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Eaton Funeral Home

Funeral directing has long been an honored, full-fledged profession. It is nothing less than an affirmation of this fact that the fifth generation of Eatons carried on the family enterprise.

Like their fathers before them, the men of this generation channeled their interests toward this profession at an early age. All of them worked at the Home while attending Needham High School. And all of them grew up in the spirit of a tradition that was already well over a century in the making.

In 1950 Laurence's eldest son, Laurence G., was graduated from Norwich and entered the New England Institute, a Boston school for funeral directors. He passed the State examinations the following year and thus led the fifth generation into the firm.

Following him were his two brothers, Stephen and Robert, and his cousin, Richard (Chester's son). All had been graduated from their fathers' colleges -- Stephen and Robert from Norwich, and Richard from Dartmouth. And all joined the firm in the same year, 1954.

In 1970 Laurence R. came into the firm, thus becoming the first member of the sixth generation to do so. He was joined in the intervening years by his brother David. These young men along with Kevin Greene, all licensed funeral directors and embalmers, and funeral assistant Robert T. Timmerman, help Laurence G. carry on the Eaton tradition in its striving for excellence.

Our Obituaries

Bernadine M. (Graff) "Bunny" Lawyer

September 24, 1931 - April 22, 2017

Bernadine "Bunny" Lawyer, formerly of Windsor and Simsbury CT, died April 22 in Wellesley MA at the age of 85. Bunny was the beloved wife of the late Lloyd D. Lawyer and the mother of four children: Catherine Corbett and her husband Michael of Needham, MA; Michael Lawyer and his wife Gina Del Savio of New Windsor, NY; Rebecca Capaul and her husband Greg of Golden, CO; and Betsy Volg and her...
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Sandra Lee (Mason) LeMay

December 5, 1945 - April 20, 2017

Sandra Lee LeMay, age 71, of Needham, died on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice House in Needham. Born December 5, 1945, she was the beloved daughter of Louise (Farrow) Mason and the late David A. Mason of Needham. A long-time Needham resident, Sandra was a 1964 graduate of Needham High School and a member of the First Baptist Church of Needham. She was a devoted and...
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Romualdas Skvarcius, PhD

February 7, 1940 - April 17, 2017

Romualdas Skvarcius, PhD, "Rom", of Chestnut Hill, died peacefully after a brief but rapid decline in his health. Survived by his wife, Dianne (Sack)Skvarcius of Needham and his children; Erika Cummings of Franklin, Ken Skvarcius of Raleigh, NC and Andrew Skvarcius of New York, NY and grandchildren; Brianna & Jacob Cummings and Maxwell Skvarcius. Rom was an avid reader, enjoyed listening to...
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Kenneth Blanchard, MD

June 23, 1939 - April 15, 2017

Dr. Kenneth Blanchard, of Newton, April 15, 2017. He is survived by his wife Dr. Rita (Campbell) Blanchard, two sons, Brian Blanchard and Scott Blanchard, three grandchildren Grace, Rose and Cole Blanchard and his brother Fred Blanchard. Born in Perth Amboy New Jersey, he was the son of Fred and Edith Blanchard. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of...
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John J. 'Jack" Logan, Jr.

August 17, 1930 - April 13, 2017

John "Jack" Logan Jr., of Needham, passed away on Thursday, April 13th at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham. He was 86 years old. Born August 17, 1930 in Boston to John and Mary (McCusker) Logan. Jack graduated from Brookline High School and joined the US Army serving in the Korean War as a radio operator. Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years Mary (Welby), 4 children, Trisha Masi and...
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Theodore Morrow Fairchild, Jr. "Ted"

April 9, 2017

Theodore (Ted) M. Fairchild, Jr. of Brookline, Massachusetts passed away early Sunday morning April 9th after a long and courageous struggle with advanced prostate cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family at the home he shared with his devoted wife, Karen Hilliard. Ted was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and, as a newlywed in 1964, moved with his wife Nancy and his infant daughter, Kari...
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Elwin E. "Tommy" Thomson

April 9, 2017

Elwin E. "Tommy" Thomson, a Needham resident for over 60 years, passed away on Sunday, April 9th at the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice House in Needham. He was 94 years old. Born in Prince Edward Island, he served in the Royal Canadian Signal Corp for 7 years. He worked for 20 years as the Facilities Manager at the former Glover Memorial Hospital in Needham until his retirement. Elwin had many...
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Daniel Carl Julien

April 8, 2017

Daniel Carl Julien, age 22 of Needham, formerly of West Roxbury, passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from complications of Ataxia Telangiectasia at home surrounded by his loving family and friends. Cherished son of Karen (Kelly) and Mark. Beloved big brother to Peter and Stephanie both of Needham. Adored grandson of Mary Ann Kelly of West Roxbury and the late Daniel J. Kelly and Catherine and...
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Rose Mary (Maguire) Kelly

October 29, 1922 - April 3, 2017

Rose Mary (Maguire) Kelly, of Hingham, formerly of Hyde Park, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 3, 2017, at her home at Linden Ponds. Born and raised in Charlestown, she was the daughter of the later Frank and Alice (Driscoll) Maguire. Rose Mary volunteered and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, she...
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Alice B. Rinaldi

April 2, 2017

RINALDI, ALICE B., age 86, of Needham, MA, and formerly of Hobe Sound, FL, Stuart, FL and Fayetteville, NY, died peacefully on Sunday, April 2, 2017 in Needham, MA. Beloved mother of Stephanie Charlip and her husband Steven, of Weston, MA, John R. Rinaldi, Jr. and his partner, Pam Baker, of Pennellville, NY, and Greg Rinaldi of Minoa, NY. Loving grandmother of Allie, Annie, and Jeffrey Charlip,...
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Daphne Brooks Prout

