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Doreen J. (Stapleford) Calson

Doreen J. (Stapleford) Calson
  • May 23, 1926 - September 15, 2017
  • Waltham, Massachusetts

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“My sincere condolences to Phil on the passing of your Mom. You and your family are in my prayers. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Maureen King - Waltham, MA

“It was a true pleasure to have gotten to take care of Doreen. She was a live wire and she made all of us smile. We will all miss her at Life Care...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Ellen Puchlerz - Acton, MA

“My sincerest condolences on the loss of your dear Mother. I have many fond memories of her treating me like one of her own. I will always remember...Read More »
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“I am deeply saddened by the passing of your lovely mother. She treated me as if I were one of her own. What a beautiful, classy lady. I will always...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: A friend

“For the past nine months I have been taken care of Doreen. It was pleasure and honor to have known her. God bless all of you in your time of grief....Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: LeeAnn HIRD - ACTON, MA

“My condolences to the family. May the God of comfort grant you the strength to endure this difficult time. ”
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“May God give you strength in this time of sorrow Matthew 5:4 "Happy are those who mourn During this time of great sorrow and pain know that you are...Read More »
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Waltham – Mrs. Doreen J. (Stapleford) Calson, of Waltham, died Friday, September 15, 2017 at Life Care Center in Acton. She was 91.

Doreen was born in Bath, England on May 23, 1926, a daughter of the late Frederick Stapleford and Edith Stapleford Horsell. She was raised in Gloucestershire, England a region two hours northwest of London. When the war came for the British in 1939 Doreen and her family met the challenge with sacrifice and courage.

It was during World War II that she met a handsome American GI by the name of Salvatore Calson and in 1945 the pair married and returned to the United States a year later, settling in Sal's hometown of Waltham.

Throughout her life she was a terrific wife and mother and when widowed at the age of fifty she met the future with same courage and determination that had seen her through the war years.

The wife of the late Salvatore Calson, she leaves her children, John Calson and his wife, Nancy, of Ormond Beach, Florida, David Calson and his wife, Ann, of Maynard, Sandra Calson of Dover, New Hampshire and Phillip Calson of Troy, New York and her grandsons, Steve and Scott Calson.

Family and friends will honor and remember Doreen's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Wednesday, September 20th from 5 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning in Calvary Cemetery, 250 High Street, Waltham where graveside services will be held at 11 a.m.