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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

Veronica T. Kramer

September 2, 1933 - February 7, 2016

Waltham – "Long after we are too big to carry in her arms, a mother carries us in her heart." And in her heart is where Veronica Kramer carried the hopes, dreams, ups and downs of the lives of her children and grandchildren for whom she reserved large doses of love, prayers, and affection. In October, 1960 she married Dorchester native William J. Kramer and the pair soon moved into a...
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Joseph J. Casalinova

April 9, 1923 - February 4, 2016

Mr. Joseph J. Casalinova of Waltham died Thursday, February 4, 2016 in the Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 92. Mr. Casalinova was born in Boston on April 9, 1923, a son of the late Rosario and Mary (Corbett) Casalinova. Joseph was a mechanic for the United Truck Lease Company for over thirty years. During World War Two, he served in the Merchant Marines. Joseph was the husband of the late...
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Armando A. Iodice

July 5, 1919 - February 3, 2016

Waltham – Mr. Armando A. Iodice, of Waltham, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at the E.N. Rogers Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford. He was 96. Armando was born in Watertown of July 5, 1919, a son of the late Alfonso and Maria (Polignone) Iodice, and was a graduate of Watertown High School. A Waltham resident for more than sixty years he worked for the Raytheon Company until his...
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Stephen R. Thomas

October 14, 1953 - February 2, 2016

Waltham – Mr. Stephen R. Thomas, of Waltham, died Tuesday, February 2, 2016, in Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 62. Stephen was born in Boston on October 14, 1953, a son of the late Leo J. and Patricia A. (Kelleher) Thomas. He was raised in Newton and worked as a machinist for the Parker Hannifin Company in Ayer. Stephen was also a longtime parishioner of Saint Jude Church in Waltham. ...
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Peter F. Sauer

July 1, 1955 - February 2, 2016

Waltham – Asked how he wanted to be remembered, Peter Sauer said to tell people that he ate well and drank well and loved his family very much. To say that he led a busy, dynamic and accomplished life would be an understatement. And although he may be remembered in many ways for his work accomplishments he was grounded firmly in his faith and by his family. His favorite scripture from the...
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Edward A. Latorre

May 20, 1924 - February 1, 2016

Wayland – Mr. Edward A. Latorre, of Wayland, formerly of Waltham and Watertown, died Monday, February 1, 2016 in The Falls at Cordingly Dam in Newton. He was 91. Ed was born in Watertown on May 20, 1924, the only child of the late Domenic and Jennie (Natale) Latorre. He was raised in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School. During World War II he served in Europe with the United...
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Gerald A. Galligan

October 26, 1933 - January 30, 2016

Mr. Gerald A. Galligan of Dudley died Saturday, January 30, 2016, in his home. He was 82. Mr. Galligan was born in Waltham on October 26, 1933, a son of the late Andrew and Helen (MacDonald) Galligan. Gerald was the owner of Monahan's Landing in Hudson. He was very talented in fixing things with his tools and also enjoyed gardening and farming his vegetables. He is survived by his children,...
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Barbara B. Penfield

March 5, 1936 - January 27, 2016

Barbara B. Penfield, 79, of Weston, MA died January 27, 2016 after a long, brave fight against the effects of progressive dementia. Barbara Jean Buehrig was born March 5, 1936 in Pittsburgh, PA, to Albert August Buehrig and Charlotte Josephine (Horstman) Buehrig. After her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh in 1958 she married the late Charles Bradford Lory and moved with him to...
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Wilfred J. Aucoin

May 25, 1919 - January 22, 2016

Marlborough - Mr. Wilfred J. Aucoin, of Marlborough, formerly of Waltham died Friday, January 22, 2016 in Wingate at Sudbury. He was 96. Wilfred was born May 25, 1919 in North Weymouth a son of the late John and Lucy Ann (LeBlanc) Aucoin. His family then moved back to their native Canada and he returned to the States at age 19 where he settled in Fitchburg before moving to Waltham and lastly...
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James T. Cunningham, C.S.S.

December 21, 1919 - January 22, 2016

Waltham – Father James T. Cunningham, C.S.S., a member of the Stigmatine Fathers and Brothers, died Friday, January 22, 2016 at Newton-Wellesley Alzheimer's Center. He was 96. Father Cunningham was born on December 21, 1919, a son of the late John H. and Katherine M. (Casey) Cunningham. He entered the Stigmatine Community at Waltham on September 14, 1942 and professed his first vows as a...
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Patricia A. Kouyoumjian

March 14, 1935 - January 22, 2016

Maynard - Patricia Ann (Young) Kouyoumjian, of Maynard, formerly of Waltham died at home on Friday, January 22, 2016. She was 80. Patricia was born March 14, 1935 in Newton a daughter of the late Charles and Florence (Caulfield) Young. Raised and educated in Waltham she married Ralph H. Kouyoumjian on June 30, 1953. Patricia worked in the office and mail room at the former BayBank in Waltham....
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Chester W. Jenkins, Sr.

