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Obituaries

Obituaries
  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014
  • Norman Ralph Durkee, 91

    Wenham — Norman Ralph Durkee, 91, died on Friday morning, February 28, at Wentworth Douglas Hospital in Dover, N.H. He was the son of Nancy and Ralph Durkee. He was born and raised in Danvers, Mass., and until recently, was proud to call Wenham his hometown. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 ½ years, Laura Durkee, and his four children, Steve Durkee and his wife, Carol, of Jacksonville, Fla., Karen Clarke and her husband, Mike, of Durham, N.H., Nancy Needham and her fiancé, Frank Sholds of Manchester, Mass., and Jeffrey Durkee and his wife, Jamie, of Marietta, Ga., nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a very dear family friend of 39 years, Peg Leblanc of Salem, Mass. Mr. Durkee graduated from Danvers High School, and served proudly in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was fondly known as “The Voice of the Radio,” managing the Salem-based radio station, WESX, for 40 years. He even “lived” at the station for four days during the "Great Blizzard of '78,” so the public would continually be informed of snow happenings. He enjoyed sports, especially football, loved to dance with Laura when they were members of the Hamilton-Wenham Couples Club, liked musical productions, and was very civic minded. He was a Little League coach, served four terms in office as a Wenham Selectman, was a 32 degree Mason, Master of Danvers Mosaic Lodge, and a member of the Aleppo Shrine. He was also president of the Beverly Lions Club, president of the Beverly Chamber of Commerce, and treasurer of the Council on Aging. After his retirement in 1987, he enjoyed cruising with his family, became a wonderful cook, and took great pride nurturing his pristine lawn and fruit trees.

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  • Ronald T. 'Hutch' Hutchins

    Rockland, Maine — Ronald T. "Hutch" Hutchins, 43, died at his home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, January 25, 2014, after a long illness.

    The Salem News Wed, March 05
    Mar 5, 2014
  • Ruth A. Bouchard, 93

    Topsfield — Ruth A. (Arpin) Bouchard, 93, of Topsfield, died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Beverly Hospital, Beverly.

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    Mar 5, 2014 1 Photo
  • Tuesday, March 4, 2014
  • Claire M. (Scanlon) Bird, 88

    Peabody — Claire M. (Scanlon) Bird, 88, beloved wife of the late John R. Bird Sr., died peacefully on Saturday evening at the Sunrise at Gardner Park in Peabody.

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    Mar 4, 2014 1 Photo
  • Dr. Anthony Harold James, 72

    Ipswich — Dr. Anthony Harold James, 72, of Cumming, Ga., formerly of Andover, Mass., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at his home in Ipswich, Mass., on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

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    Mar 4, 2014 1 Photo
  • Joseph R. Pugia, 50

    Boxford — Mr. Joseph R. Pugia Jr., 50, of Boxford, formerly of Danvers and Herkimer, N.Y., died on Saturday, March 1, following a short illness, surrounded by his father and mother, Joseph Ralph and Annetta Pugia, and his beloved sister, Susan Pugia Vinciguerra.

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    Mar 4, 2014 1 Photo
  • Ruth B. Bartnicki, 76

    Salem — Ruth B. (Rhoades) Bartnicki, 76, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away at Salem Hospital surrounded by her loving family on March 1, 2014.

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    Mar 4, 2014 1 Photo
  • Stefan Zak, 85

    Peabody — Stefan Zak, 85, beloved husband of Jadwiga (Belzko) Zak of Peabody, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday February 26, 2014.

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    Mar 4, 2014 1 Photo
  • Monday, March 3, 2014
  • Artemis (Stylianopoulos) Bougas, 85

    Peabody & Beverly — Artemis (Stylianopoulos) Bougas, 85, beloved mother and grandmother, and wife of the late Pericles Bougas, died peacefully on Friday, February 28, 2014, at the Essex Park Rehab and Nursing Center of Beverly, following an extended illness.

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    Mar 3, 2014 1 Photo
  • Brian J. Archibald, 46

    Ocala, FL — Brian J. Archibald, 46, of Ocala, Fla., passed away after a long illness. Born in Melrose, Mass., he was a cherished son of Arthur Archibald and his wife, Marianne, of Florida, and his mother, the late Catherine (Phipps) Archibald. His family certainly meant the world to him. He will be remembered as a devoted father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.

