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Parkman, Rosemary L.  
Rosemary L. (Wilbur) Parkman, of Duxbury, died at the age of 74 peacefully at Bay Path Nursing Home, under the care of Cranberry Hospice, on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Rosemary leaves behind her children, a daughter, Nancy of Plymouth; and sons, Eric and his wife Julie of DeKalb Jct., N.Y., and Gary of Plymouth. She also leaves behind a beloved granddaughter, Megan, of DeKalb Jct., N.Y.; and her sisters and brothers-in-laws, Laurel and Joe Nardone of Duxbury and Leslie and Steve Nunes of Carver and her brother and sister-in-law, Franklin and Cheryl Wilbur of Syracuse, N.Y. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many dear friends. She was the daughter of the late Franklin and Lillian (Arthur) Wilbur of Carver. She was predeceased by her husband Albert and a granddaughter Madison. She was a graduate of Silver Lake Regional High School in 1958. She married Albert Parkman on June 3, 1961 at the First Congregational Church of Carver and they were married for 52 years. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary of Post 223 in Duxbury for over 50 years. Rosemary was a loving person who took excellent care of people as a home health aide. She worked for the South Shore VNA for over 20 years. In 1994 she received the Hilda LaRocca Award from the Massachusetts Council for Home Care Aide Services, Inc. in recognition of her compassionate care and attention to her clients. The awards committee noted that Rosemary's clients always appreciated her dedicated attention and friendly positive manner. Despite many challenges in her life, Rosemary always focused on the positive. She was a true friend and confidant to many and was a devoted friend of Lois W. Her talents included an incredible eye for bargains at yard sales, her ability to make from scratch cranberry sauce and juice as well as root beer and many other culinary treats. She loved nature and taking long walks with her dog and found great peace in it. The family wishes to thank to the nurses, aides, and staff at the Duxbury House. Her time at the Duxbury House was filled with support from family and friends who made sure that Rosemary was content. A celebration of Rosemarys life will be held Monday, March 9, at the Bartlett Funeral Home, 338 Court Street, Plymouth. Friends are invited to call on Rosemarys family from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. followed by a joyful tribute to this most wonderful lady who touched the hearts of so many. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of one's choice in Rosemary's name.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Mar. 5, 2015

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Pongratz, Eleanore B.  
Eleanore B. Pongratz, 78, of Hanover, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The daughter of the late Henry and Veronica (Stanek) Buba, she was born in New Bedfor on December 29, 1936. A gifted musician and an avid seeker of knowledge, Eleanore graduated with honors from Boston University School of Music in 1958. She was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Pi Kappa Lambda honor fraternities. Eleanore became the Supervisor of Vocal Music, and Choral Director in Rockland, MA, and started the SEMSBA Chorus. After marriage, she dedicated her life to church music, becoming the Organist and Choir Director of St. Bernadette Parish in Randolph, Mass. Eleanore's selfless, loving nature touched all who knew her. She is survived by her husband Balint J. Pongratz, 2 children, Balint Jr. of Hanover and Marianne Pongratz of Weymouth. She was the sister of Carolyn Pongratz of Ariz. and is survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours in the Sullivan Funeral Home, 551 Washington St., Rte 53 in Hanover on Thursday from 4 - 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Sacred Heart Church, 392 Hanover St., Rte 139, in Hanover. Burial will follow at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree. Donations in her memory may be made to the Norwell VNA & Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061 or to the National MS Society, 101A First Ave. Waltham, MA 02451. For directions and to sign Eleanores online guest book, please visit SullivanFuneralHomes.com 781-878-0920 781-293-2020 Family Owned & Operated Since 1897
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Mar. 4, 2015

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Pecorella, Richard G.  
Richard G. Pecorella, 69, of Plymouth, a program specialist for the federal Medicaid program regarded as a problem-solver by his colleagues, died at home on Feb. 19, 2015 after a 15-month battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Nancy Starr Pecorella of Plymouth, the father of Karen (Pecorella) Miller of Rockland, and grandfather of Michael and Jaquelyn Miller of Rockland. Born in Winthrop to Joseph and Virginia (Picarello) Pecorella, he graduated from North Reading High School and earned a bachelor's degree in zoology and education and a master's degree in public health and environmental sciences, both from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He was also a member of his college gymnastics team. He taught at Somerville High School and then served for two years in the US Army, including a one-year tour in Vietnam as company clerk, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. Exposed to the Agent Orange defoliant in Vietnam, he later developed the lung cancer that metastasized before discovery and took his life. He was employed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C for four years, and in Boston for more than 30 years as a Medicaid Program Specialist. Initially responsible for Medicaid eligibility in New England, he later served as the Massachusetts representative to the states of Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island. He was known as "the fix-it guy" according to his Medicaid colleague Allen Bryan of Plymouth. "If you needed help, he was the first person to volunteer." Mr. Pecorella loved movies, music (from classical to oldies) and science fiction, was an avid reader of both non-fiction and fantasy book series, and would have loved to visit outer space. He took a strong interest in national politics, advocating for a government that lived up to its responsibilities. He traveled widely in the United States with Nancy, his wife of 45 years, twice making cross-country camping tours, visiting National Parks, and touring in France. After retirement, he was an active volunteer for homeless services in Plymouth, serving for seven years on the board of the Plymouth Task Force for the Homeless. He also worked as a driver for Edible Arrangements, enjoying the job and bringing home stories of his travels. In addition to his wife, daughter and grandchildren, he is survived by his brothers Joseph and Stephen, his son-in-law David Miller of Rockland, in-laws Martin and Margaret (Leahy) Starr, Clifford and Carol Starr, all of Florida; many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and his aunt Margaret Sacco (age 100). Family members and friends recall him as a generous companion, a gifted storyteller, and an informed advocate for those in need. A memorial service will be conducted at Temple Sha'aray Shalom, 1112 Main St., Hingham, on March 15, at 1:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, 380 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903 or to Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth, MA 02360. Arrangements by Cartmell Funeral Home, 150 Court St., Plymouth,MA 02360. For directions and online guest book see: www.cartmellfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Mar. 2, 2015
Plummer, Roland G.  
Roland G. Plummer, 87, of Braintree, passed away Feb. 25, 2015. Beloved husband of Edith E. (Ferrin). Loving father of Thomas of Braintree, Edward of Rockland, David of Burlington, James of Va., Jean Harding of Weymouth, and Cindy Kay of No. Andover. Brother of Rodney Plummer of Swanzey N.H. and Joan Bousquet of Chicopee. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Born and raised in New Hampshire he had lived in Braintree for the past 63 years. He was a Navy Veteran, serving in WWII, and had worked as a computer operator for the Plymouth Rubber Co. of Canton retiring in 1993. Many will agree that Roland was the ultimate family man. When he was not working to provide for his family he loved spending time with the family. He always looked forward to taking the family to Newfound Lake for summer vacation. Roland was an Assistant Scout Master for many years with troop 138 in Braintree. He enjoyed taking daily walks and talking to the neighbors. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. in the Church of St. Clare, 1244 Liberty St., Braintree Highlands. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit the McMaster Funeral Home, 86 Franklin St. (Rte.37), Braintree, prior to the Mass from 9 -10:30 a.m. Interment Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton. In lieu of flowers the family sincerely requests that donations in his name may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 311 Arsenal St. 4th Fl., Watertown MA, 02472. For information and directions visit mcmasterfh.com .
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Feb. 27, 2015
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