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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

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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Maud Howe Rheault

June 20, 1923 - November 8, 2015

Maud Howe Rheault died at home in Wellfleet, MA on November 8, 2015 at the age of 92. She was born in Mattapoisett, raised in Needham and spent 62 years living in Dover where she was active in her community and especially the Dover Church where she served as chair of the board of trustees. Mrs. Rheault always returned to her beloved home in Wellfleet and eventually created many memories leaving a...
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June A. (Bohacs) Thibeault

June 15, 1940 - November 3, 2015

June A. (Bohacs) Thibeault, of Newton Upper Falls died suddenly at her home on Nov. 3, 2015. She was 75. June was born and raised in Greenwich, CT and had attended Wellesley College. She had worked as a corporate secretary for Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett of Cambridge for many years. A resident of Newton Upper Falls for over 48 years, June was a active member of St. Joseph Parish in Needham serving...
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Suzanne "Sue" Landry

May 16, 1934 - October 29, 2015

Suzanne M. ("Sue") Landry, 81, of Marlboro and Needham died peacefully on Thursday, October 29, surrounded by her loved ones. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her but especially by her daughter, grandchildren, family and close friends. She was truly one of a kind. A lifelong resident of Marlboro, MA, Sue was the daughter of Herve J. and Isabelle C. Boule and the wife of Dr. Charles...
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Philip N. "Phil" Backstrom

April 20, 1932 - October 29, 2015

Philip N. (Phil) Backstrom died peacefully on October 29, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was 83. Dr. Backstrom was born on April 20, 1932 in East Orange, NJ. He graduated from high school in Malaca, MN in 1950. He received his undergraduate degree from Gordon college in 1954 and then attended Boston University and graduated with a PhD in History in 1958. He taught European History at...
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Ethel M Yukes

April 13, 1917 - October 28, 2015

Ethel M. Yukes, a lifelong Newton Corner resident and lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church, born in the spring 1917 left this earth peacefully Oct 28, 2015. Ethel enjoyed big band dancing with her husband, gardening, photography especially in nature, quilting and sewing. She made dozens of quilts for aids babies, made hospital gowns for OPERATION SMILE, and worked with the Newton Highland...
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Tracy Moorefield

April 21, 1957 - October 27, 2015

Tracy Moorefield, 58, of Arlington, MA died peacefully Tuesday October 27, 2015 surrounded by her children. She is predeceased by her father Jimmy D. Moorefield of Wellesley, MA. Tracy is survived by her mother Charlene Moorefield of Sarasota, FL, her son Thomas Holmes, Jr. of Memphis, TN, her daughter Lynsey Holmes and her fiancé Wilmar Coelho of Marlborough, MA; six sisters; nieces and...
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Margaret A. "Peg" (Peck) Mayer

August 30, 1920 - October 26, 2015

Margaret A. "Peg" (Peck) Mayer, of Waltham formerly of Newton, passed away on Oct 26, 2015. She was 95. Peg was born in Whitney Point, NY and raised in Warrensburg, NY and graduated from Syracuse University in 1942. She moved to Newton where she and her husband raised their family. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Newton, she was fond of traveling especially with good...
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Nancy Tynan

October 4, 1960 - October 24, 2015

Nancy Tynan of San Francisco, CA died suddenly on Oct 24, 2015. She was the daughter of Joan Cusick O'Sullivan and step daughter of John O'Sullivan of Needham. Nancy grew up in Wellesley and is a 1978 graduate of Wellesley High School and received an accounting degree from San Francisco State. A funeral mass will be celebrated for Nancy on Sat Nov 7 at 10:30 AM in St. Bartholomew Church 1180...
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George S. Lavalle

November 21, 1957 - October 23, 2015

George S. Lavalle, of Needham, died on Friday, October 23rd at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was 57 years old. Born in Cambridge, George was raised and educated in Needham and was a graduate of Needham High School. He was a longtime employee of the Town of Needham Department of Public Works Parks Division. George was a longtime member of the Village Club. He played softball...
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Travis Price Caruso

April 21, 2015 - October 21, 2015

Travis Price Caruso, born on April 21, 2015, passed away peacefully in his parents arms on Wednesday, October 21st at 7:56pm after a long, hard battle with HLHS (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) and Pulmonary Vein Stenosis. Within the six months of his life, Travis's incredible strength and bravery, despite all odds, made a lasting impact and has been a true inspiration to his family and friends....
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Francis A. "Franny" Pacione

June 22, 1936 - October 15, 2015

Francis A. Pacione, of Needham formerly of West Newton passed awayon Oct 15, 2015. He was 79. Born and raised in Newton, Franny graduated from Our Lady's High School. He served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army and had worked for more than 30 years as a sales clerk at Grossman Lumber in Wellesley. He was a longtime member of Newton Council #167 Knights of Columbus and was an avid golfer. ...
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Barbara Roth-Schechter

December 4, 1938 - October 14, 2015

Dr. Barbara Roth-Schechter, a resident of Dover for over 22 years, passed away at her home on October 14, 2015. Barbara is survived by Dr. Paul Schechter her beloved husband of 47 years, daughter Rebecca Eudaric of Needham, her husband Alain as well as by Barbara's son Chris Schechter of Dallas and his wife Bridget. Barbara was a loving grandmother to her four grandchildren, Xavier and Kiera in...
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Marcella Sorenson Kepner

March 27, 1915 - October 13, 2015

Marcella Sorenson Kepner born March 27, 1915 in Freeborn County, Minnesota, daughter of Peter C & Enola Peterson Sorenson, both of whom preceded her in death. In her early years, she was employed as a teller and bookkeeper in the State Bank of Clarks Grove, MN. After her marriage, she was employed for a time at the Newton Waltham Trust Co., Newton Ma. She married Lehman O. Kepner in 1938. They...
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Edward G. Younis, Jr.