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    Mar 3, 2014
  • Concetta D. Voyce, 93

    Peabody — Concetta D. “Connie” (Mazzola) Voyce, 93, longtime South Peabody resident, now of Danvers, wife of Donald K. Voyce, died with her family by her side on Friday, February 28, 2014 ,at Emeritus at Cherry Hill, Danvers.

    The Salem News Mon, March 03
    Mar 3, 2014
  • Joan (Madison) Adamson, 83

    Peabody — Joan E. (Madison) Adamson, 83, of Peabody, formerly of Salem and Danvers, died on Thursday, February 27, 2014, in her home, surrounded by her loving family and best friend. She was the wife of the late John Adamson.

    The Salem News Mon, March 03
    Mar 3, 2014
  • John E. Barton, 52

    Ipswich — John E. Barton, 52, of Ipswich, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 24, 2014, at his home. He was born on May 23, 1961, in Ipswich, and was the fifth child of the late William A. Barton and Patricia (Gavin) Barton of Ipswich. He graduated from Ipswich High School in 1979, and attended Wentworth Institute in Boston.

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    Mar 3, 2014 1 Photo
  • Mary (Donlon) Curran, 81

    Beverly — Mary N. (Donlon) Curran, 81, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at her home. She was the wife of the late Roy E. Curran, who died in 2007.

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    Mar 3, 2014
  • Richard J. Estee, 87

    Peabody — Richard J. Estee, 87, of Peabody, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on February 27, 2014. He was the last of his parents' 10 children to survive. He was a communicant of St. Anne’s Church in South Peabody.

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    Mar 3, 2014 1 Photo
  • Saturday, March 1, 2014
  • Bernard J. Kelly, 89

    Peabody — Bernard J. “Bernie” Kelly, 89, of Peabody, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on February 22, 2014.

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  • Janice E. Knowles

    Ipswich — Janice E. Knowles, 74, passed away on February 26, 2014, at the Essex Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Beverly, MA.

    The Salem News Sat, March 01
    Mar 1, 2014
  • Ruth L. Norton, 89

    Danvers, MA — Ruth (Grygol) Norton, 89, of Danvers, MA, widow of Arthur Norton, passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 27, surrounded by her loving family. Ruth was born June 3, 1924, and was raised in Newburyport, MA. She was the youngest daughter of the late Walter and Victoria (Korzen) Grygol. Ruth proudly enlisted and served as a baker in the United States Coast Guard as a member of the SPAS during World War II. She was a passionate Boston Red Sox fan, she loved cooking and baking and playing the lottery, and bragging about her grandchildren and dogs, Colt and Willie. She is survived by her daughter, RuthAnn (Norton) Richards and son-in-law, Daniel Richards of Andover, MA; a son, Arthur Norton and daughter-in-law, Jeanie Norton of Danvers, MA; grandchildren, Tyler Richards and his wife, Donna Richards, of Andover, MA, Danielle Richards of Manhattan, New York and Artie Norton of Danvers, MA.

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    Mar 1, 2014 1 Photo
  • Friday, February 28, 2014
  • James L. Brown, 76

    Beverly — James L. Brown, 76, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at his home.

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    Feb 28, 2014
  • Jean E. Kelty

    Lynn — Mrs. Jean E. (Dunbar) Kelty, age 79, died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, after a brief illness at Salem Hospital. She was surrounded by her loving family.

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    Feb 28, 2014
  • Thursday, February 27, 2014
  • Bernard J. Kelley, 89

    Peabody — Bernard J. “Bernie” Kelly, 89, of Peabody, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on February 22, 2014.

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    Feb 27, 2014
  • Bertram L., Martin

    Danvers — Bertram L. Martin, 86 years, husband of Eileen (LeClair) Martin, died Tuesday evening, February 25, 2014, at the Hunt Nursing Home in Danvers, following a long illness. Born in Salem, Mr. Martin was the son of the late John L. and Jennie (Connors) Martin. He attended Salem Public Schools. Following his education, Mr. Martin entered the United States Army and serviced his country during WWII, achieving the rank of Private First Class.

