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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

Louise Blaul Martin

September 24, 1929 - June 25, 2017

Louise (Blaul) Martin, 87, of Walpole, MA, formerly of Needham, MA, passed away on June 25, 2017. Her final days were spent peacefully surrounded by family. Beloved wife of the late Raymond Joseph Martin for 51 years. Loving mother of Ted and his wife Darlene, Chris, Cathy and her husband Louie, Molly, Tim and his wife Ninfa, Julie and her husband Marsden, and Louise. Cherished grandmother of...
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Frances Fillmore Lakin

October 1, 1921 - June 23, 2017

Frances Fillmore Lakin, 95, of North Hill, Needham, MA. She is survived by her son Bob and wife Rosemary, son Chuck and wife Marti, and daughter Fran and husband David. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Tom and his wife Kate, Rachel and husband Dan, Jo, Tim, Ruth and husband Kirk, and Elisha and husband Joe, as well as two great-grandchildren, Austin and McKenna. She was predeceased by...
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Josephine (Pelligrini) Curatola

March 20, 1930 - June 22, 2017

Josephine (Pellegrini) Curatola of Needham passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017. She was born in San Donato, Italy on March 20, 1930 to Domenico and Donata (Tocci) Pellegrini. She was the loving wife of the late Samuel (Erasimo) Curatola. She was a devoted mother to Sandra Bryan and her husband Jeff, MIchael Curatola and Gwen Rober and their son Maxx, and Robert Curatola and his wife Julie....
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Josephine "Jo" (Pellegrine) Curatola

June 22, 2017

Josephine (Pellegrini) Curatola of Needham passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017. She was born in San Donato, Italy on March 20, 1930 to Domenico and Donata (Tocci) Pellegrini. She was the loving wife of the late Samuel (Erasimo) Curatola. She was a devoted mother to Sandra Bryan and her husband Jeff, MIchael Curatola and Gwen Rober and their son Maxx, and Robert Curatola and his wife Julie....
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Bridget Marie (Griffin) Sheehan

June 22, 2017

Bridget Marie (Griffin) Sheehan passed away at her home on June 22, 2017. She was 97. She was born in Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland in 1920 and worked for many years at First National Bank and retired from Cambridge Savings Bank. She was a resident of Needham, and formerly a 50 year resident of Somerville. Bridget was the wife of the late Paul Sheehan, the devoted mother of Paul and his wife...
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Jean Isabel Ferrier

September 7, 1918 - June 21, 2017

Jean Isabel Ferrier passed away peacefully in her home June 21st. Jean was 98 years old. Born in Mauway, NJ Jean was the daughter of George and Catherine (Fraser) Ferrier. Both born in Scotland. Jean still has relatives in Scotland. Jean was predeceased by her brother George Ferrier. Both Jean & George were active members of the Presbyterian Church in Needham, where Jean served the church as a...
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Priscilla Howe Elliot Farquharson

March 23, 1925 - June 14, 2017

Priscilla Howe Elliot Farquharson passed away on June 14, 2017 surrounded by her family. Priscilla was born in Taunton, MA on March 23, 1925 to Ralph and Doris Elliot. She graduated from Wareham High School and then Massachusetts State College, now the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Home Economics. While living in Amherst, she met John H. Farquharson, who predeceased her. They...
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Doris F. Walsh

August 9, 1924 - June 11, 2017

Doris F. Walsh, age 92, formerly of Needham and Walpole, MA and most recently of Bradford, VT, died on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, NH. She was the beloved daughter of the late Robert and Flora (Harris) Farrow. She was the former husband of the late Joseph W. Walsh. She is survived by daughter Terry and her husband Carroll of Topsham, VT and son Mark and his wife...
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Mary Francesca Rosenbauer

October 6, 1944 - June 11, 2017

Mary Francesca Rosenbauer, of Modesto, CA, formerly of Brighton, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017. Mary was a graduate of Our Lady of the Presentation Academy and attended the University of Minnesota and the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was the 1979 candidate for Lieutenant Governor for the state of Minnesota. Mary held various management positions at numerous hotels throughout...
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Alayna Jean Ricciardelli

May 26, 1988 - June 6, 2017

Alayna Jean Ricciardelli, 29, a lifelong resident of Walpole, died suddenly on June 6, 2017. Loving mother of Jaxon and loving daughter of Keith and Kyle (Hurley) Ricciardelli of Walpole. Dear sister of Kristen and Michael Fales and Jillian and Paul Mros all of Franklin. Granddaughter of Edna Jean Hurley of Needham. Aunt of Matthew, Jason, Hailey, Timothy, Chloe, Olivia and Emily. Also survived...
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William Frederic Hines

