Donald Voyce, 92
Donald Voyce, 92, of Peabody, died March 21 at Sunrise at Gardner Park assisted living home in Peabody following a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Concetta (Mazzola) Voyce.
Born in Iowa, son of the late Sydney and Grace (Thomas) Voyce, he was raised and educated in Seymour Iowa and was a graduate of Seymour High School, class of 1939.
After high school, Mr. Voyce enlisted with the United States Navy and served for four years during WWII before being honorably discharged in January of 1946.
Following the war, he enrolled at Northeastern University and received his associates degree in engineering and management in 1954. He was employed for over 32 years as a machine design supervisor for GTE in Salem and Ipswich before retiring.
He leaves his son Donald C Voyce and his wife Nancie of Honolulu, HI; a sister Inez Voyce of Santa Monica, CA, and by several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by his siblings, Marjorie Lindbeck, Myrna Lazenby, Vivian Rissler, and Richard, George, Dorothy, and Russell Voyce.
Robert Briano, 77
Robert “Bob” Briano, Sr., 77, of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died March 20 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Marie (Ciriello) Briano.
Born in Boston, son of the late Angelo and Bessie (Dimino) Briano, he was raised and educated in East Boston and has lived in Peabody for the past five years.
Mr. Briano worked as a machinist at the Charlestown Naval Yard, the Portsmouth Naval Yard and finally before retiring at the Army Research Center in Watertown.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in East Boston and the Italian American Club in the North End.
Mr. Briano leaves a son Robert A Briano, Jr. and his wife Denise Goudreault of Keene, NH; a daughter, Carol and her husband John Bocchino of Wilmington; a sister Kathleen Briano of Plainville, and his grandchildren, Marybeth Briano, Christopher Bocchino, Becky Briano, and Matthew Bocchino, and is also survived by his companion Lorraine Albiero of Danvers and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701
Richard Ruth, 84
Richard Ruth, 84, of Peabody and formerly of Lynn, died March 19 at the Rosewood Nursing Home in Peabody following a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Madore) Ruth and former husband of the late Joan Rommel.
Born in Lynn, son of the late Richard and Mary (McAloon) Ruth, he was a graduate of Lynn English High School, class of 1949. After high school, Mr. Ruth enlisted with the United States Air Force and served for over three years in southern Japan with the 43rd Troop Carrier during the Korean War before he was honorably discharged in 1953.
Mr. Ruth worked with American Airlines for over 38 years as a cargo handler.
He leaves a son, Richard Ruth and his partner Esther Linares of Peabody; a daughter, Janet Tavares of Florida; two grandchildren, Sabrina and Crystal Tavares, both of FL; his companion of eight years, Dorothy Bermani of Peabody, and also by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, James Ruth and Dorothy Yasi.
Irene Boutin, 86
Irene (Young) Boutin, 86, of Peabody, died March 17 at her home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Gerard Boutin.
Born in Cambridge, daughter of the late Stanley and Antonia (Budrick) Young, she grew up there and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Cambridge. She studied at Salem State College later in life.
Mrs. Boutin was a devoted parishioner at St. Adelaide’s Church in Peabody. She was on the Altar Society, a minster of Communion, and many other liturgical and social committees. She was a member of the 2ndMarine Division Association and an active supporter of the Marine Corps League and Toys for Tots.
Mrs. Boutin enjoyed being a homemaker, and also worked at JJ Newberries at the North Shore Shopping Center. She later worked as an accountant, bookkeeper and office manager in the construction field—first with G.H. Harnum and later with Allen Construction before retiring in 1993.
She also leaves three sons, Paul and his wife Peggy Boutin of Townsend, Stanley and his wife Jeanne Boutin of Nashua, and Bryan and his wife Linda Boutin of Manchester, NH; a daughter Michelle Boutin of Tewksbury; four grandchildren, Patricia and her husband Christopher Jones, Ashley Boutin, Sara Boutin, and Matthew Boutin; two great-grandchildren, Michael and Alexa Jones; a sister, Jean Hanlon of Peabody; four nieces & nephews, and a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her brothers Stanley Young, John Jankowski and Mike Jankowski.
Memorial donations may be made to either Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or to St. Adelaide’s Church, 710 Lowell St., Peabody, MA 01960.
Barbara (Irvine) Alba, of Peabody, formerly of Saugus and Medford, died March 16. She was the former wife of Anthony Alba of Saugus.
Mrs. Alba leaves her two children, Anthony and his wife Megan of Peabody and Joseph and his wife Beth of Saugus; a brother, Robert and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sparents and Frank and Virginia.
In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.Cancer.org
Barry Acquaviva, 62
Barry Acquaviva, 62, of Peabody, died peacefully in his sleep March 15 at the Beverly Hospital, following a brief illness.
Born in Malden, son of Emma (Colangelo) Acquaviva of Peabody and the late Chester Acquaviva, he grew up in Malden and graduated from Malden High School.
Mr. Acquaviva was a security consultant with Bradley’s Department Stores until a disability prevented him from working.
He also leaves two brothers, Jay and his wife Elizabeth Acquaviva of Carlisle and Glen and his wife Paula Acquaviva of Peabody; and two nieces and two nephews
Those who wish may make a memorial donation to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Evelyn Hooper, 93
Evelyn Hooper, 93, of Peabody, formerly of Lynnfield and Danvers, died March 15. She was the wife of the late Donald Hooper.
Born in Lynn, daughter of the late Edward and Susan (Moore) Blundell, she was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of Lynn English High School, class of 1939. Mrs. Hooper held secretarial positions in the insurance industry and in the placement office at Tufts University.
