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.

Patrick E. Garvey 10/14/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Holliston,MA / Framingham,MA

Patrick E. Garvey, age 79, of Natick, died on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the MetroWest Medical Center in Natick. Born in Natick, he was the son of the late Joseph & Dorothy (Thompson) Garvey. Patrick was a lifelong resident of Natick. For 30 years, he was a postal carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Natick. Patrick was a member of the American Legion, Post 107, formerly in Natick, a lifetime member of the Elks, Lodge #1425, and the Amvets in Natick. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much; making sure that when they came to visit, there was plenty of ice cream, candy and other treats available for them. Patrick adored watching them drive his tractor all around his yard too. In his spare time, he loved fixing things, especially his cars. Patrick will be remembered for being a loving, kind and giving man. Patrick was the former husband of the late Gayle (Morrison); beloved father of Patrick Garvey, Jr. & his wife Laurie of Framingham, Joseph Garvey of Holliston and Susan Garvey of Holliston; loving Papa of Craig Garvey of Holliston, Gabrielle Osborne & her husband Timothy of Taunton, Caitlyn, Joseph and Michael Garvey all of Framingham and of two great-grandsons, Olyver and Charlie; dear brother of Patricia Aspinwall of Southborough, Robert Garvey of Merrimack, NH, James Garvey of Natick and the late Joseph Garvey. Visiting hours at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, NATICK COMMON, on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 4:00-8:00 PM. Funeral services at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, NATICK COMMON, on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 9:00 AM, followed by his Mass of Christian of Burial at Saint Patrick's Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick, at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Pond Street, Natick. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Patrick's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005, or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Margaret A. "Peggy" Yapp 10/14/2017 12:00:00 AM Franklin,MA / Framingham,MA

Margaret A. “Peggy” (McDonald) Yapp 74, of Franklin, died peacefully, Saturday Oct. 14, 2017 at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Westborough, following an illness. Born September 12, 1943 in Portland, Maine a daughter of the late Richard G. and Margaret E. (Skillin) McDonald, she was a former resident of Swampscott before moving to Franklin over 17 years ago. She was raised in Portland, Maine and was a 1963 graduate of Framingham South High School. Peggy worked as a nurse’s aide and also as an administrative assistant for Consult Ware. She loved her family, cooking, traveling, attending jazz festivals, watching jeopardy, and casino trips. She is survived by her children, William Yapp and his wife Amy of Stow, George Yapp and his wife Sue of Leominster, and Jennifer Yapp of North Andover, her siblings, Cindy Manna of Medway, Patrice Wozniak of Bellingham, Madeline Keeley of Franklin, Jennifer McDonald of Tucson, Arizona, Kitty Ott and her husband Mark of Sandwich, Barbara Rossi and her husband Mike of Woonsocket, Laurie Oliver and her husband Tom of Clearwater, Florida, Susan McDonald of Kinston, North Carolina, Charlie McDonald and his wife Donna of Kinston, North Carolina, Richard McDonald of Maine, Beth Kirby and her late husband Robert of Kinston, North Carolina, and Ellen Frost and her late husband Charles of Bridgeton, Maine and her longtime companion Donald Goldman. Also surviving are her cherished grandchildren, Danny, Christopher, Savanah, McKenzie and Finn Yapp along with many nieces & nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service Sunday Oct. 22nd at 2PM in the Charles F. Oteri and Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Interment will be held privately. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to Dana Farber Cancer Institute 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor Brookline, MA 02445-7226. Guestbook/directions

Suzanne Grugan 10/10/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA / Norton,MA

Suzanne H Grugan 69 of Framingham died Tuesday October 10 2017 unexpectedly at her home. A lifelong resident of Framingham she was the beloved daughter of the late William F and Hazel H (Evers) Grugan. Ms. Grugan was a dedicated Case Worker for the State of Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance for 25 years retiring in 2003. She was an avid Red Sox fan, played softball in her younger years, and was proud to be a Polio survivor. Suzanne received her B.S. Degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1970 and was a graduate of Framingham North High School class of 1966. She is survived by one sister Linda Leveille and her husband Dennis of Norton, two nephews Shawn Leveille and his wife Teresa of Norton, Bryan Leveille of Norton and one grand niece Olivia Leveille of Attleboro. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral on Wednesday October 18 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 Natick at 10:00 A.M. Visiting hours Tuesday October 17 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Internment in St Patrick Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association 300 5th Avenue Suite 6 Waltham MA 02451.

