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December 9, 2013

Ann M. McGee, 88

Danvers — Mrs. Ann M. (Sorrenti) McGee, 88, of Danvers, formerly of Lynn, died peacefully surrounded by her family on December 6, 2013, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was the former wife of the late Hon. Thomas W. McGee, former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Ann was born in Everett, and was the daughter of the late Anthony and Josephine (Libro) Sorrenti. She was a resident of Lynn for most of her life, before moving to Danvers three years ago. She was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1943. After her children were grown, she returned to work at Vogue Apparel and later Brooks Brothers, and loved nothing more than to share her keen sense of style with a neophyte.

Ann’s true devotion was raising her family. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attending the kid’s games and different events and activities. Annie loved entertaining, was an excellent cook, and you could be assured that there was a pot of sauce, or a soup simmering on the stove.

She loved to travel to Florida and the Caribbean, and we still talk about how much she enjoyed her trips to Italy and Ireland.

She loved beautiful things, whether it was a tree that caught her eye or the cut of a beautiful suit. Ann was an avid sports fan and never missed watching the Pats. This year’s Red Sox World Series win gave her special delight. She was a rabid fan of all things Notre Dame, and was immensely proud of seeing her daughter graduate from ND - surpassed only by attending her granddaughter’s graduation in South Bend and her grandson’s upcoming graduation as a member of the Class of 2015. She was a longtime, dedicated St. Mary’s communicant for many years.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Emilyann Chafey, 87

    Manchester-by-the-Sea — Emilyann (Hrycay) Chafey, 87, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Masconomet Healthcare Center in Topsfield, following a brief illness. She was the wife of the late George B. Chafey, who died in 1989.

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  • Frederick Stead Jr., 87

    Danvers, MA — Frederick Stead Jr., 87, of Danvers, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the husband of the late Eva (Wing) Stead for 50 years.

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  • Gerardus "Jerry" Visser, 86

    Ipswich — Gerardus “Jerry” Visser, 86, husband of Virginia (Stewart) Visser of Arrowhead Trail, Ipswich, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, in Addison Gilbert Hospital, Gloucester, following his  long  illness.

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  • Hedwig G. Weeden

    North Reading, MA — Hedwig (Hedy) G. Weeden, 78, died on Sunday, July 20, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the loving wife of William E. Weeden, with whom she had shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Revere, Mass., on April 18, 1936, she was the daughter of the late and beloved Sophia and Edward Makosky of Revere. Mrs. Weeden was the dearly loved mother of her daughter, Diane Weeden; three sons, Billy, Michael and Timothy Weeden; devoted grandmother of Stephen and Stacy Weeden; sister of Mr. Jan Makosky and his wife, Donna, of Winthrop. Our beloved Mom Hedy Weeden leaves behind a very large group of extended family and friends, too numerous to mention.

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  • Lillian “Lee” Slam

    Salem — Mrs. Lillian “Lee” Slam passed away peacefully on July 20, 2014. A resident of the John Bertram Home for the last seven years, Lee was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in July of 1915. She is predeceased by her husband, Leo Slam; and her daughter, Susan. Her son, Russell Slam and her daughter-in-law, Trish, have lived in Salem for the past 38 years. Lee is also survived by six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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  • Natalie Ann (Fuller) Comeau, 77

    Ipswich — Mrs. Natalie Ann (Fuller) Comeau, 77, of Ipswich, beloved wife of David A. Comeau, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by her family.

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  • Richard M. Pellegrino, 54

    Peabody — Richard M. Pellegrino, 54, died unexpectedly early Sunday morning, July 20, 2014, at his home.

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  • Katherine Nicholoplus, 99

    Peabody — Katherine “Kay” Nicholoplus, 99, of Peabody, died on Monday July 21, 2014, with her family by her side, at Rosewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Peabody.

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  • Lee Ann Fandel

    Boxford — Lee Ann (Carroll) Fandel died peacefully on July 11 in her Boxford home after an 18-month battle with a brain tumor. She was 58 years old. She leaves behind her loving and devoted husband, Bill; and her daughter, Kimberly Churches of Hamilton. She is also survived by her parents, Stuart and Pencie Carroll, of Jefferson, Maine; sisters Susan (Carroll) Burdsall of Winchendon, Mass., Patricia (Carroll) Bowe of Lakeland, Fla.; her brother, Edward Carroll of Appleton, Maine; and many nieces and nephews.

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