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May 2015

 

 

 

Henry W. Waters

 

 

 

 

 

 

April, 2015

 

 

 

Beverly A. Viveiros

Jacquelyn B. Papia

Joseph L. Viveiros

Agrippino Cardello

Paul H. Barton

Murray E. Wolf

Nancy J. Doucette

Paul J. "Buddy" Woods

Charles J. Reagan

 

 

 

March, 2015

 

 

 

June F. Fiske

Edward McKenzie

AnnaBelle Sentas

Donna T. Lynch

 

 

 

February, 2015

 

 

 

Joseph P. Gill

Gerald W. LaVigne

Anthony Branchini

Deborah A. Crane

William T. Nickerson, III

Richard Allen Mayo

Anthony R. Gurliaccio

Betty Ann Meuse

Karen Stickney

 

 

 

January, 2015

 

 

 

A. Rita McKendry

Juanita Cafiso

Armelia A. Cameron

Philip S. Shapleigh

Albert E. Sylvia

Keith David Barr

 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.croswellfuneralhome.com/Pictures/flag.jpgHenry W. Waters – 81, of North Reading and formerly of Union, Maine, died Friday, May 1, 2015 at Wingate of Reading. He was the beloved husband of 57 years to the late Maria A. (Mandarino) Waters, who died on March 15, 2014.            

Born in Bangor, Maine on May 21, 1933. He was the son of the late William Waters and Veda (Cunningham) Scott. He was a graduate of Union High School in Maine, Class of 1951.

Henry was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served from 1951 to 1955 and then reenlisted for an additional six years until 1961. He served in Naples, Italy, where he met his wife the true love of his life Maria. He was a Ward Clerk at the VA Hospital in Togus, Maine. After his retirement he worked for Walmart Pharmacy and Shaw’s Supermarket, both in Rockland, Maine.

Henry was a faithful member of the God’s Lighthouse Church, in Rockland, Maine, where he served as a Deacon and Church Treasurer. Henry was a member of the VFW, in Rockland, Maine. While living in North Reading, for the past year, he was an active member of the Senior Center and he especially was fond of Wednesday Bingo games at the Center.

Henry was an avid gardener, he enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. He loved greeting fair goers at the gate of the Union Fair yearly where he was employed during the summer. Henry was a real people person and easily made new friends. He loved playing cribbage and board games with the grandchildren and spending time with family pets, Cooper and Daisy.

Family members include his loving daughters, Catherine Lento and her husband Guy of North Reading, Elizabeth Hayes and her husband Troy of Friendship, ME and Theresa Waters of Thomaston, ME; his brother, Randy (Ralph) Scott and his wife Carol of Union, ME and his sister, Patricia Howes and her husband Keith of Carmichael, CA; seven grandchildren, Rachel, Alicia, Stephanie, Victoria and Danielle Lento, Katherine and Nicholas Simoneau. Stepson of the late Herman Scott.

His Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 AM at the Trinity Evangelical Church, 105 Haverhill Street, North Reading. A reception will follow the service at the church hall. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be held in Union, Maine at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: God’s Lighthouse Church, 78 South Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841 or to the Trinity Evangelical Church, 105 Haverhill Street, North Reading, MA 01864.

Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading.

 

 

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http://www.croswellfuneralhome.com/Pictures/flag.jpgCharles  J. Reagan – 90, of North Reading, died Saturday, April 25,2015, at North Shore Medical Center, Salem Hospital. He was the beloved husband of the late Madeline M. (Gushue) Reagan, who died last September 17, 2014, after 57 years of marriage.

Born in Medford, MA on September 28, 1924.  He was the son of the late James L. and Mary (Moriarty) Reagan. He was a graduate of Somerville High School and Burdette School of Business in Boston. Charles was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He served from 1942 to 1946 and Reenlisted in 1947 and served until 1951.

Charles was self employed business owner. He was a Candy Broker and owned and operated Stockdale and Reagan, Inc. for 43 years. He was well known as the “Candyman” and was inducted in the Candy Hall of Fame in Hersey, PA in 2002. He has been a resident North Reading for 57 years and was a member of St. Theresa’s Church.

He loved to tell stories about the Navy. He loved his family with a passion. He enjoyed his work and parties with friends. He enjoyed taking movies of the family growing up and kept meticulous photo albums, he liked reading about World War II, Civil War and the History Channel. Charles loved traveling, cruising and his trip to Ireland. He keep memories alive of his cousin Francis, who died in World War II and all his beloved family and friends, that passed before him.

Family members include his loving son, James E. Reagan and his wife Brenda of Derry, NH;  daughters, Carol M. Rice and her husband Paul of Concord, MA and Patricia A. Ryan and her husband Matthew of Salem, MA;  his sister, Eleanor Whelan and her husband Larry of Hampstead, NH;  grandchildren, Kerry and Matthew Reagan of Derry, NH, Michelle Rice of Rouge City, OR and Lilly Ryan of Salem, MA.

His Funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Thursday, April 30 at 9 AM, followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s, 63 Winter St. (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, April 29 from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.com 

 

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Paul  J. “Buddy” Woods - 65, of North Reading and formerly of Charlestown, died Friday, April 24, 2015, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Born in Boston, MA on October 27, 1949. He was the son of the late John L., Sr. and Ruth (Joyce) Woods. He has lived in North Reading for the past 60 years. He was a graduate of North Reading High School, Class of 1967. He attended Bridgeton Academy in 1968 and was a graduate of Springfield College, Class of 1972.

