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Obituaries

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William J. "Bill" Bidgood

William J. "Bill" Bidgood 1929-2017

William J. "Bill" Bidgood, of Melrose, died at his home on May 20, 2017 at the age of 87. Bill was born in 1929 in Springfield, VT, raised in Cavendish (Proctorsville Village), VT. Bill graduated from Rutland High School class of 1947 & Norwich University class of 1951. Upon graduation from Norwich, Bill was sent to the Engineer School at Fort Belvoir, VA to study with the Army Corps of Engineers. Bill served proudly in the U.S. Army during the...

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Josephine A. (Proctor) Krasco

Josephine A. (Proctor) Krasco 1929-2017

Josephine "Jo" (Proctor) Krasco, 87, of Melrose died peacefully at Life Care Center of Stoneham on May 15, 2017. Born on Christmas Day, 1929 in Chelsea, MA to Chester and Cecilia (Tomaszewski) Proctor, Jo was raised in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High Class of 1948. She married George (Garabedian) Krasco and was a dedicated mother and homemaker who enjoyed Bingo, Foxwoods, playing cards, day trips with the 200 Club and the social...

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Florence (Letterie) Phillips

Florence (Letterie) Phillips 1930-2017

Florence (Letterie) Phillips passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Emergency Room suddenly on May 12, 2017 at the age of 86. Florence was born in East Boston on July 30, 1930 to the late James & Florence (Delucia) Letterie. She was raised in East Boston, attended East Boston High School and lived most of her life in East Boston. Mrs. Phillips moved to Melrose in the 1990's to be closer to her daughters. She worked for many years as a...

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Claire M. (Flannery) Hanson

Claire M. (Flannery) Hanson 1928-2017

Claire M. (Flannery) Hanson, of Melrose, died at her home on May 10, 2017 at the age of 88. Claire was born & raised in South Boston and a graduate of the Gate of Heaven High School. She resided in South Boston until 1954 and the past 63 years in Melrose. Claire was a homemaker and member of St. Mary's Church in Melrose for over 60 years. She loved bingo, going out to dinner and was very proud of her Irish & South Boston heritage. Claire enjoyed...

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Anthony A Piscitello

Anthony A Piscitello 1935-2017

Anthony A. Piscitello, of Stoneham, formerly of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by family on May 6, 2017 at the age of 81. Anthony was born in Hartford, CT on September 28, 1935 to Albert & Frances (Longo) Piscitello. He was raised in Hartford and graduated from Weaver High School. In 1958 Anthony joined the United States Army and served honorably from 1958-1962 during the Cold War. After his time in the service he married the love of his...

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Armando R. "Mandy" Vesprini

Armando R. "Mandy" Vesprini 1926-2017

Armando R. Vesprini, 91, beloved husband of Mary (A'Hearn) passed away quietly on May 2nd, 2017 at Brooksby Village in Peabody after a year long period of declining health. Born in Everett, MA in 1926 to Nazzareno and Michelina Vesprini, who immigrated from Italy in October 1920, Armando, affectionately known by all as "Mandy", was one of 6 children and grew up in the neighborhood of Everett know as the village. Mandy embodied all the...

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John Joseph Sylvain

John Joseph Sylvain 1969-2017

John J. Sylvain, of Saugus, formerly of Melrose, died at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston on April 25, 2017 at the age of 48. John was born in Saugus, raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1987. He resided in Melrose for many years and the past 3 years in Saugus. John worked as a Mover for Doucette Moving Co. in Reading and was a former member of the Saugus Elks Club. He enjoyed fishing, working with his hands and...

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Elizabeth F. (Coviello) Mitchell

Elizabeth F. (Coviello) Mitchell 1918-2017

Elizabeth F. (Coviello) Mitchell passed away April 24, 2017 at the age of 98. Betty, as know to family and friends, was born in Wakefield MA on December 10, 1918 to the late Anthony & Louise (Gavagno) Coviello, where she lived growing up and graduated Wakefield High School Class of 1937. Betty resided in Melrose for over 60 years. She worked in the dry cleaning business until the age of 80. For 50 years she served Guy's Cleaners, Freeman's...

