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.

Aldo Antobenedetto 5/28/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Plainville, MA

Aldo Antobenedetto, age 92, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Metrowest Medical Center in Natick. He was the devoted husband of the late Barbara (Klein) Antobenedetto, sharing 65 years together. Born, raised and educated in Framingham, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Silvia (Moretti) Antobenedetto. Aldo and Barbara, who first met in 1947, made their home in Framingham after being married in 1948 and started their family. Together, they moved their family to the Antobenedetto home in 1977. While Barbara dedicated her time caring for their home and family, Aldo worked in construction and maintenance and soon became known for his skill and dedication to his work. Although Aldo was a hard worker, he spent as much time with his family as possible. This was time that he enjoyed very much, whether it was spent sitting and talking about the day’s events or playing around. The Red Sox and Patriots always had his attention; however, if there was a game show on, Aldo was quick to change the channel. More than any sport or game show, anyone who knew him, knew that his greatest pleasure was received by his family. This was especially true of time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom he loved so much. Aldo is survived by his three children, John Antobenedetto and his wife Lynn of Surprise AZ, Karen Hall and her husband Calvin of Plainville, and Marie Antobenedetto of So. Natick; a sister, Nora Ridenhour and her husband Lee of Ashland; his grandchildren, Wendy, Erica, Thomas, Kimberly, and Michael; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Aldo was predeceased by six siblings. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Committal Service at Glenwood Cemetery, 50 Glenwood St., So. Natick at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 2, 2016

Rita T. (Sullivan) Coffey 5/17/2016 12:00:00 AM Framingham, MA / Wayland, MA

FRAMINGHAM: Rita T. (Sullivan) Coffey, 90, formerly of Cochituate and Hopkinton, died on May 17, 2016 following a period of declining health. She was born in Framingham on September 9, 1925 the daughter of the late Jeremiah J. Sullivan and Nora T. (Cronin) Sullivan. Rita was the beloved wife of the late Leonard A. Coffey who died in July of 1999. Rita is survived by her nieces and nephews Jean Callahan and her husband Keith Kubacki of Millis; Tricia Texiera and her husband Joe Texiera of Holliston; Dennis Murray and his wife Gina Murray of Winthrop; Susanne Connolly and her husband Kevin Connolly of Winthrop; Jack McDonald and his wife Laura McDonald of Cochituate; Richard Callahan and his wife Paula Callahan of Westborough and Carol Callahan of Boston. Also survived by several great-nieces and great-nephews. Sister-in-law of Richard Callahan of Framingham. Sister of the late Helen Murray, Katherine Buckley, Margaret Callahan, Mary McDonald and Geraldine Sullivan. Rita spent her formative years in Cochituate and graduated from Wayland High School. She resided in Hopkinton for many years and in Framingham for several years. She was a former member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Ashland. She also spent many countless hours volunteering at the Greyhound Friends of Hopkinton. Rita loved animals and also spent time volunteering and assisting at many local rescue shelters in the MetroWest area. Rita was devoted to her late husband and also enjoyed spending time with her family. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. Visitations will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (Off Rte 30), Cochituate Village, Wayland. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 9:15 am followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at Good Shepherd Parish at St. Zepherin Church, 99 Main Street (Rte 27), Cochituate Village, Wayland. Interment to follow in the McDonald – Coffey family lot in Lakeview Cemetery in Wayland. For those who desire, memorial gifts in Rita’s memory may be sent to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, POB 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 for Parkinson’s Disease research and would be greatly appreciated.

Rita "Daisy" (Harbour) Orcutt 5/16/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Grafton, MA

Rita D. (Harbour) Orcutt, age 84, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham after a brief illness. Born in Penacook, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of the late Armand and Regina (Beauchine) Harbour. Rita was a 1949 graduate of Concord High School. Rita and her late Husband Paul moved to Holliston, MA and then settled in Natick, MA in 1967. Rita worked for many years as a District Manager for Avon before following her passion and opening Daisy’s Discoveries in Downtown Framingham. She opened her heart to all and volunteered tirelessly with Al-Anon, The Salvation Army, The Natick Senior Center, and Leonard Morse Hospital where she served as President of the Auxiliary. For 20 years, she wrote and produced “Sizzling Seniors” for the Natick Cable station. Rita is survived by her daughters: Anne-Marie Flavin and her husband Patrick of Grafton, and Barbara Jean Beauchense of Grafton. She is also survived by her grand-children whom she loved so much; Sean, Danielle, and Ryan Flavin: Jared, Shayna, and Desirae Lee; her siblings, Richard Harbour and Ellie, Joan Palisi, and Barbara Gibeau all of New Hampshire, and many nieces and nephews and their Families. She was pre-deceased by one brother, Armond Harbour. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life for Rita on Thursday, May 26th at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel at John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. A time of visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. prior to the service. Visitation hours will also be held on Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. In-Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rita’s name to the Natick Council on Aging, 117 E. Central Street, Natick, MA 01760 or a charity of one’s choice.

Jason M. Bettger 5/11/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick, MA / Milford, MA / Hudson, MA / Framingham, MA

NATICK: Jason Michael “Jay” Bettger, age 38, a longtime Natick resident currently of Milford, died at his home on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Born in Point Pleasant New Jersey, he was a son of Richard A. Bettger of Hudson and Anna L. (Galvin) Bettger of Framingham. His family lived in Island Heights NJ, prior to settling in Natick when Jason was in his teens. Always interested in building, he was helping frame houses while still in high school. Jason started his own framing company, later branching into remodeling and finish work, areas where his creativity could shine. He could pick up any musical instrument and make a beautiful song. He could take a blank piece of paper and make it into a visual dream. He was extremely poetic and loved writing poetry and song lyrics. His talents were endless as was his love for family, friends and animals. Jason's two most amazing qualities were passed onto his young daughters, whose company he cherished. Hannah Ryan, age 7, inherited his amazing “artistic by nature” qualities. Isabel Jae, age 5, inherited his unconditional love for all animals. In addition to his daughters and parents, he is survived by an older brother, Eric Bettger of Hudson, an older sister, Lisa-Anne Bettger of Milford, and many loving relatives and friends. A private memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his memory to his daughters educational fund: Hannah and Isabel Education Support Trust, 13 Bridle Path Cr., Framingham, MA 01701.

William J. Guineau, Jr. 5/6/2016 12:00:00 AM Framingham, MA / Boston, MA / West Roxbury, MA

Guineau, William J. Jr., of Framingham, MA died May 6, 2016 after a long illness. He was 79. He served as an Electronics Technician, 3rd Class in the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of the Korean War. During his service, he received two National Defense Good Conduct awards and was honorably discharged in 1957. He is survived by his two sisters, Lillian Guineau and Laura McGeary, four of his remaining children, Laura Macfarlane, William John Guineau III, Katie Jorgensen and Shane Guineau and four grandchildren, Jessica Navin, Casey Macfarlane, Stephanie Guineau and Nicholas Guineau; he also leaves two nieces and three grand nieces. He will be laid to rest at the MassachusettsNational Military Cemetery in Bourne, MA.

Ruth (Nordlinger) Heppen 4/26/2016 12:00:00 AM 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. Family 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 12:00:00 AM 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 12:00:00 AM Framingham, MA / Holliston, MA / Natick, 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 12:00:00 AM Medford, MA / Framingham, MA / Marlborough, MA / Syracuse, NY / Middleborough, 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 12:00:00 AM Framingham, MA / Dedham, MA / Douglas, MA / Natick, 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.

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