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Obituaries

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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John Matthew Brissette

John Matthew Brissette 1961-2016

John Matthew Brissette of Lynn, formerly of Melrose, died surrounded by family & friends on March 21, 2016 after a long illness. He was 54. John was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School in 1980. John was the beloved son of Nancy (Ryder) Brissette and the late David Brissette. He was the caring brother of Suzanne & Vince Doria, Marianne & John Parker, Julianne & Ron Porter, Stephen & Roni Brissette, Joseph Brissette, and...

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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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Barbara R. (Ianachino) Martone

Barbara R. (Ianachino) Martone 1936-2017

Barbara R. (Ianachino) Martone passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on March 20, 2017. She was 81 years of age. Barbara was born in Boston, was raised in the West End of Boston and attended Girls High in Boston which is the oldest girls high school in the United States. Mrs. Martone was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who had worked at New England Telephone Company as a switch board operator for several years. She lived in Revere and...

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Paul R. McNamara

Paul R. McNamara 1933-2017

Paul R. McNamara, of Melrose, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on March 18, 2017 at the age of 83. Paul was raised in Roxbury and served in the United Sates Air Force for 8 years until he was honorably discharged on June 19, 1959. In the 1980s, Paul performed engineering work on the Patriot missile defense system at Raytheon. This defensive missile system was first used in the first Gulf War in 1990 to protect Israel, Saudi Arabia, and...

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Antenori H. "Tass" Tassinari

Antenori H. "Tass" Tassinari 1916-2017

Antenori H. "Tass" Tassinari passed away at Putnam Farms Assisted Living in Danvers on March 20, 2017. He was 100 years of age. Tass was born in East Boston to the late Sebastiano & Maria (Ottani) Tassinari, he was raised in East Boston, attended East Boston High but had to leave high school due to the death of his father. Mr. Tassinari helped his mother with the four younger children and helped run the family grocery store. Around the age of 15...

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Elizabeth A. "Betty" McGrimley

Elizabeth A. "Betty" McGrimley 1925-2017

Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Keville) McGrimley, of Melrose & Beverly, died at the Windham Terrace Assisted Living in Windham, NH on March 17, 2017 at the age of 91. Betty was born in Boston, raised in Revere and a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1943 and the Newton Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1946. Betty went on to earn her bachelor's degree from Boston College School of Nursing in 1949 & her master's degree in education...

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James "Jim" Ward

James "Jim" Ward 1949-2017

James W. "Jim" Ward, of Melrose, died March 15, 2017 at the age of 67. Jim was born in Elizabeth, NJ on November 30, 1949 to Joseph R. & June E. (Wainwright) Ward. He was raised in Brookline, MA and graduated from Brookline High School in 1967. In 1974 Jim married the love of his life, Marilyn R. (Noble) Ward, at St. James Church in Salem, MA. They settled in Melrose and raised their two sons, Nicholas & Kevin. Jim worked at Hood Coatings in...

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Shirley E. (Crocker) Corcoran

Shirley E. (Crocker) Corcoran 1931-2017

Shirley E, (Crocker) Corcoran, of Melrose, died at home on March 13, 2017 at the age of 85. Shirley was born & raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1949. She was a lifelong Melrose resident and Activities Director for the Fitch Home in Melrose for many years. Shirley and her husband enjoyed traveling to Florida, Missouri, Aruba, St. Thomas and Bermuda many times. She loved vacationing in Ossipee, Littleton & Alton...

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Andrew S McKnight

Andrew S McKnight 1971-2017

Andrew S. McKnight, of Melrose, died March 8, 2017 at the age of 46. Andrew was born in Malden on January 23, 1971. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1989. Andrew worked in several restaurants in Boston and Melrose. He will be greatly missed by his family & friends. He was the father of Padraig & Colin. Beloved son of James & Veronica (O'Hara) McKnight of Melrose. Brother of Lisa Allison & her husband Scott of...

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Daniel A. Morrison, Jr.

Daniel A. Morrison, Jr. 1931-2017

Daniel A. Morrison Jr. passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on March 8, 2017. He was 86 years of age. Dan was born in Everett to the late Daniel & Florence (Wromsley) Morrison, he was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1949. Mr. Morrison entered the US Marines while attending Bentley College, he served his country with pride during the Korean War and after his discharge he returned to Bentley College to...

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