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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

Doris Oldfield

May 23, 2018

Doris Oldfield, 96, of Wellesley Hills died on May 23, 2018. Doris was the daughter of the late Samuel F. and Mary (Chesley) Oldfield and sister of the late Helen Oldfield. She worked as an executive assistant and meeting planner for Mitre Corp for many years and was an avid golfer and dog lover. Services will be private. Donations may be made in Doris' name to Buddy Dog Humane Society, Inc...
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Terence F. Hughes

June 8, 1937 - May 20, 2018

Terence F. Hughes 6/8/1937 – 5/20/2018. Dear husband, loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many passed away after a recent illness on May 20, 2018. Born in New York City, he grew up in Needham and lived in Dover, Medfield, Falmouth and Mashpee. He graduated from Needham High School in 1955 and then served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves from 1955-1963....
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Phyllis Ockene Hammel

May 14, 1928 - May 19, 2018

Phyllis Ockene Hammel, of Weston, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Stone Rehabilitation and Senior Living in Newton Upper Falls. She was 90 years old. She was the beloved wife for 62 years of the late Dr. Herbert Hammel. Sister of the late Robert and Alan Ockene. Survived by her son, John Hammel and his wife Karen Buetens of Jamestown RI. Grandsons Marcus and Peter Hammel ...
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Virginia (Mooshian) Panella

April 26, 1927 - May 14, 2018

Virginia (Mooshian) Panella, 91 of Needham died suddenly surrounded by family on May 14th 2018. She was the daughter of the late Archie & Grace (Arakelian) Mooshian. Virginia was born in Lawrence. She attended the Boston Conservatory of Music and was a solo soprano. She sang at the Lawrence Street Church. She also sang at concerts, weddings and funerals, and taught piano lessons. She worked many...
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Elizabeth A. "Beth" (Gouldie) Donahue

June 28, 1935 - May 14, 2018

Elizabeth "Beth" Donahue passed away peaceful surrounded by family at the age of 82 on Monday in Stowe, VT. Beth Donahue was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attended Regis College and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She taught experimental, as well as, traditional printmaking techniques at Regis College and lectured in the Boston area. The Salon Du Vieux Colombier, Paris, France chose...
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David H. Hulihan

April 10, 1939 - May 12, 2018

David H. Hulihan died suddenly of cardiac arrest at his home in Needham on May 12, 2018. David was born in Manhattan, NY on April 10, 1939, he son of Harry and Dorothy (Hightower) Hulihan. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joan (Bloch), his daughter, Elisabeth Hulihan of Needham and his sister, Sheila Blake, of Pismo Beach California. David graduated from the Hill School in 1957 and...
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Ernest J. Hohengasser, Sr.

June 9, 1930 - May 11, 2018

Ernest J. Hohengasser, Sr. formerly of Needham, age 87 years, went to be with his Lord on May 11, 2018. He was the beloved husband of 65 years of the late Alice Hohengasser. He is survived by his son Ernie and his wife Joy of West Bridgewater and their children Jill McDaniel, Erik Hohengasser and Jenny Anderson; his son Dave and his wife Mary Lynn of Punta Gorda, FL and their children Max and...
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William R. "Bill" Fearnley, Jr.

May 9, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of William R. "Bill" Fearnley, Jr., of Norwood, formerly of Needham, Wellesley and West Roxbury, announces his passing on Wednesday May 9th, 2018, at the age of 57 years. Bill will be forever remembered by his three daughters, Caroline, Annie and Marie. He was the former husband of Colette (Desmond) Fearnley. He is also survived by his mother, Margaret ...
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Roger Browne Hunt

January 31, 1931 - May 7, 2018

Roger Browne Hunt, Needham (1931-2018) Dear husband, loving father, grandfather and friend-to-many died suddenly on May 7th. Born in New York City, he grew up in Riverside CT and attended Rye Country Day School. He went on to graduate from Phillips Academy Andover (1948), Harvard College (1952) and Harvard Law School (1955), and then served as sergeant in the US Army at Fort Bliss TX and in...
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Aurice B. Vernon Weiss

May 1, 2018

Aurice B Vernon Weiss of Needham died on May 1, 2018 six weeks before her 90th birthday. Aurice was born in 1928 in Laramie, WY. She was raised in Amarillo, TX on the plains where the sun shines, the horizon is expansive, and the wind blows to send tumbleweeds along the flat, dry landscape. She attended Amarillo HS, Amarillo Junior College and received a baccalaureate degree from Baylor...
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Richard A. "Dick" Wise

April 28, 2018

Richard A. "Dick" Wise, of Dover, MA passed away on Apr 28, 2018. He was 91. Dick was born in New York City, and had lived in Dover for the past 42 years. He graduated from Brown University and Boston University Law School. During WW II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Dick was patent council for United Shoe Machine Co, patent and trademark council for Gillette and of council for Hamilton,...
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Denis Ricciardelli

February 16, 1932 - April 20, 2018

Denis Ricciardelli, of South Natick, 86, passed away in the home he built, loved and lived in for over 38 years on April 20, 2018. Denis was born in Boston, MA to Primo and Ribella Ricciardelli on February 16, 1932. He was a 1950 graduate of Needham High School where he met his high school sweetheart and wife of nearly 65 years, Diane Goddard. He spent 2 years in the US Army achieving the rank...
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Marjorie Hinners O'Byrne

May 3, 1919 - April 18, 2018

Marjorie Hinners O'Byrne, a resident of Duxbury, Massachusetts, died on April 18, 2018, of natural causes. The daughter of Marie (McCloskey) and Frank Hinners, she was born in Brooklyn, NY. Raised in Brooklyn and Long Island, she graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in journalism in 1941. She married John Coates O'Byrne, her college sweetheart, in 1945. She is survived by...
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Nancy E. (Ator) Forbes

