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Obituaries

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Despin (Angelopoulos) Kotsakis

Despin (Angelopoulos) Kotsakis 1927-2015

Despin (Angelopoulos) Kotsakis, of Melrose, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on May 20, 2015 at the age of 88. Despin was born & raised in Melrose, a lifelong Melrose resident and attended Melrose schools. She worked for many years at Peter's Market in Melrose and enjoyed shopping, gardening, needlepoint, cooking, arts & crafts, gold leafing, refinishing furniture, was a collector of Dolls and loved cats. Despin was an active...

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Sandra Marie DellaRusso

Sandra Marie DellaRusso 1936-2015

Sandra Marie (Jangro) DellaRusso of Melrose passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Sandee was born to Edmond and Alice (Pistey) Jangro in Stoneham, grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1953. She helped raise her brothers and sister while working as a model for the Ford Modeling Agency and for Bob Lippman Ad Agency in Boston. Sandee lived in Melrose for 36 years, was a longtime member of The Incarnation Church...

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Donato Ventresca

Donato Ventresca 1933-2015

Donato Ventresca Sr. passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, on May 13, 2015. He was 81 years of age. Donato was born in Italy on September 2, 1933 to the late Giovanni & Loreta (Federico) Ventresca. He was raised in Italy and came to America at the age of 19. Mr. Ventresca lived in the North End of Boston for many years before moving Melrose 45 years ago. Donato was the owner of Great Northern Construction Company in Medford which he ran for...

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Francis X. "Frank" O'Connor

Francis X. "Frank" O'Connor 1945-2015

Francis X. "Frank" O'Connor, of Malden, passed away on May 8, 2015 at the age of 70. Frank was born on March 24, 1945 to John and Ellen (Shepherd) in Somerville, MA. He was raised in Somerville and attended Somerville schools. After graduating from high school, Frank enlisted in the United States Navy. He served honorably for four years during the Vietnam War. After the war, Frank continued his education by earning an Associate's Degree from...

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Mary Margaret (Brennan) Lawlor

Mary Margaret (Brennan) Lawlor 1932-2015

Mary Margaret (Brennan) Lawlor passed away at her home in Melrose on Sunday, May 10, 2015. She was 83 years of age. Mary was born in Somerville on May 6, 1932 to the late Thomas & Kathryn (Thistle) Brennan. She was raised in Somerville, attended Somerville schools and lived in Somerville most of her life until moving to Melrose 10 years ago. Mrs. Lawlor was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend to many,...

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John R. Mitchell

John R. Mitchell 1955-2015

John R. Mitchell, of Melrose, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 after a lengthy illness. John was born on May 13, 1955 in Boston, MA to William and Evelyn (White) Mitchell. He was raised in Stoneham along with his seven siblings. He attended Stoneham schools and graduated from Stoneham High School in 1973. Years later, John decided to continue his education at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont. After graduating, John pursued a...

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Robert F. "Bob" Shea

Robert F. "Bob" Shea 1937-2015

Robert F. "Bob" Shea, of Londonderry, NH, formerly of Melrose, passed away on April 26, 2015 at the age of 78. Bob was born in Melrose on April 1, 1937 to Joseph and Margaret (O'Leary) Shea. He graduated from Malden Catholic in 1955 and went on to enlist in the United States Marine Corps where he honorably served his country from1957-1961. After serving in the Marines, Bob spent many years working as a truck driver for United Liquors, and was...

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Marie R. (Pizzella) Cremin

Marie R. (Pizzella) Cremin 1920-2015

Marie R. (Pizzella) Cremin, 95, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at her home in Melrose, MA. She was the beloved wife of 60 years to the late Michael J. Cremin. She was a devoted mother of seven, and the cherished grandmother of twenty grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Marie was born in Somerville, MA on January 8, 1920. A strong believer in the importance of education, she graduated from...

