North Reading Obituaries

Joseph M. Linnane, 98

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U.S. Army veteran served in World War II Published in the November 22, 2017 edition READING — Joseph M. Linnane, 98, of Reading, formerly of Medford and Charlestown, died Nov. 17, 2017.  He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Theresa (O’Hara) Linnane and the devoted father of Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J. of Loyola University Maryland, Michael J. Linnane (Julie Higgins) of North Reading, Maureen Branch (Gary) of Natick, and Denis P. Linnane (Stephanie Ranzo) of Medford.  He was also the loving grandfather of Kathryn Barry (Sean) of Wakefield, Patrick Linnane of Medford, William and Matthew Branch. He also leaves his loving caregiver Mary Gilligan of Peabody. Joseph was a veteran of World War II U.S. Army. A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Raphael Church in Medford on Nov. 14. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Joseph’s memory to the Mary and Joseph Linnane Scholarship Fund, 4501 North Charles St., Loyola University, Baltimore MD 21210. To sign the online guestbook visit Arrangements were under the direction of the Douglass, Edgerley and Bessom Funeral Home,...

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John Gallant, 70

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Vietnam War veteran Published in the November 22, 2017 edition NORTH READING — John “Ray” Gallant, 70, of North Reading, passed away on Nov. 14, 2017 after battling cancer. He was the beloved husband of Donna (Clifford). He was the father of Scott Gallant of Portland, Oregon; and Laura Gallant of Peabody.  He was the son of the late John L. and Helen Gallant. He was the brother of Helena Tripp and her husband Ted of Texas; Stephen Gallant and his wife Linda of Melrose; and Warren Gallant and his wife Sue of New Mexico. Relatives and friends were welcomed at Cota Funeral Home, 335 Park St, North Reading on Saturday, Nov. 18. Interment will be private. Please omit flowers and make donations in John’s name to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. John was a former captain in the Malden Fire Department, and served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion in Malden and the VFW. Avid with civic virtue and always willing to lend a hand, John enjoyed conversation with everyone, camping with family, golfing, and skiing with friends. In retirement, John loved spending time in Sarasota, Florida with his wife,...

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Donald F. Whynot, 84

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Goaltender for 1950 MHS state champions Published in the November 22, 2017 edition LACONIA, New Hampshire — Donald F. Whynot, 84, of Laconia, New Hampshire, formerly of Melrose and Peabody, died on November 18,, 2017.  Donald was born in Melrose on May 21, 1933 to Arthur and Christina (Mossey) Whynot. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 1951. Donald was the goaltender for the 1950 Melrose High hockey team that won the State Championship. He then went on to earn a full scholarship to Northeastern where he earned a business degree and played goaltender for their hockey team and played in the first Beanpot. Donald enjoyed skiing at Gunstock Mountain with his family as well as playing tennis. He loved spending summers at the family home in Center Barnstead, New Hampshire. He was a former member of the Melrose Kiwanis Club. He was the beloved husband of the late Ann E. (Talieri) Whynot. Loving father of Donna L. Clark and her husband Mark of Peabody, and Douglas A. Whynot of North Reading. Cherished grandfather of Debra Hardimon and her husband Mike of Tewksbury, Andrew Whynot and his wife Jeanne of Somerville, Heather Nevers and her husband Travis of Tewksbury, and Brian Clark and his girlfriend Michelle Reiss of Malden. Proud great-grandfather of Alex, Cameron, Daniel, and Layla. Brother of the late Helen MacNeil, Mary Dunn, and James Wallace Whynot. Visiting Hours will be held on Sunday, Nov., 26, from 2 – 5 p.m., at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose. Funeral procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Monday, Nov. 27, at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose. Interment in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Donald’s name to a charity of your choice. To leave an online message of condolence please visit...

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Marilyn A. Relihan, 83

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Enjoyed summers at Hampton Beach Published in the November 22, 2017 edition WOBURN — Marilyn A. Relihan, 83, died Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Windrose Memory Care Center in Woburn with her family by her side. Born in Lowell on December 26, 1933 she was the daughter of the late Harold and Alice (Nolette) Peabody. Mrs. Relihan was raised in Dracut and was a graduate of Dracut High School, Class of 1950. She had worked in retail sales at Cherry Webb & Touraine in Stoneham for 27 years. She was a longtime Wakefield resident having lived in the area for more than 57 years. She was also a former member of the Bear Hill Golf Club and the Colonial Health Club where she enjoyed the pool, golf, and playing tennis. Mrs. Relihan enjoyed spending her summers in Hampton Beach, NH with her children and grandchildren. She cherished her role as “Nana” and enjoyed the opportunity to spoil her grandchildren during Christmas. She was the beloved wife of Joseph R. Relihan. She was the loving mother of Steven Relihan and his wife Kathy of Wakefield, Robert Relihan of Lynnfield, Jane Kerhulas of North Reading, and Scott Relihan of North Andover. She is also survived by her 11 grandchildren. Mrs. Relihan was the sister of John Peabody of New Hampshire and the late Connie Robinson. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Florence Church, 47 Butler Ave., Wakefield with visitation for relatives and friends at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield prior to the Mass. Interment, Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Marilyn’s may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA,...