April 9, 1951 - April 12, 2018

Nancy Elizabeth Forbes of Wellesley and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, died on April 12 at age 67 following a long battle with cancer. A graduate of Denison University and Northwestern University School of Law, Nancy practiced law for over thirty years as a partner of Ropes & Gray. She was a pioneer from the early days of health care law as a distinct legal discipline, serving in leadership...
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Ellen Balkus

February 7, 1918 - April 7, 2018

Ellen Balkus was born on February 7, 1918 and died peacefully at the age of 100 in Waban Health Center in Newton, on April 7, 2018. She was the only daughter of Joseph and Eva Balkus from Lithuania. Ellen was predeceased by her brothers: William, Albert, B. William, Stephen, Joseph, and John. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews. She was a lifelong...
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Rudolph P. "Rudy" Lomer, Jr.

October 20, 1957 - April 6, 2018

Rudolph P. "Rudy" Lomer Jr., a lifelong resident of Newton Upper Falls, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Watertown Health Care Center. He was 60 years old. Rudy was a hardworking man and a fun guy to be with. He was very family oriented and was an avid fan of the Red Sox and Patriots. Son of the late Rudolph P. and Shirley (Lawson) Lomer, he was the brother of Paul Lomer of Newton, June...
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Jane (M. Travaglino) DiGiorgio

April 5, 2018

Jane M. (Travaglino) DiGiorgio, 97, of Hopkinton, formerly of Roslindale and East Boston, passed away on Thursday April 5, 2018. Jane was a graduate of Fitton High School (East Boston), and attended the Boston Clerical School. She worked for the US Government Ordinance Dept., Personnel Office as a stenographer before devoting her full time to supporting her husband and family. She was the...
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Kathryn A. Keeler

April 2, 2018

Kathryn A. (Nassiff) Keeler, of Needham passed away on April 2, 2018. Kathryn graduated from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa with a degree in Physics and Art History, and received her masters in architecture from the Univ of Virginia. She was CRA Certification Coordinator at AHRA. She was the beloved wife of John M. Keeler and the loving mother of Abigail Keeler and her siblings John...
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Trenton "Ted" Karalekas

March 30, 2018

Trenton "Ted" Nicholas Karalekas, 93, of Needham and Worcester passed away peacefully on March 30, 2018, after a period of declining health. His daughters were at his side. Ted was born on October 28, 1924 in Cambridge, the son of Nicholas and Dionysia (Constantine) Karalekas and was reared in Portland, ME. He served in the US Army during WW II and graduated from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME...
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Gladys M. (Welch) Singleton

September 22, 1922 - March 29, 2018

Gladys (Welch) Singleton, 95, of Needham, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham. Born in Bowdoinham, Maine, she was the daughter of the late William and Beulah (Eisan) Welch. Gladys grew cup in Dorchester and was a graduate of Dorchester High School. She went on to graduate in 1947 from the Boston City Hospital School of Nursing as a registered...
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Marilyn M. (Messier) Jones

May 15, 1945 - March 29, 2018

Marilyn M. (Messier) Jones of Needham, passed away on Thursday March 29, 2018. Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late Ulric and Rhea (Mercier) Messier. Marilyn was a dedicated daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She met her husband-to-be at the age of thirteen. They were married for almost fifty-three years. She learned the family trade of her father and became a...
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Marie Antonia (Culcasi) Sansevero

June 23, 1922 - March 28, 2018

Marie Antonia (Culcasi) Sansevero, formerly of Needham, died in Lee, NH on March 28, 2018 at the age of 95. Mrs. Sansevero was born on June 23, 1922 in Natick, MA to Vincent and Josephine Culcasi. She graduated from Natick High School. She married Nunziato L. Sansevero, her high school sweetheart. After high school, she began working for Raytheon in the production of military equipment needed in...
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Karen G. (Eriksen) Campanella

March 28, 2018

Karen G. (Eriksen) Campanella of Needham, passed away March 28, 2018. She is survived by two daughters, Kristen Campanella of Carmel, NY, and Wendy Tripician and her husband Nicholas of Haddonfield, NJ, a son Gregory Campanella of Auburn, a brother Steven Eriksen and his wife Sarah of Marshfield, MA, her brother-in-law Richard Demarais of Ogunquit, ME, and six grandchildren. Karen was...
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Thomas J. Conroy

March 14, 1935 - March 26, 2018

Thomas J. ("Tommy", "Coach", "Redbird") Conroy, 83, of Needham, Ma, passed away at his home on March 26 after a long illness. He was born and raised in West Roxbury, MA, the only child of Thomas and Catherine Conroy. He graduated from BC High, and Springfield College in 1956 and received a Masters from Columbia University. He had two passions in life – his family and sports. Always the...
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Alice E. (Thompson) Schnadt

October 1, 1921 - March 24, 2018

Alice Thompson Schnadt, 96, of Needham Massachusetts, passed away on March 24, 2018 in Needham. Born in 1921 in Chicago, Illinois to Harry and Zella Thompson, Alice lived most of her life near Chicago, primarily residing in Bartlett, Illinois. Alice met her husband Ray Schnadt while commuting each day on the train from Bartlett to Chicago. Alice and Ray married on the Northwestern University...
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Brenda Stark

