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Simon, Marianne  
Marianne Simon of Onset passed away April 22, 2016, resting in her home. She is survived by her sons, Steven and Craig; her daughter-in-law, Natalie; her grandson, Henry; her sister, Adrienne; her brothers, Phillip, Kenneth, John, and David; and many nieces, nephews, and beloved friends with all of whom she shared her endless love. Marianne loved the ocean, next to which she spent most of her days and never turned down an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. The family welcomes friends and family to an open memorial at her home Sunday, May 1, from 12-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Marianne wished donations to be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouths Cancer Center in her memory. Mail checks, made out to BID-Plymouth, to Philanthropy Office, 275 Sandwich St., Plymouth, MA 02360, with the memo To the Cancer Center in memory of Marianne Simon.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2016
Sorano, Shirley  
Shirley Sorano, 81, of Mashpee, passed away on April 22, 2016 at Cape Cod hospital of pneumonia. Shirley was born on Jan. 21, 1935 in Quincy, Mass. She was the third child of Helen and Fred Shepard and graduated Quincy High School in 1954. Shirley began her career with American Airlines as a reservationist a young woman of 21. She enjoyed the travel benefits offered often including family members on her adventures. She could be generous to a fault giving her all to family and friends. Shirley was blessed with many good friends and was loved for her honesty and quick wit. Shirley enjoyed driving the scenic route to Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun casinos and had her fair share of luck. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Helen and Fred Shepard, her beloved brother Frederick Victor Shepard, a favorite aunt, aunt Alice, her husband Rocco Sorano and her last love Joseph Schiavetti. Shirley is survived by her two sisters Helen Geraldine Reilly and Pat Pulsifer both of Cotuit, Mass. and two faithful friends Dominic Giacolone of West Hartford, Conn. and Doris Dumont of Newburyport, Mass. and many nieces and nephews great and grand. Shirley will be buried with her parents at Pine Hills Cemetery in Quincy, MA. Visiting hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m on Tuesday, May 3, in the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills. A Funeral home service will follow the visitation beginning at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elephant Sanctuary, P.O. Box 393, Hohenwald, TN 38462-0393 or online at www.elephants.com . For online guest book and directions, please visit www.johnlawrencefuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 30, 2016
Swinton, G. Warren  
G. Warren Swinton, 87, passed away on April 23, 2016, at his home in Pinebrook Retirement Community, Milford, Ohio, with his family by his side. Warren was born in Quincy, Mass., August 15, 1928, to the late Charles and Anna (Keevan) Swinton. He was married to Patricia Frances MacDonald on September 19, 1953. They raised their five children on Montclair Avenue in North Quincy, where he spent 82 years of his life. Warren was a First Class Petty Officer with the United States Naval Reserve for 8 years. He was also a proud member of the IBEW Local 103. He often talked about the man that let him into his first union meeting, giving him the opportunity to become a dedicated union member for 67 years. Trained as an electrician since high school, he spent most of his career working for Stockton Electric at the Boston Gas Company. If he wasnt fixing something, he was enjoying family time at Widgeon Pond in the Myles Standish State Forest. While he had a quiet demeanor, his quick wit surprised and entertained many. Warren is survived by his wife, Pat, affectionately referred to as his bride; and his children, George (Jeanette Hecker) of Milford, Ohio, Diane of St. Petersburg, Fla., Carol of Jacksonville, Fla., Nancy (George Chappelle) of Loveland, Ohio, and Paul (Jen Chien) of Houston, Texas; Papa will also be greatly missed by his nine grandchildren; four granddogs and four grandcats. Services for immediate family only. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger from Apr. 29 to May 2, 2016

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Sturgis, Frances J.  
