Obituaries.


Current Obituaries


   Victor Rosa, 70, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away at the Kaplan Hospice House on Tuesday evening, August 13.  He was the loving husband of Maria E. Diaz Rosa.
   Born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico, was one of eight children of the late Merejo, and the late Filomenia (Reyes) Rosa.  Victor came to Woburn as a young man, and has lived here ever since.
   Victor worked as a cook at New Horizons at Choate in Woburn for over 10 years; and also worked at J.J. Grimsby’s Restaurant in Stoneham.  He was a friendly, open-hearted man who loved people.  But most of all, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
   In addition to his wife Maria, Victor is survived by two sons, Victor Rosa of Woburn, and Richard “Ricky” Rosa and his wife Maria of Billerica; and one grandson, Justin Rosa.
   Victor’s funeral will be held from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, August 17 at 10:30 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church at 11:30 am.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Friday evening from 4-8 pm.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.


   Patrick G. Hyland, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 9.  He was 26 years of age.
   Born in Winchester, he was the son of Anne Rello of Woburn, and Jerry Hyland and his wife Brenda of Pelham, New Hampshire.  Patrick was a graduate of Woburn Memorial High School.  He loved working on cars, singing with his band, playing the guitar, and he also wrote music.
   In addition to his parents and his stepmother, Patrick is survived by his siblings, Charlotte Hyland and her husband Stuart Reiter of Medford, Kenneth Hyland of Salem, MA, and Whitney Hyland of Woburn.  He was the grandson of Lois Rello of Stoneham and the late Richard Rello; and Richard Hyland of Foxboro, and the late Joyce Hyland.  Patrick is also survived by his beloved dogs, “Munchkin,” “Benjamin,” “Honey;” and his dog nephew, “Macaroni Junior.”
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday, August 15 from 4:00-8:00 pm. The funeral will be held from the Graham Funeral Home on Friday, August 16 at 9:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church at 10:00 am.  A private burial will be at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA Nevins Farm, c/o 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130 (mspca.org)


   Thelma A. (Weldon) Anthony, 88, a longtime resident of Woburn passed away at her home on Friday morning, August 9.  She was the wife of the late William F. Anthony who died in 1997.
   Born and raised in Somerville, she was the daughter of the late Earl R., and the late Muriel M. (Cameron) Weldon.  Thelma lived in East Somerville until coming to Woburn in 1960
   Thelma worked for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue until her retirement in 2001.  She was proud of having served as a Cub Scout Den Mother in Woburn for many years when her sons were growing up.
   Thelma enjoyed gardening, and spending time at her second home in Shapleigh, Maine.  She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
   She is survived by two sons, Kevin E. Anthony of Woburn, and Keith E. Anthony of Shapleigh, Maine; two daughters, Kerrie T. MacIsaac of Woburn, and Karen E. DeAngelis of Lynn; and one sister, Norma Jackson and her husband Donald of Burlington.  She was the grandmother of Adam Anthony, Brian Anthony, Andrew Ozelius, Matthew Ozelius, Eric DeAngelis, and the late Alexis Anthony.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, August 13 at 11:00 am.  An hour of visitation will be held prior to the service in Tuesday from 10:00-11:00 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.



Past Obituaries

   Richard A. Cagnina, of Woburn, passed away on Sunday evening, August 4.  He was 61 years of age.
   Born in Boston, and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Angelo P., and the late Margaret (Costello) Cagnina.  “Rick” as he was known to family and friends, operated his own residential painting business in the Woburn area.
   Rick had celebrated 17 years of sobriety.  He was a good-natured man, who would do anything to help those who knew him.
   Rick is survived by one daughter, Jennifer Coyne of Methuen; one son, Richard Cagnina and his wife Tracy of Billerica; and his former wife, Carolyn (Stevens) Cagnina of Florida.  He is also survived by two grandchildren, Julianna and Chloe Cagnina; and he was the brother of Ruth Stryke and her husband William of Burlington, John Cagnina and his wife Cindy, William Cagnina, Patricia Kiely, and Edward Cagnina all of Woburn, and the late Angelo Cagnina.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, August 10 at 10:00 am.  An hour of visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00-10:00 am.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard’s memory may be made to the National Emphysema Foundation, 128 East Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851 (www.emphysemafoundation.org)


   Brian K. Robertson, of Woburn, formerly of Charlestown, passed away unexpectedly on Friday morning, August 2.  He was 53 years of age.
   Born in Norfolk, Virginia, and raised in Charlestown, MA, he was the son of Patricia A. (Leason) Robertson of Clinton, MA, and the late James Robertson.
   Brian was an HVAC technician, and owned and operated B R Mechanical in Woburn.  He was an Avid sports fan and loved the Patriots, in is free time, Brian enjoyed golfing, and looked forward to his Tuesday night golf league.
   In addition to his father, Brian was preceded in death by his son, the late Brian A. Robertson; and his son’s mother, the late Allison J. Ek.
   Brian is survived by his mother, Patricia A. Robertson of Clinton; and his siblings, Raymond Robertson of Clinton, and Linda McGee and her husband Joseph McGee, Jr. of Quincy.  Brian is also survived by four nephews, Joseph McGee, III, Brendan McGee, Patrick McGee, and Aiden McGee; and Brian is further survived by his lifelong best friend, Mike Santangelo of Wilmington.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday, August 8 from 3-7 pm.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Brian’s memory may be made to the Canavan Foundation, 600 West 111th St., Ste. 8-A, New York, NY 10024. (www.canavanfoundation.org)


   James Thomas Speros Sr., ("Jimmy") born on August 14, 1945 - the 10th born of 12 children of Theodore and Julia Speros of Windsor Street, Cambridge MA, died July 23, 2019 due to a sudden diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia and related complications.
   James, a.k.a. "Spear" at his Alma Mater Cambridge High and Latin, graduated and moved on to several skilled positions as a technician at general Dynamics Shipyard (MA), Apex Sheet Metal (NY) and first-class baker at one of the original Dunkin Donuts (Levittown, NY), before embarking in a career that included several food service management positions at Jack In The Box (Allston MA) Tufts University (Medford MA), Dough-C-Dough Donuts (Arlington MA) and other successful small business ventures.
   He was the proud proprietor of Jim's fruit and flower stand and adjacent BP gas station business on Cambridge Street, Beacon Hill Boston MA during the early 1980's.
   He later founded the well-known Original "Mr. Hot Dog" food truck in the mid 1980's in Cambridge MA and moved on to open Julie's Ice Cream and Convenience Store in Lynn, MA. He and his son Tom later established JTS Transportation Livery Service for several years throughout the 1990's.
   Jimmy was a proud father of three sons and grandfather of eight and was a loving husband and companion of Frederika (Lambrinos) Speros for 52 years.
   Jimmy was a spiritual person and follower of the Eastern (Greek) Orthodox Church and was active for much of his early life as a church choir member and director, youth ("G.O.Y.A.") adviser and basketball coach, regular church liturgy participant, as well as an active Cambridge MA municipal little league coach (1980's) and Island Trees (Long Island, NY) regional children's' soccer coach (late 1970's).
   He is survived by his loving wife Frederika, sons James Jr., Nicholas and Thomas, his daughters-in-law Hariklia Speros, Tatsiana Murauyeva, and Maria Stratakis; and his grandchildren Zoe, Eleni, Loukas, George, Maximos, Elias, Dimitrios, and Elissavet, as well as siblings Iris Speros, Constantina Katsos, Anastasia Tsaltas, Nicholas Speros, Anthony Speros, Antonia Kourepinos and the late Arthur Speros, George Speros, Elaine Papas, Vasiliki Stavropoulos, and Catherine Chagaris.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the Speros Family Name or to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Woburn Ma.
   A funeral service will be held at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn on Monday, July 29 at 11:30 am.  Visitation will be prior to the service, at the church from 10:00-11:30 am.  Burial will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.


   Mary (Armey) Brickett, of Everett, formerly of Wakefield and Woburn, passed away on Monday morning, July 22.  She was 79 years of age.
   Born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Francis T., and the late Lillian E. (Carney) Armey.  Mary was a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo School.  At a young age, Mary began taking piano lessons, and by the age of nine, she was putting on classical piano recitals.
   Mary continued her education, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Library Science.  She also attended the Mass College of Art in Boston.
   Mary worked as a Legal Secretary.  She worked for several Boston area law firms during her career, retiring from the law office of Taylor, Ganson & Perrin in Boston.
   Mary had a love for animals of all kinds.  She owned and cared for many cats and dogs throughout her life.  Mary is remembered as a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, and sister, who will be missed by all who knew her.
   Mary is survived by her two sons, Eric Brickett and his wife Joanne of Dracut, and Dana Brickett and his wife Jennifer of Reading.  She is also survived by five grandchildren, Tia Paris, Nichole Brickett, Devin Brickett, Ryan Brickett, and Cameron Brickett; one sister, Christine Towse of Westfield; and many loving nieces and nephews.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday evening, July 26 from 4-7 pm.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to the MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130


   Gwendolyn L. Anderson, of Woburn, passed away on Sunday afternoon, July 14.  She was 95 years of age.
   Born and raised in Sharon, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Howard, and the late Winifrede (Savage) Loper; and she was the wife of the late Warren B. Anderson who died in 2001.
   Gwendolyn came to Woburn in 1949.  She and her late husband Warren lived on Vernon Street for many years, where they raised their family.  She worked as a secretary at Harvard University, and later she worked for Borden’s Dairy.  Gwendolyn was a longtime member of the North Congregational Church in North Woburn.
   Gwendolyn was an antique collector, and avid reader, and she also wrote and published poetry. She loved flowers and gardening; and later, Gwendolyn became active at the Woburn Senior Center.  She volunteered much of her time at the various charitable organizations in Woburn, including the Woburn Council of Social Concern and the Woburn Food Pantry.  Most of all she loved spending time with her many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
   Gwendolyn is survived by three daughters, Sharon Gonsalves and her husband Jack of North Reading, Deborah Amari and her husband John of Knightdale, NC, and Melissa Parsons and her husband Ralph of Wolfeboro, NH; and two sons, Kevin Anderson and his wife Michele of Sandown, NH, and Steven Anderson and his wife Rhonda of Peabody.  She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, Amy, Ellen, Sarah, Laura, John, Robin, Timothy, Carolyn, Kristina, Daniel, Heather, Ashley, Luke, Matthew, Zachary, and Barry; and many great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.  Gwendolyn was the sister of the late Ralph Loper and his wife Joan Loper of Sharon, CT.
   A memorial service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday afternoon, July 20 at 3:00 pm.  An hour of visitation will be from 2:00-3:00 pm on Saturday, prior to the memorial service.  Contributions in Gwendolyn’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701


   Hazel (Frey) Murdza Fram, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday morning, June 23.  She was 88 years of age.
   Born and raised in Somerville, Hazel was the wife of the late Russell John Murdza who died in 1971; and the late Walter G. Fram who died in 2007.  She was a faithful and devoted parishioner of St. Barbara’s Church in Woburn.
   Her spotless home was always a welcoming place for family and friends to gather – often with people just dropping-in. Visitors were always warmly greeted with hospitality and copious amounts of her wonderful cooking. No one could possibly have walked away hungry!
   Hazel worked more than 20 years in the floral industry progressing to manager at Parker Florist in Woburn and Wakefield.  She then worked for Admiral Metals, retiring from there to her gardens at home and continued her open-house hospitality.
   Her morning walks with Walter followed by coffee led to a group of friends spending many joyful hours at Panera Bread in Burlington. The staff reserved their favorite table and called them “The Board of Directors.”
   Always dressed stylishly, Hazel enjoyed playing cards, bargain shopping, music, dancing, walking, square dancing, theater, art and museums. She traveled extensively throughout the US and abroad.
   Hazel is survived by five sons and daughters, Deborah Murdza Adamian of Medford and her late husband Dr. Gregory H. Adamian, Valerie Murdza Daniel and her husband Dr. Peter F. Daniel of Natick, Victoria Murdza Rowland and her husband William E. Rowland of Tewksbury, Randal A. Murdza and his wife Denise Murdza of N. Andover, and Garret E. Murdza of Nashua, NH.  She is also survived by three grandchildren, Jeremy C. Daniel of Somerville, Gillian Daniel Roslyakov and her husband Maksim Roslyakov of Cambridge, and Nicholas P. Daniel and his wife Morgan Daniel of Rochester, NY; two great grandchildren, Benjamin Charles Daniel, and Sophia Hazel Roslyakov; and she was the sister of William Frey, the late Charles Frey, the late Mildred Coolidge, and the late Roger Wixon.
   A visiting hour will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Wednesday, June 26 from 8:30-9:30 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn at 10:00 am. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.
   Contributions in Hazel’s memory may be made to St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn, MA 01801. Obituary at www.grahamfuneral.com


