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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

William J. "Doc", Cleary

April 29, 2016

William J. "Doc" Cleary, a lifelong Newton resident, passed away on Apr 29, 2016. A lifelong Newton resident, Doc graduated from Newton High School and served as a Sgt. in the Army National Guard. He had worked as diesel mechanic for the City of Newton for over 30 years and was a longtime member of Div. 14 AOH of Watertown. Doc was the husband of the late Eleanor (Angelo) Cleary, and the...
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Kathleen J. Giorgio

October 4, 1951 - April 26, 2016

Kathleen J. Giorgio of Needham, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2016 at the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice House in Needham. She was 64. Kathleen grew up in the Thompsonville section of Newton Centre. She was a Needham resident for over 33 years. She was a retired Home Economics teacher for Waltham High School after 30 years of teaching. Kathleen was a member of 'Lotties" Book Club, Quinobquin...
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Suzanne Leek DeGruttola

November 4, 1938 - April 23, 2016

Suzanne Leek DeGruttola, 77, of Wellesley, beloved wife to Dante DeGruttola of 55 years, passed away on Saturday April 23, 2016 in her sleep. She was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 4, 1938, daughter of James B. Leek and Virginia P. Theilemann, and spent the majority of her childhood in Dover, MA. A vibrant and colorful artist with a vivacious personality and lovely smile, Suzanne...
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Dennis "Poppi" Sullivan

May 11, 1932 - April 23, 2016

Dennis "Poppi" Sullivan, 83, of Needham, formerly of Walpole, passed away peacefully on April 23, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born Dennis O'Sullivan on May 11, 1932 in Manhattan, NY to the late Timothy and Emily O'Sullivan. He was the loving and devoted husband of 55 years of the late Barbara Sullivan, who predeceased Dennis on March 22, 2016. He was the cherished father of DJ (Vero...
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Ateo 'Art" Ricciardelli

February 3, 1925 - April 21, 2016

Ateo "Art" Ricciardelli of Needham, died Wednesday April 21, 2016 at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was 91. Born and raised in Needham, he was the son of the late Augustus and Speranza (Pandolf) Ricciardelli. Art was a graduate of Newton High School, class of 1947, where he attended the trade school. Prior to his graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and served with the 2nd Armored...
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Edna P. (Boudrot) Dunne

March 19, 1925 - April 21, 2016

Edna P. (Boudrot) Dunne, a lifelong resident of Newton, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Stone Institute in Newton. Edna was a graduate of Newton High School. She was a Gold Star Mother, having lost her son Paul H. Dunne Jr. in the Vietnam War. Mrs. Dunne was a retired employee of Verizon. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul H. Dunne and the loving mother of Gayle E. Peterson of...
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Thomas Gerald "Tommy" Bayiates

July 11, 1981 - April 20, 2016

Thomas Gerald Bayiates, 34, of Dedham, MA passed away suddenly at home on Wednesday April 20, 2016. Tommy was a licensed journeyman electrician with the IBEW Local 103 Boston. He is survived by his parents Andrew and Virginia (Sargeant) Bayiates, his sister Christine and her husband William Stec, his brother John and his wife Julie Bayiates all of Dedham and brother Edward and wife Elisa of...
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William H. "Uncle Billy" Dugan, Jr.

March 21, 1935 - April 20, 2016

William H. "Uncle Billy" Dugan Jr., of Needham and Plymouth, passed away on April 20, 2016 in his home. He was born in Needham in 1935, the son of William H. Dugan Sr. and Katherine (Chilson) Dugan. He was a graduate of Needham High. Bill was a proud US Army, Korean War Veteran. He proudly lived in Needham his entire life where he earned the "Distinguished Citizen Award". And was a 2010...
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M. Nancy "Chickie" (Scholz) Beckwith

April 20, 1935 - April 19, 2016

M. Nancy "Chickie" Scholz Beckwith A lifelong resident of Dover, MA, Born April 20, 1935 passed away on April 19, 2016. The Daughter of the late Marion I. McAllister Scholz and the late George A. Scholz of Dover, MA. Sister of the late George A. Scholz, also of Dover, MA. Beloved wife of the late Roger H. Beckwith. She is survived by her children Norman R. Beckwith and his wife Tami of...
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Ruth O. "Ruthie" Haschka

November 22, 1923 - April 15, 2016

Ruth O. "Ruthie" Haschka, 92, pass away peacefully on April 15th, 2016. Ruthie was born in Rochester New York on November 22nd, 1923 to Clarence and Alice Owen. She was a resident of Wrentham MA, formerly of Lakeland FLand Rochester NY. Ruthie was predeceased by her parents, her husband Harry Haschka and her sister Dorothy Chambers. Ruthie is survived by her sister Clair Ohlwiler of Rock Island...
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Patricia "Patsie" Holloway Tucker

September 3, 1925 - April 11, 2016

Tucker, Patricia "Patsie" Holloway of Wellesley Hills, MA died on April 11, 2016. She was born in West Newton, MA on September 3, 1925 the same birthday of her grand- mother, Mrs. Reuben Ross Holloway, who was instrumental in making the Star Spangled Banner the U.S. National Anthem in 1931. Patsie attended the Great Barrington School, Stoneleigh-Burnham and Garland College. She was born a...
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Shirley M. (Wood) Sullivan

April 5, 1923 - April 3, 2016

Shirley M. (Wood), Sullivan of Davenport FL, formerly of Seekonk and Needham, passed away on Sunday April 3, 2016. She was 92 years old. Born in Needham, Shirley was the daughter of the late Charles R. and Leila (Carter) Wood. She was a former employee of the William Carter Company. While living in Seekonk, Shirley was active in town politics and was an active member of the Seekonk Women's Club....
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Leon L. Foster

