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14 Dec 2018 at 5:58am
NEWBURYPORT ? Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank has donated more than $12,000 to local community groups and nonprofits, according to the bank.

by By Dave Rogers drogers@newburyportnews.com
14 Dec 2018 at 5:57am
AMESBURY ? A Haverhill man caught on video passing false checks at a local bank last spring was sentenced to 15 months in jail after pleading guilty to several charges Wednesday in Newburyport District Court.

by By Jim Sullivan jsullivan@newburyportnews.com
14 Dec 2018 at 5:04am
ROWLEY ? A pair of businesses ? one established, one planned ? found themselves at odds during a Planning Board meeting Wednesday night.


14 Dec 2018 at 5:02am
AMESBURY ? Emeline Batal Claeys, who was born in Amesbury on Dec. 7, 1918, during the community's 250th anniversary and the great flu pandemic of 1918, recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

by By Jennifer Solis Correspondent
14 Dec 2018 at 5:00am
NEWBURY ? Town leaders believe they have the right team in place to steer a much-debated project to build a $6.5 million police station, but as of Tuesday night, distrust in the process lingered with some residents.

14 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
BYFIELD ? The Triton Regional School District has announced pre-K and kindergarten information nights coming in January and February at the local elementary schools.

14 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
Richard Dummer (1589-1679) was an early settler of Newbury and ran a successful cattle company and mill business. Dummer was considered liberal in his theological views, and in 1637, was ?deprived of swords, guns, pistols, shot, and match? by the?

14 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
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14 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
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by By Dave Rogers drogers@newburyportnews.com
13 Dec 2018 at 5:04am
NEWBURYPORT ? A Seabrook man who police believe broke into several cars in multiple communities over a stretch of several weeks was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail after his arraignment Wednesday in Newburyport District Court.

by By Jack Shea jshea@newburyportnews.com
13 Dec 2018 at 5:05am
NEWBURYPORT ? The Planning Board will meet Wednesday to discuss details of a special permit application from a marijuana cultivator after a judge last month annulled the board's decision to approve the permit for the city's business park.


by By Jim Sullivan jsullivan@newburyportnews.com
13 Dec 2018 at 4:59am
AMESBURY ? The City Council met for the final time this year on Tuesday night and should have a busy January.

by By Jack Shea jshea@newburyportnews.com
13 Dec 2018 at 4:59am
NEWBURYPORT ? The City Council approved an order on Monday to suspend the city?s paid parking fees from Dec. 20 to Dec. 26.

by By Amanda Getchell agetchell@newburyportnews.com
13 Dec 2018 at 4:59am
SEABROOK ? In March, residents may have up to $7 million in requests to approve or turn down that will be on the ballot at Town Meeting.


by By Dave Rogers drogers@newburyportnews.com
13 Dec 2018 at 5:00am
BYFIELD ? A local hunter facing more than 65 charges, including several deer tag violations, destruction of trees and illegal possession of pelts and animal mounts, lost his license for a year and was fined $1,800 after pleading guilty to?


by By Amanda Getchell agetchell@newburyportnews.com
13 Dec 2018 at 5:02am
NEWBURYPORT ? With the mindset of paying it forward, Haverhill Girl Scout Troop 61182 donated handmade fleece blankets to the Anna Jaques Hospital Cancer Center in memory of Girl Scout Riley Whelan's father, Mark Whelan, who lost his battle to?

13 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
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13 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
NEWBURYPORT ? Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank recently donated $3,500 to Mass Audubon?s Merrimack River Eagle Festival, which is coming up Feb. 9.

13 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
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13 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
Newburyport?s Putnam Free School, located at High and Green streets, was established with a bequest from Oliver Putnam (1777-1838). The state Supreme Court examined Putnam?s will to determine if the school would be allowed to admit both boys and girls,?

13 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
AMESBURY ? Rep. James Kelcourse, R-Amesbury, will hold office hours Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Amesbury Council on Aging Senior Center, 68 Elm St.

13 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
NEWBURYPORT ? The situation inside the Police Department remains hairy ? and itchy ? as police officers extended ?No Shave November? into December with all proceeds to help a local charity.

by By Jack Shea jshea@newburyportnews.com
13 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
NEWBURYPORT ? A New Hampshire man?s upcoming play at The Actors Studio of Newburyport tells the critically acclaimed story of an unforeseen romance that can only happen during the holiday season.

by By Jim Sullivan jsullivan@newburyportnews.com
12 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
AMESBURY ? A resolution to rename the Amesbury Skate Park after the late Brian Eldredge was unanimously adopted by the City Council Tuesday night.

12 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
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12 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
SEABROOK ? The Historical Society is planning a Christmas Open House at the Brown Library, at 25 Liberty Lane, on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

12 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
NEWBURYPORT ? Old South Presbyterian Church will hold a ?Blue Christmas? service on Sunday, Dec. 16, for people who are struggling during the holiday season, a time of year that can be challenging for those mourning a loss, battling illness?

by By Jim Sullivan Jsullivan@newburyportnews.com
12 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
SALISBURY ? Building a seawall and desalinating beach water were among suggestions made at a special municipal vulnerability planning session at Town Hall Monday night.

12 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
Richard W. Drown was born in New Hampshire in 1795, and moved to Newburyport when he was 15 or 16 years old. Here, he learned to make clocks and watches, and had a shop on the northeasterly side of Merrimack?

