Miscellaneous Essex County, Massachusetts Obituaries


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Oneitta Beekler
Oneitta (Leeman) Beekler, 98, of Haverhill, died Saturday at Penacook 
Place Nursing Home.
Born in Haverhill, she was the daughter of the late John H. and Adlie 
(Cogswell) Leeman.
Mrs. Beekler was educated in Haverhill schools and resided in Haverhill 
and Georgetown all her life.
She was a member of Riverside Memorial Church, the Order of the Eastern 
Star and Rebecca’s.
Mrs. Beekler enjoyed gardening, sewing and crocheting.
She was the wife of the late Herbert H. Gifford who died in 1936, the late 
William Osborne who died in 1944, and the late Martin Beekler who died in 
1990. Mrs. Beekler leaves daughters Jo-Ann and her husband Larry Leppard 
of Concord, N.H., Doris and her husband Allister Fraser of Hampstead, 
N.H.; sons Robert and his wife Barbara Beekler of Bradford, Larry and his 
wife Sarah Beekler of Atkinson, N.H.; daughter-in-law Shirley Gifford of 
Atkinson, N.H.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and 
Mrs. Beekler was the mother of the late Earle Gifford who died in 1993. 
Funeral services were private with burial in Harmony Cemetery, Georgetown.
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes. 
Memorials may be made to Riverside Memorial Church, 278 Groveland St., 
Haverhill MA 01830. 
 - Published February 6, 2002

Edmund Cormier
Edmund Cormier, 99, of Haverhill, formerly of Boxford Street in Lawrence, 
died last Wednesday at home.
Mr. Cormier was a representative of the Assumption Life Insurance Co. for 
several years. He was also a translator and assisted people applying for 
United States citizenship for many years. 
Born in Caraquet, New Brunswick, Canada, he lived in the area for the last 
77 years.
Mr. Cormier was a member and a lector at Sacred Heart Church. He was a 
member of the French Social and Naturalization Club. 
The widow of Cecile (Audet) Cormier, he leaves son and daughter-in-law 
Raymond E. and Velma of Haverhill; sisters Elizabeth Casey of St. Stevens, 
New Brunswick and Agathe Young of Burnsville, New Brunswick; seven 
grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and 
nieces and nephews. 
He was also father of the late Philip Cormier.
His funeral was in Sacred Heart Church. Burial was in Sacred Heart 
Cemetery, Andover.
Arrangements were by Racicot Funeral Home, Lawrence. 
Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Parish Memorial Fund, 321 S. 
Broadway, Lawrence MA 01843. 
 - Published February 6, 2002

Roger D. Cote
Roger D. Cote, 59, of Haverhill died last Wednesday at home.
Mr. Cote was a pattern engineer for FILA USA Inc. in Peabody for several 
years until last July.
Born and educated in Westbrook, Maine, he lived there for most of his 
life. He later moved to Portland, Ore., for 15 years and to Haverhill 
three years ago.
He leaves his wife of 12 years, Collette P. (Morin) Cote; sons James of 
Scarborough, Maine, and Chris and his wife Kirsten of New Gloucester, 
Maine; brother Richard of Deaulth, Ga.; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will take place in the spring.
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes, Haverhill and 
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., 
Framingham, MA 01701, or Hospice of the North Shore, 10 Elm St., Danvers 
MA 01923. 
 - Published February 6, 2002

Grace Dow
Grace "Jule" Dow, 73, of Haverhill, formerly of Salem, N.H., died Thursday 
at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.
Mrs. Dow was a bookkeeper and worked at Eastern Tool and Stamping Co. in 
Saugus for several years. She later worked for a private accounting firm 
until retiring in 1991.
Born in Lynn, she graduated from Saugus High School in 1945 and Fisher 
Business School in Boston.
She leaves daughters and sons-in-law Pamela and Richard Roback of 
Newburyport and Sandra and Michael Napolitano of Groveland; and seven 
Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.
Arrangements were by Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn.
Memorials may be made to Holy Family Hospital, 70 East St., Methuen MA 
 - Published February 6, 2002