   Pano L. Jefferson, 84, of Tewksbury, formerly of Woburn, and the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, passed away at the Tufts Medical Center on Sunday morning, June 23.  He was the husband of Carolyn J. (Hess) Jefferson.
   Born and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Michael L., and the late Rose (Xenakis) Jefferson.  Pano was a graduate of Woburn High School and Lowell Technical College.
   After high school, Mr. Jefferson enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served as a Navigator, and was deployed to Germany during the Korean War.  Pano also served aboard aircraft transporting nuclear testing devices to the Pacific Proving Grounds in the Marshall Islands.
   Following his Honorable Discharge from the Air Force in September of 1959, Pano returned to school to earn a degree in Physics.  He worked as an engineer for Western Electric, and later AT&T, which became Lucent.  During his career, Pano was involved in developing patents for “thin film technology.”  He retired in 1987.
   In addition to his wife Carolyn, Pano is survived by one son, Michael Jefferson and his wife Kathleen of Racine, WI; and three daughters, Despy Bales and her husband Thomas of Wayne, IL, Deanna M. Walliser and her fiancé Joseph Zartler of Northampton, PA, and Laure E. Walliser-Fajardo and her husband William of Tewksbury.  Pano was preceded in death by his first wife, the late Mary (Sophocles) Jefferson.  Pano is also survived by eight grandchildren, Corinne Hoffman, Douglas Gutekunst, Nicholas P. Jefferson, Elyse Rivera, Ashley Walliser, Isaac Miller, Alexia Bales, and Tianna Bales; and seven great grandchildren.  Pano was the brother of John Jefferson of Arlington, the late Bettina Argetes, and the late Cleo Wilson.
   A Funeral Service will be held at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn on Friday, June 28 at 11:00 am.  An hour of visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 10:00-11:00 am, prior to the service.  Burial with Military Honors will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pano’s memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O.Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 (www.michaeljfox.org) Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn


   Martha Jefferson, 84, a longtime resident of Arlington, passed away after a brief illness on Sunday afternoon, June 16.  She was the wife of John L. Jefferson.
   Born and raised in West Roxbury, she was the daughter of the late Paul, and the late Penelope Pappadopoulos.  In addition to her husband John, Martha is survived by one son, Michael Jefferson and his wife Tricia of Westford.  She is also survived by one grandson, Alex Jefferson; and one sister, Hope Cares of Grand Rapids, Michigan and her husband the late George Cares.  She is further survived by several nieces and nephews.
   Private services will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Martha’s memory may be made to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.


   Demetra Spanos, 96, of Woburn, passed away after a short illness on Saturday morning, June 15.  She was the wife of the late Evangelus Spanos who died in 1997.
   Born in Peabody, and raised in Woburn, Demetra was the daughter of the late Arthur G. Pernokas, and the late Stavroula (Antonas) Pernokas, both of Georgitsi, Greece.  She came to Woburn at the age of two, graduating from Woburn schools.
   As a young lady, Demetra worked for a short time as a nurse’s aide at Boston City Hospital, and also at the Raytheon Corporation during World War II.  After her marriage to Evangelus, she concentrated on raising her family, but returned to the workforce as a Librarian at the former Bernard J. Golden Elementary School in Woburn.
   Demetra was a strong woman and loving mother who had a deep love for her family.  She was an active and devoted member of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Woburn, and she was a longtime member of the Church Choir.  Demetra was also a member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society at the Annunciation Church.
   She is survived by three sons and one daughter, George Spanos of Woburn, Jane Jamison and her husband Michael of Hawaii, Stephen Spanos of Woburn, and Philip Spanos and his wife Elizabeth of Woburn; and she was preceded in death by one daughter, the late Denise Spanos.  She is also survived by two grandchildren, Joshua and Alexis Jamison; and she was lovingly referred to as “Yia Yia” by the three children of Frank and Tiffany Goodwin, Frankie, Jr., Tihana, and Trevor, the grandchildren of Elizabeth.  In addition to her husband and her daughter, Demetra was also preceded in death by her four brothers, the late Charles, the late George, the late Angelo, and the late Evangelus Pernokas.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday evening, June 18 from 5:00-8:00 pm.  A second visitation will be held at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn on Wednesday morning, June 19 from 10:00-11:00 am, followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.
   Contributions in Demetra’s memory may be made to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801


   Lawrence F. “Larry” Rice, 78, a longtime resident of Burlington and Retired Deputy Chief of the Burlington Fire Department, passed away after a lengthy illness on Friday evening, June 7.  He was he husband of Harriett C. (Skelton) Rice.
   Born and raised in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Francis W., and the late Sarah (McGinn) Rice.  “Larry,” as he was known to family and friends, was a United States Marine Corps Veteran.  He served in the Marine Corps from 1957-1960.
   Larry joined the Burlington Fire Department in 1967.  He rose to the rank of Lieutenant in 1971.  He was appointed Deputy Chief in November of 1973, and had also served as Acting Chief at one time.  Larry retired from the Burlington Fire Department in 1992, after 25 years of service.
   Larry was a proud Marine, and active in Marine Corps Charities and causes.  He was a member of the Marine Corps League, Burlington Detachment and the George Dilboy VFW Post in Somerville.  Larry was also a member of the USS Constitution’s “1812 Marine Guard,” and he was a Boy Scout Troop Leader.
   In addition to his wife, Harriett; Larry is survived by one daughter, Lorraine Radice of Burlington; one son, Lawrence Rice and his wife Pamela of North Chelmsford.  He is also survived by four grandchildren, Carl Radice, Katrina Radice, Kimberly Truong, and Emily Rice.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, Woburn on Wednesday evening from 4:00-8:00 pm.  A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, June 13 at 10:00 am, followed by burial with Military Honors at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Burlington.  Contributions in Larry’s memory may be made to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172. (www.toysfortots.org)


   Robert Edwin Parsons, 68, of North Reading, passed away on Wednesday, June 5.  He was the husband of Gloria J.G. (Gardner) Parsons.
   Born in Melrose and raised in East Woburn, Robert was the son of the late Edwin N., and the late Betty J. (Day) Parsons.  Robert and his wife Gloria had resided in Woburn before building their own home in North Reading in 1978.
   Prior to his retirement, Robert owned and operated Easy Housekeeping Shops, a third generation family business with locations in Woburn, Chelmsford, and Salem, NH, which has been carried on by his brother-in-law Mark.  Robert loved being outdoors, hiking, enjoying nature, and spending time at the family camp in Vermont.  Robert, a listener, and a storyteller, was also a writer and a poet.  Above all, he loved spending time with his family.
   In addition to his wife Gloria, Robert is survived by two daughters, Katrina Jenkins and her husband Kyle of Reading, and Robyn Demand and her husband Frank of Salisbury; and one son, Edwin Parsons and his partner Eva Qvicklund of Methuen.  He is also survived by his four grandchildren, the lights of his life, Eva Mae and Owen James Jenkins, and Jordan Joy and Taylor Jane Demand; and his sister, Mindy Widtfeldt and her husband Mark of Woburn.  Robert is further survived by his nephew, Jesse Widtfeldt and his wife Helena, his niece Ashley Jane Widtfeldt and her partner Bruce Lynd; and many more on Gloria’s side – all deeply loved.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:00 am.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 4-8 pm. Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675


   Concetta M. (Guiliano) Slauenwhite, 79, of Highland Beach, Florida, formerly of Winchester, MA, passed peacefully on April 19, 2019.
   She was the beloved wife of the late Frank H. Slauenwhite; and she was the loving mother of, Karen and Mario Licciardello of Long Island, NY, Frank and Cheryl Slauenwhite of Woburn, MA, and the late Diane Neary of Nashua, NH.  Concetta is also survived by 5 loving grandchildren, including Courtney, Carly, Cole, Sophia, and Jennifer; and she is further survived by many nieces and nephews.
   Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Sunday, June 9th from 11:00-3:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701.  Interment will be private.


   Alice Nistazos Samaras, 95, of Hillsboro Beach, Florida, formerly of Woburn, MA and Medfield, MA, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019.  She was the wife of the late Paul Samaras who passed away in 1984.
   Born in Providence, RI, and raised in Allston/Brighton, MA, she was the daughter of the late Apostolos, and the late Efsevia Nistazos.  Alice had been a resident of Medfield, prior to moving to Florida over 35 years ago, and also spent many cherished years with her family in Westwood, MA.
   Alice was YiaYia to all that knew her. She loved many things, including but not limited to, watching old movies in black and white, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Downton Abbey, Golden Girls, playing solitaire on her iPad, doing crossword puzzles, reading John Grisham novels and a good biography, wrapping gifts beautifully, drinking a good highball or a nice Metaxa, singing a tune, eating orange marmalade on toast, admiring beautiful flowers and trees, and cooking classic Greek foods for and with her family.  She was incredibly proud of her granddaughters who she absolutely adored, and loved watching them sing, dance, play field hockey, race each other in the swimming pool at her beautiful Florida home and always encouraging them to do well in school, work hard in their careers, and most importantly, to always smile.
   Alice is survived by her only daughter, Sophia (Pia) Bartholomew and her husband Bart of Westwood, MA; and four granddaughters, Alexandra, Samantha, Elena, and Paulina Bartholomew.  She is also survived by her sister, Maria Stata and her husband Ray of Dover, MA; and two sisters-in-law, Athena Terzis and Diamond Koistinen of Pennsylvania.  Alice is further survived by her beloved nieces Nicole Stata of Westwood, MA, Marianne Tragakis of Lynn, MA, and Georgia Bennett of Ipswich, MA and her beloved nephew Raymie Stata of California, and many other nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.
   A Funeral Service will be held at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn on Thursday, May 16 at 11:00 am.  Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday morning, prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Contributions in Alice’s memory may be made to the Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Dr., Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215; or the DAV-Disabled Veterans of America, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.


   Linda Morris, age 77, of Woburn, passed away on Tuesday morning, May 7.  She was the beloved wife of the late Courtney “Moose” Morris.
   Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Frederick, and the late Lucy Union.  Linda graduated from Woburn High School in 1959 and attended Woburn Business School.  She worked at John Hancock in Boston and at Interstate Vending in Woburn and worked for many years at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, retiring in 2004.
   Linda is survived by her son, Bob Morris and his fiancée Lisa Bekkenhuis; and she was the grandmother of Taylor Stimpson and her husband Michael of Maine, and Lindsey Morris.  She is also survived by her sister, Marilyn Crampton and her husband Paul of Woburn; and Bob Union and his wife Jeanne, of Westford; and by many nieces and nephews.
   Visitation will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, May 10 from 4:00-8:00 pm.  A funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home on Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 am, followed by burial at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Linda’s memory to The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, PO Box 329, Arlington, MA 02476.