Buddy was a well known business owner and Real Estate agent in town. He was a member of St. Theresa’s Church and the Loyal Order of Moose, No. 1511 in North Reading. Buddy loved football and was well known for his many athletic achievements, he was inducted into the North Reading Football Hall of Fame, Bridgeton Academy Hall of Fame and at Springfield College he was awarded, Defensive Player of the Decade.

Buddy was a giving, loving person, who would give his last dollar to anyone who needed it. He was especially caring to his family and friends. He was well liked by many and he always had a positive attitude.

Family members include his loving daughter, Casey Woods of Fort Myers, FL and his son, Nathan Woods of Dracut; his brothers, John L. Woods, Jr. and William Woods, Sr., both of North Reading and Daniel Woods and his wife Nancy of Lawrence;  sisters, Marsha Pierce and her husband Arthur of Palm Bay, FL, Ruth A. Lucci and her husband Anthony of North Andover and Kathleen Roberts and her husband Richard of North Reading; his long time friend, Beth Jones of Merrimac and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Thomas and Michael Woods.

His Funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Wednesday, April 29 at 9 AM followed by a 10:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St., North Reading.  Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, April 28 from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.  www.croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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Nancy  J. ( Terhune) Doucette – 83, of Wakefield, died Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Wingate at Reading. She was the beloved wife of the late John Doucette, Jr.

Born in Plainfield, NJ on September 14, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Frank  and Carol (Greenlaw) Terhune.

Nancy was a graduate of Tufts School of Dental Hygenist. Nancy owned and operated the Cubby Hole Stationers, Inc. in Wakefield with her late husband John Doucette, until they retired.

Nancy was dedicated to her family and was a devoted grandmother.  She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Wakefield, where she was a member of the Junction Circle.

Family members include her Loving son, Jack Doucette and his wife Louise of Saugus ; her daughter, Pamela Babcock and her husband Tom and her granddaughter Laura Babcock, all of North Reading.

Her funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Wakefie, 8 Lafayette Street, Wakefield on Monday, April 27 at 11 AM. Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Sunday from 4 to 7 PM. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the First Baptist Church of Wakefield, 8 Lafayette Street, Wakefield, MA 01880. 

 

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http://www.croswellfuneralhome.com/Pictures/flag.jpgMurray E. Wolf – 77, of North Andover, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Lawrence General Hospital.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on March 21,1938. He was the son of the late Herman and Rose (Jacobson) Wolf. He was a graduate of Overbrook High School in PA and Northeastern University, where he received his Master’s Degree in Engineering. He was a U.S. Army Veteran.

Murray worked as an engineer for Textron (formerly AVCO) in Wilmington and for General Electric Company. He was co-owner of the Sea Wolf Restaurant in Methuen, with his wife Marilyn . He was a former resident of Andover for forty years and a member of the Temple Emanuel in Andover. He was a member of the retirement Club at Textron and served in various committees at Brightview in North Andover.

He was the best husband and father. He was compassionate to everyone, he was generous, kind and a warm person. He was an organ donor. Murray was an avid golfer. He enjoyed poker and all sports. He loved Bridge and tennis and he also wrote a book about Bridge.

Beloved husband of 40 years to Marilyn L. (Smith) Wolf;  loving father of Donald Tiney of Bradford, Brian Wolf of NJ and Rick Tiney of Conway, NH, Lisa Wolf of Philadelphia, PA and Barbara Tiney of Napa Valley, CA; brother of Diane Winestock of Philadelphia, PA. Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be held the Temple Emanuel Cemetery, 202 Mount Vernon St., Lawrence on Sunday, April 26 at 1 PM. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements are by Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading.

 

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Paul  H.  Barton  - 76, of Reading, died at his home, surrounded by his family on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Born in Winchester, MA on January 13, 1939. He was the son of the late Harold M. and Eleanor B. (Eisenhaur) Barton. He was a lifelong resident of Reading. He attended Reading Schools and was a graduate of Reading Memorial High School, Class of 1956.

Paul worked as a Sales Representative for Rainin Instruments in Woburn for many years and has been retired for the past twenty years.

He loved his family and his many hobbies. He spent many hours of enjoyment on his computer, photographing his collections and his family, especially his grandchildren. Paul enjoyed many travel adventures with his wife and children, over the years. He travelled to London, Bermuda, Russia and throughout the USA and Europe. He was an avid book and antique collector. He was a member of the Society of Archer Antiquaries and Archery Collector’s Guild.

Family members include his loving wife of 56 years, Eleanor (Shaw) Barton; his daughter, Pauline  E. Nelson and her husband John of Pelham, NH; his son, Michael R. H. Barton and his wife Laura of Tyngsborough;   3 grandchildren, Cate, Ian and Anna Barton; his sister, Margaret Locke and her husband Sherman of North Reading and his late brother, Robert L. Barton.  Also survived by several cousins and a nephew.

His funeral service will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Wednesday, April 22 at 10:30 AM. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Peabody. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s choice. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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http://www.croswellfuneralhome.com/Pictures/flag.jpgAgrippino “Pete” Cardello85, of Danvers and formerly of North Reading, died at his home on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Born in East Boston, MA on June 7, 1929. He was the son of the late Guiseppe and Rose (Simoli) Cardello. He was a graduate of Boston Mechanic Arts High School, Class of 1947.  Pete was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a Sergeant and served from 1951 to 1953.

