Melrose Obituaries

Marietta Haeg Schwartz, 55

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Published in the September 15, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — Marietta Haeg Schwartz, a resident of Wakefield and a Minnesota farm girl at heart, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, September 6, at Winchester Hospital, at age 55. With a quiet strength, Marietta was genuine, unassuming, and always true to herself. Marietta was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the oldest child and only daughter of six children. Raised on a small farm in Minnesota, Marietta graduated from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud in 1979, College of St. Benedict in 1983, and received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1988. In the fall of 1988, Marietta moved to Boston, and took a job at UMass Boston as an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department. She worked at UMass for almost 30 years, more recently serving as an associate dean in the College of Science and Math. Marietta also served as the director of the Student Services Center, and co-director of the UTeach Program. Marietta, with a down to earth perspective, made a positive impact on her students through her love for chemistry. Marietta was a capable, self-reliant and confident woman. She was a member of the American Chemical Society, and supported women in chemistry through the Women Chemists Committee. As a mother, Marietta volunteered within the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, guiding Graham and Ian as they both became Eagle Scouts. She was actively engaged in the Wakefield community as a volunteer for the Farmer’s Market, 4th of July Parade, and was a longtime, passionate supporter of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. Marietta sang in the choir at St. Joseph’s Church in Wakefield for many years. Compassionate with a deep sense of faith and social justice, Marietta cared about the future, and the well-being of others. At home, she loved reading, watching the Red Sox, Patriots, and doing jigsaw puzzles. She loved iced coffee, going out for Indian food, or getting together with friends for a cup of tea and a chat. Although she made friends everywhere she went, her roots and family in Collegeville always held a special place in her heart. She was famous for making dozens upon dozens of cookies for her family, friends or neighbors, and loved playing a family game of “schmear.” She will be missed, but always lovingly remembered and admired for her warmth, calm nature and inner strength. Marietta was the devoted mother of Graham T. Schwartz of Atlanta, GA, and Ian M. Schwartz of Ft. Hood, TX. She was the beloved daughter of Eileen and Richard Haeg of Collegeville, MN. She was the dear sister of Gregory Haeg and his wife Megan of Collegeville, MN, Daniel Haeg of Collegeville, MN, Benedict Haeg and his wife Claire of Sauk Centre, MN, Christopher Haeg of Collegeville, MN, and Timothy Haeg and his wife Kelly of Collegeville, MN. She was the former wife of Eric Schwartz of Marblehead. She was the caring aunt of Cecilia, Carl, Vivian, Francis, Stephanie, Nicholas, Madeline, Hanna and Thomas. Family and friends are invited to gather for a Celebration of Marietta’s Life at the Schwartz family home, 4 Bugli Ln., Wakefield on Sunday, September 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at St. John’s Abbey...

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Jacqueline E. Herook, 85

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Published in the September 15, 2017 edition HAVERHILL — Jacqueline E. Herook, 85, of Haverhill, a former resident of Wakefield and Reading, died Monday, September 11 in Haverhill. Born in Melrose on November 9, 1931 she was the daughter of the late Donald P. and Doris (Eaton) Ilsley. Mrs. Herook was raised in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1949. She later made her home in Wakefield and then Reading for many years. She was retired from the North Andover Public Schools where she had worked for many years. Mrs. Herook was a direct descendant of Governor William Bradford, first Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and she was also a member the “Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.” She was the beloved wife of the late John T. Herook. She was the loving mother of David J. Herook and his wife Lorraine of Bradford, Donald B. Herook and his wife Sandra of Haverhill and Alan T. Herook of Bradford. She was the sister of Phyllis Baker of FL and the late Norman Ilsley and Winnifred Dunnett. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren: David, Jason, Stacy and Nikara Herook. Mrs. Herook’s family would like to thank the staff of the Hannah Duston Nursing Home of Haverhill for the compassion and care given to their mother during her time there. Her Funeral Service will be held in the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday, September 15 at 11a.m. Interment will follow at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-8...

