A member of ‘The Greatest Generation’...

May 23, 2019 by

Published May 24, 2019 This is another in the series of “Around Town” profiles and is a Memorial Day appreciation for a member of “The Greatest Generation.” MELROSE — Esther Parsons has lived in Melrose for 68 years. This remarkable woman of 97 hailed originally from Syracuse, N.Y. She married an Everett lad, George Parsons, and started a family in 1943 during WWII. After the war, she and her family moved to Melrose where she worked as a nurse for many years with area hospitals and the Melrose public schools. She has lived the American dream: marriage, five children, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. By any measure a full life for most people. Adding to this remarkable life is Esther’s service in the United States Army Nurse Corps during WWII. As Memorial Day approaches, the...

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Memorial Day street closings

May 23, 2019 by

Published May 24, 2019 MELROSE — The 2019 Melrose Memorial Day Parade, honoring our veterans, is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. Parade participants will arrive at 1 p.m. to line up behind Memorial Hall. The parade steps off at 1:30 p.m., at Memorial Hall on Main Street. The parade will proceed down Main Street and left onto Sylvan Street into the Wyoming Cemetery. The following is a list of streets that will be temporarily closed and the detours that have been set up by the city: • City Hall parking lot will be closed from 8 a.m. through 2 p.m. • Main Street southbound will be closed from Emerson Street to Upham Street at noon to allow lineup of parade vehicles on Main Street. • Main Street northbound and southbound between Emerson and Upham...

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Sporting goods collection for Haiti...

May 23, 2019 by

Published May 24, 2019 MELROSE — The Melrose Recreation Department is working on a special project to collect sporting equipment, sporting apparel, school supplies, and financial assistance for the nation of Haiti. Organizers will be holding the collection on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in front of Melrose City Hall, 562 Main St. Look for the white Recreation van.   They will be collecting for men, women, boys and girls:  All Sports Equipment: Balls, jerseys, cleats, socks, whistles, air pumps, coaches/referees uniforms School Supplies: Pencils, paper, folders, scissors, etc. Financial Assistance: Checks may be made payable to “Fhylah, Inc.” (Foundation to Help Youth of...

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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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