Pete was a Salesman for Pastene Wine and Spirits in Somerville, from 1965 to 1991. He also worked for Arthur’s Liquors in Everett, from 1955 to 1965 and W.T. Grants in Medford from 1953 to 1955.

He was dedicated to his family.  He loved to talk, he enjoyed food, people  and his work. He has been a resident of Danvers for the past five years and a former resident of North Reading for fifty years, where he was a member of St. Theresa’s Church.

Family members include his loving wife of 60 years, Eleanor (Columbare) Cardello; his son, Peter Cardello and his wife Madeleine of Topsfield and his daughter, Patricia Ceasar and her husband Scott of Montclair, New Jersey; his grandson, Matthew Cardello of Topsfield; many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Salvatore and Joseph Cardello, Jr.

His Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 21 at 11 AM at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Monday, April 20 from 3 to 7 PM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

 

 

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Joseph  L. Viveiros 89, of Bourne, formerly of Florida and North Reading, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Bourne Manor in Bourne.  He was the beloved husband of 43 years to the late Beverly A. (Rogers) Viveiros, who died on April 3. Joe was a retired twenty five year member of the North Reading Police Department, he served from 1956 to 1980.

Born in Fall River, MA on June 2, 1925, he was the son of the late Joseph and Georgianna (Pavao) Viveiros. He was a graduate of Lowell High School. Joe was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He served from 1943 to 1946 and was a  Technician Fifth Grade, he was a Paratrooper and served a year in Germany.

Joe also built and sold homes for many years and he managed a few restaurants. He also bought and sold boats and he volunteered with the Bourne Harbormaster.

Joe loved his wife Beverly with all his heart and soul, they were both soul mates. They loved spending time together, shopping, cooking and boating together. He was man of his word and always meant what he said. If you were a friend or loved one of Joe’s, that he really cared about, he would do anything for you and would be there for you. Basically Joe is “What you saw, is what you got”.

Joe had many hobbies, boating, fishing, cooking, clam digging and would give stuffed quahogs and give them away to everyone he loved. He loved making his famous Kale and Chicken soup. Joe loved going on vacations, living in Florida for some time and buying cars.

He is survived by two sons, Michael Viveiros of Nashua and Steven Viveiros of Lawrence; his daughter, Maria Amaral of Florida; dear friends, Elizabeth Eddy , John Routhier ,  Tom Colbert of Bourne and Bud Siroomian of Weymouth.

His Funeral Mass will be held, together with his wife Beverly, at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St., (Rt. 62), North Reading on Thursday, April 16 at 10:30 AM. Interment will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 2:30 PM. Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Wednesday, April 15 from 5 to 8 PM. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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Jacquelyn  B.  (Kocinski) Papia – 87, of North Andover and formerly of Topsfield, and Tonawanda and Buffalo, NY, died Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Sutton Hill Center in North Andover.

Born in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late Thadeus and Elizabeth (Lipecki) Kocinski.  She was the loving wife of her late husband Gerald C. Papia, mother of their two daughters Susan Krzysko and her husband David of North Reading and Linda Schueler and her husband Mark of North Tonawanda, NY and grandmother to the late Paul (P3) Delaney and Corrie Delaney of North Tonawanda.  She is also survived by 3 sisters-in-law, Geraldine Papia, Theresa Papia and Mary Margaret Papia and 7 nieces and nephews. 

Jackie graduated from University of Buffalo where she met her husband Gerry.  She loved to play piano and gave piano lessons in her home as she raised their children.  She was also a Brownie Leader for a local troop.   As the girls reached high school age, she turned to teaching high school math and obtained her Master’s degree in the process.  During this time she also played the organ for her church.  In 1976 Jackie and her husband moved to Topsfield, MA so Gerry could continue his career.   Here, Jackie substitute taught at the local junior and senior high schools and later worked in an accounting office.  In continuing pursuit of her love for music, she played the organ for her church and sang in the Newburyport chorus.  Jackie also loved to sew and do crafts.   Having learned to sew from her tailor grandfather, she made clothes for her girls when they were young, and later made American Girl Doll clothes which she sold at a local consignment shop.  She also loved quilting and needlecraft projects both in human scale and in dollhouse scale.  Jackie will be missed by all those who knew her. 

Funeral services will be private and there will be no calling hours.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to “Smile Train”, PO Box 96231, Washington, DC, 20090-6231.  Arrangements are by Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading, MA.

 

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Beverly  A. (Rogers) Viveiros71, of Bourne, formerly of Florida and North Reading, died Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Tremont Rehabilitation in Bourne. She was the loving wife of 43 years to the late Joseph L. Viveiros, who died on April 8.

Born in Melrose, MA on September 17, 1943. She was the daughter of the late Wilfred C. and Frances (Meehan) Rogers. Beverly was raised and attended school in North Reading. She worked as a waitress for at the Jade Restaurant in Tewksbury for ten years and Peking Palace in Falmouth for ten years.

Beverly was a very friendly and outgoing person, she enjoyed the beach, shopping, dressing up, cooking, decorating and entertaining. She was a former foster mother and she loved children. She was a homemaker and a dedicated wife to her husband Joe, they loved spending time together, shopping, cooking, boating and traveling.

Family members include her brothers, William Rogers of Sandwich, Paul Rogers of NC and Mark Rogers of Boxford; sisters, Kathleen MacMaster of Melrose and Sheila Pepper of Methuen; sister-in-law and dear friend of Patricia Rogers, Elizabeth Eddy,  and John Routhier of Bourne also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Mass will be held together, with her husband Joseph, at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading on Thursday, April 16 at 10:30 AM. Interment will be held in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 2:30 PM. Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Wednesday, April 15 from 5 to 8 PM. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. www.croswellfuneral home.com

 

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Donna T. (Dario) Lynch - 73, of North Reading and formerly of Woburn, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, NH, surrounded by her family.

