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Shea, Rita C.  
Rita C. (Bushlow) Shea of Rockland, formerly of Cambridge, died April 29, at the Queen Anne Nursing Home in Hingham. She was born in Medford. Daughter of the late Gordon and Stella (Barus) Roberts, she had made her home in Rockland since 1987. She was a caring woman who was devoted to her family. Her sense of humor got her through life as she saw the good in every situation. She loved to make people laugh. She belonged to the senior center, went on trips and enjoyed line dancing. She also did meals-on-wheels. Wife of the late James F. Shea who died in 1985, she was the mother of Patricia A. Berkeley of Rockland, Kathleen Sczerzenie of Maryland, and the late Robert (Bob) Berkeley whom she loved like a son. She was the sister of the late Alphonse Bushlow of California; grandmother of her 4 grandchildren, John Berkeley and his wife Lois of Bellingham, Rob Berkeley (deceased) of Rockland and Chrissy Berkeley and her companion Fred Anzivino of Rockland and Laura Sczerzenie of Maryland; 6 great-grandchildren, Madison Berkeley, Taylor and Eric Anzivino of Rockland; Mallory and Zachary Berkeley of Bellingham, and Sahanaray and Sequoia Abiba of Maryland. The Berkeley family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate her long life at the Magoun-Biggins funeral Home, 135 Union Street, Rockland, from 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 4 2015. A funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, May 5, at 9 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Rockland. Burial will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Donations in her memory may be made to the Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association, P.O box 6458, Holliston, MA 01746.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on May 2, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Week

Segalla, John S.  
John S. Segalla, of Quincy, age 49, passed away April 28, at the Brigham & Womens Hospital surrounded by his loving family, after a brave and courageous fight with Melanoma. Born in Boston, he was a lifelong resident of Quincy and graduated from Don Bosco High School. He was a member of Local 133 in Quincy and worked as a foreman for Marr Scaffolding for 30 years and was inducted into the Marr Scaffolding Hall of Fame. John was an avid fan of all Boston sports teams and enjoyed walking his dog, camping and was extremely dedicated to his work. Devoted and loving partner of Michelle Verrochi. Father of John P. and his wife Laura and Stephen M. and his wife Meaghan all of Quincy. Beloved son of Philip J. Segalla Jr. of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. and the late Kathryn G. (Kiley). Brother of Christopher T. and his wife Deborah of Duxbury, Glenn P of Rockland, Keith P. of Braintree, Kevin P. and his wife Karen of Hanover and Paul S. of Hanover. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass at St. Agatha Church, Milton Friday morning at 9. Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave., Milton, Thursday 4 - 8 p.m. Burial Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Dana Farber Melanoma Center, 450 Brookline Ave, 11th floor Boston, MA 02115. Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home Milton 617 696-4200
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 29, 2015
Smith, Agnes J.  
Agnes J. (Farquharson) Smith, of Quincy, died peacefully at home on April 24, 2015. The beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Smith. Cherished mother of Patty Smith of Quincy and Maura Norton and her husband Frederic of Hull. Sister of Mary Borstell of Wakefield, Dorothy Farquharson of Boston, Donald Farquharson and his wife Nancy of West Bridgewater, and the late Joseph and Robert Farquharson. Agnes is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was a devout Catholic; her faith and her family were the cornerstones of her life. Agnes was a second grade teacher in the Weymouth schools for nine years. Her love of flowers led her to be a member of the Wollaston Garden Club and her enthusiasm for history led to her membership in the Quincy Historical Society. Agnes was an avid reader who had a passion for studying history, especially the Adams family. Her second career as a Park Ranger at the Adams National Historical Park perfectly combined her loves of history and education. Agnes will be remembered as a woman of kindness and fortitude. She will be missed by all those who were blessed to have known her. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Wednesday 4 - 8 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 a.m. in Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy. Burial in St. Josephs Cemetery, West Roxbury. See or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 27, 2015
Smith, Lee F.  
Lee F. Smith, 70, of Pembroke, formerly of Dorchester, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2015. Born in Boston on Sept. 10, 1944, he was the son of the late Walter F. and Mary E. (Sullivan) Smith. Lee worked for the MBTA for 30 years, working as an operator then in the stock room. He was a member of the Pembroke Knights of Columbus, a volunteer for the Pembroke Council on Ageing, and an active communicant at St. Thecla Church. Lee also loved Irish music and was a devoted family man. Lee was the devoted husband of the late Kathleen A. (Smith) Smith. He is survived by his sister-in-law and brothers-in-laws and is survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Visiting hours in the Sullivan Funeral Homes, 551 Washington Street, Rte 53, Hanover, on Thursday from 4 - 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, at 10 a.m. at St. Thecla Church, 145 Washington St., Rte 53 in Pembroke. Burial to follow at Blue Hills Cemetery in Braintree. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Thecla CCD Fund, 145 Washington Street, Pembroke, MA 02359. For directions and to sign Lee's online guest book, please visit 781-878-0920 781-293-2020 Family Owned & Operated Since 1897
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 29, 2015
Sturm, Caroline  
Caroline Carrie (Hotz) Sturm, of Abington, suddenly in her sleep, on April 25. Beloved wife of Quentin and Stepmother to Quentin, Melissa, Dan and Kelsey. Born in Abington, Massachusetts, the daughter of Louise (Marshall) Hotz and the late Leonard Hotz. Also survived by sisters Catherine Kasparian and her husband Frederick, Ellen Killian and her husband Ron, and brothers Peter and his wife Allyson, and Tom Hotz and his wife Christine. She was a Super-Aunt to her many nieces and nephews, and is also survived by loving aunts, uncles and cousins. She cherished her dear friends, especially Carol, Alison and Janet. Caroline received her undergraduate degree from Bridgewater State College and her Masters degree from Stonehill College in Massachusetts. With her special love for children, she had a fulfilling career in early childhood education. Her most recent position was at the Tarleton School in Berwyn. She gave her unconditional love to her children at Tarleton and was always there for them when they needed her. Her collection of childrens literature will be donated to the childrens library at Tarleton, which will be dedicated and named in her honor. A memorial service will be held at St. Davids Church in Radnor on Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m., with burial immediately following in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service starting at 10 a.m. Carries personality instantly lit up a room, and it was commonly known that she was crazy about children and dogs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Tarleton Fund (contact Barbara Smith: or the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue, please visit .
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Published in The Patriot Ledger from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2015
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