Obituaries.


Current Obituaries


   Hilma N. (Naess) Purington, 86, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away at her home on Tuesday morning, August 7.  She was the wife of the late Robert R. Purington who died in 2013.
   Born in Rutland, Vermont, she was the daughter of the late Olaf and Marian (Stoddard) Naess.  She was sister of Elisabeth Risdon of Ohio, Johan Naess and his wife, Suzanne of VT, and the late Robert Naess of NY.
   Raised in Ludlow, Vermont, Hilma was a graduate of Black River High School, Class of 1950.  She went on to Nasson College with Bachelor of Science in 1956.  Hilma’s greatest accomplishment was her 6 children, whom she adored.
   Hilma spent her summer times at her cottage on Lake Rescue, VT with her family. She enjoyed traveling to Kennebunkport Maine, and on the Boston Edison Retiree trips with her husband.  She loved to crotchet and cross stitch, and was a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox.
   Hilma is survived by five sons, Michael Purington of Tewksbury, Mark Purington and his wife Bridgette of Woburn, Richard Purington of Woburn, John Purington of Tewksbury, Thomas Purington and his wife Michelle of Burlington; and one daughter, Karen Wells and her husband Timothy of Woburn.  She is survived by five grandchildren, Andrew Purington and his wife Noelle, Justina Purington, Matthew and Jason Wells, and Emily McDermottroe.  She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Robert and Christopher Purington.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, August 10 from 4-8 pm.  Burial will be private.  Contributions in Hilma’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105


Past Obituaries

   Joseph J. Ryan, 91, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away on Monday morning, July 23.  He was the husband of the late Pauline A. (Ronan) Ryan.
   Born in Malden, he was the son of the late William, and the late Helen (McGovern) Ryan.  Joseph was a Graduate of Malden Catholic High School, and the Malden Business School.  He served in the U.S. Navy World War II, later enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.  After returning home from the war, Joseph served in the Massachusetts National Guard. He then worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years in postal clerk and bookkeeper positions in Woburn and Reading.
   He was a member of the American Legion Post 101 in Woburn.  Joseph was an avid golf and tennis player.  He enjoyed listening to classical and “big band” music; and following his beloved Boston Red Sox.  Joseph and his late wife Pauline enjoyed annual trips to Bermuda.
   Joseph is survived by three daughters, Ann Joy Ryan, Jane Ryan Camp, and Maureen Ryan Thorpe.  He is also survived by his son-in-law, Patrick Thorpe, and two grandchildren, Victoria and Brendan Thorpe.
   A graveside service will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery, 230 Playstead Ave., Medford on Thursday, July 26 at 10:30 am, followed by Military Honors.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.

   Joseph M. “Joe” Nicoli, 55, of Methuen, passed away at the High Pointe Hospice in Haverhill after a seven-month battle with Lung Cancer.  He was the husband of Meg (Miller) Nicoli.
   Born in Somerville, and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Bruno J., and the late Betty (Sousa) Nicoli.  Joe had worked as a Plant Manager for Advanced Linen Services in Lawrence prior to his retirement.
   Joe was an avid golfer, and he enjoyed playing poker, horse racing, gambling, and playing cribbage with his friends.  He loved to travel and have the “sand in his toes."
   Joe is remembered by family and friends as a smart and generous man who would “give you the shirt off his back." He also had a stubborn streak, but he always knew what he wanted, and he worked hard to get it.  He was a devoted and loving husband, father and brother who was always looking out for his family.
   In addition to his wife Meg, Joe is survived by his daughter Amanda Barnes of Concord, NC, and his “adopted daughter” Natasha Lagasse of Dracut.  He was the brother of Jim Nicoli of Woburn, Jeff Nicoli and his wife Alesia of New Bern, NC, Deb Nicoli of Greensboro, NC, and the late Kathy Willett of Huntersville, NC.  Joe is also survived by his two nephews, Jordon and Tyler Nicoli of New Bern, NC; and his loving cat “Tabby.”
   Visiting hours will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Wednesday evening, July 25 from 5:00-8:30, followed by a funeral service at 8:30 pm.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105


   John E. Yianacopolus, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away after a long illness on Wednesday afternoon, July 4.  He was 83 years of age.
   Born and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Ernest, and the late Anna (Voyad) Yianacopolus.  Prior to his retirement, John worked as a butcher in Medford and Winchester for many years. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, playing his favorite lucky lottery numbers, and hanging out with his friends.
   John is survived by two sons, Scott Yianacopolus and his wife Meri of Lynnfield, Keith Yianacopolus and his wife Maryellen of Billerica; and one daughter, Robin Yianacopolus of Chelsea.  He is also survived by his former wife, Helen Yianacopolus of Billerica; and three grandchildren, Keith Yianacopolus of Lowell, Kristyn Yianacopolus Cavallaro and her husband Dominic of Saugus, and Nicole Yianacopolus of Hollywood, CA.  John is further survived by his sister, Joan Varoutsos of Woburn and her late husband Christie, and Louie Yianacopolus and his wife Mary of Stoneham.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, July 7 at 11:00 am, followed by burial at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Visiting will be prior to the service on Saturday morning from 10-11 am.

   Maynard M. Lind, 91, of North Andover, formerly of Burlington, passed away on Monday morning, June 25.  He was the husband of the late Evelyn D. (Ahlstrom) Lind who died in 1998.
   Born and raised in Stockholm, Maine, he was the fourth of seven children born to William S. and Freda Lind.  Maynard grew up on his family’s potato farm in Stockholm, a predominately Swedish community in Northern Maine.
   At 17 years old Mr. Lind joined the Merchant Marine during WWII .  He met his future wife Evelyn, and they were married in 1953 just prior to being drafted into the Army during the Korean War.  Following his Honorable Discharge from the Army, Maynard and Evelyn settled in Burlington where they raised their family.
   Maynard was a Master Electrician, and he owned and operated Lind Electric into his late 70s.  He was also the electrical inspector for the Town of Burlington and taught at the Coyne Electric School in Newton.  He was particularly proud to be a college professor with a seventh grade education.
   Maynard loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them at family gatherings and celebrations.  He will be remembered by family and friends for always being ready to lend a helping hand.  He was known as a colorful personality who was not afraid to speak his mind.
   He is survived by two sons, Wayne and his wife Candice of Austin, Texas, and Brian and his wife Michelle of Lumberton, New Jersey; and one grandson, Matthew Lind of Lumberton, New Jersey.  He is also survived by one sister, Charlotte Daigle of Breinigsville Pennsylvania; one brother, Erland Lind of Marlborough Massachusetts; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife Evelyn he was predeceased by his brothers Verner and Elmer, and his sisters Edna and Amelia.
   A funeral service will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 60 Forest Park Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, July 3 at 10:00 am.  Interment will be at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Burlington.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Maynard’s memory may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 60 Forest Park Rd., Woburn, MA 01801.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.

   Lester E. “Slugger” Crawford, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away at his home after a brief illness on Monday morning, June 25.  He was the husband of the late Phyllis (Humphrey) Crawford.
   Born in Woburn, he was the son of the late Andrew John Crawford, and the late Elizabeth (Cassidy) Crawford.  Lester was raised on the West Side, and worked on his family’s farm until he joined the US Navy to proudly serve in World War II.
   After his time in the military, he and his buddies enjoyed traveling across the country to California. Later he met and married Phyllis Humphrey and they settled happily in the Horn Pond area where they raised four children. He and Phyllis were married for close to 62 years when she passed in 2017.
   Lester was a long time employee at the Atlantic Gelatin in East Woburn where he worked for 26 years as a maintenance mechanic before retiring in 1989.  He was a fun loving, outgoing storyteller who displayed an excellent memory for history, facts and dates – especially when it came to Woburn.
   Lester was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  He never missed a chance to participate in Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances.
   He loved to converse and reminisce about the good old days and the fun he had with his West Side gang as well as his family.  Lester was most proud of his seven grandchildren; he relished hearing about their achievements as well as their challenges.  Lester always succeeded in making each one feel special and loved.  His most cherished moniker was “Papa.”
   Lester is survived by one daughter, Leslie Ann Crawford of Woburn; three sons, Wayne Crawford and his wife, Cathy of Southern Pines, NC, Drew Crawford and his wife, Jill of Woburn, and Kris Crawford and his wife, Karen of Woburn; and seven loving grandchildren, Allison, Stephen, Laura, AJ, Nathan, Shane and Danielle.  He is also survived by his siblings, Herbert Crawford of Burlington, Joan Lavacchia of Woburn, and David Crawford and his wife, Sue of Milford, NH.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 4-8 pm.  A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 322 Main St., Woburn on Friday, June 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM; followed by Military Honors.  Burial will be private.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lester’s memory may be made to Friends of Woburn Veterans, c/o Veterans Office, 144 School St., Woburn, MA 01801

CHANGE OF TIME
   William H. Anderson, 69, of Salisbury, passed away on Friday, June 22.  A memorial service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, June 26 at 2:00 PM, followed by military honors.  Burial will be private.

   Shirley F. Graham, formerly of Arlington and Lexington, passed away at the Lowell General Hospital on Tuesday, June 19.  She was 88 years of age.
   Born and raised in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late James H., and the late Julia (Carter) Graham.  Prior to her retirement, Shirley worked for the John Hancock Insurance Company.
   In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her five siblings, the late James H. Graham, the late Ruth Harmon, the late William Graham, the late Dorothy Boyd, and the late Barbara Ryan.
   She is survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and nephews, and cousins.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, June 23 at 10:30 am.  Visiting will be prior to the service on Saturday from 9:30-10:30 am.  Burial will be at the Westview Cemetery in Lexington.  Contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452

   Dorothy M. (Little) Craft, 83, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away on Thursday, June 7.  She was the beloved wife of the late Roy B. Craft, Jr. who died in 2016.
   Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Tom, and the late Minnie Little.  Dorothy had lived in Woburn all her life.  Dottie loved taking care of her family and spending time with them. Dottie was also passionate about helping others. She volunteered at the former Choate Hospital as a hospital aid for many years. Dottie also was a vibrant member of the Woburn United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher.
   Dorothy enjoyed spending time at the family vacation home on Sebago Lake in Maine and spending time with Roy in Florida during the winter months.  Following her husband’s death in 2016, Dorothy lived for a time at New Horizons at Choate in Woburn.  She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a friend to all.
   Dorothy is survived by her four sons; David Craft and his wife Cheryl of Derry, NH, Stephen Craft and his wife Lesley of Tewksbury, Alan Craft and his wife Tammy of Derry, NH, and Barry Craft and his wife Elaine of North Billerica.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Katie Craft, Colleen Wood and her husband Kris, Stephen R. Craft, Carolyn Craft, Rachel Howard and her husband Mickey, Andrew Craft, Michael Craft, and Melissa Craft; and one great grandson, Harrison Roy Howard, as well as one great grandchild on the way.  Dorothy is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Dorothy was predeceased by her sisters, Joanne Harron and Eleanor Murphy both of Woburn.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Wednesday, June 13 from 4-8 pm.  A funeral service will be held at the United Methodist Church, 523 Main St., Woburn on Thursday, June 14 at 11:00 am.  Burial will follow at the Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, 1 Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801

   Stella (Strongylos) Kiklis, 90, of Woburn, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, May 31.  She was the wife of the late Philip C. Kiklis who died in 2002.
   Raised in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Lucas and Vasiliki (Kurpes) Strongylos.  Stella was a longtime faithful member of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church and she was a member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society.
   Stella was a lifelong reader of the daily newspapers, which she read cover to cover, and was an avid gardener.  A strong-willed woman, she remained independent until the end.
   Stella is survived by two daughters: Lee Kiklis-Cappello and her husband Thomas C. Cappello of Woburn, and Marianne Kiklis and her husband John F. Teeven of Arlington; and one son: Dean P. Kiklis and his wife Denise of Boulder, Colorado.  She is also survived by four grandchildren, Olivia Cappello of Washington, D.C., Philip Cappello of Arlington, Zoë D. Kiklis and Beau D. Kiklis, both of Boulder, Colorado.  Stella is further survived by her sister, Anna Demitropoulos and her husband George, of Lynn, her sisters in law Lucille Kiklis and Dorothy Kiklis of Woburn and Alexandra Scantalides of Billerica, and many nieces and nephews. Her brother, Michael L. Strongylos, of San Diego, California, predeceased her.
   A funeral service will be held at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn on Wednesday, June 6 at 11:00 am.  Visitation will be prior to the service at the church from 10-11:00 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Contributions in Stella’s memory may be made to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church Endowment Fund, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801.  Arrangements by Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.