Born in Brookline, MA on August 8, 1941.  She was the daughter of the late James C., Sr. and Carmen (Jodice) Dario.  She was a graduate of Mary Cliff Academy.  Donna has been a resident of North Reading for the past 12 years, and a member of St. Theresa's Church.  She was an amazing mother and grandmother.

When people met her for the first time they knew they had made a new friend.  She made it a point to talk to them and asked about their families.  She also loved to talk about her children and grandchildren.  She always shared her love of cooking and baking for others.  Not a day went by that she wasn't in the kitchen, baking something for family and

friends.  She enjoyed watching cooking shows to get new recipes.

For years she lived across the street from the Fire Station and she couldn't have felt safer.  To show them how she felt she would cook and bake for them as much as she could.  They welcomed her with open arms.

Donna touched so many lives and she will be sorely missed by so many people.   

Family members include her loving sons, Tim Lynch and his wife Renee of Newark, DE, Chris Lynch and his wife Lynn of Kingston, NH; her daughter Cheryl Douglas and her husband Jonathan of Royersford, PA; her sister Deanne Sferrino and her husband Vincent of Burlington, MA; her late brother James C. Dario, Jr. (Jackie); 8 grandchildren, Brian Lynch and his wife Danielle, Stephen Lynch, Kevin Lynch, Jordan and Dana Douglas, Brennan and Danielle Nichols.

Her Funeral Mass will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Monday, April 6 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 Sunday, April 5 from 5 to 8 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to:  North Reading Firefighter's Relief Association, 152 Park St., North Reading, MA 01864.

 

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AnnaBelle (Gibson) Sentas89, of North Reading and formerly of Lynn, died Friday, March 27, 2015, at Winchester Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Peter Sentas.

Born in Millinocket, Maine on April 30, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Eva B. (Sandstrom) Gibson .  AnnaBelle worked at General Electric and Premier Shoe, both in Lynn and with her husband in Boston at a Deli called  Cheez Import. She loved to play bingo, knit afghans for everyone and go out to dinner. She also enjoyed going to Foxwoods.

AnnaBelle was always full of life, was kind to everyone and always easily pleased no matter what she was doing.

Family members include her loving sons, John Sentas and his wife Ruth of Lynnfield, Bruce Sentas and his wife Terry of Hanson; her daughter, Lucy (Sentas) McCarthy and her husband Paul of North Reading; sisters, June Murphy and her husband Howard and Jane Hinds and her husband Robert, all of Lynn and Phyllis Greenspan of Florida; 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private and there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Winchester Hospital Foundation, 611 Main St., Suite 204, Winchester, MA 01890. Arrangements are by Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., NORTH READING.

 

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Edward  Donald  McKenzie – 89, of North Andover and formerly of North Reading, died Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence.

 

Born in East Boston, MA on July 11, 1925 and married to his beloved Jean for 55 years who passed in 2003. They raised their children in North Reading, MA. His Daughter, Jeanann McKenzie of New Bedford, MA, son Don McKenzie and his wife Nancy of Newtown, PA, Scott McKenzie and his wife Cindy of Duluth, GA and grandchildren Collin McKenzie, and Jackie McKenzie survive Ed.

 

Ed worked as an accountant at Western Electric in North Andover for many years and was particularly proud of his years running The Gavin House in South Boston, MA, helping those suffering from substance abuse.

 

Ed was a proud veteran and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1943 to 1945.   

 

He will be well remembered as a loving husband, wonderful father and a special grandfather. He had great love for his family and a wonderful sense of humor. There will be no service or calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.               Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. www.croswellfuneralhome.

 

 

June F. Fiske – March 7, 2015 age 93.

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Karen (Meuse) Stickney -  55, of Andover and formerly of North Andover, died, Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

She was born in Winchester and raised in Woburn. Karen was a resident of Andover for the past twenty years and was a member of St. Augustine’s Church. She was a dedicated employee of Tufts University for 28 years, working in operations.

Karen always made a point of acknowledging the achievements of others. Whether it was her family, friends or acquaintances, she would take the time to recognize and congratulate them. Her favorite expressions: Don’t ever talk or judge…you never know what your future holds. I always know a true friend, because they never left my side.

Family members include her loving husband of 22 years, Stephen D. Stickney; her son, Matthew S. Stickney and her daughter, Meghan R. Stickney, all of Andover; her parents, Ada L. (Meehan) Meuse of Billerica and the late Joseph J. Meuse;  brothers, Joseph J. Meuse, Jr. of Topsham, ME; John P. Meuse and his wife Kathy of Billerica and Gerald R. Meuse and his wife Judy of Sagamore Beach, MA; her sister, Mary A. Walby and her husband Charles of Madison, CT.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Funeral Mass will be held at St. Augustine’s Church in Andover on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:30 AM. There will be no calling hours and interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, 353 Southern Artery, Quincy, MA 02169.  Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading.

 

Betty Ann (Malone) Meuse – 79, of North Reading and formerly of Stoneham, died Saturday, February 28, 2015, at Wingate at Reading.