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    Feb 27, 2014 1 Photo
  • Charles Popp, 94

    Swampscottt, MA — Charles H. Popp Jr., age 94, of Swampscott, died Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford. He was the husband of Bettie Lou (Hartford) Popp, and the son of the late Charles H. and Edith (Richardson) Popp Sr. Born and raised in Saugus, Charles was a graduate of Saugus High School. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, having served in several campaigns including Pearl Harbor. He married Bettie Lou and moved to Swampscott where he lived the rest of his life. He worked for the town of Swampscott as the Director of Maintenance in the schools. Later he worked as the Veterans Administrator for the town. Charles was an avid tennis player. He spent most summers at his family cottages in Dennisport on Cape Cod. He enjoyed fishing, lobstering, walking the beach and inventing different ways of improving things. He had an analytical mind and enjoyed playing with numbers. A huge Bruins fan, Charles was influential in the formation of the original Swampscott Youth Hockey Program. Besides his wife, Bettie Lou, of 64 years, Charles is survived by his son, Dennis Popp and his wife, Diane, of Swampscott; his grandchildren, Melissa Reardon and her husband, John, of Marblehead, and Meredith Popp of Swampscott. He also leaves his great-grandchildren, John and Charles Reardon, and Leonard Popp and his sister, Evelyn “Dolly” Sim of Arizona. He was the brother of the late Roy, Frank and Harold Popp, Theresa Wakefield and Virginia Hart.

    The Salem News Thu, February 27
    Feb 27, 2014
  • Gerald B. Cullen, 64

    Rochester, NH — Gerald Barry "Gerry" Cullen, died on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at Frisbee Memorial Hospital.

    The Salem News Thu, February 27
    Feb 27, 2014
  • Mark J. McBride

    Nahant — Mark J. McBride, age 61, of Nahant, died at his home on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.

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    Feb 27, 2014
  • Norma Regan, R.N.

    Marblehead — Mrs. Norma (Johnston) Regan, R.N., 84, of Marblehead, died peacefully on Sunday, February 23, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Joseph F. Regan.

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    Feb 27, 2014
  • Richard C. Carlsen, 83

    Beverly — Richard C. Carlsen, 83, beloved husband of the late Lillian E. (Dockum) with whom he shared 61 years of marriage, died Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Beverly Hospital in Beverly. He was the son of the late Carl and Dorothy (Ashman) Carlsen. Born and educated in Danvers. Richard entered the United States Navy as a young man, and served his country for 21 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1968. He loved to fish, and was an avid Red Sox fan. Richard was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be missed by all who knew him.

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  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014
  • Elana Rose Carbone Zizza, 35

    Salem — Elana Rose Carbone Zizza, 35, of North Billerica, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 22, 2014, in Salem.

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    Feb 26, 2014
  • Enrico J. 'Rico' Tassinari, 87

    Peabody — Mr. Enrico J. “Rico” Tassinari, 87, of Peabody, formerly of Salem and Marblehead, died on Monday, February 24, 2014, in the Aviv Center for Living, Peabody, following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Jeanne D. “Jane” (Levesque) Tassinari.

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    Feb 26, 2014 1 Photo
  • Ernest A. Richards Sr.

    Raymond, NH — Ernest A. Richards Sr. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 22, 2014, after a long illness. He was born to Peter and Maryanna Richards on November 30, 1919. He had lived the last 21 years in Raymond, N.H., with his son, and the last five weeks of his life in Wilbraham, Mass., with his daughter. He was married for 61 years to Adeline Grace (Peters) Richards, who passed away in April of 2003.

    The Salem News Wed, February 26
    Feb 26, 2014

Local News
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    April 24, 2014

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    April 24, 2014 1 Photo 5 Stories

  • MBTA proposes commuter-rail fee increase SALEM -- The train to Boston is about to get more expensive. Across-the-board fare increases recently proposed by the MBTA would raise the price of single trips on the commuter rail by 25 to 50 cents and the cost of monthly passes from between $10 fo

    April 24, 2014

  • Unrepentant serial drunken driver gets 31/2 to 5 years PEABODY -- Despite what a judge and prosecutor called an attempt to "hijack" the proceedings in his case, a serial drunken driver from Peabody was sentenced to state prison yesterday. Right up to the end, Peter Hurley, 53, was adamant that he'd done

    April 24, 2014

  • pipes1 Sewerage repair delay sparks worry MARBLEHEAD -- Serious concerns are building over delays in the repair of a sewer pipe connecting Marblehead to the South Essex Sewerage District in Salem. The need for replacing the two pipes became apparent in March 2013, when one began to leak int

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos