Miscellaneous Essex County, Massachusetts Obituaries


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Kathleen H. Anderson
Kathleen H. (Pappas) Anderson, 59, of Haverhill died March 25 at Olympus Rehab Hospital in 
Born in Essex, she was an avid golfer at Crystal Springs Golf Course before her illness.
She leaves husband Arthur Anderson; mother Helen Pappas of Hampton Falls, N.H.; and brother John 
Pappas of Newbury.
Private funeral services are at a later date. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Mary Amirian
Mary (Movsesian) Amirian, 90, of Haverhill died Saturday at Hannah Duston Long Term Health Center.
Born in Armenia (now Turkey), Mrs. Amirian was the daughter of the late Garabed and Koovar 
(Aaronian) Movsesian.
Mrs. Amirian is a survivor of Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Turks of 1915. She came to the 
United States in 1919. She is a graduate of Johnson High School, North Andover. Mrs. Amirian was a 
member of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church.
The wife of the late Ashod K. Amirian, she leaves son Ashod N. Amirian and his wife Lena of 
Haverhill; daughter Marjorie Moran and husband John of Wilmington, N.C.; six grandchildren; three 
great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Linwood Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Nancy L. Barberio
Nancy L. Barberio, 52, of Haverhill died last Tuesday at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.
Born in Haverhill, she attended schools in Haverhill and Kittery, Maine.
She was a design analyst for Lucent Technologies for 33 years.
She was a member of All Saints Parish.
She leaves sons Eric J. and Joshua D. both of Haverhill; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral was Friday in All Saints Church. Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Scatamacchia Funeral Home. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Elaine L. Beal
Elaine L. (Hamm) Beal, 65, of Haverhill died Sunday at her residence.
A lifelong Haverhill resident, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Hamm and Doris (Elie) Blinn 
of Haverhill.
She was employed in the cafeteria at St. James School and more recently as a dietician at 
Stevens-Bennett Home for 10 years.
She was the wife of the late Willard E. Beal.
Besides her mother, she leaves her son Raymond Beal of Newton, N.H.; brother Richard P. Blinn of 
Haverhill; sister Rose Marie Thompson of Haverhill; granddaughter Morgan Beal of Newton; and 
nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are Thursday 6-6:45 p.m. at H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home followed by a 7 p.m. 
funeral service.
Burial is private. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Maria D. Bevilacqua
Maria D. (Cipolla) Bevilacqua, 90, of Haverhill died last Wednesday.
Born and educated in Lawrence, she was the daughter of Giuseppe Cipolla and Vicenza (Pitoccelli) 
As a teenager, Mrs. Bevilacqua worked for Haverhill Family Laundry and later as an assembly worker 
for the former Western Electric Company. She was a member of the former St. Rita's Parish.
She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and tatting.
She was the widow of the late Sebastian J. Bevilacqua, who died in 1986.
Her funeral was Monday in All Saints Church. Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Berube-Comeau Funeral Home. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Joanne P. Bolan
Joanne P. (Peltonovich) Bolan, 64, of Haverhill died Friday.
Born and educated in Haverhill, Mrs. Bolan was an animal welfare advocate and founder of the 
Women's Humane League. She also wrote for Paw Prints, an animal welfare newsletter.
She leaves children Cassandra of New York City, John of Haverhill, Peter of Thailand, and Andrea 
of Los Angeles; and mother Jennie (Furtek) Peltonovich of Haverhill.
Private arrangements were by Scatamacchia Funeral Home. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Richard P. Boucher
Richard Paul Boucher, 69, of Nashua, N.H., and formerly of Haverhill, died March 25 at Southern 
New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua.
Born in Haverhill, he was the son of the late Eugene A. and Yvonne M. (Laplante) Boucher. He 
attended Haverhill schools and was a 1949 graduate of Haverhill High School. He continued his 
education at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where he majored in accounting and minored in 
economics and philosophy. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in commerce.
Mr. Boucher served as a U.S. Navy court reporter from 1951-1955 and attained the rank of YN2.
He later earned a living as an accountant. He was employed as director of systems and data 
processing at Tufts and New England Medical Center Hhospitals, Boston, and General Tire Company in 
Akron, Ohio.
