Lynnfield Obituaries

William Wilkinson, 89

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries, Lynnfield Villager | 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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James Vangelder, 62

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on James Vangelder, 62

Former Lynnfield firefighter worked for GE Published in the September 13, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — James Vangelder, 62, of Lynnfield passed on September 4, 2017 surrounded by loving family. Born in Melrose on August 8, 1955 to John and Irene Vangelder, Jim attended Lynnfield Public Schools, where he pitched for the high school baseball team. He enjoyed participating in the Order of DeMolay and he was proudly named a Master Councilor of the Lynnfield Chapter. He also attended North Shore Community College. Jim enjoyed 34 years of employment with General Electric alongside his friends and coworkers and also was a proud firefighter for the town of Lynnfield for 15 years. Jim was most at home in nature and truly enjoyed going for walks, camping and most of all fishing. He loved to go on adventure trips to nowhere and cruising to paradise. He also enjoyed golf and riding his motorcycle. He loved all animals, but will be especially missed by his dog Shadow. Jim will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his sense of adventure and most of all, his unwavering love for his family. Jim is survived by his wife of 38 years, Barbara. His daughter Lindsay Nickel, her husband Jeffrey and their son Thomas from Leominster also survive him. His son Jay Vangelder and his two children, Tyler and Lila, of Beverly, also survive him. His siblings include Jeanne Amero and John Vangelder, both of New Hampshire. Jim was fortunate as a child to be sponsored to attend the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp. This fostered his love and respect of nature. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp, P.O. Box 306, Northborough, MA 01532. Memorial contributions will fund a scholarship for a young person from anywhere in the state to experience the camp that had such a great and lasting impact on Jim’s life. Please include the memo “James Vangelder Student Scholarship.” Services are private. Arrangements are in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home,...

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Chesley Vail, 87

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Chesley Vail, 87

Former Korean War veteran worked for EPA Published in the August 30, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Chesley “Chet” Vail, 87, of Lynnfield, died Tuesday, August 22 at the Sutton Hill Center in North Andover. Born in Somerville on April 12, 1930, he was the son of the late Alexander C. and Alice C. (Gillingham) Vail. Chet was raised in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School. He then went on to Burdett Business School. He had worked in the banking industry for many years before becoming an analyst for the EPA. Chet served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Aleppo Shriners and was a Mason at St. John’s Boston as well as the Lynnfield-Zetland Lodge. Chet was the beloved husband of the late Mary T. (Mannion) Vail. He was the loving father of Fiona Mulcahy and her husband Ed of Bradford; and Karena Brenda Donnelly and her husband Marc of North Andover. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Bryan, Sean, Colin, Brendan, Keira and Kyle. Chet and Mary both shared a love to travel and a passion for Irish music. Chet was also a dedicated Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox fan. His Funeral Service was held in the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday, August 25. Visitation for relatives and friends was held at the funeral home prior to the service. Interment took place at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, c/o Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD...

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Ann S. Bishop

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries | Comments Off on Ann S. Bishop

Lynnfield resident for 44 years worked in real estate Published in the August 16, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Ann S. Bishop of Lynnfield died on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. Formerly of Wilmington, Ann had been a Lynnfield resident for over 44 years. Mrs. Bishop spent 25 years of her life as a Real Estate professional in the towns of Winchester and Lynnfield. She was the beloved wife of 62 years of the late Frank R. Bishop, a decorated World War II veteran. She was the devoted mother to Barbara A. Heiss and her husband Frederick W. Heiss, M.D., of Concord, Joan Bishop Fallon and her husband William E. Fallon, Jr., Esq., of Melrose, and Dale B. Schimmel, Ph.D. and her husband Gordon L. Schimmel, Ph.D. of Cataumet. She was also the grandmother to Korbin Heiss and his wife Yvonne of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Emily G.H. Roan, M.D., and her husband Jason of Concord; Ian B. Schimmel and his wife Allison Leedie of Houston, Texas; and Andrew B. Schimmel and his wife Corey of Sherman Oaks, California.  Additionally, she was the great-grandmother to Sebastian Daniel Heiss and Felix Frederick Heiss, both of New York, Christopher Frederick Roan of Concord, and Owen Franklin Schimmel-Leedie of Houston, Texas. Ann was the sister of Josephine Anderson of Dartmouth.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Her funeral service will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Thursday, August 17 at 11 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy in Ann’s memory, memorial contributions may be made to the Centre Congregation Church, 5 Summer St., Lynnfield, MA 01940, which will be greatly appreciated by her...

