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October, 2014

 

 

 

Pamela K. Nener

Barbara J. Olsen

Lois A. Duchak

John F. Walsh

Walter J. McNeil

 

 

 

September, 2014

 

 

 

Madeline M. Reagan

M. Therese Quinn

Veronica Leone

Patricia M. Rollfs

Emilio A. "Steve"  DiFranza

 

 

 

August, 2014

 

 

 

Edward P. Sobocinski

James A. Nicosia

Charles E. Crosbie

Virginia Paul

Bernard P. Sarsfield, Jr.

Bette Marshall

Peter E. Surette, Jr

Robert W. Fearon

William A. Bowers

George F. Gillis

 

 

 

July, 2014

 

 

 

Elizabeth M. Bakas

Helen Stickney

Walter P. ORourke, Jr.

Herbert F. Maine, Sr.

Richard A. Atwell

Mary V. Carriere

 

 

 

June, 2014

 

 

 

Eleanor M. Gurliaccio

William P. Stickney

James B. Pierce

Maureen Berry

 

 

 

May, 2014

 

 

 

Grace L. Grover

James G. Haerer

Paul A. Valley, Jr.

Joan Dobson

Michael K. Hull, Sr.

Carl L. Jacques, Jr

Helen L. Greene

Leonard W. "Gig" Stephens

Dolores D. Nee

 

 

 

April 2014

 

 

 

Thelma E. Berg Hawkes

Muriel F. Lynch

Ruth E. Johnson

Gertrude A. Pinelli

Glenda L. Fleming

Jeffrey M. Loesch

Marcella J. Thomas

 

 

 

March, 2014

 

 

 

John J. Mullins

Madeline V. Warnock

Doris Stedman

Kyle M. Eisenhart

Catherine G. Cataldo

Arthur F. Fano

James "Jay" Bourne, Jr

William R. Wray

 

February, 2014

 

 

 

Frederick L. Muller

Francis A. Perry

Lillian M. Puleo

Barbara H. Bourne

Klaus Kubierschky

Bettiann Wells

 

 

 

January, 2014

 

 

 

Alice Rex

Marshall G. Soderblom

A. Bruce Colby

Norman E. Berner

Viesturs P. (Vic) Gaigals

Bertha A. Griman

William D. Fox

Serge Suny

 

 

2013 Obituaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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Walter  J.  McNeil  - 89, of North Reading, formerly of East Boston, died at his home, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, after a lengthy illness.

Born in East Boston, MA on June 14, 1925. He was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1943. Walter was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, he served from 1943 to 1946. He worked as a truck driver for AAA Trucking and was  a member of the Teamsters Local No. 25. He later worked for the North Reading Department of Public Works  and did snowplowing until 2012.

He was a resident of North Reading for the past 65 years and was a member of St. Theresa’s Church. Walter was a loving husband and father. He adored all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He always told funny stories, wise jokes and whistled a little tune.

He enjoyed horseback riding with his children, he enjoyed swimming and sitting by his pool, watching his neighbors and friends go by. Walter always enjoyed building things with his hands. Last but not least, snowplowing and collecting his navy hats.

Family members include his beloved wife of 66 years, Rita (Celino) McNeil; his loving children, Walter “Buster” McNeil, Jr. of St. Augustine, FL, Christine McNeil Wiese and her husband John and John McNeil and his wife Eileen, all of North Reading; Francis McNeil of Deland, FL and Patrick McNeil and his wife Shelby of North Andover; grandchildren, Linda, Michael, Christopher,, Kyle, Danielle, Kelly, Maria and Megan; great grandchildren, Christopher, Brooke, Gabriel and Nicholas; late brothers, George, Alfred, James and Charles “Spike” McNeil; late sisters, Mary Suprey and Rita Winter.

His funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St. North Reading  on Saturday, November 1, at 8:45 AM, followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at  St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St. (Rt. 62), North Reading.  Calling hours will be held on Friday, October 31 from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to:  Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

 

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John  F.  Walsh  -  86, of Reading, formerly of North Reading and Gorham, NH, died Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Life Care Center of Stoneham. He was the husband of the late Yuette (Belliveau) Walsh.

Born in Winchester, MA on January 13, 1928.  He was the son of the late Michael J. and Sadie (Haas) Walsh.

John was raised and attended school in North Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School. He attended Merrimack College and was a graduate of Salem State College.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, serving from 1946 to 1947.

He was a former Town Manager for the Town of Conway, NH and Gorham, NH.  He also worked as an enthused writer and reporter for the Berlin Daily Sun. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club.

John loved skiing and he owned his own Cross Country Ski Shop in North Conway, NH, for many years. He loved downhill skiing and did both, well into his seventies. He also enjoyed biking and hiking.  Travel was also another passion and he traveled worldwide, especially going to Austria and Germany.  He also loved working with a handicapped gentleman named Clod, he would take him out to lunch and enjoyed taking him skiing and biking.  John had a full life with no regrets. Age and illness slowed him down, but he never gave up the fight.

He was the loving uncle to, Beverly Anderson and her husband Doug of Lynnfield;  Norma Claassen and her husband Clayton of Moraga, CA and Donald Thompson and his wife Cheryl of Bonita Springs, FL; also survived by many great nieces, great nephews and a friend, Lala of Shelburne, NH and her family.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 5, at 11:30 AM in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading, followed by a celebration of his life to be held at Angelica’s in Middleton. There will be no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading.

 

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Lois A. Duchak 93, passed away Saturday October 18, 2014 following a period of declining health. Second eldest of 15 children born to Lula and Ira Ross of Clarkes Harbour Cape Sable Island, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia, Canada.
She joined the Royal Canadian Air force in 1941 serving overseas in England during War II, where she met John D. Duchak. They married in 1947 in Regina Saskatchewan, Canada. After moving to the USA, they resided in North Reading, Ma., for 30 years. In 1970 they enjoyed their summer vacations on Vinalhaven Island, Maine where Lois owned and operated a takeout restaurant, “The Periwinkle”. She enjoyed her summer home on the Island. She and her husband upon retirement moved to Rockland Maine in 1990 to their quaint harbor side cottage. She is survived by her three sons and two daughters, Dana C. Duchak, his companion Rochelle Pauletti of Lynnfield MA, Kevin W. Duchak and his wife Pamela of Jupiter Fl., Brian V. Duchak and his wife Linda of North Reading MA., Sharon M. Duchak of Manchester, NH and Patricia L. Duchak of Glendale, AZ., six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one great grandchild on the way, two brothers and three sisters, many nieces and nephews.

A family celebration of her life will be held privately. Those who wish to make memorial contributions in Lois A. Duchak’s memory, can be made to your local Salvation Army who during the war supported the Canadian and American troops which she never forgot.

 

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Barbara  J.  (McFadden)  Olsen  -  85, of Worcester, formerly of Santa Rosa, CA and  North Reading, passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014 in the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter R. Olsen, who died in 2012, after 61 years of marriage.

Born in New York, New York on January 27,1929, she was the daughter of the late Volney and Mary L. (McConkie) McFadden.  Barbara was a graduate of the University of Michigan, Class of 1950. She worked for many years as a Substitute Teacher in North Reading and in neighboring towns.

Barbara was a homemaker and was very devoted to her family. She was a resident of Santa Rosa, CA for 23 years and a former resident of North Reading for 32 years. She was a former member of the First Baptist Church in North Reading and “Friend” of the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, CA.

Barbara enjoyed the arts. She loved music, played the piano and enjoyed painting. She was an ardent supporter of the University of Michigan, she maintained letter writing to five of her Michigan classmates for 60 years. She was always very friendly and thankful for her blessings. She was constant in her religious faith. Barbara loved to take pictures at family functions and then loved to share them with her family members.

Family members include her loving children, David R. Olsen and his wife Stefanie (Kuehnel) of Corona Del Mar, CA; Robert P. Olsen and his wife Maryanne (Liberatore) of Sudbury and Nancy J. Cahn and her husband Thomas of West Boylston;  her daughter-in-law, Carol L. (Newman) Olsen of Millis;  her nine grandchildren, Jenny, Becca, Emily, Daniel, Kimberly, Thomas, Josh, Sarah, and Danielle;  her eight great grandchildren,  Annabella, Tyler, Ryan, Travis, Lhogan, Dhilan, Katherine and Lucy;  her brother,  Dr. Bruce McFadden of Santa Barbara, CA; she was the sister of the late John McFadden, Marilyn McFadden and Lucille Wallner;  and mother of the late, Donald A. Olsen, who died in 1989.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 23 at 10:30 AM at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:15 AM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312;  Children’s Hospital of Boston, 1 Autumn St., No. 731, Boston, MA 02215 or University of Michigan, 3003 So. State St., Suite 9000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288.

 

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Pamela  K. Nener – 72, of North Reading, formerly of Malden and Somerville, died Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, after a long illness.

Born in Somerville, MA on September 13, 1942. She was the daughter of the late John J. R. Nener and Katherine E. (Flagg) Ford. She was a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1960.

Pam worked as a Docket Clerk at the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court in Boston, she retired in 2010, after 20 years of Service. She has been a resident of North Reading, for the past 13 years.

Pam always took care of everyone in some loving way that she met throughout her life. She had tremendous faith even when most people wouldn’t, she did. Pamela battled cancer off and on for 39 years and beat it for a time. She loved being a public servant for the U.S. Government and had such pride in doing her job. She was a loving mother of five, grandmother of eight and loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. Family meant everything to her. Her favorite past time was sitting and visiting with her family and friends.              

Family members include her loving daughters, Darlene Nardone of Stafford Springs, CT, Karen Brabandt and her husband Jim of San Diego, CA, Pamela Hoff of Derry, NH and Justine Batchelder and her husband Douglas of North Reading; her son, John MacEachern, Jr. and his wife Jacqueline of FL; sisters, Jeanne Nener of Chelsea and Kim Nener’Plante and her husband Dennis of Bedford; she was the sister of the late Jack R. and Kurt R. Nener; cherished grandmother of 8 and loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis of the Assisi, 441 Fellsway West, Medford on Friday, October 10 at 10 AM. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.  www.croswellfuneral home.com

 

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Emilio  A. “Steve” DiFranza87, of North Reading and formerly of Melrose, died Monday evening, September 29, 2014, at the Woodbriar Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility in Wilmington.

Born in Boston, MA on October 13, 1926, he was the son of the late Joseph and Filomena (Perillo) DiFranza.

He was a graduate of the Vesper George School of Art in Boston in 1950, just as the Korean War was getting underway.  After a tour of duty with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Korea, he entered The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1952. Completing a double major in graphic design and painting in 1956, he was awarded a Clarrissa Bartlett Traveling Scholarship to study in Europe.

Upon his return in 1957, he taught drawing and design at the Museum School. In addition, he worked as an Art Director at several Boston Advertising Agencies. He has exhibited paintings in The Boston Arts Festival, the American Federation of Art Traveling Exhibit, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Boston Museum School Centennial Exhibition.

He was given a one man show of his trompe-l’oeil  paintings at the Flint Memorial Library in North Reading in 1995. His paintings are in  private collections in the United States and in Europe. He was featured in Hot Lines in the Sunday Globe Magazine and has had great success with commissions for his “Wedding Trompes”.  He has also created the series of panels for the North Chapel at Christ Church, Andover. Steve retired from advertising in 1992 and has been devoting  his time pursuing his painting and helping his wife Happy, with her rug hooking business.  Steve was a co-author with his wife Happy in producing Hooking Fine Gifts with Stackpole Books. He has volunteered his time for numerous projects and designs for the Town of North Reading.

