Miscellaneous Essex County, Massachusetts Obituaries


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Yvonne M. Boivin
Yvonne M. (Dusseault) Boivin, 89, of Freemont, N.H. and formerly of Haverhill, died Friday at 
Colonial Poplin Nursing Home.
Born in Haverhill and raised in Groveland, Mrs. Boivin attended Villa Augustina School in 
Goffstown, N.H. and graduated from Groveland High School.
A 50-year resident of Haverhill and Bradford, Mrs. Boivin worked as a cosmetics department clerk 
in the former Mitchell's Department Store. She was a former member of Sacred Hearts Parish.
Mrs. Boivin was a former resident of Packer Meadows in Newton, N.H. and was a member of Mary, 
Mother of the Church Parish.
The wife of the late Paul J. Boivin, she is survived by son Richard P. and his wife Judith Boivin 
of Newton; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three nephews and a niece.
Funeral was Wednesday in Mary, Mother of the Church. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Arrangements by Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, Plaistow, N.H. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Bertha M. Champagne
Bertha Mary Champagne, 98, of Hemet, Calif., formerly of Haverhill, died Sunday at Beverly Health 
Care, Murrieta, Calif.
Mrs. Champagne lived in Haverhill for 62 years before moving to Hemet, where she resided for 36 
years. She worked for New England AT & T Phone Co. as a telephone operator in Haverhill for 37 
She was a member of the Our Lady of the Valley Altar & Rosary Society in Hemet. She enjoyed church 
She leaves niece Elaine Farney of Temecula, Calif.; nephews Robert Champagne of Hemet and Ronald 
Champagne of Chula Vista, Calif.; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Burial was in San Jacinto Valley Cemetery, San Jacinto, Calif.
Arrangements by McWane Family Funeral Home, 350 North San Jacinto, Hemet CA 92543 
 - Published October 11, 2000

John J. Cronin Jr.
John J. Cronin Jr., 62, of Groveland died Thursday at Hale Hospital. He leaves Haverhill relatives.
Born and educated in Lawrence, he was the son of the late John J. Cronin Sr. and Adelaide Metcalf.
He was a U.S. Air Force sergeant during the Korean War and played semi-pro baseball in the Air 
Force. In 1959, Mr. Cronin graduated from the state police academy and became attorney general of 
organized crime. He was a Massachusetts State Trooper with Troops A and C before becoming 
commander of Troop E. He retired as a captain in 1980. Mr. Cronin also worked at Fleet Bank in 
fraud investigation.
He was a 36 year Groveland resident.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jacqueline F. "Jackie" (Roche) Cronin; daughter Lynne A. 
and her husband George M. Deranian of Groveland; brother Donald M. Cronin of Lawrence Police 
Department; sisters Sheila DiStefano of Hampstead, N.H. and Nancy Angus of Leominster; two 
grandsons; stepmother Kathleen Cronin of Derry, N.H.; stepbrother William T. Dixon of Bradford; 
and nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass was Monday in St. John the Baptist Church. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery.
Arrangements by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home.
Memorials, ALS-Lou Gehrig's Disease, 7 Lincoln St., Wakefield MA 01880. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

James R. Gallagher
James R. Gallagher, 80, of Wareham died Thursday at the Tobey Hospital, Wareham after a long 
illness. He was a 45-year Haverhill resident.
Born and educated in Wareham, he was the son of the late James R. Gallagher Sr. and Esther L. 
(Snell) Bilodeau.
Mr. Gallagher was a disabled Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Amvets and V.F.W. of 
Haverhill and the American Legion of Plaistow, N.H. He was also a self-employed house painter.
He returned to Wareham in 1989.
He is survived by his wife Louise V. (Hall) Gallagher; son James R. Gallagher III of Amesbury; 
granddaughters Kathleen Pereira and Sheila Martin both of Amesbury; great-grandchildren Jake, 
Marisa and Michael Pereira and Kristopher Martin; and nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Agawam Cemetery, Wareham. 
Arrangements by Stott, Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham.
