Melrose Obituaries

William H. Copeland, 95

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Published in the February 16, 2018 edition MELROSE — William H. Copeland, 95, a longtime resident of Melrose and proud Navy veteran of WWII, passed away peacefully at Care One in Wilmington on Thursday, February 8, 2018. William was born on March 7, 1922 in Boston, one of four children of the late Nelson Copeland and Mabel (Jones) Copeland. Known to all as Cope, he was a local Melrose boy who enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17 before he had graduated from high school. He honorably served his country as a Gunners Mate, 2nd Class aboard Submarine Chaser 532 in the Mediterranean. Bill’s service during WWII profoundly impacted his life and shaped his future as a husband, father and friend. Following an honorable discharge, Bill returned home and married Myrle C. Pankopf on September 8, 1946. They settled in Melrose to raise a family of four children while Bill worked as a journeyman electrician for Local #103 for many years. Bill was a friend to many, and often the life of the party. He enjoyed meeting new people, sharing a laugh with a friend or neighbor, and took special care of his fellow veterans. Bill was a well known and beloved figure at many veterans events over the years and gave back to the Melrose community with his loyal support of veterans. He was an active member of the Harold O. Young VFW Post #2394 in Melrose for many years and served as past Commander and Chaplain of the DAV. Bill was proud to have organized a diploma receiving ceremony for other fellow veterans who had departed for the war before graduating from Melrose High. After retirement from the IBEW, Bill and Myrle along with their daughter Dianne and husband Gene purchased a family camping area in 1977 at Keoka Beach in South Waterford, Maine which they owned and operated for approximately 10 years. Bill Copeland was a man of many talents. In his early years with Myrle, they enjoyed dancing, especially jitterbug and square dancing. He loved to play the bones and continued playing throughout his 95 years of life. Good with his hands, Bill developed a love for woodworking, and crafted each of his grandchildren their own handmade wooden toy. Always involved in the community, Bill was an active and proud member of the Masons Fidelity Lodge AF&AM of Melrose for 63 years. He also served as Boy Scout leader in both Melrose and North Reading. Bill will be forever remembered for his passionate support of all veterans, his love of family, and his friendly, endearing nature. He will be deeply missed, but always lovingly remembered. Bill was the beloved husband of Myrle C. (Pankopf) Copeland with whom he shared 71 years of marriage. Devoted father of Dianne Bailot and her late husband Gene of Ipswich, Chris Copeland and his wife Diane of Methuen, Karen Paonessa and her husband Joseph of Stoneham, and Amy Copeland-Potamis and her husband Greg of Melrose. Dear brother of the late Royal Copeland, Sidney Copeland, and Florence Whitehead. Cherished grandfather of Kimberly Chin and her husband Bandy, Samantha Colby and her husband Aaron, Matthew Copeland and his wife Lammie, Jessica Copeland, Melissa Copeland, Allyson Wallace and her husband Jay, Amanda Sapienza and her husband Mike, Joshua Potamis and his wife...