June 23, 1928 - January 21, 2016

Watertown – Mr. Chester Walter Jenkins, Sr., of Watertown, died peacefully at home on Thursday, January 21, 2016. He was 87. Chet was born and raised in Newton and graduated from Newton North High School. In 1948 he joined the United States Army and served as a tank crewman during the Korean War. After his service overseas he became a tank instructor at West Point before being discharged...
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Frank A. Dougherty

August 24, 1923 - January 21, 2016

Waltham – Frank Dougherty of Waltham was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 24, 1923 and was raised in a little town forty-five minutes south, just across the Delaware River, called Berlin, New Jersey. After going to Camden Catholic High School he went to Camden Vocational School and went to work for the RCA Victor Company . . . sort of the 'Apple' of that era . . . RCA made great...
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Francis J. 'Frank' Bottari

April 1, 1926 - January 21, 2016

Waltham – Mr. Francis J. 'Frank' Bottari, of Waltham, died peacefully Thursday, January 21, 2016 in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with his family by his side. He was 89. Born on April 1, 1926 he was the son of Italian immigrants Giuseppe and Giuseppa (Foti) Bottari and was raised in Boston's North End neighborhood. He graduated from Boston Trade High School in 1944. Frank...
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Charles M. Gordon, Sr.

December 11, 1929 - January 20, 2016

On Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Charles M. Gordon, Sr. passed away at the age of 86. Born in Cleveland Ohio, his parents were Lee Gordon and Margaret "Marm" (Stahl) Gordon. Chuck's father also known as "Stubby" was the music and orchestral director for the NBC affiliate (WTAM) in Cleveland, Ohio. Chuck grew up in a home that was always filled with musicians and music. His love for music is...
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Kenneth G. Peterson

January 24, 1952 - January 20, 2016

Waltham - Ken Peterson loved sharing his home and the door was always open to the many family and friends who made his life such a happy and memorable one. He was the kind of guy who put everyone's needs before his own and worked so hard to provide for his large family whom he adored. Ken's valiant battle against the dreaded disease of Alzheimer's found its end on Wednesday, January 20, 2016...
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Carolyn M. (Foley) Keilty

June 3, 1920 - January 20, 2016

Mrs. Carolyn M. (Foley) Keilty of Lowell, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in the Lowell General Hospital, Saint Campus. She was 95. Mrs. Keilty was born in Bangor, Maine, on June 3, 1920, a daughter of the late Frank and Frances (Nolan) Foley. Carolyn was a graduate of John Bapst High School in Bangor, Maine. She moved to Roxbury after her marriage to Thomas P. Keilty. In 1952, she and Tom...
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Ann Couture

May 21, 1925 - January 20, 2016

Waltham - Ann M. Couture lived an ordinary and long life filled with the love of family and friends. She died peacefully on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in Newton – Wellesley Hospital. She was 90. Born on May 21, 1925 in East Boston, she was a daughter of the late Ret. Somerville Fire Chief Walter F. and Marie G. (Welch) Cullinane. She graduated from Somerville High School where it was...
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Martius L. "Marsh" Elmore

April 10, 1928 - January 19, 2016

Mr. Martius Lee Elmore, 87, died January 19th at his home, Sunrise Senior Living Center, in Arlington, Massachusetts. Known to all as Marsh, he was born on April 10th, 1928, to Lynnwood King and Dorothy Bell Elmore in Hartford, Connecticut. He grew up in West Hartford, CT, graduating from Hall High School. He attended Wesleyan College, where he earned a BA and went on to study at Ohio State...
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Donald H. Aucoin

May 15, 1947 - January 18, 2016

Waltham – Mr. Donald H. Aucoin, of Waltham, died Monday, January 18, 2016 at the Stanley Tippett Home in Needham. He was 68. Don was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island on May 15, 1947, a son of the late Henry and Lucienne (Guimond) Aucoin, and was raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island. A graduate of Cumberland High School, he served as a sergeant with the United States Air Force during the...
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Paul F. Cooney

January 5, 1928 - January 17, 2016

Waltham – Mr. Paul F. Cooney, of Waltham, died Sunday, January 17, 2016 in Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge. He was 88. Paul was born in Somerville on January 5, 1928, a son of the late Edward and Margaret (Dempsey) Cooney, and lived in Waltham for most of his life. During World War II he served with the United States Army. Until his retirement he worked for the Millipore Corporation. ...
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Kevin J. O'Connor

June 15, 1964 - January 16, 2016

Waltham – Mr. Kevin J. O'Connor, of Waltham, died Saturday, January 16, 2016. He was 51. Kevin was born in Boston on June 15, 1964, a son of the late Michael and Brigid (McBrien) O'Connor and had been a lifelong resident of Waltham. He was a retired Waltham Police detective and had worked as a private investigator. Most recently Kevin worked at Fiorella's Restaurant in Newton and before...
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Jeannine M. (Peabody) O'Connor

June 20, 1964 - January 16, 2016

Waltham – Jeannine O'Connor was born to be a really great grandmother. She loved her role and loved her two grandchildren even more; four year-old Conor who affectionately called her "Nene" [pronounced knee-knee] and little Kayla who was christened last week. She was devoted to her children and worked for years as a waitress at Il Capriccio in Waltham where she was a beloved member of the...
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Marilyn H. (O'Sullivan) Crowe

June 24, 1929 - January 13, 2016

Waltham – Mrs. Marilyn H. (O'Sullivan) Crowe, of Waltham, died Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at her home. She was 86. Marilyn was born in Cambridge on June 24, 1929, a daughter of the late Michael H. and Helen R. (Hartley) O'Sullivan. She was raised in Cambridge and was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin School. After that she went to work for Harvard Trust Bank in Harvard Square. In...
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Iris Kathleen (Mackey) Hynes

August 6, 1925 - January 13, 2016

Waltham – Mrs. Iris Kathleen "Kathy" (Mackey) Hynes, of Waltham, died Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in her home. She was 90. Kathy was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, on August 6, 1925, a daughter of the late William and Sarah (MacDonald) Mackey. She was raised and educated in Springhill where she lived before moving to Waltham in 1951. Until her retirement in 1987 she worked for thirty...
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Yvette Rivard, R.C.E.