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Constantine G. Charos, 90

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Melrose Obituaries, Melrose Weekly News | Comments Off on Constantine G. Charos, 90

Published in the September 8, 2017 edition MELROSE — Constantine G. “Dino” Charos, 90, of Melrose, died at the Genesis at Wakefield Center on Sept. 4.  Dino was born and raised in Roxbury and was a graduate of Roxbury schools. He served his country as a Fireman First Class during World War II, serving in the Merchant Marines, U.S. Coast Guard and on four different vessels in the U.S. Navy.  Dino resided in Melrose since 1950 and worked as a labor foreman for Turner Construction in Boston for 25 years before his retirement in 1985.  He was a member of the V.F.W. Harold O’ Young Post #2394 in Melrose and the U.S.S. Beatty Reunion Club for many years. Dino was a Mason and Shriner, was an avid gardener and had the “best tomatoes.” He was a hard worker and enjoyed traveling across the country and all of Europe with his late wife Catherine.  Dino loved to spend his time at the beach in Marshfield and with his children and grandchildren. He was the beloved husband of the late Catherine V. (Hegerich) Charos for over 40 years.  He was the loving father of George Charos of Marblehead, Paul Charos and his wife Jean and Christine McAnneny and her late husband William, all of Wakefield. He was the cherished grandfather of Brian, Matthew, Justin and Amanda. He was the caring brother of the late Christos Charos, Catherine Lucas and Peter Charos. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 4-7 p.m. The funeral was held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Forest Hills, Cemetery, Boston.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Constantine’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., PO Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011. For directions and to sign online condolence visit...

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John J. Lynch, 82

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Published in the September 8, 2017 edition TUCSON, AZ —  John (Jack) Joseph Lynch, 82, of Tucson, Arizona, previously of Melrose and Newington Connecticut, died peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 surrounded by close family and friends.  He leaves his cherished and loving wife Rose (Bernie) Bernadine Lynch, and his six children behind. He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Barbara Lynch, of Melrose. He also leaves behind a large and close extended family, mostly of New England. He grew up in Melrose, graduating from Melrose High School and Tufts University. Jack was a terrific businessman, and at the height of his success in 1976, he chose to retire for the purpose of rededicating his life to his family and to serving others. Immediately upon retirement, on a family vote, he sold the home and moved his family of eight into a motorhome to travel the country. During the 1.5-year epic adventure, the Lynch Family traveled to 49 states, experienced hundreds of National and state parks and monuments. Jack’s greatest gift to his children during this time was a prodigious and permanent enrichment of their lives in too many ways to be listed.  Jack made a great number of friends wherever he went, and all of those who were fortunate enough to know Jack know him realize that he was a one-in-a-million: Kind, gentle, brilliant, honest, loyal, and loving. He was the most humble and self-sacrificing person that anyone of us will likely ever meet again.  In lieu of flowers, please spend quality time with your loved ones in Jack’s honor. A Funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 16 at St. Mary’s of the Annunciation Church in Melrose. Burial will immediately follow in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. For directions and to sign an online condolence, visit...

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June S. Watson

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Published in the September 8, 2017 edition CHARLESTON, SC — June S. (Dugan) Watson from Charleston, SC, and formerly from Port Charlotte, FL, and Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by family in person and in spirit.  She recently celebrated her 88th birthday. Born in Cambridge, June met the love of her life, Ralph Watson, and they spent 60 years together. They raised their family of six children in Melrose. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Melrose and worked as a cashier and manager for Cerretani’s supermarket for over 25 years.   She and Ralph loved to travel the country in their R.V. and settled in Quincy for a number of years before relocating to Florida. June spent her final two years in Charleston, South Carolina.  She was preceded in death her husband, Ralph L. Watson, and son Stephen C. Watson. She is survived her children Paul Watson and his partner Edye Rulin from Cambridge, Janet Riordan and her husband Dennis from Mount Pleasant, S.C., Ralph Watson and his husband Peter Olsen from Boston, Diane Roth and her husband Bobby from Port Charlotte, FL, and Donna Ridley and her partner Greg Gutzki from Daniel Island, S.C. She also leaves 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dementia Society of America by mail to PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901, or online...