April 2, 2017

Daphne Brooks Prout died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on April 2, 2017 at the age of 100. Daphne was a woman of great grace and beauty – in each and every best sense of the words. Her greatest joy was her family, whom she adored. Daphne was a great lover of nature's beauty and bounty. She played the violin, was a watercolor painter, an inspired gardener, and a lover of...
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Maria DeRosa Corda

October 16, 1929 - April 1, 2017

Maria DeRosa Corda, of Wellesley, passed away on Saturday, April 1st at Stone Institute in Newton Upper Falls. The daughter of the late Sabatino and Concetta (Spinazola) DeRosa, Maria was born in Melito Irpino, Italy. At the age of seven she and her family moved to America. She grew up and went to school in Natick, MA. After graduating from Natick High School, she married Renzo "Larry" Corda,...
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Stuart Winchester Mackiernan

March 23, 2017

Stuart Winchester Mackiernan of Wellesley, Massachusetts died on March 23, 2017 at the age of 93. The son of Douglas Seymour Mackiernan and Mary Winchester, Stuart was born in Mexico City, Mexico on November 13, 1923 where his father was working as a representative for Dennison. He had four brothers: Douglas, Angus, Duncan and Malcolm. He was raised in Stoughton and Canton, graduating from...
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Walter F. Keyes

January 20, 1936 - March 22, 2017

Walter F. Keyes, 81, of Needham, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Born in Boston, he was a son of the late Richard and Catherine (Grace) Keyes. Walter was a US Army veteran. He attended the University of Dayton and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Walter worked for the Polaroid Corp in Cambridge in research and development for 30 years. He also enjoyed art. Walter was the...
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Thelma F. (Ricciardelli) Papetti

October 24, 1929 - March 22, 2017

Thelma F. (Ricciardelli) Papetti, of Needham, died on Wednesday, March 22,2017 at the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice House in Needham. Thelma worked in food service for the Needham Public Schools at the Newman School and was Food Service Manager at the Mitchell School for many years. Many years ago, she enjoyed ballroom dancing. The beloved wife of the late Armando R. Papetti, she was the loving...
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Beverly E. (Jacobson) Kuba

March 20, 2017

Beverly E. (Jacobson) Kuba, died at Briarwood Healthcare in Needham on Mar 20, 2017. She was 84. Beverly was born in Providence, RI and graduated from Union Hospital School of Nursing in Fall River and received her nurse practitioner certificate from Worcester Hahnemann Hospital. She was a nurse at Clark Univ in Worcester and Greenville Technical College in Greenville SC. She also worked for...
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Robert Richal

March 19, 2017

Robert Richal of Needham, died Sunday March 19, 2017 in Needham. He was 92. Bob was the beloved husband of Pauline (Ferrari) Richal for 70 years. Devoted father of Paula Richal of Needham and Judy Richal of Walpole. Also survived by grandchildren Elizabeth Wright of Walpole, Jessica Wright-O'Reilly and her husband Brendan of Foxboro and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late...
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Anna (Bartoshevich) Newcomb

March 19, 2017

Anna (Bartoshevich) Newcomb, a lifelong Needham resident, passed away on March 19, 2017. She was 89. Anna graduated from Needham high and had worked at Carter's in Needham and as a secretary at Central Equipment Co. She was the wife of the late William D. Newcomb and the loving mother of Virginia Long and her late husband Richard, David W. Newcomb and his wife Kathleen all of Needham, Patricia...
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Lucille E. (Roklan) Burokas

March 17, 2017

Lucille E. (Roklan) Burokas of Newton Centre, died on Mar 17, 2017. She was 84. Born and raised in Needham, Lucille graduated from Needham High and was a bookkeeper for her family's business Roklan Welding in Needham. She was the beloved wife for 60 years of Francis Burokas. Loving mother of Laureen Guariglia and her husband Joseph of Newton, Donna Burokas Carleton and her husband Bob of...
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Angelo Terrazzino

March 18, 1955 - March 16, 2017

Angelo Terrazzino, 61, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 16, 2017 surrounded by his extensive loving family. Born in Needham, son of Samuel and Anna Maria Terrazzino. He graduated from Needham High School in 1974. He went on to become an auto mechanic and service manager for many years. Angelo was a family man who loved to take road trips that often ended on Cape Cod or at Nantasket...
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Shirley (Bond) McGill

October 1, 1927 - March 14, 2017

Shirley (Bond) McGill, a lifelong resident of Dover and Mattapoisett, passed away at her home on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. She was 89 years old. Born in Needham, she was the daughter of Herbert and Hazel Bond. Shirley was a graduate of Colby College. Mrs. McGill taught at Tenacre Country Day School for 35 years. An active member of the Dover Community, she served as a part time librarian, served...
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Joseph "Bill" William Hughes

March 14, 2017

Joseph "Bill" William Hughes age 89, of Needham, formerly of Reading, after a short illness March 14, 2017. Beloved husband of Mary Lou (Edman) Hughes, 18 years, and formerly of Claire L. (MacKerron) Hughes, 45 years. Joe was born in Boston, MA, to Joseph and Catherine Hughes of Dorchester, MA. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II. Joe was Manager of International Activities for Raytheon's...
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Marie E. (Fein) Treggiari

January 3, 1930 - March 13, 2017

Marie E. Treggiari, 87, of Franklin and longtime resident of Needham, passed away on March 13th, 2017 in Franklin. Marie was born in Boston, to John Fein and Helen (Schroth) on January 3, 1930. She married Leo P. Treggiari on September 19th, 1948. Marie was very involved in the Catholic Daughters of Americas, Court Our Lady of the Presentation #1543 in Brighton. She held the post of Mass State...
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Leonard A. Duffy

