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Gerald Stepner, 88

Gerald Stepner, 88, of Peabody, died Dec. 9 after a brief illness. He was the husband of Clara Duplessis-Stepner and the late Thais (Garrett) Stepner.

Born in Revere, son of the late Samuel and Rose Stepner, he was a 1944 graduate of Revere High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II after high school and then was the salutatorian at the New England College of Pharmacy in 1952. He later received an honorary doctor of science degree.

The former owner of three Richardson’s Pharmacy’s in Lynn, he was very active in the North Shore. He was a member of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association, the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore, the Beth Israel Deaconess Heritage Society, the Masons/Shriners and more. He was past president, secretary and treasurer of the North Shore Pharmacists Association. As a member of Temple Beth Shalom, Mr. Stepner served on the Board of Directors and the Brotherhood. He also served as director and treasurer of the North Shore Elder Services.

Mr. Stepner also leaves his daughters, Rhonda and her husband Richard Gauthier of Danvers and Lynne and her husband John Kelley of Beverly; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Irving.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Dr., Danvers, MA 01923.  


Paul Kirby, 88

Paul Kirby, 88, of Lynnfield formerly of Lynn, died Dec. 9 at home after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Alice (Tiernan) Kirby.
Born in Lynn, son of the late Charles and Esther (Casey) Kirby, he  attended Lynn Schools and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country during World War II.

Mr. Kirby was appointed to the Lynn Fire Dept. in 1951. He was named a lieutenant in 1959 and assigned to Engine 4. He rose to the rank of captain in 1961 and was assigned to the Rescue Division. He later transferred to Engine 9 in 1964 and on Oct. 18, 1973, was named acting district chief, a post which became permanent in November of that year. He received a commendation in November of 1981 for his participation in the Lynn conflagration of 1981. He was named the provisional deputy fire chief on June 6, 1987 and in May of 1988 was named provisional chief of the department. Mr. Kirby retired in 988, after more than 37 years of service to the City of Lynn.

He was a member of the Gannon Golf Club for more than 30 years and belonged to the Shoe City League. He was a longtime member of Valladolid Council #70 Knights of Columbus and a communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Church.

He also leaves his daughters: Janice Sheehan and her husband John of Lynnfield and Mary Wall and her husband Garrett of Peabody; a sister,  Mary Valeri; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Paul Kirby, and his brother Charles Kirby, Jr.

Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association , 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472. 


John Ross, 81

John Ross, 81, of Lynnfield, died Dec. 8 in Melrose after a long period of failing health. He was the husband of Janet (Hough) Ross.

Born in Bangor, Maine, son of the late Harry and Margaret (Mason) Ross, he was raised in Bangor, and also Rockland and Owls Head, Maine.

Mr. Ross attended St. Mark’s School of Southboro, and later graduated from Hebron Academy and Maine Maritime Academy in 1954. He served with the U.S. Navy and was Honorably discharged in 1956. He was employed over many years in many capacities in both Maine and Massachusetts. He had been the owner of Ross Motors and the Wharf Restaurant of Rockland, Maine prior to coming to Massachusetts in 1964. He worked for the Honeywell Corporation as a water treatment engineer and engaged in numerous other ventures in restaurants as well as commercial industrial real estate, the latest being the Begley Companies of Woburn..


He also leaves two sons Bradley and his wife Karen of Medfield, and Brian C. of Cambridge; his former wife Sylvia of Rockland, ME and their four children Judith Emery Schleder of Concord, OH and Hope, ME, JohnRoss, Jr. of Rockland, ME, James and his wife Cindy of Thomaston, ME and Joseph of Rockland, ME; a sibling, Frances Armato of Santa Rosa, CA; six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in the Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer St., Lynnfield on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to any veterans’ organization.



Marcia Dzielnik, 74

Marcia Patrican) Dzielnik, 74, of Peabody, died peacefully  Dec, 8 at Massachusetts General Hospital with her family at her side. She was the wife of the late Stanley  “Sonny” Dzielnik.

Born in Gloucester, daughter of the late Daniel and Gladys (Clooney) Patrican, she was raised and educated in Gloucester.

Mrs. Dzielnik began her career as an assembler at GTE Sylvania in Salem and during her 25 years of employment was promoted to quality inspector. After raising her family, she worked on the North Shore as a nurse’s aide for 15 years and also dedicated her time and knowledge caring for family members during their illnesses.

She leaves a son, David Dzielnik; two daughters, Debra and her husband Robert Pelletier, and Donna Dzielnik and her husband Brian Foisy; five grandchildren; two great-granddaughters, and  many nieces, nephews and numerous friends. She was  predeceased by four brothers, Daniel, Louis, Peter and Michael Patrican.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to MGH/North Shore Cancer Center, 102 Endicott St., Danvers, MA 01923.


Harvey Chandler, 88

Harvey Chandler, 88, of Peabody formerly of Lynn, died Dec. 8 . He was the husband of Pauline (Barrell) Chandler.