   Nils G Jonsson passed away peacefully on April 18, 2019.  He was born in Jonkoping Sweden on January 1, 1921. Beloved husband of 71 years to Hellen V Jonsson (Franson), and loving father of Linda Ohlmeyer and her late husband Don Ohlmeyer of Indian Wells CA, Lisa Desmond of Shelburne VT, Lance Jonsson and wife Maryann of Woburn MA, Christopher Jonsson and wife Wendy of Malibu CA.  He was grandfather to Joshua Desmond and wife Cristina of PA, Tyler Desmond and wife Beth of NY, Nicholas Jonsson of OR, Casey and Lily Jonsson of CA, Great Grandfather "G-Pa" to Joshua and Connor Desmond of PA and Hailey Desmond of NY. Also in the family Kerri, Kelly and Christy, their spouses and children.  Nils is survived by many nieces and nephews, family and dear friends in both America and Sweden.
   Nils began his higher education at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden which led to his PHD in Electrical Engineering.  Nils served in the Swedish Air Force in far Northern Sweden's Lapland in the town of Kiruna.
   After finishing his military commitment Nils came to America in 1946 being sponsored by the President of Stone and Webster Engineering Co in Boston. He planned to be in America for 3 years but met Hellen at the Lutheran Church of Redeemer in Woburn they fell in love and were married January 1948.
   Nils continued to work at Stone and Webster for several years. Among his many entrepreneur endeavors, was with HP Hood as Assistant Director of Engineering developing, in the 1960's, the most nearly automated plant in America.  Hood no longer had to garage their trucks instead each truck was supplied with a complete heating and refrigerating system, when parked at the Hood Plant they were plugged into an outdoor outlet system.
   Nils's enthusiasm with inventions brought him to voluntarily work with TAC and Buckminster Fuller in the development of the Geodesic Dome.  He invented with local Architect Edward Tedesco the TJ panel now being used in schools across the country, beginning here in Woburn. Nils, called 'The Father of Relocatable Wiring', was the inventor and owner of Reloc, an electrical system, located in East Boston, MA. Reloc was purchased by Lithonia Lighting of Conyers Georgia, and is now used world wide.
   Nils loved the Woburn community and volunteered as President of the YMCA for several years active in procuring the land for the building of the 'new' YMCA located on Lexington Street, Woburn. He was a long time active member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Woburn serving on the church council during the purchase of the land, new church and parsonage at its current location, this was a 10 year endeavor of excitement for Nils and the congregation. Nils was also excited to participate in the politics of his new country. He was very active being on the campaigns of MA Governor John A Volpe, MA Senator Edward Brooke and MA Congressman F Bradford Morse as well as many other local campaigns.
   Nils will be greatly missed by both family and friends. There will be no services at this time.  The family of Nils would like to thank New Horizons in Woburn, the Hospice Community and the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in N Reading.  In remembrance of Nils, do a kindness, volunteer or give to a charity of your choice.


   Joseph J. Miliano, 92, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away at his home on Wednesday Morning, April 24.  He was the husband of the late Joan M. (Costa) Miliano who died in 2007.
   Born and raised in Woburn, Joseph was the son of the late Joseph and the late Camilla Miliano.  He was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1944.
   Immediately after high school, Joseph enlisted in the United States Navy.  He proudly served during World War II as an Aircraft Mechanic, earning his Honorable Discharge in 1946.  Joseph graduated from Northeastern University with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
   Joseph worked as a Mechanical Engineer for several companies throughout his career, including Boston Edison, and Charles T. Main, before being hired by the Army Corps of Engineers.  While with the Army Corps of Engineers, he was put in charge of many major projects in the New England area.  Joseph then worked for the Division of Capital Engineering for several years prior to his retirement.
   Joseph was a quiet and unassuming man, who enjoyed spending time with his family.  He was a member of the Toastmaster’s Club, and the Reading Rifle & Revolver Club where he volunteered with the Junior rifle team.  He was also an avid automobile enthusiast, and loved attending races and rallies.
   Joseph is survived by four sons and daughters, Susan M. Tagariello of Woburn, Joseph R. Miliano and his wife Donna of Woburn, Michael F. Miliano of Venice, Florida, and Elaine M. Johnson and her husband John.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Julie Doherty, Joseph and Alicia Tagariello, and Christopher, Matthew, Katharine, and Joanne Miliano; and five great grandchildren.  Joseph was the brother of Bertha Miliano of Woburn, Marjorie Janus and her husband Tony of Woburn, and the late Richard P. Miliano and his wife Barbara of Woburn.
   The funeral will be held from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, April 30 at 9:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main St., Woburn at 10:00 am.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Monday evening from 4-8 pm.  Burial with Military Honors will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Winchester.
   Contributions in Joseph’s memory may be made to Friends of Woburn Veterans, c/o Veterans Office, 144 School St., Woburn, MA 01801; or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


   Judith A. Grondin, 72, of Medford, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on March 1, 2019, with her family by her side.  She was the beloved wife of Leo Grondin.
   Judith was born in Woburn on June 11, 1946 to the late Phillip W. Smith, and the late Georgianna G. (Johnson) Smith.  She lived in Woburn for most of her life, until moving to Medford in 2012.
   Judith loved playing bingo every Sunday with her friends at Saint Charles, and if you couldn’t find Judy, she was playing Keno with her husband at Masotta’s Variety.  Judy loved her family, and spending time with her grandchildren.  They were her pride and joy.
   In addition to her beloved husband of 54 years, Leo; Judy is survived by a daughter, Kristine Brawley and her husband Charles of Fitchburg; three grandchildren, Robert Grondin and his wife Karla of Merrimac, Mass., Nathan Brawley of Medford, Kaleigh Brawley of Fitchburg; and two great grandchildren, Leo James and Ronni Jae of Merrimac, Mass.
   Judy was the loving sister of Phyllis Pereira of Woburn, and George Smith and his wife Diana of New Hampshire.  She was also the sister-in-law of Sybil Smith of Billerica, Terri Smith of Woburn, and she was predeceased by her brothers, the late Richard, the late Ronald, the late Norman, and the late Larry; and her brother-in-law, the late Jose Pereira and her sister-in-law, the late Alfreda Smith.  She will be missed by many.
   A memorial service will be held at the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., North Woburn on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:30 PM.


   Elsie Lee King, of Woburn, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the age of 76.  Over the past nine years, Elsie battled a debilitating auto-immune disease, multiple cases of pneumonia, and even recently defeated colon cancer before she eventually succumbed to her illness on Tuesday.
   Born and raised in Woburn, Elsie was the daughter of the late George “Fuzzie” Frizzell, and the late Ethel Frizzell; and she was the loving wife of Charles King, Sr.
   Prior to her illness, Elsie enjoyed a very active life, which included camping with family and friends, taking cruises, dancing, playing bingo, and the Boston Red Sox.
   Elsie will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 56 years, Charles King, Sr.; and their son, Charles King, Jr. and daughter-in-law Kellee King.  She will also be fondly remembered by her sister, Jackie Capone; as well as her nephew, nieces, and many friends.
   The funeral will be held from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, April 9 at 9:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 280 Main St., Woburn at 10:00.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Monday evening from 4-8 pm.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.


   Dr. Paul W. Andreason, 94, of Reading, passed away on Monday, April 1.  He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Beckman) Andreason.
   Born and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Albert, and the late Mae (Lynch) Andreason.  Paul was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater. He earned his Honorable Discharge in 1946.
   Dr. Andreason graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic Medicine, and was one of the first licensed Chiropractors in Massachusetts.  He owned and operated his own chiropractic office at the corner of Main and Salem Street in Woburn, retiring at the age of 78 in 2003.
   Paul was an avid sports fan, particularly of his beloved Boston Red Sox.  He was a hard worker, and a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
   In addition to his wife Nancy, Paul is survived by two sons, Paul Andreason of Fitchburg and Gary Andreason of Newark, Delaware.  His is also survived by three grandchildren, David Miffitt of Nashua, New Hampshire; and Steven and Elizabeth Andreason of Newark, Delaware; and two sisters, Mary Hatfield of Salem, New Hampshire, and Norma Darragh of Wellfleet.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, April 6 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 Wood End Cemetery in Reading.   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Paul’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


   Deborah A. (Spicer) Taylor, 58, of Bedford, passed away suddenly on March 23, 2019.  She was the beloved mother of Michael (Mike) Robert Taylor.
   Born in Saratoga Springs, NY and raised in Woburn, MA, she was the daughter of the late Hubert Spicer and the late Ada (Rosson) Spicer.  She was a graduate of Woburn High School and studied at Middlesex Community College.
   Debbie was devoted to her son and dearest family and friends.  She was a great listener and truly enjoyed helping others.  Debbie was an avid reader, enjoyed music, and loved to spend time at the beach.
   Debbie is survived by her son, Mike Taylor of Tuscon, AZ; and her dearest lifelong friend, Stacey Lembo of Ashland, NH.  She is also survived by her siblings: Scott Spicer and his wife Beth of Hampstead, NH; Kevin Spicer of Bradford, MA; Keith Spicer and his wife Francie of Edgewater, MD; John Raney and his wife Cheryl of Alstead, NH; Cathy Raney of  Haverhill, MA; and Eleanor Spinale and her husband Paul of Chelmsford, MA.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Sunday, April 7 from 12:00 noon-2:00 pm.  Scattering of her ashes will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Debbie’s memory may be made to the Lowell Humane Society, 951 Broadway St., Lowell, MA 01854 (www.lowellhumanesociety.org)


   Jean M. (Larkins) McCoo, 90, formerly of Woburn, passed away after a long illness on Saturday evening, March 23, surrounded by her family.  She was the wife of the late Harvey S. McCoo who died in 2014.
   Born and raised in Somerville, she was the daughter of the late Frederick, and the late Christine (MacLeod) Larkins.  Jean was a graduate of Somerville High School, and moved to Woburn after marrying.  After her children were grown, Jean worked for Allstate Insurance in Burlington.
   Jean and her late husband travelled throughout the United States and Canada, and particularly enjoyed visiting Las Vegas and Florida.  A special place for them was Prince Edward Island, where they had family and visited every year.
   Jean was a long-time, faithful member of the North Congregational Church in Woburn.  She was known for her creativity. As an expert seamstress, quilter, and craftswoman, she worked tirelessly handcrafting beautiful items for her family and the church fair.  Jean made lovely wreaths for Christmas and she had a knack for flower arranging.  She had a good eye for design and composition.
   She was also a wonderful cook and baker and participated in hosting many hospitality events at the North Congregational Church.  Jean was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She had a very big heart and will be deeply missed by her family and everyone who knew her.
   Jean is survived by three daughters, Kristine Lafayette and her husband Wallace of Billerica, Susan McCoo and her husband David Dingman of Concord, NH, and Debbie Schwartz and her husband Bruce of Manchester, NH.  She is also survived by four grandchildren, Joy Agnitti and her spouse Heather White, Lori Lafayette, Dave Hughes and his wife Jill, and Jay Hughes and his wife Heather; and five great grandchildren, Joshua and Melanie Agnitti, and Emma, Hailey, and Connor Hughes.  Jean was the sister of William Larkins and his wife Janice, and the late Robert Larkins and his wife Nancy.
   Visiting hours will be held at the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., Woburn on Saturday, March 30 from 9:30-11:00 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am.  Burial will be private.  Contributions in Jean’s memory may be made to the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.


