Obituaries


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Roswell L. Atwood 1910-2004

Roswell L. Atwood, age 93, of Melrose, MA died February 4, 2004 at the Elmhurst Nursing Home in Melrose, MA. Roswell was born in Salem, MA October 20, 1910, son of the late Henry and Mabel Atwood. He had been a resident of Melrose for the past 62 years. "Ross" Atwood taught Public Speaking for executives, and his manual, "Atwood's Rules for Meetings", is considered an authority on Parliamentary Law by many labor organizations. He taught...

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Arlene J. Murphy

Arlene J. Murphy 1939-2004

Arlene J. (Jay) Murphy, 64, died at home on Monday morning February 2, 2004. Arlene was born June 8, 1939 in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, daughter of the late Daniel R. Jay and Annie M. (Locke) Jay. Mrs. Murphy moved to Melrose from Canada when she was 16 years old and graduated from Melrose High School in 1958. Arlene dearly loved her Melrose community and spent most of her life in Melrose. Arlene was the wife of James E. "Babe" Murphy of...

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Dorothy P. Popkin 1911-2004

Mrs. Dorothy P. (Burtchell) Popkin, formerly of Melrose and Malden, died in Altamonte, FL on January 30, 2004. Mrs. Popkin was born February 9, 1911 in Mars Hill, Maine, daughter of the late Otis and Rebecca (Nightingale) Burtchell. Mrs. Popkin was a bookkeeper for many years for P. O. Reardon Forwarding Company of Boston. She had previously worked as a receptionist for Dr. Gilpatrick in Boston. She was a member of the Centre Methodist...

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Jennie B. Thistle 1912-2004

Mrs. Jennie (Butt) Thistle of Laconia, NH, formerly of Melrose, MA, died January 30, 2004 at the Goldenview Health Care Center in Meredith, NH. Mrs. Thistle was born April 3, 1912 in Chelsea, MA, daughter of the late Cornelius and Mary Anna (Hoskins) Butt. Mrs. Thistle was a graduate of Everett High School. She was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church of Melrose and a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Melrose Chapter. ...

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Windsor A. Gordon

Windsor A. Gordon 1925-2004

Windsor A. Gordon, 78, died January 29, 2004 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Gordon was born September 10, 1925 in Lisbon, NH, son of the late Ray and Eda (Clough) Gordon. Mr. Gordon grew up in Lisbon and for many years was a lift truck driver for the Palmer & Parker Lumber Company in Tewksbury, MA. He was a long-time member of the North Shore Assembly of God in Malden. Windsor was the loving husband of 46 years to...

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David C. O'Keefe

David C. O'Keefe 1941-2004

Mr. David D. O'Keefe, 62 of Pawtucket, RI died at his home on January 28, 2004 after a brief illness. Mr. O'Keefe was born September 10, 1941 in Cambridge, MA, son of the late David and Dorothy (Donahoe) O'Keefe. David grew up in Malden and resided in Pawtucket, RI for the past 18 months. He had previously lived in Revere and Lynn. David was a US Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam era. He was a retired cab driver and for many years was a...

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Elva M. Donahue 1911-2004

Elva M. (Blanchard) Donahue, 92 of Melrose died January 26, 2004 after a long period of declining health and residency at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Stoneham, MA. Mrs. Donahue resided in Malden most of her life and was, for many years, an active member of the First Church of the Nazarene where she taught Sunday School. She was a sales clerk in both Joslin's and later Jordan Marsh Company in Malden. While a resident of the Fitch Home in...

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Jonathan D. Downey

Jonathan D. Downey 1976-2004

Jonathan D. Downey, 27, of Nashua, NH, formerly of Malden, MA died suddenly January 26, 2004 in Nashua, NH. Jonathan was born April 2, 1976 in Danvers, MA son of Alan G. Downey and Christina G. (Ryan) Downey. Jonathan Downey grew up in Malden, MA graduating from Malden High School in 1994. He was a Maintenance man for Cityside Management Company in Merrimack, NH for several years and he loved fishing. Jonathan was the husband of Kelly E. ...

