Obituaries

First Name Last Name
Jacqueline F. Kempinski

Jacqueline F. Kempinski 1922-2015

Waltham – Mrs. Jacqueline F. Kempinski, of Waltham, died Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the Leland Home in Waltham. She was 93. Jacqueline was born in Waltham on August 24, 1922, a daughter of the late John and Gertrude (O'Reilly) Percy. She was a graduate of St. Mary's High School in Waltham and later worked as an office administrator at McLean Hospital in Belmont for 25 years. After residing in Lincoln and in Sudbury she moved back to...

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Anne E. (Proudfoot) Barden

Anne E. (Proudfoot) Barden 1930-2015

Burlington – Mrs. Anne E. (Proudfoot) Barden, of Burlington, died Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Billerica Crossing. She was 85. Anne was born in Arlington on February 7, 1930, a daughter of the late Harold and Louise (Merritt) Proudfoot, and was a graduate of Saint Agnes High School in Arlington. Following her marriage to Waltham native Bernard L. Barden in 1953 the couple settled in Waltham where they raise their family. They summered...

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Gunhild M. "Gunny" (Hallstrom) Cacace

Gunhild M. "Gunny" (Hallstrom) Cacace 1935-2015

Weston – Maya Angelou said that "They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel." . . . and while that sentiment can apply to lots of situations, none come to mind better than to nurses. During a lifetime spent working as a nurse, Gunny Cacace had a knack for making her patients feel loved and special, calm and cared about. Most got better and when they could not she held their hand and their heart and let...

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Paul A. MacDonald, Jr.

Paul A. MacDonald, Jr. 1960-2015

Waltham - Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave and impossible to forget. Paul A. MacDonald, Jr. was a good friend. He was the rare breed that made friends in kindergarten and kept them throughout his life. He was fifty-five when he died at his Waltham home on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Paul was born in Boston on April 7, 1960, a son of the late Paul A., Sr. and Dorothy E. (McKinnon) MacDonald, and was a lifelong resident of...

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Elizabeth N. 'Libby' Renkas

Elizabeth N. 'Libby' Renkas 1930-2015

Waltham – It was fitting that God called Libby Renkas home on August 15, 2015 . . . the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For the past many years Libby lived literally and figuratively in the shadow of Saint Mary's Church, her spiritual home since birth, and the place where her faith and her friendships were nourished. She was eighty-four when she died last Saturday at Maristhill Nursing Home in Waltham. Libby was so...

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Vincent P. LaSpada

Vincent P. LaSpada 1936-2015

Waltham - Mr. Vincent P. LaSpada, of Waltham, died Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in Golden Living Nursing Center in West Newton. He was 78. Vincent was born November 1, 1936 in Waltham, a son of the late Joseph S. and Virginia (Merrullo) LaSpada. A lifelong Waltham resident he worked as an independent truck driver for many years before retiring. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary A. (Coluccio) LaSpada who died in October, 1986 and his...

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Edith C. (Cassidy) Cardone

Edith C. (Cassidy) Cardone 1931-2015

Waltham – Mrs. Edith C. (Cassidy) Cardone, of Waltham, died Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at her home. She was 84. Edith was born in Waltham on March 31, 1931, a daughter of the late John J. and Edith J. (Erickson) Cassidy, and was raised in Watertown. Shortly after her marriage to Albert M. Cardone, the couple moved to Waltham where they became lifelong residents. Until her retirement Edith worked as a quality control inspector for the...

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Philip E. Lord

Philip E. Lord 1922-2015

Waltham – Mr. Philip E. Lord passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2015 in The Leland Home in Waltham where he had been a resident since 2008. Mr. Lord was born on June 22, 1922, in Milton, New Hampshire, a son of the late James E. and Ruth G. (Wentworth) Lord. He attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. He moved to Connecticut in the mid-1940s and worked at the US Rubber Co. in Naugatuck...

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Herbert P. Ashness, Jr.

