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Obituaries

Rita A. (Devine) Benjamin

Rita A. (Devine) Benjamin, 73, of Salem, formerly of Lawrence, MA, died unexpectedly November 2, 2009, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, following injuries suffered during a fall.

Rita was born in Lowell, MA, and was raised and educated in Lawrence .  She was a graduate of Lawrence High School.  Rita worked for the IRS for 37 years as a Section Chief at both the Andover and Methuen, MA, Service Centers, prior to her retirement.  She was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. 

Those who knew Rita best knew that her life was dedicated unselfishly to her family.  She most enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and will be remembered as a giving and kind soul.  She will be dearly missed.

Rita leaves her three children, Tom Benjamin of Las Vegas, NV, William Benjamin and his wife Beverly Olisky of Lawrence, and Patricia Maloney and her husband Stephen of Salem; a brother, Michael Devine and his wife Pat of Methuen; two sisters, Joan Remillard and her husband John of Derry and Evelyn St. Hilaire and her husband Bob of Salisbury; three grandchildren, Adam Maloney of Goffstown, and Leanne and Andrew Maloney of Salem; a great-granddaughter, Noa Mash of Salem, five step-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 6 at the Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 42 Main Street, Salem .  A Funeral Mass in her honor will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph ‘s Church, Salem.  Cremation is to follow.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salem Food Pantry, 287 Lawrence Road, Salem, NH 03079 .  For directions or to make an online condolence please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.

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Robert C. Blinn

Robert C. Blinn, 53, of Pelham, died November 3, 2009 at his home, surrounded by family, following a courageous battle with cancer.  He was the husband of Denise T. (Silva) Blinn, who survives him.

Born in Lowell, MA, April 13, 1956, the son of June (Brock) (Blinn) Southwick of Maine and the late Robert H. Blinn. 

He was a graduate of Parish Hill High School in Connecticut.  He was also a member of St. Patrick Church in Pelham.  Bob was employed by Pitcher Associates for over 35 years and a vice president for many of those years.  For 23 years he was very active in Pelham Little League and served as the president for 15 years.  In addition, he was actively involved with the Pelham Parks and Recreation and the Pelham-Windham Razorbacks for many years.

Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by three daughters, Melissa Rickards and her husband Jon C., Michelle Tedder, and April Blinn, all of Pelham; three sons, Robert E. Blinn and Jason R. Blinn, both of New York City, NY, and Bryce C. Blinn of Pelham; a granddaughter, Ava Rickards, and a grandson, Logan Rickards; his stepfather, Robert Southwick of Maine; his stepmother, Veronica Blinn of Hampstead; two sisters, Linda Blinn Smolen and her husband Walden of Connecticut, and Lisa Blinn and her husband Jack Carlton of Maine; and several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick Church in Pelham on November 10.  Burial will be private.  Bob dedicated his whole life to serving and helping others.  In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to carry on his legacy by making donations to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7295.  Arrangements by the Pelham Funeral Home.

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Richard Dube

Richard Dube, 65, of Salem, died November 9, 2009, at his home in Salem.

He was born in Portsmouth where he grew up and attended schools and graduated from Portsmouth High School.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 24 years and was formerly of Derry.

Mr. Dube was a quality control engineer for Digital Equipment in Salem.  He was an Air Force veteran, serving in the Vietnam War.  He was a member of Mary Queen of Peace Church in Salem and the VFW Post 8546 in Salem.  He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, golf, fishing, the outdoors, and making things.

He is survived his wife, Sally (Earabino) Dube of Salem; sons, Robert and his wife Kim Dube of Farmington, Michael Dube of Dover, and Richard and his wife Briahna Dube of Shoreview, MN; daughters, Christina and her husband Ronald Guile of Barrington, and Colleen and her husband Andrew Santo of Salem; his mother, Doris Ann (Croteau) Dube of Portsmouth; sisters, Patricia Smith of Barrington, and Linda Pasakarnis of Portsmouth; 11 grandchildren, Robert, Jean Paul, Azaria Lynn, Cody, Sean, Bayah Grace, Andrew, Meghan, Domenic, Bradley, and Bryce; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rockingham, VNA and Hospice, 137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH 03833.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Albert E. Dudley

Albert E. Dudley, 84, of Salem, died November 9, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born July 31, 1925 in Methuen, MA, son of the late William and Edna (King) Dudley.  Albert was the fifth of nine children and attended Lawrence, MA, schools.

Beloved husband of Marion (Butler) Dudley, they shared 61 years of marriage, living in South Lawrence, MA for 50 years, before moving to Salem in 2006.

