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.

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.

John Rocco Franciose, Jr. 2/17/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

John Rocco Franciose, Jr., 26, of Framingham, formerly of Natick, passed away unexpectedly on February 17, 2017. He was the loving son to his mother Paula C. Chiacchia of Natick and his father John Franciose, Sr. of Natick. He was a very kind-hearted and caring person who always wanted to ensure that everyone was all right, even when he was going through his own struggles. He had an awesome smile and a great sense of humor. John was highly intelligent and enjoyed listening to music, cooking and was a phenomenal and gifted writer. He was always up on current events and was passionate about hoping to make a difference in this world by making all the wrongs right. He also had a strong spirituality, which resonated by those fortunate enough to be in his presence. Johnny especially enjoyed spending time with his loving cousins and family. He will be missed immensely by his parents, grandmothers, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Services will be private. To leave a message of condolence visit Expressions of sympathy maybe made in John’s memory to any organization of your choice which help people through addiction issues.

Lilian Mac 2/14/2017 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA

Lilian Mac, age 45, passed away peacefully at home in Framingham on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle against cancer. Beloved Wife of Tom Mac, Mother of Candice Mac, Brenton Mac, and Jaydon Mac. Daughter of the late Phuisan Lam, and survived by mother Nhimui Wong; Beloved sister of Lien Lam, Yan Lam, Ken Lam(Brother), Chan Lam, and Anna Lam. Visitation hours will be on Saturday, February 18 between the hours of 4:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. in the Chapel of the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common.

David Travis Loiselle 2/12/2017 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Upton,MA / Natick,MA

David Travis Loiselle age 35, late of Upton and former resident of Framingham passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Born, raised and educated in Framingham, he was the son of the late Michelle Loiselle.  A Framingham High School, Thayer Campus graduate of 2001, David began working in the repair and maintenance industry and soon became a valued member with great skills and aptitudes in property management. In his spare time, David enjoyed spending time with those who mattered most to him, his cherished grandmother, his girlfriend and her son of 6 years, and a close circle of friends. He is survived by his girlfriend Alysha Gallagher and her son Liam of Upton, brother John Licciardi of Haverhill, grandparents Donna Loiselle of Natick and Richard Loiselle and his wife Kathleen of Naples, FL, Uncle Richard Loiselle and his wife Cynthia, Michael Loiselle and his wife Lisa of Naples, FL, cousins, Kimberly Doucette, Richard J. Loiselle, Christy Loiselle, Amanda Loiselle, Michaelpaul Loiselle, Alicia Loiselle, Natalie Loiselle, Hannah King, Arabella Loiselle, Rosalie Loiselle, RileyJean Doucet. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service in the Chapel of the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common on Friday, February 24 at 6:00 P.M. Visitation hours will begin at 4:00. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory can be made to The Upton Town Library, 1 Main Street, Upton, Ma 01568.

Tracy A. Belcher Ash 2/2/2017 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Holden,MA / Framingham,MA

WILMINGTON, NC: Tracy A. Belcher Ash, age 55, a loving mother, sister and friend, died on Thursday evening, February 2, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice Home in Needham, MA. She had been the devoted wife of the late Kenneth R. Ash. Born in Newton, MA, Tracy was a daughter of the late John E. and Joan (Honold) Belcher. Raised and educated in Sherborn, MA, Tracy was a 1980 graduate of Dover Sherborn High School and continued her education at New England College. Tracy had lived in California and Florida prior to making North Carolina her home when she settled in Bat Cave to raise her family. She was fortunately happy with and well matched to her career working in public service. For many years she oversaw RSVP - Retired Seniors’ Volunteer Program, working closely with her volunteers and successfully writing grants to keep the program both funded and effective. In 2012 she moved to Wilmington, NC, where she worked in the same capacity, but this time as a supervisor for New Hanover County’s Senior Programs. Tracy loved life and all it held, and her sense of fun was contagious. She hiked, tended her gardens, spent days at the beach and found swimming in the ocean among her richest experiences. She was very focused on her family, and was happy just to relax in their company and that of close friends. She is survived by her children, Justin T. Chillington, Jenna A. Chillington, and Serenity Ash and her husband Eric Grass, all of Wilmington; her brother, John E. Belcher, Jr., and his wife Virginia of Holden, MA; her sister, Laure B. Joy and her husband James of Framingham, MA; and many Aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Her Memorial Service will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street at Natick Common, Natick, MA, on Monday, February 6th at 2:00PM. The Reverend John F. Hudson, Pastor of Pilgrim Church, UCC, of Sherborn, will officiate. Relative and friends may gather to visit with Tracy’s family beginning at noontime. Burial at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sherborn will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Tracy’s memory may be made to the Stanley R. Tippett Hospice Home, 920 South Street, Needham, MA 02492, or the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02245.