12 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
BYFIELD ? Triton Regional Middle School has released its first-quarter honor roll.


by By Dave Rogers drogers@newburyportnews.com
12 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
NEWBURYPORT ? Over the weekend, Elia, Eli, Ava and Addie Suchecki rolled out a 200-pound hand-painted hot chocolate stand in front of their South End home to take part in the annual Share The Warmth ? Hot Chocolate Stand Day,?


by By Amanda Getchell agetchell@newburyportnews.com
12 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
NEWBURYPORT ? The Clipper City has permanently solidified its historic, cultural and natural symbols by being one of 14 communities to be featured on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, which includes an informative kiosk unveiled Tuesday morning near the Firehouse?

by By Jack Shea jshea@newburyportnews.com
12 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
NEWBURYPORT ? The City Council adopted an ordinance on Monday to put a marijuana retail ballot question in the November 2019 municipal election.


 
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by By William J. Kole Associated Press
13 Dec 2018 at 3:00pm
The seaside town where the Pilgrims came ashore in 1620 is gearing up for a 400th birthday bash, and everyone?s invited ? especially the native people whose ancestors wound up losing their land and lives.

by Making Sense of Medicine Bob Keller
13 Dec 2018 at 2:00pm
In my practice, I use precise, gentle muscle movements to relieve pain and other conditions by having a kind of whispered conversation with your body and nervous system to restore their natural pain-free balance. The point is to co-opt your?

by Paw Prints Heidi Bassler, veterinarian
13 Dec 2018 at 1:42pm
On the first day of Christmas, my human gave to me, a microchip in a pear tree.


by By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer
13 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
NEW YORK ? ?A Star Is Born? led nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble on Wednesday, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper?s romantic revival as this year?s Academy Awards front runner.


by By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer
13 Dec 2018 at 3:00am
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) ? Emily Blunt loves a challenge, and in the world of movie musicals there?s no greater trial than following in the footsteps of Julie Andrews to bring one of her most iconic, and beloved, roles to?


by By Kelsey Bode Staff Writer
12 Dec 2018 at 3:15pm
Brian Hayes Currie first fell in love with movies while growing up in Peabody.


by By Lindsey Bahr Associated Press
12 Dec 2018 at 3:00pm
If there is a big studio movie that?s more generally crowd-pleasing than ?Green Book? this season, I have yet to find it.


by By Terry Date tdate@northofboston.com
12 Dec 2018 at 2:56pm
?One, two, three. One, two, go.?


by By Mark Kennedy Associated Press
12 Dec 2018 at 2:00pm
You might be forgiven for feeling superhero overload this holiday season. Had enough of, say, of Spider-Man for a while? Well, this may sound nuts, but consider watching not just one web-slinger but five of them in the animated ?Spider-Man:?


12 Dec 2018 at 2:00pm
A Baroque holiday


 
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13 Dec 2018 at 4:00pm
Seabrook, NH - Constance “Connie” Babine, 85, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2018 after a short illness at her home in Seabrook, N.H. surrounded by her loving family. Connie was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts on January 18, 1933, the daughter of the late Elsie and Harold McDonald. Connie married her high school sweetheart, John Babine, on August 9, 1952 and together they raised six children who meant the world to them. Connie’s greatest pride was raising her children and sharing in their successes. During the early part of Connie’s working career, she was a telephone operator after which she stayed at home to support the growth of her children. Connie and her husband John went on to own and operate 110 Liquors and an adjoining furniture store in Amesbury. She concluded her career by being a long-standing and beloved crossing guard for the Amesbury School Department. Connie’s life was made whole through the wonderful life she shared with her children, but equally her life was enriched by the untiring love she shared with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was happiest during family gatherings where she played cards to all hours of the night, but only if she could keep score! Connie loved an adventure with her children, as was evidenced by zip lining in New Brunswick, Canada and sailing in a hot air balloon in Presque Isle, Maine at the age of 78 with her daughter Gail’s family, traveling alone to visit her son Keith in Florida and traveling to Europe with her daughter Jill. She cherished her time with her high school girlfriends (fondly remembered as the “SOB’s”) with whom she remarkably gathered with frequently over the past 67 years. The importance of family and friends was the cornerstone of Connie’s life. Connie was predeceased by her parents, her husband John in 2010 and her first and very special granddaughter, Erica Provencher. Family members include her six children, John Babine Jr. of Amesbury; daughter-in-law, Carol (Thivierge) Babine of Amesbury, Donna Provencher and her husband Larry of Amesbury, Keith Babine and his partner, Donna Moyer of Crescent City, Fla., Gail Hamel, and her husband, Brian of Mapleton, Maine, Jill Babine of Amesbury, Robert Babine of Exeter, N.H., daughter-in-law, Kathie (Gibbens) Babine of Brentwood, N.H.; nine grandchildren, Jessica Babine, William Babine and fiancée Erica Ricci, Aline Babine and fiancée, Luis Chunga-Celis, Natalie (Hamel) Nadeau and her husband Marcus, Abigail (Hamel) Pierce and her husband Drew, Molly (Hamel) Keane and her husband Matt, Jackson Babine, Shea Babine, and Mackenzie Babine; great-grandchildren, Isabella Pierce, Annabelle Pierce, Oliver Pierce, Owen Nadeau, and Crosby Nadeau; a loving sister-in-law Marilyn (Babine) Bourque and her husband Jack, and many nieces and nephews who were an important part of her life. A graveside service for family and friends will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Hillside Cemetery, Seabrook, N.H. followed by a celebration of Connie’s life for family and friends at the American Legion at 169 Walton Road in Seabrook. In lieu of flowers, her family asks we honor Connie’s life by extending a random act of kindness to others in need. Arrangements are by Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, Hampton, N.H. Please visit www.RemickGendron.com to view Connie’s memorial website for directions and an online guestbook.


