Miscellaneous Essex County, Massachusetts Obituaries


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William Byron 
William Byron, 49, died Saturday at Hale Hospital. 
Byron was born in Lawrence on November 9, 1949, son of Constance (Bonefant) 
Byron, North Andover, and the late Joseph F. Byron. He attended North Andover 
schools and graduated from North Andover High School. He had been a resident of 
Haverhill for the past 19 years. 
Byron served in the Air Force for four years during the Vietnam conflict, and 
attended Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill and New Hampshire 
College in Manchester. 
For the past 25 years he had been a production supervisor for the Raytheon 
Company in Andover. 
He was a member of the St. John the Baptist Parish, the 700 Club, North Andover 
Post 2014 VFW and the North Andover American Legion Post 219, and was a 
supporter of United Way. 
He was one of the founders of the Riverside Bradford Baseball League and served 
on the board of directors. He was one of the founders of the Haverhill Senior 
Baseball League. For 12 years he served as a baseball coach for the regular 
season and the summer all-star teams. He helped build the Riverside-Bradford 
baseball field in Riverside and helped build and repair all the baseball 
fields. In addition, he coached soccer and basketball for Haverhill PAL and 
He is survived by his wife, Jean (Plagenza) Byron; mother Constance (Bonefant) 
Byron, North Andover; two sons, Joseph Byron and Jonathan Byron; a sister, 
Charlotte M. (Mrs. Douglas E.) Small, North Andover; one brother, Joseph E. 
Byron and his wife Ellen of Haverhill; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, 
nieces and nephews. 
He was the brother of the late Michael J. Byron. 
His funeral was held at the C. Frank Linnehan and Son Funeral Home. 
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Billy Byron Baseball Scholarship 
Fund, c/o Pentucket Bank, 35 Merrimack Street.  - Published July 1, 1998

Ellen Callahan 
Mrs. Ellen (Dahlin) Callahan, 95, of Haverhill died Monday night in Exeter, 
She was educated in the Boston School system, and had been living in Haverhill 
for just the past few years. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, 
Her survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Logan of Newton, N.H., and Mrs. 
Joyce Lister of Haverhill; 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, a great 
great grandson, and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements were by H.L. 
Farmer & Sons.   - Published July 1, 1998

Johanna F. Driscoll-Toney 
Johanna Driscoll-Toney, 65, formerly of Haverhill, died recently in Waimea, 
Hawaii. She had lived in both the Bradford section of Haverhill and in the city 
until moving to Hawaii several years ago. 
Born in Haverhill to Pearl A. (Fedrick) Driscoll, formerly of Bradford, and the 
late Cornealius P. Driscoll, she graduated from Haverhill High School in 1950. 
Besides her mother, she leaves a sister, Alexis M. Driscoll of Pallentine, 
Ill., and brother Jerome F. of West Roxbury. Arrangements were by C. Frank 
Linnehan and Son Funeral Homes.   - Published July 1, 1998

Dorothy Espovich, 93 
Dorothy Espovich, 93, died Friday at Baker-Katz Nursing Home. 
She was employed for many years as an office clerk at the former Cramer 
Insurance Company. She was born in Haverhill and had been a lifelong resident. 
Espovich was a graduate of Haverhill High. She leaves sisters-in-law Beatrice 
Espovich of Newburyport and Mae Espovich of Haverhill and several grandnieces 
and grandnephews. Arrangements were by Farmer and Sons Funeral Home.   - Published July 1, 1998

Catherine Gaffey 
Catherine F. (Maloney) Gaffey, 97, died Saturday at her home. 
Gaffey was born in Malden and came to Haverhill in 1983. She was the widow of 
Andrew F. Gaffey, who died in 1986, and the mother of the late Claire (Gaffey) 
Linnehan, formerly of Haverhill, who also died this month. She leaves a 
daughter, Catherine Everett of Nashua, N.H.; sons David J. of Stowe, Vt., 
Andrew F. Jr of Tulsa, Okla., Edward J. of Arlington, and John M. of Nashua; 
sister Ann Sullivan of Newton; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren 
and her son-in-law, John J. Linnehan of Haverhill. Arrangements were made by C. 
Frank Linnehan and Son Funeral Home.   - Published July 1, 1998

