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Allard Jr., Col. L. Charles - Acton  
Col. L. Charles Allard, Jr., USAF, Ret., a Woonsocket native, died peacefully April 24, 2016 at his Acton, MA home at the age of 91. He was the beloved husband of 38 years of Patricia L. (Stephens) Allard, and is survived by two sons, Chuck Allard and wife Karen, and Gary Allard and wife Lisa; his sisters Pauline Couture, Phyllis Kerry and Jean Flynn; four grandchildren, Casey and Tucker, Michael and Alexandra; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Lionel C. and Ella (LeClaire) Allard, and his sister, Claire Gouin. Born and raised in Woonsocket, he was attended Mount St. Charles Academy and was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with an engineering degree. Col. Allards distinguished military career in service to his country spanned over 30 years. At one time he lived in Paris as an attache to the US Embassy where he met with the Shah of Iran for diplomatic purposes. He settled in Acton in 1974 following his retirement. The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Steger of Acton Medical Associates for always being there and providing Charlie with the finest of medical care. Family and friends are invited to visiting on Fri. April 29th from 9:00-10:00am at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton, followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30am in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 89 Arlington St., Acton. Burial with military honors in Precious Blood Cemetery, Woonsocket, will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Nashoba Homecare, 65 Wyman Rd., Groton, MA 01450 to help other veterans. Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 26 to May 5, 2016
Couch, Nathan P. - Boston  
Boston lost one of its longtime health care leaders when Nathan Pierce Couch, MD passed from natural causes on April 14, 2016 at his home in Dover. Nate Couch was a highly respected and skilled surgeon, well known for his clinical competence, his congenial manner with colleagues and staff, and his stellar bedside manner. Nate was a devoted husband to his late wife Anne Nancy Couch of almost sixty years, a loving and supportive father to his three children and proud grandfather of five grandchildren. A native son of Massachusetts, he was born in Pittsfield, attended the Dalton High School, Peekskill Military Academy, Yale University, and Harvard Medical School. He served the Brigham & Womens Hospital and Harvard Medical School for decades, teaching surgery to medical students and treating countless patients. Notably, the operating room nurses singled him out at the time of his retire- ment by bestowing him with a gift citing their professional admiration and personal respect. He also served as President of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery and President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Couch is a descendant of Zenas Crane, the founder of Crane Paper Company, which makes its home in Western Massachusetts. Raised in Dalton, he was predeceased by his parents, Franklin L. and Ruth P. Couch, and his brothers Franklin and James. He was also predeceased by his wife of almost 60 years, Anne W. Couch, Nancy. He is survived by his brother Robert and his three children Nathan P. Couch, Jr., of Frisco, TX, Susan Lowell of Southborough, MA, and Christopher Couch of Acton, MA, as well as five grandchildren, Madeline Couch, Jacob Couch, Clara Couch, Nathan Lowell, and Jameson Lowell and many nieces and nephews. Nate was a prolific researcher and writer, having conducted research at Harvard Medical School and authored 99 peer reviewed articles in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He was a member of one of the earliest kidney transplant teams in the 50s, pioneering new methods of surgery to improve the science of patient treatment. His work in building a device to keep a liver functioning outside the body was featured in LIFE magazine. A near-fatal accident almost took Dr. Couch in 1957, when a short-circuit in an X-Ray machine sent 60,000 volts through his body and out his shoe, rendering him lifeless. In a time without access to defibrillators, his quick-thinking research colleagues opened his chest and manually massaged his heart, reviving him. He used his second chance well, continuing his research, caring for his patients, and raising his family of three with Nancy. True to his roots as a thrifty Yankee and child of the Depression, he continued to wear the shoes in which he was electrocuted, despite a small hole in the toe where the voltage escaped. His colleagues would point out the irony of continuing to wear the shoes, Nate would reply, There is still plenty of wear left in them!. Years later he would assert that the electrocution somehow made him smarter, with a wry smile. Nate Couch will be missed by his family, friends, and colleagues. Services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of gifts, please consider donations to Brigham & Womens Hospital. Duckett | J. S. Waterman & Sons, www.duckett-water man.com 781-235-4110.
