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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.


Richard A. Bradley 3/25/2015 natick, MA / wellesley, MA / framingham, MA / ashland, MA

Richard A. Bradley of South Natick passed away on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at the Mariam Boyd Hospice House in Wayland . He was 89 years old. Beloved husband of Mary A. (Vicary) Bradley. Funeral Service in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 79 Denton Rd., Wellesley, MA on Sunday, March 29th at 3:00PM. Relatives and friends respectful invited. For directions, obituary or to send the family a condolence please visit www.everettfuneral.com Arrangements by the John Everett & sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common. A complete obituary will follow.


Jeanne E. (Mulcahy) Nilson 3/23/2015 Natick, MA / Wellesley, MA / Upton, MA / Ashland, MA / Framingham, MA / Sherborn, MA

Jeanne E. (Mulcahy) Nilson of Wellesley passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Mary Ann Morse Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Natick at the age of seventy-two. Daughter of Jeanne (Amicone) Moore and the late John Mulcahy, she was born in Boston and attended Mission Hill High School. Jeanne worked for many years in customer service and enjoyed making flower arrangements, arts and crafts, all animals and was an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Wellesley. She was the devoted wife of the late John D. Nilson and a loving mother of George Nilson and his wife Christine of Upton, John Nilson and his fiancée Maggie Shortridge of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and Jennifer Nilson and her husband David Musshorn of Natick. Cherished grandmother of Luke, Johanna, George, Lauren, Erik and Nils. Sister of Karen Kerrigan and her husband Paul of Dedham, Janet Cali and her husband John of Norfolk and the late John Mulcahy. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, many caring and helpful neighbors and her late niece Sharon Mulcahy. Her family would like to thank all the staff and caregivers at Mary Ann Morse Nursing Home for the great love, care and support given to Jeanne during her stay. Visiting hours will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Friday, March 27th from 4:00-7:00PM. Jeanne’s Funeral Service will be held in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 79 Denton Rd., Wellesley on Saturday, March 28th at 11:00AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jeanne’s memory may be made to MSPCA, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit www.everettfuneral.com


Dorothy G. "Dolly" Gurney 3/9/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Shirley, MA / Shrewsbury, MA

NATICK: Dorothy G. “Dolly” (Nichols) Gurney, age 87, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend, died peacefully on Monday night, March 9, 2015. She was the devoted wife of the late Harold L. “Bud” Gurney, Jr., for 60 years. A daughter of the late John and Rose (Lakusta) Nichols, Dolly was a 1945 graduate of Natick High School. She was employed with the Natick Department of Veteran’s Services for 23 years. Predeceased by Bud in 2011, and their daughter, Diane Marie Gurney, in 2010, Dolly is survived by two sons, Daniel P. Gurney and Harold L. “Lee” Gurney, III, and his wife Carolyn, all of Natick; five grandchildren, Peter C. Woodward and his wife Stephanie of Shirley, Charlotte Hannon and her husband Michael of Natick, Brian D. Gurney of Framingham, Laura Ann VanDorn and her husband Timothy of Shirley, and Daniel Arthur Barker of Natick; two great-grandchildren, Thomas B. Hannon and Chloe Ann Woodward; and several nieces and nephews and their families. She was also the sister of the late Marie N. Cole and John W. Nichols. Her funeral service will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Thursday, March 12th at 11:00AM. Burial will follow at Saint Patrick Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family prior to the service beginning at 10:00AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dolly’s memory to MetroWest Homecare and Hospice, 85 Lincoln Street, Framingham, MA 01702.


Cesar F. Brooks 3/8/2015 Framingham, MA / Wayland, MA

FRAMINGHAM: Cesar F. Brooks, 61, died peacefully surrounded by his family at his Framingham residence on Sunday, March 8, 2015 following a courageous and dignified battle from lung cancer. He was born in Manila, Philippines on June 20, 1953 the son of the late William Brooks and Marietta (Ordillas) Brooks. Cesar is survived by his former wife Laura L. Hunter-Brooks of Framingham and their children Lenny R. Brooks of Auburndale, Michael A. Brooks and Christopher A. Brooks both of Framingham. Devoted grandfather of Michael S. Brooks. Also survived by his longtime companion Marian “Meme” Grant of Framingham. Cesar moved to the United States from the Philippines in 1958 and traveled throughout the country with his military family before settling in Massachusetts. He has been a resident of Framingham for the past 34 years. Prior to his retirement, he was a service technician for 30 years with Keane Fire and Safety of Waltham. He loved traveling with his family and especially enjoyed time spent at Rhode Island beaches. He was an avid sports fan and also enjoyed photography and gardening. He was a people person and loved to meet people from all walks of life. He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends. Visitations will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (Off Rte 30), Wayland. Family and friends are invited to go directly to his Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 9:00 o’clock at the Church of St. George, 74 School Street (Rte 126), Framingham. Private family interment will be held at a later date in Lakeview Cemetery in Wayland. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests that memorial gifts in Cesar’s memory may be sent to For condolences and directions please visit www.johncbryantfuneralhome.com.


Joseph Foster 3/8/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Watertown, MA / Hopkinton, MA

NATICK – Joseph O. E. Foster, age 80, of Natick died peacefully at home on Sunday, March 8, 2015 after a period of declining health. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of Nancy T. (Visconti) Foster for 56 years and a Natick resident for over 45 years. Born and raised in Watertown, Joe was the son of the late Joseph E. Foster, Sr. of New Jersey and Rose M. (Zaino) Foster of Watertown. After graduating from Watertown High School in 1954, Joe served in the US Army’s Signal Corps during the Korean War (1954-1956). He received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. While living in Waltham, Joe worked as a cosmetologist at various salons, including Beauty Gardens on Moody Street. He also worked for many years at Zayre Department Store. After moving to Natick, he worked as a security guard for various companies, including Perini Corporation in Framingham. He was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Natick and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his daughter, Theresa A. Foster of Natick and Gainesville, FL and her life partner, Michael P. Allard. He is also survived by his niece, Maria Moniz of Framingham, and other nieces, nephews, and cousins. Joe was happiest when he was taking care of his home and family. He adored his pet birds. In the past, he enjoyed cooking, photography, gardening, and fixing cars. In recent years, he enjoyed a wide variety of arts and crafts, and participated in the Natick Center Art Walk in July, 2014. The Foster family would like to thank all of the people and organizations that helped us care for Joe during his period of illness, including Whitney Place Adult Day Health, Natick Veteran Services, BayPath Elder Services, the Natick VNA and Metrowest Homecare and Hospice. Joe's funeral will be held from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Wednesday, March 11th at 9:30AM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Patrick Church, 44 E, Central St., Natick. at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Visitation prior in the funeral home from 8:30-9:30AM. Internment will follow at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit www.everettfuneral.com