April 22, 1933 - April 3, 2016

Leon L. Foster, a lifelong Needham resident died on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at the Tippet House in Needham. He was 82 years old. Leon was the son of the late Leon Laroy and Hattie (Kaye) Foster of Needham. He was a graduate of Lexington Christian Academy and served in the Army following graduation. Upon leaving the Army, he returned to Needham and began working at the Instrumentation Laboratory...
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Peyton Randolph Harris, Jr. MD

March 31, 2016

Peyton Randolph Harris, Jr., MD, Westwood, 85, of died Thursday, March 31, 2016 after a brief illness. Beloved husband of Susan (Carter) Harris for almost 59 years. Loving father of Rosemary Thomsen and her husband Stewart Thomsen of Newton and Edith Adams and her husband Stephen Matulis of Needham. Adoring grandfather of Sarah and John Thomsen, Katherine Adams, and Christina and Stephen...
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Carmella "Camille" (Romano) Torcivia

April 9, 1919 - March 31, 2016

Carmella "Camille" (Romano) Torcivia, a 33 year Needham resident, passed away on Thursday, March 31st at Briarwood Healthcare in Needham. She was 96 years old. Born in Boston, and raised in the North End, Camille was the daughter of the late Michael and Angelina (Rosetti) Romano. Prior to living in Needham, she was a longtime resident of Roslindale and worked as a chef at the Pleasant Café for...
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Bruce G. Holland

March 5, 1961 - March 30, 2016

Bruce G. Holland of Needham passed away on March 30, 2016. He was 55. Bruce was a graduate of Needham High School, Class of 1979. He worked for Roche Bros. Corporation for over 20 years. He was a Boy Scout, enjoyed fishing and loved his Country. Bruce was the son of the late William E. Holland. He is survived by his mother Arline V. (MacDuff) Holland, sister Susan G. Holland of Needham, sister...
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Teresa Grant

January 6, 1918 - March 27, 2016

Teresa Grant of Newton, 98, passed away peacefully in the home she loved on Sunday March 27, 2016. Survived by her daughter, Kathleen Teresa Grant, and many cherished caregivers, family and friends who appreciated her warm, generous spirit and sharp Irish wit. Born Teresa Gill in Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland, Teresa lived for many years in London, England before emigrating to the United States...
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Raymond James Revers

March 25, 2016

Raymond James Revers, 88, peacefully passed away Friday March 25, 2016 at his home in Medfield, Massachusetts. Beloved husband of Florence Revers for 64 years. Devoted father of Dr. Robert Revers and his wife Cheryl of Salinas, California, Linda Feldman and her husband Elliot of Weston, Laura Shulman and her husband Scott of Hingham, Louise Revers of Natick, Lois Ashe and her husband Brian of...
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Paula Marie Cogen (Keene)

October 7, 1964 - March 25, 2016

Paula M. Cogen (Keene), 51 years young, of Fitchburg, passed away unexpectedly on March 25th at home with her family by her side. Paula was born in Brockton on October 7, 1964 and raised in Mansfield, the daughter of the late Geraldine Mildred (Distaula) Cogen and Charles Samuel Cogen. Paula was a floral designer, working side by side with her mother who owned and operated Busy Bee Florist in...
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Alan Eric Erickson

February 6, 1928 - March 23, 2016

Alan Eric Erickson of Weston, Massachusetts, longtime resident of Needham MA, passed away on March 23, 2016 at the age of 88 after a short illness. Alan was born in Boston on February 6, 1928 to Ethel and Elmer Erickson. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Erickson of New Hampshire. He is survived by his wife, June Andersen Erickson of Needham, sister, Ruth Hirtle of Alexandria NH; 4...
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Vincent F. Mirabito

June 9, 1933 - March 23, 2016

Vincent F. Mirabito, of Newton passed suddenly on Mar 23, 2016. Vincent served his country in the Army during the Korean War and was a longtime proud member of the Dedham Lodge of Elks. He also owned his own construction company, Mirabito Construction Co, and worked in the City of Boston for many years. He was the husband of the late Eleanor K. "Ellie" (Williams) Mirabito and son of the late...
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Barbara M. Sullivan

June 1, 1933 - March 22, 2016

Barbara M. Sullivan, of Needham, formerly of Walpole, died peacefully on March 22, 2016. She was born June 1, 1933, the eldest daughter of the late James and Margaret (Farrell) Moran of Bronx, NY. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 55 years, Dennis, their children: DJ (Vero), Kathy, Nancy, Elaine, Tim (Colleen), Brian (Jayme), and Clare (Jen); and their grandchildren: Armando,...
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Eda (Feroli) Breda

July 14, 1920 - March 21, 2016

Eda (Feroli) Breda, of Needham, passed away on Monday, March 21st. She was 95 years old. Eda was born in Dorchester, the daughter of the late Angelo and Maria Louise (Dozzi) Feroli. Eda was a graduate of Boston Clerical School. She worked as a bookkeeper for Sharaf's Restaurant in Boston and retired from the accounting department of HC Starck in Newton. The beloved wife of the late Alexander J....
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Paula J Flaherty

September 26, 1963 - March 15, 2016

Paula J. Flaherty, of Newton passed away on Mar 15, 2016. She was 52. Paula had been a volunteer in the mail department at Newton Wellesley Hospital and had worked at McDonalds. She was also a mail handler and participant in the day program at the Barry L. Price Rehabilitation Center in Newton. Paula loved country music, The Osmonds, dancing and was an avid reader of newspapers especially the...
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Joseph G. "Joe" Nowland

March 13, 2016

Joseph G. Nowland, 87, of Needham died on March 13 at Beth-Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Boston after a brief illness. Born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Joe had been a resident of Needham for 51 years. Joe graduated from Allentown High School in 1946, was active in Boy Scouts, and earned a B.S. in chemistry from Muhlenberg College in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Services...
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Robert Buxbaum

