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Eaton Funeral Homes

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

Blanche R. (Rolashivch) Grigas

March 26, 1914 - October 12, 2017

Blanche R. (Rolashivch) Grigas, 103, of Newton, October 12, 2017. Born and raised in Needham, Blanche worked at Tillotson Rubber Company in Needham, Gamewell in Newton Upper Falls and Security Mills in Newtonville. Balnche also worked as a housekeeper for many families in the Newton area. She was the beloved wife of the late Alphonse M. Grigas and the loving mother of Alan A. Grigas of Waltham...
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Arthur J. Morell

June 17, 1935 - October 12, 2017

Arthur J. Morell, 82, of Franklin, formerly of Needham, passed away October 12th, 2017. He was a US Army, Korean War Veteran. Arthur was a retired Needham firefighter. He enjoyed fishing, sailing, building and flying model airplanes. He loved gardening and had over 100 variety of Daylilies in his garden. Beloved husband of Nancy D. Morell. Loving father of Lauren Podhany and her husband John of...
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Anja Anneli (Tiainen) Abramowitz

June 11, 1934 - October 10, 2017

Anja Anneli Abramowitz (Tiainen) of Newtonville, beloved mother and grandmother, best friend of many, business owner, avid reader, passionate cook and world traveler, passed-away on October 10, 2017 at the age of 83. Born in Sääminki, Finland on June 11, 1934 to Hugo Jalmar Tiainen and Beda Maria Tiainen (Vainio). She had five siblings; Kauko, Alli, Airi, Seppo and Irja. Her life was an...
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Marjorie D. Moerschner

October 9, 2017

Marjorie D. Moerschner, of West Newton died on Oct 9, 2017 at Brookhaven at Lexington. Daughter of the late Richard E. and Helen (Taylor) Moerschner. Marjorie attended the Buckingham School in Cambridge and graduated in 1949 from Boston University with a degree in education. Her father, an emigrant from Germany, owned and operated Morschner Dye Works, in Needham Heights. Marjorie spent some...
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Pasquale F. "Pat" DeGeorge

March 26, 1923 - October 8, 2017

Pasquale F. "Pat" DeGeorge, of Needham, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice House in Needham. He was 94 years old. Mr. DeGeorge was a US Navy World War II Veteran. He was a well-known barber in the Newton and Watertown area, having worked at Guys Barbershop in Watertown and shops at the Newton Marriott and Raytheon. He was a member of the AMVETS Post 41 in...
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Robert H. Holt, Sr.

December 14, 1940 - October 6, 2017

Robert H. Holt of East Providence, RI, formerly of Needham, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 6, 2017. He was 76 years old. A resident of Needham for 30 years, Mr. Holt had a lifelong career in the Optical business, most recently for Luzerne Optical for the past 17 years as a Territory Sales Manager for Massachusetts. He was the beloved husband of the late Betsy (Carlsen) Holt and...
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Lesli Brooks Athanasoulis

October 4, 2017

Lesli Brooks Athanasoulis, a wife and mother passed away peacefully in Boulder, CO, October 4th at the age of 49. Lesli grew up in Needham, MA attending Needham schools and graduated from Needham High School with the class of 1986. Lesli attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA earning a Bachelor degree in English. After graduation, Lesli eventually moved to Boulder, CO and most...
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Gary W. Petrini

September 2, 1936 - October 3, 2017

Gary W. Petrini of Needham, MA passed away peacefully on October 3, 2017. He was 81. Gary was born in Needham on September 2, 1936, the only child of Lee Petrini and Eva Petrini Hosmer. He was the loving and cherished husband of Lynn Grasser Petrini for 54 years. Gary was a lifelong Needham resident who also enjoyed homes on Priscilla Beach in Plymouth and in Naples, FL. He attended Needham...
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Arthur Cutrone

September 28, 2017

Arthur Cutrone, 96, of Newton Centre died at his home on Sept 28, 2017. Arthur was a graduate of Medford High and Northeastern Univ School of Business. He was a US Navy veteran and served with the Navy Air Group on Iwo Jima. He had worked for over 35 years for Black & Decker Power Tools. Arthur was the husband of the late Norma (Cronin) Cutrone and father of David of Newton Centre and Bryan...
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Edward Donovan

