomas, of Wrentham formerly of Waltham, died Monday, January 2, 2017 in Norwood Hospital. She was 74. Barbara was born in Waltham on December 1, 1942, a daughter of the late Bartholomew and Ariel (Morse) Hart. She was a graduate of Waltham High School and had worked for several years as a purchaser at Hewlett Packard before retirement. She is survived by...
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Paul R. Trombley

May 2, 1920 - December 30, 2016

Waltham – Mr. Paul R. Trombley, of Waltham, died Friday, December 30, 2016 in Maristhill Nursing Home. He was 96. Paul was born in Waltham on May 2, 1920, a son of the late Joseph and Evelyn (Eddy) Trombley. He was a graduate of Waltham High School and then served with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He saw substantial action and was involved in battles throughout the...
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Jeffrey T. Whitney

May 24, 1969 - December 29, 2016

Waltham – Mr. Jeffrey T. Whitney, of Waltham, died Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 47. Jeff was born in Jamestown, New York, a place not far from Lake Erie. And unlike most of his family and friends who rooted for the 'hometown' Bills, Jeff became an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan at an early age. After going to school in Jamestown he enrolled at Waltham's...
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Natalie L. (Creonte) Durkin

December 25, 1916 - December 25, 2016

Waltham – Mrs. Natalie L. (Creonte) Durkin, of Waltham, died on her 100th birthday, Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2016 at Wingate of Weston following a period of declining health. She was born in Waltham, a daughter of the late Carmine and Christine (DeSisto) Creonte, and had been a lifelong resident. Before recently moving to Weston she enjoyed twelve happy years living at Concord...
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Theresa M. (Paone) Kelley

October 1, 1929 - December 23, 2016

Waltham – Mrs. Theresa M. (Paone) Kelley, of Waltham, died on Friday, December 23, 2016 in Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She was 87. Theresa was born in Watertown on October 1, 1929, a daughter of the late Jerry and Claire (Lapriore) Paone. She was raised and educated in Watertown and moved to Waltham more than sixty years ago. Until her retirement she worked providing cafeteria service to...
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Carole D. Nies

January 10, 1943 - December 22, 2016

Mrs. Carole D. (Kaminski) Nies, of Gardner, formerly of Waltham, died on Thursday, December 22, 2016 in UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. She was 73. Carole was born on January 10, 1943, the daughter of the late Edmund and Doris (Gamlin) Kaminski. She was raised and educated in Worcester and had spent most of her life living in Waltham before moving to Gardner thirteen years ago. ...
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Winifred Whittemore Kneisel

July 25, 1915 - December 22, 2016

Waltham – July 25th, 1915 was a Sunday and sunny and warm in Waltham. The Saint Louis Browns beat the Boston Red Sox 9 to 8, Woodrow Wilson was in the middle of his first term as president and Winifred Whittemore was born at home in Waltham. She lived there for the next fifteen presidents. Winifred was a daughter of the late Harvey and Helen (Hardison) Whittemore and when she was eleven...
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Richard T. Ryan

December 2, 1941 - December 19, 2016

Waltham – Mr. Richard T. Ryan of Waltham died Monday, December 19, 2016 in Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 75. Richard was born in Portland, Maine, on December 2, 1941, a son of the late Clifford and Christine (Cormier) Rebenack. He had been a Waltham resident for most of his life. Until his retirement, Richard worked in the construction industry. He is survived by his brother,...
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Dorothy A. (Wood) Young

November 6, 1926 - December 19, 2016

Waltham – Mrs. Dorothy A. (Wood) Young, of Waltham, died Monday, December 19, 2016 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She was 90. Dorothy was born in Waltham on November 6, 1926, a daughter of the late Lemuel and Alice (Penney) Wood, and had been a lifelong resident. Until her retirement she worked as a nurse's aide at the Walter E. Fernald School in Waltham. She could often be seen out for...
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Barbara J. MacDonald

August 4, 1926 - December 17, 2016

Barbara J. MacDonald was born August 4, 1926 to Paul and Marie (Geinger) Madden in San Francisco, California. The middle child of 3 beautiful daughters, (Marie, Barbara and Virginia) she was known as "Bobby" which fit her inquisitive, exuberant and caring personality. Whatever she did, she did to the fullest. She entered nursing school at St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing and graduated...
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Susana (Vara) Chirinos

September 18, 1940 - December 17, 2016

Waltham – Mrs. Susana (Vara) Chirinos, of Waltham, died Saturday, December 17, 2016 at her home. She was 76. Susana was born in Lima, Peru on September 18, 1940, a daughter of the late Mariano Vara Molina and Eusebia Billota and immigrated to the United States more than fifty years ago. Until her retirement Susana worked in the quality control department for Polaroid in Waltham. She...
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Marie E. (Quagliozzi) Squires