August 24, 1949 - March 23, 2018

Brenda Stark passed away peacefully on March 23rd after 69 years as the heart of her family and community. Brenda spent her life in delighted exploration of the world and people around her as she shared her happy outlook, grace and sense of humor with everyone she met. Born in Detroit Michigan to Ralph and Shirley Dykstra, Brenda was the eldest of three children and had a normal childhood of work...
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Leon Gray"Bill" Tuck

March 22, 2018

Leon Gray (Bill) Tuck, of Needham, formerly of Wellesley, passed peacefully after a brief illness on March 22. Bill was born on January 10, 1928 in Boston and is preceded in death by his beloved wife Ruth Hanson Tuck, parents Leon P. and Joyeuse Tuck, and sister Hope Bedford. He is survived by his children Nancy Echlov and her husband Rich of Natick, Sally Tuck and her husband John Morin of...
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Ruthild (Schlemenat) Benitz

June 11, 1934 - March 21, 2018

RUTHILD BENITZ It is with sadness that the family of Ruthild Benitz announces her passing on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Born in Germany in 1934, Ruthild was a Needham resident for over 50 years. Ruthild will be lovingly remembered by her children, Chris (Jasmine) Benitz and Kira (Desmar) Woitek and by her grandchildren, Odin, Anya and Rebecca. Ruthild was predeceased by two sons, Perry Benitz...
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Nicholas Jordan Baker

July 16, 1933 - March 19, 2018

Nicholas Jordan Baker Nick passed away peacefully the morning of March 19, 2018. He is predeceased by his loving wife Joan (nee Benson) and is survived by his beloved children Ned, Bee, and Bonnie, brothers Toby and Ben, sister Hope and six grandchildren (Benjamin, Marta, Elise, Linzee, Ellie, and Katie). Nick was born July 16, 1933 in Boston, MA to Talbot and Polly (nee Beale). Nick...
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John Merchant

March 18, 2018

John Merchant passed away peacefully in his home of 55 years in Needham, MA, on March 18, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was 88. Mr. Merchant was born on July 21, 1929, in Cardiff, Wales, the only child of Hector Merchant and Hilda Murray Merchant. He graduated from the University of London with a BS degree in General Science in 1949, and a BS degree in Mathematics (with 2A honors)...
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Helen Audibert Stewart

March 13, 2018

Helen Audibert Stewart of Needham, MA, and formerly of Haverhill, MA., passed peacefully on March 13, 2018, the age of 88 years. She was born in Haverhill, youngest daughter of George and Anna, was a graduate of Haverhill High School, and the spent the earlier years of her life raising her five children. Later on, she worked in Haverhill as a secretary at the Fox School, and then at Industrial...
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Robertus Boudewijn Maria van Zadelhoff

December 30, 1943 - March 13, 2018

Robertus Boudewijn Maria van Zadelhoff Rob van Zadelhoff, of Sherborn, MA, formerly of Medfield and Westwood, MA and born and raised in The Netherlands. Rob passed away peacefully on March 13, 2018 at the age of 74 after a long battle with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After over 50 years of marriage, he leaves behind his wife, Christine, his children Rosemarie Sawyer and husband Erik of Wrentham, and...
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Esther L. (McCracken) Mercer

March 10, 1923 - March 12, 2018

MERCER, Esther L. (McCracken), of Needham, March 12, 2018. Beloved wife of the late William D. Mercer. Loving mother of Carolyn Clendenin and her husband Ben of Medfield and Bob Mercer and his wife Elaine of Needham. Sister of the late James and Albert McCracken. Esther was a longtime, active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Brookline. She enjoyed being with people and helping others. A...
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Mary Ann Hauptman

July 27, 1937 - March 10, 2018

Mary Ann Hauptman wife of the late Joseph W. Hauptman Jr., died March 10, 2018, she was 80 years old. Mary lived in Medfield and she passed peacefully in Needham, after battling pancreatic cancer. Mary was born July 27th, 1937, in Cambridge, the daughter of Ernest and Winifred McCloskey. She was a long- time resident of Needham and worked as Payroll Manager at Weston Golf Club for over 15...
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Herbert G. Dunphy, Jr

March 9, 2018

Herbert G. Dunphy, Jr., 33°, DSA, of Needham, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 9, three weeks shy of his 89th birthday. He was the son of the late Dr. Herbert G. Sr. and Josephine Dunphy of Newton. He was the beloved husband of the late Beatrice A. Dunphy. Herb grew up in Newton and was educated in the Newton Public Schools. He spent one year at Moses Brown Prep School and then went on to...
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Robert J. Maughn, "Papa"

March 8, 2018

Robert J. Maughn, "Papa" died peacefully Thursday, March 8, 2018. surrounded by his loving family. Born in Boston in 1929, Robert was the son of John and Marie Maughn. Robert's first love was his family. He leaves his cherished wife Mary Rielly Maughn of 61 years; He served in the Army during WWII and then began a 36-year career for the MBTA. He was an active member of the Dorchester American...
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Richard W. "Dick" Bonney

December 4, 1932 - March 7, 2018

Bonney, Richard W. "Dick", a resident of Needham for 50 years, passed away March 7, 2018. Beloved husband of 50 years to Carol C. Bonney and cousin of Charlotte Jefferson of Arlington. Dick was a US Army Korean War Veteran and was a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology. He worked for Hewlett Packard for 35 years. Dick was a member of Y's Men's Club of W. Roxbury and of the New England...
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Leslie Lee Haydu Carter