Prior to retiring, Albert was a self-employed automotive tool distributor in the greater Lawrence area for 25 years, and was previously service manager for a Buick agency in Lawrence.

A kind and generous man, he enjoyed woodworking, genealogy, reading, family photography, playing scrabble, and was an avid flower gardener.  He will be missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. He was an attendant of New England Bible Church in Andover, MA.

Besides his wife, survivors include two special daughters, Joyce and her husband Robert Hilgendorf of Methuen, and Lynne Michaud and her fiancé Douglas Butler of Rochester; five wonderful sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and his wife Kathleen Dudley of Salem, Thomas Dudley of Memphis, TN, Daniel and his wife Jeanne Dudley of Deltona, FL, John and his wife Kelly Dudley of Londonderry, and Kenneth and his wife Christine Dudley of Salem.

He was “Papa” to 17 loving grandchildren, Debra, Colleen, Jeffrey, Brian, Kristina, Laura, David, Richard, James, Jason, Erin, Gianna, Selena, Daniel, Jason, Tarah and Aaron.  He was “Papa the Great” to 10 adorable great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Nicolas, Lauren, Ethan, Tessa, Peter, Hailey, Arianna, Rianne and Logan.  He was also survived by brothers, Donald Dudley of Orlando, FL, Frank Dudley of Haverhill, MA, and Edward Dudley of Stuart, FL.  Sisters, Elizabeth Labrecque of Methuen, and Marion Sharkey of Titusville, FL, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held November 12 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org.  For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Joseph J. Evans

Joseph J. Evans, 67, of Salem, died October 28, 2009, at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, MA.  He was a resident of Salem for 30 years, and had previously lived in Lawrence, MA.

Joe was born in Boston, MA and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Lawrence.  He was a supervisor with Borden Chemical in North Andover, MA, for many years.  Joe enjoyed fishing, bowling, gardening and working in the yard.

Survivors include his wife, June (Spice) Evans of Salem; three sons, Michael Persechino and his wife Norma of Mississippi, Joe Evans, Jr., of Virginia, and Jeffrey Evans and his wife Sue of Kentucky; two daughters, Karen and her husband Jack Churchill of Moultonborough, and Christine Wacome of Virginia. 

A Memorial Service was celebrated October 31 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830.  For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Mallory Lynn Gray

Mallory Lynn Gray, 13, a resident of Hudson, died October 18, 2009 at Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA, following a long courageous battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and most recently with Leukemia.

She was born in Lowell, MA on February 7, 1996, and was the beloved daughter of Christopher and Tracy (Pelletier) Gray.  She was an honor roll student at Hudson Memorial School.

Mallory’s passion was reading and she was awarded the Super Reader Award from the Town of Hudson.  She also enjoyed painting, photography, animals, watching soap operas, and listening to music, especially the Jonas Brothers.

Throughout all her illnesses, Mallory always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Kenneth Gray and Brandon Gray, both of Hudson; her maternal grandfather, Dr. Roger Pelletier of Dracut, MA; her paternal grandfather, Floyd Gray and his wife Miriam of Canaan; her paternal grandmother, Carol-Ann Hilton and her husband Robert of Pepperell, MA; her maternal great-grandparents, Roger and Pauline Soucy of Lowell; her paternal great-grandmother, Muriel Gray of Newton, MA; an aunt, Kimberly Ladebauche and her husband Douglas of Hudson; four cousins, Tyler, Kyle, Ashley, and Zachary Ladebauche, all of Hudson; and many close friends, especially her best friend, Alishia Soto of Hudson.

She was also the granddaughter of the late Marjorie Pelletier.

Her funeral service was held on October 23.  Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery in Chelmsford, MA. Donations may be made in Mallory’s name to the Arthritis Foundation of MA, c/o Juvenile Arthritis, 29 Crafts Street, Suite 450, Newton, MA 02458-1287, or at Athritis.org, or to the Children’s Hospital, c/o Children’s Hospital Trust, One Autumn St., #731 Boston, MA 02215-5301, or at ChildrensHospital.org.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Dracut Funeral Home in Dracut, MA.  For online condolences, visit dracutfuneralhome.com.

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Michael F. Limosani

Michael F. Limosani, 20, of Salem, died October 26, 2009, at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Michael was a lifelong resident of Salem.  He enjoyed repairing cars and riding motorcycles, dirt bikes and snowmobiles.  Michael played the guitar and drums and liked rap singing.  He was talented with electronics and he enjoyed making people laugh.  Michael was loved by all who knew him and he will be dearly missed.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, John and Mary Limosani.