February 12, 1938 - January 13, 2016

Framingham – Sr. Yvette Rivard, R.C.E. died Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham. She was 77. Sr. Yvette was born in Fitchburg on February 12, 1938, a daughter of the late Frederick and Marianne (Tanguay) Rivard, and was raised in Saint Joseph's Parish, Fitchburg. She was a graduate of Saint Bernard's High School in Fitchburg and earned her bachelor's degree...
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Marie A. Cormier, R.C.E.

January 18, 1925 - January 9, 2016

Framingham – Sr. Marie A. Cormier, R.C.E. died Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham. She was a week shy of her 91st birthday. Sr. Marie was born in Waltham on January 18, 1925, a daughter of the late Adolphe and Marie (Leger) Cormier, and was a graduate of Saint Mary's High School in Waltham. Her family was long active in Saint Joseph's Parish in Waltham where...
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Eleanor V. "Nell" (Toohey) Fienman

November 9, 1915 - January 9, 2016

Mrs. Eleanor V. "Nell" (Toohey) Fienman of Waltham and Florida, died Saturday, January 9, 2016 in the Kindred Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was 100. Until recent weeks, she enjoyed a wonderful life in Florida where she had made her home for the past fifteen years. Nell was born in Boston on November 9, 1915, the first child of the late Charles and Catherine (Dooley) Toohey. In...
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Jeannette Ryberg

March 28, 1929 - January 8, 2016

Waltham - Jeannette Ryberg had a pleasant, friendly, warm and affable way, an easy approach and engaging personality. Perhaps it's why she was a fixture at Waltham City Hall as its receptionist and even in the last months of her life while a resident at Ellis Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Norwood where she was a much loved resident by the entire staff and residents. She died Friday,...
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Stephen J. Cusano

August 19, 1964 - January 6, 2016

Waltham – Stephen J. Cusano was one of those all-around good guys . . . and that is how he'll forever be remembered. His three year fight with lymphoma came to its end on Wednesday morning, January 6, 2016 in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston while surrounded by the love of his family. He was 51. Stephen was born August 19, 1964 in Waltham, a son of Marjorie (Malloy) and the late...
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Eugene A. Smith, Jr.

October 20, 1931 - January 2, 2016

Waltham – Mr. Eugene A. Smith, Jr., of Waltham, died Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 84. Gene was born in Weymouth, a son of the late Eugene A., Sr. and Winifred (Lynch) Smith, and had been a lifelong resident of Waltham, most recently at Waltham Crossings. He was a 1951 graduate of Waltham High School and after that served with the United States Army during...
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Kathleen M. "Kay" (Gaudet) O'Neil

May 11, 1919 - December 31, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Kathleen M. "Kay" (Gaudet) O'Neil, of Waltham, died Thursday, December 31, 2015 in Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She was 96. Kay was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia on May 11, 1919, a daughter of the late Marcel and Sarah (Cormier) Gaudet, and moved to Waltham with her family when she was a child. Widowed at the age of thirty-three, Kay found herself being mom and dad to her...
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Carolyn H. Connelly

July 20, 1930 - December 30, 2015

Waltham – Miss Carolyn H. Connelly, of Waltham, died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in her home. She was 85. Carolyn was born in Waltham on July 20, 1930, a daughter of the late Stephen and Lillian (Hudson) Connelly, and had been a lifelong resident. Until her retirement, Carolyn worked independently as a housekeeper in town, following her time working at the Waltham Watch Company. ...
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Evelyn L. Guelli

July 9, 1937 - December 30, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Evelyn L. (Anderson) Guelli, of Waltham, died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in her home. She was 78. Evelyn was born in Everett on July 9, 1937 a daughter of the late Alfred and Marion (Quinlan) Anderson. She was a graduate of Everett High School. She moved to Waltham following her marriage to Waltham native Raymond P. Guelli on April 20, 1958 in Saint Theresa's Church in...
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Alfred G. Bonica

February 22, 1928 - December 29, 2015

Waltham - Mr. Alfred G. Bonica, Of Waltham, died Tuesday, December 29, 20154 in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford. He was 87. Al was born February 22, 1928 in Waltham, a son of the late Stephen A. and Carmela (Cappadona) Bonica. Raised and educated in Waltham he was a lifelong resident. Alfred honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He...
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David M. Colantropo

July 27, 1953 - December 28, 2015

Wayland – Mr. David M. Colantropo, of Wayland, died surrounded by his adoring family at his home on Monday, December 28, 2015. He was 62. David was born in Waltham on July 27, 1953, a son of the late Enrico and Mary Colantropo, and was raised in Newton. He graduated from Newton North High School in 1971 and pursued a career in the security and fire alarm trade. He founded and was president...
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Doris E. (Quinlan) Stryker

June 26, 1926 - December 27, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Doris E. (Quinlan) Stryker, of Waltham, died Sunday, December 27, 2015 in Wilmington Rehabilitation Center after fighting a courageous battle with brain cancer. She was 89. Doris was born June 26, 1926 in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, a daughter of the late James E. and Alma B. (Surette) Quinlan, and was a graduate of the former Sacred Heart Academy in Newton. She...
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Nancy M. (Horne) McDonald