March 12, 2016

Robert Buxbaum died on Saturday, March 12, at age 85, 15 months after his diagnosis of brain cancer. He died as he had wanted, at home, supported by hospice care. Until his illness, Bob was a practicing physician who devoted his long career to preventive and palliative care. He was an activist in public health, taking cutting-edge public policy positions on health for the poor, urban planning for...
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Ralph M. Quilty

March 8, 2016

Ralph M. Quilty, of Needham, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Born in Boston, Ralph lived in Needham for most of his life raising his family. Ralph was a graduate of North Attleboro High School. He retired from US Army as SGM, was employed at Sylvania, Co-Owner Williamson Electric and then owner of Eastern Air & Power until his retirement. He spent many years as a Call FireFighter with...
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Irene N. (Nacewicz) Briggs

October 5, 1922 - March 6, 2016

Irene N. (Nacewicz) Briggs, of Needham passed away on Mar 6, 2016. She was 93. Born in Agawam, Irene was a resident of Needham for over 50 years and was a longtime member of the Needham Pool and Racquet Club and St. Joseph Parish. She had been a Girl Scout leader, enjoyed skiing, tennis, sewing and knitting. She also an avid bridge player and enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and reading. Irene was the...
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Janet Lee MacKenzie

December 10, 1928 - March 4, 2016

Janet Lee MacKenzie, a lifelong resident of Dover, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Mary Ann Morse Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Natick. She was 87 years old. The beloved daughter of the late Harold and Ethel (Bond) MacKenzie, Janet is survived by eight loving cousins, extended family members and friends. Before retiring, Janet was employed by Tillotson Rubber Company...
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Robert Moss Ronci, Sr.

December 3, 1925 - February 28, 2016

Robert Moss Ronci Sr, passed away on Sun., Feb. 28, 2016, at Presentation Rehabilitation & Skilled Care, Boston, MA after a short period of failing health. Robert was born Dec. 3, 1925, in Malden MA to Reynold of San Vito, Italy and Helen (Moss) Ronci of Annapolis Maryland. Robert was married to the late Barbara E. (Phinney) Ronci. Robert grew up in Maryland and completed his education in...
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Cynthia E. (Harper) Toto

August 22, 1945 - February 25, 2016

Cynthia E. Toto, "Cindi", 70, left us suddenly and unexpectedly on February 25, 2016. Born in Framingham, MA, Cindi was raised in Marlborough, MA, and was a 42 year resident of Needham, MA. Cindi is survived by her loving husband of 48 years- Robert "Bob" Toto, her son Michael and his wife Nicole, her daughter Lindsay, and her 4 grandchildren- Kiley, Madison, Bentley, and Baby-to-be. Cindi was...
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Elio Semprucci

May 5, 1927 - February 20, 2016

Elio Semprucci of Needham, died peacefully at home on Saturday, February 20, 2016. He was 88 years old. Born May 5, 1927 to Carlo and Anna (Paolucci) Semprucci. Brother of Lenin Bruce Semprucci and his wife Marilyn; the late Elves Carroll Cincotta and his namesake, Elio Semprucci. Ex-husband of the late Patricia O'Leary Semprucci. Loving father to Dara Ann Semprucci of Norwood, Jamie Marie...
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Richard D. Pasciuto

January 11, 1932 - February 19, 2016

Richard D Pasciuto; age 84 of Needham, died peacefully at home in hospice care surrounded by his loving family. Richard was raised in Arlington, MA and graduated from Tufts University in 1954 with a degree in electrical engineering. He was an active member of the Needham community for the past 53 years. He is survived by his wife Marilyn (Lilienthal) Pasciuto, whom he was married to for 61...
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William B. McSkimmon Duane

February 18, 2016

William B. McSkimmon Duane, age 92 born in Boston and longtime resident of Wellesley and Nantucket died February 18th in hospice care. Loving father of Peter, Susan and David Duane, devoted husband of Carolyn Bittner and a direct descendant of James Duane the first mayor of New York after the revolution and member of the Continental Congress. Known as Bill, he grew up in Brookline and...
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Marguerite M. Ryan

June 15, 1920 - February 18, 2016

Marguerite M. Ryan, of Needham, passed away on February 18, 2016, as she would have wished, while asleep in her own bed at home at age 95. She was born and raised in Boston, but she spent over 55 happy years in Needham, where she was active in her parish, her Bible study group, the town library and many other educational, charitable and social groups. Marguerite was the beloved wife of the late...
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Kathleen R. (Kelleher) McKenna

February 20, 1950 - February 17, 2016

Kathleen R. (Kelleher) McKenna, of Watertown, passed away February 17, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Francis J. McKenna. Loving mother of Francis J. McKenna Jr. of Watertown and Maureen Bligh of Millbury. Dear grandmother of 2 grandchildren. Daughter of the late George and Mildred (Beck) Kelleher. Dear sister of Marie Morrissey and her husband Bernie of Bedford, Patricia Higgins and her late...
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Joseph Marion Fox

February 12, 1958 - February 13, 2016

Joseph Marion Fox of Natick, died February 13, 2016 after a short but valiant battle with lung cancer. Survived by his wife of 29 years, Ruth E. ( Conway) Fox, his cherished children: Margaret Rose Fox, Joe Fox Jr., Ruthie Catherine Fox and Daniel Patrick Fox all of Natick, his parents James E. and Ruth Ann ( Veihdeffer) Fox of Middleton, Brother of James Fox and family of Melrose, The family of...
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Lori L. (O'Brien) George

June 30, 1971 - February 13, 2016

Lori (O'Brien) George, age 44, of Bridgewater, passed away on February 13, 2016. Cherished wife of Thomas George. Loving mother of Noah and Abigail of Bridgewater and step-mother of Zachary and Madison of Plymouth. Loving daughter of Richard and Susan O'Brien of Westwood. Devoted sister of Richard O'Brien and his wife Lisa of Medway. She is also survived by her loving Grandparents, many aunts,...
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Edward T. "Eddie" Barry

October 9, 1919 - February 12, 2016

Edward T., "Eddie" Barry of Needham, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2016. He was 96 years old. Born and raised in Wellesley, Eddie was the son of the late William J. and Mary (Sheehan Barry. Eddie played hockey for a short time at Northeastern University, but left in school to play for the Boston Olympics of the Eastern Hockey League. He was captain of the team in 1941. He served in the US...
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William J. Skerry, Sr.

