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Asquith, Thomas - Franklin  
Thomas Asquith, 91, of Franklin died July 16 at Norwood Hospital. He was the husband of the late Edith (Cook) Asquith for over 57 years prior to her death in 2004. Born in Fall River, November 5, 1923, the son of the late Thomas and Bertha (Franklin) Asquith, Mr. Asquith had formerly lived in Weston for many years. He was a graduate of Mount Hermon School and Brown University. Mr. Asquith was the Director of Employment for Carrier Air Conditioning Company and later the Vice President and Corporate Secretary for Simplex Wire and Cable and its subsidiary companies. In 1969 he founded the Executive Search firm Asquith & Jackson Associates Inc., based in Weston, which he sold and retired from in 1984. He was a past member of the Weston Finance Committee. Mr. Asquith was the Vice President of Finance of the Fort Myers, Florida Unitarian Church and was very involved with the development of its new facility. Mr. Asquith served as board Chairman of two homeowners associa- tions in the communities in which he lived. He was also a member of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and a former Eagle Scout. He and his late wife Edith loved to garden and travel and both served in church and community choral groups including the Southwest Florida Sympathy Chorus. He is survived by his daughter April Asquith of Franklin and his son Kerry Asquith and his wife Jillian and their two children Alyssa and Kyle of Harvard, Ma. He was the father of the late Aura Lee Asquith and brother of the late Ruth Chase and Franklin Asquith. Private interment will be in Linwood Cemetery in Weston. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Mount Hermon School, 1 Lamplighter Way, Mount Hermon, MA 01345. Arrangements are under the care of the Ginley Funeral Home of Franklin www.ginley funeralhomes.com .
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Published in The Country Gazette from July 20 to July 31, 2015
Banta, Brigadier Harold G. - Franklin  
Brigadier Harold G. Banta SA went home to be with His Lord, July 18, 2015 after a brief illness. He passed away peacefully at Medway County Manor, Medway, MA with a daughter, son-in-law, and a granddaughter by his side. He was born August 14, 1917 in New Haven, CT. He met his wife while attending the West Haven corps of The Salvation Army in the 1930s. They both became Salvation Army officers and were married October 19, 1943. Together they served The Salvation Army until 1982 when they retired to Franklin, MA. Harold became a member of the New York Staff Band in 1956 and played tuba with the band until his retirement. Harold was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Estella (Carleton) and four of his five brothers. He is survived by his youngest brother Paul Banta and his wife Rose, five children, Marilyn Griffin of Franklin, MA; Nancy Sloan of Milford, DE; Joan Bowser of Traverse City, MI; Janet Lyons of Mize, MS and H. George Banta, Jr. of Ledyard, CT, 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren. An enthusiastic swimmer, he was captain of his high school swim team, serving as a lifeguard at summer camps. He was an avid body surfer frequenting the waves at Old Orchard Beach, Maine through his 85th birthday. We will miss him very much. His funeral will be held at The Salvation Army 29 Congress St. Milford, MA on Thursday July 23rd, at 2PM, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Burial will be private; there are no calling hours. Donations in his memory may be sent to The Salvation Army 29 Congress St. Milford, MA 01757. Arrangements are under the care of the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Country Gazette from July 21 to July 31, 2015
Bonifazi, Anthony B. - Franklin  
Anthony B. Boni Bonifazi, 93, a lifelong town resident, died peacefully on Friday July 24, 2015 surrounded by his family, in the same house he was born in. He was the husband of Mildred A. (Hoar) Bonifazi for more than 77 years. Born in Franklin, August 22, 1921 a son of the late Angelo and Guiseppine (Busssaglia) Bonifazi he was raised and educated in Franklin. He was a retired school bus driver, having worked for many years for the Walter T. Holmes Company in Norfolk. He was a quiet man who enjoyed yard sales, antiques, and spending time with family. Survivors in addition to his wife include 2 daughters, Myrna A. Pasquantonio of Franklin, Lauren F. DeBaggis and her husband Paul of Franklin, his grandson, Nich- olas DeBaggis and his wife Jennifer of Franklin, 5 great grandsons, Brian, Stephen, Joseph, Eric and Nathan DeBaggis and his beloved cat Peanut. He is also the brother of the late Ernest, Nino and Nesto Bonifazi. At the request of his family, his funeral and burial at St. Marys Cemetery will be private. There are no calling hours. Donations in his memory may be sent to, Friends of Fra- nklin 50 Corbin St. Franklin, MA 02038, would be appreciated. Arrangements are under the care of the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Franklin. Guestbook, please visit: www.oterifuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Country Gazette from July 26 to Aug. 7, 2015
Clorite, Evelyn - Medway  
Evelyn Clorite, age 85, Evelyn Clorite, age 85, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015 at her home in West Paris, Maine surrounded by her friends and family. She was married 48 years to Robert Clorite Sr. (deceased). She is lovingly remembered by her sister Susan Hall and nine children: Barbara Clorite-Ventura. Anne, Robert Clorite Jr., Catherine Carr, Joseph Clorite, James Clorite,Elizabeth Evans ,Dorothy Clorite , Richard Clorite , 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren.. Evelyn graduated from Framingham State College and taught Home Economics in the Boston School System. Upon retirement, she and her husband Bob opened Millstone Crafts creating children's wooden toys. After retiring from the toy business, she volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, delivered for Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed volunteering in Medway Public Schools as a teacher's assistant in the art department. She and Bob were also highly involved in the Democratic Town Committee, and she spent many years volunteering as a registrar during elections. In 2007, Evelyn and her dear friend Barbie Horowitz, were jointly honored to receive the Unsung Heroines of Massachusetts award for their volunteering efforts in the community. Evelyn and Bob were avid travelers. She could boast that she visited every state in the United States, including Alaska with her daughter Liz. Visitation will take place at the Ginley Crowley Funeral Home (www.ginleyfuneral homes.com ) 3 Barber St, Medway, MA Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 4-7pm. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Josephs Church, 151Village St in Medway, July 24 at 10am followed by her burial at St. Joseph Cemetery on Oakland St. in Medway. Join us after at St Josephs Parish Center, 145 Holliston St in Medway for a celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers please send donation to Habitat for Humanity at http://oldcolonyhabitat.org .