Thomas Mascaro 
Thomas Mascaro, 85, died Monday at the Glynn Memorial Nursing Home. 
He was born in Haverhill to Felix and Angelina (Biondi) Mascaro and had been a 
resident of Haverhill all of his life. He attended Haverhill schools and served 
in the Citizens Military Training Camp. He worked in Haverhill shoe 
manufacturing firms until his retirement and also had been the manager of the 
Lafayette Square gasoline station. 
He is survived by his wife, Mary (Dwinnells) Mascaro; four daughters, Nancy 
Guckert, Linda (Mrs. Harry) Parker, Angelina (Mrs. Raymond) Whittier, Peggy 
(Mrs. Joseph) Roberts all of Haverhill; two sons, Carl Mascaro and Thomas 
Mascaro, both of Lowell; one brother, Frank Mascaro of Bradford; one sister, 
Isabelle DiBurro, Maine; 25 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and several 
nieces and nephews. Arrangements were by C. Frank Linnehan & Son Funeral Home. 
  - Published July 1, 1998

Donald Robinson 
Haverhill native Donald Raymond Robinson of Phoenix, Ariz. died of injuries in 
an automobile accident there. 
He was son of Ruth (Sawyer) Robinson of Bradford, and the late Donald Robinson, 
Sr. He attended Haverhill Schools and was a graduate of the Essex Agricultural 
and Technical High School. 
He had worked for plumbing and heating companies. He owned antique cars. 
He also leaves his wife, Doris (Knoblanch) Robinson, Phoenix; three children, 
Martha Marie Robinson, Manchester, N.H., Michael Raymond Robinson, Burlington, 
Vt. and Jennifer Anne Araghini of Phoenix; one sister, Sharon (Mrs. Robert) 
Corthell, Haverhill; two brothers, David Robinson and Dennis Robinson, both of 
Haverhill; one granddaughter, five nieces and three nephews. 
Arrangements were by C. Frank Linnehan and Son.   - Published July 1, 1998

Jacob Stoller 
Jacob Stoller, 78, a Bradford resident for many years, died Saturday at the 
Lahey Clinic in Burlington. 
Stoller was born in Chelsea and was a member of the Chelsea High School Class 
of 1939, serving as its president. He was the owner of Harry Stoller and 
Company, formerly of Chelsea and now of Haverhill. Stoller was a World War II 
veteran, earning a Purple Heart. He was a Mason of the Hammett Lodge in 
Chelsea, and belonged to Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill, Congregation Agudos 
Shalom in Chelsea, and the Chabad Lubavitch of the Merrimack Valley. 
A memorial service was held on Monday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Kleger 
of Andover.   - Published July 1, 1998

David Capen
David Percy Capen, 52, of Baldwinville, died Sunday at Templeton Developmental
Center. He leaves relatives in Haverhill.
Born in Amesbury, he was the son of Gladys Capen of Haverhill and the late John
Developmentally challenged since birth, David attended special needs classes as
a young child. He had been at the Templeton Center for most of his adult years.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by 11 siblings, Robert Capen, Ella
Sue Capen, Linda Young, Carolyn Capen and Sandra Capen, all of Haverhill,
Doreen Stanton of San Antonio, Texas, Nancy LaBelle of Dover, N.H., Priscilla
Capen of Reading, Deborah Baillargeon of Rochester, N.H., Beverly Valcourt of
Everett, Barbara Sayers of Barrington, N.H. and many nieces, nephews, aunts and
Funeral arrangements were handled by Paul C. Rogers and Sons Funeral Home, 334
Main St., Haverhill.   - Published December 2, 1998

