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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.


Linda MacDonald-Tuper 3/20/2017 12:00:00 AM Hudson,MA / Framingham,MA

HUDSON – Linda M. MacDonald-Tuper, 55, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Wingate of Sudbury after a hard fought battle with cancer. She was born in Framingham, the daughter of the late John D. MacDonald, Sr. and Margaret A. (Broll) MacDonald of Hudson. Besides her mother, she leaves her loving husband, Leroy C. Tuper; her brother, John D. MacDonald, Jr. and his wife, Laura of Hudson; a niece, Jessica; a nephew, JT; two uncles, Frank Broll of Needham and Joseph MacDonald of Tucson, AZ; and many cousins. Linda was a buyer for many years at Stratus Computer Company in Marlborough before retiring due to her illness. She drew comfort from her beloved dogs and many great friends. She attended St. Michael’s Church. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, March 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Tighe Hamilton Funeral Home, 50 Central Street, Hudson. Funeral services for Linda will be held on Thursday, March 23, from the funeral home with a 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Michael’s Church, 21 Manning Street, Hudson. Burial will follow at Forestvale Cemetery in Hudson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of New England, 40 Speen Street, Suite 205, Framingham, MA 01701, www.lupusne.org.


Mary T. (Warren) O'Malley 3/17/2017 12:00:00 AM Medford,MA / Everett,MA / Marshfield,MA / Framingham,MA / Quincy,MA

Mary T. O'Malley, a resident of Medford for over fifty years, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, March 17th. Born in West Roxbury, she was the daughter of the late Timothy and Mary (Walsh) Warren. Mary attended Everett High School and graduated with the class of 1941. She and her husband John were married on June 17, 1946. The two were devoted to each other and their children. An only child, Mary always wanted to have a big family. She had seven loving children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren that she loved more than anything. Mary was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was the matriarch of her family. Her strong will and perseverance, was admirable. She was a former member of the St. Francis Mothers Club and loved to be involved in community life. Mary enjoyed spending her time helping those in need. For many years, she transcribed braille for the blind. An activist for her community and neighborhood, Mary was able to get the City of Medford to recognize Fulton Spring Road and get the street paved. Because of her efforts, the city maintained and repaired the neighborhood that was formerly a private way. In her spare time, she loved to cook for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren while spending quality time with family, friends and her pets. She was the beloved wife of the late John E. O’Malley, who passed away in 1988. The two shared forty-two loving years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Kevin O’Malley and his wife Barbara DePesa, Neal O’Malley and his wife Nancy, Dennis O’Malley and his wife Bernadette, Nancy Morrissey and her husband Jack, Maureen O’Malley and her husband Gerard Allen, Brenda Rutherford and her husband Jim, Janet O’Malley and her husband Mansoor Ghori. Mary was the loving grandmother of Chris, Caitlin and Seanna O’Malley, Brigid Morrissey, Isabella and Sophia Ghori and the loving great grandmother of Connor and Claire O’Malley. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Her funeral will be from the Dello Russo Funeral Home 306 Main Street, Medford, on Tuesday, March 21st at 10:30AM followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 441 Fellsway West, Medford at 11:30AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Monday from 4 through 8PM. Services will conclude with interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Mary’s name to MSPCA-Angell at https://www.mspca.org/donate-now/ or Hallmark Health at http://www.hallmarkhealthhomecare.org/product-category/donations/.