13 Dec 2018 at 4:00pm
Salisbury, MA - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Scott Andrew Fallon, age 52, longtime resident of the Amesbury, Salisbury and Newburyport areas, who died Friday morning, December 7, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends, after a valiant battle with lung cancer. He was the devoted husband of Kimberly Kulisich-Fallon. Born in Amesbury, on May 20, 1966, Scott was the son of Joyce (Sheehan) Fallon of Rochester, NH and the late Leonard T. Fallon and attended Amesbury Schools. Throughout his life, Scott had worked in the construction business, learning the trade inside and out, and had helped many family and friends with their specific projects. Whatever it was, Scott was always there to give a lending hand and his expert advise. In his spare time, he loved playing horseshoes, fishing, watching the Patriots, but above all else, he loved gatherings and cookouts with family and friends. His life’s memories will continue to be treasured by his wife, Kimberly; mother, Joyce; children, Allen Tobin, Scott Andrew Fallon, Jr., Ciarra Kulisich, Melissa Fallon, Samantha Fallon, and Andrew Kulisich-Fallon; five beautiful granddaughters; three sisters, Priscilla Copeland of Martha’s Vineyard, Dora Fallon of Seabrook, NH and Tina Fallon-Feeley and Joey Feeley of Londondery, NH, along with nieces, nephews, extended family and many dear, dear friends. He will be greatly missed by them all. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Antonio’s Pizzeria Restaurant & Pub, 188 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, MA 01952. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Scott Fallon may be made to Dawn Sweeney, 90 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport.,


12 Dec 2018 at 4:00pm
Groveland, MA - Kelsey Lee Locke was born on March 20,1997, to loving parents Maureen and Jon, joining big brother Brandon and big sister Reanna. That same year, an “unusually bright” comet called Hale-Bopp was in the news, making its closest flight ever over Earth. As babies tend to do, Kelsey — which means “brave” — ended up with a nickname. Her family affectionately referred to her as “Kelsey Bopper.” A brave, unusually bright light. Kelsey packed a lot of living into her 21 years. She grew up in Groveland playing outside with her siblings, family, friends and neighbors, heading to the library and girl scouts with mom, building a tree fort and sharing music with dad, spending magical summers with mom, dad, Brandon, Reanna, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents at the Cottage and on the Cape, and, as she got older, cruising around on her skateboard, making saves in the soccer net, teaching skiing and snowboarding, and discovering that life is better lived barefoot. As Kelsey grew bigger, so did her adventures. She trained in carpentry at Whittier Tech and in outdoor leadership at Greenfield Community College, earning certifications in whitewater canoeing, sea kayaking, challenge course, and rock climbing. She traveled to Ecuador with her teacher and classmates to summit Mt. Cayambe. After graduating in 2016, she moved to Vermont to learn about organic farming and to spend the winters working and riding at Burke Mountain. She found peace and purpose in the mountains and streams of New England, bagging peaks for the joy of it, teaching kids how to explore nature, and working the land, making beautiful connections along the way. Kelsey recently went out West driving cross-country, planning hikes and stops at state parks along the way. She was excited for summer travel plans to hike in Scotland and for returning to Greenfield in the fall to study sustainable farming. Kelsey was bright and curious. She was herself, always. And she just wanted you to be yourself, too. She had a magic that made your walls tumble down. She was funny and whip-smart. And she could relate and connect to anyone — no matter how young or old, no matter who you were. We are so grateful and lucky she shared her sweet and wise spirit with us all. If you spent time with Kelsey, you were better for it. On December 6, Kelsey passed away in a tragic accident in Vermont — where she so loved to be. Her time with us was too short — that we know. But while she was here, her light was fierce and bright. She was remarkably thoughtful and exceptionally kind. She loved her family and her friends purely and deeply. In honor of her, we will try to live with hearts as open as hers and with a twinkle in our eyes for the joy and adventure to be found in the world. She is loved beyond words and with us, always. Carrying Kelsey on in their hearts are her beloved mother Maureen Lee-Locke of Groveland and her beloved father Jonathan Locke of Haverhill; her loving brother Brandon Locke and her loving sister Reanna Locke; her grandparents, Elizabeth Lee and Thomas Lee, Hedda and Sydney Locke; aunts and uncles, Eileen Lee and Jon Kilian, Lauren Locke Maguire and Chet Maguire, Sharon and Joe Piotrowski, Louise and Pete Freese; her sister-cousins, Colleen and McKenna Kilian, cousins Jillian, Robyn, Jamie and Ian Maguire, Heather and AJ Piotrowski, Lauren, John, Ryan and Andrew Nawrocki, and Meredith and James Fidrocki; as well as family significant others, including Stephanie Sands and Tracey Latorelli. Dear neighbors and friends in Groveland and Barnet, Vermont, including Evan Perkins and Heidi Choate and their son Huckle, as well as all others who cared for Kelsey, form a large and loving extended family who will miss her dearly. Kelsey’s family invites all who knew her to celebrate her life together on Saturday, December 15. A church service will be held at 12 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church (114 Center St, Groveland, MA), followed by a gathering at Veasey Memorial Park (201 Washington St, Groveland, MA). All are welcome. Come as you are — that’s how Kelsey would want it. If you are inclined, you can accessorize for adventure: maybe a flannel shirt, or a warm knit hat, or a compass or trail map in your pocket ... The family is thinking about the best way to honor Kelsey. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be sent to Kelsey’s mother, Maureen Lee-Locke at 86 School St., Groveland, MA 01834. Some ideas include helping kids and veterans get out into the mountains as well as organizations that give farm animals to people in need. Once the family decides the best way to use the funds, they will let donors know. They thank you for helping to keep Kelsey’s light shining bright.

