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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

Paula Triffo Agrusa

February 7, 2016

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

February 18, 1933 - February 6, 2016

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

February 3, 2016

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

January 23, 1930 - February 3, 2016

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

December 12, 1951 - February 3, 2016

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

March 21, 1966 - February 2, 2016

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

February 14, 1940 - February 1, 2016

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

January 19, 1919 - February 1, 2016

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

May 11, 1944 - January 26, 2016

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

August 17, 1937 - January 25, 2016

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

November 13, 1925 - January 20, 2016

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

February 15, 1948 - January 20, 2016

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

January 14, 1964 - January 18, 2016

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

January 3, 1923 - January 16, 2016

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

January 15, 2016

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

April 5, 1914 - January 15, 2016

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

January 15, 2016

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

January 13, 2016

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

September 22, 1918 - January 9, 2016

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

October 17, 1939 - January 8, 2016

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

September 7, 1954 - January 7, 2016

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

May 16, 1942 - January 3, 2016

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

May 11, 1944 - January 2, 2016

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

September 5, 1943 - December 31, 2015

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

December 30, 2015

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

February 28, 1930 - December 29, 2015

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

December 27, 2015

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

August 12, 1953 - December 25, 2015

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

February 8, 1936 - December 23, 2015

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

June 26, 1940 - December 23, 2015

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

December 22, 2015

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

October 26, 1919 - December 20, 2015

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

May 6, 1938 - December 19, 2015

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

January 21, 1941 - December 16, 2015

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

April 18, 1940 - December 15, 2015

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

October 15, 1920 - December 14, 2015

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

December 12, 2015

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

September 27, 1930 - December 11, 2015

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

September 23, 1927 - December 7, 2015

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

December 4, 2015

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

December 4, 2015

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

June 15, 1922 - December 2, 2015

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

December 2, 2015

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

October 28, 1942 - December 1, 2015

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

July 30, 1943 - November 30, 2015

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

April 20, 1925 - November 30, 2015

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

February 25, 1925 - November 29, 2015

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

May 29, 1922 - November 28, 2015

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

May 15, 1944 - November 26, 2015

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

May 9, 1932 - November 26, 2015

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

August 7, 1941 - November 25, 2015

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

September 4, 1948 - November 22, 2015

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

February 9, 1948 - November 19, 2015

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

November 18, 2015

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

March 21, 1955 - November 17, 2015

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

February 13, 1962 - November 15, 2015

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

December 15, 1924 - November 14, 2015

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

December 28, 1926 - November 10, 2015

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

August 14, 1924 - November 9, 2015

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