Born in Somerville, MA on January 24, 1936. She was a graduate of Stoneham, High School. Betty Ann was a homemaker and the loving wife of 60 years to Clifford H. Meuse, Jr.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, March 5, at 11:00 AM, at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. Calling hours will be held prior to the funeral from 9 to 10:50 AM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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Anthony  R.  Gurliaccio  - 84, of North Reading and formerly of East Boston, died Friday, February 27, 2015, at the Meadow View Center in North Reading. He was the husband of the late Irene (Crognale) Gurliaccio.

Born in East Boston, MA on February 1, 1931. He was the son of the late  Lazzaro and Guiseppina (DeMeo) Gurliaccio.  He was raised in East Boston and was a graduate of East Boston High School.  Anthony was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served in 1952. He was a retired U.S. Postal Clerk.

He has lived at 29 Main Street in North Reading for the past 27 years and was a member of St. Theresa’s Church. He enjoyed ballroom dancing, telling jokes, collecting post cards and going to post card shows.

Family members include his niece, Karen T. Brush of Bryant Pond, ME and Lisa Ward of Wilmington;  his sister- in-law, Margi Gurli of Chelsea, brother-in-law, Rocky Ciancio of Wakefield  and several grand nieces and grand nephews; he was the brother of the late Michael Gurliaccio, Joseph Gurli, L. Catherine Ciancio, Geraldine Yacovangelo and Eleanor Gurliaccio. Also survived by his stepson, Dr. Dino Crognale and his wife Dr. Janice Crognale and their two daughters and a son, living in Kenya, Africia, as missionaries for many years.

His Funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home ,19 Bow Street, North Reading on Wednesday, March 4 at 9 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, prior to the Funeral Mass from 9 to 10 AM. Interment will be held in the Chapel Hill Mausoleum in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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Richard Allen Mayo, 78, of North Reading and formerly of Everett, died on Sunday February 8, 2015 at his home in North Reading surrounded by family. 

Born in Boston on November 4, 1936,  Dick was the son of Harold H. and Margaret (Green) Mayo and after his mother’s early death was raised by his Uncle Lawrence and Aunt Marie (Green) Denish.  He was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett Vocational School and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He was a master mechanic by trade and a wood craftsman by passion.  He was a member of the Andover Sportsmen Club, and enjoyed bowling, golfing, writing, and puttering.

Dick was a family man, hardworking and loving, always ready to share an encouraging word and sound advice.  He was the beloved husband of the late Priscilla H. (Ahlin) Mayo with whom he shared more than 50 years; loving father of Richard A. Mayo Jr. and his wife Karen of North Reading, and C. Scott Mayo and his wife Meredith of North Andover; grandfather of Michael Mayo and his wife Melissa of Rumford ME, Joshua Mayo and Sarah Mayo of North Andover; great-grandfather of Russell Alan and Charles Richard Mayo of Rumford, ME; brother of Harold J. Mayo, Catherine Gibbons, Shirley Denish Moore, Lawrence E. Denish and Nancy Fraser, all of Everett.   

His Funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Saturday, February 14, at 11 AM. Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 13, from 3 to 7 PM.  Memorial donations may be made to: North Reading Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation, Cilla Mayo Endowment Fund, 191 Park Street, North Reading, MA 01864.

 

William T. Nickerson, III – 26, of Derry, NH, formerly of Pepperell, Woburn and North Reading, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, February 8, 2015.

Born in Melrose, MA on September 27, 1988.  He was a graduate of Woburn High School. He worked for the Cushing Carnival Company in Wilmington and he also was a snow plow driver for Pearce Construction in North Reading. He was always known to be very outgoing and friendly.

Family members include his parents, William T. Nickerson, Jr. of Derry, NH and Kim Dalton of Pepperell; his sister, Courtney Sullivan of Pepperell; his grandfather,  Duke Dalton of Florida; his stepmother, Norma Lank of Derry, NH and many cousins.

His funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Tuesday, February 17 at 11 AM. Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 16  from 3 to 7 PM. 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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 Services Postponed to March 12 at 2pm with visiting hours 10am to 1:45PM.

   Deborah  Anne  Crane – 62, of Danvers, formerly of Stoneham and North Reading, died Monday, February 9, 2015 at Beverly Hospital.

Born in Lawrence, MA on January 24, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Charles M. and Dorothy (Shepherd) Crane.  She was raised in North Reading and was a graduate of North Reading High School, Class of 1971.  She attended Katherine Gibbs School and was a graduate of the University of Phoenix.

Debbie worked at Tufts-New England Medical Center for 18 years as a Research Administrator, Level III at the Institution for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies. 

Debbie was very loving to her family and friends. She would do anything for you. She was a very caring and intelligent woman, well versed in just about any subject. She had a great sense of humor. Debbie was a Class Act, she was a great pleasure to be with and she always put others first. She was a member of the North Reading High School, Class of 1971 Reunion Committee. She enjoyed painting, drawing, writing and sports.

She was the beloved companion of, William E. Lannon, III of  Danvers;  loving mother of, James F. Liebke, III and his companion Colleen Enos of Rowley;  sister of,  Michael Crane of CA, Gillian Bourdelas and her husband Robert of Green Bay, WI, and Maryann O’Leary and her husband John of North Reading;  Aunt of, Robert, Andrew and Heather Bourdelas, Christine and Justin O’Leary and Emmy Thompson; grandmother of Emily and Hannah Liebke. Also survived by several cousins, she was the sister- in-law of the Late Christine Liebke.

Memorial Service will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, March 12 at 2 PM. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 10 AM to 1:45 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Pan Mass Challenge, credit card payment, www.pmc.org/egifts/jl0349, check payment payable to: Jeff Lannon, c/o pmc, 1 Oak Tree Lane, Franklin, MA 02038.

