Ruth Hussey, 96

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Published in the September 21, 2018 edition MELROSE — On September 16, 12 days after her 96th birthday, we lost Ruth E. Hussey formerly of Everett. Known to all as “Gram” or “Aunt Ruthie,” she was born the eighth of nine children on September 4, 1922 in Dubois, Pa. Tragically, at the age of four, while her father, Edward Faulkner, was in Massachusetts preparing to move his family to Everett, his wife, Myrtle (Stoddard) and her 10th child were lost during childbirth. The nine children (Margaret Boyer, Edward Faulkner, Jim Faulkner, Grace Polito, Ione Neale, Ethel Parent, Olive Faulkner, and Willian Faulkner) were raised by their single father through the Great Depression and with kind gestures from the community. She graduated from Everett High in 1942, married and had five children (Chuck Hussey, Carl...

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John J. Doherty, 59

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Published in the September 21, 2018 edition MELROSE — John J. Doherty, 59, of Melrose, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018 surrounded by loved ones at Massachusetts General Hospital after being involved in a tragic accident. He will be sadly missed by his family. He was the beloved husband to his wife Carol (Marlun) Carpenter Doherty. He was the loving father to Christopher J. Carpenter and his wife Fallon Carpenter of Reading, Michael J. Carpenter and his wife Jennifer Carpenter of Reading and John J. Doherty Jr. of Melrose, and his grandson (and best bud) Benjamin J. Carpenter of Reading. Caring brother of Frank LeBlanc and his wife Patricia LeBlanc of Billerica, Sarah Haught of Wilmington and Mary Karimi and her husband Roy of Gaithersburg, Md. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews,...

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Mary C. Vesprini, 88

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Published in the September 21, 2018 edition PEABODY — Mary C. Vesprini, 88, beloved wife and mother, passed away quietly on September 13, 2018 at Brooksby Village in Peabody after a long period of declining health.   Born on April 17, 1930 in Revere, Mary was the only child of Cornelius and Cecelia (Hurley) Ahearn.   On her mother’s side, Mary hailed from the colorful Hurley Family, proprietors of many popular amusement attractions in the heyday of Revere Beach. She grew up riding on the flying horses of the Hurley’s Hurdlers Carousel, the Tilt –a-Whirl, and the death-defying Cyclone, the first roller coaster ever to reach 100 feet.   After the untimely death of Mary’s father, in 1941, Mary’s mother joined her siblings on “the Beach” and opened up her own stand, Mary Ahearn’s Frozen Custard, where Mary...

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Robert E. Sherman, 79

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Published in the September 21, 2018 edition STONEHAM — Robert E. Sherman, 79, a resident of Stoneham, and formerly longtime of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family at home on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Robert was born in Waltham on May 12, 1939, son of the late Dorothy E. (Burgess) Sherman. After graduating from Melrose High School, Class of 1957, Bob served in the US Coast Guard Reserves. He then met Gail Daffinee whom he married at Trinity Church in Melrose on September 7, 1963, and settled in Melrose to raise a family of four children. Bob began his forty-year career as a real estate agent in Melrose. While working as an agent, he found his greatest interest was in real estate appraising. With his strong work ethic and...

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Lucille E. Ventura, 76

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Published in the September 21, 2018 edition MELROSE — Lucille E. (Armstrong) Ventura, 76, of Melrose, died at home surrounded by her family on September 13, 2018. Lucille was born and raised in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1961. She went on to attend Hickock Secretarial School in Boston and worked as a Secretary for Somerville Lumber in Somerville and Waltham for many years. Lucille resided in Somerville for many years, Malden for five years, Chelmsford for 14 years and the past year in Melrose. She enjoyed baking, cooking, bingo, watching the Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune. Lucille loved spending time playing the slot machines, scratch tickets, taking care of children and spending Saturday night with “The Elders.” Lucille was the beloved wife of the late Robert...

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Clara Rachlen, 86

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Published in the September 21, 2018 edition MELROSE — Clara Eloise (Larson) Rachlen, 86, passed peacefully in her sleep on September 7, 2018. She was born in Cambridge on December 23, 1931 to the late Martin and Emily (Donnelly) Larson. Clara was raised in Roxbury and Randolph, lived in Malden for many years and in Melrose since 1994. She worked for many years until her retirement as a cook with the Tuell Nursing Home in Melrose. Clara had a passion for cooking, was a gourmet cook and baker and had a great sense of humor. But above all she cherished the times spent with her children and grandchildren. Clara was the beloved mother of Wayne Rachlen and his wife Dana of Houston, Texas, Keith Rachlen and his partner Gina Capizzi of Lynn and Debra...

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