Wakefield Obituaries

Horace Seldon, 93

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Horace Seldon, 93

Published on the September 15, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Horace Seldon lived an impactful life. He passed away with his family at his home in Wakefield on August 17. He was more than 93 years 9 months old, born November 1, 1923. A celebration of his life will be held in conjunction with the Women’s March of Courage to honor his beliefs. The celebration will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 3 p.m., at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., Boston. His family encourages you to visit www.horaceseldon.com to learn more about the Women’s March of Courage, the memorial service, and to read about this inspirational man whose work to end racism, ensure equal rights and bring people into community changed the lives of thousands. He enjoyed the love of many, many “children.” He is survived by two sons, Dave (Debbie) of Nashville, TN; and Gary (shel Ball) of Greenfield, MA; niece Nancy (Wick) Hoffman of Atkinson, NH; grandchildren Emily (John) Seward of Wakefield, MA; Michael Worthley-Seldon of Nashville, TN; Corey Ann (Baubak Askari) of Dallas, TX; Aaron (Mallory Gregg) of Nashville, TN; and great-grandchildren Emma and Owen Seward of Wakefield, MA. He was preceded in death by parents Newman and Alice; wife Sylvia Lushbough; siblings Beatrice (late Arthur) Jenkins, Lucile (late Clifford) Cusson, Foss and...

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Anna M. Granese, 90

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Published on the September 15, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Anna M. Granese, 90, of Wakefield died on Tuesday, September 12, at the Blaire House of Milford. Born in Wakefield on August 13, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Rocchina (DeFelice) Granese. Ms. Granese was a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1944. She was employed as a secretary for Simpson Inc. of Boston and American Mutual Insurance Company. Ms. Granese was a member of St. Joseph Church in Wakefield and a former member of the Ladies Sodality and the Legion of Mary. She is survived by her sister Angelina Bruno of Milford; her four nephews Frank Bruno and his wife Janice of Milford, Michael Granese and his wife Sharon of North Reading, Vincent Granese and his wife Monica of Boston and Mark Granese and his wife Linda of Medford and her niece Michelle Romero and her husband Sam of Malden. Ms. Granese was predeceased by her brother Michael Granese. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield prior to the Mass starting at 10...

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Ronald P. Martin, 83

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Ronald P. Martin, 83

Published in the September 14, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Ronald P. Martin, 83 of Wakefield, died on Tuesday, September 12 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. Born in Everett on October 1, 1933, he was the son of the late Albert S. and Margaret M. (Marsh) Martin. Mr. Martin was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1951. He went on to Boston University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering; and later a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Martin had worked in aeronautical, mechanical, and civil engineering before retiring from MA Highway Department as a Bridge Engineer. He raised his family in Wakefield and cherished summer vacations with his grandchildren. He was a train enthusiast and loved the opera. Mr. Martin was the Chapel organist and choir member at the First Parish Congregational Church in Wakefield for many years. He was the beloved husband of Sylvia J. (Verville) Martin. He was the loving father of Stephen Martin and his wife Laurie of Westford, Jackie Martin of Albuquerque, NM, Laura Amrein and her husband Joseph of Nashua, NH and David Martin of Arlington. He was the grandfather of David Martin, Julie Martin, Anna Martin, Sarah Amrein, Nick Martin, Katherine Amrein and Matthew Zank. He was the brother-in-law of Claire Dempsey and her husband James of Scarborough, ME. Visitation for relatives and friends at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral service will take place at the First Parish Congregational Church, 1 Church St., Wakefield on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery,...