   Ruth Emma (Danielson) Bushmich, was born on February 27, 1926, in Woburn MA, daughter of Karl and Emma (Hanson) Danielson.
   She was predeceased by her devoted husband of 57 years, Alexander Bushmich, her daughter, L. Christine (Bushmich) MacDonald, and her siblings, Elsie, John Herbert, Nathanial, Eric and Richard, and their spouses.
   She is survived by her daughters Sandy Bushmich (of Storrs, CT), Nina Bushmich (of Gloucester, MA) and Susan Bushmich (of Shrewsbury, MA), son in law Raymond MacDonald (of Reading, MA), grandchildren Raymond, Michael, Stephen, Aurora, Alex, Jacob and Owen, and great grandchildren Cassie, Kayla, Chloe and Violet.
   Ruth had an amazing life.  After the death of her mother at age 9, she moved to Sweden with her father and youngest brother Richard, where she spent her teenage years. She returned to the US at age 21 and reunited with her siblings who had remained in Massachusetts while she and brother Richard lived in Sweden.  Ruth graduated from the Shepard Gill School of Nursing in 1950 and worked as a private duty and charge nurse.
   She married Alexander Bushmich in 1951, and was a wonderful mother to their four daughters, as well as serving as the “neighborhood nurse” to the children of the Woburn communities they lived in. She was known as an amazing and creative seamstress, an active member of North Congregational Church and many of its committees, and a Girl Scout leader extraordinaire.  She provided an endless well of support, encouragement and love for her family and friends.
   Ruth enjoyed a wonderful marriage to her beloved husband of 57 years, Alec.  Ruth, Alec, and daughters Chris, Sandy, Nina and Susan enjoyed many family vacations and adventures, often with friends and relatives.  The family sang songs (with harmonies) throughout the long car drives to Montreal, Pennsylvania, Saratoga Springs, New Hampshire, etc.   They had a special love for their cottage in Standish, Maine, where the family (expanded to include grandchildren) enjoyed many happy summers.
   In 1973 Ruth returned to her nursing career, working as charge nurse, hospital staff nurse, and nurse at a school for special needs children, until retirement.
   After retirement, Ruth and Alec traveled cross country in their motor home.  They later moved to Shrewsbury, MA, and enjoyed their new community with family and friends.
   Throughout her personal and professional life, Ruth exhibited a depth of kindness and healing ability that drew people to her.  She was always happy to welcome “honorary” children and grandchildren into her family circle, even into her latest years, and they were happier people for that honor.
   A Celebration of the Life of Ruth Emma Bushmich will be held at North Congregational Church, 896 Main Street, Woburn, Massachusetts, on Saturday, June 9, at noon, with collation to follow.  Please join us!
   In lieu of flowers please send donations in Ruth’s honor to JHC Hospice, 629 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609.

   P. John Darby, 87, formerly of Woburn, passed away at his home in Melbourne, Florida on March 18, 2018.  He was the loving husband of Nancy (Higgins) Darby.
   John was born in in Newbury, Berkshire, England on November 20, 1930.   After serving in the British army, he moved from England to Nova Scotia, Canada.  He served in the Canadian army and then worked for the Canadian postal service until he retired to care for his first wife, Frances, in her final illness.  He was a member and past Patron of the Honorable Joseph Howe chapter of Eastern Star.
   In 1989 he met his beloved Nancy (Higgins) at an Eastern Star convention.  They married in 1991 and settled in Woburn, Massachusetts.  They were long-time active members of the North Congregational Church.  John was a member of the Aleppo Shrine in Wilmington, and the Mt. Horeb Masonic Lodge in Woburn.  He was a member and past Worthy Patron of the Aletheon Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star in Woburn.
   In 2015, after John retired as a security guard, he and Nancy moved from Woburn to Melbourne, Florida; where John became a member of the Azan Shrine Temple, and John and Nancy became members of Harbor City Eastern Star.
   In addition to his wife Nancy, John is survived by his sister Barbara and brother David.  He was predeceased by his brother Earl.  John was buried at the Florida Memorial Gardens in Rockledge, FL on March 22, 2018.
   A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., in Woburn (at the corner of Main & School in North Woburn).
   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., Woburn, MA  01801; or the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa FL  33607.

   Ruth E. (Hammond) Merrill, 90, of Woburn, passed away on Tuesday Morning, May 1.  She was the wife of the late Charlie A. Merrill who died in 1989.
   Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Willard C., and the late Sarah A. (Griffiths) Hammond.  Ruth was a graduate of Woburn High School, class of 1945.
   Ruth married her late husband Charlie in 1946.  They lived in several locations throughout the world because of Charlie’s military career.  They settled back in Woburn in the 1960s, where she has lived ever since.
   Ruth had been an active and devoted member of the First Congregational Church of Woburn.  She had also been a member of the church Arts & Crafts Guild; and she was an avid gardener.
   Ruth is survived by one daughter, Valerie Alfaro of Woburn; and she was preceded in death by one daughter, the late Ruthann Weiss.  She is also survived by three grandchildren, Andrew Weiss of Woburn, Gregory Weiss of Haverhill, and Charlene Alfaro of Woburn.
   In addition to her husband and her daughter, Ruth was also preceded in death by one brother, the late Willard “Giffie” Hammond; and four sisters, the late Rebie Wymer, the late Dorothy Wilson, the late Sally Newman, and the late Marguerite Record.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:00 am, with an hour of visitation prior to the service from 10-11 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to the First Congregational Church, 322 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801

   Irene A. (Renninson) Augustus, 82, of Medway, formerly of Wayland and Woburn, passed away on Friday, April 27.  She was the wife of the late Donald Augustus, Sr. who died in 1998.
   Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late John W. Renninson and the late Hannah (Clark) Renninson Airey; and she was the step daughter of the late Joseph L. Airey.  Irene was a graduate of the Boston University School of Education, earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1956.
   Irene worked for many years as a reservations manager at the former Bay Tower Room in Boston.  She had been a longtime resident of Woburn, and had most recently been residing with her daughter in Medway.  She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
   In addition to her husband and her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her sister, the late Joan (Renninson) Belski.
   She was the loving mother of Donald Augustus, Jr. and his wife Eileen of Pepperell, William A. Augustus and his wife Rebecca of Sutton, Lawrence Augustus of Apex, NC, and Diane L. Gaines and her husband Scott of Medway.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Sara E. and Matthew W. Augustus of Pepperell, Ryan J. and Corey F. Augustus of Sutton, Joseph A. Augustus of Nashua, NH, Christian J. Augustus of Apex, NC, and Amanda A. and Scott J. Gaines, Jr. of Medway.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday, May 10 from 4-8 pm.  A funeral service will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 535 Main St., Woburn on Friday, May 11 at 10:00 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Irene’s memory may be made to The ARC of Opportunity, 564 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420-8011

    Phyllis A. Nye, age 90, passed away surrounded by family at Care One of Wilmington on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
   Born in Melrose and raised in Wakefield, she was one of eight children raised by the late Allen, and the late Ruth Kincaid.  Phyllis met and married Mr. Carol A. “Cal” Nye, her loving late husband.  Living in Woburn, they raised seven children together, all graduating from Woburn High School.
   Through the years, between friends of the children, and Phyllis and Carol’s friends and relatives; there was never a dull moment in the Nye household.  There was always laughter and love, and a cup of tea for everyone stopping by.
   Phyllis enjoyed many activities, including arts & crafts, and music.  She had a lovely singing voice, played piano, and also played the organ and sang in the choir.  Phyllis also loved gardening, earning herself the nick name “Queen of the Flowers.”
   Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, the late Mr. Carol “Cal” Nye who died in 2007.  She is survived by seven sons and daughters, Sandra Lee Short and her husband Paul, Dorothy Frances Weed and her husband Richard, Patricia Ruth Torrice and her husband John, Timothy Edson Nye and his wife Kim, David Jon Nye and his wife Rita, Lisa Carol Misek and her husband Steven, and Kenneth Edward Nye and his wife Kathy.  A loving grandmother, she will be dearly missed by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as her many friends.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday morning, May 1 at 10:00 am, followed by burial at the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Monday from 4-8 pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Phyllis’ memory may be made to a charity of your choice; or to a local food bank.

   Louise T. Nolan passed away on March 27, 2018 at Maple Wood Assisted Living in Hayden, ID.  She was 98 years old.
   Born in Somerville on September 20, 1919, she graduated from Somerville High School with the Class of 1937 and later received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1941.  In August of 1941, she married Woburnite Donald Nolan, and, after the war, they resided on Beach Street in Woburn, where they raised three sons.
   Louise was a stay at home mom until all the boys were in school, but was very involved in the community, serving as “den mother” for the neighborhood Cub Scouts and volunteering for the American Red Cross.  Later, she served as a substitute teacher in the Woburn school system, eventually assuming a position of assistant librarian at the Kennedy Junior High and later at Woburn High School, from which she retired after 20 years of service.
   While the boys were young, the family enjoyed vacationing on the lakes of New Hampshire or on Louise’s cousin’s farm in northern New Hampshire.  When the boys were older, Louise and Donald traveled extensively, visiting the national parks of the US and Canada, Hawaii, the British Isles, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy and Hong Kong.
   Louise was a member of Aletheon Chapter No. 154, Order of the Eastern Star for 61 years.  She served her Chapter as Worthy Matron in 1961-62 and in 1984-86, then as Secretary for 18 years.  She was also the recipient of Grand Chapter appointments in 1963, 1992 and 1999.  Well known throughout the Jurisdiction of Massachusetts, she developed many lasting friendships over the years with OES members from all parts of the State as well as members from other Jurisdictions.  She enjoyed participating in the Organization’s many and varied activities, including fundraisers to benefit Eastern Star Benevolences, Scholarships and many local Charities, until moving to Rathdrum, ID in July of 2010.  However, Louise never forgot her Eastern Star friends back home and kept in touch even after moving away from Woburn.
   Louise was predeceased by her loving husband, who passed in February of 1999.  She is survived by her three sons:  Donald “Skip” Nolan of Rathdrum, ID, who, along with his wife Monika, cared for her until she was admitted into an assisted living facility in June of 2016; Robert Nolan of Portland, OR and his wife Gretchen; William Nolan of Winchester, MA and his wife Claudia.  She was also blessed with four grandchildren - Michele, Jackie, Chad, and Brian – along with three great grandchildren – Zoe, Aiden, and Isabella.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Wednesday, April 4 at 10:00 am, followed by burial at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 7-9 pm, with an Eastern Star Service at 8:00 p.m.

