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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

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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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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Victoria Eva (Leskowicz) Thomas

November 22, 1921 - November 20, 2016

Victoria Eva (Leskowicz) Thomas, formerly of Lexington, Massachusetts, passed away in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the Feast of Christ the King, November 20, 2016, shortly before her 95th birthday. She was predeceased by her devoted husband of 61 years, James Dustin Thomas, in 2011. Born in Wilmington, Massachusetts, to Ludwik (Louis) and Katherine Leskowicz, she graduated as a Registered Nurse...
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Edward B. Hutchins

November 16, 2016

Edward Bradlee Hutchins died November 16, 2016 at his home, after battling cancer and heart disease and succumbing to it. He leaves his former wife and best friend Jane Santos, his two sons Thomas Hutchins and Michael Hutchins, as well as his grandson Brandon Hutchins and daughter in law Sonia Polanco. Many close friends will miss him as well. Born in Needham at then Glover Hospital in 1939,...
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Pauline H. (Jenkins) Winslow

January 12, 1920 - November 14, 2016

Pauline H. (Jenkins) Winslow of Brewster and formerly of Needham passed away on November 14th at the age of 96, after living a wonderful life filled with love and family. She now joins, with great joy, her husband Richard B. Winslow (a Needham Dentist). They had known each other their whole life and had never been apart. Polly found great joy on being a mother and supporting her husband and...
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Kenneth B. Lorey

October 31, 1921 - November 13, 2016

Kenneth B. Lorey, of Needham passed away on Nov 13, 2016 at the Beth Israel Deaconess-Glover Hospital in Needham. He was 95. Born and raised in Jamaica Plain, Ken graduated for Jamaica Plain High School in 1939 and served in the U.S. Army during WWII and participated in the D-Day invasion at Normandy and received 5 Battle Stars. Following the war Ken worked for Farrington Manufacturing in...
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John H. "Jack" Gallagher, Jr.

July 20, 1932 - November 10, 2016

John H. "Jack" Gallagher, Jr. 84, of Needham, MA passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 10, 2016 after a courageous month-long battle with Leukemia. Born on July 20, 1932 in Somerville, MA, he was the son of the late John H. Gallagher and Helen (Murphy) Gallagher, and brother of the late Margarete Marcel, Judith McDonald and Dennis Gallagher. A true Bostonian, Jack was raised...
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Stephanie Hjelm

July 2, 1955 - November 9, 2016

Stephanie Hjelm passed away peacefully on November 9th surrounded by her family and the caring and loving staff at the Charles River Center in Needham, MA. Stephanie was born on July 2nd 1955 in Littleton NH and spent most of her life living with her parents in Franconia and Bath NH. After both her parents passed away in 1995, she was cared for by her Aunts Lillian Hjelm and Lois Ross for many...
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Kenneth M. Morrison

November 9, 2016

On November 9, 2016 Kenneth M. Morrison of Needham after much loving care at Avita of Needham with hospice care provided by Good Shepherd Community Care. He is survived by his devoted wife, Frances, of 51 years, his loving daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly & Timothy Lysaght of Wellesley and his adoring grand children, Coleman and Kathryn and pet, Cletus. He leaves his extended families, the...
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Mary E. (Fitzgerald) Garrity

June 30, 1927 - November 8, 2016

Mary E. (Fitzgerald) Garrity of West Roxbury passed away on Nov. 8, 2016. She was 89. Mary was raised in Dorchester and was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School for Girls. She had lived and raised her family in West Roxbury for 52 years. Mary was the beloved wife for 62 years to Francis D. Garrity and the loving mother of Mary Ellen Copson and her late husband Joseph of West Roxbury,...
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Edward V. Donovan

October 31, 2016

Edward V. Donovan, of Needham, passed away on Monday, October 31st at North Hill in Needham. He was 91 years old. Born in Dorchester and raised in West Roxbury, Ed was a son of the late John J. and Mary P. Donovan. Mr. Donovan attended Boston College but enlisted in the United States Navy before he was able to graduate. Ed met his beloved wife of 66 years, Jean M. (Connelly), at a college...
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Mary Byrd Nickerson

January 19, 1929 - October 23, 2016

Mary Byrd Nickerson, age 87, of Framingham, Massachusetts died Sunday October 23, 2016 at her home. She was born in in 1929 in Mt. Gilead, North Carolina to the late Walter Rufus Byrd and Pauline Skinner Byrd. She grew up in Maysville, North Carolina and graduated from Maysville High School in 1945 and graduated in 1949 from East Carolina Teachers College (ECTC) now East Carolina University with...
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Way Dong Woo

January 21, 1917 - October 21, 2016

Way Dong Woo died at home on October 21, 2016 after a short illness and a long and fulfillng life. He was exactly 3 months from his 100th birthday which fortuitously had been celebrated the year before as is the Chinese tradition. He was the youngest son of a Shanghai industrialist, who chose to diverge from expectations of a life managing the family industries and enjoying the family...
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Stanislaw Gustaw Schroter

May 8, 1917 - October 21, 2016

Stanislaw Gustaw Schroter, 99, of Newton Upper Falls, MA passed away peacefully on October 21, 2016 at Waban Health Center in Waban, MA surrounded by members of his family. Stan was born in Katowice, Poland on May 08, 1917, son of Edward Gustaw and Zofia (Szmidecka) Schroter. He was the beloved husband of 70 years to Maria Magdalena Jasienska-Werner. They were married in Rome, Italy on March 19,...
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JoJo David