January 21, 1927 - February 11, 2016

William J. Skerry Sr. 89 of FL, formerly of Newton, went home to our Lord on February 11, 2016. Born in Brighton MA, William studied at the Presentation School, Miramar H.S. Seminary and Techny Seminary SVD, Tufts University B.A., and Saint Louis University, M.B.A. William was an esteemed hospital administrator, starting his career as Assistant Director of Malden Hospital, then Director of...
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MaryAnn (DeRoma) Tarabelli

February 10, 2016

MaryAnn (DeRoma) Tarabelli, of Needham, passed away on Feb 10, 2016. Beloved wife of 58 years to Louis "Louie" Tarabelli. Loving mother of Lisa Tarabelli and her husband James Lee of Norwood and Laura Tarabelli of Needham. Loving and devoted grandmother to Aidan and Miranda Lee. The youngest of 10, MaryAnn was predeceased by her 9 siblings, Andrew, Louise, Fredrick, Charles, Margaret, Edward,...
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Paula Triffo Agrusa

February 7, 2016

After a long battle with cancer, Paula Triffo Agrusa passed away this past Sunday, February 7th, 2016 at 6:00 am at the Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston. Paula was a kind, generous and very compassionate person; always fair and always thinking a few steps ahead. There are very few "Paulas" in this world and we were fortunate enough to have her bless us with her amazing passion, hard work...
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Mary Ann (Antonellis) Rossi

February 18, 1933 - February 6, 2016

Mary Ann (Antonellis) Rossi, 82, of Needham, passed peacefully on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Mary was raised in Newton with her 5 siblings. A longtime Needham resident, she worked for the William Carter Company in the stenography department. Mary will be best remembered for her dedication and love which she gave unconditionally to her family, friends and all who knew her. Mary is survived by...
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Loriston K. Amsden

February 3, 2016

Dr. Loriston K. Amsden, II of West Dennis, formerly of Holden, died on February 3rd surrounded by his children. He was the loving husband of the late Sylvia K. (Gustavson) Amsden. Dr. Amsden was born and raised in Worcester, MA, and was a graduate of Wilbraham Academy and Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He was Chief of Podiatry at Dewitt Army Hospital, and a consultant for both Walter...
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George F. Cullen

January 23, 1930 - February 3, 2016

George F. Cullen, of Middleborough formerly of Newton on Feb 3, 2016. Loving husband of M. Patricia (Donovan) and the late Dorothy (Jefferson), son of the late George P. and Anna M. Cullen. Father of Patricia Tucker and her husband Walton of Newton, George and his wife Karen of Clermont, FL, Lawrence of Medway, and David and his wife Lynn of Burlington. Also survived by nine grandchildren and...
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Sharon G. Gallagher

December 12, 1951 - February 3, 2016

Sharon G. Gallagher of Brookline passed away on Feb 2, 2016. Sharon was the daughter of the late Thomas G. and Isabell (Maguire) Gallagher, and sister of Lacey Cronin and her husband Bob of So. Natick and Gleason Gallagher and his wife Mary of Carlisle. She is also survived by 6 nieces and nephews and 12 grandnieces and nephews. Sharon was a graduate of Newton Country Day School, and Newton...
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Brian Jennison Brady

March 21, 1966 - February 2, 2016

Brian Jennison Brady, age 49, of Medfield, formerly of Dover, died suddenly February, 2, 2016. Husband of Jennifer Hodgson and father of Zack Hodgson Brady both of Medfield. Son of Elizabeth Jennison Brady of Dover and the late Hugh Michael Brady. Survivors include his brother Kevin and his wife Judi Brady and their children Nolan, Brendan, Kyle and Ellis, his sister Maura Brady Steeves and...
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Margaret M. "Meg" (O'Neil) Putnam

February 14, 1940 - February 1, 2016

Margaret M. "Meg" (O'Neil) Putnam, age 75, a resident of Rindge NH, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 1, 2016. Born in Needham, Meg was the beloved daughter of the late James and Marie O'Neil of Needham. She was a graduate of Needham High School, Class of 1958. While raising her family Meg and her husband owned and operated a seafood restaurant, Seafood Plus, in Fitchburg, MA for many...
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John Leszczynski

January 19, 1919 - February 1, 2016

John Leszczynski, of Needham and Port Richey FL, formerly of Hicksville NY, died on Monday, February 1, 2016 at his home. He was 97 years old. Born in New York, he was the son of the late Stanley and Josephine (Suska) Leszczynski. As a young child, his parents returned to their native Poland with their children. As a teenager, John returned to New York. He enlisted in the US Army in 1943 and...
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William Stratton Ray, Jr.