April 8, 1943 - March 6, 2018

Leslie (Lee) Haydu Carter, formerly of Medfield, MA, age 74, died on March 6, 2018, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Lee is survived by her children, David and Kristin Robbins, of Natick, MA, Nancy and Scott Kane, of Medfield, MA, and Alexander and Emily Carter, of Brooklyn, NY, along with her grandchildren Nova (14) and Rex Robbins (10) and Brayden Kane (10). She is also survived...
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Myra Frances (Fairweather) Cawley

August 11, 1927 - March 3, 2018

Myra Frances (Fairweather), Cawley, Recently of Marblehead MA, resident of Needham MA for 63 years passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018. She was 90 years old. Beloved wife of the late Richard S. Cawley. Loving mother of Bruce E. Cawley and his wife Christine of Marblehead MA. Survived by her sister Alice Fairweather of Seattle WA, her step-grandson Dean A. Santamaria-Capetanelis and his wife...
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Marilyn Claire (Kearns) McAllister

August 24, 1929 - March 2, 2018

Marilyn Claire (Kearns) McAllister, of Plymouth, MA, and former longtime resident of Needham, MA, passed away peacefully, on Friday, March 2, 2018, at the age of 88. Marilyn was born on August 24, 1929, to the parents of William and Alice Kearns. She was the beloved wife of the late William D. "Bill" McAllister. Marilyn was a well-known, hardworking, remarkable waitress from her days at Howard...
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Adelaide Milmore "Babe" Ford

June 8, 1915 - March 1, 2018

Adelaide Milmore Ford "Babe", of West Newton, MA, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018, peacefully in her home, at 102 years-old. Adelaide was born June 8, 1915 in Watertown, MA, where she spent her childhood. In 1942, she married the love of her life, John R. Ford of Watertown, MA, and together, raised three children. For many years, Adelaide worked as a switchboard operator for both, the New...
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Sandra A. "Sandi" Simole

February 26, 2018

Sandra A. "Sandi" Simole, 59, of Norfolk, unexpectedly February 26, 2018. Devoted mother of Brian of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Kevin and James of Norfolk. Sister of Peter Simole of Needham. She will be lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews. Visiting hours in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham, on Thursday March 1st from 4-7 pm. Relatives and friends kindly invited to attend. A...
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Charlotte E. (Clark) Marsters

June 25, 1919 - February 23, 2018

Charlotte E. (Clark) Marsters, 98, of Needham passed away peacefully on Friday, February 23rd with her devoted son by her side. The beloved wife of the late John F. Marsters, Sr., she is survived by her loving son, John F. Marsters, Jr., of Needham. Mrs. Marsters was a member of the First Baptist Church of Needham. She was a longtime volunteer for the Needham Community Council and a member of the...
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John Leonard Secrist

May 29, 1924 - February 20, 2018

John Leonard Secrist, beloved husband of the late Muriel (Gifford) of Medfield, brother of the late Richard Secrist of Webster, NY, and resident at the Brookdale Senior Living facility in Framingham, MA, passed peacefully from this life on February 20 at the age of 93. Born in Toledo, OH on May 29, 1924 to George and Adelaide Secrist, John (affectionately nicknamed "Jeeper" by family and...
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Marju Haas

September 12, 1932 - February 20, 2018

We are sorry to announce the death of Marju Haas (formerly Marju Harriman), a longtime resident of Dover, MA. She passed away on Tuesday, February 20th, at the age of 86. Marju is survived by her adult children Karin and Linda Harriman of Rockport, MA, grandchildren Ryan and Josh Harriman of Salem, MA, and Heidrun and Cevin of Rockport, MA. She was also blessed by a four year old great...
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Carolyn G. (Gross) Greene

September 28, 1927 - February 20, 2018

Carolyn G. Greene of Needham passed away peacefully on February 20, 2018 at North Hill after a brief struggle with cancer. Carolyn was born September 28, 1927, in Lowell, MA, and grew up in Billerica, MA. She was the daughter of Leslie and Mildred Gross. Carolyn graduated from Howe High School in Billerica at age 16 and commuted to Boston University where she was inducted into the Phi Beta...
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Mary J. (Fitzgerald) DiSciullo

August 4, 1946 - February 20, 2018

Mary Josephine (Fitzgerald) DiSciullo passed peacefully into the loving arms of the Lord on February 20, 2018. The youngest of five children, Mary was born on August 4, 1946 to the late William and Elsie Fitzgerald at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Boston, MA. Mary had a happy childhood growing up in Newton with her sisters, brother, and extended family, and often spoke fondly of spending summer...
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Phyllis J. (Daly) Atkinson

February 17, 2018

Phyllis J. (Daly) Atkinson a lifelong resident of Needham died on Feb 17, 2018. She was 88. Phyllis was a graduate of Needham High School and had worked at the Glover Memorial Hospital and as a medical secretary for several Needham doctor's offices. She was an avid ballroom dancer, loved to crochet and had been a member of the Dedham American Legion, but most important was her devotion to her...
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John A. "Johnny" Emery III

October 29, 1961 - February 16, 2018

John A. "Johnny" Emery III, 56, a lifelong Needham resident, passed away on Friday, February 16th, 2018. John was the son of the late John A., Jr., and Glenna J. (Drew) Emery. He is survived by his sister Joyce A. Bere and her husband Scott of Needham. Loving Uncle to Pamela and her Husband Jason Kingston of Waltham and Michael and his Wife Heather Bere of Holbrook and Great Uncle to Martin,...
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Doris D. (Drescher) Cook

August 31, 1924 - February 14, 2018

Doris D. (Drescher) Cook, of Needham, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at her home. She was 93 years old. Doris was a graduate of Needham High School and Simmons College. Mrs. Cook was an employee of Wellesley College for 46 years. For many years, she was an officer of Wellesley College, serving as Secretary of the College and Clerk of the Board of Trustees. Throughout her...
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Richard E. Johnson