Herbert P. Ashness, Jr. 1935-2015

York, Maine – Mr. Herbert P. Ashness, Jr. of York, formerly of Waltham, died Friday, August 7, 2015 at York Hospital. He was 79. Herb was born in Waltham on December 20, 1935, a son of the late Herbert P., Sr. and Anna L (Vahey) Ashness. He had been a lifelong Waltham resident before moving with his wife Claire to York fifteen years ago. The couple spent many happy Maine summers with their family and wintered for a number of years in...

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Jackson Robert Nixon

Jackson Robert Nixon 2011-2015

Waltham – Some of Jackson Nixon's favorite book and movie characters were from the 'Gruffalo' series . . . heart-warming and simple stories of characters wise beyond their years. Jackson was one of those. He read every book he could get his hands on; performed dance moves like Michael Jackson; could sing like Elvis and brought a smile to all he met. His sudden death on Friday, August 7, 2015 changed the world forever for his mother and...

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Patricia A. (Curtis) Wanberg

Patricia A. (Curtis) Wanberg 1935-2015

Waltham – Mrs. Patricia A. "Pat" (Curtis) Wanberg, of Waltham, died Friday, August 7, 2015 at Lexington Healthcare Center. She was 80. Pat was born in Waltham on June 16, 1935, the youngest of four children born to the late Theodore J. and Mary C. (Farrell) Curtis. When both parents died at an early age the children went to live with relatives who raised them. The great gift that flowed from that tragedy was that the siblings formed a...

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Francis Loring Dagle

Francis Loring Dagle 1930-2015

Waltham – Mr. Francis Loring Dagle, of Waltham, died Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his home. He was 85. Francis was born in Watertown on December 26, 1930, a son of the late Charles and M. Lauretta (Peters) Dagle, and had been a lifelong Waltham resident. He was a graduate of Waltham High School and served with the Massachusetts Army National Guard before joining the United States Navy at the outbreak of the Korean War. Trained as an...

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Jean M. Nolan

Jean M. Nolan 1929-2015

Waltham – Miss Jean M. Nolan, of Waltham, died Tuesday, August 4, 2015 in Pine Knoll Nursing Center in Lexington. She was 85. Jean was born in Waltham on September 10, 1929, a daughter of the late Thomas F. and Margaret J. (Loftus) Nolan, and had been a lifelong resident. Until her retirement she had worked as a secretary. She was the sister of the late Margaret M. Nolan, Catherine E. Boeglin, Claire R. Nolan, Olive A. Nolan and Thomas...

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Una Egan

Una Egan 1934-2015

Watertown – Mrs. Mary W. 'Una' (Hughes) Egan, of Watertown, died Monday, July 27, 2015 in Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington. She was 81. Una was born in County Mayo, Ireland, on June 23, 1934, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Gilmore) Ireland. Raised in Shrule, County Mayo she came to the United States in 1962, settling in Watertown. She took great care of her home and was a talented seamstress and gardener. She...

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Albert P. Ford

Albert P. Ford 1963-2015

Belmont – Mr. Albert P. Ford, of Belmont, died Monday, July 27, 2015 in Spaulding Hospital, Cambridge. He was 51. Albert was born in Fitchburg on December 26, 1963 and graduated from the Cotting School in Boston. He had worked as a customer service representative for Auto Zone Auto Parts. Albert enjoyed cards, computers, traveling and bird watching but found the most joy in time spent with his wife, family and friends. He was the...

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Joan E. (Besso) Wenckus

Joan E. (Besso) Wenckus 1933-2015

Waltham – Mrs. Joan E. (Besso) Wenckus, of Waltham, died Sunday, July 26th in her home. She was 81. Joan was born in Waltham on December 14, 1933, a daughter of the late Herbert and Mary (Atkinson) Besso, and had been a lifelong resident. She was a graduate of Saint Charles High School in Waltham. Until her retirement she had worked for a number of years at Mullaney's Pharmacy in Waltham and before that worked for a time at the Wal-Lex...

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Madaline J. Royds

Madaline J. Royds 1922-2015

Framingham – Mrs. Madaline J. (Leary) Royds, formerly of Belmont, West Harwich and Waltham, died Saturday, July 25, 2015 in Saint Patrick's Manor in Framingham. She was 92. Madaline was born July 28, 1922 in South Boston, a daughter of the late Arthur and Ethel (Costello) Leary. She was a graduate of Hyde Park High School and the former Higgins Commerical School. She married Charles E. Royds and they lived in Hyde Park until moving to...

