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Cynthia P. Bruneau
Cynthia P. Bruneau, 80, of Haverhill, died Saturday at Lawrence General
Hospital.
She was born in Barre, Vt., and moved to Haverhill at an early age. She
attended local schools, and graduated from Haverhill High. She was employed as
an assembler at the former Converse Rubber Company in Andover, retiring in
1973.
Mrs. Bruneau was a member of the People's United Methodist Church in Bradford
and its Women's Society.
She is survived by a special friend, Clifton E. Robinson of Haverhill; two
brothers, Merl and wife Terry Ashford of Atkinson, N.H. and Kermit and his wife
Timmy Ashford of Hampstead, N.H.; a sister, P. Irene Ard and husband Glenwood
of Brentwood, N.H. and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held Wednesday at the H.L. Farmer and Sons Bradford Funeral
Home, 210 South Main St.
Spring burial will be in the Maplewood Parish Cemetery, Plaistow, N.H.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the People's United Methodist
Church, P.O. Box 5418, Bradford, MA 01835.
- Published February 3, 1999

Sarah M. Burke
Sarah M. Burke, 88, of Haverhill, died Wednesday at Penacook Place in
Haverhill.
Born and educated in Haverhill, Miss Burke worked for 40 years as a cashier for
Massachusetts Electric until her retirement in 1974.
She was a lifelong parishioner of St. James Church.
Burial was in St. James Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were by N. Power O'Connor Funeral Home, Main St.
- Published February 3, 1999

Mary Curry
Mary Louise Curry of Haverhill died Jan. 19 at Hale Hospital.
Mrs. Curry was born in Haverhill and was a graduate of Haverhill High School
and the Shepard-Gill School of Nursing in Boston.
She began her career as the owner and operator of Mary Louise Beauty Shoppe,
North Chelmsford. She was a private duty nurse for 30 years until her
retirement.
She is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.
Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Haverhill.
Funeral arrangements were handled by C. Frank Linnehan and Son Funeral Service,
Haverhill.
- Published February 3, 1999

Barbara J. Daly
Barbara J. Daly, 61, of Haverhill, died Thursday at home.
She was the wife of James Daly.
A lifelong resident of Haverhill, Mrs. Daly was a homemaker and previously
worked for Western Electric in North Andover.
She was a member of All Saints Parish, and enjoyed ceramics, bowling and
watching football.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Robert of Haverhill; a
daughter, Nancy Germain and husband Daniel of Haverhill; her mother, Nellie
Herrin of Haverhill; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Jean Marie Dick who died in 1984.
Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Berube-Comeau Funeral Home.
- Published February 3, 1999

James H. Everette, Jr.
James H. Everette, Jr., 75, of Haverhill, died last Wednesday at Lawrence
General Hospital.
He was the husband of Helen Everette.
Mr. Everette worked at Raytheon Corp. for 30 years as an engineering supervisor
and quality assurance manager of the Sidewinder, AMRAAM and HARM missile
programs before retiring in 1986.
He was born and educated in Lynchbourg, Va., he attended Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and Fitchburg State College, and received his associate's degree in
electrical engineering from Merrimack College in 1962. He was active with the
Boy Scouts of America, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout with Four Palms and
becoming a member of the Order of the Arrow.
He served in the Navy during World War II and was a technician first class on
the submarine U.S.S. Tench, earning the Submarine Combat Insignia with two gold
stars, and the Asiatic Pacific Medel with three gold stars.
Mr. Everette was a member of the Squalus Chapter of the Submarine Veterans of
World War II, and the Thresher Base of the U.S. Submarine Veterans, both of
Portsmouth, N.H. He enjoyed photography, videography and woodworking.
In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by three daughters, Donna
and husband Rodney Traficante and Karen Everette, all of Haverhill, and Susan
and husband Ronald Dunbar of Sandown, N.H.; a son, John "Jack" and wife Kathie
of Haverhill; two sisters, Nell Baer and Constance Main of Lynchburg, Va.; five
grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, One Water St., Haverhill, or
the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Massachusetts Chapter, 101 First Ave.,
Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02154.
- Published February 3, 1999

John L. Harris
John L. Harris, 72, of Tampa, Fla. and formerly of Haverhill, died last Monday
at James E. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital in Florida.
He was born in Providence, R.I., a son of the late John and Colletta Harris,
and was educated in the Providence schools.
Mr. Harris served in the United States Navy during World War II and retired in
1963 as a Chief Petty Officer after 20 years of service. He then relocated to
Haverhill, where he was employed as a painter for the city's Public Property
Department until his retirement in 1980.
He was a member of the Lorraine Post 29, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Haverhill.
His survivors include two sons, Michael Harris of Haverhill and Clifton Clarke
and wife Susan of Plaistow, N.H.; three daughters, Jane Harris-Fale and husband
Greg Fale of Bradford, Nancy J. Diamantopoulos and husband Michael of Dracut
and Sharon Clarke-Washington and husband Barry Washington of Wayne, Penn.; a
brother, Nelson Harris of Ellicott City, Md.; three sisters, Coletta Dutcher of
Pawtucket, R.I., Ellen Silva of Swansea and Elizabeth Werner of Pawtucket,
R.I.; 9 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; his former wife, Dorothy Harris
of Haverhill and several nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Linwood Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 1 Water
St., Haverhill, MA 01830, or the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were handled by H.L. Farmer and Sons.
- Published February 3, 1999