January 4, 1935 - October 13, 2015

Edward G. Younis Jr. of Needham passed away on Oct 13, 2015. Ed was a graduate of Wentworth Institute, served in the US Army during the Korean War and was the longtime owner of Priggen Steel Co. He enjoyed ice fishing, skiing and golfing, and had climbed Tuckerman's Ravine. He was the beloved husband for 58 years of Dorothy A. (Santangelo) Younis and the loving father of Steven E. Younis and...
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Jean M. (Cefalo) Demirjian

July 18, 1940 - October 8, 2015

Jean M. (Cefalo) Demirjian, 75, a lifelong resident of Needham, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family October 8th, 2015. Jean was the beloved daughter of the late Raymond Cefalo and Loretta E. Cefalo. Survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, David Demirjian of Needham, her son David Demirjian and his wife Liddy of Needham, her daughter Lisa Saunders and her husband Scott...
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Frank Sturtevant Waterman III

December 16, 1921 - October 7, 2015

Frank Sturtevant Waterman III, former CEO and Director of J.S. Waterman & Sons, the iconic Boston-based funeral service business founded by his great-grandfather, passed away Wednesday, October 7, at the age of 93. Frank was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His first wife, Elizabeth "Freddie" Philips Waterman, was the mother of his four children whom they raised in...
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Henry M. Heald, Jr.

October 5, 2015

Henry M. Heald Jr., 84, a lifelong resident of Needham, passed away on October 5, 2015. He was the beloved son of the late Henry M. and Muriel Heald of Needham. Henry was the loving husband to the late Myrna (Perry). He leaves behind his two loving daughters, Marilyn McAllister and her husband Robert of Carver and Marcia Muir and her husband Frederick of Needham. He was a proud grandfather to...
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Richard H. Lannigan

November 8, 1932 - October 1, 2015

Richard H. Lannigan, of Norfolk, MA, formerly of Needham, MA died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on October 1, 2015. Born November 8, 1932 to Dr. George and Margaret Lannigan of North Grafton, MA. Survived by his beloved wife of fifty-seven years, Carole (Millar) Lannigan of Dundee, Scotland, son David Lannigan and wife Elaine of Norfolk, MA, and daughter Vicki Houde and...
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Evelyn Theresa (Simons) Metcalf

January 9, 1930 - October 1, 2015

METCALF, Evelyn Theresa (Simons), of Needham, on Oct. 1, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of James F. Metcalf, Sr. Devoted mother of Linda Coolen and her husband Guy, James Jr. and his wife Denise, and Susan Metcalf and her spouse Blue Lemay. Loving grandmother of Sean Wertheim and his partner Crystal, Jenna Wertheim, Lindsey Low and her husband Matt, and Kristen and...
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Leo F. Cronin

March 9, 1930 - September 29, 2015

Leo F. Cronin, 85, Mashpee, formerly of Dover, peacefully passed away on September 29, 2015 with his family at his side. He was a loving husband of 59 years to Ann "Nancy" Carr, and devoted Father of Patricia Goodwin and her husband Gregory of Harwich; Janet Mucklow and her husband Steven of Colorado Springs; James Cronin of New York City; Thomas Cronin and his wife Jennifer Shaw Cronin of...
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Edythe (Jeffrey) Warren

April 19, 1922 - September 23, 2015

Edythe (Jeffrey) Warren, of Needham, formerly of Waltham, MA and Bronxville, NY died Wednesday September 23, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Arthur Warren for 60 years. Loving mother of Virginia Fruhan and her husband William of Newton. Devoted grandmother to Matt and Greta Fruhan of Wellesley, William and Lisa Fruhan of Southborough, and Scott Fruhan of San Francisco. Doting great...
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James A. "Jim" Gaudet

January 2, 1924 - September 23, 2015

James A. "Jim" Gaudet, 91, died peacefully in Westborough on September 23, 2015. Born in New London, Connecticut to John P. and Mary (MacAulay) Gaudet, he was the youngest of their five children. Jim attended Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut, where he graduated with highest honors and was elected to Sigma Xi. He obtained a Master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute...
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Timothy Joshua Stetson

October 23, 1992 - September 20, 2015

Timothy Joshua Stetson,age 22, died of a drug overdose on Sunday, September 20, 2015, at Tufts New England Medical Center after hours of heroic work by Dr. Eric Garpestadt, Dr. Haval and their wonderful staff, including nurses Cathy, Mary, Bianca and Ellen. Tim is the beloved son of Catherine (Dover) and Robert C. Stetson of Needham, MA. He is also survived by his brother Jonathan Charles...
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John S. Casey

