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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

Stuart Winchester Mackiernan

March 23, 2017

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

January 20, 1936 - March 22, 2017

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

October 24, 1929 - March 22, 2017

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

March 20, 2017

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

March 19, 2017

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

March 18, 2017

Basil C. Fine, MD, PhD, 82, of Newton, formally of Johannesburg, South Africa, died on March 18, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Calliope Fine. Devoted father of Catherine Fine, Adam Fine and his wife, Colleen. Devoted grandfather of Julia, Jacob, Matthew, and Anna. Son of the late Hilda and Hymie Fine. Brother of David Fine and his wife Rutie, and Miriam Lazarus. Also survived my...
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Lucille E. (Roklan) Burokas

March 17, 2017

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

March 18, 1955 - March 16, 2017

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

October 1, 1927 - March 14, 2017

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

March 14, 2017

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

January 3, 1930 - March 13, 2017

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

March 9, 2017

Anne E. (Shaw) Bradleyof Newton on Mar 9, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Lawrence G. Bradley and loving mother of Catherine Ann Bradley of West Roxbury, Mary Teresa McCadden of Waterboro ME and Margaret Estelle Bradley of Boxborough. Dear grandmother of Douglas John McCadden and Teresa Claire McCadden. Sister of the late David Shaw. Lifelong best friend of Helen Kisiel. Her Mass of Christian...
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Leonard A. Duffy

April 15, 1925 - March 6, 2017

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

March 5, 2017

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

March 5, 2017

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

August 22, 1918 - March 1, 2017

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

November 19, 1929 - March 1, 2017

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

March 3, 1931 - March 1, 2017

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

March 1, 2017

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

March 1, 2017

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

February 25, 2017

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

February 24, 2017

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

January 8, 1921 - February 24, 2017

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

September 29, 1941 - February 24, 2017

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

July 29, 1922 - February 20, 2017

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

February 15, 1931 - February 18, 2017

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

May 5, 1925 - February 17, 2017

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

August 16, 1954 - February 17, 2017

Richard Severini, of Cambridge, passed away on Friday evening, February 17, 2017. He was 62 years old Richard was the President of Severini Associates for 26 years. He enjoyed swimming in the ocean, playing basketball, riding his motorcycle, fishing for striped bass and cooking. Richard had the gift of gab, he loved to joke around, amuse people he came into contact with and dreamed to some day...
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M. Eva (LeBlanc) Walsh

February 7, 2017

M. Eva (LeBlanc) Walsh, of Newton Centre passed away on February 7, 2017 at the Newton Wellesley Hospital. She was 90. Eva was born in Boston and had lived in Newton for over 20 years. She was a manager in the credit union at the Arthur D. Little Co. She was the wife of the late Robert R. Walsh, the loving mother of Linda M. Walsh of Newton Centre and Robert R. Walsh of Nashua NH and...
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Barbara Mary Brett White

August 14, 1930 - February 6, 2017

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

February 5, 2017

Haim Goldberg of Cambridge, Massachusetts passed away on February 5, 2017, in Sarasota, Florida, of complications associated with Parkinson's Disease. Mr. Goldberg was born in 1939 in Montreal, the devoted son of Eastern European immigrants, Abraham Goldberg and Gitel Cohen. Growing up as a first generation Yiddish-speaking North American in Montreal, Mr. Goldberg was quickly recognized as an...
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Mary (Shaughnessy) Benvie

November 19, 1955 - February 5, 2017

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

November 19, 1933 - February 3, 2017

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

February 2, 2017

Jane E. Beighley, 88, passed away on February 2, 2017, in Needham, MA. She is predeceased by her late husband, Carl Beighley, who passed away in 1957. A private graveside burial service will be held at the Newton Cemetery, on Monday, February 6, with her family in attendance, per her wishes. Jane graduated from Newton High School and became an expert medical transcriber focusing on general...
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Nina Marie (McKee) Sullivan