Mr. Boucher was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, Nashua. He was an avid reader and political 
He leaves his companion of 22 years, Donna Smith; sons Paul W. Boucher of Jacksonville, Fla., Gene 
Boucher and Jeffrey Boucher both of Westboro and Gary Boucher of Shrewsbury; sister Jacqueline and 
her husband Donald Langlais of Sun City West, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and 
nieces and nephews. 
He was the brother of the late Bernard Boucher.
Burial was in St. Louis Cemetery, Nashua.
Arrangements were by Ziz-Sweeney Funeral Home, Nashua. 
Memorials, Home, Health and Hospice, 22 Prospect St., Nashua, N.H. 03060. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Raymond C. Cote
Raymond C. Cote, 69, of Hampstead, N.H. and formerly of Haverhill died Sunday at home. 
Born and educated in Derry, N.H., he was the son of the late Charles P. and Marie R. Dion. He 
graduated from Pinkerton Academy in 1949. He worked for Avco Corp. and for A.W. Chesterton Corp. 
as a quality control inspector for 15 years before his 1994 retirement. From 1952 to 1956, he 
served as staff sergeant with the U.S. Air Force and had been stationed in Germany. 
Mr. Cote was a member of St. John the Baptist Church and AmVets Post 147. He was an avid 
outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. His many friends will remember him as a handyman, 
always ready to assist with household repairs.
He leaves his wife of 42 years, Jean (Kimball) Cote; daughters Lori J. Busta and her husband Rick 
of Auburn, N.H. and Lisa M. Cote and her fiance Norman Goodwin of Derry, N.H.; one granddaughter; 
two step-grandsons; and nieces and nephews. 
He was the brother of the late Armond Cote.
Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home.
Memorials, Rockingham VNA and Hospice, 137 Epping Road, Exeter, N.H. 03833. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Mary Jane L. Coppola-Ladebush
Mary Jane L. (Belanger) Coppola-Ladebush, 84, of Haverhill died Friday at Hale Hospital.
Born in Haverhill, she attended the former St. Joseph's Parish. She was a lifetime member of the 
AmVets Auxiliary.
Mrs. Coppola-Ladebush was a retired floor lady in the local shoe industry, working at the former 
Liberty and Kramer companies.
The widow of Joseph E. Coppola and Richard Ladebush, she leaves daughters Joanne and her husband 
Albert Berntson and Carol and her husband James Bradley, all of Methuen and Jacqueline M. McGuire 
of Bonaire, Ga.; sisters Pauline Gaylord of Georgetown and Rita Gobiel of Haverhill; nine 
grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.
Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Scatamacchia Funeral Home. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Lorraine C. Fournier
Lorraine C. (Boulanger) Fournier, 68, of Haverhill died Sunday at her home following a long 
A lifelong Haverhill resident, she attended St. Joseph Grammar School and Haverhill High School.
Mrs. Fournier worked as a nurse's aid at the former Havolyn Nursing Home and later in local shoe 
firms. She retired in 1994 after 20 years of service at Lucent Technologies, North Andover. She 
was a member of Sacred Hearts Parish, the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Communication 
Workers of America. She enjoyed bingo and was an avid Red Sox fan.
The wife of Normand J. Fournier, who died in 1995, she leaves sons Normand P. Fournier and his 
wife Lizbeth of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, Michael R. Fournier and his wife Deborah of Methuen, 
Joseph C. Fournier and his wife Lynne of Hampstead, N.H. and James S. Fournier and his wife Tina 
of Haverhill; daughters Diane C. Chapman and her husband Thomas of Bradford and Debbie A. Picard 
and her husband Stephen of Sandown, N.H.; sisters Alice Gaudet of Haverhill and Dorias Vezina of 
Valdosta, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; her father-in-law Albert Fournier of Haverhill; and nieces and 
Her funeral was Wednesday in Sacred Hearts Church. Burial was in Saint Joseph Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, Plaistow, N.H. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Jeannette Frechette
Jeannette (Boucher) Frechette, 81, of Haverhill died last Wednesday at Holy Family Hospital, 
Mrs. Frechette retired from Western Electric, where she was an inspector. She also worked at Leeds 
& Northrup in Philadelphia and taught first grade in Nashua, N.H.
Born in Skowhegan, Maine, she attended Lawrence schools and graduated from St. Ann's High School 
in 1939. She attended Rivier College in Nashua. 
