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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.


Rita Da Cruz 8/13/2017 12:00:00 AM Marlborough,MA / Hudson,MA / Framingham,MA

Rita De Cassia Da Cruz, 58 of Hudson, formerly of Marlborough, passed away at home on Sunday, August 13, 2017, surrounded by her beloved family after a period of declining health. Amongst her many survivors, Rita leaves behind her three loving children, Denis Willian Da Cruz Chaves, Douglas Müller Da Cruz Chaves and Daiane Da Cruz Chaves; her cherished grandchildren, Nicholas Ferreira Chaves, Tristan Tyler Cruz Boran, Maria Skyler Cruz Campos, Camila Marie Chaves, Natalia Marie Araujo and Lucas Vinicius Araujo; two sisters, Edilamar Miranda Cardoso and Dalcema Da Cruz Miranda; a brother Marcelo Da Cruz Miranda and her beloved companion Brahim Abdelmalek. Rita also leaves behind many close friends who will dearly miss her. Rita was predeceased by her parents, Paulo Ribeiro De Miranda and Dalcema Da Cruz Miranda and her brother, Firmo Da Cruz Miranda. Rita was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 17 1959, where she was raised and lived until she moved to Framingham in 1996. Shortly after she moved to Marlborough where she lived until she eventually settled in Hudson in 2014. Rita was a positive and happy person, who loved people. Helping others and making them smile brought her true joy in life. Rita was a hard worker who devoted her life to supporting and raising her family. She was a self-employed housekeeper and her strong work ethic made her a great role model to her children and grandchildren. Rita was an avid reader; she also enjoyed the beach and swimming. Rita was a devoted member of Grupo Espirita Trabalhadores da Ultima Hora in Westboro, where she regularly attended services and spent much of her time. Her passing leaves a great sadness in the hearts of all that knew her, but her memory will never be forgotten. Friend and relatives are invited to a period of visitation with Rita’s family from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at TIGHE HAMILTON REGIONAL FUNERAL, 50 Central St., Hudson, MA 01749; immediately followed by a Celebration of Her Life at 1:00 pm in the funeral home. Rita will be buried privately at a later time.


June T. Burke 8/2/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA / Hopkinton,MA / Marshfield,MA

NATICK: June (Trevett) Burke, age 88, of Natick, a former longtime Framingham resident, died on Wednesday August 2, 2017, at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick. She had been the devoted wife of the late Francis D. Burke for 46 years. Born, raised, and educated in Framingham, June was the only child the late Framingham Fire Chief Leroy and Barbara (Mullen) Trevett. The Trevetts enjoyed spending summers at the shore and thus began June’s lifelong love of swimming and spending days at the beach. June was employed as a dental assistant in Framingham prior to her marriage to Francis on August 17, 1957. She happily set about creating a warm and loving home for their growing family and was able to instill in them the pleasure derived from being at the ocean. They spent a great amount of time at their newly acquired summer home at Brant Rock in Marshfield, a tradition continued today. As her youngest reached high school, June accepted employment with Prime Computer. After their retirement, the Burkes moved to Fort Myers Beach, Florida, at first splitting the seasons but soon staying year round. June started preferring a swim in the calm of their pool but as ever she enjoyed walks and relaxing on the beach. Beach time was rivaled only by the prospect of a game of Bridge or a challenge from a fellow Cribbage player. After 22 years in Florida, June came north and settled in Natick nearer her children and grandchildren. Her passion for family and warm sense of humor will be remembered with a smile. Predeceased by Francis in 2003, she is survived by a daughter, Anne M. McLaughlin (the late Richard) of Framingham, three sons, twins Peter J. Burke (Marguerite) of Millis and Paul J. Burke (Andrea) of Hopkinton, and David J. Burke (Elvia) of Sandy Hook, CT; four grandchildren, Courtney Burke of New Bedford, Connor Burke and Brendan Burke, both of New Orleans, and Colette Burke of Sandy Hook; and two great-grandchildren, Hailey and Dallas Holmes. She is also survived by Donald and Cyndi McLaughlin and family of Merrimack, NH, James and Diane McLaughlin of Framingham, and Ashley, Ryan, Devlin, and Jake Hamilton, all of Hopkinton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated in Saint Linus Church, 119 Hartford Street, Natick, on Thursday, August 10th at 10:00AM. Burial will be private. Donations may be made in June’s memory to the Natick Visiting Nurse Assoc., 209 West Central Street, Natick, MA 01760. Arrangements are with John Everett & Sons, 4 Park Street at Natick Common.