April 15, 1925 - March 6, 2017

Leonard A. Duffy of Needham, died on Monday, March 6, 2017 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham. He was 91 years old. Born in Boston, Mr. Duffy grew up in Roxbury. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the United States Army. During his service in World War II, Private Duffy and his comrades at Company B earned the Bronze Star Medal of Achievement during a 5-day siege at Hill 721 by holding...
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David J. Sexton

March 5, 2017

David J. Sexton, 77, of Needham, Massachusetts, died peacefully Sunday, March 5, 2017 after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Gloria (Gamel) Sexton for 50 years. He was born to David and Ellen Sexton in Brookline, and attended Cathedral High School in Boston, MA. He received his BA from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, and his MA from Rutgers University Stonier School of Banking...
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Beth A (Stevenson), Nixon

March 5, 2017

Beth A (Stevenson) Nixon of Needham and Plymouth, died Mar 5, 2017. Beth was born in Holbrook in 1936 and graduated from Randolph High and went on to graduate from Forsyth Dental School. She enjoyed her career as a dental hygienist in Needham and Wellesley. She was also a member of the Kalmia Garden Club, the Needham Garden Club and volunteered for the Plymouth Philharmonic. Beth was the wife...
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Francis W. Hofer

August 22, 1918 - March 1, 2017

Francis W. Hofer 98, of Needham, March 1, 2017. Son of the late Walter M. and Gudrun (Hansen) Hofer. Father of Douglas W. Hofer. Frank was a graduate of Brookline High Scholl and he attended Boston University. He enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and served in both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1952 with the rank of Captain. Mr. Hofer worked as a...
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L. Dodge Fernald

November 19, 1929 - March 1, 2017

On March 1, Dodge Fernald of Wellesley died as he had lived, with courage and kindness. Dodge was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Lloyd Dodge Fernald and Gladys Neff Fernald. Together with his brothers, Kent, Jack and Peter, he enjoyed a childhood enlivened by sports and pranks. He embraced enough academic rigor at The Hotchkiss School, in addition to captaining the varsity basketball...
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Gordon MacPherson Gober

March 3, 1931 - March 1, 2017

Gordon McPherson Gober, 85, of Shrewsbury, MA passed away peacefully on March 1, 2017. Gordon was born on March 3, 1931 in Tuscaloosa, AL to the late Oscar Gober and Candis (Smith) Gober. Gordon loved his country and was most proud of his service in the U.S. Army, retiring after 22 years of distinguished service. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and received many medals including: Army...
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Kathleen M. Rose-Fabis

March 1, 2017

Kathleen M Rose-Fabis of Medfield, passed away at her home on March 1, 2017. She was 57. Kathy was born in Natick and graduated in 1977 from Needham High and went on to receive her bachelors degree in nursing from Northeastern University and was a RN. She received her Masters in nursing from Regis College and was pursuing her PhD. She worked at the Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia...
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Peter Ravinski

March 1, 2017

Peter Ravinski of Needham, passed away on March 1st, 2017. He was 94. Peter was raised in Needham, graduated from Needham High School and went on to serve in the US Army during WWII. He worked for many years as a glass blower and provided quality control in the production of medical instruments for the McGregor Co in Needham, and later worked for the John G. Shelly Co in Wellesley. Peter was...
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Norbert J. 'Norb" Lavoice

September 4, 1951 - February 26, 2017

Norbert J. Lavoice formerly of Watertown. MA died February 26, 2017 in Wayland, MA following a courageous battle with ALS. Norb was born in Framingham, MA on September 4, 1951 the son of Henry Norbert Lavoice and Kathleen Pinkham Lavoice. A 1969 graduate of Framingham South High School, Norb continued a life long journey of independent study becoming proficient in mechanical and electrical...
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Elio Goffi

February 25, 2017

Elio Goffi, of Needham, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the age of 94. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, he graduated from the University of Connecticut and the University of Illinois with two Master's Degrees in Organic and Inorganic chemistry. As a chemist, began his career at MIT (Mass. Institute of Technology) in Cambridge, MA. Later, he worked for the US Army Natick...
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Clara Barton DeOrsay, R.N.

February 24, 2017

Clara Barton DeOrsay, R.N., 108, died on Friday, February 24th at North Hill Retirement Community in Needham, MA. She was one of three children of Andrew and Helen Barton, of Philadelphia, PA, and completed her RN at Philadelphia General Hospital. She went on to earn a Bachelor's in Nursing Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She was married to Ralph H. DeOrsay, MD, in 1935, and they...
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Lillian Caroline (Watkins) Santilhano

January 8, 1921 - February 24, 2017

Lillian Caroline Watkins was born in Gondercourt, France on January 8, 1921. Her father Rex Eugene Watkins was a soldier in the US Army serving under General John Pershing the first American troops to arrive in France for World War I. Rex was stationed with Pershing's infantry on the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas. Her mother, Marguerite, joked that when the Dough Boys marched into her...
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James Francis O'Neil, Jr.