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 18 to Apr. 28, 2016
Cumings, Calvin - Concord  
Calvin W. Cumings, 93, of Bedford, MA, formerly of Acton, MA, and Troy, NH, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford, MA. He was the husband of Patricia (Brown) Cumings. Born in Troy, NH, on April 17, 1922, he was the son of the late Fred T. and Margaret (Woodward) Cumings. He attended Troy public schools and graduated from Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, VT in 1940. He briefly attended the University of New Hampshire. During World War II, he joined the US Army Air Force in 1942 and was a staff sergeant when he was honorably discharged in 1946. Following his military service, Mr. Cumings worked as treasurer for his familys lumber business, F. T. Cumings, Inc. He was employed for a few years at Sealol Corporation in Keene, NH, which made specialized precision seals for NASA, and then began employment as a sales engineer in specialized printing for Markem Corporation in Keene, NH. While working for Markem, he was assigned work in the Caribbean, Georgia and Alabama. A resident of Acton from 1983 to 2008, he was a life member of the American Legion Post. He was also a longtime member of the Altamont Masonic Lodge in Peterborough, NH and during the 1950s he served as Master for two years for the Monadnock Masonic Lodge #80 in Troy, NH. While a resident of Troy, New Hampshire he was quite active in the town and was a former selectman. In addition to his wife, Patricia, he is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Deborah Fleming and her husband, David; Louise Carter and her husband, Hugh, all of Daytona Beach, FL; and Martha Hongisto and her husband, Brad, of Keene, NH; 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, a brother, Allen H. Cumings, Sr., of Jaffrey, NH, and many nieces and nephews. His two brothers F. T. Cumings, Jr. and William F. Cumings and great-granddaughter, Anna Okarski, all died earlier. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA, where officers of the U. S. Air Force will present military honors. Contributions in his memory may be made to Altamont Lodge #26, P. O. Box 138, West Peterborough, NH 03458 or to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements are under the care of Susan M. Dee and Charles W. Dee, Jr., Dee Funeral Home of Concord. To share a remembrance in Mr. Cumings online guest book visit www.deefuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 16 to Apr. 28, 2016
Deveau, Laurel R. - Acton  
Laurel R. (Rigney) Deveau,, 91, formerly of Acton, MA, passed away at her home in Henderson, NV on April 10, 2016. Loving wife of the late Charles J. Deveau (1921-2008), mother of David S. Deveau of Beverly, MA and Elizabeth J. Deveau of Henderson, NV. Grandmother of Nicholas H. Deveau of Milton, MA. Daughter of the late Ada Bell Hall and Raymond Rigney; stepdaughter of the late Dewey Hall. Born in Prescott, AZ, Mrs. Deveau resided in Acton from 1954 until 1999 when she and Mr. Deveau retired to Henderson, NV. Services and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Deveau to Rockport Music, 37 Main St., Rockport, MA 01966, or to the Nevada SPCA, 4800 W. Dewey Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89118.
