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Obituaries

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Phyllis Abruzi

Phyllis Abruzi 1915-2011

Phyllis (Ranno) Abruzi of Melrose, died on Friday, January 21, 2011 at the Wingate at Andover Nursing Home. She was 95 years old. Born in Sicily on September 26, 1915, a daughter to the late Domenic & Josephine (DiFazio) Ranno, she came to the United States at the age of 7. She lived in the West End of Boston and then was a 60 year resident of Melrose. Phyllis was a homemaker & loved her family. She enjoyed being a wife, mother, grandmother,...

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Barbara E. Morrison

Barbara E. Morrison 1938-2011

Barbara E. "Betty"(Hannon) Morrison of Peabody, formerly a longtime resident of Melrose, died on Saturday, January 22, 2011 from complications related to lung cancer, surrounded by her devoted family. She was the eldest in a family of 4 children, married Allan D. Morrison, the eldest in a family of 5 children, in 1960. They were blessed with 7 children & 9 grandchildren. Mrs. Morrison was born in Boston on January 29, 1938, a daughter to John...

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Robert W. Schmidt

Robert W. Schmidt 1953-2011

Robert W. “Bobby” Schmidt of Melrose died suddenly on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at his home. He was only 57 years old. Born on June 8, 1953 in Everett, a son to Alice E. (Libby) Schmidt & the late Edward A. Schmidt, he was raised in Everett and a 1972 graduate of Everett High School. Bobby was the Low Hurdles State Champion as a sophomore while attending Everett High. He was the owner of Bob’s Auto Body of Reading for 25...

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Madeline M. Sarno

Madeline M. Sarno 1914-2011

Madeline M. (Izzo) Sarno of Newburyport, formerly of Malden died Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at the Country Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Newburyport. She was 96 years old. Born in Malden on May 9, 1914, a daughter to the late Paul & Grace (Conte) Izzo, she was raised in Malden and worked as a sales associate with the Gilchrist Department Store of Saugus for 20 years. Mrs. Sarno enjoyed knitting, baking and dancing. She was a member of...

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John C. Consolo, Sr. 1920-2011

John C. Consolo Sr., of Melrose, died at the Epoch Senior Healthcare in Melrose on Jan. 14, 2011 at the age of 90. John was born & raised in the West End of Boston. After high school, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. John served in the South Pacific and was wounded in action in Guam and was awarded the Purple Heart. After the war, John resided in Malden for 25 years and the past 23...

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Sharon M. Murphy

Sharon M. Murphy 1953-2011

Sharon M. Murphy of Melrose died suddenly on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at her home. She was only 57 years old. Born on April 21, 1953 in Boston, a daughter to the late George & Miriam (Duffy) Murphy, she was raised in the Fields Corner section of Dorchester and then Peabody. She was a 1971 graduate of Peabody High School, received her Bachelor's Degree from St. Mary's of the Woods College in Indiana and then her Master's Degree from Southern...

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John J. Murphy

John J. Murphy 1925-2011

John J. Murphy passed away at his home in Melrose, on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. He was 85 years of age. John was born in Boston on August 10, 1925 to the late John T. & Mary A. (Sullivan) Murphy. He was raised in Roslindale, graduated from Boston Latin High School and was admitted to MIT. Mr. Murphy left college to serve in the US Navy during WWII and returned to MIT to finish his degree in electrical engineering. John worked as an electrical...

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Eileen M. Drees

Eileen M. Drees 1908-2011

Eileen M. (Gillespie) Drees, 102 years old, died peacefully in her home in Melrose on Sunday, January 2, 2011 surrounded by family members. Eileen was born on October 31, 1908 in Hillsboro, New Brunswick, Canada and moved with her family to the United States in 1922, where she settled in Melrose. She married Frank V. Drees on April 28, 1938 and lived in Malden, MA for a short time before returning to Melrose in the early 1940s. She lived in...