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Arline H. Avery, 101

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Published in the February 16, 2018 edition WAKEFIELD — Mrs. Arline H. (Bibeau) Avery, 101, and longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully at the Life Care Center of Stoneham on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Born on December 29, 1916 in Cambridge, Arline was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Lillian F. (Hendrick) Bibeau. A native of Cambridge, Arline graduated from Cambridge Latin High School. Growing up, she enjoyed visiting her grandparents summer cottage in Lafayette in Rhode Island. Arline was married to Walter M. Avery on August 6, 1940 and they lived in Cambridge where they started a family before settling in Wakefield to raise three children. Arline was a dedicated homemaker, wife, and mother. Her life was based on two simple needs: her family, and her faith. Much like many mothers of her generation, she centered her life around the lives of her children, and husband. In a strong yet quiet way, she provided a loving and supportive foundation for her family to grow. She was a kind and steady presence in her children’s lives and loved square dancing with her husband. Arline was a longtime member of the Faith Evangelical Church where she attended Bible study regularly. At home, Arline was most comfortable. She lived in the same house in Wakefield for over 60 years, and was happy at home gardening, knitting, sewing or playing the piano. She loved music, especially classical, which she passed along to her children. On summer weekends, she enjoyed visiting her daughter’s cottage on Alton Bay in New Hampshire, relaxing on the porch with her family. Arline will be remembered for her sweet, humble and respectful nature, her quiet strength, and her dedication to family. She will be deeply missed. Arline was the beloved wife of the late Walter M. Avery with whom she shared 59 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Alan W. Apakian of Wakefield, Judith A. Avery of Wakefield, and David C. Avery and his wife Susan of Francestown, N.H. Cherished grandmother of Kevin L. Avery and his wife Heather MacLean of Tyngsboro, and Glenn W. Avery and his wife Sonya of Manchester, N.H. Loving great-grandmother of Rachel, Cameron, Matthew, Elizabeth, Chloe and Rosetta. Relatives and friends are invited to gather in honor of Arline’s life for visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Monday, Feb. 12 from 4-8 p.m., and for her funeral service at the Faith Evangelical Church, 200 Franklin St., Melrose celebrated on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Interment at Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. For online tribute, or directions visit...

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Richard J. Sullivan Jr., 61

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Published in the February 16, 2018 edition LAKEVILLE — Richard J. Sullivan, Jr., 61, of Lakeville, formerly of Woburn, Melrose, and Brockton, passed away January 30, 2018 after a long battle with prostate cancer. Born in Woburn he was the beloved son of Margaret E. (Gonsalves) Sullivan of Woburn and the late Richard J. Sullivan Sr. Richard was raised and educated in Woburn and was a 1974 graduate of Woburn High School. He was the co-owner and Vice President of Rich’s Transportation Inc. in Taunton. When not working, Richard enjoyed and was passionate about golfing. He was a Hall of Fame inductee at the LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, and was a former member of the Brockton Country Club where he played many rounds of golf and established some wonderful friendships throughout the years. He was a big sports fan of all the local professional teams and enjoyed traveling with friends and family, especially on golf getaways. However, his greatest joy was his family. He cherished his time spent coaching his children in youth sports, attending all their games and always being present to support them in all their activities. He especially loved to teach them the game of golf. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and those he loved. In addition to his father, Richard is sadly preceded in death by former spouse Deborah (Brown) Sullivan of Melrose. He is survived by his children, Keri Sullivan Cote and her husband Matthew of Melrose, Ryan, Meaghan, and Courtney Sullivan, all of Brockton. Siblings, Robert Sullivan and his wife Marylou of Darien, Conn., John Sullivan and his wife Cynthia of Easton, Paul Sullivan of Woburn, and David Sullivan and his wife Linda of Woburn. Loving Papa to Colin, Dylan and Rowan Cote of Melrose. Former husband of Kerry A. (MacDonald) Sullivan of Brockton and loving companion of Stephanie Roberson of Lakeville. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and dear friends. Visitation hours were held and friends and family gathered on Monday, February 5 at the McLaughlin-Dello Russo Family Funeral Home, 60 Pleasant St. Woburn. Funeral service followed on Tuesday, February 6, with a funeral Mass celebrated at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 280 Main St., Woburn. Interment services will be private. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in his memory to Massachusetts General Hospital Prostate Cancer Research Fund and mail to MGH Development Office 125 Nashua St. Suite 540, Boston, MA...

