Melrose Obituaries

Paul A. Blake, 69

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Published January 15, 2021 MELROSE — Paul Arthur Blake, 69, died at his Newburyport home after a long battle with lung disease on Jan. 7, 2021. Paul was born on Jan. 10, 1951, in Melrose, the son of the late Kenneth and Claire (Goggin) Blake. Paul was the beloved father of Ryan J. Blake and his wife Megan of Providence. Former husband of Karen (Harvey) Teeley. Loving grandfather of Jackson and Landon. Cherished brother of Bonnie Rollins and her husband Peter of Hamilton, Scott Blake and his wife Mary...

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Sharon L. Charbonnier, 75

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Published January 15, 2021 MELROSE — Sharon L. (Piper) Charbonnier, 75, of Melrose, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House on Jan. 7, 2021.  Sharon was born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., and a graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy and Trinity College. She resided in Melrose for many years and worked at Royce Mailing Services in Melrose. Sharon loved to crochet and solve puzzles. She enjoyed traveling and volunteering at her church and many other causes. Sharon was the beloved wife of David K. Charbonnier. Loving mother of Matthew...

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Michael J. McDonough, 87

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Published January 15, 2021 MELROSE — Michael J. McDonough, 87, of Melrose, formerly of Rinn, Carraroe, County Galway, Ireland, passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Jan. 5, 2021, at MelroseWakefield Hospital. Always ready with a joke and a kind word, Michael will be dearly missed by his family and many friends. Michael loved his vegetable garden, making his renowned Irish bread and enjoying a pint of Guinness. Michael was a 45-year employee of The Boston Gas Company, the United Steelworkers Union, and a proud...

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James A. McAvoy Jr., 94

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Published January 15, 2021 MELROSE — James A. McAvoy Jr., 94, died from complications related to COVID-19 on Jan. 8, 2021. Jim lived a storied life, like many in his generation of Americans. Jim was born to James A. McAvoy, Sr. and Katherine McAvoy in Melrose in 1926 and maintained his connection to the City throughout his life, leaving only after the death of his wife Doris in 2017. Jim grew up during the Great Depression and worked throughout his childhood. Jim’s childhood work included cleaning the three railroad...

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Elizabeth Manos, 92

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Published January 15, 2021 PEABODY — Elizabeth Emily “Bette” (Berry) Manos, 92, died Dec. 20, 2020, at Brooksby Village in Peabody, where she had lived for over five years, the final seven months in the continuing care facility. She was born Nov. 20, 1928, in Portsmouth, N.H., the youngest daughter of Russell and Gladys Berry. Bette grew up on a farm in Alton, N.H., and later graduated from Stevens High School in Claremont, N.H. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Keene State College in 1949, and later she earned...

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Patricia A. Racki, 63

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Published January 15, 2021 READING — Patricia “Patty” A. Racki, 63, of Reading, formerly of Melrose, died in her home on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, after a lengthy illness. Born in Boston on July 6, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Anthony E. Maffie and is survived by her mother Barbara A. Maffie. Patty graduated from Melrose High School in 1975 and also attended Katharine Gibbs School in Boston. She went on to work at the Federal Reserve Bank for many years. Patty was an avid reader...

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Peter J. Bagarella, 76

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Published January 15, 2021 MELROSE — Peter John Bagarella, 76, died at MelroseWakefield Hospital on Jan. 9, 2021. Peter was born in Everett, raised in Everett and attended Everett schools. In 1962, he entered the U.S. Army and served his country with pride during the Vietnam War. Mr. Bagarella worked in the construction field for many years as a foreman for DeLorenzo Construction Company and in the tile flooring business for many years. Peter lived in Everett for several years, then spent 30 years in Melrose before moving to...

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Jean M. Kripp, 88

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Published January 15, 2021 MELROSE — Jean M. (Stevens) Kripp, 88, oldest daughter of the late Arthur and Margaret Stevens, passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Jan. 11, 2021. Jean was a lifelong resident of Melrose, the past Treasurer of the Women’s Guild and lector at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Wakefield. Jean was a woman before her time, being one of the first women candidates for the Melrose Board of Alderman. Jean was also an early advocate of special education, championing Chapter 766, one of...

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John A. Cerretani, 94

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WWII veteran helped found renowned grocery chain, gourmet shop Published January 8, 2021 MELROSE — John A. Cerretani, 94, of Melrose, passed away of natural causes (not COVID-related) on Jan. 1, 2021. He was the beloved husband of the late Marianna T. (Galvin) Cerretani for 55 years, as well as the loving father of Paul Cerretani and his wife Sara of Amesbury, Gerry Cerretani and his wife Lisa of Peabody, Tom Cerretani and his wife Donna of Melrose, Peter Cerretani and his wife Lynn of Salem, N.H., Kevin Cerretani...

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Bruce M. Jangro Sr., 72

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Star Salem State, international hockey player; Wakefield youth coach Published January 8, 2021 WAKEFIELD — Bruce Michael Jangro, Sr., 72, of Wakefield, formerly of Melrose, passed away Dec. 30, 2020, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. Bruce was born in Melrose on Feb. 16, 1948, to the late Edmond P. and Alice V. (Pistey) Jangro. He was raised in Melrose, where he attended public schools and graduated from Melrose High School in 1966. After high school, Bruce graduated from Salem State College, where he was a member...

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