Manuel Bettencourt, 77
Manuel Bettencourt, 77, of Peabody, died suddenly March 8 at Salem Hospital. He was the husband of Maria (Viega) Bettencourt.Born in Graciosa, Azores, Portugal, son of the late John and Marie da Luz (Quadros) Bettencourt, he was raised and educated in Portugal and served in the Portuguese Army for six years in India.He moved to the United States 52 years ago. Mr. Bettencourt wasemployed in the leather industry as a cutter, trimmer, and pastier for AC Lawrence and Henry Leather in Peabody and finally, before retiring he worked in Seabrook, NH.Mr. Bettencourt was a member of the Holy Ghost Society in Peabody.He also leaves a son, Edmund of Peabody; a sister Maria Nellie and her husband Gerald LaPointe, of Peabody; a granddaughter and many cousins.
Francis Falzarano, of Lynnfield, died March 7 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. He was the husband of Virginia (Cambareri) Falzarano.Born in Northfield, Vermont, son of the late George and Donalda (Messier) Falzarano, he was a graduate of Saugus High School, Class of 1952. He was the owner of North Hill Construction and Falzarano Construction. Mr. Falzarano numerous historically significant projects in and around Boston included the renovation and restoration of the Faneuil Hall Market buildings, the Parkman House, and the Coast Guard Station as well as work at the State House and the Boston Public Library. Other projects included many municipal buildings including schools, libraries, fire stations and post offices.He also leaves his daughter, Lori Falzarano of Lynn; two sons, Steven Falzarano and Robert Falzarano, both of Lynnfield; two sisters, Penny Stevens of Atkinson, NH and Jackie Falzarano of Sunapee, NH and his brother Thomas Falzarano of Saugus.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler St., Boston, MA 02116
Gladys Marks, 83
Gladys (Ehrlich) Marks, 83, of Peabody, died March 7. She was the wife of the late Joseph Marks.She leaves her children, Dr. Michael Marks, David and his wife Teri Marks, Darlene and her husband Russell Friedman, and Jeanette and her husband Frank Downie; and eight grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to the American Heart Association ;www.heart.org/HEARTORG.
Severino Vargas, 83
Severino “Toñito” Vargas Sr., 83, of Peabody, passed away March 4 at Salem Hospital. He was the husband of Maria (Altagracia) Vargas.Born in the Dominican Republic, son of the late Baldemiro Duran and Juana Vargas, he was raised and educated there, and worked as a truck driver, until moving to the United States in 1971. While in the U.S. he worked as a tanner for Sirois Leather Co. in Peabody.He also leaves his children, Xiomara and her husband Angel Garcia of Salem, Javier and his wife Jocelyn Vargas of Lynn, Candida and her husband John Bouchard of Peabody, Hilda and her husband Michael Record of ME, Pedro Vargas of Florida, Jay Vargas of Peabody, and Tony and his wife Jennifer Vargas of Peabody, 19 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several brothers and sisters.
Marie Dullea, 77
Marie (Splaine) Dullea, 77, of Peabody, passed away peacefully March 4 at Salem Hospital. She was the wife of Edward Dullea.Born in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of the late Jeremiah and Margaret Splaine, she moved to Peabody as a child and graduated from St. John’s High School in Peabody.Mrs. Dullea worked at Peabody City Hall and the Peabody Vocational High School before retiring. She was an active member of St. Thomas’s Parish in Peabody.She also leaves seven children, Kathleen Walsh and her husband, Thomas, of Beverly; Edward J. Dullea III and his wife, Gayle, of Peabody; Eileen Annese and her husband, Carl Jr., of Peabody; Michael Dullea and his wife, Barbara, of Peabody; Anne Marie Burns and her husband, Scott, of Peabody; Maureen McCarthy and her husband, Stephen, of Beverly; and Suzanne Tibbetts and her husband, Jeffrey, of Danvers; a brother, Patrick Splaine and his wife, Theresa, of Peabody, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandson, Kai Rosenhauer.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Spaulding North Shore Nurses Training Program.
Arthur O’Brien, 82
Arthur O'Brien, 82, of Peabody, died peacefully March 3 at Mass General Hospital in Boston surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Nancy (Chittick) O’Brien. Born in Salem, son of the late Edward and Bridget (Sweeny) O'Brien, he was raised in Salem, attended the Salem Schools and St. Mary's High school in Lynn. He received an undergraduate degree from Boston College, a B.S. degree from Suffolk University, and a masters degree from Bentley University.Mr. O’Brien worked for NYNEX for 42 years in the telecommunications industry in a variety of management and executive positions in both Boston and New York before retiring in 1993.He also leaves his children, Deborah May and her husband Ron of Peabody, Eric O'Brien and his wife Nena of Bedford, NH, amd Kathleen Daly and her husband Pat of Hamilton; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and Dylan Lynch.
