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Gately Funeral Home

John W. Gately, the fourth generation of Gately Funeral Home, received his funeral director's license in 1984 and ran the business with his grandmother Mary J. Gately and mother Elinor T. Gately. John W. Gately married Lorraine (McCarthy) Gately and they have two children: John Henry Gately (5th generation) and Melissa G. Gately. Elinor T. Gately and John W. Gately worked side by side for 15 years. John W., Lorraine M., John H. and Melissa G. Gately will continue the legacy of the Gately Family and Gately Funeral Service Inc.

We have very modern facilities at Gately Funeral Home. The building went through an entire renovation in 1994-1995 with additions, handicap accessibility, handicap bathrooms, and a beautiful entrance way with a lower and upper lobby.

Our facilities consist of two viewing rooms to accommodate all types of funerals from very large crowds as well as an intimate viewing room with a fireplace for private funerals and smaller families that are not expecting a lot of people to attend. The decor is exquisite, with very bright and soft colors, beautiful tile bathrooms and entrance ways and centrally located in the heart of downtown Melrose. Our spacious entrance way allows people to enter the building, get out of the elements, hang up their coats and use the restrooms before paying their respects to the family.


Our Obituaries

Thomas J. Hanrahan

October 6, 1930 - September 24, 2017

Thomas J. Hanrahan, of Melrose, died on Sept. 24, 2017 at the age of 86. Tom was born in Kilkenny & raised in Limerick, Ireland. He was a graduate of the Model School, where all of his classes were in gaelic and went on to earn his degree from the Cresent College, both in Limerick City. Tom worked for the Limerick Gas Company before coming to the United States at the age of 23 and resided in...
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Philip P. McGonagle

August 5, 1924 - September 23, 2017

Philip P. McGonagle, Retired Malden Firefighter, of N. Berwick, ME, formerly of Malden, died at his home on Sept. 23, 2017 at the age of 93. Phil was born in Malden, raised in Medford and a graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1942. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. After returning from WWII, Phil went on to graduate from Mass. General Hospital School of Radiology. He...
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Florence J. (Belmonte) Eriksen

June 16, 1933 - September 20, 2017

Florence J. (Belmonte) Eriksen, of Melrose, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Sept. 20, 2017 at the age of 84. Florence was born in Boston, raised in Everett and a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1951. She resided in Melrose since 1963 and was a founding member of the Church of the Incarnation in Melrose. Florence worked as a Secretary for John Hancock Insurance Company in...
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Delia M. (Morris) O'Malley

February 4, 1932 - September 18, 2017

Delia M. (Morris) O'Malley, of Melrose, died peacefully on September 18, 2017 at the age of 85. Delia was born on February 4, 1932 in Eden Knock, Co. Mayo, Ireland to Frank & Nora (Costello) Morris. She was raised in Ireland and came to the United States in 1950. Delia spent some years in Rhode Island & Medford, before settling in Melrose in 1956 to raise her family with her husband David. Delia...
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Frances Y. "Fran" Scalisi

August 29, 1937 - September 16, 2017

Frances Y. (McCabe) Scalisi, of Wakefield, passed away peacefully at the Genesis Healthcare at Wakefield Center in Wakefield on Sept. 16, 2017 at the age of 80. Fran was born in Newton, raised in Arlington & Reading and a graduate of Reading High School, Class of 1955. She drove cross country twice and resided in Carmel, CA for 10 years and Melrose for over 20 years. Frannie was the owner of...
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Ret. Lt. James Adams "Cowboy" Fowlie, Sr. Ph.D

February 25, 1946 - September 16, 2017

Retired Lt. James Adams "Cowboy" Fowlie Sr. PhD died suddenly on September 16, 2017, age 71. A lifelong resident of Melrose, Jim was a graduate of MHS class of 63', Salem State College class of 75' with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education, Anna Maria College class of 83' with a degree of Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, and Columbia Pacific University Class of 89' with a degree of...
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Constantine G."Dino" Charos

March 5, 1927 - September 4, 2017

Constantine G. "Dino" Charos, of Melrose, died at the Genesis at Wakefield Center on Sept. 4, 2017 at the age of 90. Dino was born & raised in Roxbury and a graduate of Roxbury schools. He served his country as a Fireman First Class during WWII, serving in the Merchant Marines, U.S. Coast Guard and on 4 different vessels in the U.S. Navy. Dino resided in Melrose since 1950 and worked as a Labor...
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Patricia A. "Pat" Anastasi

May 23, 1925 - September 2, 2017

Patricia A. (King) Anastasi, of Melrose, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Sept. 2, 2017 at the age of 92. Patricia was born & raised in Danvers and a graduate of Danvers High School, Class of 1942. She resided in Danvers until 1947 and Melrose since 1952. Pat was a devout catholic and member of the Church of the Incarnation in Melrose for many years. She enjoyed playing bingo at the...
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John "Jack" Lynch, Jr.