February 13, 2018

Richard E. Johnson of Newton Highlands died suddenly Feb 13, 2018 at the Newton Wellesley Hospital. Richard was born in Cambridge and graduated from Newton South High School. He had worked for many years as a carpenter. Richard was the son of the late Ralph W. and Mary C. (Walsh) Johnson, and the brother of Jean Johnson of Newton Highlands, Ralph of Carver, Paul of Eastham, Natalie Johnson of...
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Betsy M. (McCurran) Tedoldi

September 9, 1929 - February 12, 2018

Tedoldi, Betsy Ann (McCurran) of Needham, February 12, 2018. Born and raised in Xenia Ohio to James and Betty McCurran on September 9, 1929. After graduating from high school in Xenia, her family relocated to Waban then Wellesley where she met and married William J. A. Tedoldi, with whom she shared 62 years, until his death in 2017. Moving to Needham in 1956, Betsy was always active in the...
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Barbara Ann (Burke) Gillis

October 23, 1927 - February 11, 2018

Barbara Ann (Burke) Gillis, of Needham, died peacefully on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at her residence at North Hill in Needham. Born and raised in New Bedford, Barbara was the daughter of the late W. Kenneth and Veronica (Corey) Burke. She was a graduate of New Bedford High School and then attended Boston University. Barbara raised her family in Needham and returned to work in 1981 when her son...
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Adrienne Blair Garrido

February 11, 2018

Adrienne Blair Garrido, age 17, of Needham, MA, passed away on Sun Feb 11, 2018, following a fatal injury in a traffic accident. In response to "Who am I?" posed in a class, she replied: "I am a hardworking student with an optimistic view on life who is half white, half Latina, a cross country and track runner, a friend, a daughter, and a sister." Adrienne was a sweet, thoughtful girl, full of...
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Barbara H. Leader

April 29, 1921 - February 9, 2018

Barbara H. Leader, a lifelong resident of Needham, died on February 9, 2018 at the age of 96. She was the only child of George H. and Beatrice T. Hopkins (deceased). For 56 years she was the loving wife of Ralph E. Leader, her high school sweetheart, a wonderful husband and father, and a Maj. General in the USAF who predeceased her in 1999. Together they were instrumental in the 1990 founding of...
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Jean M. (Fitzpatrick) Wright

February 8, 2018

Jean M. (Fitzpatrick), Wright, 56, of Needham, died Thursday, February 8, at Beth Israel Medical Center due to complications arising from Multiple Sclerosis. Jean was the last to join a boisterous family of six children raised in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of the late Robert A. Fitzpatrick, a Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Mary (Callahan) Fitzpatrick,...
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Edmund M. Tocci

October 8, 1931 - February 7, 2018

Edmund Tocci of Needham, passed away Wednesday February, 7, 2018 at the age of 86. Born in Boston he was the son of the late Patrick & Josephine Tocci of Needham. He graduated from Needham High School and played football for the Needham Rockets. He loved wrestling and later on in life drove the bus for the Needham Wrestling Team. Edmund worked in the construction field and was the owner of...
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Marjorie B. Wright

February 5, 2018

Marjorie B. Wright, 93, died peacefully on January 12, 2018, following a brief illness. She was an inspiration to many as a dietitian, friend, neighbor, wife, mother, and grandmother. Her kindness and dedication to others were beyond compare. Born on December 10, 1924 to William Ernest Blackwood and Hazel Dreibelbis Blackwood, Marjorie was raised in Woodbury, New Jersey, attended the Central...
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Colin J. Connolly

March 6, 1964 - February 3, 2018

Colin J. Connolly of Westwood, formerly of Needham, passed away suddenly at age 53 at his home in Westwood. The son of Joseph P. Connolly of Mashpee and the late Marilyn E. (Leavitt) Connolly, Colin was employed at the Coca Cola Branch in Waltham for many years and also at Olin Roofing Co. for a short time. Colin leaves his father Joseph and his siblings, Laurie Cash of Bourne, Lisa Trovillion...
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John F. "Jack" Hurley

February 3, 2018

John F. "Jack" Hurley, 72, of Needham passed away on Feb 3, 2018. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Fri Feb 9, 2018 at 10 AM in St. Joseph Church 1360 Highland Ave Needham, followed by interment in Needham Cemetery.
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Edward Carlisle Nazzaro

April 10, 1926 - February 1, 2018

Edward Carlisle Nazzaro died peacefully on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the Pond Home in Wrentham, MA. where he lived for the past several years. Born in 1926, Ed was raised in Jamaica Plain and attended Boston English High School. The day after graduation, Ed enlisted in the Navy and proudly served his country from 1944 - 1946. At the conclusion of his service, he attended and graduated from...
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John William "Jack" Coppinger, Sr.

