North Reading Obituaries

Margery E. Diaz, 98

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Secretary for Union Congregational Church for 70 years Published in the February 15, 2018 edition NORTH ANDOVER — Margery E. (Wigton) Diaz, 98, of North Andover, formerly of Estero, Fla., and North Reading, died Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Lawrence General Hospital after a brief illness, with her daughter and granddaughter by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur J. Diaz, Sr. Born in Albany, N.Y. on October 19, 1919, she was the daughter of the late William and Beulah (Casner) Wigton. She was a graduate of Melrose High School and Cambridge Secretarial School in Cambridge. Margery worked as the secretary for the Union Congregational Church in North Reading for 70 years where she was a member of the Faith Circle and the Monday Club. She was also a private secretary for R.M. Bradley and a member of, and a secretary for, the Pelican R.V. Association in Florida. She was a member of the Civil Defense Corps, during World War II. She loved spelling bees, Scrabble challenges with Lori, bingo, her owl collection, and her beloved Red Sox. Family members include her loving daughter, Melissa Standley of North Reading; sons, Arthur J. Diaz, Jr. and Donald J. Diaz, and her brother-in-law, Arnold Diaz and his wife Susan, all of South Carolina; four grandchildren, Lori, Matt, Jeni and Sara; and three great-grandchildren, Blaize, Zoe and Phineas. Her funeral will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 148 Haverhill Street, North Reading on Tuesday, February 20, at 10:30 a.m. Calling hours will be held prior to the service at church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to: New England Paralyzed Veterans of America, 1208 VFW Parkway, Suite 301, West Roxbury, MA 02132 or to the charity of one’s choice....

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Edward M. Nichols, 90

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Served in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Army reserves Published in the February 15, 2018 edition READING — Edward M. “Ted” Nichols, 90, of Reading, and formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Born in Stoneham on July 23, 1927, he was the son of the late Guy E. and Esther H. (Kruschwitz) Nichols. Ted was raised and attended school in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School, Class of 1945, and he also attended Springfield College in 1954. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving from 1945 to 1947 and served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He later became a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves with the Medical Corps, during the Vietnam Conflict. Ted worked as an Assistant Chief Probation Officer in the Superior Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1954 to 1987. Family members include his loving wife of 67 years, Jean L. (Boyd) Nichols; loving sons, Edward of Kennebunk, Maine, Karl of Norfolk, Va., David of Derry, N.H., Peter of Wenham, Guy of Lowell, Andrew of North Reading and the late Mark Nichols. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. His funeral will be held at the Faith Lutheran Church, 360 South Main St. (Rt. 28), Andover on Friday, February 16, at 11 a.m.  Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Thursday, February 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: www.foundation4love.org....

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Alan Greenough, 43

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Loved animals, especially Buddy Published in the February 15, 2018 edition READING — Alan Greenough, 43, of Reading, and formerly of North Reading, died unexpectedly on February 3, 2018. Born in Londonderry, N.H. on March 10, 1974. He is the loving son of Catherine G. (McDonough) Rawson of North Reading and Alan Greenough of Hampstead, N.H. He was raised and attended school in North Reading and was a graduate of North Reading High School. He was a member of St. Theresa’s Church in North Reading and has been a resident of Reading for the past five years. Alan worked as a Lube Technician at East Coast Gas in Reading and also worked as a part-time landscaper. Alan was his own person with love for the simple life. He was kind, thoughtful and sensitive. Alan had a great love for animals. He loved his family and would put anyone before himself. Alan loved to fish and enjoyed taking long walks through Harold Parker with his beloved dog Buddy. He had a heart of gold and will be missed but never forgotten by all. Besides his parents, family members include his loving brother, Anthony Perrotti and his wife Danielle of Wilmington and his sister, Carla Finney of Hampstead, N.H. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. His funeral was held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Friday, February 9, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours were held on Thursday, February 8. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to: MSPCA (Nevins Farm), 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844....

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Gloria L. Peach, 86

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Published in the February 8, 2018 edition NORTH READING — Gloria L. (Frederick) Peach, 86, of North Reading passed away on February 4, 2018. She was the wife of the late Herbert A. Peach, who died this past May 13, 2017, after 64 years of marriage. Born in Somerville, on August 16, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Jessie May (Bond) Frederick and Stanley B. Frederick. She leaves her two sons, John Peach of Millis and Herbert Peach of Pepperell and her daughter, Linda Fitzgerald of North Andover. She was the mother of the late Donald Peach, who passed away at age 41. She was the grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of seven. Her funeral will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, February 8, at 11 a.m. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading....