Modesto "Les" Rodriguez 3/13/2017 12:00:00 AM Wayland,MA / Framingham,MA / Natick,MA / Basking Ridge,NJ

Modesto “Les” Rodriguez, age 78, of Wayland, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Royal Wayland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of Marie (Bache) Rodriguez, sharing 54 wonderful years of marriage. After leaving his home in Puerto Rico at the age of 18 to venture to the United States, he first settled in Florida and then moved on to make the Boston area his home. He soon gained employment as a chef and quickly gained the respect of others for his talent. Modesto had an unending passion for cooking while at work or at home preparing a meal for his family and friends. In his spare time, he enjoyed spending time at the horse tracks or watching horse racing on TV. Most of all, he truly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. They were what mattered most to him. He gained so much pleasure from preparing something special in the kitchen on Sundays and holidays while eagerly awaiting for his family and friends to arrive. In addition to his wife Marie, Modesto is survived by his children, Patricia Kneeland and her husband Paul of Basking Ridge, NJ, Kathy Bowles and her husband Donald of Framingham, grandchildren, Brendan, Alissa, Lindsey, and Michael. Modesto was predeceased by his son Douglas Thistle. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service for Modesto in the Chapel of the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common on Thursday, March 16 at 6:00 P.M. Visiting hours will begin at 4:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations in Modesto’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.


Cortland Ainsworth Mathers, Sr. 3/12/2017 12:00:00 AM Brockton,MA / Easton,MA / Brookline,MA / Boston,MA / Framingham,MA / Barrington,RI

Cortland Ainsworth Mathers, Sr., age 92, of Brockton, died peacefully on March 12, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family. Cortland was the beloved husband for 68 years of Carolyn Mary (Campbell) Mathers. Born and raised in Newton, he was the only son of the late Laurence Randolph and Lucille (Baldwin) Mathers. Cortland attended Newton Public Schools and was a 1941 graduate of Newton High School. He attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and after his first two years enlisted in the United States Army to fight in World War II. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Service star for his honorable service. Cortland then returned to Bowdoin where he received a bachelor’s degree in English. He later enrolled in the Boston University School of Law where he received his LLB in 1952. Cortland practiced law as a solo practitioner until 1964 when he and Attorney William K. Mone formed Mone & Mathers, PC. In 1984 he was appointed to the Superior Court by Governor Michael Dukakis where he served until his retirement in 1994, acting for a time as Regional Administrative Justice. During his years practicing law, Cortland served terms as the President of the Plymouth County Bar Association and the Vice President of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He contributed to his adopted hometown of Brockton in various capacities: as a member of the Brockton School Committee during challenging years spent planning and building a new high school; as Brockton City Solicitor during the mayoralty of Jack Yunits; as chair of a $12 million capital campaign to renovate the Brockton Public Library in 2003; and as a board member and pro bono legal counsel for the Fuller Craft Museum. In his retirement, he worked as a mediator and arbitrator, principally for JAMS/Endispute in Boston. He enjoyed fly fishing, horseback riding, flying single engine airplanes, restoring antique aircraft and automobiles, and traveling the world. He was a life long advocate of social justice and cherished his family above all else. For over a decade he supervised the care of his ill wife in their home. In addition to his wife, Cortland is survived by his children Christina Mathers and her husband Richard Suter of Brookline, Christopher C. Mathers and his partner James Riley of Brockton, Carrie Mathers-Kurland and her husband David Kurland of Barrington, RI, Cortland A. Mathers, Jr. of Framingham, Craig Mathers and his late wife Maria Griffin of Boston, and the Honorable Edmund “Chuck” Mathers and his wife Susan of Easton; eleven grandchildren, Morgan Suter and his wife Ann, Rachel Suter and her husband Renaud, Cate Suter and her husband Todd, Carrie Robbins and her husband Hugh, Cortland Mathers-Suter, Micaela and Claudia Kurland, Kevin and Lilly Mathers, and Christina Carrie and Nicollette Mathers; six great grandchildren Olivier and Sebastien Suter-Ternynck, Rachel Suter, Charlotte and Cortland Borenstein, and Cortland Robbins. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Joyce Horton, of Nantucket and his cousin, Clare Chapman, of Cambridge. His family would like to extend a special thank you to Candace Spencer, Heidy Suriel, Cynthia Cabrera, Dodi Doherty, Annemarie Robey, Margaret Furber and Miladis Jimenez for the love, care, and many good laughs they provided Cortland as his strength waned. Friends are invited to a celebration of his life on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Fuller Craft Museum. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301, Attn: Development Department, or to the Brockton Library Foundation, P.O. Box 202, Brockton, MA 02303