Lola (Tassinari) McGrail 2/28/2015 West Roxbury, MA / Framingham, MA / Roslindale, MA / Boston, MA / Dorchester, MA

McGrail --- Lola (Tassinari) of Framingham formerly of West Roxbury, February 28, 2015. Age 101. Beloved wife of the late Fred J. McGrail. Devoted daughter of the late Lindo and Evelyn (Vezzani) Tassinari. Loving mother of Carol Fletcher and her husband Richard of Braintree and Nannette Canniff and her husband Frederick of Randolph. Cherished grandmother of 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Sister of the late Bruna Tassinari and Cousin of William D. Murphy and his wife Ellen of Braintree. Retired Boston Public school teacher, member of the retired Boston Teacher’s Union, Trustee for the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Past President for the League of Catholic Women and long time member of the Holy Name Women’s Sodality. Visiting hours in the Robert J. Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre St., West Roxbury, on Tuesday, March 3, from 3:00 to 7:00pm. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel at Carmel Terrace / St. Patrick’s Manor 933 Central St., Framingham, on Wednesday, March 4, at 10am. Visitation Wednesday morning beginning at 9:00am. Interment private. Donations may be made in Lola’s name to St. Boniface Haiti Foundation www.haitihealth.org 383 Eliot St., Suite 100, Newton, MA 02464 Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home www.lawlerfuneralhome.com 617-323-5600


Amy C. (MacLachlan) Cutler 2/28/2015 natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Maynard, MA

Amy C. (MacLachlan) Cutler 91, of Natick died peacefully Saturday, February 28, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis X. Cutler Sr., Boston Firefighter, who died in 2002. A Natick resident for 19 years, she was born in Newton and was the daughter of the late William and Anna (MacDonald) MacLachlan. Mrs. Cutler had resided in Newton Highlands, and previously in Brighton maintaining strong family ties in the area and was regarded as the Matriarch of the extended family. She was known for her astute shopping abilities and refined sense of style and dress. Mrs. Cutler was an active member of the Natick Senior Center, loved to read, and painted in watercolors. She enjoyed many years of vacationing with her family and sharing new adventures. She is survived by three children Francis X. "Lucky” Cutler, Jr. and his wife Maureen A. (King) of Framingham, Amy C. Magee and her husband Jeffrey of Framingham, Susan C. Hotz and her husband William J. of Natick, sisters Joan Meakin and her late husband Ralph of Maynard, Mary Jane Sutherland and her husband Robert of Natick, one brother William MacLachlan and his wife Helen of West Dennis, she was the sister of the late Barbara Farnham and her late husband Ralph. Also survived by her grandchildren Michelle Rosala and her husband John, Matthew Cutler and his wife Corrine, Amber Prockett and her husband Paul, Elizabeth Magee, Jeffrey Magee, Jr. and his wife Robyn, Lindsy Hotz and William “B.J.” Hotz Jr., great grandchildren Taylor, Jason, Ashley and Lucy, and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral on Friday, March 6th at 9:00 A.M. from the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Linus Church at 10:00 A.M. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Interment Edgell Grove Cemetery Framingham. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association 20 Speen Street Framingham MA 01701.


Lawrence Albert Kreig 2/26/2015 Framingham, MA / Wayland, MA

Lawrence Albert Kreig, 61, an Accountant and CPA living in Framingham, MA, died peacefully at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston the evening of Feb. 26, 2015 following an eight month courageous and dignified battle due to complications from melanoma. After an initial diagnoses and treatment for Skin Melanoma in late 2012, the cancer resurfaced as a malignant brain tumor in June 2014. A devoted father and husband, he found great comfort in receiving care in the same hospital where his beloved twins, Andrew Raymond Kreig and Catherine Eva Kreig, were born in 2005, and where his wife, Vivian Markoulakis Kreig, lovingly helped attend to his care. He was regarded by friends and family as an adventurous spirit who joyfully traveled the world widely in his younger years and found great happiness later in his family life and career. His many hobbies and lifelong passions included: reading books, particularly those of military history of the Civil War and World War I and II; studying physics and math; playing the guitar; and having conversations about world events, economics, and politics. Larry, as he was known to his friends, loved languages. He had a great command of the English language; spoke French fluently; and knew some Russian. He was an avid collector of books and slide rulers. He was born in 1953 in Chicago to the late Albert and Margaret Kreig. The family moved to New York City when he was three years old. He attended Collegiate School from grades two to 12 with the exception of the fifth grade. That year, he lived on his grandmother’s farm in rural Clinton, Arkansas because his late mother, Margaret Kreig, was engaged in dangerous research about the underworld that would result in her 1967 book, Black Market Medicine, and testimony before congress on her findings He received a B.A. from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Government in political science. After graduation he went to Alaska to be with his brother Ray, who had moved there. He worked on the Alaskan Pipeline, in an Alaskan gold mine and as a teamster driving large trucks during the pipeline boom of the early 1970s. In 1975, he moved to France and obtained a master’s degree in economics from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques at the University of Grenoble. Afterwards, he moved to Texas, where he started as a debt collector, became a sales assistant at a Lehman Brothers brokerage branch, and obtained an MBA from the University of Houston. A patriot and student of history, he joined the Army National Guard. He attended Airborne School in 1986 at Fort Benning, Georgia and undertook multiple parachute jumps, among other duties that included service later in the Massachusetts National Guard. He was promoted to Sergeant E-5 in 1988. Beginning in 1983 he embarked a 31 year career in Accounting. It began in Texas as a corporate tax accountant at Pool Company. He there passed the Texas CPA exam. It was the beginning of the Oil Bust in Houston and Larry decided to move to Boston in 1984 to be with some of his Syracuse University friends and find employment there. He continued his accounting career in public accounting, later moving to internal auditing, general accounting, controller positions, and revenue accounting. His employers included Holdsworth, Burrell & Co., Martin D. Braver & Co., Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, Brine Inc., The Westwood Group - Wonderland Greyhound Park, and most recently PeopleFluent Inc. Software. He met his wife at Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation. Both were active in community activities, including the board of directors for a local chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. They were married in June 1993 at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Springfield, MA and moved into their Framingham home in 1995. Before having children in late 2005, they enjoyed travel to many parts of the world, often visiting with friends and relatives in different countries and in some remote areas. Larry learned to sail while he lived in Alaska. He and his wife became members of Sail Newport for many years and he also joined a Sailing team for a couple years captained by one of their friends. He had many hobbies: enjoyed Civil War re-enacting with another close friend; enjoyed playing the guitar with his friends; and most recently rekindled his childhood passion for building model airplanes. In 2002 as a hobby, he began to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and earned 24 credit hours in physics, engineering mathematics, and circuit theory. After the twins were born he stopped pursuing this and devoted his time to playing and caring for them and taking them to museums, church youth activities, cub scouts, baseball, soccer, ballet, etc. He would enjoy bringing them back to New York City, where he grew up, and going on other family vacations to New Hampshire, Florida, and Arkansas. Besides his wife and children, all of Framingham, MA, he leaves an older brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Lee Ann Kreig of Anchorage, AK; an older brother Andrew Kreig and his longtime companion Mari Ann Hollis of Washington, DC; a younger stepbrother John Slater and his daughter Devon; his parents-in-law, Emanuel and Eva Markoulakis of Longmeadow; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Ursula Markoulakis of Longmeadow, MA; and many other beloved relatives and friends. Visitations will be Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rte 30), Wayland. Funeral services at the funeral home on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:00 am will be followed by interment in Edgell Grove Cemetery, 53 Grove Street, Framingham. For those who desire, memorial gifts in Lawrence’s memory may be sent to the Melanoma Research Foundation, 1411 K Street, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005 or St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Memorial Fund, 57 Brown Street, Weston, MA 02493. The family would like to thank their devoted network of family, friends, and colleagues who visited and helped frequently during Larry’s eight-month battle with melanoma; the caring staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and Dana Farber Cancer Institute; and Larry’s employer PeopleFluent; Vivian’s employer Staples; the children’s Hemenway school community; and the St. Demetrios church community for supporting them during this difficult time of Larry’s illness.