February 7, 1957 - September 16, 2015

John S. Casey, 58 of Clinton, MA formerly of Needham, passed away suddenly at his home on September 16, 2015. John was the loving son of Elaine J. Casey and the late John E. Casey of Needham and is survived by his adored son Scott M. Casey of Foxboro. Brother of Paul Casey and his wife Laurie of Westwood and Lynn Kelleher and her husband Bryan of Walpole Also survived by several nieces and...
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Dorothy Marie (Erickson) Carlson

September 20, 1917 - September 16, 2015

Dorothy Marie (Erickson) Carlson, 97, died Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at North Hill in Needham, four days short of her 98th birthday. She was born in Waltham on September 20, 1917, the daughter of Anders D. and Bertha M. (Whitman) Erickson. She attended Waltham High School and Simmons College in Boston, graduating with a BS in Business in 1940. As a young girl, Dorothy spent some years in...
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Ellen P. (Quinn) Hylen

September 14, 2015

Ellen P. (Quinn) Hylen, of Needham, September 14, 2015. Ellen was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire Class of 1954. She worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Boston for over 30 years, retiring as Assistant Vice President. Beloved wife of Ronald S. Hylen. A Funeral Service will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave, Needham on Saturday, September 19th at 11:00...
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Timothy J. Griffith

December 7, 1971 - September 14, 2015

Timothy Griffith, 43, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2015 with his family by his side. Tim was the son of Richard J. Griffith and the late Kathryn M. (Varley) Griffith, brother to Rick Griffith, Jennifer (Griffith) Suttill, and Peter Griffith and Uncle too many nieces and nephews. Tim graduated from Norfolk Agricultural High School in 1990. He then advanced on to college to earn his...
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Olive G. (Hatch) Marsh

August 29, 1923 - September 12, 2015

Olive G. (Hatch) Marsh, of Franklin, formerly of Wellesley, died on Saturday, September 12, 2015. She was 92 years old. Born in Westwood, Olive was the daughter of the late Walter E. and Esther E. (Anderson) Hatch. Olive was a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur W. Marsh and the loving mother of Arthur W. Marsh Jr. and his wife Joyce of...
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Marie F. (Loh) Centola

May 28, 1926 - September 10, 2015

Marie F. Centola, 89, of Needham, MA died on Thursday, September 10, 2015. A loving wife, mother and friend, she was a graduate of St. Columbkille High School in Brighton, MA. Marie was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She lovingly gave of herself every day preparing home cooked meals, keeping a happy home and making every child feel special. Predeceased by husband, Henry...
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Hazel Christine (MacKay) Trask

September 20, 1917 - September 5, 2015

Hazel Christine (MacKay) Trask, 97 of Annapolis, MD, formerly of Lexington, MA died Saturday, September 5, 2015. She was born to Murdock and Katherine MacKay on September 20, 1917. She was the beloved wife of Robert P. Trask, Jr. for 51 years before his passing in 1992. She was the loving mother of Linda, Robert III, and Diane. She was a graduate of Girls' Latin School in Boston and Boston...
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Daniel O. Corrigan

April 3, 1936 - September 2, 2015

Daniel O. Corrigan, of Newtonville, Harwich and Naples FL., passed away on Sept 2, 2015. He was 79. Born and raised in Newton, Dan graduated from Our Lady Help of Christians High School in 1955 and served in the US Army during the Korean War. He served on the Newton Fire Dept. for 32 years, retiring as a Lt. He was a longtime member of Div 14 AOH of Watertown. He was the beloved husband of the...
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Robert Ledger Ball

October 6, 1924 - September 2, 2015

Robert Ledger Ball, 90, of Needham, Massachusetts, and formerly of Wellesley, Massachusetts, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Bob was the beloved husband of his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth Perry Ball; the devoted father of his sons, Robert Perry Ball of Boston and David Bradlee Ball of Milton; the dedicated brother of the Right Reverend David S. Ball of Albany, the late George H....
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Betsy Pullen Leitch

September 1, 2015

Betsy Pullen Leitch, 81, of Newton, died peacefully on September 1, 2015 at Rogerson House in Jamaica Plain. Betsy was the daughter of Elizabeth Pullen and Dr. George W. Pullen. She grew up in Brunswick and Camden, Maine, and attended the University of Maine, Orono, earning a Bachelor of Science in economics. She was an early student enrolled in what has become the University of Maine Honors...
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Roger Carl Markhus

April 13, 1933 - August 31, 2015

Roger Carl Markhus, 82, of Newton and formerly Needham and Dover, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2015. He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Barbara Birsinger Markhus, and is survived by his children Janet and husband John Andrasko of Cumming, IA; and Kimberly and husband Ken High of Framingham, his sisters Louise Dixon of Toledo, OH, and Beulah Jean Westland of Fountain Hills, AZ; He...
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Richard Armand Bisson

February 4, 1933 - August 29, 2015

Richard A. Bisson, of Sebring FL, formerly of Needham, died August 29, 2015, at home with his loving family. Survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Alice L. (Kane) Bisson. Father of Kathleen J. Cintolo and husband Tom Hogan of Wareham, Gail E. Davis and husband Charlton of Edgewater, FL, Richard J. Bisson and wife Rosie of Mashpee, Charleen A. Bisson and husband Luke Orabona of Hudson, and the...
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Alice Barbara Mutzfeld