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Patricia Ann Pike, 64

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Had a love for dogs and horses Published in the February 9, 2018 edition MELROSE — Patricia Ann (Smith) Pike, 64, passed away at her home in Melrose after a courageous 20 year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born in Stoneham on January 15, 1954 to the late Russell and Catherine (Randall) Smith. She was raised in the Mount Hood section of Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1972. Patty Ann was a lifelong resident of Melrose who had a love for dogs and horses. She volunteered at the New England Equine Rescue League, worked in sales at a jewelry store in Boston and at Marka’s Antique Store on Charles Street in Boston. Patty Ann enjoyed collecting shells and rocks on the beach and when she found a piece of driftwood she would create a beautiful piece of art with it. She loved taking trips to Booth Bay Harbor in Maine, Hampton Beach in N.H., and Christmas Island in N.H. Patty Ann was the beloved wife of John W. Pike. Loving mother of Thomas J. Pike and Russell E. Pike and his fiancé Sarah all of Melrose. Caring sister of Suzanne Walsh of Melrose, Robert Smith of Washington and the late Judy Sergi, Beverly Griggers and Kathy Logue. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Thursday, February 8. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Friday morning, February 9, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St. Melrose. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Patricia’s name to New England Equine Rescue – North, 52 Ash St., West Newbury, MA 01985. To send a message of condolence please visit...

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Nance W. Hallstrom, 84

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Loved the theater and music Published in the February 9, 2018 edition IPSWICH — Nance W. Hallstrom, 84, of Ipswich, formerly of Rockport and Lynnfield, died Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Kaplan Family Hospice House. Nance was born on August 4, 1933 in Winchester, one of three children of the late Hayward H. and Laura G. (Wheeler) Pottle. Nance grew up in Wakefield and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1951. Nance was very close to her parents and brothers. They were always doing something together as a family throughout their lives, whether celebrating birthdays or just getting together for cookouts. These gatherings continued and were passed down to her children and grandchildren. Nance worked hard to support her family and raise her children, working multiple jobs to do what it took to make sure her children were well taken care of and loved. Nance was a Branch Manager and Assistant Treasurer at the Granite Savings Bank in Rockport, where she lived for many years. She also worked at the Melrose Wakefield Trust Company, Stoneham Savings Bank, Kernwood Restaurant and the Oceanview Hotel in Gloucester. An excellent role model, she instilled in her children that through hard work, love, and a good dose of humor, one could accomplish most anything. Nance’s family was most important to her, she was incredibly proud of her children. Nance had a love of the theater and music. She was a season ticket holder at the North Shore Music Theater for many years, attending with her family and friends. Her favorite color was red, and she splashed that color everywhere, from her clothes and shoes, and always her cars. Nance was also an avid reader. She could always be found with a book in her hand, especially if she was on the beach. Nance loved her time at the beach and ocean with her family. Her favorite beach was Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester where she visited almost daily during summer school vacations with her children and close family. Later in life she moved from Lynnfield to Rockport where she could be close to the water and beaches she loved. In her later years, Nance spent her winters in Englewood, Florida. She loved being able to get out and about during the winter months and she made many new and lasting friends during her winters there. Nance will be remembered as a strong, independent, and colorful woman with a big smile. She never lost her love of life, family and friends. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends, but the stories of her will live on in her children and grandchildren, and all those she touched. Nance is the devoted mother of Laura Smith and her husband Stephen Kelleher of Ipswich, Craig Hallstrom and his wife Kathleen of North Andover, and the late Robert Lawrence Hallstrom, Jr. Treasured sister of the late Robert Pottle and his surviving wife June of North Reading, and the late Bradford Pottle and his surviving wife Patricia of Saugus. Cherished grandmother of Alex, Kate and her husband Chris, Dan, and Brian. Caring aunt to Reba, Lisa, and Steven. Private family services will be held at a later date. Interment at Forest Glen Cemetery in Reading. A special thank you to Care Dimensions for their kind and compassionate...