                                 

 

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Anthony Branchini92, of North Reading, formerly of CT, died Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington.

Born in New Haven, CT on June 24, 1922. He was the son of the late Frank and Augustine (Aguzzi) Branchini. Anthony proudly served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He was a Technician Fifth Grade and served from 1942 to 1945. He received two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and many other medals. He fought in the African Middle Eastern Theater of Operations.

He worked for Sears for forty years, he was a Division Manager in Men’s Clothing. He has been a resident of North Reading for the past 51 years and was a member of St. Theresa’s Church.

He was an avid jogger and bowler, he enjoyed spending time with his family and loved his country. Anthony loved being outdoors, horse racing, he was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed many sports.    

Family members include his loving wife of 68 years, Adelaide (Iannuzzi) Branchini; his daughters, Joyce Capaldo and her husband Bruce of Wakefield and Karen Ash and her husband Russell of Nashua, NH;  brothers, Caesar Branchini and his wife Anna of FL and Bruce Branchini and his wife Josephine of CT;  grandchildren, Christine , Michael and his wife Michelle, Brian and his wife Haley and Laura and her husband Derek; two great grandchildren, Alana and Austin.

His funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Friday, February 13 at 10:30 AM, relatives and friends are kindly invited. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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Gerald  W.  LaVigne87, of North Reading and formerly of Melrose, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015, at Meadow View Care and Rehabilitation in North Reading. 

Born in Chazy, New York on May 31, 1927. He was the son of the late Lyman and Bertha A. (Duprey) LaVigne. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, he was Technician 5th Grade with the 142nd Armored Signal Company, he served from 1945 to 1946.

Gerald was a graduate of Harvard University.  He was a Design Engineer, he worked for Raytheon and Honeywell for thirty five years, until his retirement. He was a resident of North Reading for the past 15 years and a member of St. Theresa’s Church. He was a member of the North Reading Militia (Minutemen) and the Concord Minutemen.

He was a kind, gentle, beloved spouse, a genius, deep thinker and a devoted family man.

Family members include his beloved wife of 64 years, Laura M. (Meuse) LaVigne; his loving children, Marshall LaVigne and his wife Christine of Melrose, Mary Algiers of North Reading, Patricia Hagman of Woburn,  Diana Gupta and her husband Vikram of Freemont, CA,  Debra Hogan and her husband Andy of Whiting, VT and the late John LaVigne.; grandchildren, David and Jacqueline Algiers, Melissa DeCroteau and her husband Mike, Ben and Chris Hogan, James LaVigne, Anoushka and Rohan Gupta, David Hagman and the late Liz Hagman; great grandchildren, Owen and Lincoln DeCroteau.                          

His funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Saturday, February 7 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 to 10:00 AM.  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 Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

 

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Joseph P. Gill – 71, of North Reading, formerly of Charlestown and Malden, died Sunday afternoon, February 1, 2015 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.
Born in Boston, MA on March 13, 1943, he was the son of the late Patrick and Bridget (Doherty) Gill. He was raised in Charlestown and attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and was a graduate of Cathedral High School. Joseph was U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and served from 1961 to 1963.
Most recently, he worked as a Starter at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading. He was a former co-owner for ComServ Telecommunications Services in Woburn and also worked for New England Telephone and AT&T.
He was a great father, caring and loving, helpful and generous, witty and a good friend to all.  Joe was an avid golfer and loved playing cards. He was courageous.
Family members include his loving daughter, Kellee Augusta and her husband Ryan of North Reading and his son, Scott Gardner and his wife Lori of Litchfield, IL; his former wife, Kathleen M. Gardner-Gill of Manchester, NH; brothers, Andrew Gill and his wife Marie of Stoneham, Francis Gill of West Roxbury and the late Johnny Gill; grandchildren, Charlotte and Zachary.
His Funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Friday, February 6 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, February 5 from 4 to 8 PM. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or to, Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, MA 02140.
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**Services planned for today and tomorrow will take place as scheduled. **  No changes due to weather. **

Keith David Barr  -  32, of Peabody and formerly of North Reading, died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, Januray 26, 2015.

Born in Winchester, MA on September 24, 1982.  He was raised and attended North Reading Public Schools and was a graduate of North Reading High School, Class of 2001.

Keith was a graduate of Endicott College in Beverly, he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and a minor in photography. Keith worked in the Restaurant Business as a cook and a waiter. He has been a resident of Peabody for the past 4 years. He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield.

He loved the Boston Bruins and the Boston Red Sox, snowboarding, going to the gym with his buddy Matt Johnson and competing at darts, mountain bicycle hiking, playing his drums  and deep sea fishing with his best friend Bobby Monk.

Family members include his loving parents, Gilman A. Barr, Jr. and his mother Gayle A. (Jarvis) Barr of Peabody and formerly of North Reading; his brother Corey Barr and his wife Nicole; his nephew and Godson, Charlie Barr and his niece, Stella Barr, all of Wakefield. He is also survived by many cousins.

His funeral will be held at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 708 Lowell Street,        Lynnfield on Tuesday, February 3 at 10 AM.  Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 2, from 2 to 8 PM at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Peabody. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Learn To Cope organization at NSMC Family Resource Center, 57 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970 or www.learn2 cope.org  In loving memory of Keith D. Barr”. www.croswell funeralhome.com

 

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Albert E. Sylvia, retired owner and publisher of the North Reading Transcript, died peacfully at the age of 91, on Friday January 23 at Woodbriar of Wilmington.

