Arthur P. Graham Funeral Home Coronavirus Statement
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Like many of you, we have been closely following the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), we are taking proactive measures to help prevent spread of potential illness, and keep our facilities safe and ready to serve you and your families:
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Joan E. Gaffney, a longtime resident of Leominster, passed away at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital after a short illness on Saturday, November 21. She was 78 years of age.
Born in Stoneham and raised in Woburn and Burlington, she was one of 7 children of the late Philip H., and the late Mildred (Chase) Proctor. Joan worked as a cook at Leominster Hospital, and the Burbank Hospital, retiring in 2005.
Joan was a devoted and active member of the Christian Life Center Church in Leominster. She was a very outgoing and social person who doted on her nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.
Joan was preceded in death by her life partner of 38 years, the late Karen DesNoyers who died in 2019. She was loving and devoted aunt to her many nieces and nephews, including Cindy Sindoni-Cagnina and her husband John of Woburn, Sarah Faris and her husband Chris of Woburn, Jenne Sindoni of Wilmington, and Stephen Gangi of Wilmington. She was a loving great-aunt to Lorenzo and Armani Gomez. She is also survived by her sister, Carol Proctor of Lowell, and her special friend, Dennis Rogers of Leominster.
In addition to her life partner Karen, Joan was also preceded in death by five brothers and sisters, the late Shirley Proctor, the late Philip Proctor, Jr., the late Brenda Proctor, the late Norma LeFave, and the late Ronald Proctor.
A graveside service will be held at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn on Saturday, November 28 at 10:00 am. Contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org/memorial) Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Charles DuPont of Boston, a former longtime resident of Cambridge, passed away at the St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton on Wednesday Morning, November 18. He was 85 years of age.
Charles was born and raised in Cambridge. He served as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army in the 1950s. He was a devoted Catholic, and as a young man he had spent some years as a religious Brother in a Monastery in Arizona. Charles then returned to Massachusetts and began working at Boston College in the groundskeeping department, retiring in 2000.
Charles is remembered by his family and friends as a true humanitarian, who never hesitated to help those in need.
Charles is survived by many cousins, including Frank MacDonald and his wife Joan of Plymouth, Jean Brush of Eastham, and Elizabeth Herrick and her husband Jim of Exeter, NH. Services will be private. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Jerry Joseph Nolan, formerly of Winchester and Medford, transitioned peacefully at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with his adoring wife by his side on Monday evening, November 16. He was 53 years of age.
Born in Winchester, he was the son of Jane Kelliher and the late James Nolan. Jerry was a graduate of Medford High School, and he was an avid sports fan with an encyclopedic knowledge of Boston teams.
Jerry loved his family more than anything but also cherished his many work colleagues, especially those from his time at Shreve, Crump & Low in Chestnut Hill and at the corner of Boylston and Arlington in Boston. Jerry started in the mailroom at Shreve’s in Boston and worked his way up to repair and management positions before landing in the “center island,” where he sold fine jewelry and watches to generations of New England families.
Laughter rang louder, eyes twinkled merrier, and diamonds sparkled brighter when his big, happy personality entered a room. Everywhere he went he seemed to know somebody. Jerry loved life and greeted each day with joy and optimism. He will be greatly missed.
Jerry was the beloved husband of Lindsey Dewar. He was father to Tarah and Brianna, daughters from his previous marriage. He was the middle brother to James, Jeffrey, John, Jordan, Justin, and the late Jonathan. Jerry is also survived by his mother, Jane, and his aunts and uncles MaryLou, Karol, Emmett, and Frank Kelliher. He was predeceased by his father, the late James Nolan.
Due to the pandemic, a private ceremony for family will be held graveside at the West Parish Garden Cemetery in Andover. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry’s name can be made to the Friends of the Boston Public Garden, 69 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Hellen V. (Franson) Jonsson - Born in Woburn on September 21, 1923 to Emma and Sune Franson, Hellen V. Jonsson passed away peacefully on October 28, 2020. Her caring and warm nature was evidenced in everything she said and did. Never an unkind word spoken, Hellen found something worth loving in everyone.
Raised on Madison Street along with her six siblings, Hellen attended Woburn public schools where she was voted ‘best dressed,’ leading to a brief career as a window decorator at Filene’s in Winchester. She happily became a fulltime homemaker when she married Nils G Jonsson, her late husband of 71 years.
Hellen leaves behind her four children Linda Ohlmeyer, Lisa Desmond, Lance Jonsson and wife Maryann, Christopher Jonsson and wife Wendy. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Joshua Desmond and wife Cristina, Tyler Desmond and wife Bethany, Casey & Lily Jonsson, Kerri Masotta-Doubleday and husband Jim, Kelly Berard and husband Eric, Christy Marchionda and husband Craig and Nicholas Jonsson and partner Evan Dublin. She is further survived by her great grandchildren, Josh & Connor Desmond, Hailey Desmond, Alan, Max and Luke Doubleday, Talon Masotta, McKenna, Keston and Greyson Berard, Kemper and Riley Marchionda; and her many nieces and nephews, who were loved by Hellen deeply.
Hellen was predeceased by her sister Greta and husband Carl Hellmer, her brother Al Franson and wife Janice, her sister Ruth and husband Paul Haggerty Sr., her sister Ethel and husband Robert Stokes, and her brother Bertil Franson. Hellen is survived by her sister Anna Mae, her husband Royce Crimmin and Bertil’s wife Jessie.
Hellen was raised and raised her children with unconditional love, unwavering support and total devotion.
Hellen and her late husband Nils will be buried together at a family graveside memorial at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn on Saturday, November 7 at 11:00 am. Per current Covid-19 restrictions, we kindly ask that that everyone in attendance wear a face covering, and observe social distancing guidelines during all services. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Dorothy Jane (Schacht) Monson of Woburn, formerly of Winchester, and Gilmanton Iron Works, NH, passed away on October 30th, 2020. She was 89 years of age.
Born in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late Delbert, and the late Helen Schacht. Dorothy later moved to Stoneham, Mass. and graduated from Stoneham High School.
Dorothy attended Fisher Junior College and upon graduation, was employed as the secretary to the college president, Sanford Fisher. Ultimately, she gave up her career to dedicate her life to her children and her grandchildren.
She was a longtime resident of Winchester, Mass. and Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. For the past four years, Dorothy, also known as “Dottie” lived at New Horizons at Choate in Woburn, Mass. where she made cherished friendships.
Dorothy was a lifetime member of the EnKa Society in Winchester, Mass. as well as a member of the Friends of Winchester Hospital. She enjoyed nature and being outdoors, which inspired her love of painting throughout her life.
To those who knew her well, Dorothy will be remembered as kind and caring with a wry sense of humor and a passionate devotion to her family. She will also be remembered for her spectacular homemade bread.
Dottie was preceded in death by her loving husband, Roy A. Monson. Together they shared fifty years of marriage. She is survived by her son Peter Monson and his wife Karen of Methuen, Mass., her daughter Anita Monson of Stoneham, Mass., her son Philip Monson and his wife Cindy of Stoneham, Mass., her son Douglas Monson of Charlton, Mass., and her daughter Andrea (Monson) Dellorusso and her husband Eric of Laguna Niguel, CA.
Besides her children, thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren Dorothy is survived by her sister Anne Sandgren of Woburn, Mass., and her brother William Schacht of Beverly, Mass. and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family is planning a private graveside service at Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dorothy’s name to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 (www.cancer.org); or the charity of your choice. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
William E. “Bill” Heptig, 68, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away after a short battle with cancer on Sunday, October 25. He was the loving husband of Donna M. (Taylor) Heptig.
Born in Winchester, Bill grew up in Arlington Heights. He was the son of Ruth (Lawson) Heptig of Canton, and the late C. Edward Heptig.
Bill was a lifelong sports fan, and he was a skilled hockey player in his younger years. He continued playing hockey in men’s leagues in Winchester and Arlington well into his 40’s. Bill also enjoyed playing softball in his younger years and more recently playing golf with family and friends. Most of all, Bill enjoyed spending time at home with family which included his many dogs.
Bill was a longtime employee of Mahoney’s Garden Center in Winchester MA. Bill was the buyer and sales manager, of outdoor trees and shrubs, for Mahoney’s seven stores.
In addition to his wife Donna, and his mother Ruth; Bill is survived by his brother and sister, Robert Heptig of Wells, Maine, and Carol Ciffolillo of Canton and her late husband Jeff; and nine nieces and nephews, Augustus and Leo Heptig, Christian and Colby Ciffolillo, Nicholas Zaloga and family, Anna and Casey Flynn, Krysta Hostetler and family, and Rachel Shue and family. Bill is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, James Taylor and his wife Nancy, Jeffrey Taylor; Maureen Flynn and her husband Cornelius, and Anthony Zaloga and his wife the late Colleen; and his mother-in-law, Natalie Taylor, and was preceded in death by his father-in-law, the late Donald Taylor.
A graveside service will be held at the Wildwood Cemetery, 34 Palmer St., Winchester, on Saturday, October 31 at 11:00 am. Per the current Covid-19 restrictions, we kindly ask that that everyone in attendance wear a face covering, and observe social distancing guidelines at all times.
Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970 (northeastanimalshelter.org); or the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 (jimmyfund.org/gift) Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Sheila Rae Giacalone, 39, of Amesbury passed away at the Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport on Monday, October 12.
Born in Winchester on February 19, 1981, she was the daughter of Steven P. Giacalone and Jane L. Fanjoy. Sheila was a lifelong resident of Reading, MA, and a graduate of Reading High School, Class of 1999.
Sheila loved the town of Reading, the New England Patriots, her two fur babies, “Layla” and “Iyya” and her family and friends, and life itself.
In addition to her mother and father, Sheila is also survived by her sisters, Stefanie Bueti and her husband Steven of Stamford, CT; and Andrea D. Mackey of Reading, MA. She is also survived by her nephews, Aidan, Callan, Francesco, and her niece Isabella.
A graveside service will be held at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn on Monday, October 19 at 11:00 am. Per current Covid-19 restrictions, we kindly ask that that everyone in attendance wear a face covering, and observe social distancing guidelines. Contributions in Sheila’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Janice (Jensen) Shannon, at 69 years old, passed suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday evening October 9, 2020. She was the wife of the late Warren “Cal” Shannon who passed in 2009.
Janice was born in Malden, MA to the late Lorraine E. (LeBlanc) and Robert E. Jensen. She was raised in Woburn and graduated from Woburn High School.
Janice was the rock of her family and the void she has left can never be filled. She was a very generous and thoughtful person. You could always expect to receive a greeting card from Janice on your birthday. She never forgot a birthday!
Janice worked on the Shannon Farm in her younger days with her husband Cal. Since her retirement she has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis and was taken care of by her devoted and loving daughters.
Janice was the devoted mother to Tina Greene and Todd Jensen, of Woburn, Tammy Greene (Jason Hardin) of Billerica and Tracy Jensen-Peterson (Sam Peterson) of California. She was the doting grandmother to her two granddaughters, Cali and Skye.
Janice was one of 8 children, she is survived by her sister Elizabeth (Betty Ann) Domings of Brockton, Robert Jensen of Woburn and California, John Jensen of Wilmington, Barbara Saunders of Tewksbury, Scott Jensen of Dorchester, Chris Jensen of Chelmsford and Lisa Jensen of Maine. She is also survived by her mother out of love, Carolyn (Sullivan) Jensen. And Janice is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is predeceased by her mother Lorraine, her father Robert, and the love of her life, Cal Shannon.
Visiting hours for Janice will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday morning, October 17 from 9:00 -11:00 am, followed by a graveside service at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn at 11:30 am. Per current Covid-19 restrictions, we kindly ask that that everyone in attendance wear a face covering, and observe social distancing guidelines during all services and venues. Memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 91891 Washington, DC 20090-1891 (nationalmssociety.org)
Madeline J. Politano - Our beloved Mother, Madeline J. Politano, passed away on Wednesday, September 30. She was 87 years of age.
A long time-resident of Woburn, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Maria J. DiGregorio and Anthony DiGregorio, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas J. Politano Sr., and her son Paul Politano.
Madeline is survived by her son, Nicholas J. Politano Jr., daughter Maria Eldridge and her husband Bruce Eldridge, and son Richard Politano and wife Thea Pon. Madeline is also survived by three grandchildren, Kristen Eldridge-LoParco, Bruce Eldridge Jr., and Karen Politano. She is further survived by her brother, Michael DiGregorio and great grand-daughter Marlee Eldridge.
Madeline retired from Publishers Bookbindery in 1993. She enjoyed her retirement years surrounded by her family.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Rd. in Woburn on Tuesday, October 6 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. Contributions in Madeline’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-3000 (cancer.org) Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Agnes M. Carson, of Woburn, passed away on Saturday, September 26. She was 102 years of age.
Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Patrick J., and the late Anne (Cullen) Cox; and she was the wife of the late James B. Carson who died in 1985.
Agnes was a graduate of Emmanuel College, Class of 1939; and she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College, Class of 1941.
Agnes worked as a Social Worker for the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare for many years. During World War II, she was a volunteer for the American Red Cross. Agnes had also worked at her brother in law’s medical practice for a time after retiring from the state.
Agnes and her late husband lived in West Yarmouth prior to her returning to Woburn in 1988. For the past seven years, she had been a resident of New Horizons at Choate in Woburn. Agnes was an active and faithful member of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Woburn.
In addition to her parents and her late husband James, Agnes was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, the late John Cox, Charles Cox, Edward Cox, Harold Cox, Thomas Cox, Helen Callahan, Anne Twarog, Catherine Cox, and Margaret Foley. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and grand and great grand nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
Agnes’ Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 280 Main St., Woburn on Saturday, October 3 at 11:30 am. Visitation will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday morning, prior to the Mass from 9:00-11:00 am. Burial will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we kindly ask that that everyone in attendance wear a face covering, and observe social distancing guidelines during all services. Contributions in Agnes’ memory may be made to the charity of your choice.
Eloise Dorothy Leisk died at the age of 88 at her home in Lynnfield, MA on September 7, 2020. Born in St. Peter, MN, she was the daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, niece, cousin, and mother of Lutheran pastors. Her parents, Rev. Emil R. and Ada (Hegstrom) Carlson last served at First Lutheran Church in Malden.
She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, D. Gordon Leisk, and brothers C. Edwin Carlson and Emil Eugene (who died in infancy). Surviving are sister Elizabeth Henry of New Windsor, NY, brothers Dr. Elliott R. Carlson of Melrose, MA and H. Earl Carlson (Helen) of Milford, NH and sister-in-law Marie Carlson of Manchester, CT. Also surviving are four children: Judith L. and Joanne M. of Melrose, MA; Jeanette D. of Lynnfield, MA; and Gary G. of Somerville, MA. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Eloise earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jackson College at Tufts University and Master of Arts in Education from North Adams State College. She served as an elementary school teacher and reading specialist at schools in Pittsfield, MA and West Stockbridge, MA.