12 Dec 2018 at 4:00pm
Amesbury - After a long, courageous battle with cancer, Stephen Roy “Buddy” Brown, 73, of Amesbury, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully in his sleep on the early morning of December 12. Throughout his affliction, Buddy, as he was affectionately called since childhood, seldom complained, but maintained a keen sense of humor and fierce independence, as his love, connection, and appreciation for his children, grandchildren, sisters, friends, and baby great-grandson grew deeper. Buddy was born on March 4, 1945, at Worcester Memorial Hospital, and grew up in Amesbury, where his grandfather and father were the milkmen and owners of Hillside Dairy Farm. In 1966, he joined the Navy and was an engine mechanic on the destroyer USS McCaffery, which took him all over the world—from Turkey and the Middle East to Italy and the Mediterranean. Buddy enjoyed telling his grandchildren about his experiences on a Navy destroyer and attending ship reunions with fellow McCaffery crew members. Buddy is survived by his son Jon and his partner Lilli Leggio, and granddaughter Charlie, of Newburyport; his daughter (who was the apple of his eye) Stephanie, son-in-law Steve Dionne, grandson Cameron, granddaughters Taylor and Rachel Sauvageau; granddaughter Jacqui McMullen, her husband Chris, and son Wesley; devoted sisters Brenda Ray (and her partner Ed Wiggin) of Salisbury and Linda Bernier (and her husband Louis) of Amesbury; several nieces, nephews, and grandnieces, and grandnephews; and his tarantula Marilyn. Buddy was greatly loved and will be profoundly missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Cancer Research Institute, 55 Broadway Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006 or https://www.cancerresearch.org/join-the-cause/donate/one-time-donation Visiting hours are Friday, Dec. 14th, from 4–7 pm at the Monument Square Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 334 Main Street, Haverhill. Services at the funeral home will be Saturday, Dec. 15th, at 11 am, followed by burial at the Bartlett Cemetery, Main Street, Amesbury.


12 Dec 2018 at 4:00pm
Stratham, NH - Mary Marjorie Cheney, 92, of Stratham NH, formerly of Amesbury, Mass. passed away peacefully with her children by her side on December 11, 2018. She was born on March 26, 1926, raised in Lawrence, Mass. and was the daughter of John and Hazel Judge. She was predeceased by her loving husband Henry Sr., to whom she was married for 64 wonderful years. Marge (Margie) was a graduate of St. Patrick’s Grammar and High School in Lawrence, Mass and furthered her education in nursing, graduating from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in Lowell, Mass with her RN degree. She spent her nursing career working at Amesbury Hospital and later at the Hale Hospital in Haverhill, Mass. working on the OB-GYN unit and later becoming charge nurse. She loved nursing, caring for her patients and loved her “babies”! She was dedicated to her profession and so proud of earning her nursing cap that she never worked a day without wearing it. A well known RN in the area, she was a mentor to many nurses and maintained her license well into her 70’s. She enjoyed her many years of retirement with her Henry, spending the past 32 winters in St. Petersburg, FL. and also enjoyed traveling in the states and abroad. She leaves behind her three children, Gloria Titone of Seabrook NH, Norma Cheney of Stratham NH and Henry Cheney, Jr. of Amesbury, MA, four grandchildren, Angela and husband Jay Scanlon, Jeffrey Titone, Andrew Cheney and wife, Samantha, Michelle Cheney and three great grandchildren, Maia, Weston and Emmett. several nieces and nephews and many friends. Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue in Amesbury. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 17 at at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, Amesbury. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marge’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 98060, Washington, DC 20090-8060 or the charity of one’s choice.


