Wakefield Obituaries

Maurie A. Haver, 85

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Maurie A. Haver, 85

Published in the February 20, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Maurie Ann Haver, 85, of Wakefield, passed away on February 18, 2018. She was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1951. After graduation, she had a brief stint at the Palace of Sweets Ice Cream & Soda Shoppe in Malden and then it was off to serve in the Air Force as a WAF. After basic training at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., she served as a Transfer Specialist at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, progressing to Airman Corporal. It was there she met a handsome Air Force Sergeant, John G. Haver. After a whirlwind romance, they soon married. Not long after Maurie’s honorable discharge, their son William was born. With her husband on active duty, they settled into an apartment in Medford. After having a second child, Laura Ann, their longtime friends would inform them of a wonderful community North of Boston, called Wakefield complete with its very own amusement park called Pleasure Island. Soon they settled into a Westside neighborhood, making great friends with whom they would immerse in enjoyable activities for many years. While John worked at the Boston Naval Shipyard and served in the Air Force Reserve, Maurie became active in grade school functions, along with being an active den mother of Cub, Boy, Campfire and Girl Scout dens. Soon thereafter, she volunteered as a rectory assistant at St. Joseph’s Church, later becoming a Corps Mother along with husband John as Equipment Manager for the new St. Joseph’s Band. She also volunteered for the Sombreros and Senoritas Drill Teams, who all went on to win several C.Y.O. divisional championships. Along the way, she and some neighborhood friends became employees of Poly Paks, Inc. in Wakefield, they even trekked though snow packed roads and corner drifts after the Blizzard of ‘78. Around the same time her husband landed a great job at the VA Hospital in Bedford. They then both joined the Northeast Regional Square Dancers, a square dance club, and she had the time of her life, sewing up and wearing the petticoats and “western” fashions. In her “spare” time she became very proficient at decorating themed cakes for several friends and group functions. Her proudest moments were time spent being the doting grandmother to her daughter’s two children and later, a third grandchild from her son. She was the best Nana around and became an “adopted” Nana to Joshua Bilodeau and many others. Maurie is predeceased by her husband of 53 years, John G. Haver and her grandson of 19 years, Michael J. Haver of Milford. She is survived by her son, William G. Haver of Wakefield, and daughter Laura H. Brophy of Wilmington, a granddaughter, Kristyn A. Brophy of Medford, and grandson, Matthew R. Brophy of Wilmington. Her funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Thursday, February 22, at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass celebrated in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 173 Albion Street, Wakefield, 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Lakeside Cemetery, North Ave. and Beacon St., Wakefield. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 21, from 4 to 8...

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Gwenn E. Therrien, 67

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Gwenn E. Therrien, 67

Published in the February 19, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Gwenn E. Therrien, 67, of Wakefield, died Friday, February 16, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House after a brave battle with cancer. Born in St. Johnsbury, VT, she was the daughter of the Doris (Cheney) Therrien and late Russell Therrien. Gwenn was raised and educated in Cabot, VT and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Vermont. She then became a bank examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency at the Treasury Department, and later a Loan Review Officer at the First National Bank of Boston. When Gwenn first met her husband, the late Michael Blake, she accompanied him to Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Puerto Rico. They spent their early married years in Latin America and had many opportunities to travel extensively. Some of their favorite places were Machu Picchu in Peru, Iguazu Falls in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and various Caribbean islands. After her husband’s retirement, Gwenn and Michael enjoyed traveling throughout Europe. They also became involved in the Beebe Library, where Gwenn dedicated her time to the book fair and to help establish the Blake Gallery in memory of her late husband. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael J. Blake. She was the loving sister of Alan Therrien and his wife Suzanne of Boxford, Dale Therrien and his wife Donna of Sheffield, VT, and Janet Decker and her husband Al of Florence. She was the sister-in-law of Robert Blake and his wife Elizabeth of CA. She was the aunt of James and Ian Blake, Heather McGinnis and her husband Gary, Tim Therrien and his wife Ginger, Michele Voner and her husband Jeff, Jack Decker, and the late Gretchen Therrien. She is also survived by six great nieces and nephews. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Saturday, February 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30...