Eloise was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield, MA and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Woburn, MA, serving as Sunday School teacher, choir member, and president of women’s group. She enjoyed social ministry activities such as organizing food drives and deliveries for area families as well as visiting shut-ins.
Music was an important part of Eloise’s life. Besides singing, playing the piano, and flute, she instilled a love of music in her children. When she lived in Pittsfield she enjoyed playing flute in the Pittsfield Eagle Band, and once she retired to Lynnfield, she sang in the Polymnia Choral Society. Holidays at her home were never complete without singing and playing a game of Charades.
A private graveside service will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery in Lynnfield, MA presided by Rev. Cindy Jacobsen. A public online service via Zoom will be held on Saturday, September 12 at 1:00 PM. Email email@example.com for the Zoom link.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the operating funds of First Lutheran Church, 62 Church St., Malden, MA 02148; or the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 60 Forest Park Rd., Woburn, MA 01801). Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Patricia A. (Bacon) Larsen, 65, of Woburn, passed away on Sunday, August 30. She was the loving wife of Larry Larsen.
Patricia was raised in Winchester and Woburn. She was the daughter of Barbara M. (Sarty) Bacon of Woburn, and the late Lawrence P. Bacon.
Patricia worked for the Woburn Public Schools as a Special Needs Paraprofessional. During her career, she worked at the White and Reeves Elementary Schools, and she was at the Joyce Middle School when she retired.
She was a lifelong member of the Montvale Congregational Church in Woburn. Patricia was an avid music lover, and sang in many singing groups in the area, including the Montvale Congregational Church Choir. She was also a past member of the Mishawum Choral Society.
Patricia and her husband Larry enjoyed traveling, and spending time in Florida and Maine. She also loved anything and all things Disney, including going to the parks with her family and friends. Patricia was a loving and caring person who devoted her life to caring for others.
In addition to her husband Larry, and her mother Barbara; Patricia is survived by two daughters, Marie Berrios and her husband Rolando of Orlando, Florida, and Laura Larsen of Woburn; two sisters, Roberta Pannos and her husband Steve Riley of Reading, and Kimberly Read and her husband Mark of Vista, California. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Patricia’s memory may be made to the Montvale Congregational Church, P.O. Box 76, Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Nina (Pryanikova) Mavrodi, daughter of Valentin and Maria, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Winchester.
Born in Russia, former USSR, on June 20, 1941, Nina lived a rich and full life. Nina graduated from Polytechnic university in Kharkov, Ukraine, where she earned a degree in chemical engineering. That is where she met her husband, Anatoly. Nina lost her husband when she was only 32, and raised their two children while working full time.
Nina’s many talents and hobbies included delicious homemade cooking, knitting, sewing, playing chess, skiing, gardening, and organizing family celebrations and barbecues.
Always kind, thoughtful, adventurous and resourceful, she had impeccable taste and made her home a very comfortable and welcoming place for her family and friends. Above all, Nina was a loyal and loving mother, wife, daughter, and grandmother. All those who knew her had a deep respect for her independent spirit, inner strength, positive outlook, and loyalty.
We will miss Nina’s optimism and cheer, and non-judgemental generous nature, her ability to find the good in anyone, her wisdom and guidance. Most of all we will miss her unconditional love.
Nina was predeceased by her husband Anatoly She is survived by her children: Sergey of Chicago and Magdalena of Winchester. Nina was the cherished grandmother of Nika, Anatoly and Ricky.
Private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Joseph J. Goffredo, of Delray Beach, Florida; formerly of Stoneham; passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 20, 2020. He was 74 years of age.
Born in Malden, he was the son of the late Joseph, and the late Marie (Carvalho) Goffredo; and he was the spouse of the late Dr. Joel D’Amico, who died in 2016.
A skilled and talented Cosmetologist for over 50 years, Joseph worked at Salon Giavanna in Everett. He later worked part-time as a staff Cosmetologist at New Horizons Assisted Living in Woburn. Joseph retired to Delray Beach, Florida in 2016.
Joseph was a man of many talents, including knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint. His colorful tattoo artwork was an expression of his creativity. He also had a “green thumb.”
Joseph is survived by his loving siblings, Francis Goffredo and his late wife Patricia, John Goffredo and his wife Graceann, Marie Montville, and Mike Goffredo and his wife Rosemary. He is also survived by his beloved niece, Angela DiPerri, and her husband Ronnie; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, all who loved him dearly. Joseph was predeceased by one brother and two sisters, the late Joanne DeFelice and her husband the late Joseph, the late Robert Goffredo and the late Barbara Goffredo.
A graveside service will be held at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett at a later date. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Hermann Enzer, 90, of Manassas, Virginia, passed away at his home on Saturday, August 15, 2020. He was the husband of the late Agnes (Nielsen) Enzer who died in 2014.
Born in Munich, Germany in 1929, the first of 5 children to the late Josefine and Josef Enzer. They were evacuated after an allied bombing mission, and became war refugees and spent the last months of World War 2 on a Bavarian cattle farm.
The initial post-war period hosted his apprenticeships in the West German aircraft and rubber industries. In 1952, he began his lustrum in Liberia as a commercial import-export manager for a West German firm, living in both Monrovia and in the inland town of Ganta.
In 1957, he took up residence in a third continent to attend Boston University, achieving bachelor's and master’s degrees by 1960. This year would also host his wedding to Agnes Nielsen, a Dean’s assistant at Northeastern University, and start of his fellowship at Harvard University.
1963 saw his completion of a doctoral degree in economics, granting of US citizenship, the birth of first son Alan, and relocation to Ohio to begin a decade of service as professor of economics and statistics for the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at the Wright-Patterson base. This period also included the birth of second son Robert in 1964, additional part time lecturing at Wright State University beginning in 1965, and authorship of several publications on finance, statistics, and economics.
In 1973, Hermann began working for the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. He was based in Bureau of Mines, and did secondments in the State Department, and the Agency for International Development (USAID); and he produced more research papers for government and industry publications.
Hermann rose to the position of Deputy Director (and for some time, acting Director) of the Bureau of Mines, which was “retired” as an entity shortly after his retirement from Federal Service in 1996. Though he was soon coaxed out of retirement for a half-year project at the US Geological Survey.
In retirement, he welcomed the arrival of his grandsons Nicholas and Christopher, born to Alan and his wife Noranne in 1998 and 2005. He continued his quests for knowledge and learning, expanding his library with many books in mathematics, physics, and even lutherie.
Hermann spent his later years caring for his ailing wife, attending to her until her passing in 2014. In the Spring of 2020, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, its tumor detected a remarkable 7 decades after his asbestos exposure during his time at the rubber company. He was able to hold out against the cancer until August 15, to the end maintaining ferociously his independence and self-sufficiency.
Hermann is also survived by his brother Josef, son Robert and his wife Denise, daughter-in-law Noranne and grandsons Christopher and Nicholas.
A graveside service will be held at the Lakeside Cemetery, 501 North Ave., Wakefield on Wednesday, August 26 at 11:00 am. Due ot covid-19 restrictions, we kindly ask everyone to wear a face covering, and maintain social distancing. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Helen T. Gilmore, of Woburn, passed away at the Stoneham Life Care Center of Stoneham on Sunday evening, August, 16 2020. She was 91 years of age.
Born in Cambridge, MA., she was the daughter of the late Eli Robichaud, and the late Marion (Broussard) Robichaud. In addition to caring for her family, Helen worked at the Tidd Home in North Woburn, and attended St. Anthony’s Church for many years. She loved spending time with friends and family as well as bowling and bingo nights.
In addition to her parents, Helen was also preceded in death by her loving husband, the late William E Gilmore. She is survived by three sons: Michael Gilmore and his wife Nancy of Eliot, Maine, Timothy Gilmore and is wife Andrea of Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Matthew Gilmore of Woburn; and seven grandchildren: Mike Jr., David, Robert, Laura, James, Haley, and Josh; and ten great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Robert Robichaud and his wife Jean of Attleboro.
An hour of visitation will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Monday morning, August 24 from 10:00-11:00 am, followed by a graveside service at Holy Cross Cemetery, 175 Broadway, Malden at 11:30 am. Due to covid-19 restrictions, we kindly ask people to wear a face covering, and maintain social distancing. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Ste. B-102, Danvers, MA 01923
Helen Lancelotte McLatchy, formerly of Woburn and Burlington, passed away on Wednesday evening, August 12. She was 90 years of age.
Born in Boston and raised in Burlington, she was the daughter of the late Manuel, and the late Helen (Spence) Sousa; and she was preceded in death by her first husband, the late Lester Lancelotte who died in 1987; and her second husband, the late William McLatchy, Jr. who died in 2012.
Helen was a loving and caring person. She would always take it upon herself to care for her ill family members, including her father-in-law, her mother, as well as both her late husbands.
Helen loved to pack up her family on Sundays, and head to Long Beach in Gloucester. She and Lester also enjoyed getting their buckets of pennies and nickels to play cards with her neighbors. She was very active in bowling and bingo, and loved to crochet. It put a smile on Helen’s face to be with her grandchildren whom she loved. In later years, she loved to travel America and the Islands with her sisters.
Helen is survived by her sons and daughters, John Lancelotte and his wife Marcia of Burlington, Charlene Louzon and her husband Dale of Colorado Springs, CO, Dominic Lancelotte of Woburn, and Nancy Ames of Beverly. She was preceded in death by one son, the late Lester Lancelotte, Jr. Helen is also survived by nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, two sisters, Frannie Iovino of Bedford, Dorothy DeFilippo of Waltham; and she was predeceased by one brother, the late Bill Spence, and two sisters, the late Barbara Delorey, and the late Betty Nicoli.
Services will be private. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.
Stanley Flight of Woburn peacefully passed away on August 12th 2020, at 94 years of age. He was the husband of Phyllis A (Young) Flight. Stan was born in Everett MA and raised in Saugus. He was the son of Arthur S. and Mabel (Coles) Flight.
At 17 years old Stan joined the Navy. He was proud to be stationed on the USS Missouri, and was in attendance at the ceremony when Japan surrendered at the end of WWII, on September 2nd 1945. Stan met Jim Mahoney. They became best friends, and later on in life, Stan introduced Jim to Phyllis’s sister Beverly, whom he married and they became brothers-in-law.
As a young man, Stan played the guitar as well as being a great piano player. Stan tried different jobs, ultimately deciding on being a carpenter and following in the footsteps of his dad. He became active in the Carpenters Union, eventually becoming President of Local 26 and Business Agent of Local 41.
Stan loved sailing; he was a lifelong member of Palmers Cove Yacht Club in Salem, MA. He was also a member of the Woburn Housing Authority for over 25 years.
Stan and Phyllis bought a house in Falmouth, MA, thinking it would be a great place to sail! Unfortunately, shortly after that he contracted encephalitis in November 1981. Life changed for the Flights, and he could no longer work or play music. Although life was different, they still made it work and had a wonderful life together.
That wonderful life included fun in Falmouth with Paul McLatchy and Charlie Layman. Bob Fitzmaurice was his Seista Key, Florida vacation buddy each March. When Stan was in Woburn, his lifelong pal Jim Mahoney and he would walk Horn Pond daily and enjoy a hearty breakfast after. Stan also had a buddy, Jim DiPanfilo, who he would spend many an hour at the dog track. Stan was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan and he loved his sports!
When Stan became wheelchair bound, his son Bob took him to Bickford’s every Sunday for breakfast. Then they would enjoy a ride to Salem to watch the boats and reminisce about the times the family sailed together.
In their younger years Stan and Phyllis traveled to England, Portugal, and took many cruises. They also visited Newfoundland, the birth place of his parents.
Stanley leaves his wife of 53 years, Phyllis (Young) Flight. He also leaves his children, Kevin Flight and his wife Becky of Woburn, Judy Meuse and her husband Jerry of Sagamore Beach, and Robert Flight and his wife Lynn of Woburn. He also had two beautiful grandchildren, Haley (Flight) Johnston and her husband Matthew of England, and Jared Flight of Woburn.
Stanley loved his church, North Congregational of Woburn, where he was a longtime faithful member. A Graveside service will be held at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn on Saturday, August 15 at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers remembrances in Stan’s name can be given to the North Congregational Church 896 Main St Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
F. Lucille Hayes - On Wednesday, August 5, 2020; Florence Lucille Hayes transitioned peacefully in her sleep at the age of 98. She was born January 2, 1922 in Pleasantville, New Jersey, the second child of Joseph and Ida Moody. Her two siblings, Ida Elisa Casper and Joseph Moody, Jr. preceded her in death.
Lucille received her B.S. in Home Economics from West Virginia State College, and her M.S. in Home economics education from Simmons College in Boston. It was at West Virginia State that she met and later married Herbert Hayes, who preceded her in death in 2000. They had two children, Herbie who passed away in 2008; and Cheryl, Lieutenant Colonel U.S. Army, Retired.
Lucille had a long and distinguished teaching career in the public and private sectors. She was the first Black person to be permanently appointed as a Home Economics teacher in the Boston Public School System. She taught and supervised Home Economics instruction in sewing and cooking in elementary, middle, and high schools, and also adult education. She attained the position of Director of Career Education in the Boston Public School System.
In addition to her public school achievements, Lucille also taught sewing classes at the Harriet Tubman Community House in Boston; she taught sewing classis for army wives in Hanau, Germany; and she taught tailoring and sewing classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education.
As a committed community supporter, Lucille held member and leadership positions in the Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Life Member); the Boston Chapter of Links, Inc. (Alumni Member); the Middlesex Chapter of the NAACP; as well as the National Council of Negro Women, Greater Boston Section (Life Member).
The family lived in Germany prior to Herbert being Honorably Discharged from the United States Army, and it was there that her love of traveling developed. Upon returning to Boston, she continued her teaching career, and the family joined the Charles Street AME Church under the leadership of Reverend Walter C. Davis.
Lucille was a member of the Senior Choir, was costume designer for the annual plays and pageants held at the church. She played piano for the junior choir, and assisted in multiple travel events and projects for the church youth.
After moving to Burlington, Massachusetts in 1963, she joined St. John’s Baptist Church in Woburn under the leadership of the late Reverend Larry Edmunds. Lucille loved singing in the Chapel Choir. She also served on the Christian Education Committee, whereby scholarships would be awarded to deserving youth. She was a dedicated and loving servant, and assisted on multiple committees, helping to promote and spread God’s love.
In her later years when her mobility started to fail, she financially supported the addition of an elevator at St. John’s Church. She truly loved her church family, and was especially grateful when she was recognized as an Honorary Deaconess. A grateful thank-you is extended to the Deacons and deaconesses for bringing communion to Lucille at the Atria Longmeadow Place on most First Sundays.
