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.

David Shoolman 1/24/2016 Framingham, MA / Falmouth, MA / Newton, MA / Brighton, MA

FRAMINGHAM: David Shoolman, age 85, a resident of Framingham, Falmouth, and Naples, FL, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at his Framingham home. He was the devoted husband of Isa-Maria Margo (Stolp) Shoolman for 60 years. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Eliot B. and Shula (Epstein) Shoolman of New Bedford. David was a graduate of the Moses Brown School in Providence and continued his education at Harvard University. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1951, he enlisted in the US Navy. While serving in Italy, he met and courted Isa-Maria. He retired from the Navy in 1967 with the rank of Lieutenant. The Shoolmans married in 1955, and lived in Brighton and Newton prior to settling in Framingham in 1976. David was employed for many years with the Morse Shoe Company, where he rose to become Vice President of Advertising. He later established his own advertising concern, ID Associates of Framingham and Falmouth. A kind and caring man with an unflagging sense of humor, David loved animals, particularly his dogs, and was a generous and charitable man. A Master Mason, he was a 56 year member of the Quittacus Lodge A.F. & A.M., New Bedford. He is survived by his wife and many longstanding devoted friends. A memorial gathering will be planned for a future date. Those interested in attending are encouraged to leave contact information either by mail at P.O. Box 969, Framingham, MA 01701, or through the tribute icon below. Please be sure to include the word “PRIVATE” if you are providing your address for contact purposes. Thank you. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Guide Dog Foundation, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787,, or the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Develop. Office, 1575 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138, or Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215,

Andrea W. (Shear) Dumont 1/17/2016 Ashland, MA / Framingham, MA / Norton, MA

Andrea W. Dumont, 55 Dateline: Ashland, MA Andrea W. (Shear) Dumont, age 55, of Ashland, formerly of Framingham, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Windgate of Sudbury, after a long and courageous battle against cancer. She was the beloved wife of David M. Dumont, to whom she was wed on September 14, 1991. Born in Brookline, MA on October 28, 1960, she was a loving daughter of the late Eli and Faye (Smith) Shear. Andrea grew up in Framingham and was a 1978 graduate of Framingham North High School. She furthered her education, attending the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. Andrea had a lifelong love for fashion. She worked as a Sales Professional in the clothing industry for many years, her last place of employment being at Cache in Natick. She loved spending time in the presence of her adoring family, especially raising her cherished son. She had made her home in Ashland for 20 years. Andrea loved sunny days, trips to the beach, hosting parties, entertaining family and friends, and had a special way of bringing people together. In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by her devoted son Dylan F. Dumont. She was the dear sister of Lloyd Shear and his longtime companion Pat D’Alelio of Ashland. She is also survived by many loving cousins, her late father Eli’s longtime companion Joanne Tamkin, Joanne’s children Michelle, Myrna and Mark, as well as Joanne’s many grandchildren. Visiting hours, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be held on Sunday, January 24th from 2:00-4:15 P.M. at the Norton Memorial Funeral Home, 19 Clapp St. (Off Route 140, Taunton Ave.) Norton. At the conclusion of visitation a service of remembrance will be held in the funeral home, officiated by Rabbi Elaine Pollack. Graveside committal services will be held on Monday, January 25th at 10:30 A.M. at the Spring Brook Cemetery, Spring St., Mansfield. In lieu of flowers, Andrea’s family has requested that donations in her memory be made to Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology, care of Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114. To send her family a message of condolence, please visit

Michael J. Szymanski 1/13/2016 Medford, MA / Medfield, MA / Tampa, FL / Framingham, MA

Michael J. Szymanski passed away peacefully at the Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham. He was 92. Born and raised in Dorchester, he was the son of the late Michael and Valentina (Bocan) Szymanski. He enlisted in the army and served with the 150th Engineers Battalion and participated in the Normandy, Ardennes and Rhineland Campaigns. He came back to civilian life and was married to Pauline (Storlazzi) and settled in Medford to raise their family. Michael enjoyed a long career as an engineer. A holder of several patents, He was involved in the design of many military and space projects during his years with Lincoln Labs, Raytheon and several other large firms. He was devoted to his family and was a good neighbor and friend to many. Predeceased by his wife Pauline and daughter Theresa Whelan, he leaves his children: Linda D’Olympio and her husband Bob of Tampa, Florida, Michael J. Szymanski, Jr and his wife DJ of Framingham, Patricia Fitzgerald of Millis, Ann Marie Silvio and her husband Steven of Medford. Michael also leaves eleven grandchildren and one great-grandson, Jack. A funeral service will be conducted in the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford on Saturday, January 16th at 11 AM and will conclude with entombment at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend and may visit Saturday morning from 9 thru 11.