September 27, 2017

Edward Donovan of Newton, MA passed away peacefully on Sept 27, 2017. He was the husband of 55 years to Eleanor R. (Curtis) Donovan. He was born in Boston, MA to William and Marcella (MacKinnon) Donovan. While in school he was a member of the Cathedral Choir. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1956 and was discharged in 1964 as a Staff Sergeant. While in the Air Force he was stationed in...
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Valerie (Farmer) Boynton

September 26, 2017

Valerie (Farmer) Boynton of Newton, one of the first matrons appointed to the Newton Police Dept., died on Sept 26, 2017. She was 98 Val was born in Toccoa, GA and had lived in Newton since 1938. She worked as a matron and traffic supervisor, primarily at the Underwood School, for the Newton Police Dept. retiring in 1991 after 42 years of service. She had been a member of the Eliot Church in...
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Louis "Louie" Tarabelli

September 25, 2017

Louis (Louie) Tarabelli of Needham, passed away September 25, 2017 at the age of 89. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, MaryAnn (DeRoma) Tarabelli. Loving father of Lisa Tarabelli and her husband James Lee of Norwood and Laura Tarabelli of Needham. Loving grandfather of Aidan and Miranda Lee. Also survived by many nieces, nephews. As a devoted family man, Louie's life...
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Mark T. London

July 3, 1973 - September 25, 2017

Mark T. London, 44 of Foxboro, formerly of Needham, beloved husband of Linda(Roberts) London, passed away suddenly on Monday, September 25. He was born in Lynn, MA to Eileen (Grimes) London of Needham, and the late W. Thomas London of Kittery, ME. He was raised in Needham and attended school in the Needham School System. He furthered his education at North Adams State College where he earned...
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Frances (Curto) Lordi

September 25, 2017

Frances (Curto) Lordi, of Milton formerly of Bronx, NY died on Sept 25, 2017 at the Norwood Hospital. She was 83. Frances was the beloved wife for 63 years of Anthony Lordi and loving mother of Rob Lordi and his wife Paula of Dover and the late Loretta Lordi. Dear grandmother of Robert, Hannah and Jack Lordi. Sister of the late Daniel and Philip Curto. Relatives and friends are kindly invited...
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David E. Svendsen

March 26, 1943 - September 25, 2017

David Svendsen, of Newton, Massachusetts, the beloved husband of Guna Svendsen and dearly cherished father of Dr. Sasha Svendsen passed peacefully in his sleep Monday, September 25, 2017 at the age of 74. He was a son of Needham from birth and was treasured by his family and many friends. He poured his love and energy into service of the town and was widely recognized and welcomed by the...
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Margaret Lindley Balian

September 1, 1934 - September 24, 2017

With great sadness, the family of Margaret Lindley Balian announces her passing on September 24. She was surrounded by family. Our mother was a constant learner, whether it be through her travels or in courses or lectures. She loved cats, wine, football, CNN, Words with Friends, travel, books, opera, and being with friends and family. We remember her as the first Mom with a computer, an iPhone,...
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Henry J. Halko

September 24, 2017

Henry J. Halko, of Charlton, formerly Webster,Brookline, Chestnut Hill and Boston. Henry was born on October 31, 1925 in Worcester, Ma. He was graduated from Bartlett High in 1943 and entered Worcester State College, but was drafted into the U. S. Army the following year. After two years of service he came home and entered Clark University where he completed a four-year program in two years,...
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Theresa (Mackinnon) Anderson

February 5, 1933 - September 23, 2017

Theresa (MacKinnon) Anderson, a Needham resident for over 40 years, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017. She was 84 years old. Mrs. Anderson a retired Vice President of Walpole Cooperative Bank, where she worked for many years. Beloved wife for more than 50 years of the late Charles "Chuck" Anderson. Loving mother to Brian Anderson and his wife Amy of Ossining, New York. Sister of Josie,...
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Norma Pazos