Albert M. "Al" Chapman 2/26/2015 Natick, MA / Marlborough, MA / Wellesley, MA / Framingham, MA / Ashland, MA

Albert M. “Al” Chapman of Marlborough passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Kindred Hospital of Natick at the age of eighty-four. Born and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Hyram M. and Helen M. (Dansereau) Chapman. Albert enlisted in the United States Navy and served our country proudly aboard the USS New Jersey during the Korean War and then joined the United States Marine Corp reserves after his discharge. Al played baseball and was the catcher for the Navy’s team while serving in the military. Even though he worked for over thirty years as a service manager with local car dealerships his favorite job was as the Athletic Director for the Pittsfield Boys Club during the 1950’s. Al was a semi-pro softball player, an avid golfer, coached little league and was a basketball referee. He was a member of the National Ski Patrol and a first-aid instructor for the American Red Cross. Al enjoyed the water, cruises and had a “one-liner” for every occasion. Mr. Chapman was the devoted husband of Bette T. (Tainter) Chapman of Marlborough and together they shared forty-six years of marriage. He was a loving father of Gary A. Chapman and his wife Susana of Plymouth, NH and the late Thomas F. Chapman. Cherished grandfather of Alejandra Chapman, also of Plymouth, NH. He was predeceased by five brothers and one sister and is survived by several nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Sunday, March 1st from 2:00-5:00PM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Al’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.


Adriana (Vittori) Tempesta 2/16/2015 Natick, MA / Hopedale, MA / Bedford, MA / Ashland, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA

Adriana (Vittori) Tempesta passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015 at the Metrowest Medical Center of Natick at the age of eighty-nine. Daughter of the late Francesco and Elide (DiBelardino) Vittori and the devoted wife of the late Antonio Tempesta for over forty years. She was the loving mother of John Tempesta and his wife Patricia of Ridgefield, Connecticut and Anthony Tempesta and his wife Jane of Natick. Cherished grandmother of Alex Tempesta of Worcester, Elizabeth Tempesta of Cambridge, Michael Tempesta and his wife Jill of Brewster, NY, Jessica Mulligan and her husband Jason of Danbury, Connecticut and Lauren Tempesta of Natick. Great grandmother of Derek, Nicole, Matthew Tempesta and Luke and Hartley Mulligan. Caring sister of Pierino, Lidia, Ada and the late Giovanni. Funeral from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Saturday, February 21st at 9:00AM. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick’s Church, 44 E. Central St., Natick at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be held in the funeral home on Friday, February 20th from 4:00-7:00PM. Burial in Dell Park Cemetery, Natick. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Adriana memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 70-31 48th Ave., Woodside, NY 11377. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit www.everettfuneral.com


Richard L. "Dick" Paquette, Jr. 2/13/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA

Richard L. “Dick” Paquette, Jr. of Natick passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Metrowest Medical Center of Natick. He was fifty-seven years old. Born in Abington, Massachusetts Dick graduated from Abington High School in 1975. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Lesley College. After serving as an Applications Developer in IT Operations Management at AT&T for 17 years, Dick recently worked as a Report Analyst for Support Services at UHealth Solutions in Worcester. Dick was a great husband and friend to his wife Maureen with whom he was happily married for 30 years. They enjoyed long weekends away together and traveling with lifelong friends. He was also a loving father to their children Richard and Katherine, who they raised in Natick. As a dedicated family man, Dick enjoyed many summers with family and friends at the family cottage in White Horse Beach playing corn hole by day and tending bonfires by night, all while sharing stories and laughs with loved ones. He always looked forward to spending Sunday afternoon with his mom and dad and sisters in Abington. Dick was an avid sports fan and enjoyed going to Patriots games and tailgating with his friends. He enjoyed helping his daughter Katherine practice pitching and supported and cheered her on at her many softball games. He was involved in Natick Little League with his son Rich and then continued to coach for many years. He also volunteered for several years for the Good Samaritans. Dick loved woodworking and hand crafting fine furniture. He spent countless hours in his workshop happily building many treasured pieces for his home, his friends, and the family cottage at White Horse Beach. Dick was loved by many, and will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate to have been graced with his caring and loving spirit. He was the cherished son of Richard L. and Esther T. (Cook) Paquette of Abington and son-in-law of Dorothy Manning of Natick and the late Patrick J. Manning. Brother of Nancy Freitas and her husband Don of NH, Jane Western and her husband Dennis of NH, Lori Brand and her husband Stephen of Brockton, Linda Tomyl of FL and the late Joann Paquette. Brother-in-law of Eileen Manning-Merritt of Framingham, Tricia Houde and her husband Rob of Danvers, Kate Manning of Plymouth, Pauline Manning of VT and Dorothy Costello and her husband Richie of CA. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Friday, February 20th at 9:00AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, 44 E. Central St., Natick at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Visiting hours in the funeral home Thursday from 4:00-8:00PM. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Natick. Memorial contributions in Dick’s memory may be made to the American Red Cross, 2000 Century Dr., Worcester, MA 01606. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit www.everettfuneral.com


Myrtle Joyce (Sellars) Crabtree 2/13/2015 Millbury, MA / Framingham, MA / Wayland, MA

Myrtle Joyce (Sellars) Crabtree, 76, of Millbury and formerly of Framingham, died peacefully and comfortably surrounded by her loving family on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home following a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was born in Cambridge on June 28, 1938 the daughter of the late Chesley Gordon Sellars and Bessie May (Mills) Sellars. Myrtle was the beloved and devoted wife for 55 years of Thomas Marsten Crabtree of Millbury formerly of Framingham. Loving mother of Thomas Crabtree of Kailua, HI; William Crabtree of Wrentham and Steven Crabtree of Jenks, OK. Caring “NANNY” of Haley Crabtree, Piper Crabtree, Victoria Crabtree, Austin Crabtree, Trevor Crabtree and Courtney Crabtree. Sister of Bob Sellars of Ipswich; Irene Chase of Millbury and Esther Benn of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Also survived by six nieces and three nephews. Myrtle has resided in Millbury for the past three years and previously resided in Framingham for over 46 years. She spent her formative years in Natick and was a graduate of Natick High School. She had a long and distinguished career of over 40 years as a Dental Assistant beginning in downtown Natick and retiring after 25 years with Barry Levin, DDS of Natick. Her family was one of the original founding Natick families of the Wellesley Park Assembly of God Church in Natick and Wayland. She was devoted to her Christian faith and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. She has been a member of the New Hope Community Church of Marlborough for many years and volunteered her time and talent to the church. She enjoyed many hours and outings shopping with her sister Irene and the time they spent together. Myrtle was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt to her family whom she cherished as the center of her life. She always enjoyed visits with her grandchildren in Hawaii, Oklahoma and in Massachusetts and the activities that they delighted doing together. She will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew and loved her and will be greatly missed by all of the lives that she touched. Visitations will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (Off Rte 30), Cochituate Village, Wayland. Her funeral service and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Bryant Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Interim Pastor Rob Wood of the First Baptist Church of Holden. Interment will follow in the Crabtree lot in Glenwood Cemetery in South Natick. In lieu of flowers, her family kindly suggests that memorial gifts in Myrtle’s memory be sent to the Rose Monahan Hospice Home, 10 Judith Avenue, Worcester, MA 01602 and would be appreciated.


Pamela (Gatenby) Chapman 2/11/2015 Natick, MA / Hopedale, MA / Bedford, MA / Ashland, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA

Pamela G. (nee Gatenby) Chapman of Natick passed away at her home on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. She was seventy-seven years old. Born on 24th December 1937 at Brighton-le-Sands, Sydney. She was the first of three daughters of Charles Gatenby, an Australian aviation pioneer and later mining entrepreneur and his wife Thelma. Pamela was enjoying a wonderful life with her doting parents and attentive nanny Angie therefore the birth of her sister Suzanne in 1940 came as a shock: she advised her parents to leave the baby at the hospital! Before Suzanne could command too much parental attention the family moved to Singapore and the little girls had an amah each. Pamela quickly learned Malay and amazingly she could remember words for years after. The idyllic life in the Far East ended with the The Fall of Singapore in 1942. Thelma and her daughters left on the P&O ship “Orion” one of the last passenger vessels to depart Singapore. Charles escaped and flew a group of men to Darwin. Pamela's parents always loved the tropics and when the war was over the family, with their newest daughter Yvonne, moved back to Cairns in far north Queensland. Charles commuted between New Guinea and Cairns and Thelma looked after the family and their business interests which now included ‘Mantaka’ a pineapple plantation with a timber forest for felling and ‘Mt Peter’ a gold mine and treatment plant. Like a lot of children living in remote locations with unpredictable tropical weather and unreliable transport, Pamela and her two sisters became boarders at St Gabriel’s Church of England Girls Grammar School at Charters Towers in Central Queensland. Pamela loved the academic and social life at St Gabriel’s. She was a student of piano and voice and enjoyed performing in musical productions as well as designing and sewing costumes. When her parents eventually decided to concentrate on mining the family was reunited in Herberton about 70 miles inland from Cairns. Pamela attended St Mary’s, the local Church of England Girls Grammar School however the best singing teachers were at St Joseph's Convent - the Catholic school opposite. Thelma called on the nuns and with great subtleness she reminded them of all the good works her husband had done for their missions in New Guinea; they agreed to make an exception and teach Pamela singing and also to include her in their science classes since they were not available at St Mary’s. When Pamela finished school there were very few opportunities in the remote township of Herberton for further education or employment therefore her parents supported her decision to move to Sydney. In Sydney there were relatives and friends and her parents were delighted when a year later they received a letter from Philip Chapman, the son of their oldest friends, asking permission to marry Pamela. Soon after the newlyweds headed to the United States so Philip could attend M.I.T. While waiting for a visa, they temporally moved to Montreal, Canada. The winter weather was quite a shock for these two coming from such a tropical environment from Australia. Philip took a job at a local electronics company. Shortly thereafter, her much loved son, Peter was born. The trio moved to Boston in the early 1960’s and where Philip attended school for his master’s degree and doctorate. Pamela worked at the university to help support the family and attended Radcliffe University and studied biology. Shortly thereafter, Phil was accepted into the astronaut program and they moved to Houston, Texas. Pamela had strongly wanted a little girl and her wish was granted with the birth of her daughter Kristen. Due to constraints, Thelma and Charles were unable to keep in touch with Pamela and her family to the extent that they desired. In 1969 Pamela's family were thrilled when she and Philip arranged for her father Charles to visit them and be part of the guard of honour when Astronaut Commander Neil Armstrong and his crew climbed aboard “Apollo 11” for the first Moon landing. With the Apollo space programming winding down, Philip quit the program and the family moved back to Boston and settled in historic Concord, not far from the bridge that was the start of the American Revolution. Due to changing times, a recession, and other challenges, Pamela and Philip divorced. She moved to Lexington and started a new career as a title examiner and worked for the law firm Hale and Door. She and her son remodeled a Cape styled house common to the Boston area. She had impeccable taste and an early inventor of house “staging” and the house sold the first day on the market and over asking price. She shortly thereafter moved to Natick, a town she loved most. In retirement, she met at the local Dunkin Doughnuts for her coffee klatch. Pamela shared with her sisters an interest in antiques and she enjoyed collecting fine china; she possessed a keen sense of humour and had an optimistic outlook on life. Pamela embraced‘the American Dream’. She was very proud of her son and daughter and their partners. In particular she loved her two grandsons so very much. She was so proud of them and rightly so. All of Pamela's family, both here in the States and Australian relatives are deeply saddened by her passing and she will be missed. A Funeral Service will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Monday, February 16th at 11:00AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Visiting hours Sunday from 3:00-6:00PM. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Pam’s memory may be made to the Natick Service Council, 2 Webster St., Natick, MA 01760. For directions, obituary or to send the family a condolence please visit www.everettfuneral.com


