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BARBER Entered into rest, Oct. 11, Simpson, late of Swampscott, formerly of Peabody and Brockton. Beloved husband of the late Matilda (Lanes) Barber. Devoted father of Adele Shackelford of Peabody, Merrill Barber of Zephyrhill, Fla., and Brockton, Libby Gans of Zephyrhill, Fla., and Randolph. Dear grandfather of seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services at the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapels, 10 Vinnin St., Salem/Swampscott line, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. Memorial observance Tuesday and Wednesday until 4 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Pressman. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to the Congregation Tifereth Israel, 8 Pierpont St., Peabody, MA 01960 or to the Jewish Rehabilitation Center for the Aged, 330 Paradise Road, Swampscott, MA 01907. (10/13/1997)

Simpson Barber, 93
SWAMPSCOTT Simpson Barber, 93, of Swampscott, died Saturday in a local nursing home. He was the husband of the late Matilda (Lanes) Barber.
Born in Cambridge, he resided in Peabody and Brockton before moving to Peabody three years ago.
He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II.
Mr. Barber worked in the circulation department at the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald for 38 years. He retired at age 68 and then began doing volunteer work at the VA Hospital in Brockton, the Goddard Hospital in Stoughton and the J.B. Thomas Hospital in Peabody. 
He was the secretary of the Hamet Masonic Lodge in Saugus for 25 years and was also a member of the Massachusetts Consistory and the Aleppo Temple Shrine in Wilmington, and the Congregation Tifereth Israel in Peabody.
Surviving him are two daughters, Adele Shackelford of Peabody, Libby Gans of Zephyrhill, Fla., and Randolph; a son, Merrill Barber, also of Zephyrhill, Fla., and Brockton; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. from the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapels, 10 Vinnin St., Salem. Burial will be in the American Austrian Cemetery, Woburn. 
(Published October 13, 1997)

Robert J. DeAngelis, 62
DOVER, N.H. Robert J. DeAngelis, 62, of Dover, N.H., formerly of Revere, Mass., died Friday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston following a heart transplant. He was the husband of Mary R. (Taraburelli) DeAngelis. 
Born in Boston, he was raised in Revere and graduated from Revere High School, class of 1953.
Mr. DeAngelis was the owner and operator of White Mountain Enterprises, a fence company in Dover, for 10 years. For the last seven years, he was employed as a real estate salesman for Kendall Real Estate of Rochester, N.H.
He was a former selectman in Middleton, N.H., and was a founding member of the Association of Heart Patients, based out of the Wentworth Douglass Hospital of Dover.
Surviving him, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Christine Moffa and her husband, Aurelio of Danvers, Mass., and Loren Flansbury and her husband, Dinne of Newburyport, Mass.; a son, Robert J. DeAngelis Jr. and his wife, Nancy of West Newbury, Mass.; three grandchildren, Anthony and Aurelio Moffa Jr., and Louis R. DeAngelis; a sister, Lenora O'Keefe of West Medford, Mass.; and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Louis DeAngelis.
His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. from the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere, followed by a funeral Mass in St. Richard's Church, Forest Street, Danvers. Visiting hours are Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. only. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, Ma 01701-4688.
(Published October 13, 1997)

Mary L. Wendell, 69
SALEM Mary L. (Foss) Wendell, 69, of 38 Flint St., Salem, died Saturday morning at Beverly Hospital. She was the wife of Harold E. Wendell, with whom she shared 49 years of marriage.
Born in Beverly, daughter of the late Phillip and Margaret (Ingalls) Foss, she was raised and educated in Beverly and graduated from Beverly High School. She moved to Salem in 1961 and resided there until moving to Peabody in 1987. She had recently returned to Salem.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Philip H. and Gail F. Wendell of Peabody; two grandchildren, Scott H. and Lee A. Wendell; two sisters, Phyllis Blanchard of Beverly and Patricia Bausoliel of Rowley; two brothers, Donald Foss of Beverly and Robert Foss of Salem; and several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Lewis Foss.
Her funeral will be held on Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. from the O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Square, Salem (at Salem Common), followed by a funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Salem. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours are this evening from 7 to 9. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody.
(Published October 13, 1997)