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Published in The Country Gazette from July 22 to July 31, 2015
Dauley, Gordon R. - Franklin  
Gordon R. Dauley, 75, died at the Imperial Grove Pavilion in Chicago peacefully on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Born in Boston, January 26, 1940 a son of Dorothy B. (White) Dauley of Franklin and the late Gerald A. Dauley. He had lived in Chicago for many years. He served in the US Navy. He attained the rank of Sea- man 1st class and was honorably discharged in January 1960. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his brother Donald Dauley and his wife Lois of Franklin, 2 nephews: Christopher Dauley of Florida and Mark Dauley of Franklin. His funeral service with military honors will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11AM at Union Street Cemetery, on Route 140 in Franklin. Relatives and friends are invited. There are no calling hours. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage Street. For online Guestbook & Directions: www.oterifuneral home.com .
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Published in The Country Gazette from July 19 to July 31, 2015
Gruseck, Ellen A. - Franklin  
Ellen A. (Carrigan) Gruseck 73, of Franklin, died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family and best friend, Wednesday July 29, 2015 at the Blaire House of Milford, following an illness. She was the wife of the late Karl J. Gruseck, who died in 1988. Born December 2, 1941, in Boston a daughter of the late William and Mary (Lehane) Carrigan, she was a resident of Franklin for over 47 years. She was raised and educated in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, where she attended St. Thomas Aquinas School and was a graduate of Jamaica Plain High School. For many years Ellen worked for the Town of Franklin as a cafeteria worker in the schools. She was a devoted mother, who cherished her children, grandchildren and family. She enjoyed reading, word searches, and following her children and grandchildrens sporting events. Ellen was a well-known personality at many soccer fields in the area and along with her son would be seen at the Karl J. Gruseck Memorial Cup Soccer Match. She was a member of St. Marys Catholic Womens Club, Franklin and was a member of the Pip Girls. Ellen is survived by her children, Mary Ellen G. McKenna and her husband Francis of Northborough, Joseph K. Gruseck and his wife Kristen of Mansfield and Karla G. Miller and her husband Mike of Northborough. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Kevin, Sean, Aidan McKenna, Julia, Karl Gruseck and Max Miller. She was the grandmother of the late Ryan McKenna and sister of the late William & Francis Carrigan, and Annemarie Grankewicz. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral Monday Aug. 3rd, at 10:15AM from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage St. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Marys Church 1 Church Sq. Franklin at 11AM. Interment will follow at the parish cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday from 1-5PM at the funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society 5 Manley St. West Bridgewater, MA 02379. Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Country Gazette from July 31 to Aug. 12, 2015
Hodge, Marie H. - Medway  
Marie H. (Smith) Hodge, 89, of Milford formerly of Medway, died July 27 in the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester. She was the wife of the late Kenneth Hodge. Born in Boston, May 18, 1926, the daughter of the late Wendell and Ellyn (Ross) Smith, Mrs. Hodge was raised in Boston and had lived in Medway for over 20 years before moving to Belmont, New Hampshire where she lived until recently. She had been an attendant nurse at Medfield State Hospital until retiring. She then moved to New Hampshire where she operated a farm for several years. Marie enjoyed gardening, doing crafts and was an avid reader. She is survived by her children, Craig Clive and his wife Cindy of Pasadena, Maryland, Susan Benavides and her husband Victor of Mt. Washington, Maryland, Thomas Clive and his wife Kathy of Belmont, New Hampshire, Elizabeth Snow and her husband Edward of Rincon, Georgia, Barbara Caruso of Milford and Jayne Bertone and her husband Paul of Franklin. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her funeral service will be held on Friday, July 31, in the Ginley Crowley Funeral Home ( www.ginleyfuneralhomes.com ) 3 Barber Street, Medway at 11:00. a.m. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Medway. Visitation will be on Friday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the St. Camillus Health Center, 447 Hill St. Whitinsville, Ma 01588.