George D. Kapalis 7/29/2017 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Natick,MA

George D. Kapalis, age 73, of Framingham, died on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving and caring family. Born in Rhodes, Greece, he was the son of the late Demetrios & Styliani (Karagiannis) Kapalis. George proudly served in the Greek Navy in the Merchant Marines. For 35 years, he owned and operated George's Service Station in Framingham, where he also worked as a dedicated automotive mechanic. George loved bowling, playing darts and pool and was very passionate for Greek dancing. George was the beloved husband of Cheryl (Menard) Kapalis for 36 years; loving father of Dimitri Kapalis of Framingham and Stella Nguyen & her husband Joe of Framingham; dear brother of Konstantina Diakogiannis of Greece, Emmanuel (Mike) D. Kapalis & his wife Gloria of Wellesley and Stathis D. Kapalis & his wife Filitsa of Natick. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. VisitIng hours at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at NATICK COMMON, on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, from 4:00-8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at Saint Demetrios Church, 57 Brown Street, Weston, on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Saint Stephen's Cemetery, Framingham. In lieu of flowers, contributions in George's memory may be made to the MetroWest Hospice, 200 Nickerson Road, Suite 110, Marlborough, MA 01752 or to the American Lung Association of the Northeast, 1661 Worcester Road, #301, Framingham, MA01701.


Gertrude Helen (MacKinnon) Long 7/18/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Kingston,MA / Framingham,MA

Gertrude Helen (MacKinnon) Long, age 92, left this world peacefully surrounded by her family, at Wingate Silver Lake in Kingston, on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Gertrude was the daughter of the late Parker C. and Josephine (MacLeod) MacKinnon of Canada. Loving wife to the late Roger G. Long and sister to the late Eleanor Harrison of Everett Washington and Donald MacKinnon of Roslindale. Devoted mother to David G. Long and his wife Joan of Pembroke, MA and Stephen C. Long and his wife Catherine of Plymouth, MA. Loving grandmother to Matthew and his wife Meghan of Colorado, Timothy and his wife Micaela of Medford, Peter and his wife Leigh of New Marlborough, Kevin and his wife Molly of Dedham, Corinne of Boston, Meghan of Maryland and Patrick of Plymouth. Cherished great-grandmother to Kayley, Declan, Quinlan and Conlan Long of Colorado and Olive Flora Long of Medford. Also mother to the late Richard A. Long of Natick, MA. Gertrude was a long time resident of Natick and took great pride in maintaining her home where she enjoyed over 68 years of marriage. Known for her collection of roosters, Gertrude was an excellent cook baking brownies from scratch and her chicken wings from a guarded recipe. She would add a little of this, a little of that and a lot of love into everything she did. She was a great friend and neighbor always willing to lend a hand. Her neighbors were like family. They shared in life's celebrations and sometimes just celebrated life. She was always ready to stop for a chat or provide a shoulder to lean on. A day did not go by that she did not reach out and make someone's day a little brighter. She made a lasting, loving impression on everyone she met. A longtime member of the Framingham Country Club, she also enjoyed visits to family to Errol, New Hampshire. It was a peaceful faraway place where she could imagine she was in a foreign country and life moved at a gentler pace. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was proud of their success' and accomplishments. She was adored by all the staff at Wingate Silver Lake where she made many friends and a lasting impression to all. Family and friends are kindly invited to her visiting hours at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at NATICK COMMON, on Friday, July 21, 2017, from 5:00-8:00 PM. Funeral services at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, at NATICK COMMON, on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at the Glenwood Cemetery, 50 Glenwood Street, South Natick. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Gertrude's name to the Wingate Silver Lake Activities Fund, 19 Chipman Way, Kingston, MA, 02364


