Miscellaneous Essex County, Massachusetts Obituaries


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George M. Andrzejewski
George M. Andrzejewski, 55, formerly of Haverhill died Saturday of lung 
cancer at his brother's home in Salem.
Born in Varel, Germany, he was the son of Halina (Cerech) Andrzejewski of 
Haverhill and the late Gregory Andrzejewski. Mr. Andrzejewski came to this 
country in 1951 and settled in Haverhill. He became a U.S. citizen and 
graduated with honors from Haverhill High School in 1965. He received his 
bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern 
University in 1970.
As a young man, Mr. Andrzejewski was a member of the former St. Michael's 
Parish where he served as an altar boy and was a member of St. Rita's 
Parish Troop 3 of the Boy Scouts of America, attaining the rank of Eagle 
A program manager at BAE Systems Inc. in Nashua, Mr. Andrzejewski had been 
employed by the company for 33 years going back to when it was known as 
Sanders Associates.
He was an avid boater and fisherman and was a great fan and supporter at 
all of his nephews' and niece's athletic and scholastic events.
Besides his mother, he leaves his brother Walter L. Andrews and his wife 
Joan (Sapienti) of Salem; sisters Helen A. Page and her husband John Page 
of Boxford, and Elizabeth A. Parrish and her husband Dennis J. Parrish, 
Esq. of Atkinson, N.H.; niece and nephews Michael Andrews of Somerville, 
Christopher Andrews of Salem, Joseph Page and Kathryn Page of Boxford and 
Gregory Parrish of Atkinson; and aunts and cousins.
His funeral was Tuesday in All Saints Parish. Burial was in St. Patrick 
Arrangements were by Berube-Comeau Funeral Home. 
 - Published June 13, 2002

Edith M. Brown
Edith M. (Tyler) Brown, 86, of Haverhill died Saturday at Holy Family 
Hospital in Methuen.
Born and educated in East Boston, she moved to Haverhill as a young woman. 
Mrs. Brown was a homemaker.
She leaves son and daughter-in-law Leon R. and Sandra J. of Rochester, 
N.H.; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was also mother of the late Charles F. Brown Jr., Gloria Clocher and 
Patricia Chute.
Her funeral was Wednesday in All Saints Parish. Burial was in St. 
Patrick's Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Berube-Comeau Funeral Home. 
 - Published June 13, 2002

Pearl A. Driscoll
Pearl A. (Fedoruk) Driscoll, 93, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of 
Bradford, died Thursday at Pay Point Nursing Home, St. Petersburg.
Born in Russia, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Tekla 
(Fedoruk) Fedoruk and came to the United States in 1912. She attended 
Haverhill Schools and was a graduate of Haverhill High School. She had 
resided in Haverhill and Bradford until moving to Florida in 1967.
Mrs. Driscoll had been a sales clerk and office clerk with the J.J. 
Newberry Co. retail store until her retirement in 1967. 
She had been a member of Sacred Hearts Parish.
The wife of the late Cornelius P. Driscoll, she leaves her daughter Alexis 
M. Driscoll of Pallantine, Ill.; and her son Jerome G. Driscoll of West 
She was the mother of the late Cornelius E. Driscoll who died July 8, 
1995, and the mother of the late Johanna F. Driscoll-Toney who died April 
15, 1998.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by C. Frank Linnehan & Son Funeral 
Home at a later date. Her burial will be in the family lot in Lithuanian 
 - Published June 13, 2002

Mildred A. Emerson 
Mildred A. (Collins) Emerson, 70, of Haverhill died Friday at her home.
Born and educated in Haverhill, Mrs. Emerson worked in housekeeping for 
UNICO Co. at Lucent, retiring in 1997.
She leaves her husband of 51 years, Alvan S. Emerson; sons Alvan S. Jr. of 
Haverhill, Douglas M. of Lancaster, Pa., and Jeffrey C. and wife Evelyn Y. 
of West Newbury; daughters and sons-in-law Darlene M. and Dean K. Fisher 
of Plaistow, N.H., and Gale L. and Robin J. Staples of Raymond, N.H.; 
brothers Mahlon A. Collins of Rochester, N.H., Leonard E. Collins of 
Lakeland, Fla., and Martin R. Collins of Haverhill; sisters Thelma L. 
Jodoin and Avis J. Ragust of Haverhill; five grandchildren; and nieces and 
Burial was in Linwood Cemetery. 
Arrangements were by Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home. 
 - Published June 13, 2002