Malcolm Ewing
Malcolm Ewing, 72, of Plaistow, N.H., formerly of Haverhill, died Saturday at
his home.
He was the husband of Evelyn Ewing.
Mr. Ewing was an interior decorator for Frank Barnes in Haverhill during the
1940s. He then worked for his father as a pattern maker at Lawrence J. Ewing,
Inc. until 1988 and continued as owner of its subsidiary, Stampress Folding
Systems, Inc.
Mr. Ewing was born and educated in Haverhill. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps
for the duration of World War II.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Haverhill, the National Pattern
Makers Association, and the Winnebago Itasca Travelers.
His longtime interest in furniture making and carving figures of birds led to
his membership in the National Woodcarver's Association.
In addition to his wife of 48 years, he is survived by a son, David and wife
Kathryn of Gilford, N.H.; four daughters, Amanda Ewing of Laconia, N.H., Betsy
Ewing of Harpswell, Maine, Bonnie Roux and husband Anthony of Laconia, N.H. and
Laurie Ericsson and husband Christopher of Atkinson, N.H.; a brother, Lawrence
Ewing, Jr. of Kingston, N.H.; a sister, Nancy Ann Burke of Colchester, Vt.;
eight grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Dole, Childs and Shaw Funeral Home of
Haverhill.  - Published December 2, 1998

Leon Gauvin
Leon Gauvin, 86, died yesterday at Hannah Duston House in Haverhill.
Mr. Gauvin worked as an electrician at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in
Kittery, Maine, for 30 years. Before that, he was employed by DuGreniere
Vending Machine Co. in Haverhill.
He was born in Haverhill and lived in the city all of his life. He attended
Hannah Duston School, was a member of Haverhill High School, class of 1929 and
the former Haverhill Trade School class of 1930. He later graduated from
Coyne's Electrical School in Boston. 
He was a lifelong member of the former St. Joseph Parish, now known as All
Saints Parish, and was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal
Employees for 27 years.
Mr. Gauvin spent several winters in Florida and enjoyed traveling throughout
the country and in Europe with his late brother Ernest, who died exactly one
year before his brother.
An avid sports fan, he also liked to play cards.
He leaves a brother, Camille J. of Woonsocket, R.I.; three sisters, Jeannette
Perrault of Haverhill, Irene Nolin of Concord, N.H. and Pauline Kelly of
Haverhill and several nieces, nephews, great-nephews, great-nieces,
great-nephews, and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, Haverhill. 
  - Published December 2, 1998

Maryanne Howes
Mrs. Maryanne M. Howes, 57, of Groveland, died Sunday at Hale Hospital.
She was the wife of Robert Howes.
Mrs. Howes was born in Lowell, and was the daughter of the late Charles and
Maude Senter. She moved to Groveland at an early age and was educated there.
Mrs. Howes enjoyed antiques, cats, and spending time with her family.
In addition to her husband of 38 years, her survivors include two sons, Robert
E. and wife Pamela Howes of Haverhill and Barry C. Howes of Tampa, Fla.; three
daughters, Karen L. and husband Kenneth F. Smith of Middleton, N.H., Bethany A.
and husband Jeffrey Carleton of Merrimac and Christine A. and husband Robert
Rawding of Haverhill; a brother, Robert Chisnall of Haverhill; nine
grandchildren; a great granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends were invited to attend the funeral Wednesday morning at
10 a.m. at H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. Burial
was to be in Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford.
Donations in her memory may be made to the National Muscular Sclerosis Society,
400-1 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA 02154.
  - Published December 2, 1998