   H. Richard “Dick” MacLean, 91, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, March 15.  He was the loving husband of the late Mary (Bridge) MacLean who died in 2012.
   Born in East Providence, RI, and raised in Malden, he was the son of the late John G., and the late Sarah “Sadie” MacLean.
   Immediately following high school in Malden in 1944, Dick enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  During World War II, he proudly served with the Marines in the Pacific Theatre of Operations as a communications specialist.  He had been stationed in several locations throughout the Pacific, and he participated in action against the Japanese invasion of Bougainville in the Northern Solomon Islands.  He earned his Honorable Discharge at the rank of Corporal in 1946.
   Upon returning to the United States after the War, Dick became an apprentice cable splicer.  He continued his training, becoming a licensed electrician and a member of the IBEW Local #103.  He was involved in many large projects in the Boston area, including the wiring of Fenway Park, Logan Airport, and Worcester State College.  Dick worked for several electrical contractors throughout his career, retiring from Mass Bay Electric in East Boston in 1986.
   Dick and his late wife Mary enjoyed retirement, spending winters in Largo, Florida and summers at the cottage which he built in Prince Edward Island, Canada.  He was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed rooting for his grandsons’ teams throughout their high school and college careers, and debated strategy with them while watching his favorite professional teams.  He was equally proud of his granddaughter, an artist, whose work adorned his living room in Woburn.  An accomplished handyman, he also enjoyed working around his cottage in PEI.  Dick was a devoted and loving husband to Mary, his wife of 64 years whom he missed dearly.
   Dick is survived by one son, Donald G. MacLean and his wife Donna of Paxton; and one daughter, Carol A. Welch and her husband Michael of Woburn.  He is also survived by five grandchildren, Richard and Lindsey MacLean, and Justin, Daniel, and Matthew Welch; two great grandchildren, Shea and Cassidy MacLean; one brother John MacLean of Cranston, RI; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd MacLean and a sister, Helen Jenkins.
   A memorial service will be held at the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., Woburn on Monday, March 26 at 11:00 am.  A private burial will be held at the Canoe Cove Presbyterian Cemetery on Prince Edward Island, Canada.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dick’s memory may be made to the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.

   Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Andersen, formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.  She was surrounded by the love of her daughters, Marcy and Heather and the spiritual prayers of her son Scott at her passing, and was greeted into heaven by her loving husband, the late Donald N. Andersen, her daughters Debby and Sherry, her step sons young Don and Cris as well as her great grandson Baby Vinnie and her mother Violet.
   Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, she had been a Naturalized citizen since 1948.  Liz, was sometimes called “Betty” by old friends, Grandmother by her grandchildren and “GG” by her great grandchildren.  In the 1970s, Liz went back to school graduating Suma Cum Laude from Salem State and became a social worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until her retirement. She and her late husband Donald retired to Florida.
   Even though Liz hated the cold of New England Winters, she returned to Massachusetts to spend time with her daughters Marcy and Heather in 2017, and to meet two new great grandchildren after spending 32 years in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
   Liz was the mother of the late Deborah (Lester) Viens, who was survived by her husband, Peter Viens of Florida, the late Sheryl (Lester) Grant, James Scott Lester and his wife JaNiece Lester of Florida, Marcy J. (Lester) Perry and her husband Louis Jr. of Acton, and Heather E. (Andersen) Hammond and her husband William of Woburn. She was the step-mother of Sue Alber, the late Donald S. Andersen and his wife Barbara of Georgia, Laurie (Andersen) Marchant and her husband Robert of Billierica, and the late Criston Andersen.   Liz was the grandmother of Daniel M. Viens & Jessica Lallogia, Amanda & Nathaniel Grant, Jewel, Harley & April Lester, Jason A. Perry and his wife Lindsay, Adam J. Perry and his wife Jessica, William Hammond, Jr., Matthew Hammond, Dan Alber and his wife Deeanne, Brian Alber and his wife Linda, Jennifer Alber, Leigh (Andersen) Carlson and her husband Bryce, and Brooke (Andersen) Wiersma and her husband Seth.  And she was the great grandmother of, the late Baby Vinnie Lallogia & Angelina Herron, Akiva & Azalea Perry, Megan & Morgan Alber, Hailey, Angelina, & Dakota Alber, Michael, Aidan, & Piper Carlson, and Addison, Chloe, & Andrew Wiersma.
   A private family memorial service will be held later in the year.  In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial donations to the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancer at Dana Farber, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215; or Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1 Bullfinch Pl., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.

   Dennis E. Armstrong, of Dracut, formerly of Woburn, passed away at the V.A. Medical Center in Brockton after a brief illness on Tuesday evening, February 27.   He was 70 years of age.
   Born and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Gordon S. Armstrong, Sr., and the late Doris E. (Lundin) Armstrong.  Dennis was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1965.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
   Dennis was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device for his heroism in connection with military actions involving conflict with an armed hostile force.  In June of 1967, he was serving on a search and destroy mission near the village of Ap Bac, Vietnam when his unit suddenly came under heavy fire.  Fearing for the safety of his fellow soldiers, Dennis dashed across a bullet-swept battlefield to render aid to the wounded and carrying them to safety.  He then returned to the scene to bring vitally needed ammunition to his comrades, saving the lives of several men.
   Prior to his retirement, Dennis owned and operated Armstrong & Sons Trucking. Even after retirement, he continued to work part-time as a truck driver.  Dennis was a member of the Woburn Lodge of Elks.  He enjoyed deep-sea fishing, and travelling.  Dennis also enjoyed spending time at his second home in Haines City, Florida.
   Dennis is survived by two sons, Dennis E. Armstrong, Jr., and Jason Armstrong and his fiancée Karen Rusiecki; and Dennis and Jason’s sister, Stefanie Citroni of Tampa, FL.  He is also survived by his former wife, Jan Fitzgerald of Woburn; his sister, Cheryl Scott and her husband Robert of Woburn; five nieces & nephews, Shara Kaminsky and her husband Ken of Tennessee, Tarin Armstrong of Florida, Derek and Dan Armstrong of Colorado, and Layne Armstrong of California.  He is further survived by several grandnieces, grandnephews, and great-grandnieces.  In addition to his parents, Dennis was preceded in death by two brothers, the late Gordon Armstrong, Jr., and the late Wayne Armstrong.
   A memorial gathering will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, Woburn on Saturday, March 3 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Contributions in Dennis’ memory may be made to the DAV-Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301

   Shawn A. Hicks, of Woburn, passed away at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital on Wednesday morning, February 28.  He was 58 years of age.
   Born and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Edward F. Hicks and the late Eleanor (Spicer) Hicks; and Jane (White) Hicks of Wilmington.  Shawn was a graduate of the Shawsheen Technical High School, Class of 1978.  He had worked for the Hampshire Press in Wilmington, and later as a machinist for the former H.K. Porter Company in Somerville.
   Shawn was a lifelong faithful member of the First Congregational Church in Woburn.  He was a New England sports fan, and an avid fisherman.
   Shawn was the loving, loyal and treasured father of Timothy A. Hicks, and soon to be father in law to Sarah Boden. He was the adoring and proud grandfather of Sutton Hicks, the light of his life.  He is also survived by his mother, Jane Hicks of Wilmington; and he was the devoted brother of Beverly Nugent and her husband Bob, Wendy Cunha, and Bonnie, Brett, and Chris Hicks and his wife Martha, and the late Rod Hicks.  He was the godfather of Steven Spicer; and the cousin and friend of Scott Spicer and his wife Beth.  Shawn is further survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.
   A funeral service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 322 Main St., Woburn Center on Tuesday, March 6th at 11:00 am.  Visiting will be prior to the service at church from 10:00-11:00 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Contributions in Shawn’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701

   Laura H. DeMone, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, formerly of Burlington, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House after a lengthy battle with cancer on Wednesday evening, February 21.  She was 58 years of age.
   Born in Woburn and raised in Burlington, she was the daughter of the late Melvin S. “Pat” DeMone, and the late Inez J. (Black) DeMone.  Laura was a graduate of Burlington High School, Class of 1977; and she was a graduate of Fisher College in Boston.
   Prior to her retirement last year, Laura had worked as a Customer Service Representative for the Reading Municipal Light Department for 29 years.  She loved spending time at the beach, shopping, and traveling.  She especially enjoyed vacationing in Aruba.  Laura also loved spending time with her family and friends.
   In addition to her parents, Laura was also preceded in death by one sister, the late Denise E. DeMone.  She is survived by her sister, Melva J. Vorhauer and her husband Tom of Centennial, Colorado; two nephews, Chad Izmirian and his wife Dayanne of San Diego, California, and Douglas Izmirian of Centennial, Colorado.  She is also survived by her two great nephews, Aram and Bennett Izmirian of San Diego, California.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Monday, February 26 at 11:00 am.  Visiting hours will be on Sunday evening from 4-6 pm.  Burial will be at the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Burlington.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Laura’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, Attn:  Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St., Ste. B-102, Danvers, MA 01923

   Josephine “Jo” Carneglia-Russell, 89 of Woburn, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family, following a long illness on Thursday, February 8th.  She was the wife of the late Frederick W. Russell, Sr. who passed away in 1982; and former wife of the late Paul Carneglia who passed away in 1961.
   Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she was a graduate of St. Mary’s Annunciation High School in Cambridge. She was a former resident of Burlington before coming to Woburn in 1963.  “Jo”, as she was known to family and friends, was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Rose (Grassia) Armenio.
   Jo was a bookkeeper for Hyde Shoe Factory and Russell Disposal for many years.  She was devoted to her family and loved spending time with them.  In her free time she enjoyed dancing with her many friends and one of her greatest hobbies was creating ceramics.
   Jo is survived by her daughter, Marie Brown of Malden and her husband the late Ronald Brown, Sr.; and her sons, Charles Carneglia and his wife Karen of Woburn, and Frederick W. Russell, Jr. and his wife Patti of Wilmington.  She is also survived by 14 grandchildren:  Ronald Brown, Jr., Breeanna Faust, Vivaldo and Paul Meneses, Erica Carneglia, Lisa, Joseph, Jacob, Mikaila, Cole and Jared Russell, Jacob, Kenneth and Mia Ryan.
   Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jo’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Foundation, 322 8th Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.