May 11, 1944 - January 26, 2016

William Stratton Ray Jr. passed away peacefully from metastatic kidney cancer on January 26, 2016 at age 71. Born on May 11, 1944 in Middletown, CT to Ebba Rudie and William Stratton Ray, Sr., he grew up in the Hartford area. After his father's death when he was five years old, he learned much of the resilience and reliance on community that would serve him well throughout his life. Even as a...
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Christopher Downer Righter

August 17, 1937 - January 25, 2016

Christopher Downer Righter of Natick and Vineyard Haven, MA, died on Monday, January 25, 2016, at the Stanley Tippett Home after a 7 month battle with cancer. Chris is survived by his wife, Judy Thomson, daughters Holly Sagan, Lisa Rubin & her Husband, David Rubin; granddaughters Marinda Righter, Ellie Sagan, Annabel Sagan and Lexie Rubin. He is also survived by many close family members: a...
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Marion Brush Landfors

November 13, 1925 - January 20, 2016

Marion Brush Landfors of East Walpole died Jan 20, 2016 in E. Walpole MA. She was 90 years old. Born, raised, and wed on Martha's Vineyard, she was a daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. David C. Brush of Vineyard Haven. She graduated from Tisbury High School, Framingham State College, and Tufts University; and taught in California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Though she raised her children off...
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Edward George Connolly, Jr.

February 15, 1948 - January 20, 2016

Edward George Connolly, Jr. of Needham and Harwich, MA, age 67, passed away peacefully on January 20th, 2016 after a long illness. He was surrounded by family and friends. Ed was born in Winchester, MA to the late Edward G. Connolly, Sr. and the late Mary Ellen Connolly (Callaghan) of Milton, MA. Edward was proud to be a native of Dorchester and attended St. Mark's Parish. He completed his...
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Susan M. (McGary) Buccacio

January 14, 1964 - January 18, 2016

Susan (McGary) Buccacio of Newton Centre passed away on Jan 18, 2016. She was 52. She was the loving mother of Richard P. Buccacio Jr. of Philadelphia and Danielle J. Buccacio of Newton Centre, daughter of Thomas W. and the late Mary (Choukas) McGary of Newton Centre and sister of William T. McGary of West Roxbury, Diane Butera of Newton, Thomas C. McGary of Dedham and Craig J. McGary of...
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I. Ray Hopkins

January 3, 1923 - January 16, 2016

I. Ray Hopkins, of Millis, a former longtime Needham resident, died on Saturday, January 16th at Briarwood Healthcare in Needham. He was 93 years old. Born in New London CT, he was the son of the late Ray and Elsie (Atkins) Hopkins. A graduate of Northeastern University, Ray served with the 75 Infantry Division of the US Army at the Battle of the Bulge, during World War II. Mr. Hopkins was the...
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Joseph Russell Hoffman

January 15, 2016

Joseph Russell Hoffman, 34, of West Newton is survived by his brother Gary Hoffman Jr., as well as by his second family Elizabeth (Marchand) MacLeod, Jon Bradley, Linda and Ricky Sampson, Richard Murphy, Robyn and Joseph Cooke, Tanya and Arthur McCann, Jason Herrera and the late Steven MacInnis. Devoted son of the late Dayna Harrison, the late Gary Hoffman, Sr. and stepson of the late George ...
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Miriam Wilson Morrow

April 5, 1914 - January 15, 2016

Miriam Wilson Morrow, of North Hill Needham formerly a longtime resident of Newton, passed away on Jan. 15, 2016. She was 101. Miriam was born on April 5, 1914 in Indianapolis, IN and her family moved to Louisville, KY in 1916. Her parents and grandparents bought the family house at 70 Arlington St. in Newton in 1920. She graduated from Newton North High School, Colby Jr. College in New...
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Theodore "Ted" Bielski

January 15, 2016

Theodore "Ted" Bielski, of Milton, formerly of Needham, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2016, at the age of 92. Beloved husband of the late Mary E. Bielski. Loving father of Peter T. Bielski and his wife Margaret of Dover, and Judy Lee Bielski and companion Paul Kelly of Weymouth. Devoted grandfather of Kyle Hooper and his companion Sarah Thompson of Milton, Craig Bielski and his wife...
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Alice M. (Haggerty) Kennedy

January 13, 2016

Alice Marie (Haggerty) Kennedy, Mother of the late Rev. Daniel J. Kennedy, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at the age of 76 in her Needham home. She was the beloved wife of Daniel Joseph Kennedy for 47 years. Born in Chicopee on Tuesday, August 22, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Charles Joseph Haggerty and Alice Helen (McCarthy) Haggerty. Raised in Chicopee, she graduated...
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Irene (Prior) Stark

September 22, 1918 - January 9, 2016

Irene (Prior) Stark of West Yarmouth died peacefully at the age of 97 with her family around her. She was a life-long resident of Needham. She was born in Lexington, MA to Bessie and Vernon Prior. She graduated from Needham High School in the class of 1936 and married a classmate in 1942, Charlie Stark. Charlie died in 1981. She is survived by three sons, Rick of Walpole MA, Tom and his wife...
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Nancy Ruth (Emerson) Sharpe

October 17, 1939 - January 8, 2016

Nancy Ruth (Emerson) Sharpe of Needham, peacefully entered into eternal rest on January 8, 2016 at age 76, surrounded by her sons. Born in Boston on October 17, 1939 to the late T. Stanley Emerson and Ruth K. (Talbot) Emerson. Beloved mother of Donald E. Sharpe and his wife Ginger of Plainville, Douglas J. Sharpe and his wife Maria of Dedham, and Michael P. Sharpe and his wife Lisa of Needham....
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Elizabeth A. "Betsy" (Hurley) Hurley

September 7, 1954 - January 7, 2016

Elizabeth A. "Betsy" (Hurley) Hurley of Needham passed away on Jan 7, 2016. Betsy graduated in 1972 from Holy Family High in New Bedford and worked for 39 years as the Administrative Asst. in the Dept of Phys Ed, Recreation and Dance at Boston Univ. She was the beloved wife for 31 years of John F. "Jack" Hurley, the loving sister of Patrick J. Hurley of Sharon, Rosamond H. Sullivan and her...
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Anita (Arayas) O'Brien