September 25, 1922 - August 27, 2015

Alice Barbara Mutzfeld, age 92, long time Needham resident, passed away on August 27, 2015 at Briarwood Rehab and Health Center in Needham. She was the wife of the late Harley R. Mutzfeld. She is survived by her three daughters: Karen (Robert) Kimball of Needham, Nancy Halberstadt (late Kirk) of Mesa, AZ, and Linda Houle of Marstons Mills, MA. She is also survived by 7 loving grandchildren...
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Richard Damian Harrington

January 21, 1958 - August 25, 2015

Richard Damian Harrington, 57, of Millis, MA passed away suddenly on August 25, 2015. Cherished husband of Christine M. (O'Connell) Harrington and loving, devoted father to Ben Francis, 18, Grace Emeline, 14, and Sara Elizabeth, 14. Treasured son of the late Elizabeth B. Harrington and Francis D. Harrington, Jr. and beloved brother of Pat Day (William) of Walpole, MA, Elizabeth Champagne (Edward)...
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Catherine Ann O'Neill

January 21, 1942 - August 25, 2015

Catherine Ann O'Neill, of Medfield formerly of West Roxbury and Newton died on Aug 25, 2015. She was 73. Ann was born and raised in Newton and graduated from Our Lady's High School. She attended the Chandler School in Boston, and had worked for the US Dept. of Health and Human services. Ann was the beloved daughter of the late Dennis and Catherine (Regan) O'Neill, sister of John P....
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Louise Julia (Pugliesi) Amyouny

September 5, 1924 - August 21, 2015

Amyouny, Louise Julia, (Pugliesi). September 5, 1924-August 21, 2015 It is with sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Louise on Friday, August 21, just a few weeks short of her 91st birthday. Lou Lou was at home, surrounded by love, her family, and music when she left us. Louise was the beloved wife of Robert G. Amyouny (died 2006) for 60 years. She is the...
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Rosamond C. "Rom" (O'Keefe) Waters

August 21, 2015

Rosamond C. "Rom" (O'Keefe) Waters, of Newton, on passed away on Aug 21, 2015. She was 90. Born in Brighton, Rom was a graduate of Mt. St. Joseph Academy and earned her BA in English from Emmanuel College in 1947. She taught CCD at Sacred Heart Parish in Newton Centre for several years. She was the beloved wife of the late Paul A. Waters, Jr., the loving mother of Rosamond Monahan and her...
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Colin B. Cronin

February 25, 1970 - August 17, 2015

Colin B. Cronin, of Hyannis, formerly of Newton, passed away suddenly on Monday, August 17, 2015. He was 45 years old. The son Charles B. Cronin of Hyannis and the late Connie (Silvia) Cronin, Colin grew up in Newton and attended Newton North High School. He was a former 14 year employee of FW Webb in Hyannis and loved to ride his motor cycle. In addition to his father, Colin leaves his wife...
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Sally Ellen (Sullivan) Benson

May 27, 1935 - August 17, 2015

Sally E. (Sullivan) Benson, 80, of Newton, MA, died peacefully at home on Monday, August 17, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Boston on May 27, 1935, the only daughter of Joseph R., Sr. and Esther M. (Treadwell) Sullivan, Sally grew up in Hyde Park, the youngest in a family of four. The Sullivans later moved to Arlington where Sally graduated from Arlington High School, class of...
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Mark A. Laroche

June 1, 1962 - August 17, 2015

"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." ― Oscar Wilde Mark Laroche lived. He loved. He gave. He created. He was a father, husband, brother, friend and son. But those words barely touch what he meant to his children, his wife, his friends, his family. He lived his life beautifully, happily and purposefully. It was a life that ended much too soon. And it...
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Judy A. (Joyce) Fahey

October 26, 1942 - August 16, 2015

Judy A. (Joyce) Fahey, of Naples, Florida passed away on Aug. 16, 2015 at her summer residence in North Falmouth, Massachusetts, surrounded by her family. She was 72. Born in Aurora, Illinois, Judy also lived in Chicago and suburbs (Palatine and Barrington), Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh, and Larchmont, New York. She was a graduate of St. Edwards High School in Elgin, Illinois,...
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Janet (Kornmeyer) Springfield

May 29, 1946 - August 14, 2015

Janet K. (Kornmeyer) Springfield, of Newton Centre, a retired math and science teacher at Underwood School in Newton, passed away on August 14, 2015 due to complications after pancreatic surgery. She was 69. Janet grew up in Boonville, New York, where her mother was her English teacher and her aunt was her history teacher. She received her undergraduate degree from Buffalo State University,...
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Emma Rose (DeMichele) Penney Ferguson

November 17, 1924 - August 13, 2015

Emma DeMichele Penney Ferguson, 90 Years old of Newton MA, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2015. She is survived by her beloved husband Russell Ferguson of 39 years, her son Timothy Penney and his wife Ann; her daughter Donna Belli; her granddaughters Lisa Passarini and her husband William Thomas, and Kera Pesaud and her husband Vijay; her grandsons Joseph Passarini, Christopher Penney and...
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Malcolm Douglas "Doug" MacLeod