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Richard Rowland, 97

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U.S. Army veteran served in the Burma campaign Published in the February 9, 2018 edition WOBURN — Richard Rowland, 97, resident of Woburn, formerly longtime resident of Melrose died January 31, 2018 at Woodbriar of Wilmington.  Richard was born on October 25, 1920, in Malden, the son of the late Richard C. and Margaret (MacFadgen) Rowland. Richard grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge Rindge High School. He worked many different jobs during the Great Depression to help support the family. During 1940, while Richard was handling the bookwork at Spector Motor Freight, the business grew to a point where he needed assistance in keeping up with the paperwork. It was decided to hire a niece of the owner who had just graduated from business school. She was only to stay long enough until they found a permanent replacement for her as they did not want family members working there. The young girl they hired would eventually become Richard’s wife, his beloved Mary E. Coburn. In 1942, Richard joined the United States Army. He would become a Radioman on the B-29 Bomber serving in the Burma Campaign. He was very proud of his time in the Army Air Corps and the serving of his country.  In 1950, Richard and Mary moved to Melrose to raise their family. He began work in advertising and sales. He started out with Ingalls Associates in Boston, and found his way to Friends Beans in Melrose, and eventually striking out on his own. He enjoyed his community, and was active in a number of organizations. He was a longtime and active member of Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, serving in a number of capacities over the years, including as Deacon and Treasurer. He belonged to the Wyoming Masonic Lodge A.F & A.M of Melrose, and the North Shore Shrine Club. Richard loved being a Shriner. Traveling with the Shrine group and marching in parades were some of his great joys over the years. Above all though, Richard loved his family, and loved telling a good story. It was said that if you asked Richard what time it was, he would go on to tell you how a watch was made. He was his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids biggest fan. He was the family cameraman. At sporting events, one would find him with the big VHS camcorder on his shoulder recording the arrival of the team, the departure of the team, and everything in between. He also always made sure everyone had a copy of the tape. Traveling with Mary was another activity he truly enjoyed and two of his favorite trips were to the Northwest Passage, and to see the Fjords of Norway. A musically inclined individual, Richard taught himself how to play the piano, the saw, and the spoons, all of which require special talent. Richard will be remembered as a gregarious man with the most gentle of souls one could ever find. He was sweet and kind up to his last breath, and his 97 years have given his family wonderful memories of a true gentleman, that they will deeply miss. Richard was beloved husband of the late Mary E. “Betty” (Coburn) Rowland with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Devoted father of Kenneth Rowland of Hull, Charlotte Woodard and her...

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John P. Iovaine, 72

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Vietnam War veteran Published in the February 9, 2018 edition MELROSE — John Paul Iovaine, 72, passed away at his home in Melrose on January 11, 2018. John was born in Boston on June 18, 1945 to the late Anthony and Mary (Delmonico) Iovaine. He was raised in the North End of Boston and has been a resident of Melrose for the past 35 years. John served his country with pride in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Iovaine worked as a prototype engineer manufacturing medical devices. He was an avid fisherman and was a member of the Malden Gun Club. John is survived by his wife of 43 years Barbara A. (Reynolds) Iovine. Loving father of Cheri E. Cullen and her husband Dan of Melrose and Alan T. Iovine and his wife Micki Gilbert of Fla. Proud grandfather of Drew, Liam, Aidan, Mason and Rebecca. Caring brother of Richard Iovaine of Washington, D.C. and the late Anthony Angelo Iovaine. Funeral services and interment are private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. Arrangements by The Gately Funeral Home,...

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John J. Geehan, Jr., 76

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Letter carrier for Melrose PO Published in the February 9, 2018 edition MELROSE — John J. Geehan Jr., 76, a 55 year resident of Melrose, passed away on February 6, 2018. John was born in Chelsea on June 30, 1941 to John and Monica (Halley) Geehan. He was raised in Melrose, and attended school at St. Mary’s Grammar School and later graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in 1959. John was a letter carrier for the post office in Melrose for over 25 years, delivering mail in the neighborhood between Grove St., Lebanon St., and Beech Ave.. John was the beloved husband of the late Donna (Ricker) Geehan. Loving brother of Mary A. Wagner of Melrose, Patrick J. Geehan of Melrose, Shelia M. Geehan of Reading, Eileen A. Geehan of Melrose, Bridget M. Geehan of Melrose, Margaret H. Geehan of Fla., Alice P. Hall of Melrose, James P. Geehanof Vt., Monica E. Marcotte of N.H., the late Kathleen M. Geehan and the late Pauline M. Geehan. Also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose. A funeral service will be held following the visitation at 11:30 a.m., at the Gately Funeral Home. Interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Melrose Veterans Fund, 562 Main St., Melrose, MA 02176 C/O Veterans’ Office. To send a message of condolence please visit...