11 Dec 2018 at 4:00pm
Naples, FL - Dorothy June (Pratt) Ward, age 96, passed peacefully on December 3, 2018, at the Villa at Terracina Grand in Naples, FL, where she had been a resident for the past two and a half years. She was the devoted wife of almost 55 years of the late Richard T. Ward, Sr, who died in 2003. Born in Revere, PA, on October 1, 1922, June was one of two daughters born of the late Donald and Daisy (Pratt) Pratt. She spent most of her early years in Uniontown, PA, until moving to Amesbury in the early 1940s. June worked as a secretary until the arrival of her children, then focused her energies on their care and home life while her husband worked toward his college degrees. She was a loving mother and grandmother, sharing her joy and knowledge of cooking and sewing, and always being there for any activities and special events. She was active in Amesbury Cub Scouts as a den mother. She was also an avid bridge player and golfer and enjoyed the friendships she made in those groups, wherever she relocated. Her spirit of adventure was fulfilled by her long-standing love of travel at home and abroad; her motto “my bags are packed” signaling yet another opportunity for family to enjoy her enthusiasm and cherish the memories. Wonderful memories of June’s life will continue to be treasured by her daughter, Marilyn Ward (Vincent Corrado) of Naples, FL; her two sons, Richard T (Lucinda) Ward of Plaistow, NH; Neil (Robin) Ward of Amesbury; her grandchildren , Jennifer (Seth) O’Mahony, Christopher (Greta) Sellars, Courtney (Luke) Pepper; Brian (Danielle) Ward, Brendan Ward, Gabrielle Russell-Ward, and Ethan Ward; Ryan (Amy) Ward, Megan Ward, Hannah Ward, and Sean Ward; her 8 great-grandchildren; her sister, Eleanor Ward, along with nieces, nephews and extended family, and special cousins, Linda and Gus Chiarello. In addition to her husband and parents, June was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Sharon L. Sellars, and her son-in-law, C. Wayne Sellars. The family would like to thank the staff at the Villa at Terracina Grand and Avow Hospice of Naples, FL, for the wonderful care given to June. Special thanks also go to Marsha and Merienne of Advocate Homecare for their loving and dedicated care. An hour of visitation at the Highland Street Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, will be Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 8:45 to 9:45am, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10am at St. Joseph’s Church (Holy Family Parish). Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Dr, Waltham, MA 02452, or to Holy Family Parish, 9 Sparhawk Street, Amesbury, MA 01913.

11 Dec 2018 at 4:00pm
Newburyport - Ann M. Clancy, 92, died Sunday, December 9, 2018, at Rockingham County Nursing Home in Brentwood, N.H. She was born on September 12, 1926, in Boston, Mass., to the late Martin and Anna (McConnell) Murphy. Raised in Massachusetts, Ann was educated at the Mount Saint Mary Schools in New Hampshire. She married her late husband Paul F. Clancy in 1947 and together they raised their family in Newburyport, Mass., and Elmhurst, Ill. They later would move to Hampton, N.H., where they spent their retirement years. Ann was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed various other arts and crafts, especially knitting and braiding rugs. She was also a talented volleyball player. Ann is survived by her brother Edmund Murphy (Elaine) of Manchester, N.H.; her children, Paula Wandland (Fred) of York, Maine, Michael Clancy (Sharon) of Naperville, Ill., Stephen Clancy (Bridget) of Elmhurst, Ill., Peter Clancy of Elmhurst, Ill., and M. Christopher Clancy (Lisa) of Santa Monica, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, Ann was predeceased by her grandson Patrick Clancy; and her siblings, Dot Murphy, Peg Makere, Joan Hochschartner, and Martin Murphy. Family and friends may call on Thursday, December 13, 2018, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950. Her funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery both in Newburyport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ann’s memory to Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 117 North Road, Brentwood, NH 03833, or to Compassionate Care Hospice, 18 Orchard View Drive, Unit 4, Londonderry, NH 03053.   For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.


11 Dec 2018 at 4:00pm
Newburyport, MA - Gloria B. Packard, 89, of 6 Hale St., Newburyport, Mass., passed away after a long-term illness at Port Healthcare Center in Newburyport. Born in Haverhill, Mass., on Dec. 26, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Ida (Cote) Ethier. She attended Haverhill public schools, and spent most of her life being a loving and caring mother. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Robert M. Packard in 2010; sons, Thomas W. Packard in 2014, and Gregory R. Packard in 2018. She is survived by two daughters, Roberta A. Dixon of Dover, N.H., and Bud and Linda Morse of Belmont, N.H. She was loved deeply and will be sadly missed but we know those we give to God, we never lose. She has nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She is survived by two brothers, Charles Ethier, Richard Ethier; and one sister Claire Willette, all of Haverhill, Mass. Relatives and friends are invited to Mrs. Packard's calling hours at E. V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St., Amesbury, MA. Thursday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. A private funeral will be held on Friday.


11 Dec 2018 at 4:00pm
Newburyport - Marylou Bresnahan Fowler, 79, died Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the Country Center for Health & Rehabilitation in Newburyport after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born on August 28, 1939 in Newburyport to the late Thomas and Catharine (Donahue) Bresnahan. She was raised and educated in Newburyport, MA. Following her graduation from Newburyport High School, she graduated from Regis College. After a stint in government in Washington D.C. she returned home to teach history at Newburyport High School. She later received a Masters in Colonial History from the University of New Hampshire. Marylou was a woman of many passions: an avid reader, an inspired cook and an enthusiastic fan of the New England Patriots, even when they were terrible. She was devoted to her family and used her photography hobby to meticulously document her husband’s, children’s and grandchildren’s lives. A political junkie to the core, nothing made her happier than sparring with family members over the politics of the day. NPR was her constant companion. Proud that her ancestors hailed from "Ballyvourney, back of the bridge," she loved all things Irish.  A few memories of her stamped in all our minds will be her sitting with a book, a cup of Irish tea at her fingertips, listening to classical music, or happily sitting in the front of the canoe (not paddling!) for her nightly paddles with her husband, “Dick,” in Lakehurst. Marylou is survived by her husband of 51 years, Dr. Ralph R. Fowler, her children, Kristen Fowler Lindsey and Dr. Thomas Fowler, daughter-in-law Kimberly Gosen Fowler, her grandchildren Anastasia Fowler, Emilia Fowler, Ronan Fowler, Tessa Lindsey, and Mairin Fowler, her sisters-in-law, Kay Bresnahan and Sheela Hickman, and many beloved nieces and nephews as well as her dearest friend since 5th grade, Ellen Kelleher Guillette. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her siblings Francis T. Bresnahan, Ruth Bresnahan McAleer, and Eleanor Maloney as well as her dear canine companions, Blarney and Mollie. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and/or attend Marylou's Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. on Friday December 14, 2018 at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950. Parking available behind the Funeral Home. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, also in Newburyport. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Marylou’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association online or by mail to: Alzheimer’s Association - MA/NH Chapter 309 Waverley Oaks Road Waltham, MA 02452. For directions or to offer online condolences please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.