May D. Hills
May D. Hills, 84, of Haverhill, died Monday at Kenoza Manor in Haverhill.
She was the wife of the late Charles Hills, who died in 1988.
A lifelong resident of the city, Mrs. Hills worked in the local shoe industry
at several firms including William Dierauer Co., Shoe Ornaments Co., and
Goldberg Shoe Co.
She was a member of the former St. Joseph Parish, and enjoyed gardening.
She leaves two sons and their wives C. Ronald and Sandra of Haverhill and
Wilbert H. and Joan of Hampstead, N.H.; a sister, Dora Brunault of Salisbury;
three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Her funeral is Thursday at 9 a.m. at Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway,
Haverhill. A funeral Mass follows at 10 a.m. in All Saints Church. Burial is in
St. Joseph's Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 1 Water St., Haverhill, MA
01830.
- Published February 3, 1999

Paul H. Killilea
Paul H. Killilea, 68, of Haverhill, died Friday at home.
He was the husband of Jacqueline Killilea.
Mr. Killilea was an electrical engineer for 22 years at Raytheon until he
retired in 1992.
He was a member of All Saints Parish.
Mr. Killilea was born in Boston. He was educated in Belmont Schools and
received a degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.
He enjoyed traveling, especially on railroad trains.
In addition to his wife of 12 years, he is survived by a step-son, Steven
Bucuzzo of Los Angeles, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Kathleen Bucuzzo of Los
Angeles and Cheryl and husband Barry Ferguson of Plaistow, N.H.; three brothers
Edwin and Joseph, both of Belmont, and Charles of Westboro; three grandchildren
and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.
Funeral services were handled by Berube-Comeau Funeral Home.
- Published February 3, 1999

Marion F. Martin
Mrs. Marion Frances Martin, 95, died Monday evening at the Melrose Care Center
in Melrose.
She was the wife of the late Douglas William Martin.
Mrs. Martin was born in Boston and was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary
Martin.
Mrs. Martin was a former resident of Haverhill, where she was a member of the
First Church of Christ. She moved to Wakefield in 1987, where she became a
member of the Greenwood Union Church and was also member of Rebecca's of the
International Order of Odd Fellows of Wakefield.
Her survivors include two daughters, Elsie Durkee and Joan Clark; a son-in-law,
Joseph Clark and a daughter-in-law, Martha Martin, all of Wakefield; 10
grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was also the mother of the late William F. Martin and the mother-in-law of
the late Gerald Durkee.
Her funeral is Thursday at noon at Covell Chapel at First Parish Wakefield.
Burial is in Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield.
Funeral arrangements were handled by the H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Homes,
Haverhill.
- Published February 3, 1999

Charlotte Mednicoff
Charlotte Mednicoff, 89, of Haverhill, died Saturday at Hale Hospital.
Born in Haverhill, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Esthere
Mednicoff.
Miss Mednicoff graduated from Haverhill High in 1927 and was a lifelong
resident of the city. She worked as a credit manager at the former Boston
Furniture Co. for 59 years. She also worked at the former Manhattan Clothing
Shop in Haverhill for 22 years.
Miss Mednicoff was a member of Temple Emanu-El, Hadassah, the Sisterhood,
Friendship Club, and the Women's Club, all of Haverhill.
Her survivors include a nephew and a sister-in-law. She was the sister of the
late Murray, Melvin and Samual Mednicoff.
Burial was in Children of Israel Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St.,
Framingham, MA 01701. 
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St.
- Published February 3, 1999

Evelyn A. Monteith
Evelyn A. Monteith, 88 of Haverhill, died last Tuesday at Hale Hospital.
Miss Moneith was a registered dietician, working in Connecticut and Maine. She
was an instructor and co-founder of a nursing school in Dover, N.H. and later
transferred to New England Baptist Hospital, where she worked as nursing
administrator until retiring in 1975.
Born in Cambridge, she graduated from Haverhill High and Lesley College and
received her nursing degree from Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.
A member of First Baptist Church, she was also a member of the Octagon Club,
the Haverhill Historical Society, Fidelity Chapter 90 Order of Eastern Star,
and the Alumni Association of Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.
She leaves a brother Fred Monteith Jr. and wife Charlotte of Haverhill; a
nephew, Richard Monteith of Hooksett, N.H.; three grand-nephews and three
great-grandnephews.
Memorials may be made to Haverhill Historical Society, 240 Water St.,
Haverhill, MA 01830.
Funeral arrangements are by Dole, Childs and Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main St.,
Haverhill.
- Published February 3, 1999

