Miscellaneous Essex County, Massachusetts Obituaries


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Katherine C. Besso
Katherine C. (Bolandis) Besso, 79, of Bradford died last Sunday at Hale Hospital.
Born and educated in Haverhill, she graduated from Haverhill High in 1938. She was a graduate 
of Barron Hairdressing School.
For several years, Mrs. Besso was a licensed practical nurse at the former Lennox Nursing 
Home in Bradford, and more recently worked at Sears in Methuen.
She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church.
She leaves husband Joseph A. Besso; sons Bruce D. and his wife Marcia of Cincinnati, Ohio, 
Andrew W. of Haverhill and Joseph A. Jr. and his wife Nancy of St. Michael's, Md.; daughters 
and sons-in-law Katherine C. and Richard Wolownick of Roswell, Ga., Margaret F. and Jeff Zitzer 
of Wanakee, Wis., Sue A. and Brian Bradley of Haverhill and Virginia M. and Phil Hersey of 
Newburyport; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was Saturday in St. John the Baptist Church. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home. 
Memorials, Joslin Diabetes Center Inc. memorial department, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. 
 - Published November 6, 2000 

Ernest F. Boetti
Ernest F. Boetti, 67, of Fremont, N.H., died Friday at Exeter Hospital, Exeter, N.H. 
As a youth, he was a member of the John Greenleaf Whittier Chapter Order of DeMolay, Haverhill. 
Mr. Boetti was employed by Bell Labs, now Lucent Technologies, for 30 years before his retirement 
in 1998. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Arrangements were made by Remick & Gendron Funeral Home, Hampton, N.H.
Memorials, First Baptist Church, 201 North Road, Brentwood, NH 03833. 
 - Published November 6, 2000 

Marjorie M. Chisholm
Marjorie M. (Wheeler) Chisholm, 85, of Haverhill died Thursday at Hale Hospital. 
A lifelong Haverhill resident, Mrs. Chisholm was the daughter of the late Fred W. and Fannie 
(Price) Wheeler. She graduated from Haverhill High School in 1933. 
Mrs. Chisholm entered the work force when her children were older and worked as a housekeeper for 
Bradford Junior College for 20 years. She then worked at the Stevens-Bennett House until 1986 in 
the nurses office, kitchen and laundry. She was a member of the Advent Christian Church which 
provided the center of much of her activity and the former West Parish Grange.
She was the wife of the late Anthony C. Chisholm.
The last of 12 children, she is survived by daughters Marilyn Burke of Methuen, Nancy E. Arsenault 
and her husband Edward of East Hampstead, N.H. and Helen Vallant and her husband Michael of 
Haverhill; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Burial was in Hillside Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home.
Memorials, Building Fund, Advent Christian Church building fund, 370 Broadway, Haverhill, MA 01830. 
 - Published November 6, 2000 

Mary Clancy
Mary Clancy, 92, of Haverhill died last Monday at Hale Hospital.
Born in County Cork, Ireland, she was the daughter of Philip and Katherine (Regan) Clancy. She 
moved to Haverhill as a child and was educated in Haverhill schools. She was employed in the local 
shoe industry until her retirement.
She was the sister of the late Lawrence and Margaret Clancy. 
She is survived by a nephew Philip Clancy of Methuen; and grandnieces and grandnephews.
A funeral Mass was Monday in All Saints Church. Burial was in St. James Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Scatamacchia Funeral Home. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

Juana Colon
Juana (Suliveres) Colon, 74, of Haverhill died last Tuesday at Hale Hospital.
Born in Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Pedro and Eusevia (Alvares) Suliveres. She 
was educated in Puerto Rico and came to Haverhill in 1985.
She was the wife of the late Valentine Colon.
She leaves sons Miguel and his wife Maria Colon, Fidele and his wife Carol Alizea, Juan Colon 
Carmelo Colon and Elezer Colon, all of Haverhill; daughters Carmen S. Colon and Carmen M. Colon, 
both of Puerto Rico; sister Anna Suliveres of New York; 18 grandchildren; four 
great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Burial was in City Cemetery.
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

Nathaniel M. Cruz
Nathaniel M. Cruz, infant son of Angel and Jesbel Diaz Cruz of Bradford, died last Monday at Hale 
In addition to his parents, he is survived by brother Mikael Cruz; maternal grandparents Pedro and 
Clara Diaz of Bradford; paternal grandparents Wilberto and Iris Cruz of Haverhill; uncles 
Francisco Diaz of Bradford and Jose Diaz of Cranston, R.I.; aunts Suzanna Diaz Mass of New York, 
N.Y. and Celia and Christina Cruz of Haverhill; and cousins.
A funeral Mass was Saturday in St. James Church. Burial was in St. James Cemetery.
Arrangements were by C. Frank Linnehan & Son Funeral Home. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

