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Blount, Helen G. - Longmeadow  
Helen Lenea Graemiger Blount, an always graceful woman and lifelong lover of the ocean, music, and sports, passed peacefully in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She was 90 years old. Helen was born in Rhode Island in June of 1924, daughter of Walter Graemiger and Thyra Johnson Graemiger. On August 14, 1948 she married Joseph Hagan Blount, who passed in 1992. They built a home and family in Marblehead, Massachusetts where Helen lived for over 50 years, tending her gardens, playing ragtime on the piano, and cooking delicious meals for her family. Helen and Joe shared a love of skiing and organized ten ski trips to the Alps for friends and family. Helen also cherished the ocean, and she and Joe were active in the Corinthian Yacht Club's Race Committee for twenty years. For more than thirty years, Helens mathematical mind and gentle nature were put to good use at the Marblehead Savings Bank, retiring as Assistant Treasurer at age 62, then serving on the Board of Trustees for almost two decades. Helen is predeceased by sisters Ida Graemiger and Sarah Almeade Hebert. Helen is survived and will be deeply missed by her sister Nancy Tyborowski; two children William Hagan Blount of Portland, Maine and Crystal Kathryn Diamond of Longmeadow, Massachusetts; grandsons Christopher John and Adam Lee Diamond, Patrick Hagan and Timothy Joseph Blount; four great-grandchildren; nephews; and a multitude of friends. In her retirement, Helen spent many hours volunteering for shelters for battered women. Helen was a communicant of St. Andrew's churches in both Longmeadow and Marblehead. Helen is remembered for making friends easily and being loved by all. Her passion for sports, especially the Celtics and Red Sox, provided her with lots of conversation starters with her grandsons. She left her mark with those who spent time with her, as she was quick to give encouragement, share laughter, and forgive unconditionally. The joy and love she brought to many through the years will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Longmeadow, MA (335 Longmeadow St. 01106). Forastiere-Smith Funeral Home, East Longmeadow, MA is handling the arrangements.
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from May 21 to May 30, 2015
Ort, Eileen K.  
Eileen Kearney Ort passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Rosetta Assisted Living in Missoula, MT, of complications from frontotemporal dementia. She was 84. Eileens fiery, feisty personality sparkled through her blue eyes, behind which she held the strength and resilience to survive and thrive through the challenges life threw at her. She was a 34-year survivor of breast cancer and weathered multiple hip and shoulder replacement surgeries without drawing attention to the pain she endured. Her indomitable spirit attracted people to her wherever she went, from the local grocery store to a pub in Ireland. Neighbors say she was the first to welcome them to their new homes, and she remained loyal to friends both old and new. She leaves those who knew her with memories of good fun, strong opinions, and gracious entertaining. She was born in Lynn, MA, in 1930, the first of four children of Irish immigrants, Julia (OBrien) and Michael Bernard Kearney. She grew up in Swampscott, MA, attended St. Johns Parochial School, and graduated from Swampscott High School in 1948. As kids, she and her siblings enjoyed the nearby beaches, the beginning of her life-long love for the ocean. Her father died when she was 13, after which she sacrificed university ambitions to take on greater responsibility helping her mother care for the family during and after World War II. While working for GE in Lynn after high school, she met a young man with an inescapable sense of humor, Harold Ort. Despite warnings from her coworkers that he was a wolf, she accepted a date with him on Valentines Day, 1950, and he arrived at her door bearing a bouquet of African violets. He won her heart, and the hearts of her family, and they were married in 1955. He gave her African violets on Valentines Day ever after. After a rainy wedding, which their photographer somehow missed, they drove, via Banff and Jasper, Canada, to California, where a job was waiting for Hal. This was the first of many travel adventures they shared. They lived in Santa Monica, Palos Verdes, and then Thousand Oaks, CA, while Eileen worked as a well-respected Certified Shorthand Reporter. She strove to ensure her kids could achieve the college education she missed after her father died. Eileen and Hal challenged and supported each other in equal measure throughout their marriage, but above all, they were good friends. Daily life revolved around raising their five children together, tennis, swimming, camping at the beach, gardening (she loved a quiet afternoon cup of tea with a book among her flowers), walking with the dogs, and enjoying close friends. In 1989, they retired to Missoula, which they had grown to love while visiting their daughters who had settled there. They lived for 24 years in their beloved home overlooking the Bitterroot River. Eileen had a voracious curiosity for culture and the natural world. She and Hal took educational cruises to Alaska and Antarctica, bicycled the Danube River in Germany and Austria, and toured Ireland and England many times, to name just a few of their travels. At home, she supported local arts and environmental organizations, public radio and television, and all things Irish. She enrolled in MOLLI courses at the University of Montana and enjoyed the