October 10, 1938 - August 13, 2015

Malcolm Douglas MacLeod – It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Doug on Thursday, August 13, 2015 in his 76th year. Doug was the loving son of the late Mary (Holbrook) and Robert MacLeod. He was the beloved husband of Cheryl (Hanscom) MacLeod for 46 years, and father of Douglas MacLeod and his wife Anne of Taunton, Kimberly Cleary of Lakeville, Michelle...
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Camille (Moro) Maccarone

February 23, 1930 - August 10, 2015

Camille Moro Maccarone passed away on August 10th at The Stanley Tippett Hospice Home in Needham. Beloved daughter of the late Antonio Moro and Millie Testa, she was born on February 23, 1930 in Reading, PA. She leaves behind her loving husband of 62 years Albert, her son Alby Maccarone of Miami, FL and her daughter Denise Spring and her husband Michael of Norwood. She leaves behind one...
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Joan M. (Kenney) O'Hearn

November 13, 1925 - August 6, 2015

Joan M. (Kenney) O'Hearn of Newton died in her home on August 6, 2015. She was 89. Born in Brookline Joan attended Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and graduated from the University of Vermont and became a kindergarten teacher in Boston before devoting 30 years to raising her children and being active in a number of organizations. Joan was dedicated parishioner of Sacred Heart...
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Patricia R. "Pat" (Swain) Pero

August 5, 2015

Patricia "Pat" Ruth (Swain) Pero of Needham, age 62 passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on August 5, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Pat was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Lucille (Brill) Swain, her nephews Robert Swain and Michael Perry. She was the beloved wife of Gary and devoted mother to Harry, daughter in law Bonnie, Sonya and Joseph. Loving "Grammie" to...
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John F. Murphy, Jr.

November 4, 1963 - August 5, 2015

John F. Murphy, Jr. 51, of Needham passed away from complications related to his battle with esophageal cancer on August 5th 2015. Beloved husband of Anne Macrina Murphy, devoted father of Meghan, John F. III (Jake), and Shayla. Loving son of John F. Murphy Sr., and the late Michele H. Murphy, and brother of Susan and Sam Kirsch, Michele and Glenn Battle, and Pamela and Chris Morse. John is the...
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Richard J. "Rick" Vaughn

August 4, 2015

Richard J. "Rick" Vaughn of Charlestown, Mass and formerly of Needham, passed away on August 4, 2015. He was the son of the late Charles L. and Kathleen (Thayer) Vaughn of Needham. He is survived by his brothers Michael T. of Needham and Charles R. of Seaford, DE and his sister Kathleen V. Wright of Sandy Spring, MD along with eight nephews and nieces. Rick graduated from Antioch College and ...
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Edward Nowak

September 6, 1920 - August 4, 2015

Ed Nowak has been actively chasing fish since he was old enough to gather worms and bait a hook! His hobby became his livelihood when he married after the war and helped support a family of four sons and a daughter. During World War II, Nowak served as a photographer in the 21st Photo Reconnaissance Squadron assigned to General Chennault of Flying Tiger fame in China, Burma, and India. Upon...
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Eleanor C. Canavan

May 28, 1926 - August 3, 2015

Eleanor C. Canavan, formerly of Needham passed away in Natick on Aug 3, 2015. She was 89. Born in Boston, Eleanor graduated from Roslindale High in 1943. She worked for First National Bank/ Bank of Boston for 48 years and retired as a V.P. in the trust department. Eleanor enjoyed traveling around the world and was devoted to her catholic faith. She served on the board of directors of Thompson...
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Charles D. "Charlie" Davis III

November 14, 1927 - July 27, 2015

Charles D. "Charlie" Davis III passed away unexpectedly on Monday July 27th. Charlie was the son of Claire Wade Davis and Charles Davis Jr. When Charlie was 9 his mom passed away and his grandmother Emmy McVeigh Wade stepped in to raise him. He was born in Hawkinsville Georgia and resided in South Easton Ma with his wife Rosemarie (Hebshie) Rappold. He is survived by his wife Rosemarie, his...
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William Weetman "Bill" Bonneville

September 1, 1932 - July 27, 2015

William Weetman (Bill) Bonneville died in Boston, Massachusetts on July 27, 2015. He was born in 1932 to Ellen Lorraine Dickinson and William Henry Bonneville in Washington, DC. and grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Bill graduated in 1950 from Bullis School, now in Potomac, Maryland and then attended Dartmouth College under an N.R.O.T.C. scholarship, graduating in 1954 with a major in...
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Anne E. Leonard

January 5, 1939 - July 25, 2015

Anne E. Leonard, of Needham, died on Saturday, July 25, 2015. She was 76 years old. Born in Boston, Anne was the daughter of the late Frank A. and Agnes (O'Rourke) Leonard. She was a graduate of Mass College of Art. A talented multi-medium artist, Anne taught art in the Boston Public Schools for over 25 years until she retired. Anne was the mother of Matthew L. Ching and his wife Jen and...
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Jean Irene (Rose) O'Conor

April 8, 1922 - July 21, 2015

Jean Irene Rose O'Conor, 93, died peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of July 21, 2015. She was born in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, one of eight children of Margaret and C. James Rose. She attended Cornell University where she met her husband Gregory T. O'Conor. She lovingly cared for their seven children as she followed her husband's medical career around the world. In their shared life, she...
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Vivian (Downes) McIver