Nancy Hartman Glazer
Nancy Hartman Glazer, 75, of Brookline, formerly of Haverhill, died Friday 
at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.
Born in Haverhill, she was active in many organizations in Haverhill. She 
was a life member of Hadassah, The Haverhill Country Club, Hale Hospital 
Auxiliary, Haverhill Scholarship Fund, Temple Israel of Boston and a 
former member of Temple Emanu-El of Haverhill.
She was the wife of Howard J. Glazer and leaves son Michael Glazer of 
Brookline; daughter Suzanne Gill of Rosewell, Ga.; brother Benjamin 
Hartman of Haverhill; sister Norma Bernes of Longboat Key, Fla.; and five 
She was the sister of the late Sally Gould.
Burial was in Temple Israel Cemetery, Wakefield. 
Arrangements were by Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors, Newton.
Memorials may be made to BWH Medical Education Fund, care of Dr. Marshall 
Wolf, M.D., 75 Francis St., Boston MA 02115. 
 - Published February 6, 2002

Mary Koloshey
Mary (Zmuda) Koloshey, 92 of Haverhill, died Thursday at Merrimack Valley 
Born in Lawrence, she was the daughter of the late Ferdinand and Katarzyna 
(Blondek) Zmuda. She came to Haverhill with her family at an early age and 
attended Haverhill schools. 
As a child she worked with her family on the Zmuda Dairy farm, which was 
located in Haverhill and Atkinson, N.H. For many years she was employed as 
a floor lady for various firms in the Haverhill Shoe Industry.
Mrs. Zmuda was an active volunteer and supporter of many charities, 
including the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts of America.
Mrs. Zmuda was a member of Sacred Hearts Church. She enjoyed baking for 
her family, crocheting, designing and making many articles of lace.
The wife of the late Joseph J. Koloshey, she leaves her son James L. and 
his wife Valerie A. Koloshey of Rangeley Plantation, Maine; sister Nellie 
Killam of Haverhill; grandchildren Mrs. Thomas A. (Elizabeth A.) Suddeth 
of Mercersberg, Pa. and John M. Koloshey of Fairfax, Va.; 
great-granddaughter Katherine V. Suddeth of Pa.; and nieces and nephews.
She was also the sister of the late Walter and Joseph Zmuda.
Her funeral was Tuesday in Sacred Heart Church. Burial was in Elmwood 
Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts Of America, Amesbury Road, 
Haverhill MA 01830. 
 - Published February 6, 2002

Helen P. LeCours
Helen P. (Boulay) LeCours, 93, of Haverhill died last Wednesday at The 
Mrs. LeCours was a stitcher at Savoy Leather until she retired.
A lifelong Haverhill resident, she attended Haverhill High School. She was 
a member of All Saints Parish and the former St. Joseph Parish.
The widow of S. Charles LeCours, she leaves son and daughter-in-law Robert 
J. and Wanda of Garner, N.C.; two grandsons; and nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. Her funeral is Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. at 
Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 
a.m. at All Saints Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. 
 - Published February 6, 2002

Lauretta Merrick
Lauretta (King) Merrick, 84, of Haverhill, died Friday at the Holy Family 
Hospital, Methuen.
Born in Haverhill, she was one of 19 children.
The wife of the late Byron E. Merrick, she leaves daughter Nancy and her 
husband Angelo Puglisi of Danville, N.H.; son Francis Merrick of Derry, 
N.H.; brothers Elwood and Lionel King both of Haverhill; sisters Arlene 
Warren of Acton, Maine, Anna Eaton of North Hampton, N.H., Peggy 
Chapinski, Joanne Valley and Madeline Neubert all of Haverhill; three 
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, grandnieces 
and grandnephews.
Burial was in North Parish Cemetery, Plaistow, N.H. 
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Memorial Giving 
Program, 30 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701. 
 - Published February 6, 2002