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Anthony DeMella

Anthony DeMella 1927-2015

Watertown - Mr. Anthony L. DeMella, of Watertown, died Friday, July 24, 2015 in Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. He was 88. Anthony was born April 28, 1927 in Watertown a son of Italian immigrants Joseph and Nicolina (Lombardi) DeMella. A lifelong Watertown resident he was a graduate of Watertown High School. Like many other brave men of his era he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country honorably during World War II....

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Matthew Bonica

Matthew Bonica 1993-2015

Matt Bonica was a really good son. He loved life and gave so much to many people. He was funny, quick witted, playful, loyal and genuine. He is gone much too soon. Matt died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, July 23, 2015 after complications with a lifelong illness with epilepsy. He was 22. His parents, Randi and Sharon (Pandolph) Bonica welcomed him into their lives on July 1, 1993 in Winchester Hospital. Raised in Waltham he attended...

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Roger J. Bourgea, S.M.

Roger J. Bourgea, S.M. 1932-2015

Boston – Father Roger J. Bourgea, S.M., 83, died at Boston Medical Center on Thursday, July 23, 2015. A Marist for 61 years, he resided at Our Lady of Victories Church Rectory in Boston until his recent illness. He was born on May 29, 1932 in Chelsea to the late Wilfred and Eva (Gastonguay) Bourgea. He received his primary education at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Chelsea and entered Marist Preparatory Seminary in Bedford in 1946. ...

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Arline E. Crowe

Arline E. Crowe 1927-2015

Waltham – Arline E. Crowe, of Waltham, died Thursday, July 23, 2015 in her home. She was 87. Arline was born in Brighton on September 23, 1927, a daughter of the late Lester and Eva (Schools) Crowe, and had been a lifelong resident. She was a graduate of Waltham High School. Until her retirement Arline worked as a group leader in the power tube division of the Raytheon Company in Waltham for thirty-nine years. Not having a driver's...

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Scott D. Raines

Scott D. Raines 1955-2015

Waltham – Mr. Scott D. Raines, of Waltham, died Thursday, July 23, 2015 at York Hospital in York, Maine. He turned 60 on Monday. He enjoyed the challenge found in WordFind books, an occasional cigar, the Red Sox and Patriots and a good meal. The past couple of years Scott faced some tough health challenges but was able to face them with the daily help of his wife Sue and their children. He wanted to spend his birthday in his beloved Maine...

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Robert H. McMurtry

Robert H. McMurtry 1938-2015

Waltham – Mr. Robert H. McMurtry, of Waltham, died Monday, July 20, 2015 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. He was 77. Bob was born in Boston on April 4, 1938, a son of the late George H. and Margaret R. (Meara) McMurtry. He had lived in Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury and Dedham before moving to Waltham thirty years ago. He was a 1957 graduate of Jamaica Plain High School and served with the United States Marine Corps Reserves. ...

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Deacon James Callahan

Deacon James Callahan 1933-2015

Newton – Deacon James C. Callahan died Sunday, July 19, 2015 in Avery Manor in Needham. He was 81. James Carter Callahan was born on August 7, 1933 in the Brighton neighborhood in Boston. Raised in Brighton he was educated at Boston College High School and graduated from St. Sebastian's High School. He graduated from Boston College in 1954 and received a master's degree in religious education from Emmanuel College in 1970. He later...

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Nora F. (Hanlon) Horan

Nora F. (Hanlon) Horan 1922-2015

Waltham – Mrs. Nora F. (Hanlon) Horan, of Waltham, died Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Maristhill Nursing Home in Waltham. She was 92. Nora was born on September 15, 1922 in Crushoa, Kinvara, Co. Galway, Ireland, a daughter of the late Patrick and Mary (Glynn) Hanlon. She was raised in Lawrencetown, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway and during the war years worked as a conductress as they were called in those days aboard a double decker bus for the...

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