A longtime resident of Lynnfield and Danvers prior to moving to Brooksby Village in 2005, she was an active member of the Lynnfield Congregational Church and the church’s Womens Cog Wheel Group. After moving to Danvers, she became a member of the First Church of Danvers Congregational.
She leaves a son, Donald Moore Hooper and his wife Lynn of Topsfield; her grandchildren, Nathan Hooper of Topsfield and Samantha Reid and her husband Justin of Greenville, SC, and many nieces and nephews. She was the twin sister of the late Vivian Sizer and sister of the late Charles Blundell and Edward Blundel.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Evelyn’s memory to the Brooksby Village Protestant Fund, C/O Pastoral Ministries/E. Hooper, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, MA 01960.
Virginia George, 94
Virginia (Sousa) George, 94, died March 14 at the Ledgewood Rehab & Skilled Nursing Center in Beverly following a long illness. She was the wife of the late Stephen George.
Born in Salem, daughter of the late Manuel and Catherine (Mello) Sousa, she grew up in Salem where she attended schools, and lived there most of her life. She lived in Peabody for several years.
Together with her husband they owned and operated Dottie & Ray’s Restaurant in Salem for 35 years while living above the business. They also operated Steve’s Taxi in Salem. Prior to that she worked at Landolphi’s in Danvers and Parsons Restaurant.
Virginia was a member of the Golden Agers and Senior Citizens Bowling League at Metro Bowl in Peabody.
She leaves a daughter, Donna Carroll of Exeter, NH; two grandchildren, Stephen Wheelock of Danville, NH and Melissa Cote of Plaistow, NH; one brother James Sousa of Peabody; two sisters Mary Potter of Peabody and Florence LeClerc of Salem, and many nieces and nephews. She was the grandmother of the late Anthony Wheelock, sister of the late Joseph, George, Frank and Manuel Sousa, Delvina Twardowski, and Cecilia Lamy.
Patricia McQueeney, 65
Patricia “Patty” McQueeney, 65, of Peabody, died March 14 at Salem Hospital with her family at her side.
Born in Peabody, daughter of the late Norman and Veronica (Cevanovich) McQueeney, she was raised, educated and graduated from Peabody High School in 1968 and was a lifelong resident of the city.
She was employed for 15 years at New England Motor Freight in North Reading.
She leaves a brother, James and his wife Jo-Ann McQueeney of Peabody; a nephew, a niece and a grand nephew.
Memorial contributions mat be made in Patty’s name to the Joslin Diabetes Center, www.joslin.org , One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.
Richard Costa, 51
Richard Costa, 51, of Lynn and formerly of Peabody, died suddenly March 20 at Union Hospital in Lynn. He was the long time companion of Laurie Ann Moore of Lynn.
Born in Saugus, son of the late Angelo and Josephine (D’Amore) Costa, he was raised and educated in Peabody and was a graduate of Peabody High School, class of 1982. He has lived in Lynn for the past 20 years.
Mr. Costa worked as a bricklayer and was a member of Local 3. He also was employed with Shaw’s Supermarket in Salem for many years as well.
He also leaves two brothers, Frank and his wife Brenda Costa of Peabody and John and his wife Susan Costa of Seabrook, NH; a sister, Linda Fournier and her husband Robert of Peabody and
many nieces and nephews.
Patricia Putnam, 80
Patricia (Cavanaugh) Putnam, 80, of Moultonborough, NH and formerly of Peabody, died suddenly March 19 at her home in New Hampshire. She was the wife of Ralph Putnam.
Born in Peabody, daughter of the late James and Mary (Welch) Cavanaugh, she was raised and educated in Peabody and was a graduate of Peabody High School, class of 1952.
Mrs. Putnam worked for over 10 years as a secretary with the Holden Oil Company in Peabody. She was a member of the Moultonborough Women’s Club.
She also leaves a son, Kenneth and his wife Lisa Putnam of Moultonborough; her brothers Robert Cavanaugh of Ipswich and Paul Cavanaugh of Key West, FL; her sister, Phyllis Meagher of Peabody and two grandchildren, Kayla and Nicholas Putnam.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Lawrence Chandler, 83
Lawrence Chandler, Jr., 83, of Standish, ME, died March 15 at his home. He was the husband of Donna (McKenney) Chandler.
Born in Portland, son of Lawrence Sr and Jennie (Grant) Chandler, he served in theUS Navy during the Korean Conflict and in the Coast Guard. Mr. Putnam retired as a regional manager for Coca Cola, after a 38 year career.
Mr. Chandler was very involved in Beech Ridge Motor Speedway since the early 1960s and throughout his lifetime. He drove race cars, drove the pace car and up until last year drove the fire truck there.
He also leaves two sons, Kenneth Chandler of North Carolina and Larry McKenney of Standish; a daughter Lawrene Alexander of Saco; a brother David Chandler of Ossippee, NH; a sister Pat Salvatore of Peabody; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and a step-brother, John Chandler of Buxton.
Jean Kilcommons, 60
Jean (Kelley) Kilcommons, 60, of Middleboro, passed away suddenly March 12. She was the wife of William Kilcommons.
A longtime employee at FedEx, Mrs. Kilcommons also leaves her brother,Joseph Kelley and his wife Starr of West Harwich, and many nieces and nephews and in-laws, including brother-in-law Peter Kilcommons and his wife Kim of Peabody, niece Ashley and Kristen Kilcommons, and nephew Peter Kilcommons.
In her memory donations may be made to the MSPCA, 350 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130 or mspca.org.