August 27, 2017

John (Jack) Joseph Lynch, 82 of Tucson, previously of Melrose MA and Newington CT, died peacefully on Sunday surrounded by close family and friends. He leaves his cherished and loving wife Rose (Bernie) Bernadine Lynch, and his 6 children behind. He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Barbara Lynch, of Melrose. He also leaves behind a large and close extended family, mostly of New England....
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Emily T. (Heavey) Hanrahan

June 18, 1926 - August 27, 2017

Emily T. (Heavey) Hanrahan, of Melrose, died peacefully on August 27, 2017 at the age of 91. She was born in Sligo, Ireland on June 18, 1926 to Thomas & Maude (O'Neil) Heavey. She was raised in Ireland and attended college in Dublin where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Emily immigrated to the United States in 1954 where she would later meet her husband Thomas J. Hanrahan. They were...
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Doris M. (O'Connor) McAvoy

May 6, 1929 - August 26, 2017

Doris M. (O'Connor) McAvoy, of Melrose, died peacefully on August 26th, 2017 at the age of 88. Doris was born in Chelsea, MA on May 6, 1929 to James & Mary Alice (Flynn) O'Connor. She was raised in East Boston & Winthrop, and graduated from Fitten High School. Doris went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree from Mt. St. Mary's College. She worked as a Lab Technician at Boston City Hospital prior to...
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Mary Frances (Dolaher) Kelley

February 24, 1932 - August 19, 2017

Mary Frances (Dolaher) Kelley, 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Mary was born in Melrose on February 24, 1932 to the late Joseph & Helena (O'Connell) Dolaher and was a lifelong resident. She was a graduate of St. Mary's Grammar School and St. Mary's High School. In 1956, Mary married William J. Kelley, also of Melrose. They recently celebrated sixty-one years of marriage....
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James Robert Staffier

April 23, 1968 - August 18, 2017

James Robert Staffier, 49, of East Falmouth, formerly of Medford, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on August 18, 2017. Jim enjoyed boating around the waters of Cape Cod and a fun filled day on Washburn Island with family and friends. He especially enjoyed spending time with his daughter Dakota, the love of his life. Other interests include skiing, which he was an EISL Champion, Hockey,...
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Daniel J. Ledoux

April 18, 1957 - August 14, 2017

Daniel J. Ledoux, of Melrose, died unexpectedly on August 14, 2017 at the age of 60. Dan was born in Tripoli, Libya on April 18, 1957, was raised in Melrose, and attended the Lincoln Elementary School and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1975. He went on to attend Salem State College, University of Hawaii, Oregon State University, Bunker Hill Community College and Woods Hole...
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Leo F. Greene III

March 31, 1953 - August 11, 2017

Leo F. Greene, III, of Melrose, died unexpectedly on August 11, 2017 at the age of 64. Leo was born & raised in Melrose and a graduate of Malden Catholic High School, Class of 1971. He went on to receive his degree from the University of New England in Maine, Class of 1976. Leo was a lifelong Melrose resident and worked as a Market Research Associate for Fieldworks Boston in Waltham for many...
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Shawn P. Demenkow

June 12, 1970 - August 8, 2017

Master Sergeant Shawn P. Demenkow, USMC, Retired, (47) passed away at home in Maysville, NC, on August 8th. Shawn was born on June 12, 1970 and grew up in Wakefield, MA. He was a beloved son to his mother, Barbara (Dickenson) Hallstrom and her husband, Robert Hallstrom of Sebago, ME; his father, Paul Demenkow and his wife, Frances (Ahern) Demenkow of North Reading, MA. He was the cherished...
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Rita M. (Maiani) Gaglione

December 28, 1926 - August 8, 2017

Rita M. (Maiani) Gaglione passed away at the Life Care Center in Stoneham, on August 8, 2017 at the age of 90. She was born in Revere on December 28, 1926 to the late Louis & Laura (Giggi) Maiani. Rita was raised in Revere and graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1943. Mrs. Gaglione was a homemaker who lived in Everett until 1959, Chelsea until 2005 and in Melrose since 2005. She was a...
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Marjorie M. (Hall) Santo

June 7, 1934 - August 8, 2017

Marjorie M. (Hall) Santo, of Melrose, died on August 8, 2017 at the age of 83. Margie grew up as the youngest of four children. She had many interests in school including, cheerleading, drama, majorette, and playing the guitar. Margie liked Bob since she was a young girl. She used to say that she chased him until she caught him. Margie was a stay at home mother who raised four children, two boys...
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Marie T. (Dinarello) MacInnes

October 10, 1938 - August 8, 2017

Marie T. (Dinarello) MacInnes, formerly of Melrose, died August 8, 2017 at the age of 78. Marie was born in Winthrop on October 10, 1938 to Joseph & Rena (Martinoli) Dinarello and was graduated from Melrose High School in 1956. Marie worked as an accountant for Polaroid in Waltham for over thirty years. She always enjoyed traveling, making trips to Italy, Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada. Marie was...
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Joseph "Joey" Crowley

July 24, 1962 - August 8, 2017

Joseph "Joey" Crowley, of Melrose, died at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington on August 8, 2017 at the age of 55. Joey was born & raised in Melrose and attended Melrose schools. He was a lifelong Melrose resident and worked as a Janitor for Crystal Warehouse Corp. in Wakefield for many years. Joey enjoyed playing softball & basketball in Melrose for the Special Olympics and playing...
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Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Kiley) Cerretani

October 9, 1936 - August 6, 2017

Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Cerretani (Kiley), 80, of Melrose passed away peacefully at The Bridges by Epoch in Mashpee on Sunday, August 6th. Betty was born in Melrose on October, 9, 1,936, the daughter of the late Stephen C. Kiley and Ann Cecelia Kiley [Carey). She was raised in Melrose on the Kiley Farm with many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. Betty was a graduate of St. Mary's High School,...
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Kathleen A. (Flynn) Martin

April 28, 1925 - August 3, 2017

Kathleen A. (Flynn) Martin, of Stoneham, formerly of Melrose, died peacefully on August 3, 2017 at the age of 92. Kathleen was born in Melrose on April 28, 1925 to Nicholas & Katherine (Healey) Flynn. She was raised in Melrose and graduated from St. Mary's Grammar & High Schools. Kathleen married her late husband, Earl Martin, and moved to Stoneham where they raised their daughter. Kathleen &...
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Ellen D. (Gray) Will

