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Obituaries

January 9, 2014

Peter Smyrnios, 94

Peabody, MA — Peter Smyrnios died on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at the age of 94 years, 9 months, and 27 days. He was a beloved husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, friend, and mentor. A decorated veteran of World War II, Pete fought in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and Normandy, as well as in the Battle of the Bulge; he escaped from a POW camp, and survived an exchange of hand grenades with a German soldier. Late in the war, he was reported dead to his parents, who only discovered otherwise when his mother saw him, like an apparition, walking up the driveway to the family home.

Pete was a master carpenter, cabinet maker, contractor, and construction foreman. He was insatiably curious, indefatigable, and passionate about anything that he did – whether making (and drinking) wine and beer, raising rabbits, reading cookbooks, woodcarving, or traveling with his wife, Katherine, to Greece, Turkey, Egypt, the Caribbean, Japan, Canada, and across the United States. He loved his small farm and, in later years, his garden. He cooked for his family every day, up to the day before he died.

Pete taught us many things, especially how to meet each day with anticipation and gratitude. He taught us about courage, hard work, persistence and resilience. He taught us, by his example, how a man should love and cherish and care for his bride.

Pete showed us how to live a life to the fullest. He was Zorba in the flesh. “Like a lion,” he would say, when asked how he was (even while recovering from triple bypass surgery at age 91). “Good luck, Pete,” he would always toast, smiling, and sometimes add, “I’m one in a million.” Nobody who knew him would ever disagree.

It is not enough to say that his passing leaves a void. A force of nature has been stilled, and only in the now quiet aftermath will we come to fully apprehend the enormity of his presence in our lives.

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  • Earline Faneuf, 89

    Lynn, MA — Earline (Cheever) Faneuf, age 89, of Lynn, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Arthur J. Faneuf. Born in Lynn, she spent most of her childhood in the Bronx, and she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Gertrude (Quinn) Cheever. Prior to her retirement, she worked in the shoe factory and several local nursing homes. Earline loved her family and was an avid knitter and enjoyed crocheting and bingo. She is survived by her children, Dianne Forbes of Peabody, Janice and Jeffrey Kaplan of Peabody, James Faneuf of Lynn and Joanne and Bruce Caron of Lynn; her grandchildren, Christopher Bettencourt, Jason Bettencourt, the late Brandon Bettencourt, Tyler Kaplan, Michael Caron, Stephen Caron and Jonathan Caron; great-grandchildren, Sara Mangiafico, Arianna Kaplan, Jackson Kaplan, Aliana Caron and Alex Caron; her Aunt Shirley Lebrasseur and cousin, Sharon Forand, both of Lynn, and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Donald Cheever and Joseph Cheever.

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  • Edward C. Boulay, 87

    BEVERLY — Edward C. Boulay, 87, beloved husband of Ruth M. (Underwood) Boulay, with whom he had shared 57 years of marriage, passed away peacefully on July 26 at Ledgewood Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Beverly. Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Mary (Dorr) Boulay.

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  • Eleanor B. Twiss, 92

    Middleton — Eleanor B. Twiss, 92, of Middleton, died Friday morning, July 25, 2014. She was the wife of the late Frank R. Twiss.

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  • Irene E. Ayles, 92

    Danvers — Irene E. (Peterson) Ayles, 92, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. She was the wife of the late Richard G. Ayles.

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  • Marguerite M. (Scahill) Watson, 96

    Beverly, MA — Marguerite M. “Peggy” (Scahill) Watson, 96, wife of the late Roy E. Watson of Beverly, died Wednesday morning, July 23, 2014. Marguerite was the daughter of the late Patrick J. and Agnes B. (Wynne) Scahill. Born and raised in Peabody, she attended St. John's Elementary School and graduated from St. John’s Girls High School, Class of 1935. She had received all of her sacraments at St. John’s Church in Peabody.