August 8, 1933 - December 26, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Nancy M. (Horne) McDonald, of Waltham died Saturday, December 26, 2015 in her home. She was 82. Nancy was born in Waltham on August 8, 1933, a daughter of the late Arthur and Ruth (Fox) Horne, and grew up surrounded by family and what would become lifelong, close friends. Early in her fifty-five year marriage to William "Bill" McDonald, the couple lived in Pompano Beach,...
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Catherine A. (Cameron) LoChiatto

March 22, 1946 - December 23, 2015

Waltham – Catherine A. (Cameron) LoChiatto, of Waltham, died Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at her home. She was 69. Cathy was born in Westville, Nova Scotia on March 22, 1946, a daughter of the late Archibald B. and Mary J. (Dorie) Cameron. The family settled in Watertown following their move to the States when she was a child. She was a graduate of Watertown High School. For years she...
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Earlene M. (Noyes) Sherman

February 2, 1929 - December 19, 2015

Waltham - On Saturday, December 19, 2015 Earlene M. Sherman, of Waltham, died peacefully in the Stanley Tippett Home in Needham. She was 86. Earlene M. Noyes was born on February 2, 1929 in Topsfield, Maine, a daughter of the late Vern and Gladys (Bean) Noyes. She was raised and educated in Maine and had lived in Waltham for most of her life. She worked at the former Robert Hall Clothing...
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Nancy M. (Higgins) Daley

May 4, 1927 - December 18, 2015

Waltham - Mrs. Nancy M. (Higgins) Daley,of Waltham, died Friday, December 18, 2015 in the Epoch Senior Healthcare Center in Weston. She was 88. Nancy was born in Worcester on May 4, 1927, a daughter of the late Dr. Lemuel W. Higgins, Sr. and Rita I. (Scanlon) Higgins. She was raised in Worcester, however graduated from high school in Texas while her father was in the Army. She went on to...
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Pasquale R. "Pat" Mula

October 19, 1926 - December 17, 2015

Waltham – Retired Waltham Deputy Fire Chief Pasquale R. "Pat" Mula died Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Concord Health Care Center. He was 89. Pat was born in Waltham on October 19, 1926, a son of the late Alphonse and Mary (Lunetta) Mula, and had been a lifelong resident. After graduating from Waltham High School in 1944 he joined the United States Navy and served for the duration of World...
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Walter L. Hunt

November 29, 1929 - December 16, 2015

Boston – Walter 'Walt' Hunt had many great memories and stories of his childhood growing up on a dairy farm in Bethlehem, Connecticut and they are memories he carried with him all his life until his death on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at his home in Boston. He was 86. Walter L. Hunt was born on November 29, 1929 in Waterbury, Connecticut. He was a son of the late Warren L. and Lillian ...
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Melinda Wichern

May 7, 2014 - December 16, 2015

'Sometimes....' said Winnie the Pooh 'The smallest things take up the most room in your heart!' On May 7, 2014 life for Janet and Jason Wichern changed when they welcomed their firstborn and only child into the world. Melinda Janet Wichern brought joy and immeasurable happiness to their lives and made their world complete. Sadly life changed again...
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Maria E. (Lazzari) Antinarelli

February 4, 1927 - December 15, 2015

Watertown – "Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget." Maria Antinarelli was a good friend. She was also a beloved wife, a devoted mother, a doting "Nana" and the first female president of the Waltham West Suburban Chamber of Commerce. She involved herself with the life of her family, her church and her community in ways large and small and always with a...
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Mark D. Hankins

January 11, 1987 - December 14, 2015

Waltham – Mark D. Hankins, of Waltham, died Monday, December 14, 2015 at his home. He was 28. Mark was born in Waltham on January 11, 1987, a son of Mark and Wendy (Gangi) Hankins, and had been a lifelong resident. A 2005 graduate of Waltham High School he had been working for a number of years for CVS in Waltham at their Harvard Street and Linden Street stores. In addition to his...
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And now, you too, Louise, can rest in peace.

December 12, 2015

Saturday, December 12 --- Waltham - Paul Harvey used to end every broadcast with . . . "And now you know . . . the rest of the story . . ." Louise Dakin was 93 when she died back in March of 2002. For more than fifty of those years she held out hope that her Bobby, a soldier missing in action since December of 1950, would come home to Waltham . . . one way or the other . . . and they would...
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Thomas C. Reid

September 22, 1922 - December 11, 2015

Waltham – Mr. Thomas C. Reid, of Waltham, died peacefully at his home on Friday, December 11, 2015. He was 93. Tom was born in Newton on September 22, 1922, a son of the late Henry and Lillian (Burke) Reid. He was raised in Newton and graduated from Newton High School. After graduation he entered the United States Navy and served his country during World War II. After the war Tom...
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Leonard W. Harvey

February 17, 1924 - December 10, 2015

"GrampaGrampa" as he is known by his great-grandchildren, found the most pleasure in life spending time with four generations of family. Mr. Leonard W. Harvey, of Waltham, died peacefully, Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Epoch of Weston. He was 91. Leonard was born in Taunton on February 17, 1924, a son of the late Alonzo and Thelma (Fornes) Harvey, and devoted grandson of Ethel Dakin. He...
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He's Home