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Donald A. Gillis

Donald A. Gillis 1927-2010

Dr. Donald A. Gillis, 83, of Seabrook, NH, died Friday, December 31, 2010 at Exeter Hospital (N.H.) Born June 14, 1927 in Boston, he was son to the late Donald A. & Helen (Kennedy) Gillis; he was raised in Roslindale and was a graduate of Boston Latin School, Class of 1945. He served his country proudly during World War II in the United States Navy before entering college. Dr. Gillis continued his education at Boston College and Tufts Medical...

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John A. Cerretani, Jr.

John A. Cerretani, Jr. 1952-2010

John A. "Jack" Cerretani, Jr. of Malden, formerly of Melrose, died suddenly Monday, December 27, 2010 at his home. He was only 58 years old. Born January 9, 1952 in Stoneham, a son to John A. Sr. & Marianna (Galvin) Cerretani, he was raised in Melrose and a 1970 graduate of Melrose High School. Jack worked in the Human Resources Department at the family owned Cerretani's Supermarket in Revere for 15 years. Later, he worked as a supervisor...

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Dianne L. Christenson

Dianne L. Christenson 1953-2010

Dianne L. (Northrup) Christenson, of Melrose, died at the Brigham & Women's Hospital on Dec. 20, 2010 at the age of 57. Dianne was born & raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1971. She attended Northeastern University and worked as an Executive Administrator for Cambridge Health Alliance for 4 years, Polaroid for 16 years and Dynamic Research for 15 years. Dianne was a member of Sacred Heart's Church in Malden for...

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James F. Driscoll, Jr.

James F. Driscoll, Jr. 1924-2010

James F. "Jim" Driscoll, 86, a prominent Melrose resident, died on Thursday December 23rd at his home, surrounded by his devoted family. He was the oldest son in a family of 10 children, and he and his wife Barbara Shea Driscoll, formerly of Malden, were married for 52 years before her death in January, 2005. They were blessed with six children and 11 grandchildren. Driscoll was born in Westfield in 1924, the son of J. Frank and Mary (Fallon)...

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Kathleen F. Gallucci

Kathleen F. Gallucci 1944-2010

Kathleen F. "Kathy" (Kenerson) Gallucci, of Melrose, died at the Wilmington Health Center on Dec. 22, 2010 at the age of 66. Kathy was born & raised in Arlington and a graduate of Arlington High School. She went on to earn her nursing degree from the Melrose Wakefield Nursing School and worked as a nurse at the Mass. General Hospital & Symms Hospital in Arlington for several years. Kathy was a member of St. Mary's Church and the Ladies Sodality,...

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John J. Murphy

John J. Murphy 1918-2010

John J. "Jocko" "Mutt" Murphy passed away at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Wakefield, on Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at the age of 92. John was born in Melrose on May 31, 1918 to the late Michael & Mary (Twomey) Murphy. He was raised in Melrose and has been a lifelong resident of Melrose. Mutt graduated from St. Mary's Grammar School and Melrose High School, Class of 1936. Mr. Murphy joined the US Army on May 31, 1942 and was discharged on July...

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Ruth M. Muise

Ruth M. Muise 1913-2010

Ruth M. (Camerlin) Muise, of Melrose, died at the Woodbriar Nursing Home in Wilmington on Dec. 16, 2010 at the age of 97. Ruth was born & raised in Melrose and attended Melrose High School. She was a homemaker and also worked at the Schraft's Candy Company in Charlestown for several years. Ruth was a member of St. Mary's Church in Melrose for many years. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles B. "Benny" Muise. Loving mother of Ruthanne Van...

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Patricia C. Plumer

Patricia C. Plumer 1947-2010

Patricia C. (Fitzpatrick) Plumer passed away at her home in Melrose, on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at the age of 63. She was born in Boston on April 26, 1947 to the late Albert & Patricia (Waterman) Fitzpatrick. Patricia was raised in Somerville, graduated from St. Joseph High School in Somerville, Class of 1966 and has been a resident of Melrose since 1978. Mrs. Plumer worked in the office for Ryan Elliot Real Estate Company in Boston for 8...