Joanne Ropi Kinas 1/7/2016 Framingham, MA / Southborough, MA

Mrs. Joanne Ropi Kinas, age 64, of Southborough and formerly of Framingham, passed away at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Thursday, January 7, 2016. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Stavre and Elizabeth (Thomas) Ropi. Joanne attended Worcester State University and received a degree in Education. She taught in the Framingham public school system specializing in elementary special education, where she met the love of her life and married the late Christopher Kinas and they settled in Southborough. They retired together in order to spend all their time with each other. In recent years she enjoyed dinners out with friends and family and rides in the car just to get an ice cream. She was the most thoughtful and giving person, she never forgot a birthday or a special occasion. She spent more time caring for others than for herself. Joanne has touched so many and she will be greatly missed. Joanne is survived by her siblings, Mark Ropi and his wife Phyllis of New London, CT, Thomas Ropi of Framingham, Michael Ropi of E. Bridgewater, and Stephanie Ropi Boutsifakos and her husband George of Southborough and Las Vegas NV. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Stephen Ropi, Benjamin Ropi, Mathew Ropi, Elissa Ropi-Coppinger, Craig Ropi, Katy Sprague, Thomas Bayard, Elizabeth Ropi, Nicholas Kinas and her god child Joseph Sprague. She is also survived by many great nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Tuesday, January 12 at 10:00 A.M. in the Albanian Orthodox Church, 37 Washington Street, Natick. Visiting hours are Monday from 4:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street, at Natick Common.

Michael Paquette 1/6/2016 Canton, MA / Framingham, MA / Natick, MA

Michael G. Paquette age 57 passed away January 6th by accident at the Maine Medical Center in Portland. Born in Waltham, he was raised in Wayland and Framingham, graduated from Framingham High School and has lived in Canton for the last 6 years. He worked as a Carpenter for Matthew Construction in natick and enjoyed the outdoors, especially snowmobiling, riding his ATV and loved to work in his garden. Beloved husband of Teresa Marciante-Paquette. Loving son of Doris Paquette of RI and the late George Paquette. Brother of Diane Purcell of Lynn, Joanne Dey of DE, Armond Paquette of Lunenberg, Normand Paquette of Stowe, Clement Paquette of Natick, George Paquette of Uxbridge, Gary Paquette of Middleboro, Carol Fowler of R.I., Matthew Paquette of Bellingham, Marion Haworth of Ashland and Steven Paquette of ME. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours at the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home 455 Washington St. Canton Tuesday 4-8 pm. Funeral mass at St. John the Evangelist Church Canton Wednesday morning at 10:30. Burial Canton Corner Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to the DAV 490 High St. Randolph, MA 02368.

Po Ko "Peter" Lok 1/5/2016 Framingham, MA / Wayland, MA

FRAMINGHAM: Po Ko “Peter” Lok, 77, died on January 5, 2016 in Framingham. He was born in Shanghai, China on September 12, 1938 the son of the late Lok Tin Sang and Chan Lan Ying. Peter is survived by his wife Mei Wan LokChong of Framingham. He was the father of David Lok and his wife Christine of Wayland and Arthur Lok and his wife May of Hong Kong. Brother of Lok Sau Ying and Lok Lin Ying both of New York. Grandfather of Sean Lok of Wayland and Lok Yau Yau of Hong Kong. Mr. Lok was educated in China and then moved to Hong Kong. While residing in Hong Kong he was an Mechanical Engineer. In 1994, he emigrated to the United States and for the past 13 years had been a resident of Framingham. Funeral services for Mr. Lok will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 8:00AM until 10:00AM at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of Wayland. Burial will follow the service in the Lok family lot in Lakeview Cemetery in Wayland.