May 16, 1942 - January 3, 2016

Anita (Arayas) O'Brien, 73, longtime resident of Needham and Dennis passed away January 3, 2016. She was the wife of the late John Daniel O'Brien. Anita was the loving mother of John Patrick O'Brien of Newton and Eileen Mary O'Brien also of Newton. She was born May 16, 1942 in Brockton, MA the daughter of Lily (Galanti) and Joseph Arayas of Mansfield. She lived in the family home...
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Blair Brown

May 11, 1944 - January 2, 2016

Blair Brown of Newton and South Dartmouth, MA, former President of Charrette Corporation, died on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016. He was 74. Born in Fall River, MA, to Kathryn (Borden) and Dr. Samuel Brown, Blair graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1958 and from Harvard College in 1962. Blair received a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1967, and by...
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Carol Marie (Placanica) Lavelle

September 5, 1943 - December 31, 2015

Carol Marie (Placanica) Lavelle, 72 of Needham, Mass. passed away peacefully on December 31, 2015 at Mass General Hospital in Boston, surrounded by her family. She was the devoted and beloved wife of Philip B. Lavelle. Carol gracefully fought off cancer and multiple illnesses over a 20-year period to maintain her cherished role as the heart of her family. During the past two years, she...
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Beulah Remsen Green

December 30, 2015

Beulah Remsen Green, age 97, of Needham and Deer Isle, ME, wife of the late Robert H. Green, died serenely in Needham, MA, on December 30, 2015. Beulah was a lifelong resident of Needham, a member of the First Baptist Church, and a longtime volunteer for the former Glover Hospital and current Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham. She is survived by her two loving sons, Gary S. Green and...
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Frank J. Malzone

February 28, 1930 - December 29, 2015

Frank J. Malzone of Needham, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at his home. He was 85 years old. Born in the Bronx, New York, Frank was the son of the late Francis and Pauline (Dazago) Malzone. He grew up in the Bronx and went to high school not far from Yankee Stadium. In 1947 he was spotted by a Red Sox scout and offered a deal to play in the minor leagues for $150.00 per month. He...
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John D. O'Sullivan

December 27, 2015

John D. O'Sullivan of Needham passed away on Dec 27, 2015. He was the son of the late Helen and John O'Sullivan and step father of Nancy Tynan who recently passed away. He leaves his wife Joan Cusick O'Sullivan, his sister Marie Glynn and his brother Lawrence. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who were a big part of his life. He worked at MIT in the Comptroller's Office until his...
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Nicholas "Nick" Distaso

August 12, 1953 - December 25, 2015

Nicholas "Nick" Distaso, 62, of Needham, passed away December 25, 2015. Beloved husband of Judy Ann (Goodrow) Distaso of 41 years. Son of the late Joseph & Helen Distaso of Winthrop. Loving father of Emily Delaney-Distaso & her wife Katie of Norwood, Nicholas J. Distaso & his fiancé Emily of Hyde Park, Gregory Distaso & Katelyn Distaso of Needham. Proud grandfather of Jackson & Zoe Delaney...
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Sally A. (Harber) Smith

February 8, 1936 - December 23, 2015

Sally A. (Harber) Smith of West Newton passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Born and raised in Newton, Sally was a graduate of Newton High School. She acted as the school mascot during her high school years. Sally was a longtime employee of the Newton Election Commission. Sally was always volunteering her time to help put her church and community. She volunteered in the CCD program at...
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Sandra R. (Ewen) "Sandy" Mangine

June 26, 1940 - December 23, 2015

Sandra R. "Sandy" (Ewen) Mangine , of Needham, died peacefully surrounded by family on Dec 23rd. Beloved wife for 53 years of Charles J. Mangine. Devoted mother of Diane White and her husband Jeremiah, Debbie Perry and her husband Chris and Doug Mangine and his wife Michelle. Adored Grammy and Nahni to Hailey and Jillian White, Samantha, Liz, and Nick Perry, and Joey, Carlie and Casey...
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Betty-Lee Ward

December 22, 2015

Betty-Lee (Marden) Ward, 88, longtime resident of Needham and Natick passed away on December 22. She was the wife of the late Ira Ward. Betty-Lee was the loving mother of Donald Ward of Marshfield, Charles Ward of Medfield and Diane Carlson of Warren, RI. She was born in Boston on August 21, 1927, the daughter of Leona and Charles Marden. Before her graduation from Marian High School in...
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Bertha Southwick Crowther

October 26, 1919 - December 20, 2015

Bertha Southwick Crowther of North Hill in Needham, Dover and Wellesley, passed away on December 20, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Gwynn Crowther, Jr. from Lutherville, MD, where they met while her father, William A. Southwick, worked for Western Electric at Breezy Point. He also worked for Bell Labs and was a Telephone Pioneer of America. Her mother, Alice Currie Southwick, was from...
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John K. "Kevin" Silk

May 6, 1938 - December 19, 2015

John K. "Kevin" Silk of Cambridge died on December 19 at Mass General Hospital surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer. He was 77. Born in Cambridge and raised in Belmont, Kevin was a longtime resident of Wellesley and Cambridge MA, proud that he overlooked Mt. Auburn Hospital, the place of his birth. Kevin attended Belmont public schools and graduated Belmont High School in 1956. ...
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Joan F. Fancey

January 21, 1941 - December 16, 2015

Joan F. Fancey, of Stoughton formerly of Dover on Dec 16, 2015. She was 74. Daughter of the late Reginald and Mildred (MacFarland) Fancey. Sister of Particia Kinder of Sarasota FL and the late Barbara Bamforth. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Her funeral service will be held on Mon Dec 28 at 11 AM in the Eaton Funeral Home 1351 Highland Ave. (Exit 19B off Rte 128) Needham...
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Nancy (Durham) Halfrey