September 29, 1941 - February 24, 2017

James Francis O'Neil, Jr., 75, Lecanto, FL passed away February 24, 2017 in the Hospice of Citrus & The Nature Coast. Jim was born in Newton, MA on September 29, 1941 to the late James F. and Marie (Sullivan) O'Neil, Sr. He came to Florida in 2003 from Plymouth, MA. He was an accountant, having worked for Beverly Hospital and others during his professional career. Jim served our country in the U...
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Peter Carmelo Tornabene

July 29, 1922 - February 20, 2017

Peter Carmelo Tornabene, 94, of CareOne Lexington Nursing Home in Lexington, Massachusetts, died in Lexington on the evening of February 20, 2017, of Alzheimer's disease. Peter was the second son of Michael and Josephine (Mistretta), born "on the kitchen table" in Newton Centre in July, 1922. After being graduated from Newton High School, he was accepted into Northeastern University's cooperative...
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Mary Simms

February 15, 1931 - February 18, 2017

Mary Simms of Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts passed away peacefully in her home on the morning of Saturday, February 18. Mary was born in Introdacqua, Italy, raised in Connecticut and settled in Newton for most of her adult life where she raised her five girls with her husband Jay. Mary was a feisty woman whose life was all about cooking and taking care of others. Much of her working career...
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Zina - Virginia Stefanescu

May 5, 1925 - February 17, 2017

Zina-Virginia Stefanescu, age 91, of Brookline, died in Needham on February 17, 2017. Born in Bucharest, Romania on May 5, 1925 to the late Ioan and Constanta Gandu, she graduated University of Bucharest with a Master's Degree in Philology. She was married to Gheorghe Stefanescu for 64 years until his death in 2014. An accomplished educator, Zina-Virginia was a dedicated high school teacher for...
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Barbara Mary Brett White

August 14, 1930 - February 6, 2017

Barbara Mary Brett White Barbara went to her heavenly reward on Monday evening, February 6th in Needham, Massachusetts. She passed peacefully with her devoted husband of 53 years, Robert White, and beloved son Robert White, Jr. by her side. She was 86 years old. Barbara was born on August 14, 1930 in Hartford, CT to the late Thomas and Julia Brett. Raised in West Hartford, Connecticut, Barbara...
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Mary (Shaughnessy) Benvie

November 19, 1955 - February 5, 2017

Mary (Shaughnessy) Benvie, of Ayer, passed away on Sunday, February 5th, at UMASS Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. She was 61 years old. Born in Brookline and raised in Needham, she was a daughter of the late Geneva (Goulette) and Ted Shaughnessy Sr. Mary was a graduate of Needham High School. She worked in the insurance business for many years. She then worked as a home health aide before...
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Sonia Cardinali

November 19, 1933 - February 3, 2017

Sonia (Alexandrian) Cardinali, of Needham, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice House in Needham. She was 83 years old. Born in Iran, she was a daughter of the late Zaghik (Ayvazian) and Hovsep Alexandrian. After the death of her father, she went to work for the British Petrol Company in Iran and helped to support her family. The family did not have much by...
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Nina Marie (McKee) Sullivan

July 25, 1928 - January 30, 2017

Nina Marie (McKee) Sullivan, 88, of Dover MA, and recently of Middlesex, VT, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 30, 2017. Nina (9-ah) was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma on July 25, 1928. She was the only child of James P. McKee and Hollis (Earp) McKee of Wichita, Kansas. She was a graduate of Mount Carmel Academy in Wichita. She attended The University of Iowa. As a young woman,...
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Jane (Russell) Bielski

July 8, 1925 - January 30, 2017

Jane (Russell) Bielski, of Needham, passed away on Monday, January 30th, at 91 years of age, with her 3 daughters at her side. She was born in Roslindale, MA on July 8th, 1925, to Ida and Eugene Russell. She graduated from Needham High School, Class of '42, and Bridgewater State College, Class of '46. Besides her family and friends, her greatest joys were following the New England sports teams,...
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Mary L. (Johnson) Nowak

August 29, 1921 - January 26, 2017

Mary L. Nowak, age 95 of Medfield (formerly of Needham, MA for 60 years), passed away on January 26, 2017. Mary was a retired Medical Technologist for over twenty years in the Blood Bank at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Nowak, Jr. Devoted daughter of the late Fredrick and Louise (Simon) Johnson. Dear sister of the late Edward S. Johnson...
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Thomas D. Welch

November 7, 1933 - January 26, 2017

Thomas D. Welch, of Dedham, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Briarwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Needham. He was 83 years old. Born and raised in Needham, Tom was the son of the late Thomas and Barbara (Coughlin) Welch. His father was Chief of Police in Needham for many years. Tom was a graduate of Needham High School Class of 1951, Boston University Class of 1955...
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Theresa (Driscoll) "Terry" Morales

December 16, 1956 - January 25, 2017

Theresa "Terry" (Driscoll) Morales of Needham and Milford, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Hebrew Senior Life in Boston. Terry lost her battle with an aggressive form of lung disease. She was born in Boston to Walter and Margaret Driscoll on December 16, 1956. Terry is survived by her three children; son Jesse Morales of Waltham, daughters Stacey Morales, of Waltham, and Stephanie...
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Arthur R. Foster

April 22, 1924 - January 25, 2017

Arthur R. Foster, of Fox Hill Village Westwood, formerly of Braintree, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice Home in Needham. He was 92 years old. Born in Boston, he was the son of Francis J. and Helen A. (Rowe) Foster. Arthur was a US Navy World War II Veteran. He was a graduate of Tufts University and earned his Master's Degree from Yale University. Mr....
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Katherine Chung

January 25, 2017

Katherine Chung, 91 of New York City, NY passed away peacefully on January 25, 2017.Katherine was born in Salem, MA. She was mother to the late Diana Chung and daughter to the late Harry and Dorothy Yee. She was sister to the late Ruth Wong, Ralph Yee, Helen Limm, Mable Chin, Jenny Yee & Bobby Yee. She is survived by her sister Doris Tow, nephews Randy Tow, Ronald Tow, Larry Limm, Philip Wong,...
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Francis J. Moran