December 10, 2015

Thursday, December 10 --- Waltham - The body of United States Army Sergeant Robert C. Dakin is home in Waltham today for the first time in sixty-five years. The twenty-two year old was killed in action while fighting with American forces in the Chosin Reservoir area of North Korea in December, 1950. His family has been wondering every Christmas since where he's been. Through the...
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Francis Hayden "Hank" Fleming

July 7, 1933 - December 7, 2015

Francis Hayden "Hank" Fleming, 82 Hank was welcomed back into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 7, 2015. He died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves his loving wife, Diane Fleming and his former wife, Phyllis Fleming both of Millis; his children, Mary Alice Caruso, and her husband, Joseph, of Brunswick, ME; Eileen Perruzzi, and her husband,...
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Mary C. (Palmer) Wills

February 21, 1943 - December 7, 2015

Waltham – "Having someone to love is family . . . having somewhere to go is home . . . having both is a blessing." Mary was a wonderful wife and mother to her four children. She worked at the Chateau for forty years where she made many lifelong friends. Later in life she worked at Jason B. Williams Salon. Mary enjoyed trips to Foxwoods and Keno and scratch tickets were a must. She...
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Joseph R. Conzo

September 17, 1932 - December 6, 2015

Waltham – Retired Waltham Firefighter Joseph R. Conzo died Sunday, December 6, 2015 in Epoch Senior Healthcare Center in Weston. He was 83. Joe was born in Newton on September 17, 1932, a son of the late Emilio Conzo, Sr. and Doris (Bothwick) Conzo, and moved to Waltham shortly after his marriage to Waltham native Carol A. DeWolfe in September, 1956. In January, 1959 Joe joined the...
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Mary Clarina Casey

May 27, 1916 - December 5, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Mary Clarina (Mitchell) Casey, of Waltham, died Saturday, December 5, 2015 in her home. She was 99. Mary was born in Newton on May 27, 1916, a daughter of the late Thomas F. and Amanda C. (Morrell) Mitchell and moved to Waltham sixty-four years ago. Prior to her marriage she worked at the Raytheon Company for eighteen years and after the birth of her children become a stay...
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Elinor F. (Buckley) Gordon

January 2, 1924 - December 2, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Elinor F. (Buckley) Gordon, of Waltham, died Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Waltham Crossings. She was 91. Elinor was born in Waltham on January 2, 1924, a daughter of the late Irwin F. Buckley and Eva M. (Leger) (Buckley) Parks, and had been a lifelong resident. She was a graduate of Waltham High School. Until her retirement she worked as an administrative assistant for...
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Sergeant Robert C. Dakin, US Army

December 1, 2015

Tuesday, December 1 --- Waltham – Thanksgiving Day fell on the twenty-third of November in 1950. Two days later an enormous snowstorm hit the Boston area and a day after that more than 300,000 Chinese troops crossed the Yalu River into North Korea and the world changed forever for Thorn and Louise Dakin of Lexington Street. Their only boy, and the apple of his mother's eye, Bobby,...
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Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2015

Washington, D.C. By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they...
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Theresa Rose Terry

October 15, 1924 - November 25, 2015

Waltham – Ms. Theresa Rose Terry, of Waltham, formerly of East Boston, Norwell and Framingham, died Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Meadow Green Nursing Home in Waltham. She was 91. Rose was born in East Boston on October 15, 1924, a daughter of the late William and Theresa (Costello) Terry. She was a graduate of Boston University where she earned her bachelor's degree and a master's...
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Gladys C.(Walsh) Seeholzer

November 3, 1929 - November 25, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Gladys C. (Walsh) Seeholzer, of Waltham, died Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at CareOne at Newton. She was 86. Gladys was born in Newton on November 3, 1929, a daughter of the late Vincent Walsh and Caroline (McConihe) (Walsh) Deleskey and was raised in Watertown. She was a graduate of Watertown High School. A Waltham resident for the past fifty years she worked for...
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John F. Sloane

January 11, 1919 - November 25, 2015

Waltham – Mr. John F. Sloane, of Waltham, died Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Maristhill Nursing Home in Waltham. He was 96. John was born in Waltham on January 11, 1919, the only child of the late John F. and Eleanor (Horne) Sloane. He was a graduate of Waltham High School and for years he ran his family's rooming house on Walnut Street while caring for his aging parents. Best known...
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Christina M. (Cloonan) McCarthy

December 19, 1927 - November 22, 2015

Waltham – "Long after we are too big to carry in her arms, a mother carries us in her heart." For most of her eighty-seven years on this earth Chris McCarthy carried her children in her heart . . . ten who survive her and one other, her Judith, who died at birth. It's also been said that "God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers." And if you asked any of her kids how she was...
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William A. McAloon

October 18, 1952 - November 17, 2015

Waltham – Mr. William A. "Bill" McAloon Jr., of Waltham, died Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in the Neville Center in Cambridge. He was 63. Bill was born in Cambridge, on October 18, 1952, a son of the late William A., Sr. and Genevieve (Hoell) McAloon. After spending his early years in Cambridge his family moved to Waltham where he graduated from Saint Mary's High School. He attended...
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Lillian T. (Ankiewicz) Roche

March 8, 1935 - November 17, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Lillian T. (Ankiewicz) Roche, of Waltham, died Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She was 80. Lillian was born in Chelsea on March 8, 1935, a daughter of the late John and Edna (Goryszewska) Ankiewicz, and moved to Waltham as a teenager. She worked in younger years at The Lighthouse bar on Main Street owned by her mother's family before becoming a...
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Donald "Donnie" Sheppard