Darah E. Case-Kane 7/6/2017 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Boston,MA / Revere Beach,MA

FRAMINGHAM: Darah Elizabeth Case-Kane, age 19, a lifelong resident of Framingham, died peacefully on Thursday night, July 6, 2017, after facing the many challenges of debilitating illness with grace and determination. She was surrounded by her family as well as the prayers and thoughts of countless others at the time of her passing. Born and raised in Framingham, she was a daughter of Fabiola Case and James P. Kane. Darah studied culinary arts at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School, graduating with the Class of 2016. Darah, who suffered auto-immune issues throughout her life, was possessed of an innate goodness that was strong enough to transmute the negativity of her trials into an open and loving heart. She recognized and sought out others who struggled internally and offered them her kindness and bright light without expectation. When she was able, Darah volunteered at Suburban, her mother’s place of work. She loved to bake, decorating cakes and pastries for those she loved and never grew tired of her passion for all things Disney, particularly princesses. Darah was a voracious reader and happily researched various topics. In recent years she enjoyed reading books that were adapted for the screen and comparing the original to the motion picture with a well grounded critique. Despite often facing daunting limitations, Darah seldom complained and greeted others with equanimity and a smile. The warmth she exuded cheered many and her honest loving nature will be sorely missed. She is survived by her parents, Fabi and James; a sister, Briana Elizabeth; her nephew, Alexander James; grandparents Bob and Osla Case; her uncle, Alex Case, his wife Tania; their children, Matthew and Tiah; and a large and loving extended family. Darah was also the granddaughter of the late James and Patricia Kane. A Graveside Service will be held at Edgell Grove Cemetery, 53 Grove Street, Framingham, on Friday, July 14th at 11:00AM. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, Thursday from 4 – 7PM, with a Service of Remembrance beginning at 7:00PM.


Susan (Boyd) Cartier 6/28/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA / Nashua,NH

Susan (Boyd) Cartier, age 96, a longtime resident of Natick, died on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham, after a recent illness. She was born and grew up in Tiverton, Rhode Island, a daughter of the late John & Josephine (Casey) Boyd. After graduating from nursing school, Susan worked in the public schools as a registered nurse for the City of Boston for many years. Susan was the beloved wife of the late Maurice Cartier. She leaves two sons; Thomas Cartier & his wife Mary of Natick and Joseph Cartier & his wife Julie of Nashua, NH; four grandchildren; Catherine, Courtney, Benjamin and Amy. Private Graveside Services will be held.


Bryan W. Flaherty 6/27/2017 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Natick,MA

Bryan W. Flaherty, age 73, of Framingham, died on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Royal Spring Valley Center in Worcester. Born in Joplin, Missouri, he was the beloved son of the late William & Catherine (Gregan) Flaherty, formerly of Cambridge. Bryan was the loving brother of Mary Maxwell & her husband James of Harvard, Edward Flaherty & his wife Joanne of Natick, Daniel Flaherty & his wife Linda Lynch of Arlington and Kathleen Sullivan & her husband Daniel of Wilmington. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Patrick's Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick, on Monday, July 3, 2017, at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Pond Street, Natick. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bryan's memory may be made to the Patrick M. Flaherty Scholarship Fund, c/o Natick High School, 15 West Street, Natick, MA 01760.