March 12, 1926 - February 1, 2018

John "Jack" William Coppinger, Sr., an Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II, retired President and CEO of the Marden Wild Corporation, lifelong resident and active member of the Needham community passed away at the age of 91. Jack was a steadfast member of the American Legion, a coach in the American Legion baseball league, member of the VFW, St. Bartholomew Dinner Club, and the Needham...
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Lance Maxwell Remsen

August 5, 1946 - January 24, 2018

Lance Maxwell Remsen a lifelong resident of Needham and lifelong summer resident of Deer Isle, ME, died on January 24, 2018, at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 71 years old. Born in Boston, Lance was the son of the late Edman and Lucille (Allen) Remsen. He was a graduate of Needham High School Class of 1965 and the University of Rhode Island Class of 1969. Lance was a US...
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Agnes M. (Yates) Lombard

February 17, 1928 - January 24, 2018

Agnes M. (Yates) Lombard of Needham and North Falmouth, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2018 in her home surrounded by loving family. She was born on February 17, 1928 in South Boston. Wife of the late Joseph P. Lombard of Needham. Loving mother of the late Carol A. (Lombard) Virginio of Needham, James Lombard and his wife Taralee of Danvers, Irene Masciarelli and her husband Richard of...
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Charles "Charlie" Lambros

January 22, 2018

Charles ("Charlie") Lambros passed away peacefully on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the age of 95 at Wingate Nursing Home in Needham where he joyfully spent the last two years of his life, following many years with friends and helpful neighbors from Chambers and Linden Street. He was extremely grateful for all the caregivers, friends and family who supported him with dignity the past several years...
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Trinity Fleming Pooley

September 30, 1982 - January 21, 2018

Trinity Fleming Pooley formerly of Needham, MA, passed away in West Palm Beach, FL, after many years battling substance abuse and depression. She was 35 years old. Trinity grew up in Needham and was the daughter of Christopher G. Pooley from Needham, and his wife, the late Pamela Durkin Pooley from Wellesley. Trinity graduated from Needham High School in 2000 and then studied Human Development...
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Katherine "Kay" L. Peters

January 17, 2018

Katherine "Kay" L. Peters, formerly of Needham, passed away on January 17th at the age of 90. Born in Boston, Kay grew up in Newton, MA where she attended high school, worked at the Stowe-Woodward plant and played many games of tennis. She moved to Needham when she married her husband, Leo Peters of Somerville, MA. Kay worked at Lee Shops in Needham, MA while raising her daughter Robin and,...
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Joseph G. King

September 17, 1943 - January 12, 2018

Joseph King, 74, of Needham, MA and formerly of Salem, NH and Riverside, RI died January 12, 2018 surrounded by his family. Born in Providence, RI, Joseph was the son of the late Joseph and Bernice (Mullett) King. He was a veteran of the USAF during Vietnam War. The most important thing in His life was his wife, his children and his grandchildren. He also had such a great group of friends that...
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Laurence E. "Larry" Mintz

October 24, 1934 - January 10, 2018

Laurence E. "Larry" Mintz, a Resident of Needham for over 30 years, passed away on Wednesday, January 10th at Medway Country Manor. He was 83 years old. Born in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Maurice and Esta (Silverman) Mintz. Larry Grew up in Dorchester and was a graduate of Dorchester High School. His career was as a general contractor and the owner of Mass Remodeling Company. Larry...
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Mary Theresa (D'Aveni) Ramirez

July 27, 1923 - January 6, 2018

Mary Theresa (D'Aveni) Ramirez, of Newton Highlands, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018. She was the beloved wife of the late Roman Ramirez. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Church, 1321 Centre St, NEWTON CENTER, on Saturday, January 13th at 10:30 AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visitation will be held in the church in Saturday morning from 9...
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Jenny (Jiang) Ching

January 5, 2018

Jenny (Jiang) Ching, of Needham, formerly of Dedham and the South End of Boston, passed away suddenly on Friday, January 5, 2018 Jenny was a longtime employee of New Garden Restaurant in Needham. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her kindness to all and her devotion to her family. Most importantly, Jenny will be remembered for her boundless love for her two sons, David and Dennis,...
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Charles Auguste Rheault, Jr.

June 13, 1924 - January 4, 2018

Charles Auguste Rheault Jr. died peacefully after a brief illness at the age of 93 on January 4th, 2018. He was born in Boston, grew up in Westwood and raised a loving family in Dover and Wellfleet. A life well lived, a lover of books and language a graduate of Harvard set the stage for a lifetime of accomplishments. A Sergeant in the Army, he served in Europe during World War II with the 42nd...
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Francis "Dapper" Hagan

January 4, 1932 - December 30, 2017

Francis "Dapper" Hagan passed away peacefully after a long illness on December 30, 2017, a few days prior to his 86th birthday. Born in Needham, MA. Son of the late Joseph Hagan and Katherine (Wynne) Hagan. He was along time resident of Dover, MA. Dapper was a member of Mass. National Guard, 726th Ordnance-26th Infantry Division (1949-1958). He started as a heavy equipment operator for S.E....
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Arthur H. Bassett

April 8, 1934 - December 30, 2017

Arthur H. Bassett, 83 peacefully passed away Saturday December 30, 2017 at his home in Needham. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Anahid Bassett and his children Frank and wife Marie, Larry, and Glen. Grandfather to Alana, Michaela, Andrea, and John. Brother to Judith Atkins and to the late Robert E. Bassett and surviving wife Joan. Uncle to Yvette Ferrand and husband Jorge and in-law to...
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Robert Davidson "Bob" Lowden

December 28, 1937 - December 29, 2017

Robert Davidson "Bob" Lowden, of Palm Beach FL and Sebago Lake ME, formerly of Needham, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017. He was 80 years old Born in Boston, he was the son of the late G. Stanley and Georgie Davidson Lowden. Mr. Lowden was a graduate of Needham High School Class of 1955 and Williams College Class of 1959. His first love was hockey and he played both at Needham High and...
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Susan Harriet Moore Chamberlain

August 9, 1927 - December 28, 2017

Susan Harriet Moore Chamberlain was born August 9th, 1927 in Oakland California, to George Thomas Moore of Yakima Washington and Harriet Dorothy Bartlett Moore of St. Louis Missouri and an older brother James Bartlett Moore. Susan passed on December 28th, 2017. At her age of ten, the Moore family moved from California to Winnetka Illinois. Here she attended public school and then graduated from...
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Paz A. (Avena) Moreno