John James "Jack" Cooke 2/10/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA

John “Jack” Cooke of Leicester, Massachusetts, formerly of Natick and South Yarmouth, passed away peacefully after a brief illness at the age of 92, surrounded by his loving family. Jack was born on February 16, 1922 in Amherst, Nova Scotia and moved to Natick in 1948. He was the beloved husband of Eleanor (Whalen) Cooke for 62 years and a member of Hope Baptist Church in Dennis, Mass. Mr. Cooke worked for F. Diehl & Son in Wellesley for 34 years and also loved woodworking. He made many beautiful items of furniture for family and friends, enjoyed gardening and always had a beautiful vegetable garden. Jack was a dedicated Dad to all his children. He is survived by his three sons, Robert and his wife Lynne of Ashburnham, James and his wife Eva of Marlborough, John and his wife Carmela of Franklin and his two daughters Pamela Bruder and her husband Peter of Charlton and Julie Cooke and her husband Andrew Hatch of Washington, NH. He was predeceased by his son John James Jr. Grandpa will be missed by his ten grandchildren, Stephen & Ryan Bruder, Corinne & Cailley Cooke, Andrew & Matthew Cooke, Owen Cooke, Roy Fabila and his wife Samantha, Eleanor Brook-Hatch and Serena Michell and her husband Bernard, and also three great grandchildren, Chase and Camryn Fabila and Indigo Michell. Calling hours will be held at John Everett & Son Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common from 3:00 – 5:00PM on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. A memorial service celebrating his life will follow immediately thereafter. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit www.everettfuneral.com


Robert "R.W." Jeffrey 2/9/2015 Topsfield, MA / Framingham, MA / Natick, MA / Hardwick, MA

NATICK: Robert Wayne “R.W.” Jeffrey, age 71, a devoted family man, died at Beverly Hospital on Monday morning, February 9, 2015, after falling ill at his Topsfield home. He was the loving husband of Kathleen (McCauley) Jeffrey for 42 years. Born in Somerville and raised in Natick, he was the son of the late Robert E. and Katherine M. (Calandrella) Jeffrey. After graduating from Natick High School Class of 1961 he served in the Army National Guard and attended Burdett Business School in Boston. During this time, he sold Cutco knives, leading the nation in sales in 1963. Bob embarked on his career in staffing services with Shamrock Personnel in Boston in 1965, where he met his future wife Kathy. After several years in the staffing business Bob felt ready to strike out on his own and co-founded Scott-Wayne Associates, an executive placement company in Boston. He soon added Franklin Pierce Associates, also in Boston, a company focused on both permanent and temporary staffing. As a true entrepreneur, Bob opened and acquired additional organizations including Management Associates Company of Boston and Topsfield, where the Jeffreys had made their home since 1988. In 1997, Bob combined all of his companies into one, the Jeffrey Staffing Group. He later sold the Group to a nationally recognized N.Y.S.E. staffing organization and served as an adviser and consultant for a period thereafter. Bob Jeffrey is considered by his contemporaries to be one of the visionary forerunners in the growth and development of the multibillion dollar national staffing services industry. Bob had an insatiable appetite for learning and an encyclopedic knowledge about his favorite artists, particularly Frank Sinatra and John Wayne, and enjoyed reading and collecting memorabilia. He had a passion for helping those in need that was matched only by his humility, and he engaged in numerous anonymous charitable endeavors throughout his lifetime. He is survived by his wife Kathy; their son, Robert E. Jeffrey of Topsfield; and daughter, Jennifer M. Jeffrey of Topsfield; his sister, Diane Crosby and her husband Donald of Venice, FL; and many nieces, nephews, and their families. He was also the brother of the late Barbara Thomas. His funeral will be from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Tuesday, February 17th, at 10:00AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Linus Church, 119 Hartford Street, Natick at 11:00AM. Burial will follow at Saint Patrick Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Monday 4 – 8PM. Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.