Roberta Mae "Bobbe" Buckingham 6/19/2017 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Wayland,MA

FRAMINGHAM: Roberta Mae “Bobbe” Buckingham, 87, died peacefully on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Kathleen Daniel Health Care in Framingham, following a period of declining health. Born in Waltham on December 5, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Merritt Hamilton Buckingham and Alberta F. (Coakley) Buckingham. Roberta grew up in Wayland with her younger twin sisters, Shirley and Priscilla. School days were happy days for Roberta. Her passion for liberal arts and the classics brought her much joy. She attended Radcliffe College, followed by completion of her BS in Education from Framingham State Teachers’ College, Class of 1951. Her degree led way to teaching on Martha’s Vineyard at Oak Bluffs Elementary School. During summer break, her long-standing strength in liberal arts veered her course into a career as an Administrative Secretary with Feedback Control, Inc. of Natick, the SS Pierce Co., and an Administrative Assistant for the Medical Staff at Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick. In retirement, Roberta, performed as a vocal soloist with the Golden Tones in Wayland, the Wellesley Choral Society and the choir at Community Methodist Church in Cochituate. Additionally, she was a soloist at the Hotel Lenox in Boston at Diamond Jim’s Piano Bar. Roberta leaves two loving sisters, Priscilla B. Banghart of St. Joseph, MI and Shirley A. Schofield of Natick, former longtime Wayland resident. She is also survived by 11 nieces and nephews, Gary Schofield (Stephanie), Susan Wright (Tom), Dwight Schofield, Beth Schofield, Melanie Harvey (Bob), Frank Schofield (Maura), David Schofield (Beth), Lauri Filar (Alan), Debi Smith-Taylor (Jim), Laura Kok (the late Gary), and Lawrence “Bucky” Smith (Lisa), and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. At Roberta’s request, a private funeral is planned. Interment will be in Linwood Cemetery, Weston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Golden Tones, Inc., 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland MA 01778.


Priscilla H. (Smith) Murtagh 6/13/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA / Lawrence,MA

Priscilla H. (Smith) Murtagh 89 ,of Framingham passed away on Tuesday June 13 2017 at the Marlborough Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the beloved wife for 66 years of the late Harold E. "Buzz" Murtagh who died July 13, 2016. Born in Manchester NH, she was the daughter of Clifton and Harriet (Snow) Smith. Priscilla graduated from Lynn English High School and then Framingham State College in 1949. Priscilla worked for 37 years at the Officers Club at the Natick Labs retiring in 1992. She is survived by sons Robert and his companion Louise O'Connor of Clinton, Michael and his wife Sue of Florida, Daniel and his wife Elaine of Lawrence, Thomas of Framingham, daughter Mary Murtagh-Jacobs of Framingham, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Priscilla's Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday July 8, at 11:00 A.M. in St Bridget Church Framingham. Visting hours in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street, at Natick Common are Friday July 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.


Alice J. "Honey" (Glynn) Hine 5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Natick,MA

Alice J. "Honey" (Glynn) Hine 82, of Framingham, and formerly of Natick died Wednesday May 24, 2017 at St Patrick Manor in Framingham. Born in Natick she was the daughter of the late Martin and Margaret (Briant) Glynn. Alice was employed for many years as a legal secretary in the State of Michigan Judicial Court System. She enjoyed antiquing, playing in a women's softball league, reading and walking Alice attended the Natick school system graduating from Natick High School class of 1952 where she was a popular member of the Cheerleading Team. She is survived by two children, Valerie Epstein of Michigan, Martin Hine of St Petersburg Florida, her sister Dorothy Terhune and her husband Russell of Framingham, a brother James Glynn of Natick, two grandchildren Jake and Joshua Hickey both of Michigan,nieces and nephews Leslie Regh of Princeton MA, Lee Ann Pratt and her husband Michael of Maine,Mary Mansfield and her husband Ed of Northbridge, John Oldfield and his wife Gloria, Richard Oldfield, and Paul Oldfield all of Florida. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service on Saturday June 3, at 1:00 P.M. in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. Burial will follow in St Patrick Cemetery. Visitation on Saturday morning beginning at 11:00 A.M. prior to the service. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to The Humane Society Of the United States, Dept. Memorial Gifts, 1255 23rd Street Suite 450 Washington D.C. 20037.


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