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Alice H. Ralston

Alice H. Ralston 1900-2004

Alice H. Ralston, age 103 of Melrose died at the Harborside Healthcare Nursing Home, Saugus Monday January 26, 2004 after a brief illness. Alice was born in Melrose and was a life long resident. She was a graduate of Melrose High School and Bryant & Stratton Commercial School. For many years she was a secretary for Stone & Webster. Mrs. Ralston was a member of the First Congregational Church, Melrose, the Melrose Woman's Club, Garden Club...

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Elizabeth Libby Seavey

Elizabeth Libby Seavey 1912-2004

Elizabeth G. "Libby" Seavey, 91, of Melrose, a retired secretary for the President of Provident Institution for Savings in Boston, died at Bear Hill Nursing Center, Wakefield on Monday January 26, 2004 after a brief illness. Libby, born in East Machias, Maine on June 9, 1912, was the daughter of the late Leslie A. Seavey and Florence G. Seavey. When she was 9 years old, she moved to Muskegon, MI with her family where her father accepted new...

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James R. Doucette, Sr.

James R. Doucette, Sr. 1936-2004

Mr. James R. Doucette, 67 of Melrose died Friday January 23, 2004 at home after a brief illness. James was born January 26, 1936 in Chelsea, son of the late John and Mary (DeGerski) Doucette. Mr. Doucette was born in Chelsea and was raised in Chelsea and Revere. He was a resident of Melrose for 40 years. He had previously resided in Malden and Everett. James worked for many years in the Parts Department for Cote Motors and then for Dave Dinger...

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Frances A. Mullen

Frances A. Mullen 1916-2004

Frances A. Mullen, 87 of Melrose, died January 17, 2004 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital after a brief illness. Frances was born in Revere September 26, 1916, daughter of the late James and Annabelle Mullen. Frances was raised in Melrose and graduated from the Melrose Public Schools. She was a telephone operator with New England Telephone Company for over 30 years. Frances was a long time resident of Malden and Melrose. Frances was the...

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Edna S. Olson

Edna S. Olson 1906-2004

Mrs. Edna S. (Barratt) Olson, 97 of Melrose, died Friday January 16, 2004 at Wingate at Reading Nursing Home. Mrs. Olson was born in Boston, November 3, 1906, daughter of the late William and Edna M. (Russell) Barratt. Mrs. Olson was a resident of Melrose for over 40 years and was a long time member and deacon at the Faith Evangelical Church, Melrose. Edna was the wife of the late Fritz "Andy" Olson. Mother of Ruth G. Howell of Alfred, ME,...

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Emily F. Correggio

Emily F. Correggio 1915-2004

Mrs. Emily F. (Spadaro) Correggio, 88 of Stoneham, formerly of Everett, died January 12, 2004 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Emily was born May 1, 1915, in Everett, daughter of the late Anthony and Anna (D'Orazio) Spadaro. Emily grew up in Everett, graduating from Everett High School in 1933. She was a bookkeeper for 17 years at the Order of Sons of Italy in America. Emily was a parishoner at St. Joseph's Church in Wakefield. Emily was the...

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Betsey Palantoni

Betsey Palantoni 1957-2004

Betsey (LeSaffre) Palantoni, 46 of South Salem, NY, formerly of Melrose, died Saturday, January 10, 2004 after a long illness at the Northern Westchester Hospital, Westchester, NY. Betsy was born and raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, 1975 and Skidmore College, 1979. Betsey received her masters degree from Purdue University, 1980. She was a former dancer with the Boston Ballet and taught Ballet at the University of...

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Francis A. Mccomas 1940-2004

Mr. Francis A. McComas of Melrose died January 8, 2004 at the Winchester Hospital after a brief illness. Francis was born January 23, 1940 in Miami, FL, son of the late Arvid and Marion (Ford) McComas. He was a resident of Melrose for most of his life, previously residing in Stoneham. He was a graduate of Stoneham High School and Bentley College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Mr. McComas worked for many years as an Auditor for the...