Traveling was Lucille’s passion. Every summer and often on holidays, she traveled. She had visited most of the 50 states, and dozens of countries throughout North America, Central, and South America, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Far East. She loved taking cruises, and what wonderful memories she had taking family trips. Her last cruise was a 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise when she was 90.
Lucille moved to the Atria Longmeadow Place in Burlington in January of 2018 after the death of her sister, who lived with her until her transition. She enjoyed living at the Atria, and the security and freedom it allowed her. Her favorite activity was playing BINGO, and dining with newly made friends. She also enjoyed riding her scooter inside and outside the beautiful facility. Her first surprise birthday was on January 2, 2020. Several of her social group friends, members or St. John’s Church, and family friends gathered to celebrate her special day. Lucille’s infectious smile and pleasing personality will certainly be remembered by all who knew and loved her.
A visitation for Lucille will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Monday morning, August 17 from 10:00-11:00 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am. Interment will be at the Gethsemane Cemetery in West Roxbury.
Sally Haynes Smith, of Wilmington and Woburn, MA, beloved wife of the late Conrad F. Smith passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 8, surrounded by her family.
Sally was the first child of the late M. David Haynes and Esther Crockett Haynes. She was born on June 20, 1931 in Bayonne, New Jersey. Ancestors on both sides of her family came to America in the 1630s. Sally grew up in Westfield, NJ and attended Bates College in Maine.
She and Conrad met in Cape Neddick, Maine, and they married in 1950 at Wells Beach, Maine. They celebrated their 67th Anniversary in 2017. The Smith family lived in Woburn on Bow Street for over 70 years.
Sally graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She worked for the Reading Public Schools and the North Suburban YMCA in Woburn for many years. Sally and her family spent their summers in Cape Neddick, ME and she loved being out on the water.
Sally was an avid reader and loved to spend time working on her rock garden at her home in Woburn. She enjoyed watching Boston sports teams and especially the Red Sox and Patriots. Sally could knit anything – hats, mittens, sweaters, etc. and everyone loved getting one of her knitted masterpieces for Christmas each year.
She and Conrad spent their retirement years between their home in Woburn, Indian Rocks Beach in Florida, and Popham Beach, Maine. Sally especially enjoyed watching sunsets each night.
A special talent of Sally’s was her ability to get every tiny piece of meat out of a boiled lobster. She attended church on a regular basis and was active in church activities. Sally was a member of the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution).
Sally was the loving mother of Robert Haynes Smith and his partner Harriet Young of Raynham, MA; the late Conrad Nilsen Smith and his wife Carla of Eagan, MN and Pamela Gurrisi and her husband William of Haverhill, MA. She was the grandmother of Erika Shinney and her husband Matt, Robert H. Smith, Jr., Angela Gurrisi, William Gurrisi III and his wife Beth, Carolyn Hart and her husband Matt, Nicholas Gurrisi and his wife Brittany, Tara Saunders and her husband Matt, Brenton Smith, and Christine Smith. She was also the proud great-grandmother to Ella and Colman Shinney, Beckett and Emerson Gurrisi, and Peyton Saunders.
A visitation will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday, August 13 from 10:00 am-12:00 Noon. A graveside service will follow at the Woodbrook Cemetery at 12:30 pm. Due to covid-19 restrictions, we kindly ask people to wear a face covering, and maintain social distancing.
Donations in Sally’s memory can be made to support the North Congregational Church, 896 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.
Norine M. (Kiniry) Rochon, of Woburn, passed away on Thursday morning, July 30, at the age of 92. She was the beloved wife of Robert A. Rochon.
Born and raised in Arlington, Norine was the daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret Kiniry. Following graduation from Arlington High School, she worked as Billing Supervisor for Ruscraft Greeting Cards & Publishing in Boston.
In 1952, Norine married Robert A. Rochon. For the following 68 years, Norine fulfilled her utmost desire to care for and support her family. She was devoted to her husband and children, Susan Murphy and her husband Chuck of Woburn, David Rochon of Arizona, and Jerry Rochon and his wife Renae of Arizona. She was the adored “Nana Norine” to her grandchildren, Mike Murphy and his wife Casey, Megan Murphy and her husband Jonathan Nussman, Bobby Rochon and his fiancé Jordana Canada, William Rochon, and Connor Rochon. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Lindsey and Luke Murphy and several loving nieces and nephews. The matriarch of her family, she was also a caregiver to her beloved parents and a pillar of strength for her loved ones. Norine was predeceased by her sister, the late Elizabeth “Betty” Kelley and her brothers, the late John, Buddy and Bill Kiniry.
Norine enjoyed some special trips to places like Arizona, Vermont, Cape Cod, and her parents’ hometown in County Cork, Ireland. An unwavering Boston Red Sox fan, she and her husband spent many memorable evenings behind the first base line at Fenway Park. She maintained a very impressive knowledge of Red Sox players and statistics. Norine loved these experiences, but her favorite place to be was anywhere surrounded by her family.
Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration of Norine’s life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to The Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 (www.jimmyfund.org/gift). Arrangements made by the Graham Funeral Home in Woburn.
Arne Clausen, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away on July 27, 2020 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. He was 91 years of age.
Arne was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on November 16, 1928 the son of the late Lauritz and Antje (Pietszch) Clausen. Arne was the brother of the late Henni Fryatt and her husband Bill of Maynard, MA.
Arne attended Somerville High School. He proudly served his country during WW II in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as a Private First Class on December 10th of 1947. He worked for the First National Bank of Boston for over 30 years, until his retirement in the fall of 1988.
Arne was a strong and steadfast family man. He had an affinity for reading and old movies and would never turn down a great cup of coffee! His math abilities were second to none and the sweet aroma of his pipe permeating through the house will be sorely missed. Our dearest husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend will forever be in our hearts and remembered with the greatest of love.
Arne was the beloved husband of Eleanor L. (Tarbell) Clausen. Devoted father of Alan S. Clausen and his wife Barbara of Woburn, Eric Clausen and his wife Francine of Gloucester, Karen Piatkowski and her late husband Paul of Londonderry, NH, and Lisa L. Clausen of Woburn. Loving grandfather of Erica and Randi Clausen, Robyn Borsic and her husband Brock, and Jill Powers and her husband Jaime. Loving great grandfather of Michael, Madyson, Haylee and Briella. Arne is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held at the Graham Funeral Home 3 Arlington Rd. Woburn on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 10am-12pm. A private graveside service with military honors will be held at Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn. Due to covid-19 restrictions, we kindly ask people to wear a face covering, and maintain social distancing.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Arne’s memory to The North Congregational Church, 896 Main St. Woburn, MA 01801; or Mass Commission for the Blind, 600 Washington St. Boston, MA 02111.
Michael Charles McDevitt, of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday evening, July 12. He was 62 years of age.
Michael was Born in Woburn on September 20, 1957 to loving parents Michael and Arlene (Beevers) McDevitt. He was raised on the West side of Woburn, joined shortly by sisters Mary and Terry, and later Melissa where they made lots of wonderful memories.
The family often enjoyed weekends at Salisbury Beach with his aunts, uncles, and cousins. Michael attended Woburn Public Schools, graduating from Woburn Memorial High School in 1975. Growing up, he played Woburn Youth sports and especially loved football, serving as center on the 1974-1975 Woburn High Football team.
After high school, he joined his father in the family business of land clearing and wood trucking where he became a chainsaw and heavy equipment operator. He worked in this industry most of his life both on his own and for other companies and made many great friends. He maintained a CDL truck license and drove several trucks over the years most recently for Commonwealth Scaffold. He also had his own firewood delivery business for over 40 years with many loyal customers and liked having the help of his nephews.
In 1992, Michael married Julie and they settled in his family home. They enjoyed 28 years of marriage and lots of good times. They both liked to travel and took some great trips including to California, some National Parks and more. One of their favorite places to go was mid-coastal Maine and they made many repeat visits over the years. The important thing was time spent together, and sometimes that was a Sunday drive to Concord or to visit friends.
Michael was at his happiest when he could get together with family and friends for a party, or as he called it a “time.” Whether, it was holidays, birthday parties, or his annual pig roast or he loved when everyone could be together and have good food, plenty of drinks, and he could tell a story (or 2, or 3) about the good old days.
Michael was one of a kind – a reliable, hardworking man as well as a quiet, patient, gentle soul who touched the lives of everyone who had the good fortune to meet him. He will be greatly missed by all.
Michael is survived by his wife of 28 years Julie; his step-son Jay Simonson of Somerville; his sister Mary Larson and brother-in-law Kelly Larson of Salisbury; his sister Terry Walsh of Lynn, his sister Melissa Roderick and brother-in-law Erick Roderick of Woburn. He is also survived by his nephews Michael, Shane and Dennis Walsh of Woburn and Kelly Larson of Hampton Falls, NH and Zach Roderick of Woburn; and his niece Megan Roderick of Woburn. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, the late Michael Alfred McDevitt and the late Arlene (Beevers) McDevitt and nieces, the late Jenna Walsh and the late Colleen Larson.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday, July 16 from 4-8 pm. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we kindly ask people to wear a face covering, greet the family, and exit the building so others may enter. A graveside service will be held at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn on Friday, July 17 at 11:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 North Main St. Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760 (www.cff.org) or the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st St., Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 (www.parkinson.org)
Mary F. “Mabel” Harrison, 86, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away with her sons by her side on Thursday, July 2. She was the wife of the late Hilbert G. “Hib” Harrison who died in 2002.
Born and raised in County Derry, Ireland, “Mabel” as she was known to her family and friends, was the daughter of the late George, and the late Hanna (McCrea) Morrow. Mabel came to Woburn from Ireland in 1949. Attended Woburn public schools and worked for several years in Boston before she got married and raised three children.
Mabel later worked at Raytheon in Burlington for 20 years prior to her retirement. She is remembered as a caring, loving, and active person, who was always ready to help someone in need. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Woburn and was an active volunteer at the Trinity Church Thrift Shop.
Mabel’s door was always open, whether it was someone in need of a home-cooked meal, someone to talk to or a small gift at Christmas. Even with the losses of her daughter Cindy in 1993, and her husband Hib, Mabel continued caring for those around who needed help as this gave her great satisfaction.
Mabel was also was active at the Woburn Senior Center. She loved going on the bus trips to the casinos in New Jersey and Connecticut. Mabel’s greatest joy was her family. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, sister and aunt to her many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her late husband, Mabel was preceded in death by her daughter, the late Cindy Harrison Rizza. She is survived by two sons, Glen G. Harrison of Burlington, and David G. Harrison of Arlington. She is also survived by her sister, Ruby Stevenson of Pelham, NH; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at the Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn, on Thursday, July 9 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mabel’s memory may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church, 535 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Marilyn (Kristenson) Kelly, 90, of Sandwich, formerly of Woburn, was called to the Lord on Wednesday morning, July 1. She was the wife of the late William T. Kelly who passed away in 1997.
Born in Pittston, Pennsylvania, March 27, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Karl, and the late Ingrid (Hallen) Kristenson. She grew up and attended high school in Somerville, MA. Marilyn was a graduate of Simmons College School of Nursing in 1951. She answered her calling as a hospital nurse and found fulfillment as a nursing professor for many years.
Marilyn enjoyed serving on reunion committees for her high school and college. She faithfully sang in her church choir and was an active member of her Lutheran Church. She was a Girl Scout leader and taught EMT classes with her husband. She was an accomplished baker specializing in cakes and chocolates for every occasion. She was proud of her Swedish heritage. Throughout the years Marilyn travelled to some of her favorite places, Scandinavia, Ireland, Hawaii, and Alaska. Marilyn cherished her grandchildren never missing their sporting events and activities. She loudly cheered for her favorite Boston sports teams.
Marilyn is survived by her daughters, Kristine Sullivan and her husband Robert of West Barnstable, Karen Wollard and her husband Brian of Hollywood, FL, Kimberly White of Danville, NH. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Matthew, Kirstin, Michael, Julia, and Sean as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Eleanor and brother Karl.
A graveside service will be held at Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem St., Woburn, on Monday, July 6 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marilyn’s memory may be made to First Lutheran Church 1663 Main Street West Barnstable, MA 02668. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Charles D. Pfeifer “Chuck” of Woburn, Massachusetts, formerly of Madison, Wisconsin, passed away at Care Dimensions Hospice House on Tuesday, June 16. His death occurred seven weeks after a serious fall. He was 79 years old.
Born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and raised in Rushford, Minnesota, he was the son of the late Gottlieb O. Pfeifer, and the late Lucille (Berg) Pfeifer Anderson. Chuck and his wife, Jean Jaeger Pfeifer, dearly loved one another. They met as 19 year olds in college and were married 55 years.
Chuck graduated from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned his PhD in physics from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Several years later, he pursued his true passion and became a community organizer in Madison, Wisconsin. Although never ordained, he was the director of Madison-area Urban Ministry for 25 years. One of his colleagues in ministry said of him: “Chuck was a kindred spirit - in justice, equity and mercy. I was always so grateful for his activism, commitment to social change and deep vulnerability.”
Chuck was a deep thinker and philosopher. Following his retirement from Madison-area Urban Ministry, he became a spiritual guide. He enjoyed woodworking and specialized in creating exquisite miniature wood carvings, which he gave as gifts. Each miniature depicted an image of something unique to the recipient. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. A special joy for Chuck was spending time with his 8 year old grandson.
In addition to his wife Jean, Chuck is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Pfeifer Cummings of Woburn. He was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Scott Pfeifer of Manhattan. He is also survived by his grandson, Gus Cummings. Chuck was the brother of James K. Anderson (Dawn Stiegelmeier Anderson) of Minnesota; and Jean Pfeifer Olson (Gary K. Olson) of Minnesota; and the late Susan Lynn Anderson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Chuck’s memory can be made to United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) 101 Sager-Brown Rd, Baldwin, LA 70514; or the United Methodist Church of Woburn, 523 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Carol A. Salway, of Woburn, formerly of Cambridge, died unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, June 17, 2020; with her devoted husband of 52 years, Bernard C. Salway, by her side.
Born and raised in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Walter and the late Eileen (Dunn) Reardon. Carol worked for Harvard University for 40 years, before retiring as Operations Manager for the University. Carol enjoyed travel, and she was devoted to her family.
In addition to her parents, Carol was predeceased by her beloved siblings, the late Marie (Reardon) Quinn, the late Walter Reardon, Jr., the late Barbara (Reardon) Kelly, and the late Claire (Reardon) Silva.
Carol is survived by, and will be sorely missed by her husband Bernard, her sister-in-law Judith DePietro, her brother-in-law James Salway; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Sunday evening, June 21 from 3-7 pm. The funeral will be held from the funeral home on Monday, June 22 at 9:00 am, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge, Rd., Woburn at 10:00 am. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Carol’s memory may be made to the Woburn Council of Social Concern Food Pantry, 2 Merrimac St., Woburn, MA 01801 (www.socialconcern.org)
William M. Mochi, of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 2. He was 47 years of age.