Steve has been a resident of North Reading for the past 55 years. He was a member of the Christ Church Andover and the Boston Museum School Alumni Association.

 

Family members include his beloved wife of 54 years, Mabel D. (Gorton) “Happy” DiFranza;  his loving daughters, Elizabeth DiFranza and her partner Lawrence Terry of Arlington and Suzanne Petretta and husband Joe of Pittsfield; his brother, Michele DiFranza of Peabody and his sister, Marie DeSisto of McKenzie,TN;  grandchildren, Domenic and Angela Petretta and Georgia and Jordan Terry.

His funeral service will be held at the Christ Church Andover, 25 Central St., Andover on Friday, October 3 at 11 AM. Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Thursday, October 2 from 4 to 7 PM. Burial will be private.  Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Edith A. O’Leary Senior Center, 157 Park St., North Reading, MA 01864 or to Christ Church Andover, 25 Central St., Andover, MA 01810. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

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Patricia M. (Collins) Rollfs  - 49, of North Reading and formerly of Allston, died peacefully at her home on Friday, September 26, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Cambridge, MA  on  November 10, 1964.  She was a graduate of St. Anthony’s School in Allston, Mount St. Joseph Academy in Brighton and Northeastern University in Boston.

Patty worked as a Physical Therapist for 25 years at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. She has been a resident of North Reading for the past 25 years and was a member of St. Michael Parish in North Andover.

She was a  volunteer at her children’s school, she also enjoyed gardening, baking and cooking. She loved Mashnee Island and her dog, Maybelline.

Family members include her loving mother, Helen (Roache) Collins of Abington and Allston and her late father, Cornelius J. Collins.  Her beloved husband of 24 years,  Eric W. Rollfs;  her cherished children, Mark, Dennis and Ellen Rollfs, all of North Reading; her brother, Jim Collins and his wife Denyse of Wilmington;  sisters,  Catherine Sutherland and her husband Gene of Burlington and Helen Anne Cowan of Abington;  she was sister-in-law to, Judi and Frank Green, Bud and Sue Rollfs, Deb and Jeff Wizig and the late Gretchen and Rodney Snyder; she was the devoted aunt of 21 nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 30 at 10:00 AM at St. Michael Parish, 196 Main Street in North Andover. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to in her memory to: Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805, c/o Oncology Dept., or to, American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Arrangements are by Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading.

Veronica Leone  - September 22, 2014

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M. Therese “Terry” (Loorom) Sweeney Quinn – 87, of Methuen and former resident of North Reading, for many years, died Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Bethany Health Care in Framingham.  She was the wife of the late John A. Quinn and the late Edward F. Sweeney, Jr.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts on August 16, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Marie Jeanette (Lemire) Loorom.  She was raised in Lowell and was a graduate of Saint Patrick’s School, Class of 1942  and  Lowell High School, Class of 1946.

Terry worked as a Customer Service Representative for the Rainin Research Group in Woburn, for many years. 

Terry had a giving and loving heart, devoting over 2000 hours of volunteering at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.  She had a great love for animals, especially her dog Mushigai and Clementine and most importantly her children, Christine, Edward, Cynthia and Tracy.

She enjoyed playing Bridge, sewing, knitting, painting, gardening and listening to music.  Terry enjoyed going to the Salisbury and Hampton Beaches, with her sisters and their children in the summer and skiing in New Hampshire with other North Reading families in the winter. She also loved traveling to Ireland, England, France, Scotland and Canada.

Family members include her loving children, Christine T. Cusack and her husband Andy Anderson of The Villages, FL, Edward F. Sweeney, III of Haverhill,  Cynthia Barnes and her husband Michael of Oxfordshire, England and Tracy Sweeney of Burlington, VT;  granddaughters, Charlotte and Isabella Barnes; sisters, Lorraine Thomas and her husband Raymond of Salisbury and Plant City, FL, Lyn Gauthier and her husband Richard of Dracut and her late brother, Raymond Loorom.

Her funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North  Reading on Thursday, September 25 at 9:15 AM, followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to, Bethany Health Care Center, 97 Bethany Street, Framingham, MA 01702, attn. Sister Jacqueline McCarthy.

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Madeline  M. (Gushue)  Reagan – 94, of Salem, MA, formerly of North Reading and Medford, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem.

Born in East Boston, MA on February 5, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Bridget (Besso) Gushue. She grew up East Boston with her five sisters and two brothers, graduated from East Boston High School in 1938. She worked as a secretary. Madeline had a beautiful singing voice. She won contests and sang with a local jazz band. She worked at the Navy yard at one point and also did volunteer work during World War II. She traveled cross country with her brother and his family. Once she reached southern California, she decided to make it home for several years.

When she returned Massachusetts in the early fifties, she worked for the Beechnut Gum Company where she met Charlie Reagan. They married in 1955, moved to North Reading and raised their three children. She was a devoted homemaker, loved to cook and bake. She was an active member of St. Theresa’s Church for many years. She was a volunteer at church, a member of the choir and she participated in the chorus of a local theater group. Madeline and Charlie enjoyed a large group of friends which included her beloved sisters and their husbands. They had many memorable times and went on cruises together.

She had an amazing inner strength. Madeline loved her family. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and baking cookies with them. She also held her great friends close to her heart. Family members include her loving husband of 57 years, Charles J. Reagan; her son, James Reagan and his wife Brenda of Derry, NH: her daughter,  Patricia Ryan and her husband Matthew of Salem, MA and Carol Rice and her husband Paul of Concord, MA; her grandchildren; Kerry Reagan, Michelle Rice, Matthew Reagan and Lily Ryan; sister of Edward Gushue of CT, sister of the late Gerald Gushue, Frances Ford, Eleanor Sheehan, Alice Sweeney and Ann Penksa.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Funeral from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Saturday, September 20, at 8:45 AM, followed by a 10 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 19 from 5 to 7 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: St. Jude  Children’s Research Hospital, Post Office Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or  www.stjude.org                             

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George  F. Gillis - 77, of North Reading and formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at Winchester Hospital on Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Born in Wilmington, MA on February 11, 1937, he was the son of the late Malcolm and Ann (Connors) Gillis. He was raised and attended school in Wilmington. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran.

George was a retired truck driver for Berman’s Motor Express and Charles River Labs. He has been a resident of North Reading for the past 56 years. He was  a member of St. Theresa’s Church, Knights of Columbus, Council No. 4544 and a former member of the North Reading Auxiliary Police. George was also a member of the Teamsters Union.

George had great enthusiasm for life and a remarkable ability to make and retain friends for life. He had a great sense of humor, he was always smiling and was good to everyone. He was known as the Lollipop Man at all of the Men’s Softball League games and was a dedicated fan. He loved going to morning coffee with his friends.  His grandchildren and great grandchildren meant the world to him, along with his many nieces and nephews.

George loved going to Sebago Lake, he enjoyed camping, fishing and being with his family. He was a true Red Sox and Patriot fan. He loved playing cards and always joked around with everyone. George especially loved his dogs, Lilly and Jake.

Beloved husband of 56 years to Dorothy (Sarcone) Gillis, he was the loving father of his son, George F. Gillis, Jr. and his fiancé Wendy O’ Brien of Tewksbury, daughters, Debra McCabe and her husband Carl  and Kathleen Anderson and her husband Peter, all of North Reading and Dorothy Welch and her husband William of Denver, CO; he was the brother of Edward Gillis and his wife Kay of Wilmington, Richard Gillis and his wife Joyce of Lexington and Eleanor Cameron and her husband William of Wilmington; he was the brother of the late Buddy, John and Mary Gillis; cherished grandfather of ten, Kaitlynne, Nicole, Kristopher, Scott, Kayla, Kaulin, Samantha, Kristina, Kyle and Kerrianne; great grandfather of six, Isabella, Olyvia, Alexis, Chase, Trent and Loralye. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10:15 AM, followed by a 11:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St. (Rt. 62) North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Friday, Sept. 5 from 4-8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.  www.croswellfuneralhome.com

William A. Bowers- August 24, 2014

Robert  W. “Sticker Bob” Fearon, 69, a resident of North Reading, Billerica and Stoneham, MA, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2014 after a short illness.  He was the son of the late Walter and Gertrude (Marr) Fearon and brother of the late Cornelia  Connie”  Johnson.  He is survived by his niece, Jennifer Johnson Adonis,  brother-in-law, William Johnson and many cousins. 

Robert W. Fearon was born on February 28, 1945 in Woburn, MA, and attended North Reading and Stoneham Public Schools.

Sticker Bob was a long-time employee of Parker’s Pit Stop in North Reading prior to retiring a year ago.  Always a jokester, Bob would ask his customers “where’s my chocolate cake?” when checking out their vehicles for stickers.

He also was employed at Jerry’s Citgo in Stoneham until it was sold.  When not working, Bob found enjoyment in fishing local rivers and streams in Massachusetts, offering a helping hand or visiting with friends.

Bob attended and was active in the New England Bible Church in Andover, MA.

Bob will be remembered as a kind hearted friend to many.

Calling hours will be held at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading, MA 01864 on Thursday, August 28, from 4 to 7 PM with a Prayer Service directly following at 7 PM . Memorial Donations may be made in his memory to New England Bible Church, 60 Chandler Road, Andover, MA 01810. 978-475-4381

 

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Peter E. Surette, Jr. - 84, of North Reading, died peacefully at his home on, Sunday, August 24, 2014.

Born in Woburn, MA on November 2, 1929, he was the son of the late Peter E., Sr. and Adele (D’Entremont) Surette. He was raised in Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School. Peter was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a Staff Sergeant and served from 1948 to 1952.

He worked for H.P. Hood, Inc. for 37 years and was a member of the Quarter Century Club. He has been a resident of North Reading for the past 59 years.

Peter was patient and very forgiving, he also was very kind to everyone. He always helped everyone if he could. He was wonderful with children and was a real good man.

He bowled for the Candlewood Bowling Alley in North Reading for over fifty years and he also played with the “Over 30” Men’s Softball League.

Family members include his loving wife of 61 years, Corinne A. (Rightmyer) Surette; his loving sons, Edward P. Surette and Peter E. Surette, III, both of North Reading, Paul P. Surette and his wife Laura of Billerica and the late Thomas R. Surette; daughter-in-law, Jean Surette of Tewksbury; his brother, Richard Surette and his wife Marcia of NH and his brother-in-law, George E. Rightmyer of Freedom, NH. Also survived by 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be private and are under the direction of the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his name to VNA of Middlesex East and Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Street, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

 

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Bette  (Clark) Marshall  -  74, of North Reading, formerly of Reading and Malden, passed away unexpectedly at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Born in Malden, MA on October 18, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Eleanor (Edwards) Clark. She was a graduate of Reading High School and Bridgewater State College.

Bette was a former History Teacher at the Coolidge Middle School in Reading, she retired in 1968. She was a homemaker and was dedicated to her family.  She was a resident of North Reading for over fifty years. She was a member of the Garden Club and an active member of the Union Congregational Church for many years.

Bette was always willing to help others, whether at the Church Fair, making wreaths, contributing time and money to various funds or helping to wash dishes after various functions, she was liked by all.

