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Obituaries

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Louis F. McCarthy

Louis F. McCarthy 1931-2013

Louis F. McCarthy, of Wakefield, formerly of Melrose, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on Sept. 21, 2013 at the age of 82. Louis was born in Boston, raised in Melrose and a graduate of Malden Catholic High School. He served his country in the Navy during the Korean War. Louis resided in Melrose for most of his life and the past 34 years in Wakefield. He worked as a Meat Cutter for A.H. Brown Market in Melrose for over 20 years and was an...

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Patricia "Pat" (Cassidy) Davis

Patricia "Pat" (Cassidy) Davis 1921-2013

Patricia "Pat" (Cassidy) Davis passed away suddenly at the Lahey Clinic North in Peabody, on Sunday, September 22, 2013. She was 91 years of age. Pat was born and raised in Somerville; she lived in Melrose for over 30 years, Florida for many years and the last 8 years at Brooksby Village in Peabody. Mrs. Davis was a homemaker who cherished the times spent with her family. Pat loved music, dancing, spending time in Florida and was very proud of...

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Michael J. Pawlak

Michael J. Pawlak 1953-2013

Michael J. Pawlak, of Melrose, died at home on Sept. 17, 2013 at the age of 60. Michael was born in Chelsea, raised in Melrose, a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1971 and went to attend Bentley College. He was an avid reader & sports fan and enjoyed bowling and the outdoors. Michael was very family oriented and loved to spend his time with his many nieces &nephews. He was the loving son of Alfred J. & Alice C (Tarpinian) Pawlak. Caring...

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James A. "Jim" Valente

James A. "Jim" Valente 1921-2013

James A. "Jim" Valente, of Medford, died at the Epoch Senior Nursing Center in Melrose on Sept. 18, 2013 at the age of 92. Jim was born in Boston, raised in Medford and a graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1939. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII and survived the Battle of Iwo Jima. After the war, he served in the Army for most of his life and retired at the age of 65. Jim also worked for the U.S. Postal Service, working...

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Jane F. (Fay) Desforges, MD

Jane F. (Fay) Desforges, MD 1921-2013

Jane Mary Fay Desforges MD -- teacher, physician, editor and scientist-- passed away at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital on September 7, 2013 at the age of 91. Dr. Desforges was born in Melrose, Massachusetts on December 18, 1921 to the late Dr. Joseph H. and Alice G. (Maher) Fay, and spent her entire upbringing in Melrose. She was graduated from Melrose High School in 1938; from Wellesley College, Durant Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1942; and...

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Betty J. (Travis) Hatfield

Betty J. (Travis) Hatfield 1923-2013

Betty Jean (Travis) Hatfield, of Somerville, formerly of Melrose, died at the Whidden Hospital on Sept. 16, 2013 at the age of 90. Betty was born & raised in Thurman, Iowa and a graduate of Thurman High School. She went on to serve her country as a Nurse's Aid in the U.S. Navy for several years during WWII. After WWII, Betty resided in Medford for many years, Melrose for 40 years and New Hampshire for 8 years. She was a huge Boston Red Sox fan,...

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Joann Pellegrino

Joann Pellegrino 1914-2013

Joann Pellegrino, of Winter Park, FL, formerly of Waltham, died at home on Sept. 12, 2013 at the age of 99. Joann was born & raised in Boston and attended Watertown Schools. She resided in Belmont for over 30 years, Waltham for 22 years. Rockport, ME for 12 years and the past year in Winter Park, FL. Joann worked as a Quality Control Tester for Raytheon for over 30 years before her retirement. She was the devoted sister of the late Angela,...

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Nicholas M. "Nick" DiLoreto

Nicholas M. "Nick" DiLoreto 1936-2013

Nicholas M. DiLoreto passed away suddenly at Cape Cod Hospital on Friday September 6, 2013 at the age of 77. He was born in Milford on June 26, 1936 to the late Michele & Elizabeth (Stella) DiLoreto. Nick was raised in North Cambridge, graduated from St. John's High School in Cambridge and Northeastern University. Mr. DiLoreto served in the US Army during the Korean War as a motion picture photographer and while stationed in Japan he achieved...