Born at home in Oak Bluffs on January 29, 1923 to Albert E. Sylvia, Sr. and Celia (Swartz) Sylvia, he graduated in 1940 from the Oak Bluffs School, High School Division.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and was a veteran of World War II, serving for three years in the Western Pacific and Philippines  as a surgical technician assigned to the 830th Medical Evacuation Squadron. Mr. Sylvia declined the Army’s offer to further his education in medical school and was discharged as a staff sergeant in 1945.

Mr. Sylvia returned to Martha’s Vineyard where he met his future wife, Frances Finnerty, a “city girl” from Lowell who was a business education teacher at  the Oak Bluffs School. Despite taking Frances on their first date to shoot rats at the town dump, the couple stayed together and was married on Thanksgiving Day in 1948.

Mr. Sylvia continued his education at the former Wilson School in Boston where he completed the medical laboratory and x-ray technology course. He was employed as a bacteriologist by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 35 years. Mr. Sylvia  was first employed by the state as chief of the laboratory at the former North Reading State Sanatorium, a hospital for children with tuberculosis. For 26 years until his retirement in 1987 he was employed at the Lawrence Experiment Station where he focused on developing methods of drinking water testing and purification and the treatment of wastewater. Mr. Sylvia was honored by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as State Scientist of the Year in 1975.

Mr. Sylvia was a long time resident of North Reading. After living with his family on the grounds of the state hospital, he built in his spare time the family home on Francis St. where he lived for over 50 years.

  Mr. Sylvia and his wife, Frances, were the parents of two young children when they decided the growing community of North Reading needed its own newspaper. While working his state job, they launched the North Reading Transcript in 1956, using a borrowed typewriter with a broken key, a second-hand composing machine, cardboard display type and a pot of rubber cement. The Transcript became the first sustained newspaper North Reading could call its own. A staunch advocate of the public’s right to know and a champion of the Open Meeting Law, Mr. Sylvia quickly earned a reputation as an editor and publisher of high ethical standards who demanded accountability from public officials and encouraged his readers to participate in the political process. He also began its sister publication, the Lynnfield Villager in 1973. Mr. Sylvia’s two children also followed their parents into the newspaper business. After retiring from the state, Mr. Sylvia worked at his newspaper seven days a week until finally hanging up his apron at the age of 85. Over the years he was a mentor to numerous journalism students who began their careers at the Transcript through Northeastern University’s work study program.

He was a member of many town committees and organizations and was named North Reading’s Citizen of the Year in 1997 and was an honorary Memorial Day Parade Marshal. Mr. Sylvia was extremely patriotic and for many years erected the American flags along “Constitution Way” on the town common for holidays such as Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Veterans’ Day. Mr. Sylvia was one of the first members of North Reading’s Historic District Commission, a member of the Bicentennial Celebration Commission in 1976, served on the town bylaw revision committee and was an original member of North Reading’s first chapter of the Citizens Scholarship Foundation. Through the Transcript Mr. Sylvia promoted the Christian Community Service Christmas fund which raised thousands of dollars every year for North Reading’s needy families.

 He was very interested and well versed in the town’s history and often people were surprised to learn that he was not a native of North Reading.  Mr. Sylvia was also a member of several professional organizations, served as president of the Massachusetts Press Association and was the recipient of numerous awards from the New England and Massachusetts Press Associations. He was further honored by being named to the New England Press Association Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mr. Sylvia was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Theresa’s Parish. He was a very talented handyman and enjoyed puttering around his home and in his yard. In his younger days, he enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Thomson Country Club for many years. Mr. Sylvia and his wife traveled extensively and particularly enjoyed cruising. He also relished in the achievements of his grandchildren and took pleasure in attending their school and sporting events. He also had a talent for painting and singing and was always humming a tune. Mr. Sylvia was also an avid reader of American history books.

The husband of the late Frances R. (Finnerty) Sylvia who died in November 2013, he is survived by a son, Albert E. Sylvia and his wife, Christine of Lynnfield; a daughter, Kathleen M. Correale and her husband Sandy of Wolfeboro, NH;  three grandchildren, Danielle F. Sylvia, Sean P. O’Brien and Hilary P. O’Brien; a brother, Robert Sylvia and his wife Pearl of E. Falmouth and a sister, Eileen White and her husband George of Oak Bluffs.  He was also the father of the late David J. Sylvia, who died in infancy and was the brother of the late Dorothy Riley and Betty Rose.

His funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday,  January 29 at  10:15 AM, followed by a 11:30 AM Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt.62), North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Monday, January 26 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 Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

 

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Philip  S. Shapleigh – 75 , of North Reading and formerly of Malden, died Monday evening,  January 19, 2015 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. 

Born in Melrose, MA on April 6, 1939.  He was the son of the late Philip B. and Marguerite (Lewis) Shapleigh.  He was raised in Malden and attended Malden Public Schools. He was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he served from 1956 to 1959.

Philip was a Plumber for Local No.12, for 55 years. He worked for Charles River Labs in Wilmington, Minuteman High School in Lexington and for the Boston Housing Authority.

He has been a resident of North Reading for the past 46 years. He was a Little League and Youth Soccer Coach. He was a set construction Advisor for the North Reading High School, he was a member of the Masquers Club for 20 years and was a member of the Melrose Hickory Hawks Ski Club for 50 years.