January 20, 2017

Francis J. Moran, 92, of Newton, died on January 20, 2017. He was a World War II, US Navy Veteran, and a retired firefighter for the City of Newton after 32 years, spending his entire career assigned to Engine 10 at the Oak Hill station. Mr. Moran worked for New England Mobile Book Fair for over 20 years. He enjoyed music, books, books on tape and loved his pets, especially his cat Stella. He...
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Barbara (Tasker) Jackson

April 28, 1933 - January 19, 2017

Barbara (Tasker) Jackson of Newton died on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at the age of 83 after a long battle with cancer. Barbara was well travelled but the places closest to her heart were Martha's Vineyard and her home in Newton. In addition to travel and many other interests, she and her husband, Bill enjoyed socializing with many family and friends. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy. ...
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Kennison N. Gale

February 25, 1927 - January 17, 2017

Kennison N. Gale of Needham, MA, age 89, died on January 17, 2017 while surrounded by his family. He was born in Portland, Maine on February 25, 1927. He was a Navy veteran and an active alumnus of Babson College, class of 1949. Married in February 1951, Ken and Judith Plumly met as children and began dating after college. Ken retired after a long sales management career with the Marine Office...
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Mary Louise (Ward) Johnson

November 30, 1921 - January 16, 2017

Mary Louise (Ward) Johnson, 95, of Needham passed away on January 16, 2017, at home surrounded by her family. Mary Louise was born in Augusta, Georgia on November 30, 1921. She moved to Quincy, Massachusetts after her marriage to Philip Johnson in 1946 and to Needham in 1949. Together they raised four children. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother and was active in Girl Scouts and Friends of the...
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Charles Joseph "Chip" Fanelli

May 3, 1955 - January 15, 2017

Charles Joseph "Chip" Fanelli It is with heartbreak and pride that Chip Fanelli's family announces his passing on January 15, 2017 while in loving care at the Stanley Tippett Home in Needham, MA, and surrounded by his family. Chip was born in Chicago, IL on May 3, 1955, and lovingly adopted by Joseph and Kathryn Fanelli and was raised in Rochester, MN and Reno, NV. Chip met his wife of 31...
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William Joseph Healey, Jr.

March 24, 1937 - January 14, 2017

William Joseph Healey, Jr, age 79 of Needham, MA and currently residing in Deltona, FL, passed away peacefully on January 14th from complications of cancer. William is survived by his daughters Janice (Healey) Schneider, Joyce (Healey) Whitney, Marilyn (Healey) Lugner and son Kenneth Healey. He is also survived by stepdaughters Cheri (McDermott) Lamie and Laura (McDermott) Carter. William is also...
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Joseph Patrick Powers

September 29, 1944 - January 14, 2017

Dr. Joseph Patrick Powers of Needham, passed away on January 14, 2017, in his home. Loving husband to Kathleen O'Brien, and devoted father of sons Devin and Cullan Powers. Joe was born on September 29, 1944, in the Bronx, NY, as the second of eight siblings. He spent his childhood days playing stickball and basketball, and nurturing a deep love for learning that he would carry with him throughout...
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Christopher J. Cline

May 29, 1965 - January 11, 2017

Christopher J. Cline, age 51, of Natick, MA, formerly of Needham, MA, died surrounded by family at home. Born in Arlington Heights, IL, son of John L. Cline and Mary Margaret Morrison Cline. The family later moved to Marked Tree Road in Needham, MA where he made many lifelong friends--they were known as the "High Rock Boys". Chris graduated Needham High School in 1983; he then went on to study...
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Linda Cornick

November 3, 1962 - January 8, 2017

Linda Cornick, 54, passed away suddenly on January 8, 2017, at home in Holbrook, surrounded by her husband Paul and her son Billy. Linda was born in Newton to the late Fred Bowen and Joyce (Papa) Bowen on November 3rd 1962. Linda grew up in Needham and graduated from Needham High School in 1980. She married Paul Cornick on June 1st 1985. She worked in the Health Care field for the last 25...
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Richard Martin Edman

December 27, 1929 - January 8, 2017

Richard Martin Edman, of Newton Highlands died at the Beth Israel Deaconess Needham on Jan 8, 2017. He was 87. Dick was born in Orange, MA and had been a resident of Newton for many years. He served in the Marine Corps reserve and on active duty with the U.S. Army as a Corporal during the Korean War. He worked for a few years at Factory Mutual Insurance Co in Norwood as a draftsman and ran his...
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William L. Mather

May 6, 1933 - January 5, 2017

William L. Mather, age 83, died on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at home after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born in Nantucket on May 6, 1933, the oldest of two boys. After attending Northfield Mount Hermon for high school he graduated from Bowdoin College in 1956. He later earned a master's degree in business from Babson College. He served his country in Korea as a medic and radio...
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Steven Robert Van Pelt

April 28, 1955 - January 2, 2017

Steven Robert Van Pelt of Sharon, raised in Needham, passed away peacefully after a long illness surrounded by family on January 2, 2017. Beloved husband of 37 years to Sharon (Cornick)Van Pelt and father to Nichole (Van Pelt) and Richard Wunder, Thomas and Allison (Luck) Van Pelt, and Christopher Van Pelt and Kimberly Cullen. Cherished Grampy to his granddaughter, Rosalie Van Pelt. Devoted son...
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Audrey Joan (Rickstrew) "Joan" Williamson

June 30, 1935 - January 1, 2017

Audrey Joan Williamson, "Joan", 81, of Needham, Massachusetts, passed away on January 1, 2017 from complications of Alzheimer's. Joan was born in Guthrie, OK on June 30, 1935 to Mildred Louise and Albert Audry Rickstrew. Two years later Joan's baby sister, Jean Elizabeth, was born, also in Guthrie. Around 1941 the family moved to Fort Smith, AR where Joan attended Duval Elementary School. ...
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John J. McQuillan

