Obituaries for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007 - Framingham, MA - The MetroWest Daily News: "Beverly E. Carpenter PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Beverly E. Carpenter, 76, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte. Allan J. Chisholm Jr. NORTHPORT, Fla. - Allan J. Chisholm Jr. of Northport, Fla., formerly of Natick and Wellesley, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, in Venice, Fla. He was the husband of Alma Jo Chisholm and of Barbara (Donovan) Chisholm, who died in May 1990. Funeral arrangements under the direction of John Everett & Sons Funeral Home (www.everettfuneral.com), 4 Park St., at Natick Common, are incomplete."
Betty F. Gilmore
FALMOUTH - Betty (Folsom) Gilmore, of Falmouth, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, at the JML Care Center.
She was the wife of Chester R. Gilmore Jr. whom she married in 1945.
Born in Hartford, Ala., she attended Florida State College for Women at Tallahassee.
She moved to Holliston in 1947 where her husband was in business with his father. She was very active in civic affairs and opened a kindergarten, The Gingerbread House.
She became president of the Women's Club and was a member of the Garden Club and the First Congregational Church.
The Gilmores moved to Falmouth in 1968 where she was a volunteer at Falmouth Hospital for a time. When her husband retired from the military, they remained in Falmouth.
Besides her husband, she leaves her children, Cheryl A. Moscardelli of Boston, Stephen F. Gilmore of Mansfield and James B. Gilmore of North Andover; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 68 Main St., Falmouth.
Burial is private in Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
Instead of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Gilmore may be made to the First Congregational Church, 68 Main St., Falmouth, MA 02540.
Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home (www.ccgfuneralhome.com) in Falmouth is directing arrangements.
SUDBURY - Edytheann Grande-Shaer, 57, of Sudbury, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, at Emerson Hospital in Concord following a courageous battle with breast cancer over a seven-year period.
She was the wife of Peter D. Shaer.
A native of Sudbury, the daughter of the late Stephen E. Jr., and Rose Ann (Avallon) Grande, she was raised and educated in Sudbury and was a graduate of Mt. Ida College in Newton.
An artist and entrepreneur with an inventive nature, she established Faceworks Skin Care Salon in Acton, which she owned and operated for many years. She later founded and operated the former Plastercrafts, a children's craft center on Union Avenue in Sudbury, which she directed until her illness forced her retirement.
While she lived most of her life in Sudbury, she also lived for a number of years in Cambridge and Newburyport.
Mrs. Grande-Shaer enjoyed extensive travel, both in the United States and Europe. She co-founded and established the United States Division of Amitie sans Frontieres of Monaco, a charitable fundraising organization for which she served as the group's first president.
Besides her husband, she leaves her husband's children, Alix and Julie; her brother and his family, Stephen E. Grande III and Jan Pitzi, and their children, Maria Sirois and Erica Pitzi of Sudbury; her sister, Lorna Grande of Stockbridge; and her aunt, Adele Secatoref of Framingham.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 a.m., from the Duckett-J.S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute (www.mem.com), 656 Boston Post Road (Rte. 20), Sudbury, followed by a funeral Mass at 9 a.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 160 Concord Road, Sudbury.
Burial will be in New Town Cemetery, Sudbury.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorial donations should be directed to American Cancer Society, Strides Against Breast Cancer, 1710 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94612.
Warren E. Hayes
NATICK - Warren E. Hayes of Natick died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007, at his residence following a brief illness.
He was the husband of Jennie M. (Maloy) Hayes of Natick.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of Wayland.
Araxie `Grace' LaGreca
MARLBOROUGH - Araxie ``Grace'' (Seferian) LaGreca, 90, of Marlborough, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at home, surrounded by her family, after an illness.
She was the wife of John J. LaGreca, who died in 1989.
Born in Marash, Turkey, she was a daughter of the late Hagop and Margaret (Haigian) Seferian, had lived in Marlborough for more than 70 years, attended Watertown schools and was a homemaker.
She was an assembler for several years at the former Austin Industries of Marlborough, and also worked at the Middlesex News for several years. She was a former co-owner, with her husband, of LaGreca's Country Store on Hosmer Street in Marlborough for almost 20 years.
