Beatrice Wadland, 97

Sep 19, 2019 by

Published September 20, 2019 MELROSE — Beatrice Towner (Flagg) Wadland, 97, lifelong Melrose resident, died peacefully at the home of her daughter, Judy, in Wakefield on Monday September 9, 2019.  Born on February 12, 1922 in Melrose, Beatrice is one of two children of the late Arthur Samuel and Glenna Beatrice (Towner) Flagg. She graduated with the class of 1939 from Melrose High School, and attended Boston University, taking both religion and business courses including courses in insurance. In 1940, Beatrice married her beloved Robert Lewis, and they shared 70 wonderful years together. They raised their family in Melrose. Beatrice was very active in her church, the First United Methodist Church, joining in 1933. In those days it was called the Methodist Episcopal Church. She taught Sunday School for over 40 years, served on...

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Donald A. Batson, 90

Sep 19, 2019 by

Published September 20, 2019 WEST NEWBURY — Donald A. Batson, 90, a resident of West Newbury and formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully in Newburyport on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Born in Bath, Maine on April 3, 1929, Don was one of three sons of the late Linwood T. and Edna M. (Sprague) Batson. He was raised in Somerville where he graduated from Somerville High School, Class of 1947. Don proudly served in the US Army for two years before receiving an honorable discharge. On June 28, 1952, he married Vera MacPhail in Somerville and they settled in Melrose to raise a family of four children. While raising a family, Don continued his education by taking night classes and successfully earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Northeastern University. With a strong work ethic...

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Stephen E. O’Neil, 71

Sep 12, 2019 by

Published September 13, 2019 CONCORD, N.H. — Stephen E. O’Neil, 71, of Concord, N.H., formerly of Melrose, died at home on August 29, 2019. Stephen was the devoted son of the late Walter R. and Anne E. (Chaisson) O’Neil. Caring brother of James O’Neil and his wife Linda of Hampton, N.H., Anne O’Neil, Patricia O’Neil, both of Sorrento, Fla. and Timothy O’Neil and his wife Linda of Wakefield. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Procession from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose was on Wednesday, Sept. 11, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Stoneham. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Heart Assoc.,...

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Thomas E. Burns, 79

Sep 12, 2019 by

Published September 13, 2019 STONEHAM – Thomas E. “Pops” Burns, 79, of Stoneham, formerly of Everett, passed away at Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln on September 1, 2019. Thomas was a Marine Corps veteran. Mr. Burns was predeceased in death by his wife of 55 years Nancy (O’Brien) Burns. Devoted father of Thomas Burns and his wife Debbie of Fla., Dorothy Barme and her husband Wayne of Wilmington, James Burns of Stoneham and the late Daniel Burns. Loving big brother of John Burns, Paul Burns, James Burns, Judy Richard, Roxanne D’Ambra and the late Margaret “Peggy” Evans, Frances Altomonte, Harriet Rosenbloom and Marie Wade. Also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Tuesday, September 10, followed...

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Anthony DeFlumeri, 88

Sep 12, 2019 by

Published September 13, 2019 MELROSE — Anthony “Tony” DeFlumeri, 88, of Melrose, passed away at the Courtyard Nursing Center in Medford on September 9, 2019. Tony was born and raised in Mirabella, Italy and came to America in 1947. He resided in East Boston for over 35 years and the past 35 years in Melrose. Anthony was a caring, humble man with a big heart, who never wanted recognition and enjoyed exercising. He owned an apple orchard in Maine and loved to spend his winters in Florida. Anthony’s family, grandchildren and many friends were the most important part of his life. He was the beloved husband of Geraldina (Cataldo) DeFlumeri for over 50 years. Devoted son of the late Raffaele and Antonina (Sorrentino) DeFlumeri. Loving father of Rose Totino and her husband Robert, Diana...

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Lillian G. Ronan, 61

Sep 12, 2019 by

Published September 13, 2019 MALDEN — Lillian Grace Ronan, 61, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away peacefully in Malden on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Lillian Grace was born in Malden on September 10, 1957, one of seven children of the late Leo J. Ronan and Lillian G. (MacMaster) Bardsley. She was raised in Malden where she graduated from Malden High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Salem State College. Lillian worked for the Department of Children and Families as a dedicated social worker for nearly 40 years for the Commonwealth of Mass. She was a tireless advocate for children and committed to meeting the needs of families. Lillian worked passionately to assist children through the adoption process, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the child first and foremost. She retired in 2017...

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