November 16, 1943 - July 30, 2017

Ellen D. (Gray) Will, of Melrose, died at her home on July 30, 2017 at the age of 73. Ellen was born in Plymouth, NH, raised in Lincoln, NH and a graduate of Cambridge Rindge & Latin in Cambridge. She resided in Concord for several years and Somerville & Melrose for many years. Ellen worked for Roger's Foam Factory in Somerville for several years and the Highland Café in Malden for many years....
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Ellen L. (Bransfield-McLaughlin) Bisson

October 16, 1937 - July 27, 2017

Ellen L. (Bransfield-McLaughlin) Bisson passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on July 27, 2017 at the age of 79. She was born in Boston on October 16, 1937, she was raised in Dorchester, graduated from St. Patrick Grammar School, St. Matthew High School and received her certificate as a health care professional. Ellen lived in Dorchester for many years, Salem for over 25 years and the past 20...
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Mia Rodriguez

February 17, 1976 - July 25, 2017

Miassoti Rodriguez, 41, died on July 25, with her loving family beside her in Melrose, Mass. She was a beloved Mother, Daughter, Sister and Friend to many. Mia was born February 17, 1976, in Boston, Mass, to Mother Carmen N Corredor and Father Hector Rodriguez. Her interest included spending time with her family, music and cars. Her talents where an exceptional hair barber, piano player,...
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Christine A. Kozlowski-Chipman

January 31, 1978 - July 24, 2017

Christine A. Kozlowski-Chipman, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Charlestown, died unexpectedly on July 24, 2017 at the age of 39. Christine was born in Cambridge, raised in Charlestown and a graduate of the Fenway Middle High School, Class of 1996. She was a lifelong Charlestown resident and the last several years in Arizona. Christine enjoyed singing, drawing and painting. She loved to go concerts and...
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David L Dwyer

May 14, 1955 - July 24, 2017

David L. Dwyer, of Lynn, formerly of Melrose, died July 24, 2017 at the age of 62. David was born in Winthrop to William & Marion (Lord) Dwyer. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School. David spent over thirty years serving as a Police Officer for the City of Melrose. Those who knew him will remember his wild sense of humor and natural affinity for helping those in need....
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Frank E. Mahoney, Jr.

July 20, 1959 - July 22, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Frank E. Mahoney, Jr. announces his passing after a brief illness, on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the age of 58 years. Son of the late Barbara A. and Frank E. Mahoney, Sr., Frank was a long-time resident of Melrose, MA until his recent move to Reading, MA. Frank is survived by his brother Larry and his wife Christine Mahoney, his sister Patricia...
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Gena R. (DiGianni) Plagenza

April 13, 1929 - July 19, 2017

Gena R. (DiGianni) Plagenza, of Melrose, died at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Wakefield on July 19, 2017 at the age of 88. Gena was born in East Boston, raised in Chelsea, a graduate of Chelsea High School and Burdett Business School. She resided in Malden for several years, Wakefield for 10 years and Melrose for 30 years. Gena worked as a Secretary for Tufts Dental School in Boston and...
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Giovanna Guerriero

October 4, 1932 - July 17, 2017

Giovanna Guerriero, of Wakefield, died peacefully on July 17, 2017 at the age of 84. Giovanna was born in Avella, Italy on October 4, 1932 to Salvatore & Carmella Colletta. She was spent the first 34 years of her life living in Italy. She married her husband, the late Pasquale Guerriero, and had her three children in Italy before coming to the United States and eventually settling in Malden. But...
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Carol A. (Reddington) Shaw

August 18, 1943 - July 17, 2017

Carol A. (Reddington) Shaw, of Melrose, died at the Wingate at Belvidere in Lowell on July 17, 2017 at the age of 73. Carol was born & raised in Malden and a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School in Malden. She resided in Melrose since 1971, worked as a Waitress for the Hilltop Restaurant for 37 years and also as a Cashier for K Mart in Saugus for 12 years. Carol was a member of St. Mary's...
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Henry A. Rappa

April 10, 1944 - July 16, 2017

Henry A. Rappa Sr., a Melrose resident for 50 years, died July 16, 2017 at the age of 73. Henry was born in Revere, MA on April 10, 1944 to Henry & Marie (Vigliotti) Rappa. He was raised in Revere and attended vocational school in Everett. Henry loved cars and spent 35 years working as an auto mechanic for Broadway Motor Service. After retiring, Henry began a second career, spanning nineteen...
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Mark E. Riess

December 21, 1960 - July 16, 2017

Mark E. Riess, of Middleton, former of Wakefield, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on July 16, 2017 at the age of 56. Mark was born in Stoneham, raised in Wakefield and a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1979. He resided in Melrose for 18 years and the past 17 years in Middleton. Mark worked as a Parts Manager for 128 Ford in Wakefield for many years. He was a member of the...
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Barbara A. (Driscoll) Galvin

November 27, 1932 - July 15, 2017

Barbara A. (Driscoll) Galvin, of Saugus, formerly of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by family on July 15, 2017 at the age of 84. Barbara was born in Chelsea, MA on November 27, 1932 to William & Agnes (Lynn) Driscoll. She was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School. Barbara went on to obtain a nursing degree from Chelsea Memorial Nursing School after high school. After...
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William "Bill" Crowther

July 22, 1932 - July 15, 2017

William "Bill" Crowther, of Melrose, died July 15, 2017 at the age of 84. Bill was born in Stoneham, MA on July 22, 1932 to Andrew & Mary (Daly) Crowther. He was raised in Stoneham and graduated from Stoneham High School in 1949. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Following the war, he married his late wife Joan, and the two moved to Melrose in 1958, where they remained for...
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Cara A. (Linehan) Buckwell

February 17, 1983 - July 11, 2017

Cara (Linehan) Buckwell, a premiere Division I swimmer and marathon runner, tackled every athletic endeavor with fervor and a pronounced focus on achievement. When faced with a stage-four lung cancer diagnosis in March, she applied the same will, commitment and determination to her recovery. Tough, resilient and graceful. It was an unfair match, despite her lifelong preparation. She died on...
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Marilyn D. (McCann) Curran