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Paul Francis Granger

Paul Francis Granger 1933-2015

Paul Francis Granger, 81, of Parkville, Maryland passed away surrounded by his loving family on April 18, 2015. Paul was born in Worcester, MA on September 28, 1933 to the late George A. and Mary B. (Faucher) Granger. He grew up in Charleton, MA and graduated from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA in 1955. Paul was in the Glee Club at Holy Cross, and was a member of the Varsity 4 quartet. Paul was a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Air...

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Marie L. O'Connell

Marie L. O'Connell 1928-2015

Marie L. O'Connell February 15, 1928-April 17, 2015 Marie L. (Lynch) O'Connell passed away peacefully on April 17, 2015, after a brief illness. She was 87 years old. Marie raised 10 children in Melrose with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connell, who passed away in 1995. Since 2011, she had lived in Reading and Peabody. Marie was the loving mother of Daniel O'Connell and wife Donna of Reading, Susan Chandler and husband Rod of Reading, William O...

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Ernest A. Masiello

Ernest A. Masiello 1926-2015

Ernest A. Masiello passed away at Fish Memorial Hospital in Deltona, Florida on April 15, 2015. He was 88 years of age. Ernie was born in Melrose on November 30, 1926 to the late Angelo & Angelina (Bevilaqua) Masiello. He was raised in Melrose, attended Melrose High School and was a lifelong resident. Mr. Masiello summered at Bow Lake in NH since 1959 and wintered in Deltona, Florida since 1976. Ernie entered the US Navy in 1944 and served his...

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Paul R Murphy, Jr.

Paul R Murphy, Jr. 1941-2015

Paul R. Murphy Jr., of Melrose, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2015 at the age of 73. Paul was born on September 6, 1941 in Boston, MA to Paul and Mary (Lynch) Murphy. Mary passed away tragically due to complications at birth. Paul Sr. later remarried to Kathleen (Dinatale) Murphy who was a loving adopted mother. Paul grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1959. He went on to study engineering and was recruited...

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Mary J. Delaney

Mary J. Delaney 1942-2015

Mary J. (Niska) Delaney, of Melrose, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at the age of 72. Mary was born on August 1, 1942 to Alfred and Florence (MacEacheron) Niska in Lynn, MA. Mary was raised in Lynn, and moved to Melrose after meeting the love of her life, George Delaney. Mary and George were married in 1968 and moved into a home on Upham St., where they raised their daughter Lia. Together, Mary and George owned and operated the Tennis Barn...

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Antonio John Ferraro

Antonio John Ferraro 1918-2015

Antonio John Ferraro passed away at the Daniel's House in Reading on Monday April 6, 2015. He was 96 years of age. Antonio was born and raised in Malden and graduated from Malden High School, Class of 1936. He served his country with pride during WWII in the Army Air Corps. Mr. Ferraro started working at the First National Grocery Stores at the age of 17 and continued to work well into his 70's. He worked as a manager at the First National Store...

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Martin M. Britten

Martin M. Britten 1939-2015

Memories of the Best Man I Ever Knew Born in Creston, Iowa as Frederick Martin Britten in 1939; the fifth of nine children to Martin Nicholas Britten and Dolores (Bryan) Britten. His family moved to Melrose, MA when he was very young and there he grew up. He officially changed his name to Martin Michael Britten when he joined the Marines at age 17; taking Michael as his middle name in memory of his younger brother who passed away in childhood. ...

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Mary V. (Pesce) Tecce

Mary V. (Pesce) Tecce 1921-2015

Mary V. (Pesce) Tecce of Lynnfield passed away on April 3, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Beloved mother of Beverlee Tecce of Lynnfield and Virginia (Ginger) Garrett and her husband Wayne Garrett of Lynnfield. Former wife of the late Leo B. Tecce. Mary was born in Everett on December 4, 1921 to Madeline and Joseph Pesce. She was educated in Everett. Mary made her home in Melrose for 36 years where she raised her daughters. She was a...

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Frank A. Zinck, Jr.

