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February 21, 2014

Leslie Churchill, 62

Scottsdale, AZ — Leslie Brooks Churchill, 62, of Scottsdale, Arizona, formerly of Beverly, Massachusetts, passed away on February 18, 2014, after a brief illness.

Born and raised in Beverly, Leslie had been a longtime employee of Ann and Hope. He and his wife moved to Arizona eight years ago.

Leslie is survived by his wife of thirty-eight years, Elizabeth (Wolkins) Churchill, and one son, Lukkah Churchill and his wife, Christine, of Portland, Oregon.

Private services are being held in Arizona.

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  • Brian Shea, 58

    Peabody — Brian F. Shea, 58, of Davie, Florida, formerly of Peabody, passed away after a lengthy illness on July 2, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends.

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    Jul 10, 2014
  • Donald E. Dickson, 71

    Salem — Donald E. Dickson, 71, of Salem, died at NSMC Salem Hospital, May 17, 2014. He was the husband of Anne (MacKillop) Dickson. Don was born in Salem the son of the late Hugh and Anne (McKinnon) Dickson and had been a resident of Salem most of his life. Donald had been employed as a ground mechanic with American Airlines at Logan Airport for 33 years until his retirement 13 years ago due to illness. Don was a member of Vanguard, the American Airlines Retirees Association. Don loved boating and he also loved traveling with his loving wife, Anne.

    The Salem News Thu, July 10
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  • Leanora (Aucella) Atkinson, 84

    Peabody Ma — Leanora ((Aucella) Atkinson, 84, of Peabody, died Tuesday at her residence with her family at her side after a lengthy illness. She was the devoted wife of 63 years to James E. Atkinson Jr. She was born in Charlestown, Mass. on Sept. 3, 1929, the daughter of the late Philip and Jennie (Lupo) Aucella and had resided in Saugus where she graduated from Saugus High School. She later lived to Stoneham before moving to Peabody 59 years ago.

    The Salem News Thu, July 10
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  • Lillian M. (Mansfield) Wall

    Peabody — Mrs. Lillian M. (Mansfield) Wall, age 85, of Peabody, died Sunday in Beverly Hospital after a short illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis T. (“Tom”) Wall with whom she shared 66 years of marriage.

    The Salem News Thu, July 10
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  • Paulette Langone, 74

    Salem, MA — Paulette “Polly” (Demitropoulos) Langone, age 74, of Salem, formerly of Lynn, died after a brief illness on Monday, July 7, 2014, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was the wife of LTC Michael S. Langone (Retired), and the daughter of the late William and Leona (Myers) Demitropoulos. Born in Lynn, Mass. on Nov. 19, 1939, Paulette was raised in the Brickyard section of Lynn and graduated in 1957 from Lynn Classical High School, and from UMASS- Amherst in 1961. She moved to Salem in 1965, where she made a home for her family. She was a gifted portrait artist working in several mediums including, pastels, oils, charcoal and watercolors. Paulette worked for the Lynn Public Schools for more than 40 years as an art teacher, first at Breed Middle School, and later at Lynn Classical High School. Many of her students’ artwork was featured in the prestigious Boston Globe Art Contest. She inspired and changed the lives of countless numbers of students. In 1985, she and a colleague were applicants for the Teacher in Space program. After the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, their grief inspired them to create a portrait of Christa McAuliffe and the space shuttle. Proceeds from the sale of posters based on this drawing funded a Christa McAuliffe Scholarship Fund they established for many years. The pair were invited to the White House to meet President Ronald Reagan for their efforts. The original piece of artwork hangs in Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Mass. Christa’s Alma Mater. Paulette also attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. for a program especially for teachers. She enjoyed working in floral design, and in her earlier days worked for Tony the Florist in Lynn. She kept herself very busy after retirement. She was a founding member of the North Shore Ladies Investment Club, a former board member of Raw Art Works of Lynn and a member of the North Shore Art Teachers Association. She was active with her husband Michael in his involvement in veterans’ organizations, including the Second Corps of Cadets Veterans Association, and the Yankee Division Veterans Association, where she was recently appointed Sergeant-at-Arms. Before her death, Paulette was in the process of restoring century-old sculptures cast by Italian-American artist Pietro Carproni. The sculptures were a gift from the Classical High School Class of 1911, and will be permanently hung in the foyer of the new Classical High School. Besides her husband, Michael of 50 years, Paulette is survived by her two daughters, Lisa Langone of Salem and her son-in-law, Atty. Joseph P. Franzese, and Nicole Langone of Salem; her sisters, Elaine Moody of Peabody and Joanne Tague of San Diego; her brothers, George Demitropoulos of Lynn and Alexander Demitropoulos of Idaho Falls, Idaho and the late Peter Demitropoulos, who died at birth. She also leaves several nieces and nephews.