Dr. Howard G. Nichols
Dr. Howard G. Nichols, 94, of West Newbury died in his sleep at home 
He was the son of John Frank Nichols and Jennie L. (Riley) Nichols of 
Dr. Nichols graduated from Phillips Andover Academy in 1925. A member of 
Phi Beta Kappa, he graduated from Dartmouth College with distinction in 
1929, and went on to get his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 
After completing his hospital training at the Faulkner Hospital and Boston 
City Hospital, Dr. Nichols returned to Haverhill to practice. He 
subsequently became Head of Urology Service at Hale Hospital, where he 
also served for a time as chief of staff. He also consulted to the Anna 
Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, and the Amesbury Hospital.
Dr. Nichols entered the US Army Medical Corps during World War II, and was 
stationed in Temple, Texas at McCloskey General Hospital. While at 
McCloskey, Dr. Nichols was promoted from the rank of captain to major. He 
was also awarded a citation and the Army Commendation Ribbon in 
recognition of his work.
After the War, he resumed private practice. He retired from active 
practice in 1973.
Dr. Nichols served as a member of the West Newbury Conservation 
Commission, and was a former member of the Board of Directors of the 
Haverhill Foundation, Inc. He had a life-long love of horses and 
equestrian pursuits, including hunting with the Devon and Somerset Stag 
Hounds of Exmoor, England on several occasions. He rode horseback from the 
age of seven until well into his eighties.
He was the husband of the late Margaret Merrill (O'Connor) Nichols who 
died in 1988, after 55 years of marriage. He was the grandfather of the 
late Lars Gage Nichols. 
He leaves his sons and daughters-in-law Joel and Pia Nichols and Geoffrey 
and Joan Nichols all of Woodstock, Vt.; sister, Helen L. Nichols-George, 
formerly of West Newbury; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Burial was in Linwood Cemetery.
Arrangements were by the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the West Newbury Public Library, 490 Main St. W. 
Newbury MA 01985, or the West Newbury Historical Society, 407 Main St., W. 
Newbury MA 01985. 
 - Published February 6, 2002

GraceAnn Repczynski
GraceAnn (Lepore) Repczynski, 65, of Fremont, N.H., died Monday at home 
after a long battle with cancer.
Mrs. Repczynski was the founder of the Acting Company, a Haverhill theater 
organization, which put on many shows in City Hall Auditorium. 
Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Grace E. 
(Harrison) Lepore. She attended Newton Schools and graduated from Newton 
High School in 1954.
For several years, she lived in Plaistow, N.H., and served as a police 
officer in the town. She was a member of Holy Angels Church in Plaistow.
Mrs. Repczynski also produced the melodrama featured during Plaistow's Old 
Home Day for more than 15 years. She was also involved with dinner theater 
productions in Greater Haverhill, serving as a producer and costumer.
She leaves husband Thomas J. Repczynski; daughters and sons-in-law Diana 
and Michael Reardon of Lakeland, Fla., Cheryl and John Wheeler of Lawrence 
and Laura and David Bilodeau of Epping, N.H.; sons and daughters-in-law 
Thomas E. Vlack and Patricia M. of Plaistow, James E. Vlack and Anne of 
Haverhill and Robert A. Vlack and Angie of Kingston, N.H.; sister Mrs. 
Harold (Jane) Barclay of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada; 11 
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Calling hours are Friday 4-8 p.m. at C. Frank Linnehan & Son Funeral Home. 
The funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. from the funeral home, followed by a 
Mass at 11 a.m. at Holy Angels Church. Spring burial will be in Holy 
Angels Cemetery, Plaistow.
Memorials may be made to the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, 1105 Boylston 
St., Boston MA 02215, or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., 
Boston MA 02115. 
 - Published February 6, 2002

