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.

Barbara M. (Stankiewicz) Plecinoga 7/22/2016 12:00:00 AM Salem, MA / Enfield, CT / Framingham, MA

SALEM – Barbara M. (Stankiewicz) Plecinoga, 65, of Salem, wife of the late Peter P. Plecinoga, who died in 2014, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Blueberry Hill Healthcare Center, Beverly following a long illness. Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Joseph F. and Eugenia (Lipinska) Stankiewicz and was a lifelong resident of the city. Barbara was employed out of High School at John Hancock Insurance until the summer of 1971, and later worked for the Salem Evening News. She was a lifelong parishioner of the St. John the Baptist Church. She loved playing bingo and enjoyed playing all of her Facebook games. She is survived by three sons, Peter P. Plecinoga II and his wife, Wendy, Paul L. Plecinoga, James M. Plecinoga, a daughter, Christine M. Plecinoga, all of Salem, grandchildren, Brittany Soper, Cody Soper, Devin Soper, all of Salem, a sister, Sister Christine Marie CSSF, of Our Lady of Angels Convent, Enfield, CT, an aunt, Alice Cote of Salem, an uncle, Rev. Louis Bilicky of Framingham, several cousins, and a dear friend whom Barbara looked upon as a sister, Deborah Branford of Williamsburg, VA. She was predeceased by an infant son, John Michael Plecinoga. Her funeral service will be held Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 9 am from the Full-Spychalski Funeral Home, 84 Washington Square East, on Salem Common, Salem, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 AM at the St. John the Baptist Church, Salem. Burial is in St Mary Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours are in the funeral home Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM. Donations may be made in her memory to Our Lady of Angels Convent, 1315 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082. For on-line guest book, visit

Tara Chagnon 7/18/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick, MA / Framingham, MA / Wareham, MA / Wayland, MA / Fairhaven, MA

Tara Chagnon of Natick passed away peacefully at the Miriam Boyd Parlin Hospice in Wayland surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer, at age 31. Born in Salt Lake City Utah, Tara moved to Natick before she turned one year of age, the daughter of Michael Chagnon Jr and the late Cheryl Chagnon. Tara was a 2003 graduate of Natick High School. She continued her education receiving a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice at Castleton State University, VT, then going on to receive a double Masters In Criminal Justice and Mental Health Counseling at Suffolk University in Boston Ma. In spite of a busy schedule working for Mass 211 and school, Tara found the time to travel to Hawaii on several occasions to perfect her surfing which she loved so much. Social time with family and friends meant so much to her, especially while in the company of her much loved nieces and nephews. Tara is survived by her father and stepmother Michael and Carolyn Chagnon of Wareham, Grandparents Paul "Micky" and Kathleen "Kay" Hand of Wayland, Michael and Catherine Chagnon of Fort Pierce FL, May Milligan of PA, and the late Juanita Chagnon, brothers Joseph Chagnon of Milford, Nathan Chagnon of Natick, Michael III and Kayla Chagnon of Framingham, Greg and Claudia Chagnon of Framingham, Peter and Heather Chagnon of Stow, Brendan Mulcahey of Fairhaven, and her sister Shannon Mulcahey of Wareham. Tara is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many loving friends. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Tara to support research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Tara in the Chapel of the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common on Saturday, July 30th at 10:00 A.M. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Alice D. (O'Malley) Spellissy 7/17/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick, MA / Framingham, MA

Alice D. (O’Malley) Spellissy 97, of Framingham died Sunday, July 17, 2016 at her home. She was the beloved wife of the late James G. Spellissy who died in 2001, sharing 49 years of marriage. A resident of Framingham for 42 years she was born in Clinton, MA the daughter of the late Michael and Ellen (Tierney) O’Malley. Mrs. Spellissy was a devoted wife and mother providing a warm, supportive, and loving home environment for her family. She enjoyed traveling to Europe, summers on Cape Cod, and winter months in Naples, Florida. Mrs. Spellissy was a graduate of Chamberlain College in Boston, and worked for the Eastern Isles Company in Clinton and later for the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. She is survived by one daughter Jane E. Spellissy of Framingham, one son James M. Spellissy of Baltimore MD, and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, July 21st at 11:00 A.M. in St. Bridget Church, 832 Worcester Road, Framingham. Visiting hours are on Thursday Morning beginning at 9:30 A.M. in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common. Interment St. Patrick Cemetery Natick. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Metro West Home Care and Hospice, 200 Nickerson Road, Marlborough, MA 01752.