monthly art walks in downtown Missoula. Eileen and Hal rarely missed a concert of the Missoula Symphony or String Orchestra of the Rockies. She was an active member of the Art Associates of Missoula and a docent with the Fifth Grade Art Experience. In 2013, she was proud and thrilled to be honored as Missoula Irishwoman of the Year, commemorating her significant contributions to the Irish-American community, and she and Hal had a blast riding on the float in the St. Patricks Day Parade. Eileen is survived by Harold Hal Ort, her husband of almost 60 years; their five children and their spouses, Hilary Garrett (Stu), Bend OR; Kathleen Ort (John Duffield), Missoula MT; Michael Ort (Nancy Riggs), Flagstaff AZ; Stacy Sullivan (Chris), Dixon MT; and Brian Ort (Tami Schuyler), San Francisco CA; and her three siblings, Sheila Kearney, Swampscott MA; Edward Kearney (Annette), Portland ME; and Kathleen Malaney (Bob), Bar Harbor ME. In addition, she loved her four grandchildren, Marisa Riggs-Ort, Oscar and Aidan Duffield, and Molly Kate Sullivan. Her family extends deep appreciation to the caregivers at Rosetta Assisted Living and Hospice of Missoula, and Dr. Judith Visscher and her nurse Holly for their compassionate, respectful, and loving care of Eileen and their tremendous support for her family. A memorial will be held later this year. In lieu of flowers, gifts in tribute may be made to one of the many organizations that Eileen supported, including The String Orchestra of the Rockies, Friends of Irish Studies in the West, and Clark Fork Coalition.
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from May 16 to May 28, 2015
Percy, Patricia  
Patricia Pat Percy passed away May 1, 2015 following a short illness. She was born on May 8, 1934 in Boston and grew up in Marblehead, MA. She attended Kents Hill School and Rollins College in Florida. Pat married Delbert Jack Percy on November 15, 1953. Together they raised their family in both Marblehead, MA and Popham Beach, Maine. Pat took great pride in the Popham Beach community. She especially loved the fishing community and served as the President of the Maine Fishermans Wives Association. She was an extremely active member of the Maine Republican Party throughout her life. She served as chairwoman of the Sagadahoc County Republicans. Pat was predeceased by her sweetheart Delbert Percy and her son, Charles. She is survived by her sister Constance Hubbard of Boston and Marblehead; her son Jackson and his wife Meg of Phippsburg, ME; son Douglas and his wife Kristen of Marblehead, MA; and son Carlton of Phippsburg, ME. She also leaves her seven grandchildren, Hope, Hanna, and Leila Percy, Alexandra Modliszewski and her husband Rich, Kathryn Rose and Georg Percy, and Jake Percy. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life in Pats honor will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 1:00pm at the Small Point Baptist Church in Phippsburg, Maine. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www. FuneralAlternatives.net Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives, 8 Pleasant St, Brunswick.
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from May 13 to May 28, 2015
Roche, Frances E. - Marblehead  
Frances Franny Roche of Marblehead, Massachusetts, died in Orlando, Florida on May 10, 2015 after a life well-lived. She was 91. Fran was born on March 9, 1924. She graduated from Danvers High School, and decades later, earned her BA at Salem State College, with her family, friends and four grandchildren in attendance. Franny was a force of nature who stayed active until her final few years; in those years she was cared for with love by her daughters Aurelia Nelson and Heidi Peckham and her granddaughter Alicia Peckham Rose of Marblehead. Though not a born Marbleheader, Franny had a deep love for the town that began with her marriage to Thomas J. Joe Roche in 1943. She was involved in town politics and among a cadre of locals who unsuccessfully fought the closing of the maternity ward at the Mary Alley Hospital in the early 1960s because it would mean there would be no more real Marbleheaders. She wrote for several years for the old Marblehead Messenger. Franny loved judging Marbleheads Fourth of July Horribles parade, a cold beer with friends at the Gerry 5, and a walk around Browns Island or Black Joes Pond. She waitressed at the Boston Yacht Club, Dills, and Maddies, where she once got famed Boston Globe columnist George Fraziers autograph on a cocktail napkin. Fran enjoyed books, art and learning something new. She and her partner, the late John Glacken, enjoyed traveling, and the courses and friendships made at the Harvard Institute for Lifelong Learning. But Fran was no snob; she was the proud mother of three UMass Amherst alumni. She particularly loved time with all her grands: ten grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, all of whom will miss their Nany-Franny. Frances is survived by two sisters, Elinor Wells of Peabody, Mass., and Mary Burke of Danbury, Conn. She leaves behind her daughters and their partners: Sandy Roche of Enid, Oklahoma; Heidi and David Peckham of Orlando, Florida; Barbara J. Roche and Dan Wessman of Rowe, Mass.; and Aurelia and Robert Nelson and of Beverly, Mass. ; and her daughter-in-law, Cecilia Roche of Santa Barbara, California. She is predeceased by her husband Thomas J. Roche; and two sons, Thomas J. Roche, Jr. and Timothy C. Roche. Calling hours will be at Eustis Funeral Home, Marblehead on Thursday, June 4, 4 - 8 pm, followed by a funeral mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church on Friday, June 5 at 10 am.