She attended St. James Armenian Apostolic Church of Watertown and was a Miss Watertown in the late 1920s.
A volunteer worker for the American Heart Association, she loved to cook and enjoyed gardening.
She leaves her son, John G. LaGreca of Marlborough; a daughter, Sara A. LaGreca of Marlborough; a brother, Anthony Seferian and his wife, Alice, of Watertown; two sisters, Lucy Jelladian and her husband, Richard, of Watertown, and Nora Kalagian of Watertown; also many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral service will take place Thursday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m., at St. James Armenian Apostolic Church, Mount Auburn Street, Watertown.
Burial will follow in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Watertown.
Calling hours are Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main St., Marlborough.
Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either St. James Armenian Apostolic Church, Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02172, or to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Natick, MA 01760.
Patricia D. Orlando
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Patricia Diane Orlando, 72, formerly of Framingham, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
She was the wife of Robert Orlando of Scottsdale.
Born in Natick, she was the daughter of Felix and Zepherine Spinazola.
Besides her husband, she leaves her sons, Frank and Peter; her sisters, Jean Avalone and Barbara Grandoni; and her brother, Ronald Spinazola.
Services will be held Friday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m., at Messinger Mortuary, 7601 East Indian School Road, Scottsdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to Health Well Foundation, P.O. Box 4133, Gaithersburg, MD 20885.
Jonetta D. Parente
NORTHBOROUGH - Jonetta D. (Chalk) Parente, 81, of Northborough, formerly of Marlborough for more than 50 years, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007, at UMass Memorial Healthcare in Worcester after an illness.
She was the wife of Alfred J. Parente for 58 years.
Born in Cleveland, daughter of the late John and Ethel (Mount) Chalk, she moved to Northborough about four years ago from Marlborough. A 1943 graduate of Hudson High School, she was a clerk for several years at the former Hudson Gas Co.
Mrs. Parente was a homemaker for most of her life and enjoyed cooking, especially Italian food. An avid reader, she also painted in oils.
A longtime member of the Marlborough Country Club and the Friday Night Scotchie League at Marlborough, she was an avid golfer and played in the Worcester County Ladies Golf League for many years.
For more than 20 years, Mr. and Mrs. Parente spent winters in Newport Richey, Fla.
Besides her husband, she leaves her children and their spouses, Rhonda J. and Robert Field of Northborough, Robin J. and Paul Saunders of Tampa, Fla., and Robert J. and Patricia Parente of Southborough; 10 grandchildren, Jay, Kelly, Mark and Sophie Parente, Kerri, Michael, and Taryn Field, and Adam, Meghan and Brian Saunders; and two great-grandchildren, Callie Ann Parente-Helliwell and Brayden Navarro-Parente.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m., at the John P. Rowe Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Marlborough.
Cremation will follow in Rural Crematory in Worcester.
Visiting hours are Thursday, Sept. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Herat Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701; or a charity of one's choice.
Louis A. Scagnelli
ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Louis A. Scagnelli, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, in Escondido, Calif., following a brief illness.
He was the husband of Lena (Bononi) Scagnelli of Framingham, with whom he relocated to California in 2004 to live with his daughter and her family in Bonsall, Calif. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 19, 2007, with all of their children and grandchildren.
Born in Framingham, he was the son of immigrant parents, Antonio and Louisa (Rebecchi) Scagnelli.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army.
Except for time spent in the CCC program in Washington and Oregon and his tour of duty in Italy during the war, he resided in Framingham with his wife his entire life. They met at a USO dance in St. Louis when he was in basic training.
Known to his friends as Jeff or Scag, Mr. Scagnelli worked as a brickmason most of his life and built his own home. In semi-retirement, he worked for the town of Framingham. An active member of the Columbus Club, he enjoyed their dances, playing golf, bocce and cards at the local hall. His pride and joy was his garden, which supplied vegetables to one and all. He was an avid swimmer into his 80s.
Besides his wife, he leaves his children, Nancy Lusher and her husband, Greg, of Bonsall, Jeffrey Scagnelli of Irvine, Calif., and Tom Scagnelli and his wife, Maureen, of Sutton; his six grandchildren, who were a true delight to him; and his sister, Antoinette Rovinelli of Orlando, Fla.