November 29, 1925 - June 6, 2017

William Frederic Hines passed away June 6th 2017 after a life of 92 years. Bill was born on November 29th 1925 in Dedham the son of John Edward Hines and Viola Ormond. He grew up in Dedham and married his high school sweetheart Evelyn Thomas in 1949. They remained marred till her death in 2014 some 65 years. He was a devoted husband and missed his wife terribly the past several years. Bill...
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Roderick A. "Sandy" MacLeod

June 5, 2017

Roderick A. "Sandy" MacLeod Jr. of Needham, a retired Millis Police Officer, passed away on June 5, 2017. Sandy was born in Boston, raised in Millis and graduated from Newman Prep and Stonehill College. He served in the US Army Reserve and had served with the Millis Police for over 25 years as the K-9 officer and as a detective. He was a member of the Gunfighters Motorcycle Club and the...
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Ralph F. Gaita

June 18, 1929 - June 1, 2017

Ralph F. Gaita, of Norton, formerly of Walpole, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Norwood Hospital. He was 87 years old. Born in Boston, he was a son of the late Angelo and Rose (Schena) Gaita. Ralph was a graduate of Boston Technical High School, attended Burdett Business School and graduated from Northeastern University. He was a US Air Force Korean War Veteran. He worked for many years...
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James M. Willis

December 6, 1924 - May 31, 2017

James M. Willis – Age 92 of Needham, MA on May 31st, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born in Big Stone Gap, Virginia and resided in West Virginia until age 17 when he joined the U.S. Navy. Following his honorable discharge after World War II, he attended the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance on the G.I. Bill and received an Associate's Degree. He was employed by ADVEST, INC for 43...
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Nicholas Milton Sarris

August 11, 1931 - May 30, 2017

Nicholas Milton Sarris, of Dover, Grey Gables and Lesvos, Ipsilometopo, Greece, passed away on Tuesday, May 30th at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Born August 11, 1931 in Amherst, MA, to the late Charles and Parthenope Sarris, where he grew up with his brother Byron Sarris and his late sister Themis Ellis, on the fringe of Amherst College's playing fields. A member of the Dana Street...
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Lucille (Pezzula) Van Baars

September 10, 1931 - May 29, 2017

Lucille (Pezzula) Van Baars, 85, of Needham, passed away on May 29, 2017, surrounded by family. Lucille was born on September 10, 1931, in Albany, New York, and was the oldest daughter of Salvatore and Mary (Urbano) Pezzula. She attended Albany's St. Anthony's School followed by Cathedral High School, from which she graduated in 1948. After singing a solo in a local vaudeville production...
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Martha Jane (Appel) "Marty" Corneel

March 25, 1924 - May 23, 2017

Martha Jane Corneel (Appel) Martha Corneel's earliest memory was delighting in the purple irises that lined the walkway of her childhood home in Tulsa, OK. That love of flowers and nature became the framework on which she built her life, her art and her faith. Marty, 93, died at home after a short illness with her daughters by her side. In her last days, she enjoyed the song of a mockingbird...
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Thomas E. Niles

May 25, 1960 - May 17, 2017

Thomas Edward Niles of Wellesley, MA, formerly of Needham, MA, passed away unexpectedly on May 17th. Tommy is survived by his sons Aaron, Benjamin and Caleb of Needham and their mother Susan Niles; his fiancée Katie Swenson and her daughters Sophie, Olivia and Bliss of Wellesley; his four older siblings, Peter Niles (Nancy), Marguerite Grieco (Brien), Connie Alford (Kevin), Mary Jane Niles (John...
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Ellen (Parkhurst) Lewis

May 9, 2017

Ellen (Parkhurst) Lewis, of Westwood, passed away peacefully at home on May 9, 2017 at the age of 95. Beloved mother of Russell D. Lewis, Sr. and his wife Karen, of Lincoln and Susan Lewis Wellington and her husband, Alan, of Needham. Cherished grandmother of Russell D. Lewis, Jr. of Bedford Gregory B. Lewis and his wife Stephanie, of Bellingham. Cherished great-grandmother of Sara Lewis and...
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James P. Maloney

May 1, 1924 - May 8, 2017

James P. Maloney was born to Thomas J. & Doris E. Maloney in Arlington, MA on May 1, 1924. He passed away peacefully at the Central Utah Veteran's Home in Payson, UT on May 8, 2017. James resided in Brookline, Templeton and Needham, MA and graduated from Needham High School in 1942. He was enlisted in the United States Army 1942-1946 serving in Panama and Central America and was a Tactical...
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Cecil A. Rice, PhD

October 18, 1935 - May 5, 2017

Cecil Rice, PhD. of Needham. Internationally known group therapist, author and teacher, Cecil Rice died on May 5th, at 82, of cancer he had fought valiantly for years. After living through the WWII bombing of his hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and then the Troubles in his homeland, Dr. Rice immigrated to the US in 1964. Here he became well-known as a superb and caring psychotherapist,...
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Robert C. Olsen