September 20, 2017

Norma Pazos, 87 passed away peacefully in Boca Raton, Florida on September 20th, 2017. She was the loving wife of 60 years to late Gerardo Pazos. Beloved mother of the late Lucrecia and husband Raul Pabon; Felicia and her husband Nick Marangakis; Sylvia Pazos; Anabelle and her husband Paul Murphy; Albert and his wife Bobbi Pazos. Proud grandmother Ingrid and her husband John Aslanian, Eric,...
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Arthur Thomas Palmer

November 18, 1933 - September 19, 2017

Arthur Thomas Palmer, 83, formerly of Brookline and Newton, passed peacefully Tuesday September 19, 2017. He was known for his sense of humor, his time playing hockey at Brookline HS and in the semi pro Mayflower league, and his years as a Brookline fire fighter but his greatest joy was his family. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy Ellen (Carter) Palmer. He is also survived by his...
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Margaret M. (McMillan) Raffol Collins

January 1, 1926 - September 16, 2017

Margaret M. Raffol Collins, 91, of Needham, passed away on September 16, 2017 at Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Center in Natick. A Needham resident of 62 years, Margaret was born on January 1, 1926 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a child she lived in the small town of Anadarko, OK and attended a one-room schoolhouse where her mother taught all elementary grades. Margaret attended Oklahoma State...
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Leo F. Costa

January 24, 1952 - September 9, 2017

Leo F. Costa of Newton Upper Falls, passed to the Lord on Saturday, September 9, 2017, with his family by his side. He was 65 years old. Beloved husband of Debbie (O'Hara) Costa. Son of the late Leo F. Costa and Mary Costa Boland. Father of Michael O. Costa and Terrence J. Costa. Brother of Joanne Carson and nephew to Anna Costa. Also survived by his nieces and nephews. Visiting hours in the...
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Jean Taggart Lindblad

April 12, 1926 - September 8, 2017

Jean Taggart Lindblad, 91, of Westwood, formerly of Needham, died of natural causes on September 8, 2017. Born in Philadelphia on April 12, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Kathryn Voegele Taggart and Henry M. Taggart and grew up in Philadelphia and later in Newtown, PA. After attending George School in Newtown, class of 1943, she graduated from Middlebury College in 1947, and earned a...
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Jean (Riley) Recchion

September 7, 2017

Jean (Riley) Recchion, of Nashua, NH, formerly of Natick and Newton on Sept 7, 2017. Jean was the wife of the late Anthony Recchion, and is survived by her children Cynthia Lucier of Nashua, NH and David Recchion and his wife Carol of Clinton, grandchildren Alana and Zoe, sister in law of Louise Riley of Newton and Bob Keville and his wife Lauren. Funeral and interment services will be private....
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Peter Paul DiDomenico

August 21, 1949 - September 7, 2017

Peter Paul DiDomenico, 68, of Bonita Springs, Fl., formerly of Newton and Needham, Mass., died Thursday, September 7 of brain cancer. Beloved husband of 46 years to Judith Ann (Civetti) DiDomenico. Loving father of Leann DiDomenico McAllister and her husband Terence, and Peter Salvatore DiDomenico and his wife Danielle. Hero grandfather to Andrew, Jack, Emelia, and Luca. Cherished brother of...
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Charles J. MacDonald

September 7, 2017

Charles J. MacDonald of Medway formerly of West Newton on Sept 7, 2017. Charles was born on Aug 9, 1921 in Wellesley, MA the oldest of 8 children. He was married to Mildred (MacRae) MacDonald for 67 years. He had 5 children, he was pre deceased by his oldest daughter Susan and is survived by his children and spouses James and his wife Joyce, Neil and his wife Robin, Lois and her husband Michael...
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Michele Lencioni

January 25, 1923 - September 6, 2017

Michele Lencioni of Newton Upper Falls died Wednesday Sept 6, 2017 at the Brigham & Women's Hospital surrounded by family. Beloved husband of 68 years of Livia (Petroni) Lencioni. Devoted father of Ilia and John Fisher of Lexington, Mickey and Bob Kielty of West Newton, Michael and Lina Lencioni of Walpole. Loving Grandfather of Tim, Dorrie, Megan, Michelle, Ariana, Nicholas and Matthew and...
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Thomas H. Casey