Paul L. Tocci 3/4/2017 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Mashpee,MA

Paul L. Tocci, age 68, of Framingham, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 4, 2017 after an 11 year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Paul was born on January 11, 1949 and grew up in Newton. He became a Master Carpenter and worked for 10 years at McLean Hospital prior to establishing Topnotch Construction, which he operated for 10 years. After that, Paul enjoyed his employment at Boston University for 12 years until his retirement in 2007. Paul loved life and was a dedicated member of the Xtreme Riders Motorcycle Club. Motorcycles, hunting, fishing, carpentry, and going to Tom’s Cabin in Millsfield, NH were his passions, but none could rival his love for his family. Paul was the beloved husband of Patti (Milley) Tocci to whom he was married for 29 years. He was a devoted Dad to his daughters, Jillian Tocci of Framingham and Dawn Tocci of Las Vegas, NV, and loving son of Imelda (LaForge) (Tocci) Morin of Mashpee and the late Joseph Tocci. Paul was also a dear brother to his twin Peter Tocci of Durham, NC, Joe Tocci of Tom’s River, NJ, Jim Tocci of Mashpee, and Gretchen (Tocci) Gradzewicz of Naples, FL. A Memorial Service will be held at Edwards Church, UCC, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham on Saturday, March 11 at 11:00 A.M. A Celebration of Life reception will be held immediately following the service in the church hall. As Paul always preferred to be in jeans and flannels, all are invited to dress comfortably to honor him. In lieu of flowers, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Continuing Connections Program at the Callahan Senior Center, 535 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702 (a weekly support group for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers) or to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at CureAlz.org. Arrangements are under the direction of the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common.


Judith Greenblatt 3/3/2017 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA

GREENBLATT, Judith (Silberstein), 80 of Brockton, formerly of Chelsea, March 3, 2017.Beloved wife of the late Bennett Greenblatt. Devoted mother of Russ Greenblatt & his wife Caroline of Framingham, Eric Greenblatt & his wife Tovah of NY., & Ivan Greenblatt & his wife Michelle of Brockton. Loving daughter of the late Frank & Rhea Silberstein. Dear sister of Karen Stearn & her husband Michael of Beverly & Phyllis Silberstein of Lynn. Loving grandmother of 10. Loving aunt of Cheryl Ryan and her husband Dennis & David Stearn & great aunt of Alex & Jeremy. Graveside services to be held Monday March 6th at 1PM in Linas Hazedek #2 Cemetery 232 Fuller St. Everett. Shiva at the home of Karen Stearn Mon., Tues. & Weds. from 2p-8p and also Tuesday March 7th at the home of Russ & Caroline from 2PM-8PM. Contributions in her memory may be made to charity of one’s choice.


Paul A. Cardone 2/27/2017 12:00:00 AM Canton,MA / Stoughton,MA / Sharon,MA / Framingham,MA / Boston,MA / Norwood,MA

Paul A. Cardone died peacefully at home on February 27, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was 85 years old. Paul was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as a drummer in the Army band during the Korean War. He was a retired chemical engineer who spent the majority of his career working for the Polaroid Corporation where he earned five patents in the area of research and development. Paul was also an avid sportsman and car collector who raced cars, flew planes, scuba dove, skied, rode motorcycles, snowmobiles and boats. Former husband of Georgiana Cardone of Framingham, and loving father of Margrette Cardone Mondillo and her husband David, and James A. Bove and his wife Julie, all of Canton. Loving brother of Margaret Cardone and Pasquale Cardone, both of New York. Proud grandfather of Grace Mondillo, Michael Mondillo, James Bove, Melissa Bove, and Michelle Bove. He also leaves his “second” family, who cared for him with grace and dignity in his final years of life: Leonor, Emiliano, Micael and Ruben. Visiting hours in the Pushard Family Funeral Home 210 Sherman St. Canton on Sunday, March 5th from 2-6 PM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gerard Majella Church 1860 Washington St. Canton, on Monday, March 6th at 10:00 AM. Interment Canton Corner Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul’s memory to Kindred Hospice, for “Camp I Believe,” at 275 Martine Street, Suite 202, Fall River, MA, 02723.