October 12, 1932 - December 26, 2017

Paz A. (Avena)Moreno, of Needham, passed away at her home on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. She was 85 years old. Beloved wife of the late Luis A. Moreno. Loving mother of Elmer Moreno, Rolando Moreno, Anna Liza Smith and Maripaz Ferrer. Grandmother of Jason and Kristen. Sister of Ester Paguio and the late Lourdes Javier, Concepcion Avena, Domingo, Floresto and Venancio Resurreccion. Visiting hours...
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John Terrence Ryan

December 24, 2017

John Terrence Ryan, 85, of Needham, MA, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of December 24, surrounded by his four children and wife of more than 60 years. Born in Cranston, R.I., on Aug. 7, 1932 to John and Caroline Ryan, John attended Rhode Island College, where he met his wife Eileen, and later earned two master's degrees, from Boston College and Boston University. John...
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David Bontecou Wray

March 21, 1929 - December 22, 2017

David Bontecou Wray of Needham, Massachusetts, peacefully passed away at home on Friday, December 22. Dave was born in Paris, France, to Ernestine Haynes and Charles Gregory Wray. Dave, a widower since July 2015, was married for 60 years to Patty Bundy Wray. The couple lived in Chestnut Hill, New York City, and settled eight years ago at North Hill in Needham. Dave is survived by his three...
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Sandra (Osborne) McDonough

October 22, 1937 - December 22, 2017

Sandra McDonough, a lifelong resident of Newton, passed away peacefully in her sleep December 22, 2017 at the age of eighty. Wife of the late John McDonough, Sister to Gail Gaffney and the late Sylvia Tice and Thomas Osborne, Mother of Elizabeth Osborne, Stepmother to Joanne Curry, Grandma, Great Grandma, Aunt, Great Aunt, and Friend to many. Sandy, affectionately referred to as The General...
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Helen S. (Stonina) Berestka

December 21, 2017

Helen S. Berestka (Stonina), of West Newton, Ma formerly of Chicopee, MA passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 21. She was 93 years old. Formerly from Chicopee, Ma she lived in West Newton for the last 48 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Edward S. Berestka, retired Lt. Col. in the Air Force and former professor. Daughter of the late Anthony J. and Mary Stonina. Sister...
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Egidio S. "Gigs" Breda

December 4, 1923 - December 18, 2017

Egidio S. "Gigs" Breda, 94 of Needham, MA, formerly of North Babylon, NY on December, 18, 2017. Predeceased by his wife Dorothy F. Beloved father to Wayne (Sarah) of Hope, Maine and Gary (Sandy) of Marstons Mills, MA. Cherished grandfather of Jesse, Ben, Lucia (Matthew) Tricomi, Marisa (Scott) Hirsch, Tamara, and Christian. Loved great grandfather of James, Jacob, Tanner, Charlotte, Katherine,...
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David C. Wiswall

December 6, 1924 - December 17, 2017

David C. Wiswall, a lifelong resident of Wellesley, passed away at the age of 93 on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Upon graduation from Wellesley High School he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a "Seabee" in the 130th construction battalion, fought for the duration of WWII throughout the Pacific Theatre in such places as Okinawa and was honorably discharged in 1946. He enrolled in Bowdoin...
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Michael A. Ferrara

January 24, 1940 - December 17, 2017

Michael A. Ferrara of Rockport, ME (formerly of Camden, ME, Hamilton, MA and Needham, MA) died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on December 17. Michael was pre-deceased by his parents, Dominic and Julia Ferrara. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Jacqueline M. Ferrara of Rockport, ME; his sons Michael A. Ferrara, Jr. and his wife, Pasqualina, of Easton, MA, Peter D....
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Vaughn Yacobian

May 28, 1928 - December 17, 2017

Vaughn Yacobian, 89, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2017 at the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice Home in Needham, Massachusetts. Vaughn was predeceased by his loving wife Beverly Ann. He is survived by his daughter Carysusan and her husband Geoffrey Hogan of Norfolk, Massachusetts; son Robert and his wife Dorothy of Needham, Massachusetts; and daughter Lori and her wife Courtney Parks of Santa...
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Richard A. Stark

January 22, 1947 - December 15, 2017

Richard A. Stark, of Walpole, formerly of Needham, died on December 15, 2017. Born at the Glover Hospital in Needham in 1947, the son of Charles Stark and Irene (Prior) Stark, was the oldest of three brothers. Brothers Thomas Stark of Hyannis and Robert Stark of Norfolk both survive him along with many nieces and nephews. Rick graduated from Needham High School in 1965 and attended Northeastern...
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Barbara J. (Collins) Pacione

August 27, 1939 - December 14, 2017

Barbara J. (Collins) Pacione of Needham, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2017 at her home surrounded by her dog Mysti and her family. Wife of the late Francis Pacione, she was the loving mother of the late Patricia Pepperman and her surviving husband Creag of Meredith, NH, John & Elizabeth Brennan of Portland, ME; Nancy & Tom Clarke of West Newton, Ann Marie & George Travis of New Bern,...
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Sally A. (Milliken) Larson

February 21, 1954 - December 13, 2017

Sally A. Larson (Milliken), our cherished sister, aunt and cousin, died peacefully at the Stanley Tippett House surrounded by friends on December 13, 2017 in Needham, MA, at the age of 63. She was the beloved wife to the late Larry Larson, and dear sister to her twin Scott Milliken, the late Parker "Buzzy" Milliken and the late Candace Milliken. Born on February 21, 1954, she was the daughter...
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Gertrude E. "Trudy" (MacDonald) Lannan