Arline M. Sheehan
Arline M. (Forest) Sheehan, 82, a longtime resident of Groveland, died 
Thursday at Baker-Katz Nursing Home.
Born in Haverhill, she was the daughter of the late Victor J. Forest and 
Agnes L. Bonnell.
Mrs. Sheehan was educated in Haverhill, graduating from Haverhill High 
School. She was employed for the former Groveland School System now 
Pentucket School System for 15 years, retiring in 1985.
Mrs. Sheehan was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Groveland, and also 
the Women’s Auxiliary of the Groveland Fire Dept.
The wife of the late William F. Sheehan, she leaves daughter Maureen A. 
and her husband Edward Emde of Wilmington; sons William F. Sheehan, Jr. of 
Groveland and James M. Sheehan and his wife Sandra of Groveland; 
grandchildren Allison and Kristen Emde, and Sarah Sheehan.
Her funeral was Tuesday in St. Patrick's Church. Burial was in Riverview 
Cemetery, Groveland. 
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home. 
Memorials may be made to the Baker-Katz Nursing Home Activities Fund, 194 
Boardman St., Haverhill MA, 01830. 
 - Published February 6, 2002

Esther Tilton
Esther (Sullivan) Tilton, of Haverhill, died Monday at The Oxford.
She attended St. James Grammar School and graduated from St. James High 
She was the wife of the late Frederick A. Tilton who died in 1971, and 
mother of the late Frederick A. Tilton, Jr., who died in 1980. Her 
survivors include a grandson, Eric D. Tilton of Derry, N.H.; and nieces 
and nephews.
Funeral services were private. Burial was in Locust Grove Cemetery, 
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes. 
 - Published February 6, 2002

Reva S. Judkins
Reva S. (Seaberry) Judkins was the best friend any youth facing deprivation could have. She took children into her home, fed them, offered words of comfort, and sent them on their way stronger than when they had arrived. Mrs. Judkins, a longtime resident of 9 Crosby St., died last Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness. She was 79. A caregiver and community activist, Mrs. Judkins couldn't say no to a troubled teenager or an organization in need. Some like Brooks O'Callahan remain forever indebted to the woman who gave him refuge. "I remember spending a couple summers in the Judkins home," he said. "Reva will always be my guardian angel. She made me feel very comfortable during my moments of unrest and I recall the birthday cakes she used to bake for me." You would usually catch her walking the dogs along Riverside Park with husband Bradley C. Judkins Sr. The two had been married 59 years, did their share of world travel, cultivated the same interests, and raised a devoted family. "She preferred an unsung lifestyle," said the husband. "My wife was tolerant, open-minded and had a kind heart. She embraced mankind and never let a soul down. Many of the children she helped came back to thank her. She was a mom to those who had no mom." If she were still alive, she would have taken her familiar seat in the living room Sunday to cheer her beloved New England Patriots to victory. It had been a weekend ritual over the past 40 years. She sat center aisle at every single home game played by the Haverhill High girls' basketball team. So loyal was she to the Hillies, they presented her with an autographed ball following the state championship in 1996. She volunteered at the Stevens-Bennett Home, where she served as a director; Children's Aid and Family Society; and Friends of Haverhill Public Library gift shop. "The library was one of her favorite places," said a daughter, Nancy Bayless of Atlanta. "Being someone who read two books a week, she was always browsing around. She loved British fiction." A popular pastime over the past half century was the Hosford Club, a women's group that meets monthly to deliver papers or shows on subjects of interest. Mrs. Judkins used her time to give essays on Picasso, German composer Felix Mendelssohn and Andrew Carnegie of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Other days would find her playing bingo with residents at Stevens-Bennett, tending to her flower garden, crafting pillow jackets, or working part-time in the office of Pentucket Shoe Store, operated by her husband and sister-in-law for 40 years downtown. Other interests were skiing, golf, tennis and bridge. She took in homeless cats. Mrs. Judkins was born in Hugo, Colo., and graduated from Millsap, Texas, in a class of 18 where she played basketball. She earned a bachelor's degree from North Texas State University and moved to Haverhill 59 years ago upon marriage. She was an active member of First Congregational Church and its women's guild. Besides her husband, she leaves a son, Bradley C. Judkins Jr., Dover, N.H.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Timothy Bayless, Atlanta, and Sarah Judkins and Clark Goodpaster, Newton; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Spring burial will be in Meeting Hill Cemetery, Danville, N.H. Arrangements were by the Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main St. Memorial contributions may be made either to First Congregational Church, 232 Main St., or Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., both Haverhill, MA 01830. 
 - Published February 6, 2002

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