Sixta Benoit 2/7/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA

Sixta (Concepcion) Benoit of Wellesley passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Metrowest Medical Center of Natick at the age of ninety-four. Born in Puerto Rico on August 6, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Policarpio and Marta Concepcion Esquilin. Mrs. Benoit was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Sixta was the loving mother of Joe Rodriguez, Sal Benoit and Irma Tryon. A Cherished grandmother of Noelani Scott, Aurora, Amanda Rodriguez-Thyll and Ana Rodriguez , Chrysolite Fitzgerald, Cathy Lopez, Bethany DiMaria, Luke Benoit, Anna Tryon Pletcher, Paul Tryon and Hope Tryon Bennett. Great grandmother of Samuel, Lia and Zoe Pletcher, Matthew, Jake and Eric Tryon, Micah, Mateo and Felix Bennett, Caleb, Liana and Celeste DiMaria, Dante, Acacia and Elian Fitzgerald and Mia Alizotis. A memorial service will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Saturday, February 28th from 11:00 to 12:30PM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Burial is private. Memorial contributions in Sixta’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions to the funeral home or messages, please visit www.everettfuneral.com


Frederick P. Casey 2/5/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA

Frederick P. Casey of Natick passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the Oak Knoll Healthcare Center of Framingham. He was sixty-three years old and the owner of Casey’s Diner in Natick. Born and raised in Natick, he graduated from Natick High School in 1970. Fred started working at the family business when he was ten years old and continued the tradition at Casey’s for over thirty years. He enjoyed traveling, thoroughbred horse racing and visiting Saratoga in the summer. Fred was the cherished son of Barbara A. (Chisholm) Casey of Natick and the late Joseph P. Casey. He was the devoted husband of Janet M. (Horrigan) Casey of Natick and they shared twenty-seven years of marriage. A loving father of Patrick J. Casey and his wife Lynne of Ashland and the late Michael Casey. Loving Grampy of Michelle, Anna and Ella Casey. Caring brother of Allan Casey of Natick, Diane Boudreau and her husband Daniel also of Natick and the late Peter Casey. Also survived by his loving brother and sister-in-laws; John Horrigan of Natick, Judy Palmer and her husband Cam of Uxbridge, JoAnn Boudreau and her husband Gary of Bellingham, Jean Wogan and her husband Glen of Framingham, Joyce Horrigan of Natick and James Horrigan and his wife Jean of Hopkinton. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Fred’s funeral will be held from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Monday, February 9th at 9:00AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Patrick Church, 44 E. Central St., Natick at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Visiting hours Sunday, February 8th from 4:00-7:00PM in the funeral home. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Natick. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit www.everettfuneral.com


Donald W. "Don" Marsh 2/5/2015 Natick, MA / Ashland, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA

Donald W. “Don” Marsh of Natick passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice of Wayland. He was seventy-eight years old. Born in Burrillville, Rhode Island, he was a graduate of Burrillville High School. Mr. Marsh then served in the United States Army for two years and following his military service worked as a truck driver with DeMatteo Construction Company of Quincy and Teamsters Union Local 379 for over thirty years. He enjoyed working on his homes, summers in Harrison, Maine for twenty-seven years, winters in Naples, Florida and watching sports especially hockey and football. He was a Natick resident for many years and a member of the Natick Elks. Don was the loving son of the late Edward and Gertrude (Whitman) Marsh and stepson of Madine Marsh of Harrisville, RI. He was the devoted husband of the late Jane F. (Walker) Marsh and together they shared forty-eight years of marriage. Don was the loving father of Julie Noe and her husband Marc of Ashland, Don Marsh, Jr. and his wife Julie of Natick and Gerald Marsh and his wife Stefanie of Dover, NH. Cherished grandfather of Nicole, Bridget and Max Noe, David and Jeffrey Marsh and Alexis and Zachary Marsh. Caring brother of Colleen Lee of Harrisville, RI, Joyce Boss also of Harrisville, RI, Edward Marsh of CT, George Marsh of Harrisville, RI and the late Nelson Marsh. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Don's Funeral Service will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Wednesday, February 11th at 10:00AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Visiting hours Tuesday, February 10th from 4:00-7:00PM. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Natick. Memorial contributions in Don’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit www.everettfuneral.com


Daniel P. Whalen 2/4/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA / Ashland, MA / Hopkinton, MA

Daniel Whalen, 79 years old of Framingham passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the Waban Health Center. He was the son of Patrick A. Whalen and Margaret (Reynolds) Whalen. He graduated from Natick High School, Boston College and Babson College where he received his Master’s Degree. He lived most of his life in Natick and is survived by two nieces, one nephew and several cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Richard A. Whalen. A memorial mass is being held at St. Patrick’s Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00AM.


Howard C. Macdonald 1/23/2015 Wayland, MA / Natick, MA / Wellesley, MA / Framingham, MA / Newton, MA

Howard “Howie” Macdonald, 86, of Wayland, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on January 23, 2015. Howie was born in Boston on March 31, 1928, to Reginald and Eunice Macdonald on the cusp of the Great Depression. His family moved from Jamaica Plain to Somerville, where they settled for many years. Like a lot of families of the time, they struggled to make ends meet, but Howie often fondly reminisced about life in “The Good Old Days”. From the music, to the cars, to the old neighborhood, his memories were filled with little anecdotes…Shinnying up the drainpipe of his apartment on Summer Street; going for walks with his dog, “Pal”; pulling a sled with an ice-block for the family’s icebox on it home from Union Square; meeting his life-long friend, Sonny, while scavenging for paper at a burned-down paper mill in Cambridge; and taking pleasure rides around town in some neighbor’s old jalopy. After the untimely death of his brother, Gordon, during WWII, the family moved to Newton, where Howie graduated from High School in 1946. Howie’s mild-mannered intelligence and industrious nature lead him to a decades-long, successful career at Polaroid. He married his sweetheart, Arline, in 1958, and they settled in Wayland to raise their three daughters. A talented, self-taught jazz pianist, Howie played semi-professionally around the Boston and Metro-west area for many years, and entertained and inspired friends and family with music throughout his life. He leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Arline (Brzozowski) Macdonald; daughters, Christine Macdonald of East Falmouth, Susan Muster and her husband, Alan, of Needham, and Stacy Macdonald and her husband, Scott Weaver, of Melrose; grandchildren, Juliet, Madison and Audrey; great grandson, Cayden. A private celebration will be held in honor of Howie’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a charitable donation be made to a music education program, like the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation http://www.mhopus.org/ or the VH1 Save the Music Foundation http://www.vh1savethemusic.org/ Arrangements by the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common.