September 1, 1928 - December 13, 2017

Gertrude Trudy E. (MacDonald) Lannan , of Needham recently of Ashland passed away peacefully on December 13, 2017. Wife of the late James J. Lannan of 46 years. Mother of Brenda McConville and her husband Matt of Medway, Steven of Medway, and Janet Stevens and her husband Dr. O. Robert of Rye, NH. Loving Grandmother to Jenifer and Matthew McConville of Medway and Colby and Blaine Stevens of...
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Robert Willard Helm

July 29, 1928 - December 12, 2017

Robert W. Helm, 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, on December 12th in Hingham, MA. Recently moved to Hingham, MA, Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth (Chase) Helm, and by sons Stephen B Helm and his wife Julie (Paquin) of Sewickley, PA, W. Jeffrey Helm and his wife Cynthia (Mernick) of Scituate, Mark W Helm and his wife Lynn (McDermott) of Walpole, and Peter S...
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Duncan W. Anderson

July 10, 1928 - December 9, 2017

Duncan Wood Anderson, our cherished father, grandfather, and great grandfather, died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones due to complications from diabetes on December 9, 2017. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Peggy) Eulalia Anderson, to whom he had been married for 63 years. Born in Needham on July 10, 1928, he was the son of the late James Gray Anderson of Aberdeen...
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John M. Meyer

September 13, 1937 - December 6, 2017

John M. Meyer, of Westwood, formerly of Boca Grande, Florida died on December 6, 2017 with his children by his side. John was a graduate of St. Paul's School, Trinity College, and Wharton School of Business. He had a successful career as a Vice President at Fiduciary Trust Company in Boston. John spent his free time playing tennis, working outside in his yard, test driving new cars, enjoying...
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Jessica Lynn Bosselman

September 2, 1985 - December 3, 2017

Jessica Lynn Bosselman, 32, of Tiverton, RI, formerly of Newton Upper Falls, died suddenly on December 3, 2017. She was the beloved daughter of Ronald and Lynda (Terrio) Bosselman both of Newton Upper Falls. Sister of Joey, Ron and Matt Bosselman all of Newton. She was the loving finance of Christopher Michael Loman of Tiverton RI. She was also the loving and caring mother of 2 beautiful...
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Stephen J. Ftorek

December 8, 1919 - November 24, 2017

Stephen J. Ftorek passed away peacefully on November 24, 2017, two weeks shy of his 98th birthday. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth, the love of his life for 61 years. He was also predeceased by his parents Stephen and Louise Ftorek, his sister Annie, brother Willie, and his precious granddaughter Anna. He is survived by sons Stevie (Tessa) of Eastport, ME and Robbie (Wendy) of Wolfeboro, NH...
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Benedict Oliver "Ben" Olson

May 30, 1926 - November 22, 2017

Benedict Oliver Olson, "Ben", aged 91 years, 5 months, and 23 days, of Dover, Massachusetts, passed away at Newton-Wellesley Hospital on November 22, 2017 of natural causes. Ben was born on May 30, 1926 in Worcester, MA, to Wilhelmina and Carl Olson of Norway and Sweden respectively. He had a brother Carl, 10 years older than him, whom he looked up to tremendously. Ben spent his childhood...
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Mark Joseph Murphy

June 7, 1959 - November 21, 2017

Mark Joseph Murphy, 58, of Needham, died suddenly on November 21, 2017. Mark was born on June 7,1959 in Boston, to the late Frank Murphy, Sr. and Margaret Donohue Murphy. Married to Tracy Vaughan Murphy in 1983, Mark was a devoted father to Matthew and his wife, Joana, Daniel, Brian, and Marie Murphy. He is also survived by his three loving siblings, Frank Murphy of New York; David Murphy and...
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Gertrude "Trudy" Goode

June 20, 1931 - November 17, 2017

Gertrude "Trudy" Goode of Needham, died on Friday, November 17, 2017 at The Tippett Hospice Home in Needham. Trudy was 86. She grew up in the Warrendale area of Waltham where she attended Waltham schools and worked for the New England Telephone Company and Reese Corporation before marrying her husband of 64 years, the late Joseph "Joe" Goode. Trudy and Joe lived in Warrendale for years bringing...
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Bruce Buckler Claflin

August 23, 1931 - November 17, 2017

Bruce Buckler Claflin of Needham Massachusetts died peacefully on November 17, 2017, surrounded by his family, after an extended illness. He was 86 years old. Bruce is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Claflin, his children, Lynne Claflin, Ginger Nordal, and Bruce Claflin, Jr., as well as six grandchildren. Bruce was born at his home in Lebanon, NH, to Raymond and Etta Claflin. He was...
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Mary Elisabeth "Libby" (Shillady) Dell

August 11, 1920 - November 16, 2017

Mary Elisabeth Shillady Dell reunited with her beloved husband, Ernie on November 16, 2017. Libby, as she was known, was born on August 11, 1920, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and was a long-time resident of Needham. She was a true believer of the scientific method and never came upon a subject of which she did not have an opinion nor an argument in which she did not enjoy participation. She was a...
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Mario Coentro

November 15, 2017

Mario Coentro, 66, passed away on Wednesday November 15, 2017. Mario was born in San Miguel, Azores and moved to the US where he lived for over 45 years, most recently in Needham, MA. Mario worked in a number of trades and reminisced the most about his days waiting tables as he thrived in social environments and being with people. Mario's love of all living things gave him a deep appreciation...
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