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Atkinson, NH - Thaddeus (Ted) M. Rurak, 65, of Atkinson, N.H., passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 9, at his home. Born on March 2, 1953, in Lawrence, Mass., he was the son of the late Thaddeus T. and Isabel M. (McKinnon) Rurak. Ted graduated from Lawrence Vocational Technical High School as an electrician and was in the trade for over 40 years, most recently working with his son Thad over the past 15 years. In his early 20s he began his career as a commercial fisherman out of Newburyport, Mass., and did that successfully for 25 years. He was an avid tuna fisherman with a season high of 53 fish. He also enjoyed gardening and loved working beside his son. He had too many friends to count and was always willing to help someone if he could. He knew something about everything and always knew someone wherever he went. If you ever needed anything he would have it on hand, no questions asked. He was a special person and will be missed greatly. Ted is survived by his daughter, Heather Rurak and her husband Scott Barney; his son Thaddeus and his wife Crystal (Chatigny) Rurak; and his two grandchildren, Olivia and Thaddeus; also survived by his five siblings, Cheryl, Linda, Thomas, Richard, and Michael; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours to celebrate Ted's life this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. at the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St., in Amesbury, Mass.


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Georgetown - Mrs. Noreen Ann (McInnis) Carrier, 81, of Georgetown, beloved wife of Raymond Carrier, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018, at her home. Born in Mexico, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Margaret (Cameron) McInnis. Raised and educated in Mexico, she was a graduate of Mexico High School, class of 1955. After marrying, Noreen and Ray moved to Newburyport, Mass., where they raised their family, and returned to Maine in retirement. When Ray’s health issues became apparent they moved back to Mass., to be closer to their children. A loving wife of nearly 70 years, Noreen spent the last few of them caring for Ray as the debilitating disease of dementia took over his world. When he moved to long-term care, Noreen devoted almost every day to visiting him, often joining in the activities so that he could fully enjoy them. On her visits she took great pride in bringing cheer to all around her. Noreen’s work history included retail and food service, but her most favorite job was running the coffee shop at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, where her nurturing and caring personality endeared her to the many people she had the pleasure to serve. Noreen was a member of the Georgetown Council of Aging and an active member of the St. James Church in Groveland, a place and community that brought her tremendous joy. She will be deeply missed by her loving family and many friends. In addition to her husband Raymond, Noreen is survived by her children, Catherine Hursty (Paul) of South Hamilton, Raymond Carrier Jr., of Haverhill, Michelle Wilson of Amesbury and Robert Carrier of Amesbury; her seven grandchildren, Emily Lawson (Scott), Lindsay Messina (Matthew), Patrick Wilson (partner Mia), Sean Wilson, Eryca Carrier, Kaitlyn Carrier, and Isabella Carrier; her two great-grandchildren, Grace and Isla Messina; her brother, (affectionately known to her as "Lala") McInnis of Portland, Maine; and many loving nieces and nephews, several of whom she kept in close contact with. She was the sister of the late Bernard, Frederick, and Francis McInnis. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service, which will be held in St. James Episcopal Church, 121 Washington St., Groveland, on Friday, December 14, at 2 p.m. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Route 62), Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to St. James Episcopal Church Memorial Fund. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.


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Rowley, MA - Roy A. Ricker Sr., 68, of Daniels Road, Rowley, Mass., passed away on Monday, December 10, 2018. He was born on November 14, 1950, in Newburyport, Mass., son of M. Elizabeth (Miller) Ricker and the late Howard A. Ricker Jr. Roy was the husband of the late Cheryl (Dunn) Ricker. He was a life-long trucker and formerly owned and operated his own business. He was formerly employed at Bentley's and Sam's Companies and Picariello Construction. Roy was a 40-year member of John T. Heard Lodge, having served as Master Mason. He was a member of the East Coast Antique Tracker Club, the Million Mile Club, and was a volunteer fire fighter with the Rowley Fire Department. He was an avid NASCAR race fan. Besides his mother, he is survived by a son, Roy A. Ricker Jr., of Rowley; a daughter, Barbara V. Ricker Surpitski of Newton, N.H.; two sisters, Nancy E. Cashman-Reed of Rowley and Debra Ricker of Danvers; three grandchildren, Ryan Schrader, Fiona Ricker, and Jaden Surpitski; several nieces, nephews; and a fiancée Joni Soffron. He was predeceased by his brother, Scott A. Ricker. Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018, at 10 a.m., at the F. S. Roberts & Son Funeral Home, 14 Independent Street, Rowley. Burial will be in Main Street Cemetery, Rowley. Calling hours on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. To light a memorial candle or to leave condolences, please visit www.fsrobertsandson.com.