December 28, 2016

John J. McQuillan, longtime Needham resident and business leader passed away on Dec. 28, 2016 from complications of Parkinson's Disease. He was 87 and had celebrated a warm and loud Christmas with all of his family 3 days earlier. Married for 64 wonderful years to his surviving wife Dorothy E. (Lenihan), John's children John J. McQuillan, Jr. and his wife Rosey of Norfolk, Bill and his wife Linda...
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Christine Ann Gentile

December 19, 1956 - December 25, 2016

Christine Ann Gentile of Newton passed away peacefully after a long illness surrounded by her family on December 25, 2016. Devoted daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (DeSantis) Gentile of Newton. Beloved mother to Christopher and Melissa (Mitchell) Fournier of Newton and Danielle (Fournier) and Zachary Fayssoux of Newton. She is also survived by her brother, Stephen Gentile, and many cousins...
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James H. Shaud

November 24, 1939 - December 23, 2016

James Howard Shaud died peacefully on December 23rd in Needham, Massachusetts, following a brief illness. He was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 1938. In high school he met the love of his life, Polly, while playing the flute in the band. They were married June 9, 1962 and had celebrated their 53rd anniversary before Polly's death in 2015. He was a graduate of Wabash College, and received a...
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Robert Homer Madden

October 9, 1938 - December 22, 2016

Robert Homer Madden, 78, of Needham and Provincetown, formerly of Newton, December 22, 2016. Beloved husband of Elizabeth J.(Wallis)Madden and Father of Johnna Teale Madden Kent and her husband Joel Kent of Needham, Jill Suzanne Daly of Wellesley. Brother of the late Stephen J. Madden, Jr. and the late John R. Madden. Beloved "Puppy" of four grandchildren: Emily, Jessica, Christopher and Haley....
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Florence (Castro) Walsh

December 21, 2016

Florence (Castro) Walsh a resident of Needham and Westwood died peacefully on December 21, 2016.During the past 5 years she has been a resident of Avita of Needham. She was the devoted wife of the late Patrick Walsh, and loving mother of the late Andrew Wise and stepmother to Jean and John Healy, Deborah Doyle, and Jeffrey and Lois Walsh. She was blessed with 6 grandchildren Thomas and Douglas...
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Shirley M. (Tibbetts) Perito

February 27, 1929 - December 20, 2016

Shirley M. (Tibbetts) Perito of Needham, died on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Marlborough Hills Healthcare Center in Marlborough MA. She was 87. Born in Lowell, Shirley was the daughter of the late Phillip and Antoinette (Arpin) Tibbetts. The beloved wife of the late Guy F. Perito she was the loving mother of Guy and his late wife Lynne Rousseau of Marlborough, Karen and her husband Michael...
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Louise E. (Stewart) MacLean

January 13, 1927 - December 19, 2016

Louise "Harmony" E. (Stewart) MacLean of Sharon passed away December 19, 2016 at Harrington House in Walpole. She was born in Watertown, MA to James and Melena Stewart on January 13, 1927. After graduating from Watertown High School, Louise worked at the Watertown Arsenal during World War II. After the war, Louise started a family and later worked as an administrative assistant at the Tehran...
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Joseph G. O'Brien

December 18, 2016

Detective Joseph G. O'Brien, 62, Needham Police Dept. (retired), Needham native and Holliston resident, died peacefully at home Sunday, December 18th, after a courageous six-month battle with cancer. His wife, Beth (Nickerson) O'Brien, was by his side. He was born in Boston and was a long time Needham resident, and served as a detective on the Needham Police Department for 34 years. During his...
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Louise M. (Ficcardi) Whitehead

September 5, 1922 - December 16, 2016

Louise M. (Ficcardi) Whitehead, 94, a long-time resident of Needham, died peacefully on December 16, 2016 in the presence of her two daughters and niece Elaine Ficcardi at her daughter's home in Medway. Louise was predeceased by her husband William E. Whitehead and her two brothers, Gino and Arthur Ficcardi. She is survived by her daughter, Janice and husband, Robert Mosher of Medway and...
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Rosalie Ulman (Conti) Tucceri

January 14, 1926 - December 16, 2016

Rosalie Ulman (Conti)Tucceri "Dede" of Needham, Massachusetts passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family on Friday, December 16th. Rosalie was born in Naples, Italy where she grew up with her five sisters and brother. She was the beloved wife of the late Angelo Tucceri, Jr. She married in 1962. While in Italy, she worked as a seamstress, and spent most of her time enjoying the...
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Ruth (Worrick, Tillson) Wiswall

December 15, 2016

Ruth (Worrick, Tillson) Wiswall passed away at 89 peacefully surrounded by family at the Tippett Hospice Home in Needham, MA on Dec 15, 2016. Ruth was born on January 22, 1927 in Needham, MA. She was the loving daughter of Olivia and Percie Worrick. Ruth was pre-deceased by brothers Robert and Richard Worrick. She was also pre-deceased by her first husband, Robert H. Tillson and her son Jeffrey...
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Ruth (Worrick,Tillson) Wiswall

December 15, 2016

Ruth (Worrick, Tillson) Wiswall passed away at 89 peacefully surrounded by family at the Tippett Hospice Home in Needham, MA on Dec 15, 2016. Ruth was born on January 22, 1927 in Needham, MA. She was the loving daughter of Olivia and Percie Worrick. Ruth was pre-deceased by brothers Robert and Richard Worrick. She was also pre-deceased by her first husband, Robert H. Tillson and her son Jeffrey...
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Donald Raymond Keith