Memorials, American Cancer Society, 1115 W. Chestnut St., Brockton MA 02601. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Carl J. Geisler Jr. 
Carl J. Geisler Jr., 76, of Haverhill, died Thursday at home after a long battle with cancer.
Born and educated in Lawrence, he was a graduate of Central Catholic High School.
Mr. Geisler served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater as a machinist mate 
first class. He served on many different ships including light and heavy cruisers, battleships and 
troop transports. He was a member of the U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailor's Association and involved in 
the "Fighting Foxes" Alumni Association for members of the USS George F. Elliott.
Mr. Geisler owned and operated the Slombo Oil Co. of Lawrence for more than 50 years with his wife 
and family until his 1997 retirement.
His interests included Appaloosa reining horses and he was involved in many reigning horse 
organizations, most recently the New England Reining Horse Association. He enjoyed spending time 
with his wife, family and his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Irene A. (Slombo); sons Carl J. III and his wife Brenda 
Geisler of Methuen and Michael M. and his wife Kelly Geisler of Sunland, Calif.; daughter Sheila 
Jane Geisler of Newton, N.H.; sister Agnes Spohr of Haverhill; grandchildren Scott, Derek, Carl 
IV, Cassidy and Emma Jane; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass was Monday in Holy Trinity Church, Lawrence. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, 
Arrangements by Cataudella Funeral Home, Methuen.
Memorials, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 375 Longwood Ave., Boston MA 02215-5345 or Merrimack 
Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Bldg. 9, Lawrence MA 01841. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Edna D. Harvey
Edna D. (Strangman) Harvey, 85, of Haverhill died Friday at Hale Hospital.
A lifelong resident of Haverhill, Mrs. Harvey was employed during World War II at the former Hoyt 
& Worthen, Myrna Wood Heel and Ornstein Shoe until her 1977 retirement.
She was an avid bingo player and also a Merrivista bingo volunteer.
She was the wife of the late Charles E. Harvey. She is survived by sister Marion Beaupre of 
Haverhill; brothers Robert Strangman of Haverhill, Kenneth Strangman of Quincy and Richard 
Strangman of Bradford; and nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Linwood Cemetery.
Arrangements by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Stephanie Jasiak
Stephanie (Gan) Jasiak, 75, of Haverhill died Monday at home.
Born in Poland, she lived in Haverhill for the past 50 years. During World War II, she was made to 
work in a forced labor camp in Germany.
Mrs. Jasiak was a homemaker. She retired from Allen Shoe Co. in 1987 after 23 years.
A member of All Saints Parish, she was a member of the former St. Michael's Parish.
She leaves her husband Stanley Jasiak; daughter Jennie and her husband Kevin Gaynor of Peabody; 
sons Ted and his wife Jolanta of Atkinson, N.H. and Richard and his wife Susan of Newburyport; and 
five grandchildren.
Calling hours, Thursday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Scatamacchia Funeral Home. Funeral Mass follows at 11 
a.m. in All Saints Church. 
Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Mary A. Lupico
Mary A. (Lanza) Lupico, 94, Haverhill died last Tuesday at Hannah Duston Health Care Center.
Born in Italy, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Sarina (Mollica) Lanza and was 
educated in Catholic convent schools in Italy. She came to the United States in 1922 and resided 
in Wellington, Ohio before moving to Haverhill in 1955.
During World War II, she and her husband George put together care packages for her family in Italy 
devastated by the war. She became such a regular at the post office that clerks knew her by name 
and reputation.
She was the proprietor of the Mary Lupico Dress Shop, making wedding gowns for family members and 
friends, until her 1975 retirement. She was very talented with her needle and enjoyed sewing.
As a member of the Haverhill Republican City Committee, Mrs. Lupico visited the White House 
periodically and met Presidents and their wives. She had dinner with four Presidents and First 
Ladies over many years. 
She was a member of St. James Parish and former president and vice president of the St. James 
Parish Ladies Sodality. She was also a member of Haverhill Republican City Committee, a member and 
former president of Haverhill Women's Republican Club and member of the board of directors of the 
Haverhill Women's City Club.
She was the wife of the late George B. Lupico.