   John A. Finlayson, of Woburn, formerly of Hampton, NH, Medford, and Stoneham, passed away after a brief illness on Monday morning, February 5.  He was 88 years of age.
   Born in Boston and raised in Stoneham and Medford, he was the son of the late John, and the late Dora (Bothwell) Finlayson.
   John enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1947, and served in England and Korea, earning his Honorable Discharge at the rank of Sergeant in 1951.
   He worked in the maintenance department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and later as a security officer at Textron Industries in Wilmington.  John was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in Medford.  He was also a member and Past Treasurer of Mount Horeb Lodge, AF&AM in Woburn.
   In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister, the late Marjorie Benremo.  He is survived by two sons and two daughters, Gary Finlayson and his wife June of Stoneham, Sharon Finlayson of Lowell, Ken Finlayson and his wife Dorothy of Woburn, and Linda Vienneau and her husband Keith of Burlington.  John is also survived by his longtime companion, Evelyn Filosi of Woburn; 10 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and three nephews.
   A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery, 230 Playstead Rd., Medford on Friday, February 9 at 11:00 am.  Contributions in John’s memory may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn. www.grahamfuneral.com

   Marjorie Louise Burns, 91, formerly of Woburn, MA, passed away at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH, on February 1, 2018, after a brief illness.
   Marjorie was born in Medford, MA, and lived there until 1960, when she moved to Woburn.  Her parents, Mabel and Moyle Burns, were from Nova Scotia, Canada.  Marjorie spent many happy summers as a child and teenager “down home” in Nova Scotia, visiting with her grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
   Marjorie graduated from Medford High School in 1944.  She began working at John Hancock Insurance Company in Boston while still in high school and worked there for 48 years until she retired at age 65.  She took night courses at Burdett Evening School in Boston in 1955 and 1956, and was awarded a Graduation Credential from Burdett College in January, 1957.  When she retired, she was secretary to one of the officers of John Hancock.
   Marjorie loved cats, and had several special felines over the years.  Her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews have fond memories of Fluffy, Snowball, and Bellamaria.
   Marjorie moved to the Huntington Life Plan Community in Nashua, NH, in 2004.  When she decided she no longer wanted to take on full time responsibility for a cat, she was the petsitter for several of her neighbors’ cats when they traveled.
   Gardening was another interest and Marjorie tended a large flower garden in the backyard of her house in Woburn for many years.  She especially loved geraniums, overwintering every possible color of geranium plant in her attic and taking them all back outside every summer.  Marjorie was also a talented seamstress. During her early adulthood she made almost all of her clothes, even the suits she wore to work.
   She had a lifelong passion for the British royal family and acquired a mini library about the subject over many years.  Marjorie made a trip to Canada specifically to see Queen Elizabeth, who was appearing there in public.  She and the Queen were born only one month apart.
   Marjorie traveled extensively over the years.  She traveled throughout all of New England, including Nantucket.  She took a road trip down the east coast to Florida, sightseeing in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and at Roosevelt’s Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia.  Marjorie took a 3 week trip to California, up and down the state’s coastline.  She toured Dollywood and Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Tennessee, and explored the Great Smoky Mountains and the Ozark Mountains.  Canada was a favorite destination for her, and she traveled to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.  Family members recall many very interesting slide shows of her travels.  Another interest was genealogical research into her family’s roots and she left the family with a very detailed record of family history stretching back to the 17th century.
   During Marjorie’s retirement years, her Aunt Leone of Ohio moved to the Boston area.  Marjorie and Leone did quite a bit of traveling together.  They traveled back and forth to Ohio and went on a road trip to explore Texas, which included a stop in Mexico.  Marjorie was a long term member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Woburn, and she and Leone became involved in quilting and knitting groups there.  They produced many lovely pieces of handiwork for charity.
   Marjorie was the sister of Robert Burns of Woburn and his wife, the late Vivian; and the late William Burns and his wife Maryellen of Orange, MA.  She was the aunt of Gail Downs, Steven Burns, Andrea Cleary, James Burns, Elizabeth Ortiz, the late Donna Howard, and the late John Burns.  She is also survived by several great, and great-great nieces & nephews.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday, February 8 at 11:00 am.  A visiting hour will be prior to the service on Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marjorie’s memory may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 60 Forest Park Rd., Woburn, MA 01801.

   Janet Ellen (Stanley) Bowe, a lifetime resident of Woburn, passed away after a ten-month battle with cancer in the early hours of Monday, January 15, surrounded by her family.  She was 65 years of age.
   Born in Arlington and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Richard W., and the late Ruth (Hughes) Stanley; and she was the wife of William Bowe.
   Janet was a graduate of Woburn High School, and earned her Associate's degree at Holliston Junior College.  She recently retired after 29 years working as a mail handler for the United States Postal Service.  She attended the United Methodist Church in Woburn.
   Janet was kind and giving, and extraordinarily generous with her time and love.  She was devoted to her family and to taking care of her elderly parents.  Janet's thoughtfulness touched everyone who knew her, and she never forgot a birthday or anniversary of anyone in her large and ever-growing family.
   Janet loved to travel, and went on numerous trips with her husband of 39 years, William; and their traveling companions Lynda and Richard Harding, of Scituate.  Janet's favorite vacation destination was Hawaii.  She also enjoyed spending summers with her family at Lake Winnipesaukee.  Janet maintained many collections, always decorated her home for the holidays, and she was constantly behind a camera.  Throughout her life she took thousands of pictures documenting happy times with her family and friends.
   Janet is survived by her husband, William Bowe; her daughter Sarah Bowe, of Baton Rouge, LA; and her son Eric Bowe and his wife Danielle, of Woburn.  She is also survived by her siblings Linda Lazarowski and her husband Jack, of Waterbury, VT; Richard Stanley and his wife Marion, of Atkinson, NH; David Stanley and his wife Patty, of Arlington; and Donald Stanley, of Woburn.  She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.  Her first grandchild is expected next month.  In addition to her parents, Janet was also preceded in death by her aunt, the late Esther Hughes.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, January 19 from 4-8 pm.  A funeral service will be held at the United Methodist Church, 523 Main St., Woburn on Saturday, January 20 at 10:00 am.  Contributions in Janet’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
 

   Mark S. Beeman, 58, formerly of San Diego, California and Woburn, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico on Monday, January 1.  He was the husband of the late Delia Rodriguez-Beeman who died in 2015.
   Born in Arlington and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Paul F., and the late Mary T. (Horan) Beeman.  Mark was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1977.
   Mark had been a resident of San Diego for about 30 years.  Prior to retiring in 2012, he worked as an HVAC Mechanic at the Naval Shipyard in San Diego.  Mark was an avid fisherman, and he will be remembered for his dry sense of humor.
   Mark is survived by two brothers, Paul Beeman and his wife Maryellen of Woburn, Tom Beeman of Plaistow, NH; and one sister, Karen Houpes and her husband Tom of Reading.  He is also survived by two aunts, Kathleen Gorse of Medford, and Peggy Horan of Everett; and many nieces and nephews.
   Friends and family are invited to gather at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, January 27 at 9:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Barbara’s Church in Woburn at 10:00 am.  Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Winchester.  Contributions in Mark’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

   Marianne (Lukshaw) Conway, 91, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Thursday morning, January 11.  She was the wife of the late John F. Conway, Jr. who died in 2004.
   Born in Boston and raised in Watertown, Marianne was the daughter of the late Joseph P. and the late Mary (Fay) Lukshaw.  She was a graduate of Watertown High School, Class of 1943, at the age of 16.
   Following graduation, Marianne worked for the Telephone Company.  After Marianne and her late husband John were married, they moved to Winooski, Vermont while John attended St. Michael’s College.
   Marianne and John settled in Woburn in 1954, where they raised their seven children.  She was the official family “chauffeur,” ferrying the kids to sports, and (strike) dancing practices and events.  Marianne also served as a CCD teacher at St. Barbara’s Parish, and was a Cub Scout Den Mother.
   After her children were grown, Marianne returned to the workforce.  She first worked for the Waltham office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and later as an Administrative Assistant at MIT/Lincoln Labs in Lexington, retiring in 1989.  Marianne also volunteered as the hospitality coordinator for the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials (MASBO) where her husband had served as Executive Director.
   After retirement, Marianne devoted her time to watching and helping care for her grandchildren.  She also enjoyed spending time at the Woburn Senior Center, and she participated in Water Aerobics at the YMCA in Woburn.  Since October of 2016, she had been residing at Stonebridge Senior Living in Burlington.
   In addition to her late husband John, Marianne was also preceded in death by one son, the late Kevin Conway.  She is survived by six sons and daughters; Karen Conway and her husband Don Ricciato of Medfield, David Conway and his wife Mary of Lakeland, Florida, Barbara Donovan and her husband Michael of Wellesley, Blaise Conway and his wife Joel of Woburn, Jack Conway and his wife Lisa of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, and Diane Doherty and her husband Mark of Woburn.  She is also survived by eighteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and she was preceded in death by her two sisters, the late Leonore Kendall and her husband, the late Thomas; and the late Carolyn McLachlan and her husband, the late William.
   The funeral will be held from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, January 16 at 10:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Barbara’s Church in Woburn at 11:00 am.  Burial will be at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Monday evening from 4-7 pm.  Contributions in Marianne’s memory may be made to the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, 1 Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801.

   Robert R. Levine, 77, of Woburn, passed away after a long illness on Saturday morning, December 16.  He was the husband of Mary B. (Manson) Levine.
   Born in Boston and raised Cambridge and Woburn, he was the son of the late William, and the late Dorothy (Hannon) Levine.  Robert came to Woburn at the age of 13, and graduated from Woburn High School, Class of 1959.
   Robert was had been active in coaching youth sports, and was instrumental in helping to establish many of Woburn’s youth sports leagues.  He retired from Winchester Testing Lab in 2003, where he had worked as a Quality Control Inspector.
   Robert was a member of the Woburn Lodge of Elks, social member of the Sons of Italy, VFW and American Legion all of Woburn.  He worked as a bartender at Sons of Italy and American Legion up until the early 1990s.
   Robert enjoyed spending summers at the family cottage in Greene, Maine.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather to his seven grandchildren.
   In addition to his wife Mary, Robert is survived by two daughters, Caren Bolster and her husband David of Woburn, Dianne MacLeod and her husband Lawrence of Woburn; two sons, James Levine of Woburn, and Marc Levine and his wife Michelle of Watertown; and seven grandchildren, Hannah, Graham, and Louden Bolster, Caleigh Flaherty, and Colin, Sarah, and Larry MacLeod.  He is also survived by two brothers, George Levine and his wife Susan of North Andover, and William Levine and his wife June of Woburn.
   The funeral will be from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, December 22 at 9:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church in Woburn at 10:00 am.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 4-8 pm.  Burial will be private.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062; or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004

   Judy A. Resendes-Hamblin, of Medford, passed away on Tuesday evening, December 12.  She was 54 years of age.  Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday evening, December 15 from 4-8 pm, with a funeral service at 6:00 pm.  As purple was Judy’s favorite color, all are encouraged to come wearing something purple.  Contributions in Judy's memory may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970.

   Dorothy J. (Graham) Boyd, 91, of East Longmeadow, a former longtime resident of Woburn, passed away after a short illness on Sunday morning, December 10.  She was the wife of the late Robert J. Boyd, Sr.
   Born and raised in Lexington, she was the daughter of the late James H., and the late Julia (Carter) Graham.  Dorothy was a graduate of Lexington High School, coming to Woburn when she married her late husband Robert.
   Dorothy taught Sunday school at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Woburn, was a Brownie and Cub Scout leader and as a young lady, had worked at the former “White Spot” restaurant in the early 1960s.  She later worked for the former Tanners Bank, the former Woburn National Bank, and finally for the F.W. Webb Company where she worked in the Accounting Department.  After 32 years with F.W. Webb, she retired in 2008 at the age of 82.
   Dorothy enjoyed crafts, and she was an avid reader.  She also loved to play cards, canasta, and bingo. She enjoyed visiting casinos, earning the nickname “Diamond Dot.”
   Dorothy was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She truly loved people, and she looked forward to holidays and family dinners, and being surrounded by those she loved.
   Dorothy is survived by one son, Robert J. Boyd, Jr. and his wife Ruthann Cassidy of Roseville, CA; one daughter, Brenda J. Boyd and her husband Joe Whalen of Enfield, CT; seven grandchildren, Christopher Boyd, Elizabeth Cressy, Taylor Farry, Timothy Boyd, Rebecca Stratton, Ryan Stratton, Anthony Whalen; and three great-grandchildren, Julian Velez, Abraham Cressy, and Elsie Cressy.  She is also survived by one sister, Shirley Graham of Lexington, and several nieces and nephews.
   In addition to her late husband Robert, Dorothy was preceded in death by two brothers, the late James Graham and the late William Graham, and two sisters, the late Ruth Harmon and the late Barbara Ryan; and her best friend, the late Nena Pollard.
   A funeral service will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, December 15 at 12:00 Noon.  Visiting hours will be prior to the service on Friday morning from 10:00-12:00.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611; or the charity of your choice.