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Ralph S. Rubenstein, 83

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Retired U.S. Navy captain Published in the February 8, 2018 edition NORTH ANDOVER — Ralph Sidney Rubenstein, 83, of North Andover, and formerly of North Reading, passed away peacefully December 31, 2017 at High Point House Hospice in Haverhill, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Ralph was a native of Philadelphia, the son of Louis and Hattie (Maslovich) Rubenstein. He graduated from Temple University and the Naval Postgraduate School. He served as a Naval Supply Corps Officer for 24 years, advancing to the rank of Captain. He served on the USS Noxubee, the USS Little Rock, and the USS Oriskany, and was the Commanding Officer at DCASR, Chicago. After retirement from the Navy, Ralph was a financial planner for USPA & IRA. He was active in volunteer and social activities in North Reading and beyond. Ralph was well-known for his sense of humor, generosity, and great enjoyment of travel and sharing meals of every kind of ethnic food with his family and many friends. He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Mary C. (Reed) Rubenstein, for whom he was a dedicated caregiver, as well as his brothers-in-law John Suter and Donald Reed, and his sister-in-law Anne Suter. He is survived by his daughters, Deborah Rubenstein (Stuart Speaker) and Suzanne (Jim) Austin, his son, Michael Rubenstein, his grandchildren Emily Cirrone and Benjamin Cirrone (and their father Jim Cirrone) and Henry Speaker; his devoted companion, Zena Rosenberg, his brother, Donald Rubenstein and sister-in-law Nadine Rubenstein, his sister, Barbara Rubenstein, and seven nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, 239 Woburn St., Reading, on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (http://www.alzinfo.org/) or the North Reading Veterans Gift Account (North Reading Veterans Department, 235 North Street, North Reading, MA 01864). Arrangements are in the care of the Croswell Funeral Home. For directions or to leave a message of condolence, please visit...

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Robert C. ‘Greenie’ Greenberg Sr., 82

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Former owner/operator of North Reading Auto Body and Bay State Towing Published in the February 8, 2018 edition WILMINGTON — Robert C. Greenberg Sr., 82, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2018, surrounded by the people he loved. “Bob” or “Greenie” for short, was born in Boston on August 14, 1935. He was raised and educated in Medford and graduated from Medford High School. On March 29, 1958, Bob married the love of his life, Patricia A. Davis, and a 60-year adventure began. Bob’s life was driven by dedication, an extraordinary work ethic, and passion for life. He had hands of gold and could fix anything he touched. Starting out as an incredibly talented mechanic, Bob took time to learn the ins and outs of the business world. He worked his way up to be the owner and operator of North Reading Auto Body and Bay State Towing Company for over 40 years, finally retiring in 1995. Aside from his career, Bob excelled and found love for many things. He was a 7 Palm Eagle Scout, an avid fisherman who loved his bass boat, and a traveler who had a love for trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, as well as to his beautiful second home in Titusville, Florida. Bob was the beloved husband of 60 years to Patricia A. (Davis) Greenberg, devoted father of the late Patty Ann Greenberg, Robert C. Greenberg Jr. and his wife Deanna of Wilmington, and Ronald A. Greenberg and his wife Dianne of North Reading. Loving “Papa” of Rhiannon, Ronald Jr., Christianna, Robert III, Roger, Richard and great-granddaughter Isabellah. He was the dear son of the late Gilbert and Cora (Porter) Greenberg, and brother of the late Gilbert Greenberg Jr. Bob is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Family and friends gathered for visiting hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, February 7 from 3 to 8...

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Alan Greenough, 43

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Published in the February 8, 2018 edition READING — Alan Greenough, 43, of Reading, and formerly of North Reading, died February 3, 2018. Arrangements were incomplete at press time and are under the direction of the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. and a funeral Mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Church on Friday, Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m. To leave an online condolence, please visit...