Mrs. Frechette was a member of St. James Church and was a member of Ladies of the Rosary Sodality. 
She was also a member of the Inspiration Singers, Telephone Pioneers of America and the senior 
visitation program of Haverhill Citizens Center, where she often spent time.
The widow of Roland Frechette, she leaves sons Edward of East Wakefield, N.H. and Christopher J. 
of Merrimack, N.H.; brother Oliver D. Boucher of Lake Worth, Fla.; sister Lorraine Frechette of 
Methuen; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Her funeral was Monday in St. James Church. Burial was in Bourne National Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Arthur J. Scott Funeral Home, Lawrence.
Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Monday at St. James Church. Burial will be in Bourne National Cemetery. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Regan A. Giles
Regan A. Giles, daughter of Scott Giles, Jr. and Kristin (Benson) Giles of Bradford, was stillborn 
Saturday at New England Medical Center, Boston.
Besides her parents, she is survived by sisters Madison and Devin Giles of Bradford; maternal 
grandmother Sandra Frame of Haverhill; paternal grandparents Scott and Barbara Giles of North 
Andover; maternal great-grandmother Ann Frame of Florida; and cousins, aunts and uncles.
Private funeral Mass was in St. Michael Church, North Andover. Private burial was in Holy 
Sepulchre Cemetery. 
Memorials, St. Michael Church Building Fund, 196 Main St., North Andover, MA 01845. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Miriam E. Horne
Miriam E. (MacKay) Horne, 93, of Bradford died Saturday at Hale Hospital.
Born in Clinton, she graduated from Simmons College in 1929. She was a longtime resident of the 
city and was a member of the Haverhill Historical Society, the Whittier Club, the Haverhill Golf & 
Country Club and the Friends of the Haverhill Public Library.
The widow of Samuel P. Horne, she leaves sister-in-law Cynthia MacKay; and nephews Edward MacKay 
Jr., Robert MacKay and Donald MacKay, all of California.
Funeral services are private. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford.
Arrangements are by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home.
Memorials, Haverhill Historical Society, 240 Water St., Haverhill, MA 01830, or First Church of 
Christ Steeple, 10 Church St., Bradford, MA 01835. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Joseph L. Mangarpan, Jr.
Joseph L. Mangarpan, Jr., 80, of Lake Worth, Fla. died Sunday with his family at his side.
Born in Haverhill, he was the son of the late Haverhill police officer Joseph Mangarpan and Helen 
(Regan). He was a 1938 graduate of Haverhill High School. 
Mr. Mangarpan entered the Army Air Corps in 1941. He was a B-17 pilot in the 8th Air Force in 
England. During a raid on enemy targets in Holland in 1943, his aircraft was shot down by German 
fighters. He was captured after parachuting onto a farm outside of Rotterdam and remained a 
prisoner of war in Germany until his release two years later. He retired from the Air Force 
Reserves as a major.
After returning to Haverhill, he entered Boston University and graduated with a business degree in 
1948. He began his career in the insurance industry that would later lead him to an executive role 
with The Andover Companies, from where he retired in 1986. 
He and his family settled in Rockport in 1959. 
Mr. Mangarpan was a member of the 1752 Club, D.A. V., Ex POW Association, Army Airborne Enlisted 
Pilots Association and the Air Force Reserve Officer's Association. He was an active member of the 
Rockport Country Club and played in weekly matches.
His unselfish commitment to his family and friends will be remembered as his greatest trait.
He leaves his wife of 55 years, Evelyn; children Joseph of Salisbury, Ann of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 
Scott of Los Altos, Calif. and Jeff of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.; sisters Patricia Doherty of 
Miami, Fla. and Barbara Ramsdell of Boca Raton, Fla.; grandchildren Kristina, William, Charles and 
Brittany Mangarpan; daughters-in-law Dee and Tina Mangarpan; brothers-in-law Lawrence Doherty and 
Lauren Ramsdell; nieces Judy Lockhart, Elizabeth Kennedy and Karen Ramsdell; and his caregiver 
Cynthia Young of Lake Worth.
Services were private.
Memorials, Rockport High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, c/o guidance counselor George 
Ramsden, Rockport High School, 24 Jerden's Lane, Rockport, MA 01966. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Stefania Nowacki
Stefania "Stephanie" (Firek) Nowacki, 78, of Haverhill died Friday at her daughter's home.