MELANSON Of Lynn, Oct. 11, Mrs. Doris M. (LeBlanc) of Moffett Road. Age 80. Wife of J. Henry Melanson; mother of Mrs. Harry "Jim" (Maureen A.) MacDonald, Mrs. Frederick (Kathleen M.) Cavanaugh, Mrs. James (Marlene A.) Sgroi and the late Daniel Melanson; sister of Adrienne Roy; grandmother of Meghan, Andrew MacDonald, Timothy, Kristen, Matthew, Erin and Patrick Cavanaugh, Jennifer, Andrea, James and Daniel Sgroi. Funeral from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Jean Baptiste Church at 10 a.m. Friends may call Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139. (10/13/1997)

Doris M. Melanson, 80
LYNN Doris M. Melanson, 80, of Moffett Road, Lynn, died Saturday in a local nursing home after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of J. Henry Melanson, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage.
Born in Nova Scotia, daughter of the late Evariste and Marie (LeBlanc), she came to the United States at age 5 and resided in Lynn for most of her life. She was a graduate of St. Jean's School.
Mrs. Melanson was employed at the General Electric Company during World War II. 
She was a communicant of St. Jean Baptiste Church and was a member of the Ladies Sodality at Sacred Heart Church and the Parent Teachers Association at Burrill School.
Also surviving her are three daughters, Maureen A. MacDonald and her husband, Harry "Jim" of Cumberland, R.I., Kathleen M. Cavanaugh and her husband, Frederick of Reading, and Marlene A. Sgroi and her husband, James of Londonderry, N.H.; one sister, Adrienne Roy of Lynn; 11 grandchildren, Meghan and Andrew MacDonald, Timothy, Kristen, Matthew, Erin and Patrick Cavanaugh, and Jennifer, Andrea, James and Daniel Sgroi; and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Daniel Melanson; sister of the late Hennessey and Leon LeBlanc, Albertine Morin and Claudia Keating.
Her funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple St., Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Jean Baptiste Church. Visiting hours are Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in St. Jean Cemetery, Lynn.
(Published October 13, 1997)

GREGG Of Peabody, unexpectedly in Salem, Oct. 10, William H. "Bill" Gregg III, age 55, husband of Gloria (Malia) Gregg; son of the late William H. and Concetta (Barbara) Gregg; father of William L. Gregg, Brenda Daniels, Vanessa Gregg and the late Sean P. Gregg; son-in-law of Lawrence and Helen Malia; brother-in-law of Lawrence, Charles, Robert and Michael Malia, Margaret LaMont and Mary Gauthier; grandfather of twin grandsons, Nathan and Tyler, granddaughters, Staci, Sadie and Destiny. Funeral Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. from the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., Salem, to be followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. (10/13,14/1997)

William H. Gregg III, 55
PEABODY William H. "Bill" Gregg III, 55, of Peabody, died unexpectedly Friday evening at Salem Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was the husband of Gloria (Malia) Gregg, with whom he shared 25 years of marriage.
Born in Chelsea, son of the late William H. and Concetta (Barbara) Gregg Jr., he was raised and educated in Saugus and graduated from Saugus High School, class of 1960. He then served in the U.S. Air Force.
Following his discharge, Mr. Gregg worked at the former Jasco Aluminum Company in Peabody for 13 years. He was also employed by the General Electric Company for several years and most recently by Technical Manufacturing in Peabody and Market Basket in Middleton.
Surviving him, in addition to his wife, are a son, William L. Gregg of Peabody; two daughters, Brenda Daniels of Salem and Vanessa Gregg of Beverly; a brother, James Gregg of Florida; a sister, Marianne Suarez of Bangor, Maine; his parents-in-law, Lawrence and Helen Malia of Salem; four brothers-in-law, Lawrence, Charles, Robert and Michael Malia; two sisters-in-law, Margaret LaMont and Mary Gauthier; twin grandsons, Nathan and Tyler; three granddaughters, Staci, Sadie and Destiny; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Sean Patrick Gregg.
His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. from the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., Salem, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the St. John the Baptist Church, Peabody. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours are Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem.
(Published October 13, 1997)