May 22, 1974 - November 16, 2015

Pooler, Georgia - Mr. Donald "Donnie" Sheppard, of Pooler, Georgia, formerly of Waltham, passed away on November 16th, 2015 in Saint Joseph's Hospital in Savannah, Georgia. He was 41. Donnie was born in Waltham on May 22, 1974, a son of the late Corinna (Maranda) Sheppard. Donnie was born and raised in Waltham, and graduated from Waltham High School in 1992. He loved to spend time fishing...
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Ann M. Blakely

August 19, 1935 - November 16, 2015

Waltham – Miss Ann M. Blakely, of Waltham, died Monday, November 16, 2015 at Newton- Wellesley Hospital. She was 80. Ann was born in Waltham on August 19, 1935, a daughter of the late Vincent and Anna (Finnerty) Blakely. She was a graduate of the Massachusetts Hospital School and later served on the alumni board for many years. She then attended Northeastern University earning a...
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Donald J. Gustafson

January 7, 1937 - November 15, 2015

Marlborough – Mr. Donald J. "Ducky" Gustafson, of Marlborough, formerly of Waltham, died Sunday, November 15, 2015 in the Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Westborough. He was 78. Donald was born in Waltham on January 7, 1937, a son of the late Harry and Mary (Burke) Gustafson. After high school he joined the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1954 to 1957. When he got out of the...
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Marie L. (Rodrigues) Medeiros

July 15, 1923 - November 15, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Marie L. (Rodrigues) Medeiros, of Waltham, died Sunday, November 15, 2015 in her home. She was 92. Marie was born in Cambridge on July 15, 1923, a daughter of the late Luiz and Maria (Medina) Rodrigues, and was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin. She had lived in Waltham for over fifty years. Until her retirement Marie worked in the billing department at Waltham...
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Charles J. Cononi

July 5, 1941 - November 14, 2015

Waltham – Mr. Charles J. Cononi, of Waltham, died Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 74. Charlie was born in Natick on July 5, 1941, a son of the late Amilcare and Vera (Balboni) Cononi, and was raised in Wellesley. He graduated from New York Military Academy in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York and after that attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. A...
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Shirley A. (Luchinskis) Vaughan

September 30, 1940 - November 13, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Shirley A. (Luchinskis) Vaughan, of Waltham, died Friday, November 13, 2015 at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 75. Shirley was born in Cambridge on September 30, 1940, a daughter of the late George and Helen (Korkus) Luchinskus, and graduated from Cambridge High and Latin School. A Waltham resident for the past fifty years she worked as a secretary at the...
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Remembering Paris

November 13, 2015

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." --- Martin Luther King, Jr. For each of us . . . Friday, November 13th began much like any other day. It might have included routines such as breakfast, work, exercise, school or church. For native Parisians or tourists perhaps the day included a trip to one of its most...
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Barbara Steele Cassidy

July 18, 1957 - November 13, 2015

A good teacher is like a candle . . . it consumes itself to light the way for others. Barbara Steele Cassidy is now a luminous light that reminds us that a beautiful soul has passed. She died peacefully on Friday, November 13, 2015 in Winchester Hospital after a three year battle against cancer. She was 58. Born July 18, 1957 in Malden she was a daughter of the late Charles J. and...
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Maryalice Gallagher

October 18, 1922 - November 10, 2015

Wayland – Miss Maryalice Gallagher, of Wayland, died Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Maristhill Nursing Home in Waltham. Maryalice was born in Brookline on October 18, 1922, a daughter of the late Arthur and Mary (Dunphy) Gallagher. She was raised and educated in Brighton and graduated from Brighton High School in 1939. She earned her Bachelor's degree in English from Boston College in...
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Thomas J. "Lumpy" Arsenault

April 16, 1950 - November 10, 2015

Waltham – Retired Newton Police Motorcycle Patrol Officer Thomas J. "Lumpy" Arsenault, of Waltham, died Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Tufts Medical Center, Boston. He was 65. Tom was born in Waltham on April 16, 1950, a son of the late Clarence and Gertrude (Coyle) Arsenault, and had been a lifelong resident. After graduating from Waltham High School in 1968 he joined the United States...
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Edoardo Fragale

April 16, 1927 - November 9, 2015

Waltham – When Edoardo Fragale moved his large family from the old country to Waltham in 1972 he was already forty-five years old, a seasoned veteran of a life that knew its share of hardship, and ready to take on the new world. He took the building skills that he'd learned in Calabria, Italy and adapted them to his new life in America. Barely knowing the language but being possessed of a...
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Mildred J. (Sears) Thambash

August 2, 1927 - November 8, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Mildred J. (Sears) Thambash of Waltham died Sunday, November 8, 2015 in The Ellis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Norwood. She was 88. Mildred was born in Oakland, California, on August 2, 1927, a daughter of the late Morris and Anna (Molloy) Sears. She was raised in Belmont and was a graduate of Belmont High School. A Waltham resident for most of her life she was...
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Margaret A. Sell

June 7, 1925 - November 8, 2015

Marshfield – Mrs. Margaret A. (Bennett) (Mandile) Sell, of Marshfield, a native of Waltham, died Sunday, November 8th, 2015 in Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth Hospital. She was 90. Margaret was born on June 7, 1925 in Waltham a daughter of the late Charles W. and Elizabeth M. (Curran) Bennett. Raised in Waltham she graduated from the former St. Charles High School with the class of 1944. She...
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Elizabeth D. Castner