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Published in The Country Gazette from July 29 to Aug. 7, 2015
Hurlbert, F. Doris - Medway  
F. Doris (Piercy) Hurlbert, 88, of Franklin died July 25 in the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She was married for 62 years to Arthur W. Hurlbert who died in 2013. Born in Everett, November 18, 1926, the daughter of the late Simon and May (White) Piercy, Mrs. Hurlbert was raised in Saugus and had lived in Franklin since 1964. A homemaker, Mrs. Hurlbert had been very active in the Medway Village Church. She enjoyed sewing and knitting. She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Christos of Westport and Barbara Hurlbert of Franklin. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Nicholas Christos of Hermosa Beach, CA., Keith Christos of Brighton, Daniel Christos of Stoughton and Rachel Viveiros and her husband Jason of Central Falls, RI. She was the sister of the late Mark Piercy and Pearl Butt. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 1 in the Medway Village Church, 170 Village St., Medway at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Medway. Calling hours will be on Friday, July 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ginley Crowley Funeral Home www.ginleyfuneralhomes.com (3 Barber Street, Medway. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Medway Village Church Memorial Fund, 170 Village St., Medway, MA 02053
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Published in The Country Gazette from July 29 to Aug. 7, 2015
Karlson, Lois - Franklin  
Lois Eleanor (Mortensen) Karlson, 87, of Franklin died July 16 in the Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wrentham. She was the wife of the late Winslow Karlson, Jr. who died in 2000. Born in Medford, December 23, 1927, the daughter of the late Ole and Kristine (Pedersen) Mortensen, Mrs. Karlson was raised in Medford and had lived in Franklin for the past 53 years. Mrs. Karlson had worked at Medfield State Hospital for many years, retiring as head telephone operator. She was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Franklin and Norfolk Senior Centers and the Norfolk Grange and Ivy Groups. She enjoyed dancing, trips to Aruba and being with her grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Bruce Karlson and his wife Sandy of Bellingham, Sandra True and her husband Jack of Berryville, Arkansas, Diane Pasquino and her husband Michael of West Yarmouth, Linda Karlson| Trites of Blackstone, Winslow 'Butch' Karlson III and his wife Kristin of Franklin and Pamela Rizzi and her husband Robin of Franklin. She is also survived by her 17grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Mae Carlson, Florence Mercier, Emma West, Robert and Theodore Mortensen. Her funeral service will be held on Monday, July 20, in the Ginley Funeral Home of Franklin ( www.ginleyfuneralhomes.com ) 131 Main Street, Franklin at 10:00a.m. Burial will be in Union Street Cemetery, Franklin at a later date. Visitation will be on Sunday from 5 | 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Franklin Food Pantry, PO Box 116, Franklin, MA 02038.
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Published in The Country Gazette from July 18 to July 31, 2015
Parkhurst, Jeffrey D. - Franklin  
Jeffrey D. Parkhurst, 32, of Boston, and a former longtime Franklin resident, died peacefully, Thursday July 16, 2015 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Born in Framingham, July 20, 1982 a son of Robert N. and Kathleen M. (OSullivan) Parkhurst of Franklin, he was raised and educated in Franklin, and was a 2000 graduate of Franklin High School. At the time of his passing, he had been employed by the Franklin School Department as a custodian, for more than 15 years. Jeffrey loved the Boston Bruins and the New England Patriots. He enjoyed golf, vegetable gardening, the beach, camping, the guitar, drums, and jamming with his cousins. Surviving in addition to his father and mother, include his maternal grandmother Helen OSullivan of Milford, 2 brothers, Brian E. Parkhurst of Franklin, Kevin R. Parkhurst and his wife Anna of Honkaa, Hawaii, an uncle Jack OSullivan and his wife Anne of Mendon, an aunt Maureen Kane of Up- ton, 2 cou- sins, Mike Kane and his wife El- yse of Sto- ughton and Pete Kane of Upton, and his Rock and Love of his Life Emerald L. Gravel of Boston, and his beloved cat Rudy. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his calling hours Thursday July 23rd, from 4-7PM in the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. His funeral service with interment at St. Marys Cemetery, Franklin is private. Donations in his memory may be sent to: Back of the Hill Community Development, for the care of Butterfly Park and the Lawn Street Community Garden c/o Kay Gallagher, Board President 8 Bucknam St. Boston, MA 02120, would be appreciated. Guestbook/directions www.oterifuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Country Gazette from July 20 to July 31, 2015
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