Frances Justina (Cosgrove) Sturgis, 86, of Naples, Fla., and formerly of Holbrook, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2016, where she was surrounded by family in Georgetown, Texas. Beloved wife of 67 years to the late Edward W. Sturgis, Frances leaves her children, Edward Sturgis and wife MaryBeth of Fla., James Sturgis of Texas, Sharon Barrett and husband Mark of Braintree, Mary Frances Waldroup and husband Chip of Texas, Clare Buckley of Lynn; grandchildren, Justin and wife Rachelle Sturgis of Texas, Jared and wife Whitney Sturgis of Texas, Erica Barrett of Boston, Ryan and wife Diana Barrett of S.C., Meredith Buckley of Lynn, Michael Buckley of Lynn, John Prentice of Saugus and Stephen Pina of Texas; great-grandsons, Kalob and Kade Sturgis of Texas. She was mother of the late Diane Sturgis and Joseph Sturgis. Frances was born in Lynn and grew up in Quincy. She was a daughter of the late Felix and Mary (Mahoney) Cosgrove. Also predeceased by her siblings, Mary Ostroski of Bridgewater and Helen Catania of Lynn and John Lomasney of N.M. Frances was employed by Stop & Shop as a part-time cashier for many years before retiring to Naples, Fla. She enjoyed music, line dancing, the family card game, her spiritual fellowship and most of all spending time with family. She had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and recited the Rosary from the time she was a young girl. As a celebration of her life a memorial Mass will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 850 Washington St., Braintree. Graveside interment following at St. Mary's Cemetery, 245 North St., in Randolph. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that if you so desire, donations are welcome to EWTN (honoring Mother Angelica 1923-2016), 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, AL 35210, or a charity of your choice.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2016

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Stevenson, Dorothy A.  
Dorothy A. (Smith) Stevenson, 94, a longtime resident of Quincy, died April 26, 2016, following a period of declining health. She was the loving wife of the late Frederick J. Stevenson. Born in her childhood home on Winthrop Park in Quincy, she was a daughter of the late James E. and Prothesia M. (Palmer) Smith. Dot was raised in Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School in 1940, and attended Miss. Shermans Secretarial School that summer. She graduated from the Quincy City Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. She was employed as a registered nurse at Lahey Clinic in Kenmore Square Boston from 1946-1962, and later worked as an industrial nurse with Pneumatic Scale in Quincy, where she met her husband, Frederick, who was employed as a Plant Supervisor. Dot was an admissions officer with Quincy City Hospital from 1967 until her retirement in 1985, and volunteered her time with the American Cancer Society. A lifelong member of Christ Church Quincy, Dot had been an active part of the congregation and a member of the Womens Club. She is survived by her late husbands daughters, Joan Hinde and her husband Robert of Cambridge, England, and Linda Stevenson of Minn.; sister of the late Jim Smith, Mae Ferguson and Margaret Seager. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and great grand-nieces and nephews. Her funeral, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited, will be held Saturday, April 30, in Christ Church, 12 Quincy Ave., Quincy, at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Visitation will be held in the church sanctuary one hour prior to the start of the service, beginning at 10 a.m. Flowers are welcome and may be delivered directly to the church, or donations in her memory may be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265. Assisting the family is Hamel, Wickens & Troupe, Quincy Center.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 28, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Sass, Natalie E.  
Natalie E. Sass, 93, died of congestive heart failure on April 23, 2016, surrounded by her family, in her Randolph home. Born in Brockton, Feb. 23, 1923, Natalie was the daughter of the late Concetta and Joseph Belmosto. Natalie married Joseph P. Sass on Sept. 17, 1940, and together they enjoyed raising their four children. A loving mother, Natalie created a warm and happy home. While raising her family, she worked as a waitress for many years at the Howard Johnsons, Gramps, Hilltop Restaurant, I-Hop, and Friendlys. But, her greatest joy was spending time in her Randolph home with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who grew up with her guidance and support and spent countless days sharing meals at her kitchen table and enjoying barbecues in her backyard. She had a generous nature, loved choosing special gifts for her family and remembered every birthday or special occasion in any of their lives. Natalie was a positive thinker, a forthright, honest, and empathetic person, whose legacy is her love of life and people, a love that will live on through her large family. Natalie was the loving mother of Joseph Sass and his wife, Patricia (and the late Millie Sass) of Wareham, Anthony Sass of Brockton, Paula Witt and her husband, Doug of Randolph, Jerry Sass of Halifax and Peaches Martin of Randolph. One of nine, Natalie is survived by her brother, Cataldo Belmosto. She is the loving grandmother of 14 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 25 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held on Friday, April 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Marys Church, Randolph. Visiting hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, 49 Plain Street, Suite 500, North Attleboro, MA 02760 or Hearts for Hope Foundation, 18 Bragg Road, Foxboro, MA 02035. Arrangements handled by the Hurley Funeral Home, Randolph. For online guest book, please visit us at our website, www.thehurleyfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 27, 2016
Stalker, John J.  