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 15 to Apr. 28, 2016
Freeman, Donna  
Donna (Files) Freeman, 71, of Hudson, formerly of Stow and Acton, died suddenly April 21, 2016 at the Marlborough Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late Harry D. Freeman, to whom she was married for 35 years at the time of his passing in 1997. Born in Waltham and raised in Acton, she was the daughter of the late Clarence D. and Theodora (Jameson) Files, and sister of the late Richard, Orren and Donald Files. A graduate of the Acton schools, Mrs. Freeman centered her life around her family and especially loved time spent with her grandchildren. She is survived by four sons, David, Greg, Mark and Todd; 11 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours are Wed. April 27th from 5-8pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton. Funeral services will be Thurs. April 28th 11am at the funeral home with burial in Brookside Cemetery, Stow. Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 25 to May 5, 2016
Harper Jr., Robert - Concord  
Daniel Robert Harper, Jr., age 92, retired Raytheon engineer and a longtime Concord resident died Thursday, April 21st at Robbins Brook in Acton. He was the husband of the late Nancy (Allen) Harper who died in 1999. He was born in Reading, PA on March 21, 1924 to the late Daniel Robert Harper and Dorothy Gertrude (Fassnacht) Harper. His father had been educated at Schuylkill Seminary in Reading, was a minister in the United Brethren Evangelical Church and who resigned and enlisted in the US Army Air Service as a pilot during World War I. The family lived in Reading, Hazelton, and Scranton, PA while his father was employed as a reporter by several different newspapers. In 1932, they moved to Staten Island, NY where his father joined the Staten Island Advance as a reporter, and after several promotions, he was named Editor. Roberts name was changed from D. Robert to Robert when the New York City school system refused to allow any student to have an initial before a name. Robert graduated from Port Richmond High School in 1942 and served in the US Army Air Corps as a radio operator mechanic in the 437th Troop Carrier Group. He was stationed in England and France during the invasion of France and Germany, and earned seven battle stars. He attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania where he earned a BS in Physics in 1949. He was employed by National Union Radio Company as a Development Engineer until 1951, when he began a graduate study program at Cornell University and received an MS in Engineering Physics in 1954. In 1957, he married Nancy Allen, and often said that marriage was the best thing that happened in his life. She was a major contributor to his life and taught him and their three children how to understand life and how to manage their lives. Nancy died in 1999, a victim of Parkinsons disease. A Concord resident since 1958, both he and Nancy were active members of the First Parish in Concord. For five years, he served on the Concord Municipal Light Board. For thirty-five years, he was employed by Raytheon Company as an Engineer, working on the design and development of linear beam microwave tubes until his retirement as a Principal Engineer in 1991. He designed and developed Backward Wave Oscillators and helix Travelling Wave Tubes which advanced the state of the art for maximum power and frequency. Particular achievements were the use of diamonds and electrode support insulators to maximize the power of helix TWTs, and design approaches to reduce undesirable oscillators in helix TWTs. In his final years at Raytheon, he participated in the development of millimeter wave helix TWTs for satellite communication systems. During his time at the company, he was awarded twelve patents and delivered/published more than twenty-five papers. After retirement, he continued consulting in the design of TWTs. He also spent one year supervising the rebuilding of his residence to repair damage caused by a lightning strike, which was an adventure in construction engineering. Survivors include his daughters, Jean Harper of Uniondale, IN, and Abigail Kingsbury of Acton, MA, his son, Rev. Daniel Robert Harper of San Mateo, CA, and his brother, Lee Harper of Newtown Square, PA. Private burial was at the family burial plot in Prospect Hill Cemetery on Nantucket. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 27th at 10 am in the First Parish, 20 Lexington Road, Concord Center. Concords Town Flag will fly at half-staff on Wednesday, April 27th in recognition of Mr. Harpers service to his country during World War II. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742, or to Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041. Arrangements are under the care of Charles W. Dee, Jr. and Susan M. Dee, Dee Funeral Home of Concord. To share a remembrance or to send a condolence in his online guestbook, please visit www.deefuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 23 to May 5, 2016
Krea, Victor M. - Acton  
Victor M. Krea, 90, of Acton, formerly of Woburn, died peacefully April 19, 2016 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. He was the husband of the late Constance A. "Connie" (Greene) Krea, to whom he was married for 58 years at the time of her passing in 2011. He is survived by their daughter, Harriett L. Harty and her husband, Daniel, of Shirley; and several nieces, nephews and their families. Born and raised in Woburn, Mr. Krea was one of seven children of the late Victor and Mary Kreatsoulis. Mr. Krea graduated from the Woburn schools and served honorably in the US Navy aboard the USS Matthews during WW II. He and his wife Connie moved from Bedford to Acton in 1961, where they raised their daughter, Harriett. For most of his career Mr. Krea was employed as a sales manager in the freight industry, then worked as a court officer in the Woburn District Court for ten years before retiring. An excellent woodworker, he also enjoyed travel with his wife. Private services and interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn, will be held at a later date. Those who wish may make memorial gifts to one's favorite charity. Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 27 to May 6, 2016
LeBert, Mary Lou - Maynard  
Mary Lou (Duggan) LeBert died peacefully, surrounded by family on April 12, 2016. Formerly of Maynard, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. Duggan, Sr. and Elizabeth (OToole) Duggan. She was the sister-in-law of the late Audrey (Alberi) Duggan. She is survived by her loving family: her brother James Duggan and friend Kathleen OHalloran, her brother Thomas J. Duggan Jr. and his wife Simmone; her brother William Duggan and his wife Jean, and her sister Terri Nourse and her husband Brian. Mary Lou was a devoted Godmother and loved time with her family and treasured her 14 nieces and nephews, 30 great-nieces and nephews, and her great-great niece. Visiting hours are on Fri. April 15, 2016 from 5-8pm at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) Acton. A funeral Mass will take place Sat. April 16, 2016 at 10am in St. Bridgets Church, 1 Percival St., Maynard. Burial in St. Bridgets Cemetery. For directions or to leave a condolence visit www.actonfuneralhome.com . In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Lung Association, www.lung. org.
