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.

Everett John Lahey 6/24/2016 12:00:00 AM Framingham, MA / Wayland, MA

FRAMINGHAM: Everett John Lahey, 81, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, June 24, 2016 following lengthy illness. He was born in the Bronx section of New York City, New York on February 24, 1935 the son of the late Patrick J. Lahey and Bertha A. (Sanocki) Lahey. He is survived by his loving wife Nora E. Todd of Framingham. Beloved father of Michelle A. McElroy of Falmouth, Patrick J. Lahey of Sandwich, Colleen A. Lahey Black of Framingham and Timothy E. Lahey of Cochituate. Cherished grandfather of Casey and Sean McElroy of Falmouth, Shelby and Spencer Black of Natick and Devon and Lincoln Lahey of Cochituate. Brother of Dorothy Sullivan and her husband Arthur Sullivan of Kingston and Margaret Reagan and her husband John Reagan of Williamsburg. Cousin of Sister Barbara Srozenski, Sisters of Charity, of New Rochelle, NY. Also survived by his former wife Sally Ann (McDonald) Lahey of Cochituate and many nieces and nephews. Everett spent his formative years in Fall River and several years in Framingham. He graduated Cum Laude from the Classical Course of Monsignor James Coyle High School in Taunton and received his BA on Philosophy/ Theology from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton. Everett received his Masters Degree in Mathematics from Notre Dame University. In his earlier years, he was a sports writer for the Fall River Herald News and taught mathematics in Miami and Hialeah, FL and in Newton for several years. In 1971, he began his dedicated career with the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) as an Assistant Director and established the first Northeast Office in Peabody and then became the Director. In the early 1970’s, in the heyday of collective bargaining for public employees, especially teachers, he relished his role as both a negotiator and advocate. He and his staff enjoyed a reputation for aggressive advocacy on the part of the MTA”s members. Everett retired in 1992 from the MTA and when asked what he would do in retirement, he indicated that he would have enjoyed writing a book on the philosophical underpinnings of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. He has a wonderful mind, read voraciously and retained nearly everything. He loved all sports especially college and professional teams and followed them with keen interest. He was an avid runner and worked out with weights on a daily basis. His greatest accomplishment in his life as he stated so very often was the love and devotion he had for his children, grandchildren and family who were the center of his whole life. He will be remembered kindly for his sense of humor. Visitations will be held on Monday, June 29, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (Off Rte 30), Cochituate Village, Wayland. His funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00 am at the funeral home followed by interment in the Lahey family lot in Lakeview Cemetery in Cochituate. In lieu of flowers, for those who desire, memorial gifts in Everett’s memory may be sent to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Constantine D. "Costa" Tseklenis 6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM Jupiter, FL / Wayland, MA / Framingham, MA

JUPITER, FL: Constantine D. “Costa” Tseklenis, 90, died peacefully and comfortably surrounded by his loving family at his residence in Jupiter, FL on Monday, June 20, 2016 following a period of declining health. He was born in Pyrgos, Greece on December 24, 1925 the son of the late Denis Tseklenis and Frances (Silberstein) Tseklenis. Costa is survived by his loving and devoted wife Dorothy (Galanopoulos) Tseklenis of Jupiter, FL formerly of Framingham and Boca Raton, FL. He was the beloved father of Pamela Tseklenis Fitzer and her husband Peter M. Fitzer, MD. of Jupiter, FL and the late Denis Tseklenis. Brother of Harold Tseklenis of Downey, CA and Emmanuel Denis of Honolulu, HI. Also survived by two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Costa came to the United States as a young man and had been a longtime resident of Framingham before retiring to Boca Raton, FL and for the past two years he and his wife Dorothy have resided in Jupiter, FL to be closer to family. Costa was a hard working and very dedicated and loving man to his family. He was the owner for many years of Back Bay Transmission in Brookline. While residing on Framingham, he was a devout member of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Weston and when he retired to Florida was an active member of St. Mark’s Greek Orthodox Church in Boca Raton, FL. Costa was a man of very humble beginnings and devoted his entire life to the happiness of his family who was the center of his life. He will be greatly missed by all the lives that he touched. Visitations will be held from 10:30 until 11:30 am on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 followed by his funeral service at 11:30 am at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (Off Rte 30), Wayland. Interment will follow in the Tseklenis family lot in Lakeview Cemetery in Wayland. For those who desire, memorial gifts in Costa’s memory may be sent to the charity of the donor’s choice.

MATTHEW E. "MATT" COFFIN 6/7/2016 12:00:00 AM Charlestown, MA / Franklin, MA / Framingham, MA

Matthew E. "Matt" Coffin, a 4 year resident of Franklin and formerly of Framingham, entered into eternal life suddenly on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at his home in Franklin. He was 27 years old. Matt was born in Framingham on December 22, 1988, a son of Catherine J. (Connors) Micarone and Edwin L. Coffin Jr. He grew up in Framingham where he was educated in the Framingham school system and graduated from Bridgewater State College. Matt was working as a laborer for New Boston Incorporated for the last 2 years. Matt's passion in life was his interest in car racing, race cars, motorcycles and motocross racing. Matt is the beloved son of Catherine J. (Connors) Micarone and the late Edwin L. Coffin Jr. He is the devoted brother of Cathijo Micarone and Victor S. Micarone and his wife Leslie A. Micarone. He is the loving uncle to Brian J. Jennings, Michael Chiapperini, Anthony Chiapperini and Joseph Chiapperini. He is also lovingly survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Matt's visiting hours on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 4 to 8 P.M. with his Funeral Service at 7:15 P.M. in The Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St. Charlestown. His burial will be private. Please omit flowers and make a memorial donation to a charity of your choice.

Claire F. (Martin) Halfrey 6/4/2016 12:00:00 AM Framingham, MA / Wayland, MA

FRAMINGHAM: Claire F. (Martin) Halfrey, 86, died peacefully and comfortably on June 4, 2016 following a period of declining health. She was born in Needham, MA on August 12, 1929 the daughter of the late Harry Martin and Grace (Farrand) Martin. Claire Halfrey was the wife for 55 years of the late Robert Russell Halfrey, Sr. who died on August 29, 2007. She was the loving mother of Robert R. Halfrey, Jr. of East Falmouth; Gail M. Vail of Streamwood, IL; Alan B. Halfrey of Natick and Susan A. Leavey and her husband Bill of Northborough. She was the devoted grandmother of Christopher Leavey of Northborough; Jacqueline Cetrone and her husband Brian of Auburn and Allison Sutherland and her husband Sean of East Taunton. Also survived by five great-grandchildren, her sister Stephanie Baucum of Tempe, AZ and several cousins. Mrs. Halfrey spent her formative years in Needham and graduated from Needham High School. She received her nursing education from Newton-Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing and retired after a long and productive career as a Registered Nurse in the Labor and Delivery Department of Newton Wellesley Hospital. She enjoyed her time spent with her family and was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She also loved to be with her dog Hallie. At the request of her family, all funeral services will be private and at their convenience. Her family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who cared for and loved Claire during her lifetime. In lieu of flowers, her family kindly suggests that memorial gifts in Claire’s memory be sent to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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.

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