Bernice Engle
Bernice (Fingold) Engle, 101, of Haverhill died Monday at Hale Hospital.
Born in Haverhill, she was a longtime member of Temple Emanu-El and belonged to the Sisterhood and 
the Hadassah.
Mrs. Engle was also active at the Jewish Home for the Aged, Boston.
The widow of Arthur Engle, she leaves daughters Marilyn Berlin of Haverhill and Lorraine and her 
husband Dr. Edward Levinson of Montreal, Canada; sister Ruth Lewis of Haverhill; seven 
grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was Wednesday in Temple Emanu-El. Burial was in Children of Israel Cemetery.
A memorial observance is Wednesday through Friday at the home of Marilyn Berlin, 18 Lakeview Ave.
Arrangements are by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home.
Memorials, Morry and Bernice Berlin Scholarship Loan Fund, c/o Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., 
Haverhill, MA 01830 or Arthur and Bernice Engle Memorial Fund, c/o Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., 
Haverhill, MA 01830. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

Mary A. Gray-Brennan
Mary A. Gray-Brennan of Haverhill died Saturday at Holy Family Hospital, Methuen.
Born in Haverhill, she was educated in St. James School and was a graduate of St. James High 
School. She graduated from Regis College, Weston, with a bachelor of arts degree. She completed 
graduate studies at Salem State College and Boston University.
Mrs. Brennan was first employed with the Public Service Corporation of New Hampshire and later as 
a quality control supervisor with First National Stores, Somerville and Pentucket Manor Chronic 
Hospital, Haverhill.
From 1959 until her 1980 retirement, she was a school teacher at the Fox and Nettle schools. She 
also was a nutrition teacher for the LPN courses at the Hale Hospital and Northern Essex Community 
The wife of the late Francis J. Brennan, who died in 1968, she leaves daughter Mary E. Brennan of 
Bradford; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Mass was Tuesday in St. John the Baptist Church. Burial was in St. James Cemetery.
Arrangements were by C. Frank Linnehan & Son Funeral Home. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

William J. Harrold
William J. Harrold, 65, of Haverhill died last Wednesday at Hale Hospital.
Born in New York City, he was a graduate of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, New York.
He lived in Haverhill since February, formerly living in Derry, N.H. and Littleton.
Mr. Harrold retired as an electrical engineer from Raytheon Co. in Tewksbury. He was a member of 
the I.E.E.E.
He leaves daughters Laurie Hartenstein of Shamong, N.J., Christine Hunt of Chester, N.H., Mary 
L. Rose of Horn Lake, Miss., and Terry Harrold of Shamong; son Douglas of Eddystone, Pa.; and 
three grandsons.
Arrangements were by Peabody Funeral Home, Derry. Private burial will be at a later date. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

Helen C. Hayes
Helen C. (Chernesky) Hayes, 80, of Haverhill died Monday at Penacook Place.
Born in Forest City, Penn., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Johnson) Chernesky. 
She had been a resident of Plaistow, N.H. for many years and had been a Haverhill resident since 
Mrs. Hayes was a graduate of the College of New Rochelle, N.Y., and had been a high school teacher 
in New Rochelle, Exeter, N.H. and Portsmouth, N.H. For 15 years until her 1998 retirement, she had 
been employed at Lucent Technologies in North Andover.
She was a member of St. James Parish.
She was the wife of the late Edward B. Hayes who died last December. 
She is survived by her dear friends and caregivers, Diane and Billy Baker of Bradford; sister Ruth 
Panella of Sunnyside, N.Y.; sister-in-law Phinney Chernesky of Forest City; stepson Raymond D. 
Hayes of Milford, N.H.; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours are Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at C. Frank Linnehan & Son Funeral Home followed 
by a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. James Church. Burial will be in St. James Cemetery. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