October 18, 2016

JoJo David, 50, of Natick, MA, Campus Minister at Boston College and Music Director at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton Center, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and a few dear friends at noon on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He died as he lived, courageously and with great faith. In his early thirties, JoJo had fought a valiant...
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Daniel W. Frodyma

January 4, 1980 - October 17, 2016

Daniel W Frodyma of Norwood, born January 4th, 1980, died suddenly October 17th. He was 36years old. Born in Brocton Mass and lived most of his life in Needham. Daniel attended Needham Elementary & Middle schools. He graduated from Minuteman Science & Technical High School in Lexington in 1998, where he achieved the Certificate of Carpentry award for his skills at a craft he loved. After...
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Jo-Ann (Marks) Donald

August 5, 1933 - October 12, 2016

Jo-Ann (Marks) Donald of Needham, passed away on October 12, 2016. Beloved wife for 62 years of David R. Donald. Loving daughter of the late Katherine (Kay) S. Marks and Philip W. Marks. Devoted mother of Joy D. Nickerson of Needham, MA and Thomas P. Donald of Medfield, MA. Loving sister of Diane Marks Huff and her husband Bradbury Huff of Westborough, MA and sister of the late George Marks. Dear...
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Joseph John Sullivan

March 10, 1919 - October 11, 2016

Joseph John Sullivan, 96, of Wareham formerly of Needham passed away on Oct 11, 2016. Born in Brookline, Joe graduated from Boston College and served in the US Navy and the US Army Air Corps during WW II. For several years he operated Acme Trucking and had worked for Cullen Equipment in Boston. He later worked as an office manager for McInerney Specialty Foods. Joe was an avid golfer and had...
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Sidney George Spector

January 12, 1929 - October 11, 2016

Sidney George Spector of Needham, MA, passed away at home on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Beloved husband of Sheila (Paletz) Spector and the loving father of David Spector and the late Meredith Ann Spector. Loving grandfather of Benjamin Spector. Sidney was the son of the late Maurice Spector and Edith Meltzer Spector, and brother of the late Phyllis Spector. He is also survived by his sister-in...
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Barry R. McDonough

March 12, 1933 - October 11, 2016

Barry Richard McDonough of Needham, MA passed away peacefully on October 11, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Born in 1933 to Dr. Eugene F. McDonough, Sr. and Abigail (Barry) McDonough, he was the second of three children. Raised in West Roxbury, Barry frequently accompanied his father on his many house calls, often coming as far as Needham. Barry leaves behind his sister, Abigail ...
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Merritt E. "Mickey" Belle Isle

October 7, 2016

Merritt E. "Mickey" Belle Isle, 88, former pro ice skater, passed peacefully Oct 7th in the loving arms of his family. Born and raised in New London, CT, he was the son of the late Edmond and Nellie Mae (Dexter) Belle Isle. A US Army World War II Veteran, he was discharged from the Army in CA off the war ship the Havorford Victory as a PFC returning from Japan in 1946. Following discharge, he...
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Monica C. Farren

November 14, 1945 - October 5, 2016

Monica C. Farren, of Newton, passed away at her home on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. She was 71 years old. Monica was a graduate of Albertus Magnus College. After graduation, she began her career at John Hancock Insurance in Boston. After one year, John Hancock asked her to move to San Francisco where she lived for over 25 years and moved up to a Vice President position. She received many service...
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Robert P. Fitzgerald

March 17, 1935 - October 5, 2016

Robert P. Fitzgerald, a longtime Milton and Charlestown resident, passed away October 5, 2016 at the age of 81. He was the son of the late John Francis Fitzgerald, Jr. and Catherine (O'Hearn) Fitzgerald and the grandson of the late John F. (Honey Fitz) Fitzgerald US Congressman and Mayor of Boston. He was a loving brother of the late Reverend John F. Fitzgerald, III and the late Frederick R....
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Carolyn G. "Sis" (Driscoll) Kling

October 2, 2016

Carolyn G. "Sis" (Driscoll) Kling, a lifelong Newton resident, passed away suddenly at home on Sun Oct. 2, 2016. She was 84. Carolyn graduated from Our Lady Help of Christians High School in 1950 and attended Aquinas Jr. College. She had worked for over 15 years as a customer service manager for South Shore Savings Bank. Loved by everyone who knew her, Carolyn quietly gave herself to others,...
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Liam P. Cunningham

July 12, 1989 - September 27, 2016

Liam P. Cunningham, a lifelong Needham resident, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. He was 27 years old. Liam was a graduate of Needham High School, Class of 2007 and University Rhode Island Class of 2011. He worked as a Development Assistant at the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton. Liam was also an active participant in Needham youth sports as well as varsity football at...
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Enid M. MacGray

May 29, 1921 - September 26, 2016

Enid M. MacGray, of Needham, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Highgate Manor in Dedham. She was 95 years old. Enid was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Needham for over 80 years where she sang in the choir and served on various boards. She was also a 50- year member of the Girl Scouts of America where as a youth she played bugle in the Drum and Bugle Corp. Enid's was...
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William E. Cohick

June 23, 1922 - September 22, 2016

William E. Cohick, 94, died on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Needham MA at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital with his daughter along side. Born on June 23, 1922 in Williamsport PA, Bill was a son of Earl Cohick and Erma (Beech) Cohick, and a devoted husband for 66 years to the late Marie A. (Shoup) Cohick. He had two daughters, Barbara Babcock of Liverpool NY and Susan C. Basta of Norwood MA...
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