Family members include her loving husband of fifty one years, David W. Marshall; sons, David S. Marshall and his wife Melinda McIntire of Reading and Jamie C. Marshall and his wife Yuko of Middleboro; her daughter, Laura E. Marshall-Beaulieu and her husband Timothy of Merrimack, NH. Also survived by seven loving grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill Street, North Reading on Wednesday, August 27 at 10:30 AM. Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Tuesday, August 26 from 4 to 7 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to: American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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Bernard  P.  Sarsfield, Jr. – 83, of North Reading, died at his daughter’s home in Kingston, NH on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Joan (Koelble) Sarsfield.

Born in Cambridge, MA on December 2, 1930. He was the son of the late Bernard P., Sr. and Mary F. (Welch) Sarsfield. He was a graduate of St. Clement’s High School in Somerville, Class of 1948 and Mass Radio & TV in Boston. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served from 1953 to 1955.

Bernie worked for the Jordan Marsh Company, as a TV Technician for ten years; AVCO Rad. Corp. in Wilmington as an Electronic Technician for three years and a was a Field Service Rep for twenty five years for Searle Diagnostics. He was a well known Field Service Rep in the Boston area.

Bernie was a hard working individual, with a great sense of humor. He loved the outdoors, canoeing, fishing, baseball and talk radio. He has been a resident of North Reading for the past 54 years.

He was the loving father of Diane Sarsfield and Dan Denahy of Danville, NH, Eileen Woodmansee and her husband Scott of Kingston, NH and Steven Sarsfield and his wife Valerie of Stoneham;brother of Margaret Steele of Somerville, James and Edward Sarsfield of Tewksbury, Damien P. Sarsfield of Richmond, VA and William Sarsfield of Nashua, NH; loving grandfather of four, Eric and Craig Woodmansee, Katherine and Jacqueline Sarsfield.

Funeral service will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Monday, August 25 at 10:30 AM. Calling hours will be on Sunday from 4 to 6 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in memory to: DAV Memorial Program, dav.org,  PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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Virginia Mary (Boyle) Paul, 88, of North Reading, MA passed away August 18,2014. Virginia was Born May 20, 1926 to James and Ethel (Flanders)Boyle in Lynn, MA and grew up in Salem, MA graduating from Salem High School in 1943. She married Edward Francis Paul of Peabody, MA in 1951 and recently celebrated their 63rd anniversary. She was a resident of North Reading since 1965 and a part time resident of Port St. Lucie, Florida since 2001.

Virginia cared deeply about child development and nutritional education. In 1981 at the age of 55 she started her first business, Little Learners Day Care Center in North Reading, MA. Well before her time, she served only organic meals and integrated healthy eating into her mission. Three of her grandchildren were among the hundreds who attended her center. Many Little Learners continued to stay in touch and visited Virginia with their own children right up until her death. Prior to starting her business she raised three sons and was well known around town for her generous nature.

She was an ardent promoter of healthy eating and educated herself to the extent that she was at the vanguard of the organic food movement and an educator on personal health and Genetically Modified Foods.  After retiring she began a weekly email campaign for healthy eating that was read by thousands of readers throughout the U.S.

She was known for jumping into her car at a moment’s notice and visiting a friend in need. She approached life with kindness, a wonderful sense of humor and the patience of Job.  Virginia will be deeply missed by her many friends and her family which include her husband Edward of North Reading, MA, son Bradford M. Paul and his wife Heather of Prides Crossing, MA, son David W. Paul and his wife Melinda of Thornton, NH, and son Richard M. Paul and wife Kate of Olympic Valley, CA. Other family members include her grandchildren Erin Paul, the late Brianna Paul, Eden Paul, and Mia Paul, sister Marion Russell of Salem, MA, and deceased brothers Robert Boyle and William Boyle as well as many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading MA on Friday August 22 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. Funeral services will be held from Croswell Funeral Home on Saturday August 23, at 9:00 AM, followed by a 10 AM Mass at St. Agnes’ Parish, 22 Boston St. Middleton, MA. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, North Reading, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family will be announcing the Virginia Paul memorial scholarship fund. Other donations can be made in her name to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, www.danverscarmel.com.

 

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Charles  E. “Buddy” Crosbie  - 89, Of Durham , NC and formerly of North Reading, died Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, NC. He was the beloved husband of the late Evelyn (Nolan) Crosbie and Doris (Fortunati) Knapp Crosbie.

Born in Somerville, MA on August 28, 1924. He was the son of the late Stearns E. and Edith (Verdi) Crosbie. Charles was raised and attended school in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1942. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He served from 1943 to 1946 was a Sergeant and fought in the Asiatic-Pacific and American theater Operation. He received two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart from the South Philippine Campaign and Philippine Liberation.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service, where he retired as a Postal Inspector.   He was a former resident of North Reading for 26 years, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus , Council No. 4544 and an active member of St. Theresa’s Church. He was a hero to his family and friends and proud to be a solid member of "the greatest generation".  He always had a positive attitude and never complained despite his declining health.  He loved and was dedicated to his family and has left a large legacy of adoring relatives. He enjoyed practical jokes and making people smile and be comfortable.  His hobbies included woodworking, gardening and caning furniture.  He enjoyed history and sightseeing and would take his grandchildren to numerous historical sites.

He was the loving father of sons, Charles P. Crosbie and his wife Paula of Milton, NH,  Gerard Knapp and his wife Susan of Parrish, FL and the late Paul Knapp and his wife Patricia Knapp of Springfield, VT;    daughters, Patricia C. Apigian and her husband Manuel of Waitsfield, VT; Elaine C. Matheson and husband Richard Blankenship of Durham, NC, and Lois Kelly and her husband Robert of Brandon, FL;  He was the brother of, Edith L. Raymond and Roberta Malone and the late Stearns E. Crosbie, Stanley Crosbie, John Crosbie, Gwendolyn Brown, Leonore Anderson, Edith Teresa Crosbie and Joanne Crosbie.  Also Survived by 12 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and 1 great great-granddaughter. 

His funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home , 19 Bow St. North Reading on Saturday, August 16,  at 8:30 AM,  followed by a 10 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St. (Rt.62), North Reading  Calling hours are Friday, August 15 from 5 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Charles’ name to The Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka Kansas 66675.

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James  A.  Nicosia – 58, of North Reading, died Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington.

Born in Cambridge, MA on November 30, 1955, he was the son of John Nicosia of North Reading and the late Evelyn L. (Berg) Nicosia. He was a lifelong resident of North Reading.

James worked as a designer and manufacturer. He was self employed and owned his own company, C2M Company in North Reading, inventing and manufacturing products.

He was a loving husband and dad, he always did everything to the fullest. He loved his 1948 Chevy delivery antique car and enjoyed going to car shows. He  played blues band music for many years and enjoyed his dog, Yoricka.

Besides his father, he is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Barbara (King) Nicosia; his son, Steven Nicosia and his daughters, Kathleen and Nicole Nicosia, all of North Reading and Jacqueline King; brothers, John A. Nicosia and his wife Robin of Maine, Salvatore Nicosia and his wife Annie of Florida and Edward A. Nicosia and his wife Janet of North Reading and his sister, Nancy A. Nicosia of North Reading.

A Celebration of his life will be held at the Loyal Order of Moose, 140 North Street, North Reading on Sunday, August 17 from 1 to 5 PM. There will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held in Riverside Cemetery. Please send sympathy cards and spirituals to the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading, MA 01864. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

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Edward  P.  Sobocinski68, of North Reading and formerly of Wilmington, died on Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at the Merrimack Valley Health Center in Amesbury, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Salem, MA on September 29, 1945, he was the son of the late Thaddeus Sobocinski  and  Helen F. (McDonald) Hayes. He was raised and attended school in North Reading and was a graduate of North Reading High School, Class of 1963. After graduating High School, he enlisted into the U.S. Marines, he was a Vietnam Veteran, serving from 1964 to 1967. He was a Corporal and was very proud of his service to his country.

Eddie  worked as a Master Plumber for many years, he worked for Hillview Plumbing in North Reading  and later was self employed.

He loved bicycling, running, fishing, hiking, canoeing and white water rafting. His winter sports included ski trips and a player for the Blues on the Wilmington Adult Hockey League, he also played in the North Reading Men’s Softball League.

Eddie was a true sports enthusiast, he loved to dance and enjoyed going to the Plum Island and Gloucester beaches. He was always known to be a great dresser.

Family members include his loving sisters, Josephine Foster of North Reading, Alice Hinson of Peabody and Barbara Czerwonka and her husband Peter of Belmont, NH; dear friends, Kathleen and William Salley of Newbury and his former wife, Christine M. Jillett of Andover.  He was also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Funeral service celebrating his life will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Tuesday, August 12 at 10:30 AM.  Calling hours will be held on Monday, August 11 from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.

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Mary V. (Wistuba) Carriere94, of North Reading and formerly of Dorchester, died on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Wingate of Andover. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter A. Carriere, Sr.

Born in Boston, MA on March 25, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Franz Hubert Wistuba and Mary Lillian (Magee) Wistuba. She attended the L.D. Batchelder School in North Reading and Reading public schools. She was a graduate of Dorchester High School for Girls and later attended Burdett College.

Mary and her husband Peter owned and operated Carriere Furniture Repair in North Reading for over fifty years. She has been a resident of North Reading for most of her life. She was an active member of St. Theresa’s Church for many years and later volunteered at the North Reading Town Hall. Mary loved sewing and she taught drapery and slipcover making and Interior Design for the Adult Ed classes in North Reading and Medford. She enjoyed spending many winters at her home in Greenacres, Florida.

Family members include her loving sons, Peter A. Carriere Jr. of North Reading, Joseph F. Carriere and his wife Marilyn of NH, her daughter MaryAnne Doyle and her husband Joseph of North Reading, her late son, James L. Carriere and her daughter-in-law, Rosemary Carriere of North Reading. She was the sister of Rosalie Famolare of Peabody, the late Lillian Hasselman, and brothers John and Francis Wistuba. She leaves 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Tuesday, August 5 at 9:15 AM, followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St. (Rt.62), North Reading. Calling hours on Monday, August 4 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.

 

 

Richard  Alan “Dick” Atwell  - 84, of North Reading and Wakefield, died at his home on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Born in Melrose, MA on April 26, 1930, he was the son of the late Richard Atwell and Eunice (Coburn) Atwell Hopkins. He was raised and attended school in Wakefield.             

Dick worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for the North Reading Public Works Department for many years. He has been retired for over twenty five years.

Dick was very dedicated to his family. His grandchildren meant the world to him, filling his life with laughter and joy. His humble and caring way is what his family and friends admired most about him.  Although he was a man of  few words. He always left a lasting impression.

Family members include his beloved wife of 59 years, Dorothy (Campbell) Atwell; loving daughters,  Linda Goodwin and her husband Bruce, Susan Colburne and her husband Ronnie, Jr., all of North Reading and Judy Slosser of Sigel, PA; cherished grandchildren, Benjamin and Matthew Goodwin, Lukas Slosser, Courtney and Ross Colburne and a great grandson, Tyler Lebaron.

Funeral services will be private and are under the direction of the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading.

 

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Herbert  F.  Maine, Sr. -  87, of North Reading, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, July 18, 2014. He was the beloved husband of the late Florence M. (Stratton) Maine.

Born in Utica, NY on February 7, 1927, he was the son of the late Frank A. Maine and Claire B. (Gibbons) Grant. He was a lifelong resident of North Reading. He was a graduate of the L.D. Batchelder School in North Reading and Reading High School, Class of 1945.

Herb was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II. He was a Line Foreman for the Reading Municipal Light Department, he retired in 1982, after 34 years of service. He was a member of the North Reading Lodge A.F. & A.M. for the past 61 years.

