Norma I. Lynch, 88

Jan 21, 2021 by

Dental hygienist known for her creative skills Published January 21, 2021 NORTH READING — Norma Irene (Fenerty) Lynch, 88, formerly of North Reading and Chatham, died peacefully on January 6, 2021. She was the loving mother of son Steven (wife Joanna) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and daughter Sandra Melberg (husband Carl) of Littleton; and was the most dedicated and caring “Nana” to grandsons Alexander and Jonathan Melberg. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Donald J. Lynch, along with her beloved parents, Frederic and Irene Fenerty. Born in Boston on December 14, 1932, Norma often talked about her joyful upbringing in Lexington. She was proud of her Swedish heritage. Norma earned her degree from the Forsyth School of Dental Hygienists, then associated with Tufts University, and loved her long...

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Mildred L. Lafferty, 90

Jan 21, 2021 by

Award-winning rug hooker enjoyed golfing, painting, times with family Published January 21, 2021 METHUEN — Mildred L. (Dalton) Lafferty, 90, of Methuen and formerly of North Reading, died at her home on Thursday, January 14, 2021. She was the beloved wife of the late William L. Lafferty Jr. Born in Waltham on February 12, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Arthur E. and Helen Elizabeth (Thayer) Dalton. She attended school in North Reading and was a graduate of Reading High School, Class of 1948. Mildred won awards for her rug hooking. She enjoyed playing golf with her husband Bill and she loved painting and crafts. Mildred especially loved parties and touring with friends and family. Family members include her loving daughters, Lorraine Lafferty Farelli and her husband Robert, and Jo-Anne Lafferty Pratt;...

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Jelane O. Bragen, 80

Jan 21, 2021 by

In-home caretaker Published January 21, 2021 NORTH READING — God called Jelane Olga Bragen, 80, of St. Charles, Mo., home on December 30, 2020 from the NHC Nursing Care Facility of St. Charles. She was born in Enfield, Maine on March 22, 1940 to the late Opal and Mervin Dinsmore. Jelane graduated from Lynn Public Schools in 1957. She worked in the health care field as an in-home caretaker. Jelane married her late husband, Barry (Barch) Bragen, on September 29, 1962 in Lynn. They made their home in North Reading where Jelane lived until 2017. Jelane enjoyed visiting with her family in Maine and her wonderful friends. Ms. Bragen is survived by her children, Kimberley Bain and Eric Bragen, and her seven grandchildren. To leave an online message of condolence please visit...

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George F. Gillis, 77

Sep 10, 2014 by

U.S. Navy veteran NORTH READING — George F. Gillis, 77, of North Reading and formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at Winchester Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Born in Wilmington on Feb. 11, 1937, he was the son of the late Malcolm and Ann (Connors) Gillis. He was raised and attended school in Wilmington. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. George was a retired truck driver for Berman’s Motor Express and Charles River Labs. He was a resident of North Reading for the past 56 years. He was a member of St. Theresa Church, Knights of Columbus, Council No. 4544 and a former member of the North Reading Auxiliary Police. George was also a member of the Teamsters Union. George had great enthusiasm for life and a remarkable ability to make and retain friends...

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