April 17, 1933 - December 16, 2016

Marlborough – Mrs. Marie E. (Quagliozzi) Squires, of Marlborough, formerly of Waltham, died at the Reservoir Center in Marlborough on Friday, December 16, 2016. She was 83. Marie was born on April 17, 1933 in Waltham, a daughter of the late Gennaro "Joe" and Anna May (Aucoin) Quagliozzi. She lived in Waltham before moving to Salem, New Hampshire where she was a resident for more than fifty...
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Catherine G. (Cincotta) Valentino

October 24, 1922 - December 13, 2016

Waltham – Mrs. Catherine G. (Cincotta) Valentino, of Waltham, died at home on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. She was 94. Catherine was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 24, 1922, the daughter of the late Angelo and Literia (Cirina) Cincotta. She worked for years as a buyer for Macy's Department Store at the flagship location in Manhattan and during the war years volunteered with other...
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Teresa M. (Opila) Dumas

February 10, 1941 - December 11, 2016

Arlington - Mrs. Teresa M. (Opila) Dumas, of Arlington, formerly of Waltham, died at home on Sunday, December 11, 2016, after a long illness. She was 75. Teresa was born February 10, 1941 in Lublin, Poland, the youngest daughter of the late Bartholomew and Leonia (Wiater) Opila. Following the end of WWII and the death of her mother, Teresa and her family immigrated to the United States, where...
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Chester L. Fay

December 8, 1942 - December 10, 2016

Waltham – Mr. Chester L. Fay, of Waltham, died on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. He was 73. Chester was born in Boston on December 8, 1942, the son of the late Leroy and Evelyn Fay. He was a devout Catholic and had been very active in his home parish of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Waltham where he was a member of the choir for a number of years. He loved photography and enjoyed documenting...
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December 7th 1941

December 7, 2016

December 7th was a Sunday in 1941 and in Honolulu, Hawaii the temperature was 84°. Just before eight o'clock in the morning the sunshine that promised to warm the day turned into darkness. Before the sun set two-thousand four-hundred three Americans were dead and at churches all across America, including those in Waltham, Watertown and Belmont, bells tolled, prayers were said and our...
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William J. Mannix

June 3, 1941 - December 5, 2016

Mr. William J. Mannix, of Wareham and Crystal River, Florida, passed away on December 5, 2016. Bill was a triple Eagle, graduating from BC High, Boston College and Boston College Graduate School. He was the head of Big Brother Association of Boston, was the chairman of the Horace Cousins Benevolent Fund of Newton and spent many years working with children throughout the Boston Public Schools. ...
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M. Kenneth Weeks

February 9, 1935 - December 5, 2016

Wareham – M. Kenneth Weeks, of Wareham, died at home on Monday, December 5, 2016 surrounded by family. He was 81. Ken was born in Waltham on February 9, 1935, a son of the late Merrill K. and Mary (Moynihan) Weeks. He was a graduate of St. Charles High School and later joined the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He married Mildred L. Hines in 1956 and the pair spent 47 happy years...
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Joan P. Denton

January 17, 1933 - December 5, 2016

Waltham – Mrs. Joan P. Denton, of Waltham, died unexpectedly at home on Monday, December 5, 2016. She was 83. Born on January 17, 1933 in Garforth, England she was a daughter of the late Joseph Norman Riley and Emily (Stephenson) Riley. Raised and educated in England she immigrated to the United States in the early 1950's settling in Belmont. Her husband, Frank Denton died March 23, 2005. ...
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Anna L. (Tobin) Jaillet

December 17, 1932 - December 4, 2016

Waltham – Mrs. Anna L. (Tobin) Jaillet, of Waltham, died Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Excel Nursing Center in Lexington. She was 83. Anna was born in Everett on December 17, 1932, a daughter of the late John "Jack" and Anastasia (Fitzgerald) Tobin, both natives of Western Bay, Newfoundland. Anna graduated from Bishop Chevrus High School in Malden and volunteered at the Immaculate Conception...
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Edward T. Bigham, Jr.

February 23, 1924 - December 3, 2016

Weston – Attorney Edward T. Bigham, Jr., of Weston passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the age of 92. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Marie (Geisler) of Weston; his children, Penelope E. Comeau and her husband Phillip of Great Falls, Virginia, Deborah E. Bigham, Esq. of Waltham, Joan M. Bigham of Marlborough, Peter J. Bigham, MD and his wife, Kathleen, of Augusta, Georgia and...
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