Framingham Obituaries

Following are obituaries of people who have recently passed away and either lived in Framingham at the time of their death, or were born in Framingham, or had other ties to the town.

Ruth (Nordlinger) Heppen 4/26/2016 Framingham, MA

Heppen (Nordlinger), Ruth of Framingham formerly of NYC on April 26, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Henry C. Heppen. Devoted mother of Lawrence and Karen Heppen of MD and Carol and Howard Gordon of Sudbury. Loving daughter of the late Lester and Hattie Nor¬dlinger. Loving grandmother of David, Jessica, Jeffrey and Lisa. Great grandmother of Sarah, Julian, Joshua, Nina and Brady. Burial Services are private. Fam¬ily and friends invited to attend Shiva on Tuesday, May 3rd from 2-9PM at the home of Carol and Howie Gordon in Sudbury. Contributions in her memory may be made to the America Cancer Society 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 or to Hunter College 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065. Visit for guest book and directions.

Meredith C. Edwards 4/11/2016 Framingham, MA

Meredith C. Edwards, 69, of Frramingham, MA passed away at her home on April 11th, 2016. She was predeceased by her parents, Edmund and Marguerite Bean of Ashland MA. She is survived by 2 daughters, Lara Smith of Charlotte NC and Lisa James of Virginia Beach VA, 3 grandchildren, Brittany and husband Kyle Monroe, Logan James of Virginia Beach and Renee Rufo of Arkansas, along with 2 recent great grandchildren. She also leaves her sister, Ruth and husband Lawrence Spencer of Rockport MA, and niece, Kaity Connolly of Natick MA and nephew, Nathan Liberty of Northridge MA. She also leaves behind many close friends at the Memorial House, including Emily and her beloved kitty, Baby. Her family thanks her longterm doctor, and staff at Dr. Deshpande's for his dedication, care and compassion. Merri (as known to friends and Meme to her family), got her passion for animals from her parents and especially loved horseback riding and cats. She had an incredible green thumb and was always nursing a stray animal or plant back to health. She adored R&B music, reading, particularly poetry and collected Depression Glass. She grew up and attended school in Ashland, MA but spent the majority of her years in Framingham. Cherished family vacations included trips to the Cape and Peter's Pond. In her later years she enjoyed Joyce Meyers and the faith of her church. Funeral services are being handled by Casper Funeral Services in Boston, MA and will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to PAARI: 1 Bridge St, Suite # 300, Newton MA 02458, for those facing addiction & recovery challenges.

Walter Q. Barron 4/6/2016 Natick, MA / Holliston, MA / Framingham, MA / Sherborn, MA

SHERBORN: Walter Q. Barron, age 83, died peacefully at his Sherborn home on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. He was the beloved husband of 26 years of Emily D. (Renz) Barron, loving father of Margaret D. Bishop and her husband Gordon of Laconia, NH, and devoted grandfather of B.J. Bishop of Natick. He is also survived by his stepson, Gary Nelson of L.I., NY, sister-in-law Clara Broad of FL, and many nieces and nephews. Walter was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Doris (Sussenberger) Barron, two wives, Susan (Bradley) Barron and Leigh E. Nelson-Barron, his sister, Sylvia Louraro and parents-in-law, Walter F. and Marnie (Messinger) Renz. His funeral will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Tuesday, April 12th at 11:00AM. Burial will be private. Visiting hours will be Monday 4 – 7PM. Donations may be made in Walter’s memory to the Framingham Heart Study, c/o Boston University School of Medicine, 72 East Concord Street L-219, Boston, MA 02118, MetroWest HomeCare & Hospice, 200 Nickerson Rd #110, Marlborough, MA 01752, or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Mrs. Evelyn (Reed) Purdy 3/29/2016 Medford, MA / Syracuse, NY / Middleborough, MA / Marlborough, MA / Framingham, MA

