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Comerato, Bruna F. - Framingham  
Bruna (Fabri) Comerato, age 72, a longtime resident of Framingham, died peacefully, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 surrounded by her loving family after a long illness. Bruna was the devoted wife of the late Kenneth F. Comerato who died in 2014. Born in Italy, she was the daughter of the late Emanuele and Zelinda (Parabicoli) Fabri. She worked for 35 years at Sears Department Store. Bruna loved and cherished her time spent with her grandchildren. She was an avid traveler with her husband and friends and was a very spirited Red Sox fan who attended many games at Fenway Park. She is survived by her children, Lisa Farley and her husband James of Hopkinton, David Comerato and his wife Carmella of Framingham and Robin Mespelli and her husband Michael of Ashland. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Taylor Farley, Kayla Farley, Brady Farley all of Hopkinton; Becca Mespelli, Melissa Mespelli, Kyle Mespelli all of Ashland; Nick Comerato, Lauren Comerato both of Framingham; her brother, Umberto Fabri and his wife Marilyn of Framingham and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 9 AM from the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St., (corner of Union Ave.) Framingham, follow by her funeral Mass at 10:15 AM in St. Cecilia Church, 54 Esty St., (off Rte. 135) Ashland. Burial will follow in St. Tarcisius Cemetery, Framingham. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Friday from 4-8 PM. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168. For online guestbook and directions please log onto www.nortonfuneral home.com .
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Published in The Hopkinton Crier from Apr. 22 to Apr. 29, 2016
Comerato, Bruna F. - Framingham  
Bruna (Fabri) Comerato, age 72, a longtime resident of Framingham, died peacefully, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 surrounded by her loving family after a long illness. Bruna was the devoted wife of the late Kenneth F. Comerato who died in 2014. Born in Italy, she was the daughter of the late Emanuele and Zelinda (Parabicoli) Fabri. She worked for 35 years at Sears Department Store. Bruna loved and cherished her time spent with her grandchildren. She was an avid traveler with her husband and friends and was a very spirited Red Sox fan who attended many games at Fenway Park. She is survived by her children, Lisa Farley and her husband James of Hopkinton, David Comerato and his wife Carmella of Framingham and Robin Mespelli and her husband Michael of Ashland. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Taylor Farley, Kayla Farley, Brady Farley all of Hopkinton; Becca Mespelli, Melissa Mespelli, Kyle Mespelli all of Ashland; Nick Comerato, Lauren Comerato both of Framingham; her brother, Umberto Fabri and his wife Marilyn of Framingham and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 9 AM from the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St., (corner of Union Ave.) Framingham, follow by her funeral Mass at 10:15 AM in St. Cecilia Church, 54 Esty St., (off Rte. 135) Ashland. Burial will follow in St. Tarcisius Cemetery, Framingham. Visiting hours at the funeral home will be Friday from 4-8 PM. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168. For online guestbook and directions please log onto www.nortonfuneral home.com .