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Theresa M. Akerberg, 81

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Wakefield Daily Item, Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Theresa M. Akerberg, 81

Published in the February 19, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Theresa M. Akerberg, 81, of Wakefield died Thursday, February 15, at her residence. Born in Somerville on January 28, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Josephine (Settipane) Spinale. Terry was raised and educated in Somerville. She had been a Wakefield resident since 1969. She is retired from the Town Clerk’s Office in Wakefield. Terry was a member of St. Joseph Parish and the Holy Name Society. She enjoyed taking trips to the casinos Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and The Beacon in New Hampshire. Above all, she enjoyed spending her spare time with her grandchildren. She was the beloved wife of Carl E. Akerberg. She was the loving mother of William E. Akerberg and fiancée Eileen Gallella and her son Matthew, all of Wakefield, and Richard K. Akerberg of Tewksbury. She was the sister of the late Joseph and Domenic Spinale. She was the beloved grandmother of Nicholas and Gianna of Stoneham. Her funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Wednesday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield at 10 o’clock. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Interment, Forest Glade Cemetery,...

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Terence Keith Wall, 65

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Published in the February 19, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Terence Keith Wall, 65, of Wakefield, passed away suddenly February 15, 2018. He was the cherished husband of 18 years to Linda M. (Cardarelli) Wall. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Edward and Nancy (Jones) Wall. Terry was employed as a technical specialist in the Telecommunications Department at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem,. He was tremendously dedicated to his work and highly praised for his helpful and practical demeanor and his “can-do” attitude. Terry truly enjoyed the gathering of his family on holidays and vacations. He loved to capture these memories by taking photos of each event. His family will always remember his humor and how he enjoyed and entertained everyone by playing the keyboard. Terry will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, who thought of him as a great playmate. In addition to his wife Linda, he is survived by his stepdaughters, Jacqueline Duratti and her husband Kenneth and Monica Reed and her fiancé J.J. Nardone, and his grandsons Dylan and Devyn Duratti, all of Wakefield. He was the loyal brother of Rick Wall and his wife Stephanie of Methuen, Kevin Wall and his wife Sherrie of Marstons Mills and Lisa Cann and her husband Michael of Norton. He is also survived by nephews Jonathan Wall and his wife Marcela of Keene, TX, David Wall and his wife Yully of Winter Garden, FL and a niece Natasha Winslow and her husband Chad of Lunenburg. A funeral service will be Wednesday, February 21, at 10 A.M. in the Greater Boston Academy, 108 Pond St., Stoneham, followed by burial in Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. Visiting hours are Tuesday, 4-8 p.m., at Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home, 4 Common St.,...

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Ronald J. “Ronnie” Freni

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Ronald J. “Ronnie” Freni

Published in the February 19, 2018 edition. READING — Ronald J. “Ronnie” Freni, of Reading, formerly of Malden, February 14, 2018. Son of Emma (Barile) and the late Joseph Freni. Brother of Maria Eaton of N.H., Joseph of Norton, Michael of Malden, Robert of Malden, John of Malden, Chris of Wakefield, David of Everett, Ricky of Revere, Nina of Malden, Nick of Lynnfield, Anthony of Saugus, Mario of N.H., Eddie of Malden, Marc of Everett, Michelle Marrangoni of Reading, Craig of N.H., and Stephanie of Revere. Also survived by 35 nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett, Tuesday, February 20, at 8 a.m. Funeral Mass in the St. Mary Church, Revere, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours Monday 4-8 p.m. Complimentary valet parking will be available at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Ronnie was so very proud of his large and loving family, to him it was his greatest blessing. For more info 1-877-71-Rocco or...