Herb very dedicated to his family. He was a good friend and neighbor, he was always known to be kind, generous and patient. He was an avid reader of Westerns, Science Fiction and WWII stories. He loved to spend time in his garden and deliver all the fruits of his labor to his family, neighbors and friends. Herb was also an avid Red Sox Fan for many years.

Family members include his loving son, Herbert F. Maine, Jr. and his wife Carol A. White  and  two granddaughters, Anna R. and Julia E. Maine, all of Chebeague Island, Maine;  a brother, Frank Maine of Utica, NY and late sister, June L. Proctor.

Visitation will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Saturday, July 26 from 10 to 11 AM, followed by an 11:30 AM graveside service at Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

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Walter  P.  O’Rourke, Jr. -  64, of North Reading, died at his home on Saturday, July 12, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Somerville, MA on September 7, 1949, he was the son of the late Walter P., Sr. and Rose (Gilmartin) O’ Rourke. He was raised in North Reading and was a graduate of North Reading High School, Class of 1967.

Walter was the owner and operator of Northeast Equipment in North Reading for 37 years. After his retirement he worked part time for the Hillview Country Club.

Walter was the oldest of nine children. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed kayaking with his wife Peggy and their beloved dogs, Riley and Kimba. They enjoyed their many vacations in Sarasota, Florida.

Family members include his loving wife of 28 years, Margaret (Riley) O’Rourke; brothers, Jack and his wife Dottie, Jim and his wife Lori and Joe and his wife Kristine, all of North Reading; sisters, Rosemary O’Rourke and Kathy Proctor and her husband Art, all of NH,  Nancy King and her husband Bill, Terri Cheney, Pat Casey and her husband Joe, all of North Reading; in-laws, Judy Grundy, Kathy, Michael, Stanley and William Riley and Sheila Swanson. Also survived by many nieces and nephews including Erin and Courtney Butler.

His Funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Wednesday, July 16 at 9:15 AM, followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St. (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Walter P. O’Rourke, Jr. Golf Fund, c/o Chris Carter, Hillview Country Club, 149 North St., North Reading, MA 01864.      

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Helen (Malcom) Stickney 83, Of North Reading, formerly of Lynnfield, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Wilmington Health Care Center. She was the beloved wife of 63 years to the late William P. Stickney, who passed away this past June 13.

Born in Malden, MA on February 16, 1931. She was the daughter of the late John D. and Helen (Johnstone) Malcolm. Helen  was a resident of North Reading for the past 34 years and a member of the Union Congregational Church.  She was dedicated to her family, she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Helen loved crafts, handmaking quilts, knitting sweaters and sewing garments. She was always a regular at her children’s sporting events.

She lived by her motto, I will never look back at a day in the past and wish I had cleaned…..

Family members include her loving son, Stephen Stickney and his wife Karen of Andover; daughters, Heather Maiola and Brooke Schaefer of North Reading and Paige Stickney of Maine; brothers, John Malcolm of Lynnfield and Charles Malcolm of OR ; grandchildren, Matthew and Meghan of Andover, Brent, Alec, Jeremy, Colby and Morgan of North Reading.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading, MA 01864.www.croswellfuneralhome.com

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Elizabeth  M . (Judge) Bakas  -  92, of North Reading and formerly of Medford, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, in Wakefield. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter G. Bakas, Sr.

It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our mother Elizabeth M. Bakas.

Born in Malden, MA on January 22, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Thaddeus E. and Margaret M. (Holland) Judge.  She was a graduate of Girls Catholic High School in Malden and Fisher Business School in Boston.

Elizabeth has been a resident of North Reading for over 60 years and was a member of St. Theresa’s Church.  She was a former employee of the General Electric Company and AVCO Engineering, both in Everett. She was a homemaker  and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Family members include her loving sons,  Peter G. Bakas, Jr.  and his wife Kathi and Paul J. Bakas, all of North Reading,  Michael A. Bakas and his wife Catalina of Maine and Mark F. Bakas and his wife Donna of Georgetown;  daughters,  Margaret M. (Bakas) Buker and her husband Scott of Merrimack, NH and Elizabeth M. (Bakas) Spencer and her husband William of Gilford, NH; she was the sister of the late Thaddeus E. Judge, II;  cherished grandmother of nine, Garrett W. and Cameron W. Buker,  Andrew F.Bakas  and his partner, Valerie Packard, Matthew J. and David M. Bakas, Griffin W. and Brennan W. Spencer and Nicholas P. and Michael A. Bakas. She was the great grandmother of Damon M. Bakas.

Elizabeth was affectionately known as “B” by those who loved her – especially her adoring grandsons and great grandson.                                                          

Funeral from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Friday, July 11,  at 9:15 AM, followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt.62),  North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 PM.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street, North Reading, MA 01864.

 

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Maureen  (Glynn) Berry  -  75, resided in East Kingston, NH and formerly of Booth Bay, Maine, North Reading and Lynn, died peacefully, Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Born in Lynn, MA, on September 13, 1938, she was the daughter of the late George W. Glynn and Elisabeth (Quinn) Nelson.

Maureen started her career as a secretary for the General Electric Company in Lynn, moving to other opportunities, she ended her career at the Revlon Corporation as an Account Executive.

Maureen has been a resident of Booth Bay, Maine for the past twelve years, where she was a member of the Barter’s Island Community Center. She was a former resident of North Reading for over thirty years. This past year, she and her husband resided in East Kingston, NH.

She enjoyed boating and antiquing with her husband of 53 years. She always enjoyed entertaining friends and family.  Maureen had a quick wit and always had a smile on her face. Her family was everything to her.

Family members include her loving husband of 53 years, Keith A. Berry; her son, Mark Berry and his partner, Maria Spina of North Reading;  her daughter, Laurel Ford and her husband, Dennis Ford of Derry, NH; her sister, Alma McGinnis of Wells, Maine;  grandchildren, Daniel, Patrick and Kaleigh Ford and great grandson, Oliver Ford.

Her Funeral service will be held at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Monday, July 7 at 11:00 AM.  Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 10:00  to 11:00 AM. Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 5027, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

 

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James  B. Pierce  -  96, of North Reading and formerly of Wakefield, died Friday, June 20, 2014, at Meadow View Center in North Reading. He was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor R. (Hammond) Pierce.

Born in El Pubnico, Nova Scotia, Canada on November 14, 1917. He was the son of the late John and Marie (Nickerson) Pierce.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, he served aboard the U.S.S. Springfield. He was involved in the American Theatre, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre and the Philippine Liberation Operations.

James worked for many years as a union carpenter and was a member of the New England Carpenters Union. He has been a resident of North Reading for over sixty years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and V.F.W.  in North Reading.

He was an avid boater (into his 80’s), tuna fishing was his joy, especially catching a big blue fin with his grandson, Danny Smith.  He made remote control boats for his grandsons and also made remote control planes. He was an avid reader, especially historical novels and political biographies.

Family members include his loving daughters,  Linda M. Smith of North Reading,  Cheryl A. Burt and her husband Michael J. of Newton, NH  and  Amy J. Graham and her husband Matthew of Londonderry, NH; his sister, Jean Rouse of Hamilton. He was the cherished grandfather of 9, great grandfather of 5 and another great grandchild on the way.

Funeral service at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Wednesday, June 25 at 10:30 AM. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.  Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Life Choice Hospice, 790 Turnpike St., Suite 302, North Andover, MA 01845.  

 

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William  P.  Stickney  -  83, of North Reading, formerly of Lynnfield, died Friday, June 13, 2014, at Beverly Hospital, after a sudden illness.

Born in Everett, MA on December 2, 1930, He was the son of the late Leroy and Helen (Kimball) Stickney. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served from 1951 to 1953. He received his BSEE and MSBA from Northeastern University in Boston. He was a Professional Engineer.

Bill was an Electrical Engineer by trade, he was self-employed as a Sales Engineer, he manufactured and sold instrumentation and control systems. He started, owned and operated Stickney Engineering Associates, Inc. for fifty years.                .

He was a resident of North Reading for the past 34 years and was a member of the Union Congregational Church. He was a long time member of Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, Boy Scouts of America, Past Master of the Lynnfield Masonic Lodge and member of the Aleppo Shriner’s. He was also a member and Past President of the Thomson Club in North Reading. 

Bill was an avid golfer and bowler. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a compassionate and selfless man, always willing to lend a hand to help anyone.

Family members include his loving wife of 63 years, Helen (Malcom) Stickney;  his son,  Stephen Stickney and his wife Karen of Andover;  daughters, Heather Maiola and Brooke  Schaefer, both of North Reading and Paige Stickney of Maine;  sisters, Dawn Stickney of FL and Florence Mauer of WA.  Loving grandfather of Brent, Alec and Jeremy, Colby and Morgan of North Reading and Matthew and Meghan of Andover.

Memorial Service will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill Street, North Reading on Saturday, June 28 at 10 AM. There will be no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, 353 Southern Artery, Quincy, MA 02169. Arrangements  are under the direction of the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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Eleanor  M. “Lee  Lee” Gurliaccio  - 77, of North Reading and  formerly of  East Boston, died unexpectedly on June 4, 2014, at the Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston.

Born in East Boston, MA on July 21, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Lazzaro and Giuseppina (DeMeo) Gurliaccio.  She was a graduate of All Girls Catholic High School in East Boston and later took Real Estate courses.

She worked for the John Hancock Insurance Company for over thirty years and later for Star Market in North Reading. “Lee Lee”, as her children called her, has been a resident of North Reading since 1969 and was a member of St. Theresa’s Church.

Eleanor was a warm hearted and a friendly guardian angel to all her family and friends. Her hobbies were gardening and she enjoyed working with wood. She was very dedicated to “her children”, Jessica and Alex, who she took care of for all of their lives. They were her biological niece and nephew, however she raised them as if they were her own. She was a North Reading Youth Football and Cheerleading Advocate for her children, because this was a major part of her life. She enjoyed many great times going to their lakefront home in New Hampshire.  She always enjoyed taking the kids to water parks, Canobie Lake Park and many movie theatres. Eleanor enjoyed going out with her friends, especially Mae, Peggy and Terry. She lived a beautiful life with her family and friends by her side.

Family members include her great grandniece and great grandnephew, Jessica M. Needham and Alex D. Forster, whom she was the guardian of; her brother, Anthony R. Gurliaccio, all of North Reading; she was the sister of the late Michael Gurliaccio, Joseph Gurli, Catherine Ciancio and Geraldine Yacovangelo.  Also survived by her sister-in-law, Margi Gurli of Chelsea and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Her funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, June 12 at 8:30 AM followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours will be held prior to the funeral from 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the charity of one’s choice. croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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Dolores  D. (Garvia)  Nee – 85, of Billerica and formerly of Florida,  Wilmington and Reading, died unexpectedly at home on Monday, May 26, 2014.

Born in Reading, MA on February 13, 1929. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Garvia and Mary J. (Clements) Bagocius. She was raised and attended school in Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School, Class of 1946.

Dolores was a former employee of the IRS in Andover, Town of Wilmington and she also worked for the Center in Billerica. She was a former resident of Wilmington for over twenty five years.

Dolores was a homemaker and was dedicated to her family, she was a loving wife mother and grandmother. She enjoyed arts and crafts and was an excellent seamstress.  She was well known for her great sense of humor.