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John G. Bibilos

John G. Bibilos 1933-2004

John George Bibilos, 70 succumbed to cancer on January 5, 2004, after an extended illness. Mr. Bibilos was born in Boston, MA on April 23, 1933 and has resided in Melrose since 1971. He is the son of the late George and Sophia Bibilos. Upon graduating from Boston English High School, Mr. Bibilos attended Bryant and Stratton Business School. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After his tour of duty in the Army, Mr...

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Ruth S. Kaltenbach 1915-2004

Ruth (Stanton) Kaltenbach, 88 died Friday morning January 2, 2004 at the Daniel's House Nursing Home, Reading, MA. She was born in Westtown, PA, daughter of the late E. Dean Stanton and Esther (Fawcett) Stanton. Ruth was a life long resident of Chester County, PA before moving to Reading, MA. Ruth received her Bachelor's Degree in Math from the University of Pennsylvania. She was co-owner of Heart's Content and also of The Trees Nursery in...

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Lawrence L. Swanson

Lawrence L. Swanson 1929-2004

Mr. Lawence L. Swanson,74 of Melrose, formerly a long time resident of Watertown and Newburyport died Friday January 2, 2004 in the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Newburyport, MA June 8, 1929, son of the late Evelyn W. (Peavey) and John E. Swanson. Mr. Swanson was the former owner of L.L. Peavey Hardware Company in Newburyport, which was started by his grandfather over 100 years ago. Lawrence graduated from...

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George C. Johnson III 1936-2003

Mr. John C. Johnson, III of Melrose died December 30, 2003 in a local nursing home. He was born in Brookline, MA, son of the late Mary R. (Riley) and George C. Johnson, II. Mr. Johnson worked for many years in the Stoneham School Department until his retirement. He previously worked for the Melrose Public Works. He was a Korean War veteran serving in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Norwich, England where he also met his wife....

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Helen M. Devine 1920-2003

Mrs. Helen M. (Nee) Devine of Melrose died suddenly at her home on December 26, 2003. Devoted wife of John J. Devine. Beloved mother of Patricia Devine of Melrose. Sister of Mary Cummiskey of Westwood, Ann McGowan of Walpole and the late Thomas Nee. Loving grandmother of Marina, Slava, Yelena and Artiom Phinney. Funeral from the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., MELROSE Monday, Dec. 29, 2003 at 10AM. Funeral Mass in St. Mary's Church...

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Josephine M. Kwiatkowski 1913-2003

Mrs. Josephine M. (Russo) Kwiatkowski of Peabody died December 25, 2003 at home after a lengthy illness. Beloved wife of the late Watson Kwiatkowski. Born in Italy March 20, 1913, daughter of the late Diego and Mary (Manicone) Russo. She was a resident of Peabody for over 30 years and previously resided in Saugus. Mrs. Kwiatkowski worked in the Shoe Industry as a Binder for several years until her retirement. She was a long time communicant...

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Lillian Garniss 1907-2003

Lillian M. (Jeffrey) Garniss, age 95 of Melrose died at the Glenridge Nursing Care Center, Medford after a brief illness Monday December 22, 2003. Mrs. Garniss was born in Lynn, daughter of the late Louis and Flora (Pfeiffer) Jeffrey. She was a resident of Melrose for over 70 years. Lillian was the wife of the late Charles Garniss. Mother of Charles Garniss Jr. of Brookline, NH, and Nita Babcock and her husband Robert of Saugus. Sister of...

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Raymond E. Harrington 1923-2003

Ray Harrington, age 80 of Saugus, formerly of Melrose died suddenly, Friday December 19, 2003 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was born in Melrose, November 26, 1923, son of the late Nilda and Gerald Harrington. Ray was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School and attended Northeastern University. For 35 years he was a mechanic with Bardon Trimount, Everett. He served in the Coast Guard during WWII where he was an apprentice...

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Patricia L. Mcgurty 1946-2003

Patricia L. (Judd) McGurty, 57 of Melrose, MA formerly of Walpole, ME and San Francisco, CA died December 19, 2003 at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. Patricia was born February 25, 1946 in Malden, MA. Pat graduated from Malden High School, 1964 and from Boston University in 1982. Before moving to Melrose she had previously lived in San Francisco, CA and most recently in Walpole, ME. Pat was a business consultant for several companies...

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