John J. Stalker, of Hingham, passed away on April 19, 2016, at the age of 67, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Brockton, surrounded by family, after battling a long illness. He was one of six children of the late Ernest L. Stalker and Catherine F. (Sullivan) Stalker. He is survived by his siblings, Catherine L. Leary of East Weymouth, Elizabeth A. Fitzgerald of South Weymouth, Ernest T. Stalker of Hanson and Ethel M. Stalker of Hingham; and many nieces and nephews. He was brother to the late Robert E. Stalker of Sarasota, Fla. John was born in Boston and raised in Hingham. He graduated from Hingham High School in 1968. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for the First National Bank of Boston for many years. He was the owner/operator of Eagle Van Services of Hingham. Services will be private at a later date.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger from Apr. 23 to Apr. 27, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

Saro, Rita A.  
Rita A. (George) Saro, of Randolph, formerly of Dorchester passed away April 23, 2016 at the age of 93. Beloved wife of the late James L. Saro. She was the loving mother of Cynthia P. DeSantes and her husband Thomas of Whitman and Louis J. Saro and his fianc Lisa Capostagno of Braintree. Devoted sister of Tefta Tito of Bidderford, Maine, Helen Ryan of Silver Springs, Md. and Stephen George of Easton. Also survived by her four grandchildren Thomas, Brian, Candice, and Carly, 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Rita grew up in So. Boston, lived in Dorchester before moving to Randolph where she resided for over 50 years. She was a retired medical assistant for over 30 years. Rita will be greatly missed by all who where blessed to have known her. Reposing at the Cartwright Funeral Home, 419 No. Man St., Randolph, MA 02368. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. immediately followed by a funeral service at 11 in the funeral home. Burial will take place in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to either: St. George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral, 523 E Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127 or to Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater New England, 101 A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451. For directions or to leave a sympathy message visit our website at www.cartwrightfuneral.com .
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 25, 2016
Schlecht, Gloria F.  
Gloria Frances Schlecht, 69, died peacefully at her home in Plymouth on April 21, 2016. She was the devoted wife of the late Thomas Neil Schlecht. Born in Morton, Miss., April 17, 1947, she was a daughter of the late Chester and Cleo Verline Risher Sawyer. She was educated in Mississippi and had worked for most of her life as a computer operator for the Northrop-Grumman in the Aerospace industry. She moved here to be with her daughter from Pearl, Miss. Gloria enjoyed collecting antiques and being the primary caregiver for her family. She most recently spent time in Miss. caring for her sister. She looks forward to being reunited with the love of her life, her husband Tom. Gloria was the loving mother of Cindy Fowler and her husband Marty of Plymouth and Roy Douglas Love Jr. of California. She was the beloved sister of Mollie Sawyer of Calif., Chester Sawyer Gubbin of Forrest, Miss., Fredna Jean of Miss., Nancy Ann of Ridgeland, Miss., Betty Jane of Texas, and Wanda of Miss. She was the cherished grandmother of six and great-grandmother of two. Visitation will be held in the Cartmell Funeral Home, 150 Court St., Plymouth, Tuesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a funeral service in the Cartmell Funeral Home at 12 p.m. Interment will follow in the Vine Hills Cemetery, Plymouth. Donations in her memory may be made to CDJ Foundation at https://friendraising.donorpro.com/campaigns/139/personal/12326 . For online guest book and directions, visit www.cartmelldavis.com .
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 23, 2016
Stoddard, Joan  
Joan (Green) Stoddard, age 79, of Weymouth passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Joan was born, raised, and educated in Boston where she met her husband of 58 years, Don. They got married and moved to Quincy for a short time where they started a family then bought their first home in Rockland where they resided for about ten years. In 1973 they moved to Weymouth where they have lived for 43 years. Joan enjoyed reading, puzzles, bingo, and her family trips to the White Mountains area of N.H. Most of all, Joan enjoyed her role as a mother and grandmother and was so proud of her entire family. Joan is survived by her beloved husband, Donald Stoddard of Weymouth. She was the loving mother of Donna McAndrews and her husband Russell of Weymouth, Theresa Stoddard of Weymouth, James Stoddard and his fiance Jennifer Staines of Pembroke, and Eric Stoddard and his wife Sheri of Hanson; cherished grandmother to Michael, Jonathan, Ashley, Nicholas, Jacob, Kylie, and Christopher; great-grandmother to Nathaniel. Joan is also survived by her brother, James Green of Dorchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours for Joan Wednesday, April 27, 2016, from 4-8 p.m. in the C. C. Shepherd Funeral Home, located at 134 Pleasant St. (Columbian Sq.), Weymouth. Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Thursday for a celebration of life prior to the funeral Mass in honor of Joan at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Weymouth at 11 a.m. Burial will immediately follow at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Weymouth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, at 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For directions or online condolences, please visit www.CCShepherd.com or call 781-337-0050.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 26, 2016
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