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April 2014

 

 

 

Thelma E. Berg Hawkes

Muriel F. Lynch

Ruth E. Johnson

Gertrude A. Pinelli

 

 

 

March, 2014

 

 

 

John J. Mullins

Madeline V. Warnock

Doris Stedman

Kyle M. Eisenhart

Catherine G. Cataldo

Arthur F. Fano

James "Jay" Bourne, Jr

 

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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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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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.