Lynnfield Obituaries

Wilbur Penniston, 92

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Wilbur Penniston, 92

U.S. Navy veteran worked for Eastern Airlines Published in the October 18, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Wilbur T. Penniston, 92, a longtime resident of Lynnfield, died on Sunday, October 7, 2017 at the Salem Hospital. Wilbur was born in Hooker, Oklahoma on August 18, 1925. He was the son of the late Theodore and Jennie (Gibson) Penniston. Wilbur was raised and educated in Glendale, California, where he later enlisted and served in the United States Navy during World War II. Wilbur was retired from the former Eastern Airlines, where he had worked as a rampman for many years. He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara D. (Lee) Penniston. He is also survived by his two sons, Robert J. Penniston and his wife Nadine of Methuen; and Michael F. Penniston and wife Sandra of Saugus. Wilbur is also survived by his granddaughter Dawn Penniston Murray and her husband Lucas of Hingham. He is also survived by a great grandson Finnegan M. Murray, his great granddaughter Quinn H. Murray and a step great granddaughter Lanna Quairoz. Private funeral services were held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield. Interment was at Forest Hill Cemetery in Lynnfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN...

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Virginia R. Miraglia, 84

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Virginia R. Miraglia, 84

Avid Boston sports fan Published in the October 18, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Virginia R. Miraglia, 84, of Lynnfield died on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Meadow View Center in North Reading. She was born in Jay, Maine on June 22, 1933, and was the daughter of the late Leroy P. and Grace (Volpe) Gonnella. Virginia was a graduate of Jay High School in Jay, Maine. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and sister. She was known for her baking skills, and was also an avid Boston sports fan. She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony J. Miraglia. She was the loving mother of John A. Miraglia and Linda A. Busch. She was the sister of Robert Gonnella and his wife Mary Ann; George Gonnella and his wife Janice; Roy Gonnella and his wife Dorothy; Anthony Gonnella and his wife Jeanine; and Ann Powers and her husband Alan. She was the sister-in-law of Barbara Gonnella and Phyllis Miraglia. Virginia is also survived by her six grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A funeral mass was held at the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield on Friday, October 13.  Visitation for relatives and friends was held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield prior to the...

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Robert L. Bowe, 86

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Veteran of the Korean War Published in the October 18, 2017 edition LOCKPORT, NY — Robert L. Bowe, 86, of Lockport, New York passed away Oct. 6, 2017 after a long illness at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Buffalo, New York. Robert was born on Aug. 29, 1931. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, and served three years active duty and 18 years in the reserves. He worked as a mail carrier and postal worker for 50 years in Lynn before moving to Lockport, New York 18 months ago. He is survived by nephews and nieces, Jeanne (Dan) Helferty, William (Zona) Howell, Gary (Candice) Howell, Janice Howell, Beverly (Chris) Karbum, David (Lisa) Howell, and Michael (Judy) Howell. Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Donations made to Niagara Hospice or the VA Hospital, Buffalo, NY would be appreciated. To view the obituary or sign the guestbook, visit...

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Dana Richardson, 88

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries | Comments Off on Dana Richardson, 88

Worked in Insurance, served as Lynnfield call firefighter Published in the October 18, 2017 edition PEABODY — Dana S. Richardson, 88, of Peabody, formerly of Lynnfield, died on Sunday, October 8 at the Kaplan Family Hospice house in Danvers. Born in Medford on August 20, 1929, he was the son of the late Berne and Agnes (Lunt) Richardson. Mr. Richardson was a graduate of Medford High School Class of 1948, New Hampton School Class of 1949 and Wentworth Institute Class of 1951. He had retired from Alexander and Alexander Insurance Company in Boston as a vice president for senior risk control consultant and from the Lynnfield Fire Department as a call firefighter. Mr. Richardson had been a Peabody resident for the past 15 years and a Lynnfield resident for 38 years. He was a 50 plus year member of the Centre Congregational Church in Lynnfield. He is survived by his wife Virginia F. (Farrar) Richardson. He is also survived by his three daughters: Susan R. Morneault and her husband Stephen of Gorham, Maine; Debra R. Bourque of Lynnfield; and Cynthia L. Richardson of Putnam, Connecticut. He is also survived by his two granddaughters, Bethany Stinchon and her husband John of Manchester, Connecticut; and Courtney Okugic and her husband Jasmin of West Hartford, Connecticut. He is also survived by his great granddaughter Cailin Stinchon. He is also survived by his nephews: David, Mark, and James Richardson and their families. Mr. Richardson was predeceased by his brother Donald Richardson. Visitation for relatives and friends was held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Thursday, October 12. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, 41 Mall Rd., Burlington, MA...