Jose E. Rivera 12/30/2015 natick, MA / Framingham, MA

Jose E Rivera 70 of Framingham died unexpectedly on Wednesday December 30 2015 at the Metro West Medical Center in Framingham. He was the beloved husband of Sylvia E Rivera. A Framingham resident for 42 years he was born in Coamo Puerto Rico the son of the late Victor and Ofelia (Nieves) Rivera. Mr. Rivera was formerly employed for many years at the Wonder Bread Baking Company in Natick. In addition to his wife he is survived by four children Jose Rivera Jr. of Milford, Janette Rivera of Boston, Yolly Rivera of Framingham, Ronnie Rivera of Ct, several brothers and sisters,five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours are Sunday January 3, 2016 from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. For directions and to sign the family online Guest Book please visit

Michael D. Burke 12/14/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Medway, MA / Milford, MA

FRAMINGHAM: Michael D. Burke, age 57, a longtime Framingham resident, died on Monday, December 14, 2015, at his home. He was the devoted father of Walter E. Burke of Framingham. Born, raised and educated in Natick, Michael was the beloved son of Barbara A. (Flynn) Burke of Natick and the late David A. “Sonny” Burke, who died in April. After graduation from Natick High School he continued his education at Control Data Institute. He was employed throughout his career as a technician with several area companies, among them Data General, Sepaton, and currently with EMC. Michael married and settled in Framingham thirty years ago, and the couple welcomed Walter in 1994. A Boston sports fan, he also enjoyed music and followed several local bands. He was an enthusiastic Harley Davidson owner, and would ride his bike for hours along the highways and back roads of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Michael was most proud of his son, and always looked forward to spending time with him. In addition to his son and mother, he is survived by his six siblings, Sharon Burke of Natick, Ann Marie “Mimi” Coyle of Milford, Daniel Burke and his wife Teresa of NH, Jerry Burke of Medway, John Burke and his wife Virginia of NH, and Jacqueline Burke of NC; and his former wife and friend, Teresa “Terry” Reddoch of Natick. His funeral service will be in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Saturday, December 19th at 1:00PM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Friday 4 – 7PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael’s memory to MetroWest HomeCare and Hospice, 200 Nickerson Rd #110, Marlborough, MA 01752.

Sophie I. (Indyk-Savard) Orlow 12/6/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA

Sophie I. (Indyk-Savard) Orlow age 100, of Natick known as “Nana” to all, passed away peacefully at the home of her grandson on Sunday December 6, 2015. Born in Lowell in 1914 Sophie was daughter of the late John and Apolonia (Wyzka) Indyk. She was the wife of the late Louis Savard and the late Nickolas Orlow. She was also predeceased by a son Louis Andre Savard, a sister and five brothers. Sophie was a proud resident of Natick for 75 years. She was employed by the H. Harwood and Son’s baseball factory in Natick for 34 years as a supervisor and baseball stitcher, retiring in 1976. Sophie had a very strong work ethic and continued to work as a nanny for another 20 years. During her retirement Sophie enjoyed traveling to Florida, listening to Polka music and spending time with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed Friday night card games with her neighborhood friends and trips to the Casino. Sophie is survived by one daughter, Pauline Saunders and her husband Jim of Marlborough, 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral on Friday December 11 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 Patrick’s Church at 10:00 A.M. Visiting hours are Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Interment St Joseph Cemetery Chelmsford.

Carl V. Anderson, Jr. 11/29/2015 Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Marlborough, MA

Carl V. Anderson 88 of Marlborough and formerly of Framingham died unexpectedly Sunday at the Metro West Medical Center in Framingham. He was the beloved husband of the late Jean (Robinson)Anderson who died in 2000. A Framingham resident for 55 years, he was born in Boston, the son of the late Carl V and Emily (Hathaway) Anderson. Mr. Anderson was a Civil Engineer for the HNTB Company of Boston for 39 years, retiring in 1993. He enjoyed photography and family genealogy, and was a longtime devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Framingham. He was a graduate of Northeastern University and was a proud veteran of the United States Coast Guard, serving in World War II. He is survived by his three sons Carl V Anderson III and his wife Kathleen of Marlborough, Mark C Anderson and his partner Michele McClellan of Lowell, David R Anderson and his wife Megan of Wakefield, and 4 grandchildren, Bryan, Michael, Tom, and Molly Anderson. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Thursday at 11:00 A.M. in the First United Methodist Church 25 BrookStreet Framingham. Burial will follow in Edgell Grove Cemetery Framingham Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street, at Natick Common

