Thursday, August 23, 2007

08/23 Milford Daily News

Rosemary F. Del Vecchio

HOLLISTON - Rosemary Francis (Shea) Del Vecchio, 76, formerly of Natick, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at the home of her daughter in Holliston.

She was the wife of the late Nicholas A. Del Vecchio for 55 years.

Born in Cambridge, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Shea of Belmont.

Mr. and Mrs. Del Vecchio raised their nine children in Natick, living there for 33 years. She was always surrounded by her family and was devoted to ensuring their happiness.

After raising her children, she returned to study at Framingham State College, using her love for learning and reading to master social studies, politics and history.

Active in St. Linus Parish while living in Natick, she was a CCD teacher for many years and she remained committed to Catholic charities. She never lost the desire to understand current events as her 26 grandchildren would often speak with her about the news of the day.

She leaves nine children and their spouses, Christine and Kevin Moynihan of Holliston, Marguerite and John O'Neil of Jaffrey, N.H., Elisabeth Jutkiewicz of Miami Beach, Fla., Mark and Ann Del Vecchio of Wellesley, Gail and Michael Jacquet of Holliston, Rosemary (Del Vecchio) and Andreas Horova of Medway, Paul and Lynne Del Vecchio of Medway, John Del Vecchio of Holliston and Nicholas Del Vecchio of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Karen Rivers and Kathleen Shea of Belmont; three brothers, Richard Shea of Waltham, and Robert and Charles Shea of Belmont; 26 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will take place Friday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m., at St. Linus Church, 119 Hartford St., Natick.

Burial will follow in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

Calling hours are today, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home (, 4 Park St., at Natick Common.

Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Christian Children's Fund (, 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294.

Julia F. Donnelly

FRAMINGHAM - Julia F. (Carr) Donnelly, 90, a resident of Framingham since 1949, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007, at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham.

She was the wife of Edward "Teddy" Donnelly, who died in 1999.

Born in Ireland, she was the daughter of the late Austin and Katie Carr. Mrs. Donnelly immigrated to Framingham in 1949.

She worked at the former Cushing Hospital in Framingham as a nurse's aide for more than 20 years before her retirement in 1981, and formerly worked at Framingham State Teacher's College.

She was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a former member of the Young at Heart at St. Bridget's Church in Framingham.

Mrs. Donnelly leaves three children, Mary C. Cheston and her husband, Richard, of Falls Church, Va., Michael T. Donnelly and his wife, Helen, of Framingham and Ted P. Donnelly and his wife, Lorna, of Franklin; six grandchildren, Julie Donnelly of Framingham, Matthew, Timothy and Andrew Cheston, all of Church Falls, and Jared and Jacob Donnelly, both of Franklin; and her sister, Rachel Mayberry of London.

She was the grandmother of the late Michael James Donnelly and sister of the late Annie E., Michael, Patrick and William Carr, Mary Carty and Lucinda Cronin.

A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at 9:30 a.m., at the Chapel of St. Patrick's Manor, 863 Central St., Framingham.

Burial will follow in St. Stephen Cemetery, Framingham.

A time of visitation will take place Saturday, Aug. 25, from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m., prior to the Mass in the chapel.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St. (corner of Union Avenue), Framingham.

Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Patrick's Manor, 863 Central St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Lucille E. Hixon

MACEDON, N.Y. - Lucille Eleanor "Dolly" (Dalio) Hixon of Macedon, N.Y., died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007.

She was the wife of Charles Hixon, formerly of Hopedale.

Mrs. Hixon attended Hopedale elementary and high schools, and graduated in 1957 from Milford High School.

Mrs. Hixon was a devout member of St. Patrick's Church in Macedon, N.Y. Her positive spirit was an inspiration to all. Even in the face of adversity, she put the needs of others before her own.