   Marie E. Cierri, 93, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, March 12.  She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Cierri who died in 2013.
   “Mary,” as she was known to her family and friends, grew up in the South End of Woburn.  In 1964, she and her family opened up “Tawney Salon” on Main Street in the South End.  A fixture in that section of the city for many years, the salon also sold designer clothing and hosted many charity fashion shows throughout the years.
   Marie loved to cook and spend time with her family; and she was an avid scrabble player.  She and her late husband Joseph enjoyed traveling.  They had visited Italy, and also taken a car trip across the United States.  Mary was an active member of the Woburn Senior Center, where she taught aerobics and exercise classes until just recently.
   Marie is survived by two sons, Jon Cierri and his wife Libby of Hanover, and Anthony Cierri and his wife Cynthia of Woburn; and she was the grandmother of Cindy Cierri Crowley, Joseph Cierri, Lucille Cierri, the late Carolyn Cierri, Marc Cierri, and Eric Cierri.  She was the great grandmother of Ashley, Kylie, and Jonathan Cierri, Jeana Crowley, Laura Boisvert, Derik McKay, Jolene Campbell, Anthony, Heather, Heather, Jaclyn, Hannah, and Joseph Cierri; and great great grandmother of Brianna Boisvert, Anthony Cierri, Jr., and Trevor Campbell, Jr.  She is also survived by her sister, Josephine Darling and her husband Fred of Port Charlotte, Florida.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Monday, March 18 at 12:00 Noon; with visiting hours prior to the service from 9:00-12:00.  Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in Winchester.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marie’s memory may be made to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School St., Woburn, MA 01801


   Elizabeth Keleher O’Doherty, (Betty to her family and friends) passed away peacefully at home on March 9. 2019 surrounded by her daughters and her extended family.
   Born in Woburn, MA, she was the daughter of the late John and the late Elizabeth Keleher; and she married the late Thomas O’Doherty in 1948.  They were married for 58 years and lived in Winchester, MA for many years before moving to Milford, NH.
   As a student at St. Charles in the 1940s, she contributed to the war effort as a welder.  She went on to work as a telephone operator for several years as she and her husband started a family.  The years of her life were distinguished by her large family, summers on Hampton Beach, her avid reading, frequent trips to Foxwoods, her legendary home fries, turkey stuffing, and marriage to an adoring husband. Her only regret will be not seeing the Mueller investigation reach her preferred outcome.
   Betty is survived by five daughters: Maureen of Milford; Kathy and her husband Shaheen Mozaffar of Woburn; Anne of Portsmouth, NH; Mary of Milford, and Patricia and her husband Norman Glanovsky of West Hartford, CT.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Yahna and Darren Michaud, Joshua and Stephanie Estes, Simone Bonneville and John Longstreth, Maddie Bonneville, Josef and Kristina Bonneville, Ian and Shawna Glanovsky, Moriah and Ned Lovely, and Colin and Meghan Glanovsky, as well as by 11 great-grandchildren.  Elizabeth is survived by her sister Connie Wassell of Georgia, and her brother John Keleher of Lakeville, MA, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sisters Mary F. Griffin and Jean Rodriguez.
   No end of analogies come to mind to describe Betty’s role in this large family--glue, pillar, center-of-gravity--all of them speaking to the influence she had on the lives of her loved ones. As her husband was never shy to point out, Betty was “the boss, the War Department”, the source of all family authority. Her family inherits down through the generations her sense of humor, love of family, of history, and her stubborn defense of her convictions. Her descendants will carry her not only in their memories but in the strengths (and neuroses) she embodied so well.
   The Funeral will be from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, March 15 at 9:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn at 10:00 am.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 4-8 pm.  Burial will be private.
   In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations may be made to: SHARE, 1 Columbus Ave., Milford, NH 03055 or online at www.sharenh.org.


   Alfred C. “Bud” Fowle, 92, a lifelong resident of Woburn, Passed away after a lengthy illness on Thursday morning, March 7.  He was the husband of the late Barbara F. (Davis) Fowle who died in 2010.
   Born in Jamaica Plain, and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Brainard, and the late Mildred (Bryenton) Fowle.  “Bud,” as he was known to his family and friends, was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II.  He served in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS O’Brien.
   As a young man, Bud was involved in the Jaycees, having served as the Vice President and President of the Woburn Chapter.  He was also involved with the Boy Scouts as a member and later as a Troop Leader, and Explorer Leader.
   Alfred spent his career in the defense and technology industry.  He worked for several area technology companies, including Avco, and Textron.  His work involved not only defense systems, but he also helped design equipment and systems for NASA and the Apollo Missions.  Although he retired in 1987, he continued to work on contract assignments until 1992.
   Bud was an avid local historian and genealogist, and loved to share his knowledge of Woburn history with those he met.  He was a member of the Woburn Historical Society.  Bud and his late wife Barbara loved square dancing, and traveling.  He enjoyed hiking the White Mountains, and he also enjoyed competing in, and also won awards in the Senior Olympics.
   Bud is survived by six sons and daughters, Dan Fowle of Malden, Thomas Fowle of Londonderry, NH, Maryanne Gorman and her husband William of Tewksbury, John Fowle and his wife Gail of Tewksbury, Greg Fowle of Woburn, and Nancy Kinney of Woburn.  Bud was the grandfather of Melinda, Renae, Alicia, Barbara Anne, Christine, Jonathan, Kerri, Diana, Greg, Jr., Travis, Jesseca, the late Nicole, and the late Ashley.  He was the great grandfather of Emily, Joey, Skylar, Avram, Cole, P.J., Josie, Dominic, Lily, Grayson, and the late Jasper.  Bud is also survived by two sisters, Evelyn Nelson of Rockport, Betty Haley of Burlington, VT, two brothers, Richard Fowle of Florida, George Fowle of Woburn; and he was preceded in death by one brother, the late Robert Fowle.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, March 12 at 10:00 am.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00-8:00 pm.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Contributions in Bud’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452


   Barbara “Barbie” Cryts, 87, died peacefully on February 21, 2019 at the Courtyard Nursing Care Center under the hospice services of Compassionate Care Hospice.  She was born in Everett, Mass on August 19, 1931 to the late James and late Dorothy (Raper) Lydon, and was predeceased by her older brother, the late Norman C. Lydon in 1996.
   As a teen, Barbara played the violin because “she couldn’t carry a piano.” She enjoyed swimming and being outdoors, as well as roller skating at the Bal A Roue in Somerville, where she met her ex-husband and married at age 18.
   Barbara learned to become an accomplished cook while listening to “The Boston Kitchen” on the radio.  Some of her seven children recall her beautiful soprano singing voice from younger days, family camping trips and helping with Scouting and newspaper routes.
   Wherever they lived, Barbara managed to feed and clothe her own as well as neighbors’ children. She also enjoyed sewing, gardening, visiting the ocean or the mountains, she shared her love of doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles with her family, and she especially loved going to yard sales.  For 18 years Barbara also worked as a waitress in North Reading until her retirement.
   Barbara was predeceased in 2011 by her eldest son, the late William Cryts. She leaves behind: a daughter Laura Gilbert, a daughter Pamela and her husband Joseph Giangregorio, a son David and his wife Laura Vaglica Cryts, a daughter Jocelyn and her husband Paul Lane, a daughter Dorothy and her husband Claudio DelMaestro, and a son Andrew Cryts.  Also thirteen grandchildren: Diana Gilbert Sironi, Leanne and Ben Cryts, Paul Stott Jr. and Leif Stott, Noelle Michaud LaPointe and Holly Michaud, Nora and Susan Lane, Shawn and Abigail Cryts and Derek Campbell and Bianca DelMaestro. Barbara also leaves six great grandchildren.
   A memorial service will be held at the Arthur P. Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday afternoon, March 16 at 2:00 p.m.  An hour of visitation will be held prior to the memorial service from 1:00-2:00 pm.  Private burial will be held at the Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield at a later date.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barbara’s memory may be made to charity of your choice.  To send an online message of condolence, please go to www.grahamfuneral.com.


   Diana Bruno, of Woburn, passed away at her home on Tuesday, February 26.  She was 65 years of age.
   Born in Boston and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Stephen, and the late Diane (Macaluso) Bruno.  Diana was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1971.
   As a child, Diana had a talent for music.  In 1967, she earned a spot performing on the local Boston television program “Community Auditions,” and won!  Diana continued her training in in voice, piano, and guitar throughout her youth.  As a young lady, she left Woburn to perform in Las Vegas, Reno, and around the world.
   In the late 1970s, Diana decided to return to her hometown, Woburn.  She worked for Medford Savings Bank, and later as an Agent for Carlson Real Estate until her retirement.
   Diana is survived by her brother, Stephen A. Bruno and his wife Donna of Marblehead; two nieces, Adrienne Gayton and her husband Jim of West Newbury, and Annette Mercurio and her husband Steve of Winchester; and two nephews, Stephen Bruno and his wife Lara of Wellesley, and Matthew Bruno and his fiancée Daniela of Pittsburgh, PA.  Diana is also survived by four grandnieces and grandnephews, Genevieve Bruno, Jessica Gayton, Christopher Gayton, and Jennifer Elmer and her husband Kyle; and one great grandnephew, Maddox Elmer.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday evening, March 8 from 4:00-6:00 pm, followed by at funeral service at 6:00 pm.


   Eileen C. (Gregoire) Marsan, 77, of Woburn, MA, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2019 at High Pointe Hospice in Haverhill, MA after a lengthy illness.
   Eileen was born January 28, 1941 in Malden, MA to the late Narcisse and Marion Gregoire and was raised in Everett, MA. She was a graduate of Cheverus High School in Malden and Bentley College in Waltham.
   She was a long-time resident of Woburn where she raised her family.  Eileen had an entrepreneurial spirit where she held both a real estate license and owned a tax practice where, for many years, she provided tax preparation, tax planning, and personal financial planning services to her clients as an IRS registered tax preparer.
   Additionally, she cared for the less fortunate and had previously worked for the Boston Housing Authority where she helped obtain funding to rebuild homes in various Boston neighborhoods.
   Eileen was a long-time parishioner at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Woburn where, among things, she was a Sunday school teacher for many years.   Eileen also volunteered as Girl Scout leader in Wilmington for four years. Eileen was a loving and caring person, never seeking attention, whose lasting legacy was the wide range of people in her life she touched.
   She is survived by her son, Paul Marsan of Woburn, and granddaughter, Jacy Higgins of Braintree, MA.  She is also survived by her brother, Neil Gregoire, Sr. and his wife Laurie of Arizona; her ‘adopted’ son, Mark Donovan; and her step children: Jill Sassone of Florida, Michael Marsan of New Jersey, and Sean Marsan of Minnesota, and other family members and friends.  She was the mother of the late Jeannette Marsan, step mother of the late Jennifer Marsan, and sister of the late Jean Conte.
   A memorial service to celebrate Eileen’s will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 535 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, March 9 at 11:00 AM.  All friends and relatives are invited.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.  We would like to give special thanks to the staff at High Pointe Hospice for all their care and support to Eileen and her family.


   James J. O’Rourke, 66, of Haverhill, formerly of Woburn, passed away at the High Pointe Hospice House on Thursday morning, February 28.  He was the husband of the late Dawn (Cassidy) O’Rourke who died in 2002.
   Born in Winchester and raised in the Central Square section of Woburn, James was the son of the late James A., and the late Helen (Meuse) O’Rourke.  He was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1972.
   It was in middle school that Jim had met his sweetheart and future wife, Dawn.  Jim was one of the original members of the Boys and Girls Club when it first opened in Woburn.  Jim and Dawn were married, and he began working as a machine operator at Foss Manufacturing in Hampton, NH.  He remained at Foss until his retirement in 2005, and continued working for them part-time after retiring.
   Jim loved being outdoors, and enjoyed walking, hiking, and kayaking. He was very proud of his Irish heritage, and loved spending time with his family, especially his five grandchildren.
   Jim is survived by a daughter, Caley Lombard and her husband Jeremy of Haverhill; one son, Ryan J. O’Rourke and his wife Kristelle of Salem, NH; and five grandchildren, Delaney, Logan, and Flynn Lombard, and Ryan and Caleb O’Rourke.  He is also survived by two sisters, MaryEllen DiZio of Woburn and Sharon O’Rourke of Haverhill; and two brothers in law, Anthony Cierri and his wife Cynthia of Woburn, and Ron Cuozzi and his wife Peg of Woburn.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday morning, March 5 from 10:00-11:30 am, followed by a graveside service at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn at 12:00 Noon.  Contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