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William E. Dunham, 86

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on William E. Dunham, 86

Published in the February 16, 2018 edition. READING — William E. “Bill” Dunham, 86, of Reading, died on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. Born in Rome, New York on June 19, 1931, he was the son of the late Worden and Isabelle (Tiffany) Dunham. Mr. Dunham was raised and educated in Rome, New York. He lettered in tennis and track, was the business manager of the yearbook and was elected to the National Honor Society in High School. Mr. Dunham served in the United States Navy during the Korean War as a 3rd Class Petty Officer Hospital Corpsman. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Gordon College, Class of 1959. While at Gordon, he met and married his late wife, Debora, in 1957. They later moved to Reading where they raised their family. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Reading and was active at the Reading Senior Center as well as in the Reading Republican Town Committee. Mr. Dunham was the husband of the late Debora R. (Carles) Dunham. He is survived by his two daughters; Devon Schneider and her husband Steve of Billerica and Tiffany Rose and her husband Duane Mero of Lake Stevens, Wash. Mr. Dunham is also survived by his 13 grandchildren and his six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Kenneth Dunham and his sister Mary Thomas. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church, 45 Woburn St, Reading on Sunday at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements are in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home in...

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Edith “Edie” Curran, 56

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in Wakefield Obituaries | Comments Off on Edith “Edie” Curran, 56

Published in the February 15, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Edith “Edie” (Foss) Curran, 56, passed away while surrounded by family on February 7, 2018. Ms. Curran was born on March 16, 1961, to (the late) Ernest and Priscilla (Stormont) Foss. A 1979 graduate of Wakefield High School, Edie lived most of her life in Wakefield. After some years in the medical and drafting fields, she was known to many in town as the third-generation owner and obedience trainer of The Ox Bow Pet Shop, a family business opened by John and Beatrice (Peddle) Stormont in 1946. Edie took pride in continuing the old-values small business model that her grandparents and parents built, finding enjoyment in the business as a fixture for community. She was an avid researcher of family history and genealogy. Edie enjoyed traveling and spending summers at the family home in Roseway, Nova Scotia. After relocating to Arizona for health, she looked forward to family trips to Sedona, Flagstaff and most recently, the Grand Canyon. Edith often remarked that life should be a celebration and hoped to be memorialized through intentionally celebrating one’s own. Her family remembers her living with strength, positivity and bravery through illness. She is survived by her son, Ryan Curran of Portland, Ore., daughter, Kelly Curran and grandson, Aaron Canestaro, both of Wakefield, sister, Gayle Foss and mother, Priscilla Stormont Foss, both of Va. She was predeceased by her father, Ernest Foss of...