He is survived by his father, John Limosani of Salem; his mother and stepfather, Nancy (Melito) and Kevin Lebeau of North Attleboro, MA; maternal grandparents, James and Nancy Melito of Tewksbury, MA; his loving aunt, Judy Limosani of Salem; an aunt, Donna Peddle of Salem; uncles, James Melito of Derry, and Joseph Melito of Laconia; a stepbrother, Remic Cote of Norton, MA; a stepsister, Rochelle Lebeau of Connecticut; and many cousins.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated October 31 at St. Joseph Church in Salem.  Burial followed in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Lions Club, PO Box 294, Salem, NH 03079.

The Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem was in charge of arrangements.  For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Joseph F. Marinelli

Joseph F. Marinelli, 83, of Salem, died November 3, 2009, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Roxbury, MA.

He was born in Boston, MA, grew up, and was schooled in Roxbury.  He was a resident of Salem for the past 16 years, and was formerly of Canton, MA.

Joe was a clerk and mail separator for the U.S. Post Office in the South Annex of Boston.  He was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.  He enjoyed television, the races, and gambling, and also enjoyed cards.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, Pietro and Margaret (Melito) Marinelli; and two brothers, Dominic and Robert Marinelli.

He is survived by three brothers, Vincent and his wife Dorothy Marinelli of Salem, Michael and his wife Jean Marinelli of Avon, MA, and Peter and his wife Eileen Marinelli of Brockton; two sisters-in-laws, Mary Marinelli of Canton and Sandra Marinelli of Hanson, MA; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 6 at 10 a.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  Burial will be Monday, November 9 at 11 a.m. in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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William Forbes Murray

William Forbes Murray, 92, of Salem, died November 3, 2009, at Salemhaven in Salem.

Billy was born in Lawrence, MA, the son of the late Ann (Hay) and Adam Murray.  He graduated from Lawrence High School.  As a young man, Billy enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was stationed in Oregon.

Billy was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of the Lawrence United Lodge and the Spicket Lodge in Salem.  He was Past Chief of Clan McPherson in Andover, MA and a member of the Shriners.  Billy was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and traveling.

Billy’s family wishes to thank the staff at Salemhaven for the wonderful care and love he received during his stay.  Thanks also to Merrimack Valley VNA and Hospice, Amedisys Hospice and Caring for the Heart.

He is survived by, his beloved wife of 63 years, Pauline T. (Boynes) Murray of Salem; two brothers, James Murray of Wisconsin and John Hay of Rochester; three sisters, Lillian Calder of Haverhill, MA, Eleanor West of Maryland, and Christine Tuckey of Texas; special friends, Janet and Jr. Harless of Salem; and many nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service was held November 5 at Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem.  Arrangements were under the care of the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Irene Edwina Roy

Irene Edwina Roy, 78, of Hudson, died October 30, 2009 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.

She was born January 13, 1931 in Nashua, daughter of the late George J. and Irene (Rood) Roy.

Irene was an executive secretary at the former J. F. McElwain in Nashua.  She enjoyed embroidery work, gardening, and music.  She was an avid reader and loved flowers.

Survivors include her loving 14 nieces and nephews who will remember her always.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on November 3 in Blessed John XXIII Parish, St. John the Evangelist Church, in Hudson, with burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Hudson.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Irene’s loving memory to the Hillsborough County Nursing Home, 400 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH 03045.  The Dumont Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson was in charge of arrangements.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com.

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Rosemarie (Pine) Sawyer

Rosemarie (Pine) Sawyer, 84, of Litchfield, died November 4, 2009 at Greenbriar Terrace Nursing Home in Nashua surrounded by her loving family.

Rosemarie was born on October 17, 1925 in Newport, RI, daughter of the late Frank and Mary Pine and was the loving wife of Richard D. Sawyer of Litchfield, with whom she shared 50 years of marriage.

Rosemarie enjoyed spending time with her dogs, camping and traveling.  She was an avid collector of Native American items and was very good at being a mother and wife and keeping her Catholic faith, but above all else her family came first.

Besides her loving husband, Rosemarie is survived by a son, Michael Sawyer and his wife Deborah of Litchfield; two brothers Frank Pine of Rhode Island, and Joseph Pine of Washington; four sisters, Margret Deese of Arizona, Madeline Blanchard of Connecticut, Elsie Hicks of Virginia and Hilda Silvia of Florida; two grandchildren, Sara Crump of North Carolina and Jacob Sawyer of New Hampshire; two great-grandchildren, Brandy Crump and Nicholas Crump of North Carolina and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

All services are to be private and burial will be at a later date.  To send an online message of condolence, please visit www.dumontsullivan.com. The Dumont-Sullivan Funeral Home in Hudson is in charge of arrangements.