   Agnes Lichoulas, 93, long-time Woburn resident, died on Saturday, February 23, after a short illness.  She was the wife of the late James T. Lichoulas, Sr.
   Born in Lincoln Park, NJ, Agnes was one of eleven children of the late William and Martha McCarthy.  While still a child, her family moved to Brooklyn (NY) where Agnes graduated high school and studied drafting at Cooper Union.  While working as a draftsperson (electrical) at the Navy Yard, Agnes met her future husband, James, who was on travel with the Merchant Marines.  They married in Woburn in 1946 and raised their family here.
   Agnes was blessed to have a loving marriage and her greatest joy was her family - especially her eight grandchildren: Jim, Thomas, Cole, Alicia, Johnny, Sophia, Andrew and Theo; and eight great-grandchildren (9th on the way).  The grandchildren never missed an opportunity to visit with their Granny for decorating gingerbread houses at Christmastime, bowling with her, or just enjoying her great cooking and baking.  She valued close friendships with sister-in-law, Eva, who took Agnes gallivanting around to interesting places in New England and beyond, and with sister-in-law, Kitty.
   Agnes starting painting as an adult and was a member of the Woburn Guild of Artists for a time. She was a prolific artist and enjoyed sharing her oil, acrylic or chalk artwork with family.  She joined a senior candlepin bowling league in her 60s and continued bowling into her 90s.  She played Mah Jongg at the senior center and enjoyed doing word puzzles daily - until the letters on the page got too small for her to see.  She was a talented seamstress and passed along her love of sewing to granddaughter Alicia during their weekly sewing night with the girls.
   Agnes carried herself with grace, kindness, and good humor.  She had a tremendous memory and said it was because she didn't have a computer or cell phone to rely on.  She was an "old fashioned" lady but was able to see life through a modern lens.
   Agnes is survived by her children James Lichoulas and his wife Rita; Ted Lichoulas; Richard Lichoulas and his wife Rosemarie; daughter-in-law Roberta Lichoulas; Victoria Sandiford and her husband John; Albert Lichoulas and his wife Catherine; and Mara Lichoulas. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Eva Lichoulas and Kitty Callahan, her brother-in-law Cliff Rice, eight grandchildren and (soon-to-be) nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband James, Agnes was predeceased by her son, John, and all ten of her siblings.
   The funeral will be held from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday, February 28 at 9:00 am followed by a funeral service at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox 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 Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution in Agnes’ memory to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church Building Endowment Fund, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801 or a charity of your choice.


   James M. Murphy, a longtime Woburn resident and businessman, died on February 12, 2019 after a long illness. He was 78.  Jim was the husband of the late Elizabeth (LeBlanc) Johnson Murphy who passed away in 1997.  Their loving son James Brian and his wife Kimberly of Quincy survive him; along with his stepson, J. Michael Johnson of Tyngsboro; and stepdaughter, Darlene Marden of Reading.
   From an early age, Jim Murphy was a presence in his father’s pharmacy, the L.J. Murphy Drug Store, a centerpiece for almost sixty years on Woburn Center’s busy bend.  Following his 1963 graduation from Hampden College of Pharmacy, now part of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy; Jim served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
   After returning from military service, he resumed working with his father.  After Mr. Murphy’s death in 1974, Jim ran Murphy Drug Store until its closing in 1995.  Prior to his retirement in 2011, Jim worked in the larger pharmacy chains which had replaced his and so many other independently owned drug stores.
   Jim was one of seven children of the late Laurence and Helen (Sheeran) Murphy.  He was preceded in death by his sisters, the late Mary Doherty, the late Anne Flaherty, the late Bernadette Donovan, and by his brother, the late L.J. Murphy. Jr.  His loving sisters, Helen McLaughlin of Concord, and Julie Brown and her husband Dick of North Reading survive him; along with his sister-in-law, Minnie Murphy of Woburn;  and his niece, Anne Flaherty Strong of Winchester-a nurse who was a steadfast constant in her uncle’s life, especially during his last difficult years.  He also leaves several other devoted nieces and nephews, many caring cousins, and his dear friend Ellen Winson of Woburn.
   Long ago, a young man married to one of Jim’s nieces defined Jim Murphy as “a man of few words but many good deeds.” His family who loved him and friends who knew him well certainly agree.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Wednesday, February 20 from 4-7 pm.  Final rites and interment will be private.  If you wish, in Jim Murphy’s memory, please do a good deed today.


   Charles R. Fox, Jr., of Woburn, 87, passed away after a lengthy illness on Monday evening, February 4.  He was the husband of Helene (Becker) Fox.
   Born in Meriden, CT, and raised in Watertown, MA and Conway, NH, he was the son of the late Charles, and the late Marjorie (Williams) Fox.  “Charlie,” as he was known to his family and friends, graduated from Kennett High School in Conway, and he graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Accounting.
   Charlie began working for Cambridge Gas & Electric as a co-op student while at Northeastern University.  He remained with Cambridge Gas & Electric, and later Eversource, throughout his entire career, retiring in 1997.  Charlie had lived in Wilmington, Stoneham, Acton, and Arlington before coming to Woburn in 1992.
   Charlie was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Woburn, and had served as the church Treasurer.  He was also an active volunteer and contributor to the Woburn Food Pantry.  He was a lover of nature, gardening and an avid, amateur bird watcher and, in his younger years, Charlie was a competitive bowler.
   In addition to his wife Helene, Charlie is survived by two sons, Bruce Fox and his wife Nancy Pratt of Hopkinton, and C. Richard Fox and his wife Janet of Hollis, NH; one daughter, Charlene Soley and her husband Kirk of Tyngsboro; and two stepchildren, William Perkin and his wife Janice of Groveland, and April Gendall and her husband Robert of Arlington.  Charlie is also survived by four grandchildren, Alexandra Littlefox and her spouse Samantha Littlefox of San Francisco, CA, Brandon Fox of Hollis, NH, Emily Fox of Hollis, NH, and Gerard Gendall of Arlington.
   A funeral service will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 535 Main St., Woburn on Monday, February 11 at 10:00 am, followed by burial at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn, with reception to follow.  Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Sunday from 2-6 pm.  Contributions in Charlie’s memory may be made to the Woburn Food Pantry, c/o Woburn Council of Social Concern, 2 Merrimac St., Woburn, MA 01801; or the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472.


   Phyllis M. Jensen, 86, of Wilmington, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 29.  She was the wife of C. James Jensen.
   Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Oscar, and the late Rose Lundberg.  Phyllis was a graduate of Woburn High School.  She worked for many years at the former Woburn National Bank, retiring as an Assistant Vice President in 1999.
   Phyllis was a longtime active and faithful member of the North Congregational Church in North Woburn.  She served the church in many capacities, most recently as Deacon and as Treasurer of the Deacons Fund.
   Phyllis was an active member of the Order of Eastern Star in both the local and state levels.  She was a five-time Past Worthy Matron of the Aletheon Chapter #154 OES in Woburn, and had served as the chapter Secretary for over 10 years.  She was also an Honorary Member of the Melrose Chapter #14, and a member of the Daughters of the Nile.  Phyllis served as the state Deputy Grand Matron of the Massachusetts Grand Chapter in 1999; she was a Grand Representative for the Grand Chapter from 2002-2004; and was also the Grand Chapter Fraternal Correspondent in 2010.
   In addition to her husband Jim, Phyllis is survived by one daughter, Wanda Callahan and her husband Thomas of Andover, one son, Alan Jensen and his wife Nancy of Port Charlotte, Florida; five grandchildren, Steven, Christopher, and Ryan Jensen, Aislinn Brandt, and Eamon Callahan; and four great grandchildren.  She is also survived by one sister, Doris Leland and her husband Lester of Hyde Park, NY.
   A funeral service will be held at the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., North Woburn on Sunday afternoon, February 3 at 2:00 pm.  An Eastern Star service will be held prior to the funeral at 1:45 pm.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Phyllis’ memory may be made to the Mission of Deeds, 6 Chapin Ave., Reading, MA 01867.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.


   John F. McElroy, 71, a longtime resident of Woburn and retired Cambridge Police officer passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday morning, January 29.  He was the husband of Nina (Kolosha) McElroy.
   Born and raised in Cambridge, John was the son of the late Charles, and the late Helen McElroy.  John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1967, and served in Vietnam.  He earned his Honorable Discharge in 1971 at the rank of Corporal.
   Following his military service, John joined the Cambridge Police Department.  During his career with the Cambridge Police, John would often be seen patrolling in Harvard Square and in Central Square.  He retired in 2009, after 38 years of service.
   John and his wife Nina enjoyed their annual trips to Las Vegas, and he enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids.  John was a lifetime member of the Woburn and Stoneham Elks.
   In addition to his wife Nina, John is survived by two daughters, Michelle McElroy, and Lisa Parshley and her husband Kevin; and one son, John Michael McElroy; all of Woburn.  He is also survived by two grandchildren, Zackery and Rebecca Parshley.  John was the brother of Charles McElroy and his wife, the late Pamela of Raynham, Joseph McElroy and his wife Gilda of Malden, and the late Ann Marie Uva and her husband Lou.
   Visiting hours will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, February 2 from 4:00-7:00 pm.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241


   Clara T. (Skowyra) Sellon, of Woburn, passed away at her home on Friday evening, January 11.  She was 91 years of age.
   Born in Ware, Massachusetts, on September 15, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Joseph, and the late Bertha Skowyra. Clara was raised in Brimfield, and attended Brimfield Elementary School, Hitchcock Free Academy, and then on to graduate from the Massachusetts General Hospital Nursing Program in 1945.
   Following her graduation from nursing school, Clara enlisted in the United States Navy.  While serving as a Navy nurse, Clara met her future husband, Army Air Corpsman Charles A. Sellon.  They were married in 1950.  Clara earned an Honorable Discharge from the Navy in 1951, at the rank of Ensign.
   Clara worked as a Nurse at the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary for over 35 years.  After retirement, she doted on her grandchildren, others children, then her great grandchildren.
   A faithful and devoted member of The Blessed of the Lord Church in Woburn, she served alongside her late husband Charles, who was the Assistant Pastor of the church for 21 years.  Clara's unselfish nature and love for others is unsurpassed, taking in the homeless and serving others in need.
   In 2013, Clara was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and put onto hospice care.  But through her strong will and faith in God, within a year and a half she made a full recovery.  She ended her need for hospice and returned to her active life.  Clara succumbed to her most recent diagnosis of colon cancer.
   Clara is survived by their eldest son, Rodrick C. Sellon and his wife Melany of Santa Ana, CA; her son Charles A. Sellon, Jr. and his wife Joanne of Londonderry, NH; her daughter Carol Ann (Sellon) VanTol of Woburn; and her son Robert J. Sellon and his wife Susan of Billerica.  Clara is also survived by her sister, Theresa Homsher of Cerritos, CA and Ware, MA; her sister-in-law Rosemarie DiMattia of Westwood; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
   Clara's funeral will be held at The Blessed of the Lord church, 3 Green St., Woburn on Wednesday, January 16th at 11:00 am, followed by burial at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Contributions in Clara’s memory may be made to Lahey Health at Home and Hospice, 500 Cummings Center, Suite 3570P, Beverly, MA 01915.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.


   Jean Eigabroadt Spencer, of Burlington, formerly of Woburn, passed away on Thursday afternoon, January 10, one week after her 93rd birthday.  Born in Somerville, she was the daughter of the late Walter Harris Eigabroadt, and the late Marion C. (McKeown) Eigabroadt.
   Jean came to Burlington at the age of 10, and was a graduate of Burlington High School.  She married and then moved to Woburn where she spent the greater portion of her life, until coming back to Burlington.
   Prior to her retirement at age 85, Jean worked as an office manager at ACM Insurance Adjusters in Wakefield, and then later from her home until she retired.  Jean was a very spiritual woman who loved her family.  She was an avid gardener, and she loved sewing and reading in her spare time.
   Jean is survived by her son, Russell P. Spencer, Jr.; and her son Richard Spencer of Kingsport, TN; and her daughter, Linda Rosa of Burlington.  She is also survived by her brother, Harris Eigabroadt and his wife Diane of Warner, NH; seven grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
   Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jean’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.