September 3, 2017

Thomas H. Casey, of West Newton died on September 3, 2017 surrounded by his family after a long illness. He was 84 years old. Beloved husband of M. Bernadette (Murphy) Casey, to whom he was married for 58 years. A devoted father, Tom leaves his children Suzanne Casey of Newton, Janice Casey Frase and her husband Gerrit of North Falmouth, Diane Palazesi and her husband L.J. of East Sandwich, and...
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Herbert T. Barclay

September 2, 2017

Herbert T. Barclay, of Newton, a longtime engineer at MIT Lincoln Labs, died on Sat Sept 2, 2017 at the Mass General Hospital in Boston. He was 70. Herb was raised in Rockland and graduated from Cardinal Spellman High in Brockton. He went on to Northeastern University where he earned his graduate and master's degree. He was an engineer in adaptive optics at MIT Lincoln Labs since 1984. Herb...
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James Hugh Powers

2017

James Hugh Powers, age 93, a Needham Town Meeting member for over 60 years, passed away on Jan 27, 2017 in Needham, MA. Born in Cambridge, Jim graduated with honors from Browne & Nichols School in 1942 and was admitted in the fall of 1942 to Harvard University. He left Harvard for military service in March 1943 and returned to college in Feb 1946 and graduated in 1949 as a member of the Class...
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Mae (Kouri) George

January 31, 1918 - August 23, 2017

Mae Kouri George, 99, of Needham, MA, passed away on August 23rd, 2017 while holding the hand of her son Douglas. She was born in 1918 in Worcester, MA into the large Lebanese family of Samuel Kouri and Alice Souda Kouri. She graduated from The Worcester Public Schools and married the late George F George in 1942. After living on many US Army bases during WW II they settled in Needham where they...
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Leonard J. Gordon

August 18, 2017

Leonard J Gordon, 92, (Lefty, LJ) of Quincy and New Jersey, formerly of Needham, passed away peacefully on August 17, 2017. He was born in Randolph to Paulina Malloch and Darrel Gordon and moved frequently around Cambridge and Everett as a child. He served honorably in the Navy in World War II, then again as he trained radio communications during the Korean War in the Naval Reserves. After his...
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Lawrence D. Smith, Jr.

August 16, 2017

Lawrence D. Smith Jr. of Waban a lifelong Newton resident, passed away on Aug 16, 2017. He was 83. Larry graduated from Newton Trade School and served in the US Army, where he played baseball and hockey and was an amateur boxer. He had worked for 50 years as an electrical engineer at Varian Vacuum in Lexington. He was the beloved husband for 49 years of Carol (Grassilli) Smith, the loving...
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John J. "Jack" Caffrey

August 15, 2017

John (Jack) Caffrey, 84, of Weston, Massachusetts passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with melanoma surrounded by his loving family. Jack was a long-time resident of Needham and grew up in Newton Centre where he graduated from Newton North High School. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps., studied at Northeastern University in Boston...
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Robert F. Sostilio

August 12, 2017

Robert F. Sostilio.,President and CEO of Sostilio & Associates International, Inc., of Ocala, Florida died on August 12, 2017. He was born November 17, 1942 in Boston, the son of Natale and Louise Sostilio of Newton Highlands, MA and attended schools in Newton, Huntington Prep in Boston and the University of Maine at Orono. During the Vietnam era, he served as a winged crewman with helicopter...
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Neva W. Spinks

August 10, 2017

Neva W. Spinks, 95, of Newton, MA died peacefully on August 10, 2017 at Benchmark Senior Living in Acton MA with family by her side after a period of declining health. She was born in Boonville, NY on August 4, 1922, daughter of Clarence Sheldon and Gertrude Quirt Weager. Neva attended school in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where she excelled as a student and was at the top of her class. She...
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James M. Spinks