   Toni P. (Mathews) Andersen, 81, of Woburn, passed away at CareOne in Lexington on Saturday morning, November 25.  She was the beloved wife of Leonard J. Andersen.
   Born and raised in Patterson, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Clifford James Mathews, and the late Messina Maria (Costa) Mathews.  Toni lived in Arlington for 40 years prior to coming to Woburn in 2003.  Toni owned and operated Allegra Printing and Imaging in Kendall Sq., Cambridge prior to her retirement in 2003.
   In addition to her husband Len, Toni is survived by three sons, David G. Meade, Jr. and his wife Nancy of Burlington, Phillip J. Meade and his wife Gayla of Lowell, and Edward M. Meade of Manchester, NH; one daughter, Susan P. Errington-Wood of Perth, Australia; and one step-daughter, Neti Andersen Guzman of Manchester, Connecticut.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, Erin Meade of Ellington, Connecticut, Brian Meade of Brooklyn, NY, Abigail Meade of Manchester, NH, Emily Meade of Derry, NH, Edward Meade, Jr and Xuxu Errington-Wood of Perth, Australia.
   Private services will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Toni's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.

   Anne M. Roketenetz, 96, of Hampton, Virginia, formerly of Woburn, Winchester, and Hopkinton, Mass., passed away on Tuesday, October 24.  She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph C. Roketenetz, her only sister, Helen Mahoney, and daughter-in-law, Mary Roketenetz.
   Born and raised in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Antonas and Marcella Zaveckas.  Anne had resided in Hampton for the last 20 years, where she enjoyed life on the Chesapeake Bay. She enjoyed crafts, was an expert seamstress, and avid gardener.
   Anne is survived by three sons, Daniel Roketenetz and his wife Diane of Alden, Michigan, Joseph C. Roketenetz, Jr. and his wife Ellen of Woburn, and Kenneth Roketenetz of Loudon, New Hampshire; and two daughters, JoAnne Luciano and her husband Jerry of Martinsburg, West Virginia, and Annemarie Roketenetz of Bristow, Virginia.  Anne is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn, on Thursday, November 9 from 9:30-10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church in Woburn at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn immediately following the Mass.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Anne’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, or Panhandle Home Health Inc., 208 Old Mill Rd., Martinsburg, WV, 25401.

   Kevin J. McDonald, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away on Tuesday evening, October 24 from injuries following a motorcycle accident.  He was 20 years of age.
   Born in Winchester and raised in Woburn, he was the son of Roland J., and Cheryl A. (Wilson) McDonald of Woburn.  Kevin attended Woburn schools, and as a child worked as a paper carrier for the Daily Times Chronicle in the Mayflower Road area.
   Kevin had worked for 2 ½ years at Wegman’s in Burlington, and most recently was working in the mobile phone department at Best Buy in Burlington.  As a child, Kevin was quiet and unassuming, but he was always eager to help a neighbor bring in their mail or take their trash barrels back in.
   Kevin was a motorcycle enthusiast, and he enjoyed hiking and being outdoors.  He also enjoyed photography.  A compassionate and caring young man, Kevin will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
   In addition to his parents, Kevin is survived by one sister, Sarah Atherton and her husband Richard of Tewksbury; one brother, Steven McDonald of Woburn; and his niece and nephew, James and Abagail Atherton.  Kevin was the grandson of Charles Wilson of Woburn and the late Laura Wilson; and Lucy McDonald of Waltham and the late Alfred McDonald.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Sunday evening from 4-8 pm.  A funeral service will be held at the United Methodist Church, 523 Main St., Woburn on Monday, October 30 at 10:00 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Contributions in Kevin’s memory may be made to MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

   Violet M. (Miller) Stokes, 91, a lifelong resident of Woburn, and beloved educator, passed away on Sunday afternoon, October 22, 2017.  She was the loving wife of the late Frank C. Stokes, Jr.
   Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Arthur, and the late Mary (Andreason) Miller.  “Vi,” as she is known to her family and friends, was a graduate of Woburn schools, and she operated the Stokes School of Dance from her home for 15 years.
   After her children were grown, Vi decided to fulfill a lifelong dream, and become a school teacher. She returned to school and attended Salem State College along with her daughter.  She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education, graduating from college one day ahead of her son.
   Vi taught Kindergarten at the Wyman School in Central Square, and later at the former Clapp School in the South End where she retired in 1998 after 25 years of teaching.  She was a woman who put her heart into everything she did, following her dreams wherever they took her.
   Vi was a lifelong devoted, and active member of the Montvale Congregational Church in East Woburn, where she put her “Heart and Soul” into the church.  She taught Sunday school, served as Church Treasurer, and was also a Deaconess Emeritus of the church.
   Vi was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, the late Frank C. Stokes, Jr., who died in 2015.  She is survived by her son, Frank C. Stokes, III and his wife Cheryl of Westborough; and her daughter, Bonnie L. Murphy of Wilmington, and was predeceased by her son in law, the late Tim Murphy.  Vi is also survived by four grandchildren, Anne Nowland and her husband Ian, Rob Murphy, Matt Murphy, and Kerri Pierce and her husband Artie; and one brother, Jon Andreason and his wife Pricella.  She was preceded in death by four sisters, the late Patricia Lambert and her husband the late Richard Lambert, the late Dorothy Young, the late Iris Collins, the late Marjorie Smith; and one brother, the late William Andreason.
   A funeral service will be held at the Montvale Congregational Church, 36 Orange St. (corner of Central St.) in Woburn on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10:00 am. Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday evening from 4-8 pm.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Contributions in Vi’s memory may be made to the Montvale Congregational Church, P.O. Box. 76, Woburn, MA 01801.

   Rita M. (Poole) Bannister, 86, of Woburn, passed away at her home after a long illness on Monday afternoon, October 9.  She was the wife of the late Murray L. Bannister who died in 2012.
   Born in Malden and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Emery G., and the late Jean (Scott) Poole.  Rita spent most of her life in the Montvale Lane area of Woburn, on land where her family had once owned and operated a farm.
   Rita was longtime member of the Church of the Open Bible in Woburn, and was one of the founding members of the “Circle B” kid’s program at the church.  She had worked for a time at the former Tidd Home in North Woburn.  After her family had grown, she later worked as a bookkeeper for Sir Speedy Printing in Woburn.
   Always a social person, Rita took great joy in hosting family gatherings and holiday celebrations at her home.  She was an excellent cook, and loved cooking for her family and friends; and making food for her church’s dinners.  Rita also enjoyed quilting, sewing, and all kinds of crafts.
   Rita’s family would like to thank the staff from Visiting Angels Homecare of Chelmsford, and Associated Home Care (AHC) of Burlington for their wonderful care and compassion.
   Rita is survived by one daughter, Cathy Murphy and her husband Marty of Manchester, NH; one son, Doug Bannister and his wife Ann of Nashua, NH; six grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Martha Poole of Woburn.  In addition to her parents and her husband Murray, Rita was preceded in death by three brothers, the late Albert Poole, the late Douglas Poole, and the late C.H. Poole; and one sister, the late Jean Gilbert.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, October 14 at 11:00 am.  An hour of visitation will be held prior to the service on Saturday from 10:00-11:00 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Contributions in Rita’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452

   Conrad Franklin Smith, of Woburn, MA, beloved husband of Sally Haynes Smith, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2017 at home surrounded by family.
   Born on April 16, 1931 at the Choate Hospital in Woburn, Conrad was the fifth child of the late George Edward Smith and Lottie Nilsen Smith of Woburn.  He attended schools in Woburn and Maine and achieved a degree from the Essex Agricultural School in Hawthorne, MA.  The Smith family lived in Woburn for over 70 years.
   Conrad and Sally were married in 1950 and celebrated their 67th Anniversary in July of 2017.  Conrad held a number of different jobs growing up and after working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA he ended his working career at Harvard University as a Horticultural Foreman, Biological Supervisor and Instructor.    Conrad retired in 1993.
   Conrad was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.  He loved fishing in the many boats that he owned and he made his own tackle and fishing rods.  Conrad was a representative to many organizations that promoted beach conservation and striped bass preservation over the years.
   Conrad was an incredible horticulturalist and loved gardening.  He was a big Boston sports fan.  He and Sally spent many years in retirement at Popham Beach, Maine and Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.
   Conrad was the loving father of Robert Haynes Smith of Raynham, MA, the late Conrad Nilsen Smith and his wife Carla of Eagan, MN, and Pamela Smith Gurrisi and her husband William of Haverhill, MA.  He was grandfather to Erika Shinney and her husband Matt, Robert H. Smith, Jr., Angela Gurrisi, William Gurrisi III and his wife Beth, Carolyn Gurrisi, Nicholas Gurrisi and his wife Brittany, Tara Smith, Brenton Smith, and Christine Smith; and the proud great-grandfather to Ella and Colman Shinney, and Beckett and Emerson Gurrisi.  Conrad leaves his sisters, Nancy DeRosa of York, Maine and Martha Smith of Kennebunk, Maine; and was predeceased by his brothers, Robert Nelson Smith, George Edward Smith and Kenneth Harvey Smith, and sisters Lillian Smith and Edna Smith Murray.
   Services for Conrad are private.   Donations in Conrad’s memory can be made to support the North Congregational Church, 896 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.   Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home in Woburn.

   Lorraine P. McNabb, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, September 17.  She was 93 years of age.
   Born and raised in Medford, she was the daughter of the late James, and the late Margaret McNabb.  Lorraine had worked as an administrative assistant for Nynex prior to her retirement.  She enjoyed travel, and her weekly golf outings during her 17 years as a “snow bird” in Clearwater, Florida.
   Lorraine is survived by her son, Thomas M. Edwards and his wife Mary of Lawrence.  She was the sister of the late James McNabb, and the late Rose Baltrush; aunt of Robert Baltrush, the late Ann Baltrush, and the late Lorraine Hogan.  And she was the great aunt of Thomas and Roseann Hogan.
   Services will be private.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.  Contributions in Lorraine’s memory may be made to the MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn

   Jeffery E. Etter Sr., a long time Woburn resident, entered into eternal life suddenly on Friday September 29, 2017 at Lowell General Hospital.  He was 58 years of age.
   Jeffery was born in Woburn on September 24, 1959 to the late Carrena Etter (Lenz) and the late Richard Etter.  He was the beloved brother of the late Richard Etter and the late William Etter.  Jeff will be missed by his sisters Bettie Boyle of Rockledge, FL and Nancy Murgia of Stoneham.  He is survived by his sons Jeffery Etter Jr. and his wife Joanne of Medford, Michael Etter and his wife Alicia of Boston, Christopher Etter of Billerica, and Richard Etter of Hudson, NH.  Most of all, Jeff will be missed by his grandchildren - Taylor, Isaiah, Lillian, Mason, Lucas, Isla and the late Nathaniel.
   Jeff was passionate about sports. He especially loved the Boston Bruins and was delighted to have witnessed them capture two Stanley Cups. He coached all of his sons in hockey and helped countless others learn the game.
   Relatives and friends are invited to attend Jeff's Memorial Service at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:00 am.  Visitation will be prior to the memorial service from 9:00-10:00 am.
   In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation in Jeff's name to either the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 410775, Boston, MA 02241; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