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Richard D. Simmons, 95

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries | Comments Off on Richard D. Simmons, 95

U.S. Army veteran owned Simmons Real Estate Published in the August 9, 2017 edition SALEM — Richard D. Simmons, 95, of Salem, formerly of Lynnfield, died at his residence on August 2, 2017. Richard was born in Fall River on May 20, 1922 and was the son of the late Richard and Florence (Taggart) Simmons. Richard was raised in Winchendon and was a graduate of Murdock High School of Winchendon. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as First Lieutenant from 1943-1946. He was a longtime Lynnfield resident and owner of Simmons Real Estate and Simmons Associates Appraisal Firm of Lynnfield. He was a charter member of the Lynnfield Rotary Club and past president of the Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers. He was also the past president of the Eastern Middlesex Board of Realtors. He held the designation of CRE “Counselor of Real Estate” from the American Counselors of Real Estate and the MRA, a commercial designation conferred by the Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers. Richard was the beloved husband of Miriam M. (Snow) Simmons. He was the loving father of Richard D. Simmons, Jr. and his partner Carol Roberts of Swampscott; and Carole S. Hamilton of Salem. He was the brother of Jean Peters of New Hampshire; and the late Frederick Simmons. He was the grandfather of David Hamilton and his wife Kimberly; and Amy C. Hamilton. He was the great grandfather of Sophie, Henry and Owen. His funeral will be held in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 127 Summer St., Lynnfield on Saturday, August 12 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Richard’s name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B 102, Danvers, MA...

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Jean Otis, 86

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries | Comments Off on Jean Otis, 86

Longtime resident loved spending time with family  Published in the August 9, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD – Jean Elizabeth (Hoering) Otis, 86, formerly a 47-year resident of Lynnfield, and an over 10-year resident of Brooksby Village, Peabody, passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Rosewood Nursing Home in Peabody.  Jean was the daughter of the late Frederick and Anne (Burden) Hoering. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert L. Otis, with whom she shared 46 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Gordon Otis of Chelsea; Judy and her husband Michael Curtin of Amesbury; and Cheryl Ash of Dover, New Hampshire. She was the cherished grandmother of Summer and Olivia Curtin. She was the dear sister of Frederick Hoering and his wife, Beverly, of Wisconsin and Florida. She was also the aunt of several nieces and nephews. Born and raised in Everett, Jean was a graduate of Everett High School. Primarily a homemaker, she worked as a secretary at Hood Milk before she was married. Jean loved spending time with her entire family especially her grandchildren. Jean’s Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, August 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Cuffee-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn. Burial will follow at Forrest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the funeral home prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jean’s memory may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or via  To sign the online guestbook, please visit...

