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“So sorry to hear of Ethel passing, she was a very kind person and will be missed Rest In Peace love ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Ruth Powell - Greenville, NC

“So sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed seeing the two of you at AAA in Waltham. Sincere condolences to you and your family. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Rebecca Rayburg - Seminole, FL

“I have many happy thoughts and memories that will be in my heart forever. Shewas loved by all that knew her. She will be greatly missed. Mom rest in...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Mabel Jannini - MA - Daughter

“Sorry for your your loss. Uncle Bill,Cousins Robert,Mabel,and Paul. My Sincere Condolences. Your cousin Drew. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Andrew Bearisto - Dedham, MA

“Sorry to hear about Ethel's passing. She was a kind and loving woman. My deepest sympathy to family and friends. ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Melinda McIntyre - Marlborough, MA

“My condolences to the bearisto family. Ethel was a great lady and one of the best employers i ever worked for. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: rick silva

“Paul, Sorry for your loss.May she rest in peace. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Tom Scafidi - Framingham, MA

“J have fond memories from my childhood of spending time with Robbie and Paul. Your mom was special and very welcoming to me. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Bob Markham - Waltham, MA

“My grandma, loving grandma. I miss you with all my heart that there are no words. You were good to everyone whose heart you touched. I miss you...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Teresa Bearisto - Accokeek, MD

“I am so sorry to hear about the families loss.may the families hearts ♥ be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times the family shared...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Ace Services was my account when I worked at Verizon. I would go to visit them and Ethel was so nice to me. We would sit and talk about Waltham,...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Mark Hickey - WALTHAM, MA

“Ethel was a beautiful and most thoughtful and kind woman who I was privileged to have shared many fond memories. She was surely one of the kindest...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Roberta Leonard - Plymouth, MA

“I'm so sorry for your loss, Bill. It was always such a pleasure to see her walk into my office at AAA in Waltham. She was truly a ray of sunshine! ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Paula Dorfman - Newton, MA


Mrs. Ethel M. (Walsh) Bearisto, of Waltham, died on Monday, May 4, 2020 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She was 94.

Ethel was born in Cambridge on August 4, 1925 to the late Leon and Mabel (Martin) Walsh. Raised in Arlington, she was a graduate of Arlington High School.

In 1948 she married World War II United States Army veteran and former POW William E. "Bill" Bearisto. Three years later the couple moved to Waltham where they raised their family and became lifelong members of Our Lady's Parish.

Ethel and Bill owned and operated Ace Service, Inc., a family run food equipment service company in Needham. Ethel ran the office and Bill ran the shop and the crews and were later joined by their son Paul and daughter Mabel operating the business.

In 1963 they were founding members of the Commercial Food Equipment Service Association where they made many lifelong friends in their field.

Ethel loved to travel. She and Bill took journeys near and far . . . across the United States, to Europe and across the oceans while cruising. Many of their trips included fellow members of the American Ex-Prisoners of War Association where Bill and his fellow vets found support and understanding and Ethel and the other spouses offered their unconditional love. They made a great pair.

In addition to her beloved husband of seventy-two years, Bill, she leaves her children, Robert Bearisto of Williamsburg, Virginia, Paul Bearisto of Chelmsford and Mabel Jannini (John) of Sharon; her brother, Al Walsh of Baltimore, Maryland; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Ethel was also the sister of the late James, George, and Thomas Walsh.

Funeral services and burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will be private.

The date and time of a Memorial Mass to be celebrated in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church in Waltham will be announced.

Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02452.