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Kevin W. McCaughey, 53

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries | Comments Off on Kevin W. McCaughey, 53

Technician for Pepsi Bottling Group Published in the October 18, 2017 edition TYNGSBOROUGH — Kevin W. McCaughey, 53, of Tyngsborough, formerly of Melrose, died unexpectedly at the Beverly Hospital on Oct. 10, 2017. Kevin was born in Somerville and raised in Melrose. He was a graduate of Melrose High School Class of 1982 and went on to earn his degree from North Shore Community College. Kevin resided in Peabody for five years and Tyngsborough for the past 18 years. He worked as a technician for Pepsi Bottling Group for 25 years and enjoyed going on trips to the Caribbean and Prince Edward Island. Kevin had a “Big Heart,” loved cars, animals, playing pool, riding motorcycles and dirt bikes. He was a great son, brother and friend to many in his neighborhood and had many childhood friends. Kevin was the beloved husband of Elizabeth A. (Nigrelli) McCaughey for 20 years. He was the devoted son of Joseph P. and Mary L. (MacMillan) McCaughey of Melrose. He was the caring brother of Jack McCaughey and his wife Sheri of New Hampshire; Bob McCaughey and his wife Lisa of Boxford; and MaryAnn Wells and her husband Glen of Stoneham.  He was the son-in-law of Edith Salvatore and her husband Robert of Lynnfield; and the late John Nigrelli, Sr.  He was the brother-in-law of Louise Sheehan and her husband Tim of Tewksbury; Frank Nigrelli and Laurie Lunderville of Lowell; John Nigrelli, Jr. of Vermont; and Melanie Nigrelli of Lowell.  He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St., Melrose on Sunday, Oct. 15. Procession was from the Gately Funeral Home on Monday, Oct. 16, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of the Incarnation, 425 Upham St., Melrose. Burial took place in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kevin’s name to the American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, New York 13220-3049.  For directions and to sign an online condolence, visit...

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Gem Colvin, 96

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries | Comments Off on Gem Colvin, 96

Past president of many Melrose organizations Published in the October 11, 2017 edition MELROSE — Gem (Moore) Colvin, 96, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, October 2, 2017. Gem was born on December 19, 1920 in Malden, and was one of three children of the late Warren E. and Gladys (Rendle) Moore. She graduated from Malden High School, Class of 1938, and from Malden Business School, Class of 1940.  She was engaged to Kenneth C. Colvin in May 1942, just prior to his departure for World War II. Gem waited patiently for his return for more than three years as he served in the 45th Infantry Division as a Sargent Major in missions across Europe, receiving the Bronze Star before returning home in August 1945. They were married at the Center Methodist Church in Malden on November 17, 1945, and settled in Melrose to raise a family of three children.  Gem began her working life as a professional soprano soloist. She performed at many weddings and events through the 1940s and 50s. She also worked as an administrative assistant in Boston and Melrose into the 1970s before working as a human resources professional for Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. Gem and Ken moved from Malden to Melrose in 1952, where Gem remained happily in the same house for 65 years surrounded by wonderful neighbors. Gem was highly social and active in the community.  She offered her skills and thousands of hours to help others by volunteering, participating in charitable events, and sharing her love of music.  She was a past President of the Melrose Mothers Club, Phi Theta Xi Society and the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Melrose Women’s Club and the Melrose Senior Chorus. She served as chairwoman of the Advisory Board for the Melrose Order of Rainbow Girls and was a passionate supporter of the USO and other military-support and veteran organizations. Gem played the piano throughout her life and sang daily, including on the day of her death.  She was a choir member and soloist at the Center Methodist Church, Malden in her youth. After moving to Melrose, she was a choir member at the Methodist and Congregational Churches. She simply loved to share music and her singing with others.  She encouraged her daughter’s love of dance, took pride in the achievement of Eagle Scout by both sons and was proud of the advanced education and many professional accomplishments of her children.  Gem also volunteered at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital gift shop for more than 30 years until she was 90 years old, tirelessly recruiting and scheduling volunteers. Gem was a founding Trustee of the Hallmark Health System in Melrose and served on the hospital’s Auxiliary Board for many years. Most of all, Gem loved being part of local organizations, helping others, and attending church. Typical of Gem, her greatest concern, as she was reaching the end of her life, was that she was no longer able to contribute to the community as she once had. She will be missed. Gem was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth C. Colvin, with whom she shared 48 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Wayne S. Colvin and his wife Cynthia of Bowling...

