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Bittenbender, Sara - Lexington  
Sara Cram Bittenbender died Friday, April 22, 2016, at Brookhaven in Lexington. She was 97. The funeral will be at 10:00 am, Thursday, May 12, at the Church of Our Redeemer (Episcopal), 6 Meriam St., Lexington, followed by a reception at the church and 1:30 pm burial at Newton Cemetery. All are welcome; hats encouraged in her honor. The widow of Robert Austin Bittenbender who died in 1970, she was the daughter of Robert Jackson Cram and Constance Southworth Cram. She leaves a daughter, Sandra S. Bittenbender of Natick; a son, Robert Piehler Bittenbender and his wife Margaret Huber of Windham, Maine; a granddaughter, Constance S. Ferguson and her husband Brian A. Ferguson of Framingham; two great-grandchildren, Olivia Sara and Jackson Brian Ferguson; and a number of nieces and nephews. She grew up in Waban and graduated from Newton High School in 1936 followed by a year at the Northfield School and another at Pierce Secretarial School in Boston. She was active in the Parish of the Good Shepherd in Waban. Her household provided homes for a succession of dogs and cats, and a monkey that her brother hosted unexpectedly. She brought several dogs home by train from the Animal Rescue League of Boston. After marriage in 1940 she moved to Buffalo with her husband, an engineer at Curtiss Wright. They returned to Massachusetts after World War II, living in Waban until the mid-1950's when they moved to Lexington. From the late 1960's until retirement in 1984 she worked at MIT Instrumentation Lab and its successor entity, Draper Laboratory. Active in reunion planning for her husband's MIT class of 1940, she was made an Honorary Alumni Association member in 2010. An avid figure skater, she continued cross-country skiing into her 80's. She enjoyed strolling around Meriam Hill where she resided until moving to Brookhaven in 2007. In her spare time, she wrote touching and silly poems for all occasions, on request at a moment's notice. At the Church of Our Redeemer, she took charge of Soup Luncheons known far and wide, all proceeds helping the hungry homeless of Greater Lexington. Her Shepherd's Pie always garnered applause when she served it at Bristol Lodge in Waltham. She was also the central labor force behind church rummage sales which were eventually named in her honor. Besides her husband and parents, Mrs. Bittenbender was predeceased by her brother, Robert Jackson Cram Jr. and her nephew Nicholas Cooper Cram. Notable ancestors include Constant Southworth, a prominent figure in the Plymouth Colony; Josiah Bartlett, physician and second signer of the Declaration of Independence; Native American, Polly Dockum of New Hampshire and Oliver Cromwell. In lieu of flowers, donations of remembrance may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston; Parish of the Good Shepherd in Waban, Church of Our Redeemer in Lexington, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School in Waltham. Douglass Funeral Home Lexington, 781-862-1800 www.douglassfh.com
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Apr. 29 to May 7, 2016
Hafer, Frederick L. - Lexington  
Frederick L. Hafer of Lexington, formerly of Bedford, at age 90 died on April 15 2016. Born in Reading, PA and raised in Pottsville, PA, He graduated from Pottsville High School and attended three semesters at the Pottsville branch of Pennsylvania State University before entering the U.S. Military academy at West Point. He graduated from West Point in 1946 as a member of the Army Air Corps, which later became the U.S. Air Force. He married Mary Stewart of Newburgh, N.Y. four days later. They were married for 69 years and had three children, Tom, John, and Abigail. Lt. Col. Hafer had a long career in the Air Force, and received a Masters degree in electrical engineering from M.I.T. in 1950, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1963. He graduated from the Air War College in 1967. While serving at Cape Canaveral during the early years of the U.S. space program, he developed the telemetry system that eventually helped the U.S. put a man on the moon. From 1968-69 he served in Vietnam, where he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. After retiring from the military, he and Mary settled in Bedford where he continued his career as an engineer, and became involved in community life, including being a member of the Hanscom Airport Commission, the Bedford Historical Society and active at the DeCordova museum. He was the loving grandfather to William Hafer, Virginia Goodwin, Moira Hafer, and Lucy and Andrew MacRobert; and loving great grandfather to Lily and Kai Goodwin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research, Grand Central Station, Post Office box 4777, New York, N.Y, 10163. A memorial service will take place at a later time, and interment of his ashes will take place at West Point.