August 10, 2017

James M. Spinks, 92, of Newton, MA died peacefully on June 26, 2016 at Benchmark Senior Living in Acton MA with members of his family by his side after complications from a stroke. He was born in Nelson Township, Ontario, Canada on August 5, 1923, son of Earl J. and Elizabeth Watson Spinks. Jim graduated from the University of Toronto in 1945 where he received a degree in Engineering. After...
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Ruth (Sawyer) Earthrowl

August 8, 2017

Ruth (Sawyer) Earthrowl of Newton Centre and North Hampton NH, passed away on Aug 8, 2017. She was 91. Ruth was born in Boston and graduated high school in Worcester and went on to Memorial Hospital Nursing School becoming a Registered Nurse in 1948 and later received a BA from Wellesley College in 1983. She also operated Ruth Earthrowl Real Estate in Newton and the Play and Learn Preschool. ...
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George A. "Bud" Downer

January 6, 1938 - August 4, 2017

George A. Downer, 79, longtime Needham resident, known to friends and family as "Bud," passed away peacefully on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Bud was the beloved husband of Carol A. Downer. He was the proud father of Scott, Brett (Ellen), Lisa (Gary), and Keith (Tammy), and stepfather to Randy DeForest (Ann), Jeff DeForest, and Pamela Lee. He is...
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Nancy M. Porter

August 3, 2017

Nancy M. Porter, wife of the late Wendell Porter, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on August 3, 2017. She leaves behind John and Kathleen Porter and family, David and Kathryn Parker and family, Forest and Joanne Porter, and Kristen Greathead and family. She had eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Funeral Service in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham on Monday...
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Frances J. (Delaney) "Fran" Moore

March 19, 1929 - August 1, 2017

Frances "Fran" J (Delaney) Moore, a longtime Needham resident, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday August 1st at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham MA. Fran was 88 years old. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late James and Margaret (Kunz) Delaney, and beloved wife of Robert J Moore, who preceded her in death. Fran dedicated her life to her family and community. She and Bob...
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Jennie F. (Funari) Arbuckle

January 5, 1925 - July 28, 2017

Jennie F. (Funari) Arbuckle of Needham, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. Born in Sarnano, Italy, Jennie moved to Needham at the age of 5. After the death of her husband George, in 1965, Jennie went to work for Fields Hosiery in Needham for 25 years and late became a home health aide. Jennie also delivered meals to the elderly for many years. Jennie loved to cook and her family was...
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Paul Francis Cavanaugh

July 24, 2017

Paul Francis Cavanaugh, 84, of Medfield, Massachusetts passed away Monday, July 24, 2017, surrounded by family. Paul was a long-time resident of Needham, Massachusetts and worked as the City Solicitor of Concord, New Hampshire for 38 years. He was also a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his loving wife Mary (Ryder), daughter Catherine Cavanaugh, daughter Mary Elizabeth ...
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Louise Pasalides Swanson

July 18, 2017

Louise Pasalides Swanson, age 67, died on July 18, 2017 at her home in Needham after a long illness. From her birth in Greece on June 21, 1950, to her death on Tuesday, she nourished the people around her with love, faith and music. Louise was born in Katerini, Greece to Savas and Sofia Pasalides and was the younger of two children. She immigrated to the United States with her parents and...
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Moira E. Woods

December 15, 1958 - July 17, 2017

Moira E. Woods, of Fort Meyers FL, formerly of Needham, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2017, after a courageous six-year battle with brain cancer at the Hope Hospice House in Florida. She was 58 years old. Moira was raised in Needham, attended Needham Public Schools and was a graduate of Needham High School Class of 1977. She was he devoted mother of Brent F. Woods Williams of Fort Meyers...
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Jeanne Allen (Riley) Goldin

July 17, 2017

Jeanne Allen Goldin (Riley), Born Oct 19, 1933, passed away peacefully at The Ellis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Norwood, MA on Monday, July 17, 2017. Jeanne is survived by her son Richard L. Goldin and his wife Lynn Y. Goldin, also of Norwood. Jeanne was the daughter of Herbert and Helen Riley, Needham, MA. Jeanne graduated from Needham High School and was a member of the class of 1952....
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Alfred Witherspoon Scott, Jr. M.D.

