Miscellaneous Essex County, Massachusetts Obituaries

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Jessi Anastasi
Jessi Anastasi, 75, of Atkinston, N.H. and formerly of Haverhill, died 
Saturday at Birchwood Nursing Home in Derry, following a long illness.
She was the wife of Nicholas Anastasi.
Mrs. Anastasi was born in Haverhill and graduated from Haverhill High.
She was the Atkinson tax collector for 27 years before retiring in 1996. 
She also worked as a teacher's aide at Atkinson Academy.
She was a member of Holy Angels Church, Plaistow. She enjoyed cross 
stitching and playing cards. 
In addition to her husband of 50 years, she is survived by a son, Dana and 
his wife Joy of Peabody; two brothers, Eugene and Harold Bunker, both of 
Haverhill; two sisters, Phyllis Ducharme of Haverhill and Janis Roberts of 
Groveland; one grandson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Burial was in Atkinson Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, 116 Main 
St., Plaistow, N.H.
 - Published November 3, 1999

Theresa M. Bacigalupo
Theresa M. Bacigalupo, 79, of Bradford, died Friday at the Prescott House, 
North Andover.
She was born in Haverhill, the daughter of the late John and Matilda 
Garavanta.
Mrs. Bacigalupo was educated at St. James Grammar School and graduated 
from St. James High in 1937.
For over 40 years she and her late husband John owned and operated the 
former Johnny's Oil Co., Bradford, until their retirement in 1972.
Following their retirement, they moved to Old Orchard Beach, Maine before 
returning to Bradford earlier this year.
Mrs. Bacigalupo was a sports fan who enjoyed watching the Bruins. She also 
enjoyed gardening and travel.
She is survived by two daughters, Soleita Plante of Bradford and Laurie 
Bacigalupo of Springfield, Va.; granddaughter Michelle Plante of East 
Kingston, N.H.; two nieces and a nephew.
Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford.
Arrangements were handled by H.L. Farmer and Sons.
 - Published November 3, 1999

John C. Bartlett
John C. Bartlett, 60, of Pawcatuck, Conn. and formerly of Haverhill, died 
Thursday at his home after a brief battle with cancer. 
He was married to Judith Casper at First Congregational Church, Haverhill 
in 1963. After their marriage, they moved to Connecticut.
Mr. Bartlett was born in Haverhill, the son of Vernon Bartlett of 
Pawcatuck and the late Ruth Bartlett.
He enjoyed waterand the sea throughout his life. As a teenager, he worked 
on oyster boats in Branford and New London and then served in the US Navy 
for five years.
After his naval career, he was employed for various marine contractors 
before assuming operation of Elliot and Watrous Co. in Mystic in 1966 and 
later created Barlett Construction Company.
He also assisted in shipbuilding and worked as a tugboat captain for 
Thames Shipyard in New London.
He was a charter member of the Ledyard Sportsman Club.
In addition to his wife and father, Mr. Bartlett is survived by son and 
daughter-in-law, John Jr. and Sue of Ucasville, Conn.; daughter and 
son-in-law Laurie and Bill Henry of Woodstock, Conn. and daughter Lisa of 
New London, Conn.; sister Susan Esposito of Tinton Falls, N.J.; and seven 
grandchildren.
A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. at 
United Congregational Church Castle Hill Rd., Pawcatuck. 
Memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation's Fund for the 
Cure., 1425 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009. 
Arrangements were by Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., Mystic, Conn.
 - Published November 3, 1999

June Carey
June Carey, 70, of Haverhill, died Thursday at Hale Hospital.
She was the wife of Robert Carey.
Mrs. Carey was born in Brookline to the late David and Elsie Gero. She was 
educated in Laconia, N.H. where she graduated from high school.
She had been a writer for the Haverhill Journal and The Haverhill Gazette 
and was a Massachusetts licensed real estate broker.
Mrs. Carey had been a Sunday School teacher and director of the missions 
group at Riverside Memorial Church. Previously she had been a Brownie and 
Girl Scout mother. 
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Linda 
Wilkins and her husband Paul of Haverhill and Janet Becker and her husband 
Philip of Newbury; three grandchildren, Johnathan, Christopher and Kelly 
Wilkins, all of Haverhill. She also had loving pets, her cat Cassie and 
dog Shadow.
Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Peabody. 
Arrangements were handled by C. Frank Linnehan and Son.
 - Published November 3, 1999

Mary E. Connell
Mary E. Connell, 66, of Bradford, died early Wednesday morning at Hale 
Hospital.
She was born in Haverhill, a daughter of the late Paul and Mildred Connell.
Miss Connell was a graduate of Haverhill High's Class of 1951 and had been 
a lifelong resident of the city. She was employed at Massachusetts 
Electric, No. Andover in the credit department, retiring in 1994.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Bradford.
She is survived by cousins Patricia Wholley of Bradford, Jean Desmaris of 
Haverhill and Gail Albair of Suncook, N.H. 
Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford.
Arrangements were handled by H.L. Farmer and Sons.
Memorials may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., 
Bldg. 9, Lawrence, MA 01843. 
 - Published November 3, 1999