Born in Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada, he was the son of William A. Mochi of Woburn, and the late Bernadette M. (Ciullo) Mochi.
“Billy,” as he was known to his family and friends, came to Woburn as an infant. He attended Woburn schools, graduating from Woburn High School, Class of 1991.
Billy went on to study electrical engineering at Mount Ida College, graduating in 1995. Following graduation, he had worked as an electrician for many years. Billy was an avid guitar player, and he had a lifelong passion for music.
Billy is survived by his father, William A. Mochi of Woburn; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, Billy’s services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 (www.dav.org). Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Pauline (Sparicio) Giannelli, 93, of Woburn, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, May 26. She was the wife of the late Mario M. Giannelli.
Born and raised in Everett, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Christoforo) Sparicio. Pauline was a longtime resident of Melrose prior to coming to live at New Horizons at Choate in Woburn.
Pauline graduated from Everett High School and Salem State College. She loved to cook, entertain and hosted many holiday get togethers. She especially enjoyed spending summers on Plum Island and York Beach in Maine. She was the president and member of the Melrose Woman's Club for many years and enjoyed travelling with them. She loved flowers and took pride in her backyard garden. She was also an avid reader. Pauline was always known for her stylish wardrobe, matching accessories and of course, her blonde bun.
Pauline is survived by one son, Mark Giannelli and his wife Susan of Wakefield, and one daughter, Ann Giannelli of Stratham, New Hampshire. Pauline is also survived by her brother, Frank Sparicio and his wife Nancy of Naples, Florida, and many nieces and nephews.
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, services were private. Public services will be held at a later date to be announced. Contributions in Pauline's memory may be made to St Charles Borromeo Church, 8 Summer St., Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Costas Kouletsis, 89, of Burlington, MA formerly of Woburn, MA, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from multiple myeloma.
He was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Nikki Kouletsis. He is survived by daughters Thula, Dene, and Penny, granddaughter Niki, and longtime companion Thelma Tibbitts, of Burlington, MA.
Costas was employed by MIT Lincoln Labs for 35 years before retiring in 1993. Avid crossword puzzle enthusiast, card player and wood carver, Costas kept himself active and busy upon retirement.
Costas was the brother of the late George Koulet of Winchester, Epaminondas Kouletsis of Cambridge, and Calliope Paicos of Somerville. Also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.
Services will be private. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Laura A. (Reis) Michaud, 90, of Lowell, formerly of Woburn, passed away at the Fairhaven Nursing Home in Lowell on Thursday evening, May 21. She was the wife of the late Ronald Michaud.
Born on May 10, 1930 at the Somerville Hospital, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Eliza (Cabral) Reis. Laura lived in Cambridge until age 11. She spent most of her childhood and young adult life in East Woburn, before getting married and moving to Lowell.
Laura worked as a Health Aide at Greater Lowell Family Service for many years. She was active in her church choir and loved to sing and crochet.
Laura is survived by her two daughters, Laurinda and Kimberly Michaud. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Isabella Michaud Huang, Lila Michaud Huang, Gwendolyn Hansen and Matthew J Mclaughlin; and one great granddaughter, Abby Kay Mclaughlin. She is also survived by her sisters, Margaret Nardone, Mary Ventura, and Bernadette Cameron; and her brothers, Joseph Reis and William Reis.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. William’s Church, 1351 Main St., Tewksbury, on Tuesday, May 26 at 10:00 am. Burial will be private. Contributions in Laura’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Eva Marie Nelson (Munk Pedersen), of New Providence, NJ, passed away Tuesday evening May 5 in Burlington, MA. She was 80 years old.
Eva was the wife of the late Terence J. Nelson who passed away in February of this year. Eva and Terence lived in New Providence, NJ for over 50 years.
Born in Glendive MT and raised in Plentywood MT and Waterloo IA, she was the daughter of the late Frederik and Karen (Poulsen) Munk Pedersen. Eva graduated from Waterloo's West High and then earned her RN degree from the Iowa Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Des Moines, IA in 1960.
Eva worked as a nurse at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ for 25 years. She was active in the community and the church, volunteering with the Red Cross, the Boy Scouts, and for many years organizing the Faith Lutheran Church of New Providence's soup kitchen effort at St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Newark, NJ.
After retiring, Eva threw herself into her needlepoint. She exhibited her work at the New Providence Memorial library and filled her own home as well as the homes of her family with ornaments, pillows, and wall hangings. She also loved to bake and made certain that whenever anyone visited her home their favorite dessert was ready.
Eva is survived by her loving sons David E. Nelson and Steven M. (Lori Mortimer) Nelson, her brother Michael Munk Pedersen, her sister Karol Sole, and cherished grandchildren Derek Mortimer-Nelson and Garrett Mortimer-Nelson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Sage Eldercare http://www.sageeldercare.org
Berj Zamanian, 89, a longtime resident of Burlington, passed away on Thursday, May 14. He was the husband of Marjorie (David) Zamanian.
Berj grew up in Brockton and Bridgewater. He was one of four children of the late Hrant, and the late Yagsabet (Sarafian) Zamanian. He had lived in Watertown before coming to Burlington 50 years ago.
Prior to his retirement in 1994, Berj was employed as an Electrical Engineer at Draper Labs. He worked on many projects during his career, including rocket and missile tracking systems and he was involved in systems supporting the moon landings.
Berj was a private and quiet man. He enjoyed gardening, and most of all loved spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife Marjorie, Berj is survived by one daughter, Jennifer Zamanian and her husband Theodore Schram of Emerald Hills, California; one son, Alex Zamanian and his partner Tricia Crockett of Sudbury. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Eric and Anna Schram. Berj was the brother of Marjorie Sayabalian of Gardnerville, Nevada and her husband the late Hagop, The late Mathilda Masrof and her husband Krikor of Waltham, and the late Loris Zamanian and his wife Maresa of Milton. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Berj’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Dorothy Douvris Williams, 89, of Arlington, formerly of Woburn, passed away on Friday evening, May 15. She was the wife of the late Paul Williams who died in 1995.
Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Vasili, and the late Stavoula Douvris. Dorothy was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1948.
After graduation from Woburn High School, Dorothy embarked on a professional career. She retired in 1973 from Raytheon, where she was a blueprint supervisor, to marry her husband Paul Williams and raise her daughter, Maureen.
Dorothy was a lifelong member of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church. She was also a member of the Ladies Philoptochos and the Annunciation Church Choir.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Maureen Williams of Arlington. She is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, Great-great nieces and nephews, and even one great-great-great grandniece.
In addition to her husband Paul, Dorothy was preceded in death by her five brothers and sisters and their spouses, Peter Douvris and his wife Juanita, Elizabeth Harrison and her husband Alexander, Julia Rodakis and her husband Ernest, Georgia “Jean” George and her husband John, and Charles Douvris.
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, Dorothy’s services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Greek Orthodox Community in Woburn, Inc. 2020 Vision Mortgage Campaign, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
| Barbara Ann Ackerley, of Woburn, formerly of Somerville, passed away at her home on Tuesday evening, May 12. She was 83 years of age.
Born and raised in Somerville, she was the daughter of the late Edward J., and the late Frances E. (West) Ackerley. Barbara worked as a Bank Auditor for East Cambridge Savings Bank, retiring in 2008.
Barbara was a member of the “Red Hat Society” and she enjoyed arts and crafts. She was also an avid Boston Bruins fan, and she enjoyed travelling.
Barbara is survived by her devoted brother, Edward Ackerley; and her sister and best friend Ann Ferrari, both of Woburn. In addition to her parents, Barbara was also preceded in death by three brothers, the late George, John, and Jim Ackerley; and two sisters, the late Elizabeth Mulligan and the late Mary Cooper. Sister-in-law to the late Marion and Helen Ackerley and Paul (Puppy) Cooper. Also Aunt to late nephews James and Randy Ackerley, niece Jean Mulligan and Great, Great nephew Zachary Tompkins. Proud Godmother to 9 children as well as devoted Aunt to numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and great, great nieces and nephews.
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, Barbara’s services will be private. All will be welcome to Barbara’s memorial mass to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Barbara’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Ste. 2, Norwood, MA 02062 (www.kidney.org) Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Eligio James, of Somerville, passed away at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center on Sunday, May 10. He was 70 years of age.
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, he was the son of Serita Vanterpool James, and the late Aubrey James. Eligio pitched in Minor league baseball for the Houston Astros and eventually moved to the US. After retiring from baseball Eligio worked at MPI in Winchester for more than 30 years.
Eligio loved to sing and dance, and he also enjoyed cooking. He had a great sense of humor, and was always cracking jokes. Most of all, he was a devoted and loving father and grandfather.
Eligio is survived by his longtime companion and partner Carol Levesque; his mother, Serita Vanterpool James; and his daughters Denise James, Erika Winchester and her husband Kenneth, Elisha James, and Janelle James. He is also survived by his sisters Marcella James, Juddy James, and Gloria James; and his three grandchildren, Ayanna Colon, Samara Winchester, and Kenneth Winchester. He is further survived by his nephew and nieces, cousins, and many friends. Eligio was preceded in death by his sister, the late Casilda James; his brother, the late Cesar James; and his father, the late Aubrey James.
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Eligio’s memory may be made to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, P.O. Box 304, Boston, MA 02110 (www.macovid19relieffund.org) Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Eleanor T. (Wickham) Richards, 91, of Waltham, passed away at Benchmark Senior Living in Woburn on Monday morning, May 11. She was the wife of the late James E. Richards who died in 2011.
Born in Brighton and raised in Charlestown, she was the daughter of the late Michael, and the late Marion (Rich) Wickham. Eleanor graduated from Brighton High School late in life in 1969. This was a great achievement for her, and she was very proud to have worked to pay for her education.
After graduation, she worked for Verizon in directory assistance until retirement. She loved the beach and traveling to different places. She was a quiet and reserved woman, who was devoted to her family.
Eleanor’s family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you for the wonderful nurses at benchmark of Woburn and Continuum Care Hospice of MA & NH, who were, and continue to be such selfless individuals.
In addition to her husband James, Eleanor was preceded in death by her son, the late Michael J. Richards.
She is survived by one son, James E. “Jimmy” Richards of Somerville, and two grandchildren, Heidi Richards and Michael Richards, both of Woburn. She is also survived by one great grandson, Aiden Teves of Woburn.
Eleanor will be interred with her late husband at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, services will be private. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Mary (Diamandas) Chioutsis, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away on Thursday morning, April 9. She was 90 years of age.
Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas, and the late Vivian (Ambazis) Diamandas; and she was the wife of the late Michael K. Chioutsis.
Mary worked as an administrative assistant at the former Choate Hospital in Woburn, and later at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. She retired in 1993.
Mary is survived by two sons, Takis Chioutsis of Woburn, and John Chioutsis and his wife Katie of Butte, Montana; and one daughter, Vivian Thomas and her husband John of Woburn. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Theodore, Nicholas, and Melissa Thomas. Mary was preceded in death by her two beloved dogs, “Sneakers” and “Artoo.”
Private services were held last week. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114; or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284; or to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Helene T. (Leahy) Donahue of Woburn, MA, a longtime former resident of Arlington, MA. Passed away on Sunday morning, April 12. She was 89 years of age.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Helene was the daughter of the late Edward B., and the late Margaret E. (VanDoren) Leahy; and she was the adoring wife of the late Jack F. Donahue of Arlington.
Helene was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before raising her family, she was an Art Buyer for Jordan Marsh in Boston. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and Aunt.
Helene is survived by her 2 sons, John Donahue of Plymouth, MA, and Kevin Donahue of Westford, MA. She is also survived by her five Grandchildren, Carmine Caruso of Somerville, Meaghan Donahue, Jack Donahue, and Grace Donahue of North Attleboro, MA, and William Donahue of Westford, MA. Helene is further survived by a niece Christine Donahue Parker of Plympton, MA; and a nephew, Brian Donahue of Milton, MA.
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, public celebration of Helen’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Helene’s honor to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701 (www.cancer.org). Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Charles Edward Hart, of Florida, formerly of Malden and Woburn, passed away on Tuesday, March 31. He was 82 years of age.
Born in Woburn on October 12th 1937, Charles was the son of the late Charles and Edna Hart. He was educated in the Woburn public schools and graduated from Woburn High School in 1955, and from Northeastern University in 1960.
Charles served in the United States Army from 1961-1963. He worked in the banking industry for several years. Charles retired in 2004 after 24 years with the savings bank Life Insurance Company. He was a member of the Mount Horeb Masonic Lodge in Woburn for over 50 years.
Charles is survived by his two sons, Brian Hart and his wife Ericka, and Craig Hart, all of Bradenton Florida. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Spencer and Courtney Hart, and Samantha Hart all of Bradenton Florida; and he is further survived by his sister, Ada Seppala; and several cousins.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, services for Charles will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Gordon F. Porter, Sr., of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, April 5. He was 78 years of age.
Born in Cambridge, MA and raised in Calais, ME, he resided in Chelmsford, MA and Woburn, MA. He was the son of the late Willard, and the late Marie (Maguire) Porter.
Prior to his retirement in 2005, Gordon worked for the Standard Box Company and also for Duzo Box as a pressman. He was a longtime member of the Mount Horeb Masonic Lodge in Woburn.
Gordon was an avid race car fan and also enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins. Gordon is remembered as a quiet and reserved man, with a heart of gold, who loved his family very much.
Gordon was the husband of the late Dianne (Neville) Porter who died in 1981. He is survived by one son, Gordon Porter, Jr. and his wife Olga of Lowell; and two daughters, Lera Ann Porter of Billerica, and Kendra Merrill and her husband Robert of Hudson, MA. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Justin, Jordan, Keara, Danny, Timmy, Austin, Kailey, Kaitlyn, Matthew and Michael; and two great granddaughters. Gordon is further survived by his two sisters, Linda Fulton and Nancy Chisholm of Winchester several nieces and nephews and his devoted and loving friend, Geri Woodworth. Gordon is also the brother of the late Dona Burgess and Cindy Barbagallo.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, services will be private. A celebration of Gordon's life will be held at a later time. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Sonja J. (Lovgren) Ostlund, 86, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, April 4th. She was a lifelong resident of Woburn and the wife of the late Harry Bror Ostlund of Sweden, who died in June of 1986.
Born in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Lovgren, and the late Elin (Olson) Lovgren Nord, both of whom were born in Sweden.
Sonja graduated with Honors from Woburn High School's Class of 1951. She was Class Treasurer as well as the "Valedictorian". She continued to uphold her position as Treasurer and worked passionately in assisting with every Class Reunion.