Joseph T. Devlin 10/10/2017 12:00:00 AM Boston,MA / West Roxbury,MA / Roslindale,MA / Framingham,MA

. Joseph T. Devlin of Framingham, MA (formerly of Boston), a retired clinical social worker and educator, passed away peacefully at St. Patrick's Manor nursing home. He was age 94. Born in Boston, he attended St. Francis Xavier School, Roslindale High School, Boston College and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He was a veteran of World War II from 1943-1946 and attended a yearlong pre-meteorology program at Amherst College while in the service. Mr. Devlin spent most of his professional career at the Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Psychiatry, where he held an appointment as Assistant Professor. He also was a social worker with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he had participated in the early planning and development of the Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in Boston's South End. In the latter part of his career, he was a gerontologist, and he led an inter-disciplinary team at Boston University Medical Center in gerontologic mental health. He had been a Board member of community organizations, such The Salvation Army Harbor Lights Center, Cooper Community Center, The Travelers Aid Society and the Central Boston Elder Services. Among his most recent awards and commendations was 1998 Harry Dow Award for Distinguished Service to Older Bostonians presented by Central Boston Elder Services. An avid golfer, he had been a member of Cummaquid Golf Club in Yarmouth Port, MA. Mr. Devlin was devoted father of Joseph P. and daughter-in-law Katherine of Wellesley, MA and loving grandfather of Margaret and Philip Devlin. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He had been married to the late Mary T. (Lane), and he was predeceased by his sisters Eleanor Boyle, Louise Devlin, Mary Scannell and Frances Devlin, and his brothers, Thomas and James. Family and friends will honor and remember Joseph Devlin’s life by gathering for a visiting hour in the Holy Family Chapel of St. Patrick’s Manor, Framingham on Saturday October 21, beginning at 9:00 am. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Holy Family Chapel on Saturday morning at 10 am. Interment will follow in Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline.

Evelyn Marie Black 10/5/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

Evelyn Marie (Seavey) Black, age 86, of Natick, died on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Mary Ann Morse Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Natick. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Harry & Stella (MacNeil) Seavey. Evelyn was a lifelong resident of Natick, a graduate of Natick High School, Class of 1949. She worked at BOSE, Fairbanks and retired from Fair & Yeager Insurance Company. Evelyn enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, vacationing in the White Mountains and on Cape Cod, listening to music, drawing, anything involving the color BLUE, tasting sweets and reading anything of interest. Evelyn was the beloved wife for 64 years to Bob Black; devoted mother of John Black of Oxford, Jim Black of Natick and Cindy Maguire & her husband Paul of Natick; loving grandmother of Jillian, Jennifer and Jonna Black, Shelby and Spencer Black, Collin Maguire and Camryn Leiser and dear sister of the late Harry Seavey. Visiting hours at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, NATICK COMMON, on Monday, October 9, 2017, from 3:00-7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held in the chapel at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, NATICK COMMON, on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 10:00 AM. Interment services will follow at the Dell Park Cemetery, Pond Street, Natick. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you take a moment to hug your spouse, child, grandchild or friend, donations may be made to the Mary Ann Morse Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 45 Union Street, Natick, MA 01760. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at both the Mary Ann Morse Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Brookhaven Hospice.

Dawn M. Candia 9/24/2017 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Worcester,MA

Worcester – Dawn M. Candia, 39, of Framingham and formerly of Worcester died on Sunday, September 24th in the Metrowest Medical Center. Dawn is survived by her three Children, Kyrsten DuBois of Barre, MA, Madelyn Candia of Barre, MA and David Cabrera of Framingham, MA; her father and step mother David and Maria Candia of San Antonio, FL and formerly of Shrewsbury; her brothers, Anthony Jarvis of Worcester, Jay Jarvis of Worcester and Kevin Jarvis of Shrewsbury, MA; many cousins, including Nadine DuBois of Barre, of whom Dawn was like a sister; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was born in Worcester, and is predeceased by her mother Dorothy L. (Lucier) Candia. Dawn graduated from Shrewsbury High School and then graduated from Quinsigamond Community College and she was currently working for the Dunkin Donuts Company in Framingham. Dawn enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her children. She took immense pleasure in going to the beach and listening to music. Dawn was a caring and compassionate person and it was exemplified through her love for animals. Friends and family are invited to gather on Tuesday, October 3rd from 6 to 8 PM in the Alfred Roy & Sons Funeral Home 12 Hammond St. Worcester. Memorial contributions in memory of Dawn may be made to the Worcester Animal Rescue League 139 Holden Street Worcester, MA 01606. To share a memory of Dawn, sign the online guestbook, or for directions, please visit

Edward F. "Ned" Brennan 9/13/2017 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Natick,MA