Melvin Hafford
Melvin Hafford, 36, died Sunday at home.
Born in Marlboro, he lived in Haverhill for the last 30 years and attended 
school in the city. 
He was a carpenter.
He leaves six brothers, Ronald of Sandown, N.H., Robert of Maine, Jeffrey 
and Thomas, both of Haverhill, Roger of Raymond, N.H. and Dale of Maine; 
three sisters, Mary Emerson of Turner, Maine, Judy Anderson of New Sweden, 
Maine, and Gloria Abbott of Haverhill; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were private, handled by Scatamacchia Funeral Home.
 - Published November 3, 1999

Mary J. Halkiotis
Mary J. Halkiotis, 91, died Wednesday at Kenoza Manor Nursing Home.
She was the wife of John Halkiotis.
Born in Greece, she moved to Haverhill at age 4, and was educated in the 
city. 
Mrs. Halkiotis ws a seamstress for the former Nu-Way Cleaners on Winter 
Street before retiring. She was a member of the Holy Apostles Greek 
Orthodox Church.
She is survived by a son, John of Coral Springs, Fla.; a brother, William 
Petrou and a sister, Theodora Petrou, both of Haverhill; and several 
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Burial was in Linwood Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Scatamacchia Funeral Home. 
 - Published November 3, 1999

Beulah L. Hill
Beulah L. Hill, 78, of Haverhill, died Friday at Hale Hospital.
She was the wife of the late William H. Hill, who died in 1992.
Mrs. Hill was born in Georgetown to the late Ralph and Edna West.
She was educated in Georgetown schools and at one time worked in the shoe 
industry.
Prior to moving to Haverhill in the 1970s, she resided in Perthamboy, N.J. 
and Louisiana.
Mrs. Hill was a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Howes 
Helping Hand CB Club.
She is survived by a son, George Deveau of Haverhill; two daughters, 
Margaret Bourque of Haverhill and Mary and her husband John Yrle of 
Metarie, La.; three brothers, Gordon West of Colo., Frank West of Bradford 
and John West of Kingston, N.H.; a sister, Doris Panneton of Haverhill; a 
grandson, William Deveau of Haverhill, with whom she resided; 22 
grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also the mother of the late Joseph Deveau, Jr.
Services were Wednesday morning at H.L. Farmer and Sons, Haverhill. 
 - Published November 3, 1999

Damien L. Kooken
Damien L. Kooken, 42, of Haverhill, died Saturday at his residence.
Mr. Kooken was born in Chelsea, a son of Mary Gail Kooken of Haverhill and 
the late Wesley Kooken.
He was educated in Wakefield, attended Austin Preparatory School, Reading, 
and was a graduate of LaPorte High School, LaPorte, Texas.
He had been a resident of Haverhill since 1987 and previously resided in 
Houston, Texas. He was a graduate of Northern Essex Community College.
He is survived by his mother; a sister, Rowena May Dault and her husband 
Daniel of Texas; two brothers, William of Derry, N.H. and Mark of Melrose; 
his maternal grandmother, Blanche Killinger of Derry, N.H.; two nieces and 
four nephews.
Private funeral services were handled by C. Frank Linnehan and Son.
Burial was in Houston.
 - Published November 3, 1999

Cecile M. Lavoie
Cecile M. Lavoie, 91, of Haverhill, died last Wednesday at Lawrence 
General Hospital. 
Born and educated in Meteghan, Nova Scotia, Canada, she moved to Haverhill 
age age 15. 
Mrs. Lavoie first worked in the nurse's home of the former Hale Hospital 
school of nursing. She later opened Lavoie's Market on Central Street with 
her late husband, Joseph, and worked there as a bookkeeper and clerk.
A member of the former St. Joseph Parish of Haverhill, she had been a 
member of All Saints and the Ladies of St. Anne Society. An avid reader, 
Mrs. Lavoie also enjoyed country western music, traveling, gardening and 
cooking.
She leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Annette of Yucaipa, 
Calif.; two daughters, Edith Lavoie and Albina and her husband Gary 
Beauregard of Haverhill and Agnes and husband Robert Rousseau of Amesbury; 
her daughter-in-law, Janice of Virginia Beach, Va.; a sister, Marie 
Goudreault of Haverhill; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a 
great-great granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also the mother of the late Joseph L.N. Lavoie, Jr.
Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home.
 - Published November 3, 1999

Dorothy M. Sapienti
Dorothy M. Sapienti, 68 of Haverhill, died Thursday at Hale Hospital.
She was the wife of Frank S. Sapienti.
Born and educated in Haverhill, she was a lifelong resident of the city.
Mrs. Sapienti was primarily a homemaker.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church and did volunteer work for 
the American Cancer Society. She enjoyed gardening and cooking.
Besides her husband of 42 years, she is survived by two sons Frank J. of 
Haverhill and Raymond Clark and his wife Wendy of Newburyport; four 
grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Berube-Comeau Funeral Home.
 - Published November 3, 1999