During High School Sonja worked part-time at Buel Machine Company in Woburn and upon her graduation gained full-time employment as Bookkeeper for the next twenty-five years until the company relocated.
She then went to work for Custom Machine in Woburn as the "Metal Buyer" and remained there until her retirement at age 65. Sonja only had two jobs here entire full-time working career which displayed her dedication and diligent work ethic.
Everyone loved Sonja as she was a beautiful person inside and out. Those who were fortunate to have known her were blessed with her kindness, compassion, sincerety and selflessness. She had a sweet demeanor and was always concerned of others well being. Sonja loved to bake and would always make sure her guests were attended to.
In here early years, Sonja was very active in The Vikings Lodge and the (SFofA) Scandanavian Fraternity of America with her late husband, Harry, whom at one time was the Supreme President. They traveled extensively throughout the U.S. for conventions accompanied by their children, Kenny and Kris.
Sonja was very active in the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Woburn and served as Treasurer of the Lady's Group for many years. Sonja loved to attend the Sunday services and would help out when she could.
She loved all her grandchildren and was a big part of their lives. Celebrating birthdays was always an enjoyable event. Sonja loved being on a bowling league with her friends, playing cards with her cousins and traveling particularly to Florida and visiting relatives in Sweden. Her Swedish heritage was very important to her.
To say that Sonja will be missed is an understatement. She enriched everyone's lives that knew her and if we can all take a part of her character we will all be better people for it.
Sonja is survived by one son, Kenneth Ostlund and his wife Janet (Hartigan) of Burlington, and one daughter, Kristina "Kris" Castine of Woburn.She is also lovingly survived by one granddaughter, Allison (Castine) Gulino and her husband, Christopher Gulino of Woburn, and five grandsons, Michael Ostlund of Allentown NH, Kevin Ostlund of Raleigh NC, Eric Ostlund and his wife, Kerriann (MacDonald) of Billerica, Derek Ostlund of Burlington and Ryan Ostlund of Burlington, one neice, Joann (Lovgren) Petrovich, of East Bethany, NY, and her lifelong friend, Roy Johnson of Billerica.
Sonja was preceded in death by her one brother, Oscar "Uncle-Swede" Lovgren and his wife, the late Mildred "Auntie-Millie" (Schultz) of Woburn.
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sonja's memory may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation BCRFCure.org. arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Ellen V. (Johnson) Chaddock, 96, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, April 4. She was the wife of 55 years of the late William T. Chaddock.
Born at home and raised in Woburn, Ellen was one of six children of the late William, and the late Ellen (Larson) Johnson. She was a graduate of Woburn High School, and had lived in Woburn all her life.
Ellen was an avid bingo player, and she loved taking trips to the casinos in Connecticut with her daughter Beverly. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings and holidays, and loved to be with her family. Ellen will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Ellen is survived by one son, Steven Chaddock and his wife Rachel of Dunstable; and two daughters, Beverly Chaddock, and Donna Chaddock and her longtime boyfriend Matthew Perry. She is also survived by three granddaughters, Fallon Adams of Woburn, and Stephanie and Ashley Chaddock of Dunstable; and several generations of nieces and nephews that were very dear to her. In addition to her husband William, Ellen was preceded in death by her five brothers, the late Walter, Kenneth, Carl, Einar, and Herman Johnson.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ellen’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Charles S. “Charlie” Viola, 79, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, March 31. He was the husband of Joan M. (McCaigue) Viola for 54 years, and father to Charles “Chuck” Viola.
Born and raised in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Cosmo, and the late Virginia (Sodi) Viola. Charlie and his wife Joan came to Woburn in 1976. Prior to his retirement, he owned and operated Micro Image III Inc. in Everett, providing microfilm services to the biotech industry and universities.
Charlie enjoyed gardening and being in the sun. He especially loved traveling and cruising, and had recently been on cruises to Bermuda and the Caribbean. He was also a local sports fan, and an amateur weather watcher. Charlie loved his dog Princess dearly; she was his second child and best friend.
In addition to his wife Joan, Charlie is survived by one son, Charles “Chuck” Viola of Woburn. He is also survived by his siblings, Benedict “Benny” Viola and his wife Mary of Arlington, Florence Owens and her husband Robert of Roslindale, Mary Fancieullo and her husband Frank of Everett, and his twin sister Alice Leman and her husband Robert of Malden. Charlie is further survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and his faithful dog Princess.
Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Charlie’s memory may be made to the MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130 (www.mspca.org) Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Winifred “Betty” Elizabeth Sooley- It is with great sadness that the family of Winifred Elizabeth Sooley, of Woburn, announce her passing on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in her 78th year.
Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late John, and the late Grace (Richards) Sooley. Winifred lived in Cambridge most of her life, and worked at the Mount Auburn Hospital as a labor and delivery nurse for 45 years. She retired in 2005.
“Betty,” as she was known to her family and friends, moved to Woburn to be near her family. She loved to travel in her spare time, and had been all over the world. She was a fantastic quilt make, along with many other sewing activities.
One of Betty’s most favorite places to visit every fall was Port Aux Basques, and Corner Brook Newfoundland, Canada with her mother Grace. Relatives would sit around the table and eat their traditional meals, laugh, and play music and games. But most of all, it was about family.
Winifred leaves behind her brother, Robert G. Sooley, and his wife Diane. She also leaves her nephew, Derek J. Sooley; her niece, Laura E Murphy and her husband John; and her two grandnieces, Juliann and Riley Murphy.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
George Wallace of Woburn, died peacefully with his wife by his side, after complications associated with dementia, March 26, 2020, at the age of 91. Beloved husband of Margaret (Rita) McIntosh. Devoted father of Douglas and his wife Rhonda and Madeline (Mandy) Clemente and her husband Adam, all of Woburn. Devoted grandfather of Amber, Douglas and Brittany Wallace.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland on March 20, 1929 the thirteenth child of eighteen children to Charles and Jessie Ann (Hale) Wallace. He was always very proud to tell everyone that he was one of eighteen children.
George was a Scientific Instrument Maker by trade and served in the Royal Air Force in Great Britain. While serving, in his platoon, he received the best score in marksmanship. In today’s world he would be considered a sharp shooter. He was a talented ballroom dancer and while attending one of these dances, he met the love of his life, Rita. They married on March 26, 1955 and journeyed together for the next 65 years.
In 1955, after only being married for a short time and sponsored by his brother Alex and his wife Jean, George and Rita left their families behind in Scotland and travelled to America, “the land of opportunity.” At that time their only means of transportation was by ship. It took George and Rita two weeks to travel from Scotland to Boston, settling in Medford. In 1970, George and Rita moved into a brand new house on the west side of Woburn.
Being a talented machinist, George had no problem securing a job at Tufts University where he remained for 33 years, retiring in 1994.
Up until recently, George and Rita attended many ballroom dances with their friends from the Irish American Club of Arlington. George and Rita graced the dance floor with beauty and charm, moving effortlessly as one. They complimented each other both on and off the dance floor.
George was an avid soccer fan, backing his home team, the Rangers, his entire life. He attended almost all of his grandchildren’s soccer, baseball, softball games and track meets. Once, when his grandson’s team won the State Championship, he also received a trophy for being the #1 Fan. George was also a certified FIFA referee.
He was a jack of all trades and could fix almost anything. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed working in his yard. His yard was meticulous, he used to say, “the grass is always greener in Mr. Wallace’s yard!” and it was absolutely true.
He was a patient, kind, quiet, polite and gentle man. He loved his family and was a wonderful role model for his children and grandchildren. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be sorely missed by all that loved and knew him.
Besides his wife, children and grandchildren, he leaves behind his two special nieces Sandra Gibson and Elizabeth Wallace, his sister-in-law Harriett Brown and three sisters, all of Scotland, their families and many, many nieces, nephews and friends.
Due to the coronavirus, arrangements are private. Remembrances may be made in honor of George to the Shriners Hospital for children at Shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Arthur P. Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, Woburn, Massachusetts.
Leo Grondin, 78, of Medford, Massachusetts passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. He was the beloved husband of the late Judith A. (Smith) Grondin who passed away in March of this year.
Leo was born and raised in Berlin, New Hampshire on March 29, 1941. Leo and his late wife were longtime residents of Woburn before moving to Medford in 2013. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a Machinist for A.W. Chesterton Company in Groveland. Leo was a quiet and reserved man, who loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Leo 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. Leo is also survived by his brother and sisters-in-law, Phyllis Pereira of Woburn, George Smith and his wife Diana of New Hampshire, Sybil Smith of Billerica, and Terri Smith of Woburn.
Leo's memorial service has been postponed, and will be held a later date to be announced. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Eleanor “Pete” Frances Peterson passed away Bear Mountain Nursing Home in Sudbury on Monday morning, March 2. She was 91 years of age.
Born in Woburn on December 3, 1928 to Alma (Pearson) and Franz Hjalmar Peterson. She attended Wyman Elementary School, and in 1946 she graduated from Woburn High School. After graduating she worked in Boston in the field of life insurance.
Eleanor loved her piano and always enjoyed playing Swedish melodies. She frequently went to Swedish dances. Swedish fairs and bazaars were always on her calendar. Her Swedish heritage was of great importance.
Eleanor was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club for years, and she took a lot of hiking trips. She liked to bowl and was on a team. She was a life member of the George A. Campbell American Legion Auxiliary.
Church life was always important to Eleanor. She was a life time member for 91 years of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Woburn. She loved cats and provided homes to several over the years.
After retirement, Eleanor moved from her home on Beach Street in Woburn to an apartment on Bedford Street. From there she moved to the Gables in Winchester. When she needed nursing care she moved to Bear Mountain Nursing Home (formerly Wingate) in Sudbury, where she received loving care until her death. Eleanor will be remembered for her sense of humor and warm smile. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Eleanor is preceded in death by her parents, aunts and uncles and several cousins. Her first cousin, Linda Pearson Moretz survives her, in addition to her cousins in the United States and Sweden.
Services have been postponed, and will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Norman S. “Bud” Martin of Woburn passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on March 16, 2020 at the age of 94.
Bud was born on August 11, 1925 in Cambridge to David and Ethel (Stevens) Martin. He was the second oldest of six children. In October of 1943 at 18 years old, Bud enlisted in the United States Army and was called to serve on the front in Europe in the late summer of 1944, mere weeks after turning 19. Bud bravely fought with the 26th Yankee Division as a Private First Class at the Battle of the Bulge under General Patton.
After the war, Bud attended the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT. It was there he met his wife, Nancy Wilcox. They were married on September 13, 1952 and spent 67 years together. Bud and Nancy had three children, Paul, William, and Elizabeth.
Bud worked at Mystic Transformer in Winchester, MA. He then worked as an electrical inspector and supervisor at GenRad in Concord, MA. He retired in 1990 at 65 years old.
At 75 years old, Bud survived a stroke. This didn’t stop him from enjoying his annual trip to Four Winds in Long Boat Key, FL, and spending time with the many friends he had there.
Bud was also an avid Boston sports fan. His favorite team was the Red Sox and he never missed watching a game. When the Red Sox season was over, Bud would watch any sport he could, especially the UConn Women’s Basketball team. No game was too small for Bud and he was the number 1 fan at his grandchildren’s games.
Each summer, Bud enjoyed vacationing with his family at their cottage in Alton Bay, NH. The family would take their motorboat to the beaches that lined the pond their house overlooked and out to Blueberry Island in the middle of the pond, where he would pick fresh blueberries with his family for pancakes. His grandchildren fondly remember Bud pushing them in the hammock and singing “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” His patience and love for his grandchildren was unmatched.
Bud also loved playing tennis with his wife as often as he could. They could often be found on the court together, playing doubles matches with a large group of friends.
Bud is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Martin of Woburn; his children, Paul and Brenda of Woburn, William and Marie of Billerica, and Elizabeth of Woburn; his grandchildren, David, Justin and his wife Colleen, Eric, Jillian, Laurel and Jared; his three great-grandchildren, Nora, Noah and Lena; his brother Alan and his wife Patricia; and many nieces and nephews.
A private funeral and burial will be held for family. A memorial service open to Bud’s many loved ones will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bud’s memory to the United Methodist Church of Woburn, 523 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801.
Winifred S. (Oxford) Whittemore, 94, passed away at the Baker Katz Nursing Home in Haverhill on Monday, March 9. She was the wife of the late Kenneth R. Whittemore, Sr. who died in 2012.
Born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in Woburn, she was one of four children of the late Arthur J., and the late Elsie May (Dawe) Oxford. Winifred was a graduate of Woburn High School. She went on to hairdressing school, working as a hairdresser locally for a time. In later years, she worked for Sylvania, and then for Analogic where she retired as an assembly supervisor in 1990.
Winifred had been a longtime resident of Wakefield, prior to moving to the Bradford Section of Haverhill in 2007. She had been residing at the Baker Katz Nursing Home in Haverhill for the past two and a half years, where she was affectionately known by the staff and residents as “Winnie the Pooh” and “Pooh Bear.”
Winifred and her late husband Kenneth enjoyed traveling many times to her native Toronto and to Newfoundland to visit with family. They also loved spending time at Newfound Lake in New Hampshire, and in Ogunquit, Maine. Winifred enjoyed knitting, sewing, and crochet. But above all, she loved spending time with her family.
Winifred is survived by one son, Kenneth Whittemore, Jr. of Bradford; one daughter, Carolyn M. Boynton and her husband Jim of Georgetown; five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by one brother, Lewis Oxford and his wife Marjorie of Natick, and ten nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and her parents, Winifred was preceded in death by two brothers and their wives, the late Fred and the late Alberta Oxford, and the late Cyril and the late Phyllis Oxford.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, Woburn on Monday morning, March 16 from 10:00-11:30 am, followed by a funeral service in the funeral home at 11:30 am. Burial will be at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn.
Winifred’s family would like to acknowledge the loving and supportive care she received at Baker Katz Nursing Home, and from the staff of Continuum Care Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Winifred’s memory may be made to the Baker Katz Activity Department, c/o M.J. Praiano, 194 Boardman St., Haverhill, MA 01830
Deborah J. Cutler, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away after a lengthy illness on Saturday morning, March 7. She was 66 years of age.
Born in Melrose and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Charles F., and the late Zetta A. (Day) Cutler. Debbie was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1971.
Debbie went on to continue her studies, graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and the Middlesex Community College School of Nursing. She worked her entire career as a Registered Nurse at the Fernald School in Waltham.
Debbie was an avid reader, and she always had a book in her hands. She also loved to travel throughout the United States and abroad. She is remembered by her family and friends as a loving, caring, and giving person.