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William J. Clark Jr., 96

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries | Comments Off on William J. Clark Jr., 96

Published in the August 2, 2017 edition. DANVERS — William “Bill” J. Clark Jr., 96, M.D., formerly of Lynnfield and Scituate, Massachusetts, died peacefully on July 22, 2017 at home in Danvers. Bill was the son of the late William J. Sr. and Julia (Graham) Clark, and was the brother of the late Rev. Graham S. Clark. He was born in White Plains, New York on June 3, 1921 and was raised in Scarsdale, New York. Bill graduated with honors from St. Michael’s College, Vermont, Class of 1943 and the University of Vermont Medical School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan as the lead dermatologist with the occupying Allied forces. Among notable patients was former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, who was being treated while awaiting trial for war crimes. After being discharged, Dr. Clark completed his residency Carney Hospital in Boston, where he met and married the love of his life, “Betty” Furrier. They eventually settled on the North Shore of Boston, where Dr. Clark established his internal medicine and cardiology practice, working for over 30 years at the Malden and Melrose-Wakefield Hospitals, making house calls and serving for a time as chief of staff. Bill retired in 1985 to pursue his passion for golf, sailing, bridge and travel. He spent summers in Scituate and winters in Naples, Florida. He was a longtime member of Hatherly Golf and Satuit Boat Clubs of Scituate, where he was known for his dry wit and congenial personality. He particularly enjoyed puttering around the house with various renovation projects, a never-ending endeavor when living by the ocean. Never one to seek the spotlight, Bill would typically shy away from social functions. Bill once won a major golf tournament at Hatherly and when he couldn’t be located for the presentation ceremony, the award committee had to be dispatched to his home to bring him back. Bill is survived by his wife Elizabeth A. (Furrier) Clark. He was the loving father of Sheila Iacopino and her husband Vito, William J. Clark III and his wife Anita, Stephen Clark and his wife Karin, Peter Clark, Eileen Kenney and her husband Jeff, Kate Clark, Maura Gomes and her husband Wilson, Elizabeth Paulding, and Julianne Regan and her husband Chris. He is also survived by his 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave. Wakefield on Wednesday, August 2 from 4-7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, August 3, at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Assumption Church, 40 Grove St., Lynnfield. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lynn. In lieu of flowers, and in celebration of Bill’s life, donations may be made in his memory to North Shore Elder Services ( or All Care VNA Hospice and Homecare ( To sign the guestbook, please visit...

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Sheila Hall, 70

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Lynnfield Obituaries | Comments Off on Sheila Hall, 70

Housewife lived in town for 53 years Published in the July 26, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Sheila M. (Ewing) Hall, 70, of Lynnfield and formerly of West Peabody, died Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  Born in Lynn, on August 20, 1946, she was the daughter of the late John and Doarine (Morse) Ewing. Sheila was a housewife and a resident of Lynnfield for the past 53 years.  Sheila was a founding member of Sebastian River Embroidery Guild Inc., Sebastian Quilters of Sebastian, Florida, and a charter member of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, Chapter No. 11. Family members include her loving husband of 53 years, Harold Hall. She is also survived by herson, James Hall of Ipswich. She is also survived by Julie Flaherty and her husband Michael of Henniker, New Hampshire; and Michelle Dalelio of Lynnfield. She is also survived by her brothers, John Robert Ewing of Ossipee, New Hampshire; and Daniel Ewing of Beverly. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Jamie, Colby and Marina Hall; and David Flaherty, Alex, James and Jacquelynne Dalelio. She also leaves behind two great grandchildren. Sheila’s funeral service took place at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading, on Sunday, July 23. Calling hours were held prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via For more information, visit...

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Barkev ‘Barkey’ Gulezian, 96