Mildred V. (Harris) Garrett 2/24/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

Deaconess and First Lady, Mildred V. Garrett was born May 9th 1928 to the late Penelope ( Jordan) Harris & Walter D. Harris in Edenton, North Carolina. Mildred was baptized at an early age under the leadership of the Rev. J.E. Tillett and became a member of the Warren Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She attended sunday school, sang in the choir, at the time there was a ministry called the Sun Shine bank and Mildred loved to travel with her mother to the conventions. Mildred attended the John A. Homes high school where she loved sports. We would ask her what was she doing, she would say watching the Red Sox. Mildred and Rev. Percy L. Garrett, Jr. were sweethearts in high school and then married in 1948 while he was stationed at Kentucky State Army Base. They were beloveds for sixty-nine (69) years. After moving to Massachusetts, Mildred joined Myrtle Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Louis Ford where she continued working in God’s Vineyard. It was at Myrtle Baptist Church where she was ordained as a deaconess by Rev. Robert Littlejohn. After serving at Myrtle Baptist Church under Rev. Percy L. Garrett, Jr. and others The New Jerusalem Baptist Church was born where Mildred became First Lady and remained until God called her home. Mildred was an nurse’s aide in rehab and then transferred to O.T. as a Occupational Therapist Aide and worked for 30 years at the former Cushing Hospital in Framingham. She was known for providing excellent care for her patients but also took extra personal time engaging them in making craft items. She was a member of the Unique Socialite Club, the New Jerusalem Baptist Church choir and several bowling leagues. She enjoyed singing, cooking, crocheting, shopping and creating artistic home crafts for her family and friends, Sometimes it seemed Mildred would go way down But God. In addition to her husband Rev. Percy L. Garrett, Jr., she is survived by four children: William P. Garrett, of California and his wife Marlene McCurtis Garrett, Leveon C. (Garrett) Brown, of Medway, Ma, Kenneth C. Garrett, of California and Phyllis D. Iziokhai of Worcester, Ma. Brother and sisters, Ruby Welch, of Framingham, Ma, Fred Harris of Norfolk,Va, Mable Marshall of Jamaica Plain, Ma, Ruth Haywood of Framingham, Ma and husband Arnold Haywood, 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Brothers proceeded in death: Rushon A. Harris, Norman A. Harris, Roy Harris and Willie A. Harris. Mildred was loved by everybody and will be missed, in days gone, 81 walnut street was where the family and friends always gathered for picnics, dinners even weddings. She was surely a hard fighting soldier and fought a good fight, She has finished her course and is now resting from her labor. “Well Done, Thou Good And Faithful Servant: Thou Hast Been Faithful Over A few Things, Enter Thou Into The Joy Of Thy Lord.” Matthew 25:21


Loretta M. Ordway 2/21/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA / Ashland,MA