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from May 13 to May 28, 2015

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Betters, William G. - Marblehead  
William G. Betters, 79, of Marblehead, MA, passed away on May 9, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife, Norma with whom he was married to for 57 years. He was born and raised in McKeesport, Pennsylvania and lived in Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and Denver while pursuing his career with United Airlines. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1972 with a BA in Business Administration. He worked as a mechanic and a manager for United Airlines for 37 years, retiring in 1993. He commuted between Denver and Marblehead MA for 13 years. An avid sportsman, he loved the outdoors, boating, fishing, camping and hunting and was active in the Boys Scouts for many years. He was highly active in the Retired United Airlines Employees Association as President of the Northeast Chapter and the Assistant Vice President of Conventions for the National Board. He was also active in the Marblehead Yacht Club, serving on the Board and as Commodore. He loved travelling abroad with his wife and spending time with all of his extended family. He was a caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and great friend to many. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Bill and daughter-in-law Brenda and Granddaughters Rachael and Rebecca. Bill is survived by his brother Richard and sister Mary Ann. He was predeceased in death by his Mother Nellie and Father George and siblings John, James, Jenny, Dominic, George, Thomas, Nancy, and Dolores. Bills Funeral Service will held in the Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead, MA 01945 on Thursday at 1pm with family and friends gathering at 11am prior to the service. Visiting Hours will be Wednesday, May 13 from 5pm to 8pm at Eustis & Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bills memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Ave. New York, NY 10001-5004 www.doctorswithoutborders.org or or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or www.diabetes.org . Please visit the online guestbook at eusticandcornell funeralhome.com .
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from May 12 to May 21, 2015
Burke, Margaret - Salem  
Margaret Elizabeth Crooks Burke, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Born December 24, 1938. Long time resident of Marblehead. Born to William D.K. Crooks and Helen Martin Crooks both of Marblehead. Peg, as she was known, attended the Northampton School in East Hampton, Massachusetts and the Brimmer and May School in Newton. She attended college at Marymount in Tarrytown, NY. She was married to Paul Burke of Littles Point Swampscott, for fifty five years who predeceased her in July 2014. In addition to raising two children, Peg was also very active in charitable fundraising and political pursuits; some to include Boys and Girls Club, Catholic Charities and various political fund raisers throughout the 60s and 70s. She was also a member of the Junior Aide Society, the Ace of Clubs, Salem Country Club and Corinthian Yacht Club. Peg enjoyed gardening, flower arranging, cooking, reading, entertaining, her pets, others pets and her grandchildren. Surviving her are her son and daughter, H. Victoria Burke of Salem and Paul A. Burke of Salem and Palm Beach, Florida; two grandsons, Burke A. Oppenheim and Tucker A. Oppenheim both of Salem, a son in law Jeffrey J. Oppleheim of Hamilton, two sisters in law Betty Burke of MA and Penny Crooks of Florida, numerous nieces and nephews on the Burke and Crooks side the Honorable Joseph L. Tauro Family, Judge Joseph L. Tauro and Anne LeFavour Jones Tauro, Beth Tauro and Christopher M. Tauro all of Marblehead and Joseph L. Tauro, Jr of Florida. A memorial in celebration of Pegs life is to be held on June 6, 2015 for family and close friends. Please contact Victoria Burke for information. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. Arrangements are under the direction of the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., Salem, for additional information or online guest book please call 978 744 0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com .
