Miscellaneous Norfolk County, Massachusetts Obituaries

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Thelma M. Downs

Thelma M. Downs, 77, of South Yarmouth died Monday at Pavilion Health Care Center in Hyannis. She was the wife of Alvah L. Downs.
Born in Boston on Sept. 14, 1923, she was a daughter of the late George F. Snell and Margaret (Denham) Snell and had moved to Cape Cod from Boston five years ago.
Mrs. Downs had worked as a clerk for the Norfolk County Commissioners office in Dedham and the Wolliston Recreational Center in Quincy. She was a graduate of Roslindale High School and the Catherine Dell School in Boston.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Kevin Connelly of Oakville, Ontario, Canada and Mark Connelly of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; a brother, George F. Snell of Foxboro; two sisters, Olive Snell Blake of Kingston, N.Y. and Jean Niebuhr of Greenwich, Conn.; and six grandchildren.
Calling hours were scheduled for today (June 14) from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Roberts & Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St. A funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church, Carpenter Street. Burial will be at Rockhill Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be sent to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.  Published June 16, 2001.

Nicholas Apgar 

Nicholas Andrew Apgar, 10, of Attleboro and formerly of Foxboro died June 6 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.
Born in Natick on Aug. 1, 1990, he was a son of Robert C. Apgar of Foxboro and Alison Tracey (Kelly) Apgar of Attleboro. In addition to his parents, he had been cared for by staffers at Children’s Hospital of Boston and Pediatric Services of America in Brockton.
Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Robert C. Apgar II of Foxboro and Adam Joseph Scott of Natick; two sisters, Heather Lynn Scott of Attleboro and Cherrie A. Gifford of Foxboro; and his maternal grandparents, Paul V. Kelly Sr. and Carole M. (Jones) Kelly of Needham.
A funeral Mass was held Monday at St. Mary’s Church, the Rev. Robert Jones officiating. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Roberts & Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St.
Memorial donations may be sent to Children’s Hospital Heart Foundation, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115.  Published June 16, 2001.

Mary Desilets 

Mary L. Desilets, 59, of North Attleboro and formerly of Foxboro died June 7 at Philip Hulitar Hospice in Providence, R.I. She was the wife of Alan L. Desilets.
Born in Attleboro on May 6, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Ovila J. Doucette and Gladys H. (Mann) Doucette and moved to North Attleboro from Foxboro 33 years ago.
Mrs. Desilets was a 1960 graduate of Foxboro High School and later attended Burdett College in Worcester. She was employed as a customer service representative at Health Enterprises Industries in North Attleboro.
She was a communicant of St. Mark’s Church in Attleboro Falls.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Jennifer E. Brink of Waukesha, Wis.; a son, Daniel J. Desilets of North Attleboro; a sister, G. Joyce Doucette of North Attleboro; a brother, James E. Doucette of North Attleboro; and a niece. She was the sister of the late Joseph E. Doucette.
A funeral Mass was held Monday at St. Mark’s Church, Attleboro Falls, the Rev. Peter Graziano officiating. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery, North Attleboro. Arrangements were by the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, Attleboro Falls.   Published June 16, 2001.

James Conboy 

James D. Conboy, 74, died last Saturday following a brief illness. He was the husband of Margaret Ryan Conboy.
Born in Boston on March 23, 1927, he was the son of the late James D. Conboy and Elizabeth (DePalos) Conboy and had lived in Foxboro since 1954.
Mr. Conboy operated the Foxboro Esso service station on Route 1 for 14 years, and then worked as a foreman for many years at Bird Machine Company in Walpole until retiring.
Raised in Boston, he graduated from Roslindale High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945, serving as a military policeman and receiving the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. After being honorably discharged, he attended Boston College.
Mr. Conboy was a member of the Foxboro Lion’s Club, had served on the town Advisory Committee and worked locally as an auxiliary police officer.
An avid traveler, he made annual trips to Europe, bicycling the countryside. For the past two years, he traveled to Russia and took particular pride in riding the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Closer to home, he was especially fond of Nauset Beach on Cape Cod.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Sheila Bennett of Foxboro and Margaret Dame of Worcester; a son, James Conboy Jr. of Acton; a brother, Francis Conboy of Jamaica Plain; and a grandson.
Memorial services will be private. Burial will be at Mount Calvalry Cemetery, Boston. Arrangements were by the Joseph P. Keating Funeral Home, 21 Market St.
Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. 
  Published June 16, 2001.

Kenneth Larson 

Kenneth E. Larson, 63, of Coventry, R.I. died July 25 at home. He was the husband of Constance (Nelson) Larson.
Born in Milford on Jan. 27, 1938, he was the son of the late Ludrig Larson and Martha (Goucher) Larson and had lived in Plainville most of her life before moving to Rhode Island 13 years ago.
Mr. Larson had been a die cutter for the American Phone Corp. of Johnston, R.I. for 13 years before retiring in 2000 due to illness.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Joseph McKay of Foxboro and Paul McKay of Norton; a daughter, Valerie Roberts of West Mills, Maine; a brother, Donald Larson of Sparta, Wis.; seven grandchildren; a great-great grandson and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday from the Prata Funeral Home, West Warwick, R.I. Burial was at the Rhode Island Veteran's Cemetery, Exeter.   Published Aug. 3, 2001.

Anthony Laczynski 

Anthony J. Laczynski, 92, died last Sunday at the Maples Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wrentham.
Born in Warren on July 30, 1909, he was a son of the late Joseph Laczynski and Stacia (Ruszala) Lacynzski, and had lived in Wrentham for the past five years.
Mr. Laczynski was employed as a thread-gauge grinder at Taft-Pierce Manufacturing in Woonsocket, R.I., and previously worked at Whitinsville Machine Shop.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Uxbridge Polish-American Club.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Sotir of Foxboro; a sister, Adela Laczynski of Poland; a brother, Aleksander Laczynski of Northboro; and two grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was held Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church, Carpenter Street. Burial was at St. Charles Cemetery in Blackstone. Arrangements were by the Roberts & Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St.   Published Oct. 21, 2001.