July 14, 1921 - July 19, 2015

Vivian (Downes) McIver, a lifelong resident of Needham, died on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Wingate at Needham. She was 94 years old. Born and raised in Needham, Vivian was the daughter of the late George and Fanny (Collishaw) Downes. She was a graduate of Needham High School Class of 1939 and Simmons College Class of 1943. Vivian was retired from the Needham Public Library where she worked for over...
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Lawrence D. "Larry" Kubilus

October 18, 1951 - July 18, 2015

Lawrence "Larry" D. Kubilus of Marco Island FL and Nantucket MA passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the age of 63 following a long illness. He was born in Orange, NJ to the late Vity and Ursula (Yarusavage) Kubilus on October 18, 1951. Larry graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair NJ and Seton Hall University, where he earned his degree in Marketing. He is survived...
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Dorothy Lorraine (Warwick) Morse

June 19, 1919 - July 14, 2015

Dorothy Lorraine Morse, resident of Dover for over 50 years, passed away on July 14, 2015, in her home, at the age of 96. Wife of the late William Ralph Morse. Dear daughter of the late Kathryn (O'Pray) and Harry Burgess Warwick of Needham. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Lorraine graduated from Girls' Latin School in Boston and Boston State Teachers College. Later she earned her Master's...
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Patty Bundy Wray

August 29, 1932 - July 12, 2015

Patty Bundy Wray of Needham, Massachusetts, peacefully passed away on Sunday, July 12. Patty was born in New York, New York, to Anita Hollister and Frederick McGeorge Bundy. A Westover School '50 and Smith College '54 graduate, Patty taught third grade at Park School in Brookline before marrying her beloved husband, David Wray. The couple, married for 60 years as of this past June, lived in...
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Katherine G. (Skelly) Welch

July 12, 2015

Katherine G. (Skelly) Welch of Westwood, died on Sunday, July 12, 2015. Katherine grew up in Jamaica Plain and was a graduate of Girls Latin and Boston University in 1951. She worked in marketing for Liberty Financial in Boston for many years. Katherine enjoyed reading, playing bridge and loved to travel. She was the loving mother of Larry Welch of Swampscott, Carolyn Shulman of Bridgewater, NH...
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William A. McCarthy, Sr.

September 28, 1932 - July 11, 2015

Of Newton and Falmouth, the Honorable William A. McCarthy died July 11, 2015, at home with his loving family. Survived by his beloved wife Laurie E. (Laughlin) McCarthy. Father of the late William A., Jr. and wife Heather C.; Kathleen M.; Peter D. and wife Jennifer M.; and Stephen J. and wife Katherine A.; all of Newton. Also survived by grandchildren William A. (Liam) III, Thomas J., Caitlyn...
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Beverly Ann Yacobian

January 27, 1931 - July 9, 2015

Yacobian, Beverly Ann (84), passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 9, 2015 in Needham, MA. She is survived by her loving husband Vaughn, with whom she shared fifty seven years of marriage. She is also survived by her daughter, Carysue and her husband Geoff Hogan of Norfolk, son Robert and his wife Dory of Needham, and daughter Lori of Santa Monica, California. Beverly's favorite times were...
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Frances (Murphy) Gorra

July 7, 2015

Frances (Murphy) Gorra , of Beverly, formerly of Needham passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Frances was known for her sharp wit and great sense of humor but she'll be remembered most, by her family and friends, for her genuine authenticity, her inquisitive nature and her remarkable spirit. She was sincerely loved and will be deeply missed by her family and dearest friends. Frances...
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Fay Carol Ostrowski

January 18, 1940 - July 7, 2015

Fay Carol Ostrowski of Needham, died on July 7th, 2015 in her 75th year. Fay was born in Wayne, Michigan in 1940 to Stella and Charles Hanula and grew up in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. She received an MBA from University of Michigan. Fay worked as an accountant. She married Henry Ostrowski in Ann Arbor Michigan. Fay is survived by her son, Stephen and his wife Amy, four grandchildren,...
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Stephen J. "Steve" O'Brien, Jr.

March 25, 1942 - July 7, 2015

Stephen J. O'Brien Jr., a lifelong Newton resident, died suddenly July 7, 2015 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton. He was 73. Following his graduation from Newton High School, Steve served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for many years as a custodian for the Newton public schools until retiring, and then worked for the Newton YMCA, He was a life member of the Newton YMCA and Chapter 23...
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Malcolm A. Stone

July 3, 2015

Malcolm A. Stone of Franklin formerly of Wellesley died on July 3, 2015 at Milford Regional Medical Center. He was 88. Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Malcolm had been a member of the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers for many years and was a Past Master of Brookline Lodge AF & AM. He was also a longtime active member of the Newton Presbyterian Church. Malcolm was the...
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Joyce Buchanan

February 17, 1944 - July 2, 2015

I am the proud daughter of Scottish Immigrants Duncan and Mary Buchanan, the youngest sibling of five children three of whom I have risen to be with, my sisters; Mary Dewolfe and her husband Paul, Jean Parry and her husband Gerald, and my older brother Scotty (Duncan) Buchanan, his wife Joanne, daughter Heather and grandchild Kimberly. I leave behind one brother retired Marine Neil Buchanan and...
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John Booth Downs, Jr.