Debbie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Cutler of Woburn, and many cousins.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday, March 12 from 5:00-7:00 pm, followed by a celebration of Debbie’s life at 7:00 pm. Contributions in Debbie’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 1200 Hosford St., Suite 101, Hudson, WI 54016-9316 (www.lung.org)
Anna Gubnitsky, 83-Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, Woburn on Tuesday, March 3 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at the Newton Cemetery Chapel, 791 Walnut St., Newton at 2:00 pm. Interment will be at the Newton Cemetery.
Charles Everett "Bud" Myers, of Woburn, passed away on February 28, 2020 at the age of 90, after a brief illness.
His wife, June Violet (Borglin) Myers passed away in February, 2014 at the age of 84. They were married for 59 years.
Bud was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He served during the Korean war as a Naval Air Photographer. After his discharge from the Navy, he worked for Haloid Corporation in New York. When Haloid was bought by a little company nobody ever heard of called Xerox, he was laid off and he returned to Massachusetts.
During the 1960's Bud pursued a career in optics at the Itek Corporation, building training devices for the Apollo astronauts. During this time, he attended MIT. He later was employed at Chomerics as a testing engineer, retiring in 1996.
Bud was a 50-year member of the Massachusetts Masons. He remained very active in the fraternity, rising to the rank of District Deputy Grand Master. Bud as also a member of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, and he was a proud descendant of Clan McBean.
During the 70's and 80's Bud sang with the Mishawum Choral Society. He also sang with the Sounds of Concord, a Barbershop Harmony chorus, singing several times in national competitions.
Bud enjoyed traveling with June, making trips to California, Florida, Alaska, Canada, England, Scotland, and Denmark. After totaling their camper in Nova Scotia, they discontinued globetrotting, but still attended the Highland games in Maine with their friends George and Barbara Wiseman. Bud was a faithful member of the North Congregational Church in Woburn, and has many lifelong friends there.
Bud is survived by his daughter Jacalyn Browne and her husband James; his son Gary Myers and his wife Jan; his grandson Gregory Browne and his partner Erin, and their daughter Eva; and his grandson Andrew Browne. He is also survived by his sister Roberta Watson.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, March 6 from 4-8 pm. A memorial service will be held at the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., Woburn on Saturday, March 7 at 11:00 am.
Contributions in Bud's memory may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114; or the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801
Michael John Gordon-Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, Woburn on Thursday evening, March 5 from 4-8 pm. A funeral service will be held at Saints Vartanantz Armenian Church, 180 Old Westford Rd., Chelmsford on Friday, March 6 at 10:00 am. Contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to the SMD-HELP Foundation, Inc., 500 West Cummings Park, Suite 1150, Woburn, MA 01801
Attorney Dorothy D. Driscoll, of Burlington, passed away on Monday afternoon, February 24 from complications of pneumonia. She was 80 years of age.
Dorothy was the loving daughter of the late Helen, and the late Albert DeMita of Woburn, formerly of Somerville. She graduated from Somerville High School, Class of 1957. In 1961, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Jackson College, now part of Tufts University in Medford.
Dorothy taught English at Southern Junior High in Somerville, and the North Reading Junior High School. She continued her education at Salem State College, obtaining her Master’s Degree in Education in 1967.
In 1971, she enrolled in the Suffolk University Law School. She graduated in 1974, and practiced Family law in Woburn for many years. Dorothy was an avid learner, and liked nothing better than to curl up with a book; be it anything from travel to history to cooking. Her love and generosity for her family knew no bounds. She will be missed terribly.
Dorothy leaves behind her dear sister and brother-in-law Jean and Walter Dewar of Woburn; and her brother and sister-in-law Donald DeMita and his wife Carolyn of Winchester. Dorothy is also survived by her beloved niece and nephews, Lindsey Dewar of Arlington, Dr. Eric Dewar and his wife Dr. Greta Rosen of Burlington; and Nicholas DeMita of New Hampshire.
Funeral arrangements are private. Donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant St., Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Judith (Baratta) Green, 79, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer on Saturday, February 22. She was the wife of Richard M. “Dick” Green.
Raised in Arlington and Belmont, she was the daughter of the late Walter V., and the late Ethel (Bohmuller) Baratta. Judy was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was especially devoted to her four grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Judy is survived by two sons, Rick Green and his longtime companion Mary Donahue of North Andover, and Phillip Green of Woburn; one daughter, Walda McGuinn and her husband Gary of Bedford. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Nicholas, Kyle, and Hudson Green, and Mianna McGuinn. Judy was the sister of Noel Baratta and his wife Sharon, the late Robert Baratta and his wife Margaret, and the late Walter Baratta, Jr. and his wife Inez Baratta.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Judy’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701; or the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o Gift Processing Center, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Rosalie J. (McInnis) Greene, 99, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 18. She was the wife of the late Charles F. “Chuck” Greene who died in 1987.
Born and raised in Somerville, Rosalie was one of 11 children of the late Allan, and the late Julia McInnis. Rosalie worked as a hostess for many years at her family’s diner, the former Greene’s Diner and Catering on Main Street in Woburn’s South End.
After retiring, Rosalie and Chuck moved to Stuart, Florida where she remained until coming back to Massachusetts in 2019.
Rosalie is survived by one daughter and three sons, Chuck Greene, Jr. and his wife Linda of Lady Lake, Florida, Paul Greene and his wife Lynne of Woburn, Terri Venezia and her husband Bob of Billerica, and Rick Greene and his wife Denise of Woburn. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, February 25 at 10:00 am. Interment will take place in Florida at a later date. As Rosalie’s late husband Chuck is being inducted into the Woburn Community Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame, Class of 2020, the family would appreciate contributions in Rosalie’s memory to the WCEF, P.O. Box 581, Woburn, MA 01801. (woburnedfoundation.org) Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Bessie Faye Canterbury, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away on Saturday evening, February 15 after a long illness. She was 82 years of age.
Born and raised in West Virginia, she was daughter of the late Onie Kester, and the late Sarah Belle Canterbury. Bessie grew up in the town of Princeton, West Virginia, coming to Massachusetts at the age of 16.
Bessie held many jobs throughout her life, early in her career primarily in retail. Prior to her retirement, she worked for Avnet, Inc. in Danvers. In her free time, Bessie enjoyed country music, crocheting and sewing.
She is survived by four daughters, Sandra Lyon and her husband Christopher of Raymond, NH, Darlene Butt of Newburyport, Joyce King and her husband Robert of Chelmsford, and Lyn Butt and her long time partner Paul Gillespie of Dracut; and she was preceded in death by one daughter, the late Sherie Butt. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren; Laura Eichler and her husband Ben, Jennifer Nelson and her husband Tom, Sherry King, Lisa Lorraine and her husband Pierre, Sarah Naticchioni and her long time partner James Willhide, Heather O’Neil and her husband Jonathan, Joe Torrice and his long time partner Liz Torres, Andrew Stevens and his wife Damita, Paul Gillespie and his long time partner Courtnee Benner, Daniel Gillespie, Jamie McMinn and her husband Steve, Harry Leach and his wife Marissa, and Eric Leach and his fiance Alisa. She was preceded in death by one grandson, the late Matthew Stevens. She is also survived by 19 great grandchildren.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bessie’s memory may be made to the MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn MA
James A. “Waxie” Schneider, 72, of Londonderry, NH, formerly of North Reading and Woburn, passed away after a lengthy illness on Sunday, February 9. He was the husband of the late Helen (Sindoni) Schneider, who died in 2010.
Raised in Woburn, “Waxie” as he was known to his family and friends, was the son of the late William G. Schneider, and the late Jean E. (Gray) Schneider. He was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1966.
Waxie had a lifelong passion for cars. He owned and operated an auto repair shop on Salem Street in Woburn for many years, until 1996.
In 1986, Waxie participated in “The Great American Race” from California to the Statue of Liberty in his 1927 Model-T Roadster, “The Boston ‘T’ Party” which he built. In 1987, he participated in the cross-country race again racing from California to Disney World in Florida.
In his younger years, Waxie also raced cars at the New England Dragway in Epping; and the New Hampshire Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Waxie not only loved antique cars, but he also enjoyed spending time searching antique shops and antiquing with his late wife Helen. He frequently attended car shows and outdoor flea markets with his brother Charlie buying and selling auto parts. He enjoyed having gatherings for family and friends at his home in North Reading.
Waxie is survived by his daughter, Jane E. Schneider of Londonderry, NH; and his step-daughter, Cheryl-Ann Moody of Andover, and his stepson, Dennis G. Moody of Arundel, Maine; and he was preceded in death by his stepson, the late Jason D. Moody of Andover. He is also survived by his siblings, Robert W. Schneider and his wife Diane of Reading, Barbara J. Wiseman and her husband Edward of Andover, Janet M. Rabbitt and her husband William of Woburn, Richard B. Schneider of Wilmington, Susan E. Sullivan of Woburn; and he was preceded in death by one brother, the late Charles F. Schneider. Waxie is further survived by many nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, February 18 from 4-8 pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 19 at 10:00 am, followed by burial at the Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester.
Contributions in Waxie’s memory may be made to the MSPCA Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844; or the Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant St., Woburn, MA 01801.
Francis R. “Frank” Catino, 78, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away after a lengthy illness on Monday morning, January 13. He was the loving husband of Jean (Avery) Catino.
Born and raised in Woburn, “Frank” as he was known to friends and family, was the son of the late Anthony, and the late Maria Catino. Frank was retired from U.S Postal Service.
In addition to his wife Jean, Frank is survived by one daughter, Susan Silva and her husband Richard of Brookfield; one son, Scott Catino and his wife Liana of Woburn; and five grandchildren, Andrew and Jennifer Silva, and Jackson, Cameron, and Sebastian Catino. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Services were private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Frank’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Billy W. Slatton, 54, of Deering, NH, formerly of Woburn, MA, died suddenly on January 11, 2020, as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic motor vehicle accident in Manchester, NH.
Billy was born in Arlington, MA. His family moved to Tennessee for a few years, returning to Massachusetts when he was 6. Billy spent most of his youth and young adult life in Woburn, MA. He had many friends in the Woburn area with whom he has remained in contact since childhood.
Billy was a devoted father and family man. His greatest joy in life was time spent with his two children. His utmost concern was their happiness and welfare, providing gentle guidance and support without judgment. He was deeply proud of his daughter and son no matter their path at any given time.
He was a gifted, self taught musician and could be found behind his drum-set most evenings, and had recently joined a band. Billy stayed abreast of current events and continued to learn all he could about history and the world. He was a devout Christian and held vast knowledge of the Bible and Biblical history. He would often engage in lengthy insightful discussions and debates on a variety of topics.
Billy was a free spirit and longed for time spent traveling across the United States visiting family or historical sites and experiencing the wonder of God's gifts of nature. He held an unfulfilled dream of visiting all the National Parks in an RV. He loved the open road.
He was a dreamer with an entrepreneurial spirit and often discussed his ideas for inventions and new business ventures. He loved the art of the deal. Billy was a hard worker and prior to his disability, he took great pride in his career as a professional painter and home improvement contractor.
Above all, Billy maintained a reputation of a kind and generous soul who had a heart of gold. He could be counted on to root for the underdog and to stand up for those who could not stand up for themselves. He was quick to open his home to those needing shelter. He fed and clothed those less fortunate even at times when his resources were limited.
Billy is survived by his wife, Kim (Gourley) Slatton, his daughter Erica Lingley-Slatton of Manchester, NH, and her wife Hannah; his son Johnny Slatton of Manchester, NH and his children’s mother, Christina Dickens of Warner, NH; step-daughter Angel Slobuszewski and her wife Robin of Deering, NH; stepdaughter Tonya Slobuszewski of Joanna,SC, his step grandsons Antonio and Ashton. He is survived by his father John Nigro of Sandwich, MA; his siblings and their spouses: Brenda and Bill Kolb of Sandwich, MA; Bonnie and David Olson of Canaan, VT; David and Deanna Slatton of Billerica, MA; Sandra Zaniewski of Mashpee, MA; Darlene and Eric Hopkins of Burlington, MA; sister-in-law Teresa Slatton of Punta Gorda, FL; his nieces and nephews: Billy Kolb, Brian Kolb, Alex Olson, Michael Slatton, Cameron Slatton, Samantha Slatton, Rachel Zaniewski, Kaitlyn Zaniewski, Emily Hopkins, Evan Hopkins and Angela Galeone.
Billy was preceded in death by his mother Beatrice “Betsy” Nigro, his birth father Johnny Slatton and his brother John Slatton.
Visiting Hours will be at The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 60 Forest Park Road, Woburn, MA on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 4:00PM-8:00PM. A memorial service will be held at the church on Saturday, January 25 at 12:00 Noon. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn, MA.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to his GoFundMe account at www.gofundme.com
Dorothy L. (Nelson) Barrucci, 99, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away at her home on Thursday morning, January 16. She was the wife of the late Ermino J. Barrucci who died in 2007.
Born and raised in Burlington, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Tura, and the late Esther Nelson. Before leaving work to concentrate on raising her family, Dorothy worked as a Bank Teller in Boston. Dorothy loved touring the United States and Mexico with her husband and young family in their travel trailer.
Dorothy is survived by two sons, Richard Barrucci of Woburn, Peter Barrucci and his wife Mary Ann of Seminole, FL; and five grandchildren, Lisa Cummings, Richard Barrucci, Jr., Joseph Barrucci, Jessica Ellis, and Regan Barrucci. She is also survived by eight great grandchildren, and she was the sister of Lorraine Gustafson of Ft. Myers, FL, Jean Foley of Burlington, and the late Arnold Nelson.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Monday, January 20 from 4-8 pm. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 21 at 10:00 am, followed by burial at the Calvary Cemetery in Winchester.
Pauline M. “Polly” Stuart, of Woburn, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 7. She was 96 years of age.
Born Mary Pauline Garden in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada; she was the fourth of nine children of the late Earl William Garden, and the late Elizabeth Delores (Saul) Garden.
Pauline and her family came to Woburn from Canada when she was two years old, later becoming naturalized U.S. Citizens in 1940. She was proud of her Scottish, English, Irish, and Canadian descent.
“Polly,” as she was known to her family and friends, graduated from Woburn High School, Class of 1942. She lived in Woburn for most of her life. A skilled seamstress and sewing instructor, “Polly’s Sewing Studio” in Woburn and Andover was her pride and joy! She also loved to decorate…anything!
Polly was always active and involved with helping people. In the 1960s, she volunteered with the American Red Cross to help families who had lost their homes to fires. In 2003, Polly traveled to Washington D.C. with the Medicare Coalition to advocate for prescription drug coverage being added to Medicare, which through the efforts people like her, was accomplished in 2006.
Polly also taught English to Non-English speaking immigrant families, and she was an volunteer Ambassador for Tufts Medicare Preferred for 15 years where she helped people through the process of signing up for Medicare.