    The Salem News Thu, July 10
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  • Rolf H. Owens Sr., 91

    Peabody — Mr. Rolf H. Owens Sr., 91, of Brooksby Village, Peabody, formerly of Lynnfield, and beloved husband of H. Louise (Conley) Owens, died July 7, 2014, with his devoted wife by his side.

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  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014
  • Alice A. (Nordyke) Dempsey, 65

    Salem — Alice A. (Nordyke) Dempsey, 65, loving wife of Paul T. Dempsey, died early Tuesday morning, July 8, 2014, at North Shore Medical Center, Salem Hospital. Born in Chelsea, Mrs. Dempsey was the daughter of the late John and Doris Nordyke. She was raised in Salem, attended St. James Grammar School, and graduated from St. James High School.

    The Salem News Wed, July 09
    Jul 9, 2014
  • Brian J. McCormack, 52

    Peabody — Brian J. McCormack, 52, of Peabody, died unexpectedly while battling cancer on May 4, 2014, at his home in Peabody.

    The Salem News Wed, July 09
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  • Joseph G. McLaughlin, 75

    Marblehead — Joseph G. McLaughlin, 75, of Marblehead, Mass., past peacefully on July 8, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Mary B. (Glynn) McLaughlin for 47 years; dear and devoted father to Joseph, Kevin, Colleen (husband Ali Komeyli), Michael (wife Kim York), and James (wife Rachel); and loving grandfather to Kian, Mashti and Finley. His love touched nieces and nephews, and extended family, both in the U.S. and Ireland.

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  • Laura M. Durkee, 88

    Wenham — Laura M. (Phelps) Durkee 88, of Danvers, formerly of Wenham, wife of the late Norman R. Durkee, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Emeritus Assisted Living in Danvers.

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  • Matthew Wayne Cronin, 79

    Salem, MA — Matthew Wayne Cronin, 79, of Salem, died Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Spaulding North Shore Hospital in Salem, after a brief illness. He was the loving husband of Patricia (Lee) Cronin, with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. He was born in Salem, Mass., on August 13, 1934, and was the youngest of 14 children of the late John Francis and Agnes Pearl (Calder) Cronin.

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  • Mildred "Mimi" Arlene Shapiro, 74

    Swampscott, MA — Mildred Arlene "Mimi" (Tarlow) Shapiro, 74, of Swampscott, and formerly of Brockton and Chelsea, entered into rest on July 7, 2014.

    The Salem News Wed, July 09
    Jul 9, 2014
  • Robert J. Turner, 60

    Peabody — Robert J. Turner, 60, died unexpectedly on Friday July 4, 2014, at his home, following an extended illness.

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  • Steven Moore, 54

    Taunton, MA, formerly of Salem, MA — Steven Moore, 54, passed away suddenly on June 14, while on vacation in Key West, Fla., with his loving wife, Veronica, by his side. Steve was born on February 22, 1960, in Salem, Mass. He was the son of the late Donald and Alice (Holloran) Moore of Salem.

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  • Walter G. "Buddy" Mello, 62

    Lynn, MA — Walter G. “Buddy” Mello passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Buddy was born and raised in Lynn by the late Charles and Jeanne (Fleury) Mello. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

    The Salem News Wed, July 09
    Jul 9, 2014
  • Wilfred "Tibby" Thibodeau, 92

    Peabody — Wilfred “Tibby” Thibodeau, 92, beloved husband of the late Beatrice (Dumas) Thibodeau, died peacefully on Monday morning, July 7, 2014, at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, while in the comforting presence of his family.

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  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014
  • Claire W. Brown, 92

    Wenham — Claire W. Brown, 92, longtime resident of Wenham, and most recently of Brooksby Village, died peacefully on July 1, 2014.

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  • Dorothy J. Comito

    Nahant — Mrs. Dorothy J. (Cunningham) Comito, 90, of Nahant and formerly of Lynn, died on Saturday, July 5, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late George Comito.

    The Salem News Tue, July 08
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  • Elizabeth E. Peterson

    Beverly — Mrs. Elizabeth E. "Betty" (Joslin) Peterson, 83, of Beverly, died on Saturday, June 8, 2014, in Kaplan Family Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family, after a lengthy illness. She was the beloved wife of Richard D. Peterson, with whom she had shared 61 years of marriage.

    The Salem News Tue, July 08
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  • Jack Finley Shepherd Jr.

    Gloucester, MA — Jack Shepherd Jr., 62, of Gloucester, Mass., and Blue Hill, Maine, died Thursday, July 3, 2014, after a four-year fight with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and a week-long battle with pneumonia complications.