 Family members include his loving wife of 48 years, Jean (O’Neil) Shapleigh; his sons, Steven Shapleigh and his wife Lynne of Londonderry, NH  and  David Shapleigh and his wife Karen of Easthampton, MA; brothers, Paul Shapleigh of Brockton, Dana Shapleigh of Bridgewater, Donald Shapleigh of Falmouth and the late Kenneth Shapleigh;  his sister, Arlene Learned of NH;  grandchildren, Nicholas and Caitlin Shapleigh of Londonderry, NH and Alenna and Julia Shapleigh of Easthampton, MA.

His Funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Saturday, January 24, at 10:30 AM. Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 23, from 4 to 7 PM.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Magic Foundation, 6645 W. North Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302.  www.croswellfuneralhome.com

 

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Armelia  A. “Millie” (Wills)  Cameron – 87, of North Reading and formerly Sedalia, Missouri, died January 14, 2015,  at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington.

Born in Sedalia, Missouri on January 16, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Mary (Chapman) Wills.  Millie was a graduate of Somerville High School. She was a resident of North Reading for 54 years. She was a member of the Union Congregational Church and an active member, a former Past Matron and a grand representative of the Mount Carmel Chapter, No. 230, Order of Eastern Star. 

Millie worked for Ryer’s Store in North Reading for 13 years and for the North Reading Public School Cafeteria.

She was a kind of lady who touched and enriched everyone she met. Hard working, kind, loving, funny, outgoing, witty and selfless. She attended the Sanborn Day Center in Reading, she enjoyed dancing, making crafts, socializing, country music (especially Reba McEntire, Eastern Star, playing the organ, friends- especially the special bond she and her granddaughter Erin shared (they were inseparable).

Family members include her beloved husband the late Colin E. Cameron; her loving son, John Cameron; cherished grandchildren, Colin and Erin Cameron, all of North Reading; nephews, Robert, Colin (Buddy) and William Cameron; nieces, Margaret (Peggy) Ansel, Susan Lemar and the late Linda Tripp. She was the sister of the late Juanita (Wills) Cameron, Gracie (Wills) Howell and William Wills. 

Her Memorial service will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, January 22 at 8:00 PM. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 5 to 7:45 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to: Sanborn Place Homecare & Day Service, 50 Bay State Road, Reading, MA 01867.

 

 

Juanita (Mason) Cafiso78, of North Reading and formerly of Otisfield, Maine, died on Sunday, January 11, 2015.

Juanita was born in Quincy, MA on November 12, 1936, grew up in Cambridge and married and raised her family in Arlington, MA, before enjoying a full and busy retirement with her husband of 56 years in their log home in Maine. More recently Juanita lived in North Reading Massachusetts with family.

She was the loving wife for 56 years to the late Lewis (Joe) Cafiso and had a dear sister, the late Bernice Ellis.  Juanita leaves many friends and family including her five children: Mark Cafiso and his wife Mary Ellen of Maine, Matthew Cafiso of CO, Rosemarie Bernard and her husband Tom of TN, Tammy Bernard and her husband Michael of MA, and Paul Cafiso and his wife Sonia of AZ.

 Juanita had nine grandchildren and two step-grandchildren: Jacqueline Nadeau and her husband Michael, Christina Cafiso, Giovanni Cafiso and his wife Miranda, Archer, and Sanovia Cafiso, Nicholas Bernard and his wife Kendra, Sam Bernard, Julia and Olivia Bernard, Brandon Therriault and his wife Sandra, and Alex Therriault, and three great granddaughters, Sophia, Asia and Peyton.

Juanita enjoyed many hobbies and was happiest around family and friends, working in her vegetable garden, cooking, knitting and sewing, including making four beautiful wedding gowns. Juanita worked primarily with children as a nanny and later as a school bus driver with the Lakes Region School District.  Her love of all children touched many young lives. She will be missed by all who enjoyed her hospitality and kind nature.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Juanita’s life on Saturday, January 17th at 11:00 AM. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 10 to 11 AM, at Croswell’s Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading, MA.  Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. http://www.croswellfuneralhome.com

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A. Rita (Gorman) McKendry98, of North Reading and formerly of Wakefield, died Sunday, January 11, 2015, at Wingate of Andover. She was the wife of the late William S. McKendry, Jr., who died in 1989.

Born in Charlestown, MA on July 16, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Mary E. (Miller) Gorman. She was a graduate of Wakefield High School and attended the School of Interior Design in New York City, New York.

Before her marriage she was employed by the John James Design firm in Boston. She has been a resident of North Reading for the past 70 years and a member of St. Theresa’s Church.  She was a member of the North Reading Garden Club, North Reading Band Boosters, Past Master of the North Reading Grange, No. 239 and Past Master of the Pomona Grange.

Rita was an avid gardener, an excellent seamstress that made most of her children’s clothes growing up. She could knit and crochet anything, including numerous afghans. As a high school student she swam the length of Lake Quannapowitt  in Wakefield and was a Life Guard at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. She played the Hawaiian guitar and the harmonica. Rita also loved to fish.

Family members include her Loving daughters, Ellen A. Zipeto and her husband John F. of Andover and Rhonda A. Waskiewicz  and her husband Peter of Bear Creek, PA; her son, James J. McKendry and his wife Deborah Stewart-McKendry of Renton, WA; 4 grandchildren, Matthew D. and Diana E. Zipeto, Jennifer Elliott and Peter Waskiewicz, Jr.

Her funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Friday, January 16 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 the charity of one’s choice.