   Anastasia “Ann” (Mitchell) Tragakis of Ipswich, a former longtime resident of Woburn, passed away on Wednesday morning, September 20.  She was the wife of the late Harry Tragakis, who died in 2002.
   Born in South Boston and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late George, and the late Olympia Mitchell.  “Ann” as she was known to family and friends, had been residing in Ipswich for nearly 30 years.
   Ann was a member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Ipswich.  She had been a longtime past member of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Woburn, and was a member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society.
   She loved knitting and playing bridge and bowling, and she loved cooking and entertaining family and friends at her home.  Ann also belonged to painting groups, and she enjoyed the outdoors, boating and fishing.
   Ann is survived by two daughters, Marianne Tragakis of Lynn, and Georgia Tragakis Bennett and her husband John of Ipswich.  She is also survived by two granddaughters, Chantel Ann Pszenny and her husband Andrew of Georgetown, and Stephanie LaSala and her husband Neil of Haverhill; and two great granddaughters, Lily Pszenny and Lana Pszenny.  She is further survived by two cousins, Maria Stata and her husband Ray of Dover, and Alice Samaras of Westwood; and many loving nieces and nephews.
   The funeral will be from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Monday, September 25 at 10:00 am, followed by a funeral service at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn at 11:00 am. Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 4-8 pm.  Contributions in Ann’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

   Lori C. Schneider, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly on Friday morning, September 15.  She was 48 years of age.
   Born in Burbank, California, she was the daughter of Barbara J. (David) Schneider of San Jose, California, and the late Charles “Charlie” Schneider.
   Lori was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1986.  She worked as an office administrator for several area companies, most recently at NetPro Systems in Woburn.
   Lori was a member of the South End Italian Club and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Woburn.  She loved doing ceramics together with her family, cooking, gardening, and she was a fan of Rock & Roll music.
   In addition to her mother Barbara, Lori is survived by her beloved longtime partner, Dan Kane; her two daughters, Bianca Lundin of Woburn, and Megan Stevens of Portland, Maine; and her brother, Jaimie Rhinehardt of Halifax.  She is also survived by her aunts and uncles, Robert W. Schneider of Reading, James A. “Waxie” Schneider of Derry, New Hampshire, Janet M. Rabbitt of Woburn, and Susan E. Sullivan of Woburn; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday evening, September 19 from 4-8 pm.  A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Wednesday morning at 10:00 am, followed by burial at the Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester.  Contributions in Lori’s memory may be made to the Friends of Woburn Veterans, c/o Veterans Office, 144 School St., Woburn, MA 01801.

   Anna M. (Smith) (Tebbetts) Eckberg, 95, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away at the D’Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell on Wednesday morning, August 16, 2017.  She was the widow of the late Albert E. Tebbetts, and the late Fred E. Eckberg, as well as the loving companion of the late Charles Clayton.
   Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late William Franklin Smith, and the late Emma (Miller) Smith. She was predeceased by her loving sister, the late Dorothy MacFarland. Anna graduated from Woburn High School and helped run WF Smith Market, the family store, from a young age.
   Prior to her retirement, Anna worked as a teller at the former Woburn 5-Cent Savings Bank.  She was a member of the North Congregational Church, and was a former resident of New Horizons at Choate in Woburn. Anna was blessed to be able to travel in a camper with her late husband, Fred, and see much of the East Coast before settling back in the area to share her huge heart and many laughs with friends and family. Anna was an active member of the Woburn Senior Center and loved knitting, crocheting, rug braiding, gardening, and any other activities that allowed her to give to others.
   Anna is survived by her four children: William Tebbetts and his wife, Christine, of Hampstead, NH, Ruth Millette and her husband, George, of Lowell, MA, Robert Tebbetts and his wife, Charlene, of Billerica, MA, and David Tebbetts and his wife, Janet "Squeaky", of Woburn, MA. Anna was also the loving and involved matriarch of 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren who will miss her laughter, free spirit and famous rooster crow. Anna is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews who loved her big heart and playful personality.
   Visiting hours will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road in Woburn on Wednesday, September 20 from 4:00-7:30 pm, followed by a memorial service at 7:30 pm. A private family burial will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Anna’s memory may be made to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or to the North Congregational Church, 896 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

   Domenico “Nick” Tringale died September 8 at home, surrounded by his loving family.
   Nick, the youngest of four brothers, was born in Boston’s West End and lived for most of his life in Woburn, where he and his wife of 53 years, Lucille raised two daughters, Dina and Lisa.
   He worked as a linotypist, and later, as a bartender at Lombardo’s in East Boston, and for fifteen years, at Boston’s Westin Hotel.  After retiring, Nick worked part-time at the New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, where, with his unfailing warmth and humor, he made instant friends among patients and staff alike.
   A blind date (dinner and dancing) brought Nick and Lucille together.  On their second date, he declared “You’re the girl I’m going to marry.”  When it was time to propose, he hid the ring in a heart-shaped assortment of gumball machine “diamonds,” and told Lucille she had two chances to pick out the real thing.  Recognizing a “real thing” when she saw one, Lucille agreed to marry the man who never stopped adoring her (and making her coffee “just the way she liked it” for more than 50 years).
   When Dina gave birth to Francesca 16 years ago, Nick became a grandfather (and gained a best friend).  He and “Frankie” were inseparable.  He made her a swing and a birdhouse and hung them side-by-side in the front yard.  He made fishing rods so Frankie and “Papa” could “fish” off the back deck.  They dug in the sand for hours on the beaches in Falmouth, and staged elaborate Easter egg hunts (regardless of the season).
   Nick’s thoughtfulness among his extended family was legendary.  He never missed calling his brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews on their birthdays.  He loved long lunches and watching his favorite Westerns with his son-in-law, Joe.  He and Lucille golfed together and enjoyed vacationing in Aruba for many years.
   Taking care of his yard with Lisa’s fiancé John was a point of pride as well as one of his favorite pastimes.  Nick Tringale was a true gentleman, whose sunny personality and good humor warmed everyone around him.  When he loved you, you know it.  He will be dearly missed by all who loved him.
   Nick is survived by his wife Lucille (Martinez) Tringale; his daughter, Dina Troiani, son-in-law Joe, and granddaughter Francesca Troiani of Bradford; his daughter Lisa Tringale and her fiancé John Quintero of Port St. Lucie, Florida; his brother Joseph Tringale and sister-in-law Lorraine of North Reading; his sister-in-law Josephine of Winchester, and his sister-in-law Mary of Quincy; as well as seven nephews and two nieces.
   He was predeceased by his brothers, Vincent Tringale and Santo Tringale, and his nephew, Vincent Tringali, Jr.
   The funeral will be on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 9:00 am from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd. (cor. of Pleasant St.) Woburn, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church in Woburn at 10:00 am.  Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 4-8 pm.  Interment in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Mr. Tringale may be remembered through the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701

   Elsie (Nilson) Gustafson, 88, of Reading, died at Woodbriar Nursing Home in Wilmington on Monday, September 4, 2017.   She was beloved wife of the late Bertil F. Gustafson for fifty-seven years.  Elsie was  born and raised in Woburn, and later Reading.  She was the loving daughter of the late Axel and Hope (Peterson) Nilson.  Elsie graduated from Reading Memorial High School and attained numerous insurance diplomas and achievements.
   Elsie was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer participating as a Sunday School teacher, member of the Redeemer Church Council, in addition to committees for building the new church and parsonage at current locations in Woburn, MA.
   After a career working for others in the insurance business, Elsie opened Gustafson Insurance Agency in Reading in 1976. She was active in the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Women serving as Middlesex Chapter Director, state education, bylaws, and public relations chairman and in 1982-1983 was MAIW President. In 1979, Elsie was named Massachusetts Insurance Woman of the Year.
   Retiring to Harwichport, MA with husband Bert, Elsie caught the genealogy bug. She and Bert made several trips to Sweden and Denmark to trace their roots and contact family. She joined the Cape Cod Genealogical Society in the mid 1990's. Never one to stay still for long, Elsie was elected recording secretary for the term from 1996-1998 and president, serving three terms from 1998 to 2001. She also founded and hosted the Scandinavian Special Interest Group in 1999 as well as volunteering to teach genealogy research and the use of genealogy software.
   She loved to knit, sew, and quilt, and, later in life, to learn everything she could about computers but her main hobby was connecting with family near and far. She organized many get-togethers and reunions of cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews in Reading and in later years on Cape Cod.
   Elsie is survived by three sons and two daughters, Lois Gase and her husband Timothy of Stoneham, Paul Gustafson and his wife Judith of Burlington, Janet Bond and her husband Mark of Vancouver, Washington, and sons Mark Gustafson of Nashua, New Hampshire and Peter Gustafson of Saco, Maine, plus her grandchildren Elizabeth, Rachael, Natalie, Henry, Maia, and two great-grandchildren Verona and Lucca.  She also leaves her sister Elaine (Nilson) Spiers and her husband David of Odenton Maryland, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn, MA on Friday September 8, from 4-8 pm. The funeral will take place Saturday September 9 starting at 10am at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 60 Forest Park Rd Woburn, MA followed by her burial at the Forest Glen Cemetery in Reading MA.
   Elsie was passionate about education.  It was her wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Redeemer Foundation, 60 Forest Park Rd., Woburn, MA 01801, to provide scholarships for children to attend Camp Calumet, West Ossippee New Hampshire

   Charlotte T. (Sullivan) Parece, 84, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday morning, September 4.  She was the wife of the late Lawrence E. Parece, Sr. who died in 1998.
   Raised in Somerville, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Celia Sullivan.  Charlotte was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in Somerville.
   Charlotte’s greatest love was her grandchildren, she enjoyed spending time with them, always attending their sporting events and dance events. Everyone was always welcome at her pool. She always loved to gamble and play cards with her dear friend, Jane Beagley.
   Charlotte is survived by two daughters, Barbara Oro and her husband Dave of Melrose, and Christine DeSantis and her husband John of Woburn; and one son, Lawrence “Larry” Parece, Jr. and his wife Denise of Woburn.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Chelsea, Eric, and Marc DeSantis, Christopher and Madeline Oro, Olivia Mandracchia and her husband Sam, Lawrence Parece III, and John Joseph “Jack” Parece; and one great grandchild, Jaxon Mandracchia.  Charlotte is the sister of Catherine Federico of Lowell, and the late Eileen Sullivan and Marie Goyette.
   The funeral will be held from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday, September 7 at 9:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Barbara’s Church in Woburn at 10:00 am.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-8 pm.  Burial will be at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington.  Contributions in Charlotte’s memory may be made to Minuteman Senior Services, 26 Crosby Drive, Bedford, MA 01730.

   Charles A. Sellon, 93, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away at his home on Sunday morning, August 27.  He was the loving husband of Clara T. (Skowyra) Sellon.
   Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Alford D. Sellon, and the late Mary E. (Kell) Sellon.  Charlie was a U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II, serving in the South Seas and New Guinea.  After earning his honorable discharge from the Army, Charlie attended the University of Massachusetts, and later graduated from Boston University in 1959.
   Charlie worked as an electrical engineer.  During his career, he was involved with many national defense projects, as well as for NASA and the space program.  After retirement, he became an Assistant Pastor for the Blessed of the Lord Church in Woburn.  In his spare time, Charlie was an avid golfer.
   In addition to his wife Clara, Charlie is survived by three sons and one daughter; Roderick Sellon and his wife Melaney of Santa Ana, California, Charles Sellon, Jr. and Joanne of Londonderry, New Hampshire, Carol Vantol of Woburn, and Robert Sellon and his wife Susan of Billerica; and twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister, Rosemarie DiMattia of Westwood; and his sister in law, Theresa Homsher of Cerritos, California.
   A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Contributions in Charlie’s memory may be made to the Blessed of the Lord Church, 5 West St., Arlington, MA, 02476.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.