Caroline J. Howard
Caroline J. (Hill) Howard, 88, of Haverhill died Friday at her son's home 
surrounded by her family.
Born in Haverhill, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Florence 
Hill. She was educated in Haverhill Schools.
The wife of the late Merton Howard Sr. who died in 1998, she leaves her 
son Haverhill Police Detective Merton Howard Jr. and his wife Patricia, 
with whom she lived; sister Ida Lammazo of Lawrence; four grandchildren; 
11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Linwood Cemetery.
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Memorial Giving 
Program, 30 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701, or Merrimack Valley Hospice, 
360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence MA 01843.
 - Published June 13, 2002

Guy J. Ianno
Guy J. Ianno, 74, of Haverhill died last Monday at Merrimack Valley 
Hospital after a brief illness.
Born and educated in Chelsea, Mr. Ianno was a self-employed carpenter. 
He previously worked as a solderer at Haynes Flute & Piccolo Co. of Boston.
Mr. Ianno served in the Merchant Marine and the National Guard. He was a 
member of Sons of Italy Victor Emmanuel Lodge 1646, Amity Masonic Lodge of 
Danvers and the Italian Serenaders. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and 
playing the guitar.
He leaves his wife Hazel (Cullinane); son Guy J. Jr. and wife Donna of New 
Hampshire; daughters Linda and husband John Bradley of Massachusetts, and 
Jayne of New Hampshire; brothers Nicholas and Joseph of New Hampshire; 
Antoinette LeClair and Rose Spano of Massachusetts; three grandchildren; 
and nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 
Arrangements were by Scatamacchia Funeral Home. 
 - Published June 13, 2002

Diane N. Gifford Lipps
Diane N. (Dow) Gifford Lipps, 46, of Bradford died last Sunday at Lawrence 
General Hospital.
Born in Framingham and educated in Franklin, Mrs. Lipps moved to Bradford 
from Wrentham. She enjoyed gardening.
She leaves her husband Stephen Lipps; daughters Allison L. and Ashley G. 
Gifford, and Sophia C. Lipps, all of Bradford; mother Elizabeth L. Carter 
of Medway; brothers Thomas R. Dow of Wrentham and Kevin M. Dow of 
Franklin; and sisters Marsha E. Gagne of Coatsville, Ind., and Sharon M. 
Nichols of Natick.
Burial was private.
Arrangements were by Ginley Funeral Home, Franklin. 
Memorials may be made to Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston MA 
 - Published June 13, 2002

Catherine S. Mazza
Catherine S. (Jacobs) Mazza, 41, of Haverhill died Friday at her home 
after a yearlong illness.
Born in Lawrence, she was the daughter of Therese (Fritschy) Jacobs of 
Haverhill and the late Daniel Jacobs Sr., and was educated in the Lawrence 
She had been employed as a waitress at Mark's Deli, and more recently as a 
bartender at the Crescent Yacht Club.
Besides her mother, she leaves her husband of 24 years, Albert Mazza; 
daughters Gina and her husband Michael Bowman and Angela Mazza; sisters 
Dorothy "Dee" and her husband David O'Neil all of Haverhill, and Patricia 
and her husband Patrick Dowdel of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandson 
Michael Bowman Jr., of Haverhill; nieces and nephews among whom are her 
godchildren Corey and Jacquelynne O'Neil of Haverhill; and aunts, uncles 
and cousins.
She was the sister of the late Daniel Jacobs Jr. who died in 2000.
Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Lawrence.
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes. 
 - Published June 13, 2002

Betulia Pecce
Betulia (Villanucci) Pecce, 97, of Haverhill died Friday at Kenoza Manor 
Nursing Home after a long illness.
Born in Italy, Mrs. Villanucci was a member of St. John the Baptist Church.
She was a resident of Haverhill for most of her life.
The widow of Firminio Pecce, she leaves her son Albert T. of Haverhill; 
sisters Leonda Villanucci of Haverhill and Rita Tatian of Bradford; one 
granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.
Her funeral was Tuesday in St. John the Baptist Church. Burial was in St. 
Patrick Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Scatamacchia Funeral Home. 
 - Published June 13, 2002