Robert James DeMilia 7/16/2016 12:00:00 AM Stow, MA / Hudson, MA / Foxboro, MA / Sterling, MA / Framingham, MA

Hudson, MA Robert James DeMilia, 49, of Hudson, former long time resident of Stow, died unexpectedly at his residence on Saturday, July 16th. Robert leaves his loving parents, Richard DeMilia Sr. and Jean (Carbone) DeMilia of Stow; his two children, Audrey and Sam DeMilia along with their mother and former wife of Robert, Rita Pollack, all of Foxboro. He is also survived by his two sisters, Janice Bock and her husband Robert of Amherst, NH, Gail Foley and her husband Michael of Amherst, NH; his three brothers, Richard DeMilia Jr. and his wife Beverly of Framingham, David DeMilia and his wife Deborah of Rhode Island, Michael DeMilia and his wife Michele of Sterling, MA along with many nieces and nephews. Robert was born in Groton, MA and raised in Stow. He attended local schools and was a 1985 graduate of Nashoba Regional High School. He later received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester and his Master’s Degree in Communication Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. He was a self-employed Software Engineer in the field of Medical Equipment Software for many years locally and enjoyed attending many courses to keep his astute knowledge in the field current. Robert had many interests in his life but most of all he valued his family and cherished his children. He always had a broad appreciation of music and in his youth became an accomplished drummer. His unique ability as a public speaker was appreciated by many and was always very proud of his status as a “Distinguished Toastmaster”. He will truly be missed by all who loved and knew him. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 27th at 12:00 noon in Holy Trinity Church, 15 Still River Road, Rt. 110, Harvard, MA. Burial will be held privately in Brookside Cemetery, Stow. Family and friends may attend calling hours on Wednesday July 27th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the mass at the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc., 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA 01749 ( In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Robert may be made to: Stow Council on Aging, C/O Town Building, Stow, MA 01775 or the Stow Food Pantry, P.O. Box 437, Stow, MA 01775.

Harold E. "Buzz" Murtagh 7/13/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick, MA / Framingham, MA

Harold E. “Buzz” Murtagh died on July, 13, 2016 at the age of 91. He was the beloved husband of Priscilla H. (Smith) Murtagh for 66 years. Born in St. John, N. B. Canada, the son of Edward and Catherine (Delaney) Murtagh, he came to the United States at the age of 2. During World War II, Harold served in the US Army Air Corps for 3 years in China, Burma and India, serving with the Aviation Engineers. For 40 years, Harold worked for the Framingham National Bank, Shawmut Bank and Fleet Bank. In 1989, he retired as Assistant Vice President. Besides his wife, he leaves sons Robert and his companion Louise O’Connor of Clinton, Michael and wife Sue of Florida, Daniel and wife Elaine of Lawrence, Thomas of Framingham and daughter Mary Murtagh-Jacobs of Framingham. Harold was the father of the late Carl W. Murtagh who died in 1999, and brother of the late John, Robert and Francis Murtagh and Mary T. Vaillencourt. Harold is survived by many Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral on Tuesday, July 26th at 10:00 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. Stephens Church, Framingham at 11:00 A.M. Visiting hours are Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Notre Dame Health Care Sunshine Fund – West Wing, 559 Plantation St, Worcester, MA 01605

Evan Robert Martin 7/9/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick, MA / Framingham, MA

Evan Robert Martin, age 30 of Framingham, died tragically on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at his home in Framingham. He is the son of Bill and Janet (Hooper) Martin of Framingham. Evan was an avid Fisherman exploring many local ponds & streams using his own tied flies. He was an accomplished Hockey player in his school years in Holliston allowing him the opportunity to play in the Northeastern states, Canada and Italy. He graduated from Keefe Tech Electrical in 2003. He summered at the family cottage on Peak’s Island, ME and spent many vacations on the family boat Two Sons II. He was a member of the Hull Yacht Club. Evan was a valued employee of FM Generator in Canton as a Generator Technician/Electrician. He was previously employed by Rio Marine in Houston, TX as an electrician servicing Tug Boats. Besides his parents, Evan leaves his adoring Grandmother Jane Hooper “NAN” of Framingham. His loving Brother Chris Martin and his wife Wendie Linton- Martin of Bellingham. He was the treasured “Uncle E” to his nieces Kylie, Erin and Mollie of Bellingham. His Uncles Bo and Candi Hooper of Tucson, AZ, Dick and Stephanie Hooper of Marlboro, Paul and Maryellen Hooper of Framingham and Aunt Barbara Martin of East Boston. His cousins Travis and his wife Jennifer, Jarrod and his wife Genevieve, Kimberly, James and Jennifer Hooper. Greg and his wife Melissa Lynch, Heather Lynch –Hennessey and Jeanne Martin of Peaks Island, ME. His dearest friends Heather Ingemi, Gary Chandler, Chris Turner and countless other close friends and family members. He was predeceased by his Grandparents Robert Hooper and Bill and Wiggy Martin. Evan will be remembered for his passion for family and friends, his warm smile and endless wit. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral on Saturday, July 16th at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel of the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common. Visiting hours are Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Sail Nantasket Program, or through the Hull Yacht Club, P.O. 200 Hull, MA 02045.

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 Wednesday, 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.

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