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Patricia Anastasi, 92

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Published in the September 8, 2017 edition MELROSE — Patricia A. (King) Anastasi, 92, of Melrose, died at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Sept. 2, 2017.  Patricia was born and raised in Danvers and was a graduate of Danvers High School, Class of 1942. She resided in Danvers until 1947 and Melrose since 1952. Pat was a devout Catholic and member of the Church of the Incarnation in Melrose for many years. She enjoyed playing bingo at the Milano Senior Center in Melrose and spending time with her cat Mitzy. Pat contributed to many charities; loved to go to the Hilltop Steakhouse with her husband and brother; and loved spending her time with her grandchildren and great grandchild.  She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred J. “Fred” Anastasi for 56 years. She was the loving mother of Paula Buehler and her husband John of Melrose; Mark Anastasi and his wife Paula of Connecticut; Jane Kelly and her husband William of Rhode Island; and Peter Anastasi and his wife Teresa of Melrose. She was the caring sister of Phyllis Runnals and her late husband Ralph of Peabody; and the late John King and Richard King. She was the cherished grandmother of William, Christopher, Robert, Kathryn, Emily and Hannah. She was the great grandmother of Elizabeth. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  Funeral services will be private. Arrangements by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. To sign an online condolence, visit...

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Barry E. McCann, 70

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Published in the September 1, 2017 edition MELROSE — Barry E. McCann, 70, of Melrose, died at home with his family gathered at his side on Tuesday, August 29. Barry was born in Winchester on October 7, 1946, a son of the late Ralph E. and Marjorie E. (Jacobs) McCann. Raised and educated in Wakefield he honorably served his country during the Vietnam War aboard the U.S.S. Boxer for the United States Navy as a radio operator. He was married to the late Lee M. (Stafford) McCann until her death on November 2, 2009. Upon return from the service he took a position as a stock-trader for Paine Webber and later for the Herzog Financial Group, where he worked for many years before retiring. He then worked in various capacities, including bartender and maintenance at the Sgt. Harold O. Young VFW Post #2394 where he was a much liked and familiar face. He was a hometown boy who loved watching and rooting for all the New England sports teams. He had a keen interest in horses, the races and a game of horseshoes with family and friends. In addition to his wife, Lee he is predeceased by his brothers-in-law, Donald Giles and Wayne Stafford. He leaves his siblings, Janice E. Giles of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, David N. McCann and his wife, Susan of Wilmington and Darlene L. Foley and her husband, George of Reading; his in-laws, Jeanne E. Stafford of Melrose, Scott D. Stafford and his wife, Joanne of Wilmington and Dana A. Stafford of Londonderry, New Hampshire; his nieces and nephews, Christopher Noble and his wife, Paula, Michael P. Foley and his wife, Jennifer, Corey N. McCann, Kevin E. Foley, Steven J. Foley and Mark R. Foley; Holly Acosta, Kristy Foote, Amanda Penza, Danielle Justice, Christopher Stafford, Melissa Stafford. Calvin Stafford; his great-niece, Felicity Foley. Relatives and friends will honor and remember Barry’s life by gathering for calling hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Friday, September 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. and again for his funeral service celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Beth Horne will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Wyoming Cemetery. Memorials in his name may be made to Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 178 Savin Street, Malden, MA 02148 or Sgt. Harold O. Young VFW Post #2394, 14 Chipman Avenue, Melrose, MA...