Alice L. (Pierson) Morris 1/15/2015 Natick, MA / Wellesley, MA / Framingham, MA / Dover, MA

Alice L. (Pierson) Morris of Natick, age 96 passed away at the Mary Ann Morse Nursing Home after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Oscar W. Pierson and Sigrid (Nillson) Pierson of North Platte, Nebraska. She was the widow of the late Natick Deputy Fire Chief Thomas F. Morris. She is survived by her brother-in-law Robert E. Morris of Natick and many nieces, nephews and cousins in the Midwest. Alice was a member of the Emblem Club, NARFE, the Framingham Women’s Club, a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the St. Patrick’s Women’s Club. She retired after many years of service with the U.S. Army Labs in Natick. At her request, funeral services and burial are private and entrusted to the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common. Memorial donations may be made to the Mary Ann Morse Nursing Home Employees Fund, 45 Union St., Natick, MA 01760.


Mollie L. (Tripp) Palmer 1/14/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA

Mollie L. (Tripp) Palmer of Framingham passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Metrowest Medical Center of Framingham. She was ninety three years old. To everything there is a season: a time to live and a time to die, a time to mourn all go unto one place, a time to weep, all are of dust and all turn to dust again. Ecclestates (Ch. 3) Mollie T. Palmer was the eighth child of the Rev. Henry Tripp and Neda (Smaw) Tripp. She was born on June 6, 1921 in Chocowinity, North Carolina and was baptized at the St. James CM Church where her father served as a supply minister. She attended school in North Carolina and graduated from Washington, North Carolina High School after which she attended college in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1942, she moved to Alexandria, Virginia and joined Roberts Memorial United Methodist Church. She worked for the War Department at the Pentagon Library branch in Washington, D.C. In 1945, she married Alonzo Palmer and they moved to Boston, Massachusetts then to Framingham, Massachusetts where they became members of the Park Street Church. She attended Florence Alt switchboard and receptionist school in Boston and graduated in 1954. After her husband’s death in 1959, she moved to Jamaica, New York and attended Queens College and completed studies there. She worked for the New York State Department of Social Work and operated a family house for adults. Mollie joined the First Reformed Church of Jamaica and became an active member and served on the property committee and the worship committee. She was a member of the International Kings, Daughters and Sons Circle and a member of Save the Children Federation and served as Chaplin of the Queens branch of Long Island, New York. Mollie leaves to cherish her memories a large family of nieces, nephews and a host of very dear friends. Blessed quietness, Holy quietness what assurance on my soul. On the stormy sea he speaks peace to me, how the bellow rolls. A celebration of Mollie’s life will be held at a later date in Maryland and she will be laid to rest along side her husband Alonzo in the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York. Arrangements by the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common.


David C. Sortor 1/13/2015 Natick, MA / Sherborn, MA / Framingham, MA / Wellesley, MA

Dr. David Charles Sortor of Sherborn passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at his home with his loving family by his side. He was seventy-nine years old. DMD with Oral Surgical Associates of Framingham, MA for 35years, the Sherborn Inn owner and creator for 26 years, a resident and a leader of the Sherborn community for over 50 years, a loving father for 58 years and soul-mate to Rosemary (Crouthamel) Sortor for 59 years. David cherished his friendships with his many great and wonderful friends. A compassionate and generous man, he was loved by all who knew him. He loved his country and his service to the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant. He trained for Oral Surgery at Tuft's Dental in 1963; stopped pulling teeth and performing late night fractures in 2000. By that time he had established the Sherborn Inn (1988-2015) so there would be a place for all to celebrate a life event or just to stop in and see a neighbor. The Inn was his crowning achievement, what he truly enjoyed in life, being amongst people to share his warmth, friendliness and humor. His belief about life was that we are here to help each other, and to contribute to society. The Inn allowed him to spread his innate goodness to all. Outdoor activity also consumed him. An avid sailor his entire life, beginning in New London CT where he grew up and sailed with his sister Katherine, he spent later years sailing with his family and friends in and around Nantucket Sound and Islands, and then many more years sailing out of Boothbay Harbor, ME (and even a stint sailing across the Atlantic with a group of 5 great friends). It was the Maine coast that fulfilled his true love of the sport and provided the playground he would use to entertain his friends who appreciated the fog and craggy shoreline like he did. The 'Blue Whale', a 32' Seawind Ketch, was his second home from June to September for 40 years. He was rugged and handsome and athletic. A sportsman from early on, he played football and wrestled at Choate in Wallingford, CT (class of '52), and later on became a “not-so-bad-at-times” tennis player. Throughout his life he developed many more skills, simple to the complex. From ping-pong, felling trees, and flag raising, to a piano player, pilot and navigator. His interests ran wide and passions deep, always willing to take the lead and commit to a task, especially to his beloved community of Sherborn. Perhaps his greatest joy, though, was his marriage to Rosemary. Discovering each other at Colby College (class of 1956), they were truly in love and went on to create a life together that was full and rich and complete. As for his children, they were given all the opportunities to enjoy life to its fullest. One of Mr. Sortor’s life credo's was 'Carpe Diem'. He did indeed seize every day, while we all benefited from the many wonderful achievements of his life. He was the devoted husband of Rosemary (Crouthamel) Sortor, loving father of Debra C. Parnon and her husband Thomas J. of Darien, CT, John D. Sortor and his wife Denise of Burlington, VT, Mary Suzanne O’Malley and her husband Bill of Medfield. Cherished grandfather of Russell, Eric and Geoffrey Parnon, Cassandra and Jacqueline Sortor, and Caitin, Sean, Jake and Brian O’Malley. Brother of Katherine Prokop and her late husband James of Greenwich, CT and brother-in-law of John “Jake” Crouthamel and his wife Carol of Hanover, NH. A Funeral Service will be held in the Pilgrim Church, 25 S. Main St., Sherborn, MA on Saturday, January 17th at 11:00AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Interment is private and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in David’s name may be made to a charity of your choice. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit www.everettfuneral.com Arrangements by the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common.