Mrs. Evelyn (Reed) Purdy, a resident of Marlborough, formerly of Medford and beloved wife of the late Norman H. Purdy, passed away at the Mary Ann Morse Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Natick on Tuesday morning, March 29, 2016. She was 85 years old. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 25, 1930, she was the beloved daughter of the late Perry and Evelyn (Siggins) Reed. Mrs. Purdy was a 1948 graduate of Revere High School. She had been employed by John Hancock Insurance and W.R. Grace Chemical Company as an Administrative Assistant, for many years. She also was employed by Medford Public Schools as a "lunch lady". Evelyn was a longtime and active member of the First Baptist Church of Medford, she enjoyed knitting,talking with friends, texting family and friends, using her iPad for Facebook and email. She wrote articles for the First Baptist Church Carillon always reminding all that read her articles to "Keep Love and a Song in Your Heart". She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Evelyn was the longtime companion of the late Francis Frank Saunders. She is survived by her loving children; Roger and his wife Paulette Purdy of Syracuse, New York, Irene and her husband Stephen Ekstrom of Middleborough and Karen and her husband Eric Reilly of Marlborough, adoring grandchildren; Alyssa and Rebecca Purdy, Connor Reilly and Jamie and Allison Ekstrom, surrogate daughter; Charlene Gibson and Frank's family; son Tim and his wife Lorraine. Grand children Timmy, Laureen, Great Granddaughter Stephanie and many, many, many close friends. Her Memorial Service will be celebrated in the First Baptist Church, 29 Oakland Street, Medford on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 11 AM. Relatives and friends are most welcome to attend. A Coalition will be held after the memorial service. Interment will be privately held. Donations in Evelyn's memory may be made to the First Baptist Church, 29 Oakland Street, Medford, MA 02155. For additional information, please visit,

Bertold C. Antalek, Jr. 3/28/2016 Natick, MA / Douglas, MA / Framingham, MA / Dedham, MA

NATICK: Bertold C. “Bert” “Bootsie” Antalek, age 80, died on Monday morning, March 28, 2016, at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham after a brief illness. He was the devoted husband of the late Deanna M. (Waterman) Antalek. A lifelong Natick resident, he was the son of the late Bertold C. and Lillian C. (Normandin) Antalek. He was a triple letter varsity athlete in high school, and for over 50 years held Natick High’s Thanksgiving Day football record for most yards rushing. Bootsie was inducted to the Natick High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, on the 50th anniversary of 1950-’51 hockey team’s Eastern Massachusetts League and Massachusetts High School Championships. Bert enlisted in the Army shortly after graduation and served as a specialist with the 10th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion during the Korean War. He and Deanna were married in 1957 and made their home in Natick. Bootsie was employed for over forty years with Anton’s Cleaners, managing a number of their locations. He enjoyed camping with his growing family on Cape Cod and loved to fish, whether deep sea fishing or casting from the shore. Bootsie was a great cook and loved sharing with family and friends. Among the pleasures he and Deanna shared were entertaining their grandchildren and caring for their gardens. Predeceased by Deanna last March, and shortly thereafter their daughter Nancy Lienhard and her husband Paul, he is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Antalek of Natick; a son, Richard Antalek and his wife Taryn of Douglas; four grandchildren, Jackie, Jimmy, Courtney, and Meghan; great-grandson Patrick; his sister, Carol Duchnowski and her husband Walter of Bourne; and many nieces and nephews. His funeral service will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Friday, April 1st at 11:00AM. Burial will be private. Visiting hours will be Thursday 4 – 8PM. Donations may be made in Bert’s memory to the Natick Needy Veterans Fund, c/o Paul Carew, Community Service Dept, 117 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760.

John R. "Jack" Columbus 3/24/2016 Framingham, MA / Wayland, MA

FRAMINGHAM: John R. “Jack” Columbus, 75, died on March 24, 2016 following a brief illness. He was born on October 29, 1940 the son of the late John F. Columbus and Esther Mary (Lawrence) Columbus. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Janet D. (Crowe) Columbus of Framingham. Devoted father of Phyllis Supernor of Tempe, AZ and Vickie J. Paine of Cochituate. Grandfather of Kimberly Oller and her husband Jamie of Milford; Amy Supernor of Millis and Rebecca Paine of Royalston. Brother of Jo Ann Columbus and her companion Paul Pereira of Chester, NH and Ernest Columbus and his wife Deidra Columbus of Marlborough, the late Marjorie Clark and E. Janet Lloyd. Also survived by one great-grandson Antonio Oller and 4 nieces and 3 nephews. Jack spent his earlier years in Cochituate and was educated through the Wayland School system. He retired after 36 years of dedicated service to the Town of Wayland as a Grader Operator as well as a heavy equipment operator with the highway department. Jack also served the Town of Wayland on the Auxiliary Fire and Police Departments. In his youth, he was active in the Boy Scouts. He loved fishing and stock car racing over the years. Jack was a loving husband to his wife Janet and devoted to his daughters and his entire family. At the request of Jack’s family there will be no funeral home visitations. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Lawrence family lot in Lakeview Cemetery, Commonwealth Rd (Rte 30) in Cochituate. In lieu of flowers, his family personally requests that all donations in Jack’s memory be sent to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Jane L. Ash 3/24/2016 Natick, MA / Marshfield, MA / Ashland, MA / Framingham, MA