Born in Poland, she was a cook at the former Vathally's Coffee Shop, now the A-1 Deli.
Mrs. Nowacki was taken into slave labor to Germany at the age of 15 for five years during World 
War II. She was liberated by the U.S. Army two hours prior to her execution of all the Polish in 
her village by the German army.
She lived in Belgium for seven years before moving to this country in 1956.
Mrs. Nowacki was a member of the former St. Michael's Parish and was a member of All Saints 
The widow of Stanley Nowacki, she leaves daughter and son-in-law Christine and Edward Polonka of 
Atkinson, N.H.; half-brother Stanley Firek of Haverhill; and two granddaughters.
Her funeral was Monday in All Saints Church. Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery. 
Arrangements were by Scatamacchia Funeral Home. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Mary S. O'Hara
Mary S. (Sampson) O'Hara, 86, of Haverhill died Thursday at Hale Hospital.
A lifelong Haverhill resident, she was a stitcher in the local shoe industry.
Mrs. O'Hara was a member of All Saints Parish. She volunteered for the Council on Aging and SHARE.
The widow of James L. O'Hara, Jr., she leaves son Michael R. of Newbury and his wife Nancy of 
South Hamilton; daughter Henedine Monahan of Rocky River, Ohio; six grandchildren; four 
great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Her funeral was Tuesday in All Saints Church. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Berube-Comeau Funeral Home. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Richard W. Shedd-King
Richard William Shedd-King, also known as Dick King, 57, of Haverhill died last Tuesday at 
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
Mr. Shedd-King was a truck driver for Ryder Trucking, and was a bus driver for the Haverhill 
School Department, Bus and Bodies Inc. of Plaistow, N.H., and MacGregor Smith Bus Co.
Born in Claremont, N.H., he was an active member of the Improved Order of Redmen of South Berwick, 
Mr. Shedd-King was also a member of REACT International, the Old Deerfield Conference of 
Charlemont, and a former member of Rescue 8.
He leaves wife Bonnie S. (Shedd) Shedd-King; mother Ruth Furman of New Hampshire; stepmother Mary 
King; children Richard W. King Jr., Caroline R. King and William F. "Billy" Shedd-King all of 
Haverhill; two grandchildren; and brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Linwood Cemetery. 
Arrangements were by Paul C. Rogers & Sons Funeral Home.
Memorials, American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, or Alzheimer's 
Association, 36 Cameron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140-1102. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Constance A. Tripp
Constance A. Tripp, 87, of Georgetown died March 22 at Riverwoods in Exeter, N.H.
Born in Haverhill, she graduated from Haverhill schools and attended Colby-Sawyer College. She 
lived in Georgetown since 1942 and wintered in Daytona, Fla. 
Mrs. Tripp was a member of First Congregational Church. She was also a longtime member of the 
Garden Club.
The widow of A. Lawrence Tripp and Weldon M. Ray, she leaves sons Andrew Ray of Dallas and Edward 
Ray of Boxford; stepsons Kenneth Tripp and his wife Lynda Lee of East Falmouth and Douglas Tripp 
and his wife Margaret of Uncasville, Conn.; and daughter-in-law Karen Tripp of Freeport, Maine.
Services are Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church. 
Arrangements are by Merton E. Roberts Jr. & Conte Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Robert F. Woodworth
Robert F. Woodworth, 58, of Haverhill died last Wednesday at Hannah Duston Healthcare.
A lifelong Haverhill resident, he was a Haverhill High School graduate.
Prior to his illness, Mr. Woodworth had been employed by the City of Haverhill as a truck driver 
at the waste water treatment plant. He had also been formerly employed at Imperial Cleaners and 
Easy Way Cleaners. He was also a taxi cab driver for B & M Taxi.
A avid CB radio operator, he belonged to the Wolfpack Side Band Club and the Whiskey Keylow Side 
Band Club. He was a member of Haverhill Community Church and the Sons of the American Legion SQ 4. 
He leaves his son Brian E. Woodworth of Haverhill; brother Joseph J. and his wife Jeannette 
Woodworth of Haverhill; sisters Mrs. William E. (Cathy M.) Bixby and Sandy L. McCready both of 
Haverhill; granddaughter Jennifer Bradshaw; and nieces and nephews. 