She is survived by daughters Mary E. Harian and her husband Joseph of Vero Beach, Fla., Sarina H. 
Welch of Washington, D.C. and Janet A. Bond and her husband William J. of Haverhill; 12 
grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Carl Lanza of Roslyn, Long Island, N.Y.; and nieces 
and nephews.
She was the mother of the late Joseph V. Lupico.
Funeral was Saturday in St. James Church. Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
Arrangements by C. Frank Linnehan & Son Funeral Home. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Eleanor L. Nelson
Eleanor L. (Lundholm) Nelson, 86, of Haverhill, died Thursday at Baker Katz Nursing Home.
Born in Woburn, she attended Woburn schools and was a 1934 graduate of Woburn High School.
For many years, she was employed at the Barker Lumber Company and later as a clerk at the former 
R.H. Sterns Department Store.
A dedicated mother and grandmother, she was well known at area sporting events that involved her 
children and grandchildren.
While living in Peabody, she was a member of the Covenant Church.
She was the wife of the late Paul F. Nelson. She is survived by sons Russell K. Nelson of Beverly 
and Ronald P. "Rocky" Nelson and his wife Alison of Woburn; sister Esther Anderson of Woburn; 
grandchildren Courtney D. and Tiffany Q. Nelson both of Woburn and Brianna Nelson of Long Island, 
N.Y.; and nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Robert Lundholm.
Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.
Arrangements by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home.
Memorials, Carole Fund, 87 Redlands Rd., West Roxbury, MA 02132. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Isabelle B. Page
Isabelle B. (Granton) Page, 87, of Haverhill died last Tuesday at the Oxford. 
A lifelong Haverhill resident, she was the daughter of the late Robert C. and A. Gertrude 
(Woodbury) Granton.
Mrs. Page was a 1930 graduate of Haverhill High School, where she was a class officer. She was a 
graduate of Burdett College, Boston.
She was a member of the First Church of Christ, the 1937 Mother's Club, the XV Club and the 
Haverhill Country Club. She had served as both a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader and was an avid 
skier and golfer.
She was the wife of prominent Haverhill businessman James R. Page who died in 1969 and later 
Donald Bingham of Apollo Beach, Fla. who died in 1982. 
She is survived by sons William G. Page, Bangkok, Thailand and James G. Page and his wife Louise 
of Newton; daughter Pamela Traver and her husband Charles of Atkinson, N.H.; five grandchildren; 
two great-grandchildren; sister Beryl Williams of Louisville, Ky.; and nieces and nephews.
Memorial service is Oct. 12 at 4 p.m., First Church of Christ.
Arrangements by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home. 
Memorials, First Church of Christ, 10 Church St., Bradford MA 01835 or First Baptist Church, Main 
St., Plaistow NH 03865. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Harry J. Pappas
Harry J. Pappas, 80, of Haverhill, died Sunday at Hale Hospital.
A lifelong Haverhill resident, he was the son of the late Harry and Ellen (Welch) Pappas. He 
graduated from Haverhill High School in 1938.
Mr. Pappas and his wife were also summer residents of Seabrook, N.H. for the last 41 years.
He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army and served in World War II. He received the Good Conduct 
Medal, American Theatre Service Medal and Victory Medal.
Mr. Pappas was a self-employed realtor, owning and operating Pappas Realty. He was a member of the 
Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles. He was also a member of the VFW Lorraine Post 29, the 
Amvets Post 147, Haverhill Elks Lodge #165 and the American Legion.
He leaves his wife of 51 years, Mrs. Mary E. (Johnson) Pappas; sons Nicholas H. Pappas and his 
wife Shelagh of Lamoine, Maine and Dr. Harry R. Pappas and his wife Jacqueline of Winter Park, 
Fla.; daughters Cornelia E. Pappas and her husband Nicholas Tambakis of Baltimore, Md. and 
Victoria M. and her husband Dr. Nicholas Thanos of Fullerton, Calif.; sister Rose Gallo of 
Haverhill; eight grandchildren; and a nephew.
Calling hours at Thursday, 3-7 p.m., H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, Haverhill.
Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. from the funeral home followed by an 11 a.m. service, Greek Orthodox 
Church of the Holy Apostles. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Norma A. Pietrowski
Norma A. Pietrowski, 50, of Groveland and formerly of Haverhill, died Friday at her residence.
Born in Haverhill, she attended Haverhill schools including Haverhill High.
For many years, she was employed as a nurses aide at various nursing homes including the Oxford, 
Haverhill Manor and Kenoza Manor. She had also been employed at a waitress at Friendly's and 
She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Raymond (Pauline) (Bedard) Duchemin of Orange City, Fla.; son 
Jason J. Pietrowski of Rock Island, Ill.; daughters Mrs. Brian (Cynthia A.) Griffiths of Salem, 
N.H. and Tammy G. Pietrowski and her fiance Leo S. Morneau both of Haverhill; brothers Norman R. 
Giroux of Merrimac and William N. Giroux of North Carolina; sister Mrs. Sheila A. Schumaker and 
her husband Robert of Pinnellas Park, Fla.; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

William J. Reardon
William J. Reardon, 76, of Wakefield died Thursday at the Center for Optimum Care in Wakefield. He 
was owner and president of Haverhill's Plastic Compounders of Massachusetts, Inc.
Born in Woburn, he was the son of the late William J. and Mary E. (Knowlton) Reardon. He was a 
World War II veteran, serving on the USS Meredith (DD-726). 
Mr. Reardon was an avid traveler and scuba diver.
He leaves his wife of 50 years, Mary M. (Jordan); daughters Linda Gray and her husband John of 
Billerica and Arleen Mark and her husband Peter of Sandwich; grandchildren John and Michael Gray 
and William, Amanda and Emily Mark.
He was the brother of Ellen Graves of New York, and the late Catherine Cahill DeMarzio of 
Plymouth, Dorothy Hill of Middleboro and June Prendergast of Charlestown.
Burial was in Lindenwood Cemetery, Stoneham.
Arrangements were by McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield.
Memorials, American Cancer Society, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01781. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Beatrice Trapalis
Beatrice (Varvaras) Trapalis, 87, of Haverhill died last Friday at Hellenic Nursing Home, Canton.
Born and educated in Haverhill, she was the daughter of the late George and Hariclea (Loutas) 
For over 30 years, she was employed as a chocolate dipper at various local candy stores including 
Sanborn Candies and Junkins Candies.
She was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Apostles where she was a past president 
of the PTA, the Hellenic Ladies ELPIS Society, where she served as secretary, and was a past 
president of the GAPA Andromache Lodge.
She was the wife of the late William D. Trapalis. 
She is survived by son George Trapalis of Riverview, Fla. and granddaughter Christina L. Trapalis 
of Salem, N.H.
A funeral was last Wednesday in the Greek Orthodox Church of Holy Apostles. Burial was in Linwood 
Arrangements, H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Lucien E. Villeneuve
Lucien E. Villenevue, 78, of Fountain Hills, Ariz. died last Wednesday at his residence. He was 
born in Haverhill.
Mr. Villenevue was a World War II Navy veteran.
He was an insurance consultant.
He leaves his wife Lorna Villenevue; sons Lucien Jr., Nils, Craig, Brian and Brett; daughter 
Michelle; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Messinger Fountain Hills Mortuary, 12065 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, 
Memorials, Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Katherine H. Wasiewski
Katherine H. (Wasel) Wasiewski, 97, of Haverhill died Sunday at Hale Hospital.
A lifelong Haverhill resident, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Katherine (Motica) 
Wasel. She attended St. James School and St. James High School. 
She had been employed in Haverhill shoe manufacturing firms for 67 years until her retirement. She 
was a member of the former St. Michael's Parish and a member of the Holy Rosary Sodality of St. 
Michael's Church.
She was the wife of the late Anthony Wasiewski, who died in 1958.