Loretta M. (Lane) Ordway, 93, of Natick died Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham. A Natick resident for 88 years, she was born in Graniteville, MA, the daughter of the late George and Leda (Brule) Lane. Loretta moved to Natick at the age of five, speaking only French. She attended St. Patrick Grammar School learning English and was a proud graduate. She was a devout Catholic and supporter of the Parish and its Adoration Chapel her entire adult life. She was an avid reader, enjoyed bowling at the Fairways League in Natick, and playing bingo at St. Patrick’s and the Natick Elks, as well as volunteering her time there. And she never missed an opportunity to enjoy lunch with family and friends at her favorite restaurants. She is survived by four children, Francis E. Ordway and his wife Patricia of Naples, FL, Joseph S. Ordway of Milford, Paul A. Ordway of Framingham, Linda M. Ordway and her companion Richard Pfeiff of Natick; her grandchildren, Lisa A. Kuzmich and her husband Andy of Pelham, NH, Kristen J. Merloni and her husband Jamie of Ashland, Brian Dant of Louisville, KY, Bryan J. Ordway of Millis; great-grandchildren, William Kuzmich; Jake, Dante, and Alexis Merloni, Joseph Dant and Hailey Dant; sisters-in-law Nora Ordway and Jeanne Ordway both of Natick and many loving nieces and nephews. She was also the mother of the late Jean M. Blaisell and Carol A. Klayer, and she was the former wife of the late Francis A. Ordway. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral on Monday, February 27th 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 Church at 10:00 A.M. Visiting hours are Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to Bethany Health Care Center, 97 Bethany Road, Framingham, MA 01702.


Dorothy M. (Harrigan) Cotter 2/19/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Holliston,MA / Framingham,MA / Ashland,MA

Dorothy M. (Harrigan) Cotter, 93, of Natick, died Sunday, February 19, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard P. Cotter. A Natick resident for 61 years, she was born in Cambridge, the daughter of the late Melvin and Mary (McCarthy) Harrigan. Mrs. Cotter was lovingly cared for by her family and caregivers until recently when she moved for a brief stay at the Parlin Hospice Residence in Wayland. As a young woman, Mrs. Cotter was a graduate of Our Lady Help of Christians School in Newton. She was a secretary at Seagram’s for several years before her marriage. While her husband served in the army, she was active in the USO, serving food to troops as they visited Boston. Along with her sister-in-law, Katherine Mullen, Dorothy played in the drum and bugle corps, playing the bass drum. Dorothy and Richard, along with their growing family, lived in Newton, MA and Bangor, ME before moving to Natick in 1955. Mrs. Cotter and her family became active participants in the Natick community, and she enjoyed volunteering and contributing to local schools and church. Along with her children, Mrs. Cotter could be found on summer days at Memorial Beach. She also supported the Lilja School PTA and Boy Scouts, taught CCD, and participated in St. James Women's Guild and Sacred Heart Church organizations. Dorothy was more recently an active supporter of St. Paul School in Wellesley. Throughout her life, and especially in her later years, Mrs. Cotter loved nothing more than being with her family. She found the greatest joy in celebrating holidays with her house full and all those she loved seated around the dinner table. She is survived by her children Dr. Richard P. Cotter Jr. and his wife Karen of Holliston, James T. Cotter and his wife Patricia Wood of Lynn Haven, FL, Kevin F. Cotter and his wife Lori of Framingham, Joan M. Schultz and her husband William of East Falmouth, Timothy C. Cotter and his husband Michael Roby of Barrington, NH, Patricia L. Cotter of Natick, Kathryn T. Brown and her husband Michael of Natick, Robert D. Cotter and his wife Jill of Ashland, her daughter-in-law Jean M. Cotter of Ashland, grandchildren Jennifer, Justin, Sarah, Emily, Julie, Kevin, Robert, Michael, Katie, Carolyn, Stephen, Robert, Janelle, Philip, great-grandchildren, Cora, Alden, Thomas, Jack, Linnea, Ingrid, and Natalie. She was also the mother of the late Michael J. Cotter and sister of the late Melvin Harrigan. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, on Thursday, February 23rd at 9:00 AM, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul’s Church, Wellesley, at 10:00 AM. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 4:00 - 8:00 P.M. Burial to follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, Natick. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Dorothy’s memory to Parlin Hospice Residence, 10 Green Way, Wayland, MA or to Vi Tutuny Food Pantry, 2 Webster Street, Natick, MA 01760.


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