Her most grateful life moment was being able to move back to Woburn from California in 1959, with her two children, and purchase her home where she lived until her passing. Polly was an independent, loving, and caring woman who lived life to the fullest. She always said that she wanted to live in the year 2020, and this she did!
Pauline is survived by her daughter, Kim M. Bolton of Melrose; and her grandsons, Tristan Bolton of Danville, CA, and Nathaniel Bolton of Watertown, both formerly of Gloucester; her step-daughter, Martha “Marti” (Stuart) Szatkowski of Bourne; and she was preceded in death by her son, the late Ronald Lee Bolton. She is also survived by one sister, Judith Fiorilla of Arizona, and Edmund “Ed” Garden of Canton. In addition to her parents and her son, Pauline is also preceded in death by three brothers, the late Douglas W. Garden, the late John Garden, and the late Donald Garden; and three sisters, the late Elizabeth “Bette” Garden, the late Eleanor S. Golden, and the late Delores Diane Barry.
It was Polly’s wish that her ashes be interred at her mother’s grave after the spring thaw, when the flowers bloom at a date to be announced. Contributions in Polly’s memory may be made to the Perkins school for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St. Watertown, MA 02472 (www.perkins.org). Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Lisa DeMone, of Lowell, formerly of Lunenburg and Burlington, passed away at the Lowell General Hospital after a lengthy illness on Monday, December 30. She was 55 years of age.
Born in Winchester and raised in Burlington, she was the daughter of the late Norman W., and the late Greta (Anderson) DeMone. Lisa was a graduate of Burlington High School. She had worked for a time at MDC Corporation in Westford, prior to her retirement due to health reasons.
Lisa is survived by two brothers, Douglas DeMone of Burlington, and Bryan DeMone and his wife Karen of Burlington; two sisters, Linda Thellen and her husband Richard of Lexington, NC, and Jodi Smith of Nashua, NH; and she was the longtime companion of Dennis Boudreau of Lowell. She is also survived by seven nieces and nephews, Jenna Massa, Derrick DeMone, Wesley Ripa, Rachael Smith, and Kristin, Scott, and Stacy Thellen; and three great nephews, Joseph Reyes, Cameryn Thellen, and Alister Pepin.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday morning, January 7, 2020 from 9:00-11:00 am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lisa’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241
Daniel J. Fowle, of Malden, formerly of Woburn, passed away at his home after a lengthy illness on Monday, December 23. He was 66 years of age.
Born and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Alfred C. “Bud” Fowle, and the late Barbara F. (Davis) Fowle. “Dan” as he was known to his friends and family, was a graduate of St. Charles School, and Woburn High School, Class of 1972; and he attended Bunker Hill Community College.
Soon after graduation, Dan enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as an Electrician’s Mate aboard the USS Sierra, earning his Honorable Discharge in 1977. Dan continued to serve in the Navy Reserve until 1979.
Dan was a member of the Boy Scouts, Explorers, and ROTC and enjoyed photography, cars, boating and tinkering with electronics.
Dan was compassionate and very loving to his family and friends, always keeping in touch, regardless of his failing health. Despite his declining health in later years, Dan continued to help people and serve as a strong advocate for those in need.
Dan is survived by his five brothers and sisters, 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 (Fowle) Kinney of Woburn. He is also survived by his dear friend Chantal Alexandre of Lynn; many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Sunday, January 5 from 2:00-5:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 5:00 pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dan’s memory may be made to Heroes on the Water-Boston, MA Chapter, 101-C North Greenville Ave., Allen, TX 75002 (www.heroesonthewater.org)
Juliana Eloise (Belangia) Everberg, of Woburn, passed away at the Woodbriar Nursing Facility in Wilmington on Monday, December 23. She was 75 years of age.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia on May 3, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Joyce & Julian Belangia; and she was the loving wife of Paul D Everberg.
Juliana completed her public education in South Norfolk (now Chesapeake) Virginia, and then went on to become a telephone operator. Juliana married Paul Everberg in Virginia and then moved to Woburn, MA to raise a family.
Juliana gave birth to three children: James, Christina & David. Juliana was a volunteer worker at the White Elementary School on Bow Street when her children were students there. During this time, Juliana was active as a leader with the Girl Scouts.
As Juliana’s children moved up from Elementary School to Junior High School, she re-entered the work force as a Telephone Operator/Receptionist and was employed by three companies over her working years – 1st for Metcalf & Eddy in Wakefield, 2nd for Prime Computer in Bedford and 3rd for Standard Electric in Wilmington.
After moving from Virginia to Woburn, Juliana lived in the same house in the Beach Street neighborhood, except for 18 months during 1979 & 1980 where she and family lived in El Paso, Texas. Juliana loved flowers and always maintained several flower beds around the house. Juliana also kept many potted plants inside the house.
In addition to her husband Paul, Juliana is survived by two sons and one daughter, James and his wife Susan of Chesapeake, VA, Christina Caamano and her partner Dean Stiglitz of Woburn, and David and his wife Joy of Longmont, CO; and her sister Myra Elmore of Chesapeake, VA. Juliana is also survived by four grandchildren: Emma, James, Aurora and Eleanor.
Private services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Juliana’s memory may be made to the Woburn High School Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 202, Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Robert Lewis Vieira, of Malden, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, December 27. He was 35 years of age.
Born in Stoneham and raised in Malden, Robert was the son of Domingos M. Vieira of Tewksbury, and the late Michelle Vieira. Robert was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 2003. While at Malden High, he was a member of the Football team and wrestling team; and also played baseball.
Robert enlisted in the Army in 2006, serving in South Korea, two tours in Iraq, and also in Afghanistan. Robert was an avid Boston sports fan, and an amateur photographer.
In addition to his father, Robert is also survived by one sister, Kristina Vieira of Malden; two brothers, Jordan and Jacob Vieira, both of Tewksbury; his step-mother Nellie Vieira of Tewksbury; his grandmothers, Maria Vieira of Woburn, and Carol Lewis of Medford; and one niece, Sophia Vieira. Robert is further survived by his aunts and uncle, Helia Morris, Lee Pariseau, Joseph Vieira, Leslie Callinan, and Suzanne Moreira; several cousins, and his faithful dog “Charlie.”
The funeral will be from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday, January 2, 2020 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 on Wednesday, January 1 from 4-8 pm. Burial will be private. Contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675
George A. McLaughlin, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, December 9, 2019. The beloved husband of the late Ada (Buccelli) he was 89 years old.
George was born and raised in Woburn. He was one of six children born to the late Bernard and Rose (Freelan)McLaughlin. George was a 1947 graduate of Woburn High School.
At the young age of 9 George started to work at the Givens Greenhouse which was located across from his family home and St. Anthony’s Church. George would go to school during the day and after school help deliver flowers from the greenhouse into Boston. In the 70’s when the greenhouses started to reduce their production during the energy crisis, George changed careers. He went back to school to obtain his journeyman electrician’s license and worked as an Electrician for J. H. Winn, which eventually became a subsidiary of Textron. George retired with over 25 years of service to the company.
George would meet his future wife doing what both of them liked to do best – Dancing! They met a Mosley’s on the Charles Ballroom and married at St. Peters in Dorchester on September 9, 1961. George and Ada would literally build their home together in Woburn. They would work during the day and in the evenings work on the house. They loved their home and created many loving memories with their children and grandchildren.
George and Ada loved to dance. They enjoyed square dancing at various music clubs throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. They were members of the Baldwin Apple Squares Club at the Woburn Senior Center. George taught line dancing every Tuesday at the Senior Center with Ada right at his side helping with the lessons. George and Ada had a wonderful marriage and his heart was broken when Ada passed in August of 2018.
George raised his two children with the same values that he had; dedication to his family, solid catholic faith and a strong work ethic. He was a longtime member of St. Anthony’s church and attended daily Mass. George will be remembered as a quiet man but a personable man who had great love for his family, his church and the community that he lived in.
George was the beloved husband of the late Ada T. (Buccelli). Loving father of George Jr of Woburn and Linda LaFauci & her husband Hugo of Chelmsford. Proud grandfather of Natassia LaFauci, Domenic LaFauci & his wife Michelle and Shavonne LaFauci of the United States Navy. Great grandfather of Amelia LaFauci. Brother of the late Leo McLaughlin, Lillian Pentland, Jake McLaughlin and Bernard “Butch” McLaughlin. Brother in law of Beverly McLaughlin. He is also survived by many neices and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, Woburn on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 3-7 p.m. Funeral from the Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, 851 Main St., Woburn at 9 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Memorials in George’s name may be made the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School St. Woburn, MA 01801.
Judy (Essigmann) Brown, 69, of Woburn, passed away peacefully at home after a short illness on Tuesday evening, December 3. She was the wife of the late Richard F. Brown, Sr. who died in 2016.
Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of Helen L. (Marion) Essigmann and the late John W. Essigmann, of Woburn. Judy was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1968.
Judy was always a very hard worker. She started working at the Woburn Nursing Center during her junior year of high school and made many lifelong friends during her 20+ years there. She truly loved her work as a Nurse’s Aid and eventually began working as a private home health aid. She always treated her clients like family and went above and beyond to make sure they enjoyed their final years.
Aside from working full-time, Judy was always extremely involved with her children and grandchildren’s school and extracurricular activities. She was a big part of the Linscott-Rumford School’s PTO for many years, volunteering her time for fundraising, field trips, Halloween float decorating, and anything involving crafts. Her most cherished contribution was sewing most of (if not all of) the costumes for different school events. She also took a lot of pride in being a Girl Scout Troop Leader.
Judy loved being a hockey mom and served as a “Team Mother” for her son’s and daughter’s teams over the years. She helped with a lot of the fundraising and planning, and still found the time to host pasta/poster parties and drive the team/cheerleaders around to toilet paper houses the night before a big game.
Most recently, Judy worked as a Paraprofessional at the Joyce Middle School, retiring this past Spring after a 13+ year career. She started this career path at the Linscott-Rumford School and spent most of her years at the Goodyear School. She loved working with the children and enjoyed her job immensely.
She loved spending time with her family, and enjoyed many summers camping in New Hampshire. She also enjoyed playing Keno and traveling to Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, and Twin River Casino with friends. Some of her fondest memories were of bus trips to Atlantic City years ago.
In addition to her mother, Helen Essigmann, Judy is survived by two sons, Mark Brown and his wife Jennifer of Woburn, Jonathan Brown and his wife Eryn of Woburn; a daughter, Melinda Brown of Woburn; two step-daughters, Julie (Brown) LaPointe and her husband Richard, and Jill (Brown) Foley and her late husband Robert; all of Woburn. She was preceded in death by one son, the late Richard Brown, Jr., and one step-daughter, the late Debra (Brown) White; and survived by her son-in-law Michael White of East Bridgewater. Judy is also survived by twelve grandchildren, Mark, Joshua, Jeremy, Jason, Alana, and Jacob Brown; Tyler and Christopher White, Justin and Nicholas Lindahl, Meredith LaPointe, and Jameson Foley. She is further survived by her siblings, John W. Essigmann, Jr. and his wife Kathleen, Sybil Wilson, Wendy Essigmann, Ann Essigmann, all of Woburn; and Pamela DeSouza of Phoenix, Arizona and her late husband Brian DeSouza.
A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Monday evening, December 9 at 7:00 pm. Visiting hours will be prior to the service from 4:00-7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Judy’s memory may be made to the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801.
Andrew A. Verras, 95, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away after a long illness on Sunday morning, November 17th. He was the beloved husband of Hope (Xenakis) Verras.
Born and raised in Woburn, he was the son of the late Alexios and Constandina (Koufopoulos) Verras. After graduating from Woburn High School, Andy enlisted in the United States Navy. He proudly served during World War II aboard the destroyer escort USS Smartt. Following his Honorable Discharge from the Navy in 1946, Andy went to work as a machinist for General Electric in Lynn. As a young veteran, he was an active member of the VFW. In the late 1950’s, Andy became reacquainted with Hope Xenakis, a fellow-Greek that he had known for many years. They married in 1960 raising four children. A lifelong member of the Woburn Greek Orthodox Church, he was actively involved in the Order of Ahepa. He was a member of this philanthropic group for over sixty years, having served as President for many of them. Andy retired from G.E. in 1986, after 40 years of dedicated service.
After his retirement, Andy enjoyed traveling, watching sports and entertaining his friends with his quick wit and hilarious stories. Known for his mastery of Greek dancing, Andy was always the first one up to lead a dance with a white handkerchief in hand. Later in life he was blessed with ten grandchildren - all of whom gave him a great sense of pride.
He was the loving father of Alexander Verras and his friend and former wife Lisa Panagopoulos; Constance Geraniotis and her husband Dr. Evangelos “Van” Geraniotis of Orleans, Katrina Hanewich and her husband John Hanewich of Cotuit; and the late Malcolm Verras. He was the loving papou to ten grandchildren, Andrew, Kristina, Paul, and Steven Verras; Paris, Alexa, and Coralea Geraniotis; and Lydia, Isabelle, and Abby Hanewich. He was the dedicated brother of the late Angeline LeFever, Sophie Davidson, and Peter Verras.
An hour of visitation will be held at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn on Saturday, November 23 from 10:00-11:00 AM, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 AM. Burial with Military Honors will take place at the Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn. Family and friends are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
John P. D’Agostino, Jr.,79, passed away on Wednesday, November 13. He was the husband of the late Lucille A. (Tombarello) D’Agostino.
Born and raised in Lawrence, he was the son of the late John, and the late Alexandria “Sandi” (Cicoria) D’Agostino. John was a graduate of Lawrence High School, Class of 1957. While at Lawrence High School, he met his future wife Lucille. They were married for 53 years, until her death in 2013.
John enlisted in the Air Force in 1957. While serving in the Air Force, he received training on computer systems, which were in their infancy in the military at the time. Upon earning his Honorable Discharge in 1961, he was hired by Raytheon Corporation. He spent his entire career at Raytheon retiring as Information Processing Systems Manager after 35 years.
John’s greatest joy in life came from his family. He and Lucille hosted all the family gatherings, from Thanksgiving and Christmas to Valentine’s Day and Halloween. John was happiest when his family was with him. He dearly loved his children, Linda, Johnny and Barbra and his “second son”, nephew Ronnie Bellanti along with all of his nieces and nephews. But his utmost happiness came from his grandchildren. They were his world. He felt especially blessed when he became a great-grandfather to Addison Lucille.
Throughout his life, John was an avid fan of all sports. From playing to coaching to spectating, he enjoyed it all. His knowledge of sports related trivia was unsurpassed. Another of John’s passions was music. John always had a love for music from singing with the “Tally-Ho’s” as a teen to crooning to the rest of us throughout his life. This we will all miss.