10 Dec 2018 at 4:00pm
Newburyport - It is with great sadness that the family of Roger E. Dugas, of Newburyport, Mass., and formerly of Marblehead, Mass., announce his passing on December 5, 2018, (his 89th birthday). Roger was born in Lynn, Mass., to Joseph A. Dugas and Anne E. (Hartnett) Dugas. He was the youngest of five children (Ruth, Antoinette, Paul, and Laurence) who preceded him in death. After graduating from Lynn English High School, Roger pursued his love of mechanical engineering and graduated from Tufts University (magna cum laude), and later Northeastern University (cum laude) before beginning his career. He worked at Chrysler in Detroit, Mich., as well as American Cyanamid in Hingham, Mass., before he joined General Electric in Lynn, Mass., where he spent more than 40 years designing turbine engines for military and commercial aircraft. Roger’s greatest love was his wife of 65 years, Angelina Marie (Lerardi). They had a special love affair and never stopped being each other’s best friend and soulmate. Roger is also survived by his daughter Lisa Waters, her husband Brian Waters and their son Dylan of Salisbury, Mass.; and his daughter Sheila Erickson, her husband Luke Erickson and their sons, Jack and Samuel of Centreville, Va. In addition to his love of family, Roger had many passions in life, including horseback riding/jumping, riding his bicycle, hiking, gardening, and singing with the Paul Madore Chorale in Salem, Mass. Once retired, Roger also dedicated more than 15 years of volunteer service to the local literacy organizations assisting people of all ages with math tutoring in order to obtain GEDs. His passion for math never ended and he loved teaching others how to master it. A funeral service will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street, on Monday, December 17, at 11 a.m., with burial to follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, December 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (michaeljfox.org). To share a memory of Roger, or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com.


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Haverhill, MA - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved sister Wendy Lorraine Merrill after a courageous battle with brain cancer, on November 29, 2018. Wendy was born on August 18, 1970, to her parents, Richard and Barbara Merrill. She was raised in Salisbury, Mass. and a member of the Triton Class of 1988. For several years Wendy has been a Haverhill Resident where she lived with her life partner Rick Whitney and her son John Bantz. Wendy’s greatest joy in life was to be a mother to her son John. Wendy was deeply spiritual; she believed it was the simple things in life that should be cherished. She was employed for many years locally at a family business the Fish Tale Diner. Recently she found her true passion in healing others, after receiving her certification in Massage Therapy from the Salter School she began practicing at Massage Envy. Wendy is survived by her mother Barbara Merrill, her son John Bantz, as well as her siblings Linda and Dan McNeil, Richard Jr. and Theresa Merrill, Michelle and David Freeman, Michael Merrill, Jeffrey Merrill and Keith Beardsley, Rhonda Griffin, Jeannie and Carl Martin, Mabel and Kevin Lewis and Chad and Deanna Merrill and her most precious nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father Richard Merrill Sr. and brother in law Patrick Griffin. A Celebration of Life will take place at 1 p.m. on December 16, 2018 at the Masonic Temple Hall, 31 Green Street, Newburyport, Mass. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Wendy’s life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the High Point House of Merrimack Valley at http://www.merrimackvalleyhospice.org


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Newbury - Thomas Ignatius Murphy III, 57, of Newbury, passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2018, surrounded by family, following a two-year strong and courageous battle with cancer. Tom is survived by his beloved wife Maria Palumbo, together for 11 loving years; and his children, Kathryn Murphy, Mackenzie Griffin and significant other William J Beach II, Gwynnethe and Mark Anthony Glickman; sister Cynthia Murphy and husband Scott Kloster of Auburn, Maine; brother Michael Murphy and wife Allison of Redding, Conn., sister-in-law Sheila Royston Murphy and husband Steve Meier of Vienna, Va.; and uncle to Hailey, Connor, Julia, Patrick, Kevin, and Maeve Murphy; and numerous aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas I. Jr. and Nancy B. Murphy; and brother Peter Murphy. Tom was born on Long Island, New York, grew up in Lewiston, Maine, and graduated from Lewiston High School where he was a standout soccer player and ski jumper. He continued his education at Saint Michael’s College where he graduated with an Economics degree and was Junior Class President, and an accomplished four-year varsity soccer player. Tom had a long and accomplished career as a territory sales manager in the material handling industry, earning numerous local and national sales awards, and worked for over 15 years with Brodie Toyota Lift in North Andover, Mass. A lifelong athlete, Tom excelled at all sports, but his true passions were soccer and skiing. His real joy came from transferring his love of sports to his children as a long-time certified Reading, Mass., Youth Soccer Coach, and supporter of Triton Regional High School soccer. Nothing brought Tom greater pleasure than living the summer months and weekends on Plum Island where the beauty and serenity of the beach brought him great comfort and peace during his illness. Family and friends may call on Friday, December 14, 2018, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Twomey, LeBlanc & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High Street, Newburyport, MA. Parking available behind the funeral home. His funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 42 Green Street, Newburyport, MA, at 9 a.m., on Saturday, December 15, 2018, guests are asked to go directly to the church. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Thomas Ignatius Murphy III Soccer & Athletic Memorial Fund at TD Bank, North 51 State Street, Newburyport, MA, or through Zelle with the email thomasignatiusmemorial@gmail.com. For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.