NATICK: Jane Louise Ash, age 61, of Natick and South Yarmouth, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends on Thursday afternoon, March 24, 2016, at Wingate at Sudbury. Born in Colorado Springs, Jane was a daughter of Marcia Louise (Barry) Ash of Natick and the late William Francis Ash, Jr. She was raised and educated in Natick, graduating with the Natick High School Class of 1973. An insurance Customer Service Rep, she had remained in Natick prior to moving to South Yarmouth in the 1990s. Jane loved spending time with her family, visits to the beach, and routing for her Red Sox. In addition to her mother, she is survived by three sisters, Susan E. Lawlor and her husband Joseph of Marshfield, Lois A. Haswell and her husband John of Natick, Beth M. Parker and her husband Robert of Ashland; a brother, William F. Ash III and his wife Leann of Framingham; and her much loved nieces and nephews, Katie, Michael, Patrick, Ryan, Benjamin, Liam, and Jillian. She was also the proud Grand Aunt of Nolan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Patrick’s Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick, on Friday, April 8th at 12:00PM. A gathering of family and friends will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Jane’s memory to the Cam Neely Foundation, 30 Winter Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02108.

Sanford B. Mills 3/8/2016 Framingham, MA / Natick, MA / Sherborn, MA / Millis, MA / Boston, MA

FRAMINGHAM: Sanford B. "Sandy" Mills, a former Framingham resident, died suddenly on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at his Dorchester home. He was 45. Raised in Sherborn, he was the son of Nancy C. (Chase) Mills and the late Ernest E. Mills. He was a 1988 graduate of Dover Sherborn High School. Sandy had worked at Friendly's restaurant and decided after graduation that he wanted to pursue a career as a cook. Learning on the job at both Friendly's and Brigham's, he ultimately worked as a house chef at Wellesley College. He married Rose Welch in 1994 and they settled in Framingham. Sandy and Rose were married for sixteen years, and they shared the joy of being the parents of a son, Luke, whom they both loved dearly. Sandy had many interests, and he shared with his family his love of music. He was also an enthusiastic supporter of Boston sports teams, especially the Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins. Sandy was a generous and caring person. He is survived by his son, Lucas T. Mills of Framingham; his mother, Nancy Mills of Natick; and his brother, Daryl L. Mills of Millis. He was predeceased by his sister Marlys Rich in 2014. Relatives and friends may visit with the Mills family at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Saturday, March 19th, 2-4pm. Burial will be private.

James R. "Jim" Himes 3/3/2016 Framingham, MA / Wayland, MA

FRAMINGHAM: James R. “Jim” Himes has gone home to be with the Lord on March 3, 2016 after celebrating 92 years with his loving family and friends. Jim was born in Pittsburgh, PA on December 21, 1923 the son of the late Verne A. Himes and Anna K. (Johnson) Himes. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Helen M. (Lutz) Himes of Framingham. Beloved father of Susan L. Eckhardt of Chelmsford; Laurie M. Taylor of Franklin and Eric D. Himes and his wife Aileen Sanchez-Himes of Framingham. Also survived by 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and a wide circle of friends whom he considered family. Jim has been a resident of Framingham for over 53 years and spent his formative years in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from South Hills High School and attended business college in Pittsburgh. He married Helen Lutz after returning from World War II in 1946 serving with the United States Navy as a Carpenters Mate 3rd Class in the Solomon Island Campaign. He worked for 34 years for Manpower where he was the Regional Manager for the Northeastern region of the United States. He was a member of the American Legion of Boston and was an avid fisherman and loved gardening both flowers and vegetables. Jim was a longtime member of Liberty Church of Shrewsbury and in his earlier years with Wellesley Park Assembly of God. Jim was blessed to have Helen, his three children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was devoted to them and his strong faith in God. He will be remembered for his kindness and love to others and his wonderful sense of humor. Visitations will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rte 30), Wayland. Jim’s funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 10:00 am with Pastor Marc Minerella of the Judah City Church of Marlborough officiating. Interment will follow in the Himes family lot in Edgell Grove Cemetery in Framingham. In lieu of flowers, his family kindly suggests that memorial gifts in his memory may be sent to Valiant Veteran’s 867 Grafton St, Worcester, MA 01604 or to Advocates, Inc, 01604 or to Advocates, Inc., 1 Clarks Hill, Ste 305, Framingham, MA 01702.