Frank A. Zinck, Jr. 1942-2015

Frank A. Zinck, Jr., (Retired Melrose Fire Chief), of Melrose, passed away at his home on April 2, 2015 surrounded by family at the age of 73. Frank was born on January 19, 1942 at the Jamaica Plain Osteopathic Hospital to Frank Sr. & Eva (Harris) Zinck. Frank was a lifelong resident of Melrose; he was raised on Beech Ave. and Staples Street. He attended the Winthrop School, Coolidge School, and went on to graduate from Melrose High School in...

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James L. Diozzi

James L. Diozzi 1941-2015

James L. Diozzi, of Saugus, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on March 30, 2015 at the age of 74. Jim was born & raised in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1959. He resided in Somerville, Malden & Medford for several years and the past 37 years in Saugus. Jimmy worked & was very proud of being a Plumbing & Gas Inspector for N. Andover, Melrose and N. Reading for 20 years before his retirement. He was a former...

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George Lunn

George Lunn 1940-2015

George Lunn, of Melrose, passed away on March 27, 2015 at his home surrounded by family at the age of 74. George was born to Arthur J. Lunn and Edith (Toland) Lunn on November 26, 1940. He was raised in Dorchester and attended Jamaica Plain High School. While in high school George studied agriculture. His parents came from the farming country of New Brunswick, Canada, so farming was in his blood. Although he pursued another career at his parents...

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Walter J. O'Brien

Walter J. O'Brien 1931-2015

Walter J. O'Brien, of Saugus and formerly of Melrose, passed away surrounded by his family on March 26, 2015 at the age of 83. Walter was born on July 19, 1931 in Somerville, MA to Walter J. and Lillian M. (Potterton) O'Brien. He was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School. In 1950, Walter enlisted in the United States Navy where he honorably served for two years during the Korean War. Following his service he became an airline...

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Mary A. (O'Leary) Boylen

Mary A. (O'Leary) Boylen 1942-2015

Mary A. (O'Leary) Boylen passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was 72 years of age. Mary was born in Melrose on December 1, 1942 to the late Daniel & Helen (O'Connor) O'Leary. Mrs. Boylen was raised in Melrose, graduated from St. Mary's Grammar School and St. Mary's High School. She worked as an administrative assistant at Stone & Webster for many years. Mary lived in Melrose for many years, she loved to...

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Paulette (Keaveny) Galvin

Paulette (Keaveny) Galvin 1948-2015

Paulette (Keaveny) Galvin passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on March 22, 2015. She was only 66 years of age. Paulette was born in Medford on November 5, 1948 to the late Thomas & Betty (Murray) Keaveny. She was raised in Medford and graduated from Medford High School, Class of 1966 and has been a resident of Melrose since 1973. Mrs. Galvin worked for several years as the head lunch mother at Winthrop School in Melrose, as an operator at...

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Joanne M. Lambert

Joanne M. Lambert 1950-2015

Joanne M. Lambert, 64, of Melrose died peacefully on February 11 after a brave 5 year battle with cancer. She was born in Williamstown, MA to Helen O'Connell Lambert and Clovis M. Lambert both of whom are deceased as is her only sibling, a brother, Michael. A graduate of Boston Bouve College at Northeastern University, Ms. Lambert received a Masters Degree in School Administration from Salem State College. She spent her 35 year career as a...

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John D. Galiano

John D. Galiano 1951-2015

John D. Galiano passed away suddenly at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Monday, March 16, 2015. He was only 63 years of age. John was born in Melrose on June 4, 1951 to the late Russell & Mary (Morrissey) Galiano. He was raised in Melrose, graduated from Essex Agricultural School, from Stockbridge School of Agriculture UMASS Amherst and has been a lifelong resident. John worked for the City of Melrose in the Public Works Division as a laborer, a...

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Stephen Varney

Stephen Varney 1965-2015

Stephen Varney passed away suddenly at Lahey Medical Center in Peabody on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. He was only 49 years of age. Stephen was born in Cambridge, MA on October 21, 1965 to Robert E. & Ellen A. (Laskey) Varney. He was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School Class of 1983, attended SMU and graduated from East Coast Aero Technical School with degree in aircraft mechanics. Stephen lived in Melrose for many years before...

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