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Apr. 18 to Apr. 28, 2016
McGinn, Angela M. - Lexington  
Angela M. (Stifano) McGinn of Lexington, April 26, 2016. Wife of James F. McGinn. Mother of Janet Hession and her husband Paul of Canton, James M. McGinn and his wife April Hoover of Bonita Springs, FL, Kathryn McGinn and her husband Paul Swallow of Westwood, and Mary Tambor and her husband Patrick of Concord. Sister of the late Vincent Stifano and Ann Scott. Angela is also survived by 8 grandchildren, Ellie, Philip, Natalie, Samuel, James, Andrew, Owen, and Mia, and by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Angelas life Sunday, June 5 at the familys residence at 6 Cook Rd. in Lexington between 2 pm and 6 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimers Association of MA & NH, 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472 or at www.alzmass.org . Arrangements by the Dou glass Funeral Home, Lexington.
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Apr. 29 to May 7, 2016
ONeil, Carol E. - Lexington  
Carol E. (Day) O'Neil, daughter of A. Elizabeth Cosgrove Day and Benjamin W. Day Sr., died after a long illness on Dec. 9, 2015. Carol was born at Mt. Auburn Hospital on 24 Aug. 1940 and lived in Lexington, attended Munroe School and graduated from Lexington High School. Her husband, John ONeil predeceased her in 2010. They lived in Bostons North End for a number of years. She worked for the towns of Lexington for a few years and then for an investment firm in Boston, and for Fays Closet, a clothing manufacturer. She had 2 siblings, Ruth Day Visbeck of Virginia and Ret. B.G. Benjamin W. Day Jr. of Northfield, Vermont. Carol is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held Saturday April 30 at the Green Cemetery, Bedford Road in Carlisle at 11am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Douglass Funeral Home Lexington 781-862-1800 www.douglassfh.com
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Apr. 17 to Apr. 29, 2016
Page, Mildred - Lexington  
Mildred H. Page, of Lexington, April 23, 2016. Daughter of Thomas L. and Mary L. (Hawkins) Page. Born Oct. 8, 1921 in Huntington, W. VA, attended Huntington Schools, Marshall University, and Huntington School of Business. Served in WACs WWII - Rank Tech. Sgt. Past President Pilot International Club. Member of St. Brigid Parish, served on Parish Council, taught CCD | Past Prefect Womens Sodality. Retired Employee of Verizon Telephone CO (formerly NYNEX) | Managerial Position. Mildred is survived by her longtime friend Mary Kenney. Predeceased by her close friend Mary OBrien. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday May 9 at St. Brigid Church, 2001 Mass. Ave. Lexington at 10am. Visitation at the church prior to the Mass from 9am to 10am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Private interment Westview Cemetery, Lexington. Arrangements by the Douglass Funeral Home, Lexington.
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Apr. 27 to May 7, 2016
Pede, Ann F. - Lexington  
Ann F. Pede, 79, passed away after a long illness Friday, April 8, 2016. She was born April 7, 1937, in Malden, the daughter of Ferdinand and Frances Byrd (Cook) Pede. Ann graduated from Lexington High School, class of 1955, and went right to work at Raytheon, a commercial electronics company. She spent her entire career working in Waltham. Ann traveled to lots of places around the world and she played a lot of golf. Ann will always be remembered as being very feisty, yet very generous. In addition to her parents, Ann was predeceased by a brother, Edward. She is survived by first cousins Sandi Mann and husband Art, of Patten, ME, Carol Howard and husband Alan of Dennis, Ron Cook and wife Rose, of North Attleboro, Lauren Sullivan of Freeport, ME, and Lynda Cook of Topsham, ME; and many 2nd and 3rd cousins. A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Westview Cemetery, in Lexington. Those who wish to remember Ann in a special way may make gifts in her memory to the Alzheimers Association, 383 US Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME, 04074. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www. Memorial-Alternatives.com .