Edward F. “Ned” Brennan, age 93, longtime resident of Framingham and formerly of Natick passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Saint Patrick’s Manor in Framingham. Ned is survived by his beloved wife of more than 55 years, Barbara (Spaulding) Brennan. In addition to his wife Barbara, Ned is survived by his son attorney Edward (Ned) Brennan Jr. of Maynard and daughter Sarah (Brennan) Phillips and husband Richard of Wellesley. He also leaves two loving grandchildren Margaret and Henry Phillips. Ned is also survived by his sister Sheila B. Dyer of Florida, sister-in-law Marcia S. Shea and husband Francis of Wilbraham and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers John and Richard Brennan. Ned was born and raised in Natick, son of attorney John Brennan and Margaret Una (Mahan) Brennan. He was a graduate of Natick High School and Burdett Business College. Ned was a U.S. Navy Veteran and served in World War II in the South Pacific as a Pharmacist’s Mate on the U.S.S. La Prade DE 409. He was called to service again for the Korean War. After serving his country, Ned earned his real estate license and later become a Mortgage Loan Officer for Boston Mutual Life and First Federal Savings and Loan. Before retiring he was a Vice President and Mortgage Officer for Northeast Savings Bank. In his free time, you could find Ned meticulously tending his lawn and landscaping or playing cards with family and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial being celebrated at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 19 in St. Patrick Church 44 East Central Street, Natick, MA. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in Natick. Visitation will be held privately by his family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted with the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. For directions or to leave a message of condolence for Ned’s family visit

Wendy L. (Douglas) Collins 9/11/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA / Southborough,MA

Wendy L. (Douglas) Collins 67, of Southborough and formerly of Natick died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday September 11, 2017 at the Mary Ann Morse Nursing Home in Natick. She was the beloved wife of Paul E. Collins sharing 42 years of marriage. A resident of Southborough for 27 years she was born in Natick the daughter of the late Myron and Gwen (Roberts) Douglas. Mrs. Collins was a Manager in the Department Store business for 43 years in the Natick Framingham area. She began her career at Filenes in Natick where she worked for 38 years until it merged with Macy’s and later worked for Talbots Clothing Company. Wendy was dedicated to her profession, committed to excellent customer service and was supportive and loyal to her fellow employees. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and summers on Cape Cod. Wendy was known for her happy and upbeat personality and will be greatly missed by all that knew her. She attended the Natick School system graduated Natick High School in the class of 1968, and later received her Associate’s Degree from Green Mountain College in Vermont. In addition to her husband she is survived by one brother Richard Douglas and his wife Cynthia of Franklin, her sister in law Beth Crosby and her husband Steve of Franklin and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services are private, burial will take place at Dell Park Cemetery Natick. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts 309 Waverly Oaks Road Waltham MA 02452. Arrangements are by the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home Natick.

Dorothy E. (Ring) Blondin 9/11/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Wayland,MA / Framingham,MA