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Published in The Hopkinton Crier from Apr. 14 to Apr. 28, 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 Hopkinton Crier from Apr. 18 to Apr. 29, 2016
Durgin, William D. - Orleans, Ma/mesa, Az  
William Durgin, formerly of Orleans, MA and Mesa, AZ, passed away at age 85 on April 13, 2016. William, known as Bill to his family and friends, was born in Shrewsbury, MA and graduated from Shrewsbury High School. He then proudly served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Photographer's Mate, Second Class. Bill earned his accounting degree from Syracuse University. He enjoyed recounting stories of his business ventures with his fraternity brothers, with whom he stayed in contact. Ever the devoted husband, Bill married Rita (Moulin) in July of 1956. They met while Bill was delivering groceries, an encounter that was arranged by a mutual friend. During his career, Bill worked as an auditor and earned his CPA at Lybran, Ross Brothers and Montgomery. Bill was Comptroller for Massachusetts Street Railway Company and Hathaway Corporation before joining MidCape Home Centers (Nickerson Lumber Company) in 1966. Bill achieved the position of Vice President of Finance, CFO, and Corporate Treasurer at MidCape Centers and worked there until his retirement. Bill served as a lector for many years at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Orleans. Bill joined the Knights of Columbus at age 18. He was a lifelong member and was appointed District Deputy from 1982 to 1985 in the Pope Paul VI Council No. 7312. He had also been a member of the Mesa Knights of Columbus Council No. 9485. Bill and Rita moved to Mesa, AZ in 2006, but Bill remained a CapeCodder at heart. Nothing brought them greater joy than spending time with family. Each year they would host an Independence Day cookout for family and friends after the local Orleans parade, with Bill happily manning the Weber grill. Bill was proud of his Irish and French Canadian heritage, but loved Italian food he was famous for preparing his Christmas Eve fish chowder and antipasto. Bill also had a knack for gardening and passersby often stopped to admire the dahlias in his front garden bed. Bill and Rita moved to Gilbert, Arizona in 2014. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Rita G. Durgin, daughter, Sherri Durgin Campbell (Donald) of Rutland, VT, son, Ronald Durgin (Christine) of Mesa. AZ, and daughter, Diane Durgin of Irving, TX, as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Rita Moulin and Ellen Moulin. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Annie (Thibodeau) Durgin, siblings, James Quentin Durgin, Lloyd Durgin, and Mary Theresa (Durgin) McLaughlin, and brothers-in-law, Marcus Moulin and Arthur Moulin. Family and friends will gather to honor Bill and celebrate his life at the Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 2654 E. Williams Field Road in Gilbert at 11:00 am on Friday, May 6, 2016. The family would like to extend special thanks to the caregivers at Care 2 Care, Hospice of the Valley, and Generations at Agritopia. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be donated to Hospice of the Valley in Bills honor. Mountain View Funeral Home in Mesa, Arizona is assisting the family.
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Published in The Hopkinton Crier from Apr. 19 to Apr. 27, 2016
Tibert, Irene B. - Westborough  
Irene B. Tibert, 81, of Southborough, passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on April 21, 2016. She was the wife of Richard F. Tibert. Irene was born in 1934 to Dominick and Chiara Dominianni in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from James Madison High School she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Korean War. Upon discharge she continued to serve with the National Guard. In her earlier days she and her former husband Bill Burkis operated a small landscaping and maintenance business. She was employed for a while at Algonquin Regional High School in the multi-media department. She worked ten years for the U.S. Postal Service in Marlborough. Being the patriotic and devoted person that she was, she worked thirty-three years as Southboroughs Veterans Agent, and proudly wore her dress blues at patriotic and military events and ceremonies. She was also much involved in the establishment of WIMSA, the Women In Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, DC. Her name and short audio bio is recorded there. Irene took various courses of study at Framingham State College and gradually developed a passion for American history. She was especially intrigued by, as she would put it, the First Ladies and their husbands. Irene loved ballet, and for a short time she taught youngsters in her home. She enjoyed her travels to Europe, and most especially to Italy, her land of heritage. She enjoyed sailing aboard the historic windjammers in Penobscot Bay and along the Maine coast. She liked to keep active as possible with traditional jazz, museums, live theater and tasteful movies. Besides her husband Dick, Irene is survived by daughter Laura and husband Lewis Mayo, daughter Lisa A. Hazell, daughter Patricia M. Burkis, step-daughter Lauren M. and her husband Dan Wells, step-son Gary A. Tibert, granddaughter Monika I. and her husband Jay Sarsfield, granddaughter Sarah I. Hazell, grandson Christopher R. Hazell, grandson Nicholas W. Darby, grandson William D. Mayo, grandson John A. Mayo, grandson Andrew J. Mayo, brother Bruno Bob and wife Gunta Dominianni and beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her former husband, William Burkis in 1974 and her sister Clare and husband Johnnie Basile. A private family service with Military Honors will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Westborough. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Straight Ahead Ministries, 791 Main St., Worcester, MA 01610 The David A. Pickering Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, is assisting the family with arrangements. www.westboroughfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Hopkinton Crier from Apr. 24 to May 5, 2016
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