July 16, 2017

Alfred Witherspoon Scott, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on July 16, 2017. He was surrounded by his beloved wife Emily, and their children. Born January 5, 1926, in Athens GA, Alfred will be remembered as a very loving husband and wonderful father, for his positive nature, kindness, generosity, respect for others, love of family and friends, and for his respect of nature and love of birds...
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Richard S. "Dick" Johannes, MD

November 10, 1946 - July 12, 2017

Richard S. Johannes, MD, "Dick", of Newton Center, passed away at home on July 12, 2017. Dick was born in Rhinelander, WI on November 10, 1946 and was raised in Marshfield, Wisconsin on a dairy farm. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he received his BA degree in 1968. He continued his education in Baltimore, where he received an MD from The Johns Hopkins University School...
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William P. Forristall III

January 27, 1970 - July 9, 2017

William P. Forristall, III, of Newton, formerly of Arlington, July 9, 2017. Beloved husband of Mikhaila Forristall of Newton, devoted father of Liam Paul Forristall and Sydney Lynne Forristall of Newton. Son of William P. Forristall Jr. of Arlington. Grandson of the late William P. and Lucille Forristall of Arlington. Loving nephew of Richard and Lynne Barletta of Arlington and Robert and...
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William J. Tedoldi

June 9, 1926 - July 8, 2017

William J. Tedoldi, age 91, of Needham died early July 8, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Tedoldi is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Betsy Ann (McCurran) Tedoldi. He was a devoted father to James W. Tedoldi of Bow, NH, and Michael R. Tedoldi, Susan J. Tedoldi and Mary Kate Tedoldi, all of Needham. William was the grandfather of Cameron, James Charles, Meghan, Jordan,...
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Barbara M. (Fader) Sedgwick

September 28, 1922 - July 5, 2017

Barbara M. Sedgwick passed away on July 5th, 2017 of a cardiac arrest. As Barbara Fader she graduated from Needham High School and went on to graduate from Columbia University with her Masters Degree. She married Reginald Sedgwick. In her life she took the path few had traveled, and had more than her fair share of adventures, a sequence of extraordinary experiences. Her bravery was unmatched,...
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Bill Scanlon

April 21, 1949 - July 2, 2017

William R. Scanlon, 68, of Needham died peacefully Sunday, July 2nd 2017 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill is survived by his devoted wife, BettyAnn (Navin) Scanlon, his daughters Alissa Cameron and husband Collin of Milton and Stacey Cawley and her husband Matt of Medfield, and son William Ross Scanlon and his fiance Caitlin Smith of Fayetteville, NC. Son of the late...
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Joan Ann Pirie Nugent

April 4, 1930 - June 30, 2017

Joan Ann Pirie Nugent died Friday, June 30, 2017 at White Oak Cottages in Westwood, MA, having been tenderly cared for by a loving staff. She was 87. Joan was born April 4, 1930 in Perth, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Gladys and "HJ" Harold John Pirie. She attended Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. Joan met and married the love of her life, F. Warren Nugent in 1951. ...
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William E. "Billy" Wade

May 21, 1943 - June 29, 2017

William E. "Billy" Wade, of Natick, formerly of Needham passed away on June 29, 2017. He was 74 years old. Born in Needham, he was a son of the late Cynthia A. (Smith) and Purvis E. Wade. Billy was a graduate of Needham High School and attended Mass Bay Community College. He was a US Air Force Vietnam War Veteran. Billy was a longtime employee of Wellesley College and was a longtime member of...
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Robert B. Morrison

February 24, 1921 - June 29, 2017

Robert B. Morrison, age 96, died Thursday evening at his home after a prolonged battle with Parkinson's Disease. Mr. Morrison is survived by his sister, Mary Dexter and husband Harold of Gilford, NH and his three children: John R. Morrison and wife Carol of Moncks Corner, SC; Ann D'Agostino and husband David of Franklin, MA; and Roy C. Morrison and wife Debra of Westborough, MA. Five...
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Rinaldo Curcio