John is survived by two daughters and one son, Linda D’Agostino of Salem, NH, John D’Agostino of Newburyport, and Barbra Graham and her husband Chuck of Woburn. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Joshua D’Agostino and his wife Nicki of Arlington, Lauren Graham, Jessica Graham, and Katie Graham all of Woburn; and one great granddaughter, Addison D’Agostino. John is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Beverly D’Agostino of Seabrook, NH, and JoAnn DeLucia and Carleen Johnson, both of Salem, NH; and several devoted nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, the late Raymond D’Agostino.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Tuesday, November 19 from 3:00-5:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 5:00 pm. Burial will be private. Contributions in John’s memory may be made to Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 (www.jimmyfund.org/gift)
Robert S. “Bob” Clark, 87, of Woburn, passed away after a short illness on Monday morning, November 11. He was the husband of Barbara A. (Comeau) Clark.
Born in Lexington on August 30, 1932 and raised in Winchester, he was the son of the late Ernest, and the late Mary (Stevens) Clark. “Bob,” as he was known to family and friends, was a graduate of Winchester High School; and he went on to attend George Mason University.
Bob and his wife Barbara were married on September 14, 1957. They lived in Reading, MA and Fairfax, Virginia before coming to Woburn in 1978. Prior to his retirement, Bob worked as a Sales Representative for several companies, including Philco, Sylvania, and Sony.
Bob loved spending time with his family, he was an avid golfer, and he enjoyed going out to eat. If you needed help working on your house, a ride somewhere, or anything else; Bob would be there for you.
In addition to his wife Barbara, Robert is survived by two daughters and a son, Susan Kaempf of Hudson, NH, Kathleen Varney and her husband Scott of Westford, and Paul Clark of Woburn. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Stephen, Allison, David, Dominique, Curtis, Brett, and Erica; and one great granddaughter, Makayla. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, the late Ernest Clark.
Services will be private. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Marjorie “Bunny” (Daw) Johnson, 95, died on Saturday Evening, November 2. She was the wife of the late Melvin “Bud” Johnson.
Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Harry W. Daw, and the late Margaret (Rock) Daw. Bunny was raised in Woburn, graduating from Woburn High School with the Class of 1942.
She worked at the Atlantic Gelatin plant after high school, and later worked at the Kennedy Middle School in the Food Service Department for many years until her retirement. In her leisure time, Marjorie loved to travel, play Bingo, and root for the Red Sox and Patriots.
Marjorie is survived by three children, Richard A. Johnson of Woburn, William P. Johnson of Maine, and Janice E. White of Nevada; twelve grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Marjorie was preceded in death by one son, the late Robert E. Johnson; one daughter, the late Deborah E. Johnson; and her siblings, the late Harry W. Daw, Jr., the late Thomas C. Daw, the late Richard A. Daw, the late Eleanor Murray, and the late Dorothy L. Connors.
A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, November 8 at 11:00 am, followed by burial at the Calvary Cemetery in Winchester.
Maryan Lea (Mackay) “Mandy” Breen of Woburn, formerly of Medford, Oct. 28, 2019. Wife of the late Ronald D. Breen, Sr. Mother of Ronald D. Breen, Jr and his wife Nancy; Michael T. Breen and his late wife Donna all of Plaistow, NH; Alison B. Yankowskas and her husband Paul of Londonderry, NH and Maura B. Erwin and her husband Peter of Assonet. Daughter of the late George L. and Mary G. (Ryan) Mackay. Sister of the late George L. Mackay, Jr. Catherine Jane Kierstead and James Mackay. Grandmother of Christina Breen and her fiancé Riley Carmer, Andrew Breen, Erin Yankowskas, Meghan Yankowskas and her husband Ryan Chiu, Patrick and Seamus Erwin and the late Sean Breen. Special aunt of Maryanne Cooper of VA. Also survived by many other nieces, nephews, cousins and her dog Ellie. Funeral from the Graham Funeral Home 3 Arlington Rd. (cor. of Pleasant St.) Woburn on Monday, Nov. 4 at 9:00am, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church 138 Cambridge Rd. Woburn at 10:00am. Visiting hours will be at the funeral home on Sunday Nov 3 from 1-4pm. Interment private. Memorial donations may be made to either the Mystic Valley Elder Services Development Office 300 Commercial St. #19, Malden MA 02148 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis TN 38105. www.grahamfuneral.com
Marguerite M. (Anderson) Johnson, a resident of Woburn for 62 years formerly of Winchester, passed away peacefully at her home on October 28, 2019. She was 85 years of age.
Marguerite was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on June 2, 1934 the daughter of Oscar R. and Esther H. (Lawson) Anderson. She grew up in Winchester and graduated from Winchester High School.
Marguerite’s family was first and foremost in her life. She enjoyed hosting all the holiday meals and never missed attending a family event. She enjoyed traveling and her favorite vacation spot was Hawaii.
Marguerite was the mother of Dianne J. Turney and her husband Paul of Woburn and Dennis J. Johnson and his wife Jacqueline of Swampscott. Twin sister of Marjorie Maginnis of Woburn, Mildred Zisa of New Jersey, the late Frederick Anderson, Evelyn Lloyd and Walter Anderson. Grandmother of Shane and Ashley Johnson, Craig Silva and the late Megan Silva. Great grandmother of Zachary Johnson. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, November 2 at 10:00am. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home Friday evening from 4-8 pm. Interment at Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Burlington. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 3 Speen St. Suite 250 Framingham, MA 01701.
Joseph F. Sylva, 70, of Wakefield, formerly of Bedford, MA, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 8th.
Joe was born and raised in Somerville. He was predeceased by his parents whom he adored, Joseph and Margaret (McDonald) Sylva, and his older brother and best friend John Sylva.
Joe was a graduate of Matignon High School, class of 1967, and went on to attend Boston College earning his undergraduate degree in 1971. He then then furthered his education, earning his MBA from Suffolk University, and his Juris Doctor from The New England School of Law in 1979.
Joe practiced law until the early nineties when he became afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis, which he courageously battled for the better part of three decades.
Joe’s favorite past-time was watching all Boston sports and he was without a doubt the Red Sox’s biggest fan. He was even known to watch Yankees’ games from time to time just to cheer on their opponents.
Joe is survived by his devoted wife and forever soulmate, Patricia (Maher) Sylva as well as his three children and daughter-in-law, and his beloved grandson. He also leaves behind two brothers and many cousins, nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Joe personified love in every sense of the word and he will be remembered for his kind heart and strength. He will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him.
At Joe’s request, no services will be held. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn. www.grahamfuneral.com
Donald McLatchy, 74, of Woburn, passed away Sunday morning, October 13 after a 2-year battle with cancer.
Born August 13, 1945, he was the eldest son of the late William & late Helen (Hodge) McLatchy of Woburn.
Donald was a lifelong resident of Woburn where he attended Woburn Public Schools, raised his children and ran his vinyl siding business, McLatchy & Sawyer Home Improvement for over 30 years.
In his younger years, Donald could always be found outdoors, whether standing on staging repairing a home, tending to his garden or sitting on the front porch. In more recent times he would often be seen reading the sports page while sitting by Horn Pond or at the local field watching a youth baseball game.
Donald is survived by his two daughters, Alison Bryer and Eliza Lucas; his four grandchildren Jacob, Abigail, Amelia and Caroline; two siblings, John McLatchy of NH and William McLatchy III of ME and their families; and preceded in death by his sister, Velma (Mickey) McLatchy.
Visiting hours will be held at Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10:00 am, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 am. Lunch will be held at the Woburn City Athletic Club following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Donald’s memory can be made to Kaplan Family Hospice House, c/o Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923
George Wouralis, 83, of Lexington, passed away after a lengthy illness on Monday evening, September 30. He was the husband of Toula (Karalekas) Wouralis.
Born in Somerville, he was the son of the late Daniel, and the late Maria Wouralis. George was a graduate of Tufts University, where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. George worked as an Engineer for the Department of Defense at Hanscom Air Force Base for 33 years prior to his retirement.
In addition to his beloved wife Toula, George is survived by one daughter, Maria Wouralis of Woburn; two sons, Daniel Wouralis and his wife Marina of Lexington, and Christos Wouralis of Melbourne Beach, Florida. He is also survived by six grandchildren, James, Nikki, Halle, Christos, Jr., Alex, and Toula; and one brother, Peter Wouralis and his wife Ethel of Coral Gables, Florida.
A funeral service will be held at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 17 Meriam St., Lexington on Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 am. An hour of visitation will be prior to the service at the church from 9:00-10:00 am. Burial will be at the Westview Cemetery in Lexington.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in George’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 (www.alz.org) Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
Janice H. (Gunnerson) Rose, of Framingham, formerly of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, September 29. She was 82 years of age.
Born in Cambridge and raised in Arlington, she was the daughter of the late J. Herbert, and the late Mary (Lewis) Gunnerson; and she was the wife of the late Paul A. Rose who died in 2004.
Janice and Paul had lived in several places throughout the World while her late husband was serving in the Air Force. Janice was an avid swimmer, and became involved with swimming programs throughout Japan. After Paul’s retirement from the Air Force in 1975, they came to settle in Wilmington.
Janice spent many years employed as a Medical Secretary at the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, retiring in 2004. She loved spending time in Chatham with her family and friends. She loved swimming, boating, reading, cribbage and spending time at the beach.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Janice was preceded in death by her daughter, the late Mary Rose; and her brother, the late John Gunnerson.
She is survived by her son, Rusty Rose and his wife Mari of Framingham; and two granddaughters, Maegan and Hannah Rose of Framingham. She is also survived by two nieces, Barbara Wilson of Keene, NH, and Marie Gunnerson of Maynard; and many friends and extended family members.
A memorial service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Friday, October 4. At 10:00 am. Burial will be private. Contributions in Janice’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice supporting our veterans.
Russell “Russ” Moore, 70, of Wilmington, passed away on Friday evening, September 27 after a long battle with cancer. He was the husband of Sharon (Cullivan) Moore.
Born in Woburn on February 16, 1949, he was the son of the late Thomas and Jean (Stenquist) Moore. Russ was raised in Woburn, and graduated from Woburn Memorial High School in 1967.
Russell was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He received the Purple Heart after being wounded in combat. Russell married his wife Sharon on October 16,1971, and they had been married for almost 48 years.
Russell was part owner of Gray’s Appliance in Melrose where he worked for many years. He truly enjoyed working at the business and, and continued to work part time all the way up to the time of his passing.
Russ enjoyed being outside; gardening; spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren; and his morning gym routine with all of the friends he made there.
Russell is survived by his wife Sharon; two sons, Brian Moore and his wife Jodi, Michael Moore and is wife Crystal, all of Wilmington; and his four grandchildren, Sean, Nicholas, Adrienne and Kiersten, also all of Wilmington. He is also survived by his three siblings, David Moore and his wife Marion of Mashpee, Alison Moore and her partner Michelle of Woburn, and Douglas Moore and his wife Kathleen of Wilmington; and their families.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Thursday evening, October 3 from 4-8 pm. A funeral service will be held at the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., Woburn on Friday afternoon, October 4 at 12:30 pm, followed by burial with Military Honors at the Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington.
Contributions in Russell’s memory may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o Gift Processing Center, 41 Mall Rd., Burlington, MA 01805; or a local veterans charity of your choice.
Joan L. (O’Rourke) Graham, 68, of Hooksett, NH, passed away at her home on Friday morning, September 13. She was the beloved wife of Albert “Al” Graham.
Born in Everett and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Peter, and the late Lillian F. (MacDonald) O’Rourke.
Joan was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1969. Joan and her husband Al were longtime residents of New Hampshire, moving there from Woburn when they were married.
Joan was a Licensed Nurse’s Assistant, and had worked at the St. Joseph Residence Nursing Home in Manchester, NH prior to her retirement. She was also a volunteer for the American Red Cross, and was active with their blood donation programs.
In addition to her husband Al, Joan is survived by two sons, Keith A. Graham of Watertown, Wisconsin, and Robert E. Graham of Hooksett, NH. She is also survived by four brothers, Peter, Stephen, David, and John O’Rourke; one sister, Susan Perkins; and she was preceded in death by her sister, the late Janice Damon.
A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Wednesday, October 2 at 11:30 am. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10-11:30 am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701
Christine Anne Favorat, age 65 of Hampstead, NH and Winchester passed away peacefully at Merrimack Valley High Pointe Hospice House on September 21 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Born January 2, 1954 in Everett, MA, daughter of Margaret and Frank Favorat Jr. Christine was a graduate of Winchester High School and Melrose Wakefield School of Nursing. Her career included many years at the Choate Hospital of Woburn and Winchester Hospital as a telemetry nurse.
Christine enjoyed traveling, but mostly enjoyed spending time at her beloved Mt. Pero – sitting in her swing on the porch, or taking rides to nowhere with her mother on back country roads.
Christine was a lover of all animals – donating to countless charities. Recently buying a goat which she named Blossom (being raised by niece Jayme). She leaves behind her “baby” Gracie, a Morkie. Her earlier dog babies were Ginger and Molly, both Cairn Terriers.
Christine was predeceased by her father Frank Favorat Jr. and sister Carol Lynne Favorat. Grandparents, beloved aunt and uncles.
Christine is survived by her mother, Margaret Christine Favorat, who she lived with her entire life, of Hampstead, NH. Sister and brother in law Ellen and Christopher McCune of Hampstead, NH. Her niece Jayme Louise and her husband Travis Pendergraft. Great nephew Luke Olen Pendergraft born in July of Marshall, VA. Niece Erin Kathryn McCune of Manchester, NH and Emily Groves McCune and fiancé Christopher Dalto of Palo Alto, CA. Also survived by beloved uncle, aunts, and cousins with whom she was very close.
Christine’s family extends their sincerest gratitude to the Colonial Poplin House of Fremont, NH and the High Pointe Hospice House of Haverhill, MA, who provided much love, care, and support to Christine and her family.
A funeral service will be held at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Saturday, September 28 at 1:00 pm. Visiting hours will be prior to the service on Saturday from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. Burial will be at the Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Burlington. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Christine’s memory may be made to the Frank Favorat, Jr. Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 321, Wakefield, MA 01880.
John R. Bilodeau, of Reading, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 21. He was 49 years of age.
Born in Melrose, he was the son of Henry Bilodeau of Lawrence, and the late Anne (Houle) Bilodeau; and he was the husband of Kelley Hanright.
John was a graduate of Reading Memorial High School. He worked as an HVAC Technician, serving many homes and businesses in the area. John was also an avid sports fan.
In addition to his wife Kelley and his father Henry, John is also survived by his daughter, Lilah Bilodeau; his step-daughter, Katheleene Williams; and three brothers, Stephen, Danny, and Mike Bilodeau. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Catherine Lindbom.
Visiting hours will be at the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Rd., Woburn on Sunday afternoon, September 1 from 2:00-4:00, followed by a celebration of his life at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to John’s daughter Lilah, for her education fund.
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.