North Reading Obituaries

Virginia M. Fitzmeyer, 90

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in North Reading Obituaries, North Reading Transcript | Comments Off on Virginia M. Fitzmeyer, 90

Active in town for over 60 years; retired DPW secretary Published in the September 14, 2017 edition NORTH READING — Virginia M. (Reynolds) Fitzmeyer, 90, of North Reading, died Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Care One in Wilmington. She was the loving wife of 33 years to the late Paul H. Fitzmeyer. Born in Winthrop on February 15, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Helen (Lomasney) Reynolds of Winthrop. Virginia was raised in Beachmont and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Class of 1944. She worked for 20 years as a secretary for North Reading Public Works Department. She has been a resident of North Reading for over 60 years and was a member of St. Theresa’s Church. She was also a member of St. Theresa’s Women’s Guild, North Reading Garden Club, North Reading Town Hall Retirees Breakfast Club and her friends’ Bridge Club. Virginia was always gentle, kind, generous and she loved reading (eight to 10 books a week). She had wonderful lifelong friends and she enjoyed gardening, traveling, swimming and loved playing bridge. Family members include her loving son, Paul M. Fitzmeyer and his wife Kathleen of Haverhill; daughters, Pamela M. (Fitzmeyer) Dickey and her husband Lee of Dracut and Susan (Fitzmeyer) Bearor and her husband Karl of Deering, N.H. and her sister Ruth (Reynolds) Dame of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. She was the grandmother of eight: Jaclyn and her husband David, Andrea and her husband Jonathan, David, Linda and her husband Jeremiah, Elizabeth, Kirsten, Ellen and Emily and the reat-grandmother of four: Norah, Paige, Eliza and Brynn. Her funeral was held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Wednesday, September 13 at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St., (Rte. 62), North Reading. Calling hours were held prior to the funeral on Wednesday morning. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the charity of one’s choice. To leave an online condolence, visit...

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Paul A. Valle Sr., 75

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Retired Reading police officer Published in the September 14, 2017 edition NORTH READING — Paul A. Vallee, Sr., 75, of North Reading, died on Sunday, September 10, 2017. He was a retired officer for the Reading Police Department. Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday morning, September 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Patrick Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery in Stoneham. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to the charity of one’s...

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Claire A. Lang, 76

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Retired sociology professor Published in the September 14, 2017 edition WALTHAM — Mrs. Claire A. (Larracey) Lang, 76, of Waltham, formerly of Quincy, passed away peacefully after a short but courageous and brave battle with metastatic breast cancer on Sunday August 13, 2017. Claire was born in Boston on November 13, 1940, a daughter of the late Bernard and Florence (Breen) Larracey. She graduated from Emmanuel College in 1963 and then served as a member of the Sociology Department from 1965 until 2007. In 1975, she as awarded a Doctor of Philosophy Sociology degree from Brandeis University. When she retired from Emmanuel College in 2007 she was honored with the title Professor Emeritus of Sociology, and was fondly remembered by her colleagues and students. On January 15, 1966, Claire married Thomas P. Lang in Quincy. They enjoyed many happy years together until his passing on December 13, 2014. Claire had a passion for teaching, politics, current world events, and traveling to Long Island and Chatham with her husband. She was a loving grandmother who always shared her knowledge, wisdom, and compassion which came so naturally to her. She was the devoted mother to her son, Daniel B. Lang and his fiancée, Maria Griggs, of Burlington and her daughter, Lucy Lang and husband Byron Lowe of North Reading. She was also devoted to her two grandchildren, Olivia C. Lowe and Aiden Thomas Lowe, and her brother, Richard Larracey. Memorial donations may be made to the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Vernon Cancer Center, 2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462. Funeral services are private. To offer online condolences, please visit...

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Marjorie Jeanes, 96

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in North Reading Obituaries | Comments Off on Marjorie Jeanes, 96