February 27, 1919 - November 8, 2015

Waltham – Ms. Elizabeth D. Castner, of Waltham, died Sunday, November 8, 2015 at the Leland Home in Waltham. She was 96. Elizabeth was born on February 27, 1919 in Waltham a daughter of the late Ervin and Esther (Jones) Castner. She was born and raised in Waltham, and was a graduate of Waltham High School. She was a Simmons College graduate, and spent the next 50 years working at the...
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Anne L. Bowler

June 21, 1947 - November 3, 2015

Waltham – Anne L. "Annie" Bowler, of Waltham, died Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at her home. She was 68. Annie was born in Arlington on June 21, 1947, a daughter of the late John E. and Anna (Getrost) Bowler. She loved her Irish heritage, her family and her friends. At home Annie was a gourmet cook and had a fondness for traveling, golf and her cherished pets. She leaves her sisters and...
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Josephine M Perilli

January 15, 1920 - November 2, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Josephine M. (DeMarco) Perilli of Waltham died Tuesday November 3, 2015 at Newton Wellesley Hospital. She was 95. She was born and raised in Waltham, a daughter of the late Giuseppe and Giovannina (DiPietro) DeMarco, she was a graduate of Waltham High School. Josephine spent the majority of her career as a book sorter at Little, Brown Publishing in Waltham, which is where...
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Teresa C. McMahon

September 28, 1929 - November 1, 2015

Watertown – Mrs. Teresa C. (Mellett) McMahon, of Watertown, died Sunday, November 1, 2015 at Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham. She was 86. Teresa was born in County Mayo, Ireland on September, 28, 1929 a daughter of the late John and Sarah (Slattery) Mellett. Early on in her career, she worked for her family's business in Brighton, and then spent the next 15 years preparing meals in the...
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Eleanor Fraize

April 27, 1911 - October 30, 2015

Newton - The secret to Eleanor Fraize's long life was keeping active. She kept her mind, body and spirit active up until her last breath on Friday, October 30, 2015 when she died at the Stone Health & Rehabilitation Center in Newton. She was 104. Eleanor Hart Taylor was born April 27, 1911 in Waltham a daughter of the late Ernest W. and Lillian (Derry) Taylor. Raised and educated in Waltham...
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Anne Wiley

August 14, 1919 - October 28, 2015

Waltham – Mrs. Anne F. (McCarthy) Wiley, of Waltham, died Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Maristhill Nursing Home. She was 96. Anne was born in Boston on April 14, 1919, a daughter of the late Francis and Catherine (Brennan) McCarthy. Raised and educated in Boston she lived many years in Sudbury before moving to Waltham in 1979. Until her retirement she worked as a secretary for more...
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Verona Peters

February 22, 1929 - October 27, 2015

Lexington – Mrs. Verona M. (Shipman) Peters, of Lexington, formerly of Waltham, died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. She was 86. Born on February 22, 1929 in Nottingham, England, 'Rona' was the daughter of the late William Winston Shipman and Doris (Saunderson) Shipman. Raised and educated in Nottingham, England, she married Dr. Alan Peters on September 30, 1955. They...
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Marilyn Smith

October 15, 1926 - October 27, 2015

Waltham – Marilyn R. (Gness) Smith died October 27, 2015 in Lahey Clinic in Burlington. She was 89. Marilyn was born on October 15, 1926 in Peabody a daughter of the late Michael and Lea (Lemay) Gness. Raised and educated in Peabody she lived most of her life in Waltham. She worked for many years as a self-employed seamstress. She is predeceased by her three sons, Edward J. Smith Jr.,...
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James J. Gallagher

February 15, 1929 - October 27, 2015

Waltham – Mr. James J. Gallagher, of Waltham, died Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham. He was 86. Jim was born in Waltham on February 15, 1929, a son of the late Edward L. and Margaret (Judge) Gallagher. After graduating from Boston College High School in 1946 he went on to graduate from Saint Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont, with the Class of 1951. ...
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Francis R. Thomas

November 7, 1955 - October 26, 2015

Milford – Mr. Francis R. Thomas, of Milford, died Monday, October 26, 2015, at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem. Frank was born on November 7, 1955, a son of the late Edgar and Thelma (Murray) Thomas. He worked as a construction worker in Waltham for many years. He leaves children, Richard and Heidi Thomas, both of Waltham; his brothers, Edgar Thomas and his wife, Peggy, of...
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Francis X. Stanton

October 13, 1927 - October 25, 2015

Somerville – Mr. Francis X. "Frank" Stanton, of Somerville, died Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Somerville. He was 88. Frank was born in Somerville on October 13, 1927, the son of the late Francis S. and Clare M. (Sullivan) Stanton, and was a 1945 graduate of Saint Clement's High School. He attended Boston College and served with the United States Army during the...
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Edith A. Wrynn

April 24, 1929 - October 25, 2015

Waltham - Mrs. Edith A. (Crossley) Wrynn, of Waltham, died Sunday, October 25, 2015 in Highgate Manor in Dedham. She was 86. Edith was born on April 24, 1929 in Somerville a daughter of George and Marie (Mullen) Crossley. She graduated from Waltham High School and began work as a teller at the former Baybank in Watertown Square. She married Thomas P. Wrynn on July 28, 1951 and was married to...
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Roland Boudreau