Family members include her beloved husband of 64 years, John H. Nee; her loving sons, Michael Nee and his wife Nancy of Plymouth and Timothy Nee and his wife Janet of Beverly; her loving daughter, Patricia Nee Morrill and her husband Richard of Billerica. Also survived by 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Friday,  May 30 at 8:30 AM, followed by a 10 AM Funeral Mass at St. Thomas  of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the charity of one’s choice. croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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Leonard  W. “Gig” Stephens – 87, a life-long resident of North Reading, died peacefully at his home on May 19, 2014. He was the son of the late Angelina (Borges) and Peter R. Stephens.

He was a 1941 graduate of the North Reading Public School System, he attained an MBA degree in National and International Air Cargo, Rail, Surface and Waterway Transportation from LaSalle University and Northwestern University.

Leonard  was a U.S. Navy, World War II Veteran, having served in the North Atlantic theatre of Operations as a Gunners Mate aboard a “Liberty Ship”.

Gig was a thirty-year airline executive, Massachusetts  Registry Official and professional race car owner and driver. He was a former owner and founder of McDonalds  Associates Detective Agency in Boston in 1960. He established the first “turbo-prop” scheduled All-Cargo Air service in New England and appeared in Who’s/ Who in Aviation, 1973 Edition. He was Instrumental in Governor Edward J. King’s election campaign; a life member of Boston Fireman’s Post No. 94; D.A.V Post No. 37 of Reading; USAC Charter Member (U.S. Auto Club) and an active member of several Republican Committees in Washington, which elected President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.

Gig’s love was in professional race car competition and antique car restoration. He completed his “Rookie Drivers Test” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May of 1956. On July 26, 1959 he broke the world’s speed record for Midgets at Trenton New Jersey Speedway, starting in 33rd position.

Family members include his loving nieces, Marilyn “Peachie” Stephens Sakaleras of Bradenton, FL; Paula Stephens Hammer of Lilburn, GA;  Shirley Stephens White of Bartlett, NH; Donna Stephens Lynch of Rochester, NH;  a nephew, Thomas P. Stephens of Alton Bay, NH, late brothers Paul T. and Herald J. Stephens and a very dear friend from Houston, TX.

His funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Saturday, May 24 at 9:15 AM, followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s  Church, 63 Winter St. (Rt. 62), North Reading,  Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 23, from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Care Dimensions (Hospice), 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. croswellfuneralhome.com

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Helen L. (Wheeler) Greene  - 90, of Windham, NH, formerly of Auburndale, FL and North Reading, died at her home on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Born in Milford, MA on May 8, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Anna (Johnson) Wheeler. Helen was a graduate of Katherine Gibbs College. She worked as a Bank Teller, and also at Stones Department Store in Reading and she retired from BASF in Bedford. 

She was an active member of the Union Congregational Church in North Reading for over fifty years.  She was a member of the Eastern Star, Red Hat Society and a long time member of the North Regional Theater Workshop.

Helen had a great sense of humor and was very generous. She enjoyed the holidays, she was an only child who loved, valued and appreciated her large family.  She enjoyed musical theater, sewing, painting, crafts, shopping, decorating and word puzzles.

Family members include her loving husband of 67 years, John A. Greene; her sons, Paul Webster Greene of Methuen, John B. Greene of North Reading and Russell R. Greene of Waltham;  daughters,  Joyce E. Sewall of Sarasota, FL, Julie A. Wood of Methuen  and Deirdre M. Davenport of Derry, NH; son-in-laws, Denis Webster Greene and John G. Davenport and daughter-in-law, Diane M. Greene. Also survived by 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Funeral service at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill Street, North Reading on Thursday, May 22 at 10 AM.  Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Memorial Garden, First Congregational Church, 26 Pleasant  Street, Methuen, MA 01844. croswellfuneralhome.com

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Carl  L.  Jacques, Jr. – 94, of Reading, formerly of Cape Cod and North Reading, passed away at Sutton Hill Center, North Andover  on Sunday, May 18, 2014. He was the loving husband of the late Helen (McCarthy) Jacques for 63 years.

Carl was born in Wakefield, MA. Son of the late Carl Jacques and Phoebe (Sawyer) Jacques. He was self-employed for many years and also partnered with his beloved brother Clifford Jacques in the construction field.  In his later years he supervised the maintenance of several apartment complexes.  He served with the 75th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during WWII.  He earned the Bronze Star during the Rhineland, Central Europe campaign, along with other medals and ribbons. 

He was a member of the VFW and a proud Mason and Shriner.  He loved spending time with his family. Carl also enjoyed fishing and following the Boston sports teams.

He is survived by his brother, Reverend Kenneth Jacques, and his wife Betty of Hemet, CA, sisters,  Margie Prousalis of Hollywood, FL and  Barbara Montague of Hemet, CA, and his late brother,  Clifford Jacques.  Also by his four loving daughters, Sally Sanborn of Merrimack, NH, JoMarie Allen, and her husband Bert of North Andover, MA, Carla Langtry and fiancé Tom Kenny of Alton, NH, and Bonnie McDonald and husband Carl of Hampstead NH, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading, on Friday,  May 23 at 11 AM. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 9 to 10:45 AM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.  Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

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Michael  K.  Hull, Sr. - 73, St. Augustine, FL and formerly of North Reading, passed into the presence of the Lord on May 12, 2014 at Flagler Hospital with his devoted wife and fun loving daughter by his side.   He was born on February 4th, 1941 in Windsor, VT, the son of the late Newton and Jeanette Hull of North Reading and later Kezar Falls, ME. He spent his childhood years in North Reading and had resided in St. Augustine, FL since 1993.  He was a hard worker, dedicated employee and spent 25 years working for Nissen’s Bakery in Lynn. After moving to St. Augustine he was head of Security at the St. Augustine Outlet Mall for 11 years. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed spending his time working in his gardens and caring for his lawn.  He also had a great love for collecting model cars and going to antique car shows.  His greatest joy in life was spending time at the ocean front with his devoted wife and family. 

 He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia Hull, St. Augustine, FL; children, Jeffrey Michael Hull, Jacksonville,FL, Tammy Lee Fixler, Kensington, NH, Michael Kennedy Hull, Jr., Reno, NV, Linda Lee Brown, Sandown, NH, Valerie Lyn Watkins, Kensington, NH, Newton John Hull, Derry, NH; niece, Marie Burbine Corey; brother, Mark Hull, Kezar Falls, Maine; two sisters, Jeri Quack, Groveland, Judy Morin, Bradenton, FL; and 18 grandchildren and over 100 nieces, nephews. 

Visiting hours will be held at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St. North Reading, on Thursday, May 22, from 6-8pm. 

A Graveside memorial service will be held in Middleton at a later date. 

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Joan Dobson - 83, passed away on May 8, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.
She was the "love of his life & best friend" of husband Bob, who passed away in 2008.
They are together again doing what they loved, riding their 1968 Triumph motorcycle.
Joan always put her family before her own needs. She brightened the room with her beautiful blue eyes & smiling face.
She will be dearly missed by three daughters, Bonnie Gowell and her husband Earl of Saugus, Sharon Dobson of Danvers and Valerie Carmichael and her husband Rob of Derry, NH  and three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
We want to thank the staff at Meadowview Center and Life Choice Hospice for their tender loving care of Mom.
There will be no services at Joan's request.  The family is planning a Celebration of Joan's Life party in the future.
If you would like to attend, please email:
travelinqueen@myfairpoint.net   Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading is in charge of arrangements. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

Paul A. Valley, Jr.- 43 of Andover, May 4, 2014

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James G. Haerer   59, of Andover, formerly of North Reading, died peacefully at his home on Monday, May 5, 2014, after a brave battle with his illness.

  Born in Woburn, MA on April 20, 1955. He attended North Reading Public Schools and was a graduate of North Reading High School, Class of 1972.

He worked at Kitty’s Restaurant in North Reading for many years.  At the age of 11, Jimmy started his life-long career at his family owned restaurant, Kitty’s. From making pizza boxes at age 11 to becoming one of the most hardworking, witty and “charismatic” bar managers, Jimmy was the reason why so many came to Kitty’s, whether to eat and drink or to work. He was always being told to smile and when he did it never was without one of his witty remarks.

  Jimmy was absolutely the most loving, protective, compassionate and selfless father to his four children.

  Jimmy was artistic and had an amazingly creative mind. He loved the beach , fishing, painting and spending every free minute he had with his children.  He loved playing Let It Ride and occasionally bought a scratch ticket or two. A few games of Keno never hurt. 

  Family members include his loving mother, Juanita M. (White) Haerer of North Reading and his late father, Frederick S. Haerer;  sons, Jonathan J. Haerer of Andover; Jacob J. and Joshua J. Haerer, both of Wilmington; his daughter, Nicole K. Haerer of Andover; his sisters, Denise A. Haerer of South Yarmouth and Kim S. Callahan of Haverhill. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

  His funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Tuesday, May 13 at 9:15 AM, followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Monday, May 12 from 3 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Nicole D’Amelio, FBO Jacob & Joshua Haerer, 6F Seven Springs Lane, Burlington, MA 01803. 

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GRACE  LUCY  (MARTIN) GROVER

  Of North Reading, after a brief illness, at age 83, she passed peacefully with family by her side on May 4th.  Born and raised in Reading, she resided in North Reading raising her 3 children with

her husband  William E. Grover, Sr. for over 60 years.  She had worked at Schrafft’s in Charlestown before devoting herself full time to her children.   

She was very talented in her creative projects including needlepoint, knitting, and crocheting.  She enjoyed travelling, taking long family trips throughout northern New England and New York and being with family.

She is preceded in death by her husband William, Sr. of 54 years; brothers, Earl and Leeland. She is survived by her sons, William Jr. and wife Terri of Woburn, David of Fitchburg, Arthur and wife Gizelle of Rindge, NH;  sister- in- laws, Charlotte Lundquist of Frenchville, ME and Ellie Martin of Wilmington, as well as many nieces and nephews. Among her surviving grandchildren are William III, Stephanie, Sarah, Justin, Alicia Farinoli and her husband Jason, and Amanda LeBlanc and her husband Jeremy. She is the proud great grandmother of Jasmine, Gavin, with Violet due in August.

Calling hours are from 9 to10:30 AM on Friday, May 9 at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading, followed by a 11 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt.62), North Reading. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Grace’s name can be made to the Wilmington Health Center, located at 750 Woburn, St.,Wilmington, MA 01887. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

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Marcella  J. (Adams) Thomas – 89, of North Reading, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Milford Regional Medical Center. She was the beloved wife of the late George E. Thomas, Sr.

Born in Benton, IL on April 30, 1925. She was the daughter of the late Bock and Bessie (Williams) Adams. She was raised and attended school in Illinois and was a graduate of High School in Illinois in 1945. Marcella worked as an Assembler for ten years at Compugraphic in North Reading. She has been a resident of North Reading since 1959.

Family members include her loving children, George E. Thomas, Jr. and his wife Irene of North Reading; Marcia Surette and her husband Phil of Derry, NH and June Kindler and her husband Bob of Mendon; her sister, Emma Leming of Christopher, IL and her late brother, Kenneth Lee Adams; 6 grandchildren, Trina, Kim, Adam, Michelle, Nichol and Michael; 5 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

Funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Wednesday, May 7 at 10 AM. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 to 10 AM. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

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Jeffrey Michael Loesch - 26 of North Reading, MA passed away April 30, 2014.  He was born in Stoneham, MA on June 4, 1987. Jeff graduated from Salem High School in 2005. He was well known for his quick witty sense of humor that had everyone laughing.  As a young child, Jeff was very active in boy scouts; especially the annual pinewood derby event. Jeff had an extensive knowledge in history, particularly world events. He also had a passion for physical fitness and was interested in pursuing a career in sports therapy.  Jeff enjoyed the simple things in life, like going to his vacation home in Maine, having lobster, and spending summers in Florida with his grandparents. He will always be remembered for his love of motor sports, especially his ATV and cooking for family and friends. Jeff will always be remembered for his infectious smile, words of encouragement, and his trade mark; the Aviator sunglasses.   