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  • Matthew W. Brady, 47

    TOPSFIELD — Matthew W. Brady, 47, of Topsfield, passed away suddenly in Beverly on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

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  • Olinda Abrantes (Nogueira) Fernandes, 84

    Peabody MA — Olinda Abrantes Fernandes, 84, of Peabody, died Saturday at the Penacook Place Nursing Home in Haverhill, with her family at her side. She was the wife of the late Carlos Fernandes. She was born in, Povoa Da Rainha, Portugal, on October 14, 1929, the daughter of the late Angelino Gomes and Patrocinia d’Abrantes (Nogueira) Coelho, and was raised and resided there before emigrating to Peabody in 1957.

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  • Peter G. Briggs, 77

    Gloucester, MA — Peter G. Briggs, 77, devoted husband of Maura L. (Resk) Briggs of Gloucester, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, following a brief illness.

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  • Rene Alfred Ouellette, 92

    Salem — Rene A. Ouellette, 92, husband of the late Margaret (Jackson) Ouellette and the late Rosalie (Barbarino) Getchell-Ouellette, died on July 27, 2014, at Canton Nursing Center, Canton, Ga., following a brief illness. Born in Salem, Mass., he was the son of the late Alfred and Blanche (Berube) Ouellette. He was raised and educated in Salem schools. During World War II, Mr Ouellette proudly served in the United States Army in several battles, including D-Day. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service to country. Following his discharge, he worked at the United States Post Office in Lynn, Mass., where he was employed for 25 years as a postal clerk, until his retirement.

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  • Richard T. Levasseur Jr., 59

    Beverly — Richard T. “Rick” Levasseur Jr., 59, of Beverly, died at Beverly Hospital on Thursday, July 24, 2014, following a lengthy illness.

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  • Robin R. Hincman, 57

    DERRY, NH — Robin R. Hincman, 57, beloved wife of James J. Hincman, passed away on Saturday, July 26, at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, N.H., after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her family. Born in Biddeford, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Roger and Susan Conley.

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  • Theresa M. Lefrancois, 86

    Salem — Theresa M. (Arsenault) Lefrancois, 86, of Salem, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, in NSMC Salem Hospital.

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  • Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • Eleanor A. (Dziadul) Sheppard, 77

    Ipswich — Eleanor A. (Dziadul) Sheppard, 77, died peacefully in her sleep at the Phillips Manor Nursing Home in Lynn Thursday morning, July 24, 2014. Born in Ipswich on Feb. 27, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Bronislaw and Anna (Babinski) Dziadul.

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  • Elna E. Hills, 84

    Beverly — Elna E. (Foster) Hills, 84, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Beverly, beloved wife of Arthur Hills, died Thursday, June 26, 2014 in Tampa.

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  • Frank N. "Skip" Kelley, Jr.

    Newbury, MA — Frank Norman “Skip” Kelley, Jr., age 71, of Newbury, passed away peacefully at his home Thursday evening surrounded by his loving family and dear friends. He was the husband of Candace C. (Child) Kelley.

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  • Geraldine "Gerry" O. L'Heureux Humphrey, 91

    Wenham, Ma — Geraldine (Gerry) O. L’Heureux Humphrey, 91 of Wenham, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, of natural causes in Yarmouth, Maine. She was born on March 1, 1923 in Beverly, the daughter of late Charles J and Eva Marie Blanche Gagne L’Heureux.

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  • Marion Gershaw, 63

    Middleton — Marion Gershaw, 63 years, of Middleton, formerly of Lynn, passed away suddenly Saturday evening, July 19th at Salem Hospital, while surrounded by friends and family. She was the beloved wife of Robert Gershaw, together 47 years, and daughter of Hilda and Harry Azer. She was employed as a medical transcriptionist for over 30 years before retiring several years ago. She regularly attended the book club at the Flint Library and played Scrabble at the Danvers Library. She was a devoted reader of books and the news, a talented artist, and in her youth she loved to sail. She is survived by her two loving children, Alex and Sarah Gershaw; her beloved brother, Paul Azer and her aunt and uncle, Barbara and Jack Smuckler. She graduated from Lynn Classical High School, majored in Psychology at Boston University, received Bachelors in Social Work at Salem State, Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling from Northeast University, and was an honorable mention as a National Merit Scholar.

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  • Mary Gilmore Helming, 96

    BEVERLY — Mary Gilmore Helming passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, July 24. Born May 5, 1918, second child of Martin and Catherine Veronica Phillips Gilmore in Magnolia, Mass.