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Wilbur Penniston, 92

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Navy veteran served in World War II Published in the October 11, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Wilbur T. Penniston, 92, a longtime resident of Lynnfield, died Sunday, October 7, at Salem Hospital. Born in Hooker, Oklahoma on August 18, 1925, he was the son of the late Theodore and Jennie (Gibson) Penniston. Wilbur was raised and educated in Glendale, California, where he later enlisted and served in the United States Navy during World War II. Wilbur was retired from the former Eastern Airlines, where he had worked as a rampman for many years. He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara D. (Lee) Penniston. He is also survived by his two sons, Robert J. Penniston and his wife Nadine of Methuen; and Michael F. Penniston and wife Sandra of Saugus. Wilbur is also survived by his granddaughter Dawn Penniston Murray and her husband Lucas of Hingham. He is also survived by his great grandson Finnegan M. Murray and a step great granddaughter Lanna Quairoz. Private funeral services were held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield. Interment was at Forest Hill Cemetery in Lynnfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN...

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Miriam M. Simmons, 97

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries | Comments Off on Miriam M. Simmons, 97

Longtime Lynnfield resident Published in the September 27, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Miriam M. Simmons, of Salem and a longtime Lynnfield resident died Friday September 15, 2017 in Salem at age 97. Mrs. Simmons was born in Somerville, MA on November 23, 1919 and was the daughter of the late Albert S. and Sarah (Drayton) Snow. She was raised in Winchester and was a graduate of Kendall Hall a private school in Peterborough, NH. While a Lynnfield resident she had been an active member of the community. She served as President of the Lynnfield Flower Workshop, was a member of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church of Lynnfield and served as a member of its Alter Guild. In addition, she was a retired Library Assistant from the Lynnfield Town Library and also served as a clerk at the former Lynnfield Jewelers of Lynnfield...

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Rosemary T. Carey, 84

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries | Comments Off on Rosemary T. Carey, 84

Charter member of Lynnfield’s METCO program Published in the September 27, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Rosemary T. (McHugh) Carey, 84, of Simsbury, CT. and a former Lynnfield resident died Sunday, September 17, 2017 at her residence. Rosemary was born in Peabody on July 16, 1933 and was the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Ruth E. (Connelly) McHugh. Rosemary was the beloved wife of the late Norbert K. Carey. She was the loving mother of Elaine Leard and her husband John of Simsbury, Connecticut, Kathleen C. Coale and her husband James of Lexington, Virginia, Norbert K. Carey, Jr. of Wakefield, and Jennifer A. Allard and her husband Fred of Belmont. She was the sister of the late Ruth E. Bruno. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Rosemary graduated from Salem Teachers College (now Salem State University) in 1954 with a degree in Education, and was president of her senior class. Norby and Rosemary married in Peabody on June 25, 1955 and lived in Marblehead and Peabody for several years before moving to Lynnfield, where they lived together for over 35 years until Norby’s death in 2000. She remained in Lynnfield, last residing in Essex Village until moving to Connecticut this past June to live with her daughter and son-in-law. While living in Lynnfield and raising her four children, Rosemary was actively involved with the PTA, (serving as a president), the Foreign Student Exchange Program, and was a charter member of the Lynnfield’s Metropolitan Council on Educational Opportunities (METCO) Program. Many of her lifelong friendships were made through her involvement with the Village Garden Club and the Lynnfield Couples Club. Her friendships were very important to her as expressed by one of her grandchildren who said, “Nana really came alive when surrounded by people”. She loved nothing more than to be with her children and grandchildren and to attend their many activities, and treasured those precious times when the entire family could be together. She was a wonderful mom and grandmother with a terrific sense of humor. She will be sorely missed. Rosemary will also be remembered for her love for her dogs, and attending New England Patriots games where many fond memories were made, as she and Norby were season ticket holders dating back to the opening of Schaefer Stadium in 1971. A private funeral mass will be held at St. Maria Goretti Church where she most recently served as a Eucharistic Minister and was involved in numerous activities such the Interfaith Council (representing St. Maria Goretti), the CCD Program, and the Alter Committee – often serving in leadership roles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: McLean Home Care and Hospice, McLean Development, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, Connecticut 06070 or to Cure SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) 925 Busse Rd., Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007. Arrangements are in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home,...