A funeral Mass will take place Friday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m., at St. Bridget's Church, Rte. 9, Framingham Centre.
Burial will follow in the family lot in St. Tarcisius Cemetery, Framingham.
A time of visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 7, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the Norton Funeral Home, 53 Beech St. (corner of Union Avenue), Framingham, prior to the Mass. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the Sutton Education Foundation, Sutton Public Schools Office of the Superintendent, 383 Boston Road, Sutton, MA 01590; or Guide Dogs for the Blind, Development Department, P.O. Box 3950, San Rafael, CA 94912-3950.
Rose M. Strassheim
FRAMINGHAM - Rose M. Strassheim, 78, of Framingham, known as ``Sis Murray,'' died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007.
She was the wife of Richard L. Strassheim who died in 2005.
She was born in Wellesley, daughter of the late Martin and Gertrude Murray. After graduating from Wellesley High School, she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper.
After marrying in 1965, Mr. and Mrs. Strassheim settled in Framingham to raise their two children. She remained in Framingham after the death of her husband.
Mrs. Strassheim was known for her strong sense of determination and courageous attitude. She was also known as the life of the party. She loved to talk at length with her family and many dear friends. She will be remembered for her love of life and good conversation.
She leaves her children, David Strassheim Sr. of Framingham and Gail Woodburn of Sellersville, Pa; her brothers, Thomas Milton Murray of Natick and Robert F. Murray of Wellesley; her daughter-in-law, Teresa Strassheim and son-in-law, John Woodburn; and four grandchildren, Samantha and David Strassheim Jr., and Collin and John Michael Woodburn.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church, Wellesley.
Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Needham.
Visiting hours are Friday, Sept. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, 56 Washington St. (Rte. 16), Wellesley Hills.
Robert B. White
NATICK - Robert B. White, 74, of Natick, died unexpectedly, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, surrounded by his family.
He was the husband of Elaine M. (Kugima) White. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November.
Born in Boston, he was a son of the late Edward and Agnes (Smolinski) White, and had been a resident of Natick for the past 60 years.
Educated in the Natick school system, he had been a machine operator for the Natick Department of Public Works, retiring after 32 years. He also owned his own upholstery business for many years.
A veteran of the Korean War and a recipient of the Purple Heart, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1949 until his honorable discharge with the rank of sergeant in 1952. He later served with the Reserves for a period of three years.
He was the guiding force to help raise funds for both the World War II and Korean War monuments, both of which he designed, in Moran Square in Natick.
A certified scuba instructor, he helped train members of the Natick, Wayland and Framingham fire departments.
He was a member of the MetroWest Marine Corps League, the Natick Elks, Natick AMVETS and VFW.
An avid fisherman he was a member of the Bushwackers Bass Fishing Club and in his later years took up snowboarding.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, the most important part of his life revolved around his family.
Besides his wife, he leaves four children, Cynthia Bradshaw and her husband, Douglas, of Yorba Linda, Calif., Marie Hilliker and her husband, James, of Framingham, Robert J. White and his wife, Sherry Foster, of Broken Arrow, Okla., Joseph R. White and his wife, Patricia, of Framingham; one brother, Edward S. White and his wife, Ruth, of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; two sisters, Joanne Shukis and her husband, Francis, of Wilmington and Lucille Borum and her husband, Steen, of Bellflower, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, William and Sandra Hilliker, T.J., R.J., Carlo and Kaitlin Foster, Heather and Kristen Bradshaw, Matthew, Nicholas, Corey and Scott White; six great-grandchildren, Talan Foster, Zackery Foster, Kayla, Collin and Brooke Markovitz, and Dustin Hilliker.
He was the sister of the late Agnes Howley.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m., at the Celebration International Church, 6 Loker Way, Wayland.
Burial will follow in Dell Park Cemetery in Natick.
Visiting hours are Thursday, Sept. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home (www.everettfuneral.com), 4 Park St., at Natick Common.
Instead of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations in his name be made to the Fisher House, c/o Metro West Marine Corps League, P.O. Box M, Natick, MA 01760.