Evelyn Theresa (Givone) Talvy 1/13/2015 Natick, MA / Wellesley, MA / Framingham, MA / Dover, MA

Evelyn T. (Givone) Talvy of Natick passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Saint Patrick’s Manor in Framingham. She was eighty-nine years old. Born and raised in Natick, she attended Natick Public Schools. Evelyn worked as a seamstress in many Wellesley Dress Shops for years and then continued to work out of her house. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved to sew, garden, reading and writing poems. She was the devoted wife of the late Ramon Talvy and they shared thirty-four years of marriage. A Loving mother of Marie Ann “Nina” Shelley and her husband Chandler of Dover, Peter Talvy and his wife Nancy of Berlin, MA and James Talvy and his late wife Carla of W. Brookfield. Cherished grandmother of Lisa Grieco, Jennifer Shelley, Lauren Shelley, Chris Talvy, Arianna Talvy and Alexander Talvy. Great grandmother of Lillian and Paul Grieco. Funeral Service in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Tuesday, January 20th at 11:00AM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. A Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00AM. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Evelyn’s memory may be made to St. Patrick’s Manor Activities Fund, 863 Central St., Framingham, MA 01701. Evelyn’s family would like to thank the staff of St. Patrick’s Manor for the great care and support of their mother while she was a resident there. For directions, obituary or to send the family a condolence please visit www.everettfuneral. Please enjoy one of Evelyn's Poems Long ago, do you remember when life was so much simpler then The ice truck chugging up the street his cold and slippery icy treat REMEMBER Dirty feet and banged up knees the price you payed for climbing trees The tall green grass--such lofty spears where you could hide when there were tears The games we played on summer nights our cheating always started fights I still remember how we ran re-le-vo, tag, and kick the can Aggies, jump rope, hide and seek giant steps, hop scotch, jump the creek REMEMBER A favorite place beside a brook a cloudless sky a shady nook Where you could sit and feel forlorn or maybe where a dream was born And lightening bugs a sheer delight they kept you busy half the night To shove into a jar took skill can you imagine what a thrill? The hot sun beating on your back as you jumped ties on a rail road track The screen door banging in the breeze the golden rod that made you sneeze Homemade root-beer foamy brown instant mixes weren't around Stolen apples from a tree tasted great cause they were free The swimming hole a lovely place the splash of water on your face You'd hold your nose and dive so deep while round your legs the grass would creep REMEMBER The lonely tree hut in the woods our lives were then like Robin Hoods We had no windows just a roof it wasn't even water-proof Splinters we would get galore sliding down the cellar door As we got a little older some of us got a little bolder The day we broke the fire alarm we didn't really mean no harm On a rainy, stormy day the attic was the place to play The phonograph you cranked by hand the treasures from another land The hushed dark corners a spell would weave a tales were told--we all believed We never lacked for things to do imagination saw us through Yesterday's summer, all but gone nostalgia beckons from another dawn. Evelyn (Givone) Talvy


Mary (Whittington) Ayan 1/3/2015 Brookline, MA / West Roxbury, MA / Framingham, MA / Boston, MA

Mary (Whittington) Ayan of SC, formerly of Framingham, passed away on January 3, 2015. She was 78 years old. Mary was the dear and devoted wife of the late Thomas. Loving mother of Thomas Ayan Jr. and his wife Haruko of SC and Linda A. Ayan of Brookline. Beloved Nana of Anthony J. Allen and his girlfriend Vienpari Pavatoudom, Tina Marie Allen, the late Jacqueline Allen as well as Naoya and Yui. Dear sister of Norma Scott and her husband Gordon of FL. She is also survived by dear friends Eddie Fallon and Elizabeth Stone of NC. Mary's Visiting Hours were held on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38148. Interment will be private.


Helen M. DiCenzo (Gasdia) 1/1/2015 Framingham, MA

DiCenzo, Helen M. (Gasdia)of Framingham, Jan. 1, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Guido DiCenzo. Loving sister of Salvatore Gasdia of FL, Anthony Gasdia of Somerville, Russell Gasdia of Newton, Marie Welch of Sandwich and the late John Gasdia and Grace Atkinson. Also survived by several devoted nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a committal service at St. Michaels Cemetery Chapel on Friday January 9th, 2015 at 11 o’clock. In lieu of flowers remembrances in memory of Helen may be made to a charity of your choice.


Donald Milton Thornquist 12/31/2014 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Millis, MA / Wellesley, MA / Brighton, MA / Ashland, MA

Donald M. “Milt” Thornquist of Natick passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at the Leonard Morse Hospital of Natick. He was ninety-five years old. Born in Bloomfield, New Jersey on October 1, 1919, he was the son of the late John Magnus and Amanda (Andersson) Thornquist. Milt was raised in Syracuse, New York and a 1948 graduate of Syracuse University. He would have graduated college sooner however, he left school and enlisted during WWII and taught pilots how to fly planes for the United States Navy from 1941 until 1945. Then, after graduating, he worked for Fay, Spofford and Thorndike of Boston for thirty-five years. Mr. Thornquist started as a civil engineer and worked his way up to Senior Vice President, holding that position for ten years retiring at the age of sixty-six. He was a Natick resident since 1958 and enjoyed his backyard, stamp and coin collecting, playing bridge and poker with his buddies and volunteering for the Natick Service Counsel. Milt was the devoted husband of Janet (Rorrer) Thornquist of Natick and together they shared sixty years of marriage. He was the loving father of John A. Thornquist and his wife Myrna of Brighton, Diane S. White and her husband James of Millis, Nancy T. Cassidy and her husband Stephen, also of Millis and Donald M. Thornquist, Jr. and his wife Elaine of Ashland. Cherished grandfather of Lindsay Thornquist of Roxbury, Ianna Thornquist of Brighton, James White, III and Amanda White, both of Millis, Patrick and Layne Cassidy, also of Millis, Kayla Thornquist of Chestnut Hill and Nicholas and Timothy Thornquist of Ashland and the caring brother of the late John Allan Thornquist. Funeral from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., at Natick Common on Tuesday, January 6th at 9:00AM. Funeral Service in the Christ Lutheran Church, 113 Union St., Natick at 10:00AM with Pastor Rebecca Bourret officiating. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. Visiting hours in the funeral home on Monday, January 5th from 4:00-7:00PM. Burial in Dell Park Cemetery, Natick. Memorial contributions in Milt’s memory may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church, 113 Union St., Natick, MA 01760. For directions or to send the family a condolence please visit www.everettfuneral.com


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