Elizabeth J. McBrien 
LYNN Elizabeth J. (Keay) McBrien, formerly of Essex Street and Chestnut Street, Lynn, died Sunday at Union Hospital after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Lynn firefighter Wesley C. McBrien.
Born in St. Louis, Mo., daughter of the late James and Mary Jane (Kirk) Keay, she was raised in Lynn and attended Lynn schools. She graduated from the former Burdette College and resided in Lynn for the majority of her life.
Mrs. McBrien worked as a bookkeeper/cashier, and as a payroll/cashier at the former F.W. Woolworth Store in Lynn, until her retirement. 
She was a member of the V.F.W. for more than 40 years and was past president of the Post 507 V.F.W. Auxiliary. She was also secretary and treasurer of District No. 10 of the V.F.W. and the Essex County Council V.F.W. 
In her earlier years, she was a Red Cross nurse's aide and volunteered at Lynn Hospital during World War II. She was one of the first volunteers to complete 500 hours of volunteer duty. 
Surviving her are one daughter, Mary E. Dobie of Lynnfield, a teacher at Pickering Junior High School, Lynn; a sister, Margaret L. Freed of Lynn; and a nephew, Robert E. Keay of Danvers. She was also the sister of the late William C. Keay and Agnes C. Lunden.
Her funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Solimine, Landergan & Rhodes Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St., Lynn. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
(Published October 13, 1997)

Lauretta M. Deschenes, 89
SALEM Lauretta M. Deschenes, 89, formerly of Lafayette Street, Salem, died Saturday in Braintree following a lengthy illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Levesque Funeral Home, Salem.
(Published October 13, 1997)

AVANZINO Of Chestnut Street, Marblehead, Oct. 10, 1997, Paul Jr. Age 84. Devoted husband of the late Hannah D. (Rose). Beloved father of Paul Avanzino of the late Hannah D. (Rose). Beloved father of Paul Avanzino III of Chelsea, Marah Buxton-Flemer of Marblehead and the late Nancy L. Joly. Stepfather of Robert A. Latham of Marblehead. Grandfather of seven. Great-grandfather of eight. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997. Visiting hours 7 to 9 p.m., on Monday in the Eustis-Cornell Funeral Home of J.S. Waterman & Sons, 142 Elm St., Marblehead. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marblehead Visiting Nurse Association, Widger Road, Marblehead, MA 01945. (10/13/1997)

Paul Avanzino Jr., 84
MARBLEHEAD Paul Avanzino Jr., 84, of 48 Chestnut St., Marblehead, died Friday at his home. He was the husband of the late Hannah D. (Rose) Avanzino.
Born in Somerville on Oct. 22, 1912, he was the son of Paul Avanzino Sr. and Maria (Ferretti) Avanzino. He was a graduate of Watertown High School and received his degree in chemical engineering from Northeastern University. 
Mr. Avanzino worked as a chemical engineer at the New England Power Company in Salem. 
He enjoyed sailing and was a member of the Marblehead Yacht Club.
Surviving him are a son, Paul Avanzino III of Chelsea; a daughter, Marah Buxton-Flemer of Marblehead; a stepson, Robert A. Latham, also of Marblehead; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was also the father of the late Nancy L. Joly.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Visiting hours are today from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Eustis-Cornell Funeral Home of J.S. Waterman & Sons, 142 Elm St., Marblehead. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marblehead Visiting Nurse Association, Widger Road, Marblehead, MA 01945.
(Published October 13, 1997)

AYRES In Lawrence, Oct. 11, 1997, Samuel L. Jr., age 84, of Osgood Street, North Andover, formerly of Summit Road, Marblehead, for 46 years. Husband of Mary (Davidson) Ayres. Father of Anne (Hugh) Verry of Manchester, Mass., Samuel Ayres III of Rochester, N.Y., David H. (Jean) Ayres of Greenwich, Conn., and Susan W. (Leslie) Pendleton of Charlestown. Grandfather of seven. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Salem Hospital, 81 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. Arrangements by the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home of J.S. Waterman and Sons, 142 Elm St., Marblehead. (10/13/1997)

