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“Gramma you hosted the best Christmas parties, which are some of my happiest memories. You had such a kind soul and friendly face that lit up a room....Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Kathleen Belliveau - Lewisville, TX

“Karen, I am sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of your mother.Danell TomasellaBourne, MA ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Danell Tomasella - Bourne, MA

“Grammy, You will be missed very much by so many. Thank you for making my childhood a happy childhood. I'll never forget every Christmas Eve spent...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Kaia Barter - Chattanooga, TN

“Kathy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss! I have many great memories of your mom that I will cherish forever. I wish you all peace and...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Micheala Keniston-Hutchinson - MA

“Kathy and familyI am so sorry for the loss of your mom. Thinking of you all and praying for strength to get through this. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Jennifer Fraser-Jacob - MA

“God bless you Marion. My condolences to the Bessos and extended family.Warm RegardsJohn ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: John Corcoran - Waltham, MA

Mrs. Marion E. (Townsend) Besso, Of Waltham, died on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in the Sawtelle Family Hospice House. She was 79.

Born on November 25, 1937 in Waltham she was a daughter of the late Victor and Anna (Cusack) Townsend. She was a graduate of Waltham High School.

Marion's life was always centered on her family. She loved dancing with her husband, festivals, trips to the beach and sitting by the pool in summer months. Arts and crafts with her grandchildren, a shopping excursion, completing a crossword puzzle are all things she treasured.

She is predeceased by her children, Richard T. Besso Jr. and Bonnie J. Corcoran and her late husband, Peter; her grandchildren, Christopher Maher and Janine Barter; her siblings, Normand Townsend and Victoria Rigoli.

She leaves her husband of 60 years, Richard T. Besso; her children, Karen M. Maher of Maynard, Barbara A. Belliveau of Ware and Kathleen M. Bernat and her husband, Michael of Springvale, Maine; her grandchildren, Stacia Korbel, Michelle Coyle, Candice Maher, Joshua Besso, Erin Corcoran, Christopher and James Barter, Shannon Holmes, Kathleen Belliveau, John-Paul Bernat and Katelynn Bernat; her great-grandchildren, Michael, Ashley, Matthew, Amber, Christopher, Jerel, Kaia, Alex, Raven and Emma; also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Marion's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday May 8th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorials in her name may be made to the John J. Wenckus 9-11 Scholarship Fund, c/o Carol Murphy, 54 Alder Street, Waltham, MA 02453 or to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010.

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