Anna Murphy

May 23, 2019 by

Published May 24, 2019 MELROSE — Anna Murphy was born in the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Irish immigrant parents Michael Joseph Murphy and Jane McNamee Murphy, joining her brother Bob. While she was still a young child the family returned to Limerick, Ireland where her parents built a home in Corbally, Limerick. Sadly, her mother died from pernicious anemia when Anna was about seven years old. Anna’s stepmother Una joined the Murphy family in a few years, and then came Suzanne, Noelle and Michael. Anna attended Laurel Hill School and Bruff Convent School in County Limerick, and once she graduated, left Ireland to join the Sisters of the Holy Cross of Notre Dame, Indiana as a teaching sister. As Sister Jeanne Marie, she taught elementary education and reading to students in Catholic...

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Rosemary E. Peterson, 91

May 23, 2019 by

Published May 24, 2019 MELROSE — Rosemary E. Peterson, 91, of Melrose, died on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Rosemary grew up in Everett. She graduated from Everett High School and the University of Massachusetts. Rosemary was the loving wife of Leonard, who died in 2008, and the devoted mother of eight children: Christine (John Horneff), Mark (Fay Reinhalter), John (Sheila Cody), Daniel (Joy Gould), Julia (Bruce McAllister), Ellen, Andrew (Patricia Dunn), and Joel. She was the proud grandmother of Kathryn, Brian (Christine Kaufmann) and Emily (Michael Coyne); Seana, Kelly and Elizabeth Peterson; Christopher, Alexander, and Eric Peterson; Nell McAllister; Sarah, Megan and Noah Peterson; and great-grandmother of Gavin and Brandon Coyne and Trevor Peterson. She was the daughter of Helene (Harder) and Bonifacio “Benjamin” Giordano, and the sister of William, Benjamin, Clara (Welch) and...

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Michael DiSalvo, 97

May 23, 2019 by

Published May 24, 2019 MELROSE — Michael DiSalvo, 97, of Melrose, passed away at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on May 17, 2019. Michael was born in Civitanova, Italy and came to America in 1955. He resided in Revere for several years, Chelsea for 45 years and 13 years in Melrose. Michael worked as a Pharmacist Assistant for Massachusetts General Hospital for over 30 years before his retirement. He was a member of the Chelsea Senior Center and also the Senior Center Bocce League, where they were the champions of the Greater Boston Senior Games with the late Mayor Thomas Menino. Michael was a member of St. Rose’s Church in Chelsea for many years, he loved dancing, gardening and enjoying wine with family and friends. He enjoyed traveling with family to Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Las...

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James F. McGonagle, 75

May 23, 2019 by

Published May 24, 2019 DANVERS — James F. McGonagle, 75, of Danvers, formerly of Malden and Melrose, died at the Hunt Nursing and Rehab Center in Danvers on May 20, 2019. Jim was born in Melrose, raised in Malden and a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1961. He went on to attend Southern Connecticut State University. Jim worked as an engineer for the Metropolitan District Commission for over 40 years before his retirement. He resided in Melrose for 13 years, was a good, kind person and his family was the most important part of his life. Jim was the loving son of the late Daniel and Louise (Lund) McGonagle. Caring brother of Daniel R. McGonagle, Jr. and his wife Susan of Winchester and the late Mary C. McGonagle and Roy McGonagle. Uncle...

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Margaret M. Berkland, 88

May 23, 2019 by

Published May 24, 2019 MELROSE — Margaret M. (Rawson) “Peg” Berkland, 88, of Melrose, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2019. Peg was born in Medford on June 29, 1930 to the late Charles and Margaret (McGee) Rawson. She was raised in Arlington before the family moved to Milton in 1940. Peg graduated Milton High School in 1947 and was a graduate of Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School. She went on to work at Eastern Gas in Dedham for many years.   In her spare time Peg was active with the Melrose Symphony Orchestra and taught swimming at the Melrose YMCA. She was also taught CCD at Incarnation Church and sat on the Incarnation Parish Council. Peg also enjoyed listening to music, traveling the world, and she loved to garden.   Peg was the cherished wife and...

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Violet C. Ralston, 93

May 23, 2019 by

Passionate about art Published May 24, 2019 WAKEFIELD — Violet C. Ralston, 93, of Wakefield, and formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Wakefield Center on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Violet was born on August 2, 1925 in Hyde Park, one of four children of the late Frederick and Violet (Grant) MacKay. She grew up in Hyde Park, and graduated from Hyde Park High School. Violet spent most of her life as a proud homemaker. She dearly loved time spent with her family. One could find her happily cooking and baking for her children and their friends. Among Violet’s other interests, she was passionate about art. She enjoyed sketching animals, people, and scenes of nature. If she wasn’t actively drawing, she would be at one of the art...

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