October 28, 1928 - June 27, 2017

Rinaldo Curcio, 88, was born in Lamezia Terme, Calabria, Italy on October 28, 1928, son of the late Giuseppe Curcio and Maria Bernardi. As a young man, he joined the Carabinieri in Italy, helping to clean up after the war. He then had an adventurous life in Australia, helping to build the railroad, and working for the postal service. In 1968, he emigrated to the United States with his wife and...
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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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Shirley Ann Danielson Johnston

February 23, 1927 - June 23, 2017

Shirley Ann Danielson Johnston was born in 1927, the beloved only daughter of a family that had lost its other only daughter—and firstborn—not long before; she grew up cherished, in a small town of mostly Swedish immigrants in Wisconsin during the Depression. "I didn't know we were poor," she always said; they were lucky to have enough, and no one in those days expected more than that. This...
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Peter Jauregui

June 23, 2017

Peter Jauregui of Newtonville passed away at his home on June 23, 2017 following a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 54, and lived everyday with optimism, strength, and—of course—a joke. Peter grew up in Needham and graduated from Needham High School and Mt. Ida College. For over 15 years, he and his brothers owned and operated the Busy B Pub in Watertown. His childhood...
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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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Patricia C. Johnson

August 15, 1921 - June 21, 2017

Patricia C. Johnson, 95, of Needham, formerly of Wellesley, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on June 21, 2017 at her home at North Hill. Pat was the devoted wife of Robert L. Johnson, who predeceased her in 1994. Her brother, Joseph Cort, passed away in 1998. Pat leaves her sister, Janice Benedict, and husband Robert of Loveland, Colorado. Pat was the loving mother of Philip and...
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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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Carmen P. Lombardo

June 19, 2017

Carmen P. Lombardo died peacefully at his home in Newton Highlands on June 19, 2017. He was 91. Carmen graduated from Newton High and the University of Miami and Mass College of Podiatry. He served in the US Army during WW II, and spent most of his life in Newton other than the 20 years he raised his family in Needham. Carmen was the loving father of Betty Ann Rogers of Easton, CT, Barbara...
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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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A. Edward Sansevero

June 9, 2017

A. Edward Sansevero, of Newton formerly of Brighton passed away at his home on June 9, 2017.He was 86. Ed was born in Natick and raised in Brighton. He graduated from Brighton High and had lived in Newton since 1964. He graduated form Northeastern University's night school and worked for Hunnewell Corp. He later worked in the auto industry for many years and retired as the Regional Manager for...
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Jeanne Marie (Rousseau) Powell

June 8, 2017

Jeanne Marie (Rousseau) Powell, of Newton passed away on June 8, 2017. She was 91. Jeanne was born in Watertown and attended St. Jean's School. She enjoyed organizing variety shows on several air bases as she followed her husband during his military career. She was also a talented self taught piano player. Jeanne was the daughter of the late Leopold and Marie-Ange (Trottier) Rousseau, and the...
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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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Mitchell Nash

January 16, 1967 - May 19, 2017

Mitchell Nash of Newton, MA passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on May 19, 2017. Mitch was born January 16, 1967 in Boston and was raised in Newton. He attended Newton North where he was an avid athlete. Mitch was a sportsman all his life and could often be found playing hockey, basketball or baseball in various men's leagues throughout the Boston area. Mitch was the devoted father to his...
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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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Ann (McFarlin) Habener

May 7, 2017

Ann (McFarlin) Habener, a resident of Newton Centre since 1969, passed away at Evans Park in Newton Corner on Sunday May 7, 2017. She was 81. Ann was born in Grosse Point, MI and earned a BS in Microbiology from UCLA. She had worked as a lab technician in biochemistry. She was a supporter of many charities and was an amazing quilter. She was the devoted wife of Dr. Joel F. Habener and sister of...
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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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Elias C. Dow, MD

November 11, 1927 - April 17, 2017

ELIAS C. DOW, MD of Brookline, passed away on Monday, APRIL 17, 2017 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Born on Armistice Day in 1927, beloved son of Charles A. and Mary C. Dow, deceased of Roxbury, Dr. Dow was a well-known and highly revered physician with a large referral practice in internal medicine specializing in thyroid disorders. After graduating from Boston Latin School...
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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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