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Stephen G. Hill

Stephen G. Hill 1957-2017

Stephen G. Hill, of Peabody, died peacefully on April 23, 2017 at the age of 60. Stephen was born in Winchester, MA on February 1, 1957 to Warren M. Hill & Olivia Mannetta. He was loved by the staff & residents of his Lowell St. home & Class Inc. A Prayer Service will be held at 10 AM on Monday, May 1st, 2017 at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.

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Virgilio "Richard" Moscaritolo

Virgilio "Richard" Moscaritolo 1932-2017

Virgilio "Richard" Moscaritolo passed away at the Keene Center Genesis Eldercare in Keene, NH on April 20, 2017. He was 85 years of age. Mr. Moscaritolo was born in East Boston on March 23, 1932 to the late Pasquale & Emmanuella (DiFronzo) Moscaritolo, he was raised in East Boston and graduated from English High School in Boston, Class of 1949. Richard then graduated from New England College of Pharmacy in 1954. After he graduated he joined the...

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Howard J. Oliver

Howard J. Oliver 1931-2017

Howard J. "Howie" Oliver of Winthrop and former resident of Melrose and Malden passed away on April 20th 2017 at the age of 86. Howie proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War, then worked as a skilled machinist most of his life before retiring. He was the proud co-owner of Mim and Jim's Consignment shop in Melrose in the 1970s. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary V. (McGonagle) Oliver. The loving father of Lynne...

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Mary Elizabeth "Liz"  Saulnier

Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Saulnier 1917-2017

Mary Elizabeth "Liz" (Burke) Saulnier passed away at the Fitch Home in Melrose on April 20, 2017. She was 99 years of age. Liz was born in Reading, Massachusetts on May, 30, 1917, she was raised in Nova Scotia, lived in Chelsea for over 60 years and the last 3 years in Melrose. Mrs. Saulnier worked for many years at the General Electric Plant in Lynn. Liz was very active at St. Rose Church and the senior activities in Chelsea prior to moving to...

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Anne F. (McGee) Stanton

Anne F. (McGee) Stanton 1929-2017

Anne F. (McGee) Stanton passed away on her 62nd wedding anniversary at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on April 18, 2017. She was 87 years of age. Anne was born in Melrose on July 14, 1929 to the late James & Mary (Farley) McGee. Mrs. Stanton was raised in Melrose, graduated from St. Mary's Grammar & St. Mary's High School and then from Bridgewater State College. Prior to having children she worked as a 1st grade teacher in Malden. Anne has been a...

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Elizabeth S. "Betty" (Tyminski) Flanagan, RN

Elizabeth S. "Betty" (Tyminski) Flanagan, RN 1941-2017

Elizabeth S. "Betty" (Tyminski) Flanagan RN, a Registered Nurse for over 55 years, entered into eternal life on Monday, April 17, 2017 at her home following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 75 years old. Betty was born in Syracuse, New York on October 25, 1941, a daughter of the late Anthony Tyminski and Antoinette (Helmund). She grew up in Charlestown where she was educated in the Boston Public School system and graduated from Mount...

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Raffaella (Bianco) Penta

Raffaella (Bianco) Penta 1926-2017

Raffaella "Lina" (Bianco) Penta, of Melrose, died peacefully surrounded by family on April 17, 2017 at the age of 90. Lina was born on May 30, 1926 in Fontanarosa (Avellino), Italy to Carlo & Antonietta (Vernillo) Bianco. She was raised in Italy and met her future husband, Edward Penta of Everett, Mass., there while Edward was on an Italian family vacation in 1958. They fell in love and Edward returned to marry her in Italy in 1959, and in 1960,...

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Catherine E. "Sissy" (Meehan) Dunn

Catherine E. "Sissy" (Meehan) Dunn 1932-2017

Catherine E. "Sissy" (Meehan) Dunn, lifelong resident of Melrose, passed away on April 13, 2017 at the age of 84. She was born on July 3, 1932 to Warren & Catherine (Doherty) Meehan. Sissy was raised in Melrose and graduated from St. Mary's High School. In 1953 she married the love of her life, Robert L. Dunn, and spent 26 years happily married. Mrs. Dunn raised her children in Melrose and was always a devoted mother. She loved to travel and...