Born in Lynn, son of the late Max and Rose (Bloom) Chandler, he was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School. He later served in the United States Air Force during World War II.
Mr. Chandler worked as a district manager for Child World Toy Stores for 12 years prior to his retirement.

He was a member of JWV Post #220 in Peabody and Mt. Scopus Masonic Lodge in Malden. Mr. Chandler was the past president of Congregation Sons of Israel in Peabody and a lifetime board member.

He also leaves two daughters, Robin Sutherland and her husband Robert of Winchester and Melissa Folsom and her husband Owen of Franklin; a sister, Joan Hochman of Worcester; a brother, Richard Chandler of Salem and four grandchildren. He was also the brother of the late Harriet Richard.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Congregation Sons of Israel, PO Box 702, Peabody, MA 01960.



Edith MacGregor, 87

Edith (Stevenson) MacGregor, 87, of Peabody and formerly of Lynn, died Dec. 7 at the Twin Oaks Nursing Home in Danvers following a brief illness.  She was the wife of Malcolm  MacGregor.

Born in Lynn, daughter of the late Thomas and Ada (Ryder) Stevenson, she was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of Lynn English High School.  She had lived in Peabody and Florida for the past 60 years.

Mrs. MacGregor was employed as a typist and clerk for General Accident in Peabody for many years before retiring.  

She also leaves her son, Charles and his wife Patti MacGregor of Fredericksburg, VA; two daughters Kathleen and her husband Thomas Smales of Salem and Jeanette and her husband David Franchio of Chelmsford; a sister, Nancy Herzog of Southern Shore, NC; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and by several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her twin sister, Ada Hammond and by a grandchild. 


Frances Connelly

Frances Connelly, of Peabody, formerly of Dorchester and Quincy, died peacefully Dec. 7.

Educated at Boston State College, Bentley College and Suffolk University receiving her business degree and masters degree in education, she worked for the state Department of Education and state college system as an administrator. After retiring from the state, she joined Newton College as the registrar. For a third career, she worked for 13 years as the subscription manager with the journal Bone and Joint Surgery.

Ms. Connelly volunteered for Cerebral Palsy, Quincy VNA and the Department of Social Services.

She leaves her sister, Leona Thorndike of NY and many  nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her siblings,  Alice Connolly, Mary T. Donovan, John Connelly and Mary Horgan.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Frances may be made to Rosies Place at 889 Harrison Ave, Boston MA 02118.


John O’Brien, 67

John O’Brien, 67, of Peabody, died peacefully Dec. 6 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center Hospital in Burlington after a brief illness.

Born in Lynn, son of the late Joseph and E. Marguerite (Kidney) O’Brien, he grew up in Marblehead and graduated from Marblehead High School.  He then received a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.

Mr. O’Brien worked as a payroll manager with the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) for the last 16 years.

He leaves his brothers William O’Brien of Braceville, IL and James O’Brien and his wife June of McLean, VA; a sister Patricia O’Brien of Los Angeles, and a niece.

Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 www.shrinershospitals.


Arlene McDonald, 85

Arlene McDonald, 85, of Peabody and New Port Richey, Fla., died  peacefully Dec. 5 at the Ocean View Assisted Living Facility in Beverly while in the presence of her family. She was the wife of the late Thomas McDonald.

Born in Salem, daughter of the late Cornelius and Helen (Coyle) Lynch, she grew up in Lynn and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Lynn.  She then graduated from Salem Teacher’s College which is now Salem State University.

Mrs. McDonald was a teacher.  She started at the Samuel Brown Elementary School and was mostly with South Memorial School.

Mrs. McDonald was active as a eucharistic minister at St. John the Baptist Church in Peabody and when she retired with her husband to Florida at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in New Port Richey, FL. She was a member of the Thomson Country Club in North Reading and more recently Seven Springs Golf & Country Club in New Port Richey.   She was a treasurer of the A.O.H. Division 11 of Peabody and earned the distinguished recognition as Irish Woman of the Year in 1990.

She leaves her children, Thomas McDonald, II and his wife Patricia of Rowley, Marie Ferree and her husband William of Newport, RI, Ann McDonald and her husband Paul Miedzionoski of Beverly, and Maureen McDonald of Amesbury;  six  grandchildren; two brothers, William Lynch and his wife Sally of San Diego, CA and Richard Lynch of Somers, NY, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death, besides her husband and parents, by a brother Gerald Lynch and sister Cornelia (Fountain) Yunker.

Memorial donations may be made to either St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.


Nora McHugh, 81,

Nora (O’Mahony) McHugh, 81, of West Roxbury, died Dec. 10. She was the wife of the late James McHugh.

Born in Ireland, she leaves her children, Mary Donovan and her husband, Thomas of East Walpole, James McHugh and his wife, Melina of Lynnfield, Eileen  Olsen and her husband, Ron, of Walpole and Anne Childs and her  husband, Jonathan, of Sudbury; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; her siblings, Thade O'Mahony, John O'Mahony, Edmund O'Mahony, Joseph O'Mahony of Kanturk, Ireland and Daniel O'Mahony of England.