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Richard P. Cook, 74

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Enjoyed cruises with his wife Published in the February 9, 2018 edition MELROSE — Richard P. “Dickie” Cook, 74, passed away suddenly at his home in Melrose on February 5, 2018. Mr. Cook was born in Malden on August 16, 1943 to the late Walter and Dorothy (McDermod) Cook. He was raised in Malden and Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School. Mr. Cook worked for over 30 years at Middlesex Warehouse and then as a manager the for maintenance facility for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) for 11 years before he retired. Richard and his wife Frances enjoyed going on cruises, trips to Saratoga Springs New York, Vermont and New Hampshire. He was a longtime member of the Melrose Elks and a member of the VFW Harold O’Young Post #2394. Dickie was the beloved husband of 49 years to Frances J. (Clifford) Cook. Devoted father of Jennifer M. Cook of New York City and Christopher Cook and his wife Kristen of Melrose. Proud grandfather of Christopher J. and Elana G. Cook. Caring brother of Marjorie Cook and her lifelong friend Dee of Chatham, Robert Cook of Melrose and the late Gerard, James and Bryan Cook. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home on Friday, February 9, from 4-8 p.m. Funeral procession from Gately Funeral Home on Saturday morning, February 10, at 10 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St., Melrose at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions in Dickie’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or @ To send a message of condolence please visit...

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Joan M. Sansone, 74

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Skilled skier and competitive tennis player Published in the February 9, 2018 edition MELROSE — Mrs. Joan M. (DiMeo) Sansone, 74, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Joan was born in Boston on August 1, 1943, and raised in the North End. She graduated from Julie Billiart High School in the North End and from Chandler School for Women in Boston. Joan met the love of her life, her companion and best friend, Robert V. Sansone at a dance with some friends. For him, it was love at first sight, and they were married on October 29, 1967. Bob and Joan settled in Melrose in 1973 and shared 50 beautiful years of love and devotion. Joan centered her life around her family. While Bob worked to support the family, Joan stayed home to raise their two sons, John and Aaron. She was a strong, confident wife and mother but was always incredibly sweet and selfless. She happily gave of herself to those around her, and just wanted the best for everybody, especially her boys. Joan enjoyed keeping a good home for her family. She loved cooking, preparing meals and growing vegetables and herbs in the garden. Thoughtful, smart, and always willing to help, Joan was a remarkable wife, mother and grandmother. Joan faced everything in life with the same fearless determination, and generally succeeded in anything she set her mind to. She was a skilled skier, and loved playing competitive tennis on a travel team. She had artistic talent and was resourceful in her ability to repair or make anything for around the house. She loved her home, and was happiest surrounded by family watching any sporting event. Throughout her life, Joan’s dedication to her family was her first priority. She found great joy in her children, and cherished anytime spent with her grandson, Lucio. She loved to share a smile with anyone with her quick wit and great sense of humor. All she ever wanted was for her family to be happy. Joan was a sweet, lovable and beautiful person whose beaming presence left a mark on everyone she met. She will be deeply missed, always lovingly remembered, and her memory will carry on in the love she shared with her family and friends. Joan was the beloved wife of Robert V. Sansone with whom she shared 50 years of marriage. Adored daughter of the late Angelo DiMeo and Louise (Bartolino) DiMeo. Devoted mother of John R. Sansone and his wife Rebecca Zangari-Sansone of Bradford, and Aaron J. Sansone of Melrose. Dear sister of Diane (DiMeo) Gallo and her late husband Frankie of Stoneham. Cherished grandmother of Lucio J. Sansone. Relatives and friends gathered in honor and remembrance of Joan’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Monday, Feb. 5, and again on Tuesday before leaving in procession to St. Mary’s Church, Herbert St., Melrose for her funeral Mass. For online tribute or directions:...

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