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Maureen Donovan, 93

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Published in the February 15, 2018 edition. LYNNFIELD — Maureen Hildegarde (Murphy) Donovan, 93, of Lynnfield and Gloucester, passed away on February 10, 2018. She was born April 13, 1924, in Taunton. She was a graduate of Framingham State College, with a bachelor of science in Nutrition; honored with the Alumni Achievement Award in 1995 at her 50th reunion. She was a former member of the Ladies Committee of Peabody Essex Museum; American Field Service in Lynnfield; The Wingaersheek Yacht Club of Gloucester (hosting the Chowder Day for over 25 years); Lynnfield Historical Society; Friends of Harvard Celtic Studies (honored with her husband as Celtic Couple of the Year in 2003); and St. Maria Goretti Church choir. She was active in environmental and civic concerns in her community. She enjoyed collecting antiques, restoring her 18th Century colonial home, following the latest fashion trends, being active in book groups for over 50 years, the Boston Symphony, theater, travel, entertaining, cooking for friends and family, and being at the seashore. She edited a family journal, “Navonod News.” Whatever she did, she did well and pursued with full conviction. Her positive attitude was contagious. Above all she was a passionate mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her legacy is love. Maureen was preceded in death by parents, Helen Agatha “Bami” (Denault) and Edward Dennis “Bampi” Murphy and siblings Edward D. Jr., Helen Bresnahan, and Charles. She is survived by her siblings Elizabeth Cousin Lerwick, Rosemarie Casey and William Murphy. She is predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Alfred M. Donovan, M.D. She is survived by their 11 children: Maureen Donovan (James Bartholomew) of Washington, D.C.; Charles S. Donovan of Oakland, Calif.; Lea Watson (James) of Gloucester; Edward D. Donovan, M.D. of Hollis, N.H.; Grant Donovan (Ellen) of Salt Lake City, Utah; Denault Donovan (Sharon) of Lynnfield; Oren Paulin (Justin) of Manchester, Conn.; Shauna Donovan of Clifton Forge, Va.; Ailis Kiernan (Richard Cleggett) of South Weymouth; Tara Canellas (Christopher) of Weston, Fla.; and Simon Donovan (Monica) of San Francisco, Calif. She is also survived by grandchildren Thomas Bartholomew (Cynthia Newell); Yvette, Martine, and Neal Donovan; Keara, Alexander (Samantha), and Fraser (Erin) Watson; Hannah and Jules Donovan; Michael and Selena Donovan; Elizabeth Paulin; Brianan, Danya, and Mairead Kiernan; Katie, Richard, and Dylan Cleggett; Andre (Kristen), Mia, and Natalie Canellas; Declan and Dashiell Donovan. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren: Nora Watson, Cailan Watson, and Austin Killion. She is predeceased by great-grandchildren Violet and Michela Bartholomew. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Interment to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Monday, Feb. 19, from 4 to 8...

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Louis Thomas Corcoran, 74

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Published in the February 12, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Louis Thomas “Lou” Corcoran, 74, a longtime Wakefield resident died peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family and friends on Friday, February 9, 2018. Born in Watertown on November 5, 1943 he was the son of the late Francis and Mary (Meyers) Corcoran. Mr. Corcoran was raised in Watertown and was a graduate of Watertown High School. He had been a longtime Wakefield resident and was a member of St. Joseph Parish. He had worked for the MBTA for 27 years before retiring as a Machinist Mechanic. Since retirement, Mr. Corcoran had worked part-time for Keith’s Tree Service. He loved spending time at his cabin in Bethel, Maine; he also enjoyed tractors and snowmobiling. Above all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was the beloved husband of Karen A. (Howard) Corcoran. He was the loving father of Daniel L. Corcoran and his wife Michelle of Wakefield and Christopher P. Corcoran and his wife Jennifer of Mission Viejo, Calif.. He was the brother of Mary Ann Skahan of Belmont and the late Francis Corcoran. He was the adoring grandfather of Cameron, Connor, Amelia, and Thomas. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. His funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield at 10:30 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. Interment will be...

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Marguerite H. Burns, 96

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Published in the February 12, 2018 edition. WAKEFIELD — Marguerite H. Burns, 96, of Wakefield, died on February 10 at the Prescott House in North Andover. She was born in Cambridge on September 13, 1921, and was the daughter of the late Emmanuel and Anne (MacDonald) Moulis. Marguerite was a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1940. She had been a Wakefield resident for over 60 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, and was a retired bookkeeper for Superior Products Cleaning. Marguerite also taught pre-school at the Canterbury School at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Wakefield. Marguerite was the beloved wife of the late Norman W. Burns. She was the loving mother of Donna Burns of Seabrook, NH, Richard Burns of Madison, NH, and Nancy Miller and her husband Richard of Peabody. She was the sister of E. John Moulis of Augusta, ME, Laurence Moulis of Virginia Beach, and the late Orenthia Knox and Florence Binari. Marguerite was also the loving grandmother of Elizabeth Anne and Daniel Richard. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, 8 Lafayette St., Wakefield on Thursday at 11 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield, on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interment will be in Forest Glade Cemetery,...

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