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Nancy T. Regan, 82

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Loved summers on Newfound Lake Published in the November 16, 2017 edition NORTH ANDOVER — Nancy T. (O’Hara) Regan, 82, a resident of North Andover and formerly longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully at Lawrence General Hospital on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Nancy was born in Cambridge, one of four children of the late Melania (Ford) and Francis J. O’Hara. She was raised in Belmont where she graduated from Belmont High School. Nancy matriculated to Boston College where she received her BA and was a proud member of the first graduating class that included women in the School of Education. Married to Francis A. Regan on October 11, 1958, they lived in Reading for several years before moving to Wakefield to raise a family of six children. A family woman first and foremost, Nancy was a dedicated mother. She was always very involved with her children’s lives as a member of the Greenwood PTO, CCD teacher, volunteer for the Scouts, and supported all their sports teams. Nancy was also a woman with deep faith. She was a parishioner of Most Blessed Sacrament Parish for over 45 years and kept her faith close to her heart. In her free time, she loved cooking, gardening, and shopping, hopefully for a bargain. Nancy loved summertime spent on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire for over 30 years. She also had a fondness for the beaches of Cape Cod and Duxbury where family vacations were held for many years. Nancy was a loving, sociable woman who treated everyone with fairness and respect. Affable and warm, Nancy had the ability to maintain many longtime friendships from throughout her life. Above all, Nancy’s proudest achievement was her family. She served as a great source of knowledge, support and guidance for each of her children, and grandchildren. The family values, strength of character and unconditional kindness that she instilled in her family will continue on as her legacy. She will be missed, but always lovingly remembered. Nancy was the beloved wife of Francis A. Regan with whom she shared nearly 60 years of marriage. Devoted mother of Paul Regan of Bristol, New Hampshire, Jack Regan and his wife Sue of North Reading, Tom Regan and his wife Heather of Brookfield, Bob Regan and his wife Christine of Wilmington, Kathy Jackson and her husband Brian of Commerce City, Colorado, and Dan Regan and his wife Mary of Plaistow, New Hampshire.  Dear sister of Margaret Delaney of Fairfax, Virginia, and the late Frank O’Hara, Jr., and Polly Harris. Loving “Shana” to Jared, Sam, Mary, Meg, Alison, Nathan, Sarah, Rebecca, Andrew, Kathryn, Abigail, Brady, and Jeremiah. Relatives and friends gathered in honor and remembrance of Nancy during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Thursday, November 9, and again on Friday, before a procession to Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield for her funeral Mass celebration. Gifts in Nancy’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., #2, Norwood, MA 02062. For directions or online tribute visit...

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Marie T. Lozzi, 88

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Homemaker dedicated to her family Published in the November 9, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — Marie T. (Sousa) Lozzi 88, of Wakefield, formerly of North Reading, died Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Greenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Feliciano P. Lozzi . Born in Melrose, on March 22,1929, she was the daughter of the late Manuel F. and Marie E. (Peirira) Sousa. Marie was raised and attended school in Melrose. Marie was a homemaker and dedicated to her family. She had a love for everyone and unconditional love. She enjoyed her Sunday dinners with the family. She loved her church, arts, crafts, bingo, music and dancing. She especially loved her grandchildren. Family members include her sons, Philip Lozzi and wife Patricia of Reading, Daniel Lozzi and wife Yvonne of Malden; Michael Lozzi of Nebraska, Mark Lozzi and wife Lisa of Topsfield; Joseph Lozzi and wife Laura of Kentucky; daughters, Renee Bladuell of Stoneham and Diane Forrest and husband John of Lynnfield; brothers, Daniel, Perry and Emund Sousa; she was the sister of the late Eugene, James, Manuel and Anthony Sousa and Ethel Collier. Also survived by 23 loving grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren. Funeral service at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, November 9 at 10 a.m.  Calling hours were on Wednesday, November 8.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to Greenwood Nursing Home, 90 Greenwood St., Wakefield, MA 01880, Care of the Arts and Crafts Dept....