Dorothy E. (Ring) Blondin, of Framingham passed away peacefully at the age of 85, on Monday, September 11, 2017 at Saint Patrick’s Manor in Framingham surrounded by her loving family. Born, raised and educated in Roslindale, the daughter of the late John and Ethel (Leighton) Ring, she was raised by her mother and beloved uncle “Jack” (John Madison Leighton). She was a 1949 graduate of Roslindale High School. Dorothy made friends wherever she went. She was the embodiment of the phrase “live well, laugh often, love much”. She had the gift of hospitality and was exceptionally warm and welcoming. Mom was a wonderful cook and prided herself on maintaining a lovely, well-appointed home and beautiful, restful gardens. She always said her greatest role in life was being mother to her seven children. Family pictures at Easter say it all. Nine people spit-shined and ready for church with 6 girls decked out in gloves, and hats, carrying little purses. Her greatest delight and joy was family. She deeply loved, and was so very proud of her children and each and every member of their families. She was a wonderful mom, grandmother and great grandmother. On a fun note, mom was the cartwheel champion in elementary school and often won school spelling bee competitions. We have a picture of her costumed as the “red, red, robin” in her 2nd grade play in which she sang and danced. She had a lovely voice and later sang in her church choir. She often led our family in song, whether at church or on Christmas Eve at home. Mom loved her garden and found great peace and solace there. A beloved sign read “One is nearer God’s heart in the garden than anywhere else on earth”. Dorothy was able to incorporate her love of flowers and landscape when she began working at Schumacher Landscaping in the late 1970’s as a receptionist, eventually being promoted to project manager/estimator where she worked on projects such as the JFK library and Water Front Park. Mom was a terrific cook and baker! After her 7 children left home, her love of baking was satisfied by catering delicious cakes from her home. She authored a church cookbook when she was President of the Christian Mother’s Association at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Greendale, Wisconsin. Mom loved laughter and merriment! Other than family, (and sometimes because of them!), laughter brought mom great joy. We warmly recall her infectious laughter and attempts at suppressing giggles in questionably funny situations! She and dear friend (of over 50 years), Donna McNulty, were destined to be buddies due to their shared sense of humor, fun loving spirit and love of travel. They had many, many wonderful adventures together at home and abroad. Mom loved to dance, and especially liked ballroom and swing! She loved all kinds of music including big band, classical and hymns. She enjoyed season tickets to the Boston Ballet and concerts at Symphony Hall and the Boston Pops. Being a “born and bred” Boston girl, mom loved her Red Sox and NE Patriots! She also enjoyed crossword, Sudoku, puzzles and books, with a special fondness for Agatha Christy and other mysteries. Mom gave to everyone-- family, friends, strangers and community. Later in life, she found special reward volunteering as a Stephens Minister supporting the “lonely and hurting” through Trinitarian Congregational Church in Wayland. Mom was spunky, feisty and tenacious. Winston Churchill’s quote “Never, never, never give up” was prominently posted in her room. She was an inspiration to her family and all who met her. We wish to thank the amazing staff at Orchard Hill Assisted Living in Sudbury, MA and St Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, MA for their dedicated, compassionate, support and care of Mom. Dorothy is survived by her children Paul Blondin and wife Suzanne of Boston, Ginny Rich and husband Chris of Wayland, Risa Tucker and husband Michael of Charlotte, NC, Amy Feasel of Raleigh, NC, Charity Lawton and husband Tim of Goleta, CA, Jackie Anza of Milford, Therese Rowe and husband Steve, late of Bath, ME now relocating to Bradenton, FL; her cherished grandchildren, Jennifer Blondin, Eileen Frager, Martha Arena, Christopher, Adam, and Lindsay Rich, Mattie Feasel Wolf and husband Danny, John Feasel and fiancé Kali, Dan Lawton and wife Kimberly, Nathan Lawton and wife Rachel, Michael Anza and wife Ligiane, Matthew Anza and wife Andrea, Alyssa, Zac, and Luke Smith; beloved great grandchildren Cody, Jakob, Kaiden and Alexandria Lawton, and Brielle and Jackson Anza all of whom she was so proud. She was predeceased by her siblings, John Ring, Elaine Finnell and Eleanor Castonguay. Arrangements for a private family Celebration of Dorothy’s Life have been entrusted for a later time to the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy’s memory can be made to, JDRF Memorial Donations Program by Clicking Here. Please select “MA-New England Chapter.” Or mail to JDRF attn.: Memorial Donations Program, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.

Robert H. “Chuck” Checani 9/2/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

Robert H. “Chuck” Checani 90 years old of Natick died Saturday, September 2, 2017, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Dolores G. (Freialdenhofen) Checani sharing 56 years of marriage. Born in Natick in 1927, son of the late Kocho and Evanthia (Kreshpane) Checani who were from Korca, Albainia, Chuck remained a lifelong resident. Mr. Checani was the former co-owner for thirty-five years of Kentucky Package Store in Natick which he ran with his brother Charles. Following his retirement, he worked as a golf ranger at Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis. Mr. Checani was a graduate of Natick High School Class of 1944 where he was co-captain of the baseball and basketball teams and a graduate of Northeastern University Class of 1948. “Chuck” was an accomplished golfer known for his smooth swing, friendly competitive spirit and his strict adherence to good sportsmanship. He was a longtime member of the Natick Elks Golf League and played in numerous Natick area charity golf tournaments every year. He enjoyed classical music, vacationing on Cape Cod, the White Mountains, and spending winters in Florida. Chuck was a member of the Natick Kiwanis Club for over 40 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children: Carolyn Collins and husband John of Natick, Eric Checani of Natick, Gregg Checani and his spouse Sean Hogan of San Jose CA, Kristen Howell and her husband Charles of Framingham, Leslie Fitzpatrick and her husband Glen of Natick, six grandchildren, Matthew, Mitchell and Dillan Collins, Michael and Kelly Fitzpatrick, all of Natick, Robert A. Checani of Los Angeles, CA and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Helen Evangelos, Richard Checani, Theodore Checani and Charles Checani. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend his funeral service on Wednesday, September 6th at 11:00 A.M. in the Albanian Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 37 Washington Street, Natick. Burial will follow in Dell Park Cemetery. Visiting hours are Tuesday September 5th from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street, at Natick Common.

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