Resident of town for over 93 years, faithful member of First Baptist Church Published in the September 7, 2017 edition NORTH READING — Marjorie (Foye) Jeanes, 96, of North Reading, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the Sutton Hill Center in North Andover. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles H. Jeanes. Born in Reading on November 27, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Lillian (Foley) Foye. She attended North Reading Grammar School and was a graduate of Reading High School. Marjorie was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church (Trinity Evangelical Church) of North Reading where she served in many ministries and for several years as the church secretary. She was also the bookkeeper for the family business, Jeanes Garage. She was a resident of North Reading for over 93 years. Marjorie loved her family; she had a strong Christian faith, a great sense of humor and was a wonderful listener. She loved being with her family and was always active in her church, serving in many roles. Marjorie enjoyed New England sports, playing basketball in high school and she especially loved working on her yard and home. Family members include her loving children, Carolyn L. Horton and her husband Bob of Newark, Delaware; Linda A. Joyce and her husband Tom of Methuen; David C. Jeanes and his wife Jerri of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; the late Paul A. Jeanes; Stephen H. Jeanes and his wife Debbie of Reedsville, Pennsylvania; and Joanne J. Kuniholm and her husband Jason of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren as well as several nephews and nieces. Her memorial service will be held at the Trinity Evangelical Church, 105 Haverhill Street, North Reading on Saturday, September 9 at 1 p.m. Interment will be private in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Calling hours will be held at the church prior to the service from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Marjorie’s memory to: Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or Trinity Evangelical Church, 105 Haverhill Street, North Reading, MA 01864. For directions or online guestbook, visit...

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Dennis F. Maher, 72

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Retired NRPD sergeant, National Guardsman Published in the September 7, 2017 edition WILMINGTON — Dennis F. Maher, 72, of Wilmington and formerly of North Reading, died on Friday, September 1, 2017. He was a retired North Reading Police Department sergeant. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Dennis and Dorothy (Lehane) Maher. He was a graduate of Medford High School and he received his bachelor’s degree from New Hampshire College. Dennis was a member of the National Guard and he served on the North Reading Police Department from 1969 to 1994. A resident of Wilmington for the past five years, Dennis was a former resident of North Reading for 34 years. He was a member of St. Theresa’s Church for many years. Dennis will be remembered as a true gentleman, always caring, kind and compassionate. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. The world was a better place with him in it. Family members include his loving wife of 48 years, Kathy (Hingley) Maher; his three daughters, Jennifer Carpinella and her husband David, Kimberly Maher–Stamegna and her husband Don, and Alison O’Brien and her husband Mical; his cherished sister, Lorraine Sheehan and her husband John; his sister-in-law, Joan Janis and her husband Michael, as well as nine grandchildren, Timothy, Ashley, Austin, Jacob, Christian, Matthew, Sean, Keira and Kaiden. His funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Thursday, September 7 at 9:15 a.m., followed by a 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St. (Rte. 62), North Reading.  Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Wednesday, September 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: North Reading Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 529, North Reading, MA 01864. For guest book or directions, please visit...

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Dennis F. Maher, 72

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in North Reading Obituaries | Comments Off on Dennis F. Maher, 72

Retired NRPD Sergeant Posted on: Friday, September 1, 2017 NORTH READING — Dennis F. Maher, 72, of North Reading, died on Friday, September 1. He was a retired North Reading Police Department Sergeant. His funeral will be held at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St., North Reading on Thursday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m. Calling hours at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Wednesday, September 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Complete obituary will follow in next Thursday’s Transcript....

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John H. Fritsch, 66

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in North Reading Obituaries | Comments Off on John H. Fritsch, 66

Environmental steward who saw the good in others was a 1969 graduate of NRHS Published in the August 31, 2017 edition MILFORD, N.H. — John H. Fritsch, 66, of Milford, N.H., formerly of Salisbury and North Reading, died at his home on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Born in New York City, New York on March 7, 1951, he was a graduate of North Reading High School, Class of 1969, North Shore Community College and Southern Maine Technical Institute. John worked for over 30 years for Veolia North America, managing wastewater, Superfund groundwater remediation and drinking water facilities. John’s sense of humor was quite unique and entertaining. He always saw the good in people and was a true gentleman. His love of family and friends made him so special and his love of animals was heartwarming. He loved fishing, the outdoors, hiking, gardening, traveling with his wife Eileen and his love for his dog. He has been a resident of Milford, N.H. for the past 30 years. He was a member of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission and the New Hampshire Water Pollution Control Association on the Education Community. John was a true steward to the environment. Family members include his loving wife of 29 years, Eileen M. (Fournier) Fritsch; his mother, Eleanor (Billharz) Fritsch of North Reading and his late father John G. Fritsch; his stepson, Sean E. O’Brien of Milford, N.H., and stepdaughter, Robyn Smith and her husband Bob of Exeter, N.H.; his grandchildren, Emma O’Brien of North Carolina and Ryan Martin of Salisbury; his brother, Mike Fritsch and his companion Laura McLaughlin of North Reading, and his late sister, Martha E. Fritsch; nieces, Madison and Mikayla Fritsch and Stacy Fournier; his nephew, Dana Fritsch and his wife Lindsay and their daughter, Haylie Fritsch. His funeral Mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St. (Rte. 62), North Reading on Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Calling hours will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Friday, September 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-1800 or to St. Joseph Hospital Cancer Center, 172 Kinsley St., Nashua, N.H., 03060. www.croswellfuneralhome.com...