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Margaret H. LoRe, 93

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Enjoyed cheering on her grandchildren Published in the February 1, 2018 edition NORTH READING — Margaret H. “Peg” (Donovan) LoRe, 93, of North Reading, died on January 26, 2018. Born on September 13, 1924, she was the beloved wife of the late Anthony M. LoRe Sr. and the loving mother of Anthony M. LoRe Jr. and his wife Heather of North Reading, Karen LoRe and her significant other John Reese of Tewksbury and Michele Miller and her husband Edward of Lawrence. She was the cherished grandmother of Jeff and Nicole Miller, Casey and Marissa Reese and Kayla St. Pierre. She was the sister of the late Evelyn (Donovan) Cellucci and the special aunt of Michael and Deni Donovan of Tennessee and William Donovan of Maine. Margaret is also survived by her loving Persian rescue cat Lydia and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Margaret was a long time employee of the IRS in Andover and a volunteer at Winchester Hospital. She enjoyed walking Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, ice skating at the Skating Club of Boston, bowling and watching figure skating. Margaret’s favorite activity was cheering on and supporting her grandchildren at their sporting events and school activities. Her sense of humor, apples pies and blueberry buckles will live on in her family and friends’ memories forever. Her funeral will be held from the Cota Funeral Home, 335 Park St., (corner of Park St. and Rte. 28), North Reading, at Reading line, on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St. (Rte. 62), North Reading at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends may visit with the family in the funeral home on Friday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of Margaret’s favorite charities, Friends of Lake Quannapowitt, PO Box 517, Wakefield, MA 01880 or Cathedral High School, Attention: Advancement Office, 74 Union Park St., Boston, MA 02118. ...

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Edward E. Stephens, 68

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U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran Published in the February 1, 2018 edition NORTH READING — Edward E. Stephens, 68, of North Reading and formerly of New Bedford, died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, after a lengthy illness. Born in Acushnet on August 8,1949, he was the son of the late Edward and Marilyn (Colby) Stephens. He was raised and attended school in New Bedford and was a graduate of New Bedford High School. Ed was a proud U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War (1967-1968). He received the Vietnam Service Medal and a Silver Service Star. He was a SP4 and his overall service was from 1967 to 1970. Ed was a retired employee of the town of Andover Water Department. He also worked for the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, and was a realtor for ReMax. He was a resident of North Reading for the past 39 years and a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church. He was accepting of everyone and truly loved everyone unconditionally. He was supportive and will be fondly remembered for his pure heart and generous spirit. Ed was a loving husband, parent, grandparent and uncle. He coached every sport for every child. He ran the Dunk Tank for the North Reading Fourth of July Celebration. He was an active member of the community. Family members include his loving wife of 37 years, Rosalia “Lia” (Blasi) Stephens; sons, Michael, Jeffrey and James Stephens; daughters, Tara, Rachel and Kristi Stephens; brother, David Stephens; grandchildren, Matthew and Mikayla Colwell, and Hayley Stephens; niece Bethany (Stephens) Bettencourt; nephews, Patrick, Christopher and Michael Stephens; and a multitude of family friends and loved ones who Ed welcomed into his home and heart with open arms. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 3, at 11 a.m., followed by a collation at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 235 Park Street, North Reading. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: North Reading Veterans Gift Account, 235 North Street (Town Hall), North Reading, MA 01864, c/o Susan Magner. Arrangements are in the care of the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading....

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Joseph J. Halik Jr.

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Loved being outdoors Published in the February 1, 2018 edition NORTH READING — Joseph J. “Joe” Halik, Jr., of North Reading, died on January 27, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Linda (Kurgan) and father of Scott Halik and his wife Kelley of N.H. and Jennifer Reese and her husband Jeremy of Boxford. He was the grandfather of Trevor and Naomi. Born on May 7, 1937, Joe graduated from Columbia College and attended Georgetown Medical School. He enjoyed spending as much time as possible at his home in Crystal River, Fla. Joe enjoyed the outdoors, loved spending time at the ocean watching the manatees, dolphins and birds of all shapes and sizes. His funeral service will be held at the Cota Funeral Home, 335 Park St. (corner of Park St. and Rte. 28), North Reading, at the Reading line, on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home Saturday from 1 – 3 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s name to the Joslin Diabetes Ctr. Inc., 1 Joslin Pl., Boston, MA 02215 or North East Arc, Attention: Autism Support Center, 6 South Side Rd., Danvers, MA 01923....

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