June 14, 1930 - July 11, 2017

Marilyn D. (McCann) Curran, of Melrose, died peacefully on July 11, 2017 at the age of 87. Marilyn was born in Melrose on June 14, 1930 to Norman & Mary (McCarthy) McCann. She was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1948, and went on to earn an Associate's Degree from Mt Ida College in 1950. Marilyn married Peter Curran and they raised their five children in Melrose. She...
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Ann S. Janzen

May 18, 1916 - July 5, 2017

Ann Schwarz Janzen of Peabody, Massachusetts passed away on July 5th, 2017 at the age of 101. Known for her love of her late husband Arnold and family, compassion and caring for others, love of music, the outdoors, gardening, exercise and cooking, her gracious smile will be missed by all. Ann was born May 18th, 1916 in New York, New York to Nicholas and Antonia Schwarz, who were Hungarian...
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Gertrude M. (Leuci) Jodrey

March 12, 1935 - July 3, 2017

Gertrude M. (Leuci) Jodrey passed away at her home in Largo Florida on July 3, 2017. She was 82 years of age. Gert was born in Chelsea on March 12,1935, she was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School. Mrs. Jodrey lived in Melrose for over 40 years before moving to Florida 14 years ago. Gertrude worked for many years for the B&M Railroad and Amtrak as a telephone operator, bridge...
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Joseph A. Meehan

July 2, 2017

Joseph A. Meehan age 46 of Melrose died on July 2, 2017 from a long and tragic battle with addiction. Joe is survived by his beloved children Jessica and Joseph and his ex wife Kelly (Robbins) Meehan of Haverhill. He was the son of the late Marie (Boire) Meehan and Robert Meehan of Melrose. Cherished little brother of Debra Lucey and her fiancée Glenn Rougeau of North Adams, Robert and Ellen...
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Lorraine M. (Haskell) Fitzgerald

March 28, 1919 - July 1, 2017

Lorraine M. (Haskell) Fitzgerald, of Melrose, died at the Life Care Center in Stoneham on July 1, 2017 at the age of 98. Lorraine was born in Boston and raised in Allston. She resided in Milton for several years and Melrose for many years. Lorraine enjoyed playing bingo, crossword puzzles and knitting & crocheting. She worked as a Waitress for the Red Coach Grill for many years and as a Proof...
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Elvera (DiOrio) Sasso

March 28, 1919 - June 30, 2017

Elvera (DiOrio) Sasso, formerly of Revere, died on June 30, 2017 at the age of 98. Elvera was born & raised in Everett and attend Everett schools. She resided in Revere for many years and worked as a Sales Clerk for Filenes in Boston for over 20 years retiring at the age of 62. Elvera was very outgoing and her family was the most important part of her life. She was the beloved wife of the late...
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Robert A. "Bob" Skaare, Sr.

December 4, 1946 - June 29, 2017

Robert A. "Bob" Skaare, Sr., of Melrose, died unexpectedly on June 29, 2017 at the age of 70. Bob was born in Malden, raised in Melrose, a graduate Melrose High School, Class of 1964 and was pitcher for the Melrose high baseball team. He was the owner of Bob Skaare Trucking for many years, was a lifelong Melrose resident and member of the Melrose Fish & Game. Bob was "Good Guy", well respected,...
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Beatrice (Bennett) Dinardi

November 27, 1919 - June 29, 2017

Beatrice (Bennett) Dinardi, of Melrose, died unexpectedly on June 29, 2017 at the age of 97. Beatrice was born & raised in Melrose and a Melrose High School graduate, Class of 1937. She was very proud to be a lifelong Melrose resident and was a member of St. Mary's Church for many years. She enjoyed traveling, was an avid gardener, a member of the Melrose Garden Club and was an amazing seamstress...
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Pauline M. (Johnson) Mountain

March 30, 1929 - June 24, 2017

Pauline (Johnson) Mountain, 88, of Lynnfield, formerly of Melrose, died peacefully in her sleep on June 24, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was the wife of Thomas "Mickey" Mountain who died last year. Pauline, the daughter of Lloyd and Annie (Burke) Johnson, was the first baby born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, Mass. Her birth came as a joyful surprise to her...
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James Daniel Browne

April 25, 1922 - June 17, 2017

James Daniel Browne Age 95, of Melrose, formerly of Arlington, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2017. Devoted son of the late Patrick J. and Margaret T. (Buckley) Browne. Beloved husband of Patricia M. (Lynch) Browne. Cherished father of Kathleen Walsh and her husband Stephen of Topsfield, Patricia Kramer and her husband Kenneth of Sanford, ME, Charlene Walsh and her husband Dennis of...
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Jane Marie Forrest

August 13, 1938 - June 17, 2017

Jane Marie Forrest passed away at her home in Saugus on June 17, 2017. She was 78 years of age. Jane was born on August 13, 1938 to the late Francis & Rose (Timmins) Forrest. She was raised in Melrose, graduated from St. Mary's Grammar and St. Mary's High School, Class of 1956. In 1971 she and a friend drove across the United States traveling on the northern route first, down the Pacific coast...
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William D. "Bill" Poirier

June 12, 1952 - June 1, 2017

William D. Poirier, "Bill", was born in Everett, MA to the late William and Muriel Poirier. Bill loved to talk, and he loved to listen to the stories of the people around him. He was a skilled machinist at General Electric for many years, first in Everett then in Lynn, where he worked on building jet engines. Bill was many things. He was the beloved "Chef Bill" at the Lincoln Elementary School,...
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Agnes (Gilmartin) Hatfield