Annie Perkins
Annie Brooks Perkins, 87, died Tuesday at the Rumford Community Home. She 
was a resident of Intervale Road in Bethel, Maine. She was formerly of 
Kittery Point, Maine. She was a graduate of Haverhill High School. 
Born in Chicago, Ill., she was the daughter of Harry and Sophia 
(Plaisting) Brooks. She worked at the main desk as an office clerk and 
receptionist at Portsmouth Herald Newspaper in Portsmouth, N.H., for many 
years until her retirement.
The wife of the late George Perkins, she leaves her daughter Karen Wight 
and her husband Eric of Bethel, Maine; son Harry Brooks and his wife Ann 
of Groveland; sister Doris Sabbagh of Escondido, Calif.; and grandchildren 
and great-grandchildren. 
 - Published June 13, 2002

Ernest E. Poore
Ernest E. Poore, 86, of Lake Wales, Fla., died May 8 at the Grove Center 
Lake Wales.
Born in Haverhill, he was the son of the late Arthur and Lillian Poore of 
Groveland. He was a graduate of Haverhill High School Class of 1935 and 
attended Tufts University. He was formerly employed at the Boston Naval 
Shipyard; Former Naval Scheduling Activity in Philadelphia, ship planner 
and ship general superintendent at both Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., 
and General Dynamics in Quincy.
Mr. Poore formerly lived in Newbury, Georgetown and Hampstead, N.H. He 
was a former member of the Hampstead, N.H., Congregational Church. He was 
also a 57-year member of The Charles C. Dame Lodge AF&AM. 
He was the husband of the late Marion (Sturtevant) Poore.
He leaves his wife Virginia (Betty) Hammond Poore; daughter Susan (Poore) 
Hammer and husband Edward Hammer, of Newbury; sister Beatrice Malbon of 
Haverhill; step-daughter Norma Wolfson and husband Carl Wolfson of Lake 
Wales; step-son-in-law Jack Murphy; four grandchildren; six 
step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. 
He was predeceased by his son Ernest E. Poore Jr., his granddaughter 
Kristen B. Hammer and stepdaughter Betty (Kimball) Murphy. 
Graveside services are Thursday at 11 a.m. in Walnut Cemetery. 
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes. 
Memorial contributions may be made to The Kristen B. Hammer Memorial 
Scholarship Fund, care of The Institute For Savings, 93 State St., 
Newburyport MA 01950, or the Hampstead Congregational Church, Main St., 
Hampstead NH 03841. 
 - Published June 13, 2002

Kenneth E. Salem
Kenneth E. Salem, 60, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Ossipee, N.H., died last 
Tuesday at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He leaves Haverhill relatives.
Born and educated in Lawrence, he graduated from Lawrence High School in 
1960. Mr. Salem served in the Air Force for 21 years as an air traffic 
controller, retiring as a master sergeant.
He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at 
Lowell in 1982.
Mr. Salem worked at Analog Devices in Wilmington for 13 years before he 
After retiring, he moved to Florida, while maintaining a summer home in 
He leaves wife Linda M. (Driver) Salem; daughters Susan Anton of Upton and 
Shari Salem of Haverhill; brother Philip of Haverhill; sisters Kathleen 
Russo and Linda Flori, both of Chelmsford, and Donna Hannigan of Salem, 
N.H.; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was also father of the late Scott Salem.
His funeral was Monday in Sacred Hearts Church. Burial was private.
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes. 
 - Published June 13, 2002 

