Helen Mary James, 100

Oct 10, 2019 by

Avid bridge player and golfer, traveled extensively Published October 9, 2019 LYNNFIELD — Helen Mary James, 100, of Lynnfield, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. Born in Peabody on Aug. 20, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Marcus and Nellie (Dowd) Peterson. Mrs. James was raised in Peabody and was a graduate of Peabody High School and then attended Salem State University. She had gone to work for General Electric, where she met her husband, the late Herbert James. After their marriage on Aug. 8, 1943, they settled in Peabody before moving to Salem, where they raised their family and lived for many years. Mrs. James was an avid bridge player and in her younger years was a golfer. She also traveled extensively which she enjoyed...

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Miriam Ann Shafner, 75

Oct 10, 2019 by

Avid sailor who also held a pilot’s license Published October 9, 2019 LYNNFIELD — Miriam Ann Shafner, 75, a longtime resident of Lynnfield, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Born in Merrimac on March 11, 1944, she was raised on the Sargent Farm dairy farm by her late parents, George Leonard and Alice (Bragdon) Sargent. Miriam was raised in Merrimac and was a graduate of Pentucket Regional High School. She then went on to the University of New Hampshire, where she received her bachelors of science, majoring in Occupational Therapy, which was her life’s work. She had spent most of her career, more than 20 years, as an Occupational Therapist for the Lakeside School in Peabody, helping to enrich the lives of her special needs students. Outside of...

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Charles L. Grant, 80

Oct 3, 2019 by

Enjoyed boating, water skiing and skiing at Gunstock Published October 2, 2019 SALEM — Charles L. Grant, 80, passed away in Salem on Sept. 24, 2019. Charlie was born in Boston on November 15, 1938 to the late Charles Grant Sr. and Arlean (Dakin) Grant. He was raised in Roxbury and graduated from Charlestown High School. Charlie served his country with pride from 1955-1958 in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Mr. Grant lived in Melrose for 20 years and the last 25 years in Salem and Bermuda. Charlie had his CLU, ChFC in Finance and Insurance and has worked in the industry along side his daughter Lauren for many years. He was also a manager for Bermuda Fire and Marine Insurance Company. He was the former owner of the Grant Agency...

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Dorothy L. Scarborough, 89

Oct 3, 2019 by

Enjoyed reading, walks on the beach and traveling Published October 2, 2019 WELLS, Maine — Dorothy L. (Kelley) Scarborough, 89, of Wells, Maine, formerly of Melrose, passed away at the Sutton Hill Center in North Andover on Sept. 28, 2019. Dot was born in Worcester, raised in Holden and Cincinnati, Ohio, and was and a graduate of North College Hill High School. She resided in Melrose for 30 years and Wells, Maine for over 25 years. Dot worked as a secretary for Flowtron in Malden for many years and later worked at the Kittery Maine Recreation Department for nearly 10 years. She enjoyed spending time volunteering for Easter Seals. Dot loved dogs, cats, seals and also enjoyed reading, taking walks on the beach, movies and traveling to England and Disney World. She vacationed with...

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Mary T. O’Brien, 91

Oct 3, 2019 by

Enjoyed cooking, sewing and baking Published October 2, 2019 MELROSE — Mary T. (Keane) O’Brien, 91, of Melrose and Saugus, passed away at home on Sept. 27, 2019. Mary was born and raised in Newton and was a graduate of Newton High School. She resided in Medford for 21 years and the past 45 years in Melrose. Mary worked as a dietitian for the Malden Hospital and Forest Dale Nursing Home, both in Malden, and Oosterman’s Rest Home and the Normandy House, both in Melrose for many years. She also worked for the Malden Census and the Children’s Exchange in Melrose. Mary was a longtime member of the Church of the Incarnation in Melrose and enjoyed cooking, sewing, and baking. She was caring and devoted to her family and friends and her grandchildren and...

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Sandra J. Bisesti, 77

Sep 26, 2019 by

Enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren Published September 25, 2019 LYNNFIELD — Sandra J. Bisesti, 77, of Lynnfield, and formerly of Saugus, passed away early Friday morning, Sept. 20, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness. She was the devoted wife of the late John A. Bisesti. Born in Winthrop, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Carmela (D’Amico) DiBlasi. She was raised and educated in Saugus and was a graduate of Saugus High School, Class of 1959. She has lived in Lynnfield for the past 47 years. Sandra was an active mom who enjoyed being involved and spending quality time with her children and later her grandchildren. Her favorite endeavor was sharing in all of their activities throughout the last 47 years. Sandra is...

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