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Lynne M. Vaughan, 63

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Loved knitting and crocheting Published in the November 9, 2017 edition WELLS, Maine — Lynne M. Vaughan lived 63 fulfilling years with her adoring family until she passed away after a yearlong battle with cancer on November 6, 2017. Lynne, the daughter of the late Harvey and Helen (Simoneau) Desmarais, was born in Winchendon, Massachusetts on January 16, 1954. Raised in Winchendon, she attended Murdock High School and graduated from Westfield State College with a degree in teaching. Lynne also received a master’s degree in education from Simmons College. She taught for over 30 years at the elementary level in Wilmington, Peabody, North Reading and Andover. She retired from the Andover Public Schools on the same day her first grandchild was born in 2012. After college, Lynne moved to Andover, Mass., to Colonial Drive Apartments after landing her first teaching job. It was there that she met the love of her life, Eric Vaughan. After becoming engaged during the “Blizzard of ‘78” they married on August 19, 1978 and celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary with dinner on Drake’s Island just this past August. Lynne always called Eric her “rock” and they made a loving home on Pleasant Street in North Reading, Mass., until they retired to Wells, Maine in 2011 permanently. Lynne lived life finding joy in her heart in every endeavor she undertook. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi International Women’s Sorority, a service organization. She always counted her blessings and was thankful for every person that walked into her life. Lynne would knit a sweater or blanket for anyone she knew getting married or having children. She loved knitting, crocheting and was beyond talented. Her family and friends cherished every piece of her work knowing it had been touched by Lynne’s hands with a full heart. Other loves in Lynne’s life were working with children and teaching them the skill of reading. Her garden at their home in Wells was always blooming. She spent many days tending and pruning to make the most beautiful setting for all to gather. The ocean was a special place for Lynne. The sand and sun called her to Maine after many summers vacationing with her family in the “Sunglow” beach house. In addition to her parents, Lynne was predeceased by her brother, Kevin Desmarais. She is survived by her husband, Eric, and their daughter, Elizabeth (Vaughan) Dalby and her husband, Spencer Dalby, of Wakefield, Mass., her twin sons, Mark Vaughan and his wife, Cassie Vaughan, of Lyman, Maine and Scott Vaughan and his wife, Melinda Vaughan, of Saco, Maine; her sister, Laurie Hallquist and her husband, Alan Hallquist; as well as her sister-in-law, Linda Vaughan. Lynne was the adoring Mimi to seven grandchildren. She is now the special angel to Samuel, Skylar, Shea, Bentley, Weston, Jackson and Madelynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her calling hours on Thursday, November 9, from 4-7 p.m., at the Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road, Wells, Maine, and a funeral to be held at the Congregational Church of Wells, 1695 Post Road, Wells, Maine on Friday, November 10 at 10 a.m. Contributions in Lynne’s memory may be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 180 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence,...

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Catherine V. Birkmaier, 95

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Former CCD teacher at St. Theresa’s Published in the November 9, 2017 edition READING — Catherine V. (Witham) Birkmaier, 95, of Reading, formerly of North Andover and North Reading, died Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Winchester Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late William B. Birkmaier. She was born in Ipswich on December 18, 1921. She was the daughter of the late Zebulon and Annie (Comeau) Witham. She was a graduate of Reading High School. She worked as a teacher’s aide and substitute teacher for the North Reading school system. Kay’s life was all about love for God, family and friends. Her home was always open to all. Her children and grandchildren were the joys of her life. She enjoyed swimming, walking, gardening, watching the Red Sox and Patriots, playing cards, Scrabble and baking goodies for all. She was a member of St. Michael Church in North Andover and a former member of St. Theresa’s Church in North Reading, where she was a former CCD teacher for many years. Kay also was a Girl Scout Leader in North Reading. Family members include sons, William Bradford Birkmaier, Jr., USN Retired and his wife Laura, the late Karl Joseph Birkmaier and his late wife Ursula Jezierski, the late Mark Hunter Birkmaier and his wife Kristin Davis; daughters, Lynne Heywood and her husband Ed, and Lori O’Rourke and her husband Jim; sister, Pat Patterson Crosby, late brothers, Fred, Eddie and Charlie Witham; late sisters, Rose Chaput, Polly Baron, Alice Boudreau, Margaret Crosby and Louise Fortunato; grandchildren, William Bradford, Birkmaier, III, Sherry Eva Calderon, Cristina Maria Birkmaier, Kristen Sponring, Dr. Richard Heywood, Jonathan Heywood, Sacha Cote, Matthew Birkmaier, Pamela Boesch, Stephanie O’Rourke, Shannon O’Rourke; great grandchildren, Skyler and Liam Birkmaier, Oliver Butrymowicz, Nicolas and Luca Calderon, Zachary, Joshua and Payton Sponring, Ella, Ned and Madison Heywood, Hunter Heywood, Dylan and Emma Cote, James and Ellinor Boesch. Her funeral Mass will be held on Monday, November 13, at 10 a.m., at St. Michael Church, 196 Main Street in North Andover. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to: St. Michael Parish, 196 Main St., North Andover, MA 01845, North Reading Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation, or Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements are by Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading....