April 18, 1940 - December 15, 2015

Nancy (Durham) Halfrey, a cherished mother and grandmother and long-time Needham resident, died peacefully Dec. 15 in Boston. She was 75. Nancy was born in Newton and raised in Newtonville. She was a 1958 graduate of Newton High School. Following high school, she worked at West Newton Cooperative Bank, where she was a secretary. She met her future husband, John, at a church social. They were...
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Rita (Keenan) Murphy

October 15, 1920 - December 14, 2015

Rita (Keenan) Murphy, of Boston and Hampton Beach, NH, entered eternal rest on December 14, 2015. She was 95. She was the beloved wife of James D. Murphy. Rita was the much loved mother of Rosemary Dominick and her husband Al of Boston, JD Murphy, Jr. and his wife Genevieve of Washington D.C., Cheryl Marocco of Lutherville, MD and Terri Dunphy and her husband Paul of Needham. Rita leaves...
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Katherine Isabel "Kitten" Basler

December 12, 2015

Katherine "Kitten" Isabel Basler, formerly of Hillside, Cape Breton, N.S., Arlington and Needham, MA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 12 in the Southeast Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in Easton, MA, at 101 years of age. Kitten is survived by her sons Kenneth and David, their wives Kate and Pat, grandchildren Amy, Adam and Colin and great grandchildren Dylan, Liam, Benicio...
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Virginia Marie (Murphy) Ridge

September 27, 1930 - December 11, 2015

Virginia Marie (Murphy) Ridge, of Needham, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2015. She was the beloved wife of John T. Ridge for 62 years. Virginia was a devoted and caring mother to Beth Ann Ridge and her husband Rob J. Buckler, John T. Ridge and his wife Winona Cason, and Stephen E. Ridge and his wife Natalie. Virginia was a dear sister to Isabel Donellon, Doris Sampson, Judy Moody and...
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Walter F. Sabroski

September 23, 1927 - December 7, 2015

Walter F. Sabroski 88, of Needham passed away peacefully on Monday, December 7th. A resident for 83 years in Needham he recently lived at Fox Hill Village in Westwood MA. Member of the Needham High class of 1946, Veteran of the USAF, and a graduate of Northeastern University where he participated in the first annual hockey Beanpot Tournament. Retired Workman Compensation Specialist from Liberty...
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Richard C. Hurley

December 4, 2015

Richard C. Hurley, of Sarasota FL and Marstons Mills, formerly of Newton died on Dec 4, 2015 with his daughter and son at his side. He was 83. Dick was born in Newton and graduated from Mt. Alvernia Academy and St. Sebastian's Country Day School. He attended NY Military Academy, Georgetown Univ. and graduated in 1954 from the Mass Maritime Academy. Dick was the president of Waterfront...
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Thomas Erwin Richter

December 4, 2015

Thomas E. Richter, longtime resident of Needham, passed away suddenly on December 4th, 2015. He was 73. Son of the late Klara Franziska "Frances" Schulz Richter, brother of the late Frank Richter, he is survived by his wife Svetlana, daughter Patricia Richter of Dedham, daughter Wendy Richter of Millbury, and granddaughter Ivy Richter of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He is also survived by 2 nieces,...
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Virginia Newins Blondell

June 15, 1922 - December 2, 2015

Virginia Newins Blondell died peacefully on December 2 with her daughters Susan and Carol by her side. She is survived by her four children, Christine Fowler and her husband William of Newport, Maine, Carl of Rangeley, Maine, Carol Tuttle and her husband Douglas of Newburyport and Susan Lindblad and her husband Timothy of Andover. She is also survived by her grandchildren Michael, Nicholas and...
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Ellen A. Minot Little

December 2, 2015

Ellen A. Minot Little, 86 of Dover, passed away 12/2/15 after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Stephen Little, her sons Stephen Jr. and his wife Patty of Walpole and Charles P. of New Hampshire; her grandsons Stephen B. Little, Mark C. Little and Harrison M. Little; sisters-in-law Lily Minot, Wendy Minot, Gray Pratt and Catherine Motley; and eighteen nieces and...
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Joan Marie Concannon

October 28, 1942 - December 1, 2015

Joan Marie Concannon, 73, longtime resident of Newtonville, MA passed away on December 1, 2015 in Weston, MA. She was born in Newton on October 29, 1942 the daughter of the late Thomas and Anne (Connolly) Concannon. Joan graduated from Newton High School in 1960, and went on to achieve degrees from State College of Boston '64 and Northeastern University. She dedicated her life to teaching and...
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Richard M. Forbes

July 30, 1943 - November 30, 2015

Richard M. Forbes of Needham and Mashpee, formerly of Newton Highlands, passed away, surrounded by his family, on Monday, November 30th at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He was 72 years old. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late William H. and Cora (Lawton) Forbes. He served his country in the United States Army and then became a Police Officer for the City of Newton for 35 years,...
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Lois H. (Adams) Riemer

April 20, 1925 - November 30, 2015

Lois H. (Adams) Riemer, of Needham, died on Monday, November 30, 2015 at her home. She was 90 years old. Lois worked for many years at the 3M Corporation in Needham as a receptionist, then at Lord and Taylor in Boston in customer service, and later at Wellesley College as a library assistant. As an ardent walker, Lois was known to many in Needham. She loved interacting with people and touching...
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James C. Bowdring

