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Laurie Bennett Ellis, 58, of St. Augustine, Fla., died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at a Hospice Care Center, two and a half years after she learned she had ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Mrs. Ellis was a school teacher who loved what she did, was proud of her students' successes and grateful that she was able to continue teaching for two school years after her diagnosis. She taught for eight years in Florida. Before moving to Florida, she taught in Kelso, Wash., Sioux Falls, S.D., and Bow, N.H. Mrs. Ellis was featured in an article in The St. Augustine Record on August 4, 2013 that showed her love of teaching and her determination to teach as long as she could. In that article, her class's parent liaison, Kim McGowan, said of her, "Words could never express properly how thankful and lucky we were to have the fortune of having you as our children's teacher. The dedication, love, spirit, encouragement, support and honor you have demonstrated will never be forgotten." Mrs. Ellis was born on Sept. 23, 1955 in Brookline, Mass., to Carol Bennett and the late Irving "Jack" Bennett. She grew up in North Easton, Mass. She graduated magna cum laude from Curry College and earned her master's degree from Tufts University. She served on Gov. Charlie Crist's Reading Initiative Task Force. She is survived by her husband, Peter, of St. Augustine; her son, Jared D'Amico, also of St. Augustine; her mother, of Concord, N.H.; three sisters, Kim Zueli of California City, Calif., Karen Mark of North Easton and Kris LaBrake of Concord; a cousin, Dr. Pam Burke of Reading, Mass.; four nieces; and three nephews. Her husband and son were her principal caregivers. Before her death, she gave money to her school in Florida to start a book collection that she hoped would encourage students to develop a lifelong love of reading. She also established a scholarship in her name for high-performing students who want to become teachers. A memorial service will be Saturday, April 12, at Immaculate Conception Church, North Easton , at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow. Memorial services are also planned in Florida and South Dakota. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to: ALS Research, in care of Dr. Kevin Boylan, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, 4500 San Pablo Road South, Jacksonville, FL 32224. St. John's Family Funeral Home in St. Augustine, Fla.. is in charge of the arrangements. Read Obituary
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Eleanor Marianne Lundberg, loving and devoted wife of the late Harold A. Lundberg, passed away on April 7, 2014 at Epoch of Norton. She had struggled many years with Alzheimers and succumbed to complications thereof. She would have been 92 in May. Marianne was born in Minnesota to the late Oskar Hjalmar and Agnes (Brood) Ostrom, who were Swedish-American Baptist missionaries to the Belgian Congo at the time. She grew up in the Quincy and Dorchester areas of Mass, graduating with the class of 1940 from Quincy High School. She later received her B.A. and R.N. at Simmons College School of Nursing in Boston. Among the places Marianne held nursing positions were McLean Hospital, Mass. and Bethel College, Minn. where she would meet her love, Harold. While raising a family in Easton, Marianne took to full-time babysitting from her home and had a loving and caring impact on the hearts of a number of children who are now grown but recall their time with Lundy fondly. After attending Trinity Baptist Church of Brockton for many years, Harold and Marianne were instrumental in the founding of Easton Baptist Church, remaining life-long members. In recent years they resided in Raynham with family. Marianne leaves behind two sons and their families: Ken and Carol (Scholla) Lundberg of Louisville, Ky. and grandson, Andrew Lundberg and Steven and Rebecca (Cragan) Lundberg of Raynham, Mass. and granddaughter, Emily Lundberg. She is predeceased by her sister, Helen Eldred of Vt. Marianne was known as a prayer warrior and touched many hearts in her lifetime. She will be greatly missed. Visitation took place on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 4 - 7 p.m. in the Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home, 647 Main St, Brockton, Mass. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Easton Baptist Church, 197 Bay Rd., Easton, Mass. Interment in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass. For additional information, to send flowers or to post a condolence please visit www.d-mfh.com . Dahlborg-MacNevin Funeral Home 647 Main Street Brockton, MA 02301 (508) 586-4391 Read Obituary
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