She leaves daughters Genevieve A. Sweeney of Bradford, Virginia A. Czerepak and her husband Peter 
P. of Haverhill and Walda R. Gaudreau and her husband Dr. Arthur C. of Cumberland, R.I.; son 
Richard Wasiewski of El Paso, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and nieces and 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Geoffrey S. Yannalfo
Geoffrey "Geoff" S. Yannalfo, 9, of East Hampstead, N.H. died Sunday from injuries sustained in a 
dirt bike accident in Hampstead.
Born in Haverhill, he lived all his life in East Hampstead. He attended the Hampstead Village 
Pre-school and was a fourth grade student at the Hampstead Central School.
A member of Saint Anne's Parish of Hampstead, he also played goalie for the Hampstead Hurricanes 
Travel Soccer Team. Geoff enjoyed skiing, rollerblading and playing on the town baseball team.
He is survived by his mother Janice (Peluso) Yannalfo of East Hampstead; father Gary Yannalfo of 
Bradford; two sisters, his twin Alicia Joy Yannalfo and Nicole Virginia Yannalfo, both of East 
Hampstead; maternal grandparents Frank and Virginia (Pirone) Peluso of North Andover; paternal 
grandmother Gail (Williams) Yannalfo of North Conway, N.H.; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
Calling hours are Wednesday, 5-8 p.m., Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, Plaistow, N.H. Funeral is 
Thursday, 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home with a 10:30 a.m. Mass at Saint Anne's Church, Emerson 
Ave., Hampstead. Burial will be in Ridgewood Cemetery, North Andover.
Memorials, Geoff S. Yannalfo Memorial Fund, c/o Key Bank, 305 Sandown Road, East Hampstead, NH 
 - Published October 11, 2000

Frances Cleary
Frances E. Cleary was not your average neighbor. She was just what any doctor would order. Mrs. Cleary's home at 80 Montclair Road was a stomping ground for people looking to cure their ills or patch a wound. They came to this nurse for help. Mrs. Cleary died last Wednesday at Hannah Duston Health Care Center after suffering a second stroke. The 91-year-old was best remembered as a nurse who once traveled home-to-home in her private duty profession at all hours and for a modest pay check. In retirement people kept seeking her out, whether for simple headaches or a concerned mother whose son had just suffered a laceration from sandlot ball. Mrs. Cleary had lived on Montclair Road 60 years. "I'll remember her as a woman of great compassion, love and kindness who befriended everyone," said her son, Francis W. Cleary Jr., longtime Realtor and executive with King Davis Agency. "She used to go around the neighborhood collecting for the cancer fund and other charities. Everyone in the neighborhood knew of her nursing background and called on her frequently for care and advice. As for her family, she always had a remedy," he said. Arriving in Haverhill from Nova Scotia as a teenager, Mrs. Cleary joined her late husband Francis W. Cleary Sr. in the cleaning business on Water Street where it still stands after 65 years. She later left to devote full time to her nursing and raise her two sons. She passed recipes down to her daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Everybody loved her banana and lemon bread and her "snickerdoodles," vanilla sugar cookies. Relatives prepared a batch of them on the day of her funeral. Mrs. Cleary was also passionate about reading, waiting for the library's bookmobile to arrive each week and taking out three books at a time. For many years, she served as financial secretary of First Congregational Church. She belonged to its Women's Guild, Thoughtful Circle of the Kings' Daughters and Gale Nurses Alumni. She graduated as a registered nurse from the General Stephen Henry Gale Hospital School of Nursing. Prior to entering the nursing home in 1997, Mrs. Cleary lived on her own for 10 years, doing her own cooking, baking and housework. Said a niece, Marjorie Matheson, "My aunt was a great nurse who freely offered her skills when needed. She took her own health problems very lightly and coped with the loss of a son. What can be harder than to outlive a child?" Mrs. Cleary was born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, one of 12 children of the late Frederick and Laura (Logan) Fowlie. She leaves her and his wife Barbara, Haverhill; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Eric Fowlie, Kentville, Nova Scotia; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was the mother of the late Eric Donald Cleary. Burial was in Maplewood North Parish Cemetery. Arrangements were by Dole, Childs and Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main St. Memorial contributions may be made to Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., Haverhill MA 01830.
 - Published October 11, 2000