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Paul E. Gisetto, 72

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Paul E. Gisetto, 72

Chemical engineer was a business owner Published in the September 13, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — Paul E. Gisetto passed away unexpectedly after being stricken at home on Sunday, September 10. The beloved husband of Jean (Shaughnessy) Gisetto, he was 72. Born in Brookline, Paul was the only child of the late Ernest and Anna (Belofsky) Gisetto. Raised in Chelsea, Paul was educated there at Chelsea High School, where he enjoyed playing football and graduated with the Class of 1962. Shortly after graduation Paul and his family moved to Reading, where he began working part-time at Bradlees in East Woburn, all while attending Northeastern University. It was there that he met Jean Shaughnessy, to whom he has been devoted to for over 50 years. In 1968 they married, and one day into their honeymoon in Florida, his Dad called to let him know that he had been drafted and needed to report in four days. Paul served his country proudly over the next three years during the Vietnam War in the United States Army. Upon Paul’s return home from the service, he finished up his education at Northeastern University with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. In 1975, they nestled into their home in Wakefield, where they have been for over 40 years. Paul secured a position in chemical engineering, when in the late ‘80s he opened his own company. Serving as CEO of his own firm Plexifab Graphics for the next 15years, Paul retired in his early sixties. Paul’s family was his world. He loved being actively involved with them. No matter what sport, field, court or track they were on, he was there cheering them on. Summertime was always time spent on, in and around the water of Lake Winasquam. Having always had a boat, they enjoyed all the activities of the water and particularly water skiing, which they all enjoyed. Being “Grampy” was an added loving dimension of Paul’s life. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren teaching them all sorts of wonderful new things. Paul and Jean had done some extensive travelling for two years over in Europe. They checked in and out of all the different nooks, crannies and corners. Bermuda was a favorite spot to visit and their trip to Disneyworld was without a doubt one of the most memorable. Paul had been very active the in the WCNA (Wakefield Neighborhood Association) and had served as the Fountain Master for over 20 years, tending to the beautification and proper maintenance of the fountain in Wakefield Center. A very kind, gentle, bright and articulate man, Paul had been a very active parishioner at St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church, in Chelsea, which had been his church since he was a child. Sadly the church closed, but Paul remained very near and dear to his faith. Paul was predeceased by his Mom and Dad. Paul was the loving husband of Jean (Shaughnessy) Gisetto, devoted father of April McCauley of Wakefield and Scott A. Gisetto and his wife Lori of Reading. He was the cherished “Grampy” of Danielle and Leah McCauley, Alexander and Keira Gisetto. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, Thursday, September 14, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30. Interment...

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Frances K. Lawrence, 80

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Frances K. Lawrence, 80

Published in the September 12, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Frances K. Lawrence, 80, of Wakefield, died on Sunday, September 10 at the Winchester Hospital. Born in Natick on February 21, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Rose (Lizotte) Kane. Mrs. Lawrence was a graduate of Wayland High School, Class of 1953 and Framingham State College, Class of 1957. She had retired as an accountant from the Xenon Corporation in Woburn and had also worked at Winchester Hospital for over 30 years as a dietician. Mrs. Lawrence was the wife of the late Leroy Lawrence. She is survived by her two brothers; Richard Kane and his wife Cheryl and John Kane all of Wayland and her two sisters’ Ann Marie Welch and her husband Jim of Bristol, RI and Barbara Watts of Wayland. Mrs. Lawrence is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Her funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Thursday at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield at 11a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be at St. Zepherins Cemetery in...

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Jacqueline E. Herook, 85

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WAKEFIELD — Jacqueline E. Herook, 85, of Haverhill, a former resident of Wakefield and Reading, died Sunday, September 10 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 Nakira 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 11 a.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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Marietta Haeg Schwartz, 55

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Marietta Haeg Schwartz, 55

Published in the September 8, 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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Lawrence I. Palumbo, 78