Michael Moschella, of Revere, died March 8. He was the husband of the late Jennie (Maglio) Moschella.A World War II veteran, he leaves his children, Linda Palmer-Griffin of Salem NH, Michael and his wife Mary of TX, Diane Festa and her husband James and John his wife Barbara of Peabody; his siblings, Bonnie Squibb of Revere, Gerard and his wife Ann of Peabody, Anthony and his wife Ann of Ipswich; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Robert Constantine, 87Robert Constantine, 87, of Everett, passed away March 4. He was the husband of Emma (Flores) Constantine. Mr. Constantine was a veteran of the Marines, who served in World War II and the Korean conflict.He retired from the United States Postal Service in South Station where he worked as the general supervisor. He was also a retired bus driver for the MBTA.He also leaves his children, Robert Constantine and his wife, Janice of Everett, Roberta Constantine and her husband, Michael Actor of Peabody, Bettyanne Woods of Weymouth and Paulette Gray of Everett; his siblings, William Constantine, Jr. of Gardner and Loretta Burns of Stoughton; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
George Marquis, 87
George Marquis, 87, of Beverly, passed away peacefully at his home March 3, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Emma (Scott) Marquis.Born in Taunton, son of the late Antonio and Caroline Andrade Marquês (Marquis), he grew up in Peabody and graduated from Peabody High School, Class of 1944.Mr. Marquis served in the US Navy during World War II as an aircraft mechanic in the Philippines from 1944-1945. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1947.After the war, Mr. Marquis worked alongside his father as a homebuilder. Together, the two designed and built numerous homes throughout the city of Peabody. The name Santa Ovaia Circle, a cul-de-sac of homes George and his father built near Wilson Square, was chosen in honor of his father's boyhood village, Santa Ovaia, in Coimbra, Portugal. Mr. Marquis was a graduate of Fitchburg State University. He taught carpentry in the vocational arts departments of the Beverly and Peabody public school systems. As a teacher in Peabody, he oversaw his students in the design and building of many additional homes in the city. He retired from the Peabody Public Schools in 1989 after 27 years of service. He leaves six children, George A.H. Marquis of Cairo, Egypt, Margaret Marquis-Hemeon of Essex, Alicia Marquis Sheridan of Peabody, William Marquis of Gloucester, Clare Marquis-Rutkowski of Danvers, and Robert Marquis of Norwalk, CT eight grandchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Loretta Somers and her husband, Donald, of Bristol, NH, and Rosemary Holmquist and her husband, Robert, of St. Augustine, FL, and one brother and sister-in-law, Anthony Marquis and his wife, Sandi, of Elliot, ME and St. Augustine, FL. He was predeceased by his sister, Lillian Palatino and brother, Richard Marquis. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
John Ayer, 76
John Ayer, 76, of Lynnfield and West Newfield, ME passed away March 3, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Margaret (Burdon) Ayer.Born in Haverhill, son of the late George and Dolores Ayer, he joined the US Air Force in 1954, supporting the Thunderbirds throughout Europe. Mr. Ayer then began a long career as an engineer and inventor. He was regularly recognized during his time at Raytheon and NASA for his work investigating and advancing microwave technologies. During his work at M/K Systems, Mr. Ayer designed a diverse collection of instruments that transformed the paper industry. In 1991, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish his own company, Sherwood Instruments, where he continued to invent and manufacture innovative testing equipment for the paper and other industries.Mr. Ayer also leaves two children, Andrew Ayer and his wife Lisa of North. Reading, and David and his wife Donna of Burlington; a granddaughter; a sister, Roberta Ayer; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701.
Louis Dondero, Jr., of Revere, died March 2 surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Bernice (Hurley) Dondero.Mr. Dondero was an educator, working in the Revere Public Schoosl fo rmany years before retiring. He was a graduate of Presbyterian College in South Carolina and then earned his master’s degree in education from Suffolk University.Mr. Dondero also served in the Korean conflict with the U.S. Army. He also leaves his daughter, Lisa Brengola and her husband Andrew of Lynnfield; a granddaughter; and a sister, Thelma DeLeo of WinchesterIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA 480 Pleasant St. Watertown MA 02472. John is survived by his wife Margaret, his two children; Andrew M. Ayer, wife Lisa and their daughter Elizabeth of No. Reading, and David J. Ayer and wife Donna of Burlington. He is also survived by his sister, Roberta A. Ayer, numerous nieces and nephews, and predeceased by George A. Ayer and Ninette Bouchard.In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701.