Samuel L. Ayres, 84
NORTH ANDOVER Samuel L. Ayres, 84, of Osgood Street, North Andover, died Saturday at Lawrence General Hospital. He was the wife of Mary (Davidson) Ayres, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage. 
Born in Dedham, son of the late Samuel L. and Sarah (Otis) Ayres, he grew up in Cohassett. He was a resident of Summit Road in Marblehead for 46 years prior to moving to North Andover six months ago. He was educated at Derby Academy and then graduated from the Vasper George School of Art in Boston. 
Mr. Ayres was owner and president of Samuel L. Ayres Associates, Industrial Designers, Boston, for 40 years, prior to his retirement in 1975.
He was a member of the Boston Rotary Club, the Eastern Yacht Club of Marblehead and the Colonial Warriors Society, Boston Chapter.
Also surviving him are two daughters, Anne Verry and her husband, Hugh of Manchester-by-the-Sea and Susan W. Pendleton and her husband, Leslie of Charlestown; two sons, Samuel Ayres III of Rochester, N.Y., and David H. Ayres and his wife, Jean of Greenwich, Conn.; seven grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are by the Eustis-Cornell Funeral Home of J.S. Waterman & Sons, 142 Elm St., Marblehead.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Salem Hospital, 81 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970.
(Published October 13, 1997)

Wellman I. Hawkes, 90
IPSWICH Wellman I. Hawkes, 90, of 55 High St., Ipswich, died Saturday evening in the Caldwell Convalescent Home following a long illness. He was the husband of Evelyn L. (Hebbs) Hawkes. 
Also surviving him are a daughter, Lillian Hawkes-Wilson of North Carolina, and two grandchildren. 
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, Ipswich.
(Published October 13, 1997)

Sister Ann C. Walsh, 92
IPSWICH Sister Ann Catherine Walsh, S.N.D., 92, of 30 Jeffrey's Neck Road, Ipswich, died unexpectedly Saturday at Beverly Hospital.
Born Ellen Margaret Walsh in Cork, Ireland, daughter of the late John and Ann Marie (French) Walsh, she was educated in Ireland prior to immigrating to the United States.
Sister Walsh entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at Waltham in August of 1932. She professed her first vows on Jan. 30, 1935 and her final vows in August of 1940. She was a professional seamstress and made most of the habits for the Notre Dame sisters. 
She was stationed for several years at Sacred Heart Parish in Waltham, where she taught first Communion classes and then moved to Ipswich, where she devoted her life to the poor and sent clothing to them throughout the world.
Surviving her are several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers and six sisters.
Her Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated by her nephew, the Rev. Ted Toohig, S.J. of Deerfield, Conn., on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Our Lady Queen Chapel, 30 Jeffrey's Neck Road, Ipswich. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours are Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Notre Dame residence, Ipswich. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Ipswich. 
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Sisters of Notre dame de Namur Retirement Fund, 30 Jeffrey's Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.
(Published October 13, 1997)

CROWLEY Of Danvers, and formerly of Malden and Mashpee, Oct. 10, Grace M. (O'Brien) Crowley of Holten Street, Danvers. Wife of the late George "Pete" Crowley. Leaving a son and daughter-in-law John "Jack" and Carol Crowley of Danvers; a sister, Rita Geagan of Falmouth; two grandsons, David and Jonathan Crowley of Danvers and two great-grandchildren. Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday from the Mackey Funeral Home, 22 Conant St., Danvers at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Richard's Church on Forest Street in Danvers. Visiting hours to be held at the funeral home on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. If desired, donations may be made in Grace's memory to The Danvers Council on Aging, Building Fund, 12 Sylvan St., Danvers MA 01923. (10/11,13/1997)

THOMAS Of Peabody, formerly of Everett and Saugus, Oct. 9, Mary C. (Gouveia) at 76 years. Beloved wife of the late William E. Thomas. Loving mother of James W. Thomas of Deltona, Fla., Anthony F. Thomas of Fayetteville, N.C., and Rose Dodge of Peabody. Loving grandmother of Tonya and James W. Jr. A funeral will be held in the J.F. Ward Funeral Home, 772 Broadway, Everett, on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. Visiting hours on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. (10/11,13/1997)


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