   David A. Taylor, 91, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away at his home on Monday afternoon, December 31.  He was the husband of the late Ruth A. (McVarish) Taylor who died in 2014.
   Born and in South Boston, he was the son of the late Chester, and the late Catherine (McLellan) Taylor.  David grew up in Medford, and enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17.
   David proudly served with the Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.  He was stationed aboard the USS Dubuque, the USS Piedmont, and the USS Teneno; earning his Honorable Discharge in October of 1947.
   Prior to his retirement, David worked for the Boston and Maine Railroad, and also for Amtrak, for a combined 42 years of service.  He was employed as an Engineer, and later was involved in the training of new Engineers.
   David was an avid outdoorsman and hunter.  He enjoyed snowmobiling and ATVs, and he loved spending time at his camp in the West Milian and Dummer area in New Hampshire.
   David is survived by one son, David A. Taylor, Jr. and his wife Ann of Merrimac, MA; and two daughters, Ruthann Salemme of Billierica, and Patricia O’Halloran of Woburn; and he was preceded in death by his two sons in law, the late John Salemme and the late Thomas O’Halloran.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren, David Taylor, III and his wife Lisa, Derek Taylor, Mahgen Socop, John Holloway, Corinne L. Bishop and her husband Richard, John L. Salemme and his wife Cindy, Thomas O’Halloran, Jr. and his wife Nina, Mason O’Halloran and his significant other Justine, and Catherine Savoia and her husband Vinny.  David also leaves twelve great grandchildren, Zachary Caplis, John Paul Caplis, Julie Bishop, Sophia Bishop, Alexandra Taylor, Austin Taylor, Claire Ruth Salemme, Madeline Demarcio, Bailey Socop, Jameson O’Halloran, Amelia O’Halloran, and Louis William.  David was the brother of Richard Taylor of Medford and his wife the late Peggy; and the late Albert Taylor and his wife Helen of New Hampshire.
   Private services were held last week.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in David’s memory may be made to the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 101 Summer St, Holliston, MA 01746.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.


   Joseph Barbagallo, of Woburn, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday January 5, 2019 at 93 years of age.  He was the husband of the late Virginia (McDermott) Barbagallo.
   Born February 16, 1925, he was the fourth of nine children of the late Pietro, and the late Concettina (Amenta) Barbagallo.  Joe grew up in Somerville, and at the age of 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He proudly served as a Gunners Mate Second Class during WWII.
   Joe first worked as an airplane mechanic.  He later worked as supervisor of a group of machinists, working on a variety of experimental projects for the Air Force at Hanscom Air Force Base.
   Joe could fix anything.  Throughout his life he enjoyed hiking, fishing and downhill and cross-country skiing.  He also enjoyed improving the fields and trails on his farm in Grafton, NH.  Joe loved entertaining family and friends there, and moved to the farm full-time after he retired.
   Joe is survived by one son, Peter Barbagallo of Milford, NH; and one daughter, Patricia McCauley and her husband Robert of Woburn, MA, and he was preceded in death by one son, the late Paul Barbagallo.  Joe is also survived by five grandchildren, Amberlee Barbagallo, Victoria Barbagallo, Robert McCauley, Michael McCauley and his wife Kristen, and Melissa Jensen and her husband Steven; and five great grandchildren, Robert, Eliza and Karalyn McCauley, and Carter and Anna Jensen.  Joe is further survived by two brothers, Ronald Barbagallo of Boston, and Robert Barbagallo of Wakefield, MA; and he was preceded in death by three brothers, the late Charles Barbagallo, the late Pasquale “Pat” Barbagallo, the late Albert Barbagallo; and three sisters, the late Mary Hansen, the late Gloria Andonian, and the late Joan Murray.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, January 11 from 4-8 pm.  A graveside service with military honors will be held at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn on Saturday, January 12 at 10:00 am.  Contributions in Joseph’s memory may be made to The VFW Foundation, 406 West 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111 www.VFW.org/foundation


  Barbara Jane Hansen Cummings entered the world March 20, 1923, the first child of William Charles Hansen and Emma Stucki Hansen in Pittsburgh PA.  Later joined by twins William Stucki and Elizabeth Ann the family lived in suburban Ben Avon where Barbara graduated with honors from Avon High School in 1941.
   She attended Ohio Wesleyan University joining Delta Gamma Sorority. Two years later Barbara transferred schools graduating from Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University) in 1945.  United States Steel hired Barbara immediately and assigned her to the Treasury Department in Pittsburgh where she remained until her marriage to Eustace William Cummings (1923-2013) in 1948.
   The young couple took up residence in Saginaw, Michigan where they raised three children: Suzanne Lee (1950-1984), Bruce Hansen (Deborah Cummings) and Brian Haven. Barbara was involved in many activities while managing an active family, including the First Congregational Church office and choir, Thrift Club, Republican Women’s Club, Treasurer of CMP Realty and of course playing the piano for leisure.  Barbara and Bill lived full and involved lives in Saginaw for 58 years prior to moving full time to Naples, Florida in 2006.
   Barbara passed away December 6 in Naples at age 95.  She was bright, organized, and gracious; a stylish woman centered on others rather than herself. Barbara’s writing skills were outstanding; executed with unmatched penmanship. She cherished her many, many strong friendships maintaining contact for decades.
   Barbara and Bill were married for 65 years and together met the challenges of life with courage and love. Adored by her children, Barbara lived her life as a Christian and mirrored the principles her faith teaches.
   In addition to her two sons, Barbara is also survived by three grandchildren, Lisa Smith Bello and her husband Alejandro Bello, Brian Nesbitt Cummings, and Brett Hansen Cummings and his wife Catherine Medrano; and five great grandchildren, Madison Paige Cummings, Bianna Gizelle Bello, Giada Gabriella Bello, Jackson Hansen Cummings, and Elisa Suzette Bello.
   Burial took place in the presence of Barbara’s family in the Cummings plot at Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn, MA, following a ceremony in the Fowle-Gage cemetery chapel refurbished in the memory of her daughter, Suzanne.
   Contributions in Barbara’s memory may be made to the Glenview Employee Scholarship Fund, 100 Glenview Place, Naples, FL 34108


   John Joseph Aiello, a retired business owner and mechanic, passed away after a short illness on Wednesday morning, December 12, 2018. He was 83 years old.
   John was born in Brighton, Massachusetts the son of Arthur and Josephine Aiello.  He grew up in Brighton and graduated from Brighton High School.  He then went on to graduate from Franklin Institute of Technology where he studied auto repair.
   John enlisted in the Army at the tail end of the Korean War and served for three and a half years.  He held the rank of Specialist 4th Class.  His mechanic education led to him being assigned to the 110th T Battalion where he was a flight mechanic.  While he was serving at Ft. Eustis, Virginia, he met a fellow soldier, Judy Grall.  A romance blossomed, and they were married not long after.  After being discharged, they lived in Brighton before settling in Burlington in 1965. They remained in Burlington for the next 53 years.
   John had a keen mind when it came to anything mechanical and could fix almost anything. He started his working career as an auto mechanic at the Arcan Gas Station in Brighton.  He then used his mechanical skills as a mechanic/service technician for Bay State Scale in Somerville.  After almost 20 years with Bay State, he started his own company, John Aiello Scale Service.  He serviced hospitals, stores, restaurants, fish companies, manufacturing companies, and any other business or service that used any type of weight measuring device.  During his nearly 25 years, he had many loyal customers who were like friends.  Unable to sit still after retirement, he took on a position at Safecor Health in Woburn as head of facilities for 10 more years.
   John was a man who was happiest when sharing time with his family.  He was always home from work at 5 p.m. as to be on time for family dinners.  When he retired, he used his free time to help his family in whatever they needed.  Tuesday nights were spent in Groton with his daughter, Diane and her family as well as 2 days a week caring for his son Michael’s boys.  There were many trips to South Carolina over the years to visit with his son John and his family.
   When his family was young, there were trips to New Hampshire, Cape Cod, and Wisconsin to visit his wife’s family.  There were countless day trips to Wyman’s Beach in Westford and other fun destinations.  He was a longtime and loyal fan of the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots.  He had a sharp wit and a great sense of humor.  He read the Boston Herald from front to back every day.  He especially enjoyed keeping up with world events and local and national politics.  He had some strong opinions when it came to politics which he liked to share with his family and friends.  John lived a “Good Life” with his desire to be the best provider, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather he could be and for that he was a rich and blessed man.
   John was the beloved husband of almost 60 years to Judy (Grall) Aiello. He was the loving father of John Aiello & his wife Tina of Moncks Corner, SC, Diane D’Innocenzo & her husband Frank of Groton, and Michael Aiello & his wife Nancy of Billerica. He was the proud grandfather (known as Papa) of Kristen & Ashley D’Innocenzo, Adam, Cameron & Joe Aiello, and DJ Covert.  He was the great grandfather of Adylinn & David Covert and Ayden Aiello. He was the brother of Mary Mangherini of Somerville, Lillian Monteforte of Burlington, Lucy Moscaritolo of Saugus, Pauline Aiello of Boston, Star Aiello of Framingham, Frankie Aiello of FL, Louie Aiello of CT, Billy Aiello of Natick, Tommy Aiello of Medfield, and the late Nancy Hartgrove and Sonny Aiello.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
   Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Sunday, December 16 from 1-4 p.m. The funeral services will be private. Memorials in John’s name may be made to People Helping People, P.O. Box 343, Burlington, MA 01803.


   Donald A. Stanley - With his family members by his side, Donald A. Stanley died peacefully at the Winchester Hospital on Tuesday Morning, December 11 after a brief illness.  He was 56 years of age.
   Born in Arlington and raised in Woburn, Donald was the son of the late Richard W., and the late Ruth (Hughes) Stanley.  Donald was a kind and gentle soul who made friends and inspired love wherever he went.  His fondest memories were summers at camp on Lake Winnipesaukee.  He was a keen observer of nature with his camera in hand, and then, of course, he loved large family gatherings with all the kids and good food.
   In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his sister, the late Janet Bowe.  Donald leaves behind his twin brother David Stanley and his wife Patty; his brother Richard Stanley and his wife Marion; and his sister Linda Lazarowski and her husband Jack.  He is also survived by his brother-in-law William Bowe, nine nieces and nephews, and seven great nieces and nephews.
   Visitation will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, December 18 from 10:00-11:30; with a funeral service to follow at 11:30.  Interment will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 30 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701 in remembrance of his sister, Janet Bowe.


   Armenoohy Khoshabjian, 95 of Peoria, Arizona, passed away on December 9, 2018.
   "Armen," as she was known to family and friends, was born on February 7, 1923 to James and Victoria (Mazgerdian) Donoian in Olean, New York. She was one of four girls who kept her parents on their toes. Following high school, Armen attended college and became a Licensed Practical Nurse as she enjoyed helping people.
   Armen met the love of her life, Leo T. Khoshabjian, and they were married in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 1, 1947.  They were blessed with a beautiful daughter and a wonderful son.
   Armen was very diligent with her work, and worked for a few different companies in their administrative departments.  Her most favorite work was that of being a wife, mother and grandmother.  She loved to spend time with her family.
   Armen loved the little things in life, getting her hair done, her nails done, going to lunch with family or friends. She was an avid reader, loved doing crossword puzzles and watching the Boston Red Sox games.
   Armen is rejoined with her husband Leo, her parents, her two sisters and many friends and family that have gone on before her.
   Armen's legacy continues with her daughter, Eloise Graham and her husband Donald of Peoria, Arizona; her son, Leo Khoshabjian and his wife Cathy of Billerica; her six grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; her loving sister Shake Derderian of Leominister; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
   Armen will be fondly thought of often by all whose lives she touched.  Private services will be held in Massachusetts at a later date.