July 2, 2015

John Booth Downs Jr. of Gilmanton NH, died on Thursday, July 2nd at the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice House in Needham. He was 93 years old. John was a World War II US Army Veteran and a recipient of both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He worked as a machinist his entire career until his retirement. John enjoyed wood carving, square dancing and was a member of the Gilmanton Community Church....
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Margaret M. "Peg" (O'Neill) Dowling

July 31, 1937 - June 30, 2015

Margaret M. "Peg" (O'Neill) Dowling, of West Newton passed away on June 30, 2015 at the Newton Wellesley Hospital. She was 77. Born in Waltham Peg was a lifelong resident of Newton. She was a graduate of Our Lady's High School and received her nursing degree from Catherine Laboure School of Nursing at Carney Hospital in Dorchester. She worked for over 20 years at Newton Wellesley Hospital and...
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Joseph F. "Joey" Kalinowski III

September 21, 1962 - June 29, 2015

Joseph "Joey" Kalinowski III, of Somerville, Alabama, formerly of Needham, passed away at his home on June 29, 2015. He was the son of the late Theresa (Turner) Kalinowski of Needham and the late Joseph Kalinowski of Needham and Grantham, NH. He leave his wife, Lynn (Johnson) Kalinowski, his sons, Joey and Jacob Carini of Foxboro, his daughter, Jessie Carini of Foxboro, his brothers, Billy and...
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James T. Curran, , l.b.s.f.

June 13, 1932 - June 28, 2015

Brother James T. Curran, ,l.b.s.f., founder of the Little Brothers of St. Francis, died on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at St. Joseph Manor in Brockton. He was 83 years old. Born and raised in Boston, Brother James was an active member of St. Leonard's Parish in the North End. He professed his Tertiary vows to the Franciscans on September 9, 1951. He attended Boston University and worked for the...
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Sylvia (Nargesian) Slayton

June 25, 2015

Sylvia (Nargesian) Slayton, of Newtonville died peacefully at her home on June 25, 2015. She was 89. A lifelong Newton resident, Sylvia graduated from Newton High School and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She was a fashion illustrator, portrait artist and designer of liturgical art. Respected for her wisdom and gracious spirit, she was an elected leader in her local...
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Clara I. (Fay) Martyniak

January 21, 1929 - June 23, 2015

Clara I. (Fay) Martyniak, of Norton, formerly of Needham and Mansfield, died on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Epoch of Norton. She was 86 years OLD. Born and raised in Albany NY, she was the daughter of the late Mildred(Terwilliger)and Ralph M. Fay. Clara loved ballroom dancing, gardening and cooking. She was a member of the Terwilliger Family Association of the Huguenot Historical Society. She...
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Nicholas J. Topalis

April 2, 1924 - June 21, 2015

Nicholas J. Topalis, of Newton died suddenly on Sunday June 21, 2015 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton. He was 91. Born in Brighton, Nick was a graduate and president of his class at BU, a WW II US Army veteran serving in the 3rd Infantry Div/US Army Intelligence in the European Theatre, was fluent in English, Greek and German and was a 32 degree Mason. He was the father of Nicolas...
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Amey (Harris) Kjellman Hart

October 5, 1930 - June 21, 2015

Amey (Harris) Kjellman Hart of Wellesley, MA, formerly of Needham, MA, age 84 died June 21 following complications from cancer. Amey is survived by her three sons, Robert Kjellman & his wife Jean Spaulding Kjellman of Westwood, MA; Jon Kjellman & his wife Pamela Douglass Kjellman of Reading, MA; Stephen Kjellman & his wife Sarah Goode Kjellman of Medfield, MA, her grandchildren, Kristen,...
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John Edward "Jack", "Papa ZZ" Hahn, Jr.

March 28, 1927 - June 18, 2015

John Edward "Jack", "Papa ZZ" Hahn Jr., of Dedham, died on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at the Stanley R. Tippett House in Needham. He was 88 years old. Born March 28, 1927 in Richmond Hill, NYC, he was the son of the late John & Anna (Chrastil) Hahn. He was the youngest of his siblings; George, Edward and Edna. Jack was raised in New York City until the age of thirteen when his father retired from...
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Karin Noreen O'Brien

July 28, 1946 - June 13, 2015

Karin Noreen O'Brien of Newton, age 68 passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones in Newton, MA on June 13, 2015. . Karin was a lifelong resident of Newton, attended Newton South High School and went on to work with the elderly as a physical therapist and aide for her full working life at Newton Healthcare. She was an avid birder and animal lover who adopted many a stray. Karin was...
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Robert D. Brown

April 30, 1923 - June 13, 2015

Robert D. Brown of Needham, MA, formerly of Weston, MA passed away at home after a brief illness on June 13, 2015. He was 92. Bob lived a full life, balancing his love for his family, a commitment to the communities he lived in, and a passion for bringing together the interests of government, business and citizens to turn idealistic plans into innovative realities. Bob is survived by his wife...
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Philip D. Culgin

July 21, 1929 - June 5, 2015

Philip D. Culgin, "Pappy", of Norfolk, formally of Needham, died peacefully on June 5th, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Newton, Philip was raised in Brighton. He served in the Army aboard the USS Comfort. Mr. Culgin retired from TRW/United Carr Company after 40 years as customer service manager. In his retirement he worked at the Needham Golf Club. Phil enjoyed winters in Florida,...
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Walter Dewey Kelly, Jr.