   Mary (Eyres) Hilbrunner, 85, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away on Sunday morning, August 27.  She was the wife of the late William H. Hilbrunner, Jr. who died in 2006.
   Born and raised in Lowell, she was the daughter of the late Henry, and the late Helena Eyres.  Mary was a 1955 graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  While attending St. Anselm, Mary met her future husband, William.
   Mary worked as a Registered Nurse for several hospitals throughout her career.  She retired in 1998 from the New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, where she had worked for 28 years.  She was a longtime member of St. Anthony’s Church in North Woburn.  Mary was also an avid quilter, and a member of the Burlington Quilters Guild.  She also enjoyed spending time with her family at their vacation home in Warren, New Hampshire.
   Mary is survived by three sons and one daughter, William H. Hilbrunner, III and his wife Suzanne of Groton, Ellen Ulery and her husband Kevin of Pepperell, David Hilbrunner and his wife Christine of Woburn, and Stephen Hilbrunner and his wife Wendy of Waltham.  She is also survived by ten grandchildren.
   Her funeral will be from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, September 1 at 9:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main St., Woburn at 10:00.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home Thursday evening from 4-8 pm. Contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to the Burlington Quilters Guild Comfort Quilt Program, c/o Diana Wiener, 62 Fairway Cir., Natick, MA 01760

   Georgia “Jean” (Douvris) George, 92, a longtime resident of Wilmington, passed away on Saturday morning, August 26.  She was the loving wife of the late John George who died in 2014.
   Born and raised in Woburn, “Jean” as she was known to her friends and family, was the daughter of the late William, and the late Stavroula (Poulopoulos) Douvris.  Jean was an active member of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Woburn, and she volunteered with the “Office Angles” group at the church.
   Jean worked for many years in the insurance industry.  Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Acme Visible Company.
   In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, the late Peter George.  Jean is survived by her daughter, Elaine George of Malden; one granddaughter, Anastasia Morris, one great granddaughter, Ariana Morris, both of Delaware.  Jean was the sister of Dorothy (Douvris) Williams of Arlington, the late Peter Douvris, the late Elizabeth Harrison, the late Julia Rodakis, and the late Charles Douvris.  She is also survived by her “Koumbari,” Jean Providakes and her husband Father Harry Providakes of Lynnfield.
   A funeral service will be held at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn on Tuesday, August 29 at 11:00 am, followed by burial at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Monday evening from 4-6 pm.  Contributions in Jean’s memory may be made to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801

   Ralph W. Dean, 90, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away at the Winchester Hospital on Sunday morning, July 30.  He was the husband of the late Eleanor (Dyment) Dean who died in 2015.
   Born and raised in Malden, he was the son of the late Raymond C., and the late Alice I. (Smith) Dean.  Ralph enlisted in the United States Navy in May of 1945, and served aboard the USS Pocono during World War II.
   Ralph came to Woburn in 1953 from Melrose.  He worked as a sales representative for Osgood Engineering in Malden, and the Charles P. Morgan Company of Danvers prior to his retirement.
   In addition to his wife Eleanor, Ralph was preceded in death by his son, the late Fred Dean.  He is survived by his daughter, Beverly Dean of Georgetown.  Ralph is also survived by many nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday, August 10 at 11:00 am, with an hour of visitation prior to the service from 10-11:00 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Contributions in Ralph’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701

Clara Slater, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away on Wednesday evening, June 21.  She was 78 years of age.
   Born and raised in Singapore, Clara was the daughter of the late Richard, and the late Elizabeth Verghese.  She began playing the piano at age 8.  At the age of 15, she attained the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) which is the maximum qualification possible, and is the equivalent of a high school diploma in the United States.  The following year Clara won the Beethoven Statuette, the first piano competition conducted by Singapore Musical Society.
   At age 18, Clara decided to pursue her passion of music as a career, and a year later she left Singapore for London to achieve a Diploma in Piano, the Associate of the Royal College of Music (ARCM).  The following year, she graduated with a Graduate of Royal Schools of Music degree (GRSM).
   At the age of 22, Clara began home-based Piano teaching in Singapore.  She then applied for a Fulllbright Scholarship at the Boston Conservatory to pursue her Masters of Music in Piano Performance, and upon succeeding, she moved to the United States permanently.
   Clara continued her home-based piano teaching, and also taught at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, earning the “Teacher of the Year Award at NEC in 2017.  Her passion and dedication to teaching piano shows in each and every one of her students when hearing them play.  A huge loss not only for her family but for her students as well, she will be missed by everyone who knew her.
   Clara is survived by her daughter, Shantini Elizabeth Slater; and three grandchildren, Anthony Joseph Spartichino, Gianna Clara Fiorillo, and Isabella Filomena Fiorillo.  She is also survived by her brother and family in Singapore, Alan, Monica, Alvin, and Shaun Verghese.
   A memorial service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday evening, August 5 at 6:00 pm.  An hour of visitation will be held prior to the service on Saturday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm


     Richard S. Turner, a resident of Woburn since 1958, passed away on July 27, 2017 at the Winchester Hospital.  He was 90 years of age.  Richard was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on October 20, 1926 the son of Richard and Helen (Collins) Turner. 
     Richard was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus.  He coached Woburn Little League in his earlier years.  He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed golfing and bowling and was a member of the Arlington Gun Club.  Richard proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.  Richard was the husband of Ruth J. (Seminatore) Turner.  Father of Steven Turner and his wife Debra of Woburn and the late Michael Turner.   Grandfather of James Turner and Alison Giardina and her husband Derek, great grandfather of Juliana and Madelyn Giardina.  Brother of Roy Francis of Milford, CT and the late Bion Francis.  Father in-law of Donna O’Donnell of Woburn and also survived by several nieces and nephews. 
     Visiting hours will be held at the Graham Funeral Home 3 Arlington Rd. (corner of Pleasant St.), Woburn on Monday, July 31, 2017 from 4:00-7:00PM.  A prayer service will follow at 7:00PM.  A graveside service will be held at Woodbrook Cemetery 100 Salem St, Woburn on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 10:30AM.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Edith Nourse Rogers VA Hospital 200 Springs Rd. Bedford, MA 01730.

 


Robert (Bob) G. Drew, 66, died July 25, 2017.  Bob grew up in Woburn and has resided in Billerica since 1972. Bob is survived by his loving wife and best friend Ann V. (Graham) Drew, his daughter Kerry L. (Drew) Costa, son in law Edward J. Costa and two granddaughters, Meredyth A. and Theresa L. Costa all of Billerica. Also survived by his brother Leonard B. Drew of Wakefield, MA and proceeded by his father, Leonard Drew; his mother, Mary Drew; PFC. Joseph Drew (KIA, Vietnam). Bob’s life has been surrounded by his loving in laws and will be missed by all. His in laws include Skip and Beth Graham, Janet and Bill Garvey, Karen and the late Joe Cipollo, Tom and Cheri Graham, Gail and Steve McCauley, and Kate Turcot. He also leaves many loving nieces, great nieces, nephews and great nephews.
     Bob was a charter member of the Woburn Boy's and Girl's Club when it was first founded in 1964 and he contributed to the community by supporting the Joseph L. Drew Memorial Youth of the Year Award for decades.
     Bob’s favorite vacation spots included Lake Winnipesaukee, Cape Cod and Key West. Sharing time with friends and family were always important. Bob was a lifelong car buff, preferring Corvettes and the entire Shelby line. He had been instrumental in making repairs to countless cars in the local community in his auto body shop, Carriage Auto Body. A smart businessman, loving husband, father and grandfather, his compassion for what he cared for will always be remembered. He will be missed by many.
     The family invites friends and family to visiting hours at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd. (corner of Pleasant St.), Woburn, on Sunday, July 30 from 4:00 to 8:00PM. A graveside service will be held at Fox Hill Cemetery, 130 Andover Rd, Billerica on Monday, July 31 at 11:00 AM.
     In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be forwarded to St. Jude Hospital. (www.stjude.org)

 


   Mildred I. Corduck, 97 a long-time Woburn resident, died peacefully July 11, at the Woburn Nursing Home following a brief illness.  She had previously resided at New Horizons at Choate in Woburn for over ten years.
   She was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on December 17, 1919, the daughter of Herman and Augusta (Grunwald) Schmottlach. She attended Lawrence Schools and graduated from Beverly Hospital School of Nursing.
   Mildred met her husband Robert “Bob” J. Corduck, Sr. at Big Island Pond in Atkinson, NH the summer of 1938. They married in 1942 and had been together for 64 years. They had a home in Woburn for over sixty years raising their two sons and spending quality time with their two grandsons.  Millie had the opportunity to enjoy her four great grandchildren.
   After nursing school, she worked at various hospitals including the Choate, then as an industrial nurse at the Atlantic Gelatin (Kraft General Foods). She went on to setup and maintain the Health Clinic at Wentworth Institute until her retirement in 1981.
   Millie and Bob had a wide circle of friends with whom they socialized and for many years. They spent and enjoyed the winter months in Florida each year after retirement. An avid sports fan she loved watching the Red Sox and Patriots. Having scored a hole in one, she played golf into her eighties and had been a club champion at the Woburn Country Club. Millie enjoyed cooking, baking, reading and doing her daily crossword puzzle.
   She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, their son Bruce R. Corduck, one sister Anne Lininger and brother Walter Schmottlach.  Survivors include her son Robert J. Corduck, Jr. and his wife, Jeanne L. Corduck of Wells, ME and two grandsons Robb A. Corduck and his wife Lauren of Acton and Benjamin I. Corduck and his wife Sara of Woburn and four great grandchildren Elise, Esther, Jack and Bram Corduck.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, July 14 at 11:00 am. Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Thursday 3-7 pm.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Contributions in Mildred’s memory may be made to the American Heart Assn., P.O. Box 410775, Boston, MA 02241

   Ruth (Hughes) Stanley, 92, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away on Monday, July 3 2017.  She was the wife of the late Richard W. Stanley who died in 2001.
   Born and raised in Arlington, she was the daughter of the late Frank A., and the late Bertha L. (Hassett) Hughes.
   Known for her quick wit, Ruth loved spending time with and hosting parties with her family and friends.  She was an excellent baker and loved playing a game of scrabble to pass the time.  Ruth also attended many reunions of the 312th Bomb Group with her late husband Richard; and she enjoyed spending summers with her family at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
   Ruth is survived by two daughters, Linda Lazarowski and her husband Jack of Waterbury, VT, and Janet Bowe and her husband William of Woburn; three sons, Richard Stanley and his wife Marion of Atkinson, NH, David Stanley and his wife Patty of Arlington, and Donald Stanley of Woburn.  She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Izak Lazarowski and his wife Chelsea, Abigail Lazarowski, Sarah Bowe, Eric Bowe and his wife Danielle, Alex Bieniecki and his wife Ashley, Dennis Bieniecki, Karen Edmund and her husband Josh, Meghan Sayer and her husband Jonathan, and Travis Stanley.  She is further survived by five great grandchildren, Shayla Bieniecki, John, and Olivia Bieniecki, Oliver Sayer, and Brooke Edmund; and one sister, Edith Doyle. In addition to her late husband Richard, Ruth was preceded in death by one sister, the late Esther S. Hughes.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, July 7 at 11:00 am.  Visiting hours will be prior to the service on Friday from 9:00-11:00 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Church, 523 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801; or the charity of your choice.