   Marion (Hanrahan) Haskell, 96, passed away on Wednesday, December 12 at Windrose of Woburn Assisted Living, surrounded by her devoted family, friends, and loving staff.  She was the wife of the late John N. Haskell, Jr. who died in 1983.
   Marion was born August 5, 1922 in Boston, MA.  She attended the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester.  Marion met the love of her life, John Haskell, at a dance in Boston.  The two were married in May of 1943.
   John would become a Staff Sargent in the US Army.  He was stationed at Fort HG Wright, Fishers Island, NY where the couple lived until John’s discharge at the end of WWII.  John and Marion were avid ballroom dancers and frequented various dancehalls in the Boston area every Friday night. They spent family vacations every summer at Alton Bay, NH on Lake Winnipesaukee.
   John and Marion raised their growing family in Lexington, MA and later in Jensen Beach, Florida.  Marion moved to Woburn following the death of her husband, John, after 40 years of marriage.  She loved to travel and visited such destinations as Bermuda, France, England, and various Scandinavian countries.  Marion loved music, dancing, family, fun, and a good cosmopolitan. So please raise a glass to a lovely lady whose quick wit and humor will be dearly missed.
   Marion is survived by two sons and three daughters, Bernadette Bonfilio and her husband Larry of Mashpee, John Haskell of Bedford, Marion DiBacco and her husband Joseph of Woburn, Helen Dadgar and her husband Anowsh of Lexington, and William Haskell of Ashby.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Kathleen Lundy Greene, Christina Lundy Kling, Lisa DiBacco Aucoin, Lori DiBacco, Sara DiBacco Childs, Kristen Haskell, John Dadgar, and David Dadgar; and 11 Great Grandchildren.
   In addition to her husband John, Marion was preceded in death by her parents, the late Helen and the late James Hanrahan; her brother, the late James Hanrahan; her sister, the late Patricia Barry; and granddaughter, the late Bernadette E. (Lundy) Murray.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, December 15 at 11:00am, with an hour of visitation prior, from 10-11:00 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
   In Lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a donation to the Activities Department at Windrose of Woburn, ATTN: John Ratcliffe, Executive Director 857 Main Street Woburn, MA 01801.


   Owen Patrick Cooper Duffy, a lifelong resident of Woburn, has passed away. He was 39 years old.  He was the son of Owen Duffy and Susan Duffy.
   Owen was a quiet and thoughtful soul who enjoyed spending his time reading, journaling, and writing music. He could often be found at a number of small venues throughout the Boston area listening to live music and was, himself, a talented musician.
   Some of Owen’s happiest moments were on the soccer field. He captained the Woburn high school soccer team, played throughout Europe, and assisted his father coaching youth teams. He supported the local Boston sports teams and especially loved watching and cheering for the Red Sox with his mother.
   Owen enjoyed learning about and celebrating his heritage which included a trip to Ireland and numerous Saturday breakfasts at a local Irish pub with his father.  Owen cared for his family in his own unique ways. He always found a way to be there for his family members in their times of need. He was also devoted to caring for and spending time with the family dog, Chicago.
   In addition to his parents, Owen is survived by his brothers and sisters, Carly Manion and her husband David of Concord, MA; Eric Duffy and his wife Christina of Salem, MA; Brendan Duffy of Charleston, SC; and Elizabeth Duffy, and Suzy Duffy, both of Woburn.  He is also survived by his nieces and nephew, Emerson, Fletcher, and Harper Manion.  Owen also leaves numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
   Visiting hours will be at the Fowle-Gage Chapel at Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn on Thursday, December 13 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, followed by a service in the chapel at 10:00 am.  Burial will take place after the service at the Woodbrook Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Owen’s memory may be made to Justin’s Voice, P.O. Box 561, 2 Abbott Street, Woburn, MA, 01801; or The Barry F. Dunlevy Foundation, 70 John Street, Tewksbury, MA, 01876.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.


   Maria Castillo, 85, of Woburn, passed away after a short illness on Tuesday morning, November 20.  She was the wife of the late Ernesto Rodriguez who died in 1995.  Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, she came to Woburn 18 years ago.
   Maria is survived by one daughter, Olga Forbes and her husband David of Woburn; and three sons, Eduardo Rodriguez and his wife Matilde Morales of Bogotá, Colombia, Oscar Rodriquez and his wife Alejandra Sarmiento of Hanover, MA, and Ernesto Rodriguez and his wife Monica of Boca Raton, FL.  She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Gregory Forbes and Margarita Elizabeth Forbes, Margarita Maria Rodriguez and her husband Daniel Varela, Juan Felipe Rodriguez M.D. and his wife Mirielle Eaton, Jacobo Rodriguez, Esteban Rodriguez, Nicolas Rodriguez, Samantha Rodriguez, and Estefania Rodriguez; and one great grandson, Leandro Rodriguez.  She is the sister of Alicia de Baquero and Isabel Castillo, both of Colombia; and the late Tulia Castillo.
   A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn on Wednesday, November 21 at 12:30 pm.  Burial will be private.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.


   Linda J. (Ortiz) Figucia, a former longtime resident of Woburn, passed away at the Sunny Acres Nursing Home in Chelmsford on Monday, November 19.  She was 71 years of age.
   Born in the Bronx, New York, she was the daughter of the late Alfonso and the late Evilo (Fraser) Ortiz.  Linda came to Woburn as a teenager, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school.  However, due to an injury during boot-camp, she unfortunately had to receive a medical discharge.
   Prior to her retirement, Linda had been a manager at Walgreens in Woburn for fifteen years.  She was devoted and loving mother and grandmother, and a hard worker who loved taking care of her family, and her dog “Prince.”
   Linda is survived by her sons and daughters, David Figucia, M.D. and his wife Robin Gandley PhD of Gibsonia, PA, Donna Beaudry and her husband Robert of Dracut, Debra Nevans and her husband Mark of North Andover, Paul Figucia and his wife Debbie of Tewksbury, and Diane Dyer of Billerica.  She is also survived by ten grandchildren, Jacob and Maria Figucia, Rebecca and Brian Beaudry, Ashley, Rachel, and Julie Figucia, Cassandra Demogenes, and Amy and Jack Dyer.  In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her former husband, the late Paul H. Figucia; and her sister, the late Bonita Ortiz.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, November 24 from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 4:00 pm.  Burial will be private.  Contributions in Linda’s memory may be made to the Nevins Farm, c/o MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130


   Irma L. (Carpenter) Blackall, 94, a longtime resident of Somerville, passed away on Thursday evening, November 15.  She was the wife of the late James R. “Dick” Blackall.
   Born in Stoneham, and raised in Somerville, she was the daughter of the late Clare, and the late Hattie (Ludwig) Carpenter.  Irma grew up in the Winter Hill Section of Somerville, and she attended Boston University.
   Irma and her late husband were longtime residents of West Somerville.  She was active at the former Our Lady of Pity Church in Cambridge, and she also taught swimming and day camp at the Somerville, YMCA.  Irma came to Youville Place in Lexington in 2007.
   Irma is survived by her loving sons and daughters, Dianne Wells of Scituate, Linda Carter and her husband Paul of Arlington, Dennis Blackall and his wife Kim of Hull, Nancy Souza of Reading, and Larry Blackall of Tewksbury.  She was the devoted grandmother of James, Kristen, Matthew, Ja’neane, Melissa, Sean, Evan, Danielle, Kaitlin, Brian, Jillian, Larry, and Danny; and great grandmother of six great grandsons, and three great granddaughters.
   The funeral will be held from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Monday, November 26 at 9:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 280 Main St., Woburn at 10:00 am. Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Sunday evening, November 25 from 4-6 pm.  Burial will be at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions in Irma’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452; or the Little Sisters of the Poor, 186 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143; or the hospice organization of your choice.


   George A. Getty, Jr., 77, of Stoneham, formerly of Townsend and Woburn, passed away after a long illness on Sunday morning, November 11.  He was the husband of Anna E. (Fawcett) Getty.
   Born in Malden and raised in Somerville and Woburn, he was the son of the late George A. Getty, Sr., and the late Clara (Rochon) Getty; and the step-son of the late Cecilia “Sis” Sutherland Getty.
   After graduating from Woburn High School, Class of 1959, George enlisted in the United States Navy.  He then re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.  He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, earn an honorable discharge in 1969.
   George worked for the Boston & Maine Railroad, retiring in 2006.  After working for the railroad, he had also worked part-time for Commonwealth Carrier in Woburn.  Most recently George had worked as a driver for Van Pool of Fitchburg, transporting special needs kids in the Fitchburg area.  He loved driving for Van Pool, and found it to be extremely gratifying and rewarding work.  George and his wife had been living in Townsend for about 10 years before coming to Stoneham about 4 years ago.
   George was a Life-Member of the George A. Campbell American Legion Post 101 in Woburn.  In the 1980s, George managed the “A’s” Minor League Baseball Team in Woburn.  He was also active in Woburn Little League, and he was a “Hockey Dad.”  George was also an avid golfer, and was a member of the Westminster Country Club in Westminster, MA.
   In addition to his wife Anna, George is survived by two sons, George A. Getty, III and his wife Colleen of Wakefield, and Stephen A. Getty of Fitchburg; and a daughter-in-law Amy Getty of Leominster.  He is also survived by six grandchildren, Riley Brown, and Sidney, Alice, Clara, Madeline, and Charles Getty; one brother Joseph Sutherland and his wife Terry of Marlboro; two brothers-in-law Thomas Dean of Woburn, and Edwin Lord of Woburn; and many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews.
   George was preceded in death by two sisters, the late Paula Dean, and the late Nancy Gray; and four brothers, the late Paul Getty, the late Ross Getty, the late James Sutherland, and the late John Sutherland.
   A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, November 16 at 10:00 am, followed by burial with military honors at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 4:30-7:30 pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in George’s memory may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield, 15 Dale Ct., Stoneham, MA 02180


   Kenneth R. "Kenney" Majeski, of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.  He was 50 years of age.
   Born in Cambridge and raised in Woburn, he was the beloved son of David E. Majeski of Woburn, and the late Nuala (O’Grady) Majeski.  Kenneth worked as a delivery driver for Monadnock Spring Water in North Reading.
   Kenny was adventurous and curious and loved wildlife and the outdoors.  He enjoyed fishing and canoeing, and he loved frolicking around Harold Parker Pond with his Irish Setter, Shannon.  He was also very artistic, and his light-hearted and caring personality was always joking with and teasing those he loved.
   Kenny was devoted to his family and friends.  He came from a large extended family, and he loved and appreciated his Irish and Polish heritage.  He was one of 55 grandchildren of the late Thomas and the late Elizabeth O’Grady of Ballyduff, Ireland; and one of ten grandchildren of the late Roman and the late Margaret Majeski of Cambridge, MA.
   In addition to his father David Majeski, Kenny is survived by his beloved daughter, Tiffany Robicheau of Reading, MA.  He was the beloved brother to David T. Majeski of Brookline, NH, Karen (Majeski) Malfitano and her husband Stephen of Tucson, AZ, Diana (Majeski) Nicholls and her husband Thomas of Stratham, NH, Lara (Majeski) Baker and her husband Carl of Tucson, AZ, and Deirdre (Majeski) Dziuba and her husband Jason of Salem, MA.  He was also the beloved uncle to Stephen, Jason and Kelsey Malfitano; Katrina (Malfitano) Chavira; Emma, Lara and Ava Nicholls; and Damon and Shane Dziuba.  Kenny leaves behind many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins from America and Ireland.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Wednesday, November 14 from 3-6 pm, followed by a funeral service at 6:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kenny’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St., 2nd Floor, Framingham, MA 01701


   Joseph G. Saraceno, Sr., 87, a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away after a short illness on Saturday morning, October 27.  He was the husband of the late Ruth L. (Granata) Saraceno.
   Born in Boston and raised in Revere, he was the son of the late Francesco Saraceno and the late Domenica Saraceno.  Joseph was a United States Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, serving with the 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron.
   Joseph was an Engineer and draftsman in the aerospace industry.  He had worked as a contractor for several area companies, including Raytheon and Analogic.  Joseph was a skilled craftsman and handyman, building his own home in Revere when he returned from Korea.
   Joseph was an active and faithful member of St. Paul Evangelical Church in Somerville, serving as Church Treasurer and teaching Sunday school.  He was a talented photographer, and enjoyed military history.  Joseph was also an avid Boston sports fan.  Most of all, Joseph loved spending time with his family.
   Joseph is survived by three daughters, Margaret Priddy of Beverly, Christine Saraceno of Fitchburg, and Deborah Saraceno of Allentown, PA; and two sons, Joseph G. Saraceno, Jr. of Wakefield, and George Saraceno and his wife Grace of Woburn.  He is also survived by six grandchildren, Joshua, Benjamin, Sarah and Elizabeth Saraceno, Amber Ray, and Jason Priddy; one great grandchild, Kellan Winn; two sisters, Sandra and Marie, and one brother, Albert.  In addition to his wife and his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his brothers, Guy, Frank, and Benny.
   A funeral service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 322 Main St., Woburn Center on Thursday, November 1 at 10:00 am.  Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Wednesday evening from 4-8 pm.  Burial will be at the Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield.  Contributions in Joseph’s memory may be made to The First Church of Woburn Joseph G. Saraceno Memorial Fund, 322 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801


   Mary (Varoutsos) “Mitzie” Koniares, of Burlington, formerly of Woburn, passed away on Wednesday, October 24.  She was the wife of 58 years of John T. Koniares.
   Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Konstantinos, and the late Angelina (Papastathis) Varoutsos.  Prior to her retirement, Mary worked as an administrative assistant at the 4th District Court in Woburn for 22 years.
   In addition to her husband John, Mary is survived by one son, Theodore Koniares of San Antonio, TX; and one daughter, Georgia K. Linscott of Uxbridge.  She was Yia Yia to Danielle Gallo, and Craig & Peter Linscott.  In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.
   A funeral service will be held at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn on Friday, October 26 at 11:00 am.  An hour of visitation will be held at the church, prior to the service from 10-11:00 am.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  Contributions in Mary’s name may be made to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church Endowment Fund, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801; or the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) 110 West Rd., Ste. 360, Baltimore, MD 21204. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.