Emorfia Pervanas
Emorfia Pervanas, 92, of Haverhill, died Friday at her home after a short
She was the wife of the late Pashalis Pervanas.
Mrs. Pervanas was born in Greece where she lived most of her life. She had been
a resident of Haverhill for the past nine months. She was a member of the
Church of Holy Apostles.
She leaves her son Christos and wife Bessie Pervanas of Haverhill; two
daughters, Penelope Delenikos of Haverhill and Ekaterine Tisiantas and husband
Alexander of Newburyport; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and
several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Scatamacchia Funeral Home, Haverhill.
  - Published December 2, 1998

Mary Marchisio
Mrs. Mary Marchisio, 91 of Groveland and formerly of Haverhill, died Tuesday at
her home.
Mrs. Marchisio was born in Lithuania, and came to this country as a baby. Her
family moved to Haverhill, where she attended public school.
Employed as a wood heel coverer, she had been employed at the former Royal Wood
Heel and Century Wood Heel Companies of Haverhill.
Survivors include a son, Carmen and his wife Janet Marchisio of New Port
Richey, Fla.; two daughters, Janet Marchisio of Groveland and Mrs. Arlene
Harriman of Bradford; three sisters, Julia Keefe of Newburyport and Alice Feole
and Josephine Napoli Nazarian, both of Lawrence; seven grandchildren; 11
great-grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and
Funeral arrangements were handled by H.L. Farmer and Sons, Bradford.
  - Published December 2, 1998

Raymond Proia
Raymond Joseph Proia, 56, of Lawrence died Friday at his residence.
He was the husband of Rose Proia.
Mr. Proia was born in Haverhill and was educated in Haverhill schools and
graduated from Haverhill High.
He was a devoted father and grandfather. He attended Holy Rosary Church and
loves sports. 
Mr. Proia was employed as a groundskeeper at Lawrence General Hospital and as a
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Ronald and wife Lisa
Proia of Derry, N.H. and Raymond Proia Jr. and Randy Proia, both of Lawrence; 
two daughters, Renee Costa of Lawrence and Rebecca and husband Robert Makris of
Bradford; two brothers, John Proia of Haverhill and Dennis Proia of Bradford;
five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Cataudella Funeral Home.
  - Published December 2, 1998

Josephine Ross
B. Josephine Ross, 92, of Haverhill died Friday.
She was the wife of the late Michael J. Ross who died in 1970.
Mrs. Ross was born in Ireland and was a daughter of the late John and Mary
Quirk and was educated in schools in Ireland. She has been a resident of
Haverhill since 1929 and previously resided in Springfield, Mass.
Mrs. Ross was a member of St. James Parish, St. James Court Catholic Daughters
of America, St. James Ladies Sodality; Ancient Order of Hibernians; and the
Right to Life.
Her surviving family members include a son, Michael J. Ross Jr., of Bar Harbor,
Maine; four daughters, Maureen Thurston of Camarillo, Calif., Una Jackson, of
Hilton Head, S.C., Sheila Ciarfella of Baily Island, Maine and Brayda Woodward
of Manchester, N.H. and several nieces and nephews, including Maureen Kohanski
of Dracut.
Funeral arrangements were handled by C. Frank Linnehan and Son Funeral Service.
  - Published December 2, 1998

Raymond Smith
Raymond Smith, 76, of Haverhill, died last Thursday, Nov. 12 at Hale Hospital.
He was the husband of Pauline Smith of Haverhill.
Mr. Smith was born in Bangor, Maine, a son of the late Philip and Elsie Smith.
He had been a resident of Haverhill since 1972 and previously resided in
Raymond, N.H. and Lowell. He was educated in the Chelmsford Public Schools and
at Lowell High School.
He had been employed with the City of Haverhill Department of Public Works
until his retirement and was a member of the Crescent Yacht Club, Bradford.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Mark Smith of Haverhill; a
daughter, Pauline Jouvelakos and husband George of Lawrence; a sister, Frances
Byrd of Ormond Beach, Fla; two grandchildren, Jamie and Raymond Jouvelakos of
Lawrence; and nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Clara Lachance.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the C. Frank Linnehan and Son
Funeral Service.
  - Published December 2, 1998