Margaret J. Whelan 12/27/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

NATICK: Margaret (Peggy) Green Whelan passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the age of 98. She was the daughter of Michael and Mary Gaul of Brigus, Newfoundland and Framingham, MA. She was the wife of John Green of Natick for 36 years and in her later years was married to Martin “Bud” Whelan for eleven years. Born in 1918, Margaret lived a long life, emigrating from Newfoundland at the age of 13. She worked at Rayfield’s in downtown Framingham where she made lifelong friends before meeting Johnny Green and settling in Natick. She never knew which team to root for on Thanksgiving Day. South Avenue in Natick became her true home. Her Catholic faith sustained her especially later in life. Her home for the last six years was at Oak Knoll Healthcare Center in Framingham. There are no words to describe how much Oak Knoll meant to her and her family. She was truly happy there. Peggy leaves her children, Mary Jo LaFreniere of Hopkinton and Christine Bonnevie (Bob) of Framingham, her grandchildren, Christina Bonnevie Goldschneider (Ari) of Sharon, Robert P. Bonnevie, Jr. of Quincy, Michael LaFreniere (Shannon) of Framingham, John LaFreniere of Florida and two great grandchildren, Leo and Owen Goldschneider of Sharon, and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church, 44 E. Central St., Natick on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 12:00PM. Visiting hours are at the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St. at Natick Common prior to Mass beginning at 10:00 AM. Donations can be made in Peggy’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (

Richard V. Hanna 12/10/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

Richard V. Hanna, 71, of Framingham, died peacefully Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Metro West Medical Center in Framingham. He was the beloved husband of Carol M. (Napolitano) Hanna sharing 47 years of marriage. A Framingham resident for 37 years he was born in Boston the son of the late Robert and Mildred (Chute) Hanna. Mr. Hanna was a driver on the MBTA Green Line for many years and previously worked for Thompson Transit Company and General Motors Corporation. He was a member of the American Legion of Marlborough, and was an avid fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, NASCAR especially Dale Ernhardt. Mr. Hanna was a Veteran of the United Sates Navy serving in the Vietnam War. In addition to his wife he is survived by 3 daughters, Bonnie A. Hanna Ciccarellli of Framingham, Darline C. Hanna of Franklin, Pamela S. Hanna of Plymouth, NH, two brothers Edward Hanna, Robert Hanna, one sister Ginny Hanna, grandchildren Kaitlyn Hanna, Nicholas Musial, Frankie Cortes, Aurora Caraballo, great-grandchildren, Ryan Spencer, Jr., Noah Spencer, and many nieces and nephews. He was also the grandfather of the late Jayden Eternity Williams. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday, December 16th at 10:00 A.M. in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. Burial will follow in St Stephens Cemetery Framingham. Visiting hours are Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02742 or to Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, MA 02140

Gerard B. Doyle 12/4/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA / Reading,MA / Philadelphia,PA / Plymouth,MA

NATICK – Gerard B. Doyle Jr., longtime Natick and Plymouth resident, passed away peacefully at Beth Israel Hospital in Plymouth on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the age of 70. Born in Somerville, the son of the late Gerard and Katherine (Bergen) Doyle, Gerard was a 1964 graduate from Matignon High School and proudly played on the first hockey team established at Matignon. He was proud to be a Matignon Warrior. After graduation, he attended Boston College. He gained employment at the Shipley Company, LLC of Newton and Marlborough, where he dedicated 35 years working to improve the company’s surface finishing chemicals. Dedicated father and friend, Gerard was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need. Despite his passion for Boston sports franchises and spending as much time as possible near the ocean in Manomet, nothing brought him more pleasure than time spent with his family. He was also proud of his Hibernian heritage and belonged to the local chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. In addition to his three sons, Christopher and his wife Deanna of Reading, Paul and his wife Nicole of Philadelphia, and Sean P. of Framingham, he is survived by his grandchildren, Madeline and Harrison, his significant other Maureen Kaufman, and his brother Peter Doyle of Newburyport. Brother to the late Mark Doyle and former husband of Margaret M. Doyle who passed away in 2004. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Friday, December 9th at 10:30 A.M. from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Patrick Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick at 11:30 A.M. Interment will follow in St Patrick Cemetery, Natick. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Frank J. Busa 11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Burlington,MA / Framingham,MA

Natick – Frank J. Busa, age 85, passed away peacefully after a brief illness at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham on Monday, November 28, 2016 with his loving family at his side. He was the devoted husband of Patricia B. Murphy (Bohling), with whom he shared many loving years together. Born in Lexington, the son of the late Frank and Rose (Merlino) Busa, Frank was a graduate of Lexington High School. It was soon thereafter that Frank began working in design/home construction. His creativity, talent and knowledge in this industry were soon recognized. During his 50-plus year career, he designed and built more than 800 homes in the Metrowest area. Frank was truly able to say that his career was a hobby to which he dedicated many hours and was also able to say that he derived enormous pleasure and pride from his accomplishments. In his spare time, Frank was often found reading; but perhaps his most favorite past time, was cooking for family and friends. Those who knew Frank were touched by his kindness, graciousness and unselfishness. In addition to his wife, Frank is survived by his children, Russell Busa and Laura Buzzell of Burlington, their mother Muriel (Wiss) Busa, grandchildren Tricia, Amanda and Corey, and great-grandson Mason. He was predeceased by his sisters Jacquelyn Busa and Angela Lombardi. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, December 9th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, 830 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA arranged under the direction of the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760.

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