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Salisbury - Lidwine Beevers, 88, died Sunday December 2, 2018, at the High Point Hospice House in Haverhill, after a brief illness. She was born on October 9, 1930, in Newburyport, to the late Charles H. and Mary L. (Kane) Beevers. She was raised at Salisbury Beach and educated in Newburyport, graduating from Newburyport High School. Following her graduation Lidwine was employed by several companies including Hytron and Owens Illinois before retiring from AT&T where she was an assembler for over 20 years. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, was an avid reader, and a devoted fan of all the New England sports teams, especially the Patriots. Above all she loved her nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews, all of whom never missed a birthday or holiday card from Aunt Lindy. Lidwine is survived by her sister-in-law, Patricia Beevers of Salisbury; brother-in-law, Robert Moreau of Salisbury; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and -nephews. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her siblings, Frank Allen Beevers, Frances Arlene McDevitte, Alice Vitale, and Elizabeth Moreau. Family and friends are invited to attend Miss Beevers Funeral Service at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950. Parking available behind the funeral home. Burial will be private at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Lidwine’s name to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation online at fightcf.cff.org. For directions, or to offer online condolences, please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.

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York, Maine - Marion "Joy" (McWhirter) Noyes, 83, of 515 Cider Hill Road, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at home with her family by her side. She was born January 13, 1935, in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, daughter of the late Henry J. C. and Margaret (Brewster) McWhirter. She grew up in Belmont, Mass., and graduated from Belmont High School and Newton Wellesley Hospital, School of Nursing. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Alton W. Noyes; sons, Stephen Noyes and his wife Jacqueline of North Attleboro, Mass., William Noyes of Georgetown, Mass., and David Noyes and his wife Anne of Poughquag, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Gary, Maggi, Emma, Henry, Elliot, and Adelaide. Joy was a loving and devoted wife and mother, an adoring grandmother, a friend to many with her easy smile and sense of humor, and a devoted Boston sports fan. She was also a savior to many rescue dogs over the years. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Lucky Pup Rescue, P.O. Box 461, Kennebunk, ME 04046. A graveside service and a Celebration of Life will be held in the spring at a time and date to be announced. Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, York, Maine, is assisting with arrangements. Visit www.lucasetonfuneralhome.com.

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Amesbury, MA - Joyce E. Grace passed away on December 4, 2018, at the Merrimack Valley Health Center, of which she was a resident. She was born in Andover, New Brunswick, on June 9, 1935, daughter of the late John and Lettie May (Brown) McGraw. She was predeceased by her companion Francis LeBlanc. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and cared for her. Calling hours for Joyce will be held on Wednesday, December 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St., in Amesbury, followed by a service at 4 p.m.


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Newburyport, MA - Karlene M. (Stillings) Legrow, 83, of Newburyport, formerly of Amesbury, passed peacefully at Avita Assisted Living in Newburyport on Friday evening, December 7, 2018. She was the devoted wife of the late James Legrow, who died on November 28, 2009. Born in East Kingston, N.H., on October 3, 1935, she was one of four children of the late Herbert and Annie M. (Bowman) Stillings. After graduating from Newburyport High School, she worked many years at the former Chase Shawmut, Gould Company of Newburyport. Never having had children of her own, her nieces and nephews were like her children, and she fully enjoyed spending time with them and their families. Karlene outlived her brother, Robert Stillings and her two sisters, Elizabeth Perkins and Joyce Souliotis, and leaves behind her nieces and nephews, all of whom loved her dearly. The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thanks to the staff at Avita for the exceptional care they provided Karlene during her time of stay. Funeral services and burial in Union Cemetery, Amesbury, will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Avita of Newburyport, 4 Wallace Bashaw Junior Way, Newburyport, MA 01950. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury.


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Newburyport - Olive Virginia (St. Pierre) FitzGerald, age 96, passed peacefully at Sea View Retreat in Rowley, where she had been a resident for the past four years. She was the devoted wife of more than 60 years of the late Edward Cole FitzGerald, Jr., who died in 2005. Born in Salem on January 11, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Helen (Redmond) St. Pierre She was the driving force behind her family of six children and her husband Edward, who was the owner of FitzGerald Motors in Newburyport. As an attentive mother, Olive watched over her children, was there to help with their school projects and events, and made her home a welcoming place for all their family and friends. They will be forever grateful for her unwavering love, her positive influence throughout their lives and all the happy memories they shared. Olive was a Trustee of Anna Jaques Hospital where she began her career as an assistant dietician. She was also a lifelong avid Red Sox Fan. Olive leaves behind her children, Cole FitzGerald and wife Becky, Connie FitzGerald and husband Jay Stevelman, Marilyn Johnston and husband Colby, and John FitzGerald; her wonderful grandchildren, Olivia Tarvers and husband Nate, Myles Johnston and wife Lindsey, Rya FitzGerald, Christian FitzGerald, Maddie FitzGerald, John Henry FitzGerald, and Cole James FitzGerald; her 3 delightful great-grandchildren, Clara Tarvers, Josie Tarvers and Leo Johnston; her brother, Ronald St. Pierre, along with several nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends from near and far. In addition to her husband and her parents, she was also predeceased by her daughter, Deborah Fey and her son, Richard FitzGerald. Visiting hours at the Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport will be Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be Friday, December 14th at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 42 Green Street, Newburyport, with private burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Newburyport.