Hilda Whitehead
Her face once graced billboards, streetcars and magazines in London. Hilda Whitehead--make that Hilda Emily Sarah (Cox) Whitehead--turned heads in her day, even those of royalty. Mrs. Whitehead died Friday at The Oxford, months after celebrating her 101st birthday where she was showered with cards, gifts and floral bouquets. At her party, she did a dance, then retired for the evening with her traditional shot of whiskey. "She was always one to have a good time--a real live wire," said activities director Tracy K. Lord. "Hilda loved sharing her life in England when she modeled clothes for the Queen Mother. She never skipped a beat and always took pride in her appearance." The modeling occurred inside her very own salon at Hanley-Semour during a career that extended well into her 60s. She married the vice-president of a shipping line, Kenneth Blair Whitehead, and moved to Montreal where she continued her work for specialty design houses like Holt Renfrew. She had been in Haverhill since 1954. Mrs. Whitehead was a poster girl during World War II, pictured with one arm around a soldier and the other embracing a child. The inscription was meant to give Canadians an alternative: "If you can't go active, go home defense." She buried her husband Kenneth B. in 1960 and shared the next 40 years with a daughter, Patricia (Blair) Masera, until her death in 1998. Prior to entering The Oxford, she lived independently at the Stevens-Bennett Home where she celebrated her centennial. "Hilda looked forward to every day with renewed energy," said administrator Martha Kelleher. "She wasn't one to dwell upon the dark side, especially when there was chocolate sauce or frosting on her plate. Her glass of joy was filled to the brim." A pacemaker hadn't diluted her spirit, much less a fractured hip which required two pins. A shot of Scotch followed her to bed each evening. A gentleman from a nursing home asked her to dance at the annual Senior Ball and literally swept her off her feet. She did a dip, then a double dip, as everyone watched and applauded. She won a $5 prize as best dancer. Another daughter, Shirley Blair Moss, wife of former Haverhill businessman Andy Moss, kept in close contact, as did four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She enjoyed reading suspense novels and traveled extensively to Florida. "My mother lived a little longer than the Queen Mother she modeled for," said Moss. "She was an institution in her own humble way and is probably up there in heaven, dancing on a cloud." She was born in London, daughter of the late Samuel and Emily (Sumpter) Cox, and was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and its St. Elizabeth's Guild. She also belonged to the English Speaking Union and Rhetna Foundation. Besides her daughter and son-in-law of Haverhill, she leaves four grandchildren, Robert Masera, Haverhill; Patricia B. and her husband Joseph DeSando, Newton, N.H.; Pamela B. and her husband Craig Phillips, Marblehead, and Sherida B. and her husband George E. Daley, Haverhill; 11 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Arrangements were by the H. L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St. Memorial contributions may be made to either Trinity Episcopal Church, 26 White St., Haverhill, MA 01830 or Stevens-Bennett Home, 337 Main St., Haverhill, MA 01830.
 - Published June 13, 2002
William F. Gross
William F. Gross will best be remembered as the visitor who came to Penacook Place each day to play the piano for his Alzheimer's-stricken wife Annie. It didn't take long before he had a built-in audience at the nursing home as others came to listen during the noonday luncheon. "He tickled those keys like Billy Joel," said Tricia Horgan, head of community relations. "Bill brought a lot of joy to his wife and the others. He was known around here as the piano man." Mr. Gross, 84, died Saturday at Penacook--the place which was once his stomping ground. He would make his way to the Water Street facility rain or shine. The piano-playing proved his compliment to the staff for the care received by his wife of 51 years. Mrs. Gross died in 1999. On occasion, he was joined by his only son, William Jr., and they would form a duet. "He treated all residents with the same sensitivity as his wife," said Horgan. "Many of them would sing along as Bill played. The songs belonged to their generation and brought a sentimental tone to our home." When he was 17, Mr. Gross played in a four-piece band. His background was in classical music with his favorite composer Chopin. He was self-taught and possessed a vast repertoire. "His coming here was a true testament of love," said Horgan. "You could set a watch by his arrival. Once he didn't show and everyone got worried. They thought something had happened to their favorite entertainer." Mr. Gross was also a distinguished service veteran, earning a Bronze Star while serving with a U.S. Army combat unit during World War II. He and his wife were former owners of Imperial Cleaners in Monument Square. She handled the bookkeeping. He took care of customers and maintenance. The two owned a second location in Portsmouth, N.H. Mr. Gross was born in Buffalo, N.Y., son of the late Frederick G. and Enda F. (Fogarty) Gross, and had lived in Haverhill and Bradford since 1946 after moving here from New Jersey. He attended schools in Orange, N.J., and was a graduate of Orange High School in 1935. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute in Troy, N.Y. He began his career in the retail cleaning business with Individual Family Laundry, prior to Imperial. In 1974, he purchased the business from Samuel Robert Company and maintained it until his retirement in 1990. He was a member of Sacred Hearts Parish, Haverhill Lodge of Elks and Boston American Legion. He leaves his son, William F. Gross Jr. and his wife Linda Hopedale; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements were by the C. Frank Linnehan & Son Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 200 Cummings Center, Suite 323A, Beverly, MA 01915. 
 - Published June 13, 2002

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