Elmer G. Olson
Elmer G. ``Ole'' Olson, 77, of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., formerly of Haverhill,
died Jan. 11 in Florida.
He was husband of the late Rita (Randin) Olson, who died in 1984.
Mr. Olson was born in Newton, a son of Emil and Alma Olson, and lived in
Haverhill more than 30 years.
He was employed as an iron worker in Lawrence, Local 351, and served in the
U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific Theater. He was a past
commander of the Lorraine Post VFW. He moved to Florida in 1986.
His survivors include three sons, Edward Olson, Boise, Idaho; Erik Olson,
Weare, N.H., and Karl Olson, Manchester, N.H.; one daughter, Martha Vance, St.
Augustine, Fla.; a sister, Grace Wengle, Wells, Maine; a brother, Vincent
Olson, Arlington; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Arrangements were handled by the Neptune Society with burial at sea.
- Published February 3, 1999

Arthur J. Regan, Jr.
Arthur J. Regan, Jr., 68, of Lawrence, died Thursday evening at Lawrence
General Hospital. He has relatives in Haverhill.
He was the husband of Verna Regan of Lawrence.
Mr. Regan was born in Danbury, Conn. to the late Arthur and Josephine Regan.
He attended grammar school in Danbury and continued his education at Central
Catholic after his family moved to Lawrence. He graduated in 1948.
For many years he was employed as a master pipe fitter with the Local#12
Pipefitters Union, and later as a plumber for Raytheon in Northboro and
Andover. 
Mr. Regan was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and attained the rank of
sergeant.
In addition to his wife of 43 years, his survivors include three sons, Arthur
Regan III of Midlothian, Va., Michael and wife Mary Ellen of Warner, N.H. and
Robert and wife Alicia Regan of Haverhill; four daughters, Kathleen and husband
William Sirois of Warner, N.H., Maribeth Regan and husband Peter Sirois of
Lawrence, Paula Regan of Haverhill and Theresa Regan and fiancee Don Roche of
Windham, N.H; four brothers, Thomas and wife Pauline of Barefoot Bay, Fla.,
Charles of North Andover, John and wife Jayne of Salem, N.H. and Edward of
Hampton, N.h.; sister Sr. Teresa Regan, S.C.H. of Framingham; four
grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the
late Kevin Regan, who died in 1988.
Spring burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, North Andover.
Funeral arrangements were by H.L. Farmer and Sons.
- Published February 3, 1999

Salvatore Rotondo
Salvatore Rotondo, 87, of Haverhill, died Saturday at Glynn Memorial Nursing
Home.
He was born and raised in East Boston and had worked in the nursery at the
Franklin Park Zoo. He is survived by nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Walnut Cemetery, Haverhill.
Memorials may be made to the Glynn Activities Fund, 61 Brown St., Haverhill, MA
01830. 
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer and Sons Funearl Home.
- Published February 3, 1999

Dorothy A. Sorgman
Dorothy A. Sorgman, 79, died Jan. 15 at the University of Massachusetts
Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
Born and educated in Haverhill, she worked as a legal secretery.
She leaves a daughter, Amy Lindsey of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Josephine
Caplin of Worcester and Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; a brother David Diamond of
Haverhill; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were private and under the direction of Scatamacchia
Funeral Home, 358 Washington St., Haverhill.
- Published February 3, 1999

Peter P. Woidyla
Peter P. Woidyla, 78, of Salem, N.H. and formerly of Haverhill, died Saturday
at Holy Family after a short illness.
He was the husband of Jean Woidyla.
He worked at the former Western Electric as a layout operator for 25 years and
served as vice president of the C.W.A. Local 1365. He had served on the board
of directors for the Merrimack Valley Credit Union.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Woidyla served in the Navy as a boatswain mate
and was awarded six stars for Asiatic-Pacific duty and two stars for the
Phillipine liberation. He also received a Good Conduct Medal and the World War
II Victory Medal.
In addition to his wife of 34 years, he is survived by a daughter, Connie and
husband, Joseph Martin of Salem, N.H.; two sons, Tim Grella and wife Cindy of
Salem, N.H. and Albert Grella and wife Gayle of Derry, N.H.; two brothers
Joseph Woidyla of Salem, N.H. and Frank Woidyla of Haverhill; two sisters, 
Helen Woidyla of Salem, N.H. and Victoria Flynn of Methuen; a mother-in-law
Constance Zampelli as well as eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and
many nieces and nephews.
Entombment was in St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Chapel Mausoleum in
Lawrence.
Funeral arrangements were handled by John Breen Memorial Funeral Home,
Lawrence.
- Published February 3, 1999