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from May 12 to May 21, 2015
Macomber, Joanne  
Joanne (Thomas) Macomber passed away, peacefully, on May 4, 2015, at the John Bertram House in Salem, Massachusetts. She was born Joanne Dorothea Thomas on May 28, 1926, in Johnson City, Tennessee to Earle and Helen Thomas. Although she was raised predominantly in the Northeast (Rye, New York), Joanne loved her southern roots, spending much time over the years with her mothers family in Johnson City. The smell of honeysuckle and gardenias would always bring back fond memories of Tennessee. Joanne loved all things in nature but especially the ocean. She spent the summer of 42 in Marblehead when she was 16 years old. She fell in love with not only the town but also her next door neighbor, Bill Macomber. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College in1948, she and Bill were married on September 5TH, at her parents home in Rye, New York. While Bill finished college at RPI, Joanne worked in an orphanage as a social worker. After returning to Marblehead, caring for children was a thread throughout her whole life as a stay-at-home Mom, raising four children, always welcoming neighbors and friends. She then taught pre-school at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Marblehead. She went on to become the best grandmother ever to eight grandchildren, who all adored her. She will be missed by more than just her family. She was loved by all who knew her. Her smile would warm hearts; her loving, accepting, kind nature was enjoyed by everyone in her life. Joanne was predeceased by her brother, Gordon Thomas and by her beloved husband of 66 years, William Safford Macomber. She leaves behind her sister, Betsy Thomas Amin-Arsala and her husband, Hedayat, of Washington, DC. She will be forever missed by her children: William (Skip) W. Macomber and his wife, Claudia, of Marblehead; Ann Macomber Weaver and her partner, Ken Winter, of Auburn, ME; Scott T. Macomber and his wife, Colleen, of Naperville, IL; and Jon P. Macomber and his wife, Elizabeth, of Beverly and her grandchildren: Camden E. Tadhg; Bradford J. Macomber and his wife, Regina; Jonathan T. Weaver; Matthew S. Macomber; Kelly M. Heintz and her husband, Chris; Wesley E. Macomber; Trevor T. Macomber and his wife, Kelly; Laura E. Macomber; and her great-granddaughter Marabella S. Macomber. Auntie Jo will be missed by her many nieces and nephews. The Macomber family thanks the loving staff at the John Bertram House of Salem, MA. the staff of Care Dimensions of Danvers, MA. and the staff of Private Home Care of Marblehead. A celebration of Joannes life will be held at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Marblehead on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 1 PM. Memorial donations may be made to St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 67 Cornell Road, Marblehead, MA 01945 or to CARE DIMENSIONS, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, MA. 01923. Arrangements by Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead. Please visit the online guestbook at www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Marblehead Reporter from May 9 to May 21, 2015
Martin, Joan  
Joan Dee Martin Jo White died peacefully May 4, 2015 after a brief illness. She was born in 1923 to Dr. Thomas Livingston Martin and Anna Eleanor McCusker, of North Attleboro, Massachusetts. After graduating from Franklin High School in Franklin, MA she then attended The Fisher School in Boston and after graduation she volunteered with the US Coast Guard Reserves or SPARS. Jo then started an exciting career in downtown Boston at the Lenox Hotel as the General Managers assistant With her proficiency for business and good looks she caught the eye of a fun-loving and engaging man by the name of Lewis B. White. Fondly known as Sam, he enticed her away from her career and they were married in 1948. They moved to Marblehead in 1950 to raise a family and to enjoy boating on Marblehead waters and many, many baseball games at Gatchells. At 42, Jo became a young widow and started a long and rewarding career; in the town she loved so, to support her five children. Jo, a Christian Scientist and devoted mother, became a respected Real Estate broker (Jo White Real Estate, Hunneman & Co. and ERA Cassidy) and an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. She was the Chambers Woman of the Year in 1986 and words to describe her were written, Forthrightness, honesty, capability, tough competitor | traits in Jo White.. Known fondly as Ma White to many of her childrens friends as she loved cooking and having the house filled with family and friends from Marblehead Little League fundraisers, to family holiday dinners to hosting 50+ Naval Academy midshipmen each summer while they were in Marblehead racing. She is survived by her five children: Jere Martin and wife Brenda, Tampa, FL, Thomas Charles and wife Kate, Pittsburgh, PA, Lewis B. Jr. (Lou) & Cynthia Curtis, Rockport, MA Georgia Dee (DeeDee) Felich and husband, Greg, La Quinta, CA, , Joel Dexter and wife, Betsy, Marblehead, nine grandchildren, Lewis and Courtney White, Sam and Josh White, Jack and Donald Felich, Eleanora, Jason and Colin White and one great grandchild, Hunter James White. She will be remembered by her children and all who knew her as the quintessential Marbleheader who worked hard and endured the complications of life without complaint. Graveside services to be private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Devereux House Resident Activity Fund, 39 Lafayette Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. 01915 For additional information or online guest book please call 978 744 0497 or visit www. MurphyFuneralHome.com .
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