June 28, 1929 - June 1, 2017

Agnes (Gilmartin) Hatfield, of Saugus, died at the Chestnut Woods Rehab & Nursing Center in Saugus on June 1, 2017 at the age of 87. Agnes was born & raised in Melrose and attended Melrose schools. She resided in Saugus for most of her life, was a member of St. Margaret's Church for 50 years and worked at the rectory for 10 years. Agnes worked as a Bookkeeper for Malden Trust Bank in Malden and...
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Rose A. (Bramante) Pagliarulo

August 12, 1931 - May 29, 2017

Rose A. (Bramante) Pagliarulo, 85, of Melrose died peacefully at Oosterman's Rest Home on May 29, 2017. Rose was born August 12, 1931 to the late Frank & Maria Bramante, she was raised in the West End of Boston and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School. She was employed at John Hancock where she worked for over a decade before starting her family. Rose was a homemaker who loved to sing...
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Francis J. "Frank" Dedulonus

April 3, 1944 - May 27, 2017

Francis James "Frank" Dedulonus passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on May 27, 2017. He was 73 years of age. Frank was born in Boston on April 3, 1944 to the late Francis & Philomena (Torelli) Dedulonus. He was raised in East Boston and graduated from Boys Latin High School. Frank lived briefly in Saugus, Melrose for 30 years and recently moved to Salem, New Hampshire. Mr. Dedulonus worked...
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Mary Rita (McDonough) Young

February 23, 1926 - May 24, 2017

Mary Rita (McDonough) Young passed away in Melrose on May 24, 2017 at the age of 91. Mary was born in Portland, Maine on February 23, 1926 to the late James & Nora (Lee) McDonough. She was raised in Portland, Maine, graduated from Cathedral High School in 1942 where she was the Valedictorian. Prior to marriage Mary worked for the Maritime Commission in South Portland during WWII. She was a...
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Roland C. Medeiros

May 26, 1926 - May 24, 2017

Roland C. Medeiros died peacefully surrounded by his family at Winchester Hospital on May 24, 2017. He passed away 2 days short of his 91st birthday. Mr. Medeiros was born in Cambridge on May 26, 1926 to the late Francisco & Deolinda (Carvalho) Medeiros. He was raised in Cambridge and Somerville and graduated from Ringe Tech in Cambridge. He graduated top of his class from Fisher Business School...
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Catherine Frances (McNamara) O'Neill

May 24, 2017

Catherine Frances (McNamara) O'Neill, of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by family on May 24, 2017 at the age of 81. Catherine was born in Cambridge on March 31, 1936 to John & Catherine (Lyons) McNamara. She was raised in Cambridge & Somerville, and was a graduate of Somerville High School. Catherine married the late Edward J. O'Neill in 1958 at St. Anne's Church in Somerville. They enjoyed...
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William J. "Bill" Bidgood

December 21, 1929 - May 20, 2017

William J. "Bill" Bidgood, of Melrose, died at his home on May 20, 2017 at the age of 87. Bill was born in 1929 in Springfield, VT, raised in Cavendish (Proctorsville Village), VT. Bill graduated from Rutland High School class of 1947 & Norwich University class of 1951. Upon graduation from Norwich, Bill was sent to the Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, VA to study with the Army Corps of Engineers...
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Josephine A. (Proctor) Krasco

December 25, 1929 - May 15, 2017

Josephine "Jo" (Proctor) Krasco, 87, of Melrose died peacefully at Life Care Center of Stoneham on May 15, 2017. Born on Christmas Day, 1929 in Chelsea, MA to Chester and Cecilia (Tomaszewski) Proctor, Jo was raised in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High Class of 1948. She married George (Garabedian) Krasco and was a dedicated mother and homemaker who enjoyed Bingo, Foxwoods, playing...
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Florence (Letterie) Phillips

July 30, 1930 - May 12, 2017

Florence (Letterie) Phillips passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Emergency Room suddenly on May 12, 2017 at the age of 86. Florence was born in East Boston on July 30, 1930 to the late James & Florence (Delucia) Letterie. She was raised in East Boston, attended East Boston High School and lived most of her life in East Boston. Mrs. Phillips moved to Melrose in the 1990's to be closer to her...
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Claire M. (Flannery) Hanson

June 16, 1928 - May 10, 2017

Claire M. (Flannery) Hanson, of Melrose, died at her home on May 10, 2017 at the age of 88. Claire was born & raised in South Boston and a graduate of the Gate of Heaven High School. She resided in South Boston until 1954 and the past 63 years in Melrose. Claire was a homemaker and member of St. Mary's Church in Melrose for over 60 years. She loved bingo, going out to dinner and was very proud of...
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Anthony A Piscitello

September 28, 1935 - May 6, 2017

Anthony A. Piscitello, of Stoneham, formerly of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by family on May 6, 2017 at the age of 81. Anthony was born in Hartford, CT on September 28, 1935 to Albert & Frances (Longo) Piscitello. He was raised in Hartford and graduated from Weaver High School. In 1958 Anthony joined the United States Army and served honorably from 1958-1962 during the Cold War. After his...
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Armando R. "Mandy" Vesprini

February 24, 1926 - May 2, 2017

Armando R. Vesprini, 91, beloved husband of Mary (A'Hearn) passed away quietly on May 2nd, 2017 at Brooksby Village in Peabody after a year long period of declining health. Born in Everett, MA in 1926 to Nazzareno and Michelina Vesprini, who immigrated from Italy in October 1920, Armando, affectionately known by all as "Mandy", was one of 6 children and grew up in the neighborhood of Everett...
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John Joseph Sylvain