Besides her husband, she leaves her children, Linda (Thomas) Rowley of Fairport, N.Y., Charles III Hixon and his wife, Cheryl, of Victor, N.Y., Christopher Hixon and his wife, Lori Pearl, of Chicago, Ill., and Derek Hixon of Brookline; six grandchildren, Amanda, C. Daniel, Jessica, Shaun, Gregory and Conor; two sisters, Patricia Sannicandro and her husband, John L., of Wareham and Sandra Silva and her husband, Kenneth, of Johnston, R.I.; and many extended family members and loving friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 25, at St. Patrick's Church, 50 West Main St., Macedon, N.Y., at 10:30 a.m.

There are no calling hours.

Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shepherd Home, 1959 Five Mile Line Road, Penfield, NY 14526.

Sylvian Lakeman

MILFORD - Sylvian T. "Lillian" (Lucca) Lakeman, 90, of Milford, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at Milford Regional Medical Center.

She was the wife of Leonard G. Lakeman, who died in 1987.

Born in Milford, daughter of the late Antonio and Concetta (Brita) Lucca, she was a lifelong Milford resident and was educated in the Milford schools.

She retired in 1972 from the former Milford Shoe Co., where she was employed as a floor person.

Mrs. Lakeman was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. She enjoyed the ocean, playing cards, and her family. She was a loving mother, sister and grandmother, and she touched the hearts of those she met.

She leaves a daughter, Donna M. Roberts of Worcester; one brother, Arthur Lucca of Milford; four grandchildren, Thomas J. and Tammy J. Jackson of Millbury, and Suzanne L. Thomson and Vickie-Lee N. Roberts of Worcester; and six great-grandchildren.

She was also a sister of the late Nicholas, Anthony and Michael Lucca, and Mary Pozzoli, Celia and Josephine Lucca, Lena Tedeschi, Louise Wilkinson, Helen Kennedy and Eva Gala.

A funeral Mass will be held Friday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 7 East Main St., Milford.

Cremation will take place in Rural Cemetery in Worcester.

Calling hours will be held Friday, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., prior to the Mass, at Consigli-Ruggerio Funeral Home (, 46 Water St., Milford.

April J. Lewis

DOUGLAS - April J. (Lavargna) Lewis, 31, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007.

She was the wife of Mark E. Lewis, whom she married Sept. 7, 2002.

Born in Van Horn, Texas, daughter of the late Kathleen A. (Burns) and Richard A. Lavargna, she was a resident of Douglas for more than six years, and lived previously in Milford, Framingham and Texas.

She was the office manager for Kings Supply Co. of Manchaug since 2004.

Mrs. Lewis loved her family, horseback riding, animals, the outdoors and yard sales.

Besides her husband, she leaves her children, Cheyanne M. Gines and Hannah M. Lewis of Douglas; her brother, Richard A. Lavargna Jr. of Fitchburg; her sister, Annette M. Mogle of Hardwick; and nieces and nephews.

The funeral will take place Saturday, Aug. 25, with a Mass of Christian burial, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Church, Winter Street, Milford.

Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Milford.

Calling hours are Friday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Cartier's Funeral Home, 151 South Main St., Bellingham.

Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the April J. Lewis Children's Fund, c/o Sovereign Bank, 1234 Providence Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588.


HOPEDALE - Funeral services with full military honors for Leonard K. Boyd were held Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, in the chapel of the Buma Sargeant Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Dorothy Asare, minister of the First United Methodist Church of Milford.

The featured music during the service was "Wind Beneath My Wings," "Ave Maria" and "The Old Rugged Cross." At the conclusion of the service, representatives from the Fort Devens Honor Guard played taps and presented the U.S. flag to Mrs. Eva C. (DeVuyst) Boyd. Sgt. Edward Chisholm played taps and Sgt. Oduore Mayomi presented the flag.

Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Swan Dale Cemetery, Mendon.

Mr. Boyd, 85, died Friday, Aug. 17, in Blaire House of Milford.

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