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Michelle McGuire

Michelle McGuire 1970-2010

Michelle McGuire of Wakefield, formerly of Melrose, died on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Boston after a brave and courageous battle with cancer. She was only 40 years old. Born on April 8, 1970 in Cambridge, she was raised in Melrose and a 1989 graduate of Melrose High School. Michelle worked as an office manager with Thyssen Elevator for 10 years. She enjoyed her family, dancing, going out to clubs...

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George W. Maguire .

George W. Maguire . 1931-2010

George W. Maguire passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Thursday, December 9, 2010. He was 79 years of age. George was born in Boston, raised in Medford, graduated from Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, RI where he played hockey, baseball & football. Mr. Maguire attended Boston College and served in the US Air Force for four years during the Korean War. George worked in the meat industry for over 50 years, as a zone manager at the...

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G. Teresa Grillo

G. Teresa Grillo 1926-2010

G. Teresa (DeFelice) Grillo, of Melrose, died at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading on Dec. 6, 2010 at the age of 83. Teresa was born & raised in Hartford, CT and a graduate of Weaver High School in Hartford, Class of 1942. She resided in Hartford until 1959, Saugus for 5 years, Peabody for 8 years and the past 38 years in Melrose. Teresa was a member of the Gospel Center in Watertown for many years and enjoyed shopping, cooking and...

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Joseph P. Greelish

Joseph P. Greelish 1929-2010

Joseph P. Greelish, of Marshfield, formerly of Melrose, passed from us on the evening of Nov. 25, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer, he was 81 years old. Joe was born and raised in Melrose, where he and his wife Beatrice V. (Billard), made their home for 40 years. After her death in 1988, Joe retired to Marshfield making Brant Rock his home. He was known for his warmth & energy. Joe was a tireless worker whether it was business related...

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James G. Phillips

James G. Phillips 1921-2010

James G. Phillips, of Melrose, died at the Whidden Hospital in Everett on Nov. 12, 2010 at the age of 89. Jim was born & raised in Revere and a graduate of Revere High School. He went on to Tufts University & the University of Minnesota and earned his law degree from Northeastern University. Jim was a Trial Lawyer in Melrose for many years and a member of First Eastern Middlesex Bar Association of Mass., Trial Lawyers Association, Bellevue Golf...

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Katherine J. Blackwood

Katherine J. Blackwood 1918-2010

Mrs. Katherine (Jamison) Blackwood died in Northampton, Massachusetts on November 12, 2010. Mrs. Blackwood was born in Marks, Mississippi on August 9, 1918, the daughter of Kate (Reedy) Jamison and Mellard Jamison. She graduated from Marks High School in 1934 and from Delta State University, then Delta State Teachers' College, in 1938 and Peabody College in 1940. She taught in Crowder, Mississippi and in Marks. During World War II she was...

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Ruth M. Bolger

Ruth M. Bolger 1924-2010

Ruth M. (Carroll) Bolger passed away at Brooksby Village in Peabody, on Thursday, November 11, 2010. She was 86 years of age. Ruth was born in Boston on May 8, 1924 to the late Charles & Lillian (White) Carroll. She was raised in the Wollaston section of Quincy and was a resident of Melrose for over 50 years. Ruth was a dedicated wife and mother who worked at the Melrose –Wakefield Hospital as a CSP Technician for a numbers of years. She...

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Rose Zaino

Rose Zaino 1919-2010

Rose (Signoriello) Zaino, of Melrose, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Nov. 13, 2010 at the age of 91. Rose was born & raised in Mansfield and a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1937. She resided in Everett for 14 years and lived in Melrose since 1958. Rose worked in her father's store "Bills Market" in Stoneham & Woburn and also Cerretani's Market in Melrose for several years. She was the beloved wife of the late Alighiero A. ...

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Clara Pauline Sexton

Clara Pauline Sexton 2001-2010

Clara Pauline Sexton, of Melrose, only 9 years old, died on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at the Children's Hospital of Boston. She was born on January 19, 2001 in Cambridge and moved to Melrose when she was 18 months old. Clara was a fourth grade student at St. Mary's Grammar School in Melrose, where she was very artistic, enjoyed writing and drawing. She was also a member of Miss Janice's dance class at the Melrose Dance Academy. She loved...

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