December 15, 2016

Donald Raymond Keith, 86, of Bellingham, formerly of Needham and Wayland passed away Dec 15, 2016 after a period of declining health. He was born on Feb 8, 1930 in Needham, MA to Ernest and Marian (Fish) Keith. He graduated Needham High School in 1948 and married Nancy J. O'Brien Aug 17, 1952. Don was an avid lifelong gardener; he enjoyed woodworking, bird watching, spending time with family...
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Rita M. (Rasmusson) Sullivan

December 15, 2016

Rita Mary Rasmusson Sullivan, of York Maine, formerly of Needham, passed away on Wednesday, December 15th. Beloved wife of the late Vincent James Sullivan. Daughter of the late Robert Rasmusson and Grace M. Doucet Rasmusson. Mother of Patricia Ann Rowean, Barbara Ann Gavel, Donald Dennis Sullivan and Paul Francis Sullivan. She is survived by 16 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. Rita...
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Priscilla M. (Kearney) Ingram

December 14, 2016

Priscilla M. (Kearney) Ingram, a lifelong resident of Needham passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the age of 77 surrounded by her family She was the loving mother to Donna M. Sibley of Tyngsboro, MA and Bruce C. Ingram and his wife Luisa of Attleboro, MA. Grandmother to Brandon C., Bryan M. and Amanda M. She leaves 2 nieces a nephew and many beloved friends. A memorial service to...
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Priscilla M. (Kearney) Ingram

December 1, 1939 - December 14, 2016

Priscilla M. (Kearney) Ingram of Needham on Dec 14, 2016. Loving mother of Donna Sibley of Tyngsboro and Bruce C. Ingram and his wife Luisa of Attleboro. A memorial service will be announced in Jan.
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Patricia K. (Athy) Dunton

November 30, 1932 - December 12, 2016

Patricia K. (Athy) Dunton, of Needham, MA passed away on December 12, 2016 after a long illness. Beloved wife of the late Robert J. Dunton, daughter of the late John and Nora (Kilgariff) Athy; sister of the late Mary Robertson and Peggy Anderson. Loving mother of Nancy Dunton of Rockland, MA; Debbie and Roger Babson of Duxbury, MA, Laurie and Scott Farr of Hanover, NH; Lynn and Charlie Biss...
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Shirley (Howie) Rice

October 24, 1936 - December 11, 2016

Shirley (Howie) Rice, a resident of Needham for 45 years, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Mrs. Rice was born in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, the daughter of the Margaret Moore (Shirley) and Stevenson "Bill" Howie. She was a graduate of Queens University in Belfast and received her MBA from Babson College. She worked as a law firm...
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Frank M. Perry

April 18, 1919 - December 11, 2016

Frank Perry, most recently of Needham, Massachusetts, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016 after a brief illness. Dr. Perry was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and attended Western Connecticut Teacher's College (now Western Connecticut University), from which he obtained a B.S. and M.S. in education. He thereafter graduated with an Ed.D. from the Teacher's College at Columbia University,...
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William Patrick Melville

December 10, 2016

MELVILLE, William Patrick, 91, of Needham, formerly of Newton Highlands and Meredith, NH, died December 10, 2016. Beloved husband of 60 years of the late Irene Frances (O'Keefe) Melville. Cherished father of Daniel F., MD, and his wife Sandra of Milton, Arthur G. of Wakefield, Elizabeth M. Klements of Milton, Thomas R. and his wife Lisa of Medfield, Christine M. Harvey and her husband...
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Robert B. Harriman

September 20, 1955 - December 5, 2016

Robert B. 'Bob" Harriman, of Rockport MA, passed away on Monday December 5, 2016 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He was 61 years old. A Funeral Service will be held in the Dover Church, 17 Springdale Av, Dover, on Wednesday, December 7th at 2:0 PM. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Dover.
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Sally Jean (Waters) "Aunt Sally" Dugan

December 26, 1933 - December 4, 2016

Sally Jean (Waters) Dugan "Aunt Sally" of Needham and Plymouth, passed away on December 4th, 2016 at the Oakdale Rehabilitation and Skills Nursing Center in West Boylston Ma. She was born in Brookline Ma on December 26th 1933, the daughter of Carlton E. Waters and Minnie I (Bixby) Waters. She married the love her life William H. Dugan Jr and lived happily in Needham MA for almost 50 years...
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Elissa Montgomery McMahon

December 4, 2016

Elissa Montgomery McMahon, known to all as Lissy, 46, died December 4, 2016, at home after a long and courageous fight against a rare form of sarcoma. Lissy was a social worker at Sommerville-Cambridge Elder Services until her diagnosis, and they were among her most gracious and generous supporters during her illness. Lissy was born and raised in a small town, Mendham, New Jersey, which at...
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Frank Ficcardi

July 1, 1929 - December 1, 2016

Frank Ficcardi passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2016. He was 87 years old. Frank was pre-deceased by his cherished wife of 58 years, Barbara (Kay) Ficcardi. He was a loving father to his children; Jeanne M. Ficcardi-Sauro of Mansfield, Elinor F. Jarvis and her husband Anthony of Millis, Mary A. Ficcardi and her wife Christann of Dennis, and Frank N. Ficcardi and his partner Katie Gaudaitis of...
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Albert H. "Hank" Genaske

August 20, 1937 - November 30, 2016

Albert H. "Hank" Genaske of Wayland, formerly of Needham, on Nov 30, 2016 age 79 passed away peacefully after a short illness at the Sunrise Assisted Living facility surrounded by family and friends. Hank was born August 20, 1937 to the late Albert Superior Genaske of Newton and the late Katherine Stewart (Clifford) Genaske of Grand Forks, North Dakota. He was raised in Newton Highlands with...
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Robert "Bob" Vondenbrink

