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July 16, 2013

Margaret L. Thomas, 95

Hobe Sound, FL — Margaret L (Karpinski) Thomas, 95, of Loxahatchee, Fla., and formerly of Wenham, Mass., passed away in her sleep on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at the Manors of Hobe Sound. She was the beloved wife of the late Major Ferdinand Thomas, USAF (retired). She suffered a hip fracture on December 22, 2012. "Marge" was the mother of Rev. Ferdinand “Fred” Thomas Jr. of Loxahatchee and Peabody, Mass., and Dolores J. Thomas of Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Born in Peabody, Mass., on September 28, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Marjan and Leontyna (Sikorski) Karpinski, who both emigrated from Poland. She was born fourth in a large family of 11. She regaled us over the years with her many stories of life in such a large family.

Educated in Peabody schools, she later received her high school diploma from Falmouth High School. She was employed by Sylvania on Boston Street in Salem, Mass., for 13 years. She left in September 1942, moving to Monroe, La., where she married U.S. Army Air Force Cadet Ferdinand Thomas, who was commissioned in 1943. They remained in Monroe while her husband served as a navigator instructor. In the spring of 1945, they moved to Clovis, N.M., until the end of WWII, when the family then moved to Salem, and eventually Lynn, Mass. With the outbreak of the Korean conflict, the family traveled to Mobile, Ala., then to San Antonio, Texas, where she earned her beautician’s license. Following a short assignment in Oklahoma City, Okla., they moved to Itazuke AFB, Fukuoka, Japan. While in Japan, she was commended for organizing a trade fair showcasing the utilization of Japanese goods in the American home. Returning from Japan in 1958, they were stationed at Otis AFB, Falmouth, Mass. During these years, she was active in the Officers’ Wives’ Club, planning and implementing many activities. She won awards for her imagination and creativity almost always winning first place at the many costume parties. She and her husband also won the home Christmas decoration contest several years in a row. They lived in College Station, Texas, while her husband attended and graduated from Texas A&M University, returning in 1968 to Wenham, Mass. She was employed as a keypunch operator with the IRS in Andover, Mass. Subsequently, she became an accounting technician at Hanscom AFB, retiring in 1982. She traveled on many occasions to Europe with her husband, visiting relatives in Poland and the Ukraine. After her husband's death in 1999, she moved to Loxahatchee, with her two children and daughter-in-law. For a few years she became a snowbird, flying back and forth between Florida and Massachusetts. She loved to read and was constantly writing letters and sending "clippings" to all of her family and favorite politicians, and newscasters. She never missed watching her favorite television shows, EWTN, the Fox Network News and RFD-TV. She was always up to date on the latest events and well versed in many subjects.

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Obituaries
  • Helen Lee Garey, 84

    Beverly — Helen Lee (Reid) Garey, 84, of Beverly, Mass., died July 24, 2014, with her daughter and family friend, Blair Spofford, by her side.

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  • Jane H. Byrne

    Salem, MA — Jane H. Byrne died unexpectedly at her home in New Hampshire on Friday, July 25, 2014.

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  • Lorraine V. Sandt, 90

    Danvers — Lorraine Vera Sandt, 90, died peacefully on July 17, 2014, at Kaplan Family Hospice House, surrounded by loved ones. She is survived by her three children; Judy Krusell and her husband, David Landy of Shrewsbury, N.J, Jan Krusell and his wife, Diane Carroll of Beverly, and Lauren Sideri of Danvers. She leaves her beloved grandchildren, Sarah Landy of New York City, Seth Landy and his wife, Jaching Landy of San Francisco, Calif., Scott Carroll and his wife, Rayna Carroll of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Sean Carroll and his wife, Danielle Linzer of Ridgewood, N.Y., Nicholas Sideri and his wife, Gillian Sideri of Peabody, and Douglas Sideri of Gloucester. In addition she leaves four precious great-grandchildren, Aleka and Aspen Carroll, and Nicholas and Nolan Sideri. She was also blessed with three wonderful caretakers, Kris Berry Hurton, Yamilca Diaz and Gayle Brunet.

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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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  • Robert W. Cody, 74

    Peabody MA — Robert W. Cody, 74, of Hampton, N.H., and formerly of Peabody, Mass., died peacefully at his residence on Sunday, July 27, 2014, with his family at his side, after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Patricia M. (Hayes) Cody and the late Carolyn J. (Newhall) Cody. He was born in East Boston on January 28, 1940, and was the son of the late Walter and Lorraine (Doyle) Cody. He was raised, educated and resided in Peabody. He later moved to Phoenix, Ariz., before moving back to Hampton 15 years ago. Bob had been a manager for Martin Liquor Distributors for many years. Later, he became a salesman for Sears Department Stores in Arizona for eight years prior to his retirement. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in Korea before his discharge in 1964. Bob enjoyed going camping in New Hampshire and at Lake Sebago, Maine. But his favorite time was spent being with his family.

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  • Tina Ketchopulos, 64

    Rockport, MA — Mary C. “Tina” Ketchopulos, 64, died peacefully on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Addison Gilbert Hospital, surrounded by the comfort of her loving family and friends that she adored.

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  • Virginia Louise Dorden, 64

    Peabody — Virginia Louise (Lord) Dorden, 64, of Peabody, passed away July 19, 2014, at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, surrounded by family, following a lengthy battle with lung disease. She was the wife of Jeffrey Dorden.

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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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  • 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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Local News
  • Keenan to resign to take Salem State job

    SALEM — State Rep. John Keenan said Tuesday he will resign from office Aug. 24 to take a new job as vice president of administration at Salem State University.
    His announcement ended months of speculation about where the five-term Democrat would end up after leaving the Legislature. As it turns out, he is leaving four months before his term would have expired.

    July 29, 2014

  • Buczko Legislature approves naming Salem Probate Court after Judge Thaddeus Buczko

    BOSTON — The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill to designate the Essex Probate and Family Court, located in Salem, in honor of Judge Thaddeus Buczko.

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  • Chism attorney wants 'youthful offender' indictments dismissed

    Philip Chism's attorney will argue that the state's "youthful offender" law, which requires that the Danvers teen be tried as an adult in last fall's rape and murder of his teacher, is unconstitutional.
    In documents filed Monday, defense attorney Denise Regan contends that the statute, enacted in 1996, creates two classes of children within the court system, distinguishing them based solely on the charge.

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  • Whale watching boat snagged by lobster trap rope

    BOSTON (AP) — They weren't castaways, but like the tourists on Gilligan's Island, a group of whale watchers expecting only a three-hour tour got much more after their boat was snagged by a lobster trap rope off Massachusetts and they were forced to spend a long night at sea.

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  • Market Basket store managers vow to resign

    Store managers and assistant managers at Market Baskets in the area signed petitions Monday declaring they would work only for Arthur T. Demoulas, no matter who buys the grocery chain. "It was a voluntary petition," Salem store manager Dave Webber sa

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