Theodore S. Johnston
Theodore S. Johnston, 21, of Bradford died Thursday at Massachusetts General Hospital from 
injuries suffered in a car accident on Interstate 495.
The Haverhill High graduate and bank teller at First Massachusetts Bank's Ward Hill branch had 
spoken to his father, David L. Johnston of Springfield, the day before he died.
The elder Johnston had a plate set for his son at his farmhouse in Shapleigh, Maine on 
Thanksgiving but the younger Johnston called the night before to say he was spending the holiday 
with friends. He told his father he would see him at Christmas.
"He was selfless, generous and had great concern for others," said his father. "He didn't care 
about possessions. He had been through some difficult times when his mother and I divorced and he 
was never bitter, greedy, angry or selfish. He had a basic goodness to him."
A 1997 graduate of Haverhill High School, Johnston was studying finance at Northern Essex 
Community College and had plans to go into banking or investing.
"He realized his career goal and was getting 'As' in school," the elder Johnston said. 
The last time father and son saw one another was earlier this summer when the younger Johnston 
fell over a 20-foot fence and was hospitalized with a broken collarbone.
Born in Concord, he attended North Andover schools through seventh grade before moving to 
Haverhill. As a child, he participated in Little League and soccer. 
Recently he was running three miles a day. 
Johnston previously worked at Dunkin' Donuts and Academy Lanes. 
Besides his father, he leaves his mother Sandra J. and her husband Gary L. Abbott of Bradford; 
stepmother Christine Johnston of Springfield; sisters Jennifer of Northampton, Wendy of Somerville 
and Margi of Boxford; stepbrother Thomas and stepsister Jessica Abbott, both of Bradford; 
stepbrothers Tom of Saco, Maine, Andy of Tulsa, Okla. and Christopher Skypeck of Springfield; 
stepsister Betsy Skypeck of Greenwich, Conn.; maternal grandmother Grace Benson of Saranac Lake, 
N.Y.; and paternal grandmother Marguerite Scamman of Scarborough, Maine.
Memorial service is Wednesday, 7 p.m., Cochran Chapel on the campus of Phillips Academy, Andover. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

Reta M. Jorgensen
Reta M. (Nauss) Jorgensen, 101, of Haverhill died last Saturday at Hannah Duston Healthcare Center.
Born in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Canada, she lived in Marshfield before moving to Middleton in 
1965. She then moved to Haverhill in 1990.
While living in Middleton, Mrs. Jorgensen was a member of the Golden Agers Club. She was also 
a member of the Friendship Club of Orchard Circle and a member of the University Church in 
The widow of Harold N. Jorgensen, she leaves daughter Edith Anderson; grandchildren; 
great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. 
She was also mother of the late Sigrid Edmunds and Harry R. Jorgensen.
Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.
Memorials, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or 
Shriners Burns Institute, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

Rev. Charles Porada
Rev. Charles Porada, 84, a Conventual Franciscan Catholic priest, died Sunday at Our Lady's Haven 
Nursing Home in Fairhaven after a battle with pneumonia. He previously served at the former St. 
Michael Church.
The majority of his priesthood was spent in the Lawrence and Fall River areas. Father Charles made 
his first vows as a friar in September of 1936 and was ordained a priest in June of 1943.
For 54 years, he served in a number of Massachusetts parishes, including Lawrence's Holy Trinity, 
Peabody's St. Joseph, Haverhill's St. Michael and Fall River's Holy Cross. He also served at St. 
Michael the Archangel in Bridgeport, Conn., St. Stephen in Shamokin, Pa., and St. Louis in 
Portland, Maine. Since 1997, he has been in residence at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in New Bedford.
He leaves sister-in-law Anne Porada of Methuen; two nieces; a nephew; and grandnieces and 
Funeral Mass was Wednesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Burial was in Immaculate Conception 
Cemetery, Lawrence.
Funeral arrangements were by Rock Funeral Home, New Bedford.
Memorials, Franciscan Education Burse Fund, 12300 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

Adolf Reidl Jr.
Adolf Reidl Jr., 59, of Haverhill died last Tuesday at New England Medical Center, Boston.
Born in Siehenburgen, Romania, he was the son of the late Adolf and Rosina (Toeper) Reidl.
Mr. Reidl immigrated to the United States in 1954. He attended school in Lawrence and graduated 
from Lawrence High School in 1960. 
He joined the U.S. Army in 1961 and had served with the Infantry and the 517th Ordinance Company 
in Germany before his 1967 discharge. He had been employed as a machinist at Lucent Technology. 
Mr. Reidl was a member of Merrimack Lodge F & A.M., Aleppo Temple and was a 32nd degree Mason. He 
was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lawrence.
He leaves his wife Ingeborg (Gunek) Reidl; children Michael H. Reidl, Sonja Rogers and husband 
Timothy both of Deerfield, N.H., Evelyn Reidl of Framingham; three grandchildren; brother Karl 
Reidl and his wife Paula of Methuen; sister Rosina Baumgartl of Austria; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home.
Memorials, Justice Resource Center, 354 Waverley St., Framingham, MA 01702 or Cardinal Cushing 
House, 400 Washington St., Hanover, MA 02339. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