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Elmo D. Sears

Elmo D. Sears, 81, of Salem, died November 2, 2009, at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA, after a lengthy illness.

Elmo was born in Newark Valley, NY, where he grew up and attended schools; he also attended Oswego State College in Oswego, NY.  He was employed by General Electric Co. in Johnson City, NY, and Burlington, VT.  He was in security and plant protection.  He retired from Textron, formerly Avco, in Wilmington, MA, after 26 years as supervisor of document accounting/security department.

Elmo resided in Salem for 45 years.  He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Salem where he served as a deacon and belonged to the men’s fellowship group.  He was recently honored as a 50-year member of the Spicket Lodge Masonic Lodge in Salem.  He was also a member of his home lodge in Newark Valley, NY.

Elmo enjoyed his family and was proud of his grandchildren.  He liked keeping his cars in order, and especially liked country music.  He enjoyed listening to old radio programs, and was a lifelong New York Yankees fan.

He was predeceased by his parents, D. Elmo and Lula Sears.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Betty (Stohner) Sears of Salem; two daughters, Kathleen and her husband Manuel Mendonca of Salem, and Mary Ellen and her husband Dr. Gregory Lockhart of East Greenwich, RI; a sister, Joyce and her husband David Leonard of Newark Valley, NY; grandchildren, Phillip, Michael, and Kenneth Mendonca of Salem, and Bradley and Karen Lockhart of East Greenwich, RI; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Friday, November 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 7 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem. 

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Elmo’s name to the First Congregational Church, 15 Lawrence Road, Salem, NH 03079. 

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Grace (Sperduto) Troiano

Grace (Sperduto) Troiano, who just celebrated her 100th birthday, died November 7, 2009 at the Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Derry surrounded by her loving family.

Grace was born in Avellino, Italy and came to the United States at the age of 3.  She was raised and educated in Bronx, NY.  She was a resident of Windham for the past 24 years and was formerly of Mount Vernon, NY.

Grace held various occupations throughout her life, mostly working with her hands.  Grace was also a homemaker who loved spending time taking care of her family.

She was a member of the Windham Senior Center.  She enjoyed bingo, crocheting, and was an amazing cook.  Most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Frank Troiano.

She is survived by daughters Marie Browne of Patterson, NY, and Gloria and her husband Raymond Vitolo; sons Frank Troiano of Phoenix, AZ, and Anthony and his wife Rebecca Troiano of Milford, CT; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held November 8 at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial followed in Cemetery on the Plain, Windham.

For online condolences, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.

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Malcom W. Valentine, Jr.

Malcom W. Valentine, Jr., 87, of Salem, died October 23, 2009 at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA.

Malcom was born in Medford, MA.  He served during World War II with the Navy as a Machinist Mate 2nd Class.  He was a pattern maker and a tool and die maker and most recently was the owner of his own antique business. 

Malcom is predeceased by his first wife, Rita Donnelly; his second wife, Gwendolyn Marcott; and two children, Donald C. and William R. Valentine. 

He leaves his daughter-in-law, Kathryn Valentine of Salem; three grandchildren; a brother, Robert M. Valentine and his wife Patricia of Peabody, MA; and his nieces.

At the request of the family, services were private.  Donations in Malcom’s memory may be made to the Northeastern Fund, 461 Columbus Place, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, or to the Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Wakefield, Inc., Donald C. Valentine Fund, P.O. Box 321, Wakefield, MA 01880. 

Arrangements were handled by the Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Salem.  To make an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.

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Edmund K. Vandecasteele, Jr.

Edmund K. Vandecasteele, Jr., 72, died October 18, 2009 at the Halifax Hospital in Daytona, FL.

Edmund was born in Lawrence, MA, and was a longtime resident of Salem.  He was a retired co-owner of CES Auto of Salem and owner Salem Truck Service.  Edmund was a member of the Eagles in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 54 years, Carol (McDonald) Vandecasteele of Salem; his children, Edmund III and his wife Dawn of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Charles of Salem, Lisa Hopkins and her husband John of Williamsburg, VA, Susan Vandecasteele of Salem, Tammy Kimball of Raymond, and Krista Bergman and her husband Paul of Salem, a brother, Henry Vandecasteele of Lawrence, a sister Dorothy Smulkowski and her husband Charles of Salem, 11 grandchildren, one great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held November 5 at the Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Salem.  To send an online condolence, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.

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