Patricia A. Gomes 2/15/2016 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Maynard, MA / Uxbridge, MA

NATICK: Patricia A. (Beirne) Gomes, age 79, a loving mother and grandmother, died at her home on Monday, February 15, 2016. A lifelong Natick resident, she was a daughter of the late Francis and Patricia A. Beirne. Patricia was raised in South Natick and started work as a bank teller while in her teens. After graduating with the Natick High School Class of 1955, she was employed as a head teller with Shawmut Bank and later with the Framingham Cooperative Bank. While in Framingham, she decided to leave banking and work with those who needed care. After training in nursing care, Patricia began work as nurse’s aide at Cardinal Cushing Hospital. Before long she was caring for patients at their homes, work she enjoyed until her retirement. A major sports enthusiast, Patricia was a great fan of the Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics, but when it came to hockey, the Canadiens were her team. She was a skilled candlepin bowler and played with various leagues over time. She was happiest in the company of her loving family. Predeceased by her daughter Michelle A. Gomes in 2007, she is survived by two daughters, Maureen E. Gomes and her husband Winston Foreman of Maynard, and Dionne M. Smith and her husband Kason of Uxbridge; her grandchildren Austin, Christopher, and Corey Gomes; great-grandson Anthony Jr; and her brother Robert Beirne of Bellingham and his family. She was also predeceased by two of her grandchildren, Ashley in 1999 and Caysee in 2012. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated in Saint Patrick’s Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick, on Saturday, February 27th at 10:00AM. Burial will be at Saint Patrick Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Friday, 4 – 7PM.

William J. Barr 2/12/2016 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Holliston, MA / Holden, MA

NATICK: William John Barr, age 63, a former longtime resident of Natick, died on February 12, 2016, at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham. He was the beloved son of the late Laurence and Agnes (Benedict) Barr. Born, raised and educated in Natick, Bill was a 1971 graduate of Natick High School. Initially a groundskeeper at Wellesley College, Bill was later employed for many years as a surveyor. He had recently moved to Framingham and had been working as a roofer until he retired due to illness. Bill was a man of many interests, both active and sedentary. He was proud of his Scottish heritage. A talented artist, he enjoyed sketching, etching and particularly creating architectural drawings with the eye of a draftsman. His active enjoyments encompassed biking, fishing, camping in New Hampshire, and on one occasion building a log cabin in northern New Hampshire on a friend’s property. A Boston sports fan, Bill followed the Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics. He had a devotion to St. Francis of Assisi and loved to sit back and watch all manner of animals in the wild. Bill was a caring and thoughtful brother, a loving uncle and granduncle, and cherished his dogs, Smokey and Fred. He also had a penchant for Sudoku puzzles. He had recently moved to Framingham. He is survived by his two devoted sisters, Christina M. Marden and her husband Richard of Holliston, and Barbara B. Kampersal of Holden and her longtime companion, Gerald Berry of Rutland; four nephews, Ryan Patrick Marden, Rein P. Kampersal, Jr. and his wife Melissa, and Gregory J. and Alexander S. Kampersal; two grandnieces, Rachael and Caroline; a grandnephew, Christian; and many loving cousins in Connecticut and New York. His funeral service will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Sunday, February 28th at 1:00PM. Relatives and friends may visit with Bill’s family beginning at 11:00AM. Bill’s family is grateful to the staff of Wingate at Sudbury for providing Bill with respectful and compassionate care, which allowed him go through his final days with dignity.

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