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Phyllis M. (Guerriero) Colarusso

Phyllis M. (Guerriero) Colarusso 1924-2017

Phyllis M. (Guerriero) Colarusso, 93, passed away peacefully at Merrimac Valley Hospice House on April 9th. Born on March 29, 1924 she was one of six children of the late Gennie and Ralph Guerriero of East Boston. After graduating from East Boston High School, Phyllis joined the U.S. Marine Corps. She was stationed at The Presidio in San Francisco. Phyllis was very proud of her service and looked back on her time as a "BAM" with much fondness....

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William  J. Connors

William J. Connors 1925-2017

William J. Connors, of Peabody, died at the Prescott House in N. Andover on April 8, 2017 at the age of 91. Bill was born in Lowell, raised in South Boston and a graduate of Boston Latin High School. After high school, Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After returning from WWII, he resided in S. Boston till 1951, Malden for 41 years, South Dennis for 12 years and the past in 13 years in Peabody. He worked as a...

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John F. Hanafin

John F. Hanafin 1944-2017

John F. Hanafin, of Wakefield, formerly of Melrose & Winchester, died at his home on April 5, 2017 at the age of 72. John was born & raised in Charlestown and a graduate of Melrose High School. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He resided in Melrose for many years, Winchester for several years and the past 14 years in Wakefield. John worked as a Jeweler for Descenza & Long Jeweler's and was also the owner...

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Mary L. (Harris) Healey

Mary L. (Harris) Healey 1930-2017

Mary L. (Harris) Healey passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. She was 86 years of age. Mary was born in Mt. Clements, Michigan on May 11, 1930 to the late Alfred & Nora (Phillips) Harris, was raised in Mt. Clements and graduated from Mt. Clements High School. Mrs. Healey met her husband Robert while he was in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Michigan. They married, had six children, some in Michigan & some...

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Ruth A.  Merritt

Ruth A. Merritt 1935-2017

Ruth A. (Cowhig) Merritt, of Saugus, died April 5, 2017 at the age of 81. She was born in Everett, MA on June 24, 1935 to William & Florence (Sweeney) Cowhig. She was raised in Revere and graduated from Revere High School. Ruth married Jay Merritt in 1958 at Immaculate Conception Church, Revere and raised their family in Saugus. Ruth was a retiree of Verizon and active in the Melrose Garden Club. In her retirement she devoted herself to her...

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Eva P. "Ginny" Schulze

Eva P. "Ginny" Schulze 1932-2017

Eva P. "Ginny" Schulze, of Saugus, passed away on March 30, 2017 at the age of 84. She was born in Marcellus Falls, NY on June 27, 1932 to John & Anna (Kawalcic) Prosonic. Ginny was raised in Marcellus Falls and graduated from the high school in 1950. Ginny went on to attend St. Mary's School of Nursing in Rochester, NY and graduated in 1954. After graduating from Nursing School, Ginny enlisted in the United States Navy and served honorably as a...

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Gary W. Doak

Gary W. Doak 1946-2017

Gary Walter Doak (February 25, 1946 – March 25, 2017) passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Gary was a National Hockey League defenseman who played for the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers. Best known for his 14 seasons with the Bruins, over 789 NHL regular season games the stay at home defenseman amassed a plus 140 plus/minus rating. He was...

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Kenneth Michael Beardsley

Kenneth Michael Beardsley 1946-2017

Kenneth Michael Beardsley of Revere, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully on March 24, 2017 in the home he shared with his wife of 47 years at the age of 70. Throughout his distinguished life, the love he shared with Linda was a constant that guided them from high school sweethearts to doting grandparents. As a father he was without equal. He coached his sons' little league baseball, basketball, and hockey teams, taking as much pride...

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Richard A. Gallucci

Richard A. Gallucci 1943-2017

Richard A. Gallucci passed away at Sandlewood in Oxford on March 21, 2017, he was 73 years of age. He was born in Arlington on September 14, 1943 to the late Edmund & Doris (Fitzgerald) Gallucci. He was raised in Arlington, graduated from Arlington High School, Class of 1960 and entered the US Air Force and served his country with pride during the Vietnam War. Mr. Gallucci has been a Melrose resident for over 40 years. He was a mechanic at his...

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