   Geraldine R. “Gerry” (Cerchione) Kolodko, 89, of Woburn, passed away on Thursday evening, June 29.  She was the wife of the late Joseph F. Kolodko who died in 2000.
   Born in Stoneham, she was the daughter of the late Gaetano, and the late Anita (Nutile) Cerchione.
   “Gerry,” as she was known to her family and friends, had worked as an office manager for her late husband’s oil burner service company for many years.  She and Joe had enjoyed travelling, and they owned several antique automobile’s over the years.  Gerry had been active in the Klaxon Auto Club along with her husband.
   Most of all, Gerry loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
   Gerry is survived by her son, Stephen J. Kolodko and his wife Susan of Woburn; and her daughter, Kristy Waterman and her husband David of Alexandria, NH.  She is also survived by four grandchildren, Jacquie Pacheco, Stephen F. Kolodko, Christopher Kolodko, and Amy Pisco; and nine great grandchildren, Cameron, Stephen, Ashlyn, Kaylyn, Evan, Madison, Jordyn, Maxwell, and Marley.  In addition to her husband Joe, Gerry was preceded in death by her two brothers, the late Guy, and the late John Cerchione.
   A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Charles Church, 280 Main St. Woburn on Monday, July 3 at 11:00 am. Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd. (Cor. of Pleasant St.) Woburn, prior to the Mass on Monday morning from 9:30-10:30 am. Interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St.Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

   Thomas A. Gonsalves, 85, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away after a sudden illness at the V.A. Medical Center in West Roxbury on Friday, June 23.  He was the husband of the late Dorothy H. (Murray) Gonsalves who died in 2012.
   Born and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late John G., and the late Gertrude E. (Porter) Gonsalves.  He grew up in the Mount Misery neighborhood of Woburn’s South End.
   Shortly after graduating from Woburn High School, Thomas and Dorothy were married. Then he enlisted in the United States Army, and served during the Korean War. He received his Honorable Discharge at the rank of Corporal in November of 1954.  He worked at several jobs before enrolling in electrical school and becoming a Licensed Electrician.
   Thomas had a talent with all things mechanical, and loved restoring and working on cars, especially his 1973 Dodge Challenger.  Thomas was lovingly nicknamed "Fish", by all his buddies in local garages, shops, and junkyards.  He was always there to lend a helping hand to all with a joke and a smile. Thomas took pride in his work and also his home.  He enjoyed tending to his yard and garden, sitting outside playing cards or a doing a puzzle.  On special occasions, he would break out his guitar and sing to us some old country tunes.
   Thomas is survived by three daughters, Corinne Sullivan and her husband John of Reading, Paula Ash and her late husband Robert of Woburn, and Diane Yebba and her husband Chris. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Shawn, Ryan, Casey, and Samantha Sullivan, Jessica Valle, Bobbie-Jeanne Parsons, Danielle Ash, Rhiannon and Ashley Morris, and Christopher and Steven Yebba; and five great grandchildren, Jamieson Sullivan, Aundrea Parsons, Jaxson and Raylan Valle, and Alexis Calixto. A special mention to his 96 year old aunt Ann Roszell who lives in Ohio.  In addition to his wife Dorothy and his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his brother, the late John Gonsalves, and his sister, the late Jean Florence.
   Services will be private. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.

   Dennis A. Theriault of Framingham formerly of East Weymouth passed away June 6, after a long & valiant battle with cancer.  He was born in Brooklyn, NY and served in the United States Air Force as an Intercept Operator.
   Dennis leaves behind his wife Judy (Cowan) Theriault and two sons, Jason Theriault of Hudson and Christian Theriault of Shrewsbury.  He also leaves behind his brother Russell Theriault and his late wife Diane of Quincy, MA; and his brother-in-law Robert Cowan and his wife Susan of Plaistow, NH.  He was the son of the late Archie E. Theriault and Katherine (Klotzbach) Theriault.
   Dennis was a life time member of Riverside Rod & Gun Club in Hudson, MA.  Prior to his retirement, he worked for State Street Corporation Data Center in Westborough, MA as Security Operations Supervisor.  In previous years he worked security at Foxborough Stadium and spent many years working in Boston for State Street Bank Security.
   Dennis was at the 1975 World Series game watching that infamous Carlton Fisk home run; and enjoyed re-uniting with Air Force buddies in New York City.  He also enjoyed fostering kittens for Baypath Humane Society.
   A memorial service will be held at the Arthur P. Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Sunday afternoon, June 25 at 2:00.  Visitation will be prior to the service on Sunday from 1:00-2:00 pm.  Burial will be in Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn at a later date.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

   Josephine M. (Castracane) Meehan, 93, formerly of Woburn, passed away after a short illness on Thursday morning, June 1.  She was the wife of the late James P. Meehan who died in 2007.
   Raised in Medford, she was the daughter of the late William, and the late Domenica Castracane.  “Jo,” as she was known to family and friends, was a graduate of Medford High School.  She met her future husband Jim while working at United Shoe, and they were married in 1951.
   Jo and Jim lived in Somerville prior to coming to Woburn, where she remained for many years until moving to Atria Marland Place in Andover.  She had a talent for cake decorating, and she was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
   Josephine is survived by one son, Paul J. Meehan and his wife Andrea of Andover; one daughter, Kathleen M. Meehan of Methuen; and two grandchildren, Caitlin and Conor Meehan of Andover.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, the late Martin, and the late Vincent Castracane.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Wednesday, June 7 at 11:30 am.  Visiting hours will be prior to the service on Wednesday from 10:00-11:30 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.

   Joan E. (Baldwin) Johnson, 72, of Melrose, passed away after a brief illness on May 16th, 2017. She was the daughter of George F. and Clara E. (Lindsey) Baldwin.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Frederick E. Johnson Sr. and her siblings the late George, the late Patricia, the late Carol, the late Maureen, the late Anthony, the late Kathy, and the late Richard.
   She is survived by her children and their spouses, Frederick E. Johnson Jr., Michael and Angela Johnson, Brian and Tanya Johnson, and Gregory and Mayra Johnson. She is also survived by her brother, John Baldwin; and her twelve grandchildren, Frederick E. Johnson III, Anthony J. Johnson, Matthew W. Johnson, Camden M. Johnson, Grace E. Johnson, Joshua A. Johnson, Caleb R. Johnson, Brianna E. Johnson, Zachary W. Johnson, Jacob F. Johnson, Jessica G. Leal, and Alexander G. Johnson.
   A graveside service will be held at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn on Wednesday, May 24 at 11:30 am.  A memorial service will follow on Wednesday at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 60 Forest Park Rd., Woburn at 12:20 pm.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.

   Jackie L. “Jack” LaFollette, of Woburn, formerly of Akron, Ohio, passed away at home, surrounded by his family on Friday morning, May 19.  He was 83 years of age.
   Raised in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of the late Ira, and the late Mae LaFollette.  Jackie enlisted in the United States Army at age 18, and served with honor during the Korean War.  He was a Field Wireman with the Army Signal Corps, and had fought in the Battle of Inchon.
   After earning his Honorable Discharge, Jackie worked for the City of Akron Public Works Department until his retirement.  He came to Woburn to be with family two years ago.
   Jackie loved being outside.  He enjoyed fishing, horse racing, he was a car enthusiast; and he was a proud Veteran.  Most of all, Jackie was devoted to his family.
   Jackie is survived by two sons, Dennis Rader and his wife Mary of Woburn, and Michael Guivas of Kansas; and he was preceded in death by two sons, the late Robert, and the late James Rader.  He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Christine, Shavon, Dennis, Justin, Jared, Nicholas, Amanda, Michael, Rachel, Brandi, and Lindsey; many great grandchildren; and many friends in Ohio.  Jackie was preceded in death by one brother, the late Joe LaFollette; and one sister, the late Joanne Grubich.
   A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn on Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 am.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.  Contributions in Jackie’s memory may be made to All Care Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn, MA 01901

   Eric W. Cooper, 95, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly on Friday morning, April 28.  He was the husband of the late Jean (Rowe) Cooper who died in 1998.
   Born and raised in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, he was the oldest of four sons of the late Leslie, and the late Susan Cooper.  Eric was a Veteran of World War II, having served with the Canadian Army in Europe.
   Following the end of the War, Eric came to live the Woburn area, where he met his future wife Jean, and built his first home.  He worked for many years as a carpenter for the E.F. Hauserman Company in Boston.  After retirement, Eric continued to work in construction.
   Eric was a member of Mount Horeb Masonic Lodge in Woburn.  He loved being outdoors fishing, boating, and camping.  He also loved animals.
   Eric is survived by six sons and daughters, Sharon Bryan and her husband Bill of Hampton, NH, Susan Duffy of Woburn, Gerald Cooper and his wife Ellen of Framingham, Bob Cooper and his wife Diana of Woburn, Edward Cooper and his wife Cindy of Marshfield, and Shirley Cooper and her best friend Bob Caves of Barrington, NH.  His is also survived by three brothers, Don Cooper of Newfoundland, Gordon Cooper of Kamloops, BC, Canada, and Gerald Cooper of Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Eric is further survived by 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and 4 nieces and nephews.
   A celebration of Eric’s life service will be held at the Fowle-Gage Chapel at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn on Wednesday, May 3 at 12:00 Noon.  An hour of visitation will be held prior to the service at the chapel from 11-12:00.  Burial will follow at the Woodbrook Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Eric’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.

   Shirley Butland, 89, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away on Thursday evening, April 20.  She was the loving wife of Robert F. Butland.
   Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late George Edward Griffith, and the late May Annie (Proctor) Griffith.  Shirley grew up in Milford, Hopkinton and Woburn; graduating from Woburn High School with Honors in 1946.  Shirley and her husband Robert were married in 1952.
   Shirley had worked as a bookkeeper for a dentist in Boston in her early years, later working for the J.H. Winn Company where she assembled armatures for electronic motors.  Most recently, she had worked at the Golden Gift Shop at the Woburn Senior Center in North Woburn.
   Shirley was a very active and devoted member of the Montvale Congregational Church in East Woburn; and she was Past President of the Church Women of Woburn.  She was an aspiring fashion designer and loved to sew.  She also loved Reading and collecting dolls.
   Shirley and her husband enjoyed travelling, visiting many destinations, including Hawaii, Majorca Spain, Florida, New Orleans, PEI.  She especially enjoyed spending summers in Conway, New Hampshire with friends and family.  Shirley always looked forward to having get-togethers with friends; and getting dressed up and dancing were always among her favorite memories.
   In addition to her husband Robert, Shirley is survived by one son Richard Butland and his wife Susan; two daughters, Robin Lacey, and Lauren Adario and her husband Steve; eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.  She is also survived by one brother, Richard Griffith and his wife Norma.  Shirley was preceded in death by two brothers, the late Roy Griffith, and the late Robert Griffith his late wife Claire; and her son in law, the late Christopher Lacey.
   A memorial service will be held at the Montvale Congregational Church, 36 Orange St., Woburn on Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 am.  An hour of visitation will be held at the church prior to the service, from 10:00-11:00 am.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Montvale Congregational Church, 36 Orange St., Woburn, MA 01801; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.

   Barbara Harriet Rogstad Wiseman passed away Sunday, January 8th in Winchester Massachusetts. Barbara was born on August 29th 1935 in Winchendon Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Harry Nils and Harriet Cross Rogstad and the great granddaughter of Morton E. Converse, founder of the Converse Toy Factory.
   Barbara is survived by her loving family: husband of 44 years George A. Wiseman of Stoneham; brothers Ronald H. Rogstad of Jaffrey, New Hampshire and Barry K. Rogstad (Lorraine) of Potomac, Maryland; niece Aimee Rogstad Guidera of Orono, Minnesota and nephew Erik N. Rogstad of Potomac, Maryland; and great nieces and nephews Jane and Anne Guidera, Jack, William and Katherine Rogstad.
   A graduate of Murdock High School, Barbara’s career aligned with her love of books and learning. She was a children’s librarian at the Boston Public Library and a reference librarian at the Boston Museum of Science. Beyond measure, Barbara was a passionate Red Sox fan who closely followed all the statistics, trades, victories and defeats.
   Barbara was a member of Aletheon Chapter #154, Order of the Eastern Star and the North Congregational Church in Woburn to which memorial gifts may be given at 896 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.
   A memorial service will be held at the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St. North Woburn on Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 am.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.