August 17, 1920 - May 5, 2017

Robert C. Olsen, age 96, World War II Army Veteran, entered into eternal rest on May 5, 2017 after a short illness. He was the beloved husband of Lois Reed Olsen celebrating 70 years of marriage; loving father of Paula Olsen of Providence, RI and Richard R. Olsen of Woburn; Beloved grandfather of Jennifer Addonizio and Jeffrey Addonizio; Nicole Olsen, Natalie Olsen, and Richard Olsen; Adoring...
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Roberta Haskel Crocker

November 18, 1930 - May 4, 2017

CROCKER, Roberta Haskel of Needham died at age 86, after a short illness, on May 4, 2017. A memorial service is planned for 11 am on Saturday, June 3rd, at The First Parish in Needham officiated by Rev. Catie Scudera. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Roberta was born November, 18, 1930 in Concord, N. H. and moved as a young teen to Claremont, N.H. Her family moved to Needham in 1947...
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George Edward "Eddie" Gustafson, Jr.

May 4, 2017

George E. "Eddie" Gustafson Jr. of Norwood formerly of Needham passed away on May 4, 2017. Eddie was born in Framingham and was raised in Needham, He graduated from Needham High in 1977 and attended Dean Jr. College and received a certificate from ITT Tech. He worked as an auto appraiser for Kemper Insurance which later became Arbella Insurance for over 30 years. Eddie was selfless man who was...
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Robert Jonathan Corless

April 27, 2017

Robert Jonathan Corless of Wellesley, MA, died peacefully on April 29, 2017. He was born in Joplin, MO on April 15, 1926 to the late George Bradford and Florence Wilkinson Corless. Robert (Bob) grew up in Houston, Texas and was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Graduate School of Business, where he was a Baker Scholar. Bob served in the U.S. Merchant Marines...
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Dr. David Manoogian

April 27, 2017

Dr. David Manoogian,age 61, of Sherborn, Massachusetts, beloved husband of Melissa and father of Sofia and Lisa, brother of Gary and Karen, died on April 27 2017. Born to Carolyn and Dikran Manoogian on December 30, 1955, David grew up in Watertown, Massachusetts. He met Melissa while at school in Houston, and they married in 1985. David nurtured a lifelong love of both chemistry, which he...
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M. Grace (Micciche) Bonanno

April 27, 2017

M. Grace (Micciche) Bonanno, of Hingham (formerly Arlington), passed away on April, 26, 2017. She was the devoted wife for 63 years of Dominic Bonanno of Hingham, Loving Mother of Paula (Bonanno) Lordi of Dover, Sister of Pasquale Micciche of Malden, Grandmother of Robert, Hannah and Jack Lordi of Dover. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandniece and grandnephews. Family and friends...
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Helen (Daniele) Gustowski

November 17, 1916 - April 26, 2017

Helen (Daniele), Gustowski, 100, of Dennis (formerly Newton Upper Falls), on April 26, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Gustowski with whom she shared many years of marriage. She leaves behind two children, Joseph and Lorraine Gustowski of Easton and Bruce Gustowski of West Yarmouth. In addition, she leaves behind five grandchildren and one predeceased along with twelve great...
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Anne E. Milligan

August 16, 1938 - April 25, 2017

Anne Elizabeth Milligan of Needham passed away at home on April 25, 2017. Anne is survived by her family: brother William Milligan and his wife Jane of Whitinsville; and her nephew Kenneth F. Milligan and his wife Cathleen along with their children Meagan and Alex, all of Shrewsbury. Born in Boston August 16, 1938, she was the daughter of Frederick R. and Marjorie E. (Robbins) Milligan. She...
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Nina Vara

March 26, 1937 - April 24, 2017

Nina Vara of Marlborough, formerly of Needham, passed away peacefully April 24, 2017 surrounded by her children. She was 80 years old. Nina grew up in Dorchester and graduated from Dorchester High school. She later graduated from Northeastern University in 1980 with a BSN. She is survived by her three children Laurie White and her husband Tim of Taunton, Michael of Waltham and Lisa Clenott of...
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John Garrit Petrasch

April 24, 2017

John Garrit Petrasch died peacefully at his home in Wellesley, MA on Monday, April 24, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife of 46 years, Lynn, family and friends. His death followed many years of battling prostate cancer. John is also survived by son John G. Petrasch, Jr. ("Jake") and wife Andrea of Warren, VT, daughter Anne Shriver Petrasch Townsend and husband Brandon of Austin, TX.,...
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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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Earl MacPherson

November 28, 1926 - April 4, 2017

Earl MacPherson, aged 90, died peacefully June 4, 2017 after a short period of failing health. He was born to Annie (Johnston) and Daniel MacPherson in Newton, Massachusetts. Following his early years in Brighton, he moved to Needham for his fifth-grade school year and stayed the next 79 years. He graduated from Needham High School in 1944 and enlisted in the US Navy, serving as a radarman...
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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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