September 3, 1934 - October 24, 2015

Waltham – Mr. Roland Boudreau, of Waltham, died Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 81. Roland was born on September 3, 1934 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, a son of the late Camille and Doris (LeBlanc) Boudreau, and was raised in nearby Memramcook. In 1961 he and his wife Gladys moved to Waltham where they raised their family and have been residents since. ...
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Christine M. Saulnier

April 13, 1962 - October 23, 2015

Mrs. Christine M. (Rogers) Saulnier, of Waltham, died Friday, October 23, 2015 in Beth Israel Hospital in Boston after a short illness. She was 53. Christine was born on April 13, 1962 in Waltham a daughter of the late Harold 'Sonny' and Phyllis M. (Lahey) Rogers. A lifelong Waltham resident she graduated from Waltham High School with the class of 1980 and earned an associate's degree from...
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Francis H. Murphy, Sr.

February 27, 1922 - October 23, 2015

West Newton – Mr. Francis H. Murphy, Sr., of West Newton, died Friday, October 23rd, 2015 at Maristhill Nursing Home in Waltham. He was 93. Frank was born in Waltham on February 27, 1922, a son of the late Francis H. and Eleanor Marie (Alli) Murphy. After graduating from Waltham High School Frank served with the United States Army during World War II. He began a lifelong career working...
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Joseph R. McNamara

July 8, 1933 - October 22, 2015

Newtonville – Mr. Joseph R. McNamara, of Newtonville, died Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He was 82. Joe was born in Cambridge on July 8, 1933, a son of the late Matthew and Eleanor (Dineen) McNamara. He was a graduate of the Cambridge Latin School and later earned his degree from Bentley College in Waltham. During the Korean War he served with the United...
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Diane S. Huntley

September 1, 1940 - October 20, 2015

Waltham - Diane S. Huntley, of Waltham, died Tuesday, October 20, 2015 in the Tippett House in Needham. She was 75. Diane was born on September 1, 1940 in Cutler, Maine, a daughter of the late Frank and Berla (Wilcox) Huntley. She was raised on the coast of Maine, and was drawn to and reinvigorated by the ocean. Ever the hearty Mainer, she worked hard throughout her life. Never one for New...
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Mary (Mandile) Fyfe

August 12, 1929 - October 20, 2015

Mrs. Mary (Mandile) Fyfe of Waltham, died Tuesday, October 20, 2015, in Epoch of Weston. She was 86. Mrs. Fyfe was born in Boston on August 12, 1929, a daughter of the late John and Ignazia "Kay" (Mercurio) Fyfe. She was a lifelong Waltham resident. Mary was the wife of the late Edward R. Fyfe, the mother of the late Kathleen M. Gallagher, and the sister of the late Anthony and John...
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Danielle M. (Coleman) DeVincent

March 30, 1980 - October 20, 2015

Waltham – It's been said that the strongest people we know are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we knew nothing about. If that's the measure then Danielle DeVincent was the strongest person most anyone will ever get to know. Diagnosed since birth with von Hippel-Lindau disease Danielle's long battle with cancer ended on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. She was...
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Dolores P. Moore

August 19, 1942 - October 17, 2015

Ms. Dolores P. Moore of Waltham, died Saturday, October 17, 2015, in the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 73. Ms. Moore was born in Brookline on August 19, 1942, a daughter of the late Roger and Pauline (Demco) Moore. Dolores was a housekeeper at The Waltham Hospital for thirty years until her retirement in 2001.She lived in the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill in Waltham for the past five...
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Margaret M. (Spatea) Howley

February 18, 1932 - October 12, 2015

Mrs. Margaret M. (Spatea) Howley of Portage, Michigan, formerly of Waltham died Monday, October 12, 2015 in the Alamo Nursing Home in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She was 83. Mrs. Howley was born in Worcester on February 18, 1932, a daughter of the late John and Margarita (Amato) Spatea. Margaret lived in Waltham for most of her life before moving to Michigan two years ago. She was a clerk at Zayre...
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Robert J. Stanton

May 16, 1952 - October 10, 2015

Wayland – When Bob Stanton learned of his cancer diagnosis twelve years ago, accompanied by a prognosis of six months to live, he met the news the same way that he met every challenge in his life . . . with a quiet determination and a smile to give strength to those he loved. He'd learned as a youngster, having been afflicted with polio at the age of three, that being disabled in any way...
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James F. Smith

September 27, 1916 - October 9, 2015

Waltham – Mr. James F. Smith, of Waltham, died Friday, October 9, 2015 at Woburn Nursing Center. He was 99. Jim was born in Waltham on September 27, 1916, a son of the late Joseph and Angeline (Murphy) Smith, and had been a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of Saint Mary's High School in Waltham and attended Franklin Institute in Boston. During World War II he served as a petty...
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Kathleen A. (Brown) Donovan

October 4, 1953 - October 8, 2015

Weymouth – Kathleen A. (Brown) Donovan, of Weymouth, died Thursday, October 8, 2015 at her home. She was 62. Kathy was born in Lynn on October 4, 1953, a daughter of Thomas A. Brown of West Yarmouth and the late Doris M. (Burgess) Brown, and moved to Waltham when she was five. She graduated from Waltham High School and from Saint Elizabeth's Hospital School of Nursing. A Weymouth...
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