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Lawrence I. Palumbo, 78

Published in the September 7, 2017 edition. NASHUA, NH — Lawrence Ignatius Palumbo, 78, of Nashua, NH died on Monday, September 4. Lawrence was born on September 26, 1938 in Chelsea, son of the late Joseph and Mary (King) Palumbo. He was the loving husband of Suzanne H. O’Malley. Lawrence was an active participant at Immaculate Conception Parish in Nashua, NH, as well as the Crystal Community Club in Wakefield. Lawrence loved horse racing and took numerous yearly visits to Saratoga Springs, NY; he loved gambling, which included yearly visits to Las Vegas, NV, and Foxwoods in Connecticut. Lawrence was extremely passionate about the food industry, especially produce. He owned Palumbo Produce and was a produce specialist his entire life, mainly at Katsiroubas Produce in Hyde Park, where he worked for over 20 years. Larry was one of a kind and always ready with a good story. He enjoyed watching his children grow and recently his grandchildren. Larry loved sports, mainly baseball and football and was a Red Sox and Giants fan. He was a music lover and was known for blaring Frank Sinatra throughout town. He wanted everyone to know that he and Sue had a good run. Besides his loving wife Sue, Lawrence is survived by three children: Terri Davis and husband Tracy, Lawrence A. Palumbo and significant other Jessica Garant, Joseph R. Palumbo; a stepson, Michael O’Malley and his wife Elizabeth; two grandchildren, Vito Palumbo and Ryon O’Malley; three sisters, Sheila Cusick, Claire Campanella and husband Vinnie and Carol Caiani and husband Angelo, and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. Visiting Hours will be held on Friday, September 8, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Ferry St., Hudson, NH. A funeral Mass will be celebrated the following morning at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Parish, 216 East Dunstable Rd., Nashua, NH. To leave an online message of condolence, get directions or for more information, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com. The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arranging....

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Mary Joan Key

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Published in the September 6, 2017 edition WAKEFIELD — Mary Joan Key passed away on Saturday, September 2. She spent her final days resting in her family home and went peacefully after a long and noble struggle with the conditions associated with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Mary Joan Key was born on December 24,1932. Joan, or often known as “Nana,” moved back to Wakefield in 1992 to be with her family after her beloved husband of 32 years, Ralph A. Key, passed on July 4, 1990, on their farm along the Sugar River in New Hampshire. She joins him now in their ‘Ever After.’ Together they raised two amazing children, Patricia of Wakefield and Ralph Jr. and his wife, Doreen, of Bristol, RI. Joan lived with and helped raise Patricia’s son, Brandon Key, now of Salem. She was blessed to gain four more beautiful grandchildren through marriages, and leaves behind Kelly Collins of Wakefield, Allison Trull and Ashley Trull of Providence, RI, and Jefferey Trull of Portland, OR. She was well loved by so many, but especially her nephew Phillip Legge of Honolulu, HI, and her adopted sister, Patricia Titus of Cedar Glenn, CO. Her light might have faded, but she lit up every room she entered and every life she touched. The family is having a private Celebration of Life along with some close friends on Saturday, September 9. They extend their love and gratitude to all those who send their blessings....

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Emily A. Bumstead-Gagnon, 55

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Emily A. Bumstead-Gagnon, 55

Published in the September 5, 2017 edition. WAKEFIELD — Emily A. Bumstead-Gagnon, 55, of Wakefield died unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 29, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Boston on January 14, 1962, she was the daughter of the late Robert M. and Lou Ann (Neth) Bumstead. She was raised in Wakefield and was a 1980 graduate of Wakefield Memorial High School. Ms. Bumstead-Gagnon retired as a consultant from New England Financial Services with expertise in both Human Resources and Sales Marketing. A talented artist, Emily was a loving caregiver to her parents and her former husband, the late Michael Gagnon. She was a member of the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt  organization and was active in local politics for many years. She is survived by her son, David R. Gagnon of Wakefield; her four sisters: Ellen F. Cummings, Susan B. Chanley and her husband Paul J. Chanley, Margaret L. Jordan and her husband Kenny Jordan, all of Wakefield, and Leslie U. Muzzio and her husband Doug Muzzio of Michigan. She is also remembered by many dear, loving friends and supporters among them her neighbor, Glenn Clark of Wakefield. Emily is survived by her many nieces and nephews: Ginny Cummings, Tommy Jordan, Adam Chanley, and Rachel Chanley. Emily was extremely close to her mother-in-law, Doris Gagnon, of Wakefield, who has become “Grammy Doris” to the entire family. She is also grateful for her many talented, fun, and supportive cousins and her Auntie Beth (Bumstead) Conrad and her husband, Gordon, of Lexington. A funeral service will be held in the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday at 11 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home prior to the service starting at 9 a.m. Interment will be at Forest Glade Cemetery in...

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