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Elizabeth Rodgers, 79

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Enjoyed family gatherings Published in the November 9, 2017 edition NORTH READING — Elizabeth Rodgers, 79, of North Reading and formerly of Reading, died at her home on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. She was the wife of the late Alan E. Rodgers. Born in Reading, on March 27, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Mary B. (Doucette) Sullivan. Betty was raised in Reading and attended Reading Memorial High School. She worked as a real estate agent, a nursing assistant in a North Reading nursing home and was home care aide. She had a love for her family, her faith and the Lord.  She was a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed family gatherings with siblings, children and grandchildren. She kept current with politics and political discussions. Betty was a resident of North Reading for the past 57 years and a member of the Trinity Evangelical Church for many years. Family members include her sons, Gary Rodgers of North Andover; Steven Rodgers and his wife Kristin; and Michael Rodgers and his partner Susan Fino, all of North Reading; and her late daughter, Linda Rodgers. She is also survived by her brothers Ronald, Richard and Russell Sullivan. She was predeceased by her late brothers, Charles, Jr. and Robert Sullivan. She is also survived by her sisters Janet White and Marilyn Healey. She was predeceased by her late sisters, Dorothy Lunt, Elinor Dooley and Judith Akin. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Alida Rodgers, Greg Rodgers, Vanessa Rodgers, Sarah Gillespie and Erika Toronto. She is also survived by her great grandchildren: Emma, William, Gabriel and Lincoln. Visiting hours were held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading, on Monday, Nov. 6, 2016. Her funeral was held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Trinity Evangelical Church, 105 Haverhill St.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commercial St., No. 19, Malden, MA 02148. To sign the guestbook, visit...

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Derwood Hughes Jr., 85

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Worked for Boston Edison for 34 years Published in the November 9, 2017 edition NORTH READING — Derwood (”Derry”) Hughes Jr., 85, of North Reading, and formerly of Whitman, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness. Born on January 29, 1932 in Monson, Maine, Derry was the son of the late Derwood W. Sr. and Bessie (Wright) Hughes. Derry graduated from Braintree High School in 1949. Following his service in the Army, Derry worked for the Boston Edison Company for 34 years, eventually serving as a senior nuclear watch engineer at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth.  Derry was a gentle and generous soul who found joy in life’s simple blessings whether it was watching the birds splashing in his birdbath, playing his organ, or sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and a crossword puzzle. After his retirement from Boston Edison in 1991, he loved to take trips in his RV with his “darling bride,” Germaine. He loved Christmas and Thanksgiving because of his faith and because it meant gathering together for grace filled moments of love and laughter with his family.  Derry was a 63-year member of the First Congregational Church in Whitman and an associate member of the Union Congregational Church in North Reading. Because of his great faith, he taught his children the three R’s: Reverence for God, respect for others, and responsibility for yourself. His smile and unassuming manner meant that he was much loved by those who knew him. Derry was married for 46 years to his wife Germaine (Berube) Hughes, who predeceased him. Family members also include his son, the Rev. Dr. Richard A. Hughes of North Reading; his daughter Sandra E. St. Louis and her husband Maurice of Abbott, Maine; and son Daniel E. Hughes and wife Jacqueline of Newport, Maine. He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth Kling of Boscowen, New Hampshire. He is also survived by his grandchildren Sabrina Erickson, Robert, Jeffrey, Kayeigh and Justin Hughes. He is also survived by his great-grandson Owen Hughes as well as many nephews and nieces who also adored him. Visiting hours were held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading, on Sunday, Nov. 5.  Visiting hours were also held at the Blanchard Funeral Home, 666 Plymouth St., Whitman, on Tuesday, Nov. 7.  A service of sacred goodbyes celebrating Derry’s life and the promise of everlasting life were held at the Whitman First Congregational Church, 519 Washington St. on Wednesday, Nov.  8. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill St., North Reading, MA 01864. To sign the guestbook, visit...

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