            He was the loving son of Sharon Loesch of North Reading and the late Kenneth Loesch and the brother of Kimberly Loesch of Methuen, MA. He was the loving grandson of Alton Nix of North Reading and the late Marjorie Nix, Jean Krauklin of Cary, NC and the late Buchanan Loesch, nephew of Peter Loesch of Nashville TN, Stacy Loesch and his wife Louise of Roswell, GA and Karen Whitehill and her husband Richard of Charlottesville, VA. He is further survived by many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

            A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, May 8 at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading.  Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 7 PM. A private Burial will follow on Thursday May 15 at 11 AM  in Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, NH. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

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Glenda  L. (McKeague) Fleming – 73, of Wakefield, formerly of North Reading, died at her daughters home on Sunday morning, April 20, 2014, after a lengthy illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur “Hugh” Fleming.

Born in Woburn, MA on April 30,1940, she was the daughter of the late Joseph F. and Marion L. (Powell) McKeague. Glenda was a graduate of North Reading High School’s, First graduating Class in 1958. She attended Malden School of Nursing and was a graduate of North Shore Community College, School of Nursing. She was a Registered Nurse and worked at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital for over 37 years. Glenda first started as a P.C.T. and later became an RN, while working in 1985.

Glenda has been a resident of Wakefield for the past 52 years.  She was a member of Wakefield Order of Eastern Star, Tontoquin Chapter.  She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them, she was also a loving and caring nurse. Glenda loved traveling, cooking, doing crossword puzzles and she especially liked cake decorating. She loved scenic rides up the coast, she liked spending time up Lake Winnipesaukee with her daughters family. She was an avid Red Sox fan.

Family members include her loving sons, Arthur J. Fleming and his wife Lisa of  Pepperell,  Paul S. Fleming and his wife Rose and David A. Fleming and his wife Vilma, both of Lynn, her daughter, Marion S. Stanley and her husband Richard of Atkinson, NH; she was the cherished grandmother of nine and great grandmother of five.

Her funeral service will be held at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Friday, April 25 at 10 AM. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Peabody. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843 or to Center for Cancer Care, at Winchester Hospital, 620 Washington St., Winchester, MA 01890. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

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Gertrude  A. “Trudy” (Maltese)  Pinelli - 82, of North Reading and formerly of Stoneham, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation in Danvers.

Born in Boston, MA on May 12, 1931, she was the daughter of the late John and  Marieanna (Cina) Maltese.  Trudy was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School, Class of 1948.

Trudy has been a resident of North Reading for five years and worked at Kid to Kid Children’s Shop.  She was known for her big heart, being selfless, her generosity, a great listener, to be trusting, her love for her family and her compassion and smile.

She enjoyed bowling and she ran a neighborhood children’s summer bowling league. She loved to read the paper and play scrabble. She enjoyed photo albums and cooking, she was the “Eggplant Parmesan Queen”.

Family members include her loving son, Michael Pinelli  of St. Augustine, FL; her daughters, Karen Chipman of North Reading,  Janice Jones of MA  and the late Elaine Tofuri; her brother John Maltese of Braintree and her sister, Mary Kelley of Medford;  she was the sister of the late Matthew, Frank and Joseph Maltese and Vincy Salvaggio. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Saturday, April 19 at 10:30 AM. Calling hours will on Friday from 4 to 7 PM. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Woburn. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Alzheimer’s Association, MA/ NH Chapter, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. croswellfuneralhome.com

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Ruth  E.  (Dodge)  Johnson  -  93, of North Reading, died at her home on Monday, April 14, 2014.  She was the beloved wife of the late Howard Johnson.

Born in Stoneham, MA on September 15, 1920,  she was the daughter of the late Albert and Mary Jane (Holden) Dodge. Ruth was a graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1938 and Massachusetts School of Art, Class of 1940.

Ruth worked as a waitress for Howard Johnson’s Restaurant and the Colonial Restaurant in Lynnfield.  She worked for 16 years for Compugraphic as cafeteria manager and cook.  Ruth was also a cook and “Responsible Person” for the Fitch Home and for How’s Work as a companion for Mystic Valley Elder Services.

Ruth has been a resident of North Reading for the past 64 years and a member for many years at the Martin’s Pond Union Baptist Church. She was a member of the Christian Women’s Club and BYKOTA Club.

She was a generous, humble, optimistic, energetic server with a contagious sense of humor. Her readiness to listen to beloved family and friends always brought assurance, relief, comfort and hope, as she offered words of encouragement, empathy, support and prayers.

Ruth was a beautiful, Godly, kind woman, Ruth’s sparkling blue eyes brightened even more with her bubbling, singing laughter in conversations with everyone she met, no matter where she was-at home or work, at the store or on the phone, sitting on the porch or in church. Everyone who knew her loved her. 

Family members include her loving daughters,  Karen Lee Hurley and Vicki Ellen Simpter, both of North Reading and Linda Jo Gamache of  Sanborn, NY;  her sister, Edyth L. Arthur Haines of Kissimmee, FL, she was the sister of the late Alfred and Theodore Dodge, Alberta Murphy and Mary Canelas. Also survived by 10 cherished  grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Tuesday, April 22 at 11 AM. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 7 to 9 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Martin’s Pond Union Baptist Church, 4 Cogswell Road, North Reading, MA 01864.

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Muriel  F.  (Clarke)  Lynch  -  94, of Wakefield, died on Wednesday evening, April 2, 2014, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Former wife of the late Arthur J. Lynch.

Born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada on December 3, 1919. She was the daughter of the late Job and Lavinia (Penny) Clarke.  Muriel was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin School, Class of 1937.

She was a resident of Wakefield for over thirty years, she was a member of the Wakefield Arts and Crafts Society and the Union Congregational Church in North Reading, where she member of the Faith Circle.

Muriel was a dear and special person and was loved by everyone who knew her. She always thought of others and never put herself first. She always made the best of the worst situation and smiled and gave compliments to others, especially to those who helped her, as she got older and couldn’t do as much for herself. She was a great conversationalist and enjoyed being with people.

She loved to spend time with her family and grandchildren, she enjoyed sewing and needlework (cross-stitch, crewel). Muriel loved to travel, especially going to Cape Cod and she enjoyed musical events: opera, theatre and plays. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening when she was younger and could walk long distances. Her church and church family were very important to her. Muriel was a snappy dresser and matched all her outfits to a “t”, including shoes, scarf and jewelry.

Family members include her loving daughters, Beverly G. Thompson and Deborah D. Zitola, both of Wakefield; her son, Bruce Clarke Lynch of Holliston; her brother, William Clarke of Winchester;  her sister, Gloria Piercey of Osterville  and seven grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill Street, North Reading on Tuesday, April 8 at 10 AM.  Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Monday evening from 6 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Make-A-Wish America Gift Processing, 4742 North 24th St., Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016 or to the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading, MA 01864. croswellfuneralhome.com

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Thelma  E.  (Butler)  Berg  Hawkes  -  90, of  Wakefield and formerly of Melrose, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Wingate of Reading. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond Hawkes and Karl A. Berg.

Born in East Boston, MA on April 13, 1923. She was the daughter of the late George and Irene (MacDowell) Butler.  Thelma was raised and attended school in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1941.

Thelma was a homemaker and dedicated to her family, she was a loving mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed cooking, the North Shore Music Theatre and going out to eat.

Family members include her loving son, Karl E. Berg of North Reading and Karen N. LaRoza of Northport, FL; stepdaughter, Joy Bruno of Methuen;  grandchildren, Jerry Berg of Andover and Brian Hutchinson of Greenland, NH.  Also survived by a great grandson, Steven Hutchinson.

Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Sunday, April 6, from 3 to 7 PM. There will be no funeral service.  croswellfuneralhome.com

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William  R. Wray  -  71, of North Reading and formerly of Winchester, died unexpectedly at his home on March 31, 2014. He was the husband of the late Martha (Sullivan) Wray.

Born in Phoenix, AZ on February 10, 1943.  He was the son of the late Robert M. and Miriam (Coleman) Wray. He was a graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii,  he also attended Kansas State University and Lafayette College. Bill has been a resident of North Reading for the past 16 years.

He was a retired Research Scientist for the Polaroid Corporation in Cambridge. He also worked as an Electronics Engineer for Audio Lab and Rowland Institute for Science, both in Cambridge, Ibis Technology in Danvers and later was self employed at Bill Wray & Associates.

Bill loved learning and was interested in and determined to teach himself about everything.  He was a very honest and generous person. Bill was a photographer, drummer, pool player, skier, crossword enthusiast and a devoted Patriots fan.

Family members include his loving son, Andrew Wray of Medford, his brother, Richard Wray of Bellevue, WA and sister, Dani Fanello of Bellingham, WA.

There will be no calling hours.  A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. croswellfuneralhome.com

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James  G. “Jay” Bourne,  Jr. – 55, of  North Reading and formerly of Winchester, died at his home on Thursday morning, March 27, 2014. 

Born in Bridgeport, CT, on March 26, 1959.  He was the son of the late James G. ,Sr. and Winifred W. (Canada) Bourne.  He was raised in Winchester, he attended Winchester High School and North Reading High School.

Jay was the owner and operator of A+ removal in North Reading for 28 years and has been a resident of North Reading for over 35 years.

Jay was an extremely hard worker and was loved by all. He was very generous and caring. He was an avid outdoors man. Jay loved fishing, boating and hunting. He was a collector of antiques, muscle cars and motorcycles.

Family members include his loving children, Jay and Dana Bourne, Brandon and Carol Babcock, all of North Reading; his sister, Sarah Kay Eyring of Putnam Valley, New York.

His funeral will be held at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Monday, March 31 at 11 AM.  Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 11 AM. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. croswellfuneralhome.com

Arthur F. Fano78, of Norfolk and formerly of North Reading, died Thursday, March 14, 2014.

Born in Boston, MA on December 28, 1935, he was the son of the late Paul and Emma I. (Doliver) Fano.

Arthur worked for many years as a chef in the restaurant business.

Family members include his sisters, Mary Pricone, Grace Quirk, Anna Larkin, all of Florida and Susan Walsh of Amesbury. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Joseph M. Fano.

Services will be private. Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading.

Catherine  G.  Cataldo  -  89, of Reading, died at her home on Monday, March 17, 2014. Beloved wife of the late Benjamin S. Cataldo, loving mother of Janis Lewandowski, cherished grandmother of Debra A. and Paul E. Lewandowski.  Services were held at the Croswell Funeral Home on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM. Deacon Jack Wise of St. Theresa’s Church officiated. Burial was in Charles Lawn Cemetery in Reading.

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Kyle  M. (Linam)  Eisenhart – 61, of North Reading, formerly of Brighton, MA, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

Born in Brighton, MA on April 27, 1952.  She was the daughter of the late Walter  and Lorraine (Doherty) Linam.

