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Felix Litwin, 81

Felix Litwin, 81, of P eabody, died July 18 at the Peabody Glen Nursing Center following a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Jeanette (O’Neil) Litwin.

Born in Peabody, son of the late Frank and Genevieve (Venglasz) Litwin, he as a lifelong resident of the city, and graduated from Peabody High School, Class of 1951

Mr. Litwin served in the Massachusetts National Guard for 10 years.

He was an automobile mechanic working in the family business, Litwin Motor Company of Salem.  Later he worked as a Truck Driver with Pomrcella Construction and Fantoni Construction, and then worked 15 years as a Custodian in the Peabody Public Schools.  After retiring, he continued to work as a driver for Cap’s Auto Parts.

Mr. Litwin built and raced several midget cars. He enjoyed his Polish heritage, reflected with his family broadcasting “The Polish Hour” on WESX.

He leaves a son and four daughters, Marilyn Ambrozavitch of Salem, Donna Freeman of Peabody, Debbie O’Donnell of Saugus, Maureen Hutchins of Peabody, and Joseph Litwin of Peabody; 12 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother Robert Litwin of Peabody, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. 




Carole Fisichella, 99

Carole "Caroline" Fisichella, 99, of Peabody, died peacefully July 17 at the Rosewood Nursing home in Peabody. She was the wife of the late Salvatore Fisichella. 

Born in  Phillipsburg, New Jersey, daughter of the late Calarga and Rosina  (Morello) Catanzara she later moved to Boston and had resided in Malden before moving to Peabody 44 years ago.

She leaves her children, Francis Fisichella of  Peabody, Karl Fisichella and his companion Dorothy Benson of Derry, NH,  Carol Ann and her husband Paul Magner of Stockton Springs, ME and Janice Roberts of Cambridge; her grandchildren, Karen and her husband Michael Glennon of Norwell,  Michael Magner of Stoneham,  David and his wife Linda Magner of  Los Angeles, Angelica and her husband James Chilson of Woburn and Nicholas and his wife Andrea Fisichella of Belmont; her great-grandchildren, Jake and Chloe Glennon, Caroline and Jacqueline Magner and Joseph Fisichella and many nieces and nephews.  She was the sister of the late Betty St. Claire.





Expressions of sympathy may be made to  Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, 20 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803 in her memory.



John Shanahan, Jr., 71

John “Jack” Shanahan, Jr., 71, died July 13 at the North Shore Medical Center—Salem Hospital while in the presence of his family and following a brief illness. He was the husband of Katherine “Kathie” (McCarty) Shanahan.

Born in Lynn, son of the late John and M. Virginia (Foley) Shanahan, Sr, he grew up in Swampscott, and graduated from St. Mary’s Boys High School in Lynn.  In 1965, he graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, and later earned a master’s degree in accountancy from Bentley College in Waltham. 

Mr. Shanahan joined the Army in 1966, becoming a helicopter pilot.  He deployed to Vietnam in 1967 with an Air Cavalry Unit (C Troop 7th Squadron 17th Air Cavalry) as a gunship pilot.  Shot down while on a mission, Mr. Shanahan rescued his crew and assisted them to safety despite being wounded in the head.  After recovering from his wounds, he returned to his unit to complete his first tour of duty in Vietnam.  In 1970, he returned for a second tour as a pilot, serving as a platoon commander in an assault helicopter company.  Mr. Shanahan was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Bronze Star and several air medals.  His unit was awarded the Presidential Unit citation.

Mr. Shanahan left active duty in 1971 and joined the Army Reserve.  He was ordered to active duty and served his third combat tour as a lieutenant colonel during the 1991 Gulf War.  He retired from the military in 1997.  His ties to the military and the friends he made there were strong throughout his life.

After his return to the United States, Jack was employed by the FAA as an air traffic controller until 1981.  He then became a CPA and was employed by Tofias, Fleishman & Shapiro Accounting Firm before joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Boston as a financial Aaalyst.

He and his wife spent many years as team members in the Marriage Preparation program for engaged couples at St. Ann’s Parish in Peabody.

He also leaves a daughter, Kate Shanahan of Somerville; a brother Edward “Ted” Shanahan and his wife Rae of Scituate and sister Mary Murdock and her husband Steve of Woodinville, WA. He was preceded in death, besides his parents, by a brother William Shanahan.

Memorial donations, annotated “In Memory of Jack Shanahan” to benefit a nurse’s education fund may be made to NSMC, 81 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970 Attn: Foundation Department.





Edward Garland, 65

Edward Garland, 65, of Peabody, died on July 9 at Salem Hospital with his family at his side.  He was the companion of Donna (Gagne) Sheehan.

Born in Salem, son of the late James and Mary (Herlehy) Garland, he was raised and educated there before moving to  Peabody.

 He had been employed in the maintenance division at the Olde Salem Greens golf course in Salem for many years. 

He also leaves a daughter, Kelly Green and her husband Herbert of Johnstown, NY; a brother James Garland of Greenfield; a sister and  brother-in-law,  Katie and her husband George Blackwell of Salem, two grandchildren,  and Donna Sheehan’s family, Mona Monaco of Lynn,  William Sheehan of  Nashua, NH and Rhonda Baker of Williamsburg, VA,  two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  He was the husband of the late Anita Giguere Garland and the brother of the late Mary Anne Garland.  

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society,  20 Speen St.,Framingham, MA 01960 in his memory.








Raymond Champagne, 90

Raymond Champagne, 90, of California and formerly of Peabody, died July 13 at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston with his family at his side.  He was the husband of the late Nathalie (Barry) Champagne.

Born in Peabody, son of the late Arthur and Auralie (Gagnon) Champagne and was raised and educated here. Mr. Champagne entered the U S Navy in 1942 and served in the Asiatic-Pacific regions aboard the first aircraft carrier USS Bennington and later the USS Card and received many citations.  

He returned home to start with his brother, Henry, the Champagne Brothers Service Station on Lowell Street Peabody and later on Main Street. for over 40 years prior to his retirement.  

In 1950, Mr. Champagne was recalled into service for the Navy in the Korean War and  served  at the Naval War College until his discharge in 1951.

He was an active member of the Peabody Chamber of Commerce, the Leo Council # 508 Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Board of the Citizens Bank of Peabody. He was also a member of the VFW Post 1011 of Peabody.    

For the past 10 years Mr. Champagne had resided in Hemet, Riverside County, California before returning to Salem a year ago.

He leaves his children, Robert Champagne, retired City of Peabody police chief of Peabody; James and his wife Linda Champagne of Albany, ME; Diane Steel of  Raymond, NH, Mary and her husband Paul Anzalone of Epping, NH; Therese and her husband Richard Eisner of Salem, and Paula Champagne-Pretty and her husband Harold of  North Reading; a brother, the  Rev. Robert E. Champagne of the Marist Order of  Waltham; nine grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  

He was the father of the late Joseph Champagne and the brother of the late, Arthur, Henry, Lucien Patrick and Thomas Champagne and Amelda Brown, Marie A. Powers and Eliza Champagne.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 150 Cambridge Park Dr., Suite 202, Cambridge, MA 02140 or to the VFW Natl. Headquarters, 406 West 34th St., Kansas City Mo. 64111 in his memory.