Eleanor Borden 

Eleanor Borden, 82, of Muir Beach, Calif. and formerly of Foxboro died Aug. 30 at Pine Ridge Care Center in San Rafael, Calif. She was the widow of Charles Borden.
Born in Foxboro on Sept. 16, 1918, she was a daughter of the late Arnold M. "Johnny" Dixon and Ethel (Machon) Dixon, and had lived in California for the past 55 years.
A 1936 graduate of Foxboro High School, Mrs. Borden had been employed by The Foxboro Company until 1944. She played mellophone in the company’s band, which was directed by her father, as well as in an orchestra which performed on a Sunday morning radio program that her father also directed.
She was a member of the Native Plant Society, the Joshua Slocum Society, the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, the Marin Conservation League and the Audubon Society.
She was also a member of The Nature Conservancy, for whom she conducted guided nature and wildflower walks at the Spindrift Point Nature Preserve, the Borden’s property which they gifted to the organization.
She is survived by a son, Brian Horwitz of San Carlos, Calif.; two sisters, Elizabeth Warren and Evelyn Gulzinski, both of Foxboro; a cousin, Annette Fisher, also of Foxboro; two grandchildren, five nieces and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.   Published Oct. 21, 2001.

Gertrude Anders 

Gertrude Frida Anders, 82, died Monday at home.
Born in Neundorf, Germany on Oct. 11, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Wilhelm Robach and Johanna (Sieler) Robach and had lived in Foxboro for the past 10 years.
Educated in Germany, Mrs. Anders was a seamstress at Saks 5th Avenue in Boston. She also worked for many years for Paris Cleaners and at a bridal shop in Needham.
She volunteered in the gift shop at Caritas Norwood Hospital.
Survivors include two daughters, Renate Potter of Norton and Tina Franke of Norwood; a brother, Fritz Robach of Germany; one granddaughter and a niece.
Calling hours were scheduled for today (Oct. 18) from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Roberts & Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, also from the funeral home. Burial will be at Rockhill Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Camp Calumet Campership Fund, P.O. Box 236, West Osipee, NH 03890.   Published Oct. 21, 2001.

Elizabeth Sherry 

Elizabeth E. Sherry, 87 of Putnam Valley, N.Y. and more recently of Foxboro died Nov. 20. She was the widow of Norman B. Sherry.
Born in New York City on July 14, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Warren C. Eberle and Ellis (Dumas) Eberle and had lived with her son, Rev. Noel Sherry of Foxboro, during the past year.
A professional artist, Mrs. Sherry was a graduate of Friends Seminary in New York City and the National Academy of Design in New York.
A member of Women’s Aglow and the Harrison (N.Y.) Presbyterian Church, she was also a member of the Full Gospel Businessman’s Association.
In addition, she was a celebrated cook in Westchester County, N.Y. and had a flair for dried flower arrangements.
She is survived by four sons, Rev. Noel Sherry of Foxboro, Norman Burt Sherry III of New York, Thomas Sherry of Louisiana and David Sherry of Arizona; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Harrison Presbyterian Church, Harrison, N.Y. Arrangements were by the Roberts & Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St.
Memorial donations may be sent to the First Baptist Church, 115 Mechanic St., Foxboro, MA 02035.  Published Dec. 18, 2001.

Eleanor Davis 

Eleanor M. Davis, 96, died Dec. 7 at the Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wrentham. She was the wife of the late Albert S. Davis.
Born in Boston on Jan. 9, 1905, she was a daughter of the late James M. White and Clara E. (Mulvey) White and had lived in Foxboro for 81 years.
A native of Medford, Mrs. Davis was educated in Foxboro schools and was a member of the Foxboro Woman’s Club.
She is survived by two sons, Richard M. Davis of Foxboro and Robert S. Davis of Norton; a sister, Marguerite Hewett of Fort Myers, Fla.; a brother, James White of Peacedale, R.I.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was the sister of the late Ethel Ellis, Lillian Bjorklund and John White.
Funeral services were private. Arrangements were by the Roberts & Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St. Memorial donations may be sent to the Foxboro Discretionary Fund, P.O. Box 636, Foxboro, MA 02035.  Published Dec. 18, 2001.

Faye A. Bartlett

Faye A. Bartlett, 64, of Attleboro died Dec. 6 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.
Born in Algona, Iowa on Sept. 2, 1927, she was a daughter of the late John Mitchell and Mildred (Sheffield) Mitchell, and had lived in Attleboro for the past 17 years, and was previously of Chicago.
A 1955 graduate of Sharon High School, Mrs. Bartlett was employed as a nurse’s aid for Beverly Enterprises, working at the Pleasant Manor Health & Rehabilitation Center in Attleboro for more than 10 years.
She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Attleboro.
She is survived by two daughters, Cinthia Gardner of Wrentham and Debbie Grieve of Attleboro; three sons, John Bartlett and Mark Bartlett, both of Attleboro, and James Bartlett of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers, Richard "Dick" Mitchell of Foxboro and Jon Mitchell of Atlanta; two sisters, Juanita Loss of Irvington, Iowa and Nan Parker of Belmont, Iowa; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late Charles Mitchell.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Grace Baptist Church, Attleboro, the Rev. Jeffrey Nichols officiating. Burial was at North Purchase Cemetery, Attleboro. Arrangements were by the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, North Attleboro.   Published Dec. 18, 2001.


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