Kyle was raised in Brighton and was a graduate of Brighton High School. She also attended Somerville School of Nursing and Northeastern University.  She worked as a Librarian at the Flint Memorial Library in North Reading for the past 17 years. Kyle has been a resident of North Reading for the past 33 years and was an active member of Plant Fitness in Wilmington.

She would always put other’s first. Kyle loved working at the Library with the patrons and the kids.  She was very loved by her family, she was a wonderful nanny and wife. Kyle was an avid reader, she loved plants and flowers and especially loved to travel.  Florida was her favorite destination with trips to Busch Gardens, Universal Studios and Disney.

Family members include her beloved husband of 41 years, Ronald Eisenhart;  her loving daughter, Erica Eisenhart and cherished grandsons, Hunter and Travis, of Allenstown, NH.

Her Funeral service will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Friday, March 21 at 11 AM, visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:45 AM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the charity of one’s choice. croswellfuneralhome.com

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Doris  (Pardy)  Stedman -84, of North Reading and formerly of Medford, died Friday, March 14, 2014,  at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert G. Stedman.

Born in Cambridge, MA on April 14,1929, she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Muriel (Cave) Pardy. She was raised and attended school in Medford. Doris worked as a Lab Assistant at MIT in Cambridge, for many years.

Doris was dedicated to her family and was a loving grandmother. She loved painting, gardening and music.

Family members include her loving son Craig Stedman and his wife Elaine of North Reading and her late son Clifford Stedman;  she was the sister of Raymond Pardy of NH, Leslie Pardy of FL, Carol McKnight and her husband Don of Malden  and Margie Carlson of Mansfield; loving grandmother of Michael, Eric and Ryan Stedman and great grandmother of Caden and Piper Stedman.

Funeral service will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, March 20 at 10 AM. Calling hours will be held on  Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.  Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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Madeline  V. (Kirk) Warnock – 96, of North Reading, formerly of Westbrook, ME, died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, March 15, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late John H. Warnock.

Born in Westbrook, ME on November 26, 1917.  She was the daughter of the late George W. and Gladys M. (Whitten) Kirk.  Madeline worked as a secretary for the Shower Queen Glass Company in North Reading for over sixty years.

She has been a resident of North Reading for over seventy years and was a member of the 4-H Club and Whist Club. She was a homemaker and was very dedicated to her family. She enjoyed making dolls, afghans, knitting, crocheting, candles, popcorn balls and baking. She also loved bowling, playing bingo and cards. 

Family members include her loving sons, William H. Warnock and his wife Shirley of Venice, FL and George W. Warnock of North Reading; daughters, Betty Smith and her husband James of Deltona FL, Judy Meier and her late husband Louis of Winter Haven, FL and Karen Malo and her late husband Richard of North Reading.  Also survived by 20 cherished grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 6 great, great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Hellen Berg and Donna Provost and  sister of the late George, Harold, Forest, Charlie, Ernest and Ethel Kirk.

Her funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Tuesday, March 25 at 10 AM. Calling hours will be held on Monday, March 24 from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the charity of one’s choice.

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John  J.  Mullins  -  94, of Reading and formerly of Somerville, died at his home on Friday morning, March 14, 2014.

Born in Boston, MA on November 18, 1919. He was the son of the late Timothy and Julia (Cronin) Mullins.  He was raised in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School.  John was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, he was a Technician 5th grade and served from 1944 to 1946. He fought in the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns.  

John worked for over thirty years at the Boston Naval Shipyard, followed by a career at Marine Systems Corporation. He was a resident of Reading since 1955 and has lived the last three years with his daughter and grandson in North Reading.

He was a warm, open and generous man. He had a great sense of humor, with a wonderful smile and a mischievous glint in his eye. Above all, he was a loving man who was devoted to his family and friends and showed this love and devotion through consistent, everyday kindness.  John enjoyed photography and bowling.

Family members include his beloved wife of 60 years, Helen (Towne) Mullins;  his loving son, John (Jack) Mullins of Riverdale, MD and loving daughter, Jean Mullins Moubhij of North Reading; cherished grandson, Joseph Moubhij of North Reading; he was the brother of Julia Gillis of Billerica, Mary Mullins of Somerville, Anne Byrnes of Lexington and Teresa Driscoll of Reading; brother of the late Joan Foohey, Patrick, Timothy and Thomas Mullins; Also survived by his sister-in-law, Phyllis Mullins of Reading and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Wednesday, March 19 at 9:45 AM, followed by a 11 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, from 4 to 8 PM.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. croswellfuneralhome.com

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 Bettiann  (MacLeod)  Wells  -  72, of Stoneham, formerly of North Reading, died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family on Tuesday evening, February 18, 2014.

Born in Medford, MA  on March 6,1941. She was the daughter of the late Donald G. and Elizabeth (Glennon) MacLeod.  She was raised in North Reading and was a graduate of North Reading High School, Class of 1958. Bettiann obtained her  LPN Licensure from Youville Hospital in Cambridge in 1970 and obtained her Nursing Home Administration License from Babson College in 1972.

Bettiann was the owner and Administrator of the Kirkwood Nursing Home in Wakefield from 1966 to 2011.

She loved her family, she was generous, very caring and would always help anyone.  She loved to travel with her husband Ron, she especially enjoyed going on cruises. She was a dedicated grandmother and enjoyed their many sporting events.

Family members include her loving husband of 38 years, Ronald J. Wells;  daughters, Lynda Renzello of Stoneham and Lynett Larkin-Silva and her husband Carl of Freeport, ME;  brothers, Andrew MacLeod of Ashfield and the late Donald MacLeod; sisters in- law, Edna Beherrell Smith of FL and Carolyn MacLeod of Stoneham; five grandchildren, Dalyn, David and Dean Renzello of Stoneham, Sydney Silva and Gabriel Silva of Freeport, ME. She is also survived by her former husband Edson Larkin and his son, Kevin Larkin of North Reading.

Funeral service will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading on Saturday, February 22 at 10 AM. Calling hours at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., NORTH READING on Friday from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

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Klaus Kubierschky  -  80, of North Reading and formerly of Brookline, died Sunday, February 16, 2014, at Meadow View Care and Rehabilitation in North Reading, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Munich, Germany on May 3,1933. He was the son of the late . Hans and Erdmute (Ach) Kubierschsky.  He attended schools in Rome, Italy from 1939 – 1949, German School in Merano, Italy from 1949 – 1951, and was a graduate of  White Plains High School in NY, Class of 1952 and a graduate of M.I.T., Class of 1956.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.

Klaus worked many years as an electrical engineer. He worked for Transitron in Wakefield from 1959-1961, Block Associates in Cambridge from 1961-1969, American Science and Engineering in Cambridge from 1969 -1984 and was self employed (Kay Kube) from 1984-1991 to his retirement with Hologic in Waltham.

Klaus was active for forty years in public service in North Reading, he was a member of the Board of Selectman and served as Town Moderator for over twenty years. He was honored as “Man of the Year”, with the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce. He was always interested in international and local affairs.

He was member and volunteer of MIT Club of Boston, Moderator’s Association, Democratic Town Committee, Burbank YMCA in Reading and MIT Alumnus Activities. He has been a resident of North Reading for the past 48 years. He was a U.S. Citizen since 1957, he was multilingual, an avid swimmer and cyclist, he loved maps and geography and doing crossword puzzles.

Family members include his loving wife of 55 years, Brigitte L. (Guggenthaler) Kubierschky;  his son, Ted Kubierschky of Arlington; daughters, Ruth Kubierschky of North Reading and Inez Kubierschky of Bradford; his brother, Michael Aradi of Groveland and sister, Juliana Aradi of West Newbury; also survived by five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral service will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Friday, February 21 at 10:30.  Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 7 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to:  Burbank YMCA of Greater Boston, 36 Arthur B. Lord Dr., Reading, MA 01867 or to  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 600 Memorial Dr., W98-2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139-4822, c/o Class of 1956 Scholarship Fund (3384600).     

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Barbara H. (Hughson) Bourne – 81, of North Reading, died at her home on Monday, February 17, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Andre C. Bourne.

Born in Cambridge, MA on January 26, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Walter E. and Catherine (O’Day) Hughson.  She was a graduate of Wilmington High School.

Barbara was dedicated to her family, she was a homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother.

Family members include her loving daughters, Cynthia B. Dubiel of Dunbarton, NH and Danielle A. Bourne of North Reading; sisters, Helen Jeffery of FL, Mary “June” Austin of Bedford, NH and Gerry Gould of Reading, her brother, William Hughson of Wakefield, she was the sister of the late, James and Robert Hughson. Also survived by four loving grandchildren, David Dubiel, Jr., Kristi Bourne, Ethan and Shawn Terrio.

Funeral services will be private and there will be no calling hours. Interment will be held in Forest Glen Cemetery in Reading at a later date. Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading.

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Lillian  M. (Columbare)  Puleo81, of Newburyport, formerly of Malden, North Reading and Lakeland, FL, died Thursday, February 13, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  She was the beloved wife of the late Rosario E. “SiePuleo.

Born in Malden, MA, on June 24, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Libra (Candelora) Columbare.  She was raised attended public school in Malden. 

Lillian with her late husband Sie, were owners of Sie’s Texaco in Andover for many years. She was also a homemaker and was a loving mom, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was known for her laughter and giving of herself, who never asked for anything in return. She had a simple lifestyle and she never put anyone down. She was always a great listener, she loved old movies and going out with her family.

Family members include her loving daughter,  Deborah  M. Marcionek and her husband David of Newburyport;  brothers, John and Denis Columbare and sister, Eleanor Cardello, she was the sister of the late, Fred and Henry Columbare;  loving grandsons,  Adam D. Marcionek and his wife Cara of Portsmouth, NH, Benjamin E. Marcionek and his partner Katie Sullivan of East Boston and Samuel Marcionek of Newburyport; also survived by many sisters and brothers in- laws, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, February 20 at 10:30 AM. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 3 to 7 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to:  Jordan Franco Bone Morrow Foundation, c/o Robert Frost Middle School, 34 Hamlet Street, Lawrence, MA 01843.   

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https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1/1796688_818707328154830_90264247_n.jpg Francis  A. Perry - 83, U.S. Army Veteran, of Andover, died February 10, 2014. He was the husband of the late Eva M. (Post) Perry.

Born in Boston, MA on July 22, 1930,  he was the son of the late James Roy and Betsey (Penney) Perry. He had retired from the US Army Reserves as a Command Sergeant Major with over 30 years of Distinguished Service with the 804th Hospital Center Command.  He was also a Veteran of the Korean War.  Mr. Perry also worked as a civilian for U.S. Army Reserves as a Staff Administrator. He was a past Commander of the American Legion and a member of Post No. 62 in Reading. 

He is survived by his son, Scott Perry and his wife Rachel of Dallas TX;  daughters, Penney Lowe of Springfield and Eve Katz of Haverhill. He was the father of the  late Roy Perry. Brother of Faye Hancock and Phyllis Fisher, both of East Boston, Barbara Fronduto and Audrey DiPasquale,  both of Revere and Howard Perry of Dedham. Also survived by seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

His funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Saturday, February 15 at 9:15 AM, followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours will be on Friday from 4 to 7 PM.  Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.  Memorial donations may be made in his memory to:  American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1/1796688_818707328154830_90264247_n.jpgFrederick  L. Muller  -  February 8, 2014 at the age of 87.  Beloved son of the late Leo J. and Rose E. (Saluto) Muller.  Loving brother of Edith F. Graham of North Reading and Jean M. Gigante and her husband Joseph G. of North Reading.  Fred was also a loving uncle to Jeanne M. McHale and her husband John,  Cheryl A. Condon and her husband Mike all of Methuen, Joseph L. Gigante and his wife Christine of Nevada, Stephen F. Gigante and his wife Tamara of North Reading,  Gemma A. Alvarez and her husband Robert of Methuen, Mary F. Graham and her husband John Delapa of Medfield, and Paula R. Graham-Dwyer and her husband Christopher of North Reading.  He is also survived by several great nieces and nephews.