January 14, 1969 - April 25, 2017

John J. Sylvain, of Saugus, formerly of Melrose, died at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston on April 25, 2017 at the age of 48. John was born in Saugus, raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1987. He resided in Melrose for many years and the past 3 years in Saugus. John worked as a Mover for Doucette Moving Co. in Reading and was a former member of the Saugus Elks Club...
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Elizabeth F. (Coviello) Mitchell

December 10, 1918 - April 24, 2017

Elizabeth F. (Coviello) Mitchell passed away April 24, 2017 at the age of 98. Betty, as know to family and friends, was born in Wakefield MA on December 10, 1918 to the late Anthony & Louise (Gavagno) Coviello, where she lived growing up and graduated Wakefield High School Class of 1937. Betty resided in Melrose for over 60 years. She worked in the dry cleaning business until the age of 80. ...
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Stephen G. Hill

February 1, 1957 - April 23, 2017

Stephen G. Hill, of Peabody, died peacefully on April 23, 2017 at the age of 60. Stephen was born in Winchester, MA on February 1, 1957 to Warren M. Hill & Olivia Mannetta. He was loved by the staff & residents of his Lowell St. home & Class Inc. A Prayer Service will be held at 10 AM on Monday, May 1st, 2017 at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery,...
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Virgilio "Richard" Moscaritolo

March 23, 1932 - April 20, 2017

Virgilio "Richard" Moscaritolo passed away at the Keene Center Genesis Eldercare in Keene, NH on April 20, 2017. He was 85 years of age. Mr. Moscaritolo was born in East Boston on March 23, 1932 to the late Pasquale & Emmanuella (DiFronzo) Moscaritolo, he was raised in East Boston and graduated from English High School in Boston, Class of 1949. Richard then graduated from New England College of...
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Howard J. Oliver

February 15, 1931 - April 20, 2017

Howard J. "Howie" Oliver of Winthrop and former resident of Melrose and Malden passed away on April 20th 2017 at the age of 86. Howie proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War, then worked as a skilled machinist most of his life before retiring. He was the proud co-owner of Mim and Jim's Consignment shop in Melrose in the 1970s. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary...
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Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Saulnier

May 30, 1917 - April 20, 2017

Mary Elizabeth "Liz" (Burke) Saulnier passed away at the Fitch Home in Melrose on April 20, 2017. She was 99 years of age. Liz was born in Reading, Massachusetts on May, 30, 1917, she was raised in Nova Scotia, lived in Chelsea for over 60 years and the last 3 years in Melrose. Mrs. Saulnier worked for many years at the General Electric Plant in Lynn. Liz was very active at St. Rose Church and...
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Anne F. (McGee) Stanton

July 14, 1929 - April 18, 2017

Anne F. (McGee) Stanton passed away on her 62nd wedding anniversary at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on April 18, 2017. She was 87 years of age. Anne was born in Melrose on July 14, 1929 to the late James & Mary (Farley) McGee. Mrs. Stanton was raised in Melrose, graduated from St. Mary's Grammar & St. Mary's High School and then from Bridgewater State College. Prior to having children she worked as...
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Elizabeth S. "Betty" (Tyminski) Flanagan, RN

October 25, 1941 - April 17, 2017

Elizabeth S. "Betty" (Tyminski) Flanagan RN, a Registered Nurse for over 55 years, entered into eternal life on Monday, April 17, 2017 at her home following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 75 years old. Betty was born in Syracuse, New York on October 25, 1941, a daughter of the late Anthony Tyminski and Antoinette (Helmund). She grew up in Charlestown where she was educated in the...
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Raffaella (Bianco) Penta

May 30, 1926 - April 17, 2017

Raffaella "Lina" (Bianco) Penta, of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by family on April 17, 2017 at the age of 90. Lina was born on May 30, 1926 in Fontanarosa (Avellino), Italy to Carlo & Antonietta (Vernillo) Bianco. She was raised in Italy and met her future husband, Edward Penta of Everett, Mass., there while Edward was on an Italian family vacation in 1958. They fell in love and Edward...
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Catherine E. "Sissy" (Meehan) Dunn

July 3, 1932 - April 13, 2017

Catherine E. "Sissy" (Meehan) Dunn, lifelong resident of Melrose, passed away on April 13, 2017 at the age of 84. She was born on July 3, 1932 to Warren & Catherine (Doherty) Meehan. Sissy was raised in Melrose and graduated from St. Mary's High School. In 1953 she married the love of her life, Robert L. Dunn, and spent 26 years happily married. Mrs. Dunn raised her children in Melrose and was...
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Phyllis M. (Guerriero) Colarusso

March 29, 1924 - April 9, 2017

Phyllis M. (Guerriero) Colarusso, 93, passed away peacefully at Merrimac Valley Hospice House on April 9th. Born on March 29, 1924 she was one of six children of the late Gennie and Ralph Guerriero of East Boston. After graduating from East Boston High School, Phyllis joined the U.S. Marine Corps. She was stationed at The Presidio in San Francisco. Phyllis was very proud of her service and looked...
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William J. Connors

November 24, 1925 - April 8, 2017

William J. Connors, of Peabody, died at the Prescott House in N. Andover on April 8, 2017 at the age of 91. Bill was born in Lowell, raised in South Boston and a graduate of Boston Latin High School. After high school, Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After returning from WWII, he resided in S. Boston till 1951, Malden for 41 years, South Dennis for 12 years and the...
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Mary L. (Harris) Healey

May 11, 1930 - April 5, 2017

Mary L. (Harris) Healey passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. She was 86 years of age. Mary was born in Mt. Clements, Michigan on May 11, 1930 to the late Alfred & Nora (Phillips) Harris, was raised in Mt. Clements and graduated from Mt. Clements High School. Mrs. Healey met her husband Robert while he was in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Michigan. They...
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Ruth A. Merritt