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Doris M. McAvoy, 88

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Published in the September 1, 2017 edition MELROSE — Doris M. (O’Connor) McAvoy, 88, of Melrose, died peacefully on August 26.  Doris was born in Chelsea on May 6, 1929 to James and Mary Alice (Flynn) O’Connor. She was raised in East Boston and Winthrop, and graduated from Fitten High School. Doris went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Mt. St. Mary’s College.  She worked as a lab technician at Boston City Hospital prior to starting her own family, and after raising her children Doris went to work as the assistant activities director for the Dexter House in Malden, as a volunteer at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and later as a volunteer ombudsman serving patients at local nursing homes.  Doris married her husband, James, in 1955 at St. John’s Church in Winthrop. They had five children and raised them in Melrose. They lived a million stories they could tell together with a lot of laughs. They had a tight knit group of neighbors and had a lot of fun raising families and having adventures together.  In her spare time Doris enjoyed gardening, music, a good party and had a love for animals which led to the family having a variety of pets over the years, including her beloved cocker spaniels (Tammy, Toby, Teddy, Andy, Missie and Maggie).  She collected and made dolls and was active in the Arts & Crafts Society in Melrose.  She had a wonderful group of friends who met regularly for Mass, line dancing, yoga and lunch at the Irish Shop to share stories and complain about their loving families.  Doris and James spent 50 summers in Harwich with their family.  “Doe” took care of everyone around her and was always up for an adventure. She loved her family and friends very much, and will be greatly missed by them all.  She was the beloved wife of Atty. James A. McAvoy Jr. of Peabody, formerly of Melrose. She was the loving mother of James D. McAvoy and his wife Pamela of Saco, ME, and their children Alice and Hannah; Daniel J. McAvoy and his wife Candice Gemski of Medfield, and their daughter Sofia; Carol E. O’Leary and her husband Jerard of Saugus, and their children Madelyn and Matthew; Peter J. McAvoy and his wife Heather of Winchester and their children Connor and Kathryn; and Patrick M. McAvoy and his wife Ellen of Melrose and their children Seamus, Griffin, Bridget and Aiden.  Visiting hours were held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, on Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral procession was held from the Gately Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose.  Interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011. To leave an online message of condolence please visit...

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Emily T. Hanrahan, 91

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Published in the September 1, 2017 edition MELROSE — Emily T. (Heavey) Hanrahan, 91, of Melrose, died peacefully on August 27. She was born in Sligo, Ireland on June 18, 1926 to Thomas and Maude (O’Neil) Heavey. She was raised in Ireland and attended college in Dublin where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.  Emily emigrated to the United States in 1954 where she would later meet her husband Thomas J. Hanrahan. They were married in June of 1957. Emily and Thomas moved to Melrose in 1965 and have lived there ever since.  Prior to having children, Emily worked at Harvard University Alumni in the Class Reports office. After raising her three daughters, she went back to work as a supervisor for American Mutual in Wakefield.  Emily enjoyed sewing, knitting, and crocheting in her spare time. She also volunteered for the St. Mary’s School PTO and was a member of the North Shore Irish Club. Emily never forgot her roots, and made annual summer trips to “the Old Country” Ireland with her family.  The greatest joy of her life was becoming grandmother to her seven grandchildren, who meant the world to her. Emily took pleasure in hosting the entire family on Christmas Day. The family’s greatest memories will be watching her beam with pride as the grandchildren opened the many gifts she carefully hand-selected for each child.  Emily was the beloved wife of Thomas J. Hanrahan of Melrose. She was the loving mother of Brenda T. McClure and her husband Scott of Westwood, Sheila M. Higgins and her husband Michael of Peabody, and Sharon A. Cvinar and her husband David of Peabody. She was the proud grandmother of Jessica, Rachael, Daniel, Stephanie, Jodi, Andrea and Eric. She was the caring sister of Mary C. Daly of Quincy, the late Bridget Gunnell and the late Josephine Mullaney.  Visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 1, at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by a 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose.  Interment in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.  To leave an online message of condolence please visit...

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Grace Ham, 96

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Published in the September 1, 2017 edition JAMAICA PLAIN — Grace Ham, 96, of Jamaica Plain and formerly of Melrose, passed away on Sunday, July 16, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  She was born on November 29, 1920, a daughter of the late Vahan Terchoonian and Naomi (Krikorian) Terchoonian. Grace was born in Boston and grew up in Chelsea. She graduated from Chelsea High School and went on to complete her associate’s degree at Burdett College. In 1955, she married James L. Ham. Grace worked as a legal secretary for two Boston law firms until her retirement in the early 1990’s. After retirement, Grace enjoyed reading, baking, playing bridge with her friends and spending time with her 5 grandchildren.  Grace is the beloved wife of the late James L. Ham and dear sister of the late Lillian Terchoonian.  She is survived by her daughter Naomi Ham-Agustin, her son-in-law Elmer Agustin and 5 grandchildren, Marissa, Michael, Angela, Rebecca, and Rosenda Agustin. Relatives and friends will gather in honor of Grace’s life for her funeral service at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 9 a.m. Contributions in Grace’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK...

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