Fred was a devout member of the Catholic Church.  He was born and lived in Boston for many years before moving to North Reading where he lived for 25 years before relocating  to Urbana, Illinois to continue his career with the Cabot Corporation.  In 2009, Fred moved back East to be close to his family and settled into assisted living in Andover.

Fred had a love of music throughout his life.  While serving in the Army during the Korean Conflict, he was a member of the Army Band.  Later he played trumpet as a professional musician in several bands throughout Boston.  He also excelled at playing the flute and organ.  As a retired chemical engineer, Fred maintained an active life in Illinois, bowling, cooking, playing golf, painting and had a love of learning languages.  He looked forward to and enjoyed all family gatherings and special events, savoring every bite and always appreciating everything his family did for him. He will be missed.

Visitation will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, February 13 from 9 to 10 AM, followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Thereas’s Church, 63 Winter St. (Rt.62), North Reading. Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading at a later date.

Memorial Donations may be made in Fred’s memory to the Catholic Charities, 51 Sleeper St., Boston, MA 02210.

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Serge Suny83, of North Reading, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2014. A memorial gathering will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street on Saturday, February 1 from 2 to 4 PM.  A memorial service will be held at the Suny family residence in North Reading afterward.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be in his memory to: Long Island Composers Alliance, which Serge has been a member of for more than thirty years.

William D. Fox – 75, of Melrose and formerly of Malden, died Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Kindred – Hammersmith Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Saugus, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Melrose, MA on December 5, 1938, he was the son of the late William D. and Stella R. (Pucko) Fox. He was raised in Malden and was a resident for over 65 years.

William worked as a machine operator for the Domino Sugar Company, for many years. He is survived by his loving brother, Kenneth R. Fox of North Reading.

Private graveside services will be held in Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield. There will be no calling hours.  Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. croswellfuneralhome.com

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Bertha  A. “Bea”  (Trufant)  Griman  -  91,  of Peabody and formerly of Everett, died Friday, January 24, 2014, at the North Shore Medical Center-Union Hospital  in Lynn. She was the beloved wife of the late John L. Griman.

Born in  Nashua, NH on December 10,1922, she was the daughter of the late Ralph S. Trufant, Sr. and Anna J. (MacDonald) Trufant.  She was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School.  Bea was retired from the Boston Gas Company.

She has been a resident of Peabody since 1966 and has been a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Reading. She was a member of the Aldersgate Women’s Fellowship and the Friendship Group.

She was an avid reader, loved gardening, bird watching and she rescued many cats and dogs.

Family members include her loving daughters, Laurie (Griman) Tarsia and her husband Bruce of Baltimore, MD and Valerie Carmody and her husband Roger of Middleton;  her brother, Ralph S. Trufant, Jr. and his wife Josephine (Perry) Trufant of Everett and a late sister, Mary Elizabeth Parker.  She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews in MA, ME and AZ.

 Memorial service will be held on Friday, January 31 at 11 AM, at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 235 Park Street, North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 7 PM at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Peabody. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to: PAWS of Wakefield, MA, P.O. Box 1892, Wakefield, MA 01880. Croswellfuneralhome.com

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Viesturs  P.  (Vic)  Gaigals  -  70, of North Reading, died unexpectedly at his home, on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

Born in Riga, Latvia on October 22, 1943. He was the son of the late Laimons and Erna (Petersons) Gaigals. Vic was a U.S. Navy Veteran, who earned commendation medals for the Vietnam War and a conflict in the Dominican Republic, he served from 1963 to 1966.  He has been a resident of North Reading for the past 44 years and is a member of the West Congregational Church in Peabody.   

Vic worked for 35 years for United Parcel Service in Chelmsford. Vic served on the town’s Finance Committee and was a member of the Local No. 25 Teamsters Union. He loved motorcycling, he was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and ROMEO’s.  Vic loved his family and his grandkids were his pride and joy, he especially enjoyed boating and his retirement.

Family members include his loving wife of 46 years, Cecile (Cloutier) Gaigals; his son, Christopher J. Gaigals and his wife Lisa of Methuen  and his daughter, Patricia G. Bolduc and her husband David of Bellingham;  his brothers, Janis Gaigals and Martin Gaigals of Latvia  and his sister, Vija Owen of Wolfboro, NH.  Also survived by four cherished granddaughters, Samantha, Natalie, Jacquelyn and Caroline.

Funeral services were private and there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: New Missions, P.O. Box 2727, Orlando, FL 32802-2727. Arrangements are by Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. croswellfuneralhome.com  

 

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Norman  E.  Berner  -  81, of  Andover and formerly of Buffalo, NY, died Wednesday,  January, 15, 2014, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.  Born in Buffalo, NY on July 30,1932, he was the son of the late Stephen X.  and  Mae (Cormier) Berner.

He was a graduate of Lancaster High School in New York, Class of 1951. After leaving Buffalo, NY, he joined the Merchant Marines, where he learned his love of the ocean. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and served from 1954 to 1956.  He was a graduate of Boston University in 1960, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in two and a half years, going days, nights and weekends.

In 1960 he became involved in a lifelong journey in the electronics industry, which included being  Intels first outside Salesman and earning the honor of Salesman of the Year (and received a new 1967 Mustang) from ITT Semiconductor. He  eventually became a founder and partner of Mill-Bern Associates in Woburn.

He has been a resident of Andover, for the past 47 years and was a member of the North Reading Knights of Columbus, Council No. 4544.  Norm loved golf and whatever his grandchildren were doing.

Family members include his beloved wife of 62 years, Anna J. (Tryder) Berner; his sons, Norman E. Berner, Jr. and Stephen X. Berner, II;  his daughter, Lisa M. Layman and her husband Robert, all of Andover;  his brothers, Alvin C. Berner of FL and the late Kenneth C. Berner;  five cherished grandchildren, Matthew, Abigail, Andrew and Patrick Layman and Jacqueline Berner. He is also survived by many loved nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Monday, January 20 at 8:30 AM, followed by a 10 AM Funeral Mass  at St. Augustine’s Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover. Calling hours will be on Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.  Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice.

 

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A.  Bruce Colby – 72, of Peyton, CO and formerly of North Reading and Melrose, died at his home on Friday, January 10, 2014, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Boston, MA on July 2, 1941. He was the son of the late Herbert F.  and Marjorie (Applebee) Colby.  He was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1959.  Bruce was a retired 27 year Firefighter for the North Reading Fire Department.  He worked for Moynihan Lumber Company in North Reading and was also a football coach for the North Reading Pop Warner, North Reading Junior High, North Reading High School and Winchester High School.   

 

Bruce was a former resident of North Reading for 46 years. He was a member of the North Reading Masonic Lodge, A.F. & A.M., North Reading Moose Lodge, Pop Warner Football, Little League Baseball, Firefighter’s Local Union and a member of the Black Forest Community Church in Colorado Springs, CO.

He loved being a firefighter, loved coaching sports, but mostly loved his family and friends the most. He enjoyed golf, bowling and playing cards with his friends.

Family members include his loving wife of 42 years, Mary H. (White) Colby;  sons, Robert Colby of  Colorado springs, CO and William Colby and his wife Megan of Medway, MA; his daughter, Deborah Putney and her husband Tom of Peyton, CO.  He is also survived by his 11 cherished grandchildren, Emma, Avery and Kacy Colby (Bob), T.J., Jason and Ashleigh Putney (Debbie) and Xander, Logan, Chloe, Jocelyn and Kaiden Colby (Billy).

His funeral will be held on Saturday, January 18, at 9 AM at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill Street, North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 PM.  Burial will be in Shawsheen Cemetery in Bedford.  Memorial donations may be made in his memory to:  Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation, 2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.

 

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Marshall  G.  Soderblom  -  97, of  Malden, former resident of Lynnfield for fifty three years, died Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was the beloved husband of the late Irene E. (Simon) Soderblom.

Born in Malden, MA on February 4, 1916. He was the son of the late Axel and Anna (Hokanson) Soderblom. He was a graduate of Malden Public Schools and  Apprentice  School at the Boston Naval Shipyard.  Marshall served in the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1937 to 1940.

He worked as a pipefitter at the Boston Naval shipyard for thirty five years.

Marshall was a member of the Union Congregational Church in North Reading and  the North Reading Lodge A.F. & A.M. He was a charter member of the William Pitt Tavern Lodge No. 1789 in Portsmouth, NH; Charter Oak Lodge No. 58 in Effingham, NH, where he served as Worshipful Master;  Anniversary  Lodge No. 175, A.F. & A.M.  in Portsmouth, NH;  Washington Chapter R.A.M. in Salem, MA; Scottish Rite Bodies of NH, 32nd Degree; Aleppo Shriners in Wilmington; Past Masters Association of Mount Morah; 3 Crown Lodge No. 91, Vasa Order of America  and a member of the Retired Men’s Club of Wakefield.

Family members include his nephews, John Soderblom and his wife Julie of Wakefield and Brian O’Hair and his wife Karen of Tampa, FL;  a cousin, Joseph Hokanson and his late wife Natalie of Wells, ME. He was the brother of the late Stanley and Dorothy Soderblom and Ingrid O’Hair.  He is also survived by several cousins in Sweden and Denmark.

A Memorial Service  will be held on Tuesday, January 21 at 10 AM at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill Street, North Reading. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Lynnfield. Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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Alice (Perry) Rex – 88, of  Reading, formerly of North Reading, New Bedford  and No. Dartmouth, died Wednesday,  January 8, 2014 at Woodbriar of Wilmington.  She was the beloved wife of the late Frederick J. Rex, Jr.

Born in New Bedford, MA on January 27, 1925. She was the daughter of the late Antone and Bertha (Freitas) Perry. Alice was a graduate of Job S. Gidley School in North Dartmouth , Dartmouth High School (where she was a Valedictorian) and Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing in Boston.

Alice worked for many years as a Registered Nurse for Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and for the Greenview Manor Nursing Home in Greenwood. 

Alice was a former resident of North Reading for 42 years and an active member of the First Baptist Church for many years where she taught Sunday School. She was one of the original founders of the Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation and the Conservation Committee. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, Jubilaires Choral Group and Vacation Bible School.  Alice also taught House Bible Study for ten years, she was a Choreographer at North Reading High School, from 1960 to 1965, she was involved with the First Outdoor Nativity Scene at the Union Congregational Church and was a Telephone Counselor (Christian Broadcast Network) in Needham.

Family members include her  sons, Frederick J. Rex, III of Littleton, CO and John C. Rex of Andover;  daughters, Amy Rex Smith of Reading,  Jennifer Boice of Rockville, MD  and Sarah Rex of Littleton, CO. Also survived by ten cherished grandchildren.

Her funeral services will be private.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to:  Friends of the Nurses’ Health Study, Channing Laboratory /Brigham & Women’s  Hospital, 181 Longwood Ave., Room 350, Boston, MA  02115-5804.  Retired RN for Massachusetts General Hospital and Greenview Manor Nursing Home in Greenwood.