June 24, 1935 - April 5, 2017

Ruth A. (Cowhig) Merritt, of Saugus, died April 5, 2017 at the age of 81. She was born in Everett, MA on June 24, 1935 to William & Florence (Sweeney) Cowhig. She was raised in Revere and graduated from Revere High School. Ruth married Jay Merritt in 1958 at Immaculate Conception Church, Revere and raised their family in Saugus. Ruth was a retiree of Verizon and active in the Melrose Garden Club....
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John F. Hanafin

July 17, 1944 - April 5, 2017

John F. Hanafin, of Wakefield, formerly of Melrose & Winchester, died at his home on April 5, 2017 at the age of 72. John was born & raised in Charlestown and a graduate of Melrose High School. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He resided in Melrose for many years, Winchester for several years and the past 14 years in Wakefield. John worked as a Jeweler for...
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Eva P. "Ginny" Schulze

June 27, 1932 - March 30, 2017

Eva P. "Ginny" Schulze, of Saugus, passed away on March 30, 2017 at the age of 84. She was born in Marcellus Falls, NY on June 27, 1932 to John & Anna (Kawalcic) Prosonic. Ginny was raised in Marcellus Falls and graduated from the high school in 1950. Ginny went on to attend St. Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, NY and graduated in 1954. After graduating from Nursing School, Ginny enlisted...
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Gary W. Doak

February 25, 1946 - March 25, 2017

Gary Walter Doak (February 25, 1946 – March 25, 2017) passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Gary was a National Hockey League defenseman who played for the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers. Best known for his 14 seasons with the Bruins, over 789 NHL regular season games the stay at home...
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Kenneth Michael Beardsley

July 29, 1946 - March 24, 2017

Kenneth Michael Beardsley of Revere, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2017 in the home he shared with his wife of 47 years at the age of 70. Throughout his distinguished life, the love he shared with Linda was a constant that guided them from high school sweethearts to doting grandparents. As a father he was without equal. He coached his sons' little league baseball,...
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Richard A. Gallucci

September 14, 1943 - March 21, 2017

Richard A. Gallucci passed away at Sandlewood in Oxford on March 21, 2017, he was 73 years of age. He was born in Arlington on September 14, 1943 to the late Edmund & Doris (Fitzgerald) Gallucci. He was raised in Arlington, graduated from Arlington High School, Class of 1960 and entered the US Air Force and served his country with pride during the Vietnam War. Mr. Gallucci has been a Melrose...
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Barbara R. (Ianachino) Martone

January 5, 1936 - March 20, 2017

Barbara R. (Ianachino) Martone passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on March 20, 2017. She was 81 years of age. Barbara was born in Boston, was raised in the West End of Boston and attended Girls High in Boston which is the oldest girls high school in the United States. Mrs. Martone was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who had worked at New England Telephone Company as a switch board...
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Antenori H. "Tass" Tassinari

June 8, 1916 - March 20, 2017

Antenori H. "Tass" Tassinari passed away at Putnam Farms Assisted Living in Danvers on March 20, 2017. He was 100 years of age. Tass was born in East Boston to the late Sebastiano & Maria (Ottani) Tassinari, he was raised in East Boston, attended East Boston High but had to leave high school due to the death of his father. Mr. Tassinari helped his mother with the four younger children and helped...
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Paul R. McNamara

May 17, 1933 - March 18, 2017

Paul R. McNamara, of Melrose, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on March 18, 2017 at the age of 83. Paul was raised in Roxbury and served in the United Sates Air Force for 8 years until he was honorably discharged on June 19, 1959. In the 1980s, Paul performed engineering work on the Patriot missile defense system at Raytheon. This defensive missile system was first used in the first...
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Elizabeth A. "Betty" McGrimley

September 1, 1925 - March 17, 2017

Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Keville) McGrimley, of Melrose & Beverly, died at the Windham Terrace Assisted Living in Windham, NH on March 17, 2017 at the age of 91. Betty was born in Boston, raised in Revere and a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1943 and the Newton Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1946. Betty went on to earn her bachelor's degree from Boston College School of...
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James "Jim" Ward

November 30, 1949 - March 15, 2017

James W. "Jim" Ward, of Melrose, died March 15, 2017 at the age of 67. Jim was born in Elizabeth, NJ on November 30, 1949 to Joseph R. & June E. (Wainwright) Ward. He was raised in Brookline, MA and graduated from Brookline High School in 1967. In 1974 Jim married the love of his life, Marilyn R. (Noble) Ward, at St. James Church in Salem, MA. They settled in Melrose and raised their two sons,...
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Shirley E. (Crocker) Corcoran

December 7, 1931 - March 13, 2017

Shirley E, (Crocker) Corcoran, of Melrose, died at home on March 13, 2017 at the age of 85. Shirley was born & raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1949. She was a lifelong Melrose resident and Activities Director for the Fitch Home in Melrose for many years. Shirley and her husband enjoyed traveling to Florida, Missouri, Aruba, St. Thomas and Bermuda many times. She...
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Andrew S McKnight

January 23, 1971 - March 8, 2017

Andrew S. McKnight, of Melrose, died March 8, 2017 at the age of 46. Andrew was born in Malden on January 23, 1971. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1989. Andrew worked in several restaurants in Boston and Melrose. He will be greatly missed by his family & friends. He was the father of Padraig & Colin. Beloved son of James & Veronica (O'Hara) McKnight of Melrose....
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Daniel A. Morrison, Jr.