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Rita P.(Burke) Hilton

Rita P.(Burke) Hilton 1927-2013

Rita P. (Burke) Hilton, of Melrose, died at home on Sept. 9, 2013 at the age of 85. Rita was born in Boston, raised in Revere and attended Revere schools. She resided in Revere until 1968 and the past 45 years in Melrose. Rita enjoyed bingo and traveling to Las Vegas and Foxwoods. She had a great sense of humor and loved to spend her time with her family. Rita was the beloved wife of the late Richard Hilton. Loving mother of Joseph P. Hilton of...

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John Joseph Dami, Jr.

John Joseph Dami, Jr. 1940-2013

John J. Dami, Jr., of Woburn, formerly of Melrose, died at his home on August 31, 2013 at the age of 73. John was born in Everett, raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1958. He was a disabled American Veteran serving in the Navy for 4 years, the Air Force and also the Army National Guard. He went on to East Coast Aero Tech in Bedford to earn his license to work on Aircraft, Coyne Electric School and Northeast...

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Marjorie A. (Carine) Silva Benincasa

Marjorie A. (Carine) Silva Benincasa 1942-2013

Marjorie A. (Carine) Silva Benincasa passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. She was 70 years of age. Marjorie was born in Newton on October 12, 1942 to the late Alan J. & Margaret (Howe) Carine, was raised in Newton & Lexington and graduated from Lexington High School in 1960 and attended Middlesex Community College. After raising her family she went on to work as a social worker for the State of Massachusetts...

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Mary E. (Connolly) Foley

Mary E. (Connolly) Foley 1928-2013

Mary E. (Connolly) Foley passed away at the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading, on September 2, 2013. She was 85 years of age. She was born in Boston on January 24, 1928 to the late Thomas & Nora (Burke) Connolly. Mary was raised in Jamaica Plain and graduated from Jamaica Plain High School. Mrs. Foley was a homemaker who lived in Melrose for over 40 years before moving to Stoneham 13 years ago. She was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church,...

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David  P. Meehan

David P. Meehan 1935-2013

David P. Meehan, of Danvers, formerly of Melrose, died at the Twin Oaks Care & Rehab. Center in Danvers on August 29, 2013 at the age of 77. David was born & raised in Melrose, a graduate of Melrose High School in 1954 and went on to attend Merrimack College. He struggled with OCD throughout most of his adult life and with Dementia in his last few years. David was religious and compassionate and a real gentleman. He was a member of the Knights...

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Diane M.(Dantona) Schlesinger

Diane M.(Dantona) Schlesinger 1954-2013

Diane M, (Dantona) Schlesinger, of Melrose, died at her home on August 30, 2013 at the age of 59. Diane was born in Winthrop, raised in Melrose and a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1972. She resided in Melrose for most of her life and worked as a Staff Assistant for American Airlines for over 10 years. Diane enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean and spending time with her husband & family on their boat in Gloucester. She was the beloved...

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Ralph Sarni

Ralph Sarni 1918-2013

Ralph Sarni of Melrose passed into rest on August 28, 2013 in his 95th year. Born in East Boston, he was the son of the late James and Mary Sarni. Husband of 66 years to the late Lorna (Lawson). He is survived by Barbara Mitchell and her late husband Joe of California, Richard Sarni and his wife Sue of the Netherlands, Dennis Sarni and his wife Terry of California, Robert Sarni of Saugus, Gregory Sarni and Sharon Walsh of Melrose and Groton and...

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Emma S. Buote

Emma S. Buote 1917-2013

Emma S. (Henry) Buote, of Melrose, died at the Epoch Nursing Home in Melrose on August 23, 2013 at the age of 96. Emma was born in Melrose, raised in Malden and a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1936. She resided in Malden until 1951, Everett for 57 years and the past 5 years in Melrose. Emma loved raising her 3 boys and spending time with her family & close friends. She was the beloved wife of the late George F. Buote. Loving mother of...

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Phyllis J.(Callahan) Hasey

Phyllis J.(Callahan) Hasey 1919-2013

Phyllis Joan Hasey (Callahan) of Melrose, age 93, passed away peacefully of natural causes on August 15, 2013 surrounded by her four daughters. Born in Saugus on December 4, 1919, Phyllis graduated from Somerville High School and studied her lifelong passion, art, at Massachusetts College of Art. After marrying Hubert C. Hasey, Jr. in 1942, Phyllis used her college training at an MIT laboratory, working as a wartime graphic artist while "Bert...