    The Salem News Tue, July 08
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  • James Charles Maravelias, 72

    TOPSFIELD — Mr. James Charles Maravelias, 72, of Topsfield, beloved husband of Donna (Doherty) Saumsiegle, died Monday, June 30, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family, following a valiant battle with cancer.

    The Salem News Tue, July 08
    Jul 8, 2014
  • Norman "Mitch" Beaulieu, 73

    Salem — Norman “Mitch” Beaulieu, 73, died Friday, July 4, 2014, in Lowell General Hospital. He was born in Salem, and was the son of the late Lucien and Catherine (Mahoney) Beaulieu. Norman lived in Salem for many years, and attended Salem schools, and had been employed as a meat cutter at the former A&P Supermarkets.

    The Salem News Tue, July 08
    Jul 8, 2014
  • Sarah A. (Coady) Guy

    Swampscott — Sarah A. (Coady) Guy, of Swampscott, passed into eternal rest on Thursday, July 3, at 3 a.m. She was born in Salem, Mass., and attended Salem schools, and was later a lifetime resident of Swampscott, Mass., where she raised her family. She was predeceased by her husband, Clinton J. Guy Sr.; and her daughter, Cheryl F. Guy.

    The Salem News Tue, July 08
    Jul 8, 2014
  • Tara V. Gaynor, 38

    SALEM — Tara V. (Sciola) Gaynor, 38, of Salem, wife of the late Colin Gaynor, died on Saturday, June 28, 2014, following a short illness.

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  • Virginia Marie McNamara, 89

    Beverly, MA — Virginia Marie McNeil McNamara died July 3, 2014 at 89 years old. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert M. McNamara, a/k/a “Archie Bunker.” Her parents were Walter H. McNeil Sr. and Elizabeth Saunders McNeil.

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  • Monday, July 7, 2014
  • Alton P. Goodale

    Haverhill — Retired Massachusetts State Police Officer Alton P. Goodale, 79, of Haverhill, died on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at his home.

    The Salem News Mon, July 07
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  • Ana Mercedes de Mesa

    Salem — Mrs. Ana Mercedes de Mesa, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in San Cristobal, was the daughter of late Ramon A. Mercedes and Agueda Luisa Nina. Ana was the wife of the late Teodoro A. Mesa, and they were married for 19 years. Ana's last employment was with Droll Design in Salem. Ana loved to sew and bowl in her free time. Her favorite artist was Fernando Villalona.

    The Salem News Mon, July 07
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  • Caroline Dorothy Crowley-Padovano, 72

    Stoughton, MA — Caroline Dorothy Crowley-Padovano, 72, of Stoughton, Mass., passed away on Saturday, December 11, 2013. Born in Salem, Mass., on July 30, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Frederick Wiggin and Dorothy Haffeke-Wiggin. Caroline enjoyed and retired after 20 years from Hogan Regional Center in Middleton, Mass. She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren in Texas, and her beloved dog, Fenway. Caroline was preceded in death by her son, Robert Crowley of New Hampshire; and brother, Louis Wiggin. Survivors include her husband, Stephen Padovano of Stoughton, Mass., and Naples, Fla.; children, William Crowley and wife, Robin, Thomas Crowley and wife, Michon, and Phillip Crowley and wife, Scherill, all of Austin, Texas; brother, Frederick Wiggin; sister, Helen Parker; sister-in-law, Karen Wiggin; and many grandchildren.

    The Salem News Mon, July 07
    Jul 7, 2014
  • Douglas W. Petersen, 66

    Portland, Maine — Douglas W. Petersen, 66, of Marblehead, Mass., passed away on July 1, 2014. The former Democratric State Representative from Marblehead/Swampscott/Lynn and Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Commissioner was born in Rockville Centre, N.Y., on March 7, 1948. He held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wagner College, a Master of Social Work from Simmons College, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.

    The Salem News Mon, July 07
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  • Gertrude Sprague, 95

    Hamilton — Gertrude Sprague, 95, of Hamilton, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Hathorne Hill Genesis Health Care in Danvers. Born in Hamilton on November 28, 1918, she was the daughter of the late George H. and Ethel ( Adams ) Sprague. She was raised and educated in Hamilton and a graduate of Hamilton High School, Class of 1936. Gertrude went to Hawthorne Business School in Salem. She worked for over 40 years for the New England Telephone Co., until she retired in 1983. Gertrude served her country in the United States Marine Corps in WWII as a Master Sergeant. After her discharge, she joined the Marine Reserves until she retired. In 1960, Gertrude became a member of the Woman’s Marine Association, where she served in many positions. For many years, she repaired and dressed dolls for the Toys For Tots organization. She resided in Venice, Fla., for 25 years, returning to Hamilton in 2006. She was a longtime member of First Congregational Church of Hamilton. Gertrude loved to travel and enjoyed hand crafts.

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