Agnes M. Simonds
Agnes M. (Kennedy) Simonds, 80, of Groveland, died Thursday at home after a brief illness. She 
leaves Haverhill relatives.
A lifelong Groveland resident, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Madeline (Dorgan) 
Kennedy. She graduated from Groveland High School in 1936.
An avid golfer, she was a past member of the Haverhill Golf and Country Club.
The wife of the late Ralph C. "Bud" Simonds, Jr., she leaves daughters Elizabeth Simonds Gorski 
and her husband Barry, Michele Simonds-Pankauski and her husband Bruce, Patricia J. Simonds and 
Colleen Simonds; sons Edward Robert Simonds and his wife Jean, retired Haverhill firefighter Lt. 
Ralph C. Simonds III, Michael E. Simonds and his wife Kathryn and Peter Simonds and his wife Debi; 
brother Lt. Edward "Ted" Kennedy of the Haverhill Fire Department; sister Mary Ciarletta; 16 
grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two nephews and a niece.
Funeral Mass was Monday in St. John the Baptist Church. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, 
Arrangements were by H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home.
Memorials, Muscular Dystrophy Association, c/o Haverhill Fire Dept. Credit Union, 131 Water St., 
Haverhill MA 01830. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

Helen Sirski
Helen (Kazes) Sirski, 78, of Bradford died Sunday at Penacook Place.
Born in Minneapolis, Minn., she moved at an early age to Danielson, Conn., where she was educated. 
In 1947, she moved to Haverhill.
Mrs. Sirski was a lifetime member of Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Haverhill, volunteered her 
time to religious education there, and also helped the elderly and infirm.
She leaves husband of 53 years Edward Sirski; brothers John Kazes and Gus Kazes, both of San 
Diego, Calif., and Philip Kazes of Newbury; sister Diamond Haveles of Danielson; nine nieces and 
nephews; and 11 grandnieces and grandnephews.
Calling hours are Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home.
Memorial service is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Kingdom Hall, 410 Water St. Private burial will be in 
Linwood Cemetery.
Memorials, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 410 Water St., Haverhill, MA 01830.
 - Published November 6, 2000

Sylvia Delaney
Though she didn't have any of her own, Sylvia (Levine) Delaney mothered countless children over her 30-plus years as pediatrics administrator at Chelsea Naval Hospital. Mrs. Delaney was buried last Friday in Children of Israel Cemetery, following a funeral service at H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St. She died Nov. 21 at Hale Hospital at the age of 84. "She adored kids," said her husband, George E. Delaney. "It wasn't a job, but a passionate vocation. Her whole life was centered around bringing comfort and joy to children and their families at that hospital." The Delaneys were married only 13 years, marching down the aisle in their early 70s. He had been widowed from his first wife for 12 months when they met. It was her first marriage. "Her goodness brought us together, her courtesy and gentle heart," said the husband. "Sylvia was incapable of hatred and pity." An historic event in Boston led Mrs. Delaney to her chosen medical field. In 1942 she volunteered her services to care for burn victims of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire. "Five hundred people died in that fire. She was on the relief end," said her husband. "Such a horrific experience never leaves you." Mrs. Delaney began taking courses in pediatrics and administration at local colleges, not in the medical end but the business and personal end. Plates of home-baked goodies and other forms of cheer found their way to the bedside of young patients. She dealt with families touched by trauma. She rocked the cradle at the naval hospital until it closed in 1973, then chose to retire. A nephew, Dr. H. David Reines, is today chief of surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital because Mrs. Delaney often took the lad to the hospital and put him to work doing odd jobs. After moving here from Chelsea, the boy spent a year at Haverhill High, transferred to Phillips Andover and went on to medical school and ultimately a career. "He often credited his aunt with planting the seed," said the husband. Mrs. Delaney campaigned for former governor Michael A. Dukakis and photographs of them together hung in her house. She was often a luncheon guest of the governor at the state house. Six years ago, in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's, she came under her husband's care. He read and sung in a tenor voice to her ever since. Mrs. Delaney was born in Chelsea, daughter of the late Barnet and Rose (Shatzman) Levine. Her father died in a trucking accident when she was four and she was raised by her mother. She moved to Haverhill 15 years ago and resided at 46 Steeplechase Court. She was a life member of Hadassah and belonged to the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El, donating freely to a number of Jewish causes and especially St. Jude's Hospital. Besides her husband, she leaves a sister, Molly Reines, Haverhill; four nephews, Dr. H. David Reines and his wife Nina Totenberg, Dover; Barry Levine and his wife Carol, Groveland; Robert Levine and his wife Rebecca, Atkinson, N.H., and Joel Levine and his wife Barbara, Marblehead; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. Memorial contributions may be made either to the Alzheimer's Association; One Kendall Square, Building 200, Cambridge MA 02139-1562, or Haverhill Jewish Scholarship Loan Association, c/o Ada Mandell, 38 Lilac Lane, Haverhill MA 01830. 
 - Published November 6, 2000

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