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Rose Edith Hogan Bell

Rose Edith Hogan Bell 1919-2013

Rose E. (Hogan) Bell passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington after a brief illness. She was 93 years of age. Rose was born in Everett, MA to the late Jeremiah & Rebecca (Karno) Hogan, was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1937, where she was class secretary. She was married in June, 1942 to Robert L. Bell, whom she had met while they were class officers together at Everett High...

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Anna M.(Backstrom) Kelloway

Anna M.(Backstrom) Kelloway 1928-2013

Anna M. (Backstrom) Kelloway, of Malden, died at Davenport Home in Malden on August 3, 2013 at the age of 84. Anna was born in Boston, raised in Malden and a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1946. She went on to earn her Nursing Degree from the Whidden Nursing School in Everett, Class of 1948. Anna worked as a Registered Nurse for the Whidden Hospital and the Chelsea Soldier's Home for 44 devoted years before her retirement in 1991. She...

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Frances  L.(Miele) Marinelli

Frances L.(Miele) Marinelli 1948-2013

Frances L. "Frannie" Marinelli, of Melrose, died at her summer home in Freedom, NH on July 31, 2013 at the age of 65. Frannie was born & raised in Malden and a graduate of Girls Catholic High School. She worked in Accounts Payable for Hallmark Health for 23 years. Frannie resided in Melrose for 43 years and spent her summers at her lake house in Freedom, NH for 30 years. She enjoyed swimming, boating, waterskiing, the beach, traveling, and was...

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Robert T. Vaughan

Robert T. Vaughan 1931-2013

Robert T. Vaughan passed away at his home in Melrose on Monday, July 29, 2013. He was 81 years of age. Mr. Vaughan was born in Philadelphia, PA, raised in Philadelphia and has been a resident of Melrose for the past 53 years. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Robert worked as a truck driver for 45 years and was a member of the Teamsters Local 25 in Charlestown. He worked for Boston & Taunton, Perkins Trucking Company as well...

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Jacqueline F. "Jackie" (Fuchs) Kelley

Jacqueline F. "Jackie" (Fuchs) Kelley 1934-2013

Jacqueline F. "Jackie" (Fuchs) Kelley passed away at the Life Care Center in Stoneham on Monday July 29, 2013. She was 79 years of age. Jackie was born in Somerville, raised in Somerville and Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School. Mrs. Kelley her husband Richard bought their house on Bancroft Rd. in Melrose in 1967 and have been longtime residents of Melrose. Jackie worked as a secretary and administrator to the president of Keystone...

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Irene   A. (Fontaine) Valentine

Irene A. (Fontaine) Valentine 1940-2013

Irene A. (Fontaine) Valentine passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Sunday, July 28, 2013. She was 72 years of age. Irene was born in Arlington, MA on December 17, 1940 to the late Frank Fontaine & Alma (Wakeham) Fontaine. She was raised in Winchester and graduated from Winchester High School. Irene has been a resident of Melrose for over 40 years. Mrs. Valentine was a homemaker who in her younger years worked as a model and a singer. She...

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Carl W. Cann

Carl W. Cann 1927-2013

Carl W. Cann passed away at the Golden Living Center on Martin St. in Melrose, on Friday, July 26, 2013. He was 85 years of age. Carl was born in Rochester, NH to the late Harold & Beatrice (Damsell) Cann. He was raised in Exeter, New Hampshire and Medford, MA, graduated from Medford High School and attended MIT. He served his country with pride in the United States Army during WWII and also played baseball while serving in the Army. After his...

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Joan S.(Sylvester) Dygert

Joan S.(Sylvester) Dygert 1938-2013

Joan B. (Sylvester) Dygert of Melrose passed on July 28th, 2013. Joan was born and raised in Worcester where she graduated from Worcester Classical High School. She was a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art, and maintained a life-long passion as an award-winning artist and involved member of several local art associations. The loving wife of 49 years to Michael "Mickey" H. Dygert (deceased). She was also the deeply committed mother of...

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