Richard E. McLaughlin 11/23/2015 natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Millis, MA / Hopkinton, MA

Richard E. McLaughlin 69 of Natick died peacefully Monday November 23, 2015 at his home. He was the beloved husband of Anne M (Burke) McLaughlin sharing 32 years of marriage. A Natick resident for 45 years he was born in Woburn, the son of the late Joseph and Dorothea (Butterworth) Rufo. Mr. McLaughlin worked in Security for the Raytheon Corporation for 40 years retiring in 2010. Mr. McLaughlin was a dedicated Life Member of the Natick Elks Lodge B.P.O E. 1425, and worked tirelessly for many years to promote the Lodge Scholarship Fund awarded to students each year. He enjoyed summers with family and friends in Brant Rock. In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons Donald E. McLaughlin and his wife Cynthia of Merrimack NH, James M. McLaughlin and his wife Diane of Framingham, one brother William McLaughlin and his wife Carole of Vero Beach, FL, two grandchildren, Michael and Julie McLaughlin, his mother in law June Burke of Natick, brothers in law Peter Burke and his wife Marguerite of Millis, Paul Burke and his wife Andrea of Hopkinton, David Burke and his wife Elvia of Sandy Hook CT, and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Lawrence G. McLaughlin. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Monday, November 30th 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. Visiting hour are Sunday, November 29th from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Natick Elks Scholarship Fund, 95 Speen Street, Natick, MA 01760. For directions and to sign the online Guest Book please visit

Donald John Barber 11/23/2015 natick, MA / Sandwich, MA / Andover, MA / Framingham, MA / Newton, MA

With heavy hearts we would like to share that Donald John Barber, 81, of Sandwich, MA, formerly of Andover, died on November 23, 2015. Devoted husband of Ann T. (Sheehan) Barber. Loving father of Beth and her husband Garry Lewellen of Bluff Dale, TX, and Bonnie and her husband Andrew Hochberg of Newton, MA . Proud grandfather of Mark and Liza Hochberg. Brother to seven siblings, survived by Jean Townsend, Ken Barber, and Richard Barber, predeceased by Hank Barber, William Barber, Janet Bouret and Ruth Condon. Donald was a cherished uncle to many nieces and nephews. Donald and Ann, who were together since the age of 13, were both graduates of Natick High School Class of 1952, where he played baseball, basketball and football (quarterback and captain senior year) and she was a member of the cheerleading squad. Donald went on to serve in the Army and became a proud and dedicated graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As a founder of Associated Industries of Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Company, Donald worked tirelessly to provide a caring and supportive work environment for his many committed employees. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral services on Friday, November 27th at 10:00 AM in the chapel of the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common. Visiting hours are Friday morning beginning at 9:00 AM. Internment St. Patrick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, and in honor of his beloved wife, donations may be made in Donald’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472-2463.

Paul K. Beard 11/12/2015 Boston, MA / Mission Hill, MA / Framingham, MA / Natick, MA

Paul Kenneth Beard, age 63, of Framingham, died suddenly at his home on Thursday, November 12, 2015. He was the proud and loving father of Eric A. Beard and his wife Samantha of Natick. His biggest joy came from spending time with his three loving grandchildren Abigail, Duncan, and Liam. Paul recently retired from the US Postal Service after 45 years of service. Son of the late Alice (Marsh) Beard and brother of the late Robert Beard, Paul is also survived by his sister, Virginia “Ginny” Dalton and two nieces, Cathy Schopp and Shelly Eger, all of Billerica. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the Beard family on Friday, Nov. 20th at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, beginning at 5:00PM with a prayer service at 6:30PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his honor to The Carroll School, 25 Baker Bridge Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773 (

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