Milfred F. Welch
Milfred F.Welch, 73, of Orlando, Fla. and formerly of Haverhill, died 
Sunday of cancer.
Born in Haverhill, he moved his family to Florida in 1971.
He was an engineering manager and member of the American Society of 
Mechanical Engineering, the Moose Lodge and the American Legion.
He was an Army, Navy and Coast Guard veteran of World War II and Korea. 
Mr. Welch was an avid gardener, fisherman and dancer. 
He is survived by a son, Mark, of Lake Mary, Fla.; daughter Donna of Ft. 
Lauderdale, Fla.; brother Kenneth of Haverhill; and grandson John of Lake 
Mary, Fla.
Funeral services were Wednesday at Woodlawn Funeral Home, Orlando, Fla.
 - Published November 3, 1999

John A. Zito, Jr.
John A. Zito, Jr., 79, died Friday at Hannah Duston Health Care Center.
He was the husbnad of the late Josephine Zito.
Born in Lawrence, Mr. Zito had lived in Haverhill for the past 54 years. A 
graduate of Lawrence High, he served in the Navy in World War II.
He worked as a highway foreman for Massachusetts Department of Public 
Works for more than 30 years, retiring in 1985.
Mr. Welch was a member of All Saints Parish.
He is survived by a son, John of Haverhill; a daughter, Cara 
Zito-Mandziak and her husband Paul of Haverhill; a sister, Mary DiFrucio 
of Tamworth, N.H.; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several 
nieces and nephews. 
Burial was in St. Patrick Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Scatamacchia Funeral Home. 
 - Published November 3, 1999

James McCusker
James M. McCusker liked nothing better than to clop around the trails of Haverhill on horseback, teaching children to ride and promoting the sport of miniature harness racing over a 20-year span. Mr. McCusker died last Tuesday at his home after a long bout with throat cancer. He was 59. His three-acre spread at 224 Middle Road has been a family homestead since 1950. Here Mr. McCusker and his father, Arthur E. McCusker, Sr., operated a riding stable called Tiny Mac's. People came here to rent horses, getting their choice from 10 at the farm. The elder McCusker passed away Oct. 2. A trophy cabinet inside the home is testimony to the family's success. Mr. McCusker actually carried one of the trophies to the grave, an award from the New England Miniature Harness Association back in the 1970s for most victories in a season. "At the crack of dawn, he'd yawn his way to the stables and train those horses," said Celeste McCusker, his wife of 40 years. "He'd work a full day, then feed and bed them at night. He considered it more of a passion than a commitment and always believed horses possessed a certain intelligence often misunderstood by humans." He first raced ponies, then began breeding them with standardbreds. Out of it came miniatures less than five feet tall. They had their own circuit. He was founder and former president of the Northeast Mini Harness Association and was one of the originators of the Massachusetts Sires Trotting Breeders Association. As the last of Haverhill's horse traders, Mr. McCusker had a penchant for exchanging tack for a harness or a mare for a gelding. He looked for deals but was generous too. Money wasn't an issue, simply the love for horses which took him all over the state before his retirement five years ago. In 1997, Mr. McCusker was diagnosed for cancer. Too ill to participate, both his wife and son, Patrick, marched in his behalf at this year's American Cancer Society Relay for Life. "He kept a pony for his grandchildren, otherwise, everything else was sold," said his wife. "He never lost his spirit and fought the illness right to the end." Mr. McCusker also loved antique cars and was a regular at the classic car shows at the Dairy Queen in Haverhill and Skip's Snack Bar in Merrimac. He was born in Malden, son of Florence M. McCusker and the late Arthur McCusker. He had resided in Haverhill since 1945, educated in Haverhill schools before graduating from Haverhill Trade School. He was first employed at Vincent Shoe Co., then as general manager and supervisor of Transitron, Inc., Melrose, for 17 years. He was a supervisor at Wang Laboratories, Lowell. Since 1990, he worked as a groundskeeper at Northern Essex Community College. Besides his wife and mother, he leaves five sons, James and his wife Jill, Kingston, N.H.; Shawn, Brian and Patrick, all of Haverhill, and Daniel McCusker and his wife Jennifer, Auburn, N.H.; a brother, Arthur McCusker, Hampstead, N.H.; six sisters, Susan Rowe, Raymond, N.H.; Rosemarie Comeau, Kingston, N.H.; Margaret Pfifferling, Haverhill; Muriel Bernier, Dracut; Mary Bowles, Groveland, and Marilyn DeFina, Lowell; six grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Arrangements were by the C. Frank Linnehan & Son Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Association's Relay for Life, New England Division, 12 Kent Way, Byfield, MA 01922. 
 - Published November 3, 1999


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