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 14 to Apr. 28, 2016
Mariano, Elizabeth - Leominster  
Elizabeth (Davis) Mariano passed away peacefully at the Rose Monahan Hospice Home on March 29th, 2016 surrounded by her loving family shortly after achieving a personal milestone to reach the age of 95. Elizabeth (Betty) was born on Easter Sunday, March 27th, 1921 to John and Jean (Berry) Davis of Acton, and was the eldest of four children (Ralph Davis, Marian Browning, Barbara Farrell and two step sisters Louise Scribner and Lorraine Porrazzo). She was a graduate of Acton High School Class of 1938, and the year after married Ralph Mariano whom she was married to for 75 years, before his passing in November of 2014. They had two daughters (Martha and Judy). While raising her children she started her own business making slip covers. She was a gifted seamstress, making clothes for her family and herself, and often volunteered her skills at Emerson Hospital. When her girls were grown she took a job with Digital Equipment where she became a Group Leader. She worked in the Maynard Mill and was intregal in training the employees at Digitals new facility in Galway Ireland. The couple resided in Bolton until they retired to the home they built in Bethel, Vermont. In retirement they enjoyed winters at their home in Lake Wales Florida and traveled with their Airstream Club throughout the United States. The couple held office of President and Secretary and Betty remained the Sunshine Girl for their airstream unit up until last year. Her other interests included crocheting, knitting, embroidering, braiding rugs, quilting, playing cards/games and she loved spending time with family and her friends. Betty leaves her daughter Martha and husband Bill Howes of Berlin, 3 grandsons - Scott Laasanen, Joseph Graceffa and Billy Howes, 5 granddaughters - Sandra Sullivan, Jennifer Laasanen, Deborah Howes, Beth Howes and Maureen Howes, fourteen great grandchildren, one great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her daughter Judith and son-in-law David Laasanen, grandchildren Gina and Salvatore Graceffa, Andrew and Annie Grace Laasanen, and her siblings. The graveside service to inter the urns of both Betty and her husband, Ralph, will held April 30th, 2016 at 11:00am in Mt. Hope Cemetery with Rev. Andrew Armstrong officiating. Donations in her memory should be sent to the Rose Monahan Hospice Home, 10 Judith Road, Worcester, MA 01602. Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 21 to May 5, 2016
Moulden, Sylvia - North Andover  
Sylvia J. (Murray) Moulden, of North Andover died Sunday at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center in Boston. Sylvia was born in Medford Massachusetts on October 15, 1933 to the late John and Ellen (Whalen) Murray. She was a graduate of St. Clement High School and was most recently employed as a para-legal prior to her retirement. Sylvia was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. She enjoyed traveling and spending time at Cape Cod. Sylvia was the widow of the late Donald D. Murray who died on April 8, 2015 and is survived by her three sons, David P. Moulden and his fianc Deborah of Windham, Maine, Donald W. Moulden and his wife Jeanine of Charlestown and Michael Moulden and his wife Sandra of Andover. Also among her survivors are her sisters, Catherine Murray of Woburn and Ellen Fennell of North Andover as well as her brother Thomas Murray and his wife Judyann of Barnstable MA. Sylvia also leaves her grandchildren. Brittany, Madison and Quinn. A Funeral Mass was offered on Thursday April 14. A private family burial will take place at a later date. To offer online condolences please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Boxborough Beacon from Apr. 26 to May 5, 2016
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