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  • Odis L. Jones, 89

    Danvers — Odis L. Jones died peacefully on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Putnam Farms at Danvers. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy P. (Henderson) Jones. They met in Portsmouth, N.H. and shared 64 years of marriage.

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  • Theodore S. Rygielski, 91

    Ipswich — Theodore S. Rygielski, 91, died Thursday afternoon, July 24, 2014, in the Beverly Hospital, after a brief illness. Born in Ipswich on Sept. 26, 1922, he was the son of the late Stanley and Leona (Wielgus) Rygielski.

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  • Friday, July 25, 2014
  • Barbara Perdue, 77

    Hamilton — Barbara (Sixt) Perdue, 77, of Danvers, formerly of Hamilton, Sarasota, Fla., and Aiken, S.C., died on July 23, 2014, after a four-year struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis, a disease with no known cause or cure. She was the wife of Carl M. Perdue, her loving husband of 54 years and dedicated caretaker throughout her illness.

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  • Florence G. Sylvanowicz, 92

    SALEM — Florence G. (Dolmat) Sylvanowicz, of Rowley, wife of the late John F. Sylvanowicz, died Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Masconomet Healthcare Center in Topsfield following a long illness.

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  • Judith Tucker, 51

    Beverly, MA — Judith E. Tucker, 51, of Beverly, died July 1, under hospice care with her beloved spouse, Elizabeth E. Mann, by her side. Judy was born Oct. 2, 1962.

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  • Lillian Ledger, 79

    Lynn — Lillian Ledger, 79 years, of Lynn, died on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at home, after a long illness. She was born in Swampscott, the daughter of Amy Ledger. She was raised in Lynn and was a graduate of St. Mary’s Girls High School and she attended Boston University. She had lived in Lynn most of her life.

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  • Marguerite "Peggy" Marie Scahill Watson, 96

    Beverly — Marguerite M. “Peggy” (Scahill) Watson, age 96, died Wednesday morning, July 23, 2014 at the Ledgewood Nursing and Skilled Nursing Center in Beverly. Born in Peabody, Marguerite was the daughter of the late Patrick J. and Agnes B. (Wynne) Scahill. She was raised in Peabody and attended St. Johns Elementary School and graduated from St. John’s Girls High School in the class of 1935. She had received all of her sacraments at St. John’s Church in Peabody.

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  • Thursday, July 24, 2014
  • Constance M. (Struzinska) DiVirgilio

    Salem — Mrs. Constance M. (Struzinska) DiVirgilio, 95, of Salem, died Monday July 21, 2014, in the Devereux House, Marblehead, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Mario DiVirgilio.

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  • Edward Andre Chateauneuf

    Swampscott — Edward André Chateauneuf died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of the late Captain Edward Andre and Ellen (Brazell) Chateauneuf, and the beloved husband of Blanche Louise (Foley) Chateauneuf; the daughter of the late Judge John and Blanche (Downs) Foley.

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  • Mary T. (Sullivan) Allen, 93

    Peabody, MA — Mary T. (Sullivan) Allen, 93, of South Peabody, died peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 with her family at her side. She was the wife of the late James E. Allen. She was born in Somerville, Mass. on Dec. 26, 1920, the daughter of the late Michael and Bridget (Hickey) Sullivan and was raised and educated there. After her marriage, she and her husband had resided in Arlington, Mass. and Hamden, Conn., before moving to Peabody 48 years ago. She had worked in her earlier years as a comptometer for First National Stores in Somerville. Mary loved to cook and the family enjoyed her famous clam dip. She also traveled with her husband and enjoyed playing Bridge and other card games. In her healthier years, she was a devout communicant of St. Ann’s Church.

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  • Ruth A. (Fox) Ring, 97

    Peabody — Ruth A. (Fox) Ring, 97, beloved wife of the late John Ring, died peacefully on Friday July 18, 2014, at the Golden Living Center in Dedham, following an extended illness.

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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
  • Blanche E. Railo, 92

    Danvers — Blanche E. Railo, 92, died Monday morning, July 21, 2014. She was the wife of the late Victor Railo.

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