October 20, 1919 - June 4, 2015

Walter Dewey Kelly Jr., 95, of North Hill Needham, formerly of Wellesley, died Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital following a brief illness. Son of Mary and Walter D. Kelly, Sr. of Norwich, Connecticut, Mr. Kelly graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in 1936 and received a BS in Chemistry from Brown University in 1943. He met the late Jean Whitehead Kelly in college,...
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Peter Kevin McHugh

June 3, 2015

Peter Kevin McHugh, 89, of West Newton, MA, recently of Peachtree City, GA passed away Tues Nov 4, 2014. Peter was a graduate of Boston College Class of 1945 and was the owner of C. A. Weir Insurance Company and Carley Realty in Newton. He is survived by his daughters Kellie-Anne McHugh and Alison (Robert Garcia) McHugh; sons Peter (Valerie) McHugh, Jr. and Brian (Julie Ann) Cove; 10...
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Carole A. (McAllister) Muldoon

August 25, 1965 - June 2, 2015

Carole A. (McAllister) Muldoon of Needham, unexpectedly passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015. She was 49. Carole was the daughter of Marilyn and the late William (Bill) McAllister of Needham. She was born in Needham, where she lived for most of her life. Carole was employed as a home health aid. She was extremely passionate about her work and felt deeply for everyone she ever had the pleasure of...
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Mary Bramante

February 27, 1923 - June 1, 2015

Mary Bramante of Boston, died on Monday, June 1, 2015. She was 92 years old. . Mary grew up in Somerville and was a graduate of Revere High School Class of 1941. She worked as a Computer Tape Librarian for Jordan Marsh in Newton for many years. She was a former bookkeeper at Jim's Luncheon in South Boston. A Boston resident for over 29 years, Mary enjoyed, movies, spending time with and dining...
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William M. Leblanc

October 17, 1976 - May 30, 2015

William M Leblanc 38 of Needham, MA unexpectedly left us on May 30, 2015 of a ruptured brain aneurysm. He was a resident of Needham for most of his life expect for short stays in CA, CT and VT. At a very young age of 3 he discovered the joy of learning which became the driving force which helped form the man he became and lasted through his life. William went to school in Needham from K-12...
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Ann Marie (DiBona) Cellucci

November 1, 1938 - May 30, 2015

Ann Marie Cellucci, age 76, beloved wife of Anthony Cellucci, Jr. of Needham died at her home on Saturday, May 30th, with her loving family by her side. Born in Montpelier, Vermont on November 1st, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Loreto and Ida (Socci) DiBona. Mrs. Cellucci was a resident of Needham for over 50 years and had worked as a clerk at the Quincy Shipyard and then as a sales...
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Patricia Anne (Osgood) "Patty" Goodwin

November 6, 1925 - May 24, 2015

Patricia Anne "Patty" (Osgood) Goodwin, of Londonderry NH, formerly of Needham, died peacefully after a short illness on May 24, 2015 at the Greenbriar Terrace Healthcare Facility in Nashua NH. She was born to Ernest H. Osgood and Katherine H. Arnold on November 6, 1925 in West Roxbury, MA and later they moved to Needham, MA where she grew up. She graduated Needham High School and attended...
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Lorraine (Ricciardelli) "Lolly" Manning

September 27, 1929 - May 22, 2015

Lorraine "Lolly" (Ricciardelli) Manning, a lifelong resident of Needham, died on Friday, May 22, 2015 at her home. She was 85 years old. Born and raised in Needham, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Mary Ricciardelli. Lolly was a former employee of the William Carter Company. She was an avid card player. She was a great lover of dogs, especially her dogs, Teddy and Barney. Beloved...
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Bruce Alan Tippett

April 9, 1941 - May 20, 2015

Bruce Alan Tippett, 74, of Needham, lost his battle to cancer on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. He died peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. Bruce is survived by his wife Nadir of 25 years, 2 daughters, 2 sons, 3 loving grandchildren and extended family. Bruce was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. He loved to swim, read, watch sports and dance. He loved a good conversation...
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Claire Elaine (Monaco) Reulbach

March 21, 1923 - May 17, 2015

Claire Elaine (Monaco) Reulbach, 92, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on May 17, 2015 at her home in Needham, Massachusetts. Claire was born in Yonkers, New York, on March 21, 1923 to Adelina and Henry Monaco. Claire graduated from St. Barnabas High School in the Bronx, NY, and Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY, where she earned a degree in Nutritional Sciences. Claire became a...
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Dorothy Jean (Owen) Chambers

July 1, 1925 - May 15, 2015

Dorothy Jean (Owen) Chambers, 89, passed away peacefully on May 15th, 2015. Dorothy was born in Rochester New York on July 1st, 1925 to Clarence and Alice Owen. She was a longtime resident of Wrentham Massachusetts, formerly of Needham Massachusetts and Rochester New York. Dorothy was the devoted wife of the late Arthur Alvon Chambers. Dorothy is survived by her two sisters, Clair Ohlwiler of...
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