July 25, 1928 - January 30, 2017

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

July 8, 1925 - January 30, 2017

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

August 29, 1921 - January 26, 2017

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

November 7, 1933 - January 26, 2017

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

December 16, 1956 - January 25, 2017

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

April 22, 1924 - January 25, 2017

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

January 25, 2017

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

January 20, 2017

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

April 28, 1933 - January 19, 2017

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

February 25, 1927 - January 17, 2017

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

November 30, 1921 - January 16, 2017

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

May 3, 1955 - January 15, 2017

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

March 24, 1937 - January 14, 2017

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

September 29, 1944 - January 14, 2017

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

May 29, 1965 - January 11, 2017

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

January 10, 2017

Phyllis E. (Kendig) Caruso of Waltham, formerly of Newton, passed away on Jan. 10, 2017 at Newton Wellesley Hospital. She was 81. Phyllis was a graduate of Newton High School and had worked as a travel agent at Arriva Travel in Newton Corner. She was an avid reader and fan of all Boston sports teams. She loved her family and spending time with her granddaughters, knitting, poetry, music,...
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Linda Cornick

November 3, 1962 - January 8, 2017

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

December 27, 1929 - January 8, 2017

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

February 23, 1951 - January 7, 2017

Mary E. "Meg" (Gaughan) Westlund of Waltham passed away at her home on on Jan 7, 2017. She was the wife of the late Stephen W. Westlund, and the loving mother of Molly Kip Westlund and her husband Jeremey Brussell of CA. Daughter Francesca Gaughan and the late John Gaughan, and sister of Barbara Gaughan, Patty Ford, Tom Gaughan and the late Paul Gaughan. Relatives and friends are invited to a...
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Mary E. "Meg" (Gaughan) Westlund

January 7, 2017

Westlund Mary E. "Meg" (Gaughan) of Waltham on Jan 7, 2017. Wife of the late Stephen W. Westlund. Loving mother of Molly Kip Westlund and her husband Jeremey Brussell of CA. Daughter Francesca Gaughan and the late John Gaughan, and sister of Barbara Gaughan, Patty Ford, Tom Gaughan and the late Paul Gaughan. A gathering to celebrate Meg's life will be held on Sat Feb 18 at a time and place to be...
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William L. Mather

May 6, 1933 - January 5, 2017

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

April 28, 1955 - January 2, 2017

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

June 30, 1935 - January 1, 2017

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

November 29, 1919 - December 31, 2016

S. Susan (Jablonsky) Wallace, of Needham formerly of So. Chatham died on Dec 31, 2016. She was 97. She was born in Boston and served during WW II as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy. She was a plotter at Hunters Point in San Francisco. Following the war she worked as a pension accountant for the Comm of Mass. She enjoyed knitting, sewing and travelling and had volunteered as a reader for Boston College...
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John J. McQuillan

December 28, 2016

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

December 19, 1956 - December 25, 2016

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

December 25, 2016

Anne S. "Nancy" Concannon, 85, longtime resident of Newtonville, MA passed away on December 25, 2016 in Weston, MA. She was born in Newton on July 1,1931 the daughter of Thomas and Anne (Connolly) Concannon. She graduated from Newton High School in 1949, and went on to achieve degrees from Framingham State University, 1953, with additional degrees from Boston University and Simmons College. ...
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James H. Shaud

November 24, 1939 - December 23, 2016

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

December 23, 2016

Arthur Edwin Harrison was born in Liverpool, England. He served in the British Army and played for the British Army Football Club before immigrating to the United States in 1957 with his beloved wife of 62 years Susan Wilson Harrison of Newton, MA. Arthur is also survived by his loving son Roy Harrison and daughter-in-law Carla Catalano Harrison, and his grandchildren Camden Armando Harrison,...
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John J. "Jackie" Murphy

December 22, 2016

John Joseph "Jackie" Murphy, died on December 22, 2016 at the Waban Health Center. A lifelong Newton resident, Jackie was a graduate of Newton High, Michigan State University and a US Army veteran. Son of the late Raphael L. and Barbara (Norton) Murphy. Brother of Barbara M. Osborne of MD, Edward G. Murphy of VA, and the late Raphael L., Eileen Madden, Harold N., Joan Rousseau and Eleanor O...
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Robert Homer Madden