February 25, 1925 - November 29, 2015

James C. Bowdring, of Chestnut Hill passed away on November 29, 2015. Son of the late Patrick J. and Katherine (Devereaux) Bowdring, Brother of Robert J. Bowdring of Marshfield, MA., Howard P. Bowdring of Alexandria, VA, Nancy M. Bowdring of Chestnut Hill, MA., and the late C. Joseph Bowdring. He is survived by 14 nieces and nephews, 26 grand-nieces and nephews, 3 great grand-nieces and was pre...
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Ruth C. (Culgin) Roberts

May 29, 1922 - November 28, 2015

Ruth C. (Culgin) Roberts, of Needham, died on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Thomas Upham House in Medfield. She was 93 years old. Ruth worked for Canine College as a bookkeeper for many years. Of all things, her family was most important to her. Beloved wife of the late Francis R. Roberts. Loving mother of Kevin F. Roberts and his wife Joyce of Mattapoisett, Clifford R. Roberts and his...
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Se June Hong

May 15, 1944 - November 26, 2015

Se June Hong passed away on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 26, 2015, following a lengthy hospitalization for pneumonia. He was born on May 15, 1944, in Seoul, Korea, to Eo Kil Hong (father) and Oak Soon Sohn (mother). Following the onset of the Korean War on June 25, 1950, Se June's family fled Seoul to take refuge first in Pusan, and then on Jeju Island off Korea's southern coast, where he...
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James Patrick Shine

May 9, 1932 - November 26, 2015

James Patrick Shine died peacefully on November 26, with his loving wife Barbara holding his hand. He is survived by Barbara, his four children, Jim Shine of Ipswich, Mary McNulty and her husband Marc of Medway, Anne Cimini and her husband Jeff of Needham and Kathleen Shine of Jamaica Plain, and his adoring grandchildren, John, Peter, Erin, Catherine and Bryan. He is also survived by his brother...
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William E. MacRae

August 7, 1941 - November 25, 2015

William E. MacRae of Watertown, died suddenly Nov 25, 2015. Husband of the late Anne (Daly) MacRae and son of the late Wilhelm and Isabel MacRae. Father of Cheryl MacRae of Holliston MA, William MacRae and wife Beth MacRae and Mark MacRae and wife Gayle MacRae of Milford MA. Brother of Alexander MacRae and wife Sanna of Sebring FL, Malcolm MacRae and wife Eileen of Billerica MA and Howard MacRae...
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Dana H. Drew

September 4, 1948 - November 22, 2015

Dana H. Drew, 67, of Needham, died on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dana worked as a manager for the Internal Revenue Service in Maryland. He was always a caring person who liked to have a good time and could pull of a joke. Son of the late Beatrice L. (Baston) and James W. Drew. Brother of James E. Drew of Holliston. Uncle of Alex and Jeremy Drew....
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James L. Fay

February 9, 1948 - November 19, 2015

James Fay, 67, died after a lengthy illness, in Needham. He was born on February 9, 1948 and grew up in Needham with his parents Marge and Ernie Fay, and his older sister Kiki (Janice). He graduated from Needham High School with the class of 1965 and earned his BA at Villanova University. He married Sherrie Clock, literally "the girl next door." They barely knew each other during high school...
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Priscilla May Graf

November 18, 2015

Priscilla May Graf, from Framingham, originally from Newton MA passed on Nov.18, 2015. Priscilla left Gelotte's Camera to become a homemaker after the birth of her first child, which became a career X 5. Some of her early passions were painting and photography. She was a devoted Episcopalian who was an active member of her Parish. She enjoyed singing and was known for randomly bursting out in...
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William W. "Bill" Eaton

March 21, 1955 - November 17, 2015

William W. Eaton, 60, of Warwick RI, formerly of Needham, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. He was the beloved son of Nancy Lee Eaton of Pocasset and the late Richard W. Eaton, both formerly of Needham. He was the devoted husband of Katherine (LeTellier) Eaton. He leaves behind his son Christopher William Eaton and his wife Amanda of Clinton, CT,...
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Edward G. "Eddie" Wigmore

February 13, 1962 - November 15, 2015

Edward G. "Eddie" Wigmore age 53 of Newton, passed away suddenly on November 15, 2015. Devoted husband of Sonia (Yaghmourian) Wigmore. Loving son of Mary E. (Carter) Wigmore and the late James H. Wigmore of West Roxbury. Also, lovingly survived by brothers James H. Wigmore, Jr of Scituate, Charles Wigmore of N. Attleboro, and sisters Joanne Keefe of Scituate, Marie Citrone of Dedham, Elizabeth...
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Paul O'Connell

December 15, 1924 - November 14, 2015

Paul O'Connell died peacefully Friday morning, Nov. 14th, 2015. Born on Dec. 15, 1924, Paul was the last of 9 children born to Catherine and William O'Connell. He grew up in Cambridge and at age 18 joined the Army Air Corps serving as a First Lt. in WWII. He was a navigator on a B-17 bomber and, while on a mission, his plane was shot down and the entire crew was captured and sent to a POW camp...
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Roger E. Shaughnessy

December 28, 1926 - November 10, 2015

Roger E. Shaughnessy, who served on the Newton Fire Dept. for 41 years until his retirement in 1991, passed away at his home on Nov 10, 2015. He was 89. Born in Cambridge, Roger was a longtime Newton resident and graduate of Newton North High School. He had served in the US Army during WW II. He was stationed in Oak Hill, Newton Corner and retired from Newton Fire Headquarters. Roger was...
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Dorothy (Ahern) Stevens

August 14, 1924 - November 9, 2015

Dorothy (Ahern) Stevens, 91, of Needham, passed away on Monday,November 9, 2015 at Avery Manor in Needham. Dorothy was the beloved wife of the late Clyde Stevens and mother of the late Patricia Schichtel. She was the mother in law of Robert Schichtel of Needham and grandmother of Gregory Schichtel of Maryland, Christopher Schichtel of Malden and the late Jeffrey Schichtel. Dorothy was the...
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