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Apr. 14 to Apr. 28, 2016
Reichheld, Dr. John N. - Lexington  
Dr. John N. Reichheld a well-known and beloved orthodontist in Greater Lowell and Lexington, passed away peacefully in Sarasota, Florida, on Sunday, April 10th, 2016 in the presence of his loving family. John was born in Providence, R.I., to Manford and Betty (Newell) Reichheld, on January 16,1932. He graduated from Newton High School and matriculated at Boston College, class of 1954. The summer after graduating from Boston College, John married Patricia Burns, whom he met while they were both working summer jobs at the Wicker Tree Restaurant in North Falmouth. The newlyweds began their family while John was completing his dental studies. After he earned his DMD at Tufts University, now the father of two young sons, Tom and John ,Jr., (Jay), Dr. Reichheld enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed in Newfoundland. Following his naval service, he enrolled in the Orthodontics program at The University of Pennsylvania. John and Pats family continued to grow, and soon Stephen, Elizabeth, and James were born. Upon graduation from The University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Reichheld established his orthodontic practice in Lowell and Lexington, where he served the community and his profession for over forty years. A kind and giving man who put smiles on thousands of faces, John was noted for his exceptional professional work, his generosity, and his devotion to his family. John and Pat raised their family in Lexington and were very active in the towns activities. Pat passed away from melanoma in 1982, but her magnificent influence on John and her family was never diminished. John was inspired to help others, he was a familiar face at many charitable events, and he became the impetus for the participation of hundreds of local residents in the American Cancer Societys Making Strides Against Cancer in Boston. Dr. Reichheld chaired this special fundraising event every October. The Reichhelds hired dozens of buses to transport Lowell area residents to Boston. This was Dr. Reichhelds way of giving back to a community that had supported him and his family during a most difficult time. Reichheld Family Orthodontics raised more money than any other city or town that participated in Making Strides from 1989 to 2003. Dr. Reichheld treated his patients like family. He was kind, compassionate, and always wanted to see them have fun. He loved sponsoring Patient Appreciation Days, but he was an active participant. You could see him waving from a roller coaster at Canobie Lake, rollerskating with patients on each arm at Roller Kingdom, getting a whipped cream pie in the face at a Reichheld Family Picnic for the patients, or sitting in a movie theater on Christmas Eve morning at their annual movie party. Dr. Reichheld was a member of the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Greater Lowell Dental Society, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Merrimack Valley Dental Society, the Lions Club of Lexington and he was president of the Northeast Dental Society. Dr. Reichheld was highly regarded for his generosity and philanthropy. He participated for many years in the John Havlicek Celebrity Fishing Tournament, donating his boat, the Crossbite, and his time to raise funds for The Genesis Fund. He received the Community Hero award from Community Teamwork Inc. in Lowell. Spending winters in Sarasota, Florida, John was ever so fortunate to meet Angie Albers in 1999. They were a wonderful, happy couple, and were married on Johns 75th birthday and enjoyed life together. John was a volunteer at the Mote Marine, and at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He filled his days caring for others, golfing, and loving his family. A consummate professional and an engaged citizen who contributed to his community, Dr. Reichheld loved life, and he was loved by many. Unquestionably his pride and joy was his family -- his true legacy.Dr. Reichheld is survived by his devoted wife, Angie Albers Reichheld, his children, Thomas and his wife, Dr. Joann Buonomano, of Wolfeboro, NH, Dr. John, Jr. (Jay) and his wife, Linda, of Carlisle, MA, Dr. Stephen, and his wife, Dr. Deborah DeBeradinis Reichheld, of Manchester, NH, his daughter, Elizabeth (Beth) of Woodstock, NY and Dr. James and his wife, Julia, of Concord, MA. He also leaves a stepson, Dan Rudd of Lexington, KY.Dr. Reichheld is survived by twelve grandchildren, Marie and Vincent Reichheld, Nicholas, Tyler, and Katelyn Reichheld, Stephen, Timothy and Alyse Reichheld, Emma, Peter, and Sarah Reichheld, and Leah Reichheld Watt. Dr. Reichheld also leaves behind his loving sister, Eleanor Lewis, of Falmouth, MA, and Del Ray Beach, Florida. He was predeceased by his older brother, Bob, whom he adored. Funeral from the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Rd. Lexington Saturday April 16 at 9am followed by a Mass of Christian burial; at St. Brigid Church, Lexington at 10am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours Friday from 4pm to 8pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Patricia Burns Reichheld Charitable Fund. Checks may be sent to the Greater Lowell Community Foundation/Patricia Burns Reichheld Charitable Fund 100 Merrimack Street Suite 202 Lowell, MA 01852. Online at GLCFoundation.org/ PatriciaBurnsReichheld CharitableFund. Douglass Funeral Home, Lexington 781-862-1800. www.dou glassfh.com .
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Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Apr. 14 to Apr. 28, 2016
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