October 9, 1938 - December 22, 2016

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

December 21, 2016

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

February 27, 1929 - December 20, 2016

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

January 13, 1927 - December 19, 2016

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

December 18, 2016

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

December 17, 2016

Dorothy B. (Piecewicz) Womboldt, passed away on Dec 17, 2016, at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham. She was 92. Dorothy was born in Salem and had worked for over 20 years in the Marsha Jordan Teen department at Jordan Marsh. She had lived Natick for many years and also over 30 years in Deltona FL. She was a member of the New England Club of Deltona FL. She enjoyed music and loved to knit and...
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Thomas F. Galvin

December 17, 2016

Thomas F. Galvin, of Brighton, passed away at his home on Dec 17, 2016, in his 100th year. Tom was born in Yonkers, NY and had been a Brighton resident for over 70 years. He was a carman for the MBTA for over 30 years and served in the US Army during WW II. Tom was the beloved husband of the late Mary E. (McDermott) Galvin and the loving father of William F. (Eileen) of Brighton, John M. ...
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Louise M. (Ficcardi) Whitehead

September 5, 1922 - December 16, 2016

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

January 14, 1926 - December 16, 2016

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

December 15, 2016

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

December 15, 2016

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

December 15, 2016

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

December 15, 2016

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

December 14, 2016

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

December 1, 1939 - December 14, 2016

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

November 30, 1932 - December 12, 2016

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

October 24, 1936 - December 11, 2016

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

April 18, 1919 - December 11, 2016

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

December 10, 2016

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

March 27, 1962 - December 9, 2016

Eileen M. Currier, 54, of Roslindale, passed away on Friday, December 9th after a brief illness. Loving daughter of Marion (Phillips) Currier and the late Emery W. Currier. Dear sister of Diane L. Currier and her husband William Mayer of Newton, David E. Currier of Portland ME and Laura A. Currier and her husband Hiro Ichikawa of Beacon NY. Devoted aunt of Liam and his wife Vanessa, David,...
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Robert B. Harriman

September 20, 1955 - December 5, 2016

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

December 26, 1933 - December 4, 2016

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

December 4, 2016

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

November 21, 1932 - December 3, 2016

Richard Lewis Beard, of Newton, after a long illness, died Sat. Dec 3, leaving his beloved wife for sixty years, Carol, and sons Robert (predeceased) Forrest and Lincoln. The son of Lewis and Cora Beard of Clearfield, PA, he leaves his sister, Ruth Shear of KY, four brothers and their wives, John and Doreen, George and Muriel, of PA, Arthur and Alta of MO, Daniel and Barbara of SC. His oldest...
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James Stuart McConathy

February 13, 1945 - December 2, 2016

James Stuart McConathy, of Newton Highlands passed away on Dec 2, 2016. He was 71. Jim was raised in Newton and graduated from Sacred Heart elementary school and Catholic Memorial High School and attended the Butera School of Art in Boston. He had worked for the Boston Opera Group as a set designer. Throughout his life, Jim participated in activities and benefited from the services of Elliot...
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Frank Ficcardi

July 1, 1929 - December 1, 2016

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

August 20, 1937 - November 30, 2016

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

August 13, 1937 - November 30, 2016

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

November 28, 2016

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

December 14, 2011 - November 28, 2016

Alexander Cole Lam -Plattes, of Newton Highlands, age 4 died suddenly Nov 28, 2016 Alex was the beloved son of Sasha Lam-Plattes and Denise Donovan and brother of Luke Lam-Plattes all of Newton Highlands and grandson of Carol Davis of Norwich, CT and Michael W. Donovan of Lake Park FL and Peter Plattes and Diana Lam of Milton. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. A Mass of...
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Donna L. (Barisano) Greymont

May 5, 1963 - November 27, 2016

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

November 26, 2016

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

July 31, 1934 - November 25, 2016

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

April 3, 1961 - November 24, 2016

Daniel Owen Corrigan, Jr., "Dan" of Newtonville, suddenly on November 24, 2016 at Newton Wellesley Hospital. He was 55 years old. Born on April 3, 1961, he was the devoted son of the late Daniel and Marilyn Corrigan. Dan is survived by his wife, Teresa A. (O'Brien) of Newtonville, and sons James and Brendan; his sister and brother-in-law Dianne (Corrigan) Bastarache and Laurie Joseph Bastarache...
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Daniel O. Corrigan, Jr.

April 3, 2016 - November 24, 2016

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

August 9, 1932 - November 23, 2016

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