August 13, 1937 - November 30, 2016

Robert "Bob" Vondenbrink, 79, formerly of Needham, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday November 30, 2016. Bob was born in Cincinnati Ohio to George Vondenbrink and Marie (Peebles) Vondenbrink in 1937. In 1963 he married Pauline Huseman of Cincinnati Ohio, daughter of Richard and Mary Louise Huseman, with whom he spent nearly 40 years. Bob graduated from Roger Bacon...
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Howard S. Lipkin

November 28, 2016

Howard S. Lipkin, 79, of Watertown, formerly of Brooklyn, NY, November 28, 2016 as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic accident. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Ann Monheimer, who passed away on November 26, 2016. Loving step father of Eric Monheimer and his wife Sheri of Needham and Holly Monheimer and her husband Jan-Ivar Bruaroey of Denville, New Jersey. Adored grandfather...
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Donna L. (Barisano) Greymont

May 5, 1963 - November 27, 2016

Donna L. (Barisano) Greymont passed away on Sunday November 27, 2016 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, surrounded by her family and friends. She was 53 years old. Donna is survived by her loving husband of 29 years, Douglas Greymont, and her cherished children Samantha and Douglas Greymont Jr. She is the dear sister of David Barisano, Dori Duffy and her husband Michael and...
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Mary Ann (Lanning) Monheimer

November 26, 2016

Monheimer, Mary Ann (Lanning), 75, of Watertown, formerly of Needham, November 26, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Howard S. Lipkin, who passed away on November 28, 2016. Loving mother of Eric Monheimer and his wife Sheri of Needham and Holly Monheimer and her husband Jan-Ivar Bruaroey of Denville, NJ. Sister of Virginia "GiGi" Francis of Warren RI. Adored grandmother of Brandon, Jake and Ashley...
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Joseph Francis "Joe" Russell, Jr.

July 31, 1934 - November 25, 2016

Joseph "Joe" Francis Russell, Jr., passed away on Friday, November 25th, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Frances M. (McGee) Russell and the father of Peter Russell of South Boston, Patrice Russell of Portsmouth, NH, Mark Russell of Park City, UT, and Stephen Russell of New York City. He attended Needham High School and went on to Boston College, where he excelled both on...
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Daniel O. Corrigan, Jr.

April 3, 2016 - November 24, 2016

Corrigan, Daniel O., Jr, 55, of Newtonville, November 24, 2016. Beloved husband of Teresa A. (O'Brien) Corrigan. Loving father of James and Brendan Corrigan. Visiting hours on Sunday from 4-8PM. Complete notice to follow on Sunday. For more information, please visit
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Elaine T. (Magner) McDonald

August 9, 1932 - November 23, 2016

Elaine T. (Magner) McDonald passed away peacefully on Wednesday November 23, 2016 at her home in Needham. She is survived by her husband Bob. They had enjoyed every day of their 61 wonderful years of marriage. Elaine is also survived by three adult sons, Robert Jr. and his wife Tracy of Lexington, Steven and his wife Donna of Westford, and Michael of Needham. She is also survived by six...
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Victoria Eva (Leskowicz) Thomas

November 22, 1921 - November 20, 2016

Victoria Eva (Leskowicz) Thomas, formerly of Lexington, Massachusetts, passed away in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the Feast of Christ the King, November 20, 2016, shortly before her 95th birthday. She was predeceased by her devoted husband of 61 years, James Dustin Thomas, in 2011. Born in Wilmington, Massachusetts, to Ludwik (Louis) and Katherine Leskowicz, she graduated as a Registered Nurse...
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Edward B. Hutchins

November 16, 2016

Edward Bradlee Hutchins died November 16, 2016 at his home, after battling cancer and heart disease and succumbing to it. He leaves his former wife and best friend Jane Santos, his two sons Thomas Hutchins and Michael Hutchins, as well as his grandson Brandon Hutchins and daughter in law Sonia Polanco. Many close friends will miss him as well. Born in Needham at then Glover Hospital in 1939,...
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Pauline H. (Jenkins) Winslow

January 12, 1920 - November 14, 2016

Pauline H. (Jenkins) Winslow of Brewster and formerly of Needham passed away on November 14th at the age of 96, after living a wonderful life filled with love and family. She now joins, with great joy, her husband Richard B. Winslow (a Needham Dentist). They had known each other their whole life and had never been apart. Polly found great joy on being a mother and supporting her husband and...
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Kenneth B. Lorey

October 31, 1921 - November 13, 2016

Kenneth B. Lorey, of Needham passed away on Nov 13, 2016 at the Beth Israel Deaconess-Glover Hospital in Needham. He was 95. Born and raised in Jamaica Plain, Ken graduated for Jamaica Plain High School in 1939 and served in the U.S. Army during WWII and participated in the D-Day invasion at Normandy and received 5 Battle Stars. Following the war Ken worked for Farrington Manufacturing in...
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John H. "Jack" Gallagher, Jr.

July 20, 1932 - November 10, 2016

John H. "Jack" Gallagher, Jr. 84, of Needham, MA passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 10, 2016 after a courageous month-long battle with Leukemia. Born on July 20, 1932 in Somerville, MA, he was the son of the late John H. Gallagher and Helen (Murphy) Gallagher, and brother of the late Margarete Marcel, Judith McDonald and Dennis Gallagher. A true Bostonian, Jack was raised...
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Stephanie Hjelm

July 2, 1955 - November 9, 2016

Stephanie Hjelm passed away peacefully on November 9th surrounded by her family and the caring and loving staff at the Charles River Center in Needham, MA. Stephanie was born on July 2nd 1955 in Littleton NH and spent most of her life living with her parents in Franconia and Bath NH. After both her parents passed away in 1995, she was cared for by her Aunts Lillian Hjelm and Lois Ross for many...
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