Burial was in Linwood Cemetery. 
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home.
Memorials, Haverhill Community Church, 17-19 Newcomb St., Haverhill, MA 01830. 
 - Published April 11, 2001

Linda F. Zukofski
Linda F. (Skea) Zukofski, 53, of Kingston, N.H. died Saturday at Exeter Hospital. She previously 
resided in Haverhill. 
Born and educated in Lawrence, she worked for 12 years as a nurse's aid at Lawrence General 
Hospital, retiring in 1995 due to ill health. She had also previously worked at Honeywell, Inc. 
and at Tyer Rubber Co. in Andover.
She enjoyed bowling, camping and trips to Foxwoods.
She leaves her husband of 35 years, Walter J. Zukofski; sons Walter M. Zukofski and his wife Katie 
and Michael C. Zukofski and his wife Kelly, all of Haverhill; daughters Kerry Leclerc and her 
husband John and Kathy Zukofski and her fiance David D'Orazio all of Haverhill; her mother Mary 
(Gaudet) Skea of Lawrence; sisters Charleen Suliveras of Lawrence and Susan Faucher of North 
Andover; five grandchildren; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Burial will be at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery, Kingston. 
Arrangements were by Berube-Comeau Funeral Home. 
Memorials, American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. 
 - Published April 11, 2001 

Sarkis Kurkjian
Haverhill had its own version of Mr. Holland. Sarkis Kurkjian laid down his baton in 1975 after 33 years as teacher and supervisor of music for Haverhill Public Schools. He introduced hundreds of young people to musical instruments and enhanced their lives with music appreciation. Mr. Kurkjian died March 26 at the age of 89, leaving behind a legacy that also includes performance. Among those who remember him best is Paul Tavitian, who played clarinet in his school band and later introduced him to the Merrimack Valley Chapter, Knights of Vartan, an Armenian organization. "If you could point to one man who revolutionized music education in Haverhill schools, it was Sarkis," said Tavitian. "If your timing was off, he would pause and teach you in such a way that you wouldn't be offended.'' After graduating from the Boston University College of Music, Mr. Kurkjian taught in East Bridgewater, Rockland and Richmondville, N.Y., before joining the Haverhill staff. He was hired at an annual salary of $3,700. Over the years, he played violin with the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra and trained a number of local bands and choral groups, including the old Haverhill Civic Symphony. One of his many highlights came in 1971 when he was appointed orchestra manager for the New England Music Festival, which drew talented youth ensembles and musicians, including his own students. "He favored all types of music, whether it was swing and big band or Vivaldi and Bach," said Edgar Mosesian, his closest friend. "To know him was his admire his versatility." Mr. Kurkjian spent 20 years after retirement in the choir at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church, singing ancient Armenian hymns. Sue Kezerian, who has directed the choir for four decades, recalls the strong baritone voice and his compassion. "Whenever Sarkis was around, you knew it was his wisdom at work," she said. "He was very kind, unassuming and always helpful. His voice blended beautifully." In 1974, when the Haverhill Public Library launched a series of monthly ethnic festivals, Mr. Kurkjian was at the forefront of activity with his music, putting a chorus together and getting both young and old involved. Away from music, his talent for the arts extended to stained glass work, much of which was displayed in people's homes as decorative lanterns, plaques and frames. He also frequently painted in both oils and acrylics. He built his own boat and called it "Sark's Ark," sailing it along the Merrimack River and other tributaries. He also found his way cross country in a motor home. Three years ago, Mr. Kurkjian lost his wife Anne. A year later his daughter Janis passed away. "My father was a solid, utterly reliable family man who inspired the people around him with his zest for life," said a son, John. "Even while he began to face his own decline, he accepted it with dignity and grace. Whether it was a game of tennis, yard work, music or art, he maintained his own standards. He was my hero." Mr. Kurkjian was born in Charlestown and lived most of his life in West Newbury, where he was a library trustee. He was also a member of the Merrimack Masonic Lodge of Haverhill. He leaves a daughter, Maryann Kurkjian, Brookline; his son John and his wife Catherine, West Hartford, Conn.; and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the G. A. R. Memorial Library, West Newbury, MA 01985.
 - Published April 11, 2001

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