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William Wilkinson, 89

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries | Comments Off on William Wilkinson, 89

Former Navy pilot worked for American Airlines Published in the September 13, 2017 edition PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — William A. Wilkinson, 89, died peacefully with family on August 29, 2017. Bill was born in Winchester on May 11, 1928 to Walter Edward and Leslie Payzant Wilkinson of Lynnfield. As a youth, Bill was both a member of the Boy Scouts of America and Civil Air Patrol. Captivated by flying from an early age, and in preparation for a Naval career, Bill graduated from Severen School in Severna Park Maryland in 1946, and joined the United States Navy through the Holloway Plan. This program allowed him to fly sooner and included two years of undergraduate education at Yale University, followed by two years of flight training in Pensacola, Florida, where he qualified as a fighter pilot and earned his Navy wings and commission. Shortly after this, Bill married the love of his life, Mary F. Heywood, of Severna Park, Maryland in 1950. Six weeks later, Bill received orders to report to fighter squadron VF 32 aboard the USS Leyte in Norfolk, Virginia flying the F-4U Corsair. With VF 32, Bill flew multiple combat missions during the Korean War. His squadron mates became part of his extended family, and their wartime experiences created a brotherhood that lasted a lifetime. After concluding his service in the Navy, Bill joined American Airlines and flew domestic and international flights for 35 years. His career culminated as an American Airlines captain flying 747s to Paris and Tokyo. Bill and Mary had three children and while the children were still young, they discovered sailing. This became a true passion for Bill and from their first nine-foot sailboat, a family legacy of time on the water began. Their cruising grounds included: Halifax, Nova Scotia; the Brador Lakes in Canada; the New England coast; the Caribbean and Bahamas, and along the Florida coast. After he retired, Bill spent many wonderful days sailing with good friends and family in Northeast Harbor, Maine and Punta Gorda, Florida. Sailing with Bill was always an adventure for the family. He enjoyed racing and never tired of designing ways to go faster. His family and friends know him as a humble yet accomplished captain and navigator. He was a charter member of the Bernt Store Presbyterian Church and a member of the Isles Yacht Club. He also enjoyed volunteering for the Military Heritage Museum, Punta Gorda, Florida. Bill was proceeded in death by his daughter Susan A. Dudman, and granddaughter Bethany L. Dudman. He is survived by his children and their spouses: Linda C. (David) DiSesa of Madeira Beach, Florida; and Robert H. (Nancy) Wilkinson of Mechanicsville, Virginia. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Kara E. Dudman (Dylan Reno), Burlington, Vermont; William A. Wilkinson, McLean, Virginia; and Emma I. Wilkinson, Mechanicsville, Virginia. He is also survived by his siblings: Richard W. Wilkinson and Beatrice, North Fort Myers; and Jacquelyn W. (Charles) Crawford (deceased). A Celebration of Life was held for Bill at the Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, Punta Gorda, FL on Tuesday September 12. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 992 Tamiami Trail Unit C2, Port Charlotte, FL...

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