Arthur Archambault
When it came to promoting a better work environment for employees at Western
Electric Co. in North Andover, Arthur A. Archambault was at the head of his
The former arbitrator was laid to rest Tuesday in St. James Cemetery following a funeral Mass in All Saints Church. He died Saturday at his home, 180 Monument St., at age 64.
Mr. Archambault spent 34 years at Western Electric, later AT&T and now Lucent Technologies, until his retirement in 1989. During his tenure, he served as a department chief in the Labor Relations Department, promoting the welfare of his fellow employees.
``My brother always had the interest of his colleagues at heart,'' said Margaret Sullivan, one of four sisters. ``Several nights he didn't get home until after midnight from contract negotiations. He was right there on the firing line and definitely had labor at heart.''
Twice during a strike, Mr. Archambault took his place among the workers and served as their spokesman.
``He never complained about his position in settling arguments,'' said Mrs. Sullivan. ``Arthur carried a lot of responsibility on his shoulders.''
Joseph Muldowney, one of his closest friends, remembers Mr. Archambault as a person who defined quality and equality among his fellow man.
``He never waved distinctions against anyone,'' said Muldowney. ``He treated everyone with respect and often went out of his way to do someone a favor.''
Mr. Archambault was the father in a prominent athletic family in the city. He got to see all four sons play varsity sports at Haverhill High School and never missed a game, be it hockey, basketball or baseball.
Michael captained the baseball team. Thomas was a baseball captain and started in basketball. Mark played basketball while Daniel was a member of the hockey team and currently serves as manager of the Veterans Memorial Skating Rink.
``He just loved being there with us, never to coach, only to enjoy,'' said Thomas. ``Even during Little League, he was a fixture in the stands.''
He was also an avid fan of Boston sports teams.
``When the Celtics games were on the West Coast, he used to set his alarm for 11 p.m., and we used to watch it together,'' said Thomas. ``He was always on alert and loved the Wednesday Night Golf Leagues at the Garibaldi Club.''
Over the past 18 months, Mr. Archambault suffered from what is known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. According to his family, his spirit never wavered and he continued to live life to the fullest, enjoying the presence of his 10 grandchildren and six children.
Mr. Archambault had his Thanksgiving shopping list assembled and was prepared to do the cooking like he always did. 
He was born in Haverhill, April 4, 1934, son of the late Arthur W. and Helen A. (Melody) Archambault, and was a lifelong resident of the city.
He attended St. James School and was a 1951 graduate of St. James High School where he was president of the senior class and played sports.
He graduated in 1955 from Merrimack College, North Andover, and went to work at Western Electric, where he was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He belonged to All Saints Parish and the Garibaldi Club.
He leaves his wife, Joanne M. (O'Brien) Archambault; his daughters, Jean M. (Mrs. Michael J.) Hutchinson and Jolene M. (Mrs. Kevin J.) Dodier, both of Haverhill; his sons, Michael J. and his wife, Catherine Archambault, Methuen; Mark S. and his wife, Gail Archambault, Haverhill; Thomas A. Archambault, Haverhill, and Daniel A. Archambault and his fiance, Susan J. Fenlon, Bradford; 10 grandchildren; his daughter-in-law, Jean Archambault, Haverhill; four sisters, Sister Claire Archambault, CSJ, Belmont; Margaret A. (Mrs. William W.) Sullivan, Haverhill; Anne M. (Mrs. Frank) Ferreira, Hampton Falls, N.H., and Mary E. (Mrs. Thomas) Enright, Haverhill; his brother, John E. Archambault, and his wife, Constance, Kingston, N.H., and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the C. Frank Linnehan & Son Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave.
Memorial contributions may be made to the MDA/ALS Research and Clinical Center, The Neurosenory Center, 6501 Fannin St., Houston, Texas 77030.
  - Published December 2, 1998

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