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Watchmaker and jeweler owned Lynnfield Jewelers Published in the July 26, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — Barkev “Barkey” Gulezian, 96, formerly of Lynnfield, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Goldenview Healthcare Center in Meredith, N.H. Barkey was born February 12, 1921 in Haverhill, the son of the late Peter and Pauline (Terzian) Gulezian. A watchmaker and jeweler by trade, Barkey owned and operated Lynnfield Jewelers for 32 years. Barkey was a resident of Lynnfield for over 60 years before relocating to Meredith last year. Barkey enjoyed woodworking and gardening. Throughout his life, Barkey was a pillar of the Lynnfield community. Along with being a highly-respected jeweler, Barkey was a trusted mentor and friend to all. He embodied community service in his involvement with organizations such as Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, Golden Fleece Masonic Lodge and the Historical Society of Lynnfield. Barkey also volunteered through his church by helping prepare meals for Bread and Roses of Lawrence. Barkey is survived by his wife of 69 years, Hasmig “Meg” (Kasparian) Gulezian as well as a son, Dean Gulezian and his wife Janet, and a daughter Janice Cassidy and her husband Timothy and his four grandchildren, Christopher Cassidy and his wife Sara, Jennifer Phillips and her husband Mark, Matthew Cassidy, and Peter Cassidy and his wife Claudia, as well as two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Harrison Phillips, two brothers, Robert and Richard Gulezian, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Barkey was predeceased by two brothers and a sister. A private burial will be held in Forest Hill Cemetery in Lynnfield.  A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 29 at 11 a.m. at the Lynnfield Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer St. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations to Lynnfield Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer St., Lynnfield MA 01940. Funeral arrangements in the care of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home in Laconia, N.H. For more information or to sign an online memorial, please visit...

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John E. Huttunen, 88

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WWII Navy veteran was former Asst. Principal at Lynnfield Jr. High Published in the July 26, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — John E. Huttunen, 88, a resident of Wakefield and formerly of Randolph and Rockport, passed away of natural causes at home with the support of hospice on Monday, July 3, 2017. John was born on May 13, 1929 and was the son of the late John E. Huttunen and Aili (Ranta) Huttunen. Born in Rockport to Finnish parents, John was raised and educated in Rockport. At age 17 while at Rockport High School, John enlisted in the United States Navy, serving his country honorably during World War II. Upon his discharge, he returned home to continue his education. He graduated from Tilton Preparatory School, received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and his master’s degree in education from Salem State College. First and foremost, John was an educator. He began his career at Essex Agricultural teaching English and history. He then taught English and science at Lynnfield High School, before serving as the Assistant Principal for the Lynnfield Junior High School for several years. With a deep commitment to helping educate junior high students, John then served for 10 years as the principal of Ipswich Junior High. He found great joy in overseeing quality education for all the students. He was also an especially strong advocate for those students with special needs. John was an eclectic man with a wide variety of interests. As a young man, he served as a Rockport Selectman. During the early part of his career, he also worked as a lobsterman. He was up early, set his traps and then proceeded to the schools in which he served as a teacher. At the end of the day, he pulled in and sold lobster. Blessed with artistic talent, John loved painting, especially seascapes and landscapes in watercolors and acrylics. In his free time at home, he enjoyed gardening, jazz music and woodworking. Well read, John especially enjoyed learning about the history of Finland, and enjoyed traveling to find new adventures with Lyn. With a strong Christian faith, John had a special interest in the Apostle Paul, whom he researched and studied in great detail. He was also an active member of the Wakefield–Lynnfield United Methodist Church where he served as Trustee and on the Pastor’s Leadership Team. John will be remembered for his strength and independence, his love for his Finnish heritage and Rockport roots, and his never-ending adventurous spirit. He will be missed, but has left an undeniable mark on the world. John was the beloved husband of Lyn A. (Alexander) Huttunen. He was the devoted father of John B. Huttunen and his wife Heidi of Salem, Dianne Doyle and her husband James of Rockport, Jan Duffy and her husband David of Gloucester, Laurie Hartwick and her husband Leonardo Medina of Tewksbury, and the late William Huttunen.  He was also the cherished grandfather of Jeremy Huttunen of North Carolina, Melanie Moriarty and her husband Dan of Rhode Island, Michael Doyle of Virginia, Brenna O’Connell and her husband Liam of Rhode Island, Brian Duffy, Sean Duffy and Jennifer Lane of Gloucester, Stefan D’Urso of Malden, and Rafael Medina, Gracelyn Medina and Maia Medina of Tewksbury. He was the great-grandfather of Declan, Finnegan and Aili. Relatives and...

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