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Shortall, Betty F.  
Betty F. (Franzen) Shortall, 93, of Rockland died December 15, 2014, at the South Shore Nursing and Rehabilatation Center. She was born in Scituate, daughter of the late James and Besse (Burrows) Franzen, and was raised and educated there. After graduating from Scituate High School, Mrs. Franzen enlisted in the Navy and served during World War II. She had been employed as a teachers aide at the Jefferson School in Rockland, H.H. Arnold Co., also in Rockland and at the time of her retirement she worked at the West Pine Window Co. in Hanover. Wife of the late Henry L. Shortall, she is survived by her son, Larry Shortall of Rockland; her daughter, Mary Hansbury of N.H.; her granddaughters, Laisee Schipper, Laura McCormick and Anne Hansbury; her grandsons, Lee Shortall and Jeffrey Hansbury; along with her great-grandsons, Aaron and Logan Schipper; and great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Schipper. She was also the sister of Jean Wood, Richard Franzen and Frederick Franzen. A celebration of her life was held at the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union St., Rockland, Friday, December 19, 2014, from 5-8 p.m. A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Burial in St. Patricks Cemetery in Rockland. For directions or to share memories on her Tributes page, visit www.magounbiggins.com .
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Published in The Abington Mariner from Dec. 21 to Dec. 28, 2014
Sprague, Gary S.  
Gary S. Spudge Sprague, age 63, passed away at Guardian Center in Brockton on Friday, December 19, 2014. Spudge is survived by his father, Harry F. Sprague Sr. and his wife Margaret of Vermont; his mother, Betty Anne Kingsbury of Athol; his 2 brothers, Harry F. Sprague Jr. and his wife Patricia of Weymouth and Paul Sprague and his partner Ellen Delorey of Brockton. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and uncles. Gary was born and grew up in Weymouth, graduated from Weymouth High School in 1969 and lived in Abington for the last 25 years. He was a lifelong self-employed contractor and served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Visiting hours were held at the C.C. Shepherd Funeral Home, 134 Pleasant St. (Columbian Sq.), S. Weymouth, Tuesday, December 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. immediately followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. Donations may be made in Spudges memory to the Dana Farber/ Brigham and Womens Cancer Center, 101 Columbian St., S. Weymouth, 02190. If you would like to leave a message for the family, please visit www.ccshepherd.com . C.C. Shepherd Funeral Service Inc. 134 Pleasant St., S. Weymouth 781-337-0050
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Published in The Abington Mariner from Dec. 21 to Dec. 28, 2014
Swanson, Patricia J. - Abington  
Patricia J. Swanson, of Abington, Dec. 15. Loving wife of 54 years to John Swanson; Loving mother of David Swanson of Burlington, Mass.; and Karen (Swanson) Matheson of Bridgewater, Mass.; loving grandmother of Emily, Matthew, Nora, Daniel, Joshua, and Jenna. Patricia lived in Abington for 43 years. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Abington. She worked as an executive secretary at Old Mr. Boston and then for 20 years at Watson Wyatt. Patricia enjoyed doing word puzzles and learning new jokes that she would tell to her family. Every year, Patricia enjoyed trips to visit her family in Florida and Nova Scotia, Canada. She enjoyed frequent cruises to the Caribbean and Bermuda. Visitation was held Thursday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Quealy & Son Funeral Home, 116 Adams Street, Abington. A funeral service held on Friday, Dec. 19. at 10 a.m. at the United Church of Christ, 10 Bedford Street, Abington. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, East Bridgewater.
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Published in The Abington Mariner from Dec. 21 to Dec. 28, 2014

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Simpson, Francis J.  
Francis J. Frank Simpson of Abington and Naples, Fla., died Wednesday, November 19. He was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Betty (McInnis) Simpson. He is survived by his children, Debbie Hall and Lisa Simpson both of Mashpee and Steven Simpson of Maine. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Katie Comis and her husband Dave of Abington, Ashley Hyland of Conn., and Shannon Robinson of Maine; and four great-granddaughters. Frank was much loved by his nieces and nephews as well as his many great-nieces and nephews. His services will be held Monday, December 22, at 8:15 a.m. from the Blanchard Funeral Chapel, Plymouth Street (Rte. 58 at the rotary), Whitman, followed by a 9 a.m. Mass in Saint Bridget Church, Abington. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Rockland. Visiting hours will be held Sunday, December 21, from 4-7 p.m. For full obituary, online condolences and directions, please visit www.blanchardfc.com .
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Published in The Abington Mariner from Dec. 17 to Dec. 24, 2014
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