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Silvina Lopes Santos, 95

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Known for wit; loved caring for large, extended family Published in the August 31, 2017 edition PEABODY — Silvina Lopes Santos, 95, of Peabody, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017 surrounded by her family at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading after a long illness. She was born on February 18, 1922 in Vilarinho Do Alva, Portugal and came to the United States at the age of 30. Silvina raised five children and cared for all her grandchildren as well as others’ children during her working years. She was a bright and witty woman who loved her large, extended family, her many friends and her church. In the spring and summer she loved to tend her large vegetable and flower gardens. During the winter she could be found sitting in her favorite chair crocheting her specialty, baby blankets. She also loved to travel, especially to Florida, and to cook Portuguese meals for her eagerly awaiting family. Walking the neighborhood was also a favorite past time. Silvina was predeceased by her husband, Felix Santos, and is survived by her five children, William Santos and his wife Sandra of Peabody; Clarinda Donle and her husband Bruce of Strafford, N.H., formerly of North Reading; Gracinda Santos of North Reading; Maria Gagne and her husband Gregory of Strafford, N.H.; and Antonio (Tony) Santos and his wife Michele of Beverly; and her sisters, Isuara Rodrigues of Peabody and Maria dos Prazeres of Portugal. She also leaves nine grandchildren, Patricia Santos of Peabody, William (Billy) Santos of Groveland, Kimberly Meaney of Ipswich, Kevin Donle of North Reading, Jonathan Gagne of West Bridgewater, Susan Wright of Peabody, Amelia Santos of Peabody and Jeffrey Santos of Quincy. She was predeceased by her beloved granddaughter Leanne Bernaby. She also leaves 13 great-grandchildren and her special sisters-in-law, Susan Nadeau and Leonore Santos, and a special friend, Madelena Sloan, and well as cousins Tony and Isabelle Duarte and Julia Fernandes. She will be missed by many nieces and nephews and countless friends. Her warmth, wit and fabulous cooking will be sorely missed by all. A visitation was held on Monday, August 28 at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home at the 82 Lynn St., Peabody facility. Her funeral was held on Tuesday from the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Margin Street, Peabody. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater New England, P.O. Box 541617, Waltham, MA 02454–1617 in her memory. To sign the online guestbook visit www.ccbfuneral.com....

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John H. Fritsch, 66

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in North Reading Obituaries | Comments Off on John H. Fritsch, 66

Published in the August 24, 2017 edition MILFORD, N.H. — John H. Fritsch, 66, of Milford N.H., formerly of Salisbury and North Reading, died at his home on Tuesday, August 22. Complete obituary to follow next week. Arrangements are under the direction of Croswell Funeral Home. www.croswellfuneralhome.com

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Robert Testa, 79

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in North Reading Obituaries | Comments Off on Robert Testa, 79

Army veteran, retired letter carrier Published in the August 17, 2017 edition NORTH READING – Robert P. Testa, age 79, of No. Reading, formerly of Wakefield and Stoneham, died Sunday, August 13 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading with his family by his side. Born in Boston on September 8, 1937 he was the son of the late Carmine and Mary (Randolph) Testa. Mr. Testa was raised in Stoneham and was a graduate of Stoneham High School, Class of 1956. He then enlisted in the United States Army and served in Korea. Mr. Testa was retired from the United States Postal Service Wakefield location where he had been a letter carrier for over 27 years. He was an avid Patriots fan and loved all the Boston sports teams. He was the beloved husband of Marilyn T. (LeBlanc) Testa. He was the loving father of Christine A. Friberg and her husband John of Windham, NH. He was the adoring grandfather of Alison Friberg and John “Jay” Friberg and his wife Chelsea. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Josephine Testa of Pepperell; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his brothers: Joseph and Paul Testa. His Funeral Service will be held in the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday at 11am. Interment will be private. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held prior to the service beginning at 9am. Contributions in Robert’s name may be made to Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867 or to Neuro-Oncology (Brain Tumors) Treatment Program, c/o Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA...

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