   Mary (Washburn) Walsh passed away at the Francis Street Nursing Center, Sunday, October 7th, 2018. The beloved wife of Bernard Walsh, she was eighty five years of age.
   Born in Woburn, Mary was the daughter of the late Guy M. and Helen (Tanton) Washburn. One of four children, Mary was raised in Winchester and educated at St. Charles in Woburn where she was a graduate of St. Charles High School with the Class of 1950. Mary continued on her educational journey and attended Hickox Secretarial School in Boston. Following her completion of secretarial school, she pursued her career as a secretary for a high profile attorney in Boston, before she married in 1958.
   After her marriage to Bernie, she was blessed with two children, Brian and Maureen, of whom she was so proud. Mary was a stay at home Mom, and when the children began school, she returned to working part time as a receptionist and medical transcriber over the years in Woburn and Winchester.
   Mary thoroughly enjoyed her family, good food and scenic travels to New Hampshire, Vermont, Gloucester, Rockport, and Cape Cod. Over the years she had visited with her sister Barbara and her family in the California Bay area which became a favorite place to visit.
   Mary’s warm personality, great sense of humor gained her many friends. A faith filled woman, Mary had joined many of the Church groups, also served as Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Saint Anthony Church. This was also the Church and Parish where Mary and her husband worshiped together and as a family over the years.
   Mary met her best friend, confidant, and husband of sixty years, Bernie, on a blind date that was set up by a dear high school friend, and also Bernie’s cousin! Their upcoming sixtieth wedding anniversary would have been celebrated on the 25th of October this year. Their last 13 years together were spent at New Horizons retirement community in Woburn, where she made many lasting friendships.
   Mary was predeceased by her dear parents and sisters Barbara A. Piper and Ruth Washburn.
   She is most lovingly survived by her dear husband Bernard E. “Bernie” Walsh of Woburn. Devoted mother of Maureen Walsh Sakakeeny, her husband Stephen of North Andover and Brian Walsh, his wife Alyssa of Burlington. Dear sister of Guy Washburn, his wife Helen, of FL . Loving “Mimi” of Bryan, Luke, Jeffrey, James “Jamie” and Sean. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
   A Funeral will be held Friday, October 12th at 9 a.m. from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, followed by a funeral mass at St. Anthony’s Church in Woburn, at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours on Thursday evening from 4 – 8 p.m. Remembrances, in honor of Mary, may be made to the Boston Catholic Television, 34 Chestnut Street, P.O. Box 9196, Watertown, MA 02471 or a charity of your choice. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.


   Celia M. (Lafayette) Friend, 87, of Kingston, NH, formerly of Woburn, passed away at her home, surrounded by her family on Friday, October 5.  She was the wife of the late Lovine F. Friend who died in 1972.
   Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Jesse, and the late Eleanor (Gustin) Lafayette.  Celia was a graduate of Woburn High School, and a longtime resident of Woburn before coming to Kingston in 1972.
   Celia was an accomplished organist and pianist, playing in several churches throughout her life.  She found comfort in her faith and was an active member in her church, serving as a choir director, organist and pianist.
   She retired from Lucient Technologies in 1998, where she had worked as an inspector and auditor.  Celia's greatest achievement during her lifetime was raising five children after being widowed in 1972.  She was a strong presence in her grandchildren's lives and had a strong mind with a soft heart.
   Celia is survived by three daughters, Nancy Dame, Yvonne Foster and her husband Charles, and Saundra Noury, all of Kingston, NH; and two sons, Thomas Friend and his Fiancee Kathy Cook of Epsom, NH, and Russell Friend and his wife Nancy of New Boston, NH.  She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
   A funeral service will be held at the Montvale Congregational Church, 36 Orange St., Woburn on Wednesday, October 10 at 11:00 am, followed by interment at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Celia’s memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Brentwood, 201 North Rd., Brentwood, NH 03833.  Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.


   Lillith Bennett Nelson, 92, of Woburn, passed away on Wednesday morning, September 26, joining her late husband Charles Robert “Bob” Nelson, and parents, the late Elsie and Arthur Bennett.
   Lillith’s parents emigrated from Newfoundland, Canada during the 1920s, settling in Malden, Massachusetts where she was born and raised with her four siblings.  Lillith married her childhood sweetheart “Bob” Nelson in 1946, enjoying a loving relationship that spanned 51 years.
   Bob and Lillith raised three sons and three daughters in the home they built on Washington Terrace in Woburn.  They operated a family owned millwork business, Nelson & Power, Inc., established in 1938.
   In her life; Lillith loved to decorate, bake, crochet, read, play Bingo, keep up with the news and root for the Red Sox and the Patriots.  She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister and grandmother; as well as a kind, generous and thoughtful friend.
   Lillith was the loving mother of Annlouise Hastings and her late husband Alan of Fountain Hills, AZ, Susan Trottier and her husband Robert of North Adams, Elizabeth Tomaino and her husband Fred of Gloucester, Stephen B. Nelson of Woburn, Richard A. Nelson and his wife Cynthia of Wilmington, and the late Charles R. Nelson, Jr.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Matthew Trottier, Kristopher Nelson, Nicholas Tomaino and his wife Elizabeth, Alexander Tomaino, Michael Tomaino, Eric Nelson and Ashley Nelson; two great grandchildren, Ryan and Sarah Trottier; and one step-grandson, John Paul DiNitto.  She is further survived by one brother, Arthur “Jack” Bennett of Newburyport.  In addition to her husband Bob, and her parents, Lillith was preceded in death by two sisters, the late Olive Concannon, and the late Marion Murray; and one brother, the late Robert Bennett.
   Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Monday morning, October 1 from 9:00-11:00 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am.  Burial will be at the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.  Contributions in Lillith’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


   Jill (Fondakowski) Crawford, 51, of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 16, after suffering from depression and anxiety for many months.  She was the wife of Drew Crawford.
   Born in Holyoke and raised in Easthampton, she was the daughter of the late Thomas, and the late Diane Fondakowski.  Jill was a graduate of Easthampton High School, Bay Path College, and Framingham State University.
   Jill had worked in the Financial Aid Departments of Framingham State University, Regis College, and Boston University.  Most recently, she had been working as a Realtor with Greater Metropolitan Real Estate in Winchester.
   Jill was very involved in the community.  She was a volunteer with the Tanner Ta Ta Foundation, the former Clapp School PTO, and she was a coach with Woburn Youth Soccer.  Jill also served as a Cub Scout Den Leader for Pack #502, and volunteered at the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club in Woburn.  Jill loved walking Horn Pond, and spending time with her family.  Jill had an outgoing personality and a selfless nature.  But most of all, she was a fantastic and devoted wife and mother.
   In addition to her husband Drew, Jill is survived by two sons, A.J. and Nathan Crawford of Woburn.  She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
   A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 280 Main St., Woburn on Friday, September 21 at 10:00 am.  Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday evening from 4-8 pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jill’s memory may be made to the James L. McKeown Boys and Girls Club of Woburn, 1 Charles Gardner Lane, Woburn, MA 01801

   Alfred W. Tancreti, of Woburn, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on Saturday morning, September 1.  He was 77 years of age.
   Born in Boston and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Roger, and the late Carmella Tancreti.  Alfred was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1960.
   While at Woburn High School, Alfred excelled in both Football and Hockey.  After graduation, he continued to coach young hockey players.
   Alfred worked as a Machinist for Compo Industries.  In 1978, he was severely injured in an automobile accident, which left him paralyzed.
   Through sheer determination and his resilient spirit, Alfred became the first quadriplegic in the state to drive an automobile.  He began working as a dispatcher for DeRosa Landfill Management, where he remained until his retirement in 2010.
   Alfred was a strong advocate for the rights of the disabled, serving for many years as a member of the Woburn Handicapped Commission.
   Alfred is survived by one son, Bill Tancreti and his wife Erin of Woburn; one daughter, Lydia Bloom and her husband Andrew of Sudbury; and three grandchildren, Alexander and Juliette Bloom, and Owen Tancreti.  His is also survived by one brother, Roger Tancreti and his wife Fran (Corsetti) Tancreti of Springfield, Virginia, and Agnese Tancreti Meehan and her husband Michael of Naples, Florida; and his nieces and nephews, Dr. Laura Mulreaney Dr. Michael Mulreaney, and Liam Mulreaney of Rockville, Maryland, and David Tancreti and his wife Sandy of Woodbridge, Virginia.  Alfred is further survived by his longtime close friends Charles and Linda DeRosa, and Vinnie and Kathy Cramer.
   The funeral will be held from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, September 7 at 9:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Borromeo Church, 280 Main St., Woburn at 10:00 am.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 4:30-8:30 pm.  Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Alfred’s memory may be made to the United Spinal Association, Boston Chapter, c/o New England Rehabilitation Hospital, 2 Rehabilitation Way, Woburn, MA 01801

   Salvatore C. “Sal” Turco, Sr.    , 94, of Woburn, formerly of Burlington, passed away on Thursday, August 23.  He was the husband of 59 years of the late Helen T. (Lundgren) Turco.
   Born and raised in East Boston, he was the son of the late Salvatore, and the late Rosina Turco.  “Sal,” as he was known to his family and friends, moved to Burlington in 1950, and later came to Woburn in 1972.  Sal established and operated “Sal & Son Swing Senter in Billerica prior to his retirement.
   In 1986, Sal and his late wife Helen purchased a second home in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where they enjoyed spending several months each year.  Sal and Helen were also avid ballroom dancers, and they loved to travel.
   Sal is survived by three daughters, Rosemarie Soncrant and her husband William of Amherst, NH, Roberta Stavros of Burlington and her husband, the late William Stavros, and Darlene Turco and her fiancé John Harvey of Billerica; and one son, Salvatore “Tory” Turco, Jr. of Billerica.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Kim, Tiffany, Destinee, Scott, Torrey, Ariana, and Tommy; five great grandchildren, Samantha, Tyler, Victoria, Trinity, and Aalia; and five great-great grandchildren, Noah, Gabriel, Tylor, Sophia, and Katrina.  Sal is further survived by two sisters, Fannie Ansaldi and her husband Eddie of Woburn, and Rose Connors of Burlington, and many nieces & nephews.  In addition to his wife Helen, Sal was preceded in death by three brothers, the late Sonny, Frankie, and Joey Turco, and one sister, the late Connie Giglio.
   The funeral will be from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Wednesday, August 29 at 9:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington at 10:00 am.  Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5-8 pm.  Burial will be at the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Burlington.  Contributions in Sal’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 (www.alz.org)

   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

   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