Eleanor Wright
Eleanor Wright, 91, of Rye, N.H., died Wednesday afternoon.
She was the wife of the late Harland F. Wright.
She was born in Chelmsford, and was a daughter of the late George and Marion
Byam. She and her husband previously lived in Haverhill and Plaistow, N.H. Mrs.
Wright had been a resident of Rye for the past year.
Mrs. Wright was comptroller and assistant treasurer at the William H. Bixby
Company of Haverhill, where she worked for 34 years.
She was a member of the Boothbay Regional Garden Club of Boothbay, Maine, a
former member of the First Congregational Church of Christ in Bradford, the
Haverhill and Chelmsford historical societies, the Leisure Hour Club of
Haverhill and the Herb Society of America.
Mrs. Wright is survived by two daughters, Janice L. George of Haverhill and
Marion Bates of Reading, Penn.; two brothers, George Byam of Chelmsford and
Lamont Byam of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Edythe Riese of Chelmsford and
Beverly Byam of Hudson, N.H.; five grandchildren, Ginny Garland of Cape
Neddick, Maine, Wendy McKay of Rye, N.H., Diana George of Newburyport, Elena
Hooley of East Petersbury, Penn. and Marshall Bates of Reading, Penn., and 11
great-grandchildren.
Private family services were at Elmwood Cemetery in Bradford with arangements
by Simplicity Burial and Cremation Services, 287 High St., Newburyport, MA.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
- Published February 3, 1999

John J. Lyons
Whether it was building lives in the classroom or on the athletic field, John
J. Lyons served students in each area over a 34-year career.
The popular attendance supervisor and football coach was buried Friday in St.
James Cemetery, following a funeral Mass in All Saints Church. He died
Wednesday at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, at the age of 85.
Mr. Lyons left behind a legacy of helping students and athletes define a
positive role in life through discipline and character-building.
He worked as supervisor of attendance for the Haverhill School System from 1945
until his retirement in 1979.
At Haverhill High, he served as freshman football coach for many years and was
a member of the coaching staff for the 1955 state championship team.
He also worked as master of discipline at the Shirley Industrial School and was
``keeper of the gate'' at Salisbury Beach State Reservation during the summer
months.
``His life was best characterized by the number of friends he made and how he
associated with people,'' said his son, Dr. Kevin M. Lyons, executive director
of student services, Haverhill School Department.
``My father had a real concern for kids, whether it was the school or the
gridiron. His greatest skill was working out a problem and bringing harmony to
the forefront.''
In a quiet and humble way, Mr. Lyons was the perfect complement to John
Ottaviani, the head freshman coach, who was known as a rough and tough
motivator. Together, they produced a string of unbeaten records, preparing
ninth-graders for their role in the varsity ranks.
His mornings were spent chasing after truant students, often finding himself in
court upholding the state's Compulsory School Attendance Law.
Among those attending the funeral were a number of former coaches, players and
students who turned out to pay their final respects.
``A number of them went on to excel in college and have my father to thank,''
said Dr. Lyons. ``He followed their progress with a dash of pride.''
A lifelong resident of the city, Mr. Lyons graduated from St. James High School
in 1935 where he captained the football team and served as class president.
He also attended St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers before entering
Providence College, where he played four years of football before graduating
with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He later earned a
masters degree in counseling
Mr. Lyons served in the U.S. Army as a technical sergeant with the Yankee
Division, 94th Infantry, during World War II, active in the Campaigns of
Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe.
He was a longtime member of the former St. Rita Parish; Wilbur M. Comeau Post,
American Legion; Hannah Duston Chapter, Disabled American Veterans, and the
Knights of Columbus.
He also belonged to Crystal Springs Golf Club, participating in The Gazette
City Tournament several times, and participated in the Teachers' Bowling League
and Retired City Employees Bowling League.
Mr. Lyons held a high profile in city politics, campaigning for the late State
Sen. James P. Rurak, and later for his son, Mayor James A. Rurak.
``Even in his sickly state, he'd be out by the side of the road holding up a
sign,'' said Dr. Lyons. When his legs began failing him, he took a seat.''
For many years, he cared for his cancer-stricken wife, Jeannette (Paradis)
Lyons, before her death in 1995. They had been married 53 years, living at 85
North Broadway, the home they had built in 1952.
A daughter, Judith Healy, also pursued education as a career, also working as a
teacher and guidance counselor in Haverhill schools.
Survivors include Dr. Lyons and his wife, Judy Mascioli of Hampton, N.H.; Mrs.
Healy and her husband, Timothy of Wakefield; six grandchildren, and several
nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway.
- Published February 3, 1999


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