March 6, 1931 - March 8, 2017

Daniel A. Morrison Jr. passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on March 8, 2017. He was 86 years of age. Dan was born in Everett to the late Daniel & Florence (Wromsley) Morrison, he was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1949. Mr. Morrison entered the US Marines while attending Bentley College, he served his country with pride during the Korean War and after his...
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Hugh M Sturrock

February 23, 1924 - March 7, 2017

Hugh M. Sturrock, of Melrose, age 93. Beloved husband of Mary E (Sexton) Sturrock. Devoted father of Jeanne Mahoney and her husband Richard, Hugh M Sturrock, Sheila A Sturrock and pre-deceased by Maureen E Gibbs. Loving grandfather of Caitlin Gibbs, Kristin Cataldo and her husband Joseph, and Timothy Mahoney. Great grandfather of Joseph Cataldo. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Son of...
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Gayle A. (Schoenfeld) Durney

July 19, 1953 - March 2, 2017

Gayle A. (Schoenfeld) Durney passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 2 after a courageous battle with cancer. Gayle was born and raised in West Los Angeles, CA, and moved to New England with her family in 1988. Gayle's greatest passion in life was being a mother to her three children and grandmother "Nanny" to her grandson, Caleb. Gayle loved to travel and visit new places, and enjoyed...
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Bevely L Dorman

July 4, 1950 - March 1, 2017

Bevely L. Dorman, formerly of Everett, passed away on March 1, 2017 at the age of 66. Bevely was born in Swampscott, MA on July 4, 1950 to Richard & Ruth (Hopkins) Dorman. She was raised in Beverly and Melrose, graduating from Melrose High School in 1968. Following high school Bevely earned a degree in computer science from Suffolk University. She spent many years working for the State of...
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Kathleen (Buckley) Murphy

June 29, 1921 - February 28, 2017

Kathleen (Buckley) Murphy passed away at Bear Hill Nursing Center in Stoneham on February 28, 2017. She was 95 years of age. Kathleen was born in Malden on June 29, 1921 to the late Francis & Mary (Lyons) Buckley, she was raised in Malden went to the Chevrus School in Malden and Malden High School. Kathleen has been a resident of Melrose for over 30 years. Mrs. Murphy was a homemaker who loved to...
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Madhu Midha

July 8, 1953 - February 28, 2017

Madhu Midha, 63, of Winchester, MA passed away at home on February 28, 2017. Madhu was born and raised in New Delhi, India. She graduated from Delhi University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973. Shortly thereafter, she founded a Montessori school which quickly grew to a class size of 50 students. In 1978 she married Dr. Salil Midha and moved to the United States. Madhu was a founding board...
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Joan "Carol" (Sarni) Lava

September 13, 1945 - February 24, 2017

Joan "Carol" (Sarni) Lava, age 71, longtime resident of Melrose, passed away at the Oosterman Rest Home in Wakefield on Feb. 24, 2017. Carol was born & raised in Chelsea and a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1963. She enjoyed traveling to Florida, Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, Colorado and the Grand Canyon. Carol worked as a working supervisor for the Bank of America for many years. She...
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Edward A. Cunniffe

November 24, 1959 - February 23, 2017

Edward A. Cunniffe, of Melrose, died unexpectedly on Feb. 23, 2017 at the age of 57. To talk about Ed is to tell you that Ed was the perfect gentlemen, who always thought about others first and himself second. He was kind, considerate, smart, funny, the nicest person you could meet but truly understated. He would always have a grin on his face and a kind word for all. Ed was a family man, he...
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Donna R. (Wedge) Murray

June 6, 1953 - February 21, 2017

Donna R. (Wedge) Murray, of Malden, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on Feb. 22, 2017 at the age of 63. Donna was born & raised in Somerville and moved to Malden at the age of 12. She was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1972 and resided in Malden for the past 51 years. Donna worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Registry of Motor Vehicles for over 30 years before her...
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Francis G. "Frank" Sampson

March 7, 1943 - February 21, 2017

Francis G. "Frank" Sampson passed away at Winchester Hospital on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. He was 73 years of age. Frank was born in Medford on March 7, 1943 to the late Frank J. & Margaret (Steele) Sampson. He was raised in Medford, graduated from Medford High School and attended Wentworth Institute in Boston. Mr. Sampson worked as an engineer for the New England Telephone Company retiring...
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William L. "Billy" Lombardo

January 10, 1930 - February 20, 2017

William L. "Billy" Lombardo, of Saugus, died at his home on Feb. 20, 2017 at the age of 87. Billy was born & raised in East Boston, a graduate of Boston Latin High School and went on to earn his degree from Boston University. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After returning from Korea, he resided in East Boston till age 24 and the past 57 years in Saugus....
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Carol B. (Babcock) Wallace

April 20, 1943 - February 19, 2017

Carol B. (Babcock) Wallace died peacefully on February 19th at the age of 73. Carol was born in New Haven, CT and raised in Cheshire, CT. She was a graduate of Cheshire High School, University of Connecticut, and Boston College where she received her Master's in Social Work. She served as a Probation Officer at the Somerville Court House for 16 years and then in the Melrose Educational System,...
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Thomas Patrick Murphy

May 17, 1954 - February 18, 2017

Thomas P. Murphy, of Melrose, passed away on February 18, 2017 at the age of 62. Tom was born in Malden and raised in Melrose. He was a graduate of St. Mary's Grammar School, Melrose High School, and Boston State College. Tom also served his country as a member of the United States Marine Reserves. He was a longtime member of the Melrose Elks and played for the Elks Golf Team. Tom loved golfing,...
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Phyllis R. (McMahon) Camerano

September 29, 1924 - February 18, 2017

Phyllis R. (McMahon) Camerano , of Tewksbury, formerly of Melrose, died peacefully on February 18, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late John Camerano Sr. Devoted mother of John Camerano Jr. & his wife Denise of Reading, Judy M. Allard & her husband Mark of Tewksbury, the late Austin Rivers, & the late Kenneth Camerano. Caring grandmother of Jeremy & his wife Genevieve, Mark & his wife...
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